Tuesday, October 30, 2018

No spring chicken...

This is a birthday card I made for my parents to give my brother:

Inside it says, "You're no spring chicken."  My mom was like, but he's a boy!" and I told her that chickens are a species and the chicken on the front is indeed a rooster.

  • Yours truly carved the stamp of one of my friend's roosters.  This is Roo-Roo.  He was inked with Distress Embossing Ink and heat-embossed with Recollection Snow embossing powder.
  • Woodgrain is a Heidi Swapp stamp, heat embossed with Ranger EP in Potting Soil on watercolor paper, then colored with DOx in Gathered Twigs/Vintage Photo
  • The sentiment on the front is by Tim Holtz
  • Inside, I wrote and heat-embossed, "You're no spring chicken."  This was in black.  Thought I had a picture of it... but it's not there.  Sorry.
I'll share this at the following challenges:

Holiday watercolor wreaths

I've been wanting to make a bunch of holiday cards... this was a good start:

  • Watercolor paper painted with Jane Davenport watercolors and accented with Finetec metallic watercolors.
  • Scraps of solid textured cardstock used to mat.
I'll share this with Country View for their current Plantastic challenge.

SOS 378: Witching Hour

This week, we are celebrating The Witching Hour at Shopping Our Stash, thanks to our hostess, Donna!

I love Halloween.  Here is a tag made for the occasion:


  • The focal images were recently sent by our hostess, Donna.  Thank you!
  • Paper by Authentique, passed on by a coworker.  The bats/webs are on one side, the plaid on the other.  
  • The black banner in the middle was a scrap from a Martha Stewart Halloween pad from last year.
  • I made the half-rosettes and I am so proud of them!  Well, the top one looks a little wonky in the image, but IRL they are fine.  They are pretty small.  In case you have never tried to do this, the way I do it is to just score paper at even intervals, then I always use hot glue to hold it together.
  • Ribbon from my stash 
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Cream
  • Stickles in Black Diamond
  • I tried using on of Andrea/Snapping Monsters stitchy stamp, but dang me: I accidentally cut the rubber too this on this and I need to re-mount it.  I was being stubborn on this project and tried to "wing it" except I was far to clumsy.  I'll go fix the stamp now!  
Thank you for visiting.  I hope you guys have some crafty Halloween time.  If you don't need any last minute Halloween cards, remember that Day of the Dead is November 1st... maybe you could do some spooky crafts revolving around that!

See you at Shopping Our Stash.

Llama be the first to tell ya...

... happy birthday!

  • Color Bursts on Dina Wakley cotton watercolor paper 
  • Llama stamped carved by me the other night, inked in Ranger Archival Ink
  • Sentiment written with a Micron pen on a pre-punched circle.
  • Sentiment circle splattered with DOx in Spiced Marmalade for a little color.

I want to share this with the folks at Time Out for their current quote challenge:
Llamas and Color Bursts make me happy!  #grateful

Monday, October 29, 2018

Funny Monday quote

I had seen this quote on Pinterest and had been wanting to use it.  I gave this to my husband... back in May.  (This is the last of the cards I found in my drafts on Blogger):


  • The planet was made from a background forever ago with DIs. I scribbled a circle on the back and cut it out roughly.
  • The quote was typed on the reverse of a catalog card
That's all!  To funny not to share.  Not sure why I never published it!?  Well, I guess I am easily distracted... :)

Magical + metallic birthday cards

Made this in April of  2017 but just found it as I am deleting a handful of drafts in Blogger:

I love the look of it still, and must revisit this style!

"Love ya" Almanor card

This went to my teen while she was working away at camp on her last week:

  • Hand-carved stamp of our local lake inked in Dina Wakley's Midnight ink
  • Paper inked with DI in Evergreen Bough, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Chipped Sapphire
  • Stickles in Black Diamond and a purple added 
  • "Love you" written with a Copic

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

SOS 377: Not your average (shaped) card!

Hello!  This week we have a fun one at Shopping Our Stash... make a shaped card... but not any average shape!  Steer clear of the squares, circles, rectangles, and ovals...  you gotta go see the design team's creations for more inspiration!  This will be FUN!

Made this for a coworker who is also a great friend.  She spent some time teaching in England and picked up a tea habit:


  • I made the card base from a piece of Core'dinations cardsock .  I folded it in half then sketched the cup. After the initial "cut," I trimmed and trimmed until I was happy.
  • Detail was added with Liquitex gesso
  • The floral accent paper has been in my stash for a couple years: it is Kaisecraft from the year __.  I fussy-cut the flowers from that paper as well.  
  • I am continuing to used my Ranger Liquid Pearls in White Opal... even though I keep saying I'm on my last drop!
  • Stickles also added.
  • I cut the banner from a scrap of paper and brushed the greeting in Finetec metallic.
So there you have it... a fun tea-cup!  It reminds me of the mad tea party on the original Alice in Wonderland.

See you at Shopping Our Stash!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Orange and pink birthday

Absolutely love these colors!  Want my whole bedroom and kitchen these colors!


  • Background panel during a crafty session last week when I made multiple panels because the colors were playing so nicely!  This is Dylusions sprays in Pure Sunshine and Funky Fuchsia and some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
  • Tim Holtz Floral stencil
  • The panel paper is Dina Wakley's cotton watercolor paper
  • Finetec gold watercolors used for the sentiment and splatters

I'll share this with:

SOS: Pink is the new orange!

This week, I am your hostess at Shopping Our Stash.  Originally,  we were going to go with an idea Deena had for "Orange is the new black"-- but then decided to combine it with PINK for breast cancer awareness month.  Perfect, right?

