Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SDC 45 Your wish for the New Year

Settling in after all that food?  He he he....The Stampotique designers' challenge this time is asking you to tell us your wish for the New Year thanks to Nellie who is hosting!  Create something with your Stampotique stamps and show us your thoughts for 2012.   :)  My wish is to get in some serious art journaling!  LOVE all that you can do with an art journal and my art group here is focusing on a technique book .  It is my hope to try it all!  I am really blessed to be on a dt (Stampotique) where there are several really talented gals making some very cool pages.  Below I made my 6 x 6 page with some sponged distress inks, sequin waste and a punched snowflake used as a stencil.   Last I stamped "heads" #6097 (one of my favorites) from artist Daniel Torrente available at Stampotique  Simple! The sentiment is one I love and I thought appropriate.  On the back of my page will go the details and at my group we will swap pages each month. 
Wishing you all many blessings in 2012 and MUCH creativity!  TFL and show us your creation with Stampotique stamps for a chance at a $30.00 gift from the Stampotique store.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wishing you a Very Merry.....Christmas


 A little artist trading card to show...A " princess " as a matter of fact...from " Stamp insanity"
There is a new challenge blog that I think will be a lot of fun.  It is called "atcs with attitude".  Check it out because you can only make "artist trading cards" and I LOVE that :)  Sounds like a winner = Fun and easy!  Just in time for the new year!   TFL and God Bless in 2012!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Vintage Christmas

Just some random eye candy to share...loving " Christmas  vintage " this year :) tfl!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

A few quick cards -

Dont sneeze while getting a haircut!  he he he!

The stamp is from "eat cake graphics " and the cards are to
add to a mix I made for my hairdresser.  She loves to get cards for her customers esp to use after Christmas.  :)

   Lastly, but not fil, age 95,  living in an assisted living facility close by is such a blessing to us...  I will be bringing him up his Christmas card today.  There are so many wonderful vintagy pics from the family and he loves  when I make him a card with them . :)  BELOW  is the card I made to bring.  Hope you all are counting your blessings this Christmas...I know I am......
 Sentiment computer generated...

TFL!  Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Stampotique DT challenge 44 -shimmer it up baby!

So, Val over at the DT challenge blog is asking us to make a card shimmer, glitter, glitz or shine!  Guess this is the season for that :)  I used  "moon belly" #6039.  Hey, I had to use an angel for Christmas right?

Close up shot!  Wanted you to see the emboss gold and the gold stars!
 I just started with a tag covered in some Christmas dp then I stamped and paper pieced this cutie and cut her out with my cutter bee scissors.  I border punched the bottom of the tag and sewed a little (as usuall :)  I made this card for a friend who has helped me out this holiday season tremendously...the inside reads: You are an angel!   So cmon and link up your "glittery" cards over at the blog to have a chance to win some candy!  TFL! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas and a birthday

Gosh I love this image!  It reminds me so much of childhood Christmas.  I grew up Catholic with a holy water font by the light switches in the bedrooms of our house.  For some reason this pic reminds me of that.  There always seemed to be angels on them. :)

"Bad me" cuz I can not remember where I got this image - but it was probubly Graphic fairy?  It has been a while tho. Challenges I am in for? :  Raise the Bar= beginning to look like Christmas, Paper take weekly= anything goes with a "dangly" object (bell), Creative Belli= winter and Christmas+ old emb (image, bell), Hiding in my craft room=use scraps (Stella Rose scraps of dp here).
Next just sharing a card of my dd (child no 3of 4)  when she was 3yrs  blowing out candles on her cake....she is 27 today and getting married this New Years eve :)   Time flys! When it is one of my kids birthdays I like to make them a card using an old photo of them.   I used this VERY cool dp from DCWV called "the Colorful Life stack"..the artwork on the dp is from Donna Estabrooks and I LOVE her style...looks like cool art journal book paper with some glitter. 
TFL and have a great week! :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Uh Oh...somebody saw S A N T A...........

"Amanda saw Santa Claus"  lol  Thats what this cute little girl image is called over at "Eat Cake Graphics".  I have a weakness for the kids and animal images over there. :)  I colored her with copics and cut her out with my trusty cutter-bee scissors.  She is popped up on a tag covered with Bo Bunny -Father Christmas collection dp.  Sentiment from my computer and I would like to put this in the following challenges:
"Craft your days away" = buttons and bows,  "Paper-crafting journey "= anything goes, " Hiding in my craft room"= anything goes holiday and " 2 sisters challenge"  #67 holiday.  TFL!

Friday, November 25, 2011

A couple of challenge ATCS'

Gosh, there is just something about making an atc.  I love them cuz they are quick, cute and oh so fun to make!  Seems like if you have NO ALWAYS have time to make an atc. :)  I am joining in a new atc challenge blog called "atcs' with attitude" and I am pleased since these little works of art can be just about anything! The challenge over there is to put a flower on your atc.  This  one is also made for the "Bloggers challenge" "color my world"  which is to use your favorite colors.  I LOVE mustard, navy and orange.  I used this cute Riley for Thanksgiving and colored it with copics.  The sun image is from Stampotique and it is my all time favorite sun that I use on soooo many cards.  I also want to enter this in the Corrosive challenge = give thanks

Next is this atc with an image from "Eat cake graphics". This is called "Billy and sparky at window" .  I have also colored them with copics, cut it out and  put on some scraps of MME dp.  Sentiment on both cards are computer generated. 
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:  Shopping our stash= Christmas or winter, C4C = snow and this new challenge blog called "fashionable stamping"= "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas"  :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A non traditional Christmas card- No red and No green...teal?

The new challenge over at the STAMPOTIQUE challenge blog is to make a non-traditional Christmas card.  Well....I sometimes struggle with these types of challenges... THO I LOVE ALL  of these non-trad cards , I also have a very strong Catholic faith.  Therefore, I feel pretty "traditional " when it comes to Christmas cards.
But!.. I do have ALOT  of people that I have to send cards to during the holiday season for various reasons so I went that route with my thoughts on this card . :)  I believe this card below would echo the sentiments of many people this time of year! lol....................
 The challenge is to use any colors but No red or green...truth is this looks green here but it is more teal... :)
I colored "Brrr" #6139 with copics right on the dp after stamping her with memento ink.  The sentiment is computer generated and I did a little sewing.  Snow courtesy of my white sharpie poster paint pen.  Pick up your STAMPOTIQUE stamps (only) for this challenge and put together a non- trad card for a chance to inherit a $30.00 gift to the Stampotique store.  TFL!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Catered crop linky party and yet another cute Kira Nichols image :)

Just gotta smile at all these cute Kira Nichols images in the latest STAMPOTIQUE blog hop.  (scroll down)
I picked up "sick cat" cuz the blanket on him was screaming to be paper pieced!  Really he is pretty darn funny :)
I colored him with copics and paper pieced the blanket with EP "times and seasons" dp.  I just love the colors on that pad.  DH walked in my room and asked the question "too much catnip"? and there you go.   Didn't have to look far cuz I love the catered crop blog and the dts' creations for challenges so for FTR 25 I give you sick cat!  Recipe FTR 25:  papers= kraft, colors= kraft, black, cream, red and green, tools= emb folder=dots, die cuts= square, scallop edges, techniques= layers and dry emb.    TFL and dont eat too much next week or you may end up like this "sick kitty"!  lol  I hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stampotique has a new Artist in residence

Announcing new images and new artists are always exciting at Stampotique Originals and so they are thrilled to announce the newest artist, Kira Nichols.  Kira has designed some very unique monsters and kitties for her first line of stamps and our design team has had the opportunity to play with the stamps before they are released to the public. YAY!! HEY...JUST WAIT till you read the NAME OF KIRA'S  BLOG...All I gotta say is that I wish I would have thought of it first!!  lol  Pop over and you will see what I mean!!

Want a chance to win some of Kira's new images?  Hop along with our designers as well as our special guest,  for your chance to win some of them! We will randomly draw a winner from one of the blogs and announce the winner with our next challenge.

Make sure to leave comments along the way and a randomly chosen commenter will win some of these new stamps. I started with "nerd cat"  .  He is stamped with copics and cut out.  I put him on some Bo Bunny  forever Fall dp . I used an appropriate math book page and the sentiment is computer generated for a friend who is having some "issues" lately. :)
I think he is just a hoot!  Next I used "tennis shoe birdie".  I want these shoes!
I used the same dp and copics and did a little sewing and distressing.  These images will really make you SMILE.....  :)

  To start at the beginning , visit our special guest, our newest artist at Stampotique, Kira Nichols.

Below is a complete list in case you go off the beaten path and need some redirection.
Joanne Wardl
Thanks for looking and good luck with the hop!  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

SDC 42 Sketch challenge

Lisa over at the  Stampotique designers' challenge blog has given us a sketch to work with this week.  I picked up "fiddle" (from artist Janet Klein) at Stampotique.
I am also currently loving this "colorful life" dp from DCWV.  It is artwork from Donna Estabrooks and it is gorgeous :)  I used that here even tho you cant see much of it under the  "fiddle" flower.  I cut the flower with my TH die and used an old math book page with some black netting.  Yep, I did some sewing and distressing across the top of t he panel .  I think fiddle looks quite content! :)  Pop over to see what the other dt members did with this sketch-  I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
4 Crafty chicks= diecuts!
Crafting for all seasons #13= texture
Anything goes challenge blog= stitching
Totally papercrafts= stitching                     TFL!!  Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Painting wine glasses

These days my blogging is far and few between it seems.  DD is getting married on New Years eve so between that and work I am missing my art !  This past weekend my other daughter and I hosted her wedding shower.  Since we LOVE wine I thought it would be fun to give the shower a "wine " theme.
So, with my sisters' help I painted about 40 or so wine glasses...all different.  It seemed to be a big hit and the guests each brought them home.
I just used enamels from my lcs and I did bake them to set even tho you can just let them "cure" for about 25 days.  Every one was different and on some I put a set of wine charms.  This one I just used some wire and beads with a little miniature glued on the bottom for a garden theme.  The glass I painted for my daughter has a wedding dress painted on it and I made a set of charms with pearls and navy crystals (wedding colors).  It really came out gorgeous and ofcourse I dont have a pic to share yet!  BUT...GET A LOAD of this AWESOME CAKE!
The whole thing (besides the 2 small wine glasses on the side) is CAKE!  The plate even lit up! :)  Oh, did I mention it was delicious? lol 
I just HAVE to show this pic....this little sweetie is the "ring bearer" and he was just so stinkin cute I wanted to squeeze him! lol TFL   

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Altered poison bottles

The new challenge over at STAMPOTIQUE dt challenge blog is given to us by Maria this week.  She wants us to make a "poison bottle" and use a STAMPOTIQUE image for Halloween.
I bought my bottle at the lcs and stamped the "heads" image with black stazon.  The little wood tag was stamped with the skeleton head on the Halloween cube 2.  Then I used some clear glue (use something that will adhear to glass well, i didnt!) and just dripped it on the neck down to hold some beads in gold and black.  The opening is painted with just some gold glass enamel paint.  I weathered the cork with some black ink and put some beads on some corsage pins and just pushed them in.  What about the liquid?? you it is my dh's beer with a little red food color!  Check out the other AMAZING creations by the girls over at the blog...they are really really cool!  Remember there is a $30.00 gift at stake from the store to win.  I would also like to enter this in the following two challenges:  "If the shoe fits...scrap it!" = Inspired by Halloween and  Fab N Funky spooky challenge= Hubble bubble toil and trouble!!    TFL :)  

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Catered Crop FTR23.... I am cooking for myself! card got picked to case along with another for the new challenge over at Catered crop!  Who knew a "crack showing man" would come thru for me! lol Take a look :)
So here is my newbie: Who doesnt love a baby?....and esp from Mo...  :)

 Well..Linda....I THINK stamps wise...I could assume there might be a "baby bare butt" goin on here! lol
I decided to use one of my Fall favorite images from Mo's digital pencil...Patrick in the pumpkins.  He's got a little mud goin on the face...too darn cute hiding in the pumpkins :)  The "recipe" over at Catered crop calls for A Fall theme and colors, "bottoms" bout a baby bottom that you cant see at the moment?...he he he...Color medium= copics, Embellishments?=lace, thread, twine, buttons and ribbon...Tools?=leaf punch .
I also discovered that Mo's challenge is to make a card inspired by a song...well, how bout a nursery rhyme.."Peter Peter pumpkin eater"?  Guess that could change to be "Patrick" too!
Thanks for looking!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Spooky Halloween bags!

I am so lucky to  belong to a great art group that meets monthly with some very talented ladies!  This month when we meet we are to bring treat bags to swap...with art goodies inside. :)  So ofcourse I couldnt wait to use all my Daniel Torrente images from STAMPOTIQUE! lol  Just picked up some brown kraft bags and
I started with "jammin" over here..........
Background is inked up using a TH mask first and the no 13 is SU.  I also used "bla bla bla".
Next I used "Minky girl", "two sticks", "sun design" and "bla bla bla" on the tag.... the vine on her feet I just doodled...
 here is "sun design"and "halloween cube" with the "bla bla bla" on the tag again..

AND below I used "heads", the "halloween cube 2", and "even silence speaks" sentiment:

I folded down the tops of the bags, stapled on some black netting, added a black rubber mouse and some fake garlic :)  Topped it off with the colorful "tie die looking" fabric pieces.  I hope the girls like them! TFL
I would like to submit and link up to the following challenges! :  Pile it On challenge blog= "Fall is fun!",
ABC  DT challenge blog= "pumpkins", "Stampin for the weekend"= colors of Autumn and "Inspire me Fridays"!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SDC 40...Nellies' challenge to make a tag

Sweet " Nellie" fellow dt member at STAMPOTIQUE is the hostess for the new challenge.
Make a tag...any kind..any size for fun. :)  I made two and then put one on a card.

 I used the" Halloween 2 cube" (pumpkins) and stamped

with Stazon.  I also used stamp "sun design".  I sponged
color on with Ranger distress inks and I needed small
leaves so I just punched with a leaf border punch and used it like a stencil .  The letters were just computer generated.
Pumpkins are colored with copics....still usin them :)

  On this next one I am still playin around with my inks and I wanted to use some paints too.  I  used a new stencil (lovin stencils) and sponged orange paint over my inks.  After that dried I used these images from STAMPOTIQUE..."sun design", "quasimoto 3" and "heads"..which is stamped in light blue ..kinda hard to see here.  I did a little sewing and then stamped the "beauty" sentiment (also from STAMPOTIQUE) and put it on the tag last. TFL and  remember to check out the challenge blog to see the rest of the dt members tags !  :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Every dog has his day!

Got this hilarious image as a freebie over at Marlenes' blog.  She cracks me up and if you are ever in need of a laugh (hope u r easy going ) then you should check out her blog.  With the bad news goin on all over the world I thank God for my ART and a good laugh!  This card was made for my dog's groomer.  Since I know her personally I like to make her a card with her tip in it. :)  She told me my pug was not very well behaved last visit to get her nails clipped and a shampoo!
I think she will really get a kick out of it.   Marlene gives her art as a freebie first usually I think , then she sends it somewhere to sell.  I am so glad I grabbed him!  ha ha ha! Notice I said "him" ! lol  This has got to be a male dog right??  lol tfl!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Play date cafe!

Quick post today...STAMPOTIQUE is the sponsor with the candy (I hear its a bag of rubber worth $30.! :) for the new challenge over at the Play Date Cafe blog.  Had to make a card and join in since I love the color scheme. This is "Corie" another cute image from Janet Klein....I have been having a blast with inks and paints lately...trying new things so this little tag is a reflection of that. :)  Loving this Fall weather too!  Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Catered crop challlenge...Fall colors and a smile!

Here is a card starting out for the CATERED CROP FTR 22  challenge = Fall colors of gold, green, yellow, hearts, distress ink, buttons.... and one that led to a few more.......This is a Rubbernecker image and verse "I'm behind you 100%".  Dp is Crate paper "farmhouse" and he is colored with copics .  The following are the challenges I am "in" for:  Pile it On= do it for fun!, CPS238 sketch, Creative Belli= paper piecing the newspaper! AND using this stamp I got quite a long time ago :) .. and trying for the FIRST time= Markie's finest papers blog use  polka dots!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Mssss Vicki G. :)

Stampotique has a NEW challenge goin on startin today.  The DTS' own Vicki Garrett is celebrating her birthday (glad it is her and not me...he he he he) so she is setting the challenge to make a humorous birthday card using STAMPOTIQUE stamps.
This is SKULLBOY from artist Janet Klein another fav of mine over at the STAMPOTIQUE store.   The dp is all scraps left in my "Halloween box" from last year!  The sentiment is computer generated since skullboy was screaming it at me!  lol   Hop over to the DT challenge blog and have a laugh today at all the really really funny cards the rest of the dt have made then grab your STAMPOTIQUE only stamps this time and make someone else laugh for a chance to win a $30.00 gift card to the store.  :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

A book sharing..

I am working on a little scrap book of my mom for my youngest sister.  My mom died when I was 17 and my youngest sister was only 8.  She has been asking for some of the old pics of her and I thought it was time I put some of them together.
 I adore Vicki Chrisman's blog and I asked her to send me some of these die cuts figuring it would make this book come together easy.  :)  She sends so many gorgeous papers and I think she is still offering them. Above  on the left is my grandma and to the right is my mom and her dad.  A little vintage mixed with shabby.
Oh and notice the little top flap of an old sewing pattern...that was a suprize in the envelope with the die cuts...
Love the scissor punch I got ...want to use it more.  Vintage buttons from local antique mall.

Her 8th grade graduation...I even made one of Vickis' flowers with a book page  :)
All this trying to use what I had handy with odds and ends. TFL!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Snowy Fran...

Been a while since I stamped , a few bee stings on the hand and arm will do that to ya!
 Here is "snowy Fran" from artist Daniel Torrente over at  STAMPOTIQUE.  She is perfect for the "Less is More" challenge I think.  Stamped on Neenah cs and colored just a bit with copics, this was sure a challenge for me!  Snowflakes sewn on with some silvery thread from JoAnns and the sentiment is computer generated. TFL !

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Use Black, White and a hint of color: SDC38

STAMPOTIQUE  designers challenge starts today and this week you can use ANY stamp to join in the challenge!  This challenge comes from the dts' very own "Kaz".  Sound easy?  Yep! Here is my card using "Bela" #9225 by the wonderful artist Janet Klein.   She is stamped in black and put on black cs and "world traveler" dp from Teresa Collins. ( The sentiment comes from a sticker sheet)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Meet "Mela"

Long time no post!  That darn life just keeps gettin in the way :)   Here is "Mela" from STAMPOTIQUE.  Fall is in the air and yep it's my favorite time of year.  I am blessed to say I live in the country and LOVE it.  The leaves are turning and falling now and I cant get enough of this season..  Mela is colored with copics and I picked up this dp at Michaels from Recollections called "midnight magic".  The prints are so rich and Halloween is a great time for card colors! TFL