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

Good Sunday morning! It’s that time again, time for another Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen Challenge. This challenge is open to all current and alumni Dirty Dozen, and one that I enjoy participating in each month. This month the challenge was to make an Inspirational Journal using the following picture as inspiration.


Inspiration Photo


The inspirational photo is from BH&G 100 Decorating Ideas Under $100 magazine. We could choose to be inspired by the color pallette, the composition, or any other element of the photo that grabbed us. The restricted element for this challenge, was NO markers (including Copic, SU or any other brand) or watercolor crayons. I was immediately taken with the soft blue and white color scheme in the room. The next thing that jumped out at me were the flowers on the table and the oranges on the shelf. I decided to make my journal in blue and white, with just a small punch of orange.


As you can see, I actually was inspired by one of my own creations as well. Yesterday I posted the journal that I made for the Lizzie Anne Designs April Project of the Month, which subsequently became my sister’s birthday present. This time, the journal is for me and the design on the POM Journal was one that I absolutely loved. Not only that, but since this journal is mine, I pulled out my favorite Penny Black floral stamp that I have not used in months and months and months. I won’t go into great detail in this post about making the journal (since I did that yesterday), but I will highlight some of the details.


I inked the flower image by tapping Distress Ink Pads directly onto the stamp. I then misted the image with water, and stamped it out three times on a piece of watercolor paper. Once the image was dry, I went back with a wet watercolor brush and pulled the ink into the open areas of the image. The edges of this panel were then sponged with Weathered Gray Distress Ink, completely into the image. Using a baby wipe, I then pulled some of the color off by wiping from the image out to the edges. I loved the effect I got, more of a watercolor look as opposed to sponging. The image was then layered onto solid colored designer paper and stitched together.


The covers for the journal were painted with acrylic paint, then highlighted with distress crackle paint. Once the crackle paint was dry, I went back and sanded all the edges to give the journal a worn look. As a last minute addition, I added the flourish to the all the covers and the inside pocket dividers. The flourish was stamped in white acrylic paint.


I decided to separate the journal in two sections, divided by pocket dividers. The first section contains lined paper, and the second section is plain white cardstock.



Stamps: Penny Black Blush; Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Anthology from Rubbernecker Stamp Company; and Stampin’ UP! Embrace Life

Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper; BasicGrey Periphery; Stampin’ UP Bashful Blue; Georgia Pacific White; Lined Memo Pad

Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo Distress Inks

Accessories: DecoArt Americana Blueberry and Buttermilk Acrylic Paints; Ranger Glossy Accents, Mini Mister, Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber, Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Crackle Paint; Sewing Machine; Zutter Bind-it-All, 7.5×5″ Craft Covers, 1″ Double O Wire; SU Hodgepodge Hardware; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool; Sanding Block; Ribbon; Watercolor Brush

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and that perhaps you are inspired to make your own journal. If you would like to see all the journals made by the Dirty Dozen, all you need to do is click on this keyword, DCI408.


I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far. I meant to make this post earlier this morning, but I got a little sidetracked in the stamp room. I posted back on April 7 about my sister’s birthday. I hadn’t seen her then to give her the present I made, and didn’t want to spoil her surprise by posting it here until she had received it. Not only was this her birthday present, but it was also my Project of the Month for Lizzie Anne Designs. Now that it has been posted on the Lizzie Anne Designs website, and that my sister actually has it in hand, I can finally show you.

LAD POM Journal

I started with 7.5″x5″ Zutter Craft Covers. Both covers were painted front and back with Cermacoat Antique White Acrylic Paint. Once the covers had dried completely, the edges and some of the top finish were sanded with a coarse sanding block. The covers were then painted, inside and out, with Ranger Tim Holtz Scattered Straw Distress Crackle Paint and left to dry overnight. Taking a Shabby Shutters Distress Ink Pad directly to the covers, I wiped the pad across both covers, inside and out, working the distress ink into the cracks of the Crackle Paint. The acrylic paint acts as a resist to the distress ink, and where the finish was sanded lightly, the paint picked up a very light color of the distress ink. The edges of both covers were then sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


The inside pages of the journal are from a Top Flight 6″x9″ 120 Sheet Ruled Writing Tablet. The pages were trimmed down to 4-3/4″x7-1/4″ to fit inside the journal.


The image was inked with Peeled Paint and Fired Brick Distress Ink, misted with water, and then stamped three consecutive times on 120 lb. Canson Watercolor Paper. While the ink was still wet, a paint brush loaded with water, was used to blend the distress inks. Once the image was dry, the edges were distressed with scissors, and then sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink. The background panels are BasicGrey Infuse. The edges of the bottom panel were distressed with a distressing tool, and the edges were lightly sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink. The edges of the top background layer were sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink, and then both pieces of the designer paper were sewn together on the sewing machine. All three panels were then adjoined together.


The sentiment was stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink on Canson 120 lb. Watercolor Paper and punched out using a large oval punch. The edges of the sentiment were sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink, and then placed in the hardware. The hardware was attached to the image panel with a brad and the right and ribbon on the left, wrapped around the panel and taped to the back. An additional piece of hardware was attached to the top right corner and ribbon tied off in bows.


To assemble the journal, the covers and pages were punched with a Zutter Bind-it-All. Using a 3/4″ O wire, the journal was assembled in the appropriate order, and then fastened with the Bind-it-All. The image panel was then affixed to the front of the journal.


