Monday, October 20, 2014

FIESTA!!!!


Well, if you've been following me for awhile, you know I LOVE Dia de los Muertos and was thrilled when I found these fun skellies at SCACD.  Without going into the full explanation about the holiday, Day of the Dead is celebrated in Latin cultures, and is a day of honoring and celebrating the life of departed loved ones.  It is a happy, not morbid occasion, with bright colors and banners, so I've made a fun greeting card, or perhaps party invitation. (If I get my act together. LOL)  Sentiment is done with Alpha Beads on the layered banner and the fab DP is BoBunny.
  

First meet Mr. Bones.  Isn't he fun!?  He's new as a digital and can also be found in rubber HERE.  He's colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped.  The enlarged head made me think of a bobble head, so you know what's coming, don't you? 



But first, may I introduce his lovely wife, Mrs. Bones.  In digi she comes with a fun girly sentiment and she is also available in rubber HERE.  Also a special deal if you want them BOTH in rubber HERE.  Again, she's colored with Copics and I've added Glossy Accents to both their eyes to make them shine.  Each head was cut separate from the body so I could add an Action Wobble. 



I wanted them both to bobble but not butt heads (unlike most married couples, LOL) so I added a piece of foam to Mr. Bones' Action Wobble to pop his head up more.  And speaking of married couples, wouldn't they make a great anniversary card?



Here's my attempt to capture them in action.  No, I don't have a smart phone, and yes, I know I'm about the only person on earth over the age of 5 who can say that, but you get the idea.  They totally crack me up.  I suspect you can find me playing with them the rest of the afternoon.  And just so you know, there are more fabulous sugar skull stamps by Carmen Medlin also available In the digi section HERE.  Also, a number of my UK buddies were commenting on the fab Steampunk Wings die from yesterday's post.  Quixotic Paperie is your connection for SCACD Rubber Stamps and Dies in the UK/Europe.

Donna

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NEW AND COMING PRODUCTS TO SCACD!!!

SCACD Just got in some of the NEW Heartfelt Creation stamps from the "All Geared Up" collection and at an introductory price of 20% OFF!!! You can purchase them HERE


Also NEW is the Tim Holtz Holiday Greens die by Sizzix HERE

***ALSO for Stampingbella fans we have the newest Uptown girls release showing up Wednesday the 22nd ♥***  They will be listed HERE
Have a happy Sunday

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Faith - Just colored

Hi Guys - I have been doing a LOT of coloring lately. Just coloring, practicing, having fun.
One of the recent images I have colored was Faith.

I love trying to merge colors. The BlueViolet and the Blue merging together on the wings makes me happy Happy! :-).

I haven't done anything with her yet - other than put her in a journal. I do not know what I will be doing on that journal page, Because this whole "art journaling" is confusing to me. As of now I have two pages. One with a Phoenix on a scrapbook page  with red sparklies on either side... with NOTHING on it. The second is the white page with just Faith on it. Nothing else.

I think the concept of "journal" is what has escaped me. Writing down thoughts, etc.... My thoughts are more like work - oooo song - -  work - -  Hi Honey - have we won the lottery? No dangit! - - work - doodle (drawing) - Doodle (my puppy) - Mal (my other puppy), ooooo whats for dinner.... Oh my daughter looks so pretty and is doing good in school - - oh my other pretty daughter is employed YAY!  Nothing profound enough that in my mind it should be placed on paper. HA.  Until then I will forge ahead with putting whatever random images I feel like doing in my journal. We will see whatever happens. Maybe one day I will have something around it. :-)

Have a great weekend.

Alaine

Friday, October 17, 2014

Meet Sunflower Owl!

Here's my card which features Sunflower Owl, one of SCACD's fabulous digital stamps!

Sunflower Owl was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer, and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut, left inside the die, and Mustard Seed Distress ink was sponged onto the card using a Mini Ink Blending Tool.

The patterned papers are from the French Country 6x6 pad by Graphic 45. All edges were sponged with Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, or Old Paper Distress ink.

The horizontal element on the bottom right was die-cut, sponged with ink, then adhered. The Arrows and Hearts stencil by The Crafter's Workshop was placed over it and the chevron hearts were traced onto both the die-cut and the card to "ground" Sunflower Owl because I don't like floating owls.

Adhesive pearls by Kaisercraft ($1 each *offer good while quantities last*!!!) were used to finish the card.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Phoenix Rising

I would like to share with you an art journal page I created in my 5" x 16" Moleskin journal, using the beautiful digital phoenix image from Susanas Custom Art and Card Design


There was so much detail and power in this phoenix, I loved how regal he is, so it seemed only appropriate to paint him in silver and gold lumiere paint. I didn`t capture the real life shine in the pic above because I wanted you to see all of the detail, but the phoenix was so smooth and shiny, he positively glows :
Once I had painted him, I filled in the non-phoenix areas with a regal blue india ink pen, then fussy cut the image.  The blue added to the feeling of warmth, the heat coming off the bird in flight.

The background was done with black gesso and perfect pearls. I didn`t want the background to be too detailed to detract from the phoenix, but I wanted it to feel magical and glow. Perfect pearls certainly helped me achieve that affect. I made a sheet of paper with the same ingredients as for the phoenix so that I could die cut the word `Rebirth. I love the whole idea of being reborn, or reinventing oneself, it is relevant in so many peoples lives at one time or another. The symbol of this 'rebirth' for me is the phoenix. A mythical bird, a thing of beauty :
The poetry on the right side of the journal page is beautiful and very inspirational :

`A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving
nightmareto the jeweled vision of life started anew`. 
Aberjhani, Journey through the power of the Rainbow.

I am actually very fussy about what goes into my art journal. I do not do pages on a whim, it always comes from a deep place, with a lot of significance for me. To me this page is about returning from another place, a dark place and rediscovering life and all its beauty.

Thank you for visiting x

Monday, October 13, 2014

Far East on a Box

Hi all, This is the second side of my mixed media box post. You can see my first one here. My second part is a bit different than I intended.... I initially was going to do each one of the elements on each side of the box, but I had a slight change when I picked my next image to color. The Far East called to me, and I had to use her on the box.

I colored her with my copics, and then cut out the gorgeous image. This is such a very pretty image and a lot of fun to color, because there are so many different elements in it. It is also a great image to practice coloring hair on. It has some waves, and straight sections and curls.

After I cur her out I stuck her to the red cardstock, and then placed that on the black and white polka dot paper. This was all mod-podged to the box. I added white pearls around the red cardstock image and the edge of the box as well. And then added these adorable charms that mimic the flowers in her hair.


Not sure when I will do the "next side", but I will be sure to share it here when I do. I hope you are having a great weekend, and have an awesome week!!!!

Also, if you haven't seen them yet, have a look at the posts below, as there are some new digi images and some Fall items on SALE! ;-)

Alaine

Saturday, October 11, 2014

SALE! SALE! SALE!

 
 
 
 
Happy Saturday People of Craft Town!!!  OK so I added a few more dies to the 50% OFF dies area and you can buy them here:
http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/products.php?cat=343
I also created a section for selected Fall, Gothie, ha...lloweenish items on sale 40% up to 50% OFF here: http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/products.php?cat=16 I also have quite a few "Only 1 or 2 Left" dies which I will not be reordering so grab them while they are still there. You can see those depending on the brand (except dies by SCACD) here:
http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/categories.php?cat=286
***A note to all the sale and none sale items noted above quantities are limited to stock on hand so run don't walk
Have a great day!!!
 
 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New SCACD Digital Image!!!

For those last minute Trick or Treat parties coming up SCACD just released SCACD Digital image "Gothie Cupcake". Perfect for invites, party bags, tags and favors How cute would this look at 2 inches tall mounted on a toothpick and placed on top of a real cupcake as decoration You can find this and other SCACD digital images HERE:
http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/products.php?cat=323
Have a great day!!!


 
Gothie Cupcake

It's COMING - It'll be here before you know it!!!!

Yep - It is time again to start up my Holiday cards. I have used the Mirabelle Pursuit of Happiness Stamps to create two different cards.


The first card I wanted an alternative color feel to it, so went with the pink and blue. For the second card I went with traditional holiday colors Green and red. 


I love taking everyday stamps and making them meet special occasion criteria. Almost all stamps can be used in unusual ways to make the meet the situation.  I think these were perfect for winter with the wonderful hats and opportunity for sparklies. 

Susana has several of the Trimcraft Santoro Mirabelle stamps and they are ALL so cute! I hope all of you have a great week - and the weekend is coming soon too!!!!! YIPPEEEE!!!!



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SCACD DIGI DAY PLUS BLOG CANDY!!!

Happy Wednesday Everyone :)
Today the sweet Friends of SCACD and the Fab SCACD DT are showcasing Fall images and even some with a goulish twist.
If you want to see all the peeps presenting their inspirations check out the list below and leave them some love because as a result of all their efforts Susana has some yummy offerings :D 
(see below)

Alex
Kim Dellow
Nikki Woodward
Kathi
Patricia St Martin
Delphine
Elaine Hughes
Roni Johnson
Cheryl Valdez
Alaine
Penny Mull
 

***BLOG CANDY INFORMATION***

We have some FUN Blog Candy to give away!!!

One person will win 3 SCACD Digital Images to be used in accordance with the TOU and of the winners choice :D 

To enter for the Blog Candy you need to leave a comment (only one comment per person) on which SCACD Digital image is your favorite. You can see them all here. You need to leave the one comment on "this" store blog post by 10-5 before 8 pm (California time)!!!

A winner will be chosen at random from the comments and then posted here, on the SCACD store blog, by 9:30 pm (California time) on 10-5!!! So check back on this post to see if you have won on 10-5!!!
THE WINNER IS.......  Maureenjscott!!  please email the store to collect your prize!                

***WAIT THERE'S MORE***
For all your support all these years Susana is giving for free per the TOU(terms of use) this sweetie Annie Oakleaf image. You can click here and you can download her for free thru 10-5.

