Seahorse Shaker

Hello, today is my turn to post on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog!  Our May challenge is being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps, and the winner will receive 4 free images.  Bugaboo offers  a great variety of digital images.  New releases and freebies are offered weekly, so check them out and play along with our “Anything Goes & Include a Handmade Bow” challenge.

Last month, hubby and I visited beautiful, sunny California and my project was inspired by the gorgeous beaches there.

SeahorseWe also visited Disneyland while in California, and my shaker tag started out as a drink holder we got there.  I thought it could be used for something.

After cutting it in half, I inked with DOX Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.  Next, I added some TH Grit Paste and rubbed it all around.  After it dried, I stamped with the background fishing net stamp by Kaisercraft, a gift from my sister (thanks, sis!!).  I wanted a subtle look, so I used Pumice Stone distress embossing powder. 


I used stamps from the TH Nautical Blueprint stamp set.  For the seahorse, I used Vintage Photo distress embossing powder, then colored with DOX Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin DI.  I splattered with black and white acrylic paints.  His eye is a black Nuvo drop.seahorse22

Pumice Stone distress embossing powder was used for the sand dollar, then colored with Antique Linen DI and splattered with black acrylic paint.


My shaker background was made using DOX Broken China and Cracked Pistachio, embossed using Hot Off the Press’ “waves” embossing folder, and sanded.  I was lucky to have circle dies to match the circles in my drink holder.  I added sequins and microbeads and stamped my sentiment (Under the Sea clear stamp set by Joycrafts) onto the acetate with Staz-on.


I used the same colors for my bow (TH crinkle ribbon), and followed Barbara Bruder’s video using my bow tool.  You can get a bow tool here.

seahorse26A Julie Nutting Prima doll tag is the base, covered with Prima French Riviera patterned paper.  Under the bow is a die cut from the Heartfelt Creations’ Regal Borders and Pockets die set.  It was really difficult to capture in a photo, but it’s finished in a combination of foil and glitter (the first photo below is more true to how it looks).  I foiled first with Ocean Blue Deco Foil, then glittered with Elizabeth Craft’s Soft Teal silk microfine glitter. 

I cut the die out using double-sided adhesive, removed the top liner and placed my foil on top to adhere.  After removing the piece of foil, I lightly sanded here and there to expose the adhesive, then glittered.  I saw this technique demonstrated (using an embossing folder) by Stacey Park of  Scrapbooking Made Simple (she has an awesome store), in You Tube Video #149 .  At about 47:38 in the video, she has already embossed the foiled piece (the foil was placed over the double-sided adhesive) and she’s going to demonstrate the sanding/glittering part…in case anyone is interested in seeing it.



I believe that covers it from top to bottom.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Dandelion Butterflies

Hello!  It’s May 1st and time for a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ!  The theme is always Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow.  This month our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps, and the owner, Jodie, is offering 4 free images to the winner of the May challenge.  Bugaboo offers quite a variety of digital images…there’s something for everyone.  New releases and freebies are offered weekly, so check them out and then play along with our challenge.

Here’s my project and a link to the lovely image I chose:



Another card inspired by Autumn Clark (SewPaperPaint)…I knew this image would be perfect for the Pop-up card tutorial by Autumn for Tutti Designs.  Her cards are just gorgeous – thank you for sharing your tutorial, Autumn!  I had one lonely piece of paper from Graphic 45’s Secret Garden collection, so that determined my colors, and I used a pale pink cardstock for the base.  This works best with a 3rd pattern, but I didn’t have one and also wanted to tie in the black from the image.  I ended up embossing paper from Black Magic Core’dinations and sanded the pattern – I’m not sure of the name of the embossing folder.  I also embossed the paper underneath with my Darice Dandelion embossing folder.


I added a little bit of color to the image using DI Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves.  I also added clear and black Nuvo Drops here and there.  It’s hard to see in the pics, but I also used clear Wink of Stella.


I used the same Black Magic paper with my Tiny Tattered dies to make the flowers, adding a Victorian Velvet-colored Prima art stone in the middle of each.   While I was at it, I made some roses.  The leaves were made with gray cardstock and edges inked with Hickory Smoke DI.

