Monthly Archives: October 2014

Watercolor Leaves

watercolor leaves

  • Stamp – from Simon Says Stamp “Leaves and Scribbles” set
  • Dies – Simon Says Stamp “Frames” and “Thanks”
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Forest Moss, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold, and Evergreen Bough
  • Cardstock – Neenah and Paper Accents
  • Ranger Distress watercolor cardstock
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

For today’s card, I created a watercolor background and image with Ranger Distress Inks. I did a wash with ink and lots of water for the background and then added some spatters of color. Next, I cut the decorative frame from 110 lb. Neenah white cardstock, which is very hefty. I adhered the thin outer frame horizontally and then added the center vertically in the middle with dimensional adhesive. I applied Distress inks directly to the stamp and then spritzed it with water. Once it was dry, I cut out the leaves and mounted it on top of the frames with a bit more dimensional adhesive. The word “thanks” is a die-cut that I cut out of some cardstock that I found in my stash that matched some of my ink, and then added Glossy Accents on top for some shine to set the sentiment off a little bit.

I’m submitting this card in two challenges: this week’s Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #4 is watercoloring and the Craft Stamper October Take It Make It Challenge which is multi-colored stamping.


Pumpkin full o’ penguins


  • Stamp – from The Cat’s Pajamas “Hello Pumpkin” set
  • Die cut from Spellbinders Nestabilities “Curved Rectangles” die
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill
  • Paper Distresser tool – Tim Holtz / Tonic Studios
  • Enamel dots – Teresa Collins Signature Essentials – purple
  • Ric-Rac, button and fiber from stash
  • Copic markers

This main image a favorite from The Cat’s Pajamas since it features penguins and Halloween in the same stamp! Perfect for the TCP Tuesday Inspiration Challenge #277 with all of the Halloween-y colors. I colored the stamped image with Copic markers, cut it out and popped it up with dimensional adhesive. I added some spooky fiber to the button that I’ve had for years. Actually, I’ve had everything I used for this card for years! I guess that’s why it is so appropriate that Shopping Our Stash Challenge # 174 is Halloween. I used the sketch at The Paper Players for inspiration, Paper Players Challenge #219. I don’t think I’ve ever made one card that fit three challenges before! Finally, I distressed the edges of the cardstock. Thanks for visiting today.

Clean & Simple #311 – Thanks


  • Die – Simon Says Stamp (Stamptember) “Thanks”
  • Washi tape – Queen & Co. Trendy Tape
  • Cardstock – Neenah & Paper Accents

I really enjoyed making this card, partially because of the sheer simplicity of it and also its clean design and color scheme. I used the current sketch at Clean & Simple Stamping (FTL 311). I’ve been hoarding a few rolls of washi tape for a couple of years, so I thought this might be a good time to pull it out. And based on my available stash, the black, white and red color scheme was a no brainer–plus I always like to add grey with those colors, so I mounted my base onto a grey card with dimensional adhesive. The die cut was made with a great new die from Simon Says Stamp. This will be a perfect Operation Write Home card. Thanks for visiting today.


Nuts About You – TCP 276


  • Stamps – from The Cat’s Pajamas “Happy Camper” set
  • Patterned paper – Doodlebug Designs “Haunted Manor”
  • Dies – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels One” and “Standard Circles Large”
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill

The latest challenge at The Cat’s Pajamas (TCP 276) is to create a card using Light Grey, Rust and Dark Blue. For whatever reason, this card too me forever to complete! I cut different shapes, pushed them around and stared at them. This is how it ended up, for better or for worse! I colored the squirrel and acorns with Copic markers and cut them out. I’m thinking that the squirrel is juggling the acorns, by the way. Enjoy and thanks for visiting.

Halloween Kitty Tag = Spooky!


  • Stamp – Inkadinkado “Black Cat”
  • Dies – Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations “Tag Collection”
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye “Frightful Collection: Spooky” (both sides)
  • Epoxy Sticker – K&Company – Brenda Walton “Haunted Clearlly Yours”
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Black Soot
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ribbon – May Arts
  • Perfect Pearls Mist – Biscotti

Today I present you with a spooky Halloween cat with some sparkles for good measure. I created this for the challenge at Friday Mashup (Friday Mashup 181) which was to create a card with a tag, or one with bling, or one that featured both. Well, this fit the requirements for both. The patterned paper had lots of sparkle (not sure how clear that is to see in the photo) and I created a cat tag, distressing the background with Ranger Distress Inks. I also spritzed the whole card with Perfect Pearls Mist for some additional bling. The whole card is quite spooky in my opinion!

Here’s a closer look:




Thanks for stopping by today.

Inlaid Snowflake Tag Card


  • Dies
    • Snowflake – Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes”
    • Joy – Penny Black “Love & Joy”
    • Tag – Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations “Tag Collection”
  • Patterned papers – Lawn Fawn “Wool Socks” (both sides)
  • Cardstock – BoBunny “Strawberry Double Dot”
  • Bling – Mark Richards “Silver Metal”
  • Ribbon – May Arts “Solid Wrinkled” in white

I love this sketch from Retro Sketches (#13). This week’s Retro Sketches Challenge is a Wild Card, which means I can use any sketch from Retro Sketches for my card. I decided to try my hand at inlaid die cuts for this tag card. I cut the snowflakes from white cardstock and then inlaid them into die cuts in the tag so that the whole thing is flush. I did not do any stamping on this card–wow! That is pretty unusual, but die cuts were the stars for this one. It was also fun to use all of these different companies’ products combined into one card. Love to do that! Thanks for stopping by.

Beanstalk Birthday Wishes


  • Patterned papers –
    • Graphic 45 “An Eerie Tale” 8 X 8″ pad
    • My Mind’s Eye “Collectable: Beautiful”
  • Stamp – from Hero Arts “Messages with Flourish” set
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Twenty”
  • Stickers – Hot Off The Press Dazzles “Autum Splendor”
  • Pearls and Gems – Hero Arts “Earth Mixed Accents”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and Paper Accents

I’ve got Jack and the Beanstalk featured for this card. This Graphic 45 paper collection is so pretty and it includes a number of Eerie Tales with sort of a Halloween theme. The copper colored stickers work nicely with the oranges in the papers. I’ve had those stickers in my stash for quite some time as well as the little blingy bits! I think this fits the “It’s the Most Colorful Time of the Year” challenge at Shopping Our Stash, since I used a number of Fall colors, plus green. Thanks for visiting today.


Happy Halloween with Fabric!


  • Stamp – Inkadinkado
  • Fabric scraps from my stash of fat quarters
  • Claudine Hellmuth (Ranger) Studio Matte Multi-Medium
  • Ribbon – Michael’s
  • Molotow One4All Acrylic premium paint pen – Metallic Gold
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

In honor of World Card Making Day, Mixed Media Mojo has a card making challenge to make a card with a Fall/Halloween theme using some fabric. I made a pretty funky card, but it was fun to do and stretched me to use some fabric. I covered some cardstock with orange batik fabric and then covered it with gel medium–that way when I stamped the Halloween sentiment on it, the ink wouldn’t bleed into the fabric. I also like the texture it gave the fabric. I then attached the pumpkin fabric to heavy black cardstock and covered the outside edges with some ribbon. Before I attached the sentiment panel, I drew some lines and dots with my trusty Molotow metallic gold acrylic paint pen. I drew along the top and bottom of the pumpkin fabric as well and then outlined it with a Micron pen. These Molotow pens really apply the paint in a steady stream–I love the white one as well. I popped up the sentiment panel with dimensional adhesive to finish the card. Thanks for visiting.

World Card Making Day 2014


  • Stamp – Chocolate Baroque “Rose Square”
  • Die – Penny Black “Love and Joy”
  • Embossing folder – Elizabeth Craft “Damask”
  • Patterned cardstock – BoBunny “Boysenberry Dot”
  • Cardstock – WorldWin – Light Groovy Grape
  • Copic markers – V12, V15, V17, Y15, G40, G43, C0 and C3

Happy World Cardmaking Day! We are having an Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog Hop in honor of this day. Lots of cardmakers are participating, so make sure you check out all of the talent. If you’d like to know more about the current needs of OWH, check out Operation Tape Gun.

Welcome to my stop. My card is very simple and features a little bit of dimension and some texture. The stamp came as a bonus on the cover of Craft Stamper magazine! Each issue comes with an acrylic stamp. I colored the “Rose Square” stamped image with Copic markers. The small purple piece is popped up with dimensional adhesive and the sentiment die cut floats above the background. I am helping others make this same card at Runaway Art and Craft Studio this weekend during a Make & Take on Saturday.

To return to the Hop, go to the top of Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps home page and you’ll find it at the top of the page through this weekend.

Thanks for visiting!