Tuesday, March 20, 2018

SOS #346: Here comes Peter Cottontail...

...hoppin' down the bunny trail...

Hello!  Join me this week as the folks at Shopping Our Stash are making Easter cards!

I hope they don't fire me for being too cheesy, but I made this for my almost-three-year-old niece, and my inhibitions flew out the window!  I totally gutted my stash and piled on all the fun, bright Easter stuff I could use!

  • Focal point is a stitched die sent with my last order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique
  • On the stitched circle, I stamped with NBUS from an old set that no longer has packaging.  The bunny, butterfly, and basket were all "painted" using DOx on my mat with water
  • The washi tape "belt" across the middle is from the Target dollar bin from last spring, I believe
  • I had a couple Thickers sets from 2009 and used a few of those stickers: the egg an flowers on the front and the swirls and heart on the inside.
  • Three Bugs In a Rug two-sided DP from years ago, never cut, is the orange butterfly paper on the front and the blue birdy paper on the inside
  • The blue background paper on the front and inside is from a K & Company pad from a few years ago.
  • The egg paper on the front was made by yours truly using an old piece of stationary and Tim's Nature stamps-- I'd never used these layering eggs before.  It was so fun mixing and matching the speckles and the eggs!  
  • I used Tim's Patchwork Pieces set for the stitching stamp (which matches the die perfectly) using Hickory Smoke from Tim's Mixed-Media archival ink palette.
  • Black Viva Paper Pearls were added because the Thickers looked lonely on the orange!
  • I used more Easter stamps (NBUS) on the inside. 
  • Then, on the back, I made some V's, complete with starting dot, for my niece to practice on!  I loved when my kids were young and just learning to write and draw!  Vivian's parents are both first-time parents, and Vivian spends a ton of time with my folks as well (her grandparents, and my mom is like an early childhood development natural), but my folks haven't raised kids for over 30 years!  So I do my dorky Aunt Mary stuff just to inspire them all! Ha!
Hope you are now inspired to gut your stash as I did!  May I recommend crafting for a very young person-- it was so freeing to just stamp with abandon!  See you over at Shopping Our Stash!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Young AF

Sorry... you just accidentally read profanity in abbreviated form.

This was made on the depths of no mojo.  I totally was like, "I'm going to take this paper and add every medium I have within reach to it..."

  • Base was just a scrap of textured cardstock used to "capture" some excess modeling paste a couple months ago. Teresa Collins modeling paste through Tim's Plus stencil. (Fun fact: the original cardstock was blue.  Who knew?!)
  • Peeled Paint Distress Paint
  • Walnut Stain Distress Crayon
  • Iced Spruce Distress Stain
  • Fiskars text stamp inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • Black Liquitex gesso added as a border using an old key card, and also added to edges
  • While gesso still wet, I added some Antique Silver Frantage by Stampendous and heated it
  • Baby wipe used to clear off some of the plusses
  • Tim's found relative paper doll man sanded and added.  Autumn had scraped some of her relatives recently and I took this page from her book.
  • Tim's Grungeboard letters from a decade ago painted with black Liquitex gesso and sanded to reveal the texture
  • Trifecta dies by Seth Apter cut from the packaging from a Tim Holtz stencil
I bet I missed a supply or two in there-- I really went to town on this sheet. 

I'd like to share this at the following challenges:

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Dreaming of great big things

Here's an artsy tag:

  • Library catalog card base pasted over a long time ago with Ranger's transparent glossy modeling paste through a stencil made using Tim's Mixed-Media die set #1
  • Recently, I coated the tag with Peacock Feathers DOx and scribbled one end with Mustard Seed Distress Crayon  which- duh- made the green color.
  • A day later, I had both black and white Liquitex gesso out for another project and used the excess on this, applying it with both my fingers and an old key-card.  You can see where I did some scraping also while I was on the phone just mindlessly messing around.
  • A few days ago I finished this up.  First, I added Glossy Accents around the edges and added Recollections micro-beads in Ebony... it looks like tint caviar!  This is my new fave supply.  Better than glitter.
  • The puffy heart stickers were found at Tuesday Morning the same day I found the micro-beads.  They are by Bella Blvd.
  •  The quote is from my snippet tin and it was adhered with white Liquitex gesso.
  • The last thing I did was add the inked seam binding that came with my last purchase from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I'd like to share this at Mixed Media Monthly: 

Write your story

I thought about my mother-in-law as I made this-- she was an author, and she inspired many others during her life as an English teacher and through her books-- most notably the first book which was a memoir... of sorts.  I've mentioned her many times, and her books a few times, but you can Google her if you are interested!  Jane Juska...

Anyway, we miss her.  She died in October. 


  • I had a few scraps of this Tim Holtz paper and I pasted Teresa Collins modelling paste through Tim's Typo stencil
  • Vintage Photo Distress Stain added to the bottom edge, and I blended it using a baby wipe.
  • Tim's Chit Chat stickers added and inked with Antique Linen DI
  • Tim's Photobooth gal added atop some 3M dimensional adhesive
  • The "memoir" Idea-ology nib affixed with Glossy Accents.  I usually use E-6000, but it was in the house as I was working.
  • Twine from my stash

I'd like to share this with the following challenges:

Wildflowers: beautiful sight

I put this together for a friend's birthday:

  • Strathmore watercolor paper inked with Color Bursts through Tim's flowers stencil
  • Box form glued with Elmer's Craft Bond
  • Tim's ring-fasteners added to hold a strip of lace ribbon
  • "Wildflowers" and "beautiful sight" from my snippet tin
That's all... just a small wall hanging.

Children must not interrupt...

...well, they do in my house! Working on that.

Look at these kids-- they look like they've just been told!  I think I'll either keep this or put it in the staff lounge...

(Click each picture for gratuitous texture)


  • Library catalog card base originally inked by mopping up excess DOx on my mat
  • Prima crackle paste used through Tim's Diamonds stencil.  (It's no secret that this crackle paste is not my fave-- just trying to use it up so I can justify buying a different brand!)
  • Next, I wiped white Liquitex gesso over the stenciled parts
  • Then I rubbed some DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush over the gesso
  • I used Ranger Glossy Accents on areas where I wanted to add Recollections micro beads (have seen these and always questioned their existence... Saw them last weekend at Tuesday Morning for $2.49 for a 6-pack and thought it was worth a try... new fave! Better than glitter!)
  • The quote was from an old book, adhered with gesso
  • Tim's paper doll kids popped up with 3M dimensional adhesive
I think that's all I did here...

I'd like to share this at the following challenges:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Simone sympathy

This is an ultra-CAS sympathy card:


  • Small scrap panel of Canson Mix Media paper inked at the bottom with Evergreen Bough DOx and Scattered Straw DI
  • Sentiment written with Zig Emboss Writer and embossed with Ranger EP in Potting Soil
  • Panel stabilized by affixing to a piece of brown textured cardstock, then both panels popped up with 3M dimensional adhesive
Super-duper CAS... but it was a sad death and everything I usually go to for sympathy cards (trees, leaves, flowers) seemed inadequate or somehow too much... which doesn't even make sense!