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Monday, November 20, 2017

Busy Little Elves...

This weekend the weather was yucky, my kiddos left to hit the slopes, and the hubs was at work.  All of these things merged delightfully to allow me some creative time in the zone.  And I DID have some fun!   Check these out.


 

I love how this turned out.  Card AND gift card holder all in one.  Fun.  It's HERE in my Etsy shop.

Here's another Hanukkah card I made for the shop:


I love the blues on this and the bits of sparkle.

And another card + gift card holder.  This one is more secular and can work for Christmas, Hanukkah, or just cuz.  I think I have a teal/aqua thing going on this year.  :) 



And, yep, you guessed it, ANOTHER card.  (This one isn't in the shop though.  The hubs fell in love and wants to send it to his mom.)  I was so pleased with the way this ended up.  I'll need to make some more.



I'm such a sucker for fun, interactive cards.  This scene kind of pops up at you when it's opened.  Love!

I'm so glad The Muse visited this weekend.  I hope she hangs out with me for a while.

Wishing you a wonderful Turkey Day with your family and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Not My Circus!

Rubber Dance Art Stamps has a great, autumnal color challenge going on right now.  I had to reach for their Sarcastic Superhero stamp set (which I bought because of the quote below).  I can't even say how many times I've muttered this to myself - especially in the last year.  (That's as political as I'll get here {grin}.)


If you'd like to join their challenge click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

One Dark & Stormy Night...

I had a little fun yesterday in the studio.  The Muse has been sidelined unfortunately; this whole working full-time thing has really put a damper on my arting time.  Yesterday I sat down to make some ATCs and the ol' mind was blank.  I started rifling through a technique book and found a section about using paper towels.  "Okay then!  Let's get busy,", I said to myself.  Lo, and behold some ATCs emerged from the rubble.  VLVS has a truly October-appropriate challenge going right now and I'm entering this in it.  The wide-eyed, terrified dude is one of their stamps as is the sentiment.  :)  Love these and I think this is the first time I've used the terrified guy.  Swoon...



To create the background, I simply sprayed several colors (Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Hickory Smoke, Ground Espresso) of Distress Stain on a slightly dampened paper towel.  Once it dried I cut ATC-sized pieces and sewed them onto cardstock for stability.  I wasn't sure how the image was going to work being stamped on an absorbent surface, but Archival Ink was great.  I added a little white to the eyes with a gel pen.  The creepy monster was created by sponging Distress Ink through an improvised monster stencil created with a die.

Happy Halloween and remember...if you hear something outside on a dark and stormy night, it may be best to just hunker down under the covers until morning...


Sunday, October 8, 2017

World Card-Making Day with MFT: By The Numbers

Alrighty then.  This challenge from MFT requires that numbers be used somewhere on the card.  My first two cards were birthday cards and I just couldn't bring myself to do that again.  Halloween is just around the corner so I decided to go for a little something that's not too spooky.


I recently acquired some Wink of Stella pens and broke them out for their maiden voyage on this card.  It's difficult to see in the pic, but the large star is outlined in gold and '31' is on top of a star that I covered with the gold wink of stella pen.  Really pretty live and in person.  :)

Happy Halloween month!

World Card-Making Day with MFT: Die Cuts Only

Wow!  This challenge was tricky.  No stamps allowed; die cuts only.  I whipped out the MFT birthday blueprint dies again to make this card.  I'm going to have a nice stash of birthday cards.  :)


Thanks for stopping by!

World Card-Making Day with MFT: ROYGBIV

I'm a day late, but still wanted to participate in MFT's WCM Day challenges.  Get ready for a barrage of posts from me!  :)

Here's a card for the rainbow challenge:

I used one of MFT's blueprint die sets for this.


Monday, September 25, 2017

VLVS Sept Challenge: Cleaning up the Gene Pool

Ha ha!  When I first saw this sentiment stamp I knew I *had* to have it - it just makes me laugh.  For the VLVS September challenge I latched onto the stripes and antlers from the inspiration board to create this ATC.


