Monday, June 30, 2014

Simply Jane Bookmark

A bookmark or embellishment (inspired by this bookmark by Betsy Veldman), using the Papertrey Ink set Simply Jane.  The front is stamped with Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom and Cornflower Blue Archival Inks by Ranger.

In order to make the cut into a bookmark, I glued some pieces of an old receipt across the top. Then I glued two more die cuts to the top of each piece (without the receipt pieces). With Papertrey Ink cardstock, I will only use two cuts instead of three next time.

I stamped the bouquet on the back with Versamark just to make it more versatile. Since Simon Says it's an Anything Goes challenge, I decided to join in with this.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Touch of Vellum

Vellum is one of the things I ought to use more often, so I'm entering it in the Simon Says I Ought to Use This More Often Challenge (I think I read the rules correctly and can enter up to 5 times) and in the Make It Monday #169: Vellum Overlays.

The cut is from Damask Decor Cricut cartridge (card option), The cardbase is Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White, the vellum is from Papertrey Ink and the sentiment is Papertrey Ink's Pretty Peonies stamp set.

Snappin' Good Time

There were so many possibilities for the  Simon Says I Ought to Use This More challenge, so I did a few of them for this card. I don't recall ever making a card base with my Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz cardstock, and it's been a few years since I used my Cricut Imagine (this image is from the Imagine More Cards cartridge). I had to use Stickles which I use regularly, but I really love them so I used them again.

I decided to try a thicker fun foam to make stamps from dies. This stamp is made with 3 mm fun foam with my Strip Stitch die. And I used my neglected Seedless Preserves Distress Ink to stamp

And rather than gluing my stamp to a piece of plastic packaging, I used my Club Scrap Mount-It glue (a re-positional tacky glue) so I can just put it on acrylic blocks (and store it on plastic page protectors in a notebook).

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


This week I dyed with something other than Kool-Aid for the first time, and I have to say I am pleased with the results. The skein on the left is a 2 ply (1 corriedale and 1 romney) and the other two are 4-ply cable yarns (2 2-plys are then respun together). I love how the dye was absorbed differently by each type of wool (but I have no idea which is which lol).

I've been carving some stamps. Erasers are sooo easy, but I decided to try something different. I never saw clear blocks before. This one was labelled easy carve (not compared to erasers lol). I stamp the progress as I go, in this case the back side of a Jo-Ann Fabric flyer.  The purple mice I have out so I can figure out what to do with it. I usually have to mull things over.

I finished my Sending You Sunshine card, and thanks to Nikki C, I got the glitter to show up in the photograph.

It even glows in the dark : ). The details can be read here.

I've also made some headway on the organizational front. I went through about 4 feet of patterned paper and cardstock and managed to find 4 inches I can part with lol. The pads I've decided to keep, I  labelled on the adhesive side with a sharpie so it's easier to find what I'm looking for.  I still have about 2 feet of paper pads to sort through and a lot of loose paper squirreled away in pizza boxes (ones that never had a pizza near them).

To see more crafty spaces around the world, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground : ).

Monday, June 23, 2014

Tea Stands for Tuesday

I finally had a beverage, some down time and a camera so I can do a Tea Stands for Tuesday with my friend Elizabeth.  I love iced tea (plain tea, no sugar which has now become unsweetened tea in most restaurants). And when my $1's worth is done, I use the insulated cup for water for the rest of the day, especially in the summer.  I was raised on sweet tea, but it's just too sweet for me now.

I am trying to carve a stamp out of a new to me material (clear) that is labelled easy to carve. Erasers are easy to carve (the little pink rectangle which I made into a mouse stamp in about 5 minutes. The clear stuff I'm carving on my crafty cutting board so I don't gauge my nonstick mat and I've been at it for over 45 minutes and only carved about a sixth but safety first : ).

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sending You Sunshine card

I was inspired by the sentiment, so I made a jar full of sunshine.for Simon Says Anything Goes challenge.

The jar was cut from Papertrey Ink's Stamper's Select White cardstock using the Friendship Jar die, and covered with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. Then the jar was flipped over and used as a mask to brush Memento Dandylion ink onto the cardbase.

Then the jar was coated with a thick layer of Glow in the Dark Glitter glue. It curled for Scotland whilst it was wet, but dried beautifully. And it dried transparent so it doesn't affect the ink color.

The Jar lid was used to mop up a puddle of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (and set aside to dry for a while). The Tag-its #3 sentiment was stamped onto a 1 3/4" circle. The frame from the set was stamped with Mustard Yellow Distress Ink, the sentiment was stamped with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and edged with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

Updated to add this picture of the card in the dark (after it had been exposed to light for about 20 minutes) Not power source bright, but definitely there  ).

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Jo-Ann Fabrics is having a clearance on some Tim Holtz products. The skull and crossbones were $1.97 I believe and everything else was $0.97 soooo I HAD to bring them home. On the upper right is a bottle of Glow in the Dark Glitter Glue. It glows in the dark and it's glittery.

I used it on this jar of "sunshine" over Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. The picture was taken in nearly dark, but the glitter just refuses to show up on photographs no matter the lighting I've used so far. I'm still trying to figure out what to do for the card background... It's a work in progress lol.

