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.

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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.


Local King Sea Life Card


Seahorse Birthday Card using Local King Sea Life Stamp Set!

Today, I am sharing a Birthday card I made for my Uncle.  Cards for the men in our lives are always a challenge aren’t they? My Uncle is an artist and the sea has been the focus of a majority of his paintings.  I felt that a card with a “Sea” type theme was a good choice.

  1. Using Local King Sea Life (5) Stamps, color Seahorse stamps with markers and stamp on GLOSSY paper.  The blending of colors will not work on matte or absorbent paper.  Fussy cut both Seahorses and put aside.
  2. On matte, white cardstock, create background with 3 different colors of Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pads. I used Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet.  Apply random drops of water to activate the Distress Oxide Inks – this helps further the impression of water.
  3. Stamp Techniquejunkies Sea Waves Stamp #S628 background waves in Tsukineko Versafine Ink Pad Deep Lagoon.
  4. Cut random “seaweed” shapes from matte white paper and color to taste (I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens markers in Olive and Brown tones.  Attach to card with Liquitex Matte Gel Medium.
  5. Attach seahorses with tape dots
  6. Stamp the sentiment from  Darcie’s Heart and Home #POL2016 Ocean Pals Stamp Set
  7. I finished the card by applying random small dots from a white paint pen. 

If you haven’t used any of the Local King stamps with their awesome technique of coloring the stamp with markers, head over to their site Local King Rubber Stamps.  They have lots of great videos!


Snail Mail Love!

This card was so much fun to make! 

The background is a combination of stencils and stamped images overlayed with torn book pages.

  • Create a background with stencils and stamps in your your desired color scheme.
  • Tear pages from an old book and glue down using a matte medium. I use an old dictionary because it has LOTS of pages, small print and the pages are quite thin, making them easy to glue down.
  • Stamp snail image on a separate piece of white paper and emboss with gold embossing powder.
  • Color the image in with water based markers (I use Tombow water based markers).
  • Fussy cut this image out
  • Glue stamped image over your background
  • Stamp sentiment in open area and done!

Art Gone Wild, Catherine Scanlon, Colorful Snails Stamp Set  http://artgonewild.com/catherine-scanlon-cling-mount-stamp-set-colorful-snails-cscs-2812.html

Tombow Markers  https://tombowusa.com/dual-brush-pen-834.html

Gold Embossing Powder, I used a Mirror Gold.

Book pages

Various stamps and stencils. Look at your stash and get creative. Use subtle colors so your focal image stands out more.

Matte Gel Medium

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Mixed Media Flower Birthday Card


Needed a Birthday Card for my lovely daughter! I created a background on heavy cardstock using stencils, Gelatos, embossing powder, die cuts and a script stamp.

Once my background was finished and dry (I let it dry overnight between two pieces of parchment paper), I die cut the flower out of the background.

Then I colored a piece of paper to coordinate (I use pages torn from an old dictionary) and glued it to the back, allowing it to peek through the opening created by the die.

Finally, I layered with a dark red cardstock onto white cardstock to finish. Done!

Watercolor “Resist” with 2-Sided Tape

Watercolors are so hot now that I’ve pulled mine out from the depths of my craft space to explore them again!

Did you know that you can use a liquid resist called frisket to mask off areas that you don’t want the watercolor to go? You apply it to the area you want to mask, let it dry, then watercolor as normal. Once your watercolor is dry, the frisket peels right off, preserving the paper color underneath!

Frisket is a bit on the pricey side so I did some research and discovered that some people are using rubber cement instead of frisket, however, there are reports that, over time, the area masked with the rubber cement turns a bit yellow.

Well, the whole topic got me thinking and I wondered if 2-sided tape could be an effective mask. You can peel it up with your fingers, right? Well, here is the result of my first attempt!

Tape mask1

It worked like a charm! I ran my tape across the page in a random pattern, applied my watercolors, let them dry and then ta-da! The tape peeled off with no problems and the paper underneath was perfectly preserved! I’m going to try more patterns!