Sunday, February 21, 2021

Been working on this for a couple days...

 ...and I finally finished it!

Hello friends, glad that you stopped by. Here's the

card I'm talking about:

 and the inside:

I just bought this new-to-me stamp set a couple 

months ago, and it's the first time using it. (NBUS!)

When I finished coloring the first flower, I really wasn't happy about

how it came out. I looked at images of colored flowers and tried just

flicking the four colors I used, leaving bits of white space here and

there. It came out so much better that way, so I stamped the top

flower and colored it again:

Once everything was colored and fussy cut, I also fussy cut

the lone flower, going around the edge with a black marker,

then gluing it on top of the original image. You'd never know

unless you ran your finger over the image!

On the main panel, I wanted a bit of color behind the flowers, so I did

a light wash using Scattered Straw Distress Ink. When that dried, I used

a burlap stencil and randomly went over the colored parts with the

same ink. Of course, I wound up covering up most of the 

stenciled bits. LOL! I gave the berries and the centers of the

yellow flowers a coating of Wink of Stella before adhering to the 

card base. The sentiment is heat embossed on a little banner.

Another sentiment finishes the inside.

Now that I've figured out how to color flowers better, perhaps I'll

start using them more! 😁

That's it for now. I hope that you have a wonderful rest of

your weekend. Thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this at:

The Flower Challenge #53 - new stamps/dies

NBUS Challenge #23 

Addicted to Stamps and More #399 - any occasion

Spectrum Noir markers used:

roses: AP1,AP2, AP3, AP4, PP1

yellow flowers: CT1, CT4, BO3

berries: TB3, TB5

leaves: CG2, AG3, JG5

stems: MB4, EB8



Stamps: Honey Bee stamps - Everything Wonderful; Recollections - Happy Mother's Day

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Scattered Straw; Versamark

CS: Spectrum Noir; Strathmore mixed media paper; Taylored Expressions; Bazzill

Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI; GC; Sunny Studio - Frilly Frames Polka Dots die; water and paint brush; Tim Holtz - burlap stencil; Stampendous - detail white EP; heat gun; PFS - blending brush; Recollections - rhinestones

Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, February 20, 2021



Hello snarky peeps and welcome to another fun challenge at the


This fortnight is brought to you by the letter Q:

Q for QUEEN!

Here's my take on the subject:

Queen Eunice here looks like she just finished kicking ass and

taking names! LOL! She's colored up with Spectrum Noir markers.

I purposely chose purples, (for royalty!), to color and in 

the papers I used. The points of her crown and earrings received

some gold Stickles, her specs some Liquid Glass, and the crown

itself was Winked by Stella:

There are many ways to interpret this, as you will see when you visit the

blogs of my Sisters and our reigning Queen, Tinstar! I hope

that you find some time to play along in our Queen challenge at the

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a fun day!

Spectrum Noir markers used:

skin: FS2, FS3, TN2, CR3, PP3 (lips)

hair: BGR2

glasses: BG2

blouse: LV1, LV2, LV3, BG2

skirt: AB2, BT5, BT6

shoes: BG2, BG5, BG6

crown:GY1, GY2, GY5


Stamp: Art Impressions - Golden Oldies Eunice; Katzelkraft - Funny Accessories; Unity Stamps - sentiment from the May 2012 KOM

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark

DP: Graphic 45 - Midnight Masquerade

CS: Spectrum Noir; Taylored Expressions; Nicole

Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI; Stampendous - detail gold EP; heat gun; Ranger - gold Stickles; DecoArt Media - Liquid Glass; WOS pen; Sakura - Gold Gelly Roll pen

Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

SHOPPING OUR STASH #439 - All About Family


Good morning and welcome crafty friends!

It's time for another challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH!

This fortnight is All About Family!

Here's what I came up with:

Game night with the family? Yes please!

Living in another state from where most of my family live

during Covid hasn't allowed for much of that, but 

with the new vaccines rolling out, hopefully 

I'll be able to fly to Illinois sometime this year 

for a visit. Fingers crossed!

I hope that you get a chance to play along in our Family challenge

at Shopping Our Stash! We'd love to see your take on it. For

more ideas, do check out what my teammies have

created to inspire you.

Thanks for visiting!


DP: Carta Bella - Family Night

CS: Neenah; WRMK; Bazzill

Accessories: GC; Sunny Studio - Frilly Frames: Polka Dot die

Adhesives: 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Monday, February 15, 2021

Joy slimline card

 Hello there and welcome.

Got a card to share that I was able to combine

some challenges for:

...and here is the inside:

I used a couple of patterned papers from an older Webster's Pages collection. The 

red one has this gorgeous script that is lyrics from the song, "Do you hear what I hear?"

I matted it with black card stock, then adhered it to a scalloped gold glitter panel.

The 'JOY' was die cut three times, twice in black card stock, and once in 

the music score paper. Those were stacked and glued to the card. 

I gold heat embossed the smaller sentiment and used the coordinating

die to cut it out. Last year I found this package of tiny poinsettia

flowers at Tuesday Morning, and finally opened the package

for this card! Another stamped sentiment finishes the inside.

That's all for now. I hope that you are staying safe during

the pandemic, and also in this string of nasty weather too!

Thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this at:

Christmas Kickstart #47 - slimline cards

Jingle Belles - Text Me Christmas 

Just Us Girls #571

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - slimline cards 


Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Simple Strips Christmas; Sunny Studio - Season's Greetings

Ink: Versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Black

DP: Webster's Pages - Waiting for Santa

CS: Cardstock Warehouse; Nicole

Accessories: GC; Penny Black - Mirthful (Joy) die; Sunny Studio - Slimline Scalloped frames; Taylored Expressions - Simple Strips dies; Stampendous - detail gold EP; heat gun; Little Birdie - paper flowers; MISTI

Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - MMM

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

And here's another guy card


 Hi there, I'm back with another beer themed guy card.

My guy card stash is pretty much non-existent, so I cranked

out a couple cards to help with that. Here's the other one:

 and the inside:


LOL! I love that sentiment, and this is yet another card for one of my beer drinking

 20-something nephews. I was able to use up some snippets from a 

paper collection to make up this card. Yay!

That's it for today. Thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this at Addicted to Stamps and More #398


Stamps: Unity Stamps - Keep Calm have a Beer; Stampendous - Balloons and more; Crackerbox Suzy Stamps - Naked and screaming

Ink: Versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Black

DP: Kaisercraft - Mountain Air

CS: American Crafts; Darice

Accessories: MISTI; Inkadinkado - black EP; Heat gun

Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Happy Beer-day

 Hello and welcome crafty friends!

Here's a fun and punny guy card:

 ...and the inside:

I used embossing paste and the Dots and Dashes stencil

for my background. After cleaning the stencil off, I sprinkled

copper embossing powder onto the paste, and tapped off the excess. 

While the paste dried, I stamped, colored and fussy cut the beer mug.

I used alpha stamps to stamp my punny sentiment and heat embossed.

Once the embossing paste was dry, I heat embossed the copper

embossing powder that I covered it with.

I blended some brown ink around the panel's edges before adhering

all the components together.

I have a lot of nephews in their 20's so this will be sent to one of them. LOL!

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:

CAS Mix Up Stencil Challenge - heat embossing

Seize the Birthday #207 (no topping) 

Addicted to Stamps and More #398 - birthdays

Happy Little Stampers stencil challenge - ATG 


Stamps: Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous - Beer; Studio G - alpha stamps; Taylored Expressions - Another Year Older

Ink: Versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa

CS: Spectrum Noir; Thunderbolt; Bazzill

Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI; STAMPlorations - Dots and Dashes stencil; pallet knife;

Stampendous - Detail Copper EP; heat gun; PFS - blending brush

Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, February 6, 2021




 Hello and welcome snarky peeps! The new challenge has


N is for NO! 

I'm not going to lie, this one had me stumped for a while.

But then I flipped through a Tim Holtz snarky stickers pack,

and found something to build my art journal page around:


 I love how the one lady looks taken aback by what
the other lady says to her! LOL!
Lots of paint, stencils and  masks were used. Grab your
favorite beverage of choice. Here come the process pics:





 One last look:

Ready to play along? Of course you are! We can't wait to see your

take on our NO challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

For more ideas, do check out what my Sistahs have come up with to inspire you!

Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!



Strathmore art jounal

DecoArt Media Gesso

DecoArt Americana acrylic paints: Dragon Fruit, Tangerine, Indian Turquoise, Cadmium Yellow, White, Black

Plaid paint brushes

Stencils: STAMPlorations - Make Marks 3 & 4 by Helen G., Dots All Over; Dylusions - Modern Script; Andy Skinner - Vogue

Imagine - ink blushers

Faber Castel - fine black Artist PITT pen

General's black pastel chalk pencil

Tum Holtz - Snarky Small Talk sticker

Friday, February 5, 2021

Using pink and red in February to make....

 ....a Christmas card, of course!

and the inside:

I did throw in some gray to break up all that pink and red though.

I used a snippet of ancient pink woodgrain paper, and found a 

red-with-pink-dots paper that were the perfect color match to the

woodgrain paper! The white strip was stenciled in gray ink and the

last layer has a diamond pattern on it. I recently rediscovered my

jars of micro beads, so I used some on the center of the flower,

then gave it and the pink berries a good coating of Wink of Stella

for even more shimmer.

(close up of the micro beads:)

I really love how this card turned out, and it has many of my

beloved layers on it! LOL!

Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend!

I'd like to enter this at:

Color Hues #11

Mojo Monday #552

ABC Christmas Challenge - D is for Diamond

Spectrum Noir markers used:
Flower: AP1, DR5, DR7
Leaves: IG1,4,7
Berries: PP1,3,5

Stamps: Sunny Studio - Classy Christmas; Picket Fence Studios - Inside Quotes: Christmas
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Gray Flannel, Rhubarb Stalk
DP: MME - Alphabet Soup; Craft Perfect - Merry & Bright
CS: Neenah; Spectrum Noir; Darice
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI; Gemini; Sunny Studio - coordinating dies; The Crafts Outlet - micro beads; WOS pen; Taylored Expressions - Poinsettia & Pine stencil; PFS - blending brush
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & thin 3D foam squares; DecoArt Media - Liquid Glass

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