Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holiday Grumplings

OMG, these guys are my fave... I feel 'em:

Supplies and notes:
  • Taylored Expressions Grumpling and sentiments inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • Additional ground drawn with a Microm 02... would have liked the 03, but my 03 exploded over the summer...
  • Grumplings shaded with Spectrum Noir pen in IG1 and colored with Sharpies
  • Stormy Sky DI as the- ahem- stormy sky.  Water splatter provided snowy storm look.
  • Scrap papers from my stash added as mats
  • Snowflake rhinestones on the first card found at the dollar store last month
  • Second card's black dots are Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite
I'll share these at the following challenges:

SOS: Snow much fun

Hello, and happy Tuesday!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, our hostess Alica is encouraging us to have Snow Much Fun... that is, create a project that has anything to do with snow!  Easy, right?  At Shopping Our Stash, remember, the idea is to use the craft items you have in your stash, or even hoarding... come on, we all do it!  So find those old snowflake stamps, snowman stickers, snowy designer paper, etc., and join the fun!

Here is my project:
(Click for details... I'm having poor luck with images lately!)

  • The snowy background panel was on my desk, made a week prior, using Tim's new snowflake stamps in water over DOx in Salty Ocean for a ghosting effect.
  • The panel behind it was just a scrap of white splattered with Salty Ocean DOx
  • Tree line die by Tim (a couple years old and have hardly used this year) used to cut vellum... I think this vellum could be 15-20 years old.
  • Vintage seam binding from my stash
  • Snowflake gems found last month at a dollar store
  • Sentiment from Tim's Quotations layered on some stashed silver packaging
For some inspiration, go on back to Shopping Our Stash and visit my teammates!  

Monday, November 27, 2017

Watercolor wishes

Made this for a friend whose child is having surgery this week:

  • DI in Shaded Lilac, Stormy Sky, Scattered Straw, and Evergreen Bough inked onto my craft mat and sprayed with water to paint with
  • Strathmore watercolor paper
  • Finetec watercolor used for sentiment
  • Making Memories paper distresser used at the edges of the watercolro panel
That's it! 

I'd like to share this with Simon Says Stamp on Monday: Star Light, Star Bright.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

12 Tags of Xmas #7

Here is my tag #7 for The Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Xmas:

And here is Linda's inspiring tag:

I was inspired by the blue and green plaid base, the bold white flower, and the blue and green seam binding.  It's so interesting that with all of those things generally in common, my tag is so different!


  • Library card base 
  • Monoprint using Tim's mini Argyle stencil inked with Chipped Sapphire and Pine Needles DIs
  • Poinsettia stamp by STAMPlorations inked with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Stamp-n-stuff in Winter Wonderland
  • Poinsettia then accented with Finetec gold watercolor
  • Vintage seam binding from my stash
  • Tim's Metallic holiday quotations

12 Tags of Xmas #8

Here is my tag for The Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Xmas inspiration challenge, tag #8

...and here is Linda's tag:

I took inspiration from Linda's colors and general layout, plus the snowflakes in the background.  Linda's tag for this week is gorgeous-- mine is like the simple sister!


  • Library card base stamped with one of Tim's snowflakes using Distress Embossing Ink and Stampendous pearly white EP
  • Base then smooshed in Stormy Sky and Shaded Lilac DIs and edged with Frayed Burlap
  • The pink banner was cut from scrap Canson MM paper and smooshed in Worn Lipstick DI, then affixed with Recollections brads
  • Seam binding originally silvery-taupe, inked with Mushroom alcohol ink and silver mixative
  • Tim's mini greenery dies cut from his metallic cardstock and inked with alcohol ink in Mushroom
  • Tim's found relative cut with Fiskars Deckle scissors and inked at edges with Martha Stewart's liquid gilding

Saturday, November 25, 2017

What a sweetie...

...I mean, just look at this little guy!


