Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Hello crafty friends!
This is one of those rare posts of mine that is just for fun, and not scheduled.
(Note to self: I need to do more of those)

I created this card a few weeks ago for possible submission to Craft Stamper magazine,
for the June issue, but sadly it wasn't picked.

Oh well, I'll keep trying!
But, it turns out if fits the current challenge at

Here's what I created:

For my cloud background, I used Tumbled Glass DI and for each cloud 'row',
alternated sponging the darker areas with Mermaid Lagoon and Broken China.
If you close one eye and squint, you may be able to see the subtle differences.
Being as how I'm a huge fan of dragons, the choice was a no brainer for me.
Using my MISTI, I achieved the blue-purple color they were looking for by
stamping first in Dusty Concord DI, then Blueprint Sketch DI over it.
I took it a step further by stamping VersaMark Ink and clear embossing it.
 You can see the embossing in this pic:

 I clear embossed the sentiment also.
So that's it for now. Thanks for visiting,
and I hope that you have a great day!

I'd also like to enter this at Craft Stamper March Take It Make It challenge 

Stamps: Lavinia Stamps - dragon; Katzelkraft - Dreamer 
Ink: Ranger DI - Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, Dusty Concord, Blueprint Sketch; Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark
CS: Neenah; Core'Dinations
Accessories: Cloud template; stencil brush; MISTI; WOW! - clear EP; heat gun; GC; Lawn Fawn - Scalloped rectangle die
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Scotch foam tape 

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Hello snarky peeps! Welcome to a new
challenge at the
 This fortnight is brought to you by the letter Z:
Z for Zig Zag!  
Anything from chevrons, to ric rac ribbon will work. 
 Here's my card:

and the inside:
 I bought this sparkly sheet of paper sometime last year to use on a 
project, then decided not to. So I cut into it for the first time here.
Shopped my stash of neglected flowers and OMG! I used another brad!
My card is based off of CTS#261.
Here's another shot:

I hope that you come and join in our Zig Zag challenge at
the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.  We'd love to see your take
on the challenge! For more inspiration, do visit the blogs of my Sistahs,
and our newest Guest Designer CG, to see how they interpreted it.
Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!

Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Party Grumplings; Paper Issues - Aah Real Birthday Sentiments, Freaking Sentiments
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Picked Raspberry
DP: American Crafts - glittery silver/black chevron 
CS: TE; Recollections
Accessories: GC; Simon Says Stamp - Frames die; Poppystamps - Shasta Twigs die; paper flowers and brad from stash; MME - enamel dots; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Glue Dots; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

STAMPlorations Bloomtangled Cover Plates & Simply Sentiment Dies!

Good morning crafty peeps!
Today I'm excited to be a part of the
reveal! I'm sure you know that Shery created a coloring book
last year called Bloomtangled. Well she's wowed us
yet again with her brilliance and created some cover plate dies
from some of the designs in the coloring book!

Here are two cards I've made using two of the plates along with two of
the new Simply Sentiments dies:

My first card is pretty CAS. I started by cutting the Bloomtangled #1 cover plate from white card stock and gluing to a yellow card base. I die cut the Just Because phrase die 3 times, stacked and glued, then covered it with my Wink of Stella pen. Some black enamel dots and rhinestones
were added for some bling. (Gotta have some bling!)

 and the inside using a sentiment from the Fond Expressions 2 set:

For my second card, after die cutting the Bloomtangled #2 cover plate, I used my Magenta
Nuance powder dyes as water colors and had some fun coloring the die cut.
This was also covered with Wink of Stella, but with my crack photography
skillz, you really can't see the shimmer. LOL!
The Thinking of you phrase die was cut a couple times. I took a couple ink pads and
dabbed them around one of the die cuts to color it, then stacked and glued them.
I added a coat of Glossy Accents for some shine.

 and the inside using a sentiment from the Fond Expressions set:

 Close up of the sentiment. I used rhinestones for the dots on the i's.

Aren't these cover plates amazing?!! I just love them!
For more gorgeous inspiration, please do yourself a favor
and visit the STAMPlorations Bloomtangled cover plates post
to see what the Design Team have created. You WON'T be
disappointed! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you
have a great day!

Supplies: first card:
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Fond Expressions 2
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: TE; Neenah; Recollections
Accessories: GC; STAMPlorations - Bloomtangled #1 cover plate, Just Because phrase die; mystery black dots; Nicole - rhinestones; Wink of Stella pen; MISTI; Avery Elle - Pierced rectangle die
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

second card:
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Fond Expressions 
Ink: Memento - Summer Sky, Lu Lu Lavender; Tangelo
CS: TE; Strathmore watercolor paper; Recollections
Accessories: GC; STAMPlorations - Bloomtangled #2 cover plate, Thinking of You phrase die; Magenta - Nuance Powder dyes; Wink of Stella pen; Ranger - Glossy Accents; Avery Elle - Pierced Rectangle die; pallet and paint brush; Nicole - rhinestones
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #344 - Celebrate National Dress Day!

Welcome and happy Tuesday!
Did you know that March 6th is
To celebrate, the SOS Crew at
challenge you to add a dress to your project!

For my card, I stalked Pinterest and found this template that I
printed out onto the back side of the paper I used for my dress.
I thought a little black dress with pink polka dots would make
for an adorable dress. The ribbon I won years ago from May Arts. It's
a pale pink, although with my crack photography skillz, it looks more white.
I found a teeny little flower in my stash to add to the waist. So cute!

and the inside:

My sentiments are from a couple stamp sets that I just rediscovered.
(the fabulous stamp saw ink for the first time! NBUS!)

I hope that you find some time this week to play along in our dress challenge
at Shopping Our Stash! Need more ideas? Simply visit the blogs of
my teammies to see the amazing creations they came up with!
Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Some Odd Girl - Dare to be Gwen; Mama Elephant - Speech Bubbles
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Taylored Expressions; Recollections
DP: MME - Everyday Tango
Accessories: dress template from Pinterest; GC Cuttlebug - Modern Wallpaper EF; May Arts ribbon;
Nicole - flower; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; Recollections - tacky tape

Monday, March 5, 2018

STAMPlorations March challenge - All About Spring and Faith

Hello crafty peeps and welcome!
It's March (how is it March already!), and the new monthly challenge starts at

And just to refresh you on what's going on:

You’ve probably heard that Ms STAMPlorations, Shery Russ, welcomed a daughter named “Winter” to the family in December. In order to give Shery a little time to catch her breath after giving birth and to adjust to daily life with two little ones in addition to running the store, we are going to take a little “Winter” break!

Rather than all of our normal monthly challenges, there will be just one challenge for you to join each month. You'll find it announced on the 5th of the month. The challenge will have a theme and as long as you follow the theme, any type of project is welcome! Then, we’ll return to our regular programming in May ;)

And now on to my card:

I stamped the Blossom Sprays 1 image
in VersaMark and gold heat embossed it onto water color paper. 
Using Distress Inks and a water brush, I painted the flowers, and also
splattered a couple of the inks around my panel.
I heat embossed the sentiment from Fond Expressions 2 onto a
strip of vellum and attached on the back of the panel, then 
adhered to my card base with foam squares.

Challenge rules:
*Create any type of project -- cards (any style), mixed media, tags, layout, etc -- as long as it follows our theme
*STAMPlorations product is not required though we’d love to see it
*Enter as many times as you want – as long as each project has its own blog post
*Display the challenge graphic + link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
*Comment on the entry before yours in the gallery – let's spread the love. (If you're the first player, just comment on the entry after yours.)
*For an extra chance, comment on the challenge post and the designers’ blog posts throughout the month
*TWO (2) winners of a $25 gift certificate - randomly drawn from all entries
*ONE (1) winner of a $25 gift certificate - randomly drawn from all comments left on the designers' blogs throughout the month
Shery is offering a generous 10% off (no coupon code needed) all stamps, stencils, and dies in the store from Feb through April. Retiring products are excluded. We hope you'll find time to play with us and we look forward to seeing your project in the gallery.
Liked the stamps I've used? You can order them and use my special discount code:
for a 20% discount!
(this is not case sensitive, and cannot be combined with other discounts)

Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see your projects in our gallery!

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Blossom Sprays 1, Fond Expressions 2
Ink: VersaMark; Ranger DI - Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough, Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac
CS: Strathmore water color paper; TE
Accessories: Stampendous - Detail gold EP; heat gun; Kuretake Co. - water brush; Recollections - vellum; MISTI; Fiskars - corner rounder
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Friday, March 2, 2018

I'm published!!!

Hi crafty friends!
I'm so excited to say that I've
been published for the first time!
My card is in the April issue of
Craft Stamper magazine in the Ready Set Stamp 
reader submissions feature!

It's based off of these colors and theme:

Here's my interpretation:


The wellies are red and covered with Stickles (making it hard to see of course. LOL!)
IRL this card sparkles and shimmers with all the Stickles and Wink of Stella pen
on it. I just love it!

I want to thank Trish Latimer again for choosing my card for
the April issue. I am SOOOO amazed and beyond grateful!

 You can get a copy of the magazine at http://www.craftstamper.com/ to buy subscriptions, http://www.mags-uk.com/ for single print copies, and digital copies from http://www.pocketmags.co.uk/.

