Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Gift Tags from Skelekitty, to YOU (free download!)

Are you still wrapping gifts?  Well, Skelekitty wants to help (so do I)!!  So, for the fourth year in a row, the FREE non-denominational Skelekitty gift tags/stickers (also great for non-holiday gift-giving) are available for download!  You don't even have to buy anything from me.  :)




Just click on the image you would like (yep, you can have both - nobody is keeping track).  Then, from my Flickr page, click "Download original size of this photo" to save the full sheet of tags to your computer.  Print them out, cut them and attach them to gifts (handmade, of course) and watch your friends as they squee with delight!

Positive Mid-Winter Celebratory Greetings and/or Happy 2014 to you all, however you acknowledge these cold and short days indoors.

Love,  Krissi and Skelekitty

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hand Painted Sacred Hearts are BACK!

Hi everyone!  I went looking through a supply shelf the other day and found several of these awesome 10" high Hydrostone sacred hearts, so they're officially available in the online shop again!

Cesco's Muertos since 2009. Cesco pours each Hydrostone heart, using his own handmade molds (created from his original sculpture, of course!). Hydrostone is a mix of cement and plaster, so it is much stronger and harder than plain casting plaster.

I have several of these hearts in stock now, and if you order your custom heart by Monday, November 4th, I can even finish it in time for Christmas delivery.
Any color scheme is available - you think it up, and I'll paint it.
click photo for link
Thanks to everyone for your continued support!  If there are other items you'd like to see return to the shop, please let me know.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fall/Winter 2013 Holiday Sales and Custom Order Deadlines

Howdy all!

It's Autumn, and that means it's time for everyone I know in the art/DIY world to switch out of Con Mode and into Holiday Mode.  Yes, it seems early for Christmas, but every November I have to turn frantic last-minute customers away, which makes me very sad.  It's not that I don't WANT to create a custom gift for you, it's that my technique takes time (especially in cold, damp weather).  Add to that the fact that there are about 10 others begging me to "just do one" for them, and you see the problem.

Scroll down for Thanksgiving sale info and holiday order deadlines.  In the meantime, I'm trying to entice you all into ordering a little earlier this year; therefore, I offer you an early bird sale.

EARLY BIRD SALE

I am giving an unheard of 15% discount to folks who order custom paintings/boxes early!  Now through September 30, all custom work is 15% off.  These items will not be on sale over Thanksgiving weekend (which is past the custom order deadlines listed below anyway), so don't wait!
[see details and limitations at bottom of this post]

DEADLINES FOR U.S. HOLIDAY ORDERS

These dates may be changed as my schedule fills up.  The more orders I have, the earlier the deadlines become.  Those who order first will receive first priority.
[see details and limitations at bottom of this post]

some trinket box sizes and design ideas
top row: Large (TARDIS design), X Large (Celtic dragon knot design)
middle row: Medium (monarch skullerfly), Small (monarch butterfly), Mini (Celtic tree knot)
bottom row: Small (20 sided die), ring box (unpainted - shown for size comparison)
October 28 (Monday) - last day for US orders on custom acrylic on wood paintings and all sizes of custom boxes with original designs and custom mixed-media on canvas panel pieces.

November 4 (Monday) - last day for orders (US) on small art and boxes with duplicate designs (i.e., remaking an existing design like painted sacred heart sculptures the TARDIS or boxes in the "Gallery" section of my shop.  Includes duplicates of hand-painted wooden bangle bracelets).

Glass & resin jewelry sizes and shapes
I have over 100 images to choose from 
December 3 (Tuesday) - last day for US orders of made-to-order glass & resin jewelry

December 17 (Tuesday) - last day for US orders of prints and ready-to-ship items (art, boxes & jewelry).  Priority Mail option is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED after December 10 for on-time delivery within US



THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SALE

As T-Day sale details are refined, I will be updating information on this post, as well as on my social media pages and skelekitty.com.  In the meantime, here's what I have decided:
  • The sale will last for 4-days over the Thanksgiving weekend (Friday - Monday night) 
  • All ready-to-ship paintings, jewelry, trinket boxes and prints will be on sale.  (Custom items will NOT be on sale, and the "add to cart" button will be deactivated on custom items during the sale, to prevent people from ordering customs erroneously.)
  • Coupon codes will be provided for the sale and cannot be combined.
  • I am happy to combine shipping on separate orders placed over the weekend, and will automatically refund extra shipping charges.
Since custom art and boxes will not be on sale, I strongly recommend that you get your custom order in now.  Just take advantage of the early bird sale, why don't ya?


One more VERY important note

Please check your browser's compatibility with my shop, skelekitty.com.

Over 95% of my customers fly through the shopping process with no problems, but occasionally someone has an issue.  Why? The system on which skelekitty.com runs, (Goodsie.comno longer supports some older browsers including, but not limited to Safari 4 and Internet Explorer 8.  Updating your browser or switching to a different browser altogether may resolve your issues.

Have you updated Internet Explorer but are still seeing a blank page?
Look for the blue compatibility issues icon and click on it.  
If you are using the current browser version (Chrome and Firefox are recommended), but continue to have problems, please contact me with your OS/browser/version and details and I'll forward the information to Goodsie.

I am happy to send PayPal invoices, however, please note that absolutely no invoices will be sent during the Thanksgiving weekend sale.

Please don't wait for the order deadline or Thanksgiving sale only to determine that your firewall or browser version/settings block my site. Seriously.  Please don't wait for Thanksgiving, since I'll be out of town with no internet connection. You'll miss out on the sales, and we will both be sad.

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And now, the fine print:

EARLY BIRD SALE FINE PRINT
  • NOTE: additional coupon codes ARE NOT APPLICABLE to the early bird sale (I cannot disable coupons for these items, but will not honor additional discounts on this sale.  Please don't waste your coupon codes on these items - orders using coupon codes on Early Bird custom sale items will be cancelled and the coupon code invalidated.)
  • * order = payment and all requirements. Your order must be completed, including work requirements, by September 30th to qualify for sale.  Paid orders without requirements will be refunded on October 1.
  • ** all listings will automatically include this discount (you don't even have to ask)
  • *** custom work = all custom and made to order paintings (acrylic on wood and pastel on canvas panel), wooden bangle bracelets and trinket boxes (all designs), if I have to paint it before I send it to you, it's "custom"; does not include glass & resin jewelry.


HOLIDAY DEADLINES FINE PRINT
  • These deadlines are for Christmas delivery in the US 
  • International customers are responsible for determining shipping times to their country from California.  I do not set deadlines for international shipping as each country's customs procedures are different.
  • For delivery by Hannukah, add one month to the dates listed (e.g. September 14 is the deadline for custom work desired by November 27).
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SALE FINE PRINT
  • coupon codes may not be combined or used on any custom paintings or trinket boxes
  • coupon codes may be used for made-to-order jewelry, though!)
  • absolutely no PayPal invoices will be sent for Thanksgiving weekend sale items; all purchases must go through skelekitty.com (please update or change your browser well in advance of the sale).

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    Monday, June 17, 2013

    I've Been Livin' In A Box (Lots Of 'Em, Actually)

    Holy mackerel, I've been MIA from my blog for too long!!!  Why, you ask?  Well, I've actually been creating new things in the studio, which is always a good thing.

    Last November, I officially reintroduced the Krissi's Art Studio trinket boxes for the Dia de los Muertos show I did at Little Relics in Sacramento.  Since then, I've introduced multiple sizes and new designs, and people have responded by requesting plenty of commissioned boxes.  Here are a few of the new pieces I've been working on since February or so:

    Geeky Boxes

    Crown Royal bag inspired "Critical Hit" trinket box
    (custom/sold - other designs available)

    Adipose Industries trinket box

    "Timey Wimey, Double Heart" trinket box
    (yellow, more colors available)

    "Sleeping Dragon" D&D themed trinket box
    (custom/sold)

    Tentacles mini trinket box (sold)

    Just the TARDIS!

    large "TARDIS" trinket box

    mini/x-small "TARDIS" trinket box

    "TARDIS" ring box

    Not Just for Geeks

    large Cherry Blossom trinket box
    (sold, custom reproductions available)

    Custom upgraded Bat Box (additional charge for detailed painting)
    jewelry with this image is also available

    nouveau bee trinket box

    Monarch Skullerfly trinket box

    Cupcake o' Guadalupe is BACK!  And it's a BOX!

    Wow!  No wonder I feel like I've been hip-deep in wooden boxes!  I kinda have.  And nope, I'm totally not complaining about it, because there are more coming down the pike!



    That's the wraparound sketch on the "Golden Bought" Pawn cash box for my pal Aaron, creator of La Brujeria comic.  This one will be loaded with lots of inside references for readers of the comic.  And yes, that IS the Geek In The City Radio podcast playing in the background.

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    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    CLOSED - GIVEAWAY! BUTTERFLIES! SKULLS! WOO HOO!

    GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!  Did you win?  Scroll down to see!

    I had planned a giveaway through a skull-themed blog this week, but it fell through.  Since I hinted about the giveaway last week on my Facebook fan page, I figured I should deliver!

    Here's what you will receive if you win:
    Soul Searching (top) and Spirits' Journey (bottom)
    enter to win 8x10" prints of these paintings or just shoot overto my shop and snap up a pair if you don't want to take your chances
    The giveaway is open to all US and Canadian residents 18 years and older.  Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below (be sure to use the images and tweets provided), and I'll pick a winner within a couple hours after the giveaway entry period closes.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Good luck everyone!

    ~Krissi
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    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    Because It's ALL About You! (new landing page at skelekitty.com)

    I spent two full days this week working on making my shop easier for folks to get around in.  There are two big changes that I think are pretty cool:

    New main page.  Instead of the old main page, which took you to the first 20 or so products, now you will start at this awesome page, where you can browse by item (paintings, earrings) or imagery (hearts, Doctor Who, etc.)   It looks like this:
    NEW skelekitty.com main page helps you browse items using pictures
    As you can see, all the text links are still available on the left nav bar, but now you can browse visually, and easily find imagery (previously these categories could only be accessed from a pull-down menu on the ALL THE THINGS page).  If you ever want to return to this page, just click the shop banner and it will take you right there.

    Links inside listings.  Let's say you are clicking around and come across a pendant you like, but you don't wear jewelry, so you wonder, "is this available as a print?"  Now all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of that listing and click SEE ALL ITEMS WITH THIS IMAGE (it's right above the price).  Clicking that link from inside any listing will show you all items with the same image or group of images.  In the rare case that there is no link, it means that the item is unique or is not yet offered on other items.

    I'm always looking for ways to make shop browsing easier for customers, so if you ever have a question or suggestion, drop me a note using the contact link in my shop.

    Thanks for dropping by!
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    Monday, April 8, 2013

    Spring Forward In Time - Timey Wimey Piece and Print of the Week

    It's Monday, and that means it's time for a new Print of the Week (and it's early since I'm not catching up on last night's episode of a show my husband won't watch).  But first...

    Timey Wimey Weeping Angel
    pendant
    with watch gears
    I was going through my supply stash recently and came across some Nunn Design 1" bezels I purchased at an expo a few years back.  I was doing a run of glass and resin pendants anyway, so I thought it would be a perfect time to do some resin layering in one of the bezels.

    But which image should I use and what stuff should I layer in there?

    We learned in the Doctor Who episode Blink that the Weeping Angels use time to "kill you nicely. No mess, no fuss. They just zap you into the past and let you live to death."  Then they feed off all of your life's stolen moments.  So yeah, it seemed obvious: one of my Weeping Angel paintings + timey wimey stuff (gears) = awesome.  I made one of these to see how you guys like them, but if I make more, each would be slightly different (and yes, of course you can get one custom made with a different Weeping Angel).

    Sage Bee 8x10" print
    Moving on to something a bit lighter (but wait!  We "lost" an hour recently!  Was it the Weeping Angels or daylight saving time?)  It's definitely feeling like here, which means sunshine, sneezing, blossoms and bees!  I'm celebrating the return of the honeybees by putting the Sage Bee print up as Print of the Week.  Sage Bee was one of the paintings I did for the Spring "Out There" nature-themed art show last April.

    You know the deal by now: the 8x10's are 50% off (only $7.25), you don't need a coupon code, and the sale is good all week (I switch them out mid-day on Mondays).  You can always find the Print of the Week by clicking the link in my shop, or find all the sale items by clicking on OMG, ON SALE!!! (and I added some more pendants to the sale/clearance section last week!).

    Oh yeah, and I'm working on something else to help you navigate the shop, but that will have to wait for another blog post.

    Happy *ACHOO!* springtime!


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    Monday, April 1, 2013

    Print of the Week: Pomegranates and Skulls

    It's time for the Print of the Week!

    Love & Death, one of the fin de siècle flower series I painted in the Spring of 2012, is 50% off this week.

    Love & Death features pomegranates, which symbolize either love or death
    in different cultures/mythologies.  The poms are set against a deep blue
    background with layers of images including insects, clocks and muertos.  

    Here's the scoop on my weekly print sale:
    • Sale is from Monday to following Monday, I usually switch them up around lunchtime (or some time that afternoon)
    • You don't need a coupon code, Prints of the Week are automatically marked down
    • 50% off 8x10" prints (only $7.25!) and more than 30% off 11x14" prints 
    • No limit - get as many as you like
    • I'll decide which prints go up, BUT I will make that decision based on fan/client input
    • Images will not be POTW more than once in a 6 month period, so snap up your favorite when it comes around
    • You can find the POTW by clicking on the Print of the Week link from my site (or click the OMG, On Sale! link to see everything that's been marked down).
    • Occasionally, I'll put a pair of prints on sale. When I do, you can get just one or both if you like.

    Check back next Monday (just click on the "Print of the Week" link in my shop) to see which print will be on sale. I will switch them up around lunchtime (or so) here in California.


    And of course, let me know which image you would like to see as Print Of The Week!
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    Monday, March 25, 2013

    Prints of the Week: Butterflies On The Brain

    Maybe I was inspired to make these prints the "Prints of the Week" because we saw a Monarch butterfly while walking the dog this weekend.  Maybe it's because The Venture Bros. is finally coming back with Season 5.  Honestly, who's to say?  Either way, you can have 8x10s of either Soul Searching or Spirits' Journey for half off this week (a limited number of 11x14s are also available and also on sale).

    Soul Searching (top) and Spirits' Journey (bottom)
    Here's the scoop on my weekly print sale:
    • Sale is from Monday to following Monday, I usually switch them up around lunchtime (or some time that afternoon)
    • You don't need a coupon code, Prints of the Week are automatically marked down
    • 50% off 8x10" prints (only $7.25!) and more than 30% off 11x14" prints 
    • No limit - get as many as you like
    • I'll decide which prints go up, BUT I will make that decision based on fan/client input
    • Images will not be POTW more than once in a 6 month period, so snap up your favorite when it comes around
    • You can find the POTW by clicking on the Print of the Week link from my site (or click the OMG, on sale! link to see everything that's been marked down).
    • Occasionally, like this week, I'll put a pair of prints on sale.  When I do, you can get just one or both if you like.

    Check back next Monday (just click on the "Print of the Week" link in my shop) to see which print will be on sale.  I will switch them up around lunchtime here in California.

    And of course, let me know which image you would like to see as Print Of The Week! 
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    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Behind The Scenes and Inspiration: Courage

    One of the questions I hear most is "where do you find inspiration," followed closely by "what's the story behind that image?"  The answer to the first is "pop culture, life, music and my 'black comedy' sense of humor." While that is definitely true, it is also pretty vague, so I thought I'd start occasional posts that tell the stories behind and beyond some of my pieces.  Of course, sometimes, a painting is just a painting, so not all of my images will show up in this series.

    COURAGE (2008)
    pyrography, acrylics and mixed-media on wood
    This panel was 1/9th of a collaborative piece gifted to a friend in early 2009
    In late 2008, a friend and fellow Sacramento artist, Kathy Blackburn and her musician hubby Byron, learned that his cancer had returned the day before his 1-year remission anniversary. Out of love and concern, nine Sacramento artists collaborated on a piece to wish Kathy & Byron "Love, Happiness, Strength, Courage, Positivity, Hope, Friendship, Support and Peace."

    I agreed to be part of the collaborative gift before I knew what we were actually doing.  I'm a sucker like that.  So when I received the huge panel, I sat staring at it wondering what the heck I was going to do with the either "courage" or "happiness," which were the remaining words from which I could choose.  I wasn't feeling much inspiration; mostly, I was just feeling stress.  I set the piece against the wall and went to work on other things.

    Meanwhile, I was taking several online courses (I switched from art quilts to painting/mixed media late in 2007).  About the same time I'd agreed to take part in the Blackburn piece, I was taking part in an 'oracle card' art challenge even though I had absolutely NO idea what the heck and oracle card was. We were supposed to make something that represented a positive force in our lives - something that was representative of what was going on. I turned to my friend and resource for all things occult/pagan, Temple Terkildsen, for a primer.  She pretty much told me to chill and just see what kept coming up in my life and that would decide what my "oracle card" should be.  Whatever.  I went back to the collaborative painting and stared.

    In desperation, I looked up the definition for happiness and courage, and that's when I saw that the word comes from the Latin "cor" meaning "heart."  
    Courage: c. 1300, from Old French corage, from Vulgar Latin Coraticum from Latin cor, "heart," which remains a common metaphor for inner strength.
    By this time in my art career, I was pretty well known by that point for creating hearts, so it was painfully obvious which of the panels I'd be doing (and that it would also be the oracle card project).

    So, the heart image is for courage, the thorny branches for the difficult things in life and the flowers are for hope.  The text on the lower, left corner is the definition (above) and the quotation in the top, right corner is a quotation from Osho, someone whose work Temple suggested I look into while trying to work on my oracle card challenge (more crossover between the projects).  The quotation reads,
    Don't cling to any certainty. Life is uncertain - its very nature is uncertain. And an intelligent man always remains uncertain. This very readiness to remain in uncertainty is courage. 

    The finished collaborative piece:
    Row 1: Nicole Fox (love), Jennifer Keller (happiness), Evie Turner (strength)
    Row 2: me (courage), Mark Fox (positivity), Jill Allyn Stafford (hope)
    Row 3: Jared Konopitski (friendship), Miss Cy Wylie (support) and Char Hall (peace)

    Although Byron passed away months after this work was presented to him, Kathy still treasures the piece we made for them both.
    Accessories and magnets featuring Courage are available at skelekitty.com.


    See all Behind the Scenes/Inspiration posts.  

    Is there an image you're curious about?  Drop me a line and ask me to talk about it in a future Behind the Scenes and Inspiration post.

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