Wednesday, October 26, 2016

STAMPlorations October Theme & Sketch

Woohoo! Made this baby with a won stamp!


  • Seashell Cosmo STAMPlorations stamp inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • Sentimrnt written with multiple Faber-Castell Pitt pens
  • Background inked with Spiced Marmalade and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks sprinkled with a little H2O
  • Black ColorBok paper for mat
I made this for the current STAMPlorations October Theme and Sketch:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Three Trees

This week at Shopping Our Stash, the challenge is to use three trees!  Chrsitmas trees, spooky Halloween trees, or you can stretch it like I always do... 

The "three trees" here are literally three species of tree leaves: my guesses from left to right are valley oak (Quercus lobata), black oak (Quercus kelloggii) and... the last one was tough--  I'm thinking an immature cottonwood leaf or something non-native/ornamental. But I'm a freak about it, so I'll be updating this post!

Supplies and notes:
  • This card was made entirely using dismantled cards.  I recently weeded my card stash: I filled a gallon-sized bag with cards for the Student Services Coordinator to use, I used a few cards, and some cards I saw and thought, "I hate this card... I'm not giving that to anyone!" So I tore them apart and kept any reusable scraps.
  • Salvaged cardstock was either diecut or embossed.
  • The sentiment was a little scrap, already stamped. I used Iced Spruce and Peeled Paint Distress Stains.
I think it's a nice, mellow card that could be used for multiple occasions.  It was certainly an effective way to shop my stash!  What will you find in your stash? Go ahead and be a Looky-Lou and see what my teammates at SOS found in their stashes! See you over there!

Remember, no pressure... just dig through your stash and make something... a card, a scene, an ornament!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Scary, sacred... scary and sacred?

Here's this:

I didn't mean for this skull to look so scary!  Yikes!

LEFT: Before my sister suggested more red.  RIGHT: After
more red added!  Good call!

  • Prima Relic sacred heart 
  • Fire portion painted with black Liquitex gesso and rubbed with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush
  • Heart portion painted with Seedless Preserves and Fired Brick Distress paint, then coated with Black Soot Distress crackle paint.  Once dry, the crackles were rubbed with more DecoArt Metallic Lustre, and dabbed with a bit more Fired Brick Distress paint.
  • Wings are Tim- Idealogy, inked with Gold Adirondack alcohol ink mixative 
  • The rhinestone strand is from my stash 
  • The flowers were purchased in bulk and dyed orange with Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain and then sprayed with Dylusions in Pure Sunshine to saturate
  • Main adhesive for this project was E-6000

I will share this with the peeps at Try It On Tuesday for Scary and Spooky.

Friday, October 21, 2016

ATCAS: Coffee


I love this quote!  Makes me laugh.  Well played, Honest Abe.

I plan to share this at Addicted to CAS.

Happy Friday!

Tag! You're it! Reminder post!

In case you forgot (as I almost did with my crazy two weeks...), I am a "guestie" at Tag! You're it!  this fortnight, and here is my hopefully inspiring tag to remind you to join up!:

Do you see the October tradition? :)

I CASE'd this card by Leigh:

  • Scrap DP
  • Tattered leaves die by Tim Holtz inked with Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries DI, then veinated with a fine-tip Sharpie. 
  • Tim's greenery die adhered to accent
  • African heishi beads (picture a thick, flat, matte sequin) adhered with Glossy Accents
  • Vintage Dennison hole-protector added to the punched hole
  • Coral/white baker's twine from my stash
  • The Girl's Paperie word stickers (from 2010!!!)
Please join me and play with the folks at TYI.  What a nice bunch.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This is Halloween...

...this is Halloween...

The other song that popped into my head while I was working on this was, "It's the most wonderful time of the year..." I love Halloween!

How convenient... Blogland loves Halloween, too! This week's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is
Make a Halloween greeting for the ghouls in your life using all that old stuff you bought and didn't use up... or use at all...

  • "Network" paper by Authentique, years ago
  • Paper doll from MME set years ago... this is one of those items I could keep "special" forever... but I feel liberated to have used it!
  • The "hill" is a scrap of Tim Holtz paper 
  • Bats from a goody bag from The Funkie Junkie 
  • Garland (background) made by painting the reverse of some patriotic bunting with Black Soot Distress Paint and by doodling with a FC Pitt and adding pom-poms with a nail head dipped in Wild Honey Distress Paint (this is, like, the perfect vintage orange color!!!)
  • Greeting bunting written on an old library catalog card, cut up and smudged with Blackbird ChalkBox cat-eye. Twine from stash.
  • Panel mounted onto a page of the NY Book Review... my MIL reads it religiously, and I take them for using in the scrap shack for protecting surfaces, though I always end up reading parts-- especially the classifieds! LOL! People are so interesting...
See you at SOS! Use up your stuff!  Make a card for a kid's lunchbox!  Really... you can't take it with you... use it!


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pink watercolor

I made a couple watercolor cards last week and then my life got really busy...

Thankfully, the current challenge at Seize the Birthday is Anything Goes, so I thought I'd throw this in...

I'll share this card at Color Dare:

And I'll just post this.  It has a rightful home...

I used Loew Cornell watercolors and Spectrum Noir pens.
Here is the Color Dare palette: