Thursday, May 28, 2015

Action ATC

Simon Says Anything Goes, so it's an Action ATC.  The pocket is made with Papertrey Ink's Library Pocket die, stamped with a detail stamp from Altenew's Painted Flowers stamp set using Papertrey Ink's Soft Stone inkpad. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Studio Style.

The card is made with two layers of Stamper's Select White card stock from Papertrey Ink die cut with Monthly Moments Mini Journal Card die and with 3/4" punch holes for the finger "feet".

The chicken is from Stampin' Up's Cheerful Critters painted with Scattered Straw and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks. The background is from Iron Orchid Designs Build-A-Frame II stamped with Spun Sugar Distress Stain. The Umbrella Man is from Tim Holtz' Purely Random Stamp set stamped with Papertrey Ink Melon Berry. The pants are made from another journal card stamped with the Library Card mini (with more Melon Berry) doodled around the edge and then edged with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

Rosey Thank You

This week Simon Says Thank You. I used one of the roses from the Altenew Vintage Roses stamp set stamped in Melon Berry, Raspberry Pink, Autumn Rose and Dark Chocolate Papertrey Inks. It's the same stamp tipped in three directions. I found the layers easy to line up, and forgiving in the practice runs lol. The Thank You sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Say It With Style stamp set.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Happy 6th Deskers : D. On my desk today my new Altenew Vintage Rose set.  Instead of pale pink, I used Melon Berry, and I'm loving the combo (Melon Berry, Raspberry Fizz, Autumn Rose and Dark Chocolate). Living boldly as I sometimes do, I'm just stamping a line freestyle lol.

To the back is my large koi stamp., some maze die cuts, a custom inkpad, two fun foam diecuts.. You can also see my first foray into the Tim Holtz world of tags.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink May 2015 Blog Hop

This month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop inspiration is Wood Blocks. I couldn't get "block heads" out of my mind, so I put them on a card. For the second time in as many weeks I made a card without a single stamp. The cardbase is an A2 size piece of Stamper's Select White. The blocks are made of textured white Club Scrap cardstock, that has been throughly inked with Blueberry Skies, Ocean Tides and Simply Chartreuse ink pads. The legs are drawn on with a black marker. The bottom is edged with Soft Stone. Foam tape is used to pop up two of the blocks.

12 Tags of 2015 - May

My take on the 12 Tags of 2015.
  • Stickyback Canvas on cardstock cut with Tim Holtz Sizzix Tag & Bookplates die edged with Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
  • Botanical Remnant Rubs (photo and used for quote).
  • Thrift Shop Ephemera Pack
  • Expedition Ephemera Pack
  • Philosophy Tag "Altered" attached with Mini Fastener
  • Memo Pin
  • Loop Pin with purple glitter button and 2 manilla tag enforcers painted with Peacock Feathers       Distress Paint and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Arrow Adornment stitched onto tag with handspun 2-ply silk embroidery thread.
  • Fabric and Mesh Flowers painted with Abandoned Coral Distress Paint.
  • Crinkle Ribbon dyed with Wild Honey and Vintage Photo Distress Inks
  • Wendy Veechi Crackle Embossing Paste inked with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.
  • Photo from Salvage Sticker attached to cardstock, tinted with Distress Markers
  • Papertrey Ink Fine Linen Twill Ribbon spritzed with DIY alcohol ink spray (1 dropper full of Vintage Photo Distress Ink re-inker in a mini-mister of alcohol).
  • Distress Marker Spritzer (Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo Distress Markers).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


I've been using my stencils a lot more since I put them in page protectors (Avery Elle 100/$10 on amazon). A better view than usual of my two tier lazy susans. The one with the Distress Inks also has a glass cake holder and organizing cups. There's a set of birthday cards in re-used packaging to be sent to my father's widow. And some card stock halves ready to be put to use.

I've got two more "DIY Kraft Resist" tags to make (molding and wendy veechi white embossing paste). The ones I've made so far from left to right: Versamark (plain and with clear embossing powder), translucent texture paste matte, translucent embossing paste, crackle texture paste, versamark with clear embossing powder with Picket Fence and Festive Berries Distress Stains.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

T Stands For Tiki

It's time for T Stands for [Tiki] with Elizabeth and Bleubeard.

First course photographed at the craft table, eaten elsewhere lol. I can't believe it's hot enough to be eating watermelon/feta cheese/spinach radicchio arugula/balsamic vinegar salad already. Usually it's in the 60s/70s in May. We've already had 5 days at or near 90. And this time I'm using a yellow Tiki glass with water. It might be time to break out the cucumbers for cucumber water.

Painted Flower Card

Simon Says Inspiration Color Swatch. The card base is Papertrey Ink's Spring Rain, the flower is stamped on Stamper's Select White. The flower stamp is from Altenew Painted Flowers set stamped with Papertrey Ink's Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose and Dark Chocolate, and Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks. I picked up the washi tape at a big box store on sale, but no idea who the maker is. It is lovely stuff though.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Musical Note

This week's CASology cue card is Music. So I put these tiny golden notes in an enclosed frame. The frame is 2.5 x 2.5. Glossy Accents glue the top layer of cardstock to the clear cardstock and the fun foam. Scor-Tape holds the fun foam to the card base. All the cardstock is Stamper's Select White by Papertrey Ink (I'm on a quest to replace foam adhesive on enclosed frames).

The notes are white shrinky dink punched with a note punch (at least 10 years old, not labeled) shrunk with a heat-it and colored with Gold Alcohol Ink. No stamps, no inkpads. I was shocked lol.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Happy Tassel Day!

A shaker graduation card made from stash on hand. The rectangle is the leftover from the Papertrey Ink Make It Market kit: Shakers and Sprinkle stitched rectangle die. The sequins are a little bit of the blue, pink and orange from the same kit. The frame is made with Sweet Blush cardstock, the patterned paper is from the Melon Berry assortment. The tag is from Maggie Holmes stamped with a jumping graduate from Club Scrap (2008 Graduate kit) as is the "Happy Tassel Day" stamp both stamped with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.

I used hot pink fun foam and Beacon's 3 in 1 Glue to make the shaker element. I should have "de-staticed" the clear cardstock, but there is no sticky residue around the sides of the frame. I used two sheets of the very thin fun foam beccause its what I had on hand, but thicker fun foam is available and I'll be stocking up on that now : ).  I think double-sided tape would work for this as well and so might Glossy Accents. Ranger Multi-Medium Matte did not work. I don't think any of these would work for iron filings, but I'll test that at a later point.

A brief comparison of fun foam and foam adhesive. Fun foam is available in a variety of colors, and if you don't "over" glue, the edges will be not be sticky. If you do over glue, it won't be sticky after it dries (just don't shake the card until it's dry). I believe the cost is less, something to verify later. On the down side it is a little more work (unless you count the time spent trying to keep foam adhesive off things you don't want it on).

Foam adhesive is very sticky and doesn't require anything else. It can be difficult to put only where it is wanted. The shaker elements are prone to stick to the edges of the foam adhesive.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Enjoy the Journey Shaker Card

Simon Says Simon Brand Products. The geotag is made with the Super Geotag die and the sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set, Life's Journey stamped with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. And the patterned paper  on the side is from a Goodie Bag I won during a Simon Says Blog Hop.

The manila tag is cut with Tim Holtz' Tag & Bookplates die. The geotag patterned paper is a scrap of Graphic 45 left over from another project made years ago.

I'm very excited about the shaker element. Instead of foam adhesive, I used regular black fun foam and Beacon's 3 in 1 Glue. The sequins don't stick to the edges at all. I'm not sure it would work for iron fillings, but it's working well for sequins.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Different Sort of Birthday Card

Another Birthday card. This one made with My Favorite Things Life's Directions stamp set. The weather vane is stamped with Papertrey Ink Soft Stone and then painted with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. In real life the image is not this prominent (still working on accuracy with photographs). The cardstock is all Papertrey Ink: the background is Vintage Cream and the card base is Classic Kraft.


I've been blending as the four blending holders and the sample show. I don't know why I put it off for so long lol. I've also been stamping to the left the grid block I use most frequently. To the right a great big one perfect for the Hero Arts Waves background stamp (such a beauty).

Just in front of the turning storage the brush and needle applicator of my new favorite adhesive Ranger Multi Medium Matte. But I just heard about Glue and Seal Matte which I asked Ranger about the difference, it seems Glue N Seal is for lighter adhesive needs, so I'll have to give that a try as well. I might have been using a hammer to swat flies.

This tag was supposed to be with kraft resist, only I didn't have any so I did a little experiment. Kraft cardstock stamped with archival, then Versamark with clear embossing powder, then just Versamark (in the middle). Not the same as kraft resist, but I'm liking both Versamark versions : )

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Sequin-tial Birthday Cards

It's a sequin fest of birthday cards. The first one is made using Simon Says Stamp's TV Shaker die. The background is stamped with Iron Orchid Designs Build-A-Frame II with Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Papertrey Ink's Ad Sense stamped with Pumice Stone and Black Soot. And an Inklings robot stamp. The sequins are Simon Says Stamps Pale Pink.

This is mostly a Papertrey Ink card. The background is embossed using the impression plate from Make It Market kit: Luxe Letterpress using Sweet Blush cardstock. The pocket is made with Melon Berry patterned paper cut with the Library Pocket die. The journal card made using the Monthly Moments Mini Journal Card die stamped with the Library Card Mini stamp with Berry Sorbet ink. The sentiment is from Everyday Happiness stamped in Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean Distress Inks.The sequins are Simon Says Stamp Pale Pink.

This card was made for the Papertrey Ink April 2015 Blog Hop. It was okay, but better now with the sentiment from the 2012 Happy Birthday Tags stamp set stamped in Paris Dusk Memento Ink and some large Darice Crystal sequins. I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere all the sequins. I love this stuff, no shiny glue spots.

Simon Says Simon Brand Products : ).

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Both of the stamps are from Club Scrap. The Dandelion stamp is from Nature's Wonder (May 2006) and the sentiment is from Farmer's Garden (October 2006). The dandelions are stamped with Papertrey Ink's Classic Kraft, and painted with Mustard Seed and Bundled Sage Distress Inks (smooshed on the craft mat and spritzed with water). The sentiment is stamped with Versafine. The cardstock is from Papertrey Ink (Stamper's Select White and Classic Kraft).

Simon Says Let's Get Sentimental : ).

Did you hear the Buzz?

I'm in love with Dina Wakley's bee from her Scribbled Insects stamp set. It's colored with Black Soot, Pumice Stone and Mustard Seed Distress Inks. The tag is die cut from Tim Holtz Sizzix Tag & Bookplates die and colored with Abandoned Coral and Ripe Persimmon Distress Paints. Then embossing paste was applied through the Tim Holtz Blossom Layering Stencil.

The bee was fussy cut and then vellum wings were glued over the cardstock wings with Ranger Multi Matte Medium (seriously loving this). The card base is Papertrey Ink's Enchanted Evening.

Simon Says Don't Abandon the Coral : ).

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sympathy Card

I was very influenced by this card. The cardstock is all Papertrey Ink. The base is Vintage Cream, the mat is Enchanted Evening. The background is colored with Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac and Wild Honey edged with Tea Dye Distress Inks. The stamps are all from Papertrey Ink Willow stamp and die set. The leaves are stamped with Spring Moss and Simply Chartreuse, the tree truck is stamped with Dark Chocolate and both are edged with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  The twine is Papertrey Ink's Rustic Cream Twine and Darice's Bleached Hemp. The leaves are popped up with foam tape.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


It's been an intermittent crafting frenzy. At the far back right is the kaleidoscope (decoration still in progress). A scrap of my handpainted 4 ply cabled yarn. A custom inkpad. My heat embossing board. A piece of kraft cardstock in the "lab". Waves background stamp and my new painted flowers Altenew Stamps (multi-stamp goodness). 

I don't know where I've been that I didn't know about the Multi Medium Matte (no more shiny glue spots!) and the needle tip dispenser I found at Simon Says. Glossy Accents for the times I want it to shine : D.

I find myself to be even more easily distracted since the accident last week. I find myself wondering just how many creative pots can I put on the "stove" at a time lol. It's taken me 6 hours to get this post written, but I've worked on quite a few things in the meantime.

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