Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SDC 271 Bling It On

Oh, dear. I think we all know how I feel about bling. This challenge was for sure, for me. We recently had a new release and one of my favorite stamps was this cupcake girl. It made for the perfect birthday card!

I colored her with my copic markers. She is a dream to color and I love her little buck teeth. I used as many kinds of bling as would fit onto this card to make it bling-y.

Be sure to check out the rest of the team (on the left-hand side of my blog) So much inspiration to be seen!! Thanks for stopping by!

Ingredients:

Cupcake Girl: Stampotique
Studio Calico Atlantic Collection Paper
Paper Studio Paper Frame
Kaiser Craft Sparklets
Adhesive Gems and Studs
Twine
Copic Markers
Color Box Black Ink

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Word Up!

Its that time again! Starting to really, really enjoy these word up weekends over at Stampotique. It gives me a chance to showcase some of our most snarky (as well as sweet) sentiments. Stampotique has quite a wide range sentiments.

This week I chose one of our new snarky sentiments from our latest sentiment cube. This particular sentiment is the partner to the saying, "Aren't you a little ray of sunshine" and takes it one step further. Love it!!

I also used this adorable Cooee, another of our newest April release. I used my gelatos to watercolor him. I really liked the way he turned out. I used stencils and paint as well as some  crackle paint to create the background for the base. Of course I used my ray stencil with the black crackle paint to create the rays of black. 
At first I was a bit unsure of the black with the orange, teal and green...I didn't want it to end up too Halloween-y but in the end, I feel like it all came together well and that the idea was put across well. 

Now, to update my eyeglasses prescription so I can sit and read for long periods of time again. 

Ingredients:

Cooee: Stampotique
Phrase Cube 2: Stampotique
Dina Wakely Acrylic Paint
Americana Acrylic Paint
Color Box Ink
Lindy's Stamp Gang Black Forest Black Magical Shaker
Faber Castell Gelato
Posca White Paint Pen
Ranger Crackle Paint
American Crafts 
Balzar Designs Number Stencil
Tim Holtz Ray Stencil
Bakers Twine
Micro Fine Glitter

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Lindy's Color Challenge For April

Good morning, all! I am so excited to finally get to share this secret! Stampotiqu and Lindy's Stamp Gang have collaborated to bring you something extra special this month! The Stampotique ladies were sent some of the most amazing mixed media products that I have gotten to play with in a very long time!!  Will you just look at this deliciousness??
Of course, the color palate we were sent was perfect for the April color challenge that Lindy's has running. I love this color combination. I would never have thought to put that green in there. Perfection!

For my project I really wanted to showcase the versatility of not just Stampotique stamps, but the versatility of Lindy's products. I started with a blank chipboard frame slathered with acrylic gesso. (when in doubt, gesso!!!) I used my Flat Fabio Raspberry Lemonade. Such a gorgeous pink! Yumm-O!! I then watered it down and let it run all over, using the heat gun to move the color around. I created about 3 layers this way. 

So, my favorite product that I have tried from Lindy's has to be the magic shakers. LOOK at how many colors are magically in the Black Forest Magic Shaker, guys!!! 
 Seriously, will you just LOOK at this MAGIC up in here?? My mind almost literally exploded when I tried the Magic Shaker the first time. I already have 2 more picked out to buy you guys. Seriously...
In the end, this was my base for my frame. I love how reactive the sprays are. Just a bit of water changes everything!! SO much fun!!
Now, for the details. We were sent a little jar of Magical in Sidewalk Chalk and admittedly, at first I was unsure why we would need white....MAN was I narrow-minded. After thinking on it I experimented. A bit of Starburst Spray in Hawaiian Blue with a pinch of Magical and poof, a goreous pastel blue that I could mix into my Ranger texture paste. It....was....gorgeous!!! I used my Dina Wakely arrow stencil and that blue really popped off of the frame.

