Thursday, March 31, 2016

Crazy Cat and Color Burst Birthday Card

Yesterday was the 30th of March and it marked my wonderful daughter's 18th Birthday. WOW! I'm amazed that she is already 18 and will be leaving for college this fall. 
I had recently purchased the Ken Oliver Color Bursts and really wanted to break them out and use them on this card.

I used Ranger's watercolor paper for this background and simply spritzed the paper with water and then dropped each of the colors onto the wet paper. It spread out so wonderfully. 
I did spritz the paper a little more with the water once the color was on, just to get it spread more and more

I just love how the colors spread and blend into one another 

I stamped my crazy cat, the bday hat and balloon and colored them with copic markers and applied
For my word, I used one of Tim Holtz word dies with black cardstock
The inside says "birthday"

The result of this looks so complicated, like it could have taken awhile to make but it was super easy to do

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 328 - What's old is new again

Hello and welcome back to the blog today, it's that time again, time for a new challenge over at Stampotique. 
Valerie Wilson is our hostess and her challenge this week is "What's Old is New Again"
Here is what Valerie says about this challenge:
"Repurpose, re-use, recycle and alter, music to my ears. Is there something that is destined for the trash and you can give it a new found life? Or perhaps your tired of that old wall hanging and you can give it a make-over? My challenge to you this week is to take something old and make it new again"

I think I misunderstood this challenge, lol... wouldn't be the first time... I actually took some older stamps and gave them new life by using them again haha!!

I made an ATC for this challenge

I also used some of my Tim Holtz crayons on this background
First thing I did was cover the entire background with multi matte medium, let that dry.

I then colored the entire background with the crayons

 I embossed the ATC with a embossing folder and then added another color os the crayon around the edges

I did a little sewing along the upper righthand corner and bottom left corner. 
For this ATC I used stampotique stamps:
The first two are oldies but goodies!!

Mervynboy - By Daniel Torrente
Tall Word Collage - By Amy Wilson Wellenstein
Springtime - By Terri Richardson

I hope that you like my project today and that you will come by the Stampotique Blog and join us for this fun challenge

Saturday, March 26, 2016

12 Tags of 2016 - My Version

Hi there and welcome to the blog today and Happy Easter to everyone!!
I haven't had much time lately to do one of my favorite things and that is to follow along with Tim's 12 Tags and create my own. I used to take part in this tradition every year and with me working full time, I just haven't had a chance to do them this year. I have a few days off and so I decided to go for it and create my tag for March. 

I love that Tim is doing a "remix" this year and this months tag is so fun. I also got to use my Distress Crayons for the first time too. 
Tim's tag is HERE if you want to check it out

For my tag, I began exactly how Tim did but I used some movers and shaper dies for my cardboard portion

I then added a few different colors or Distress ink to the background and added some white acrylic paint

I the spritzed some of the Dylusions Mica sprays over the tag. I used Dylusions because they are bright colors and my background is going to be bright colors
The sprays give a beautiful shine

for my second background I created my tag just like Tim suggests, also prepping it with a thin layer of gesso

after that had dried, I colored portions of my tag with the distress crayons and began rubbing it in with my finger

I started at the top but as I moved towards the bottom I noticed it wasn't smoothing out like I had wanted so I bang applying more crayon as I went. I figured out that applying crayon and rubbing and repeating like that works best. So apply then rub, then apply more then rub... I applied crayon all over and then tried to rub which I shouldn't have done it that way

(this is the photo where the crayon wasn't smudging like I wanted)

I applied more crayon and rubbed and it worked like a charm, I just kept applying and rubbing until it was the colors I wanted

I used some wire connected to a fuse for my butterfly's antenna

I have to say I absolutely love how my tag came out and once you get the hang of the crayons they work really well

Happy Easter Everyone, may you have a blessed day

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 237 - Birds

Hi there and welcome back to the blog today. It's Wednesday and that means it's time again for another challenge over at Stampotique.
This week Nellie van Leeuwen is our hostess and she is asking us to use some birds in our creations. Here is what Nellie says about this challenge:
"So close to Easter, I would love to see you use birds and stuff related to birds, such as, feathers, eggs, nests etc... in your artwork"

I decided to make a cover page for one of my planners. It's my favorite planner, it's a personal size travelers planner and I just love everything about it. I really haven't done much in way of making it my own yet so I wanted to do a cover page

For this page I used Stampotique Stamps:
You did what? - By artist Terri Richardson
Stacked Cups - By Artist Roc Nicholas

I feel the only way I can function in life is to start the day with my coffee, so this page really depicts that for me.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today, come one over to Stampotique's Challenge Blog and join us this week

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 236 - St. Patrick's Day

Hello and welcome back to the blog today. We are celebrating St. Patrick's Day over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog this week and Jackie Payne is our hostess. Here is what Jackie says about this challenge:
"St Patrick's Day was lucky for me, I married my husband on this date, so I would like to see the luck of the Irish in your projects. Such as lucky clovers"

So let us see your best St. Patrick's Day creation!!

