Curiouser and curiouser

Here’s a bright and sunny card I made for a couple of challenges:

The Altered Alice challenge wants to see a lovely garden and/or bright flowers. I used my Tim Holtz tattered florals die. The shape of the leaf was stamped with a scrap I cut out of the waste of a sheet of rubber. I doodled the details of the leaves.

The Stampotique Designers Challenge wants us to combine two or more stamps. I put Moth Fab’s head on the shoulders of a Dilly Beans image of Alice .

Simon Says Stamp and Show celebrates Stamptember and chose ‘Read all about it’ as this week’s theme. Lewis Carroll’s story of Alice makes great literature, of course. Moreover, I added several pieces of textbook papers and incorporated a Cherry Pie text swirl in the background to tie with the theme.

I hope you like it!



The current theme over at “Lots to do” is “Butterflies and insects“. May I present you… my Butterfly Gothic Arch:

Sponged, stamped, masked, played a bit with gold embossing powder (my favourite!) and covered the butterfly with Glossy Accents.

In fact this is also one of the 24 gothic arches that I’m intending to create for the Inkurable Stampers Gothic Arch challenge! I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, as 14 themes have been set until now and I only created 7 arches  :  #01 Butterflies – #02 Lace – #03 Crowns – #04 Hands#05 Hats#06 Men – #07 Women – #08 Children#09 Asia#10 Steampunk – #11 Paint – #12 Fabric – #13 Christmas – #14 Numbers

So I have at least 7 to catch up with and another 10 to create in order to reach our goal of 24 by the end of the year… I’d better get inky instead rattling on like this!

Stamps used

Mosaic, Design scrap, big flourish and crown: Stampers Anonymous
Sequin waste and sentiment: Scrolls Work
Small flourishes: Oxford Impressions

Friendship warms the heart

On 1 September Art Journey launched its own monthly challenge and they chose “friends” as their first theme. Here’s my ATC, featuring an Art Journey stamp as main image and a Scrolls Work sentiment stamp.

As friendship is a heartwarming theme and the colours I used are “warm colours”, I also would like to enter this ATC to this week’s Mixed Media Monday challenge: Warm it up.  Thanks for looking!

Yellow-Orange Mail Art

Both The Three Muses and “One Powerful Hour” set “Mail Art” or “Envelope Art” as a theme for their challenge.  I wanted to send some ATCs to the UK for the “wings” swap hosted by the Stamp Man, so I decided to create a matching mail art envelope in my favourite colours for the moment: yellow, orange, rusty hinge and brown. Therefore, I also would like to submit this entry to the Rainbow Lady’s “Oranges and Lemons” challenge.

It’s a pity that I don’t have an elegant handwriting… And the Address was way too long to fit in such a small space.

Anyway, I wouldn’t exactly call this art, but I guess it’s always a nice surprise to receive a decorated envelope like that.

Stamps used

  • Butterfly, small dragonfly: Artistic Stamper
  • Drafonfly (big): Cherry Pie
  • Script and swirl stamp: Crafty Individuals
  • Map:  Stampcamp
  • Oblitertation marks and wings: Scrolls Work
  • “Fly” and “Voyage” sentiments: Oxford Impressions

Inspired by music

The Three Muses wanted us to be inspired by a song. That certainly is not a problem for me, for music plays a very important role in my life. I could  create at least 100 projects inspired by songs, if only I had time to do so.

The song that inspired me this time was “The Lovecats” by The Cure.

This ATC is so much UNlike me!  The cats image is a stamp that I normally would not be inclined to use, the colours pink and yellow are not exactly my favourites either and I am not very fond of smearing ink on my craft sheet and getting dirty. But this ATC just needed all of that and I  love stamping so much that all  types of stamps, colours and techniques become appealing to me!

Here’s my source of inspiration:

The Cure – The Lovecats (video)
I wanted to embed the video into this post, but I didn’t manage.

Stamps used

The cats are by Inkadinkado.
The letters are Clear Stamps by Gaïa.
The squares for the border is a stamp I created myself using leftovers of unmounted rubber stamp sheets.

Moo on ATC

Fun with ATCs challenged us to incorporate a Moo (7 x 2,8 cm) in an ATC. I find it very hard to create Moos, for I hardly seem to own any stamps that fit such a small format.
Anyway, here is my entry. I stamped the Penny Black flower twice to create a shadow. The marbled background of the Moo is created with a Stampcamp stamp. The ATC background is coloured with Distress inks. The butterflies are mounted on foam tape.

Stamps used

Flower (Penny Black)
Marble background (Stampcamp)
The earth laughs in flowers (Crafty Individuals)
Butterfly (Artistic stamper)