Tuesday, February 26, 2013


The colour prompt for the Vancouver ATC Group next month is Lemon.  Time to use up some lemon scraps!

Hand Carved stamp

Clip Art by Luna Girls

Monday, February 25, 2013

And Three Make Five

On the weekend I made three more bookmarks to complete my homework for the Westcoast Calligraphy Society Meeting this week.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Crocuses are Blooming

Here on the "wet coast", the crocuses are blooming.  Spring can't come too soon for me, and I'm feeling inspired to use my flower stamps.  This is a hand carved stamp with Pan Pastels.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Art Projects For Kids

These artist trading cards were inspired by one of the projects on Art Projects For Kids.  Watercolor and a Micron Pen are all the supplies you need.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Using Paper Artsey Stamps

Participating in the Use Every Stamp 2013 challenge is really working for me so far.  Here are some Paper Artsey stamps that haven't seen ink for quite a while!  These are artists trading cards.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Home to Roost

My mom used to say "One day your chickens will come home to roost."  Now she's immortalized in my journal.

This page uses some stamps I haven't used in awhile, as well as a brand new hand carved chicken.  The stamps were stamped in Versamark and then sponged with Pan Pastels.  I'm loving this technique to get coloured images into my journal right now.

Alpha Background stamp by Hero Arts
Palm Trees stamp by Beeswax
Foam Star stamp by Making Memories
Small star stamp by Rubbermoon
Stencil by Balzer Designs for Crafters Workshop

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Using a few more stamps for Use Every Stamp 2013.  This time in my journal.

Flower Stamp by Hero Arts
Alphabet by Rusty Pickle
Pan Pastels and Acrylic Paint

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Gesso Resist

I came across a new technique on the Penny Black blog recently - gesso resist.   Using an unmounted stamp (for easy cleaning) you stamp with gesso.  After it dries, you apply distress ink.  The gesso resists the ink a bit, but not as much as an embossing powder resist, and you can see the brush strokes in the gesso.  Head over to the Penny Black blog for a video!

Stamp by Lazerworks

Monday, February 11, 2013

Art Projects for Kids

I'm a big kid when it comes to trying out new art projects.  (I gave up creating art pretty early in my youth, so I'm making up for lost time LOL).  If you feel like some easy, non-threatening projects,  go check out Art Projects For Kids.  Who knew I could draw an elephant?

Watercolour ATC

Sunday, February 10, 2013

ATC's for the Vintage Swap

We've recently added some "make art" time to our Vancouver ATC swap, and last month I collaged together some backgrounds to use for more ATC's.  All I had to do was add some random clip art (Lisa's Altered Art, Luna Girls, Dover, and various unknown sources) and I've got more ATC's, this time for the Vintage Swap!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Random Backgrounds - Part 2

I used more random backgrounds to make ATC's to swap at the Vancouver Artist Trading Card Group:

Stamps by Tim Holtz and I Brake for Stamps

Stamps by Hero Arts, Paper Bag Studios, and Lazerwerx

Stamps by Hero Arts and Judi-Kins

Stamps by PSX and Eureka

Friday, February 8, 2013

Random Backgrounds - Part 1

These ATC's were prepared for the upcoming swap with the Vancouver ATC Group.  I took backgrounds from my pre-cut ATC box and used stamps to make all of these.  When the backgrounds are already done, this goes quickly!

Black embossed Stampendous Agapanthus stamp

Hero Arts background stamp, Lazerworks foreground image

Hero Arts and Lazerworks stamps

Hero Arts and Fred Mullet stamps

Black Embossed Hero Arts image

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Stamps and Alcohol Inks

Stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms and Stone House

Stamps by Fred Mullet and Great Canadian Stamp Co.

Stamp by Time to Stamp

Monday, February 4, 2013

Using Up Scraps

Inchies are a great way to use up scraps.  They don't have to be used in a grid layout either.  Thanks to Simply Stamped for the great design.

Greeting by Biblical Impressions

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

Use Every Stamp 2013

I signed up for a free class at the Creative Classroom called "Use Every Stamp 2013".  You can read about it on this blog.   I've been trying to find a way to use my stamp collection more and I thought it might help.  Here's a couple of art journal pages I made in January that use stamps, as well as a bookmark:

Stamps by da Vinci and Tim Holtz

Stamps by Silver Crow, Autumn Leaves

Watercolor Pencil Crayons and Portfolio Pastels

Stamps by Stampington, Autumn Leaves and ???