Jul 14, 2021

Darkroom Door Stamps Cardmaking Update


Hi everyone!  It's such fun to be visiting your blogs again and I am most thankful for those who have stopped by SewPaperPaint too.  :)  It's good to be back to normal!  Today I wanted to share some cards I've been working on with Darkroom Door stamps.  First up, I've got a couple of cards with the Spread Your Wings butterfly stamp set.  This set has three sizes, with one really large butterfly and some awesome sentiments.  I shared the details on the Topflight Stamps blog HERE.  There are lots of other designer's inspiration for this set on the Darkroom Door blog HERE.

This second card has background stamped with the Handwoven stamp and sentiments from the You Are Everything set, which has some awesome wildflower silhouettes too.  Find more ideas for Handwoven on the Darkroom Door blog HERE.

This card is probably one of my favorites this year  I had so much fun stamping and watercoloring to create this jar of flowers using the You Are Everything set and the Mason Jar stamp.  The "table was made with the Spanish Tiles stamp, my all time favorite background by Darkroom Door.  Find the designer roll with You Are Everything on the Darkroom Door blog HERE.

This one was another fun card to make, using the Glass Dome stamp (or choche) with the Christmas Bush stamp inside and the Make the Most sentiment.  I added clear crackle glaze over the cloche to make it look like cracked glass in real life, such fun! 

This next card was made by using Prism Dye ink pads on the Gel Press.  I shared a quick video tutorial on YouTube HERE.  I used the Friendship Sentiment Strip and Abstract 06, the cool X stamp.  The full post is on the Topflight Stamps blog.

And I have a few seasonal cards to share, including this July 4th card made with the Garden Birds set and the Fine Leaves set, with a background of Sketched Stars.  I used an embossing pen to hand write the sentiment and embossed everything in white.  Find the full post HERE.

A Christmas card made with the gorgeous Christmas Bush set and the Yuletide Greetings, framed with the Lots of Labels set.  All the inky details found HERE.

Last, we have a New Year's card made with the Sketched Alphabet set, Stickles glitter glue and a background of Sketched Stars.  You might need a year's worth of cards right now, but you can always Pin these ideas for later.  I hope you've found some inspiration and are excited to get inky today! Make sure to subscribe through Follow.It for more rubber stamping and mixed media inspiration!

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Jul 3, 2021

Free Printable Vintage Americana Ephemera Image Downloads


Hi friends!  A very happy Fourth of July weekend to you all.  First let me say, that like all Blogger users, I am having to transition my email subscribers to a new service.  Please be on the lookout for posts from me now coming from Follow.It.  I'm sad that blogging seems to be pushed out, but truly hope that you will subscribe and continue to visit.  To subscribe, make sure to click to view my full site (not the mobile version).  This option is at the bottom of the page on a mobile view.  The look in my right hand toolbar for the widget to enter your email address.  If you previously followed, you will automatically be transferred to the new service. 

I'm super excited today because I've recently scored a batch of amazing vintage ephemera and have turned it into two free printable collage sheets for your artsy pleasure.  There are lots of tickets, milk caps and labels that I hope you will enjoy.  Both files are PDFs that you can download from my Google drive following the links below.  I use my printable images to fill my bullet journal, which I use for a written diary.  The page above was made by altering a PaperArtsy postcard that comes with every order.  I added stamping, used postage stamps, washi and printable ephemera.  The page below is more of the same, with some stamped Darkroom Door faux washi tape.  I shared a video tutorial on my Instagram page @LetterPaperPen

And here's an update with a spread I created with these collage images.

If you like this style of collage, I do hope you'll follow along with my journal journey through my dedicated IG page.  Click the image to follow.  I hope you'll enjoy the freebies and take time to subscribe.  Happy weekend!  Autumn

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Jun 30, 2021

PaperArtsy Deap Sea Mixed Media Fish Tag


Hi friends!  It's me again trying to get back into the bloggy swing of things.  It seems that things will be harder than ever with the loss of Feedburner, challenges closing and the inevitable fast paced life we're growing accustomed to.  Let me just say how invaluable your interaction with us makers is!  Your follows, comments, shares and continued support mean everything to us and are what make the wheels keep on turning.  So thank you for being here! 

Today I have a mixed media tag to share with you.  I just had to have a play with the new to me PaperArtsy Hot Pick stamp set 2001.  I have wanted this stamp set for over a year now.  My tag was inspired by THIS awesome post by our very own Leandra Franich, the PaperArtsy queen herself. 

I used corrugated cardboard for my base and some of the layers.  I used a lot of Infusions powders to add my color. 

I used crackle paste, Grunge paste and Art Stones with a little Fresco chalk acrylic paint.  I made a motorized "bait" to lure the fish to their proverbial catch using a newer Hot Pick stamp set (2101).


I haven't been able to swim this summer because of my recent surgery, and this tag literally represents my desire to be in water.  I added a bit of Lavinia's new Mica Minerals powder to create sheen on the fish scales.  Now can I paint myself with it and call me a mermaid?  Pretty please!  Happy summer friends, Autumn

I'm sharing with:

We Love to Create: Mixed Media

Simon Says Stamp Monday: Red, White and/or Blue

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything Goes 

Jun 11, 2021

Seahorse Stamp Scrapcosy Summertime Card


Happy summer friends!  I'm delighted to be participating in the Topflight Stamps summer blog hop.  I'm using a fabulous stamp by Raquel Burillo Perez AKA Scrapcosy for PaperArtsy, set ESC12.  I love these vintage illustration inspired stamps!

I had a play with watercolors, making an abstract background, then going over it with Distress Ink in Crushed Olive using a PaperArtsy stencil, PS101.  

I used the Darkroom Door Number Medley stamp set to stamp with more Crushed Olive through the stencil.  This is a great "texture stamp" set and stamping through an open stencil is such a fun way to add interest to backgrounds.

I did some extra watercolor panels to do my stamping on and fussy cut and layered the images as show.  I added some sisal fibers and paper punches (an old Tim Holtz "juniper" punch).  I used the Andy Skinner Cosmic Shimmer Matte Adhesive to add the little punches, because it dries flat and has a small applicator, perfect for this type of project.

Along the bottom of the panel I stamped the octopus from the octopus from the stamp set upside down to mimic coral/seaweed.  I cut the large plaque stamp into two pieces so I could use just the phrase whenever I want.  They easily piece back together if I want to use it as originally designed.  I hope these fun techniques will encourage you to try a mixed media card of your own!  It's a great way to spend a hot summer day...

And we hope you will celebrate Summertime with Topflight Stamps! This hop is full of some great designers showcasing summer cards using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us for a chance to win! 

You should have arrived here from Dina's blog. If not, no worries, catch the details below.  Follow along here and if you get lost you can always start at the Topflight Stamp Blog.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate to the store. For a chance to win, make sure to comment on every stop on the hop by June 18th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on June 20th. Good Luck!  Also don’t forget to check out the Summertime Sale going on now!

Here are the products I worked with:

Apr 26, 2021

Hemingway and the Sea Altered Tim Holtz Journal


Hello friends!  I'm back with my final project as April guest designer for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  This week I am sharing my favorite project, one that really means a lot to me, an altered journal with a quote by Ernest Hemingway from The Old Man and the Sea.  The theme for this week's challenge is Add a Quote and this is one that I love...

I was super excited to see the release of Tim Holtz's new Ideaology Backdrops.  I don't know about you, but I wish Tim would release paper regularly.  I miss getting new 12x12 packs!  I was excited that these sheets were just long enough that I could use them to alter a composition notebook.  I use these notebooks regularly for jotting down sketches of stamp projects and home decor and even for brush lettering practice.  So I always enjoy creating my next altered cover, since I go through them so quickly.  If you haven't read The Old Man and the Sea, you can grab it by clicking the photo below.  It is a story of persistence and a man's purpose and one I read during the early days of Covid.  I used tiny alphabet stamps for the quote and lots of layers that reminded me of the story.

I chose a set of the new Paper Doll Groups, boys who reminded me of dock workers from the book.  I then stamped fish from Tim's Sea Life stamp set onto scrap inky paper.  I added detail with a white paint pen, then gave them a brush of mica powder for an authentic fish scale look. 

I crafted a fish hook from jewelry wire and painted it with black gesso.  The boys were sanded and tinted lightly with Distress Inks.  I splashed everything with watery gesso to add a sea spray feel.

I used a piece of braided jute from some packaging and attached it with Tim's Fastener brads on each side.  I layered a piece of vintage holey paper and a boy's clothing label from the Field Notes Ephemera.

I finished the back of the journal with more sheets from the Backdrops and I love the contrast!  I hope you've enjoyed this project and are inspired to put a quote you love onto paper for this week's challenge

One lucky winner will receive a $25 voucher to Simon Says Stamp, so come play along!  Have a great week, Autumn

Apr 19, 2021

Tim Holtz Spring Wreath and Brushstroke Flowers Card


Hi friends!  I'm so excited to be able to share a new project with you today, as inspiration for the new Bright and Cheerful Colors them for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  My absolute favorite color is the spring green of new oak leaves, so I wanted to use green and balanced it with a bit of bright yellow for today's card.  This time of year it is such fun to create spring themed projects!

I used the Tim Holtz Brushstroke Flowers 1 die set, focusing on the smaller flower and all of the greenery.  I used Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive and Rustic Wilderness to die the greenery.  I used Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo to die the flowers. 

I absolutely love the Funky Wreath die set and used it to create a nest, dyed with Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs.  Atop of my nest I perched a butterfly, sanded and stained to degloss.  He is from Tim's Botanical Layers ephemera set.  I made a soft background using Bundled Sage and stenciled with texture paste and Tim's Nordic stencil.  Then I mixed more Bundled Sage with Water and let id drip down between the stencil to create shadows, all very subtle.  I finished with a double stitch around the perimeter and a mat.  I really enjoyed making this card and using these products and hope you are inspired today! 

Make sure to play along with your Bright and Cheerful Colored design in this week's challenge for a chance to win a $25 voucher to Simon Says Stamp.  Have a great week!  Autumn

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