Friday, October 17, 2014

Piano Birthday

A card for sweet boy (young man) that loves to play piano.  I determined the size of my card to allow for the stamped scripture (Roann Mathias) and the stamped piano (I Brake For Stamps), laid TCW stencil onto the white cardstock and sprayed with Dylusions.  My intention was to just get some of the center design but quickly got over spray so went with it.  I used some piano key washi tape along where the edges of the stencil were plus an extra piece in the lower left corner for fill.  I couldn't have planned it better... I loved how it came out.  The scripture is stamped with jet black Archival.  The piano is stamped on a scrap with Versamark and embossed in black, circle punched, and edges inked.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Background is Dylusion sprays, then flicked with water and blotted for light spots.  Leaf (Embossing Arts Co.) stamped with Archival Ink.  "thanks!" (Quietfire Design from the Thank You set of 4 stamps) stamped with Archival Ink jet black and the little hearts highlighted with a white gel pen plus I added a dot to the exclamation point.  The edges of the panel are inked with Distress Ink.  Some ribbon and 2 plastic leaves.  The leaves have some Archival Ink on the edges.  Finally some brown speckles done with a Distress marker and the Spritzer tool.  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sprout Grow Bloom

In THIS POST on the PaperArtsy blog I mentioned a tile that I had done over the summer.  Here is that tile.  I used PaperArtsy Eclectica (how do you make that little 3 that goes at the top after Eclectica?) stamps by Darcy, #EDY05.  I didn't keep track of the Fresco Finish colors.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Strength I Need

A card for a friend in the hospital.  I sprayed Dylusions spray onto white cardstock, stamped the leaf with Archival Ink and stamped it a few more times along the bottom.  Stamped the scripture (Our Daily Bread Designs) with jet black.  Inked the edges with Distress Ink and then distressed them with the Distress tool.  Added doodling with a Pitt pen and finally added some stenciling to the background as it seemed too plain.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This Week - Day 3

My last project for this month on the PaperArtsy blog today.  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

This Week - Day 2

Christmas Ornaments are the project today over on the PaperArtsy blog!!!  Some words to describe... beautiful, easy, fabric, no-sew........  you won't want to stop making them!!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

This Week

The months sure like to fly by quickly!!!  I'm back on the PaperArtsy blog this week with a project today, tomorrow and Wednesday.  Today I'm making earrings and a card.  I hope you'll go check it out!!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Reminder

There has been a combined blog hop going on all week sharing wonderful projects.  There were 9 separate posts on the Quietfire Creations blog and 5 posts on the Walnut Hollow blog.  To be in the draw for the fabulous prize shown below you must leave a comment on ALL 14 blog posts.  Comments are excepted through Sunday night, Oct 5, midnight PST.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How beautifully leaves grow old...

Quietfire Design has more new stamps that are fabulous!!!!  (And they are currently 20% off)  I have used 2 stamps from the set How Beautifully Leaves Grow Old - the solid leaves and the quote.  

The page had some spots of color that had bled through from the other side but I knew they should blend in just fine.  However, since I was going to be spraying, I didn't want the color to bleed through and mess up the finished page, so I first brush some Golden fluid matte medium over the page and while that was still wet I sprayed on Dylusions colors - lemon zest, bubblegum pink, and I think some pure sunshine - and let this all dry.  I placed TCW 12x12 stencil maple leaves over the page and sponged on some rusty hinge Distress Ink.  I stamped the leaves down the right side with Archival Ink jet black.  I stenciled the leaves hanging from the top (Dylusions 5x8 Leaf Flourish) with white embossing paste mixed with some sprays and some paint (I added a color and it wasn't quite right so added another, etc. until I had something I thought would work).  After those leaves were dry I stamped the large leaves at the bottom.  I got that stamp a long time ago and it's marked Fabricated Art Ellen Hammond.  I inked the stamp with Archival Ink magenta hue and monarch orange, and a little potting soil on the edges.  After each stamping, I wiped off the stamp and then re-inked.  The quote it stamped with jet black.  Since there's a little bit of texture on the back of the page I had pressed too hard on some of my other stamping and smeared it so when I stamped the quote I was trying to stamp well but not press too hard.  There were a couple spots that didn't come out... I'm sure because of the texture on the back... so I used and XS Pitt Pen to touch up some of the words.  Back to the stenciled leaves hanging from the top.  I still wasn't completely happy with the color and decided to add Silks acrylic glaze in Jasmine over them.  I just used my finger to add the color.  After that was dry I used a white Sharpie paint marker and a Pitt pen to help those leaves pop.  

I'm linking this to the new Sunday Sentiment link party.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Quietfire Design & Walnut Hollow 2014 Blog Hop

Today starts the Quietfire Design & Walnut Hollow Blog Hop with posts each day through Oct. 3rd!!

