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.


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...


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?