Altenew Holiday deals

How many deals could they possibly have on….. ANSWER…. LOADS !!!   check out the holiday deals over at Altenew right now.  If you are a fan of Altenew Products, don’t miss out on the chance to grab some great deals on stencils, sprays, inks, classes, Winter Holiday Products….
And if you are new to this brand, and you love stamping… you have got to check out their gorgeous stamp collections. If you love the layered stamp techniques, this is definitely one you won’t want to skip past.

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Tears of a Clown….

I was so torn on this project…. so many things I could do with this image and not enough time to do a lot of the ideas I wanted to try, but I love how this came out.  The image went perfectly with a poem I found online by Arik Fletcher.   It suited my mood at the time AND the project image I chose by Rick St Dennis who is this months sponsor over at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge  here on the blog.

I couldn’t even decide how to mat  this project.. lol.  I liked all of the variations .. for different reasons, so I have a feeling I will be redoing this project in various  mat options and adding them to our Abandoned Art bucket.

This was my final version …THIS TIME lol.

It’s a  blush colored mat I picked up last year with a bunch of clearance photo mats at my local Walmart.  It was stamped with a rose stamp.. which I would give you the details on, but I literally just packed up all of my stamps and forgot to check the details before sealing up that box  DOH.  It was then colored with Crayola  Pencils and some dry brushed.. black dye ink.

So here is my finished piece….and a few variations I took photos of along the way…. details below.

Image is Pierrot –  To Kiss a Rose
Poem is Tears of a Clown  by Arik  Fletcher
Mat Stamped and then colored with Crayola Color Escapes Pencils
Image colored with Chameleon Pens
Poem
Printed on Epson Ecotank on ABOUT TIME Pear Dots paper (gorgeous satin sheen with mat dots ) which I picked up from a local crafter last year who was destashing bulk crafting supplies.

I wander the world with the mask of a clown, 
Determined to never reveal that I’m down, 
The life of the party or so it would seem, 
Disguising my sorrow as living the dream.

I walk in the shadows beneath this black cloud, 
Lost in these dark thoughts I can’t speak out loud, 
Adrift in a cold sea of doubt and despair, 
I smile through the pain and pretend I don’t care.

I’ve known love and laughter and shared in their light, 
United the world in my comedic might, 
Yet surrounded by people I still stand alone, 
A stranger amongst all the friends that I’ve known.

I’ve encountered more demons than angels by far, 
And battled them both with many a scar, 
But looking back now on a life spent at war, 
I need to find peace and not fight any more. 

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July Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

Wow what gorgeous projects again last month…. It’s making me want to get crafting again so badly… * sigh.. hopefully soon me and lil man D will be back on track and crafting up a storm.

Ok so it’s summer, lots of us are a bit side tracked with family , sun and fun..  so  enjoy the summer and lets see how inspired everyone is this month.  The DT team is a  bit sidetracked too… haha  but  check back through out the month and see what we have all been up to.

Dee Scraps has made this Cute July 4th card to share with us this month…. are you all ready for some Fireworks fun?  I know we are.. Lil man D and I both love Fireworks.

Merrie  slipped in this cool Dr Who Card ..

NanaDonna  is at it again, check out this fab powder embossed image…

 

 

JUNE WINNER The winner of last months Challenge will be posted in a separate post later this weekend.

The prize for this new Challenge is a $20 Kit & Clowder gift certificate for one lucky random winner. If you haven’t seen Kit & Clowder Classes yet,  go check em out.

So let’s see all these gorgeous new projects

Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • **UPDATED – Winners must claim by the 15th of the month.  These posts are shared  on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.  But please be patient as I do have some important family issues going on right now.


Discover High Hopes Rubber Stamps

I apologize ENABLER ALERT !!!! haha

This is a company that is totally new to me, I discovered them on Twitter and they have some adorable stamps…. they also have a challenge..and we all know how much we love challenges AND new goodies.  More info  on the challenge and how to get the free digital stamp  so you can join in at the bottom of this post  If you are new to this company too, this is a fab way to  join in and maybe win some of these rubber stamps if you are interested in trying them out.


I was having a quick browse around and thought I would share some of the ones that caught my eye.  As most of you regulars know by now, I have a son who is 5 tomorrow ( Where did time go) and we plan to homeschool.  Creativity is a huge part of our learning process and the lil guy LOVES to craft.  That being said I am always on the lookout for  things for him to use and also things that can be used in “school” projects…. hey no one said education had to be boring… lol.

One of the first things that caught my eye were the backgrounds; these are perfect for both of us, both for card making and  adding visuals to  stories and essays etc  later on as he learns to write his own stories.

I love backgrounds, but I am pretty picky  and most of the ones I have are  digital .. but I love these..

Forest Background T057

Treasure Map T054

Speedy Recovery Background U004

Space Scape U149













and then of course we have fairies ..  sorry Merrie haha.. There are so many cool stamps at this store.. they come in foam mounted and unmounted.  Categories galore… oh dear this could get me in trouble if the little guy sees these…No crafty budget right now.. but if he sees Dragons…. oh my !

 
I will be adding this one into  the  tab above for stamps.. it is currently called DIGIS.. but I think I need to update it to STAMPS, since I  am finding more and more cute stamp companies who do physical stamps…  So expect to see that updated soon.

 


ok I promised you  details on the High Hopes March challenge..so here they are.

For your chance to win 2 FREE High Hopes Stamps.  

You can enter this challenge to win rubber stamps using  the free digital stamp provided, if you do not currently own any High Hopes stamps. There is a link to the freebies, you have two to choose from.  You must use a High Hopes Image.   Check the High Hopes Challenge post for more details and links to the free images.

I hope some of you join in, I think I will have a go at this one.. maybe see if my little guy wants to enter too…. he is a crafting machine lately  LOL

Bloobel Stamps February Progressive Challenge Project

I had some ideas for this one that were  not too “PC” so I  played it safe and added a simple stamped sentiment by Unity stamps.  What I really wanted to do was make a joke about the President pardoning turkeys….or  some crack about  accidentally mixing up the caterer and entertainment orders for a bachelor party and the caterer providing a “Bird with big breasts”   I will leave that with you.. and your imagination can fill in the blanks lol.  I’m just keeping in Simple … for this one  LOL

Here she is, this is  Bake Me A Cake  with Quirky Christmas Robin and the sentiment is from the Unity Stamp Co.  “A Joyous Season” stamp kit. The image is printed on Canson Mix Media and colored with Zig Kurecolor pens and a touch of Ranger Distress Pen & Crayola Color Escapes Pencils.

The image was  cut with a Lil’Inkers Stitched die from the rectangular dual stitch set on my Sizzix Big Shot and mounted on a Recollections card from Michaels using a Zig Photo Tape runner


She is the February Progressive Image over at the Bloobel.com Blog.  Be sure to sign up and join in, the new March Progressive is coming up.

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Unity Stamp co. bookmarks for the Abandoned Art Bucket

I wanted to have a quick play before bed last night/this am ..I have had these stamps sitting here staring at me LOL. I had an old paperback of hubby’s sat here on my desk for a while now too. He no longer wanted it and I didn’t want to waste it..so it was a toss up between upcycling it, or finding a new home for it. I am sure it was a fabulous story… but upcycling won.

I see this as a fitting tribute to the author who will now be enjoyed by a potential 322 people if I were to  use the complete book to make bookmarks for Abandonment projects. That’s a pretty good audience, even if they only get to read snippets of it.  Even if I had given it away complete….I doubt it would have ever reached that many people.

I may try that idea next….. like the old Where’s George site for $ bills. I could do a “WheresJim.com” and see how far a book travels; assuming of course the book is by an author called Jim, like this one.  It might be fun to do it with a kids book… hmm, idea to tuck away for when I have some spare time  🙂

I have a bunch of stuff to take care of between now and tomorrow night. A new month is coming and that means Lots of projects and new challenges to be set up and winners to be picked.

So.. quickie description…

One page ripped in half… inked up with Ranger Distress ink pads
Stamps were inked with Good ol Craft Smart Dye ink
Colored with a mix of Zig Kurecolor and a ranger Distress pen.. feather has a touch of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust
Mounted on Kraft card stock with Zig Photo Tape
laminated on a Scotch TL901 using Scotch laminating pouches
Trimmed up with my new Swingline guillotine ( see previous post)
Hole punched using a Fiskars 1/4 punch
Boho /shabby ribbon was a gift from a friend who was de-stashing

Stamps are Part of the Story & Scattered Pieces

 

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Unity Stamps… just a little teenie weenie haul…

 Quick peek at some of the fun things  coming up on the blog   for the end  of Feb/March

..and probably April…. LOL

.. ok ok I have been a bit bad this month… but heh… I had a dry year last year for crafty goodness ….and I am making up for it.. well was..I am now on a self imposed crafty goodness ban till late april.. lol.

But here is my Unity haul from a recent sale, plus I won a sweatshirt from them on one of the Facebook Live sessions..and that arrived  too.  Now these may not all be on sale still, but Unity have great sales promotions all the time… so if you see something you like, just add it to a wish list, and next time they have sales.. check and see what is on sale from your wish list.

First Love, First Hero

Dream of Being

Warm inside

Scattered Pieces

Trio of Beauty

Part of the Story
There is a new sale going on this week, plus new bundle kits and deals… check em out  🙂

If you are on Facebook, try and catch one of the Unity Stamp Co Facebook Live sessions.. fun demos and tutorials with the girls and some fab giveaways  during the Live feed too.

Quickie card – I heart you

I have some new CraftsUPrint cutfiles, a tonne of new stamps and dies and … oh dear.. it’s been a busy month… for shopping haha.  I have a huge basket of goodies to  play with … and not enough time to play with them all.. but I am sure gonna try..and my son seems to have been bit with the crafty bug bad this month..so I shall be in good company.

So going to start off our mega marathon of craftiness with a quickie card featuring a super quick and cute cut file and a Satuarate Canary stamp I picked up in my first.. yes I said first batch of stamps I grabbed from LDRS Creative this past week (see previous post).  I loved the ones I got so much…I went back for more.   At $1 a pop on clearance, there is no way I wasn’t taking good advantage of this sale …. the stamps are fabulous. I found some long searched for scenic stamps which I can’t wait to play with.  This was my first time shopping with LDRS and I have to say I am impressed.

Ok so here she is.. this is Alice, supplies list is super simple and listed below.


Card base is 110lb Georgia Pacific card and was cut on the Cricut Explore using a CraftsUPrint cut file by Apetroae Stefan  called OVER THE EDGE HEART BORDER CARD

Insert is Black Recollections Value pack 65lb card, contrasts great through the cut outs
Black layer is also Black 65lb Recollections card
Image was stamped on Canson Mix Media using black Stazon Ink and colored with Chameleon Pens

… both layers were given a shabby cut, I have an old cutter that  does this to the paper/card if you only cut one layer and I love it, because I suck at paper tearing/ripping  but like the shabby edge look for some projects…so this is my compromise.

I used Zig Photo Tape runner adhesive to attach my layers.

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LDRS Happy Mail – $1 Clearance Rubber Stamp deals

Now lets me just say.. not ALL of these LDRS Creative stamps were $1 clearance stamps before anyone goes to look for one and finds it is full price.  I did pick up a few full prices ones using the 25% Kit & Clowder Group discount which was running last weekend… but most all of these were $1 clearance stamps.  There are some still left.. so if you love a great deal.. you should definitely check out what they still have before it’s all gone. I originally ordered two of the London stamps with the intention of gifting one of them to someone, but alas they were out of stock so only sent one and a refund was issued..sorry .. I’m keeping that one lol.

I’m one of those who really likes to see stamps physically before buying, but these were such a great deal..it was worth a shot.  I loved these so much when they arrived..I ordered 11 more lol. They are mostly unmounted, but  the two Dove Art Studio stamps are mounted and what I thought was really cool… the mount has the image on it too so you can see it through the Acrylic blocks  🙂

The unmounted ones I just popped some Zig 2 way glue on.

My latest happy mail. Zig Kuretake Manga Art goodies

I saw something on a live video from CHA that I wanted to try out; I had no idea what they were using on the demo as far as pens and tips went, but I figured I wanted to try it bad enough.. so I grabbed ALL of them lol. Typically these pens are used for Manga art and inking in illustrations, but I saw them or…. something like these used for something else entirely and I wanted to have a play.

Admittedly I will probably use them for the intended use as well.. now that Steve over at CraftingAbility popped in a few extras for me to try out. I wasn’t expecting a beginners guide to drawing Manga to be tucked into my order and a new Manga Pen I haven’t tried yet… but heh.. why not .. LOL.


I had a quick flick through the booklet and it has some easy beginner examples and guides .. some info on drawing faces, clothing folds, shadows and highlights and lightsource so all the basics we learn in drawing and coloring. So, maybe I’ll have a little play with that. I don’t draw by any stretch of the imagination.. but even I like to doodle now and then. Usually when I am on the phone chatting haha..I am notorious for doodling on anything at hand haha.

Now bear in mind I have not used an ink pen in YEARS.. so it will take some practice to get used to working with ink again.  But I am excited to play with these and then try out that idea I saw at CHA.  I have quite a few different Zig Kuretake products, as you know if you are a regular …  some bought, some provided free of charge for testing and to provide projects for review….and so far.. I have not been dissappointed in anything. Seriously.. I refuse to say something is great if I don’t like it…so when I say I like it or LOVE it as is most often the case… I mean it.  Now anyone who is a regular knows I like to experiment and play with allsorts of ideas, and that I love trying new techniques..so  take into account your own personal styles and  tastes when  picking products.. what suits one does not suit all.

Ok so what did I order...everything on this page lol…



I picked up the pen nib holder… can’t do much without one of those lol. It’s a nice lacquered wood with a rubber grip.  I have to admit I am not a big fan of pens with rubber grips usually, but this one is nice and comfy and I don’t feel like I am getting stuck on it when I move my fingers around like some.  I have hypermobile joints and sometimes my hands lose grip when they flare up…. but  just playing with it out of the packet.. it seems to be something I’ll work fine with.  It’s not too fat , nor to thin and the rubber grip is smooth.. haha I sound like I popped out of Goldilocks and the three bears ..oops






I picked up a pack of each of the nibs to test them out, since I really didn’t know which ones would work best for what I have in mind, plus a selection of nibs would be useful for a few other things I had in mind… all of which you will see in posts coming this month.. maybe even a few short vids for a bit of fun.










I’ll share more on the Manage Drawing guide and Manga Flexible Pen in another post.

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