Happy Tuesday!  I hope your holiday weekend was a good one . . . we had Mallory’s Graduation Party on Sunday and then spent yesterday recuperating from all the prep work we had to do.  It was nice to sit on my butt all day and watch movies.

When I was prepping for my classes at The Queen’s Ink, I found that I was going to have a number of Graphic 45 doorplates left over from the Chunky Tag.  I remembered a project that Nicole Eccles had posted and sent her an email asking her if she minded if I used a variation for my class.  I couldn’t find the project of Nicole’s blog, but I did find it at Retro Café Art.  Thankfully Nicole said it was okay and I began ordering product to sample.

Here’s what I came up with . . . using a different Shrine Kit from Retro Café Art.


This was a fun project to make and hopefully everyone in the class will enjoy it as much as I did!

That’s it for me today, except . . . to say thank  you to everyone who left encouraging comments on my last post.  I didn’t realize there were that many of us all thinking the same things!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to enjoy the adventures that come your way today!


Project Supplies:

Wow where has the time gone since I last posted?

Well, I’ll tell ya!

Here . . . .



and here . . .



for my classes at The Queen’s Ink.

In case any of you are interested, they have been posted on The Queen’s website.  You can find them here!  I’m there June 9 and 10th.

Did I tell you that we finally got Mallory back to school?  Well we did and she gets that 5-year diploma this Saturday, Derby Day! Smiley from millan.net

She’ll be home for the month and then she heads off for training for her new position, teaching math in the Mississippi Delta.  She was recruited by Teach for America based on her leadership skills.  We don’t know where she’ll be yet . . . and won’t until July.  That’s when mom and grandma head south to set her up in housekeeping.

Lots going on here!

Anyhoo, glad you stopped by and remember . . . life is short, take time to enjoy the adventures of your day!


Good morning!  Well, I’m still trying to play catch-up with some projects I need to get done!  I think I need to get off my butt during the day and head into the studio . . .  classes to prepare for, blog hops to get ready for, and THEN I found out tonight that I have just a few weeks to get my projects ready for my class at Stampfest Orlando.  I need to make my to-do list and put it somewhere I can find it.

I’m still working on samples for my alcohol inks class and one thing I wanted to show my class is how different papers effect the outcome of the alcohol inks.  One of my favorite techniques with alcohol inks is faux bleach.  The results you get are so different than those with actual dyes.

This is the sample tag I worked on last night trying to find the right mix of stamps and inks.

Alcohol Ink Faux Bleach Tag

Its probably not what I’m going to end up with, but it’s a starting point.  The wildflower silhouette was embossed first and then the alcohol inks were applied over the top.  The grid background is stamped with a combination of more blending solution than ink to get a light detail.   After the grid was stamped, the embossing was ironed off to show the white base tag.  The image on the back of the fragment was done the same way.  For more information on these steps, you can find my tutorial here and one with color wash here.  I’ll be doing a video for these soon for you!

  • Stamps:  F2714 Wildflower Silhouette, G2552 Sketchy Grid and G3354 Floral Flourish from Just For Fun® Rubber Stamps
  • Paper:  White Coated Tags
  • Ink:  Ranger Cool Peri, Citrus, Aqua and Lake Mist Alcohol Inks; Ranger Distress Embossing and Archival Jet Black; Ranger Gold Metallic Paint Dabber
  • Accessories:  1.25” White May Arts Crochet Lace, 1.25” and 1/4” Violet May Arts 100% Silk, and Ivory May Arts 100% Jute from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store; Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Ink Applicator Tool, Felt, Blending Solution; Tim Holtz idea-ology Tag Fragments; Craft Iron; Button

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


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