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September OWH ODBD Challenge


  • Stamp – My Favorite Things – “My Favorite Sentiments” set
  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Crosshatched Frags”
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey “Kissing Booth: Cupid”
  • Die – Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Standard Circles Large”
  • Ranger Distress Inks – Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade
  • Bling – Rhinestones – Queen & Co. and Mark Richards; Pearls – Memory Box
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This month’s Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps was to make your own background to be used on a card. I’ve been really into the backgrounds thing lately with my mixed media explorations. I thought I’d do something a little more mainstream for an OWH card, so I used Distress Inks through a stencil. This is a favorite technique of mine. I just take several colors of Distress Ink and apply it with a sponge applicator through a stencil, blending the colors. Then I stamped on top and die cut it and it looks like a piece of patterned paper. Thanks for visiting today.


Rose Mixed Media Tag


  • Tag – Ranger #5 Manila
  • Stamp – Visible Images “Roses”
  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Mini Damask”
  • Die – Lawn Fawn “Stitched Leaves” set
  • Ferro – Viva Decor “Gold iron” (modeling paste)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paints – Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Tarnished Brass
  • Faber Castell Gelatos – Red Cherry, Raspberry and Watermelon
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Walnut Stain and Spiced Marmalade
  • Ribbon – May Arts “Solid Wrinkled” in Olive and Brown
  • Corrugated cardboard

I sure used a lot of supplies for such a small tag! I really enjoy it when I can use a lot of different stuff from a lot of different companies to complete my final project. Makes me feel like I’ve made good use of my stash!

I started out with a plain, manila tag and brushed it with Distress Paints. I then applied Ferro through the stencil for the damask layer. Ferro is thick and has some metallic properties. Its consistency really stands up to a detailed stencil, which you might not expect. I then tore strips from the corrugated cardboard, which had come from the sleeve on my coffee cup! I distressed it with ink before adhering with gel medium. I then added the rose that I had colored on watercolor paper and smoothed out with a baby wipe. I cut the leaves from a scrap from a Gelli Plate print. I distressed the remainder of the elements with walnut stain ink and tied up the tag with the ribbon. I created this for the August Tag Challenge at Mixed Media Mojo.

For a closer look, here’s a detail shot:


Thanks for stopping by.

OWH – Hexagon Bunny: What’s Shaking?


Stamps – Verve Stamps “Bunny Shake”

Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Hexagons”

Distress Inks – Ranger: Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavendar, Seedless Preserves

Copic Markers

Cardstock – Paper Accents

Today I’m using hexagons for the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Midweek Throwdown Challenge to use hexagons on a card. Hexagons have gotten to be a pretty popular shape for stamps, stencils, die cuts, etc. I applied Distress Inks with a sponge applicator using a stencil with various sizes of hexagons for the background. I’ve had this bunny stamp for a long time, but I haven’t ever used him. I colored him very simply with Copic markers. Since I wanted to make him shake (had to do it!), I popped him up with a skinny paper  accordian. Now he shakes! The sentiment was part of this stamp set. Thanks for visiting today.

Stenciled Fern – Seahawks colors!


  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Mini Ferns”
  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp “Square Sayings”
  • Patterned paper – Echo Park “For the Record 2”
  • Ranger Dylusions Ink Sprays – Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise and London Blue
  • Golden Molding Paste
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I made this card based on a lesson from the Online Card Classes Stenciled class. I tried my hand at using molding paste with a stencil. My variation was to mist the cardstock with ink sprays prior to adding the molding paste and it actually incorporated some of the color into the stenciled image. Kind of a happy accident! I’ve included a close-up here to try to show it in a little more detail.

paste-closeupMy color scheme reflects the colors of the Seattle Seahawks, who will soon be playing in the Super Bowl. The Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps CardBowl is this weekend, and one of the challenges is to use something that reflects one of the teams playing in your card design. Living in the northwest, it seemed only appropriate to select the Seattle team, so I picked the team colors! Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Birthday – More Stenciling


  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Echoes”
  • Stamps – Penny Black “Flourish Birthday” and Impression Obsession “C-A-C Gradation”
  • Pearls – KaiserCraft – Chino and White pearls
  • Distress Inks – Ranger – Brushed Corduroy and Tattered Rose
  • Embossing Powder – Stampendous – Detail White

Another stenciled card, using a white embossed greeting as a sort of resist. I’ve applied Distress Inks with a foam applicator through the stencil and then stamped over it with a subtle background image. This is a very simple, one layer card with a few pearls to dress it up. I was inspired by Day Two of the Stenciled class over at Online Card Classes. I have more stenciling experiments in the works! Thanks for stopping by.


Kitty Canvas



  • 5 X 5″ Canvas
  • Kitty image – Ten Two Studios (Lisa Vollrath)
  • Stencils – The Crafter’s Workshop “Quatrefoil” by Ronda Palazzari and “Halftone Borders”
  • Tissue Tape – Tim Holtz Ideology “Symphony”
  • Bling button – Melissa Frances Embellishments
  • Chipboard shape – Paper Accents “Marquee #2”
  • Rubber stamp – JudiKins “Calligraphic Flourish”
  • Patterned papers – Creative Imaginations “Beautiful You” (Christine Adolph) 6 X 6″ pad and Momenta “Botanicals” 6 X 6″ pad
  • Tissue Wrap “Terminology” Tim Holtz Ideology
  • Hearts – Studio Calico Wood Veneer
  • Acrylic paint

I created this mixed media canvas on a whim, the first one I’ve attempted. It was fun to start with a canvas and acrylic paint and then to build layers on top using papers, stencils, chipboard, rubber stamps, etc. I made the flower out of tissue tape with a little bling in the center. The image is from a set I purchased from Lisa Vollrath at Ten Two Studios. There’s very little better than dressing up a cat! Have a great day!


Summer Card Camp 2 – Thank You


  • Stamps – Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Reflections” and My Favorite Things “Pretty Poppies” (Thank You)
  • Stencil – Crafter’s Workshop mini stencil “Harlequin”
  • Dies – Spellbinders “Vintage Labels Three”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Ranger Distress Inks and ColorBox Chalk Inks

I’m taking the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2, which is really packed with great information. I would highly recommend this class and have been pleased with many other classes offered by them. This week we are challenged to work with a specific color palette and three sketches, if we so desire. The color palette includes light and dark brown, light and dark magenta/purple and a light blue. I was inspired by a lesson Kristina Werner gave us and created the focal image on this card by creating a panel with Distress Inks on watercolor paper. I added some home-made spritzes of Distress ink with Perfect Pearls and layered some stamping and stenciled images. I then die cut this inkiness using a Spellbinders Vintage Label die and layered it atop a cardstock die cut a hair bigger that I offset. I created the sentiment and inked up all of the elements with chalk ink to tie together the color scheme with the lighter purple. Before I built the card, I tied baker’s twine onto the base and then applied the other elements on it using dimensional adhesive. Thanks for visiting!