 Thanks for visiting!
Have a fantastic day!

Stamps: Visible Image - Sparkle in the Rain
Ink: Ranger DI - Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio; Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark; Simon Says Stamp - Lipstick Red
CS: Core-Dinations; WRMK
Accessories: GC; Avery Elle - Double Pierced rectangle die; Ranger blending tools; MISTI; Stampendous - White EP; heat gun; Ranger - Crystal Stickles; WOS pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Size matters....

Hello there crafty peeps!
Just popping in with a card I'm linking up at

Here's what I came up with:
 and the inside:

This stamp I've had since sometime last year and it was high time
I inked it up. I added a large wine glass shaker to go along with it. *wink*

Speaking of wine, I need to refill my glass.
Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: So Suzy Stamps - size matters; Avery Elle - Happy Hour
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: DCWV - Summer Magic stack
CS: Neenah
Accessories: GC; Avery Elle - wine glass die; Lawn Fawn - scalloped rectangle die; Crafter's Companion - acetate; Darice - sequins; Spectrum Noir markers - GT1; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Scotch foam tape; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #343 - Stencils

Hello crafty friends and welcome!
Time for a new challenge at

Speaking of new, check out our new banner and side bar
badge that the uber talented Lauren created!
You are da bomb!!

This week's challenge is super easy: dust off those neglected
stencils you've been hoarding and create something with them!
Here's may card:

 Here's the inside:
I bought this stencil sometime last year and, of course,
never used it until now. I applied embossing paste over it and once dry
carefully tapped my VersaMark ink pad over the raised design and
heat embossed in gold EP. I did have to retrace a few spots with the 
VersaMark pen and repeat but it turned out pretty awesome IMHO.

 Ooh! Shiny!

I thought the snarky sentiment went so well for a birthday card because
aging = C.R.S. (Can't Remember Sh*t)
(Well, at least it does for me. *wink*)

We hope to see your fabulous projects in our gallery this
week at Shopping Our Stash! For more inspiration do check
out what my teammies created to wow you!
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps; Dylusions - Quote Bubble; Paper Smooches - Birthday Sampler
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark
CS: Crafter's Companion; Neenah; Recollections
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; DecoArt - stencil; Stampendous - Champagne EP; heat gun;
Dylusions ink spray; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & Thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Twofer challenge #2

Hello crafty friends!
I'm popping in at pretty much the last minute
because I told myself that I needed to play
along at the Twofer #2 challenge this month.
(since I didn't last month)
And me having the superpower of procrastination,
today is the last day to link up.
Here are the two cards I've made using the same die cut:

The first, a sympathy card.
(These are the absolute worst cards to make)
 the inside:

Using the little heart pieces from the first card,
I made a Valentine's Day card:
 and the inside:

That's it for now.
If you're looking for my Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers card,
just click here for it.
Thanks for popping in, and I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Care and Comfort; Paper Smooches - I Heart Art; Hero Arts - Celebrate Everyday
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves, Paris Dusk, Elderberry; Gray Flannel
CS: Neenah classic crest
Accessories: GC; MFT - heart border die; MISTI; Fiskars - corner rounder
Adhesives: Ranger - Multi Medium Matte


Hello and welcome snarky peeps!
First off, I want to say that Sister Lynne has made the difficult decision to step down from
the Sisterhood in order to concentrate on her art career. We wish you all the best and will miss you Lynne,
but you know you are welcome back whenever you want. I will still stalk your blog!
Secondly, that being said, we wish to welcome
 to the Sisterhood! Woo Hoo! Toni has been a regular player in
our challenges and we are thrilled to have her on board!
You'll be seeing her amazing creations starting in March!

We have a fun challenge starting today at the
T is for Tissue!
 That's right, we challenge you to use tissue paper in some way
on your project. You can also use a paper napkin for your 
tissue element, as I've done here:

I've had these cocktail napkins for years, and I only just took off the packaging
to make this card. But it gave me the idea for this card I made for our
snarky card swap 4 years ago!

I first separated the design part from the other layer, and adhered it
to some card stock. I carefully brushed clear gesso over that and let it dry.
I used my finger to smudge black ink around the edges, matted it onto some
black card stock, and used foam squares to adhere to my card base.

I had so much fun with using napkins that I made 4 more cards using
one napkin! I had another package of pretty cocktail napkins and decided to 
quarter it and make four more cards:

OK, so now it's your turn to use tissue (or a paper napkin) in some way
on your project and link up at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!
We'd love to see what you come up with. For more ideas, just check out what
my Sisters and our newest Guest Designer, Karola, have created to inspire you!
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day!

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