Guest Designer for Words 2 Craft By

Hello!  I’m thrilled to have been invited by the extremely awesome and talented ladies at “Words 2 Craft By” to be a Guest Designer on their blog for their September/October challenge!  Also, this is very special to me because it’s my very first time as a Guest Designer!!  Please stop by to check out their site and the amazing and inspiring samples made by the team for the current challenge: 

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best they can possibly be”.   Rita Pierson

There are many people who could fit this description, but since it’s back-to-school time,  I thought a teacher would be a great example.  I think most of us have had at least one or two teachers who were special and motivated us to do our best.


 With so much going on in this 8×10 canvas, it will probably be a lengthy and picture-heavy post (sorry!).  I’ve had “Learning Curves” paper by Bo Bunny for years and decided to finally use it.  Since my paper is all 12×12, I did have to copy and re-size some of it.  Originally, I wanted to use the back of the canvas….I even made a few embellishments I hoped to use.  I love the chalkboard – the actual paper is green and I reduced/copied it in black when I was extremely low on ink – love how it turned out.  I wanted to put the teacher on the left and a student on the right, but got overly ambitious and it didn’t all fit.  


On to Plan B….I picked out 5 of the papers I wanted to use.  Usually I’ve seen mixed media canvas with the papers torn into much smaller pieces, but I thought it wouldn’t look right on an 8×10, so I tore my paper into strips.  After inking with Vintage Photo distress ink (I pretty much use that on everything!) and adhering with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, I applied a thin layer of gesso over the canvas to tone it down.  When that was dry, I used my Tim Holtz Schoolhouse stencil and texture paste (mixed with Black Soot distress ink) to add the numbers.  I wanted to add one more set, but not enough space.  The last thing I did when it was all dry was to use my Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Pen around the perimeter and the torn edges for a little more depth and definition.


I’ve been on a bit of  Julie Nutting Doll kick lately.  The dolls I used were:  Natalie (teacher), the new Catgirl, and Aidan – Aidan was one big stamp and he had to be reduced to about 85% to work with the other 2.  I used patterned and Kraft-core paper for his outfit, using distress inks to color wash the patterned papers so they weren’t too pristine, and to make the jeans look more like denim.    Also, since I first inked around the edges with my Ground Espresso distress marker, that bled into the colors a little bit when I added the water.  I did the same process for the teacher and little girl’s clothes (little girl’s bow is from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Props 1 die set).  Her shirt and his pants were from Tim Holtz Seasonal Paper Stash, using the reverse, “distressed” side of the paper.  I love the boy’s tennis shoes – Kraft-Core paper and laces added with a white gel pen.


For the hair, I used my Prismacolor colored pencils and blended with Gamsol.  I used 2-3 colors on each, but didn’t write down which ones I used.  Coloring hair is not easy for me to do, but these turned out okay.

My very favorite thing on this canvas is the armoire – love how it turned out!  This is from the Julie Nutting Armoire tag pad, but I copied and reduced to about 80 or 85%.  I made 2 copies so that I could cut out extra panels and make a shelf.  I cut the doors open, cut out the drawers, inked (Vintage Photo) and used my distress tool around the edges of all pieces, then inked a little more.  From the papers that I had copied and reduced, I cut out the contents of the armoire and drawers – except for the globe, which is from the Prima School Memories wood embellishment set (this was colored with distress inks and bits of silver foil was added.  A reduced map from a previous project was glued behind the open areas). globe

For the “open” drawers, I used pop dots.  The top drawer has one  layer of dots, and the bottom drawer has 2 layers so it could extend beyond the top drawer. 


My armoire needed a little something extra, so I embossed the door panels with a flourish design – I think I used a Darice embossing folder.  I distressed and inked the edges, and added flat pearls for the knobs – these were white, but I colored them with a black Sharpie (you can recolor white pearls with any alcohol marker).











For my sentiment, I cut out a tag from my papers, inked, stenciled the little heart with distress inks (of course!)  and then applied Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Collage Medium so it wasn’t so white overall. 


I think that about covers it!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and please feel free to leave comments.

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Julie Nutting Doll Stamp Sunflower Tag

Happy September!  I’m so glad that summer is winding down…it’s been way too hot and humid for me!

A few years ago, my sister and I made a few Julie Nutting doll tags and talked about making a themed-tag every month.  For whatever reason, we didn’t get around to it but talked about it again when she visited in July and we each made 3 beach-themed tags.  We decided to start in August and for the first tag, the theme was anything goes for an easy start.  We showed each other our tags on August 15th, and she made a beautiful beach tag using Gina.  I love it and wish I could share it, but she asked that I didn’t blog about it, so I will respect her wishes😦

I used Camille and a Stampendous Sunflower stamp.  It’s hard to see the glittered edges in the photos, but hopefully it’s more visible in some of the photos because they looked so nice on my phone but not as nice on the computer. 

camille2I didn’t take progress pics as I went along because I hadn’t intended to do a tutorial – I had hoped to just blog about the 2 doll tags, but I’ll do my best to explain what I did and supplies used.

I stamped my doll on a piece of paper I had on hand, and colored her skin with a set of Copic Ciao markers  – Skin.  I used a combination of the 4 lightest colors in the set (there are 6).  For her hair, I used the black colored pencil from my Prismacolor set and blended with Gamsol.  I am not a colorist and coloring hair is not easy for me, but I had watched a You Tube video on how to color black hair and it was the easiest color I’ve done so far.  I frequently say I’m a student at You Tube University…camille3











Next, I stamped her outfit on Bo Bunny Zoology (skirt and shoes) and G45 Jungle Expedition (top, sash and ruffle).  I cut out each section of the skirt and ruffle, outlined with Ground Espresso distress marker and also used my Pitt Big Brush pen in Nougat for some subtle shading before adhering but didn’t use any dimensional foam adhesive.  I did the same for the top and sash, but cut them out as one piece.


For my tag, I used a Stampendous Sunflower rubber stamp and using Black Soot distress ink, stamped the entire image in the center and then added clear embossing powder to heat set.  I stamped different parts of the sunflower and a leaf around the rest of the tag and heat embossed.  I used the following distress inks:  Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Fossilized Amber and I believe Brushed Corduroy for the sunflower center.  All I did was use a blending tool to blend the various colors around and added a few drops of water, then wiping up the color.  When I was satisfied with the colors, I mixed Perfect Pearls Green Patina with water and painted  the leaves just to give it a little shimmer, which doesn’t show in the photos.  After that was dry, I used watered-down white acrylic paint to splatter across my tag.  I wish I had taken a picture of it before I added the embossing.

I have some sets of Stampendous Frantage Encrusted Jewels, but not in gold, so I used fine gold embossing powder as my base and added various other “encrusted jewels” from sets I have.  I really wish the true shine showed through on the photos.





I added a small tag at the top cut with my Main Street Pinpoint Tags by Poppy, and blended with Forest Moss distress ink.  I added some ribbon from my stash, some Tim Holtz jute string, and the sentiment was from Hot Off the Press Dazzles – 130 Tiny Words and Phrases in gold.  That pretty much covers it!


One more pic of the doll and tag together:


Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments!

I am playing along in the following challenges:











Elephant Stampede Tag

Hi, just a quick post here and it’s not really a stampede!  I recently bought some of the gorgeous G45 Safari Adventure papers at my local scrapbook store and there was one stamp set left – Safari Adventures Stamp 1.  Love that elephant so I just had to have it.


I stamped and embossed my elephants with fine white embossing powder, then used a combination of distress inks and water:  Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone, Ground Espresso, and Black Soot.  I later used Vintage Photo to edge around the tag.


Next I added some Tim Holtz Trellis frameworks covered with G45 exotic patterns, then I used the Tropical thinlit dies from TH for the leaves – those were cut with BoBunny’s Zoology from 2011.  I glued 2 layers together for more stability and shapability.



When I was done with that, I re-stamped the center elephant in Hickory Smoke, embossed with clear embossing powder and fussy cut adhering with dimensional squares.

Using another stamp from the set, I stamped in Black Soot and embossed with clear embossing powder.  It’s the perfect size for the big leaf.

To finish, I added some ribbons from my stash and an elephant charm, which had to be altered from his pristine, silver color (black acrylic paint and Ranger Mushroom alcohol ink took care of that).



I enjoyed making this tag and hope you enjoy it, too.  Thanks for much for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments🙂














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TH 12 Tags of 2016 – August Scaredy-Cat


Hello, time for another Tim tag!  First of all, I apologize that my text and pics don’t always match in this post.  I don’t know what the problem was, but I kept rearranging and then something else was mismatched.  Time to move on.

Last August was the first time I participated in the Tim tag challenge and my tag had a Christmas theme because I love Christmas (and Halloween!).  When I finished, I couldn’t believe how ugly that tag was and I almost threw it away.  I decided that since I went to the trouble, I’d be brave and enter the challenge.  I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to have my tag as one of the 12 selected – wow, must have been a pity win – LOL!  Seriously, though, having Tim choose my tag gave me the inspiration to keep trying every month. 

I really enjoyed this month’s techniques – here’s Tim’s awesome tag:


I came up with my idea for a Halloween tag right away and was finally able to get it done.  Here’s my take this month:cat1




For my tag background, I used Wilted Violet spray  stain and forgot to take a pic before I added the other colors because it wasn’t the only tag I made…after coloring the other tags, when it was time to spritz them with water, I grabbed the Wilted Violet spray instead, so you can imagine.  Always an adventure.  For this tag, I blended in Carved Pumpkin, then Vintage Photo and Black Soot around the edges.


