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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Geeky Chic

I think the Laina Lamb Designs over at My Favorite Things are so fun.  I'm always up for a good pun and a lot of this collection has sets featuring puns.  I finally caved and bought another set last week and sat down to ink them up last night.


My mother-in-law could use a litle happy mail.  I think I'll pop this in the mail to her today.  :)

I hope you're having a great week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SDC 271: Bling It On!

Are you ready to par-TAY?!?  The challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog right now is to bling up your creations.  How to do that?  Glitter, sequins, rhinestones, microbeads, shimmery spray mist, metallic paint, etc...all are good for making things sparkly and glam.  On the ATC below, I used some rhinestones, sprays and embossing powder to add a little something special.  Now, isn't she just a little ray of sunshine?  My little party girl is Cupcake Girl, one of the new stamps from Stampotique's April release.  Love her!


See the bling-y delights in the pic below?  Don't gasp in shock, but until I played with these products I had never tried Lindy's Stamp Gang mists and magical powders.  I know (slapping myself upside the head).  I didn't know what I was missing!  You can really see how cool and shimmery they are.  The splats on the background are Starburst and Flat Fabio sprays - super cool.


On my girl's tutu, I used Lindy's Sidewalk Chalk Magical powder over Copics to give a tulle-like appearance.  The cupcake that she's holding is heat embossed with Lindy's glimmery embossing powder.  SO pretty (and I kinda want to take a bite)!

Now it's your turn.  Add your bling-y creation to our linkup at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique store.  While you're at it, check out Stampotique's April release and hop on over to the Lindy's Art Gang shop to see their fabulous products.  You won't be disappointed.  Promise.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stampotique WordUp Weekend: Cupcake

Just for your viewing pleasure, here's another go at Stampotique's Word Up Weekend, celebrating their amazing collection of words, phrases, and sentiments.


This ATC features Cupcake Text and Cupcake stamps.  And look!  Sparkly star sequins make this cupcake extra special.  😍


Check out all of Stampotique's stamps HERE.

Oregon and Washington ATCs

There are some great artists over at the ATCsForAll site.  I was lucky enough to find one who wanted to trade some state ATCs with me; I've been collecting them for a while.

I made Washington and Oregon for her.


Being me, I had to add something quirky to each.  For Washington I added the Fremont Troll.  I used to take the kids here just for fun when they were little.  They loved climbing all over this guy.  He's big...big enough that in his right hand there's a VW bug (can't really see it here).


On the Oregon card I added Voodoo Donuts.  It's an iconic Portland landmark and the line to get in almost always wraps around the building.  My personal favorite donut is the Grape Nehi (a vivid Barbie purple color.  I know. Kinda freaky, but it tastes delish.)


I hope she likes them!

Black and White + One Color

What a great theme for a challenge!  I love the contrast of the starkness of black and white with a pop of color.  I have been wanting to do a spotlighting technique for a while and this challenge provided the perfect incentive.  Here's my ATC for Rubber Dance's bi-monthly challenge.


I tried to get a pic of the blue because it's so pretty in real life.  I used Lindy's Art Gang Starburst spray to paint the blue on and it has such a pretty shine to it.


Can you see it?  Well, trust me...it's there.  ;)  I LOVE these feathers from Rubber Dance.  So pretty.

In my part of the world we're celebrating Easter today.  If this is your holiday too, I wish you a very happy Easter!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

*** Magical *** Interactive ATC

Get outta' Dodge, this was SO fun to make!  I joined an ATC swap where we had to incorporate an interactive element.  I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do so I googled 'interactive ATC' to get some ideas.  Thank you, Kristina Werner, for the awesome YouTube video.  She made a card but it was easy to adjust this for an ATC.  Check it!


Let's see if I can figure out how to transfer a video from my phone to my blog...

video

Cool - it worked (and you can hear my daughter laughing at me in the background - LOL)!  The person receiving this has a couple of pups on her profile page and they inspired this.  I hope she likes it.  :)

A Little Easter Fun

I just couldn't resist joining this swap over on SwapBot - "_______ with Bunny Ears".  I knew immediately that bringing out the Crazy Birds was the thing to do.


It's hard to tell probably, but there is a bit of texture on the background.  After painting the background, I added layers by diecutting and then lifting the cut bits off the background.  The letters are lifted off the base as well.  There's a bit of shimmer and shine on the harlequin bits and outside edges where I used Inka Gold.

I have to admit...I was kind of sad to send this off in the mail.  Maybe I'll have to make another one for myself.  ;)

Happy April!

Steampunk Tags

I geared up to created some steampunk themed tags for a swap group I'm in.  (I know.  Terrible pun.  Sorry about that.)


I'm really happy with the way they turned out and they came together fairly quickly.  I love using metal tape (from the hardware store) over cardstock and then embossing it.  I whipped out my dust-covered Distress metallic paints to antique it a bit.  The gear dies are covered with Inka Gold (gold and graphite) with a few dabs of bronze paint.  A little gold embossing powder finished off the feathers as well as some distressed phrase stickers.  Done!

What do you think?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sounds of Spring Tag

Maybe it's because spring is definitely in the air here in the US, because I just couldn't resist reaching for these feather stamps when creating a tag for the Rubber Dance April color challenge.


My little feathery friends serenade me every morning right outside my studio window.  What a wonderful time of year!


Friday, April 7, 2017

Stampotique's Word Up Weekend: Greetings from the Twilight Zone

Ha ha!  I used to love watching The Twilight Zone.  I couldn't help but think of it when I saw the TV stamp and Cooee from Stampotique's newest release.


Check out the TV background up close and personal.


I created it using Lindy Art Gang's Black Forest Black Magical Shaker.  TRULY magical!  All of those luscious colors came from that one little shaker.  I also splattered liquified Magical Sidewalk Chalk over that and some of the sprays on the background.  Check out more of their amazing products HERE.

I'm looking forward to getting this card in the mail; I know exactly who I want to send it to.  :)

Thanks for taking a peek today!



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stampotique April Release & DT Collaboration with Lindy's Art Gang

Oh, yes!  April is shaping up to be a fine month indeed.  The crew over at Stampotique is teaming up with the design team at Lindy's Art Gang this month to showcase both companies' amazing products.  Here's what I created:


This was a fun play for sure. Check out Stampotique's new Patterned Circles. I heat embossed it with Lindy's Dandelion Yellow Green embossing powder; this powder has a gorgeous glimmery finish.  After that I colored the circles with Lindy's Starburst Sprays (Rusty Lantern Lime and Blue Hawaiian Blue) and Flat Fabio (Raspberry Lemonade).


Another new release image, Cooee, was colored with Distress inks and Rusty Lantern Lime Starburst Spray.

The background (isn't that cool and spacey?) was created using Lindy's Magical Shaker (Black Forest Black).  Once it was dry I splattered Lindy's Magical (Sidewalk Chalk) with paintbrush.


Now, off to go enjoy a good, ol' paperback and my new bookmark.  :)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Stampotique April Release : Phrase Cube #2

Lucky me.  I love a good snarky phrase and Stampotique's new Phrase Cube 2 is right up my alley.  :)  I made a postcard today using Phrase Cube #2Mash UpJillian, and Scribble Angel.


Go to our Stampotique Facebook page to check out more great projects featuring our new stamps.  :)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

SDC 270: Text Background

Hello there, friends!

Over on the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog we've got a new challenge for you.  This time we're looking for text backgrounds on your projects.  In the spirit of all that is text-a-licous, I made an ATC to share.


Oddly enough, I covered over most of my text background, but it started with several ripped strips of old book pages (different fonts, sizes, etc.).  I gesso'd and absorbent grounded randomly over that and then added some rich spray inks.  Thistle Bouquet is my main image (love this stamp).  Several additions of acrylic paints, gel pen, Stickles, charcoal pencil, watercolor crayon and washi tape later, I called it done.


I hadn't used my spray inks in a long time and The Muse insisted that I pull them out for this.  Those suckers battled me!  They kept bleeding through my layers of paint (which I KNEW they would do but had kind of forgotten about), but I do love the vivid color of them so I guess it was all worth it.  ;)

The SDC designers would love it if you would take us up on this challenge and link it up on the blog for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique online store.   Gotta' love that!

Happy Arting.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Rubber Dance Spring Challenge: Altered Playing Card

Hello there!  A few weeks ago I saw a YouTube video by Gelli Arts showing gelli printing on tissue paper.  I've been wanting to try it ever since.  I have a deck of playing cards sitting on my desk begging to be altered and it felt like the perfect mix.


(I've also had this bird die forever and never used it.  Shhhh...)  After ripping and layering the printed tissue papers, I added some acrylic paint, stamping and a die-cut.  Easy breezy.

Here's what it looked like after ripping and gluing on the tissue paper:


I lifted the litle birdies off the base of the card with dimensional foam tape and let them bask in the sun (Inka Gold).


I have really slacked off on my 52 weeks of cards; I think it's been 3 weeks now since I've created one.  Yikes.  However, no time like the present to start back up again, I say.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Happy Spring!

Blingy Birthday Card

Good morning, friends!

Today I'm sharing a birthday card I made for my son (actually made it BEFORE his birthday - sweet!).  Love this birthday blueprint die from MFT...it makes creating so easy.


I'm entering this in MFT's sketch challenge.  Here's the sketch:


Thanks for taking a peek at my card today.  :)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Fling ATC

I love that Rubber Dance Art Stamps is using 'spring' as their challenge theme.  I am SO ready for sunny skies and blooming flowers!  I used stamps from their Textured Flowers, Texture Houses, and Textured Feathers sets as well as one of their ATC background stamps on this ATC.


I love using foam sheets for clouds - very fluffy looking, don't you think?  There is also Glossy Accents on the windows to make them glass-like.  :)


Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy!

Wanderlust ATCs

One of my regular trading groups has a theme of Birds & Bees this month.  While I was tempted to go a sexier route, my Bird Crazy stamps have been sitting at the bottom of a pile, unused, for a long time.  I decided to whip them out.



I used cheap ol' student grade watercolors and much nicer Color Bursts as well as washi tape, Distress stains and Copics to color everything.  Love the two backgrouund stamps from VLVS, too.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

An Interactive ATC

I'm not sure what prompted my search, but this morning I had a flashback to a class I took several years ago by Julie Ebersole.  She showed us a bunch of techniques for creating interactive cards.  I LOVE interactive cards.  I just think they add some fun to regular ol' cards.  I did manage to find the files and created an interactive ATC this morning.



I was in the mood today to just create something not initiated by any challenges or prompts.  I haven't been using my Distress inks much lately so just started by creating the background.  When I reached into my nature-themed stamp storage I saw the globe flower stamp sitting there; haven't used that one in years!   

It was very therapeutic to just create and I'm always up for justifying my purchases that have been collecting dust.  ;)

Thanks for stopping by to see my makes today.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Eyeball ATC

Ha ha...what a weird title.  Perhaps the caffeine hasn't kicked in yet; I'm feeling a little goofy.  Anyhoo...

I was sitting here at my ultra-cluttered, can-hardly-see-the-desktop space the other day and it occurred to me that I have some lovely stamps, that I was DYING to have, that have sat here unused pretty much since I received them.  Determined to remedy that situation, I grabbed an ATC background from my stash and came up with this:


Because of the business of the background, you can't really see all of the coolness if this particular eyeball, but trust me...it's really cool, with lots of dotty, splashy bits in the corners.


You can see the cool bits a little better in the above picture.  I embossed the definition to make it stand out more and then put some Diamond Glaze on the eyeball itself to make it nice and shiny.

Thanks for stopping by today to take a peek at what I do.  :)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SDC 268: Add Ribbon or Lace

Hellooo, Friends!

We are in week 2 of the Add Ribbon or Lace challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog.  Now, I don't know about y'all, but I went through a big ribbon and lace phase many years ago when people started adding them to their scrapbooks and cards.  I hoarded loads of pretty, patterned ribbons and luscious laces and then my kids started getting older and busier and I started taking fewer and fewer pictures.  Oops...my scrapbooking dwindled to ... never.  My pretty ribbons and laces gathered dust.  I dusted off some lace to make this postcard for a friend.  :)


Stamps: When Heart Speaks and Texture Cube 1

The base of this is actually a plain old gesso'ed index card that I jazzed up with modeling paste, acrylic paints, stamping, lace, and washi tape.  It was super quick to make and very unplanned and easy breezy.

We would love it if you take our challenge and create something using lace or ribbon.  Check out all of the challenge info HERE on the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and link up your project for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique online store.

Cheers!
Julie

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Rubber Dance March Color Challenge

Today's project uses colors that I don't typically reach for (but am trying to use more often).  I also got to try some new product.  Win-win!  I made a card using the sentiment stamp from Rubber Dance's Sarcastic Superpower stamp set.  If you haven't seen it, you really need to...hilarious!


The new product that I used is Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder.  It was really hard to get a good picture to show the cool glimmery effect it has, but I tried.  Looks very juicy and lemony in real life.  ;)


On the pink background, I used flowers from Rubber Dance's Textured Flowers set.  LOVE that set.

Thanks for taking a peek today.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Still More NEW Stampotique Stamps for March!

If you love the quirkiness of Stampotique, you will certainly find something that strikes your fancy in the March release.  Below you can see what I did with Script Background, Cranium, Elaina, and All Aboard.

Script Background seems a perfect idea of what's going on in Cranium's head.  :)

Elaina is dressed up and ready to Par-tay!

