Friday, February 23, 2018

FRIDAY FREEBIE - Merry Christmas!

Yep... if you haven't already, it's time to start thinking about Christmas 2018.

Back in January I found the video below on YouTube. I've been following Artful Stampin' - a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from the UK. Ruth is very creative.

Ruth is using a classic technique of creating your own ink pad to repeatedly stamp a multi-colored image 

January's challenge was to create 10 Christmas tags. With the repetitive stamping technique, I knew this was the perfect way to get the 60+ tags I need for the cookie boxes I'll deliver in December. You know, the tags I'm usually making while the cookies are cooling and waiting to be boxed up.

If you're not familiar with the technique, watch Ruth's video. But here's a photo version:

Apply ink, using the reinkers, to the images on the stamp. I used Cherry Cobbler on the candy cane, Chocolate Chip on the gingerbread men, Crushed curry on the stamps and Garden Green on the sentiment.

Then you place a pad of dried baby wipes onto the stamp and press. When you remove it, you have a custom ink pad (right hand side of the photo). From this you can stamp your image over and over. I had stamped over 30 before I needed to reapply ink.

The image is from SU-retired The Little Things 

I could get 10 images per piece of white cardstock. After the first couple sheets I realized if I stamped the middle image first, then an image on each outside corner I could get better spacing. 
After I'd stamped both long edges, I cut the page down the middle longways at the 4.25 mark. From there, I cut the tags down to 2"

After I cut them apart, I used the Tag Punch from SU to punch the top edge. Then I stamped the TO and FROM from the Snowflake Sentiments set below in Emerald Envy:

I chose Emerald Envy ink to bounce with the Emerald Envy ribbon (retired) 

I'm only showing the first 10 here. I still need to put ribbon in the other ones. I only had to have 10 tags for the challenge that had to be posted no later than the 24th. A new challenge will post on the 25th so I'll have that one to share next month.

Are you thinking about Christmas? Making cards or tags? 

Creative Christmas Blessings!

Monday, February 19, 2018


For this month's challenge I found this sweet image of a luscious layer cake:

I chose Elegant Eggplant, Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum from my Stampin' Up! collection:

I also joined a couple of challenges (listed below) Here is the sketch from FabFriday:

This is the card I came up with:

I used 'Thank You' from the Southern Serenade set from the new Spring catalog:
Southern Serenade Clear-Mount Stamp Set

The scalloped and matted circle were cut using the Layering Circles Framelits Dies

My card also links up with:

Now let's see yours! You have until March 12th. Top picks will be listed the Friday prior to the new challenge.

Please share the blog post link on your blog. (I hope to also have a blog button in place by February) so others can play.

There is only ONE rule
No back linking - new projects only. Any type of project is acceptable.
You may use any company product you like. My only request is if you use a stamp or something special, link to the company so we may add to our stash, too :-D


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TEAPOT TUESDAY - Off to The Netherlands

I'm happy to be back playing in Teapot Tuesday on Splitcoast Stampers. The concept behind Teapot Tuesday is to be inspired by the challenge, but also have the opportunity to send your card to a designated person who could use a bit of cheer.

This week's card is on it's way to The Netherlands. As you can see, we mail all over the world. Our tea party is in honor of Ms. Annie Beerkens. Ms Annie is recovering from a lung infection. As we get older, we know recovery can be very slow. She is 78 and still a fashionista! With that in mind, we were inspired to use fashion in our card. 

My mind went instantly to some die cuts I've been hoarding for about four years. They were the now-retired dress form die from Stampin' Up! I'd borrowed my sister-in-law's die set and cut several from patterned papers as well as velvet papers. I cut the dress forms from tan and chocolate velvet papers. Haven't figured out where to use them yet.

I started with a Powder Pink card base and added layers of paper from a Recollections Floral Squares 12x12. They were 4 4x6 art cards. I've used one as the first layer, then trimmed another down to place the red velvet dress. I tucked a very vanilla doily under the edge. The sentiment from Beautiful You (SU) is stamped in Tuxedo Momento Black on Very Vanilla and matted on Cherry Cobbler. The jewel at the breast is from SU Clear Faceted Gems. I'm not sure where all of my pearls went to.  I have several cards worth in the Scrap Rack but they were all larger than I wanted. I was looking for my SU size variety.

