Sunday, January 15, 2017

52 Card Pick-up

I've seen a lot of posts about 52 Card Pick-Up over the last few years.  The idea is to take a deck of playing cards and alter them - one for each week of the year.  I've got a bunch of cards all gesso'ed and ready to alter sitting on my desk.  Finally, I'm playing along!

This first card I made using the colors for the Rubber Dance Art Stamps challenge for January.  (I used their stamps on the heart.)
The second card is a hot mess.  :)  I opened up my box of Neocolor watercolor crayons and picked the two pointiest (i.e. colors I never reach for) and made myself use them.

I hope I can get my buns into gear each week to finish up my whole deck by the end of the year.  :)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ombre Miss You Card

I must be in a challenge-participating kind of mood this weekend.  I have another card to show you today for yet another challenge.  :)  This time I'm participating in the Less Is More ombre colour challenge.

The general theme of the Less is More blog is to encourage people to create clean and simple cards.  That is often difficult for moi - I think I have a subconscious fear of white space or something.  I went for it though to make this card.

I created the ombre effect using Distress inks (Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door and Fired Brick).  Now I just need to figure out who I'm missing so I can send this to someone.  Ha ha!

Memory Box Winter Blues Challenge

I don't think I've ever participated in one of Memory Box's challenges, but I've been a fan of their dies for a long time.  I made a card for the Winter Blues Challenge using the first MB die I bought - LOVE this flower.  I've had it for many years and I still reach for it often.

Wishing you a very happy 2017!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Stampotique Word Up Weekend: When Your Heart Speaks


So, this card comes with a little story (if you've visited much you KNOW I love my stories...).  Initially, I intended this to be an ATC with an entirely different quote.  But alas, when my brilliant self decided to adhere it to a sturdier background I failed to measure the background.  Oops...too small for an ATC.  No worries...a card it is.

The background is a swatch nabbed off of a piece of Tyvek that had seen a few runs over the ol' gelli plate.  I simply stamped Kassa's Bloom over it a few times, glued on a piece of book page and topped that off with washi tape.  The blue flower is cut from watercolor paper and then pieced over the top of the stamping.

Isn't that flower gorgeous?  I blinged it up with a bit of Stickles on the yellow parts.  The quote I used, When Heart Speaks, is one of my faves, too.  I love a good all-purpose quote.

Check out more of the Word Up Weekend inspiration on the Stampotique Facebook page.

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

SDC 264 - Anything Goes!

Happy New Year!  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with friends and family.

We're easing into 2017 over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and starting with a wide open 'Anything Goes' challenge this time.  I have been eyeballing the Big Bee stamp for so long.  I finally caved in and got it and I'm so glad I did.  Of course, as soon as it arrived I had to have a play with it and made a card.

The background that the stamp is on was created using alcohol inks on top of mineral paper.  'Queen' is stamped using Altered Alpha - love that set.  So versatile.

I had a hard time not getting a pic with the beautiful sheen taking over, but here are a couple of other views.

What strikes your fancy this week?  Anything goes...play along with us and post your creation on our Stampotique Facebook page and link up on the blog.

Happy 2017!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

VLVS December Challenge: A Little Mail Art Fun

I'm sneaking in at the last minute of the VLVS December monthly challenge.  I was just addressing an envie for a Christmas thank you card and it occurred to me that a plain white envelope is WAY too boring (thank you VLVS for the Mail Art Monday posts).  :)

Isn't this more fun??

Love this quirky little dude!  My sister, who is the recipient, will get a chuckle out of it, too, I think.

Here is the inspiration pic from VLVS:

Happy Trails...

Friday, December 23, 2016

WordUp Weekend: Christmas Tag

The creative muse is a strange and wonderful thing.  The tag I made today for Stampotique's WordUp Weekend (where we ask people to share their makes using text stamps from Stampotique) totally and completely morphed from one idea to another.

The sentiment is 3 Greetings.  I also used several other Stampotique stamps in the background: Mash-Up, Kate's Doodles CubeTexture Cube #1Stringed Lights and finally, 3 In a Round.  Holy smokes, I was on a roll digging through my stamp stash.  :)

Here's the funny thing.  This is not what I envisioned AT ALL.  I was thinking of using Fleas Navidog (because I love it and it cracks me up) with sweet, little Phoebe Doo.  I was going to add a hat to Phoebe Doo so I guess that stayed the same at least.  I even completely switched gears at one point and thought of using Eric with the tag on an art journal page.  Look!  He's even colored and cut out - all ready to go.

Hmmm...strange thing, my muse.  Anyway, come join us and stamp your heart away using some of the fab Stampotique text stamps.  Share your creations on our FB page!

Ho ho ho and Merry Christmas!