Tuesday, April 28, 2020

SHOPPING OUR STASH #419 - Happy Mother's Day

Hello and welcome friends! Yours truly is hosting
over at SHOPPING OUR STASH! Mother's Day is coming up
on May 10th in the US and Canada, and so for the next two weeks, 
we'd like to see your Mother's Day projects.

I decided to have a go water coloring using Magenta Nuance powder dyes:

I stamped and heat embossed the flowers in gold, then using
various powder dyes, water colored them, then added a blue wash
around the entire image. I had assembled the card before I remembered
that I had wanted to splatter some black ink over the panel. Plan B was to
stamp that dot grouping around the image in gray ink.

A simple sentiment finished the inside:

Ooh! Shiny!

I hope that you find some time to play along in our Mother's Day
challenge at Shopping Our Stash. We'd love to see your creations
in our gallery! If you are in need of more ideas, simply check out
what my teammies have created!
Hoping that you all are staying safe during this 'new normal'.
Thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this at A Bit More Time to Craft #114 - ATG

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Sweetly, Fond Expressions 2; Hero Arts - Happy Mom's Day; Mama Elephant - Water Blooms
Ink: Versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Black, Gray Flannel
CS: Strathmore water color paper; TE; Darice
Accessories: Magenta - Nuance Powder dyes: bright yellow, golden yellow, red, jade, grass green, purple, orange, turquoise; water & paintbrush; MISTI; Stampendous - Champagne EP; heat gun; Gemini; Avery Elle - Pierced rectangle die; Lawn Fawn - scalloped rectangle die
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Saturday, April 18, 2020


Hey all and welcome!
It's time for the new challenge at the
With Earth Day approaching on the 22nd, Edna and the Sisters
are looking for projects with UPCYCLING on them.
My paints have been sadly neglected as of late, so I pulled them out
to make some ATC's:

Here's a close up of all five of them:

My upcycled items? That would be the cardboard I cut down to use
and also the shells. (from Topsail Island, NC!)

Here are some process photos:

14" x 14" cardboard with a layer of gesso:

I cut out 12 ATC's and painted them:

Stenciled this fun image in coral paint. I got to the fifth
one and decided to stop there. LOL! 
Added some gold paint around the edges.

Glued shells (from my collection):

Added the texture pebbles:

The last thing was to add the sentiment stickers then doodle around 
them with a white Gelly Roll pen.

Ok, you lasted to the end of this photo heavy post. Congratulations!
Now it's your turn to re-purpose something and use it to make 
something else! Upcycling! Be sure to link up at the
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers so we can admire it!
For more ideas, do yourself a favor and check out the blogs
of my Sisters, and our reigning Queen, Tristan. You won't
be disappointed!
Thanks for visiting. I hope you are staying safe, and haven't
gone ape-shit crazy yet! ☺

Upcycled items: cardboard and shells
DecoArt Americana acrylic paints: Indian Turquoise, Bluegrass Green, Irish Moss, Coral
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics paint: Glorious Gold
DecoArt Media - Gesso
paint brushes: Plaid, Lowe-Cornell
StencilGirl - ATC Mixup Daley stencil
Imagine - InkBlushers
Beacon 3 in 1 glue
Art-C: texture pebbles
Tim Holtz: Small Talk stickers
Sakura - white Gelly Roll marker

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

STAMPlorations Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge reminder

Hello and welcome back crafty friends!
Just wanted to remind you that there is still plenty of 
time to play along in this month's 
This time around I went with just the theme and created
this cute shaker card:

Sometime a couple years ago I made a master board of clouds and this was the
last bit of it. I knew I wanted to use the oval Shaker Balloon #3 die and 
decided to use this cute teddy bear image from the
Gone Postal stamp set. The balloon is filled with sequins from
the Bubble Gum Pinks Shaker Blends mix. The final touch is
the die cut Happy Birthday sentiment from the
Everyday Sentiments CUTplorations set.

I hope that you can play along this month at the 
We'd love to see your take on it. 
Also, if you're in need of some crafty goodies at
the STAMPlorations store, feel free to use my
personal discount code:
for an extra 20% off!
Thanks for visiting. Stay safe and have a great day!

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Gone Postal
Ink: Memento - tuxedo black; Ranger DI - tumbled glass, mermaid lagoon, broken china
CS: SN; Neenah; Darice
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Gemini; CUTplorations - Everyday Sentiments dies, oval
Shaker Balloons #3 dies; Bubblegum Pink shaker blends; Grafix - acetate; Nuvo Glitter drops - white blizzard; MISTI; WOS pen; homemade cloud stencil; Ranger blending brushes
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Ranger - MMM; TE - sticky foam tape

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

SHOPPING OUR STASH #418 - Happy Easter/Happy Spring/Happy Passover

Hello and welcome crafty friends!
It's time for the new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH!
We do realize that both Passover already started and Easter has already ended,
 but who couldn't use a little Springtime inspiration these days?
Here's my offering:

and the inside:

My inspiration came from this card. (Thank you Jean!)
I loved the two bunnies facing away and the use of the tiny pom poms.
That particular image was stamped twice then fussy cut so I 
could layer the smaller bunny on top in a different color.
The sentiment was stamped onto a strip of green card stock
to make it seem they were frolicking in the grass.
Since these adorable wee bunnies seemed to multiply like, well, bunnies,
I made four additional cards. Hopefully, my family should have 
received their cards last week. If not, surprise!

Ready to play along? Of course you are! Perhaps you created an Easter or
Passover card, or a Spring-y project and haven't blogged about it yet.
 Here's your chance to link it up at Shopping Our Stash!
We'd love to see it! For more ideas, simply check out what
my teammies have created for your viewing pleasure.
Thanks for visiting.

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Oh Bunny
Ink: Memento - angel pink, lulu lavender, summer sky, tangelo, dandelion, tuxedo black
CS: Neenah; TE; Bazzill; scraps
Accessories: Gemini; SSS - coordinating dies; GC; Darice - Cherry blossom EF; MISTI; Creatology - 5mm pom poms
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - MMM

Saturday, April 11, 2020

I think I found my mojo again...

...but it took screwing up my back to do it, apparently.
Hi there. Let me explain. Back in my 20's, I screwed up my back, and had
to go through PT to help with a pinched sciatic nerve. Since
then, every so often I'll turn or twist a certain way and, BAM!
My back is hurting again. That happened yesterday morning.
Standing and walking sucks, but sitting is tolerable, so
to my craft room I went. For the first time since
last Saturday. I decided to use some of my NBUS items
that I've been hoarding. Here's what I made:

here's the inside:

The rose stamps (NBUS) are of the layering variety. (4 inks for the flower, 3 for the leaves)
 I'm still trying to figure out layering stamps. These were the best stamped
flowers I made. (I stamped 3 of each) By the time I got to the leaves, I just 
used all the ones I made. LOL! (And I fussy cut them all out
since I don't have the dies yet.)

That gorgeous blue background paper is also NBUS. First time opening up
that paper collection. I drew and cut out a diamond shape, inked the edges,
and ran it through a handwriting embossing folder. The
sentiment was heat embossed in white onto some black card stock.
After I adhered everything, I remembered I had some tiny pearls (also
NBUS!) and sprinkled some around the card. Stamped the
inside sentiment and called this done!

That's it for now. To those who celebrate, I wish you a Happy
Passover and a Happy Easter!

I'd like to enter this at:


Stamps: Sunny Studio - Everything's Rosy; Simon Says Stamp - Messages for Everyday; MFT - Birthday Greetings
Ink: Memento - angel pink, rose bud, lilac posies, grape jelly, new sprout, bamboo leaves, cottage ivy; Versamark; Ranger DI  - vintage photo
DP: 49 and Market - Sky
CS: TE; Neenah
Accessories: MISTI; GC; Park Lane - Old Style EF; Stampendous - white EP; heat gun; Kaisercraft - pearls; Ranger blending tool
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

the 11th hour, and beyond

Yep, that's me again. Waiting until the last minute or beyond when
challenges are ended. And I even had this card made on, I think,
Saturday too. Couldn't be helped. We had a few days of absolutely 
gorgeous weather, and I chose to spend it outside on my
deck and not in the craft room.
So here is my offering tonight:

here's the inside:

This card was based off of the now ended Tuesday Morning Sketch #548
and also for the (just about to end) Time Out Challenge #158.
(You'd think I'd have entered this sooner since 1) my dog has
epilepsy and 2) one of my nephews also has it.)
But like I mentioned on a prior post, my mojo has
exited, stage left.
But here I am now, squeaking in at the last moment! LOL!
Thanks for visiting, have a peaceful evening!

Stamps: Mama Elephant - Water Blooms; MFT - Birthday Greetings
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly
DP: scraps
CS: Neenah; Bazzill; scraps
Accessories: Gemini; SB - Lg & Sm standard circle Nesties; MISTI; Darice - rhinestones; WOS pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, April 4, 2020


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

I went old school with the images on my card. Millennials
might not even know what some of them are. LOL! Check it:

and of course, the snark on the inside:

Thanks to the hubs for coming up with the sentiment, as I couldn't
think of anything. I printed it out using a
vintage looking computer font.

We hope that you'll find your mojo and play along with our
Retro challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers. We'd love to
see your take on it. For more ideas, check out what my Sisters and our
reigning Queen Mimi have created to inspire you.
Thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this Mojo Monday #535

DP & sticker: October Afternoon - 9 to 5
CS: Thunderbolt
Accessories: computer and printer
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Friday, April 3, 2020

Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy!

Hello crafty friends and happy Friday.
I hope that you are all doing well and keeping safe
in these crazy times!
I'm finding that my mojo has been lacking as of late. Anyone else?
I seem to be starting a card, then not getting back to it for a few 
days later....when the challenge I'm thinking of entering it
in has ended. Ugh!
Here's one of them:

and the inside:

This was the first time that these stamps were inked. Can you believe it?!
My card was based off of the now ended Freshly Made Sketch #428. Yep,
I started this at the 11th hour on Monday, and only got back to 
finishing it today. I did have a minor glitch when first coloring....

Last week I took some time to refill about 20 of my markers. Apparently, 
the one I used for the bunny's rosy cheeks was a bit over filled. Oops.
Then my mojo walked out until this afternoon, and I was 
finally able to complete the card. Yay!

Well, that's it for now. Please stop by tomorrow as
the new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers starts.
and you won't want to miss it! 

Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful evening!


I'd like to enter this at:


Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Really High Five
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Gary Flannel; VersaMark
DP: MME - Quite Contrary Jack & Jill
CS: SN; Nicole
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Gemini; SB - Lg & Sm standard circle Nesties; Stampendous - white EP; heat gun; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares
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