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!

Halloween Tag!

The photo behind the claw marks is holographic! There is a close-up further down the post.
Over at Donna (bonprof) hosted a September tag swap! There were two categories, Autumn and Halloween. You didn't have to do both, but I did, and this is my Halloween tag that was sent down to Kathy in Australia! (Here's where you can see the Autumn tag!)

And, thanks to perfect timing, I'll be entering this tag in the Simon Says Stamp, "A Walk On The Darkside," Monday Challenge, and the Simon Says Stamp, "Anything Goes," Wednesday Challenge!

I actually did a lot of mixed media work on the background when I started because I wasn't entirely sure what direction I'd be going. I knew I wanted to use a photo behind the claw marks, but I didn't know what kind of photo or how big ... then I just happened to turn around in the Halloween isle when I saw the package of holographic "photographs" hanging up! Now, you can only really see the Prima White Crackle Paste coated in ink along the edges!

The lace along the edge also didn't start out as an orangish-rust color, it was white, but with some help from Tim Holtz's Distress Spray Stains in Carved Pumpkin and Rusty Hinge, I made the lace match my theme!

After all that it was just placing and gluing the items in place! Although I did use some black craft foam to pop up the purple paper above the photo after using the Claw Thinlits to cut matching marks!

The full tag at the top of the post shows the color best. The colors here are a little distorted because of the lighting change needed for a close-up of the holographic images!

Products Used:
  • The holographic photo, wired burlap ribbon, black & gold rose, "twigs," purple lace, and purple spider I found in the Halloween and/or Autumn decor sections of my local 99¢ store!
  • The orange lace on the edge I received in a lot of 'vintage' lace off eBay.
  • 'Mulberry' flowers (orange roses)
  • Joelle's Halloween Fabric Flowers: the black burlap flowers.
  • Tim Holtz: Thinlits - Claw Marks, Distress Spray Stains - Hickory Smoke, Carved Pumpkin, and Rusty Hinge, Distress Oxide - Black Soot
  • Sizzix Big Shot Plus
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Bronze
  • Prima Texture Paste: White Crackle
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Echo Park Arsenic and Lace patterened paper
  • The small, black spider was actually a cheap, orange, plastic ring used as party favors! I just added a lot of Glossy Accents and Martha Stewart Onyx glitter!

Friday, September 29, 2017

My Ancestor!

"Ancestor" ATC featuring one of my actual ancestors!
I did this set of ATCs for the "Ancestor" category over at Marci's ATC swap on! I will also be entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp, Anything Goes, Wednesday Challenge!

The main photo is actually one of my ancestors, my great great grandfather! The original photo of him is actually very faded & blemished, but I used my dusty photo editing skills to fix him up for this challenge! He's not exactly fit for hanging on a wall yet, but for what I wanted to do here I got what I needed! I printed the photo on regular, white, printer cardstock and used JudiKins MicroGlaze to protect the majority of the photo. After he was thoroughly coated with the MicroGlaze, I spritzed water to get the printer ink to bleed a bit, dried the photos, trimmed them down, rounded the corners, distressed the edges, then inked them! WHEW! That was a mouthful!

The background for the ATCs is made of bits and pieces from Tim Holtz's "Lost and Found" paper stack. I layered up some random bits, glued them down, then used a blending tool to add some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide, which I then spritzed with water to activate. The little "film strips" of photos are also from the "Lost an Found Stack." I love Tim's style, but I have never figured out what to do with all the photos of random people he has in many of his stacks & ephemera packages! This is only the second time I have found a use for the faces of strangers! It's not anything I dislike about them, I actually think they are very cool, but my poor brain just can't add "strangers" to things very well!

Product List:
  • Tim Holtz - Tiny Attacher, Distress Oxide: Vintage Photo, Lost and Found Paper Stack, Mini Blending Tool, and Paper Distresser.
  • JudiKins MicroGlaze

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Quick Birthday ATCs!

Couple of quick Birthday ATCs I made using the September Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp!

All of the products are from the September (2017) Simon Says Stamp Card Kit!

Except the die used to cut the tag, that came with my Sizzix Big Shot Plus, and the embossing powder that came with October's Card Kit!

Entered in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Anything Goes, Challenge!


Sweeeet! ATCs
I made this set of ATCs for Marci's ATC swap over at! The category was "Sweet Treat," and after thinking and thinking and looking at ideas on Pinterest and anywhere I could find them, I happened to come across this cupcake cut file in the Silhouette Store! After that, I knew what I would be doing! I'm also going to enter them into the Simon Says Stamp, "Anything Goes," Wednesday Challenge!

The patterened paper for the backgrounds came from the Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit, the twine I've had forever, the pink in the "frosting" is Shimmerz Paste-eez "Raspberry Sherbet," and the white "frosting" is Prima Snowflake Paste! All the other colors, except the "chocolate," came from Tim Holtz Distress Crayons or Distress Oxides! The "chocolate" is a Bic Mark-It in "Woodsey Brown."

I used the Distress Crayons on the bottom layer of the cupcake wrapper, and the Distress Oxides on the wrapper layer with the chevrons and the layer on the frosting with the circles cut out.

Product List:
  • Background papers are from the Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit!
  • Twine ... ::shrug::
  • Shimmerz Paste-eez "Raspberry Sherbet"
  • Bic Mark-It "Woodsey Brown"
  • 140# watercolor paper
  • Prima Snowflake Paste
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz Distress Crayons & Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, & Seedless Preserves
  • Silhouette Cameo

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Happy Fall!

"Happy Fall" ATCs!

A set of ATCs I made for the ATC swap over at! The category for this is was to be "Inspired" by the photo shown below!

The leaf clusters are put together with a lot of staples from Tim Holtz's Mini Stapler, regular staples, and hot glue! I used leaves from the Autumn Decor section in my local 99¢ store, cut them in half, then, more or less, folded them into pleats and stapled them! Then I stapled the individual leaves together into clusters, glued them together, then glued them down!

For the background I used some tissue paper I received with a Pocket Letter (the letter was wrapped in it!) and some Mod Podge!

Inspirational Photo!
Product List:
  • Jute 
  • Decor leaves from the fall decor section at the 99 cent store 
  • Lots and lots and LOTS of hot glue!  
  • Lots and lots of regular staples to go with THs mini staples! 
  • The tissue paper came wrapped around the September Pocket Letter I recieved from Donna (bonprof)! It was the perfect color for the BG!! Thank you, Donna

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Halloween ATCs!

Halloween ATC set!
Over at MarciB hosts a monthly ATC swap! One of the categories for September was Halloween, and this is what came out of my mind!

For the background I used Amazing Cast Resin on my Tim Holtz, "Cracked" Embossing folder. I painted the resin with ordinary, black arcylic paint then added the Prima waxes!

I actually found the lace and skulls at the 99¢ store when I went in looking for a package of those plastic spider rings that come out this time of year!

The 'mulberry type' roses I bought off eBay a while ago and used Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Tinsel on a set to turn them from light purple to, well, tinsel!

Product List:
  • 99¢ Store lace, skulls, and spiders
  • "Mulberry Type" roses from eBay
  • Tim Holtz "Cracked" Embossing Folder
  • Amazing Cast Resin
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Prima Metallique Wax - Old Silver; Opal Magic Wax - Royal Robes
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Tinsel

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sunflower Pocket Letter!

The pocket letter I made for bonprof over at
Over at Donna (bonprof) is the hostess of a monthly Pocket Letter swap! For September I was honored with getting to swap with the Swap Boss herself! I also am entering this Pocket Letter in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Pop It Up!

I knew her favorite flower was the sunflower, and I had had the Enchanted Harvest line by Bo Bunny for quite some time, so I decided this would be the perfect time to use it!

It was a rather straight-forward process, not a lot of "fancy" work! I mostly picked the papers, rather the parts of the papers, I wanted to use and put them together!

I fussy cut some items then backed them with foam so they would pop up, added some Stickles to other areas for a bit of a high light, poped on some Little Birdie flowers & some sequins, then stuck everything in the pockets! Oh! I also did a bit of sewing with some copper thread for some added texture!

The Pocket Letter outside of the protector page!
I made this sunflower with the Sizzix - Susan's Garden die & turned it into a paperclip!

Product List:
  • BoBunny: Enchanted Harvest Collection - Autumn, Bountiful, Fall, & Traditions
  • Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes Collection - Bloom - Thickers - Glitter - Happy - Gold
  • Little Birdie Crafts:Boutique Elements Colelction - Beaded Petals - Micro - French Carnival, &  Vellum Elements Collection - Poinsettia - Lemon
  • Maya Road - Chipboard Shipping Tag
  • Ranger Ink - Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz - Distress Ink: Ground Espresso; Distress Oxide: Fossilized Amber, Frayed Burlap, & Wilted Violet; Distress Stain - Wilted Violet; Mini Blending Tool; Nib Water Brush; Mini Snips, & Swivel Clasp
  • Sizzix - Big Shot Plus; Susan's Garden Collection - Thinlits - Sunflower
  • We R Memory Keepers - Wildflower Collection - Thickers - Words - Gold Foil 
  • on the tag, I used a sunflower stamp from "Designs by Ryn" (unmounted flowers stamp sheet) with the Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide  
  • unknown purple sequins 
  • unknown key 
  • unknown "string" of pearls
  •  unknown fiber & vintage lace

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Made this for my grandma's memorial (then gave it to my mom). This is her at 16 years old (~1945).

I used a door off the top half of a (I think) desk hutch. Anyway, I use the hutch in my scrap room, but the doors were only in my way so I removed them (a while ago), sprayed them with some Kilz Primer spray to give the (homemade) texture paste something better to stick to, layered up the texture paste then added Kilz Primer (because it's white matte) on top.

For the photo mat I coated some heavy chipboard in some acrylic paint & Shimmerz AcriTonez then used Prima Crackle Texture paste and a rose stencil cut file from the Silhouette Store and some white ribbon at the border of the photo.

Products Used:
  • Prima Texture Paste: White Crackle
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Homemade texture paste (because I was going to be using A LOT!)
  • white ribbon
  • mulberry roses
  • Shimmerz Paints: Paste-eez - Salt of the Earth & AcriTonez - 3 Sheets to the Wind
  • white matte acrylic paint
  • Kilz Primer spray

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hair Up Here

Hair Up Here
A layout featuring photos of yours truly at (almost) 11 years old! The journaling explains it all!

Me, in April 1990, attempting to get the high bangs that were in style at the time. Unfortunately (Fortunately?) I was given a head full of fine hair that has never cooperated!

This layout is for two challenges, the first being the August 1, 2017 Stuck?! Sketches challenge, using the following sketch:

The second challenge is the "Ugly Paper Challenge" over at where I am the hostess. I first did the challenge back in August 2011 with the, I believe, original hostess. Then in 2012 (I think) the second hostess took over, and in March 2015 I took it over! So, as far as I know, I am the third hostess of the challenge. I haven't done the challenge every month since I first found it (with the previous hostesses), but I have always loved the challenge! In short, two "ugly" papers and one (or more!) "ugly" embellishment(s) are mailed to another player (I give out addresses!) at the beginning of the month, and players have until the end of the month to create their layouts! The papers have to still be recognizable, and the embellishment is optional (it counts as two extra votes at the end of the month!). Now, this isn't to say any particular papers or embellishments are "ugly," but the combination given is! Most of the time anyhow! The challenge is receiving a combination that you may have never even considered putting together on your own, plus you are receiving papers that may not be your "style." Anyhow, I just wanted to make it be known that "ugly" is a subjective term, and I have received (on more than one occasion) papers that were wonderful, even though the sender didn't think so!

When I received my papers this month I immediately thought of my being a "tom-boy" growing up, but I just didn't know what photos I had to use with them. It turns out I didn't have the photos needed, my grandmother did, but I didn't know that until our family has had to start sorting through her 88 years worth of possessions after she passed on August 3, 2017. And while it has been a sad time for the family, we have also discovered many items, mementos, and photos we didn't know existed.

The papers, and embellies, I received for the August 2017 Ugly Paper Challenge

Product List:
  • Crate Paper - Chasing Dreams Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Royale
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Sharpie Fine Point Writing Pens
  • Shimmerz Paints: Paste-eez "Raspberry Sherbet," and Coloringz "Well Blue Me Down."
  • Carta Bella Paper - 6 x 6 Stencil - Lattice
  • Pink Paislee - Paige Evans - Oh My Heart Collection - Ephemera with Foil Accents
  • American Crafts - Starshine Collection - Thickers - Glitter - Fitzgerald - Teal
  • Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Industrious Stickers - Deco Type
  • The black/grey glittery paper is DCWV, but it was in my scraps, and I couldn't even being to guess what the stack was it came from!
  • Hip Kit Club Exclusive Enamel Dots (March 2017)
  • Unknown pink & white twine

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
All folded up!

All of the cuts came from the Silhouette Store (the card base, the card panels, and the poinsettia).
Product List:
  • Glossy Accents
  • Bazzill Basics Silver Foil Cardstock
  • Seed beads I've had forever!
  • Pink Paislee "Merry & Bright" stickers
  • The deer paper is from Me & My Big Ideas - no name given
  • Silhouette Cameo 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Poinsettia Christmas Card!

Poinsettia Christmas Card!

I created the card base myself using Silhouette Studio. It's a 6"x6" flip fold. The colors aren't exact because everything is so shiny getting the right angle was rough, it kept trying to reflect my camera, which really stood out since it's pink! All of the poinsettia cuts came from the Silhouette Store. The biggest poinsettia is cut from a silver card stock and I used some red seed beads & Glossy Accents for the center. The rest of the poinsettias were done last year on water color paper, and I used Distress Spray Stain "Candy Apple" with some "Pewter" Perfect Pearls mixed in for the red poinsettias, and for the silver ones I used Heidi Swapp "Tinsel" Color Shine. The centers of the red and small silver poinsettias is some Glossy Accents that I used to "hold" a layer of Stickles "Gunsmoke" up (Stickles tend to dry flat, and Glossy Accents tend to dry 3D!). After all the flowers were in place I popped in a few little bells from Basic Grey's "Juniper Berry" embellishment pack.

This angle shows the colors the best!
Colors aren't exact here, but I had to lighten the photo a bit so the print on the card stock would show up!

Colors aren't exact here either, I had to lighten this photo a bit too so the print on the card stock would show up!
 Product List:
  • Hot Off The Press - Paper Pizazz - "Black Silver Floral Foil"
  • -Me & My Big Ideas - The deer print paper, didn't have a "name" on it.
  • Heidi Swapp - Color Shine - "Tinsel"
  • Tim Holtz - Distress Spray Stain - "Candied Apple"
  • Ranger: Glossy Accents, "Gunsmoke" Stickles, "Pewter" Perfect Pearls, Mini Mister
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • BasicGrey - Juniper Berry - Embellishment Pack
  • Red sead beads I've had forever!
  • Bazzill Basics - 12 x 12 Silver Foil Cardstock
  • McGill - Paper Blossoms Collection - Tool Kit