We finally got that wet, pretty snow I’ve been wanting.  The type that clings to the bushes and trees and just looks beautiful.

front shrub

The problem is, we had a full day of sleet and freezing rain yesterday.

icy tree

Snow on ice on trees causes scenes like this (my front yard).

front yard

Or like this (a tree through my neighbor’s roof).  See the branch under the red letters?


We only lost power for maybe 8 hours this morning  . . . we feel lucky!

Happy Tuesday!  I had some appointments yesterday and never made it into the studio.  By the time I got in, I was totally exhausted and just chilled out on the couch.  I can’t remember if I took a nap or not!  Today we have sleet, ice and snow and it’s a perfect day to work in the studio.  Who knows I might even get the Christmas decorations down today . . .

I thought it would be fun today to work with the CPS Sketch for this week.  It’s their 100th sketch and they are celebrating big time!  I also pulled out one of the stamps I picked up last fall while shopping in Brown County.  It’s about time this stamp saw a little ink.


The image was water colored with Ranger Distress Reinkers and the edges of all the paper were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

  • Stamps:  Bird Image from Magenta
  • Paper: 7 Gypsies Nottinghill; SU River Rock; Canson Watercolor
  • Ink: Ranger Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Pine Needles, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick Distress and Archival Coffee
  • Accessories: Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Venture Foam Tape; Brads; Ribbon; Corner Rounder Punch; Paint Brush

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

As I do every morning after checking emails and catching up on Google Reader (all done with my first cup(s) of coffee), I head over to Splitcoaststampers to see what the daily challenge is.  Saturday is always the Inspiration Challenge and sometimes I’m inspired . . . sometime not.  Today I was!  Of course, I also have in hand a new set of stamps that happen to work perfectly with one of the inspiration pieces.

Today’s Inspiration Challenge pieces are from Lang Calendars.  I cruised the Lang site, but still decided to use one of the pieces shown us in the thread:

Lang Inspiration Piece

It was the first one that jumped out at me!

One of the other sets I got from Artistic Outpost was Bluebird.  When I was looking at this set the day it came, I was already envisioning how I could use it and lo and behold, today’s challenge was perfect.


Because I wanted a different background for the main image (the birds), I made my own paper by wiping Broken China and Vintage Photo on my craft sheet, misting the ink with water, picking up the ink on my paper and drying it with my heat tool.  No iron this time.  I wanted the paper to be splotchy in appearance.  After lamenting over the card design and background for close to an hour, I decided to do the same for my background panel.  Spellbinders Labels One Nestabilities were used to die cut the image and the layer behind it and for an added touch, Spellbinders Large Long Scalloped Rectangles Nestabilities were used to cut the edge to the side panel.  Instead of sponging the edges of the side panel like I did the image panel, I sanded it instead.  I must say that I do like the sanded look, especially over the embossed areas.  When stamping the sentiment, and even though I practiced first, I still got it crooked.  Too late however, because I wasn’t going to that background sheet another time.

  • Stamps: Bluebird and Serenity from Artistic Outpost
  • Paper: SU Very Vanilla and Not Quite Navy; 7 Gypsies Savannah and Nottinghill
  • Ink: Ranger Vintage Photo, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Labels One and Large Scalloped Long Rectangles Nestabilities; Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet and Mini Mister; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Venture Foam Tape; Ribbon; Sanding Block

Thanks for stopping by!

Have you ever had one of those weeks when nothing, absolutely nothing, inspires you to stamp?  Well, I’ve actually had two of those weeks, which is why I’ve been MIA this week.  There was no mojo, no motivation . . . nothing.  It seemed that when I had all my morning chores done there was no way I could bring myself to walk into the studio.  So, I didn’t!  What I did do however, was browse some online stores.  Quite a few stores actually.  I finally settled on two that I couldn’t resist so I placed some orders.  What else is a stamper to do when the mojo just isn’t flowing  . . .  well go shopping of course!

Today I received the first packet of stamps that I ordered.  I couldn’t wait to walk into the studio!  Before I allowed myself to start stamping though, I had to clean up my messes from a few weeks back and then cut all three sets and get them organized into my system.  Are you curious yet where I ordered?  ARTISTIC OUTPOST!  I’m not going to tell you the second company yet . . . still waiting on those to arrive.  It’s a surprise!

When I saw the Serenity set at Artistic Outpost, I knew I HAD to have it.  It reminds me so much of my great-grandparent’s farm.  The way the house sets back, the huge tree off to the side, and the fields all around the house.  Some of my fondest memories are when I used to spend weeks with my great-grandmother.  My uncles worked the farm, cousins ran in and out and there was always music.  My great-grandmother played the piano by ear and one of my cousins always brought along his guitar.  Oh my, good times!  Grandma always asked my cousin to play and sing one of her favorite songs that I can still hear today . . . The Long Black Veil.  Anyhoo, enough of my self-indulgent reminiscing.

AO Serenity

I stamped the image on watercolor paper, applied a light wash of Broken China and Shabby Shutters Distress Reinkers, then die cut the image and bottom layers with Spellbinders Rectangle Nestabilities.  Using the Spellbinders Long Scalloped Rectangle, I cut the bottom of the card base and then the second panel.

  • Stamps: Serenity from Artistic Outpost
  • Paper: Canson Watercolor; SU White, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze; 7 Gypsies Nottinghill
  • Ink: Ranger Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Broken China and Shabby Shutters Distress, and Archival Coffee
  • Accessories: Spellbinders S4-130 Small Classic Rectangles, S4-132 Large Classic Rectangles, and S4-143 Large Long Scalloped Rectangles Nestabilities; Ranger Inkssentials Matte Accents; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Tim Holtz idea-ology Ruler and Tonic Retractable Craft Pick and Scissors; SU Baja Breeze Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

The 5th Anniversary party for Spellbinders Paper Arts is nearing its end. Spellbinders’ staff is  hurrying– scurrying to get all the little details finished for the big “party” in Anaheim at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. You still have until 11:59 CST, January 21, to enter Trudee Sauer’s blog contest. Then Spellbinders will be drawing for the Grand Prize Winner, and will announce the Grand Prize winner on the Spellbinders Blog on January 31.

Today, Stacey Caron, Creative Director and Co-founder of Spellbinders Paper Arts shares a special message for you, so check it out here.

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