Friday, February 2, 2018

Mermaids and Monthly Inspiration...

Hello Crafty Friends!!!

I hope you are all as excited as I am about another VLVS monthly inspiration.  I love this month's inspiration board (of course what's not to love about mermaids?!)

I used the inspiration and I also added a little Valentine twist...


White cardstock base
Black cardstock
Pink cardstock
Distress ink- worn lipstick, festive berries
Memento ink- tuxedo black
Markers/Pens-zig clean color, blick alcohol-based markers, gelly roller pens, and wink of Stella
Glitter (various pinks)
Foam tape (I created my own with fun foam)
Distress Collage medium (as a wet glue for my mermaid... cant have glitter getting stuck)

I love shaker cards, but rarely ever make them.  I am super excited with how this one came out.  This one is going to be a Valentine card for someone special (Don't want to spoil the surprise by saying whom for).

I started with a white A2 card base, a black matte, and a pink card stock base. The top layer of the card was created with more black card stock, and some clear acetate from some packaging I had lying around.

On my pink card stock i started by stamping the XO stamp in "worn lipstick" and "festive berries" distress ink.  I also stamped "you are beautiful" in black memento ink on the pink card base.

On a separate piece of card stock I stamped my Bettie mermaid in black memento ink.  I colored my image with various markers (zig clean color, blick alcohol-based markers, gelli roller pens, and wink of Stella).

(before top shaker layer added)

(Close up of glitter goodness inside the card!)

(different angle so you can see all that glitter in the shaker!!!)

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do. :)
Don't forget to join in the challenge!!
(There are prizes to be won!)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Drips and Distress Tag

Hello Again!

Today I want to share a fun tag I created using Viva Las Vegastamps to play along with the 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. The theme was "Tag it"

Join the Challenge HERE

 This also goes with the Mixed Media mood boards challenge(on Facebook)

My inspiration for this tag came from Dee Dee Catron (you really need to check out her YouTube) 
The video that inspired this background can be found HERE. I pretty much followed her technique with my own twist (and w/o the amazing transfer she did... **swoon**) 

Stamps Used: 
Deathhead Moth
Cross Marks Background
Scribble Circle
Row of distressed lines 3
(Or get the whole yummy art journaly plate HERE)

Other Products:
Distress collage medium, distress crayons, gesso, Wendy Vecchi crackle paste, yellow paint, Prima rusting pastes, Tim Holtz remnant rubs, micha pieces, string, Tim Holtz tiny attatcher, StaZon Ink, distress stains

You can see my step by step pictures below, but I HIGHLY encourage you check out that video, It totally inspired me!! 

What I started with...

After Collage

Rust medium added

Stamping and more layers...

Finished :D

(detail shots below)

Thank you for visiting!! 
stay inky!!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Oops, *Insert Eye Roll*


Today I want to share another quick post..
This time I have an art journal spread for the Stampotique Designers Challenge "Spots and Dots"

Sorry, I didn't think to take pictures as I went.  I've had a bit of a head cold, so my brain is a bit fuzzy. lol I made this last night while watching some "Mr. Robot" on Amazon. It's pretty good if you haven't watched it. (My Hubby recommended it to me). 

Anyhow, back to the Art Journal spread.  I created this in an altered travel planner (the small calendars for your purse).  I used:  Dylusions paints, distress paints, some clear gesso, distress collage medium to glue in my Stampotique images i colored and cut out, various markers, distress crayons, distress spray stains, Tim Holtz Layering stencils, and I'm sure some more (like I said my brain is a bit fuzzy an I just wanted to create, so everything within reach was fair game! lol) 

Stamps Used:
Smushasha (mermaid)
Phrase Cube 2 (oops qoute)
Wire Rings (behind mermaid)
Large Hand-Writing (I LOVE this stamp for texture in backgrounds!)

(<----to join the challenge yourself there is a link on the left of the blog )

Ok, that's all folks....
(the voice of porky the pig is stuck in my head

Friday, January 19, 2018

Nature's Wonder Card

Hello crafty friends! :)

I hope you are all safe and warm!
Here in Ohio it has been super cold and snowy... 
I'm a warm weather person, so I'm dreaming of spring.

 As my first post back as part of the fabulous Viva Las Vegastamps design team, I want to share something special to me....

An easy 3D entomology themed card...
(great masculine card too!)

I myself collect pinned insects, and have a cabinet of curiosities.
  Do you collect anything?


Black and cream cardstock
Scrapbook paper
Black Season ink
Zig Clean color markers
Tim Holtz small talk stickers
Distress oxide ink -walnut stain
Tim Holtz tiny attacher
Distress collage medium (to stiffen the raised insect and to attach fun foam to card)
Fun foam cut to make 3d areas

Ok, so let's get started...

I started by stamping my stamp twice (one to cut for layering, and one for the base)
You can also see the slices of fun foam I cut to "pop" stuff up on

Next, cut your background layers from the scrapbook paper, and cardstock. My layers measure smallest to largest- 4.25 x 5.25in, 4.5in x 5.5in, card base- 6in x 10in

I used distress ink to add some depth on my stamped base, and my cream cardstock.  The insects were colored with my zig markers.

My layers were taped together with my VLVS miracle tape. Before taping my card base to my matts,  I used my tiny attacher to add my coard.

For the final 3d layer I used distress collage medium to glue my fun foam down. (And to add some thickness to the 3d bug).

I hope you have all enjoyed this card as much as I do.
 (Don't forget to comment what you collect! Just for fun :D )

Also, in case you missed this fun envelope I shared on facebook on Monday here is a bit more Buggy goodness...

Hercules Beetle
Paris Address

(the rest is all distress inks and stencils)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Swaperoo Week 2 Entry

Hello everyone!!

Today us just a quick post to share my second entry for the stampotique "swaperoo" swap all 3 stamps I used are by stampotique. 

This is an altered index card
(Background created with dylusions paints)

Thank you for visiting!!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Things with Wings Postcard

Hello Friends! 

Today I have want to share a 4x6 in postcard that I created for the Stampotique Facebook Swap for this month...The theme is "wings"

Stamps Used:
Clothes text (Stampotique)
Floating (Stampotique)
Doodle Leaf (VLVS)
Reverse Image stamp (VLVS)

Other Products:
Distress Inks (regular and oxides):
 worn lipstick, picked raspberry, abandoned coral, ripe persimmon, spiced marmalade, carved pumpkin, fossilized amber, mustard seed

StazOn Ink- Black
Micron Markers,
White Gelly Roll pens
Zig Clean Color markers (various colors)
Wink of Stella -Glitter Clear
Scrap paper to create "masks"
Tim Holtz Layering stencils
Dylusions Stencil

I began by stamping all of my base images and masked them off.  After my base images were masked, I began layering my base inks. I used various distress inks, starting with the originals, and adding some oxides later. 

You can see the base layers building up here...

To add depth I like using stencils.  For this one, I started with distress layering stencils.  I also used one of the dylusions stencils. 

My favorite part is always removing the "masks" ...
Below is the reveal isn't it fun how it "pops" off the page?

For all of my coloring, I used Zig clean color markers. 
 I added my details with micron and gelly roll pens. 

I hope you enjoyed this mini post. I love how vibrant this came out :D 
If you have never joined the facebook Stampootique swaps you should definitely check them out!!!
They have one each month, lots of amazing artists!!! 

Swaperoo Postcard

Hello Friends! 

Today I have want to share a 4x6 in postcard that I created for the Stampotique Designers Challenge "Swaperoo" was the theme. You can check out the info HERE and join yourself!! :D 
(The basics are to switch bodies and heads...)

Stamps Used: 

Other Products:
Distress Oxide Inks: worn lipstick, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber
grey ink (can't remember the brand)
Stazon Ink- Jet Black
Distress Ink Stains- Picket Fence 
Tim Holtz :small talk" stickers
Micron Markers,
White Gelly Roll pens
Zig Clean Color markers (various colors)
Wink of Stella -Glitter Clear
Blick Markers (various colors)
Scrap paper to create "masks"
Tim Holtz Layering stencils
Dylusions Stencil
Gold foil sticker tape (from an old swap)

Start with card stock cut to 4x6 in.  "Pretty Zara" was stamped first.  (I was careful to ink only the parts I wanted of the head and collar).  I then masked this part off with scarp paper.  I carefully stamped the Body of "angel squared" over this mask.  

Now that you have the base image,  you can begin building up the base and background. I chose pinks and yellows for this (colors listed above in supply lists) 

Once you have some base color added you can start adding background stamps and stencils.  I began with "circled lines". then added various layers of stenciling.  When I was satisfied with this I added some texture with "texture cube 1". You can do it in any order you choose. 

I also Added some white details with my gelly roller, and some black with my micron. 

Now, the best part.....
Take off the mask...
(I added my distress stain after removing the masks, but yo may choose to do it before)

Sorry I forgot to take a picture here...
I colored with various markers (zig and blick)

Finish everything off with a fun quote, and some gold foil. 

I hope you have been inspired to make a "swaperoo" of your own :D
Have a fantastic day! 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mermaid Dreamer Mail Art

Hello Everyone!!!

It's me again,here with a surprise guest post for VLVS...

(I'm taking a little time off from my design teams for a bit to re-spark my creativity)

Once again, I want to share some super fun Mail Art envelope using some of the new releases.  For this, I was inspired by this months challenge "Summer"

(Warning Photo Heavy)

Stamps Used:
Plate 1495
(you know you are going to want them all of you are anything like me!)
Row of Scribble Circles
Typeset Scallop
Row of Numbers
Punchinella/Sequin Waste
The Moon
Fancy Mermaid
She was a Dreamer

Start by stamping out your mermaid on the envelope (A2) and on scrap paper for your mask.

Next, Using Momento ink "London Fog" I stamped the moon over the masked mermaid.

Using Memento Black ink I added my base for the mermaid to rest on.

To build the background I stamped the x's as my stars, and inked with Distress Oxide ink "Broken China"

Now to add some contrast, I sponged on 2 of the green inks from my kaleidacolor inks.

Time for the reveal... I love seeing things come together after the mask is removed. 
I also forgot to take a picture before I stamped my 2 pieces in Distress ink "Blueprint sketch" to help frame everything.  I also added a but more color around the edges. 

I also added the numbers along the right side in black Momento ink.

Here you can see where I have started the base colors on my mermaid...
I also stamped my sentiment "she was a dreamer" and outlined it with white gel pen to help it pop off of the page. 

(The left if the finished mermaid. You can see some of the added glitter details from the Wink of Stella pen.  On the right side you can see more of the color building.)

Well, there you have it! I love how this envelope came together. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Genius Ideas...

Hello Again Everyone!

Today I want to share a card that I created for the Stampotique Originals Designers Challenge"Use Stencils" 

For this month we've teamed up with Eileen Hull to create something extra fun for you.
This is my book of "genius Ideas"
(Basically my cut and paste book of random bits I have created)

Stamps: Topher, Alpha Background 
Stencils are by Tim Holtz, Dylusions paints, Black Momento Ink, White Gelly Roll pen

More picture to come :)
(I have gluess some of my favorite Stampotique pieces inside!)