Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SOS: Coffee or tea?

This week at Shopping Our Stash we are asking you: will it be coffee or tea?

Please shop your stash and create a project with a coffee or tea theme!

Here's my offering for this week, made entirely of items already on my desk:

Supplies and notes:

  • The background panel and coffee mug were painted in February with Color Bursts; mug drawn with a Micron pen.  
  • The stitched circle was already die-cut with a die from Autumn-- thanks!  It was cut from Strathmore watercolor paper.  I brushed the sentiment with Black Soot DI.
  • The stars were cut from drawings a week prior to this project with my Cricut.

That's it!  Simple.

...and... I made a few more coffee-inspired crafts, just for your viewing pleasure:
This will go to my hubs' BFF... he's the academic coffee-philosophy type... though he'd hate to hear his description, LOL!  

Here's another, just because it's funny...

This will go to a coworker.

For more inspiration, grab a cup of something warm and go check out the SOS page!  Geez... those girls are talented! Join the fun!  Shop your stash!  As my friend Teri says, "Make room for more!"

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SOS: Roses

Thanks for visiting!

This morning we are kicking off another Shopping Our Stash challenge, this time encouraging you to dig up some roses!  No pun intended­čî╣... or was it???

Here's my creation, which is an art journal layout:

How about some process images?  Okay!
So, this is what I started with.  There are many ways to "shop your stash," and one way is to finish projects you've started... this spread was actually two independent pages that both happened to have roses on them... what luck! For the record,  I never touched the top page -- it stayed the way I found it (a Nancy Drew page with LSG Magicals plus a library card with Teresa Collins modeling paste through Tim's roses stencil then Color Bursted and sprayed with Glimmer Mist).  The bottom page had been inked with DOx in early March... actually, the first time I played with DOx.  The circles are Seth Apter stamps.

Found this pre-clipped beauty in a zip-lock... I was like, "Well, no idea who to give credit to..." 

...fast-forward a few hours: doing some spring cleaning, look what I found!-- a virgin sheet! Credit goes to Marsh Johnson.

Added these 7-year-old 7 Gypsies cards and coated them with a little white Liquitex gesso-- otherwise they faded right into the background. 

Roses at bottom-left are years-old (3?), from a Creative Imaginations packet.

You can hardly see it,  but I added some Dina Wakley Media Tape... definitely a stash item-- I don't use it as often as I ought.

Oh, goodness!  Check out the cracks from the Distress crazing medium, accented with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.  "Love" was writ with industrial stencils and black Liquitex gesso. It was outlined with WOS in gold,  and some lovely Good Riddance lyrics were added.

Supplies: Well, I kind of shared the supply list during the process pictures, but I will just add that the tassels were from Michael's-- another dollar-bin stash item.  I just attached them with a few slits, but since this book is still in use,  I removed the tassels for storage.  I'd like to think I'll re-attach them when this book is done... but my memory is terrible.

Hope your memory is better than mine and you don't forget to join us this week at Shopping Our Stash... dig up some roses!  (Pun intended this time!)

For fabulous inspiration, visit the gardens of the SOS team's creative minds!

Monday, April 17, 2017

JUGS... the colors...

Well, I made this for the JUGs current color challenge...

... I knew I wanted it to be a simple birthday card,  but I'm disappointed with the lettering I decided on!  I truly gave it done thought,  and it looks like I just scribbled it on there!  Gahhh... maybe I'll tear the panel off and fix that greeting!


  • DI in Spun Sugar, Scattered Straw, and Dried Marigold 
  • Tim Holtz Boxes stencil
  • Strathmore watercolor paper 
  • 3M foam tape
  • Tombow pen

More Mixed Media

Here's a little offering for More Mixed Media, whose current challenge is AG + yellow:

And here's a close-up:

Supplies and notes:

  • Library catalog base
  • Tim's patchwork stamps inked with Distress Embossing Ink and embossed with Recollections clear EP
  • Colored with LSG Magicals... yum
  • The flower panel was from my stash, popped up with 3M and coated with Distress grazing medium
  • The whole card was mounted on an old index filer card for a little sturdiness

Library card flowers

Yet another crafty use of library cards:

  • Black Recollections cards
  • Corners clipped with Fiskars punch
  • Library cards punched with Tim's wildflowers dies
Love the look of these... what do you think?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Geometric Happy Birthday

I accidentally deleted the image showing the extreme shimmer of this card... enjoy anyhow and trust me when I say the Magicals are magical!:

Supplies and notes:
  • DCWV watercolor paper having the golden geometric design colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals from the Jingle Bells set of December
  • The circle die is from Autumn, and I used it on Strathmore watercolor paper and added some more Magicals
  • The sentiment was written with my finger on the computer screen, then cut out with my Cricut
I'll share this at Happy Little Stampers:

A Sunday in early spring

Here are some tags I made for the girls:

Supplies and notes:
  • The egg stickers are from Target
  • Framing mat bases coated first with transparent Ranger texture paste mixed with Martha Stewart glitter... that you can't really see... then sprayed with Dylusions 
  • Old seam binding; ribbon from Andrea at Snapping Monsters
  • Wood butterfly, tulip, and "Bloom" from Target
  • Flowers from my stash
  • The green washi is a new purchase from TJ Maxx... gosh, I need to use my washi...
I'll share these with Inkspirational:

I'll also share at Simon Says Wednesday for their spring inspiration challenge: