a creative mind at work in the deep dark basement

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hello Sweet Friend


I have made it known I love this new set in my stash-I just can't get enough of creating with this Chickadees set.

I also love sketches, I have years of sketches on my computer.  I always seem to create quicker with a sketch as my starting point.  I may not always follow it to a "t" but stick pretty close to it.  This is one is from last month's Freshly Made Sketches #127.

Also trying to use up my stash of patterned paper which occupies more than a drawer in my filing cabinet...really making use of it lately.


Hope you like my cool chicks, they are a lot like my readers!
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Card details:
Stamps: Chickadees from Technique Tuesday
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste "Flair"
Inks: Archival Ink Jet Black, Versarmark
Embellishments: white embossing powder

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stampotique New Release Blog Hop

Card details:
Stamps: 8991 Summer Days, 9014 Enjoy Life from Stampotique Originals

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.

There are lots of new images from our favorite stamp designers and we are proud to welcome one of our newest stamp designer, Magda Polakow, whom you have seen tons of her fabulous creations here as part of our design team.  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 Jackie Payne, 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 Gez Butterworth.

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

For the whole list visit the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog.

Monday, April 14, 2014

You're My Little Chicadee


I fell in love with this set when I saw this adorable card on pinterest, so I immediately went out in search of it and bought it.

Love it, and how it allows me to watercolor the little chicks using my ink pads pressed into the tops to create a watercolor palette.  I made quite a few with this set that I'll be sharing over the next week or so.

This is card was a little 3.5 x 4.25" card, just big enough to fit this line up of chickadee's on it.

Hope your Monday is starting off well-we are expecting yet another rainstorm which means our sporting events will be called off again this week (they were last week as well).  
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Card details:
Stamps: Chickadees from Technique Tuesday
Cardstock: Basic Black, Soft Sky
Inks: So Saffron, Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, Archival Ink in Jet Black
Embellishments: twine, aquapainter

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SDC142: Paint or Pens


Magda is our hostess this week over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and here is what she's eager to see from you:



I always have a pen or pencil with me. Always with notebook full of drawings and doodles. I'm sure not only me! I would love to see a pen in your project. It can be a drawing, doodles or simply some journaling. It might be even a single word. I'm looking forward to see your entries for this challenge!

For my card I used my inks and painted my background with an aquapainter.  I then also painted the flowers a bit and flicked some ink onto the cut out circle.

For my card I was inspired by the OWH219 sketch and the PPA Color Challenge #198 below.




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Card details:
Stamps: 7217 Medallion cube #2, 3068 Dandelion Duo and 7319 Enjoy Today from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Pool Party, Basic Black, Rustic White
Inks: Old Olive, Pool Party and Crushed Curry, Archival Ink in Jet Black
Embellishments: Circle punch, washi tape, card candy

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Building Blocks Duo


Sharing a few more cards I created using the Building Blocks Sketch Challenge.  This card uses sketch #1.

Again, trying to use up some of my patterned papers and keeping some cards pretty simple.  
I love the ability to combine different stamp sets with these sketches.

For my card above I used the Poppy Birthday set from Verve and the Birthday Sampler set from Paper Smooches.
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Card details:
Stamps: Poppy Birthday by Verve Stamps, Birthday Sampler from Paper Smooches
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Not Quite Navy, Teresa Collins Now & Then
Inks: Not Quite Navy



For this card I used sketch #2 and didn't add anything extra to it.

Card details:
Stamps: Oh Happy Day by Avery Elle
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Not Quite Navy, Teresa Collins Now & Then
Inks: Not Quite Navy 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SDC140: Vintage

Today over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge France Papillion is our hostess this week and here's what her challenge to everyone is:

‘Hello lovely Stampotiquers,
Lots of us get so excited when we get our hands on an old ledger, old books, or old family photos even from people we don’t know. But those are often hard to come by, or very expensive.

Because of that, lots of us became very agile in making new things look old. Using inks, paper distressing tools and yummy techniques.

How about we combine all that love for all things vintage and all those yummy techniques with our favorite stamps, to create a vintage looking Stampotique piece?
Can’t wait to see where that leads you! Ready? Create!’


I always admire the vintage looking cards but I'm not very good at making them.  This was one that I thought...hmmm...I did a pretty good job with it.

I paper pieced the dress with some patterned paper that looks like something that would have been straight out of Maria von Trapp's closet (or curtains I should say).  I did some distressing and inking of the edges and used this cool die cut a friend gave me that reminds me of a fancy doily.  I colored the prima flowers with one of my copics to match the dress but in the picture it looks a lot oranger.

Hope you will join us for this weeks challenge-your last week to play for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
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Card details:
Stamps: 9216 Pretty Party Dress and 2169 Bonne Fete from Stampotique Originals


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Follow your dreams


I've been creating some pretty CAS cards with my patterned papers and was working my way down the Building Blocks Sketch Challenge since I had gotten some new PTI sets.

I love these sketches as they are easy and allow me to combine different elements.  I used sketch #3 for my card.  


This card I kept very clean, no embellishments.
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Card details:
Stamps: Building Blocks by Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cut & Paste "Flair" by My Mind's Eye
Inks: Basic Gray, Marina Mist


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