Tuesday, July 21, 2015

House mouse atc

Last week on my estate sale adventures I found a half a deck of cards, 
I'm probably the only person at that sale that saw them as a steal at .15!
But I know they are ATC sized, and just a little work transforms them! 
I gessoed, and then added some gelatos for the orange background.
And since I used my house mouse stamp last week I had them out and just love this little image.
Some flowers along the edges,
And I stitched in some grass for a quick and easy project! 

Linking up with: 
House mouse challenge: house mouse and a friend (my mouse sure seems to have made friends with this fan!)
Wicked Wednesday ATC: stitching

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New mail art envelope

Since I got back from vacation I've been wanting to get back in the studio.
Time and work have not been on my side...
Until yesterday.
Hubby was working, and I got to play a little bit!

I started with two pieces of scrap paper ,
added a messy layer of gesso,
then dabbed some distress paint on my craft sheet,
sprayed with a bit of water and pressed the paper into the colors. 
I added some white gesso spatter, and I got to work embellishing.
Stamps, and bits pieces of die cuts I had laying around the table. 
For the front I did the same as the back,
but I tried to keep a bit of a blank space where I will put the addresses and the stamp. 
I then ran some tape runner around the three corners and taped them together,
Finally I finished off by sewing around the three edges for a fun finish. 

I'm excited to be getting back to crafting,
and even more excited to getting back to Teaching!
I'll be teaching this class to my art group at the end of the month. 

I hope you've enjoyed my envelope, and if you're in the phoenix area and are interested in the class you can find us on facebook under West Side Scrappy Diva's.  

Linking up with: 
Simon Says stamp Monday challenge: anything Goes
Vintage Journey: Destination

Friday, July 10, 2015

House mouse engagement card

Hello,
Happy weekend.
I am sharing this engagement card with you all.
I know it's not exactly a normal engagement card,
but I really wanted to use this house mouse stamp,
and I thought well the little mouse is Amanda,
and my friend that got engaged is also Amanda.
On the inside of the card I printed out 
"So glad you found your prince charming"

I hope you are getting crafty this weekend! 

Linking up with:
House Mouse: Sketch challenge #198
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Furry Friends
Inky Chicks: Furry Friends

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Festive tag

I hope you all had a fun and safe 4th of July.
I had to work in the morning, but got to enjoy some fireworks in the evening. 
Today I am sharing with you my creation for the new challenge up at Anything but a Card
This month it's an open or anything goes theme... 
Welllll anything but a card that is!!!
So I am sharing my festive tag,
I used Tim Holtz's mini blueprint stamps, and some distress markers and inks.
I am just loving the way the inks move on the distress watercolor paper.
Honestly this tag was a breeze to create. 
The hardest part was that I glued on the wood veneers before I stitched, 
so I ended up having to stitch around the veneers!

At the last minute I pulled out my old Dymo and added the Brave tag.
I do hope you are having a festive weekend,
Either here or abroad I wish you all a wonderful weekend, and week ahead! 

Entering this tag into:
Sheri Crafts: 4th of July

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bird crazy for fathers day

I've been a busy little bee.
Yep, making Fathers Day Cards for all my peeps at work. 
I pulled out my "Bird Crazy" stamps and my distress watercolor paper,
and I went to work. 

Stamping and then coloring with my watercolor pencils, then using the water brush 
to make the lines blend!
The I masked off the birdie, and stamped the 
happy happy happy happy happy in the background!
I finished it all off with a bit of "grass" 
and the happy fathers day sentiment.
That little bit is popped up on pop dots, and it's all mounted on a card.
Easy peasy!
I love how quizical this guy looks
with his one big eye and his one small
And this little fella looks like he could be scared.
Maybe of his kids??

I hope you are getting some crafty time, and that you have a fun fathers day to look forward to.

Entering this card into:
Amusing Challenge: Fathers Day
Crazy for Challenges:  Masculine Card
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers: D is for Dude
Splendiferous Creations: For the guys

Friday, June 5, 2015

Using whats on my desk

I like challenges!
Yep, you know I do!
Many times I turn to other blogs for my challenge.
Today I relied on myself.
You see, I was getting cluttered on my desk, so I thought I should
Go ahead and clean it off.
Then it dawned on me......
How about I challenge myself to use ONLY what is on my desk to create an art journal page.
Here's the end result, and how I got there!
First some inspiration:
I just love all the fun colors!

This is all the "stuff" on my desk!
Thank god for some paints!
Oh, and is that a box ofgelatos I spy?
I found this page in my journal already,
Out takes from previous pages.
(I can't just waste all that yumminess!)
I layered on gelatos, 
And bits and bobs leftover from a recent Dina Wakley class!
Oh, and I was so excited to find my dylusions stamps on the desk
Cause well, cause they made a fine border! 
Here's a close up of the finished girl with a bit of journaling around her.
And that lovely orange (oh gelatos how I love you!) on the other side! 
I added a bit of white to my stamped border.
I don't know about you all, but I had a LOT of fun creating this page,
And will now be cleaning up my desk! 

I'm entering into these challenges:
Faber castell: art journal with inspiration