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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bold Watercolor

It's time for Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp! 

 That means lots of fun, stamping, guest designers, techniques and new products!

To kick that off the Simon Says Stamp Monday DT are doing some bold stamping  this week at  Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge.   .I decided to experiment using a soft watercolor stamp to see if I could achieve a bold statement with the soft stamp.

I used a variety of mists, inks, Pan Pastels and stamps to create different effects with the flower.

I used the Pan Pastel applicator and blended a variety of the colors on the stamp and spritzed it with a gold glimmer mist and stamped it.  I the applied the same layer of pan pastels with a touch of mist to the script.  The sentiment was stamped with ink.

This flower was inked up with watercolor markers and spritzed with the same gold mist and stamped. 

This one ended up being my favorite and it is a mix of pan pastels and stamped splatter in the background with ink.

I loved the series of cards and the effect of the pan pastels with a hint of shimmer from the gold mist.

Products: Hero Arts Petals of Beauty  Pan Pastels  Glimmer Spray
 Simon Says Stamp - Friendly Flowers Simon Says - Birthday Sentiments,  Darkroom Door - Eclectic Stamp - Script,  Darkroom Door - Splatter, Glimmer Mist - blue, pink, aqua,  Ranger Distress Inks - Faded Jeans,  Mowed LawnWatercolor Markers, Ranger Tonic Paper Distress Tool

For an opportunity to  win a   Simon Says Stamp $50 Gift Voucher come join in on the fun!

Happy Labor Day for my U.S. friends! 



I have been busy lately with my day job and having little time to craft and also feeling very uninspired because I like to think about projects and when I have so little time and too tired I have a hard time creating.  Then I saw Julie Fei Fan Balzer Art Journal Every Day Challenge  which challenges you to spend 10 minutes a day in your journal.  Well I have ten minutes and if nothing else it gives you a chance to try out ideas, thoughts, techniques or just express how you are feeling.   I decided to use that for my inspiration and pulled out my journal.

You can see I actually started two pages but ended up only finishing one side:

 Products: Verses Rubber Stamps - Memories, Stampers Anonymous - Bird Feather, Vintage Papers, Music Sheets, Ranger Archival Black Ink,  White acrylic Paint, Ranger Distress Paint - Gold, Stampendous - Luxe Glitter, Doily, STAEDTLER - Tri-Plus Liner

Have a blessed Sunday!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hinged ATC

A Vintage Journey's Challenge #13 hosted by Allison is ATC's.  I pulled a few more of the scraps (I know my scrap pile is huge!)  and started with a few misted backgrounds. I knew I waned a hinged ATC with a door.  I used the dwelling as the doorway to the destiny.

 When you open it up you see the destiny to your dreams.

I used a variety of Visual Artistry and Stampers Anonymous stamps and Ranger Distress inks to distress the edges.

Have a happy Thursday!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sea Horses

There is just something about sea-horses.  After seeing all the pretty sea-horses out in blog land I ordered the die and got busy cutting a bunch of them out.

I also had a new stencil from Memory Box that I love because it is a mix of stars and circles. I decided to use that with orange dye ink on my sea-horses.  I then created a mixed media background to put them on with a mix of mists and embossing paste.

The sea-weed is a pretty die from Memory Box misted with yellow and green and just a touch of mica flakes in the background.

Have a great Tuesday!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Love, Dream, Wish

I have to admit I love the feel and look of kraft.  The neutral background spawns all kinds of ideas and this week at  Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge   is witch-kraft.   I happened to have a paper bag sitting on my desk and was inspired to use this as the base for my project this week.

The sweet girl was brand new and sitting on my desk and I ended up stamping her and using her on multiple projects.
A quick coat of white paint to create a backdrop.  I then used up some different scraps to layer on the bag including a leftover misted background with some white paint.  I stamped the image on a pink inspired background.  I stamped her using a kraft inspired ink and added some fun accents.

I even gave her a little bench to sit on with a pen nib. I have to admit I have been using the Simon Says Stamp sequins quite frequently and they are my new obsession.

Stampers Anonymous Winged Things  ,Memory Box Stained Glass die cut,  Tattered Angels ValenciaParty Pink  .       Pink InkRanger Distress Ink - Tea Dye,   Love, Wish, Dream,  Idea-Ology Pen Nibs, Burlap, White Hemp, Pink Flower, Chipboard Button White acrylic paint, Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Chantilly Creme, Metal Numbers

For an opportunity to  win a   Simon Says Stamp $50 Gift Voucher come join in on the fun!

Happy Monday!


Friday, August 22, 2014


Hi!  I decided to play along with the Card Concept Challenge #17.  The colors were very inspiring and I like the fact that the challenge lets you pick your style to play along.

 I did to clean and graphic cards.

 I played with a mix of lime green paint and gold glimmer mist. Once it was a nice watery mixture I used a paint brush to splatter the paint in the corner of a white card.  I laid down a strip of cardstock down first to leave the room for the sentiment.

The other card was splattered with a toothbrush to give a more splattered effect.

Products:  Americana Paints, Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist  Gold, Simon Says Stamp - Happy Everything Set, Simon Says Stamp Set, Ranger Archival Ink

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Work in Progress


I snuck in a little time in my studio this morning.

 First an update on the little houses.  I added some DarkRoom Door sentiments to them. 
 I used acetate to stamp them on and then attached them.
 Still working on what images I will use but I like putting the acetate on as if I don't like them or want to reposition I still can.

I also created a quick card using the Wallflower paper from Tim Holtz.

I wanted to use some of this pretty paper and this was a quick and easy card which also boosts up my birthday cards to send out!

Have a happy Thursday!