Thursday, August 14, 2014


Today is a great day.  I am doing a major happy dance today.  Creative Embellishments announced their new design team on their blog today.  Woot Woot.  I made it. Woot Woot.  So thrilled. If you are not familiar with their store, it is definitely a must see.  They make fabulously detailed chipboard and wooden die cuts, flair, and stamps. So excited....please check out the blog post here.  The link to their store is here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Organization - Stamps

I am trying to get the beast other wise known as my craft room organized.  Given the fact I am a super messy crafter, it isn't to bad.  I know for me, I like my supplies to be easily accessible.  I have a super great find that I am using to put the majority of my embellishments.  I will show that piece when I am complete - so excited about that one.  For a long time, I have been using a clip it up to hold some of my embellishments.  I would need about 10 of them to hold everything - (Isn't that the same for most of us :) )  I wasn't sure what to do with it when I took everything off and just set it in the corner.

I have done several major purges over time, especially with stamps. I still do have a nice collection of them though.  Never really figured how to store them so that they would be easily accessible, something I could put away easily (I am so not good at that), and cheap.  I love the ideas of the TH binders, but I would be into it for about 200 by the time I got everything I needed.  Thought about binders and inserts, that would work but I would still need about 5 big binders plus the inserts.  Definite possibility, but then it hit me.  I could put them on the clip it up.  Bingo, it works perfectly. 

The only thing I realized that the regular sandwich bags (with out the zipping feature) are very flimsy.  So I will need to go to the dollar store and get box to replace the ones that are housing the smaller sets.  So for a dollar and using what I had available, I have a new stamp storage system. 
I love the fact that I can spin it, see what I need.  I can easily just hang it right back up when I am done.  It holds over a 100 stamp sets.  So excited.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Altered Cigar Box

I love Timmy products. For fun, I decided to make a box with all kinds of Timmy products and a few other bits.  I used his stains, paints, inks, wallflower paper, ephemera, dies, rub-ons and ideology. For the lace I used Lindy Stamp Gang's Tiffany Lou Blue to dye it.  I decided he needs to come out with white and brown rub-ons in the same designs too.  I would so get those :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

June Tag on CreateExchange

The directive for June on Create Exchange was to create a vintage tag with textures.  I wanted to do a little twist and create it into an easel box.  The little box was handy for stashing in some extra goodies for my partner.  The photo is a fabric transfer using an image from the Graphic 45 Romantique collection.  The rest of the paper used was from the Prima Time Traveler's Memories stack.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Baby Diaper Castle

We had a new addition to our family.  My nephew and his wife welcomed a baby girl into their lives last month.  My sister threw them a baby shower when they came out to visit.  I was tasked with making the centerpiece.  I knew that I wanted to do a spin on the traditional diaper cake.  When I came across this pattern on SVG cuts, I knew that is what I wanted to make.  (Josh took the pictures for me on this one.  He likes to help out once in a while.)  It is all a learning process.


Friday, July 4, 2014


I wanted to make some embellishments to match a project I am working on.  I had some wonderful wood veneer butterflies in my stash.  I started with painting them the same color as I had painted my background on my project.  I wanted the butterflies to match but not blend into the background so I needed to add dimension and texture to them. 

Step 1: Coat with Deco Art Vintage chalk paint and let dry.
Step 2: Stamp with Ranger Sepia dye ink with a script stamp.
Step 3: Coat with a thick coat of Ranger Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.
Step 4:  Ink edges with the Sepia Dye ink
Step 5:  Add pearls.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Background - grungy goodness with tons of Lindy Stamp Gang products (Very pic heavy)

I had fun making this little canvas.  I started all my canvases with cutting down a piece of chipboard into (4) 6 x 6 pieces then covered in 2 coats of gesso.  There is a lot of inking goodness going, gotta have that surface protected.  For this one, I cut down a calendar sticker sheet into random squares, rectangles, etc. then adhered them to the canvas. (TIP:  use matte medium to adhere the pieces down.  Although they are adhesive backed, it will help keep them adhered down).

Using Lindy's Stamp Gang Dark Chocolate Truffle Starburst Spray, spray about 5-10 sprays into some white gesso and mix.  You will get a very light tan result.  The spray changes the viscosity of the gesso into a wash.  Cover the canvas.  It is okay to still see some of the calendar print through the gesso.

Using Lindy's Stamp Gang Industrial Chic Spray Set spray each of the sprays randomly.  Dry with a heat tool.  Add more sprays until you get desired result.  Dry.

Mix some molding paste with Some Lindy's Stamp Gang Time Travel Teal from the Industrial Chic Magical set . Using a stencil randomly apply.  '

Then once dry, use a Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen trace around the edges of each of the squares and then smear.  The pen sets pretty quickly so draw each one, then smear before moving onto the next. 

I randomly stamped some texture stamps in black Ranger dye ink onto the canvas. Put white gesso on your craft sheet, add two squirts of water, then using a paintbrush splatter  randomly, then dry.  . I used a white ink pad to ink the lid and then randomly and not perfectly stamped the lid onto the canvas to add more white. Use black india ink or paint, add two sprays of water, and splatter the same as the white.

To finish off the background I edged around the canvas directly with an embossing pad.  I made it randomly so it wasn't even.  I embossed with black utee with a little bit of bronze mixed in. Then I randomly it some of the edges with the embossing pad and used Lindy's Stamp Gang Hyacinth Blue Green EP~ matches Time Travel Teal

I also used the same Lindy's embossing powder on two Tim Holtz bull dog clips.  Just pushed them into the embossing pad. Then sprinkled over the embossing powder.  Heated until melted.  Put a little india ink on my finger and randomly touched around the clips to gung up a bit.

Now that the canvas background was done...what to do with it.  I wanted to find a lady dancing a first, but when going through my stash I found a Shabby Chic Prima fairy.  It was solid white.  I knew I wanted to do something with it, but wasn't sure what.  Then inspiration hit.  Using the Time Travel Teal from the Industrial Chic Magical set, I mixed the Time Travel Teal, Rusty Latern Lime, and the Steel Shimmer with Golden soft gel medium to make my three paints that I used on fairy. 

The word believe was a metal word brad I have had in my stash for a good 10 years....I knew I would find the perfect project for it at some point.  I added a little gesso to it with my finger randomly to add a little something to it.  The words are from the Tim Holtz little word sticker set.  Inked the edges and over the stickers with the dark rust ink pad from Prima.  Then drew around the edges with a black Faber-Castell Pitt Pen and a white Signo Uniball gel pen. 

I finished off the back with a piece of 6 x 6 paper with a little splatter of gesso.  Then for the last detail I stained the seam binding with the Lindy's Sprays from the Industrial Chic Spray Set