Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Hunt.

Hello!!  Mary here with a pocket-sized book for lookin'.
 
Last weekend, I was able to capture a few snapshots of my kiddos at my church's annual Easter egg hunt.  From the moment I took them, I knew I wanted to scrap them...and FAST!
 
Here's a peek at my book...
 

I've been on a mission to use up some of my old paper stash.  While it's a noble endeavor, playing with older paper can be a bit blah.  I find myself craving the new.  It's exciting to get your hands on craftin' goodies---hot off the press!!  So, I thought what better way to jazz up old paper and make it new again, that with some rock solid stamping??
 
I started my book by cutting my photos and papers down to 3x2 inches in size.  For each patterned paper, I chose a stamp and stamped (sometimes repeatedly, depending on the size of the stamp) my image down with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black.  A bit of color added really makes the stamped image POP!!  I've used my Copic markers in a variety of colors.

 

Being such a tiny book, I decided to add my journaling on vellum.  It gives me plenty of room for the story without covering up any of the lovely stamping.

I LOVE how this bulls eye page turned out!

 
 

And this clouds page is super whimsical and totally makes me smile.


Here's a peek at the rest of my pages...

 
 
And that's my book!!  I love that it's pocket-sized but still packs a punch.
 
Viva Las VegaStamps! used:
 
 
 
Thanks so much for joining me today!!  xx Mary

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

a series of cards

Hi Hermine here. I deciced to make a series of cards using Bistre. Bistre is a powedry substance with lots of pigment and deluted with water it releases its colour. The colours are a bit grungy looking and I really love that.



Here is the whole series in one view.




step 1: Put some Bistre in a spray bottle and add some water. Then spray a little bit on a craftsheet with several colours (I used three).
step 2: heatset it untill fully dry
step 3: Stamp paint brushes in jar 9235 and your color my world 19344 with Stazon Black ink
step 4: use the deluted Bistre as a water colour and give some colour to the brushes. Make some white Highlights with s white sharpie pen.



step 1: Spray the bottom half of your card with water. Then sprinkle some Bistre in it. Heatset until fully drr.
step 2: stamp men in balloon basket 19002, Time Flies and blowing Dandelion and extra seeds19045 with Stazon Black ink




 step 1: Do the same as with the balloon.
step 2: Stamp the Xmas Slihouette collage 19317, Bring on the twinkle 19313 and the Arrow with stars 19303 with Stazon Black ink
step 3: make some high lights in the tree with a white Sharpie pen.





step 1: Spray some deluted Bistre on a craftsheet and put your card in and turn it 90 degrees. Heatset to completely dry then take a stencil and spray on the right bottom hlaf.
step 2: stamp set of three Ornaments 19309, longen the threads with a black fineliner and stamp the alphabet of the December daily plate 1430 and December 25 19301


And yes the last 2 are Christmas cards hahaha, because there is no such thing as start to early, at least for me it is. Every year I promisse myself to start in the first half of the year and then discover in november that I didn't do so, it will defenitely takes out the stress of the holiday season. Hopefully it will inspire you. Have fun playing and stamping around.


Warmly Hermine





Used materials:
paint brushes in jar 9235
you color my world 19344
men in balloon basket 19002
Time Flies 19008
blowing Dandelion and extra seeds 19045
Xmas Silhouette collage 19317
Bring on the twinkle 19313
Arrow with stars 19303
set of three onrnaments 19309
alphabet of the December daily plate 1430
December 25 19301



Stazon black ink

Monday, April 21, 2014

Key from the past

Hello all, Nataliya is here :)
Today I will show you vintage card without scrapbooking paper:


I very love to use hot embossing on the chipboard.


And my favorite variant to use stamps - create background:


Here's how I did it.
1. Mask+coffee+watercolor paper


2. Add some blots


3. Stamping everywhere (with coffee & Distress Ink)



4. Edge toning:


My VLVS!:

Six Hexagon Background 1 1/2 x 4 1/4

French Writing Background 2 1/2 x 3 3/4

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Love Envelopes....



Hello and Happy Thursday!  

Tina here again today and I am excited to be able to share another project with y’all.  Today, I would like to share Love envelopes, using 'Bird Head', 'Steampunk Owl', 'Face Collage' and 'Color Wheel Lines'.


