Sunday, December 29, 2013

Smeared & Smudged - Steampunk Santa

Yes, Christmas has come and gone, but it's still December so I took on the Freaky Freebie Challenge, rolled up my sleeves, got out some ink and paper and got busy with this free digi (for a couple more days) from Smeared Ink. 

In keeping with his steampunkishness I went for the look of metal and leather.  Santa's sleigh was painted with tarnished bronze paint, the runners and watch parts were painted with silver paint.  I added some "leather" (i.e. brown Copics) goggles, reins and bag of goodies.  A bit of silver Distress Stain around the edges and snowflakes with a silver pen finished it off.

And on an entirely different note here's an ATC for a book page swap.  The background is from a cookbook (the recipient likes to cook). 

Thinking maybe I need to make a canvas like this for my kitchen!  Think my tots will get the hint?  ;)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wicked Wednesday Challenge Accepted

Supposed to working on that December Daily, remember?  Instead I made this for the Wicked Wednesday Happy Holidays challenge.

Were you feeling this way at some point recently?

Happy Boxing Day!

We don't celebrate Boxing Day here in the U.S. but I like the idea of it.  Don't we all need a bit of a respite after the pre-Christmas frenzy?

I started my December Daily mini album but still have some work to do on it.  Perhaps I'll challenge myself to complete before (this) December (had to add the 'this' as I still haven't completed last year's!) comes to an end.

In the mean time, bear with me as I share a few more ATCs.  Since my beloved camera has bit the dust these are cell phone pictures....ugh...but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Inspired by a blog post somewhere I randomly created  several ATC backgrounds.  Since I had just finished a batch of non-traditional colored Valentines, hearts were on my mind.  This one is still in my stash as I'm not sure I want to part with it.

 This is for a creepy Christmas swap at the Haunted House Designs blog.  :)
 I love this stamp (as you can attest if you peruse my blog a a bit).  One was for a swap and the other I just made while I was at it.  I was planning on keeping it but it was nabbed by somebody over at ATCsForAll.
 The following four ATCs are for the non-traditional Valentine colors swap.

 I had SO much fun making these for an HD/HP Whimsical Landscapes swap.  The background is acrylics that I just dabbed on.  Made me feel so artsy.  ;)
 Ha-ha!  I traded this one with a cat-lover.  This sentiment stamp was given to me by a friend and has sat in my stash unused for years.

That's it for today.  Wishing you all the best.  Time to get inky...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

It's been a while!

I realized this morning that it's been a while since I've posted.  Time for a confession.  AGAIN, the December Daily sits waiting for some love and attention; I have been jotting down notes each day though.  Ahhhh...good intentions.  My camera has died.  I love that camera and it's perfect for taking pics of my little creations.  I've resorted to my phone camera now and am not thrilled with the quality.  That's my excuse for slackin' on the DD.  ;)

Here are some ATCs I've completed in the mean time...

These were for an Abstract Faces swap.  I've never done abstract stuff - this was a stretch but I enjoyed it once I got started.

Little houses swap:
Glitter Swap:

Mixed Media Swap:

 Add a Snowman:
Altered Text - Purple:
Alcohol Ink (love the houses die - have to use that more often!):

And finally, Steampunk Christmas:

This afternoon, I solemnly swear, I will get some photos printed and get them into my December Daily album.  There!  I said it!

Cheers.  :)