Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TFS - That's Crafty Melina Dahl

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today. Go check it out for more info!

The Details:  That's Crafty Melina Dahl Scribbled Shrooms, Jane Davenport Warm Seas Glitz-Sea Sparkle Markers, Lawn Fawn Merry Messages, Puffy Cloud Borders and Grass Border die (as masks), Zig watercolor markers

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

CASEing Myself

I've made two versions of a card using virtually the same ingredients and layout. Do you have a favorite? I like the Xmas one while my partner likes the fall one. I think it's because he likes everything to be lined up so is drawn to the geometric background. Bah, he's a man and what does he know? ;-P

The Details:  Right at Home Pumpkin Spice Season, MFT Gray and White Basics 6x6 Paper, Carta Bella Hello Fall and Santa's Workshop 6x6 Paper, Echo Park Celebrate Winter 6x6 Paper, Savvy Seattle Skyline Die, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cards in Envy Favorite Holiday

This round at Cards in Envy we're wanting to see a card featuring your favorite holiday.  I LOVE Christmas without a doubt.  I also love Halloween but I definitely need more Christmas cards. Can't start too early on those!

I started by stamping the ME Frames and elves.  I hadn't originally planned to cut them out but I hated the background I had worked up using Distress Oxides (too much color, for once).  The snowflake paper reminds me of wallpaper, don't you think?

Notice how the picture frames don't quite line up on top.  Just like real life!

The Details:  Mama Elephant Little Elf Agenda and Little Agenda Frames, Altenew Happy Holidays, Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Christmas 6x6 Paper, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Watering Can Embossing Powder, Versamark, Distress Oxide Black Soot, Copics

I'll Always Pick You

A little experiment today with layers, colors, and alignment.  Outside my comfort zone but liking it. I guess I would call this clean and layered.

I'm entering this in The Card Concept #99 Sunflower Serenade, TIME OUT #120 Colorful

The Details:  Right at Home Pumpkin Spice Season, Sugarpea Designs Heart Journal Card, Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed and Wilted Violet, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copics

Friday, October 12, 2018

Elfie Time

Cuteness overload!

I'm entering this in Fusion Pastel Halloween, TIME Out #120 Colorful

The Details: Mama Elephant Little Elf Agenda, Poppy Stamps Bijou Film Strip, Hero Arts Irreverent Elf Messages, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Warm Memories

I thought about using this for a MnT for an upcoming crafty day but decided it didn't have enough customizability plus I don't think the gals especially like to sponge. Super cute in any case, however.  I especially love the squirrel on the right--adorable.

I'm entering this in Paper Players #413 Leaves and Trees, Sunday Stamps #189 Feeling Fall Photo Inspiration, Fab n Funky #411 Autumn Colors

The Details:  MFT Fall Friends, Lawn Fawn Landscape Leafy Tree Backdrop, Picket Fence and Fall Perfectly Plaid 6x6 Paper, Versamark, Ranger White Embossing Powder and Multi Medium Matte, Copics, Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen, Memento Tuxedo Black

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

TFS Journal Truth

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog with one my journal pages. I hope you check it out!

The Details:  Visible Image Mr. Bones JanglesVisible Image Meshing Around, Carabelle Studio Funny Face, Taylored Expressions Alpha Blocks, Tim Holtz Mini Stencils Set 3 and Bitty Grunge, Distress Oxides, Distress Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Alpacas for Mens

Sick of my alpacas yet?  Damn straight, you're not!  I went a bit more masculine with this card.  However, I can't resist a bit of the glam so glittered up the snowpeaks and scalloped snow edges tho you can't tell in the pic. I wish Photoshop had a glitter setting.  Oh, heck, probably does. LOL.

I'm entering this in the Male Room #95 The Great Outdoors, City Crafter #433 Into the Woods, Simon Says Wednesday Let's Get Ready for Christmas, HLS Anything Goes with Dies

The Details: Sunny Studio Alpaca Holiday, Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Borders, Yvonne Creations Snowy Tree, Lawn Fawn Knit Picky 6x6 Paper, Carta Bella Santa's Workshop 6x6 Paper, Wink of Stella clear, Versamark, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and White Embossing Powder, Copics

Monday, October 8, 2018

Joyfully Using Leftovers

This card is a combo of various bits I found on my desk from abandoned/rethought projects. I love being able to use up stuff from my desk!

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Let's Get Ready for Christmas, HLS October Christmas Challenge without optional twist of ribbon, Cute Card Thursday #550 Anything Goes

The Details:  Sunny Studio Alpaca Holiday, Altenew Cozy Flannel Cover Plate Die and Happy Holidays, Concord and 9th Joy Die, Gina Marie Stitched Scalloped Oval die, PTI banner die, Lawn Fawn Christmas Plaid and Knit Picky 6x6 Paper, Versamark, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and White Embossing Powder, Copics

Saturday, October 6, 2018

SOSS #120 - P is for Pink Halloween

We're all about the pink and all about the Halloween this fortnight at The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.  What a combo, huh?  Easier than you may think to do.

For my card, I created a lovely Autumnal background using Distress Oxides.  The skeleton was embossed on a piece of sponged cardstock that I had discarded from another project. The sentiment popped into my head the moment I saw this stamp.  What question is scarier than this one?  And I love the look at the owl's face:  I dare you to answer.  LOL!

The Details:  Oxford Impressions Danse Macabre, Distress Oxides, Versamark, Ranger Black and Gold embossing powder, Memento Tuxedo Black, P-touch label tape,

Friday, October 5, 2018

Alpaca Wishes

I think of this as my cootie card since I've been sick all week but finally have enough energy to do more than lie down. I wish cooties were as cute as these alpacas!  A lot of coloring, a bit of sponging and masking, and there you have it.  Adorable!

I'm entering this in Jingle Belles Pink Christmas for the Cure, Watercooler Wednesday #190 Feminine Anything Goes, Simon Says Wednesday Let's Get Ready for Xmas, Addicted to Stamps and More #312 Make Your Mark,

The Details:  Sunny Studio Alpaca Holiday and snowflake die (upper), Darkroom Door Mixed Boxes Small Stencil, Poppy Stamps Valley Snowflakes, Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and Antique Linen, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

TFS - Pumpkin Spice

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today.  Woo hoo!

The Details: Katzelkraft Pilgrim Holiday AccessoriesKatzelkraft Russian Cats, Echo Park Pumpkin Stencil, MFT Cool Cup, Distress Oxides, Carta Bella Hello Fall 6x6 Designer Paper, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Warm Wishes

My mood for holiday cardmaking is upon me! AND I'm using new stuff while it's still new. Woo hoo!

I'm entering this in Less is More #381 Guest Designer CASe, Jingle Belles Let it Snow, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

The Details:  Mama Elephant Little Snowman Agenda, Altenew Happy Holidays, Sizzix Embossing Folder, Copics

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Cards in Envy - Something Spooky

It's time for a new Cards in Envy challenge!  This time we'd like you to show us something spooky. My card is definitely not too cute to spook but cute in its own way.

I used my new Whimsy set and recreating the scene from Psycho (2, I think) where Norman calls up the stairs for his mother and then she answers back.  Or does she???  Definitely spooky.  The background is one of my Gelli prints; I cut the bats out of that too.  I'll be sending this card to my kid sister as one of our many inside jokes. She will love it!

The Details:  Whismy Stamps Cute But Psycho, Impression Obsession Halloween Hill die, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk Snarky, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Copics, Liquitex Acrylic Paints

Saturday, September 29, 2018

National Coffee Day

Happy National Coffee Day or some such nonsense!

I'm entering this in Just Add Ink #428 Colors, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes, and MFT Sketch Challenge #404

The Details:  MFT Fall Friends and Our Story (coffee cup), Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle Die, Impress Stripes Stamp, Catherine Pooler Inks (background), Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Copics, Distress Ink Ground Espresso

Friday, September 28, 2018

Snuggle Season

It's so rare that I use new supplies while they're still new!  I'm pairing the GF Stamptember set along with the latest from TH. And...AND...I'm using a sponged background I didn't like for a sunrise but it's perfect here. Yay, me!

I'm entering this in Watercooler Wednesday #189 All About Holidays, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes, Winter Wonderland Anything Christmas Goes, Fab n Funky #409 All Creatures Great and Small

The Details:  Stamptember Greeting Farm Winter is Here, Tim Holtz Swirling Stars Die, Distress Oxides, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today.  Go check it out!

The Details:  Carabelle Studio Cactus, Zig Watercolor Markers, Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock, Versafine Onyx Black, Hero Arts It's Fiesta Time (sentiments), Your Next Stamp Spec-tacular Phoebe and Friends dies

Monday, September 24, 2018

Hello, Autumn Friends

Oh, man, getting into the craft zone this weekend was so wonderful. It was like a vacation from real life, know what I mean? Too much work, too much everything, but a couple of hours focusing on a totally different activity makes such a difference!  Thanks to my crafty friends for coming over Saturday!!

For this card I cut the bits out of various Gelli prints.  The pinecone wasn't quite the dark tone I wanted so I sponged that with Distress Oxide then heat embossed it.  The shine is quite lovely.  I also love my new washi. I've been seeing the vertical sentiment around lately so was inspired to do that here.

I'm entering this in TIME OUT #118 Home Sweet Home Photo

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves, Stampin' Up Pretty Pines, Doodlebug Washi, Distress Oxide Vintage Photo, Ranger clear embossing powder and Multi Medium Matte

Saturday, September 22, 2018

SOSS #119 - M is for Monster

Time to get your monster on over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!  Cute monster, scary monster, snarky, not snarky, it's all good!

My card started out with the sentiment which I had picked up for part of my personal exploration journal. I was thinking of what parts of myself that I like and then thought of old zipper face. LOL.  This image is so cute and I love him paired with the sentiment. So true that we're not perfect, but everyone has some awesome.

The Details:  Brutus Monroe Halloween 2017 Kit, IndigoBlu Steampunkesque, Craftin Desert Divas Harvest Borders, Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

TFS - Embossed Wands

I'm up on the Topflight Stamps blog today with Harry Potter wands using Rita Bakarat Emerald Creek Magical Mysteries Dragon's Egg embossing powder. So fun!

The Details:  Rita Bakarat Emerald Creek Magical Mysteries Dragon's Egg, Dowel rod or chopsticks, glue gun and glue, Versamark, Lawn Fawn Glow in the Dark embossing powder, Ranger Embossing powders

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Cards in Envy Feels Like Fall

Does it feel like fall to you?  It does over at Cards in Envy--come join us!

My card started with a leftover panel from a project I had done last year involving a copper frame.  This was buried deeeeep in the "use this someday" pile, that's for sure.  I sponged it with Distress Oxides then light burnished the copper with a dry paper towel. I love the way the copper looks with the Oxides.

I die cut the leaves and struggled with the card base color. Kraft? White? Yellow? Black? Black obviously won out but I did add more interest that impressing the leaves into the black panel so the veins would show. Very cool. I positioned the die cut leaves so they stuck out over the edge of the panel. Again very cool that their points are mimicked by the points of the panel.

The Details:  PaperArtsy Autumn Edition EAB04, Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves, Gina Marie Designs Inner Scalloped Frame, Distress Oxides, Versafine Onyx Black, Copper Conductive Tape

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Studio Bright

I'm up on the Topflight Stamps blog today with a bright and happy card that just makes my day!

The Details:  Studio Light Art by Marlene Flower Art 8Visible Image Choose Happiness, Versafine Onyx Black, Copics, Memory Box Dancing Butterflies

Saturday, September 8, 2018

SOSS #118 - L is for Leaves

It's time for the next Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #118 Leaves!  In my case I used both plant leaves and a "leave me the hell alone" sentiment. LOL.  I especially love the depth of the tree limbs as I used a stencil as the first layer then a diecut tree and leaves above that. I should keep this in mind for the future.

The Details:  YNS Scratch Pad, CDD Blooming Tree Stencil, Ranger Dylusions People . . . Not a Fan, Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait Die, Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black, Distress Oxide Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron, Copics, Copic Multiliner 0.3, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Friday, September 7, 2018

Guesting at Inkspirational

I'm so pleased!  I was invited to guest at Inkspirational after being one of the top picks in April.  Woo hoo! This round we'd like you to use a doily in some fashion on your card.

I happened to have paper doilies that I had kept with a someday experiment in mind which I finally put into action--thanks Inspirational for the kick in the butt--LOL.

I used a square doily as a mask with my Copic airbrush and vintage/autumnal colors. I then stenciled some words randomly on the background before stamping the fairy. Now I hadn't intended to add actual doily to the card but I have butter fingers so dropped the inkpad on the far right side. I used the same doily I had used to mask to cover up that boo boo.  Cool effect, huh?  And double duty!

The Details:  Lavinia Josie, TCW stencil, doily, Copics and Copic airbrush, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Oxide Vintage Photo

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Katzelkraft Accessories

I'm over on the Topflight Stamp Blog with a couple of super fun and funny cards using the exclusive Katzelkraft-Topflight Stamps collaborative stamps sets.  They are amazing and you definitely need to check them out!

The Details:  Katzelkraft Pilgrim Holiday AccessoriesKatzelkraft Funny AccessoriesKatzelkraft The Fat Cats 6, Impression Obsession Pumpkins, Craftin Desert Divas Harvest Borders, Penny Black Chat Bubbles, Copics, Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac

The Details:  Katzelkraft Christmas Holiday AccessoriesKatzelkraft Funny AccessoriesKatzelkraft Russian Cats, Lil' Inker Make a Santa, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copic Opaque White

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Cards in Envy Fruits

Ready to get your fruits on at Cards in Envy? I know you are!

I knew I wanted to use the CB Feeling Fruity set but had no idea it would become a bunch of mice grapes. Whew!  That was a lot of masking. But they're so cute I didn't mind! I prefer green grapes although in a pinch any will do.  You?

The Details:  Clearly Besotted Feeling Fruity, Memory Box Grove Branch, Mystery Washis, Copics G20, 21 and 24, E50 & 5, E02, E33 and 34, E77; Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Inkadinkado Masking Paper

Saturday, August 25, 2018

SOSS #117 - A is for Apple

Are you ready for another Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge?  This time the keyword is "apple."  Just perfect for this time of year and, of course, your card need not be snarky although we love it when it is!

For my card I started with sponging the background. My usual Twisted Citron at the bottom but an unusual combo of Candied Apple, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet and Peeled Paint as I wanted the area behind the apple tree to appear ominous. Check!  The tree is sponged in Vintage Photo and whatever greens were left on my applicators.

The snake I found online. I love his facial expression. And that sentiment! I told you I would get lots of use out of those new alpha block stampsssss.

The Details:  Taylored Expressions Alpha Blocks, Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait, Spellbinders Happy Fall, Distress Oxides, snake found online and edited, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Hey, Girlfriend

I recently discovered the little diecut images by Tim Holtz and am obsessed with them.  The moment I saw this little guy I was reminded of all my favorite gay friends; I miss being a fag hag! LOL.  Just look at that sentiment--that is totally what my friends would say!

I sponged the HA window die with Distress Oxide Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, and Fossilized Amber then went lightly over it with DO Vintage Photo to cut the color a bit. I spattered both plain water and DI Vintage Photo--love how this turned out. I used my Copic airbrush to color a pale blue-gray window.

I'm entering this in Addicted to Stamps and More #306 Anything Goes, Simon Says Wednesday Food or Drink

The Details:  Hero Arts August 2018 Window Die, Penny Black Chat Bubbles, Tim Holtz Ideaology Paper Dolls, Distress Oxide Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, and Vintage Photo, Versafine Onyx Black, Copic B91 & Multiliner, Distress Ink Vintage Photo

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Clock is Ticking

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today!  I love the new Alice in Wonderland stamps!

The Details:  Visible Image Alice in Wonderland White RabbitVisible Image Time Tunnel, Distress Oxides, Copics, Ranger Glossy Accents, Memento Tuxedo Black

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Zombie Halloween

Wow. So these took forever to finish up. Don't you hate it when real life interferes with crafty life. Bah!

I love zombies and these from Tim Holtz are so fun with absolutely perfect sentiments. Keep up the snark, Tim!

I meant this zombie to look like his body is the gravestone but it also looks like he's peeking out from behind.  Either way, enjoy those zombie hugs.  I must remember the combo of B91, BG90/91, BG93 and BV25 used on that gravestone.

I know exactly to whom I'm giving this one.  I won't need to trip her; she is the queen of doing that herself. LOL.

Agreed!  One idea for the future:  the zombie on the far right would look amazing with an eye patch and zombie parrot pecking at its brain.

The Details:  Tim Holtz Zombies and Spatter Stencil, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Distress Ink Candied Apple and Forest Moss, Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Cards in Envy Yellow and Black

Cards in Envy time! This time we'd like to see lots of yellow and black on your card. I usually go floral with that combo but decided to push myself a bit and pull out some stash I hadn't used in a while.

That plaid with the heart spokes running through it makes me happy dance! Now the heart? Not so much. It's perfectly smooth and coated in Glossy Accents but the camera made it look janky. Ugh.

 The Details: Concord and 9th Heart Smile and Heart Strings Die, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Spring 6x6 Paper, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Glossy Accents

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Never Too Late

I'm up on the Topflight Stamps blog sharing a page from a new journal I've started.  Over the coming months I'll be exploring self-love and sharing the pages with you.  I'm excited and hope you'll be inspired!

The Details:  Katzelkraft SnailKatzelkraft DreamerVisible Image Meshing Around, Tim Holtz Life's Possibilities, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxides, Copics

Monday, August 13, 2018

Pricking of My Thumbs

Gosh, it feels too early to be making a Halloween card but soon I'll be in the Xmas card mood so best do it while I can.  This one used a new product to me:  PaperArtsy Infusions Orange County.  It reminded me of Brushos but with a mix of crystals and powders.  Very cool results.  I use a colored pencil to enhance the light coming from the lantern

I'm entering this in The Paper Players #405 Color Challenge

The Details:  Oxford Impressions Dance Macabre, PaperArtsy Alison Bomber 04PaperArtsy Infusions Orange County, Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Speciality Stamping Paper, Premiere Colored Pencil

Saturday, August 11, 2018

SOSS #116 - D is for Denim

Oh, you sassy things, are you ready for another SOSS Challenge!  This time the keyword is "denim." Denim fabric, denim blue, denim whatever.

I started my card by sponging the background in Distress Ink Vintage Photo, using a die cut negative for the horizon. It's the desert so tan on tan. Boring. But the cowgirl is all sassified in her red, white and blue outfit which really pops out as do her attributes.  Not only did I used denim blue but I used actual denim on my card.  Actual denim? Where? Well, if you look closely, that cowgirl's outfit has been textured by dabbing it with a swatch of denim dampened with Copic 0. It's such an easy way to create a bit of interest.

I love, and am frankly amazed, that I had the perfect washi and designer paper to create the grounding banners.  And the alpha stamps. I'm going to be using those a lot. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to find an actual stamp that says that. LOL.

The Details:  Bombshell Stamps Retro Cowgirl, Taylored Expressions Alpha Blocks, Craftin Desert Divas Southwest Border, Doodlebug Design Down on the Farm 6x6 Paper, PTI Banner Die, Versafine Onyx Black, mystery washi, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Vintage Photo