My stamping adventures

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Art Journal wk # 32 - water

week # 32 Water
stamps used:  Fred Mullett, StampaRosa, StarvingArtiststamps
stencil: Simon Says wave stencil
I am liking the simple journal pages I'm doing lately since this challenge is a year long one.  For this water prompt I stamped this beautiful if you can call an octopus beautiful ... yes, I can.  Anyway I stamped him with black ink then did the wave stencil all around him.  stamped the two sayings and called it a day.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Art journal wk#31 Mandala

week #31 - Mandala
Here is my take on the mandala prompt.  I have a Stencil Girl mandala stencils so I wanted to try out the distress oxide inks on black so ....... I painted my page with dylusions black paint and let it dry overnight.  I placed the stencil on the painted black page and went to town with distress oxides: antique linen, twisted citron and spiced marmalade.  it looks much better in real life.  will be playing more with oxides on black.  on the top corners I stamped MFP medallion with white pigment ink and just hand wrote mandala and date with dylusions white paint pen.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fun flap card

stamps used:  Altenew butterflies
This is a fun fold card that has a flap on the bottom front of the card to open.  
base card = 4 1/4" x 11
score and fold at 5 1/2"
1.  cut top of front of the card to create the bottom flap of the card.
2.  adhere pattern paper to front flap.
3.  cut squares of red, kraft and white cardstocks.  adhere together.  adhere to front flap on a diagonal to look like a diamond shape.
4.  stamp and die cut Altenew butterfly.  mount to diamond shape on front of card.
5.  inside of card - adhere a strip of kraft and white cardstock.
6.  stamp and die cut small Altenew butterflies.  adhere to inside of card.
Right now this card is sentiment free but when I'm ready to send it I will stamp a sentiment.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hip or not Hip

stamps used:  Stampers Anonymous TH Hipster
For this card and tag I used the chicken from the Hipster stamp set ... they are just so cool or should I say hip!  If you check out my blog you know I played with my alcohol inks a little while back and, of course that means a lot of backgrounds.  I took one of the backgrounds and made this simple but hip card using the chicken hipster.  the alcohol background for the card has a vintage feel to it with all the browns and gold.  Now the tag more vibrant with the blues and reds.  As you can see these images can stand alone and look great.  you can see me playing with the alcohol inks here in this post or Sue Wisniewski - YouTube for a video I did ... while you are there please feel free to check out other videos by me.  leave a comment and thumbs up/down (hopefully not down) so I know you stopped by.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Last of the leaves

stamps used:  Hot Potatoes, RBBB, Museum of Modern Rubber - unfortunately all these stamp companies are gone with the wind.
These postcards are the last of the leaves from the Duoprinting with chlorophyll technique. The leaves on the beverage postcards are from the Sassafras and the radish postcards are leaves from the radish.
 I've had so much fun doing this technique which you can find at Splitcoaststampers - Resources for all the details.  That's not to say I won't do more before the summer is done ... I'm sure I will but for now I'm taking a break from this technique because I have plenty of cards and postcards to send out to friends and family for right now.  But if you would like to see more of my cards/postcards with this technique you can go here or here for another look.   

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A bunch of cards

stamps used:  Stampin' Up
I went to a local class to check out the in colors for Stampin' Up.  It was fun, mainly because I went with a couple of friends and we had fun just being out of the house for a night.  I do like that tulip stamp set ... too bad it is a hostess gift, I think.  it is a nice two step stamp set and believe it or not you only use one color with the two stamps and you get the great shading on the stamped image.  it's the way the actual stamp is made.  I made two cards with the tulip stamp set because the pink card used the pink ribbon stamp set but I wanted to stay positive so my friend who designed the cards let me change the pink card for me.  The sea shell card is my stand by technique ... resist!  resist is always a winner.  for this resist technique we stamped with VersaMark ink ... let it dry ... then brayered all that wonderful color over the images ... buff it to make the shells pop!  think this is my favorite card out of the bunch.  The die cut heart card uses the new fig ink color and beautiful pattern paper.  The resist may be my favorite technique card but the lemon/lime twist color is my favorite color!  and the stamp set we used for the lemon/lime card is so much fun ... check out those scissors and that saying.  that's it for today.  enjoy!  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Art Journal wk#30 - opposites

week #30 - prompt is Opposites
For this page I used a couple of Dyan Reavely stencils with her dylusions paints.  this is the easiest page I've done, yet, for this group.  just wasn't a prompt I could get into but that is alright...there are still quite a few weeks left so I'm sure there will be other prompts I will do better.  to explain a little about what I was going for with this page .... my husband and I are complete opposites in every aspect so I did night for him and day for me.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Art Journal wk#29 - list

week #29 - feature a list
stamps used:  MFP
This prompt made me think of Santa so that is what I did for feature a list.  I first hand drew the scroll then stamped sayings inside the scroll .... for to mention I did use my Prisma color pencils to color the ends of the scroll and the stamped Santa.  the background is just colors stippled with my old stand stipple brushes.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Art journal wk# 28 - wonder

week #28 - Wonder
stamps used:  moon rose, limited edition, 
Wonder, wonder, wonder, who or what?  isn't there a song lyric with that phrase in it?  someone out there help me remember.
Oh well, back at the art journal ..... I stamped a couple of old images ( I say old because they have been in my collection for probably 20 years) for this page with black ink.  added a little color on the rose with my prisma color pencils to make it pop and it is yellow because my favorite flower colors are yellow or white.  background color is just distress inks here and there.  so go out there and wonder about whatever you like.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Hang out everyday

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

Here are two cards where I stamped on kraft cardstock and colored with my favorite coloring medium ... Prisma color pencils.  I just think that color pencil pop when done on kraft cardstock or for that fact just about any color cardstock.   I've also done it on dark brown and black cardstocks, too.  The sloth card is colored very simply with white, cream and brown color pencils ... to make it really stand out I took the white pencils and highlighted all around the image.  what do you think ... would you like to hang out with him?  This sloth brings back memories when my oldest son did a report on the sloth for school.  funny how some things pop into this ole head.  The bird card has more color because birds are more colorful than sloths but who to say I won't do another sloth and just add lots of color to him.  maybe I will.  now back to our sweet bird ... she is colored with a few blues for the body and cream/white on her belly.  Again I used the white pencil to highlight all around her to make her pop even more.  I can see her in all different colors in the future.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tag fun

stamps used:  Stampers Anonymous
A couple of tags with lots of bright colors ... and for me that is hard because I'm more the vintage or muted color gal.  I went bright because I was thinking fun birthday tags.  for the background I used lots of distress inks ... regular and oxide then I spritzed a stencil with water ... placed the watered side down on the inked tag ... let it hang out for a minute or two ... then removed to get the faint water resist effect.  next I stamped the ostrich image onto kraft cardstock and colored with my Prisma color pencils as anyone who knows me that is my favorite coloring medium.  I fussy cut the ostrich (don't own the die) and mounted her on the tag with foam mounting tape.  the balloon on the right was stamped onto some backgrounds I had out on my table but the one on the left was colored with Prisma color pencils.  now the balloon I do have the die so I die cut them and again used foam mounting tape to pop them onto the tag.  the string on the left is stamped and die cut but the string on the right is actual string.  I stamped the words from the same stamp set with the ostrich.  Oooops, forgot about the party hat they were also stamped onto the background paper then die cut and taped to the ostrich's head.  these tags will be saved until I need to send out a birthday to one of my friends.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

more duoprinting with chlorophyll

stamps used:  Stampin' Up, MFP

Still having fun with duoprinting with chlorophyll!  It is always fun when we can find things around the house or in nature to use with our craft.  The only problem is that when it is so easy to use what is around us it becomes addicting because it doesn't interfere with our budget.  For this technique some leaves work better than others as you can see from the photos.  The top photo is using leaves I got from a friend's house and they worked great.....just don't ask me what the names of them are....I think the ruffle type leaf that looks similar to oak leaf is a chrysanthemum leaf but don't quote me on that.  My friend gave me a baggie full of leaves to take home and try for this technique so have no idea what leaf is what.   The bottom photo has wisteria and lemon balm leaves ... I know that because they are from my yard.  You can look back at this post to see the other samples I made and more information on this technique.  go out in nature and see what you can find to make into art.