Tuesday, March 20, 2018


This week is all about the card chicks. I think that's what I'm going to plan for the 3rd Tuesday of every month. We post our cards from the kit to the thread on Splitcoast Stampers around the 21st of each month.

Kits are mailed out to reach us around the 3rd of the month. That gives us over two full weeks to play with the contents. Of course, I'm a 'last minute' kind of gal so I was working on these yesterday and this morning.

This is the last envelope we will receive from Paula. She's having to take some personal time so has dropped from the group for now. I hope she's able to return in the future.

I never thought to take a picture of the kit. I'll try to remember to do that in the future. But here's what her note in the packet had to say:

The image is from a stamp set from Sparkle and Sprinkle. They are kind of local to me here in Florida and used to have a brick and mortar store, but now they only do expos. The ribbon is from SU Daffodil Delight. Paper is from a value pad from Michaels. The butterflies and thank you die cuts I have and hardly ever use. The bling is from my stash.

Tulips are stamped on Neena Cardstock with Ranger Archival so you should be able to use just about any color medium on them. I gave you 2, so fussy cut them, pop them up or just make 2 cards!

The first 2 cards incorporate the tulip images. I used Stampin' Blends - one in the Daffodil Delight and the other in Pink Pirouette. Leaves are done in Old Olive.

This first one is a A5 card. I incorporated the bling, the ribbon and one of the papers she sent. The ovals were cut from the SU Nesting Ovals. Now that I've figured out how they mat, I'm loving working with them!

This one is an A4. I used a Strawberry Slush card base and for the mat altered with Pink Pirouette. The sentiment is from Petal Palette

Then I made use of the other piece of DSP and created two additional A4 cards. This first one uses a Dapper Denim card base and Pistachio Pudding mats. I chose SU's Beautiful Peacock. The feathers are a second generation stamp. Even though these are clear stamps, they are still hare to position the body perfectly within the opening in the feathers - at least for me.

For the second card, I flipped the base colors around. Dapper Denim on a Pistashio Pudding base.

That's our cards for this month. I am excited to see what our April hostess has in store!

Monday, March 19, 2018


Since this the month for all things Irish, I thought we'd play in the green tones. The picture above is of Water Lettuce. This is an excellent coverage plant for ponds as they help prevent sunlight from creating algae and provide shade as well as cooler water for the fish below the surface.

For this week's challenge, I chose Lemon Lime Twist, Dapper Denim and Garden Green

I've chosen Southern Serenade from the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog again but this time I'll be using three of the stamps from the set.

I'm not linking up with other challenges this time around. I just have not had time to scope others out. I've been focusing on getting a manuscript whipped into shape so I can have it up in time for a good Christmas read selection.

However, I did get most of the way through a big project over the weekend:

I went through my Pinterest board, Sketch It! and copied all of them to an Avery  Print template. All I have to do now is cut them down to a smaller size. I haven't decided if I'm going to key ring the or put them in page protectors. Binders are so hard for me. As you'll see from my card below, I followed the Paper Play Sketches in the top left corner of this sheet.

My cards are all done in a 4.25 x 5.5 unless otherwise stated. Here's my card for this month:

I used a Lemon Lime Twist card base. I used the lace stamp from the set to stamp a background in Lemon Lime Twist on Garden Green. For the horizontal piece I used a strip of Dapper Denim, tying in to the Dappen Denim Stampin' Blends that I used on the image. For the embellishments in the top left, I used a large and small Dapper Denim enamel dot. 

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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


Thursday, March 15, 2018


Thank you for your patience. I'm running on about four hours sleep and I have a full day.

Last fall I talked about wanting to do dish towels for Halloween. I still do and the towels/ embroidery thread are still paired up for that project. But I'm in serious SPRING mode around here. The dish towels I embroidered for a county fair entry twelve-plus years ago are seeing the last of their days so I decided with fresh spring kitchen towels/ dish rags I'd get at least a couple of dish towels up.

The designs I chose are from Stampin' Up! sets - Daisy Delight and You're Inspiring. Since I can only embroidery one towel at a time, I'm going with Daisy Delight this week. I'm also going to use two different forms of transfer. This week is all about the light box and a graphite pencil.

First, I stamped the design as I want it to look on the towel.. well, close enough:

I had a masked image of the daisy (stamped on cardstock then punched out with the Daisy punch) to do the overlay. I stamped the main full daisy, then masked it off while I stamped other daisy's and the leaves to make them appear as if they were in the background. Everything was done in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I started by folding my dish towel the way I do to put them in the drawer. This gives me the corner that will display when I hang the towel on the oven door handle:

Next, I took this image to the light box:

I sketched it out with the graphite pencil on a corner of the flour sack towel. I have to tell you, the ones from walmart are not the good towels. These are thread bare. I'll be lucky to get two years out of these. Gives me time to find better quality? Maybe something on the Spring Quilt Shop Hop next month. 

And here's the final product - ready for stitching. I'm thinking I'm going to have to start taking needlework away from the house one day a week to keep it free from pet hair while I'm working.. either that or turn my office into a no-critter zone. But I don't see that happening any time soon.

I decided to do the daisies in pink to give them a pop of color. White would just be to bland against the white background. Now if I were doing these on blue dish towels... hmmmm now I'm thinking.

Next Thursday I'll show the other design - Daffodils and how I plan to stamp them directly to the towel. I think it will work. We shall see!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WOYWW #458

Okay, so I'm a few weeks late into 2018 to play but here we go. I've missed my WOYWW buds. This week is all about the desk... the disaster you guys seldom get to see. Probably because I've not stamped in a couple of weeks.

I've projects in progress buried under there. The crystal dish with the Pink & Main 6x6 is for a journal I'm working on. The Daisy stamp set from SU is for my post on Thursday. Think dish towels... curious now? LOL

P.S. I'd forgotten about the planner hop I'd talked about last fall. My year just kind of fell apart and I'm just now getting back into the swing of things. I still think it would be an awesome project so stay tuned.

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WOYWW - Creative Card Chicks

I won't be linking up to WOYWW until next Wednesday, but this was the best day to post the monthly Card Chicks cards. I'm trying to get back on track with the various challenges and I was determined to post to Card Chicks on time this month. 

This is the kit Miami Kel sent us to work with. 

I added Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Peek A Boo Peach and Crumb Cake

I had this gift wrap embellishment kit in the scrap rack - perfect pairing for this kit. I only used the small chimpanzee on one of the cards.

I used the birthday sentiment from the kit for this card. To color the image, I put a drop of various SU reinker colors in my paint pallet and used a water brush to add pigment. The color isn't real good in the picture for some reason.

Her hat was watered down Crumb Cake with a Peek A Boo Peach band. Her hair is Daffodil Delight. I colored her blouse in the Peek A Boo Peach. I used a stronger pigment for the pockets then watered it down a bit more for a lighter shirt. I used the same technique on her khaki's using Chocolate Cake and the Basic Black for the boots and binoculars.

The Always Artichoke strip is embossed with the Petal Pair embossing folder from Stampin' Up!
The entire card is paid out on a Chocolate Chip base.

For this card, I embossed a mat using Layered Leaves embossing folder on Crumb Cake. I added the bakers twine and the enamel dots, Kelli had included in the kit.

The cool thing about being a part of this group is that each month one of us sends a kit to everyone.. and no two people will do the same thing with the items. We often look at someone else's card and say 'why didn't I think to do that?!' LOL 

I hope to go back and work up the other kits. I'll show them off as I do. 

That's on my desk, what's on yours this week?

Monday, February 26, 2018


I'm doing my best to stay on track. Aside from my day planner to keep me focused on the various challenges and art projects I want to participate in, I have an art planner where I list just challenges. To make sure I don't miss anything I have a monthly write-on/ wipe-off board so I always have things in view when I walk into my studio.

This week, we step into the Crazy Brave & Wicked Strong calendar. I'm not going to worry about whether or not I'm in the current month. Rather, I just want to enjoy playing.

This January spread talked about our Journey or Course and how we navigate the road blocks and turns helps form the outcome. I thought the quote I chose worked perfectly, as well as representing the twists and turns in the flourishes

This Prima doll stamp will be a constant in the layouts as I go. I used Stampin' Up! Stampin' Blends as well as the Watercolor Pencils to color her as well as the leaves. The flourishes is from Stampendous - Flourises v2. The flowers are from a retired SU stamp set 'Morning Meadow. I drew in the leaves with an Old Olive watercolor pencil.  The quote isn't really visible and I'm not sure where the stamp set is from - after a google search I see that some, but not all of the stamps are from Tim Holtz.

The quote says... 


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!