My stamping adventures

Thursday, February 16, 2017

art journal - here comes the sun/subtle

 Here are two more page layouts in my art journal adventure.  the prompts this time are here comes the sun and use subtle colors.  for the sun layout I used my blending tool with distress inks....basically the colors of the sun....yellows and orange...after that I did some stenciling and doodling and of course ..... you know me the die heart stamper sooooooooo I stamped a sun and saying.
sun layout details:
stamps - MFP stamps
stencils - wendy, dylusions and crafters

For my layout with subtle colors again I blended colors with my distress inks.  next I used a couple of TH stencils then stamped owl, sayings and that fun stitched block.  to finish it I taped on a piece of burlap ribbon which I pulled apart a bit for more texture....was going for a nest effect.
subtle layout details:
stamps - Stampers' Anon.
TH stencils

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

year of the rooster art journal-door

 hear is my art journal page layout for the prompt - feature a door.  I took it literally and made a door out of stamped cardstock then added some chickens inside the door when you open it.  for these pages I just slapped on dylusions paints with a brayer so it also gives the background some texture.  see more of my art journal pages here. 
---got this door idea from Stamp & Scrap with Frenchie 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

spring tag

Yes, I want spring!  it's snowing outside again ..... not sure how much accumulation we are expecting ..... mother nature is in rare form this month, that's all.
for this tag I did a quick and easy watercolor wash by wetting the tag first then scribbling on color with zig clean pens.  Mostly I just let the water do it's thing to move the colors around.  when it is all dry I stamped the flowers and saying which are from Stampin' Up.
enjoy your day and may it be free of snow and ice!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

looking thru keyhole...

this is a fun tag I created using dylusions sprays, stencils with Unity stamp co. stamps.  oh yes, there is some washi tape in the bottom corner that I think is from TH collection.  it's out of it's packaging so I'm just guessing unless anyone know for sure and if you do leave me a comment to confirm.  have a great day whatever you are doing.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Art journal - week #1 - 3

week #1 - cover for my art journal
dylusions paints, stamps, color pencils

I joined a group on facebook to do an art journal ..... I'm playing catch up because it was started the first week of January but I had things going on so I'm just starting my journal ..... only 5 weeks behind.  LOL!  so far I have the cover and two more prompts done so that means I'm only a couple weeks behind but when you think about it a new prompt will be given tomorrow so really I'm three weeks behind but I do plan on catching up.  In this post you will see what I have completed so far.
week #2 texture
dylusions paints, stamps, texture paste colored with paint, stencils, washi tape

week #3 mug shot
hand drawn face colored with paints, stamp saying


Thursday, February 2, 2017


here are a couple more tags.  I had some left-over shaving cream background so I cut it down to a tag size then stamped a lighthouse and saying on it...I did a little ink blending to finish it off.  for the second tag I did a wash of color with the clean zig pens...let it dry completely...stamped the pears and word to finish this tag.  easy but I think they still have dramatic effects.

Monday, January 30, 2017

quick watercolor postcards

 Today I'm showcasing these fun, quick and easy watercoloring postcards that I did at the crop I was attending earlier this month.  actually did these in between doing the cards I had prepped when I was tired of doing the cards.  to start off the ferris wheel postcard is done on watercolor paper and the other two were done on bristol board.  personally I like the movement more on the bristol board postcards.  basically what I did for these 3 postcards is I wet the papers first with water pen then added color and wet again.  let them dry then stamped images with archival black ink and colored in images with the same zig clean markers.  these pens make a nice water color effect in the background but I think I need to practice some more.

postcard details:
stamps: Unity stamp co. - socks/saying, ferris wheel/saying, girl/saying --- fireworks by LIWP
watercolors: zig clean color markers
water pen
archival black ink

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Fun with friends

Last weekend I went to my first crop, yes I said crop!  and for anyone who knows me they know I don't crop at all...I tried it but it just wasn't my thing in fact I started calling it the dark side.  teeheehee.  anyway my friends said come and you can make cards so that is what I did...I prepped for four cards that I would need for a local monthly swap group.  This crop was hosted at the Southbridge Hotel in Southbridge, MA.  this is a big hotel as you can see from the long hallway (that is just one hallway to our room) we walked to our fact...there were several halls we had to walk down to get to our room.  Our room was at one end of the hotel and our crop room was waaaaaaaaaaaaay at the other end.  I have to admit I had a lot of fun but I think that is because of my friends...we always have a lot of laughs when we get together.  I'll show a sampling of the cards I created while at this crop in another blog post.  Oh yes, there were several crop rooms this is just our room.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

finished tags

Hi, bet you thought I gave up on blogging but ... no ... just took a break for a couple of weeks and now I'm back.
Today I'm going to show you a couple of tags that I started (who knows when) a while ago and I finally put a couple of finishing touches on them to complete them.  you want to know what I did? well, let's see if I can remember .... used a bubble stencil or you can call them dots ..... die cut a sizzix clock on both of these tags.  little tag:  stamped a camera from Unity stamp co ..... splotched some paint on it ... took a black ink pad and edged the tag ..... added black embroidery thread.  bigger tag:  used the same clock die but with different materials ... pattern paper ... glitter paper ... burlap ribbon ... stamped a saying from Unity stamp co ... added black seam binding. hope you enjoyed these tags and I'll be back soon with more of my stamping things.  thanks for stopping by and comment to let me know you are there.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

day dream

Took a little break from posting and stamping but now it is time to return so here is a fun fold ... gate fold style card......a peek-a-boo gate fold card.  basically you make it the same as a gate fold except you fold it so there is a gap which is the peek-a-boo.  my card is simple...some pattern paper and a little stamping.  thanks for stopping by my blog.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tag 2017

stamps - Stampers Anonymous
TH washi tape
distress inks
TH paint dabbers
Did a paint resist technique on these two with black paint and other with white paint. I think the white paint worked best for me because for some reason my black dabber paint just soaked into tag.  the white dabber dried with a bit of texture which worked better for this technique.  dabbed paint onto background images and stamped on tag then allowed them to air dry...I left them for a few hours so I knew they would be fully dried.  got out my blending tool and distress inks to blend color all over tags.  wiped off painted images with damp paper towel to remove any excess paint and make that image pop a little more.  next I stenciled with white paint dabber on tag with black image and the same distress green ink on the white painted image.  over stamped the row of birds with black ink on the one tag but the tag with the black painted background image ... well ... that one didn't need anymore black so left it alone.  added some washi tape for some dimension to break up the stamping...after that I stamped the rainman on separate cardstock....fussy cut....and mounted to tag.  done! except for cleaning stamps...remember to always wash stamps off that you used paint or the paint will dry into the crevasses forever.  thanks for stopping by...leave me a comment and let me know what you think...does it need more or less?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
I wish everyone a happy fun filled and creative year!
here's a "stamped" toast to all!