Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SHOPPING OUR STASH #221 - Wooden It Be Nice

Hello and good morning crafty peeps! This week at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we'd like to see some type of wooden element on your project. (Ex: wooden letters/shapes, paper, patterned paper, veneer, etc.) I was feeling nostalgic, so I broke out my Slice die cutter (that I've had since perhaps 2010, probably longer), and made some ornaments. Check it:

...and the inside:

In certain lighting, the color of the wooden peace word and the darker blue card stock I used actually match. Not so much in this photo. Oh well. After I die cut all the parts-is-parts* of the ornaments, I thought they needed a little somethin' somethin'. So I embossed some of the pieces. There, that's better. The peace word was painted then when dry, I gave it a spritz of pearl Glimmer Mist for some subtle shimmer. Of course, you can't see it in the above picture. But it's there. Trust me. ☺ I added some silver floss so that the ornaments wouldn't be magically hovering by themselves.

Now it's your turn. Got any wooden butterflies or arrows? Patterned paper with a wooden design on it? Why not make something with it and link it up at Shopping Our Stash? We'd love to see it! Please do check out what the other ladies came up with to wow you, and leave them some bloggy love! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get creative today!

* Thank you, Leslie, for making me remember that Wendy's commercial. I used to use this term a lot when it first came out, then it faded from my mind, replaced with other catch phrases. LOL!



Stamps: Hero Arts - Merry Christmas Message
Ink: Memento - Teal Zeal
CS: Darice; scraps
Accessories: GC; Cuttlebug & Darice EF; Slice die cutter and Noel cartridge; Michael's - wooden peace word; DMC - floss; Fiskars - corner rounder; Ranger - Adirondack Stream acrylic paint dauber; Tattered Angels - pearl Glimmer Mist
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - Glossy Accents; Glue Dots

Monday, September 28, 2015

Beware! Monstahs ahead!

Hey all! I have a cute Halloween card to share:

 Here's the inside:

I've been playing with my Slice die cutter for this card. As long as I've had it, I only just bought the Toils & Trouble cartridge a couple months ago. OMG! Just LOOK at that awesome monstah!! I cut him first to fit within the yellow circle, but changed my mind and cut him a bit bigger. I stacked and glued two of the monstahs together, then covered him with Glossy Accents. After he dried, I stuck him on with foam squares, then added a googly eye.

Ooooh! Shiny monstah!!!

The sentiment was another die cut from the same cartridge. I just loved the font! This little guy is so cute, but don't let that cuteness fool you: he's sitting on top of a pile of skulls! LOL!

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope that you have a great day!

I'm entering this card at:

Stamps: Stampendous - Tricky Words
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: American Crafts - Haunted
CS: Darice; scraps
Accessories: Slice die cutter and Toil & Trouble cartridge; GC; Cuttlebug EF; Quickutz - Inverted square die; SB- Std. Sm Circle Nesties; Nicole - googly eye; Ranger - Glossy Accents
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - Glossy Accents

Saturday, September 26, 2015

JUST US GIRLS #312 - Photo Week

Good morning and welcome! It's Photo Week at JUST US GIRLS! Vicki is your hostess this week and she's found this fabulous photo to draw inspiration from! Here's how I interpreted it:

 And the finished inside:

The background was homework from the Online Card Class: Watercolor - Exploring Mediums, day 2. I used a couple Distress Inks and, as Laura Bassen said, made this dreamy watercolor-y background. The birthday, flower, and leaf dies are NBUS, finally put to use. Yay me! The birthday die was cut 3 times and stacked for some dimension. I'm also digging that it extends off both sides of the card a tad. That striped background I had to MacGyver by cutting strips of black card stock and adhering to the card base. I can't believe I have no black and white striped DP! Well, I do, sort of, but it's all aged and distressed, and not white. I'll have to remedy that.

So, what jumps out at you when you look at this picture? The stripes? The yellow flowers? The polka dots? Why not make a project and link it up at Just Us Girls! We'd love to see it! While there, be sure to check out what the other gals, and our September GD, Melissa Dawn Lane, have come up with. 

Remember, if you are picked as Chic of the Week for any of our September challenges, you'll be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of November! Now go forth and get your craft on! LOL! Have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Paper Issues - Freakin Sentiments; Stampendous - Birthday Wishes
Ink: Ranger DI - Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Strathmore water color paper; Darice; scraps
Accessories: GC; Winnie & Walter - The Big the bold Party Cutaways, In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways; Nicole - Rhinestones; paintbrush
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares; Scotch - foam tape, scrapbooker's glue

Thursday, September 24, 2015

So, I took an online card class.....

Yep. Finally jumped on the OCC* bandwagon and I'm getting learnt. This card is the result of day one of Watercolor: Exploring Mediums Day 1. I'm a bit behind, but I plan to be getting crafty all day today. I've used my much neglected Marvy Uchida markers to watercolor the image. This was a practice-and-learn-as-you-paint kinda coloring job, so it's water colory is some spots, and not so much in others. But I'm happy for the most part how it came out. Check it:

 Here's the finished inside.
(The sentiment didn't ink well in some places. But, I've ordered
a MISTI, so I'll be getting better coverage soon! Woot Woot!)

I based my coloring skillz using Jennifer McGuire's 3rd video on day 1. Using Marvy Uchida markers, a paint brush, and a cup-o-water, I tried to watercolor the gold embossed image. Yeah, I know, I still have a lllloooonnnnggggg way to go. But it's a first attempt. I'll continue to keep at it. ☺

In case you are wondering, here are the markers I used:

I think my problem was that when I tried to go over some of the places, I didn't leave the paper to dry completely, so it still looks too blended and not so splotchy, as watercolor should look. Oh well. 

Well, back to the grind. Practice, practice practice! LOL! Have a great day!

My card is based on Tuesday Morning Sketches #319
and AAA Cards #48 - Autumn colors

Stamps: Stampendous - Eek a Boo; Inkadinkado - All Hallow's Eve
Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Graphic 45 - An Eerie Tale, Olde Curiosity Shoppe
CS: Darice, Bazzill
Accessories: Marvy Uchida markers; Stampendous - Champagne EP; heat gun; paint brush; Doodlebug - twine
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SHOPPING OUR STASH #220 - Show Us Your Smile!

Hello and good day to you! We have a fabulous challenge starting today at SHOPPING OUR STASH; Show Us Your Smile! We would like you to use an image with a smile on it, or as an option, use the word 'smile' on your project. Here's what I came up with:

 and the inside:

So, if you can believe it, that vertical panel of minions is Ducktape (that's how it's spelled on the packaging - obviously found at a craft store rather than the corner Ace Hardware. LOL!) And talk about shopping my stash, that main panel minion is actually a tag from a t-shirt I bought some time ago. I wasn't throwing it away. Just look at him. He's sooooooo cute!! I backed him onto some black card stock before adhering him the the card with foam squares. For the inside, I mimicked the salutation from the ducktape, spelling and all. I had a bit of tape left when I cut a piece off, so I stuck it on a scrap of card stock and fussy cut one of the grinning minions out and there he is at the bottom of the card!

Now it's your turn to break out those smiling images, or use the word smile on your project. Just link it up at Shopping Our Stash so we can see it! While there, please check out the amazing creations that the ladies came up with. You won't be disappointed! Thanks for stopping by and here's a little parting ear worm for you. Have a great day!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Alphadot, He Said She Said
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk
CS: Darice
Accessories: GC; Tim Holtz/Sizzix - Pocket Watches EF; ShurTech Brands - Minion ducktape; Minion label from a shirt I bought.
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Saturday, September 19, 2015

SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS #43 - P is for Punk, STEAMpunk, that is!

Sister Lee outdid herself with coming up with this graphic! LOVE IT!!

That's right. We had such a fun time with this last year at the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS, that we had to bring it back: P is for Punk - as in SteamPUNK!! Here is the card I made:

 Here is the inside:

I got out my SN markers and colored up this digi I've had for a while. I specifically got it for this challenge, and I love how it came out! (*pats self on back.* I just need to work on my photographing skills as she looks a bit washed out in the above pic. Sigh.) I even used the Google to look up Steampunky-ish quotes, and as soon as I saw this one, I knew I was going to use it. (Sherlock Holmes. 'Nuff said) I made a grouping of gears, a flower and a skull, then added some swirly rhinestones before sticking on the cut up and inked sentiment with foam squares. 

 Here are a couple close ups:

So, ready to get your Steampunk on? Of course you are! Just be sure to link up your project at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! While there, be sure to check out what my Sistahs have created for your viewing pleasure and leave them some bloggy love!  Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

In case you wondered, here are the Spectrum Noir markers used:
Skin: FS2, FS3, TN2, TN3, CR3, BT5
Dress: BT5. BT7, BT9, OR3, TN9, EB8, IG7
Hat: BT5, BT7, BT9, OR3, TN9, EB8, IG2, IG4
Hair: IG4, IG7, IG9, IG10
Lips: CR3, CR4
Eyes: TN5, EB4
Legs: IG4, IG7, IG9, IG10
Shadow: BG2, BG5, BG7
Black Prisma Color pencil

Supplies: The Stamping Chef - Demented Beauty Digi
Ink: Ranger DI - Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
DP: Graphic 45 - Steampunk Spells
CS: Bazzill, Darice, Crafter's Companion
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; Labels 14 Nesties; Tim Holtz - gears & skull; Recollections - rhinestone swirls; Petaloo - flower; Prisma Color pencil; Sentiment is computer generated
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Ranger - Glossy Accents

JUST US GIRLS #311 - Color Week!

