Monday, June 29, 2015

Altered Puzzle Week 10

Welcome back to the blog today,  we are onto week 10 of the Altered Puzzle Challenge
If your following along or if your new, here are the links to the previous weeks challenges....

Here are the links to the previous posts for this challenge

Our Facebook group is here:

This week I'm going to combine the two pieces to make one large collaborative piece. 

For starters I took some versamark, clear embossing powder and a background stamp

Simply apply the versamark over the entire background stamp, stamp onto the puzzle piece, pour the clear embossing powder over the pieces and heat set.
For this step I kept the two pieces put together

Your pieces should look something like this now
You can see the shiny embossing on the background

Next I'm going to apply three different colors of inks with a distress tool
Color one:

Color two:

and color three:
As you can tell I like the brights, you can use whatever colors you like

Next I stamped my image (from Stampotique by artist Jo Capper-Sandon)
and I also used a image that my friend Terri Richardson had drawn for me (the flower in her hair) 
colored them with copic markers and cut them out. 
This image is going to sit right in the middle of my pieces 

I then picked out a phrase from one of my Tim Holtz stamp sets and stamped it twice onto card stock
Stamped twice so I could cut out the words

I cut it out and edged with black marker

I then decided to add some small bee and dragonfly buttons but the buttons have a rounded back so I took my Tim Holtz Tonic scissors and cut the back off so they would be flat and easy to adhere to my pieces

After all was put together here is what my pieces look like now

I really love how these came out, one of my favorite pieces now.
Enjoy your week and have fun creating and thanks for following along.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Stampotique Designer's Challenge - Give Wings

Hello all and welcome back to the blog today. This is Wednesday and you know what that means... it's another challenge over at the Stampotique Designer's Blog 

This week our hostess is Astrid and she is asking us to "Give Wings" here is what she says about this challenge 

"Every stamper has a little Frankenstein in them. Give a stamp without wings a pair of them. Have fun creating!!"

I love wings of any kind so this challenge should be fun.

I decided to work on a journal page, I had recently created the background for this page and had left it for later. Well, it's later! haha!
This is what the page looked like prior to adding anything to it

I don't know why but I really like the look of this page... it just stands out to me

Here is my finished page

I used Stampotique Stamps:

Ignis - By Magda Polokow
Spider Wings - By Daniel Torrente
Her Soul Danced - By Roc Nicholas

I added the spider wings to Ignis, I think they are pretty fitting, don't you?

Thanks for coming by the blog today and make sure to pop on over to the 
Stampotique Designer's Challenge and enter the challenge, you could win a 30.00 gift certificate to the online store


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Altered Puzzle Challenge Week 9

Wow, can you believe that it's already week 9 of this challenge? Amazing how time flies! It seems like I just began the altered playing card challenge and here we are on another challenge into week 9 already. 

Here are the links to the previous posts for this challenge

Our Facebook group is here:

At any rate, Sunday was Father's Day but it was also mine and my husband's 18th anniversary! Time really does fly!!

This week I started with the two pieces and used distress stain in two different colors directly onto the background

Next I applied a darker color of ink around the edges of each piece

I then applied an even darker color again around the edges

I love how the colors graduate from darker to lighter towards the middle

Next I decided to use a stencil and two different crackle pastes, one is a white paste from Wendy Vecchi and the other is a clear crackle paint

This is the stencil I am using for both of these

I simply used a pallet knife to apply the crackle mediums through the stencil

This is what they looked like after application

Set both aside to dry thoroughly, I left mine for a few hours while I ran an errand

When I got back home they both looked like this... look at that crackle! So cool... I love the way the distress stain color bleeds through the crackle mediums.

Working with the brown piece I stamped this weed stamp onto my background. This is from an older Tim Holtz set, I also used this set for my images

Once again, I forgot to take photos of the next steps BUT, all I did was stamp butterflies onto white card stock and colored and cut them out and applied them to the top, I also just stamped my sentiment (Dylusions) and cut it out and added it
Here is my finished first piece (I love this one!)

For my blue piece, I only added a sentiment, I wasn't sure if I wanted to add anything else
I might add something later but for now I like it as-is

Here are the two pieces together

and the full puzzle so far, what do you think?

Again, sorry this post is late, I hope you enjoy making this week's pieces....

Have a great week!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Scrap Journal Page

Hello all and welcome back to the blog. It's been awhile since I did some journaling just for me and not for something specific. I sat down at my craft table and opened my journal
with intentions to do a page but my mind went blank. 
I couldn't think of what I wanted the page to be about and I was looking around my table for inspiration and I had that "lightbulb" moment. LOL... has that ever happened to you?
I had so many papers and scraps and other doo-dads on my table and I thought, "why not make a page with only items that were currently on my craft table?"
I encourage you to do this, specially if your a crafter and don't clean up your table often enough haha! 
If you decide to do this please leave me link to your photo or blog post so I can see what you have done as well

While creating this page, it kind of took on a life of it's own. There are torn papers, pieces of leftover wash tape, stamps, stencils and the flower at the bottom of the page was a mask that I used on a Stampotique challenge a few weeks back. It has been stamped on several times with black ink
The butterfly was already stamped, colored and cut out and I didn't use it previously so it sat there for months on my desktop, same with the crow.

The quote on the tag I had printed that out a few months back and intended to use it on a project and then never did LOL...

I love the way my page came out, this was so much fun. I will have to do it again in a few months and see what I come up with.
I hope that you will try this at some point, it's really fun to challenge yourself to create something with only the leftovers on your desk. Have fun and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Stampotique's 200th Challenge!!! Come Join Us This Week!!

Hello all and welcome back to the blog. Today is Wednesday and that means another challenge over at Stampotique's Designers Challenge Blog

We don't have a hostess this week but we are CELEBRATING our 200th Challenge!!!
Here is what Stampotique says about this challenge.
Join us for our 200th challenge this week by celebrating. Create with celebration, anniversary or best wishes creation. We thank you all for joining us each week at our challenges and hope you have a much fun creating with Stampotique as we do!

I decided to make a fun card for this occasion
For this card I used stamps:
Santa Baby - By artist Jill Penney and Daniel Torrente
Happy, Happy, Happy - By Daniel Torrente
Happy Head Appliances - by Danile Torrente
Philip - By Artist Magda Polokow
4 Dwarfy Gnomes - By Artist Kira Nichols

I sure hope you will come and join us over at 
 Stampotique's Designers Challenge Blog for this week's challenge, you could win a 30.00 gift certificate to the online store
As a bonus - be sure to check out Arwen McCullen's Blog for a chance to win one of her beautiful stamps

Monday, June 15, 2015

Altered Puzzle Challenge Week 8

Hello and welcome back to another week of the Altered Puzzle Challenge. 

For those of you who had the same size puzzle as I did we are going to be starting row 3 of our puzzles this week and pieces 13 and 14

Here are the links to the previous posts for this challenge

Our Facebook group is here:

For my first piece this week, I am going to take metal tape (bought at the hardware store in the plumbing section) and I am going to emboss two strips of it with an embossing folder.
Why two strips? Because in order to cover the entire puzzle piece I need two pieces of the tape

Once embossed, I used distress paint in two colors over the metal tape, I set that aside to dry completely

Once dry, I used my mini sanding tool to go over the top in order to scrape some of the paint off, giving the tape a distressed look

I then used ink and went over the top as well, giving it even more of a distressed look

I then taped the pieces to my puzzle piece and trimmed the edges

I then grabbed some corrugated cardboard and tore a piece to use

I used two colors of ink to distress it a bit

I then added my cardboard and trimmed

I then punched a hole in one end of my piece and added this Tim Holtz hitch fastener

Next I used some more of Tim Holtz ideology products and added a color of distress paint 

I am going to hang the "dream" from the hitch

Here is my finished first puzzle piece

For my next piece I went really simple and added some color with DecoArt spray media misters

Next I stamped the swirl with a stamp and simply wrote my sentiment. First I wrote it with black and didn't like it so I wrote it over with my white gel pen

Here is my finished 2nd piece

and here are my pieces together 

and here are my pieces together with my puzzle

Have fun this week, I hope you enjoy the pieces.