Easter Bunny Canvas

Hello!  It’s the 2nd Tuesday of the month which means it’s my day to post on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog – don’t forget to check out the March challenge.   We’d love for you to play along, and you could win a prize.  The theme is always Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow, and this month’s sponsor is Cute As A Button.  They have a huge selection of digital stamps to choose from – check them out! 

I was in an Easter mood when working on my project for this post:


I might as well say that unless otherwise mentioned, my products used were Tim Holtz products.  I made my background starting with the Plaid cling stamp background and stamped in Versamark on my paper, purposely going for imperfect impressions, then heat embossing with white powder.  I added watered-down Distress Inks, and I probably should write down the colors as I use them, but they are pinks, yellows and a green, and I played around with those until I was happy.  I wanted to keep it relatively simple, using 2 layering stencils(Latticework and Wildflower) and I believe TCW’s Mini Harlequin (used with green).  I also used a cute little text stamp from Prima, but I couldn’t find a name on it.  I stamped here and there with brown Archival ink.



I had originally intended to make a card, but it ended up that my favorite parts of the background were on the bottom on either side (figures!) and I didn’t want to cut them off.  I found the perfect size of corrugated cardboard in my supplies, tore off pieces here and there and added Gesso – not much was going to be seen anyway.  This pic isn’t crispy-clear, but it’s just a piece of cardboard.


I cut the rabbit and bow out using Core-dinations, and sanded.  I had some puffy Hallmark Easter eggs in my stash – so cute and they’re shakers, but too cutesy for this project. 


I covered them with Gesso, then added my watered-down Distress inks.  When dry, I inked them a bit with Vintage Photo.  The sentiment is computer-generated on a transparency and in the pic below, I was still working on getting all sides completely adhered to the egg.


After adding the Easter Bunny and eggs, I grabbed some pink basket filler from my daughter’s basket – yes, I still have my children’s Easter egg baskets and they’re 28 and almost 30 years old.  I splattered some watered-down Vintage Photo on my canvas and added some Nuvo Carnation Pink Crystal drops here and there.


Of course, I made both the triple and single-loop bows with my bow tool, which you can get here.  It’s so easy to get the perfect size bow to fit your project.  Since I have a lot of yellow in my background, the additional ribbons make my yellow bow pop.  I love this yellow ribbon!



I do believe that’s it.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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St. Patty’s Hipster Goat

Hello!  It’s time for a new inspirational quote over at Words 2 Craft By!  Our words this month are about St. Patrick’s Day:  

A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. Irish proverb

I think that’s a fun theme, so  click on the link above to check out the awesome inspiration from my teammates and join in on the fun!  Here’s my project:


My card is actually a St. Patrick’s Day/Birthday card.  My brother-in-law’s  birthday is on St. Patty’s day, so I always use that theme.  This year he’s having a milestone birthday, hence, the word “EPIC.”    My old goat is from the new Tim Holtz “Hipster” stamp set.  When I first saw these, I didn’t care for them until I saw the awesome samples from Tim’s team at Creativation in January.  After that, I just had to have them – LOL!

I decided to keep the card simple for a change and used various papers that I’ve collected the last few years.  The plaid directly under the image is from Authentique.  I believe it’s from the retired “Lucky” collection, and I don’t know the lines of the other papers.  The Irish blessing on the card is from the cut-off strip of the Authentique paper.  I inked it with Vintage Photo distress ink, and used black border stickers to outline the top and bottom.


I stamped my image onto heavy watercolor paper with Ranger black archival ink, them embossed over it with clear powder.  I like to do that when I’m “painting” with my distress inks (which I use on just about everything).  goat

I used various distress inks to color my image.  Since I like to add dimension, I stamped an extra image for a tie and  set of glasses.  I added some Glossy Accents to the glasses before adhering.  I cut out a little shamrock for the lapel, and added some white glossy Nuvo drops.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have the best luck with my Nuvo drops, so I add them to my craft mat instead of directly to my project because a lot of them don’t look good.  I have one bottle of a pearly white, and those are usually terrible – they’re harder to squeeze out, so I think the hole opening is too small.  My bottle of pink makes the best ones out of the bottles I’ve tried so far. 


Other than the inside of the card, that’s about it – very simple.  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave comments.  Don’t forget to play along with our St. Patrick’s Day challenge at Words 2 Craft By!

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A Cup of Yorkies

Hello!  It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for another challenge over at Craft-Dee BowZ!  The challenge is always “Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow.”  Our sponsor this month is Cute as a Button.   Head over to Craft-Dee BowZ for more details and for some wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team.

For my project, I chose the adorable “New Year Yorkie Sassy Digital Stamp.”


I wanted to have 2 Yorkie’s, so I printed several images, then enlarged it so both dogs would fit and re-printed on a scrap from my stash.  My scraps of paper are from the retired “100 Days of Summer” collection from Simple Stories.  I love this paper and was happy I had enough left over for my project.  All of my coloring was done with Distress Inks and the eyes and noses were covered in glossy accents.  I added extra hair bows for dimension.


The original image has the dog’s feet hanging over the cup and some holly on the handle, so I needed to cover those up. 

I added the yellow gingham ribbon (thank you, Donna!) and trim from a paper doily and inked them with Vintage Photo.  The Butterfly Accessory dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The body of the butterfly has a few layers of Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder, and the lacy wings are embossed with Broken China.  It’s hard to tell, but I embossed the lacy corners with Dried Marigold, but didn’t like it and embossed over that with Broken China.  I edged around it with my Nougat Pitt Big Brush Marker. 


I was having a hard time making the butterfly work with the 3rd layer until I decided to add a ribbon (thank you, Donna!) and then adhered the lacy wing to another lacy wing with the cut-out pieces intact…then it was just right.    Of course, I made that adorable triple-loop bow with the bow tool, which you can get here.  You can make so many different sizes of bows to fit your project.  I prefer larger bows, but my design got a bit too busy for that, so I was happy to be able to make the perfect size for my card.



For my background, I decided to get out my neglected stash of Shimmer Sheetz (from Elizabeth Craft Designs).   If you’re not familiar, these are sheets of Mylar and are available in a variety of colors and 3 finishes – do check out this short video from Elizabeth Crafts to see how beautiful and versatile this product is.  I used a sheet with an iris (iridescent) coating and after embossing in one of my Anna Griffin Mix and Match embossing folders, I used my sanding block to reveal the white underneath.  I did end up sanding it a little more after this pic was taken.


To finish up, I added the “Thinking of You” which are peel-offs and also from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The red gingham paper is the reverse side of the blue floral, and I placed a doily underneath.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the top and bottom borders. 


That pretty much sums it up.  Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments.  Have a great day!

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Zombie Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!   It’s my day to post on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog – Don’t forget to check out the February challenge.   The theme is always Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow, and this month’s sponsor is A Day for Daisies.  They have a great variety of digital stamps to choose from – check them out!  We’d love for you to play along, and you could win a prize! 

Since my day to post fell on Valentine’s Day, I decided to make cards for my “children” who are huge fans of “The Walking Dead.”   Hope they like these!


I’m sure you recognize that this is the Tim Holtz Zombie die set:

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The first thing I did was choose my background paper, which is from an old TH Seasonal Stash 12×12 paper pad that I picked up years ago at a scrapbook garage sale.  I distressed and inked the edges with Vintage Photo and Black Soot distress inks (all of the inks used are distress inks).  The reverse side of that paper was used for the Zombies’ faces and the bottom of the cards.


Next I worked on the Zombies.  I wanted to pick up on the blue in the background paper, so I used Black Magic Core’dinations color core paper for the boy’s hair – love that paper!  All of the paper is black, with different colors on the reverse.  What fun I had with this guy’s hair and eyebrows!


After finishing up with him (other than the glasses), I worked on the girl’s hair and eyebrows.  Since she has a lot of hair, it would have been too much to have it cut out entirely of the Black Magic paper, so I cut out 2 shades of gray, black and then the red Black Magic for her “highlights.” 


This isn’t the first time I’ve made these 2 characters.  A few Halloween’s ago, I made them for my kids (I gave the guy more hair this time around).  The consensus was that she looked like a Librarian, and she still does.  It took me a little while to re-construct that hairdo of hers.

Zombie boy & girl

I used a scrap of the blue Black Magic paper for his “collar” (they’re both wearing turtlenecks – LOL!) and embossed with a Spellbinders Hearts embossing folder and then lightly inked with Black Soot.  I wanted her collar to match, but not completely, so I used a scrap of blue/white dotted paper and gave it the same treatment as his.  I also added some subtle hearts to the background papers with my Hand Drawn Hearts stencil from Simon Says Stamp and Faded Jeans.


I used my bow tool to make these small, single loop bows with blue Tulle from Donna – I just love Tulle!!  It might be hard to tell, but the bow on the boy’s card is smaller than the girl’s.  Look how cute these little bows turned out!  If I tried making small bows myself with this kind of fabric, well, let’s just say they wouldn’t look like this!



