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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Quick and Easy

Hello Crafty Friends!

I cant believe how quickly this year has passed! 

Today I want to share a cute and simple cat card I made for a friend whom is a fellow cat lady. 

Stamp Used:

Do you ever feel like you struggle to make a quick and simple card when you need? 
Me too!

Fear not, this stamp really does all of the work for you! 

I started by stamping my tuxedo cat stamp on white card stock with black memento ink. 
To color my image, I used a variety of alcohol based markers.
(Blick, Copic, and Spectrum Noir)

I chose to do a double mat to give more visual interest. 

I hope this gives you some ideas for a quick and easy card! 
I love that this stamp can be used for any occasion, and who doesn't love cats?!

Happy New Year!!!Stay crafty my friends

Monday, December 30, 2019

Index card art

Hello Crafty Friends!

Happy Monday!

I hope you all are having a wonderful December! 
Here in Ohio we have been blessed with wonderful and unseasonable weather! 
(50's and 60's rather than the usual teens or lower!!)

Today I want to share 2 altered index cards with you.
I seem to be feeling the itch for them again... I love the size and how fun they are to flip through when you have several together.  This time I am not trying to convince myself that I will finish 1 a day (#ICAD). Rather, I am just following whatever my crafty muse tells me to do!

I am also on a kick for faux postage of late, so maybe I will share some of that in a later post.

Anyhow, lets get on with showing you these mini works of art.

This one was fun to be able to match with my washi tape that had the quote on it!
(Background was created with Distress Oxide ink and a layering stencil)

This one is of course this one is total love for me! 

I had this piece of scrap paper cut to index card size already.  A while back I had used it to test my crackle medium, but never went any farther with it. 
I saw it the other day and I instantly knew what was missing... So along came my Grandville character and the postal marks (along with some ink distressing) and it was instant love!

Have you made any altered index cards or participated in #ICAD ?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Snark and Sass...

Hello crafty friends!

Today I want to share a fun snarky set of ATCs.

Who doesn't love a little sass? I have so many sassy stamps, and never enough time to share them! These three will be sent out to a friend. :) 

I hope you all enjoy these!

Stamps Used:

Do you have a favorite snarky saying?

Monday, November 4, 2019

Designated Riot Area

Hello Again Crafty Friends!

Today, I will be sharing one of my favorite things...
Mail Art!!!

Stamps Used:
Banksy bolt cutter Rat
Banksy designated riot area
Born to be wild
Jagged chain link fence

I started by stamping the rat with bolt cutter on and A2 envelope in archival ink -Jet black.

I masked the rat off, then stamped my chain link fence in archival ink- watering can. 

Next, I used a ruler to draw my grounding line, then stamped my designated riot area stamp. 
(archival- Jet black)

I used distress ink in hickory smoke to shade the fenced area.  I also used hickory smoke distress ink sprays to add some grunge/distressed flicks.  

I used alcohol markers in red to color my base. 
I also added my born to be wild stamp for added detail. 

To finish everything off, I used distress oxide ink in black soot to edge everything. 
I also added a few finishing flicks of dylusions black ink.

I hope you enjoy this bit of Banksy goodness.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pumpkin spice and everything nice!

Hello crafty friends!

Are you all as excited as I am? 
The air is getting crisp and it's time for pumpkin everything.

Today I'm sharing a super fun card for the new Stampotique Originals challenge. The theme is Halloween!!!

Stamps used:

Have you been making Halloween cards? 
I have! I need to get mine mailed out soon!

This card makes me think of Halloween partys with pumpkin lanterns! 

Hope you all have a wonderful week.
If you have been creating I would love to see a link to what you've been making!

Don't forget to play along with us either on the blog or Facebook!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Whimsical Wednesday

Hello Again Crafty Friends!

Today I want to share a fun little art journal page using Viva Las VegaStamps.
(this would also be perfect on an envelope)

Stamps Used:
Whimsical Leaf
Whimsical Tree Lady

I started by stamping the leaf and masking them off between each stamping.  Once all of my wanted leaves were stamped, I stamped the whimsical tree lady.

I removed the masks and used various alcohol markers to color my images. 

With everything colored, I re-masked off the leaves, then I used Distress oxide ink in mustard see to ink the background. 
(I just lightly inked around the lady rather than masking her off)

Next, I used one of the Tim Holtz layering stencils, and Picked Raspberry distress oxide ink to add background depth. 

I used a black ink pen to start adding that art journal feel.

To finish everything off, I used white distress stray stain and a white gel pen. 

I hope you all love this mini art journal page... 
Now to add a little journaling or a quote stamps... 
Tough decisions!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Mail Art Monday - Envelope Overload

Hello again crafty friends!

Today I'm just going to share a few photos of some recent mail art that I haven't gotten around to sharing. 

(Annie this post is mostly for you, since you may be the only person who regularly reads this blog. haha)

I often make things and never share them or even take a picture before they travel off into the world, so here is a ton of photos of my recent(ish) works that were just for fun.

I will start off with envelopes using my new Tim Holtz Halloween release stamps
(mixed with others of course)

This one went to my mail art friend Vicki right after it was made. :D

(I may add more to this, but here it is so far)

(She went off to my lovely friend Kortney in Minnesota)

(I liked this one better before the stars and edging in yellow, but here it is in all it's cheery glory)

(can you tell I love this old man Dracula?)

(Here is the card that goes in the above envelope)

Ok, so those were my cutesy new Tim Holtz stamped pieces... Now, lets go grungy!

(I love the new cadaverous set, and the yummy new webs... as you see this one will be going off to my mom soon. She fell in love with it when I showed her.)

(Here is the card that goes in the above envelope)

Now for some grungy mushroom love...

(card that goes in the above envelope)

(More mushroom love)

(of course I had to make a matching card for it too)

Ok, now on to completely random envelopes that just happened because I felt like trying something...

This is my version of an art journalish envelope...
 I think it's super fun, but my hubby and mom are not fans... Oh well. lol

This is an envelope for my brother for when he gets moved into his new apartment. 

This was a wild whim of cutesy... 
It will be less plain of course with the stamp and address. 

More wild strange cutesy
(these to may never leave my house, they aren't what I usually mail out)

Playing with an old favorite "Mr. Crow" as I call him. 

This one I loved so much I made multiples...
Its just fun and random. I sent one to my friend Gina G. :)

Ok, that's all for now, I know I haven't went into great detail on any of them, but if you have any questions on any of them, just ask in the comments,  and I will happily respond. 

Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Flower Power

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today starts week 1 of a new Stampotique challenge "Flower Power". 

For this challenge you can take it however you choose, you can do something flower based, or based of the flower power era.

Naturally, I chose to create one of my favorite things:
That's right... Mail Art!

Stamps Used:
Dirtball witch
Salutations 2

In addition to using the stamps listed above, I also used distress ink, memento ink in rose bud, various markers,  and a layering stencil.

I hope you enjoy it too!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Monocle Mail Art Monday

Hello Again Crafty Friends!

Happy Labor Day to all of you in the USA or just anyone wanting to celebrate!

Today, I will be sharing one of my favorite things...
Yep, Mail Art!!!

( And not just Mail Art... but Halloween Mail Art!)

Stamps used:
Monocle cat and pumpkin
Typeset scallop

Starting with an A2 Envelope I stamped my "monocle cat" in archival - jet black ink. However if you are going to color with alcohol base markers like I am you may want to use Memento for this. My Memento needs refilled and I wanted the cat to be very crisp which is why I was okay with a little bit of smearing of my colors.

With the leftover ink I stamps the cat a second time on scrap paper to create a mask. I cut the cat out and masked him off.

Next using memento ink I stamped my scallop along the edge.

(And of course many of you know this is one of my favorites so it would have to be a prominent stamp on this envelope.

Next remove the mask from the cat and shows to color at the border and Cat with various alcohol-based markers. I wanted to see how they look before picking out my background color. Following traditional Halloween colors..  I went with of course: purples, oranges,yellows, and greens.

With my main images colored I am ready to create the background. I re masked off the cat and scallops.

The background was Inked with distress oxide in mustard seed and ripe persimmon. While everything is still masked off, I added my star details to the background (also using ripe persimmon distress oxide ink).

Of course the fun part is always removing the masks and seeing all your colors pop together.

Now for the finishing touches...
I added a Avery address label, used a black marker to trace the inner Edge oh, then finished everything off with my stitching stamp.

Thank you for visiting!