Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mailable Thanksgiving Decor

Made this with my long-time bestie in mind.  She and I have always loved all things fall.


  • Vintage Bingo card base gel printed using a Ranger gel plate and Liquitex acrylics
  • The orange strip was a gel printed scrap on vintage typewriter paper
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush added to edges of card
  • Leaves were all pre-cut and in my stash (some were cut from very old sheet music books).  They were all inked with Walnut Stain DI.
  • Pumpkin from a fall die cut pack by Carta Bella. It was coated with Distress Crazing medium, rubbed with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon, and Nuvo Drops were added.
  • Crazing medium added to portions of card through a Prima floral stencil
  • Words cut from a discarded library book
  • The easel was cut from a library catalog card.  The die is by Tim Holtz.
I'd love to share this with the following challenges:

SOS 372: Welcome Home!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are saying "Welcome home!"  We would like to see projects inspired by your home-- where you live now or where you come from.   (Thanks to Deena on the team-- this was her idea... isn't it great?)

So, what is home to you?

I was born in Maryland, and much of my family is there.  I have only been back three times since my parents lefts the state when I was six months old, but because so much of my family is there, and since my folks met and spent much of their youth in Maryland (my dad is actually a Terapin... Go Terps!), I have ties to the state.  I mean, I grew up with Old Bay and crab (although it's not blue crab here in California...).  I have also always been a huge fan of the flag, the state bird (Baltimore Oriole), and the state flower (Black-eyed Susan).  I'm wishing I had a trip scheduled soon.  One set of my aunt/uncle (I have about 7 sets there, one set in DC) own and operate a vineyard in Newmarket and it's pretty close to heaven on earth.  If you are in Maryland (CHRIS), you should visit.  They are the best people.  And I think you might like their product... :)

  • I bought the tin a year ago at an Asian market and this is just the sort of project I envisioned!  I coated the tin initially with alcohol inks in Mushroon, Oregano, and Ginger, but they did not look great on the bright aluminum.  I then coated it with black Liquitex gesso and rubbed it with some DecoArt metallic paint in Espresso.  I also added Pebeo sand to add the corroded look.  I added some Walnut Stain and watered-down Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint to the "corroded" areas to look like rust.
  • The Maryland flag (which is awesome... I have flip-flops that look like it!) is from some DP by Echo Park. It was on super-clearance at a scrapbook store I visited two weeks ago for the first time.  It was, like, staring at me.  Meant-to-be purchase.  I inked it with Vintage Photo DI and added water spots.
  • I wiped some hemp twine with the above-mentioned DecoArt paint and added it to the inside edges of the tin.
  • The flowers are many years old, made by Prima.  They were originally beige.  I paited them yellow with Liquitex acrylic, then added Glossy Accents to the centers and added black Recollections glass beads to make the Black-eyed Susans.
  • I used scrap craft copper sheets and metal dies for the "Marys From Maryland" sign.  Then I scribbled with Distress Crayon in Black Soot.  (This tin will go to my cousin Mary: we are the "Marys from Maryland!"  [My real-life name is Mary... Mimi is the nickname that my family and closest friends call me])
  • The tiny oriole is from a bird guide that was discarded from the library when a boy destroyed it.  Gotta love him.
  • The hanging apparatus is a Paper Studio safety pin.  I glued it with Glossy Accenst.
Hope to see you guys at SOS, and I look forward to your projects and learning a little about y'all!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Elegant birthday

Here is a personalized card for another coworker who is also a great friend:

The card is truly the color of the top image.  I was at such an angle at the bottom image for the gold that the green's albedo went up... or something... I don't know. It's just science.

Supplies and notes:

  • Sea-green cardstock
  • Stampin' Up stamps inked in Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • Sentiment written with black Liquitex gesso 
  • Accents and flowers using Finetec metallic watercolors
  • Accents added with Black Diamond Stickles
That's about it.

I'd like to share this with the  following challenges:

More coloring...

I drew the picture below the same day I drew THIS one:

Supplies and notes
  • Rexel Derwent watercolor pencils
  • Micron pen
  • Sentiment brushed using Black Soot Distress Crayon scribbled on my mat and sprayed with water
  • Stickles added for pizzazz
  • The green mat is a scrap
I'll share this at JUGS:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SOS: Upcycle

This week at Shopping Our Stash, our hostess Donna is encouraging us to upcycle something!  Ahh, stash-shopping in it's purest form...

For my project, I decorated an old box that I'd been using for pre-made sentiments and quotes that I made (not cut from books).  The box was originally from a phonics card set that a teacher was getting rid of.


  • Old box
  • Ranger gel plate
  • Liquitex Basics paint
  • Martha Stewart gold paint
  • Old button.  I attached it with the original fabric showing because that is the best part of old buttons sometimes!
  • The quote was typed a long time ago and was contained within the box
  • The box had the skull glued to it before I gel-printed it
That's it!  Hope you can join us and upcycle something that would otherwise be in the garbage!  See you at Shopping Our Stash!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

SOS: Crazy for coloring!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, our hostess Chris is hoping we'll all go Crazy For Coloring!  Let's break out our favorite coloring implements... gelatos, markers, Distress crayons...

In the spirit of Shopping Our Stash, I busted out my old colored pencils:

This is the picture I sketched, found initially on Pinterest:
(Here is the link to the image)
Wow.  My sketch was pretty loose, huh!  Pretty image, though!

  • Rexel Derwent watercolor pencils from way back...
  • Drawing done with a Micron 005 or 02... can't remember
  • Stickles added for some pizzazz... so glad I did
  • Tim Holtz Quotation added
  • Green mat is a scrap 
I hope you will join us at Shopping Our Stash this week so I can ooh-and-ahh at your coloring skills!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Library Card set of 6

I made these fun cards a couple weeks ago, and just saw them in my "drafts" file!  Uh oh.  They are too cool to keep to myself, though, if I do say so myself.

Well, so I didn't add glitter.


  • Library card bases
  • Dylusions sprays (including the White Linen which has pigment requiring some shaking...)
  • The gals were all cut from some old crochet catalog for hats
  • The quotes were from my snippet tin from old books
  • Tim Holtz stencils used including Clockwork, Plus, Floral, and Diamonds.
That's all there is to this.  I'll share these at the following challenges: