a creative mind at work in the deep dark basement

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SDC184: Bring me sunshine

Kaz Boughton is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge looking for a little sunshine:

It's cold in the UK and I can't wait for it to warm up.  Show me something sunny to hopefully encourage the sun to come out.

This image never gets old for me, I always love coloring it and never mind fussy cutting around it to pop it off my image panel.

Colored with my copics and added some subtle grey pearls to the center.

Hope you will join us for the challenge this week and your chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
Card details:
Stamps: 9016 Earth Laughs in Flowers and 2149 Horizontal Tiles from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Rustic White, Blushing Bride, paper from stash
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: $1 adhesive pearls from Michael's

Friday, February 20, 2015

Stampotique New Release Blog Hop

Card details:
Stamps: Love 8882 and Kate's Angel 11006 from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Rustic White, Crate Paper Oh Darling
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: tag punch, mini clothespin, lace, sewing, petal ink liquid pearls

Today we are so excited about the new release for Stampotique Originals!!!  We've been keeping it under wraps for weeks now, but know that some of you got a sneak at one of our new stamp artists.  

Stampotique is thrilled to add to the line-up the designs one of our former team members and popular mixed media artist, Kate Crane (is that squealing we hear amongst you?).  We know you all won't be disappointed with the line-up of stamps from all our artists this go around.

Are you ready to see some wonderful artwork showcasing some of the new stamps?  There are 50+ new ones being released this time around, so plenty for everyone to choose from (or choose them all).

Card details:
Stamps: Bark Cube 6192 and Poochas Gracias 8972 from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Rustic White, Basic Black, My Mind's Eye Union Square
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers

Hop along with the design team and 2 special guest bloggers leaving comments along the way.  We will choose 3 random winners from 3 selected blogs along the way to win some goodies.

We will choose our winners with our next challenge on February 25th.

You should have arrived here from Claudine Criner's blog. Your next stop along the way will be Astrid Stulemeijer's blog.  If you get lost anywhere along the way you can come back to the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog to find your way.

Hope you enjoy all the design team creations, 
we can't wait to hear what your favorite new stamps are!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

SDC183: Happy Unbirthday!

France Papillion is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and here's what she has to say about her challenge:

We often expect cards on our birthday.  How about surprising someone with an unbirthday card?  With our without Alice in Wonderland inspiration, make a happy unbirthday card.

For my card I went with a layout that was a little different for me with lots of angels.  I'm  usually a straight and narrow cardmaker.

I kept this pretty simple in terms of no texture on my solid cardstock and decided not to color the full hours but instead just add the party had which I paper pieced and then a few candy dots.

Hope you will join us for the challenge this week and your chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
Card details:
Stamps: 3036 Happy Unbirthday and 2408 Horse from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Real Red, Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Rustic White, Carta Bella Boy oh Boy
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: Clear & Simple Stamps candy dots

Monday, February 16, 2015

Creative Blog Hop

Today my friend Toni Tessler asked me to do a creative blog hop and answer some questions about myself and my creativity.

I grabbed one of my newer sets from Paper Smooches called Party Posse and combined it with a sketch and color challenge.  The sketch is from the Fusion Card Challenge and I used the picture as inspiration (primarily the colors) as well as the sketch turned side ways (although I just realized my circle is off from the sektch-oh well).

I'm going to share with you a little about my creative process with some questions we were to answer:

1.  What are you working on now?  I've been working on a new release for Stampotique Originals who is the only company I design for.  This is one of their biggest releases and such a variety of stamps.  I'm always working at building up my birthday and thank you card stash as that seems to be the ones I use the most.  I'm also a scrapbooker and this is my fourth year doing Project Life so that's ongoing week to week for me.

2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?  Oh, I'm not sure my work is different.  I'm a pretty clean & simple stamper I think who loves to utilize patterned paper in my creations.  I don't work well with inks and messy stuff-drives me crazy and although I step out of the box once in awhile and dabble in it, I still prefer the clean & simple look.

3.  Why do you create what you do?  I love creating and giving homemade gifts.  They always seem that much more special that you take the time to think about that person and what they might like.  I also love to create for my kids so that they will have memories when they get older of all the things we've done and experienced.

4.  How does your creativity work?  I'm a list person so I generally will write a list of challenges I want to work on and I'm also a HUGE hoarder of sketches.  I love that jumping point of using a sketch and will often visit pinterest for ideas on colors.

Thanks Toni for letting me be a part of your creative blog hop this week!
Card details:
Stamps: Party Posse from Paper Smooches
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Espresso, Rustic White
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: button from My Mind's Eye, twine

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SDC182: It's All Love & Hearts

Kristen Catalano is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge as love is in the air:

February 14th is Valentine's Day, so why not create something that is surrounded by hearts and love?

I found this paper in my stash and thought it would make a great background for my card.  I added some of Daniel's hearts and then used my dauber to color in a few of the hearts and adding some gelly roll pen to give it some shimmer.

I paper pieced Hazel with some patterned paper and colored her with my copics.

Hope you will join us for the challenge this week and your chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
Card details:
Stamps: 12010 Hazel Heart and 6109 Daniel's Hearts from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Union Square
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Copics
Embellishment: Gelly Roll pen

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