Thursday, July 29, 2010

So Toxic

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!! I am here with you today with one of my newest FAVORITE QKD stamps from the Studio 77 line. I used the Tagg Words II set pulling the word TOXIC for my main focus.
I usually use SO many layers of DP but last night I was feeling like something entirely different. I created my card base using the new Persimmon paper from The Paper Source.

I then grunged it up a bit with my sanding block and sprayed my Smooch Spritz in Log Cabin on the front.
I then chose a funky stitch on my sewing machine and haphazardly created a border.

I stamped the word TOXIC in Momento Black Tuxedo ink and carefully trimmed it out. I edged it Copic French Grey 50% and then used my black sketch pen to add some shading. I used my sparkly Sakura gel pen in light silver to edge the letters so they'd pop even more. I adhered them down with 3-D foam adhesive. The SO chipboard letters are from Making Memories.
The interior is simply black cardstock, a smidge of skull ribbon tucked under the cardstock and stapled with my Making Memory colored staples. The skull sticker is from American Greetings.
I love the grungy simplicity of this!! And I'm totally in love with the awesome stamp set!!! You must check out the newest lines from QKD!!!

Thanks for popping by today!!

XOXO-
Meredith

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bombshell Monthly Blog Hop - She's a Firecracker!!!


Bombshell!!! Ya...that's what I said....you're here for the always fantastically awesome montly Bombshell Blog hop!!!

Here is this month's challenge:

She's a Firecracker Alright! I would love to see something along the lines of: 1) Red - White - Blue 2) Firecrackers (Bombshells) 3) Military 4) or sparkling like a firework!

Here is this month's prize package:

I used one of my very favorite sets "Man's Ruin". I ran with a variation on a red, white and blue color scheme.

I started with a 5 x 7 cardbase of chocolate PTI cardstock, layered next with a brilliant light blue cardstock. I then chose 6 different strips of DP in coordinating but not so coordinating patterns and colors. I layered them on top of each other and stitched around the edges.
I then chose a different stitch for each seam for each of the individual papers. I love the texture and dimension that the variety of stitches gives the background.

I did this because I love using the Bombshell girls mostly alone in their own panel. They are too gorgeous, in my opinion, to fuss up by putting too much around them. I like them to be the main focus of the eye.

I stamped Man's Ruin in on white PTI cardstock in Black Momento Ink. I colored her with my Copics and sparkly Sakura gel pens. And I have her swimming around and swilling a delicious Cosmopolitan Martini. I used my Diamond Glaze to liquefy the scrumptious beverage.
I used the flower from the "Butterfly Queen" set to accent a tiny bit on the navy blue, pleated ribbon and just one next to our beauty's glass. I added a blinged out American Crafts brad in the center of the flower. My sentiment from the "Man's Ruin" set is stamped in Colorbox Harbor Blue ink and heat embossed. I edged the main layer with the same color and also heat embossed the edges so that the entire panel would pop off of the page.

The navy pleated ribbon was the icing on the cake for this bit of loveliness!!

I hope you have enjoyed my creation!!! Please keep on hopping to the other AMAZING ladies that are joining in on today's hop!!

And don't forget to come play in the Bombshell Forum!!! It's SUCH a fantastic place to be!!!

Kas
Katie
Kathi
Jodie
Cheryl
Steph
Meredith
Alison
Erika
Danielle
Keely
Angie
Laura
Kelli

XOXO-
Meredith

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

QKD Cupcakes!!!


Good Tuesday morning!! First and foremost you should have come here via Anita's fabulous blog however, if you have simply happened up on here you simply must start HERE so that you don't miss one fantastic creation!!!
Today's hop is an inspirational hop based on this AWESOME and most delicious photo below.YUM!!! I, of course, had to grunge it up...cause that's how I roll...you know. ;) I chose one of QKD's newest stamps Rock N' Roll. In rubbah of COURSE!! Mounted on EZ-Mount foam purchased at QKD of course!!

I stamped my main image in Momento Black Staz-On ink and colored certain sections of it with my gold and silver paint pens.
I then took my coveted Hambly cupcake paper and layered it with a variety of other papers. Stitched and layered, ribboned and using my sentiment Secret Ingredient Love - also a QKD set.


Now off you scoot to the WIS blog to see what gorgeousness is happening over there!!

And don't forget to check out the 3 BRAND NEW stamp lines at The Castle!!! Get your wallet out!!! =)

Thanks for coming by!!

XOXO
Meredith

Monday, July 26, 2010

Smeared Ink - 3 different ways

Hey All!!! Greetings on this fabulous Monday evening!! Today I bring you a card using 3 of my very favorite sets from Smeared Ink. Elementals, Nymphs and Killer Bo Peep.
I started with my main image "Earth Elementals" - just a gorgeous image. I stamped her in Tuxedo Black ink from Momento. I colored her with my Copics and my Sakura gel pens. I used the leaves from the Killer Bo Peep set to frame Earth. I colored them in with my lightest Sakura gel pen so that it looks as if they are floating or hovering over and around her.

I used the frame from the gorgeous Nymphs set to frame the word Goddess from the Elementals set. I stamped the frame in Lettuce Green in Ranger Ink and then took my gold paint pen and gave it a Baroque vibe to it.

I used a multitude of Designer Papers that I stitched and layered to give this a mixy and matchy feel.
I truly love how this came out. I feel like it's very ethereal in its vibe yet modern and punky enough to feel like it came from my hands.

I hope you enjoy and have been inspired!!

XOXO-
Meredith

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mo's Digital Image Challenge #41 - Paper Piecing


Good Sunday Morning Everyone!! I am so excited to be playing along this week as paper piecing is one of my VERY favorite paper crafting techniques!!

Today I chose to use Lacie with her delicious ice cream cone as my main image. I printed Lacie once on white cardstock and then again on the yellow, flowery Martha Stewart designer paper. I trimmed out her adorable frilly dress and set it aside. I then colored Lacie with my Copic markers and trimmed her out.
I carefully added adhesive to her dress and lined it up and placed it just so on top of my colored image. I set Lacie aside and created my card.
I started with a base of SU! chocolate chip textured cardstock. The next layer is light blue textured cardstock, consecutively followed by the same MS flowery DP, lemon yellow cardstock, and light blue cardstock.
Each layer is individually stitched (you can't see the back layer on the light blue textured cardstock as the stitch I chose was too close in and got covered by the MS DP).

I then took 3 light blue circle stickers and added them for a bit of visual interest along with forming a corner with light green rhinestone strips.
I then created my sentiment layer using Lawn Fawn's Partly Cloudy set. I used the green polka dot layer from a mat stack that I have and a scrap of SU! DP to put my "keep the sun in your heart" sentiment on. I also, as you can see, stitched both sides with a zig zag stitch.
Once that was all placed down I then added Lacie to the right hand side using 3-D foam adhesive.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired!!!

Have a great Sunday!!

XOXO-
Meredith

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Tiddly Inks Challenge #14 - Sketch!

Greetings everyone!! Welcome to another awesome week at Tiddly Inks!!! I'm sure you've been following the Halloween Blog Hop along but don't forget there's always the weekly challenge to participate in as well!!

This week we were issued this fantastic sketch!!! In lieu of a card this week, I chose to alter this cool chipboard clipboard (say that 3 times fast!). I've been needing a place to keep my weekly lists of crafting "to-do's" so I can't wait to hang this up in my studio so that I can start using it!!
I took my Colorbox Boysenberry ink pad and generously rubbed and squished it all over the chipboard (a trick my fabulous friend Joanne taught me long ago!). I set it aside to dry while I colored Bathing Beauty with my Copic markers.
The strips of designer paper is from the American Crafts Amplified Line. I went with the color scheme of Raspberry, Purple and Navy. I love how delicious it all looks together!!! I layered and stitched and just am so excited about how it came out! I decided to layer my image OVER the strips of paper so as to not interrupt the lines of the gorgeous Bathing Beauty.
I used my new Curvy Cutter (after slicing a HUGE gash in my finger while opening) to cut the consecutive circles out. I used faux notebook paper which is really designer paper and Core paper in black with a purple center as my circular layer. I edge distressed the Core paper in order for the purple to show through. I then stitched the 2 layers together.
Once everything was adhered down, I added the purple gemstones as well as my blue glittery wave (all one sticker) down to add a little extra zing!!

Thank you so much for coming to visit today!! Don't forget to come play along at the TI
challenge blog!!

XOXO- Meredith

Bombshell Monthly Challenge - "Photo-Synthesis"

Happy Friday!!! I'm so excited to be here to show off this month's amazing Bombshell challenge put forth by my fellow DT member at SI Alison! She is Ms. July at Bombshell!! Here is her challenge:
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Photo-Synthesis

Time to have fun with photos! There are three ways to play along with this challenge!

For the Scrapbookers: Make a layout featuring a photo(s) that have a pin-up feel to it. Maybe it's a picture of you and your car. Or your daughter wearing some vintage clothes. Or your niece in a pin-up style pose. Of course, you'll want to use some of your fabulous Bombshell Stamps on the page!

