I’ve Been Away!

Sorry for being away for the last few weeks! Life has been a bit overwhelming and I haven’t had any time to create!

It’s now a week before Christmas and I’m scrambling to pull it together. Hopefully, I’ll be back to stamping and sharing soon.

Love and Peace I wish for all of you during the holiday season.

Hi There! Owl Tag

Just a small tag with a cute little owl!  I am such a “scrap hoarder”!  I always find it hard to throw away paper scraps.  It seems such a shame to throw away such pretty patterned paper or useful bits of plain card stock.  Of course, I already have 10 times more paper than any one person should own!

I do keep a scrap box of small and medium type scraps.  These scraps are very useful if you are making a collage or if you need to punch or die cut small shapes.  When my box gets full, I have to make a hard decision and let most if not all of it go.  I have found that the Art Department at the local school is often grateful to have these scraps.  They make mosaics, collages and lots of other artistic creations with them.  Check with your local school’s Art Department and see if they want your scraps.

This tag was made because I had a new small stamp set Technique Tuesday’s Hi There Owl Stamp Set and I also had a modest size scrap of watercolor paper.  Watercolor paper is not cheap so I try to use every bit of it.

I stamped the owl and sentiment with Ranger Black Archival Ink and colored the image with various Tombow Water Based Dual Brush Pens and a water pen.  The background was created using strips of Eclipse Tape as a mask during the application of coordinating inks.

Can’t stand to throw away your scraps?  Make a tag!!!




Halloween Dreams!


Don’t you love the colors of Halloween?

I created this Halloween card with the help of the Halloween Stamp Set #520998 by Recollections.  It really helps to have a stamp set with multiple related images to guide you in creating a great scene.

I began by running a white piece of watercolor paper through a Spiderweb Embossing Folder by The Paper Studio.

Next, using Colorburst Powders by Ken Oliver, I colored the page with various colors. Take care not to over-wet the paper and “release” the raised areas.

Stamp images using a stamp positioning tool.  This is very important!!!  Since the paper will have raised areas, you will ONLY get a good, solid stamped image by stamping multiple times.  I used Black Archival Ink by Ranger.  I think I had to stamp each image about five times in order to get good coverage.  Don’t be afraid to fill in with a black pen if needed.

NOTE:  Although I’m sure that it might have been easier to color and stamp the paper BEFORE I ran it through the embossing folder, initially, I was trying to create a resist on the raised areas with a wax pen and THEN use the Colorburst.  The resist did not work so well, I think I need a better wax pen or crayon. Anyway, it all turned out fine.

I finished by adding black around the edges, at the bottom and even lightly across the raised areas.  I also added some random small white dots and colored the windows of the house with a yellow glitter pen.

Find a good seasonal stamp set and go for it!  I love how this card turned out. Follow this blog for inspiration, new products and papercrafting companies. Find Stampcrush on Facebook at Stampcrush Papercrafts, Instagram @stampcrush and Pinterest @stampcrush

Products used:

  • Halloween Stamp Set #520998 by Recollections (sorry but I cannot for the life of me find a link even though I bought the stamp set about a week ago!  Grrrrr!)
  • Spiderweb embossing folder – the one I used is by The Paper Studio.  Use any spiderweb folder that you like, there are plenty out there.
  • Black Archival Ink by Ranger
  • Colorburst by Ken Oliver at Dick Blick You can find Colorburst at Dick Blick, on the web and at your local papercrafting store.  LOVE Colorburst!  I used Orange, Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson and Violet.


Ken Oliver Class at Paper Dreams

Paper Dreams Storefront

Paper Dreams Store, Kennesaw, Georgia

This weekend I had the privilege of attending a Color Burst Technique class by none other than the inventor himself, Ken Oliver of Ken Oliver Crafts!  What a treat!


Ken is a great teacher, personable and approachable.  He shares a real time view of what he is doing on a tv so you can see exactly how he performs a technique.  He also moves around the class offering tips and looking over everyone’s progress.


Paper Dreams Store in Kennesaw, Georgia

The class was held at Paper Dreams in Kennesaw, Georgia.  Paper Dreams is a lovely store with a nice selection of paper, stamps and supplies.  They emphasize classes with a busy schedule and plenty of various activities in which to participate. The owner, Stephanie is helpful and knowledgeable.

Even my Mom attended class!  85 years old and still crafting!!!


Pay at visit to Stephanie and the other ladies at Paper Dreams  and look through the goodies or take a class.  You’ll be glad you did!


Lavinia Stamps Ltd.

Lavinia Stamps

I just discovered Lavinia Stamps and I am SOOOO in love!!!  Such beautiful images!

After attending Art College followed by Ceramics and Business Studies, Tracey Dutton and her partner Kevin founded a pottery business.  During their twelve successful years of producing pottery, Tracey began incorporating stamp work into her ceramics.  She started producing her own stamps and soon, stamping began to claim more time than pottery.

In 2006, Tracey went full time designing stamps.  Living in a gorgeous part of the world (The Vale of Clwyd in Northeast Wales) inspires her design. No kidding, I googled it! Check out the photos of this lovely corner of the world!!!  Her stamps also often reflect her passion for fairies!!!

I am so impressed with these stamps and Tracey’s designs!  Gotta get me some SOON!  Go check out their site to see all the goodies and get some inspiration!

Lavinia Stamps Ltd.


Stampscraparttour, Duluth, Georgia

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Another great show in the Southeastern United States! Held at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia on September 23 and 24, 2017.  Tickets are $7.00 for BOTH days!

SSAT Shows puts on an event that will appeal to Scrappers, Stampers and all other papercrafters. As of the writing of this post, 16 Vendors are listed, including Art Gone Wild!, Darcie’s, Pink and Main, and Verses Rubber Stamps and many others.

Try your hand at a Make-N-Take and take your time browsing through all the goodies!!!

The Infinite Energy Center is an excellent facility and they usually provide a modest food concession and a much appreciated shuttle service in the (large) parking lot.

Stampscraparttour, Duluth, Georgia