Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly #39 - Photo Inspiration


I made this project for this month's Mixed Media Monthly "Photo Inspiration" Challenge. I used this IndigoBlu Country House stamp. I decided to add "flowers" around the door with paint pens. I also added clear glitter glue to the yellow lights and door windows. I used a DCWV stencil on the background with Buff PaperArtsy paint. I colored the scene with Copic markers then added the paint pen flowers. I finished it off with a gray seam binding ribbon bow. I hope you will play in this month's challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

Country House


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #18

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have an Inspiration Photo challenge with a Snowman.  It's time to start thinking about your Christmas Cards. 

I used a Snowman stamp from KatzelKraft in France. I colored the snowman with Tombow Markers.  The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set. I used a new stitched nesting die set I got from The Netherlands called Leabilities to create the circles.  The papers are from the BoBunny Altitude paper pad. Thanks for stopping by!

Katzelkraft Snowman



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #17

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have an Inspiration Photo challenge with a Christmas tree made of words.  It's never too early to get started on your Christmas Cards. 

I was inspired to create a card with a Christmas Tree. This stamp is from KatzelKraft in France. I love it because it has the three zentangled trees and then Merry Christmas written in four languages. I stamped it multiple times and cutout out each tree and the background and adhered them to the card base with foam tape. I colored the images and the purple area on the card base with Tombow Markers. It was a fun to color and  easy to make Christmas card in non-tradition colors - may favorite kind. Thanks for stopping by!

Sapins de Noel

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #16

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have an Inspiration Photo challenge with red ornaments. 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 that has red ornaments as the focus. I used a PaperArtsy stamp set called JOFY 27.  It's one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets of all time and it's not available in my new online store Topflight Stamps along with many other PaperArtsy stamps. I colored the ornaments with Copic markers and stamped the corners from the set and the sentiment. I colored the sentiment, corners and ornaments tops with a Metallic silver colored pencil from Spectrum Noir and blended with Gamsol.  Then I adhered the ornaments and added some small bows to finish it off. A simple and fun card that uses these awesome ornaments for a great focal point. Thanks for stopping by!




Saturday, July 1, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #38 - Altered Embellishments


It's time for a new challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. This month our theme is altered embellishments. So fun, just alter any embellishment you have in some way. We are sponsored by UmWow and they sent our team some Wood Chipboard pieces designed by Lynne Forsythe. 

I started out with a medium sized Tim Holtz big chipboard tag. I used stamps from PaperArtsy.  I wanted to see how it all would fit on the tag. In then end I only used two flowers. 
I used PaperArtsy Fresco paints to paint the tag. I mixed these colors to get a custom color.

I was very happy with the color. 

After the paint dried I applied PaperArtsy Grunge Paste through a  TCW stencil.



Then I used a permanent ink spray with another stencil. 

Then I used another PaperArtsy paint through a TCW stencil.

I checked to make sure I knew which side of the hippies to decorate. 

I painted the leaves green and thought they were too dull so I  added  several coats of green glitter paint to them. 

The glitter paint add some texture and dimension. 

I painted the flowers with Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers. I added glass beads to the middle of each flower.  I covered the flower petals with Goosebumps texture spray. I added little ruler on the bottom, some craft sticks as stamps, I found some plastic leaves that I painted  and finally added a little cork butterfly that I used my fingers to paint with pink and yellow paints. 

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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