Saturday, June 27, 2020


Good morning and welcome snarky peeps!
It's time again for the new challenge at the
This fortnight we want to see your water themed projects.
That could be an ocean scene, something to do with bathing, 
beverages of some kind. Lots of possibilities!
I went with an underwater scene for my card:

Here's the inside:

I used Distress Inks for my ocean background, and using a great tip
from Barbara Anders post, I used white acrylic paint and a stencil
for the sun rays. I also did something that I rarely do: use a purchased item
right away, instead of letting it sit on my desk for a month, or more. The 
NBUS items are the shark die and the sentiments. Just look at that
creepy/cute shark! I just had to use it right away!

Now it's your turn to create something watery, and link up at the
We can't wait to see what you come up with. For more ideas, simply visit
the blogs of my Sisters, and our reigning Queen, A. Rose, to see 
their amazing creations.
Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: My Favorite Things - Sharky Sentiments
Ink: Ranger DI - Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch; Versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Canson Bristol; TE; Bazzill
Accessories: GC; MFT - Baby Shark Die-Namics; Tim Holtz - Rays stencil; DecoArt Media Fluid white acrylic paint; paintbrush; water mister; Stampendous - white EP; heat gun; MISTI; Picket Fence Studio - blending brushes; Sakura - white Gelly Roll pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Ranger - MMM

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

SHOPPING OUR STASH #423 - You're So Sweet

Welcome crafty friends and good Tuesday morning to you!
The new challenge started at 
This fortnight, we are looking for projects with a 
sweet and/or cute theme to them.
That could be sweet food, a cute baby, anything like that.
Here's what I came up with:

and the inside:

I've used some ancient paper and an older stamp set, of which this was
the first time the cupcake and a couple of the sentiments saw ink.
Admittedly, the sentiment on the banner is rather new, but
it went so perfectly with this card, I just had to use it!
You can't see it, but the cherry and sprinkles received a generous
coating of a Wink of Stella pen.

I hope that you find some time to play along in our Sweet challenge
at Shopping Our Stash! We'd love to see your project in our gallery. Need
more ideas? Simply visit the blogs of my teammies to see their
creative takes! Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great day!

Spectrum Noir markers used:
Cupcake: MB1, MB3
Foil: BGR1 (and I used warm grey 50% Prismacolor pencil for shading)
Frosting: PP3, PP5 (Prismacolor crimson pencil for sprinkles)
Cherry: DR1, DR6, DR7
Outline: TB1

Stamps: Gina K. - Sweet Thing; Sunny Studio - Summer Sweets
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark
DP: Pebbles - Garden Party
CS: Neenah; SN; Bazzill
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI; GC; SB - Std. Lg. & Sm. Oval Nesties, Lacey Oval Nesties; Stampendous - white EP; heat gun; Prismacolor pencils; WOS pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, June 20, 2020

I tried rock dotting for the first time

The last few months, I've been stalking, I mean, looking into videos on dotting rocks.
I've been slowly accruing the required items: dotting tools, paint, rocks, and
finally decided to stop procrastinating and actually paint some.
I found this tutorial and thought I'd give it a go.
Here's what I made:

 In the video, she added tiny white dots between all the colored ones. I
didn't want to screw up the design any more than I did, so opted to
leave the white dots out. Some close-ups:

 My plan from the start was to distribute these around the neighborhood,
to be found by observant people. On the bottom of the rocks I added affirmative notes.

I had so much fun painting these! Now I'm off to find another 
pattern to paint. ☺

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!

rocks collected at the beach
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Titanium White, Lamp Black, Ultra Deep Blue, Bright Orange, Dioxazine Purple, Bluegrass Green, Dragon Fruit, Indian Turquoise, Marigold, True Red, Kelly Green, Electric Blue, Sizzling Pink
DecoArt DuraClear Gloss Varnish
Dotting tools
paint brush

June Demo Day to Go at Photo Scraps!

Hi there crafty peeps!
Just wanted to pop in to say that I made a couple cards
for Demo Day to Go at Photo Scraps!

Spectrum Noir markers used:
TN2, TN3, TN4, PP3, PP6

Spectrum Noir markers used:
Dog: MB1, MB3, MB4, IG1
Nose: IG3, IG5
Shadow: EG3
Bone: EB1, EB2
Collar:  CT2, CT4, GB7

Lisa Halstead had the Copics so she was going to match the colors for me. Or, of course, you
can color the images however you want!

Hope you can stop by to help support a great small business! Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 15, 2020

STAMPlorations June Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge reminder

Hey all! Just popping in with a reminder about the

This time around, I've made a pair of festive shaker cards:

Both use images and sentiments from the 
then I cut out the center using the Gift Builder #1 die.
I've used Bubblegum Pink ShakerBlends on both cards.

Here's the inside:

and the inside:

There's still plenty of time to play along this month
I hope you'll link up!
Thanks for visiting, and I hope that you have a fabulous day!

