Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #351 - Mythical and Magical

Happy Tuesday and welcome!
This week, we have another fun challenge starting today at
It's all about mythical and magical creatures!
Let's see those faeries, gnomes, dragons, unicorns, etc!

 Here's my card:

and the inside:

 Using another background panel I made a year, maybe two years ago.
It's really hard to see, as 1) it's very light and 2) my crack photography
skillz suck. I smooshed some inks directly onto an embossing folder,
spritzed with water, and covered it with some water color paper. You
can kind of see the pattern if you squint your eyes and look sideways at it. LOL!

Layered some die cuts, stamped (at least 6 times) with my MISTI to get 
 good coverage, (still had to dot here and there with a black marker to fill
in white spots. The trials and tribulations of stamping on water color paper.)
 The faerie wings were winked, then I added some rhinestones
for a bit more sparkle.

I hope you find some time this week to play along at our challenge at
Shopping Our Stash! We'd love to see what you create!
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a magical day!

Stamps: So Suzy Stamps
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick? major guess here.
CS: Taylored Expressions; Strathmore water color paper
Accessories: GC: Cuttlebug - modern wallpaper EF; MFT - Stitched Frames dies; Lawn Fawn - Scalloped Rectangle dies; water mister; MISTI; Faber Castell - black artist PITT pen; Wink of Stella pen; Recollections/Hampton Art/Nicole - rhinestones
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Ranger - multi medium matte

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Hello and happy Saturday!
We are starting a brand new challenge at the

X is for XYLOID!
What the hell is that?
It means "something related to wood".
So, we want to see that on your projects! Simple, eh?

Here's my card:

and the inside:

I went through my ancient stash of paper and found this weathered wood
gem, dated 2004, and never cut into...until now!
I also used a die cut woodsy wreath, and a bit of snark for the sentiment.
You could go as far as saying this entire card is made of wood,
because all the paper essentially started life as trees.
(but that excuse won't fly for our challenge, so 
you'd best use something else wood related on your projects
if you want that crown! LOL!)

Ready to play along? Of course you are! Just link up your wood
related project at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers so
we can admire it! Need more inspiration? Simply visit the blogs of my
Sisters, and our newest Queen and Guest Designer, Pink Unicorn,
and while there, leave some love!
Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

Stamps: Paper Issues - Ahh Real Birthday Sentiments, Freaking Sentiments
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa
DP: Me and My Big Ideas 
CS: Thunderbolt; Recollections
Accessories: GC; Recollections - Deer Head mix dies; SB - wreath die; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - multi medium matte

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Puddy Tats

Hi there!
I've been playing in the ol' craft room and
came up with a couple cards
This month she's looking for pets on our cards.

Here are my cards:

Same kitty, but my first card is a Christmas card, and the second one
a birthday card.


and the inside:

I love these Katzelkraft kitties. The expressions on their faces are fabulous.
Just look at this puddy tat, licking his chops because of all those fish bones!
I masked and added the hat for this Santa Paws and he's colored with SN markers.
The trim on the hat was given a coat of Crystal Stickles, his eyes were
Glossy Accented, and the fish bones were winked by Stella.

(sparkle and shine!)

I'd like to enter this card at:


Since the recipient received this card I can post about it.
Same kitty, now just salivating over that huge stack
of birthday presents... Or maybe the birdie paper in the background.
She is colored in shades of gray using SN markers, to match 
my friend's cat. I love this sentiment, with the added
ball of yarn as an embellishment!

and the inside:

I'd like to enter this at Seize the Birthday (Not sure if this is vibrant enough, but it IS a birthday card)

That's it for today. Congrats, you've made it to the end of my post!
Thanks for hanging in there until the end. I hope you
have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Katzelkraft - cats and accessories; Paper Smooches - Nine Lives; MME - Lost and Found Christmas; Hero Arts - Merry Christmas Message
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves, Lady Bug
CS: Neenah; Taylored Expressions; Crafter's Companion; scraps
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Ranger - glossy accents & crystal Stickles; GC; Cuttlebug - chevron EF; Stampendous - detail white EP; heat gun; MISTI; MFT - Dainty Doilies die; Wink of Stella pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & Thin 3D foam squares

Stamps: Katzelkraft - cats and accessories; For the Love of Stamps - Purrfect Sentiments; Paper Smooches - Happy Birthday Sampler
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: American Crafts - Color Crush
CS: Neenah; Crafter's Companion; scraps
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Hello and happy Tuesday!
Today starts the new challenge at
Yo! Dude!

We want to see projects for the special men in your life.
(or for a complete stranger. We don't judge. *wink*)

Here's the card I made:

and the inside:

My teammate Barbara was kind enough to send me some stamped
images from the Hipsters set by Tim Holtz. I thought it was high
time I used them. (again, hoarder)
The chimp dude was colored with Prismacolor pencils and Glossy Accents added to his glasses. 
That background panel I had made a couple months ago, and decided to finally use it.
It's die cut, sprayed with a couple Dylusions spray inks, stenciled over
with embossing paste, then splattered with black ink.
(drying between all layers, of course)
The black panel was dry embossed with stripes before adhering 
everything together all wonky like.
As for the inside sentiment, I printed that out on my computer.
(Shout out to Charlton Heston from the Planet of the Apes movie!)
As everyone in my family shares a snarky sense of humor,
this will eventually be mailed to one of my male relatives. LOL!

I look forward to seeing your male themed creations in the gallery
at Shopping Our Stash! For more ideas, do yourself a favor and
visit the blogs of my teammies. You won't be disappointed.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:
Naughty or Nice Challenge #50 - Using challenge #5: For the men

Stamps: Tim Holtz - Hipsters; Paper Issues - Freaking Sentiments
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug
CS: Neenah; Bazzill/ Thunderbolt
Accessories: Dylusions spray inks - Cut grass, vibrant turquoise; Dreamweaver - embossing paste;
DecoArt Media black acrylic paint; toothbrush; GC; Lifestyle Crafts - inverted scallops die; SB - Std. Sm & Lg circle Nesties; Cuttlebug - striped EF from the James Set; Prismacolor pencils; Ranger - Glossy Accents; Istencil -27-00072 rsc stencil; computer and printer
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; American Crafts - tacky tape; Scotch - foam tape

Friday, April 13, 2018

I may not be there yet...

Hello friends and happy Fri-YAY!!

I'm sharing another art journal page from my
One Badass Art Journal 2018.
This is for week #4 taught by
(we are on week 10 and I'm way behind. As usual.)

Yes, that's me at two years old.
It's supposed to be an image transfer. My first attempt
actually worked, but it's so transparent, that you can barely see it,
so plan B: an image, but no transfer.
Here are some process pictures.

First few layers.

This was my original image, me at age 4

look closely, and you may be able to see my face in this pic.
See? Too transparent. 

I added a few stencils and more paint, doodles, and
decided I really didn't like it at all.

 So I went over most of it with gesso.

brayered more paint on

add more doodling, paint, washi tape and stencils

I love this sentiment, but I suck at hand lettering

one more look-see:

I think I started this at least 3 weeks ago, but got so frustrated with it that I just set it aside for a couple weeks. Finally finished it, and I'm so happy how it came out!

It's another gorgeous day today. We are supposed to get near 80 degrees!
Holy Cow! Grilling for sure today.
I hope that you all have a fabulous weekend.
Thanks for visiting!

photo of me printed on regular copy paper
DecoArt Media - matte medium
Various paint brushes
paper scraps/book pages
DecoArt Americana acrylic paints: bluegrass green, citron green, bright orange, titanium white, electric pink, indian turquoise, ebony, banana cream, warm beige, blue harbor
old plastic card
STAMPlorations: Daisy Dance mask, Dragonfly Waltz stencil, Daisy Play stencil
Sakura - white, purple Gelly Roll pens
DecoArt Media: Cadmium Red Hue
Washi tape - Recollections, Queen & Co.
Faber Castell Artist PITT pens - black - bold & small, silver - bold
Delta Gleams acrylic paint: metallic 14K gold
Stabilo All black pencil

Thursday, April 12, 2018


Hello crafty friends!
I'm popping in with a card I made for
yet another new-to-me challenge, 
The premise is to create something
based on the given book's cover, title, or story.
This challenge is based on the book,
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

I own a copy of this book, and if you haven't had a chance
to read it, you really should. It's a wonderful read.
The cover of my book is a bit different, so I based my
card more on it's cover than the version above.

Here's my card:

I hoard these papers by Graphic 45. They are from the Bird Song collection.
I cut one of the Geisha images from a collage sheet. There were three butterflies
that overlapped the different images on that paper, so I just fussy cut some flowers to cover them.

That's it for now.
I was able to work in the flower beds this morning to get them ready for new mulch.
It's FINALLY in the 70's here today!!
Now, I'm going to go and enjoy this glorious day with my fur baby.
Have a great day!

DP: Graphic 45 - Bird Song
CS: Neenah; Bazzill
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #349 - Headed to the Beach

Hello and welcome crafty peeps!
It's time for another fun challenge at

This week we are heading to the beach!
(perhaps because we are ALL SICK OF WINTER HANGING ON!!
We'd like to see your beach themed projects!
Here's the card I made: 

I did a bit of paper piecing with this cute swimsuit image.
I even added some brads to the suits. Bonus!
The main panel was embossed, and I liked the debossed side so much I
flipped it over. I love the cute punny sentiment that came with the image. 

Now it's your turn. We'd love to see your beach themed projects linked
up at Shopping Our Stash! Looking for more ideas? Simply visit
the blogs of my teammies to see their take on the challenge.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope that you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Unity Stamps - It Suits You
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: scraps
CS: Taylored Expressions; Neenah
Accessories: MISTI; GC; Darice - Cherry Blossom EF; brads
Adhesives: SA by 3L - Thin 3D foam squares; Elmer's extra strength glue stick; Scotch foam tape
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