Saturday, May 27, 2017

Recognizing the local school nurse

I know, I know I'm late but better late than never.  Life just hasn't been the same since I lost my husband 2 months ago.  My brain is cloudy and my schedule not what it was...or even will be.

Nurses Week was May 7-13; school nurses were recognized on the 10th.  My sister is the school nurse for our district (3 elementary schools, a middle school and a high school).  Did you know that school nurses are also educators?  She often gives talks to students and staff on health issues and safety matters.

Her husband always asks me to create a special card for her.  Lacking mojo and any more nursing-related stamps that I had, I opted to just let things happen.

Again, no specific details but plenty of Sizzix (Stampers Anonymous-Tim Holtz) stencils and dies were used as well as Ranger-Tim Holtz distress inks and distress oxide inks.  The tiny birds are from punch (unknown manufacturer).  The flower centers were colored with Wendy Vecchi's new enamel accents (brown and yellow).

I also created a pocket tag for my brother-in-law (family practice physician) to wear.  The bottom is magnetized so that it would stay closed in his pocket.  He loved it as did everyone else.

Black and white cardstocks, Sizzix-Stampers Anonymous-Tim Holtz decorative strip die (white cardstock ran through Xyron first for easier application)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hello friend

Ranger:  heavy duty mixed media cardstock; Distress oxides (Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick, Broken China); Vintage Photo distress ink; Glossy Accents; Jet Black archival ink; distress markers

Stampers Anonymous CMS236 Crazy Talk, CMS288 Hipster

Sizzix 662250 Hipster Ostrich, 661497 Doily, 661822 Flourish texture fade

Washi tape; stained coffee filter

After creating my distress oxides background I ran the cardstock through the texture fade that had been coated with VP distress ink so more detail shows up.

Distress markers were used to color the old bird then she was cut out with the coordinating die (thank you! I am not a fussy cutter!).
Glossy accents were used to coat the glasses.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mastering the art

My oldest niece recently received her master's degree in art education.  She teaches middle school children in a blue collar community and loves it.  And they love her.  Here's the tag I created to acknowledge her recent accomplishment.

#8 tag loaded with distress oxides, stencils, die cuts, and stamps (all by Ranger and Stampers Anonymous except for the star and sentiment)

I'm sorry but I neglected to write down any info as to the exact items and colors used.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy anniversary

Ranger:  Distress oxides (Tumbled Glass); Distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Old Paper); heavy duty mixed media cardstock; Distress collage medium-crazing; Jet Black archival ink

Stamp Zia: oriental bamboo chop

watercolor pencils; Molotow Grafx Art Masking Liquid; blue cardstock; EKSuccess border punch; stained coffee filter

Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy birthday

White cardstock, peach cardstock

Ranger: Distress oxides (Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Iced Spruce); archival inks (Jet Black, Venetian Orange); Dried Marigold distress ink; heavy duty mixed media cardstock

Ichiyo Art Center - cat, present

Sizzix texture fade 'Retro Circles'

Monday, May 1, 2017

Jumping rope

Boy, it sure has been hard finding my mojo again after the loss of my husband.  Not sure I really have found her but it was high time I created some cards so the search was on. 

White cardstock, Bazzill light blue cardstock

Marvy punches (oval, scalloped oval)

Sweet Impressions 'Betsy Jumping Rope'

Jet Black archival ink

Distress inks: Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain

Stampers Anonymous CMS266 'Newsprint & Type'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thank you

to all who sent expressions of sympathy, whether it be comforting words, memorial donations, food, or time.  There are hardly any words to express my heartfelt thanks for the sympathy you have extended me during this difficult time.  I realize how truly blessed I am to have such wonderful family and friends during times like these.  It's still so very hard to think that he's been gone a month.

White cardstock

Stampers Anonymous 001 - Nature's Moments, Mini Slate layering stencil THS085

Hero Arts C3964-Thank you

Ranger: Pumice Stone distress ink, Jet Black archival ink

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April wishes

the month is nearly over but wanted to share the card I had made back in mid-March.  I try to make all my cards 4-6 weeks in advance so that I don't have to worry about getting them out on time.  This time I'm so very glad I did as my husband's cancers became very aggressive requiring a short stay in the hospital before going home under full hospice care.  A week later he passed away.  Since then I've been pre-occupied with the responsibilities that come with the loss of a loved one and had no mojo to be creative. 

White cardstock, Cherry Vanilla Bazzill cardstock, White Bazzill cardstock, heavy duty mixed media cardstock (Ranger)

Sizzix Mixed Media #2, Celebration Words: Script

Hero Arts C3895-April

Distress oxide inks: Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Birthday blossoms

This card is full of dimension and texture and will soon be winging its way across the U.S. to wish a very special friend a happy 60th birthday.  It was inspired by the one seen here.

To the green card base I added Studio 490 translucent embossing paste through TH stencil 061.  Once dry I smudged various brown distress inks over the paste to make it pop.

The doily was die cut from inexpensive watercolor paper using Sizzix 661497.  LOVE the new tool that helps get out the little paper bits left in the die!  I was hesitant to order it as the denture brush I've been using works okay but on these more intricate dies this tool is awesome!  Antique Linen and Old Paper distress inks were smushed onto my work surface and misted so I could drag the doily through them.  Once dry I adhered it to the card front using Multi Medium - but only in the center so the edges would be free.

I applied silver metal foil tape (from the heating and air conditioning aisle at the local home improvement store) to a scrap of chip board.  Die cut using Sizzix Watering Can 660235.  Alcohol inks (Pebble, Slate, Mushroom, Rust, Pitch Black) and blending solution were pounced over the pieces.

Using a tiny label I pressed it into the rest of the doily ink mix, scrunched it up, unscrunched and let it dry.  The numbers were in my 'tovers jar, colored with Black Soot archival ink and glued down before the tag was wrapped around the handle of the watering can.

The flowers (Stampers Anonymous  CMS269) were stamped in Jet Black archival ink on mixed media cardstock and colored with distress markers (Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso).  So glad there's a matching die (Sizzix 661613) as I am not fond of fussy cutting!

I fiddled with placement of the flowers then added several very narrow upright strips of green cardstock behind them.  Multi Medium was used to glue down the flowers and foam tape was added to the back for more dimension. 

From another scrap of green cardstock I stamped 'happy birthday' using Ground Espresso and Black Soot (just at the edges of the letters) archival inks.  More brown distress ink was wiped along the edges of the banner.  A smaller scrap was added to the back to raise it up.

Happy 60th birthday, MB!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Remember this

New stamps from Studio 490!  New enamel accents that I won on Wendy's blog!  New Studio 490 stencils!

The top layer of the card is a #8 manila tag cut down.  The images (SISI Leaves & Berries) were stamped in Watering Can archival ink.  Whatever colors (green, orange) were on my blending foam worked perfectly for the green-colored base card.  The pinked layer is watercolor cardstock colored with Wild Honey distress ink.

The message (Trademark Art SCS132) was stamped in Jet Black archival ink.  Through the Square Grate stencil I added random squares using Tumbled Glass distress ink.  The border stamp was inked with Wild Honey and randomly placed on the card.  Scattered across the small stripes are tiny dots of Forget Me Not enamel accents.

This birthday card is headed to Rio de Janeiro where our first exchange student lives with her husband and 2 children.  Happy birthday, Dani!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sending a special card...

Here's an example of the Distress Oxide inks (Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick) on lesser quality watercolor paper over a background image (Studio 490 Just Say It WVBG026) that had been stamped in Ranger's Watermark ink.  I used a plastic canvas to guide the black dots (Sakura black gelly pen) surrounding the card front.

The floral image (Studio 490 Flowers For Art SCS136) was stamped in Jet Black archival ink on mixed media card stock and colored with distress markers (Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint) using a waterbrush.

A bit of black replacement window screen provide a nice backdrop for the flower (which I cut out leaving a tiny white border for better visibility).  I punched out a bow (Sizzix 660163) and a narrow strip from mixed media cardstock and colored them using the distress markers and waterbrush. 

Studio 490 enamel accents (Sunflower, Potting Soil) were added to the flower's center for dimension and interest.

Happy birthday, my friend!

I have found that this inexpensive watercolor paper is only good for backgrounds and such as any detailed coloring is lost to bleeding.  Distress Oxide inks are terrific on Ranger's heavy duty cardstock.  I've also tried them on glassine (remember that?) and was pleased with the results. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I'm here fur you!

cardstock (gray, tan, mixed media)

distress ink (Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood)

archival ink (Shadow Grey)

distress markers

uniball silver pen, Pitt artist pen - black

Stampers Anonymous stencil THMS003

Stampers Anonymous stamps (Sideshow CMS263, Crazy Dogs CS271)

Sizzix die (Crazy Dogs 661593)

I hand-lettered the message.  Inside I wrote 'rain or shine' and used the Stampers Anonymous rays stencil above the message.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hello friend

Distress oxides on heavy duty cardstock make up the gorgeous (I think!) card front.  I used Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade.  The piece was run through an embossing folder (Notebook Paper by The Paper Studio) then slightly sanded so the lines would show up better.  The edge was punched using an EKSuccess border punch (Binding Edge PL8002).

The next layer is the reverse side of the package insert from a Studio 490 stencil.  Two laurel branches (Sizzix) were cut from the same layer.  The peach mini label (Sizzix 657214) was edged with Vintage Photo distress ink and overstamped with a text stamp (unknown manufacturer). 

The bird was stamped on mixed media cardstock in Black Soot archival ink and colored with distress markers (Twisted Citron, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick).  The sentiment is from Sizzix 561218 (framelits/texture fade w/ stamps) and stamped (BSai) on a scrap from the same larger D-ox/m-m cardstock piece.  It, too, is on a scrap of stencil insert.  The card base is Bazzil cardstock.

I have quite a few advertising magnets that were just begging to be repurposed.  This one was covered in glassine paper (remember it?) that had been treated to a range of Distress Oxide inks before being wadded up.  At this point I smeared Vintage Photo archival ink over the wrinkles then smoothed it out and heat set.  Double stick tape was used to adhere the glassine to the magnet.  IRL it looks like real stone.  (YAY!)  The stamp (one of Tim's new ones) was stamped in Jet Black archial ink and heat set.

Happy birthday to a California girl!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

I won a full set of Enamel Accents!!!

Not long ago I won a full set of enamel accents on Wendy Vecchi's blog, Studio 490.  I created this card to say 'thank you'.  These are so much fun to play with and I have so many ideas floating in my head...can't wait to try them all!

The base and blue-green layer are Bazzill cardstocks.  The top layer is mixed media cardstock and was just a 'playing around with ink and paints' kind of background.  I ran it through a Sizzix checkerboard embossing folder.  At this point I tried Wendy's Embossed Foil!  You'll have to check out her blog to see how it's done.

I used a scrap of the same background and die cut a heart (Sizzix Heart Wings) and stamped the sentiment (Stampers Anonymous SCS110 Art Comforts) in Black Soot archival ink.  Around the edges I dotted enamel accents (Sunflower, Cactus Flower, Garden Patina).

Additional ingredients not listed above: unknown roll of foil sheets, gold mesh, Studio 490 tag art stencil (on base card - Garden Patina, Sunflower archival inks)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Using 140# watercolor cardstock I created my own plaid with flat paint brushes and distress inks and stains (Forest Moss, Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed, Hickory Smoke).  I didn't always dry each color thoroughly before moving on to the next but I think that added to the look.  When I had the page completely covered in plaid, I misted it lightly and let it dry overnight.

I squished Black Soot distress stain on my non-stick craft sheet and added plenty of water.  Using my splatter brush I picked up enough color to randomly flick across the page.

I cut the cardstock to size and used a corner punch for the four corners.  The next layer is green and both rest upon a white A-2 card base.  More of the green cardstock was die cut using an old Sizzix shamrock die (38-0702) then misted with Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold.

The sentiment (My Sentiments Exactly O295) was stamped slightly left of center in Jet Black archival ink. 

May your troubles be less,
and your blessings be more,
and nothing but happiness
come through your door.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A bouquet of pretty posies

Friends recently sent me a beautiful bouquet of spring flowers.  This was the card I sent each of them to acknowledge their lovely gesture of support*. 

watercolor cardstock, green, blue-green cardstock

distress inks (Spiced Marmalade, Iced Spruce, Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn)

enamel accents (Leaf Green, Sunflower, Potting Soil)

Rubber Stamp Tapestry: Creekside Garden FAB 3608

Sizzix: Celebration Words: Script 660223

*On the home front, we're facing new challenges.  A few days ago my husband decided to stop all cancer treatments and accept palliative (supportive health) care to make his remaining time here on earth as best he could.  While we've discussed it over the years almost to ad nauseum, saying it out loud and publicly made it real.  Kind of like getting hit in the face with a 2x4.  Wham!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Be original

LOVE the new Hipsters stamps from Stampers Anonymous!!! And can't wait for the dies to come out in May...yay!

Green cardstock, watercolor cardstock, plaid background (will be featured on 3/17 blog post)

Stampers Anonymous Hipster CMS288, CMS 236 Crazy Talk

Studio 490 mini brick stencil (new from Creativation 2017)

Ranger: distress inks (Iced Spruce, Rusty Hinge); distress markers (Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin); Jet Black archival ink

Sizzix:  Ornate Frame #2

Sakura Black Micron pen, size #01

This birthday card is headed to northern Illinois.  The recipient looks quite similar to the bird so it's a perfect choice for the birthday boy.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Distress oxide inks on different mediums

So I've been playing around a tiny bit with Tim Holtz's new Distress Oxide inks by Ranger.  I only have these colors - Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain - because I was pretty sure from Creativation demos that I wanted them more for the organic look they could/would create.  Love the look of stone, moss, rust, etc. and these are perfect for masculine cards or creating embellishments.

I tried them on Ranger's black tags.  YUK!  And double YUK!  The tags completely bleached out and despite numerous layers of color I still got nothing.  Perhaps if I had the other colors they would make a difference.  I do have them on order so that retrial will be upcoming.

So I brought out 3 surfaces I haven't used in quite some time, one was a 'never used this before' product (Sizzix leather sheets).  First up is glassine.  Remember it? 

I used Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint distress oxides for this glassine sample.

Because this surface isn't very porous it took a bit more to heat set the colors before I could mist it.  I reached the point I was happy with the result then crumpled it up and gently rubbed Walnut Stain over the top, heat set, then hit it with water.  Love the mossy look of the Peeled Paint droplets!

Next up are Sizzix leather sheets.  I figured they would be great for the distress inks but not so sure how the oxides would appear.  The distress inks are on the left, the oxides on the right.  I used Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Walnut Stain. A subtle difference and am happy with both.

I will definitely be using these to make flowers, leaves, etc. as the sheets are super pliable, soft but sturdy.

These are scraps of Ranger's woodgrain cardstock.  Again, the left features distress ink, the right is the oxide.  I only used Vintage Photo.  I am in love with the one on the much more depth of color!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my trials and hearing about my tribulations on this new ink.  They really 'shine' on Ranger's heavy duty cardstock so I made sure to get plenty of that on hand for future efforts.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I see you're another year older!

Happy birthday to a very good friend and our former attorney back in New Jersey!  This character looks a bit like him..not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing!  lol

Gray, orange, watercolor cardstocks

Marvy wet looks embossing marker (black)

Ranger:  clear embossing powder; Jet Black archival ink; distress crayons (Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge); distress ink (Frayed Burlap, Ground Espresso); Distress Oxide inks (Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Walnut Stain); distress embossing powder (Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge); black embossing paste

Stampers Anonymous CMS288 Hipster; mini stencils (010, 072, 074)

Sakura Black Micron pen, size #01

Sentiment (Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers now belongs to Stamp Francisco - I think)

This was my second attempt using the new Distress Oxide inks.  I haven't found them to be the most friendly for me...yet.  I did buy just a few colors as I liked the organic look (mossy, rusty, stony) that they could lend to my art.  They are okay on decent watercolor cardstock, terrible on Ranger's black tags, and pitiful on cheap watercolor paper.

Monday, March 6, 2017


My first attempt playing with Tim Holtz' new Distress Oxide inks. Hmmmm...we'll see.

Here is the result on mixed media cardstock using Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber Dox inks.  So far, so good.

In this photo I've used the same colors but in distress inks and applied them through the new #077 Stampers Anonymous stencil.  I drew around the images using a Sakura black Micron pen, size #01 to accentuate them.  Using scraps of the same green cardstock as the base I cut out the word 'love' (Sizzix Handwritten Love 660218) and a lace strip (Sizzix 661499).

Happy 18th anniversary to my mom and step-dad!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thank you, doc!

My brother-in-law is my husband's primary care physician.  Getting Walt to the doctor is quite the effort these days so I was beyond thrilled when he said he would see him on a Saturday morning to take care of some minor issues.  He also makes house calls (either here or there) so he's super special!

Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers (now offered by Stamp Francisco I believe) is the creator of all the images.  I stamped them on cheap watercolor paper (won't do that again...way too much bleedability) with Hickory Smoke archival ink.  The doctors were stamped on a separate sheet and cut out then had Hickory Smoke distress ink run around the edges to create more dimension than just using foam tape underneath them.

The images were colored using distress ink (Tattered Rose, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, and Lucky Clover).  'Thank you' was stamped in Hickory Smoke archival ink as well.  It's from Stampers Anonymous CMS236 'Crazy Talk'.

The top layer was also edged with Hickory Smoke distress ink before adhering it to a neutral card base.  Here I didn't care so much about the bleed factor (kind of appropriate given the nature of the card).

If you have a professional whatever in your family you know how handy they can be in your time of need.  Having that 'in' with them can be useful and we try very hard not to abuse that privilege.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

You make me smile...all over my face!

Ranger:  distress ink (Aged Mahogany); distress stain (Antique Linen), distress paints (Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, Aged Mahogany, Black Soot, Brushed Pewter); distress crayons (Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge); texture paste (Transparent Gloss); distress watercolor cardstock; clear embossing powder; heavyweight distress tags

Inkadinkado stamp

Stampers Anonymous:  stencils 017, 033

Sizzix: Alphanumeric 3/4", Heart Wings

Idea-ology:  word stick, long fastener, washi tape

Scrap of replacement window screen , mica scrap, bottle cap & plastic tube (circle 'stamps'), silk ribbon scrap

Marvy:  Wet Looks embossing marker (black)

This will most likely be our last Valentine's Day together.  The cancer continues to spread despite chemotherapy and radiation.  Humor has helped us keep our perspective on this bumpy road.  Truly he makes me smile all over my face. 

Monday, February 13, 2017


Stampers Anonymous: Blueprints 2

white cardstock, core'dinations red cardstock, off-white cardstock

Sizzix: Stitched Ovals, bow punch, Love Print texture fade

Gold ribbon, gold vellum

Ranger:  clear embossing ink, Antiquities Chinese Red embossing powder

ColorBox gold pigment ink

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl 51

It's Super Bowl Sunday!  The Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots are meeting at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas to determine who's the better team this year.  I've never been a fan of the Patriots, and that goes even more so for Tom Brady.  You can do this, Falcons!!!

This card has red and gold fireworks going off while Matt Ryan, Atlanta's quarterback, has the game-winning football in front of him.

Stampers Anonymous:  CMS212 Bird Crazy

Sizzix:  660954 Bird Crazy, Ticket Strip, Typeset, Football & Helmet, Grass, Snow/sand mound (the last 3 old yellow dies but still have plenty of use left in them!)

Ranger:  Jet Black & Red Geranium archival inks, Shabby Shutters & Tumbled Glass distress inks

black, brown & white cardstock..Uniball Signo white gel pen...Micron black pen...ColorBox Gold Pigment ink...Hero Arts Printer's Type & Lower Case alpha stamps...Art Impressions H-1100

Saturday, February 4, 2017

It's your day - crazy dog!

Mixed media cardstock, blue cardstock, white cardstock

Stampers Anonymous:
Dylusions - Around The Edge DYR34421 stamp set
Tim Holtz - Crazy Dogs CMS21
Tim Holtz stencils: 004, 006, 040

Ranger:  distress inks, Jet Black Archival, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint

Wordsworth:  It's Your Day S032-1

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Paint chip birthdays

I saw a card on Pinterest that linked back to that featured a paint chip on the card.  She added an image to her paint chip, I did not but did like the idea of the paint chip being the feature - hence my inspiration.

The A2 card is white cardstock.  I ran the vellum layer through a Provocraft embossing folder (Happy Birthday).  To prevent the vellum from cracking I used a premium crease pad instead of the top clear plate.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy 60th birthday!

Sizzix Typo Upper 661198
Ranger:  Black Enamel Accents, archival ink (Black Soot, Jet Black)
EKSuccess:  Scrabble stamp set
black, white, kraft cardstocks

Unknown border punch
Sizzix: Tattered Florals, Tattered Greens
white, black cardstocks
distress ink: yellow, brown, green (whatever was on foam applicator)

 My sister's faith is very important to her.  I used this photo of her church to recreate a version she could have at home.

Sizzix:  Village Bell Tower 660987, Village Dwelling 660992, Village Brownstone 661205, Village Rooftops 661197; TMS038 mini brick stencil

Ranger:  embossing powder (clear, Pumice Stone, Red Geranium, Frosted Crystal, Orange Blossom, Watering Can, Cement, Bottle, Moss); clear embossing ink; distress ink (Ground Espresso, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke); distress paint (Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone); alcohol ink (Stonewashed, Butterscotch, Raisin, Meadow)

miscellaneous:  white cardstock, chipboard, washi tape, Stampin' Up Wild Wasabi embossing powder, bell, was

I made up my own recipe for the bricks, roof and grass based on a recipe Wendy Vecchi shared on her blog.  Do make a test run on a scrap piece of cardstock to make sure you get the look you want.  I did wipe some Pumice Stone distress ink over most of the surfaces to tone down some of the color.

If you have these dies you can see I made some alterations to the roofs (cut narrow edges off each one) and walls.  All the dies were first cut from white cardstock then cut or traced and cut around a 2nd set on white cardstock.  The second set had any tabs removed and were cut apart before altering.  When needing just a trim piece I cut out the appropriate wall, marked the piece I wanted to use, turned it over and embossed with appropriate color, heat set, then cut out and adhered.

Unbeknownst to me my niece had made an entire putz house village for the dining room table and put tea lights under each one.  They are scaled perfectly for this so now it's as if the entire congregation can reside in her home!  Toooo funny!

Monday, January 2, 2017


Dark blue Bazzill cardstock is the base for my A2 card.  Using Royal & Langnickel 119# watercolor cardstock (love the off-white color for vintage types of cards!) and stamped the main image (Scribble Woodland) in dark blue permanent ink.  In the upper left hand corner I stamped the tranquility image from Kanji (Stampin' Up).

Around the image I stamped the marbled image (Stampendous Marble Cube TC01---years old but very useful) in Brushed Cordury distress ink.  Not wanting to lose all the lines I took a large stencil brush dipped in water and splotched over them carefully.  While the cardstock was still damp I roughed up the edges with the blade of my scissors.

Snowy scenes always bring a bit of peace to my chaotic world.  I love hearing the snow fall and take joy in the quietness it brings.