You Tickle My Fancy

I found this great "sharpshooter" lady on Pinterest and thought she would go well with the western style "Tickle my Fancy" phrase.  I was digging through my box of Dusty Attic laser cut chipboard for inspiration.  I don't know if chipboard is the correct description as the pieces are very compressed(hard) and smooth but lightweight.  I covered the feathers with white gesso and added sponged acrylic paint when dry.  The gold background paper is text weight.  I hope they still make it as it is beautiful and easy to work with.  It reminds me of the Stardreams cardstock line only in lighter weight.  It's saturated with a beautiful antique gold finish.

I didn't add much to the inside to give more opportunity for a card message in the future.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Right on Target set

Specialty Papers:   BoBunny- Mama Razzi 6x6,  Fancy Pants-Ectetera 6x6,  Kaisercraft- These Days 6x6,  Kaisercraft-Duchess Collection 12x12,  The Paper Cut-Antique Gold text weight paper

Embellishments:  Dusty Attic mini feathers,  Candi Minis-Westminster,  German Glass Glitter-gold

Color:  Paper Artsy Fresco Paint-Irish Cream, Tinned Peas, Mocha Mousse,  Tim Holtz-Distress Paint-Antique Linen,  Golden Fluid Acrylic-Iridescent Gold

Tools:  Cool Tak clear foam tape, Red-liner tape



La Luna Birthday

I'm getting ready to make the seasonal change-over in my stamp studio.  I really don't know where the time is going.  Soon the leaves will be changing and my favorite time of year will be here :)  I love the crispy days, fresh apples, walking in the maple woods...

This card was a "quickie".  I recently purchased some Coffee Break Designs "Paper-Cuts" from Retro Art Cafe.  They are laser cut vintage style images in a variety of themes.  This luna moth was in a collection of butterflies.  It is huge!  This is a 5" x 7" card and it did a great job as the focal point.  Any time I can get by without needing to do intricate cutting I am very happy.  I edged some of the moth with clear glitter which is hard to capture.

Stamps:  Papertrey- Little Labels set,  Hero Arts-Many Birthday Messages

Specialty Paper:  DCWV- The Mariposa Stack 8x8

Embellishments:  Doodle Bug- star jewels,  Kaisercraft- Happiness rub-on,  Coffee Break Designs- Paper-Cuts (moth)

Ink:  Archival Jet Black and Monarch Orange,  Zig Wink of Stella- glitter brush

Tools:  Papertrey Little Labels dies,  Kool Tak- clear foam tape


Beautiful Birthday

I'm back!  I had a wonderful time "up north".  The weather was so nice in Grand Marais compared to the heat and humidity at home.  Now back in the high nineties with a 105 heat index...it's about 50 degrees in my stamp studio as all of the cold air from the house falls down there.  I'm a curious sight running around in my winter Uggs and a thick sweater as I work.

In a previous post I said I was going to try and adhere a photo transparency to a background paper with spray adhesive.  This card shows the result.  I think for this purpose it worked.  The spray created tiny little dots but they are somewhat hidden by the paper pattern underneath.  I didn't use a photo mount type of spray which may have been better.  I used a Krylon spray adhesive which is meant for adhering light weight material together.

Stamps:  Papertrey Meadow Greens (words)

Specialty Paper:  Prima- Shabby Chic Morning Poetry 12 x 12 ,  BoBunny-A Gift of Love 

Embellishment:  Prima- Say it in Studs swirl,  Petaloo Magnolia Blossom,  7 Gypsies Color Rubbings "Tickets",  Kamoi Washi Tape-gold,  Kaisercraft "Beauty" rub-on

Ink:  Perfect Pearl Mist-Forever Red,  Distress Ink-Old Paper,  Archival-Jet Black and Vermillion

Other:  Art Chix photo transparency 


Welcome to my Happy Place

I did promise to begin doing a tour of my stamp studio.  Today will be a quick overview of the whole room.  I had to do a complete redo in order to be able to work more efficiently.  I previously had a wall of iris carts that hid all of my paper and coloring stuff.  All my embellishments were out of sight.  I had in effect removed all of my "prompts" from view.  I only worked well when everything was out and all over every bit of counter space.  I will go into individual storage changes that I made in future "tours".

I know...it's kind of scary...and yes, people do ask me if this is a store...ouch!  I have been stamping since 1985.  Back in the day I did own and operate a stamp store which probably influences by organization style.  The whole room functions well now  :)

Love Life

Using the excuse that I needed to clean my stamp room so I could come home to a clean "space" after vacation...I did get in a little play before leaving for a week.  I'm sort of panicking over the quantity and age of rub-ons I have hoarded over time so when they work as a part of the design I am trying to fit them in.  The flowers, butterfly and "stitching" are all rub-ons. 

I really am loving the new Prima Art Journal collection of paper as the backgrounds are so fun to work with.  The crackled pink part of the card is that paper.

