Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Welcome to 2013, WOYWWers!! Yes, we made it and I don't know about y'all but this is going to be an eventful year for me. Lots of changes in store for me and one humongous milestone birthday just a few short months away! eek!

Well onto my desk today... I spent yesterday in the studio all day working on a couple of projects for upcoming challenge posts. There's an ATC in the works, a tag partially finished off to left and some InkaGold sampler pots bought on clearance. Now I know why they were on clearance...they're very dry and should be creamy. Hopefully it'll be okay to add water to them. There's the usual d.i. and other assorted bits n bobs laying around.

Stop by Julia's Blog for the links to go desk hopping 'round the world. Come on let's go have a good snoop! :D

Have a crafty day!



YIKES! It's Wednesday! I'm late I'm late....been playing with a new iPad (Christmas gift) and totally forgot...
Julia is so right, the day after a holiday always feels like a Saturday whether it is or not. So we've come to our mid-week snoop of work desks 'round the world. For all the deets check out Ms. Julia's blog.

There's a bit of a mish-mash of stuff on my desk this week. My snowbird friend came over last Saturday and we had a play with some of Tim's techniques. The tags on the left in pic are the results. I've used one of the tags already which you can see here.

On the right are some Heartfelt Creations images that I'm playing with for January's class. eek! that's next week!  The top shelf has a few new bits n bobs. Loving the dylusions sprayed hearts. Used one on my first ATC found here

And the middle piece, is the result of playing with a template and d.i. using sponges, brushes and a finger to see what texture can be created. Pretty cool... :)

That's it for me this week. I'll probably have a bigger mess next week once I like most others are back in the normal groove of creating. Have a great week! 

Happy Boxing Day (to those that celebrate it)!

I'm off for my whorl wind tour of the world. Do hope you join in the fun!




Monday, December 24, 2012

Anything but a Card #9

Merry Christmas Eve!

One final post with a Christmas theme before the big day.

My snowbird friend came over on Saturday and we pulled out Tim's Compendium of Curiosities I and had a play with a couple of his techniques. The basis of this tag started with his Dabber Resist technique found on page 37.

I've done a bit of over stamping with musical notes and lots of distress ink in peacock feathers and stormy sky.  And a touch of Brushed Pewter stain here and there. The poinsettias have been sitting on my desk for weeks and finally found a home. Once assembled the tag was lightly spritzed with perfect pearls mists pearl.

I'm submitting this to:

Anything But a Card Challenge 9 - Anything goes or your fave project of 2012

Challenges 4 Everybody #10 - Anything Goes

Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas!


paper- manila folder (tag), bazzill, su
ink- distress inks, memento, archival
dies- nesties fancy tags 2, hc poinsettia
other- distress stains, 7 gypsies, t.h. tissue tape, pearls, ribbon, perfect pearls mists, dabber acrylic paint


Sunday, December 23, 2012

an ATC!

Yes, an ATC! OMG are these ever tiny! I had to look up the dimensions to make sure I got it right, as I couldn't believe they were this small. And they're not. . . they're miniature! Why you ask did I venture into the land of ATCs? There's a bunch of peeps I follow that make the most amazing ATCs; Wanda, Butterfly and Mark to name a few. Mark's ATC struck 'a note' with me so I'm giving it a try, making an ATC! The Fun with ATCs challenge this fortnight is to make an ATC based on a song. Can you guess what song immediately came to me?

My ATC is a piece of black chipboard on which I've embossed a scene in white. The edges are streaked with d.s. brushed pewter and a bit of it dragged across the ATC for some shimmer. The heart is a Nesties die cut attached to a piece of cloth canvas, think shopping tote material, which was sprayed with several different colors of Dylusions sprays. It came out a vibrant bluey red! I added a raised edge of white acrylic paint and filled the center with melted UTEE until it was smooth. While the UTEE was hot the chain was embedded.

Have you guessed the name of the song this represents?
Hank Williams' "Take These Chains From My Heart"

I've submitted my ATC to the following:

Fun With ATCs - #77 Choose a song

Sunday Stamper week 237 - use Hearts


I've tried to give you pics with differing lighting to show the metallic shimmer, the smoothness of the UTEE and the canvas texture under the UTEE along with the song's lyrics.
ink- versamark
other- UTEE and fine detail embossing powders, distress stains, dylusions sprays, acrylic paint, feather yarn, chain, canvas cloth and Nesties die.


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Friday, December 21, 2012


Happy Friday everybody!
I was moving pics out of the 'to be posted folder' when I came across a piece that I hadn't posted yet.
This is a 3" square piece of MDF that I've covered with masking tape. Then added layers of wrinkled masking tape. Once I was happy with my wrinkles (not :D ) the whole thing was covered with gesso and painted with distress stains. Brushed on a bit of antiqued bronze with my finger and added some drops of liquid pearls for shimmer.
I was inspired to try playing around with the masking tape after seeing this post by butterfly on Words and Pictures.
My piece is titled 'Turmoil'. It suits my life at the moment.

masking tape, 3"x3"mdf, gesso, distress stains, liquid pearls

Edit: MDF is Medium Density Fiberboard. Sawdust and glue compressed under great pressure. Makes a very dense sturdy wood product.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Hey there blog friends! Hope you're enjoying the pre-holiday festivities; shopping, baking, decorating and wrapping gifts. :)

We're here today to share a couple pics of my desks. My snowbird friend came by and helped me clean off desk #2 in prep for my reorganization project. (Snowbird= someone who lives up north and spends the winters in FL) For the deets on why I'm showing you my work desks check out Julia's Blog.

My actual work desk is just some stuff I'm playing around with, Dylusions sprays. Still haven't found the knack of using them. And my last pic is of the finished canvas from last week. My CASE of butterfly's ATC found HERE.

Well, I'm off to hop round world visiting as many desks as I can.

Merry Christmas everyone!



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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

WOYWW 184!

Happy Holidays WOYWW ers!
Need to know what WOYWW stands for? Stop by the lovely Stamping Ground to get the deets.
My desk pic is from yesterday the midst of working on a canvas. There's paint, pearl mists, embossing powder and a whole lot more that'll find it's way on to my canvas. I'm making quite a mess and enjoying doing so.
Since I will be out and about later this morning I'll be stopping by as many desks as I can later tonight. Have a great crafty day.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Faux Leather flower card

Hi everyone,

Let's try this again since the test post went through okay.

Here's the finished card I've made using my faux leather flower tag. The tag was attached to piece of Prismatic Greed card stock (discontinued) which has a green gold shimmer, that was embossed in a snowflake e.f. Then attached to a red card base.

Love the finished card. Hope you do to.


See challenge(s) tag post for supply list.


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Saturday, December 8, 2012

iPad post

Hey there I'm trying out this new iPad app I've just discovered! So this is a test post from my iPad. I've been wondering how folks have been posting from the iPad...guess this is how. So I'll post a new pic of the girls.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Yep it's Wednesday again when we get to blog hop around world peeking in on others and seeing what's happening on desks around the world. Confused? Need clarification? Then stop by and see Julia at Stamping Ground for the answers.

Not much happening here. Prepping for tomorrow's class. On my computer I have the paper cut, embossed images ready and the Twinkling H2Os set out. On the other desk I'm pulling stamps we'll use. You'll see I keep all of my stamps in binders. I'm in the process of making an index so it'll be easier to find a stamp and then to put it away.

I've used the faux leather pieces that were on my desk last week HERE and HERE.

Well, I'm off to the finish prepping then I'll be popping by to visit as many desks as I can tonight and tomorrow after class. Looks like the girls are ready...


Happy WOYWW!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

High Seas

Hello all,

I'm back with another Tag!!! Pick me up off the floor will you! Anyway, I came across this challenge which fit my tag perfectly...

Anything But a Card Challenge 7 - By the Sea
You could use the inspiration pic or anything by the sea; colors, scenes, animals so on. Any type of art except cards is acceptable. 

So with that, here's my tag I created over the weekend. I've used peeled cardboard and another piece of my faux leather. I thought this piece looked very much like the ocean at dawn. When you're on a cruise out to sea at sunrise it's amazingly beautiful. The water is turquoise, blue, green, pink and lavender. Wow! 

I've over stamped the faux leather with Archival black, applying with light pressure so as not to have really dark words. I guess this step is suppose to be done first then the faux leather treatment. Live and learn. I like the way not all of the words get stamped due to the texture of the paper. The cardboard was brushed with Brushed Pewter metallic distress stain. The rubber gasket at the top was dabbed with brushed pewter and antiqued brass stains. This is cool, apply heat and the metallic doesn't rub off the rubber.  I made my own compass out of a clock gear and glued two metal pieces together to simulate a ship's wheel. My ship image is my version of faux scrimshaw. The lace and seam binding ribbon were dyed with Peacock Feathers d.i. and Antiqued Bronze stain. Added a  word tag, some paper string and hemp.....another completed tag!


paper-cardboard, bazzill
stamps - SU, stampers anonymous
ink- distress inks, distress stains, archival
other - misc gears, lace, seam binding, hemp, nesties curved label die, utee, micron pen


Monday, December 3, 2012

Challenge(s) Tag

Good Monday afternoon y'all,

I have a Christmas tag to share with you today. Yep I know a tag! And I've used several new to me techniques creating it, too! First off is the may remember this piece of faux leather sitting on my desk for WOYWW #182, HERE or scroll down one post. It's amazing what this technique does to paper! Really cool stuff! The tag itself was swiped through leftover Festive Berries d.i. that I used to die my cotton ribbon. After this dried I swiped it through some new Brushed Pewter metallic stain...really cool. Lots of distress ink on the edges before I tried to clear emboss just the edge of the tag. A bit of the clear powder stuck where it shouldn't but after heat setting I liked the gritty texture it gave to parts of the tag. Stamped my ribbon image along one edge. Oh yea, the pattern on the ribbon was stamped with Archival Ink. Also stamped some Christmas words and tried to get some white snowflakes to show up. Not too successful with those. After putting the ribbon and flower on it still need some sparkle so I dug about to find a bling swirl which I cut up and used two small bits. Added some feathery ribbon and done.  Since I have no need of Christmas tags for gifts I'll turn this one into a card. I will post the finished card later in the week. Hope you like my technique-y tag.


Submitting to:

Joan's Gardens Challenge #42 Make a Christmas tag(s).
Hels' Ink on My Fingers Sunday Stamper - Tags

 (green background to show the feathery ribbon)

(close up of top half of tag)

(close up of the faux leather rose)

Ink- metallic distress stain; distress inks; archival
paper- manila tag; faux leather treatment on cardstock
other-  cotton ribbon, bling swirl, hemp, seam binding, die cut swirl (all from my stash)


Wednesday, November 28, 2012


WOYWW #182!  Wow... we're coming up on the end of the year and I'm going strong with posting to WOYWW. For the deets about WOYWW pop over to Julia's blog HERE.  And you're right, Julia, we are addicted and I treasure the new friends I've made along way!!!!

My desk is a bit of a mish mash...nothing productive at the moment. Just trying out some new to me techniques...faux leather using ink refresher and perfect pearls (thanks Neil for the post). Still haven't decided what direction to take the metal piece hiding off to the side (it will be a gift), a piece of wood covered in masking tape and gesso and the start of another clock (also a gift but no need to hide it as he doesn't use the Internet). Oh and I tried my hand at making some ATCs, the horses in the back and the butterfly hanging on the center divider.

So there you have pop on over to Julia's for the links and go cruising round the world to what all the peeps are doing. I am!



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Heartfelt Creations

Well the days do get away from me...  Today I have a couple of cards for you using a new paper pack from Heartfelt Creations October collection - Delicate Asters. Love their new d.p.!  It's two sided and has such pretty images on the paper, which makes it a breeze to whip up a quick card. 

I am a card essence... I make cards that rarely get sent.  My bad. These two lovely cards went to a couple of dear friends. They'll probably go into shock upon receiving them. :)

For the first card I fussy cut parts of the main image but left it attached. To that I've added a small die cut aster and a set of leaves. The sentiment is also HC and was stamped directly onto the d.p.  Hopefully, the second pic shows the fussy cut leaves and all of the tips of the larger petals in better detail.

For the second card (3rd pic) again, I fussy cut some of the main image. Under the bud I slid a sentiment panel, part of the dp. Printed sentiment panels! Isn't that cool?! Since this is a sympathy card I did not add any embellishments. I'm always afraid I'll over do it on this type of card so I keep them pretty CAS.

For more inspiration using the new Heartfelt Creations designer paper check out their blog here. This month they are debuting the Timeless Amour collection.


paper: heartfelt creations delicate asters; bazzill
ink: ranger distress ink
that's it! so very CAS for me! :)


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Charms Galore!

Happy Thanksgiving to those in the USA!