You can find the posts on the Quietfire Creations Blog and the Walnut Hollow Blog including my post which is live today on the Quietfire Creations blog.

Here is a little peek at my project!!! 

There is also a fabulous prize to be won!!!  Just follow the above link to get the details!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Left Over Paint

I sent this card to a sweet young lady that's in her second year of college.  Just before heading back to college in August she came over for a few hours to get painty.  When she had finished her canvas she had some paint left over on her craft sheet so I got a brush and swiped it across a piece of white cardstock.  I wanted to make her a card using that piece of paper.  I embossed the piece with an embossing folder, inked over it, and added some Treasure Gold around the edges.  The elephant (an old Embossing Arts Co. stamp) is stamped onto a light grey cardstock and additional color added with Distress markers.  The scripture is an Our Daily Bread Designs stamp.

Sometimes college (and life in general) can be a struggle, but God is always there, He always answers (and it's always the answer we NEED), and He will deliver us!!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Every Morning

Hello There!!!!  I'm sharing a guy card today.  I pulled a piece of paper from "the box" and stamped and embossed the car (Tim Holtz) in black.  On a different piece of paper (polished stone tech) I stamped the sentiment (Our Daily Bread Designs) and punched it out.  I edges both pieces with a bright gold paint (Lumiere) and attached the oval with foam mounting tape.  I mounted the panel to black and then decided to stencil some "rays" using the mini sunburst stencil (TCW) and Lumiere paint.  I all glued to a folded blue card.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Faithful Friend

Ranger #8 manila tag.  Fresco Finish Paints (chalk, cheesecake, sherbet) applied to the tag with my fingers - chalk in the center, then sherbet, and cheesecake around the edges.  Quietfire Design Stamp (Always be my friend set) stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  Tag embossed with Damask folder (Tim Holtz) and the arch shaped diffuser.  Distress Ink (vintage photo) applied with a blending tool over the high spots.  A charcoal pencil lightly around the arch shape and blended with my finger.  Treasure Gold renaissance around the edges of the tag.  The leaves are a Finnabair Mechanicals (Prima) painted with FF hey pesto, rubbed off the high spots while still wet, dried, TG renaissance added on the high spots so it matched the edges of the tag.  Tim Holtz roses ribbon colored with sherbet paint and water, dried, brushed with Distress Ink vintage photo.  Seam binding ribbon colored with sherbet and inked with Distress ink.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day Number Three

Here it is, time for my 3rd post on the PaperArtsy Blog.  I do hope you'll pop over and have a look-see!!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2nd Post and Thank You

My second post is now live on the PaperArtsy Blog and here are a couple of peeks as to what you will find.

I like to say a very big THANK YOU complete with a hug to everyone for your comments and congratulations!!!!!!!  I truly appreciate each of you!!!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Big News

I have been waiting almost 9 months to share this!!!  It's good I could tell my husband or I might just have busted keeping this secret :-)   I am one of the semester 3 Guest Designers on the PaperArtsy blog!!!!!!  What does that mean?  It means I'll be sharing 3 projects this week (Mon, Tues, Wed) and another 3 each month through the end of the year.

My first project went live on their blog just minutes ago and I do hope you'll go check it out.  

Below is one of the step-out pictures for today's project and clicking HERE will take you there!!

A huge thanks to Leandra and the whole PaperArtsy team for this opportunity!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Always Thankful!!

A journal page measuring about 7 1/2 x 10".  The page began some time ago with left over media from other projects.  There was some grunge paste scraped around the edges, probably already colored with paint, various colors of paint in mostly greens and pinks, some white stenciling, and some leaves stenciled with colored embossing paste.  To finish it I stamped the large calligraphy image (Quietfire Design, Give Thanks set) with Archival Ink jet black, stenciled some smaller leaves with Archival Ink leaf green, added paint (Fresco Finish) circles with lids, a finger dauber and a stencil, stamped smaller calligraphy images (Quietfire Design, Being Thankful set) among the leaves with Archival Ink leaf green and then decided to add tape and stamp them again in black.  I was going to use masking tape but I couldn't find my narrow stuff so I used artists tape.  I smeared family a little but it'll just have to stay.  Every day there is so much to be thankful for, many things that we don't even take time to think about!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

From the ends of the earth

A journal page in my scripture journal.  These pages are 5 1/2 x 8 1/2".   Yesterday after I had sprayed the flowers I used a #8 manila tag to pick up the excess color and then decided instead of throwing it in the pile or box I would use it right away and I also hadn't done a page in my scripture journal for some time and really wanted to.  
This page had some color on it, some from working on the other side of the page and some just randomly picked up.  The pages in this book are not very thick and I've been gluing 2 together for added strength but somehow hadn't done that before working on the other side of the page... so to give the page a little more umph I gessoed over this side right over all the splots of color that were already there and dried it.  My outside edge really needed even more strength and tape is a good choice.  I found this orange with white flowers tape in my drawer - it's not marked and I don't remember where it came from - but it was a good color match for the tag I was determined to use.  I had no plan here just did whatever popped in next.  I let the page sit and worked on the tag.  I stamped a PaperArtsy Ellen Vargo stamp across the tag with Archival Ink.... decided I wanted to use the quote stamp but since this is a scripture journal I also chose a scripture stamp (both are from Our Daily Bread Designs)... besides the tag could fit both but I also wanted them separate so tore the tag in half... doodled the edges with a Pitt pen.  
Back to the page.  I finger painted on some Fresco Finish (FF) limelight paint at the top and bottom coming down the left a little and up the right a little.  Then how about I make a border.  I grabbed one of Ellen Vargo's newest images and I was going to put a border at the top and bottom but then decided just the bottom. I stamped using Archival Ink jet black and then paint them in with London bus FF, went around the edges with a Sharpie paint marker, added some white dots to the insides and then black dots around the edges.  For the rest of the background I've used a variety of stamps (Ellen Vargo, Sara Naumann, JOFY), some Archival ink and some paint and some splattering of paint.  Really trying to just do and not think too much (hard for me).  When I thought it was enough I glued on the tag and then decided a flower would be nice to cover up the tag hole (originally I thought I might hand something but, nope).  

I love the quote!!!  It is sooooooooo true.  Looking to God doesn't mean everything is perfect and nothing bad happens, it just means we can have rest even in the midst of turmoil!!!  The scripture is a reminder that no matter where or when or what, God hears us and is always available!!

I'm also linking this to Poetry Journal Monthly.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Always be my friend

Hello!!!!  I'm using another new stamp from Quietfire Design, it's from the Always be my Friend set of 3 stamps.  Oh, I keep forgetting to mention that QF has the new stamps on sale for 20% off.

The background of this card was left over after playing with alcohol inks for THIS post.  I stamped the calligraphy image with Archival Ink jet black and added a piece of tissue tape across the panel.  The flowers (Prima sunrise sunset collection) started out grey. I used a variety of sprays on them finishing up with Perfect Pearls mist in gold -love that shimmer.  I added a drop of Glossy Accents behind each flower to glue them on.  After it was dry I poked 2 holes to bring the ribbon through and tie it.  I then decided to add some Treasure Gold white fire to the flower edges (yes, it would have been easier before they were attached but I didn't think of it then, lol) and the edge of the background. Don't you love how that metallic from the Treasure Gold really makes them pop!!!!   

Monday, September 1, 2014

Enjoy your day

A quick card!!!  I used a stem of silk leaves, laid it on the white cardstock and sprayed over it with Glimmer Mist (golden terracotta & meadow green), blotted it, took the leaves off and dried it.  The calligraphy image (Quietfire Design from the new set Twirl & Enjoy) is stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  I then decided I wanted some speckling so I used a wet paintbrush and the terracotta spray to flick on speckles.  I inked around the edges with Distress Ink vintage photo.  Some washi tape, brown string and staples finish it up.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Birthday Commit

This is a birthday card for a teenage boy.  I pulled the background from that box I shared yesterday.  I'm pretty sure it's alcohol inks spread using canned air.  I painted an area large enough for the scripture (Our Daily Bread Designs) so that it would stand out and not get lost in the busyness of the background.  Pen doodles around the edges.  A piece of burlap and a combination of Finnabair mechanicals and Idea-ology gears.  Some paint spots added with the back of a paintbrush to help set off the scripture.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Twirl a journal page

Good Morning!!!  I'm again playing with the new stamp from Quietfire Design, When in doubt Twirl, and I'm also playing with old and new stamps from PaperArtsy Ellen Vargo.  The twirl stamp is so Fun, it just makes me smile!!!  Flowers also make me smile and I wanted to make a big beautiful flower from a new Ellen stamp.  A journal page seemed like the place to go.  I started the background by scraping Fresco Finish paints (limelight, beach hut) and then used a baby wipe to fill in some left over white spots with zesty zing.  Next I stamped the large sketchy circle and then the new small sketchy with Archival Ink aquamarine.  The large swirl stamp at the bottom is first stamped with a mix of green paints and then after I had the flower done I decided to also stamp it with Archival Ink emerald green.  Around the edge is a sketchy oval stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  Twirl is stamped with Archival Ink jet black... the first time I stamped it directly on the background and got it crooked because I forgot it wasn't straight on my acrylic block because the first time I used it it didn't have to be since I was going to tear it out (see previous post).  So I tore a piece of masking tape, put it over my first stamping, painted it, and then stamped it again.  To blend in the edges of the masking tape I doodled the long twirl around it but that was actually a perfect addition - twirl, twirl!!!  

