My stamping adventures

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer time is here

stamps used:  Stampin' Up
Just had some playtime using SU seaside shore, a stencil and some crazy colors.  don't have a lot of SU ink pads so went into my stash of Ranger Adirondack ink pads to mix and match some fun colors.  these cards don't have any insides, yet ..... till I know what they will be used for ... can be birthday ... just for you ... or just plain inside and write my own note.  did some random stamping on the top card that is a dark blue and mustard color.  for the bottom card I did a mini square stencil first ... stamped seaweed, shells and bubble over the inked stencil background.  stamped the fish separately then fussy cut them out and mounted them on top of the background piece.  both these cards are A2 size ... my favorite size card to create.  have fun and enjoy the weather outside.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Art journal wk#23 - color graduation

wk# 23 - color graduation
stamps used: Ranger  dylusions
inks: Ranger distress inks
Now if you know me and I'm told to do color graduations.....what color do you think I am going to pick?????  yeah, easy!!!  that's a given.  Again, I kept it simple and let the color shine.  Just stamped a couple of images for fun and of course the date.....added a few Nuvo drops just because I could.

Monday, June 12, 2017

art journal wk# 22 - lift

week #22 - Lift
stencils by Crafter's Workshop
stamps - dragonflies by ASITH, typewriter alphabet/numbers by Stampers Anonymous

I used dylusions sprays to color the background and let it air dry overnight.  when it was dry I placed a stencil down (actually used two different stencil designs) then sprayed it with water to lift away some of the color.  again I let it dry for a few hours then I stamped the dragonflies with archival black ink and stamped the date at the bottom of the page.  kept this page simple to show off the lifting of the water from the color.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Shakers are still popular

stamps used:  Stamping Up
I made these shaker cards for my local card swap group but made several extra so I could send out to my family and friends.  I've been making shaker cards for years and years.  The blue color scheme is normal for fish but I also like to do the abnormal so that is why the brown with yellow color scheme.  there are lots of instructions and you tube videos out there showing how to create shakers but if you would like one from me just ask.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

more Gelli play

stamps used:  Hot Potatoes
Here is a postcard and a couple of finished tags from my gelli play at friend's house last weekend.  I do like this color scheme with the blue, purple and a bit of white metallic paint.  you can see on the postcard used the raindrop stencil and on the bug tag it is just paint that was brayered in spots.  the tag that is all blue with summer things and bee had a piece of string embedded on the gelli plate when printing.  it was fun like I mentioned before because did it with a friend but I'm still on the fence about purchasing a gelli plate of my own.  what do you think?  are you for it or not?????  let me hear some comments.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Art Journal wk# 21 brayer paint

week #21 - brayer paint
stamps used:  big fern Hot Potatoes, rain cloud and boots MFPandstamps
the prompt for this week was to brayer layers of paint onto my art journal so that is just what I did!  I got out my Ranger dylusions paint....mainly because they are handy and usually out by my table.  picked random colors and went for it.  It's been rainy here for over a week ... probably closer to two weeks but I need to get over all the rain ..... anyway back to my journal pages ..... I did a rain theme.  you can see the raindrops stencil on the gelli printed tag on one side and clouds with red rubber boots on the other side.  yes, I am starting to finish the gelli prints I created over my friends' house last weekend.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Gelli play

Gelli plate samples
went to a friend's house over this past weekend and had a play with her gelli plate.  It was fun to do with a friend .... playing off each other with designs, colors and items on the gelli plate.  we used lots of acrylic paints, a couple of stencils, bubble wrap, and string to make designs plus scraper type tools.  making designs with the gelli plate is interesting but I'm still not completely sold on the idea but I haven't given up because we plan on another play date with this unique tool.  I plan on cutting down these pieces into postcards so stay tuned for the final results within the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Art Journal - wk# 20 music

week #20 - Music
For this art journal layout I decided to add a piece of pattern paper that happened to be a song also found some music washi tape in my stash.  The song is My country tis of thee.  back when I was a kid in school we used to do the pledge allegiance to the flag and sing this song so it makes me think of my school days way back then.  I stamped the bird over the paper and added a stamped saying to the top of the page.  kept it simple.
Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend with family and friends.

Friday, May 26, 2017

fun with tags

stamps used: Unity stamps
inks: Ranger distress inks
Decided to make a couple of tags doing the an oldie but goodie technique.....embossed resist.  the smaller tag is a white one I cut and the other is a manila bigger size tag so the resist on the smaller tag is more pronounced.  for both tags,  I stamped the "wish" flower for texture around the edge of the tag.  o.k. it's not really a wish flower that is my name because when I was a child, my dad used to call the dandelions that went to seed wish flowers.  he told us to make a wish then blow them to the wind.  the smaller tag I used two distress inks to blend spot colors and on the bigger tag I blended the amber ink all over the tag.  used a stencil to add raspberry spots on the poppy gal then amber and orange dots around the rest of the tag.  just had fun making a couple tags.  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Art Journal Adventure wk #19 - colors outside comfort zone

Wk #19 colors outside comfort zone
stamps used:  rose by Endless Creations, flock of birds by Stampscapes, A kind of summer by Uptown Rubber stamps
inks used:  Ranger distress ink lemonade and worn lipstick
colors out of my comfort zone here are yellow and pink.
I started by just swiping the lemonade ink pad on the page then worn lipstick.  
next I stamped images with black ink.  I'll give you one guess why there is pattern paper on this page layout.........what's your guess?  leave comment and I'll check in a couple of days to see if you figured it out.
these colors really are out of my comfort zone although I'm not hating this layout but would like it a lot better if there was some greens, blues, purples or browns.  thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Art Journal wk #18 scallops

week #18 - scallops
stamps used:  JFF stamps
for my layout this time I used some circle die cuts I had saved in a baggie on my table.  I figured, why not use what is in front of me so I got out my baggie of die cuts and went to town.  behind the stamped out fussy cut images I first sponged on some acrylic paint, let it dry then, blended some color around the paint.  the paint acts like a resist to the sponged on ink. after that I,  just doodled around the paint.  I taped on the stamped images and next, just wrote out the words and hand cut them.  and of course, being me ..... I'm now 2 weeks behind but will catch up soon.