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Mother of 3 kids, 2 dogs and wife of a fabulous hubby who doesn't mind if I play with my inks and papers.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Darkroom Door has a new release and these tools is just one of the cool new sets of stamps.
I love having tool stamps like the new tool shed set on hand as my hubby is very handy and is always fixing things.  Perfect for cards for him!  Of course his tools and workbench would never look like this!!!
He is much more organized and takes good care of his tools.  This reflects more of how my desk looks in my craft space all the time! :)  And the shape of my tools as they get quite coated in inks, paints, and everything!

I stamped the background using a few different fun stamps including the woodgrain, coffee stain and splatter.

The tools were stamped in versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  The handle of the hammer was embossed with brown embossing powder.  (I inked up the top half first with the versamark and embossed it and then did the bottom half by lining it up again.)

After the embossing I sponged on brown dye ink to add the rusty effect. 

I then just added the cute sentiment and now I have a card for my hubby just for fun to show how much I appreciate all he does.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, July 26, 2015


Good Monday to you!

My project for the challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is a photo of my two daughters.  The challenge is to think about using different types of paper.  From specialty stamping paper to glitter, corrugated to extra heavy mixed media to tissue special papers that can add so much more than just a starting point for a project. I started with wood veneer and that led to this picture with the trees and greenery.

I died the veneer with a combination of stains and sprays and the tore it in half to put it in the background.

I stamped the sentiment on a scrap which I think is appropriate with family. We may all have different personalities, quirks, etc but a the end of the day it is what is in our heart towards each other.

Products: Distress Stain Spray – Vintage Photo. flowersHeidi Swapp Color Shine – Patina., 
  Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Tea, Ranger Paint Dabber - Picket Fence, Prima Mask,  Wendy Vecchi - The Beauty of Art ,    Ranger Archival Ink - Potting SoilRanger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo

Come join in and show off your paper choice for a chance to win a Simon Says Stamp  $50 gift voucher!
Have a wonderful week!


Friday, July 24, 2015

Everything is coming up Daisies!

How about a bouquet of daisies!
I created a lovely shimmery background created Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays.  I then used versamark to stamp my flowers and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I layered the velum over the corners and stamped the sentiment using StazOn ink.

Products: Darkroom Door - Eclectic Daisy, Darkroom Door - Melody, Stampendous - White embossing powder, Versamark Watermark Ink, StazOn - Cherry Pink Ink,  Heidi Swapp Color Shine Sprays


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ICAD - Route 66

I had a few more ICAD (Index Card Art) that I was playing with the prompts were Route 66 and Tree House. 

My first one is from map remnants and I mixed in some stenciling and stamped images.
 The tree house prompt started with me using leftover index cards stamped with wood grain.
 I had stamped these backgrounds previously and ended up splattering them with some blue spray.  I thought it would be fun to add the trees over the wood grain.
After I did that I played with adding a clock for a sun and some sentiments to the background. To meet the prompt I decided to cut the second card into a shape of a house. :)

Products: Darkroom Door - Trees, Darkroom Door - Wood grain, Darkroom Door - Sentiments, Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil, Wendy Vecchi - Black embossing paste 

Have a great middle of the week!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Houseful of Inchies

"I" Scream for .... Inchies?  The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to be inspired by the letter "I". I created a series of inchies which were very much inspired by design team mate  Andrea.  I am always in awe of Andrea’s whimsical colorful and beautiful art each week.  I tried to emulate her style in my little inchies by bringing in pops of color.

I started with misted paper and cut them down into inchies and then used a variety of punches, stencils and inks to decorate the inchies.

I die cut the houses from cardboard and gave them a coat of white paint.  I then laid out the inchies. I added a circle tag with stars and words on the top.
I love how the bright colors popped on the white washed houses.

I can use these for fun tags on presents to add a pop of color.

Products:   The Crafters Workshop - Mini Circle Regiment, White Gel Pen, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil Cargo, Simon Says Stamp Mini Star Dies, TIm Holtz - Layering Stencil - MeasuredTim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot fadeTim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon,  Idea-Ology Botanical Remnants, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Latticework, Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste, , Ranger Archival Ink - Black,   Heidi Swapp Chevron StencilMemory Box - Texture Mesh Stencil , Stampers Anonymous Ruler Line Stamp, Stampers Anonymous - Travel Ways , Hero Arts White ink pad, Ranger Distress Stain Sprays - Peacock Feathers, Persimmon 

Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher to a randomly selected participant in the challenge, come play along!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Masculine Cards

The Vintage Journey Challenge this month is Destination! 

I created two cards using a new set of Steampunk inchies that to me speak of travels and dreams that all people who travel to many destinations. I was inspired by Tim's distress inks and distressed the edges on my first card with Vintage Photo.

The next card uses a great sentiment for all travellers.   A bit clean cut for a vintage card but the images are vintage! :)

Products: Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Ranger Archival Inks - Black, Coffee, DarkRoom Door - Steampunk Inchies, Welcome Home, Photobooth Gentlemen, Wordstrip - Art de Fleur

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Skating Along

The  Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #17  is a summer inspired challenge.  I loved the pretty fun colors on the challenge image which inspired my color for my summery gift bag.

We used to skate in summer and winter. The old roller rink was good fun and provided a social outlet for tweens and teens.. 

Lots of pink and blues on my bag as well as strips of stamped papers in the background. 

I painted the bag using pink acrylic paint and sponged the edges with ink after it dried.  I stamped the polka dots and stripes on scraps of cardstock. I tore them up and layered them in the background.  

I stamped the stars and cut them out and randomly scattered them  around the background.  I stamped the skates and colored them with watercolor pencils.  I sponged he edges with pink and brown dye ink. 

Have a wonderful day!