Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 251 - Black and White Only

I am so glad that you stopped by again today. Thanks for all your support. Today marks another challenge over at Stampotique's Designer Blog and Nellie van Leeuwin is our hostess, she is challenging us to use "Only black and white"
This is always difficult for me because I just love color.

I decided to make a card for someone special
For this I used Stampotique stamps:
Ruff - By Artist Kate Crane

The splatter circle is a die by Seth Apter. So fun!


I am also so happy to announce that the store where I work "Simple Pleasures" is now carrying Stampotique stamps for the first time ever! Yay! and we SHIP!!! 
We put them out the other day with loads of fun samples created by the design team and some friends and wonderful teachers. 








I sure hope you will join us in this wonderful challenge this week at Stampotque's Blog. We always give away two lucky winners a 30.00 gift certificate.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 250 - Butterflies and Flowers

Oh my goodness I can't believe that it's June 22nd already. Time has really flown by this summer. July will be here before we know it. Which brings me to Stampotique's next challenge. 
Jackie Payne is our hostess this week and her challenge is "Butterflies and Flowers and all thing Nature"
Here is what Jackie has said about this challenge.

"Now that summer is almost here, it's time to spend some time in the garden and enjoy the nature and flowers. Let's see your best Butterfly, flowers and all things Garden projects"

For my project I went with Butterflies, they are my favorite. I made a journal page
This background was made using a gel print and I love the colors. 

I used Stampotique stamps:

Learning to Fly - By Roc Nicholas
Hanging Hearts - By Daniel Torrente
Dragonfly Dreams - By Terri Richardson
Bard - By Amy Wilson-Wellenstein 


I hope that you enjoy my creation this week. Come by the Stampotique Designer's blog and join us this week... and remember, Stampotique always gives away two 30.00 gift certificates each month to their online stores to 2 lucky winners who join our challenges!!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 249 - Man Up

Hello and welcome back to the blog this week.

Carol Fox is our hostess and she is challenging us to a manly challenge. "Man Up" is her challenge theme and here is what Carol says about this one:
"Journal page, card or mixed media, all is ok as long as it has a male image on it"

So let's see your best "Man Up" projects Yay!

This week I am channeling my inner "Guy" haha! I created a Father's Day card using a technique from Tim Holtz's 3rd book. I just love Tim's fabric and so I decided to use it on this card. I also broke out my sewing machine this week. Love to sew but just haven't had much time to do it lately. 

For this card I used Stampotique Stamps:

Checkers - By Artist Daniel Torrente
My Heart - By Artist France Papillon



I had a great time creating this card for my husband and he is one of my biggest fans so I hope he likes his Father's Day card.
Come by the Stampotique Designer's blog and join us this week... and remember, Stampotique always gives away two 30.00 gift certificates to their online stores to 2 lucky winners who join our challenges!!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SDC248 - All Creatures Great and Small

Hello everyone and thanks for coming back to the blog today. We have a fun new challenge over at Stampotique's Designer Blog and our hostess this week is Corrie Herriman and she has challenged us to "All Creatures Great and Small"
Here is what Corrie says about this fun challenge:

"Wild and woolly or friendly and domesticated we love them all..make sure to include an animal or two on your creation this week."
I decided to do an art journal page for this challenge... it turned out more masculine than I thought it would but I tried a technique on my background
I painted my background black first and then added paint and embossing paste on top of that, then I used an embossing folder over it all. Pretty cool result....



For this I used Stampotique stamps:

Dog Cube and Tweeze by Daniel Torrente

Sometimes I Pretend - By Jo Capper-Sandon

Come on over to Stampotique Challenge Blog and join us for this fun challenge and thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 247 - Boo

Hello all and welcome back to another week and another fun challenge at Stampotique....

Before I get into the challenge I want to tell you some exciting news! I've been published! YAY! I'm so excited, this will be my first time in a magazine and I'm thrilled to pieces!

Stampotique's designers had a two page spread in Craft Stamper Magazine's June issue and I was one of the designer's
Check it out!!



This is the full photo of my Tag:



How cool is that? I'm so excited!

Now onto the Stampotique challenge for the week

Our Hostess this week is Coby and she has challenged us to a "Boo" of a challenge. Here is what she says:

""Say Boo to little children and they will laugh.... use the word Boo in your projects this week to let us laugh."
So let's see how you can use the word Boo this week"

I decided to do a bookmark this week, I thought it would be fun to have a bookmark with the word Boo on it haha!

I used Stampotique Stamp:
Agatha Witch - By Magda Polakow



One of my favorite books is To Kill a Mockingbird and I love how Agatha peeks her head out of the top of the book, too cute, right??


I really hope you will join us this week at the Stampotique Challenge Blog  and thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Stampotique and Alice in Wonderland Mash Up

Hello and welcome back to the blog. I'm so excited for this post because it's kind of a tribute to one of my favorite movies of all time "Alice in Wonderland". The new movie "Through the Looking Glass" is coming out today and in honor of the release all of us Stampotique designers decided to do a special project. You can check them all out at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog.

For my project I made some Alice In Wonderland playing cards, only two so far but it's a work in progress haha!

I used Stampotique Stamps:
Playing Card Front - By Arwen McCullen
Moth Fab - By Daniel Torrente
Mad Hatter - By Janet Klein 


If you have an Alice project you'd like to share, come on over to our Facebook page and share it with us :)
I'm off to see the movie, Cheers! 



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 246 - Anything But Black

Welcome back to another week and another new challenge over at Stampotique. This week Samantha Reed is our hostess and she is challenging us to a "Anything BUT Black" challenge.
Here is what she says about this challenge:
"The first thing I usually do after choosing which stamp I'm going to use is to reach for my black inkpad. So I'm challenging myself and you to make anything you fancy so long as there is no black ink or paint etc. Have fun!"

So let's see your best "non-black" creations. No black what-so-ever is going to be quite a challenge for me, I use black on everything I create, I think black is my most used color.

This week I created a dashboard cover for my Midori travelers notebook. This one is going to be the cover for my calendar insert

To begin I covered the entire page with gesso
I then used my DecoArt paint to paint the entire background an orange color
After that was dry I combined some DecoArt turquoise paint and this awesome stuff called Texture Powder (by Prima)
The powder essentially makes any paint into a texture paste when combined. It's the coolest stuff. I used the paste through a stencil onto my background



I then used my finger to apply some more of the paste here and there

So this part is actually funny, I stamped my image and then embossed it and realized that, out of habit, I stamped with black ink!! I had to go and re-stamp the image with a brown ink instead. LOL see how much I use black ink?
The bottom image was my black one LOL..

I then colored my brown embossed image with the copic markers and cut her out



After decorating my background, stamping, painting some more, inking and using some dies, it was finished. I love it!! and no black whatsoever! Those streaks on the bottom, sides and top are a dark brown, no black, I promise. :)

 For this project I used Stampotique stamps:
Ruff and Kate's Doodle Cube - By Artist Kate Crane
Comfort Zone  - by artist France Papillon


This was a super fun challenge, I really hope you will join us this week at the Stampotique Challenge Blog  and thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

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