Sunday, October 22, 2017


Fun in the shack this afternoon:

Look at that bat ribbon!

These are the stitchy stamps

Supplies and notes:

  • Library card base with corners snipped to make the tag shape
  • "Yikes" stamped with Tim's Xmas Alpha in Distress Embossing Ink and old dirty clear embossing powder by Custer's Last Stamp..
  • Tag first underwent wrinkle-free distress with Crushed Olive DI 3x
  • Tag then went through three rounds of wrinkle-free distress using Wilted Violet and Black Soot DOx
  • Black Soot DI inked through one of his MM dies made into a stencil
  • Stitches are by the great Andrea O-P/Snapping Monsters... go check out her Etsy store, she has made four stamp sets (right?) but only two are in stock.  I feel lucky 'cuz I have three.  Anyway, I inked the stitches with Ranger Archival in Jet Black.
  • Ribbon from a Making Memories Halloween collection and stash
  • Brads from a Making Memories Halloween collection
  • Snippet from an old state textbook reader adhered with Distress Collage Medium in Vintage
I'll share this with the following few challenges:

Friday, October 20, 2017

Witch Pins Tin

Another tin!

Supplies and notes:
  • Aluminum tin from the Asian food store
  • Witch Pin ephemera from Tim's pack from last year; trimmed and coated with Distress Collage Medium in Crazing the scribbled with Black Soot Distress Crayon
  • Pumpkin from the little shop at a pumpkin patch-- they are little seed pods of some sort, but they couldn't look more like little pumpkins, and they couldn't be better for crafting as they are sturdy yet lightweight.  I also used them on THIS project.
  • Pins from my stash.  I added some Viva Paper Pearls in Cream to the ends.
  • Distress Glitter in Black Soot added to edge of tin with Glossy Accents (...which also stuck to some of the crazing medium... I'm just too impatient...)
  • True Hemp metallic hemp 
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Cream also used to accent the cardinal directions of the tin with Pebeo Relief Liner in Lead to dot these stripes
I'll share this at the following places:

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A positivity journal

Happy to have made something that I can share with The Mini Album Maker's Challenge!  Not shabby for a quick throw-together...

(The back)

(This is the tag I started with)

(Scored leaves)

Fig. A: Created signatures

Fig. B

Fig. C

Fig. D

Fig. E

Supplies and notes:
  • Large Ranger tag inked with Broken China DOx
  • Tag coated in places with Teresa Collins modeling paste through Tim's Cubes stencil
  • Various Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals added, including Cotton Candy and Frolic in the Forest Green
  • Distress Paint in Spiced Marmalade and Chipped Sapphire added
  • Tag folded in such a way as to accommodate a couple signatures
  • Tim's wildflowers cut from library cards added using Distress Collage Medium in Matte
  • Tim's metallic Quotations stickers added to the cover and spine
  • Interior of cover fortified using 7 Gypsies masking tape, which is very similar to some true book-binding tape
  • Vintage yellow seam binding from my stash
  • Signatures made in a very simple way: Canson mix media paper cut and laid in sets of three then sewn down the middle with the ol' sewing machine (Fig. A).  I made just two signatures, and in hindsight, this could have accommodated one or two more...
  • Signatures both glued to seam binding, at either side(Fig.'s B, C, D), then a bead of glue was added in between them and pinched together to further fortify the spine(Fig. E)
  • A strip of the seam binding was then added to the inside of the cover's spine and the textblock was added to the interior (Fig. F).
  • Tim's metallic Quotations stickers added to each page
I'll share this with the gals at The Mini Album Makers Challenge for October's challenge.


This was a fun project... spooky, right?

OOOoooHhhhh... spooky old-fashioned boy with a jack-o-lantern mask in a graveyard on Halloween? Yes.  Say yes.  It's spooky as hell...

I call him Jack:

The bat is showing up brightly in some of these pix, but in real life he is much more subdued and leathery.

This image shows the fine gold line on the outside of the box.

How great are these pumpkins?

Supplies and notes:
  • Box made by tracing Tim's Arch die onto heavy packing kraft, then adding a flange to make it dimensional.  After that I coated it with Teresa Collins modeling past roughly and painted it with black Liquitex gesso.  
  • Cheesecloth sprayed with Tattered Angels and some custom Perfect Pearls spray... though you can't see it now... it got covered up.
  • That black "thing" in the background is a piece of floral lace trim.
  • Tombstone is from Tim's ephemera pack-- it was actually a label and I typed on it then coated it with Distress Collage Medium in Crazing, and then rubbed some Black Soot Distress Crayon into the cracks.
  • The pumpkins are from a local pumpkin patch's gift shop-- they are truly little seed pods of some sort and are excellent to craft with because they are lightweight yet sturdy.  I stacked them using hot glue.
  • The boy is one of Tim's paper dolls from the standard collection. (I didn't get the Halloween pack... so bummed... but I got the xmas pack, so if anyone has Halloween and wants to trade a few dolls across the holidays, I'd be glad to!)
  • The jack-o-lantern that the boy is wearing is from Tim's ephemera pack from last year's Halloween collection, and the 31 tag is from the same set.  I coated the tag with Distress College Medium in Crazing and accented it with Black Soot DI at the edges and Prima Memory Hardware Artisan Powder on the front.
  • The bat at the top is a diecut that came in a goodie bag from The Funkie Junkie last Halloween.  I coated it with Distress Collage Medium in Crazing and added more Prima Memory Hardware Artisan Powder.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SOS: The walking dead...

Use a zombie!

It's that time of year... the Shopping Our Stash team wants to see the walking dead-- ZOMBIES-- on your creations!

Here's my tag:

Supplies and notes:
  • Strathmore watercolor paper coated with Teresa Collins modeling paste through a Tim Holtz stencil and sprayed with Dylusions sprays as a background... made months ago...
  • I sanded down the card with my Dremel... FUN.
  • Tree stamp by (uh-oh-- gotta look later...) and star stamp cut from a larger star stamp from Dylusions
  • Various Stickles used (colors I have hardly ever used-- purple, yellow...) and black Viva Paper Pearls
  • The wood zombie was from JoAnns this year, right as they were putting Halloween stuff out.  I bought a bunch of Halloween wood-cuts and have only used this one... so yeah for me using part of a stash that will likely live for a while... Anyway, I painted the zombie with Distress Paints
  • The sentiment was written with a Micron pen on a scrap of cheap watercolor paper that was just on my desk
  • Black pom-pom trim from my stash
  • Colorful yarn from Andrea Ockey-Parr... thanks!
10/21/17: Oh my heck... I meant to add to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and just noticed as I was cruising the Saturday challenges that I DIDN'T!  So HERE!!!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Royal Tin

I made this over the course of two days, just kind of tinkering around-- no real plan for the outcome:

Supplies and notes:
  • Tin from the Asian market
  • Tin inked with AI in Ginger and Mushroom
  • Edges of tin painted with DecoArt Metallic in Rich Espresso; side edges were glitzed up a bit with Stickles in Mercury Glass
  • Library card cut to fit the base on both sides
  • Library card on inside of the tin coated with Distress Collage Medium- Crazing, then scribbled with Antiqued Bronze Distress Crayon and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon
  • Tim's fluted stars inverted and Tim's baubles placed inside, all adhered with E-6000 glue
  • Crown from Michael's bins hung from some wire (that actually came off of some cute bell xmas trim...); diamond trim that came off of one of my daughter's headbands years ago glued on the crown with E-6000
  • Prima rosary pearl trim added to top; I inked the silver chain part with Ginger AI-- the silver was too bright 
I'd like to share this at the following challenges:

Sunday, October 15, 2017

12 Tags of Xmas, Tag #3

Now, this was a fun one, Linda!

Here's my tag for Tag #3 of The Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Xmas:

...inspired by her tag:

I loved everything about Linda's third tag... so purely Christmas with those candy stripes.  I saw this and planned to run with it... but then my card turned directions, as they often do.  Obviously I went with the candy-stripe red, used a tag and some baker's twine, and also some pearly baubles.   Otherwise, I opted for an aged paper versus the bright-white, and added some "greenery" just because it was right on my desk.

Supplies and notes on my take:

  • Library card base daubed with Tim's Distress Embossing Ink through his Stripes stencil then heat-embossed with Stampendous EP in Red Tinsel
  • "Love" tag made out of another library catalog card and stamped with Tim's Christmas alphabet; Tim's Chitchat stickers added along the side; popped up with 3M dimensional adhesive.
  • Scrap baker's twine added to top and some Stickles Xmas Red added to bottom
  • Green seaming binding trim from the latest goodie-bag from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique (thanks!) stitched on with the ol' machine; I added Tim's baubles, inked with Red Pepper Alcohol Ink and adhered with E-6000 glue
  • Tim's paper dolls adhered with Elmer's Craft-Bond
  • The whole tag was kind of inked with Gathered Twigs DI