Thursday, February 28, 2013

Letter H

Wow! Two posts in one day from me. It has been a very productive day, creatively that is. 

First my cabinet card page and now my Letter H for the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary challenge.

As you may or may not know, I randomly pull a page from my dictionary from within the specified letter, in this case, the letter H. From the words on either side of this page I select the word I will depict using stuff from stash. Today my word is HARLEQUIN.

I've torn the page down a bit to fit my album base page but not as small as for the letter 'e'. After masking off the word, the page was distressed with wild honey, mowed lawn and a bit of vintage photo ink.

I dry embossed the right side using a harlequin e.f. This pattern was highlighted with a bit of tarnished brass d.i. stain, some outlining with a white marker and a black Stablio ALL pencil. (a new love!) 

Using a TH harlequin stamp I've added some patterning here n there around the page in archvial sepia. Did a little of the spritz n flick then misted with perfect pearls mist turquoise (difficult to photo but the page shimmers) and to add some deeper blue I splotched some drops of dylusions blue in a few places. 

The clowns are sort of fussy cut from an older G45 d.p. Their edges inked in black d.i. marker and attached with foam tape to add dimension. Drew lines around my word with the stablio ALL pencil after removing the mask. And done!

And there you have my Letter H. I really like this page and hope you do too.

Celebrate the day!

paper- g45, bazzill
ink- distress inks, archival, dylusions
stamps- th stampers anonymous
other- stablio all pencil, white marker, d.i. stains, embossing folder


Artistic Outpost Referral-February

Hey there,

While going through my pile of unmounted rubber stamps I came across a sheet from the Artistic Outpost. Yea! I have so wanted some of their stamps so I can participate in the Artistic Outpost Referral Program

Well, I have to tell ya, after five hours of cutting apart rubber, sticking the images onto cling foam and then cutting with a hot knife...whew! All of my stamp sheets are now mounted onto cling foam!!! Yea, into my binders they go and the index sheets into my index binder! Almost organized, with stamps that is. :)

Okay, now on to the AO Referral which is a monthly challenge so I'm squeaking in at the last minute. The stamp set I found in my stash is the Quote & Quotables. All of the quotes are from women that I admire, as I consider them,  all to be 'strong' women of their day.

I've cut a vintage cabinet card out of chipboard to use as my base. I am going to be making a mini album using these quotes and this is my first page. The chipboard was given a quick coat of gesso using a foam brush and dried. Then some d.i. evergreen bough stain was applied using the same foam brush. There's a faint wood grain stamp in the background. The weedy looking flowers around the sides were stamped in two colors of acrylic paint. The flock of birds was stamped in stazon timber brown. I chose the Helen Keller sentiment for this board. It was stamped on tissue paper with archival Sepia. Then adhered with matte medium to the board. Love the way the tissue disappears! This is the first time I've tried this technique and I will be using it again, as it's so cool! Since the matte medium kind of messed up my streaked stain I reapplied a bit more stain to blend in the sentiment so it wasn't so white. On the weeds I've added little drops of white paint to break up some of the blurriness of the stamping. 

Now what to do to the edges? Ah, let's try distress embossing powder in vintage photo. There's got to be a trick to using this e.p. as this one step took me forever to get it to stick and then to melt! I do like the final result tho'.

On the whole I'm fairly happy with my little cabinet card. If you have any tips or suggestions or see something I'm doing incorrectly, please let me know. I'm flying by the seat of my pants here. :)

Celebrate today... 


Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Happy Wednesday folks!

Welcome to the world's biggest "let's go snooping" party! Our hostess is the ever so kind Miss Julia of the Stamping Ground.

My desk today is rather neat as I'm just starting a couple of new projects. On the left is a new clock peeking out. Front and center is the beginnings of my alpha journal page for the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary challenge. The letter this fortnight is H. Hmm, wonder what word I've got this time. I flip to the H's in my dictionary and randomly tear out a page. Then I try to find stuff in my stash to fit a word on the page. You'll also see a very CAS card I've recently finished and a bunch of vintage cabinet die cuts for a mini quote album.

Well that's it for me today. I'll be working playing in the studio and popping by to visit throughout the day. Please leave your link number and I'll pay a return visit to you. I made it around to about fifty peeps last week. Will try to visit more this week.

Let's Celebrate hump day with a world wide WOYWW blog hop!

Edit: OMG! I got the FIRST link!!!

Edit.2: The charms that were on the desk last week can be found HERE.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Twice Charmed...

Hey everyone,

Thought I would get my charms for the upcoming charms/ATC swap over at Ink Stains with Roni posted. These were being packaged last Wednesday and were in my WOYWW desk pic. For the charm swap we had a choice of General and/or Winter holiday. Since I'm on a 'heart' kick which seems to be the symbol for valentines day (not a fan), I've made a set for each catagory. I am till working on my ATCs, as in, don't have a clue what I'm going to make. :)

I know I probably say this each time I make charms but I love these! They turned out so cool! Glad I made an extra one of each for myself this time. :)

First up are my G45 cameo charms. I've used small semi-flatten bottle caps. (yes more bottle caps) I've painted and stained these to mimic faux wood similar to the pic frames at the turn of century here in the US. I then fussy cut the ladies from a border section of a piece of G45 Ladies' Dairy design paper. The cameos were then floated in glossy accents. Unfortunately, I used some matte accents in a couple and this blurred the d.p. background so the pink polka dots and the script doesn't show up very well.

Next are my Geared Hearts, steam punk charms. Lots of faux rusting and metal and. . .  yes, a bottle cap! A mini bottle cap! In the bottle cap is a red heart brad (cut the brad legs off). This is attached to a small TH cog that's been painted and rusted with Vintaj patina. On the reverse we have a clock part with a tiny rusted heart. The charm hangs from a doubled bit of rusted chain.

I sure had a blast making these. I hope you and the recipients like them.

Well, I'm off to work on a new clock and my Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary journal page. 

Celebrate today (tonight).

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Metallica Heart Shield

Yes, it's another heart. For some reason this year I was drawn to the heart shape not the holiday that exploits it. 

This time I cut  the largest of the Spellbinders Nested Hearts from grunge paper which was covered in sticky back foil. (what a chore to cut! no need to emboss this happened while being cut, whew!) Using q-tips, I applied red pepper and a combo of stonewashed & sail boat alcohol inks. Trying my best to not color the embossed flourish. In the center of the blue I've stamped the mini blueprint heart in Archival jet black (see close up). The whole thing was lightly covered with black paint which was immediately dabbed off to blunt the shine and highlight the pitted affect on the foil. At the top I've placed a mini bottle cap with a heart peeking out from under a gear. The small heart is a TH mini colored with aged mahogany stain and heat set. When the glossy accents was added again, the swirly pattern was created and a bit of faux bleaching to boot! To this I added 3 silver pearls died blue to match the background heart.

I hope you like my Metallica Heart Shield which I am entering in:

Simon Say Stamp and Show - Metal-ology

Celebrate the day!

Look close and you'll just make out the stamped mini blueprint behind the small heart.

paper-grunge board, sticky back foil
dies- spellbinders, TH alterations mini hearts
other- ranger alcohol ink, acrylic paint, glossy accents, beads, d.i. stains

Seeing Red

Afternoon folks,
A few more Valentines for you then I'm done for a very long time! My ATC was made for the Fun with ATC and 3 Muses challenges. Missed the deadline for the 3 Muses, darn. 
Fun with ATCs  - Something Red
Anyway.... the background is a piece of alcohol ink on glossy photo paper attached to a chipboard ATC. The heart is grunge board cut with the TH die and colored with a combo of fired brick and aged mahogany stains, heat dried then added glossy accents. When the g.a. mixed with the stains it created this cool swirly pattern! The smaller hearts are a brad with its legs cut off on top of a punched paper heart.  The hearts are mounted on a piece of metal screening whose screen tentacles are wrapping themselves around the heart. The background has been stamped with a flourish that I thought also gave the impression of reaching for the heart. Looks like the screen won! :) I've stamped the word 'heart' from the mini heart blueprint 2 stamp set in the lower right corner. 
I had a bit of trouble getting a good pic what with the glossy paper and the glossy accents reflecting the light. I hope you can see the tentacles encircling the heart.

Join me and Celebrate the day!

paper- chipboard, glossy photo paper, grunge board, bazzill
stamps- stampers anonymous mini blueprints 2, hero arts
dies- TH alterations mini hearts
other- glossy accents, alcohol ink, d.i. marker, screen, StazOn ink


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

WOYWW #194

Hello my WOYWW friends,

Can you believe Ms. Julia has been sponsoring this desk hop weekly for over 3 years! I'm a fair newbie, in that, I've only been attending for the last six months.

Any who, on my desk is more class prep for tomorrow. We've changed up the Valentine's to feature butterflies in the hearts. You also see my charms all bagged ready to go for the next charm swap at Ink Stains with Roni. I'll be posting them over the weekend.

Check out the small swatch of metal screen (all that's left) and the little rusted heart from the Funkie Junkie. So cool!

Hey, favor from you guys..... Y'all were so generous with your comments on my altered box .....please pop over to Quietfire Designs and vote for me. I'm #8. Voting ends today. Many thanks! Here's the LINK!

I'll visit a few desks today and more after my class tomorrow.

Celebrate the day!


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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Vote for Me


Time for the viewers choice voting on the Queen of Hearts challenge at Quietfire Designs. I'm going to shamefully ask my followers to vote for me. :) Here is the link to Quietfire Design

Thank you!

Let's Celebrate today!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Letter E

Evening everyone,
I'm joining the Craft Barn's Alpha/Dictionary challenge.  I'm already two letters behind but hope to keep up from here on in. You can find the specifics of the challenge HERE. This fortnight's challenge is the LETTER 'E'

I randomly tore out a page in the Letter E section of the dictionary. Scanning the words to see what caught my eye. EQUINE is the word I choose as I had patterned dp of a bronco and rider that I could use.  I've stamped ghost images of a horse around the page. Fussy cut a darker version of the bronco and rider and popped it over a lighter image. My word was highlighted by drawing a box around it. On the sides of the pages I've attached barbed wire pattern paper.
Rather simple, but it is my first foray into art journaling. Even tho' I've had the covers for over 2 years. I'll post those next week.
For now let's Celebrate today!


paper-manila card stock, patterned dp (unknown)
ink-archival jet black, distress vintage photo
stamps-gina k design
other-micron pen, hemp twine


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WOYWW #193

Hey Ho WOYWWers!

Wednesday again? Already! 

Yeppers and we're off on our world desk hopping snoop tour. I visited quite a few newbies last week. Welcome.  I hope they're joining us again this week. 

On my desk - I am working on a hearts themed altered box. Consider this a tease pic. :) For the full reveal visit my previous post or click HERE.  There's also some mini blueprint stamps and new dies! Woo-hoo! Play time this week for sure.

Well, this is short and sweet just like our hostess Julia prefers. If you need the details of what this is all about visit the Stamping Ground.

I'll be snooping stopping by later today and probably some on Thursday.  I will visit as many as I can, and of course, pay a return visit to those who visit me or who's number ends in the same digit as mine.

Have a terrific day and Celebrate!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Who Made This?!

Yep, that's exactly what I'm asking myself and so are those who know me...WHO MADE THIS?! My altered box is SO out of my comfort zone and the theme is SO not me, I'm in shock. I think old age is getting to me.  :)

Okay, on to the altered box details.

I started with a wood pencil box (sorry forgot before pic) and gave it a coat of gesso. Using an ink blending tool I gave the box a coat of peacock feathers d.i. To soft the color I blotched (an artiste term) a wet wipe here n there. Then dried with a heat tool. Brushed corduroy d.i. was used round all of the edges of the box and dried.

Then I used gesso and a stencil on the box ends.  Next was some random stamping with a pretty script stamp and a flourishy stamp in timber brown stazon ink. Again drying with heat tool. 

Next layer was a small honey comb stamped in dove grey stazon ink. More drying. Then some line art hearts in sepia, drying. And some peacock feathers through a larger honey comb stencil. More drying.

On the cover I glued down a lacy heart die cut. Immediately did not like the color combo. What to do to get it off? Ah! I read in blogland when you don't like it, paint over it! So that's what I did to the cover only. Another layer of gesso. You can just see the outline of the lacy heart die cut. For embellies I went digging through my stash of stuff on the shelf over my desk and found the perfect lacy heart! and some leftover heart punch outs from class. Hmm, still needed something. Aha! Mr. Postman brought it today! The small wing and hearts sizzix mover & shapers dies! I stamped Love on the smallest heart, attached the wings and added to the box. A small banner was stamped using my mini alpha stamp set and fussy cut in the shape of a banner.

I'm submitting my altered Hearts and Love box to these challenges:

Sunday Stamper - Love & Hearts

Anything But a Card #12 - Share the Love

Quietfire Designs  - Queen of Hearts

Simon Says Stamp Challenge  - Have a Heart

I'm really tickled with my 'so unlike me' altered box. Hope y'all like it too.

I will definitely . . .  Celebrate today!

ink: distress inks, stazon, archival, versamagic
dies: spellbinders, sizzix
stamps: stampers anonymous (TH), justrite stamps, mini alpha and the small honey comb (both unknown)
paper: heartfelt creations d.p., bazzill
other: gesso, utee e.p., heart punch, glue n seal, crafters workshop stencils


Monday, February 11, 2013

FwATCs #80

Hey blogger friends,

well, here I am at 12:15 a.m. trying to get my submission for Fun with ATCs in under the wire. I've had a difficult time getting a decent pic of this ATC, which is a piece of rumpled tin foil attached to a chipboard base. The foil was stained with alcohol inks and distress stains to give a rusting appearance. On this I've stamped flourishes in archival jet black. The edges were inked with mowed lawn d.i. and a bit of distress stickles/pewter to mimic moss. My flourish/flower was cut with an old sizzix die from journal paper colored with distress stains and smeared with a bit of distress metallic stain. The dew drop centers are held in with black stickles. the word banner was cut from the dictionary and highlights the meaning of the word 'flourish'. a small dragonfly and some metal flakes were added to the flowers. I'm entering this in

Fun with ATCs - Flourishes

 Catch ya layer in the week.

Remember to Celebrate today!

chipboard, tin foil, scrap paper, dew drops, distress stickles, distress stain, archival ink, distress inks, brad


Wednesday, February 6, 2013


good morning woyww'ers!

it's wednesday and time to show us your workdesks. for those who are new to this phenom of woyww, stop by the stamping ground at this LINK for all the deets and links to desks 'round the world. it is quite addictive you know! :)

so on my desk this morning are my preparations for card class on thursday. i'm in the midst of dyeing seam binding. when i first started dyeing ribbon i would squish the distress ink pad on my craft mat and spray with water. then the distress stains came out and oh boy i went to town dyeing ribbon!  i've used up a ton of my stains until i tried distress re-inkers! i don't need to use as much and if i do put a bunch of re-inker on the mat the ribbon has a really nice bright intense color! love it!

off to the left are my class boxes all packed (waiting for ribbon) ready to go. some new gems and a teeny tiny alpha stamp set. this will be great for atc's. a finished card needing an inside verse and a pile of valentines on the shelf ready to be sent out and an atc i need to get posted to FwATCs. see my post HERE for a pic of my class cards.

well, i'm off to tour the world of crafting desks. hope you find some time to be creative and

celebrate today!

(fyi...lunch lady jan, the green bits on the upper left of the shelf, is seam binding in various shades of green d.i.)


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Valentine's and ...

It seems I've been remiss in posting pics of my class cards. 

Here are the cards we'll be making in this Thursday's class. A couple of girly valentines and an Easter card. 

fyi, woyww'ers - here's one use of the distressed stained cheese cloth. :) 

The Easter card was designed by my snowbird friend who was over making her Easter cards. So I borrowed the design since my mojo wasn't ready to deal with Easter yet. And it comes early this year too sharing another very special day I might add! :)) 

And yes, the sentiment on the far right is missing a couple of letters. That's what I get for forgetting to stamp before the panel was attached, on foam tape no less. :/

I hope you like my cards...Have a good evening and Celebrate the rest of today!

The card below is the Valentine that I am sending out. A bit diff from the class card and more my style.

(Help - is anyone else who uses blogger finding that they're adding advertising links to certain words in your post? All without permission! I have to go back several times and rewrite my posts to eliminate these unwanted links.See the link in the previous sentence? I didn't put it there. I've let this one stay so you'll see what I'm talking about.  My apologies if anymore slip through. If you know how to prevent these unwanted ad links, please let me know by adding a brief note in your comments. I will then email you to discuss further. Many thanks.)

paper- SU, bazzill and heartfelt creations d.p.
inks- archival, memento, tsukineko brilliance & versa color, stazon and distress ink
dies- spellbinders and heartfelt creations
stamps- stampers anonymous, quiet fire designs, justrite
other- vellum, cheese cloth, ribbon, liquid pearls, distress stains, embossing powder, versamagic ink, small heart punch

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Smiles

Hey ho,
Thought I joined in with the Friday Smiles. Check it out. Some cute pics sure to make you smile! Join Annie over at a stitch in time for the links.


Either she's blowing a kiss or her comment about being stuck inside.

About 8 mos old. They barely fit in there now.