Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SOS: The lazy days of summer

Happy summer!

This week, the Shopping Our Stash team wants to see how you plan to spend the lazy days of summer, or at least how you would like to spend them!

I have already spent a couple days in the sun with a drink in my hand...
summer in the Sierra Nevada is the BEST place to be!
Here's a close-up... don't compare mine to my teammie, Deena!  She's good!

  • Image by Art Impressions inked with Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black on Strathmore watercolor paper.  I own only a few cartoony stamps, and they are all humorous... but I don't use them often because I am not patient enough to color!  LOL!
  • Lady "painted" using my oldest waterbrush (Tim's) using DIs in Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, and Crushed Olive.  I added metallic detail with a gel pen I bought at the book fair at school two years ago. 
  • The background is Broken China and Scattered Straw
  • Watercolor panel mounted on a yellow scrap of paper from a thrift-store stationary set
  • Striped paper is from a DCWV pad, pre-cut from a different project
  • Pink paper by Core'dinations-- in the stash for a couple years at least
  • Flowers added by using my most recent punch purchase: Fiskars.  This was probably a year ago.  Black Diamond Stickles added to the flowers.
Join us!  This is the perfect opportunity to use stash items to make a card to send a summer greeting to a buddy! 

Monday, June 26, 2017

CAS Hello

I am all over the place lately, like The Beatles' White Album!

Here is a CAS greeting:

  • Shoe stamp from Graphic 45, bought last summer, inked in DOx in Cracked Pistachio
  • "Oh Happy Day" washi added as a divider
  • "Hello" written with Uniball Signo 
I used the sketch provided by Retro Rubber:

Inspired by Inkspirational

How about a postcard?

This project was thoroughly inspired by the current photo challenge at Inkspirational:


  • Ranger Yupo cut down to 4x6"
  • Ranger alcohol ink in Purple Twilight added along with Snow Cap mixative and some blending solution pounced to create the inky background
  • Flower from STAMPlorations inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • "Word" stamp by Recollections
This will go to my daughter's friend, who will be at camp with my girls next week.  Very "teen girl"-esque, don't you agree?

I'd like to share this (obviously) with Inkspirational, and also with STAMPlorations for their never-ending AG linky:

She liked to wear high heels...

This was made in honor of my niece:

Since I got Tim's paper dolls, this paper-doll girl always looked like my niece, Viv, to me:
This was us last weekend in G & G's pool... I chose this picture because she looks serious like the paper doll.

This was also last weekend... Viv normally looks all smiley like this!  Aren't they cute?

When I went to make this tag, I found this quote in my clippings tin and it was like,  "Oh yeah..."-- we had just visited, and Viv is very into wearing Grandma's old high heels!


  • Took advantage of the current SS Wednesday challenge and used a bunch of patterned paper scraps to punch hexagons from with a Fiskars punch.
  • Hexagons adhered to a library card base using Distress Collage Medium in Matte.  Some spots were empty so that the library card could show through.  
  • Once covered, the card was coated with Distress Collage Medium in Crazing, however, it was very hot out and it's likely that the medium dried too quickly for many cracks to form.  Distress Crayon drawn around the edges in Chipped Sapphire and rubbed it in to accentuate the few cracks that showed up.
  • "Viv" was coated with a layer of Distress Collage Medium in Vintage and adhered to the card using 3M dimensional tape.
  • The quote from an old book was adhered using Distress Collage Medium in Vintage.
  • Liquid Pearls in Rose Gold were added for additional flare.
  • Vintage seam binding from my stash.
As I mentioned, I'm taking advantage of the current Simon Says Stamp on Wednesday challenge: use patterned paper.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

More masking plus blending...

I just can't get enough of this technique right now... just masking and blending...

  • DIs in Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Crushed Olive, Frayed Burlap, Pine Needles
  • Canson Mix Media paper
  • Stamps as follows: bow is from a Downton Abbey set; I carved the deer; heart by Dina Wakley, all inked in Ranger Archival: Jet Black
I'll share all of these at Sunday Stamps, where I got the color inspiration:

I'll share the heart card at Country View where their current challenge is... hearts!

I'll share the deer card with Crafting By Designs: Animals

Fun with Stampabilities

...got a little crazy with a new Stampabilities stamp set I got for 50% off on Friday:

  • White cardstock masked with Frogtape 
  • Inked with the following DIs: Milled Lavender, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, and Shabby Shutters
  • Stampabilities stamps inked with Ranger Archival: Jet Black

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Oh, happy day!

Husband was watching the races at Ascot on TV today,  and a female quintet sang "Happy Day"-- so when I saw this stamp on my desk this afternoon, it kind of sang to me!


  • Frog Tape to mask edges
  • DI in Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Seedless Preserves
  • Stamps by Stampabilities inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
That's it!  I loved this so much I made a few more panels that I need to finish up tomorrow.  

I will share this at Mod Squad for their "Use lotsa colors" challenge.

I'd like to also share this at Just Us Girls for their photo challenge: