Smiley from Good Monday morning!  I hope y’all had a fabulous weekend.  I know I did – – – Didn’t get out of my pj’s and spent many hours in the studio . . . it was marvelous!  Tonight is my first class at Lavender Sentiments and I’m super excited.  Hopefully it will go well and I’ll have a few more in the upcoming months.

I’m just about done with T!m’s Smiley from 12  Tags of Christmas.  I’ve had so much fun creating and working on these tags.  It’s been a great way to get the old mojo going!  Today I have Tag 11 for you.  Here’s T!m’s Smiley from Tag 11 and mine is below.   I decided to go with a softer look on this tag and I must say that I’m totally pleased with this one!


The background was made with the Wrinkle-Free Distress Technique, using Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  After the background dried, it was misted with Gold Perfect Pearls and water.  The reindeer is Grunge Board that I misted with Gold/Vintage Photo Pearlized Distress Mist and let it soak into the Grunge Board.  The holly was done the same way and the berries are Taylor’s Tiny Twinkles from Taylored Expressions, adhered with a bit of Fired Brick Distress Stickles.  The silk flowers were covered with Rock Candy and Fired Brick Distress Stickles.   For added interested I stamped the reindeer and the background in gold acrylic paint with flourishes.

  • Stamps:  Priceless from SU; Holiday Script from Lizzie Anne Designs
  • Paper:  Manila Shipping Tag; Mini White Tag
  • Ink:  Ranger Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Embossing Distress
  • Accessories:  Ranger Mini Misters, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Gold Acrylic Paint Dabber, Gold Perfect Pearls, Rock Candy and Fired Brick Distress Stickles, Queens Gold Embossing Powder, Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool; Tim Holtz idea-ology Long Fasteners, Plain Seasonal Grunge Board; May Arts Ribbon; Gold Cord; Silk Flowers; Foam Mounting Tape, Taylor’s Tiny Twinkles

Well, I’m off to get ready for tonight’s class and to work some more on the special projects I’ve got going.  Thanks for stopping in and spending some time with me on the BAD Side today . . . Have a fabulous day!

Smiley from

Smiley from Good Friday morning!  Is it cold and snowy where you are?  Here it’s just down right cold Smiley from I’m just not cut out for this cold weather.  I prefer shorts and sandals over sweats/jeans and boots.   I think maybe I need to find a way to purchase that private island (including cabana boys) that I want . . . OR  . . . move to somewhere that’s warm year round.  Smiley from

I hope you’re not tired of all the Christmas tags by now, because I’m continuing on with T!m’s Smiley from 12  Tags of Christmas today.  Here’s T!m’s Smiley from Tag 8 and mine below.


Since I didn’t have a light pole stamp, I improvised and made one using different elements of the Hardware set from Crafty Secrets.  I hand drew the actual lamp part since the Hardware elements didn’t fit that part of the lamp pole.  For the music background (even though I do have vellum) I decided to photocopy a page from one of my old hymnals, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.  Yes, there was a bit of irony with the hymn and the light pole!  I thought the tag needed something else so I added a top and bottom border and the big red silk bow.  The borders were die/cut embossed with Spellbinders™ Fleur De Lis Borderabilities.   The holly swag from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps was cut down to size and then covered with Distress Stickles.

It seems I got quite a bit done yesterday  . . . I not only got Tag 8 done, but also Tag 9!  This doesn’t happen.  Here’s T!m’s Smiley from Tag 9 and mine below.


The photo is from 1997 when my sister and I thought it would be great fun to have our picture made with Santa and give it to our mother!  So nothing would do but drag my girls along and go sit on Santa’s lap.  I think maybe it’s time we have another made  . . . we’ve all changed some since 1997!  No stamps on this card.  The paper is My Mind’s Eye – The Merry Days of Christmas and the ribbon is some of that gorgeous silk May Arts Ribbon from my friend, Sharon.  I have a few extra rusty jingle bells that I attached with Tim Holtz idea-ology Jump Rings and a Trinket Pin.  Oh one more thing  . . . I printed out the photo and mounted it on illustration board, then sponged the edges of all the paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I’m getting ready to tackle the next few tags.  Patti (NWLady) asked me yesterday if I was going to put these tags on gifts.  Oh for pity sake’s no!!  They will become decorations and I’m thinking that I might pass them on to Kate.  She just purchased her first home and if she wants these tags, then they’ll probably be hers.  I’m thinking tree, wreath or swag decorations!

I hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for joining me on the BAD Side for a few minutes!

Smiley from

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I just found that smiley and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!!!  Reindeer or damned old train?  I’ll pick reindeer any day of the week!

Good morning and welcome to the very first Stampers United Blog Hop! 

Claudia Rosa thought it would be fun to introduce you to different designers, their styles and blogs.  She decided to get a group of us together and called us Stampers United.  It is our hope that you’ll find an exciting new artist that you would like to visit again! Not only will you be able to visit some hopefully unfamiliar blogs, but there are prizes along the way with a Grand Prize at the end!

In order to have a chance at winning the Grand Prize, you must gather a phrase along the Blog Hop.  Each designer will have a particular word listed on their blog and as long as you visit them in order, you will have the phrase at the end.  Claudia will pick the Grand Prize winner, announce the winner on Monday on her blog.  She will ask that you contact her and ask you for the phrase.  If correct you have won the prize – if not she will pick a second person until the phrase is correct.

To start off, you must begin at the Stampers United Blog! If you have not started there, I suggest you go back and begin again . . . you don’t want to miss out on that fabulous Grand Prize!

If you have arrived from Priscilla’s Blog then all is good and you are nearing the end. 

Before I show you my projects today, you should see the Tawdry Treat that I will be giving away today to one lucky winner.   Compliments of Spellbinders, one of you could win S4-185 Large Octagons Nestabilities.


In order to win, all you need to do is leave me a comment.  I’ll pick the winner on Monday and announce it here! 

Now for my projects!  You know I love snowflakes and just HAD to use them on my projects today.  The first is a gift box made from Jen del Muro’s mini pizza box template;


and then a matching card.


The snowflakes for both the box and the matching card below, were made using the Spellbinders S4-222 Create-a-Flake 1.  Once the snowflakes were cut and embossed, and while they were still in the dies, I lightly sponged them with Old Paper Distress Ink.  The snowflakes were then covered with Ranger Glossy Accents and sprinkled with Art Institute Krystallos Vintage Glass Glitter.  The sentiments were embossed with Ranger Queen’s Gold Embossing Powder and then cut/embossed with Spellbinders S4-190 Labels Four Nestabilities.

  • Stamps:  Holiday Script from Lizzie Anne Designs
  • Paper:  My Mind’s Eye – The Merry Days of Christmas; Prism Nautical Blue Light and Spring Willow Medium; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Ink:  Ranger Distress Embossing, Old Paper and Vintage Photo
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders S4-222 Create-a-Flake 1 and S4-190 Labels Four; Ranger Glossy and Matte Accents, Queen’s Gold Embossing Powder; Art Institute Krystallos Vintage Glass Glitter; Foam Tape; Sewing Machine; May Arts Ribbon; Darise Craft Wire; BasicGrey Brads; Sponge Daubers

Now for the most important part . . . my word in the phrase is [word removed], and your next word can be found at Vicky’s Blog, Stamped Smiles

We hope you are enjoying this special Blog Hop and that you are finding something new along the way. Thanks for joining us today!

Happy Friday!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  We had Christmas Eve here with my family and lots of food.  Once again we over did it with the food . . . but oh my was it good!

As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, I had made some gifts for my sister, aunt and mother that I couldn’t show until after they had received them.  Today, I get to show you!  You have to bear with me though, there’s a lot of info to share.

These are the notebooks that I made for them.  Each one has their initial that was covered in Ranger Glossy Accents and then sprinkled with glitter.  Once the first layer had dried, the initials were covered again with another layer of Glossy Accents.  I love how it made the initial thicker and more durable when the books are handled.

RN Monogram Notebooks

I used heavy weight chipboard coasters for the covers, painting them black with acrylic paint.  The inside pages were made from loose leaf paper that was cut to size, and then all was bound with 5/8″ O wire binding and the Bind-it-All.  For the front panels, I used Spellbinders Labels One Nestabilities and layered them all, with the monogram raised with foam tape.  The background was made by stamping my image on white paper, clear embossing and then inking in Black Soot Distress Ink.  After I had the black color I wanted, I ironed off the embossing using the Faux Bleach Technique (you’ll see more on this later).

I needed something to wrap the notebooks in, so I decided to make my own boxes using Jen del Muro‘s mini pizza box template.  Of course, I needed to make the box larger so I added 1″ to the dimensions.

LAD Snowflake Gift Boxes

I made a band from the coordinating cardstock and put velcro on the bottom to make removal easy.  I made the snowflakes from the same paper, die cutting them with Spellbinders Snowflake Wonder Shapeabilities.  I covered each snowflake with Ranger Glossy Accents and sprinkled each with glitter.  The layers were put on a pearl brad, and to hold the wire embellishments in place, I wrapped the wire around the brad before I flattened the prongs out.    The snowflakes and sentiments were put on labels made with Spellbinders Petite Oval Nestabilities.

Oh and by the way, here’s a closeup of the monogram,

Close up of Monogram notebook

and of the gift box.

Gift Box Close up

I hope you all have a great day!

© 2015 Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha