Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SDC 278 Use Some Kind of Tape

It's week 2 of our Designers Challenge over at Stampotique and we are challenging you to use some kind of tape.

I made a tag with one of Daniel Torrente's new designs, Floating (6224).


I also used the Hashtag Stamps by Arwen McCullen (7435).  Distress Ink for the background and I used some punchinella for the little stars.  Washi Tape is the tape I selected to use as a little platform for this floating cutie!

There is still time to link up to the challenge on the blog or share on our facebook page, Stampotique Originals Rubberstamps.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

SDC277 Celebration

This week over on the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog it is all about CELEBRATIONS!

I created a card to welcome new little ones with the NEW Mini Sealife Cube by Daniel Torrente (6232).  This is a super fun one!!! And Reggie also by Daniel Torrente (6188).



Scrumptious right!!!  AND such bright colors to welcome that little one!!


The background is done with Distress Crayons. I used colored pencils to color the seahorses.  The fabulous seaweed is a chip piece by UmWow Studio painted with Distress Paint.


Of course sequins make perfect water bubbles!!!

I hope you are inspired and linke up to the challenge OR share your masterpiece on our Facebook page, Stampotique Origianls Rubberstamps.


Monday, July 3, 2017

New Release at Stampotique

So along with being a new Design Team member at Stampotique I get to share some of my creations using the July release stamps.  Let me tell you...I had a blast with these new stamps!!

First we have FLOATING by Daniel Torrent (6224)


OMG...fun right??!!!  Color with colored pencils and I also used the Brolly stamp (3083).  The raindrops are Nuvo Jewel drops.

Next we have CLOY also by Daniel Torrente (6226)


The background is Distress Oxide Ink.  I also used the Sometimes I Pretend sentiment by Jo Capper-Sandon (3069).

And ANGEL GIRL by Daniel Torrente (6223)


This is a clean and simple card also using the Hashtags by Arwen McCullen (7435).

Last one for now is ANGEL TOES by Kassa Hayselden (14027)


On this tag I also used the Hashtags by Arwen McCullen (7435) and the Star Background by Susan Mahoney (8544).

You can find all of these new releases at Stampotique.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Big News and a Blog Hop!!

I FINALLY get to tell you my secret!!  I have been selected as a new member of the Stampotique Design Team!  I am so excited and honored... and to celebrate we are having a 'NEW TEAM' blog hop.

Our new team will be showing off Stampotique’s new stamps for July and will be showcasing their talents.
Make sure to leave a comment on each blog. We will be doing a random drawing for:

       A Stampotique Grab Bag
       A 30.00 Gift Certificate to the online Stampotique Store

You won't know which blog we are drawing from so leave a comment on each one. Head to the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog on Friday July 7th to see if you won!!

So you should have gotten to me from Jo's blog but if you need to get to the begining the complete line up is below and you can ALWAYS go the the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog.

 The Blog Hop line-up and new team are:

*Michele Kosciolek*
Elena Martynova

OK, now that you know the blog hop details, here is my project:



This is a 6x6 piece of watercolor paper that I added a torn piece of dictionary page to for my base.

I used FLOATING by Daniel Torrente (6224) from the July release and TV by Daniel Torrente (6228) along with SOMETIMES I PRETEND by Jo Capper-Sandon (3069).


These images are colored with colored pencils and a couple of cute tiny die cuts were added.



Your next stop is Cornelia's blog.  Make sure you leave a comment at each stop for your chance at the TWO prozes up for grabs!!

Thanks so much for joining us today!  I am so excited to be a part of this team!!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Save The Earth




It's time again for the Sustainable Souls to bring awareness through art.  Our theme for June is Carbon footprint, Simplify, Reduce Consumption, Self Sufficiency.

I focused on Carbon Footprint with the thought that in order to save the earth we need to reduce consumption.

I made a dream catcher to catch the dreams that we can all simplify and work to save the earth for our future generations.


Most of the items used are upcycled from variousthings for example, the 'save the earth' is handstamped in a soda can that was cut open.



Vintage lace and sari ribbon along with scraps of fabrics leftover and saved for something just like this!


