Tuesday, November 13, 2018

SOS 380: Tic-Tac-Toe!


I'm the proud hostess at Shopping Our Stash this week and I've come up with a Tic-Tac-Toe (because I always love them... hope you do, too!):

Here's one of the cards I've made to share:

This was made using the top row and the far- right column.


  • Main panel was a background made a couple months ago and was just in background stack.  It was made using a Hero Arts stamp heat-embossed with pewter EP onto some inexpensive watercolor paper and colored with Color Bursts in Burnt Orange, Yellow Ochre, and Sepia.  After trimming the edges, I ran Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter aroud it to cover the white paper edges.
  • The matting panel was made also a couple months ago on the same type of inexpensive watercolor paper, but this was a scrap that I had gel-printed on using unknown paints... could have been Liquitex... could have been Distress... I just have no recollection of it!
  • The leaf is an old, old stamp-- one of the first stamps I think I bought as an adult.  I bought this in Willits, CA, on a trip to visit Humboldt before I attended HSU.  So it must have been back right around the year 2000... hmmm... I know I've used this stamp before, so it would be interesting to see the way I remember the story of this stamp from the past!  Anyway, the stamp was heat-embossed on a  scrap of watercolor paper in pewter and colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Dark Chocolate Truffle and Rudolph's Red Nose.  Gorgeous.  Then I fussy-cut it and inked the edges with heavily neglected Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter.
  • The "Thanks" was heat-embossed with Pewter as well on a scrap of the gel-printed mat paper.
That is it!  I have some more to share this week-- let's just hope I have time!  The abbreviated weeks always mess me up!

Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to seeing which way you'll play the tic-tac-toe!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

SOS 379: Raining cats and dogs!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, Alica is our hostess and she has chosen the theme: It's Raining Cats and Dogs!  You can go any direction with this from cats, to dogs, to rain!  Or all of the above!

I was shocked to discover that I really don't have a ton of cat, dog, or rain stash... so I struggled... until I thought, "Hmmm...  I think the Christmas Grumplings might have a cat or dog..." And YES!

I love the Grumplings.  The sentiment stamps that come with them are hysterical as well, but I wanted a sentiment as a humorous focal, so I added a favorite winter quote!  I'll just have this card ready for when my winter grumpiness sets in.  (Not a fan of the cold...)

  • Taylored Expression Grumpling (set from a few years ago) inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black on a scrap of 110# cardstock; colored with Spectrum Noir and Prismacolor markers.  Cheeks "blushed" with Jane Davenport cream pastels
  • Sentiment panel was a scrap of Strathmore watercolor paper and written with Distress Crayon in Black Soot scribbled on my mat and brushed with water and a small sturdy brush.  Edges of panel inked with DI in Stormy Sky.
  • Background paper is Bo Bunny from 2013, given to me recently by a coworker.  Edges distressed with a Making Memories distressing tool (in my opinion, the best on the market) and inked with DI in Stormy Sky as well.
  • Garland dies by Elizabeth Craft Designs and cut from a scrap of glittery paper. (I actually cut these a couple weeks ago.)  These were adhered with matte Distress Collage Medium.
  • The black cardstock in the back was also scrap.  I was amazed to find it because I never have a piece of black that is this big!  
Hope to see your creations at Shopping Our Stash this week!  

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

No spring chicken...

This is a birthday card I made for my parents to give my brother:

Inside it says, "You're no spring chicken."  My mom was like, but he's a boy!" and I told her that chickens are a species and the chicken on the front is indeed a rooster.

  • Yours truly carved the stamp of one of my friend's roosters.  This is Roo-Roo.  He was inked with Distress Embossing Ink and heat-embossed with Recollection Snow embossing powder.
  • Woodgrain is a Heidi Swapp stamp, heat embossed with Ranger EP in Potting Soil on watercolor paper, then colored with DOx in Gathered Twigs/Vintage Photo
  • The sentiment on the front is by Tim Holtz
  • Inside, I wrote and heat-embossed, "You're no spring chicken."  This was in black.  Thought I had a picture of it... but it's not there.  Sorry.
I'll share this at the following challenges:

Holiday watercolor wreaths

I've been wanting to make a bunch of holiday cards... this was a good start:

  • Watercolor paper painted with Jane Davenport watercolors and accented with Finetec metallic watercolors.
  • Scraps of solid textured cardstock used to mat.
I'll share this with Country View for their current Plantastic challenge.

SOS 378: Witching Hour

This week, we are celebrating The Witching Hour at Shopping Our Stash, thanks to our hostess, Donna!

I love Halloween.  Here is a tag made for the occasion:


  • The focal images were recently sent by our hostess, Donna.  Thank you!
  • Paper by Authentique, passed on by a coworker.  The bats/webs are on one side, the plaid on the other.  
  • The black banner in the middle was a scrap from a Martha Stewart Halloween pad from last year.
  • I made the half-rosettes and I am so proud of them!  Well, the top one looks a little wonky in the image, but IRL they are fine.  They are pretty small.  In case you have never tried to do this, the way I do it is to just score paper at even intervals, then I always use hot glue to hold it together.
  • Ribbon from my stash 
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Cream
  • Stickles in Black Diamond
  • I tried using on of Andrea/Snapping Monsters stitchy stamp, but dang me: I accidentally cut the rubber too this on this and I need to re-mount it.  I was being stubborn on this project and tried to "wing it" except I was far to clumsy.  I'll go fix the stamp now!  
Thank you for visiting.  I hope you guys have some crafty Halloween time.  If you don't need any last minute Halloween cards, remember that Day of the Dead is November 1st... maybe you could do some spooky crafts revolving around that!

See you at Shopping Our Stash.

Llama be the first to tell ya...

... happy birthday!

  • Color Bursts on Dina Wakley cotton watercolor paper 
  • Llama stamped carved by me the other night, inked in Ranger Archival Ink
  • Sentiment written with a Micron pen on a pre-punched circle.
  • Sentiment circle splattered with DOx in Spiced Marmalade for a little color.

I want to share this with the folks at Time Out for their current quote challenge:
Llamas and Color Bursts make me happy!  #grateful

Monday, October 29, 2018

Funny Monday quote

I had seen this quote on Pinterest and had been wanting to use it.  I gave this to my husband... back in May.  (This is the last of the cards I found in my drafts on Blogger):


  • The planet was made from a background forever ago with DIs. I scribbled a circle on the back and cut it out roughly.
  • The quote was typed on the reverse of a catalog card
That's all!  To funny not to share.  Not sure why I never published it!?  Well, I guess I am easily distracted... :)