Sunday, August 28, 2016

Primary School

When I hear the word "primary," I think of it in botanical terms, i.e. primary growth. For this project, however, I am playing on the word by two more common uses: school and colors.


  • I used a stencil cut from a stamp by Andrea of Snapping Monsters
  • Dylusions sprays in London Blue, Cherry Pie, and Lemon Zest (primary colors) were sprayed through the stencil
  • Amy Tangerine alphas for "primary"
  • The trusty old typewriter provided the rest of the sentiment; each piece was outlined using Black Soot Distress Ink and Tim's water brush 
  • Andrea's color words from her stamp set were added to the appropriate areas, and her inky splatters from the same set provided some artsy interest
  • I mounted this into a panel of scrap DCWV cards to know
I'd like to enter this into the current Inkspirational Challenge:

I think I'll give this to our new principal. I will miss our old one, but this new gal promises to be fun!


Prepare for mildly offensive-yet somehow appropriate humor:

I said "mildly"... it's not that bad...

Here's the lastest of Millie (Millhouse, Millmo Maggins, Milma Flinstone...) at work:

She looks funny!  This is "full-woods" mode: ears perked up, tail going a mile-a-minute... I take a ton of pix of her at home, but only Hubs can get pix like this!  She looks like a different doggy.

Look at that tongue-- fully out of the side of her mouth!
This was made to enter into the current challenge at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers:

...barky stampers... bahahaha...

  • Background created by spraying Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise through a Hero Arts stencil
  • The hand-carved Millie stamp inked with Distress Embossing ink and covered with Recollections EP in black
  • The sweet sentiment written with a Tombow brush marker 
  • Sequins from stash affixed with Glossy Accents 
  • Dots around edge of panel are Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite 
And just because I'm thinking about Millie, I gotta get weird and mention Buca... she was my main bitch for a long time... miss her!
I still cry... here's the big girl looking up into the scrap shack this past winter.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Llama make another...

I made my first llama card of 2016:

Late last year, I made this and this with the same sticker pack... OMG, I just love them... they are too cute!  Did you know llamas are related to camels?  I just learned that in the past year, although- duh- of course they are related!

Supplies used:
  • Jolee's Boutique stickers
  • Zig Emboss Writer with Recollections EP in black
  • Background is Crushed Olive, Peacock Feathers, and Mustard Seed DI through Tim's Honeycomb stencil.  I also added a spot of shading with Weathered Wood DI behind the little camel... I mean llama.  I just think of them as little camels now.
  • Martha Stewart punch used for the mounted panel.  It reminded me of a little llama blanket.
I would like to share this with the following challenges:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August Creative With Stamps

I think I may have missed last month's challenge at Creative With Stamps, but I can't believe I haven't played yet this month.

Quick! Here's my card!

Actually,  the truth is: I did try to play earlier in the month... but I messed up my card by rushing a sentiment...

Anyway, here is a quick description of supplies and methods employed for the card:
  • Panel with Teresa Collins modeling paste through a very-geometric Heidi Swapp stencil 
  • Once dry, colored with various Distress Crayons and smeared with water.  I wiped it a little with a baby wipe when it was mostly dry which emphasized the texture
  • Three different (old) stamps from three companies were inked with Ranger Archival 
  • I wrote a tiny sentiment with a Tombow and also added tiny dots here and there around the panel
  • The panel was affixed to a blank blue textured card from my friend Autumn... thanks!
Take care,  all.

SOS: Easy as 1-2-3!

There is a new challenge over at Shopping Our Stash:

"Stand up and be counted!"
Use numbers!

As easy as 1-2-3, right???

This is my tag:

Supplies and notes:
  • Library catalog card base 
  • After coating the base with a thin layer of Mod Podge, some Tim Holtz DP was attached and smoothed, then heat-dried to reduce warping
  • The edges were sanded using my trusty emery board, then Black Soot Distress Paint was dripped here and there to "up" the distressed-factor
  • Numbers from multiple ephemera packs by Crate Paper were attached with various methods: Recollections brad, dimensional foam, and Tombow adhesive
  • Glossy Accents added detail to certain numbers
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Cream 
  • Red pom-poms from Target
  • Tim's Idea-ology pin added for more number-power
  • Gems inked with Adirondack alcohol ink in Mushroom 
  • The quote (which has to do with numbers) was typed on my typewriter onto a scrap of paper, then inked with Frayed Burlap DI, and then dipped into a pool of Black Soot DI with water.  Each piece was adhered with Zig 2-Way Glue
  • The last addition was the crown, which was in my stash-- it was from a JoAnn's dollar bin in a four-pack
So, go ahead and join in the fun of shopping your stash!  See you over at SOS!  Go check out what the rest of the Design Team has come up with, and if you're interested in being a Guest Designer, we're interested in you!  Come visit!  Join us in our stash-busting journey!

I want to remind you guys: use what you have!  Find somethin' with numbers!  We all have numbers.  I'm thinking about all of my extra Thickers number stickers. 

Tag... you're it!

I haven't played with the girls at the Tag! You're It challenge in a while...

Made this a few days ago:

Here's their cute CAS-CASE card:

I love the complementary colors (blue and orange) and the inky background.


  • Broken China DI smoothed multiple times
  • Feathers from The Paper Studio 
  • "Hello" written with Pebeo Relief Liner in Faux Lead  on a scrap and popped up
  • The black pearls are Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite 
  • ...almost forgot to mention the coolest part of this tag: the blue plastic heishi beads from Africa... not sure which country.  I got these from a vendor at the quilt show a few weeks ago.  They are like large, flat, dull, thick sequins. 
Cheers, people.  Enjoy the last month of summer!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Up and down...

Made this specifically for the CAS Mix-up and the Color Throwdown...get it: UP and DOWN!  LOL...

Here are those challenge graphics:

  • Dina Wakley heart stamps inked with Ranger Archival
  • Tim Holtz sentiment stamp inked also with Ranger Archival
  • Dylusions Pure Sunshine, Distress Pumice Stone, and pink Glimmer Mist
  • I popped the whole panel up on Ranger black dimensional tape
Coolness, huh!  I am surprised at how well these sprays worked together.