Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stampotique - Anything Goes Week 3

Good morning everyone, only one more week and a day before Christmas. Can you believe how time just flies by?
This is the 3rd week of the "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog and Stampotique is giving away a 30.00 gift card to one lucky winner. 

Last week for my post I gave you a recap of some of the things I have created for the Stampotique Design team this year and I wanted to do that again this week. I can't tell you how much fun I have had on this team and how I am looking forward to many more creations with their wonderful stamps!

For my first creation, I posted this postcard a few weeks ago. It was for the announcement of the Roc Nicholas Design team, Roc and Stampotique go hand and hand because Roc's stamps are sold by Stampotique.

On this tag I used stamps:

All Roc Nicholas' Stamps

Next up I have a Halloween card I created with some of the new release stamps. We also had a new stamp designer join the Stampotique team.  Her name is Arwen McCullen and she rocks! 
In this Card I used her new Skull Moon stamp and also 
Connie Shows Off Her Nails by Daniel Torrente

The next creation is a journal page I did awhile back for a quote challenge. I used my all time favorite stamp and my 1st ever Stampotique Stamp
Prom Queen - By Daniel Torrente

And last but not least, This was so fun to make and it was one of my favorite creations this passed year. I used Stampotique stamps:
Scooter Girl - By Roc Nicholas
Daniel's Hearts - By Daniel Torrente
Cross Hatch Swirl - By Maryse Carrier

Thanks again for coming by the blog, this has been so fun to do these re-caps. Have a great day!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 14

Welcome back to the blog everyone. This is week 14 of The Altered Playing Card Challenge, we have done 26 cards so far so we are half way through the entire deck!! How awesome! 

If you have missed any of the previous week's here are the links

and our Facebook page

and the Pinterest Board link

Pinterest Board

This week our theme is Reindeer or should I say Christmas! Really it could be either. haha!

For the first card, I have this stamp and die cut set by Stampin' up. It's got snowflake stamps and matching dies. 
I used the die cut and a white piece of card stock to cut out a snowflake
Make sure to cut your piece of white card stock bigger than your playing card because we will be using that piece to cover the background of our card. Mine was a bit short on a few sides. Just set the cut out snowflake aside, you won't be using it for this project
( if you do not have this die you can use any die that you have it doesn't even have to be a snowflake)

Next I used a snowflake embossing folder to emboss my piece of card stock 

For the next step I used my stamp, versa mark and red glitter embossing powder
I first put my piece of white embossed card stock over my playing card and used the snowflake cut out as a "guide"

I then took a pencil and lightly drew in where each of the points were on my snowflake cut out, this way, I know exactly where to stamp my snowflake (in the photo below you can see the little half circle drawing guides)

Next I stamped and embossed my snowflake (all of this was directly onto the gesso background) Be careful when heating your embossed image because the gesso will bubble if your not careful) 

When I lay my white embossed paper over my card you can see how it isn't quite centered onto my playing card but that's ok, I will make it work

Next, just glue your white embossed paper onto your card and trim the excess paper
Your card now looks like this....

Next you are going to want to get some light blue card stock and just tear some small pieces... long enough to fit across the bottom of your playing card, this will act as your snow at the bottom

I inked the edges of mine with blue archival ink and then adhere to the bottom of your playing card and trim off the excess

For the next step I used Tim Holtz movers and shapers reindeer and a darker blue card stock. It's the perfect size for small cards such as this one.

Simply glue your reindeer onto your card, stamp, print out or write your words and adhere those as well and WHALLA! Your done with card #1

For the next card, I used light blue acrylic paint and brushed it onto the front of my card, I did not cover my entire background as you can see.

Once the paint is dry, I then stamped a bit darker blue snowflakes here and there (for some reason my photo of this won't upload, so sorry)

I did stamp my sentiment and also edged everything with versa fine ink so here is the background and the edging

Next I stamped a reindeer onto white card stock with brown ink and cut it out (I used Tim Holtz stamp set called Styled Woodlands for the reindeer)

I also stamped the bow from this same stamp set and, like the 1st card) used versa mark and red glitter embossing powder. I then cut that out.

I also used a set of trees stamp and green embossing powder with those. I cut those out as well

I kinda of laid it all out onto my card to see where I liked everything and then glued everything down

I then added my sentiment...

And here are both cards together:

I hope you enjoyed the Christmas/Reindeer theme this week. Have fun and we will see you next week!!


The winner of last week's drawing is:

After a bit of a search, I found I had two bees for this weeks challenge. Details:
 Congrats Helen, please send me your address so I can get your prize in the mail. 
jasminngirl411 at

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stampotique - A Look Back

Welcome back to the blog everyone, today is my day to post on the Stampotique Designer's Blog and since we are doing a month long "Anything Goes" Challenge over at the Designer's Challenge Blog I figured I would do a bit of a recap on some of my passed creations for Stampotique.

First up I have a birthday card that I did for a friend of mine, this was a fun and colorful creation and I think Prom Queen and Froggie look like life long friends...
Stampotique Stamps I used:
Prom Queen - By Artists Jill Penney and Daniel Torrente
Froggie - By Artist Daniel Torrente

Next Up I have a piece I showcased a few weeks ago when I announced that I had made the Roc Nicholas'  Design team.
This is one of my favorite creations from this passed year

Stampotique Stamp Used - Blessed Skellie by artist Roc Nicholas

If you look closely you can see the Skellie's head in my background paper too

Next up is a journal spread I did for the purple, black and pink challenge a few months ago

Stampotique Stamps used - 
Young Ignis and Ignis Heart - By Artist Magda Polakow

I just love how this page turned out, I love the black scratchiness in the background and the pink and purple really pop off the page

Next up is one from many moons ago, this one I did prior to becoming a design team member but I just love this page, it's so fun and bright and bold. It's one that I use for my business cards
I only used one Stampotique stamp on this journal page but she is my all time favorite (at the time I only had one stamp and Prom Queen was it)
Prom Queen - By Artists Jill Penney and Daniel Torrente

Thanks for coming by the blog today and I hope you have enjoyed my recap, I will be back next Wednesday to do some more recaps of my Stampotique work. I hope you will check back.
Also, don't forget about the Stampotique Designer's Challenge, the entire month of December is "Anything Goes" so you get 4 chance to win the 30.00 gift card!! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Artists Giving Back - An Online Auction

Hello all, I wanted to take a moment to let you know about the wonderful project that is headed up by Jessica Sporn
Artists from around the world have teamed up to "give back"

100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to Pastoralist Child Foundation, a truly grass roots non-profit that supports rural Kenyan tribal efforts to improve the lives of their girls and women. Here is a link to their video, where you will see my friend Sayydah Garret, who founded the foundation, speak about its work.

Check out the amazing artwork of all the artists HERE
and if you see something you just can't live without, simply bid on it.

There are many, many artist participating, including me! and the auctions are not pricey so I can almost bet you can find something in your price range and help this special cause

The piece I decided to donate a canvas, it is one I made for a Stampotique challenge in October. The challenge was "favorite colors" Here is my original blog post about this canvas.

Thanks so much for coming by the blog today and checking out the auctions. Have a great day!! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 13

I hope that all those in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you enjoyed your week. I also hope that you all had a chance to get caught up with all the previous weeks.
We are up to week 13 of the playing card challenge.

If you have missed any of the previous week's here are the links

and our Facebook page

and the Pinterest Board link

Pinterest Board

We usually work each week with a theme, I haven't made a theme for some weeks but most of them have had a theme. This week's theme is going to be Bees! Who doesn't love bees? They spread love wherever they go and I happen to love them!

For my First card I used two colors of acrylic paint, a weird orange color and a light brown. I say weird orange because it's not true orange but it's not light orange either, it's just the orange I happen to have haha!!

I used a little piece of sponge to dab on the orange first, let that layer dry and then dab on some brown here and there over the orange. It gives it a kind of texture feel

It doesn't look like much yet but it will once we are all done.
Next I used a few honeycomb stamps along with Versafine ink to stamp here and there on my background. I like using versa fine for the clear stamps because it gives me a nice crisp image.
The first stamp I used a stamping block to stamp my image 

The second stamp I used without a stamp block because I wanted it to look splotchy and only wanted to stamp a partial image here and there. Using the stamp without a block allows me to do that

Next I ran my Tim Holtz frameworks honeycomb die and some misc printed paper, cork paper and black card stock through the big shot. I will use these for both of my altered playing cards this week so I just cut out a bunch

I added a honeycomb piece and some of the cork paper and printed papers to the bottom portion of my card
( I cannot recall where I got my cork paper but it's pretty thin and I know it comes in adhesive backed and just regular, mine is regular, EK Success makes a cork paper too.. here is a link Cork Paper)

Next, since this week is all about Bees, I used a bee stamp and heat embossed my bee onto some pretty printed paper
(I like to use my scratch paper this way) 

I then used a 1" circle punch to cut out my bee, here I did two bees but ended up only using one of them

I used a marker to add some yellow to my bee

I also stamped my sentiment and used a torn piece of paper, I edged all of these with the Adirondack Espresso color

Lastly I just put my card together

At this point I wasn't quite satisfied so I added a little crackle paint in three places, if you look closely you can see the paint, it's shiny in three places

Lastly I wanted my bee circle to have depth so I added some Glossy Accents, it kind of gives it a "button" feel

It takes awhile for glossy accents to dry if it's used like this so I put a Stampin Up box over my card to prevent dust from falling in my glossy accents

Here is my finished card

Whew... that seemed like a lot of steps for the first card... I think the second card is easier..

First I inked my entire background with Archival yellow Saffron ink

Next I used a brown ink and Tim Holtz Honeycomb stencil

I wanted to cover up the XOX that was on the right side of my card so I used torn paper and edged that with the same brown ink

For the Bee, I took the same steps as the 1st card and heat embossed it. Rather than do a circle though, I simply cut it out
This Bee comes from one of Tim Holtz stamps sets

Again I used my honeycomb pieces of paper for this card, this time I just used the centers instead of the black outline

I also used a brown marker to draw around each of my brown honeycombs, I also stamped my sentiment on the same paper as the bee and edged that with the brown adirondack ink.
I added a black piece of torn printed paper as well. (I have so much card stock that has only partially been used so it's nice to use it for these smaller projects)

Here is my finished 2nd card

And here are my two finished cards for week 13

My glossy accents wasn't quite dry in the first card when the photo was taken but here is a close up of the crackle paint
You can see it in the upper left, middle right and lower left of the card.

We are having a give-a-way this week.

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.

Here is what you could win this week!!

Have a great week all and have fun with these!!