Tuesday, July 31, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #365 - Shaker Cards

Hello and welcome, crafty friends!
This weeks challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH is to
make a shaker card!

For my card, I used a long neglected die and some ancient dimensional stickers:

Here's the inside, using some more stickers:

Yay! Another Christmas card done! Of course, you can make
whatever you want as long as it has the shaker element included. We'd
love to see what you create. Simply link up your project at Shopping Our Stash
so we can admire it! For even more ideas, do check out what the
rest of the SOS Crew have come up with.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - stickers

Stamps: IndigoBlu - tasty textures
Ink: Memento - gray flannel; Ranger DI - vintage photo
CS: TE; Nicole
Accessories: GC; SB - Labels 1 Nesties; K & Co. - glad tidings stickers; Tim Holtz - small talk stickers; Crafter's Companion - acetate; mystery star sequins and beads from my stash
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Scotch foam tape; Ranger - glossy accents

Saturday, July 28, 2018


 Hello and happy Saturday!
We are starting a new challenge today at the
J is for JUNK!
We want to see what you can create with an
upcycled/recycled item! 

For my project, I used some gel prints that I made
a few months ago. I ripped them up and decoupaged them
to a shoe box I use for storing some of my stamp sets: 

I used five of these prints for the sides and the bottom. These all used the same four 
paints, plus stencils, bubble wrap and hand drawn squiggly lines.
(Yes, I use my treadmill as a drying rack. What ELSE am
I supposed to use it for?!)

From blah....

...to Ta-Dah!!

I hope that you play along in our Junk (a.k.a. upcycle/recycle) challenge!
We'd love to see what you create. Just link up at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! 
No need to go all crazy like I did. For much less crazy, but no less spectacular
ideas, do yourself a favor and visit the blogs of my Sistahs, and our new
Guest Designer Janet! You won't be disappointed!
Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a fabulous day!

I'd like to enter this at Mix It Up Challenge #15 ATG + mixed media

shoe box
Gel Press printing plate
DecoArt Americana paints
copy paper
STAMPlorations stencils
bubble wrap
end of a paintbrush to doodle
Golden matte medium
sponge brush

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #364 - Get Krafty

Good morning and welcome crafty peeps!
Or should I say Krafty peeps, because that
is our new challenge at
SHOPPING OUR STASH: use kraft paper on your projects!

 I finally used this negative die cut that had been sitting on my
desk for a few months. I thought it would make a cool 
Christmas card:

and the inside:

I matted it onto a scrap of black card stock. Some designer paper, a sentiment
sticker and a tiny red rhinestone finishes it off.

Now it's your turn! Just create something using Kraft paper and
link it up at SHOPPING OUR STASH! We'd love to see
what you come up with. Be sure to visit my teammies and
check out what they created. 
Thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Hero Arts - Merry Christmas Message
Ink: Gina K - Kraft
DP: Carta Bella - A very merry Christmas
CS: Thunderbolt; Taylored Expressions
Accessories: GC; Recollections - deer die cut; Nicole - rhinestone; Spectrum Noir DR7 marker to color said rhinestone; Tim Holtz - Small Talk sticker; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #363 - Christmas in July

 Happy Tuesday and welcome!
Today starts a new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH:

Christmas in July!

 Yep, it's a thing. We all need those cards, so why not get a head start
on making them!
Here's what I came up with:

here's the inside:

I've been trying to actually use my stamps instead of hoarding them.
This beauty is NBUS! I had this hairbrain idea to make the wreath look as
if it's wrapped in burlap. I first tried using a TH burlap stencil and some kraft
ink, but the pattern was too big and just left blobs. Then to salvage that I colored
the wreath in a sandy-gold SN marker. I cut a little square from a burlap sheet, tapped my
blending marker onto it, then dabbed it onto the wreath, holding it down for 
a few seconds. This will lift the ink and leave the pattern of the burlap.
It actually worked! 

Tip: If you try this, make sure you do this step first before coloring the entire image, otherwise
you'll likely lift color where you didn't intend to. Then once you're sure the 
blending solution has dried, you can continue to color the rest of your image.

After I colored the image, I added Crystal Stickles to the snowflakes and Glossy Accents
to the skate blades. The ribbon was also Winked.

Ready to play along? Of course you are! Let's see what you create for our
Christmas in July challenge. Simply link up your project at
Shopping Our Stash so we can admire it. For even more amazing
creations, do yourself a favor and check out what my teammies have
created, and leave some bloggy love while there. 
Thanks for visiting. Have a fantastic day!

I'd like to enter this at:
HLS - ATG Christmas challenge - no twist this time

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Winter skates wreath Lg, Christmas Bell Medley; Hero Arts - Merry Christmas Message
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Gina K - kraft
DP: Carta Bella - A very merry Christmas
CS: Crafter's Companion; Taylored Expressions
Accessories: GC; STAMPlorations - wonky double running stitch nesting rectangle die; Spectrum Noir markers; Wink of Stella pen; bit of burlap sheet; MISTI; Ranger crystal Stickles & Glossy Accents; TH - burlap stencil; q-tip 
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, July 14, 2018


Well hello there snarky peeps and welcome!
We have a fun challenge starting today at the

C is for Coloring!

As always, snark is not necessary (but you know you want to add some in! LOL!).
Here's what I came up with:

A pretty cluster of flowers and a snarky sentiment always go together well, imho.
And look, the flowers were Winked!:

So now it's your turn. Just color something on your project and link up at the
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers. We'd love to see what you come up with!
Need more ideas? Simply check out the blogs of my Sistahs, and our
newest Guest Designer - Lorraine. While there, leave some love!
Thanks for visiting. Have a fabulous day!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Blossoming Buds, Birthday Sampler; Unity Stamps - Happy Birthday B
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Grape Jelly
CS: Crafter's Companion; Neenah
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; Paper Smooches - coordinating flower dies; Faber-Castell - black Artist PITT pen; Wink of Stella pen; MISTI; Fiskars - corner rounder
Adhesives: SA by 3L - 3D foam squares

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Big Birthday Wishes

Hi there and welcome, crafty peeps!
I recently came back from a two week vacation, got sick at the back end
of it, and am finally getting back to my beloved craft room.

I broke out my Spectrum Noir markers for this
cute image:

here's the inside:

The sketch I used had a round element in the top corner, so I thought, the way
this little miss is positioned, it looks as if she just let go of a balloon, so that's
how I interpreted it. 🙂

That's all for now. Going to walk my fur baby now.
Enjoy your day!

I'd like to enter this at:
Seize the Birthday - no topper this time

Stamps: MFT - ALM Big Birthday Wishes
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Teal Zeal
DP: MME - Dolled Up
CS: Neenah, Darice
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI; WOS pen; Sakura white Gelly Roll pen; GC; Paper Smooches - balloon die; Doodlebug twine; Prismacolor - dark brown pencil
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


 Hello and welcome!
There's a fun new challenge starting today at
We want to see food items on your projects.
Here's what I came up with:

I shopped my stash for this stamp. I think I bought it on clearance at least 5 years ago
and I think this may be the first time using it.
All I did was color the birdie, and used some free cheesecake clip art to add to
the main panel. Easy peasy!

I hope that you find some time this week to join in our food challenge at
Shopping Our Stash! For more scrumptious ideas, do check out what
my teammies created for your viewing pleasure!
Thanks for visiting!

Stamp: Hampton Arts - eat cheesecake (2011)
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Neenah; Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; free cheesecake clip art; computer & printer
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Monday, July 9, 2018

Flowers gallore

Hiya crafty peeps. Just popping in with a card I made that combines a few challenges.

here's the inside:

I purchased the flower stamps earlier this year, and it's the first time using them. And I
believe I used all the different stamps from the set on my card too! Bonus!

I'd like to enter this at:
TGIF#167 (my computer shows a more pink color than melon, but there
is some melon stripes in the background paper)


Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Even more Spring flowers; MFT - More Essential Sentiments
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Cottage Ivy; Staz On - Jet Black
DP: DCWV - The Spring Stack
CS: Neenah; scraps
Accessories: GC; SSS - coordinating flower dies; Darice - sequins; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #361 - Geometric Patterns

Hello hello!
Happy Tuesday to you.
This week at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we are
looking for geometric patterns on your projects!
 Here's what I came up with:

and the inside:

I came across this neglected chicken wire embossing folder and thought, hey, that
looks like hexagons! And so I ran with it.

Sorry for the busy background. I usually snap my pics on the set up I have on the 
dining room table, but we just came back from vacation late Sunday,
 and currently the dining room table is
still dump central until I can get everything put away again.
(and now you know I decorated my side table with fairies and minions. Why? Why not!)

Now it's your turn to get geometric! We'd love to see your entry in the 
Shopping Our Stash gallery! Need more ideas? Simply visit the blogs of my
teammies to see what they came up with.
Thanks for visiting!
I hope my Canadian friends enjoyed their Canada Day on Sunday, and wish
my American friends a happy Independence Day tomorrow!

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