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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wendy Vecchi Mail Day

   Wow! Am I doing the happy dance today.  I was one of those who snagged some of Wendy Vechhi's extra stash that she boxed up to send out to 12 people.  And it was on my porch at lunchtime!
 Check out my box and goodies--Stuffed to the gills!

   And these are all the goodies spread out except for ....Guillermo and Genevieve ... posing.

   OOH Happy Crafting Time ahead!
   Thanks SO MUCH to Wendy Vecchi for the opportunity and Thank GOD I was looking at the blog early that day! :)
See you soon!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Simon Says and Grungy Monday and WOYWW

   Good morning!  I'm doing triple duty here by posting a project for the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge--Anything Goes! (anyone else singing along right now? lol) and Grungy Monday #19 at the lovely Linda's blog.  
   Firstly, when they say Anything Goes, I thought this was the perfect time to make over a cigar box I had available.  
   Secondly, the GM technique this week is to use Rock Candy paint or Distress Stickles.  I chose to use the paint on top of flowers and a photo from Tim's Lost and Found papers.  All supplies used are available from Simon Says Stamp.  The Get Ready to Rock technique shown by Tim is on his blog here.

   I used Tim's Kraft Resist Paper Stash and lots of Distress Stains - Shabby Shutter, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey (my favorite), Dusty Concord (my other favorite) and a little Dried Marigold.  I did use some of the Sailboat Blue Color Wash spray here and there also.
   I also was on a Tissue tape kick--and I had the notion that I wanted to stain, spray and sprinkle Perfect Pearls powder in Blush on it.  I smooshed it all in with a little duster brush I had, spritzed with water to set the pearls and heat dried.  Love how it looks in real life!
   To make the flowers before die cutting with Tim's Alteration die Tattered Florals, I taped tissue paper onto some scrap cardstock, did the staining thing and cut them out.  
   I used Ideology buttons and a knob for decoration and Wendy Vecchi's Just Word Art stamps on the cover.  I placed the flowers by each word.
   Last, but certainly not least is a photo for WOYWW to show the state of my desk as I got up at the ungodly hour of 4:30 AM (lol) to finish up this project.
A Girl's treasures
   Thanks all for stopping by and looking.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 164 Back To Black

   On Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper Challenge this week, the theme is a tribute to Amy Winehouse.   Back to Black is one of Amy's songs.  I just happened to be checking Twitter yesterday when Hels posted the sad news of her death.
   I am a bit of a "copy cat" today as I've made a tag with a T'Pouch.  
T'Pouch solo debut
   I've been fascinated by the ones Hels has been producing over the last several weeks and wanted to give it a try.  I used Graphic 45's Curtain Call paper to make the T'pouch and flowers.   
   Since it is a tribute to Amy, I went with those that had the musical images to display on tag and T'pouch.  
Tag tucked into T'Pouch
   The flowers were cut with Tim Holtz's Alterations Die Tattered Florals and spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mist - Interference Red.  The daisy-like flower is on the pouch and has a vintage-style brad from some of my stash.
The whole tag, & nothing but the tag
   The flower on the tag is the biggest petal-flower from the die.  My tag is layered with a faintly striped paper, then overstamped with the Wunderbar Distress Ink color:  Pumice Stone.  I love using it with background stamps like the one here from the Tim Holtz collection Weathered Textiles CMS023.  
   The butterflies were cut out with an Embosslit known as Beautiful Wings.  I dabbed glittery, gold gel pen on the embossed bits to make those stand out.  Another vintage brad became the head of the big butterfly.
Tears shed for Amy
   I sponged with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink on the tag  and stamped the clock image from Soulful Journey CMS029 also.  A 2nd-generation stamping in the upper left corner of the corner-flourish stamp from the same set using Black Soot DI.  
   At the bottom, I had used some of Tim's lace trim that was dyed with Aged Mahogany re-inker and then spritzed with the Perfect Pearls Red Interference spray.  Dried by heat gun a bit.  I had some black bead trim and put it along the ribbon.
   The Graphic 45 paper had the Crying Mime which I trimmed out.  I think he very aptly shows sadness over the  tragic death of a young entertainer whose life ended too soon.     

Making Art Challenge #19 - Imagine the Possibilities

   Time for another Making Art challenge with the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo group.  Our inspiration for this challenge is to use a Bird and at least One of Wendy Vecchi's stamps from her Studio 490 line.  
Imagine the Possibilities
   I had a lot of time to play at a leisurely place since it's the weekend (whoo hoo!and try out some more of the new Distress Stains.  Lots of loverly Grunge paper was used-- I can't get enough of using this fabulous, ingenious invention of Tim Holtz.  Oh yeah!  
   I started out with a new Bigz-XL die from Sizzix that I purchased on their Tuesday Teasers day this past week.  It's called:  Album, Scallop Rectangle #2.  I'm gonna be using this Baby a lot!
   Added Art Parts and the Ranger Glossy Black Enamel on some music notes I cut from an old, very tiny Sizzix die I've had for ever.   The Ranger Enamel is Coolio
   You can get all of the goodies at Simon Say Stamp.  I received a package today and got my larger jars of Ranger's Glue N' Seal--just in time for this project.
   I used some rings from 7-Gypsies and plan to use this piece as a cover for a mini-book.
   I stamped Wendy's wonderful stamps for the leaves and bird.  The bird was stamped with one of the luscious new colors of Archival ink from Ranger--Aquamarine.  
   Distress stains used to color the leaves and Art Parts were Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint.   (Side note:  the heart was just a little wooden veneer piece I had.)
   Thanks for stopping by and looking!  Leave a comment if you likey-hope you do!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Man About Town & Outlaw Women

  Man About Town & Outlaw Women
   Isn't that a provocative posting title on a craft-oriented blog.  Well yeah -- but Ha!  Made you look!  

  And I'm glad you did stop by to take a look.
   There's a yahoo group knows as the Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium and they're a fun group who love to do swaps!  You can see their button on the right side of my blog under "I'm a Fan of".
  They had a recent swap called Man About Town and the theme was masculine and had to be in a 4x4 format -- something I had not done before in a swap.  I made this into a 2-sided hanging piece.
   Isn't it great when you can use a piece of something you started that was either not finished or not turning out?   I have a "an idea stash" basket and dug out a DP covered coaster from quite a while ago and it seemed like the perfect background for this swap.  I used Ranger's Distress Inks to sponge things and Archival black ink to stamp images from Artistic Outpost -- using Gatsby & Steampunk sets.  Also had an older collage stamp of NYC made by Inkadinkadoo  (That was stamped in Archival Sepia ink).
   And talk about being thrifty -- the yarn was retrieved from a package of cardstock I had purchased from a vendor in yesteryear also.
   Ask Gatsby -- he'll vouch for me.   

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Grungy Monday #16 - Bye, Bye Birdie

   B.B. Jay is on his way to the Jazz festival with his Grungy suitcase, but before he flies off he wanted you to know about Linda's Grungy Monday Challenge #16.
   Head over for a Grungeboard Extravaganza at Linda's Studio L3 blog and join in for the challenge.  This week celebrates Tim Holtz's signature products Grungeboard and Grungepaper.
   If you haven't yet played with these fabulous products, you need to get some pronto! :)  It is really wonderful with the Distress Stains and on my project below where I've used both grungeboard and grungepaper, it colored them up fast!
Billie-Blue Jay
   At first, I couldn't find my grungeboard so the suitcase was cut from grungepaper with a Sizzix Bigz-XL suitcase die.  Colored super fast with Wild Honey Distress Stain and decorated with labels stamped from Tim's set Travel Labels, CMS# 108, onto Ranger's Inkessentials manila cardstock with Black Archival ink.  The handle of the suitcase was colored with Vintage Photo distress stain.  
   When I found the grungeboard, I used another Sizzix die that is only titled Bird.  His body is colored with Faded Jeans and wings with Broken China distress stains.  Ran wings and body through a Texture Fades music folder and decorated with Frosted Lace stickles to accent some of the design.  I used the Inkessentials Black Enamel Accents to make his eye.  

   Our boy is ready to take off and enjoy his weekend -- and I hope you enjoy yours!  Get some Grungeboard and get playing!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Embossing!

   It's time for another Simon Says Challenge -- and BOY!  Am I ready!  I had a commitment in early July that required a lot of planning for an event I was a co-chair for and had to come up with not only our craft project, but entertainment (by "we the committee", gift bags, dessert and fun!).
   Now that I have "breathing room" (translation:  time to play and get inky!) again - I am jumping in with all my inky fingers.
   This week it's all about Embossing -- and you can get the Simon Says details here and join right in, too!
   Now on to my project:  I've got embossed metal and distressed embossing on Grungeboard.  My Jalopy was cut from Spellbinders Premium Craft foils.  Color:  Precious Metals--a product available from  I used two colors for the jalopy.  The car was run through my Vagabond with the Patchwork Texture Fades embossing folder
  My base is some Maya Road chipboard that I covered with Tim Holtz's Lost and Found paper stack.  I trimmed around the scallops.  I used Distress Embossing Ink and  Fired Brick Distress Embossing powder on the Grungeboard letters.  The flourish was embossed with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing powder.  I stamped the JOURNEY sentiment with Black Soot Distress Ink and clear embossed it on a piece of manila cardstock from Ranger.  I used my blending tool to covered with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  This last piece is attached with some dimensional adhesive dots to give it some added "oomph".
   Thanks for stopping by and looking -- I hope you enjoy what you see.  Leave a comment if you do.

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 111

   I am joining in with Julia Dunnit's WOYWW #111 - check it out here and join the fun!
   This is what I call a great crafting week.  I think it's good when i get to spend most of my weekend getting ink, but this week has been exceptional.  I've had two nights of at least three hours of play and today, I came home for a quick lunch just to get in 20 minutes of fun before going back to work.  <Gosh!  I love working so close to home! :>)
   Needless to say my desk is a bit messy - but there's a bit of a sneek peek of my next post in the bottom, right-hand corner of the photo.  
   I hope you've had a great Wednesday and will browse a bit or come by later to see my next post!
   Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Making Art Challenge #18 - Stripes and Rectangles

Good Morning all,
   Today is the last day to enter the 18th Making Art Challenge for the Everything Wendy Vecchi yahoo group.  Lori Hassler is our fantastic group Mom.
   I've been wanting to jump in on this challenge but had to get through some other commitments first and I'm skating in on the end but -- Hey! I made it!
   Lots of Wendy and Ranger goodness here -- I painted one of the Arts Parts rectangle frames (3-1/2 x 5-1/2) with Claudine Hellmuth Studio paint in purple (my favorite color!) and I also painted a piece of scalloped Maya Road chipboard.  The frame was stamped with one from Be Happy... Make Art LCS035.  I used a scrap of striped paper I have had in my stash for yonks and it was the basis for the colors I used -- purple and green.
   I stamped the Ivy leaves with Olive Archival ink on Grungepaper and hand trimmed them (what was I thinking?!).  Set:  It's Face Art LCS026.  Also glittered with microfine Art Glitter.
   I had some scrap of double-sided sticky paper in my stash that I poured Microfine Art Glitter onto and then stamped on it with Black Archival ink with the "Fly" butterfly and heart stamps. (Sets:  Botanical Art LCS037 & Love to Make Art SCS029.   Lastly I used the sentiment which is also from Love to Make Art.  All of these goodies are available from
Have a Fab day!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 163 - Build Me Up Buttercup

   Happy Sunday to Everyone!  I hope you're having a fabulous day - might as well start the week off right, eh?  
   Hels' is asking all who participate in her fabulous Sunday Stamper Challenge to Build Your Own Flower Embellishment.  I swear even if it has to travel over The Pond quite a ways that she is getting my mental vibes.  This week's challenge has played right into my nefariously inky hands <bwa ha ha ha>.   I've been wanting to play with some new "craft toys" and make flowers.
   I went a little crazy last weekend at the Heartfelt Creations booth (Super Nice people!) at the CK Scrapbook Convention.   After I took all four of the classes they taught just so I could learn to use their fabulous flower stamps and custom-made, matching Spellbinders Nestabilities dies, my wallet got quite a workout .  It's so hard to decide on just ONE flower -- and then to make it worse they have multiple sets featuring the flowers -- SIGH--decisions, decisions....
I suggest you click on the image to get a really good view of the tag.
   The layered flowers on this tag are from the Posy Patch Collection.  
   First things first though as I tell you how I made my tag.  I used the luscious Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics paints in Vintage Lace all over the tag.   Then I streaked some Ice Blue and Guacamole to simulate sky and grass.
   The image is from Jane's Countryside stamp set by Artistic Outpost.  The sentiment is stamped in one of Ranger's new Archival Ink colors -- Blue Violet!  Absolutely yummy!  I did color in my Regency lady's redingote and bonnet with the lightest colors of my SU! markers.  Her plume was touched up a bit with a white Signo gel pen.
   The flowers were stamped with Ranger's Archival ink in Sepia on Very Vanilla carstock, die cut out and then sponge daubed first with some Brilliance Pearlescent Coral ink, then finished off with Ranger's Distressed Ink in Worn Lipstick on the petal edges.  
   Heartfelt Creations also decorate their flowers with Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter.    A tip I learned from Emma Lou of HFC is you can stamp on top of the Microfine glitter.  I used Iris on my Posy centers and then touched up the edges with Shell White(I can't keep my hands off this tag turning it to watch it sparkle LOL.)  (Another sidenote here:  On the Art Glitter website, there's even a PDF tutorial on using Art Glitter with your nail polish--wish I'd known that yesterday when I went to get a manicure.  Oh well - next time maybe.)
   I must say after finishing this Jane Austen inspired tag, I'm feeling the need for a soothing cup of Earl Grey tea -- won't you join me?

Stampin' Hugs,

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Grungy Monday #15 - Find Your Wings and Fly

   After dinner last night, it was so sweet to get up into  my craft room and get inky!  Awww - bliss! I couldn't wait to get something done for this week's Grungy Monday challenge.
   Linda Ledbetter's wonderful Grungy Monday challenges can be found here.  This week's technique is based on one from Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas 2007 - Day 7.  Click the link and play along!
   My tag base was colored with Distress Inks in Peeled Paint and accented with the Mustard Seed pad.  The dragon fly from Impression Obsession was inked with Faded Jeans, Forest Moss, Broken China and Black Soot Distressed Inks.  I used my blender tools to add Wild Honey, Stormy Skies around and edged with Broken China.  
   Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 sentiment stamps from sets Art in Bloom and Let Your Art Have Wings were used.  I re-stamped the #1 on a scrap and enclosed it in one of Tim's Ideology Type Charms with the epoxy sticker and brad.
   The edge of the tag was embellished with another scrap from the cut down tag.  I added some adhesive and scattered some Copper ArtQuest Mica Flakes I found at Texas Art Supply in Downtown Houston across it.  I added some of the Ideology Foliage and dabbed Sailboat Blue Adirondack paint dabber on the flower shapes.   
   Then I stamped and cut out the leaves from Grungepaper using Dyan Reaveley's Around the Edge DS006 set.  It was sponged with Peeled Paint and some Faded Jeans on the edges.  I used a brown Glaze Gel pen to darken the lines of the stems.   
   I used some miscellaneous hardware on the corners of the smaller tag that were in my stash.  
   AND my last touch was to use Viva Decor Pearl Pens in Sunny Yellow  and Kiwi -- these were my Cool Find from last weekend's CK's Houston Scrapbook Convention that was really held in The Woodlands, TX -- only 15 minutes from my home.  
   I took a WONDERFUL class called Oh! How Beautiful from Susan Frase of Clear Scraps.  It was a gorgeous acrylic album using alcohol inks and other tips of working with acrylics.   Clear Scraps had a lot of Viva Decor pens and glitter paste in their booth and I'm afraid I over-indulged a bit -- lol.
   Thanks for looking -- I hope you like it!
Stampin' Hugs,


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 162 - Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

   When I read the title for Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper challenge I could not help but think of the old movie and their unique machines.  
   I recently bought a set from a company that SADLY is closing it's website tomorrow - Scrollswork.  I had only discovered them early last month and that is when they had started their going out of business sales and I bought the sheet that had some unique "flying machines" on it.
   I made up this tag by using gesso on it then wetting it with a mister and using some of Ranger's Distress Stains in Wild Honey and Weathered Wood to create my background.  
   I masked the gent and stamped the middle flying machine, then masked it, too, and put that huge machine on the right.  I felt I had to use those wonderful Stamper's Anonymous birds to prove they had made it off the ground :-D.  
   I grabbed some of my Tim Holtz Ideology tissue tape and put it on one edge, a few gears and a Believe tag.  The jumbo eyelet and the hanger "thingey" are from a retired kit of Hardware Hodge Podge I got from Stampin' Up eons ago - or maybe it was about 4 or 5 years?
  I messed around a bit with sponging and also my scratching tool.  I think I got a bit carried away in the middle.  When I peeled off the mask for the gent, I still wanted him to stand out a bit more, so I cut another one of "him" out of white cardstock and glued him down on top with Claudine's Studio matte medium.  I used a brush with a little bit of Distress Ink in Old Paper to color his skin, Weathered Wood on his tie and a touch of Pumice Stone on his hat.
   I hope you enjoy the tag and thanks so much for stopping by and looking!
Stampin' Hugs,

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Grungy Monday #13

   Whew!  Skimming in at almost the 11th hour for this deadline.  However, I so love playing with Linda Ledbetter's Grungy Monday challenges, that I had to do whatever I could to try to make it.  As always, they feature one of Tim Holtz's fabulous techniques -- I just can't resist them.  
   This one uses Adirondack Alcohol Inks and I used Butterscotch, Cranberry and Red Pepper on one of Tim's large oval Fragments.
   I used one of his stamps for the sentiment on the right -- I seem to reach for this one a lot.  It is just  the perfect sentiment.  
   The flower is an old stamp from 2001 from Jamnstamps and the "friend" stamped on the bottom of the front of the fragment was from a retired SU set.  I used some scraps up from my stash - the paper was from a K&Company called Que Sera sera, the cameo was a button I bought some time ago and if I have to guess was probably a local chain craft store.  The trim was the end of a bolt I saw somewhere awhile back and it seemed perfect with the cameo.
   Happy 4th of July Everyone!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 161 - Writing's On The Wall

   Whew!  Late last week on the challenge and early on this weeks. YIPPEE!  Now that's a great start to the week!
   OK - it's not exactly Writing on the Wall but Writing's on a another tag .  I confess I'm on a tag binge!  
   This tag was already pre-gessoed (I was messing around with "that" a few days back when I was messing about with the color sprays <previous post>.)  But after seeing Hels' challenge #161, I pulled out my vintage writing stamps from various sources and got snapping on this project.  
   I had a really nice quote stamp with a saying from Henry David Thoreau about "writing on one's heart ..." yadda-yadda. BUT my sense of humor snuck out to play and I pulled open my "Texas stamps" drawer.  It may not quite look as vintage as the rest of my stamps but it made me laugh.  That ... or I am just tired and getting "slap happy" and better go to sleep.  Pronto!
   Sponged distress inks in Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo.  I got my order from Blue Moon Scrapbooking today and had some brand new Archival Inks to play with -- Violet Blue and Aquamarine which I used when I stamped the little note paper and saying stamp.  
   I used my water-brush thingy to paint in with distress inks on the image in the bottom left corner.  Masked that image and the "note paper" and over stamped with Pumice Stone one of my various script background stamps to show - yep! you guessed it -- WRITING.
   There's one bit of Ideology with the extra pen nib that says "thoughts" on it -- I covered it with Gold paint dabber and then just used a felt nib to ink on some Jet Black archival over the actual words to make them stand out.  The flowers and acrylic bits were some things I've had in stash way too long and I'm trying to get better about using stuff so -- there ya go.  The last new item which is a recent purchase is the acrylic "overlay" from Tattered Angels and that is the 10 cent postage stamp with the windmill on it.  Cute, huh?!
   G'night ladies and gents and hope you have a lovely Sunday!
Stampin' Hugs,

Sunday Stamper - Week 160 - More Thank Words

   Oh wow!  I'm cruisin' in a bit late on this challenge but it's been a crazy week.  I actually started on something last Sunday and lost my inspiration with it somehow during the week.  Just didn't know how I wanted to finish it so maybe it'll show up in some not too distant future.  
   I got a bit of play time in today AND I got a  bit of inspiration from a post Hels did around June 10th on the Bubbly Funk blog here.  I've been playing with my Color Wash sprays for a few days and then re-reading th post this afternoon was enough to kick my fanny into gear.   
   I absolutely LOVED playing with the Trad Tan paint as a resist.   Y'all know it as Traditional Tan from Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint line.  
   I spritzed the tag with Lettuce, Stream and Red Pepper color sprays.  All stamps are from Stamper's Anonymous - an oldie I've had forrr-everrrrr that actually is four 'artistic' postage stamps, (I used only half), the big ARTIST stamp from one of Tim's sets, and the ART word from Studio 490.  
    I blended distress inks in Worn Lipstick all over the tag and then edged with Broken China and Forest Moss around.  I admit I got a bit carried away with trying to add "paint resist" on the Trad Tan resist and also stamped the Textured Textile stamp with Butterscotch Andirondack paint dabber.  I love this image -- it's not distinct on this tag but it left a nice grunginess that I over stamped with the images in Jet Black archival ink.  
   I used the Olive archival ink to stamp out the vine from one of Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 sets.  Added the Lavish trimmings after spritzing with color washes and water to match what I originally had used on the tag.  I used a "Fragment" and some of the Ideology buttons and baubles in my stash.  I did use some sticky-backed pearl bits from SU! to put in the middle of the lavish trim flowers.
  I hope you like it and I can't wait to check in for tomorrow's Sunday Stampers challenge.
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