Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SOS: Mythical and magical!

Happy Tuesday, all!  This week at Shopping Our Stash, Donna is our hostess, and she is encouraging us to create a project with a Mythical or Magical flavor!

Some ideas: mermaids, bigfoot, unicorns, the Loch Ness monster, fairies, flying pigs... (my daughter added that last one, but I'm down!  Sounds magical to me!)

Here is my mermaid:


  • All papers on this card were scraps of three types of paper-- it didn't show up in real life as much in pictures, but each scrap is actually a different hue of white, darnit.
  • The background panel was colored using Color Bursts through a Heidi Swapp stencil, probably two years old
  • The cheesecloth was just a scrap
  • I drew the mermaid a few months ago... her hands look all funky, but oh well.  It was never planned to go on a card-- it was just doodling.  I painted her with various DIs and added Pebeo relief glitter to her hair.
  • Stickles added on her eyes and lips
  • The circle diecut was in my pre-cut container (blank CD cases) and written with a waterbrush in Color Bursts
I hope you are now thinking of magical and mythical things, and meet us over at Shopping Our Stash!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Jolly tag

How 'bout that?-- a holiday tag in April!

  • Distress tag sprayed with Dylsuions first in Lemon Zest
  • Tag then sprayed through Tim's Diamonds stencil with various Dylusions sprays
  • "Jolly" is a Hero Arts stamp.  I double-embossed it with Distress Embossing Ink and Custer's Last Stamp silver EP
  • I also inked Jolly Santa (by Stampendous) with the same inks and embossing powder.
  • The yarn is a snippet that *I believe* came from some packaging of stamps purchased from Andrea at Snapping Monsters.

I'll share this at the following challenges:

Edith Piaf records were played...

... and I don't even know who that is.  But I just looked her up, and had an interesting life.

That clipping attached here was such a strange and interesting documentation of a party I just clipped it and kept it.

  • Library catalog card base coated a long time ago with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals mixed with Teresa Collins modeling past through Tim's Roses stencil
  • The card was then sprayed with Dylusions in Vibrant Turquoise and some water with Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold mixed  in
  • The image is one of Tim's photobooth friends, and she's been coated with a thin coat of DecoArt paint in Rich Espresso
  • The wood rose is from Michael's
  • The clipping was from The New York Review of Books and I coated it with the thinnest possible layer of Distress Collage Medium in Vintage, with just a touch of Crazing.  Then I simple stapled it on!
I'll share with with the current challenge at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers:


Library card art, made back a couple months ago and I just found it!  I like it too much not to share.

  • Library card base inked with various DIs
  • Stars are a Dylusions stamp inked with DOx
  • Stickles at edges
  • Tim's Treeline stamp inked in DOx
  • Hope ticket (also Tim's) inked and aged with DI
  • Tim's found relatives
  • Old embroidering floss behind girls
I guess that's it.

I'll share this with the current Simon Says Wednesday challenge: "Sparkle & shine."

Embark for flight

Here is the first ATC that I made with plans to enter into Happy Litter Stampers' April ATC challenge... however, it did not go as planned.  Since I left it on my desk for two days, it has grown on me, but I still like the OTHER ONE better.

Supplies and notes:
  • Old 7 Gypsies (I think) tag from a Rolodex-type set they had years and years ago, pre printed
  • I used my hand-carved butterfly stamp with Distress Embossing Ink abd clear embossing powder
  • The background is Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire Distress Crayon smeared with water and my finger
  • The wings were painted with Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint and scribbled on with Black Soot Distress Crayon, which caught on the embossed area nicely
  • Tim's Chitchat stickers
I have to say, none of this was the plan, but it is done now.

I'll share this at the following challenges:

Adventure tag

I made this tag with all kinds of supplies:

  • Tag inked with DOx in Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, and Salty Ocean
  • Tag wiped with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush
  • Tag edged with Glossy Accents and then I added Recollections Microbeads in Champagne
  • Stamped with a NBUS hot air balloon by Inkadinkado (I think Autumn sent this to me a couple years ago??? If so, thanks!) in Versamark in Champagne but it wasn't shimmery enough so I added Green Patina Perfect Pearls-- not sure if I've ever used these!
  • That map tape came in a set with the scale tape YEARS ago, and even then, I bought it on major clearance.  No idea the brand.  Martha Stewart?  Recollections???  But I love it and I use it sparingly.
  • The "Adventure" wood piece is by Heidi Swapp, wiped with DecoArt metallic Lustre as well.
  • Twine from a package from Target's "Hand Made Modern" line
I'd like to share this with the following challenge:

Acetate double-tag

This came together in a moment of serendipity!

Of course this image does not do the glittery gold EP justice.

  • I had accidentally ripped a Distress Tag while trying to wrap something around it... so of course I just kept the ripped tag on my desk top...
  • The acetate is from an OLD K & Company pad (8-10 years I'd guess)
  • I inked the tag with Distress Embossing Ink through a Heidi Swapp stencil then eat-embossed with Ranger Gold Tinsel embossing powder
  • I chose a basic twine because every other ribbon or string I tried took away from the cool tag ensemble

I'd like to share this with Unstampabelles: Use acetate or vellum.  Glad to join-- I rarely use acetate!  Or vellum for that matter... I am always inspired by people who do, but I just pass it up in my stash.