Monday, March 30, 2015

Rosey Hearts Challenge #1~New Design Team, Fabulous New Challenge Blog!


More happy news to share! Some of you may have noticed a new badge on my sidebar... I am honored to be part of the Rosey Hearts Design Team! So happy and excited and so fun!

I hope you will have a chance to check out this fabulous new Challenge and the wonderful art by Melissa. Our Challenge runs from March 15 to April 14th and our theme is Naughty and Nice. For this out FIRST everrr challenge you may pick any make you made past or new that fits the theme, as long as it has NOT won any awards. How easy is that? Hope you will join us. Digital art is welcome :)

You can see her Etsy shop HERE

The Challenge Linky is HERE.

You are all welcome to join up with the Rosey Hearts Facebook Group as well, this is the LINK.

The Challenge starts on the 15th of the month and runs for 30 days. There are some amazing prizes including a chance to challenge the artist to create a custom digital stamp for the First Place winner, how cool is that???

I really would love for you to join the fun and have a chance to win a Custom Digi!

Here is my first Design Team inspiration piece. Hope you like it!

Please click each image to see a larger picture:)

I was given Melissa's "Alice Oh My" stamp to play with, you can get this super fun digi HERE for a very very reasonable price.

My Alice is on a canvas about 6 inches by 8 inches. She is colored with Sharpies and Bic Mark It markers.

"Tea Time?"

I wanted her to be bright and colorful to POP from the background. The background is a mash up of Distress Paints, acrylics and embossing powder on top of texture paste.

The roses are made from the Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die.

I had tons of fun coloring and making the background. I hope you like it! See you soon at Rosey Hearts for our very first challenge!



I am also sharing with and supporting the following Challenges:
The Corrosive Challenge: Hop in Spring

Friday, March 27, 2015

River Adventure!~for Marta van Eck at Mischief Circus

This little boy is all set for his big adventure along the river!

Cannot resist playing with this fun kit, Marta van Eck's Vagabond Adventures in the Mischief Circus shop. There are so many fun elements, it makes the collage so fun and has endless possibilities!

What will be your adventure today?

I would love to hear about it!


LOC #71~New Challenge~Mermaids/Water Theme~Left of Center Creative Challenges


Today starts the newest challenge at Left of Center Creative Challenges! The optional theme this fortnight is Mermaids/Water...interpret it as you will! Just join us and play along, can't wait to see what you create!

Our wonderful sponsor is Spellbinding Stamps, Nikki Burnette. I was given the digital stamp, Edeline, to play with. You can get her here, HERE

And here is my DT inspiration piece. It is a 'canvas' about 6 inches by 8 inches.

Please click each picture to see a larger version.

I love this sweet image, it is wonderful fantasy but I would love it to be a True Story:) The inspiration to my canvas is the perfect Unity stamp, "True Story".

She is colored with a combination of Sharpies, Distress Ink and ballpoint pens. The background is a fun mixed media play almost as much fun to make as the image was to color. The substrate for the "canvas" is a piece of cardboard from a mailing box, mush too nice to toss :)

I used various acrylic paints, Distress Paints and some ink sprays. Once dry I used a stencil and applied texture paste. Before the paste dried I sprinkled embossing powder on top to give the shine. I let the paste dry overnight then heat embossed the powder.

I wanted to include the extra photo at another angle, I love how the colors change.

I hope you can join us at Left of Center this fortnight. The optional theme is Mermaids/Water. As always if that theme is just not quite for you, created what your heart desires. We welcome digital makes, goth, punk, dark, fantasy, grunge, Halloween and more. Let yourself have fun!

Have a great weekend and hope you can make time to play!


Also sharing and supporting these fabulous challenges:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit: March 2015, Anything Goes
Unity: Friday Friends with Flair

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Marta van Eck Digital Canvas Play in Black & White

A mostly picture post top share today!

I used elements by Marta vn Eck's kits Vagabond Adventures New Release at Mischief Circus, HERE. As well as Cabinet of Curiosities, I adore these kits!

I altered all elements to make them black and white.

Please do click them to see them a bit larger :)

Hugs and best wishes!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tim Tag~March 2015~Butterfly~12 Tags of 2015

Yay! I have my Tim tag done before the end of the month!

Love the colors, super bright and fun, bit of sparkle! I am really happy with the way it all came together. Perfect for Spring and March!

Make sure you hop over to see the wonderful walk thru on Tim's blog, HERE.

Please click each photo to see it bigger.

I included several pictures, I love how the slight angle change alters the colors :)

I used the Dot Fade stencil with texture paste. The butterfly stamp is Unity, I don't have a Tim one...yet :) It is on my wish list for sure!

Enjoy your day!


Also sharing and supporting the following challenge:
Inspiration Journal, March Challenge: Spring Blooms

Mixed Media Mojo~ATC Challenge~DT Inspiration~"Thoughtful"

Happy Mid-Week!

Today I have a short inspiration post for you, thanks for dropping by!

We still have a few days left in March for our challenge at Mixed Media Mojo. The theme is ATCs, the twist make 2.

I made a single ATC that came together very quickly and simply. I like it when projects come along simply.

Over at Mixed Media Mojo I posted a step by step, I hope you will pop over and check it out. Let me know what you think, I adore comments:) it keeps me going for sure!

Here is my Springy ATC, "Thoughtful". So happy the weather is slowly turning to Spring! Wonderful time to bring on the sweet bird stamps.

Hope to see you play along at Mixed Media Mojo! Again, the theme is ATC with a twist of 2. You can interpret 2 as you will....



I am also sharing and supporting the following Challenges:

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #10: Birds of a Feather
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

APCC Week 27~Finale~Altered Playing Card Challenge

Today I have my Altered Playing Card Challenge set, week 27!

It is the final week of the challenge which was to alter an entire deck of regular playing cards at the rate of one pair per week. and yes! I did each week!! So happy to have accomplished this and at the same time, sad to see it done.

Please visit our lovely hostess Claudine HERE to see all the wonderful details. There is a Facebook group and it will continue on and we will see what comes along!

Thanks so much for following along on this fabulous journey. It means so much, I appreciate each comment and view of these cards that are so fun to make! Giant enormous hugs and thanks to Claudine for putting all this together and providing inspiration each week!

Here we go, as always please click each image if you want to see a bigger version :)

The base is the regular playing card covered with gesso to make things 'stick'.

The background here is inked with Archival Ink, Fern Green. I stamped the Unity butterfly on a book page with Jet Black Archival and then fussy cut it. The background stamps are Tim Holtz and Prima, stamped with Distress Embossing Ink and embossed in black. After inking the background, it must be totally dry so the excess EP does not stick where it should not :) (thanks for that reminder Claudine)

The background here I inked with Archival Ink, Potting Soil. was way too dark. I thought it might lighten up on the gesso but no hahaha. So the opposite half I inked with Distress Ink Wild Honey which turned out much more yummy. I love the highlight it created. The background is stamped with a Unity postage/stamps stamp. The smaller images are Heidi Swapp. I free hand cut the heart.

The black smudge around the images I created by using a waterbrush and a General's watersoluble graphite pencil. (Micheal's craft store $3 for 2 pencils) I love the moody feel these pencils make.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Have a wonderful week!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Memory's Keep~Digital Canvas~Marta Van Eck Creative Team

Happy Monday!

Boy, where did the weekend go???? Time seems to be flying even faster this year! What do you think??

Just wanted to share a quick digital canvas I made for Marta Van Eck's Creative Team. I used digital elements from her Cabinet of Curiosities kit that you can see HERE at Mischief Circus.

This is "Memory's Keep"

I hope you like this "snap shot".

Have a super week!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

APCC Week 26~Monochrome~Altered Playing Card Challenge

Hello, Happy Sunday!

Today was a fun play day, had a bit of time to make my week 26 altered playing card pair. And I am caught up, yay! Tomorrow brings the last week of the challenge to alter an entire deck of playing cards~none too soon, the following is Spring Break and it is sure to be crazy!

You can see this wonderful challenge hosted by Claudine HERE and there is also a Facebook Group that will carry on. This has been such a fun wonderful journey! Along which I have learned so many techniques that I probably would never have tried before!

This week's theme is Monochrome. It was a challenge for me, I have never played in monochrome much before.

Please click each picture if you would like to see it bigger:)

I used the whimsical birds from Vera Lane Studios, you can see her Etsy shop, HERE

I used some patterned paper over each card. I picked colors that I knew I had similar inks and paints to carry on in the monochrome.

