Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Take me to the Sea!

 Hello Everyone!!! 

I hope you are all well!
Today I want to share  two of my favorite things with you....

Mail Art and the ocean...

 now combined for this weeks challenge!!!! 

This envelope was created for the Stampotique Originals Ocean/beach theme ! 
I hope it inspires you and I hope you will hop over and join us!!  

(HERE for inspiration)

(linkz up page is HERE)

To start I stamped my images on an A2 envelope, 
(stamp links below) then I immediately masked them off so that I could ad all of my background color

(you can see it with the masks still on here)

Next remove the masks to reveal what you have to work with 

Next I colored everything with the markers shown below
(Zig clean color brush tip) 
(this is also the ink i used for my background)

To finish everything off I splashed a few drops of water on the envelope to add the spots you see below :)  (this is one of my favorite techniques!) 

Thank you for visiting! 
Now get Inky!!! 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Stampotique New Release Blog Hop

Hello Everyone! 

For today's hop you should have arrived here from Jools Robertson and if you didn't, you may want to start the blog hop from the beginning (SDC blog HERE).  

See all of the new stamps in the store HERE

First is a 3 D pop up card I created using  Mokiwea

Next is the matching envelope with Mokiwea and Patio Lights

Next are 3 ATC's 

Don't forget... 
We'll be giving away a $30 gift certificate to the online store and a grab bag of stamps to two random winners who have visited the blogs. You won't know which ones they are so stop by and visit them all.  We will pick the winners on our first challenge in August.

Have fun hopping!

 Your next stop is Samantha Read

Monday, July 18, 2016

Boys just wanna have fun... Mail Art Monday

Hello Again!

Yep, it's Monday again! Where did the weekend go? 
Well, at least it looks like the 2 boys in this weeks mail art Monday are having some fun!!!

What's on the other side of the fence I wonder!? Is it a scary dog? A crazy neighbor? Or maybe a pool party.... We may never know!! Haha

So for this piece I wanted something fun and simple like the summers of my past. I started by stamping the quote then I masked it off and drew the box around the mask. I also masked off the address block and drew around it.

Next I stamped what I'm calling the mischievous boys... Lol

Pretty simple right? I thought so! Now color away and its ready to be mailed out!!!

I hope you enjoy this fun pair as much as I do!  They just make me giggle!
Well enjoy your daily grind and remember to enjoy some mischief now and again!

Stamps used:

Peeking Boys 2 3/4 x 3 1/2

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

It's Party Time!!!

Hello Everyone!!
Today I am so excited to share my 1st 
Stampotique designers challenge inspiration!

The first challenge for July is Party time!!!

I created this fun A2 card using various water based inks and a stencil to create the background.

Stamps Used: Jammin', Dog Cube, and the Banner.  

To color my images I used a variety of alcohol markers, gel pens, and zig clean color brush pens. 

I hope this inspires you to join us for the challenge for a chance to win a chance at free stamps! 

Visit the challenge blog HERE for more info and inspiration, or join us on facebook! 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Exciting News!

Hello everyone!! 
I have some exciting news to share... 

Today is my first day as a part of the Stampotique Originals Design team!!! I have been a fan for many years, so i feel completely honored to have made the cut! 

I am so excited to be joining thier amazing team to help them create and share inspiration with you you! I am also co-hosting the ATC swaps on thier facebook group with the amazing Cassandra Sloan! so be sure to check them out and join us!

Here are my two ATC's for the first swap... 

The theme is "framed"

Monday, June 27, 2016

VLVS Challenge inspiration

Hello Everyone!!! 
Today I wanted to share an envelope I created to help inspire you in this months challenge! 

I hope you will join us!

Stamps Used: 

Deliver To: 3/4 x 2

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Nuts About Mail Art

Hello again,
 it's me Tera here with a fun piece of mail art, that is just because I can.

When it comes to mail art I usually have a rhyme or reason,  but today I just created to create.  I basically picked stamps to use just because I liked them, and regardless of theme. 

To start I began with a standard A2 envelope and stamped the fun little acorn.  I masked it off then stamped the doodle circles and grunge plus signs. ( I used them as an x)

The row of chevrons was used to create a focal spot for the address to be easily observed.   

Now that all of the foreground stamping is done, I used various blue and green distress inks to lay color down on the background until I got a fade I was happy with. 

From there i decided to add my background by stamping the numbers and dictionary page randomly in various distress inks.   

Now to finish everything off i removed the mask and colored the acorn using a water brush and zig clean color markers. I also used black glitter pan pastels to edge around the acorn giving it a little bling. 

Stamps Used:

Numbers Set 2 1/2 x 2

Thank you for checking out this tutorial, I hope it inspires you to get creative today! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Father's Day blog hop!

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to the Viva Las VegaStamps Father's day blog hop!

You'll want to make sure you hop along with us and comment on each blog, because VLVS will be giving away one pound o' rubber to one random comment from one random blog in the hop!!!

Blogs in the Hop:

For my piece I chose to create an ATC inspired by my dad.  It's hard to believe he's been gone a year and a half already!! 

 Anyhow, When I think of my dad, one of the first things I think of is how strong he was.  So, needless to say I chose "strong" for my focal word. 

I started by inking my card stock with antique linen distress ink, then embossing my card stock with a Tim Holtz embossing folder (forgive me I can't remember the name).  Now to help the embossing really pop, I sponged on some vintage photo distress ink. To add a little more depth I also stamped the Waybill/invoice stamp lightly with vintage photo ink.  Now flick a few drops pf water to react with the distress ink and add some more grunge.

On a separate piece of card stock I stamped the word strong (from the strong man stamp), and Beethoven in black VersaFine ink.  I fussy cut them out, and lightly distressed the word strong and Beethoven with vintage photo ink so they would match the background. Lastly, I glued everything together.

Thank you for hopping along with us! I hope you enjoyed this memorial ATC as much as I enjoyed making it.  

Monday, June 6, 2016

Time to celebrate- Mail Art Monday!

Hello Again!!!

Welcome back for another fun Mail Art Monday project!!!

This one is super special to me. 

This was created in honor of my friends and I finally graduating dental hygiene school!

Yes, that's right... I'm officially a Registered Dental Hygienist!!! 

SO... Let's ... CELEBRATE!!!!

To start I began by stamping the creepy cone hat and creepy bald guy, and masking them off.  I also stamped the writing triangles and masked them off too.  At this time you should also mask of your desired address space (and trace around it).  

Now time to add the fun stuff...
Stamp the doodle frame first across the top, then the chevron banner below it... 
(because why have 1 banner when you can have 2 !?! ) 
Stamp Celebrate above the address box

Are you still hanging in there? 
Time to pull this all together... I used Distress ink in blues, greens, and yellows to base ink the background... then to detail the background I randomly stamped the doodle dots and numbers set.
Now stamp the dictionary page around the edges to help pull focus to the center.   

Now, Lets see how things look without the masks.
(this is always one of my favorite parts!) 

Ok, now we are in the final stages!! 
Stamp the stitching on the address label and color everything in. 
(I used watercolor brush pens to color mine)

Then, to finish everything off I used black pan pastels to edge everything and make them pop!

Thanks for sticking in with me, I know this was a long one. 
I hope you enjoyed this piece as much as me!! 

Stamps Used:

Creepy Cone Hat

Saturday, May 28, 2016

SDC 246- Don't Use Black

Miss me yet?

Ok, Last one for today I promise!!

This one was an extremely hard challenge for me! 
If you know my art, I almost ALWAYS stamp in black ink, and when I don't I still doodle in black... 

I'll be honest I don't love how it came out 100%, but It was a fun challenge, and I think the recipient will enjoy this envelope to go with her birthday card (1st post of today)...

I do absolutely love Burru, so I knew he'd be cute no matter what color I stamped him in! 

Have a great day and I hope you find some inspiration to get you crafty today too!!