Tuesday, January 8, 2019

SOS: Winter Blues

Happy 2019, everyone!

We are fresh from a winter's "nap" at Shopping Our Stash and ready with a new challenge for ya'll: Winter Blues!  So, do winter, do blues, or do both!

I am sharing a little blue art journal spread:
(Pardon the terrible picture... I'll try to get better images when the sun shines)


  • Dylusions journal
  • An old Forest Science journal page stamped with a repeating stamp carved from an eraser a couple weeks ago.  I glued this into my journal over an unfinished spread.
  • Vintage baby blue seam binding from my stash
  • Prussian Blue Colorbursts (pre-liquified in a tiny bottle) dripped into the orange and seam binding
  • Distress Crayons in Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, and Mermaid Lagoon added here and there and everywhere
  • Blue chunky Stickles from my stash
  • Tim's paper doll (from the Halloween set, I believe)
That's it.  Thus journal spread was made in a funk.  I didn't like any of the blue stuff I'd done,  so I minimized supplies and told myself to just play, basically.  No goal,  no message.  Just use some stash and blue supplies.  I don't love there result,  but playing with the supplies was far from a bad time!  

Hope you'll join us, and hope my card-making mojo joins us soon!  

See you at SOS!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

SOS 384: 'Tis the Season

Hi, friends. 

This week, Donna is the hostess at Shopping Our Stash and she's given us a good one: 'Tis the Season!  Soooo... winter, winter holidays... what's the season saying to you?

Here's my card:


  • Background made with Color Bursts in Prussian Blue and Ultramarine.  I then sprinkled water, and then added some watered-down gesso and hit it with the heat gun so the gesso didn't draw too much of the blue.
  • The trees were cut months ago with a Tim Holtz die.  The metallic tree was cut from some packaging.
  • Tim's Holiday Quotations from a couple years ago. 
  • I added sequins with Glossy Accents *just* to increase the stashiness of this project.
  • The gray matting paper was a scrap of textured cardstock.  I rubbed it with bits of sandpaper to show the texture-- of course the images don't do it justice.
Well?  What does "'Tis the Season" mean to you? See you at Shopping Our Stash!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

SOS 382: Washi-washi-washi!!!

This week at Shopping Out Stash, Donna is our hostess, and she has chosen the theme WASHI WASHI WASHI!  What a perfect theme for stash-shoppers... who can resist decorative tape?  I mean, it's useful, inexpensive, and oh-so-stashable.  So, let's use it up!

  • Candy cane paper from a co-worker... she gave me sheets and sheets, so I've got to use it up!
  • Tiny envelope template from Paper Source, a store in Berkeley, CA.
  • Once envelopes made, Liquitex gesso was sponged on for a frosty-glow
  • Various washi tapes added, including the following brands: K & Company, Scotch, and I *think* the "Oh Happy Day" might be Jane Davenport... and the gold-striped tape is generic, I believe.
  • Pre-cut mistletoe sprigs and tree, all Tim Holtz dies
  • Tim Holtz Holiday Quotations stickers, specifically used from sheets I had used the least of (in the interest of stash-shopping!)
  • Stickles in Xmas Red and Silver
Thanks for visiting!  I hope you are inspired to play with washi tape with us... see you at Shopping Our Stash!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Merry and bright rooster

This is a fun one:

I always love non-traditional colors for holidays!  This card was a fast-make:  I stamped the rooster weeks ago and I cut the sentiments weeks ago also.  Didn't plan for them to be together,  but they were right in a pile on my desk together-- serendipity.


  • I carved the rooster stamp based on an image I took of my friend's rooster, Roo-Roo.
  • Roo-Roo was stamped on Canson Mix Media paper with Recollections gradient ink,  bought two years ago on clearance at Michaels.
  • Tim Holtz holiday sentiment dies cut from scraps
I'll share this at the following challenges:

Lassen Thanks

These cards were made with a stamp carved two weeks ago.  It went through four iterations before this stage, and I still may fiddle with it...

  • Hand-carved stamp using Speedball rubber
  • Ranger Arvhival Ink in Jet Black.
  • Jane Davenport watercolors
  • Strathmore watercolor paper
I'd like to share them at the following:

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A CASE of wine...

Haha, I CASEd a CASE of a wine label!

Here's mine:

Click HERE to see Chris's.  She and I exchanged messages about holiday versions, and she brought up poinsettias... duh.  So I am CASEing hard!


  • STAMPlorations poinsettia stamp inked with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Recollections EP in black
  • Sentiment written with a Ranger Letter It pen and heat embossed with Recollections EP in white
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite
  • All paper used were scraps!
That's it!

I'll share this at SOS, of course, for our labels challenge (and because I love my team and the spirit of SOS!), and I'll also share with Time Out Challenges.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

SOS: Packaging

Hello!  This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are asking crafters to create something based on food or beverage packaging.  I went rummaging through my pantry and decided on a La Croix box.

You know I am not a huge cutesy-stamp person, but I could not resist this lady.  I saw her at the AI booth at the Scrapbook Expo and could not walk past-- even though I had already spent my money...

  • AI "Shake your grass" gal along with an AI spring-thingy for the shaking booty...
  • Skin colored with Spectrum Noir pens and some mild sunburn added using Jane Davenport cream pastels
  • Leafy paper and orange paper from my stash-- brands unknown.  I believe both of these papers came from a coworker... she shared some awesome stuff!  (If you follow my Insta, she is the lady who made the turkey from a book :) ... I am trying to get her to start a craft blog.)
  • The circle is a die that Autumn sent a couple years ago.  I use it so often!  Thanks!
  • DOx as shown in image to match the La Croix box
  • Skirt, lips, and coconuts colored using Rexell Derwent colored pencils
  • Multiple colors of Stickles
  • Nuvo Drops
  • Silver gel pen for glasses
  • Fiskars punches used for flowers
  • The sentiments were made to look like they were on wooden signs... hey: it was easy and I'd been assembling these cards over a couple days in snippets of time-- I had to get it done!  I used gathered Twigs DI, I think... 
  • The sand inside is from a Pebeo tube.  This stuff is so cool... and I seldom use it.  
I would like to also share this cutie at the following challenges: