Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stampotique wants your polka dots

I've got a new project for the theme of 
POLKA DOTS
Ever since I got these stamps, I've been scheming as to how I was
going to put them all together on a card. 
I think I pulled it off.

I used the new release of Marsha #6209 and coupled her with 

I added some wave die cuts made of vellum, and colored the backs of them using Copics.
I was going for a rancid fume look.

And to top it all off, I used the incredibly useful Pull My Finger #8966
stamp to really drive home the idea that Marsha is up to no good. 

Something tells me she is going to give this skunk a run for his money...

I backed this odoriferous scene with a lively orange polka dot paper to
stay within the guidelines of the current theme.
Be sure to pop by the Stampotique Designer's Challenge to see what the other
ladies have cooked up for this fun theme. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Stampotique SDC254: Text Background

Welcome to my second Stampotique Designer's Challenge offering.
The new challenge theme is to use background text on your project.
I needed a new book mark for my summer reading. I just started a book by
Joe Hill, who happens to Stephen King's kid. The book is called, 'NOS4A2',
and it is really good. Way better than the other three books of his 
I have attempted to read. I was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt 
based on his Dad's writings, but I can't always finish Stephen's books either. 
I usually like the subject matter, but they're a bit too wordy for me... 
I tire of the superfluous content that really seems to make no difference 
to the actual storytelling.

But, I digress....

I used an old dictionary page from a dictionary from my high school days.
The copyright is 1956, so it was old when I acquired it back in 1987. The pages have a
nice vintage quality and a perfect yellowing that appeals to me. I chose the page that
has the definition of 'cadaver' and 'cadaverous' on it. I usually try to find a page 
with some sort of morbidity to it.
I colored up the Fruit Bat #4053 from Kira Nichols as my focal image.
I used some lovely gold iridescent paper gifted to me from a friend. Copics
color it quite nicely without losing any of the shine. I love it. 

I stamped the Owl Tree #4018, also from Kira's collection.
I heat embossed it for the fruit bat to hang from, and to add more 
interest.

And for even more interest and faux texture , I used the Cracks #10032 stamp. 
I stamped it randomly around the edges of the bookmark. I think I'll be getting
quite a bit of use out of this stamp. I don't always have good success with crackle 
mediums, so this will work well for most of my cracked needs.    

And here we have my new bookmark to keep my place in the
over 600 page book I am devouring this summer. I added some
decadent sheer purple ribbon to taunt my cats with for good measure.
All good bookmarks need a lovely tassel, don't they? 

I hope you'll join us over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge
for our latest challenge. Drop by, get inspired,and play along, won't you? 
  
   

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Stampotique Summer/Fall Release Blog Hop

Today I am sharing a few projects using some of the new
Summer/Fall 2016 releases from Stampotique!
If you are hopping along, you should have arrived here from
the inspiring, Jackie Payne's blog.
If you just landed here by chance and would like to participate in the hop
(there is a $30 gift certificate for one lucky commenter, and two grab bags
of stamps for two lucky random commenters) you can begin
here, on the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog.

First up is a tag I made using one of the newbies from Daniel Torrente.

This is Jillian #6208
Isn't she delightfully menacing? 
I paired her up with an existing snarky sentiment #8968.

 This is a journal page using Bella #15004 and her kitty friend, Casper #15008,
from new Stampotique artist, Tracy Scott

This is Faith #15007, also by Tracy Scott.

The new rag dolls are so fun to color and create with.

And finally, another journal page featuring all the kitties from the new
Kitty Cube #6217 and a new background stamp Spiral Daydream #6205.
Both are from Daniel Torrente.

I used glow in the dark embossing powder with Versa Mark ink on the spirals 
so they don't really show up without the assistance of some black light.

And now you can head over to the talented, Julie Steed 
to see what she has in store for you.
Remember to leave comments for everyone along the way, as you never know
whose blogs the lucky comment winners will be chosen from.
Be sure to drop the Stampotique Originals website to check out all of the
new releases for July 2016. You won't be disappointed. There's something
for everyone and for every occasion.

Thanks for hopping by today, and good luck!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Aurora Wings Tic Tac Toe Challenge

The new challenge at Aurora Wings is a Tic Tac Toe challenge.

I love these kinds of challenges.
Just choose your three in a row and go for it!
This one is even easier in that you can choose the colors or the elements,
or  if you're feeling extra sporty, go with both!

I chose to go with the gray, white, and pink diagonal row.
I colored up this gorgeous Poppy Elf with Copic markers.

In keeping with the chosen bingo palette, I went ahead and gave her
gray hair so I could give her a pink complexion, and of course pink poppies. 
I used Mitzi's colored version as reference, and pretty much copied it with
all the highlights and dots. I used a silver and a white Posca paint pen for my 
highlights. I love how her eyes turned out. I began with really light gray eyes, but 
added a hint of RV00 for some actual color.

I used a new Gina Marie die for the gray frame, mounted it on some
foam pieces for dimension, and then backed the image with a white linen textured
card stock. I heat embossed a SU flower stamp onto the black card for more
interest and viola! Fini!

I hope you'll join us on the Aurora Wings challenge blog for more inspiration,
and even drop by the Aurora Wings facebook page for lots of coupon codes,
fun contests and giveaways, and even more inspiration from the 
large community we have there.  

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It's Party Time!!!

It's time to celebrate!!
What are we celebrating? Well, this is my very first post
for my new design team term at Stampotique Designer's Challenges.
Sounds like a great reason to party to me!!

What's a party without party guests? 
I've invited quite few of my favorite stamps to this little soiree. 
I made this altered canvas using the backside of it as a shadowbox
to give some depth and extra space for everyone. This canvas is a gift 
for a friend's 50th birthday. She's been a very dear bestie for many years. 
Like over 30 years. We actually went to high school together and have done
a lot of growing up together. I love that crazy chick. So the fact that she's
stuck around for so long means she deserves such an involved project/gift
for her old lady birthday.   

I began by using matte gel medium to adhere old dictionary pages to the frame.
Then, I used watered down brown acrylic paint to age and distress the edges.
Giving the entire a piece an ancient appearance of at least 50 years old. Hee hee.
It also allowed for a more cohesive feel to all the torn edges of the dictionary pages.
Then, I added some of my favorite stamps, 
Moth Fab (one of my very first Stampotique stamps), Schmurfy, Piling Thing,
Barkabe, and a dog from the Dog Cube.
  
This is Baby Cthulhu. He is one of my favorite Stampotique stamps.
I also managed to place the birthday definition in the background, as well.  

Over on this side we have more favorites, Karin, Batboy, Spider Girl,
more Piling Things, and a pup from the Dog Cube

The distressed and crackled chipboard number 50 is a great place for 
Moon Girl and one of the bat kids from the Halloween Cube #1 
to hang out and enjoy the festivities. 

The spider from the Birds and Bugs cube makes an appearance as well.
He is hanging freely from a web brad and some iridescent floss.
I worked the cake definition into the background up there, too.  

Kitty even decided to come out and see what all of the excitement is about.

Using the party definition in the background, I added the 
Happy, Happy, Happy banner to complete the party decorations.
Also most everyone is wearing party hats compliments of the

All of the coloring was done with Copics, and most of the images were
heat embossed on Paper Trey Ink card stock. My favored paper of choice.

My friend loved her canvas! I had to give it her a little early for fear she'd see this
post before her birthday this Friday, and ruin the surprise.
Happiest of daze to you, Dani!!! 

Thanks for stopping by today and celebrating with all of us. 
Be sure to pop by the Stampotique Designer's Challenge (now a bi-weekly challenge)
and check out all of the other designer's makes for Team 2.
As usual, there are two $30 gift certificates up for grabs this month.
And you don't even need to use Stampotique stamps to enter either. 
But if you have some already, why not break 'em out?    

I'd like to enter this canvas in the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Create a Scene

Friday, July 1, 2016

I have an exciting announcement...



Today is the very first day of my new DT term for none other than....
Stampotique Originals!!

I have been perched atop this information for weeks now,
and I finally get to announce the thrilling news.
I have been a fan of Stampotique stamps and their incredible designers 
for years. I still can't believe I made the cut, but I am beyond excited to
 be a part of the new team for the next six months.

Here's a smattering of some of my previous Stampotique creations from years past
to give you a small taste of the fun to come....

Made for my 45 birthday milestone

Fun ATC

Wall hanging made for one of my besties

Parisian flair card

Card for a dear friend who moved away

Re-purposed Hallmark box for a DT Throwdown


My very first art journal page

Tag using one of my all time favorite stamps ever
and my first stab at no-lines coloring

Super fun and colorful ATC for last year's Stampotique swap

Xmas card from last year

There's just a taste of what I've done so far using Stampotique Originals 
wood mounted stamps. I have already amassed a collection of over 80 stamps,
so you will be seeing a lot more from me in the coming months using new stamps 
and some old ones who have never even seen ink before.
I am super stoked to begin this journey. I hope you enjoy it as well.

My first official project for the new challenge theme will be on July 13th.
See you then!  

   
  

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Butterfly + Sprite = A Wonderful Delight!!

Well, Mitzi of Aurora Wings had been at it again.
This time she has drawn a new insect Sprite.
It's available in her shop today. And there are actually TWO images 
for the price of one! That's right, two butterflies are always better than one.
Mitzi has generously included the fancy version, with more wing detailing,
and a version with less wing details. Nice, right?
The image is available HERE.

As is my usual style, I went with a rather unusual color palette 
for my butterfly. I matched my coloring up with a paper pad from 
KaiserCraft called, 'Violet Crush'. How could I pass up the perfect
 opportunity to use this gorgeous butterfly paper?

I pulled the colors from the Violet and Red Violet Copic families.
Some of my favorite color families, by the way.
They matched perfectly with the papers for a flawless coupling.
Since I never choose conventional flesh tones for my Sprites, and
I had already used the purples and pink tones for the wings and outfit,
I was left with black for my actual skin tone. And when looking at 
actual butterflies (and the ones on the paper) it seemed the right choice.
And I have always been partial to purple and black together.
Must be my inner Goth...   

I used a new stitched circle die to cut out my Sprite,
and layered it onto a scalloped circle die cut and a black
doily. I edged the doily with silver Stickles for my necessary bling,
and to match the Stardust pen I used on the wing details 
(since my white Posca pen took a dirt nap half way through),
and the silver foiling on the strip of background paper.
I also heat embossed "hello" with silver embossing powder to
keep everything matchy matchy.
Lastly, I used a piece of satin lacy trim behind the main image
for more interest and texture.

I had to add some kind of background around the Sprite
for contrast, so I used some Toner Copics in a dotting
technique, and then muted it with a colorless blender pen.
I also added some white dots with my trusty Gellyroll pen,
and few Stardust dots, too.

I am loving how this one turned out! Super cute and in my favorite
color scheme! I may be hanging onto this one for myself.

Be sure to pop by the Aurora Wings Showcase blog to see all of the
stunning samples for this new sweetie.
And maybe even stop by the Aurora Wings Etsy shop to pick up this
gorgeous and versatile image. And remember, it's a two-fer!

  I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Tuesday Taggers - I Believe I Can Fly