Saturday, May 19, 2018

SOSS Guestie!

Happy to have been crowned Queen of Snark for THIS project, and The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers has invited me to be their guest for this fortnight's challenge!

...and here is my little creation:

See the little dots?

  • The main background is a 4x6" piece of Canson Mix Media paper
  • Jane Davenport Mermaid Marker in Jellyfish used for the sentiment, later dotted with a generic metallic-black gel pen from Costco
  • Andrea Ockey-Parr's stitch stamps used, inked with Distress Mix Media ink in Hickory Smoke
  • Iced Spruce Distress Stain squeezed onto my mat and kind of painted on loosely for the inky look.
  • The chipboard gal is from a Melody Ross set from years ago (probably 5 or 6 years ago...)
  • The background paper is from one of Tim Holtz's pads.  I added a little Black Soot DI to the edges.
Thanks for having me, SOSS!  Look forward to seeing everyone's inky stuff!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

SOS: For the kids!

This week at my favorite challenge blog, Shopping Our Stash, I am you hostess and I chose the challenge "For the kids!" 

As I am posting this, I see that this card doesn't necessarily have to go to a child, but it will go to one of my children this summer at camp!  It is summery and bright.

  • Amy Tangerine lemon paper bought on a 6x6" pad last year, I believe
  • The "Love you" card was cut from a DCWV Watercolor pad that is approximately 2 years old... this was cut moons ago from one of those pages of 3x4" cards
  • I mounted the "Love you" on some pink construction paper that I stashed from textbook packing... like, I can't get rid of any paper I deem "good"!  I used some of it to punch the heart with a Fiskars punch as well.
  • I popped up the "Love you" with 3M dimensional tape
  • The white scalloped square came from a kit my kids had
  • The gold trim is by Martha Stewart circa 2013
  • For the final touch, I punched the top corner with a Fiskars punch
This was awesome because I used a ton of stash.  I hope to make a couple more just like it to burn up more stash!  Join me!  Make a card for a kid!

See you at Shopping Our Stash!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mad with the insanity of books

This is fun, though it really needs the right recipient:


  • This is a catalog card coated with Finnabair's crackle paste through Tiim's Typo stencil
  • The card was then coated with Distress Stain in Aged Mahogany
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush rubbed over parts of the card
  • Black Liquitex gesso dragged along the edges
  • Gold thread from stash added behind Tim's photobooth friend, who was treated with a avriety of aging techniques
  • The quote was cut from an old book and adhered with Distress Collage Medium in Matte.
I'd like to share this at the following challenges:

Friday, May 11, 2018

Good in every day

Made this this morning:

I hope if you click on this, you can see the shine from the Glimmer Mist.


  • Catalog card coated with gesso in an ombre fashion through a Heidi Swapp stencil 
  • Card sprayed with Dylusions in Polished Jade, a Tattered Angels blue Glimmer Mist, and After Midnight
  • Dina Wakley heart stamp inked with Dina's Mixed Media palette in Night on a scrap of thick acetate, then cut out and stitched on
  • Quote written (multiple times) with the tail-end of my Signo
  • Edges of the tag rubbed with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush
I'd like to share this with Simon Says Stamp on Monday for their Ombre + Dina Wakley challenge.

Congrats Cactus

I made this card this morning:


  • Background made on a scrap of Canson Mix Media paper
  • Finnabair crackle paste applied with an old hotel room key through three different triangle stencils: two by Heidi Swapp and the lower-right stencil by Tim Holtz (I have a thing for geometric stencils...)
  • Background dipped in DOx in Blueprint and Shaded Lilac
  • Lavender mat paper by Core'dinations 
  • Spellbinders cactus die cut from Canson Mix Media paper inked with Twisted Citron DOx
  • Tim's "Congrats" cut from a scrap of Canson inked with Cracked Pistachio DOx
  • Sequins from some trim from the thrift store adhered with Glossy Accents

I'll share this at the following two challenges:

This Happy Life

This was partially made a couple weeks ago, and I just unburied it and finished it this morning:

This will go to a friend of mine who is a biologist for Collins Pine Company, and her duties include the evening owl surveys.  I showed her this die when I got it and she LOVED it. 


  • Ranger Distress tag coated with Distress Stain in Broken China, Iced Spruced, and Peeled Paint
  • Tag then brushed with an uneven coat of Ranger Crackle Accents (FYI: I just get a new bottle and immediately take the tip off...)
  • After Crackle Accents dried, I scribbled the upper portions with Picket Fence Distress Crayon and the lower portions were scribbled with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and rubbed into the cracks.
  • Owl cut with Tim's die on a scrap of brown paper and heat embossed with Ranger Potting Soil EP and Custer's Last Stamp EP in Pewter
  • Tim's Quotations inked with Frayed Burlap DI and cut apart, then touched with a little Glossy Accents for additional adhesion

I'll share this with Creative Artistes this month for Mixed Media, Anything Goes.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Good luck butterfly tag

Here's this:

  • Background tag was made using all kinds of stuff...I am new the gelli-printing, and this tag has multiple layers of paints and stencils and stamped-on bubble-wrap and rubbed-on gold.  I mean, the thing is thick.  (FYI, generic acrylic paint, Distress paint, probably some gesso, and some Deco Art metallic lustre.)
  • That butterfly panel was made on a Canson Mix Media paper scrap
  • Butterflies stamped with Distress Embossing Ink and heat-embossed with Recollections in black 
  • Color Bursts added with Indigo, Orange, and Burnt Orange
  • The butterfly panel was sewn on with some black floss that was already on an awl on my desk
  • Yellow flowers from Tim's 2nd wildflower set, already cut from yellow scrap
  • "Luck" cut with Tim's diecut  from a scrap of black that was on my desktop
  • The tiny "good" is from Tim's chitchat stickers
  • Vintage seam binding from my stash 
I'll share this with the following challenges: