Sunday, June 25, 2017

More masking plus blending...

I just can't get enough of this technique right now... just masking and blending...

  • DIs in Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Crushed Olive, Frayed Burlap, Pine Needles
  • Canson Mix Media paper
  • Stamps as follows: bow is from a Downton Abbey set; I carved the deer; heart by Dina Wakley, all inked in Ranger Archival: Jet Black
I'll share all of these at Sunday Stamps, where I got the color inspiration:

I'll share the heart card at Country View where their current challenge is... hearts!

I'll share the deer card with Crafting By Designs: Animals

Fun with Stampabilities a little crazy with a new Stampabilities stamp set I got for 50% off on Friday:

  • White cardstock masked with Frogtape 
  • Inked with the following DIs: Milled Lavender, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, and Shabby Shutters
  • Stampabilities stamps inked with Ranger Archival: Jet Black

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Oh, happy day!

Husband was watching the races at Ascot on TV today,  and a female quintet sang "Happy Day"-- so when I saw this stamp on my desk this afternoon, it kind of sang to me!


  • Frog Tape to mask edges
  • DI in Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Seedless Preserves
  • Stamps by Stampabilities inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
That's it!  I loved this so much I made a few more panels that I need to finish up tomorrow.  

I will share this at Mod Squad for their "Use lotsa colors" challenge.

I'd like to also share this at Just Us Girls for their photo challenge:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


... I feel like some big-shot using all these acronyms... HLS (Happy Little Stampers) has a new ATC (Artist Trading Card) challenge... yay!

Here are my entries:

These will both go to local friends, though I don't expect a trade-- I don't know anyone locally who trades.


  • Ranger Yupo inked with various Adirondack Alcohol Inks
  • Writing and doodling accomplished with Faber-Castell Pitts of varying sizes
  • Corners punched with a Fiskars punch
That's all!


Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome to another week with Shopping Our Stash!  (My crafting "Monday" is Tuesday, and my favorite place to be is right here, sharing the stuff I made from items in my stash with you guys!)

This week, the gals at SOS are requesting that you use PINK in your creation, as June 23rd is National Pink Day.  This challenge is also kind of a fun-loving nod to former SOS DT goddess Leslie, RIP, who fun-lovingly detested pink.

  • Main panel is Strathmore watercolor paper inked with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Poppin' Pink and Cotton Candy Pink through a STAMPlorations stencil (that I don't use nearly enough...)
  • The balloons were cut from more watercolor paper inked with LSG Magicals in Cotton Candy, then dabbed on the edge with Picked Raspeberry and popped up with 3M dimensional tape
  • Andrea's stamps from Snapping Monsters (the gal, the "lovely girl" and the the circles in black).  All of these awesome stamps (from two sets... you gotta go to her Etsy store) were inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black.  Everything except the gal was also embossed with Recollections clear EP
  • The gal has Antique Linen Distress Paint hair and Pebbles chalky cheeks, plus some Liquid Pearls lips.  (I made her look like my aunt, Bev, who this will go to for her birthday, commisioned by my mom...)
  • Black mat is Core-dinations cardstock
  • The word clippings are from my stash-- this came from some DP years ago
Join us... why not?  I know you all have pink items stashed why not use them and feel good about using hoarded-- err, lovingly stored-- items?!

Shopping Our Stash is such an awesome group to be a part of, and I feel the same passion as I did when I was just a participant: I LOVE using my stashed items.  Like, LOVE IT. Thanks to my awesome teammies... you guys are inspiring people.  It reminds me that we are not little crafting islands... we are a community of crafters, and our diverse backgrounds feed a pool of creativity plus the desire to use what you already have... it's crafting efficiency!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cecropia moth

Oooh... ahh...


  • Ranger tag inked with Scattered Straw DI first  using the wrinkle-free distress technique
  • Next inked using the same technique with Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade DOx, using a water mister with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mixed in
  • Any spots that still looked manila got a little extra Scattered Straw
  • The Tim Holtz Roses stencil was used with Teresa Collins modeling paste mixed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Dark Chocolate Truffle
  • The moth was cut from my grandparents' field guide-- it is no longer a book... it's loose pages.  The moth was coated with Distress Collage Medium in Matte and the description was coated with Vintage
  • Sequins from  Creative Essentials affixed with Glossy Accents
  • The "nest" of yarn is from my fave spool. This feature is definitely inspired by Autumn 
  • Mercury Glass Stickles run loosely around the edge of the tag 
This has a sister card, made the same day... you can check it out HERE.  

So... speaking of sisters... craft soul-sister is Autumn, hands-down.  I was channeling her for both this project and that sister card (LOL, which she liked!)  I'll cite her as my inspiration for this and share at Frilly & Funkie's challenge: You're my inspiration.  Thanks, Autumn, for everything.  I admire your endless well of creativity as evidenced by your blog, and on top of all of that, you are positive and up-beat... all while raising a gang of kids and holding down a J-O-B.  On behalf of the crafting blogosphere, thank you for the inspiration.

...and, because I like this stenciling so much, I will also share at STAMPlorations' Stencil Sunday/ June Mixed Media challenge.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pipevine Swallowtail

Isn't this a beautiful butterfly?

Click for close-up of the crackle-effect

I seldom leave a tag string-less, but this one has a more scientific look... so I left it simple... you know,  like a scientist would!

  • DI in Peacock Feathers
  • DOx in Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo
  • Inks added using wrinkle-free distress with my own light mixture of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls... this ous so light I've been using it in place of regular water lately.  Fun!
  • Edges dabbed with matte Mod Podge then coated with Stampendous frantage in Aged Gold, then heated.
  • Butterfly fussy-cut from my grandparents' field guide-- it is so old it is just loose pages.  I like to use it, makes me feel close to them. 
  • Butterfly coated with Distress Collage Medium in matte then Crackle in some parts.  When dry, Prima Artisan Powder rubbed over the cracks. 
  • Butterfly's description coated with Distress Collage Medium in Vintage then pinned with a 7 Gypsies pin
  • Vintage trim lace affixed with a Recollections brad

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Song Sparrow

Very pleased wth the outcome of this fairly-simple mixed-media index card:

Supplies and notes:

  • Index card divider coated with Teresa Collins modeling paste mixed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Dark Chocolate Truffle through Tim's Roses stencil*
  • Card inked with Mustard Seed DI
  • A spot was highlighted with white Liquitex gesso
  • Bird fussy-cut from a field guide sent by the wonderful AOP and adhered with Distress Collage Medium in matte
  • Book clippings from three separate books adhered with more Distress Collage Medium in matte
  • Tumbled Glass Distress Crayon added last to the book clippings and to outer parts of the gesso-highlighted area
  • Oh... I wrote "song sparrow" with a Micron...
*You'll be seeing this background again... I was overzealous when scooping the modeling paste and made a bunch of backgrounds...
... the stencil didn't even get all icky... I was in the Goldilocks Zone of stenciling!  I felt like Ice Cube singing "Today was a good day..."

I'll share this at the following challenges:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pretty thank you

I just could look at this all day:

 I tried to show the window in this image... just reminding you in case you got hypnotized by the colors...)

  • Stamp by Inkadinkado, found at the thrift store, inked with Distress Embossing Ink and embossed with Recollections white EP
  • Colored with Color Bursts.  Fussy-cut when dry.
  • David Tuttero laser cut frame in background; sprayed the negative piece with a blue plus gold Glimmer Mist
  • The "Thank you" is from a stamp set that *I believe* comes from Somerset Magazine
I had "assembled" this in my mind last night,  then when I actually put it together,  the window is mostly covered... boo-hoo. 

Oh well, you get the idea...

I'd like to share this with the following:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tag card: You belong

Here is this tag card which was made with the intention of giving it to my oldest while she is away at camp--she loves Hawaii and all things associated with Hawaii... in this case,  plumerias:

  • This tag-card was not pre-treated with anything
  • Flowers by Inspired By Stamping (go to the site... I think this set is on major clearance) inked with Distress Embossing Ink and embossed with Custer's Last Stamp clear  EP 
  • Color Bursts in Chartreuse,  Fuchsia,  and Orchid
  • Once Color Bursts dried, flicked with water for the droplet dreamy look
  • Twine by Hand Made Modern
  • Quote from an old book affixed with Distress collage medium in matte
I plan to share this at the following challenges:

JUGS Birthday Card

Now that summer vacation is here,  I am on a big push to either use or purge these piled-up items, like backgrounds, diecuts, etc. I already thinned at least 40% of my paper stash and other miscellaneous items during a spring-cleaning in May...

The scrap shack is like 80% complete construction-wise, and we have done nothing since last fall.   In order to finish the insulating and sheet-rocking, I'll have to move my desk... yikes... so all this to say my plan is to just make cards like crazy instead of stashing or trashing unfinished projects!

Okay, on to the crafting:

Here's a CAS birthday card:


  • DCWV metallic printed watercolor paper colored with Color Bursts, popped up with 3M foam tape 
  • Stitched circle die from Autumn
  • Metallic kraft-core punched with Tim's dies

I'll share this with Just Us Girls:

Magical Birthdays

Busted these out this morning:


  • Bought these adorable discounted unicorn stamps by Jolee's Boutique yesterday and instead of stashing them,  I decided to use them up!
  • I had made the watery backgrounds last week with DIs on Tim's resist paper
  • The sewing machine was out, so I decided to stitch some beams in the background
  • Green paper is stock by Core'dinations
  • I drew the banners and greetings with Paper Mate Flair pens... my faves 
Yay!  Aren't they fun?  I'm so pleased that I used this while sticker sheet!

I'd like to share these at:

Masculine Mixed Media

Made this just playing around over the past the days:


  • Old index divider inked with DOx in Vintage Photo 
  • Graphic 45 flower stamp inked wth DOx in Chipped Sapphire and Cracked Pistachio, then sprayed with water,  then stamped; then re-sprayed and stamped across background which yielded an almost imperceptible design. 
  • Fiskars print stamp inked wth Ranger Archival 
  • Text from an old reader adhered with Ranger Distress collage medium in Vintage
  • Distress glitter in Antique Linen around the edges (using Elmers Craft Bond)
  • Tim's found relative from a paper pad, edged with Frayed Burlap DI and dotted with Tim's Adirondack AI Mixative in Gold then popped up with dimensional adhesive
  • A punched swallow (Fiskars) from Tim's metallic kraft-core 
  • Buttons from stash
  • Darice metallic hemp twine
  • Idea-ology arrow rubbed with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Brilliant Turquoise
  • Studs from my stash (I *think* these were made by Recollections...)

I'll share this with the folks at:

SOS: Happy Mail

Hi, crafters!

I am your hostess this week at SOS, and I have chosen the theme "Happy Mail"... think typewriters, stationary, envelopes, packaging... you know!

I am gearing up to inundate my daughters with mail at summer camp.  I was trying to find a joke funny enough to give one daughter the joke and one the response, but then I came up with the idea to give them each a part of a letter so they need to go find each other to read it!  See... I am working my parenting magic from afar... LOL!

  • Recollections envelopes taped off with Frog tape
  • Cards are sheets of Strathmore watercolor paper
  • Dylusions sprays used.  One of my daughters is more "warm colors" and one is "cooler colors"...
  • I used a Sharpie for some writing and doodling
  • Stamps are from Bisous Zoo (from Autumn... thanks!) and some stamps (the postage stamp and the typewriter) came from a set years ago from a Somerset subscription *I think*... all inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
This will be happy mail, don't you think?  I hope my plan works-- to get my girls to go find each other after mail-call!