  • The pumpkin was cut from Dina Wakley's cotton waterclor paper, first inked with Dylusions in Funky Fuchsia and Pure Sunshine, plus a little Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.
  • I sealed the paper with some Krylon archival UV spray and then backed it with some Sizzix adhesive paper (So stashworthy because I have had this since this summer and ave not used it-- so then for this project I accidentally used two pieces!  ARGH!)
  • For the pumpkin, I drew it on the reverse of the inked paper first, then numbered the pieces from left to right so I could reassemble the pieces once cut.  I added Nuvo drops once adhered to the background.
  • I scribbled some Peeled Paint Distress Crayon on the stem
  • A friend gave me some tint punches a few weeks ago, and so I punched the stars with one of those.
  • The hearts were just cut free-hand.
  • The leafy backgrond was inked many months ago with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals.
  • The leaves at the bottom were pre-cut from dies from Autumn (thanks!).  I inked them with DOx in Lucky Clover and Peacock Feathers, the spritzed with water and added some Nuvo drops. The Nuvo drops are kind of new, but I am not a huge "drop" user, so I was definitely trying to use my stash.  So glad!  I think they look cool!
  • The copper-y background was some Metallic Kraft-core by Tim + Core'dinations, and to further use my stash, I ran it through the Sidekick with and EF by Anna Griffin.  
  • I added the quotation by Tim Holtz, and this will be perfect to send to my sister.
I hope you have a chance to join us!  For more inspiration, please visit my teammates at Shopping Our Stash.

Also, just a friendly reminder to do your self-examinations!  Early detection is so important with breast cancer! 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Shellie's name-plate!

A couple gals at work requested custom name-plates for their rooms.  This is for Shellie (obviously 😁):

  • DP by Marion Smith from 2013
  • White glitter letters are Thickers
  • Black polka-dot flourish from a sticker sheet by Echo Park from years ago
  • I fussy-cut a peony from the paper and added some Stickles after I popped it up.
I'll share this at the following two challenges:

Merry Cluckmas

Made this set for a friend of mine.  Sorry about the pictures-- you know how hard metallics can be to photograph!

  • Green cardstock
  • Finetec Gold watercolors
  • Hand-carved stamps inked with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Recollections in Snow (these stamps were carved based on pictures of my friend's chickens!)
  • Stickles accents in Xmas Red
That's all!

I'll share these with the folks at...:

Fall Feels

Love the colors here:

Supplies and notes:
  • Main panel watercolors using Jane Davenport watercolors
  • Finetec Gold watercolors
  • DOx in Candied Apple, Wild Honey, and Squeezed Lemonade
  • Main panel popped-up using 3M dimensional adhesive
  • Pumpkin Stamp from the dollar bins at Michael's years ago; leaf stamp by Inkadinkado, also years old.
I'll share this with the following two challenges:

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cat and Owl Halloween

These were fun to make-- now I just wish I had made more because I want to send them to everyone!  The look of the Distress Oxide on the black paper is so cool, splatters and all, and I just love the vintage-looking pieces of Tim's Halloween ephemera.  Plus, the addition of the trim yields so much of that hand-made feel and dimension.  They are just cool.

  • All cardstock used was already cut-to-size scraps
  • DOx in Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, and Carved Pumpkin
  • Tim's holiday greeting diecuts
  • Tim's Halloween ephemera
  • Trim from my stash.  I believe the green trim came from Andrea... thanks!  It reminds me of the cat's whiskers!
  • Stickles in Silver added to both cards for some sparkle-factor
  • Bat stamp is by Tim 
  • The pumpkin stamp was bought years ago from the Michael's dollar-bin.  I absolutely love the way it looks-- vintage, but almost timeless. Like, I feel like the image could look hundreds of years old, or from the 1950s... do you agree?
  • Tim's Scribbles stamp added over the background with Distress Embossing Ink and Lawn Fawn glow-in-the-dark EP!
I'll share these cards the the following places:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

SOS 375: Thanks-giving

Hope you guys have had a nice October so far.  I am enjoying the sights, smells, and foods of the fall season, my favorite of the year.

This week at Shopping Our Stash,our hostess is Donna and she is asking that we make a card of thanks-giving, or one of Thanksgiving, as yesterday, October 8, was Canadian Thanksgiving.

My creation for this week is a thank-you requested by our local cheer coach to give to a parent that had been helpful during a fundraiser.  The school colors are green and white, so I went with a green background:


  • The inked background is on Ranger Yupo paper.  This is stashy because I seldom use it because I don't want to waste it!
  • All alcohol inks are over a year old-- 3 out of 4 of them are over two years old.  I used the following inks by Ranger: Meadow, Oregano, Stream, and Gold mixative.
  • The floral stamp was bought at the thrift store a couple years ago.  I inked it with a Versamark pad in Champagne and heat-embossed with Ranger EP in Princess Gold.
  • I wrote the "Thank you" with a fine-tip Ranger Letter It pen and heat-embossed with Princess Gold.
That's all!  Hope you can join us for this practical challenge-- I mean, we can always use thank you cards, and nobody would frown upon a belated Canadian Thanksgiving greeting!

See you at Shopping Our Stash!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Halloween quotations ...

This project has been in the works for a year!  I started it last year, and never finished it after the Halloween season ended... I found it when I opened my Halloween crafting supplies-- yay!


  • Vintage bingo card coated with thin layers of various Distress paints
  • Crazing medium applied to areas and the main panel 
  • Bllack Liquitex gesso added over the edges and through Tim's Halloween stencil
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite 
  • Twine from stash
  • The quotations are all Tim's Halloween Quotations
  • Distress Crayon in Black Soot added over the image to accentuate the cracks
  • Trim from a Halloween trim set from years ago...
I'll share this with the following challenges: