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Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas cards

I made only a few Xmas cards this year.
I decided to use the Yonder Star background from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I coloured the background with distress inks.
The main image was a free stamp that came with the December issue of Craft Stamper magazine (UK magazine).
The ribbon is from Papertrey.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Draw your awesome life online class - art journal

I am taking a beautiful online class (Draw your awesome life) with Joanne Sharpe, it is an art journal class, we draw our awesome life.

I would like to share some of the pages I made after following this class.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Simon Says ... Make Your Own Background

It is time for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp, the challenge is to make your own background. I really love making my own backgrounds and I rarely use patterned paper.

I love Asian designs. For this card, I used Darkroom Stamps (geisha) and Waltzingmouse stamps (lanterns and bridge). I coloured the geisha with Distress Markers.

For the background, I misted some Luminarte Primary Elements diluted with water and gum arabic (binder) on a piece of heavy watercolour paper. Then, I used a Tim Holtz's stencil and I painted the rays with gold acrylic paint.

Since I wanted to create some texture and dimension, I took Golden bead gel, I aligned the stencil on the cardstock where I had painted the golden rays, I used a palette knife and I layered some bead gel.

I let the bead gel dry overnight.
Then, I applied the images with foam tape to give even more dimension to the card. All the images are heat embossed.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Challenge: with a flourish

The new challenge at Simon Says Stamps - Monday Challenge is to create something with a Flourish.

I made a card with Paint fusion stamps from Sheena Douglass /Crafter's Companion stamps.
I used Pebeo matte acrylic paint, I stamped a flourish with versamark ink, then I embossed it with gold embossing powder.
In the U.S. these stamps are distributed by Crafter's Companion and they are also available from the Simon Says Stamp store. You can find video tutorials on the Sheena Douglass youtube channel.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Vintage butterflies - art journal

I played with my Distress Markers and I stamped some butterflies.

I wanted to create the look of an old nature book. I used a lot of distress inks for the background, I stamped it with a text/newspaper stamp from Papertrey and I added some butterflies with my handmade washi tape.

I added some mica flakes (Stampendous) with matte gel medium to add more texture.

Watercolour background with digi stamp

This is a card for the new Simom Says Stamp - Wednesday challenge.

I created the background by painting a light wash on watercolour paper. Then, I stamped a background stamp from Impression Obsession.

The circle frame is from Walzingmouse Stamps, the flower is a digi stamp from Hero Arts. I coloured the digi stamp with Copic markers.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Art journal page - Way out West

I made an art journal page with my Way out West stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps

I coloured the background with Distress Inks, the colour is very intense.
The background was stamped with a stamp from the same stamp set.
I used Distress Stickles to add dimension to the sand and the saguaro cactus.

I like how it turned out.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Christmas card with Waltzingmouse Stamps

I made a card for the November Pajama Party at Waltzingmouse Stamps.

All the stamps are from Waltzingmouse stamps (various sets), the snowflake is from Chocolate Baroque Stamps.

Thank you card - November Pajama party

This is a thank you card I made for the November Pajama Party at Waltzingmouse stamps.

For this card, I used stamps from the Funky feather set and the Folk Art Medallion sets.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Zentangle + art journal

I really love Zentangle, it is so addictive.
This is a new journal page, I made a background with Dylusion spray inks and a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.

Clean and Simple - a new challenge

I have two cards for the new Clean and Simple challenge issued by Simon Says Stamps - Wednesday challenge.

Both cards have been stamped with Waltzingmouse Stamps (Funky feathers).
I used Hero Arts Shadow Inks and Ranger Archival Inks.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Creative Chemistry 102 - Industrial and Eroded metal tags

I am attending the Creative Chemistry 102 workshop with Tim Holtz.
I have done some technique tags.



Sunday, October 6, 2013

A fun doodle

I have a fun doodle in my art journal. It was fun drawing and colouring this page.
I used Winsor and Newton watercolours. 
I am going to submit this to the Balzer Design - Art Journal every day .

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Friendship tag

The friendship sentiment is from Flourishes Stamps. 
For the background I used Prima Marketing clear stamps (brick wall) and a Papertrey text stamp.
The flowers are Hero Arts digi stamps coloured with Winsor and Newton watercolours.

I put some Ranger Rock Candy crackle paint on the bricks to give a bit of texture.
I applied a bit of Rock Candy stickles on the sentiment to give a vintage look.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Say wit stamps - postcard coloured with Twinkling H20s

SAY WITH STAMPS - this is the new challenge at Simon Says Stamp!

I used a flower stamp from Flourishes Stamps and I coloured the flowers and the background with Twinkling H20s and Primary Elements (powder pigments) from Luminarte.

In real life this postcard is super-shimmery! I used a pre-printed watercolour postcard from Fabriano.

I added a sentiment to thank a friend.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Time tag with cogs and watch parts

I made a tag with watch parts, cogs and an embossing folder from X-cut. I also used some corrugated cardstock on the top of the tag.
I used distress inks and distress crackle paint to color the tag.
I am going to submit this tag to the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wedding card

I have a card I was commissioned for a wedding.
I made some paper flowers, I coloured them with Luminarte Primary Elements. Then I stamped them with many different stamps from Hero Arts and Waltzingmouse Stamps.
The leaves are from the Funky Flower set from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I am going to submit this card to the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Celebrate STAMPtember at Simon Says Stamps

I created a tag with Darkroom stamps (kimono volume II)  and Ranger Specialty cardstock, Distress Inks and Distress Markers that can be found on the Simon Says Stamp store.


I coloured the background with Distress Inks, I created a mask for the pink circle. I coloured the geisha and the flowers with Distress Markers. 
The water spots are created by spritzing water on the Ranger Specialty cardstock. I applied glossy accents on the geisha image and on the sentiment. Since the fan is much larger than the geisha hands, I stamped it on shrink plastic and it became the right size for the geisha's hand.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

doodling on the plane

I sketched this while I was flying from Rome to Helsinki.
I started sketching on a watercoloured background I had made with Winsor and Newton watercolours.
The images I sketched on the page were inspired by a page I saw on the Zenspiration book by Joanne Fink.
I coloured the sketches with Dylusions Spray inks. I used a paintbrush instead of using a spray bottle.

Then, I used some stencils and I partially removed the watercolour with a Magic sponge.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Embossed Geisha

I clear embossed a geisha stamp from Darkroom Stamps.
I used Distress Ink for the pink circle and the brown background. After stamping the geisha I used a versamark pen to fill it with embossing ink, then I embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I created the border with "punch around the page" border punch from Martha's Stewart.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Butterfly tag

In this tag I used my favourite butterfly stamps and my favourite background.
First, I coloured a piece of glossy cardstock with alcohol inks. Then, I stamps the Papillon background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.
The butterflies are from a Hero Art stamp set called Antique Engravers.

I coloured the butterflies with Copic markers.

I am submitting this tag to the Animal Antics challenge from Simon Says Stamp.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Stamping all-stars: new Simon Says Stamp Challenge

This week, for the stamping all-stars Simon Says Stamp challenge I have a card stamped with my favourite flower stamps (Papertrey - Rosie Posie stamp set and dies).
It is one of my most used Papertrey stamp sets.

To create a frame around the circle, I used a border die from Papertrey Ink and I cut it in many pieces. Then, I arranged all the pieces around a circle cut with Nestabilities. The stamp I used on the circle is from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

The Ikat background is from Avery Elle.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Paperartsy - JOFY stamps

Anything goes for the new Simon Says Stamps  Wednesday Challenge.
I used my new Paperartsy JOFY12 stamps.

I stamped the flowers and leaves on different pieces of  white cardstock coloured with inkpads (direct on paper technique).

I coloured the background with Luminarte Cool Waters Primary Elements.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Waltzingmouse Pajama Party - Golden Oldies

For the new WMS Pajama Party - Golden Oldies I made a card with the Chicken wire set and Funky Feathers.

