5.21.2018

Blank Page Muse 500 Fans Giveaway!


Have you visited us at Blank Page Muse Stamps? Joined us at our Blank Page Muse Challenge Blog or Blank Page Muse Fans Stamp Group on FB? Well, whatcha waitin' for - an invitation? Well ok - THIS IS YOUR INVITATION!! 


As a DT member with this group (and stamp designer), I'm happy to share my journey from just a housewife dabbling in projects to entering challenges, winning prizes & guest spots, starting a blog, getting selected for DT positions, and designing stamps! And it all started with winning my first challenge. My prize was a guest designer spot and that led me to try blogging and everything went from there. 

If you're an art enthusiast who wants more, then get involved and put yourself out there. If you're a lurker, make yourself known - we want to know you!


Blank Page Muse has something for everybody: Steampunk, romance, words & phrases, magical, creepy, backgrounds, flowers - and more! Give them a try! Join our challenges and groups and win yourself some great prizes, meet fantastic folks who are supportive, hone your skills and techniques - maybe show us a thing or two we didn't know! In the future, you might end up on the team with us! 

Check out some of the stamps that are available in the store:

 

How fun are these? 


Feeling inspired yet? 








I know you could create something outrageous from those examples! And winning a fantastic prize package is the cherry on top! So come join us - what do you have to lose?! Browse our stamps, both singles and sets! Let your inner muse out with our challenges! Share this post with your artsy friends!


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5.18.2018

Mable, Agnes, and the Beachcomber

It's finally gotten hot and that means summertime! Beaches, sand in your hair, sunburns, salt water up your nose. So how about a little whimsical summer decor piece?



Mable and Agnes are having some fun on the golden beach. And they've got their eye on a hunky beachcomber!


Driftwood, shells, fishnet - it's the bees knees my friends!



I'm entering this little vintage beach scene at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog for their Surf's Up challenge - Cowabunga!





5.16.2018

It's all about alchemy

I've been working on this upcycled book project and am thrilled with the results!


The book is The Naked and The Dead by Norman Mailer. I've had it sitting in my craft room, waiting for something to inspire me. And then it hit me: Stamperia's Alchemy collection! I love their papers and this collection was begging for this project!



It's anything but naked and dead now! It's medieval, it's soulful, it's magical!  The colors, the script, the icons, the designs are really stunning in this collection. It's one that allows your imagination to flourish.




Some elements I made into vellum (you'll see more inside) for a lighter appearance. Ornate embellishments were a must, along with rich waxes and some acrylic for highlighting. But the inside is the pièce de ré·sis·tance!




The inside has been carved out to form varying layers. Vellum allows you to see through to what's underneath. Resin rosettes made using IOD moulds add interest when coupled with various waxes. Fussy cut elements from the Alchemy collection tell a story. And I wanted to add to that story with some phrases from the pages of the book which I chose after looking through the torn-out portions - I think it's the perfect sentiment. 






A little steampunk, a little mystical, alot of fun to create. It's got a little bit of everything, like metal, wood, tiles, waxes, gesso, and more!  I'm also entering it at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog and was encouraged to enter it at the Mini Album Makers Challenge - wish me luck!







5.14.2018

Cool Lace-up chipboard embellishments

Hey everyone, it's my first post with EyeConnect Crafts as a DT Member! And for my maiden voyage, I did a journal page featuring some Lace-ups!


I  used the Long Lace-up Dress and the Small Lace-up Gloves to create a super-fun page. Lace-ups are chipboard that have holes so you lace them up - you can use string, thread, wire, or anything. Or you can use brads. There's a wide variety of styles, from wings and skulls to tags and hot air balloons! 

Come check out my post and see the process and visit the store to get your own!

5.13.2018

Steampunk Baby Doll Tag


My latest post is up on the Blank Page Muse Blog! Here's a sneak peek - click the link to see the full post with step-by-steps & all the pics!


Blank Page Muse: Baby Doll Line Art Rubber Stamp
Blank Page Muse:  I Can Go From Normal To Insane...Word Phrase Rubber Stamp
Blank Page Muse:  Old Style Key with Wings Art Rubber Stamp
Blank Page Muse:  Steampunk Definition Phrase Rubber Stamp
Blank Page Muse:  Seth Apter Chunky Rust Embossing Powder
Blank Page Muse:  Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Embossing Powder

And don't forget to enter our monthly challenges to win some great prizes & join the Blank Page Muse Stamps Fan Group ! And if you purchase stamps from the store, use Summer2018CathyF at checkout to save 15% (valid until midnight Pacific time on August 31, 2018. It will take 15% off each item in the store).


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5.11.2018

Show your Mom some love 💝

As most of you know, my Mom passed away on 16 January so it's my first Mother's Day without her. But for her ~ and all of you out there with Mom's ~ here's a little mixed media project to show her some love.


I found a picture in a frame that had a neat embossed mat at The Dollar Tree; I used the mat to frame my project. I cut a piece of Red & Ivory Toile paper to fit a flat canvas board & spritzed it with Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist - gives it a beautiful shimmer! I also added a sentiment from Tim Holtz.


I tore a piece of CCB White Fluted paper and dripped some Tattered Angels Paradise Pink Glimmer Glaze onto it using a water brush. That was layered with torn cheesecloth and a piece of CCB Red Burlap which was cut to fit under the opening of the heart.   


For the heart, I wound a string of battery-operated operated mini lights around the heart, through a small hole I made through the canvas. I taped down the excess on the back and glued everything down. It's really pretty when it's turned on - I have it sitting on an easel next to some dried roses.




This Mother's Day, appreciate your Mom. Tell her you love her and that you appreciate her heart.

Always love your Mother because 
you'll never get another 💗


   

5.10.2018

Artistic Soul


Hey everyone! It's another challenge at The Blank Page Muse Stamps!  And this month's theme is Embossing, Any Sort of Way!  The challenge goes live on 10 May and runs through 8 June so get your thinking caps on and enter!

For this challenge, I made a colorful tag using stamps from my new collection!


Supplies Used:

The Blank Page Muse Stamps: Soulful Dolls
Blank Manilla Tag
Black Embossing Powder
Black Archival Ink
Embossing Pad
Distress Oxide Inks
Heat Gun

1.  Start by smooshing your oxide colors onto your craft mat or waxed paper, then spritz with water.


2. Lightly press your tag into the colors, varying the areas. Dry with a heat gun, then press some more, adding color to the blank areas until you get the look you want.


3. Ink up your face stamps with the embossing pad, stamp, and cover with embossing powder. Then emboss with the heat gun.


4. Do the same with your sentiment stamp - you can just see the shiny words after stamping with the embossing ink before adding the powder.


5.  Go around your edges with black ink - instead of using a blending tool, I just ran the edge of the pad over the edges of the tag.


The black, shiny embossing really pops against the oxide inks! And I'm really pleased and excited with this new set! There's more to the set than these 3 stamps so I hope you'll check it out and pick one up for yourself!





So now it's your turn - what will you create?  Come check out what my other DT pals have created for inspiration.  Share your lovelies at the blog on 10 May - you could win some great prizes! - and on our Blank Page Muse Stamps Fan Group ! And if you purchase stamps from the store, use Summer2018CathyF at checkout to save 15% (valid until midnight Pacific time on August 31, 2018. It will take 15% off each item in the store).

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