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Art Journal: She left a Sparkle (+ new process video!)

She left a sparkle

Today I wanted to share a page from my Junk Mail Art Journal. I have also filmed the process and would love to share that with you here as well. I wanted to use the stamps I had bought a while back but not used at all which were the dress form stamps you see in the back. Also a few new to me ARTploration stencils from STAMPlorations were used. The focal point is the woman stamped on the gelli printed paper. Well, you can see how it all came together here:

There were some bits I was struggling with, I wanted to have the dress form popping out and that took a few tries but got there in the end. I also muted the colors down a bit because I didn't want to take away from my focal point as she was very bright and colorful too. With these art journal pages I create I learn something new every time. Glad I can share this journey with you :) 

She left a sparkle

She left a sparkle

Materials used:
The Crafter's Workshop; Gold Gesso, Light and fluffy modeling paste, Script stencil
Finnabair soft matte gel
Dylusions, perfect pearl and Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays 
Deco Arts Tradition black; fluids interference magenta, turquoise and gold
Golden glazing medium
Marianne stamps in sewing theme 
Impression obsession dress form stamp
Viva Las VegasStamp! everywhere she went  
Dylusions Couture clear stamps 
Caran d'Ache neocolor oil markers 
Staz-on rubber stamp inks 
Dina Wakley Scrible sticks 
Distress Crayons 
Liquitex inks in gold and white
Modge Podge gols shimmer varnish

I would like to enter this page in the following challenges;
Used the ARTploration stencil as listed above

So these dress forms are showing a shape of the "ideal" female figure. Most women feel compelled to "get into shape" and working towards having these hourglass figures. Believe me you don't need to, you have your sparkle no matter what shape you are built in. 

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The challenge for this two weeks is Let is shine 

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


WIP: the ongoing struggle of an inkophile

Inksample palooza - managed to cut down to 3 trays, yay!

Yes friends, take a good look at my desk in all its messy glory. To some this might be a nightmare, but for me it's a victory. First let me explain what you see here, though for fountain pen people visiting my blog, this is a familiar sight. These are test tube vials filled with fountain pen ink. Samples of ink which were either bought at various pen sites (the main one being Goulet Pens Co.) or swapped/given to me by friends. Yes, there are thousands different ink colors of there by hundreds of different brands. It can get overwhelming, to choose a color to buy a full bottle in. Where to begin and where to stop? Having a sample of an ink you are interested in does help. You can swatch them out, see if it is the shade of color you like, if it has sheen or if it's waterproof... but even a small vial of 2-3 ml of ink (times 50 per tray) has proven to be hard to fully use up. And for a hoarder like me, it's a tough challenge. But I am slowly getting there, with the help of Konmari this year.  From 6 full trays a few years ago and to now 3 is a victory! Let me tell you, it felt soooo goood to decommission that ink tray, I had to photograph and share this momentous occasion with my fellow deskers at WOYWW this week :) So plan is to keep using up those ink vials either in my art work or in my fountain pens, of course. For instance the ink below was sent to me years ago by a dear friend.

A new way of seeing things... This pink though, you need ­čśÄ as it's so bright!  #mindfulmusings #quoteoftheday #FPN #FPGeeks #fountainpennetwork #seaglass #neonpink #privatereserve #roserage #handwritten #handwriting #dailywriting #dailyinspirat

Last week I made an art journal with this quote from a stamp and I had to write it down in my Stalogy B6 which I use for quotes. I hardly ever buy pink inks, but they are fun to enjoy once in a while. This Rose rage is a super powerful shade of pink and fun to use in my new pen from Herbert Pen Company. I know I won't be buying a full bottle of this ink but it's an on going struggle of an inkophile, not to continuously buy more and not use what you have. I am trying to be better at that. 
By the way, the work aria of my desk now is cleared of the trays 

What are you struggling to use up in your stash?

Thanks for stopping by and check out more desk stories at Julia's blog this week and play along if you want :) 

Have a great day!  


Wish You were Here - VLVS! July challenge Inspiration

Hi everyone! I have a post over at Viva Las VegaStamps! blog as a bit of inspiration for our July challenge. I have made the above ICAD (index card a day is a challenge that runs every summer in June and July) and while I am not participating this year, our challenge inspiration prompt is summer and the ICAD is always a summer activity so I thought it would be fitting to make one :) 

I have also filmed the process, so be sure to check out that video as well to see how I created this piece. 
Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have an awesome day!


Mail Art Monday: Fancy a Cuppa?

fancy a cuppa

Today I'm sharing a card for coffee lovers, made with VLVS! (the cup and saying) and the splats are from Marianne Design I think. The background is done with Tim Holtz Oxide ink walnut stain and stamped with as well. I also used Staz-on Timber brown. The cup is colored with tombow markers and I placed a lady next to it which is a cut out from a vintage magazine. Found some "atomic age" icon stamps and stamped those as well. created a border with washitape and a krink marker. Sealed it off with Modge Podge shimmering gold. Fun, simple and effective! 

Over the weekend I have played with the new Oxide ink colors (so fun and BRIGHT!) and got a fun project to share with you tomorrow :) 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! 


ATC: Focus your Imagination

focus your imagination

Something fun happening every weekend over at Stampotique Originals facebook group is Word Up Weekend, in which the designers emphasize the wonderful words and phrases stamps of which there are many. And they are very versatile in use as well. I have used a part of the Mark Twain quote on this ATC. It's more of an inspiration card and I made it say "focus your imagination" - sometimes that is very needed when you have so many idea's running through your head! It's my fave phrase stamp to pair up with Topher! So you don't even have to use the full sentence/phrase if that is not what you want!

focus your imagination

Another fun way to use text stamps is to press them in modeling paste for added texture. I love to do that with small text like Dictionery Definition stamps, you get some fun letter print in the paste. You see that in the background of the ATC here. By the way I also used Kate Crane's Texture Cube to add more texture in the background. It's a stamp I almost ALWAYS use, so fun!!

So how do you focus your imagination? If you make something with Stampotique phrases/words share your creations in our FB group, we would love to see it :) 
TGIF and hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!