Saturday, August 11, 2018

LeighSBDesigns new Fall Roses release!

LeighSBDesigns has a wonderful new release out today called Fall Roses with a giveaway and a coupon code too!  Colour up the floral design with traditional Fall colors and use it to create wonderful Fall and Thanksgiving themed projects then make it work all year long just with a simple color palette change!  A definite must have for your digi stamp collections!

Pop on over to LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog for all the details on the Fall Roses Giveaway going on all week!

Fall Roses is now available at LeighSBDesigns Etsy Boutique at a special intro price good thru Saturday August 18, sale ends at midnight PT!

Here's my first share of Fall Roses all colored up.  I'll be sharing a tutorial on what I've made with this one over at LeighSBDesigns soon!

See ya over at the Inspiration Blog!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday at LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog

I am so excited to have my tutorial up on the LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog today!  I hope you will go by and visit and leave a comment so we can know you stopped by!  I am sharing my Anubus Bust artist trading coin.  I am loving these coins so much and waiting for my 2 1/2 inch paper punch to come in so that I can create a lot more of them 😊.

Artist trading coins are 2 1/2 inches (hence the wait for the right paper punch!) and are used the same way as artist trading cards.  I am finding them more difficult to create than the cards just because of the smaller area that is available to work with.   This also makes them such fun!

The fabtastic image Anubus Bust by LeighSBDesigns is a definite must have before the all important Halloween season arrives!  Researching Anubus will give you tons of inspiration on projects to make the ghouls scream with delight and fright!

See ya over at the Inspiration Blog!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Christmas in July with Ike's World Challenges

Hi, all!  Don't panic!  It is not REALLY Christmas already; we are just having our fabulous "Christmas in July" Challenge #110 at Ike's World Challenges :)  It really is fun to think about Christmas when you know it is not knocking on your front door as you think!  I had some fun with the adorable "Christmas Pixie"!  She is looking sparkly and festive as she decorates a gold wrapped package ready to go under the tree.

Soucolor Markers
Gold Flakes
Sparkle .png element from Dragons Lair Designs "Fairies Elements"
added to the photo in editing
Gold tissue paper, ribbon, and tulle

Come join us and play along!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Finally Back to Play at SUYP's Challenge #32

I am sooo glad to be playing again at Ike's SUYP's Challenge!  I love using the wonderful freebies Ike gives us each month at the Challenge Blog!  Another reason to not miss a month so don't follow my example, follow my advice! ;)

Cat in Clover by Ike's Art
DP and black cardstock
Soucolor markers
Believe stamp
Black ink pad

Now off you go to start rounding up those kitties to get all crafted up to enter this month's challenge!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Happy Half-O-Ween with the God of the Dead!

The sounds of the ages before and after float hauntingly over the fabulous Anubis!  God of the Dead until he was replaced in the Middle Kingdom by Osiris, he assumes many roles in the death process as he rules over his subjects.  Protector of the deceased and their tombs as well as associating himself with the mummifications process!   All done while holding himself regally above all of life and its subjects!  This fabulous Anubis is brilliantly given life by LeighSBDesigns especially for the half way mark to our most favorite holiday or as we call it, Half-O-Ween!  Yes, Half-O-Ween signifies only six more months until Halloween!  And we all are always ready for that!  So welcome and enjoy and participate in the LeighSBDesigns Half-O-Ween Blog Hop!

With some words from the Book of the Dead, nighttime reading for this dear fellow, he lives among the smoke and rubble of the history of the Egyptian Gods.  You can find him in all his glory at LeighSBDesigns Boutique ready to come celebrate Half-OWeen with you and your crafting goodies!

Hope to blog hop to your blog as you join in the fun with the:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

It's Monochromatic Time at Ike's World Challenge

Welcome and I hope your May is going along swimmingly!  At Ike's World Challenges we are going into monochromatic or all hues of one pops of another color allowed OR Anything Goes for #108 :)   I am using the oh so lovely Angel #5 and I have colored her up and put her into a fold up card all in pinks.  Also there is a Birthday Sale going on at Ike's Art with 50% off on images taken at the register!  Shop HERE!

