Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Three Muses and Something Completely Different

ARRRGGHHH, I keep forgetting that EVERYONE I talk to on-line seems to live in a different time zone than mine! I made this for this week's Three Muses Challenge, thinking the challenge "Windows" wouldn't change until Wednesday... except that it's already Wednesday over where the Three Muses are, so now the challenge is "Zlightly Zetti"... oh well, here's my (late) entry anyway,
"Her Eyes Are the Windows of Her Soul":

And go check out all the work by all the other (NOT tardy) artists - or post a "Zlightly Zetti" piece yourself: http://thethreemuseschallenge.blogspot.com/

Someone wrote me after my last post to ask "what on earth is a MOO card?" Which is exactly what I said when I first saw the challenge up on Something Completely Different. It turns out that a MOO card is pretty much a skinny ATC - the dimensions are 2.8 cm x 7 cm. I made my first MOO for this week's ABC Challenge, and it wasn't half as irritating as it is to try to make things postcard size - go figure!

But I'm not going to pat myself on the back just yet - they're switching to inchies for October, when I'm officially a member of the design team, and YIKES that's small. Cross your fingers for me! And then go over and check out the site: http://adifferentchallengeaweek.blogspot.com/

ALSO: I got a letter asking (very politely) what had happened to Part Four of "A Book of You." Which resulted in a head-slapping "DOH!" on my part, because what happened to Part Four is that I just plumb forgot to design it, because I'm a hopeless air-head, and how I'm pulling down straight A's in school I'll never know.

(I think they're just keeping me around for the entertainment factor.)

So I'll try to get Part Four out this weekend...


Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Mixed Bag of Stuff and New FREE kit

I am so behind that this was my entry to LAST week's Crowabout Challenge (although you'll be shocked to learn that I managed to enter it on time - I just never got around to posting here.)

I continue to have trouble with my right thumb (torn ligament from the iguana bite... that rotten lizard has just been the gift that keeps on giving!), and of course as a Fine Arts major I use my hand A LOT, so it swelled up and became temporarily unusable last week, and I've been playing catchup ever since (and I can't figure out the math - if you miss ONE four-hour class, why does it take SEVEN DAYS to make up for it?!?!? That's been a consistent ratio ever since I started college, but I still can't make sense of the absentee inflation...)

ANYWAY, lots to discuss!! First off, I was invited to join the design team at Something Completely Different. It's an Altered Art Challenge site, and the challenge this week is ABC "Moo" cards. This one is Laura's:
So far, they mostly get hand-made entries, and lots of the challenges are small-scale. We made a deal - I'm going to introduce their artists to the coolness of pure digital art, and they're going to force me to work on itty-bitty pieces. If you've followed my blog, you know that I've steadfastly resisted this in the past... but the fabulous Lisa (my art teacher/college advisor/fashion guru) says that "working outside your comfort zone is good for you as an artist." So it should prove interesting... but expect to hear me grumble, because I have always been of the mindset that size DOES matter...

ANYWAY, go check out the wonderful hand-made art submitted to their challenges:


I'm also working on a Halloween-themed store at Zazzle... I'm making (and will have up for sale) lots of spooky T-shirts & posters. Here's a preview:

And mITSYBELLE has a new kit in her store, just in time for the SAS Progressive Scrap Sale _ everything is a whopping 60% off today, 50% tomorrow, 40% on Monday... you get the drift, the faster you go, the cheaper everything is. mITSYBELLE's new kit is called "Sweet Thang":

It's gorgeous, and if you get there TODAY it's a paltry $1.80 (at 60% off the usual $4.50 price). You'll get ten papers and 40 fabulous elements, many of both equally suitable for you altered art folks. Here are a few layouts I made using this great kit:

"Little Gothic Butterfly"

"Too Bad We Can't All Be Blonde"

"You're Never Too Old to Play"

You can buy this kit (not to mention all the other kits in her store, which are on sale too for the same insane prices) here:


"Misty Watercolor Memories" has 10 papers and 23 elements, including a lace header and more scrolls (neither shown here). I made it for the fabulous KimB's DSO Septemer Color Challenge, and you can snag it HERE:

Come back soon! Hugs!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Three Muses & FREEBIE "It's All About the Hat"

The challenge this week at Three Muses is "Moonstruck." The entries were so fantastic that I'm hesitant to post one myself; I just hope I can stand up to the competition! Here's my entry,
"Marvelous Night for a Moon Dance":

Really, you've got to grab some coffee (you'll be there a while) and go check out the other artists: http://thethreemuseschallenge.blogspot.com/By popular request:

THE BAD LIZARD: Well, I've contacted shelters and rescue homes as far away as Bloomfield, Connecticut (that's at least 80 miles from here) and so far NO ONE is willing to take T-Rex (the psychotic twenty-pound iguana) off our hands. Yes, I know, it's shocking; you'd think people would be lined up around the block just hoping for the chance to own their very own demon lizard, especially one the size of a baby alligator who bites, hisses, and tail-whips anything that comes near him. So I'm still stuck with the reptile from Hell... but now that I'm back in school I'm hoping I can find a brave/reckless 20-something boy willing to try and tame the crazed beastie. One of the (very Goth) boys who sat next to me in Drawing last semester has a tarantula, so maybe he needs a psychotic twenty-pound iguana to round out his private Chamber of Horrors?
THE GOOD LIZARD: Meanwhile, my dear sweet Will, who has been terrified of reptiles all his life, is now routinely sitting down at night to watch Chris Matthews and hand-feed grapes to the (good) lizard in his lap. Godzilla continues to labor under the delusion she is a dog; she even sits up and begs!