Next I decided to use the Embossing Powder we were sent (Dandelion Yellow Green).  I grabbed one of our latest release stamps from Stampotique, a scrawling script background stamp and together these are really beautiful. The only trouble is, the subtle color doesn't pick up on photo the way it does in real life so, you will just have to trust me when I tell you how beautiful it is. Subtle is good.Not to mention, I have used quite a few embossing powders in my day but this one, because of  how fine it is, has the best coverage before and after heating that I have ever used.
I used all 3 sprays, the Flat Fabio, and both Starburst sprays to water color these sweet flowers from Stampotique. I have been wanting to use this stamp for what feels like forever and this project was just the right thing. I ended up coloring 2 of them and really like how easily these sprays worked as watercolors. Additionally, I used some extra Hawaiian Blue texture paste on this vintage key. Gave it a more shabby look instead of a vintage look. The small flower here was created using a white paper flower and spraying it thoroughly with Starburst Spray in Rusty Lantern Lime. It is hard to tell, but that flower is so shimmery in the light!!
While researching Lindy's Stamp Gang I came across this really wonderful video showing how to create flowers from used baby wipes (used as in....painted and splattered, not used by babies). I knew I had to create a couple of these for this project. Using the sprays, of course. I used Rusty Lantern Lime and the Black Forest Magic Shaker on the paper frame.  
The end result is so wonderful! I will have to either gift this frame (this will be almost impossible) or, I will have to find the most wonderful photo. This frame is a statement piece all of it's own. It is difficult to see but the embossed script is on both top and bottom of the frame.
I really hope this inspires you to get messy and create something beautiful. Until this project I had no idea just how versatile all of the sprays and products really could be and I challenged myself to ONLY use the Lindy's products provided and was not at all disappointed. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised. So, thank you Lindy's Stamp Gang for teaming up with Stampotique. I see a new obsession in my future!

Ingredients:

Kassa's Blossom: Stampotique
Script Background: Stampotique
Flat Fabio Raspberry Lemonade: Lindy's Stamp Gang
Stardust Spray Hawaiian Blue: Lindy's Stamp Gang
Stardust Spray Rusty Lantern Lime: Lindy's Stamp Gang
Magical Sidewalk Chalk Lindy's Stamp Gang
Magical Shaker Black Forest Black Lindy's Stamp Gang
Embossing Powder: Dandelion Yellow Green: Lindy's Stamp Gang
Jolee's Boutique/EK Success White Paper Flowers
Arrows Stencil: Dina Wakely
White Paper Frame: Jilli Bean Soup
Bakers Twine: Tim Holtz
Adhesive Pearls
Adhesive Gems
Star Sequins
Texture Paste: Ranger

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SDC #270 Text Background

So, as if Stampotique didn't already have a ton of good sentiments and words, they now have this sweet script stamp and I thought it was perfect for this week's challenge theme which just happens to be Text Background!

I know you have seen all of our wonderful new releases for March. This uses two of our newbies. I decided to go with mail art because it just made sense to me with the text background.

I stamped Elaine  onto some label  paper that you would normally put through your printer and heat set the ink (colorbox works awesome for this). I watercolored her and heat set her again and then she was ready to go.
As for the text, I realized I had some fucia embossing powder in my stash so the words got the embossing treatment. I don't think it will be a problem for the mail service....I hope....You can tell I was having some problems as, I didn't realize until too late, that the envelope was not 100% dry yet so the powder wanted to stick where it didn't belong. MY BAD....
I also created a label out of the label paper and distressed it a bit with some doodles and ink.  Viola! Text background! Boom! Be sure to check out our other DT members (left sidebar) because they are even more amazing!! Also be sure to link up your text background projects so we can see!!

Ingredients:

Elaine: Stampotique
Text Background: Stampotique
Hanging Hearts: Stampotique
Dylusions Sprays
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spray
Color Box Black Ink
Label Paper
Manila Envelope
Acrylic Gesso: Master's Touch

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Word Up!!

I am here again to showcase one of our MANY, many sentiments from Stampotique. This week I jumped back in time just a bit to an older release and played with our Happy Camper sentiment along with our Tee Pee. It always makes me smile.

Of course, I used teals, pinks and purples since they are my favorite and they really feel whimsical. I decided to mirror stamp the tee pee and create a spinner card. Lately, I have really enjoyed creating interactive cards so this was just one more that I was inspired to make. I even broke out my cuddle bug and my spellbinders!

Be sure to check out our Facebook group for many more fun sentiment creations this weekend!!

Ingredients:

Tee Pee: Stampotique
Happy Camper Text
Spellbinders Circle Die
Speelbinders Scallop Die
Dylusions Ink Sprays
Colorbox Ink
Colored Pencils
Dove Blender Pen
Adhesive Gems
Sequins
Enamel Dots

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Messy Evening

My friend Kristy and I haven't gotten together in WAY too long to craft so we did last night. We got SO messy...and it was wonderful. 

We played with spray inks as well as alcohol inks and Yupo paper. 

I actually pulled out some stamps that have been gathering dust for quite some time My Dina Wakely stamps were calling to me!!

I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and created gorgeous paper and then stamped and water-colored Dina's stamp. I also used one of her sentiments. I got this set at Hobby Lobby on clearance. The font and the sentiments are wonderful.
As for the Yupo paper, I really love it and it is so neat how you can continue layering the colors. Kind of mesmerizing. I probably won't buy any more tho. I feel like I can't control the outcome as well as I would like. It IS pretty, though! Can't wait to find a good use for them! 



This post is short and sweet. Hope you enjoy the colors and all! Have a wonderful day!

Word Up Weekend Ya'LL!

So, even though I may be from the south, when I speak most people think I am from the North. Always makes me giggle. So, there. Some South for Ya'LL Haha.

So this weekend I am back for Word Up Weekend with another fun and interactive ATC. This time, a slide pop up card. When I first started making cards I had an entire notebook filled with card instructions for things like this. It is fun to go back to my roots to create some fun ATCs.

The trouble I had with this one as well as a few others was that the instructions are for gigantic cards! So what's a card maker to do? Scale it down, of course!

Here is what you will need to create this card in ATC size:

2.5 x 3.5 in pieces of card-stock (you will need 2) Base pieces
1 7/8 x 3 in piece of card-stock Pull Slide
1 5/8 x 2 1/8 piece of card-stock Pop Up Front Base
1/2 x 2.0 in piece of card-stock Pop Up Front Image Piece

Take one of your 2 pieces of ATC sized card-stock and mark 3/8 in from all 4 edges. Cut 3 of the 4 sides (2 long and one short) leaving the 4th to be scored. The 4th will be the top of your card.
You will also score 1/4 inch from the bottom cut and 1 1/8 inches from the top score. Your 1/4 inch score will be valley, center will be peak and top will be valley. I have shown all of this in the above photo.

This next piece is the pull tab piece. You will attach the bottom portion of this piece to the bottom score portion of the piece you just cut and scored from the back. Once attached you can pull this tab and the front piece slides and pops up! (see top photo)
This image below is flipped because of how I wrote the numbers so, think upside-down, but the top will be even with the front and the bottom of the pull tab will be attached as shown here. 
These last two pieces will be the portion you attach to the front of the card that, when slid up, will pop up. I have created these to be nesting so that you have a frame.
The piece with this adorable kitty and polka dots is what is created just above. And, of course, lastly attach the two base pieces, only adhering the long sides. Leave the short sides open. Esp the top so that you can pull the tab, creating the pop up slide. Also be sure not to overlap your adhesive with the pull tab.
 I decided to use two sentiments: One on the top portion of the pull tab and one sentiment inside the bottom frame inside when revealed. I loved these two sentiments with the look on this kitten's face. Thought it matched up pretty well and it made me smile.

This is such a fun little card and once I figured out how to downsize it it went fairly quickly.. I have several more ideas so, be sure to check back for new and exciting ATCs!

Ingredients:

Line Up: Stampotique
Phrase Cube: Stampotique (2 of the 4 used)
Dylusions Sprays
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Color Box Black Ink
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

SDC268 Ribbon and Lace

Welcome to week 2 of our Ribbon and Lace challenge. This one was a bit of a challenge for a moment for me, only because I have moved away from using ribbon, tho in the past I used it for EVERYTHING!!! Thankfully, I found this wonderful ribbon with pom poms and it was perfect for the project I had in mind.

So, it being March, did you know we had a brand new stamp release over at Stampotique? Some really neat images this time!!

So, for this card I tried to color with copics first and after 2 failed attempts I figured it was time to scratch and go a different route. Enter, Faber Castell Gelatos and a watercolor brush pen. WOW, what a difference. I was able to really let go and just create! I was originally going to find some designer papers to go with this delightful image and then I had a thought, what if I just go crazy with my gelatos! MAN, I am in love with the outcome!
For the ribbon aspect I, of course, used the same pom pom ribbon, cut off the pom poms and then used it for a scarf and it made the image come to life for me. Made it even more delightful, if that is even possible.
 Not sure about you but I kind of want to go flying with these guys!

Be sure to check out Stampotique.com to see our entire release for this month! Betting you will find more fun items to put on your wish list! Happy shopping, and we can't wait to see your projects using ribbon or lace!

Ingredients:

All Aboard! (Stampotique)
Faber Castell Gelatos
Watercolor Brush Pen
Target Pom Trim
Ranger Archival Black Ink
3L Adhesive Squares

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Back For Word Up Weekend!

Over at Stampotique we have so many wonderful sentiments and they don't always get their due, so we have started doing what we call Word Up Weekend so that we can showcase our sentiments!

This week I have another new release for the month of March. CUPCAKES! Seriously! Delish, right? Not only do we have a cupcake, we also have a baby cupcake AND a cupcake SENTIMENT! Kind of perfect!

