Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SOS: Congrats/Graduation...

Greetings!  This week at Shopping Our Stash we are getting ready for the graduates!  And, because not everyone has a graduate in their life, we're opening the Grad Challenge also to a Congratulations challenge!

This card is for a friend's nephew.  Initially, I was going to mount it all on a white card, but when I went to get the card, I opted for the kraft instead.  I think it looks much more masculine this way.

  • Main patterned paper from a 12x12 dated 2014 by Echo Park
  • The brown/copper background paper was from the craft set that belonged to my kids when they were little... I recently cleaned out their craft bin and it turned out to be a gold mine!
  • The metallic cardboard was from some holiday cookie packaging a neighbor gave us.  It was just such a great copper color I had to keep part of it.
  • I used various hole punches to add confetti
  • The "Congrats" is a Tim Holtz die
Well, not a spectacular design, but it will do the job for a teen boy!  Now head on over to the Shopping Our Stash page to see what the team has cooked up!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Your wardrobe is about to change...

Happy Retirement!  This is for one of my husband's coworkers.
In the sun...

Not in the sun...

  • Main background panel written on with a Ranger Letter It pen and embossed with Recollections EP in clear
  • Background inked with Evergreen Bough (top) and Peacock Feathers (bottom) DI
  • Circles punched with an old Recollections punch
  • Hawaiian shirt is a SU! stamp, first stamped with Candied Apple DOx then inked with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Recollections clear EP.  Next, I daubed it with Broken China DI.
  • The flip-flops were drawn using two Letter It pens and heat embossed with clear.  I inked it with Mustard Seed DI. (The upper flip-flop was a little wonky, so I partially covered it...
  • The palm trees are by Inspired By Stamping, inked with Evergreen Bough and Vintage Photo.
  • I sprinkled everything with water to add the droplets.
  • The yellow trim is from an old Martha Stewart punch.
I'll share this with the folks at Simon Says Stamp on Wednesday for their multiple stamp  challenge.

Butterfly Journey

This is not "me", but it was fun to make, and it is pretty:

  • Cheap watercolor paper embossed with Tim Holtz's Roses folder 
  • Panel then inked with DOx in Abandoned Coral, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, and Squeezed Lemonade
  • Panel then cut with a stitched circle from Autumn (thanks!)
  • The butterflies are by Inkadinkado and were stamped on some thick vellum packaging using Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Recollections in Snow
  • I used various coordinating Ranger Liquid Pearls on the flowers
  • The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Quotation
I'd like to share this at the following challenges: 

Doctor, my eyes...

Love that song!

My BFF is an optometrist software manager (or something) for a giant firm, and I bought this paper years ago with her in mind. Back To Basics had the perfect challenge to use the paper finally!

To be totally fair, here are my scraps leftover... Probably a few square inches...
I'll send these to her to share with co-workers and clients.

  • Paper by Moxxie from years ago (3, 4???)
  • Cardstock is all from my scrap bin
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite and Red
  • I used a circle die of unknown make from Autumn (thanks) to cut some of the eyeglasses out.
  • Tim Holtz"Congrats" die
I'll share this at Back to Basics!

Friday, May 25, 2018

For sale!!!

A friend of mine is having a yard sale tomorrow and she is selling all of this!!!

I am not a Stampin' Up!  disciple, bit some of this looks pretty awesome.  She is not a crafter, so before she sells this to regular people, I wanted to throw it out to you guys.  If you are interested (??? we all have different styles) give a bid.  Unfortunately, you will have to factor in shipping.  But if you are half-interested, and the stuff doesn't sell, I will send it to you for shipping.

There are at least 50 of these!!! These are in varying states, but from my research, people said that stamp refresher spray works.

Birthday Deer

Made this for a coworker who is a lady, but she is not a girlie-girl:

  • Old DP-- no idea the make
  • The deer is a Hampton Art die cut from some Tim Holtz paper
  • The shield and laurel are from a Tim Holtz Bigz die, cut from some scraps
  • Liquid Pearls all around for a feminine touch... I think it worked!
I'd like to share this at the following challenges:
***So, here's my journalling: I have been tasked with making birthday cards for the staff, and for some this is easy (Teri likes purple, Laura likes killer whales, etc.)... well, Jennifer B. likes to hunt and fish, so I wanted to make a feminine card that embodies her interests.  (I can relate as a tomboy myself...) so it kind of all came together after I selected a neutral pre-cut deer die as the focal, then as soon I found the birthday patterned paper (the black and white background), I chose a pastel green theme.  The final touch was adding the Liquid Pearls, and I think that definitely took it over the top as a girlie-card!  

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Made this for a family-friend turning 4:

  • Recollections stamps and dino die
  • Background panel made a few months back using DOx on Tim Holtz's resist paper
  • Mat in back is a leftover piece of patterned paper by DCWV
  • On the dino, I inked him with Cracked Pistachio DOx and heat embossed with clear EP by Recollections.  Then I inked him with Mustard Seed DI
  • The sentiment was stamped with Distress embossing ink and heat embossed with Stampendous Stamp-n-stuff in Winter Wonderland (white with silver sparkles) on a scrap of paper from my scrap box.
I'd like to share this at the following challenges:

One cool chick

This is the easy type of project I always envision when I justify buying a new pad!:

This image is to show the cool holographic layer this paper has! 
Hard to see how glittery, but the Pebeo liner rocks.

  • Craft Smith paper pad
  • Core'dinations pink paper
  • Scotch washi tape
  • Pebeo glitter relief liner on the big sunglasses
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite  as the dots
  • Corners snipped with a Fiskars punch
I'd like to share this at the following challenges:

Dino-mite tag

Made this for my daughter's birthday:

  • Distress tag base inked with Peacock Feathers DI
  • Main panel made by stamping Tim's Scribbles stamp onto some cheap watercolor paper and heat embossing with Recollections in Snow (plain white)
  • Paper then sprinkled with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals and sprayed; adhered to tag
  • The fabulous dino came in a die+ stamp set by Recollections... hadn't used out until this project! I inked the dino with Worn Lipstick DI 2x, then inked it with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed with purple EP by Stampendous.
  • Then the dino was inked with Peacock Feathers DI
  • "Dynamite" was inked with Ranger Letter It embossing ink then embossed with Silver Tinsel from the Letter It pack.
  • "It's your day" inked with Ranger Letter It embossing ink then embossed with Recollections EP in Snow on some saved silver packaging
  • The pink glittery eyelash yarn was from Andrea at Snapping Monsters last year ;)
  • The rhinestones were from a pack my sister sent a few years ago now.

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

Flower graduation

Here another graduation card in the colors of the local high school:

  • Inspired By Stamping plumerias from the set of that name inked with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Custer's Last Stamp Silver EP on green paper from DCWV
  • The vellum circle was cut from thick vellum packaging
  • The silver background and silver that the sentiment was cut from is also saved packaging
  • The sentiment is by Tim Holtz
Pretty simple. 

I'll share this with the following challenges:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Golden 2018

...and here is a girlie graduation card:


  • The background polka dot paper was pre-cut on my scrap box. Don't recall who designed it.
  • The circle was cut from some rad vellum packaging using a die that Autumn sent (thanks!)
  • The numbers are by HLS, and Autumn also sent those to me! Thanks! I heat-embossed them using the Gold Tinsel from the Letter It pack.
  • I added sequins from designer packs... packaging long gone.  I used Glossy Accents to adhere them.
  • I mounted the whole thing to some nice parchment that seems to match the vellum well.
I'd like to share this at the following challenges:

2018 #GOALS

Here's one for the graduating class (stand by... I made 5 grad cards today... let's see how many I can post before I fall asleep):


  • The black cardstock was from my scrap box.  I stamped it with HLS number stamps (from Autumn, thanks!) with the Letter It embossing ink then embossed with Silver Tinsel EP from the Ranger Letter It pack.
  • The corners of the black panel were cut with a Fiskars punch
  • The green cardstock is the reverse from some DCWV patterned paper.
  • #GOALS stamp is by Stampabilities, inked and embossed like the 2018
  • The silver panel behind the green it's actually from some packaging that I saved. 
That's it for this one!

I'd like to share this at City Crafter for their Graduation challenge.

Doggie sympathy

Made this for a coworker who lost his Jack Russel at age 15:

  • Inexpensive watercolor paper cut 1/2" smaller than the kraft card
  • Diecut flowers by Tim Holtz, cut from Tim Holtz paper then adhered with Distress Collage Medium in matte
  • Doggie paws from a generic stamp set stamped with Perfect Pearls medium and dusted with Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold 
  • Pink vintage ribbon... she was a girl-dog so it added a nice touch...
I'd like to share this at:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

SOS: ...April showers...

This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are singing the same ol' song: April Showers Bring May Flowers! How does that strike ya? Flowers?  Showers?

This is what I made:

I had to show the full view of the card  on the wall :) 


  • Distress tag inked with Antique Linen DI and sprayed with a mix of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls
  • The flowered paper is from a Tim Holtz pad, and this is my fave paper of all Tim Holtz papers and I have hoarded it for sure, cut to size and stitched around the edge.
  • I roughed up the edges with a Making Memories edger then sprayed it with Heirloom Gold spray
  • The grey flowers were cut with my newest flower die set (by Tim Holtz, surprise, surprise...), but with more Tim Holtz paper.  These were actually cut before I started this project by using up a scrap of paper from THIS project.  The flowers were just sitting on my desk.  I would not have normally chosen grey, but it worked!
  • Yellow flowers by Prima from Tuesday Morning probably 2 years ago-- definitely using these sparingly... happy with the way they look here.
  • Tim's Quotations stickers cut apart for the sentiment.
  • The string is yellow hemp from Hand Made Modern by Target.
See you guys over at SOS with your April Showers Bring May Flowers project!