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!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Celebrate 300

Hello Crafty Friends!

Here is my entry for the Stampotique Originals 300th challenge!

I chose to create a fun arty style tag for my entry. 

You can see below I addedm some wink of Stella glitter, and some glossy midge podge.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Books and Dragons in the Mail

Hello Crafty People!

Happy Memorial Day and Mail Art Monday!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful day, and I hope you had an amazing weekend!

As I'm sure you know, I love creating mailart... This piece is no exception!
I loved this little dragon stamp, so it was a clear winner when I sat down to play!

(You know how a stamp just calls to you some time, this was the one that called to me when I was pondering what to create.)

Blue and Green combos are always a favorite color combo, so when it came to a dragon envelope, what better color combo to use?! 

I started by stamping the dragon in memento ink. Then I built the rest of my envelope around him. I chose to use a variety of my favorite art journal style stamps.  The edging was colored with distress oxide inks.

I colored with alcohol markers. I also used Wink of Stella clear glitter on the belly of my dragon
(you can see in the GIF below)

I hope you all like this envelope as much as me. :D 

I may have to keep this envelope around for a while! 

Have a wonderful week! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Black White and Pop of Color #2

Hello Everyone!

Today I decided to play along with week 2 of the Stampotique designers challenge. The theme is black and white with a pop of color. 

As I stated last week, I love the black and white theme!

Stampotique Stamps Used:

I have so many friends with birthdays coming up, so whats better than making a birthday card?
(Something I'm always in need of!)

This card pretty much fell together with ease. I love Buru, so this piece was created around him. :) Below you can see the steps I took to create this piece.

(The hat was fussy cut and glued on. Also I used black ink to distress the edges)

I also used the Tim Holtz stamp press to stamp the Happy Birthday with distress oxide ink. 

I hope you all enjoy this card as much as Me!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Black, white, and a pop of color!

Hello Everyone!

Today I decided to play along with the Stampotique designers challenge. The theme is black and white with a pop of color. I love the black and white theme!

This theme gave me so many ideas... I only had a short time to play this morning before I head out the door to work, so i had to make a decision.

I chose to use my seahorses and went with a sea theme.
 I love love love these seahorses!!

I used glossy accents to make the seahorses pop even more. 

I hope you all enjoy this card as much as Me!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Easy Any Occasion Cards

Hello everyone!

Today I want to share 2 easy cards I created for Viva Las VegaStamps. These are fun and easy for any occasion. You can easily customize these to your exact occasion needs by just switching colors or a stamp or two.

Color wheel lines
Solid color wheel
Scribble Circle
Row of Numbers
Death head Moth
Squiggly Star Collage

Other Products:
Distress ink and archival ink
A2 card bases in white
Cutter bee scissors for my fussy cutting

I started with a plain white card base in A2 size. I used to distress ink to stamp the colored images, and any black details were stamped with black archival ink.

You could add pop-dots to add depth to your card, or you could do this card with lots of masking to keep everything as flat single layer card. I chose to do mine as a few flat layers. :)

(the star, the moth, and the yellow lined color wheel were my 3 layered pieces)

I hope you enjoy these cards! Thank you for visiting. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Mail Art Monday with VLVS

Hello crafty friends! 

I'm here again to share a fun and simple
Mail Art Monday Envelope with VLVS<3


If you know me, then you know mail art is my favorite thing to create! So, I am excited to get to share with you today! I decided to break the rules a bit with this envelope... Who says the envelope has to go long ways anyway? 

Stamps Used:
Deliver To
Bust of Man
Flower and Bird Frame

Other products:
A2 white envelope
distress ink (various yellows)
Archival ink (black)
Zig Clean color markers

I started by stamping the "bust of a man" on the right hand side of the envelope and again on a scrap piece of paper which I used to mask this off.  

Next I stamped the lower left part of the "flower and bird frame" stamp 
(yes, I cut my stamp apart... part of why I love buying my stamps unmounted. I know some of you will want to kill me for this, but it gets me extra use from my stamps... You could also mask that part of your stamp off when inking.) 

I then stamped the right side of "flower and bird frame" stamp. At this point I inked around the boarder of my envelope with the various yellows. 

Once my background was inked, I removed my Statue mask and begin to color all of the fine details. 
Super quick and easy!

Below you can see a "sample" address, and postage stamp... I am out of flower stamps so a trip to the post office is in my future ;-)

I hope you enjoyed this simple piece and maybe even find new ways to view some of your stamps... 
(I promise they don't cry when you cut them!)