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:

Lassen Thanks

These cards were made with a stamp carved two weeks ago.  It went through four iterations before this stage, and I still may fiddle with it...

  • Hand-carved stamp using Speedball rubber
  • Ranger Arvhival Ink in Jet Black.
  • Jane Davenport watercolors
  • Strathmore watercolor paper
I'd like to share them at the following:

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A CASE of wine...

Haha, I CASEd a CASE of a wine label!

Here's mine:

Click HERE to see Chris's.  She and I exchanged messages about holiday versions, and she brought up poinsettias... duh.  So I am CASEing hard!


  • STAMPlorations poinsettia stamp inked with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Recollections EP in black
  • Sentiment written with a Ranger Letter It pen and heat embossed with Recollections EP in white
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite
  • All paper used were scraps!
That's it!

I'll share this at SOS, of course, for our labels challenge (and because I love my team and the spirit of SOS!), and I'll also share with Time Out Challenges.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

SOS: Packaging

Hello!  This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are asking crafters to create something based on food or beverage packaging.  I went rummaging through my pantry and decided on a La Croix box.

You know I am not a huge cutesy-stamp person, but I could not resist this lady.  I saw her at the AI booth at the Scrapbook Expo and could not walk past-- even though I had already spent my money...

  • AI "Shake your grass" gal along with an AI spring-thingy for the shaking booty...
  • Skin colored with Spectrum Noir pens and some mild sunburn added using Jane Davenport cream pastels
  • Leafy paper and orange paper from my stash-- brands unknown.  I believe both of these papers came from a coworker... she shared some awesome stuff!  (If you follow my Insta, she is the lady who made the turkey from a book :) ... I am trying to get her to start a craft blog.)
  • The circle is a die that Autumn sent a couple years ago.  I use it so often!  Thanks!
  • DOx as shown in image to match the La Croix box
  • Skirt, lips, and coconuts colored using Rexell Derwent colored pencils
  • Multiple colors of Stickles
  • Nuvo Drops
  • Silver gel pen for glasses
  • Fiskars punches used for flowers
  • The sentiments were made to look like they were on wooden signs... hey: it was easy and I'd been assembling these cards over a couple days in snippets of time-- I had to get it done!  I used gathered Twigs DI, I think... 
  • The sand inside is from a Pebeo tube.  This stuff is so cool... and I seldom use it.  
I would like to also share this cutie at the following challenges:


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Subtle Deer Birthday

I made this birthday card for our school's beloved custodian.  He is very low-key, and so there was no sentiment.  I organized the site to dress like Dan on the Friday before his birthday (his birthday was on a Saturday)... so on Friday we all wore a white shirt and jeans and a ball cap. He did NOT get it!  Ugh!  But I told him Monday... I said, "Didn't you notice anything funny about the way people dressed on Friday?"  And he said, "Ball cap?"

Here is his card:

  • Dina Wakley cotton watercolor paper inked with the following Distress Oxides: Vintage Photo, Evergreen Bough, and Frayed Burlap using an old oak leaf stamp from many, many years ago
  • The deer was carved by me like 1.5 years ago and inked with Distress Oxide in Walnut Stain
  • Cool wood tape by ARC... I totally hoard this and hardly use it... time to start using it!
  • Pre-cut foliage by Tim Holtz... it's from the mini-greenery die set.
I'll share this with International Art & Soul's Wild Animals challenge.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Holiday humor...

I saw this quote on Pinterest and had to use it:

The inside says: "...please resist the urge to brag."  LOLOLOLOL!!!

  • Jane Davenport watercolors
  • Krylon Archival UV spray to protect the watercolor
That's about it!  I made four of these.  I need to make more so I can bring some to the book shop to sell-- I think people will get a kick out of them!

I'll share this at the following challneges:

Friday, November 16, 2018

Chickadee Birthday

This was made for a beloved coworker:

  • Paper Trey Ink stamp set.  I had to have it when it came out, and then it was sold out and I had to be put on a waiting list!  I inked it all with various Ranger Archival Inks
  • The background was inked with DI in the following colors:Chipped Sapphire, Shaded Lilac, Wild Honey, and Scattered Straw.  I then splattered some DI + water across the card.
  • The Cassiopeia constellation was added using Nuvo Drops.

I'll share this with Watercooler Wednesday for their occasions challenge:


Not an original idea of mine, but I saw several versions on Pinterest.  Here is mine:

  • Old Basic Grey paper
  • Library cards for the white parts
  • Happy Little Stampers number stamps that Autumn sent me, thanks! 
  • Amy Tangerine letter stamps
  • All stamps inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • Various DI used to distress the paper
  • 7 Gypsies black masking tape
This is on its way to my dad!

I'd like to share it at the current Cupcake Inspiration challenge:

Birthday Greetings from Devil's Peak

This is a stamp I carved last month of a mountain that I love near Soda Springs, CA, called Devil's Peak.

I will send this card to a friend who is an avid outdoorswoman.  I went to forestry school with her and she is a forester in Oregon now.  She will appreciate this.

  • Hand-carved stamp from Speedball rubber
  • Stamp inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • Image colored using various Jane Davenport watercolors
  • Sentiment also inked using Jane Davenport watercolors

I'll share this at the following challenges:

Warm fall wishes

Here's another card made with the current SOS Tic-Tac-Toe in mind:

Here's my tic-tac-toe board:
(Diagonal from top left and across from top left)

  • Background on Strathmore watercolor paper created using the old leaf stamp described on my other post, heat embossed with Ranger EP in Antique Turquoise
  • Background then colored using a variety of Magicals and Color Bursts-- I was in a frenzy and not sure what I used!  
  • Turquoise mat in back was just a scrap
  • Edges all distressed using my Making Memories distresser
  • Mug was doodled as a single-line drawing using a Ranger Perfect Medium Pen on a scrap of watercolor paper.  Perfect Medium Pens are irritating in the same way that the Letter It pens are: no color, so you can't tell what you've drawn!  Irritating.  I heat embossed using Ranger Antique Turquoise EP
  • Mug was colored using Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Dark Chocolate Truffle and Tiffany Lou Blue, plus a little Color Bursts in Prussian Blue for depth.
  • The leaves were all pre-cut by me months ago.  I go on cutting frenzies where I get my box of paper scraps and all my dies and my Big Shot and I sit on my living room floor and cut, cut, cut.  I store the cut pieces in blank CD cases, labeled by cut.  I inked these with Brushed Corduroy DI.
  • Tim's Christmas Quotations used as the little greeting.
That's it.

Along with Shopping Our Stash, I'll also share this make at the following challenges:

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

SOS 380: Tic-Tac-Toe!


I'm the proud hostess at Shopping Our Stash this week and I've come up with a Tic-Tac-Toe (because I always love them... hope you do, too!):

Here's one of the cards I've made to share:

This was made using the top row and the far- right column.


  • Main panel was a background made a couple months ago and was just in background stack.  It was made using a Hero Arts stamp heat-embossed with pewter EP onto some inexpensive watercolor paper and colored with Color Bursts in Burnt Orange, Yellow Ochre, and Sepia.  After trimming the edges, I ran Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter aroud it to cover the white paper edges.
  • The matting panel was made also a couple months ago on the same type of inexpensive watercolor paper, but this was a scrap that I had gel-printed on using unknown paints... could have been Liquitex... could have been Distress... I just have no recollection of it!
  • The leaf is an old, old stamp-- one of the first stamps I think I bought as an adult.  I bought this in Willits, CA, on a trip to visit Humboldt before I attended HSU.  So it must have been back right around the year 2000... hmmm... I know I've used this stamp before, so it would be interesting to see the way I remember the story of this stamp from the past!  Anyway, the stamp was heat-embossed on a  scrap of watercolor paper in pewter and colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Dark Chocolate Truffle and Rudolph's Red Nose.  Gorgeous.  Then I fussy-cut it and inked the edges with heavily neglected Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter.
  • The "Thanks" was heat-embossed with Pewter as well on a scrap of the gel-printed mat paper.
That is it!  I have some more to share this week-- let's just hope I have time!  The abbreviated weeks always mess me up!

Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to seeing which way you'll play the tic-tac-toe!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

SOS 379: Raining cats and dogs!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, Alica is our hostess and she has chosen the theme: It's Raining Cats and Dogs!  You can go any direction with this from cats, to dogs, to rain!  Or all of the above!

I was shocked to discover that I really don't have a ton of cat, dog, or rain stash... so I struggled... until I thought, "Hmmm...  I think the Christmas Grumplings might have a cat or dog..." And YES!

I love the Grumplings.  The sentiment stamps that come with them are hysterical as well, but I wanted a sentiment as a humorous focal, so I added a favorite winter quote!  I'll just have this card ready for when my winter grumpiness sets in.  (Not a fan of the cold...)

  • Taylored Expression Grumpling (set from a few years ago) inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black on a scrap of 110# cardstock; colored with Spectrum Noir and Prismacolor markers.  Cheeks "blushed" with Jane Davenport cream pastels
  • Sentiment panel was a scrap of Strathmore watercolor paper and written with Distress Crayon in Black Soot scribbled on my mat and brushed with water and a small sturdy brush.  Edges of panel inked with DI in Stormy Sky.
  • Background paper is Bo Bunny from 2013, given to me recently by a coworker.  Edges distressed with a Making Memories distressing tool (in my opinion, the best on the market) and inked with DI in Stormy Sky as well.
  • Garland dies by Elizabeth Craft Designs and cut from a scrap of glittery paper. (I actually cut these a couple weeks ago.)  These were adhered with matte Distress Collage Medium.
  • The black cardstock in the back was also scrap.  I was amazed to find it because I never have a piece of black that is this big!  
Hope to see your creations at Shopping Our Stash this week!