Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 242 - Masculine

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog. Today begins a new challenge over at Stampotique...
The challenge this week is hosted by the wonderful Corrie and her challenge to us was "Masculine", here is what Corrie says about this challenge:
"I really struggle with cards for men. So this week I would like to see what you make when you need a masculine card."

So let's see your masculine cards this week!!

I too struggle sometimes with Masculine cards, this is what I came up with

I used Stampotique stamps:
Playing Card and Card Corners - By Arwen McCullen
Christmas Cube - By Daniel Torrent
Vintage Bill , French Journal Page - By France Papillon

I think it came out pretty cool, I hope you got some inspiration today. 
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 241 - TV Show or Movie Inspired

This week over at Stampotique we have a super fun challenge for you. Kristen is our hostess and she is challenging us to  "TV Show or Movie Inspired"
Here is what Kristen says about this challenge
"This week I want to see what you can create that is inspired by one of your favorite TV shows of Movies."

I have a bunch of TV shows and Movies that I love so this one was tough for me. I went with an oldie but goodie movie and I decided to do a journal page. 

I used Stampotique Stamps:
Cecil The Cow - By Karen Hayselden
Dog Cube - By Daniel Torrente
Gucci Walking - By Magda Polakow
Blocks - By Maryse Carrier

I just love how all the Stampotique stamps go so nicely together even though they are from completely different artists. 

We hope you will come on over to the Stampotique Challenge Blog and join us this week.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 240 Crack Me Up

Welcome back to the blog today, it's Wednesday and that means a new challenge over at Stampotique. This week Kathi Rerek is our hostess and she is challenging you to us crackle texture make us laugh this week...
"Crack Me Up"
Here is what Kathi says about this challenge:
"Create a humorous project that also has a crackle texture" 

I decided to create a new cell phone background for my case. I use a clear gel case so it's really easy to just create something on paper - in the right size and put it in there

I used Dina Wakley paints for the blue background and added some white crackle paste here and there
I used Stampotique Stamps:

Under where,  Bla bla bla - both By Daniel Torrente

Kate's Doodle Cube - By Kate Crane

This was a fun challenge, I just love using humor in my projects. Laughter is the best medicine!!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 239 Nature

Hi everyone,  thanks for stopping by again and welcome to another weekly challenge at Stampotique
This week Arwen is our hostess and her challenge for us is "Nature"
Here is what Arwen says about this challenge:

"Create a project with only nature items in it, no humans or animals"

Well this one should be easy because I just love nature and everything it brings. 
I decided to do a journal page this week and used one particular stamp that I just love
Sunflower Large - By Janet Klein 
I also decided not to go with my usual bright colors and went with more of a nature inspired color pallet 

I hope you like my project and that you will come by Stampotique this week and join us for this fun challenge.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Crazy Cat and Color Burst Birthday Card

Yesterday was the 30th of March and it marked my wonderful daughter's 18th Birthday. WOW! I'm amazed that she is already 18 and will be leaving for college this fall. 
I had recently purchased the Ken Oliver Color Bursts and really wanted to break them out and use them on this card.

I used Ranger's watercolor paper for this background and simply spritzed the paper with water and then dropped each of the colors onto the wet paper. It spread out so wonderfully. 
I did spritz the paper a little more with the water once the color was on, just to get it spread more and more

I just love how the colors spread and blend into one another 

I stamped my crazy cat, the bday hat and balloon and colored them with copic markers and applied
For my word, I used one of Tim Holtz word dies with black cardstock
The inside says "birthday"

The result of this looks so complicated, like it could have taken awhile to make but it was super easy to do

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 328 - What's old is new again

Hello and welcome back to the blog today, it's that time again, time for a new challenge over at Stampotique. 
Valerie Wilson is our hostess and her challenge this week is "What's Old is New Again"
Here is what Valerie says about this challenge:
"Repurpose, re-use, recycle and alter, music to my ears. Is there something that is destined for the trash and you can give it a new found life? Or perhaps your tired of that old wall hanging and you can give it a make-over? My challenge to you this week is to take something old and make it new again"

I think I misunderstood this challenge, lol... wouldn't be the first time... I actually took some older stamps and gave them new life by using them again haha!!

I made an ATC for this challenge

I also used some of my Tim Holtz crayons on this background
First thing I did was cover the entire background with multi matte medium, let that dry.

I then colored the entire background with the crayons

 I embossed the ATC with a embossing folder and then added another color os the crayon around the edges

I did a little sewing along the upper righthand corner and bottom left corner. 
For this ATC I used stampotique stamps:
The first two are oldies but goodies!!

Mervynboy - By Daniel Torrente
Tall Word Collage - By Amy Wilson Wellenstein
Springtime - By Terri Richardson

I hope that you like my project today and that you will come by the Stampotique Blog and join us for this fun challenge

Saturday, March 26, 2016

12 Tags of 2016 - My Version

Hi there and welcome to the blog today and Happy Easter to everyone!!
I haven't had much time lately to do one of my favorite things and that is to follow along with Tim's 12 Tags and create my own. I used to take part in this tradition every year and with me working full time, I just haven't had a chance to do them this year. I have a few days off and so I decided to go for it and create my tag for March. 

I love that Tim is doing a "remix" this year and this months tag is so fun. I also got to use my Distress Crayons for the first time too. 
Tim's tag is HERE if you want to check it out

For my tag, I began exactly how Tim did but I used some movers and shaper dies for my cardboard portion

I then added a few different colors or Distress ink to the background and added some white acrylic paint

I the spritzed some of the Dylusions Mica sprays over the tag. I used Dylusions because they are bright colors and my background is going to be bright colors
The sprays give a beautiful shine

for my second background I created my tag just like Tim suggests, also prepping it with a thin layer of gesso

after that had dried, I colored portions of my tag with the distress crayons and began rubbing it in with my finger

I started at the top but as I moved towards the bottom I noticed it wasn't smoothing out like I had wanted so I bang applying more crayon as I went. I figured out that applying crayon and rubbing and repeating like that works best. So apply then rub, then apply more then rub... I applied crayon all over and then tried to rub which I shouldn't have done it that way

(this is the photo where the crayon wasn't smudging like I wanted)

I applied more crayon and rubbed and it worked like a charm, I just kept applying and rubbing until it was the colors I wanted

I used some wire connected to a fuse for my butterfly's antenna

I have to say I absolutely love how my tag came out and once you get the hang of the crayons they work really well

Happy Easter Everyone, may you have a blessed day