Monday, August 19, 2019

Pretty Dogwood Blooms

Hello crafty friends!
How was your weekend? I had an exciting Saturday, as
it was my first time as a card demonstrator for my LSS, Photo Scraps!
As an introvert, this was way outside my comfort zone, but
all the ladies made me feel so welcome and at ease, that I had
a great time. Plus, I'll be back in October for that month's Demo Day! YAY!

So on to my card. This is pretty CAS for me, (I love my layers!), and it's
almost a one layer card. 

I stamped the image in versamark ink onto watercolor paper, and heat
embossed it in black. Then I did the fast water coloring technique
using a few different Distress Inks. While that dried, I stamped the
image again onto my card base. I masked around the edges and added
some light blending with blue ink. Once the water colored image was dry,
I fussy cut it and adhered with foam squares. I added rhinestones and
a sentiment sticker, then rounded one of the corners.

That's all for now. We are trying to stay cool and keep indoors as it's
rather hot and humid here. I'm almost, but not quite, ready
for Autumn and cooler weather. LOL!
Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:
The Flower Challenge #35 - use your favorite flower (yes, I know the dogwood is a tree,
but it does have these gorgeous flowers that bloom in Spring, so...)

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Framed Dogwood
Ink: versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky; Ranger DI - Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Fossilized Amber
CS: Strathmore water color paper; Neenah
Accessories: Stampendous - black EP; heat gun; MISTI; STAMPlorations - Just Everyday Greetings clear stickers; Picket Fence Studios blending brush; Recollections - rhinestones; Fiskars corner rounder
Adhesives: SA by 3L - 3D foam squares

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

SHOPPING OUR STASH #402 - Gone Fishin'

Hello crafty peeps and welcome!
It's the start of a new challenge at
Gone Fishin' is our theme this fortnight. We'd like to see
fish themed or a fish on your projects.
I made a couple punny fish cards:

For my first card, I broke out these creepy-cute fishes and colored them
with Spectrum Noir markers. The background is a gelli print that I made last
year. I simply used a circle stencil that I blended over it. I used my 
computer to print out the sentiment.

Here's the inside:

My Twofer is yet another punny (and perhaps bizarre), card:

Fish-as-Christmas-Ornaments? Sure, why not?
I stamped two different sizes of pine boughs with two colors of distress inks.
Stamped, colored and fussy cut my fish and popped them up with foam
squares. I dug in my Christmas stash and found these ancient mylar light bulb 
stickers. Last, I tied some silver floss around the fish tails, you know,
because they needed to be all festive like. LOL!

Here's the inside of this card:

I hope that you find some time to join in our Fish challenge at
Shopping Our Stash! We look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Needing more ideas? Simply visit the blogs of my teammies, and leave
some love while there. 
Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

I'd like to enter the Birthday Fishes card at:

I'd like to enter the Merry Fishmas card at:

Supplies - Birthday Wishes card:
Stamps: Dylusions - Under the Sea; MFT - Birthday Greetings
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Nautical Blue
CS: Crafter's Companion; Neenah; Bazzill
Accessories: Gelli print using DecoArt Americana Acrylic paints; Gelli Plate; printer paper and brayer; Spectrum Noir markers; Ranger Glossy Accents; Wink of Stella pen; MISTI; GC; SB - Lg & Sm standard circle Nesties; Lawn Fawn - scalloped rectangle die; STAMPlorations - Retro Circles stencil; Picket Fence blending brush; computer and printer
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares

Supplies - Merry Fishmas card:
Stamps: Dylusions - Under the Sea; Rubber Dance - Pine Fir Yew; The Ink Road stamps - Are you serious, Clark?
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Northern Pine; Ranger DI - Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough
CS: Crafter's Companion; Neenah; Taylored Expressions; Darice
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI; Ranger Glossy Accents; Sticko - metallic lights stickers; DMC floss; computer and printer
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Saturday, August 10, 2019


Hello and welcome snarky peeps!
We have a new challenge starting today at the
R is for RIP!

My Sistahs came up with various ways to interpret this. You could
simply rip up some paper, use the letters R.I.P., or use the American
slang term, 'Let one rip', (which means to pass gas! LOL!)

I decided to rip up parts of the paper I used on my card:

and the inside:

I scored this paper kit cheap last year at Tuesday Morning and it's the first time
I've used it. The glittery, dimensional witch sticker has been in my stash for quite a few 
years and went perfectly with the sentiment sticker I used from the paper kit.

A stamped sentiment on the inside plus more ripping and distressing finishes
my card. Now it's your turn to play along! Simply link up your ripped creations
to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers so we can admire them!
Looking for more ideas? Do visit the blogs of my Sistahs, and our reigning
Queen, Samantha, for their creative takes on the challenge. 
Thanks for popping by!

Stamps: Inkadinkado - All Hallow's Eve
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Ground Espresso
DP: Echo Park - Hocus Pocus
CS: Taylored Expressions; Thunderbolt
Accessories: Anna Griffin - witch sticker; blending tool; Tonic - distressing tool; MISTI; Recollections - spider sticker; Faber Castell - black Artist PITT pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Thursday, August 8, 2019


Hello crafty peeps and welcome!
Got a card to share that I just made. I kept adding to it, and now
I think it's 'finally' finished. LOL!

 Here's the inside:

Things I kept going back and adding: detail coloring with Prismacolor pencils; I extended the
sand to the edges (originally just under the table and dude); added the ocean; masked and 
stenciled the clouds. I've been working on this panel on and off the last couple of days.
Anyone else like that? Anyone? Beuller? (crickets chirping)
Anyhoo, I'm really happy how it turned out and amazed that I didn't 
destroy it with all the additions. LOL!
That's all I have for now. I have more cards I've made, just 
can't blog about them yet. ☺

Thanks for hanging out. Have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:
Addicted to Stamps and More #352 - Make Your Mark -
Oops! This one closed! Grrrrr!

Stamps: Simply Betty Stamps - Surfin Christian digi stamp; Paper Smooches - Slang Gang, Digits, Happy Birthday
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Salty Ocean
CS: Crafter's Companion; Thunderbolt; Darice
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Prismacolor pencils; MISTI; Sakura - white Gelly Roll pen; Cloud template; Picket Fence Studios - blending brushes; GC; Avery Elle - pierced rectangle die
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Birthday Fishes

Hello and good Sunday to you, crafty friends!
I have a card to share that I made, which I'm
pleased to have been able to link up to a few challenges with:

 The main panel is mixed media paper that I used the paper towel transfer technique on.

 I'm pretty sure this towel has Dylusions spray inks and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
sprayed on it. Here's a close up picture that shows how the design in the paper towel
transferred to the panel:

I tried to get a close up of how the 'water' shimmers from the glimmer mist:
Pretty cool!

I die cut and colored my fish, then once the panel was completely dry, stamped
the sentiment wonky. The fish were adhered with foam squares.

This was a fun technique, and I'll be making more panels using it. 
(I just have to remember to wear latex gloves otherwise my fingertips
will pick up the inks from the towel. Ask me how I know.)

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great rest of the day!

I'd like to enter this at:
CAS Mix Up August challenge - Paper towel + stamping + die cutting + alcohol markers

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Briny Blue, Birthday Buddies
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Strathmore mixed media; TE; Darice; Crafter's Companion
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; Paper Smooches - Briny Blue dies; MISTI; inked up paper towel; water mister
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

And the winner is.....

Hello there crafty friends!
Just popping in to announce the lucky blog candy
winner from this post!

As per the random number generator the lucky number is 14, and
that is Janis Woolbright!
Congratulations Janis! Please email me your address at and I'll get your prize out to you asap!

Thanks to all who left your kind comments!
FYI, the current challenge, Based On a Book, just started
this morning at SHOPPING OUR STASH.
We'd love it if you'd join us and play along!
Have a great day!

SHOPPING OUR STASH #401 - Base it off a Book

Hello crafty friends and welcome!
We have a fun new challenge at
SHOPPING OUR STASH this fortnight:
Base it off a Book!
For my card, I chose The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum:

and the inside:

I love it when the designer paper you pick does all the work for you!
All I did was some fussy cutting, and then added red glitter embossing powder to 
Dorothy's shoes. They really do sparkle in real life. ☺

I always loved this book, and the friendship between the four main characters,
 so I stamped the simple message for the inside sentiment.

Now it's your turn! We hope that you find some time to play along
in our Based off a Book challenge at Shopping Our Stash! Looking for
more ideas? Simply check out what my teammates created for
your viewing pleasure. Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

Stamps: Studio G alphas
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Graphic 45 - The Magic of Oz
CS: Taylored Expressions - Darice
Accessories: Versamarker; Whispers - Red Glitter EP; heat gun
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, July 27, 2019


(Shout out to Sister Lee for her astonishing graphic arts skillz!)

Hello and happy Saturday to you.
It's time for the new challenge at the
This fortnight is brought to you by the
letter S, as in SEA!
We want to see your ocean themed projects.
This is a card I made for one of my sisters a couple months
ago, but it fit this challenge so perfectly that I saved
posting about it until now. LOL! 

and the inside:

I bought the fish scale plate and the mermaid stamp earlier this year, and
this was the first time using them. I started by creating my underwater
background using Dylusions spray inks on watercolor paper, then adding
some Aquamarine Glimmer Mist over that for additional sparkle.
While that dried, I colored and fussy cut my mermaid, and die cut the fish
scale plate. I added some Diamond Stickles to the centers of the flowers
in her hair, and added Wink of Stella to her bottom half.
This card is sooooo shimmery IRL!! I cut up a group of rhinestones
and added them because to me they looked like air bubbles.
A simple sentiment on the inside finishes my card.

I hope that you find some time to play along in our Sea challenge
at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! We'd love to sea what you
come up with. My Sisters and our reigning Queen Rina have created some fabulous underwater
masterpieces, so please visit their blogs to check them out.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous day!

Stamps: Unity - She Mermaid; Gina K. - Stippled Flower; Avery Elle - Happy Hour
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue; Versamark
CS: Strathmore water color paper; Neenah; Darice; Taylored Expressions; Crafter's Companion
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; Impression Obsession - fish scale background die; Dylusions spray inks - London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise, Cut Grass; Tattered Angels - Aquamarine Glimmer Mist; Ranger - Diamond Stickles; WOS pen; MISTI; Stampendous - Champagne EP; heat gun; David Tutera - rhinestones
Adhesive: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte
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