Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #337 - Getting Sentimental

Hello and happy Tuesday crafty peeps!
This week at
we challenge you to make your sentiment the focal point
of your project.
Here's the card I made:

 and the finished inside:

I used another panel I created a while back using Magenta Nuance powder dyes.
I die cut the word birthday 4 times, stacked and glued. 'Happiest' and
'wishes' were stamped in VersaMark and embossed in white EP.
I matted the panel with black card stock, then added some sequins,
because, shiny!

Now it's your turn to create something using your sentiment as the main focus.
We'd love to see it, so please link up at Shopping Our Stash so we 
can admire your work! Need more ideas? Simply check out the
blogs of my teammies and while there, leave some love!
Thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this at:



Stamps: Winnie & Walter - The big the bold and Party
Ink: Memento - Elderberry; VersaMark
CS: TE; Recollections
Accessories: Magenta - Nuance powder dyes: Purple, Violet; water mister; GC; Winnie & Walter -
Birthday word die; Stampendous - detail white EP; heat gun; MISTI; Darice - sequins
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bloom & Grow

Hey, I'm back with my second post today.
This time I want to share an art journal page:

Lots of items used on this: Gesso, embossing paste, acrylic paints,
stamps, powder dyes, Stickles.
Here are a few process pictures. (Yep, I
actually remembered to take some this time! LOL!)

After a layer of Gesso, I used a stencil and embossing paste. Let dry.
Used a few different colors of blue acrylic paint. Went over
with gesso to soften edges some.
Stamped some texture with Staz On Jet Black ink.

close up

Using mixed media paper, I sprinkled powder dye and spritzed with water.
When dry, I stamped and fussy cut flowers, and die cut the leaves.

Die cut Bloom & Grow 3 times, stacked and glued. Added Stickles.
Adhered flowers and leaves with foam squares and added
Stickles onto the flowers. When the words were dry, I glued with matt medium.

One more look:

As always, my supply list is at the bottom of my post,
in case you wondered what all I used. ☺

It sounds as if I cranked this out within a couple hours, but this is me we
are talking about, folks. I played a bit on this for a few days before
I finally finished it yesterday. LOL!

That's all for now. I thank you for popping in!

I'd like to enter this at:



Substrate: Strathmore art journal
Golden Gesso and Matt Medium
STAMPlorations - Flowers 2 stencil
Dreamweaver - embossing paste
Deco Art Americana acrylic paints - Indian turquoise, Desert turquoise, Sapphire
Plaid - various paint brushes
Visible Image - Imperfection is Beauty stamps
Indigo Blu - Tasty Textures stamp
Paper Smooches - Natural Beauties stamps and dies
Staz On - Jet Black ink
Strathmore Mixed Media paper
Magenta - Nuance powder dyes - golden yellow, orange, red, grass green, jade
Ranger - Diamond Stickles
STAMPlorations - Bloom & Grow word die
SA by 3L - 3D foam squares
Ranger - multi medium matt

We Could Be Heroes

Hello and happy Sunday!
I want to share a tiny canvas that I made.
Tiny as in 4" x 4". 
It's so cool!
Check it:

I've been wanting to use these stamps for a while, but wasn't sure what to
make with them until I saw this month's
challenge at Viva Las Vegas Stamps.

I broke out some green paint and some funky stencils and had a ball!
After prepping the canvas with a coat of Gesso and drying, the lighter green paint was 
painted on. I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper and adhered it with matt medium.Then that funky circle stencil was used with the darker green paint. Once that
dried I doodled around all the circles with a F-C PITT pen. I used my finger
to smudge Staz On Jet Black ink around the edges, then adhered the David Bowie image
again with matt medium.
Lastly, I used a stencil to add the hash marks with embossing paste.

And yes, all the sides are painted and stenciled also!

As I'm typing this, it just occurred to me that it was two years ago on
January 10th that we lost this amazing artist,
so I'm just going to leave this here:

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

I'd also like to enter this at:
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #44 - Ring in the new (New craft stash: canvas and stencil)


Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps - from plate #1482
Ink: Staz On - Jet Black
Substrate: Jo-Ann 4" x 4" canvas
Golden Gesso and Matt Medium
Deco Art Americana acrylic paint - Irish Moss, Kelly Green
Stencil Ease - kaleidoscope stencil
The Crafter's Workshop - xoxo stencil
tissue paper
Plaid - paint brushes
scrap of white card stock
Faber Castell - medium black Artist PITT pen
Dreamweaver - embossing paste
pallet knife

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Hello hello!
The next two weeks are brought to you by the letter T-
as in T for Technique!

We want you to try a technique, any technique. Either one that you love to do,
or perhaps one that you've yet to try. Easy peasy!

For my technique, I tried using a Gelli plate for the first time.
I'm not gonna lie, it won't be the last time.
I had a blast pulling prints! I was lucky to have won a 
starter kit last summer, and never got up the nerve to try it out, until now.
My plate is only 5" x 5", but for now, I'm happy to play with that. I made
12 prints so far, and made a couple cards out of them.

Here's the first one:

 and the inside:

Here's the print I used. 

All the prints. This is the first print.

 the second print:

 the last print. Some I like, some not so much. But I'm still learning.
(sorry for the crappy pictures. I was using my phone camera, and yes,
these are drying on my treadmill. What else do you use a treadmill for?)

I forgot to take a close up of the next print, but here's the second card I made:

I've used a variety of stencils, bubble wrap, and even the cap from a deodorant stick! HA!
Of course, there HAD to be some snark on these babies!

So, now it's your turn to play. Use a favorite technique, or try something new. Just
link up at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers so we can see what you made!
Looking for some inspiration? Simply visit the blogs of my Sisters, and this year's
first Guest Designer, Toni, to see what they came up with!
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter my first card at:

I'd like to enter my second card at:
Rubber Dance January 2018 challenge (my retro gal is vintage, right?)

