Wednesday, July 27, 2016


A cat has snuck into the craftroom and knocked over a stack of inkpads. The desk pelican has saved the Royal Velvet. To the right is my ultra glamorous photo booth (a sheet of white cardstock). The color blocked card is all one layer. The last card of Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire 2016.  There are blending foams to put away and the last stamp to be cleaned and returned to its companions.

Today is the first day without eyedrops for a month! Did you know that you can taste eyedrops (put in your eyes)?? I do not miss that at all. Plus, I still suck at giving myself eyedrops even with all that practice lol.

Head over to Julia's for more crafty peeks : D.

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire 2016

The day started off with a color recipe challenge. I used SAF 2014 1940's mini kit with the Monet recipe. I love the New Leaf, inked again with Pinefeather around the edges.

Then we hustled off to Night Skies. Apparently the secret to night skies are some pale colors. And instead of painting a ground scene I inked the edges with more Enchanted Evening. The Sparkle is some light blue shimmer cardstock from Club Scrap. A bit of handspun linen for the thread nest, some silver star sequins, pale pink sequins, and Stickles (diamond, icicle and lavender). The sparkle is cut with the Sparkle die (from the Sparkle & Shine word dies) made with two layers glued together. The sentiment is from the Sparkle & Shine stamp set.

Gilded in Gold was about gilding, but I didn't have Liquid Leaf, so I drew inspiration from the Klimt video, especially his Tree of Life painting. The tree is from Through the Trees stamped with Versaark and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold. The little bird is from the same stamp, stamped in Onyx Black Versafine. The print is from Woodblock Prints stamped with Chalk Box gold pigment ink (just have to remember to heat set it lol).

This was a totally different sort of card based on impressionism and Melissa's technique. The stamp sets for the flowers are Pretty Peonies, Vintage Linens, and Make It Market kit: Nostalgic Notions. The leaves are from Cutting Garden and inked with Spring Moss, spritzed and then stamped and fussy cut. Background Basics: Newsprint was stamped across the Friendship Jar and Background Basics: Gingham was stamped across the bottom. The vellum tag is cut with Fillable Frames #9 and stamped with Merci from Think Big Favorites #3. The scalloped border is from Be Happy set.  Melissa's flower technique is simply brilliant : D. I stamped the jar with Aqua Mist and then painted over it with Aqua Mist and Mint Julep. I need to remember to expand my "outline" stamp color palette.  I've started just gluing down the middle of the flowers with a little bit of Ranger's Matte Multi Medium.

I really loved how this card turned out, inspired by Lizzie Jones' take on a painting by Berthe Morisot. It's difficult to see in the picture, but there is a bit of subtle dry brushing. I discovered a new paint recipe. Pour a small bit (dime sized) of regular acrylic paint on the craft sheet over a smudge from an inkpad (ths was white paint over Stormy Sea) and the spritz the dickens out of it until it is very very watery. Then I distressed the edges with Iced Spruce and Bundled Sage. The sentiment is from Embroidered Blooms stamped with one of Wendy Vecchi's Archival Inks. The flowers are stamped with Yellow Tart, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy (totally copied Lizzie's ink choices). Again the flowers are only attached in the middle, the larger one with Ranger's Matte Multi Medium and the smaller ones with a piece of foam tape.

The challenge for this card was learning different ways to make drips and splatters (on purpose lol). I used tinted white acrylic paint (this time with Forest Moss Distress Ink), Royal Velvet and Ocean Tides. I loved the whole background so much, I decided not to use a tag and just stamped the sentiment (the happy from Be Happy and the Everything from Everyday Happiness). The card front is Stamper's Select White and the base is Stormy Sea.

This card was made using pointillism. Even though the deadline was drawing near, it was nice to have a bit of reflective time and listen to the latest Paperclipping Round Table while I stamped (Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, and Berry Sorbet) and then fussy cut. The techniques are not so absorbing that I forget to listen, but just the right amount of doing something to not drift off and think about other things (I actually was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50, but sadly the medications are contraindicated with other conditions I have). The flower is from Year of Flowers: Carnation, the sentiment is from Garden Variety, the card base is Stormy Sea, the string is Rustic Twine thorugh the largest String Frames die, and the buttons are from a bag of Sweet Blush Buttons. Flat little glue dots keep the buttons in place.

It was really late at this point, so by the time I realized my mistake with the watercoloring challenge, it was too late to start over. The problem was I started with Stamper's Select cardstock instead of Watercolor Paper. (I don't know the face palm emoticon lol). But it still turned out nicely, just not as watery as I had hoped. I used one of my all time favorite stamp sets, Willow, and the backgrounds are both sizes of Background Basics: Gingham. The large is stamped over the willow tree die cuts with Ocean Tides, and the bottom is stamped with Spring Moss. The sentiment is from Think Big Favorites #3 stamped with Pinefeather.

The color blocking is all done on one layer! Wilted Violet soup can with a Picked Raspberry background. Abandoned Coral soup can with a Twisted Citron background. Salty Ocean soup can with a Cracked Pistachio background. Peacock Feathers soup can with a Squeezed Lemonade background. The stamp is from Comfort Food. I'm so glad I was finally able to get this set.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink July 2016 Blog Hop

It's time for Papertrey Ink's Monthly Blog Hop. I started with piece of a Spring Rain cardstock and stenciled the Modern Basics Diamond with Picket Fence Distress Ink. And then did a very modified version of Kay Miller's Watercolor Technique. The sentiment is stamped with Onyx Black Versafine to make sure it stamped over all the different surfaces.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Vitamin Sea

I'm participating in Creative Chemistry 2016 and the background is one of the techniques from Chemistry 102. I am beyond giddy that I can make my on glossy paper tags with the Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates die (and Glossy Paper).  The woman in the water (at the bottom of the tag), the sentiment on the side, and seahorses are from Crafty Secrets Mermaids stamp set. The Octopus and Jellyfish are from Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit from July 2016. The protractor stamp is from Jenni Bowlin Studios. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz' Boundless Flight and the chandelier is from a set by Inkadinkadoo.

Simon Says Nautical/By the Sea, so it is : D

Hero Arts also made a Color Layering Octopus stamp set.

I'm also addicted to making these little seahorses with crackle paint (seriously it is Crack). These are all made from Tim Holtz Movers & Shaker dies cut from the backs of thick cardboard (the back of product packaging with the shiny top layer peeled off).

Hoping you get your fix of Vitamin Sea this summer : ).

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


It's been a rapidly changing desk day. They should just call Crackle Paint Crack, because it's positively addiciting. There are about 7 pieces using it back towards the light.

And if you like to reduce your shrink plastic with a Heat-It, just take it from me that the order is everything lol. The umbrella man on the left was shrunk from the feet up. The umbrella man on the right was shrunk from the top down.

Head over to Lunch Lady Jan's for a peek at more crafty places : ).


 The leftovers from Distress Paint Marbling (Creative Chemistry 102) are wonderful for coloring ribbon.

I love my hole punch : D.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Soon the teapot will no longer be naked. The inspiration for the wool tea warmer is all Julia Dunnit and Lunch Lady Jan. The purple bit needs another part which has finally motivated me to learn the Magic Cast One (just the thing if one is knitting toe-up socks or other knit at the bottom items).

I'm also doing the Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz. The interactive features or Creative Chemistry 101 and 102 were/are reopened. Sadly I couldn't find my binder until 101 was closed, but I'm geared up for 102. So the tags to the right are from that.

Last week I had cataract surgery. I learned I am prone to spontaneous jogging (which I only know now because I'm not allowed to do it and have to wear flip flops as a reminder not to spontaneously jog). I am way more active than I thought. I really suck at giving myself eye drops (for the last week 3 drops 4 times a day 5 minutes apart). My eyelids are very itchy. I wear sports goggles because I can't remember not to touch my itchy eyelids.

Head over to Lunch Lady Jan's blog for a gander at more crafty spaces.