(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.




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!

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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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Tim Holtz Mixed Media Accordion Mini Album

Hello!  I hope everyone had a Happy Mother’s Day!! 

I’ve been working on this mini album for awhile, in between other things, and finished yesterday – yay!  Here are both sides with  (better) individual pics coming up:

1st side

2nd side

Earlier this year I was making prints on my gel press and ended up with 5 that I liked and thought they might make a nice mini album.  I took the top pic after I stamped the pages.

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I made 5 more similar backgrounds without the gel press (these are before stamping).

reverse backgrounds

I wasn’t sure what kind of album I wanted to make until I saw Autumn’s post here

Mini Album Makers Badge



You could say I cased it – mine was to be all butterflies but after 5 pages of that for the front, I added birds and some wildflowers to the reverse side.  Thanks for the great tutorial, Autumn!!  Almost all of my products are TH, unless it’s something from my stash, like lace and a few other things.  I used a lot of the same products throughout so it would flow, and due to lack of more things on hand such as tissue tape or ephemera, etc.  I finally used a lot of things I’ve had for a long time but haven’t used before now.

Side 1 individual pages  – sorry these are so large, but the option to re-size them to any size seems to be missing on this site right now. 




Now for Side 2, then more details on products used.






The page with the caged bird, I had in mind using a sentiment about singing but couldn’t find anything, so released him from his cage and made it about him going on an adventure.

Okay, right about now someone I know (I won’t mention names) is going to scan this list below and then tell me her head is spinning, possibly almost exploding (!) – you know who you are.  LOL!!!!

Color Products used:  Faded Jean DI and DOX, Chipped Sapphire DI, Vintage Photo DI and DOX, Walnut Stain DI and DOX, Antique Linen and Rusty Hine DI.  Distress crayons: Picket Fence, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Black Soot and Hickory Smoke.  Distress markers:  Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso.  Black Archival ink was used for stamping.

For the cardboard, heavy gesso was used and was darkened with Mister Huey’s Dark Calico spray – bought it YEARS ago and finally used it -LOL.  Are they even around anymore??  I used my sanding block to smooth out the colors.

Stamp sets:  Nature’s Elements, Purely Random, Crazy Talk, Holiday Postmarks, Nordic background stamp, Scribble Woodland

Thinlits:  Labels, Paper-cut Bird, Small & Tiny Tattered Florals, Wildflowers, Mini Detailed Butterflies, Doily, Mixed Media & Mixed Media 2.  Bigz:  Bird Silhouette, Caged Bird, Ornate Frame

Idea-ology:  Elements Tissue Tape, Chain Tassels, Collector (Layers) ephemera, Quote Chips, Typed Tokens, Word Bands, a little scrap of Melange tissue wrap, Journal Ticket and Small Talk stickers, Special Delivery & Curiosities Remnant Rubs

Embossing Folders:  Flourish and one with feathers from my stash

Embossing Powders:  Distress Vintage Photo, Faded Jeans & Dried Marigold, Ranger Black, Weathered White and Princess Gold

Miscellaneous:  Kraft Core – Metallic and other colors.  Art Stones (including Mini) and Prills.

To shape my Small Tattered Flowers, I used Heartfelt Creations 3D Basic Flower Shaping mold

Layering Stencils:  Roses, Flourish, Bubble, Latticework, and a few random from my stash

A few close ups:


 After embossing the frame with Princess Gold EP, I pressed the Nordic background stamp into it and got partial coverage, which is what I wanted.  Next, I ran my black Archival ink pad over the frame.

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I believe this was made with Princess Gold, Black and Vintage Photo EP’s.

bird up close

The bird’s crown is from the Purely Random stamp set and I added some bling. The bird was cut from chipboard and embossed with 2 coats of Weathered White, Dried Marigold, Weathered White, then I colored the bird in a circular motion with a Walnut Stain crayon and heat set. Last layer was Weathered White again. After that, I used the feather embossing folder.

I do believe that covers it – if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me via email.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

I will be playing along with the following challenges:





Hello!  I’ve been playing with another new doll stamp.  This one is Shelly from the new collection of mermaids from Julie Nutting.  Shelly’s not a mermaid, but she’s wearing a clamshell dress and is adorable.


I had some trouble getting a background I liked (which I ended up covering anyway), but I painted a piece of 110 lb. white cardstock with Prima Metallique Light Patina acrylic paint.  Next I sprayed it with Color Blooms Deep Teal and left it to dry until the next morning.  It was sticky in spots and I decided to foil those sticky areas (I got the idea from the talented Vicky P in her video here).  I dried it with my heat tool and then embossed using one of my Anna Griffin folders.  Next, I rubbed Prima Metallique White Gold Wax (that stuff smells so good!) just to try and highlight some areas.  I also used my Pitt Big Brush Pen (Nougat) around the edges because it’s very difficult for me not to add some shade of brown to every project (LOL).  Here’s the background before and after embossing.


Shelly’s hair was colored with Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral DOX (and some Fruit Punch Stickles).  Of course, I had to add a little bit of Vintage Photo DOX.  For her outfit, I used paper from the JN Mermaid Kisses 6×6 paper pad and added some clear Wink of Stella to the bow, though it doesn’t show in the pics (the ruffle has three layers).  I used JN watercolor pencils (Hair & Skin Tones) for her skin.


The sentiment is from the Mermaids Forever paper (12×12).  I added a doily and wooden flourish (Kaisercraft) from my stash, and the flourish has some Prima Mini Art Stones.  Sorry the pic is a bit blurry in that area.


The shell and flower are TH – Seashells die (with embossing folder) and Tropical die set for the Hibiscus.  I used TH Kraft-Core paper for both.  Under those, I added a small piece of cheesecloth and some Prima Art Stones (not Mini).  I assembled everything and gave it a good splattering with my Dylusions White Linen spray.


Here’s Shelly with Cordelia.  Those are the only two I have from the new mermaid line…so far.

Shelly & Cordelia

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!








Cordelia Mermaid

Hello, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged (so this might be a long one)!!  I’ve been crafting, just not blogging, but I hope to get back to it on a regular basis.  Recently, I picked up a few of the new Julie Nutting mermaid doll stamps – love them!  My favorite of the group is Cordelia, so I decided to have some play time with her the past few days.  


The JN stamp releases this year have been clear stamps and I’ve read about some complaints with the dies not fitting the stamps with the earlier sets.  I don’t know about those, but when I stamped this one and went to cut it out, either the top part of the body fit or the bottom fit, not both.  Since the stamps are so flexible, you could put them on your stamp positioner or acrylic block and their position could be a little different each time.  On the 2nd try, I placed the stamp on my stamp platform, then re-positioned it until it fit the die.  That worked perfectly and although I don’t typically like a white outline on my stamped images, I think it looks nice.

I started with my background and embossed a piece of 110 lb. white paper with a wavy patterned embossing folder from Paper Wishes.  I don’t remember the name but it’s no longer on their website, so it must be discontinued.  I used Soft Teal and Deep Teal Color Bloom sprays by Prima.  I had trouble with the sprayers on both, especially the Deep Teal.  It was a little darker in some areas than I wanted, so I also sprayed some Dylusions White Linen to lighten it up.  Then I added some Seth Apter Patina Oxide baking texture here and there – love that stuff!  After splattering with the White Linen, I used a few bottle caps to add the white circles.  I didn’t like how those turned out, but luckily they ended up being mostly covered anyway (so were my sequins, unfortunately).


Next, I used a piece of Kraft paper and embossed with Seth Apter’s Dirty Sand.  It’s fully covered for the most part, but on the top and left side I left it a bit more sparse.  I added some Prima Art Stones (including the mini size).  The photo below shows the backgrounds before the embellies.  I added the ribbon because I also made a matching bow, but when laying it all out, the bow didn’t fit, so I added a piece of cheesecloth.


I watercolored Cordelia’s hair with Rusty Hinge Distress ink.  You can’t tell from the photos, but the little brown dots in her hair is actually Ranger Copper embossing powder (it’s a little shinier in person).  I used the tip of a toothpick to stick in my Versamark pad and then on her hair (I know, I’m so anal).  Her headband is colored with the Deep Teal Color Bloom, and her top and skirt are from the Prima 6×6 Debutante paper line.  Her tail was watercolored with Rusty Hinge and Abandoned Coral DI and Vintage Photo DOX.  I thought it needed a little something else so I added Tu-Tu Mini Prills.  Her skin was colored with Julie Nutting Watercolor Pencils (Hair and Skin Tones).


The Prima Le Fleur doily die was colored with the Soft Teal Color Bloom and I wiped off some of the color.  There’s some pink on the edges and that’s because I had an oopsie, dropping it in my spray box upside down.  It was hard to get the pic adjusted to how it really looks, probably because of the white background.  My sentiment had to go on top so you can’t see it all, but I did like how it was dirty-looking (I had also had some brown spray in my box.)


I didn’t have any flowers in my stash that were right for this project, so I used the Hibiscus dies from the Tim Holtz Tropical set.  I know these aren’t really intended to be layered, but I did anyway.  I used white 110 lb. paper and colored the centers with Rusty Hinge DI.  The stamens were cut using Kraft-Core from the Nostalgic collection.  I inked the edges of all of these with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo DI.  I need to work on my flower-making skills – LOL!


I used the sentiment from the mermaid stamp set and cut it out with Spellbinders Opulent Ovals.  I inked it with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI, and added a sequin.  I didn’t feel a close-up of that was needed, but here’s one of her tail.  After assembling, I splattered with the White Linen spray.


I do believe that covers everything.  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

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