Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SOS # 312: Light bulb

(I always think of Gru on Despicable Me when I think of light bulbs... LOL... "Light. Bulb.")

Today marks the beginning of another stash-busting challenge with the gals at Shopping Our Stash.  This week Chris is our hostess, and she's chosen the theme You light up my life: include anything that has a light bulb in it!-- lamps, flashlight, lantern... you get the idea!  Anything with a light bulb in it or on it!

I knew I had this cute little light bulb floating around in a Heidi Swapp baggie, and if you look close... real close... the red pencils say "brilliant" on them, too!

  • Background paper and strip from Amy Tangerine's "Finders keepers" stack
  • Clipped corners using a Fiskars punch and drew around the edge with a Faber-Castell Pitt
  • Light bulb from a Heidi Swapp die-cut Minc pack... I don't even have a Minc...
  • Sentiment strips from a Chickaniddy DP from 2014
  • Doily shape has been in my stash for years... I want to say it is probably Recollections brand...
  • Yellow enamel dots by MME; blue enamel dots by Prima.  Both have been in my stash for at least two years.
Well, come on over with your BRIGHT ideas!  See you at Shopping Our Stash!

Saturday, July 15, 2017



Made this for my sis, who has always been a panda-lover.  She's now gotten so many cards and projects from me with this stamp... ha!  Hope she likes it!  I will include a note asking her for an ATC back... maybe I'll even include the blank card.

  • Base is thin (read "cheap") Pennelli watercolor paper
  • Old foam kid's stamp found at the elementary school in a bin, tucked far in an attic.
  • Stamp inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black and barely embossed with Recollection EP in black
  • Heart stamp from a Target set
  • Star stamps cut from a larger Dyan Reavely Dylusions stamp
  • DOx in Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron
  • DI in Worn Lipstick daubed around edges 
  • Water spritzed to add mottling effect
  • Corners clipped with a Fiskars punch
  • Edges outlines with Stickles in Black Diamond
I'll share this with the folks at Happy Little Stampers for their second-ever ATC challenge!

CAS berry-tones

Made this last night:

  • Tim's Honeycomb Mixed Media die
  • Back panel: wrinkle-free distress with Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry DOx
  • "Thank you" written with the inks listed above using a Jane Davenport waterbrush
  • Stickles in Icicle added to the sentiment
That's it.  It is pretty IRL, and was so easy to make.  I actually painted out a bunch of sentiments while I had the waterbrush out with these colors-- they are very nice together.

I'll share this at the following two challenges:

Friday, July 14, 2017

You've got this!

CASE'd a card at the grocery store:

Here is the original card:

I have only ever done this (copied a grocery store card) a couple times (like maybe literally two, including this one), but I loved this so much,  I may copy it again!  And again!  Though I feel a little like I'm cheating...


  • Strathmore watercolor paper
  • Zig Emboss Writer
  • Ranger EP in Princess Gold
  • Dylusions in Polished Jade
  • Water + Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold
I'll share this at Mod Squad where their current challenge is to have the sentiment be the focal. 

SOSS: Kids!

Well, I'm the very proud mother of two... one of which is a full-blown teen.  I saw this quote and couldn't pass up this opportunity:


  •  Bingo card 
  • Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers DOx
  • Black Liquitex gesso sponged through (and around) a stencil made with one of Tim's Mixed-Media dies
  • Pebeo relief outliner in Lead
  • Quote typed on reverse of library catalog card, inked with Pumice Stone DI and affixed with Vintage Distress Collage Medium
  • Tim's paper doll mounted with 3M dimensional adhesive
  • Vintage seam binding
The innocent girl in her maiden teens knows perfectly well what everything means. 
D.H. Lawrence

I showed my daughter and she... rolled her eyes!  Ha!  Mission accomplished!

I'll share this with the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SOS: CAS for Simplicity Day!

It's time for a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash, and this week I am your host...

with National Simplicity Day on July 12, I am challenging you to make a CAS (Clean and Simple)* card, and if you care to look at the Simplicity Day link above, you will be further-inspired!

*You know, I seldom do anything "clean"... ha ha ha... so if you are a grungy girl like me, just try to keep it simple, huh?!

Here is my project-- a series of cards:

  • The background panels are leftover from my spray box-- when the sheets of newsprint gets too inky, I replace them lest they bleed onto future projects, but often I can't discard the colorful sheets, so I tack them to the wall in the shack for some future use... so technically, this sheet has been used three times: once for reading, once in the bottom of my spray box, and now on this card!
  • The flowers were diecut from Tim's Wildflowers II from library cards (another upcycled item!), inked with Forest Moss and Crushed Olive DI plus Peeled Paint DOx
  • The sentiments of thanks were typed with my second-hand typewriter on library catalog cards
  • Further,  a few of these bases had already been stamped and rejected, so I am using them here!  
Waste not, want not!

I hope you join us at Shopping Our Stash for our CAS challenge-- and I encourage you to embrace National Simplicity Day!

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Well, I was nearly blinded in the photography session... so bright in the sunlight...


  • Pre-embossed metallic paper from a discount pad inked with various Ranger alcohol inks and blown around with a spray tool
  • Sentiment by Thickers
  • Core-dinations pink paper as mount to match the foam of the Thickers

I will share this with the following challenges: