Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas 2017 #2

Hello!  I’m back with my 2nd entry for the 12 Tags of Christmas challenge sponsored by Linda Coughlin and you can see her gorgeous tag here.   Click here for all of the information regarding the challenge.  I also have links to Linda’s blog and store on my sidebar.

It was love at first sight with Linda’s 2nd tag!  It’s so elegant, I just love it.  I was completely inspired by her theme and made a card.


I decided to use my TH Rosette stencil for the background…it’s a new favorite.  Since I was using the awesome Santa from the new TH Christmas Classic stamp set, I wanted my background to have a vintage look.   I used my jar of Wendy Vecchi crackle embossing paste which I’ve had for a few years and it’s starting to get a little dried out.  It didn’t completely crackle, and after drying, pieces started falling off – that could be because I didn’t apply gesso to my paper first.  Oh well, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t run into some kind of issue – LOL.  I kept going and first added the lightest color of gold to the background from my set of Finetec Metallics watercolors, then added some of the darker colors.  It’s so shimmery but hard to capture in a pic.


I used Ranger Fine Gold embossing powder for my Santa, and then cut it out with my set of Spellbinders Oppulent Ovals.  I gave it the same coloring treatment as the background.  Both of my ribbons are from the TH Metallic Trimmings from a few years back.  

My sweet sister, Gail, gave me a box of beautiful Anna Griffin gold flourishes and I just had to add a few to my card.  Thanks, sis, they are the perfect addition!!


My little Santa charm is from my stash, and the snowflake is TH.  Both were silver until I applied Ranger alcohol ink (Mushroom).  I also added a little white gesso, which isn’t really noticeable.  I also used Clear Rock Candy distress glitter to the snowflake for a frosty look.


I didn’t leave much room for a sentiment, so just stamped “Magic” from the same stamp set and tucked it in under the bow.  I think that’s it.  Thanks for stopping by!!

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Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas 2017 #1

Hello!  It’s been awhile since I’ve crafted and blogged – after 2 awesome vacations in October, it’s just taken awhile to get back into things.   I had intended to participate in Linda’s annual 12 Tags of Christmas after returning from my first vacation in October, but obviously that didn’t happen.  It’s highly doubtful at this point that I’ll complete them all, but I wanted to at least play along.  Here’s the link to Linda’s first beautiful tag and that’s where you can find the information and rules.  I also have links to her blog and store on my sidebar.

I was obviously inspired by Linda’s theme, but made a card instead:


I made this card when my sister and I had a week of crafting at the beginning of October.  It’s hard to remember all of the details at this point, but I’ll do my best.  I used the TH Woodland stencil with Iced Spruce and Pine Needle DI.  I used a Stampendous Frantage embossing kit to add snow.  My trees and sentiment were stamped with the TH Great Outdoors stamp set, and I used the TH Winter Wonderland die set with Core-dinations cardstock.  I used Pine Needle DI to color my ribbon (which got a little scrunched while traveling).

That’s it, but here’s a few close-ups.  Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day.













Ornate Owl

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at Words2CraftBy.  Check it out – this month’s quote is:

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  ─ Albert Camus

Think leaves, fall themes, fall colors, fall holidays.  Here’s my card:


I finally got some transfer gel and wanted to try it out.  I chose a paper from Prima’s gorgeous Amber Moon collection, the new Rosette stencil from Tim Holtz (love!!) and Deco Foil’s Amber Watercolor (beautiful!).  I’m sure most of you are familiar with this, but you apply the transfer gel through your stencil and let it dry completely.  Place your foil on top with the color facing up, place in a carrier and run through your foil machine or laminator.  I love the results of the watercolor foil.

From this (I tested the pattern on the bottom with some distress ink):


To this – I love how this turned out.  The colors in the paper combined with the foil make it look like there’s copper, gold and silver foil.  Lucky first try!


I used black Core’dinations cardstock for the owl, but decided to back it with another color since the background is busy, and I added some bling for his eyes.  My flower is from Prima’s Time Traveler’s Memories collection, with some feathers behind from the Feather and Ravens die set (TH).  My seam binding is dyed with distress inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin and Rusty Hinge.  I don’t have the new Vintage Spirits dies (TH), so I cut out the word “Boo” with my Curlie Girlie (Sizzix) alphabet dies and a black deco sheet (TH).



I think that covers everything.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!






Pastry Chef Doll Stamp

Hello!  It’s time for our mid-challenge reminder over at Words2CraftBy.  Why not play along for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the online retailer of your choice??  Our quote this month is:

“Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.”

I was having some trouble myself coming up with a 2nd project for our theme, and looked through some of my older projects for something I hadn’t blogged about before.  I found another doll stamp tag:

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I made this awhile back when my sis and I were doing our own monthly doll stamp “challenges.”  My Julie Nutting doll is Natalie, and she’s a “Pastry Chef who also teaches at a famous culinary/pastry school in Paris.”

I made a pattern for the top of her uniform, just adding the rectangular piece and rounding off, and cutting part of the top for the collar.  The buttons are from a peel-off sticker set.  Her hat (trimmed down), baking utensils and cake is from Elizabeth Craft Props 8 die set.  The cupcake is from EC Baker the Beaver die set.  I believe the mini Eiffel Tower is from another EC die set.

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The patterned tag is from a Julie Nutting tag pad, the table is from parts of an Armoire tag (also Julie Nutting).  

I believe I used JN watercolor pencils for the skin and hair on the doll.  Everything else has edges inked with Vintage Photo DI.

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My bow is crinkle ribbon colored with distress inks, and the twine was saved from a bakery purchase (so appropriate).  The message on the “chalkboard” is computer generated and cut from yet another EC die set.

Quite simple and no techniques, but sometimes that’s how it is.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!









Fresh Brewed Pumpkin Latte

Hello!  I squeezed in one more card for the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop.  My card is similar to one I made for the Summer blog hop.


My card base is Kraft cardstock, my background is one of the beautiful papers from Prima’s (Frank Garcia) Amber Moon, inked with Vintage Photo DI around the edges.  I used Core-dinations kraft core paper for the die cut – this is another one of the Simply Refined Flip Side Collection (Mosaic Briar) dies from Scrapbooking Made Simple.  Love these dies – I was lucky to get a set as they quickly sold out.  Here’s how it looks before adding everything (the color looks different under brighter lights):


I used my Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed die to cut out my cup of “Pumpkin Spice Latte”.  The lid is just cut from white scrap paper, the cup cut from the back side of my patterned paper.  The liner was cut from a Starbucks liner, and I used one of the stamps from the TH Pumpkinhead stamp set to add to the liner.  Everything was inked with Vintage Photo DI, and the pumpkin was colored with Carved Pumpkin and Rusty Hinge DI.


Around the edges of the card, I used Gabi’s Line Stitch stamp set (49 & Market), embossing it in gold so it looks more like a decorative border instead of stitches.


My flower was made from a carton of petals from my friend, Autumn (thank you, sweetie!!) and inked a bit with Vintage Photo and some splattering of white/sandstone acrylic paints.  The stamens came from Joann’s or Michaels, and were covered in gold glitter…sorry the flower looks a bit blurry.


I colored my seam binding with a little bit of Antique Linen DI just so it wasn’t too white.  My tag was left over from the last coffee blog hop and since I needed to get started on another project, saving time seemed like a good idea.  I won a prize at the last blog hop from The Ton (thank you, Effie!) and chose coffee-colored sequins so I added one to the tag.  I wanted to add more but couldn’t get a good balance.


That should cover everything.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Fall Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop – Witchy Pumpkin Latte

Hello!  Can’t believe the Fall Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop is here already!  It’s been hectic around my house recently and I don’t know if I’ll be able to play along more than once this time around.  I made this card last month as soon as I got my new TH Witchcraft die set – I think this is my favorite item from all of his new Halloween products.  As soon as I saw it, I envisioned the witch brewing up some Pumpkin Spice Latte in her coffee cup “cauldron” for the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop!  Of course, I thought the new Pumpkinhead stamps from TH were the perfect addition to my scene.  My coffee cup and coffee beans are from the Elizabeth Craft Cup-Pop Stand die collection.  My sentiment is computer-generated.