 Thanks always for your support as it means so much to Susana, the DT and the Friends of SCACD :D

Hearts and Hugs
Hearts and Hugs
Susana

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cyber Chic

Hey all.... I have been really working on different hair and skin combos lately, and trying to improve my coloring capabilities. Cyber Chic is a perfect image for those that want to play with different colors of hair and skin.



Her skin is YG67, 63, 61, G40 and her hair is BV08, 13, 02, 00. I used cool greys for the silver, and Y11, 26 for the gold of her eyes and the tubes. Once done I used Gold metallic pens to go over some of the hoops and metal, and make the dots. The background is B12. I matted it on simple black cardstock, and then I have it on a small box that I am going to decorate on all four sides. The box is cardboard color, but I used metallic lustre on the edges to give it a silver look.  I may try to do this same thing with Metallic gelatos. I think that would be awesome fun.

I encourage you to grab an image and play with some wonderful skin colors and hair that are out of the norm, and see if you can end up with something unique and wonderful to add to your collection!!!

Have a  great week, and I hope to see you again soon.

Alaine

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WATERCOLOR TUTORIAL BY CARMEN MEDLIN

Hi Everyone
If you didn't realize Carmen Medlin is an Artist with SCACD and created most of the Susana Loves Stamps line as well as SCACD Digital images. She is a fabulous artist and has created this how to video on water coloring the newest SCACD digital image "Sunflower" we just released. To check out her You Tube video click HERE  
The great thing is her tips and hints cross over from watercolor in to other artistic areas. 
So give it a peek see and enjoy :D 
Hearts and Hugs 
Susana

Works in Progress

I have wanted to do some mixed media for a while... and I am not sure this quite fits the bill, but it is one of my first attempts. I Mod Podged this box and then put the water element image on it. again with the mod podge. and then added the little beads across the bottom of the box and in a few spots - again using the mod podge as the application medium... We will see how well it stands up over time.

The skin is E000,00,21, 11, 04. The water is B12, 14, 16, 18, 29.  I plan on doing all four sides of the box with each of the elements. And some sort of mixed media. This is just the first of my "Works in Progress". I will share the new ones with you as I do them, and then hopefully a final "completed" project, with corner edges and everything when I do the last one. 

I hope you all are having a great week,  Make sure you check out the latest digi stamps over at the store  - There is something for everyone!!!!!

See you again soon!!!

Alaine

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunflower - Beautiful New Digi at SCACD!

Hi folks, Elaine here!

When Susana sent me the new Sunflower digital stamp from the Carmen Medlin for SCACD Digital range I knew exactly what to do with it! My Mum is a keen gardener and loves sunflowers, so this was perfect for her birthday card at the weekend. I kept the background simple and bright to create a cheery card.



I love the detail in this image.

The image was coloured with Copic Markers on my favourite Make it Colour Blending Card. The card is 15cm square (approx. 6") in size.

The patterned paper came from my scraps drawer, and I cut the circle frame out using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die. The sentiment was cut using two Clearly Besotted word dies, which I used to die cut black cardstock and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to add shine and make them stand out from the background a little more.

That's it! I hope you've enjoyed checking out my card today. :)

~Elaine

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Susana's Custom Art and Card Design Halloween Boo

You have to go check out the fun new digis over at SCACD.  This cute little digi is titled "Boo"  Isn't he adorable.  I made an Autumn moonlight scene using this sweet little character and one of Susana's beautiful dies - Breezy Branches.



The background is design paper from Authentique's Spirited Collection 6" x 6" paper pad.  I used some Ranger Distress Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Dried Marigold ink pads direct to paper on the design paper. Next I sponged on a few wisps of white pigment ink to give it sort of a mysterious foggy night look. 

I printed out the Boo digital image on Georgia Pacific 110 weight white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers.  The ghost is colored with B01, B00, B000, B0000, C01, E40 and E41.  The pumpkin is colored with R08, YR09, YR07, YR04, Y17, Y07, Y04, G24, G21 and YG25.  I did this a second time with a slightly smaller version of the Boo image. Both were fussy cut out.  The bigger Boo sentiment was cut out separately to look like a word bubble. 

A 1 3/4" circle was punched out of white cardstock and also colored with the same YR and Y Copic colors.  This was then clued down in the upper left corner.

I cut out the Breezy Branches Die 4 times and colored them with Copics using the same YR, Y, G, and YG colors listed above as well as E49, 47, 44, 39, 35, 29 and 25.   The negatives of the cut out branches dies were used as stencils and sponged in the upper left corner, including on top of the moon, using Walnut Stain Distress ink.  A couple of the die cut branches were glued down over the moon. 

The two ghosts, Boo sentiment and pumpkin were popped up with dimensional foam tape.  The rest of the branches were cut apart and glued down at the bottom of the scene.  The scene was matted on light orange, black and orange cardstock. 

Be sure to stop by SCACD and check out all of the fun new digital images posted there.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a fabulous rest of the week.
Susan
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