Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Steampunk Bandwagon

And now. . . for something completely different! I've been doing digital stuff for a couple of years using Paint Shop Pro - always the current version available. It is a fantastic, powerful program.

One of my favorite digital scrapbook stores is Scrapbookgraphics Studio Girls, and one of my very favorite designers is Tangie Baxter. She just came out with the most fantastic, bizarre, wonderful, shades of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" kit called Steampunk Bandwagon. You can buy individual parts of the kit, but what the heck, just get the entire Mega Bundle. It's a huge savings if you buy the bundle, anyway.

I was so excited that immediately after downloading the kit, I plopped right down in front of my laptop and designed the following layout. This one took me about 5 hours to choose elements, reduce, enlarge, crop, enhance and shade. I'm actually using this for my live, local card swap group for this month's theme of things that fly. It's a stamp club, but hopefully they won't shoot me for sharing a digital creation.

This was so much fun! You can click on the picture to see a much larger version. Notice that Mona Lisa is holding a souvenier sized Statue of Liberty, minus the shades and bling I adorned her with in the larger version.

This kit just has so many possibilites. I know I'll be playing with this one for a long time!

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Cathy Y

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Technique Junkie - Technique By Design Challenge - June Edition

Happy June, TJ fans! Time for another Technique By Design Challenge with a chance to win a great prize. Did you love the artwork by Judy and Vada? Oh, if you didn't see it, start here first:

Design Junkies Blog

Then come back here and find out where to go next! When you make your last stop (at Pat's blog, The Technique Trail), you will find directions on posting a link to your entry.

Here is the sketch for this month.

And here is my interpretation of the sketch. I used the "Double Duty Melted Wax" techniqe from the June 2010 issue of Technique Junkie Newsletter, and "Sanded Core'dinations" from the April/May 2010 issue. The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo and the dotted swirls are from Limited Edition. I'm sorry I don't know the maker of the birdcage & bird stamps. I received those images in an image swap.
The next stop on your Blog Hop journey is Jane's blog. Jane always has some fabulous eye candy for your viewing pleasure!
So, go hop around and see great art using techniques from the new issue combined with some from past issues. The submit your creation - show us your stuff!
Happy hopping.
Cathy Y