I may be using embellishments that are no longer available but I am determined to start working with things that I have no matter how old they are and also since they have "come to light" after my stamp room make over.  The vintage photo is from Paper Whimsy.

Stamps:  Verve-"Brighter Days" set,  Stampin Up- "You're a Gem set

Specialty Paper:  Basic Grey-Out of Print 6x6,  Prima Art Journal Pad 12x12

Embellishment:  BoBunny Country Garden rub-ons,  EK Success-Architexture glass bead squares,  Zva rhinestones blue

Tools:  MFT-swirl die lg and sm


You Are The World To Me

One advantage to having a really messy work table is that sometimes cards "happen" due to the right pieces ending up next to each other.  I had colored the pansy tag along with some other bits and pieces...not intending to make a card right then because I had tons of other stuff to do.  I was using my trimmer to cut the tag down and laid it on top of this sweet little girl who I had cut previously. The wheels started turning and this card came together quickly.

This is going to be a crazy busy week for me.  A granddaughter's birthday,  our annual Mdewakanton Dakotah community PowWow and prep for a week to Grand Marais( north shore Minnesota) with the family.  I think I will use this week to show my stamp studio and storage ideas if time gets tight for my ability to play.

Stamps:  Tin Can Mail-Pansy Tag,  Verve- "One Person" set

Specialty Paper:  Graphic 45-Secret Garden 8x8,  The Paper Company-Lilac Stripe 12 x 12

Color:  Copic markers:  BV01, BV11, BV13, BG10, BG32,Y13, Y15, Y17, Y19, G21, G24, BG72, W1,2,and 3

Embellishment:  Paper Whimsy-vintage image,  Atyou Spica glitter pen,  Hero Arts-light yellow pearls,  Ellen Hutson- ribbon,  re-purposed piece of broken necklace



Since I have been doing a total rework on my stamp studio I have been finding and rearranging my stuff so that it's more visible.  I finally sorted out my vintage photos and transparencies.   I made this card for a challenge involving backgrounds.  I thought it would be fun to make a card using a photo transparency with the background showing through.

The challenge for me with using the transparency was how to attach it to the background.  I used the photo corners to hide the red liner tape.  I thought all was good until I tried to photograph it.  The little space between the transparency and the background proved to be a huge challenge for my camera which refused to focus...so sorry about the blur.  I'm going to try this another way on a new card and see if I can do a better job of adhering the transparency flat...photo mount adhesive spray?

 This is a picture of the background paper I used for this card and the next card in process...well maybe or maybe not depending if my next idea works :)

Stamps:  Daisy Bucket- Enjoy the Day

Specialty Paper:  BoBunny- Gabrielle Collection,  Art Chix Studio- Transparency image

Color:  Copic markers- BG10,  BG13,  E35,  E55 ( moth body )

Embellishments:  Kaiser Craft-rub-on "Happiness",  Prima- Vintage metal dots,  Basic Grey- Trims Basic,  Retro Art Cafe/Coffee Break Design- Moth laser cut,  Zva Creative-pearl swirl,

Tools:  MFT- swirl dies and photo corner die


Warmest Wishes

I had spent a day last week coloring stamped images.  I like to stamp up a batch of new images ... while I still remember what I originally wanted to do with them. Then if I have some ready I can create cards more quickly.  There is some current talk about the "correct" card stocks to use when coloring with Copics.  This image is colored on plain white linen.  I think it's fun to explore many options and find what works for you. 

I decided to use linen for this card because I knew I would need to make a sky background for the birdies.  I like to use chalk on linen...and in this case Pan Pastels...to create quick clouds.  I basically just leave open paper area for the cloud. I started with a pale blue chalk and then add depth with the next deeper tone in the same color family.

Stamps:  Stampendous- Winter Birds,  Hero Arts- Holiday Sayings

Specialty Paper:  Basic Grey Marrakech Collection (6x6)

Embellishment:  Elizabeth Craft Designs- microfine glitter Warm Diamond,  Mark Richards- adhesive clear rhinestones

Color:  Copic markers,  Memento Tuxedo Black ink,  Archival Jet Black ink,  Pan Pastels,  I Kandee chalk (bird cheeks)

Tools:  Memory Box- all die cuts shown,  Punch Bunch- tiny flower


Wishing You Happiness

I learned a couple things when I made this card.  First...slow down when edging cut out pieces in black.  My dragonfly is there for a purpose :)  Also for some odd reason I decided to use Blair No Odor Spray fixative over this card which is colored with Copic markers.  Imagine the look on my face as the color began to disappear!  Thankfully it stopped!!!  If you click on the close up picture you can see there are tiny dots over the color that is left.  I could have re-colored it but I decided to leave it as a reminder.  I wonder if this could have a future artistic purpose ?  h-m-m-m

Stamps:  Hero Arts-Delicate Blossoms,  Verve Wishing You set

Specialty Paper:  Prima Journal Pad 12x12

Color:  Copic markers,  Memento Tuxedo Black,  Archival Jet Black

Embellishment:  Art Institute- Cosmos Ultrafine glitter #229,  Hero Arts Decor black metallic

Tools:  Memory Box- Dragon Fly die sm.,  Spellbinders- Resplendent Rectangles,  EK Success corner punch


Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

With her eternal smile and lovely radiance Mona Lisa symbolizes beauty.  She is unique and timeless.  I wanted to honor the unique qualities that we all have that make us memorable...and truly beautiful...each of us in our own way.  It's hard for teenage girls (and boys) to feel accepting of their own unique selves at a time it's all about finding a place to fit in.  Since I have three pretty fantastic ;) grandchildren who are working through all that now- that's what I was thinking about when I made this card.

Stamps:  Stamper's Anonymous-Mona,  7Gypsies-Beauty phrases

Specialty Paper:  Teresa Collins-Vintage Finds

Color:  Distress Ink-Old Paper,  Archival Jet Black

Tools:  Impression Obsession- Eye Glasses die,  Punch Bunch & Carl Craft- flowers


Follow Your Dreams

I don't like orange...but lately I have been using more of it in my cards.  As I write this there is rain pouring down and rumbles of thunder boom in the distance.  I had this card face down on my desk.  It "bumped" my eyes when I turned it over...maybe singed my retinas just a bit ;)..but compared to all the grayness of the morning it added a cheerful note.

I love love love butterflies so I added them to the inside and outside of the card. I also added a Basic Grey white rub-on (the tape piece above the green butterfly).  I had heard that there is a time limit to use rub-ons.  This one was at least 6 years old and was very difficult to remove from the backing...so maybe that is true?
Happy Monday morning...carpe diem!!!

Stamps:   Papertrey Ink- Year of Flowers Gladiolas and Frame-Out #5,  Verve- Words of Wisdom, Hero Arts-Butterflies & Blooms set

Specialty Paper:  Daisy D's- Flea Market Floral Curry,  Basic Grey-Basic White,  BoBunny-Country Garden

Ink/Color:  Copic Markers,  Archival Jet Black,  Memento Tuxedo Black,  Art Institute glitter # 179 Ultra Fine Pearlescent Tang,  Uniball Signo white pigment ink pen

Embellishment:  Basic Grey rub-on Wholly Cow,  Crystal Stickers Elements-orange rhinestones

Tools:  MFT-Fishtail die,  MFT "tape" die,  Hero Arts Butterfly & Blooms die,  Spellbinders Office Supplies die (notebook paper top)


Berry Hello

I most definitely  have a whimsical side. When I saw this little pixie stamp I immediately saw her as a strawberry.  I colored her with Copic markers and a touch of white prisma color pencil.  For the background of muted dots I used the W1 warm gray Copic marker and touched it to both the green and red Copic markers to create a soft look.  I used this weeks Splitcoast Wednesday Sketch for the card design.

My husband cut out my berries for me so I could create a 3D element.  I used a Uni-ball Signo white gel pen to add the dots and swirls to the design.  I really like A Day for Daisies stamps because they're so open that you can do what you want for shading and texture.

Stamps:  A Day for Daisies Pixie Play set,  Crafty Secrets "Hello"

Specialty Paper:  Basic Gray- Nook & Pantry 6x6

Color:  Copic markers,  Copic Black multi-liner,  Colorbox Black Pigment ink

Embellishments:  Me & My Big Ideas- Hibiscus rhinestones

Tools:  EK Success lever punch circle


Friends are Flowers

I wanted to use this Paper Whimsy sweet little gardener girl for my card but was having trouble figuring out a background.  I looked through my stash of Tim Holtz  kraft resist papers and found this postcard one.  I altered it with some acrylic paint, distress ink,  and added some stamping.

I found some black card stock that I had already embossed to create corners with a punch.  The "jack and the beanstalk" flower :) was made with a leaf ribbon and some flower centers.  I used Tim Holtz Kraft core-dinations card stock for the birdie.

While I was stamping the Crafty Secret border on the bottom I made a boo-boo so I "planted" a flower to cover it up.  I stamped all of the words separately...so I could curve the top line and add other color easily.

Stamps:  Stamper's Anonymous- Honey Comb,  The Moon Rose-Distressed Lines,  Flourishes- Inside/Outside You set,  Crafty Secrets-Mini Memories set

Specialty Paper:  Tim Holtz Christmas Memories Kraft Resist 12 x 12   "Postcards"

Color:  Distress Ink-Peeled Paint,  Fresco Acrylic paint- Snowflake,  Archival-Jet Black

Embellishments:  May Arts- Leaf ribbon,  Prima- Flower Centers

Tools:  Savvy- little bird,  Stampin' Up- corner punch,  Martha Stewart-leaves punch