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!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Learning to Fly

This is a tag I made for The Craft Shack's monthly Technique Tags Tim Holtz Style Class.  For March, I chose Tim's day 3 from 12 tags of christmas 2007 where he used multiple colors of distress embossing powder on one stamp.

I loved the idea of using more than 1 color of EP on Tim's wildflower images (fired brick & peeled paint).  Unfortunately, his distressed EP are discontinued but I did have some that I've never used & Lisa had several colors in the shop.  These EPs are so cool I really don't understand why they're no longer made. When heated, they're rough (distressed), not shiny plus you can't overheat them!  Of course you could use any type of EP using this technique so check out the link above to Tim's tag & give it a try!

So with an old product, I used a few new ones...all of the oxide inks except a few. They are so creamy & blended perfectly on my background!  I love the way they look after being spritzed with water.  I can't wait to use them in more projects!!  The new mini butterfly die was perfect for the finishing touch!

SUPPLIES:  Paper - #10 Inkssentials Manila Craft Tag, black distress cardstock; Ink - Ranger embossing ink, Ranger oxide inks, Ranger archival ink jet black & coffee, Stampers Anonymous Stamps - wildflowers, stuff to say, patchwork pieces,  mixed media; Dies - Alterations mini detailed butterfly; Stampers Anonymous Stencils - bubblebricked; Misc - distressed embossing powderWendy Vecchi embossing pasteIdea-ology crinkle ribbonIdea-ology clippings stickersIdea-ology tiny attacherIdea-ology star fastenersIdea-ology nailheadsIdea-ology vial labelsIdea-ology botanical remnant rubs

Monday, March 20, 2017

Make A Wish!

The Giggler's birthday girl in February is our friend, Diane AKA Cookiestamper.  I went out on a limb using an Art Impression Stamp because Diane is on their design team & I can't hold a candle (no pun intended) to her coloring technique.

To make this card special, I decided to "light" the candle using a white Chibitronics
LED light sticker, copper tape & a battery.  When you press on the gift, the candle lights up!  Diane was thrilled with the card & that made my day!

This was my first attempt at this type of card & unfortunately I was so wrapped up making the circuit that I forgot to take pictures of how I did it.  But watch for future posts because I will be making these cards for all of the Gigglers this year & will give step by step insturctions.

Also, if you want to see Diane's work visit her blog, Paper Cookies.

SUPPLIES: Stamps-Art Impressions "Out to Lunch", SU Gift; Lights-Chibitronics Chibi White LED Stickers, Copper Tape, & 3V Coin Battery; Cardstock-Neenah Premium 110 lb Extra Heavy, SU Orchid Opulence; DSP-Unknown; Copic Markers; SU Punches-1 1/4" Scallop, 1" circle; Dies-Impression Obsession Greetings Top Edgers; Adhesives-3d White Foam SquaresFoam Mounting Tape, SU Foam Adhesive Strips; Misc-Wink of StellaEyelet Outlet Jewels

Friday, February 3, 2017


Another good recipe for our Recipe Card Class at The Craft Shack!  I decided on a chicken recipe I saw on FB awhile ago.  I'm sorry I don't remember who it came from but I did make a few changes & it's one of our favorites!

After a little research on colors & patterns from Mexico, I decided to use SU Sycamore St DSP.  I really liked the other side but the pattern was to big...anyway along with it I used SU Tangerine Tango, Not Quite Navy & Ruby Red CS for the mats & trim.

After I printed the recipe & cut it out I stamped Judith & Heather's "Tall Bird" I124 in Memento Tuxedo Black using Inkadinkado's Stamp-a-ma-jig.  This helped me make sure the image didn't cover a lot of the words or be stamped off the CS.  I don't think he's really a chicken but for this project he is, so I decided to leave him white.  His beak & tail feathers are colored with Copic R24, his feet are Y35 & the image is shadowed by going around it with Tombow N95.

My SIL, Judy let me use a stamp which included the image of the sombrero.  I colored it using Copics YR04, R24, B97, Y35, BG23 & outlined the band with a black Sharpie Fine Pen before fussy cutting it out.  Once the card was assembled the sombrero was popped up with Scrapbook 3d White Foam Squares.

The trim is a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs Jewels 1 Set cut from Tangerine Tango & Not Quite Navy then weaved together before adhering with a Tombow glue pen.  It needed a little bling so I added Starform Transparent Glitter Stickers to the trim.

I love putting my favorite recipe on these special cards & hope you enjoyed reading how I did it. Thanks for visiting my blog & if you like my creation feel free to leave a comment.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Although Tim Holtz isn't doing his monthly tag challenge this year, we have so much to learn so we decided to continue making tags using his past techniques.  I got together with my peeps at The Craft Shack to make our versions of Tim's Day 2 of 12 Tag of Christmas from December 2, 2007.  His technique was embossed painted resist & we really loved how the background was inked too.

The snowflakes & background were done following his instructions.  I first stamped the tall pine trees m iced spruced ink using a frayed burlap marker on the trunks but it was very light so I offset stamped in peeled paint & walnut stain.

When I put the glass glitter over the stickles, I ended up with blogs of glitter.  I used my pick to spread the glitter around & remove some of the bigger chunks.  I decided to research adhering glass glitter & found a tip on using Modge Podge.  My peeps tried it & not only did it dry quick but it was easier to control the "dots" by using the tip of a small paint brush.  I should have put my stickles on my mat then dotted my project.  I added stickles without glitter, a strip of bling & a few random pieces of bling.  We made ghost snowflakes from window sheets & Tim's mini snowflake die.

To finish up, I painted a Frosty token & added it to my fluffy bow along with a skate charm.  BTW, I learned how to make my fabulous fluffy bow from Frederique Sleijpen-Mommers.  I've never been able to master bow makng but Freddie's fluffy bow tutorial made it so easy!  Hope you check it out.

Hope you enjoyed my tag & check out one of my peep's blog, Lisa Brown AKA Runs with Scissors's blog for her version!  TFL!

stamp sets - reindeer flightscribbly christmas
paint - picket fence, weathered wood, broken china
ink - tumbled Glass, broken china, black sootpeeled paint, iced spruce
die - movers & shakpers snowflakes
misc. - #10 manilla craft tag, distress sprayer. heat tool, Wow clear embossing powder, star dust stickles, retractable craft pick, mod podge glitter glass, window plasticchristmas typed tokensloopvpins, ice skates, jewel strips clip bales, crinkle ribbon, silver dots.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Love You!

I designed this Valentine Day's card for The Craft Shack's Card Club.  I just love this paper from Maja Design & even though it's from a Christmas paper pack it's perfect for Valentine's Day!

I placed 2 pieces of Maja Design I Wish 12-x-12 DSP on SU Real Red CS then added it to the Neenah Premium 110lb Extra Heavy Card stock base.  The strip of red CS was embossed with a Dots EF; I die cut a  Elizabeth Craft Jewels 1 Die in white.  I trimmed it to fit then added Starform Red Dot Stickers for a little bling.  The LittleB Heart Dies not only cut but embosses too.  The small white heart is popped up.  The words are from Tim Holtz Celebration Script Words & I went over them with clear Wink of Stella.

Hope you liked my simple Valentine's Day Card!  Thanks for visiting my blog.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

'Tis The Season - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - December 2016

Our group got together yesterday at The Craft Shack to make Tim Holtz's last tag for 2016.  It's bitter sweet because we loved the technique remix but we can't wait to see what he has in store for 2017.  I pulled the instructions together & made my tag as a sample then Lisa gets all the tools & supplies including various embellishments, papers, etc ready.  Everyone in the group chose what they wanted to use to put their own spin on the tag.  We always look forward to getting together for a few laughs!

The 1st technique was Shadowpress from May 2014. The debossed shadow press folders & shadow press station are genius!  I decided on 'TIS THE SEASON from the Christmas #1 set. It was so easy putting the embossing ink on with the mini brayer & I love how the Ranger Gold EP looks.  On the tiles I used Yuletide paper, "believe" typed token with a star fastener, a snowflake with a mini brad, a "25" mini plaquettes, a Christmas word band, ephemera & a large mirror star.

The 2nd technique was Burlap from December 2015 & Punches.  On the burlap I used the Nordic stencil with peeled paint spray stain. This is one of my favorite techniques...just love the texture.  I don't have the punches so I used the mini holiday greens cut from different colors of kraft core cardstock & hot glued them together,  I added 2 jingle brads & a bow at the top.

To finish it off I splatter white picket fence paint over the entire tag.

Thanks to Tim for another great tag!  TFL!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

This Christmas

For my 2016 Christmas cards I decided to use the tree from Tim Holtz's Doodle Greetings #2 stamp set.  The SU Whisper White card front was embossed with Tim's Distressed Frame Texture Fade before being stamped.  I still can't believe how easy it was to mass produce my cards using the Misti!  Using markers, I colored the stars & snowflake with Mustard Seed & the pines with Peeled Paint then stamped.  The tree was then inked with a Fired Brick ink pad & I wiped the red off the stars, snowflake & pines before stamping.  I was then able to touch up using markers on the stamp & restamping with the Misti.  Once I had finished inking all the cards, I cleaned the stamp, went over it with a static remover & using Ranger's Emboss-it Dauber added embossing ink to the entire stamp.  After heat embossing the image with SU Peppermint EP (it smelled so good!) the card front was mounted on SU Cherry Cobbler.

Oh & I only stamped the snowflake at the top on a couple of the cards.  I should have stayed with ink but I tried a couple of different embossing powder melted together & you couldn't see all the details.  I also tried stamping with gold Wink of Stella but some of that ran together too so for most of the cards I left the snowflake off & added a star brad.  This card was one of the 1st ones I did so I put the brad over the snowflakes & it looked pretty good.

Thanks for looking & I hope everyone has a great holiday!