Monthly Archives: May 2016

Taylored Expression-Sketch and Tic Tac Toe

Yesterday’s Happy Mail included the new Crafty Grumplings stamp set from Taylored Expressions, so when I saw the new challenge at Taylored Expressions it was a no brainer that I was going to use this stamp for the challenge.

Somedays things just seem to work out, while on other days gluing paper A to paper B is a Mission Impossible.  This was one of the good days, as I was able to combine the sketch with the Tic Tac Toe combination of yellow, leaves and scallops, along with my new stamp set to create a really cute card.


Supplies:  Taylored Expressions Crafty Grumplings, Elizabeth Crafts Ropes 1 and All Seasons Tree dies, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid patterned paper, DCWV patterned vellum, Recollections and Bazzill cardstock, Liquid Pearls and Stickles, Copic markers, SSS card base, Mama Elephant Creative Cuts die and Scor tape


Simon Says Stamp- Wednesday Challenge- Flowers

The theme this week for Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge is “flowers”, featuring products from Prima.  I was happy to see this as one of my constant re-organizations of my craft room revealed that I haven’t used my flower stash for a while.  I was able to pair some older Prima flowers and some older ribbon for a pleasing result.



Supplies:  Prima Flowers Prelude B, Prima Flowers Something Blue-Made of Honor,  Recollections cardstock and Metallic Natural Leaves, Papertrey Ink Marquee Frame, May Arts ribbon, Simon Says Stamp dye inks, Tim Holtz sponge applicator, Hero Arts card base and Scor tape

Make it Monday- May 9

The Make it Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink is to use a mask for blending.  Specifically, Lizzie used a mask made out of vellum.  This did prove to be useful  on the card I made, as I could see exactly how much overlap between the apples was aesthetically pleasing.

I was wishing that I had prepared at least three cards while I had the masks and inks out, as I really could not decide how I wanted to finish the card.  I thought about splatters, sequins, raindrops, Wink of Stella but in the end I left the card rather plain to let the ink blending stand out.IMG_6479

Supplies:  Papertrey Ink What the Doodle Apple dies,  Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things dye inks, Stampology sentiment stamp.  Lawn Fawn Plaid 6 X 6 pad,  Fun Foam and Scor tape, Hero Arts cardbase.

Spring Training

At Easter time my sister in law Cindy and her children Dustin and Nicole came to visit me in Phoenix.  Both my niece and nephew play ball so one of the things they wanted to do was to go watch one of the Spring Training games that was going on  at that time.

Now,  I have been to many many baseball games even though I don’t really like baseball.  How can this be true you ask?  I call it the price of admission. I often travel with my brother Perry and sister in law  Annette and Mom and they all love baseball, so if I want to play………I have to pay ………so to speak.

So once again I was off to a baseball  game.  The day was lovely as most days are in Phoenix, and we got to see the World Series winning Kansas City Royals play the Texas Rangers.  From that day, I made the layout that follows.  The pocket on the page serves as the journaling shorthand style.  Tucked inside are the ten reasons I love (?)baseball.  The tenth reason is the game of baseball itself.  There are nine other higher ranking reasons that cause me to want to go to a baseball game. These are listed on the tickets tucked into the pocket.  I had to find an image to stamp on each ticket that would represent my reasons.  This entailed a frantic search through some long buried little wooden stamps in the basement.  As an aside I found a stamp of a Jalapeno pepper!  Why??  Anyway, I really like how the double page layout turned out and have to admit that I really enjoyed that day at the ballpark, mostly due to the reason stamped “Family and Friends”.



Supplies: Recollections cardstock, Jillibean Soup corrugated cardstock, Echo Park patterned paper, Little Yellow Bicycle stickers, Pazzles cut files, Deco Foil, Crackerbox Palace popcorn die, Envirotex resin, Copic markers, Xpressit cardstock, Tombow tape runner, glue dots, pop dots

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

The challenge for today was to use a stencil.  The challenge I gave myself was to make a quick card.  This should be easy but for me it is not.  I could never make a project for Take Ten magazine as it is impossible for me to make a card in the allotted ten minutes.  This one would have been close if not for the twenty minute phone call with my dropped off the face of the earth co-blogger Sandra.



Supplies:  Tim Holtz Treads stencil, Simon Says Stamp Road Trip and Sketchy Banners stamps and die set, Recollections embossing powder, Versamark ink, Neenah Desert Storm cardstock, Copic markers and Scotch Foam tape

Online Card Class Day 2 Using Vellum in a Scene

Here is a quick card using vellum in a scene.  One of the rare times, I took the two minutes required to run upstairs to my sewing machine to attach the vellum.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

The theme this week is Anything Goes and they are featuring Stampendous Stamps.

I decided to make a card with an older Stampendous stamp that I love but have not used that often.  This card came together quickly with just some “elements” that were sitting on my desk from a previous project.


Online Card Class- Day 2- Vellum Techniques

Here is a “poor cousin” version of Dawn’s beautiful card from our Day 2 lessons.

I rarely use the colour purple and I even more rarely use dark purple from my copic markers as it usually turns out too dark.  Not so when you are colouring behind vellum as in this technique.  Only dark colours show up well enough.