Thursday, December 28, 2017


Supplies used were mostly Ranger and Tim Holtz (stamps and inks). Clock embossing folder is Darice. Card stock- Lawn Fawn paper Bag and Vanilla Malt, SU Chocolate Chip. Tattered Angels glimmer mist sprays and clock charm to embellish. The inside reads Enjoy The Journey. Will make this either a New Year's card or it could work for graduation or retirement.

Pop Culture trees

I had so much fun decorating our trees this year, it was hard to stop with just one. My son Billy gets a Star Wars tree, I began collecting that series back in 1997 when he was born. The helmet tree topper was a toy of his when he was little, the attached Darth Vader voice box still works.
For my stamp room I did a little Harry Potter tree. The sorting hat is also a puppet, from Zulily. I don't have many of these ornaments so I had to make a lot of them. Temporary tattoos were used on gold balls with Dazzling Diamonds and other glitters. Brooms from Halloween, a die cut deer "patronus" and Dumbledore's wand from HP at Universal. I have some pins that I got at Half Price Books that I will be doing something with, if I can find them. New Year's resolution number one- organize the supplies!  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Winter's Evening Village

Since Christmas popped up way too soon for me to finish all that I had planned to do this year, I've decided to join in on the Splitcoast Christmas Card Challenge 2018. I hope to do lots of holiday cards and projects, 3d pieces, gift packaging and tags, ornaments and more throughout the year.
I love this deeply etched embossing folder by Crafter's Companion. I inked up the folder with white craft ink before running it through the Big Shot. Added some silver glitter tree silhouettes and extra white gel pen snow dots. Card stocks are SU's Night of Navy and Smoky Slate.
This is the first card made for Christmas 2018. Look at me, I'm already ahead :)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Watercolor Wren

This sweet image and the sentiment are by Penny Black. Watercolor paper and watercolor pencils for image. Spritzed the image a few times when done coloring to let it blur and run a little bit. Mounted on Early Espresso and then onto watercolor paper base with pop up dimensional strips.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

This week's cards

Here is another batch of various cards that I made for Virtual Stamp Week. Challenges are a great way to really focus and build up your holiday card supply! Had a really good time with the Games theme.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Last Dirty Dozen Day

Yesterday was my final upload to Splitcoast Stampers for the Dirty Dozen. I can't believe how quickly it all went! Now I can officially share my cards that I made from 6 months ago, these were from the summer gallery with the central theme of "Time To Relax". Hope they bring some warmth and good wishes to all of you who live in the colder places right about now :)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

More Virtual Stamping Night

Here are some of the cards for the Splitcoast challenges. You still have time to play (until the 17th) if you need to stock up your supply of cards for the holiday season. They can be any theme you want though.
A quick recap of supplies used:
1. Gnomes by Simon Says Stamp
2. Sizzix deer die cut with white embossed paper and retired SU sentiment
3. Lawn Fawn Here We Go A-Waddling
4. Retired Stampin' Up! carolers with Graphic45 papers
5. Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After
6. Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die and Sizzix sentiment with Simon Says Stamp stencil and silver Nuvo embossing paste.  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Virtual Stamp Night (Week)

Tim Holtz birch trees in vanilla, Spellbinders deer in taupe inked with Baked Brown Sugar. An easy card with the die cuts. Stampin' Up! inks and papers.

Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After with Prima papers Fairy Flora. Loved this paper pack which I found at a local thrift store. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

SU Bamboo and Butterflies

The Bamboo background stamp is an old one from Stampin' Up!, embossed in clear. Shaded with Tim Holtz inks and cut the SU butterflies (Bigz die) from heavy plastic (Spellbinders dies case) and colored with alcohol inks and flourish stamped with black staz-on. This was created for the Dale Chihuly inspiration on Splitcoast.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Watercolor Imprints

What a fast and fun technique this was! Swiped Salty Ocean distress oxide ink pad over a piece of watercolor paper and then laid an SU stencil over top and spritzed with water. Removed stencil when dry. Added some Lawn Fawn otters for a watery Christmas card.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thanksgiving Blessings to you all!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and got to spend time with your loved ones.
I did a little bit of Black Friday shopping and found this traditional nutcracker stamp at Hobby Lobby (Stampabilities). Colored in Copics and used some Whisper White thick card stock that was embossed with a Sizzix 3d snowflake embossing folder. Paper is G45 Night Before Christmas and sparkly strip is rhinestone tape from The Container Store. Added some sequins.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


The first card uses Stampin' Up! supplies of Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon, Espresso card stock and a retired Christmas dsp. The Nativity silhouette was (I think) TAC since it is blue rubber. The background was made with Tim Holtz distress oxides and the silhouette was heat embossed with Versamark and Early Espresso powder.

The second card is light years away from the first, haha. We love Dr. Who here so it was fun to find this stamp set from a local Washington company, Kindred Stamps. The card base is Night Of Navy, the main panel is heavy Yupo paper with Brushos color crystals of black, ultramarine, and purple. Spritzed alternately with water and isopropyl alcohol. Colored the Daleks and Tardis in Copic markers and cut out. The Tardis is on an action wobble so it jiggles. The Daleks are embellished with Nuvo enamel drops in yellow and Translucent. Sentiment silver embossed. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Birch Trees stencil

Laid stencil over white card stock and sprayed with Turquoise Blue glimmer Mist. Added MFT elf and sentiment. I messed up on the N in the sentiment so I added a Stampin' Up! snowflake sequin to cover it up and then decided to add a few more!
This was for today's Featured Stamper challenge (Helen G.) at Splitcoast but is vastly different than the inspiration card. Both had birch trees though :)

Friday, November 17, 2017


Stamp set is Stampin' Up! Grand Cornucopia (retired).
Wrinkled tissue paper and applied to card stock with Mod Podge. Sprayed with orange and gold shimmer sprays. When dry, ran a versamark pad over wrinkles and embossed in gold. Gold embossed cornucopia, colored with pencils and markers. Die cut pumpkin shape and popped up on dimensionals.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Winter Is Coming

Tis the season to start stamping... Today begins my holiday card, tag, ornament, etc. creating. I hope you will stop back again and join me in getting ready for the holidays!
This cute little elf was one I couldn't resist (those ears!). It is by My Favorite Things. The rest of the card is all Stampin' Up!- retired Christmas paper, silver glimmer paper, and the snowflake rhinestone embellishments. The layout and colors were from the SCS challenges this week.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


I'm sure we all have a few old stamp sets that we just can't part with! I love this fat chef and how easy it is to dress up his chef jacket, either with paper piecing or stamping. For this one I colored it with the Daffodil Stampin' Blend and the used the leaf stamp from the Gratitude set with the pheasant? in Cranberry Crisp. Base is Cherry Cobbler with Tangerine. (SUO)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Joy Gift Tag

I made this for Loll Thompson's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge.
Using a gelli plate and turquoise and gold acrylic paints brayered onto plate, I added some doily stencils and white dots with an eraser and white craft ink. Spritzed with glimmer mist when dry. Ran piece through with Sizzix 3D snowflakes embossing folder, then swiped top raised images with white craft ink. Added Tattered Poinsettias die and joy sentiment die cut from ice blue foil sheet (Sizzix).  Flower center is Recollections micro beads, bottom strip is SU glitter paper, tinsel ribbon trim is Tim Holtz, sequins were added to some snowflakes.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Holiday Home

Most supplies for this card are Stampin' Up! Heat and Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter for sky background, Soft Sky Winter White and Wasabi card stocks, Holiday Home stamp set, Copic markers and Sizzix Christmas tree die. Ornaments are Nuvo enamel drops.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rosette Turkey

This is another of the Falliday Fest tutorials available this week at Splitcoaststampers.
I used Stampin' Up retired fall designer paper, More Mustard card stock, and the SU Autumn Leaves Sizzix die and then painted the chipboard cut out leaves with (Facetten-Lack) gold crackle paint. Added some paper leaves and a fall berry pick to bottom. Eyes are black brads with the prongs cut off.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Home For The Holidays

Today is my day to host one of the Falliday Fest Challenges at Splitcoaststampers!
The theme is Home For The Holidays and  challenges you to create a card or project with a house, window, or door decorated for the holidays. Any of the upcoming holidays will be great for this, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. I can't wait to see your adorned creations!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Challenge Cards

I am dropping a bit behind on the challenges...
The first one calls to use of some of your scraps, something we all have lots of, I'm sure. I used some retired SU Halloween paper, cut into 3/4" strips and basket weave technique was used. Basic Gray and Whisper White cardstocks. Pumpkins were a set from G45, I think and sentiment is from Authentique paper. Glasses are stickers by Recollections.

I came across this cute stamp the other day in the thrift store, it is made by Stamps Happen. I made some 4 1/4" square cards for the spread a little kindness challenge, to pass these on to a stranger. I'd like to drop them at my local assisted living facility if they will accept them, if not they will go in my box that I am working on for the Ronald McDonald House card drive.   

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Masking and Dendritic techniques

These are for today's Falliday Fest challenges!
The first use Inkadinkado's Witching Hour stamp set.
The moon was masked, stamped cat and broom on white, colored. Embossed with spider web folder. Colored and cut out hat and popped up on dimensionals.

The second use SU's Cookie Cutter Christmas and the "dendritic" technique. This was easy and fun and one I can see myself using again. Take an old cd case and add some acrylic paint colors of your choice. Mix the colors around a little and then close and smush the two sides together. Open the cd case slowly and gently and you will see the "branches" begin to form. Mine looked like ice so I went on from there. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Blizzard technique

More Falliday Fest challenges today! Oh, did I mention there are prizes?? Head on over to Splitcoast and see what all the fun is about.

My first card used a technique that was a fun and easy and one I had not tried before. On Night of Navy card stock I used an acrylic block that was wrapped in Tim Holtz tinsel trim, dipped in white acrylic craft paint and then applied to the card stock to create a blizzard effect. It called for yarn, eyelash yarn gives even more texture but I could not find mine. I am seriously trying to resist the impulse to run out and buy things I know I already have somewhere. Usually the item turns up a day or two after I stop looking for it :)
The rest of the card supplies were: Marigold Morning, Whisper White thick, and glitter card stocks, gold organdy ribbon, sentiment and small village dies (unknown).

The second challenge called for birds or feathers so there were many directions to go with this theme. I wanted to get some Halloween cards out of the way before I start in on Christmas.
 I used this Halloween stamp from Stampendous with the raven in it. Stamped twice, once on vanilla and then again on a chipboard tag that was covered with gesso and sprayed with shimmer spray. Layered the tag over main image that had been inked with Tim Holtz distress oxides. Highlighted leaves with markers. Stamped a vine in tangerine over the tag side. Embellished with ombre ribbon and a tin brad.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


For the third challenge today, we have the word blessings to be used on your card or project.
I used a Recollections journal, Stampin' Up! embossing folder, lace and autumn trims, Fiskars stamp set and various SU punches and dies. The corrugated background cover was colored with alcohol ink sprays and Brushos crystal colors.

Tutorial Tango

For the second challenge of today's Falliday Fest we have tutorial tango. Choose a tutorial that starts with the first letter of your first name. Mine is J for Joseph's Coat. I used an old Spectrum ink pad (Autumn Leaves) on glossy card stock. Added Basic Black ink and then wiped off to reveal colors beneath. Base is Lemon Lime Twist embossed with a Tim Holtz folder.Sentiment is retired SU (Holiday Best). Embellished with florist twig and some pompom trim.
If your name starts with an S you are really in luck, there are a ton of tutorials starting with that! If your name starts with an X  choose one that starts with a number.

Falliday Fest is here!

Falliday Fest is finally here! Head on over to Splitcoast Stampers and join in on the many challenges that are going on this week. This is a great opportunity to stock up on all of your upcoming holiday cards before the season gets too crazy.
Start HERE and then browse the galleries and new tutorials being offered.

This first challenge and tutorial features alcohol inks. For my sample I used Stampin' Up! stamp set The Open Sea for the globe and Greetings of the Season for the sentiment. World Map embossing folder used for background.

Friday, September 22, 2017


For the School Days challenge on SCS.
Thinking of school... On Saturday, my siblings and I made a pilgrimage to our childhood home in NJ and traced our steps to our school, literally a walk down memory lane. It's been about 45+ years since we all did that walk together and it brought back so many memories. So much of the old school and church are still the same. When we were standing in front of our old house the owner pulled up and we chatted for a bit, he was probably wondering what a bunch of middle aged (old) folks were doing in front of his home. He asked us if we were the ones responsible for all of the little handprints in the back patio cement. Yes we were, I can still remember Dad pouring that out. Fun! Anyway, this challenge reminded me of the red plaid tin lunch box that I had way back then. (Also had a vinyl Barbie one). Probably antiques now and worth a fortune! 

I used the backpack tutorial in our Tutorials Resources section to create this school backpack using Authentique papers, textured gray card stock, eyelets, and black grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!)