Sunday, July 30, 2017

If you can be a unicorn... why not?

It has become a rare occurrence that I get to create anymore.
With work, chores, and intermittent hand pain to contend with,
my creative outlets have slowed to a trickle.
Which makes this little inspirational plaque even more special.

This is the first time I have played along with Oddball Art Stamps
Progressive challenge, but once I saw this adorable unicorn I had to play along.
There are actually two unis in this set, but I only had room for one on this
particular project. 

I made this for one of my besties who has a craft room with open space on the walls.
I have a problem with open spaces, as I want to fill them with lots of cool
schtuffs like art and toys and crap. It's a sickness...  

I tried to keep this as non-pink and cutesy as possible with the use of black
sequin glitter around the perimeter, and black accents to keep all the rainbow
nausea to a minimum.

I'd love to enter this in the following challenges:
Oddball Art Stamps - A Sky Full of Stars
(lots of stars in the background)


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Under the Sea with Aurora Wings

Today is the start of a new challenge theme at 
The theme is "Under the Sea", which sounds wonderful 
since it's 105 degrees outside right now.

What could possibly be better than a seahorse?
Two seahorses!!
I had one of these lovelies colored up in the jewel tones of purple, 
blue green, and yellow green. Then I thought this horsey needed an 
unconventional color scheme like pink and gold. WAY outside 
of my usual coloring comfort zone, but I think it works. 

I scored some new bits and pieces of ephemera that were perfect
for this project. I used a journaling card for my background. I think it's from
7 Gypsies. I paired it up with some die cuts and a bit of the highly coveted
Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea paper.

This gorgeous image is available in the Aurora Wings shop.

This version was created using the exact same embellishments,
but with the journal card in a different color to match my seahorse. 

Same image, done very differently.
Which is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by today.
Be sure to stop by the challenge blog for lots of deep sea inspiration.
We also have a very interactive facebook page to share your makes and
find more inspiration here

Friday, June 9, 2017

Aurora Wings new release

No, I didn't actually fall off the face of the earth.
I have been tending to my new ailment; carpal tunnel syndrome.
Kind of an artist's worst nightmare, not to mention a frequent crafter's
worst worst nightmare as well. 
I love my new job where I work with small hand tools and 
use my very own high powered microscope. The down side is that my
awesome new job has caused a possibly preexisting condition to rear it's
fugly head and leave me in pain and frustration.
BUT, I put my big girl panties on and keep on truckin'.
Coloring and creating just takes me even longer than usual and has forced me to
work on my very poor time management skills. 
I honestly just wanted to cry (and I did) when I got diagnosed, but life goes on.
And I know so many have so much worse to deal with, so no whining here.
Onward and upward.

Mitzi has come out with some incredible new images, and I just couldn't resist 
giving the adorable little Lupine Sprite a new paint job.

Such a sweetie!
I went with my usual vibrant color scheme, and even added some polka dots
to her little face for more interest. I usually don't deviate from Mitzi's original
images, but felt like being a rebel this time out.
I added some Rock Candy distress glitter to her petals, but am not loving
how it came out. Stickles may have been a better choice for this application,
but still overall pretty pleased with myself on this card.

I always need "Thinking of You" cards for friends and family, so this
one is perfect for my stash of cards. 

Be sure to take advantage of the generous offer Mitzi has for this release.
Check out the newbies and all the other fabulous images at the
Aurora Wings Digi Shop.
And if you're looking for some inspiration, check out the incredible
inspiration samples the Aurora Wings DTs have created here.

Thanks for stopping by today!! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SDC271 - Bling it On!!

Here is my make for the current challenge at 
The theme is 'Bling it On!'
I didn't think it was going to be too hard, but found myself
struggling to add bling to my original idea. 

This is #6049 'Marci'. She is quite awesome.
I coupled her up with the #3083 'Brolly' stamp, and a fitting saying
The whole card kind of reminds me of Wednesday Addams taking a stroll in the
pale moonlight with her parasol and bat friends. 

I used a background I made using Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays.
I love the sprays, along with the line of Magicals and their embossing powders.
The bling consists mainly of silver Stickles and some Gelli Roll stardust pen.

Super fun to make and perfect for the Goth or Darkling of your choice.

Thanks for stopping by.
Check out the other DT samples and inspiration at 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Word Up Weekend with Stampotique

I used to think I didn't need sentiment stamps.
I thought I could always just print out any sentiment I wanted
from my computer, and for free. Well, that is true, but what a PIA
to print out a simple sentiment, choose a font, point size, etc.. and then try to 
fill up an entire sheet of paper of them so as not to waste paper.
I have come to my senses and have amassed quite the sentiment stamp collection.
Stampotique has some amazing sentiments and quotes in their shop.
TONS of them, in fact.

I made this card using a couple of the newer releases from this year.
And had a play with some of those cool Distress Oxide inks, too.
I began by stamping the Script Background stamp onto kraft card stock using
Versamark ink and then clear embossing it.  
I used some Oxide inks along the edges, and flicked some water on it to get a reaction.
I still need to practice more, but I do like the matte chalky feel to these inks.

I love this Communitree stamp!!
At first, I didn't realize it was a tree, but once I did, I fell in love
with this stamp.  

I used some of the Daniel's Hearts hearts to drive home the message of love.
I get so much use out of this one heart background stamp.
And lastly, but not leastly (lol), is the lovely sentiment stamp,
       A Heart, which is a quote from Oz.
I think all of these stamps work brilliantly together, as well as great stand
alone stamps for any project.

I hope I've inspired you to expand your sentiment stamp collection.
So handy, convenient, and perfect for nearly all my stamped projects.
Stop by Stampotique and check out all they have to offer, but be sure to
take a look at their incredible assortment of words, phrases, letters, and

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Stampotique and Lindy's Stamp Gang collaboration

One of the many perks to being on the Stampotique design team
is the possibility of collaborative opportunities with other fabulous
art and crafting companies. Today is just such an opportunity.

Stampotique has joined forces with Lindy's Stamp Gang, who was
super generous and supplied us with some very awesome products
to couple with our Stampotique stamps.

Fabulous array of colors and new products I've never tried before.
Since the selection consisted of the colors in the new color challenge at
Lindy's blog, I decided to play along.

I began by using Lindy's sprays on my craft mat, and then smooshing some 
watercolor paper through it. I really like the effect. Usually, I use too much
of the sprays and they blend together too much. I like how much white is still
showing.  And it is key to dry between colors so they don't turn to mud on you.  

I colored him with Copics using the "no-lines" technique and used
colors that were similar to the challenge.
I used a Sharpie paint pen to add the white highlights.

I chose the #8921 A Friend's Touch quote stamp, and used the 
supplied Lindy's embossing powder to add a little iridescent frame around
the quote. It has a beautiful pearlized sheen to it. I can see me using
this quite a bit in my future makes.

Be sure to stop by Lindy's blog to see all the eye candy and wonderful
inspiration being offered there!  


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

SDC:270 - Text Background

The current theme at

This is one of those projects where you are immediately inspired by an image
and are thankful when it all pans out in the end.  

The new Merman stamp called, 'Snuhubala', by Daniel Torrente
is a perfect fit for his mermaid (one of three), 'Smumanha'.

I got lots of dimension by using various layers of doilies and die cuts.
And then used lots of foam dots on the happy couple for ultimate lift.

For my text background, I used an old dictionary page from a dictionary
I've had since high school. Quite vintage and nicely yellowed. I splattered some
Dylusions sprays to add some color, and added a love die cut for the sentiment.

I am quite happy with how this project worked out.
It's nice when something happens organically and as close to perfect as possible.

Thanks for dropping by my lonely little blog....

Be sure to check out all of the incredible art inspired by the text background theme