Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy almost Halloween!

I've been burning the candle at both ends but I will say that I am done inking new stamp images (for now) in addition to taking on new art students.  Love staying busy!

I enjoy making my fun and funky backgrounds but when you are in a crunch there is nothing wrong with reaching for scrap paper for a quick card.  This certainly is not one of my better efforts but I loved chopping off Pepper to supervise little Skullboy and Frankie on their Trick or Treating adventures.

Friday, October 3, 2014

New release-- The Cherry Street Collection by Vera Lane Studio

Vera Lane Studio has just released two new sets from the Cherry Street Collection.  Meet "The Crazy Cat Lady" and "iYoga."

Both sets come with five digi files in 300 dpi resolution.  They can be resized and flipped in MS Word for your to print, color, cut and add to your paper projects.  Size small for an ATC or larger for an art journal page.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Masculine theme

Today's sample is for the masculine theme at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge 167 ordered up by Kim.  I used Daniel's "Bob's in time out" and "Misunderstood" from Carol's Collection.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Early Halloween

The Stampotique Designer's Challenge (SDC 166; Get Your Spook On) this week is calling for entries with an "Early Halloween" theme.  There are some exciting and wonderful projects the team has created for Carol's challenge.

My little collage and stamped card was inspired from a funny sentiment I saw in a card shop in Ann Arbor.  My little characters are two of my sketchy kid-art inspired Halloween kids - Corie the little witch and Frankie, the pumpkin head boy. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Altered Playing Cards Week 4

Altered playing card challenge week 4.  Claudine heads the challenge and we are into week four.  With 52 small pieces of art to create it will not take long to catch up or just start with this week.  This is really a "no excuses" challenge as the canvas size is so small.

"Small homes grow tight families" is a collage with hand drawn elements.  The cloud is the waste paper from my "2 nuage" stamp that Claudine used in the challenge.  I decided just to add type with my sun by painting watercolor on an old book page.  A PITT XS pen is used for added doodles.

"Coffee is always a good idea" uses Vera Lane Studio's "City Girl" with two of the four buildings included in the set.  After a day of shopping who doesn't want to duck into a little cafĂ© for a cup of joe.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Let's cover the world with glitter and pearls

 Vera Lane Studio's "Cherry Street Collection" introduces the digi stamp set Glitter and Pearls.

The Cherry Street collection features diverse characters from the original Vera Lane Studio crew.  The blue header background identifies images in this line.  These digi characters still offer an element of whimsy with a fresh style all their own.

Glitter and Pearls comes with "Beatrice", two quotes and an optional crown.  The versatile set can be used for birthdays, Sweet 16, invites, Valentine's Day, or any time you need to send a little glitter. 

Beatrice can be enlarged to create a mixed media canvas or reduced to create an ATC.  Her clean lines and open spaces makes for easy coloring and or paper piecing techniques.

Vera Lane Studio images are available for instant download.  All VLS digi stamps come to you in 300 dpi resolution .png files.  They are designed with the end user in mind to craft into your personal paper creations.

See Glitter and Pearls and the complete selection at  the Vera Lane Studio Shop.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge; week 3

This is week 3 of Claudine's Altered Playing Card Challenge.  If you have not jumped on board, now is a time to start.  My goal is to respond to the challenges with a digi stamp and a rubber stamp each week.

Claudine used alcohol inks and Tim Holtz's Distress Ink for her backgrounds using a fall and a Steampunk theme.

For "Fall Coat" I used mustard seed and spiced marmalade Distress Inks over gesso.  The digi images are from the Cherry Street Collection in my Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop, Classy and Fabulous.  She is colored with Copic markers.  I used BIC white out pen for white embellishments.

The background of the second card has the same color distress inks.  My number stencil does not show in the picture, but I also used brushed corduroy.  I'm not much of a Steampunk fan so putting this together took some thought.  I had an old watch cube from Post-modern Design that I had never used from years ago --  out it came.  The Mad Hatter is part of my Alice in Wonderland series for Stampotique.  I didn't have any gears so I cut circles and used a stamp edge scissor to make the grooves and colored with metallic marker. I used white Prismalcolor to accent my design elements.

I love this challenge -- for my time commitment the size of the art is just perfect.  Its a great way to try new techniques, push the envelope and experiment.