Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SOS: The Sound of Music

This week at Shopping Our Stash we are thinking about music!

Join us with your musically-inspired creation!

  • A large Ranger tag (won recently through Tag Tuesday's Joan) sprayed with Dylusions sprays in Vibrant Turquoise and London Blue... guys, I gotta say: my Dylusions sprays are always in the mix, but I don't think I've used them in a month at least :(
  • Old sheet music.  My maternal great grandma was a music teacher and I have her entire stash.  And some of my stash was from my paternal grandfather, brought back from the European theater of WWII.  Anyway, I traced the sheet, cut it out roughly, and stitched it on using my neglected sewing machine. 
  • The hearts were cut from Yupo paper previously embossed with a Taylored Expressions sheet music folder and inked with various Ranger alcohol inks.  This paper sat in my stash until this project!  I cut the hearts out and stitched them on.
  • Ribbon from a Funkie Junkie Boutique purchase goodie-bag
  • "Love and music" stamped with neglected Amy Tangerine alphabet stamps with Vintage Photo Ranger ink from Tim's MM palette
  • The washi tape at the bottom has hardly been used. I stitched it on as if it were ribbon.
  • The sequins... major stash item... I glued them on with Glossy Accents in a way to make them appear as if they were just dropped on there...
Well... what's your jam?  You going to join us at SOS with some music-inspired crafting?

What's your fave music?  Share with me!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SOS: Fabulous Fabric

This week at Shopping Our Stash, I am your host (hey, it's my first official hosting of this challenge blog... yay!), and I am encouraging you guys to use some fabric stash!  Fabric, fabric tape, fabric shapes... fun!

  • Tim Holtz fabric affixed to the Ranger tag with matte Mod Podge. I've had the fabric since at least last summer, and the Mod Podge since Xmas, 2015.
  • When dry, tag dipped into DOx + water in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, then dried with a heat tool
  • Andrea's new stamp set used (YAY, loves it! Go to her Etsy store).  The stitching along the right edge and top, along with the "Be the good" (nod to Gandhi) are from the latest set.  I inked them in Archival in Jet Black.
  • The red fabric tape is gaffer's tape from 7 Gypsies... only about 7 years old... literally.
  • The lady was found in a thrift shop.  I cut her out and scribbled around her silhouette with Slate Grey Distress Crayon and wiped it with a bit of water.  Then I glued the lady on and laid an acrylic block over her to dry flat.
  • Red button from my stash with back snipped off. 
  • Excess fabric threaded through the top and tied with red twine, which has been in my stash for about 1.5 years.  
  • The "Trust" ticket was the last addition.  I've had those tickets for a few years... they still make an appearance now and then.  I think I am hoarding them-- you don't see them often anymore.  I did a little wrinkle-free Distress technique with DIs and pinned it with a red-tipped pin which was in reach on my desk, and probably belonged to my mother or grandmother.
So, what do you say?  Did you buy any of Tim's fabric that you just need to use?  Or do you have fabric tape that is fun and cute?  Maybe some of the Basic Gray shapes in canvas that I have?  Oooh... or sew something!  Pin cushion jar?  I want to do that soon...

See you at SOS!  Join us!  Use what you already have!

Monday, May 15, 2017

FMS... brave

Here is a loose interpretation of a sketch:

Here is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

This is a tiny card made entirely of stashed parts and leftovers.  I'll share it,  obviously,  at FMS... first time in a long time!

Pressed for time,  so that's it for this post!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

One more Mother's Day card

This one is going to my MIL...

I had made a different card intended for my MIL, but it was mailer-friendly, and so I sent it to my niece's mother.


  • Background made with Theresa Collins modeling paste through a STAMPlorations stencil 
  • Background colored with Dylusions sprays, then rubbed with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in the turquoise shade (I'm not at the shack now... can't recall the shade's name)
  • Tim's wildflowers cut into Strathmore paper and colored with Color Burst powders
  • K & Co. rhinestones from at least 6 or 7 years ago
  • The Mother's Day stamp is from a generic set... don't even know the company, but I believe it came into my life when my youngest was in preschool or Kindergarten... so... ~4 years ago?  It was inked with Tim's MM palette in Vintage Photo.
I'll share this with the following challenges:

Three Anniversary cards

Bought myself some paper the other day... wasn't my fault!  I didn't mean to!  It drew me in... last thing I remember is it was in my cart and I was trying to feel unashamed!

But I gotta say, I have no regrets... although it was a $12 Heidi Swapp pad (after discount), it is a wonderful collection-- some pages are reminiscent of Basic Gray pads of yore... some of my fave papers ever.

  • Heidi Swapp papers, some fussy-cut
  • Tim Holtz dies
  • Stickles in Mercury Glass
That's it!  A bunch of anniversary cards for a bunch of people having anniversaries!

I'll share these with Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: (I went with "matching"... no snark.  Maybe I'll come up with something else in the next week...)

...for my girls...

More cards for the camp stash:

If you've ever read my blog, you already know I make a ton of cards to send to my kids while they are away at camp-- the more mail they get, the more embarrassing songs they have to sing in front of the camp!  And this year I am on double-duty as my youngest is now old enough to go!

Anyway.... supplies:

  • Background panels made by using Theresa Collins modeling paste through Tim Holtz stencils on Strathmore watercolor paper.
  • Once dry, I used Distress Oxide (DOx) for the colors... for the top card, I inked directly to the texture then sprayed heavily with water.  For the bottom card, I inked the mat and then sprayed the mat with water and dipped the panel.  
  • Top card: Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber, Iced Spruce.  Bottom card: Fossilized Amber, Iced Spruce.
  • I used Tim's wildflowers cut from Strathmore watercolor paper on the top card, along with a Heidi Swapp chipboard sentiment and some Prima enamel dots.  For the bottom card, I used Heidi Swapp chipboard pieces and MME enamel dots.
I will share these at the JUGs challenge:

Heal Quick

...I wanted this card to say, "Heal real quick" but I didn't have any "e's"...

  • Card base from Michael's a few years ago
  • Stitched circle die from Autumn, thank you! After I cut the circle from Strathmore watercolor paper, I diecut some of Tim's wildflowers from it, then colored with Color Bursts
  • Thickers and Glitz letter stickers
That's it!  I'm taking advantage of the current challenge at TGIF, which is to make either get well or sympathy cards... the cards better to have on hand in a pinch.

I'll share this there (at TGIF Challenges) and also at Atlantic Hearts... my card resembles their sketch:

Fishy, fishy...

 Here's this fishy card:


  • Hero Arts fish inked with Dina Wakley's MM palette 
  • Background created by first writing "Happy Birthday" with masking solution, then spraying Dylusions onto Strathmore watercolor paper and then brushing with water. When dry, I added water drops and the bubbles from the HA set.
  • I added a grassy stamp to the bottom to look like sea grass... not sure if I like it...
  • The fish were popped up with dimensional adhesive

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Two "Get Well" cards

Here are a couple "Get Well" greetings:


  • DCWV metallic printed watercolor papers: the first card painted with Loew Cornell watercolors, the second with Lindy's Magicals
  • Tim Holtz/Core'dinations metallic kraft-core 
  • Tim's sentiment dies (both positive and negative used... what a pain...)
  • Cardstock from stash
I'd like to enter these at TGIF Challenges where they are encouraging the people to make sympathy or get-well cards.... always best to have ready before you need them.

Happy Mother's Day for my mom

This is the card that I made for my own cherished mother:

She is the best mom I could imagine... I give credit to her for anything I know about parenting.  And gardening.  And art.  She is cool as hell.  Really.  I just want her to live forever.  I told her that recently, and she is so cool, she is like, "Mary, I don't want to live forever!"  She does what she wants, she loves my dad, she loves the simple things.

Supplies and notes:
  • Background panel is Strathmore watercolor paper coated with Theresa Collins modeling paste through a Tim Holtz stencil, colored with LSG Magicals in Tiffanylou Blue
  • Flowers cut with Tim's wildflower dies in Strathmore watercolor paper, inked in DOx in Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, and Cracked Pistachio
  • Entire panel lifted with American Crafts adhesive cork
  • Little quote brushed with a Jane Davenport waterbrush in the warm DOx tones
Likey?  I hope my mom likes it.  She'll say, "Oh... Shut. Up..."

I would like to share this at

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SOS: Buttons!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are encouraging you to use your button stash!  Buttons have been part of my craft stash since I was in junior high school... I have always loved sifting through them!

Here's a card:

  • The button card itself actually came from DP from years ago... not sure who made it...
  • The buttons are probably from my original stash!  I sewed them on and washi-taped the back.
  • Blue paper from my scrap stash
  • The patterned paper has been in the stash for years.  I added a stitch stamp that I hadn't yet inked (from Tim's patchwork set), inked with Distress Oxide Ink in Faded Jeans
  • The vintage chicks are by Flonz Craft... I went to include a link, and discovered just now that they had a challenge blog!  Cool! It appears inactive... Anywho, I inked them also in Distress Oxide on the back of a library card.
Thanks for visiting, and please join us at SOS this week.  Is your button stash older than my own personal stash... about 23 years?

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Best wishes, beautiful friend

A close family friend is scheduled to have her baby tomorrow!  I put together a bag of items for the hospital and included this card:

My friend is having her third boy tomorrow,  so I kept the colors more natural...

  • Strathmore watercolor paper 
  • Jane Davenport water brush inked with Forest Moss DI for letters 
  • Prima flower stencil used with DI in Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire
  • Flowers from Tim's dies cut from more Strathmore watercolor paper  and attached with Glossy Accents
  • Panel then sprayed with white Perfect Pearls mister
  • Recollections beads added in top corners
  • Entire panel popped up on 3M mounting foam
I'll share this with the folks at Time Out Challenge: flowers with the option of kissing... I didn't use any kissing technique here... 

Happy Mother's Day

Here's one of two cards I need for Mother's Day (one for my own dear mother, and one for my MIL):


  • DCWV watercolor paper printed with metallic flowers colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals and activated with a mini-mister
  • Tim Holtz/Core'dinations metallic kraft-core
  • Mother's Day panel from an old craft kit, popped up with 3M dimensional tape
Simple, but effective! :)

I'd like to share this at the following challenges: