Thursday, April 25, 2019

Painted Terra Cotta Pots by Jenn Engle

Hey everyone! Since Spring is finally here, I thought I would paint some terra cotta pots for my plants. The new plate 1512 has different carved flowers that I thought would be perfect for my little pots.

Stamps Used:

I started out with small pots that I got from the Dollar Store (3 pots for $1!) I sprayed them with 2 coats of a teal spray paint. My spray paint is gloss, so I made sure to scuff them up with sandpaper after they dried to help my paints adhere to them.
 On my first pot, I used a whole bunch of colors of Dina Wakley acrylic. I blended a little bit in between colors, but mostly I used my paintbrush to pounce blobs of colors around. I was trying my best to channel my inner impressionistic painter. I just tried to be mindful of how the colors next to each other would mix. To finish of this pot, I stamped Wonderland on tissue paper and adhered it to my pot.

For the second pot, I applied Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks to the different plants and flowers stamps from Stamps from plate 1512. Then, I just stamped them right onto my pot. It was a little difficult because the pot is curved, but if you go slow you can apply them just fine. After the scribble sticks dried, I went in with Dina Wakley acrylic to add pops of color, highlights and to fill in any areas that didn't stamp completely.
 To finish them off, I added 2 coats of Liquitex Gloss Gel to protect my pots and give them a nice shiney look.

For my final step, I put plants in my pots and set them outside by the pond. They are a nice pop of color and my mind is racing with what other stamps I can use on my pots! 

Stamps Used:

Other Products Used:
Terra Cotta Pots
Teal Spray Paint
Scribble Sticks
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint
Liquitex Gloss Gel Medium

Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 22, 2019

"Love.Repeat" Art Journal Page | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here with my latest design team project for you. Today I have a mixed media art journal page to share that I created using a variety of stamps, inks, and assorted collage materials. This piece was inspired by a gorgeous art journal page shared last month by Jenn Engle. (You can see Jenn's page HERE) I really loved the balance between colour and white space on Jenn's page and wanted to create something similar - but with my own twist, of course.

I was working in my 9x6" Jane Davenport journal for this one (it has watercolour paper pages and takes wet media fairly well with no bleed through). I started by putting down multiple layers of Colour Blast Colour Artist Ink; drying between each one with a heat gun to get the "hard" water lines.

Once I had the colour down, I began adding some structure. I started with the Punchinella/Sequin Waste Border; which I stamped vertically using black Staz On ink.

Next, I used the Double Coffee Rings stamp with 'Mowed Lawn' Distress Oxide; stamping it several times over the top. 

I then used the Cross Marks Background with black Staz On to add some marks around the edges of the colour.

Now it was time to add some texture to my page. I used small torn pieces of washi tape and some snippets of punchinella.

I also added a piece of paper doily, some plasterer's tape, and some frayed gauze - all layered in the central focal point of the page.

I then stamped out the focal image for my page using the Squiggle Heart stamp and Staz On ink onto some white cardstock and fussy cut around it. I used a shimmery watercolour paint to colour the heart before sticking it down onto the page.

To finish off, I stamped the sentiment Love.Repeat a few times and then splattered a little bit of blue ink around the edges.

I was really happy with how this page came out - thank you Jenn for the inspiration!

That's all from me today, thanks for stopping by. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used:
Punchinella/Sequin Waste Border
Double Coffee Rings
Cross Marks Background
Squiggle Heart

Other materials:
- Jane Davenport art journal
- Colour Blast Colour Artist Inks
- Tsukineko Staz On ink
- Ranger Distress Oxide
- Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Cube
- Assorted collage materials (as listed in post above)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Hot off the presses just in time for Easter!!!

Michele here with a quick and super cute tag using some of the BRAND NEW stamps designed by Tina Walker for Viva Las VegaStamps!!

On Plate 1512 there is a trio of adorable Irish sheep.

The background is done with Distress Oxide inks.  Doodling and outlining all with Posca Paint pens.

These images are based on Tina's hand carved stamps that were inspired by her trip to Ireland.  They are SO GOOD!!!

Until next time...get inky!!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Some people...

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my blogpost where today I am sharing an art journal spread with a process video. It was a fairly quick one but I still had some problems getting the background the way I wanted it to look.  In the end I think I was happy with how it turned out.

Click HERE for the video or go via the pic below: 

I have used the following stamps :

Other materials:
Gelli Arts Gelli plate 6 "x6"

Amsterdam Acrylics 
- Napels Yellow Deep
- Quin Rose light
- Azo Orange
- Titanium White

PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic
- little black dress

Dina Wakley Stencil - Wallpaper
Molotow white paint marker
Black fine liner

Distress Oxide Inks
- Picked Raspberry
- Carved Pumpkin

Archival Inks:
- Watering Can 
- Jet Black

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Off to Wonderland

Hello Crafty Friends!
Happy Mail Art Monday!!!

Stamps Used:

I started by stamping my scalloped boarder along the base. 
Then masked it off to stamp my main image. 
(for the address box I used Zig millennium markers to trace a rectangle mask.  I used the same marker to make the smoke extend to the top of the envelope)

Next, I colored my base images with blick alcohol markers. 

When everything was colored, I masked everything off and began to create clouds using a hand made stencil and distress ink. 

To finish everything off, I add finishing details with colored pencils, and a white paint marker. 

Thank you for visiting!
I hope this brings you a bit of Monday cheer.

Monday, April 08, 2019

F*ck the Road Not Taken | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
It's Sue Plumb here with my latest design team project with you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to share that features a gorgeous poppy stamp and some photos documenting my tutor display at last year's Brisbane Scrapbook Expo here in Australia. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not one for blindly following the rules, nor am I about being "fake". This layout celebrates the fact that my display was all about representing ME.

To create my page I began by brushing and splattering some black Dina Wakley acrylic paint onto my cardstock. (In hindsight I should have changed my shirt before doing this...another one ruined with paint splattered up my sleeve! haha)

While the paint was drying, I took the Poppy stamp and stamped it out several times onto another sheet of white cardstock using black StazOn ink. I then added colour to each of them using a small brush and a selection of Colour Blast Colour Artist Inks before cutting them out and setting them aside. 
On the same sheet of cardstock, I also stamped out the Triangle Banner stamp using 'Shaded Lilac' Distress Oxide, then fussy cut each of those out as well.

To assemble my page, I started by adding my photos, using some cardboard underneath them to pop them up from the background; and a few pieces of messy white cotton thread for texture. I then arranged the poppies and banners around my photos, using foam tape under some of them for extra dimension.

Alongside my photos I stamped the words Somebody Stop Me! (can anyone, really?) then I also stamped The Road Not Taken sentiment three times onto my page. I also added the Fuck You stamp to finish my title, which led into my handwritten journalling. (Which just explains about how I probably broke some of the unspoken etiquette rules about tutor displays but accurately represented myself.)

I finished off by stamping the Doodle Dots stamp randomly around my page used 'Picked Raspberry' Distress Oxide.

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
- Dina Wakley acrylic paint
- Tsukineko StazOn ink
- Colour Blast Colour Artist Inks
- Ranger Distress Oxides
- Foam tape
- Felt pen

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

We Are the Weirdos!

Happy SPRING!!! 
I have a quickie for you today...I have been SO SO busy at work I just needed some FUN and this card brought a much needed smile to my face!
I hope it brings a springy smile to your face too!!

She is fun right??!!!!

Stamps used:  We are the Weirdos, Lid Lady

The background is created with Distress Oxide Sprays...I am in love with them.  The lady is colored with Prisma Colored Pencils and Gamsol.


Until next time...get inky!!

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

That's a horrible idea by Corrie Herriman

Hello everyone,

For today's post I have made a postcard. I love making postcards, they are small so not intimidatingly large... You can sent them to someone or you can punch holes and with some book rings make them into little books. Great as a reference when you have a little less inspiration !

I coloured a piece of white card stock (6"x 4") with Distress Oxide Sprays. After I dried it with a heattool, I put on an UmWow Studio stencil and sprayed white Dylusions Inkspray through it. I wasn't sure it would work but I think it did..  Next I stamped the background. 
The lady was stamped with Memento ink and coloured with Copic Markers on a separate piece of card stock. I cut her out and adhered her to the card. I used part of a sentiment which was stamped and cut into strips. A little doodling here and there finished it off. 

I used the following stamps:

Other materials:

Um Wow Studio Stencil 

Distress Oxide Sprays 
Fossilized Amber
Spiced Marmelade
Vintage photo

Distress Oxide Inks:
Carved Pumpkin
Vintage Photo 

Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black

Copic Markers

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Monday, April 01, 2019

Ignore Reality

Hello Again, 

Happy April Fool's Day and Mail Art Monday!!!

Stamps Used:
Man with Tea Cup
Double Coffee Rings
Doodle Frame
Cow in your face
Deliver To

I started with an A2 Envelope and card base.

I forgot to take pictures until a few steps in, so I hope you understand my description.
I started by inking my man with tea cup (when inking I masked off the head on the stamp). I stamped the body in memento ink. With the body stamped and dried, I masked this area off.

Next, I stamped the cows head in memento black and masked it off too.

On the envelope, I stamped my scalloped boarder "Doodle frame", and deliver to. I masked off the address area with a small block of paper, and masked off my boarder.

(Below you can see all the pieces masked off)

With everything masked off, I used Distress Oxide inks in: mustard seed, fossilized amber, ripe persimmon, and spiced marmalade. The stencils used were the Tim Holtz layering stencils. 

The best part... removing the masks....
And coloring the base pieces.

Now, the finishing touches...
I stamped my coffee ring stamp. I added a few flicks of distress stain inks in black soot, and picket fence. I also added a matching cactus stamp.

Below on my matching card, I added a Tim Holtz snarky sticker.

I hope you all enjoy this set. This was made special for a new friend whom is also a coffee lover as well as a fan of cows. 

How do you drink your coffee? 
Mine is usually 90% milk and sugar with a hint of coffee...
AKA cappuccino, frappes and lattes