Mr. Bones with Embossed Background

Hello!  It’s hard to believe it’s September already and time for Pumpkin Everything 🙂

I haven’t posted in awhile so that means this will probably be a long post…

I’ve been playing around again recently with my Seth Apter embossing powders, which are fabulous!  I wasn’t really happy with the project I was working on, and then my local store got in some new Tim Holtz Halloween products so I shifted gears.  I was excited to get the Mr. Bones stamp set and the shifter stencils!  I had in mind to use one of the stencils with Seth’s powders and here’s what I came up with:

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I love all of the projects I’ve seen online using the shifter stencils and I don’t recall if any were embossed, but I knew Seth’s Chunky Rust and Rocky Road would make a perfect background for Mr. Bones.  I also knew that using embossing powder would make it impossible for me to have a perfect background, but I don’t do perfect anyway, LOL.  I wanted my background to look old, grungy and dirty and imperfect.  I started out with a 5×7 piece of 110 lb. paper and dipped it in a watery mix of Antique Linen DOX and Smoked Hickory DI, until I was happy and I let it dry overnight.   Here’s a pic of the background after stenciling (so cool!):

mr bones 2I was able to get away with one coat of Chunky Rust, but I had to do 2 coats for Rocky Road.  I had to heat from underneath after I saw some of the Rocky Road flying around and landing on the orange!  For this project, I really loved the black residue left by Rocky Road, which  you can see above.  I have to chuckle, though, because I made this card today and yesterday I tested out embossing with this stencil.  It went fine with the rust, but for some reason the Rocky Road wouldn’t heat and I ended up smearing it all over my hands which then ended up here:

mr bones 6I have soaked it but haven’t been able to get it to come off.  Luckily, I don’t care if my products are pristine and I’m only mentioning it in case someone else wants to try this out.

I added Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint over the entire background – at first I only added a little but it didn’t even show up.  I inked around the edges with Black Soot DOX after trimming it with the TH Stitched Rectangle die set.  Under that layer is last year’s TH Halloween paper which I also used for the Ornate Frame (inked with Black Soot DOX).  mr bones 3


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Mr. Bones was stamped with black Archival ink, then just a wash of Antique Linen DOX was added for a bit of color; I used Twisted Citron DOX for his eye.  His hat has some black foil on it, and on the brim, a leftover Tiny Tattered rose made from Black Midnight Core’dinations.  I used a ribbon from my stash and a TH Halloween Quote Chip to finish it off.  Overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out, especially my embossed background.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

I’m excited to play along (for the first time) with the PaperArtsy challenge Topic 14: Baked Texture.





Marbled & Stenciled Background with Resist Spray

Hello!  I’m thrilled to be a Guest Designer on the Frilly & Funkie blog this month!  Our Hostess, Suzanne, has chosen the following as this month’s theme:

In 8 B.C. the Roman Senate honored Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor, by changing the name of their month “Sextilis” to “Augustus.”  On his deathbed, Augustus boasted “I found a Rome of bricks; I leave to you one of marble.”  For this challenge create a vintage or shabby chic project using marble, arches or columns.  You can try out a fun marbling technique, use an arch or column shapes in your art.

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My design was made using products I had on hand and I decided to try a marbling technique.  I had done the shaving cream technique years ago and liked that, but didn’t have any shaving cream.  I found and followed this video from YouTube, and my results were okay, certainly not as good as the video instructor’s!  My background was made with Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone distress inks on glossy cardstock, drying in between adding layers of color, but I used only used Pumice Stone on the first layer.


My marbled background needed something more.  I have a gorgeous Flourish stencil (6×6) from Prima Marketing that I used on my background with Shadow Grey Archival Ink, intentionally having dark and light areas.  When that was dry, I placed the background and stencil in a box and added Distress Resist spray.  Don’t forget to place your stencil in water right away after using this and to clean the nozzle on the bottle.  I sprinkled on Ranger Silver embossing powder here and there and heated.  Love the texture of the resist spray with embossing powder and it really enhanced my background.  After taking these photos, I inked around the edges with Vintage Photo and Black Soot DOX.

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Since the marbling wasn’t really prominent, I decided to add a few “arches” by using the Tim Holtz Stacked Archway dies for the picture of the Found Relatives (Occasions) and mat (TH Core-dinations).  The hairbow is colored with Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose distress inks (used same for the ribbon).  The lace underneath was white, but I colored it with Vintage Photo DOX and rinsed out just so it wasn’t white.

with lace with lace and ribbon

The little girl in the photo looks afraid, maybe from the situation or a change in her life.   My sister’s idea was she and her family immigrated to America from another country and so I chose the Typed Token “Hope” and Quote Chip “Be Brave”.  The token and chip were colored with Vintage Photo Distress crayon and I dabbed Mushroom alcohol ink on it as well.

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My finishing touches were the TH 3-D Impresslit Scallops  – love these!  I used a scrap of TH copper Kraft-Core (Metallic Collection) and colored with Prima Metallique waxes, Brushed Iron and then White Gold.  Next I added Distress crayons – Vintage Photo, Picket Fence and Black Soot, and dabbed on Mushroom alcohol ink.  I played around with all of these until I achieved the look I wanted.


I enjoyed playing around with different products to create this card, and hope you’ve enjoyed it as well.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Letters to Santa

Hello!  I recently received some happy mail from my buddy, Sara Emily (thank you!!), and she sent me some goodies that I could use to enter the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie, “By Airmail”.  I’m almost down to the wire, so in the essence of time, this post will be mostly pictures.  

I was inspired by Sara Emily’s awesome folio and I didn’t want to make a card, so I decided to make a folio, too, and used this easy-to-follow tutorial.  I was drawn to this video because of the Authentique paper she used.


Several years ago, my sister gave me a Christmas paper pad which also has a postal theme (Christmas on Amesbury Street by Paper Studio).  I have been hoarding it all this time just waiting for the right project.  Almost everything else I used are Tim Holtz products.  Since I don’t have time to list everything, please email me if you have questions.  At this point, I’m posting pics in order of the book, including some close-ups. 



Trying to show the sparkle I added.
















LOL on the next one…





The back cover is the same as the front, so I’m not adding pictures.  Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy 4th of July holiday!

I also want to play along with the Mini Album Makers Challenge, 

Mini Album Makers Badge


(Sisties) By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Happy Friday and last day of school for many out there.  I’ve been playing with my Julie Nutting mermaid doll stamps again, this time it’s Besties, but I’m calling them Sisties.  They are hanging out together in their clamshell on a beautiful, moonlit night, right in the middle of the ocean.sistie 

I cased the starry sky background from this awesome journal layout by Vicky Papaioannou, then added the ocean as well.  I followed her video applying black gesso and Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint, Clear Rock Candy, to my JN tag.  I used the acrylic paints I had on hand (all Prima Metallique):  Light Patina, Deep Waters and Rich Turquoise.  The moon is 1 1/2″ and was colored with Finetec Mica Watercolor Paints (set of 6) using Sterling Silver and Moon Gold.  I love the halo around Vicky’s moon, but that technique didn’t work for me (it just looked like a circle), so I lightly applied white gesso around with a cotton ball for a soft, subtle glow.  After I adhered the moon, I ran it through my Big Shot so it would stick better and ended up with these cool wrinkles from the impressions in my cutting plates.

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For the ocean, I used Seth Apter’s Deep Sea baked texture EP with this stamp from Hero Arts:


Since I was adding this to a background that was already dark, you can’t really make out a pattern, but the texture is very nice and looks like the ocean to me.  I just love those Baked Textures!  I used the Patina Oxide on the charms (after adding  gesso).



I colored the Sisters’ skin with JN watercolor pencils, Hair & Skin Tone.  Their hair is Distress Inks Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass with a tiny bit of Broken China (not enough). The one time I add white highlights they aren’t really noticeable in most of the pics!  The girls are dressed in paper from JN Mermaid Kisses.  Pretty much everything, except for their skin, has been color washed with the silver metallic paint (for that moonlit glow, of course!).


I used TH Seashells Bigz die (made 2 & colored with Finetec metallic) and Funky Florals 1&2 using TH kraft-core paper.  These were inked with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI.   I added Prima Mini Art stones on and around the shell.   I stuck some cheese cloth in there and adhered the greenery front and back, and then added the girls.





That should do it!  Sorry for the long post…thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

I’m playing along with:



Coffee Shaker Card

Hello!  I’ve had fun playing along with the Spring & Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop, and looking at the great projects.  This is my last entry this time around, and I’ve been inspired by the coffee shakers I’ve seen.  I’d love to have one of the coffee shaker die sets that were used, but until then, this will have to do:


This is one of those cards that looks much in person because of the colors.  It’s not a vibrant card, but in person, the background colors show up much more through the die cuts than in the photos.  I started out by making my background using Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers DOX.


Next, I cut out my dies with Tim Holtz (core-dinations) Kraft-Core (Nostalgic Collection) paper, sanding before and after cutting.  The dies I used are from The Simply Refined Flip Side (Tiled Terrace) collection from Scrapbooking Made Simple.  These are no longer available, but Stacey just came out with a new set here, with a different shape.  I hated to cover this up!

coffee2I used some paper from my stash for the layers and added  Dazzle (Brown Thin Line) border stickers at the top and bottom.

The coffee cup is Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed and I used craft foam for dimension and a Die-Namics circle die for the shaker portion.  I added some coffee sequins that I won a few years back during the Coffee Lovers bloghop from The Ton (thank you again!) and also the coffee word die.  I added Prills Express-o Yourself with the sequins.  The background behind that was made with Vintage Photo DOX and Ground Espresso DI, and then spritzed with water.  I inked my cup with Vintage Photo and also Antique Linen DOX for the lid, and also used those colors for my seam binding.  I also dabbed on a little bit of Peacock Feather DOX to the bow and the coffee cup liner.


That’s it for now and thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you at the bloghop!

Once again I’ll be linking up to:

but first, Coffee…

Hello, time for more coffee at the Spring & Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I’ve been enjoying playing with my doll stamps lately, and this time I used Bree.  I’m not completely thrilled with my colors on this one, but I hated to waste the gel prints I made, even though they were just simple.


I applied Picked Raspberry DOX to my gel plate, and Fossilized Amber DOX on the inside of my “On the Go” Texture Fades embossing folder (Tim Holtz).  I made 3 prints, using one for the background and the other two to cut out flowers plus the little coffee cup .  I didn’t take pics of the prints since I wasn’t that crazy about them.  I only used one flower, and added Fancy Pants chunky glitter and some Prima Mini Art Stones.  I wish you could see how sparkly the flower is, but I couldn’t capture it no matter what lighting I was in.  I used Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose dies, and then put the petals in the HC Basic Flower Mold.


Bree’s outfit is from Echo Park’s Summer Dreams from last year – so many cute patterns.  I love those pink Flamingos!  It’s hard to tell in the pics, but I added extra layers for dimension on her hair bow, collar, belt and pocket.  I added watered-down Picked Raspberry DOX to her outfit, and of course, I can’t make anything without adding some Vintage Photo around the edges.  I didn’t do a great job on her hair, but I painted it with Rusty Hinge DI and added Vintage Photo DOX.  Her skin was colored with Julie Nutting watercolor pencils, Hair & Skin Tones.  I added black splatters because everything looked a bit washed out.   I wish I hadn’t splattered her outfit, but since I had layered it, I wasn’t going to tear it apart and start over.  


I only have a few coffee stamp sets, and use this sentiment  (Elizabeth Craft Coffee & Tea Clear Stamp set) frequently…because it’s so true for me.  I used the little coffee beans from that same set to add to the background.  The coffee cup is from the Bree stamp set.  So cute and that’s a nice, big cuppa for her!  I cut the sentiment out with Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits die set, and added my bow made from seam binding.


I forgot to mention that I used Memory Box Distressed Addington Collage die set for the cut-out in the background.  Behind it, I added a piece of paper to match Bree’s “skin.”  Also, I used Gabi’s Line Stitch stamp set (49 & Market) for the stitching around 3 sides.  Since I embossed it, it looks more like a border instead of stitches.

Aren’t these slippers just adorable???  I want a pair, don’t you?!  


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Of course I’ll be linking up to:




Coffee Bag Doll Tag, #2

Hello!  I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend.  Mine is quiet and I’m fine with that.

It’s time for the Spring & Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop!
Coffee Lovers BloghopI wanted to play along so I made this tag:

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Last June, I made a tag with the same doll stamp (Julie Nutting’s “Taylor”) and my story was that she and her hubby had just opened a coffee shop in Detroit called, “Coffee, Tea, You & Me”.  See that blog post here.  The business is thriving, and she’s standing outside of the building where she’s added some flowers (Heartfelt Creations Petunias) for the season.

I stamped the flowers in Plum Archival ink, and colored the blossoms with Victorian Velvet DI (thanks to my daughter, Erica, for help with color choice).  The leaves were colored with Peeled Paint and Lucky Clover DOX, and Mowed Lawn DI. I wanted to add sparkle and the Wink of Stella just wasn’t enough.  The only other thing I had was Shimmer Spritz, but in silver and gold.  I used gold but I’m going to need to get some clear shimmer spray.  In the 2nd pic below, I added Pink Tu-Tu Prills.

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For my background, I used Tim Holtz Layered Brick layering stencil and colored with Fired Brick DI with a little bit of  Vintage Photo DI.   I also used the TH Splatters layering stencil with Ground Espresso and Vintage Photo here and there.  I added a little bit of grout/mortar (most of it has crumbled since it’s an old building) using Ranger Antiquities EP (Cement).

My doll was stamped with Archival Ink (Coffee) and I used Julie Nutting’s Watercolor Pencils (Hair & Skin Tones) for the skin and hair.  Her outfit was made from a scrap of G45 paper.  I added a bit of color for shading (I can’t shade) and used Victorian Velvet DI and added some Vintage Photo.  I splattered everything with Dylusions White Linen.  I colored my seam binding with Victorian Velvet.  The “sentiment” is from the Elizabeth Craft Coffee & Tea clear stamp set.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Memorial Day!

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