Using a template for the folding card from Stampington Magazine, I cut two of them out of the outside paper and the inside paper.  A tiny cloud and sun and the word "Believe" give a hint of what is on the inside.

I attached my colored image on white cardstock to the middle of the card.  Before attaching anything to front or inside I inked all edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

I think this will be a lovely graduation card or just a pick me up card for someone special.  Now we want to see your creations for May!  Inspire us!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Janette's Monthly Challenge at Dragons Lair Designs!

This kit makes me smile with sunshine when I am playing with it!  That's a pretty cool thing to be able to say about a kit that is sooo inexpensive PLUS Janette is giving away a Freebie addition to the kit on the Dragons Lair Inspiration Blog!!  How cool is that?  Here is my latest (I am addicted to this) play with the fabulous Citrus kit! 

I am making a digital scrapbook of our latest trip to Japan and this kit is working out so well!  I added two photos of my son as photographer and observing the customs of the temple at Ueno Park.

Why not run to the Dragons Lair Inspiration Blog HERE and grab the freebie and then run, well, you may walk if holding scissors! to the Dragons Lair Designs Etsy Store and buy the mini kit "Citrus".  Then create away!  Remember if digital play is not your thing, then these kits make wonderful elements to print out and cut to make cards...anything you want!

And here is my first fun page with this kit :)

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Progressive Challenge at the Outlawz

I am hoping to slide this cutie under the wire as I type this it is almost 10 pm the last day!!  So quick and fast here is the fabulous Virgo Cat from Sheepski Designs!  He is being used for the Progressive challenge at the Outlawz group!

I used background paper that I made from my leftover palette paint and DP to go on top of that.  The little kitty is colored with Soucolor makers.

I am entering this into the Outlawz Progressive Challenge for April.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

You are Invited to Celebrate with us at LeighSBDesigns!

Yep, we are still celebrating all month long for LeighSBDesigns and our first birthday!  A whole year of fabulous designs by our own Leigh!  Here is a party cat, well, he is actually Santa Whiskers with one of the fabulous Party Hats instead of his Santa hat!  Digital stamps are quiet versatile and there are tons of ways to play with them!

This guy was on the Inspiration Blog and all of this month's fun can be found there too!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Limited Runs Progressive Challenge on Their Facebook Page!

This little guy is sooo cute and kinda looks like he could come up with some snappy jokes if need be!  He was free at Limited Runs to participate in the Progressive Challenge on the Facebook Group!
All the details are HERE!  So run see all the fun!

I used some paper that I had made with my left over acrylic paints and a brayer.  Then some smaller papers for the squares (the blue one another painted postcard).  The placement is to fit the Sketch Challenge at the Outlawz Challenge Blog!  Here is my sketch; it was use the one for this month or pick one from a previous year!

I am also entering this in the Outlawz Sketch Challenge and I am using the sketch from Jan. 4, 2017.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Midway Post for Ike's World Challenge Spring Inspiration Photo for April

Hi all!  I am back and delighted to be attempting to catch up on almost ten weeks of recuperating from a fall down the stairs.  My arm is healing nicely in all the broken parts :)  Now for Ike's World Challenge for April using a Spring Inspiration Photo!  I had so much fun working on this; it was nice to be inking and coloring up again!

Some background papers in soft pink and background stamps in green ink with some butterflies made a nice home for the pocket to hold my seed packets.  The Seed images from Ike's Art were colored with Touch New Markers and inked with Distress Inks.  A twine box in green made the last touch. Oh the gorgeous green background paper is a digital paper from Dragons Lair Designs that I printed out and is called Watercolor Papers set.

Entering into the following challenges:

Monday, April 16, 2018

Merry Christmas from Santa Whiskers at LeighSBDesigns

I am new to playing at the Outlawz Challenges and I am having such fun with all of the different challenges there weekly. This one is for Festive Fridays where the challenge for this week was between 4 celebrations.  Since I had Santa Whiskers all colored up and ready to visit I printed out some Dragons Lair Designs digital papers and flowers and made up a card.

Santa Whiskers is a wonderful digital image by LeighSBDesigns as we celebrate the one year anniversary/birthday of the wonderful digital stamps!  

Check out the awesome Outlawz Challenges, too!

