Monday, July 18, 2016

MFT Camp Create: Background Bonanza

I'm getting in a little 2 for 1 today - I used the technique of creating a background with small stamps on my ICAD.  Love it when I can pull double duty on a project.  :)

I don't know if it's required to use MFT stamps for these challenges but I decided to play it safe.  This is an OLD stamp set...but a goodie.  I colored the coffee cups with watercolor pencils after gesso'ing the index card first.  It really helped the pencil colors become more vivid.  I'll have to remember that trick.  

The quote is from my Coffee Pinterest board.  :)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stampotique Designers Challenge - Party!

Get your party hats on and let's have some fun!  Over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog we're celebrating.  Create something fun and festive and link it up to the challenge for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate worth of Stampotique delights.

Here's a little inspiration:

Stamps Used:

Ready to party?  Go!

MFT Camp Create - Die cut Inlay

Super quickie post today.  I've tried the die cut inlay technique before and really like the effect.  This wasn't quite as successful, but practice makes perfect!  :)

This is one of my ICAD cards.  Perfect opportunity to practice new techniques!

Have a great day!

MFT Camp Create - Foiling

I've had a roll of Deco Foil sitting in my stash for well over a year.  Never used.  When the MFT pulled out foiling for the 'craft of the day' at 'camp' I was both trepidatious and relieved.  I hate when I buy something that I never get around to using!

I didn't go big, but I did get it done.  :)

Check out those shiny little tail feathers!  The best part is that I've not gotten over my fear of  "wasting it".  You see, I don't have a fancy laminating machine to heat set the foil and I didn't buy the special adhesive that you're supposed to use with it and I think that's why I've felt stuck this whole time. Enter my trusty ol' Xyron.  Worked like charm!

Have you tried foiling?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

MFT Camp Create Session 2: Coloring on Kraft

Besides white cardstock, kraft is my go-to for projects; it's a perfect neutral.  It can be tricky to color on though and for that reason I tend to paper piece when working on a kraft background.  Today's lesson over at MFT stretches that thinking and one of their designers shows a project using colored pencils.  I've got those!  I decided to give it a try and am pretty happy with the result.

I've got a decent stash of pencils and decided to try several brands to see which I liked best.  I used General's, Loew-Cornell and Scenic Route watercolor pencils.  They all worked pretty well, but I think the General's and Loew-Cornell offered the most intense and vibrant colors.

To join in with Camp Create go HERE.  Happy arting!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Steampunk ATCs

The Viva Las Vegastamps Facebook group is having a steampunk themed ATC swap this month.   When I think of steampunk I think of metal and gears and I remembered this cool VLVS stamp in my stash, Worn Clockface.  Love this stamp, but I hardly ever pull it out.  Today was the day!

I had some cool papers that I had already cut to ATC size which made this project really quick and easy.  The metal border was made using flashing tape over cardstock and then run through an embossing folder.  I grunged it up with some black acrylic paint.

The gears were cut from black cardstock and faux-metal'ed with Viva Decor's Inka Gold in graphite.

I googled time quotes and thought this one was perfect combined with the guy's shadow on the stamp. 

How convenient!  The VLVS blog's challenge for July is also steampunk.  Check it out HERE

Hope your week is off to a great start.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Let's Get This Party Started!

Over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog we're celebrating the new design team, life, summer, and anything else you can think of, with a party themed challenge.

Here's the scoop:

"Hello and welcome to our first challenge with our new Design Team!! We are having a party over here at Stampotique!! Which brings us to our Challenge theme! PARTY!!

We at Stampotique love a good party and 4th of July was just a few days ago here in the USA so get the party stamps out and show us your best party projects!!

Don't forget this theme will run for 2 weeks AND you can enter each challenge TWICE!!"

Follow THIS LINK to party with us and to meet our July Guest Designer, Yvonne Bass. Come back to the SDC blog next week to see more inspiration from the Design Team.

In the mean time, here's a little something to get those creative juices flowing.

Eric is ready for some fun.  :) 

Stamps used:

Come join us!  This challenge goes for two weeks and at the end of the month some lucky person will be entered into a drawing to receive a $30 Stampotique gift certificate.  Yes!