Dec 17, 2014

WW #137 Happy Creepy Christmas

Challenge: #137 Happy Creepy Holidays
Sponsor: Delicious Doodles
Image: Holly Sugar Skull


This was one of those times that I really had to challenge myself to make this ATC and was more than happy when it was finished. For some reason I keep trying to use the color purple on ATC's and beause purple is my least favorite color....I keep thinking I can figure out how to use it. The image was colored with Copics and outlined with BV02. I used BV00 to color the entired ATC background. A Christmas border, rhinestones, and acrylic JOY were added. The finished look is nice but not very creepy.

If you check out the Wicked Wednesday blog you can see some creatively creepy ATCs by my teamies...such a talented group of girls who put their own spin on every challenge.  You can link your ATC projects HERE, just make sure it's uploaded by 7:00 pm EST next Tuesday evening.

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Christmas is fast approaching! Tomorrow we are going to get our daughter at college....it's a 10 hour round trip which makes for a long day, especially since it gets dark so early. It'll be nice to have her home for winter break. When she was home for Thanksgiving I asked her to draw our Christmas card this year....she used a "stylized" style and did our entire family portrait on her laptop. She sent me a copy and I said to my hubs, "this doesn't look anything like us, yet it freakishly looks like us!" I LOVE this card, not only because I look 20 years younger, but we have shoulders like linebackers, and most of us are armless. Check out the matching sweaters!


Happy Wednesday, the days will be getting longer soon!

Dec 10, 2014

WW #136 Happy Holidays

Challenge: HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Sponsor: A Day for Daisies
Image: Christmas Tree Fairy


I have to tell you...I absolutely adore this image and found her so much fun to color (with Copics of course!) After outlining her with BG10, the stars were stenciled with Gelatos and the snowflakes were stamped in Momento London Fog and the edges were inked in Weathered Wood DI. A white gel pen was used to outline and splatter, and her wings were Stickle-fied. The sentiment and star stamps are both from Recollections.

What a fun challenge at Wicked Wednesday, we'd love to have you join us! This challenge runs through next Tuesday evening, 7:00 pm EST. Feel free to click HERE to link your ATC and to check out what my teamies came up with....they always make me say, "I wish I had thought of that!"

CHALLENGES:
A Random Fan: #20 Christmas
My Sheri Crafts: #147 Oh Christmas Tree
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes Dec 9-15

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your busy list isn't keeping you too busy and you're finding the time to enjoy a few highlights of the season, 
Happy Wednesday!

Dec 9, 2014

Some good news....

A little good news is happening here at Being-Craft-De ... I'm super excited to be joining the Loves Rubberstamps DT for a 4 month gig starting January 1st. Not only am I looking forward to creating projects with their numerous products and images, but I'm thrilled that my mojo is finally coming back after its year long hiatus. Can you give me a WOOT WOOT!!

Here are a few Loves Rubberstamps sites you'll want to bookmark:

On-line store, where you can buy all the awesome products that the DT showcases:

Go to the Store 

Inspiration Blog that hosts a weekly blog hop:

Loves Rubberstamps Blog Challenges

Challenge Blog that hosts a weekly challenge:

Loves Rubberstamps Blog Challenges

I hope you'll follow me on this new venture and you'll join the weekly challenges that Loves Rubberstamps posts. The challenges are always fun and the prizes are pretty good too!

Such a nice way to start the new year,
happy Tuesday!

Dec 4, 2014

WW #135 You're a Star

Challenge: #135 You're a Star
Sponsor: Kenny K
Image: City Star Christmas


The image was colored with Copics, outlined with a white gel pen, then outlined again with a black Sharpie. The red and pink stripes were hand drawn, then pink acrylic paint was smudged around the edges. Chipboard stars and a star stencil were used to add to the star theme....along with a touch of glitter.

There's plenty of time to get your craft on and join us in this fun challenge at Wicked Wednesday, feel free to link your ATC HERE. This challenge runs until 7:00 pm EST next Tuesday evening.

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I was just looking at the calendar and thought there is not enough time over the next couple of days to finish everything  that needs to get done....do you ever feel that way? Buying presents, wrapping them, writing cards is so much better than cleaning, cooking, and more cleaning! I'm trying to keep it stress free and hope you are too.

Nov 20, 2014

Marjorie's Challenge

I was telling my friend Marjorie that I have been unmotivated lately, so she challenged the both of us to make a post-it note holder from THIS tutorial. It's such a good tutorial that it hardly took any time to finish, making for an easy peasy project. You can see Marjorie's take on her challenge HERE. LOL, the things Bestie's do for each other! 



I used an image from Michele Perkett called Juniper and Cecilia that I colored with Copics a couple of years ago when my family went on vacation in Door County. The green skirt was a different color but I just used my handy dandy YG11 to color over it...you would never know it was purple at one time. 

The doily was a gift from Marjorie and inked with DI in Spun Sugar
DP is MME Bramble Rose
Flowers, skeleton leaves, ribbon, bling, and Viva Paper Pens were also used.


CHALLENGES:
I found a new blog I'm pretty excited about called Clear it Out Challenge Blog....the name of the blog speaks for itself and I'm always up to the challenge of using what I have.

Anything but a Card:  #41 Anything Goes
Clear it Out Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #276 Recipe
Loves Rubberstamps: #127 Things with Wings
Stamp and Create: November - Ribbons and Bows

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Today I'm going to the Autumn Festival Arts and Crafts show at the Odeum with a very good friend.This will be our 14th year straight of going to craft shows and spending the day together... shopping and laughing, with the emphasis on laughing. I'm hoping to find a few holiday gifts too.

I hope you have a great Thursday! 

Nov 19, 2014

WW #133 Falling for Fall

The challenge this week at Wicked Wednesday is Falling for Fall ...our sponsor is Sami Stamps and the image they provided is called Acorn Harvest.


After coloring the image with Copics I masked it so I could use my new mini stencil from Just a Trace...it's so small and perfect for ATCs. I used gesso tinted with Gelatos for the color. Spica Glitter pens were used, along with alpha stamps and a white Signo pen for detailing. When done I sealed the entire ATC with Modge Podge infused with gold glitter...a stunning look, but the shine made it hard to get a good picture. 

Feel free to click HERE to upload your ATC and to check out the Wicked Wednesday Falling for Fall challenge that runs until 7:00 pm EST next Tuesday evening. We'd love to have you join us!

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Just one more week until Thanksgiving! This will be the first year in 15 years that I will not be cooking and our family will be going to my hub's relatives. I'm already sad because we'll miss some of our favorite holiday dishes. On the plus side....I won't miss the extra cleaning!

Happy Wednesday my crafty friends!

Nov 14, 2014

NOEL

It feels good to create again, even if it is something as simple as a card and this week I actually made two projects....WOOT! I'm on a roll!

I have had scraps of 4 x 4 pieces of paper with circles cut out of them from a previous project sitting on my desk for over a month. I didn't want to part with the negative pieces for a couple of reasons.....I had too many and knew they would come in handy AND I loved the DP. As soon as I saw the challenge at PDE I thought they would be perfect for a banner. Then I saw this week's sketch at DS#177 and knew this project was meant to be. This is what I came up with and I have the perfect place in mind for it...just in time for the holidays!


The letters where cut from the Cricut Storybook cartridge and pop-dotted. The Santa image is from a $1 JoAnn stamp and wet embossed with white opaque EP. Mesh bling, glitter, ribbons, twine, circle Nesties, scallop punch, CS, and mat board were used. Check out the felt covered jingle bells that I found at Michael's a few years ago which are hanging off of a TH swivel clasp. This bow would never exist without a Bow Easy.

Seriously, if I know I'm going to put glitter on a project why wouldn't I just use glitter paper instead of running it through a Xyron and pour glitter all over it? I asked myself that twice this week.



CHALLENGES:
PDE (Linky party): Banners
Anything But a Card: #41 Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craft Room: #173 Super Scraps Saturday
Deconstructed Sketch:  #177 ( sketch used for the letter O)


I love these challenges, they keep me motivated!
Happy Friday,
happy weekend.

Nov 12, 2014

WW #132 Something Sweet or Hearts

Wicked Wednesday Challenge #132: Something Sweet or Hearts
Sponsor: A Random Fan
Image: Baker Arie


How funny that I was driving to see my mother today, listening to the radio and guess what song came on the radio? Yes, Def Leppard was singing, "pour some sugar on me." Too funny! Did you notice the music note background? If you paid very close attention you'll notice it was stamped upside down...unintentionally.

This fun challenges run until 7:00 pm EST next Tuesday evening. You can link your ATC  at the Wicked Wednesday challenge blog HERE. We'd love to have you join us!

Nov 5, 2014

WW #131 Skully X-mas

Wicked Wednesday #131: Skully X-mas
Sponsor: Oddball Art Co.
Image: #120 Ellie the Elf


What a fun challenge at Wicked Wednesday and such a cute image provided by this week's sponsor!
Copics and Stardust Stickles were used on the image.
The entire background was colored using YG11.
Sharpie paint pens in pink, red, white, and green were used for the dots, along with a white gel pen.
Background skull is from TGF Matey Set and stamped in DI Spun Sugar.
Large X is from a Thickers alpha set.
Pink skull is a rub-on that was applied to white CS, then fussy cut.
Edges inked in DI Peeled Paint

The entire DT used the same image and just wait until you see what we all did with it! Grab your skullies and Christmas images and upload your ATC HERE...it's never to early to start on your holiday projects! You have until 7:00 pm EST next Tuesday evening to join us for this fun challenge.

Challenges:
Loves Rubberstamps: #125 Anything Goes

Oct 29, 2014

WW #130 Things that go Bump in the Night

Sponsor: Smeared Ink
Image: Pumpkin Head


What an interesting image, right?! I'm not sure why I didn't think of the standard Halloween sentiment, "Trick-or-treat, smell my feet" until just now. The image was colored with Copics and the background was painted with Gelatos. I smudged a yellow Gelato into a star stencil, then did a little outlining with a black pen.

You have an entire week to join us at Wicked Wednesday, just make sure your ATC is uploaded by 7:00 pm EST next Tuesday evening. Feel free to click HERE to hop over to the Wicked Wednesday...my teamies are sure to inspire you.

Challenges:
My Sheri Crafts: #145 Black Magic
Through the Craft Room Door: Oct 27th - Nov 3rd Anything Goes

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and say hi, especially during these busy days!