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Balloons and Banners, Birthday Bash
Ink: Memento - Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly, Rose Bud, Angel Pink
DP: scraps
Accessories: Gemini; CUTplorations - Gift Builder 1, Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting dies; Shaker Blends - Bubblegum Pink; MISTI; Grafix - acetate
Adhesives: Scotch foam tape; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Saturday, June 13, 2020


Hello and welcome snarky peeps!
It's time again for another fun challenge at the
This fortnight is all about Techniques.
Whether you try something new or use a go to technique, 
we want to see what you create.
For my card, I tried the paint swiping technique. I actually
had this made three years ago when I first saw the tutorial. I made
two panels, and used one of them on this card.
Finally got around to using this one:

Cheeky robot!

I hope that you find some time to join the sisters in our
technique challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!
For more ideas, do visit the blogs of my Sisters and our reigning
Queen, Jenny, to see their takes on the challenge.
Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

Spectrum Noir markers used:
CT3, GB5, GB7, GB8
CR5, CR7, CR11
CG1, CG2, YG2
IG2, IG6, IG8

I'd like to enter this at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - It's a man thing

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Big Robots
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: SN; TE; Strathmore mixed media
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI; Ranger - Glossy Accents; DecoArt Americana acrylic paint - Bluegrass Green, Desert Turquoise, Black; paintbrush; water mister; Tim Holtz - Burlap stencil; Dreamweaver - embossing paste; pallet knife; Tim Holtz - Big Talk Snarky stickers
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares

Tuesday, June 9, 2020


Hello and welcome creative peeps!

This fortnight at SHOPPING OUR STASH,
we are on the lookout for UFO's! That's right, your
UnFinished Objects!

You know the ones - the die cuts/stamped images/papers/embellishments 
that you thought you were going to use, then didn't. And now
that pile of UFO's is starting to spread out and take over your desk top.
I don't have a pile. I have multiple piles.

A Stufftainer full of stamped/printed images/digis, some even colored
and die cut. Another bin of backgrounds, handmade or cut from paper.
(a very small amount I've displayed here)*

Another container full of die cuts that I've changed my mind using.
It's madness!!
So, here are three, count 'em, three cards I've made using UFO's:

This one was all UFO's, except for the sentiment stickers:

the inside:

Next, I had made a card similar to this years ago. This was the first
attempt. I didn't like where I put the photo thingys. The beer image
was already colored, I just die cut it using an oval die, along with
a black matte. The pre-cut oval behind that is made of cork.
The happy birthday sentiment was another UFO.


Finally, probably my favorite from this trio.
The handmade watery blue snippet was leftover from a past project, 
and I couldn't see throwing it in the recycle bin. Glad I didn't as
it went with the green scalloped oval, along with a bit
of greenery (I'm calling it seaweed), and die cut mermaid found in the bin.
I just stamped the sentiment and edged around the oval with an ink pad.

I'm glad that I made not only one card, but three using mostly all 
UFO items. I probably wouldn't be able to use all of them in
one lifetime, there's so much of it. LOL!

I hope that you find some time to play along in our UFO challenge at
Shopping Our Stash! We'd love to see your take on it. For more
inspiration, do check the blogs of my teammies to see what they have created.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

*too many companies to remember and track down who made what. If you are interested in something particular I've used, comment below and I will do my best to let you know who made what.

Friday, June 5, 2020

A Summer-y Birthday

Hello and happy Friday crafty friends!
I hope everyone is well and keeping safe during
this unsettling, crazy time.
In case you're in need of one, here's a big cyber
bear hug from me to you! 

I've been missing my mojo the last few months. Sometimes on rare
occasions, like now, it will emerge for a day or two. Since it seems like it takes
me at least two days to make a card lately, I jumped at the gift of mojo
to make this card:

Here's the inside:

To the main panel, I first splattered some watered down Gesso and black paint,
and once dry, stamped the sentiment. I used a pineapple embossing folder to emboss
 a panel of vellum, then carefully tore it for my background strip. I folded
it over the edges and adhered on the back side of the yellow panel. Wound
some hemp cord around it and adhered with foam squares onto the card base.
I stamped the hibiscus four times in versamark and heat embossed in gold.
On the back side I colored them in using CT2 & CR3 Spectrum Noir markers,
then added shading details with the Poppy Red Prismacolor pencil.
I cut a diamond shape then scored it for a bit more interest before
adhering the flowers with glue dots. The diamond panel is also
adhered with foam squares.

Another sentiment was stamped on the inside and the last flower added.
I LOVE how this came out! I really need to color on vellum more.
What a fun look it gives.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope that you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Get Outta Town, Hullabaloo, Happy Birthday
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark
CS: Neenah; Bazzill
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Prismacolor pencil; Recollections - vellum; GC; Park Lane - pineapple EF; Stampendous - Champagne EP; heat gun; MISTI; Martha Stewart - scoring board; Hirschberg Schultz - hemp cord; DecoArt Media Gesso; DecoArt Americana - Black acrylic paint; water mister; paintbrush
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Glue Dots; Score Tape; Recollections - tacky tape
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