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, April 18, 2017

April Flowers

This is my tag for The Craft Shack's April Technique Tag Tim Holtz Style Class.  We are re-visiting Tim's past techniques & this month we did distressed enamel from Day 7 of 12 Tags of Christmas 2007.

I did like the green Tim used, so following his instructions I smooshed Shabby Shutters over a #10 tag, then clear embossed before the ink dried.  Once cool, I went over it with Frayed Burlap.  I just love the enamel look.

Since the background was something "old", I decided to go with everything new for the image on the panel!  I stamped a flower from Tim's Illustrated Garden on another tag using Wilted Violet & Peeled Paint Oxides then clear embossed it.  After it cooled, I blended Frayed Burlap over top then stamped the sentiment from the Good Thoughts Set in Jet Black Archival Ink.  I cut it out then distressed the edges before matting it in black.  I added a photo corner then popped it up on the background.  Just love how the Oxides look!

To embellish, I used "4" from the Mini Numerals & since it was shiny I toned it down with Hickory Smoke Paint.  I also painted the Numbered Brad "17" (because yesterday was 4/17) so it would stand out on a piece of Thrift Shop Ephemera.  I added a Word Key & an ornate corner painted with Hickory Smoke too.  The butterfly was inked with Wilted Violet & spritzed with water.  The crinkle ribbon was inked with Wilted Violet & Peeled Paint.  When I made the fluffy bow I mixed jute string in to give it a little more interest.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Flowers in Bloom

This project was for a swap at a recent Splitcoaststampers event in Ilion, NY.  The swap was a "No Sentiment" card front which I thought would be easy but it IS difficult not to use a sentiment!
The flowers from Sweet n Sassy Flowers in Bloom stamp set (& there's a matching die!) are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on SU Whisper White.  It was colored with Copic markers (R85, R83, B21, B97, G94, G99 & E25) & brushed with Clear Wink of Stella. Once the image was cut in thirds & matted, they were adhered to a 5 X 3 3/4 piece of SU Whisper White that had been embossed using TH Bricked EF. The black jute & tiny black jewels were added as accents then adhered to the 5 1/4 X 4 SU Basic Black card front.  It's already to be added to a cardbase of choice!


I đź’–Philly!

I have a lot going on this month so I needed this project to serve 2 purposes...the The Craft Shack's monthly recipe club & a swap at a Splitcoaststampers event in Ilion, NY.  This is a recipe I saw on FB & not sure who to give credit to but it is delic!

The Hero Arts Silly Scape stamp isn't as wide as the 5 3/4 SU Natural cardstock so I used my stamp-a-ma-jig.  First I stamped the image in Jet Black Stazon on acetate then used a stamp-a-ma-jig to position it on the cardstock, removed the acetate & stamp the image in Coffee Archival Ink.

I moved the acetate to the left & lined it up with the 1st image I stamped.

Removed the acetate & stamped the 2nd image.

Exactly what I was looking for.

The roof tops of the buildings were colored with Copics (R29, B00, B95, G24, Y02) & Glossy Accents was put on the face of the clock.  The TPC Studio So Delish Everything but the Kitchen Sink DSP was bumped up to the natural CS & taped on the back.  The seam is covered with a strip of SU Baja Breeze CS & matching SU ribbon over it then adhered to the SU Chocolate Chip base.  The 2 1/4" letters were cut in SU Chocolate Chip & Baja Breeze using Cricut's Cursive 101 cartridge.

The spatula is from a Studio G stamp set & was stamped in Archival Coffee & SU Baja Breeze inks then embossed with WOW Clear EP.  Its fussy cut out & adhered under the "Y".  I added Zva Taupe Pearls on 3 of the corners of the recipe.

Well thanks for looking & hope you visit next month!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

I made 2 more birthday cards that light up for my friends Sally & Jeannette.  I've decided to make one for each of the Giggler's so by the end of the year I'll have made 16 of them (13 more to go!).  Even though I used a simple circuit I had a hard time wrapping my head around connecting the positive side to the battery.

I cut 2 pieces of CS & finished the card front.  I measured to determine where to place the light, marked the 2nd piece & stamped the candle.  I drew a diagram so I'd know where to put the copper tape & battery. I cut 1/8" off each side of the back CS so it wouldn't show when I put it together.  The copy paper at the right is for the battery.

I adhered the copier paper then placed the copper tape over my diagram leaving a gap where the light will go.

I placed the LED sticker over the copper tape making sure the positive & negative marks on the sticker touched the correct sides.  Using a glue dot I added the battery negative side down over the negative side of the copper tape.  There are 2 layers of dimensionals around the battery which are slightly higher than the battery & so the positive side of the copper tape doesn't touch the battery unless it's pressed.  The skin" of the top dimensionals were left on so it doesn't stick to the copy paper.

I then folded the copier paper over the battery to test the light before I finished putting it together.
I placed a dimensional strip around the outside & a few towards the top for stability before adding to the card front.

Here's the finished card.  I probably didn't need to but I stamp, colored & cut out the icing again so I could pop it up.

They are definitely fun to make.  Check out Chibitronics for more ideas on making these cards.


SUPPLIES:  Chibitroncis-LED Stickers, copper tape; Cardstock-SU Pretty In Pine, SU Whisper White; Ink-Memento Tuxedo BlackVersaFine Onyx Black, Stamps-SU Sprinkles of Life, SU Perfectly Penned; Markers-Copics R81, R83, R85, G12, G14, Y06, Tombow Light Gray; Embossing Folder-SU Framed Tulip; Battery-Sony CR2032 Lithium 3V; Deminsionals-SU Strips, Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares.

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Got together with my peeps at The Craft Shack last week to make alcohol ink Easter eggs.  We followed Tim Holtz's instructions to make these lovelies!

All you need are various colors of alcohol inks, alcohol ink mixatives a blending tool, alcohol ink blending felt & white plastic eggs!  You might want blending solution too just in case you want to change the color on the eggs or need a little clean up.

So simple just put the 1 or more inks & a mixative on your felt, tap, tap, tap on the egg (do half of the egg at a time), dry, add 1 or 2 of those inks that you want to stand out to the felt, swipe to show a little white on the egg then tap, tap, tap again & dry.  Voila!

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.