Smiley from Good morning!  I probably wouldn’t have this post for you until later today or even tomorrow, but for some ungodly reason, I woke up . . . wide awake . . . at 4:30 this morning.  I’m sure that sometime this afternoon this is where I’ll be . . . Smiley from . . . but until then

I think I’ll show you an A2 card I made the other day with a new Penny Black stamp I picked up recently.  I also used the new Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® Card Creator die templates . . . which seem to be the only way I can bring myself to make this size card anymore!  I can’t believe that this is the only size card I used to make and now I automatically cut my cardstock at 5.5” square.  Anyhoo, I needed a little thank you card and though this would fit the bill!


The base of the card was made with the Matting Basics A and B, but the top panel of the card was made with the new Fancy Ribbon Threader.  The seam binding was dyed with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.


The image is only a portion of the stamp, which I die cut/embossed with Labels Twelve.  First, the image was stamped in Distress Embossing Ink, embossed with clear embossing powder, then water colored with Tombow Markers.  After the watercolor had dried, the embossing was ironed away leaving a Faux Bleach/Batik look.

I guess that’s all I have for now . . . unless you want to come help with laundry today . . .


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Good Saturday morning!  WOW I can’t believe that this past week flew by like it did.  That E-Team hop yesterday sort of snuck up on me . . . and I knew that it was going to happen on the 30th . . . it just got here before I realized it.

There’s a big scrapbooking show over in Louisville at the Fair & Exposition Center this weekend that I’m going to try and attend this morning.  I was supposed to go yesterday, but after the gym, lunch with mom, a visit to Katie . . . well the day was over before I knew it.  PLUS, I was thinking about the $8 parking fee, the $10 entrance fee to the show, the afternoon Friday traffic, the $4.15+ (because I use premium) per gallon gas . . . it wasn’t too hard not to drive over the bridge yesterday.  Of course, I wouldn’t even know about this show, Creating Keepsake Convention, but I saw something on a company’s website.  There hasn’t been advertising here in the papers . . . only on the marque as you drive around the interstate at the Fairgrounds.    Okay, so the more I type about it the less I feel like I want to go over . . . who knows . . . but I do know that Gary Burlin is going to be there and I’m still looking for class supplies.  This is definitely not Stampaway but it could be fun nonetheless.  SO if you are in the area and you’re going to the show . . .  maybe I’ll see you there!

In the meantime, I want to share a card with your that I did a couple of weeks ago.  I wasn’t planning on sharing it with anyone . . . but what the heck!

It was during the week that I was playing with my new Distress Markers when I made this.


The image was stamped on watercolor paper with Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint and Brushed Corduroy markers.   I used an old background stamp and lightly stamped over the image with Antique Linen ink.

I wasn’t too sure what my layout was going to be, so I made my background paper using Wrinkle Free Distress and watercolor paper.  The inks used were Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint.  The base of the card was die cut with Spellbinders Grand Labels Eleven.  The ends were scored to create flaps and the over-stamping (with the same old background) was done in Dusty Concord ink.  The seam binding was dyed with Tumbled Glass.

Oh and by the way, the flower is one of my all time favorites that I’ve had forever and a day . . . Penny Black Blush.  I went searching for it while writing this post and found it at Simon Says Stamp in wood mount!  Way cool!

Here’s a close up of the background, along with all the layers behind the image.


I suppose that’s all for me right now.  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, make the most of the adventures that come your way today!


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Smiley from Hey y’all! It’s hard for me to believe that it’s already Thursday . . . I’m wondering were my time/days have gone.

A couple of weeks ago the Ranger Distress Markers arrived at my door.  I’ve been playing around with them, mainly water coloring.  My first instinct is that I don’t like them for that.  So far I haven’t gotten excellent results using them to watercolor images . . . definitely not like my Tombow markers.  The Distress Markers don’t seem to float with the water the way the Tombow do.  I’ll keep experimenting with this one though.

However!  I do love them to stamp with.   They are definitely excellent to color your stamps with, give them a little mist of water and then stamp the image.  A few years ago before all these alcohol markers became so popular, this was one of my favorite techniques.   SO, while playing with my NEW toys, I pulled out one of my all time favorite stamps (Penny Black Blush) and made this card.


I used Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany and Frayed Burlap markers on the image, misted it with water and then stamped on slightly damp watercolor paper.  I have a video tutorial on this technique that you can find here.

After the image had dried, the background stamp from Studio 490 – Live and Mark Art, was stamped over the flower in Old Paper Distress Ink.  Hopefully you’ll be able to see it in this photo.  I know it’s there, so of course I see it!


The ribbon is white seam binding that I dyed with Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany.  (Tutorial here)  The image was die cut/embossed with Spellbinders™ Classic Ovals, mounted on Lacey Ovals and then placed over Labels Twenty-Five.

Well, that’s all for me . . . thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!


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Smiley from Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  How many of you have big holiday plans?  I think we will be working in the back yard some and I plan on spending lots of time in the studio getting inky!

Today I get to share with you the directions on how I put my Bird Sanctuary wall hanging together.


The background was die cut with Grand Labels One from illustration board.  Because the board was so thick, I die cut/embossed the background paper (October Afternoon – Fly a Kite) and then glued it down to the illustration board.    Of course, all the edges had to be sponged with Antique Linen.  The shelf is hobby wood trim that was painted black, sanded a bit, and then highlighted with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.


The flowers were die cut/embossed from Fly a Kite with Rose Creations and the edges were sponged with Antique Linen.  All the petals were curled and then glued together before inserting the brad in the middle.  All the leaves were die cut from GrungePaper with Foliage Die Template (inked in Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive).  You can see some of the new Floral Flourishes tucked away behind the leaves and the bird cage.


The birdcage and bird were die cut from GrungePaper with the Bird Sanctuary Die Template.  I chose GrungePaper for this because I wanted the flexibility of the GrungePaper so that I could curve the birdcage.  The birdcage was inked with Snow Cap pigment, highlighted with Juniper pigment ink and then with my finger, some gold paint was added for highlighting.  There might even be a little terra cotta in there . . . I kept playing with the ink colors before I got what I wanted.  Lots of ink layers.  The bird was inked with Broken China Distress Stain.

The sentiment is an old Penny Black stamp from my stash, The Journey.  The hanger is made with floral wire.

Well, I think that’s about all.  I didn’t write these when I finished the project and without it sitting in front me . . . well, I hope I didn’t leave anything out!

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



a big mess of mistakes!  What’s on yours?

It being Wednesday, that means it’s time for another What’s On Your Work desk!  I have to admit that I’ve really found myself anticipating this challenge each week . . . hopefully this week I’ll be able to make it through all the desks and see what everyone’s been up too.  I think that’s what makes this so much fun . . . you get a small glimpse of everyone else’s work areas!


I have to admit that I started one project . . . a flower.  I wanted to play with die cutting all the pieces with printer paper, misting, drying . . .


it came out okay.  I love all the depth and dimension I was able to get with the misting, scrunching and drying.   I even matched my colors up with some designer paper before I started so I could move forward with my project . . . or at least I thought I could move forward.

I decide on the shape of my card.  I die cut the base with a Grand Scalloped Circle die, die cut a smaller circle from the designer paper and settled on adding a border.  The flower totally over powered the design of the card and in no way, no how whatsoever, matched the designer paper!

Not to be discouraged, I shit canned the flower and moved forward with a sentiment as the focal point.


At one time I used this sentiment ( . . . dreams . . . from Penny Black) at least once a week.  Now I think the card is lacking something.  I would have gone with a bigger ribbon, but the scallops of the card ruled that out for me.  In essence, I ended up with a card that could be easily sent in the mail without tons of padding and extra postage.

The edges of all the cardstock is sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink and the sentiment is stamped in Archival Coffee.  I drew faux stitching around the edges because it needed a little something.

That’s about it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures that come your way!


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