Bootiful Halloween

Hello!  Just a quick post to share my latest Julie Nutting Doll tag “challenge” that my sister and I do.  This month’s theme was Halloween, so I used the new Bootiful doll stamp. 


I used some Halloween paper from my stash for the background and stamped my image using Memento Tuxedo Black and covered that with clear embossing powder.  The black ink basically disappeared – it looks dark purple now, but I was happy with the result.  I don’t know the name of the stamp – I bought it used when Archiver’s was going out of business.  I didn’t do much else to the background – distressed and inked the edges.  I did cut out some pieces from the new Tim Holtz Twisted Edge thinlit to use as a stencil with Seedless Preserves for a tone-on-tone look and it is very subtle.

I used my Bats stencil with embossing paste – I don’t have black so I added acrylic paint.  I evidently added too much because the results were messy and I ended up covering most of it. background

My pumpkin is a digital stamp from the Bountiful Season set at  I used watered down Black Soot and Hickory Smoke distress inks to color, then shaped and added Pumice Stone distress embossing powder.  I colored the flowers and leaves with distress inks.  Love this pumpkin stamp!


For my Bootiful doll, I stamped the image onto paper from Prima’s Bootiful collection.  Love the green but it is not easy to photograph.  I used a black Prismacolor colored pencil and Gamsol for her hair.  You can’t tell, but I have two sets of hair – thought about using dimensional adhesive for a poofier “do”, but the adhesives I have on hand are too high so I just glued it on top of the original stamped image.  I was happier with the second coloring anyway.  I even added a little black Wink of Stella but it’s not noticeable in the pics.


Bootiful’s dress was made from a Recollections paper pad from Michael’s 2-3 years ago.  I added black Wink of Stella to the diamonds on her dress.  You know how you have to be careful when you use Wink of Stella, if you color for too  long at a time, the liquid really starts coming out?  I knew that but still pushed it and of course, a blob of black leaked out – outside of one of the diamonds.  To cover it up, I cut another diamond from the paper I used and cut outside of the edges so it was bigger, colored the edges with Black Soot distress marker and adhered.  I did that to another diamond toward the bottom so it was part of the “pattern.” 

For the bottom of Bootiful’s dress, I couldn’t decide between 2 patterns so I added another layer and included both.  I inked the edges with Black Soot and used dimensional adhesive.  The black bow was a die from the Elizabeth Crafts Props 1 set – cut in double-sided adhesive and covered with Elizabeth Craft Basic Black silk microfine glitter.







Bootiful’s mask came with the rubber stamp set.  This was just cut out and once again, I used the black Wink of Stella.  Her jewelry is from Prima/Julie Nutting “Say it in Crystals.”  The pieces in this set were a bit big for this doll, so I had to cut them down a little.

To finish, I added some black roses made using the Tiny Tattered dies and dipped them in Clear Rock Candy distress glitter.  I added a bat charm and some tulle for my bow. 

I guess this wasn’t a quick post, was it?!  Please feel free to leave comments and thanks for stopping by!!





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Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas (#1)

Hello!  I am excited to be participating in this year’s 12 Tags of Christmas – Funkie Junkie Style.  Last year when I came across this challenge, it was too late for me to catch up, and this year I’m already behind!! 

Here’s Linda Coughlin’s beautiful tag – I remember how much I loved all of her tags last year and it looks like it will be the same way this year – love her style!


I pretty much cased her card – here’s my version:


Even with Linda’s wonderful inspiration, it was one of those days (or week) in the craft room…working on more than one project and had a difficult time getting it together but finally had to move on with what I had.  I started with a piece of scrap paper with musical notes on it and inked the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink.  I also covered most of it with the Collage Medium Vintage because the paper was too white.  It still needed something so I decided to emboss it with snowflakes.  That was nice, but then it muted most of my musical notes so I cut another piece with some darker notes from my scrap paper and added under the trees.  To add my stars, I used my Heidi Swap Confetti stencil with gold embossing paste that I hadn’t used before.  I should have stenciled a few stars on a scrap first, because after it dried,  I didn’t like that color of gold for this project.  I stenciled over it, but you can still see some of that color peeking outside the edges.

I don’t have the beautiful new Thinlets Tree Line die, so I used the On The Edge Tree Line die, and cut some of the trees off.  I cut my trees on double-sided adhesive and glittered them with Elizabeth Craft Silk Microfine glitter in Basic Black.  Just love glitter for the holidays!


For my sentiment, I used a die from one of my Paper Artist (Hot Off the Press) Christmas sets and cut it out in metallic gold and black so I could make a slight shadow.  I used a white pearl and colored it with gold to dot the “J”.  I added some sequins and a black bow to finish it off.

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Happiness is a Warm Puppy…Words 2 Craft By

Hello!  I’m so thrilled to be joining the super talented ladies at on a regular basis now!  Thank you to Sybrina, Penny, Bobbi and Annie for inviting me – I’m so happy to be part of the team!  Please visit the blog to see their inspirational designs and hopefully join in on the fun!

This month our words are, “Happiness is a Warm Puppy” by Charles M. Schultz.  So true and in recognition of October being “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month”, I’d like to expand on his quote:  “Happiness is a warm puppy…no matter the age or size”.   If you are thinking about adding a dog (or cat or any pet) to your family, please consider the thousands of animals in need of a home.  You can also find puppies and kittens on rescue sites if your heart is set on that.  I can tell you from personal experience that a rescued pet appreciates being given another chance.  Okay, off of my soap box!  Here’s my project:



I went a little overboard on my Fall colors!  It’s my favorite time of year, though, and I wanted these dogs to have fun playing in the leaves.  LOL!

I started with a black 8×8 board that I had in my stash – really too small for all of the dogs, but you know how it is when you just want to use something you’ve had for years, plus I was determined to use all 6 dogs!  My background paper (love that paper!!) is from G45, Raining Cats and Dogs.  Such a beautiful collection of papers!  I used watercolor paper and Distress Inks to paint all of the dogs.  I did write down the colors used for each, but after looking at how many colors I used for 6 dogs, it’s just too much to list them all and too boring to read about!  It’s hard to tell in the photos, but I did fussy cut an extra set of eyes for all of them and then applied Glossy Accents (also added to dogs’ noses).



For my leaves, I colored my paper and then stamped some leaf images onto part of it.  The stamps were way too big for the dies I used, but I thought it would add a little bit of interest.  After I cut the leaves out, I inked with a combination of Vintage Photo and Mowed Lawn.  I used flower-shaping tools for dimension (I also did that to the dogs’ ears, except for those tiny Bulldog ears).



I used the Woodland Branch die by Memory Box (you can’t tell in the photo, but I used the Steam Punk Faber Castell Gelatos set to add color to the branches) adhered some leaves, and also stenciled some hearts (Tim Holtz stencil) onto the branches and at the side.  I colored my Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture paste with Fired Brick ink and after it was dried, added more of the same color in addition to Vintage Photo.


My sentiment was cut from the Raining Cats and Dogs collection and you can’t see that it’s a tag, but I used the Main Street dies by Poppystamps.  I also embossed the sentiment with a paw print folder by Darice.  I added a little fork bow I had previously made.


My pumpkins are digital stamps from (she has gorgeous digital stamps and papers!) that I printed onto watercolor paper – my first time using digi stamps and I love how they turned out!  I colored them with distress inks, added some Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder to each for texture, and used my flower-shaping tools for dimension.  I also made an extra set of flowers and leaves for each pumpkin and added some Perfect Pearls for shine and sparkle (it doesn’t really show in the photos😦  )


I decided to add a few sequins from my stash just for a little something extra.  I think that’s it!  Please feel free to leave comments and/or questions.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!




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Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Hello!  Just a quick post this time around because the deadline for entering the Fall Coffee Lover’s Bloghop is quickly approaching!  








I only had time to make one card this time around😦



Some of you coffee lovers out there might recognize the pattern in its original form…


That’s right, I’ve been saving this cup (actually two of them) for almost a year now wondering what I would do with them (I had no idea until this past summer that the Coffee Lovers Bloghop existed  – I must have been living under a rock – LOL!

When I assembled my cards, I forgot to take pics of the individual cups!  I even made an extra partial cup and applied Decoupage so it would look more like a ceramic cup, but seeing some brush strokes bothered me, so I didn’t finish the other cups that way.  I painted these with distress inks but can’t find my list of colors used.  I do remember that the background color is Iced Spruce.  

I used a Darice (leaves) embossing folder for the black background.  The red plaid paper is G45, Raining Cats and Dogs, with a little bit of stenciling at the top from the Elizabeth Craft coffee stencil (and Ground Espresso ink).   The coffee beans  (Elizabeth Craft) were left over from the Summer blog hop and have Vintage Photo distress embossing powder on them.  I added crinkle ribbon,  found the “Coffee Break” free digital image on Pinterest and re-sized it.

Here’s a few more pics…



That about covers it  and for me, this is a CAS card for sure!  Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments – I appreciate getting feedback!!

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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. 


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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:


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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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