Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Hello there!
I wanted to share a couple cards I made for the
current Twofer Challenge - geometric.

I used a small circle die for my cards:

I die cut like a gazillion circles (nine) and 
folded them to make my flower medallion. I found a cute bee brad in my stash and added it to
the center. The leaves I cut free hand.
I prepared the card base with a quatrefoil panel, stamped and heat embossed
the sentiment. Used a border punch along the edges before adhering,
then added my flower.

Here's the inside:

Yep, I die cut more circles to use as my banners. I cut the circles in half,
adhered the first 'string' directly the my card base, then popped the other
'string' up with foam squares. Stamped my sentiments and that was it!

and the inside:

We finally are getting a day without rain today! (YAY!) I'm going to
go enjoy it now. Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day!

Onefer: Stamps: Taylored Expressions - In & Out Birthday
Ink: Versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Neenah; scrap
DP: MME - Quite Contrary
Accessories: GC; SB - lg std circle nesties; TE - quatrefoil cover plate; Stampendous - white EP;
heat gun; MME - brad; MISTI; EK Success - deco scallop border punch
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, adhesive sheet; Ranger - multi medium matte

Twofer: Stamps: Hero Arts - celebrate everyday; SSS - messages for everyday
Ink: Memento - Paris dusk
CS: Neenah; scrap
DP: Basic Grey - Aurora
Accessories: GC; SB - lg std circle nesties; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Fast watercolor flowers

Good morning all!
I want to share a card I made for the current
Just Us Girls challenge: fast watercolors. 

 There's a link on the challenge site to this technique by Jennifer McGuire.
It was a lot of fun, but waiting for the images to dry, ugh! LOL!
Here's what I created:

and the finished inside:

I remembered to snap a pic while the images were still wet:

Again, it was torture to put this aside to let air dry, but I did it. ☺

Once dry, I fussy cut the images.* I die cut my main panel using
a pierced rectangle die, and for more interest also die cut 
the ring collage die. (which of course is mostly covered from
the flowers. LOL!)
I stamped the sentiment, then arranged the flowers and adhered
with foam squares. Another sentiment finishes the inside.
I love how this turned out, so I'm going to be making more cards
using this technique! It was so much fun!

That's it for this post. I've got more card pictures to edit now. LOL!
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day!

*I started to fussy cut these Monday, but then the mother of all storms let
loose over us, and I had to put down the scissors to combat the water
flowing into our basement. NOT a fun time, that. Luckily, we didn't get too much.
Finally finished my card yesterday.

Stamps: Dare2BArtzy/Totally Tracy - power of words; Simon Says Stamp - messages for everyday;
Hero Arts - good things
Ink: Versamark; Ranger DI - mermaid lagoon, wilted violet, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry, lucky clover, twisted citron; Memento - bahama blue
CS: Strathmore watercolor paper; Neenah
Accessories: water mister; Inkadinkadoo - black EP; heat gun; MISTI; GC; Avery Elle - pierced rectangle die; Poppystamps - ring collage die
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Hi there crafty friends! I'm hosting this week's challenge at
and as our challenge title suggests,
we want to see a leaf or leaves on your project!

Here's my card:

and the inside:

I tried mono-printing with a stencil for my background, based on
this tutorial. I chose ink colors to represent the changing leaf colors in Autumn.
After it dried, I added two strips of burlap ribbon then on top of that a
strip of brown card stock heat embossed with my sentiment.
I remembered that somewhere I had a package of wooden leaves.
(So glad I found them. LOL!) I stained one of them using the same
ink on the background and glued that on. Another
sentiment finishes the inside.

Now it's your turn! We'd love to see your projects linked up
in the gallery at Shopping Our Stash! Looking for more 
inspiration? Simply visit the blogs of my teammates to see
the amazing projects they created, and while there leave
some bloggy lovin!
Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a fabulous day!

I'd like to enter this at CAS Mix It Up challenge - stencil monoprint/stamping/heat embossing/wood/burlap

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Balloons and Banners
Ink: Ranger DI - cracked pistachio, twisted citron, lucky clover, mahogany; VersaMark
CS: TE; Neenah
Accessories: STAMPlorations - leaf prints stencil; water mister; Recollections - burlap ribbon & wooden leaf; MISTI; Stampendous - champagne EP; heat gun; Fray Check
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; American Crafts - tacky tape; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Saturday, August 11, 2018


Hello snarky friends and welcome to another fun challenge
D is for Denim!

Look at Edna, spitting in the face of the fashion police, and getting
her double denim on! Such a rebel! LOL!

I haven't made an art journal page in months, so that's what I did for this challenge:

I found a quote to use while searching on Mr. Google.
I couldn't find the source of this quote, so if anyone
knows, leave me a comment so I can give credit. Thanks!

I tried using rubbing alcohol and a scrap of denim as a resist on the gal's dress,
to make it look as if her dress was denim.
On my first attempt, the scrap of denim was too saturated, and 
bled way too much. 

My second attempt worked much better!

Tip: if you try this technique, do this step first, and
be sure the rubbing alcohol is completely dry before coloring the
rest of it, otherwise what you color next will bleed.

I colored her with Spectrum Noir markers and added details
with Prismacolor pencils. I fussy cut her out and set aside to
work on my page.

I used pink, coral and orange acrylic paints for the base, then added
different stenciled images using the coral plus white and blue. I used
too much paint on some of the stencils, but decided to embrace the mess.

To hide the blobby blue mess I made with the blue paint, I simply
put the stencil back over it when it was dry and traced the image with a black
Artist PITT pen. I used alpha stamps to stamp the sentiment on copy paper.
I trimmed and glued them along with my peace gal onto the page with
matte medium.

After everything was dry, I added a shadow under her to ground her,
and doodled around the words and also added white dots to the blue leaves.
I still wasn't finished stenciling, so I used another one and traced some
flowers with a gold pen. I also added Stickles to her flower tiara and the 
peace sign she's holding.

Here's another pic of the finished page:

Yay, you made it to the end! LOL!
Now it's your turn to make something pertaining to denim, and link up at
the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! We'd love to see your take on
this challenge. Need some ideas? Simply visit the blogs of my Sisters to
see what amazing creations they came up with, and please leave some
bloggy love while there. We all love comments!
Thanks for visiting, now go forth and get your craft on!

I'd like to enter this at:

Strathmore Art Journal
Stamps: MFT - ALM Groovy Girl; Studio G - Alphas
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Staz On - Jet Black
CS: Crafter's Companion; copy paper
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; PrismaColor pencils; Ranger - Stardust Stickles; Golden gesso;
DecoArt Americana acrylic paints - coral blush, tangerine, cotton candy, blue harbor, snow; various
paintbrushes; Dylusions stencils - fronds of foliage, old school numbers; Simon Says Stamp stencil - jazz dance; STAMPlorations stencil - daisy play; Faber Castell - bold & medium black Artist PITT pens; Sakura - gold and white Gelly Roll pens; General's black & brown chalk pencils; DecoArt Media matte medium; rubbing alcohol; scrap of denim

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #366 - Silhouettes

Welcome and happy Tuesday to you!
This week at
SHOPPING OUR STASH, we are looking for
Silhouettes on your projects.
I decided to use a gel print I made months ago, and didn't really like. 
But trimming it down and using it as a background to
my silhouette stamp changed my mind:

I shopped my snippet files for paper pieces to use and even
used a long neglected star border die. My card design is based off an
older sketch (#317!) from Sketch Saturday.

I hope you find some time this week to join in our Silhouettes challenge
at Shopping Our Stash! Need more ideas? Simply visit the blogs of
my teammies to see what they created, and leave some bloggy lovin while there.
 Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at Craft Stamper magazine: Take It Make It

Stamps: Dina Wakely Media - Essential Silhouettes; MFT - More Essential Sentiments
Ink: Staz On - Jet Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Basic Grey - Porcelain (2008!); MME - Everyday Tango (2008!)
CS: TE; scraps
Accessories: GC; SB- teardrop circle nesties; MFT - star border die; GelliArts printing plate; DecoArt Americana acrylic paints; brayer; copy paper; STAMPlorations - star stencil; bubble wrap;
MISTI; General's black chalk pencil
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - multi medium matte

Monday, August 6, 2018

The beach fixes everything

Hello there crafty friends!
I was having a bit of play time in my craft room yesterday
and created this card:

I used an acrylic block to 'stamp' my background.
I added a few different Distress Inks onto it, spritzed with water,
then smooshed it onto my watercolor paper panel.
Once dried, I trimmed to size, stamped the sentiment, matted,
and used a dimensional sticker that worked perfectly.

 Here's what it looked like before adding the sticker:

That sticker is awesome. It came with the sand, and that tiny chain
on the bow of the boat is real!

That's all for now. Gotta go and get some laundry cleaned. Ugh.
Have a wonderful day!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Impression Obsession
Ink: Ranger DI - peacock feathers, antique linen, mermaid lagoon, tumbled glass; Memento - Nautical blue
CS: Neenah; Strathmore water color paper
Accessories: acrylic block; water mister; Jolee's Boutique dimensional sticker; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Friday, August 3, 2018

Beautiful Birthday Butterfly

Hello friends and happy Friday!
I'm just popping in with a card I made with some NBUS.
Mainly, the cover plate:

here's the inside:

I adhered some Stick It onto the back side of the black card stock before die cutting it.
(So glad I finally remembered to do that step first. LOL!)
After adhering that to my card base, I stamped and heat embossed the
sentiment in copper. To help make the butterfly stand out, I used a mostly dry
water brush and some copper ink that I smooshed onto my craft mat
and carefully went over the outline. Another sentiment stamped in
the same copper ink finishes the inside.

That's all for now. I'm still in a crafting mood so I may try
this again but with different inks. LOL!
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this card at:

Stamps: Taylored Expressions - In & Out Birthday
Ink: Brilliance - Cosmic Copper; VersaMark
CS: TE; Bazzill; Core'Dinations
Accessories: GC; STAMPlorations - Butterfly cover plate; water brush; Stampendous - detail copper EP; heat gun; MISTI; Stick It adhesive sheets
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Celebrating National Coloring Book Day with STAMPlorations new coloring book!

Hello crafty friends! Happy National Coloring Book Day!
To celebrate, there is a coloring contest happening on the

Simply download the Blossom Bliss sampler sheet, color and use it on a
project, and link up for a chance to win a copy of this incredible
new coloring book by Shery Russ!

Here are just a few of the pages I've colored and
created cards with:

My first card using PrismaColor pencils:

and the inside:

My second card is colored with Derwent Inktense blocks and a water brush:

and the inside:

My third card using Spectrum Noir markers. I loved how this turned out,
but when I happened to flip the colored page over, I saw that it looked
like no-line coloring. I couldn't resist using
the back side!

and the inside:

So there you have it. A small sampling of this amazeballs new coloring book!
I hope that you join the fun and create a project with the 
sampler page. We'd love to see what you come up with when you link up at the 
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a colorful day!

Card 1:
Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: TE; Bazzill
Accessories: PrismaColor pencils; Stampendous - champagne EP; heat gun; MISTI
Adhesives: 3L - tape runner

Card 2:
Ink: Memento - Lilac Posies
CS: TE; Bazzill
Accessories: Derwent - Inktense blocks; water brush; STAMPlorations - Make a Wish word die; MISTI; Wink of Stella pen
Adhesives: 3L - tape runner; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Card 3:
Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Rhubarb Stalk
CS: TE; Neenah; scraps
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Stampendous - white EP; heat gun; MISTI; Wink of Stella pen
Adhesives: 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares
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