Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SOS: Not your mom's card!

Happy Tuesday, and thanks for visiting for another Shopping Our Stash challenge!  I am the hostess over there this week, and I've selected the theme "Not your momma's card"-- I want to see something that wouldn't go to a proper lady!  (Actually, that might be your momma, but my momma loves off-color humor on a card!)

Here is my card this week:

Supplies and notes:
  • Flo NZ Craft vintage lady stamps inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black then stamped on Strathmore watercolor paper
  • Women's hair watercolored with my old college Loew-Cornell watercolors; skin colored with Spectrum Noir FS3; dresses inked with DOx in Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron
  • Sweet sentiment written with a Jane Davenport brush pen dipped in some DOx: Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry.
  • Panel mounted onto a Core'dinations cardstock
The stash-supplies I used on this card is mostly about a year old (not too old), but the stashy-part of this project is that the main panels were started in July and just sitting on my desk, shuffled from one part to the other... it is such a good feeling to, like, give something life!

I am looking forward to lots of laughs this week, so please link up at Shopping Our Stash-- loosen up and join the fun!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SOS: Apple of my eye

Wow, another week gone by, and we are already past the middle of September!
This week, Chris is our hostess at Shopping Our Stash, and she chose the theme "Apple of my eye"-- use your apple stash!

Ahem... I, uh, view the world through a different lense sometimes... or maybe I just need new lenses... I added *pine* to the "apple" part of the challenge...

So... get out your apple stash of any sort!

Here are the cards I put together:

I was thinking of the lobby of the Grand Wailea in Maui, which had a very cool, turn-of-the-century Hawaiian feel to it.

Supplies and notes:
  • Pineapple stamp by Stampabilities
  • "Thanks" stamp by Stamp Simply
  • Both stamps inked with Versamark Dazzle Watermark pad in Champagne then embossed with Ranger EP in Princess Gold
  • Liquid Pearls in White Opal
  • DP by DCWV
  • Tim Holtz metallic Kraft-core
  • Burlap (from Autumn, thanks!) by Hobby Lobby
  • 3M dimensional adhesive, Glossy Accents, and Tombow adhesives
I'll see you over at SOS for your apple-licious projects!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

...known Autumn too long...

I love this quote:

Supplies and notes:
  • Bingo card base stamped with one of my first-ever stamps: a white oak leaf by Inkadinkado inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • Next, the card base was "painted" with a swirly design using a waterbrush and Vintage Photo DOx.  I went over some of the swirls with Liquid Pearls in Rose Gold.
  • Tim's mini blueprint leaves (multiple years old) stamped with Tim's MM Palette in Hickory Smoke on the back of old library catalog cards
  • Stamped cards inked with DOx in Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, and Spiced Marmalade then fussy-cut
  • The sentiment was typed on an old library card and inked with some remaining Vintage Photo DOx and coated with Distress Collage Medium in Crazing

I'll share this at the following challenges:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Holy Mixed Media

What a special project this turned out to be!

Supplies and notes:
  • Library card base coated with Teresa Collins modeling paste through Tim's Blocks stencil
  • Next coated with Distress Collage Medium in Crazing
  • Then colored with Distress Crayons in Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and Mustard Seed
  • Edges rubbed with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush
  • Mary inked with Versamark Dazzle Watermark pad in Champagne then embossed with Ranger EP in Princess Gold
  • Rose from Tim's Idea-ology set, painted with Martha Stewart's liquid gilding in Gold
  • Prima rosary beads
  • Gold thread from stash
  • Pearl button from stash

I will share this tag/wall hanging with the following folks:


Too easy?  Not usually a good thing...haha!

  • The main panel is from a Cosmo Cricket watercolor pad (new to my collection-- if I see watercolor pads, I have to buy them...)
  • Background paper is Core'dinations cardstock
  • I used Twinkling Watercolors from Autumn as my watercolor medium
I'd like to share this with the following folks:

SOSS Guestie! L is for Lost and Found

Hi!  Woohoo... I am a guestie again at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers... always happy to hang with those ladies... and Edna!

This fortnight, the challenge is...

Edna wants us to revisit lost techniques, products, styles, etc., and show the Sisterhood what we come up with!

I dug deep... I stay pretty well-rounded by being on the Shopping Our Stash design team-- I try to use what I have and push myself to try new things and incorporate older techniques... but this was a GREAT motivator.  I started paper crafting via scrapbooking even back in high school, over 20 years ago.  As a mom, I do a book per year for my girls... but I am now two years behind each... so that's FOUR BOOKS behind!  Ahhh!  It's enough to make me want to just quit my day-job!

Anyway, so I got super-motivated by this challenge and took over the living room: four mostly-empty scrapbooks and hundreds of pictures and memorabilia (report cards, certificates, travel stuff...) everwhere...

Here is one completed page (not so snarky, but it met the need of the challenge!):

  • Striped paper by (damnit... can't remember... I'll add it later...)... CARTA BELLA PAPER COMPANY, 2013
  • Black paper by American Crafts
  • Blue paper by DCWV
  • Red letters are Thickers
  • Black dots by Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite
  • Pictures loosely lined with a DecoArt paint pen
  • Pictures printed at Costco
That's it!  Go easy on me-- I haven't scrapbooked for like two years!  I'm already thinking of things I could add or things I could do differently, but I'm all about VOLUME right now!  Let's cover a couple years, huh?!

See you over at SOSS, and I look forward to seeing your "lost and found" techniques and styles or whatever you are revisiting!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SOS: Emboss like a boss!

Thanks for visiting...

This is a project made for the current Shopping Our Stash challenge which is...

Emboss like a boss!  We'd like to see wet and dry embossing!

This was a great stash-shopping challenge for me-- I do not use my embossing folders nearly enough, though I always notice when other people use them!

  • The card base was actually made a long time ago (two years?) and embossed with old embossing powders over an old Stampin' Up stamp from the Grunge pack (my first SU! stamp set).  I clipped the corners of this card with a regular hole-puncher.
  • Scotch black glitter tape layered across card base
  • The charcoal panel was embossed using a Darice embossing folder that Autumn sent me about two years ago... I think it was fall of 2015.   I added some gems to the corners of the embossed panel.
  • The raven stamp is by Stampendous and was inked with Versamark in Champagne then heat-embossed with Recollections EP.  I popped that panel up using 3M foam tape.
  • The funeral bunting was made using some old seam binding from a neighbor.  I just ran a stitch along the edge and pulled it.
  • Vintage black seam binding
I guess the newest things on this card would be the black embossing powder and that Versamark ink, both purchased roughly 1.25 years ago.

Along with the fabulous team at SOS, I'd like to also share this with the folks at Addicted to Stamps & More for the current Holidays challenge.

Speaking of the fabulous team at SOS, go check those girls out!


Monday, September 11, 2017

Catacombs of Paris

HERE... have a refresher on the Catacombs of Paris!

Supplies and notes:

  • Ranger tag base 
  • Skull stamp from the dollar bins at Michaels inked with Versamark ink and heat-embossed with Recollection black EP
  • Tag inked with Peeled Paint Distress Ink then dipped in a couple rounds of Iced Spruce DOx and then a few rounds of Black Soot DOx
  • The sentiment banner was cut from a scrap of black cardstock and written on with a DecoArt paint pen.  The sentiment says, "Come her down with me" in French.  It's from a punk song from the 1990s.
  • The seam binding is from my fave craft store, The Paradise Scrapbook Boutique.
  • The edges of the tag were outlined with a black marker.
That's it! I made this in very little time.  

I'd like to share this with the folks at Tag Tuesday.  Their current challenge is Paris, and-- must be Halloween-time-- I instantly thought of the Catacombs.  

Merchant ship


Supplies and notes:

  • Strathmore watercolor paper scrap
  • Acrylic block inked with Faded Jeans and Broken China DI and spritzed
  • Hero Arts wave pattern background stamp inked with Abandoned Coral DOx and sprayed prior to stamping
  • I carved the little Chinese merchant ship... I looked a picture up after I carved out, and I wish I'd carved three sails instead of two... 
  • Merchant ship inked 26th Archival in Jet Black
  • Sentiment written with a Cricut pen that happened to be in reach...
  • Watercolor panel popped up with 3M foam tape

I'll share this at the following challenges-- I'm making up for lost time!:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SOS: Trendy!

This week at  Shopping Our Stash, our host is Donna and she is challenging us to rummage through our stashes to create something with a trendy element!

Okay, let me try to rattle some trendy design elements off (largely based on my kids' tastes): cacti/succulents, hashtags, hand-lettering, geometric clean designs, emojis, crystals*...

I couldn't help myself... I went with emoji...

  • Poo emoji punch by EK Success punched from a scrap from a Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals playtime.  (The punch is actually my youngest daughter's-- she loves the poo emoji... 💩)
  • Micron pen used for sentiment
  • Stickles 
  • Googly eyes adhered with Glossy Accents
*My teen also let me know that the following things are trendy: Starbucks, Hydroflasks, crop-tops, pop-sockets, Birkenstocks, Netflix, and rap music are trendy.

...so now that we know what is trendy, I'll see you over at SOS for some crafty fun!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Try It On Tuesday Guestie!

I am so excited to be a Guestie over at Try It On Tuesday!!!  And look at this badge!  Woo-hoo!

I won my little spot with THIS tag...

This fortnight's challenge is to use stitching--real or faux...

I did both!  Check out my little stitched desk decor for back to school:

The paper "string quilt" in raw form!

Sweet flowers made by folding strips at an angle then sewing them.

Behind the scenes: I looped the wire like a long U to pop it through the flower I chose to raise, then I twisted the wire back around itself and fluted out to the reverse using E-6000 and covered with masking tape.

This picture shows how neat the old paper took up the Color Bursts like a tiny mosaic.

I'm hoping you guys wanted to see another pic of the stitching! You did, right?!

  • Old index card divider base.  I chose K for "kids."
  • Paper "string quilt" sewn from various old papers, including a French dictionary and sheet music, both over a century old
  • Color Bursts used for coloring the sky and ground, each masked with a ripped piece of scrap paper
  • Schoolhouse "built" from old papers
  • Flowers created using some of the leftover strips from the quilting 
  • Text from my clippings tin-- I could not choose which ones I wanted to use, so I added them all with Distress Collage Medium in Vintage
  • The piece needed a frame, so I got out Andrea's/Snapping Monsters' wonky stitches stamp and inked it with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • These kids are Tim's paper dolls-- they do not look so happy for school... they look like my kids... anyway, I popped them up with some 3M foam tape.
Now, Try It On Tuesday has a fabulous Design Team and a hugely talented following... so look no further than their site for crafty inspiration!  See you over there.

I would also like to share this with the following Back-To-School-ish challenges:

SOS: Fave Season!

Is it Tuesday again???  YES!  Time for another week of stash-shopping fun and inspiration!

This week, us girls at Shopping Our Stash are looking for projects showcasing your favorite season while using supplies that are possibly neglected, unused, or just hoarded while you wait for that perfect day... well, here it is!  Use those items!  (... it just makes room for more!)

Here's my project, which is a little fall wall-hanging decor:



Supplies (I used so many neglected, old, or hoarded items on this!  Yay!):
  • Base is an old math book cover, of which I have many just stashed away as project bases
  • The base was coated with matte Mod Podge and covered with an old French dictionary page
  • Next, Liquitex white gesso was roughly painted onto the surface, leaving some of the text showing through
  • Then I tried laying some of Tim's Tattered Leaves diecuts onto the board and spraying with various orange and brown Dylusions sprays... did not come out as well as I had hoped... so more gesso was added...
  • I used an old oak leaf stamp by Good Stamps, I believe... one of my very first stamps, and inked it with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso ink from Tim's MM palette
  • I painted the quote with black Liquitex gesso and accented it with Stickles in Mercury Glass (my fave)
  • After all of that, I dabbed some Distress Paint in Spiced Marmalade to areas to add some color-- it was pretty neutral.  I also added quite a bit of Walnut Stain Distress Paint to the edges to frame it better.
  • My old Crop-a-dile Big Bite used for grommets in corners... Talk about stash!  This is one tool that is unmatched in its punching ability, but I rarely use it for the cool grommets and gromlets!  Subtle effect here, but worth it.
  • Threads and strings and fibers all from my stash, just hot-glued to the reverse

Join us!  Winter, spring, summer, or fall???  I will be checking out your answer at Shopping Our Stash!  

(For the record, fall has always been my fave, and I still love it, but now living where the winters are intense, I find myself CRAVING summer heat... I just love the dry warmth of fall and the fresh, crispt mornings... plus the fall food is definitely #1... pumpkin everything, and busting the crockpot out...)

I'd also like to share this with Inkspirational, since the oak leaf stamp was literally one of my first big-girl stamps!  I bought it while I was in junior college, and it must have been around 2001/2002.