Congrats with Uptown Girl Brigitte

I’ve got a very quick card to share today, featuring another of those gorgeous Uptown Girls from Stamping Bella.  This time, I’ve used Brigitte.

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Brigitte | Marker Geek

I went fairly clean and modern with this one, using a speech bubble die to create the top half of the card front, and a piece of red cardstock with a stencil and some gold ink to create the lower part.

Supplies:
Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Brigitte (also available in the UK at Quixotic Paperie)
Make it Colour Blending Card (for colouring with alcohol based markers)
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Copic Markers
Mama Elephant Speech Trio Dies set
MFT Die-Namics High-Rise Alphabet Lower Case
Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Ink
Prima Marketing Inc stencil

I will be back after the Easter weekend, hopefully with some more creative fun to share with you!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you’re up to. :)

WOYWW #254 – A Different Workspace

Wednesday…we meet again! Time for another WOYWW over at Julia’s Stamping Ground.

These photos were taken yesterday, but my “workspace” for today will look very similar.  I’ve taken to the sofa, to catch up on some colouring and de-stress.

I have a pile of Stamping Bella images to colour, and some Make it Crafty images to give me a break from colouring character images.

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While colouring I’m listening to an audiobook via Audible, which is something I have been doing a lot this year. I’m revisiting old favourites while colouring and crafting, so that I can enjoy them again without impacting on my time to discover new stories. I’m enjoying it a great deal!

Here are some of the results from my colouring session yesterday.  I’ll be working on more Uptown Girls and hopefully finishing off the Boot House today.

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Claudia | Marker Geek

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Madison | Marker Geek

Make it Crafty Boot House | Marker Geek

If you like checking out colouring progress pics, I tend to share more of them over on Facebook on my Marker Geek page.

For those that are interested, you can find both Stamping Bella and Make it Crafty rubber stamps in my store Quixotic Paperie.

Happy Wednesday!  I’ll catch you later with some more creative fun. :)

 

I Have Loved The Stars…

So far, I have shown you two of the SCACD Stamps “Elements Collection” stamps.  If you missed them, you can find the “Fire” post HERE and the Water post HERE.

Today I am sharing some makes featuring “Wind”.

First, here is a journal page I created. You can find a list of supplies at the end of my post, along with the supplies info for the two cards. This page was created in the same 8.5″ x 11″ journal as the previous two Elements pages.

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Wind |Marker Geek

Here’s a closer look at “Wind”, who I coloured with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils on a layer of Gesso:

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Wind |Marker Geek

Just love her…

I of course, also coloured Wind with markers and popped her on a simple card! With an image this beautiful and detailed you can get away with doing very little to the card (or if you’re so inclined, you can go over the top with it too).

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Wind |Marker Geek

Finally, I created a quick card using the feather accessory stamp that accompanies Wind, along with a quote stamp from my stash (I believe this one is from a Flourishes LLC set).

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Wind |Marker Geek

When stamping, the quote stamp came out a little blurred, but I found that I actually quite liked the effect, so I went with it. It seemed to suit the background.

SUPPLIES LISTS:

US Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design International Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Quixotic Paperie (my online store)

Supplies for art journal page: Elements Collection Wind stamp from SCACD Stamps, Canson Mixed Media XL pad, 8.5″ x 11″ journal. Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black and Cobalt. Computer printed words, Grunge Paper. Gesso. Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. Matt Gel Medium.  Faber-Castell PITT artist pens. Impression Obsession Cover a Card – Script stamp. Luminarte Silks – Moonbeams. Prima Marketing Inc Stencil. Luminarte Silks Wine & Roses. Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals – Screaming Banshee Black. Embossing paste & T.H. Distress Paint.  Memory Box Starry Nights stencil.

Supplies for Water Card: Elements Collection Wind stamp from SCACD Stamps, Copic markers, Make it Colour Blending Card, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder – Silver Moon Turquoise.

Supplies for Feather Accessory Card: Elements Collection Wind feather accessory stamp from SCACD Stamps, Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals. Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour cardstock. Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers. Ranger Blending Tool.

