Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"I love the ocean!"

Here's a very-nautical tag:

Gotta show that this is hung on my mermaid chick...

Supplies and notes:
  • Library card base accented with Pebeo sand and Liquitex gel with glass beads
  • Shell from a K and Company die cut pack from a couple years ago coated with Distress Collage Medium in Crazing.  Once dry, edges were scribbled with Frayed Burlap Distress crayon and rubbed into cracks.
  • Tim's MM dies cut from his own paper then sort of fussy cut for the background
  • Quote from an old Nancy Drew book, coated with Distress Collage Medium in Vintage
  • Twine from my stash
  • Lastly, I added Distress Paint in Picket Fence lightly to the glass beads.
How do you like it?  Did you notice the book that the card went to?  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SOS: Chillaxin' & Relaxin'

Hello, and happy National Relaxation Day!

August 15 is National Relaxation Day, and Chris at Shopping Our Stash would like so see something depicting something that is relaxing to you!

So... crafting is my go-to chillax-activity, but much of my life has been spent relaxing by watching birds, both seriously and casually... and it is always relaxing to me.  I used to walk the marsh as a college student prior to exams, and I still take time to study birds.  It's magical.

Here's my card:

  • Library cards used as the base.  I scored the reverse card... 
  • Front library card inked with DOx in Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, and Fossilized Amber
  • Black masking tape by 7 Gypsies.  I think this is my second roll of the stuff, but I have had this product in my stash for at least 5 years... maybe 7?
  • Quote from an old book, snipped well before I used it, adhered with Vintage Distress Collage Medium
  • The robin image was fussy-cut a long time ago from a piece of DP... wish I knew the make but I'm gonna guess October Afternoon... just a guess...
  • Black pearls by Viva in Anthracite 
  • Ric-rac from my stash... I mean, who doesn't have this stiff in their stash???
Looking forward to seeing how you guys relax!  Hop on over to SOS for some inspiration!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Shiny greetings

Crafting for my sanity... been a crazy summer, both good and bad, and I'm taking this morning for some craft therapy-- I don't even have the time to spare, but I truly need a few cards, so I can justify it!  I know you know what I mean! (I wrote that yesterday-- finally trying to post some stuff!)

This will go to a friend who needs some uplifting:

This image shows the ooh-ahh factor of the Magicals... 

  • Glitter base from DCWV Serenity stack
  • Metallic watercolor paper by DCWV colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals
  • Strathmore watercolor paper cut with my Cricut Explore Air 2 from a design I drew on my screen
  • Sentiment written with a medium Jane Davenport brush pen using DOx in Broken China and Cracked Pistachio
  • Gold sticker sentiments generic from the dollar store... Score!  I love these!

I'll share this with:


Here's a quicky:

This will go to a relatively new friend who will always be in my squad...


  • Pre-cut card from Michaels' dollar bin
  • Drink stamp from a Downton Abbey stamp set
  • "#SQUAD" by Stampabilities
  • I added DIs in Faded Lilac, Broken China, and Spun Sugar then brushed them with a Jane Davenport waterbrush
I plan to share this at the following challenges:

Cheers, my friend

Here's a birthday card for one of my closest friends:
This image shows the color saturation better in the sunlight...

... and this image shows how it looks more IRL-- much softer than the image above, which was taken in full sunlight.

I was out of town for her birthday, and, shame on me: I failed to leave a card for her!  So I'll bring this to her birthday BBQ tonight.

  • Sentiment stamp by Stampabilities inked with Dina Wakley Media MM Palette: Ocean
  • Drink by STAMPlorations, inked with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Recollections in Snow
  • Panel colored with various DIs 
  • Stickles used to accent the drink
  • Background triangles inked through something cut with my Cricut Explore Air 2 when I was first experimenting with it... wait, who am I kidding-- I am still experimenting!
  • Triangles accented with white Signo
  • Cherry and dots are Viva Perlen Pen in Red
I'll share this with:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

SOS: Spice up your life!

...I'll tell ya what I want, what I really really want...

I want you to play with us at Shopping Our Stash this week!  We are making projects inspired by the Spice Girls...

Obviously, my tag was inspired by Ginger Spice!


  • Ranger Tag
  • DOx in Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo monoprinted using the Holiday Knits stencil by Tim
  • Gingerbread stamp and sentiment inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black and embossed with Recollections EP
  • Gingerbread colored with Distress Stain in Vintage Photo and accented with Liquid Pearls
  • Twine from an old ornament
That's it!  See you at SOS

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Mimi as a Snarky Guestie!

Oh, my... I always feel like I achieved something great when The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers invites me to be their guest!

I made them laugh, I guess, with THIS card, which caused them to have me over for Edna's latest alpha-challenge: M is for Mink!  Basically, we just need to use some fur... or, like, an animal with fur...

How's this?

This actually even makes me a taddy-bit uncomfortable... my family actually talks about bear maulings (or the possibility of it) often-- my husband frequently encounters bears at work and this tag kind of pokes fun at something we generally take seriously (bears killing humans...)

But it's a pretty funny quote, right?!

  • Ranger tag stamped with a Hero Arts background and embossed with Stampendous EP
  • Old foam bear stamp found at the elementary school; embossed with black Recollections EP and painted with Distress Stain in Vintage Photo
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Cream
  • Vintage seam binding from my neighbor
  • Quote brushed onto spare watercolor paper with Black Soot DI and Tim's small water brush.
That's pretty much it!  See you over at The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

SOS: Christmas in July

(...I mean AUGUST!!!)

Welcome to my post for the latest Shopping Our Stash challenge...
Countdown to Christmas!
Yep!  Donna is challenging us to make a Christmas card!
Even though I do share a handful of handmade Christmas greetings, I use a ton of handmade tags on gifts, so that's where I typically focus my holiday mojo:


  • Vintage bingo card coated lightly with white Liquitex gesso and dried.
  • STAMPlorations poinsettia stamp  inked with Distress Embossing Ink and embossed with Recollections EP in black-- the stamp is new since last December, so be ready to see a lot of it from me this coming winter-- I love it!
  • Initally, the card and flower were painted using diluted Dylusions sprays, but as they dry, they sometimes oxidize in a funky way, so I went over the flower with Ranger Alcohol Ink in Red Pepper.
  • Parts of a Fiskars text stamp was inked with Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black
  • "Good cheer!" brushed on with a waterbrush dipped in DOx in Black Soot, the accented with a Signo white pen. 
  • The flower was outlined with Glossy Accents and Martha Stewart clear glitter was added-- the best!
  • Vintage tinsel trim added to the bottom; vintage seam binding added to the top.
  • I was just about done when I decided that something was missing... I spotted my bells and quickly sewed three on... so glad!  This upped the festive factor by 3, at least!
I have to admit: I did NOT have any holiday mojo... I pulled down my Christmas tub, and though I love a lot of my holiday supplies, I am "not there" at all right now, so once I just admitted that to myself (after like 5 failed starts... really), I just went with a more fun and colorful, less traditional project, and I am pleased-- I hope you like it as well.

Whether you are feeling the holiday spirit or not, go ahead and join us at SOS-- I know I am more behind this year than I have been in years past... have some catching up to do.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SOS: Butterflies, Bees, and Bugs

This week at Shopping Our Stash we are honoring insects with our current challenge
Butterflies, Bees, and Bugs!

This is my card:

  • Page from an old French dictionary (120 years old-- stash-much?) sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray in Ethereal Emerald (my first LSG product)
  • Edges of paper then rubbed with DOx in Vintage Photo and spritzed with water
  • Rosette made with vintage seam binding on a Gluber from 2011.  Walnut Stain Distress Paint rubbed to subdue the orange.
  • Tim Holtz's Idealogy spinner-arrow-thingy attached with a The Paper Studio pin
  • Sentiment written into a scrap of Strathmore watercolor paper with my oldest waterbrush (Distress) with Vintage Photo DOx
  • Dina Wakley media tape
  • Butterfly from my stash-- packaging long gone
  • Orange rhinestones from Michaels' dollar bins at least two years ago
  • Whole panel mounted onto a metallic sheet from DCWV's Serenity stack
I'm looking forward to seeing your buggy-stash!  See you at SOS... use the stuff you already have! Xo

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SOS # 312: Light bulb

(I always think of Gru on Despicable Me when I think of light bulbs... LOL... "Light. Bulb.")

Today marks the beginning of another stash-busting challenge with the gals at Shopping Our Stash.  This week Chris is our hostess, and she's chosen the theme You light up my life: include anything that has a light bulb in it!-- lamps, flashlight, lantern... you get the idea!  Anything with a light bulb in it or on it!

I knew I had this cute little light bulb floating around in a Heidi Swapp baggie, and if you look close... real close... the red pencils say "brilliant" on them, too!

  • Background paper and strip from Amy Tangerine's "Finders keepers" stack
  • Clipped corners using a Fiskars punch and drew around the edge with a Faber-Castell Pitt
  • Light bulb from a Heidi Swapp die-cut Minc pack... I don't even have a Minc...
  • Sentiment strips from a Chickaniddy DP from 2014
  • Doily shape has been in my stash for years... I want to say it is probably Recollections brand...
  • Yellow enamel dots by MME; blue enamel dots by Prima.  Both have been in my stash for at least two years.
Well, come on over with your BRIGHT ideas!  See you at Shopping Our Stash!

Saturday, July 15, 2017



Made this for my sis, who has always been a panda-lover.  She's now gotten so many cards and projects from me with this stamp... ha!  Hope she likes it!  I will include a note asking her for an ATC back... maybe I'll even include the blank card.

  • Base is thin (read "cheap") Pennelli watercolor paper
  • Old foam kid's stamp found at the elementary school in a bin, tucked far in an attic.
  • Stamp inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black and barely embossed with Recollection EP in black
  • Heart stamp from a Target set
  • Star stamps cut from a larger Dyan Reavely Dylusions stamp
  • DOx in Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron
  • DI in Worn Lipstick daubed around edges 
  • Water spritzed to add mottling effect
  • Corners clipped with a Fiskars punch
  • Edges outlines with Stickles in Black Diamond
I'll share this with the folks at Happy Little Stampers for their second-ever ATC challenge!

CAS berry-tones

Made this last night:

  • Tim's Honeycomb Mixed Media die
  • Back panel: wrinkle-free distress with Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry DOx
  • "Thank you" written with the inks listed above using a Jane Davenport waterbrush
  • Stickles in Icicle added to the sentiment
That's it.  It is pretty IRL, and was so easy to make.  I actually painted out a bunch of sentiments while I had the waterbrush out with these colors-- they are very nice together.

I'll share this at the following two challenges:

Friday, July 14, 2017

You've got this!

CASE'd a card at the grocery store:

Here is the original card:

I have only ever done this (copied a grocery store card) a couple times (like maybe literally two, including this one), but I loved this so much,  I may copy it again!  And again!  Though I feel a little like I'm cheating...


  • Strathmore watercolor paper
  • Zig Emboss Writer
  • Ranger EP in Princess Gold
  • Dylusions in Polished Jade
  • Water + Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold
I'll share this at Mod Squad where their current challenge is to have the sentiment be the focal. 

SOSS: Kids!

Well, I'm the very proud mother of two... one of which is a full-blown teen.  I saw this quote and couldn't pass up this opportunity:


  •  Bingo card 
  • Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers DOx
  • Black Liquitex gesso sponged through (and around) a stencil made with one of Tim's Mixed-Media dies
  • Pebeo relief outliner in Lead
  • Quote typed on reverse of library catalog card, inked with Pumice Stone DI and affixed with Vintage Distress Collage Medium
  • Tim's paper doll mounted with 3M dimensional adhesive
  • Vintage seam binding
The innocent girl in her maiden teens knows perfectly well what everything means. 
D.H. Lawrence

I showed my daughter and she... rolled her eyes!  Ha!  Mission accomplished!

I'll share this with the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SOS: CAS for Simplicity Day!

It's time for a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash, and this week I am your host...

with National Simplicity Day on July 12, I am challenging you to make a CAS (Clean and Simple)* card, and if you care to look at the Simplicity Day link above, you will be further-inspired!

*You know, I seldom do anything "clean"... ha ha ha... so if you are a grungy girl like me, just try to keep it simple, huh?!

Here is my project-- a series of cards:

  • The background panels are leftover from my spray box-- when the sheets of newsprint gets too inky, I replace them lest they bleed onto future projects, but often I can't discard the colorful sheets, so I tack them to the wall in the shack for some future use... so technically, this sheet has been used three times: once for reading, once in the bottom of my spray box, and now on this card!
  • The flowers were diecut from Tim's Wildflowers II from library cards (another upcycled item!), inked with Forest Moss and Crushed Olive DI plus Peeled Paint DOx
  • The sentiments of thanks were typed with my second-hand typewriter on library catalog cards
  • Further,  a few of these bases had already been stamped and rejected, so I am using them here!  
Waste not, want not!

I hope you join us at Shopping Our Stash for our CAS challenge-- and I encourage you to embrace National Simplicity Day!