Saturday, October 1, 2016

It's fall, ya'll...

...time to switch seasonal drinks!

This was inspired by the current inspiration at Tag, You're It, made by Mr. Cardmaker:

I needed a quick tag for a bottle of wine for a hostess gift, and Mr.'s tag was fresh in my mind-- I knew when I first read his, however, that I wanted to convert the saying into a wine saying.

  • 7 Gypsies tag inked with Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, and Aged Mahogany DY
  • Splatters of Aged Mahogany Distress Stain added to resemble zinfandel
  • Faber-Castell Pitt pens for the saying and border; the saying was written on very old music paper
  • Vintage seam binding inked with Dried Marigold and Shabby Shutters DI and sprayed with water
  • Red twine from a dollar store
  • Leaves cut with Tim's tattered leaves out of my scraps last week
  • Tim's mini burlap stencil inked with Brushed Corduroy DI, then monoprinted onto the tag down the center
    Notice that I cut the edges of the stencil... definitely recommend with this particular stencil. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

SOS: Apple for the teacher...

This week's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is cleverly titled...

An Apple for the Teacher!

We are inviting you, dear crafters, to create either a teacher appreciation project or a project featuring fruits and/or veggies!

Here is my (hopefully) inspiring tag, meeting both of the challenge options!:

I plan to give this to my youngest daughter's teacher looped over a nice big bottle of hand sanitizer!  An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but some good hand-sanitizing may well do the same!

Supplies and notes:
  • I employed Tim Holtz's Rusted Enamel Technique from Creative Chemistry 101 for the background, using Forest Moss and Frayed Burlap DIs on a 7 Gypsies tag
  • The apple was made by cutting the shape from heavy-duty packing kraft and following this technique, inspired by THIS project by Jenny Marples for Frilly & Funkie.  I used Red Pepper, Currant, and Rust Adirondack alcohol inks and a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over Ranger Crackle Accents.  The stem is a piece of penstamen stem painted with Walnut Stain Distress Paint.
  • Ribbon, trim, and brad from my stash
  • Image of kiddies is from Heartwarming Vintage, 2009
  • I scrawled the note with Pebeo Relief Liner in Faux Lead
  • Border dots by Viva
Really love to see what the people of Blogland have stashed!  See you guys over at SOS! 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Meow ATC

Couldn't resist... had to use my latest stencil purchase (from last weekend)!

  • Library card with monoprint of Tim's StampAnon spiderweb/Halloween stencil inked with Black Soot DI 
  • Trim from local quilt show this summer
  • Cat from Tim's Halloween ephemera pack
  • Stickles on cat's teeth
  • Bat from a bonus baggie with my last purchase from Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique
  • Card edged with Brushed Corduroy DI and topped with black Stickles 
I'll share this at Wicked Wednesday for my second entry this week.  It's too cute. 

Hola, happy birthday!

Busted these beauties out this afternoon.:

DIs: Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade 

DIs: Gathered Twigs, Weathered Wood, Brushed Corduroy, Evergreen Bough

DIs: Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed

Really very CAS, but I just love them, and I hope you guys do, too.


  • Distress Inks used with Tim's Wrinkle-Free Distress technique 
  • Tim's StampAnon stamps inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black 
  • Letterpress paper (very similar to watercolor paper in this case) then torn and mounted with dimensional tape 
  • Sentiments written with a Faber-Castell Pitt: brush pen

I'd like to share the top card (with pink) at the current STAMPlorations CAS Challenge.

Drink up, me 'earties...


I have Disneyland fever so bad right now... I might have to miss work in the spring, LOL!!!

This large tag was made just for the challenge at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers:


  • Heavy packing kraft cut into a tag and bordered with cloth tape then coated with black Liquitex gesso
  • Stripes made by daubing a mixture of Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves Distress Paint through a Martha Stewart stencil
  • Feather from K & Company
  • Lace from the 1980s.  It was originally part of my sister's halloween costume when she was a rocker (think Madonna...), and then it ended up in the Barbie box as part of Barbie's wardrobe, and it was most recently posessed by my youngest daughter... I was cleaning out her Barbie box and lo', look what I got!  Delicious '80s trim!
  • Gems from a value-box of gems my sister sent my kids last xmas.  I inked them with Slate and Purple Twilight Adirondack alcohol inks and adhered them with Glossy Accents
  • The Jolly Roger was stamped by using Invoke Arts stamps with Distress embossing ink and Custer's Last Stamp EP
  • "Yo-Ho" written with Thickers
  • Tim's StampAnon Ledger Script stamp inked with VersaMark in Champagne ghosted over parts of the card, and a Stampendous halloween raven stamp with script inked in Ranger Archival in Jet Black added
  • "...a pirate's life..." added with a mixture of black and white gessos, which I also used to accent the Thickers
  • Couldn't figure out how to improve this without making it cheesy, until I had another lightbulb moment: Lindy's Stamp Gang Moonshadow Mist in Ethereal Emerald!  BOOYAH!!!  
A pirate's life for me, ladies... 

Love Cats

We slip through the streets while everyone sleeps...

Everyone remembers that song by The Cure, right???

I received these cats from Pia in Norway last week, and they instantly put this song in my head... then-- lightbulb-- I remembered the current challenge at SSS: Inspired By Music!  Sharing this there! Just in time... story of my life...


  • 7 Gypsies tag textured using Tim's harlequin die to make a stencil, through which Teresa Collins modeling paste was applied
  • Various Distress Crayons scribbled
  • Brett Weldele stencil (which looks like graffiti to me, making the background look a little like an alley...) used with Chipped Sapphire DI
  • Fiber from another project, dyed myself with Adirondack alcohol ink
  • Cats are a diecut from Pia, painted with Black Soot Distress paint and whiskers applied with Pebeo Relief Liner in Faux Lead
  • "Love cats" written using Amy Tangerine stamps inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • White Liquitex gesso added at parts to brighten the piece, which started losing contrast
  • Distress Glitter in Black Soot added to various parts of the tag with Glossy Accents

I could do a music challenge every week.  My memory is horrible, but even my husband is impressed with the information on music that I retain-- all of that basically useless information that takes of space of the things I actually need to remember!  LOL!

Wicked Wednesday #228

The current challenge at Wicked Wednesday is to use a diceut!

I conveniently had a craft meltdown Friday: I had plenty of time (which is rare), but I had very low inspiration, so I started cleaning and purging... I tore apart a bunch of cards I had worked on in the past and embossed the leftover panels, and I diecut tons of leaves and flowers from leftover spray sheets... it was a totally fruitful hour!  I ended up with some awesome embellishments and pieces I am excited to use.

  • Sizzix embossing folder (from Autumn at Sew-Paper-Paint, thanks!) used on a piece of a discarded card, then sprayed with Dylusions in London Blue, Lemon Zest, and Vibrant Turquoise, then cut down to ATC size
  • Frayed Burlap DI brushed lightly over the texture
  • The Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves leaf was one of the dicut sheets from my spray box.  It is a white oak leaf, possibly Quercus lobata!  I "painted" the back with Mod Podge then left an acrylic stamp block over it it hold it flat while it dried.
  • After that, I stamped one of Andrea's stamps (Blog and link to her store HERE) in Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • I edged the entire thing with Black Soot DI and affixed the finger-crocheted yarn with Recollections brads.