Smiley from Good Tuesday afternoon!  I’m still working on my coffee, trying to fight off a nap so I can sleep tonight.  How many of you have ever had a flu shot?  Yesterday was my first.  I let my doctor talk me into getting one and lord have mercy . . .Smiley from  it will be my last!  I’m not sick yet (which is my biggest fear) but my arm hurts like hell.  Can you imagine trying to sleep last night, one side of your nose that you are unable to breathe through and when you roll over to the side that will let you breathe, your arm hurts!  MERCY!!!  I’ll never let them talk me into another, that’s for damn sure.  I’ve been just fine all these many years without ever having one and I’m sure I’ll be okay in the future.

Speaking of the future, I can’t even begin to tell  you how much fun I’m having right now.  I am in my seventh heaven playing with images that I purchased some time ago and never had the time to put ink on.  Not only that, but I’m also loving that I am able to get back to my roots of stamping and having fun with it.  Thank goodness vintage and shabby chic are on their way back . . .  because I’m having an absolute ball!!!

Today’s card is one that I actually have made for the Color Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  It has been so very, very long since I’ve been able to participate in one the Splitcoast Challenges or even wanted to.  I’ve been thinking about them for a few weeks now and decided today was the day.  Of course, it didn’t hurt that today’s colors I absolutely love . . . . pink, brown and white.  They actually said Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede and Whisper White.  Since I don’t have ALL of these colors any longer, I decided to compromise and Neenah white and my pink is from SEI.

CC236 Magenta Orchids

For the image background, I used the Wrinkle Free Distress technique with the colors Soft Suede and pink.  I added some Gold Perfect Pearls to the water before I misted the ink to give it some shimmer.  Once the image was stamped on the background, the flower was water colored with pinks and yellows.  The background received a light blue color wash.  I used Spellbinders Small and Large Deckled Rectangles to make the frame and the Fleur de Lis Borderabilities.  I found some old lace in my stash and to age it, I stamped some brown ink on my craft sheet, misted it with water and ran the lace through it . . . the lace isn’t as bright now.

  • Stamps:  Orchid Postcard from Magenta
  • Paper:  Arches Watercolor; 7 Gypsies Classic Paperie; SEI Chocolat; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Soft Suede
  • Ink:  Ranger Archival Coffee and Vintage Photo, Broken China and Old Paper Distress; Pink and Yellow Tombow Markers
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders S4-213 Fleur de Lis Borderabilities and S4-201 and S4-202 Deckled Rectangles; Sewing Machine; Mounting Tape; Sponge Daubers; 7 Gypsies Paper Fasteners; Vintage Button and Old Lace; Koi Water Brushes; Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Mini Mister and Gold Perfect Pearls

I hope you’re enjoying your day and thanks for stopping by.  I’m off to see what kind of trouble I can get into OR maybe I’ll just take a nap!Smiley from

Yesterday, while Smiley from my Google Reader, I noticed that one of my favorite bloggers had posted a couple of new cards.  The minute they came up on my screen, I was like Smiley from this boy can stamp! If you aren’t familiar with Daniels Hobbyblogg you NEED to be!  Daniel Askeland, a 17 year old student from Norway, caught my eye some time ago, and I have been a fan ever since.  I have him under inspiration in Google Reader and he never ceases to amaze me with his talent.  I’ve told him I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t become Norway’s own version of  Tim Holtz!  Daniel’s posted work yesterday inspired me to make this!


I started with one of my new Magenta images I picked up at Stampaway, and some watercolor paper.  Using Broken China and Vintage Photo I used the Wrinkle-Free Distress technique on the watercolor paper.  Now this is actually a stamp with 2 images side-by-side, but I cut them apart and only used one . . . knowing that I wanted to use the Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles.  Once I stamped the image, I went back and painted just the flower with Dusty Concord and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.  My background paper were the left over scraps of the K&Company papers I’ve been using.  I just crumpled them up, distressed the a little, and added lots of ink.  The skeleton key was another one of my finds at Stampaway and the vintage button and lace are from my own stash.  I made the frame with Rectangle Nestabilities and the Rubbernecker Stamps ticket was cut/embossed with the Spellbinders Ticket Stubs.

I hope you had a good weekend and your week has started off with a bang!  Thanks for stopping by today . . . I’m off to work on samples for Colorado!  So much work to be done  Smiley from

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!

Happy Sunday!  I know I’ve been MIA for a few days, and I really have no excuse.  I didn’t feel that well the later part of last week and never wandered into the studio once.  When I finally went in yesterday and turned on the lights, I had a project sitting on my work table I had completely forgotten about.  I got it done yesterday, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see it.  What I have today is for yesterday’s Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers, Images under Glass.

When I saw the inspiration pieces for the challenge, I immediately thought of making my own acrylic pieces . . . and I did!  However, they turned out yellow (forgot I had added some flex to the UTEE), so I’m calling those practice pieces.  I’ll need to work on that technique at a later time.

What I did instead, was make an inchie that I covered with Crackle Accents.  I mounted it on a square of illustration board, and then I had a brainstorm (yes, it actually hurt) to make a window card.


I used Spellbinders Classic Square Nestabilities for all the image layers and the window frames.  Here’s the inside of the card:


And a close up of the birds, which is actually on the inside of the card.


To finish off the front of the card, and add my sentiment, I tried my hand at glittering a few of the snowflakes that I cut using Spellbinders Snowflake Wonder Shapeabilities.  I have been so taken and awed with Anna’s snowflakes that I couldn’t wait to get the snowflake dies and play with them.   I inked each snowflake, covered each with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled with glitter.  For this one I added a button and tied it to the front of the card with twine.  The sentiment was stamped and then die cut using Spellbinders Scalloped Tag Shapeabilities.


  • Stamps: Birds from Magenta; Holiday Script from Lizzie Anne Designs
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Always Artichoke and Riding Hood Red; BasicGrey Wassail
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Coffee, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Aged Mahogany
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Classic Square Nestabilities, Snowflake Wonder and Scalloped Tag Shapeabilities; Sewing Machine; Ranger Glossy and Crackle Accents; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Tonic Paper Distresser; Crystal, Pixie Dust, White/Silver Mix Glitter; Twill Tape; Hemp Twine; Button

Enjoy the rest of your weekend . . . you might find an adventure or two!

Good morning!  I found out two things yesterday.

First, it’s Trick or Treat night here in my city.  Now in the past when the city has done this – declare Trick or Treat night earlier than the actual date, we have the little spooks both nights.  Smiley from Their reason . . . its football playoffs and they didn’t want Trick or Treat to interfere if any of the local teams were in the playoffs.  I need to get with Daughter #1 today and see what her plans are.  When my girls were at home and out running the streets on this night, I always made a pot of chili.  My door was open to all their friends and this was the hang out house.  They would come in, grab a bowl of chili and just have fun hanging out doing their thing.  I haven’t made chili in a few years now and believe it or not, one of Kate’s friends asked if I was making chili this year.  I was actually somewhat amazed that one of them remembered and asked for chili!  I guess it wasn’t sheer torture for them after all. Smiley from

The second thing I learned yesterday, was that I will be demonstrating in the Rubbernecker Booth at the Fall Rubber Stamp Show in Albuquerque, NM on November 8 and 9.  So if you are attending the show, please stop by the booth and say hello!

Remember earlier this month when I told you I went to Nashville, Indiana with the women in my family?  I just love Nashville.  It’s an artisan colony with little shops lining the streets and always so festive for the time of year.  I wanted to go to the stamp store there, so my sister and I took off walking by ourselves.  Needless to say I wasn’t so impressed this year, and didn’t buy anything.  Earlier we had spied another stamp store I had never seen before, and that’s where we went.  WOW – what a store!  It’s called Papertrix, and the owners are Cindy and Wayne Hawrys.  I had actually seen the Hawrys at Summer CHA and recognized them.  They also recognized me from CHA.  I believe we were all in the Hanna Stamps booth at the same time actually.

I couldn’t leave the store.  I actually believe I might have been drooling a little.  Their assortment is amazing and I actually purchased some stamps for the first time in a few years.    My point?  Well, I have a project to show you with some of the stamps I purchased that day.  I saw these fabulous images from Magenta and some how, they jumped off the shelf and landed in my little (I can dream can’t I?) hands.

Butterfly NotebookI made this notebook for a dear friend recently.  Of course, I couldn’t just stop with the notebook and added a bookmark to it.  Ah soldering!  What a booger that was, but it finally worked out the way I wanted.  Yes, this is the project I was working on when I groaned in a post one day about attaching those darn little jump rings!

I suppose this is all I have today.  I’ve babbled on for long enough and it’s time for me to get up and get moving.  Chores are calling my name . . . Smiley from

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