Friday, March 23, 2018

Magical new year...

Made this for one of my daughter's teammates: the bright sunshine... the bright sunshine...

  • Background made over a month ago with a Dylusions star stamp inked with Distress embossing ink and embossed with Stamp-n-stuff in Winter Wonderland (white with silver sparkles)
  • Background then inked using Poppin' Pink Magicals by Lindy's Stamp Gang
  • Gold feathers from a diecut pack by Basic Grey from 2013
  • Flower made using Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals dies with Canson Mix Media paper and inked using various DOx
  • The center of the flower has Recollections micro beads in clear (which have an iridescent shine)
  • Purple fiber from Andrea at Snapping Monsters, thanks!
  • Gold thread from my stash
  • Tim Holtz's Chitchat stickers

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Wonderful day

Recently bought this awesome layering bird stamp at Tuesday Morning for CHEAP... and it's one of the coolest things ever!  Magic!  It's operates in the same way that color TV used to work... you know when you looked at your screen up close and it was just cyan, magenta, yellow, and black dots???

  • Layering stamp by We R Memory Makers
  • Four inks used: ColorBox in Blossom, Ranger Jet Black, Wendy Vecchi in Buttercup and Forget-Me-Not
  • Quote written with Distress Black Soot and water
Love this... can't wait to play with different colors for the bird.

I'd like to share this at the following challenges:

Floral watercolor with DOx

I had excess DOx on my mat from THIS project, so I used it to make this:

  • DOx in Lucky Clover and Candied Apple
  • Sentiment written with Distress Crayon in Black Soot plus water
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite
I'll share this at the following challenges:

Rose-heart hand-carved stamp

I carved this stamp last weekend.  Hope you like it!


  • Stamp carved using Stampin' Up! tools and Speedball red rubber
  • Stamp inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black on Strathmore watercolor paper
  • Stamp and sentiment colored with DOx in Lucky Clover and Candied Apple 
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite added around heart
  • Recollections charcoal paper used in the background.  I chose a charcoal instead of black because of the faded look of the stamp on the watercolor paper.  I think I need to look into getting a stamping platform... I've just never thought I was much of a stamper... but now I've had a few projects that caused me to think about it.
I'll share this at the following two challenges:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Needa Maragarita...

Love the way this turned out.  I only have a margarita about once every three years, but I think I'm about due...


  • All-time favorite Hero Arts stamp is this gal I've named Kelly Jo after a friend of mine
  • The lettering and her dress "painted" using DOx in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, and Peeled Paint
  • Hero Arts stencil used on background with Peacock Feathers DI
  • Lime green cardstock by Recollections
  • Kelly Jo's hair and skin colored with Rexel Derwent watercolor pencils and brushed in
That's it! 

I'd like to share this with the current  Hero Arts challenge:

Easter cards with magical background...

... or should I say "Magicals" bbackground...

  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Tiffany Lou Blue and Poppin' Pink
  • Wooden egg sticker from Target last spring
  • Gold word stickers from the dollar store last spring
  • Fabulous fiber from Andrea Ockey-Parr at Snapping Monsters... thanks!
That's all. 

I'd like to share these at the Simon Says Wednesday: Easter Inspiration.

SOS #346: Here comes Peter Cottontail...

...hoppin' down the bunny trail...

Hello!  Join me this week as the folks at Shopping Our Stash are making Easter cards!

I hope they don't fire me for being too cheesy, but I made this for my almost-three-year-old niece, and my inhibitions flew out the window!  I totally gutted my stash and piled on all the fun, bright Easter stuff I could use!

  • Focal point is a stitched die sent with my last order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique
  • On the stitched circle, I stamped with NBUS from an old set that no longer has packaging.  The bunny, butterfly, and basket were all "painted" using DOx on my mat with water
  • The washi tape "belt" across the middle is from the Target dollar bin from last spring, I believe
  • I had a couple Thickers sets from 2009 and used a few of those stickers: the egg an flowers on the front and the swirls and heart on the inside.
  • Three Bugs In a Rug two-sided DP from years ago, never cut, is the orange butterfly paper on the front and the blue birdy paper on the inside
  • The blue background paper on the front and inside is from a K & Company pad from a few years ago.
  • The egg paper on the front was made by yours truly using an old piece of stationary and Tim's Nature stamps-- I'd never used these layering eggs before.  It was so fun mixing and matching the speckles and the eggs!  
  • I used Tim's Patchwork Pieces set for the stitching stamp (which matches the die perfectly) using Hickory Smoke from Tim's Mixed-Media archival ink palette.
  • Black Viva Paper Pearls were added because the Thickers looked lonely on the orange!
  • I used more Easter stamps (NBUS) on the inside. 
  • Then, on the back, I made some V's, complete with starting dot, for my niece to practice on!  I loved when my kids were young and just learning to write and draw!  Vivian's parents are both first-time parents, and Vivian spends a ton of time with my folks as well (her grandparents, and my mom is like an early childhood development natural), but my folks haven't raised kids for over 30 years!  So I do my dorky Aunt Mary stuff just to inspire them all! Ha!
Hope you are now inspired to gut your stash as I did!  May I recommend crafting for a very young person-- it was so freeing to just stamp with abandon!  See you over at Shopping Our Stash!