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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, August 21, 2014

Work in Progress


I snuck in a little time in my studio this morning.

 First an update on the little houses.  I added some DarkRoom Door sentiments to them. 
 I used acetate to stamp them on and then attached them.
 Still working on what images I will use but I like putting the acetate on as if I don't like them or want to reposition I still can.

I also created a quick card using the Wallflower paper from Tim Holtz.

I wanted to use some of this pretty paper and this was a quick and easy card which also boosts up my birthday cards to send out!

Have a happy Thursday!


Sunday, August 17, 2014


Anything Goes this week at  Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! I am still working through my backgrounds and scraps to put together into different projects.  

This came together pretty quickly with a few scraps laying around my desktop.

I started with a mix of paints rolled onto a gelli plate. I wanted to use neutral earthy colors and a touch of gold.  

I created several backgrounds with the mix of paints on the gelli plate onto white cardstock.  I stored them away in my background file.   When I was looking for something to play with I pulled out one of the backgrounds.

 I added a few different pieces of paper tape in random areas of the background. I then stamped the wordblock over the background.  I used a stencil to add a layer of embossing paste and painted it with a touch of light yellow paint.

From there I decided to cut a piece for my card.  Now for the fun part... I left it on my desk scratching my brain trying to figure out what to use it with.  A few die cut feathers fell on the background. and that is when it all started to come together. 

I stamped the buck using brown ink and cut him out.  I stamped the compass on a wood button.  I sponged the feathers and added a touch of script.  I applied crackle glaze over the feathers and the button.

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I was in my studio this morning and I had three different projects going at once.  I got this project to his point and really loved what it looked like and decided to stop as I am not sure what I want to do next.

 I had die cut these houses (Impression Obsession Die) from some painted scraps.  I then added a layer of Hero Arts White In swiped down the front to add a white washed effect.

I pulled the Weathered clock scraps (Die cut from some more painted backgrounds) and cut them up to fit onto the backgrounds.

I added stamping in the background using Darkroom Door Texture Stamps (French Script, Floral).

I sponged on some white acrylic paint over the weathered clock die cut and around the edges.  I mixed a touch of blue watercolor pencil on the die cut.

Now I need to decide whether to make a house with the four sides, a mini book or a trip-tych. I will post updates as I continue on this creative endeavor.

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Friday, August 15, 2014


 Happy Friday!  Another long week for me. I squeezed in a little time this morning to create an ATB. I had high hopes for this little box but not sure I got quite the effect I intended.  I created this for the Frilly & Funky ATB challenge sponsored by the Frilly & Funky Boutique and the Artistic Outpost Monthly Challenge.

 I love these figures from AO and I mixed two sets and they started the design of my ATB.

 I used the Wallflower Paper from Tim Holtz as the base of my box and my clocks. 

 A few other angles

 The other side.

The sets for AO are actually available both from Artistic Outpost in their store  or Linda' Boutique also carries them.

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Have a lovely Friday!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tiny Grungy Tags

The Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is  all scratched up!  I saw the word grungy and I knew I wanted to distress the edges with some brown dye ink.
I love my tags and decided to use some blank tickets and just parse out bits of different stamps and create little mini tags.

I had fun pulling out the various sets to find images to place on the stamps.
Who can resist butterflies?

I have been wanting to use this pear stamp and never had the chance.

This lady also never was inked up before so I was happy to put her on this tag.

I loved giving him a rainy background and the quote is perfect with the image.

I waned to show what a difference a touch of color around the edges can make:

I think the sponged brown adds depth and creates a highlight which draws the eye to the main image.

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TIme Flies

Based on my big cleanup yesterday with my scraps I decided to use some of the scraps I die cut. I used the Sizzix village shapes and turn them upside down to create tags. My theme is inspired by The Vintage Journey Time Flies Challenge.  The DT is extremely talented and inspirational.

I turned my shapes upside down and layered them together to form a mini book.

Have a blessed Sunday!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Anniversary Cards

This morning I decided to clean up my desktop and cut some shapes.  Sometimes when I am lacking in my mojo just cleaning up my desk and putting things away makes me feel like I accomplished something.  I pulled out my big shot and my pile backgrounds and cut away while watching several old murder mysteries.

This card came from a messy piece of gray/black glimmer mist on a piece of cardstock.

 I needed an anniversary card for my SIL & hubby.  I die cut a series of hearts from the scrap.  I cut them and set them aside. 

The design was inspired from the card below. Sometimes I end up with pieces that don't work with the card I am working on and that is what happened with this.  I ended up adding a fine mist of pink glimmer mist.  

When I decided to create my card I actually had another card pieces cut waiting to be used.  I had cut two pieces on an angle to use as a top layer.    I created this card first and used the same effect on the first card.

This uses a new stencil from Memory Box with the Wendy Vecchi Silver Embossing Paste. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Exclusive set called Beautiful Words.

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