To create my envelopes, I started by heat embossing several stamp images to small tags.  I used a white/gold embossing powder so that it would act as a resist when applying paint.  Using several complimentary colors, I painted each tag and wiped off the paint from the stamped image (with a baby wipe).  



I then stamped a white coin envelope with 'Color Wheel Lines' stamp and colored in (randomly) the pattern.  I then stapled the stamped tag to the stamped envelope.




To finish my Love Envelopes, I dry embossed several larger envelopes, then attached a rhinestone brad, tag, stick-pin, and sentiment to each envelope. 

This is one of those ‘done in a minute’ projects,  that I just love.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Tina

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Art Journal Faces for those who don't draw


Hello Again! 
It's me Tera Here with a fun tutorial on creating beautiful faces in your art Journals using Stamps!
 Who says you have to be able to draw to art journal?


 Have a peak at the first video for a quick and easy tutorial on how I created the beautiful face below. 
With rubber stamps you can create a completely cohesive piece without knowing how to draw!

(Part 1 The making of the face)

You can watch part 2 HERE 
If you're still playing along HERE's part 3
Finishing touches HERE for part 4

Supplies list in cast you want to play along: 

Rubber Stamps:

Eyes Looking Left 1 x 3Large Arrow Heart 2 x 1 3/4Chicken Wire 3 3/4 x 4 1/2The Usual Suspects 3/4 x 3Flying Eye Insect 2 3/4 x 2 1/4Harlequin Diamond Background 4 1/2 x 5 3/4, Number Strip 1 1/4 x 3 1/4Plate 1428Plate 1430, (in the example below I also used: Large Lightbulb 2 x 3)

Acyrlic paint in various colors (I used: pink,yellow, medium skin, green, aqua, white)
Paint brushes (various sizes)
Paper/Art journal for you to work on (I used vintage sheet music)
Scissors (because you never know)
Black permanent marker (Micron or Zig Vellum writer are my preferred markers)
Washi Tape
Gel Medium or Mod Podge (or your preferred adhesive)
You could also use scrapbook paper and word cut outs



I hope this inspires you! 
Please share what you create I'd love to see your art too!!



Monday, April 14, 2014

Two mixed-media collages by mellpellmell (Maria Potapovich) or "Don't ever trash your pink rubber, use the plate's number!" (c)

Hi!
It's mellpellmell (Maria Potapovich) here today.

Glad to see you <3!

Does it ever happen to you? - You throw something, and exactly a minute later it turns out for you the most necessary and essential?

That is one side.

On the other hand - if you remember that in childhood the main wealth were not the candy (although they were very important too!), but candy wrappers?

Why am I saying this?

Because when you buy a plate of stamps, DO NOT throw candy wrappers!))))) I mean do not throw away plates's numbers  - they are gorgeous as separate stamps too!

Here's an example:

Mixed-media collage "Сold April evening"


In this mixed-media collage in my art-book I've used plates' numbers.
917927 and 1436.




How do you like it?
How cool is that I do not throw it away? ;)


Well, and I will show you one more collage "Map of thoughts"


Here I used common stamps)))  Map background and Hexagon background.





These two collage made ​​in similar colors - although, of course, they differ from each other. They are distinguished by mood, internal dynamics and also saturation...

But stamps in the first and second collage are from Viva Las VegaStamps!)))))

All the best and...  see you soon!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

You will stay with me forever

Hello) Nataliya is here, and  this is my new work, with little story about love...maybe...

- Where are you?
- You know I can't stay ...
- But I love you!
- I can't ...
- I saved you!
- We're from different worlds ... goodbye ...
- No, nonononono! You will stay with me forever!


And some details. I colored the Butterfly Lady with watercolor:


For tin decorating I used texture paste, acrilic paint & alcohol ink (and lace):



Have a nice day!



Friday, April 11, 2014

Tribute layout

I made a tribute layout to our dog Skyler who had to be put to sleep in December of this past year.  He was 16 years old and was a cherished member of our family and it was very, very hard for me.  I still miss him and think about him all the time.  I had a picture of him and I and I love the sweet look on his face so I decided to scrap it and made a mixed media layout:
 Here are some close ups of the stamps, my fave Line of chevrons stamp



and the Bird in flight
and the set of two hands pointing (I used the right hand pointing only) on the picture of the layout I seem to have cropped out some of the hand, sorry! haha

Here is a photo collage of my Skyler

I hope you enjoyed my tribute layout and until next time,

Glenda