Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Enjoy the little things

Have you been enjoying our blog hop and new image release this week?  If you have just stumbled upon this post you will find the blog hop on my previous post.
The design team has been busy creating new projects to inspire you.  
Today I'd like to share a little altered tin featuring Magda Polakow's  new image Agatha's star.  I sanded and painted the tin with a base of yellow acrylic paint.  After drying, I used StazOn to stamp Agatha. I masked her off to stencil and design the background, then painted Agatha.  Scraps of paper were glued on for the quote.  Lid is further accented with paint pens and Pitt marker detail. 

This little altered tin is perfect for a portable watercolor tin or just to hold the tiny little things.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Stampotique Spring 2014 new image release blog hop

If you are a fan of our Facebook page you may have already gotten a sneak peek of some of the new images we are excited to be releasing today.  We hope you will join us for the blog hop to see a variety of those images.

The samples above feature some of my new images; Bicycle, Bike ride text, Pepper, Verdette, large and small sunflowers. 

The Stampotique Team is proud to welcome one of our newest stamp designers, Magda Polakow.  You have seen Magda's work on our design team and we think you will find a few stamps that you can't live without.

Join us through the blog hop for your chance to win some random goodies-we will be randomly drawing two winners for a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps at the Stampotique online store.  The new stamps should be available over there now.

Also, make sure you hope all the way through for an exciting announcement on our Stampotique Designers Blog for an additional chance to win some goodies and some additional recognition as an artist.

You should have arrived to my blog from Nellie van Leeuwen, if you did not arrive from there you may want to start the hop at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog.   When you are finished visiting my blog you will want to hop on over to Sam Read.

Have fun hopping, we will be pulling the random winners of the blog at our next challenge on April 23, 2014.

Vera Lane digi stamp sets

Have you been by the Vera Lane Etsy shop lately?  Adorable quirky images are available for instant download.   Samples above are from "Joyful" and "Under the sea." Each digi stamp set comes with five images to creatively rearrange and color. 

To view the entire collection click on the Vera Lane Studio shop icon on the upper left of the blog.

Thanks for looking.
Vera Lane Digital Stamps

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Maison des fleurs

Maison des fleurs is a lovely little garden house that is complete with topiaries growing out of polka dot high heals.

The garden home is surrounded by Abby's hearts. In the sky hangs nuage 1 and 2 , a double sided stamp.

I began with a 6x6"square card.  Maison des fleurs was stamped with Memento tuxedo black. A Pitt pen was used to create a loose border.  After masking the bottom edge with a post-it note  I stamped Abby's hearts. COPICS and a touch a Prima color pencils were used to color.   I stamped and cut addition hearts and raised them with silicone adhesive. Nuage 1 and 2 were also stamped on another paper, cut and placed with silicone adhesive.  Edges of the border were treated with collage scraps.

It's a light and breezy card for a birthday, new home, or just a happy hello.
Hope you like it.      

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hearts don't have to be red

Just a messy tag for today.
I like to work this way and I think the style lends itself to the loose freehand of the heart image.  

Layers of paint, stencils, Dylusions sprays, pencil and Pitt pen scribble provide a colorful background for my "love you heart" stamp from Stampotique.
Make several tags at once and see which ones speak to you.  Set the rest aside and perhaps they will provide inspiration on another day.

Hearts don't have to be red.  Enough said.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vintage pin cushion

I thought I would join in on France Papillon's vintage theme this week at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This image of my husband's mother Leah featured in the stamp Summer of 32 really fits the request to go vintage.

To begin this pin cushion I created a muslin bag that I had filled with rice. I dyed another piece of muslin with tea bags and stitched a cover for the rice filled bag.  Rice makes such a nice pin cushion. I didn't want to risk ruining the fabric if my stamp was not clear, so I tore a small piece of fabric to stamp.  Summer of 32 is stamped with coffee Archival ink. The image was centered on the flat and stitched in place with a sewing machine.  I decorated the cover with vintage trim and buttons.  I tore some narrow strips of tea stained muslin and gave it a loose pleat for added texture.   I decided not to dye my Prima paper flowers to add some contrast.

I found some ecru satin ribbon that had a nice vintage feel.  I looped the edges and stitched with buttons to add interest. The distressed vintage rhinestone button really sets the piece off.

Hope it inspires you.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

 A little kitchen mishap has temporarily deterred my crafting this week so I am revisiting a series of birthday cards that I had created for a group of friends with birthdays in the same  month. 

These colorful birthday cards were made with my Stampotique birthday cube with candle.

I stamped the cakes and added the candles.  Using Copics, hole punched text, liquid pearls, scrapbook paper and rhinestones to embellish.  No two were exactly alike.  I raised the cake image with foam adhesive squares and doodled frames with Pitt pen and more color. The edges of the cards were treated with Distress inks.

I presented the birthday gals and guys with the cards in clear cellophane with a handful of Dove chocolates. The bags were tied with contrasting organza ribbon. 

The partiers were pleased with their handmade token gifts.

Making several at a time made it fun to make and fun to give.