Monday, November 23, 2020

Hey Chickie

 Here is the card I made using the stella's sketch from Catch the bug challenge blog, I always love their sketches!

you can get the little chicken from Bugaboo stamps they have really cute digital stamps!




 thanks for coming to take a peek!

Sunday, November 8, 2020

More Christmas...

 I love this little penguin from Bugaboo stamps, they have the cutest Holiday digis! Anyway I am entering this one in the anything goes challenge over at Catch the bug challenge blog....




thanks for coming to take a peek!

Christmas card season

 So are your cards ready? I have a handful done but I know my daughter will show up and clean me out before I get a change to even send them LOL I I always make extras!

I made this one using the sketch from Catch the bug challenge blog...I love Stella's sketches! I also used this adorable digital stamp from Bugaboo stamps

Hope you get your Holiday cards done and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 1, 2020

November already

 Well it's November already and that means a new challenge at Archiscraps to enter the challenge please go to the Facebook group---> Archiscraps Community Group and add your photo to this months album 

our criteria this month is to use triangles.

you can see more inspiration on the Archiscraps blog or Archiscraps Community Group!

Friday, October 9, 2020

abundance of joy

 Today I want to share a card I made using the hero arts vineyard heroscapes and hero art grape vine fancy frame...I can't take credit for the card design, I saw it on pinterest I think and I'm sure it was a design team member of hero arts that made the card I saw....

all supplies can be found at Scrapsalot -Inks Dies-Stamps

I used ink oxides to water color the fancy frame, twisted citron, mowed lawn, dusty concord and seedless preserves and finally gathered twigs...I cut multiple frames one in white and three in black..I stacked them to give it nice dimension up close it has a shadow effect I love it!

I used a combination of different inks for the vineyard scene the first two layers are Catherine Pooler inks, lime rickey and grass skirt the third layer and the trees and houses are archival inks peeled paint and watering can Jet black for the sentiment...the final layer on the vineyard is the tiny grape layer I used wilted violets I think next time I will use a brighter color so they stand out more!

I really love how this card turned out ...and the layering stamps were very easy to line up even with my horrible eye sight LOL


 thanks for stopping by...make sure you stop by Scrapsalot there is a little something for all your crafty needs!








Tuesday, October 6, 2020

SSS-816 Birthday Pup

 It's been a long time since I've played along with a challenge over at Catch the bug Challenge blog and of course I love Stella's sketches so I thought I'd jump right in and get thing going!

I used the Birthday puppies digi stamp from Bugaboo stamps but only used the pup with the present!

super simple but effective 😁 I've been dying to use this this candle washi tape, I received a sample in a Happy mail envelope awhile ago...I thought it worked well with this card!

thanks for stopping but, I hope you're having a fabulous week!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Archiscraps October challenge

The OCTOBER challenge is to use something circular and lots of layers.

We hope this photo will inspire you to join in the fun.

Inspiration image:

I decided to try and use up some scraps, so I pulled out a bunch of different colors and designs and grabbed my circle dies...

I really love how this turned out...the best part was I got to use some small scraps and it was super easy LOL

Check out our new FB group you can upload you projects there and check out the Archiscraps blog for more inspiration! 

thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Kind words can heal

 I was checking out all my FB pages I follow and I came across the new mini challenge on the More than words challenge page basically you create a card,tag,ATC (Artist trading card) or postcard and upload it on FB under the challenge post in the comments section...see Photos below...


so I thought I have all these really cool supplies and I was just going to play.. I pulled out a bunch of supplies from scrapsalot and a bunch of random stuff ...old book pages,buttons,metal pieces I think they were for jewelry but who knows LOL drywall tape,glass beads Oh and a piece of broken chain I'm pretty sure there is a brad that had a broken back. so here is a look at the finished  Artist trading card...

Okay first layer cardboard or something very sturdy I used recycled cereal box cut to 2.5 x.3.5 .next step was collage I used old book pages and used Matte medium to adhere them...  next layer was texture paste...I let it dry while I was trying to figure out which items I was going to use on my project.

Next step I added my drywall tape then added all the items (buttons,metal,beads and such) to my project, I did use Matte medium to adhere them...this time it took awhile for it to dry so I kind of sped this up with my heat tool LOL Caution if your not careful and heat one spot too long it will bubble.

Next step adding Gesso I covered my entire project with gesso just to make it easier for me...some places just a very light layer. again we wait for it to dry hmm sometimes I think I spend more time waiting for it to dry then I do actually creating it LOL Now I added colors I really love Distress oxide spray but as of right now I only have two colors but they work so well together...I could have added more using oxide ink and just smooshed them on my craft mat and used a water brush...that would have worked too.. after I had the colors the way I wanted I added black Water Soluble Oil Pastels all the way around the edge then dry brushed some white acrylic paint on some of the surfaces for highlights it made the texture really pop!

the last touches where the moth/butterfly, I had a few already colored and cut out from another project and then I added my phrase.

click the photo and it will take you to the More than words post...make sure you also check out scrapsalot  she has a little bit of everything!

Supplies used from scrapsalot

  1. Distress oxide spray wilted violets 
  2. distress oxide peacock feathers
  3. distress texture paste crackle
  4. Prima Marketing    Water Soluble Oil Pastels
  5. waffle flower peony dreams
  6. stencil

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Ride the wave

I was a little shocked when I opened my Design team package from Scrapsalot and saw layering stamps...I'll be the first to admit I didn't have the best of luck lining up the ones I already owned but turns out I love the heroscapes from hero arts and I think this one is going to be my favorite...this set of layering stamps is pretty easy to line up even with my horrible eye sight LOL

It has all these really nice element that can be use individual or all together!

I adore the surfers and the little birds...I can see using them a lot! I will admit the more I practice the easier it gets.

all supplies used to make this card (except card base) came from Scrapsalot make sure you go check it out, Debra has a little bit of everything and if you don't see it just email her and she'll do her best to help you out!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Books are my Happy place! Lots of photos

* Warning lots of photos*  

Here is my entry for the More than words challenge, I haven't played in my art journal for quite some time,I forgot how much I really enjoyed it!

this is "My favorite days start with Messy hair, books and coffee" those are my perfect days LOL I love sitting in the corner of my couch with a good book and a cup of coffee (ha the hair is always a mess) on cold days you grab the throw and get lost in your book for hours! but I also love to craft with books..I find them at the thrift stores or the dollar store. I try not to buy too many at one time LOL but habitat for humanity has such a huge collection of Old warn out books it's so hard not to grab a couple LOL

I started with a basic collage background using some of these really cool squares from this really cool book I got from the dollar store awhile ago...I loved the cover and thought it would be great as an altered book or even as a art journal the actual book is called the tile makes the room haha so it has all these really cool photos of different tiles and rooms...I just thought it was cool.

Like I said I used the squares around the edge of my page then in the middle I used torn up dictionary pages...I sketched my lovely lady on an old German cook book page (LOVE that one it even smells old)

you can see these elements in the photo below...I did add some distress texture paste crackleπŸ’–...when I first had the idea for this page, I was thinking an apricot color haha as you can see I didn't like it so much! So I added a watered down admiral blue then took a crumpled up paper towel and dabbed off areas that alone added so much texture


unnn yeah I haven't sketched anything in a Very very long time LOL but I was in the mood...shes not perfect but she's mine and you can only erase so many times on old paper LOL shhh..her eye on the left has a small hole in the paper hehe that's when I said enough was enough

I made a couple little books with the left over pages on my desk

okay I could probably ramble more but you can see the photos


*Stopped typing to take photo of book..LOL*

the cover

the squares

some of the colorful tiles pages

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my ramblings!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Sept.challenge for Archiscraps

  you can now find Archiscraps on Facebook...if you want to play along post your project there...

this months criteria is to use the colors Red,pink and white (or cream) and a door
Both elements must be there to qualify this month.


Here's our inspiration photo... they have chosen the facade of this building  in Padua Street , Barcelona, Spain to inspire you. 

Again it is a color challenge.


I hope you'll join in this months challenge!

Facebook Group

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Mermaid Dreams

I'm going to pretend that the world isn't a scary place at the moment...just for a little while anyway..

 These photo's just don't do it justice but the sun wasn't cooperating for the last couple days πŸ˜•

Today I'm going to share some ocean fum...who doesn't love part of my Design team package I received this pretty papers from Echo park called Mermaid tales (12x12) and mermaid dreams (6x6 paper pad) Lots of pretty colors and of course tons of mermaids

 I picked through the papers, it was so hard to decide on which patterns to use so I went back and looked for the image I wanted first...haha I found her the perfect mermaid to fussy cut she was hiding in the large journal cards

these are the cutest papers...I might just make a couple scrapbook pages with old photo's of my girls! Anyway the card looked a little I pulled out the distress glaze and embossing pens Debra (owner of ) sent ...I did a rough outline of her tail and top then scribbled it in...when I say rough I really mean rough..LOL

but look at the shine and texture it adds...I really wish you could see it in person it's so much better!

okay there you have it super simple but pretty card with no stamps required... make sure you check out Scrapsalot if you don't see it on the sight just send a quick email to Debra or catch her in the FB group 

Have a Fabulous weekend...yeah I know it's Thursday but wishing it was Friday LOL

Items used from Scrapsalot

Echo Park-Mermaid tales collection
Echo Park-Mermaids dream 6x6 pad
Echo Park-Enamel Dots-Just married (haha the colors worked)
Distress Embossing pens
Distress embossing glaze speckled egg

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Squeeze the day!

 Good afternoon my crafty friends...
so I was playing around with some supplies from know how much I love to mix and match so today I am playing with some hero arts items... first, let's talk about this awesome background stamp I  love it, it gives such a clean crisp image easiest one I've ever used LOL okay here is the mix and match I used Hero arts sparkling sea embossing power for some reason I just thought it looked so lovely I probably should have added some blue elsewhere, hey we all have afterthoughts LOL

I used some Nuvo alcohol markers to color in my lemons,  I like them for me they are a better alternative to Copic those I can't afford those LOL! this was a really quick and simple card to put together


Just look how awesome that looks.....maybe they will make a sea green one that would be beautiful!

Supplies from Scrapsalot

Hero Arts-stamp set Zest wishes there are dies for this set too

Hero Arts- background stamps fresh citrus bold prints

Hero Arts-sparkling sea embossing powder

Nuvo Alcohol Markers 

Archival ink Jet black 

Catherine Pooler midnight ink

Lawn fawn stamp shammy


Friday, August 7, 2020


 This card is so me lately, I might just have to give it to my husband LOL...

I used this really cute set from photo play, I stamped a bunch of sea images then scan and cut them with my silhouette portrait (I always forget I can do that) It's so darn helpful LOL I colored them using nuvo alcohol markers πŸ’“ I love these markers Debra from Scrapsalot sent them to me to try they are a great alternative to copic markers...Nuvo is more in my price range and they came 3 to the package light med and dark  made coloring super easy for me!

now for my back panel..the ocean ...I used ink oxides. lets see I used tumbled glass, broken china and mermaid lagoon (I need to start writing these things down!  So normally I would just blend them with the blending brushes but I saw someone (sorry I can't remember where I saw it it was either Fb or youtube)  paint them on so I thought I'd give it a try basically you smash some on your craft mat use a wide paint brush wet with plain water then paint across your paper kind of like strips across your page <-----> you just keep changing colors until you have the effect you want, Its so hard to see in the photo but in real life you'll see the difference.

So I used a generic rectangle stitched border die this

size I could get two small backgrounds, I'll use the other one another day.

it was simple to use Kraft card stock and create a little sandy spot a couple plants and a fist with lots of bubbles and my scene is complete  well we can't forget (me) the crab!
I layered a couple different colors...I really wanted just the blue but my idea of the embossing (Fiskars texture plate) didn't pan out as planned so I adapted my idea LOL

Items used from Scrapsalot shop

  1.  Ink oxides- tumbled glass, broken china and mermaid lagoon
  2. Photo Play -fish tales elements
  3. Catherine Pooler- Midnight ink
  4. Archival ink-shadow grey and watering can
  5. Nuvo -Alcohol markers 

thank you so much for stopping by to check out my card!

Monday, August 3, 2020

August color challenge at Archiscraps

We have a fabulous new challenge over at Archiscraps...this month is a bit of a color challenge. I have to admit I have a really hard time with color challenges..haha mostly I avoid them LOL but here is what I came up with!

For this challenge we ask you to
use these colors plus a CLOCK and GOLD somewhere on your entry.

I hope I inspire some of you to join in the challenge over at Archiscraps challenge blog!
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