Saturday, 31 August 2013

Make it Crafty - My Dabble in Digi Stamps

TheseHi again,

I have been coloring like a mad woman. I happened upon some great images while surfing on Pinterest. Following the link, it put me onto a great place called "Make it Crafty" 

Zoe has some absolutely fabulous digital images to buy and download. Now, being a Christmas junkie mixed in with a little steampunk, these works of art are right up my alley. I wanted to share my favorite piece, but I LOVE them all. How can I pick just one? Here we go...

Santa's photo shoot colored with Touch markers and white pigment ink added for the spotlight area.

I love these jolly fellows, they make me smile everytime I look at them.

Santa airmail, steampunk style. The background started all white and I inked it up with Blue Iris and Charcoal fluid chalk.

Steampunk Christmas elements on a Sizzix accordian die from Karen B. the background paper is from "simple stories"

These are some more images I bought but haven't quite finished turning them into cards yet, but aren't they hilarious. 

Thank you Make it Crafty's Zoe McGrath, you made my heart smile for the past week and a half. 
I would like to link this post onto the design team call for Make it Crafty.  Imagine my surprise, thinking that I had til the end of today to get this done. (Canada time) When I saw that submissions close in one hour, My butt flew out of bed.  I've been typing and photographing like a crazy person.

Thanks for popping by, I hope you enjoyed my Christmas indulgence.
Here's the link for Make it Crafty...

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Hi-biscus (Making the Cut)

Hi again,

I know, I know, another tropical card from me? Shocker.  I can't help it, I LOVE tropical stuff. Maybe because I lived in the tropics in my past life or something. Whatever the reason, I am drawn to hibiscus and frangipanni, palm trees and beaches.

The Monday challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is "making the cut". Use die cuts in your project. I have gorgeous hibiscus dies from Memory Box, Die-namics, and Sizzix (not used on this card). The flowers were cut out with the beautiful paper from Prima. Can you spot more use of dies? The cameo frame and HI are from Tim Holtz.

The background on the frame is a long story...Do you ever make something, hate it, dig it out of the trash and just keep throwing more stuff on it? Haha, that's the case here, I have no idea how I ended up with the final result but I really like it. Don't ask me what colors are on there because I really have no idea. Sadly, I will probably not be able to replicate it again. Let's call it "vintage tropical". Hehehe.

Thanks for dropping by and having a peek, now go get crafty in your create space. Talk to you soon.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - August (air mail)

Hi again, 

Sometimes old school is the best. Masking, over stamping, coloring on stamps with markers. These are great techniques that go way back 20 some years when I first started stamping. 

I was happy to see a travel theme pop up this week around the web. I love vintage suitcases and travel  posters. Old world maps and travel are a favorite of mine so I made a few tags to reflect that.

I used the new watercolor paper from Ranger on the 3 smaller tags. Oooooh the markers blend so nice. I die-cut the tags using the "tag and tie by" die from Tim Holtz. The larger tag is a manilla tag I had kickin' around.

 Don't be laughin' at my little suitcase! It was my first attempt and I had no pattern or template to base it on. It was one of those projects that I had in my head and I tried to create. It's kinda cute though. I was going to go to Michael's but (a) I didn't have a coupon, and (b) I had just spent over $100 at my LSS, so I improvised with what I had.

The Stamp set I used for the smaller tags is "Travel ways". And the larger is "Air Travel"
The mini suitcase was assembled using the Tim Holtz paper from "Destinations"
Washi tape is from Freckled Fawn and Recollections.

Thanks for popping by, I will be uploading the post to Tim Holtz' 12 tags of 2013 and also to the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Air Mail. Check out the links here...

Until next time, keep busy and have fun in you artsy space.