I hope Ms. Annie likes her card.

Anyone is welcome to play. Come join us, won't you?

Friday, February 9, 2018

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY on Friday - Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #204

Technically, this post is supposed to go live on Monday the 12th. But the deadline to enter a challenge is today so I'm scooting in under the wire.

I love taking part in challenges. While I've had good intentions in the past, I've never gotten very far.

Challenges are a good thing. They encourage us to stretch our wings and we can be inspired by what others are doing.

This week I'm at Crafty Cardmakers. Challenge #204 encouraged us to 'Get Inky/ Messy. While my tag doesn't look very 'messy', there was a fabulous shade of Metalic Amethyst infused Gesso on my mat. After creating the background for the tag, I brushed the remaining gesso on the 2-page spread in my junk journal designated for all things purple. Then I spritzed water on the mat and swiped a piece of white cardstock through the remainder to clean up my work surface. Nothing went to waste.

This tag also applies to the Word of the Year challenge on SplitcoastStampers.  My word is ACHIEVEMENT - or forms thereof. We were to make a piece of Quote Art. 

I was inspired to do a large tag by one of the gals in the Splitcoast challenge. She is using a 4x12 tag. I went with a 4x10. When I'm done this year, I'll bind them into a tag book.

I cut a 4x10 tag from a manila file folder. I mixed the white gesso with the FolkArt Metallic Amethyst then brushed the entire surface of the tag. After the tag had air-dried a few moments, I gave it a spritz with watered-down Folk Art Metallic Antique Gold

This next part may scare a couple of you. Shhh don't tell Tim Holtz this next step.

I cut his Wings embossing folder apart! Then I set it back together, aligning the folder so the image nested properly. Then I taped the folders together on one side to create a hinge. This allows me to place the embossing folder anywhere along the tag I want and still have everything line up properly when I close the folder.

After running through the Vagabond, I brushed  Brilliance Moonlight White Ink using a finger dauber over the raised surface of the wings.

Remember that piece of white cardstock I used to clean up my mat? I cut an oval from the Stampin' Up! Stitched Framelits, using the largest oval. I used alpha-stickers from The Paper Studios to spell Achievement. The gold star was from my stash.

I laid down a strip of washi tape from the new Stampin' Up! Myths & Magic collection.  then glued the oval over top. The heart lace edging at the bottom was from a sticker pack I bought at $ Tree several years ago. 

The image is the focal point for this tag. I found the quote on the internet. After cropping the quote out, I printed it on vellum. I tore the edges then glued to the tag. The fibers are from my stash. I thought they paired well with the colors and the wings.

I'm happy with how the tag turned out. Our next one is to do a collage about our word. Hmmm this one is going to take some thought.

Remember to come back next Monday when we have our own Color Challenge! But I'll be here tomorrow with a Tea Pot Tuesday card. Come be inspired!

Monday, January 29, 2018

 Last year, I came across a calendar by Suzy Toronto. Check out her website - lots of FUN stuff and great gifts!

The monthly pages were just as colorful as the front cover and each month contained a full calendar page as well as an 'empowerment' type of thing. Well, the 2017 calendar is still on my shelf. I didn't use it last year because I'd lost track of it... finding the item about August as I was doing the deep clean. Then I found a 2018 and decided THIS was the year I would play.

Here's a sample of one of the inside pages?

I wanted to combine this fun calendar with thought provoking messages with the lovely set of 36 Gel Pens Bob got me for Christmas. You can order them through the link but Bob found mine at Walmart.

Leisure Arts Gel Pens, Pack of 36

I've already ordered a pen case from  I have one of these cases for my planner pens. The case holds 48 so I'll have room to add my white signo as well as a couple of black art pens, a graphite pencil, sharpener and eraser. 
Pen and Marker Organizer

I wanted to turn this calendar into a workable art journal with 2-page spreads. The only paper I had was a 9x12 Watercolor pad. I cut the pages down to 6x12", cut the calendar pages in half and coil bound everything. I bound each 2-page spread with a paperie tape from ms sparkle and co. I'm not happy with the tape but we'll see how it holds up.

Here's a blank spread:

In the finished journal:

I just got this idea last night so I don't have a spread done for this post but I'll double up somewhere throughout the year.

Since Mondays are primarily Mixed Media, I'll be showing the current month spread on the last Monday of each month. That gives me the entire month to work on each layout a little at a time

Monday, January 15, 2018


With snow swirling outside - finally - I thought I'd pull out some blues and whites for this challenge.

I'm trying to get better at challenges this year so I'm starting out by linking up with Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. This week is Anything Goes.

Sadly, I needed a sympathy card this week for a sweet lady and the colors lent themselves to the need.

I chose SU colors Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy and Marina Mist. The Marina Mist is one of the colors in a retired SU DSP - Botanical Gazette. I thought the birds went well with the new set from SU - Beautiful Peacock.

I used Wisteria Wonder base then began the layering with the other two colors. My favorite MS punch, the lace, brought a bit of femininity to the card. The peacock feathers are stamped in Marina Mist and the Peacock in Night of Navy on Whisper White. The trick to working with this set is to use two high contrasting colors against one another. I added Basic Rhinestones in clear to accent the feathers.  The sentiment inside and out is from Thoughts & Prayers. The white and navy circles are cut from the Stitched Framelits SU set. 

That's mine.. let's see yours! Just add the link to your blog post (not your blog URL but the url to the actual blog post) and Mr. Linky will add you to the list so we may stop by to check out your creation!

There aren't any rules. You may use any company product you like. My only request is if you use a stamp or something special, link to the company so we may add to our stash, too :-D

And remember to grab the Color Challenge button on my sidebar to link your followers here. I'd love to have them playing along!

Monday, January 8, 2018


The big ugly of what I'm dealing with this week. This is my Mixed Media corner of the studio. While I have projects in mind, I am the type of person who can not start a project until every thing is in order. 

To the left of that you see a shelving unit.. was an old stamp display unit from Michaels. This holds my acrylics. Since the main focus on this entire studio was to repurpose items I had on hand, I used one of the 2-drawer filing cabinets to hold painting supplies. The top drawer is all about applicators, latex gloves, etc. The bottom drawer is full of various types of micro-dinner plates, trays, cups to hold paint or use as palettes during projects.

The 2-door cabinet holds all of my blank journals/ papers to work with as well as texturing tools and paints that I don't use very often. 

The main focus of this area is the 6-drawer ikea cabinet. The drawers hold tissue paper, chip board, foam core, cardboard and one other item that escapes my early morning brain. The top drawer is currently empty. I haven't decided what I want to use it for and the purpose will be determined how the top of the cabinet plays out.

Behind that pile of stuff on top there are 2 drawer units I had picked up at Goodwill. Each Unit holds 4 drawers. I wish I'd had the forethought to by more of them. They were $5 each and they had a grocery cart piled full of them.  I've been using them for this and that since moving them from the basement room to the new studio. Now I'm thinking of moving them over to the office corner to store planner supplies in. 

The shelves above will stay pretty much as they are. 
My overall plan for this area is to build a series of cubbies with drawers.. similar to a library card catalog. These drawers will hold embellishments from Tim Holtz and other ideology-type items as well as small crocheted flowers, hardware, etc to use in the junk journals.

Originally, I planned to store the magazine cut-outs in page protectors in a binder. There are days that binders and my hands just do not work well together. Instead, I'm considering a file box with hanging file folders. I can sit the box on the floor in front of the mixed media cabinet area - easy to move if I need to.

The rest of the stuff on the floor ... that's what I'm sorting through and organizing today. The stack really isn't as bad as it looks, just needs taken care of.

Creative Blessings!