Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ghouls and Goblins Stampotique Challenge 170

Hello all, thanks for coming by the blog again. As you know Wednesday marks another fun challenge over at The Stampotique Designer's Blog and this week our hostess is the great Kristen Catalano and she has challenged us to do some Ghouls and Goblins. Being that it's so close to Halloween, what a fitting challenge.

I decided to do a journal page for this challenge and I used Stampotique Stamps:

Buru!Spider WingsCircles Cube and Lovelyarethesound all by artist Daniel Torrente

Barcode Text #2 - By Artist France Papillon

This is my finished journal page, I love how the background came out with the embossed paper and the acrylic paints but the star of this page is Lovelyarethesound and Buru! It looks as though Buru has become discombobulated! haha!!

Happy Halloween!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 8

Hello all and welcome back to week 8 of the Altered Playing Card Challenge, I really hope your all having fun!!

Here are the links to the previous weeks of the challenge

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and the Pinterest Board link

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This week it's all about hearts and love
For my first altered card I added color to my background using gelatos and a water brush
(I had previously made a heart by drawing into my gesso)

I simply colored on my color and used the water brush to blend them together. Gelato's are so smooth and creamy and a water brush is all you need to blend them, I sprayed my card with water and then blended using the brush
You can use anything here if you don't have gelatos, paint, sprays, whatever you'd like

Next I used a Donna Downey Stamp and some ink colors that matched my background and simply stamped here and there

I used my Faber-Castell black oil pastel around my heart to make it pop a little more (I like the oil pastels because i can use my finger to blend them out and make the color and edges a little softer)  I then also colored in my heart with a red gelato

I then took a Faber Castell black fine tip pen and wrote my sentiment, you can use whatever black pen you want to I just like these because they write on anything and it comes in a finer tip 

Lastly I edged with the archival ink and added the "love" word

Here is my first finished card - I love that the texture from the gesso is still visible even with the gelato colors and such

For my next card, I went with a really simple but effective background. I used some watercolor paints, I love watercolors but I don't really use them as much as I should
I started with three colors and just put them in these little cups and added some water

 With a paintbrush I brushed the paint across the top of my card, I then added a bit more water and let the paint "drip" down the card face
(again, I had drawn my heart previously)

I added a second color and did the same thing

I added one last color and again the same

Once my card face was dry I used a circle punch to make a black circle and used a Sizzix Bigz die to create my heart out of cardboard
I then used a green Sharpie marker to color my heart green
I also edged my heart with black marker

I wrote the word "LOVE" onto the heart and drew around the mini heart with my white gel pen
This is where I was thinking that I really just like the simplicity of this card and didn't want to do much else with it

I ended up drawing some stitches around the rim of my card and edged with the black archival ink and I thought it looked done!
Here is my second finished card

and the two together

Thanks for coming by once again, I always love to see what you all do during the week so keep the photos and links coming.

I am having surgery on my foot on Wednesday so I might not be able to do my post next week. I am really going to try and get my cards done and posted but If I miss next weeks post I will definitely get back to posting on November 3rd
Thanks for following along everyone!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Black, Purple and Pink Stampotique Challenge 169

Hello all and welcome back to the blog. Wednesday always marks another fun Challenge over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog and this week our hostess is the wonderful Carol Fox
Carol has challenged us to use the colors Black, Purple and Pink.. incredibly these are some of my favorite colors and I just love them together

For this challenge I really wanted to do a two page journal spread
I used Stampotique Stamps

Young Ignis , Ignis Heart by artist Magda Polakow
Circle Cube - By artist Daniel Torrente

I started out by adding wash tape to the binding of my page and painting some black acrylic paint for my background

I then added two different colors of purple circles here and there

I also added some handwritten quotes to my background

I stamped my Young Ignis, and Ignis Heart stamps onto a separate sheet of paper and colored them with copics

I stamped the circle cube stamp onto pink paper with embossed dots that I had colored some of those black, I cut those circles out and added them to my background

(note - I added the stitching to the teddy here, the original stamp has no stitching)

What a fun page this was to create. I hope you will join us for this week's challenge. You could win a 30.00 gift certificate to Stampotique Originals


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spooky Treats

Hello and welcome back to the blog.  I'm so excited to be a guest designer for the Eileen Hull inspiration team!! How exciting and fun, yay!

 Today I have a spooky treat for you This project was made  with Eileen Hull's Art with Heart Challenge in mind. This month it is all about "Tricks and Treats" and what a great time for it too. 

I wanted to make something spooky but fun for the kids so I decided to use Eileen's new Vintage Kitchen mini stove 

This die will not be available until November but I got to play with it a little early.

I didn't do a full tutorial with this one but If you have any questions on how it was created please just shoot me an email

I started out by treating my matt board with distress paint

I then used some various stamps and embossed with clear embossing powder

I then went over my clear embossing with black paint

I used black enamel accents to create this spider web, which I just hand drew

I found some of this funky grass stuff at Michael's and decided to spray it orange with Adirondak color wash. I used it as grass for the graveyard

I also used clear packing cellophane for my oven window
I simple cut it to size and glued it inside

For my graveyard, crow and cat I used Tim's dies to cut them out I used black distress glitter on the cat and crow and adhered them to the top of my oven
I also added swarovski eyes to the little skull beads, I used Tim's enamel tags and Remnant Rubs for my spider

This was such a fun project and I had a fantastic time making it. Eileen's dies are so fun to alter and make new things out of them. 
I hope that you will check out the
Art With Heart Challenge over at Eileen's Blog and enter your own creation. You could win a Sizzix prize pack, how fun!!
I am entering this into the Sizzix Challenge, "Halloween" is the theme for October
I used Sizzix Dies: GraveyardMini Bird and Cage Set (Bird)Mini Cat and Raven (Cat)Oven 3-D (out in November)

I hope you have enjoyed my project for today. Have a spooky Halloween!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 7

Welcome back to another week of the Altered Playing Card Challenge
I'm so excited that this challenge continues to grow and we continue to get more and more playing along.

If you have missed any of the previous weeks
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I made an artist trading block awhile back based on the twelve tags of 2014, the post is HERE

I really wanted this week's theme to be based on that  same theme, sort of a "Sea" theme
So for my first Altered Playing Card I went with the seahorse thing.

To begin this card I used a piece of packaging plastic and a "bubble" embossing folder
Running the plastic through the sizzix to create my embossed plastic

I also used grungeboard and a seahorse movers and shaper to create my seahorse

I used different colors of card stock and a Tim Holtz die to cut out my leaves

For the background to all this I used several different shades of distress inks and applied them with a sponge

This is a cool mistake, I had no idea that when I applied drops of water to my distress ink that they would react like this, how cool is this? I'm guessing that since we applied gesso first that the effect was cause by the gesso underneath the distress inks

I used several colors of Distress paint (you can use any kind of paint you want here) to color my seahorse
I also used clear rock candy over that to get some cracking in my horse, I set aside to dry

I then edged the horse and also the leaves with Archival ink

I then used my card as a template to cut my embossed packing plastic the right size

I used a piece of redline tape right in the center of the plastic in order for the center to stay down. I then used my mini stapler to staple the edges
Look at that background, you can see some of the original card through the blues, I love it!

I then used glossy accents to glue down my leaves and seahorse

I then wrote my sentiment on a piece of paper that was previous colored with archival inks and adhered that with glossy accents as well.
Here is my finished card

Now if you don't want the dimension like I have achieved here, you can always just stamp the bubbles, leaves, seahorse etc instead of using what I did. 

For my next card I decided to used painters tape to block off the section of card I wanted to stamp my image
My main image is going to go under this tape

I then used several different colors of inks to color my background
(my card previously had the swirls in each corner, I did this into my gesso when I prepped my cards)

I then used some nautical stamps to stamp onto my background in a dark brown ink
I also went around my edge with black ink

Then you just carefully peel your tape up and you have this white space

I then used black ink to stamp my ship
(this is a Stampin' Up stamp set I bought years ago)

I used distress markers and a water brush to color my image, it looked like a watercolor when I finished

I then used some leftover tag paper to stamp my anchor 
I used colored pencil to color my anchor but I could have used the distress markers here again
After I colored my anchor I cut it out

I also stamped my word onto some rick-rack leftover paper and cut it out like a banner ribbon

I adhered both the anchor and word to the upper corner of my card

Lastly I colored my swirls with black marker, here is what my finished card looks like

and here are my finished two cards for this week

I hope that you have enjoyed this weeks card, I always love seeing what you all put together. 
Have a great week!!!