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.