Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SOS: Yo, dude!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, Chris is our hostess and she is encouraging us to use our stashed items to create a card for the dudes in our lives! 

Here's mine for my main dude:


(I confess: I made this very last-minute-- I had my challenges mixed up.  Whoops. I have some more male-ish stash that I'd like to use up so I plan to add more later in the week!  For now, this is the stash I used...)

  • Some old 110lb. paper (I think it is my last sheet)
  • I used all my letter stamps that I generally skip past, but in the interest of using my stash, I used them, not minding the rough edges showing-- makes it look grungy and more manly, don't you agree?  Ha.
  • I inked the letters with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Recollections EP in black
  • The green paper was a scrap in my scrap box.  It's the LIME in my husband's drink!
  • I sketched the glass with the ice cubes with a Pitt pen that is probably 2-3 years old.  I went over the ice lines with a grey Spectrum Noir marker and decided to use some Pebeo glitter relief liner to accent the ice.
Hope it's not too cheezy for you guys-- for AMAZING inspiration for dude cards, go see my teammates over at Shopping Our Stash!  They rock.

See you over there!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Tag Tuesday: Black, white, and green

...and here is a second tag that basically was the by-product of the first tag:

  • The background was made by printing from the Tim Holtz stencil used on THIS original tag.  The black is Liquitex gesso, and out was used on Tim Holtz's Diamonds stencil.
  •   The leaves were pre-cut using Tim's Tattered Leaves die on his paper.
  • Leaves inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink
  • Sentiment stamped in the past using Tim Holtz stamps
  • The coffee cup was actually a Verve freebie a couple years back.  I inked it a long time ago, and I just happened to come across it while looking for a suitable sentiment for this... Now it's a great tag! 
I wrote a note on the back to a friend who is a hard-working stepmom... been there. So I just told her I'm free for coffee any time she wants to talk.

I'll share this at Tag Tuesday as well.

Tag Tuesday: Black, white, and blue

This is the first tag I made to play along with the current Tag Tuesday challenge of Black + White + a spot of color:


  • Ranger tag painted with a thin layer of Liquitex gesso
  • Black Liquitex gesso coated through Tim's Diamonds stencil
  • Distress Crayon in Mermaid Lagoon scribbled then sprayed with water in three spots
  • Tim's Treeline die used in the past to cut  black  trees, glued to tag with matte Mod Podge
  • Blue tree by Tim Holtz also cut in the past added (matched the Mermaid Lagoon perfectly... Pure luck)
  • Stampendous Frantage in Aged Silver sprinkled over and heat embossed
  • Tim's Quotation added.  My daydream at the time was that we were DONE with the snow! Geez! I'm over it.

I'll share this at Tag Tuesday. I guess my blue might be more than a pop, but I couldn't resist...

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Striped tree birthday card

Is this what you expected from that weird post title? I wish I had a better titling system.  How do you name your posts?


  • The circle was a by-product of THIS card
  • Stripes made using Distress Stain embossed with clear EP
  • Tree is a Tim Holtz die, pre-cut from a scrap of kraft and sitting in my stash
  • I added pewter, brown, and light green EP to the tree randonly
  • I wrote the sentiment using Distress Crayon in Black Soot with water and a small paintbrush.

I will share this with the following folks:

Showing my age...

So, nobody even uses a camera for pictures anymore, least of all teens,* but since this is a card for a middle-aged person, no one will notice the discrepancy between the camera stickers and Snapchat!

  • Tim Holtz's Black Soot Distress Stain painted in lines on Strathmore watercolor
  • While ink wet, Lindy's Stamp Gang EP in Queen Sheba's Silver added over top and heat-embossed
  • Circle punch from Autumn (thanks!)
  • Sentiment written with a paintbrush in some scribbled Distress Crayon in Black Soot with water
  • Camera stickers from Chris (thanks!) 
  • Red background paper from a DCWV stack
I'd like to share this at the following challenges:
* I hate generalizations... Of course people use cameras, just not most people.

Masculine Deer Birthday Card

A friend requested a card for her teenage nephew-- thankfully she didn't see me frown-- cards for teenage boys? Does it get any harder than that? Obviously, sympathy cards can be emotionally difficult, but I'd say for me, teenage boy cards are most difficult in terms of design.

Tell me in the comments what *you* think is the most difficult card type to design.

Here's what I ended up with, and in spite of my apprehension it came together rather quickly:

  • Strathmore watercolor paper painted with stripes of Black Soot Distress Stain
  • While still wet, I added old clear embossing powder and heat embossed it
  • The circle was punched with a die from Autumn (thanks!)
  • Deer die by Hampton Art cut from Tim Holtz's paper
  • Greenery die by Tim Holtz cut from a scrap of DP
  • Sentiment panel is vintage typewriter paper, crumpled, inked with Antique Linen DI, then stamped with a birthday greeting from Target's dollar bin inked in Ground Espresso from Tim's Mixed Media palette.
I'll share this with the following challenges:

Smile Today

Here are two cards made using alcohol ink backgrounds, made a while back, just found in my drafts! 

Supplies and notes:

  • Alcohol Ink and Ranger blending solution on photo paper for the first one, and Silver alcohol ink paper for the second
  • Sparkly Thickers 
Simple but lovely-- I didn't love using the silver alcohol ink paper at the time, but looking back on these, I think maybe I need more! 

I'llama share these at STAMPlorations for their April challenge to focus on the sentiment.