Wednesday, December 17, 2014


This Stampotique Designers' Challenge of "Anything Goes" will continue for the remainder of the month of December.  This means you will have 5 chances (5 Wednesdays) to win one of the two $30 gift certificates for products from the Stampotique Originals online store.  Rules for submitting your artwork can be found here.  Take some time to get crafty amid all the chaos that December can sometimes bring!

For my project today, I share the Christmas card that I have made for my granddaughter.  At age 4, I think Angie will appreciate "Agatha's Christmas" more than any of the other stamps I could use!  But, what she will really, really like is what's inside!  Even at 4, she knows how to shop!

Thanks so much for taking time from your busy December schedule to visit my blog.  I appreciate both your visits and your comments!

Merry Christmas to you!

Sunday, December 14, 2014


The Tag Along Blog Challenge this week is all about reindeer. Well, when I think of reindeer, I think of Rudolph and, of course, his red nose! Except for my ribbon and bling for Rudolph's nose, everything here is paper!  I am keeping with my goal of using up patterned paper I have accumulated over the last 15 or so years!  I did use a new stamp from Hero Arts for my sentiment.

If you have some time this week, pop over to the Tag Along Blog and have a go at creating a tag!  One rule...must be a tag! That's it!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014


This Stampotique Designers' Challenge of "Anything Goes" will continue for the remainder of the month of December.  This means you will have 5 chances (5 Wednesdays) to win one of the two $30 gift certificates for products from the Stampotique Originals online store.  Rules for submitting your artwork can be found here.  Take some time to get crafty amid all the chaos that December can sometimes bring!

For today's project, I have created what would normally be considered a scrapbook spread, but I created it in my art journal.  Russ and I have taken many long weekends over the last few years to enjoy the scenery, the food and, of course, the wine of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.  One of the quaint restaurants we found on a recent trip was in The Park Inn Hotel in Hammondsport, NY.  Here, I have used a placemat from the restaurant for my backdrop.  While I was debuting my Stampotique stamps for the foreground, when I placed the image of "Portland" against the placemat, it appeared as if the same artist had drawn both!  This project is a fun remembrance for me!

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment.  Both are important to me!


Monday, December 8, 2014


I finally had some time this week to just play in my studio, so here is my submission to the Tag Along Blog "Vintage Santa" challenge!  Thanks for the invitation to play along, Carol Fox!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Kim Howard is our Stampotique Design Team Coordinator, a Design Team member, and is also our hostess for the month of December! December is a busy time with friends and family, so Kim has given the Design Team and you a bit of a break and choosen one theme for the entire month.  Here's her challenge:
This is our last challenge for the year, and it will run the whole month of December.  Our theme is an easy one, so show us your best work using *Anything Goes" as your theme.   
For this month *only,* you will have the opportunity to enter this challenge 5times (one for each week) which = 5 chances to win the random $30 giftcertificate for Stampotique stamps. 
We hope to see a lot of you entering!
For the first week, I have chosen to embrace December and make a Christmas card.  If you are or have been a scrapbooker, you likely have 6" x 6" paper pads lying around.  In searching through my stash, I was able to find such a paper pad with a Christmas theme from which I could make my card.  A couple of "accessories" lying around and the card base was ready for some stamping.  Next came the Smitten Moustache Monsters (by stamp designer Kira Nichols), a red Sharpie, and done!

Thanks for your visit today!  I appreciate those as well as your comments.  I hope you will find some time this month to participate in this month-long "Anything Goes" challenge at the Stampotique Designers' Challenge site.  There are 5 opportunities (5 Wednesdays) this month to submit your works.  At the end of the month, two winners will be drawn from among all submissions (rules here) to receive a $30 gift certificate for anything in the Stampotique online store.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS' CHALLENGE 175: In the words of Edgar Allan Poe

You know what day it is...and you know what to do!  The only thing different about the Stampotique Designers' Challenge this week is that it is my pleasure to host it!  

My challenge this week is a simple one, but requires a bit of research on your part.  Just as many of the Stampotique Originals' artists design stamps that might be described as a bit "quirky," so, too, was Edgar Allan Poe a bit quirky.  He is a well-known author and poet, living from 1809-1849.  His quotes range from the romantic to the melancholy, from the thoughtful to the murderous!  The choice is yours.  Combine a quote from Edgar Allan Poe with one or more stamped images to create something unique!

For my piece this week, I have chosen one of Poe's more thoughtful quotes:  "Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute."  This quote stands out from all the rest for me, and carries a life lesson for us all.

It's a postcard from me for this challenge.  I was able to print both the quote and the author's name directly onto my postcard by attaching my postcard to an 8-1/2 x 11" sheet of printer paper (using washi tape) and running it through my computer.  

I also used my stamp positioner to perfectly place my image over the author's name.  It was easy to do after watching France Papillon's video tutorial on how to use it!  You can find it here.

Stampotique Originals stamps I have used are:

Tree by Daniel Torrente
Tinglyitchiness by Daniel Torrente

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment.  Both are appreciated!  It's not always easy to find time for creating in our busy lives, but I hope you will do that this week.  Rules for submission of your art for this challenge can be found here.  At the end of the month, two names will be randomly drawn from all submissions and each will receive a $30 gift certificate for anything in the Stampotique "store."


P.S.  I have been invited to submit my work here to the "Quote the Raven" website! Check out the link here

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Another Wednesday, and another creative Stampotique Designers' Challenge!  This week's hostess is the very talented Corrie Herriman from The Netherlands.  Here's her challenge:
Hello, Everybody!  Today is my turn to set the challenge at the Stampotique Designers' Challenge Blog and I'd like everyone to make something with a stripy background. You can use ink, paint or pens whatever you like, just no ready made stripes with pattern paper!! I want you to do it yourself ! I am excited to see what you come up with, but most of all I want you to have fun !! Corrie x"
Since I hadn't used any of my stencils lately, I took a look through them to see if I could find anything "stripy," and I stumbled across one of my Tim Holtz tag stencils called...Stripes!  Perfect!  Here are my basic supplies:

A bit of detail:

And my tag featuring Ms. Snottie, one of my favorite Stampotique Originals stamps by artist Daniel Torrente:

I appreciate your stopping by today.  Both your visits and your comments are important to me!  Allow yourself some time to "get crafty" this week.  The details for entering your work for this challenge are here.  Maybe it will be you who wins one of two $30 gift certificates from the Stampotique Originals website!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014


It's Wednesday!  The Stampotique Designers' Challenge has been posted, and it is the beautiful France Papillon from Belgium who will direct our artistic energies this week!  France is asking us to "bring the bling," and add some shiny stuff to our projects!
For the longest time, bling in arting was something I stayed as far away from as I could. I don't know how it happened or when, but I suddenly started to add touches of bling on almost every project. And guess what? I love it! 
Now you might still be in that first place I was in, or you might be an avid bling user, but for this week's challenge I would like to see you use some bling! Be it a shiny ink spray, glitters you add or an iridescent paint effect, add some bling to your project 
It will for sure lighten up those days that are getting shorter and darker for us who are getting closer to winter!
                                    France Papillon Charles
Another tag from me this week, but this one is huge because I have had a "piece" of bling for a long time that is huge, and this seemed the time to use it.  

I began with a piece of scrapbook paper from DCWV called "The Far East" and mounted it on a piece of cream cardstock.  I drew my color palette from these papers.  My quote comes from William R. Alter (1822-1905), a Unitarian minister and author whose writings were important to the development of comparative religious studies.  My bling is from my "gem" box--that's all I can tell you!  And, lastly, my focal image, upstaging even the diamonds and pearls, is the lovely Mela, wearing diamonds herself across her forehead!

Some detail:

I am delighted that you came by this week, and would be happy if you left a message so that I know you were here.  Take some time for yourself this week and get crafty.  Directions for entering this challenge are here.  If you play along, there will be a chance at the end of the month to win one of two $30 gift certificates for anything on the Stampotique Originals' website, which you can find here!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014


The uber-talented Arwen McCullen is hosting the Stampotique Designers' Challenge this week, and she is challenging us to use the "spotlighting" technique.  Here's what she has to say:
Hi, Everyone!  Artwork consists of many small details that make a whole.  This week, I would like to see spotlights in your work.  Lift a small detail from your artwork to make it especially visible!
                                                                                                                     xx Arwen
The spotlighting technique was totally new to me and several others on the Design Team, so our Design Team Coordinator, Kim Howard, shared this Splitcoast Stampers tutorial.  It was simple and easy to follow (includes a video).  

I used the following Stampotique Originals stamps to create my tag today:

Bowtie (Jill Penney and Daniel Torrente)
Stacked Boxes (Roc Nicholas)
Design Cube (France Papillon)

The background was created with Ranger Archival Re-inkers and alcohol.  I also used Ranger Distress Markers to color a portion of my image and a bit of washi tape to ground it.  I used my own handwriting to add the T. E. Lawrence quote, and a short piece of black rickrack to tie it all up.

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking the time to leave a comment.  Both are important to me.  Take some time this week to create your own art.  Details for submitting your work for this challenge can be found here.  At the end of the month, two names will be randomly drawn from all artists and each will win a $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique "store."


Saturday, November 1, 2014


Jean has been chosen by as the winner of the "Heads" stamp (Stampotique Originals) from me! 

Congratulations, Jean!  Please contact me at kayandruss at yahoo dot com with your mailing address!

And thanks, Everyone, for signing up as followers and those who "networked" with me.  

Both combined allowed me to reach over 200 followers.