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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, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. friends.  We have a big day of family planned today, unfortunately some of the family has the flu so we will see if anyone has to stay home. 

I wanted to share my tag inspired by Linda's latest masterpiece Tag #9 in her 12 tags of Christmas sponsored by her Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Her tag is all elegant black, gold and vellum... I bet you want to see it!  It is gorgeous...

I am in love with how this turned out.  Thanks Linda for the inspiration! 

I stenciled the background with gold embossing paste I used the new Prima Crackle paste and I wish I had used Wendy Vecchi's only because of the effect I was going to. I am definitely going to play some more with the crackle paste.

I then waited for it to dry. I hate wait time. :)  I then sprayed ranger distress spray (soot) over the surface and let it dry. (Okay I helped it along with the heat gun)

I stamped the Hero Arts stamp over a sheet of vellum and then embossed it with the Ranger Embossing Powder Queens gold. (One of my all time favorites).   I didn't want to make the rosette that Linda made (But you really should see it as it is fabulous),  instead I decided on a vellum poinsettia.  After I positioned the flower in the bottom left I decided to use the leftovers to make a smaller version in the top right.

Then I decided a black tag with gold lettering would finish it off.  

I send joy to you on this Thanksgiving day and I hope you are spending it with loved ones. 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Shimmery Wreath

I can't remember if I shared this previously but I thought I would share it now.  I created this awhile ago to show off the new Stampendous leaf dies and my new favorite Stampendous Luxe Mica/Glitter mix.

I die cut the leaves and embossed them with a mix of the black/gold embossing powder and then added a whole 
I cut a wring of cardboard to hot glue them onto and then twined in some shimmery tulle and finished it with a black bow. 

The end result was a shimmery elegant wreath.

products: Stampendous Leave DiesSpoonful of  Midnight Embossing Powder, Silver Luxe Mix, Tulle 

P.S. went to link this up to Stampendous site and saw it is in the banner with the embossing powder. :)


Friday, November 21, 2014


This card started with a shabby chic & sewing theme based on  the Vintage Journey All Sewn Up. .  I had all these ideas running around in my head and I definitely didn't end up where I thought I would.  The inking on my die cuts are

I started with the Darkroom door chicken wire background stamp stamped in gray.  I die cut the dress form and weathered clock and inked them up with a mix of cool peri and gray inks.  I added a little heart die cut from an old quilt.

I died the rosettes to match and added the cherish.  I decided it still needed something and added the angel wings which I am not sure whether I like.  In real life this is very soft and pretty but didn't photograph that well.

Products:  Sizzix - Weathered Clock, Sizzix Dress Form, Darkroom Door - Chicken Wire, Memento London Fog, Cool Peri, White Feathers, Idea-ology Trim, White acryclic paint

Have a lovely Friday!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sparkling Santa

I am enjoyingg some time to actually play in my craft room and have been out looking for challenges to inspire me.  I found a challenge called Cardabilities which has inspiring art and sketches and the Mixed Media Card Challenge which gives me a chance to mix up my textures on a card and more inspiration.

 I love these vintage Santa images and I probably have about 4 different stamps Vintage St. Nick.  This one is from LaBlanche and worked well with the sketch.

 I stamped him with Archival ink and colored him with STAEDTLER Karat Aquareall watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.

I added a splatter with a mix of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Patina and Ranger Spray - Silver.  The Joy to You is an old stamp from Hero Arts stamped in Ranger Archival Ink. I layered in a few stars, feathers, and some swirly branches.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Be Merry

Tag #8 for Linda's Funkie Junkie 12 Tags challenge sponsored by her boutique the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  She has a charming homespun Christmas tag this week.

 I was thinking old fashioned Christmas and had the Graphic 45 School Days paper which had me stencilling letters and rulers.
 A hint of Ranger Distress Spray (Barn Door & Walnut Stain)   and a lovely deep red. 

The next step was to find some adornments I added some snowflakes and stars to accentuate the tag.
 The stamps are Indigo Blue and Artistic Outpost - Snowy Woods.  The snowflakes are Stampendous dies which are fun because you can layer them to get solid or outline snowflakes.  Sponged with a touch of Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo.  The tiny snowflakes are punches.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Love You All the Way to The Moon

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge this week challenges us to the moon.  I knew that I was going to scrap a page with with my youngest.  One of our favorite nighttime stories is the book "Guess How Much I love you?"   This started a nightly tradition of saying how much we loved each other.

We always tried to top each other and I loved that she came up with all the way to baby Jesus star and back.

I had a fantastic time creating this layout and loved how the page turned out even before I put the words and the photo into my moon.

The background was started with a mix of embossing paste applied over a star stencil.  I let that dry and then came back in with a shimmery gold mist sprayed over the entire surface.  I cut out a large circle to use to trace my moon in with watercolor pencil. I used a waterbrush to soften the edges.

I also cut a series of stars using a variety of dies which I then stamped with script.  I popped some of the stars up and left some layered under.   I added a touch of shadows with a blue watercolor pencil.  I added a mix of sequins in the background.

I printed out the words and cut them up to frame the circle. along with the image which worked in hanging off the edge of the moon.

Products:  Heidi Swapp Gold Lame, Stampers Anonymous Tiny Words,  Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste, Memory Box Star Dust Stencil, Simon Says Stamp Sequins, Simon Says Stamp Star Dies, Sizzix Stacked Stars, Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Waterbrush

Come join in all the fun and play along for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher at Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Silent Night

Today's post was inspired by a challenge but I ended up not following the challenge. :)  I loved one of the DT Members beautiful project and I wanted to play along so here we are...

The glorious tag created by Gayle that inspired me is here.

I love that she used pink for Christmas.  Mine is a brayered background using a pink Stampin up ink pad over stenciled and embossed with clear embossing powder.

I die cut the Sizzix deer and Memory Box wreath from white cardstock. I added a sentiment from a very old Hero Arts stamp.

I love the white and pink combo... I see a series of cards for the holidays being made in pink! :)

Have a happy Saturday!