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!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Black & White + 1

The challenge for this month over at the Rubber Dance blog is to use black and white and one other color on a project.  I love that kind of prompt as it leaves it wide open for different themes, media and projects.

I used to be really into playing along with Tim Holtz's monthly tag challenges but then I started gathering all of these tags that I didn't quite know what to do with.  Tags are really a great base to work with though so I pulled some out and went to work for the challenge.

I embossed Rubber Dance's hotel receipt stamp on the background of black tags and then layered on paper scraps, die-cut dictionary pages and some lace border that had been in my drawer for a long time.  The butterflies were cut from inked up cardstock and then I reached into my ol' drawer full of ribbon again for the ties.

As luck would have it, one of my art trading groups has this exact same challenge so I know what to do with these tags.  :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

SDC 254 - Text Background

Here's a little secret confession...I hoard old books - phone books, text books, childrens' books, romance novels, dictionaries.  The reason I can't let them go is that they make excellent backgrounds and embellishments for papery projects.  That said, the challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog is right up my alley this time:

"Use a book, stamp, journal, dictionary, newspaper, letter or anything with text.  Let's see text in your background."

Did you enjoy the new release blog hop?  Awesome new designs, yes?  I inked up another one of my faves from the new release to create a card.

I love the whimsical, nostalgic feel of these little beach huts.  It almost makes you hear waves crashing on the shore, doesn't it?  You can find the Beach Huts stamps HERE on the Stampotique website.

Come join us in the challenges this month for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique online store!

Monday, August 1, 2016

SDC 253 - Beach or Sea

I am sneaking this in under the wire for the challenge hoping to inspire other procrastinators.  :)  The theme over the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog for the last couple of weeks has been Beach or Sea.  I've been participating in ICAD 2016 and my very last card (did all 61 - woot woot!) is this one:

I love this quote...reminds me of my friend, Janet.  We've known each other since we were 11.  :)

A new challenge will be posted on Wednesday - stay tuned!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

New Release Blog Hop with Stampotique!!

Today I am joined by the rest of the Stampotique Design Team to showcase the new stamps released from Stampotique this month (yay!). You should have arrived here from Gloria's blog and if you didn't, you may want to start the blog hop from the beginning at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog.  

As with any new release, there is a variety of stamps so everyone can find something to suit their taste.  We also have a new artist who has joined Stampotique.  Her name is Tracy Scott and you can see her stamps HERE.

I'm tellling you...the new release is AMAZING!  I inked up several of the new stamps to create a pocket page.    

What's a pocket page, you ask?  It's a 9-pocket page protector full of artsy delights with hidden goodies behind them.  They are usually traded with other pocket page afficionados. 

New Stamps: Take Your Time

New Stamp: Marsha

New Stamps: Cecil, Spiral, Paisley

And here's what the pocket page looks like all assembled:

We'd love to hear what you think about the new release.  Please say 'hi' on each of the designer's blogs and then go back to the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog to let us know which new release stamps are your favorites.  To check out all of the new designs go to the Stampotique site HERE.

But wait!  There's more!  We'll be giving away a $30 gift certificate to the online store AND a grab bag of stamps to two random winners who have commented on the Design Team blogs.  We don't know which blogs the winner will come from so be sure to visit them all.  Winners will be picked on the first August challenge.

Have fun hopping over to Cassandra's blog!

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!