Hiya crafty peeps! It's Color Week at JUST US GIRLS! Maria is your hostess with the mostest and she's picked some gorgeous colors for you to be inspired by: ORANGE, RED, and YELLOW! These colors just scream Autumn! Here's the card I made:

Here is the inside:

The background panel was made by stamping and clear embossing the background stamp, then going over it with a few Distress Inks. After that I spritzed it with some pearl Glimmer Mist for a bit of shimmer. I stamped and fussy cut the pumpkin and adhered it with foam squares. (Looking at that pumpkin has made me think that I need to get a MISTI, And I will. When I get back from my beach vacation. That I've been on for the past week and sadly am leaving to come back home today. Insert sad trumpet sound here.) 

So, time for you to break out those inks/pattern papers/markers, etc., and join the fun at Just Us Girls! Please be sure to check out what my teammates and our Guest Designer, Melissa, have made! Remember that if you are picked as Chic of the Week for any of our September challenges, you'll be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of November! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Stampendous: Autumn Words, Tricky Words; Hampton Arts - SC0702
Ink: VersaMark; Ranger DI - Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Bazzill; Recollections
Accessories: GC; Hampton Arts - pumpkin die; Stampendous - clear EP; heat gun; Tattered Angels - Pearl Glimmer Mist; Doodlebug - twine; MME - Enamel Dots
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

SHOPPING OUR STASH #219 - Outta This World

Good morning and welcome! A new challenge is starting at SHOPPING OUR STASH - Outta This World! We'd like to see you use aliens (any sort of monster would work here) on your project. If aliens don't float your boat, as an alternative, you could use anything celestial (moon, stars, planets, etc.) See? Choices! Here's my card:

 And the inside of my card:

Last year we did a challenge to try a faux technique, and I made this card using the faux Northern Lights tutorial. I made a couple attempts, my second attempt turning out much better. But, I couldn't throw that other panel away. Nope. Just. Couldn't. Do. It. So I kept it thinking some day I might use it. That day has arrived. I die cut the sky panel into a smaller square. I had to MacGyver the embossed star panel and partially run it through my GC few times, since I insisted in stamping the sentiment in the bottom corner, and the folder frames I have don't have a space that far in the corner. (If you have the Darice folder frames, you'll understand what I just said. Hopefully.) Anyway, that getting done, I stamped, colored and fussy cut my little alien, and added Glossy Accents and Crystal Stickles. A few star shaped rhinestones and it was done. 

I hope you find some time to play along with us at Shopping Our Stash! Please check out what the other ladies have created for your viewing pleasure, and leave them some bloggy love! Thanks for hanging out with me, and have a great day!

Supplies: Paper Smooches - Space Cadet, Happy Birthday
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black and various others used for the Northern Lights panel
CS: Recollections
Accessories: GC; MFT - Zig Zag Stitches Squares Die-Namics; Cuttlebug - EF; Darice - Folder Frames; Sakura - white, gold & silver Gelly Roll pens; Ranger - Glossy Accents & Crystal Stickles: Recollections - star rhinestones
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Saturday, September 12, 2015

JUST US GIRLS #310 - Trend week!

Good morning crafty peeps! We've got a new challenge starting at JUST US GIRLS! It's Trend Week and Cheryl is your hostess this time around. She's picked BALLOONS as your inspiration! Here is the card I made:

I paper pieced the hot air balloon, and set it up on a wonky panel that's adhered with foam squares.

I left the inside blank, as I'm not sure whether to make this a graduation card, or maybe a moving-to-a-new-home type card. I guess I'll find out when I need to use it! LOL!

I hope you get the chance to play along with our balloon challenge at Just Us Girls! While there, please check out what the other ladies and our September GD, Melissa, have made to inspire you! Thanks for stopping by. Remember, that if you are picked as Chic of the Week for any of our September challenges, you'll be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of November!

Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Blue Skies
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk
DP: Cloud 9 Designs
CS: Darice, scraps
Accessories: GC; Paper Smooches - cloud dies
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Elmer's extra strength glue stick

Friday, September 11, 2015


Hi there! We have a bonus challenge for you at SHOPPING OUR STASH! We are pairing up with the gals from the JINGLE BELLES CHALLENGE! That means you not only have a chance to make a Christmas card and get yourself ahead of the holiday rush, you also have a couple challenges to link it to! LOL! The only catch is that you have to use something in your stash that you've had for at least a year, and let us know what it is! Here's the card I made:

 Here is the inside:

The paper, ink, embossing powder, ribbon and chipboard I've had in my stash for at least 4 years. And it felt good using up a bit more of that paper I'm hoarding! (cough) 

I hope you get the chance to play along at both Shopping Our Stash and Jingle Belles! Both links will be open until Wednesday, September 23rd until 6 PM. I can't wait to see what you create! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Hero Arts - Merry Christmas Message
Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Vintage Photo
DP: Graphic 45 - Christmas Emporium
CS: Bazzill, Scraps
Accessories: GC; Avery Elle - Double Stitched rectangle dies; G45 chipboard; May Arts ribbon; twine from stash; Inkadinkado - black EP; heat gun; Darice sequins
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Ranger Glossy Accents
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