Y’all know how I’ve been wanting some images of cowgirls, right?  Well, I found some!!  When I went to StampAway a couple of weekends ago, the first booth I went into was Artful Illusions.  It’s my favorite booth and I spend most of my time there.  For those of you who attend the show . . . you know the one I’m talking about  . . . first floor, first booth when you walk in the door!

Friday night before the show, I was browsing the vendors who were going to be there and decided to check out some websites.  Surprisingly enough, Artful Illusions finally started a site and I was able to download the stamp catalog.  There, in the catalog, was a section  . . . Cowgirls . . . . oh my BADness, I was drooling!  Needless to say, my first stop I spent half my shopping funds and I purchased a few cowgirl images . . . along with some other things.

I found myself yesterday with no pressing time frames or deadlines . . . highly unusual actually!  It was a perfect time to break out some of my new rubber and have some fun . . . just for myself stamping!  It’s always the best creating process in my opinion.

Here’s what I came up with . . . a new wall hanging for my studio!


OH and what inspired this wall hanging along with the cowgirl images . . . Cosmo Cricket Wanted in 6×6 Mini Pads!  YES, you read correctly!!!!!!  Cosmo Cricket was brought back the Wanted paper and it’s in 6×6 pads.  I no longer need to hoard my Wanted paper . . . . so guess what?  I used it for the wall hanging.  You can bet your booty that I will be ordering a few pads of this paper from eclectic Paperie!

You can see my two new cowgirl images on the left.  They were stamped and embossed in black Distress Embossing Powder for that aged look.  The sentiment on the tag is a new set by Wendy Vecchi and Studio 490 that my friend Daisy brought me at CHA.  I added some Spiced Marmalade Distress Stickles to the flowers just for the heck of it and to add a little shimmer to the project.


I’m rather tickled with the whole project and love how it turned out!  Isn’t it great to do some FUN stamping!

That’s all for today . . . thanks for stopping by and remember . . .  life is short, take advantage of the adventures that come your way!


Good morning!  Well, I finally did it  . . . I got all 12 tags completed.  I had such a wonderful time creating each and every tag.  I have to say that doing this project has completely rejuvenated me and I have new ideas flowing.  That’s a good thing!

Here’s T!m’s Smiley from millan.net Tag 12 and mine is below.


The background was made with the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique using Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  Gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water was then sprayed over the tag and dried.  I copied a page from one of my old Hymnals that was torn and halved already.  I completed the look by distressing the edges and sponging with Vintage Photo.  The flourish was stamped over the background and the music in gold acrylic paint.  Using a piece of the music paper, I stamped the sentiment “let there be Peace” and embossed it in gold.  A Memory Capsule was filled with gold beads and put in front of the sentiment.

The flower was made using my Faux Porcelain Technique using Cranberry Crisp paper and Grunge Paper.  I actually made the first flowers with Grunge Paper and they came out so dark (because I couldn’t decided on the color and kept playing) that I went with regular cover stock.  The leaves are made from Grunge Paper that was colored by misting with a Shabby Shutters/Forever Green Pearlized Distress Mist.

  • Stamps:  Pollen Dust from Fancy Pants Designs; En Francais from SU; Snowman for Peace by Anna Wight from Whipper Snapper Designs
  • Paper:  Manila Shipping Tag; Printer Paper; Cranberry Crisp
  • Ink:  Ranger Distress Embossing, Broken China, Vintage Photo and Shabby Shutters
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders™ S4-109 Flower Creations 3 and S4-193 Peony Nestabilities; Ranger UTEE, Melting Pot, Mini Misters, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Forever Green and Gold Perfect Pearls, Gold Acrylic Paint Dabber, 1” Memory Frame and Memory Capsule, Matte Accents; Tim Holtz idea-ology Mini Pins and Swivel Clasps; May Arts Ribbon; Old Hymnal; Gold Micro Beads; Hot Glue Gun

I hope you have a fabulous day, and thanks for joining me on the BAD Side for a little bit!

Smiley from millan.net 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 millan.net 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 millan.net 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 millan.net

Happy Tuesday!  I’d say good morning, but my morning passed before I hit the floor this morning.  Well not really, but by the time I got the coffee going, the pups out and then Mr. Stodgy came in and interrupted my crossword puzzle . . .  it was noon.

As I continue on with T!m’s Smiley from millan.net 12  Tags of Christmas I’m having more and more fun.  Today I have Tag 5 for you  . . . and here’s T!m’s Smiley from millan.net Tag 5.


I used copper foil for the top and bottom pieces, die cutting/embossing with Spellbinders™ Classic Lace Border.  To tone down the bright look of the copper, I added some alcohol inks and then brushed on Green Patina Perfect Pearls.  The ornaments are made from Graphic 45 paper.  Even though I forgot to add the copper foil to two of the ornaments (oops), I went around the edges with gold paint.  This was a fun tag to work on!

  • Stamps:  F1872 Long Script from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps; Pollen Dust from Fancy Pants Designs; Tim Holtz CollectionMini Holidays from Stampers Anonymous; Great Greetings from Stampin’ Up!
  • Paper:  Manila Shipping Tag; Graphic 45 Christmas Past Collection
  • Ink:  Ranger Archival Coffee; Ranger Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Pine Needles, Aged Mahogany and Antique Linen Distress; Ranger Oregano and Hazelnut Alcohol; Papertrey Fresh Snow
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders™ S7-014 Grand 12” Classic Lace Border and S4-234 Ribbon Tag Trio 2; Ranger Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Glossy Accents, Green Patina Perfect Pearls, Memory Foil, Matte Accents, Clear Embossing Powder, Gold Acrylic Paint Dabber, Inkssentials Ink Blending Tools; Tim Holtz idea-ology Charm Fragments; Papertrey Vintage Cream Grosgrain Ribbon; Offray Ribbon; Making Memories Craft Wire; Foam Mounting Tape; Copper Foil

Well, I’m off to grab some breakfast/lunch, more coffee and then come back to the studio.  I hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for joining me on the BAD Side for a few minutes!

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