Saturday, September 24, 2016

Creation of a Monster ATC

Mwah-ha-ha!  Oh, I LOVE this time of year!  Halloween is my fave.  When I was lucky enough to win a contest over at Lost Coast Designs it was an easy pick to nab the Boris Karloff stamp.  I've used him here on an ATC.

I used Distress inks on the background and glossy accents on the creepy, drippy border.  Boris was the original (to me anyway) Frankenstein so I picked one of Mary Shelley's quotes from her book to add on here.

Thank you, Lost Coast!!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Put a Bug on It!

We've got a new challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog.  Ink up some buggy delights and join us!

I used Lightning Bug (from the July release) to make an ATC.

I started with a watercolor base and stamped the image with black Archival ink.  I colored it in with watercolors and Distress inks.  'Shine' was typed on Dymo tape.  Easy breezy!

Check out the SDC blog for more creative inspiration!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Mail Art with Stampotique

I think it's fun to send mail in decorated envelopes.  My thinking is that it will certainly make the envie stand out from all of those nasty bills.  ;)

Over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog we have a new theme for the biweekly challenge - Mail Art.  I made a little somethin' somethin' to send some swap mail in.

Stamps used:

Have you given mail art a try?  Go ahead...try it.  You just might get addicted.  :)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mermaid ATC

I have been a member over at ATCsForAll for several years and love trading cards there.  I've got a link to the site on my menu bar that bypasses their home page (need to change that I think).  When I accidentally clicked on the home page last month I noticed the monthly contest.  What?  The theme was 'mermaids' (yes!) so I decided to go for it.

I love the way she turned out.  I guess other people did too - I won 2nd place in the contest.  Sweet!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Polka Dots - SDC 255

What's not to love about polka dots?  I think they add a touch of fun and whimsy to projects.  There's still another week to join in and create something that has polka dots on it for the Stampotique Designers Challenge

Need some inspiration? I've created a fun holiday card using Holly Wally and Happy Holidays (from the 3 Greetings set) both from the July release.  Never too soon to start creating for the holidays!

Now, go get busy with some polka dots and link your project up for a chance to win $30 worth of goodies from the Stampotique online store.

Monday, August 22, 2016

VLVS August Challenge - Bette Davis Eyes

My weird, funky side absolutely loves the "I'm a Weirdo" plate (that's what I call it) from VLVS.  When I saw the August challenge at their blog the hardest decision was to figure out which one of the whimsical beings I wanted to use.  This little lovely and her little pet delight me.  :)

I had a gesso'd playing card sitting on my desk from another project and decided to use it for my base.  I brushed some Absorbent Ground over the top so I could use Dylusions spray inks and have them still be bright.  I think gesso just kind of soaks up the color and mutes it too much.  

Once the ground was dry I sprayed, splattered and swirled some Dylusions over the top.  Next, I stamped and stencilled some more bits on the background and then stamped the main image on a separate piece of paper.  She and her little pet were colored with Copics and fussy cut; I added a bit of Glossy Accents on their eyes to make them stand out a bit, too.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

I'm Ba-a-a-ck...

Hello, Friends!  I was AWOL for a couple of weeks.  The fam and I roadtripped down to California to meet up with my side of the family.  AWESOME trip!  The main impetus was to spread my mom's ashes where we spread my dad's ashes. It was emotional and beautiful and wonderful to all be together.  It's been a busy summer too - too busy to get away - so I thoroughly enjoyed the time with my kiddos (who are growing up TOO fast!).  Here we are in Yosemite (photo-phobes each one of them so I was so excited to get a pic with them all).

Half Dome was supposed to be in the background but none of our arms were long enough to get the peeps AND the dome so c'est la vie - ha ha!  Just trust me...it's there.  ;)

While I was gone The Muse took off too so I've been trying to lure her back.  ATCs are good for that!  Here are a couple of my new Stampotique goodies on an ATC:

I keep using the Spiral stamp on EVERYTHING.  Love, love, love it.

That's it for now as I was struck by inspiration this morning and better get busy before I forget what I was going to do.  :)

Have a spectacular day!