Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mom ATC's

Mother's Day ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) for my swap at

All the ATC's have a chipboard "M" that are unknown. I like the way these one turned out. I usually don't like to do all the same thing when it comes to these swaps. I felt like these ATC's were different maybe because of the colors or because each one has unique differences (I used a stencil for on and a stamp for another) that made them feel like they were different but yet are alike. I'll stop rambling.

Green ATC
The patterned paper by Making Memories
The background paper (teal) is by Color Aid
The white cardstock by American Crafts and green by Creative Memories
The letter stamps by Fiskars and ink by SU (Bermuda Bay)
 and the brad is unknown

The background cardstock is by Provo Craft.
I inked a Tim Holtz stencil with distress ink 
The bottom right corner is Alcohol inks by Ranger on glossy paper
The letter stamps by Fiskars and ink by SU
 and the brad is unknown

The pink shiny cardstock by Recollections
The letter stickers by Freckled Fawn
Yellow paper is watercolor paper by Ranger that has been covered with Peerless watercolors
Yellow paper has been stamped with Deep Red Stamp Flourish with Umbrella pink ink
The brad is by Eyelet Outlet and the flower is by Stamping Scrapping

Thank you for looking. Have a great day.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Recycled ATC's

I joined an ATC (Artist Trading Cards) swap at and the theme was recycled/upcycled/junk in your house. I was going to do a bunch of different cards but as I made them I loved them so much that I kept in for my collection. I'll show those ATC's in the near future.

I used a fun background stamp by Deep Red Stamps called Esprit Parfumerie Label which you can also find it at where I post a lot of my layouts. I stamped the background stamp onto white cardstock with Hero Arts black ink. I proceeded to add color with distress ink (Scattered Straw and Worn Lipstick) with an ink blending tool both by Ranger. The We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile pierced a hole into the center of the ribbon so I could set a large eyelet. Fray Check (Prym Consumer USA Inc.) was applied around the hole to keep the ribbon from fraying. Once the Fray Check was dry I set the eyelet with the Crop-a-Dile. Next was the hard part working with the buckle and ribbon to make everything look smooth and cohesive. Once buckles were in place with the ribbon and eyelet I used 3D and large Zots under the ribbon to secure everything together. The ribbon, the eyelets and the buckles are from my mother-in-law's stash.

I just now noticed that the first ATC has a flaw. I didn't thread the ribbon correctly on the left side. Ugh! Funny thing to me is that I just now noticed that. I guess what would a blog post be if I didn't say Ugh?

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sassy Studio Designs Sketch with Elsa

This week at Sassy Studio Designs the Thursday challenge  is

This Sketch:

I colored in Elsa Queen Coronation Sassy with Copic markers and some colored pencils by Stampin Up. 

I always have a problem coloring her hair. I think of the hair color as a white almost grey like this picture:

but then in a different light it looks like a light blonde like this picture:

Here she is in her coronation dress:

and in this dress I don't know which I see more of-white or blonde. Either way I'm not impressed with the way I colored her hair and so I'll call it, "a work in progress".

For the rest of my card I used the Creative Memories cutting system to die cut the image into an oval. The patterned papers are by My Mind's Eye and Memories in the Making. The card base has a glittery finish (David Tutera) and funny thing-I taped the pieces of the card on upside down. Ugh! The embossing folder is by Darice and I inked the edges with Evergreen Bough distress ink (Ranger). The sentiment is a download from Heidi Swapp and I stuck with a generic sentiment to make this card any occasion needed say for a birthday card, go job card or even a happy holidays card. To finish up the snowflakes are a mix of K and Co stickers and some snowflakes are a Marvy punch.

Thanks for looking.

Copic colors I used:
Cape-V04, RV17 and Faber Castell colored pencil #125
Hair-C00, C01, Y000, W0
Dress-BG18, BG34, BG11, a Stampin Up colored pencil and Faber Castell #162
Gloves-BG34, BG11, Faber Castell #162
Top of dress-C5, C3, C7
Eyes-B00, B02, B04
The gold highlights come from a gold Wink of Stella pen

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

God's Love

I had no reason to make this card other than I hadn't used the cherry blossom stamp set yet. Unfortunately I have many stamps that haven't seen ink yet. It's a crying shame but the scrapbooks must get done before the boys graduate.

The cherry blossom stamp and the border at the bottom are both by Autumn Leaves. The sentiment stamp has wondered off leaving me with out a manufacturer. All are stamped with brown Stampin Up ink. Then I didn't wait for the brown ink to dry before going over the stamp with blue distress ink (Ranger) which made the brown smear slightly. at first look you probably wouldn't see it but it bothered me. Therefore I covered the flowers with Glossy Accents (Ranger) to distract from the mistake I made. I rounded the corners of the white cardstock (Recollections) and adhered it to brown cardstock (Stampin Up).

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Skater Upcycled Card

I upcycled a tissue box as my background to this card. I really liked the pattern on the box and wanted to use it. The skater is a Cricut from the Winter Wonderland cartridge. I used Recollections,Bazzill and Making Memories paper to cut her out. The snowflakes are a Creative Memories punch that I covered the with a Wink of Stella clear pen. The sentiment is an old stamp that I stamped with a dark green ink.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Manly Monday Anchor

Welcome to my Manly Monday card. I used an anchor stamp by Stampin Up, a box stamp by Fiskars, and a sentiment stamp by Hero Arts. I used sage and navy ink by Stampin Up and the other blue ink is by Close to my Heart. The cardstock I used for this card is as follows: white by Recollections; blue by Stampin Up; and texture white by American Crafts. The patterned paper in my card are by Pink Paislee and Me and My Big Ideas.

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

April Sketches in Thyme PL

Back again this month we the Sketches in Thyme Project Life  sketch challenge. The sketch is by Emma Prescott.

I used a background stamp by Deep Red Stamp called Circles Rubber Stamp. I stamped it onto the tag with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I inked the tag with distress ink by Ranger. I made the title in Cricut Craft Room with the tags from the the Small Talk cartridge and the and the font is Cuttin Up. 

The patterned paper on the left, the green paper on the right and the chipboard that says "Cool" are all by Making Memories. I messed around with the placement of the photos too many times and ended up ripping some of the polka dot paper. To fix that I circle punched out a scrap piece from the PP and adhere them all over with foam tape on some and regular tape on others. The blue cardstock is by Provo Craft and the brown cardstock and ribbon are both from my stash. The blue ribbon is by Stampin Up. The piece of brown chipboard is from my stash and I inked it with brown distress ink.

Thanks for looking

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pink Get Well Card

Welcome. My card today uses the Upsy Daisy stamp by Stampin Up. I colored the rubber in with distress markers and sprayed the stamp with water before stamping it onto the watercolor paper. I sprayed it with water again and stamped the right side of the card. You can sort of tell because the one side is darker than the other. I ripped the edge of the watercolor paper on the bottom and adhered it to a rainbow piece of patterned paper (unknown manufacturer). I adhered the two pieces to the pink background paper by Studio G. The die cut with the unknown sentiment is by Cuttlebug and the ribbon by The Paper Studio.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Best Wishes Background Card

My card today uses a Hero Arts background stamp that I stamped with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I colored the images in with Peerless watercolors and a water pen by Ranger. The sentiment is a Just Rite stamp stamped on Color-Aid cardstock with Hero Arts black ink. I also put the same cardstock on the bottom. The ribbon is unknown.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sassy Studio Designs

This week at Sassy Studio Designs the Thursday challenge  is


Choose three in a row to create your project.

I chose the center row of stitching real or fake, flowers, and sentiment.

I love this image and finally get to use it. I printed the image out onto Ranger watercolor paper and used Peerless watercolors and distress inks to color in the image. I matted black cardstock behind the image by Recollections. The blue and the green cardstock are by Paper Reflections and the red is by Recollections. The stitching on the card is a rub-on by Die Cuts with a View.

The flowers are by Prima and the center is a glittery dot by Recollections. The sentiment is a Fiskars stamp that I stamped with Hero Arts black ink onto a Spellbinders die.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pink ATC's

I joined the ATC (Artist Trading Cards) Swap at The theme for this set yellow and pink. I chose to do a couple of variations of pink but the yellow is pretty close the same.

Lace ATC
I started adding yellow distress ink color to the yellow background with a scallop stencil. It's hard to see. I had to look at my directions twice to figure out what the heck is this talking about but it's there if you look closer. I stamped the lace border by Deep Red Stamps with pink ink by Umbrella onto Recollections yellow cardstock. I matted the yellow onto a piece of light pink cardstock by Provo Craft. The dies on my card are negatives to a Cricut Easter egg cut in Cricut Craft Room.

For this ATC  I used the  back of a Coredinations card that I messed up on. I stamped the Deep Red Stamps circle background stamp on to the pink cardstock with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder by Hero Arts. I inked the edges of the card with pink distress ink and then the tag with yellow distress ink, Both inking of the edges was done with an ink blending tool by Ranger. The yellow cardstock through the center is watercolor paper by Ranger that has been inked with Peerless watercolors. It was a left over scrap that I wanted to use and not waste. The tag and chipboard flowers are unknown however the word "art" is a sticker by Creative Imaginations.

