Good morning!  I know it’s been a bit since I posted last, but trust me . . . there will be more to come sooner rather than later.  I’m making head way in the studio move and it looks like I’m going to have some more time during the week to spend crafting.  At least I have all my fingers and nine toes crossed!

Today I have a 5×7 layered card that I’m sharing on the eclectic Paperie Blog.  I hope you’ll join me over there for all the details and more photos!




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Hope everything is going well for y’all.  I’m beyond running in circles and have now gone through the hoop more than once!  Just when I think things are going to settle down, something else rears its ugly head and I continue to meet it all head on!  One of these days I’m going to run away . . . ROAD TRIP . . . “ME” time . .  . anyone have a private island with cabana boys that they would like to share?


This is my final project as Guest Designer for The Artistic Stamper!  I’ve had a blast and am so thankful that Jennie asked to me to join them for the month!  More pictures and lots and lots of details are over on the Creative Team Blog.  I hope you’ll hop over there, take a look and leave a comment or two . . . YES, we love comments!

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Happy Weekend!  It’s been a little crazy around here this week . . . with projects I can’t show you yet.  Don’t you just hate it when I say something like that?  We’ve got another baby shower tomorrow . . . I can’t wait to see all the cute baby things!  Little girls clothes are just the cutest . . .

I worked up a couple of Halloween cards today, the first one cutesy and the second one grungy!  I’m showing you the second one today because I like it better than the first and actually made this one to replace the cutesy one.  Mallory likes the cutesy one (she says its different than my normal work), so I’ll probably show that one to you next week.

I had in mind to work with the Quietfire Designs Halloween! Wicked Collection, and for some reason I pulled out the Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Collection to go with.  Hmmmmm maybe it has something to do with Wicked . . .


Jack was stamped in Archival Jet Black on watercolor paper and then water colored with Faded Jeans, Scattered Twigs and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  I made a mask of Jack with Eclipse Tape, and then stamped over the image with a sentiment from the Quietfire set in Sepia Archival.

Once the image had been die cut/embossed with Spellbinders Ovals, it was sponged with Antique Linen and just a hint of Vintage Photo around the outer edge.  The ghost paper behind Jack was die cut with Spellbinders Grand Square, placed on an angle.

The seam binding was dyed with the same ink used to watercolor with . . . with a smidgen of Black Soot added.  All the edges of the paper were distressed with my favorite distressing tool, my scissors!

Well, I guess that’s all for me!  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, enjoy the adventures that come your way!


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Good evening!  Have y’all heard about the JustRite Stampers Christmas Linky Party?  If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should.  There are many great projects uploaded and I’m uploading mine today with this post.  As part of the rules, you need to post the Party Badge on your blog:

JR Nov Release Linky Party 11 Icon

I just read that there are gifts to be given out all week . . .

Here’s my project for the party!

LinkyParty BlizzardBuddies

The background paper (Fancy Pants Saint Nick) was distressed and then sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  The ribbon and bow was made from seam binding that was dyed with Graphic 45 Decades Venetian Lace Ink.

LinkyParty CloseUpSnowman

One of the snowmen from the Blizzard Bunch set was colored with Copic Markers.  The snowman was then masked and the background was airbrushed (all except for the snow).

LinkyParty CloseUpSnowflake

The snowflake was die cut/embossed with Spellbinders™ Create-A-Flake Three and stenciled with Donna Salazar Mixed Media Peridot Ink.  Once the ink was dry, Ranger Matte Accents was applied to the stenciled areas, then glass shard glitter was added to the accents.  Once every thing was dry, the snowflake was assembled with Matte Accents and the button was added with waxed twine.

That’s all for me today.  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures that come your way!


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Good Monday morning!  I hope y’all had a good weekend.  I myself had two days where I was able to play with paper and ink.  I truly don’t know where last week went.  I was busy everyday and it seems I never did find time to get into the studio.  Each morning I would commit myself to get creative but then something else got in the way.

The first thing I need to tell you today is that my Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium wall hanging is being showcased on the Graphic 45 Blog today.


You can see all the details on the Graphic 45 Blog and I know they would love to have you stop by.

Speaking of Christmas, I think I’ll show you one of the cards I worked on this past weekend.  Let’s start with the Santa card.    I was so taken with the images in the JustRite Blizzard Bunch that I’ve been trying to find time to play with them.  This Santa is one of my favorites.

Santa Card(4SB)

Santa was stamped on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and then colored with Copic Markers.   (I don’t want to hear any wisecracks about how I label my Copics either.  The take has been on there so long that I hate to remove it now.)

Copics for Santa

At first I airbrushed the background by masking Santa, but I later decided the background need to be a bit darker.  Color was added over the airbrushing with a brighter blue and yellow marker.

He is layered on various Spellbinders Circle Die Templates, each one sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  The paper is Memory Box Yuletide that I picked up on my last trip to Papertrix.    The background papers were distressed along the edges and then sponged with the same Antique Linen.   The border is Spellbinders Floral Doily Accents.

When I was looking for ribbon, I spotted the Scattered Straw seam binding that I had made for a prior project.  It got my attention because of the yellow bells in the paper.  To me it brings the bells out more . . . I didn’t notice them before as much as after I added the ribbon.

Well, I think that’s all I have for today.  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures that come you way.  (That’s what I did last week.)


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