If you are interested in seeing more crafty desktops around the world, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground and have a gander : D.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Make It Monday #168: Baby Wipe Stamping

Baby Wipe inked with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks stamped with a dog coat stamp die cut from fun foam. The coat edge is stamped with Colorbox Gold Pigment ink. The dog is stamped with Classic Kraft Ink.Papertrey Ink  Come All Ye Fathful stamp set. The technique can be seen here.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Father's Day Card

Papertrey Ink Ocean Tides card base, Inkadinkado pelican stamped in Versamark, Terracotta Tile Boutique Borders: Thanks die cut frame stamped in Versamark with On the Links Father's day sentiment Heat embossed with Zing White Opaque embossing powder.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Happy WOYWW. Today I have a card in progress (for the Simon Says Paint challenge),I used distress paint on a fun foam stamp I cut with the Friendship Jar from Papertrey Ink (it's the orange shape on the left) which I glued to a piece of plastic clam shell. The re-inkers are for the Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink, which is making an inkpad out of a babywipe and re-inkers. The challenge for me is that I only have black and various tones of brown re-inkers, so it's time to make a thinking cap lol.

On the organizational front, I love Papertrey Ink, but sometimes it's difficult for me to see the images, so I took an 8.5" x 11" paper, scored it at 5.25", folded it and then punched holes. The stamped images of the set on the front, tip sheet info is written on the back and in the fold out part is where I glue cuts from the dies, and notes about the set I have rattling around in my head. The stamp set here is All Booked Up.

UPDATE: Ordinarily this is where I'd be directing you to our chief desker's blog, however she is in the hospital so there won't be a central hopping location this week and possibly next. Hoping she is up and about soon.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Magic of Paris

Simon Says Magic Challenge. Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening cardstock. City Scene stamp set, Graphic 45 Curtain Call #2 stamp set (Eiffel Tower), plastic packaging, Crystal Stickles, bamboo skewer..

The Eiffel Tower was stamped onto the plastic packaging with Stazon ink, then stamped on paper and fussy cut.

Golfer's Notepad

A golfer's notepad made with Erin Lincoln's technique for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #167. I also entered it in Simon Says Father's Day Challenge (because it's for my dad, but he doesn't read my blog).

I really love using every bit of my crafting supplies (including the packaging). The notepad gift sleeve is made with the cellophane from a rubberstamping package and the rosette is made from a Papertrey Ink stamp set label. 

Notepad: 4.25 x 5.5 cardstock, scrap paper (for the "binding" at the top) PTI  On the Links stamp set, PTI Classic Kraft Inkpad, Distress Ink Black Soot, Score Tape.

Sleeve: cellophane packaging, PTI Fine Linen Twill Ribbon, Score Tape, Tim Holtz Rosette Die, PTI On the Links stamp set

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Apparently I don't have ANY fleshy dinosaur stamps (I have a few fossil stamps though).  I've resumed my effort to stamp all my stamps. I stamp them on the appropriate sheets (background, dogs, future, Eiffel Tower etc) and then slip the sheets into plastic sleeves in a large notebook/binder. I'm still trying to work out how store the different sorts of stamps. It's a been work in progress since 1998 lol.

I use this shoe holder to store my large and most used punches. All the floor in front of it was cleared the other day, but slowly things are moving in. .

I'm really pleased with the way this card has turned out (details are here). I'm thinking about making a copy for a flip book desky sort of thing (they stand up on their own and you can switch the picture).  For more crafty desks, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You know it was a good day card

Just Jingle made a Dinosaur with Balloons card for Simon Says Anything Goes Challenge. I was positive I had some Dinosaur stamps, but they are well hidden if I do.

I had to make do with a little monster stamp (with teeth drawn in) and a flower crown. I hand cut the speech bubble and stamped it with "You know it was a good day if you didn't Hit or Bite anyone. Nathanial Parizek, Age 4."

Stamps: Recollections: Little Monsters (with teeth drawn in), Inkadinkadoo Kate Harper Designs (wood block stamp)

Inks: Memento Black Tuxedo, Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire

Memento Dual Markers: Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud

Stickles: Cotton Candy, Milled Lavender (Distress Stickles), Crystal

Vintage Cream Papertrey Ink cardstock

Flowers  Beyond Birthday flowers leftover from another project, folded to add dimension and attached with a drop of Viva Decor.

Flying High

This is probably one of my favorite layouts. It was made during my time as a Design Team member for Club Ruby Designers, but the club and it's website are sadly no more and my computer with all the information on it is still in need of repair. I don't remember which kit it was, but I do remember it had cotton balls in it. 

I stretched the cotton balls out and sewed them onto the paper. The paper has stitching on it, and grid in the background, so I stitched linear patterns. The flying high title is from 3 Birds On Parade Cricut cartridge and the plane is from the Groovy Times cartridge.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Small Stencil

Papertrey Ink now has a monthly inspiration archive. I decided to try a new stencil I made from the Strip Stitch die and spritzed it with the alcohol spray I made during last summer's Stamp-a-faire.  The stamps used are from City Scene and City Scene Sentiments. The bonus is now I have a spritzed die cut to play with later.