Thursday, September 20, 2018

Roses "hi"

I made this background using a stamp I carved a few weeks ago.  One morning while the kids were still asleep, I crept out to the shack and got on a kick to eliminate my stack(s) of backgrounds, and I decided to also get rid of a bunch of the letter stickers I used to use heavily in scrapbooking.  This is one of those cards:

  • I made this background using a scrap of regular 65 lb. cardstock
  • I inked the stamp I carved with Tim Holtz Embossing Ink and Recollections white embossing powder
  • Color Bursts were used for the colors: Violet, Merlot, Crimson, and Lemon Yellow, I believe.
  • The Thickers are from 2010
I'll share this at The Flower Challenge:

...caught a bug...

A few weeks ago, Shopping Our Stash hosted a challenge about bugs, and Bonnie used the clever idea of "catching a bug"-- as in getting sick!  So clever!  I used some of my unused bug drawings to make my own "caught a bug" card:

Supplies and notes:

  • Focal sentiment punched with a Fiskars punch and written with Jane Davenport brush pens and a Tonic/Kuretake small waterbrush
  • Bugs painted on a scrap of watercolor paper with Jane Davenport watercolors
  • Over the bugs, I stamped old metal letterpress blocks of instructions for who-knows-what
  • The green cardstock was passed to me recently from a coworker (Thanks, Michelle!)
I'll share this with the following challenges:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mailable Thanksgiving Decor

Made this with my long-time bestie in mind.  She and I have always loved all things fall.


  • Vintage Bingo card base gel printed using a Ranger gel plate and Liquitex acrylics
  • The orange strip was a gel printed scrap on vintage typewriter paper
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush added to edges of card
  • Leaves were all pre-cut and in my stash (some were cut from very old sheet music books).  They were all inked with Walnut Stain DI.
  • Pumpkin from a fall die cut pack by Carta Bella. It was coated with Distress Crazing medium, rubbed with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon, and Nuvo Drops were added.
  • Crazing medium added to portions of card through a Prima floral stencil
  • Words cut from a discarded library book
  • The easel was cut from a library catalog card.  The die is by Tim Holtz.
I'd love to share this with the following challenges:

SOS 372: Welcome Home!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are saying "Welcome home!"  We would like to see projects inspired by your home-- where you live now or where you come from.   (Thanks to Deena on the team-- this was her idea... isn't it great?)

So, what is home to you?

I was born in Maryland, and much of my family is there.  I have only been back three times since my parents lefts the state when I was six months old, but because so much of my family is there, and since my folks met and spent much of their youth in Maryland (my dad is actually a Terapin... Go Terps!), I have ties to the state.  I mean, I grew up with Old Bay and crab (although it's not blue crab here in California...).  I have also always been a huge fan of the flag, the state bird (Baltimore Oriole), and the state flower (Black-eyed Susan).  I'm wishing I had a trip scheduled soon.  One set of my aunt/uncle (I have about 7 sets there, one set in DC) own and operate a vineyard in Newmarket and it's pretty close to heaven on earth.  If you are in Maryland (CHRIS), you should visit.  They are the best people.  And I think you might like their product... :)

  • I bought the tin a year ago at an Asian market and this is just the sort of project I envisioned!  I coated the tin initially with alcohol inks in Mushroon, Oregano, and Ginger, but they did not look great on the bright aluminum.  I then coated it with black Liquitex gesso and rubbed it with some DecoArt metallic paint in Espresso.  I also added Pebeo sand to add the corroded look.  I added some Walnut Stain and watered-down Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint to the "corroded" areas to look like rust.
  • The Maryland flag (which is awesome... I have flip-flops that look like it!) is from some DP by Echo Park. It was on super-clearance at a scrapbook store I visited two weeks ago for the first time.  It was, like, staring at me.  Meant-to-be purchase.  I inked it with Vintage Photo DI and added water spots.
  • I wiped some hemp twine with the above-mentioned DecoArt paint and added it to the inside edges of the tin.
  • The flowers are many years old, made by Prima.  They were originally beige.  I paited them yellow with Liquitex acrylic, then added Glossy Accents to the centers and added black Recollections glass beads to make the Black-eyed Susans.
  • I used scrap craft copper sheets and metal dies for the "Marys From Maryland" sign.  Then I scribbled with Distress Crayon in Black Soot.  (This tin will go to my cousin Mary: we are the "Marys from Maryland!"  [My real-life name is Mary... Mimi is the nickname that my family and closest friends call me])
  • The tiny oriole is from a bird guide that was discarded from the library when a boy destroyed it.  Gotta love him.
  • The hanging apparatus is a Paper Studio safety pin.  I glued it with Glossy Accenst.
Hope to see you guys at SOS, and I look forward to your projects and learning a little about y'all!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Elegant birthday

Here is a personalized card for another coworker who is also a great friend:

The card is truly the color of the top image.  I was at such an angle at the bottom image for the gold that the green's albedo went up... or something... I don't know. It's just science.

Supplies and notes:

  • Sea-green cardstock
  • Stampin' Up stamps inked in Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • Sentiment written with black Liquitex gesso 
  • Accents and flowers using Finetec metallic watercolors
  • Accents added with Black Diamond Stickles
That's about it.

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

More coloring...

I drew the picture below the same day I drew THIS one:

Supplies and notes
  • Rexel Derwent watercolor pencils
  • Micron pen
  • Sentiment brushed using Black Soot Distress Crayon scribbled on my mat and sprayed with water
  • Stickles added for pizzazz
  • The green mat is a scrap
I'll share this at JUGS:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SOS: Upcycle

This week at Shopping Our Stash, our hostess Donna is encouraging us to upcycle something!  Ahh, stash-shopping in it's purest form...

For my project, I decorated an old box that I'd been using for pre-made sentiments and quotes that I made (not cut from books).  The box was originally from a phonics card set that a teacher was getting rid of.


  • Old box
  • Ranger gel plate
  • Liquitex Basics paint
  • Martha Stewart gold paint
  • Old button.  I attached it with the original fabric showing because that is the best part of old buttons sometimes!
  • The quote was typed a long time ago and was contained within the box
  • The box had the skull glued to it before I gel-printed it
That's it!  Hope you can join us and upcycle something that would otherwise be in the garbage!  See you at Shopping Our Stash!