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, October 18, 2017

Ghostly Treats

Its time for my October tag Tim Holtz Style & Halloween is a given in October. Going back through Tim's old tags on his blog, I decided to use his technique, 12 tags of christmas-day 5 from 2008 which is a shabby chic paint resist.  The left tag is my decorated tag & the right is my technique tag which is stored in my idea-ology worn binder notebook for future reference.

I followed Tim's instructions by painting a #8 manila tag with black soot paint, smoothing it out with a sponge then letting it dry.

The images from classics 1classics 3 & classics 4 were stamped with embossing ink, sprinkled with clear embossing powder then embossed using a heat tool.

Cracked pistachio paint was smoothed over the black soot with a sponge & dried until tacky.  Using a damp cloth, some of the cracked pistachio was wiped off to create this cool shabby chic look.

Again I followed the steps outlined on Tim's blog (link above) using a #10 manila tag which was painted with black soot & twisted citron paint.  I stamped & clear embossed a large spider webscript and the trick or treaters.  I don't think the twisted citron is bright because I may not have gotten the black paint as dry as it needed to be.

I used the same technique on another tag using black soot & picket fence paint then popped up 3 die cut ghosts.  There's a small piece of black CS behind the eyes & mouth.

I painted these mini numerals with black soot then dabbed them with antique bronze paint.  I love how they turned out!  I also did this to a halloween token (photo below) that says trick or treat which is hung under the ribbon.

This is one of my favorite parts of the interactive spider!  I tied the spider at the middle of the black thread.  After making 2 holes in the tag, I put each end of the thread though them & tied the thread at the back, leaving a tail.  Since the spider is tied in the middle of the thread, all you do is pull the thread up & down on the back of the tag!  Cute, huh?

Instead of a ribbon I used tulle tied with 2 colors of twine.  Once it was in place I melted it with a heat gun!  It give it a really spooky look.  I then added the token using a loop pin.

Hope you enjoyed my Halloween tag...TFL!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wicked Birthday

Last night the Giggler's celebrated Mary Ann's birthday.  Of course when you have a birthday in October chances are you love Halloween (& she does) plus she loves tags so I made this spooky guy & he lights.  
The background was done using Hickory Smoke, Stormy Sky, Wilted Violet & Peeled Paint Distress Ink on a #10 tag then spritzed with water.  The skull (on white CS), spider web, birthday sentiment & pumpkins were stamped in black Archival ink on another manila tag.  The pumpkins were colored with a detailer water brush using Dried Marigold, Carved Pumpkin & Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink then fussy cut & layered.  The skull was lightly inked with Hickory Smoke & fussy cut.  "Wicked" was done by coloring white embossing paste with a few drops from a Twisted Citron re-inker & applied over the stencil.  The words at the bottom are remnant rubs & the bats at the top are die cuts.  I also spattered black ink over everything before adding the spider which was attached with a piece of thread.    

The tag has 2 layers.  The bottom layers holds the copper tape, battery & LED light.  On the top layer, I cut a hole where the eye is & placed the skull over the light.  I also cut a hole in the top layer & placed a pumpkin over top (it's being pressed) so the battery could be changed.  The top & bottom are held together with two layers of foam tape.  The SU Wisteria Wonder ribbon was added last.

TIP:  My friend, Shannon suggested replacing one of the layers of foam tape with Velcro so the battery could be changed.  I think that's a great idea & next time I'll give that a try.

For details on how I make light up tags you can visit my blogl plus there are many YouTube Videos.

Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Aww, nuts

My SIL, Pam & I collaborated on this recipe card for The Craft Shack's September Recipe Class. Pam had this yummy peanut butter icing recipe & she wanted to use her Inky Antics Scented Smiles Peanut Stamp Set and Scratch 'n Sniff Stickers.  The set has the cutest stamps with scented stickers.  We placed a clear sticker over the peanut butter jar so when you scratch it you can smell peanuts! After Pam picked out the papers, I found a recipe card by lorie64 on SCS & using her basic layout this is what we came up with.

Other supplies - Maja Design Denim and Friends12x1 Paper, SU Night of Navy & Very Vanilla, Copics, SU Oval punches, Twine, Wooden Button, twill ribbon.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Capture Life's Moments

This is the 5th & last technique I learned in a class taught by Tim Holtz in April.  The technique using Oxide Inks is called Luminous Layers.

