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Sunday, April 26, 2015


This week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  anything goes... That means whatever inspires you.  I happen to have some new stamps and fun things sitting on my desk and was inspired to just play around with a piece of leftover cardboard.

Hence the unusual shape of my project as it was a four up of these shapes attached together with something packaged on top of the cardboard.  I always take those pieces and store them by my craft desk for future use.  This one already was broken into pieces as I let the puppy chew on some of it to distract him in the morning while I tried to craft.

I painted the surface with white gesso and put on a few coats to cover the printing on the cardboard. After that dried, I applied Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste through the stencil on areas of the cardboard.

I enlarged this so you can see that I added a sprinkling of ultra fine crystal glitter to the surface.  I let the embossing paste dry and then came and sprayed blue distress stain over the surface.  I repeated to add some darker areas.  I left it to dry.

I next stamped the focal image on tissue paper using blue ink and decoupaged the image to the surface. The rest was stamping directly onto the surface and using a white gel pen for highlights.  I added a touch more bling with the sequins mixed in.

Product:  Ranger Distress Stain Spray (Broken China,   Mermaid Lagoon), Prima Don't Forget to Fly Finnabair StampsWendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste, Memory Box - Heartwood Designer Stencil, Stazon - Azure Ink , Signo Uni-Ball White Gel PenUltra-Fine Crystal Glitter, Simon Says Stamp - Sequins, White Gesso

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Friday, April 24, 2015


This is a project focused on one color, one stencil and one stamp and the challenge is from the Mixed Media Place - Creative Gym Exercise - The Power of One.  

I had a hard time choosing my color as I really love color.  I thought I would do something different and use words for my stencil and my stamp. 

I started with a white paper bag leftover from something we purchased.  I decided to stencil words onto the paper bag with white embossing paste.  I then put layers of Ranger Distress Stain Sprays (Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord) with sprinkles of white paint.

After I finished the background I cut a few dies in white cardstock and layered them over the background.  The dragonfly was covered in glitter to add a touch of glistening.  I added a few flowers and stamped my sentiment in two layers one in white and one in purple.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Verses Rubber Stamps has some of the loveliest quote stamps.  I was playing around this weekend on another project and had a leftover quote on vellum and decided to try something outside my comfort zone with a more CAS design.

This was designed by using leftovers sitting on my desk from other projects you will see in the next couple of weeks. :)   I used the Versus Rubber Stamps quote on vellum using Ranger Archival Ink. (You need to make sure to heat set it. Normally I use StazOn on the vellum. 

I then used up some die cuts form Memory Box (leafy branch) and Simon Says Stamp Exclusives Let's Go Fly a Kite, and sequins.   

I am not sure if I like it as I have a desire to add more but I left it as is and I will see if it grows on me. :) 

Have a lovely Wednesday!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Golden Girl

Due Dates is the challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  You couldn't pick anything closer to my heart.  I loved checking books out at the library and of course that is what I thought of when I heard the words due date. That idea had me pulling out a pre-printed tag with a date column.  I created my layout inspired by the tag.

Once I decided on the tag the rest of the layout became a lovely set of neutrals including printing a sepia colored photo of my daughter.

I started this layout and worked on it over a period of 3 weeks.  In the meantime new stamps, stencils and sprays kept showing up and I kept adding them into my layout.
I love this stamp from Impression Obsession and it worked beautifully with the Sizzix Butterfly and my canvas tags.

I started with a sheet of white cardstock.  I stenciled the flourishes over the background using Wendy's White embossing paste.  I let it dry and sprayed a mix of Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Ranger Distress Stain Sprays over the background.

 I die cut flourishes and butterfly.  The butterfly got embossed with the typewriter letters and sponged with a touch of vintage photo. I stamped some sentiments form the new Prima Finnabair sets and used them to accent the layout.

Product:  Ranger Distress Stain Spray (Vintage Photo, Antique Linen), Sizzix Layered Butterfly Die & Embossing Folder, Graphic 45 Key Hole Staples, Prima Don't Forget to Fly Finnabair Stamps, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil, Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste, Memory Box - Elegant Scroll work Die, Ranger Archival Ink, Typewriter & Keyboard Texture Fades Embossing Folder, Flowers, Ranger Alcohol Ink - Butterscotch, TIm Holtz Compass Coins, Metal Knobs, Graphic 45 Ornate Key, Alcohol Blending Solution

The ever generous Simon Says Stamp is offering a gift voucher to a randomly selected participant in the challenge. Hope you play along with us!

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring Trip?

A quick share partially inspired by all the spring color challenges that  are out there right now.  I started with an ATC travel inspired but used the spring colors.

Perhaps a spring trip?

This was all I had time for this morning!  I hope you have a great Saturday!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

In The Middle

We’re right in the middle of the month. Not quite to the middle of the year.  Whether you craft something where your focal point is in the middle, you journal about what you’re in the middle of, or perhaps select a stamp or sticker from the middle of the set this week we’re all about being in the middle of things this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. 

I decided to do a focal point in the middle of my card.

 I started with this tag that I decided needed to be the focal point of a card and built the card around it with the same flowers and bees.

The background of the cardstock was sprayed with Antique Linen over the card and tag.  I stamped flowers over both and colored them with watercolor pencil and waterbrush.  I added a fee bees with acetate wings.  I accented the card with a died seam binding ribbon to coordinate.

Product:   Stampers Anonymous - Flowers 2015, Stampers Anonymous - Time to Flourish, Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, StazOn - Jet Black  Black Embossing Powder, Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Seam Binding, Acetate, Waterbrush, STAEDTLER watercolor pencils

The ever generous Simon Says Stamp is offering a gift voucher to a randomly selected participant in the challenge, so come share how you are inspired by the middle.

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Live in Our Heart to Stay

Hello!  I am back again with more Sympathy cards.  I now will have quite a few on hand and hopefully I will not need them.
 I had quite a time again mixing inks and layers to see if I could get the right amount of color in the sentiment and the background.
 I used the Ranger Archival Ink Blue Violet and Hydrangea for the next two cards but the color by itself was too strong. I tried stamping off but didn't get an even color.  So I stamped them and then gave them a coat of whitewash to tone down the background.  I then stamped the sentiment with a gray ink to keep it softer.

 On this one I used the black ink to be stronger as the background was darker.
 This was one of my first done in a very light gray ink in the background and a darker gray ink for the sentiment. I added a hint of watercolor to the background image and sponged the edges. I wish I hadn't sponged the edges on this one.

This is the Milled Lavender Ink a very soft image and very faded. But a lovely soft card. I always feel like on my sympathy card there should be no embellishments so I kept them all simple from a design perspective.

Stamps: Darkroom Door - Quote Memory Darkroom Door - Butterfly Garden, Darkroom Door - Floral Garden Background Stamp, Darkroom Door - Texture Floral, Ranger Distress Ink - Milled Lavender, Memento London Fog, STAEDTLER watercolor pencils, Ranger Archival Ink - Blue Violet, Hydrangea, Watering Can, StazOn - Dove Gray

Have a blessed Sunday!