Friday, December 17, 2010

CCC#24: Rock Candy Distress Stickles

Haven't crafted in a while but really wanted to participate in the CCC#24 so jammed this out this morning.  Just got this ATC stamp by Stampers Anonymous and had to use it right away.  Made it simple:  Stamped the image in Archival ink onto a pre-cut ATC.  Didn't have the nibs by Ranger so I pulled out my old blender pen----used to color in the images with Distress Inks Barn Door, Vintage Photo, Faded Blue Jeans and Pine Needles.  Covered the entire piece in Rock Candy Distress Stickles.  And the blue rhinestones for the finishing touch.  Quick but fun---just the crafty fix I needed.  Happy Holidays all!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

CCC#23: Double Distress

My version of Double Distress for the CCC#23 hosted by Miss Linda over at StudioL3 blog.  We had two weeks to complete this (instead of our usual one week) and still I am entering it on the last day.  Not that I haven't had it done, just not posting it till now.  Oh, well---so much for the best of intentions.  Guess I just work better at the last minute ;)


--Tim Holtz Snowman and Snowflake Texture Fades by Sizzix
--Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire
--mini mister and white Perfect Pearls powder
--aqua rhinestones
--light blue, dark blue and white cs

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Alcohol Ink Splatter: CCC#22 plus 1

Got mine done for the CCC#22 hosted by Linda over at StudioL3.  The challenge this week is Alcohol Ink Splatter.  If you want to know how to do this technique you will need to get Tim Holtz' book Compendium of Curiosities where he shares unique and innovative ideas and techniques using many Ranger products as well as his own.  This is a 'must have' book!

Secondly, I have also entered this in The Stamp Man challenge blog.  They are doing Christmas using a Tim Holtz product---just perfect, wouldn't you say??!

Supplies and Tools:
**Alcohol Inks:  Cranberry, Meadow and Gold Mixative
**Distress Ink:  Aged Mahogany
**Symphony Tissue Tape by Tim Holtz
**glossy cardstock by Stampers Anonymous
**Black Archival Inkpad
**gemstones by Queen and Co.
**Santa stamp by Inkadinkadoo
**gold and maroon cs
**misc Believe stamp, clear embossing powder, heat tool

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Give Thanks

A quick card for a couple of challenges:

Sisterhood of Crafters:  Fall card incorporating leaves
Scrapbook Sisters:  Fall colors


**Distress inks:  Peeled Paint, Old Paper and Wild Honey
**Stampin' Up! Top Note Die
**Cuttlebug Embossing folder
**Tim Holtz Alterations die by Sizzix
** French script stamp (faint in background of main card)
**misc leave stamp
**white embossing powder/heat embossing tool
**misc give thanks stamp

CCC#20 Industrial Grunge

Got mine done at the last minute---which beats last week, which was not at all! :)  This week's challenge was to do the Industrial Grunge technique from Tim's Compendium of Curiosities book.  This challenge is hosted by Linda over at Studio L3 every week.   For more inspiration from some uber talented artists go on over to her blog and check out all the entries.


**grungeboard keys
**acrylic metallic paint dabbers by Ranger
**misc keyhole brad
**Patchwork Texture fade of Tim Holtz' Alterations line by Sizzix
**Distress Inks:  Tea Dye and Old Paper
**manila tag by Stampers Anonymous
**misc fibers
**saying from Sara books

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat

I recently won the blog candy over at Inge's blog: PinkePinke.  The prize was a tag and 5 inches she made.  They are absolutely FAB!  Here is a pic of what I have done with them:
Happy Halloween ALL!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Flashback...........from Christmas 2007 actually!!

What fun little flashback here---inspired by Flashback Friday 4.0.  The challenge there is to 'repost' the earliest Christmas card you ever blogged.  Well, mine goes way back to 2007 (although I didn't get around to blogging it till early 2008).  Anyway, you have to repost it currently and at their website link it to your original post.  Fun to see how your style and skills have changed.  I always do a photo card but that year I actually did a card and added a printed photo.  Yes, my style and photography skills are vastly different but, all in all, this card still brings special memories to me...........

Along came a spider..........

Another fun Halloween creation.  Don't really care for spiders too much but this card was fun to make.  followed the sketch over at Sketches4u for their Scariest Halloween Card contest

I know, my card is not all that scary but to me it is due to the icky spider thing.  Anyway, other than the sketch and theme you also had to add bling so I added the sparkly ribbon and stamped the sentiment w/my glue pen and added purple glitter for more bling.

I am also going to add this to the Drunken Stampers challenge and for Dezinaworld, both challenges being Halloween. 

I guess I most probably am done crafting for the day as we are going to be off shortly to the kids' Fall Festival at their school.  Then, maybe a nap?!? (should I, could I dream???)

**Distress Ink:  Peeled Paint and Dusty Concord and Black Soot
**ribbon from my LSS and sparkly ribbon (both manufacturers unknown)
**acetate spider overlay by Recollections
**dp by Basic Grey
**Martha Stewart border punch
**Sentiment stamp by SU!
**purple glitter by SU!

Have a wicked Halloween

Did a quick and simple skull card for a couple of challenges:

Sketches4:u ning group:  Halloween Party Challenge---use a handmade fabric embellishment
Sunday Stamper:  Dem Bones

**skull fabric/xyron adhesive machine
**skull paper and spiderweb paper by Recollections
**spiderwebby ribbon from my LSS (sold by the yard---don't know who makes it tho)
**sentiment by SU!
**Distress Ink:  Old Paper and Black Soot

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

CCC#18: Noel Tag

So I have jumped ahead to Christmas although I don't think I really am going to be able to let go of Halloween just yet---still have too many fun papers and embellishments yet to play with. 

This tag is for the CCC#18 challenge--dabber resist hosted by Linda on the StudioL3 blog.  We are halfway through Tim's book, the Compendium of Curiosities already!!  Got to go check all the wonderful work that is happening during these challenges!

For the tag I used:
**Silver Paint Dabber by Ranger
**manilla tag by Stampers Anonymous
**Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Snowflakes
**Distress Inks:  Chipped Saphire and Faded Jeans
**Martha Stewart Snowflake border punch
**snaps from Tim Holtz' Idea-olgy line
**all stamps by Inkadinkadoo

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Scary Halloween: Orange and Black Tag

Okay, I vowed I was going to move on to Christmas cards/tags, etc.  But got a little distracted with my stamp set sitting out on my craft table---just had to play.  Did this one up for the following challenges:

Cuttlebug Spot:  Scary Halloween
Tag Tuesday:  Black and Orange
Simon Says Stamp and Show:  Anything but a card
Stamp with Fun:  Halloween
Something Completely Different:  Orange and Black
Stamp Something:  Halloween somethings
Stamping for the Weekend:  Halloween/Fall


**Cuttlebug Embossing Folder---one with multi-sized droplets
**Martha Stewart Halloween border punch
**tag by Stampers Anonymous
**Skull, bat and spider stamps by Stampin' Up!
**Starry Night embossing powder/heat tool
**Distress Inks:  Black Soot and Spiced Marmelade
**acetate frame overlay by Recollections
**deckle-edged scissors
**boo stamp---unknown
**misc fibers, black and orange cs

NOTE TO DESIGN DIVAS (if you are reading this):  If you double click on the photo for an upclose pic you can make out the word 'demon' on the text page.  I truly just opened up the book and took the picture---I couldn't do this if I tried, really!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Charm"ing Anniversary

Can you guess what anniversary we are celebrating this year??? Love numbers, don't know why............And, as the Design Divas know, there is something about me and text---specifically what text ends up in my projects without purposely choosing. So I have to share about the picture. I used an old book as a background for the card to photograph it. I just randomly opened it up and put it down on the table with the card placed on top. As soon as I looked down I realized that it was opened to chapter 13. Simply unbelievable, yet no unexpected with my past experiences. Anyway, fun night planned with the hubby............

I am, of course, entering this card in CCC#17: Fragment Charms. This challenge is put on by the Lovely Linda L. over at StudioL3 She is a very busy woman doing some other wonderful things like a blog hop to support a fellow crafter/blogger's journey with Breast Cancer. If you haven't seen Linda's work or not familiar with her blog, you need to take a peek (preferrably when you have time to peruse awhile, you'll want to check out all that is there!)
Also, I would like to enter this in Papertake Weekly's challenge: 3 of a Kind. I figure, I have the number 13 on there 3 times, that counts, right?! And The Artistic Stamper:  Layers


**Distress Inks: Black Soot and Tumbled Glass

**Shabby Chic paper stack by Tim Holtz

**Patchwork Embossing Folder by Tim Holtz Alterations line: Sizzix

**Embossing folder by Provo Craft (varied diamond one--don't know the name of it)

**Filmstrip ribbon by Tim Holtz


**misc ribbon

**Fragment Charm

**Glossy Accents by Ranger

**black brads

**deckle-edge scissors

**Love ticket stamp--unknown

**ticket corner punch by Stampin' Up!

**French Script stamp by Inkadinkadoo

**old text paper

**multi-medium gel

**Metal Numerals by Tim Holtz Idea-ology line

**Archival Inkpad by Ranger

**black and turquoise cardstock

Happy Birthday Matthew!

Made a fun card yesterday with Sheryl. Her son's birthday was yesterday so, drawing from my 'pieces' pile, I whipped this card up. Had a lot of fun making it. Didn't turn out at all what I had envisioned making him but I love it just the same!
I am entering it in the Cards for Men Challenge blog---the current challenge being birthdays. Also, I am having a go at the ATC challenge for Fun With ATCs challenge blog: Writing on your ATC. I actually attached my ATC to a card---I hope that still qualifies.
And now for the supplies/tools list:
**Distress Inks: Broken China and Scattered Straw
**Harlequin, Live the Life and Postal stamps by Tim Holtz from Stampers Anonymous
**manilla tag from Stampers Anonymous
**Alterations Texture Fade by Tim Holtz: Patchwork
**clear embossing powder/heat tool
**newsprint and iron
**postal stamp by
**Happy Birthdsay stamp by See D's

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Blingin' Halloween

I think I had a little too much fun making this "Skull Flourish" canvas. Truly, the pics do not do it justice. I will have to take some more true pics during daylight (although the forcast calls for 100% rain all day tomorrow!). Throwin' this out there for a few different challenges:
My Partner in Crafting Crime Challenge #13: "Shine on you crazy diamond......" (glitter or bling)
Cupcake Craft Challenges #112: Scary Creatures
Let's Ink It Up: Halloween Colors
So here is what went into this twisted little piece of work:
**Starry Night Embossing Powder
**Distress Inks: Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint
**old text paper
**Tattered Floral Die from Sizzix: Tim Holtz' Alterations Line
**Grungeboard skulls and flourish by Tim Holtz
**Script Stamp by Inkadinkadoo
**black Stazon inkpad
**Peeled Paint Distress Stickles
**Hobgoblin Tissue Tape by Tim Holtz
Happy Haunting my wicked little craft junkies ;)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Birthday card for a dear friend (plus a challenge)

A card for a dear friend! Entered in the following challenge:
Party Time Tuesdays: Anything Goes Birthday
**Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Divine Swirl
**Cuttlebug Flourish border die
**Basic Grey designer paper
**Crushed Olive Distress Ink
**misc ribbon
**Stampin' Up! Top Note die and Curly Tag punch
**Alterations Tattered Floral Die by Tim Holtz
**text paper
**snaps from Tim Holtz Idea-ology line
**Willow Walnut Ink Antiquing Solution by Tsukineko
**deckle edge scissors
**Happy Birthday stamp by See D's

Thursday, September 30, 2010

So Thankful.............

So, the Design Divas had a a nutshell: Do something you have never done before and create something to demonstrate/illustrate how it made you feel. Also, we had to use something from our stash that we hadn't used yet. Something I had never done before was to RAK someone (merely because I never can seem to get to the post office, like it's the dentist office or something---ha!). Anyway, on the All Things Tim Yahoo group they started (or perhaps re-started) an organized RAKing system for those in our group that may need uplifting for whatever reason. So, I bit the bullet (oh, the commitment ;)) and submitted my name the first time a request went out. I really enjoyed it so did it again the next week when another request went out. Well, long story not so short---I created this tag to illustrate the emotions involved. For my never used stash I used the metal keyhole 'brad' and the copper ribbon.

I am also submitting this to these challenges:
CCC#16: Wrinkle Free Distress (my 2nd entry) on Studio L3 blog by the fab Linda
Simon Says Stamps Challenge: Autumn Photo Inspired Challenge


** Distress Inks: Forest Moss, Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge

**misc. key and keyhole

**various ribbons/fibers

**Face stamp by Hampton Art

**Musical stamp by All Night Media

**Clock stamp by Rubber Stampede

**Metal Photo Corner from Tim Holtz Idea-ology line

Monday, September 27, 2010

Make mine a triple...........

Okay, so the title is purely for Drunken Stamper's benefit...........cuz I am entering this in two challenges: Drunken Stampers: Salute to Fall
CCC#16: Wrinkle Free Distress technique over on Studio L3
Stamp Something: Something in Fall Colors
So, go figure, the CCChallenge today is going on for two weeks---and I had to get it done on day one for the first time ever. Guess that gives me time to do the technique again, huh? ;)
Used lots of fun things:
**Distress Inks: Forest Moss, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo
**Archival Ink: Coffee (from blog candy I won from Linda E. over at A Crafting Journey) THX:)
**Flourish Leaf and Sentiment Stamps by Marcella By K
**Mini Mask: Regal by Tim Holtz
**Tim Holtz Idea-ology Snaps
**metal photo corners by Memory Boutique
**manilla tag by Stampers Anonymous
**misc fibers
Lovin' the Fall weather that is upon us. Looking forward to this change of seasons............

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Okay, so I got caught up in so many different things this week. By Friday, still hadn't done the CCC#14 challenge so resolved myself to the fact that it just wasn't happening this week. Then, on Sat. walked into my Craft room, sat down and this just 'happened'---totally had a Tim moment ;) Got to use two of my new Tim items: The Tiny Attacher and The Enamel Accents (so, so easy to use btw). So lovin' doing ATCs too! They are so quick and easy!
This week on Linda's Blog: Studio L3 the CCC#14 challenge is basic masks. Go check out all the fab projects on this one!
**Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz
**Masks by Tim Holtz: Borderline
**Black and White Enamel Accents by Ranger
**Distress inks by Ranger: Wild Honey and Black Soot
**halloween stamp by Studio G
**Grungeboard skull mini
**white paint

Friday, September 10, 2010

GrungeFlower Fa-la-la-la-la

Wow, kinda got bit by the Christmas Spirit. Had so fun with my Distress inks and collage stamps here---not to mention Grungepaper and a domino from my new set! Did this card for 3 challenges:
List of Supplies:
**Grungepaper by Tim Holtz/Ranger
**Sizzix Alterations Die by Tim Holtz: Tattered Floral
**Distress Inks: Pine Needles, Black Soot and Fire Brick Red by Ranger
**manilla tag from Stampers Anonymous
**misc fibers
**Musical note collage stamp by All Nite Media
**Santa Collage Stamp by Paper Artsy
**Perfect pearls mixed w/water and sprayed out of a mini mister by Ranger
**misc domino
**misc ornate silver brad
**mini flourish mask by Tim Holtz

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ticket to ride...................

Wow, this was a fun project. Part of my "processing" project, actually. In the past 10 months I have been on a journey of sorts. Through this journey I have become keenly aware of certain words that have repeatedly come up and have caught my focus. I have gone from truth to meaning, etc. Most recently the word dream has been in my thoughts. This project has come to represent my realization that truly, I have a ticket to ride................I have this one life, my ticket and I'm gonna ride it!!! This is an inspirational piece that I am going to frame and keep close to remind me to ride...........

As for the challenges this week that have inspired me with their themes:

Simon Says Stamp and Show: Layers (I believe I have six layers not including the base.)


**Distress Inks: Black Soot, Tea Dye and blender tool by Ranger
**Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Arglye
**Sizzix Alterations by Tim Holtz die: On the Edge Ornate
**Tim Holtz Lost and Found Paper Stacks
**Amusement Park charms by Karen Foster
**teal, brown and cream cs

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Woo Hoo, got it done before the weekend again! Continuing with the lovely Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge................#12: Chipped Enamel Technique from page 14 of T!m's book. I did a quick and simple tag this week.
I was going for a sunflower look. My kids start school the day after Labor day and I always associate this with sunflowers. My explanation: On my son's first day of kindergarten (5 years ago) I sent him off on the bus only to find myself unexpectedly burst into tears (he is obviously my first born). My first reaction was to grab my then toddler daughter and jump in the car and run down to the school to see him get off the bus. I was not alone in this sentiment, as there were moms in minivans actually following the bus;) I still remember waiting in the school parking lot where the busses drop the kids and my daughter being mesmorized by the tall sunflowers along the wall of the school. The elementary school has a tradition every year of holding 'sunflower day' where they dress in yellow, green and or brown and each class goes outside at some point during the day to plant sunflower seeds. So, enough of my sentimental blah, blah, blah..........What images does back to school conjure up for you?????
Here's what I used:
**Distress inks as well as Distress Embossing powders: Mustard Seed and Peeled Paint
**Embossing Distress inkpad and heat gun
**tag by Stampers Anonymous
**metal flower and leaf by Milestones (metal shapes)
**adage ticket by Tim Holtz
**water to splatter over final project for water color effect
**Birds and Swirls embossing folder by Cuttlebug/Provo Craft
**misc fibers