Monday, June 25, 2012


Hello everyone, as you know my husband is in the hospital, well actually now he is in the convalescent center for in house PT. He starts today...YEA!!  I was planning on sitting this challenge out, as i am exhausted and due to the amount of driving and walking I am doing everyday, my pain level has been quite high in the knee, and back. However one of our other DT members had to sit this one out, so I didn't want us to be down by 2.


This Week at
we are playing 
HOPSCOTCH (with a twist of course)

You are to create something you can hang on the wall or a door, it must be no smaller than 4" X 4".

Write down the 8 items and toss them in a bowl (hat). 
Pick  out two from your hat (bowl). You will use those 2 items in that number. You of course, may use other items in your creation, but you MUST use the items you chose.

example:   you got 7 brads and 2 die-cuts, that means you must use 2 die cuts and 7 brads on your creation. Be sure to say what the items were that you chose, in your post.

Here is the Board:

The items I "drew" were: 2 die cuts and 3 textures. 
My wall hanging is 5" X 7"

 All the papers are digi papers from DEZINAWORLD, DIGI DESIGN RESORT and the third I can not remember (red flower) The stamps are CLOSE TO MY HEART.  I used Black Staz-on ink, because I used glossy paper...but it actually stuck to the paper, and pulled the color up with it as it finally let go...I have NEVER had this happen, I am thinking it is because it is a clear stamp and not rubber. So I had to line up the sentiment 3 times to get it dark enough, and sadly on the 3rd time, it moved.   so it was slightly double exposed, and then there was missing i had to fill in with a sharpie. I am upset over it, but I'm keeping this so it doesn't matter much. (I am thinking of stamping it on blank paper trimming it and covering it up though...but that of course will take away from the background I think.
The same thing happened with the vine border, but I think it looks ok.
 Here are my 2 die cuts- Tattered Flowers Tim Holtz die for SIZZIX, I embossed each one with a different embossing folder (2 of my 3 textures)
The 3rd texture is paint that I mixed with crushed lava rock gel medium, I dabbed it on instead of brushing it on to make it lumpy there is 2 textures in 1, HA! 
The lovely girl image is from TLC CREATIONS.

and play 
with us this challenge!

also entered at: 
The Outlawz ...Wednesday sketch challenge 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Robyn's fetish Challenge #113- NO flowers allowed AT ALL

Hello friends and visitors, Happy Sunday to you!
I have been super busy, as my husband is in the Hospital...but I will post a separate post about all of that.

Thanks for joining me on this Super Sunny Sunday!

This week over at
we are creating  cards and other paper crafts using
our wonderful sponsor is
DIGI DARLA'S DIGITAL STAMP CLUB aka Digi Stamps by Darla :) and/or DigiDarla's designs
The winner will receive
a 1 month SUPER SISTER membership to Digi Darla's Digital Stamp club

Here is my simple, yet I think cute, card. 
 cardstock is STAMPIN' UP, Printed papers are BASIC GREY (the back one) and PROVOCRAFT...both are older...I love when I can use of my scraps! The ring beads are from MICHAEL'S and the sparkle floss I can't remember. The sentiment is computer generated.The image is colored with PRISMACOLOR pencils and blending pencil.
I hope you like him. Doesn't he look like he is having fun?

Thanks for visiting!

PLEASE join us this week at
with your creations
using NO FLOWERS at ALL!

entered in:

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Outlawz 2000 Member Party = Fun!!!

are you a member??? There will be a blog hop, tutorials, challenges, freebies, prizes...6/24-6/30th

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Robyn's fetish Challenge #112- Anything Goes!!

Hello to all my followers and visitors! This will be brief the hubs is in the hospital. he is septic, they do not know what kind of bacteria it is yet. they do not know the origin of the infection yet. it is affecting his heart rate, BP and Glucose levels (which are never good anyway) I ask if any of you wish to pray, sending energy, vibes and or good thoughts to please do so. I am grateful for them, I know Ron will be also.

This week at
it is time again for 
we are sponsored by
the winner will receive
3 Digital stamps of their choice!

I used GNOME

 This is a 3 fold card, top layer is a transparency and that is where the gnome is
 This second fold, features "Brick Wall" by THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE
I might be back to add info...but I will say, all card stock and alphabet stamps are from STAMPIN' UP, the printed papers are digis from BEARLY MINE DESIGNS. Vine stamp is by ALPHA STAMPS.
this last printed paper page opens to show the inside of the card.
also used PRISMACOLOR pencils, blending pencil, and sharpies.

PLEASE come join us this week at
with your 
ANYTHING GOES creations!

entered in:

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Haunted design House color challenge

Hi everyone, just a quick post with a card for HAUNTED DESIGN HOUSE'S Color challenge.

I'll come back with the DEETS after, Hubs is very ill in the hospital, so I am heading over there.

The color challenge: black, lime, teal and purple.
I will say That I used STAMPIN' UP's...Taken with Teal, Green Galore, and Gable Green, Basic Black and Concord Crush

The lovely Digi is "eyeball flowers"  from WONDERSTRANGE

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The New Challenge blog...THE GAME

Hey everyone, I just want to remind you all that there is a new Art/Craft challenge blog...
ALL mediums and styles welcome (that is why there is an adult warning)

The challenges are e/o week
the current challenge is CHESS, use the chess board as inspiration...
create something in ONLY Black and White

See you at THE GAME 


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

E. A. Poe's Masque of the Red Death


I recently watched  
"The Masque of the Red Death" 
starring Vincent Price, 
not exactly what I expected. 
I thought it was good, good and creepy, but more weird than creepy!

Anyway, continuing on with my collection Of Poe inspired fat pages (4 x 4) here is 
The Masque of The Red Death.

The background is the Ballroom Digi by SASSY STUDIO DESIGN, Death is a Dig from SMEARED INK's "Death Cab" collection, the sentiment, and the masked figure are rubber stamps from SMEARED INK'S "As Death" All are colored with PRISMACOLOR pencils, including metallic gold and silver --windows, chandaliers, hair and fringe of the masked figure. I used starlight stickles by RANGER on the chandaliers, and the word "death" and the masked figure  are raised on pop dots.

entered in:
Quoth the Raven, Nevermore ...Masque of the Red Death

Monday, June 11, 2012

Poisoned Peas Please Challenge #4..Goth/emo

Hello, this month at 
we are spotlighting GOTH/EMO style
our lovely sponsor is
Bugaboo Digi Stamps
 The winner will receive
7, yes SEVEN free digis...
there are also some freebies, and a sale going on, so have some fun and look around!

You can create any type of craft or art you like, but it must be Goth/Emo.

Here is my offering
I used the MOON image from Bugaboo's Skelekinz collection.
  The Goth/Emo part for me, in addition to the image is the very gothic looking paper from OCTOBER AFTERNOON. Also the colors I used. Teal, Purple, Lime, Black, and of course Red. it was so hard for me to get a picture close to the right colors. The flower is actually a dead-on match to the teal in the girl's bkgrd. The top ribbon is purple. All Card stock and markers are from STAMPIN' UP. Ribbons from my stash and the flower is from PRIMA MARKETING.

I hope you like it, and thanks for visiting.

PLEASE join us this month at
with your Goth/Emo creations! 

entered in: 
Haunted Design House ...use the colors, black, teal, purple, and lime green


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Challenge #3 at THE GAME...Chess

This week at 
we are playing with a CHESS BOARD.
That means all creations can only be

My creation is an ATC
I used the "Girl pin-up" digi image from IKE'S ART, then I went over all the lines with a fine point SHARPIE. and continued on with the pen making a zentangle all around her.

Thanks for visiting!

Please visit THE GAME and check out all of the DT's great creations!

entered in:

Robyn's Fetish Challenge # 111...use some lace

Happy Sunday!! it is a bit warmer here again, we had to put the A/C back on last night (for me anyway, LOL)
I hope the weather is fine where you are, and so are you!

This week at
we are adding
some lace!!
our wonderful sponsor is
the winner will receive
a $12 gift card to the Day for Daisies Store

Here is my offering using "Born of Blossoms"

 The lace is vintage received from a friend. All card stock and markers are STAMPIN' UP. The embossing folder is from CUTTLEBUG. The flower is from PRIMA MARKETING. The Holographic EP is from STAMPENDOUS. The sentiment is computer generated.

Thanks for visiting :)

PLEASE join us this week at
sharing your creations using lace. 

entered in:
Crafts and Me challenges ...use lace

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Saturday- Pagan Blog Project- catching up

Please check my pagan post is letter "F"

check it out

Friday, June 8, 2012

FRIDAY- Pagan Blog Prompt

Friday---Pagan blog prompt
Please see my pagan post is "E" for energy

Thursday, June 7, 2012


and was thrilled to see a challenge commemorating it's return over at 

So I made just a little something utilizing what I happened to have on hand, which is a funerary urn stamp. I tried to turn it into a crystal urn to hold "Talbot" bloody remains.

I also wrote a small poem to go with it, spoken in the voice of Russell Edgington.
The middle stanza is paraphrased from William Shakespeare's MacBeth....I did give that credit on the bottom.

So this is a 4 X 4 (or fat page or chunky page) with a pocket.

Card stock, ink and word window punch by STAMPIN' UP, Embossing folder by CUDDLEBUG, Funerary urn stamp by STAMPFRANCISCO, Corner stamp by BOMBSHELL stamps. Red EP by SPARKLE and SPRINKLE. Holographic EP by STAMPENDOUS. Thin Black pen by FABER- CASTELL. German Scrap by ARTCHIX STUDIOS. Poem by ME!

The Poem says:

True Death

My TRUE love, Talbot
Entombed in Crystal
Silent sobs catch in
my dry breath.

*Our yesterdays have lit
the way to dusty death.
Signifying nothing.
Sayeth MacBeth.*

I will mourn you
with a vengence
until the day of m
my own TRUE death.
S. Guzy ©6/2012
*paraphrased from MacBeth; V,v

entered in:
Haunted Design House ...True Blood
Hiding in my Craft Room ...Red, Kraft, & White
Smudgy Antics ...anything goes
Catch the bug ...anything goes
Secret crafter ...anything goes

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In Her Majesty's honor

I made a card in honor Of 
Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee!
I hope all my friends in the UK, like it!

I used a FREE Digi Image from SQUIGGLE STAMPS, Card stock, punches, and markers by STAMPIN' UP. Digital papers...2 unknown and one from BEARLY MINE DESIGNS. Digi Sentiment by DESRT DIVA. Stickles by RANGER. Misc. pop dots.
The sentiment, and the "medallion" are raised up on pop-dots, the medallions is 3 layers, 2 are raised.
The inside a bit blurry (sorry)

entered in:
Squiggle Stamps ...jubilee
Less is More,white,and blue
Craft your days Away,white, and blue
2 Sisters challenge ...inside and out
One Stitch at a time ...use a digi
Smudgy Antics ...anything goes
Catch the bug ...anything goes
Ooh La La ...make it girly
Secret crafter ...anything goes
The Pink Elephant ...vibrant colors

Monday, June 4, 2012

SKULL APPRECIATION DAY 2012--hop with us :)


Howdy Skull and/or Art Fans!!

I have always been keen on skulls and skeletons,  
drawing them with charcoals in art class way back in 1978 (first semester of college) was my favorite and best-by-far-project from that class.
This is my second year celebrating the "Holiday" along with the great ning art community SMEARED and SMUDGED through a blog hop!

Please check out this edgy and different art community, and hop along to view some great skully art!

You should have arrived here from Fabulous Alison's blog
when you leave here go on to Smudgy Andrea's blog

The entire Blog list is to your left, take your time, and be sure to comment as there are surprise prizes along the way, 
and prizes on some of the stops along the way as well as the SnS blog
You have until Wednesday to visit us all and comment!

Now onto my project

I made a sign for my SAMHAIN Alter or just to hang in the room, or maybe even on my front door for the SAMHAIN holiday,  I haven't decided yet. :)
I knew from day one, that this would be my project. the only thing I didn't know was what skull images to use. I have several. Then just last week SMEARED INK provided any of us who participated in the monthly challenges (any of them) on the SnS group would get this FABULOUS skull and roses image for FREE!

 I took several photos, and the colors look a little different on all :(  but I have 3 here for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure, LOL) Hubby helped a bit, LOL!
 I used a piece of Luan (thin smooth plywood) which I sanded all the edges of. Then I covered it with a layer of LIQUITEX BASICS white gesso. when dry I added a 2nd coat, when the front was just a bit tacky, I dry brushed on black paint, it mixed and blended with the gesso and gave it an aged gray look to the wood.  
In the meantime I had printed out 2 exact images  of the wonderful SKULL With ROSES Digi Stamp from SMEARED INK, and computer generated my Welcome Ancestors sentiment using the Transylvania font.
All are colored with PRISMACOLOR pencils and blending pencil. I cut them all out leaving the tiniest edge all around, about 1/8". I coated the backs of all with ELMERS glue with a brush. I smoothed them all down and left them to dry.  
When dry I added some of the thick gesso to the small amount of thinned gesso I had in a cup,  I added the rest of the black paint to the mix. I used a palette knife to mix it, and then just blob it on all around the images and words, so it is kind of lumpy and textured. In  the center and around the edges you can still see some of the original background.  
Once that was all dry I asked the hubs to drill me a small hole on each of the top corners and bring me a length of wire. I attached the wire to the right side and then  added 5 loops before attaching it to the other end and cutting off the excess. I said the center was left with the original background, it is a bit hard to see now, as I added a rose and a smaller bud, leaves and white sprigs that I wired together and then glued using BEACON'S 3-in-1 glue. Once that was dry I added another larger rose and leaves to the left side of the sign, through the wire loop, and glued to the back. 
I tied 5 strips of red fabric that I used pinking shears all around on to each of the loops.
Then I took out my Tim Holtz for RANGER distress inks and used 3 different colors on the roses and the fabric strips to age them a bit...I used the ink pads directly on the roses and fabric, using a "smooshing, rubbing, and brushing" technique.
The colors I used are:  Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Tea Dye. I let the entire sign sit for a bit, and while it was sitting, I cut a piece of cheesecloth, and kept "smooshing" it into the Black Soot distress ink pad. (my fingers were black also, LOL) I let that sit for about 20 minutes or so, and then folded it in half and tied it into a bow. I added some of the glue, and attached it under the center rose grouping.
I have been debating about using a bit of stickles on the roses that are part of the digi images. I am leaning towards NO, as I am going for the aged look. What do you think???

Thank you for visiting, and I appreciate your comments :)

for more information about SKULL APPRECIATION DAY, visit SKULL-A-DAY

entered in:
Smudgy Antics ...anything goes
Smudger Challenge ...skulls
One Stitch at a time ...use a digi
Catch the bug ...anything goes
Simon Says ...anything goes
Order of the Opus Gluei's all relative
Secret crafter ...anything goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show ...texture

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Robyn's Fetish Challenge #110... no square or rectangle cards

Happy Sunday everyone!  I am feeling better and hope to have additional posts later today, explaining some stuff.
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! :)

This week at 
we are making NO Square or Rectangle cards!
our lovely sponsor is
The winner will receive
a $20GC to The Paper Shelter store!

here is my creation using 

We had to make a shape OTHER than square or rectangle for our cards. I knew immediately I wanted to make a beer mug for this little gal!
I searched all over the internet for a mug template the only one I could find was like a tea or coffee mug. so then I looked for clip art. this was a GREEN BEER clip art for St. Patty's day. I printed it to a size I liked, covered the back with pencil, then cut out the mug. tracing the outside cut lines onto a folded (at the top) card stock piece...(I think I'll go with a side fold if I do this again)
Then I used a pencil to lightly go over the lines of colors and shading on the green beer mug, which of course came through onto the card stock by way of the penciling on the back.
I colored the mug card with PRISMACOLOR pencils and blending pencil, and then colored the CUTE BAVARIAN by THE PAPER SHELTER the same way. I cut her out mounted her on a slightly darker piece of card stock then attached her to the card on pop dots. The sentiment is computer generated and is flat.

Not to be patting my own back, but the picture TRULY does not give the mug justice.

Thanks for visiting :)

Please join us this week at
with your NON-square or Non-rectangle cards!

entered in:
One Stitch at a time ...use a digi
Catch the bug ...anything goes
Simon Says ...anything goes
Secret crafter ...anything goes

Saturday, June 2, 2012

FRIDAY--Pagan blog project---see Pagan post page

FRIDAY---Pagan Blog Project post...see my PAGAN post page...
I'll be playing Catch-up starting with the letter "D" today and over the next few weeks over the weekends.

Winner of my MAY DAYS cottage Charm Giveaway

The winner of my MAY DAYS COTTAGE CHARM giveaway is

Monja Blue said...Hi I'm a longtime GFC follower. Love cottage style because it encompasses warmth, beauty & accessability! Puts the heart in home!

I'll be contacting her by email, and she'll have 48 hours to respond.