Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Stampotique Mail Art, V2.0

This week's Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Mail Art".  Here's a blurb about the theme.

"Let's make some Mail Art this week. Make something you can actually mail, whether it be an envelope, ATC, pocket letter, or postcard."

If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!! Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!



Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged over the ruler from the Made To Measure stencil (DecoArt/Andy Skinner). It was then sponged with Shadow Grey Archival ink, then covered with Post-It notes to mask it.

Old Timey FrogCamperand Smiling Sun were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto an A2 white envelope and onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins). The images on the envelope were colored with Copic markers. A touch of Clear Spica Glitter pen (Copic) was added to the Camper's windows. I made a coloring mistake, can you find it? Silver gel pen was used to add the chain from the Penny Farthing bicycle to the camper.

The Eclipse Tape versions were fussy-cut, then placed over their counterparts on the envelope. The cloudy sky was created with Sky Blue Archival ink and an old clouds stencil (Fairytale Creations).

The masks were lifted, the envelope was filled with an ATC, a card, and some goodies. It was then addressed, stamped, and mailed!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter my envelope into the following challenges:

Stampotique Mail Art!

This week's Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Mail Art".  Here's a blurb about the theme.

"Let's make some Mail Art this week. Make something you can actually mail, whether it be an envelope, ATC, pocket letter, or postcard."

If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!! Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!



JulepSmiling Sun, and Folded Tags were stamped onto a 5"x7" envelope with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts). They were colored with Copic markers, which were also used to add the dotty background. I had been concerned about the markers bleeding through to the back of the envelope, but I solved that by placing a piece of scrap cardstock inside the envelope. ''

I stuffed the envelope with a card, atc, and some goodies. Postage stamps were adhered and the envelope was ready to mail! Yay!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Believe in the Magic!

The summer is winding down. Autumn approaches. Supermarkets and craft stores have put out their candy and changed their displays. It's almost time for the most magical time of the year and I'm getting into the spirit.

Here's a card featuring my new Vanna Vampire (Rick St. Dennis/I Brake for Stamps) rubber stamp. 


Vanna Vampire is available as a single rubber stamp or as the Randi Dandi Halloween Rubber Stamp Sheet #1 that includes four fabulous Halloween images. Personally I think you should opt for the sheet. It's more economical in the long run. I should also mention that there are lots of Rick St. Dennis rubber stamps available at I Brake for Stamps.

Vanna Vampire was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. When I was done, I sponged Milled Lavender Distress ink (Ranger) around the image, then sponged the same ink over the Starry Nights stencil.

White Shimmer Delicata ink (Imagine Crafts) was sponged over the Starry Nights stencil onto a blue-grey cardstock panel and onto a card created from the same cardstock. The smaller panel was edged with the White Shimmer Delicata ink. The image panel was matted with the small grey panel, which was adhered to the card front. A sentiment from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs (Idea-ology) was added to finish the card.

I Brake for Stamps has a large selection of Rick St. Dennis rubber stamps and a plethora of other great rubber stamps. You should check 'em all out. Tell them I sent you! Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!



Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Card Sketches!

You may or may not know that for several years I created card sketches for Bombshell Stamps to be used in challenges.

I have finally gotten all those card sketches together in one place, a page on my blog! Here's the LINK to them and here's a peek at a few of them!

Please feel free to use these sketches. You can flip them, flop them, and add your own special flair! Just have fun with them.

If you do choose to use any of the sketches, please give me credit while you share your creation.

Thanks for visiting today!


Saturday, August 27, 2016

In the Mushroom Forest

Meet Lola (Tracy Scott), one of the new release stamps from Stampotique. She's hanging out in the Mushroom Forest (Janet Klein).


Lola was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, edged with a black marker, and set aside while I stamped and colored the Mushroom Forest background. I should mention that the Lola image includes her Tuxedo cat familiar and is a zombie, hence her coloration. Lola was adhered using Media Matte Medium (DecoArt). When dry, another coat of Media Matte Medium was sponged over it to seal it.

Green cardstock was stenciled using Bundled Sage Distress ink (Ranger) and the Vineyard stencil (The Crafter's Workshop). The panel was then die-cut with one of the dies from the Labels One Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). The edges of the panel, including the aperture, were sponged with Bundled Sage Distress ink. The stenciled card panel was placed over the stamped image, then adhered to a green card.

A scrap of the same cardstock was die-cut with one of the dies from the Grommet Tag die set (Spellbinders) and the Hello die (Elizabeth Craft Designs). The cardstock was left in the Grommet Tag, then sponged with Distress ink. The sentiment was adhered and rhinestones were added to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: Anything Goes
Fantasy Crafters Challenges: Anything (Fantasy) Goes
Tinker Dream Challenges: Mask, Stencil, Cutting (I did two of the three)



Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Dotty Parrot Card!

This week's Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Polka Dots".  Here's a blurb about the theme.
"Who doesn't like polka dots? Please add some sort of polka dots to your challenge!!!"
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!! Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!


Amazon and Smiling Sun were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto a piece of yellow polka-dot patterned paper from the Vintage Double-Dot 6x6 pad (Bo-Bunny). The Amazon parrot and the face part of the Smiling Sun were colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, edged with a Black Pitt Artist pen (Faber Castell), and set aside while a background was created for them.

Green polka-dot patterned paper from the Bold and Bright Double-Dot 6x6 pad (Bo-Bunny) was die-cut with the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers die set (Frantic Stamper), edged with Mowed Lawn Distress ink (Ranger) then layered atop a piece of blue polka-dot patterned paper from the same pad. This was then die-cut with the  large rectangle from the Stitched Shapes Bundle die set (Simon Says Stamp).

A leftover scrap of yellow polka-dotted patterned paper was die-cut with the Sunny Skies die (Die-namics). The stamped, colored, fussy-cut Smiling Sun was adhered atop the die-cut, then the sun die-cut was adhered to the top of the card front.

Light green polka-dot patterned paper from the Vintage Double-Dot 6x6 pad was die-cut with a foliage border (Memory Box?) then the edge was die-cut again with the straight stitched line die from the Stitched Shapes Bundle die set. The die-cut was detailed with a Copic marker, then the leaves were adhered over the stitched corner on the left hand side of the card front.

The Amazon parrot was adhered to the card front and his feet/talons were drawn in.

A piece of light blue polka-dot patterned paper from the Vintage Double Dot pad was die-cut with one of the speech bubbles from the Birthday Speech Bubble die set, stamped with Folded Tags, and edged with Black Soot Distress ink. White cardstock was die-cut with the Lower Case Alphabet dies (All Occasion dies). The sentiment speech bubble was adhered to the card front, then the card front was adhered to a white card and I called it done!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft Rocket Challenges: Things with Wings
Scrapy Land Challenge #48: Use an Image
Creative Craft Cottage Challenges: Things with Wings

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

More Mushrooms. With a Fairy This Time.

I guess I've been in a mushroom state of mind lately. I've used mushroom designs on a whole lotta projects. Hmmm. Maybe they're exercising subliminal magic on my mojo?

Here's my card with Zen Beauty - Hope, one of the wonderful stamps in the Zen Beauties Collection at I Brake for Stamps.

Zen Beauty - Hope was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. Black Spica Glitter pen (Copic) was used to add a dot of glitter to the points on each swirl. Clear Spica Glitter pen was used to add glitter to the bubble that Hope is regarding. When the glitter pen was dry, Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add a glossy dimensional aspect to the glittery bubble.

Green cardstock was die-cut to create a frame, the frame was temporarily matted without the stamped image, and Bundled Sage Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over small mushrooms found on the Whimsical Shrooms stencil (The Crafter's Workshop). The same Distress ink was sponged over the Tiny Circles stencil (The Crafter's Workshop). I apparently hadn't cleaned the stencil well at all because the dots came out sort of mushroom colored. I guess that's what's known as a "happy accident".

The card was assembled and I called it done!

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!


Thanks for visiting today!