a creative mind at work in the deep dark basement

Friday, May 29, 2015


I'm not finding as much time to stamp as I used to so I need to kick my mojo into gear one of these days.

I made this card a few weeks ago but hadn't shared it yet.  It's one that I really like how it turned out and finally am using one of the punches I had to have...now to figure out who to give the card to.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting me and sorry I've been MIA.
Card details:
Stamps: Cloud 9 from Technique Tuesday
Papers: Very Vanilla, Lost and Found Union Square
Inks: Archival Ink Jet Black
Embellishments: SU punch, mini pearls

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SDC195: Human with Animal Head

Arwen McCullen is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she's visualizing all of us with animal heads this week:

I love to combine designs together.  This time I want to see something funny.  Combines a human body with an animal head.  I'm looking forward to your creations.

As you can easily see from my card, I totally goofed on this one.  I originally thought it was animal body with human head and then after I finished this, I realized a "fairy" probably doesn't qualify as an animal...but oh well-I got creative so I'm posting it anyway!

I broke out the Copics and colored a bit this weekend and kept the card fairly generic so I could add the sentiment on later.

Hope you will join us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate for stamps.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SDC191: Circles

Magda is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she has us running in circles:

"I like using shapes in my projects especially circles. They can give interesting effects on projects depends in what way they are used. I would love to see circles on your creations. How you will use them, depends on your imagination."

For my card I pulled out one of Kate Crane's images, watercoloring it in with some bright colors.
Card details:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Raspberry Fizz, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery and Whisper White
Inks: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, watercolors
Embellishments: candy dots

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SDC190: Stitches

Coby vanWilligenburg is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she has us in stitches:

I love stitches in my creations, sometimes stamped sometimes made by hand and sometimes with the sewing machine.  I challenge you to use stitching in your creations this week.

Our neighbors just had a baby boy a few weeks ago and so perfect time for me to break out some stitches on my card.

I had a little help from my friend Kristen as I've been in quite a creative slump lately so she made the suggestion on the stamp to use and I went with it.

I watercolored my bunny and balloon and added some Crystal Lacquer on the balloon to give it a shiny surface.  I decided to add the banner by stamping it onto some patterned paper and then coloring it a bit.

Hope you will join us this week over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate for stamps (does not include shipping).
Card details:
Cardstock: Marina Mist, So Saffron, Confetti White and Day Dreamer by Dear Lizzy
Inks: Archival Ink Jet Black, watercolor
Embellishments: twine and button, Cyrstal Lacquer

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello Beautiful

I missed my stamping friend LeAnne's challenge at The Paper Player's this past week because I was lazy blogger.  I actually made this card last week but it sat on my desk, just begging to be blogged, but was ignored.

I broke out some new to me papers and stamps to create this.  The sentiment reminds me of my good friend and neighbor-she's always so bright and cheerful and uses this statement a lot.

My hubby is embarrassed a little by it, but my nickname for him (before we started dating) was Mr. Beautiful.  Always admiring him from afar ;-)


Card details:
Stamps: Summer Garden by Simon Says Stamp!
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Night of Navy, My Mind's Eye Now & Then "Dorothy"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: pearls, twill tape

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SDC188: Favorite Background Technique

Nellie van Leeuwen is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she's got us breaking out our techniques:

What's your favorite technique to make backgrounds?  I love making backgrounds with distress ink on a craft sheet.  I use distress ink, memento, brusho's, distress stains, whatever I feel like working with. Quick and easy and a different and surprising result every time.

So, I'm going to admit know I'm not a technique stamper so I don't have a favorite but I decided to try my hand at using some untouched masks I had, so I sprayed my background with my mister colored with a few drops of ink and then laid my mask down and sponged the color on it.

It's pretty simple but I love how it ended up-just my style I think!

I also used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #261 with this card, worked so well with it.

Card details:
Stamps:  10004 You're Strong and 10034 Majestic Tree from Stampotique Originals

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SDC186: Stars

Carol Fox is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she's got stars in her eyes:

Feature stars this week, one or more on your arty creation.  As part of your background or a main feature, it's up to you.  Just have fun with the challenge.

For my card I used the Mojo Monday sketch and while my card is pretty simple, I love making the sentiment the focal point of a card.

Card details:
Stamps: 3051 Jo's Star, 7321 Grow Your Dreams from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Gold cardstock
Inks: Archival Ink Jet Black
Embellishments: flower and card candy

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