For this one I decided to make a tag

I used Stampotique Stamps:

Hat Cube - By Daniel Torrente
Monster News - By Kira Nichols
Barcode Text 2 - By France Papillon

I drew the little shamrock for the hat, he had to be festive!! haha! 

Come on over and join us this week at the Challenge Blog for a fun filled St Patrick's Day challenge

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 235 - Flowers

Hello and welcome to the blog. This week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge our hostess is Carol Fox and she is asking us to include some flowers in our projects. Here is what Carol says about this fun challenge:
"Spring is just around the corner in the UK. So share with me a project with flowers in it"

So let's see your flowers this week!!!

Also, if you haven't done the new release Leap Day Blog Hop head on over HERE and take a look, there are some wonderful new stamps and some wonderful prizes!

My project this week is a bookmark for my planner, I wanted a bookmark for my "today" page because everytime I open my planner I can't find the page for today haha!!!

I used Stampotique stamps:
3 Daisies by Terri Richardson (our new designer)
Carrot - By Jill Penney
Upholstered - By France Papillon (in my background)

This bookmark also features the words "Just Breathe" a Memory Box exclusive die from Simple Pleasures Rubber Stamp Store, you can find them 
I love the "Just Breathe" sentiment for my bookmark, it was perfect for me because sometimes I forget to just take a minute and breathe. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, come on over to Stampotique Designer's Challenge and join us this week. You could always win a 30.00 gift certificate to the online store.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Stampotique New Release and Leap Day Blog Hop!!

Hello everyone and welcome to the blog, It's an exciting day because Stampotique is doing a new release and special "Leap Day Blog Hop" in order to announce the wonderful new Stamps from Stampotique Originals!! Woot, woot, you should have arrived here from Nellie's Blog I'm so excited! 
There are tons of new images from our favorite stamp designers and we are proud to welcome TWO (yes TWO) new stamp designers, my good friend Terri Richardson and also Karen Hayselden  
Both of these ladies are wonderful artists and we think you will really enjoy the new spin they both give to the Stampotique line.  Hopefully you will find some new stamps that you can't live without.
Join us on the blog hop for a first look and for some wonderful inspiration from our design team. 
This is also your chance to win some goodies-we will be  drawing TWO winners from TWO of the designer's blogs for a $30 gift certificate to spend at the Stampotique online store
 You will need to hop all the way through and visit and leave comments on each designer's blog in order to win. 

The starting point for the entire hop is at the Stampotique's Blog
We will be pulling the random winners of the Leap Day Blog Hop at the beginning of our next month's challenge on April 6th, 2016
For now the line-up is as follows
Gez Butterworth
Sam Read
Valerie Wilson
You can also get more inspiration over at our Facebook group
If you want to check out Karen or Terri's new stamps you can see them 
Terri's HERE
Karen's HERE

I just went nuts on these new stamps. I loved all of them and so I got busy doing tons of things.. haha!

I hope you find some inspiration here:

For my first project, I did a really nice clean and simple Easter Card with one of Terri's images called Easter Owl 
I really love her images, they are so fun to color

Next I did a journal page with two of Daniel's images - Gonno and Moody
 and a one of Kate's called Doodles Cube (in the background)

This page is in the front of my Dylusions square journal

For my next project, again working in that same Dylusion's journal I created this page using some of Karen's new images, Cecil the Cow and Mabel
 and also Terri's Potted Geranium
In the background is also Arwen's paisley background (love this one)

close up of that paisley background

For my next project I did a Thank You card with 3 Daisies also by Terri Richardson,  I love how the flowers look like they are popping off the top of the card. This would be perfect for name cards too

and last but not least, a journal page with some of Magda new images - Pajama PartyAgatha Text #1 and Unicorn
 and Roc's new image Corner Sun

I hope you have enjoyed what I showed you today, From here you will head over to Kristen Catalano's blog.
Have fun on the rest of the hop!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 234 - Time Challenge, 30 minutes or less

Hello and welcome back to the blog today. This week over at Stampotique that challenge is hosted by Sue. She has asked us to make something in 30 minutes or less. eeeeK! Who is freaking out here? haha! 
Here is what Sue says about this challenge:

"We can sometimes get caught up in big production pieces. My challenge to you this week is to make something in 30 minutes or less (not including the time it takes to gather your supplies) I look forward to seeing what you create. 

I am really not big on time challenges because it's so hard for me to do anything in 30 minutes or less haha! It almost always takes hours for me to make anything. This is a good challenge for me though. 
I decided to make a couple of cards for this one. 
For my first card I just had to use one of Terri Richardson's new images.. (love her)
I think this bird with baby is the perfect stamp for a Mother's Day card, don't you?
I used Stampotique Stamp -
Under My Wing

for my second card, winter has really gone crazy this year here in Colorado so I made this card
to sort of remind myself that Spring is coming haha!! 
The wording is a piece of paper that already had all the writing on it and I simply cut it out to fit my card, I love how it begins "How to survive the winter" haha

I used Stampotique Stamps:
Snowy Fran by artist Daniel Torrente
Crow Line - By artist Janet Klein

Come on over and join us this week for this wonderful challenge

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