Saturday, March 31, 2012

Challenge - Grimm's Grimmest

It's time for another Haunted Design House challenge - this week is Grimm's Grimmest, in which we get our inspiration from one of the 200+ tales from the Brothers Grimm.

The one that immediately popped into my mind, was The Goose Girl - where the Princess, who has a talking horse 'Falada', is forced to trade places with the maid and becomes a goose girl.  To keep Falada from telling anyone, the maid has her killed.  The Princess pays the butcher to mount her head on the bridge so that she may see her when she tends to the geese. 

So, here is Falada's head, hanging on the bridge, with the phrase she speaks to the Princess every morning. 

I spent some time fussy cutting an internet image and layered different parts of it three times.  I colored the eyes, nose and neck red for blood and mounted her on a shield die-cut.  I added the three rhinestones at the bottom of the sentiment to signify the three drops of blood that the Queen gave to the Princess when she left.  (That seemed to be a huge thing for the Grimm's - they were a tad strange...)

Here's a close up of Falada's head. 

On a side note, I have to give thanks to hubby for his willingness to decapitate a toy horse (which he did, but I couldn't get it to work) for my art.  SWAK!

Enjoy! Or, you know, whatever it is you do with a severed horse head.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Challenges Challenges Everywhere!

I'm going to go crazy today and enter multiple challenges.  What is up with that??

It just so happens that I was tooling around with this adorable Hero Arts bunny stamp (secret time: I'm  strangely incapable of not buying bunny (and lamb) stamps and then I never use them because, come on! Bunnies and lambs??)  Anyway, I do get them out and play and this card happened without my full consent.  

The bunnies are stamped with Versafine ink on pale lavender paper that I found in my scrap bin along with the great green polka-dot print.  "Spring" is from a clear stamp set that is no longer in the package, sorry manufacturer!

Surprisingly, it matches a few different challenges:
CAS-ual Friday - Pastels and Black (cfc45)
Dutch Dare Card Challenges - Cute & Cuddly (#157)
Clear It Out Challenge Blog - Easter Theme with Pastel Paper Stash

This is the first time I've entered challenges on any of these blogs - hopefully it won't be the last!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Gingersnap Creations Challenge - Things That Leap

It's time for me to jump back into the Gingersnap Creations challenges; I've been away too long!

This time, I'm going for the Once in a Blue Moon challenge - Things that Leap.

I can't tell you how much I adore this set from Komodo.  It comes with the water rings, the lilypad and the tiny little frog.  I wanted a little more depth than normal, so while the lilypads are colored with Memento and stamped on white paper, I stamped the frog on acetate with StazOn (inked it green and then rolled the feet/head in black) and mounted it with foam tape - it's basically a shaker card without anything inside the shaker pocket.  

I love the color scheme as well - blue and green is becoming one of my favorite combos.  I used a great  die from Papertrey to make the border accent.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fun with ATCs challenge - Book Pages

I decided to change gears today and go with an ATC and use my previously uninked Stampotique image - "Head" (and "Heads", oddly enough).

I actually started with a black ATC, which I stippled and smudged with several different inks and then promptly covered it with my background image because I don't plan well.   I layered the heads, which are stamped with Versafine (my favorite ink in the world) on a page from an old text book of some sort.  I gave my little guy a rough coloring with a marker and some chalk on his cheeks.  The frame was made from pre-stamped scraps that I found in the trash.  (Yes, yes, I dig through the trash for fabulous things that I might have thrown away before I knew how fabulous they were!) 

Ta-dah! Creepy little ATC, just perfect for the Fun with ATCs blog challenge - Buchseiten (or book pages). 

As always, thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Challenge - Can I Quote You On That?

It's time for another challenge over at Haunted Design House - this time it's Can I quote you on that?  

Of course, I ran through my favorite movies and kept getting stuck on "The Shining".  

I've incorporated two different quotes - although, does it count if a character never says it?  If not, then it's a good thing that Danny screams "redrum" so many times!

I created the "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" phrase with a magnetic letter stamp set that I don't think has ever seen the light of day in my craft room.  "Redrum" was done in crayon and it was all mounted on red cardstock with a little bling and a layered border punch. 

I showed it to a friend and she wanted to know if it was a birthday card... um.  For someone I really don't like, maybe? 

Anyway, enjoy and thanks for looking!