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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Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas (#12)

Woohoo, I made it!  The deadline is quickly approaching to enter the 12 Tags of Christmas challenge, sponsored by Linda Coughlin and the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Thank you so much, Linda, for this challenge – it’s been fun!  If you haven’t entered this and want to get an idea of what to expect for (hopefully) next year, please visit Linda’s blog here and you will also find a link to her December daily deals.  Good stuff!!    I’ve enjoyed the inspiration that Linda has provided along the way and have loved every one of her tags.  Each one is my new favorite!  This is where you can find Linda’s final tag for this challenge, which I pretty much cased.  Here’s mine:


Like Linda, I used Pine Needles and Mowed Lawn distress inks, spritzed/splattered with water, and used the splatter brush with Picket Fence distress ink.  My “snow” is more subtle, as I haven’t used the splatter brush many times and my spray box got most of the Picket Fence – LOL.  I still like it, though.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to add the pocket on the front, so I decorated the bottom of the tag as well.   I used the Christmas Blueprint 4 stamp set for my pine needles, and embossed with Ranger Pearl Blue embossing powder.  I understand the pearl part, but not the blue part.  For the text, I used Ranger black archival ink and a wooden Hero Arts Manuscript Background stamp.


I used the Sizzix TH Pediments die to cut out my pocket, then added the Gilded Christmas rub-ons.  I tried adding a few of the larger snowflakes, but they just wouldn’t adhere like the small ones.  I did the same technique as Linda for foiling the pocket – one of my favorite techniques.  I cut out my foliage from the TH Fall Foliage thinlit set (I don’t have holiday foliage) and also Memory Box Bursting Berry Vine and cut that apart, inking with Vintage Photo.  Yesterday I cut out the word “Noel” and glittered in white, but decided not to use it for yesterday’s tag…I inked that, too. 


My cute snowman ephemera is from October Afternoon’s “Make it Merry” collection from a number of years ago.  The ribbon is also part of that collection.  Isn’t he the cutest?  I tucked in a little “Merry” card and added some sequins to finish it off.



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Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas (#11)

Only one more tag!  I won’t say woohoo yet because I haven’t even started on the last tag.  Although it’s a little late to make and post 12 tags, you can still check out the details and rules here (to keep in mind for next year),  along with the December Daily Deals (I also have links to the FJ blog and boutique on my side bar).   I really loved the polka dots, plaid ribbon and snowflakes on Linda’s tag #11.  I don’t have most of the supplies that Linda used, but I had the perfect-sized scrap of black polka dot paper and went from there.



Since my previous tag had several snowflakes, I wanted to use something different so I went through my stamps and found an Inkadinkado stamp set (Christmas Silhouettes) which had a holly stamp, and I embossed this all over my tag.  I did use my powder tool first for static, but didn’t notice stray embossing powder the first round.  It looked a little snowy so I didn’t worry about it after that.  Here’s my background, but I apologize that it’s a little blurry.  I used my Viva Décor Ruby glitter pen to add the berries.


I decided to use the wreath from the TH Christmas Blueprint 2 set and stamped and cut out 2 sets so that I could add some dimension to the wreath.  Yes, I did cut out and shape each one of those leaves.  When done, I added some Clear Rock Candy distress glitter here and there.


There was beautiful “Merry Christmas” sentiment in the Inkadinkado set, but it was just too wide for this tag, so I used my “Noel” thinlit die because it was a perfect fit in between the berries.  I wish it showed up better, but I cut 2 out and glittered them.  I used Elizabeth Craft Silk Microfine glitter in Basic Black and Pewter.


My ribbon drawer now looks like it was ransacked as I was searching for some cool ribbon like Linda used…I obviously didn’t find any.  I added more of the Baker’s twine to the Tulle.


Well, I’ve said this before…this isn’t one of my favorites, but oh well. 

Thank you to everyone who has commented about Brody and your wishes for his recovery because I truly appreciate it.  It’s stressful to say the least.  He finally came home today (yay!), after spending 2 nights in the hospital.  He’s scheduled to go back early Tuesday morning for his surgical procedure, but should come home the same day.

I need to get started on the last tag now!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day 🙂


Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas (#10)

Ten down, 2 to go, I might just finish this series…fingers crossed.  Although it’s a little late to get started on 12 tags (if you’re slow like me, anyway), you can still check out the details and rules here,  along with the December Daily Deals (I also have links to the FJ blog and boutique on my side bar).   So far I’ve loved all of Linda’s tags, and tag #10 is no exception.   Love the color scheme and doesn’t she just make the best snowflakes?!  As usual in this challenge, I was pretty much inspired by everything.  Here’s my version:


I started out with a Kraft tag and used a white pigment ink pad and my SSS Falling Snow Stencil.   It wasn’t nearly enough, so next I used my TH Speckles stencil.  Eh.  At this point, I thought about turning my tag over and starting over, but kept going.  Next I used the TH Snowflakes stencil, and it was better.  I added the snowflakes from my Snowy Woods stamp set (Artistic Outpost), and more snowflakes from another stamp set (nuts, I can’t remember which one!).  A few times in between sessions when the ink dried, I would use my blending tool to add more of the white ink overall.  I inked the edges with Vintage Photo.  In this pic of the background, I enhanced the kraft color so it’s easier to see the background I created, but the true color is as in all of the other photos. 


I went ahead and colored some black cardstock with my white gelato for my chalkboard sentiment and cut it out.  After I did that, though, I decided to cut out the Dashing Deer and make a chalkboard background and stamp my sentiment all over that, which I liked much better.  I don’t have the original packaging for that stamp since I bought it at a scrapbook store garage sale.  Like my background, I made some of the stamped impressions darker.  I glittered the tops of his antlers with Clear Rock Candy distress glitter, but didn’t want solid coverage.



I made my snowflakes using the new TH thinlits and cut them out on his metallic Kraft-core in silver (each snowflake is 2 glued together), distressed the ends a bit and then added some gesso and more of the glitter, topped off with a silver sequin.  Again, I didn’t want solid coverage of gesso and/or glitter.   Of course, I had to add a small snowflake on one of the antlers (pics above).


I ripped apart the flap of a box until I got the shape I liked, then inked with Vintage Photo and added some gesso.  I added some sheer white fabric with silver dots and adhered with my tiny attacher.  Next, I added some Baker’s Twine (I’m getting a lot of mileage out of that this season!), a bow from Elizabeth Crafts Props 1 (using TH red deco sheet and adding some definition with my Black Soot distress marker)…he certainly is dashing now!  Also added some black and kraft Washi tape, which was given the white gelato treatment.  


I forgot until looking at this pic that I added a little bit of the glitter along the edges.  I think that’s it…I really enjoyed making this tag and it’s one of my favorites from the series. 

In my earlier post today, I mentioned that my little man, Brody, was under the weather and had a bad night.  We had to take him to the ER and his surgery was moved up to today…until his blood work came back indicating his diabetes are too out of whack to risk surgery (this can happen with infections and certainly not because we don’t monitor him!)    Thank you for your prayers and well wishes and please keep them coming so that hopefully he can still have his surgery on Tuesday and begin his recovery.

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Hot (Peppermint) Mocha Latte

Hello!  Last week the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop started and I’m barely getting my card posted.  I had hoped to make more than one coffee project,  but I’ve been working on other stuff and running to the regular vet and animal hospital twice this week…Brody, our Cairn Terrier, is under the weather again and has a surgical procedure scheduled for next Tuesday.  Since he’s not feeling well, he didn’t sleep much overnight, which means hubby and The Mama haven’t slept much either, although I sent hubby back to bed and stayed up with Brody…no point in both of us being tired and cranky later – LOL!  I started writing this at 4:15 a.m. after Brody  finally settled into sleep right around 4 a.m. (it ended up being a nap). 

Here’s my card – I’m calling it Peppermint Mocha because that’s what I like to drink and it’s about the color of my coffee after adding my Coffee Mate.  I wanted to add a stamped candy cane or peppermint, but ran out of time and space, so I added Baker’s Twine instead.


I made the coffee cup a week ago so I’ll try to remember the details.  I started with a digi stamp from Robyn’s Fetish – Christmas Cup and Saucer.  I printed a few copies out on my new laser printer  (using a 6×6 pad I picked up at a scrapbook store garage sale) – hubby bought me a new laptop and laser printer on Black Friday…what a great hubby!  I foiled both copies – one in silver and one in gold .  I used the silver one, but cut parts out of the gold so that I could combine them and layered the holly, leaves and cup handle.  Look at the difference in the stars when I cut them out and adhered them over the silver.


I used various distress inks in reds and greens for my cup and holly leaves.  I used Finetec M600 Artist Mica Watercolor Paint, Metallic, Gold (6-Color/Set), to color my coffee and outlined with Ground Espresso (so appropriate) distress marker.

christmas-coffee7 I found some gorgeous Christmas paper for my background and had to cut it up to get the images I wanted.  I distressed and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo, and added ribbon in between the layers even though it would be covered.  Isn’t that paper awesome? 


 I added some decorative Dazzles at the top and bottom right sides (partially covered up), a doily from my stash (inked with Vintage Photo), Baker’s Twine, my sentiment (foiled in gold and embossed with an Anna Griffin Christmas folder), a spoon from my Elizabeth Craft coffee die set, and my bow made with  my new Craft-Dee BowZ tool.   Brody is awake already so I need to wrap this up, but here are some more pics.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



Love the gold spoon in this light:


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