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Friday, 12 November 2010

Dress Up 2010. October and November Dresses.

I'm late with October's Halloween dress because I couldn't make a background I liked and I have the full waste bin to prove it.
In the end I caved in and bought some Inkadinkado Halloween stamps, when I realized I was bat drawing challenged or more probably just fed up with and being driven batty by my consistently hopeless backgrounds I was making.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
So for this dress I brayered Adirondack dye ink in Citrus on watercolour paper added a panel of purple metallic paint at the bottom.
I used a paper doily as a stencil and sponged orange acrylic paint through the doily.
Sprayed with gold mica mixed with water. Stamped with Versafine black and added glossy accents and bugle beads.

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November's Dress is Fireworks in the Sky.
This one thankfully turned out just how I wanted it without any messing about.

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This dress is metallic blue paint on watercolour paper, the background stars are gold and silver Sakura pens and some silver stickles. The fireworks are various stickles glitter glues.

Next month is the big reveal for December and our last month of Margaret's Dress Up challenge.
Margaret is such a STAR for running the challenge all year :-)

Sorry - No story this time. Sometimes I have lots of free time and sometimes I don't :-)


Friday, 5 November 2010

Christmas Cards for copics!

Have you found out yet about this great giveaway by Charmed Cards and Crafts who have put up 72 Copic pens series A for grabs?

You've got until 14 November to enter here.
I've bought things from them and they are a good store to use.
I don't have any alcohol pens and would like to try them so I've made a total of 3 Christmas cards which is my grand total to date, so I'll probably (you think?)  have to buy some this year!
I've coloured the Santa, Fairy and the stars with Derwent Coloursoft pencils mixed with Derwent inktense pencils.

I used a coloursoft pencil in Soft Pink (C170) to colour her wings then used Sakura quickie glue pen with Glamour Dust in Crystal which has come out really well as pretty shiny wings.
You can also get Glamour Dust in Gold which is also excellent.
All the lovely background papers for these cards are Dovecraft Let it Snow 8"x8" pad.

These two were inspired by Peet a fabulous card maker with a very distinctive style of layering with die cuts and chipboard shapes. I'm guessing she also has a Cricut machine as well as Nesties to get all the shapes she does.

Get yer Christmas stamps out and have a go, it's a random draw.
I like random draws, they take the pressure off.
No performance anxiety required.


Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Stampotique Designers Challenge 18, Spooky, Creepy, Crawly. When opposites attract.

Well, seeing as I creeped myself out with the blood splattered treat container last time,  I thought would be on the look out for the funny side of all the shenanigans going on at the Stampotique Halloween Party.
I didn't have to wait long in the cobwebs in the deep dark woods with my trusty camera for a good shot to use.
Which is just as well as I do not like spiders, at all.

I could practically see the heart signs floating out of Bowtie when he first set eyes on Glimmering Hope all dolled up in her party gear. She is wearing bone glitter moisturiser because she has no skin to rub on the body glitter that she found half price in Boots.
Plus she is also wearing her family heirloom "the death diamond" in her hair.
Even though I say it myself (ahem), she is looking mighty fine for a corpse rustler.

I think Bowtie's opening line to the dame is pretty lame, but what do I know seeing as I was always rubbish at dating.

So my entry for the Stampotique Designers Challenge #18 is

"When opposites attract."

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Just in case the words aren't legible, and lets face it my eyes aren't what they used to be, why, once upon a time they were blue (no, actually that is a lie they never were blue).

Bowtie's opening line is "I tap dance. What do you do?"
and Glimmering Hope replies "I raise the dead."

Normally her reply would have been "On yer bike." but she is interested in his shoes, as they are very sparkly and she gets easily distracted by shiny things.
Also she thinks he looks rather like Elton John in his outfit and one of her very favourite songs is I'm Still Standing.
Now I can tell you very quietly why she likes that song but I have to whisper it,
 so come very close to the screen,
 no, come closer than that,
that's better,
now press your ear on the monitor because she is very touchy about this subject and I don't want to upset her.

I don't know if you've noticed yet but she has no legs. Sssh!
Anyway she is very proud of the fact that she is still standing despite her leglessness.
But she doesn't like it if anyone asks her where her legs have gone. Well obviously.

Happy creating whether you have legs or are in fact legless the next time you pick up your favourite glue!