Tuesday, June 26, 2018

SOS: Red, White and (maybe) Blue!

Hello, crafters!  This week at Shopping Our Stash Donna is our hostess and she has selected a theme of Red, white and (maybe) blue!  Our team is made up of ladies from Canada and the United States, so in honor of these countries' upcoming birthdays we are making projects primarily featuring the colors of our flags!

Here is my card:

  • The colorful panel is resist watercolor paper-- it was already cut like this (5"x6.5" with a circle cut from the middle) when I found it... 
  • I added Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Rudolph's Red Nose and also Ken Oliver's Color Bursts in Ultramarine Blue then popped the whole panel up on 3M dimensional adhesive.
  • The patriotic sentiment was written with a Ranger Letter It pen on Canson Mix Media paper and heat-embossed with Letter It in Gold Tinsel. {The Letter It pen is actually a stashy-item because I prefer my Zig Emboss Writer... the Letter It pen goes on so clear that you can't really see what you've written whereas the Zig Emboss Writer goes on paper blue.  I decided to just write my sentiment in pencil then go over it with the Letter It pen-- normally I would not do this because I wouldn't want to make the pen icky, but since I don't even use the thing, I thought, "What the heck..." So liberating!  I think I will actually use it now!}
  • Sequins from my stash
  • The red tinsel trim was from a holiday section at a local store.  I hot-glued it on.

That's all!  I will send this to one of my daughters who will both be at summer  camp during 4th of July.  Boo-hoo.  I'll miss them.

Please go over to the SOS challenge for DT inspiration and to link up your own red, white, and (maybe) blue projects!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

SOS: Craftin' machine!

Hello!  Thanks for visiting!  This week at Shopping Our Stash, I am your hostess and have chosen the theme "She's a craftin' machine!" I am encouraging folks (as well as myself) to use the craft machines that are a little neglected.  I am guilty of neglecting my electronic die-cutting machine... poor thing.  It just becomes a production to get it out with all my papers and vinyls and then the machine itself takes up a lot of real estate on my kitchen table (I don't even bring it out to the shack-- eventually I'd like to have a table for it, but that will be in the future.)

  • Found some gel-printed papers and busted out the Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut the flip-flops out.  
  • The main background paper was in my scrap box-- old K & Company from many years ago
  • The green background paper was from a huge pad 
  • The "Hello" was already just sitting on my desk!  Stash-busting at it's best!
  • All flowers were pre-dicut using my Big Shot.  The bigger flowers are by Spellbinders and the smaller flowers are by Tim Holtz-- the smaller flowers fell onto the craft shack floor as I was putting the flowers away, so I decided that they were volunteering and I added them!
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite added to center of flowers
Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you over at SOS with some machine-use of your own!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Pine branch cards

Made these last week for special requests:

  • Pine bough stamp embossed with both Lindy's Stamp Gang in Oakleaf Olive and Ranger Potting Soil EPs
  • Sentiments written with Ranger Letter It pens and embossed with the leftover mixed powders
  • Paper dipped in Stormy Sky DI
  • Mat paper from an old old old 8x8" paper pad
How about sharing these at the following:

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Kellie's Birthday

Made this for my close friend (and hairdresser) Kellie:

  • Watercolor paper base stamped with a variety of stamps: Dylusions stars, Inkadinkado butterfly
  • Dylusions sprays
  • Perfect Pearls mix sprayed over top
  • Signo white  pen for the sentiment
I'll share this baby at the following two challenges:

Tin Man

I made this last-minute to be given the drama teacher:


  • Designer paper by Graphic 45
  • Background grey paper by Basic Grey 
  • Watercolor paper with sentiment brushed on using a paintbrush in some Distress Crayon in Black Soot scribbled with some water.  The sentiment was one from the Wizard of Oz to the Tin Man.
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TIOT Guestie!

So honored to have been asked to be a guest designer at Try It On Tuesday... they seemed to like THIS project from back in March, so I've been invited to join in their current For The Boys challenge!

Here is my project:


  • I made the box from an old library catalog card
  • The cardboard was taken from my recycling bin and I ripped it and gave it a light coat of Teresa Collins modeling paste and adhered it to the inside of the box
  • The main image was from a page of Tim Holtz designer paper, cut and coated with Distress Collage Medium in Crazing.  When dry and crackled, I gently scribbled various Distress Crayons over the cracks to emphasize them.
  • The rope-looking twine was from my jar of fiber scraps
  • The little words are from Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers
  • The awesome striped ribbon in the background was also from my scrap fiber jar
  • I added two little Recollections brads to the ribbon 

Thank you for dropping by!  See you over at Try It On Tuesday!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

SOS: A few of my favorite things...

We've got a fun challenge for you this week at Shopping Our Stash!  Our hostess, Donna, has chosen the theme My Favorite Things!  So think for about 5 seconds about your faaaavvvvvorite supplies/techniques/stamps et cetera, and get busy!

My favorite things include:

So, just to be clear, I love birds.  I love old birds clipped from old books.  I love doing art on library catalog cards because I love the look and practicality.  I love using powdered pigments through stencils.  I love using a mini-blender in DI.  I love using old snippets from old books.  I love adding glue from my finger to paper.  I love using my sewing machine on paper.  So much of my favorite on this project that I really just can;t stop.  I could go on and on.  I hope you like it. 

  • Library catalog card base inked months and months ago with Indigo Color Bursts through Tim's Florals stencil
  • The bird was fussy-cut from an old bird guide that Andrea found at a thrift store
  • Before I adhered the Common Yellowthroat, I added some DI in Seedless Preserves to pull some of the purple from the stenciled area.
  • The little quote was in my quotes-snippets box
  • I used Distress Collage Medium in Matte for all my gluing purposes
  • In the end, I used up the rest of the thread already on my sewing machine for the edges.
  • The hold was reinforced by a vintage Dennison hole reinforcer.  Fabu, don't you think? 
See you at Shopping Our Stash!  I expect a lot of visitors to the blog because who needs to be asked twice to participate in a challenge like this!?

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Carry the flag for you...

As I was making this, I got the Patty Loveless song "Here I Am" stuck in my head.

This little "flag" was made with a leftover piece from THIS card.


  • Floral watercolor resist paper by Recollections inked with powdered pigments by Lindy's Stamp Gang in Luminous Lemon and Color Bursts in Pthalo Green
  • Generic gold washi tape
  • Quotations stamp 
  • Base is a library card inked with Fossilized Amber and sprayed for a little oxidation.
  • The twine at the top is from my stash
  • Tim's photobooth friend popped up on some 3M dimensional adhesive
I'll share this little flag-tag at the following challenges:

Green and yellow "Hello"

I just love using the backgrounds I've saved for months!


  • The floral watercolor resist paper is by Recollections
  • Powdered pigments include Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Lumnious Lemon and Color Bursts in Pthalo Green
  • The sentiment is by Hampton Art, inked with Fossilized Amber DOx and heat embossed with Recollections clear EP

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