Thursday, September 30, 2010


This week over at the Play Date Cafe we are given the colors hot pink, turquoise, rusty orange and chocolate brown. I have made a distressed piece using TH distress inks, a Cuttlebug "gears" embossing folder, TH "gears" die, TH stamps and embellishments. I have used alcohol ink on the clock and stickles on the gears.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge- week 16

Here we go with challenge #16. This week the amazing Linda of Studio L3 has us doing "wrinkle free distress". Wouldn't it be nice to be wrinkle free. My fish (Scrollswork) was embossed onto a baroque die cut before doing the technique. I used faded jeans, broken china, tumbled glass, chipped sapphire and rusty hinge distress inks. I outlined the fish with a black pencil and partially stamped over it with black archival ink. I filled in the back of the fish with modeling paste to give him depth, added some black soot distress stickles to his back and made him an eye using " crystal effects". I added some miniature starfish and called it complete.

Next Monday will not be the same without a new challenge but I am glad for all those lucky people who are cruising with Tim. Thank you for looking!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Gingersnap Creations 71: Random Redhead-Inchies

I made this card for the GC C 71: Inchies. The postage stamps are my inchies. I mounted the stamps on black and cut them out with postal scissors. The bird image is from "The Lady's Closet". I used stamps from Stampington, Tim Holtz and Stampa Rosa. The background paper is from My Minds Eye. I colored it with distress inks - bundled sage, pumice stone and faded jeans.

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Friday, September 24, 2010


I made this card for the Birthday Challenge at ONE POWERFUL HOUR. Amy from Paper & Gluestix is the host and is celebrating her birthday this week.Her artwork brings me joy. It is so creative and fun. I made this card using her collage sheets that I purchased from her Etsy shop. I don't have her talent but it was fun working with her images.I painted the background and used a Stampin Up stamp for the words. The inside of the card says Have a HOOT! Happy Birthday Amy!

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gingersnap Creations - Color Challenge 72

This is my entry for Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge - Neutrals plus one color. I have used distress inks brushed corduroy and frayed burlap over a piece of TH paper - vintage shabby for my neutrals. I used distress ink faded jeans for my color. The flying crows are from King Rubber. The scrolls are from Old Island. The chair and crow is from Martha Stewart.The quote, clock, flower spray and shatter is Tim Holtz. I embossed the edge with Cuttlebug- organic flourish.
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Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC 48

I made this 4x4 card for the Play Date Cafe Challenge 48. The colors to use were dark purple or blue, lime green and silver or grey. I used a bird collage stamp from Magenta, scroll stamp from The Old Island Stamp Company and pearls from Basic Grey. The paper is Stampin Up and Making Memories. I used Color Box fluid chalk lime pastel and Stazon midnight blue. I glued a circle of thick acetate onto the collage face.
Thank you for looking! Come check out the challenge. There is an amazing prize from Crafty Individuals.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Alter it Monthly - September

The theme for September at Alter it Monthly is rust. I had a hard time getting inspired with this challenge. I tried different techniques for rusting paper and I scrounged around my hb's stuff and the marina next store looking for rusty stuff. I found a few neat things but it wasn't until I found a rusty tin can on the beach last weekend that the light bulb went on. The tin can is the background after some hammering and folding. The nest is rusty wire and some steel wool I soaked in water.The chain links are from my junk jewelry stash. The leaves I did years ago. I made the paper for the letters using paint and distress embossing powder. I used a Tim Holtz die to cut them out.The bird was purchased years ago. The mounting board was what I used for trying different ways to make rust. It ended up being a fun project! Thank you for looking!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge- week 15

Oh yeah it's Monday! This is way better than camping in the rain. The challenge this week at Studio L3 is Alcohol Ink Agate on Grunge. I have to keep reminding myself that it is a technique book I am making so keep it simple. Here I have used a pearl ink dabber, alcohol inks, embossed grunge board, a quote from Quietfire Designs,TH dots stamp, butterfly and pearls from my stash and archival ink. The quote was stamped onto acetate.

Thank you for looking! Your comments are very appreciated!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge- week 14

Here we are at week 14 of the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge at Studio L3. Mondays will never be the same. This week it's all about using masks. I used a TH Haunted mask, TH flutterby stamp, black soot and fired brick distress inks, turquoise felt pen, fiskers heart punch, words from SU and a plastic spider.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Let's Ink It Up

I made this for Let's Ink It Up Challenge #2 where the theme is tags or bookmarks with a vintage feel. I have used stamps from Stampin Up, Stampington, Tim Holtz, Limited Edition, Stampa Rosa and Inkadinkado. I used distress and archival inks. The leaves are from Black Ink.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I created this tag for Tuesday TAGGERS. The theme this week is "books". Before retiring I worked with young children. One of my greatest pleasures was introducing children to books and the concept of imagination. I used TH stamps, distress inks, an image from Itkupilli, some paper tape and tissue tape to create my salute to imagination. I found out about this challenge through Meggymay. She is their guest designer this week. Thanks Meggymay!
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Compendium of Curiosities Challenge- week 13

Week 13 at L3 Studio. The Compendium of Curiosities Challenge continues. This week its about the flowers. I used a variety of papers all distressed with vintage photo ink and the Sizzix THA tattered flowers die. My flower brads were painted with black alcohol ink. The background was made using SU wheel Very Vintage and clear embossing powder. It and the paper tape were distressed with vintage photo ink. Not sure where the words came from. Thank you for looking! Come and join in the fun!