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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!

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!