Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SOS: Apple of my eye

Wow, another week gone by, and we are already past the middle of September!
This week, Chris is our hostess at Shopping Our Stash, and she chose the theme "Apple of my eye"-- use your apple stash!

Ahem... I, uh, view the world through a different lense sometimes... or maybe I just need new lenses... I added *pine* to the "apple" part of the challenge...

So... get out your apple stash of any sort!

Here are the cards I put together:

I was thinking of the lobby of the Grand Wailea in Maui, which had a very cool, turn-of-the-century Hawaiian feel to it.

Supplies and notes:
  • Pineapple stamp by Stampabilities
  • "Thanks" stamp by Stamp Simply
  • Both stamps inked with Versamark Dazzle Watermark pad in Champagne then embossed with Ranger EP in Princess Gold
  • Liquid Pearls in White Opal
  • DP by DCWV
  • Tim Holtz metallic Kraft-core
  • Burlap (from Autumn, thanks!) by Hobby Lobby
  • 3M dimensional adhesive, Glossy Accents, and Tombow adhesives
I'll see you over at SOS for your apple-licious projects!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

...known Autumn too long...

I love this quote:

Supplies and notes:
  • Bingo card base stamped with one of my first-ever stamps: a white oak leaf by Inkadinkado inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • Next, the card base was "painted" with a swirly design using a waterbrush and Vintage Photo DOx.  I went over some of the swirls with Liquid Pearls in Rose Gold.
  • Tim's mini blueprint leaves (multiple years old) stamped with Tim's MM Palette in Hickory Smoke on the back of old library catalog cards
  • Stamped cards inked with DOx in Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, and Spiced Marmalade then fussy-cut
  • The sentiment was typed on an old library card and inked with some remaining Vintage Photo DOx and coated with Distress Collage Medium in Crazing

I'll share this at the following challenges:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Holy Mixed Media

What a special project this turned out to be!

Supplies and notes:
  • Library card base coated with Teresa Collins modeling paste through Tim's Blocks stencil
  • Next coated with Distress Collage Medium in Crazing
  • Then colored with Distress Crayons in Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and Mustard Seed
  • Edges rubbed with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush
  • Mary inked with Versamark Dazzle Watermark pad in Champagne then embossed with Ranger EP in Princess Gold
  • Rose from Tim's Idea-ology set, painted with Martha Stewart's liquid gilding in Gold
  • Prima rosary beads
  • Gold thread from stash
  • Pearl button from stash

I will share this tag/wall hanging with the following folks:


Too easy?  Not usually a good thing...haha!

  • The main panel is from a Cosmo Cricket watercolor pad (new to my collection-- if I see watercolor pads, I have to buy them...)
  • Background paper is Core'dinations cardstock
  • I used Twinkling Watercolors from Autumn as my watercolor medium
I'd like to share this with the following folks:

SOSS Guestie! L is for Lost and Found

Hi!  Woohoo... I am a guestie again at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers... always happy to hang with those ladies... and Edna!

This fortnight, the challenge is...

Edna wants us to revisit lost techniques, products, styles, etc., and show the Sisterhood what we come up with!

I dug deep... I stay pretty well-rounded by being on the Shopping Our Stash design team-- I try to use what I have and push myself to try new things and incorporate older techniques... but this was a GREAT motivator.  I started paper crafting via scrapbooking even back in high school, over 20 years ago.  As a mom, I do a book per year for my girls... but I am now two years behind each... so that's FOUR BOOKS behind!  Ahhh!  It's enough to make me want to just quit my day-job!

Anyway, so I got super-motivated by this challenge and took over the living room: four mostly-empty scrapbooks and hundreds of pictures and memorabilia (report cards, certificates, travel stuff...) everwhere...

Here is one completed page (not so snarky, but it met the need of the challenge!):

  • Striped paper by (damnit... can't remember... I'll add it later...)... CARTA BELLA PAPER COMPANY, 2013
  • Black paper by American Crafts
  • Blue paper by DCWV
  • Red letters are Thickers
  • Black dots by Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite
  • Pictures loosely lined with a DecoArt paint pen
  • Pictures printed at Costco
That's it!  Go easy on me-- I haven't scrapbooked for like two years!  I'm already thinking of things I could add or things I could do differently, but I'm all about VOLUME right now!  Let's cover a couple years, huh?!

See you over at SOSS, and I look forward to seeing your "lost and found" techniques and styles or whatever you are revisiting!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SOS: Emboss like a boss!

Thanks for visiting...

This is a project made for the current Shopping Our Stash challenge which is...

Emboss like a boss!  We'd like to see wet and dry embossing!

This was a great stash-shopping challenge for me-- I do not use my embossing folders nearly enough, though I always notice when other people use them!

  • The card base was actually made a long time ago (two years?) and embossed with old embossing powders over an old Stampin' Up stamp from the Grunge pack (my first SU! stamp set).  I clipped the corners of this card with a regular hole-puncher.
  • Scotch black glitter tape layered across card base
  • The charcoal panel was embossed using a Darice embossing folder that Autumn sent me about two years ago... I think it was fall of 2015.   I added some gems to the corners of the embossed panel.
  • The raven stamp is by Stampendous and was inked with Versamark in Champagne then heat-embossed with Recollections EP.  I popped that panel up using 3M foam tape.
  • The funeral bunting was made using some old seam binding from a neighbor.  I just ran a stitch along the edge and pulled it.
  • Vintage black seam binding
I guess the newest things on this card would be the black embossing powder and that Versamark ink, both purchased roughly 1.25 years ago.

Along with the fabulous team at SOS, I'd like to also share this with the folks at Addicted to Stamps & More for the current Holidays challenge.

Speaking of the fabulous team at SOS, go check those girls out!


Monday, September 11, 2017

Catacombs of Paris

HERE... have a refresher on the Catacombs of Paris!

Supplies and notes:

  • Ranger tag base 
  • Skull stamp from the dollar bins at Michaels inked with Versamark ink and heat-embossed with Recollection black EP
  • Tag inked with Peeled Paint Distress Ink then dipped in a couple rounds of Iced Spruce DOx and then a few rounds of Black Soot DOx
  • The sentiment banner was cut from a scrap of black cardstock and written on with a DecoArt paint pen.  The sentiment says, "Come her down with me" in French.  It's from a punk song from the 1990s.
  • The seam binding is from my fave craft store, The Paradise Scrapbook Boutique.
  • The edges of the tag were outlined with a black marker.
That's it! I made this in very little time.  

I'd like to share this with the folks at Tag Tuesday.  Their current challenge is Paris, and-- must be Halloween-time-- I instantly thought of the Catacombs.