I dabbed acrylic paint through a stencil on each card using a make up triangle sponge.

The sentiment stickers are Tim Holtz Chit Chat, love these! I added a little pen scribble with a Gelly Roll pen and PITT pen.

This was another really fun play and will attempt monochrome again.

Thanks for reading!!

Have a happy week!



Friday, March 20, 2015

"All Aboard!"~Digital Canvas & Part of a new Creative Team

I am so happy and excited to share with you today, the news I have joined a new Creative Team!!

I am creating for Marta Van Eck whose wonderful digital kits can be found at Mischief Circus, HERE

I love my new blinkie!

I was given the kit, "Cabinet of Curiosities" to play with, you can find it in the Mischief Circus shop HERE. The really cool thing is you can purchase the entire kit or just the papers or elements, such fun!

So what can be more fitting than, "All Aboard!"

I hope you like this journey! I look forward to reading what you think! Have a wonderful weekend!



I am also sharing and supporting these digi-friendly challenges:

Digitally Sweet Challenges #132: Anything but a card or layout
Create and Inspire Challenge #17

Monday, March 16, 2015

DominoArt~Harlequin Altered Playing Card

There is a super fun challenge blog that features altering your favorite game pieces! Each month the lovely hostess, Leigh, has a new challenge. The March theme is to incorporate the harlequin diamond pattern somehow with your altered game piece.

Please take a bit to hop over and share and support this wonderful alternative challenge blog, you will be pleasantly surprised! You can hop with this link, HERE

I love the Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil and embossing folder. I still need the stamp to complete my trio! So when I saw this challenge it was too fun to pass up! Plus,,,as I am sure you know I love altered playing cards! yay!

Please click to see a bigger photo:)

I embossed a piece of manila folder with the Tim harlequin folder. I inked the folder with Black Soot Distress Ink then passed it through the machine. Once dry, I stamped it using Potting Soil Archival and a Unity Chicken Wire stamp.

I die cut the fleur de lis from the manila folder. I stamped a separate fleur de lis from the same Tim set and heat embossed it.

The red flower is die cut and inked with Festive Berry Distress Ink.

This is the backside of the card. It is a deck actually used in a Casino, that is why the corners are clipped. I found this deck at a dollar store.

Have a wonderful day! Hope you have time to stop by and say Hi to Leigh!


Sharing with and supporting the March Challenge:Harlequin, Any Game Goes at DominoArt

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dream Landscape~Digital Kit Playtime

Happy Evening!

Happy Pi Day!

I just wanted to share a fun Photoshop play I made today.

I have seen some digital artists using various kits and I love the collage play made. Today I used free kits from Mischief Circus. Various elements from these designers, KandiDesigns, Itkupilli and Holliewood.

Hope you like this digital canvas and I an anxious to hear your thoughts on it.

Please click to see it bigger:)

Enjoy your day!

yes this is becoming a new obsession..... :)

Sharing with Collage Obsession Weekly Challenge: Shades of Green

Friday, March 13, 2015

Challenge #69 Left of Center Creative Challenges~Good Luck or Bad~Roll the Dice...

So how lucky do you feel today? After all it is Friday the 13th....

This is my DT make for Left of Center Creative Challenges. I do like the dark side play as you most likely know :)

                                                              Visit LOC HERE

It is a great day for the newest Creative Challenge at Left of Center: Good Luck or Bad. As always at Left of Center you are welcome to follow the suggested theme or if that does not strike your fancy, you are most welcome to play towards the dark side. We would love to see what you make!

For my project I used an image by Rick St. Dennis from the Voodoo Digital stamp set at Smeared Ink, you can find it HERE

Please click each photo to see them bigger:)

The "canvas" is cardboard. So fun and easy to play with! It is about 8 inches by 8 inches.

The background started with some gesso then I added some texture paste through a stencil. It kinda went crazy and got gloppy. Is gloppy a word??? Dunno...anyways, it looked weird so I added some Dylusions spray inks and water once the paste was dry.

On top of that I added some crackle paste. Once set and dry I finished off with some Lindy's Stamp Gang spray. I love this spray, it is one of two colors I own, it sprays on purple and dries with the awesome blue sparkle. :)

I trimmed the awesome RSD image and mounted it on black cardstock. I layered it on top of the "window". The background of the "window" I had fun embossing! I did paper dry embossing and inked the embossing folder itself then ran it though to get the pattern and thennnn stay with me, clear embossed the diamonds/harlequin for more sparkle and shine.

