Good morning and Happy Monday!  I can’t believe that it was a week before I was able to get back to my work desk.  First things first . . .  have you heard about Art on the Edge with Ken Oliver?  If not, let me feel you in.  Art on the Edge is a retreat that my friend, Ken Oliver, is hosting in his hometown of Newburgh, Indiana.  I for one am very excited . . . I’m going and I’m rooming with Heidi Blankenship and Debbie Seyer.  I’ve also found out that a few other of my Indiana crafty friends will be there, Gretchen Wilson and Joan Fricker!  I can’t wait to see everyone!


Ken has planned two classes for Saturday and has added an ICE Resin class on Friday night.  He’s also made arrangements with a few of the local merchants in Newburgh for us to visit and explore their shops.  I think there are still a few seats available if you are interested  . . . check it out here!

Now for my card today!  When I first saw the Quietfire Design stamp sets, one hit me right upside the head . . . Twirl & Enjoy.  It just sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  Immediately I thought of one of my favorite, older stamps from Art Impressions . . . Dotty.





It has been a very long time since I pulled Dotty off the shelf and added some ink . . . but she just fits the sentiment, “when in doubt twirl,” perfectly.

Dotty was colored with Copic Markers, then die cut/embossed and layered with Spellbinders A2 5×7 Matting Basics A and B.  The sentiment was stamped in Archival Jet Black and then die cut/embossed with Spellbinders Ovals.


Sadly I don’t think you can see it in the photo, but the background layer behind the image was made with media specialty paper that was colored with Copic Marker Refills and Blending Solution.  I wanted to pick up some of the color from Dotty’s dress in the background instead of keeping it white.



I guess that’s all for me right now.  I’ve got some errands to run this morning but I’m hoping to get back to my work table this afternoon.  There boxes of new product in my studio that need to be sorted through!

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




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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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Good morning!  Well  . . . I’ve got to tell ya . . .  I had a great time at StampAway on Saturday!  I was able to see some old friends that I haven’t seen for some time, and I also got to finally meet some people that I’ve been friends with on Facebook, but have never met in person.  It was a great day and I’m so glad I went!

I took a little heat on Saturday from one of my traveling companions because I don’t make cards that are mailable.  She said to me as I got out of the car, make us a card and mail it to us . . .  like she knows I don’t make cards that  can be mailed without a padded envelope and extra postage.  I laughed and thought to myself that it would be a cold day in hell when that happened!  

Here’s the deal!  I don’t make single layered, clean and simple cards for a reason.  They just aren’t me!  I also find them very difficult to make . . .  I have to down-shift the gears and when I’m finished, I think I still need to add more.  

Well, I took this latest development as a personal challenge!  (Of course, what I am going to show you today looks to me like it’s not done and needs so much more to be complete.)   No ribbon . . . No dimensional flower . . .  No big bow . . . BUT . . . 

I did use a new stamp set that I picked up on Saturday from Art Impressions Shake Your Booty line, Bloomer Set


The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored with Copic Markers.  Now I have to admit, that I have not pulled out the Copic Markers in I don’t know how long . . . . way too long apparently!  The background papers are some old BasicGrey that I found in my stash when I was looking for something that would match the coloring.

What I like in particular, is the shaker on the inside!


Each Shake Your Booty sets comes with one Action Wobble, but I knew one would not be enough so I bought a package of extras!

The booty was stamped twice (once on the inside front of the card and the second time on a spare sheet of paper), colored and then the second was trimmed out and affixed with the Action Wobble.


The sentiment was stamped on the inside of the card in Memento Tuxedo Black.


I’m pretty sure this card will fit in an invitation size envelope and will require NO extra postage.  I’m also pretty sure that I won’t be mailing this card out . . . I’ll give it to my mother (who loves my funny women cards) to mail to one of her friends.  Then again, I may be making a few more of these just to keep on hand . . . 


Thanks for stopping by and for bearing with me on my quest to create a card that can be mailed without the padded envelope and does not require extra postage.  Inspiration hits at the funniest time doesn’t it?





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Hey ever body!  I know I’ve been away from my blog recently . . . longer than I like actually.  There has been a lot going on here on The BAD Side!  Not only have I been overly swamped with CHA projects, but the damn mojo Smiley from took a vacation to some sandy beach, drinking umbrella drinks and left me at home!

Of course, you know about my uncle passing (because I wrote about it) but Mr. Stodgy Smiley from had to have surgery and we were out of town for 3 days seeing a specialist and having the surgery done in Indianapolis.  I was able to take one day (while he was resting in between surgeries) to visit my favorite stamp store, Papertrix in Nashville, Indiana.  I spent way too much money, signed up for an upcoming classed offered by Karen Lockhart and had a fabulous day!

When we got home last Friday, I buried myself in the studio so that I could get my CHA projects for Graphic 45 done and out the door.  I’ll be showing you a couple of those projects during CHA week . . . along with other updates from the floor!  I think I’ll try and utilize Twitter a little better and do some new product tweets.  If you haven’t signed up to follow me on twitter, all you have to do is click on the Twitter link in my right sidebar (at the top).

Let’s get down to business now  . . . As promised yesterday on my blog during my day of the CHA Blog Frenzy, I’m back to give you details on the second card!


The image is from Art Impressions Watercolor Projects 1-3 or Watercolor Garden.  I first saw these sets at Winter CHA and absolutely fell in love with them.  It’s a simple way to make a watercolor image and just have fun!  The only limit with these sets is your imagination.  Colors used are Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Bundles Sage, Crushed Olive and Shabby Shutters.

The image was then die cut/embossed with Spellbinders circles and layered with the new Star Circle Die Templates.  The border is made with the new Spellbinders Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities and stenciled with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Because the background of the card is pale, I decided to go with a bold ribbon to match the green cardstock.  The seam binding was dyed with Forest Moss Distress Stain.  I love the different tones of green you get with this deep green.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember . . . life is short . . . embrace the adventures of the day!



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