Sunday, March 30, 2014


I completely forgot about posting this, but a few weeks ago the Stampotique Designers threw out a green challenge.  One of my fave Stampotique stamps is Spray by Maryse Carrier.  I love that it's unusual.  It reminds of a funky flower, the eyeball of some kind of creature, a sun...  It got lost in my stash for a while, but I've recently resurrected it in a few projects like this ATC.

I stamped the base with Distress Inks (Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn) and then squirted them water.  Smooshed them around in some Distress Stain (Mowed Lawn) and then, after it dried,  stamped the image again over the top with Mowed Lawn.  I like the layered look that resulted.

I'm adding this to the SDC 138.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Inspired by Clare Lloyd

I love PaperArtsy stamps and the designers work some serious magic with them over on the company's blog.  I usually ooh and aah over their creations but have never stepped up to tackle one of their challenges.  I was inspired by the simplicity of Clare Lloyd's ATC book this week though.  Can you see her influence in my ATCs?

Instead of stamping a background on the base I had some stamped tissue paper sitting on my desk that I added to the base.  Gesso through a stencil followed that with some spray inks over the top.  The mushrooms were stamped on paper that I had scraped paint onto (as she did).

I love the Giant Mushroom stamp (Stampotique) and don't use nearly enough.  But I love how it looks against the green background - must be my Pacific NW self envisioning hikes through the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park.  :)  In the following pics you can (hopefully) see the texture created by applying the gesso through the stencil. 

 This one is a little more subtle.
I'm including these in Kay's Stampotique Designers Challenge to create a textured background.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SDC 136 - Monochromatic

Tanja over at Stampotique Designers Challenge has decided the theme this week should be monochromatic.  I needed to make an ATC for a grey color association challenge so these two challenges dovetailed nicely.  :)

The grey color associations that I came up with for this are drudgery, tedious, monotony.  Fortunately I don't always feel this way on my way to work, but some days...