  • Library card base
  • Sheet music inked with Candied Apple DOx
  • Tim's mini greenery holly die cut from Canson MM paper and inked with Lucky Clover DOx; adhered with Elmers spray adhesive
  • Tim's paper doll popped up with 3M dimensional adhesive
  • Bells from my stash inked with AI in Mushroom, Oregano, and Pearl
  • Vintage seam binding
  • Tim's Metallic holiday quotations

I'll share this at Tag Tuesday for their current challenge, music.

Monoprint Thanks

Really love these CAS thanks:

  • Color Bursts used through Tim Holtz's Flowers stencil (blue) and Roses stencil (red) then monoprinted onto Strathmore watercolor paper
  • The watercolor panel popped up with 3 M dimensional tape
  • Tim's found relatives popped up also.  On the blue card I just edged the photo with a black Sharpie.  On the red photo, I coated the girl with Distress Collage Medium in Crazing then edged it with Brushed Pewter Distress Crayon... click for detail.
  • Sentiment written with a Micron 08
I'd like to share these at the following challenges:

Leafy sympathy

I seem to always use leaves on sympathy cards:

I've been busy with little craft time and my mojo is suffering.  I think a lot of crafters do what I do at these times: tidy up our desks!  I organized a stack of snippets, and the torn leaf panel was part of that pile.  It is so pretty that it triggered my creativity (for a sympathy card-- strange, since that is my least fave kind of card to make, but nice to have on hand.)

  • Leaf panel is Strathmore watercolor paper
  • Leaf stamp must be 13+ years old-- just a cheap rubber stamp used when I helped my BFF with her first wedding which was in 2004, I think...
  • Leaf stamp embossed with Ranger EP in Princess Gold
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals used to color leaf panel
  • Light background panel is generic cardstock stamped with Tim's Ledger Script stamp set with DOx in Antique Linen
  • Mounted turquoise/teal panel is by Core'dinations
  • Sentiment written with a Zig Emboss Writer and embossed with Ranger Antique Turquoise
I'd like to share this with the following challenges:

Begonia Thanks

These colors play so well together...

This stamp is a begonia.  Here are a couple of my dad's begonias, going strong still in the central valley:

  • Begonia stamp found at the local thrift shop, brand new.  
  • Flower embossing on both panels using Lindy's Stamp Gang EP in Oakleaf Olive 
  • Twine from Hand Made Modern
  • Sentiment written with a Zig Emboss Writer and embossed with Ranger EP in Princess Gold
  • All ink is DOx in Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio
I'd like to share this at the following challenges:

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A happy time

Well, isn't this a happy little family?  I guess we'll never know!  But let's say yes.


  • Library card base inked with Color Bursts through Tim's Tiles stencil
  • Distress laurel die cut from Tim's Eclectic Elements paper
  • Distress Glitter Dustaround the edges adhered with Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Alleen's snow at the bottom
  • Tim's paper dolls as the focus
  • Quote from an old book

I'd like to share this tag at the following places:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Merry and bright deer

Love this and will make more... (actually tried, but messed up the other one, but I am far from done with this idea this holiday season!)

Supplies and notes:
  • Hampton Art deer die, never been used, and I was messing around (no mojo... just tinkering) and I ended up using the negative as a stencil 
  • DI in Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, and Mustard Seed
  • Sentiment written in Faber-Castell Pitts 
  • Mounted on a scrap of pink paper
I will share this with the folks at Happy Little Stampers for their current CAS challenge:

Girl's best friend

Finally had a little (and I mean very little) craft time in the shack.  This project started with the library card in the center-- I'd been using it for excess inks and pastes.

On a side note, I made this for a friend of mine.  I was picking through Tim's paper dolls when I saw the dog and thought, "That looks like Nellie..." (a friend of mine's dog)... so then I added her, too!

Supplies and notes:
  • Torn library card in the middle started as just a scrap card for excess inks and modeling pastes from other projects.  It's got Teresa Collins modeling paste and a couple DIs
  • The base library card was sprayed with Dylusions in Pure Sunshine and Lemon Zest
  • Over the Dylusions, I used Tim's new-ish scribbly stamp inked with Antique Linen in DOx then sprayed with water for the oxidation magic.
  • Trim from Micahels
  • Rhinestone stickers bought in bulk a few years back
  • Words cut from an old dictionary and adhered with Distress Collage medium in matte
  • I used a vintage hole-punch reinforcer
  • Twine from Hand Made Modern (Target brand)
  • Tim Holtz paper doll (and dog)
I'll play this with both of the Simon Says challenges this week:

SOS: Quick thanks!

Hello, paper-crafters! This week at Shopping Our Stash, the challenge is "Quick thanks..."  

The idea is that you guys to create a thank you card quickly!  "Quickly" is a relative term...

  • The main panel is actually letterpress paper cut from some fancy monogrammed stationary.
  • The focal image is a stamp by Andrea at Snapping Monsters.  I have been thinking about this stamp set lately and so I went for it.  I embossed this gal in Recollections EP in black.  I used my trusty old Loew Cornell watercolors from my college days.  
  • Sentiment written with a Zig emboss-writer and embossed with the same EP.
  • I used a  tiny scrap of leftover Cosmo Cricket paper that I'd colored with Color Bursts for the top and bottom of the background.  I am happy to use this up since I seem to love to accumulated background that I never completely use... although I'll miss this one because I think it is so pretty!  See why I am a hoarder?  
  • The main panel was popped up over top using 3M 
Thank you for stopping by, and Happy Thanksgiving.  My family dinner was yesterday... I ate so much that I had to stay up late working a jigsaw puzzle (should have been blogging, but I was totally in a food coma!).  Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, have a great week!  Hope you can squeeze in some time to make a quick thanks with us at SOS!  (I'll be squeezing into my stretchy pants!)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Neutral xmas


It's that time of the year again... Where it's not "too early" anymore to make xmas cards... In fact, it's now almost "too late."  Almost!

Supplies and notes:
  • Century-old sheet music
  • Black vintage seam binding inked with Gold AI mixative, partially affixed with Recollections brads
  • Sentiment written using a Micron 03
  • Snowflake stamp by Tim Holtz, inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black and embossed with black Recollections EP.  After I cut it out, I edged it with my old cat's eye ColorBox Chalk in Blackbird. 
  • Textured panel since a couple weeks ago after seeing THIS tutorial by Autumn.  I did it a little differently: I coated a piece of pre-cut chipboard with Ranger Transparent EP, then just stamped it with a Prima crackle stamp (which I had sprayed with water to keep the gel from getting in my stamp).  nce dry, I painted it with black Liquitex gesso and then rubbed it with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush.  I started to burnish it with a baby wipe, but then the lustre was staying on the raised areas and going in the cracks... abort mission!  Just left it to dry.  
  • Gold thread from my stash
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite at the corners of the sheet music
I plan to share this with the folks at Inspirational:

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Have a good day


Supplies and notes:
  • Colorful background made on Strathmore watercolor paper using Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals through a Brett Weldele stencil
  • Stitching on base is actually a stamp by Andrea at Snapping Monsters, inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black (LOVE IT... go to her Etsy store to see if these are in stock...)
  • Circle panel cut using a stitched circle die from Autumn at SewPaperPaint
  • Succulent stamp by Stampabilities, colored using a water brush and DIs
  • Sentiment stamp by Hampton Art
I just want to say that both Andrea and Autumn have been some of the friendliest and most supportive crafters since I started blogging a couple years ago.  They are also some of the most creative women out there.  Go visit them-- you will never be disappointed. Love, love, love.  Thankful for them. 

I'd like to share this with the folks at Simon Says Stamp on Monday for their "It's a stitch up" challenge.