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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.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Planning a Vacation

We have had an incredibly busy summer for us and one that didn't even get our usual road trip family vacation.  When I heard our challenge was Planning for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week I decided to create a planning portfolio for our next trip to keep us thinking about when to fit one in as a whole family.

I had purchased the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Small Folio awhile ago with the intent of making a trip planner to hold all kinds of keepsakes and mementos. 
I knew I wanted pockets lots of them to stick things like tickets, receipts, scraps of materials inside.
So pockets was the first thing I made.  The portfolio looked like this after I covered it with several pages from an old atlas of the United States.  I added a coat of white paint watered down to soften the background.

Then the pockets:
I am not much for creating in three dimensions so I usually sketch my idea and try it a few times to get what I want.  I ended up with two pieces and you can see I just scored multiple times on a basic square shape with a few extra 1/4 inches on the side and bottom.  I attached them with the super sticky score tape to ensure they would stay.   I made them the size of the pocket cards from Idea-Ology for the design.

I had these fun circular ties and they stuck right on the front to open and close.

When you open it up you can see more pocket cards with pockets to store slips of paper.

On the bottom of the inside I added a big vellum envelope to store larger items:

and on the inside I added a little clipboard mechanism to slide things in and have them held there to easily grab them if needed. Also a few more pockets with fun images and layers.

Well the planner is ready to go... now we need to find time to take that trip!  :)

Products: Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Folio (small)Idea-Ology - Pocket CardsIdea-Ology - Life Quotes Remnant Rub-Ons, White Gesso, Clipboard, Vellum, Stampers Anonymous - Documented, Idea-Ology Journeyman Tissue Tape, Idea-Ology - Trinkets PinIdea-Ology - Philosophy Tags, Circle Ties, Stampers Anonymous - air mail, Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Idea-Ology - Found Relatives,   Tim Holtz - Idea-Ology - Ephemera Pack,   Idea-Ology Long Brads

Come join in and show off what you are planning this week  for a chance to win a Simon Says Stamp  $50 gift voucher!

Have a wonderful week!


Choose to Shine

I'm back... Let's just say this week has been a banner week with the family a perfect storm with lots of things happening. :(  I finally was able to sit down yesterday and pull out my supplies and play.  This started with inspiration from Tim's Tag for August. (I missed July which I haven't missed a tag in over 3 years? )  anyway....  Mixed Media Monthly's new challenge is Get Texty so I pulled those two together and here is my end result.

 It was a relief to play with something and try out some of the techniques Tim shared on his blog.  I am happy with how my tag turned out but somehow feel like I created a Halloween tag. Not my intention but that is where it went.
 Tim's tag had some fun words for his background die's and I didn't have anything like that so I went through my die cuts looking for smaller ones to fit on a tag and ended up with numbers and stars. That is why I am thinking magic / Halloween. Probably didn't help that I picked the Gothic arch and the solemn children to put in the frame. :)

I thought I had finished this last night and took photos:
 I liked it but thought it needed more black to make it really pop. 

Back at it this morning and added some more lines of black and the frame back into my arch.  It was covering the children's faces so it had to be distressed and broken to show them more clearly.  

The background behind the dies is tissue tape music, and stamped over the front is the Memory Box Dreams text.  The dies are Memory Box and Simon Says.  The image and stickers are Idea-Ology (Tim Holtz).  The color wash is the new Ranger Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Abandoned Coral and Citron)

The inspiration photos for the challenge:

I also created a really cool background for another challenge and hoping to sit today and play with that a bit.  Tonight I have a new post for the Simon Says Stamp challenge and I think you will enjoy it! I know I did.

Have a great day!


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!