Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SDC 215; Card for a Child

So often we create to amuse ourselves or other adults.  Children love stamping and also enjoy what is created especially for them.  For this week’s Stampotique Designers Challenge I am challenging you to create a card that will have appeal for a child, be it a young one or teen.

I created a card to accompany a travel art kit for a young student of mine.  She will be taking a long flight next week and I wanted to make sure she could stay busy creating during the flight!  This card "inspire" will accompany her gift.

 I began by bleeding watercolors together to create a background.  This is a technique she had completed in a recent watercolor lesson.   I let the wet on wet colors bleed into each other.  The stamps are colored with markers and Prismacolor pencils.  I had another Kate Crane image colored and selected for this card but my dog ran off with it.  Since Frock was also colored I made the substitution.   The other two stamps in this creation are inspire and the flower from Agatha's Flower.  It's a simple card with bright cheerful colors and happy images.  I hope she likes it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SDC214; Early halloween

Carol is challenging us to create an early Halloween inspiration.  This simple card has giving me fits -- I have been coloring and fussy cutting all week which has resulted in major migraine and neck aches.  So I advise taking needed breaks!!!

My original card ripped when I pulled fibers around the edge. I hastily turned it into a tag -- which I was most unhappy with.  So with a new attitude and a little effort I returned it to the card it was meant to be, and perhaps this paper back is even a better choice!

The house is one of five in my stitched houses stamp. My Skullboy  is standing behind a portion of Daniel's Picket Fence.  The background was from an exercise I was doing with students, creating dry brush stripes in analogous colors.
The house is colored with Copics and Skullboy is a combination of Copic marker and Prismacolor.
Hope you enjoy this simple composition

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

SDC 212; Use only two stamps

Nellie is our hostess this week challenging us to use just two stamps.  Nellie says she likes to use lots of stamps in her creations.  I tend to use one or two and add collage elements.  We all have unique ways of working with these stamps which makes it all the more fun to join in on these designer challenges.

Even though Toto belongs to Dorothy in the land of OZ I though he'd look awfully cute along side of Nina.  I love finding random sentences in books to work into my cards and this copy, "I don't know what will happen" seems to fit perfectly with Toto's expression. 

My background is stenciled and stitched to cardstock.  Scrap cut into a scallop border and washi tape adds to the composition.   "Just for you" was typed on the computer and printed.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SDC210; Anything goes

Kim says "anything goes" this week for SDC210.  For this challenge I am featuring two of Daniel's fantastic images Dwindled and Liaka in a somewhat offbeat anniversary card.
Amy's antique description is stamped over a swirl of dried Dylusions sprays.  Collage bits and a hand drawn border is added to complete the composition. "So good together" is printed from the computer.
Anything goes this week at the Stampotique Designer's challenge.  Enter today for a chance to win a voucher for some cool stamps in our monthly drawing.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

August 2015 Blog Hop

You have arrived at the new release blog hop to Stampotique's 2015 summer release.  The design team has some amazing samples ahead.  I hope you enjoy the hop.

My little mixed media card features Magda's darling Mr. Owl.  He's sure to be a Stampotique favorite. I had initially made this in a small art journal but decided to turn it into a card.  The wide open spaces in this little guy makes it a joy to color.

From here you will hop over to see 
Coby van Willigenburg  and continue the hop to see more examples from our amazing team.

As always, Stampotique will be giving away a $30 gift certificate for stamps and a grab bag of stamps on two of the blogs-but you won't know which ones they are so stop by and visit them all.  We will pick the winners on our first challenge in September.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

SDC 208; Animal

Stampotique has so many unique animal stamps. Jackie is our hostess this week and would like to see us use one in a stamped creation.

For this mini art journal page I began with drips from Inktense blocks. I layered my background with acrylic paints and scraps.  Stampotique stamps used are:
  1. Little bird
  2. Welcome to my garden
  3. Feline
Please grab your animal stamps and join us in Jackie's animal challenge,

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Remembering Lily Blog Hop

Like many of you, I did not have the pleasure of knowing Lily Chilvers, but one could not help knowing of her from the world she created in her art.  Learning of her passing struck deep emotions, someone so beautiful, so young, so creative -- we question why?  While we will never know those answers we hope that she continues to invent and create in a beautiful heaven we are yet to know.
"Hearts to heaven" is my tribute to Lily.  It represents the lives she has touched and the love we are sending her and her family in this tribute.  I think you will all agree that the world has lost a special person and talent.  As her family and close loved ones carry their grief, let us all take a moment to honor her in hope that it may lift their spirits and bring some comfort.

May Lily live on forever in her art.  Sending thoughts and comforting prayers to her loving family.

Today we are remembering Lily Chilvers a truly beautiful artist and soul taken from us too soon.
To honour Lily we are sharing projects we have made in her memory using the wonderful, whimsical and wacky art she shared with us all.

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Laura Holland