Sunday, September 26, 2021

Tree Bark

 Hi!  I have been busy playing with the new Darkroom Door Release!  There are so many fun stamps.  I had a few samples I created for the Texture Stamp Tree Bark and thought I would share them out to you. 

I started with using the bark as a background to the beautiful butterflies.  I love the sentiment as it is so charming.  

Then I decided to mix up my background and use the texture bark mixed with the coffee stain.

I used the soft antique linen to blend into the background. It almost looks like cloth. 

The next card took me the longest because I wanted to add the feather and spend hours stamping and re-stamping the feather in different colors and then stamping the coffee stain over the feather image and cutting it out to place on the original card.

I knew it wouldn't stamp cleaning onto the bark so I spent the time to create it separately and fussy cut it and place it onto the circle exactly aligned. 

Happy Sunday! 


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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Chalk it up

Happy Wednesday!  Time for a new challenge at the Funkie Junkie Boutique!  Laura is hosting the new challenge: Chalk it up and she describes it:

"September is normally when kids head back to school, it when the learning begins again....Create a project about learning, does not have to be a school themed project, learning is not just about books and school, sometimes it learning a new scrapbooking technique, or a cool fact and you must include chalk!  IE - chalk paint, chalk board, actual chalk...."

I have some pretty chalks and hardly ever use them. I decided to play with them and learn some new ways to try them out. 

The first card I stamped in archival ink.  I then used a combination of smearing the chalk inside the lines along with painting with water a bit of the chalk around the edges to add a depth of shadows.   

The chalks come with an applicator which I used to apply the background colors.  I then used a waterbrush to add the darker hues.  

I also added some shading with watercolor pencils on the leaves and some highlights with a white gel pen.  

On my next card I used the chalks to highlight the embossing on the leaves and background.

 I created the background with the texture paste and a stencil.  While it was still wet I spritzed it with distress stain spray.  After it dried I used chalk to rub over the surface in various areas to add a shadow and highlight the embossing. 

For the leaves I also spritzed with a mix of distress stain inks.  After they dried I used a dark chalk rubbed over the surface to accentuate the veins.  

Everything recieved a lovely layer of clear embossing powder to make them shine. 

Please come join the challenge!   The overall winner will be offered the chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. 

 Thanks for stopping by! 



Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Twisted Tree

 Hi!  I wanted to share two new cards I created with the Darkroom Door Twisted Tree.  I love this new stamp set!

Some stamps speak to me and this is definitely one of them.  I created two versions of the same card this morning.  I wanted to try it out in a variety of sizes. 

I could see this on an Artist Trading Coin, Tag or ATC.  I used the new masks from Tim Holtz for the Moon and then the Twisted Tree stamps for the Tree, birds and sentiment.  

Very spooky and fun! 


Wednesday, September 8, 2021


 Hi!  Welcome back.  The new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique starts to day Tera is hosting and it is called Die-na-mite!  

Here is how she describes it: 

"Dies can make a simple or boring project extra mighty... I want you to Use your dies to make a project! They can be your main focus or work in the background to make your piece mighty."

 The new Halloween Ephemera from Idea-Ology and Tim Holtz has been sitting on my desk and this moon fellow has been smiling at me through the packaging.  I couldn't resist him. 


 Previously I was working on a project that left me with two leftover moth die cuts.  I decided to use them with the handsome moon and create a take off of the song. "Fly me to the Moon".  

The background started with embossing with the distress grit.  I added a layer of antique linen and Hickory smoke over the surface.  After all that dried a few strips of film strip and tissue tape finished the background.  

I finished with the stamped sentiment and the cut out of the words. 

I hope this has you thinking about what you could use your die cuts to inspire!  


Thanks for stopping by!