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Mother of 3 kids, 2 dogs and wife of a fabulous hubby who doesn't mind if I play with my inks and papers.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Masculine Cards

I used to struggle with masculine cards but they don't scare me as much as before... I am now more afraid to create teenager cards. :)  Today I am sharing a card I created for the Anything but Cute challenge "Make it Masculine"

 The inspiration for my card all started with this new Stitched Frame from Darkroom Door.  I had a vision of it laying at an angle over a handsome gentleman with some flotsam and jetsam floating in the background. (loved those names for Ursala's sidekick in The Little Mermaid!)

I decided to create a mini plaid background with a stripes stamp stamped in two directions. I repeated this twice with blue ink. I added a bit of tissue tape and some splatters of mists.

I stamped the main image and cut it out. The frame was stamped and cut out and distress all around.  They were pop dotted and attached to the background. I then spent some time stringing the twine behind the picture and frame.  The button fell onto the floor so I picked it up and popped it onto my card.  I love the random feel to my masculine card in contrast to my graphic design yesterday. It makes me happy to switch around in the styles of my cards.  

Products: Darkroom Door - Stitched Frame, Dashing Gents, Weathered Stripes, Ranger Archival Ink - Cornflower, STAEDTLER watercolor pencils, Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist, Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Faded Jeans, Idea-Ology Tissue Tape

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015


I am back with my next ICAD(Index Card a Day) and the prompt was Taxi!  I knew I wanted to do New York City and thought of the checker cabs.
 I ended up with about 7 attempts at this one... The checker part being a challenge. I found a square foam piece in my misc craft drawer and some mini wood blocks.  They ended up saving my checkerboard effect.

 Two variations on the same idea.  I hand drew the taxi piece which was the theme for the week to draw or doodle. 
This was my pieces that were leftovers from mistakes. I wish I had mounted it on the black like I did the other ICAD.

Products: Stampers Anonymous - Car, Altnew - Skyline, Darkroom Door - New York Graphics, Ranger Archival Ink, STAEDTLER watercolor pencil and Fineline Pen.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


Sunday, June 28, 2015


 Is the weather getting warmer by you?  We have had some beautiful sunny days mixed with bouts of rain keeping everything watered nicely.   Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is to be inspired by summer.  You can interpret it any way it inspires you.  I decided that I was going to do a bright summery card all in shades of yellow and white.  
I started with a lovely yellow background stamped with a floral background from Darkroom Door. 

I misted and painted my accessories to coordinate all the embellishments together.  I died my flowers with sprays and inks. I added touches of lace, buttons, and a keyhole. 

Products: Ranger Distress Spray Stain – Mustard Seed , Ranger Archival Ink – Chrome Yellow .    Darkroom Door Texture – Floral Stamp,   Ranger Distress Stain Picket Fence,   Prima Innocence FlowerPrima Chantelle Flowers, Prima Leaves, Idea-Ology Memo Pin, Idea-Ology Seasonal Chit-Chat, Wplus9 Timeless Tags Dies, Graphic 45 Ornate Key Hole, Pearls, Lace, White Cardstock

Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher to a randomly selected participant in the challenge, come play along and share your summertime inspiration!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stylish Wings

I had a chance to play with the new Darkroom Door stamps and couldn't wait to ink up the new buttons background

I stamped the buttons using tea dye ink and distressed and sponged the edges.  I then pulled out the dress form die and cut a dress form.  I stamped the background stamp Floral in tea dye ink over the surface and highlighted the flowers with a coral watercolor pencil.  I sponged the edges with the Abandoned Coral ink.

I added the Eclectic Butterfly wings with a few snaps for accents.  The dress form received some embellishments with zippers and chains. I finished with the word stylish from the Darkroom Door Corsetry set.

Happy Saturday!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015


The prompt for the next ICAD was Owl!  I have this stamp bought awhile ago at a small stamp store of a fantastic owl! I was thrilled to play with it. 
Striking isn't he?  I created two different index cards using him.

 I started with a traditional wood grain with the owl peeking out from a circle.  This is a layered and a peek through card.
 And then I had a thought of creating a birch tree with the owl peeking out amidst the peeling bark.
 I had fun playing with this one and trying to layer in the shredded papers.  The stamp is from Grey Wolf Graphics. 

Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Mailbox

Good Tuesday to you!  The next ICAD prompt is mail.  I am also linking this up to the masculine challenge at Mixed Media World.

I created a mini envelope with 3 index cards.  I put two index cards together with tape around the sides and bottom.  I then cut a flap and attached it with tissue tape.
I stamped over the background on the bottom with a mail definition stamp from memory box. I hardly have used it and it was perfect for the challenge.  I then mixed in images from DarkRoom Door, Stampers Anonymous, and Deep Red. 
 To close my flap on my envelope I used two brads with a tiny Idea-Ology paper clip and a piece of twine.  I died a feather with blue ink for my quill.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Don't Forget

Stamping and using sprays to mist are two of my favorite things. I was a very happy camper this week because that is the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week.  You can emboss or stamp an image and spray over it. Use mist to ‘ink’ a stamp. Apply mist color with a paintbrush to a stamped image. Any which way will do!  

I had my sprays out in shades of pink and decided to use those for my project.  I had a variety of pinks and a hint of lilac.

I started trying something new for me.  I took and unscrewed the top of my mister and pulled it out. Now usually I would flick the end and drip all over but I decided to push the head of the sprayer down therefore shooting out what was in the tube all over my paper.

I loved the splotchy effect and repeated a few times and then flicked some of the sprays across the paper.  To soften my pinks I did the same with my white pickets spray over my original pink spots. Of course it isn't an exact science so it partially covered it. 

I repeated this process on several pieces of cardstock and then came back and spritzed in a soft lavender color over the surfaces. 

When  that had dried I mixed up some white acrylic paint with water and flicked it over the surfaces.

I then stamped the butterflies in gray ink on some of the paper and cut them out.
I stamped the chicken wire over the background of the tag. Embossed the tiny safety pins by covering them with versamark and dipping them into white embossing powder and then holding them with my tweezers I heated them up. 

I used the top of some of them for my baby butterflies and the rest of it for my antennas! I thought they looked very clever.

By the way when pushing out the spray make sure to mask/cover the spray opening otherwise you will be sporting a lovely palm of pink like myself! :)

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Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher to a randomly selected participant in the challenge, come play along!

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