Saturday, October 21, 2017

Halloween Pocketletter!

Halloween PocketLetter!

Close-up of the top row

Close-up of the middle row
Close-up of the bottom row
Close-up of the Julie Nutting Doll

**The mask on the Julie Nutting Doll came from the Silhouette Store! I sized it, printed it on photo paper, then fussy cut it out since I wanted it to be extra precise!**

Product List:
  • ReneaBouquets
  • Thickers Foam Phrase Stickers: "Dream"
  • Fancy Pants Designs: "Oct 31" sticker sheet & glitter cuts
  • Echo Park Paper Co: 
    • "The Apothecary Emporium" Alpha Stickers
    • "Arsenic & Lace" paper
  • My Mind's Eye: "Frightful" paper
  • Sizzix -
    • Big Shot Plus
    • Thinlit dies from Big Shot Plus stater
    • Thinlit dies from Big Shot stater
    • "Banners & Hearts"
    • "Basic Shapes"
    • Susan's Garden 
      • "Sunflower" (just the leaves)
  • Ranger
    • Tim Holtz
      • Distress Markers: Black Soot & Wilted Violet
      • Distress Oxides: Black Soot & Wilted Violet
      • Distress Embossing Ink
      • Distress Stains: Carved Pumpkin & Wilted Violet
      • Distress Stickles: Milled Lavender
      • Thinlit "Cobweb"
      • "Crazy Things" stamp set (witch's hat)
    • Stickles: Orange Slice
    • Super Fine Black Embossing Powder
    • Black Archival Ink
    • Water Pen: Nib
    • Glossy Accents
  • We R Memory Keepers
    • "Bewitched" paper
    • Crop A Dile
  • Shimmerz
    • Paints: Coal, Orange Sherbet, & Celery
    • Vibez: Sunset Strip
  • Little B Stickers: Black Cat
  • KaiserCraft: Clear Stickers: "Antiques" 
  • "Mulberry type" flowers
  • Prima 
    • "E-line" flowers
    • Julie Nutting "Dita"
  • WOW Embossing Powder "Cloud 9"
  • Elmer's Glue Spots
  • 99¢ finds: purple lace, spider, "twigs"
  • Scraps: silver glitter paper, black glitter paper, black & grey floral paper, and black print transparency.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

the morning after

the morning after - 1953
Recently, while combing through old photos my grandma had kept over the years, I came across this photo, and I fell in love with it! I find it to be hauntingly beautiful. The remnants of packaging are scattered among the new toys that had arrived the day before. Even the lamp shade is crooked! This moment in life was captured forever by my grandma, she even provided the title! "The Morning After" had been written at the bottom of the photo.

Over at, I host "The Ugly Games." (formally known as "The Ugly Paper Challenge," we had a vote!). Anywho...the object of the challenge is to use the two papers and the embellishment(s) (optional) that you are sent at the beginning of the month to create a layout! (I give out addresses on the 1st, & in short, you send a set, you receive a set). Now for my disclaimer, I'm not saying the products are themselves "ugly," the whole point of the challenge is to use papers sent to you that you may or may not have ever considered trying to combine, or they may or may not be your "style." Back in September, I received the following papers:

"The Ugly Games" papers I received in September
First, a short explanation, because these papers were sent to me during football season! I am a Kansas City Chiefs fan, and another football "nut" in the group is a Seattle Seahawks fan, and she has been patiently waiting for me to be on the receiving end during football season since the spring! The mascot for the Seahawks is Tamia the Hawk, hence the photo, and Seahawks fans are the "12th Man Army," hence the two "12" circles (apparently the Seahawks can't play without an extra person 😏) Anyhow, I normally get my layouts completed on time, but September was a draining month for me, and it seemed to affect my creative process. I knew what I wanted to create, I was just constantly running into a mental roadblock! I had actually put a layout together most of the way, but it just wasn't right! It was dull, and the lobster paper poinsettias just wouldn't blend in! I was frustrated, and that certainly didn't help my roadblock, then, as luck would have it, I saw this layout by Phyllis on the ReneaBouquet's Facebook Page, and I knew it was the inspiration I needed to get those papers used! It embodied the direction I had been trying to go, and stepped it up a notch! I actually dismantled the layout I had started, very carefully, given I couldn't replace any of the elements I had received in The Ugly Games and started anew! In fact, the Bazzill "Ash" cardstock with the Prima Crackle Paste was part of the original! (In addition to the parts created from the papers and embellishments I received.)

A closer look at the flower cluster and ReneaBouquet Silver Microbeads & Black Shard Glitter Glass (both linked at end of post) under the title!
Closer look at the cluster on the right side showcasing the flair from {A flair for buttons} (link at end of post)

Just another angle.
A close up of the Silver Glass Microbeads on some of the holly leaves! (I am seriously in love with those beads!)

Another angle!
The photo was taken from the top of the page looking down, with a good look at what I did to the pink rhinestone strip I had received! I used alcohol inks on it to change the color, dabbed on some "Foiled Again" Shimmerz Dazzlerz, and ran a wire through it so I could shape it!

