Tuesday, November 10, 2020

SOS 433: Tic-tac-toe

Hi, guys!  

This fortnight at Shopping Our Stash we have a fun Tic-tac-toe for you!!! I love Tic-tac-toe challenges-- really gets my mind going. 

Here's the board:

I primarily went with PLAID/TWINE/NEUTRALS plus I added kraft and die-cuts.

(...and a bonus picture of Maude and Millie... I guess I accidentally tapped it with the upload!)

This is the second project I made for this challenge*:

Supplies and notes:

  • Perfect Medium pen, have had it for years, still works great.
  • Recollections embossing powder in Snow (a.k.a. white) from 2015, still pretty clean!
  • Kraft scrap from the making of the kraft card
  • Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stripes stencil.  I have had this for years, probably one of my first stencils. 2013 maybe?  Anybody know?  I used it to make a plaid background.  I want to say I first saw this technique from Autumn at SewPaperPaint like a lifetime ago.
  • Stencil was inked in the following DOx: Iced Spruce (which is more grey than green), Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Leaves cut using a Tim Holtz die long ago.  I cut things with my dies and store them for future use in empty CD cases on a CD rack. It's a good system for someone like me who doesn't often want to get my BigShot out...
  • Twine from a package, stashed in my fiber jar.
  • Ancient button added at the last minute using Glossing Accents.
  • Hard to tell from the picture but the whole panel is popped up, as is the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting,  and I hope you are planning to play along!

*I was WAY into my first project, all the way through... I was totally digging it.  Somehow, I didn't execute on the finished product.  I think I will change the yarn and the sentiment. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

SOS 432: Hot beverage for a cold night...

This week at SOS, the theme was chosen by Alica!  Good one! "A hot beverage on a cold night!"


  • Focal image was carved by me this month and hear embossed using a Ranger Emboss It pad and Ranger embossing powder in Princess Gold and Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder in Hyacinth Blue Jade, both several years old. 
  • This was stamped on a piece of scrap watercolor paper.
  • This panel was then inked with Seedless Preserves DOx and splattered with Blueprint Sketch DOx.
  • The background panel was inked with DOx in Wilted Violet, Black Soot, Blueprint Sketch and Seedless Preserves.  
  • Water was spritzed through a Hero Arts stencil (at least 3 years old and maybe used twice for nothing memorable) and water was mopped up.  Then I splattered some leftover DOx across the panel.   
  • I also splattered some pretty old Tattered Angels spray across the panel.  It was a black ink with gold flakes.  
  • The gold paper in the background was from a bulk paper pack.  Great stuff! Buying the whole pack was worth the 3 gold sheets! 
  • Tim Holtz Quotations from 2017 added as the sentiment. 
Thanks for visiting!  Please go visit my teammates at Shopping Our Stash! 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

SOS 431: Happy Falll, Y'all!

Yay!  My favorite time of the year (except for what comes next!)  

These are my contributions for the challenge:

Supplies and notes:

  • Strathmore watercolor paper
  • Prisma Watercolors from the Odyssey palette.  This is actually new, so not such a stashy item, but I am so addicted to this palette right now!  It is 100% fall to me, and so I am using it like crazy!  For those of you who love watercolor (I am addicted to watercolor and pretty much do it daily-- not lying), this is my first Prima palette and I am liking it.  It was pricey, but on par with what a quality set of 12 costs. I'm having some issues with graininess, but I am finding that the grains dissolve quickly.  It's only been two weeks but I would definitely buy another Prima set in the future.  The palettes are really terrific.  The thing is, I am also obsessed with my Jane Davenport palettes so I really don't need any more palettes! 
  • All fiber from my stash and over three years old.  Most of it is vintage and likeley 50 years old more.
  • Ranger Glossy Accents used to adhere the fiber.  
  • Diecuts from the 2018 Carta Bella  "Fall Break" set.  I used a bunch of these last year for a similar challenge.  

  • Tim Holtz DI in Vintage Photo added to accent any edges or anything pure white.
  • Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers from 2012... well, I probably bought them a few years ago, but maybe not in 2012...
  • The sentiment on the "Fall" banner card is from an old Graphic 45 set from maybe 4 or 5 years ago. 
I love these and was thinking of the friends I am grateful for when I made these.  I feel blessed (OMG how cheesy) but I really do have some great friends.  Including the rad chicks on the SOS design team!  So... go ahead and check them out via our SOS page... then join us with your fall-ish cards!


Mary/Mimi :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

SOS 430: Slimline cards

Ooh, Donna has cooked up a great challenge for us at Shopping Our Stash! I love the look of slimline cards!  These cards are 8.5"x3.5" but I have to confess: I made mine to fit a narrow envelope that I had, so my card is 8"x4"... hey, I am just being honest!  

Here is my card:

These are my supplies:

  • Basic Grey 2013 paper... just a scrap left of this awesome paper!
  • Goldenrod cardstock from Tuesday Morning probably in 2019
  • Liquid Pearls in Gold Pear from 2011 (!) for the eyes
  • Tim Holtz die (Ornate Owl) that I've had for at least three years.
  • The sentiment was printed by me ten years ago
  • Nuvo Drops in Antique Rose
  • Sizzix adhesive on the back of the owl-- I am on my second pack.

Thanks for stopping by... please go see what my rad teammates have done at Shopping Our Stash

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

SOS 429: Make a mess!

Hello!  This week at Shopping Our Stash, I am the hostess and I challenge you to make a mess!

I was thinking about how often I don't go with my vision because the mess involved is prohibitive.  The supplies that come to mind for me are Color Bursts (which I LOVE) and my gel plates.  The Color Bursts just sometimes dust my desk and somehow I get errant pigment in my glue, and the gel plates just require trips to the sink (which is in the house and I work in the shack).

For this project, I decided on using my gel-plates because I haven't it a long time.  I think my buddy Autumn inspired me the last time I used it months ago.  I always have fun with it, so I did it!  Totally satisfying!

Here is the journal made with the fruits of my mess-making labor:

  • Cardboard base made using the back board from a watercolor paper pad
  • Fiber from my sting jar
  • Ribbon used to attach the fiber was also from my scrap jar.  I coated it with Mod-Podge and pasted it on. I loved that part for some reason!  I felt like I was building a book!
  • The gel printed pages were printed on this really thin and smooth Winsor and Newton coated pigment marker paper.  I got in for cheap at Ross years ago and don't really use it.  I thought it would be good for gel printing and I was not disappointed!  
  • Ranger gel-printing plate set.  I used the tag-sized plate.
  • The paints I used were from many different companies: Liquitex, Daler Rowney, and Tim Holtz Distress, all over a year old for sure.
  • Stencils used were also all over two years old: Tim Holtz, The Crafters Workshop, Plaid, Brett Weldele... I think that's it!
  • Love and Lemon washi added at the corners.  I got this last year, I believe.  
  • So, I printed the papers, then pasted them together and then created little signatures.  I stitched them onto a piece of vintage fabric that was just chillin' on my desk, using vintage grey wool thread which was also chillin' on my desk.
  • For the insides of the covers, I just grabbed two pieces of the library-card-art I make nightly in front of the TV.  
This was a very organic process-- I just went with the flow-- so I didn't think much about the "how's"... I just did it!  I will have to do this all again!  Don;t know what I will put in here yet... ideas?

Thanks for visiting!  Be sure you visit with my teammies from Shopping Our Stash!  Have fun making a mess!

*Note: my mom hates the nail color I used... I think it may as well be neutral but she was like, "Ewww mauve???"  Like I said, this day and age, I call it neutral... yes, mauve... but that's like a neutral!  Like a brown or something!s

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

SOS 428: Use three colors (a picture challenge)

Hello, and happy September!

This fortnight's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is a color challenge!  I love these!

This is the color palette (and beautiful picture):

Here's my card based on the palette.


  • Heidi Swapp stencil from 6 years ago.  Well, this packet was actually sold as laser-cut papers but I've used them as stencils and they've held up rather well!
  • Color Bursts in the following colors: Chartreuse, Wisteria, and Burnt Orange.
  • I used some of Tim Holtz Mini Greenery diecut years ago.
  • The roses were originally white, bought in bulk a few years ago.  I dyed them using orange alcohol ink.
  • I sprayed the entire card using some Tattered Angels shimmering spray acquired years ago from Tuesday Morning,  
  • The sentiment banner was made using a scrap of white paper (off-cut from a card) and brushing it using Finetec Gold.  (If you like to watercolor, I recommend buying Finetec metallic paints!  I use them at least once a week.  At least!)  This was popped up using 3M dimensional adhesive.
  • As a final touch, Nuvo Drops were added.  I may have omitted them in hindsight.  I don't have as good of luck with Nuvo Drops as I used to with Liquid Pearls...
  • Mounted the whole panel onto a scrap of some of Tim Holtz' paper.  I bought this single sheet years ago and it's kind of a nice textured grey.

Thanks for visiting!  Be sure to check out the rest of the Shopping Our Stash crew for some beautiful inspiration.  

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

SOS 426: KISS (Keep It Simple, Sister!)


Teammate Donna has cooked up the perfect challenge for us: Keep It Simple, Sister!

The world is so crazy,  a nice simple challenge was what I needed... thanks, Donna!

Here's my simple card:

  • Rubbernecker Stamps owl "Preston" bought in 2018 at the stamp expo in Sacramento, CA... never been inked.  Hard to believe because he is so cute!
  • Sentiment from a Richard Garay pack that had a beard... I bought it last year from Tuesday Morning. 
  • I used Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers with a waterbrush (because the markers leak now...) in Reef and Sand
  • I also used Tombow markers from my only Tombow set: the pastels! (I almost bought more Tombows Saturday but told myself NO since I don't use the ones I have enough... now can I???)
  • Also used a couple Spectrum Noir pens for the steam and the shadowing to balance Preston.  I love the grey set of Spectrum Noirs, and recommend them to everyone.   I purchased mine years ago from JoAnn's (I think) but saw some sets at Tuesday  Morning recently for $5.99... good buy!
  • Glossy Accents for the eyes
  • Fiskars clipper for the corners
Thanks for visiting! 

Go check out my teammates at Shopping Our Stash, and join us for this simple challenge!  

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

SOS 425: Black and white

Hi, folks!

The current challenge at SOS is to use black and white.   Simple!  I definitely have stash!

Came up with some simple cards to use up some old papers. Here is my favorite:


  • Paper from the individual sheet-racks at Hobby Lobby (I think...)
  • Sentiment was one of the first things cut wet my Cricut Explore Air a couple years ago.   I was experimenting with writing on the screen then cutting. 
  • Tarnished Brass Distress Glitter applied with Glossy Accents

Thanks for visiting,  check in 26th my teammates for highly inspiring work!


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

SOS 422: UFOs

The challenge at Shopping Our Stash this week is to use UFOs... not like spaceships... but...

UFOs... get it?!

I have plenty.  Like, an embarrassing amount of UFOs.

Here are the three cards produced by using UFOs from a few months ago:

This is what I started with (my UFOs):


  • The mermaid is a Jane Davenport stamp... one of the last stamp sets I purchased.  Now that I carve stamps, I don't buy as much... but I couldn't resist her.
  • I colored her with Jane Davenport aquapastels.  They are not soft and smooth like oil pastels-- they are more like a hard chalk stick, but they blend beautifully with water.  I bought these probably a year or two ago.
  • Glossy Accents by Ranger added as water droplets.
  • Patterend paper by who-knows.  I've had it for a few years.  I want to say Graphic 45, but not sure.  My teammate Chana may know-- she loves Graphic 45.
  • I added Teresa Collins modelling paste through a Hero Arts stencil.  I blended the modeling paste with Tiffanylou's Blue Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals for the cool color.  The paste I bought years ago, the Magicals are also from years ago, and the stencil is from around 2 years ago.  It was one of my most recent stencil purchases.
  • The blue background paper was from a bulk purchase in 2019.
  • I used Tim Holtz Mini Greenery dies for the seaweed, cut in the past from Tim Holtz metallic kraft-core.
  • The pearls were from the Michael's dollar bins in 2016
  • The flowers are by Prima from like 5 years ago.  I rubbed them with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush. (I love that stuff-- highly recommend picking some up if you like to add some cool vintage accents to your pieces.  FYI, I keep a folded up baby wipe in my can of it to keep it from firming up too much.)
  • I used silver Stickles on the kraft-based card
  • Tim Holtz metallic quotations (the white/silver)
  • Gold quotations from the dollar store about two years ago
Thanks for visiting.  Go see my teammates for further inspiration!

XO Stay safe and keep it real.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

SOS 421: Stuck on you!

This challenge at Shopping Our Stash is hosted by yours truly... I just have a stash of stickers that I can't seem to part with,  yet I don't use them! It's time!!!

My creation:

  • Amy Tangerine stickers from 2017
  • Rhinestones from a Michael's bin back in 2013
  • Jane Davenport watercolors for the red sentiment on the front.
Tons of stickers used up! Woohoo!

Go visit my homies at Shopping Our Stash and see their sticker-stash usage!  Then link up your own project!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

SOS 420: Oh, the places you'll go!


Oh, the places you'll go!

This fortnight's theme, brought to you by Donna, can be interpreted multiple ways,  and I took it literally... Maryland!  (I was born in Maryland and have lots of family there... would love to be quarantined on my aunt and uncle's vineyard right about now!)

Here is my card for your viewing pleasure:

Supplies and notes:

  • Maryland paper from Echo Park 2016
  • Yellow and red and black cardstock from my stash... years old
  • Checkered paper from Creative Imaginations... has to be at least 5 years old
  • Ranger Princess Gold embossing Powder used with a Ranger Perfect Medium brush pen that I've had for a few years-- I don't usually use it, though, because the brush tip is hard to control.
  • Rhinestones from Michael's dollar bins from at least 3 years ago.
  • Pumice Stone DI dabbed around my cut heart.  It didn't show up super well so I added the ink and used a double layer of 3M dimensional tape.

Thank you for visiting! We look forward to seeing what y'all come up with!  Link up over at SOS and visit with my teammates!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

SOS 418: Happy Spring

Happy Spring, everyone (at least in the northern hemisphere!)!

Here is my creation for the current challenge celebrating spring, Easter, or seasonal love:

  • Rainbow from a diecut set by American Crafts put out in 2017 
  • Scrap of typewriter paper for cloud using a Jane Davenport Mermaid Marker that is officially out of ink: mt Byron Bay turquoise marker
  • Spectrum Noir pens from years ago used to accent the cloud (IG1, IG2)
  • The floral background paper was from my scrap bin and I do not know who made it.  My guess is Authentique because of the good quality of the paper but I am not sure.
  • Teresa Collins modeling paste over the background paper through a Tim Holtz Roses stencil... both long since used,  I added some Distress Glitter Dust to the wet paste.
  • The turquoise paper was bought in bulk over the past couple years.  Unknown brand.
  • Liquid pearls from 2010 in Petal Pink... from the first pack I got, I believe.
Thanks for visiting, and please visit my teammates at Shopping Our Stash, where we love when you use your stashy stuff!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

SOS 417: Under the sun, moon, and stars

Wow, been a while!

This fortnight, I am the host for our Shopping Our Stash challenge and I've selected the theme "Under the sun, moon, and stars."  Just include any or all of these astronomical things on your creation and share it at the SOS page!

These are my creations:

Supplies and notes:
  • Tags made by sprinkling Color Burst powders through a Martha Stewart stencil from 2012, then spritzing, and then with the inky stencil I pressed it onto another sheet of watercolor paper.
  • I splattered some watered-down Liquitex gesso across the page to add more "stars"
  • The transparency is by Teresa Collins from 2010
  • The fiber is from Andrea Ockey-Parr from years ago
  • Tim Holtz found relatives from a couple years ago
  • The snarky Small Talk by Tim Holtz is probably my newest stash item, bought within the past 6 months
  • The Found Relatives were accented with Star Dust Stickles

Stay healthy and safe out there... and stay creative!