These friends on All Aboard are ready to fly away on a mail art envelope.
Check out our Stampotique Facebook page to see what the Design Team has done with all of the new stamps.  Right after that, you'll want to head over to the Stampotique online store to grab some new goodies. :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

NEW Stampotique Stamps for March: Cupcake

Oh, what fun!  The new stamps for the March release are winners for sure.  Today, I've got a gift tag to share using the new "Cupcake with a Little Cupcake".


Not shown is the little miniature version of the cupcake that comes with it.  It works really well as sprinkles on top.  :) And don't miss out on the coordinating phrase stamp, "Cupcake Text", that says 'You are a cupcake in a world full of muffins".  Ha!  Cute!  Plus, the phrase opens up so many possibilities for ways to use the cupcake stamp; this isn't just for birthdays, peeps...

Check out our Stampotique Facebook page to see what the Design Team has done with all of the new stamps.  Right after that, you'll want to head over to the Stampotique online store to grab some new goodies. :)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Craft My Stash ATCs

Hello there, peeps!

One of the art swapping groups that I participate in has a current challenge called "Craft my Stash".  We each sent an envelope of goodies to our partner and the partner then created an ATC using those supplies and sent it back.  Sounds simple, right?  It's tricky!

Here's a glimpse at the ATCs I made (and the stash it came with):



That was a fun challenge.  Do you make ATCs?  If so, where do you trade?

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Stampotique Word Up Weekend: Puppy Love

Happy Saturday!

Here's my latest project for Stampotique's Word Up Weekend (our weekly celebration of Stampotique's sentiments, phrases and alphabets).  I love, love, love Phoebe Doo, the ultra-sweet dog stamp.  I paired her on an ATC today using the  Dogs laugh... stamp.


How cute is she???  And it's so true...I'm convinced my own pup laughs a LOT at the rate that tail wags.  ;)

The quickie scoop on how I made this:  First came modeling paste through a stencil at the top.  I also added a torn strip of book page at the bottom.  Phoebe Doo was stamped on white tissue paper and then I dabbed on some Copics to add color; I tore around the image and glued her on.  'Dogs laugh..' is stamped on paper colored with Distress ink.  Once everything was glued on and dry, I brushed some diluted Distress ink all around the pup, smudged some charcoal pencil around the edges and added touched of white charcoal pencil over Phoebe Doo (didn't like that you could see the book text through her left paw).  Finito!

Check out more of Stampotique's fab words, phrases, etc.  HERE and have a great weekend!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Stampotique Word Up Weekend: Get Well Soon Card

Hello, friends!

At last...another week has come to an end.  I don't know how it is where you are, but here in the Pacific NW there have been some NASTY bugs going around this winter.  With that being the case, it just made sense to me to pull out Feeling a Little Green... to make a get well soon card.  (In real life the dots are more of a blue-green.  I couldn't tweak the pic enough to make it legit.  Grrr...  Just imagine it with me, folks...)


The handsome mer-dude is from the February release.  We call him Snuhubala.  :D

Check out more of Stampotique's words and phrases at the online store (there are loads of them!).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

SDC 267: Seeing Red

Happy Day After Valentines Day!

Thinking that people might be done with hearts and the like I went a different direction for our Seeing Red Challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog.  I absolutely love the design of Kassa's Bloom.


To make my card, I stamped the flower on a variety of red gelli prints then cut each one out.  I stamped the bloom around the edges of the card base too.

The background panel was made using green and brown Color Bursts.  To finish, I splattered bits of black and metallic gold acrylic paint over the whole thing.


Check out the challenge rules and post your Seeing Red project on the SDC blog for the chance to win a $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique online store.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Pink, Gray & Green Color Challenge: Postcard

When The Muse whispers it's best to listen.  I am sending out some gelli prints for a swap and thought it would be nice to add a little postcard note along with them.  I really like the color combo challenge that Rubber Dance Art Stamps has on their blog right now so decided to base my postcard on that.


My base is actually an index card (which means I'll probably need to reinforce it a bit with cardstock on the back).  I didn't think about taking a process photo until I was mostly through, but here's a mid-process glimpse.  :)


I really like to use up scraps as much as possible.  The flowers (from Rubber Dance) are stamped on pink scraps that I had in my stash.  The black stars that you see on the background are from the same stamp set.

To create the background, I brayered gray acrylic paint over the index card.  I intended to just add a smidge of green on top of that, but when I brayered the green it pretty much covered the grey so I added more gray back in by dabbing acrylic ink through a stencil.  I splatted bits of white and dark green over that and when it was dry I went around the edges with black acrylic ink.  To finish up, I glued on the flowers and sentiment.  Wa-la!  Finito.  :)

Thanks for stopping by today.