I made the same type of eyeglasses as last time, but updated the finish on both.  The die set I used is MFT Die-namics, “Geek is Chic Glasses.”  The boy’s is cut from TH Metallic Kraft color core, scuffed up a bit.  Hers needed to be more girly, so I used a TH red glitter Deco sheet (Christmas set).  Last time I had a hard time with the lenses falling out because my acrylic was too thin.  This time I cut another pair for each out of thicker acrylic and it’s the bottom layer of the glasses, which worked much better.  I have cardstock in between for stability, so the glasses are 3 layers (acrylic, cardstock, decorative layer).


I used the same Spellbinders embossing folder for the bottom of the card and then inked with Black Soot, Fired Brick and Candied Apple, until I was satisfied with the color.  I added some water drops and removed some color, though it’s not too noticeable. 


The large hearts and “Be Mine” came from Hero Arts “My Monthly Hero” last January, and the “valentine” die was released at that time to go with the kit.  My smaller hearts were cut from a Paper Artist (Hot off the Press) die set called “Truck O’ Goodies.”  I used some Washi tape from Michael’s for the girl’s card and colored over it with my Pitt Big Brush Marker in Nougat.

I think that’s it!  Sorry for the long post and so many pics.  Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments.  Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!Image result for hearts

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Mardi Party Animals Art Journal Layout

Hello, it’s the second Wednesday of the month, and that means a new challenge over at Words 2 Craft By.  Check out the inspiration from my talented teammates and play along!  This month’s words of inspiration are:

“It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans.”    ─ Mark Twain 

I guess that means I’ve never seen the United States, but here’s my interpretation anyway:


Originally, I had envisioned a night-time scene at Mardi Gras with my characters in front of a crowd.  I think this would have worked if I had the mini sets of the Crazy birds, cats & dogs, but I don’t.  I went ahead and made my night-time background with sidewalk, but it ended up looking like the Northern Lights with a dirt road because I used some TH Grit Paste (which is awesome).  I knew I just wasn’t going to be happy with that, so I ripped it out.  This  was the first time I used my art journal and it was right in the middle, so then the strings were showing…oops, what a mess.  I used multi-matte medium to flatten them, and started over.  I added some patterned paper and applied gesso, hoping some of the pattern would show through, but not so much.  I could have just applied this over what I did originally…duh.  The end result looks like wallpaper that’s peeling (oh well). 


I used texture paste with my TH Gothic stencil and lined them up as best as I could over the 2 pages, and let it dry overnight.  It didn’t look too bad but I didn’t think it through completely as far as color.  I wanted Mardi Gras colors, so I started out using  watered-down Wilted Violet distress ink, and applied to about half of the first page. 


I colored part of the next section with Mowed Lawn and just didn’t like it (forgot to take a pic).  I worked and worked and worked to get that color up, and then reapplied Wilted Violet to the remaining stenciled area.  Of course, I was left with an area that didn’t look as good, so that’s where I placed my balloons (colored with Mowed Lawn).  I added some fine Gold embossing powder (Ranger) here and there to my background, then inked around the edges with my Pitt Big Brush marker (Nougat) – shown in final photo, not below. 


Next, I worked on my sidewalk, using a scrap of watercolor paper and Antique Linen and Pumice Stone distress inks, spritzed with water and wiped off color, etc., and adhered that to my layout.


I used various distress inks to color my characters and their props, all of which (with one exception) came from the Crazy Things rubber stamps set.  I added an extra set of eyes for dimension, and covered in Glossy Accents.


I used a rubber stamp from my Julie Nutting “Bootiful” doll set for the masks, stamping them with black Stazon on TH gold Metallic Kraft-core paper, and used a punch for the holes in the mask.  I added some Ranger green foil to the balloons for extra shine.



For my sentiment, I used the TH thinlit set, Alphanumeric (1″), except for the first letter of each word.  For those, I used “Curlie Girlie” from Sizzix Sizzlits.  My layout needed something else, so I made confetti out of a few letters from the TH dies, using metallic cardstock.




I think that sums it up.  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave comments!

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Holly Time Fairy

Hello!  It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for another challenge over at Craft-Dee BowZ!  The challenge is always “Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow.”  Our sponsor this month is A Day for Daisies.  A Day For Daisies provides themed categories of over 3000 digital illustrations and a fast growing line of new clear polymer stamp sets, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!  They are offering a prize to the winner of this month’s challenge – head over to Craft-Dee BowZ for more details and for some amazing inspiration from the rest of the team.

