Tuesday, 30 December 2014

My fav from 2014 at Artistic Stamper ;)

It's me, mellpellmell here for you today.

You know, there is a tradition - before the new year to remember what you have done over the past year...

I also want to remember and tell you about it...

So, let's see my favourite Artistic Stamper creations from this year.

The first is the ATC series of two cards. I like the messy view of this stamps - letters and numerals :)

The second is minimalistic card made with a single stamp "leaf". It is very sharp and very realistic looks after coloring.

And the last - LO with different botanical stamps - butterflies, beetles and text (the most excellent option for the background!)

I am grateful to all of you that you remembered it all with me.

And thanks to all of you - the design team, the readers and even bystanders at this blog, that you spent this year along with me!

And I wish you all Happy New Year!!!

Saturday, 27 December 2014

My Top 3 at Artistic Stamper - Shilpa

Hello Everyone,
Year has come to end  and as you know, we all here are posting our favorites from 2014.
First of all I would like to say Thank you to Jennie for including me in this talented team and sending me amazing Artistic stamper stamps to play with !! :)
I joined the team in April and since ever it has been fantastic year for me. 
Thank you Jennie, Alison, Tit, Alison, Astrid, Mel Pell, Dee for your support and love.
I believe 2015 will be as exciting as 2014!!

Lets see, My Top 3 Favourites

Autumn colors- I made this mixed media canvas with beautiful Katy Leitch leaves stamps from Artistic stamper. I love these cute little bird's stamps as well.
This was fun to make!!

Vintage Journal cover- Loved to in corporate so many beautiful Artistic Stamper Stamps on one page with lots of layering.

Tag Book - Dylusion Inks and gorgeous flowers/ butterflies stamps. I could not ask more :)
Stamped images looked lovely on vibrant colors. 
Hope you are enjoying my projects here. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wish you all Happy New Year!!


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Butterfly Favourites from 2014

Hello all, Alison (butterfly) here to share my favourite Artistic Stamper creations from this year.  I had a long-ish shortlist, but I've (almost) managed to whittle it down to three.  Do click on the links if you'd like to see them in more detail again.

(If I've missed out any favourites of yours, I apologise... but there's a little peek of almost all of them over at Words and Pictures today, and if you click the "Alison Bomber" label at the foot of this post, you can revisit any of them that you like!)

In chronological order then - here, from way back in January, is my first choice.  Always and Forever Changing is a hanging icon using my much loved flower stamps by Katy Leitch (though she was still Katy Fox back then!).

I had a ball using green and blue Dylusions over an embossed gesso resist, and I love the depth in the layers it created.

My second pick is some rather melancholy journalling pages from February - One Day I'll Fly Away.  February's the time of year for melancholy, don't you think?!

More of my favourite colours - blue and brown this time - and I was really pleased with how the layers built up, and with the tiny crackled hearts scattered across the pages.

Choice number three may surprise you.  I almost never make cards, and these were way out of my usual textured, layered comfort zone... they're just some Simple Cards.

But I was really happy with the watercolour stamping effect, and the earthy kraft card backgrounds, and the summery feel seems just right for June, when they appeared, so they just made the cut.

Okay, okay - I can't quite do it.  At first I thought that I should leave out my Distress Spray crackly heart page since it was only a month ago, but then it really is probably my favourite creation of the year, so I have to give it a mention... sorry!!

So there you have it... my top three (four!) of the year.  A big thank you goes to the fabulous Jennie for another great year on the team.  If you haven't had a chance to see the choices of the rest of my fabulous team-mates, it's well worth a scroll around - there are some real treats on offer.  And you've got a week left to come and join in with our Anything Goes challenge this month, so once all the festivities are under way, do come and play!

Have a fabulous Christmas everyone, and I'll see you in 2015!!
Alison xx

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Top Three posts

Hi everyone, I  have for you today a look back over my top three posts since I have joined the amazingly talented team here at The Artistic Stamper.

The first one is easy as it has to be my first ever post as part of the design team and
it was  inspired by the Neil Walker stamps.
Copper Birdz.

My second has to be Time Measured Part Two Time Flies, as this resulted from a
tag that I loved but couldn't make work for me. I love the fact that out of
my mistakes can come my best pieces

Finally my Halloween project The Book Of Halloween that got the most views from visitors sadly not the comments, This has been the project that I enjoyed the most it had three parts to it 
so was a very long post with the final part/book  Book of Halloween Little Book 3 over on my blog. 

I would like to thank all of you for making me so welcome here
and to wish all of you and the team, our lovely 'boss lady' 
a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 
As always please feel free to leave a comment or Two.
Cheers Dee x

Sunday, 21 December 2014

My top three of 2014 by Titbelsoeur

Hi All, 
This will be my last post of the year, and just like last year at the same time, I am turning myself to pick up some of my 2014 projects that I like the most...
This year was to me THE year of experiments ! making background paper with towels, changing ugly scrapbook paper to mixed-media backgrounds, experimenting stamp kissing, spray stamping, artist trading blocks, and in the end making backgrounds up on a chopping block... Thus I could have chosen these experimental projects... 
Or I could have chosen the most good-looking ones... which I did !

My favorites projects are :

the tags I made with Neil's birds ; I am not the queen of Promarkers, and yet I really had fun coloring these weird birds :

 my stamp-kissing card - even if the technique is well known all around the world, I was very happy to find it out and experiment it ! and I am really fond of this card I made... 

and my Christmas-tree book, since I love to make such decorations rather to buy ones !

And here it is, another year has passed with you, and what could I say more than it is always a great pleasure to meet you again and again, read your comments and wander on your blogs.
I am still so proud and happy to be part of this terrific team, and this is a good opportunity to wish  very good Christmas and New Year's celebrations to Jennie, our marvelous boss, to my "roommates" and to all of you who have stopped by here !
See you next year !

Thursday, 18 December 2014

My Favourites by Alison Hall

Hello Stampers!

This will be my last post for The Artistic Stamper. I have decided that the time has come to move on. I've spent a great 4 years on Jennie's team, using her wonderful Artistic Stamper stamps. I'm so grateful to dear Jennie for giving me my first ever design team opportunity, and the chance to work with some very talented Teamies.

I've had a scroll through all 115 projects that I've made for the Blog, and picked out my six favourite pieces.

I was a guest designer back in 2010, so I thought I'd share my very first piece of art for the Blog. It's a Steampunk frame that I made, using some of the fabulous Steampunk Stamps. You can see my post and tutorial HERE.

Here's a trio of frames that I made in January 2011, using one of my favourite sets of stamps, The Nudes Plate. HERE's my original post.

Next comes another piece from 2011, a canvas using some of the fabulous Artistic Stamper Background Stamps. Jennie has this hanging up in her shop :-) HERE's my original post.

Another of my favourite sets of Artistic Stamper stamps is the Seaside Plate No. 1. Here, I used the stamps on a piece of Stampbord, and altered a mint tin back in 2012. HERE's my original post.

I've always loved to make wearable art, and here's a Grungebord cuff that I made in 2013. And HERE's my original post.

In the last couple of years, I've started to enjoy using paint a lot more, and here's a tiny canvas that I made in May this year, with an abstract background, and one of the lovely Gibson Girls. And, HERE'S my original post.

There does seem to be an abundance of blue in the pieces that I've chosen! Lol! So I'll throw one more piece in, if I may. It's a card I made in May this year, using the wonderful Dressmaking Plate No. 1, and some warmer colours. HERE'S my original post.

Phew! I hope you're all still with me!

Finally, I'd like to say a huge thanks to Jennie & my wonderful Teamies (past & present),
and of course, to all of you fabulous crafters, who have given me so much support and encouragement over the last four years.


Alison xxx

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Imagine it!

Hi, dear friends))
It's Maria Potapovich (mellpellmell) here for you today.

If you think I'm going to share with you something related with Christmas or New Year, you are greatly wrong!

Like every year, I will prepare for these holidays exactly one day before their occurrence)))))

So today I am going to show a card, which is made to the birthday of my friend who has a very big plans for good luck! 

I'm sure luck will be with him! 

The main thing is to believe in yourself and allow yourself to "get lucky by the tail"... 

Do you agree with me?

Among my stamps there was no an exclamation point. I decided that I could do it of the letter "I"...

 In the following photo hard to see card, but it is clearly seen that the stamps adhered on three levels.

For this card I've used  Seaside No. 1 # 018  A5 set (as you see, you can color your stamp as you like!)

Have a nice day and always believe in luck!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Special Deliveries - Winter scene

Hello Everyone, 
Shilpa here,
Today I would like to share 'A winter scene' created with Debbie cotton designed Special Deliveries stamp. And here it is...

It was fun to color this adorable stamp. I used watercolors for this. 
here are step by step...
1. I've used watercolor paper. Colored grass and sky with watercolor.
2. Applied distress inks at the edges. 
4. I stamped and colored Special Deliveries image with water colors and also used PIIT pens to highlight them.
5. Attached the image on base.
6. Applied Snow Tex for creating snow effect.

It was easy one, Astistic stamper has wonderful images to play with. You can see them all here.
Thank you so much for your visit
Merry Christmas to you all!!

Supplies used:
Artistic Stamper stamps- Special Deliveries, Pine Tree
from my stash - Watercolor paper, Watercolors, snow tex

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Snowy Tree

Hello everyone, Alison (butterfly) here with a wintry tag for you.  There's snow forecast for the UK this week, so it may well fit perfectly with the weather for some of you.  You can click on any of the product links in the text if you need to go shopping right now!!

From the moment I saw the large Snowflakes Backgrounds by CaroLines, I had plans for them!  This tag uses the Palette Snowflakes as the background.

I stamped it onto a whitewashed tag using Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood Distress Inks.  I gave it a slight spritz of water beforehand, which is why you get that nice watercolour splatter effect in places.

The other new winter stamp here at The Artistic Stamper which really caught my attention was this beautiful Pine Tree, also CaroLines.

It's stamped in Potting Soil Archival Ink (or maybe Coffee - sorry, can't quite remember, but it's bound to be one of the two!), and clear embossed with SuperFine powder to make it really pop against the snowy blizzard in the background.

The sentiment comes from the Christmas Greetings #1 plate, and got the same treatment.

I cut the figures using a Tim Holtz die from some "rusted" card leftover from another project.  The effect is created using some of the new DecoArt Mixed Media line.  You'd need the Carbon spray and Quinacridone Gold.

I used Ginger and Rust alcohol inks to alter my metal Idea-ology Findings - the Muse Token here, and the Word Band below.

And once the inks were dry, I smeared Picket Fence Distress Paint onto the Word Band and wiped it back, leaving the lettering highlighted.  Despite being dry, the alcohol inks seeped into the colour, but I rather like the distressed look.

I brushed some Chalk Fresco paint (part of the new JOFY Limited Edition) onto the edges of the tag to draw the eye inward and give a softer, snowier look.  I blended on some Vintage Photo Distress Ink too, to tie in to the rusty accents of the tag.

The whole thing is finished off with a couple of my tiny pine cones (UPDATE: sorry for any confusion - they are real pine cones, not "mine" as in I made them!!) and some seam binding which has just had a tiny touch of Vintage Photo Distress Ink to shabby it up (down?).  And a splatter of Chalk paint at the very end...

So there you have it... I hope that you are staying safe and warm if it's snowing where you are.  And if the weather is keeping you indoors, why not use the time to come and play in our Anything Goes challenge this month at The Artistic Stamper.  You don't have to use Artistic Stamper stamps to enter, but if you do you get two entries in the prize draw.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I'll see you again soon.

Alison xx