For the Card Makers: Make a photo card! Using a photo with a vintage feel, make a card that includes your Bombshell Stamps! Some examples include: a super cool Anniversary card for your other half featuring a haute pin-up style pic of you. Maybe a sweet shot of a hot rod for that car lover in your life.

For the Altered Artist: Make a fabulous creation using photos, altered art and your Bombshell Stamps! You can make a shadowbox with car memorablia and a Bombshell or two. You could decorate a frame covered with Bombshells that's housing a vintage photo.

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I had a blast rummaging through my and my hubby's old pics. There are so many to choose from!! I went with one that was my Dad's, 3 of my husbands, one of mine and one of us now with our children.
I ended up doing a scrapbook layout as I've been jonesing to do one lately.

I chose childhood pictures of my husband and I - roughly around the same age, give or take a year or so. I used a melange of Bombshell sets:

Man's Ruin
Girls Ruin
Queen Of Diamonds
Speed Shop

I took many of the small design elements and sprinkled them throughout my page so as to not distract from the photos themselves but to enhance them.
I used the crown from the Queen of Diamonds set on the picture of myself as a little girl (posey, posey - Bomshell Girl in training;) as well as on my daughter - present day from a party we went to where they had the cool photo booths. I used the checkered flag and hot rod from the Speed Shop set to represent my husband's love of cars - old and new!
The music notes and LP stamp at the bottom symbolize our families LOVE of music of any kind. The old school boom box in the center of the layout was my husbands in high school, college and lives in our garage to this day that he uses when he works on our 79 Toyota Landcruiser. It doesn't look nearly that shiny anymore ;)
The Saab picture was my husband's Step-Grandmother's. It was supposed to be his but that never ended up happening as the dear lady cracked the head of the engine by letting it run out of oil and continuing to drive it BUT he saved up the money and purchased one himself (or maybe with the help of his parents) that looked very similar and he LOVED that car!! And he looked so stinkin' cute in it! LOL!
As you can see...my ride was an old school pink Huffy bike...which I adored!!!
I had such a blast putting this together. It is now hanging in my guest bathroom where I hang all old photos in those 3-D plexi frames. I have to get a 12x12 frame for this and it'll have it's permanent home!!
I hope you enjoyed my Photo-Synthesis journey down memory lane!!

Thanks for visiting!!!

XOXO
Meredith

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Halloween is Hoppin' at Tiddly Inks

Happy Halloween!!! Tiddly Inks Style!! Everyone is rockin' Christmas in July...well Christy has decided that it's Halloween in July here at TI!!! I couldn't be more excited! I LOVEEEEEEEEE Halloween as much as I love Valentine's Day!!! hehehe...
I was THRILLED beyond THRILLED when Christy recently released all of the new fabulous Halloween-esque images. I had a VERY hard time deciding which to use...because CLEARLY...I had to purchase them all!! (hehe!) But I like to bust out and try new things all the time so I went with Portence. I love her because she's gothy, a tiny bit creepy, and eerie all at the same time. Oh and btw...I kinda made her into a zombie! LOL!!
I started by coloring my image with my Copic markers. I colored Portence's skin a pale grey, using orange highlights in her hair with the majority of it remaining jet black. I used the Copic color Moon White for her "cheeky smile", orange for her shirt and black for her neck cuff.
I wanted the trim around the mirror to have some sort of "guilding" to it so I used silver stickles to outline the entire thing. I then used my newest stash of papers from My Mind's Eye that I picked up at Michael's the other day. The line is called "the Spider's Web" by Carina Gardner. All of the DP you see are from the same line just the reverse of each other.

My card base is Bazzil textured cardstock that I turned inside out as I enjoyed the color more on the inside (brighter) in a color called Stiletto Heels (something close to that). I then layered black cardstock and stitched it down with a wide zig zag in yellow thread to make it pop.
I then stitched the other layers that I'd paired up together and adhered them all down. I used Crystal Stickers - Clusters to create the top left corner bling effect along with some Making Memories Chipboard Alpha Stickers from the Spellbound collection. I only used the stars (no letters) to add some visual balance to the entire card. I hope you enjoy hopping around and seeing all of the GORGEOUS creations that everyone is making with Christy's delicious and fabulous Tiddly Inks images!! They are simply TO DIE FOR!!! (bwahahahahhhahaha)
Thanks for visiting and leaving some love!! Please leave love for all of the other designers who worked so hard in their creating to participate in this fab hop!!!

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XOXO-
Meredith