Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SHOPPING OUR STASH #275 - Three Trees

Hiya friends and welcome! We've got a new challenge starting today at SHOPPING OUR STASH, one that is pretty self explanatory and can be interpreted many different ways: THREE TREES! We would like to see a minimum of three tree images on your card or project! Pretty simple, eh? Here is what I came up with:

 Here is a very bad, washed out picture of the inside of my card:

Someday, I'm going to learn how to take decent pictures of my cards. The day I took this was not that day. Sigh. Anyhoo, I used an older freebie digi image from The Alley Way Stamps, I just printed it out side by side twice. I gave myself a brake and just colored the images without trying to add dimension, or shading, or highlights. (And apparently nor a shadow to ground them) But I like how it turned out. I used some gold glitter paper and a scallop punch to frame the trees, and adhered to my embossed card front. The inside was stamped in gold ink, and I edged the panel with the gold also. IRL it looks much better and brighter. ☺

I hope you get some time to join our Three Trees challenge at Shopping Our Stash! We'd love to see your take on it. For more inspiration, do check out the blogs of my teammates, and our Guest Designer, Gina!

Just a reminder: We are looking for Guest Designers! If you wish to be considered, simply add a "DT" after your name when you link up! Good luck and happy crafting!

I'd like to enter this at 52CCT #42 - embossing

Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps - free tree digi; MFT - Seasonal Sentiments
Ink: Brilliance - Galaxy Gold
DP: American Crafts - gold glitter
CS: Crafter's Companion; Darice
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; Sizzix - Christmas Elegance EF; EK Success - Deco Scallop Edger
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Saturday, October 22, 2016

JUST US GIRLS #366 Photo Week

Hello and welcome, crafty friends! It's my turn as hostess at JUST US GIRLS, and for Photo Week, I've picked this adorable picture of a black cat atop a pumpkin. Great for all those last minute Halloween cards or projects! But even if you don't celebrate Halloween (or you're already sick of it, wink!), you can use the colors or images as inspiration. Here's the incredibly CAS card I made:

 This card is so CAS, it's making me itchy! LOL! I let some patterned paper do all the work. I was going to leave it with just that main image, but like I said, it was making me itchy. So, I used a jack-o-lantern punch and added a strip at the bottom. 

So, what inspires you about that image? The black cat? The pumpkins? Those pretty red mums in the background? Why not make something and link it up at Just Us Girls! We'd love to see your take on it. While there, please visit the blogs of my teammates and our Guest Designer, Jaydee, for more ideas, and leave them some bloggy lovin!

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

I'd like to enter this at Naughty or Nice Challenge #32

DP: G45 - Happy Haunting
Ink: Ranger DI - Black Soot
CS: Bazzill; scraps
Accessories: Fiskars - pinking shears, pumpkin punch
Adhesives: SA by 3L - Thin 3D foam squares; Recollections - red tape

Friday, October 21, 2016

You're next....

I was embracing my dark side yesterday. This is what came about:

 here is the inside:

The bell jar and voodoo doll are two separate stamps, I just did a bit of masking to sit the doll inside the jar. (pay no attention to the fact that I stamped it crooked...even using my MISTI. sigh. Note to self: in future, stamp image first then die cut panel! Sigh) The image was colored with my Spectrum Noir markers. I sort of CASEd the coloring of this card by Hermine Koster. (Thank you Hermine, for the inspiration!) Once I had the image colored, I masked it and sponged a couple colors of Distress Ink around it. I flicked water over the panel, let it sit  a few seconds, and sopped it up with a paper towel. Then I spritzed Graphite Glimmer Mist over it, before removing the mask. I knew the sentiment I wanted to use, but didn't have a stamp that said it, so I did a bit of masking parts of a couple stamps to come up with it. That's heat embossed in white onto black cardstock. The inside panel was stamped then more sponging applied to finish my card.

I need to tap into my dark side more often. This was too much fun to make! Muahahahahaha!!!

Thanks for visiting!

Spectrum Noir markers used:
Doll: TN1, GB2, GB3, TN3, TN6, TN7, BG1-2-4-6-8
Bell jar: BT2, BT3, Blender, IG2-3-5

I'd like to enter this at:
Viva Las Vegas Stamps October challenge: Demonic - I was inspired by the tans/oranges/black colors and the sponged edges. And, come on, a creepy voodoo doll!
Cardz 4 Guys #142 Boo! Halloween
The Male Room #46 - Halloween
Spectrum Noir October Challenge - Halloween colors


Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps - sitting voodoo doll, bell jar; MFT - Twisted Threesome; Hampton Arts - Beware
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso; VersaMark
CS: Crafter's Companion; Taylored Expressions; DCWV, scrap
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; STAMPlorations - crazy double stitched rectangle die; MISTI; Stampendous - white EP; heat gun; Prisma Color pencil - 70% warm grey; Sakura - white Gelly Roll pen; Tattered Angels - Graphite Glimmer Mist; water mister; Inkadinkado - masking paper
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; 3M - foam tape

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SHOPPING OUR STASH #274 - Hey Ghoulfriend!

Hello friends and welcome! This week at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we challenge you to get in the Halloween mood, and make a Halloween card or project! Here is the card I made:

 here is the inside:

I've had this stamp set for a few years at least, and I have used some of the sentiments in it, but not the one on the card front, and not the image either. It was time. Although I had a heck of a time trying to blend the colors in the dresses, my crappy coloring job kinda makes the dresses appear made from a shiny, satin type material. (At least, that's my story and I'm sticking with it) 

I look forward to seeing what Halloween goodies you link up at Shopping Our Stash! For even more amazing inspiration, do visit the blogs of my teammates and our Guest Designer, Gina, and leave some bloggy lovin!

Remember, we are looking for Guest Designers! If you wish to be considered, all you need to do is leave a "DT" after your name when you link up! I hope you will!

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

Spectrum Noir markers used:
Witch #1
dress: HB2, LV2, LV3
boots: IG4, IG7, IG9
arms: LG2, LG3, LG4
leggings: BG1, BG3, BG6, LG3, LG5
broom: TN5, EB3, GB2, GB4, TN3
Witch #2
dress & boots: IG4, IG7, IG9
arms: LG2, LG3, LG4
leggings: LV2, LV3, HB2, BG1, BG3, BG6
hat: IG4, IG7, IG9, IG10
ground: BG5, BG7
background: IB1

I'd like to enter this at:
Just Add Ink #333 - Just add G - I may be pushing it with the "ghoulfriends", but I did use green!


Stamps: MFT - Totally Witchin'
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark
DP: G45 - Rare Oddities
CS: Crafter's Companion; Darice; Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; SB - Oval Bliss Nesties; Stampendous - Carnelian Pearl EP; heat gun; MISTI; CardMaps July 2016 sketch
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; Recollections - red tape

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Hop to Stop Domestic Violence

Hello crafty peeps! Today is the day Becca Cruger of The Damsel of Distressed starts her 2nd annual HOP TO STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. This hop was designed to raise awareness for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Here is some information, in her own words:

"Purple is the color of National Domestic Violence month (October), 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence in the course of their lifetimes. 

How can you get involved?

1. Link up a card that "features" the color purple during the hop, starting October 15th thru the 30th. Show your support!

2. Hop along! The first year I did this, I wasn't expecting the tumult of what happened. Bloggers from all around the world were sharing their own stories and receiving encouragement from one of the most supportive communities out there (crafters, of course!)

3. Send a card. During the Hop, you can send me cards that will delivered to the Community Violence Intervention Shelter in Grand Forks, ND - a nonprofit that provides emergency shelter, counselling, supportive services, and safe visitation.

More information can be found on our FACEBOOK PAGE. Please join the event, share with friends, and feel free to grab that image above to put into your sidebar."

So, onto my card. I hope you like it Becca! I used a couple of your own stamp sets!

here is the finished inside:

In case you are not aware, Becca has her own stamp line over at STAMPlorations! For my card, I've used Butterflies & Buttercups and also Strong Women. (shameless promotion, there!) I masked part of the sentiment so I could add it to the inside. The papers were pulled from the scrap folder, and the rhinestones were clear, but I colored with a purple marker.

For more information about domestic violence, it's impact, and available resources, please visit the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

I hope that you get a chance to participate in this very important blog hop! Stay strong my friends!

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Buttercups & Butterflies, Strong Women
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Elderberry
DP: scraps
CS: Darice; Crafter's Companion
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; CUTplorations - B & B dies; GC; SB - Std Sm Circle & Scalloped Circle Nesties; Cuttlebug - Divine Swirls EF; Darice - rhinestones; Memory Box - Lydia Butterfly die; Ranger - Crystal Stickles; CardMaps - October 2016 sketch; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS #70 D is for Day of the Dead

Hello snarky peeps! This fortnight at the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS, we are celebrating the Day of the Dead!! Think sugar skulls, skeletons, roses, zombies, etc. It's gonna be fun! How about that amazing graphic by Sister Lee?! She has crazy amazing graphic arts skillz!!

So here is my card:

Here's the inside:

A couple things on this card, I was gifted by my Snarky Sistah Donna: the skulls and flair stickers (the pink/purple parts of the flair stickers are holographic, so this was a biotch to photograph). and the black background paper with the silver skull and bones. Soooo freakin awesome!! Thanks again Sistah! MUAH!!

I hope you get the chance to play along at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers with our Day of the Dead challenge! I can't wait to see what you link up! For more inspiration, please check out what my Sistahs created, along with our newest Guest Designer, Mimi, and leave them some bloggy lovin! Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a fantastic day!

I'd like to enter this at Freshly Made Sketches #258

Stamps: Stampendous - Tricky Words
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark; Ranger DI - Black Soot
DP: black w/silver bones a gift from Donna; scraps
CS: Darice
Accessories: Sugar skull stickers (Jolee's Boutique) a gift from Donna; Whisper's - Silver EP; heat gun; MISTI; TH - sponge tool
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; Glue Dots; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

JUST US GIRLS #365 - Color Week

Hello there! It's color week at JUST US GIRLS! Judy is your hostess, and she's picked some gorgeous fall colors to work with: Olive, Gold, and Rust! Here is my card:

 here is the inside:

I didn't have quite the perfect color ink to use for this challenge, so I made my own! Relying heavily on my MISTI,  I first stamped the flowers in Barn Door, then again in Rusty Hinge Distress Inks. Worked better than I hoped! Some of the leaves were masked before stamping. The 'thanks' was stamped multiple times with my MISTI to get a really dark impression. I added a strip of gold glitter paper at the bottom and a smattering of gold sequins to finish my card. And yes, I totally CASEd Ardyth's card!

I can't wait to see what you come up with, with these fabulous fall colors! Just remember to link up at Just Us Girls so we can admire it! For more inspiration, check out what my teammies, and our Guest Designer, Jaydee, have created, and leave them some bloggy lovin!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great weekend!

I'd like to enter this at: Time Out Challenges #68

Stamps: Mama Elephant - Water Blooms; Simon Says Stamp - Thanks for being there
Ink: Ranger DI - Barn Door, Rusty Hinge; Simon Says Stamp - Olive; Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: American Crafts - gold glitter
CS: Taylored Expressions; Darice
Accessories: MISTI; Darice - Sequins
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Ranger - Glossy Accents

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Hello friends! I wanted to pop in here to share another Halloween card:

 here is the inside:

Most everything on this card is at least 3 years old. The stamp set I used (Hero Arts - Celebrate Everyday) is from 2012. The paper collection (Thrilling - by Authentique) is from 2013. I'm pretty sure all the stickers I used are at least 3 years old also! LOL! I actually have to go and MacGyver the bats, as they are so old, they're not sticking too well. HA! 

That's all I have for now. Just a quick fly by in blogland! Thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this at:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #373
Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #49


Stamps: Hero Arts - Celebrate Everyday (2012)
Ink: Ranger DI - Black Soot; Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Authentique - Thrilling (2013)
CS: Darice
Accessories: American Crafts - Thickers, 3D stickers from the Nightfall collection; Recollections - bat stickers
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

SHOPPING OUR STASH #273 - A Color Challenge!

Hello friends, and welcome! This week at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we have a color challenge! Here is your color pallet to work with:

Here is the card I came up with using these colors:

Once I remembered that I had these leaf dies, this card came together pretty quickly. (and yes, I used a too dark brown instead of a light brown. Oops) I die cut a frame using two of the Deckled Rectangle Nesties, and adhered it on an angle. Then I stamped the sentiment, using my MISTI. After die cutting a bunch of leaves, I just glued them here and there until I was done. I added some clear sequins for a bit of shine. I think the part that took the longest was adding the sequins. I must have spent at least 10 minutes alone moving them around, trying to decide where to put them. Am I the only one who has this problem?

Anyhooo, I hope you find some time this week to play along with our color challenge at Shopping Our Stash! I'd love to see what you create with these colors. For more inspiration, do check out what my teammies, and our October Guest Designer, Gina, have made, and please leave them some bloggy love! 

Remember, that if you wish to be considered for our Guest Designer for November, simply leave a 'DT' after your name when you link up! Super easy! Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:


Stamps: Paper Smooches - Jive Turkey
Ink: Ranger DI - Pine Needles
CS: Bazzill, scraps
Accessories: GC; Lawn Fawn - Stitched Leaves dies; SB - Deckled Rectangle Nesties; Darice - sequins; MISTI
Adhesives: Ranger - Multi Medium Matte, Glossy Accents

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fright Night

Hello crafty friends. I sincerely hope all of you who, like myself, live on the eastern seaboard of the United States are safe and well from the terrible effects of hurricane Matthew. Where I live, we just squeaked by getting hit. We only had a bit of rain yesterday, but today, even though the sun is starting to come out, it's very windy. Bizarre to think I was just on vacation a couple weeks ago, at the beach in North Carolina.

Ok, so onto why I'm blogging today. (a rare event) I made a card just for fun last night, and of course, the challenge I'm entering it in is about to close so, here is my card:

But wait - check this out:
(I hope this movie works, but if not, the sticker lights up and blinks
when you press the button)


Can you believe that I've had this light up sticker for at least 3 years, and it still works? And get this, the packaging said it was from 2010!!  All my paper panels were distressed and black soot Distress Ink was added around the edges. I love that background paper. It looks so 'back in the day', but if you really look closely, there are spiders mixed in the design! Awesome!

Well, I'd better get a move on. There's laundry to wash, and Halloween decorations to put up. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at Tuesday Morning Sketches #372
and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Halloween

Stamps: Stampendous - Tricky Words; Hampton Arts - Beware
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Black Soot
DP: Martha Stewart - Vampire
CS: Bazzill
Accessories: MS - light up vampire sticker; Tim Holtz - distress tool & sponge tool; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner