Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Love Those Boats!

This recipe card was for the August class at The Craft Shack

It was a very simple recipe card using Stampin' Up retired DSP, Whisper White CS & Certainly Celery CS.  The bling was a silver nail head I had in my stash.  The Stamps by Judith's large colander was stamped in Versamark then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  It was fussy cutt out then popped up with dimensionals.  I'm not sure where the tomatoes & zucchini stamps are from but they were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink then colored with Copics R24, R27, YG23, YG63, YG67  then fussy cut out & adhered to the back of the colander before it was added to the card.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas

I'm usually not one for 3D paper craft projects but since it's a Christmas ornament I was in.  I made 12 of them for a Christmas ornament swap at our annual shoebox event.  The theme was Have A Holly Jolly Christmas so this die couldn't have been more perfect!

I started with a 3" wooden hoop & took it apart.  The inside hoop was traced onto the back of the cardstock.  The front of the cardstock has holly leaves & berries.

I fussy cut all the circles but don't ask me why I didn't use my Cricut.

I ran a thin line of adhesive around the edge of the inside hoop & added the card stock over it.  They were then set aside so the adhesive was completely dry.

I trimmed the card stock as close as I could.

I used a file to clean & smooth the edges.  I did this by going down over the edge at an angle.  A dusty job but it's kinda fun!

The edges were inked with frayed burlap then the hoop was reassembled.

I cut 3X3 pieces of SU Real Red cardstock & back it with Stick-it.  This is a double sided adhesive. 

I used my Sidekick to die cut Have A Holly Jolly Christmas by Creative Expressions Festive Craft Dies.

Because the cardstock had Stick-it on the back, I removed the release paper from the die cut to reveal an adhesive backed die cut.

I centered the die cut on the cardstock that had been adhered to the hoop.

I cut out 4 sets of holly leaves & 2 sets of holly berries for each ornament from Tim Holtz Coredinations Kraft Core Seasonal Paper using Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens Die Set.

For each side of the ornament, I arranged 2 sprigs of holly leaves & 1 stem of holly berries.  They are adhered them together with mini glue dots.  Isn't that a cute glue dot dispenser?

The holly & berries were then adhered to the top of the hoop with another glue dot.  They are very delicate but can be rearranged a little since the glue dot is flexible.

I cut 9" of 1/8" ribbon, threaded it through the bracket at the top of the hoop & made a loop to hang the ornament.  I then tied another 9" of ribbon around the metal top of the hoop & tied a bow then trimmed the ends.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Susan's Technique Birthday Tag #2

Each month a group of my stamping friends get together to celebrate birthdays & September is Susan's birthday month. She was not able to attend our Technique Tags Tim Holtz Style get together at The Craft Shack in September so instead of a traditional birthday card I decided to make her technique cards in the form of a birthday tag. I'm so glad she was thrilled to be able to add them to her idea-ology worn binder notebook!

In September we revisited Tim's 12 tags of 2016 from February when he had done the monoprint technique from June 2014 & the embossed texture paste technique from March 2015.

The embossed texture paste technique is just a little more involved & I have to say this is one of my favorites! I'll tell you what I did but I suggest you follow the link above to Tim's instructions.

I randomly placed a few small pieces of symphony tissue tape on a #8 manilla tag to create a little more interest. To create the background, I put abandoned coral, seedless preserves & twisted citron paint on a craft sheet, spritzed it with water then swiped & tapped the tag into the paint. I spritzed the tag again before drying between layers & dabbed off any excess ink until I achieved the look I wanted. The tissue tape will resist the paint & show through the paint. Remember once the paint is dry its pernment so clean it up right away.

Once the paint was completely dry, I stamped "happy birthday" from Handwritten Sentiments then masked it before stamping images from Classics 1, Classics 3, & Classics 4 in jet black archival ink.

The images were stamped again on masking paper & cut out to cover anything I didn't want to be covered with embossing texture paste.

I sprayed the back of the Gradient Dot Stencil with Pixie Spray to hold the stencil in place & placed if over the masked tag. This has a very light tack & clean off nicely.

The embossing paste was spread evenly over the stencil & then the stencil was carefully lifted off. The stencil & palette knife need to be cleaned right way.

The embossing paste was immediately covered with gold embossing powder with the excess removed & put back in the jar. The project was set aside while the embossing paste dried. Once it was dry, it was heated to melt the embossing powder. If the embossing paste isn't dry it will crack & the white embossing paste will show through the gold.

That's pretty must it.

Check out her other "birthday card"!

Susan's Technique Birthday Tag #1

Each month a group of my stamping friends get together to celebrate birthdays & September is Susan's birthday month.  She was not able to attend our Technique Tags Tim Holtz Style get together at The Craft Shack in September so instead of a traditional birthday card I decided to make her technique cards in the form of a birthday tag.  I'm so glad she was thrilled to be able to add them to her idea-ology worn binder notebook!

In September we revisited Tim's 12 tags of 2016 from February when he had done the monoprint technique from June 2014 & the embossed texture paste technique from March 2015.

The monoprint technique is a very easy technique using distress inks, water & a stencil on watercolor paper.  I'll tell you what I did but I suggest you follow the link above to Tim's instructions.

The mini ink cubes work best for this technique.  I used peacock featherssqueezed lemonade & ripe persimmon to ink the back of gradient square stencil.  Tim suggests inking the back of the stencil in the event words, etc. are used that need to face a certain way.

Generously mist the inked stencil with water then lay it on the smooth side of the distress watercolor-paper.  Cover with a paper towel & press down on the surface so the ink absorbs into the watercolor paper.  Lift the stencil & dry with a heat tool.

To finish it off, I stamped "happy birthday" from Handwritten Sentiments then masked it before I stamped an images from Classics 1Classics 3, & Classics 4  in jet black archival ink.  It was then added to a #8 kraft tag.

That's it!!  Easy peasy!

Check out her other "birthday card"!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Pop Up Flower Pot Card

I needed to make a couple of birthday cards for my stamping friends so I decided to make these adorable pop up flower pot cards.  I saw them on SplitcoastStampers & there is an excellent tutorial which includes step-by-step instructions & a video by Chris Slogar.  They are easy to make but a little time consuming.

The bases & bands are SU Certainly Celery & sponged with the same color ink.  The sentiment is from SU Petite Pairs stamped with Versafine black ink & punched out using SU's oval & scalloped oval punches.

The flowers pots are SU Really Rust cardstock & then dabbed with a sponge in the same color ink to give it a little texture.

The flowers are Tim Holtz Tattered Florals & I had to cut 12 for each card.  Two die cuts are stacked for each flower & there are 3 flowers on each side of the flower pot.  So a total of 24 dies cuts!!  The flowers were cut from SU Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock then stamped in their coordinating ink using Impression Obsession Min Patterns #3 Stamp Set.  The center of the flower is SU Early Espresso punched with a 1/2" circle punch & popped up with a 3D foam squares.

The leaves are from Tim Holtz Garden Greens & die cut from SU Certainly Celery.

The flowers & leaves are attached to some window sheet material with glue dots.

Check out the link above to the tutorial to see how easy it is to put these together!!


Three Little Pigs

I love putting my favorite recipes on 6X6 scrapbook style cards.  I can't remember where I found this recipe but it just needed a farm scene!

I didn't want to pop any of the images up so I did a lot of masking using Gina K Designs Masking Magic Sheets. The stamp set is an old SU set, On The Farm, I found at a flea market!

I started by stamping 3 pigs & the barn on the masking sheets & cut them out just inside the line.  If you do this, when you stamp over the masked image you won't have any gaps in your stamping.  But if you do just use a marker to touch up the lines.

On white cardstock cut 5 1/2 X 5 1/2, I stamped the pigs with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink then placed the making sheets over the images.  Then I stamped the barn over the 1st masked pig so it appears it is walking in front of the barn.  Next I placed the mask over the barn & stamped the tree from Tim Holtz Just Believe Stamp Set several times so it appears the trees are behind the barn image.  The trees were inked with Peeled Paint, wiped the trunk off & added ink using a Frayed Burlap marker for the left tree.

Leaving masking on the pigs & barn, I used a mini ink blending tool to carefully add the background colors in Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint & Squeezed Lemonade.  I did the sun before the sky.

After removing the masking, I colored the barn & pigs using Copic markers & added glossy accents to the roof.  The base is 6X6 SU Cherry Cobbler cardstock & the 5 3/4 X 5 3/4 cardstock mat is white.

TFL at my Three Little Pigs & hope you give masking a try!

Thursday, December 20, 2018


This is my last Technique Tag Tim Holtz Style Class for 2018 & actually I won't be doing one for a few months since I'm now a snowbird!  It was funny that I chose to do Tim's custom colored rock candy glitter from his 12 tags of 2012 October then he does a re-make & introduces his new & oh so awesome Glitter Duster!

Following Tim's directions in the link above, I made 2 custom glitters by adding Crimson & Aquamarine Alcohol Inks to Ranger Rock Candy Dry Glitter.  It's so easy & you can make as little or as much as you need.

The technique tag is a #8 inked with tumbled glass, peeled paint & dusty concord distress ink then spritzed with water to blend the colors & add water droplet marks.  Once dry, it was stamped using Classics #1, Classics #2 & Classics #4.  The Aquamarine custom glitter was added to the dragon fly's wings by brushing it with collage matte medium.  I didn't quite get it covered so I went back & added a little more matte medium & as you can see it did clump a little bit.  So when brushing a medium on, make sure you have good coverage.  If done correctly you can still see the veins of the wings through the glitter!  Very beautiful!

The decorated tag is a #10 which was covered with forest collage paper using collage matte medium.  It's not shown here but before it dried the paper was "crinkled" up to make ridges. 
The collage paper was then inked with tumbled glass, peeled paint & gathered twigs then spritzed, 

Now the fun!  Using Tim's new splat box, the tag was sprayed with resist spray then generously sprayed with rock candy glitter using the glitter duster.  Unfortunately the photo doesn't do it justice but the spray of glitter is very fine & evenly distributed,  This is such a genius way to dust your project with glitter!

The bigz vintage noel die was cut from grunge board & inked with candied apple. The crimson glitter was adhered to the noel die cut by spreading glossy accents over the inked grunge board & spreading around with my finger.  After sprinkling the glitter on, it was gently patted into the glossy accents. The excess was shaken off & put back into the jar. The glossy accents did absorb into the grunge board so the glitter didn't cover the entire die cut but it gives it a distressed vintage look.

Several different mini holiday greens were cut from coredinations kraft core paper then sanded.  There are also beaded berries which were dipped in candied apple spray stain,   Everything was adhered behind the noel die cut using glossy accents.  It was then popped up on the tag using dimensionals.

To finish up, a couple of piece of Christmas ephemera were inked & crinkled up before adding.  The crinkle ribbon was inked with peeled paint & tied with cream & red jute.  The pine cone was rubbed with matte medium & sprayed with glitter then hung from the ribbon with a loop pin.  The pine cone just glistens & looks so pretty!

Well that's it!  Thanks for looking & hope you have a wonderful Christmas!