I coloured a piece of white cardstock with Distress Inks, then I stamped the chicken wire stamp with a grey ink.

For the focal image, I stamped the same feather 8 times to create a star.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Pajama Party at Waltzingmouse Stamps - colour challenge

I have a card made for the Pajama Party colour challenge. The Pajama Party is hosted by Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I was inspired by the colours in the picture below. It is a challenge for me since I rarely use those colours together.

 I used the Funky Feathers set from Waltzingmouse Stamps.
I added a clear/sparkling peel off sticker to creater a border. I sprayed the card with an iridescent spray so it gave a bit of sparkle.

The Birthday wishes sentiment is from the Asian Gardens set.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Funky flowers... my new addiction!

I have a new card for the Moxie Fab World Tuesday trigger.
The inspiration came from this beautiful cup.

I played again with my Funky flowers and Simple Sprig set from Waltzingmouse Stamps. The frame is from Waltzingmouse Stamps as well, while the sentiment is from Papertrey (free set).
I used Hero Arts Shadow Inks and Vivid Inks.
I added some sparkle with stickles and a clear Stardust Sakura pen.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Funky flowers from Waltzingmouse Stamps

I have been playing with the new stamps released by Waltzingmouse Stamps.
I love flower stamps and I could not resist all this new flowers and leaves.
The sentiment is from Verve Stamps. I think it is appropriate for this card.

For this flower composition I was inspired by the Tuesday Trigger picture on the Moxie Fab World blog.

I played with different inks: Ranger Archival Inks and Vivid inks. I am an ink addict, I could have all the inkpads in the world. Anyway, I decided to get rid of some inkpads I don't like and I don't use pigment inks anymore, apart from Brilliance and Versamagic inks (from Tsukineko) because they are great.
All the inks used in this card are dye inks.

I used some stickles to give some texture and bling to the flowers.

In this flowers composition I used three different stamps sets: Simple Sprig, Two step sprig, Funky flowers.

I created the light blue background with Distress Ink (Tumbled glass) and I stamped a text background from Artemio with the same Distress Ink.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Art journal: time flies

I made some art journal pages with Tim Holtz stamps, alphabet dies/strips and stencils.
In the page below I added the letters one by one. I coloured the letters with distress inks.

The clock stamp I used in the page below is from Kaisercraft. I used a stencil to create the brown and green image.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My moxie fab challenge - Tuesday Trigger

The picture below is the Tuesday Trigger on My Moxie Fab blog.
The Tuesday Trigger blog post can be found here.
I have decided to participate in the challenge by stamping some of my favourite flower stamps (Rosie Posie from Papertrey Ink).

I stamped the card with Vivid inks (retired inkpads from Clearsnaps). They are great inks with solid images.
I added some depth to the solid flowers with Copic markers.
My card design was inspired by the picture from My Moxie fab and from the cards from the Damask Love blog.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Key chains - inspired by Tammy Tutterow's tutorial

I was inspired by a tutorial published by Tammy Tutterow's on her blog. Click HERE to see her beautiful tutorial. 

All the key chains have been made with shrink plastic and clear UTEE mixed with glitter.
The different shapes were die cut with Nestabilities and Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies.
I coloured the shrink plastic with alcohol inks from Ranger.

Below, you see different versions of my key chains. 
When the die cut were stamped, coloured and shrinked, I glued the small hearts and butterlies to the base and I dipped the all thing in melted UTEE (Ultra thick embossing enamel). I used clear UTEE from Ranger and pearl UTEE from Cosmic Shimmer (UK brand).

Friday, August 16, 2013

Fun with my Gelli plate

I really love my gelli plate, it is addictive... but it is a good addiction!

In the print below I used different colours of paint and I removed some of the paint with a homemade tool.

This is my favourite print, it is made with bubble wrap, this type of bubble wrap has very big bubbles.

This is a plate I made with fun foam after following a tutorial from Gelli Arts. I used the plate to make marks in the two prints that you see below.