Tuesday, July 20, 2021

SHOPPING OUR STASH #450 - Quit Buggin' Me


Hello crafty peeps!
It's time for the new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH,
which is Quit Bugging Me! Inspired by the recent cicada swarm
out here in Maryland, we are looking for any type of bug
on your projects!
Here's what I came up with:

and the inside:

Of course, my first thought was a Halloween card with 
creepy crawlies all over it!

I hope that you find some time to join our bug challenge at Shopping Our Stash!
For more ideas, do check out what my teammates created!
Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at Two Old Bats July Halloween Challenge


Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Trick or Treat (2014)
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Vintage Photo, Hickory Smoke
DP: Martha Stewart - Vampire (2010)
CS: Cardstock Warehouse; Nicole
Accessories: Mojo Monday #449 sketch; Martha Stewart - stickers; Stickopotamus - stickers; Tim Holtz - blender; GC; SB - Std sm circle Nestie; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Saturday, July 10, 2021



(Edna, this is WAY too much I want to know about you!) LOL!
WTG, Sister Lee on yet another amazing graphic!
Yes, snarky peeps, it's time for the next challenge at the
The Sisterhood is getting Xposed this fortnight. We can't wait
to see how you interpret this one! LOL!
Here's my offering:

I knew Viva Las Vegas Stamps wouldn't disappoint me when I searched
their store for a flasher stamp. LOL! He's colored with Spectrum Noir 
markers. The background is die cut from a
gel print I made a couple years ago, then I added to it with the
stitched texture plate. My sentiment is courtesy of a meme
I found on the Google.
I hope you'll join the Sisters and our reigning Queen, Granne, for
our Xposed challenge! We'd love to see your take on it!
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps - Flasher Back
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Spectrum Noir; Cardstock Warehouse; copy paper
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; Taylored Expressions - Frayed Edge rectangle die; Honey Bee - Deckled Edge circle die; SB - Std Lg circle Nestie; CUTplorations - wonky stitched grid texture plate; previously made gel print using DecoArt Americana Acrylic paints; computer & printer; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares; Scotch glue stick

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

SHOPPING OUR STASH #449 - Christmas in July


Hello and happy Tuesday to you!
It's time again for the new challenge at 
SHOPPING OUR STASH to start, and this
fortnight it's Christmas in July!
(Of course, if you don't happen to celebrate that particular
holiday, we also welcome any
other holiday that's celebrated in December!)
Here's what I came up with: 

and the inside:

This is about as CAS as I am able to get. (I love my layers! LOL!)
I do have a lot of white space on this card, but I just couldn't bear
to leave it plain so I embossed it with a snowflake EF.

I hope that you will join the SOS Crew and link up your 
projects at Shopping Our Stash. We'd love to see them!
For more inspiration, do check out what my teammies have
created for your viewing pleasure.
Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Sunny Studio - Classy Christmas; Picket Fence Studios - Inside Quotes: Christmas
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk; Versamark
DP: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Worn Wood
CS: Spectrum Noir; Taylored Expressions; Cardstock Warehouse
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; Sunny Studio - coordinating dies; Avery Elle - double pierced rectangle die; Darice - snowflake background EF; Stampendous - white EP; heat gun; WOS; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Monday, July 5, 2021

It's Your Day!

 Hello and welcome crafty peeps!
I hope those of you who celebrated the 4th of July had
a fun filled day!

I have a card to share in which I tried out possibly not
 quite new techniques, but they were to me. 😁

The first experiment was that gorgeous image. Towards the end of last year, 
I scored a free used laser printer that a friend of my MIL's was trying to get rid of.
Right time, right place! Then it sat on my dining room table for a few months
before I rearranged my craft room a bit and also finally found a small table
that I liked that would fit the space. That was in January. Last weekend, I 
finally got around to hooking it up and testing it out. (and now you know
why it takes me hours if not days to make a card. LOL!)
I printed out this mermaid as my test, and colored her
with Spectrum Noir markers and Prismacolor pencils.
O.M.G! Laser printer = GAME CHANGER!!!
No more blasting the image with my heat gun then giving
it a light coating with hairspray. (my old printer is an inkjet)
And no smearing at all!!!! I have so many digi images that I've 
either bought, won, or were freebies, and I've not used most of them
because of the smearing I always got with the inkjet printer. No more!

The second experiment was grabbing my neglected gel plate, laying
a white card stock panel on it, and brayering a couple Distress Inks over the panel.
 I covered it with wave stencil then brayered
another Distress Ink over it, giving it those muted stripes, 
then spritzed water on the panel.
Once that dried, it was time for my third experiment.
I smeared Wild Lilac Glitz glitter gel through the fish stencil,
cleaned off the pallet knife, then went back over everything
with Turquoise Sea Glitz glitter gel. I love how all the fish
have both colors of glitter gel with some more purple and some
more turquoise!

The mermaid received a good coating of both WOS, and Nuvo Glitter
Drops in white blizzard, and once dry she was fussy cut 
and adhered on the card with foam squares. 
A couple small sentiment stamps finish the inside.

It took me a few days to put this together, because I'd work on it some,
then come back to it the next day. Do a bit more, and come back the
next day, etc. But I love how it turned out!

That's it for now. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you
have a wonderful day!

I'd like to enter this at:
Time Out Challenges #191 - my card is based off of The Little Mermaid.


Stamps: Aurora Wings - Lady of the Sea digi stamp; Hero Arts - Wish Big
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk; Range DI - Broken China, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon; Versamark
CS: Spectrum Noir; Neenah; Bazzill
Accessories: Gelli Arts gel plate; brayer; water mister; Simon Says Stamp - Waves stencil; Picket Fence Studios - Current of Fish stencil; pallet knife; Gina K. - Wild Lilac & Turquoise Sea Glitz glitter gel; Spectrum Noir markers; Prismacolor pencils; Nuvo -white blizzard Glitter Drops; WOS pen; WOW! - clear EP; heat gun; computer & printer; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

STAMPlorations is celebrating 8 years!



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below and place an order, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.)
Hello and welcome crafty friends!
Today is day two of the revelry that is

Today, we are showcasing Birthday Bundle #2
and here are the two cards I've created:


I started by die cutting the main panel from the crazy double running stitch rectangle nesting dies
and using a few DO inks, sponged them over the Design Blox Template #6.
Before removing the template, I splattered white, black and gold paint over the panel.
After cleaning the template and setting the panel aside to dry, I white heat embossed 
the Blossom Sprays #5 stamp onto vellum and fussy cut.
I used vellum tape to attach it to my card, then gold heat embossed the sentiment
from Balloons and Banners onto a strip of black card stock and adhered towards
the bottom of my card. 


For my second card, I die cut the new Art Border #2 die twice on the main
panel and corner rounded the top right corner. I stamped one of the sentiments from
the See the Good stamp set then adhered to the card base. Then using some
fun card stock colors, I die cut some of the flowers and leaves from the
Trendy Spring Blooms dies, arranged and glued them to the card.
I finished by adding a rhinestone in the center of the stacked flower.

What's a celebration without prizes? There are a few ways you
can celebrate with us, so be sure to read all the details on the
STAMPlorations blog to join in on the party!

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!

Card 1:
Stamps: Blossom Sprays #5, Balloon and Banners
Ink: Versamark; Ranger DO - Fired Brick, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade
CS: Neenah; Bazill
DP: Recollections - vellum
Accessories: ARTplorations - Design Blox Template #6; CUTplorations - Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting die; DecoArt Americana acrylic paints - white, black, Glorious Gold Metallic; PFS- blending brushes; MISTI; Stampendous - detail white and gold EP; heat gun
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Scotch Vellum tape

Saturday, June 26, 2021

SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS #188 - W is for Watercolor


Hello and welcome, snarky peeps!
It's time for the new challenge at the
This fortnight we want to see your watercolored creations!

Here's what I came up with:

and the inside:

The back panel is made by inking up the spider web embossing folder 
(Taylored Expressions) with a few distress ink colors, spritzing with water 
and running it through my Grand Calibur. I took Black Soot DI and 
sponged around the edges before adding to my card base. The witch's hat was 
heat embossed in black and colored using more distress inks and a water brush.
 I used an ancient pumpkin border punch for the sentiment strip, which the 
sentiment is heat embossed with jeweled gold EP. It has a nice subtle sparkle IRF.

I hope that you find some time to play along in our Watercolor challenge at the
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! We'd love to see what you make. Need more
ideas? Simply check out what my Sistahs, and our reigning Queen of Snark,
Deanne, have created for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:
Let's Squash It! #9 (webs are from nature!)


Stamps: Unity Stamps - You Witch!; Stampers Anonymous/TH - Mr. Bones
Ink: Ranger DI - Hickory Smoke, Carved Pumpkin, Scattered Straw, Black Soot, Dusty Concord,
Rustic Wilderness, Crackling Campfire; Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark
CS: Strathmore water color & mixed media papers; Cardstock Warehouse
Accessories: GC; TE - Tangled Webs EF; MISTI; water brush; Stampendous Jeweled Gold & 
Inkadinkado Black EP; heat gun; Fiskars - jack-o-lantern border punch
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Get your hula on!

 Hello and happy hump day!
I'm popping in quickly to share a card I made for
my sister for her birthday. She loves the beach
so I created a cute ocean scene:

Here's the inside:

Yep, I am the younger sister, and I love to remind her of it every chance I get. LOL!
I used a few NBUS stamp sets to make my scene, all from Stampendous,
(supply list is below) and colored with Spectrum Noir markers. To keep the
beach vibe going, I stenciled a tone on tone wavy stencil onto the card base.
Oh, and that hula gnome? She's on an Action Wobble!

That's all for now. We are getting some gorgeous weather here right now,
and I want to go out and enjoy it. Especially since the cicadas are pretty
much gone. LOL! Thanks for visiting, have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Stampendous - Gnome Beach, Gnome Sayings, Sunrise Sunset; Taylored Expressions - Another Year Older
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Peacock Feathers; Gina K - Kraft
CS: Spectrum Noir; TE; Nicole
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI; GC; Sunny Studio - Stitched Semi Circle die; Avery Elle  - double pierced rectangle die; Art Impressions - Action Wobbles; Simon Says Stamp - waves stencil; PFS - blending brush; Ranger - Crystal stickles
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

SHOPPING OUR STASH #448 - Tropical Delights


Good morning and welcome crafty peeps!
We have a fun challenge starting at
SHOPPING OUR STASH: Tropical Delights!

Palm trees, hula dancers, tiki bars, toucans, fruity drinks with little
blue umbrellas, hibiscus, anything like that is all good!

Here's the card I made:

Here's the inside:

I've had this flamingo die for at least a year. (scored it at Tuesday Morning!)
Can you believe this is the first time using it?! (well, if you know me, then
you know I hoard supplies and rarely use them right away. LOL!)
I looked up pictures of flamingos to color the beak for a more
realistic look, and blended Abandoned Coral DI to add shading to it's
back, wing, and legs. I uncovered some tropical looking papers to
use and added a simple sentiment to finish.
This flamingo may be my favorite new(ish) die. LOL!

I hope that you find some time to play along in our Tropical Delights
challenge at Shopping Our Stash. For more ideas, do check out
the tropical delights created by my teammies!

Thanks for visiting, have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at Happy Little Stampers ATG w/Dies

Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Wavy Sayings; MFT - Birthday Greetings
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Abandoned Coral
DP: Echo Park - Summer Fun (2017)
CS: Thunderbolt; Bazzill
Accessories: GC: Spellbinders - flamingo die; Taylored Expressions - Frayed Edge dies; Lawn Fawn - Wavy Banner die; Smooch - Sundance ink; Sakura - white Gelly Roll pen; Faber Castell - black Artist PITT pen; MISTI; PFS - blending brush
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Squashing it using water color

 Happy Father's Day to all Dad's, both still with us
and in Heaven!

It's a lazy day here at Chez Dring. The hubs is
catching up on his Z's, so I decided to make a card
whilst he snoozes. LOL!

 and the inside:

I'm playing along with the current Let's Squash It challenge #9.
The prompt is to use both a nature themed embossing folder
along with water coloring of some kind. I dug in my box-o-embossing-folders
and rediscovered this Leafy Branch EF by Cuttlebug. I started by
rubbing Peacock Feathers DI directly onto the EF, giving it a good
spritzing of water, then ran the water color panel through my
Grand Calibur. I let that dry then smooshed some Fossilized Amber DI
onto my craft mat, and using a water brush, gave the embossed image
some shading. I wanted the panel to be the star of the show, so I heat embossed
a simple sentiment in gold onto a strip of black card stock, adhered, and added
a smattering of rhinestones to finish it off. 

This was a lot of fun to do, and I want to experiment with other embossing
folders now. LOL! Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Simple Strips Background, In & Out Birthday
Ink: Ranger DI - Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber; Versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Strathmore water color paper; TE
Accessories: GC; Cuttlebug - Leafy Branch EF (37-1168), water brush, MISTI; Stampendous - detail gold EP; heat gun; Recollections - rhinestones
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Recollections - tacky tape

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Demo Day to Go at Photo Scraps!


Hey there crafty peeps!
(Especially those in the MD, DC, VA, and PA area!)

Demo Day to Go happens this Saturday at Photo Scraps, and I
will have these two card kits available for purchase:


It's that time of year, and we can always use a graduation card or two!
 I hope that you can stop by the store or email them to purchase the fabulous
cards available for this month's Demo Day to Go! 
Help support a wonderful small business!


Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps - Cap and Gown
Ink: Versamark
CS: Bazzill- black, Arroyo, Moody Blue
DP: Nicole - gold mirror; American Crafts - gold glitter
Accessories: Taylored Expressions - Congrats die; Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots and Stars embossing folders
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