The Road Less Traveled


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Recent Works

I have been delighted to create for both Viva Las Vegastamps and USArtquest design teams. 
My work is showcased with the other DT members at VLVS blog, and USAQ blog.

Mica Keepsake Project
This project is hard to see clearly because of the mica powder and leafing papers.  It has an etherial look to it. 
Use PPA Matte and a Mica Tile to transfer a collage image to the surface of the Mica Tile!
VLVS Project for the December Daily Blog Hop.  This Old World Santa is wonderful.
Close up of Santa.
Image stamped on clear acetate, and backgroulnd made with encuastic (wax) techniques and stamped.
Close up.
My Dec. 16th VLVS ornament with pastel pencils and mica powder.
Holiday card with faux stitching, wire, and drawn swirls.  Those trees are my fav. with VLVS.
Creating tag using the same basic design (all the way to the left).
Gilded Christmas Cards USAQ.
In 2001, Sue, owner of USAQ made this for me at The Artstamp Cafe.  We both taught and I had given her a pen and ink portrait of herself.


Article in Scrap and Stamp Art

While having my own book published and having tutorials in other books; I've continued to get published in magazines here and there.  Somerset Memories and Digital were the last two publications.  I have also had my art in ads for Viva Las Vegastamps.

I've come back to Scott Publications where I had much work/articles published back when it was Stamping Arts and Crafts. 

I am excited to promote and be published with company products I believe in and techniques I've taught over the years.  My book Creative Art Concepts for Papercrafts has a cloisonne' version of polished stone on shrink plastic.  Please check out my book for this technique!

I am always happy and thankful for the opportunities I have/had within the industry and being able to design and help inspire and help those who love art as much as I do.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Published again and VLVS December Daily

Published in Scrap and Stamp Arts...I need to scan the picture and then I will upload here!!!  It has a great Viva Las VegaStamps elephant and a stone technique background. 

This whole week is VLVS December Daily on their blog .  Designs for holiday inspiration from VLVS stamp plate # 1430!

Now this plate may have December on it, but look at all the NUMBERS!!!  Think of all the collages you can make or even for a birthday!  There's a tape measure, dots, a WHOLE ALPHABET, and a bar code.  This plate gives you a bang for your buck!

I did a project that was posted yesterday, November 19th!  I shared the blog with the talented Kersten who did a beautiful winter Solstice art.  I did a traditional Christmas vignette in a shadowbox.

I used the "25" circle from the plate.  Stamped in purple, then gold liquid pen for half the lines and green Copic for the other half.

This is a layered, collage piece with various papers, a library book due sheet, rub on's, bottle cap and more.  The Santa is a cool Old World Santa from VLVS!!!!

Isn't he cool????

I added the wire on top with screws.

The word "joy" was stamped using the little alphabet on the plate.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving and a safe holiday season!*

Cre8tively Yours - Lea

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Published in Steampunk Vol. 2


My schedule didn't allow me to participate in Steampunk Vol. 1, so this time around, I made sure I submitted some art!!!  These 2 were among my favorites - I adore Sherlock Holmes.  YES he's Viva Las Vegastamps!  All the stamp images are.  If you can read the subtext, I had a story in mind as I made these.  The original art is posted on VLVS' blog

Congrats to my fellow Design Team Members who also submitted to this round of Steampunk Magazine.  Wonderful talents are included.  In addition, I was blown away by all the jewelry and altered art!  It inspired me, gave me ideas, and impressed me greatly.

                         This is the original photo without the filters to make his skin darker .
This series of magazines are special editions put out by Scott Publications.  Back in the 90's and early 2000's, I had several art works and articles published by their then named magazine: Stamping Arts and Crafts.  Their publication name changed to include scrapbooking as it became prevalent.  The publication is now Scrapping and Stamping Arts.  I have an article coming up in January, and was also asked to contribute more art/articles for publication.  Yahoo.  If I can give some ideas or help someone then being published is worth it!
I've been published in many of the Stampington magazines of all types (Somerset Studio's , Stamper's Sampler, Somerset Memories, Somerset Digital...) but I really like Scrapping and Stamping Arts.  Fits the masses of all genre's of art from cute, scrapping, altered art, JUST CARDS, and mixed media.

There are some fun things coming up with VLVS including a special Christmas Ideas blog week at the end of November.  Ideas and plenty of time to create for Christmas presents. I have some altered art which will be showcased during that time.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Halloween Blog Hop Day 7 - Coffin Tag

If you want to make a tag, why not make it to fit the holiday or sentiment you are adding?  A tag was cut to resemble a coffin.  There are so many ways to finish your coffin tag, but I wanted to use the Raven in the tree for a spooky look.
VLVS Images:
Here is a coffin you can size and make into a tag.
The tag is cut from light purple cardstock.  The collage image is stamped in black permanent ink.  Distressed inks were used to add contrast of a darker purple and eery yellow light behind the trees.
The cemetery is stamped in black permanent ink at the bottom of the tag.
The flock of bats is up on the words, also stamped in black permanent ink.
The words Trick or Treat is adhered, and ribbons tied at the top.

 Last Day of Halloween Blog Hop!!!  Post on FB your favorite project you have seen throughout the hop.  Remember, one lucky winner of A WHOLE PLATE will be awarded, and a winner on the comments as well.  Hope you've had a ghoulish great time playing along with this contest. 

I will announce the winner of the FRANKIE stamp next week on my FB page and VLVS FB page!!!  Be sure to have your email in your comments so I can contact you and send you the stamp. 
Cre8tiveLea Yours - Lea 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Halloween Blog Hop Day 3- Poisoned Mind

Does genius come from an alcohol and drugged up mind???  Maybe in this case, I guess you could say it is true.  Fueled with cocaine, Laudanum, alcohol, Poe wrote his fantasies and visions.  Macrbe statements written before Stephen King!

Glue Dots helped to create a totally dimensional piece.  The bottle, poison tag, and crow are lifted off the art as though they were real.


VLVS images:
Miracle Tape - for frame and flat surfaces
Glue Dots were used to elevate the Raven, Sugar of Lead and Poison Bottle.
Use a frame for backdrop - any frame will do or cut your own. 
All images stamped, colored, and cut out.  Follow assembly per photos. 
A plastic, die cut frame was used around Poe.  The Sugar of Lead is mounted on black cardstock for contrast.
"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door
Only this, and nothing more
But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;
Then upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking "Nevermore."
Watch out this Hallow's Eve, even too much candy can make you sick and give you weird dreams!
Blog Hop Challenge: Go to VLVS Website and then return to all the blogs and comment something you learned while at the site.
Cre8tiveLea Yours - Lea

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Halloween Blog Hop Day 2 - Frankie

On my short list of fav VLVS images, Frankie has got to be one of my most favorites!!!  A mix of a Distressed Ink background and a little distressing right on Frankie, helps create a gruesome scene.  I am very much enamored of the Cemetary stamp image, it works for so many Halloween creations!

Once again, the cememtary - which is a fav of my new stamps, and the flock of bats complete the tag!

VLVS images:
18907 - Cemetary: New plate 1433
18909 - Flock of Bats:  New plate 1429
5842 - Frankenstein's Bolts

Miracle Tape

Background:  Easy, favorite technique with Distressed Inks.  On a craft sheet, swipe a yellow and orange color on the surface (Dye inks work as well).  Spritz a mister in the air just above the craft sheet. 

Place tag face down onto craft sheet, twisting and turning to pick up ink color.  If a spot is missed, push it back into the ink to cover it.

Once dried, a sponge was used to add a little purple ink to the background.

Cemetary and bats:  Used permanet purple ink to stamp images.  Gellly roll pen in purple highlights a few spots on the tombstones.

Frankenstein:  Stamp in purple permanent ink, color green with Copics, cut out, and adhere with Miracle Tape.

Add a bat brad over the tag hole.

This is an alternative to an ATC card, easy to create a lot to give!  Frankie looks like he is so close to you that he is ready to get you!!!  The new Halloween plates give me images that are perfect to create a backdrop!

This is only day 2!  More spooky ideas to come!

*****Win  this Frankie image!!!  Comment below what you like about Frankie and I will be randomly drawing a winner after the blog hop.  This is my own personal contribution to the hop with my stamp after ordering the new Halloween Plate 827.*******

To win the plate of stamps as part of the regular blog hop contest - create your own spooky art with VLVS Halloween Images and link up by the 28th!!!!

Cre8tiveLea Yours - Lea

Halloween Blog Hop Day 1 - Milk Carton

What a Spooky Way to hold treats, put a gift, or even have a fun UNICEF container once you cut a slit in the top.  The body of the milk carton has an ATC sized art so this basic design can be done over and over again and given out to friends!  Mixing the two new, awesome, Halloween plates, and a couple older Halloween images complete this design.  Ink up the clouds on the full moon and add on the left and right edge as seen in picture.
VLVS images:
Milk Carton:  Mirwood has templates on its website, or if you have an electronic cutter; Lettering Delights (LD) has a milkcarton design as well as other SVG sites.
Flap Design:  The milk carton design has a scalloped edge.  A strip of orange cardstock - using a stencil achieved lines and dots, and with the bat randomly stamped above and below the line.
ATC Design: Stamp the cemetary in permanent black ink going off the bottom of the ATC card (a rectangle of cardstock may be used and then a corner rounder punch to achieve look).  Do the same with the full moon and flock of bats, using black permanent ink.
Stamp the skeleton in purple permanent ink.  Gelly roll pens were used to accent the skeleton.  The flourescent yellow was put on and then smudged almost off so the ink was not raised and dimentional.
Color the moon with Orange Copics, then use the blender pen in a swirl motion and lighten the color.  Use the florescent gelly roll pen to create the light of the moon shining.
Adhere all components with Miracle Tape (A yellow ribbon was added for contrast -use Miracle Tape on back to add adhesive).
Create a scene...make some ghoulish art!  Continue on the blog hop and check out the other Fabulous ideas by our Design Team!!

Cre8tiveLea Yours - Lea

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Halloween Blog Hop Kick Off

Step right up - join the party!!!  For the next week, starting tomorrow; the VLVS DT will be showcasing delightlfully ghoulish designs with 2 of the newer Halloween Plates - 1433, 1429!!!!!  These images can be purchased separately as well.

This blog hop has contests and fun, so follow every day, comment every day and also do the challenge.  REWARD:  A WHOLE PLATE OF IMAGES!!!!  Who doesn't want a whole plate of VLVS images?????? 

For the kick off please copy the image below and  pin it on Pinintrest and/or on your FB PAGE!!!   

It will also be on my FB page.

Cre8tiveLea yours - Lea

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Viva Las Vegas Design Team Call!

It's time to reapply to the Viva Las Vegas Design Team!!!  VLVS has a very special place in my heart.  I was buying their stamps way back when they opened in 1991 and am still addicted to the images!

Ok, so VLVS is known for the bizarre, but there are so many stamp images, anyone can find images to fit their style art.  Flowers, Holiday images, Fairies and more!  Most people, me especially, has different sides to our personalities, different views and want to express those differences when I feel them.  VLVS is your one stop for ALL your stamp needs.  Beyond the stamps, VLVS Miracle Tape can't be beat!!!!  What I like about it is that when I put together a die cut box, I don't have to worry about quickly pressing the connective sides of the container and hoping it fits right.  Miracle Tape is flexible and can pull apart until you press it tight.  Then it HOLDS and holds and holds!!!

I like to create mixed media art.  The above piece is adding VLVS images on top of a collage.  I had this collage in a box and thought it was done; but when I wanted to make a psychedelic expression with some VLVS images I had - this collage was perfect.  It's weird, it's cute, and it says something all in one.  The "hippie" (Bearded Bicycle Rider) is one of my favorite images among a list of many!

When it comes to Holidays, VLVS goes overboard!!!!  There are naughty stamp images, cute, and traditional all for you to pick from!  Basic sayings to funny.  Using Crystal Lacquer or gel pens add more to bring out the image you are working on. Find the Santa's Face here.

I've been on the Design Team for a while and I continue to grow and push and try to think outside the box to bring ideas to those who are either not sure what to do with an image, or just like to get their creative juices going.  Check the VLVS BLOG at the 12 Days of Christmas Tags (December 2011)  to see how this art was designed.

You cannot pinpoint my style but for sure, I find that VLVS is a perfect fit for me, and I know the images are a perfect fit for you too!  Coming up is our Halloween Blog Hop!  I'm really excited this year, there are a couple new plates and mixing it up with some older Halloween images shows the creepy, fun side of the holiday.  Check the blog on September 23rd-29th and even post your own art!  More details in the coming weeks.

Just a couple more images ....  Hope to see you soon as I hope to continue on the Design Team!
Cre8tiveLea Yours - Lea

Friday, May 25, 2012

Linked Up With Mary! Blog Hop Fun*

I had so much fun creating art for this blog hop!!  I adore Mary's birds and so I decide to create a whimsical bird card, with a little Steampunk attitude since Mary has the birds on wheels and gears.

VLVS Stamps Used:
Mary Vogel Lozinak Plates: 1398, 1399 (Some images maybe single images check New Releases for March - May)
Square Edged Gear:  17502
Gear Background:  18077

Other VLVS Products:
Miracle Tape

"Birds of a Feather..." "Flock Together," no matter how strange they are!  Using bright colors add to the whimsy of these images.  I love color and enjoyed creating this pop-up card.

I had a die from years ago that cuts the pop-up areas, however; an Exacto Knife cutting slits and careful folding can do the trick as well (see photos).  The outside teal paper is 6x8 and the orange decorative paper is like 1/8" to 1/2" smaller.  Play around and see what looks best to you.

1.  Stamped gear pattern stamp in bright orange ink and the small square gear in red.  The gears on the upper right are stamped "off the page" to give the illusion of  tons of gears continuing on the top.
2.  Stamped quote "Birds of a Feather," and mounted it with purple paper using Miracle Tape, then adhering to top of card.
3.  Birds and quotes were stamped and colored.  I used colored pencils but you can use watercolors, watercolor markers, Copics, whatever you choose!  Note that I cut off parts of wheels to use as accents on the lower part of the card.  Florescent gel pens were used on some of the birds and metallic gel pen in purple around the edge of the left bird head candy cane.

Feel free to play with these fun images mixing and matching parts.  Who knows what you might come up with.  I think next time I might cut the owl head off and put it on the candy cane, and the bird from the candy cane onto the owl's suit!  Be as creative, weird, strange, or fun as you want!!!

4.  The quotes stamped and cut out were then edged with gel pens. 

My friend Cathy Peper loves birds...wonder if she loves these strange fellows????  Please check all the links and get wonderful ideas from all who joined in and Linked Up!!! 

CreativeLea Yours - Lea