Thursday, October 27, 2011

Creepy is my middle name. Okay, it's not, but it would be freaking cool if it was.

This week at For Fun Challenges, we're psyched to have a great name in creepy horror digi stamps (and cute ones, and clever ones, and so on) as our sponsor. Rick St. Dennis! I certainly don't keep my eerie stamps packed away all year, sad and loney, waiting for October to roll around. A little scary fun is an important part of year round crafting. It's chock full of 8 essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin H (for horror), and the minerals creeponium and hauntitine.
As you can see below, I've got a green and black glittered skeleton raising the roof, and the walls bleeding all in honor of Rick St. Dennis' vicious snail. He's hanging out in his slime-trail web just waiting for someone to point their finger just a little too close. Chomp!

Stop by For Fun Challenges so you can see the whole array of dangerous-looking critters you can win if you play along with our challenge. Make something supremely Halloweeny and you could win!

I've also been finishing off my own Halloween cards I intend to send out shortly. Here's one that's a little bit (no, actually a lot) on the cute side. I love this little kitty witch by The Angel Company (RIP)! Aww! I'm entering this one in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge, because yes, that's their ribbon (love the black on black checks!) and yes, their ribbon club from which I got it, rocks!

 Oh my, oh my...did I almost forget the kitty break? Nope! This time you get a little dog, too! Here's Toulouse (the kitty) and Usagi (the dog) demonstrating the vast power of the Magic Blanket that allows them to sit back to back despite being fairly terrified of each other normally. The blanket's power appears to be growing because this time it's not even forming a barrier between them. Notice how it's just sort of flung over the back of the couch behind them, yet still exhibits full powers. Wow!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bat-infested Wreath: Love it!

Okay, so this bat infested wreath gets extra points for being more cute than rabid, but I'm not so sure about that angry kitty leering at me from the center.
I made this card for a challenge by the maker of this creepy/cute bat wreath digi, Doodle Pantry, for challenge DPDC17.

I *heart* Halloween!

Digi My World, a digistamp proprietor I love for their growing collection of dog digis, has a Trick or Treat challenge using one of their stamps. I didn't have any halloweeny ones, so I improvised with some witchy accessories by Sassy Studio in conjunction with Digi My World's adorable Italian greyhound. I'm rather pleased with the results.
While I'm on the subject of Digi My World, I also thought I'd mention their blog candy page, which you can check out by clicking here or clicking on the badge dealie on the side of my blog.

Wish my luck! I hope they like my witch dog as much as I do. Why should cats have all the Halloween fun, right?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Festive Fun with Bugaboo

This week's challenge at For Fun Challenges is a favorite of mine and not just because the prizes are provided by Bugaboo Stamps. This week, participants are asked to make a Halloween card without using the colors orange, black, or purple. I've always been a fan of using non-traditional colors with very traditional holiday images. I'm not sure why I love playing with color this way. Maybe it's because of that old flag optical illustion? Or the issue of Sesame Street Magazine I adored as a kid because all the characters were different colors than they should be? Chicken? Egg?
 So, I took the opportunity to make a trick or treat goodiebag, trading in the usual colors for greens, yellows, and browns. Check out the cute little cemetery at the top! It's one of Martha Stewart's badass edge punches. She definitely knows how to do halloween!
I'm entering this project into these challenges:


 Kitty break! Kitty break! Here's Weezee, completely fascinated by a squirrel on the Video DogSitter DVD. The dogs weren't all that impressed by the video, but Weezee couldn't take her eyes off of it. She was completely transfixed for the entire video, moving only to get into a better attack position so the animals on the screen wouldn't see her coming.

Working on goodie bags this week. I finally gave up on ever finding ones small enough for the cuteness level I desired and just went ahead and ordered them online.
 Entering this party favor goodie bag (I'd love these for my birthday party...I'm a goth geek year round!) in the Outlines Challenge (they're the company that made the fabulous stamp I used.) It may not look like I did much coloring, but I blacked in the blank parts and darkened the lines using colored pencils to make the image as vibrant and clear as possible.
Also entering this in the Quirky Crafts challenge.

I'm totally in a Halloweenie mood this week. Check out this adorabl kitty by Pollycraft:
 I'm entering my halloween cat and candy card into these challenges:
 Repeat Impressions DCC1012 Designer’s Choice Challenge
Sparkles Forum Challenges

I love this sneaky little bulldog by Mo's Digital Pencil. Usagi loves to grab plastic pumpkins and run. We thought it was the candy until we caught her stealing them just as often when they're empty. Silly dog!
 I'm entering this naughty little puppy card into these challenges:
Wags and Whiskers Challenge #65
Stampavie Halloween Challenge

I picked up some really nice, barely used, Lyra Polycolor colored pencils off of ebay and now I can't get enough of coloring with them.
I'm entering these sweet halloween kitties here:
Hanna and Friends
Crafting for all Seasons
Paper Sundaes

Friday, October 14, 2011

CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge Part 4: Big Ol' Box O Fun

Annnnnnnnd here's my entry for part four of the CDAC Progressive Challenge. Again, I thought I'd try something other than a card and made...
 a handy box to keep cards *in*!
 I used the digi stamp offered by Designed 2 Delight, since I can never resist a kitty. I also used some of the ribbon I got from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthy Ribbon Club to decorate the sides.

Here's a top view...I unfortunately ran out of orange stickles, but I think the clear worked out just fine on the outside edges after all.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

One of my top ten favorite digi shops EVER!

 It's time for this week's For Fun Challenge to be announced and I'm especially happy to report that this week's sponsor totally rocks my world. It's MelJen's Designs, home to more adorable animal (and other) digi stamps than you can shake a stick at!
This week's challenge involves using pumpkins (not Jack o' Lanterns, unfortunately, but hey, we could all probably stand to have some fall cards we can still use once the 31st is over.) The winner will get some goodies from our sponsor, so don't miss this one.

I decided to use this yummy pumpkin pie as the central image, then added a second MelJen's pumpkin/leaf design on pop dots to fill it out. I cut out and layered the pie and the leaf to add dimension, then traced the edges with Stickles.
Here's another angle so you can see the popped up parts more clearly. I couldn't resist adding a few tiny bat brads to keep it Halloweenie!

And to wind it up, how about a pic of my adorable foster mice, Sookie and Tara. They're big fans of pasta shells, and I'm a big fan of their ginormous ears!