Deep Red Stamps Mail Art Challenge

MailArt has definitely been a popular theme this month.  I recently saw that it is the current theme over at the Deep Red Stamps Blog......and being that I own some of their wonderful red rubber I thought I would play along by Altering a Couple of Post Cards.

Mail Art Challenge Badge

The Deep Red Stamps I am working with today are Marilyn, Audrey Hepburn and Laurel and Hardy Nice Mess, so I thought I would make some Stars of the Silver Screen Postcards.

Deep Red Rubber Stamps, Stars of the Silver Screen


I started my project using some old postcards from my Stamping Up /Demo Days - which I coated with black Gesso and then dried brushed with White Gesso.


I then messily stenciled with some White Gesso, before spraying the entire card with my chosen color of Dylusions Spray Ink.

Once Dry I added some stamping with a flourish, I repeatedly stamped over the same area starting with white, then a darker color to coordinate with my Dylusions Color or Black Ink.

I also stamped and cut out some stars and a piece of film strip (Unity Stamps) to add in some extra detail to my Stars of the Silver Screen.  All the edges of each element were inked with coordinating color ink.  

Marilyn and Audrey Hepburn Postcard


For my Audrey and Marilyn Postcard I used the film strip piece and layered this over a piece of newsprint paper.  Three Yellow Stars were added to the top.  I added a little bit of color to their skin with a Waterbrush and some Gelatos.  To this postcard I also added some extra detail to the bottom with a border punch.

Laurel and Hardy, Nice Mess Postcard

For my Laurel and Hardy Postcard I added three stamped blue stars and the words which are part of the stamp from Deep Red Rubber.  My stars weren't standing out from the background enough so I added a touch of yellow Gelato and also Sprayed them with a Gold Spritz Mist to add a touch of Shimmer.  I also added a touch of color to the faces of Laurel and Hardy with my Waterbrush and Gelatos.



WOYWW #254

It's been absolute ages since I have linked up with the wonderful Julia's What's on Your Workdesk Linky Party, anyhow I had the camera sitting on my desk having taken some shots of last nights full lunar eclipse and thought I would make the effort today and catch up with everyone's desks.

The past few months have been busy with various children in for short term emergency placement and respite care, undergoing surgery and just the everyday.  But this week I've had some much needed 'No one else to think too much about' - me time, so I got into crafting mode which appears to be in full Mail Art Swing this month.  Its a theme being featured this month over At Unruly PaperArts, Altered Pages and is also the Challenge Theme I discovered yesterday over at Deep Red Stamps.  I've been busy making postcards, ATC's and Moo Cards and this weekend I am hoping to play over at the Easter ArtAthon at ATC's For All.  Anyhow here's a look at just what is on my Desk this fine and sunny Wednesday.


To the left of my main photo you will see I have piled up all my stencils.  Some are in need of a good clean and I also need to find a better way of storing them.  If anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them.  In the centre and my main current project is one I am doing for Altered Pages Monthly Trending Tuesday Post.  The items I have showing in this photo may just give away part of what it is all about.




I have also pulled out my Deep Red Stamps with the idea of playing along with their current Mail Art Challenge.  I found some old postcards from back in my Stamping Up Demo Days I thought I would alter.


As today progressed I painted my Chipboard TeaCup Green and teamed it up with a Die Cut Large Eyelet Envelope (A Quickcutz Die) to complete my project, if you want to see more you'll have to wait until next Tuesday sorry.




Anyhow that's it from me for today, I am off to think about and get a start on my Deep Red Challenge Project as well as visit my fellow WOYWWer's and see what they have been up to.

Happy Wednesday

Unruly PaperArts RAQ - Tea Cups and Tiaras


Over at Unruly PaperArts this month their Reader Art Quest Challenge Theme is Teacups and Tiaras. Yesterday I had the whole day to myself pretty much to catch up on some art, so with some Tea Inspired Collage Images on hand from Altered Pages, I made some ATC's.  



I thought I would share one of them with you today as a reminder about the Unruly Challenge!  My Background was created from cleaning Gelatos off a Stencil (TCW Swirly Garden) with a baby wipe over a piece of white cardstock.  

Also don't forget that this month you get double the Mail Art Inspiration as we are cross promoting with Altered Pages throughout April.  Be sure to visit both blogs to view the wonderful projects from both the Altered Pages and Unruly PaperArts Teams.


Time to Spring Forward!

This month I was asked to be a GD over at Anything But a Card which is a fabulous challenge site which requires you to design anything but a Card to a set theme.  The theme currently is Spring Forward where they are wanting you to welcome spring by using bright colors with Spring and Easter in mind or simply seeing where your muse takes you.

I love everything about Spring, its my favorite time of the year and I am honored to have been asked to join the team over at ABAC for this challenge. As we head into Autumn here in Australia any chance to play with some of my favorite colors is a given, and so with time being short and Easter just around the corner I embraced my messy side and created a tag.


My tag today uses images from Altered Pages (Victorian Easter Collage Sheet), whilst my background has been created using distress stains, Gelatos and paper scraps.  I also added some further interest using a flower border punch strip, bright striped paper and a cute pastel green bunny brad from the Eyelet Outlet.

Be sure to pop over to ABAC and check out all the other wonderful spring inspiration from their Design Team.  

Cards in Envy - Hippity Hoppity Easter is on its way!


Time for another fun challenge with the team over at Cards in Envy and our theme for this one is Hippity Hoppity Easter is On it's Way.



My card combines a wonderful vintage Easter Image from Altered Pages and Papers and elements {ie. Stickers and Dew Drops) from the Robin's Nest   I have also added some color to my background with my Faber Castell Gelatos.

For more wonderful Easter Inspiration be sure to pop over to the Cards in Envy Blog to see the rest of the Design Teams Creations and I do hope you will play along.

Unruly and Altered!

This month sees Altered Pages sponsoring at Unruly PaperArts and cross promoting all month long which means double the fabulous inspiration for all.  The theme for Unruly PaperArts April Issue is Mail Art and Moos while the Reader's Art Quest Challenge is Teacups and Tiaras and the Altered Pages Design Team are playing along with these themes all month long too!



Here's a look at my Golden Royalty Postcard over on the Altered Pages Blog and be sure to check out all the RAQ theme inspiration over on the Unruly Blog which kicks starts the exciting month ahead.


Create Art - A Quick Canvas Make

Today I am wanting to share with you a quick canvas make which was my first play with one of the beautiful new collage stamps from Darkroom Door.  It's called Create Art.



My canvas is a 5 x 7 inch canvas board.  I chose to do a simple background using my Dylusion Spray Inks and some Stencils.

I started with 3 colors sprayed randomly to color my entire background.  I moved the canvas around allowing it to drip and run and pool.  After a little time to soak in I ran over the ink with a paper towel which lightened the colors somewhat and then dried with my heat gun.

Next I added some stenciled detail using a 4th color of Dylusions Ink and some gesso and after drying this I then stamped my image with Black Archival Ink and embossed with Black Embossing Powder.

To give my canvas more of a framed look around my image and to make the colors pop more I then took my black Dylusions and sprayed using my Mini Circle Explosions Stencil from The Crafter's Workshop. After allowing a few minutes for the ink to soak in I rolled with a paper towel to lighten and dried with my heat gun.

My final two steps were to add some further color to my image with my Inktense Watercolor Pencils and add a couple of Dew Drops from the Robin's Nest for a bit of interest.

My Canvas today is going to take pride and place in my craft room and will be a reminder and a bit of a personal mantra as Creating Art really has been a wonderful sanity keeper and therapy for me over the past few years.

Trending Tuesdays - Time Flies Canvas

Hi Everyone!  I hope you are having a great start to your week so far. Today is a Trending Tuesday over at Altered Pages.  Trending Tuesday is where the whole design team takes up the challenge to use a a particular product which is available from the Altered Pages Store to create a project.  It is designed to inspire our readers with various ways to use that particular product.

This months Trending Tuesday Theme was to create a project using a Stencil.  Altered Pages sells a range of stencils from a variety of manufacturers including the Crafter's Workshop and Andy Skinner.

I decided to make a canvas as I love using stencils to create texture and interest on them.

For my background (seen below) I started by layering some torn pieces of paper and sprayed on color with my Dylusions Inks.  I then took some texture paste and my Cubist Stencil from the Crafter's Workshop to add some texture and detail.  Once this was dry I rubbed over the top of the raised texture with some red and yellow Gelatos, stamped some more detail on the background using the Altered Pages Basketweave Art Stamp and added more torn paper and some washi tape.

A close up of my finished background.

I had a large red butterfly from an Altered Pages Collage Sheet which was cut out and left over sitting on my desk and I liked how it complimented the colors of my background so this was my starting point for my finished canvas.  On my desk were a few other bits and pieces left from other projects, such as the pink punched flowers (from the Robin's Nest Sorbet Glitter Papers) and the time flies wording.  I printed out some more butterflies, and on the computer generated the words Make Every Moment Count.  Then using some other paper scraps I punched and die cut out some leaves and grabbed a few of the Robin's Nest Dew Drops and stuck everything down to end up with the finished piece below.

My finished Canvas

I really loved how it turned out my quote is a reminder - something I am trying to do each and every day. My timing for creating this canvas was perfect as I was in need of something to pretty up and girl-ify the spare bedroom this past weekend when we did respite care for a young girl and it did the trick wonderfully.  She loved butterflies and in-fact we made her her very own butterfly canvas to take home after her stay.