Friday, July 13, 2018

Strange Things...Weird People

Happy Friday!!!  Oh yeah...Friday the 13th!
Michele here today with a quick tag using a stamp from the latest release and an older favorite!  I love combining the old with the new!

I started by using an Um Wow Studio stencil and resist spray to create bubbles and then Distress Oxide you feel like you are underwater?

All of the stamped images were stamped in archival ink on Neenah paper, colored with Prisma Colored Pencils and fussy cut.

Stamps used:  Aquarium Space Girl, Spend Your Life, Goldfish

A little doodling and then we are done...

So, do you think my tag needs a ribbon?  I can't decide.

Until next time...get inky!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Time for some art journal love

Hello Everyone!

Today I want to share a little art journal page.  I love how freeing it can be to art journal. 

Creepy Bald Guy
Creepy Ball Cap
Tape X
Row of Chevrons
Row of Numbers
Row of Distressed lines
Color Wheel lines
Tiny Arrow Heart

OTHER Products:
Tim Holtz -distress oxide, chit chat stickers
Wink of Stella
White paint pen
Dylusions stencil

This little page was based with distress oxide ink and a dylusions stencil.  
(I love adding texture to backgrounds with stencils) 

I started with a base image of my "bald creepy guy" and his "creepy ball cap". (which I had stamped on a separate piece of card stock).

Before gluing my guy and hat down I used my black distress crayon to add a base for him to pop off of... I love black shadow to pop images up.  

 I added all of my background journal stamping after my guy was glued down.
(You could go this before if you choose.)

To finish everything off I added one of my Tim Holtz chit chat stickers.

I hope you enjoy this little page. 
Thank you for visiting!

Monday, July 09, 2018

Whimsical Mail Art Monday with Elina

It's Mail Art Monday again!
I'm happy to share with you my latest stamped and colored Mail Art envelope:

Isn't this 'Whimsical Leaf Lady' stamp just so beautiful!

I decided to color my envelope with alcohol markers, so for avoiding the colors to bleed through the entire envelope I unfolded the envelope flat before starting. For stamping I used my stamping platform that makes the positioning of the stamps very simple. However, if you don't have one, don't worry; projects like this can easily be created without any special tools.

Starting with the largest image is always the safe way to go. If you at a later stage notice that you run out of space, you may change your plan on the fly and leave some of the smaller elements out. I planned to use some more stamps on this project, but soon realized that three stamps were just the right amount. There had to be empty space for writing the address, too!

For decorating the bottom of the envelope I used the simple stamping masking technique. The gray paper that I used for masking the Whimsical Leaf Lady was a page from a post-it notepad.

On the background of the Whimsical Leaf Lady image there are small circles. I replicated those on the background with my markers, connecting the upper decorative border with the main image.

Even if the envelope paper was not too thin, the marker color bleeded through. Not a surprise.

I did not want to leave the background that messy, so I covered the back of the envelope front with a self-made patterned paper. For this I used simple white printing paper, green stamping ink, and the 'Row of Scribble Circles' stamp.

I think the envelope looks now pretty good! The bleeded colors don't show through at all.

Hope you like my Mail Art project :)
Thanks for stopping by in our blog.

For this project I used the following VLVS! stamps:

Whimsical Leaf Lady Face
Doodle Frame
Doodle Flower/Garden
Row of Scribble Circles/Eyes

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Friday, July 06, 2018

Paper Bag for a special occasion ► Majo

Good Morning, dear crafty friends!

Today I'd like to show you a paper bag I decorated with a stamped panel. 

My friends daughter just finished school a week ago and she's a bit lost on how to proceed with her future. Collage, new job, Sabbatical, just relax for a while? Well she doesn't know yet.

So we took care of the fun part and bought several coupons for her. Some just small and silly ones, i.e. coffee at Starbucks or a burger at one of the burger stations etc. 

Some little cards also have "wise" phrases for the future :)

 I applied Mixed Media paint from Dina Wakley (Ranger) with a brayer and added distress ink in coordinating colours before stamping.
Here are some close ups of the background stamps I used, of course my most favorite, the doodle dots among the doodle leaf and the heart pattern circle, designed by my teamie Tera.

I stamped the bell jar and the little girl and fuzzy cut it. After colouring her I added the sentiment stamp for  a bit of texture. 

I added the the butterfly wings and the sentiment, it seems so appropriate for a girl finding her way into adult life.

Stamps I used:

Thanks so much for stopping by today, have a wonderful weekend and Happy Crafting ♥

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Feeling the Love | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here with my latest design team project for you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to share that features an abstract painted & stamped background and a photo of one of my most treasured scrappy friends taken at a retreat last year.

I began this page with some heavy weight white cardstock and a few Dylusions acrylic paints. I used a brush to apply the paint randomly in a few different directions; simply following my instinct and a rough idea of where I was going to put my photo.

Once I had the paint in place and it had dried, it was time to add some stamping to the background. I started with a few stamps from one of my very favourite plates, #1495. I used the Rows of Numbers and the Typeset Scallop to add some vertical and horizontal structure to my page using black Staz On ink. I then used the Cross Marks Background stamp with Ranger Archival Ink (Paradise Teal) to add some extra depth. 

Next, I added my photo to the page using Miracle Tape and then began building layers around it. I started with a few Jane Davenport patterned papers, which featured gorgeous painted style backgrounds. I used the Large Butterfly Gossamer and stamped out a couple, then fussy cut them and set them aside. I then repeated the process with the Whimsical Leaf and the Leaves stamps. I then began assembling my page.

I used the fussy cut leaves and placed them along the horizontal line created by the scallop stamp, tucking the ends in under the photo. I layered the whimsical leaves and tucked them in beneath the photo.

The two butterflies were adhered along the body only, allowing the wings to be bent up away from the page. I then took some white cotton thread and added some on top of each one, wrapping a few strands around the wings.

My page still need more though, so I took the opportunity to use up a few old Heidi Swapp acetate ephemera pieces that I had in my stash. These were perfect for layering over the painted and stamped background as they allowed the colours and patterns underneath to still be visible, while adding an extra layer over the top.

To finish off my page I stamped some Scribble Hearts with Vivid Chartreuse Archival Ink. I also added some scribbles with a Stabilo All Pencil; and some tiny splatters of Colour Blast 'Mermaid' Colour Artist Ink.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used:

Other materials:
- Bazzill cardstock
- Ranger Dylusions acrylic paints
- Ranger Archival Inks
- Staz On 
- Jane Davenport Mixed Media Paper Pad
- white cotton thread
- Heidi Swapp acetate ephemera pieces
- Stabilo All Pencil
- Colour Blast Colour Artist Ink

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Believe in magic

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my blogpost! I have an art journal to share today.

This AJ page started off with brayering yellow and orange paint in my journal. I then added some stamping in the background. Next I stamped the stars on the page; I wanted to have the writing around them too and this is impossible to cut out. 
Next I painted a piece of card stock with turquoise paint, stamped the stars on it again, added some white pen details and splatters and cut them out. 
I then adhered them to the ones on the page. 

The girl with wings was stamped separately on white card stock, coloured with Coopic Markers and cut out. I placed her on one of the stars. 

The sentiment is a Small Talk Sticker by Tim Holtz.

I have used the following stamps for this page :

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Kicks and Cards

Hello Everyone!!

Today I want to share an easy and fun any occasion card.  

I don't normally create simple cards, but there are just some occasions that call for it. I love that this design lends itself to a variety of themes and ages.  You can easily create it in any color, and you could add any sentiment.  I love that it also works well for men and teens!  Men and teens can be difficult to create for at times.  

You card also simplify this design even more by not layering the pieces... or you can jazz it up with more embellishments!

Stamp Used: 

Other Products:
Card-stock in black and white
Distress Oxide ink (Candied Apple)
Distress ink-Hickory Smoke (I could have left the edging off though)
Archival ink (Tuxedo Black)
Tim Holtz Layering stencil (THS003 "RAYS") 
Yellow marker
Wink of Stella (clear glitter)

I started by stamping my star sneaker on a separate piece of card-stock and set it aside to dry.  While that was drying I grabbed my card front (cut 1/4 in less than A4 size on each side), and added my rays stencil.  After I finished stenciling I went back and cut out my star sneaker stamp.  I decided It would pop a bit more if I matted it with a layer of black card stock, so I did. 
(This also allows it to match the card base which is matted on black as well)

After deciding I needed a tad more color, I chose to color in the star with a yellow marker, then added some clear Wink of Stella over that. 

The final step was to stamp my sentiment, and add pop-dots to adhere my card and start sneaker together. 

Thank you for stopping by! 
I hope you have found some inspiration for a fun and easy card!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Artist Trading Coins: Three Amigos

A short while back I participated in an international swap of artist trading coins. ATCoins have become really popular lately; ATCoins are just like artist trading cards but circular, with diameter of 2.5 inches.

These were my very first ATCoins, and I ended up creating two identical sets of three coins; three of them I sent to my swapee, and three I kept to myself.

Here's how my 'Three Amigos' ATCoins looked like:

They were really fun and easy to make:

I started with die-cutting the circles from white cardstock (one of the nesting Sizzix circle dies has a diameter of 2.5 inches!). For coloring the coin backgrounds I used a purple Distress Ink, then splashed the inked surface with water, and dried with my heat gun. For the finishing touch I used a VLVS! pattern stamp ('Doodle Dots', my favorite!).

I stamped the main images on white cardstock, colored with Promarkers, and cut out. Lady Grey and the cute fox (which I colored like it was a raccoon, lol!) had some fine details that could not be fuzzy cut, so instead of trying to cut out the fox whiskers or Lady Grey's hair I stamped the complete images on the purple background, and glued the simplified fuzzy cut images on top. Worked well!

I love the shape and size of the ATCoins. They were so fun to create, and I'm sure I'll make many more!
Have you created ATCoins already?

For my ATCoins I used the following VLVS! stamps:

Wishing you a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!