I am fond of the ragged edges and threads.


The carbon footprint is actually stamped with my hand...

It will always be a reminder that we all need to reduce our carbon footprint!!

Make sure you head back to The Sustainable Souls Project blog and check out all of the other art shared by out team!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Putting the ME back in Mixed MEdia

I am so honored to have been invited by Dina Wakley to participate in the first of a series of challenges created to take us on an art journey.

This is from Dina: I want to put the “me” back in mixed media. All art is personal, whether it be a card or an art journal page or a painting. Join me as we begin a series of monthly challenges and prompts that will fuel your creative spirit and help you delve into the ME of MEdia.

Our first challenge: create a piece of art (card, journal page, tag, scrapbook page, painting, book, whatever you like using Dina Wakley Media product.) that shares with us your “why.” Why do you create? What compels you?

I pondered for only a moment before I knew I would be working on a journal page for this challenge. I used a burlap page in my new Dina Wakley journal.  
For me, creating is an escape from my day to day doings, a place where I can totally be myself...express myself in a way that shows who I really am.  The real me eMErges from behind my art and you get a glimpse of what is really going on in my head.



I started with a heavy coat of Dina's gesso then stenciled Maggie with Elephant paint...did some scribbling with various colors of the fabulous scribble sticks and my trusty Stabilo pencil.



On another piece of burlap I painted with Night, Turquoise and Blushing.  Then I cut it to piece and stitched the pieces to my page finishing them off with some marks using gesso.



Circles with Black paint, pieces of burlap layered under stamped images and book pages clusted and adhered.



I tucked some Tim Holtz alphas painted with Blushing at the edges of the burlap bits I stitched on.



Some final stenciling with the Daisies stencil with more Blushing.


Thank you for taking a look at my journal page.  
I will leave you with a couple of quotes Dina shared that are very appropriate for this challenge!

'Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art' -Wynetka Ann Reynolds
'The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance' -Aristotle
AND MY FAVORITE:
'Art is your personal diary where you may color your thoughts and emotions on a page' -Sara, Los Cerros Middle School 1999







Monday, June 12, 2017

For the Birds



The June challenge at Viva Las VegaStamps is Flock 'o Birds and I just love the colors!!


I was able to combind this challenge with the latest swap at VLVS! too, 'For the Birds'.



I was inspired by the birds, pink and coral.
I used Bird in Flight, Bubble Wrap Texture and Banksy This Was Not My Dream.


The background was done on my gelli plate with DWM evergreen, rosy, lemon and an Um Wow Studio stencil.


The bird is colored with Prismacolor colored pencils.

Until next time...get inky!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Hello friends!!  The Sustainable Souls are sharing some awesome inspiration this month and we are bringing awareness to repurposing.

At my LSS, Scrappy Chic, I run a Kid's Club and this month we are working on repurposing childrens books into journals.  The kids range in age from 6-13 and we are discussing how you can reuse items to turn them into new treasures.  Our first phase of the project will be the covers of our journals.

I am sharing with you my version our our recycled journal.


I am very excited to show the kids how a little gesso and paint, along with some imagination, can make old new again.


We will be using loads of Dina Wakley products and getting messy!


I can't wait to introduce them to the importance of reusing things and making them meaningful again.


Painting, stenciling and mark making, OH MY!!

Make sure you head back over to The Sustainable Souls blog for some great inspiration on how you can recycle and reuse everyday items in our crafty journy.

See you next month!!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mailart Madness



I am killing 2 birds with one stone!!!
Viva Las VegaStamps! has a monthly challenge and a monthly swap...  Today I am sharing my entry for BOTH!!

May's inspiration board is a simple one but I just love the color combo!


Awesome right??!

AND the swap is a color challenge with a theme of MAILART.  The colors just so happen to match up with the insporation board...lucky right?


And now here is my envelope...


Well my three envelopes actually.  Two to swap and one for display at the VLVS! store in Las Vegas.

You can find out about our swap and challenge on our Groupies Facebook page.


Viva Las VegaStamps used:  Clockface, Map pf Arctic, Men in Balloon Basket, Wire Rings by Cat Kerr, Grunge Circles.


I was inspired by the clock, round shapes, grey, black and blue.

Hope you will join in all the fun too!!



Saturday, April 15, 2017

she was a DREAMER...



A quick post to share my entry in this months inspiration challenge over at Viva Las VegaStamps! AND my postcards for the April swap (Pass the Postcard) hosted by the same.

Here is the chanllenge board

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And our theme for the swap is steampunk.

And now my postcards...



You still have time for the April inspiration challenge.  Hope you join us!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Faceoff: an artist collaboration

Today I am sharing the resuslt of an collaboration with my friend Tina Walker.  She organizes the most creative and challenging artist collaborations just because it makes her heart happy,  Well, it makes my heart happy to be able to participate and be challenged to create with such talented artists. This collaboration is a one on one with just Tina and I and we created books all about faces.
My book explores techniques I am very comfortable with and some that are quite new.  This has been a project that allowed me to experiment and get comfortable with the NEW, it was a wonderful learning experience and I am excited to show you how it turned out.

The only 'rule' for this collaboration was that the book had to be 4"x4".  I created my book with some recycled chipboard, packaging and book pages.


 
Then I did some stenciling with Dina Wakley paints and stencil on cheesecloth.


Finishing off with a little bit of stitching.


This is what it ended up looking like when I finished.


So, if you have a few more minutes I will show you the pages.


This face was drawn with my Stabilo pencil on a Dina Wakley paints painty background.


The face on the left is drawn with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks on canvas.  On the right more Dina Wakley, painted background and then Frida is stamped on transparency with painted accents and stapled to the background.


The page on the left is doen with Distress Oxide ink, Viva Las VegaStamps! and a Stabilo pencil.  On the right more Distress Oxide ink and stamps from VLVS! and Stampotique.


Left page is stamped with VLVS! stamped on tissue and adhered on a stamped background.  Stabilo pencil and Distress Crayons are used to color.  The right page is burlap with a coat of heavy gesso and DIstress Oxide ink then stamped with a VLVS! image, marks with the Stabilo pencil.


I used a Dina Wakley stencil and Amazing Mold Putty to create a mold that I then cast in Amazing Casting Resin for the left page.  She is painted with Dina Wakley paint.  The right page is a DWM stamp on some wire wings.  She is colored with Scribble Sticks.

I left the last page blank.  I think I might as Tina to do a page for me to finish off this AWESOME collaboration.  It would be the perfect end to my story about faces!!


Well, there you have it,,,thanks for letting me share my jouney with you.  I learned so much and am so greatful to have worked on this collaboration with Tina.
Please make sure to visit her over on her blog (click here), you will love what you see!!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

HOPE



Are you ready for the second installment in our year long collaboration for the Sustainable Souls Project???!!  February's prompt is Extreme Weather:   Droughts, Floods, Hurricanes, Tsunami's, Tornados.

My project was inspired by Drought.  We have experienced a bit of that lately not only in the mid west but on the west coast too.  For me theser are where I live and where I have lived and visit often.

Here is my canvas...


For me it is hard to watch the earth shrivel up and turn brown when we don't have enough rain.  My canvas background was painted with layers of gesso and crackle paint both from Art Basics by Prima and topped with Distress Stain to represent the dry cracked earth when we are experiencing drought.


All of the other elements represent the HOPE I have that people can make enough changes to preserve and renew.  Vintage light bulbs for the ideas of sustainability.


My chipboard tree (spooky tree from UmWow Studio) is covered with green buds, more hope for renewal.


And finally a Finnabair Mechanical Pocket Watch with a photo of 2 young girls (representing my nieces) with vinatge tiny printer block letters spelling the word HOPE for the hope I have that the earth with survive long enough for my nieces to enjoy with their own families.


My canvas is a constant reminder that every little thing we do now to reduce, reuse, recycle is a small step towards preserving the earth for our future generations.  It certainly wants to make me do my part!!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing our sustainable journey.  Make sure to visit The Sustainable Souls blog for more inspiring art creating awareness in sustainablility.