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.

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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!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Masculine Cards

The Vintage Journey Challenge this month is Destination! 

I created two cards using a new set of Steampunk inchies that to me speak of travels and dreams that all people who travel to many destinations. I was inspired by Tim's distress inks and distressed the edges on my first card with Vintage Photo.

The next card uses a great sentiment for all travellers.   A bit clean cut for a vintage card but the images are vintage! :)

Products: Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Ranger Archival Inks - Black, Coffee, DarkRoom Door - Steampunk Inchies, Welcome Home, Photobooth Gentlemen, Wordstrip - Art de Fleur

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Skating Along

The  Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #17  is a summer inspired challenge.  I loved the pretty fun colors on the challenge image which inspired my color for my summery gift bag.

We used to skate in summer and winter. The old roller rink was good fun and provided a social outlet for tweens and teens.. 

Lots of pink and blues on my bag as well as strips of stamped papers in the background. 

I painted the bag using pink acrylic paint and sponged the edges with ink after it dried.  I stamped the polka dots and stripes on scraps of cardstock. I tore them up and layered them in the background.  

I stamped the stars and cut them out and randomly scattered them  around the background.  I stamped the skates and colored them with watercolor pencils.  I sponged he edges with pink and brown dye ink. 

Have a wonderful day! 


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Create Magic

Anything Goes this week at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  I used it as an opportunity to create a tag with layering in a variety of techniques.

I chose to feature the magical princess.

This tag started with playing with the tea dye sprays from last week's challenge.  I used it to mist up letters and stamp them in the background.

I then used a stencil with the peacock feather spray on another project which left a nice coat of ink on the stencil which I decided to flip over and press onto my tag to give the reverse pattern on my tag. 

I stamped the image on tissue paper and decoupaged her to the surface. I stamped the heart from the set onto another pieces colored it with pink and gold and cut it out.  I used a few other embellishments to finish the design.  I used a touch of watercolor pencils to add pink and gold to the tag background.

Products: Ranger Distress Ink - Tea DyeTim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon, Heidi Swapp - Tea Color Shine, Prima Screw Heads Tiny Junkyard, Twine, Prima - Trust the Magic, Idea-Ology Botanical Remnants, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Latticework, Prima Flowers, The Crafters Workshop Sunburst Stencil, Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste, Fast Finish Beacon Decoupage, Watercolor Pencil, Stampers Anonymous - Type Stampers, Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Ultrafine Crystal Glitter, Bee Charm, Ranger Distress Stain - Peacock Feather, Sequin,

Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher to a randomly selected participant in the challenge, come play along!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Misty Garden

Stencils + sprays/mists  + flowers = Misty Garden!   A mix of cards made with these combinations.  I love sentiment stamps and used some of my favorites garden inspired sentiments by Impression Obsession on these cards. 

Although I see I have been in a summery color kick with lots of yellows and oranges. I was trying to pair it with the grays to give it a soft color and new edge.
I even added a layer of paste on this one to raise up the texture in the background.
and three more scraps that didn't finish up on a card.
The stencil is from Memory Box.  The sprays were a mix of Dylusions, Ranger Distress Stain Sprays and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.  The embossing paste is Wendy Vecchi.  The sentiments from Impression Obsession.  The tiny words is from Stampers Anonymous. The shadows on the images are from STAEDTLER watercolor Pencils.   I did use Darkroom Door - Texture stamp- Script, Background Stamp - WoodGrain, Texture Stamp - Splatter on the different cards.

Have a wonderful Saturday!  Off to play with my inks!


Thursday, July 9, 2015


Hello and welcome back.I am featuring all DarkRoom Door stamps including the new Shipping tag stamp.   Which had a lot to do with how this card turned out.

The shipping tags stamp is actually three tags in one stamp layered over each other.
I thought it would be cool to stamp it multiple times cut them out and layer them with images stamped on each piece. 

I used the bicycle image to stamp on the top tag and bits of the brick on the second tag and part of an arch on the middle tag.  I think it turned out pretty cool.  I stamp stonework in my background panels.

I love how striking black and white can be.  I actually tried a panel with the bicycle with touch of red and ended up pitching it and going back with the black and white.

Products: Darkroom Door: Shipping Tags, Photo Stamp Bicycle, Background Stamps - Stone, Enjoy Life

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Food Colors Part II

Back to the rest of the food colors... Again I was pulling out some of my favorite stamps of all time that I haven't used in years. :O

My first food color combination is Eggplant and Ginger.  While watching the cooking shows I was surprised to see that the ginger was a pretty pink color.
 I sponged on the top half a mix of Memento Soft Plum and Lilac.  On the bottom I started with Angel Pink but added Rose Bud into the mix.  I tamped the pussy willows and added highlights with the white gel pen. I also splattered watered down acrylic paint over the surface. I added a layer of splattered goosebumps to add darker water splotches which have a nice sheen to it in the light.  

The next colors were Lemon and Carrot:
I used the layering stencil and sprayed the yellow mist first and then did the orange at an angle to only mist it to the inside of the stencil.  I used Heidi Swapp Color Shine.  I then used the Idea-Ology Rub-Ons Botanical to add the touch of music and words.  I stamped the Stampers Anonymous Cupid over the top and added a touch of pink watercolor pencil shading to his body.  I then punched a bunch of hearts to add the hearts to the background.

Next up is Grapefruit and Cherry

I stamped one of my all time favorite Stampendous stamps the Ranunculus.  The inks were a splattering of white acrylic watered down paint over the background. Then Heidi Swapp Color Shine (soft pink) and then the Dylusions Cherry spray splattered over the top.

The  finish with Blueberry and Plum colors: 
 The inks were the Ranger Distress Stains (Lavender and Broken China).  The image is Stampers Anonymous and the letters on either side are Memory Box.

There is one more food collection of salt and pepper which I have all kinds of ideas for so we will see what I end up with.

Have a fabulous day!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Colors and Food

I fell off the ICAD bandwagon. I was sidetracked with a few DT projects.  But I am back... The theme for the next week was paint and in addition the daily prompts were foots and vegetables.  I spent some time on Sunday finding mists and inks to create color combinations based on the fruits and vegetables.  Very fun!  I am not going in order for these but I did make all the backgrounds and haven't finished them yet.

For this ICAD I had the words Parsnip and Kiwi.  Being too lazy to do the upfront work of checking the color of Parsnip I just realized it is not green! :O  I am sticking with the story that I picked up the green in the leafy bit on the top and not the root part of the vegetable. 
I am enjoying pulling out some of my favorite stamps which haven't had any ink in awhile and using them on these cards.  I used all Hero Arts stamps on this ICAD.  There is a Hero Arts Collage stamp that I have in the drawer that inspired this composition as it has the mandarin letters, butterflies and a frond in the background.  I used the butterflies a Kanji Poem and the dandelion instead of the frond.   I used a mix of Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray, Ranger Distress Stain (Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint)

Next up Lime & Mango, I love this color combo and actually made about 3 backgrounds with these colors. I used Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays for this one.  They have a shimmer in them which is lovely.
I love this stamp it is from Memory Box. Dave drew around three of these types of trees in one release and I held onto two of them because I love how whimsical they were.   I just stamped it and colored with my STAEDTLER watercolor pencils.  I used Idea-Ology Stickers on both of my cards for the sentiments. Loving the new one that I just bought as it has fully sentiments that you can cut up and use.

Have a happy Tuesday!


Sunday, July 5, 2015


Coffee or Tea?  The challenge this week at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  is to be inspired by coffee or tea.  I started with a tea colored spray.

I played around with a variety of tea colored inks and sprays and ended up blending the Ranger Distress Ink - Tea-Dye with Vintage Photo to sponge over the stencil for my background.

I sponged on the inks over the stencil.  I then decided to stamp and color the flower and pop dot it over the background.  I decided to use the beautiful sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Blessed Set

Products: Ranger Distress Ink - Tea Dye , Ranger Distress Ink – Vintage Photo  Stampers Anonymous 2015 - Flower, Graphic 45 Time to Flourish (bee), Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon, Heidi Swapp - Tea Color Shine, Idea-Ology Typed Tokens, Twine, Memory Box - Distressed Grid Designer StencilRanger Gold Paint Dabber, STAEDTLER watercolor pencils

Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher to a randomly selected participant in the challenge, come play along and share your summertime inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July to all my U.S. friends!  Today we celebrate our country!  I hope you are enjoying your 4th with friends and family.

Both of these projects are inspired by the new Darkroom Door Stars background stamp.  I paired them with the New York Volume 1 by Darkroom Door.

I thought the canvas bag would look cute with painted stars in the background.  Both projects have an embossing paste #4 with a layer of red spray/ink.

Have a wonderful 4th!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Masculine Cards

I used to struggle with masculine cards but they don't scare me as much as before... I am now more afraid to create teenager cards. :)  Today I am sharing a card I created for the Anything but Cute challenge "Make it Masculine"

 The inspiration for my card all started with this new Stitched Frame from Darkroom Door.  I had a vision of it laying at an angle over a handsome gentleman with some flotsam and jetsam floating in the background. (loved those names for Ursala's sidekick in The Little Mermaid!)

I decided to create a mini plaid background with a stripes stamp stamped in two directions. I repeated this twice with blue ink. I added a bit of tissue tape and some splatters of mists.

I stamped the main image and cut it out. The frame was stamped and cut out and distress all around.  They were pop dotted and attached to the background. I then spent some time stringing the twine behind the picture and frame.  The button fell onto the floor so I picked it up and popped it onto my card.  I love the random feel to my masculine card in contrast to my graphic design yesterday. It makes me happy to switch around in the styles of my cards.  

Products: Darkroom Door - Stitched Frame, Dashing Gents, Weathered Stripes, Ranger Archival Ink - Cornflower, STAEDTLER watercolor pencils, Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist, Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Faded Jeans, Idea-Ology Tissue Tape

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