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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Not My Circus!

Rubber Dance Art Stamps has a great, autumnal color challenge going on right now.  I had to reach for their Sarcastic Superhero stamp set (which I bought because of the quote below).  I can't even say how many times I've muttered this to myself - especially in the last year.  (That's as political as I'll get here {grin}.)


If you'd like to join their challenge click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

One Dark & Stormy Night...

I had a little fun yesterday in the studio.  The Muse has been sidelined unfortunately; this whole working full-time thing has really put a damper on my arting time.  Yesterday I sat down to make some ATCs and the ol' mind was blank.  I started rifling through a technique book and found a section about using paper towels.  "Okay then!  Let's get busy,", I said to myself.  Lo, and behold some ATCs emerged from the rubble.  VLVS has a truly October-appropriate challenge going right now and I'm entering this in it.  The wide-eyed, terrified dude is one of their stamps as is the sentiment.  :)  Love these and I think this is the first time I've used the terrified guy.  Swoon...



To create the background, I simply sprayed several colors (Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Hickory Smoke, Ground Espresso) of Distress Stain on a slightly dampened paper towel.  Once it dried I cut ATC-sized pieces and sewed them onto cardstock for stability.  I wasn't sure how the image was going to work being stamped on an absorbent surface, but Archival Ink was great.  I added a little white to the eyes with a gel pen.  The creepy monster was created by sponging Distress Ink through an improvised monster stencil created with a die.

Happy Halloween and remember...if you hear something outside on a dark and stormy night, it may be best to just hunker down under the covers until morning...


Sunday, October 8, 2017

World Card-Making Day with MFT: By The Numbers

Alrighty then.  This challenge from MFT requires that numbers be used somewhere on the card.  My first two cards were birthday cards and I just couldn't bring myself to do that again.  Halloween is just around the corner so I decided to go for a little something that's not too spooky.


I recently acquired some Wink of Stella pens and broke them out for their maiden voyage on this card.  It's difficult to see in the pic, but the large star is outlined in gold and '31' is on top of a star that I covered with the gold wink of stella pen.  Really pretty live and in person.  :)

Happy Halloween month!

World Card-Making Day with MFT: Die Cuts Only

Wow!  This challenge was tricky.  No stamps allowed; die cuts only.  I whipped out the MFT birthday blueprint dies again to make this card.  I'm going to have a nice stash of birthday cards.  :)


Thanks for stopping by!

World Card-Making Day with MFT: ROYGBIV

I'm a day late, but still wanted to participate in MFT's WCM Day challenges.  Get ready for a barrage of posts from me!  :)

Here's a card for the rainbow challenge:

I used one of MFT's blueprint die sets for this.


Monday, September 25, 2017

VLVS Sept Challenge: Cleaning up the Gene Pool

Ha ha!  When I first saw this sentiment stamp I knew I *had* to have it - it just makes me laugh.  For the VLVS September challenge I latched onto the stripes and antlers from the inspiration board to create this ATC.


As instructed, I used fall colors like greens, browns and blues.  I thought this antler dude was a great fit, too.


To create the stripes I masked off sections and used Distress inks.  If you look closely at the background you'll also see where I heat embossed a swirl stamp to mimic...chlorine fumes.  LOL.  (I swam on a swim team throughout my childhood and the smell of chlorine still brings a smile to my face.)

Below is the inspiration pic that started it all.


I hope this ATC makes you chuckle, or at least smirk.  To join the VLVS challenge check out the details HERE.

Have a great day and thanks for popping by.  :)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

ITAC '17: Europe

When I thought of old Europe the first thing that came to mind was the explorers of the 17th and 18th centuries.  Some of the prompts for this theme were old papers, textures, blue and vintage.  I decided to create an ATC for my project.


I layered torn strips of a book page on the base and then gesso'ed randomly over the top of that.  Next came Distress inks in a couple of shades of blue.


I colored the compass with watercolor pencils and alcohol markers and then applied a crackle glaze to make it feel old and vintagey.


'Explore' was created with black embossing paste through a stencil.  I also added a torn bit of an old nautical chart.

I wish I'd had more time to participate in more of the ITAC challenges, but September is a busy time of year.  Check out what the guest artists created for this challenge HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!