Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Angels are Magical

This week at the Stampotique Designers Challenge, SDC 188, Nellie has asked us to use our favorite background. I love techniques, and I especially love to make backgrounds. This background tech is from TH, and is made by using alcohol inks and blending solution on your craft sheet.

I used light and bright Alcohol inks on glossy card stock for this background.  I thought that the angel needed very little else to stand out in the magical clouds of color.  The wings were re stamped on another similar background I made, and popped up and slightly bent.  The word was cut from another stamp and also raised.  I choose to frame this simply.

I used Kate's Angel and Bar Code Text 2.

My reign as Guest Designer for the SDC has come to an end.  I hope you have enjoyed my artwork as much as I have enjoyed being here with you this month. Thanks to ALL the Designers, Kim, Carol and each and everyone of you for allowing me to play here this month.  I will see you all again very soon!

Hugs, Gerrie


Friday, March 20, 2015

It's the Spring Equinox!

There are believers, and then there are the must try it yourself! It really works! My Dad used to do this when I was a kid growing up, and I have carried on the tradition. When the earth and the moon are in sync for the Spring and Fall equinox, you can make a raw egg stand on end. It will stay standing for a few days, or even a few weeks.....unless the cat knocks it down!

This year we have it outside, on the kitchen window shelf.

I am a believer!

(As I am writing my post, my girlfriend Ann text's me with a photo of her eggs.  She saw my egg last year and has been waiting for this day to try it.  My egg stood up much earlier in the day, however she was persistent and got hers up at 1:00 A.M.................She is a believer too!)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Outside My Comfort Zone

Another Guest Designer piece for the Stampotique Designers Challenge,  SDC 187 which is to use Neon.  

This really did become a fun challenge............after I figured out what I had in my stash to use, and what to do with it.  Thanks Astrid, for making me think out of the box.

First, I started to think about what I possibly had that was neon.  I found 3 old sprays and a few pencils.  I sprayed those paints on a piece of media paper, and
OMG what a mess.  The paints were thick and the sprayers were pretty clogged up......but I was determined to use that somehow.  I actually looked at it for days before I decided to make this little cityscape.  I stamped directly on the piece, then cut everything out.  I added a little white pen here and there, and added dimensionals behinds the roof, mushrooms and cats. The background was made by using the stick from the sprays that no longer worked, by dripping these on my craft mat and then spraying with water.  The background paper was pressed lightly into the mess!   The house was glued down first, then the fence was stamped direct.  Everything else just kinda' came together on it's on.

I did save these neon paints, you never know when I may need them again, right!

Stamps:  Comfort Zone
               Home Sweet Home
               Mushroom Small
               Picket Fence
               Gucio Walking
               Kitty Squad



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Oh What A Sight to See

Can you imagine my surprise to see.......the cat Jumped over the Moon!

This week the Stampotique Designers Challenge, SDC 186, is by Carol Fox and it's STARS! I used the Large Skull Moon to create my card today, first masking and making my background. The Background was made by masking and using various colors of blue distress inks. When dry, I went over some of the blue with a Brilliance Platinum ink pad. I am really impressed with how this experiment turned out. The moon was colored with several colored pencils, then the entire moon is also covered in white Brilliance. The stars were stenciled with yellow Brilliance ink. The cat from the Kitty Squad that jumped over the moon is colored in pink markers. I added some bling and partial circles from here.  Lastly I drew a thin frame around my art.

I have enjoyed my second challenge as Guest Designer, this has been super!! 

See you again next week.  

Friday, March 6, 2015


Nothing better than girlfriends!

The saying is hard to read but says:  who finds a faithful friend finds a treasure.

This is a skinny card, only 6 x 3.  The stamp is an oldie by Paperbag Studios.  I have a lot of her old stamps, they are all treasures.  It's stamped with Momento Blackberry ink.  Not often that I add bling and lace so you can tell this really comes from my heart.  (The hand crocheted lace I found at a 2nd hand store, isn't it beautiful!)

This is for Lisa's Blogger Challenge this week, Girlfriends.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I Am So Confused.....

Today is my first post as guest designer for the month of March at the Stampotique Designers Challenge. I am doin' the happy dance cuz I'm here sharing my love of Stampotique with all of you.

 The challenge this week has been chosen by Jackie Payne, and it's NUMBERS, SDC 185. Tetewea is really feeling confused with all these numbers rolling around in her head, you can just see it in her expression!

This is done on watercolor paper and the numbers have been stenciled.    Tetewea was stamped with Black Momento (juicy) ink, her wings and ears have been "stickelized", and the words are computer generated.

Have fun enjoying all the art from the Stampotique Designers this week.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Introducing A New Artistic Outpost Feature

We are introducing a new feature from Artistic Outpost this month, Product Focus.  This post is all about the stamps found in the Flowers and Gardening section here on the Artistic Outpost website. Along with the Product Focus Feature, all stamps in the Flowers and Gardening section are on sale for through Saturday, March 7, 2015!  Click here for sale details!

 I choose to use the Serenity stamp set as my choice. I used my favorite background technique, what I call the Brayer Roll.  It was done with a Kpad and copper accents.   I added watercolor pencils for additional color.  Also included is a stamp from the Bluebird set.

I do hope you enjoy our new feature as well as my artwork.  Please join the other designers this month to see what they choose for their post.

Gerrie (you are here) * Terry * Tracy * Lisa

**Please note that Tracy Evans blog post will not go live until Wednesday, due to a posting conflict.  Thank you..