Wednesday, November 14, 2018

SDC #311 - Week 2: Bugging Out

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Stampotique's bees.  For the Stampotique Designers Challenge this week I've made an ATC celebrating the Queen Bee.

There are all kinds of glittery bits on this that just don't show up in the photo.  Her wings have clear Wink of Stella on them and her body, head and around the edges have Inka Gold.  Metallic gold paint splatters on there as well.

Stamps Used:
  • Big Bee
  • Medium Bee
  • Hexagon
  • Texture Cube 1
  • Alpha Background
Find all the details on the buggy challenge HERE.  Thanks for swinging by today!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Happy Everything Card

I think interactive cards are so much fun.  I decided to go with the reveal wheel for Lawn Fawn's color challenge.

In the spirit of sending holiday love I included all the December holidays.

Check out Lawn Fawn's color challenge HERE.

Happy November!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Stampotique Guest Designer for November

Lucky me!  I was asked to be the guest designer for the SDC blog this month - thank you, Stampotique!

The first challenge for November is "bugging out".  There are so many great buggy images available at Stampotique, but that's not all.  Keeping in mind the holiday season that's fast approaching I decided to go with "Fleas Navidog" - ha ha!

I love, love, love the stamps that Stampotique offers.  There is an excellent variety perfect for all different types of styles (the quirky ones are my favorites).  Check them out HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps Used:

  • Fleas Navidog
  • Phoebe Doo
  • Texture Cube 1

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Busy Little Elves....

When I originally started this blog I intended to showcase items in my Etsy shop.  Instead it's turned into a vehicle for sharing my other artsy endeavors.  Just for fun I'm sharing some of the seasonal makes I've added to the shop or have taken to Hunni Co (a local shop).

(These ones make me chuckle, I must admit.)

If you need some love to top off your holiday gifts, pleae stop by Elves In the Attic and do some shopping.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

October Arting

What a great time of year!  Cold, crisp mornings followed by blue skies and bright, sunny afternoons.  Crispy, crunchy leaves crackling as you walk down the street.  Love it!

My artsy shares for today include an autumnal ATC and a spooky Halloween  bookmark.  The ATC  is for a color palette challenge.

Here's the palette:

And now for my Halloween bookmark.  I love wandering through my Halloween stamp stash.  I find things I forgot I had.

Happy October and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Eek! A Spider!

Yowza - there are a LOT of spidewebs in my yard!  I hope the neighbors aren't peeking out their windows as I crazily windmill my arms as I walk around my yard in hopes of removing spiderwebs in my path before I walk through them and they hit my face. Yuk!  Have done that.  Don't like it.

I digress.  Presenting to you a fun, spidery, webby ATC in the spirit of Halloween (color-wise anyway).  Hope you like it!

Love's Affect ATC

Another ATC today!  This one was made for a 'bookpage heart' ATC swap. 

Happy Saturday and happy creating!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Baby Boy Congrats Card

Awwww...there have been a lot of new babies and expectant moms at my work.  (I guess that's to be expected when you're a preschool teacher!)  I made this card to have on hand for the next one.  :)

I'm entering this in the MFT Stamps sketch challenge #404.  I used some MFT oldies, but goodies for this.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Friendly Spider ATC

Wellll...maybe not SO friendly??  I made this for an ATC swap themed "ATC with a napkin on it". 

As luck would have it, I recently participated in a napkin exchange.  I received a beautiful black napkin with metallic gold medallions on it.  I cut one of them out for the background of my ATC - it reminded me of an elegant spiderweb.

The whole spider thing also came about because I have been walking into/through spiderwebs SO OFTEN lately.  Drives me nuts!  Strange how inspiration strikes, isn't it?

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  How do you feel about spiders?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

You Put a Spell On Me Tag

I've got these lyrics stuck in my head now.  I noticed that the challenge over on the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog is "monsters".  Well, I love me some monsters!  I hadn't taken Cecil out for spin for a looonnnggg time so he is the creepy dude chosen for my tag today.

The background was made with Dylusions ink spray and Color Burst watercolor powder.  I stamped 'heads' over that.

Oh, I love it!  I'm getting in the mood for Halloween!  And now I can officially say, "Happy Fall!".

Thanks for stopping by today.  :) 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Too early for Christmas?

I think interactive cards are so much fun and I pulled out the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel again to make a card for the "something old, something new" challenge at Lawn Fawnatics.

My "something new" is the Reveal Wheel Holiday Sentiments.

My "something old" is the Tobaggan Together stamp set and the Stitched Mountain Border.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Time ATC

I've been a bit quiet on here, but have still been working behind the scenes.  I made this ATC for a "paste" challenge. 

The background was created using light modeling paste and the Tim Holtz clockworks stencil.  I painted over that with gold metallic Distress paints.  The clock is rubbed with Inka Gold and some rub-ons were used for the spots of text.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hello Fall Mood Board

Hello, Friends!

I recently caved and purchased the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel die set.  I just had to - love me some interactive fun.  I made this card for the Lawn Fawnatics current mood board challenge.

Here's what each sentiment says...

The mood board is fall-inspired and full of beautiful fall colors and inspiration.

Check out the challenge HERE.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

50th Birthday Card

I love this card!

My friend, Sandra, had a 50th birthday party today and I made this card for her.  It was SO much fun to make. 

I love that I got to use so many different items in my stash for it, too.  Here's the short list of what I used:

  • Unity Stamp Co
  • River City Rubber Works
  • Unknown
  • Distress Inks
  • Memento
  • Copics
  • Lawn Fawn
  • Paper Smooches

  • Stickles
  • Wink of Stella
How about a couple more views...

This is what it looks like straight out of the envelope.

Can you see the sparkly bits on the candles?  There's glitter on the candles on the cake and Wink of Stella on the larger candles.

I hope you think this is a fun project, too.  Happy Summer!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

You Float My Boat

It's summertime and the livin' is easy...

As I type I'm delighting in a delicious, frosty treat fresh from the ice cream truck. Mmmmm...  Summer reminds me of sunny days at the beach, too, and that's what I was thinking about when I made this card.

I love this stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  My dad used to take me out of school on the occasional Friday and we would go sailing on our little 14-foot sailboat.  Afterwards we would hit the ice cream store (I never mentioned that part to Mom because it was usually around 5:00 or so - too close to dinnertime).  Good memories!

Anyway, I made this for the Lawn Fawn challenge #32 which is a fun, beachy color challenge.  When I added the color for the sky and water I was planning on putting a piece of cardstock over the whole thing that had a circle cut out of the middle to show the water/sky.  But I reconsidered and just went with what was there; it works.

I hope you're having a wonderful summer.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 9, 2018

MFT Summer Camp 2018

Summer camp over at the My Favorite Things blog is always fun and a great excuse to stroll through my stamp sets and revisit some time-tested design concepts.  The designers almost always share some hot tip that I've either forgotten about or am hearing about for the first time.  Visit the MFT blog HERE to see what I mean.

I made a batch of these cards to have on hand as thank-yous to my little kids (aka preschool students).

The first day of summer camp explored the use of White Space.  There is a lot of white space (for me anyway) on this card.

The second day we talked about primary colors - yay, little primary-colored monsters!

On the last day of summer camp symmetry and asymmetry were discussed.  This card design is asymmetrical, but you can see how I balanced the monsters with the sentiment.

Here's another card I made that uses white space and asymmetry.  It also uses repetition - the day 3 of summer camp topic.  The cool shades were made with a die that I just cut in rainbow colors.

Love me some summer camp!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Everyday Beauty ATC and Matching ATC(oin)

I keep seeing people posting pics of beautiful little circles all arted up.  Is the new rage artist trading coins?  I resisted the artist trading block phase (didn't want to figure out how to store them) and am already addicted to artist trading cards.  Up until yesterday I vowed to resist artist trading coins too.  But then I saw the July trade over on the Stampotique Facebook page and The Muse insisted I play along.  So here's my first attempt at an ATC/ATC duo...

I've been casually playing along with ICAD (index-card-a-day) 2018 (more like index-card-a-week on my end) and the other day I gelli-printed a big batch of index cards to have on hand.  The feathers were stamped on a couple of these and the bases are from my clean-up papers.  Love keeping those and adding a little extra somethin'-somethin' makes them look pretty cool.

I'm entering this in Rubber Dance's July challenge too - Feathers.  Check it out HERE.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek.  Cheers!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

ICAD 2018

I'm coming late to the ICAD party this year.  I didn't do it last year because I thought I'd be too busy.  I think I'll be too busy this year too (ha ha!) but I need the creative boost it inspires methinks.

ICAD 2018 started June 1st but I just jumped on the bandwagon a couple of days ago.  Here is one of my index cards so far.  I'm going to trade it as a postcard for a swap I'm in so it won't be added to my collection.

In 2016, the first time I participated in ICAD, one day I gelli printed a bunch of index cards.  This was one of the remnants.  I just added a few extra bits to it to finish it off.  I love the cheesecloth print in the background.

Are you doing ICAD?  Have you heard of it?


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

House-Shaped ATCs

Well, long time, no see!  I've been here but busy - trying to sneak in a little artsy time here and there.  I just finished these ATCs for a swap over on SwapBot: House-Shaped ATCs.

I went through my scrap stash when making these.  I ran across some old favorites that I used here.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

SDC 296: Weeds & Wildflowers

It feels like it's been a while since I participated in one of the Stampotique challenges.  I fell in love with Kassa's Bloom the first time I saw it.  It was so easy to stamp away to my heart's content for the flowerbundance challenge on the blog. 

Happy creating!

Saturday, April 14, 2018


Brocade, blue, bee, bead gel medium...these are my b's for a letter B themed ATC swap.  We had to use at least 3 B items, techniques, etc.

The glass beads add a really cool sparkly effect when the light hits them and I added a smidge of wink of stella on the bee's wings too for a similar effect.

I hope you have a creative day!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Oops Art

We all have those moments when we just start creating and aren't totally sure which direction we're headed.  I watched a great alcohol ink video the other day where the artist made this beautiful piece outlining some of the ink blobs to transform them into gorgeous leaves and flowers.  I thought to myself, "Cool!  I think I'll channel that into an ATC."  Yeah, well, hmmmm....

It ends up that I don't have fine enough pens to doodle on Yupo paper on such a small canvas (most of my black pens smeared on it).  I ran into some other interesting ah-ha moments while creating this, too.

  • Archival ink can be removed with alcohol
  • Alcohol inks leave behind a shadow of color when removed (which is kinda pretty in real life)
  • Copic markers don't blend on Yupo paper but leave behind cool, brush-like marks
The final result looks like this:

Major lesson learned is that I should stick to doodling on a larger canvas (hence the 'Note to Self' sticker).  😜  

In spite of my trepidation in sharing this, I'm going to enter it in the Rubber Dance monthly challenge.  What the heck - you only live once!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Cover My Envelope! Mail Art

Hello, my artsy friends!

I just finished this bit o' mail art and am really pleased with the way it turned out.  I created it for the "Cover my Envelope!" swap on SwapBot.

Back Side

I inherited a box full of envelopes a long time ago from a company that closed - perfect candidates for mail arting!

Last week I came home from work one day and just felt the need for a little art therapy.  The Muse was being irritatingly quiet so I decided to just get out some acrylics, stencils and envelopes and go to town.

The top one is the one I arted up even more (above), but look at all of these other lovelies ready to hit the mailbox!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I had kind of forgotten about this decorated envelope swap I'd signed up for.  When I looked at my sendee's 'likes' I noticed flowers were on there and remembered an art journal page I had done a long time ago where I'd draw a flower and then blacked out everything around it.  I drew the flowers on my envelope but when it came time to black everything out I decided to go a different route and paint the flowers white.  I thought I was done until I realized I had to decorate the entire back as well.  I decided to go for something coordinating.

I love how it turned out!  I hope my recipient likes it, too.  :)

Happy Spring (and Easter or Passover)!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Lawn Fawn Bookmarks

When I saw these I knew I must have them.  So darn cute!  I think it's because not only do you get the front part dangling off the edge of ...whatever, but you also get the back view.  Makes me grin.  I whipped up a couple of quickie bookmarks. 

My 16-year-old immediately nabbed the sloth one as he felt it was perfect for his current English reading assignment.  Ha ha!

I've been busy as a ... well, you know.

There have been a bunch of fun little projects on my desk over the last week or so that I haven't had a chance to share.  Since the title of my post is 'Busy as a ..."  let me start with this set of ATCs.  I made these for a "Save the Bees" swap on ATCsForAll.

My next little somethin', somethin' is a postcard made for a gelli print postcard swap.  I have a lot of gelli prints and it was great to go through them to find bits and pieces to make this card.  I cut the strips into 1/4" strips and then glued them onto a cardboard box base cut to 4"x6".  Next I used circle punches to cut more gelli prints and added those on top.

The following ATC was inspired by the art of Heather Brown.  I don't often do hand-drawn stuff, but went for it for this "Great Big Ocean - tropical" themed card.

Okay, last one.  These two ATCs are for a swap that required inspirational messages on both sides of the card as well as gelli printed bases.  I used quotes that moved from the front to the back of the card.

It's been a reasonably creative week, I'd say.  Now I'm off to bake some goodies and tackle that pile of laundry - not nearly as much fun.  ;)