My background was made on TH Watercolor Cardstock, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  I started inking around  the outer edges on 3 sides (not bottom) with Black Soot DOX, then Chipped Sapphire DI and Fossilized Amber DOX, leaving some white space in the middle.  Next I sprinkled on a lot of Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Burnt Umber and added water.  After drying, I stenciled a bit here and there (very subtle) using Chipped Sapphire and one of the new layering stencils from the Halloween collection (THS092) and splattered it with white acrylic paint to lighten it up a bit.  I cut the stars out with the die from the Witchcraft set.  I think this is my favorite background I’ve ever made.



The witch and cup were cut from Core-dinations Kraft-core cardstock and sanded.  I embossed the cup with the TH “Dripping” texture fades embossing folder, then colored the drips with a combination of Prima Metallique Wax (Rich Copper) and then using a Q-tip to apply some Rusty Hinge DI on top of that.  I also applied some of the Prima wax (Brushed Iron) around the “cauldron” to make it look old and worn, but it’s subtle.


I love the Pumpkinhead stamp set!  I colored them with a combination of Distress inks:  Rusty Hinge, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo.  I used a flower-shaping tool to emphasize the grooves in the pumpkin.  Looks good in person, but I couldn’t get the dimension to show up in the pics.



My coffee beans were embossed with Vintage Photo Distress EP, then I dabbed on Ground Espresso (so appropriate!) DI here and there.  These beans, of course, have fallen out of the “cauldron.”  


To color my seam binding, I used Carved Pumpkin and after drying, dabbed on some Rusty Hinge here and there.  My background papers are just scraps from my stash.


I believe I’ve covered everything.  Here’s a few close-ups of the background.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



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Student Planner

First of all, my heart goes out to those impacted by the recent hurricanes.  I can’t even imagine.  Those affected by these catastrophic events are in my thoughts and prayers.

We have a new challenge at Words2CraftBy –  head over for some awesome inspiration from the team.   The origin of our quote is unknown, but is frequently credited to Albert Einstein:

Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Themes could include back to school, kids, books, life lessons, imagination, thinking outside the box.  I decided to go with the school theme – I apologize that my photos aren’t the best.  I took them later in the day and then had issues with the online photo editing tool I use.

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I was trying to decide what could I make besides a card when some inspiration came to me via email for a Three-Fold Tag Holder Mini Album from Autumn (SewPaperPaint).  Thanks, Autumn!  Click on the link and you’ll find several examples of this mini album along with tutorials.  My “mini album” is 7 1/2″ tall, 4″ wide (each fold), and the pockets are 3 1/4″ on the front, and not quite 3″ on the back.  When I was working on this, I kept wondering what would be the purpose of a school-themed mini album, but added pockets on both sides to make it into a “planner” (obviously for a young student!).  

I made the tags for bookmarks (with Tim Holtz red jute string) and added Washi tapes and TH Chitchat words for inspiration.  Two of the pockets have assignment sheets added – I found freebies online.



To decorate my chalkboard piece of paper, I used TH stencils with Broken China and Cracked Pistachio DOX for the outer folds, and Fossilized Amber DOX for the center.

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On this side, only Fossilized Amber was used for the top portion.


I added a TH Mini Globe for interest.  I cut it out of lightweight chipboard and used Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone Distress EP, then added a little bit of Viva Precious Metal Colour in Olive.  Next, I cut out a round shape for water underneath.  I used Broken China Distress EP, then added some acrylic paints:  Prima/Finnabair Metalliques in Deep Water and Rich Turquoise.  I also added a little bit of white acrylic paint.  I spritzed with water to move the colors around a bit.


Washi tapes were added to all but the center folds, and on the front side, wooden apples were added to each panel.  These are from the Prima School Memories Wood Icons collection.  I painted them last year for my project and didn’t use them, but I remember using red distress inks.  I had also added red foil to one of them, but I left the other 2 as is.  The stars added are from a previous project.  My ribbon was in my stash.


My doll stamp is Julie Nutting’s “Riley”.  I colored her skin with Copics:  E00, E11 and E93.  Her outfit was made from scraps, and I added Glossy Accents to her shoes (you can’t tell from the photos).  Originally, I gave her brown hair but that was too boring, so changed it to blue.


I think I’ve covered everything – sorry for the long post.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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