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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A New Blue Updo

Andrea Ockey Parr got rid of her winter blues by giving this stamp a new hairdo.  In this stamping tutorial Andrea will demonstrate how she created this lovely background using all 100 Proof Press stamps!  This is one that I really want to try.  I hope it inspires you as well - enjoy.

The girl stamp, called Flowers for Hair is stunning.  I stamped her on flesh-colored card stock, then fussy-cut around her and added pink chalk to her cheeks.  I trimmed down her stamped hair and glued yarn strands to her head instead, which totally changed the look of the image.  I also made a dress for her.

For the card's background, I started with white card stock and heat-embossed two stamped images on top of each other (Balance Sheet in black, and Large Handwriting, placed vertically in blue).  On top of that, I stamped Mode de Paris Buttons in green and smeared them with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

I followed up with more inking.  I smeared Salty Ocean Distress Ink down the vertical handwriting lines and smudged some Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on the background along with some Fresh Green Colorbox Ink.

I topped it off with this Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil cover plate die, which I cut a few sections out of and added ink to.   I also glued some of the cut-out pieces back in.

I nestled my blue-haired friend behind the cover plate die, added the Beautiful You sentiment and was done! 

If you enjoyed this tutorial by Andrea, be sure to stop by her blog, Snapping Monsters, for some more brilliant stamping ideas!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rubber Stamped Mail Art

Tera Callihan whipped up this cute little postcard for Valentine's Day.  I know I'm a bit late sharing, but it's just so cute!  She use a piece of scrapbook paper to make the envelope and then painted around the edges.  

The next step was the stamp the dog in teacup on both a pink colored scrapbook paper and on while paper - cut them out and then match them up and fix them together on the envelope.  Add a cute little "tea lover" string and stamp "CHEERS."  

Can you imagine getting this cutie in the mail?  

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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Stamp Revamp

Today I want to share with you a beautiful hand-stamped tag Andrea Ockey Parr created.  She did something sneaky with the Typing Keys stamp… check it out.  I know this tag inspired me to get my water colors out.

Did you notice all of those little letters randomly stamped about?  Well, Andrea took some time to cut each tiny ket out and rearrange them to her liking.  Then she used some water color on her tag, added the "love" washi tape, and circled some choice letters.  You should visit her blog, Snapping Monsters, for even more details.  

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Sharp Owl is Bringing in the New Year

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Stamped New Year

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

A non-traditional holiday card

Here's a non-traditional holiday card by design team member Kersten.  She used the "Holiday Greetings" stamp right next to the celestial-type stamps to give a real  Kersten Christianson feel.  Wouldn't this card make your mailbox beam with celestial holiday cheer?  Stop by her blog, Altered Gypsy,  to catch more of her colorful creations.

Stamps Used: Holiday Greetings, Star Group, Star and Moon Garden, and Zodiac Chart

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Winter Wonderland Artist Trading Block

We've been hopping along with team ATB all month, and this is the final tower from the 100 Proof Press design team.  I will have a follow up post sharing the towers from team ATB and you do not want to miss those!  I created this block tower around one of my favorite stamps, The Queen of the Stars.  Enjoy!

The first thing I did to create this tower was to paint the edges of all the block pieces. Then I put the blocks together.  Then I added a layer of tulle.  On a piece of vintage paper I embossed blue snowflakes and ripped the paper to size for each block and adhered it to each block face. Then I went around the edge of each block with a thin line of glue and added some glitter.

On on a piece of white card stock I stamped the Queen of stars, the Owl Queen, the moon, and the Owl and baby.  Then I painted them with water colors and cut them out.  Added a little glitter here and there for some glistening magic.

I used some permanent ink to stamp "warm winter wishes" onto some fabric tape.  Then I added some the charms and embellishments.  

On the top I planted a cute little blue tree and some fungus.  I had some wired stars that I stuck in the blocks and glued the moon and dangled the Queen. I enjoyed crafting with these blocks - and I thank you for stopping by my winter wonderland today!  

For more cool block towers visit ATB on Facebook.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Steampunk Artist Trading Block

The block hop goes on! 100 Poof Press has been teaming up with team ATB this month and we have shared several crafty block towers.  And today I'm sharing how design team member Tera Callihan took our sheet of steampunk rubber stamps (formally Scrolls Works) and constructed a very cool block tower.  The sheet of rubber comes with a lot of images, and Tera carefully selected gears, light bulbs, and the inventor to compliment the grungy metal embellishments on her ATB.  

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fishy Freedom

Here's a fun project from Andrea Ockey Parr considering tomorrow's Turkey holiday!  Andrea has created a humorous collage using the really big fish stamp.  Visit her blog, Snapping Monsters, to discover her inspiration and some behind the scenes tips on how she put together this fun piece.  Thanks for visiting!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Flight School ATB

Today we go to Flight School with Andrea Ockey Parr.  She shows us how to dress up a block tower and take flight with Madame Condor's School of Flight.  This project is part of our month long block hop with The Artists on the Block.  Both teams have created some beautiful works and I hope you enjoy this whimsical tower by Andrea.

Welcome to my contribution for the November Block Hop which is a creative collaboration between Artists on the Block and 100 Proof Press.  Here's my ATB creation, which I titled, "Madam Condor's School of Flight."


It's a crazy little whimsical place where any person or creature can learn to fly!  And hey- Eileen Hull's ATB Sizzix dies could not make this process any easier!  Once I had the box pieces cut, I cut out a door and a window in two of the boxes and then I covered my blocks with fabric scraps cause that's just how I roll.  

I added some "flight students" and used some Martha Stewart butterfly punches to make their wings.  I cut some triangular roof pieces and stamped them up.  I made my school sign with fabric, a toothpick pole and alphabet stamps.  I smeared on some Distress Ink for some bursts of color, assembled the boxes and and wah-la!

This project was so fun and these block shapes are so full of possibilities!  And of course, 100 Proof Press stamps are packed with potential, too.  Here are links to all of the stamps I used on my ATB:

For the flight students and their wings:
     The Three of Us
     Star Cloud
     Typing Keys

For the roof decor:
    Bullet Holes


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