…saying hello to kitty…

…Hello Kitty that is.

I love October, and Halloween.  Seeing the Gauche Alchemy moodboard this month was awesome, and so many thing I could do.  When I saw the dark lips, I immediately thought of Dr. Frank-N-Furter from Rocky Horror.  And in a weird twist, my son got the girl’s toy with his meal, which happened to be a Hello Kitty metal container with stickers.  Now I’ve always been kinda neutral on Hello Kitty, who apparently is a cat “shaped” girl or something.  Not a girl, but not a cat.  Aaanyway, in my head, the Hello Kitty as said by Dr. Frank-N-Furter sounds like “hello kittay.”

So I altered the Hello Kitty tin.  Hee hee.

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Happy scrapping!

…painting her hair red…

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cue Alice in Wonderland “Painting the roses red, painting the roses red” 🙂  Love that movie and Alice in general.  But I digress.  It’s Scrap Around the World‘s birthday, and there is an awesome celebratory mood board.

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I love the mix of textures, the multi-color blended typography, and who doesn’t love ice cream? 🙂

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So the backstory for the layout.  I finally decided to color my hair again (last time was about 15 years ago).  After discussing it with a co-worker, I went for an ombre red.  It would blend well with my natural color, be okay for an office setting, and while it’s growing out (which will be less time than if I’d done my whole head), it’ll still look good.  I told my little guy what I was doing so he wouldn’t freak out when I came home with a different color hair.  So what’s his first question when I walk in the door after coloring my hair? “Mommy, did you paint your hair red?”  Too cute!  And his second question?   Even better. “Can I paint my hair red like yours?”  We’ll see 🙂

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I used my Dylusions sprays with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Fragmented Flower stencil.  I also added gesso and white paint through my Dina Wakley dots and Dylusions letter jumble stencils.

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I also used Ronda Palazzari’s Christmas Tree stencil to make an ice cream cloud/banner of sorts.  For even more texture, I used embossing folders on some patterned paper layers.

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Happy scrapping!

…playing with new goodies…

So I won a couple of giveaways and also made an order  that came in and was LOADED 😛  So I’m finally using a photo (two copies because I just have to scrap 2+ photos) that I took of my son wrapped in his frog hooded towel after his bath.  The photo is a couple of years old, I think, and it’s a perfect close-up, clear shot of my little monster (affectionate term, honest! – well, usually 🙂  This is my entry for Kreative Koncepts Sketch Challenge 28

“That’s the ticket”

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and here’s the sketch:

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Definitely a mix of old and new.  First off, the really like this paper, the whimsical doodling rocks, and the reverse side is the same design with the colors reversed.  It’s from a manufacturer that I don’t really go for usually, but this caught my attention and I grabbed two sheets 🙂

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I stared by doing some mixed media.  Dylusions sprays and then paint through stencils.  I made sure to try to keep the stenciled designs in a contrasting color to let them shine.  Then i added several strips of old and new washi tape.  After I put down some of the tape, I decided I wanted to put some more down under the photo.  Problem: I’d already glued it down and added gesso around the edges.  So what’s a girl to do?  I pulled out my self-healing craft mat, Fiskars multi-tool (include an exacto blade) and cut somewhat widely around the entire area.  Now I had to figure out what to stick the tape too.  Enter heavy duty patterned paper that I didn’t love anymore.  It happened to have the same shades as my layout.  I glued the larger part of my layout down, leaving the hole for the photo spot.  Added some foam adhesive and it’s good!

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I was trying to figure out the hexagons.  I don’t have those, and I could have cut some from patterned paper, and at some point I might do that just for the future, but I had some patterned paper with tickets lined up.  An idea was brewing.

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I fussy cut the tickets, covered them in gesso, then using my HS honeycomb stencil, I sprayed Dylusions Cut Grass, Calypso Teal, and a mix of Lemon Zest and Postbox Red (to make orange), making sure each layer dried before spraying the next and shifting the stencil between colors.

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Then I took an alphabet stencil (dollar store buy, three in a pack) and used my Tattered Angels Almost Black.  After that came time to play with a new stencil and medium.  Dina Wakley’s Plastic Canvas (I attended her class at Scrapper’s Playground, Woot!) and modeling paste were applied to the tickets.  When the paste was finally dry, I determined where they were going to go on my layout (approximately) and drew pencil lines on those tucked under a layer so I knew where not to add stuff.  Then I broke out my mini alpha stickers and some graffiti-esque rub-ons and went to town with phrases, etc.  I lastly added a black border with my sharpie.

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I made my own “flair” from some gelli-printed paper and a chipboard star.  I also used some other scraps (the black and white paper on the right actually says “freeze frame”, and I played with a piece of orange cardstock.  I open sprayed it (no stencil/mask/anything) with Dylusions Postbox Red.  Then I added some blue paint through my DW Plastic Canvas stencil.  After that was my HS chevron stencil and black paint.  Then I decided to use my postage stamp border punch on one edge.  I really liked it, but didn’t want to use the whole thing, so i cut off a small piece and still have the rest to play with.

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I also added other stash stuff.  A feather, chipboard bracket (I love brackets!), an Amy Tangerine frame, some older Fancy Pants die-cuts, as well as black thread to help anchor the tickets and triangles.  The title is alpha stamps and Colorbox pigment ink in orange and blue and larger blue alpha stickers.

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Whew!!  Check out the Kreative Koncepts blog for tons of eye candy and great tutorials!

P.S. I’m thinking of changing my blog theme to either a dark pattern or lighter color scheme, for ease of read, etc.  Any thoughts?

P.P.S.  I tell all the details of my work because I like to know how people make stuff.  I’m debating cutting down on the how-to in some way.  Do you like the tell-all details of my crafty ways or simple is better and you can comment and ask me?

As always, thanks for looking and happy scrapping!