Monthly Archives: January 2015

Homemade Stenciling

Today I made my own stencil from the instruction provided by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer during the Creative Jumpstart class 2015.  I have never done this before and I have to say I’m pretty happy with the outcome.  You have to kind of think backward when planning which parts to cut out and I made a mistake in the eyes, making them look crossed by cutting too much, but for the first go, I’m pleased.   The photo on the right is the inspiration and it’s just printed on photo paper so that’s why the quality is poor.    I just sprayed it with Walnut ink to test it.  I can’t wait to make a Art Journaling page with it.  Today is the last day of class, but you can take it all year around.

creative jumpstart 2015 - STencil

Open-Minded Crafting Challenge: No Pink or Red

Red is my favorite color, so this weeks Open-Minded Crafting Challenge asking us NOT to use pink or red on our card had me stretching outside of my normal favorite colors, but all in all, I’m quite pleased with the outcome.  Now before we get to my card, lets talk about the wonderful sponsors we have for our challenge this week and the great prizes they are offering. You have until Friday, February 13th to enter your card.

Here’s our sponsors:

OakpondPrize: 3 Images of Winners Choice

TheArtofRonnePBarton_zps4d0590d1Prize: 2 Images of Winners Choice

Faery InkPrize: 3 Images of Winners Choice

bugbadge2_zpsf61bba10Prize: 7 Images of Winners Choice

Now, let’s get to some inspiration!  For this challenge I chose a new sponsor to me, Ronnie Barton.  If you haven’t looked at Ronnie’s store, I really think you are missing out, especially if you fancy fairies.  The image I chose is called, “Peek-a-boo Fairy”.  I colored her with my go to Copic Markers making sure to put away my pink and red tones.  I focused mostly with the blue/green family with some added purple.  I finished the card off with some white highlights using my uniball signo white pen.  The paper is from Amy Tangerine’s “Plus-One”.

I can’t wait to see how you use some new colors on your cards!

No Pink or Red - Ronnie Barton-wm

Sketch Saturday Challenge #346 – Choose your own sketch!

It’s the 5th week of the month and at Sketch Saturday, that means, pick any sketch between 215 through 345!  Now that’s a lot to choose from.  Here is the link to get you started.  I chose sketch #311 by Cathy.  Also this week we are being sponsored by Drawn With Character who is offering the random winner 3 images of their choice!


The image I chose is “Polar Bear”, I just love his big nose!  I colored him with Copic Markers and used the My Minds Eye “Be Amazing” 6 x 6 paper pad.  I cut the image out with a square My Favorite Things stitched die as well as using the flag and cloud border dies.  I then added some Tim Holtz Washi tape for interest and finished the card with a painted and glittered wood veneer.  Great Sketch.

Drawn with Character - 311-wm

Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit using Sugar Sketch 19

Hello all and happy Friday!  With all the weather we have been having the mail has been delayed and I just got my February Simon Says Stamp kit in the mail yesterday.  Here is my first card using the kit and I can tell this is going to be one of my favorites.  I love the color and the extras in this months kit. I used the Sugar Sketch 19 as a basis to make the card.  The die is from Impression Obsession that I paper pieced with the kit papers.  The hearts are from the rub-ons and the bar across the card is from the paint chip paper.

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Sugar Sketch 19

Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Crazy 4 Challenges: Opposite (Dark & Light paper in one element)

Shopping Our Stash: Love Card

Crafty Sentiments: Love

Fusion: Love Theme


Online Card Classes – Gesso Resist

Another fun card from my time at Online Card Classes called Gesso Resist as taught by Julie Ebersole.  I love how this came out and it’s so easy.  Clean & Simple isn’t really my general style, which is why I’m taking this class.  If you aren’t taking it, I sure encourage you to do so.  You can start anytime.  This card uses gesso, distress inks in Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, and Picked Raspberry.  The die is Papertrey Ink cut 4 times – 3 in white and one pink.  Background stamp is from this months Simon Says Stamp kit. 

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Crafty Gals Corner: Try Something New (gesso resist)

Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Addicted to Stamps (C&S)

Loves Rubber Stamps (Pink & Girly)

Inspiration Destination: ATG

Crafty Sentiments: Valentine/Love

Sentimental Sunday: ATG


Online Card Classes – Velveteen Stamping

For those of you who aren’t in the Online Card Classes new Clean & Simple 4, you are really missing out.   Today’s class was really cool and here is my card using the technique taught by Karolyn Loncon called Velveteen Stamping – it’s really cool.  The stamp set is from Paper Smooches with accents and sentiments from Simon Says Stamp.  Background is “friends” from Hero Arts. Here’s my card:

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Addicted to Stamps: C&S

Loves Rubber Stamps: Girly

Sentimental Sunday


Repeat Impressions Sketch Challenge

Happy Wednesday!  It’s time for a sketch challenge at The House That Stamps Built. You can use the sketch as is or turn it on its head.  Either way, let’s have some fun.  As incentive, the lucky random winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store.  Even better, if you use Repeat Impressions products, there is an extra entry coming your way.  WooHoo!!

Let’s get started with the sketch:


As you can see, I rotated the sketch as well as the oval element.  The stamp featured is Repeat Impression’s Rebecca 708-K  colored with copic markers.  The background is called “pointillism”, but simply put, its a lot of dots around an image. Some people will concentrate the dots toward the image and then fade them out, which also looks good.  The dies on the card are all from My Favorite Things.  I finished off with a few enamel dots and called it a sketch!

I sure hope we see you at The House that Stamps Built this week!

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Creative Jumpstart Week 4 – Canvas

I’ve been working on my week 4 project and decided to do a canvas.  I was partially inspired by May Flaum  and by instructor Jenn Mason who taught a great out of the box class  working on black gesso.  I was fairly pleased with how this came out as it was my very first canvas.  One of the things I did that I wouldn’t do again is cover the focal embellishment with Matte Medium.  You can see that it didn’t dry clear, which shocked me so there are little white clumps that look funny in closeup.  I also had some odd reaction with the spray paints – the orange “broke”.  Kind of like oil and water.  Not sure what happened.

The products used were: Liqutex Spray Paints, Liquitex fluid ink in Deep Purple & Naphthol Crimson, FW Pearlescent by Daler Rowney in Genesis Green, Molotow Markers in White, Black and Grey, Dina Wakely Paint in Blackberry Violet, Stencils from Heidi Swapp (hearts) and Club Scrap (sentiment), rub-ons, Tim Holtz grunge hearts, Rose from I am Roses, wire and metal from stash.

Canvas Creative Jump Start 2015


Canvas Close

Creative Jumpstart Week 3

Here is another Journaling page inspired by the classes at Creative Jump Start 2015.  It began with the extra paint left over from my week 2 page.  I was in the mood for some stars so I used all kinds, die cuts, cork, fabric, metallic, watercolor, and design paper.  I also used stencils, toilet paper tubes, acrylic paint, spray paint, and what ever else I could grab.

Creative Jump Start Week 3

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Mixed Media Mojo: Happy New Year 

Sketch Saturday Challenge #345 – Sami Stamps

It’s Saturday morning and that means it’s time for a new Sketch Saturday challenge.  This week we are being sponsored by the talented Sami Stamps who is offering a generous $12.00 gift certificate to the random winner of the challenge.

Here’s the Sketch:



How about a little inspiration?  This adorable image from Sami is called, “Sweet Girl”.  I colored her with Copic Markers and used an impression obsession background stamp in versamark.  The stars, circle, and label dies are all My Favorite Things and the scallop die is Lifestyle Crafts.  The sentiment is WPlus 9 “Hand Lettered Hello”.  I finished her off with a few sequins and called her a sketch!

Won’t you join us this week?

Sami Stamps 345-wmEntered in:

Friday Mash-up – Baby Theme

Sentimental Sunday – New Beginnings

Love to Scrap Challenge: ATG

Our Daily Bread: inspiration challenge

Inspiration Destination: ATG

Art By Miran: ATG


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