Monday, April 9, 2018

Mail Art Monday!

Hello Again Crafty Friends!!!

Today I am excited to share one of my vary favorite things...
Yes, you guessed right, Mail art!!

Anyone who follows me knows that mail art has a special place in my heart! 
Something about it just makes me giddy!

Today I want to share a fun and kind of silly/whimsical envelope that I just LOVE. 
I love animal/people hybrids so this donkey was instant love for me, but he needed a kind of whimsical envelope to keep him in his own little world.

Maybe a forgotten part of wonderland?

Stamps Used:
Writing Chevron
Typeset Scallop
Horse/Donkey Gentleman

I started with and A2 size envelope and a piece of scrap paper.  On the scarp paper I began by stamping the "typeset scallop", and the "writing chevron".  I also stamped these two on the envelope where I wanted them to be. (*note if you want to "mask" the donkey, rather than cut him out and glue him down he should be stamped on the envelope 1st*, and a mask should also be created). 

On a separate piece of paper I stamped my donkey gentleman so that I could color him and cut him out.

Next, I colored then covered my 2 stamped images with my "masks", this allowed me to lay down a heavy layer of inks and some stenciling.  When the inks dried I added a few flicks of water to add extra depth. 

You can see below I added a label to add an address.  I added a bit of ink around the box for extra depth. (this was before I glued down my awesome donkey gentleman).

Below you can see the finished piece, and the postage stamp that I picked to go with it. 
(I haven't stuck it on yet, just in case I send international)

Thank you stopping by the blog today!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Clowning Around!

Hello Crafty Friends!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day! 

Today, I want to share this crazy clown card!  As soon as I saw this clown, I knew I had to have him!  I know a friend of mine is going to be so excited when she gets this card!!! 

Stamps Used: 
Numbers set
Solid color wheel
Color wheel lines
Torn Paper

Other Supplies used:
Distress Ink-Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Candied Apple (oxide)
Dylusions spray ink- Black Marble
Memento Ink- Tuxedo Black
Markers- Zig clean color, Blick Studio alcohol markers

I started with an A2 card base.  The clown was the 1st thing I stamped.  I then stamped him a second time on scrap paper (to use as mask).  

Once my clown was masked off, I stamped my large circle (solid color wheel) to highlight my clown.  I also added the smaller red circles (color wheel lines), and numbers.  

To add a touch more detail, I used my waybill/invoice stamp to randomly add background.  Next, I flicked some dylusions spray inks in black marble. I also added some distress edging in hickory smoke and black soot.  

While that dried, On a separate piece of paper I stamped the "torn paper" stamp.  Using my heat tool I dried this, and cut it out.  I glued this on the card front to finish everything off. 

I hope you all enjoy this little piece as much as I do! 

Happy Easter and enjoy the rest of your week.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Easy Easter Card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today, I want to share a super cute and easy Easter card 

with Viva Las VegaStamps. 

(which could easily be adapted for any occasion)

Stamps Used:
Wind-up Bunny

Other Items:
A2 Card Base- Black, slightly smaller white card stock for card front
Dylusions Paint- cut grass, fresh lime
Tim Holtz products- layering stencil, distress oxide ink (broken china), Chitchat stickers
Memento ink- Tuxedo Black
Lace washi tape
various markers

Let's Play
I started by brayering a piece of card stock with my 2 dylusions paints (all colors/products listed above), once dry I used one of my layering stencils to add some background depth.  (I used the same ink to lightly edge my card for a more blended effect). 

Next, I stamped the waybill/invoice stamp to add additional depth and visual interest.  Setting that aside, I stamped my little wind-up bunny on a separate piece of card stock.  I used various markers to color in the cute little details in my bunny, then cut her out (yep, I said her... because, why not).  

Next I began by using my Miracle tape to add my card front to my A2 card base.
I used wet glue to add my bunny, and my Tim Holtz chit chat sticker. (Of course the washi tape was plenty sticky and didn't need anything).

