Saturday, March 17, 2018


Happy Saint Patrick's Day!  
This is a day I spend cooking all day because over the years I have developed a menu that has become one of my husband's very favorite meals of the year.  I'll share that below, but first, let's talk about this card.

I used several new Sizzix Alterations dies designed by Tim Holtz. They are listed below.
Stacked Labels
Stacked Arches
Shadow Script 1
Funky Florals 2

Now, as promised, my Saint Patrick's Day menu. I don't use recipes exactly, so I have linked to a few on Pinterest that are close. Be sure to check in on my Instagram for pics of our meal!
Guinness Irish Stew
Irish Soda Bread with Kerrygold Butter
Banoffee Pie
Served with a pot of strong black tea

Friday, March 16, 2018

My Beloved and My Friend

I made this large Etcetera Tag as part of this year’s addition to my Valentine’s Day decor based around a favorite Bible verse from Song of Solomon 5:16b which says, "This is my beloved and this is my friend." 
 It was so much fun using a whole bunch of the new Ideaology and a few little odds and ends from my stash.

For the background, I attached canvas to the large Etcetera Tag with Distress Collage Medium and then attached the Floral Collage Paper over the canvas with more Collage Medium. To mute the color, I washed the whole thing with Picket Fence Distress Paint and wiped it off. Once it was dry I attached some Design Tape around the outside edge and then went over the dges of the whole tag with Ground Espresso Distress Crayon. I just really love the aged, distressed texture on the background.

Supplies Used:
Large Etcetera Tag
Floral Collage Paper
Rose Design Tape
Distress Collage Medium
Distress Picket Fence Paint
Tattered Rose Distress Oxide and Distress Stain
Distress Crayons - Vintage Photo, Picket Fence
Vignette Frames
Gumdrop Hearts
Jeweled Charms
Locket Keys
Story Sticks
Adornments Milagros
Alpha Chips Elementary
Alphanumeric Script
Lace and rhinestone scraps from my stash

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Perfect Fit

Today’s blog post features two new Stampers Anonymous stamps by Tim Holtz. I used the Batik CMS327 background stamp and the Inventor 3 CMS342 dress form to make a card that could be a love note, a Valentine, or just a note to celebrate something that ended up being a perfect fit.
 I wanted to take a minute to talk a little about color with this card. I don’t have a particular design style. I just go with whatever inspires me in that moment, and that includes color. Sometimes if I’m working on multiple projects at once, you might see a similar color theme or common design element that is my favorite in that moment. That is the case with a lot of the Stampers Anonymous samples I made this year. I found myself reaching for many of the same colors over and over. This year’s favorites were Brushed Corduroy, Chipped Sapphire and Aged Mahogany. Peeled Paint is quite possibly one of my all time favorite colors, so of course it always makes its way into many of my cards.
For this card I pressed Chipped Sapphire, Aged Mahoghany, and Peeled Paint Distress Inks onto the Batik Stamp, the gave it two light overall spritzes of water, and stamped it onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Then I measured two more pieces of Heavystock and I used a blending tool to load Chipped Sapphire onto the edges to make matching mats. I sprayed them and dried them before layering them all onto a Peeled Paint Cardstock base card.

All that to say, don’t be afraid to pull out some of those Distress Colors you don’t think you really like and give them a whirl! They might become a new favorite!

Thursday, March 8, 2018


I made this card to celebrate the many brave women in my life, and especially those who have fought and weathered severe hardships with strength and grace. I am thankful for each of them and for what they have taught me through their endurance and resolve. Much love to all my brave sisters on this International Women’s Day.
Supplies used:  
Stacked Labels
Funky Florals 3
Shadow Script 1
Fold-Up Bows
Stitched Ovals 
Star Bright Texture Fade 
Embossing Diffuser Set 1
Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide 
Spun Sugar Distress Oxide
Peeled Paint Distress
Shabby Shutters Distress Ink

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Tropical Is a State of Mind

There’s nothing more vacationy (my word) than a drink with a little umbrella. This tropical drink Blueprint Stamp reminds me of my favorite fruity drink at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland.
I started by inking up the Botanical Background Stamp CMS327 with several green colors and one blue, then spritzed it with water and stamped it on Distress Watercolor Paper. Once it was dry I stamped the large Tropical Drink from the Cocktails Blueprint Stamp CMS336 in the center of it in Black Soot Archival Ink.  I also stamped a sentiment - “is a state of mind” from the Pennants CMS330 set to go with the word tropical.

I stamped a second blueprint onto another piece of watercolor paper and then watercolored the image and fussy cut the image. Then I adhered it over the other image on the background with dimensional adhesive.
I colored a third piece of watercolor paper with the same color as the umbrella for the bottom mat.
The yellow cord is Crafters Thread by the Tim Holtz Eclectic elements.

Beer and Pretzels

I found some inspiration online for this card in the form of pub signs. I really wanted it to feel more like an artistic sign than a card, so to do that I added several layers, including a corrugated base from the Textured Surfaces, a layer of stenciled Distress Heavystock using the large  stencil, and a layer of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock cut with the new Stacked Arches dies from Sizzix Alterations.
The stamps used were the Beer Blueprints CMS334 for the bottle and mug, and the Mini Blueprints10 CMS336 for the title and pretzels. I stamped them all on Distressed Mixed Media Heavystock, and then water colored them and cut them out. 
I popped several of the shapes using dimensional adhesive, including the foam. The different levels adds a lot of interest, but is so simple to do. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Off the Vine Card

The Blueprint Stamps from Tim Holtz through Stampers Anonymous are some of my favorite stamps from Tim (and MJ3rd)! I love to pair the full size with the mini's and that's what I did on this card. I used the Wine Blueprint CMS333 and Mini Blue Prints 10.

I started by making the background which is made by putting Chipped Sapphire, Pine Needle, and Aged Mahogany on the Batik CMS327 background stamp. Spritz with water and then stamp. Sew it on a slightly larger piece of cork from the Ideaology Textured Surfaces. 

Stamp the full size grapes, bottle and word corkscrew as well as the mini corkscrew. Watercolor them with the same or coordinating Distress colors.
Cut the words and images out and then adhere with dimensional adhesive.

This is another very simple, straight forward design for a card that can be used for any occasion.