Good morning!  How is everyone?  I must say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting into the studio and just playing recently.  It’s been so long since I’ve done anything crafty just for the FUN of it!  Might have to be making a few changes just so I do feel like its fun and not so much work.

When I was at StampAway a week or so ago, I finally got to meet Pat Huntoon from Technique Junkies.  You know I’ve had hops with her, used her product and never had met her . . . I was so excited when I saw her sitting in her booth!   What I didn’t know was that she had joined forces with Stamp Camp (I actually have a number of stamps that I’ve picked up over the years from Stamp Camp . . .  I’m going to need to dig them out) and now you can purchase those stamps online at Technique Junkies Stamps/Stamp Camp.  While I was browsing Pat’s booth, I found a set of stamps that I absolutely had to have . . .  Things I Want To Do . . . which I’ve used for today’s project.

For those of you who have followed me for some time, know that I love Art Impressions Millie!  It’s been quite a long time since I’ve pulled Millie out and got her inky . . . but you see, when I first saw the set Things I Want To Do, I KNEW that they would be perfect with Millie!


Can I just say . . .  FUN!  Millie was colored with Copic Markers and then die cut/embossed with Spellbinders S5-171 A2 Curved Matting Basics A; the black background panel was die cut/embossed with S5-172 A2 Curved Matting Basics B.

The sentiment was stamped in Archival Jet Black, and then die cut/embossed with Spellbinders S4-367 Back to Basics Tags.


I went rummaging through my paper stash for something that would match Millie’s dress, and finally settled on an old pad of Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket.  Some of the scraps were distressed, inked and then stitched to a piece of black card stock.

I think you’ll be seeing more of this sentiment set with some of the other Art Impressions ladies!


Thanks for stopping by and joining me today!





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WOW I can’t believe that I finally get to tell you this!  I’ve been keeping it a secret since CHA . . . I’m the April Guest Designer over at Inky Antics!

When I was at CHA, I was browsing through the Stampers Anonymous booth looking at al the new releases when I ran into Jackie Wamhoff, founder and creative director of Inky Antics Rubber Stamps.  I got to know Jackie while I was working the stamp show circuit, and always look forward to seeing her at CHA.  When she asked me if I would do a Guest Spot for Inky Antics, I was so excited I couldn’t say no.  So here it is April, and first card goes live today on the Inky Antics Rubber Stamps Blog.

I’m going to show you the card here, but please go over and show Jackie some love on the Inky Blog.  I promised her I would send my readers over, plus you get to read some of the interview I gave her!  You’ll also get to find out all about this card and why I chose the image . . . you don’t want to miss that!




That’s all for me today . . . oh wait!  I need to tell you about the show yesterday.  I got lots of goodies . . . some much needed Copic Markers and refills, some stamps from Our Daily Bread (and I got to see Kelly), got to even see Mary (Stacey Caron’s mom) which was a fabulous surprise!  I met of few of you, my readers, saw lots of my cards in the Rubbernecker booth (even though I’ve been banned/refused from the website since I left the company design team) – yelled hi to Mr. Rubbernecker just to see him squirm (Bad Bad Sherry), got to finally meet Nikki Sivils, and almost forgot . . . purchased some 6×6 paper pads I’ve been looking for!  All in all, it was a great day and I’m so glad I decided to go over!

Thanks for stopping by today, don’t forget to visit the Inky Antics Rubber Stamps Blog and take advantage of the adventures that come your way today!


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Good Thursday morning!  I hope y’all have had a good week so far.  I would tell you the story of what happened yesterday but . . . . I’m sure you would find it pretty boring.  Let’s put it this way . . . four of us went to get passports, two post offices later . . . . two got them, two did not.  Am I one who did?  Well of course not!  My certified birth certificate is no longer good for obtaining a passport (even though it says it is right there on the page) . . . so I’ll be delayed a month or so.  That’s okay, there is plenty of time to get my passport and to lose a few extra pounds.  My sister and I are calling it “Losin’ for Cruisin’!”

Enough about that  . . . but we are very excited.  All four of the adult children (and their spouses except for mine) are going on a 7-day cruise with the momma (step-momma for two of them).  See I can’t let it go . . . February is a way off!

Fast reverse to a few days ago in the studio.  Card making!  While at CHA I picked up a couple of Unity – Itty Bitty Stamps.  One of them was Halloween and since I’ve been in the mood to make Halloween cards recently, I couldn’t resist.

Here’s the outside:


The little ghost was colored with Copic Markers and then mounted on varying circle die templates from Spellbinders™.  The edges of the paper were distressed and then sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  The border was made with 2 of the new Edgeabilities.  See that sentiment . . . How do GHOSTS like to dance? . . . well look at the inside


I LOVE it!

By the way, the seam binding was dyed with a mix of Dusty Concord and Sky Blue to get just the right shade of purple.

Well that’s it for today except . . . remember life is short, embrace the adventures of the day!

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It’s time for another E-Team “It’s Better with Color” Blog Hop.  This month we are using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas and Acrylic Paints.

Before I get started with my project, let’s talk about the hop some.  Here’s what will be happening during the hop:

  • Three random winners from E-Team blogs will be chosen.  These three winners will each receive a Claudine Hellmuth Mini Acrylic Paint Set along with some other eclectic Paperie goodies
  • Visit the eP Blog and leave a comment to get a chance to win a $25 eclectic Paperie voucher.   Tell us about any tips or techniques you have tried using acrylic paints . . . we want to know.
  • You have until Thursday, September 1st to leave comments.
  • Winners will be announced on the eP Blog on Friday, September 2nd

The E-Team participating today are:

Daisy Sparks – The eP Blog
Broni Holcombe
Latrice Murphy
Linda Duke
Linda Ledbetter
Micki Harper
Starla Nelson

Now that I have all that covered, we can talk about my project.  My daughter, Mallory (the little princess . . . so she thinks), has been pestering me for over a year to make a wall hanging for her room at school.  I don’t know why I’ve been putting it off, probably because I thought it wouldn’t turn out well and would be too difficult to pull off.   WELL, when I saw what this challenge/hop would be, I made up my mind to give her wall hanging a try.

Here is what I started with.


A 1×8 1/4” scrap piece of wood that was painted black.

A piece of Sticky-Back Canvas was taped down to the craft sheet and painted with Claudine Hellmuth Studio acrylic paints.


I started with Sky Blue then dry brushed Painterly Pink and Landscape Green randomly over the canvas.  By the end of the project I had also added Classic Teal and more of the Painterly Pink.

Because of the sentiment Mallory requested for the wall hanging, there just HAD to be some type of princess . . . SO . . . Suzi Blu’s Broke My Heart image from Unity was stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black on another piece of Sticky-Back Canvas.


This is not the actual image I used, I messed her up painting . . . you know how little drops of paint can get on your finger and when you touch the canvas . . . . Well anyway, the dress was painted with Classic Teal and the hearts Painterly Pink.  I used Canvas White with the teal to make the color not so bold.

I have to tell you that I didn’t like the ragged edge of the canvas once I cut it away from the board, so I decided to make a black border.  Here’s what YOU DON’T WANT TO DO!


I thought it would be real easy to mark off 1/4” from the sides, place painters tape across the canvas and paint a Charcoal Black strip.  NOPE IT WASN’T.  The paint bled under the fibers of the canvas and left a very sloppy edge.  TO THE RESCUE . . .


a ruler and permanent black marker.  Lines were marked again a little more than 1/4” from each side, the ruler was placed along the lines and then the border drawn by placing the marker along the ruler edge and pulling.  PERFECT!

Now, here’s the final project all put together including the handwritten sentiment.


Can you see how dark the trim is on the dress?  That is the Classic Teal in its original form (no white added).  Highlights on the dress and around the hearts were drawn with a Gelly Roll Stardust marker.  The rhinestones are from Want2Scrap and are self-adhesive.  When I finished the wall hanging I sent Mallory a picture via text . . .  she LOVES it!  WOO HOO!!!!!

That’s all I have for you today except . . .  Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to visit my fellow E-Team members!


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Happy Tuesday!  Yesterday I promised you some stampy fun today.  Well, I’m almost embarrassed to show you my card . . . . I’m asking myself now what in the hell was I thinking.  I actually think this will a test of styles . . . it will be perfect for it.

So I was thinking (oh my BADness, yes it hurt!) that I wanted black and white, with a pop of color.  It’s been a very long time since I’ve done that.  Believe it or not, this card is clean and simple for me . . . no sponging, no extra embellishments, (or for pity sake . . . what in the hell was I thinking?)

Well, we might as well get this over with . . .


As you can see, it’s pretty simple.  The image was colored with Copic Markers and then everything else   . . . well, simple black and white.  The embossing of the Spellbinders dies gave me a perfect edge to add some faux stitching (something else I haven’t done in a long time).  The image is fairly large in size and to find a die to fit left too much white space.   I didn’t want that.  I found the size of die I needed, marked the edges of overhang, and trimmed the image out to fit under my die when I cutting and embossing.  Pretty cool!

I think the next time I use this image it will be inky!

Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures that come your way!



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