Sunday, June 18, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #15

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have an Inspiration Photo challenge. I can't wait to see what you make!  It's never too early to get started on your Christmas Cards. 

I was inspired to create a card with a wreath on it. I was inspired to create a card with a wreath. I decided to use non-traditional colors. First, I made a circle with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink. Then I stamped the wreath from a JOFY Christmas set in Versafine Ink. I cut out the stars and colored them with Gold Metallic Spectrum Noir colored pencil. I colored the circles with other Metallic colored pencils. I adhered the starts with foam dots. Then I added a few gold pearls. I created the wreath on a kraft paper panel and lined the edges with a black Memento marker, then adhered the panel to my card base. Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Destination Unknown Tag


It's mid-month inspiration day today over at the Mixed Media Monthly June "A Year of Choices" Challenge. Today I'm sharing a tag I created using Visible Image stamps from a set called Destination Unknown. I put gesso on the tag and sprayed with some pink and yellow Dylusions and Distress Sprays and let them drip down the card. Then I just stamped the images with Versafine ink and cut out a few and adhered them with foam tape. I went around the edges with a black Memento Marker. To make the ribbon I used Tim Holtz white ribbon and sprayed it with Tattered Angels Boardwalk spray.





Monday, June 5, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #37 - A Year of Choices


It's time for a new challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. It's our 3rd Birthday and we are celebrating with our "Year of Choices" Challenge. You can pick any theme that we've had over the last year. The challenges are listed in our graphic. Our sponsor is Donna Downey Studios and she is offering a $50 gift certificate to her online store!! We've also updated the look of our Web site so be sure to click over there and take a look.



For my project, I chose to "Put a Stamp on It." I used this big house stamp from Carabelle Studio in France. You can purchase this stamp at Topflight Stamps. The stamp is called Maison.

Maison
I created the background applying Dina Wakely paints and adding some stamping an rub-ons. I took this photo before I decided to add the rub-ons.


I colored the house by putting a baby wipe over my finger and rubbing it on a Tim Holtz Crayon and then rubbing on the paper. I adhered the house to the canvas with thick foam tape. To finish it off I added some Prima flowers that I thought looked like a hedge. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #13 -Wreath

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have a Word Prompt challenge - Wreath. I can't wait to see what you make!  It's never too early to get started on your Christmas Cards. 

For this card I used a chipboard door by Maya Road. I painted it with PaperArtsy Fresco painting Caribean Blue. The wreath is from Tim Holtz. I added some red pearls to the wreath and colored the bow with Zig Wink of Stella to make it sparkle. I used a Tim Holtz die for the Greetings word. The papers are from Fancy Pants Oh Dear Collection. Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #36 - "Put a Stamp On It"


It's time for a new Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. This month our challenge it so "Put a Stamp On It" so easy - just make something with a stamped image. Our sponsor this month is my new store www.topflightstamps.com. Our lucky winner will win a $25 gift card from Topflight Stamps!!! I sell stamps from all around the world in one place. Be sure to check out Topflight Stamps.

Each of our designers this month used some awesome stamps from Topflight Stamps on their projects. I used a stamp set by JoyCrafts! from The Netherlands called Seashore Icons - perfect for you summer cards. I really love the images in this nautical set.

First, I used a 6 x 6 navy blue card base and stamped a background from stamps in the set with Versamark Ink. Then I brushed Pewter Perfect Pearls over the Versamark Ink. This technique makes such a pretty and subtle background. I'm not sure why the lighting made the navy card stock look so light, but the second picture is the correct color.


The I stamp the lighthouse scene from the stamp set with my MISTI. I stamped it several times 
using different colors in different places with my Tombow Markers. I shaded the edges with a Prima Chalk Ink Edger Pad in Old Road. I matted the paper with a DCWV burlap panel. 
I used PPA Glue to adhere the paper to the fabric and the fabric to the paper. 
I love PPA because it dries clears and works on almost everything. 


Thanks for stopping by!! Be sure to play this month at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #11

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have a Color challenge. It's never to early to get started on your Christmas Cards. 



I tried used a stamp by Creative Expressions called Zentangle Festive Sentiments and DCWV papers. I colored the words with Copic Markers. The rectangle die is from My Favorite Things. Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, April 3, 2017

Topflight Stamps Grand Opening Blog Hop Winner!!

Thanks so much for all the overwhelming support I received last week on my new venture and for all the love I received on this blog hop. I'm so excited to be able to share so many new stamps from around the world with my crafty friends.

The winner of my $10 gift card from the blog hop is Julie Steed. Julie, send me an e-mail at donna at topflightstamps dot com and I'll get you your gift code.

Be sure to follow Topflight Stamps on social media to be updated when orders come in and new stamps are available!!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #35 - "What's Your Superpower?"

It's time for a new The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. This month we are creating projects that showcase or represent your "Superpower".  Such a fun topic. Don't let this topic scare you - maybe your superpower is creating awesome Vintage ATCs, or using Gelatos to create unusual backgrounds, or maybe using up your crafty stash.

Our Guest Designer this month is famous Comic Book Designer Brett Weldele.  Our sponsor this month is Stampers Anonymous. Our lucky random winner will get a prize package of Brett's stamps and stencils. I hope you will come play with us this month for this fun challenge!!


For my project I created a card made with stamps from a Brett Weldele Stampers Anonymous stamp set called Party Monsters. I'm showcasing my "Superpower" of using sprays. I'm an expert sprayer. I have TONS of sprays - Distress Spray Inks, Dylusions, Heidi Swapp, DecoArt and my new favorites Tattered Angels. I used Tattered Angels sprays on this card. 

To start, I black heat embossed the monster and the sentiment. Then I added some Molotow masking to the monster so I could spray over the card and not worry about ruining him.  


Then I sprayed several different colored Tattered Angels Spray Inks all over the card. 


Tattered Angels Mists


Then I painted the monster using the Glimmer Mists and paintbrush and added some Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Inks around the edges of the monster.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Topflight Stamps Grand Opening Blog Hop!!

It's finally time to share a new project I have been working on for a few months now.  I've opened up an online store that carries only stamps manufactured outside the US. I was having a hard time finding some international stamps that I liked and when I found them sometimes I had to go to different stores to get all the ones I wanted or purchase from large stores with huge free shipping minimums or stores that don't even offer free shipping or regular sales.

So, I decided to open up Topflight Stamps, LLC. I've tried to gather a great selection of stamps from all over the world including the UK, France, Norway, The Netherlands, India, Australia, etc... I'm adding new stamps and brands all the time so be sure to follow our blog for updates on our brands and stamps.

Now, let's get going with the Grand Opening Info and Blog Hop!!!


Welcome to Topflight Stamps, LLC Grand Opening!!!  We can't wait to share with you our fun and different art stamps from all around the world. What makes us different? You can shop for hard to find, international stamps all in one place. And, we offer free shipping for US addresses for orders over $50!!


We also have an amazing Grand Opening Special Discount  
20% off ALL ordersuse code TFS-GO20



Today we have an AWESOME blog hop (read through the end of this post for details) with some of the best paper crafters in the industry. They are each featuring some of our favorite stamps, many you probably have not seen before. Be sure to comment on this blog and all the blogs on the hop to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE a $50 store credit!!!  PLUS  - each of the designers in this blog hop are giving away a $10 gift certificate to one of the commenters on their post. I will announce my winner here on Monday, April 3.  The $50 Grand Prize winner will be announced on the Topflight Stamps Blog on the same day. Good luck!!



I’m sharing a project made with and IndigoBlu Dinkie stamp set called Aloysius/Happy Birthday. I decided to make two cards. The first one is more masculine and second one is more feminine.


To create this card I sprayed piece of white Bristol paper with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists shown below, Lobster, It's Orange, and Ruby Slipper. I also sprayed with water to mix the colors. When it was dry I sprayed the area where I stamped the bear with water several times and blotted with a paper towel to lighten that area so the bear would show up better.  It's a little more pronounced in person than in the picture. I stamped the bear and sentiment with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide 

To make it more festive I cut out a birthday hat from a Tim Holtz stamp set and colored it with the same Glimmer Mists I used for the background and adhered it with some foam tape. As I was looking for brown card stock, I saw a jar in my craft room with some brown rick rack and I thought it would be perfect for this card. So, I added Rick Rack around the edges with PPA Glue to make a cute frame. And, I used up some of my stash. That's always a plus. 



For this card I used some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (Party Pink, Pink Poodle, Baby Pink, Amethyst) and then added some sprays of water and blotted several times to lighten up the stamping area. I still used Distress Oxide Ink in Vintage Photo to stamp the bear and sentiment. On this one, I stamped the hat directly on the card and colored it in with the Glimmer Mists.

I wasn't happy with my first stamping of the bear so I stamp it a second time. But, I liked the sentiment from the first card, so I cut out a strip with the sentiment and cut off the sentiment on the card with this bear and added the strip to the bottom. Since I had my Rick Rack out, I added it around the sentiment using PPA glue.




Now, be sure to check out all these blogs and comment for your chance to win a prize!! Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #9 - Mittens

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have a Word Prompt challenge - Mittens.  I can't wait to see what you create!

I tried used a large mitten die by Papertrey Ink and added the pattern with Papertrey Inks and Stamps. The card stock is also from PTI. Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #34 - Buttons!!

It's time for a new The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. This month we are creating mixed media products using buttons. Such a fun topic. Our Guest Designer and Sponsor this month is that FAB May Flaum. Our lucky random winner will get a prize package of May's awesome 28 Lilac Lane Embellishments and free spot in her next online class focusing on embellishments. I hope you will come play with us this month for this fun challenge!!



I have a nice stash of 28 Lilac Lane Embellishment bottles. They are so much fun. They have different buttons, beads, pearls and sequins!


I didn't take any process pictures because I was just having 
too much fun to stop along the way. But, I created the background 
using these PaperArtsy Fresco Paints. 


Here is my final project. It's a 5x5 pre-gessoed clay board. I used the PaperArtsy paints for the background and I some PaperArtsy stamps on the background and  to make the "road."
That cute camper is stamp from Just For Fun Stamps. Of course I paved my road with tons of 28 Lilac Lane buttons, sequins, beads and pearls.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #7

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have a Photo Inspiration challenge with some horses in the snow.  I can't wait to see what you create!



I tried out the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Worn Lipstick on this card. I used regular distress ink on the wooden letters and spray with Goosebumps texture spray for this cool effect.  Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly "Sweet Inspiration" - Mid Month Inspiration


I made another project for this month's Mixed Media Monthly "Sweet Inspiration" Challenge. I wanted to use my Stampendous Urban Scribble stamp and stencil set designed by Nathalie Kalbach. I really love this set and how many ways you can use it. It has a rubber stamp and a foam stamp that has a flat side and a detailed side. Plus, it comes with a cool stencil.


To start my art journal page, I painted on the flat side of the foam stamp with PaperArtsy Fresco paints. Then, I stamped on top of the paint with the rubber stamp using Archival Ink. To fill out the rest of the journal page I created a frame around the city using the Dylusions large journaling block. I covered the "frame" area with Dreamweaver Pearlescent Paste from Stampendous and painted over it with PaperArtsy blue paints. While the blue paints were wet I sprinkled some Frantage Glitters over it. It's hard to see in the photo, but the frame is quite randomly sparkly.

Then, I used the stencil to fill in the area around the city and to tone down that color I painted over the stenciled area with some white watercolor paint. To make it more of a "Valentine's Day" theme I traced the large heart using a Maya Road mask and painted it in with Pearlescent Embossing paste that I colored with PaperArtsy red translucent paints. The letters are a Tim Holtz font that I covered with the white Pearlescent paste. To finish it off I added some black and white pen work and some small heart shaped bling on the buildings.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #6

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have a Photo Inspiration challenge with some horses in the snow.  I can't wait to see what you create!



I was inspired by the horses and the snow. Since I don't have any horse stamps, I used an my Ellen Hutson Leaping Deer die. I also used a 12x12 paper pad from Recollections called Ice Crystals. I sprayed a few sprays of Tattered Angels Chocolate Brown Glimmer Mist on the background paper just to make it a little more interesting. I also used an Espresso Distress Marker to line the edges of the deer and other elements of the card to make them stand out a little.  I adhered the deer and sentiment with foam tape. I also went over the snowflakes in the deer and the letters with a clear Wink of Stella pen so you can see a little sparkle. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

PaperArtsy Love Mini Pallet

I created this Valentine's mini pallet (Maya Road) using PaperArtsy Emma Godfrey stamps and paints and Archival Inks. To finish it off I covered the heart in Tattered Angels Glitter Glam glitter paint.  I was inspired to enter the PaperArtsy challenge by this post by Tracy Scott.




 I took some pictures along the way of the process. Here they are. 






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