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.  ;) 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Boho Babes

Vera Lane Studio has some fun images to play around with and occasionally I join the FB group ATC swaps.  The theme this month is 'Bohemian".  Fun, yes?  I created a couple of ATC babes to share. 


Wishing you a day full of love and happiness!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Used Baby Wipe ATC???

Ewwww...!  No, it's not really as bad as it sounds.  I used a baby wipe to clean up some paint on my craft mat.  After it dried I cut and ripped and pulled it apart, sewed it onto a background, added a few bits and bobs and called it good.

Talking about using things in my stash and/or supplies I haven't used in a while...
my sewing machine was SO dusty!  Truth is, my husband uses it as storage for his clothes - just throws them on top.  Arghhh... So it's usually just too much of a hassle to unbury it.  He was on a roll the other day and cleaned everything up so I was inspired. 

See the little beads?  Wow, those have been in my stash for a good 6 or 7 years at least.  The thread is ancient, too.  Yes, my peeps, I'm keeping myself honest and sticking to the 'use your damn stuff' mantra for 2018!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Feeling Lucky?

I don't remember the last time I made an art tag.  Back in the day I thought they were a great canvas and created on them all the time.  I kind of got stuck figuring out what to do with all of the lovelies once they were completed though (hence the big ol' box full of lovely tags stashed away).  I decided to join a "Green with Envy" tag swap just for the heck o' it though.

My background was made with Distress paints.  Now, those bad boys haven't been pulled out in ages!

I was temporarily stuck until I remembered my solemn vow to start using some of the fab supplies that are gathering dust in my space.  I pulled out my Sizzix Courtyard die, InkaGold, Seth Apter stamps, gold wire, ribbon and lace, Memory Box dies, Lost Coast border stamp...

Seriously, this tag is truly a tribute to using stuff I had to have but haven't used much.  Love that.  The only new thing I used was the chit chat sticker.

Yay for keeping myself honest and adhering to my solemn vows.  Happy March!

Monday, March 5, 2018

I've been slackin'...

Wow.  It's been a few weeks since I've posted.  How did that happen??  I'm still in ATC-making mode.  It is so fun to go to my mailbox these days as most of the time there is happy art mail in amongst the bills.  ;)  Here are a few makes I've sent off over the last couple of weeks...

This was for a hand-drawn mail art swap.  The recipient lives in Alaska and mentioned that she loves all of the wildlife that she sees regularly.  I'm not much of zentangler but went for it anyway.  

Funny story.  I signed up for a St. Patrick's Day swap and when it came time to send the card off, I panicked and made this one.  Totally forgot that I actually WAS on the ball and had already made one that I stashed in my 'soon to be re-homed' binder.  Now this will be added to my own collection.

This one is for a postage stamp swap. The embossed bits in the background were done with green embossing powder but it's hard to see in the pic.

Oh, I LOVE this one...kinda hated to send it away.  This was for a spotlight technique card.  Check out this close up to see the shiny bits on the wings and body...yum!

That's it for now.  I've been quiet but busy.  Have a great week!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Best Day Ever Card

I'm thinking that since Mothers' Day is right around the corner I need a little something to send.  I made this card for a couple of challenges: Rubber Dance color challenge and CASual Fridays sketch challenge.

I stamped the flowers in black and then colored them with Copics.  After that I die cut the panels out and adhered them to the cardstock base with adhesive foam tape.

I added some Stickles to the middle of the blue flowers on the raised panels.  Can you see it in the picture?  (Me either...but it's there!).

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

MFT Creative Olympics: Biathlon Challenge

Another card added to the stash!  This was a fun challenge.  I had to pick a technique from choices in two separate columns.  I went with dry embossing and gift card to get this:

I used one of the dies from Blueprints 26 to dry emboss 'birthday'.

MFT products used:

  • Blueprints 26
  • Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Gift Card Grooves
  • Gift Card Greetings
  • Umbrella Stamp Set & Die
This card works for the MFT's birthday challenge too (balloons).  Sweet!

MFT Creative Olympics: Freestyle Challenge

Event #2 for the MFT Creative Olympics is a winter-themed card in any style.  I realized I don't have a lot of wintery MFT stamps, but I did find one that fit the bill.  This little set is pretty cute and the extra bonus...I used an old MFT set - Mermaid (sentiment). 

Yep, getting some cards added to the stash and meeting my goal of using old and new products this year.  Yay!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hello Card: MFT Sketch/Color Challenges

I'm going for the two-for-one today.  Here is a card I made for MFT's Color and Sketch challenges that are going on right now.

 First I stamped the flowers.  Then I cut out the squares with the MFT Wonky Stitched Square die.  The flower parts on the squares are colored with Copics.

I lifted the colored squares off the base with adhesive foam tape.

My end result is a bit different from the sketch, but it was definitely inspired by it.  I started to put a sentiment in the middle but it interfered with the black & white v. colored sections.

And here is the color prompt; I was determined not to do something Valentine-y.  :)

Wishing you a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

MFT Olympics Slalom Challenge: Just BEEcause card

What a fun idea to have a crafty Olympics challenge while the Olympics are going on (something to do during all of those commercials! LOL).  The first challenge is a slalom challenge: use stamps from 3 or more MFT stamp sets.  I was a bit daunted by this at first but as I thumbed through my stamp sets I randomly pulled some out and they totally worked together.

The little bees have some Wink of Stella on their wings.  I tried to capture the glimmery bits, but it's hard to get them.

Stamp sets used:
  • Sweet Succulents
  • Fly-By Friends
  • Meant to Bee
Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Love is in the Air: Friggin' Special ATC

Ha ha!  Well, that's a bit of a contrast.  I made some ATCs for a heart/love themed swap.

This started with a background cut from a gelli print.  I layered on some stamping, watercolor crayons, gel pens, and charcoal pencil.

Here is the whole trio:

I'm also entering this in a couple of challenges:

SDC #291: Hearts
CFC #192: Hearts, Hearts & More Hearts

May your heart be full...  :)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

First ATC of February: Into the Abyss...

Doesn't that sound a little menacing (or exciting or adventurous)?  I love the sound of 'into the abyss' (probably because I used to go scuba diving a lot).  I made this for a SwapBot ATC swap with a masking tape technique theme. 

I had this big ol' green mixed media panel sitting on my desk and cut up part of it for the background.  Thinking the masking tape might rip the background I de-stickified it by taping it to my arm a couple of times (art & exfoliation all in one step!).  I like that you can still see the background through the blue paint I added over the tape.  I sprayed some green shimmery mist over the whole surface, too, but this is hard to pick up with the camera.

The diver is lifted off the background with some foam tape for a little extra somethin', somethin'. 

The person I'm sending this to likes steampunk style so I'm hoping this fits the bill. 

As luck would have it, this card fits right in with the VLVS monthly inspiration pic, don't you think?  (Think 'under the sea'...)

Cheers and have a great weekend!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Color Wheel Play: Complementary Colors

ATC trades are starting to take more of my time again.  I joined a swap over at ATCsForAll with a complementary color theme.  These are the ATCs I came up with:

The background for the above ATC is one I received in a background swap.  I believe it was made using Perfect Pearls and gloss gel medium.  To finish it, I glued on torn scraps of a gelli print, outlined them with a fine nib pen and charcoal pencil, then covered the strips with gloss gel followed by heart sequins.  The color scheme I went for was blue-green and red-orange.

The main ATC background was cut from a mailing envelope that a friend sent.  The envelope was so gorgeous I couldn't just throw it away!  I added a torn gelli print strip on the side (purple) and a torn book page on the bottom.  The main image and sentiment were stamped, colored with Copics and glued on.  I finished with some fine nib pen detail and charcoal pencil around the edges of the image.

This last ATC started with a background that I made years ago.  I used a canvas blank then dripped bits of candle wax over it.  I painted over it with acrylic ink, removed the wax, and glued on torn bits of an old sewing pattern.  Following that, I brushed on another thin coat of paint. The red dots are from a gelli print.  I decided to go outside the box by coloring my bee image green, too.

One of the things I enjoy about ATCs is that they are a perfectly small canvas for trying new things.  Have you ever dabbled in ATC making?