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  :-)














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(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:

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/                                                               (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🙂

Floral Birthday Card

Hello!  First of all, sorry this is so long but hopefully you don’t mind the photos :-)  As I mentioned in my last post, last month my sister and I had our annual crafting retreat.  While shopping, she found a beautiful Hero Arts floral rubber stamp and I knew it would make a beautiful dimensional flower, so I got one, too.  We really didn’t have much time to play around with it because we were each making a Heartfelt Creations Flip-fold Mini Album (whew, what a workout that was!).  She’ll be here next month on her birthday so I decided to use that stamp for her birthday card.  Hopefully she likes it!


I stamped my image 4 times using archival ink and colored with distress inks – Rusty Hinge and I believe I added Spiced Marmalade, but I colored several layers and spritzed and dabbed color off and on…usually I take pics of the ink pads I use for this reason – I can’t remember and I just made it this past week!  I wanted to add a little more color to the top layer and used my red Wink of Stella.  I used clear Wink of Stella for the remaining layers.  I used my blending tool to color the backs of the layers with Rusty Hinge so the flowers wouldn’t be white underneath.  I watered down some white acrylic paint and splattered my flower, but I think I went a little overboard.  Oh well.  For the center, I glued down clear beads then painted with black acrylic paint (all I had was matte).

hb15I thought I would do something different by stamping and coloring a scrap piece of embossed vellum I had, but didn’t like it so cut out 2 large layers on the Tattered Florals die using white tulle.  I do love tulle.  I then had to stamp and color another flower to add another layer.

For my background paper, I found the perfect size in my scrap pile but the color was too close to the color of my flower.  I added a thin layer of Gesso, then added some color back using Rusty Hinge.  It’s fun altering patterned paper to make it into what you need.  After that I used the Coffee Stage-it stencil (with white embossing paste) from Elizabeth Craft to add the top and bottom borders.


For my next layer, I used a square doily that I picked up some months ago at a local scrapbook store.  I wanted to dress it up a bit more, so I heat embossed gold microfine glitter (Elizabeth Craft) combined with clear embossing powder.  I think it’s 1 part glitter to 3 parts embossing powder, but I don’t completely remember since I made up a supply last year after seeing it done on Paper Wishes.  To finish it off, I added some gold peel-off border stickers.


It seems I can never do a card or tag without some kind of “adventure” (i.e., mistakes).  I had this nice wooden flourish from Riffraff Designs that I found in my stash (don’t you love when  you forget you have something?!) and I wanted to do a crackled finish on it.  I have a few crackle mediums – an old one I didn’t have luck with and a new one I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  To make a long story shorter, after covering it with acrylic paint I applied the new one and it didn’t work, either.  I fiddled and did this and that and had to turn it over and start all over.  I don’t know why I thought the old crackle medium would suddenly work, but after painting, I decided to apply a thin layer (as in not cover the width entirely).  LOL, it looked awful!  I didn’t want to throw it out because it was the right size and shape, etc.  As a last effort, I got out the Vintage Photo distress ink pad and added some of that.  Sometimes I think distress inks cure all with paper crafting because then it didn’t look so bad and kind of looked like that was what I intended to do all along!  Whew!hb14

 For my sentiment, I used a stamp I already have, even though it’s too big.  I stamped it, reduced it to about 40%, then cut it out using Pinpoint Main Street Tags by Poppy.  It needed a little something else, so I embossed it using an Anna Griffin folder, inked with Vintage Photo distress ink, and added a ribbon.

hb12hb13I think that about covers it, but I still have photos of my flower that I’d like to share.  This is really the first flower I’ve made using a rubber stamp (with this many layers) and I’m happy with how it turned out.  Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment!!





You can see the shimmer in the photo above.


I would like to enter the following challenges:



(add some shimmer)




(anything goes)


(use patterned paper)





Vintage Coffee Card


Hello!  It’s been awhile and I’m going to try to make this post short and sweet so I can play along in the Summer Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop.  I do love coffee!!!13130832_10209657747231052_7266796962897251339_oThe first image is the outside of the card, then the inside.



Last month my sis and I got together for our annual crafting retreat (she lives in NC, I live in MI, and we meet up in SC).  We both picked up the Elizabeth Craft/Karen Burniston Cup Pop Stand die set, the Coffee & Tea rubber stamps and the Coffee Stage-it stencil.  I’ve decided to make this card for her when she visits here in MI next month – as you can see, I positioned the steam on the inside to form a heart.  Whenever we get together, we cherish every minute and one of our favorite things is our morning coffee ritual.

I used the “Art of Life” paper pad from Kaisercraft (6 1/2″).  Included are some specialty papers and die cuts, both of which I used.   Love the textured paper and the die cuts made it easier to finish my card.  I used a scalloped die cut on the front under the ribbon, and another one on the inside to stamp my sentiment on.  I cut the saucer out of Kraft paper and the die came with an embossing feature which didn’t show up too much.  I inked it but wasn’t happy with it, then decided to use embossing paste for more texture.


I inked all of the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink, including the “steam” which was cut out with Tim Holtz Deco Sheets (love those).  After cutting the coffee beans out of brown paper, I inked them with Ground Espresso (what else??) because the paper wasn’t dark enough.  I then dipped a part of each in my jar of Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder.   I like the added texture.


I cut the spoon out of metallic Kraft-Core and inked with Staz-on Ganache, even the tip of the spoon as if it had a little bit of coffee on it.  coffee7

For the embossed edges on the inside of the card,  I used an Anna Griffin embossing folder with black Core-dinations paper, then sanded.  I actually made them for a different project, ended up not using them but they were too pretty to toss.  I think they’re perfect for this card.

That’s about it…here’s a photo of the back of the coffee cup.  Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments!


I would also like to play along in the following challenges


(Sparkle is also mentioned…the steam is cut from TH Deco Sheets)



(Use patterned paper)