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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mail Art Crazy

Hello Again! 

I'm back at it....
Getting back to my mail art :D Here are some of the most recent pieces :D :D
(Photo heavy)

Thank you for stopping to take a look!
If you are interested in buying any of my mail art keep an eye on my etsy I will be listing a few pieces there since some people have inquired. 
(and lets be honest college is keeping me broke! lol).

Thank you for all of your support!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Texture Stamping Delight

Hello Again!

I'm here to share with you how I created my piece for our new stamp release and grand opening of the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity Challenge Blog 

today's post is very PHOTO HEAVY so grab a cup of Tea or Coffee and Enjoy the show... lol

Agregate background stamp found HERE 
Black ink (I used Archival)
Distress paint dabbers in: Pitch Black, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, and Espresso (optional)You can also use regular acrylic I just like that these are fast and
A piece of embossed board (this was the thin cardboard you get when you order postage stamps online... I misted it with water before running it through my big shot to help it take the embossing while it cut) 
Gold Foil and Glue
Heat Gun and Eyelets are OPTIONAL 

Don't panic this is an easy step by step :D 

Start by painting your embossed board black 
(then I heat dried mine)

Next, lightly go over the top with your cracked pistachio and evergreen paints 
(kind of "dry brush" it... you don't want your dabber too wet)

This is were I added a TINY hint of brown for depth... 

Next I stamped my crackle background for the 1st layer of depth then I dry brushed some glue a crossed to add my gold foil

OOPS... too So i went over some with the evergreen again... 

Ok that's better... Now stamp the crackle stamp on top in black to get a truly stunning finish. 
If you want you an also add Eyelets and ribbon to dress it up a tad more.

I love the idea of this as a cuff bracelet, bookmark, or even a book binding on a mini album...
 really the possibility are endless!!!

I hope you Enjoyed seeing my process! 

VLVS and Pocket Letter Pals

Hello Everyone!! 
Have you heard of the new fun craze in the crafty mail world? 
It's called Pocket Letter Pals!! Read about it HERE or a short video HERE from the woman who started it. 
I am in love with creating these!!! 
Naturally I love creating ATC's and you know any excuse to create a decorative envelope gets me excited!! So, needless to say this new trend is right up my alley!!!

 I hope you all love what I have to share with you and give it a try also! I know you will love it too!

Other supplies: 
 Dylusions paints (or whatever you want to create your background with)
Black Ink
Memento Ink in pink (optional used for some background stamping)
Scissors for fussy cutting the owl out
pink marker (color in top right card)
White Gel Pen (add highlights and depth)
Black Marker (to draw "hello")

I started with these super fun painted backgrounds (these two were actually created for me by my mom :D whom is also a craft addict! her blog is HERE)

(owl card created from this sheet)

Next I cut the paper up into individual cards measuring 2.25in x 3.25 in (if you don't want to mount yours on black standard ATC size is fine also)... NOW the fun begins!!!

(Here you can see how my layout started...
from the final picture you can see things have been moved around some)

I start by arranging my base cards so that they are pleasing to the eye.. then I start stamping :D I like to add something tea or coffee related since people often send these items with thier letters, so thats what I start with. my next step is usually my "Hello" or about me card. From there i tend to bounce around adding qoutes, and things that blend nicely and make me smile :D 
(Feel free to simplify yours I got super excited and went stamping crazy!! )

Below are some close up - detail shots

(the boots and fish are my 2 favorites... :D )

(had to share one more close-up of this one! I love it!!)

(with VLVS there is no limit to what you can do with these things! Some prefer to work by theme, or style or even color inspiration... Heck you could do cats, dogs or things that start with a specific 

I hope you feel inspired and as excited as I am about these! Let us know if you'd like to see more Pocket Letter inspiration!! 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Secret is out......

Hello Again Everyone!!!

I Have Exciting News!!!!!

I can finally announce that I'm back creating with Viva Las VegaStamps! After my crafty break I needed to get back to creating so here I am creating with these AWESOME ladies again, and a few new faces!!! 
Tera Callihan (You are Here) 

I want to send out a thank you to VLVS for allowing me back, and to all of you wonderful people who support me and my art!! This term I plan on getting back to my love of Mail Art and also sharing some of my new love for Pocket Letters!!  I will officially be posting after mid July on the VLVS blog so keep an eye out for fun new inspiration!!