The lovely lavender ribbon is from Donna (thank you!!) and perfectly matches my card. It’s a wide ribbon, so I folded it in half before using my bow tool to make a double-looped bow.  It’s so easy now to make a beautiful bow every time.


For finishing touches, I added some thin line black peel-off stickers on the card front, and also inside framing the black embossed paper.  The “Hello” and “Thinking of You” are also peel-off stickers.  I added some sequins from my stash, and that about covers it.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


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Mickey Mouse Shutter Card

Hello!  It’s nearly the middle of the month already and time for a new challenge at Words2CraftBy!  This month’s theme revolves around numbers because April 15th is almost here, plus we have a numbers-related quote from a very famous mouse:

            “Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.”

– Mickey Mouse

So go ahead and make a numbers-related and/or Mickey Mouse project, and play along!  Here’s what I came up with:


Hubby and I are big Disney fans and have visited Disney World many times (Disneyland soon for the first time).  We usually make a scrapbook (or 2) of our trips, so I went through our Disney stash trying to find some inspiration.  I had a white shutter card that I had cut out (from my Hot Off The Press template) but never used and I found one single sheet of the Mickey cartoon paper.  I didn’t have any other Disney paper that would work with that pattern, so decided on the black Core’dinations paper. 

I knew I was going to add numbers to this project, but also wanted to incorporate some Mickey embellishments.  Found this in my stash – the store on that sticker has been out of business for years 😦


Those colors just didn’t go with my paper, of course.  Last month I made a bunny canvas and altered some puffy Easter eggs, and decided to do that again.  I started out with 2 embellishments, then needed a 3rd. 

Each has 3 coats of white gesso and then 2 coats of black gesso…needed plenty for sanding some off.  I like how they turned out.


I added my sentiment next – I will probably change it to “You can always count on me” …just sounds better.  I cut it out using my new TH Stitched Rectangle die set – love the edges.


I wanted to add more texture to the card, so originally the numbers were stenciled on using embossing paste.  I won’t bore you with the details, but I wasn’t happy with the results so removed them…it did leave a little residue in some areas, but not enough to trash the project.  I replaced the numbers using my TH Alphanumeric Thinlits die set. 



To finish, I added some Nuvo drops and a  bow. 






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Hipster Cat 30th Birthday Card

Hello!  It’s my turn to post on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog!  Don’t forget to check out the April challenge – the theme is always Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow.  We’d love for you to play along, and you could win a prize 🙂  This month’s sponsor is Beccy’s Place.   Beccy’s online store has a lovely variety of digital stamps and stamp sets to choose from.  She also has freebies and tutorials – check out her site!

My son, Ben, recently turned 30, so I made a card for him – complete with black balloons…LOL!  I’m still trying to figure out where those 30 years went – they just flew by.


The Hipster cat rubber stamp actually wears a suit and tie, but my son’s a t-shirt kind of guy, so I didn’t ink up that part and drew in a neck line, and the cat even has a scruffy neck like my son’s (he has a beard).  I heat embossed “SUP” using Ranger’s Weathered White so the t-shirt would have more of a worn look. 


I used Distress Inks for everything…the t-shirt:  Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.  I inked the edges of the paper with Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke and Brushed Corduroy.  The cat was colored with Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and I believe Mustard Seed.  The eyes were colored with Forest Moss and Twisted Citron.  Of course, I had to cut out an extra pair of glasses and add Glossy Accents (they even look a bit scratched up like Ben’s).  The balloons are from the Crazy Things set, and those were inked with black Archival and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I colored with Black Soot and heat embossed with Weathered White.

A few weeks after I made the card, Ben came over to watch March Madness with his dad.  I told him to bring his laundry and I would do it for him since he had been cat-sitting his sister’s sick cat that week.  I laughed when I saw this shirt that I didn’t recognize:


When I received my packet of ribbons from Donna, there were other goodies, including a pack of paper from Memory Box.  I had no idea they make paper, but I used 3 sheets which were perfect for my project:

Since the paper was dark, I needed to lighten things up a bit and add some whimsy.  I used one of the dies from my Memory Box Distressed Addington Collage set to cut out either side of the orange paper, then added white with blue confetti paper behind, and some white paint splatters.


