Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Merry Belated Christmas

Boy oh boy am I behind!  Just wanted to share a few Christmas projects, including the December 12th tag of 2013 from Tim Holtz.  I intend to actually participate in all 12 in 2014.

Used transparent packaging with the frosted film since I didn't have any art parts 
Loved the frosted film technique, wish you could see it better!

Sent this to Missionary friends in Belieze

Love the skates!

Hope you had a lovely holiday!  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I'm back! - Graphic 45 Typology Caddy

Hello Friends,
I'm back from a bit of a break from blogging.  Family life, health issues and a vacation kinda swamped me for a bit but I'm re-energized and feeling my creative mojo returning!  I took the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry (click here) 102 and it was really amazing!  I think the techniques were even more fabulous then his CC101 class, which is pretty awesome too!

Today I am showing y'all a project that has been in my head and on my desk for quite a while now.  When I first saw the Graphic45 Typology stack I just had to have it, the bright colors, the type-set, the quotes....all so terrific!  I found a wood caddy at a second hand store which is very close to my house, in my semi-rural little town of Nipomo.  I picked it up about a week before I saw the Typology line and immediately KNEW that it needed to be altered with those papers!  I of course had to wait for my papers to arrive and then I could get to work.  I then came across another small set-back..the bottom had little round ball/feet and the box just screamed to have the Tim Holtz Alterarions Pully wheels to be added!  So then I was on a mission to all of the local stores to find it, no I ordered it from Simon Says Stamp and waited again.  It does not end there,  Halloween and another G45 project interrupted this project, mostly because I wanted to give that project as a gift.  Well I finally got to finish this project up and just in the nick of time..Graphic 45 Facebook page has a contest this month asking for photos of Typology projects you have it, my finished Typology Caddy which now sits on my Work table and holds all of my small "go-to" favorite tools!

WARNING:  this is picture heavy!

Here is the "front" 

 One of the sides and some hanging Chipboard tags

Here's the pully wheel, using one of the new alcohol techniques taught by Tim Holtz in CC102,
The lower right photo is of the back of the caddy, a collage of quotes

Top: The other side piece, featuring my initials
Bottom:  Close up looking at the screen front, you can see the TP rolls I covered to keep evereything in order

Used my Cricut and the Sentimentals cartridge to create the inkwell and plume.

A view from the top, featuring all of the TP rolls each one covered and painted on the interior.  I still need 2 more to total 18!  They keep everything organized very nicely (and cheaply)!

One last peek of the front and back.

I used letters and numbers that had significance to me  That is part of the fun of this line of paper, so many different aspects of the papers can be featured and they combine with other paperlines seamlessly!  I managed to even use Dorothy and Land of Oz papers!

I will be entering this into Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge  and onto the Graphic45 Facebook Page.

Thanks for stopping by, and please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of my new "baby"!



Monday, September 30, 2013

Tim Holtz September Tags of 2013

OWell since I enjoyed making the August Tag of 2013 so much I decided to participate again, albeit I'm pretty far into the the last hour of the last day!  I actually created this a few days ago, just forgot to post it!

I ended up making two since I didn't like how the first one was turning out, but as I kept moving along in the process I ended up liking it enough to show all of you!

I won't tell you which one I started first!

Thanks for stopping step, Tim's blog!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hiding In My Craft Room #116 Lot of Layers - Final Post

Hello all, I hope you having  a great weekend!!  Sadly this is my final post with Hiding In My Craft Room.  Laurie and all of the talented ladies there have been such a blessing.  My schedule has been so packed lately, mostly with work in our office, that I dont feel I have given adequate attention to my commitment there so it's time for me to say good bye.

For my final challenge there we are playing with Lots of's a little card with a few nice layers, mostly they involved layering the opposite way we card makers and scrappers do layers.  I layered my frame on top of my featured stamp, then layered that on my design paper then layered onto the card.

I layered some Tsinko shimmery Pink ink onto black paper.

Be sure to stop by Hiding In My Craft Room
 and show us your creation!

Thanks again to my fellow teamies at Hiding In My Craft Room and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, September 20, 2013

Tammy's Scrappin Corner - #81 Happy Birthday

It's Birthday Time!!!  This week at Tammy's Scrppin Corner, Team Marc is Challenging everyone to show us your Birthday Creations.  Our sponsor this week is Birdie Brown. Please stop by the blog at and show us your Birthday cards!

Isn't this digi just adorable?  I used my Distress Re-inkers and watercolor paper to color this image.  My Distress pens also came in handy for the small details.  The coloring is not perfect but I think it adds to the charm of the image.  This challenge came just in time for a family members Birthday!

Other Supplies:
Paper: BoBunny and Studio Calico
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Postage Stamp die
Bakers twine and Buttons

Thanks for stopping by and Blessings to you all!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

SSS - Hiding In My Craftroom

Greetings!  I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday!  It's Super Scraps Saturday at Hiding In My Craft Room and we are all playing in our scrap stash.  Here is a card I made from a tag.

The tag was not exactly in my Scrappy Stash but close enough...late last night I was fooling around with my inks and making backgrounds on tags.  Very often those end up in my scraps pile.  Today it was on my desk with the other tags I was playing with.  This tag started with a mix of Picket Fence Distress Stain, Perfect Pearls mist in turquise and the Turquoise shade of Dyan Reavly"s spray inks.  There was also some leftover Picket Fence mixed with Dyan's Dirty Martini left on the craft sheet which you can see with the green patches in the middle.  The photo does not do this tag justice since you can't see the fabulous shimmer from the Perfect Pearls.   I stamped it with a new Penny Black stamp and then added the quilt-like flowers stamped with white chalk ink.  Little pearls dotted all around and then I found this cute tea pot charm/pendant laying around, I would definitely refer to that as a "scrap" of sorts since I'm sure I  picked it up on sale and didn't know what I was going to do with it and it was just loose away from all of  my other Jewelry finds.  Lastly I noticed that cute sillouete  on the packaging fro the pendant so I just fussy cut her and added the little pearl to the largest circle.  That is a scrap for sure since it was headed for the trash!

The green background paper was in my scraps and the doily was also in a box with lots of leftover die cuts that I check when I am making these SSS projects.

Have fun looking through your Scrap piles, you never know what treasures are just dying to be used!

I will be entering this into the following challenges:

Coffee, Chocolate and Cards  - Anything Goes
Daringcardmakers - Signiture Style
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Quick Quotes - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to enter your creation into our Challenge this week over at Hiding In My Craft Room



Monday, September 9, 2013

Tammy's Scrapin Corner - School Time

Happy Monday!  My kiddos started school three weeks ago and I'm still doing my happy dance!  This last summer seemed to suck my mojo right out of me but I'm so happy it's back!
This week at Tammy's Scrapin Corner we are sponsored by the wonderful A Day for Daisies!  I just adore their stamps, I know I say it every time, but I just can't help myself!  Here is a digi called "Read to Me"

So much fun playing with this image...I actually added to it by drawing a chalkboard behind those two darling little girls.

Be sure to stop by and play along for a chance to win some lovely digi's.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ecclectic Elapu - Puppy Love

I found this stamp ( from Inkadinkadoo) this week and just fell in love...literally puppy love!  It fit the theme of this weeks Pink Team Challenge at Eclectic Elapu perfectly.

I decided to color him in with my Copic markers and used my Uchida glue pen to add some !artha Stewart Copper glitter to his bells on his collar.  Various Copic markers were dotted around him to create a rug of sorts and a neutral gray outlines him for a bit of depth.  I used my Spellbinders to cut him out and a frame in red design paper from K&COMPANY Brenda Walton Christmas papers.    I found some velvet Pointsettia stickers for accent and some mini letter circles to spell JOY in the corner.  

Who wouldn't love a puppy at Chrisrmas, if only for a few days anyways!

Please come by and share your creation this week at
And watch for our treasure hunt starting in October...great fun and a chance to win some fab prizes!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hiding In My Craft Room - color challenge

  Hello friends, Happy Saturday!  This week at Hiding In My Craftroom we are having our color challenge...we are using three Stamping up colors as our guide:  Artichoke, Curry and Cajun Red.  Of course this is a jumping off point and you don't have to use these exact colors.  I broke out my favorite paper line which often features that color combination ...Graphic 45 of course!

I made a card with the combination of a art cut-out from the Botanica Bella which I colored in from with Distress markers (the sea horse), I used the Tim Holtz chit chat words stickers and copied it onto craft paper, on that I stamped An botanical image with clear embossing powder then I placed it onto some dry embossed cardstock.  The background paper is from the French Country collection.  Added a Tim Holtz sentiment, a Graphic 45 key staple and some twine.  I made a few other cards with this same combo which I'll post another time.  I loved this Combo!

Our sponsor this week is with a $25 gift certificate! Also, for the entire month of September when you place an order from them and mention HIMCR you will receive a free small gift! Plus, offers FREE shipping within the US for every order totaling $25 or more
Be sure to enter your creation, we would love to see your work: 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Technique Time Tuesday - Faux Silk Technique

Hello and long time no see to my fellow friends at Technique Time Tuesday.  Life just got very hectic this summer and I just needed to take a break but I'm back and raring to go with all the fabulous techniques we showcase at the Technique Time Tuesday Challenge Blog!

This month we are playing around with the Faux Silk technique.  It's super simple to do, and with the right stamps this technique really shines.


I used a pretty large stamp for this card, it's one of my favorites because its so pretty and really fun to color. It's from Stampendous and its called Rananculous Field.  I decided to use very pale pink tissue paper vs. white for a little variety.  I colored the image with Distress markers and a water brush that was barely wet.  You do need to be careful as I did tear the paper a bit since it got too wet as I was moving around my watercolor.  I ended up just excluding that part of the image...after I glued the tissue paper down I did a color wash with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Glitter Paint in Butterscotch.  It was more of a glaze than a paint really since its very translucent, shiny and glittery!  It's really pretty on person and I highly recommend it, I now own it in about seven colors.

I finished the card with a sentiment from a Hero Arts Friendship Clear stamp set, papers from My Minds Eye and a few flat back pearls.

Be sure to stop by the blog for the tutorial and enter your card for a chance to win some cool prizes!

Thank you for stopping by...Blessings to you all!


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hiding In My Craft Room - Freestyle

This week we are going Freestyle with our creations...I love these weeks where I can pull out a picture and just scrap whatever I want, of course I don't need anyone's permission but it's fun to be able to share it with you all on behalf of HIMCR.

I found these two photos f my daughters just being goofy in the local Claire's.  I adore the Graphic45 Le Cirque papers and love finding any good reason to use them.

I just could not leave out the photo of my hubby, the leader of this three ring silly circus!

Here are all the fun embellishments I added to the page

So fun!  Please stop by  and join us this week...we want to see your freestyle projects!

Thanks for stopping by and Blessings to you my friends,

Friday, August 30, 2013

August 12 Tags of 2013

Well it seems I have finished my tags in the nick of time, it's still August!
This month's Tags of 2013 technique by Tim Holtz is masking.  I've masked before but I thought I'd give it a whirl using these me of the  inspiration Tim provided.

I've never actually made a tag based on the techniques/inspiration that Tim has provided with his "12 tags of" series.  Although I've tried lots of the stamping techniques he has taught, own a ton of his products,  yes I do mean a ton, I'm not exaggerating here!  I've even taken his Creative Chemistry class...I've just never submitted any of my samples onto his blog so I'm felling a bit intimidated here!

I started by using the technique of swiping my tag through two stains which are placed side by side on the craft sheet.  He used Brushed Corderoy and Pumice Stone, I substituted Weathered Wood for Pumice Stone since its like the one color of stain I don't own, of course!   You can really see the contrast nicely on the balloon tag.

I used his Travel theme as inspiration for this tag, I stamped and masked several balloons from a Hampton Arts hot air balloon set.  I used three different shades of Archival Inks for interest...after I masked the balloons and stamped and masked the Post Card sentiment (Glitz), I stamped another Glitz stamp of the map on the bottom of the tag in Archival Ink in The shade of Sepia.  I also stamped over the large masked balloon with a Inspired By Stamping cancelled postage stamp.  I then stamped over the large balloon image with the flying birds in embossing ink and melted black embossing powder.  I like how it gave the tag a little dimension. I topped it with some black twine, some woven ribbon and a long Seven Gypsies safety pin.  The edges were inked with Distress Ink in Weathered wood, the brushed Corderoy and Gathered Twigs (after I distressed the edges with the distressing tool)

Next tag was actually the one I began first.  I used the same stain combo to begin with but stamped it all with Stampers Anonymous stamps.  The only stamps I made masks for we're the little girl and the old fashioned camera.  

The little girl was stamped with Distress Paint in Spin Sugar and Brushed Corderoy for her hair and face.  I just applied the paint directly onto the stamp.  The dress did not have enough contrast so I used my Distress Markers in Worn Lipstick to stamp the dress again.  I like the shadows it created.  

I used the film strip stamp twice on the bottom in black Archival Ink and staggered them, I then carefully partially inked the distinguished gentlemen (I don't know what their named, that's what I like to call them!) in Sepia Archival ink and placed them within the blank spaces of the film strip.

I then stamped the Sentiment "The world of reality has it's limitations, but the world of imagination is boundless". I thought it was perfect to pair that with these photo stamps, the photograph is often steeped in reality yet when you get creative with your photos the limits are erased.  Well I used a embossing powder called...... Which was probably too chunky for my stamp so I got a lot of blurred words. My only hope seemed to cover the words with some chit chat stickers and hope that you all could make out the somewhat clearer words...I love the look!  Another example of a mistake turned around for creativity sake!  I won't bore you with any more details of this tag, just ask if you have any questions about the rest of the products I used.

Ok so I know this is pretty wordy and long but I'm gonna post one final photo

I will be entering this into the following challenges;

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my tags!!!!



Monday, August 19, 2013

Tea Time

 Hello and Happy Monday!  Why is it happy you may ask...well my kids begin school at the end if the week and boy are we all ready!  This week at  Tammy's Scrapin  Corner we are playing with our food, no seriously we are playing with food images!

I choose this cute tea cup image which has a corresponding sentiment I placed inside from Eureka Stamps.

After I colored in the images itch Copic Markers  I made a mask with a second image that I printed and fussy cut.  On top of that I stamped the doily pattern from Hero Arts in Majestic Blue from Archival Versafine  ink,  the pattern reminded me of a tea cup.  I recently purchased this stamp at a fabulous little Art/Crafting store I found in Santa Barbara during a recent shopping trip with my oldest daughter, Santa Barbara is only about a 90 minute drive south of me.  

I layered it with some Navy Mettalic cardstock and papers from a 6x6 paper pack called Little Azalea - Embellish by Dena picked up at JoAnns.  I Die cut the tag using  the Sizzix Tim Holts Tiny Tag die which I stamped with a Recollections Blessing stamp.  I added some beads onto a cork stick pin and stuck it into the cup as a tea stirrer.  Some ribbon and pearls and finished the inside with the sentiment colored over with my Copic Markers.

Be sure to come on by and link up your creation for a chance to win  some Eureka images at 

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by this week!  


Saturday, August 17, 2013

HIMCR - Chalkboard Prayer Journal

My oh my has this summer gone by fast!  I can't believe my kids are starting school in a week!  In the mean time I've been really having a hard time getting to my craft table this summer but alas I made this little book for this weeks challenge at HIMCR.  Our theme this week is stitching, real or faux...I chose faux

I started with a stamp set from The Crafts Meow called Stitched Flowers.  I paper pieced it and used my Copics to color the buttons inside the flower centers.  I also used my Distress Pads to add colors onto the background after I masked the flowers.  The top Sentiment is a Scripture from another TCM stamp set.

To make it a little prayer book I took a sheet of design paper that was rather thick, cut the 12x12 sheet in half and scored it down the center and then one quarter inch on either side.  I cut the new DCWV Chalkboard papers in the pale blue chalkboard and dark brown chalkboard down to about 5.75 by 5.75 alternated them and slipped them into the middle of all that scoring, oh I also scored them all down one side about 1/4", it was that side I slipped into the fold side.  I stapled them with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attatcher into the little book,  then used my 1.5" score tape to adhere my artwork to the front.  VoilA!  A little book!  After the fact I felt the pages looked too bare so I edged them with a white chalk ink pad and then stamped the corners with a little decorative stamp that was a part of the scripture set.  

Now I have a sweet little book to jot my prayer requests down and then watch The Lord work as I trust Him with what concerns me.

I will be entering this into the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my art!



Monday, August 12, 2013

A Rollerskating Zombie???

 Hello Friends, happy Monday!  This week I actually get to start my week off with some fun, we are taking the boat out to the lake today...we are meeting my daughters youth group so we will be spending the day with some happy teenagers!

Speaking of teenage fun I thought this digi fits in nicely with our theme at Tammy's Scrapin Corner, Sports.  This digi is from Saturated Canary and it's called Roller Skating Zombie.  If this wasn't designed for a teen than I just don't know what else to say!


Paper: DCWV- Stack
Coordination yellow card stock
Provo embossing folder (dice)
Washi Tape
Liquid Pearls, Daffodil and
Copic Markers
I will be entering this into the following challenges: - Anything Goes - Anything Funny Goes - make it pop...layering - monthly inky party - Anything Goes - Anything Goes 
Anything Goes F - flowers on background paper, freaky girl - spots, dots & Circles - heavy on the embellishments

Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my art!


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Art Deco - Two for the Price of One

  This week me and my Pink team mates at Ecclectic Elapu are playing with the Art Deco theme.  I did a bit of a variation on that by showcasing fashion from that period, which has that Art Deco feel to it.  

I created an ATC and I spruced up an extra box from a configurations box with a little decorated ticket.

For the ATC  I used the Graphics 45 a Ladies Diary collection and a couple of stamps, the flowers are from Le Blanche and the style word is from one of the G45 Ladies Diary stamp sets.  I fussy cut the beautiful lady from one if the papers and set her on a piece of striped Washi tape and another fussy cut from the Ladies Diary stack, I think it was from a boarder.  The flowers were colored in with some colored pencils.

This little ticket was one of several in a row, I stamped the row with a Graphic45 Fashionista stamp and used my Distress markers to color her.  I added a little seam binding ribbon and a matching button.   I used some real watch gears to embellish the ticket and some tiny black half back pearls for the lady's necklace.   Tiny details are some of my favorite things!

Please come on by and share your Art Deco creation with us this week ;

I will be entering this into the following challenges;

Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my art!