Tuesday, July 10, 2018

SOS: Feed Me!

This week at Shopping Our Stash Donna had asked us to create something inspired by this phrase, "feed me!"

Here are my creations:

  • Paper entirely from my stash box. Wish I could give names, but the best I can do is Heidi Swapp and Teresa Collins...
  • Pre-cut circle die
  • Wood-look letters from way back... Packaging long gone
  • The milk and cookies stamp was purchased recently from Tuesday Morning then never used... until now.  Cookie colored with a Rexel Derwent watercolor pencil.
  • Blue enamel dots by Prima; black rhinestones from Micheal's in the dollar bins.
  • Twine from my stash.
Hungry for more? Join us at SOS this week!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Tailless Swallowtail

A tailless swallowtail:


  • Library catalog card bar inked with Distress Oxide Inks some months ago
  • Butterfly and text cut from an old field guide that belonged to my grandparents
  • Liquid Pearls in gold
  • Flowers from my stash
  • 5/8" grosgrain ribbon from my stash
  • Tim Holtz Ledger Script stamp added to parts of card with Vintage Photo archival ink
  • Vintage Photo Distress Crayon drawn and blended at edges
I'd like to share this at the following challenges:
Odd that two challenges have such a similar and uncommon theme this round!  Hmmm... what is the connection?

Floral watercolored tag

Here's a nice bright one:


  • Ranger tag coated with Teresa Collins modeling pasted through Tim Holtz's Stripes stencil
  • When dry, roses, leaves, then background painted with Kane Davenport watercolors.
  • Roses accented with Finetec Pearlcolors in Sterling Silver
  • Sentiment written on black cardstock with a Signo white pen
  • Black and white baker's twine from stash
  • Black Liquitex gesso rubbed at edges.
I'd like to share this at the following challenges:

Index Card A Day, Day 35

I've been participating in this year's Index Card A Day Challenge by Daisy Yellow.

Here is the library catalog card for Day 35:

This was made on a library card using Jane Davenport watercolors, a Jane Davenport brush pen, a Tim Holtz paper doll, and a quote from an old unknown book.

I am sharing this with the current Inkspirational challenge because I believe the sun idea was in my mind when I created the card.

If you've never heard of the Index Card A Day Challenge, I strongly suggest you go check it out.  It's been terrific this summer because I've been so busy that it keeps me creative, even on a small scale.

And here's to Inkspirational for the inspiration!

She had ridden out storms

I spent some time working on this tag this Thursday morning:

Note the burnt ends.

Note the floral pattern on her dress.

Note the twinkle-toes...

  • Ranger tag coated with Teresa Collins modeling paste through Tim Holtz's Stripes stencil
  • When dry, tag sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray in Ethereal Emerald
  • Old Basic Grey patterned paper cut to fit then edged with Walnut Stain Distress Paint
  • Recollections brads painted with Walnut Stain Distress Paint and affixed
  • Pine branch dies by Tim Holtz/Sizzix cut from kraft and Core-dinations metallic kraft-core.
  • Deer charm (with loop cut off) added with a hot-glue gun.  The charm came last winter in a goodie bag from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
  • The lady is from Tim's Paper Dolls.  I inked her with Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Mushroom but rubbed it off of her face and shoes-- didn't want spots there.  What was cool, though, was how the speckled alcohol ink brought out the floral pattern of her skirt!
  • Stickles added to her toes... and somehow this improves the entire project.
  • Old seam binding cut and I was wondering if it was a poly-blend, so I tried to burn it to abate fraying, but this was apparently 100% cotton, so I just burnt the edges.  Will have to remember this as it left a cool dark edge.
  • The quote was snipped from an old book and adhered with Distress Collage Mediums in both Matte and Vintage.
I'd love to share thus with the following challenges:

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

SOS: Geometric Patterns

Where is the time going?  I want my summer to go more slowly!

Here we are... another Tuesday and Shopping Our Stash has a brand new AWESOME challenge: geometric patterns!  Our hostess Chris would like to see some rad crafters using geometric patterns in their crafting!  So let's do this!

Here is my library card art:

  • Library catalog card base painted with excess Jane Davenport Mermaid Marker Ink.  
  • I then put down Tim's Diamonds stencil and traced a few triangles here and there with a black Micron and then colored them in with Mermaid Markers
  • I traced the edge of the card loosely with a black fine-point Sharpie just to contain it.
  • For more geometric goodness, I used an old paper Heidi Swapp triangle stencil and added some Liquitex gel texture with glass beads-- definitely a stash item... I do not use this nearly enough.
  • The yarn was from my scrap fiber jar.
  • Tim's photobooth couple provides a great image for the quote, cut from an old discarded Nancy Drew book (I think... or some old discarded mystery reader... that's all I can remember because I read the old books as I cut them up!  I know it was an old youth-lit mystery!)  I adhered the quote with some Distress Collage Medium in Vintage.  
  • Oh wait: the photobooth couple was cut out, distressed, and inked with Distress Alcohol Ink Mixative in Gold thinned with Distress lending Solution.
  • In the spirit of SOS, I used a stamp that I don't think has ever seen ink... It was from a clearance Recollections set, and it says "No.___"... I inked it with Spiced Marmalade DI and stamped out a few times here and there.
  • For the final touch, a little symbolism: I added the diamond as a nod to the engagement of the couple, but tucked it behind the picture to symbolize the secret nature of it!  
Hope you enjoy the piece, but if this is not your cup of tea, visit my teammies at SOS and they will certainly have incredible geometric inspiration!  Happy Tuesday.  Here's to a nice slow summer week... 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

SOS: Red, White and (maybe) Blue!

Hello, crafters!  This week at Shopping Our Stash Donna is our hostess and she has selected a theme of Red, white and (maybe) blue!  Our team is made up of ladies from Canada and the United States, so in honor of these countries' upcoming birthdays we are making projects primarily featuring the colors of our flags!

Here is my card:

  • The colorful panel is resist watercolor paper-- it was already cut like this (5"x6.5" with a circle cut from the middle) when I found it... 
  • I added Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Rudolph's Red Nose and also Ken Oliver's Color Bursts in Ultramarine Blue then popped the whole panel up on 3M dimensional adhesive.
  • The patriotic sentiment was written with a Ranger Letter It pen on Canson Mix Media paper and heat-embossed with Letter It in Gold Tinsel. {The Letter It pen is actually a stashy-item because I prefer my Zig Emboss Writer... the Letter It pen goes on so clear that you can't really see what you've written whereas the Zig Emboss Writer goes on paper blue.  I decided to just write my sentiment in pencil then go over it with the Letter It pen-- normally I would not do this because I wouldn't want to make the pen icky, but since I don't even use the thing, I thought, "What the heck..." So liberating!  I think I will actually use it now!}
  • Sequins from my stash
  • The red tinsel trim was from a holiday section at a local store.  I hot-glued it on.

That's all!  I will send this to one of my daughters who will both be at summer  camp during 4th of July.  Boo-hoo.  I'll miss them.

Please go over to the SOS challenge for DT inspiration and to link up your own red, white, and (maybe) blue projects!