Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Needa Maragarita...

Love the way this turned out.  I only have a margarita about once every three years, but I think I'm about due...


  • All-time favorite Hero Arts stamp is this gal I've named Kelly Jo after a friend of mine
  • The lettering and her dress "painted" using DOx in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, and Peeled Paint
  • Hero Arts stencil used on background with Peacock Feathers DI
  • Lime green cardstock by Recollections
  • Kelly Jo's hair and skin colored with Rexel Derwent watercolor pencils and brushed in
That's it! 

I'd like to share this with the current  Hero Arts challenge:

Easter cards with magical background...

... or should I say "Magicals" bbackground...

  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Tiffany Lou Blue and Poppin' Pink
  • Wooden egg sticker from Target last spring
  • Gold word stickers from the dollar store last spring
  • Fabulous fiber from Andrea Ockey-Parr at Snapping Monsters... thanks!
That's all. 

I'd like to share these at the Simon Says Wednesday: Easter Inspiration.

SOS #346: Here comes Peter Cottontail...

...hoppin' down the bunny trail...

Hello!  Join me this week as the folks at Shopping Our Stash are making Easter cards!

I hope they don't fire me for being too cheesy, but I made this for my almost-three-year-old niece, and my inhibitions flew out the window!  I totally gutted my stash and piled on all the fun, bright Easter stuff I could use!

  • Focal point is a stitched die sent with my last order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique
  • On the stitched circle, I stamped with NBUS from an old set that no longer has packaging.  The bunny, butterfly, and basket were all "painted" using DOx on my mat with water
  • The washi tape "belt" across the middle is from the Target dollar bin from last spring, I believe
  • I had a couple Thickers sets from 2009 and used a few of those stickers: the egg an flowers on the front and the swirls and heart on the inside.
  • Three Bugs In a Rug two-sided DP from years ago, never cut, is the orange butterfly paper on the front and the blue birdy paper on the inside
  • The blue background paper on the front and inside is from a K & Company pad from a few years ago.
  • The egg paper on the front was made by yours truly using an old piece of stationary and Tim's Nature stamps-- I'd never used these layering eggs before.  It was so fun mixing and matching the speckles and the eggs!  
  • I used Tim's Patchwork Pieces set for the stitching stamp (which matches the die perfectly) using Hickory Smoke from Tim's Mixed-Media archival ink palette.
  • Black Viva Paper Pearls were added because the Thickers looked lonely on the orange!
  • I used more Easter stamps (NBUS) on the inside. 
  • Then, on the back, I made some V's, complete with starting dot, for my niece to practice on!  I loved when my kids were young and just learning to write and draw!  Vivian's parents are both first-time parents, and Vivian spends a ton of time with my folks as well (her grandparents, and my mom is like an early childhood development natural), but my folks haven't raised kids for over 30 years!  So I do my dorky Aunt Mary stuff just to inspire them all! Ha!
Hope you are now inspired to gut your stash as I did!  May I recommend crafting for a very young person-- it was so freeing to just stamp with abandon!  See you over at Shopping Our Stash!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Young AF

Sorry... you just accidentally read profanity in abbreviated form.

This was made on the depths of no mojo.  I totally was like, "I'm going to take this paper and add every medium I have within reach to it..."

  • Base was just a scrap of textured cardstock used to "capture" some excess modeling paste a couple months ago. Teresa Collins modeling paste through Tim's Plus stencil. (Fun fact: the original cardstock was blue.  Who knew?!)
  • Peeled Paint Distress Paint
  • Walnut Stain Distress Crayon
  • Iced Spruce Distress Stain
  • Fiskars text stamp inked with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • Black Liquitex gesso added as a border using an old key card, and also added to edges
  • While gesso still wet, I added some Antique Silver Frantage by Stampendous and heated it
  • Baby wipe used to clear off some of the plusses
  • Tim's found relative paper doll man sanded and added.  Autumn had scraped some of her relatives recently and I took this page from her book.
  • Tim's Grungeboard letters from a decade ago painted with black Liquitex gesso and sanded to reveal the texture
  • Trifecta dies by Seth Apter cut from the packaging from a Tim Holtz stencil
I bet I missed a supply or two in there-- I really went to town on this sheet. 

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

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Dreaming of great big things

Here's an artsy tag:

  • Library catalog card base pasted over a long time ago with Ranger's transparent glossy modeling paste through a stencil made using Tim's Mixed-Media die set #1
  • Recently, I coated the tag with Peacock Feathers DOx and scribbled one end with Mustard Seed Distress Crayon  which- duh- made the green color.
  • A day later, I had both black and white Liquitex gesso out for another project and used the excess on this, applying it with both my fingers and an old key-card.  You can see where I did some scraping also while I was on the phone just mindlessly messing around.
  • A few days ago I finished this up.  First, I added Glossy Accents around the edges and added Recollections micro-beads in Ebony... it looks like tint caviar!  This is my new fave supply.  Better than glitter.
  • The puffy heart stickers were found at Tuesday Morning the same day I found the micro-beads.  They are by Bella Blvd.
  •  The quote is from my snippet tin and it was adhered with white Liquitex gesso.
  • The last thing I did was add the inked seam binding that came with my last purchase from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I'd like to share this at Mixed Media Monthly: 

Write your story

I thought about my mother-in-law as I made this-- she was an author, and she inspired many others during her life as an English teacher and through her books-- most notably the first book which was a memoir... of sorts.  I've mentioned her many times, and her books a few times, but you can Google her if you are interested!  Jane Juska...

Anyway, we miss her.  She died in October. 


  • I had a few scraps of this Tim Holtz paper and I pasted Teresa Collins modelling paste through Tim's Typo stencil
  • Vintage Photo Distress Stain added to the bottom edge, and I blended it using a baby wipe.
  • Tim's Chit Chat stickers added and inked with Antique Linen DI
  • Tim's Photobooth gal added atop some 3M dimensional adhesive
  • The "memoir" Idea-ology nib affixed with Glossy Accents.  I usually use E-6000, but it was in the house as I was working.
  • Twine from my stash

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

Wildflowers: beautiful sight

I put this together for a friend's birthday:

  • Strathmore watercolor paper inked with Color Bursts through Tim's flowers stencil
  • Box form glued with Elmer's Craft Bond
  • Tim's ring-fasteners added to hold a strip of lace ribbon
  • "Wildflowers" and "beautiful sight" from my snippet tin
That's all... just a small wall hanging.