It was a tough choice with so many awesome images, but I finally decided on  “Holly Time Fairy“.  I just love this image and had fun creating my card:


I wanted to print the image on watercolor paper, but my paper’s too thick to run through the printer.  Any suggestions out there for a decent watercolor paper thin enough to go through a printer?  Originally, I wanted my girl to have black hair and a black dress, but I came across the gray patterned paper and went with that.  I printed my image directly onto it, then foiled it with black Deco Foil.  I hope you can see the gloss of the foil in my pic below.  I also printed and foiled a few extras on white cardstock for the hair and skin.


For her face, I used Prima Watercolor pencils (for skin and hair) on the white cardstock then cut and adhered to the image.  The reason I didn’t cut the face and hair together is I did more than one version of each, and the face and hair I ended up using were not on the same piece of cardstock (of course they weren’t!).  I started coloring the hair with a black Prismacolor pencil and blending with Gamsol, wasn’t happy, so I switched to my distress inks and used watered-down Black Soot to build up the layers, then I added just a tiny amount of watered-down white acrylic paint and swirled that around trying to make her hair look curly since that’s the kind of hair she has.   I cut that out and adhered over her face – if you look closely, you can see the added layer and it almost looks like she’s wearing a wig.  I painted the holly and berries with Perfect Pearls Festival Green and Merriment Red, then added Christmas Red Stickles to the berries and the buttons on the dress.


I shaded the dress and wings with watered-down Black Soot, then cut out the 3 “rings” (for lack of a better word) from one of the extra sets I printed, and added White Sparkly Fluff (by Our Craft Lounge).  It’s like flocking, but with sparkle.  I adhered about 3 layers to get the thickness I wanted.  I love the look and how soft it is, but it can be a bit messy.




I really wanted to cut out my image with an oval die, but I don’t have one large enough,  so I cut around it and then rounded the corners.  I matted it with white and black cardstock and adhered to my card base with foam squares (my background papers were from my pile of scraps).  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the snowflakes in the red/white paper and then cut out red suede snowflakes from a scrap I had and inset them into the cut-out snowflakes and added a few to the green paper and to my bow.  I added just a tiny bit of the red Stickles to each snowflake, just enough for a little glint of sparkle here and there.  I had a pack of Kaisercraft wooden holly flourishes and painted one with white acrylic paint.  When dried, I lighted “painted” on Silver Stickles because I didn’t want full coverage.holly6

I made a beautiful triple-loop bow with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool – it was so easy!  I love that green, sheer ribbon that Donna gave the team as part of our kits, such a pretty color.  holly9

I had forgotten all about my sentiment until I was done!  I stamped and cut out a few of the greeting I used above, but it just didn’t fit anywhere.  I added it next to the fairy (used black archival ink and then clear embossing powder) – thank goodness for my MISTI stamping tool or it would have been a disaster!

I think that about sums it up.  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to ask questions or leave comments.  Have a great day!

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Somewhere over the Rainbow…Bridge


Our little man, Brody

Thirteen years ago last month, a sweet and adorable little puppy became part of our family.   Getting through the puppy stages wasn’t always easy, but he grew up to be THE BEST DOG.  He loved his family, but his “Dad” became his best friend; my husband was Brody’s “person.”  Brody loved going places and meeting new people; loved going to doggie daycare…just loved his life.

As I have commented in several of my blog posts lately, Brody has had serious health issues since last year.  Since December of 2014, he became diabetic and developed cataracts.  In February of last year, we opted for him to have cataract surgery hoping he’d have his vision again.  The surgery was not successful and thus began the many health issues.  As the year went on, the stretches of “good” health shortened and the health issues became closer and closer together.  Throughout it all, Brody’s spirit was still good, wagging his tail and giving kisses to hospital staff, so we continued to provide every opportunity for recovery.

Last Friday, the 13th, Brody was scheduled to go to doggie daycare for the 2nd time that week, but instead needed to go to the hospital and ended up staying until Sunday afternoon, with little improvement.  That was the first time we saw a weary Brody and decided the time had come to give him a much-needed break.

Yesterday afternoon, the wonderful doctor who came to our house to help Candi transition to the Rainbow Bridge on Leap Year Day last year, came back to help Brody with his journey.  He wagged his tail for her and gave her kisses.  From his beloved home and with his (heartbroken) loving parents by his side, Brody went on his way and I’m sure a very happy Candi was there to meet him.  We love and miss you, Brody.  Rest in Peace, sweet boy.

20150811_093552-2    Such cute little “Toto” dogs…together again.