Friday, July 27, 2018

Ethose ATC Trio

Hello Groupies!!!
Here we are at the end of July...JULY, can you believe it??!  Where does the time go?
Michele here wrapping up another fabulous month of INSPIRATION.

I created a trio of ATC's with the some of the Ethos stamps by Tina Walker.

I was coveting a piece of kraft cardstock that I gelli printed with Dina Wakely paints; elephant, fushia, blackberry and sky.  It was one of the only gelli prints I have done that I actually liked!!

Well...I cut it up into a couple of ATC's!

Stamps used:  Ethos Owl, Ethos Seeing Eye, Ethos House, Ethos Woman, Ethos Sunrise, Love Repeat, Organized Chaos, That Look of Otherness.
All are stamped in archival ink.

Doodling and coloring with Posca Paint Pens.

You might notice some masking of the images and even some fussy cutting.

I am having so much fun with these stamps!!

Until next time...get inky!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Love and Bugs

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I want to share a grungy style love card.
This card was fun and easy to create. 

Stamps Used:
Deathhead Moth
Double Coffee Rings

I started by stamping my background image in distress ink (aged mahogany).  I then added tea dye, rusty hinge, and brushed corduroy distress ink on top. 

I stitched this layer to my black base. To add depth, I added the corrugated cardboard, and a scrap of burlap.

I chose the love sticker, because I wanted something bold.  I wanted this to pop and stand out.

I also stamped the coffee ring stamp on the background. 

To finish everything off I added my death head moth, and some random black and white splatters. 

I hope you all enjoy this simple card as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you for visiting the blog today! 
I hope you have a great week!!!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Colorful Art Journal Page by Elina

Elina with you here today, sharing my latest art journal page. Hope you like it:

Whenever I do mono printing or stencilling with acrylic paints, I like to use empty art journal book pages for cleaning my brushes, stencils and brayers. It's an easy way to utilize the leftover paint, but more importantly I feel that it's often easier to start working on a new art journaling project when the starting point is not a completely white page. Sometimes the patterns and colors on a 'tool cleaning page' get a bit crazy, but there's always the possibility to add white gesso or other new colors on top.
Such messy and busy page was my starting point for my latest art journal page, too:

I started with adding white gesso on the middle part of both pages. Once the paint was dry I stamped patterns on it, using same colors than I already had on the spread:

For my main elements I chose three cute Leslie Wood images. Oh, how I love them! I stamped the cute 'Creepy Creatures' on heavy white paper, colored with my Promarkers, and cut out.
Fuzzy cutting the finest details like hair or antennas was too difficult, so I re-stamped the images on the page, and glued the fuzzy-cut images on top.

Before gluing down the 'Creepy Creatures' I added some stamped, colored, and fuzzy cut images on the bottom part of the spread. For colors I again chose similar hues than I already had on the background.

Then some finishing touches with a white gel pen and my page was ready. And I love it!

Here's a list of the VLVS! stamps I used for my project (click on the links for more product info):
Creepy Striped Creature by Leslie Wood
Creepy Fairy Walking Dog by Leslie Wood
Forest Critter by Leslie Wood
Writing Circles Background
Rows of Numbers
Staple X
Six Staples
Six Hexagon Background
Bamboo Stalk
Whimsical Triangle Banner
Handmade with Art
Her wings were made

Wishing you a wonderful, colorful day!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Whimsical Lady Tag ► Majo

Good morning, my dear crafty friends.

Today I'd like to show you a tag with one of my favorite stamps .... no, not the butterfly wings (I know I use them almost always) but with the Whimsical Lady, I just love her!

 Let's get started without any further ado ...

I started with a tag, a stencil and *Broken China* Distress Ink.

 I added Distress Spray Paint in three different colours. Make sure you let each layer dry in between, otherwise you will not get the "spotty" effect!

 I stamped the flower and also a sentiment with
*Broken China* Distress Ink for more interest on the background.

To highlight the petals just a tad, I lightly used bleach with a tiny brush.

The pretty lady and the wings were fuzzy cut, coloured and added to the tag with pop dots.

I stamped the sentiment, which I think fit her attitude perfect, and adhered it with pop dots.

A chiffon bow finished my Whimsical Lady Tag. 

These are the stamps I used:


I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial, see you next time.

Happy Crafting ♥ 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Travelers Notebook Pages | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Here in Australia, my children have just finished their winter school holidays; and as much as I loved spending extra time with them, it did make it more difficult to find time to create than usual. It also meant that every time I did create, my mini crafters were right there sharing my space. The solution was to work on a smaller scale, so I switched to working in a travelers notebook.

The beauty of working in the notebook meant I was able to create these pages with far less supplies than I would usually use for a traditional scrapbook layout. (It's also a great way to use up some of those phone photos that aren't the best quality, as they are printed in a smaller size.)

Here are a couple of pages I created documenting some daily moments...

The process for creating the pages was simple. I started by deciding where my photos were going to be placed and then just sat them on the page without sticking them down. I then tore some pieces of washi tape and added them to the page to provide some structure to work from, and also a splash of colour. Next, I chose a stamp as my focal image that supported the theme of my photos and began constructing the page. 

For the bike riding page I chose the Whimsical Wheeley Dog as my main stamped image, and She Spread Her Wings as the title. I added the Let Fear Be quote at the bottom of the page; and the I Do All My Own Stunts quote at the top of the page; then used the Row of Chevrons stamp to draw attention to the title and main photo.  

I used Miracle Tape to fix my photos my photos in place before adding my handwritten journalling with a felt pen. Watercolour pencils were used to add colour to the page, which were blended out with a water brush. To finish off, I used the Doodle Dots stamp and green ink to add some extra interest, and tie in further with the green spotted washi tape I had used. I also stamped the date.

For my second page, which was about our outing to see "Hotel Transylvania" at the movies, I followed the same process as for the previous page - first deciding where my photos would go, then adding the washi tape before moving onto the stamps. 

To tie in with one of the characters from the movie, I chose the Mummy stamp as my main focal image. I also stamped the Freaks stamp several times for the title of my page. I then looked for other stamps that supported my theme, choosing the Blood Dripping and Escape stamps to use in the top part of my page. To draw attention to the main focal image, I used the Row of Chevrons stamp.

For the bottom portion of my page, which was about our trip to McDonalds after the movie, I used the Oh My! and Biohazard stamps. (Not sure McDonalds would appreciate the humour in that one! haha)
I then followed the same process to finish as for the previous page - fixing my photos in place with Miracle Tape; adding my journalling; using watercolour pencils to add colour; then stamping the date and adding extra interest with the Doodle Dots stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you.
Have you tried working in a travelers notebook before? If not, I would highly recommend giving it a go! There are no limits to what you can create - you can use it for documenting memories like I have here; for making lists; or even like a mini art journal. The scale is perfect for stamping, and I know they will be fun to look back through in future.
I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used: 
Oh My!

Other materials:
- White cardstock
- Washi tapes
- Staz On ink
- Ranger Archival ink
- Faber-Castell watercolour pencils
- Date stamp
- Felt pen

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Still obsessed with Banksy !

Hello everyone,

For today's post I have made some ATC Coins. They seem to be all the rage at the moment and they are good fun to make. I couldn't resist getting my Banksy's out again because I still love them...

here goes:

I used a gelli print from my stash and cut 5 circles out of it. An ATC Coin should be 2.5" in diameter. 

And here they are. In hindsight I should have done the stamping and stencilling first before cutting the circles but it did work in the end.. 

I used a few background stamps and Archival inks in similar colours to create more interest. 
I also added some dots in dark grey ink. 

Next I selected a bunch of Banksy stamps and sentiments and used my stamping platform to get a nice black image. 

This is what they looked like. I thought they needed some white so I decided to add some stencilling using white acrylic paint. 

So, this is what they ended up as. I really like them. 

A close up. 

and another close up.

I used the following stamps:

For the background:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

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!