Sunday, January 29, 2012

Vintage Valentine

Hey - over at Dezinaworld ALL the images are free now :)  Thank you June! :)  I picked up this "Valentine cuties" sheet and made a card for the Catered crop challenge to use book print, newsprint etc some where on your card.  I used dp from the 6 x 6  Lost & Found MME pads and the "print" is an oldie I downloaded from I think Graphic Fairy.  I also want to put this in the Unscripted Sketches challenge 143 ...I am happy to play with them since I havent for quite a while and this dp just lends itself to the sketch. 
 I am also in an atc February/Valentine swap...dont know who my partner is yet but it gave me a chance to use another image from the Dezinaworld sheet :)

So I am in  for the "all sorts" challenge blog... they are asking to use one or more hearts on your creation......tfl!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Alter something! SDC 47

Happy Wednesday!  The new challenge from Stampotique is to "alter" something..anything!  Need an idea?  Check out what the girls did here :)  I have been spending MUCH time watching tutorials and reading about art journaling  and techniques (prob too much time).. When I am browsing sometimes I see something that I want to jot down so I wanted a little technique/notes book.  I found this little wooden one at a garage sale long time ago.  It is painted with acrylics and inks and stamped with this awesome sentiment by Sark.. "lying in bed" it...and the little girl "peeking" up is "Marci"#6049  both from Stampotique.  The inside pages are some really nice paper to write, doodle and paint on.
Also...over at the Gingersnaps blog, Stampotique is the sponsor for the whole month of January..
Today the challenge is to see your "glorious greens"  I made this tag with all my green scraps, "floating dog" from artist Kira Nichols at Stampotique, a little bingo card, copic markers for coloring and a fish rub on.  "Floating dog" reminds me of a Pug...and I just happen to have a Pug so I love it!   The wonderful green ribbons were a gift.. :)  BOTH challenges offer a $30. gift to the Stampotique store! Tfl

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A quick post...hooking up to Kate Crane's journal calendar

Well....I am STALKING Kate Crane....oh...maybe I am obsessed a bit but she is awesome.  One of my wishes this year is to art journal ALOT.  So here is my January calendar to add to her list for 2012... I wanted to portray "cold" lol....go easy on me....its my first time! 
Maybe my photography will get a bit better as the year goes on too! lol  What fun this was and if you havent checked her blog should!  BTW...she is in the Somerset studio journaling mag = winter edition now!
(gesso, acrylics, sponged inks, stamps by Stampotique and Rubbernecker)  tfl!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Vintage Thank you

Needed a Thank you card and needed to get it out soon.  Thats when I skim thru my Vintage pics :)  Here is a quick card I made with fairy images from Magic Moonlight  (they give away free images from time to time AND  if you hop over there I noticed some gorgeous tags that are free  ) along with  " gratitude " from Crafty Secrets a while back..........
 Not a great pic but the angels were cut out and put on a paper doilie, panel on bottom was heat embossed silver (gosh wish I had gotten a better pic!)  Flower is a prima.  Dp is Lost & Found "blush" 6 x 6 pad from MME.     TFL!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Gingersnaps and Macabre Monday!

Stampotique is sponsoring the Gingersnaps this whole month and I totally love that blog so I was excited to play along.  This Weds (1-18) is a "random" challenge to use your favorite paper.  Fav paper? changes A L O T... :)  Decided I am liking the "Authentique Free bird pad" right now. AND  I have a very "old" girlfriend (he he he..she is my age) who is celebrating her birthday.  Growing up "Paula" celebrated her birthday before mine...I was always jealous...times have changed! lol
Love this little guy "smile" from can use him soooo much! lol  He is colored with copics and sewn around a bit.  I wanted this to look a bit like a collage.. the stamp on the side is one from the antique mall...lets see...Kennedy..1963..yep, I think I met my best childhood buddy right around then...   I also want to enter "smile" in the challenge over at "catered crop  button up" challenge ..use a button on your card....    NEXT ...Stampotique is ALSO sponsoring the "Macabre Monday challenge at the Haunted design house...I HAD to join in there too ! Fun and different! The challenge is called "chic freaks" lol   WELLLLL.....this chick freak is married to guy freak..............
 Ummmmm...yea....they been married a while I guess! :)  Please say hello to the happy couple :)lol
In case you didnt know..these two are drawn by the artist Daniel Torrente over at Stampotique
("sweet moves" and "jammin" )   Other Challenges I am "IN" for:  Anything goes challenge blog=anything goes!, Stampin 4 the weeknd= "out with the old" the postage on the first card I have been hoarding and the dp on the next is VERY old :)..and Paper play challenge ="In stitches" use stitching on your card!  TFL!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SDC46 Pocket or Purse calendar

Over at the Stampotique designers challenge blog we are making a 2012 calendar for your purse or pocket.  I decided to "take the easy" life has been a whirlwind and I am looking forward to some "normal" this year!  I know...right!  I used one of those cheap (under a dollar) calendars that come in a clear plastic cover ( from Michaels) and took it apart.  I stamped "I can see clearly" #6091 and "Bella" #9225 (the cute puppy paper pieced )  both from Stampotique on my dp. I did a litttle coloring with copics and distressing then printed the sentiment and year from my computer. After sewing around the edges with my machine and distressing with ink it looks a bit like leather. :)

Easy peasy uh? :)  I was going to give it away...but I think I will keep it! :)  Take a look at the WONDERFUL calendars the dt made on the challenge blog and join us if you wish to win a gc to the Stampotique store! :)  tfl

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tag a month swap!

Hello all!  Happy New Year!  I suppose like everybody else I am trying some new fun things with my art. :)  I found a fun swap over at "the altered paper" run by "Tee" called "tag a month"  For January the theme is cold/or New Year.  Guess I was able to get in right under the wire and happy to swap with Tee.
This is "snowy Fran" from Stampotique and she certainly fits the bill. She is stamped on a tag that started out vanilla, and I just squirted inks on my craft mat and basically dragged it thru it!  I also did some stamping on top of that and applied some stickers. ALSO....just for participating in the" altered paper" swap, each month one person will be entered to win a 6x6 pad of dp!    As of late I am stalking Kate from the Kathryn wheel  and Julie Fe Fan Balzer.  They are AWESOME artists for working with color . Kate is a dt member with me on Stampotique and she does a calendar page every month that anyone can join in on!  Hope to join in and share here soon.   Love it!   Julie just happens to have such a wealth of info for learning art journaling...its amazing!  I have learned so much!  She also offers up tons of other talented gals with great ideas too.   The tag inspiration was from Dina Wakely. Dina has some awesome ideas for
"jump starting" your creativity and they really work!

I covered the finished tag with a coat of sparkly mod podge
so it really shimmers tho you cant see that too well here.
"Snowy Fran" is on her way to Tee's house now. Hope she likes it! :)
Next....on a personal of my daughters got married on New Years eve....LOTS of planning...but well worth it!

Two weddings in two years....two down...two to go??  lol  The happy couple......................
Thanks for looking!