Saturday, October 31, 2009

SCD, BIG SAS Halloween Sale, and FREEBIE!!!!!!!!!

The last challenge for October over at Something Completely Different is (of course) Halloween.

This is my inchie; go post one of your own (you have until Thursday), and/or drop over to check out the other entries. As before, most of the talented ladies who post at SCD are making their inchies by hand (WOW, I think I'd go cross-eyed trying to work on an inchie on REAL PAPER), but slowly my digi-example is being explored by a few brave souls...

Laura went digital this week - way to go, girl!

In any case, it's a great mix of art and mediums, so go check it out:


PS: I'm not supposed to tell you what the next challenge is, because it's like a big fat hairy secret and I'd be in violation of the Webart Homeland Security Act or something, BUT...


Moving on...

Just go there. Enough said.


Part Four of Part Four is the JOURNALING CARDS that make "A Book of You" unique; they provide a springboard for you to get your journal going.

There's also a few headers, some blank text boxes, and a couple of extra bits of decoration that didn't get into the Elements file; fifteen pieces in all.

"A Book of You."

For those of you who don't follow my blog: These four parts I've posted in the last four blog entries are an ADD-ON to the September original "A Book of You" Kit. IF YOU DON'T ALREADY HAVE THE ORIGINAL Three Parts of "A Book of You", you can pick them up here:
(You still have to scroll down to get the three ADD-ON parts.)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FREE Ephemera!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry I'm late posting Part Three of Part Four of "A Book of You"... I've been caught up in HOMEWORK HELL for the past four days. This week's intellectual goulash: a quiz on Photoshop printing techniques; a quiz on the Julio-Claudian Emperors of Rome; a Western Civ Mid term (tomorrow!) covering Neanderthals to Classical Greeks, and a paper on W.E.B. Dubois's concept of double consciousness and how it relates to the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. HA HA HA, I'm going to pop on "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay and work on a collage for the Three Muses's "Couples" challenge this week... stay tuned to see how all that filters together (I'm expecting weirdness).


21 pieces of hi-res ephemera and postage mark overlays, meant to coordinate with the "A Book of You" journal but certainly of use to non-journalling altered art people as well. Go get it HERE:

Come back Tomorrow(ish) for Part Four of Part Four: Cards and Headers

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New mITSYBELLE Kit & Part Two of A Book of You Add-On FREEBIE

Get Ready to Party with SAS!

The very talented mITSYBELLE has another kit in her SAS store! "Cee Zee" was designed to mix with its sister kit "Sweet Thang", and both kits will be on sale for 25% off this week!

"Cee Zee" has 13 papers and 33 elements that combine for dozens of very different looks!

Here are a few layouts I made using this wonderful kit:

"My 13-Year-Old Daughter
(OR: Why My Husband Wants to Buy a Shotgun)"

"Great Big Box of Miracles"

"A Fateful Day in the Sandbox"

You can see how well this all works with "Sweet Thang."

You can purchase both kits here:

On sale, they come to under $7 for both kits, AND make you eligable for THIS:

With "Colorful Fall", you get 16 textured papers and 46 elements: 2 laser cut paper borders, 1 folded paper edge, 4 rectangle frames, 1 oval frame, 1 string frame, 3 brads, 1 swirl, 1 leafy swirl, 2 scarecrows, 1 twig, 5 flowers, 1 sunflower, 1 cabbage flower, 1 butterfly, 5 leafs, 2 physalis vines, 1 tag, 2 mats, one with frayed edges, 1 notepaper, 3 folded ribbons, 3 tied ribbons, 2 tied ribbons with eyelets, 2 strings with beads... ALL FREE WITH YOUR PURCHASE OF "Cee Zee" and "Sweet Thang"!


Yes, it's Part Two of Part Four of "A Book of You"! This time you'll get 17 elements that will match all Eight Parts of this Four Part Kit. (I know, it's mind-boggling, I'm a 4.0 honor student and yet I can't manage to count to four without getting into trouble.)


Tomorrow you'll get Part Three of Part Four:

Add-On Ephemera


Friday, October 23, 2009

SCD Inchies, Opening of my Halloween Zazzle store, AND NEW FREEBIES!!!!!!!

The challenge this week at Something Completely Different is "Face," to be interpeted as an inchie - those teeny-tiny canvases we've been pushing all month. Here's mine:

You've got until THURSDAY to post one of your own - and then go check out the other artists, who have done some really creative things with their inchies! Last week, Lesely combined two black& white inchies to make a moo card; Zoechaos printed up 9 inchies that combined to make one bigger picture, mounted window-pane style on a handmade greeting card; and Humel turned hers into a pendant! Come check them out here:

By the way, if YOU want to make a cool inchie pendant (or a keychain), you're welcome to use any of my designs! My inchies are loaded here at 300dpi; click on them to get the hi-res version and right-click to save. A cool tutorial on making them into a glass pendant is here , and you can order the supplies here .


My Zazzle Halloween Shop is OPEN!

Here are the designs:

"I Get a Little Batty This Time of Year"

"Carve My Pumpkin"

"Demon Gambling"

"The Finest Witch in the Henhouse"

"Moon Goddess"

"Union 666, United Coven of Witches"

All are available in men's and women's t-shirts; "Carve my Pumpkin" is also available as a man's hoodie (in black); and all the other designs EXCEPT "Carve my Pumpkin" are available as really nice Trick-or-Treat bags. You can purchase them here:*/gifts
All Halloween gear is 10.31% off from now until Halloween; use the code:
at checkout. Shop by Wednesday to guarantee delivery for Halloween.


The long-awaited Part Four of "A Book of You" actually comes in four parts, so I'm just calling it an "Add-On" instead. You get Part One of Part Four today - MORE PAPERS.
Come back tomorrow for Part Two of Part Four!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

SCD goes Black & White; Three Muses; and NEW mITSYBELLE kit

The theme this week at Something Completely Different is

Black & White Inchies.

OK, it's hard to get the hang of the teeny-tiny canvas at first, but after that it's kind of fun. I'm still the only digi-artist posting (although kudos to Juno for giving it a go! You rock, girl!) so I want to encourage all you digital altered art wizards to go over and post one yourself! Also, check out the work of the ladies making their entries by hand with stamps, inks and embossing powders - all on a 0ne inch scrap of paper! They're amazing!

Moving on...

The Challenge this week at Three Muses is "Hair." I actually did a serious piece of artwork, just for the novelty of it, and because I seem to have temporarily misplaced my sarcastic streak. This is most likely due to loosing an entire week of school for miserable depressing health-related issues, so I am now so far behind that I have to radio ahead to locate my own shadow. But fear not, you can expect EXTRA snarkiness from me as I try to work my way out of the academic hole.

Also, I've attempted to atone for my detour into adulthood by giving this piece a sufficiently snarky title to compensate:

"Isn't It Wonderful What Those New All-Natural Shampoos Can Do!"

Anyway, go check out all the fabulous artwork by the other artists at Three Muses - they always get incredible entries!

And now a word from our sponsors!The amazing mITSYBELLE has a new kit in her stores called "Natural Beauty."

As you can see, it's a very pretty, delicate kit in lovely pastels. You get 12 papers and 41 elements (LOVE the green tasseled fringe).

Here are two layouts I made using this beautiful kit:

"I'm So Glad I Said Yes":

"You're Such a Flirt!"

You can purchase this fabulous kit in mITSYBELLE's SAS store here, and then head over to her blog to download a FREE QP and this cool FREE Halloween mini-kit!

I'll be back soon with goodies - hugs!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Three Muses

This week's challenge at Three Muses is "Numerology." Here is my entry, "Your Lucky Numbers Are..."
Make sure you click on the image so it's big enough for you to read the message in the fortune cookie.

To check out the truly awesome artwork produced by the people who regularly post at Three Muses, grab a cup of coffee and go to:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Something Completely Different & New mITSYBELLE Kit

This week's challenge over at Something Completely Different is "Bird Inchies." And I'm happier with my second try at one of these teeny-tiny art pieces:

Consider this one a free download; click on the image to get the full resolution and then right-click to save. If you're into jewelry making, it's just the right size for one of those cool glass charms that seem to be so in vogue right now. THE PRINCESS puts them on necklaces, charm bracelets and key chains.

CU is OK - knock yourself out!

And by all means, go check out all the other entries! Except for me, all the artists submit handmade pieces, and I'm in awe of their ability to work with stamps, inks and embossing powders on such a tiny surface.

(Don't tell my Art Teacher I said that, or she'll assign me to make a whole series of them just to force me to work outside of my comfort zone; I love her, she's a FANTASTIC professor, but she's also a slave driver.)

mITSYBELLE has a new kit out in stores right now, and it's just beautiful. It's crammed full of stuff for scrapbookers and altered artists alike (check out the cool vintage Halloween greeting cards, and the beautifully detailed lace!). The papers are also gorgeous:

Here are a few layouts I created using this kit, which show how versatile it is:

"Moon Goddess"
(my Altered Art piece)

"Vintage Children"

"Autumn in the Berkshires"

You can purchase this wonderful kit here:

Then head on over to mITSYBELLE's blog to pick up this freebie:

It's part of a blog train, so grab some coffee and dig in for an hour of freebie hunting!

I am currently trying to dig myself out of a basket of YIKES at school (and I thought I would get a break with the 3-day weekend, but my evil Lit teacher announced that since we would miss the Monday class due to the Columbus Day holiday he was assigning us AN EXTRA ESSAY INSTEAD), but the Halloween shop should be up on Zazzle by this weekend, and I'm working on a very cool Add-On to
"A Book of You."
Also, we've been covering "expert methods of image extraction" in my Advanced Photoshop class, so I could probably make up another free set of Vintage Fairies and Floozies for all of you that I can also turn in for homework!!!!!
So come back soon! Hugs!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Crowabout Week 54 & Something Completely Different

Here's my entry to Nancy Baumiller's Crowabout Challenge. The honest truth is I'm supposed to be doing my Lit homework and instead I've been collaging this all afternoon because it just seemed so damn cool. Too bad I can't submit it instead of the essay on James Weldon Johnson I should have written...
"The Strange Tale of Herman the Cross Dressing Milkman"

I made my first inchie for Something Completely Different. Why don't we all pretend I spent a couple of paragraphs griping about how hard it is to work with a 1-inch-by-1-inch canvas and just move along? This week's theme is "Oriental":

I'm not thrilled with it; I hope the next one comes out better... go over to the SCD site and see what inchies are supposed to look like (or maybe post one yourself?):

Now I have to go do homework...