Tuesday, February 12, 2019

SOS 389: Make Your Mark

The latest challenge at Shopping Our Stash is being hosted by Chris, and she's encouraging crafters far and wide to MAKE THEIR MARK! You got it: use markers!

Here's my little lovey project:

Man, oh, man, do I love pens! 


  • The gold geometric heart is from a DCWV pad bought a couple years back at Tuesday Morning.  It is watercolor paper, and I usually like to use powdered pigments on it.   
  • Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers!  So, in the interest of shopping my stash, I thought I'd use the markers.  I was addicted to them in spring and summer,  but it's been months since I've really played with them.   Yum!  Missed them!  I used three colors here. 
  • Jane Davenport waterbrushes used to blend the Mermaid Markers.
  • Finetec Gold watercolors to accent the words.
Here is a little heart box that was from the same DCWV pad, colored the same way:

I hope you get to go find your marker box and join us for some fun! 

See you at Shopping Our Stash, and while you're there,  please visit my teammates-- such a talented group I'm part of! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

SOS 388: Ode to Jessi

The crafting community lost a beautiful citizen recently.

Jessi Fogan was an active participant in a variety of challenges, and a beloved design team member of several.

This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are paying tribute to this lovely soul the best way we crafters can: by using her art as inspiration for us.  In this way,  she lives on. 

I've made a card inspired by two of her creations.

This is my card:

Okay, so, Jessi was so inspiring that as I went sadly through her posts,  my heart lifted and my inspiration just began to swell from her creativity.  Initially,  I thought I'd kind of CASE THIS one:

... but as I began to create my version,  I felt a bright version was more fitting for the fun-loving Jessi.  So, I drew inspiration from the ginkgo leaf , the splatters, and the layout but went in search for a way to lighten it and brighten it.  I found THIS one:

I just love the inky goodness here!  I had already committed to the layout of the ginkgo card, but now I felt more direction for the brighter version.   I noticed the triple rhinestones on each,  but since my paper was so warped after the heat embossing (rrrr...) I decided to make it a postcard... so rhinestones were ditched for Stickles.  Perfect, because I notice Jessi was not shy with the glitter!

  • Canson watercolor panel, painted weeks ago.
  • WOW embossing powder in Sweet Cheeks.  You can see from the close-up how unique this powder is.
  • Stickles in Crystal
  • Gingko leaf carved by yours truly in December.
  • Perfect Medium pen used for the sentiment
  • Fiskars corner punch
  • Prussian Blue Color Bursts splattered over it
I hope you have a chance to peruse Jessi's blog-- you will undoubtedly be inspired.  This challenge at SOS will remain open for two weeks, so you will have plenty of time to create.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

SOS 387: Inspired by quilting!


This week at Shopping Our Stash, I am your hostess and I've chosen the theme of "Inspired by quilting" because January 26 is "Visit your local quilt shop day!"

Here is my little card:

  • Echo Park Alice In Wonderland pad.  I bought this last summer so it's not super-old, but, shame on me: I had no business buying more paper!
  • Fiskars hexagon punch
  • Sewing machine
  • Nuvo Drops in pearl
  • Diecut pack by MME
This card will go to the teacher at the school who is directing this year's play which is... Alice In Wonderland!

Can't wait to see what you create with this great stash-buster of a challenge!  See you over at Shopping Our Stash.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

SOS: Winter Blues

Happy 2019, everyone!

We are fresh from a winter's "nap" at Shopping Our Stash and ready with a new challenge for ya'll: Winter Blues!  So, do winter, do blues, or do both!

I am sharing a little blue art journal spread:
(Pardon the terrible picture... I'll try to get better images when the sun shines)


  • Dylusions journal
  • An old Forest Science journal page stamped with a repeating stamp carved from an eraser a couple weeks ago.  I glued this into my journal over an unfinished spread.
  • Vintage baby blue seam binding from my stash
  • Prussian Blue Colorbursts (pre-liquified in a tiny bottle) dripped into the orange and seam binding
  • Distress Crayons in Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, and Mermaid Lagoon added here and there and everywhere
  • Blue chunky Stickles from my stash
  • Tim's paper doll (from the Halloween set, I believe)
That's it.  Thus journal spread was made in a funk.  I didn't like any of the blue stuff I'd done,  so I minimized supplies and told myself to just play, basically.  No goal,  no message.  Just use some stash and blue supplies.  I don't love there result,  but playing with the supplies was far from a bad time!  

Hope you'll join us, and hope my card-making mojo joins us soon!  

See you at SOS!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

SOS 384: 'Tis the Season

Hi, friends. 

This week, Donna is the hostess at Shopping Our Stash and she's given us a good one: 'Tis the Season!  Soooo... winter, winter holidays... what's the season saying to you?

Here's my card:


  • Background made with Color Bursts in Prussian Blue and Ultramarine.  I then sprinkled water, and then added some watered-down gesso and hit it with the heat gun so the gesso didn't draw too much of the blue.
  • The trees were cut months ago with a Tim Holtz die.  The metallic tree was cut from some packaging.
  • Tim's Holiday Quotations from a couple years ago. 
  • I added sequins with Glossy Accents *just* to increase the stashiness of this project.
  • The gray matting paper was a scrap of textured cardstock.  I rubbed it with bits of sandpaper to show the texture-- of course the images don't do it justice.
Well?  What does "'Tis the Season" mean to you? See you at Shopping Our Stash!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

SOS 382: Washi-washi-washi!!!

This week at Shopping Out Stash, Donna is our hostess, and she has chosen the theme WASHI WASHI WASHI!  What a perfect theme for stash-shoppers... who can resist decorative tape?  I mean, it's useful, inexpensive, and oh-so-stashable.  So, let's use it up!

  • Candy cane paper from a co-worker... she gave me sheets and sheets, so I've got to use it up!
  • Tiny envelope template from Paper Source, a store in Berkeley, CA.
  • Once envelopes made, Liquitex gesso was sponged on for a frosty-glow
  • Various washi tapes added, including the following brands: K & Company, Scotch, and I *think* the "Oh Happy Day" might be Jane Davenport... and the gold-striped tape is generic, I believe.
  • Pre-cut mistletoe sprigs and tree, all Tim Holtz dies
  • Tim Holtz Holiday Quotations stickers, specifically used from sheets I had used the least of (in the interest of stash-shopping!)
  • Stickles in Xmas Red and Silver
Thanks for visiting!  I hope you are inspired to play with washi tape with us... see you at Shopping Our Stash!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Merry and bright rooster

This is a fun one:

I always love non-traditional colors for holidays!  This card was a fast-make:  I stamped the rooster weeks ago and I cut the sentiments weeks ago also.  Didn't plan for them to be together,  but they were right in a pile on my desk together-- serendipity.


  • I carved the rooster stamp based on an image I took of my friend's rooster, Roo-Roo.
  • Roo-Roo was stamped on Canson Mix Media paper with Recollections gradient ink,  bought two years ago on clearance at Michaels.
  • Tim Holtz holiday sentiment dies cut from scraps
I'll share this at the following challenges: