Saturday, August 15, 2015

Darkroom Door Neon/Fluoro ATC Swap

My ATCs for Darkroom Door's ATC Swap for August, which is to use Neon/Fluoro colors.  I used the Art de Fleur Vol 2 set for the feature image and tag, and the Roses Photo Stamp for the background.  Lots of the brightest Distress Inks and some Copic markers to define the edges.  Plus a little glittery sparkle for good measure.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

RedLead Pocket Letter Swap Details

Back again with some details about my RedLead Seaside Summer Pocket Letter Art Swap.  The letter required three ATCs using RedLead stamps and/or collage images.  I chose to use two collage seashell stamps for two of my ATCs...
For the starfish collage I embossed in white over an alcohol ink background, then glued gold micro beads into the starfish shape. I stamped the image again on vintage text and cut out the starfish definition. The tiny starfish charm was from Alpha Stamps.
I used a similar technique for the seashell collage, then colored the text side with chalks and colored pencils. Added some wire and iridescent beads for accent.
The third ATC uses Stars of the Sea Ticket stamps, stamped on vintage text and colored with Copics (the text did better with the Copics than I had anticipated). The music was from another stamp set (Bird Watch). I also added some "raindrops", cheesecloth, micro beads, and a tiny shell charm.

The remainder of the pockets could be anything, really, but the guidelines suggested die cuts, ephemera, photos, a bit about ourselves, stamped art, etc. I did a little greeting and a short chat about myself inside a bifold ATC:

I used some Darkroom Door montage images and stamped images to fill in the glittery diecut.

I included another collage-style ATC using a free image from the RedLead website.....
And filled the rest of the pockets with goodies.... seam binding in seaside colors wrapped around a misted and stenciled tag, a set of diecut sanddollars and starfish with cut out words and cheesecloth inside a pocket with another collaged tag, some vintage clip art that I downloaded from The Graphics Fairy and resized to ATC size and altered a bit, and finally a vintage "Ocean Pearl" mother-of-pearl button card.  Oh and one more ATC from a while ago...
This swap was so much fun!  I can't wait to see what the others have done. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

RedLead Seaside Summer Pocket Letter Art Swap

I'm participating in the Red Lead Paperworks art swap for July/August, which is Pocket Letters.  This is the first pocket letter I've ever done, and I'm totally hooked!  You use a trading card sleeve and fill it with ATCs, tags, ephemera, crafty supplies, a letter to the recipient... pretty much anything goes.  The theme was seaside summer, which I love!   The three ATCs in the center row all use Red Lead art stamps.  I'll have more pics of the individual components when the sun cooperates for me.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Darkroom Door ATC Swap - Texture Stamps

The theme for the July Darkroom Door ATC swap is to use their Texture Stamps in some way on your ATCs.  I've used the Flourish stamp in my background, embossed in Ranger espresso powder.  I've added a stamped flower from Art De Fleur Vol. 2, along with small images from the Art De Fleur montage collection.  I added some more texture with cheesecloth, cardboard, and rock candy crackle on the montage images.  Lastly I snipped some flower quotes from a variety of old text pages.

Here they are ready to go - all the way to Australia!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Build A Bouquet Challenge

Getting my mojo back and playing along again today with Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Celebration. Today's challenge is to Build A Bouquet using more than one floral stamp set. For this card I've used Year of Flowers: Larkspurs and Botanical Silhouettes (Anniversary Set from 2010). I started with a base of Distress Inks in purples and greens, laying down color before I stamped in order to keep it loose and fluid. I then stamped the larkspurs and added the floral silhouettes in around them, an attempt to subtly suggest a riot of spring flowers going on in the background. I went back in with markers and colored the larkspur to give them more definition and pop, since they are meant to be in the foreground. Also added a bit of collage-feel to the background with Background Basics: Text Style and Fancy Flourishes. The sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Dreaming of spring.....

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Papertrey DT Inspiration

Catching up with the first day of Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebration challenges.... this card is for the DT Inspiration challenge and combines the last color recipe and the second sketch:

I started out stamping the "sky" using Background Basics: Text Style in aqua. A strip of washi tape and some Dearest Jane patterned paper ground the houses, which were created using the Love Lives Here stamps and dies. The sentiment is from the same set, die cut with Spellbinders' Labels One die.

Getting those Valentines done.... just might get there in time this year!

Bagged and Tagged

Moving right along with the challenges for this weekend.... this little Valentine's packet is for Papertrey Ink's Bagged and Tagged challenge. I designed a little treat bag (the prototype for about a dozen more to come....) for my daughter to give out cookies to her friends. I started with a pre-printed dotted kraft bag and stamped circle hearts from Love Lives Here. The two tags are cut from Tremendous Tags and Tiny Tags dies - they make a bunch at once so it saves some time! The sentiment is from the Mega Mixed Messages set. A bit of twine and washi tape keeps everything in place. This went really quickly so I'm thinking of passing the task along to my daughter.... along with the baking of the cookies (it's so easy once they get to be teenagers!)

Jumping Back In....

Ok it's been a long time (no small exaggeration), but I'm jumping back into blogging with something a bit clean and simple. I'm playing along with the Papertrey Ink Anniversary challenges, and this card is for the Maile Belles Inspiration Challenge. It uses the 2010 Anniversary set Botanical Silhouettes, as well as Calendar Basics for the sentiment. It was inspired by the technique Maile used for this card:

I was also inspired by the fact that Maile's new series is all about watercolors - so I used a watercolor stamping technique of inking up the flower stamp with a couple different Distress Inks (Seedless Preserves and Worn Lipstick) and misting it with water. I then splattered some of the same inks onto the entire front of the card.

Special thanks to the Farm Girls (you know who you are) for giving me an extra bit of incentive I needed to get back in the stamping saddle again!

Friday, October 26, 2012

On Hallowe'en Night...

All sorts of costumed lovelies are parading.... such a fun time of year!  I made a little card using a cute winged lady from Oxford Impressions' Masquerade stamp set.  I stamped her three times - once on cardstock to color, and twice on vellum to cut out two sets of wings for her - the top wings and the bottom, to give a little depth.  Her she is close up:

The background is my first experiment with some National Geographic pages soaked in CitraSolv - Oh. What. Fun!!!  The CitraSolv is a little pricey, but if you look at it in the context of "art supplies" (think how much you might pay for gel medium/distress inks in every color/a paper stash to last a century) it's not so bad, LOL!  Especially since you can clean up with it too, heeeheeeeee!  There are lots of tutorials on the web, and it just comes down to experimenting.  I highly recommend it, especially for some spooky Hallowe'en backgrounds.