Tuesday, June 8, 2021

SOS #447: Fur-babies

 Yay!  I am hosting the latest challenge at Shopping Our Stash, and we will be creating projects featuring fur-babies!  Yep, the stashy spotlight is on pets... or I would say domesticated animals having fur :)

I have chosen to use up my plentiful Halloween stash featuring cats!  I don't have a cat, nor have I ever, but I love them on Halloween items!

Here are my cards:

Supplies and notes:

  • Paper (including focal imagery) from the following companies/years: Authentique 2013 and 2018, Bo Bunny 2013, Graphic 45 2012 and 2013, Martha Stewart from 2018 (I think)
  • Tim Holtz Halloween ephemera from 2016
  • Tim Holtz Halloween chit-chat from 2018
  • Typed greetings from forever ago
  • Found text from years ago
  • Glossy Accents to glue the trim
  • Pom-pom trim from Target years ago
  • Eyelash trim from Michael's years ago
  • Silver stickles from years ago
  • Faux washi from Recollection this year
  • Orange pearls from prehistoric days
  • Orange cardstock from the dawn of man
  • Bat brads from the Eyelet Outlet years ago
  • Cat cut-out from Creative Imaginations probably 8 years ago
Thank you for visiting!  Now head on over to SOS's page and take a peek at what the DT came up with featuring furry friends!


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

SOS 446: There's GNOME place like home!

 This fortnight's challenge at Shopping Our Stash has us focusing on Gnomes and other mythical creatures! 

Well, I have NO GNOME stash (that I could think of... always hard to believe I don't have something crafty... I'm sure I do... LOL), so I kind of created my own gnomie-dude!  Actually turned out pretty cute for my first attempt!  (Pardon the picture... there is so much shine and sparkle on this card and my camera wanted none of it!)


  • Recollections "When Life Gives You Lemons" pad
  • Gnome hat and nose inked with Tea Dye Distress Ink
  • Gnome shoes inked with Crushed Olive Distress Ink
  • Spellbinders/Seth Apter "Ray of Light" die cut made sparkly with hot yellow Stickles from a Halloween Stickles collection from years ago-- came with hot yellow, orange, and a nice blue-purple.
This will go to a teacher-friend for a summer gift.  We are almost there!  Let's go see what my teammates made at SOS!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

SOS #444: I made this for you, Mom!

Mother's Day is coming up in USA, and we are celebrating at Shopping Our Stash. 

This is my offering for the challenge:


  • Butterfly stamp by Inkadinkado, 2016, inked with Ranger Letter It embossing ink and heat embossed using Recollections embossing powder in white.
  • Stickles in Star Dust from 2018 added to edges of wings
  • Pearls from a Michael's pack from 2016
  • Nuvo Drops in Ivory Shell added at antennae
  • The card base was a Ken Oliver base a friend found for me at a yard sale
  • Ken Oliver Liquid Metals painted across the background.  This was basically my first time using them after having them for over a year and they looked shimmery when wet but the shimmers aren't there so much when dry... I'll have to play some more...
  • Tim Holtz Metallic Quotations from 2017.
Thanks for visiting!  Happy Mother's Day to you all! Go visit my teammates at Shopping Our Stash and then share what you've made!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

SOS 443: Plant life!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, I am the hostess and I chose the theme "Plant Life" because I love all things leafy (or even plants without leaves... like succulents and cacti!

It was hard to narrow down which supplies I would use, but I am happy with these somewhat CAS creations:

Supplies and notes:

  • The hearts were painted on canvas paper last week using Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink, and cut at that time.  
  • The word stickers were purchased from The Dollar Tree probably three years ago now... I love them!  I will be sad when they are gone!
  • Tim Holtz Wildflowers dies from set #1 circa 2016.  
  • I used Park Lane gold and holographic papers from JoAnns.
  • On the blue "Good Luck" card, I used Versamark ink with Ranger Princess Gold EP and a stamp from The Stamp Pad Company that must be 20 years old.
  • On the red/orange heart, you can see the heat-embossed Stamplorations French Marigold stamp.  

I also made these for this challenge... and forgot about them!:

Supplies and notes:

  • The leaves/sentiments were painted about seven months ago using Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolor on Strathmore watercolor paper.
  • The top card:
    • Elle's Studio paper from 2013
    • Park Lane gold paper
    • Nuvo Drops in Ivory Shell
  • The bottom card:
    • Kaisercraft paper from probably 4-5 years ago
    • Liquid Pearls in Petal Pink from 2010

Thank you for visiting!  Please go check out what my awesome teammates made at the Shopping Our Stash site!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

SOS 442: Here comes Peter Cottontail...

...hopping down the bunny trail!

The current challenge at Shopping Our Stash has to do with spring and bunnies :)  

Here's the card I'll mail to my niece:



  • Paper by Heidi Swapp from 2015 back distressed with a Making Memories distress tool from a decade ago.
  • Letters cut using Tim Holtz dies purchased recently
  • Brad by Basic Gray from 2012--the pack had never been opened.
  • The leaves were cut long ago using a Tim Holtz die ("Laurels")
  • The gold key and fluer-de-lis and the white stickers are from a little diecut pack by EK Success ("Parisian Florals") from 2015
  • That fantastic trim is by K & Co. from at least 10 years ago-- did not realize it has an adhesive backing!!!  It's like pockets in a dress!
  • Nuvo drops in Ivory Seashell
  • Bunny sticker from a sheet from years ago.

Thanks for visiting.  Have a happy spring and Easter if you celebrate it.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

SOS 441: The rainbow connection

Awww, I just think of sweet little Kermit singing that song.  This fortnight at Shopping Our Stash, the team is encouraging you to dig into your stash to create a rainbow-inspired feast for the eyes.

Here's my birthday card:


  • Artist's Loft watercolor paper (it's great for stamping because it is inexpensive and therefore thinner and it is also smooth.)
  • Ken Oliver Color Bursts in a rainbow of colors!  I've had these for a few years.
  • Rubbernecker Mini Distressed Squares Background stamp purchased 3 years ago at the Sacramento Stamp Expo.
  • Above-said stamp inked with Ranger Letter It embossing ink and embossed with a pearly EP from a Recollections, both from over three years ago.
  • Thickers from 2015.  I used a ruler taped to my craft mat to have even angles for the words-- I did it just right but in these pictures look not so  
  • Iridescent red gem stickers by DCWV from 2013... never used this pack!
  • Turquoise card cut from some bulk Bazzill paper I need to use up! I cut it to fit a yellow envelope I  have had since I started cardmaking.  I need to do this more often because I think it is fun to send colorful envelopes-- I usually do white or kraft.

Thanks for visiting.  Have a bright week!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

SOS 440: Oh, the places we'll go (after the pandemic!)

Who is ready to GET OUT OF TOWN?  What a crazy year it's been!  The current challenge at Shopping Our Stash focuses on the the future!  Where you wanna go?

I know many people camped this past year, but we just got a new-used trailer and want to go visit places... but not if they are all shut!

Supplies and notes:

  • Photo Play paper from years ago... I love this paper and tried not to cover it up.
  • Stampendous stamps from 2016 inked with Ranger Archival Ink and colored with DI in Chipped Sapphire and Aged Mahogany. I wish this turned out a little more vivid.  I may go over the ink on the trailer with stickles or Nuvo Drops.
  • Viva Pearl Pen in Anthracite from many years ago used for the tire
  • MME enamel dots from 2014

Thanks for virtually visiting!  So curious where everyone else wants to go!

*Okay, I REALLY miss Disneyland... who knows if it will ever open in California again.  What a crying shame.