Good morning!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It finally cooled down here and was quite pleasant outside Saturday . . . actually it was down right excellent weather!  It was so gorgeous that I snuck out for a while and went to some friends Buffett Party . . . where there was great music by Lunar Beach House, plenty of eats and cute little bottles of Land Shark Lager!  I hadn’t been to one of the Buffett parties for 8 years, so I decided I needed to do something for “ME” and off I went . . . had a grand time!

Yesterday I spent the better part of the day in the studio!  It was great to finally get a little ink on my fingers.  I was lucky enough to be one of the blog winners on Wendy Vecchi’s blog a few weeks ago and yesterday I finally put ink to stamp.


I inked the coneflower from the Wildflower Art set, with Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord and Brushed Corduroy Distress Markers, misted with water and then stamped on damp watercolor paper.  Without re-inking the stamp, I did a second stamp just slightly lower and to the left of the original.  Using a water brush, I pulled the ink from the markers into the open areas of the image.


The background stamp from Live and Mark Art was inked with Antique Linen and then stamped over the flower images.    The image was die cut with Spellbinders™ Labels One, stenciled with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, then the edges were sponged with Antique Linen.

Even though Wendy sent me the Art Parts that go with this set, I thought it would be fun to show her images in a different way that how she typically designs with them.   I think it helps sometimes to see something in a different light just in case you don’t have some of the supplies that are often used together.  Now the next time, I’ll probably use the coordinating Art Parts.

The seam binding was dyed with Dusty Concord to match the purple in the coneflower.

That’s all I have for today.  Tomorrow is tangle day and then later in the week I’ve got some exciting news to share . . .


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Happy weekend!  It sure seems the past week flew by, and I didn’t get much accomplished at all.  Mallory has been home all week and will be going back to school today . . . feeling a little better than when she came home a week ago, but not by much.  It’s just one of those things she’s going to have to endure until all passes Smiley from

Over the last few days I have been able to get all my class samples made, write ups done, and supplies ordered.  While I’m waiting on most of the supplies to come in, I’ve been able to pre-paint some of the smaller stuff that’s going to be used.  As soon as I see that the classes are up and open for registration, I’ll let you know.

Today on the Inky Antics Rubber Stamps Blog, Jackie has posted another of my cards.


I really like the colors of this one and found the perfect papers to match.

If you hop over to this post, you can read more about the card and more of my interview with Jackie!

Thanks for stopping by here today and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures that some your way!


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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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It’s Smiley from After going to the gym Smiley from this morning, YES I said gym, and while I’m waiting on the IU/KY game tonight, I thought I would play a little in the studio.    In case you are wondering, I’m NOT rooting for the Wildcats . . . I actually always root for their opposition . . . and this time it happens to be the Hoosiers (who I always root for)!  All I can say is IU is back Smiley from

AND the gym . . . I’ve been going with mom and my sister to the Wellness Center for 2 weeks now.  We’re going 3 days a week right now, but I’m beginning to think that for me to loose any weight at all . . . well I probably need to go Monday through Friday.  I’ve been doing 30 minutes on the bike and 30 minutes on the treadmill.  Today they said they would start me on some upper body next week . . . I’m ready for that!

Anyhoo, I’ve had this Inky Antics clear set that has been begging for some ink.  I like it because it’s one of those you can color with markers, give it a little mist of water and then stamp it.  Because this one is line drawn, I was able to take a wet paintbrush and pull the color through the image.


After the flower dried, the sentiment was stamped over the top in Archival Coffee.  Since I used the Ranger Distress Markers, I went searching for my old spritzing tool.  Remember those?  I got mine a number of years ago with SU first came out with it . . .  we couldn’t get enough of them.  I figured what the hell . . . time to dust it off!  I did some spritzing with Dusty Concord and Brushed Corduroy Markers to match the flower.  I think I got a little carried away . . . but it was fun!

The paper is my new 6×6 pad from My Mind’s Eye – A Beautiful Life.  The seam binding was dyed with Milled Lavender Distress Ink.

Well, the sun is finally shining after a morning of dull skies and rain . . . I might be a good time to get the shitzes out for a walk.  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . .  life is short, enjoy the adventures that come our 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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