Well crafty friends, as you can see this is super fun and easy! 
 I hope you use this as inspiration for some cards of your own. :)

Thank you for visiting 
Happy Easter
(A bit early)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Whovian Mail Art Monday

Hello Again Everyone!

Happy Mail Art Monday!
Today, I want to share some Doctor Who scene stamping on an envelope. 

Stamps Used:
Blue Police Box (Tardis)
Line of Grass
Field of Wildflowers
Straggly pine trees
Staples X
Six Staples
Three staples

Other Items Used:
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Distress Inks (Oxides- Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber), (Original- Blueprint sketch, Mermaid Lagoon )
Blick Markers, Sharpie, Gelly Roll pen, Prismacolor
Distress stains-picket fence

Ok, lets get started...

Start with a blank 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inch envelope. I stamped all of my base images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Next I masked off any areas that I didn't want to get ink on.
I used various distress inks to color my sky. To get the star effect, I flicked water and picket fence distress stain.

I used various alcohol based markers to color my police box, and moon. White gelly roll pen used to add detail. Grey zig marker used for added details as well.

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

Friday, February 2, 2018

Mermaids and Monthly Inspiration...

Hello Crafty Friends!!!

I hope you are all as excited as I am about another VLVS monthly inspiration.  I love this month's inspiration board (of course what's not to love about mermaids?!)

I used the inspiration and I also added a little Valentine twist...


White cardstock base
Black cardstock
Pink cardstock
Distress ink- worn lipstick, festive berries
Memento ink- tuxedo black
Markers/Pens-zig clean color, blick alcohol-based markers, gelly roller pens, and wink of Stella
Glitter (various pinks)
Foam tape (I created my own with fun foam)
Distress Collage medium (as a wet glue for my mermaid... cant have glitter getting stuck)

I love shaker cards, but rarely ever make them.  I am super excited with how this one came out.  This one is going to be a Valentine card for someone special (Don't want to spoil the surprise by saying whom for).

I started with a white A2 card base, a black matte, and a pink card stock base. The top layer of the card was created with more black card stock, and some clear acetate from some packaging I had lying around.

On my pink card stock i started by stamping the XO stamp in "worn lipstick" and "festive berries" distress ink.  I also stamped "you are beautiful" in black memento ink on the pink card base.

On a separate piece of card stock I stamped my Bettie mermaid in black memento ink.  I colored my image with various markers (zig clean color, blick alcohol-based markers, gelli roller pens, and wink of Stella).

(before top shaker layer added)

(Close up of glitter goodness inside the card!)

(different angle so you can see all that glitter in the shaker!!!)

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do. :)
Don't forget to join in the challenge!!
(There are prizes to be won!)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Drips and Distress Tag

Hello Again!

Today I want to share a fun tag I created using Viva Las Vegastamps to play along with the 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. The theme was "Tag it"

Join the Challenge HERE

 This also goes with the Mixed Media mood boards challenge(on Facebook)

My inspiration for this tag came from Dee Dee Catron (you really need to check out her YouTube) 
The video that inspired this background can be found HERE. I pretty much followed her technique with my own twist (and w/o the amazing transfer she did... **swoon**) 

Stamps Used: 
Deathhead Moth
Cross Marks Background
Scribble Circle
Row of distressed lines 3
(Or get the whole yummy art journaly plate HERE)

Other Products:
Distress collage medium, distress crayons, gesso, Wendy Vecchi crackle paste, yellow paint, Prima rusting pastes, Tim Holtz remnant rubs, micha pieces, string, Tim Holtz tiny attatcher, StaZon Ink, distress stains

You can see my step by step pictures below, but I HIGHLY encourage you check out that video, It totally inspired me!! 

What I started with...

After Collage

Rust medium added

Stamping and more layers...

Finished :D

(detail shots below)

Thank you for visiting!! 
stay inky!!

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)