I used Grungeboard for my frameworks because I wanted some depth to put those crazy eyes in, along with embossed (Poison embossing folder) metallic Kraft-core paper for the top layer to add some texture.  I cut and colored silver deco sheets with Wilted Violet, though sometimes the color doesn’t show up in pics.

The crazy eyes are actually two layers – the first time around, I used a Versamarker pen around the eyes and it looked sloppy.  So I re-did them all and used the embossing pad on a bigger area before embossing and it turned out much better.  Here’s the eyes I didn’t use (sorry it’s not the best pic).  When I added the eyes, I put them in whatever direction they needed to be to be looking at the cat.


I wanted to use a Crazy Cat for my silhouette, and the broom from the Crazy Things set.  I thought the broom would need more detail, so I stamped in black and embossed with clear embossing powder.  


Originally,  I was going to have the cat sitting on the broom the correct way and on the right side of my tag.  I was thinking about putting my bow somewhere on the left side of the tag so that I didn’t have to punch a hole on the top, but then I messed up.

cat11It had been a few months since I got the sewing machine out, and this was only my second time using it.  After doing a few practice runs on scrap fabric, I ran my tag through and thought I’d do a few different stitches.  I glanced at the tag and put my sewing machine away.  Then I noticed that not only was the stitching crooked, I had sewed on the wrong side of the tag!  It would have been so easy to cover up with the arrangement above, but I decided to “embrace imperfection” by removing the bottom stitches and adding a spider rub-on.  I was able to put him on and cover up all of the holes. Much better!  At that point, I decided he was so freaked out by the eyes and spiders, that he ended up getting on the broom in the wrong direction.  

cat10cat5I added some more rub-ons, then looked through some of my chitchat stickers but couldn’t find what I was looking for and made my own.  

My tulle bow is simple – I cut it here and there to try and give it a tattered  look, then added another set of eyes, some orange jute and a scaredy-cat charm.


Sorry for the long post.  Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments  :-)














I would also like to enter the following challenge:

(must have stitches which are behind the cat)

(furrything goes as long as there’s a cat)






Happy Birthday, Dear Daughter

Hello, I would like to share a card I made for my daughter, Erica’s, 28th birthday.  Can’t believe she’s almost 28 already…where did the time go???  She will always be my baby🙂


Erica loves the color rose gold and earlier in the year I picked up some rose gold foil on sale with her birthday card in mind.   I saw a video with a technique for foiling using double sided adhesive, then sanding off the top layer to expose the double sided adhesive and then glittering those areas.  It was beautiful and looked so easy!  Of course, that’s now how it went for me – LOL!  I have tried this technique twice and had the same problems both times but I won’t bore you with the details other than to say I was left with a somewhat scratched-up piece of foiled paper with little to no glitter adhering.  I didn’t want to throw it out, so I decided to add some Vintage Photo distress ink to add color back to the areas scratched off.  It was still a little plain so I applied multi-matte media in various spots and glittered with Elizabeth Craft Silk Microfine flitter – Fire Opal.  Much better.  20160725_154122[1]

As far as finishing the card, it went through a few different versions before I settled on what became the finished product.  I used some paper in my stash for the background and inked with Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo, then used a distress tool around the edges. I added a few doilies and embossed the edges here and there with a combination of clear embossing powder and gold silk microfine glitter.  The round wooden flourish is something I’ve had for years from Riffraff Designs, painted with white acrylic paint and then I applied Wendy Vecchi Crackling Texture Paste.  For some reason, that made the color change to a yellowish color so I repainted it white again and lightly inked here and there with Vintage Photo. 


I used my Tiny Tattered Florals dies to make the flowers and leaves, lightly inking the flowers with Vintage Photo and the leaves with Forest Moss.  I had just enough ribbon for the bow and added the butterfly using my Elizabeth Craft Designs dies.  I used a spare piece of embossed foil (I had experimented with foiled layered tags) for both butterflies.  The sentiment was stamped and then reduced on the copier so it would fit, then embossed.  I added gold border peel-off stickers around the foiled piece and would have done some splattering with watered-down paint or gesso, but Erica wouldn’t have liked that.  Done!

Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments!20160802_161403[1]


I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:                                                               (Celebrate – I’m celebrating my daughter’s birthday)

(Anything Mixed Media Goes)

(Create Flowers)

(Anything Goes with an option of  Emboss It!)








12 Tags of 2016 – July Starfish

Hello!  Is everyone else out there sweltering in the heat??!!  It is too hot outside when it’s in the 90’s!!  At least there’s the nice, cool craft room to escape to from time to time :-)  and it’s time for a Tim tag.


For my tag this month, I decided to go with a nautical theme.  My sister, who lives in NC, was visiting earlier in the month (she said it’s not hot here) and we had fun playing with our new beach-themed doll stamps, so I’m still in that mode, plus I wanted to use one of my nautical blueprint stamps.  I would love to see another sea-inspired blueprint set to go with Nautical and Mariner that included a whale, a shark, a lobster and some netting.  If only it were as simple as putting our orders in to Tim!!!  I apologize that my photos aren’t as crisp as they should be, but when I downloaded them it looked like they were (until I inserted into my post):  Maybe I need a new pair of glasses…

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I wanted to give my starfish a little dimension so I stamped the image twice and cut the starfish out.  I used Rusty Hinge to color him and then I found a stencil in my stash to add those little suction cups to his arms (I believe they’re called tube feet).  I colored my texture paste with Mustard Seed, but it was more yellow than I liked, so when it was dry I used my blending tool to tamp on some Vintage Photo to tone it down.  I could have covered it with the micro glaze at that point, but I wanted to add it as if it were a single stamped image.  I then colored my “water” with Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Peacock Feathers.  You can see I got some glaze around part of the outline, but I was happy overall with how it turned out.


I decided to add some Clear Rock Candy distress glitter to my starfish and “water” near the top, as if he’s near the surface with the sun shining down on the water, making it glisten. 

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As far as embellishing, I wanted to keep my tag simple.  I copied a page of hubby’s atlas and tore out a little part near an ocean.  I used my TH ruler to stitch along the top and bottom of that – I’ve had my ruler for at least a few years, but until I came across a video last month showing the features of the ruler, I had never noticed those little holes in my ruler before.  LOL!  Also, when I stamped my tag, I didn’t measure the length and it ended up being too short.  I just colored another piece to add, that’s why the colored part is separated.  I had also intended to use my sister’s new Vacation Words script dies before she left, but I forgot so I had to find something in the Holiday script dies to fit (wonderland).  I wanted it to stand out a bit so I added the shadow and then adhered that to another, discarded “wonder” to add some dimension.  I added an arrow and the bottom was done.  I used the same colors previously mentioned (minus Vintage Photo) to color my crinkle ribbon and added a little starfish charm.


Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave any comments🙂

I am also entering my tag into the following challenges:

(Anything Goes and include a Handmade Bow)

(Nautical/By the Sea)

(Summer Sunshine)





TH 12 tags of 2016 (june): Drac gets an update


Hello,  can’t believe it’s the last day of June and I’m just now getting my tag done and posted.  I wasn’t going to do the tag this month since I didn’t have any of the supplies.  I changed my mind because I started participating last August and didn’t want to stop this close to doing them for a year.  I think the tag Tim made this month is my favorite so far this year – love that Dapper die and stamp set!  On my wish list for one of these days…2016TAG

The only thing I picked up was the Stripes layering stencil.  Not a huge investment and on my wish list anyway.  I had a really hard time deciding what I wanted to do with what else I had on hand and finally decided to play around with the Vampire die – love this set of dies but would love to see the addition of the “Wolf Man”.

Here’s my version of this month’s tag:dc1

When I decided to give Dracula a new look, originally I wanted his outfit to be brighter and summery so I used Mermaid Lagoon, Scattered Straw and Ripe Persimmon.   For the lining of his cape, I tried a blue cardstock, then orange and it just wasn’t right.  Red is just best for him.dc19

I decided to try again with Drac’s signature colors and used Black Soot, Hickory Smoke and Candied Apple.  Much better.  The fabric I used for both sets of color was a floral from a small stash of scraps from my sister so I could practice on my sewing machine (more about that later).  You probably wouldn’t know if hadn’t mentioned it.


I wanted Drac’s hair to be wavy, so I ran it through the crimper. dc7

I embossed the red lining with my Bats stencil, but you can’t really tell what it is because it’s mostly covered up. dc13

I thought he needed some sunglasses so he could go out during the day, and a bow tie to dress up his new suit.  My hubby came in while I was making the glasses and informed me that Dracula only went out at night.  Really?  I had no idea…LOL, he means well! 


For my tissue paper background, I used the Nordic background stamp and a red dye ink.  When I was working with the other set of colors, I made the same background with a blue dye ink.


I wanted to keep the tag simple but really wanted to add stitching, so I finally took my sewing machine out of the box (I bought it 5-6 Black Fridays ago) and figured it out enough to get some stitching on there.  Not much, though, because I didn’t want to mess it up.  Baby steps.  After that, crinkle ribbon colored with Candied Apple stain and some little black dots I had.

I think that’s about it.  Here’s some more pics of Drac:

As an added bonus for any Shark Week fans out there, I did some celebrating today.  Oh, it was yummy and there were a lot of sharks in there!  The guy who made my sundae added one little gummy bear.

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Well, thank  you so much for looking and please feel free to leave any feedback.  I love reading your comments🙂