Wednesday, September 20, 2017

One Bad Ass Art Journal 2017 week 7

Hello and happy hump day peeps!
Today I'm sharing another page (or in this case, pages), completed for
my Bad Ass Art Journal class.
I completed week 7! Woo Hoo!
This week's instructor is none other than

Here are the pages I created following her tutorial:

I didn't have the weathered wood medium, but I do have crackle paste, and that's what
I used for this project. I layed it on thick in some areas, and thinner in others to 
achieve different sized crackle. I just used a paint brush to apply it, and I love the
added texture that left on my pages!

I also happen to own this awesome stamp set by Tracy called Wine Time,
so of course I needed to use it. I masked the grape bunch to make it look
like they were hanging off the edge of the page. Using DecoArt Americana and Media Fluid
acrylic paints, I painted the images. Once dry, I went over the outlines using
both a small and bold F-C Artist PITT pens.
My sentiment was not my first choice. I had printed and cut out the quote,
"Wine is bottled poetry" by Robert Louis Stevenson. But when I adhered it
with matte medium, it smeared so bad! Lucky for me, I happen to
have accrued almost a dozen various stamp sets all to do with
drinking alcohol of some type, and found one large enough to cover
my oops. Crisis averted.

Here are some close ups:

So that's it for now. Thanks for visiting, and thanks to Tracy Weinzapfel
again for such a fun tutorial!
Have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:


hand made art journal
DecoArt Americana acrylic paint - Irish Moss, Ultra Blue Deep, Holly Green, Raw Umber, Napa Red, Dioxazine Purple, Purple Pizzazz
DecoArt Media acrylic paint - Carbon Black, Titanium White
Golden Gesso
various paint brushes
water mister
Delta - Metallic 14K Gold acrylic paint
Dreamweaver - Crackle embossing paste
Ranger- Adirondack acrylic paint - Stream
Dare2BArtzy/Totally Tracy stamps - Wine Time
STAMPlorations - Mixed Media Grunge stamps
Hampton Arts - LOL stamps - Wine On
Staz On - Jet Black ink
Faber Castell - PITT Artist pens, bold & small
General's black pastel chalk pencil
Strathmore - mixed media paper
heat gun
Inkadinkado masking paper
DecoArt - Americana gloss sealer spray

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SHOPPING OUR STASH #321 - Apple of My Eye

Hello crafty friends!
This week at
we'd like to see apples of some sort on your projects.
That could be apple images, paper, pies, etc. Some of my
teammies got creative and used pineapples on their projects!
Very clever! Here's my card:

 And the inside:

I remembered that I had this apple stamp from
The Alleyway Stamps. It's the first time this image was inked!
(sadly I have many images like that - non inked yet)
I even found some paper with apples on it. Score!

Now it's your turn! Simply create something with some type of apple(s) on it
and be sure to link up at Shopping Our Stash so we can admire it!
For more ideas, please check out what my teammies created.
Thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this at:


Stamps: The Alleyway Stamps - It's Fall About You; Taylored Expressions - Taylor; Paper Smooches - Happy Birthday
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: DCWV - Simply Autumn Stack
CS: TE; Recollections
Accessories: MISTI; Inkadinkado - black EP; heat gun; Recollections - vellum
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & Thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Hey there snarky peeps!
So I guess my Sisters and I at the
have been stumping you all with the last couple of challenges.
(But isn't that the point of a challenge?)
So hopefully with this new one: L is for Lost and Found, we 
can get you to come back to the fold, as it were. LOL!
This fortnight, we challenge you to resurrect
something you used to do or use. Perhaps a technique you loved
to do, but haven't done it in years. Or maybe you bought
that "must have crafting tool" but it's been sitting neglected 
in a drawer for a few years. Now is a perfect time to
try your hand at it again!
(Please be sure to let us know what your Lost and Found thing is!)

For my card, I dug in a drawer and found my Sew Easy tool.
Remember those?

I used the blanket stitch piercer around the edge of my main panel.
(Obviously, I still need to master this tool, as seen by the crappy
sewing all around, especially at the corners. LOL!)

I tried this paint swiping tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers and love it! The
image was one that I colored when I was on vacation a couple weeks ago. I really
like how the purple background makes this doggy walking faerie pop.

So, now it's your turn. Break out those long lost tools, that paper collection
you had to have and never used, that one technique you did all the time but 
haven't tried in ages. We'd love to see what you create. Just link up
at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers so we can admire it!

Thanks for visiting. Now go forth and get your craft on!

I'd like to enter this at:
Mix It Up challenge #5 - ATG (no twist this time)

Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps - faerie from plate 1474, She was a freaky little thing #19684
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Crafter's Companion; Strathmore Mixed Media paper; Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Ranger - Glossy Accents & Crystal Stickles; DecoArt - Americana Acrylic paints - dioxazine purple, purple pizzazz; DecoArt Media - carbon black acrylic
paint & Modeling Paste; TH - sponge tool; TH- burlap stencil; paint brush; water mister; DMC floss; 
WRMK- Sew Easy tool; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Scotch foam tape

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SHOPPING OUR STASH #320 - Emboss Like A Boss

Hello and welcome friends!
This week at
we have an easy challenge for you:
Use heat embossing AND dry embossing on your projects!

For my card, I heat embossed the floral background stamp in gold, then
water colored it using various Memento inks smooshed onto my craft mat,
and a water brush. (as always, my supply list is at the end of my post)
This particular stamp also came with a matching embossing folder (bonus!)
so I used it for the dry embossing:

 You can see the some of the dry embossed areas better here:

 and the inside:

I did use 5 inks on this card. Tangelo (mandarin), Elderberry (verve violet), Teal Zeal (turquish),
Summer Sky (resonant blue) and Nautical Blue (honorable blue). Tangelo and Elderberry for the flowers, Teal Zeal for the flourishes, and Summer Sky for the background with Nautical Blue around
the edges, using a water brush. Water coloring is not my strength. LOL! After everything was dry, I used a couple PrismaColor pencils to add dimension to the flowers, then I ran the panel through my Grand Calibur using the accompanying embossing folder. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto vellum and attached it to the main panel, then die cut a stitched frame to adhere over it. 
Another stamped sentiment finishes the inside.

I hope you get a chance to play along this week at Shopping Our Stash! We'd love
to see your take on our challenge! If you need more ideas, then simply
visit the blogs of my teammies to see their amazing creations!
Thanks for visiting!

I'd like to enter this card at:
The Flower Challenge #12 - tic tac toe (embossing, water color, blue)
Naughty or Nice #43 - framed (I went Nice this time around. LOL!)


Stamps: Hero Arts/Sizzix - floral background stamp & matching EF; Gina K - Sweet Thing;  Stampendous - Wishing you many...
Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Tangelo, Teal Zeal, Elderberry, Nautical Blue, Summer Sky
CS: TE; Strathmore Mixed Media paper
Accessories: MISTI; Kuretake water brush; Stampendous - champagne EP; Inkadinkado - black EP;
heat gun; PrismaColor pencils; GC; MFT - Stitched Rectangle Frame die; Recollections - Vellum;
Hampton Arts - rhinestones
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Recollections - tacky tape

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Trick or Treat (or whatever)

Hello crafty friends!
Boy, it's been almost a month since I've blogged! Hubs and I went on vacation from August 19th
through September 3rd, driving back to Illinois and Wisconsin to visit with
both our families. In there was a 50th Wedding Anniversary party, my 
niece got married, and my great niece and nephew (twins) had a party to 
celebrate their 5th birthday. Lots to do!
Most of my posts from August until the beginning of September were scheduled.
This is a rare post: it will go live as soon as I hit the publish button - not scheduled!

While on vacation, I was able to get a little coloring in.
(I can't leave on vacation without SOME type of craft supplies, so I took
my pencils and markers along with a bunch of images to color)

Since it's getting on to my favorite holiday - Halloween, I took
along some Grumplings in Costume stamps. Here's one of
the images made into a card:

 and the inside:

This grumpy cat-o-lantern was colored with PrismaColor pencils on kraft card stock.
I used a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen to re-draw the outline, since
the pencils tend to make them fade.
You know what I realized? I don't have a Halloween
themed embossing folder. Not one.
I need to fix that.
And I will. (wink)

It was great to get back to my craft room again. So I'll
be making more cards soon.
But not sure when.
Hubby and I just started binge watching Game of Thrones so....

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a fantastic day!

I'd like to enter this card at:


Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Grumplings in Costume; SSS - Trick or Treat
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Tangelo
DP: DCWV - Spooky Delight Stack
CS: Recollections, scraps
Accessories: GC; Taylored Expressions - Grumplings in Costume die; SB - Sm & Lg Std Circle
Nesties; PrismaColor Pencils; Faber-Castell Artist PITT pen; MISTI; Cuttlebug EF; Jolee's 
Boutique rhinestones
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, September 2, 2017


Greetings Snarky peeps!
Edna and the Sisters welcome you to our new challenge at the
J is for Jumble!
What's that mean? We want you to try your hand at a collage! 
Whether it be on a card, layout, canvas, whatever, we want to see it!
I created a mixed media canvas board:

As usual, I stalked Pinterest for inspiration, and came across this lovely collage by Pamela Towns.
(Thank you Pamela for being my muse!) Of course, I took the bones of her
gorgeous creation and went off on a mixed media tangent. 
I really intended to take pictures along the way, but I only got so far, and then 
I got so in the creative zone, I forgot to take more pictures. 

watered down acrylic paint - still wet.
I let this dry overnight.

Once the paint dried, I attached the long strip of ephemera with matte medium.
After that dried, I used a stencil and embossing paste in a couple corners.
I left this to air dry overnight.

At this point, I totally forgot to take pictures.
The hemp cord I braided myself. Except for the flower, sentiment and cord, all
the bits and pieces came from one ephemera pack. The flower was stamped
and fussy cut, and the swirl stamp is from the same stamp set.

 I thought it needed some bling, so I found some
ancient pearls to stick to the center of the flowers.

I'm actually quite pleased by how well this turned out. Collage is
not my strength, so I really fussed about placement of items forever on this.

I hope you find some time to play along in our Jumble challenge at the 
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! I can't wait to see what you create!
Need more ideas? Then do check out what my Sisters and our newest
Guest Designer - Ike have made to inspire you!
Thanks for visiting!

US Art Supply - 5" x 7" canvas panel
DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint - Ultra Blue Deep, Berry Red, Purple Pizzazz
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint - Carbon Black
water mister; various paint brushes
K & Co. - ephemera pack; Words & Phrases stickers
Dreamweaver - embossing paste; pallet knife
TCW - stencil
Golden - Matte Medium
Herschberg Schultz - hemp cord
Dare 2B Artzy/Totally Tracey stamps - Power of Flowers
Recollections - card stock
Staz-On - black ink
Ranger - Multi Medium Matte
SA by 3L - 3D & Thin  3D foam squares
Studio 112 - pearls

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

BLOOMTANGLED Blog Hop & Linky Party at STAMPlorations!

Hello crafty friends!
I'm excited to be hopping along with the STAMPloration Girls for the

On August 2nd, I showed you a little sneak peek of the 
pages I colored. Both pages are colored with PrismaColor pencils.
Here are the projects I've made with them:

First up is a birthday card using this page:

 and the inside:

Once the Bloomtangled coloring page was colored, I added a Stick It adhesive sheet to
the back of it, and die cut a section out using one of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting dies.  The card base was lightly stenciled using the ARTplorations Delicate Links stencil
before I adhered the coloring book panel. I die cut the Dragonfly laying dies, added Stickles and rhinestones and adhered once dry. The Enchanting word die was cut three times, stacked and glued, and 
more Stickles added before adhering to the card base. On the inside, I used a sentiment from

For my second project, I created a mixed media wall hanging using the
second page I colored:

Here are some close ups:

I started with a thick piece of cardboard that I already had gessoed and punched holes for
hanging a while back. I used matte medium to adhere the colored page to the board. (I brushed too
much in some areas and the coloring started to bleed. Grrrr! Oh well, I covered most
of the spots up with the die cuts. LOL!)
I painted yellow acrylic paint around the edges. Once dry I used a white paint pen and made
stripes around the yellow area. When that dried I drew in black lines using a Faber Castell Artist PITT pen. At this point I sprayed an acrylic sealer onto the board. I found some beaded fringe and some bright pink rose ribbon in my stash and glued them on the bottom. I die cut two of the Dragonfly layering dies and one of the Flutter Zen layering dies, and added Stickles to them. I also cut three Enchanting word dies, stacked and glued and also added Stickles. It occurred to me when I was placing the sentiment die that it got lost in the background. So I die cut two more in black card stock and glued them on the back, offsetting one top left and the other bottom right so there was a shadow around the word. After all the die cuts were adhered, I added more Stickles to the flower centers, because you can never have too much sparkle! All that was left to do was string some beads onto wire and attach. I also added a few tassels on one side for some more whimsical fun.

Congratulations! You made to the end of my photo heavy and long winded post! LOL!

Don't forget to leave a comment here and on the STAMPlorations blog for your chance to win!

Simply comment on all our blogs and feel free to download the sampler page, color it, create something with it (card, ATC, bookmark, anything) and then link it up to the linky for a chance at the prizes.

Commenting and linking up closes on Tuesday, September 5.

- one commenter randomly drawn from the STAMP blog and designers blogs will win a $10 gift certificate to the store
- one participant randomly drawn from the linky party entries will win a copy of Bloomtangled and a $15 gift certificate to the store

Winners will be announced on Sunday, September 10.

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!

Supplies for card:
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Faerie Door
Ink: Memento - Angel Pink, Tuxedo Black
CS: TE; Recollections, scrap
Accessories: STAMPlorations - Bloomtangled coloring book; ARTplorations - Delicate Links stencil; CUTplorations - Dragonfly layering dies, Enchanting word die, Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting die; PrismaColor pencils; Ranger - Crystal Stickles; GC; MISTI; Nicole - rhinestones; Faber Castell - bold black Artist PITT pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & Thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Supplies for wall hanging:
STAMPlorations - Bloomtangled coloring book;
CUTplorations - Dragonfly layering dies, Flutter Zen 1 layering dies, Enchanting word die
Card stock scraps
Substrate: recycled thick card board
Golden Gesso & Matte Medium
PrismaColor pencils
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint - Primary Yellow
Marvy Uchida - Acrylic white paint marker
Faber Castell - bold black Artist PITT pen
DecoArt Americana acrylic spray sealer
Fiskars hole punch
Webster's Pages - pink rose ribbon
Hirschberg Schultz & Co. - beaded fringe
Darice - 20 gauge wire; wire cutting tools
Cousin - acrylic beads
Ranger - Crystal Stickles & Multi Medium Matte
Fray Check
Beacon 3 in 1 glue
Michael's - jump rings
Jesse James beads - tassels
adding pinterest script 3. Changing the Position of the Pin it! button The cool thing about this code is that you have some freedom over where the Pinterest button for Blogger will go over the image. Take a look at the code that you just copied and pasted into the HTML for the word 'center'.