I love art, I love stamping, I love craft, I love mixed media and I am never happier than when I am creating something.
Whilst I am an artist in my own right and regularly take commissions for my acrylic and watercolour paintings, (see my facebook page Moggymeezart,) a few years ago, I discovered stamping. I love the challenge of creating something using stamps and incorporating them into new ideas and projects.
How cool is the new Stampotique challenge 'Bling it On', I have so much blingy media, it was difficult to know what to chose.
I decided that I would use 'Safina' by Karen Hayselden for this fab challenge, but I wanted to give her a body, so combined it with a Julie Nutting stamp from Prima Marketing.
Once I had stamped my images, I coloured it with Spectrum Noir blendable pencils. I then masked it off and used Safina's frame to stamp the background.
I painted alternate squares with gold and purple luscious pigment powder
From Indigoblu, then highlighted each frame with black fine liner and white gel pen.
I used Kate Crane's spiral stamp and circle cube to stamp random patterns in the background with Wink of Stella to provide extra sparkly bling, then used clear wink of stella over the entire dress.
To finish off, I turned Safina into a princess, by adding a crown and 'Princess' sentiment by Jo Capper-Sandon, which I stamped in flitterglu, then applied gilding flakes for more bling.
As a finishing touch, I used gilding flakes around the edge of my picture, to give it a blingy frame.
I found this piece rather cathartic to make...been a tough few weeks and a bit of art therapy was well and truly overdue.
I made this card for my friends' son for his 17th birthday.
The background was made using my gelli plate ages ago, when I had a mass background making session! I used a mixture of copper and green acrylic paint, with stencilled through sequin waste and printed circles.
I used Arwen McCullen's Gears stamp and painted it using a mixture of watercolours and shimmer paint, then added some word stamps from Dylusions and used a Tim Holtz mini stencil to stencil some random letters, 17s and EST. 2000.
I stamped Newton onto watercolour card and painted him in watercolours, then mounted him on foam pads.
To finish off the card, I added another Dylusions sentiment, which I stamped and cut out of left over watercolour card. I glued on a metal cog, then mounted it onto a card blank.
I love Arwen's stamp and already have ideas for my next project.
I have been wanting to use my 'Take Your Time' stamps by Daniel Torrente for ages and this challenge was perfect for their first outing.
My text background was created from some old maps, which I used to make a card background and a matching envelope.
I stamped the image directly onto the map and used colour co-ordinating pro markers to colour the images....I really like that you can still see the map through the images.
My sentiments are from a set by Altenew......'Missing You' on the card and 'Hi' on the envelope.
I tore the map and distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Distress ink...Tea Stain, then stuck it onto a piece of Kraft card.
For the envelope, I only wanted one half of the image, so I stamped it onto velum, coloured him using pro marker again, and fussy cut him out and stuck him onto the corner of the envelope.
To finish the card, I used a piece of two tone gift wrapping cord.
I love these guys, and intend to use them a lot more...watch this space!X
I decided to go industrial this week with the fabulous cog stamp by Arwen McCullen and Bunny Boy by Kate Crane.
I started off stamping Bunny Boy onto my tag, then masked it off to stamp the cogs in the background. I then used masking fluid to mask off Bunny Boy and the background, enabling me to paint the cogs in dark brown Brusho and antiquing paint.
I peeled off the masking fluid...(so therapeutic!) then used Pebeo metallic acrylic paints to paint the background and Bunny Boy.
I wrote my sentiment onto tiny bits of prepared card and distressed the edges and stuck them on, then used a black outliner and white gel pen to create some highlights.
To finish off, I used some wire and metal cogs to the top and the front.
Not my normal style, but I really like this and the sentiment describes my head most days perfectly!!
Using the gorgeous unicorn stamp by Magda Polakow, I created this 'girly' card for my daughter's 8th Birthday.
The background was created using acrylic paint on shaving foam, to produce a marbled effect. I then stamped and embossed 'unicorn' with white embossing powder. I painted 'unicorn' using pearlescent paint and Luscious powders from Indigo Blu and added glitter pen to the horn and heart.
The moon is an Altenew stamp, which has been layered and embossed in bright pink embossing powder.
I finished the card, by stamping the sentiment in black, distressing the edge of the card using Distress ink and added some gems. As a final touch, I coloured a border using a sparkle pen and mounted the entire picture onto black card.
This week, I have decorated a little note book, using Magda Polakow Pajama Party.
The notebook cover is made from Kraft card, so I used white gesso first, with matt chalk paint on top. I used my dream stamp, with distress ink, then I stamped 'Pajama Party' and painted it using acrylic paint, adding a cloud at the bottom.
I used the gorgeous little star from Jo Capper-Sandon's Great Moon, to stamp some strung stars, then painted each star and the shadow in metallic gold acrylic paint.
I lightly stencilled on some spots and dots and used a pen lid to add a few circles, then drew a border using a black fine liner.
I stamped my 'Oh My Stars' sentiment onto hand made paper, highlighted the edges and stuck it on, then finally knotted some co-ordinating ribbons along the spiral binding.
I love the finished piece...but my two girls love it more and are currently fighting over who should have it!....I have a feeling that I will be making another one soon!!
I was so excited about this challenge and thought it was a great opportunity to revisit a past love of machine embroidery.
This piece is mounted on a large wooden tag, perfect for hanging.
I have used Karen Hayselden's Flossie Fairy, with Daniel Torrent's Lovely Wings, stamped onto handmade paper and coloured using Luscious Pigment Powder. I then machine embroidered the image to accentuate the lines, adding bits of ribbon in the background.
I basically had a ball throwing bits of ephemera, lace and embellishments at the tag, more was definitely more!
#SDC267 This weeks Stampotique challenge is all about 'seeing red' which immediately put me in mind of the poppy field in The Wizard of Oz!
I have been longing to use 'Jasmin' by Jo Capper-Sandon and she was perfect for this card.
I used a poppy stamp from Hunkydory, which I stamped in watercolour pens, as I wanted a more dreamy feel.
Jasmin's ruby slippers are coloured using Wink of Stella, to give them extra sparkle and the sentiment is from Kimis stamps.
#SDC266 Love Bug
I would describe my piece for this challenge as small, but cute😊.
I have made a heart shaped clip, which makes an excellent bookmark and doubles up as a Valentines plaque for my hubby for Valentines Day.
I cut the heart out of mountboard using a Tim Holtz Bigz die.
I stamped Janet Klein's caterpillar onto card, coloured it with pro markers then cut it out...(taking off the poor things legs and feelers)
I then chopped him in half (even crueller) took off another section and stuck him to the heart to make him look like he was crawling through the heart as if it were an apple.
To add some depth, I used some indigoblu slap it on around the caterpillar and painted it once dry with acrylic paint.
To finish it off, I glued a wooden peg to the back.
Quite a simple piece this week, but useful and cute.
I am lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the Uk, on the South coast between Portsmouth and Southampton in a little village called Warsash. The sea and beach provides much inspiration for my 'other artwork'....acrylic paintings incorporating locally sourced driftwood.( see my Facebook page or Etsy Page Moggymeezart.
So, I am really excited to combine my two styles for this weeks challenge at Stampotique using Kate Crane's beach hut stamp.
I stamped the beach huts onto a piece of driftwood, then glued it onto a piece of mount board, then painted the beach huts and the beach scene in acrylic paints. I love the texture and dimension that driftwood gives, not always captured in a photo.
I love brushos! !!!! This is my first time using them, but definitely won't be the last...where have they been all my life?!
This my entry for the Stampotique challenge. ....#SDC265 Favourite Stamp'
I adore this stamp, as it has a special significance to me, I love it's simplicity, but think it has real depth to the image.
I firstly stamped the moon and the moon girl using grey archival ink. I then used masking ink to protect the images.
I then had great fun with turquoise, ultramarine and black brushos, adding salt crystals and water to achieve the lovely space like effect. I then peeled off the masking fluid and painted in some highlights on the moon and used a black fine liner to add detail.
I stencilled through a mask with white acrylic paint and splattered little white flecks to represent stars.
Finally I stamped my 'Shine Bright' sentiment randomly over the image.
I can't wait to use brushos again....really pleased with the results.
I love this little wooden fold out blank, it was perfect for altering for my 13 year old daughter's birthday.
I used a mixed media technique on the front, which I had watched on Hochanda, from Indigoblu. Using 'Slap It On', I glued on a Tim Holtz Embossed card to either side of the foldout doors (specifically because it had a 13 in the corner.) I then layered various embellishments on top.
I painted the entire piece in black gesso.
Next I used various shades of Pebeo iridescent paints to paint over the embellishments, to create a rainbow effect.
I stamped Trish Latimer's ' Dream Big' stamp and heat embossed it using white embossing powder. I then painted this again using acrylic and Pebeo iridescent paints.
I added a wooden crown embellishment and painted that too.
Finally, I created the background, using brushstrokes, stencilling through sequin waste, printing with a lid and the edge of an old store card, to give an art journal feel.
Entered into CraftStamper Take It Make It Challenge January 2017.