Looking down at the Black Glitter Glass and Silver Microbeads that are at the top of the page.

Looking down at the cluster found on the left side of the photo!

**All of the cuts (poinsettia's, holly, ornaments) came from the Silhouette Store!**

Product List:
  • ReneaBouquet:
  • Shimmerz
    • "Coal" Paint
    • "Foiled Again" Dazzlerz
  • {a flair for buttons} "Tis The Season" Flair
  • Hot off the Press: Black Silver Floral Foil Cardstock
  • Bazzill
    • "Ash" Cardstock
    • Silver Metallic Cardstock
  • Basic Grey: Juniper Berry "Lump of Coal" Paper
  • Fancy Pants Designs
    • "Collecting Moments" Sticker Fundamentals
  • Tim Holtz:
    • Flourish Stencil
    • Distress Spray Stains: Candied Apple, Iced Spruce, & Weathered Wood
    • Distress Ink: Iced Spruce
    • Distress Oxide: Iced Spruce
    • Paper Distresser
    • Hinge Clip
    • Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round
    • Alcohol Inks: Cranberry & Silver
  • Ranger:
    • Texture Paste
    • Transparent Gloss Texture Paste
    • Glossy Accents
    • "Gunsmoke" Stickles
    • "Perfect Pearl" Perfect Pearls
  • WOW Embossing Powder: Cloud 9
  • Martha Stewart "Scallop Dot" Edge Punch
  • Prima
    • "White Crackle" Texture Paste
    • "Crackle" Stencil
  • DMC Silver Embroidery Floss
  • a la mode clear embossing powder
  • Silhouette
    • Cameo
    • Curio
  • Unknown:
    • the red paper
    • the red cardstock (behind the photo)
    • the green paper behind the photo
    • Flat back pearls
    • Silver wire
    • Silver Metallic Marker
  • Homemade Alcohol Inks: Black (ish) & a light purple (ish)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Midnight Fae!

Midnight Fae! Created for the ReneaBouquet's Fall In Love With Fairies October Swap!

Over on the ReneaBouquet Facebook page, DT Member, Donna, posted the ReneaBouquet's Fall In Love With Fairies October Swap! This is the tag I did for that swap to send to my swap partner!

I had a lot of frustrated fun putting this together! There were quite a few things that were a learning experiance! Sometimes I think my swap partners end up becoming guinea pigs for my experiments!

This tag is a #12 tag, but I cut it out of some corrugated cardboard from an old box. I like to reuse/recycle/repurpose when I can, so all those products I order get their boxes saved to be turned into craft projects or to be used to ship swap items out!

My first order of busines was to coat the tag with some black acrylic paint so the Prima Opal Magic Waxes would show the best, plus, I was making a "nighttime" themed tag!

A close up of bottome corner that has the Beautiful Board Fairy Kisses, Plum Glass Microbeads, and Silver Glass Microbeads, all found at ReneaBouquet. The fairy was coated in Wilted Violet & Seedless Preserves Distress Oxides, the "mulberry type" roses were sprayed with a couple of different sprays, Heidi Swapp's "Tinsel" Color Shine, & some Tim Holtz "Hickory Smoke" watered down and mixed with some "Pewter" Perfect Pearls!
A closer look at the Beautiful Board Moon Fairy from ReneaBouqet with more Silver Glass Microbeads to accent! The moon was coated in a lot of different products until I got what I wanted! Some of those porducts no longer show up, but I guess they helped add to the texture. However, the final coat was Prima's "Old Silver" Metallique Wax.

In both of the above photos, and the three below, you can see where I added some Black Shard Glitter Glass from ReneaBouquet! The texture paste used with Tim Holtz's Honeycomb stencil is "Foiled Again," by Shimmerz. (At the time of this writing, the Shimmerz website was not loading for me, sorry I couldn't add links directly to the products.)

 Product List:
  • ReneaBouquet:
  • Shimmerz Paints
    • Paint: Coal
    • Dazzlerz: Foiled Again
  • Tim Holtz 
    • Distress Oxides: Wilted Violet & Seedless Preserves
    • Distress Spray Stain: Hickory Smoke
    • Honeycomb Stencil
  • Ranger
    • Texture Paste
    • Black Archival Ink
    • Perfect Pearls: Pewter
    • Mini Mister 
    • Glossy Accents
  • Wendi Vecci
    • Watering Can Embossing Powder
  • Prima
    • 3D Gloss Gel
    • Wood Embellishments: "Leaves & Mushrooms"
    • Decadent Pies Watercolor Set
    • Opal Magic Wax: Royal Robes & Turquoise Satin
    • Metallique Wax: Old Silver & Brushed Iron
  • Carta Bella "Lattice" Stencil
  • Echo Park "Mini Leaves" Stencil
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Tinsel
  • Silver wire
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • "Mulberry" roses
  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile
  • WOW Embossing Powder: Cloud 9
  • Even though they don't exactly stand out, the "flat" flowers are composed of:
    • Penny Black: tiger-lilly
    • Designs By Ryn - "Flowers"
    • Tim Holtz "Flower Garden"

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

colder weather

colder weather layout! (the shards along the edges of the torn paper behind the photo are Silver Glitter Shard Glass by ReneaBouquets, but I took the photo with no flash so there wouldn't be glare off the shards or the metallic words at the top!)
Over at, Amanda (scrapanda) hosts the Music Inspiration Challenge! For September I was given the song "Colder Weather" by the Zac Brown Band (lyrics link; video link), and this is what I came up with!

Way back when... (bet. 2002-2007) I lived in Michigan. This is a photo looking out our back door towards the dilapidated old barn that was on the property. I love the snow. I miss the snow. I don't necessarily miss being cold 😄, but I have always found snow to be beautiful.

In addition to the Music Inspiration Challenge, I am also entering this in the October 1st, Stuck?! Sketches Challenge, using the following sketch as inspiration!

As you can see, I rotated the sketch 90°, and instead of rings and splatters, I used snowflakes from two Simon Says Stamps sets, "Frozen Fractals" and "Swell Christmas."

October 1st Stuck?! Sketches Challenge.

Product List:
  • ReneaBouquets Silver (Shard) Glitter Glass - (this is the 1st time I've ever used it ... had to see how it worked and all! I already have other projects lined up now [in my head] and I know I have found a new product to LOVE!)
  • Simon Says Stamp - "Frozen Fractals" and "Swell Christmas" stamp sets
  • Shimmerz AcriTonez: "3 Sheets to the Wind"
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide, Stain, & Spray Stain - Wilted Violet; Nib Water Brush; Distress Collage Brush; Advantus Word Keys; Mini Snips.
  • Bo Bunny - Altitude Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Blizzard & Noteworthy Journaling Cards; Sweet Life Collection - Chipboard Stickers
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Prima - Finnabair: Snowflake Paste; 3D Gloss Gel; Metallique Wax - Old Silver & Brushed Iron, Opal Magic Wax - Royal Robes
  • Silhouette Cameo: The font for "weather" is "Cotton Candy" from the Silhouette Store 
  • Pink Paislee - Merry and Bright Collection - Christmas - Foil Stickers - Word Strips
  • We R Memory Keepers - Crop-A-Dile and Case - Pink - Includes Crop-A-Dile, Case and 100 Eyelets
  • EK Success - Sticko Alphas Stickers - Foam - Large - White
  • The lace under the photo and the ribbon on the key were both part of the "goodies" I received from Donna (bonprof) with my September PocketLetter from her! (Neither of them was originally purple, but with a little help from some Distress Stains, all of us got to turn purple! LOL)
  • The snowflake cuts I've had for quite a while. They came as a "subscriber bonus" with a Birds of a Feather Kit...and those kits haven't been released since Feb. 2016!
  • The clear gem...teardrop...bling also came from a Birds of a Feather Kit, I think circa Aug. 2014.
  • 'generic' white acrylic paint
  • white gesso

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Autumn Tag!

Autumn Tag!
Over at Donna hosted a tag swap for Autumn and/or Halloween themed tags! For this swap I was partnered with Kathy and we did both themes! This is my Autumn tag, and here is the link to my Halloween tag! I'll also be entering this into the Simon Says Stamp, "Anything Goes," Wednesday Challenge!

This tag was mostly a matter of choosing where to place all of the flowers, leaves, and pumpkins! But for the background, I used the Echo Park 6x6 Woodgrain stencil with Ranger Texture Paste and randomly sprinkled Ranger's Gold, Enchanted Gold, and Wendi Vecchi's Tree Branch embossing powders! (I have no idea the origin of the paper I used!) After the texture paste was dry I used my heat gun on the powders! (If you do it while the paste is wet it will bubble, or so Tim Holtz warned, and I take what Tim says VERY seriously!! 😁)

After the background was created I just started arranging things and gluing them in place than added a bit of 'vintage' lace at the bottom and the last bit of my (unknown) velvet ribbon at the top!

Close ups of the cluster!

Products Used:
  • The leaves, the netting looking stuff, and the pumpkins I found in my local 99¢ store!
  • Echo Park 6 x 6 stencil: Woodgrain
  • Little Birdie: Vintage Elements - Symphony Flower Cherry; Vellum Elements - Poinsettia - Lemon; Vellum Boutique Flowers - Sunset Orange
  • Petaloo: Darjelling Collection: Wild Blossoms x 9 Med - Paprika
  • Ranger: Glossy Accents; Texture Paste; Embossing Powers - Gold, Enchanted Gold, & Wendi Vecchi Tree Branch
  • Fancy Pants Resin Flowers: Autumn Hues & Vintage Hues
  • Unknown velvet ribbon & unknown laces!
  • Unknown origin for the paper used on the background!