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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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Monday, November 17, 2014

Owl Tower by Amy

I've always been a big fan of owls - cute ones, serious ones, realistic, you get the picture.  Design team member Amy Lassiter has created a one of a kind owl tower for our Artists on Block hop.  I love the combination of metal, laces, and fancy paper Amy used to create her mixed-media "artsy girlie" owl tower.

Here's Amy - telling us a bit about her Block Tower: I made my blocks “artsy girlie,” with plenty of paint, lace, stenciling, stamping and more. I love owls, so I wanted the owls from 100 Proof Press to take center stage.

The bottom two blocks, I spread out, and before assembling them, used my gelli plate, stencils from Stencil Girl, paint, and mists, and layered them full. I then splattered paint all over them, in light and metallic colors. The top two blocks were covered in papers from 7 Dots Studio’s new collections, and also splattered on for the glitter fun. After stamping with black ink, I colored the owls with Pitt Big Brush pens from Faber Castell Design Memory Craft, and used watercolors for softness. The edges of the blocks are also distressed.

Layering on trims and little bits of metals, flowers, and feathers, really added to the sweetness of the whole project. Here’s a look at some of the individual block sides:

my favorite owl

Sharp Owl

Queen Owl

What's that on top?  An acorn! - I love it!


There's a more details about Amy's tower on her blog, sparklingnome.  So stop on over and check out her delightful blog. 

And if you're interested and want to learn more about these blocks, you can connect with The Artists on the Block on Facebook, and their blog.   We have even more block hopping to do this week - so stay tuned.  


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Reindeer Card

Coming at you from Alaska!  This is a creative card by Kersten Christianson - she used the burst stamp like I've never seen it used before.  Beauty & Love indeed.

Stamps Used: Reindeer, Beauty & Love, Star Cluster, and Burst

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

ATB Block Hop - Two Halves Make a Whole

Today I have a celestial block tower to share with you created by Kersten Christianson up in Alaska.  She uses her signature bright colors and creative collection of stamps to create a playful tower of color. Here's a bit about her process… 

Talk about the meeting of minds: The Artists on the Block and 100 Proof Press Rubber Stamps!

One day, a package of mysterious forms arrived in my box.  With just a few folds, I learned that two halves make the whole of a box.

Paper scraps work well with this type of design. In this case, old paper.  French paper.

(stamps you see here: sunburst, clocks, zodiac 7)

Copious amounts of Dylusions and Distress Inks join in on the play.  Your fingers will sport rainbows.

Daub with paper towel scraps to blend and tone down color.  Wait.  Who am I kidding?  There is no "toning down" of color.  I did, however, dry brush a bit of white Gesso in various areas just add a bit of cloudy whatchamacallit.

Begin stamping and building.  What better combination than owls, sugar skulls, all things celestian and a bit of the mystic, as well.  Add ephemera:  German scrap, beads, stars, and washi tape.  

Anyone feel like finding some old French paper and getting your fingers inky?  I do!  If you'd like to see more of Kersten's block tower you can visit her blog, Altered Gypsy.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Stylin Men of 100 Proof Press

Here's a set of 4 funky ATC's guest artist Joy Holder Northrop collaged and stamped up.  I love the creativity and wit.  These are some seriously funky hip dudes.  Just brilliant!

Stamps Used: chain, air filter face

Stamps Used: Small Poe, Nevermore

Stamps Used: Tattoo Dude, heart (from Hello)

Stamps Used: Geodesic Shape, Albert with pipe, and brilliant

I don't know about you, but these ATCs really make me want to make some of my own collaged-men. Stay tuned the ladies are next in the creative collage lineup!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Mama Cat and Kitten Stamp Scene

I love this rubber stamp art scene featuring a Mama Cat walking her kitten across a field with friendly bugs. Isn't it adorable? I've never tried to create a serious stamp scene, but this piece makes me want to give it a try.  Do you create rubber-stamped scenes?

Stamps Used: Mama Cat and Kitten, Three Bugs, Landscape, Forest Edge, and Flying Bug

Stamp scene with black pigment ink

Using stencil, stiple clouds in sky with blue pigment ink

Stiple grass with several green pigment inks

Color the rest of the scene with Prismacolor pencils.

Layer scene onto card stock

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Famous Rabbits from 100 Proof Press

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Faux Wood Embellishments by Michelle Zerull

Faux Wood Embellishments - A la Michelle Zerull

Everyone loves embellishments.  But buying them? That’s a different story.  I used the 100 Proof Press WOOD GRAIN RECTANGLE (#1550) to create some fun and trendy embellishments that were both easy and affordable.

The stamp is deeply etched so you’ll get a lot of detail with your stamping.  My goal is to create an embellishment that looks like a thin shaving of wood veneer.  To create this, I used tissue paper and Distress Inks in Wild Honey and Vintage Photo.

1. Start by stamping in Vintage Photo on a plain sheet of tissue. Stamp consecutively seven or eight times.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you will want to get the images very close to each other.  Try turning the stamp upside on occasion to create wood variations.

 2. Using a cosmetic sponge or an ink blending tool, apply generous amounts of wild honey over the stamped image.

3.Using deckle scissors, cut the top and bottom of the strip.  (Or use regular scissors and cut jagged edges.) do you recall the look of pencil shavings?  That is what you’ll be imitating.  After cutting, you’ll have a nice strip.  Turn it over and repeat steps 1 &2.

4. Gently pleat the strip back and forth to create ridges.  It’s looking good!  You can stop now and use it as it is, or continue on and create wood grain shapes.

5. Want to make some fun veneer shapes?  Easy! Cut some shapes out of cardboard or use “pop-dots” or other found objects. Adhere with a strong glue stick.  Note, if you use wet glue, the distress inks will react and you’ll get a smeared mess.  If you use glue dots or other dry adhesives you will not get as good of results.  

6. Before glue dries, flip the embellishments over and gently form the tissue around the shape.  Be gentle!  Tissue rips easily.  But it molds easily too, so your edges will be smooth. You know have “wooden” shapes.  How cool is that? 

Thanks Michelle for a wonderful tutorial.

Sharp Owl and Wood Grain  Buttons!  Looking so Sharp.


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Stamped Charm Bracelet and Earrings

I hope you've enjoyed all the of stamp art Dana Tatar has created.  If you've missed it, you might want to check out the previous posts from this week.  Dana created a tutorial for a Fall card, made two very sweet cards, a series of ATCs, and today I'm sharing some stamped jewelry.  Dana has made a cutest charm bracelet that uses several of our stamps and shrink-plastic.  If you have never tried the shrink plastic you should, it is fun for all ages.  

I love how she used The Three of Us stamp and separated the girls. She also used the Santa Moon, a Snowflake and a Bird.

And here's a set of earrings Dana made with the squiggle.  Cute, stuff, right?

Here's the supplies she used:

Christmas Charm Bracelet: Snowflake 3 (#6309), Santa Moon (#3411); The Three of Us (#6468); Flourish Bird Large (#3208)
Supplies: Shrinky Dinks Crystal Clear Sheets: K & B Innovations; Stamps: 100 Proof Press; Pearl: Tim Holtz; Trinket; Prima; Mini Ornaments: Michael's Stores; ink: Tsukineko; Markers: Faber-Castell, Sharpie; Other: Charm Bracelet

Squiggle Earrings: Squiggle with Tail (#5676)
Supplies: Shrinky Dinks Crystal Clear Sheets: K & B Innovations; Stamp: 100 Proof Press; Earwires: Martha Stewart; Pearls: Tim Holtz; Ink: Tsukineko

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Two Sweet Cards by Dana Tatar

Dana has created several wonderful projects as a guest designer for 100 Proof Press. Today I'm going to share two very adorable cards.  The first card she dressed up with a cute pink bow to accompany the little girl stamp, she also turned the Thinking of You stamp on its' side along with a doily and other layers for added interest. 

I just LOVE this stamp, and I frequently share the cards that designers and customers make with this Snow Globe Girl.  Here Dana put the Snow Globe Girl into a snowglobe and stamped Hugs & Kisses at the top.  So sweet.

Incase you missed yesterday's post, you should check it out, Dana made a complete tutorial about how you can make a very festive fall card.

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