Saturday, September 24, 2016

Happy Halloween! SDC 257

Is it STILL September? Actually, I feel like September hasn't even been around that long with everything going on here at home.

I went to Target awhile ago and got this adorable wooden house for 3 dollars in the Dollar Spot and knew it needed to be a haunted house. Like, the most adorable, colorful haunted house ever. It is wooden, and pretty sturdy.

This was a new undertaking for me, but anxiety kept me up yesterday so I crafted all night (well almost 11pm, which for me is SUPER late) I really had fun coming up with the color scheme and the theme.

Of COURSE I used a Stampotique Originals stamp, Bat Boy. I did remove his hat, but left the rest of him in tact.
 I used a fiskars punch to create the scallops on the roof and on the eves. I used decorative papers in everything but the washi tape I used for the sides, and then, of course, colored the sweet Bat Boy with my watercolor pencils. I created the fencing and the door and windows free hand and just went where the paper took me.

The clouds are from a paper pack and I just cut them out. I really like how the cloud is on the front and the back. The moon helps make the spider really stand out! I had a really hard time getting a good shot of the house in or out of the sun, so I hope you are getting the idea of how it looks in real life!

Additionally, I am using this as an entry into our challenge this week (week 2, actually)  over at Stampotique originals, "Put A  Bug On It" ,SDC 257. Pretty sure my giant spider is going to fit right in. Poor Bat Boy, trying to see who is lurking outside on All Hallow's Eve! 


Bat Boy: Stampotique Originals
Core'dinations Cardstock
Studio Calico Cardstock
Tombow Adhesive
Ranger Archival Black Ink
Ranger  Glacier White Pigment Ink
Fabric Washi Tape
Wooden House, Target Dollar Spot

Monday, September 19, 2016

Krafty Halloween

Get it? KRAFT-y? Cause I used kraft cardstock? ::eyeroll::

Seriously, tho. As hot and humid as it is I can't even imagine that October is ANYWHERE around the corner, but it surely is!

Recently, my family and I took a trip to the wizarding world of harry potter and it was, in every way, magical. It, however, took up about a month of my time finalizing plans and being sure that everything was ready and packed, and then, of course, the aftermath of a large trip, the likes of which, we have never taken.

All of this, wonderful tho it was, took away from any crafty mind-space I may have had. So, a week after coming home, here I finally am with something fun! (did I mention we are now planning a MASSIVE Harry Potter party for our soon-to-be 10 year old son?)

So, I got it in my head that I really wanted to make one of these cone wreaths. I had NO idea how difficult it was to keep these things semetrical! HA! Not to mention my seams. Huh. Still, I like how the colors peak out of the kraft paper and I like how the stamped image turned out on kraft stock. I used Core'dinations cardstock. Its like, one of my favorites of all time.  Also a new thing for me to play with!

Here is the center up-close. I used Marsha from Stampotique Originals, as well as "Happy Halloween", also from Stampotique Originals. So many of their images are perfect for the quirky time of year that is Halloween. I used Watercolor pencils, but no water. Just used them for coloring. Love how easily they glide onto the kraft stock.
Now, all I have to do is wait until October to hang this on my door! Its gonna be epic!

Next on my list of new things to try, Yupo paper and alcohol inks! I am so excited! Can't wait to share my results back here in a couple of days, so be on the lookout!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

SDC257 Put A Bug On It

Its that time again! We are having another fun challenge over at Stampotique Originals. This time around our theme is, "Put A Bug On It". Not going to lie, I was a bit stumped for about 5 minutes....then I remembered that in our latest release we have this sweet lightning bug in a jar.

My son, who is now 9, lives to catch lightning bugs every summer and is always sad when their time is over.

This image needed to be  in a shaker card. I can image the sequins and stars being lightning bugs. Love this image and the imagination is sparks!

I don't have any of the fancy tools for making shaker cards. I used Spellbinders to cut out my rectangles with my cuttle bug (another bug!) and then used transparency and a LOT of adhesive foam squares to pop the top up to make the shaker box. Super easy.

I hope this card inspires you to go catch a lightning bug with your loved ones. Make a memory, or bring one to the surface.

Be sure to check out my fellow designers (located on my left bar) and share the love with them. Also, hop over to the challenge and enter for a chance to be in our top 3!!!


Lightning Bug (Stampotique)
Dear Lizzie Neapolitan Paper
Dollar Tree Sequins\
Dollar Tree Twine
Teresa Collins Sentiment
Watercolor Pencils
Studio Calico Veneer Stars
Foam Adhesive Squares

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Its ATC Time Again!

This month over at Stampotique our ATC swap theme is Stamped Background. The idea is to stamp a background and hi-light that stamp or another in the foreground. Of course I had to use my cute little monsters. Plushy and the Goat Monster. I went a little bit more simple in an effort to have the stamped background and monsters pop. I love how they turned out.

This first one is on a background that I created for my video on watercolor backgrounds.  It was exactly what I needed for this goat monster and his silly plushies.

 This card I used an extra panel I had from the party banner  that was created awhile back for my first DT slot. I cut it down to the appropriate size and stamped Plusy all over the back. I used watercolor pencils for Goat Monster and then used the "caution" part of the Approach With Caution stamp. I love how the expression on Goat Monster's face almost seems like he is in a daze, or in the twilight zone with Plushy behind him.

 I flipped the colors for the second card, using the blues and greens on the back with the warmer yellows and oranges for the goat. Finished up both cards with a gel pen to create a funky boarder.
Pretty much love the way these guys turned out. I am really enjoying learning to use different color schemes and not just my go-to colors.

So, be sure to hop over and join our ATC swap! There are so many amazing artist waiting to swap with you!


Goat Monster (Stampotique)
Plushy (Stampotique)
Approach With Caution (Stampotique)
Ken Oliver Color Liquid Metals
Dylusions Sprays
Watercolor Pencils
Black Archival Ranger Ink

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SDC 255, Polka Dots

Polka Dots! I actually just bought a paper pack that has TONS of different polka dots in it. Why? Because polka dots are SO FUN! That's why, this time around at Stampotique Originals we are playing with Polka Dots!

Loved playing with this challenge. I went for the more simple approach and tried not to overthink. Love this card and its subtle snark.

Love this image from Stampotique. Bunny Boy! He is adorable. Like, for real. He is a must have!

Don't forget to check out the other DT members (located on the left hand side of my blog) and of course, be sure to put your project in the ring to have a chance at being our top 3!!! We can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve!! 


Phrase Cube, Stampotique
Pink Paislee, Citrus Bliss
DCWV, The Basics Stack
Paper Studio Adhesive Gems
Watercolor Pencils
Dollar Tree Twine
Archival Black Ink, Ranger

Monday, August 15, 2016

Scrappin Karate

Finally getting caught up on all of my son's Martial Arts shenanigans. This year he has really bloomed and has even been brave enough to perform! He is exactly half way to his black belt, which, is amazing. My son is not one to stick with one interest for a long period of time so to see him so committed to this is really wonderful. 

This summer he was able to meet the founder of his martial arts group, Master Ernie Reyes Sr. himself as well as perform with him. 

I have a notebook that I have converted to a simple scrap book to document Noah's progress through his Martial Arts journey, and here are the pages I was able to complete yesterday. 

I try to keep the pages simple and classic. I want his progress to be the focal point, but I don't just want to to be a photo album either. Just a nice balance. 

These are the post cards his instructors send for encouragement. 
Just a little simple flourish here. 
And, even after having been sick he passed his blue belt and moved on to his advanced blue belt. This is Noah with his current instructor, who believes in him so much!
Thanks for stopping by! Its nice to be scrapping again. Loving having the time to get all kinds of crafts in for a change! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

SDC #254

Hello, again! It is me!! Back with another super fun challenge for Stampotique! This time around the challenge is, "Text Background". This one really was a cinch for me. I LOVE using text pretty much ALL of the time on my mixed media projects. I didn't want to just make a card, so I asked my son to choose some monsters and poof....a door hanger. Is that what these are called? I don't even know.

So, for the text, before I even had a picture in my head, I knew I wanted to use the "Approach With Caution" stamp for my background. Only using 1 text wasn't enough though. I used a sheet from an old dictionary and covered the hanger (from hence forth they shall be door hangers, whether this is correct or not). A smattering of gessso over it, but not enough to cover all of the words.

Next, of COURSE the Dylusions sprays came out to play. I am for serious. I friggen love the things. It came out way better than the picture in my head. Once it was all dry, I stamped the mess out of the background. Texture is another fave, so Dylusions large triangle stencil and Ranger texture paste were in order. A bit of Faber Castell gelattos and it was ready.

HOW FLIPPING FUN IS THIS?!?! Excuse the all caps, but I was pretty pleased with the outcome. Not very often that the picture in your head comes out on paper as well as you had hoped. Check out how you can see some of the dictionary words along with the stamped words. Also, side detail, the little ink dots that stayed and didn't run are SO NEAT!(sorry, caps again)
Last but of COURSE, not least, these little monsters. Noah chose Feathery Monster, and Unicorn's Cousin for his hanger, and coloring these was so fun! Watercolor pencils and water brushes. I just kept layering and drying and layering until the desired effect was reached. Both of these little monsters fit my son's personality so well. I can almost see his laughing face in them. 
I hope my little project has inspired you to go forth and create something fun with these stamps for your home. If you do, don't forget to hop on over and post your entry on our link up!!  Also, be sure to check out my team mates (posted on the left bar). They have much more eye candy to eat up! Happy creating!


Stamp: Feathery Monster
Stamp: Unicorn's Cousin
Stamp: Approach With Caution
Ranger Dylusions Spray
Faber Castell Gelato
Spellbinders Circle Dies
Spellbinders Scallop Dies