Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Going Postal

Hi, it's the lovely Valerie's turn to choose the theme today at Stampotique, and she has picked envelopes. Here's what she has to say.
I love the idea of using every day objects for art. This week, try creating an art project that incorporates an envelope - any shape or size, new or used. Just flip, fold, score, tear, ink, paint, stamp, doodle, embellish or keep it clean and simple - just have fun!
I must admit my first though on seeing her challenge was 'I got nothing' especially as my teamies make the most amazing altered envelopes, so I had to keep it really simple.
 I stamped loads of stamps with Versamark, then embossed with white EP. Then I coloured over with lots of Distress Inks. I love how Crow Line stands out against the inks.

Same again on the other side, can you spot the deliberate mistake? You can... how rude! Yup I stamped Spiritual Journey upside down. I do like to get things right, but at the end of the day it's only an envelope and some ink, so after an initial outburst that would make Jerry Springer blush I decided to 'not sweat the small stuff' which is my mantra for 2013 (except for when the odd sock escapes the wash bin and then laughs at me lol)
Then I made the tags to fit inside my little tag booklet.- Told you I kept it simple...
Here's how it fits together. 
I love the way Nerd Cat's tail hooks him in place. The flower has been UTEE'd and bradded through, so it stops the tags from falling into each other.
Once I knew what I was going to do this was great fun to make, though the amount of mess I made making three tags and an envelope was unbelievable. There was less devestation when Neil decided to rip out the kitchen (he's still not finished off in there but that's another story.. :-)
There's a huge number of stamps used, and they're all my favourites lol.
Daniel's Hearts
Scalloped Lace Border
Steampunk Border
Vintage Script
Crow Line
Quails Cube
Journey Collage
Nerd Cat
Stacked Suitcases
Flying Bird
Grumpy Koala
These are all available from Stampotique Originals
So have some fun with envelope and link to our new June Linky for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate. Thanks very much for looking and enjoy your week xx
I'm also entering this into the following challenges
Simon Says Stamp and Show - The Letter S for STAMPOTIQUE
Pan Pastels Tag It
Fashionable Stamping Tag Time


  1. Really fabulous, that's a gorgeous project in great colors and wonderful details. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  2. This is just wonderful! I love the inventiveness of it and the colours - so warm and vibrant and I am in love with the cat!xxx

  3. You may think it's simple but it's very original and effective in my eyes :-) I adore how the colors work together and how you made the booklet. I love the tags, too, especially the one with the little monster standing on top of the stack of suitcases :-) Just love what you've done. Hugs, Suzanne xx

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  5. beautiful piece of art, love the colors of the booklet! Groetjes Karin

  6. Love this and it's SO not simple lol... I really love all the colors, thanks for taking us through what you did.

  7. your "simple" (NOT) envelope tag book. It's colorful, it's full of wonderful stamps and it's fun! Isn't it amazing where your imagination can take you when you let it? This project from a simple envelope?! Wow! Your tags are also so cute! Love them! Thanks for sharing this unique and wonderful project with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  8. this is such a wonderful use for a envelope. thank you for using a few of my rubber stamps, too. that made me smile!

  9. I counted 12 stamps, this a Stampotique record?? Your Jerry Springer comment made me blush! Ha! I'm sure it was the same expletive I used when I misspelled the word sensitive on an art journal page! Your envelope is just layers and layers of yummy goodness, all topped off with those great tags! Not to worry, you are on equal footing with your DT colleagues! Brilliant work!

  10. Great packet of tags, love it all! Valerie

  11. Lovely tag envelope and tags Sue. Your background is gorgeous as is,your blend of colours. Love your use of the Stampotique images too. Perfect goft idea. Thanks so much for,joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  12. This is how you get ''letters'' in 2013! I love it

  13. Brilliant tags Sue. Hugs Rita xxx

  14. Terrific colours and omages on this piece

    Love Chrissie xx

  15. OOOOOOhhhhhhhh this is absolutely FABULOUS Sue - love it LOTS. Polly x

  16. This is such fun, Sue! Love your mix of colors and images! I so need to pick up some Stampotique stamps! Love this!

  17. Truly Fabulous - I love all of you colors!!

  18. Love your approach to this Sue, and it is far from simple. Gotta check out that journey stamp now. Hugs, Jenny x

  19. Woow I LOVE that !!!! It's just totally gorgeous, all !! I really love your art Sue, and I admire how all things seem to be always so obvious and simple for you. Happy day, Coco xx

  20. This is so cool Sue, just love the inks and embossing powder backgrounds and such gorgeous, bright and summery colours. The completed tag book with those amazing tags is a delight.
    Thank you for sharing at PanPastel UK and FSC.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  21. Completely brilliant make, Sue - the colours, the design - the whole thing is just fabulous - I love it!!
    Alison x

  22. Your tag booklet look realy wonderful. I love the colors and I definitely love the little kitty peeping out from the envelope.

  23. Fabulous Sue. Gorgeous colours and inking! A really lovely tag book!!! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

  24. if this is your version of simple, i'd like to see the not simple version, please! gorgeous piece!!

  25. I just LOVE this Sue! Colours are fab and the whole idea is wonderful


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