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.




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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.









Every Day is a New Beginning

Hello!  We’re into the second week of the month (and new year!), which means it’s time for a new challenge over at Words 2 Craft By.  We’d love for you to join us and our words of inspiration reflect this time of year…new beginnings, resolutions , making changes, personal reflection.  Head on over and check out the inspiration from the very talented ladies on the team!  I thought I might make something simple, for a change, and planned to use the lovely “New Beginnings” digital stamp set by Graciellie Design.  My plan was to foil the flower and color it in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers that I recently bought.  The problem was, I bought cheap watercolor paper which is too thick to go through the printer so I had to print on another cardstock, which wasn’t thick enough for all the water I needed to add to tone down the colors!  The colors are quite bright, so I need to play around with them a bit.  After a few attempts with different colors, I shelved that idea and came up with this instead:


Since I start every day off with coffee, I thought I would combine one of the sentiments from Graciellie’s stamp set with my Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed Coffee Blueprint stamp set.  My cheap watercolor paper was perfect for this.   As usual, I used distress inks for everything…Ground Espresso for the coffee beans and a mix of Antique Linen and Old Paper for the coffee beans bag.  The coffee mug was mostly Antique Linen with a little Old Paper, and Black Soot.  I watered them down and colored, drying in between layers of color, applying new color and wiping some off, adding drops of water, etc.  I used my Versamarker here and there on the coffee beans and around the coffee beans bag and then added distress embossing powders:  Vintage Photo (beans) and Pumice Stone (coffee bag).    I cut this image out (coffee bag, beans at bottom and “coffee beans” words) and adhered over the stamped image on my patterned paper.  When completely finished and dried, I splattered on some watered-down black acrylic paint.


My papers were new (from my stash) and pristine when I got started.  I inked, distressed, and even mangled a bit.  I used the Tim Holtz “Splatters” stencil with my Ground Espresso – love how it looks like real coffee stains on the paper.  I stamped the bean bag image onto the paper and adhered the water-colored version on top for dimension.  That’s why I didn’t care that my ink bled out of the lines (above).  I also did the same with the “coffee beans” words and the coffee beans.  I didn’t stamp the coffee cup on the patterned paper, but after deciding where I wanted to place it, I did stamp the steam part of the stamp on the paper, then adhered the cup and the “cuppa joe.”



I gave the same inky treatment to the sentiment, then added my bow.



That about covers it, but here’s a few more pics.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



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Under the Sea

Hello!  It’s been awhile since I’ve used one of my Julie Nutting doll stamps.  Last summer, I bought the SeaSallie Mermaid and a piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper with the intention of making a tag and sharing the paper with my sister while she was visiting.  We ran out of time, so I decided to make a bigger project with that paper and used an 8×10 canvas I had laying around.  I had purchased a canvas pack at a discount store last Fall and the quality is not the greatest, but I had never done a canvas project before so I wasn’t going to buy something expensive.  Here’s how it turned out:


Since this is a long post, I want to start off  with my beautiful double-loop bow!  I couldn’t have made it without my bow tool.    Here’s a close-up:


Don’t forget to check out the January challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ.   The theme is always Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow and this month’s sponsor is Fred She Said.  They have a great variety of digital stamps to choose from and they also have cutting files- check it out!  We’d love for you to play along, and you could win a prize! 

On to the project.  I started off by adhering my scrapbook paper to the front of the canvas but didn’t like it.  I removed it and put it on the back instead, damaging some of the paper in the process but still able to work with it and cover everything.


In this pic, you can see the “clam shell” and pearl in the bottom right corner.


Once my paper on the inside was adhered, I worked on the frame.  First, I applied a coat of gesso and after drying, I painted with a tan-colored acrylic paint.  The next coat of paint was mixed with Memento Ink Potter’s Clay ink (Dew Drop ink pad).  At that point, the frame was coated to my liking, but needed more color.  I alternated between the Potter’s Clay and another Dew Drop pad, Rhubarb, and just ran the ink pad over the frame, drying in between applying the two colors, until I was happy with the results.

Since I had added a lot of paint and ink, I let it dry overnight before stenciling.  I used the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil and Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste.  You can see in the photo how it’s soaking up color as it dries – left side was stenciled first. 

Love the crackled texture (and that bow)!cdb15january

I used my Pitt Big Brush (Nougat) marker to edge around some of the plant life on the paper.  Since I applied Multi-Matte Medium to the paper, you have a few seconds to move the color around after adding it.   I also used some ribbon to give the seaweed dimension.  I used my Under the Sea clear stamp set (by Joycrafts) to add the fish and sea shells, using various colors of Core’dinations paper, inks and then clear embossing powder.   I added sequins for the fish bubbles.


I used several Prismacolor colored pencils blended with Gamsol for SeaSallie’s hair.  I admit I’m not really happy with the results, but at a certain point you need to move on if it’s not horrible.  I used Julie Nutting watercolor pencils (skin & hair tones) to add a little bit of color to her skin – even though the cardstock used was not too thin, it didn’t like the water.


Her top was made with Elizabeth Craft Silk Microfine Glitter in Soft Teal on white cardstock with double-sided adhesive.  Her headband and fish tail were made from a scrap of patterned paper, embossed and then I applied a mixture of 2 parts clear embossing powder and 1 part gold silk microfine glitter, here and there. 

I chose a quote by Jacque Cousteau for the sentiment.  I printed it on a transparency so I could add to the picture.


That about covers it.  I apologize for the lengthy post, but this project was a bit involved.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

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Winter Westies Shaker Card

Happy New Year!  I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad that 2016 is over and hoping 2017 is a better year.  It is off to a good start…I’m very excited to say that I’m part of the Craft-Dee BowZ Design Team for the first half of the year!!  The ladies on the team are crazy talented – I am so inspired by their projects and very flattered to be included!  Thank you so much for inviting me, Donna!

Our sponsor for this month is Fred She Said Digital Designs.  They offer an awesome variety of digital products – florals, animals, cute characters to name a few and even digital files…something for everyone (I chose the “Winter Westie” image)!  Click on the link above to check it out.  Now for the monthly challenge…ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW.  Here’s my project:


I love this adorable Westie image and had to make two!  They are named Izzy (left) and Cody (right), after my sister’s two precious Westies.  I am not a colorist, so I usually opt for a distressed/watercolor look because it’s not precise.  All colors I used were distress inks.  I basically gave the Westies a bath in watered down Hickory Smoke, not covering them entirely.  Their scarves were colored with Faded Jeans and Blueprint Sketch for Cody.  Izzy’s scarf was Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet.  It’s hard to tell in the photos, but I printed 2 extra images so I could cut out the scarf and adhere on top for added dimension.  I added Glossy Accents to their eyes and noses for a little shine.



I decided to make a shaker card because last year I made one for Christmas (it was my first) and I had some issues with it.  Although I was able to fix it, I decided not to give it to anyone but my sister teases me every now and then that she wants it.  Now she will have her own shaker card!

I had in mind the exact wintery paper I wanted to use for my background with blues and purples, but I evidently already used that so I found something else in my stash.  The back of the paper was used for my window, which was cut from the Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz Window & Window Box die.   I rubbed some Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture paste here and there.  I distressed the edges and inked with Vintage Photo.  I thought the snowman would be cute for the outside view and I added extra snowflakes with Simon Says Stamp’s Falling Snow stencil and white pigment ink.


I filled my shaker with various bits and pieces from my stash, not a specific mix, and added 3 pink sequins because of Izzy’s scarf.  After assembling, I made my multi-loop bow with some beautiful ribbon the team was given – I love how it turned out and I couldn’t have done it without my bow tool!  It’s so easy to use and there are video tutorials online at YouTube which make it even easier. I added a glittered snowflake leftover from a previous project with a sequin on top.  What do you think?



The window sill was the perfect spot for my sentiment.


That about covers it for me, but do stop by Craft-Dee BowZ  to see the inspiration from my teammates – I promise you their projects are beautiful and inspiring, and to play along in the challenge!

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