Aug 4, 2022

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Faith Art Cardmaking


Hi dear friends!  I'm ever so happy to be a guest designer this month for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!  You can find the cards I shared last year as guest designer HERE.  I've been itching to play again.  


My first card trio features the gorgeous Long Stem Silhouettes Bundle.  This stamp and die set feature three gorgeous flower bunches.  I decided to use them like dried flowers.  I stamped my backgrounds with the flowers, then layered on a cut out version over over them.  I folded a paper doily over the top to add to the cottage feel.  

I splashed lots of watery ink and sponged the edges of each panel for interest, then stamped the scripture from the Singing Praises stamp set.  I thought it was perfect for hanging flowers because we all feel a little wilted at times and can trust in God to give us strength for each day.  I made three cards because it's good to have encouragement cards on hand, but doing three colorways made it more fun for me (who dislikes repetition). 

I decided to make another encouragement card and use the Long Stem Silhouette stamps in a different way.  I used a circle punch and torn paper to make masks for this inky scene.  I used the flowers along the bottom for foliage and stamped the eagle from the Woodland Scene Silhouettes stamp and a different scripture stamp from the Singing Praises set.  For the clouds, I used a water brush to lift some of the ink.  The highlights are from Posca paint pens. 

Next I had a little chalkboard fun with the INCREDIBLE Hymn Word Art stamp set.  This set has been on top of my wish list for ages.  I embossed in white on black CS and used a piece of chalk to create the chalkboard effect.  For my background, I  made an inky panel with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and stamped flowers from the Succulents set, even fussy cutting one as a focal element.  I layered with the Hearts & Stars Scallop Border Die cut pieces for contrast.  I look forward to sharing even more cards with you this month.  I hope these have been an encouragement.  Hugs, Autumn

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Jul 22, 2022

New Darkroom Door Collage Sheets & Stencils


Hi friends!  I'm excited to share some new projects with you today featuring the Darkroom Door new small stencil and collage sheet release.  These new stencils work beautifully with the Darkroom Door quote stamps and I know I'll be using them a lot more in the future.  My first card incorporates the new Ogee Arch small stencil.  I made an inky background with Distress Inks in Aged Mahogany and Gathered Twigs, then repeatedly stamped the Flower Garden texture stamp over that.  I then used the stencil to cut out a window and adhered one of the Elegant Ladies collage sheet images behind it.  I stamped the flowers from the Friendship Flowers stamp set and fussy cut them.  I used Vintage Pearl embossing powder by Ranger with the You Are Everything stamp set for the "friend" sentiment. 

My next card will be featured on my collage account on Instagram, @letterpaperpen, where I share all of my collages and bullet journal pages.  I hope you'll follow me there!  For this card I used several of the images from the Botanical Notes collage sheet and made some flaps to be able to highlight the images both as a collage and separately.  I added some vintage book and music pages and stamped the "Try" stamp over it to coordinate with a sentiment sticker at the bottom. 


I couldn't wait to incorporate the collage sheets into my bullet journal!  There are some great circular designs that are easy to punch out.  I used them to highlight each day of the week.  I stamped the Damask texture stamp in pink around my pages.  Then I used the Seven Days eclectic stamp, stamped onto tissue paper so I could easily adhere them onto my page, allowing that pink pattern to still show through.  I added in a label from the Lots of Labels stamp set to break up the design a bit.  And, as always, finished this collage page with a postage cancellation from the Global Postmarks stamp set.  I'm looking forward to incorporating the other colors of flowers from the Botanical Notes collage sheet into my bullet journal pages!  There are six pages of collage elements in pinks, purples, reds and yellows, so so pretty!


My next card shows how beautifully the new stencils work with the quote stamps.  Here I used the center of the Round Arch stencil set as a mask and sponged the new Uncharted Mariner Distress Ink all around my panel.  Then I splashed water and diluted gesso onto the panel to grunge it up.  I heat set it and then used the outer stencil to mask off my blue sponge work and sprayed Antique Linen Distress Ink Spray inside the center.  Once that was dried, I outlined the round arch with an embossing pen and gold embossed.  The embossing stuck to my sponge work a little and rather than wipe it off, I heat set it for a cool "mottled gold" effect.  Then I put the arch back to mask off the center and stamped the Spanish Tiles background stamp in Uncharted Mariner.  I stamped the Dreams quote stamp in the middle and finished with a gold button from my stash.  This may sound complicated, but it was a very simple and fun card to make and I love the contrast of the gold and blue! 

I was enjoying playing with ink and took it a step further to create this funky galaxy background with Picked Raspberry and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks.  I added lots of splashes of water, more Distress Inks and gesso then heat thoroughly, as I did not want the white embossing powder to stick to my background like the gold did in my last card.  I used my WV Stay-tion magnets for all of my stencil work and it worked a charm.  I pressed embossing ink through the Round Arch Stripes small stencil and embossed in white.  I added a sentiment from the Birthday Greetings stamp set, then embossed some stars from the Sketchy Stars eclectic stamp onto more Raspberry inky paper and fussy cut a few of them to layer onto the panel, along with some sequins and gemstones.  I really love the contrast of this card and the fun colorway! 

My final card is more of a CAS style, but really reminds me of the current trends in home decor.  I sponged a panel lightly around the edges with Antique Linen DI, then sponged Distress Oxide in Tea Dye, Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough through the Semicircles small stencil.  I simply stamped the Wander quote stamp over that and mounted onto a kraft card.  I think it's a retro/modern look and I wish I had a tshirt like it!  Ha ha! 

I hope these projects have inspired you today and you'll take a look at the entire new small stencil collection and beautiful collage sheets from Darkroom Door.  Big hugs, Autumn



Jun 22, 2022

Art by Marlene Seahorse Neon Gel Print Journal Page


Hi friends!  I'm back today on my journal kick to share a funky new journal page I made in my new Art by Marlene spiral journal.  This journal measures almost 8" square and is filled with watercolor paper, but I decided to work with gel prints from a session I had with my mom this weekend, and simply mounted my finished page onto the blank book page.  

I shared some of my coloring in a reel HERE for @topflightstamps on Instagram.   The stamps I used are:
MPBM67 - Birthday Bash
MPBM61 - Sunny Days
So-Fish-Ticated - 10 - Underwater World
So-Fish-Ticated - 16 - Sally Seahorse
So-Fish-Ticated - 13 - Sea Creatures
These products are discontinued sadly, and only a few are still available at Topflight Stamps, but I just love them and had to have a play.  I'm hoping to do several sea themed pages in this journal, so stay tuned!

I used Prism markers to color Sally Seahorse on Bristol paper.  These markers work best on this paper.  I use Bristol for 95% of everything I do because it accepts water well and stamps beautifully. 

The border die cut is from the Floral Style set from the Marlene's World collection.  The bubbles and seashells are from the Sea Creatures stamp set.  I used a very old alphabet stamp set for the sentiment and stamped it onto a scrap of my gel printed page.  For the gel print, I used neon paints by Master's Touch (a Hobby Lobby brand) and the Marlene's World Plus Sign stencil MASKBM20.  I love this cool XL stencil!  Marlene has a line of neon paints and I can't wait to get my hands on them.  I wasn't super happy with the HL brand because the paints were transparent.

I really hope this page makes you smile today and perhaps encourages you to play with watercolor using your own brush markers.  :)  I look forward to sharing the rest of this journal with you as it develops!  Hugs, Autumn

Here's a tag I made a while back and a fun mixed media video tutorial posted HERE.   

Jun 12, 2022

Jofy Stamps Journal & Card Tutorials


Hi friends!  I hope your summer is off to a great start.  And for my sweet Aussie friends, I hope you're staying warm.  <3  We've just returned from a lovely beach vacation in Florida and I'm feeling more inspired than I have in ages.  There's nothing like going away to make you appreciate home.  We've been traveling so much for months with my youngest's basketball league and I'm glad to have a break.  I'm cleaning and organizing in my art room to make it a vacation destination within my own home.  He he!  Lately I've been doing some bright and cheery projects with the new Jofy stamps by PaperArts.  This first card was made playing along with Jo's facebook live in her Jofy Jamboree group.  You can join HERE and find the video replay HERE. I used PaperArtsy stencil PS085 and Jofy stamp set JOFY111.  I stenciled with Distress Oxides in Faded Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Tumbled Glass. 

Today while I was waiting on the live, I made a card version of the journal spread I shared yesterday.  This is for my awesome crafty friend Bonnie.  Happy Birthday BB!

And here's the journal spread.  I blogged it for Topflight Stamps HERE and shared a video tutorial HERE.  All of these products are available at Topflight.  I mixed in a Tracy Scott stencil, PS189, and another Jofy stamp set, JOFY63. 

A few weeks ago, I shared another video post for @topflightstamps Instagram with the same Jofy stamp set.  I showed how to make simple gel printed backgrounds and made a couple of cards with the prints.  You can find the video tutorial HERE.  This one is real time and I'm talking you through the process.  I'm getting braver!  Ha ha!  I do hope these videos and projects will inspire you to make some happy art of your own.  I appreciate your support of my blog and YouTube channel.  Big hugs, Autumn


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