Monday, July 6, 2015

Octo-Fish ATC

It's been a few days since I've gotten artily messy so I used this opportunity to make an ATC for a couple of challenges.

I tweaked The Octopode Factory's Steampunk Sun image and turned her into a fish of sorts.  To do this I used copics, Pitt pens, and a Signo pen.  Her eyeball has some Diamond Glaze over the top for some dimension and shine.

The background is corrugated cardboard that I gessoed and painted over with acrylic and metallic inks.

The two challenges I'm adding this to are:
Wicked Wednesday: Red, White & Blue and

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Alice in Wonderland Blog Hop

Today we are celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, and what better way to do that, than to share lots of creative projects inspired by this wonderful story.

Not only will you see lots of amazing artwork today, but you can also win prizes from the following amazing companies;

Prize winners will be selected from Random blogs throughout the hop using Random.org to select each winner.  In order to be eligible for a prize you must visit all stops on the hop and leave a comment. The prize draws will be open until July 18th, with winners announced on July 20th.

Here's my Alice in Wonderland inspired project;

Blog Hop List

My project is a bookmark made using a Sandra Caldwell digital image from Sweet Pea Stamps.  The white rabbit was one of my favorite characters from Alice and I love how Sandra tweaked him.  Since it's summer, and it's hot, maybe I should grab an icy cold iced tea and a copy of Lewis Carroll's classic tale and go chill in the shade.  Join me?

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Soaring Heart

Quickie post today.  I'm not sure what to call this little doo-dad.  It's ATC-sized but with wings flying off the side.

I used stamps from two of my fave companies - Stampotique (Lovely Wings) and Rubber Dance Art Stamps (Arty Heart).  I'm entering this in the SDC 201 - Give Wings and Rubber Dance's June challenges.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

VLVS June Challenge

Love these colors for the VLVS challenge this month.  I participate in a monthly bizarre holidays ATC swap and decided to use this challenge as inspiration for one of my July ATCs.

Looking at the inspiration piece from the VLVS blog you can (hopefully) see how I used it above.

The dog in a dress image makes me chuckle.  Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

12 "Tags" of 2015 (or Julie Can't Follow Rules...)


I saw Redanne's post this afternoon of her lovely June 2015 tag and was inspired to use hers and Tim's as inspiration for an ATC.  (Tim's tag and step-by-step are HERE.)  I really did first think of doing a tag - it's been so long - but I do owe somebody an "under the sea" ATC so this project won out.

I tried to follow Tim's instructions, and if you use your imagination you'll see where he inspired me.  I followed his lead with the background using Distress Stains followed by a stencil as a stamp.  After that I distressed the edges with the side of my scissors and some Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I also used corrugated cardstock for the starfish and a bit of twine.

My 'sand' is actually old sandpaper and I cut the die cut seaweed and coral from cardstock covered in metal tape and then colored them with alcohol inks.  "Discover" is from his remnant rubs.

Thanks for peeking.  Maybe in July I'll actually make a tag.  ;)

Heat Wave

Ooo-wee, it's toasty in some parts of the country right now.  Thankfully, here in the Pacific NW the temps are just right.  Even so, in sympathy with those in warmer climes I was inspired to make this ATC for the Lost Coast Designs number challenge.

I started out with swirly background border stamp (that usually reminds me of water, but not today!) stamped with orange over a background of Distress Stains (Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber).  The sun was going to be the numbers part of the challenge (I stenciled numbers over the paper before I cut it out), but you can't really tell so instead I stamped temperatures on the background 100-110 - that's hot!).  A little crackly, dried texture paste finished it off.

Happy stamping!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Inappropriate Birthday Card - SDC 200

The Stampotique Designers Challenge is celebrating its 200th challenge this week!  A celebration is certainly in order.  I decided to create a birthday card.  Unfortunately The Muse was being a tad mischievous and risque.

Ha ha!  Oh, Eric...