Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stripey Background - Stampotique Challenge 174

Hello all, as you know Wednesday's bring on another super fun challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog

This week our hostess is the lovely Corrie and she is challenging us to do a "Stripey Background" but no using patterned paper for this. 

Ok, I love using stripes so this challenge is right up my alley
I used Stampotique Stamps -

Barcode Text 2 and French Journal Page By artist France Papillon

Daniel's HeartsTwinkie and Checkers By artist Daniel Torrente

I decided to do a journal page for this challenge. I started out with a blank white page and some painters tape

I applied the tape across the page, leaving some blank areas in order to create stripes

I then used different colors of archival inks and applied them across the page over the tape

I then stamped across the page with various stamps

Once that was done, I carefully peeled my tape off the page

I stamped Twinkie and Checkers onto a separate piece of paper and colored them with copics, cut them out and applied to my page.
For Twinkie I made a pair of scissors and a brush, making it seem like he's been up to no good cutting someone's hair

I also added the stamp "Shenanigans" to a piece of paper and added it to my page

Here is my finished journal page

I am kinda in love with this page. I just love the humorousness of Twinkie and "shenanigans" is my new favorite stamp!
Come on over and join us at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and join in on this fun challenge

Monday, November 17, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 11

Wow!! We are on week 11 of the Altered Playing Card Challenge!! Welcome back to everyone and welcome to the new followers. Anyone can start at anytime during this challenge.

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We have gotten our first snow here in Colorado this week and it is late indeed. We normally get snow at least by October. So this week's theme is going to be "SNOW"
 I wanted to work with some paper towel that I have used as a background for my spray inks. I often use paper towels to lay my project upon for spraying. These paper towels become a plethora of colors and I always save them
For starters I cut my paper towel a little larger than my playing card
I then used collage pauge to spread over my playing card and added my paper towel on top of that

One of my playing cards I simply glued the paper towel down and left it and the other I applied my paper towel and before it could dry completely I peeled it off leaving this cool pattern

The card above has no paper towel,  the colors from the towel bled onto my card using the collage pauge
How cool does that look?

Working with the first playing card, (the one with the paper towel applied)  I used the digi stamps from Vera Lane Studios by Janet Klein 

I printed out my images onto white cardstock and colored them and cut them out for this card
I applied white Enamel Accents to the bottom portion of my card to make it look like snow
The white portions in the sky etc are from the paper towel itself, I think it gives it a nice effect

Next, I adhered my images and printed out a sentiment that I thought would be perfect for this card

In the ned my enamel accents took on the color of my background, since the inks in the background are water reactive, it seems they bled through. That's ok, I figure "it is what it is" lol I could probably apply a little more enamel accents to cover that up but eh, I left it
This card was pretty easy to put together so it should make for a quick project for you

For my next card, I used the background that I made without the paper towel
The stamp I used comes from Maria Sabina Raita It was a freebie in the Craft Stamper Magazine last month

I simply stamped my image onto printed card stock and cut it out

I then used Tim Holtz distressing tool to rough up my edges around the circle 

I then stamped and embossed the same image onto green paper and used some red embossing powder to create another color

I cut out portions of each in order to create a colored bird on my image, they were pasted over my original image

I created a "stem" for my flower but adding wash tape to plain white card stock and cutting out

I used a snowflake stamp from a "Stampin Up" set to stamp black snowflakes onto my background

I then used a "Wink of Stella" white pen to add glitter to my snowflakes

Adding my bird and flower stem 

My sentiment also came from the Vera Lane Studios digi stamp by Janet Klein 
I also used enamel accents on this card, applying little white dots here and there

After applying black ink around the edges here is my finished card

Here are the two finished "SNOW" card for this week

And now for the giveaway!!
The winner of the bundle pack from last week is:

Shoot, don't know if this is going to publish twice. Really enjoy all your challenges. My husband and I are having such a good time seeing what each other creates each week. Thanks for giving of yourself and helping those of us that need direction and structure to stay on task and come up with wonderful little art pieces. I would love to win this weeks prizes, both are very neat. Glad you are healing and feeling better.
Congrats Janet! Please email me with your address and I will get your prize out right away! jasminngirl411 at

Thanks everyone for following along, cya all next week!! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - November

I'm doing so good because I've been at home crafting lately. I had been so behind in all the challenges I love and also 

Since I've had my foot surgery I've been stuck at home, which is a good thing because I'm catching up on all things crafty! 
I had long loved Tim's 12 Tags and I've always done all of them. I have missed a few this year due to other obligations but I vow to catch up on those I've missed. I was able to sit down and do November's tag. I was in AWE when I saw his tag this month, it's just beautiful! Tim is always so creative!

I didn't have all the wonderful supplies that Tim used but I did improvise on those items. 
As you all know, I am doing postcards instead of tags this year. I always make two, one for me and one for a friend

I started out by choosing my Distress Paint colors for my backgrounds and followed Tim's directions for applying them

I used the Layered Butterfly Die and embossing folder instead of the leaf one that Tim used.... I didn't have the stencil Tim used so I used the Burlap one

I also did not have the foil so I used Zing embossing glitter

Again, I didn't have any Distress Spray Stains (next on my shopping list) so I used my Adirondack Sprays

To add the gold I used Distress Paint and splashed and painted it on with a paintbrush

I didn't even realize how many substitutions I had to use until I started this post but hey, that is what the tags are all about, doing your own thing with Tim's tutorial. 

Here is my finished Postcards:

I am really loving how they came out, the colors are beautiful and I love the cardboard!! 
Make sure to check out Tim's Tag for November, it's just stunning!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Compendium Of Curiositues 3 Challenge #15

I have been so behind on my CC3C challenges, I think I've missed 3 so far. My life has just been so busy lately and with my surgery I've gotten behind. 
I so love the challenges and since I have more time at home now that I can't drive I have time to create! YAY!
I needed to create a birthday card for a friend's son who is having his 19th birthday soon so I decided to use this challenge to make him a card.
You can find this challenge here: Linda Ledbetter and Studio L3

You can get a copy of Tim's Book here: Tim Holtz and he will even sign it for you

Linda's sponsor is Inspiration Emporium who will give one random person 50.00 for their store!!

AND one entry chosen by the Design team will win a prize pack from Tim and Mario themselves!! - make sure to follow Mario On Instagram , he's a hoot!!

This challenge is on page 38 of Tim's book and it's all about Cabinet Card Pockets
These little pockets are so versatile and fun, I have a pack and just love them

Here is my creation for this challenge and for my friends son for his b-day

I stamped my butterflies onto the tag first and then again onto vellum, cut them out, in order to make them stand up

I also used Tim's Shadow Press Moments embossing folder to create the word

This was so fun to create, these cabinet cards are great!! 
I hope you have enjoyed my creation today

Stampotique Challenge 173 - Bring on the Bling!!

Hello all thanks again for coming by the blog, this week our Design Team Challenge Blog Challenge is all about "Bringing on the Bling"!! Our wonderful hostess France Papillon has picked out theme this week. 

This was a toughie for me because I don't do a lot of "bling" when I craft but it was fun to step outside my box and create something

I used Stampotique Stamp
Stella - By Artist Jo Capper-Sandon

I decided to make an ATC for this one and here is my outcome

I added bling in the form of ultra fine glitter to the bees and the red line that Stella is sitting on. I think it turned out fun and colorful!
Thanks for coming by and make sure to join in at the Challenge Blog
You could win a 30.00 gift certificate to the Stampotique online store

Monday, November 10, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 10

Hello everyone and welcome back to WEEK 10! of the Altered Playing Card Challenge

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Update on foot - A lot of you have been asking how I'm doing with my foot, I appreciate your thoughts, concerns and prayers. My foot is doing better, at my last appointment the doc took some X-rays and also took my bandaged off and he said it was healing up nicely. I'm off my crutches now and just walking in the boot. I have to wear the boot 24/7 still but I am so glad to be off those crutches. My next appointment is on the 17th to take out my stitches. Yay! 

Ok now back to the altered playing card challenge ....

This week's theme was supposed to be image transfers, I have done a few image transfers but not many over my crafty lifetime. They are not easy to accomplish well and I proved that this week haha!

I started with two APCs and two different types of paint
I also cut out some photos from magazines that I have

On this first APC I used Tim Holtz paint for my background, I wasn't sure if this would work but took the chance anyway
I applied paint to my craft matt and then spritzed with water
ran my APC through the paint and immediately put my photo face down in the paint. I pressed the photo down really well and then brayered over it

For the second card I went about the same process only this time I used Claudine Hellmuth paint and painted it directly onto my APC and then added my photo

Once that was completely dry (I let it set for 12 hours or so but most likely would only take an hour to dry) 
Spritz your card with water and start rubbing off the excess paper, careful not to rub off your image itself

My two cards didn't come out so great, the Tim Holtz paint worked better than the Claudine Hellmuth but both were unsatisfactory to me

This is my "make it work" moment, I decided to go in a completely different direction, Dyan Reaveley  has always been one of my favorite artists and so I decided to go with her style and really think outside the box on this one
I decided to change the theme at this point.....

So the theme for this week is "Outside the Box" Quirky and whimsical. 

I used the face on the first card that I had transferred and I drew around her chin and outlined her nose to make her stand out a bit more.
I also looked through my magazines again and found some eyes that would work great for her

I also used various Dylusions stamps to create the lips and legs
I had to draw my own little hat because Dyan's were to big to fit on the card and I also
highlighted the hair with Copics and drew it longer

I used a portion of Dyan's "Be Bold" stamps to create my words for my card

This was the stamp set I used for the legs, I had to cut them shorter to fit on my card but they worked out great

I also doodled on one side of my card with a black pen and my white gelli pen, Here is my finished card

I know this style isn't for everyone but I hope you will get a kick out of trying it out this week

For my next card, I wasn't happy with the image transfer at all so I just simply covered it up completely.
I used Dyan's stamp set and one of her heads and eyes, I then colored both with my copics

I used an edge stamp (also Dyan's) to create my edging and my white gelli pen to color in some portions

I used another one of Dyan's stamp sets to create a "stem" body for my doll, I was thinking quirky here. I also colored that with copic markers

I used another of Dyan's stamp sets for my sentiment, here is my finished 2nd APC, I really love how it came out

Here is a photo of my two finished cards for this week

So for this week, think "outside the box" and quirky and fun! 
 Here is a photo of the cards we have created so far

It's really cool to seem them all laid out like this. 

I am also going to have a give-a-way this week.. One person will win the following:

In order to win you must be following along with the Altered Playing Card Challenge and creating your own. 

Just leave a comment to be entered to win and I will randomly draw a winner. I will announce the winner in next week's post.