As instructed, I used fall colors like greens, browns and blues.  I thought this antler dude was a great fit, too.


To create the stripes I masked off sections and used Distress inks.  If you look closely at the background you'll also see where I heat embossed a swirl stamp to mimic...chlorine fumes.  LOL.  (I swam on a swim team throughout my childhood and the smell of chlorine still brings a smile to my face.)

Below is the inspiration pic that started it all.


I hope this ATC makes you chuckle, or at least smirk.  To join the VLVS challenge check out the details HERE.

Have a great day and thanks for popping by.  :)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

ITAC '17: Europe

When I thought of old Europe the first thing that came to mind was the explorers of the 17th and 18th centuries.  Some of the prompts for this theme were old papers, textures, blue and vintage.  I decided to create an ATC for my project.


I layered torn strips of a book page on the base and then gesso'ed randomly over the top of that.  Next came Distress inks in a couple of shades of blue.


I colored the compass with watercolor pencils and alcohol markers and then applied a crackle glaze to make it feel old and vintagey.


'Explore' was created with black embossing paste through a stencil.  I also added a torn bit of an old nautical chart.

I wish I'd had more time to participate in more of the ITAC challenges, but September is a busy time of year.  Check out what the guest artists created for this challenge HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Art = Happiness ATC

The Rubber Dance color challenge for the beginning of September pulls colors from a beautiful image of autumn leaves.  My base actually started as something for a completely different project, but it morphed into this ATC.


My base started as Bristol paper covered with Distress ink.


To get the cream color for the challenge, I swiped on some white gesso (the gesso absorbed some of the brown underneath).  After that I scribbled into it while still wet with the pointy end of a paintbrush.  


The flowers (by Rubber Dance) were also colored with Distress inks and white gel pen.  The little grid in the upper right corner is a die cut that I covered with Distress Paint (brass and gold).  Last addition was a bit of green thread and sticker quote.

Thanks for swinging by today.  Check out the Rubber Dance monthly challenge HERE.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

ITAC 17: Oceania: The River That Was Made of Tears

I stumbled upon ITAC '17 and was intrigued by the challenges there.  The part of the world we're visiting this week is Oceania.  The challenge is to be inspired by stories, symbology, nature and art of the region.

Years ago I went on a field trip with my son's class to Seattle Art Museum.  There was an amazing exhibit of Australian aboriginal art that we explored.  I was especially intrigued by the art of Gloria Petyarre and when I started this project I was planning on channeling her.  The Muse had other ideas though and I went a very different direction incorporating lots of circles, symbols and a dreamtime story I found which resonated with me.  Following is my art journal page sharing the story of how the Giddy River was formed.

At first I wasn't planning on writing out the dreamtime story on my page, but as I finished up, I liked the idea of having it on there.


I have a small art journal made from gelli-printed paper that I put together a while ago.  One of these pages started as the base of my project.


The symbols on the brogla's neck are 'man', 'boomerang' (my thought for the hunter), 'water' and 'star'.


The blue circles were made with the ends of various paintbrushes.

There are some amazing projects uploaded by the guest artists/judges.  To check the out, and to find out more info about ITAC '17, click HERE.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Magical Paradise Cards

I'm all ready to send out a couple of ATCs for a swap and decided they needed to be sent snuggled into a card.  I whipped up these using simple Distress ink blending techniques and some of my fave Stampotique stamps.


These make me feel so calm and serene; I think it's the lovely, cool greens.  Must be time to go on an adventure deep in the woods...

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

MFT Summer Camp

Now, this is my kinda summer camp - no mosquitoes, no roommates who snore, no corny camp songs (although I have to admit, I kind of like corny camp songs), no nasty food.  Over at MFT this past week there was Camp Create.  I couldn't participate during the week, but I managed to bang out all of the challenges today.  And they were fun!  Here's what I came up with:
I was tempted by the recent MFT retirement sale and picked up the Love You More stamp set.  Kept this card CAS by creating the square with Distress inks and adding a woodgrain embossed heart.

Day 1: Inlaid Made Easy
I love these little band-aid dies - so cute.  I paired them with the ancient Umbrella set for this card.

Day 2: Magnificent Masking
I was tempted by the MFT retirement sale and picked up the Love You More stamp set.  I kept this card CAS by creating a square in the middle with Distress inks and adding a woodgrain embossed heart die cut.

Day 3: Background Bonanza
 I LOVE how this card turned out!  Gotta love the cool shades from the Geek is Chic set.

Day 4: Monochromatic Magic
The Peek-A-Boo dies are so fun and I don't bring them out often enough.  I kept this really monochromatic by using only the Distress ink and marker in Fossilized Amber.

Day 4 Round the Campfire: Awesome Ombre
The Onesie die has been in my stash collecting dust.  I love the little details on it (you can see them in the die below).  Distress inks are super easy to create ombre colors with.  I ended up doing the inlaid technique again with the heart, using an off cut from the onesie die.



Day 5: Delightful Die Cutting

It doesn't get much easier than this.  I added a smidge of dimension by putting some foam tape behind the sun.  Easy breezy!

I need to go to camps like this more often!

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Which of these cards is your fave?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Creative Life Art Journal Page

Hello, friends.

The Muse has sort of taken the summer off.  Work and life in general have been really busy.  Where has summer gone??

I joined Marjie Kemper's Mixed Media Art Book Group over on Facebook recently and we are working from Dina Wakley's Art Journal Freedom book this month.  I channeled Dina in my flower sketching/painting attempt.  My other prompt was the color challenge over at Rubber Dance Art Stamps (green, rust and magenta).


A few summers ago a gessoed a bunch of pages in an old composition book.  When I have leftover paint from another project I randomly swipe it over these pages.  The background here started as a deep orange and metallic gold page.   I sketched the flower with charcoal pencil and then painted over that with acrylics.  The background of the page is strips of book pages, stencilling, splattering and stamping (background stamps and leaves from Rubber Dance Textured Flowers set).  The quote is stamped too.

It was really nice to get my fingers dirty with some paint.  It's been WAY too long.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

My Kind of Quirky Card

This stamp set cracks me up and the sentiment is just right for me - I love quirky!  I made this card for the MFT Stamps Sketch and Color challenges.




I turned the sketch on its side for my card.  It was tricky to photograph, but the lenses on the glasses are silver foil tape.  My hot tip for the day: I discovered that the star die from the All Star High Top set matches perfectly with the star stamp from Geek is Chic.  Sweet!

Thanks for stopping by to peek today.  Cheers!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Buzzing By to Say Hi Card and Sticker

A beautiful, sunny day in the Pacific NW cried for me to bring out some happy to create a bright and cheerful card.



You can really see in the following picture how my little bee floats off the base of the card.


Blank on the inside, this is a standard A2 sized card which leaves loads of space to write a message.

While I was at it, I created some honeybee stickers, too, for my friend's shop.



My friend, Karin, owns Hunni Co. which sells ultra-delicious, super good-for-you, honey-infused beverages.  At her storefront in Edmonds, WA she also sells all kinds of bee and honey inspired goods.  If you're ever in the area (like waiting for the ferry to go across Puget Sound - her store is right across the street!) run over to her store and take a peek!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rubber Dance Tag

I was leafing through my scrap stash yesterday and found a grey tag that had some bits of paint on it.  I decided it would be the perfect canvas for the Rubber Dance July Colour Challenge.


I used a few layers of acrylic paints (some through stencils), added some stamping and bits of paper over the tops of those, doodled with pens, charcoal pencil and watercolor crayons and that about finished it off.  I think it will go to live in an art journal soon.  :)

Rubber Dance stamps used:
Vintage Hotel Receipt
Textured Feathers (stars and dots)
Flying Ink Bottle
Artfully Stamped

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Mugs & Kisses Card

I'm feeling a little Christmas, or a least winter, in July.  Over at the MFT Stamps challenge blogs they have a sketch and a color challenge.  I've combined the two to make this card.


I decided to move outside the ol' comfort zone and make a shaped card this time.  The trick for me will be to remember I have this card in my stash come hot chocolate season...

Happy July!

You Float My Boat: Lawn Fawnatics Summertime Challenge

Hello, friends!

Today is Independence Day here in the US; Happy 4th to all those celebrating.  May your fireworks be colorful and sparkly.  :)

Today is a beautiful sunny day here in the Pacific NW.  In fact, it would be the perfect day to go for a sail.  (Too bad we don't have a boat. LOL)  Summertime to me is time spent at the beach, playing in the sand and water.  I knew right away which Lawn Fawn set I wanted to pull out for the challenge.


I think I've only made one or two shaker boxes in the bazillion years I've been crafting.  This was fun to make (and I love any excuse to bring out these pretty sequins!).

To play along with the challenge go HERE.

Wishing you a wonderful, fun-filled summer (maybe with a little sailing thrown in?).

Friday, June 23, 2017

Little Friend ATC

I have been wanting the Medium and Little Bee stamps from Stampotique for so long.  I'm not sure what I was waiting for exactly but I finally bit the bullet and got them.  I had to have a little play with them right away, of course.  For me, ATCs are a perfect way to do that.


 I started with white cardstock which I sprayed with Distress Sprays - one as a base and the second through a stencil.  Next came some Distress inks through a different stencil.  I had scraps of grid paper left over from a project and I wiped some Distress Stain over that and ripped it into strips.  A dab of gold metallic paint through yet another stencil finished off the base.



Can you see the shimmer on my little friend's wings?  After I colored him with Copics I smooshed some Stickles onto the wings for a little badda bing, badda boom.  The wings are lifted off the base with adhesive foam tape.

To finish off the whole thing I wiped some more Distress Stain onto a white cardstock scrap and stamped the sentiment; then cut it up to make it fit onto the base.

I love how this turned out.  Nothing like some new rubber in the house to get the creative juices flowing!  :)

Thanks for stopping by today.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

SDC 276: Stencil It!

As a special treat, the Stampotique Design Team is collaborating with Eileen Hull this month.  I've used the fabulous Heartfelt Journal die, along with Stampotique stamps, to create a gardening journal.


I have been intending to create a gardening journal for years in order to track what I've planted where in my garden and how they do there.  I used grid paper and well as plain copier paper in each of the three signatures.  I wanted to make a fancy schmancy binding too and love the way the criss cross design turned out.

Here's the inside cover:


Stamps used:
Daisy, Daisy
Texture Cube 1
Kate's Doodles Cube

In other news, this is my final post for Stampotique Design Team.  It's been a spectacular run and I've enjoyed being a part of this incredibly talented team.  The owners of Stampotique, Jim and Carol Ramsey, have been very generous and kind as well.  Thank you, Jim and Carol and the rest of the design team!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SDC 274: Use an Oldie but a Goodie

Greetings, Friends!

The current challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog is to pull out one of your older stamps and use it on a project.  I have several favorite older Stampotique stamps, but it was easy to choose Jasmin for my art journal page; she is always so serene and thoughtful.


The inspiration struck when I spotted a scrap of gelli printed paper sitting on my desk.  I also had the Brolly stamp, wanting to be inked up, sitting in front of me and it occurred to me that they would be perfect together.  When I went on a search for a figure to go with the umbrella Jasmin was a no-brainer.  :)


It's a little chilly here in Seattle for a day at the beach, but this sure makes me think of my happy place.  I'd love to pack a picnic lunch and spend the day at the beach with my family.

Come join the challenge at the blog for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique online store!