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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fellow Coffee Addicts Take Note!

I freely admit that I LOVE coffee.  I love the smell of it.  I love the taste of it. I love the camaraderie of getting together with my favorite peeps and chilling at an out of the way coffee cafe.  And, here's the biggie, I have a secret addiction to coffee stamps.  I swear...I collect them.  And then I gleefully run my fingers through my coffee stamp collection and move on to some pressing project without ever inking those bad boys up.

But not today, my friends.  I *accidentally* ordered a new coffee-themed stamp set last week and when I opened the box this morning I actually stamped something with it.  I know.  Big news!  Check this one out - a card AND a gift card holder all in one:



And here's another:



...because honestly, I think it might be true...

I've listed these HERE in my Etsy shop.  If you are, or know, a coffee addict they might be just what you need.

;)

Have a spectacular, and caffeinated, day!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday means...Stampotique Word Up Weekend!

Hello, friends!

I'm ready for it to be Friday for sure.  If the weather gurus are right, we'll have a beautiful weekend to play and frolic.  Good thing my Word Up Weekend project for this weekend is all ready to go.  :)


It's a sad truth that I freely admit my caffeine addiction.  I love the smell of coffee and think it's a delightful way to start my day (other than the associated nasty coffee breath - haha!)

Phrase Cube 2 has four fun and snarky comments on it.  This one made me chuckle.


I also thought it combined perfectly with the beautiful Teacup (from the May release!) and an oldie but goodie, Heads  in the background (because if I don't get my coffee in the morning, I'm a smidge zombie-esque).


Check out all of Stampotique's fabulous phrases, words and alphabets HERE at the online store.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a Happy Weekend!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mail Art Mother's Day

Hmmmm....being the mother of teenagers means I was awake this morning well before anybody else was.  :)  I got a bit inky and whipped out some of my favorite VLVS stamps to create some mail art envelopes for their monthly challenge (and for the mail art swap in the VLVS Groupies facebook group).


This lovely lady reminds me of Phyllis from The Office.  😁  I colored her with watercolor pencils and Copics.  The background is Distress inks. 

I'm off to go get pampered by my family now.  Happy Mother's Day to all of my mom friends!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Stampotique's Word Up Weekend: Happy (29th) Birthday!

LOL...I couldn't resist inking up some of Stampotique's newer stamps to make a tongue-in-cheek birthday card.  I love the versatility of Alpha Background (new last month).  It can be used as a background or by masking off letters to make a saying (sky's the limit there).  Here I used it with the brand-new Matilda, too.


I have some friends who appreciate quirky.  I'll have to keep this in my stash until the next birthday comes around.

Cheers!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SDC 273: Let's Hear It For the Boys!

If you've spent any time at all over at the Stampotique store you've surely noticed all of the fab boy stamps.  Really fun, really quirky.  For this round of the bi-weekly challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog we're asking you to channel your inner dude and create a project featuring boys, about boys or with a masculine theme.  My make is one I've been wanting to do for a LONG time.  I altered my plain, ol' black cell phone case.


Oliver is one of my favorite Stampotique guys.  The expression on his face is perfect to depict my relationship with my cell phone.  You see, those who know and love me go a little nuts sometimes because I have a tendency to not answer my phone (hence the use of the Bla Bla Bla stamp too).  I am a firm believer in thinking it's okay to not be connected 24/7.

The background is a gelli print on Tyvek.  I'm thinking it will be nice and sturdy and able to stand up to being jammed in my back pocket.


Check out all of the details for the challenge at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and then link up your masculine creation for a chance to win $30 to spend at Stampotique's online store.  



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rainbow Thank You Card

I have a tendency to collect dies and then never use them.  Ugh.  I have had this rainbow die for a long time but never pull it out.  I've even purchased stamps specifically to do with it - yikes.  I was given lots of wonderful goodies last week for Teacher Appreciation Week and needed to make thank you cards so I grabbed it and got busy.


I love how it turned out.  I hope your day is happy too.  :)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Stampotique's May Release: Sympathy Card

I'm pretty sure that many of you have a difficult time with sympathy cards; I know I do.  Still, it's good to have them on hand for when you inevitably need one.  Here I've used Sympathy Circle from the May release on a CAS card.



Check out more of Stampotique's new release HERE.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mail Art Color Challenge

Oh, I love these warm, happy colors!  The inspiration came from the Rubber Dance color challenge for May.  I decided to create some happy mail art.

Here is the color inspiration board too.


Oh...this makes me feel like summer is around the corner.

Have a great day!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mothers Day Card

May is right around the corner and it seems like a good idea to get going on Mothers Day cards.  This make was a little sad for me; my mom passed away unexpectedly a little over a year ago.  However, I do have a mother-in-law who is very sweet and I think she'll really like this card.


Enjoy the rest of April...May is right around the corner!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Stampotique Word Up Weekend: Wildflower ATC

It's very quiet still in my abode as the kiddos are snoozing.  I love this time of morning.  Nobody is up yet and the birds are happily chirping away.  Hooray Spring!


For Word Up Weekend this week, I created a Wildflower ATC.  I've been reaching for Twisted Citron Distress ink a lot lately (must be that spring thing!) and did it again for the background on this (plus a smidge of Mowed Lawn).  The flower, Kassa's Bloom, is colored with Lindy's Raspberry Lemonade Flat Fabio spray.  "Wildflower" was snipped off the end of the Wildflower Verse stamp.

I have yet to master the photography trick of catching sparkles and blinginess, but the circles in the middle of the flower were embossed with Lindy's Dandelion Yellow Green embossing powder.  It gives the most beautiful shimmer.  Here's a closer look.  Humor me and pretend you can see it.  😉


Looks like it's going to be a good day to dig around in my garden.  Time to plant some flowers!



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.