Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mailart Swap-Banksy

The February inspriration challenge at Viva Las VegaStamps! is a colorful Bansky theme.

We are also hosting a mailart swap this month!  I made envelopes that met requirements for both.

These are my envies...and below the link to the two stamps I used.

Hope you are inspired to join the challenge this month!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Be Kind to Planet Earth

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Welcome to the unveiling of my first project of this amazing year long collaboration.  For January we are inspired by 'Planet Earth, We Are All Connected, Ecosystems'.  I focused on Planet Earth.  Our planet must be cared for and we must be kind to it or our future generations will not experience the goodness of what the earth has to offer.

I created a canvas that focuses on the earth.

My 6x6 canvas is painted with Dina Wakeley paints.

The earth is cut from recycled cardboard with a Tim Holtz die.  I used  Dina Wakeley stencil on the water layer of the earth for some texture.

The background is painted and stenciled to created layers.  I drew and then painted the leaves, they are outlined with a stabilo pencil.

The raindrops are rainy day confetti from Um Wow Studio.  I cut the cloud from a Tim Holtz die and hand stamped the words.

The arrows are arrow confetti from Um Wow Studio.  The wings are a Dina Wakely stamp.

While I was creating this canvas my thoughts were of sustainability and renewal.  If we are to be kind to the earth these things must always be on our mind...

For more information on the Sustainable Souls Project and to see the work of all of the creatives who are building awareness through art click here.

Keep an eye out for our monthly projects.  I am so excited to bring awareness through art.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Inspired by Nature

The January challenge at Viva Las VegaStamps! is a perfect start tot he new year!!!

I creatd a wood block not only insired by this challenge but a collaboration I recently participated in, artist bundles, and the uber creative Dee Dee Catron.

I used Nature Collage and Butterfly Specimen from VLVS!.

The block has layers of Distress Stain and then some coffee stains.

I hope you are inspired as I was and get linked up for a chance to win some fabulous pink rubber!!

Until next time...get inky!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Inspired by Iceland

Happy New Year creatives!!
My dear friend Tina Walker hosts artist collaborations throughout the year where sometimes we swap our work in a round robin fashion or we just do a project based on the theme.  This one is a theme based collaboration.  Tina is going to Iceland this year so hence this inspiration!

I created a pair of cards with a background based on the famous Northern Lights.

 I have always been amazed by the colors of the Northern Lights!!

I used 2 different techniques to create the vibrant colors.

The first was with Distress Ink and a blending tool.

I just love the combination of colors!!

 The second was with Distress Sprays.

These colors are a bit more muted but still so pretty!

Everything blends so well.

Both techniques we easy but very effective.  The edges are a combination of Distress Inks in Hickory Smoke, Faded Jeans and Black Soot to create the night sky.  I used a white Signo pen and watered down gesso to create the stars.

All stamps are Viva Las VegaStamps!

Skinny Fir Tree
Fir Trees Silhouette
Do All Things With Love
The Greater Your Storm

As always I thank you for stopping by!!  Be on the look out for more collaborations this year!!

If you would like to see all of the other work inspired by this challenge see the link below.  You will find links to all the artists blogs at the bottom of the post.  There are some amazing interpretations of this challenge you should definitely check out!!

Monday, January 2, 2017


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  One of my resolutions for 2017 is to blog more.  I hope you will keep visiting and cheering me on!!

I have a quick clean and simple card to share with you today.  I actually think this is my clean and simplest card ever but I just LOVE it!!  I broke out a new Viva Las VegaStamps! image that I just got last week,


Girls Party is stamped in archival ink.  The sentiment is a Heidi Swapp die layered in a bunch of colors.

The happy fits perfectly at the bottom of the image.

I see a bunch of these in my future!

Until next time...get inky!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Only A Number

Recently I met a bunch of creatives for a lovely Labor Day Soiree, we had an amazing time over the Labor Day holiday weekend.  It was full of creating, antiquing, wine drinking and chocolate eating...it doesn't get much better than that!

I started a project designed around a mold my friend Tina Walker cast with Amazing Mold Putty.  I poured Amazing Casting Resin into it and went from there.  I didn't get to finish it that weekend and have been staring at it for months waiting to be completed.  FINALLY I was inspired to complete it.

I am excited with the outcome and would like to share it with you while we wrap up 2016.

The numbers on the smaller panel is the resin cast, awesome right??!!  It is sprayed with Distress Spray to give it the gorgeous color.  The same sprays are used on the canvas also.

My winged princess is a few bits and bobs from my stash including a vintage charlotte doll.

Just look at that color on the resin!!  I used Prima wired thread to create the circles.

I hand stamped the sentiment...I had a big birthday this year so this really rings true for me!  I surely DO NOT feel my age!!

I finished up with some resistors and cheese cloth.

And there it is, now it is hanging on my wall where I can be reminded everyday that 'age is only a number'.

Thanks for visiting and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Frankensteins

We are hopping over at Viva Las VegaStamps! and our theme is famous monsters, fun right?!!

Here is our awesome line up!

*Michele Kosciolek*

I created a card duo to share with you featuring the Frankenstein's.

I used Frankenstein's Bolts and Bride of Frankenstein  for these cards.

With my Gelli Plate and Dina Wakely paints (cheddar and tangerine) I created the background using a couple of mixed media stamps.  (Six staples, stitching, staple X,  tape X, grunge circles

Monsters are stamped in archival ink and colored with Distress Markers.

The frames are cut from chipboard with a Tim Holtz die, painted black with accents of white crackle paint and some Distress Ink.

Finishing touches are Um Wow Studios chipboard ravens, Bazzill and Authentique papers and some Tim Holtz alphas.

I just love Halloween for creating!!  Bright colors and grunge together, it doesn't get any better than that.

Make sure to get to all the design team members blogs and see what they have up their sleeves, then back to VLVS! and let us know your favorite thing about Halloween.  Leave some love too, because there will be a prize up for grabs!!

Until next time...GET INKY!