Wednesday, April 29, 2015


It's the middle of making a birthday card gift set for my father's widow.  The one front and center is a Simon Says TV Shaker card (I've written "Don't Cut this die apart on the back of the die ... because it looks like it might be a cut apart die, but I don't think it is). To the right is my kaleidoscope in progress.

The inside is done, it's just the outer decoration that needs the finishing touches.

On the down side, I hit a deer on Monday. It was a little easier when I thought I had killed her outright. I was horrified when she came to and tried to run off, but couldn't stand up. The officer had to shoot her twice.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground to have a gander at crafty spaces around the world.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Enchanted Evening and Roses

Papertrey Ink's April  2015 Blog Hop is here. There are so many great elements in the inspiration photo. I used Enchanted Evening cardstock scored at 1" intervals at a diagonal to pick up the table cloth. Pearlescent vellum to pick up the plates. The roses are Rosie Posie cut out of Sweet Blush and stamped with Berry Sorbet. The card base is Raspberry Fizz.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thinking of You card

The vase is from Mega Gracious Vases, the purple Ranunculus flowers are from Cutting Garden stamped with Papertrey Ink's Royal Velvet and Close to My Heart's Petal. The background is made with a stamp from Pretty Peonies inked with Close to My Heart's Sorbet with black dots in the non-flower white space.

I lightly traced the stamp with pencil and then stamped the two stems (which go over the vase top) and then erased the pencil lines. The vase was inked with Versamark and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The white card stock is Stamper's Select White and the card base is Hibiscus Burst.

Simon Says Make Your Own Background and In the Middle.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Elephant and Polka Dots

Simon Says Make Your Own Background, so I used the Simon Says XL Dots stencil and some molding paste from a big box store. on some Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy cardstock. The elephant is from Mama Elephant's Ella and Friends, fussy cut and colored with Distress Markers and popped up.

Hedgehog with a Heart

It's difficult to get sweeter than a tiny hedgehog with a heart in the middle?

The cue care at CASology this week is Sweet

Simon Says in the Middle .

The ticket is die cut and stamped  with Classic Kraft ink with the Just the Ticket set from Papertrey Trey Ink. The hedgehog is stamped with Dark Chocolate Ink with the Ella and Friends set from Mama Elephant, fussy cut and colored with Spun Sugar, Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Markers. The heart is cut freehand and colored with Festive Berries.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WOYWW 306, Working at the Stamp Wash, 500th post : )

An unusual (temporary) lull lol. Bottom left is a large whorl painted gold (it will be a large spindle one day). This marks my 500th post btw, I think I'm starting to get the hang of things lol.

I made a little stamp wash (and I sing car wash while I'm cleaning them). The scrubbie pad has stamp cleaning solution and water. I use a lunch container to keep squares of a car drying "towel". It has no lint and leaves the stamps squeaky clean. The lunch container gives me a place to store the bits that need cleaning.

edited to add: Most of the stamps I'm washing have lost their stick due to a lot of use (and Versamark?) and linty from all the baby wipes I've used. After the wash they are all sticky again : ). The "towels" are damp so they are like the rinse to the wash. And the Car Wash song is from the 1976 movie Car Wash... it was re-made in the movie Shark Tank. If you google it be sure to say Car Wash Song or theme song 1976 Car Wash... I didn't, it was... surprising lol.

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Bedtime Story Challenge

You may be asking why a frog flying with an umbrella. It's my interpretation of Waltzingmouse's Pajama Party Bedtime Story sketch.  It just seemed like it would be a good bedtime story : ).

I stamped the circles from Off Beat Backgrounds on the left of the mat in Versamark and clear embossing powder. The scalloped edge is a leftover painted with Milled Lavender Distress Paint. A circle from Faux Fun Circles is stamped in Papertrey Ink Soft Stone. The frog is a Cricut cut painted with Forest Moss Distress Ink and doodled around the edges. The umbrella is from Papertrey Ink's Scattered Showers stamped with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink and doodled. Hello is from Fiskar's Say It Loud set. The banner is made with handspun silk embroidery thread and Tim Holtz tissue tape.