As promised in my WOYWW post yesterday I'm posting the special ordered charms I've been working on the past couple of weeks. One set is for Halloween, where I was asked to make as many charms as I could with the supplied paper, any style. Boy, is it difficult to photograph glossy accents and not get a terrible glare! So in the semi-light of early morning I was able to get some decent pics. I really wanted you to be able to see the stickles and how some of it bled into the g.a., like the orange.

Then we have 10 Christmas charms. The request for these was to leave the back blank and they needed to fit onto gift bags. The woman is using them a tags for her office party gifts. How cool is that! So the back of the charms is just a cream colored paper with a small holly stamp in one corner.  Plenty of room to write a name. The dangles for these gave me pause as I wasn't sure how to attach the head pin to the charm.  So I used a 4" head pin and wound the excess on my spring winder! Pretty cool. Love the itty bitty springs on these dangles!

Have a wonderful day everyone! I'll have another post later in the week.


Christmas charms

paper: g45 2009 christmas; unknown
other: glossy accents, plastic beads, jewelery findings, chain, bottle caps, stickles, liquid pearls, sakura gelly roll pen


Sunday, October 7, 2012

I'm late. . .

Oh my, I'm so very late with this post. So sorry everyone. I have been laid up with a three day migraine, then had a class and spent Friday recuperating some more.'s the third altered cigar box clock. The new owner received it on Wednesday last and I could hear the squeals of joy from Maine in Florida! LOL This one I have to admit, I really miss. And this from someone who isn't a fan of Halloween! I've used the G45 Happy Haunting paper and just loved the images in this paper pack! So darn cute!

Here's my interpretation of Halloween and even a short video!


Edit: my first attempt at posting a video. seems it doesn't show up on the iPad so...
let's try YouTube. first one there too!
(for best viewing enlarge to full screen)

graphic 45 happy haunting, ranger distress inks, ranger distress stains, embossing paste, sizzix die, clock works, ranger stickles, adirondack alcohol ink


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lil Darlings set

Happy Sunday everyone!

As promised here's the first of the altered boxes that is now a clock. I used the G45 Lil Darlings paper pack for this altered box clock and accompanying mini album. The album isn't quite finished yet, as it still needs a ton of embellishment. I will keep it fairly flat tho' so it will fit inside the clock box.

It's difficult to see in the pics that the main image has been popped up under the mother's portion, as has, the nest in the lower left corner and the Lil Darlings banner. (One day I hope to take better pics for you.)

The challenge for me on this project was working with such a light color palette. I find it difficult to work with pastels, however, I do like the way this project turned out. Hope the new mother-to-be does too.


Stay tuned, later this week I'll post the other clock box that was sitting on my desk in the WOYWW #172 pic.

paper-graphic 45 lil darlings; misc bazzill
other-distress stains and distress ink; quikutz alphabet die; clock; acrylic paint


Wednesday, September 19, 2012


 It's Wednesday, which means we post a pic of our work desks for the world to peruse. You show me yours and I show you mine. :D  Hop on over to the Stamping Ground to get all the deets and check out work desks from around the globe. 

My desk is fairly neat today. Gathering supplies for tomorrow's card class, installing clock works in altered boxes (more on them in a couple days) and playing with alcohol inks.

Well, I'm off to take a peek at your work desk. Have a super day!



Friday, September 7, 2012

My summer...

Hey there, 

My summer in pics. Did I go on vacation to someplace pretty, to view waterfalls, climb mountains or sketch in Italy? 

Nope... I've been teaching card making classes, entered a charm swap and completed two altered boxes with two more in the works. If that isn't enough, I'm also learning to work metal. As in, embossing it using an ef and/or hand tools and changing the finish to look like rust or something other than shiny silver, since I'm working with foil tape and sheets of aluminum. It's pretty cool. Hope to have a pic soon of a project in the works. 

So here's a few pics of my card classes and ... oh! the charms I received from the Ink Stains charm swap are fabulous and I'm working on a plaque to display them. When that is finished you'll see the gorgeous charms people made! Thank you to all who participated. Hope to see you in the Christmas swap! You should check out Roni's blog Ink Stains she does some cool stuff!

Okay on to pics

 The cards in the above two pics were inspired by the Simplicity blog.

 Christmas in July class.

 Tag made using the new T.H. Metallic Distress stains. Not crazy about it but not bad for a first attempt at creating background depth with layers of stain then stamping. Check out Tim's Metallic Distress Stains video here.

Last is a grouping from my last summer class. This group used SU products.

Hope you liked the pics. This catches you update with all the projects I have been and am working on. See ya soon with another altered box!