Tuesday, March 26, 2019

SOS 392: ATC (Coin or Card)

This week at Shopping Our Stash, the Fabulous Donna is our host and she chose the rad theme of ATCs!  You can do an Artist Trading Card or an Artist Trading Coin

Donna and I swapped ATCards monthly during 2018, and this year we are exchanging ATCoins.  I love making ATCoins and ATCards-- for some reason, instead of feeling limited by their small size I feel more free to get crafty with my supplies!  I feel free to just get artsy and goofy and go with instinct and follow visual cues during the process.

Here is my project (which I get to exchange with Maria-- the Yellow Rose of Texas being my inspiration!)


  • ATCoin cut from a scrap of packaging
  • ATCoin then coated with some excess black Liquitex gesso
  • Tim's Roses stencil used with modeling paste over top
  • Roses colored with a Mustard Seed Distress Crayon and rubbed in
  • Lemon imagery cut from an old dictionary and glued on using matte Distress Collage Medium 
I hope you get a chance to join us, and spread the joy by finding someone to exchange with!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Town Mouse... Country Mouse

Honored to be invited to join Library Challenge!  Gosh... so busy with real life and haven't been to the craft shack in weeks, but always fun to play along.   It's what I wish I could do 24/7.

This week,  Marina is celebrating three story of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.  This reminds me of my best friend Sarah and I: she lives in the city and i live in the country.

I hope y'all enjoyed this.   It was fun make.


  • Kraft paper folded into a heart gate-card
  • I used a piece of arted-on paper that had some acrylic paint and miscellaneous stamping and cut it to fit on the card base, then glued it using mod-podge and holding it flat with a large acrylic block
  • For the country side, I added a pre-diecut treeline (by Tim Holtz) and added Stickles
  • For the town side, I used a scrap of paper previously used to clean my brush and made a city skyline and used Black Diamond Stickles
  • Tim's paper dolls represent my bestie and me
  • Tim's Quotations give the perfect sentiment: my bestie and I are happy in either the city or the country! 

Xoxo, Mary
(Thanks for having me,  Marina!)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

SOS 391: Best Friends Day

This week at Shopping Our Stash, I am hosting again, and I selected the theme of "Best Friend's Day."  Welllll... I went back to add a link to "Best Friend's Day" and... it's not in March!!!  Ackkk!!!  Sorry, everyone.  Not exactly sure how I messed that up-- I always check the same cool site (Brownielocks... you should check it out!). 

Anywhoozy, is it ever a bad time to celebrate friends?!  So let's do it! 

While we're on the subject, I am especially grateful for this DT at SOS.  I mean, these ladies are incredible!  I have genuine love for them.  Such a neat thing to be connected via the web only, yet I feel the true friendship vibes and wish we all lived close enough to get together for a drink now and then.

Here is my card for this challenge, made for an amazing friend of mine:

This particular friend has been through a hell of a lot in her life, yet she never ever complains and seldom asks for help, and remains so kind and generous and optimistic and grateful and honest.  She is just one of the most incredible people I have ever met, and resilient is the word to describe her.  Wow.  My thyroid meds must be out of whack because I just noticed that I misspelled resilient on the card.  (Shaking my head... I'll fix it...)


  • The main pink panel with dogwood and sentiment were made initially this past fall.  It sat on my desk for a long time, and I even showed it to my friend in its early stages... but it wasn't right. I tidied my desk recently and I tossed this!  I know.  You ever get in that mood?  Fast forward to this week: I lost something in the craft shack and thought maybe it fell into the trash, so I started sifting through the top layer of my crafty-trash and saw this... so I pulled it out!
  • The first thing I did was pull off the original sentiment and re-make it using Gathered Twigs DI.  It looks much better in brown.
  • The background was embossed with a Sizzix EF and colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Cotton Candy Pink and Poppin' Pink.
  • The dogwood dies are by Elizabeth Designs, bought at the Sacramento Scrapbook Expo in October and used this one time!  Dies cut from scraps of paper and inked with Distress Oxide in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.  The center of the flowers were dotted with Glossy Accents and Peeled Paint Distress Glitter.
  • The sentiment was made this time using a scrap of watercolor paper and Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs.
  • Kraft paper by Recollections used to mount the panel using 3M dimensional tape.
So crazy how this came from the garbage to being a project I really like!  Thanks for visiting.  I hope you link up with us at Shopping Our Stash, but if there's no craft time, let a friend know how much you value them!