Stamps: In the Meadow by Lizzie Anne Designs

Paper: Canson 120 lb. Watercolor Paper; BasicGrey Infuse

Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Old Paper Distress Inks

Accessories: Zutter Bind-it-All, 7.5″ x 5″ Craft Covers, and 3/4″ O Wire Binding; Sewing Machine; Tonic Scissors and Tim Holtz Distressing Tool; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Ranger Tim Holtz Scattered Straw Crackle Distress Pint; Cermacoat Antique White Acrylic Paint; Top Flight 6″ x 9″ Ruled Writing Tablet; Sanding Block; Hardware; Brads; Ribbon; Paint Brushes

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I’m heading back to the stamp room. Too much to do and so little time!


Good Saturday morning! It just dawned on me that we have another long Holiday weekend coming up – WOO HOO! I’ll be hiding in my stamp room trying to be creative! My first Stamp Club meeting of the year is next Saturday, I have new SU stamps not yet mounted and projects need to be planned. The same day the SU pre orders arrived, I also received my new Tim Holtz Anthology stamps. Which by the way, Rubbernecker Stamp Company currently has on sale!

Mallory was home the day the Anthology stamps arrived and needless to say, she went nuts over them. I also have had some Grunge Board around here for the last few weeks, which Mallory had already been into. Being my typical daughter, she wanted to know if I was going to make her a new journal to take back to school. The thought had crossed my mind, but her asking me to make one was just the push I needed. We sat down, discussed what colors she would like, and I went to work last night.

I think today, the first thing I will do is show you the products used to make the journal. This might turn into a mini tutorial of sorts and I would rather you know what is being used as we go along.

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The list of what I used: Zutter Bind-it-All, 3/4″ Double OWire Binding, 7.5 x 5″ Chipboard Cover; Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Tim Holtz Anthology Stamps, Tim Holtz Grunge Board Elements; White Cardstock; 6×9″ ruled writing tablet; and Mod Podge. (Most of these items you can find at My Favorite’s Page, and they also happen to be on sale.)

Anthology Journal Cover

To start, cut the white cardstock to size so that you have four pieces to cover the front and back of the chipboard covers. Using Dusty Concord, Weathered Wood and Broken China Distress Inks, work the color onto the white cardstock with a sponge dauber, and then sponged the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. (You can find these specific techniques in my Distressing Tutorial). Once these pages have dried, stamp the main images randomly using Black Soot. To add more texture to the pages, stitching around the edges was done with black thread.

To begin preparing the journal, the edges of the cover were inked with the Black Soot Distress Ink and then sponged toward the middle of the cover. (Since this particular journal is not covered completely with designer paper, I did not want the edges of the covers to show.)

Adhere the paper to the covers using Mod Podge. A thin coat of Mod Podge was painted on the cover, the paper was placed on the cover and using a brayer, roll across the top of the paper to get out any air bubbles and to make sure that all edges of the paper are adhered. This is important when running a cover through the Bind-it-All, so that the paper around the punched holes doesn’t come loose.

If you like lined pages in a journal, you can trim down the pages of writing tablet. These pages were trimmed down to 7-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ so that they would fit in the journal, but not come out to the edges.

We are not ready to assemble the journal. I find it easiest to work in order and assemble in order. Starting with the back cover, and using the Cover setting [C] on the Bind-it-All, line up the cover, press down in the center and then punch the first set of holes. To continue along with the line of punching, set the Bind-it-All to the Continuous setting [B], line up the next to last-punched hole in the notch, and continue punching. It is important to line up the next to last-punched hole, leaving one at the end, so that the punching will be continuous. You’ll find that if you don’t do this, you will have a gap in the holes. (How do I know this, well – I’ve done it!) At this point, I go ahead and punch the front cover and set it aside.

For the inside pages, use the Inner Pages setting [D], butt the edge of the paper up to the end, press down in the center and punch the first set of holes. Continue punching the remaining holes using the Continuous setting [B] as with the covers.

Once all the pages are punched, assemble the journal back to front as it would look when bound. Now here is the important part – flip that back cover over to the front, just as you would if it was attached with the coils. So what you have in order is, inside back cover, outside front cover, lined pages. Now thread the binding through the pages so that the square edge is on your left. To bind the journal, set the Bind-it-All to the width of the bindings. For this journal, 3/4″ since we are using 3/4″ Owires. Hold the journal by the covers and pages, placing the Owires into the binding section. Gently press the down on the handle until you feel the Owires come together.

To finish the front of the journal, I picked the largest Skull and Cross-Bones from the Grunge Board and covered it with Weathered Gray Distress Ink. I worked the ink down into the grooves of the Grunge Board, and then scraped the Dusty Concord pad across the top to highlight the design in the Grunge.

And here’s a picture of the inside of journal.

Anthology Journal Inside

Good morning ya’ll! Today is gonna be a busy one. Jeanne and I are meeting up with some other SCS friends for a day of shopping and gabbing! My trip is winding down, I have but a few more days to cram everything into, and we realized last night that we are not going to be able to fit some things in that we wanted to do. Oh well, that just means I’ll get to see it on my next trip out. Too bad, huh? hehe

I do, however, have some stamping for you today. This is another item that I have made for the SPG Fall Action. While I was on a roll with the Bind-it-All making journals, I kept at it. This journal was made exactly like the one posted the other day, but I changed up the paper and the chipboard. The sentiment was stamped on Very Vanilla and then attached to the chipboard tag.

Star Journal Outside

Star Journal Inside

Stamps: SU Fancy Flexible Phrases

Paper: BasicGrey Fruitcake Collection

Ink: SU Old Olive

Accessories: Bind-it-All, Blank Chipboard, Writing Tablet, Mod Podge, Gold Cord

Hope everyone has a great day and hopefully I’ll have some fun posts for you in the next day or so! Oh and check back tomorrow when we will have another JBWW Challenge!

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