Sunday, January 21, 2018

Oops, *Insert Eye Roll*


Today I want to share another quick post..
This time I have an art journal spread for the Stampotique Designers Challenge "Spots and Dots"

Sorry, I didn't think to take pictures as I went.  I've had a bit of a head cold, so my brain is a bit fuzzy. lol I made this last night while watching some "Mr. Robot" on Amazon. It's pretty good if you haven't watched it. (My Hubby recommended it to me). 

Anyhow, back to the Art Journal spread.  I created this in an altered travel planner (the small calendars for your purse).  I used:  Dylusions paints, distress paints, some clear gesso, distress collage medium to glue in my Stampotique images i colored and cut out, various markers, distress crayons, distress spray stains, Tim Holtz Layering stencils, and I'm sure some more (like I said my brain is a bit fuzzy an I just wanted to create, so everything within reach was fair game! lol) 

Stamps Used:
Smushasha (mermaid)
Phrase Cube 2 (oops qoute)
Wire Rings (behind mermaid)
Large Hand-Writing (I LOVE this stamp for texture in backgrounds!)

(<----to join the challenge yourself there is a link on the left of the blog )

Ok, that's all folks....
(the voice of porky the pig is stuck in my head

Friday, January 19, 2018

Nature's Wonder Card

Hello crafty friends! :)

I hope you are all safe and warm!
Here in Ohio it has been super cold and snowy... 
I'm a warm weather person, so I'm dreaming of spring.

 As my first post back as part of the fabulous Viva Las Vegastamps design team, I want to share something special to me....

An easy 3D entomology themed card...
(great masculine card too!)

I myself collect pinned insects, and have a cabinet of curiosities.
  Do you collect anything?


Black and cream cardstock
Scrapbook paper
Black Season ink
Zig Clean color markers
Tim Holtz small talk stickers
Distress oxide ink -walnut stain
Tim Holtz tiny attacher
Distress collage medium (to stiffen the raised insect and to attach fun foam to card)
Fun foam cut to make 3d areas

Ok, so let's get started...

I started by stamping my stamp twice (one to cut for layering, and one for the base)
You can also see the slices of fun foam I cut to "pop" stuff up on

Next, cut your background layers from the scrapbook paper, and cardstock. My layers measure smallest to largest- 4.25 x 5.25in, 4.5in x 5.5in, card base- 6in x 10in

I used distress ink to add some depth on my stamped base, and my cream cardstock.  The insects were colored with my zig markers.

My layers were taped together with my VLVS miracle tape. Before taping my card base to my matts,  I used my tiny attacher to add my coard.

For the final 3d layer I used distress collage medium to glue my fun foam down. (And to add some thickness to the 3d bug).

I hope you have all enjoyed this card as much as I do.
 (Don't forget to comment what you collect! Just for fun :D )

Also, in case you missed this fun envelope I shared on facebook on Monday here is a bit more Buggy goodness...

Hercules Beetle
Paris Address

(the rest is all distress inks and stencils)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Swaperoo Week 2 Entry

Hello everyone!!

Today us just a quick post to share my second entry for the stampotique "swaperoo" swap all 3 stamps I used are by stampotique. 

This is an altered index card
(Background created with dylusions paints)

Thank you for visiting!!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Things with Wings Postcard

Hello Friends! 

Today I have want to share a 4x6 in postcard that I created for the Stampotique Facebook Swap for this month...The theme is "wings"

Stamps Used:
Clothes text (Stampotique)
Floating (Stampotique)
Doodle Leaf (VLVS)
Reverse Image stamp (VLVS)

Other Products:
Distress Inks (regular and oxides):
 worn lipstick, picked raspberry, abandoned coral, ripe persimmon, spiced marmalade, carved pumpkin, fossilized amber, mustard seed

StazOn Ink- Black
Micron Markers,
White Gelly Roll pens
Zig Clean Color markers (various colors)
Wink of Stella -Glitter Clear
Scrap paper to create "masks"
Tim Holtz Layering stencils
Dylusions Stencil

I began by stamping all of my base images and masked them off.  After my base images were masked, I began layering my base inks. I used various distress inks, starting with the originals, and adding some oxides later. 

You can see the base layers building up here...

To add depth I like using stencils.  For this one, I started with distress layering stencils.  I also used one of the dylusions stencils. 

My favorite part is always removing the "masks" ...
Below is the reveal isn't it fun how it "pops" off the page?

For all of my coloring, I used Zig clean color markers. 
 I added my details with micron and gelly roll pens. 

I hope you enjoyed this mini post. I love how vibrant this came out :D 
If you have never joined the facebook Stampootique swaps you should definitely check them out!!!
They have one each month, lots of amazing artists!!! 

Swaperoo Postcard

Hello Friends! 

Today I have want to share a 4x6 in postcard that I created for the Stampotique Designers Challenge "Swaperoo" was the theme. You can check out the info HERE and join yourself!! :D 
(The basics are to switch bodies and heads...)

Stamps Used: 

Other Products:
Distress Oxide Inks: worn lipstick, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber
grey ink (can't remember the brand)
Stazon Ink- Jet Black
Distress Ink Stains- Picket Fence 
Tim Holtz :small talk" stickers
Micron Markers,
White Gelly Roll pens
Zig Clean Color markers (various colors)
Wink of Stella -Glitter Clear
Blick Markers (various colors)
Scrap paper to create "masks"
Tim Holtz Layering stencils
Dylusions Stencil
Gold foil sticker tape (from an old swap)

Start with card stock cut to 4x6 in.  "Pretty Zara" was stamped first.  (I was careful to ink only the parts I wanted of the head and collar).  I then masked this part off with scarp paper.  I carefully stamped the Body of "angel squared" over this mask.  

Now that you have the base image,  you can begin building up the base and background. I chose pinks and yellows for this (colors listed above in supply lists) 

Once you have some base color added you can start adding background stamps and stencils.  I began with "circled lines". then added various layers of stenciling.  When I was satisfied with this I added some texture with "texture cube 1". You can do it in any order you choose. 

I also Added some white details with my gelly roller, and some black with my micron. 

Now, the best part.....
Take off the mask...
(I added my distress stain after removing the masks, but yo may choose to do it before)

Sorry I forgot to take a picture here...
I colored with various markers (zig and blick)

Finish everything off with a fun quote, and some gold foil. 

I hope you have been inspired to make a "swaperoo" of your own :D
Have a fantastic day! 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mermaid Dreamer Mail Art

Hello Everyone!!!

It's me again,here with a surprise guest post for VLVS...

(I'm taking a little time off from my design teams for a bit to re-spark my creativity)

Once again, I want to share some super fun Mail Art envelope using some of the new releases.  For this, I was inspired by this months challenge "Summer"

(Warning Photo Heavy)

Stamps Used:
Plate 1495
(you know you are going to want them all of you are anything like me!)
Row of Scribble Circles
Typeset Scallop
Row of Numbers
Punchinella/Sequin Waste
The Moon
Fancy Mermaid
She was a Dreamer

Start by stamping out your mermaid on the envelope (A2) and on scrap paper for your mask.

Next, Using Momento ink "London Fog" I stamped the moon over the masked mermaid.

Using Memento Black ink I added my base for the mermaid to rest on.

To build the background I stamped the x's as my stars, and inked with Distress Oxide ink "Broken China"

Now to add some contrast, I sponged on 2 of the green inks from my kaleidacolor inks.

Time for the reveal... I love seeing things come together after the mask is removed. 
I also forgot to take a picture before I stamped my 2 pieces in Distress ink "Blueprint sketch" to help frame everything.  I also added a but more color around the edges. 

I also added the numbers along the right side in black Momento ink.

Here you can see where I have started the base colors on my mermaid...
I also stamped my sentiment "she was a dreamer" and outlined it with white gel pen to help it pop off of the page. 

(The left if the finished mermaid. You can see some of the added glitter details from the Wink of Stella pen.  On the right side you can see more of the color building.)

Well, there you have it! I love how this envelope came together. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Genius Ideas...

Hello Again Everyone!

Today I want to share a card that I created for the Stampotique Originals Designers Challenge"Use Stencils" 

For this month we've teamed up with Eileen Hull to create something extra fun for you.
This is my book of "genius Ideas"
(Basically my cut and paste book of random bits I have created)

Stamps: Topher, Alpha Background 
Stencils are by Tim Holtz, Dylusions paints, Black Momento Ink, White Gelly Roll pen

More picture to come :)
(I have gluess some of my favorite Stampotique pieces inside!)

Friday, June 16, 2017

VLVS monthly challenge inspiration (art Journal)

Hello Everyone!
I'm here again with some fun inspiration for this months challenge board.  

It feels like ages since I've played in my art journal.  
This piece was super fun, and I plan to journal on them later. :D Some days you just need those pre-made bases for when the moment hits! 

Stamps Used:

You can find the challenge Info HERE

I started with dylusions paints, a variety of stencils, and some Tim Holtz washi tape. I used gel pens and markers to add details

Next I stamped my main images ... Which of course begged for more doodling.
(I love these stamps!)

Next I added some of my "art journal-ish" fun stamps (yes I know I use these on almost everything, but what can I say, they are fabulous.... I linked to the whole plate also because if you are like me you will need them all!!! 1455 is one of my all time fav. plates!)

Detail Pictures:

Thank you for looking! I hope you feel inspired to create also!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

If friends were flowers, I'd pick you!

Hello Again Everyone!

Today I want to share a card that I created for the Stampotique Originals Designers Challenge"Flowers" 

For this month we've teamed up with Eileen Hull to create something extra fun for you.
Today I want to show you the gift card basket I created.
(gift card not shown as I want it to be somewhat of a surprise to the recipient... but it will be slide down in the back)

Stamps Used:
Miguel has a gift
Texture Cube 1
Spiral Daydream

Here you can see the pieces all die-cut 
(Super easy to put together!)

These are all of my base pieces inked... Now I forgot to take pictures of the next few steps
(you know how it is when you get into a project you are having fun with...)

Next I used a stencil for some added depth, and used texture cube 1 to add even more!
(love that cube! It's the one I used for most of the flowers also!!)

The flowers were inked and stamped with distress inks. I love how vibrant everything looks!
This is going to be a gift for someone special... and I want to add a gift card (or 2) behind the flowers in the basket...

Thank you for visiting my blog!
I hope you decide to play along with us for the challenge!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stampotique June Stamp Release

Hello Again Everyone!! 

Today is a bit bitter sweet for me, I am so excited to share some inspiration projects using this months new stamp release from Stampotique Originals. 

This is also my last month to share with Stampotique, so I hope you all enjoy these pieces! 
(I will of course try out again when the next try out comes around)

I am looking forward to seeing all of the new inspiration to get me out of my creative funk.
I'm hoping to get my craft space reorganized in my time off... 
anyone want to help me organized? haha 

Ok, Ok time for what you all came to see.... These stamps are all awesome! 
(Stamp links posted below each image)

(this one is an art Journal tip in page)

Last but not least I wanted to share a card I recently made with my tea cup stamp...
(No, this is not a new stamp... But I love how the card came out so you get to see it anyway!)

Thank you for visiting!
Let me know what you think.
Do you have a favorite of the new stamps?