Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Under the deep blue sea

Hello crafty friends!

Today I want to share a 3D card I made for this weeks challenge over at Stampotique Originals. 

For this card I used a combination of distress oxide inks and original distress inks.  There are 4 base layers, plus all the bits added on the top. :) I colored my images with Zig clean color markers and distress ink. 

Thank you for visiting! 
I hope you join us!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Post Shark Week Mail Art Monday

Hello Crafty Friends!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday to kick off your week.  Today is one of my favorite days... Mail Art Monday!!!  

Today I want to share an A2 sized envelope.  With it being beach season I wanted to do something that made me think of the ocean.  Plus, with shark week having just passed, I knew this would be too fun!

Stamps Used: 

I started by stamping my main images in memento black ink.
(Remember to leave room for your postage stamp and address)

Next I colored all my base images with various markers, then add my base distress ink layer for the background. 
(Tumbled glass and weathered wood)

To finish everything off I added some visual interest with a Tim Holtz layering stencil, and a shark postage stamp. 

Thank you for visiting today! I hope you inspired to create some fun mail art too!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

New stamps

Hello friends!

It's the 1st of the month... time for new stamp releases from Stampotique Originals. 

I am so on love with this release!  Remember how much I loved the scarecrows from July.... wait till you see this pair!! ♡ *swoon*

Ok, time to share my inspiration pieces... 

(Water colored with Distess ink and Distress oxides)

Any occasion card- Tilted Bow, Barcode Text
Colored with alcohol markers , Zig clean color markers, and Distress ink
Scrapbook paper with stripes is by Bo Bunny

Any occasion card-A Bouquet for you, Barcode Text
Colored with alcohol markers , Zig clean color markers, and Distress ink, Distress crayons
Scrapbook paper with stripes is by Bo Bunny

Art journal spread- Girlfriends, Quotes #2
Dylusions book base, dylusions paints, various stencils, water colored with distress inks, and Zig Clean color markers.

Thank you for stopping in!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Nothing but Turquoise Challenge

Hello Crafty Friends!!!

Today I want to share a card I made for the 

Stampotique Designers Challenge- "Turquoise Only"

Stamps Used: 
Barcode Text (Magical Moment)

I usually struggle with not stamping in black (although black and white are allowed to be used with this challenge).  Fortunately, I have several turquoise inks.  I started by getting out all of my inks out.  

I began by stamping my images, with the darkest of them (using this as a substitute for black). 
I stamped them on separate card stock, then used my scanNcut to cut out my images.  

While my images were being cut I went to work on my background.  The background was made with Flat Magical powders (caribbean blue, and a dash of luscious lime).  You can also create a similar background with regular inks in the "smooshing" technique on your craft mat.  I used a heat tool to dry this layer.

I "water colored" my images with various inks, and glued them down. 

then added texture paste through a stencil.  While the texture paste was still wet, I added glitter embossing powder.  I let this dry naturally. (when that I was dry, I embossed the glitter.)

To add glitter on other fun bits, I used my wink of stella clear pen. 

The glitter doesn't photo quite as well as I would like, but I hope you get the idea.  It is way better in real life.  

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Love and Bugs

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I want to share a grungy style love card using Viva Las Vegastamps
This card was fun and easy to create. 

Stamps Used:
Deathhead Moth
Double Coffee Rings

I started by stamping my background image in distress ink (aged mahogany).  I then added tea dye, rusty hinge, and brushed corduroy distress ink on top. 

I stitched this layer to my black base. To add depth, I added the corrugated cardboard, and a scrap of burlap.

I chose the love sticker, because I wanted something bold.  I wanted this to pop and stand out.

I also stamped the coffee ring stamp on the background. 

To finish everything off I added my death head moth, and some random black and white splatters. 

I hope you all enjoy this simple card as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you for visiting the blog today! 
I hope you have a great week!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Art Journal page love

Hello Everyone!

Today I want to share a little art journal page.  I love how freeing it can be to art journal. 

Creepy Bald Guy
Creepy Ball Cap
Tape X
Row of Chevrons
Row of Numbers
Row of Distressed lines
Color Wheel lines
Tiny Arrow Heart

OTHER Products:
Tim Holtz -distress oxide, chit chat stickers
Wink of Stella
White paint pen
Dylusions stencil

This little page was based with distress oxide ink and a dylusions stencil.  
(I love adding texture to backgrounds with stencils) 

I started with a base image of my "bald creepy guy" and his "creepy ball cap". (which I had stamped on a separate piece of card stock).

Before gluing my guy and hat down I used my black distress crayon to add a base for him to pop off of... I love black shadow to pop images up.  

 I added all of my background journal stamping after my guy was glued down.
(You could go this before if you choose.)

To finish everything off I added one of my Tim Holtz chit chat stickers.

I hope you enjoy this little page. 
Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

ATC Coins

Hello Everyone!

Happy Independence Day if you are here in the USA

Today starts a new challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog...
The theme is "Artist Trading Coins"

 These are all the rage right now!
(Make sure you check out and join the challenge!)

 I have to admit they are super fun and addictive! I love that they still fit in baseball sleeves, but they are a tad different, so it re-starts the creative juices.  These are 2.5 in circles.  (I cheated and cut mine on my Brother Scan-n-Cut, but I know some people are using punches, or printing a template and tracing them.  However you choose to do it you should give it a try!! (I this some people are doing a variety of sizes too)

I love that you can use any medium on them, and they can be dimensional or not! 
I of course am a distress ink addict, so that was my main medium... I also broke out several of my stencils! ;) 

Stamps Used:

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Exciting news and Stamps!

Hello Crafty friends!
Guess what?!? 

I made the Stampotique Originals Design Team!!!
I am excited for the opportunity to be back on the team! :D 

What else does that mean? 

It means I have samples for the new July releases to share!!! 
(and what a freaking awesome release this is!!!!)

(I freaking LOVE these scarecrows!!!!!)
Fall is my favorite season so you have no idea how excited I am for this pair!!!

Greeting card
 (I wish you could see the glitter on these.... I used Wink of Stella so this bad boy shines!!!)

A little #ICAD love.
(Index card a day... although i only get a couple a week when i'm lucky.... 
I really need to work on getting some art done every day)

A fun little greeting card :D 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Kicks and Cards

Hello Everyone!!

Today I want to share an easy and fun any occasion card.  

I don't normally create simple cards, but there are just some occasions that call for it. I love that this design lends itself to a variety of themes and ages.  You can easily create it in any color, and you could add any sentiment.  I love that it also works well for men and teens!  Men and teens can be difficult to create for at times.  

You card also simplify this design even more by not layering the pieces... or you can jazz it up with more embellishments!

Stamp Used: 

Other Products:
Card-stock in black and white
Distress Oxide ink (Candied Apple)
Distress ink-Hickory Smoke (I could have left the edging off though)
Archival ink (Tuxedo Black)
Tim Holtz Layering stencil (THS003 "RAYS") 
Yellow marker
Wink of Stella (clear glitter)

I started by stamping my star sneaker on a separate piece of card-stock and set it aside to dry.  While that was drying I grabbed my card front (cut 1/4 in less than A4 size on each side), and added my rays stencil.  After I finished stenciling I went back and cut out my star sneaker stamp.  I decided It would pop a bit more if I matted it with a layer of black card stock, so I did. 
(This also allows it to match the card base which is matted on black as well)

After deciding I needed a tad more color, I chose to color in the star with a yellow marker, then added some clear Wink of Stella over that. 

The final step was to stamp my sentiment, and add pop-dots to adhere my card and start sneaker together. 

Thank you for stopping by! 
I hope you have found some inspiration for a fun and easy card!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Make it Manly...

Hello Everyone!

In light of fathers day coming up, I wanted to create something masculine. 

At first I thought I wanted to create a card, but then I decided something more fun would be an envelope for gift cards.
(You could of course use this base to create a card as well)

Stamps Used:

Other Items Used:
Scrap book paper
Sizzix thinlet die- gift card bag (662687) 
Tim Holtz Layering stencil (THMS070)
Distress ink -gathered twigs
Archival Ink- tuxedo black
water pen
Tim Holtz Remnant rubs

I started by picking out the paper I wanted for my base.  I went with some Tim Holtz paper that had nice neutral colors and some general text.  (looks kind of like a vintage invoice).  Using my sizzix gift card holder die, and my big shot I cut my base out.

I used my distress ink around the edges before gluing everything together.  (you could probably skip this step. I ended up inking everything again at the end to deepen the color anyway).

After my piece was folded and glued, I stamped "Fabrique De Cravates Ad" in black ink. Then, I used my distress ink to watercolor some shading on the suit. 

 When I was satisfied with that I used the same distress ink to stamp my clock randomly on the front and back.

To finish this off I added some stenciling details. 

I added a remnant rub with "TIME" on it for added detail

I love how this came out, and it was so simple! 
(Now I need to decide what gift card I want to give him.... Tough decisions!)

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!
I hope this inspires you!