Monday, March 20, 2017


Hello on this beautiful Monday!!!  I hope you had a good weekend.  We went over to the Chicago area (Bolingbrook to be exact) to visit our daughter and the hubs had a philatelic show he wanted to attend in Lombard.  We had a good time!!!

This card was actually started a week ago and I finally got it finished yesterday afternoon.  Not only was last week really busy but my work area was covered with a sheet most of the week because the week before in the oldest part of the house that we've been remodeling, the mudding of the sheetrock was finished up, the walls sprayed with primer and the texturing done.  Even though there was plastic hanging between the areas I still had a layer of fine white dust covering my whole creating area.  I moved everything and dusted my main work counter and die cutting spot (I still have the rest of my creating area to finish cleaning up).  This past week was spraying all the paint and, as I didn't want the dust again, besides the plastic closed, I also covered these two areas with old sheets.  Probably more information than you wanted....  However it is exciting to be this far!!!  

The background of the card is black cardstock.  I put Golden's bead gel through Suzanne's new Elizabeth Craft Designs stencil, Dotty, and let it dry. (stencil on QF or ECD)  The edges were distressed and a light spray of Ranger's Perfect Pearls Mist, Heirloom Gold, was spritzed on. (the mists are discontinued)  The black cardstock is really black (not a light black) but the shimmer throws the camera off.  

The flowers are from Elizabeth Craft Designs, ModaScrap Lacy Poppies.  I cut them from white cardstock, inked them with Distress Inks, sprayed just the flower area with Perfect Pearls Mist, Forever Red, dried them, and inked the edges of the flowers again. 

I used pressed corrugated packaging for the strip across. The strip was cut and then sprayed well with Heirloom Gold.  It looks fabulous!!!!  It's attached to the panel with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher. 

Smiles is a Suzanne Cannon, Elizabeth Craft Designs die (QF or ECD websites).  It was cut from both white cardstock and a red, speckled cardstock.  The same red cardstock was used for the red layer.  Everything is attached to a white folded card. Finally black pen sketches and a black flower button were added to the largest flower.

I'm entering this mixed media card into the following challenges.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Circle Journal #11

Hi!!!  I'm sharing the eleventh journal I worked in for this Circle Journal Swap and it belongs to Tracy.  As you can tell I was still very focused on infusions when I worked on this.  

I seem to of only taken one process picture but it shows the colors of infusions used in the background and then I stamped the leaf image with paint.  Lin Brown stamps used. 

I also used the leaf image over an infusion stamped small background again using sticky embossing powder and foil - this time green foil.  Shading was added with pencil and smudging. 

There is lots of stamping in the background with both paint and ink using a variety of stamps.  Inked corrugated cardboard and a scrap of fibers are behind the foiled leaf piece.

I had an "infusions mixed with paint" stamped leaf left from an earlier play.  I've trimmed it with a border and added it to the pages.  

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Today is Full of Possibilities

Hi There!!!  Yes, today - and every day - is full of possibilities!!!  

I started with a #8 Manila tag and added Distress Oxide Inks (Broken China, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio) working in layers spraying lots of drips of water as I dried.  [I thought I took a pic of just the DOX on the tag but I guess not]

Over the Oxides I added the Opaque Crackle paste through the Tim Holtz stencil and let it air dry.  To emphasize the cracks I used Peacock Feathers Distress Crayon applying it over the crackle, rubbing it around with my finger and then wiping the top of the crackle with a damp cloth to remove the crayon from the top.  I also added some crayon around the edges.   

Next was stenciling with Distress Ink on the area with no paste.

This border is cut from Ranger's Foil Tape Sheet.  It was actually cut a long time ago.  That dies has multiple borders on it and I hadn't used this one but kept it in the pile for some day.  

I won a gift certificate from the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog (Woo-Hoo) and ordered mostly new Idea-ology items including the Paper Dolls.  I used one here tinting her dress and bow with a Distress Marker.

Other new things I got and used on this tag are the Bouquet flowers and Quote Chips.  The flower have been cut off, sprayed with Distress Spray Stain (Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade), dried, and the center colored with Distress Marker.  The Quote Chip was cut apart and the edges inked with Distress Ink Faded Jeans.  The edges of the tag are painted first with Distress Paint Brushed Pewter, dried, and then lightly painted with Distress Paint Black Soot.  Before attaching the doll and embellishment pieces I spattered some white paint across the tag. 

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges...

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
Frilly and Funkie Challenge - Welcome, Spring!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

You Are Sweet

Happy Saturday to you!!!!  

This post is motivated by a few things.  First, this weeks challenge at the Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog is Make Your Own Background.  My most favorite thing to do is make backgrounds!!!!  They also focused on Dylusions products - not a requirement for the challenge but I hadn't played with my sprays in awhile so that helped me decide what to do for the backgrounds.  Second, I made some of my supply choices because of a sale happening at Quietfire Design.  You can find a list of current specials HERE, but I focused on using some things from her "Almost Gone Forever" category.  Everything in there is 60% off - the sale price will show when you put the item in the shopping cart - and it's always fun to dig out some older supplies that haven't been used in awhile (or to buy them when you can find a sale), like two Dylusions stencils (Dotted Flowers, Number Jumble) and two Tim Holtz cutting dies (Vintage Cabinet Card and Mini Cabinet Card.  The flowers are Dylusion stamps.  "You Are" is part of "This" Quietfire stamp set. Smiles is from "This" cutting die set.  The butterflies are "This" Quietfire stencil.  I've even taken some process photos for you.

I started with a piece of Mixed Media Cardstock cut to 4 1/2" x 6", sprayed on Dylusions in three colors, blotted, dried, put the stencil on, sprayed water, blotted, move stencil, spray water, blot, repeat until done and then dry.

Next is adding Distress ink through the other stencil.  Finally (and I forgot to take a pic) I dripped water across the piece, blotted and dried.

I put the two dies together and cut them from Mixed Media Heavy Stock.  Then I used the butterfly stencil to add white Texture Paste to the frame.

Once the paste was dry I sprayed the piece with Dylusions Bubblegum Pink and dried it.  Then I put the stencil back on and added gold paint (Fresco Finish Gold - PaperArtsy) to the butterflies.  The frame was attached to the background and shaded around the outside edge using Stabilo All pencil and a water brush. "You" and "Are" are stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black and a bit of white pen was used for a highlight.  I first cut "Sweet" from black cardstock, then decided to also cut it from white and layer them and finally didn't like the black so cut it from pink and layered that to the others.  Picked Raspberry Distress Ink was sponged along the bottom of the word.  The edges of the background were distressed.

I sprayed another piece of paper with Dylusions Pure Sunshine and Lemon Zest, blotted, dried, laid the stencil on and sprayed Squeezed Orange... as you can see I got it too heavy on some of it and it all ran together which didn't really matter since this was going to be stamped on.  I dripped on water, blotted and dried it.  This gave a very nice mix of color and light and dark for the flowers.

I wasn't really sure how many flowers I was going to use so stamped a bunch and then cut them out.

I layered the two large flowers together and used shiny gold brads in the centers of the flowers.  Once the flowers were all on I added some lighter shading around the inside of the frame and layered the whole piece onto black cardstock leaving a very small border.  I thought the frame needed more so added dots of Ranger's Enamel Accents, Cheese Puff.  

I sprayed another piece of paper with Dylusions, dried, dripped on water, blotted and dried.  Attached the main panel to this one, distressed the edges, and attached it to a folded white card. 

A fun, bright, colorful card!!!  Let me know what you think!!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

live everyday with intention

Hello!!!!  It's actually been a few months since I made this card but hadn't got it onto the blog yet.  I don't remember what was used for the layers in the background but there is stenciling.  The flowers were stenciled (Wendy Vecchi stencil) and they didn't come out as expected so I put the stencil back on and then used glitter paste.  There is more glitter paste, a different color, around the edges.  Doodling with a white pen.  Spattering.  Tim Holtz Idea-ology chit chat stickers.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Circle Journal #10

This was for Linda's journal.  A fun book!!  We were to do both sides of a page.  I chose a circle shaped page (there were various shapes).  Yay, that I took lots of pictures that walk through the process.  Remember you can click on a picture to enlarge it.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask either in a comment or you can email me.

The pink flowers were done on a piece of shaving cream technique paper.

"look on the bright side" are Tim Holtz Idea-ology stickers.  Lots of doodling.

Flowers stamped with Chalk paint and then color added with Distress markers.

White pen doodling and dotting.