Uptown Girls Beatrice & Barbara – Best Friends

I’ve got a quick Stamping Bella card for you today, featuring one of my favourites from the latest release.  Love how the colouring on this one turned out, and the image is really fun.

When you’re done checking out my post, make sure you pop over to Bloggabella to join in with the latest Bellariffic Friday challenge and get a look at the latest inspiration from the rest of the team!

Say hello to Uptown Girls Beatrice & Barbara.  They come with the sentiment stamp I used on my card.

Stamping Bella Uptown Girls Beatrice & Barbara | Marker Geek

 

You can also find Stamping Bella stamps here in the UK at my online store Quixotic Paperie. Restocks have just arrived, so many of the previously sold out stamps are now back in stock!

The image was coloured with Copic Markers on my favourite Make it Colour Blending Card.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

WOYWW #253 & The SCACD Elements Collection

Wednesday again! For the second week in a row I’ve got a quick snap of my desk to share for WOYWW #253 over at Julia’s Stamping Ground.  Not bad! For the uninitiated, visit > this page < for an explanation of WOYWW and how to join in.

Here’s a snap of my desk from Tuesday evening. I tidied up after finishing a pile of cards, so a photo taken this morning would be rather dull!

WOYWW 253 |Marker Geek

As you can see, I’ve been doing some die-cutting and card assembling. It was time to turn some coloured images into cards before the pile took on a life of its own.

Now, please do stick with me, I’ve got a journal page and two cards to show you!

If you dropped by earlier in the week you may have seen my post on Monday, featuring one of the new stamp releases from SCACD Stamps. The journal page shown on Monday could actually be glimpsed in my WOYWW #252 pic last week. Today’s page is from the same book and is actually the very first page in the journal.

Full supplies lists can be found at the bottom of this post, for those interested!

Meet “Water”.  She is one of the new Elements Collection stamps, and she is a beauty.

SCACD Stamps Elements Collection - Water |Marker Geek

This page is in a hardback 8.5″x11″ mixed media journal, although I created the main part of the page on a piece of paper from a Canson XL mixed media pad.  I coloured “Water” using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils on top of a thin layer of gesso.

Here’s a closer look:

SCACD Stamps Elements Collection - Water |Marker Geek

I also coloured “Water” with my trusty markers (Copics this time) on Make it Colour Blending Card. Here’s the resulting card:

SCACD Stamps Elements Collection - Water |Marker GeekWater comes with a fun scales accessory stamp which I used to create a quick and simple card together with a fun die-cutting technique I picked up from Jennifer McGuire.

SCACD Stamps Elements Collection - Water |Marker Geek

Thank you for joining me today!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my post.  If so, please do leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you. :)

SUPPLIES LISTS:

US Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design
International Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Quixotic Paperie (my online store)

Supplies for art journal page: Elements Collection Water stamp from SCACD Stamps, Canson Mixed Media XL pad, 8.5″ x 11″ journal. Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black. Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Word Play die, Grunge Paper. Gesso. Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. Matt Gel Medium.  Faber-Castell PITT artist pens. Luminarte Silks – Ice (used as a resist through stencil). Prima Marketing Inc Stencil. Luminarte Silks Wine & Roses. Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals – Time Travel Teal. Ranger Glossy Accents. Stampendous clear alphabet stamp set. Sharpie White Paint Pen. Kaisercraft crackle background stamp. Ranger Archival Ink – Forget Me Not Blue.

Supplies for Water Card: Elements Collection Water stamp from SCACD Stamps, Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel – Shabby White. Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and blending tool. Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals. Ranger Glossy Accents. Prima Marketing Inc Resin Shell. Luminarte Silks. Memory Box Exquisite Coral die.

Supplies for Scales Accessory Card: Elements Collection Water scales accessory stamp from SCACD Stamps, Ranger Archival Ink – Manganese Blue, Stampendous Clear Sparkle embossing powder. Paper Smooches Hello words die set. Sequins.

A Little Sophistication with Uptown Girl Audrey

I’ve got a quick Uptown Girl card to share with you today.

As you read this I will putting together a few more Stamping Bella cards to blog over the next week, so if you’ve been missing them don’t worry, I’ll have a healthy dose of Stamping Bella fun for you very soon! In the meantime, make sure you check out Bloggabella for more inspiration from the Bellariffic Babes and also for the weekly challenge!

This is Uptown Girl Audrey who comes with the lovely quote stamp you can also see on my card.

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Audrey | Marker Geek

As you can see, I kept it simple, for a change…ha! The image was coloured with Copic Markers on my favourite Make it Colour Blending Card.

You can also find Stamping Bella stamps here in the UK at my online store Quixotic Paperie. Restocks are due in soon, so if some of the stamps don’t appear to be listed, they will most likely be back soon!

SCACD Stamps – Exciting New Release – Elements Collection

I’m not sure I can adequately express how excited I am to finally be able to share the new release from SCACD Stamps and the things I’ve been working on using the new stamps. I know, I’m always falling in love with a stamp (or ten), but this new release makes me extremely happy. It’s a lengthy post today so bear with me, but I am including lots of inspiration for you!

There is of course a fun release hop going on today to show off the new release and to share some inspiration from the SCACD DT and friends. If you’re just joining us, pop on over to the SCACD Store Blog and find out all the info on how to get started. If you hopped over here from my lovely friend Kim Dellow’s blog then you’re on the right track!

I have projects completed with all four of the new Elements Collection stamps, and will be sharing them over the next couple of weeks.  For today’s hop I’m sharing Fire, and I hope you love her as much as I do. Before I share my projects for today, here’s a quick look at the collection:

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection | Marker Geek

Four beautiful, powerful images created for SCACD Stamps by artist Carmen Medlin.

US Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design
International Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Quixotic Paperie (my online store)

My main project is a journal page.  This year I’m making an effort to take time to play and create just for me, both to test out the various crafty mediums I’ve collected and also to work through things that are going on in life, in my head etc. The pages I’ve created with these new stamps were a lot of fun to work on – pure play! For a full list of supplies used on the projects in this post, please scroll right to the end.

This page is in a hardback 8.5″x11″ mixed media journal, although I created the main part of the page on a piece of paper from a Canson XL mixed media pad.
SCACD Fire Girl | Marker Geek
I stamped ”Fire” with Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black before creating the background using Derwent Inktense pencils, followed by some Pan Pastel shading around the image. The image was coloured using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. After colouring the image, I sealed the page with Matt Gel Medium.  Extra colouring was added with Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens for additional contrast. I also stamped the Tim Holtz quote stamp on a piece of torn vellum which I added to the page and framed using the flame accessory stamp and some additional doodling.

Here’s a closer look at the gorgeous “Fire” image.
SCACD Fire Girl | Marker Geek

I’ve definitely been having fun getting to know my Polychromos pencils.  Lots of room for improvement, but that’s a big part of the fun.

The second project I have to share today is a card I created using my marker coloured image.

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Fire | Marker Geek

For even more fun, I also created a quick card using the flame accessory stamp which comes with “Fire”.

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Fire | Marker Geek

Phew!  If you made it this far, well done and thanks for sticking with me. ;) You may want to grab a refill for your coffee/tea/whatever then hop on over to the next stop which is our guest Penny Mull’s blog. Enjoy!

SUPPLIES LISTS:

Supplies for art journal page:
Elements Collection Fire stamp from SCACD Stamps, Tim Holtz quote stamp from Stampers Anonymous Urban Tapestry CMS061 set. Stampendous Alphabet stamps.
Canson Mixed Media XL pad, 8.5″ x 11″ journal. Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black.
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Word Play die, Grunge Paper.
Derwent Inktense pencils 0230 Golden Yellow, 0400 Poppy Red, 0700 Fuchsia, 0720 Thistle. Pan Pastel Violet.
Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.
Matt Gel Medium.  Faber-Castell PITT artist pens. White paint marker.
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals: Magnolia Magenta Gold, Canna Lilly Burnt Orange, Red Hot Poker Orange.
Vellum.

Supplies for Fire Card:
Elements Collection Fire stamp from SCACD Stamps, Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel – Aged Gold. Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and blending tool.

Supplies for Flame Accessory Card:
Elements Collection Fire flame accessory stamp from SCACD Stamps, Ranger Archival Ink – Red
Lawn Fawn – Milo’s ABCs clear stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Stampendous Clear Detail Embossing Powder. Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and blending tool.

WOYWW #252 & That Journal Spread

Today I’ve got a quick snap of my desk to share for WOYWW #252 over at Julia’s Stamping Ground.  For the uninitiated, visit > this page < for an explanation of WOYWW and how to join in.  It’s pretty simple really – it’s Wednesday, post a pic of your workspace link it up, grab a coffee and have a good nose around some others. ;)

My desk isn’t that interesting today, but it is a fairly typical view: markers (today they are Copics), and something I’m colouring, and my Gorjuss mug filled with Green Tea.  I’ve had to be sneaky though and turn over my colouring and cover up part of the journal you can see at the edge of the picture – I can’t show you what I’m working on until next week, although I am absolutely dying to. Really excited.

WOYWW 252 | Marker Geek

Anyway, those of you that have checked in before and seen previous WOYWW posts may be interested to see that I have finally finished “that journal spread”, which first made an appearance in February.

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You can see the two previous spreads in this journal HERE.

Supplies used:
Moleskine Sketchbook, Gel Medium (matt), Tissue Paper, Distress Inks, Ranger Blending Tool, Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine Paper, Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Butterfly Frenzy die, Memory Box Butterfly Delights die, Impression Obsession Leaves die set, Ranger Alcohol Inks, Ranger Glossy Cardstock, Luminarte Silks paints, Faber-Castell PITT artist markers.

Thanks for dropping in! I would love to hear from you, so please do leave a comment to say hi. :)

Mother’s Day

Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK, so I would like to wish all of the mothers out there a wonderful day!

I’ve got a quick card to share, which was sent to my Mum.

Mother's Day Card | Marker Geek

I do love this combination of colours. This card was actually created around the same time as the one in > this post < .

Supplies:

Dies: Sizzix Tattered Flower Garland (657824), Impression Obsession Twig Wreath
Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Gathered Twigs
Misc: Ranger Blending Tool and foam, Distressing Tool, white cardstock, Core’dinations Distress colour core cardstock, Glossy Accents (used as adhesive), Tim Holtz Chit Chat word sticker, water mister bottle.

WOYWW #249

Apparently it has been over a month since I joined in with WOYWW over at Julia’s Stamping Ground. It feels like about a week… but I’m reliably informed that it is in fact now WOYWW #249!

It does seem like I may have been caught in a time warp, since the journal spread I was working on last time I posted a WOYWW pic is still in the same state! Not for long though, with some deadlines and boring paperwork out of the way, and the arrival of a new Tim Holtz die, I am ready to get back to it! Watch this space… ;)

There is a bit of a mess on the desk today, as I’ve just finished a set of cards for a magazine and am in the process of tidying up and sorting through some of the random stuff on my desk and some new arrivals (the little pile of pink rubber and the jars of paint at the back). Click the image to see a larger version if you want to have a closer look!

WOYWW 249 - Marker Geek

The clear A4 size Really Useful Box on my desk (underneath the journal) is where I pop all my inky backgrounds and leftovers.

You can also see the results of a quick inky session last night, where I played with Distress Inks and Dylusions sprays to create some more backgrounds for my box. The two blue Distress Ink background sheets may very well have something to do with the journal spread…hmm!

You may also note that I have a new mug! My old Gorjuss mug met with a fatal accident a couple of weeks ago, so sad, but now I have a new Gorjuss mug which I love even more because it has a hedgehog on it.  Yep. ;)

Happy Wednesday! I’m off to finish off some boring stuff so I can play with my journal.