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SDC278 - Use tape

Stampotique card use tape

This is the second week of the "Use Tape" challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog. You can use any type of tape in your project and I have made this card to share with you. For tape I used my new Jane Davenport masking tape from the fantastical set. I thought the mermaids would go so well together with the images from the mini sea life cube, which is a new release this month. The words, "dreamy, wishful, lovely, magical" are also from the tape set and I believe they do represent Stampotique Originals rubber stamps very well :) The center word is from Hashtags and I have also used Texture cube in my background (I nearly always use this stamp, it's so wonderful!).

Stampotique card use tape
A close up of the card.  The sea life is stamped on smooth marker paper and colored with alcohol markers. Fussy cut and adhered. The background is made with a stencil from crafter's workshop, sprayed some deco arts mixed media spray in cyan over it, then some lindy's magicals turbine teal for some shimmer, dry brushed some patina green over some bits for some variation.

Look at these cute little seahorses! The mini sea life cube is one of the July new releases from #stampotiqueoriginals @stampotiquedesignteam #sealife #seahorses #rubberstamp #woodmountedstamps #SODT #mixedmedia
Aren't they just super adorable, the teeny sea horses! And as you can see, I have not fussy cut them all over, colored the aria around the spikes with blue, so they would blend in better. 

List of stamps I used:
(see more of july release here)
Why not take your Stampotique stamps and (washi) tapes out for a play and join us in this week's challenge? Share your project on the InLinkz page and you could win a prize for 30$ to spend in the Stampotique store... Now, who wouldn't want that? :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Mail Art Monday: Snow in July

stampotique new releases July

Over at Stampotique this fortnight we have a challenge for you to use your tape. I often use it to put it under an image to "ground" them on the page. I have done that with this postcard as well. I've used Cloy from the July new releases combined with this wonderful quote from  Mark Twain. Cloy is such a fun and interesting image! The background is a typewritten book page which I swiped through distress stains and after it dried I spattered some white and gold liquitex paints over it. It looks like its snowing on a warm july day... but cloy seems to be cold none the less ;) Don't forget to link up your project if you make something to fit the theme :) 

I'll be back later this week for more tape inspiration! 
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


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. 

Pop this on your blog to find us fast!
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!