Thursday, January 19, 2017

Technique-y Colorful Christmas Ornaments

Hello crafty peeps and welcome! Today I wanted to share a card I made (one of many) from a technique I tried using Lynne's tutorial. You should click on that link. She even has video tutorials on it! Here is the finished product:

 and the inside:

Sorry for the not so good photos. Sometimes my camera must add a bluish tint to the entire photo, and editing doesn't work. (And I was too lazy to retake the pics. *koff*) For my experimenting, I tried using what papers I had on hand. These particular ornaments were created from the TE Sugar Cube cardstock, which is 100lb. I also tried this using Canson Bristol 96lb paper, as you can see in this picture:

starting with the papers heat embossed with the ornaments

this is the Taylored Expressions paper

this is the Canson Bristol paper

I used different colors for each type of paper. I love how, depending on the paper you use, you get such different results on how the colors react and blend! Lynne wasn't kidding when she says that the paper will get soaking wet! At this point you want to handle them as little as possible, so you don't accidentally rip the paper. Just set aside overnight (or two) and let them dry naturally. (yes this was a project that took a few days to do, but the results are amazing!)

After the papers were dry, I set about fussy cutting the ornaments, then added crystal Stickles, because, glittery! The stamps I used had the hang-y thing built into the stamp, so what I did was take a paper piercer and pierced through to make holes. (once the Stickles dried) That way, I was able to tie the gold floss onto them. (a tedious thing that. I think I almost went blind from stringing these ornaments!)  I then took a smaller panel and embossed it, adhered 3 ornaments with different thicknesses of foam squares, and taped the ends of the floss to the back side. I heat embossed the sentiment in gold before adhering the main panel with more foam squares. Another sentiment finishes the inside.

If you find the urge to try a fun technique with your powder inks, I would highly recommend this! I'm going to guess that any type of powder inks would work. (Brushos, Color Burst, etc)

That's it for now. Thanks for visiting! I hope that you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:
Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge - ATG - no twist, unless you count making these ornaments a joy!
Addicted to Stamps and More #225 - I was inspired by the rainbow of colors!


Stamps: So Suzy Stamps - ornaments & inside sentiment; Lawn Fawn - And a Partridge
Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: TE; Bazzill
Accessories: Magenta Nuance dye powders in bright yellow, grass green, turquoise, scarlet, purple (I used raspberry, orange, jade, royal blue, and golden yellow on the Canson Bristol paper); Stampendous - white & champagne EP; heat gun; DMC- gold floss; paper piercer; water spritzer; paint brush; paper towels; Ranger - Crystal Stickles; MISTI; GC; Darice EF
Adhesives: SA by 3L - 3D & Thin 3D foam squares; Alene's double sided tacky tape

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SHOPPING OUR STASH #286 - Fantastic Beasts

Hello and welcome! We have a fun new challenge starting today at SHOPPING OUR STASH - Fantastic Beasts! Anything from unicorns, Pegasus, Yetis, dragons, fairies, monsters, etc. we want to see it on your card or project. I had an idea pop into my head the other day, and I couldn't let it go, so I went with it. I present to you - the elusive Jackalope!

 and the inside:

Did you know that Jackalopes love birthday parties and cupcakes? This little guy looks a bit grumpy, probably because I caught him getting festive by hanging banners in the trees, (they like to keep a rough and tough image), and possibly sneaking a bite from that cupcake, before anyone sang Happy Birthday! 

So, ready to play along? Of course you are! Just link up your fantastical beast card or project at Shopping Our Stash so we can admire it! Be sure to stop by the blogs of the Design Team, and our Guest Designer, Marina, to see what they created, and leave them some bloggy lovin!

Remember, we are looking for Guest Designers! If you'd like to be considered for February, simply leave a "DT" after your name when you link up! Good luck!

Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Party Grumplings; TAWS - Love Knots
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa
DP: DCWV - The Summer Stack; MME - Dolled Up
CS: TE; Darice; Crafter's Companion
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; Taylored Expressions - Birch Tree plate & Accessories (deer and sign), Party Grumplings dies; Sharpie pen; Computer and printer (inside sentiment is computer generated); string from my stash
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Saturday, January 14, 2017

JUST US GIRLS #376 - Trend Week

Good morning and welcome friends! Today starts Trend Week at JUST US GIRLS! Bobby is your hostess this time around, and she wants to see All Over Stamping on your card or project. Here's what I came up with:

 here's the inside:

Yes, I'm still making Christmas cards, but it will be one less I'll have to make come December! LOL! This was such an easy background to make: stamped the moose, then the lips, then filled in with the light bulb. I used a marker to trace around the moose, then did the same with the light bulbs, but using a lighter shade of grey. I couldn't resist adding the googly eyes to the moose! The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed in gold onto a scrap bit of black cardstock. On the inside, I decided to mask off the moose's smirk, then stamp those red lips instead. Stamped another sentiment and I was done!

This is such a fun trend, and I hope that you find some time to play along. Be sure to link up at Just Us Girls so we can admire your work! For even more amazing inspiration, visit the blogs of my teammates, and our Guest Designer, Shawna, and leave some love! Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Chubby Chum Pals, Christmas Sampler
Ink; Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo Leaves
CS: TE; Thunderbolt Paper; Darice
Accessories: GC; Avery Elle - Pierced Rect die; Spectrum Noir markers; Stampendous - champagne EP; heat gun; Nicole - googly eyes
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SHOPPING OUR STASH #285 - Stickle Me Elmo

Hello friends and happy Tuesday! We have a new challenge starting today at SHOPPING OUR STASH! As our prompt suggests, we want to see Stickles, or a similar product, on your cards or projects. Here's my card:

 ...and the inside:

This card turned out totally different than how I first imagined it. I wanted to put a sentiment banner between the two groups of flowers, but I realized I left too much white space at the top of the panel. This also wasn't supposed to have bees on it. The bee under the word wishes is hiding an ink smudge. I couldn't have just one bee, so I stuck two more on it. Happy accidents, because I really like how it turned out. I used Star Dust Stickles and traced around the roses. the leaf veins, and the largest dot on the dot trio stamp. Even the bees came with glittery bodies! Bonus!

Now it's your turn to break out those neglected bottles of Stickles, Wink of Stella pens, SN Sparkle pens, or any kind of glitter glue, and create something with them! Don't forget to link up at Shopping Our Stash so we can admire it. For even more inspiration, check out what my teammies came up with and leave some love on their blogs. I'd also like to welcome our Guest Designer, Marina! I'm looking forward to crafting with you this month! 

Thanks for visiting. Now go forth and create something fun and sparkly!

Just a reminder: We are looking for Guest Designers! If you'd like to be considered for February GD, simply leave a 'DT' after your name when you link up! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

I'd like to enter this at:
613 Avenue Create - ATG with favorite technique twist - mine is masking

Stamps: Winnie & Walter - The big the bold & Extras, The big the bold & Party
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug, Angel Pink, Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, Gray Flannel
CS: TE, Darice
Accessories: MISTI; GC; Avery Elle - Pierced Rect dies; MFT - Stitched Rect Frames; Ranger - Star Dust Stickles; Inkadinkado - masking paper; Jolee's Boutique - bee stickers
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Saturday, January 7, 2017


Happy New Year snarky peeps!! I hope the holidays were good to you, and that your new year will be better than last year. ☺ Today starts the first challenge of the new year at the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS! For the next two weeks, we want to see what you create with stencils! Here is my offering:

I was lucky to be the random draw winner for the October challenge at Viva Las Vegas Stamps, and that sentiment was part of the bundle of stamps they sent me. (I tried out for their Design Team, but didn't make the cut. sniff. So I'm calling this a pretty cool consolation prize. *Grin!*) As soon as I stopped LMAO from reading it, I knew I had to use it on my card! 

I stamped 'Midge' and the sentiment on the main panel, and masked her before sponging a few Distress Inks using the Rays stencil by Tim Holtz. Before I removed the stencil, I spritzed Pearl Glimmer Mist onto it. (You can't really see it in this picture, but it's there) I adhered it askew to my card base. I wasn't sure what to stamp on the inside, so for now it remains blank. (But really, how can you top that sentiment on the front?! LOL!)

Now it's your turn to break out those stencils in your stash and use them on a card or project. Be sure to link up at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers so we can admire it! Want more inspiration? Then visit the blogs of my Sistahs, and our Guest Designer, Michele, and leave them some bloggy lovin! 

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a fantastic day!

Stamps: Riley & Co. - Wondering Midge; VLVS - who lit the fuse...
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar, Festive Berries
CS: TE; Darice
Accessories: GC: Avery Elle - Pierced Rect. dies; Tim Holtz - Rays stencil; Tattered Angels - Pearl Glimmer Mist; MISTI; Inkadinkado - masking paper
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

JUST US GIRLS #375 - Word Week

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to our first challenge of the new year at JUST US GIRLS! It's Word Week and Ina is your hostess. Appropriately, she's picked "NEW" as your prompt. Whether that be New Year, new baby, new crafty goodies, new resolutions, etc., we want to see what you create! Here is what I came up with:

 and the inside:

I went with New Year. Ironically, everything I used on this card, except for the card base, I've had for one or more years. LOL! The sentiment and drink glasses are heat embossed. Then I added gold dots with a gold Gelly Roll pen, and also added shading around the glass bases to ground them. A bit of scrap DP and another sentiment finishes the inside. Super easy and, Oh Em Gee, another CAS card!

I hope that you find some time this week to play along with us at Just Us Girls! Since it's not only a new year, but a new month, we have a new Guest Designer! Welcome Shawna Standish! We are looking forward to seeing what you create with us! For even more inspiration, do check out what the Design Team have created, and leave them some bloggy lovin!

Just a reminder, If you win Chic of the Week for any of our January challenges, you'll be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of March! Good luck and happy crafting!

Stamps: Unity Stamps - November 2012 KOM; Hero Arts - Celebrate Everyday
Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: scrap
Accessories: Stampendous - black & champagne EP; heat gun; Spectrum Noir IG1 marker; Sakura - Gold Gelly Roll pen; GC; MFT - Stitch Rectangle Frame die
Adhesives: Elmer's extra strength glue stick

Friday, January 6, 2017

STAMPlorations January Theme/Sketch Challenge!

Hello and welcome crafty friends! I'm beyond excited to be sharing my first card as a STAMPlorations Guest Designer! Today is the start of the STAMPlorations January Theme & Sketch Challenge! Whether you choose play along with the theme, the sketch, or go all crazy like and use both, it's up to you!

For my card, I used both the sketch and the theme!

And the inside: 

I started with a panel cut from the CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting die, and colored it using my Magenta Nuance powder dyes. Once that was dry, I stenciled embossing paste using the ARTplorations Tribal Swirls stencil. carefully removed and washed the stencil, and sprinkled gold embossing powder over it. While that was drying, I made a frame by cutting out a rectangle using an X-Acto knife in black CS, then die cutting the scallop shape around the rectangle using the CUTplorations ATC Tag Builder die set. (I must be the ONLY card maker on the planet that doesn't have a plain, basic rectangle nesting die set! That would have been soooo much easier to use!) I die cut and stamped the flower from the Buttercups and Butterflies stamp set and it's coordinating CUTplorations die set, colored it and added crystal Stickles to the centers. I heat embossed the tribal swirls, then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the Balloons and Banners stamp set. I backed the frame with vellum, and adhered it to my card with thin foam squares, then did the same with the flower. For the inside, I finished it with another of the rectangle dies and another sentiment from the same stamp set.

I do hope that you get some time to play along this month at the STAMPlorations January Theme & Sketch Challenge! For even more inspiration, do yourself a favor and visit the blogs of the Design Team and my other fellow Guest Designers: Helen and Jerrie, and leave them some bloggy love!

Again, I'd like to give a huge THANK YOU to Shery Russ of STAMPlorations for giving me this amazing opportunity! MUAH!!!

Like the STAMPlorations products I've used, and want to purchase them or more?
Starting January 1, 2017, you can use my special discount code:

for a 20% discount!

(This is not case sensitive, is good until the end of March, and cannot be combined with other discount codes) Enjoy!!

I'd like to enter this at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge- use a stencil

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Balloons & Banners, Buttercups & Butterflies
Ink: VersaMark; Ranger DI - Picked Raspberry; Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Strathmore water color paper
CS: TE; Bazzill
Accessories: CUTplorations - ATC Tag Builder dies, Crazy Double Running Stitch Rect. Nesting dies, and Buttercups & Butterflies dies; ARTplorations - Tribal Swirls stencil; GC; Magenta Nuance powder dyes; Spectrum Noir markers; Ranger - Stickles; Stampendous - Champagne & Black EP; heat gun; Dreamweaver - embossing paste; MISTI; Recollections - vellum
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; Scotch - foam tape, scrapbooker's glue

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Nosferatu Birthday Wishes

Hiya crafty friends! I just wanted to pop in here and share a birthday card I made for my brother's fiance'. She's super cool, loves goth, and collects skulls. (Not real ones....I hope! LOL!)

 Here's the inside:

I stamped the pile of bones and Nossy a few times using my MISTI, to get a really dark impression. I stamped him strategically in the middle to make it look like he's standing knee deep in the pile. I inked the edges using Gathered Twigs & Black Soot Distress Inks then splattered water over the panel, blotting off the water after about 10 seconds. I stamped a grunge image randomly around the edges in red ink, then roughed up the edges with a distressing tool. I fussy cut a party hat from some scrap paper and added a rhinestone on the tip. The inside sentiment was computer generated, then I sponged more distress ink around the edges before adhering to the card. 

That's it for now. Guess I should go and do some housework. Ugh!! Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at Viva Las Vegas Stamps January challenge

(I don't currently own any of these stamps...yet, so I used
what I had available. ☺)

Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps - plate 1476; STAMPlorations - Mixed Media Grunge
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk; Ranger DI - Gathered Twigs, Black Soot
DP: scrap
Accessories: Ranger blending tool; Tonic/TH - distressing tool; MISTI; Recollections - red rhinestone; computer & printer
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Elmer's extra strength glue stick

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Hello crafty friends and Happy New Year to you all!

It's time for the first challenge of 2017 at SHOPPING OUR STASH! For this week's prompt, 
Shape Up, we challenge you to make a card or project using a shape other than a rectangle, circle, or square. It seems that since the holidays have passed, everyone is in Valentine mode....But not me. Here is what I came up with:

 Here is the inside:

I started by making three nesting templates of a coffin. I traced around a folded piece of black cardstock using the largest template, making sure the left side lined up along the fold, and fussy cut. I repeated the tracing and cutting for the smaller panels. On the orange front panel, I randomly stamped a couple stamps, inked and distressed the edges. The other three panels were inked and distressed too. I colored the creepy cool cat and fussy cut it as well. I then created a collage using stickers, ephemera, and sequins. A couple more stamps finish the inside.

(Love this creepy cat!)

I hope you find some time this week to play along with our Shape Up challenge at Shopping Our Stash! We'd love to see how you interpret this challenge! For even more inspiration, do yourself a favor and visit the blogs of my teammates, and leave them some bloggy lovin!

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps - cat from plate 1474; STAMPlorations - Mixed Media Grunge; Hampton Arts - Beware
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Black Soot
DP: Authentique - Thrilling
CS: Taylored Expressions; Darice
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; handmade coffin templates; Making Memories - Halloween ephemera kit; Darice - sequins; Authentique - stickers;  Provocraft - decorative scissors; MISTI; Tonic - distressing tool; stapler
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; Glue Dots; Ranger - Glossy Accents

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

One more Christmas card

Hello crafty peeps! I wanted to pop in and share one more Christmas card I made a few weeks ago. I had to wait until after Christmas before posting it, since it was for my neighbors, who we celebrated Christmas day at. I didn't want to risk them seeing it before, as I had it tucked in with their gift. ☺

 and the inside:

This could have been an easy stamp job, but I decided, after cutting the red panel to size, to mask a very thin border around the bottom of the card base to line up with the edges of the panel. After randomly stamping two cats and paw prints, I removed the masks. I masked off the 'merry' from the Christmas stamp, stamped the rest of the sentiment, and heat embossed in gold. It's adhered with foam squares. Another sentiment finishes the inside.

I hope all who celebrated had a very Merry Christmas, and wish a Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa to those who are enjoying your holiday! I'm hoping to get at least one more post in before the new year, but just in case, I wish all the best to you for a happy and healthy 2017!

I'd like to enter this at:
STAMPlorations December Theme & Sketch Challenge - I used the sketch
STAMPlorations - Never ending ATG challenge


Stamps: STAMPlorations - Pets, Christmas Bell Medley, Peace Love Joy; Paper Smooches - Chubby Chums (paw print)
Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk; Colorbox/Susan K. Weckesser - Shimmer
CS: Taylored Expressions
Accessories: GC; Paper Smooches - Borders 1 die; Stampendous - Champagne EP; heat gun; MISTI; Post-It notes
Adhesives: SA by 3L - 3D foam squares
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