The blue ribbon from Donna (thank you!!) is the perfect color for my card.  I adhered some along the bottom and since this is a masculine card, I made a single-loop bow.  Using my bow tool makes it so easy to do, and also to make the perfect size for my project. 


To finish up, I added some white Nuvo Crystal drops and that sums it up.  Thanks for stopping by and here’s a few more photos:









Rosy Lovebird

Hello!  I decided to make a tag today to enter into some challenges, at least one to start with.  Since the deadline is quickly approaching, this will be a shorter post (for me, that is).


The Elegant Lovebird from Tutti Designs and Classis Roses from Heartfelt Creations have been on my wish list for awhile (as soon as I saw this card, I had to have the lovebird), and I recently got both and thought they would go together nicely.  I used Distress Inks for my roses and leaves, stamping them first in Hickory Smoke, then over-stamping here and there with Brushed Corduroy.  I like the vintage-y look it gives.  Sorry my pic’s a little blurry.


I colored the roses with Picked Raspberry, and the leaves with Bundled Sage and then a little bit of Peeled Paint.  I colored them lightly and left some white here and there.  Since my background has a lot of glitter, I didn’t want to glitter the roses, but they needed something, so I added Minnie Pearls Prills.



I made my pink glittery feather background almost a year ago, but didn’t have the right bird to finish a project.  I used this technique from Karen Burniston.  I believe the embossing folder I used is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  To the best of my recollection, I used  these distress inks: Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender and Spun Sugar.  It’s so pretty in person – the picture just doesn’t do it justice.  I edged around with Vintage Photo.


My bird was embossed with Vintage Photo distress embossing powder first, next I added some Ranger fine Copper, then added “highlights” with WOW!  Shocking Pink Embossing Glitter.  In person, you can see the shocking pink (actually it’s a darker pink since it’s over the other dark colors).  I also adhered her onto another piece of chipboard and slightly offset for a lighter outline because she’s very dark. 

I cut out a tiny tag from my Poppy Main Street Tags die, and added a Tim Holtz sticker for my sentiment.  I was in a bit of a hurry and had a hard time picking something – “Be Original” is for the glittery feathers on her head, tail and belly (LOL). 



I added some pearls here and there, but the bottom still needed something, so I embossed some paper to match the bird and cut a strip, then topped it with a strip of Vintage Pink glitter from Elizabeth Crafts, left over from a previous project.  It still needed something, so I added another set of leaves.


My patterned paper is from a 6×6 Prima pad that my sister shared with me last summer.  I do believe that’s it, hope you enjoy, and thanks for stopping by.

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Bird on a Wire

Hello!  It’s another new month already and that means it’s time for a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ!  The theme is always Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow.  Why not check it out and play along, and try to win a prize.  This month’s sponsor is Beccy’s Place.   Beccy’s online store has a great variety of  stamps and/or stamp sets (digital and clear) to choose from.  She also has freebies and tutorials – check out her site!

I chose one of the images from the lovely digital set, “Birdsong“.  Love that set and you can do so much with it.  Here’s my card:


Before I get into the card details, I wanted to take a few moments to mention that my sister, Gail, and I had a recent (wonderful) week-long “card-making retreat” in SC and we had the pleasure of meeting the adorable (inside and out) and extremely talented Autumn Clark of Sew Paper Paint.  The three of us talked and visited for hours and it was like meeting up with someone you’ve been friends with for years.  Thank you so much, Autumn, for making the hour-long drive to spend time with us – we can’t wait to see you again, AND, thank you for these beautiful gifts you made for us:  the beautiful card (for Gail) and plaque (for me) along with beautiful floral embellishments for both of us.  Aren’t these gorgeous??!!  They are even more beautiful in person. 

card and plaque

Back to the card…I ended up coloring this twice – I wasn’t completely happy with my blue sky in the first version, so I embossed it (used Anna Griffin’s Francesca Lace folder) and then sanded and liked it much better.  If only I had stopped there…but since I didn’t, I cut the bird out and adhered him to version 2.  I do like the added texture he has.

I  used Prismacolor colored pencils and blended with Gamsol to color the bird and grass reeds, and distress inks for the sky.  The pencils used for the bird are:  915 (Lemon Yellow), 916 (Canary Yellow), 935 (Black) and 942 (Yellow Ochre).  I used a tiny amount of white acrylic paint on his wings and tail, and a white Uniball pen on the dot in his eye, which is covered with Glossy Accents.


His beak and legs were colored with 942 (Yellow Ochre), 946 (Dark Brown), and 1002 (Yellowed Orange).  For the grasses, I only used 941 (Light Umber).

Using my blending tool, I colored the sky with Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans and just a tiny amount of Chipped Sapphire.  I was happy with the soft look, but still had to fight the urge to add drops of water and blot away color.

For the background, I decided to use a scrap of black patterned paper from my stash, but it needed toning down.  I embossed a piece of vellum using the same folder as on the bird, and placed that over the paper.  That was then placed over a piece of (adhesive) burlap from Tim Holtz Textured Surfaces and then onto the black card base.

I wanted to add a little more dimension to the card, so I cut out some “greenery” from my set of Tim Holtz Holiday Greens Mini die set in black paper.  For the extra texture, I used embossing powders.  I wanted to use Black Soot Distress embossing powder, but I don’t have that.  I coated the greens with 5 coats of powder as follows:  Pumice Stone Distress embossing powder; Ranger Black embossing powder, Pumice Stone, Black, Pumice Stone.  I love the look of these 2 powders combined.  My black embossing powder has a glossy finish, which is why the last coat was Pumice Stone, then I inked over that with Black Staz-on.  It still has a bit of shine, but not nearly as much.  Below is a pic of the before and after Staz-on (sorry it’s not the best photo, though I tried).


I added a sentiment from my set of Dina Wakley Scribby Birds.  It’s bigger than what I wanted to use, but I like that sentiment.  It also covers up  most of the cool spider web on the image, unfortunately. 


To finish, I made my beautiful yellow bow with my bow tool.  I love this ribbon that Donna sent and it’s just perfect for my bird image.  It’s easy to make the perfect size bow for your project every time!



I apologize for the lengthy post, but wanted to include as many details as possible.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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Easter Bunny Canvas

Hello!  It’s the 2nd Tuesday of the month which means it’s my day to post on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog – don’t forget to check out the March challenge.   We’d love for you to play along, and you could win a prize.  The theme is always Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow, and this month’s sponsor is Cute As A Button.  They have a huge selection of digital stamps to choose from – check them out! 

I was in an Easter mood when working on my project for this post:


I might as well say that unless otherwise mentioned, my products used were Tim Holtz products.  I made my background starting with the Plaid cling stamp background and stamped in Versamark on my paper, purposely going for imperfect impressions, then heat embossing with white powder.  I added watered-down Distress Inks, and I probably should write down the colors as I use them, but they are pinks, yellows and a green, and I played around with those until I was happy.  I wanted to keep it relatively simple, using 2 layering stencils(Latticework and Wildflower) and I believe TCW’s Mini Harlequin (used with green).  I also used a cute little text stamp from Prima, but I couldn’t find a name on it.  I stamped here and there with brown Archival ink.



I had originally intended to make a card, but it ended up that my favorite parts of the background were on the bottom on either side (figures!) and I didn’t want to cut them off.  I found the perfect size of corrugated cardboard in my supplies, tore off pieces here and there and added Gesso – not much was going to be seen anyway.  This pic isn’t crispy-clear, but it’s just a piece of cardboard.


I cut the rabbit and bow out using Core-dinations, and sanded.  I had some puffy Hallmark Easter eggs in my stash – so cute and they’re shakers, but too cutesy for this project. 


I covered them with Gesso, then added my watered-down Distress inks.  When dry, I inked them a bit with Vintage Photo.  The sentiment is computer-generated on a transparency and in the pic below, I was still working on getting all sides completely adhered to the egg.


After adding the Easter Bunny and eggs, I grabbed some pink basket filler from my daughter’s basket – yes, I still have my children’s Easter egg baskets and they’re 28 and almost 30 years old.  I splattered some watered-down Vintage Photo on my canvas and added some Nuvo Carnation Pink Crystal drops here and there.


Of course, I made both the triple and single-loop bows with my bow tool, which you can get here.  It’s so easy to get the perfect size bow to fit your project.  Since I have a lot of yellow in my background, the additional ribbons make my yellow bow pop.  I love this yellow ribbon!



I do believe that’s it.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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