Stampotique Xmas in July!

July 25th 2014

"Aark! The Herald Angels Sing...."

This week's challenge at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog is "Xmas in July" [SDC #157] - seems to be a popular theme at the moment - is that a hint that half the year is over and xmas is coming???????

I've used a somewhat scary angel from Stampotique "Daniel's Tree Topper" and as you will notice I change "Hark" to "Aark!!" - you know like crows go "aark aark" - my humour - supposed to be funny - you may or may not "get" it LOL!!!

Background for both pages is acrylic paint - I used a little sponge roller to apply the paint - both red & then blotches of yellow - love to get painty & inky fingers!

I used some texture paste & a stencil down one side of my first page and then covered with gold UTEE with a bit of glitter added. I used a Tim Holtz textures stamp to make the "lines" at the top and the bottom of each page and some of the lines I embossed with gold embossing powder. The first page has 3 angels printed, coloured & fussy cut then adhered to the page - I also added some glitter to the wings & dress.

On the second page I used letter stamps to spell "December" down the side of the page, more of the texture stamp & embossing and angels printed directly to the page in black.

To finish off I added some little gold star gems for even more glitz! I have to say that I really love this 2 page spread!

Now I am also entering these pages in the current "Sparkle N Sprinkle" Creative Challenge which is always anything goes using, glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking - I've certainly used lots of embossing powder and even put some polysparkle glitter in with the gold UTEE!!

Paper Artsy Inspired Journal Page....

July 24th 2014

Decided to have a "play" today and follow the tutorial by Kate Yetter at the Paper Artsy Site! I like the effect - it's a different page type to what I would normally do - those of you who know me know I don't cope well with "white space" so this was a bit difficult but the tutorial inspired me to have a go and try not to fill the whole page LOL!!!

Overall I'm fairly happy with the result - think this is one sort of style I could keep "playing" with for different results.

I do not know who's company the stamped dress form image is from as I got it so many years ago that I have no record so if anyone can "enlighten" me I would appreciate it!

I've linked my page up to the Paperartsy Challenge Page for this week.

Cute as a Button

July 23rd 2014
A cute new challenge at the Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog this week - "Cute as a Button" & as you can see from the image on my ATC our sponsor is Heather Ellis - she has the cutest designs - great prices too - so check out her Etsy Store and join our challenge!

Xmas in July...

July 22nd 2014

At The Sailing Pineapple Blog we couldn't resist having a "Xmas in July" Challenge - so this week's challenge is just that except we have a twist and that is to use something non-traditional on your creation ie. don't use green & red, or use an image which is NOT a xmas themed image like the little hobbit girl I have used, use pastel colours or pink & purple - whatever is non traditionally xmas!!

I added a cut out (using my Cameo Silhouette) xmas hat to this Hobbit Girl image from The Sailing Pineapple to turn her into an image for my xmas card! I also cut the layered shape with my Silhouette and used great digital papers from Yellow Lemons Etsy Store.
I am also entering this card in the My Sheri Crafts Christmas in July Challenge which requires lots of layers! And the Craft Your Passions Challenges Blog also has a Christmas in July Challenge so I am entering there as well!

Bombshell Hula Girl

July 21st 2014

I haven't played with my Bombshell Stamps for far too long so I decided to join 2 of the July challenges at the Bombshell Blog! I've combined Jenn's "Ms July" Sun, Surf & Sand Challenge with the July Sketch Challenge - 2 birds with 1 stone LOL!!!

I've used images from the Bombshell  "Hula Girl" Stamp Set along with cut outs done with my new Silhouette which I am still playing with and learning how to use!!

Exciting New Discoveries....

July 20th 2014

Another journal page! I'm having fun with my journal so I figure keep on creating!

So this page is for the current Little Miss Muffet "Anything Goes" Challenge - I've used "Luna Bitterfrost Steampunk Rocks" Digital Image - love this cute but punky design!

For the background I used Dylusions Ink Sprays - as you can imagine I now have coloured fingers! I had some floral stamps from the cheap shop which I stamped around the edge and resprayed with ink to soften the look - I also used the stamps on the cut out numbers as well as ink sprays. I cut the numbers with my new Silhouette which I am still learning to use! Image coloured with Copic Markers. I added some die cut cogs. Quote stamp is from a Tim Holtz stamp set.

This page was also created with the Week 28 Journal 52 Prompt in mind - "Technology". I've said before I am way behind on the Journal 52 prompts but when I can I create something using one of the many prompts I have to catch up on!

You know when I started making this page I had a whole other colour scheme in mind and another LMM image I planned to use but after I started spraying and adding more colours the whole thing changed and I had to rethink what I was doing - it was fun & creative!

Zen Tangle Card

July 19th 2014
Today I am sharing another of my Gecko Galz DT creations using a new "Zentangle" image from the set release for July. I love all the stamps in the set - LOL - I could have made cards with all of them but this was one of my favourites! The background digital papers are also new for July and are from the "La Isla Bonita" set - great papers to use for creations!!!!

I added die cut numbers cut from Kraft paper and added some muslin (my most favourite accessory LOL) along with some steampunk charms and wire swirls. Main Zentangle image was coloured with Copic Markers.
Check out the Gecko Galz Website for more inspiration from the DT using all the new products released this month!

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