This #8 tag was done in Tim's class by smooshing Oxide Inks (Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio & Spiced Marmalade) on a craft mat.  Instead of spraying the Oxide Inks with water they were sprayed with Brushed Pewter Mica Spray.  The tag was then swiped through the ink & dried with a heat gun.  Then I continued to swipe or tap the tag into the inks, drying in between layers.  Stamps used were from Classic #1Classic #3 & Classic #4 stamped in Black Archival Ink.

Using the technique above, I made this #10 tag for a class at The Craft Shack.  The Oxide Inks I used, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint & Frayed Burlap, were sprayed with Antique Bronze Mica Spray.  Several  different leaves from Tim's Leaf Print Set were stamped with Monarch Orange, Coffee, Plum & Vermillion Archival Inks.  The flourishes from Tim's Sketch Elements was stamped with Olive Archival Ink.  Two acorns from Tim's Autumn Blueprint Set were stamped with Coffee Archival, then inked with Frayed Burlap & Walnut Stain Oxides, spritzed with water & cut out.  One acorn was popped up then the other cap was layered on top.  I added "Autumn" from Chit Chat Seasonal stickers on the acorn & splattered Black Soot Paint over the tag.  I rubbed a Rusty Hinge Crayon over the Word Band that says "Capture Life's Moments" then wiped the excess off & added twine.

For my fluffy bow I followed Freddie's bow tutorial & used 3 distress markers, Barn Door, Gathered Twigs, Carved Pumpkin on crinkle ribbon.  I love the effect of the Gathered Twigs down the center of the ribbon but I think I used to much water because there wasn't any cream left showing. 

The photos don't do the technique justice.  The mica spray is so shimmery & pretty I almost didn't add the acorn & word band.  Hope you enjoyed my September tag & TFL!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I've Go An Idea!

It's time for another Giggler's birthday project & it's for Susan!  I've made birthday tags for Susan before but I promised everyone a light up card this year so I decided to make her a light up tag!  I usually use white card stock so I know the light shines through but the tag is a little heavier & it was harder to see so I made a few modifications.  I also used a technique I learned in a class taught by Tim using Mica spray instead of water to activate the Oxide inks!!

First I figured out where I wanted the image for the crazy bird & light bulb plus the balloons which will be pressed for the light to come on.  Then I placed the stamps on the Tim Holt Stamp Platform & stamped 2 #10 tags in black archival ink.   I find it helpful to have the same images on both layers so I know where to place the Chibitronics Led Light & it's easier to line up when the layers are put together.  I inked the tag by smooshing Tim's Oxide Inks (Salty Ocean, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet & Spiced Marmalade on my craft sheet & spritzing the ink with brushed pewter mica spray.  I pressed the tag into the ink, dried it & repeated several times.  The mica spray gives it a very cool shimmery effect.  I don't normally ink the bottom layer (tag on the right) but it was an "oopsie" & I didn't want to waste a good tag.

To make the the circuit, first I adhered a folded piece of copy paper over the balloon where the battery will be.  The copper tape needs to connect to the positive side (+) side of the battery (top) & the negative (-) side of the battery (bottom) with a small gap between where the LED light will be.

The LED light has a sticky back so I pressed it down with the point (-) over the negative cooper tape & the (+) over the positive cooper tape.  Make sure you press down hard enough so it makes the connection.  Using a glue dot, I placed the battery over the cooper tape with the (-) down & the (+) up.  The top of the copy paper was then folded over the top of the battery.  Layers of foam tape were placed around & built up slightly above the battery so the cooper tape on the copy paper only touches the battery when the balloons are pressed.  Leave the covering on the top of the last layer of foam tape so it won't stick to the top layers when it's added.

Once I had tested the circuit so I knew it would light & made sure it would line up when the layers were put together, I layered double sided foam tape around the edges & in the middle (right photo) so you can't see the mess inside & it wouldn't flex.  My original plan was not to put 2 layers of foam around the out side edges so I cut a hole in the top layer (at left) for the battery to be above the top layer.  I was going to add the second layer of foam to the balloons but changed after I cut the hole.  The light was dim through the tag, so I cut a small hole in the light bulb & adhered a light bulb over it that I stamped on plain white card stock, colored with Copics & fussy cut.

When I put the two layers together, I don't remove all the tops off the foam tape at once.  Instead I pull a small piece to the side, using the exposed sticky part of the foam tape to tack the layers together.  Once I was sure it's lined up I removed the remaining top of the tape by pulling off.  Tweezers were helpful when I needed to grab the edge of the foam tape covering.  Next I stamped, colored & die cut several balloons which are layered over the battery.  I stamp "Press Here" on the top balloon.  I also stamped, colored & die cut out the crazy bird to layer on the tag so it would really stand out!  Of course I had to add a fluffy bow!

Hope you enjoyed hearing how I made my first light up tag light!  TFL!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Do It Now!

The inspiration for my August tag was a stamp from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Mini Motivation set. One of the sentiments says "Do It Now Sometimes Later Becomes Never" & I thought something to do with travel would be appropriate since I'm lucky enough to be retired. I used the 4th Oxide Ink technique, Smudge Stamping, I learned in a class taught by Tim himself back in April (lucky again!).

This is the #8 tag I made in Tim's class plus he provided a label with the instructions to put on the back. This is so your image with Oxide ink, stamp then use a blending tool to smudge the image. The properties in the ink will separate so the image remains because the dye stains the tag & the pigment sits on the surface so you can move it around. I used stamps from Tim's Stampers Annoymous Classics #1, #3 & #4 sets with peeled paint, spiced marmalade, faded jeans & wilted violet Oxide inks. This little beauty is now in my cute Idea-ology Worn Binder Notebook with the others for future reference.

Now on to what I created on my own...

Using the Oxide Ink technique above, I stamped & smudged: the globe from Schoolhouse Blueprint in broken china; the sentiment from Mini Motivation in fossilized amber; from Warehouse District the plane is stamped in iced spruce & the pointing finger in peeled paint; the grid from Mixed Media in fired brick; from Noble Gents the suitcase in vintage photo & exploration in black soot. Then I filled in with wilted violet & wild honey, After I used a distresser on the edges I added my favorite frayed burlap around the edges. To finish it off I used my sprayer to add droplets of water & dried it with heat tool for a cool effect.

I embellished with an inked clippings sticker; a nailhead brad, a torn & distressed plane ticket from Expedition Ephemera; film strip ribbon added with a tiny attacher; a "wonder" token painted with picket fence & attached with a loop pin. I added game spinners to the clock & popped it up. Last but not least is my fluffy bow that I learned to make from my friend Freddie. I used crinkle ribbon inked in wild honey & broken china.

Thanks for looking & hope you enjoyed my creation!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sweetie Pie

The recipe for the August class at The Craft Shack is from my SIL, Pam N.  She's makes the most delicious pies & when I saw Darice's stamp set, Sweetie Pie, I knew her recipe would be perfect.  I used the pie from the set & it comes with matching tin pins which are ssoooo cute.  There are several other sets that also have matching tin pins & cute sentiments which work for projects other than recipe cards.

I wanted the recipe to look vintage but at the same time fit the cute look of the stamp. I typed it using different fonts & underlining which made it look like the index cards our mother's used.  It was printed on SU Whisper White then stamped with a set of  measuring spoons in
Memento Black.  I randomly blended Antique Linen Ink over the card to make it look "loved" & matted it on SU Red Riding Hood CS.

I made my own background by stamping the pie then randomly stamping the fruit in Memento Black Ink on SU Whisper White.  The pie crust was done with Copics E31 & E53 then I gently went over it with a blender pen to lighten the color; The hearts are R27; the pie plate is B32 & also gently gone over with a blender pen.  The cherries were colored with R37, R39 & G99; the bananas are Y15 & the applies are E0000 & R39.  I didn't want it to look so white so I stamped speckles from SU Gorgeous Grunge in Antique Linen.

After putting the layers together-SU Red Riding Hood base, Maja Design Summertime Light Scarlet Gingham then the stamped white background, I attached the tin pin & rolling pin with Glossy Accents.  The handles on the rolling pin from KaiserCraft's Wooden Flourish Cooking Pack were colored with a SU Red Riding Hood Marker.  Then I put Glossy Accents over the handles to give it a little dimension.

I think this is one of my favorite recipe cards...or have I said that before!  Hope you enjoyed & TFL!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Flutter By

Here are two tags using a technique taught by Tim Holtz in a class I attended in April. This is the 3rd technique he taught that day using his new Oxide Inks & it's so fun.  I can see myself using this technique over & over.