Entering in the following challenges:

Saturday, April 14, 2018

April SUYP Challenge Furrything Goes!

Yoo Hoo!  I am playing again at the SUYP Challenge that Ike hosts each month and a super easy one with Furrything Goes this month :)  I used a freebie of Ike's from a previous month that is now only a dollar Cat Smiles.  He is also reminding us to NOT FORGET to SMILE!  He is enjoying the spring weather and letting all know he is!

Hope you are smiling!

Don't forget to have a look see at the SUYP Challenge and grab a kitty to love and create with!  And remember Ike's World Challenge, too!

Entering these challenges:

Dragons Lair Designs Facebook Coloring Challenge and Mini Kit Challenge for April!

Wow!  We had an awesome number of fabulous entries for last month's extended (due to my fall oops!) challenge but the extra time was spent ohh and ahhing over the awesomeness!  Now we have some dragon love and fairy love mixed together for April!   We are using Penny's Discovery from Dragons Lair Designs and what a cutie it is!

I colored up Penny and her friend with Touchnew Markers and fussy cut.  Then I printed out my layout from Girls Rule World and glued the image inside the circle.  I would have rather cut my layout out but scissors and cutting aggravate my arm so I took a short cut!

Girlz World Mini kit is the kit we are using with Janette's Freebie for April to play along with for the challenge she has going!  Click HERE to jump there and see all the details!  The kit is gorgeously rich in colors and yummy as ice cream to work with so beware!

Entering in:

April Progressive Challenge at Ike's Art Fan Page!

The image Ike so nicely gave us is the most charming little fairy I have seen!  Plump little legs and arms she is drawn delightfully!   The Facebook page for Ike's fans is a fun place to hang out and there is always something to do!  So go join if you haven't and get in on April's cutie!  It is not too late!

I made a simple journal page using the remains of a die cut flower sheet as a stencil to ink through with Distress Inks.  The lightly went over the white negative space with Wild Honey.  The image I colored with Prisma colored pencils and printed out that awesome quote by Monet (whom I am obsessed with right now!) was created in Photoshop CC.

As always we hope you have joined the Facebook group and of course the two fabulous challenges of Ike's which the linkies are right below so click on and start playing!

Also entering in:

                                                              Ike's World Challenge

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Time for April's Monthly Progressive Challenge at Dragons Lair Designs!

Janette has picked out the most resplendent, color bursting kit for us this month!  The awesomeness of Girlz World has to be seen to appreciate fully!  Here is my scrapbook page, digital due to the arm injury, using Girlz World Challenge kit and a picture of a lovely flower from Japan!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Pretty in Pink Birthday Wishes!

It is hard to believe a whole year has gone by since the first fabulous design was given to us by LeighSBDesigns!  Her digital stamps are remarkably unique and easy to use in so many different ways!  We are celebrating the whole month of April with fantastic prizes and games going on so make sure you visit our Fan Page on Facebook and the Inspiration Blog for all the details!!  Now on to my birthday wishes for LeighSBDesigns!

Oddleigh Cupcake Set by LeighSBDesigns
Spectrum Noir Markers in Pinks and Flesh Tones
Pink Cardstock
Sentiment in Photoshop

Entering in the following challenges:

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Ike's Facebook Fan Page!!

Hi all!  Here with a quick digitally colored and assembled adorable doggie image from Ike's Art!  I am still basically dealing with one hand so short blog typing hurts oww!  The image was the first in the Progressive Challenge on Ike's FB Fan page so go get ready for April and if you haven't joined do so soon!

Fabulous Ike was featured in Through the Craftroom Door on March 15, 2018, so make sure you grab one~

Friday, March 23, 2018

Dragon's Lair Designs Progressive Challenge for March

I am one armed as some of you know so check out our Facebook Fan page for all the details or our blog!  I did a quick spring page from the lovely kit on sale now and the FREEBIE mini kit!

Happy Spring!!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Day One of the My Dark Valentine Blog Hop with LeighSBDesigns!


I had a blast splattering red paint and smearing some inky stamps to make one of my ATC's for the blog hop!  I know you have places to go and people to give some love to so here is mine in short order!

Spectrum Noir Marker DR3
Distress Inks Black Soot, Fire Brick, Salty Ocean, Old Paper
Various background stamps from my stash
black ribbon
Plastic bat highlighted with gold paint
Red acrylic paint

Now off you go to hop and comment! The link up above will take you to the event page or you can link up from the right side of my blog's home page it is there, too!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Starting the New Year with Ike's World Challenge Design Team!

First, I am so happy and excited to be back with Ike at Ike's World Challenge as a design team member again!  I always have loved her images and now having it on my list of to do's every month, I can't get caught up with other things and not play with her fabulous images!  

Secondly, I know this may not look like it fits challenge #104 What's New with You (New Year, New Stuff, etc.).  But as I was looking for an image I saw this one, the first time I had seen it and thought now Dorian Gray had his mirror and when a new year rolled around that reflection got older not gorgeous Dorian!  So my fabulously young and vibrant temptress looking over her shoulder while her reflection had grown a year older made me think. Yup me thinking always scary!  Out with the old her and in with her stunning self!  And of course a bottle of......well, let's just say it is not Revlon! and her first sip of the year she got her new year off to a roaring start!  And we all know I love Halloween so I thought we have Half-of-ween in May, might as well have a First Halloween or perhaps New Halloween year start in January!   There it is my reasoning behind this image.  I love her but I cover my mirrors up! 😁

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers and an attempt to lighten up her hair with a white and blue gel pen (dubious at best!) and then after coloring her older self I used a very light blue for the mirror and then used Golden Gloss Medium to give it a shine.  I also gave the little bit of her serum a coat of gloss along with the little bit that she hasn't wiped off her lips and her penetrating blue eyes.  I attached the image to a piece of cardstock that I keep by my acrylic painting spot and I always wipe up every bit of that yummy color and make my own papers.  Sentiment was a stressful time that I can only say these words about.  Photoshop Elements 15 and Adobe Support.  Nuff said about that!

Come play with us!  You can see my teamies really sweet and awesome interpretations of the theme.  So show us what YOUR thoughts are on the subject!  As you can see the minds work in many diverse directions on these things!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Time for the Poe Blog Hop by LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Post and to See the Last Page of the Fat Page Book!

Finally, my last page of my fat page book containing all but three of the new releases by LeighSBDesigns for the Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Blog Hop being held at the LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog!  I look forward to adding more pages as more spectacular digital images by Leigh are added to the Etsy Boutique!  Here we go with the images Edgar Allan Poe Portrait and Signature!

I only colored his eyes and tie as I wanted a vintage type look for this page.  Paper from the same paper pad with a strip of really cool vinyl type lace tape along the bottom that I bought in Japan for a dollar!  I stamped R.I.P. from my Halloween stamp stash with permanent black ink and used a tiny frame found hiding in my stash.  I also stamped all edges with black Distress Ink. 

If you haven't read the background story of Poe's actual life I encourage to do so.  He is famous now but never knew but few moments of fame when he lived and suffered so many deaths of those he loved in his short 40 years of life. Really interesting things!  Also if you get a chance to watch "The Raven" with John Cusack playing Poe, go for it!  It is a fictional tale of what might have caused Poe's death which to this date has never been really solved just guessed at by even the doctor's who were there when he died!

A hint with this link to the YouTube movie trailer HERE!

Hope you are enjoying the blog hop and leaving some Poe love to all!

Page Five of the Poe Fat Page Book for the Blog Hop!

This page for me had to be added when I found a quote from Poe's poem "Alone".  It definitely described Poe and his childhood and the things that pointed him toward his art which was the invention of the detective fiction genre in America.  Of course this is being entered in the 3rd Annual Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Blog Hop hosted by LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog!  And LeighSBDesigns Etsy Boutique is full of new digital stamps of Poe and all things Poe that are very unique and fab! 

The Oddleigh Raven is part of the Oddleigh Poe and Raven setThis time he stands alone atop the poem by the same name that I typed up from a web site full of Poe's quotes and memorable lines of his works.  The same paper pad and everything inked with Distress Ink and stamped with odds of stamps with red and brown inks.  The awesome lace is actually vinyl and I bought it in Japan for a dollar!  Colored him up with Spectrum Noir markers and glued it all down!

Keep on hopping and keep on leaving nice comments!  It makes blogging so much more worth it and fun for all of us!

Poe Blog Hop at LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog!

I think I could play with Poe makes for weeks, months, years? Yup, I could!  The 3rd Annual Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Blog Hop is going on and today I am sharing another wonderful digital stamp by LeighSBDesigns who has tons of new Poe images that are unique and exciting and some are on sale right now!  The link up for your Poe project is at the LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog!

I used Oddleigh Poe from the Oddleigh Poe and Raven set. Again using paper from the 6 x 6 paper pad and inking with black Distress Ink.  I also used the image Poe Signature with Quill all found at the LeighSBDesigns Etsy Boutique!  I used Spectrum Noir to color up Poe and the quill feather. I typed text and inked in red because it was about his love of his real wife so red for hearts.  Another gothic looking black die cut flower and leaf with gold flakes glued on top with a bead for a center.

Keep hopping and inking!  Poe needs some appreciation; he pretty much had a lot of really bad days!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Blog Hop at LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog Day Three!

I am so excited for the third annual Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Blog Hop being held by LeighSBDesigns!
And to make it even more Poetastic, LeighSBDesigns has soooo many NEW and unique digital stamps released for this event! And I am honored to be one of her designers so yep, Wow! 
am I just thrilled right now!

Here is a very tiny sneak peek at my project today! Head over to LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog to see the rest of the story!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Ready for More Poe? Third Page of My Fat Page Book for the Poe Blog Hop!

What fun we are all having!  Time to show you the third page of my Poe fat page book; it is the twin page to page two and I made sure to put them in this order.  I used OddLeigh the Raven for this one. Make sure you, too, are linking your awesome Poe makes over at the LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog!  LeighSBDesigns has created this Oddleigh the Raven digital stamp and lots more Poe new releases at the LeighSBDesigns Etsy Boutique so check them out!

Again using paper from the same designer paper pad with some background stamping and text inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Since of course I am using his passion for writing as my theme, I glued a die cut typewriter highlighted with gold gel pen to an ATC paper sprayed with tea dye shimmer spray.  I know his work was probably done with a quill pen but this is an old typewriter so I fudged a bit! The little white glob was one of my attempts at melting crayons with the glue gun and putting different items in to make a wax seal like I am sure he used.  So it got popped onto the page! The raven and words are colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

Keep hopping and definitely making those Poe projects!  It is after all the 3rd Annual Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Blog Hop hosted by LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog!

Time for Page Two of My Fat Page Book!

Hi, all!  Back again today with page two of my Poe fat book page.  I will be entering it in the 3rd Annual Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Blog Hop at LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog!   Don't forget to check out the LeighSBDesigns Etsy Boutique that has many many newly released Poe digital stamps! 

This page is all about the Oddleigh Raven Nevermore!  

I had to give him a door to hang around and shout his lovely "Nevermore"  I used a die cut and put some fabulous paper with spiders crawling so when you open the door you get a surprise! I stamped some random Halloween and background stamps in white and purple to give it a ghostly look.  Some typed text inked edges in black, and a bit colored gold and another fabulous paper flower make up the page.  The fabulous raven is colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

Off to the next blogs on the hop and have a fabulous Poetastic day!

Fat Page Book Fun For the Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Blog Hop at LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog!

I just could not decide on which fantastic new release Poe digital stamps by LeighSBDesigns for the 3rd Annual Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Blog being held at LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog to use on what type of project!  They seemed to fit so well together than a fat page book seemed like a good start!  This is my cover page of my book using Oddleigh Edgar Allan Poe with Text.

I colored him up with Spectrum Noir Markers.  I used designer paper from a 6 x 6 paper pad (I know usually use my papers and they will make an appearance during the hop!) I inked the image I cut around as I had colored around the image with a light brown to blend in with the paper.  I typed up his date of birth and death, so young only 40 years old when he died!  And such a tragic life! I used tea dye shimmer spray to spray a background strip of cardstock and to ink around the dates. I used some black flowers scattered with gold flakes as an embellishment.  I tied all the pages together with a gold cord.

Hope you are entering and hopping along leaving lots of love for everyone!
Thanks for stopping by!