Tuesday 30 September 2014

Aurora Wings Goth Mermaid-DT Card for The Corrosive Challenge Blog

You've come upon a mermaid's lair
Strings of pearls have led you here
Enter if you dare...
If you've no fear...
come inside and hear her song
Keep Calm and Mermaid On

Details details details

I love black Gesso! I used it at least 6x to cover up each attempt I made at hand lettering,"Keep Calm And Mermaid On"

Wish you could feel the texture

I'm excited to share the card I made for the new challenge at The Corrosive Challenge Blog.
This is a color challenge and the colors we're playing with are,
Orange, Purple, Green and Black.
Our sponsor this fortnight is the awesome Stamps By Aurora Wings as well as Simply Betty Stamps.
I've chosen to work with Goth Mermaid with skull, an image from
 I'm always head over heels excited whenever I get to use one of Mitzi's digis! I love making those card as elaborate as I can.
On a scale of 1-10 I think this creation may be at a 10+ when it comes to the overload of embellishments.
But that's only because I had an overload of ideas as to how I wanted this card to look and feel...
Really, I should have colored up the image 4 or 5 times and made the individual cards I was envisioning.
I didn't have time for that so I jammed as many thoughts, ideas, and details into this card as I could without taking away from(hopefully) the focal point which is the digital image!
The items I pulled from my craft stash to possibly use in creating this card
I designed this card for a friend's daughter in mind.
She's a mermaid at heart.
It was a challenge for me to use my favorite Halloween colors but not have the card scream, "Halloween Colors used here!"
I had more embellishments added but decided to take off an extra string of pearls and removed a couple of seashells.
I love that it's a feast for the eyes! The more you look the more you see!
 There is so much texture going on here and the card is just begging to be touched.
There's a layer of clear micro glass beads on the mermaid tail and the dimension it gives almost makes it seem alive. 
I had colored the tail scale by scale using 4 different colors per scale. That beautiful quilt looking pattern got a little lost when I added the glaze and beads.
Just when I thought it was all done I realized I had taped the image panel down slightly crooked.
 I'm sure no one would have noticed but I noticed so I decided my best option was to draw the eye away from that little mishap by adding all the feathers rather than trying to peel off the panel that was stuck down with Sookwang tape!
 Of course I didn't think that was enough so then I also added the punched out paper coral to place behind the clam shell and added the "crystal coral" as well as a few more rhinestones. 
Did you notice the very kewl skull charm I embedded into the seashell?
 It has the word,"Queen" etched into the crown.
Once I began adding more things I had a hard time stopping!
I thought surely no more could be added I was wrong! Before I knew it  I had added that fun clay skully gifted to my by friend * Glo!
Talk about detail! This card has it!
It's like a Where's Waldo in the Mermaid's lair...can you find the brass KEY amongst these other things:
-Paper by Bo Bunny-Fright Delight Collection 
-Vintage Kodak glitter sticky paper
-Jolee's dimensional bubble stickers
-Fish net
-String of pearls
-Glitter card stock and die cut
-Awesome green seaweed looking ribbon*
-Purple, green, orange feathers,
-metal corner embellie
-Recollections bling in black and orange
-Crystals in a glass bottle with rhinestone detail
-Clear dew drops
-Amber rhinestone heart from my broken jewelery stash
-MS punched coral
-Clay skull
-Maya Road chipboard
-Suzy Weinberg's Beadazzles-Jazz
-Gold and clear micro beads 
-Two sea shells
-Stickles- orange peel and diamond
-Viva Pearl Pen
-Crowned skull charm etched with,"Queen"
-Vintage rhinestones and vintage orange ribbon
The background was painted with Sennelier Water Color 
Well I think that's it!
Thanks for stopping in today!
 If you're creating with Halloween colors be sure to play along with me and the other DT girls, and link up your creations at TCCB for a chance to win a  fabulous gift certificate from our sponsors.

 B-Unique! Hugs!

How Isabella feels about being dressed up in her spider dress


Sunday 14 September 2014

Autumn Attitude-DT Card For The Corrosive Challenge Blog

Hello my darlings! 
Today I'm sharing the card I made for the new challenge at The Corrosive Challenge Blog.
Our theme this fortnight is Autumn/Fall.
Just a little note...we had our first snow fall on the 8th.
Feeling very "Fallish" already in my part of Canada and I miss Summer already!
Our sponsor for this challenge is The Paper Shelter.
 I love these detailed gorgeous digis and the best part of purchasing from The Paper Shelter is the "digi packages", which always include, in addition to the black lines for coloring, a pre colored version.
 The colored digis are not sold separately. All are available and included in the product. So you will receive more, but without extra charge!
Often there is also bonus digi papers which also come along with your digi.
For this card I decided to take advantage of the colored bonus digi version of Autumn Attitude and printed multiple images so I could do some paper tole.
I had originally colored up the black outline image but when I went to color the background I messed up the background with my water paints and there was no way to salvage it as some of the outlines had bled and looked blurry.
No problem...bonus pre colored image to the rescue!
That's a seriously awesome bonus and a true time saver!
The paper is from a Bo Bunny Paper pack, Autumn Song Collection
I used a yoyo die cut, and the Happy Birthday sentiment, is from a Kraftin Kimmie Trinkets.
Other embellishments I used were, punched out maple leaves adorned with glass beads and glitter. 
Miniature assorted paper flowers, wicker heart, pins, Feathers, Burlap, Dew drops, Recollection Bling, Prima silk leaves, and a little bit of Nature.
I have no idea what those little acorn caps are called but they came from some trees in Florida. I found them when we went to Disney World in Florida 5 years ago. 
They had fallen along my path I was walking from the parking lot into the park.
 I stopped for a few minutes and collected a pocketful to use "one day" in my crafts.
Be sure to join us for this challenge and you could win a $20 gift certificate from The Paper Shelter.
Psst!...The PS also have a DT call going on right now on the blog and they could be looking for you!

I'll leave you with another pic of my pup Isabella. She just had her first grooming appointment a couple of days ago and she no longer smells like
 camp fire. 
Have you heard of Itty Bitty's yet?
I bought Izzy her first one.

Izzy with her Itty Bittys...Glinda the Good Witch

Be unique! Hugs!