Friday, August 31, 2018

You're A Classic - Mustang CARd

I've made cards similar to this one several times in the past,
but this one is different since I am using the new to me
1966 Mustang fastback rubber stamp image (Rubbernecker stamps, currently available) .
My husband even commented that he thought it was a neat stamp
(he recently purchased a '66 fastback Mustang to be restored).

Other stamp images, all by Stampin' Up!:
Highways and Byways 2003
Antique Autos 2001
Classic Pickups 2005

Images were colored with Prismacolor pencils

White smooth and black textured card stocks

Black Memento ink

I have one more card made with this stamp to share, but it has to wait a bit to be posted.
I've plenty more recent projects to post in the meantime, including several cards made
with the DIY alcohol ink I made.

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Wishing You A Speedy Recovery - Mustang CARd

I was recently gifted this neat rubber stamp and die set
of a 1966 Mustang fastback and had to immediately ink it up !
I also received this super shiny "chrome" card stock ,
 diamond plate embossing folder and sweet card. Fun ! 
(Thanks so much again, M!)

I've made three cards so far, I'll share them over the next few days. 

I tried to make it look like the car was "moving" on this card.
I stamped then drug the image a few times.
I then stamped a grunge line art stamp over that.

The car image was colored with Prismacolors
that I added crystal effects to the glass areas to.
I cut chipboard to back the car to pop it up a bit.

I sponged a bit of ink around the car for sky and ground.

The flag was fun to make, using part of a 
Stampin' Around wheel from Stampin' Up.
I trimmed and glued it to a toothpick
that had been cut down then painted silver.
I gave it some more dimension by slightly bending it.

The sentiment is handwritten
(out of printer ink at the moment)
and the banners are hand cut.

White, teal, black and chrome card stocks
Black,  gray and light blue inks
Gorgeous Grunge, Stampin' Up! 2013
Easy Check Border wheel Stampin' Up!, 1999?
Darice Diamond Plate embossing folder
1/4"circle punch for faux brad

I'm entering my card in the current

Thanks for looking,
have a great day =) 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Teal Die Cut Florals Birthday Card

Rain today with a slight cool down to come
after the past few days of being in a heat wave, ahhh!

Tomorrow would be the perfect day to pull weeds
from the flower beds, but since I've managed to 
hurt my ankle and am wearing a boot now,
that won't be happening. More time to craft I guess :) 

Card supplies:
Everything other than the paper flowers used
on this fun card came from Stampin' Up! 
but are no longer available.

Thanks for looking, have a great day  =)

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Pinwheel Birthday Cards

Blech, the heat and humidity came roaring back yesterday
after a break the previous few.
In fact, it was so nice out, many of us were wanting
to dig out jackets or sweaters for the chilly early mornings ! 
It is August, so the high temps are to be expected here still.
It's tough to adjust from a high of 75 with low humidity
to 95 degrees, heat index 103, within 24 hours. 
I stayed indoors all day with the A/C on, working on projects.
I'll be sharing them at some point.

For now, I'm sharing a simple card I made last month.
Other than the embossing folder from Cuttlebug,
everything used on these CAS cards came from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

What Am I Working On

Originally I wanted to share this photo on Wednesday,
a "What Am I Working On Wednesday" post.
Time got away from me and I never did.
It's a peek at what I was working on last week:
nine fairy jars / fairy lanterns !

I had lots of die cuts leftover 
and several glass candle jars I'd saved,
so I decided to make more fairy jars.
I also put to use some of my old florals.
Gosh was that interesting to go through those
boxes, coming across some really old ones.
Some of them I clearly remembered 
using nearly 30 years ago,  talk about a craft supply hoarder !
I admit that I am because I just never know when I
might need something, no matter how outdated it might be, ha, ha!
I did get rid of lots of old things after the big flood in 2015,
and regret doing so because there have been several
times I wish I had something back. 

I'll share photos of the completed jars soon.
I still have many other projects completed last month
that I have yet to share ! I've been busy ;)

Why did I make nine fairy jar lanterns you ask ?
No reason in particular other than to use up some
of my supplies and be crafty !
As if I don't have more than enough other
projects I want to make for myself still -
and I really need to get back to my photo project.
Anyway, they'll probably end up being donated to
a local resale shop that raises funds for charity.

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

White, Black, Pink Textures Card CAS

It feels like fall here today, a nice break
before the heat hits us again in a couple of days.
Ahhhh, so nice to have the windows open!

Simple card supplies:
black textured and white smooth card stock
stripes and gingham embossing folders
small paper flowers
polka dot grosgrain ribbon

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Let's Go Caroling Door Magnet Invitation

Today's fun, thinking ahead to the holidays project was created for  the current anything crafty goes challenge at Through The Craft Room Door and uses the Snowmen Selfie image from Sheepski Designs. It's an invitation made to hang on a door or it can be stuck magnetically (use up those advertising magnets you may recieve!) to a metal door.  More details about this project can be found in an upcoming issue of the Through The Craft Room Door magazine.

Sheepski Designs is our generous sponsor this week, awarding 3 digital images to our randomly chosen winner.  Share your anything crafty goes project with us for a chance to win !

I'm entering my project in the new challenge blog for all things Christmas,
Merry Little Christmas Challenge
the current anything crafty goes challenge at Creative Crafters

Thanks for looking =)

greeting card

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Butterfly Thanks Card

All supplies used to create this simple card were from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Butterfly Swing card

Butterfly dies, Stampin' Up!
Patterned card stock, unknown
Swing card die, Sizzix
thin wire and seed beads

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Melted Crayons Card

Putting some old bits and pieces to use!

Melted crayons for the background
(wrap aluminum foil around an iron,
heat on low, rub crayons across to melt
then smear onto card stock)

Martha Stewart butterfly punch

pant chip samples 

embossing folder

finished size is 4.25" square

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Green Gingham Flower Card

(truer colors in this photo)

Textured card base, Die Cuts With A View
Bright green card stock scrap, unknown
White card stock
Texturz Plate large polka dots, Stampin' Up!
Wild Wasabi card stock and die (leaves), Stampin' Up!
Paper flowers, unknown

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Misprint Cards

Images were printed onto regular printer paper
rather than card stock as I intended,
but I went ahead and used them anyway.
The bottom card is not finished, waiting to
add a sentiment in the center of the heart 
when the card is needed. It actually has a die cut
"thank you" as part of the die, but I trim it out
so I can put in other words as needed. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Honey Bear Card

Image stamped on water color paper
then painted with ink and a water brush.

Paper punch mini flowers with rhinestone centers
finish it off. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Mason Cookie Jar and Lift TUTORIAL

I know, it's only hot and humid early August , why am I sharing a Christmas project ? Well, it isn't too early to start thinking about making gifts for the holidays!

Today's project was created for the current anything crafty goes challenge at Through The Craft Room Door and uses the sweet Baked With Love image from Polkadoodles. More details about this project can be found in an upcoming issue of the Through The Craft Room Door magazine.

Polkadoodles is our generous sponsor this week, awarding  a 3 digital image voucher to our randomly chosen winner.  Share your anything crafty goes project with us for a chance to win !

I'm entering my project in the new challenge blog for all things Christmas,
Merry Little Christmas Challenge August Anything Goes MLCCB #1
August Anything Goes Challenge at Crafting by Designs

Thanks for looking =)


Baked with Love digital stamp image by Polkadoodles
White, red and green card stock
Various dye ink pads and an aquapainter for watercoloring
White acrylic craft paint dotted with the end of a paint brush to make polka dots
Scallop edge border punch
Scallop edge circle punch, 3"
Decorative paper
2  3/4 " circle of chipboard
Wide mouth jar

Cut several pieces of decorative paper
to layer between the cookies.

Cut a circle for the base of the lift from
a sturdy chipboard.

Adhere the center of the ribbon to the 
bottom of the chipboard circle.

 Run ends of ribbon between the two pieces
of the metal mason jar lid.


Monday, August 6, 2018

Scrappy Cupcake Card

What a crazy concoction of scraps and embossing folders
to create this 1st birthday card for a little girl !

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Homemade Alcohol Ink and Cards

I finally got around to making my own home made
alcohol ink sprays !
A very messy project, but it was fun 
playing with the sprays outdoors.
I've never used such a thing, so it is a learning process.

There are oh so many recipes/tutorials to be found online.

Here is what I used:

I had to order small spray bottles from
Michael's as there were no such thing
to be found local to where I live.
$1 a piece

91% alcohol

cheap permanent markers, 2 per bottle
$1 per package, 4 packages

First things first,
protect your work surface !

Fill the bottle with alcohol, 
cut apart the markers to remove
the ink cartridge and insert in
the bottle filled with alcohol for about 24 hours.
This did bother me a bit, being wasteful
with throwing away the marker bits.
Too bad there is no recycling here,
if it was even the acceptable type of plastic.

Remove with tweezers and squeeze the excess liquid
from the cartridges back into the bottle if possible. 
You'll want to wear rubber gloves
and still be prepared to have stained fingernails/hands
for at least a week. I speak from experience,
even wearing gloves I managed to end up stained.
No big deal for me since I don't work from home
or anything like that where I'd be seen with stained fingers ;) 

You may need to use less alcohol or
add more ink cartridges depending on the markers
you use and how intense you want your spray to be.

More pieces sprayed on a different brand and weight of 
watercolor paper, the effect was a bit different.
I used two colors on some of these.

I die cut the word "hello" and adhered it over a strip
of the sprayed paper then glued it to a card base
for a simple card. 

Same idea as above, only using a die cut branch and heat embossed "noel"

I'll have more cards made with these fun home made papers to share soon !

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, August 3, 2018


What a month July was here on my blog: a different digi scrap project and kit featured each day!
It was a lot of work - and fun.

I did this to try to help generate sales for the Kimeric Kreations store at the Kim, the store owner and designer, passed away last month and now the website is closing down :(

Amid all of that digiscrapping and blogging, I was also working on several other projects. Many are for upcoming design team inspiration while others are personal projects, putting to use some long neglected bits and pieces I've accumulated. The photo above is a sort of sneak peek of some of them. I'll be sharing them in their entirety soon.

I was also making oodles of Christmas cards ! I'm now done with those, making more than what I need so I have a jump start on next year ;)  I will share them when the holidays get closer.

My massive photo album project has been put on hold. It's been several months since I've done anything more with that daunting task, but I did get a big dent put in it before I quit working on it!
I had the bookcase I made from an old chest of drawers moved upstairs recently, promptly filling it with more scrap booking/photo stuff. One day soon I'll get back to that project......

Thanks for stopping by , have a great day !

Thursday, August 2, 2018

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Beach Scrapbook Jar

The first of August -
time for a new challenge at 
This is an anything crafty goes
(so long as it is family friendly)
 challenge that lasts all month.

My project is a beach memory jar 
that I finally got around to making !
I've had the sand and shells in the 
large 4 sided jar for quite some time,
but I never got around to decorating it. 
I decided I'd make a mini "scrapbook page"
to insert rather than just a simple photograph.

I used a digital scrapbook kit to make my jar.
Those are not real shells hanging on the side,
just images from the kit printed on photo paper. 
At first glance they look real!

(Scrapbook kit used was
Everyday Stories The Beach by Kimeric Kreations,
but it is no longer available )

I punched a hole and added a metal eyelet to the tag
to run the twine through. I adhered lightweight 
chipboard to the back of the photo printed tag
first. The paper was too thin and kept wanting to curl.

The tag was the bottom 2 x 4 portion of the 4 x 6 print
I designed and had printed. The top portion is 
the 4 x 4 mini scrapbook page that is 
hanging inside the jar.
I created both portions separately then combined
them into one, resized to make a 4 x 6 print.

I placed the sea shell images
and the word stip on another 
4 x 6 print. These were created with
Photoshop Elements, the digital scrapbooking kit
and photo printed at a local store. 

After having the shells printed onto a piece of
photo paper, I trimmed them out with scissors.
I was originally going to add pop dots
behind the star fish for extra dimension
then decided not to because I was afraid
it would end up "warping" from humidity.
I could have taken the time to cut out chipboard
to back the photo paper with to make it more sturdy. 

I hung my photo about halfway across the jar.
I chose to do this because attaching it to the back
of the jar it was too far away to see well,
the glass was distorting the image.
I could have glued something such as strips
of chipboard to the back to poke down into the
sand to hold it in place, but decided against 
that becuase the real shells and drift inside
the jar were blocking the bottom portion of 
the mini scrapbook page.
Hanging it with fishing line helped
keep it just above the shells.
It's a neat floating effect, too!

This photo is to try to show you how I hung
the photo inside the jar using clear fishing line
and clear packing tape. It is taped inside the
"neck" of the jar, suspending the photo 
while allowing the lid to still fit on the jar. 
I did back the photo with a piece of lightweight 
chipboard because it kept curling.

So there you have it, a sort of scrapbook jar. 

I hope I've inspired you to get crafty today -
or whenever you can find some time ;)

Have a good one !