Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 230 - Mardi Gras

Wednesday means we have a new challenge over at Stampotique's Challenge Blog. This week our hostess is
Kathi and she is challenging us to "Mardi Gras"

Here is what Kathi says about this challenge:
"The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, or gold. Use them or the symbols of Mardi Gras -- Fleurs de Lys, masks, costumes, or music! Let the good time roll!"

Well this is certainly going to be a challenge for me because I don't usually use any of those colors so I decided to go with it and see what happens.

I created a journal page this week and used Stampotique stamps:

Jasper Furling - By Artist Daniel Torrente
Unleash Yourself - By Roc Nicholas

So I hope you will come on over to the Stampotique  Designer's Challenge Blog and join us this week, you might also win a 30.00 gift certificate to the online store.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Just Playing with Texture

Hello all and welcome to the blog today. We are getting a snow storm so I have a few days to sit in my craft room and just play. Loving the time I have.
I wanted to work on a journal page that was just sitting around my craft area for awhile. I had used it as a wipe off page for stencils and texture paste awhile back
The page was entirely white when I began 

I added some shades of blue paint first
Once the paint is applied you can see all the texture created from the paste that was already there

I used Dina Wakely paint by simply adding a tad to my craft sheet and using my finger to apply it to my background

Next I added some brown paper that I roughed up the edges and glue that down
I added another stencil and used two shades of DecoArt paint to create the doily 

I also added more texture on top of my brown paper with more stencils and texture paste
I then did some stamping here and there with a Stampotique Stamp by France Papillon
You can see in this close up photo all that texture

I glued a piece of burlap onto my background and 
lastly I added black texture paste through a few stencils to create my main images
I used a Tim Holtz stamp for my quote

Thanks for coming by the blog today, hopefully you have some time to create 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 229 - Two Much Fun

Hello all and welcome back to the blog today. This week over at  Stampotique our hostess is Valerie and her challenge is "Two Much Fun"
This is what Valerie says about this challenge:
"This week let's feature two's. You can interpret this any way you want. Duos, Mirrors, the number 2, duplicates - whatever comes to mind"
I decided to work in my tag book that my friend Terri sent me. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I began this page but I like how it turned out haha!

I used Stampotique Stamps

Reggie and Rudy - By Artist Daniel Torrente

In this background I used some stencils and clear embossing paste, Dina Wakley's paints and some other misc stencils. 
The "Friends" word is a thinlits die by Tim Holtz.

Come on over to the Stampotique  Designer's Challenge Blog and join us this week. There is also a ton of inspiration from our design team. 
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 228 - Hues of Reds and Pinks

Hello all and welcome back to the blog today. It's Wednesday again so time for another challenge over at Stampotique

Sue Davies is our hostess this week and she is challenging us to use "Hues of Reds and Pinks"

Since Valentine's day is coming up this is the perfect challenge.
Here is what Sue says about this challenge:

"With Valentine's Day around the corner we have all seen hues of reds and pinks, I challenge you to create a Stampotique Valentine's Day creation inspired by reds and pinks"

For this challenge, I decided to go clean and simple and make a Valentine's Day card

For this card I used Janet Klein's image Cowardly Lion from Stampotique. 

Come on over to the Stampotique  Designer's Challenge Blog and join us this week.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Stampotique Challenge - 227 Color Blobs

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog today. It's Wednesday and that means another challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Bog

This week Arwen McCullen is our hostess and she is challenging us to "Color Blobs" she wants to see blobs of different colors in your design this week.

For this challenge I decided to do a journal page. I love the idea of colorful blobs all over my page. 
I used Tim Holtz Distress stains on my background and kind of just blobbed them on. I love that splatter effect

I used Designer Magda Polokow's stamp called Young Ignis
I think anytime your just vegging with your
favorite stuffed animal it's a "happy" time. 
I also used Daniel Torrente's Circle Cube in the upper lefthand corner of this page. I colored each circle the colors of my background. 

Come on over to the Stampotique Challenge blog and join us this week

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Friday, January 8, 2016

A Valentine Card, Minc Machine Fun!!!

Hello everyone, thanks for coming by the blog today. I wanted to share with you my new Minc Machine
I received this for Christmas and I could not wait to get it out and play with it. I was so excited. It's not something I would have bought myself but boy am I happy that I got it as a gift! 

I didn't previously know how to use the machine but it comes with a nice set of instructions. Very simple, I bet I was up and going in about 10 minutes. 

I also found a nice video on this from last years CHA here:

I bought a set of butterfly applications and also some words. I didn't use the words, I decided to use my pen and write my own word. Here is a link so you can see what the pen looks like
Minc Toner Pen ... it's out of stock everywhere but if you can find one it's definitely worth it. 
It uses ink toner to write with, which is what you need in order to foil anything.

I ended up foiling a butterfly with light pink foil and also my word "Love" that I had written with the pen
It's really hard to see the shine but they both came out fabulous!!

I used American Craft paper for my beautiful rose background
Here is my finished Valentine card

I have to say I LOVE this machine. I will be using much more in the future. 
Thanks for coming by the blog today. 
p.s. - we have all these products at the store where I work, and we ship!!!  (the pen is out of stock but we do have more on order)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 226 - Trees

Happy New Year and thanks for coming by the blog today. This is the first challenge for Stampotique in the new year and I'm really excited. 

I am hosting this one and my challenge to you is "Trees"

"Trees have always been such a source life for many living creatures, I just love them. I am challenging you to create something with trees"

My project is a journal page

This page was so much fun and I used Stampotique stamps:

Agatha Traveler - By artist Magda Polokow
Dog CubeTree - By Artist Daniel Torrente
I really hope you will come by our Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog and join us this week. We always have two lucky 30.00 winners each month.
Also, if your not a member of our Facebook group, come and join us for lots of inspiration.