I hope you have time to play and really look forward to seeing your wonderfully creative fun at Left of Center!

~best luck always!~


I am also sharing and supporting these wonderful challenges as well:

Smudgy Antics March: Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #71: Anything Goes
Create and Inspire Challenge 17 : Dark, Anything Goes

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

APCC Week 25~Altered Playing Card Challenge

Another Two for Tuesday!

Today I have my week 25 card pair done! The time is going quick as is this year, just WOW

You can see and join the fun HERE at Claudine's blog. We are on week 25 of this 26 week project and I cannot believe it has gone so fast! If you want to play along, it is totally fine! There is a Facebook group that we post in and it will carry on, so everyone is welcome to join up anytime.

This week's prompt is using glossy paper and re-inkers. The effect is so beautiful and I urge you to hop over to Claudine's blog to see the results on her lovely post, HERE.

Please click each image to see them bigger, thanks!

I do not have glossy paper and the only re-inker I have is Jet Black Archival. I wanted bright colors and more than just one :)   So adapting to what I have on hand, I used rubbing alcohol 91% and some alcohol inks.

I dropped the ink onto my craft mat and added some rubbing alcohol. I had some cards covered with gesso and I sprayed some rubbing alcohol on them. Take care to not inhale the rubbing alcohol mist. 

Then I pressed the gesso'd cards into the color puddles and set aside, propped up a bit to make the ink run. I sprayed a bit more alcohol on them.

I am very happy with the soft blooms of color! 

I used Vera Lane Studio digital stamps on both cards. I love her images, they are so fun and fun to color. I got kinda color crazy with them :)

I used a star stencil and Distress Paint on the background. I outlined and doodled with my white gelly roll pen.

On this card I used a dot stencil and Archival Ink for the dots. The sentiment is a small Heidi Swapp stamp.

Both digi stamps are colored with Bics and Sharpies.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a great day!



Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday Playtime~WIP

Just wishing a happy Sunday to everyone!

Sharing a small preview of what is on my crafty-table today....

Let me know what you think!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Design Team Call & New Challenge~Mixed Media Mojo~March 2015

Welcome to a new month!

Sure hoping this March leads to a creative and warmer Spring for everyone!

Ready to get away a bit and play this day? Sure hope so!

                                                Click HERE to pop over to the link up page.

At Mixed Media Mojo we have lots of fun things in store for your this month. First up we are holding a Design Team Call until mid-month. If you love to get inky, painty and used all sorts of materials in a fun, creative way, why not apply to our call? We'd love to have you link up, just pick a project you are really proud of to share with us. There is a link up on this PAGE at Mixed Media Mojo. Hope to see you soon!

And now if the super fun part, a new challenge!

Now is your chance to play with making an ATC! The theme is Anything Goes, the twist is 2. YOu can interpret the set of 2 any way you wish!

In case you are not sure, an ATC is an Artist Trading Card. It is a fun way to trade art among friends or anyone. An ATC is never sold. If you want to make ones to sell, then call it an ACEO, or Art Card, Editions & Originals. Both measure 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. For our challenge you need to keep the base to size but you are allowed to have the embellies of the sides/tops.

Please click the images to see them bigger :)

For my 2, I went literally and made two ATCs. I love playing in this size!

For both ATCs, the base is covered with rows of washi tape. This is done the same way as the technique I learned from Claudine in the Altered Playing Card Challenge. You can visit Claudine to see her how-to, HERE and see my APCs HERE

I cut a second piece of manila folder and used a Sizzix mini mover heart die to cut the shape. The small heart trail is a thin metal die by Simon Says Stamp.

I inked the Holtz Harlequin embossing folder then placed the die cut card inside and embossed it. I used Dusty Concord Distress Ink. Once dry I used a Unity background stamp, Chicken Wire with Potted Soil Archival Ink, for the mesh design.

This one I used another of my favorote Holtz stamps. I cut it apart and clear embossed the three gentlemen. I used pop dots to get a bit more depth. I used alcohol ink on the star to give it color.

I really hope you like this pair and that it inspires you to try an ATC if you have not done so before!

Can't wait to see what you make this month. See you soon!