Sunday, September 20, 2020

Fall Umbrella?

 An umbrella and rain drops in a fall collage?  why?

And why did I not see the umbrella before I purchased this stamp?

Umbrellas are for Spring!

Is it just me?

I purchased the stamp because it was for slimline cards and because I love all things fall.  

When it arrived and I began to select alcohol markers I see the umbrella!  To me that umbrella is nothing but a big ole mistake.  I need to hide it.

Altenew's Spring Daisy colored in the same markers as the sunflower in the lower right was the perfect size to hide the umbrella.  

The grateful sentiment is also from Altenew.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Oh, Jennifer McGuire, you have taken me on so many crafting journeys.  Sometimes when I begin a project with you I hear Star Trek music in the background telling me we will go  where no woman has gone before.

That was the case with this card.

We are in September of the pandemic.  I haven't seen my daughter or grandchildren in months and months. 

It makes me sad that I could be of so much help supervising the kids' Zoom lessons while my daughter works a stressful job from home.

I needed to make them a card.

I die cut the Concord and 9th ray heart from 22 different colors in rainbow order.  

Each ray was inset.  When finished I gave them a fabulous sparkle with Wink of Stella.

I popped the heart on fun foam and adhered it to a background die cut with Hero Atrs' heart background die.

Sentiment and hand are from Honey Bee Stamps.

I thought of them while I die cut and glued.  It was marvelous therapy.

Now I have 22 colors of scraps and white hearts all over  the floor to clean up.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Bone Collector


My son and his wife are going to love this.  Their dog IS a bone collector!

Emma Williams is my inspiration for this and so many of my other projects.  When I'm looking for the perfect Tim Holtz collection idea, I go to Emma's blog.  She figures it all out and I just have the fun of making it.

These are all Tim Holtz products including Crazy Dog, Snarky Halloween Cat, Gate Keeper and Table Alpha.

Magic Iris Cards with Lawn Fawn

I've started to make a Magic Iris card a couple times now but each time found I needed yet another Add-On.  Now the entire collection is mine.

The Lady Bug card by Nicole Spohr started the whole thing.  Next week I am going to do a zoom class with three friends so they can make the Lady Bug card too.

The adorable mice studying the stars was the next card I made.   Inspired by ____________________.

There was no name associated with the kitty fortune teller Magic Iris card that I saw on Pinterest.  But the card HAD to be made for my granddaughter.  It was the 4th time I made the iris "flexcatheter"
mechanical piece.  It went together in a snap.

Now, the camera add-on is really cool.   The Magic Iris mechanism is used right in the circle.

Eventually I'll design some Christmas tags using these Magic Iris pieces.  And now there is a Magic Iris Snow Globe!

Monday, August 31, 2020

Robot Boy's BD

My  nephew will be 11.  Soon making cards for him will be a real challenge.  Everyone always comments about how hard man cards are.  I think tween boy cards are equally difficult.

For this year a robot shaker works just fine.

Inspired by Megan Quinn.
I used black glossy embossing paste with a brick stencil made by my friend, Jan.
The stamps are from Lawn Fawn Charge me Up and Party Time.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Halloween Anniversary

I've decided my Halloween style should be called Pretty Scary.  I want it to be creepy but I also want some color and glitz thus pretty but scary.

My most fun challenge every Halloween is to make a "card" for our friends who were married on Halloween.  This year I saw Emma Williams' make called "bone collector".  It set me off on a design that would work for the Halloween Anniversary.  Thank you, Emma.

I painted the etc. tag with a lot of Tim Holtz Products.  I started with black paint then white and speckled egg then frayed burlap.  I splattered black and speckled egg.  Then I used Grit Paste.  The tag was pretty but not Halloween enough so I used Black Soot Stain.  Then Crackle Paste and Crackle Paste again.  I never did achieve the deep crackles I wanted.  But the color worked.

The Feathered Friends are die cut from Yuppo paper I colored with alcohol inks.

Other products include:
Funky Wreaths
Frightful Things
Quote Chips
Ideology vials, skulls and bones

Monday, August 10, 2020

Theodore and Bee Hive Friend Halloween

Gemma Barraclough posted the Medium Ect.Tag that inspired this tag.

I worked on this tag while watching Tim Holtz' Halloween release on Saturday.

It is just loaded with Tim Holtz products:
Gate Keeper
Alpha Shadow
Tree Life
Frightful Things
Trick or Treaters
Flower Jar
3D Brick embossing folder 

The Moon from Altenew is gold heat-embossed.

The Bee Hive Costume was created with gold cardstock, Distress Ink and Stickles.
I took the  little bees from a Halloween card sent to me by a friend.

This is a close-up of the brick wall.  I threw a whole lot of Tim Holtz at it.  It's base is gray cardstock.
I did a letter press technique with black ink in the embossing folder.  Grit Paste and Brushed Pewter Mica Spray were the final products.