Art Journal – Everywhere

Hello all,

Hope you are having a terrific Saturday. My family is all out and about this evening so I had some quality creative time. Thought I would share with you my latest Art Journal page. I am having such fun with this new medium.

Today, with the weather all gloomy, I have been dreaming of far away places. I think that is what pulled me to create this page. There are so many places I want to go and see…someday soon, I hope. 

Happy day,


Life Well Spent

Hello all,

A Life Well Spent in my little stamping world is finding a new way to use products that I have had for a while.  Deep in the bottom of my paint/ink drawer, I found a set of Posh Rainbow Inks that I have had for some time now.   I decided to pull out this beautiful, vibrant ink set and pair it with some Cut-n-Dry Stamp foam to make my own stamp pad.  I just applied the ink to the Cut-n-dry stamp pad and, like magic, I have a unique stamp pad for stamping.

Below is the result:

These inks highlighted the Hot Air Balloon stamps wonderfully.  I just loved the effect of the shimmery metallic inks.  I then added some dimension to the back ground with watercolors.  To finish the card off, I strategically placed sequins and added the “Life Well Spent” saying (mounted on card stock and popped up with mounting foam). 

To make the ink pad just apply the ink directly to a piece of Cut-n-dry stamp foam.  Once the pad is well inked you can use it as if you would any other ink pad.

So here is the challenge, dig through your craft stash and find something old to make bright a new again.
Life Well Spent, Studio G
Posh Rainbow Ink, by Ranger – Metallic Red, Teal, Violet
Deluxe Opaque Watercolors, Grumbacher
Archival Onyx Black Versafine Ink Pad, Tsukineko
Sequins, Creatology
Cut-n-Dry Stamp Pad foam, Ranger
Cardstock: White, Light Blue, Dark Burgundy
Happy Day!

Art Journal – Beauty

Hello all,

Below is another Art Journal (AJ) page using similar techniques as my last AJ post (Priorities).  With this page I did not use a stencil or texture paste and, instead of water colors, I used a combination of acrylic & milk paint.  The page was then embellished with metal charms, coin, and some string.

Tim Holtz, Stamper Anonymous – Ledger Script
Bo Bunny, Distressed Textures
Club Scrap, Just Dandy
Mayan Road, Bird
Spectrum Noir, Alcohol Markers
Tsukineko -Memento, Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Tattered Angels Glimmer mist, Key Lime
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer, Ginger & Blue Night
Ranger, Tim Holtz – Distress Paint, Picket Fence
Recollections, Milk Paint Vintage Mink & Vintage Blue
Firefly, Semi-gloss Acrylic Paint, Soft Mink

Happy day,


Dragonfly Hello

Hello all,

New card below.  Used several smaller stamps to create an abstract background on this card and then embossed a dragonfly image for the focal point.  The dragonfly was colored using watercolors. I then mounted the focal panel onto black and teal card stock, this all was then adhered to a white A6 sized card.

This was a fun way to use a variety of stamps from several stamp sets to create a card that completely coordinates in the end.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match stamp sets and styles, you will open up a whole new arena of opportunities when you do! 

Stamps by:
Dear Lizzy
Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous
Little Yellow Bicycle
Bo Bunny

Versafine Onyx Black, Tsukineko
Versamark Watermark by Tsukineko
Lime Ricky & Aquatini by Catherine Pooler

Superfine Black Embossing Powder, Gary M Burlin & Co.
Deluxe Opaque Watercolors, Grumbacher

Happy Day!


Art Journal – Priorities; recipe

Hello all,

Follow up from my post last night with the recipe for my Priorities Journal page.





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1: Applied combination of Grumbacher  watercolors (Pink, Orange, Yellow) with spots of
Glimmer Mist (Apricot Jelly & Sunlight) and Simply Sheer Matte Mist (Red
Apple). Dry with heat tool
Layer 2: Stamped Words background image (by Heidi Swapp) with in Brown ink;
randomly covered entire journal page.
Layer 3: Applied Ranger Texture Paste over Dylusions Quote Bubbles stencil;
allow to dry. This created the raised pebble look on the page.
Layer 4: Applied layer of watered down acrylic paint (brown) and Glimmer Mist
(Rich Mocha).  Dry with heat tool.
Layer 5: Stamp Typewriter image (by Dear lizzy) onto tissue paper and colored
with watercolor pencils – adhered to journal page with Liquitex glazing medium
Then stamped word image (same as background) onto tissue paper, torn into
various sizes and adhered to journal page with glazing medium.
Layer 6: Adhered acrylic bird and postage mark images from Firefly ephemera
Layer 7: Splattered with watered down Black acrylic paint.  Dry with heat

Layer 8: Cut words out from old book and adhered to page with Mod Podge.  Age with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Layer 9: Applied Simply Sheer Matte Mist (Hunter Green) to add contrast to
page. Dry with heat tool.

Ok, on to my  next project.

Happy Day,


Paisley Peacock, True Friend

Hello all,

This is a card I made for the StampNation Challenge #227.  The background was made by applying Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to glossy white cardstock and then spritzing with an alcohol blending solution.  I then used a stencil (squares) with Catherine Pooler Lime Rickey and Aquatini ink to add further dimension to the upper portion of the background panel.  The Poppy Meadow image, by IndigoBlu, was stamped using Stazon Ink. The Peacock body was
embossed with black glitter powder and then die cut. The
Peacock feathers (alcohol ink on glossy card stock – diecut) were attached with mounting
foam for some added dimension.

Poppy Meadow stamp, Indigoblu
Paisley Peacock Stamps and Dies, Catherine Pooler Designs
Square Template, Catherine Pooler Designs
Aquatini & Lime Rickey Dye Ink, Catherine Pooler Designs
Alcohol Markers, Spectrum Noir
Alcohol Blending Solution, Ranger
Black Sparkle Embossing Powder, Ranger
Stazon Ink, Tsukineko
White Glossy cardstock

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are ready for another work week.  I am a bit more ready now that I got some stamping time in.

Happy Day!


Confessions of a Stamp’oholic – #1

So, I saw this t-shirt the other day that said “I am not a hoarder, I just need a larger craft room”.  I can so relate to this statement.  It seems that I never have enough room to store all of my wonderful craft supplies and all of them are certainly too awesome to get rid of.  I mean, you never know when that old yarn may come in handy or when old bottle caps will be the perfect element for my next project.  My need for craft supplies and storage issues have made me a master of organization, after all.  A skill that has benefited me in other areas of my life, I might add.

I confess, that I have do dads and thingy m’jigs in every nook and cranny of my craft room!  I confess, that I have to keep books and records of all my stuff in order to remember what I even have.  I also confess that, since it all makes me happy, I have no plans on changing soon! As long as I can keep my wonderful stuff all neat an organized (I really am obsessive about organization), I say stamp on and be happy!

(…just to tell my husband.  lol)

Happy Stamping!