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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's a Jungle Out There

Darkroom Door has a new line of stamps called Line Art.  I inked up this lovely lady and created a jungle feel.

I started with a background made from a mix of paints on a gelli plate.  I blended them together and then inked up several pieces of cardstock.

To get my images and sentiment to transfer to the background I stamped them all on tissue paper which I decoupaged to the surface.  After it dried I used water color pencils (STAEDTLER - Karat Aquarell) to color the images and finished with a white gel pen highlighting my images.

I love how the background bleeds through to give it a soft undercoat of neutral colors.

Stamps: Darkroom Door - Line Art - Flower Lady, Darkroom Door - Beauty,   Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Starry Starry Night

Mid-summer is a time of hot temperatures, long days, longing for more time spent by the water, and vacation. Whether your creative mind wants to take a vacation or be inspired by Shakespeare; play with a Farmer’s Market inspired paper line or stamp into a starry night frenzy  - the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is Mid-Summer.

I kept thinking of Shakespeare's Mid-Summer Dream with the starry nights and fairies.

I made a variety of projects based on a technique I was playing with to create my dancing fairies.
I created a variation of  the  salt with inky sprays technique.  I started with spraying a surface of white cardstock with yellow glimmer mist.  I sprinkled salt on the surface. I let that dry.  I repeated with Dylusions ink spray. I also created one more sheet with a darker yellow and orange mix.

 After the salt dried I scraped off the inky salt and sprinkled it onto another sheet of white cardstock:
 I then spritzed it with water to re-activate the ink but in small doses of color:
 After that dries I scrapped off the salt and this is what remained:

This gave me a nice variety of backgrounds to play with I created a midnight scene:

I stamped script over the background (definition of dreams) which seemed perfect for my Mid Summer Night Dream.  I then added the mix of flowers and grass along the bottom.  I then sponged black ink around the edges.  I took white acrylic paint and mixed it with water to make it very runny and then I took an old toothbrush (ran through the dishwasher first) and filled it with white paint.  I then used my finger to pull the bristles back and sprayed the white across the surface.

I finished my scene with butterflies stamped in white ink over the surface and hand drew little crowns and a body for my fairies.  I added the quote using black stickers.

My second project used the white background with the yellow fairies.

I sponged over a stencil to create the focal point with black dye ink and finished off the background with a mix of music, flowers and a bird on a branch.  I added the music sentiment and sponged the edges.

Products: Darkroom Door - Melody, Hero Arts - With Sympathy, Darkroom Door - Wildflowers, Memory Box Bird on a branch, Memento Dye Ink - BlackTattered Angels - Glimme Mist (Yellow) , Tattered Angels - Yellow Glimmer Mist , White Acrylic PaintMy Minds Eye - Black Stickers, Stampers Anonymous - Spring Sprung, Clear Embossing Powder, Ultra-Fine - Glitter, Ranger Distress Inks - Mustard Yellow, Ranger Archival Ink - Black Ink

For an opportunity to  win a   Simon Says Stamp $50 Gift Voucher all you need to do is share your midsummer inspiration.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shabby Birds

Happy Saturday!  I am so pleased it is the weekend.  I am back today sharing a shabby chic wall hanging.  I started with some fun rub-ons and  pretty summery colors.

I started with placing some rub-ons onto a piece of leftover cardboard that was white.
I then used a mixed of orange, pink and yellow dye inks to sponge on a mix of colors over the background.

After I finished with the dye ink I used the Tim Holtz Stencil with embossing paste to add a honeycomb texture. After the paste dried I ripped a bit of the background and added a touch of white paint over the surface.

I finished my board with a stamped bird image (Stampers Anonymous and created a nest form white flower.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shimmery Embossing Paste

I was creating lots but not meeting what I needed for a design commitment... You are going to get the backlash of all that creating...

I started by spraying a piece of white cardstock with blue glimmer mist.  I let it dry. (Okay I didn't wait I pulled out my heat gun and tried drying it that way)

I then laid the stencil on the background and covered it in embossing paste. I picked it up and placed it next to the first area and repeated the process. I repeated until the entire sheet was covered.

While the paste was wet I threw on a coat of ultrafine crystal glitter (Stampendous).

And this is how it looked.

 I let it dry and cut it up into three pieces.  And three clean and simple birthday card.

Card #2

 Card #3
And done.  Great to stock up my birthday card supplies!

Have a great Wednesday!


Sunday, July 13, 2014


If you could see your creativity flowing would it look like this?   Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  is Faces.  You can take your inspiration from face stamps to the face of a clock, cameos to silhouette.  

My project started from this:
A blend of mists spritzed through a stencil onto papers.  I created several pieces with different colors.

 I ended up with these scraps because of playing with projects like this:
My journal is an old ledger which I like to use for times when I am trying out new ideas.  I put a coat of paint over the middle of the page and started to layer on the left over scraps. I kept going until I had a lovely mix of pieces.

Then I decided to add the face. That led to what do I do with the top of her head?  I decided to create her mojo flowing out of her head. 

I had fun with this journal page although I had a hard time leaving the bottom half of my project without anything else. 

Products:  Ranger Archival Ink - Hydrangea, Ranger Archival Ink - Monarch Orange, Versafine Toffee, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Yellow, Orange, BlueThe Crafters Workshop - Circle stencil, Stampers Anonymous - Dreamers, Stampers Anonymous Damask, Stampers Anonymous - Courage, Stampendous - Life is Art, White Acrylic Paint, Butterfly Punch, Maya Road Art Journal Stamps, Hero Arts Designblock - Fabulous

Why not share your take on about a face for a chance  to win a   Simon Says Stamp $50 Gift Voucher.   There is a new release  from Simon Says too!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 12, 2014


You know how much I love my STAEDTLER - watercolor pencils.  I always have them in hand,  coloring up new images (Like this one just released from Stampendous - Pumpkin Ride).  Well, you have an opportunity to win a lovely prize package from STAEDTLER!
To play along for a chance to win a fabulous prize package all you have to do is  post a project you have made with any STAEDTLER product here on my blog.

 One winner will be chosen randomly on Thursday July 31st. 
Open only to residents of the US and Canada. 
Take a photo of your project and post it on any social media site with a brief description of the STAEDTLER product you used.
Write a comment with a link to your project photo on this post.
Make sure you mention what STAEDTLER products were used in your project 

and mention that you are posting for the STAEDTLER Summer Giveaway. 

We're looking for NEW projects made for this giveaway specifically. 
Projects must be posted no later than July 30th to be considered for a chance to win.

Prize package includes: 12 pc Karat Watercolor Crayons, 6 pc Triplus Fineliner Pastel set and 1 package of FIMO air dry clay. 
Posting a photo link in a comment below also allows STAEDTLER to re post your photo on their social media sites.

Hope you have time to join in on the fun! 


Friday, July 11, 2014

Flock Together

Part two of my feather collection... The fun part of this was trying different ideas and I kept going when things weren't going well and tried new things to correct my mistakes.

My first one I love how it turned out.  I started with the white crackle embossing paste from Wendy Vecchi as my base feathers and used the beautiful Merlot gold Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to create the dark plummy effect.
After it dried I added some overlay of white stamped text.

For my next one I started with a trio of glimmer mists over the stencil.
I added black ink sponged around the edges of the stencil.  I then stamped the mosaic stamp over the surface of the stencil.  I added a mix of glimmer mists and sponged ink around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by to see my feathery creations.