For this one I used background paper by Best Creations. The yellow paper is watercolor paper (same as above) by Ranger and colored in with Peerless watercolors. The sunburst chipboard is by Maya Road that I painted with yellow paint by Pebbles. The "joy" sticker is by Current and I added star foam dies by Lawn Fawn. The foam is by Tiny Crafts at Dollar General and twine by Oriental Trading Co.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Manly Monday Acorn

Today I have a masculine thank you card to share. The acorn, the sentiment and the ink are all by Stampin Up and the box stamp is by Fiskars. The patterned paper is by Studio Calico which I have dry embossed with a leaves embossing folder. I went over the leaves with a cat eye chalk ink by Colorbox but it didn't make the leaves stand out enough for me. I went over them again with distress ink and an ink blending tool. From there I decided to add ink around the edges of the patterned paper. I really like the way it turned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great Monday!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Baby Hippo

The baby cards below use the same hippo stamp by Fiskars and stamped with Memento black ink. I colored them in with Copic markers and die cut them out with different Spellbinders as well as the dies behind them. I inked the inside of the die with light blue and pink ink. 

The boy card I started with yellow Bazzill cardstock and adhered a patterned paper on top. I'm not sure who it is by. The I wrapped some Michael's shear blue ribbon around to the left. I made the sentiment with Spellbinders dies using a Unity Stamp Co stamp with Hero Arts Cornstarch ink. I then die cut a swirl from my Cricut and added some baby feet stickers (by CM) to the bottom.

The second card I used some old patterned paper that may be by Three Bugs in a Rug. The ribbon is by American Crafts and the sentiment is a Fiskars stamp in the same set as the hippo.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sketches in Thyme Project Life

It's my turn at Sketches in Thyme Project Life challenge blog. Here is the sketch and what I did with it:

For my card I started with off white cardstock by Recollections and stamped a dotted square stamp by Fiskars with brown SU ink. I die cut the Die Cuts with a View patterned paper with a Spellbinders rectangle die. I used a Cloud 9 Designs quote stamp for the sentiment and added brown cardstock (Coredinations) corners to the edges. Those edges have been stamped with a Weathered Wall Deep Red Stamps background stamp with brown ink. I added a Jenny Bowlin banner to the card with the baby's name on it. 

 For the rest of the pocket page I used patterned paper by Crate Paper and Die Cuts with a View. I stamped labels on some of the cards with a small alphabet stamp and brown ink both by Stampin Up. I continued to add the brown Weathered Wall stamped image around some of the squares by way of the corners or I used a strip of it on two photos. In the bottom right corner besides the baby's name I stamped Holy Baptism (Mark's Finest Papers) and then the cross (Clear Dollar Stamps) with the same ink and on the same paper.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Deep Red Stamps Cross

Today my card uses a Deep Red Stamp Cross. You can find it at:


I stamped the cross onto Strathmore watercolor paper with black Hero Arts ink, I colored the cross in with distress markers., I taped a yellow patterned paper by Studio G behind the image. The pink patterned paper is by MME. The hearts are puffy by Sticko/EK Success. I'm not sure who the vellum sentiment or the polka dot ribbon.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sassy Studio Designs

This week at Sassy Studio Designs the Thursday challenge  is

Use Pastel colors

I used the Taurus image printing her out into Express cardstock and colored it in with Copic Markers. I trimmed her down and matted her with patterned paper by Papertrey Ink. I die cut the sentiment with my Cricut and the zodiac freebie on Cricut Craft Room. I stamped the dates of a Taurus onto a Sizzix die cut with Autumn Leaves stamps with Umbrella pink ink. The rest of the supplies are unknown.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Beautiful Thinking of You card

Today my card is simple but I think beautifully effective. I stamped the Inkadinkado flowers with Hero Arts black ink on to Strathmore watercolor paper. I colored it in with powdered chalk mixed together with paint both by Stamp N Plus. The sentiment stamp is by Newton's Nook.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Christmas 2004 Layout

There's a lot more to this LO then it looks like. I tend to get bored easily and like to try new things to keep interested in layouts and cards. Sometimes I step out of my comfort zone and dabble into the unknown. 

The background behind the photos is a mix of different things. I used an ink blending tool by Ranger with SU red ink on a The Crafter's Workshop dot stencil. I then inked the sides with green distress inks and painted the edges with a mix of white paint and Stardust chalk both by Stamp N Plus.

The rest of the layout consists of border patterned paper by Die Cuts with a View, cardstock by CM, Recollections and Sunborn,and some die cuts cut by Cricut. I added some snowflake stamps in the center. I stamped them with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed them with Ranger's red embossing powder.

Here's the "pretty" background.

Thanks for looking.