Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SOS: Fantastic Beasts!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, Alicia is hosting, and she has selected the theme of...

...Fantastic Beasts!
Use dragons, unicorns, monsters... you get the idea.

This is a great stash-buster because whether you are a fan of mythical creatures or just a craft-hoarder*, you will likely find something in your stash that has escaped capture-- er, uh, use.

Here is my Fantastic Beast creation:

  • *I assumed I'd be able to find fantastic beasts in my stash.  Uhhh... nope! Geez! I have a skeleton mermaid, but the power was out when I went to emboss her, so... nope.  Digging through my stash (frantically now), I found a pack of Colobok diecuts my mom sent me a few years ago... behold: a unicorn!  Thanks, Mom!  Castle also...
  • I made the background (earth and sky) with a combination of Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals and Ken Oliver's Color Bursts. 
  • The castle's windows and drawbridge door were negative spaces, so I filled them with a scrap of Tim Holtz kraft-core metallic paper in gold.
  • The scene was matted onto some of Tim's kraft-core metallic paper also, and cut with a seldom-used blade on my paper cutter. 
  • I drew the banner on watercolor paper with a Micron (new to my stash-- a family friend sent me a pack of Microns for Christmas), then sprayed it with a pink and a blue Tattered Angeled Glimmer Mist
See you guys over there!]

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SOS: *Stickle* me, Elmo!

Yep, you got it!

This week's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is to 
use Stickles (or a similar glittery product) 
on your creation!

Here is my creation:
Beach-on-the-brain... my oldest and I are off to Hawaii on Thursday! 

During the drying... don't you love my Scotch tape?  So fab...

Just so you know... I only have a handful of Stickles.  I am always drawn to glitter ("Oooh... sparkles...."), but seldom bust out the glitter, including Stickles.  This was a great challenge for me because it certainly got me to bust them out and play with these neglected products!

Supplies and notes:
  • 7 Gypsies tag painted with the sponge tip of Distress Paints in Broken China and Chipped Sapphire 
  • Stickles in Ice Blue and Icicle
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls in White Opal and Gold Pearl
  • True Hemp twine
  • Plumerias are a stamp from Inspired by Stamping, stamped in Ranger Archival in Jet Black then taped down and "Stickled," and left overnight so they would hopefully dry flat-- they did.  I fussy-cut them and popped them up with dimensional tape.   
  • The tiny quote is from a damaged Nancy Drew mystery.  I clipped this months ago and looked through my clippings just to find it.
  • I added the crown last. It was "Stickled" (Mercury Glass) with another project in mind, but I had an irresistible craft-urge to add it, so I followed my craft-gut! (My husband said it gave it the "Ariel-feel..." love him!)
Thanks for visiting, and I really look forward to your entries this week-- I'd love some inspiration to use Stickles more often!

See you over at SOS for some Stickling good fun!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017



Heading to Hawaii next week and was thinking I'd leave a card or two hidden at home for my hubs and youngest...


  • Mat panel (framing mat-- dimensional... this is the "my choice" element) stamped with Inspired By Stamping stamps in Ranger Archival in Jet Black.  Notice my fave detail: I also stamped the edges of the mat... looks so cool to me!  
  • The mat was then smooshed into some Mustard Seed DI inked onto the craftmat then dried. 
  • After the yellow, two rounds of Dylusions sprays were smooshed in: Funky Fuschia and Crushed Grape 
I will enter this at CAS Mix Up for January...

SOS: Shape up!

Happy 2017!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are encouraging you to create a card (or craft item) in a shape other than a circle or a square!

Here's what I came up with:

  • Heidi Swapp butterfly mask used to trace shape onto the card
  • Wings, banner, and heart cut from scraps
  • Stitching (... poor stitching...) on wings
  • Edges of pieces inked with DI in Gathered Twigs
  • Picture from one of Tim's 8x8 stacks.  I wiped it with some matte Collage Medium and daubed it with some thinned gold Adirondack mixative-- was going for the aged photo look with the metallic chemicals
  • The red tinsel trim came from a local store from the holiday section
  • Metal flower from an old BasicGrey collection, inked with some gold Adirondack mixative
  • Viva Paper Pen dots in Anthracite
  • Antenna are Wilton stamen inked with Adirondack alcohol ink in Mushroom
  • I typed the quote over a year ago... found it in my stash.

Looking forward to the inspiring projects you guys post... and speaking of inspiring, let's go check out what the rest of the talented SOS Design Team made using items in their stashes!

Here's to you guys!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches!

Long time, no play with FMS!

Here's the Freshly Made Sketches graphic:

Supplies and notes:

  • I made the colorful panel last week with Color Bursts through Tim's Honeycomb stencil... this is actually the second panel I made like this because my teen took the first one.  I can't say no if my kids want something I make!
  • The yellow panel is from my scrap bin, and I just want to say that I cut it "accidentally" at 5", which prompted me to rethink the orientation of my card!  
  • I typed the quote and adhered it...
DONE!  Likey?

STAMPlorations December...

... theme and sketch...

Here is the actual sketch and graphic from STAMPlorations:

Supplies and notes:

  • The flowers (by STAMPlorations) stamped in Ranger Archival on an old dictionary page then Colorbursted
  • Fussy cut the flowers and pasted them onto black scrap paper with matte Mod Podge, then pasted over them to seal them
  • When dry, I ripped the paper and pasted it onto the card
  • "Thinking of you" written with Faber-Castell Pitts
When I made this, I had just finished my hand-deliver holiday cards... I needed non-xmas!  Is that bad?  Don't worry... I still have the holiday spirit.  I just need to drink some eggnog to recharge it!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

SOS: Celebrating Winter

We are quickly chugging through the holiday season, but in the northern hemisphere we will technically be welcoming winter this week!

At Shopping Our Stash, we are coincidentally asking you to share a project that is inspired by winter, but not the holidays!  Think you can do it?  Of course you can!  Snow, snowflakes, cold weather, winter activities, winter foods and beverages...

Here are my wintry tags:

Supplies and notes:
  • The base library tags were Color-Bursted last week through Tim's plaid mini stencil
  • The focal image on each has been in my stash for almost a year... they were a clearance purchase after last winter from Cost Plus World Market.  I like how they are somewhat sheer-- you can see the plaid through them in bright light.
  • I typed the sentiments on an old catalog card and dipped them into my neglected Distress Paints... I feel like I haven't used these in a while.  "Bon hiver" means "good winter" in French.  Have you ever heard of the musician-turned-band Bon Iver?  They got their name from "bon hiver..." Look them up.  I'm fond of the first album, and once you read how and it came to be, you will be intrigued.
  • The yarn came from a booth at the quilt show back in August
See you ovet at Shopping Our Stash for some wintery inspiration!