Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Springs for Spring! SDC192

Our first week of Spring is here and our SDC192 design hostess Valerie has requested we incorporate some kind of spring in our work! 

What could be more springy than creating a garden muse!
I began with a spring door stop and a piece of Gelli printed canvas.  I stamped the canvas with France's Vintage Bill and Ticket to Paris.

Fleur de Girl was stamped, colored, cut and clear embossed and attached to spring.  The canvas is stitched into a sleeve and filled with rice to give it weight and substance to stand.

I added eyelashes with my PITT pen to make her a little extra girly. 

So get springy and have a chance to win some of our terrific hand crafted rubber stamps.
 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lilacs for Sunday


Brought out some of the Fleur de Girls to play with.  Here's Lilac -- I stamped her with black Versafine on watercolor paper.  I painted her with a combination of children's watercolors and Peerless. 

I used a black liquid stylist pen to add the quote.  And it needed something.

I guess I must have been day dreaming because I got caught up in doodling and my XS Pitt pen wound up traveling all over the surface. 

If you are not familiar with the collection over at Stampotique there is an entire garden of whimsical "fleur" girls with quotes, backgrounds and accents.  Perfect for spring. Or anytime.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Stitches! SDC190

Coby is our design hostess this week at the Stampotique Designers Challenge #190 and the call is for stitches. 

I love to use a sewing machine for stitching my cards but I also like creating a faux stitch with my Pitt pens.  For this challenge I had taken some watercolor waste scraps that were trimmed on the paper cutter and machine stitched for my background.

My newest stamps, crowd and birch tree were arranged on top of the staggered stitched scraps.  The quote was printed from the computer and a Pitt pen boarder added.  BIC wite-out was dotted to create a sense of falling snow.  A tag from my husband's dry-cleaning seemed to display cool temperatures that many are wanting to warm up.

You have a chance to win a $30.00 credit for stamps from Stampotique so why not hop over and join us and start stitching!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Welcome to my lovely garden...

Pandora is the newest character to appear on Vera Lane.  She comes with three flower stamps and a flying bird stamp image. 

Scale the digi images up or down for your paper craft needs.  Make thank you cards, birthday, or just a cheery hello.  The versatile image set can be used for your own interpretation.  Use for ATCs or your personal art journal. 

This digi set is available now for instant download.  Check out this set and others at the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop today!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Favorite background technique; SDC188

Nellie is hostess this week at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  Show us your favorite background technique and get a chance to win some of our lovely deeply etched stamps. 

My favorite background is anything mixed media.  For today's card I begin with gesso, scraped painted with a spend gift card, then  added bits of collage scraps.  I like to add pencil scribble and doodles.  Here I'm using Roc's bunny , my mini cube and collage definition.  Roc's bunny is paper pieced with acrylic detail.
I like the play of random and creating asymmetrical balance.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Neon card with homemade washi tape


Astrid is over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week requesting the use of neon colors.  While it's not typical to use neon in my images, I do like to use it to add a punch in my backgrounds. 
This cards features "Peace and Love" from artist Kate Crane.
I hand wrote one of my favorite quotes with black gel pen, accented with white Signo. The top and bottom of the card has my homemade washi tape.

I had made a pile of gelli prints and the back of this card is made from the "waste" roll-out paint in-between prints.  While I had the colors out I also created very fast and funky washi tape using Micropore surgical tape. 
Here is a quick tutorial. 
You'll  need:
Micropore surgical tape, assorted acrylic paints, sheet of glass, Stampotique texture and text stamps, Stazon black pad,  shiny paper (freezer paper will work)


  1. Apply strips of tape to glass
  2. Select about three colors and smear on tape with fingertip.  Dry.
  3. Stamp randomly.
  4. Accent with white paint
  5. Store on freezer paper or other shiny paper.
  6. Use on future projects.