Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Halloween pocket letter

Hello crafty friends!

It's time for a little inspiration for week 2 of the Stampotique Originals designers challenge "use washi tape"

Join the challenge HERE or on Facebook 

I am a washi tape addict so this was right up my alley.... but, I will admit I tend to hoard more than I could possibly use. I wanted to create something special for Halloween and use a variety of tapes, so what better than a pocket letter?

I love creating pocket letters because they  can be several mini scenes in one big art piece!

(you know I love all forms of mail art)

This piece is going to be stuffed with goodies and sent off to a friend.
(Goodies not pictured so the surprise isn't completely ruined)

(Don't you just love this little mad hatter?!)

I just love this sequin shaker part of the card... and the glitter washi tape I used to seal it.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Mail Art from the Great Unknown

Hello Crafty Friends! 

Happy Mail Art Monday
and Columbus Day if you are here in the USA.

Now, Time for some explorer themed mail art... (with a hint of steam punk)

Stamps Used:
numbers set
the great unknown
steampunk balloon
men in balloon basket
punchinella/sequin waste

I started by using an A2 envelope. I stamped my 2 foreground stamps and traced my mini playing card (address label block).  

Next I created a "cloud" background with scarp paper and ink in weathered wood, hickory smoke,  and broken china distress ink. 

Next, I used my waybill/ledger stamp to add random texture and detail to the background with cornflower blue archival ink.

I also stamped my numbers randomly in watering can archival ink.  Across the top, I also added a bit of texture with my punchinella stamp. (below you can see a close up of some detail for the numbers, ledger, and texture)... you can also see I added a few flecks of black stain, and glitter spray.... I also added white dots with a white gel pen. 

Below you can see the whole picture, I added color detail, and bits of washi tape, and glitter. 

More detail...

And even more details... 

I hope you have all enjoyed this explorer themed envelope. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

October stamp release time...

Hello crafty friends!
Can you believe it's October already?! 

The 1st of the month means it's time for a new stamp release with Stampotique!

1st I want to share my favorite piece... 
of course it's Mail Art!

(Close up for details of this cuteness)

Coffee time tag ... 
perfect for my coffee addiction 

A little card full of cheer

Happy little card...

A card for a "special" friend...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Something Unusual...

Hello my crafty friends. 

 I hope you are all doing well.  The weather is starting to get chilly and it definitely feels like fall. (Which I'm loving since it's my favorite season!

I've started to break out the boots, long sleeves and pumpkin spice candles...
 ok, so yes I burn fall candles all year round and wear my boots anytime I can, but now its acceptable. 

Anyway into crafting... 
Today  want to share an "unusual" card for week one of the
Stampotique Originals designers challenge "unusual cards".


This is such a fun challenge... I was going to create a Halloween card in the shape of a coffin at first, but then I thought I would make my friend Mike's birthday card. 

After a bit of thought and idea hunting on pinterest I landed on the "star effect" easel card. I thought it would be fun to try something new.  (And I'm glad I did, I love this. My husband even said it's a favorite of the ones I've created). 

I followed the tutorial from HERE

I started with a 6.5in×6.5in piece of cardstock and a 6×6 piece of scrapbook paper for my base. 

(I basically scored the paper at 3.25 in then cut on the diagonal)

You can see the layers below, but what you can't see is the awesome "action wobble" so when you flick the happy birthday the wobbles and skates... I tried to  capture it in a short video.

Thank you for visiting!!


Monday, September 24, 2018

Clowning Around with Mail Art

Hello Crafty Friends! 

Welcome Back to another
Mail Art Monday!

Stamps Used:

I started with an A2 sized envelope. The 1st stamp I stamped was the creepy clown.  Once the clown was stamped, I stamped it again on scrap paper to create a mask. 

Next, I created the address block by tracing a mini playing card. (I left this in place as a mask also.)

I chose the typeset scallop to use as a banner.
 (You know banners are fun right?!)

Once the banner and all of the foreground pieces were masked off, I started on my background.  I used distress oxide ink in cracked pistachio to color my base color. Next, I stamped my grungy circles in the same cracked pistachio color.

At this point you can remove all of your masks.  I used Blick alcohol ink markers to add all my base colors.  I added a bit of blue watercolor colored pencil around the banner too. I added extra details with a white gelly roll pen.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Something wicked...

Hello Crafty Friends! 

I hope you are all safe from the storms and doing well. 

Today I want to share an easy Halloween card.  I'm naming this card "something wicked" because of the sentiment inside... :) 

Stamps Used:
Halloween Tree Silhouette
Something Wicked This

Other products:
Distress ink- carved pumpkin, spiced marmalade, and mustard seed.
Distress oxidize -black soot and fossilized amber.
Washi tape (bought at a yardsale)
Cardstock- black and white
Distress stain- black soot
Pop dots
Adhesive (miracle tape is a great one)

I started by creating my backgrounds.  The layer I stamped on I created with my inks and a blending tool.  The base was created with water and smooshed ink on my glass craft mat. 

(Look how great this creepy tree and owl are... this is just stunning on own!)
After the base pages were dry I stamped my tree on the top card base.  To add extra grunge I flicked a few drops of water on the base, and a few flicks of black distress stain added to the grungy creepy feel. 

I added the top layer to the base using the pop dots. 

(Sentiment on the inside)

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy Halloween card!

(I need to get to work making more for some crafty friends!)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Under the Stars

Hello Crafty Friends! 

I hope you are all having a wonderful week.

Today I want to share a super fun and cute card I created for the Stampotique Designers Challenge.  
This is week 2 of the challenge: Sun, Moon and Stars. 

For this card I used a rainbow of distress inks. 
I created a cloud mask using card stock I cut scallops in with scissors.

Once I had my background cloud layers finished, I used a Tim Holtz layering stencil with rays to add more details. (kind of my hint of sun rays from the inspiration). 

On a separate piece of card stock I colored my little angel girl with various colored pencils and a few Zig Clean Color markers.  When I had her looking the way I wanted, I fussy cut her out and glued her down on the background.

To add a bit more flare, I glued down some iridescent stars, and added a few touches of clear 
wink of Stella. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September releases

Happy 1st of September...

Its that time again... 

Time for Stampotique Originals new stamp releases! 

Who doesn't love new stamp releases? I know I do! 
This one is of course another fabulous release.

Mail Art Envelope
(go you remember the concrete geese phase a few years ago ... you know the one where people dressed them up.. that's what I want t do with this little guy)
(yes i will have more examples where I did just that and dressed him up)
(Duck, Banner, Diva, Cubes)

Mail Art Envelope
(Journey Collage, Cubes, Wuosal)

Any Occasion Card
(Journey Collage, Cubes, Wuosal)

(Journey Collage, Cubes, Wuosal)

Gingerbread man Mail Art Envelope
(this little "mitten" is so fun to create various characters with! Just wait until you see the rest of my inspiration pieces)
"Freddie" card :)

Art journal page "Amber"