I don't use designer paper early as often as I used to, tho, my love for it has not lessened. When I saw this new cupcake set of stamps, however, I knew I had to use my designer papers to make them pop.I decided to stamp the wee cupcake all over the designer paper background to add some more flair and think it turned out great.
I water-colored and splattered the image and the sentiment. I love that you can color in this sentiment. It makes it that much more delightful. I really liked how this project turned out in the end. I also love the shimmery gelatos! Yum!

Be sure to hop over to Stampotique.com to see all of our new releases for the month of March.

Ingredients:

Cupcake (Stampotique)
Cupcake Text (Stampotique
My Mind's Eye Jubilee "Sherbert" paper stack
Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss Paper Stack
Paper Studio Doily
Faber Castell Gelato
Water Color Brush Pen
3L Adhesive Squares
Bakers Twine
Adhesive Pearls
Ranger Archival Ink

Friday, March 3, 2017

Under The Sea

No, no....this is not a story about a mermaid and a singing crab...this is the story of 2 really fun ATC cards for the latest ATC swap over on the Stampotique FaceBook page.

So, I was talking with another of the design team members about interactive cards so I decided to get started on creating some!!

This month our theme for the ATC swap is, "under the sea".  My first thought was to use our latest mer-creature again but both mer creatures were a bit large for what I was doing, though, now that I think about it....hmmm....I love it when ideas pop into your head at the most random moments.

ANYway....I decided to use a couple of sentiments coupled with our sea creatures. We have so many, but these are the two are the ones I own so these are the guys ready to pee their pants with happiness.


I am really happy with the outcome. I can't wait to create some more and maybe try some other interactive cards.

So the center/outside ATC is one of my favorite Stampotique quotes. Not sure why but it makes me want to giggle. Love the way the squiggle arms and the  bling play with the words of the sentiment.

The second part of the project continues the theme of under the sea as well as peeing your pants. .lol Apparently, we at Stampotique like potty humor...and I approve. If happiness is like peeing then, couldn't YOU just pee your pants? I sure could. Love this seahorse. There are actually more than just this guy. You should check out our shop. 
 And, of course, adorable Octopet fits right in. Also, the squggle arms remind me of sea weed so I keep using it with my sea creatures. Really excited to share these with whomever my partners end up being in the swap. Might even be YOU if you join the swap so head over to FaceBook and join!!
Ingredients:

Octopet: Stampotique
Rudy: Stampotique
Couldn't You Just...: Stampotique
Happiness: Stampotique
Circles Cube: Stampotique
Dylusions Sprays
Colorbox Black Ink
Faber Castell Gelatos
Marvy Watercolor Pen
Tim Holtz Twine

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Word Up Weekend!

Back with another Word Up Weekend post! Seriously, have you checked out all of the amazing sentiments and words that Stampotique has on their website?? There is a little of everything from snarky to sweet. So, GO check it out! But not before checking out my card this week.

I have had these wings for awhile and I don't know, I just really loved the idea of them being the background for this birthday card. Maybe not everyone loves sunshine and rainbows on their birthday, you know?

So I used my normal technique and created this bloody, grungy background. Okay, maybe not blood. Side note: Did you know that Heidi Swapp color shine goes bad over time and even if you do get it to come out of the bottle it dries into a sticky blob? I know that now. Guess its time to replace it! Darn...new supplies...

So this Happy Birthday is, obviously, from Stampotique and was perfect paired with these gothic-type wings. Additionally, this stamp comes accompanied by 2 other sentiments. 3 for 1, eh?? Really was satisfied with the outcome here. Topped the card off with some slate gray sequins. (gotta have some bling, guys)
So, NOW you are allowed to go and check out Stampotique's sentiments, words and numbers. Cause, they have those too. .Happy wording!

Ingredients:

3 Greetings, Stampotique
Bat-Like Wings, Stampotique
Dylusions Spray Inks
Faber Castell Gelato
Color Box Black Ink
Paper Studio Sequins
Bristol Smooth Surface Paper

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sling Bag Prototype

So, after several years of sewing it is becoming clear to me that I do  better when I make my own pattern than when I try to find one. After spending about an hour looking for a pattern for a meru/kavu style bag pattern and not finding even one that was free, I decided to make my own. It was difficult and took me all day but I like the result and cannot wait to make another with the improvements I have planned.

So, what I did was take my Meru bag and trace the outside onto paper. Then, I broke the bag down into parts. Back panel, 2 front panels, pockets (including an elastic pocket for the inside)

Of course, you also need some sturdy interfacing and I used 2 layers of plush batting for the shoulder strap portion. The zipper I used was about 20 inches long, possibly 22. It wasn't packaged and I id end up cutting off a small portion on the end.

I have had this fabric for a really long time. Back from my tote selling days. It is so cheerful and I loved how they looked together. It was purchased at Joann Fabrics and is the most soft, flowy cotton. Luxurious!
So, problems....First, I sewed the panels together when I should have left the edges raw. Sewing them together created a problem with the sizing. Instead of having my 1/4 inch seam it turned into a half inch seam allowance because I had to sew it twice. This also caused the smaller panel on the front to be too small so the zipper comes almost to the edge creating a gape when you unzip it.

Second, I put the shoulder strap on the top center instead of placing it to the side. This created a problem where the top of the bag sticks out and the strap loses about a half inch or more. .::facepalm::

Third, the inside has raw edges much like my harry potter bag, however I have not found a solution for this.

Lastly, the bottom portion that attaches to the bottom strap puckers...I am not quite sure how I am going to fix this problem. Suggestions are welcome.

FUN features....

I made my first elastic pocket! SO easy and SO handy for the inside of the bag! Be sure that you sew the pocket to the inside panel as well as the interfacing before you sew the backing on. You don't want a pocket shape on the back of your bag. ;)
Also, I made a clip to hold my keys, just like my Meru has. My Meru bag has single-handedly removed the issue of my losing my keys be it from falling out of my bag, or just losing them in general because they are always attached to my bag! I also created a lanyard that matched my bag to replace my sad 31 lanard that needed to be retired.
I really love that I found a way to use what I have instead of going to the store to buy specialty items. I had this hook and these D rings and used them to create a system, like my Meru bag, that can easily take the bag off without going over my head each time, although, in all truth, I rarely use that feature on my Meru. Now, the seams on the D ring area could be better. Still learning how to do that, but I am pleased with it since it is my first go. 
Here is the back of the bag. This fabric is just so cheerful. You can sort of see the bottom flap here and the top where the strap is messed up. However, its not bad enough for me not to use this bag. I am in love and I already have fabric lined up to make one for my 10 year old and one more for myself. EEEP!

If you have any questions at all, feel free to message me or email me or comment blow. I am happy to share with you! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Little Something Extra

So, back a month or two ago I found these cool gear drink containers at Walmart on clearance. One was a warm beverage tumbler and one was a cold beverage tumbler. They had coloring sheets that slip inside the tumbler. Of course, I wasn't thinking of the coloring sheets....I wanted to create something with the latest Stampotique release....so that is exactly what I did.

What I did not anticipate was how difficult it would be to get a good PHOTO of the tumbler when I was done! Yeesh! Finally, the sun came out and that, of course, did help. So, hang onto your hats, this is going to be a photo heavy post.

So this month we had a new release at Stampotique and I was excited to see that there was a merMAN in the bunch to round out the mer-collection. Of course, I wanted to do an underwater scene like, ASAP....so that is exactly what I did here.
I started with a background using Bristol smooth surface paper and Dylusions ink sprays mixed with Heidi Swapp Color Shine ink sprays to create an underwater look. I used Americana acrylic Paint to create colored bubbles and then stamped circles (from Stampotique) to create even more bubbles. The squiggles are also Stampotique. ;) I loaded up with the stamps on this project!
Then, enter the merpeeps and octo-pet. I water-colored the images using Fabre Castell gelatos. I have had a lot of fun using these for water-coloring recently as they fill the gaps left by my watercolor pencils where I am short on certain colors.
I decided to outline the images more boldly with a permanent black marker to make them pop better. One downfall to creating something with a specific color story is realizing it all blends together.
I love how the images, when put all together created a sense of motion and a sense that they were, indeed, underwater! I was very excited to see this project come together. 
I can say this. Using a thick paper has its drawbacks when you are trying to shove it into a thin space. I had a hard time getting everything to fit since the images created, essentially, a second layer. That being said, once it was in the tumbler it came to life for me all over again.
My son keeps threatening to steal this tumbler from me. He loves the images and he loves that it is so colorful. I have to hide my tumbler from my child, haha!

I am so excited with the way this project turned out. I just have it sitting on the shelf so I can look at it. I have a color beverage tumbler too and cannot wait to get going on a story for it as well, so be sure to check back here soon!

Ingredients:

Smushasha: Stampotique
Snuhubala: Sampotique
Octopet: Stampotique
Circles Cube: Stampotique
Squiggle Arms: Stampotique
Bristol Smooth Surface Paper
Dylusions Ink Sprays
Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Americana Acrylic Paint
Fabre Castell Gelatos
Mod Podge
Cool Gear Tumbler
Clear Snap Black Ink
Ranger Archival Black Ink