I needed to stamp the petals of the flower onto something and I have this large box of various backgrounds and scraps that I throw leftover pieces in after working on something.  To prove it's large here is a couple of pics.

You are not even seeing to the bottom of the box in the picture below.

The piece of paper on the very top is what's left of the piece I used to stamp all the flower petals on and cut them out (also the circle for the center of the flower).  Yes, it first came out of the box and then what was left went back in.  I'm really trying to start using up some of this stuff!!!!   I put the flower together and then first painted on the stem and then used a Posca paint marker over it and finally a white gel pen and a black Pitt pen.  I also used the Pitt pen to draw a spiral on the center of the flower.  A white Sharpie paint marker was used to add the white dots to the petals.  I hope this page makes you smile.

Friday, August 29, 2014

When in doubt Twirl

I'm using another new stamp from Quietfire Design from the set Twirl & Enjoy.  This stamp  makes me smile.  To think about twirling is just such a happy thought!!

As I thought about the stamp my old spiral punch (marvy Uchida) came to mind and I knew I wanted to combine them.  I punched 7 spirals from a scrap of heavy textured cardstock and glued them to another piece of smooth cardstock using gel medium.  I gessoed over the whole piece and then began painting with Fresco Finish paints.  My first layer was dolly mix.  I then added some orchid in spots and finally a mix of mostly vanilla with a little zesty zing to make a brighter yellow.  I somewhat blended between colors but not too much, just making sure hard lines were gone.  I used a black All Stabilo pencil  and water brush along the inside of the swirls and decided I needed something more.  I grabbed the bora bora paint and using my finger lightly went over the swirls.  I did get some around the swirls but that even looked good and I also rubbed my finger around the edges.  Now it looked good!!  I painted a scrap of cardstock with yellow mix of paint, dried it, stamped the quote with Archival Ink jet black and tore it out.  I first layered it onto another painted piece but then changed my mind and in the process got a couple little spots of paint on this piece but went ahead and left it.  I glued it to the background and added a couple of clippiolas (I haven't used these in a long time and noticed them just a couple days before I was working on this card).  The finished size of this card is 4 1/2" x 4 3/4".  

Give Thanks Canvas

Quietfire Design has 4 new sets of stamps and this canvas uses one of the stamps from the Give Thanks set.   When I received the new stamps and looked through them, this was the one I wanted to use first and I just felt like making a canvas.  

The canvas is 6" square.  I started by painting it with Fresco Finish paints (mushroom, rose, sage), drying it and also stenciling on some rose through the 6x6 TCW stencil (tiny circles).  I stamped the quote onto tissue paper with Archival Ink jet black and glued it onto the canvas with gel medium both under and over the tissue.  Next I wanted texture and pulled out my jar of Golden glass bead gel I got a few months ago and hadn't tried yet... yum!!!  I've decided I way too much fun stuff just sitting around and I need to start using it!!!  Wonderful things but it seems I get something, use it a bit, and then it's on to the next thing and the other stuff gets left behind.  I have a shelf full of different sprays that are like this.  I love spray!!!  Of course, new ones are fun and then there is the fact that you can't use everything all the time!!  Anyway I grabbed a couple of bottles of Glimmer mist (both greens) and sprayed it over the bead gel.  I kept it off the quote area by holding a baby wipe there while spraying... a fabulous tricked learned at the Finnabair classes I attended.  I blotted up any spots that had too much spray and then dried it.  Next I used some renaissance Treasure Gold around the edges of the beaded area and down some on the sides of the canvas.  I cut the flowers and greenery from the Sizzix Tim Holtz strip dies (tattered floral garden and Spring greenery) - the butterflies were left over from cutting with the butterfly frenzy die - and sprayed all the pieces with Glimmer Mist.  After they were dry I added shading with Distress Inks and stamped the flowers and leaves with a variety of background images (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490) and the butterflies with an old Inkadinkado stamp. Some metal pieces (Prima Finnabair), brads, and pearls finish things up.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Another simple card and this catches me up with things I'd done and not blogged.  The flower is a Stamp-it Stencil-it! set from Wendy Vecchi called Fresh & Funky.  These sets have a stamp and matching stencil packaged together so I could stamp the flower, lay over the stencil and sponge ink on just the flower, stem and leaves... very cool!!!  Before stamping the flower I stamped a background image (Fred Mullett stamp) through a large circle using Archival Ink, Then I added the flower.  Then I added the green ink in the background also flicking with water.  Some text stamping in the background.  Stamped Joy, added black pen around the edges and white pen to the center of the flower and finally decided to stamp part of Wendy's wonderful doily at the bottom.