Friday, November 17, 2017


Stamp set is Stampin' Up! Grand Cornucopia (retired).
Wrinkled tissue paper and applied to card stock with Mod Podge. Sprayed with orange and gold shimmer sprays. When dry, ran a versamark pad over wrinkles and embossed in gold. Gold embossed cornucopia, colored with pencils and markers. Die cut pumpkin shape and popped up on dimensionals.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Winter Is Coming

Tis the season to start stamping... Today begins my holiday card, tag, ornament, etc. creating. I hope you will stop back again and join me in getting ready for the holidays!
This cute little elf was one I couldn't resist (those ears!). It is by My Favorite Things. The rest of the card is all Stampin' Up!- retired Christmas paper, silver glimmer paper, and the snowflake rhinestone embellishments. The layout and colors were from the SCS challenges this week.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


I'm sure we all have a few old stamp sets that we just can't part with! I love this fat chef and how easy it is to dress up his chef jacket, either with paper piecing or stamping. For this one I colored it with the Daffodil Stampin' Blend and the used the leaf stamp from the Gratitude set with the pheasant? in Cranberry Crisp. Base is Cherry Cobbler with Tangerine. (SUO)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Joy Gift Tag

I made this for Loll Thompson's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge.
Using a gelli plate and turquoise and gold acrylic paints brayered onto plate, I added some doily stencils and white dots with an eraser and white craft ink. Spritzed with glimmer mist when dry. Ran piece through with Sizzix 3D snowflakes embossing folder, then swiped top raised images with white craft ink. Added Tattered Poinsettias die and joy sentiment die cut from ice blue foil sheet (Sizzix).  Flower center is Recollections micro beads, bottom strip is SU glitter paper, tinsel ribbon trim is Tim Holtz, sequins were added to some snowflakes.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Holiday Home

Most supplies for this card are Stampin' Up! Heat and Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter for sky background, Soft Sky Winter White and Wasabi card stocks, Holiday Home stamp set, Copic markers and Sizzix Christmas tree die. Ornaments are Nuvo enamel drops.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rosette Turkey

This is another of the Falliday Fest tutorials available this week at Splitcoaststampers.
I used Stampin' Up retired fall designer paper, More Mustard card stock, and the SU Autumn Leaves Sizzix die and then painted the chipboard cut out leaves with (Facetten-Lack) gold crackle paint. Added some paper leaves and a fall berry pick to bottom. Eyes are black brads with the prongs cut off.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Home For The Holidays

Today is my day to host one of the Falliday Fest Challenges at Splitcoaststampers!
The theme is Home For The Holidays and  challenges you to create a card or project with a house, window, or door decorated for the holidays. Any of the upcoming holidays will be great for this, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. I can't wait to see your adorned creations!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Challenge Cards

I am dropping a bit behind on the challenges...
The first one calls to use of some of your scraps, something we all have lots of, I'm sure. I used some retired SU Halloween paper, cut into 3/4" strips and basket weave technique was used. Basic Gray and Whisper White cardstocks. Pumpkins were a set from G45, I think and sentiment is from Authentique paper. Glasses are stickers by Recollections.

I came across this cute stamp the other day in the thrift store, it is made by Stamps Happen. I made some 4 1/4" square cards for the spread a little kindness challenge, to pass these on to a stranger. I'd like to drop them at my local assisted living facility if they will accept them, if not they will go in my box that I am working on for the Ronald McDonald House card drive.   

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Masking and Dendritic techniques

These are for today's Falliday Fest challenges!
The first use Inkadinkado's Witching Hour stamp set.
The moon was masked, stamped cat and broom on white, colored. Embossed with spider web folder. Colored and cut out hat and popped up on dimensionals.

The second use SU's Cookie Cutter Christmas and the "dendritic" technique. This was easy and fun and one I can see myself using again. Take an old cd case and add some acrylic paint colors of your choice. Mix the colors around a little and then close and smush the two sides together. Open the cd case slowly and gently and you will see the "branches" begin to form. Mine looked like ice so I went on from there. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Blizzard technique

More Falliday Fest challenges today! Oh, did I mention there are prizes?? Head on over to Splitcoast and see what all the fun is about.

My first card used a technique that was a fun and easy and one I had not tried before. On Night of Navy card stock I used an acrylic block that was wrapped in Tim Holtz tinsel trim, dipped in white acrylic craft paint and then applied to the card stock to create a blizzard effect. It called for yarn, eyelash yarn gives even more texture but I could not find mine. I am seriously trying to resist the impulse to run out and buy things I know I already have somewhere. Usually the item turns up a day or two after I stop looking for it :)
The rest of the card supplies were: Marigold Morning, Whisper White thick, and glitter card stocks, gold organdy ribbon, sentiment and small village dies (unknown).

The second challenge called for birds or feathers so there were many directions to go with this theme. I wanted to get some Halloween cards out of the way before I start in on Christmas.
 I used this Halloween stamp from Stampendous with the raven in it. Stamped twice, once on vanilla and then again on a chipboard tag that was covered with gesso and sprayed with shimmer spray. Layered the tag over main image that had been inked with Tim Holtz distress oxides. Highlighted leaves with markers. Stamped a vine in tangerine over the tag side. Embellished with ombre ribbon and a tin brad.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


For the third challenge today, we have the word blessings to be used on your card or project.
I used a Recollections journal, Stampin' Up! embossing folder, lace and autumn trims, Fiskars stamp set and various SU punches and dies. The corrugated background cover was colored with alcohol ink sprays and Brushos crystal colors.

Tutorial Tango

For the second challenge of today's Falliday Fest we have tutorial tango. Choose a tutorial that starts with the first letter of your first name. Mine is J for Joseph's Coat. I used an old Spectrum ink pad (Autumn Leaves) on glossy card stock. Added Basic Black ink and then wiped off to reveal colors beneath. Base is Lemon Lime Twist embossed with a Tim Holtz folder.Sentiment is retired SU (Holiday Best). Embellished with florist twig and some pompom trim.
If your name starts with an S you are really in luck, there are a ton of tutorials starting with that! If your name starts with an X  choose one that starts with a number.

Falliday Fest is here!

Falliday Fest is finally here! Head on over to Splitcoast Stampers and join in on the many challenges that are going on this week. This is a great opportunity to stock up on all of your upcoming holiday cards before the season gets too crazy.
Start HERE and then browse the galleries and new tutorials being offered.

This first challenge and tutorial features alcohol inks. For my sample I used Stampin' Up! stamp set The Open Sea for the globe and Greetings of the Season for the sentiment. World Map embossing folder used for background.

Friday, September 22, 2017


For the School Days challenge on SCS.
Thinking of school... On Saturday, my siblings and I made a pilgrimage to our childhood home in NJ and traced our steps to our school, literally a walk down memory lane. It's been about 45+ years since we all did that walk together and it brought back so many memories. So much of the old school and church are still the same. When we were standing in front of our old house the owner pulled up and we chatted for a bit, he was probably wondering what a bunch of middle aged (old) folks were doing in front of his home. He asked us if we were the ones responsible for all of the little handprints in the back patio cement. Yes we were, I can still remember Dad pouring that out. Fun! Anyway, this challenge reminded me of the red plaid tin lunch box that I had way back then. (Also had a vinyl Barbie one). Probably antiques now and worth a fortune! 

I used the backpack tutorial in our Tutorials Resources section to create this school backpack using Authentique papers, textured gray card stock, eyelets, and black grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watercolored Tissue Technique

For the Monday Try a New technique challenge on Splitcoast, watercolored tissue paper.
Used four different distress inks each for the background and for the seahorse. Wrinkled up the tissue and used Versamark with gold embossing powder. Seahorse cut from the orange tissue piece. Dies are Tim Holtz. Added some twine rope, sequins, gauze that was dabbed with gold crackle paint, and mini shells. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Stipple Rose

An oldie but goodie from Stampin' Up!, Stipple Rose was colored in Prismacolors and blended with Gamsol. Added some sequins and a black pen border for a quick and easy CAS card.
This is for Day 4 of the 30 Day Color Challenge.

My Friend (Chere Amie)

For Day 3 of The Daily Marker 30 day Coloring Challenge , watercoloring.
Also for today's Splitcoast color challenge of Black, Peach, and Pool Party. Used watercolor crayons on the Penny Black stamp, misted and stamped and then filled in with more of the same colors with a paintbrush. Stamped sentiment in black and went over all of the lettering with a fine tip black Pigma marker. The watercolor paper doesn't take the detail of the sentiment so well but is easy to fix this way. The sentiment stamp is the French version of My Friend (Stampin' Up!).

Kindness Matters

Stampin' Up! Kindness Matters and embossing folder on a Whisper White card base. Kindred Stamps "Stay Sharp" cacti were colored in Prismacolor pencils with Gamsol to blend.
I used the Gina K tutorial using a very similar cactus design for this card. This is also for the 30 Day Color Challenge, all made assembly line style. The Misti makes it easy to do multiples.
I made a stack of these to be sent out to some of the wonderful first responders in the Houston area. If you would like to help here is a list of various ways:

Friday, August 25, 2017

Pleasant Poppies Bookmark

Stampin' Up! Pleasant Poppies embossed in gold, Avery Elle "This Book" for flowers and sentiment.
I used the Spellbinders filigree bookmark die set and cut it in gold foil card stock and vellum for the overlay.
The flowers and sentiment were gold embossed and colored in Copic markers.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My first ever challenge

I was so happy to have hosted my first ever Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty challenge. Hope you can play along, I would love to see your beautiful creations added to the gallery. These are my samples. The first uses a Gina K. background stamp done in Gelatos on watercolor paper with a Karen Lockhart butterfly colored in Prismacolors. The second uses a gold embossed foil card stock with the new Hero Arts butterfly die cut background and Memory box butterflies that were embellished with glass beads.   

Dare To Get Dirty challenges

Here are some more samples I made for the Dare To Get Dirty challenges going on at Splitcoaststampers. It's not to late to join in, the deadline is August 9th. We would love for you to play along! I can't give away the challenge details here, it's a secret for SCS Fan Club members :)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dare To Get Dirty- Day 2

More fun challenges today over at Splitcoast stampers! Come and play. 

Bloom With Hope

Supplies used for this card: 
Metallic silver and white card stocks, Stampin' Up Bloom with Hope embossed in silver and colored with copic markers, Wink Of Stella added to flower, pink seam binding ribbon, tissue paper, Modge Podge, Tim Holtz distress inks, Tattered Angels glimmer mist spray, sequins.

Hop on over to Splitcoaststampers and join in on this challenge and a few others today!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dare To Get Dirty 2017!

This is my favorite time of the year at Splitcoaststampers. The Dare To Get Dirty Challenges kicked off this morning and the themes are so much fun and sure to jump start your creative mojo! This is just one of the many benefits provided to Fan Club members and a great way to thank everyone for their support. For more information on the Fan Club and all that it offers please click  HERE!
I can't divulge any details for the above card samples, it is top secret- members only :)
Hope you can all play along.

Monday, July 24, 2017

You've Got This

For the flower from the You've Got This set I silver embossed, added colors with spritzed water and Brushos color crystals. Added Glimmer Mist for shimmer, cut out flower.
The background was bubble wrap with Versamark and clear embossing powder, shaded with Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass distress ink. Added some clear sequins to embellish and sentiment banner from Bloomin' Love , popped up on dimensionals.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dirty Dozen!

I am beyond happy, honored, and excited to be one of the new Dirty Girls on Splitcoaststampers! I hope you can take a minute to check out the gallery. The theme for July is "Time to Relax" and was loads of fun to make cards and projects for.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Starry Night

Inspire by one of my favorite paintings, this stamp is from Technique Junkies. Stamped in navy and some green, colored with pearlescent chalks and mounted up on dimensionals to a gold embossed card base. Inked edges with Night of Navy ink.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July to all and Happy Canada Day to our dear neighbors!
For the CAS challenge to show your patriotism and the technique challenge to use shaving cream (and make your card smell nice!)
I tried various papers with this technique- Whisper White, glossy, shimmer white and Ranger specialty stamping paper. This last one was my favorite. It held up really well and took the ink the best.
I softened the look of it with a piece of vellum that was gold embossed with fireworks and our Statue of Liberty. I have made the climb to the top of this statue a few times and it is really spectacular. If you ever get a chance, visit her and Ellis Island. It is an emotionally moving experience.
God Bless all nations with peace and prosperity! Have a happy and safe holiday, y'all.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Bella Toile Butterfly

Starting with a card base of Stampin' Up! Shimmer White I gold embossed Bella Toile background. Sprayed front with Tattered Rose Glimmer Mist and added some Brushos crystal colors in purple and scarlet and let it bleed together, spritzed on some more glimmer mist. This is so shimmery in real life, I love it! Gold embossed Tim Holtz butterfly on shimmer paper and cut out with coordinating die. Colored in Copic markers to match. Added gold cord behind butterfly, added to Whisper White sentiment strip with Style Beautiful sentiment.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Seaside Summer

Stampendous Seaside Chair stamped on watercolor paper, colored with Koi watercolor paints and darkened some areas with Copic markers. Added mini shells, glitter, and whipped spackle to water foam.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


This card was for the Featured Stamper challenge for casing Technique Freak Kelly Acheson. I made a few small changes to her pretty card, I love the way she used the succulents as flowers and the soft color combination. The paper is retired SU and I tried to make the flowers look like an extension of the ones on the paper.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fuse Tool

I really love my new Fuse tool, perfect for sealing shaker pouches. This was my first project with it and I managed to keep my lines pretty straight :) I imagine this would be great for Project Life scrap pages.
Supplies used for this card were: Stampendous mermaid and die, colored in Copics and highlighted with Wink Of Stella glitter. Hero Arts Mermaid kit for sentiment and sequins, Fuse paper kit on Bermuda Bay base. Half pearl to embellish. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Paisley Framelits Dies

Well, here's another use for the Paisley framelits dies :)
I started by outlining some of the Stampin' Up! Paisley framelits dies with an extra fine tip black marker and then spent most of the afternoon doodling in and around the images. Shaded with various pencils.

Card Catch Up

Catching up on my card challenge uploads. It's been a sore week of healing after some minor surgery. Stitches on my back have kept me from being as active as I would like but I was able to carefully stamp some things. Stamps aren't too heavy to lift :)
The first card is on Whisper White and uses Penny Black Pop Pop Poppy watercolor stamp. Instead of watercoloring it I used my new Lyra polycolor pencils (love) and Kinda Eclectic sentiment by SU.

The mermaid is by Kindred stamps on a Tim Holtz distress oxide background. I made a stencil of circles using an acetate sheet and circle dies. It's so easy to make your own stencils and I plan on going through my dies and creating some more of these! Inked white craft ink for additional bubbles with stencil and added the leftover acetate circles to card for more water "bubbles".

The third card was for Flag Day on June 14. The flag strip is actually duct tape. The rosette was made with some retired SU paper and the Tim Holtz die, added a star embellishment to center. Clear embossed a mountain/valley Americana scene on the bottom and sentiment in Pacific Point ink (stamps by Mark's Finest Papers).

Happy Summer! Rocky The Crab die is by Elizabeth Craft Designs, not sure where I got the summer sentiment. Crumb Cake card base was embossed in Baked Brown Sugar ink with retired Sandy Shells wheel. Crab washi tape added to bottom and I made some shells with polymer clay and a mold.

And finally one of my favorite Stampin' Up! stamps (never to be sold!) Corner Garden. Embossed in white and painted with re-inker colors of Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Wasabi and Celery. Sentiment is from Field Flowers, another keeper!