My stamping adventures

Thursday, April 2, 2015

MFP Stamp blog hop - Pirates 2

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
March Blog Hop

 We're a little late this month due to delivery of our new stamps. 
But we made it before the end of the month so let's get started!!!!
This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:
Featured March 31
Gardenia
Featured April 01
Pirates
Featured April 02
Pirates 2
Featured April 03
Mushroom Selections
Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs ( don't forget this one ) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winner will be announced on April 04, 2015 right here on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. ( HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice. ) The deadline for commenting is Friday April 03, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST.

It's blog hop time!  this is always a fun time because we all get to see new stamps and what our design team members create.  You know me I like to have a theme so this month my theme is the Bokeh technique...it's fun and dramatic. You can see instructions here in my Background Sketchbook. Please continue on with the hop for more inspiration.
Let's get started !!



Here's the Design Team

Enjoy the Hop. Come on back tomorrow for more creative fun!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MFP Stamp blog hop - Pirates

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
March Blog Hop

 We're a little late this month due to delivery of our new stamps. 
But we made it before the end of the month so let's get started!!!!
This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:
Featured March 31
Gardenia
Featured April 01
Pirates
Featured April 02
Pirates 2
Featured April 03
Mushroom Selections

Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs ( don't forget this one ) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winner will be announced on April 04, 2015 right here on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. ( HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice. ) The deadline for commenting is Friday April 03, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST.

It's blog hop time!  this is always a fun time because we all get to see new stamps and what our design team members create.  You know me I like to have a theme so this month my theme is the Bokeh technique...it's fun and dramatic. You can see instructions here in my Background Sketchbook. Please continue on with the hop for more inspiration.
Let's get started !!



Here's the Design Team

Enjoy the Hop. Come on back tomorrow for more creative fun!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MFP Stamp March blog hop - Gardenia

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
March Blog Hop

 We're a little late this month due to delivery of our new stamps. 
But we made it before the end of the month so let's get started!!!!
This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:
Featured March 31
Gardenia
Featured April 01
Pirates
Featured April 02
Pirates 2
Featured April 03
Mushroom Selections
Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs ( don't forget this one ) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winner will be announced on April 04, 2015 right here on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. ( HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice. ) The deadline for commenting is Friday April 03, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST.

It's blog hop time!  this is always a fun time because we all get to see new stamps and what our design team members create.  You know me I like to have a theme so this month my theme is the Bokeh technique...it's fun and dramatic.  You can see instructions here in my Background Sketchbook.  Please continue on with the hop for more inspiration.
Let's get started !!



Here's the Design Team

Enjoy the Hop. Come on back tomorrow for more creative fun!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Background Sketchbook - bokeh

Have been playing around with the Bokeh technique a lot lately.....when it first came out I didn't think much of it but now I LIKE it!  and there are so many ways to create this technique.  Here in my sketchbook I'm showing two variations with instructions.  I used some old stamps I have in my collection from Lost Coast Designs.  That company can be a little weird but I like them......also have their set of Alice in Wonderland images as you can see on my sketchbook page. See more of my bokeh samples coming March 31st through April 3rd during MFP Stamp Shop blog hop.  please stop by and leave comments on all the design team's blogs for a chance to win a set of stamps.

Monday, March 23, 2015

50 Shades of Green once more with Bokeh

Here is another take on the Bokeh technique.  This time I just did faded out dots on a piece of white cardstock then layered onto a white note card.  All images are from Lost Coast Design
   

    An InLinkz Link-up

   

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring or not


here's a picture this morning and then this afternoon.  I sure hope this is the end of all this snow this year.....like I've said before.....enough is enough!  although don't mind it when it starts to melts in the afternoon.  I'm really ready for spring....how about you?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Shades of Green


I've been having fun doing the bokeh technique lately so I decided to continue with this technique for the Lost Coast Design shades of green challenge.  Sponge on my Ranger Adirondack lettuce, meadow and bottle green inks for this challenge.  I plan on putting this technique in my Background Sketchbook very soon.
   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   




   


Monday, March 16, 2015

swapping fun

On Saturday with all the rain we had, I went to our local card swap at Maggie's Place to have
fun swapping cards.  Unfortunately one of the ladies couldn't come because she was sick and another had somewhere else she had to be but other than that it was a good time.  check out all our cards (click on pics to enlarge and see names) that we created for this swap...the theme this month was Spring/Easter.  I decided to go with Spring because I'm so tired of this snow!  hopefully that is done for this season.  enjoy the look at our cards.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

back to backgrounds....

Twist away is a technique that I saw many years ago at a stamp store in Florida....it was a three minute demo using inks and stamps to create a fun background.  The thing was she said you could only use one type of ink and one certain stamp!  plus she didn't allow you to take pictures and when she saw someone writing notes she gave them a look to die for!!!  well, this didn't sit with me so I went home and days later I tried to remember what she had done but of course I had to use every ink pad/stamp images I had in my stash.  Lo and behold ..... yes .... other inks and images worked just fine with her one and only technique.  Anyway I gave my findings a name....Twist Away because that is what you did with the stamp...twisted it away on all the inks to create a blurry effect.  Now this page in my Background Sketchbook was done back in 2005 (that's even before I started blogging!) but I saw the demo back in 2003.  After I went home and played with this technique I had so many cards that I decided to send into Scrap&Stamp Arts magazine and they accepted them!  They published it back in October 2003 and made it into a THREE page layout and when you read it I did give credit to stamp store in Florida but unfortunately didn't remember the name of the store which is probably good since I mentioned about using different inks/stamps in my article.  check out other pages from my Background Sketchbook here,  here , here, here, and here.....that's all I could find because they go back so many years.  I think I will bring this technique back to life but it won't be for at least a couple of weeks because right now I'm working Easter cards.....yes....I'm doing Easter cards.  see you next time here in blog land.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

travel or not to travel




Here's some  pages from my travel journal I started last year on my birthday when we were visiting my dad in Buffalo, NY.  The only reason I started it was because there was a mixed media pad in the clearance rack at the craft store that I just couldn't pass up buying so the journal was started.  Now just to let you know we don't travel much so it will probably take years to fill this journal since mostly we visit family a couple of times a year. You can look back here to see where it all began and it continues here. So on with this journal I took classes at a local (about an hour away) stamp store with a friend.  We did two days of classes so we decided to stay overnight which was fun not having to wake up and drive that hour each day.  Did I tell you what the class were?  Dylusion with Dyan Reaveley!  two days filled with inky goodness.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Monsters in March!

I have to admit I'm having fun making these journal pages for the dylusion facebook challenges.  This is my third being it's the third month of the year, I hoping to keep it up through the rest of the year.  The challenge this time was to use the colors orange, brown and pink with the theme of Halloween....yes!  Halloween in March!  I used a large stencil from dylusion and the TH gothic stencil.  with the gothic stencil I sprayed dylusion white spray...look towards the bottom right behind the jar of eyes....you can make it out if you look close...remember to click on pic to see a bigger view.  Stamped some fun sayings I have in my rubber stamp drawers and I colored in the leaves with a distress marker.  All the other stamp images are dylusion monster mash stamp set.  I stamped the mad scientist twice so I could cut out his head and mount it with foam mounting tape. enjoy!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Alien dreams

I'm calling my tag Alien dreams.  I went into my stash and found that dream plate plus those square corners.  I've been stamping for over twenty years (phew! can you believe it?) and I learned something new.....yes, you can teach an old dog a new trick!  did you know you can emboss with archival inks?  I didn't till I read it on Studio 490
and Blog | Tim Holtz when I was reading about his March tag challenge.  This is my take on Tim Holtz's March tag.  He used a bunch of his paint dabbers but I only have a few so I used two of the colors I thought would go together.  He stamped a beautiful butterfly but I went in the other direction.....silly using an alien from dylusion monster mash stamp set.
entering in the following challenge:
1.  Tim Holtz blog - March tag
2.  Simon Says Wednesday challenge - anything goes
3.  Simon Monday challenge - a hint of clover (color green)
4.  That craft place challenge - anything goes