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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St. Patty’s Birthday Card

Hello!  It’s March and we’re still getting snow here, but at least the light is at the end of the tunnel and Spring will soon be here.  My brother-in-law’s birthday is on St. Patrick’s day, so I like to use that theme when making a card for him.  I’m not sure he’s into that, but I still go with it (he he).  This year I decided to use the cute bunny rabbit from TH’s Easter Elements die.

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I saw a cool and fun technique that my blog buddy, Autumn, found on Pinterest and gave it a try.  Her backgrounds are amazing!!  I started with a piece of the copper foil from my TH pad since I’ve used that the least. I used silver and gold EP’s.  My embossing folder is by Darice.shamrock background 

I decided to add some Pumice Stone Distress EP here and there.


I had received the Rectangle Ornate Frame die cut as a gift from an order and decided to use it (need that die!!).  I embossed with black and gold, back and forth until I was happy with it.  I apologize my photos aren’t the greatest; I really need to start using the camera instead of my phone to take pics.

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I used TH kraft core paper for the bunny rabbit, and his hat and bow tie are from the TH Crazy Things stamp set, stamping on paper from my stash, and adding some gold Perfect Pearls on the hat band.  The plaid background paper and quote is from Authentique.  My bow is uncolored seam binding.  Last but not least, the “Wish” is from the Birthday side order set on kraft-core paper.

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In addition to the birthday sentiment inside, I had to add some Irish wisdom for my brother-in-law 🙂

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Valentine TH Snow Globe Cards

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I’m going to try to make this a short post showing two Valentine cards for my son and daughter – my son’s gonna have to get in touch with his feminine side (LOL!).  It was hard to photograph the shine and sparkle, but hopefully you can see it in some of the pics.

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I used TH Snow Globe #2, the Valentine Side Order, Love You Framelits & Stamp set, Zigzag and Flourish layering stencils (with clear embossing powder).  For my background paper, Seasonal Stash (reverse side).  The buildings were cut from scraps of various Valentine’s paper I have.

I used craft foam for the clouds on both cards and for the snow on one card.  Those were covered with Clear Rock Candy distress glitter.  I also added Nuvo Glitter Accents (Fresh Snowfall) on the trees and rooftops, and here and there on the snow.  I added some peel-off stickers for an accent.

Here are some additional pics:valentine5




Love this paper!



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Cool Day Winter Card

Hello from snowy SE Michigan!  Is anyone else out there sick of snow???  Last week I was playing around with the Gelli plate and used one of the backgrounds to make a winter card.  The background is very soft and subtle.


I applied Tumbled Glass DI to my plate to lay down color (on 110 lb. paper), then used Broken China DOX and a stencil that I picked up at Michael’s, along with the TH Swirly Snowflakes that were stamped directly onto the Gelli plate. 



I used the bear die from the SSS Magical Christmas set and my wintry background needed a  Polar bear.  I love the shape of this bear – it reminds me of the Polar bears on my old, comfy fleece top!  I embossed with Ranger White embossing powder first, then for the next 2 coats used WOW! Ultra High Opaque Bright White to give some texture to his “fur”.  I outlined him a bit with Broken China Distress EP instead of using my Black Soot Distress marker as I typically do.winter2

I added some white Stampendous Frantage here and there and instead of splattering my background with white acrylic paint or gesso, I used the WOW! embossing powder again and just dropped granules in sections and heated from underneath.  I could have used Nuvo drops, but I wanted to have the same white as my bear.

I cut out a few white snowflakes from my TH Stacked Snowflake Bigz die, embossed with the folder that’s included, and dipped one in Broken China DOX.  When that was dry, I made a spray out of Perfect Pearls (Pearl) and spritzed the heck out of it and let the colors run a bit before drying.  Love that shimmer!  I adhered it to the white version (also sprayed with Perfect Pearls) and decided to cut a snowflake from the TH Paper Snowflakes die set to put on top.  I used the embossing folder from the Bigz die to add texture and also spritzed it with Perfect Pearls, but not as heavily.  I topped it off with some Bo Bunny bling I’ve had for years.


I added a beautiful ribbon from my sister and adhered  my panel to a handmade paper that was part of a bundle I got from Scrapbooking Made Simple.  The sentiment is from MFT Cool Day stamp set.

I decided to decorate a little bit on the inside before giving the card to my daughter.  I inked up part of a stamp for my sentiment (from a Valentine’s My Monthly Hero kit a few years ago), cut it out with one of the dies from the Paper Snowflakes set and added a little bit of that same Frantage.  I added a scrap of the handmade paper for added texture.



That’s it for now.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Pet Memory Album (Heartfelt Creations Flip Fold)

Hello!  I’ve been busy this month finishing a project I started almost 2 years ago.  I decided to make a “happy” memory album of all the fur babies my husband and I have had since we got married over 35 years ago.  It was also fun that it showed my children growing up since they were almost always photographed with our pets.

I’m going to apologize that I couldn’t get a crisp pic of the wings on the album.  They look a lot better in person.


Here are some close-ups, though not much better.



When Heartfelt Creations released their Flip Fold album a few years back, my sister and I decided to each get one to make an album during our annual week-long retreat in SC.  Her album is one of her beach vacations and turned out gorgeous.  We got the albums and a few packs of inserts, including pockets.  The inserts are cool, but you need to print much smaller pics or cut them down a lot to fit.  We both ended up making a lot of tags for our pictures.  We also used a lot of paper – I used “Devoted” from Authentique, and  got a 12×12 collection pack and a 6×6 paper pad.  All that’s left are scraps and not a lot.

My album is a memory album, not a technique-driven or mixed media album.  I did try to make it look nice, but it’s not fancy.   I’m sharing pics of some of the pages, tags and inserts.  The album is a bit cumbersome to handle, so please excuse my pics.




The next pic shows one side of the open insert that is clipped above. 



Below is a pic of the clipped insert above, but it wouldn’t stay folded out for me to photograph.


Next are some of the tags which I covered front and back.  I had to make so many tags to include what I wanted.



Finally, this is how wide the album is.


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Framed Christmas Star Quilt Card

Hello!  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  I had one awesome week of Christmas-card making in October, but not much happening in the craft room since then.  While looking through my scrap paper for something, I came across a project I started around 3 years ago.  It was a quilted (Christmas) Star I wanted to make for my sister because she’s a quilter, but I wasn’t happy with how it turned out so I put it aside and forgot about it.  The tutorial  was good, but my technique was not so good.  When I found it again, some of the pieces had fallen off and I found all but a few.  Although I couldn’t exactly match the embossing with the new pieces, I went ahead and finished it.

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The paper used was Bo Bunny’s “Father Christmas” (except for the dark green background, which is from another Bo Bunny line), a favorite of mine and my sister’s , which is why I chose it.  I wanted it to look like a vintage piece, so I added some Vintage Photo DI here and there.   I also applied some Shimmer Mist in gold because it needed a little sparkle.

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I found a frame to fit the card in, but I didn’t like the color for this project.  I considered painting it, but decided to cover it with some of the coordinating paper instead and also added some gold Shimmer Spritz.  Here’s how it looked before:

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It needed something else, so I used my Tim Holtz “Holiday Greens” die set for the greenery.  I forgot to take a photo of the whole thing after adding another piece.  I used Aged Mahogany DI to color my seam binding.  I used Nuvo Glitter Accents on some of the pieces.

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I was happy to finish this and send it off to my sister (she did like it).  I’ve been working on another unfinished project this month, a memory album of all of the fur babies my hubby and I have had during our 35-year marriage.  I finished it this week, but I have an embellishment on order for the cover and hope to post pics once the cover is done.

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Santa Christmas Card

Hello! It’s my turn to host at Words2CraftBy this month.  Our words are taken from one of my favorite Christmas movies, “A Christmas Carol.”

            “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”                                                                                                                               ─ Charles Dickens

You can make any Christmas-themed project for our challenge.  I made a simple layered card:Santa5Sometimes you just need to make a quick and easy card and this was basically made from scraps.  I started with my focal image, the Santa from the Tim Holtz “Letters to Santa” stamp set (love the vintage Santa images!).  I stamped on paper with a little bit of texture, inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI, and colored the holly berries with Christmas Red Stickles.  The layer below that was a scrap – I believe that’s Bo Bunny.  The jingle bells border was embossed on gold metallic Kraft-Core (TH collection) with an Anna Griffin embossing folder/border, then sanded.  I don’t know the name of the folder because I bought it at a scrapbook store garage sale.  I used the full-sized folder on the red paper that’s peaking out underneath the other layers.  Textured green cardstock was used for the card base.



My sentiment is from the TH “Crazy Talk” stamp set.  I stamped, embossed my little tag with the jingle bells EF, inked with Vintage Photo DI and added clear Wink of Stella around the edges.  My bow was scrap ribbon to which I added a jingle bell.


That’s it – easy peasy!  Don’t forget to link up your Christmas project to our challenge for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the e-tailer of your choice.  Thanks for stopping by!

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