Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 233 - Use Squares in any form

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. It's Wednesday again and you know what that means. Another fun challenge over at Stampotique.
This week Corrie is our host and she is challenging us to "Use squares in any form"
Here is what Corrie says about this fun challenge:

"I am very fond of circles in my work, so I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and use squares for a change and I would like you to join me. Have fun this week!"

I too love using circles and I don't use squares often so this was a challenge for me

I worked in my art journal again this week
My background was painted with Dina Wakley paints and a sponge
I also used some washi tape that I just bought, it's one of my favorites of all my washi tapes now. haha! I figured it was perfect for this challenge because it's all different colors of squares

I used Stampotique Stamps:
Mushroom ForestLarge Fleurfly by artist Janet Klein

Peace and Love with words on the side (only used the words here) - By artist Kate Crane

Calendar Cube - By artist Daniel Torrente

Come on over to Stampotique's Challenge Blog this week and join us for the Square challenge.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Stampotique Challenge - Spots and Stripes

Hello and welcome back to the blog on this wonderful Wednesday. There is a new challenge over at Stampotique this week and Samantha is our hostess. 
She is challenging us to "Spots and Stripes" 
Here is what Sam says about this challenge:

"I love anything spotty or with polka dots and I also love stripes but they can be difficult to combine in one project. So my challenge for you this week is to use Spots and Stripes in your creations. Have Fun!"

Boy is Sue right about that, spots and stripes are not an easy thing to combine together haha! 

For my project today I made a bookmark using lots of Roc Nicholas's fun stamps
This was so fun to do and I hope I did the challenge justice haha I really tried to use various spots and a few stripes.

I used Roc's Stamps, MonsterSquiggle ArmsScalloped Lace Border
I also drew a few bubbles and coddled a bit onto the green paper. 

I hope you have enjoyed my project today....

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, February 10, 2016

Stampotique Challenge - Love is in the Air

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog. It's Wednesday and that mean onto another challenge over at Stampotique 

This week our hostess is Coby and since it's so close to Valentine's Day she has a "Love is in the Air" challenge for us
Here is what Coby says about this challenge:

"Love, so sweet, so tender.....Love is more than a boy and a girl... love are my children, my grandchildren, animals... show in your creation this week, love"

What a sweet sentiment... 
For my creation this week I worked with a wooden heart. I've had this for awhile just wasn't sure what to do with it and when I began this challenge I knew I wanted to use this heart. 
I created a hanging with it

I simply painted the background with Dylusions paint (love how bright the colors are with Dyan's paints) 
I then stamped Daniel's Hearts and also Dwindled by artist Daniel Torrente
I went around some of Daniel's Hearts with my white gel pen so they would pop a little

I also drew a white line around my heart and squiggle line as well.
Lastly I added yarn for the hanger. 
This was so fun to put together. I love how it turned out...

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, 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