Card 1:
Stamps: Riley & Co. - wondering Midge, Damn Girl; Stampendous - You Look Fab; Winnie & Walter - Big Bold & Party; Indigo Blu - Tasty Textures
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Gray Flannel; Staz On - Jet Black
CS: Core'Dinations; Bazzill; Thunderbolt
Accessories: Gelli Art - gelli plate starter kit; Deco Art Americana acrylic paints - Bright Orange, Electric Pink; Liquitex acrylic paint - Primary Yellow, Cadmium Red Deep Hue; STAMPlorations - Daisy Play stencil; cap from deodorant stick; book page; Dylusions - Vibrant Turquoise ink spray; GC; Lifestyle Crafts QuicKutz - Inverted square die; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Elmer's extra strength glue stick

Card 2:
Stamps: Rubber Dance - Sarcasm Superpower; Riley & Co. - Ethel
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Elderberry
CS: Core'dinations; TE
Accessories: Gelli Art - gelli plate starter kit; Deco Art Americana acrylic paints - Purple Pizzaz; Deco Art Media Fluid acrylic paints - Titanium White; Liquitex acrylic paint - Ultramarine Blue;
STAMPlorations - Bloom Factory stencil; bubble wrap; book page; Dylusions - Fresh Lime ink spray; GC; SB - Modern Stationary die; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Elmer's extra strength glue stick

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #336 - Out with the Old, In with the New

Hello and welcome crafty friends!
This week's challenge at
is called Out with the Old, In with the New!
We want you to use something really old from your craft stash and
pair it with something new (or new-ish)

For my card, I've used a new snowman stamp I just got, and also a sentiment
from a stamp set I bought last year, and never used until now!
The paper is dated 2012, and the snowflake bling is from 2009.


So what do you have in your stash that's both old and new? Why not
combine it into a card or project and link up with us at Shopping Our Stash? 
We'd love to see your creations! For more ideas, please do check out
what my teammies came up with for this challenge and
 leave them some bloggy lovin!
Thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this at:


Stamps: Rubber Dance - Mr. Frosty; Taylored Expressions - Mischief Maker: Ice Ice Baby, In and Out Christmas
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk
DP: My Mind's Eye - Winter Wonderland
CS: Crafter's Companion; TE; Bazzill
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI; Jolee's snowflake sticker; Wink of Stella pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Monday, January 8, 2018

OBAJ 2017 more pages

Hi there!
I'm popping in to show a couple more pages I created in my
One Badass Art Journal 2017.
(Yes, I'm still trying to finish it up. 2017 really sucked)
But I've signed up for this year's classes, so now
I'm really motivated to finish this one.

Here is week 9 taught by Amanda Trought:

 We were supposed to alter a few large playing cards. I didn't want to
buy a pack just for a few cards, so I cut mine from some
recycled chipboard.

 first layers. Sorry got into the process and forgot to take
more pictures.

 We were supposed to paint a face onto the card, but I suck at
faces, so I stamped face images onto tissue paper.

 adhered and colored with Spectrum Noir markers. Lightly gesso'd
around face and where my hair would go.

painted the background, then added some stamped handwriting

 blue hair? yes please! added more highlights with
a white marker and wrote my words - to - self.
On backside I've written a private, encouraging message
to myself.

we were prompted to recycle an old envelope for the pocket,
but since I recycled all my junk mail, I just created it
from some scrap cardstock.

 all the leftover paint was wiped off randomly on
my page and the pocket. Pocket was glued down
and I added some additional text and washi tape.

The card fits into the pocket.

This class was very tough for me. I think I worked on this page on and off for
over 1-1/2 months. It was the face. But once I got the idea of using face stamps, I
finally finished it. And I'm glad that I did.

Next is week 10 taught by Tiare Smith.
I started, and finished this yesterday.
I was so engrossed in making the pages, that I 
completely forgot to take process pics, so
here are the finished pages and a couple close-ups:

I gifted myself for Christmas the 24 pack of Derwent Inktense blocks, and boy
were they fun to play with!! I found some ancient vellum that had
quotes printed on them so I used that with torn 
book pages for my first layer. 
The quote I used around the edge of the pages read:

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out
they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and
you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."
- William James

Words I hope to remember to keep inspiring me. (That will be tough
with my C.R.S. *can't remember shit!* HA HA HA!)

Congratulations, you've made it to the end of this post!
With the weather about to 'gift' us with freezing rain any moment now,
I think I'll go up to my craft room and have some more fun playing
with those Inktense blocks. LOL!
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

Week 9:
recycled cardboard
Fiskars corner rounder
Golden Gesso & Matt Medium
torn book paper, tissue paper, paper napkin
various paint brushes
Simon Say Stamp - zig zag stencil
STAMPlorations - gridlocked stencil
Dreamweaver - embossing paste
Deco Art Americana acrylic paints - desert turquoise, green tree, tangerine, berry red, irish moss, purple pizzazz, bluegrass green, indian turquoise, dark chocolate, khaki tan, marigold, ultra blue deep, blue harbor (I did 2 of 3 cards so some of these colors are on the other one)
water mister
Diane Davenport - face stamps
Spectrum Noir markers
STAMPlorations - Mixed Media Elements stamp
Staz On - jet black, blue hawaii
Sakura - white Gelly Roll pen
Faber Castell - medium and bold black Artist PITT pens
Recollections - washi tape
Elmer's extra strength glue stick

Week 10:
Golden Gesso & Matt Medium
mystery quote on vellum
torn book page
various paint brushes
Derwent Inktense blocks
Faber Castell - medium and bold Artist PITT pens
Dylusions - white linen paint pen
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