Here is the #8 Kraft Tag we did in Tim's class. The images from Stampers Anonymous Classics #1, Classics #3 & Classics #4 sets were stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink on Ranger's Distress Watercolor Paper. We smooshed Frayed Burlap Distress Ink onto a craft sheet & spritz it with water then tapped the watercolor paper into the ink. This step was repeated a few times, drying in between layers. Then we smooshed several colors of Oxide Inks (I used Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Wilted Violet & Broken China) on our craft sheet. Using a Detailer Water Brush we picked up color & brushed it on the image, drying between layers.

I usually use #10 tags but when I made this one I didn't have any kraft tags so I made my own with cardstock from one of Tim's 12X12 paper packs.  Then using the technique Tim taught us, I stamped on watercolor paper using Stampers Anonymous Classics #3 & #4, Flower GardenMixed Media & Flutter with Archival Jet Black Ink.  To stamp multiple flowers, I did make a few masks by stamping the flower & cutting them out.  Then I used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink on the background. The images are colored with Oxide Inks (Seedless Preserves, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Broken China & Spiced Marmalade) using a watercolor brush.  For a little dimension, I stamped another butterfly on a scrap of watercolor paper, colored it then die cut the image & attached it over the image on the CS  using Glossy Accents.  I added other embellishments - Idea-ology Pen NibBotanical Remnant RubsClippings StickersCrinkle ribbon & a piece of twine.

We were given a label with the technique instructions to put on the back of the tag & Tim's Idea-ology Worn Binder Notebook with a set of Page Pockets to store these technique tags in. He's so generous in his classes!

Hope you give it a try & TFL!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


This is another technique Tim Holtz taught in a class I took in April using his new Oxide Distress Inks. We used the technique in the monthly Technique Tags Tim Holtz Style Class at The Craft Shack

I picked up a small amount of Distress Micro-Glaze with a mini blending tool & rubbed it on my craft sheet to smooth it out & take some off.  Then applied a thin layer over Tim's Bubble Stencil in a tapping & twisting motion.  The micro-glaze goes along way & Tim recommended having a blending sponge dedicated to the micro-glaze & leave it in the container.  I smooshed Broken China & Spiced Marmalade Oxide Inks on my craft sheetspritzed it with water then swiped my tag through the color.  After drying it with a heat tool & dapping a little with a cloth, I added a little more color & dried it again. Then I used more micro-glaze over Tim's Floral Stencil in the middle of the tag then swiped it through Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio & Peeled Paint Oxide Inks.  I dried it & added a little more of those colors.  After drying, I decided to use another stencil, Latticework with the micro-glaze & more Broken China Oxide Ink.  I blended Frayed Burlap Ink around the edges.

After I was happy with the stencils & Oxide inks, I used another tag I had inked with Worn Lipstick & Wilted Violet Oxide Inks & spritzed with water.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Tim's Just Thoughts with black Archival Ink, tore & inked the edges with Frayed Burlap Ink. The swirls are from Tim's Sketch Elements stamp set stamped with Archival ink too.  The other embellishments are crinkle ribbon inked with Wilted Violet & Worn Lipstick Oxide Inks, a Muse Token "Lifetime" hung on a loop pins, a nailhead& a clock from Tim's Custom Fasteners & 3 butterflies from Botanical Remnant Rubs.

TIP - This was a very easy technique but it's hard to see the flower pattern in the center.  I think I may have used more of a grinding motion instead of tapping & twisting when I applied the micro-glaze so it may have gotten under the stencil.

Hope you enjoyed my tag & TFL!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lighting Up Your Birthday

Our stamping group, the NEPA Gigglers have 4 birthdays in June & this year I'm making everyone a card that lights.  Of course I want them all to be different & now I have 7 complete out of 15.  The obvious is a cupcake & I have a LOT of cupcake stamps but I did find another subject which fits perfect for 2 of my friends.

I used Chibitronic White LED Stickers, copper tape & a pancake battery on all the cards.  Here is a previous card I made that shows how I did the circuits.  TIP - to take the guess work out of placing my LED sticker, I stamped my card front using my Misti then stamped another piece of CS that was the same size to put the circuits on.

This is the 1st card for my SIL, Pam.  I used SU Ice Cream Parlor DSP & Pacific Point CS.  The stamps are from SU Create A Cupcake using matching inks.   The balloons are Marvy punches.

Elaine's card was next & I didn't stray from the cupcake theme.  I used SU Sprinkles of Life (cupcake), Starburst Sayings (button) & Birthday Greetings (sentiment) stamps sets with Ice Cream Parlor DSP & Pacific Point CS.  I colored with Copics & punched with SU 1" round & 1" scallop.

The next card I made was for Shannon & the camper from SU Loads of Fun was perfect because I could have a light in the window plus she loves to camp!  I used SU Birthday Basics DSP with Raspberry Ripple CS.  The trees behind the camper are from SU Lovely as a Tree, the button is from SU Starburst Sayings & the sentiment is from SU Birthday Greetings.  I colored the camper with Copics & used SU's 1" round & 1" scallop punches..

This was the last card I made & it was for Kathy who also loves camping.  I used the same supplies but decided to draw a "porch light" on the side of the camper.  I told them Shannon was inside crafting & Kathy was still by the campfire.  Oh & I stamped the camper first then masked it off before stamping the trees.

Now all I have to do is come up with 8 more ideas!  Hope you enjoyed my creations & TFL!

Friday, June 9, 2017

A Bowl of Yum

Time for the June recipe card class at The Craft Shack!  This tasty recipe was submitted by Diane Z. & I designed it with a little inspiration from Pinterest. I've never done anything with an Asian theme & I really like out it turned out. 
The bowl was made following Alex's Creative Corner idea by punching SU Rose Red CS using the SU Designer Label Punch then cutting it about in half.  It was stamped in black Archival Ink using the corner stamp from Penny Black's Oriental set.  The bowl was trimmed using SU Basic Black CS.  The chopsticks were hand cut from SU Natural CS & attached to the back of the bowl then it was popped up.
The idea for the hanging screen came from Maylee's lantern card.  The branch from Penny Black's Oriental set was stamped at an angle with black Archival Ink on SU Rose Red then run through a paper crimper.  It was trimmed so there were tabs at the top, & bottom for the hand cut fringe.  It's decorated by punching SU Basic Black Cardstock with a SU Scallop Trim punch & adhered to the back using Scor Tape.  The tiny white pearls were colored with gold Wink of Stella then placed at the top & bottom.. 
The lanterns from the same Penny Black set were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, colored with copics YG63 & R85 , fussy cut out then the fringe was cut apart.  Clear Wink of Stella over the leaves gave it a little sparkle & a line was drawn on the DSP with a gold marker to "hang" the lanterns.  (Ignore the little white spot on the right lantern it's not on the original?)
The SU Very Vanilla recipe card & SU Basic black mat were cut with the SU Window Framelit die.  The black mat was cut in half then adhered to the back of the recipe card & popped up.                                                                                                                         After adhering the gold trim ribbon to the center of the Bazzill Glamorous Vintage Lace DSP it was matted in SU Basic Black then all the elements were adhered.                                                                                                                                                                  TFL!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Distress Ink Technique Binder Notebook

In April, I was lucky enough to take a class with Tim Holtz. He taught several techniques using his new Distress Oxide Inks from Ranger. I decided to make a divider tag to put between my Creative Chemistry Distress Ink tags & the Distress Oxide Ink Technique tags in my Idea-ology Worn Binder Notebook.  I figured there was no better way to ink it than color blocking using all 12 current colors!

I used the "direct to paper" (DTP) technique by pressing the ink pad directly onto a Ranger #8 tag.

Then using Ranger's Distress Sprayer I spritzed it with water & dried it with a heat tool.
Not all 12 colors would fit separately on the tag so I left a little "white space" between the "bottom" colors.  Then I added the "top" colors, inking over the "white space" & overlapping the colors on each side.  I dried after each color was added so they would be layered & not blended. After the entire tag was covered you could really see how the layering worked.

I stamped the title in Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink using Tim's Worn Text Stamp Set from Stampers Anonymous.  I also typed some of the oxide ink tips Tim had given us in class & on his videos then adhered it to the back of the tag.

The finished technique tags were then placed in Idea-ology Page Pockets & stored in my Idea-ology Worn Binder Notebook.  The cherry on top was Tim & Mario autographing my notebook!


It was an awesome class, the companies were so generous with their products & Tim's a fabulous teacher!! Oh & I can't forget Mario, he  made the labels for the notebook plus keeps everything organized before & during the classes!