Here's a new collection of Crowns and Silly Hats (no pointy hats; I'm saving them for the Halloween collection, coming SOON). You can download them FREE here: http://www.4shared.com/file/132152796/4ed53e3e/Its_All_About_the_HAT.html

Come back soon! Hugs!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Crowabout Week 51 - "Boo!"

The challenge for Week 51 at Nancy Baumiller's Crowabout is "Boo!" I used (and greatly altered) the following images that were provided by Nancy: the house, the eyes, the skull, the bats, and the figure of the wandering ghost. Here's my entry,
"Possibly Haunted":

I have good news and bad news: the good news is that I (finally!!!) got my grades for the summer session and I've managed to hang on to my 4.0 another semester; the bad news is I'm back in school and once again studying a weird mixture of random subjects at the same time (and those of you who follow my blog know what that does to my art!). This week's intellectual goulash: Langston Hughes in English Lit and Neolithic Agriculture in Western Civ. (I expect to hit the peak of weirdness around mid-October, when The Jazz Age in one class will correspond with The Black Plauge in the other - jeez, as if I'm not strange enough NOW.)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thank God It's Friday & Theme Thursday

Dear Readers, I'm going to try very hard not to whine about having to go back to school today, although if I had a choice in the matter I would rather be poked in the eye with a sharp stick that's been rolled in the dirt and infected with leprosy...
...not that I'm COMPLAINING, or anything...

ANYWAY, the challenge this week at Thank God It's Friday is "Funny Animals." Here's my entry,
"Now The Truth Can Be Told!":

(Background Paper from KimB)

To check out the other entries (Taluula's piece furthers the adventures of NapoleaHen the Royal Rooster - it's so cool to see my freebies turn up in the challenges!), or to post one yourself, go to: http://thankgoditsfriday.wordpress.com/

Over at Theme Thursday, the challenge is "Halloween." Of course, they want ATC's and I just don't work that small, but I'm going to post anyway because I'm a terrible pain in the butt as well as a smart-ass. So here's my entry,

"A Fowl Lesson":

(original vintage photos, which I have colorized and rather seriously altered, from Nancy Baumiller; cool Halloween text box from Cathe Holden)

To check out the other entries, or to post one yourself, go to: http://themethursday.wordpress.com/

Well, I guess it's back to the real world (if you can use that term to describe Art School). On the bright side, if the professors ask us if anything interesting happened to us this summer, I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who can answer "I was bitten by a psychotic twenty-pound iguana."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Three Muses and "A Book of You" FREEBIE Part Three

This week at Three Muses the challenge is Charlie Chaplin. Here's my entry,
"Starstruck": To check out the FABULOUS artwork at Three Muses, grab a cup of coffee (you'll be there a while) and go to: http://thethreemuseschallenge.blogspot.com/

But WAIT!!! Before you go, don't forget to snag your FREEBIES!!!

Part Three of "A Book of You" is elements - 37 of them, to be exact, only a few of them shown here. In addition you'll get a bunch of vintage florals, two more frames, more lace, bows, butterflies, and somehow NO scrolls... I'll have to put them in Part Four. ANYWAY, you can grab them HERE:


Come back tomorrow for the last Part of "A Book of You." Hugs!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dans Ma Maison and "A Book of You" FREEBIE Part Two

This week, the challenge at Dans Ma Maison is "Doors", and so I figured I wouldn't give them just ANY doors, I'd give them
THE Doors...

To check out the other entries (or to post one yourself!) go to: http://dansmamaisonilya.blogspot.com/

And now for your freebie!

Today we are celebrating the fact that I have (somehow) survived the annual school jeans expedition with THE PRINCESS. Normally this child radiates the serenity which comes from being blonde and assured of one's absolute perfection. But alas, the Eighth Grade is such a hotbed of social pitfalls that even Her Royal Blondness was in full-blown adolescent-angst-mode at the mall this year. This manifested itself as an unending stream of anxious (and judging from her glare at responses, rhetorical) questions that sounded something like this:

How low on the hip is a low-rise supposed to be? Which is cooler, the skinny cut or the boot cut? Do flares make my butt look big? OMG, what if ALL the kids shop here and EVERYONE has this same pair of jeans? Is a size 4 fat?


Thankfully, after six hours of this (and a long, arduous trudge through EVERY STORE in the mall), we emerged with a supply of jeans that met with THE PRINCESS's exacting standards, and by the time we were in the car she had regained her tiara of confident magnificence.
Part Two of "A Book of You" is a collection of eight journaling cards, to help jumpstart the journaling engines. Each one has a different design and a different question about YOU. And you can snag them HERE:


Come back tomorrow for Part Three! Hugs!