Friday, October 23, 2015


Here's my second card for Mojo Monday, much more to my liking.

Sorry about the quality of the pictures, but I don't post enough and I don't sell enough to warrant building a light box to take the photos.  Not to mention that I have no place to put it!

Background paper is from the middle of the Tattered Lace Magazine, special Christmas edition,
Blue cardstock is Coordinations, Silver Foil CS is from a stack of paper I ordered from Create and  (on sale for 14.99 for a stack of 50!) the bling running down the side is anybody's guess...I got it out of the bins an Michael' manufacturer's or company name whatsoever on the pkg., the snowflakes are from 2 punches...the small is a Fiskars and the medium is from Martha Stewart, ribbon is random stuff I have...mostly Offray's from JoAnn's, the sentiment is From Verve..Winter Wonder Remix set.

Have a Great Weekend!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


I've always wanted to be an artist.  I love the look of horses, I think they are beautiful animals.  When I was young, I would try and try and try to draw them.  I came to the conclusion that I am just not talented enough to draw.  I dabble in trying to do watercolor for some of my backgrounds, but I do what I see them do on TV and in books, but I just can't seem to make it work.  Sometimes I feel the same way about making cards.  I start out with a picture in my mind and I just can't make it work.  I went through my paper stash and found these and just loved the patterns and the colors, then I tried to put them together to make something awesome. The tag paper was just so cute and was going to use it for the strip behind the tag....but if I did, it would have been covered up.  After looking at it for awhile, the pattern king of evolved into a tag shape if I cut it I did...and I loved it so I choose the stripy paper for the strip, it's nice and colorful and coordinates with the tag paper...and the orange CS I used to cut the border on perfectlyl matched the darker orange in both papers...which you could see if they weren't covered up.  If it was someone else who was Julee or some of the other designers, they would have created something awesome.  I came up with something so so.  I'm posting it anyway.  I've done it before and will do it  Once in awhile things work out awesome, mostly ordinary, sometimes so so, once in awhile I don't even finish it it's so bad.  Here it is .....

All papers are from K&C Co.from various Halloween stacks, the bauble is from Jolee's Boutique and the Happy Halloween is cut from the Happy Hauntings cartridge - Cricut.  Also used EK Punch, and Black Soot distress ink from Ranger.

Trick or Treat!

Sunday, October 18, 2015


This card was made using my "October 31" cartridge for my Cricut Expression.  This cartridge is one of the less expensive ones, I forget what they call them but they don't have a box, just come in the acetate.  The house is cool, but it cuts out the windows and stuff and it's just see through so I had to do some piecing for yellow windows, same with the Jack O' Lantern and the pumpkins

I started out with some watercolor paper and painted the background.  I got a little carried away when I trimmed it so I could get a sidewalk in, I wanted more bats and more lawn.  As it is I had to squish my pumpkins together and you can't tell here in the picture that there are two of them, one in back of the tree and one in front.  You might see a little more of the details if you click on the picture to get a larger view.  The sidewalk is some grey cardstock I ran through the Tim Holtz bricks embossing folder (Sizzix) and used some Distress Ink (Black Soot) to bring out the detail.  I cut out some white cardstock in the shape of the Jack O' Lantern so I could put some light in it.  I used Distress Inks and started out with Mustard Yellow and then used some Wild Honey about halfway in and then finished with Rusty Hinges so it would have that "glow".  I used some Rusty Hinges on the outside to give a little definition to the shape.

Happy Hauntings!

Sunday, October 11, 2015


This card is for my Granddaughter Kelsey.  She likes hearts, she likes pink...and that order, so I was her.  I saw this sketch and decided it would be perfect for her, I would use hearts instead of stars and put a butterfly somewhere.  I knew exactly what I was going to do.  Just like every other "sure" thing, it wasn't.  Oh well, after perusing my stash of paper (my significant other is always asking "Why are you buying more paper?  You've got paper in those drawers, and those drawers, and in those drawers and stacked over there and there and there.......)  I can't find what I want.  I just want a simple white background with little pink flowers.  I DON'T HAVE ANY.  So I made my own.  I have D.O.T.S. stamps from way back before they were CTMH.  They had the cutest little whimsical stamps......anyway, I have this set called The Victorian set that has flowers, tea pots, hat boxes, shoes, frames, hats, there are 30 of them and they are all on 1" square wood mounts.  Kelsey and I had them out a couple of weeks ago and she had to stamp each one...twice.  I thought that I could find one of them to make a background paper.  The rose is not as small as I wanted but it worked OK and then I thought I would use butterflies for the background for the 4.  I got the card assembled and didn't like it.  I just plain didn't like it...the butterflies just were not the right style..even though I love the Verve butterflies.  Heavy sigh.  So I disassembled the card and stamped a smaller version of the flower in bundles for the 4.  I like it much better.  The butterflies will go on the inside on some acetate to make it look like they are flying.  I will edit this to show the inside when it is finished.  So......images are DOTS.......plain CS in pink and white, hearts are cut from the George and Simple Shapes cartridge on the Cricut and the 4 is from the Songbird Cart.  Lace and ribbon from JoAnn's.  Also used, Ranger Distress Ink, Vintage Photo.

Ta Ta for now....come back and see the inside!

Here's the inside

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Decided to do a little Christmas crafting and wanted to do a little elegant.  I bought a magazine from Tattered Lace, their Christmas Edition, last month and their mags always come with 1 or more dies. This one came with a trio of dies for making poinsettias.  Nothing special about that but these are the first ones that are not huge, it's the reason I bought the magazine....anyway, as soon as it got here I made a poinsettia.  It's been sitting at my work station (laughingly called a work's my little piece of organized chaos where I escape and play) on top of my box of "extra" stuff, being just adorable and pretty.  In between making Dave's card and shopping on Create and Craft, I tried out a stamp I got on sale from the Demon Station ( I call it that because it is sucking up all my extra funds).  It is from a Heartfelt Creations set they came up with back in May I think, I watched it being demoed and it's a beautiful set, but most of their stuff is geared towards making 8 X 8 inch cards, some more so than others.  This was one of those so I gave it a miss until...........they had a sale on individual pieces so I picked up this stamp set "Sparkling Poinsettia Swirl".  It was 50% off, what's a stampaholic supposed to do?  It's been setting in my Heartfelt Creations bin for a little over a month so I grabbed a piece of scrap white CS and tried it out with gold embossing powder.  It was everything I hoped for and as I sat there thinking about how I would use it, I spied the little flower just aching to be used and low and's the perfect size to fit over the stamped image.  It had to be shelved since I was still working on Dave's card (65 candles all had to be glittered and assembled, then glued down) , then I felt guilty about posting Dave's card on Mojo was a tall and skinny but it wasn't even close to the sketch, so I made another that fit the bill.  Then I was free to play with this.

You can't tell by this picture, but the card is folded so that the front is 3 1/2 X 5 1/2 and the inside is 5 X 5 1/2.  The reason I decided to do it this way is because if I did the standard 4 1/4 X 5 X 1/2 the front panel would take up too much of the front by itself.  The background paper is from BoBunny and is lovely on it's own and needed to have at least some of it showing!  I layered it up with some gold mirrored card stock for that touch of elegance and some jewels by Studio G.

Here's the inside

Both the stamped images were on white CS but the BoBunny paper is kind of a cream background so I took some Distress Ink, Antique Linen, and started from the outside in almost to the center.  Leaving a little white in the center just gives it a little glow and adds some dimension.  I followed this up with some Vintage photo, the inside is blinged up with a little ribbon and a poinsettia sticker from Jolee's.

I tied the little layered bow on the front with the mini Bow Maker from Embellishment Attic
and the piece of border is from K&C Company.

I don't know if anyone will see this since I am not submitting it to any challenge.....unless is fits Mojo Monday's this coming if you do happen to blunder across it, please leave a comment to let me know someone was here!  

Thanks a bunch, stay crafty

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Here's my Mojo that actually follows the sketch.   I've used all kinds of different things, but mostly I had to play with my new stuff from the Riviera Collection by Heartfelt Creations.  The background CS is from the paper stack(more like a project book) and the panel is stamped with their background stamp with words on it on plain white CS then inked up with first Wild Honey and then Forest Moss (Ranger Distress Inks).  The Grape vine is also part of the set, colored in with copics and then covered in Glossy Accents (Ranger), it was cut out with the corresponding die.  The tag and oval are both from the Austrian Collection by Creative Expressions and the sentiment is from Verve's Accent Notes set.  I added the sweet little bow along with some pearls (Recollections) and a jewelled accent on the bow from the Paper Studio.

Very simple, kind of sweet.

I just love the detail on these stamps.

Thanks for stopping by, stay crafty.