Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 2015 Tim Holtz Tag

I kept this tag pretty much as Tim designed.  I didn’t have any colored Distress Glitter so I made some with the clear glitter and alcohol ink in Latte’.  It’s super easy – just put some clear glitter in a container and add a few drops of alcohol ink, then stir.  I make sand this way too.  I also tied some fun knots with hemp for the ribbon.

January Tim HOltz TAg

Here’s a close up.

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Tim Holtz January 2015 Tag


Repeat Impressions Photo Inspiration Challenge

Happy Wednesday!  It’s time for a challenge at Repeat Impressions blog, The House that Stamps Built.  This week we are looking for a card inspired by this gorgeous photo the design team found on Pinterest:

Photo Inspiration 1:21:15

To get you started, I created my interpretation of this photo using Snowflake, LG 8912-ISnowflake, SM 8914-E, and Peace 3215-F.  I took post-it tape and created a diagonal mask across the card.  Next, I stamped the snowflakes in Hero Arts Shadow ink in Red Royal and Soft Granite, then stamped the peace sentiment (using a stamp-a-ma-jig) across the edge.  I added some shading with ink to give a little pop on the border.  To finish the card I added some hero arts gems and called it inspired!

Peace - Photo Inspiration-wm

Please join me at The House that Stamps Built and remember, you can use any stamp or image you’d like but get extra entries for using Repeat Impressions stamps (don’t forget the discount code on my blogs sidebar).  A random winner will win a generous $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store!

I can’t wait to see what your inspiration brings!

A Day For Daisies

One of the challenges I personally love participating in is the A Day For Daisies.  One of the reasons I enjoy participating is that Tammy, the owner and artist is kind enough to provide freebies for each and every participant.  Thanks Tammy!  Today I colored Doll Face Beauty #5 with copics for this weeks challenge that calls for use of ombre.  I took my favorite Kuretake Watercolors and used the golds, copper and pearl to create a ombre background.  The sentiment is Clearly Besotted.  I kept the rest of the card very clean and simple.

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A Day For Daisies: Use Ombre

Crazy 4 Challenges: Clean & Simple

Crafty By Design: ATG

Art By Miran: ATG

Marker Pop-ATG

Crafty Sentiment’s Design: Girly

Inspiration Destination: ATG

Sentimental Sunday’s – New Beginnings

Love to Scrap: ATG



Try Stampin’ on Tuesday – Challenge #202

Happy Tuesday!  It’s time for a Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch challenge.  This week doesn’t have a specific theme, but I’ve chosen a Thank you card as I can never have enough of those.  You have until Monday, January 26th to enter.

Here’s the Sketch:

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My card uses Carta Belle 6 x 6 paper pad, “Warm & Cozy”.  I cut ovals from My Favorite Things and inked the edges with distress ink in Antique Linen.  The sentiment is a word die by Lawn Fawn and to make it stand out, I cut it out four times and layered it.  The fiber is from Club Scrap and the metal element is way old from my stash.

I hope you’ll join us this week at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday!

Thanks Male-wm

Cards in Envy Challenge – Going Gray

Well, this challenge is right up my alley.  Since turning 50, I have done nothing but go gray!  Seriously though, I don’t often do monochromatic cards and this  Cards in Envy Challenge was really fun.

At Cards in Envy we ask that you make you card to fit into a standard A2 card, which is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.

How about some inspiration?  This week I used the Lawn Fawn “Beep Beep” stamp set which I colored with Copic Markers in both cool and warm grays.  The tag was created using the Lawn Fawn “Birthday Tags” set.  To make the ground, I used the Simon Says Stamp curved edge die and finished off my tag with some bakers twine in gray and white.

I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us how you are going gray!

Grey Challenge-wm

Lindy Doodle

Happy Sunday!  Today I put together the “milk” challenge at Doodle Pantry and the January Lindy’s Stamp Gang color challenge.  I didn’t have a specific “milk” digi, so I took license and used one with ice cream which is made from milk.  For the inks, I used Lindy’s Magical’s in Cape Code Coral, Sprays in Jazzy’ Jivin’ Purple, Don’t eat Yellow Snow, and Pop Rock Purple.



The Doodle Pantry Challenge also had an option to use brads or buttons so I added a brad from the depths of my stash.  As far as technique, I white heat embossed the “Life of the Party Dots” from Hero Arts/Basic Grey, then wet some 140lb Strathmore watercolor paper with water, diluted the magicals and applied the inks sporadically to the wet paper to mix.  The circle is die cut from the stitched circles at My Favorite Things and embossed with a Darice folder.  The ribbon is a freebie from Ellen Hutson which she sends you with each and every order.  Isn’t that generous?

Doodle Pantry using Lindy's


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Doodle Pantry: Milk Challenge

Lindy’s Stamp Gang: January Color Challenge

Love to Scrap Challenge: Use L,T,S,B,C – Used L – Lindy’s, B-Bow & Brad

Crafty By Design: ATG

Art By Miran: ATG 

Inspiration Destination Challenge

Addicted to Stamps: Make your Mark – Ink

Our Daily Bread: Color Challenge


Send a Smile 4 Kids – Anything Goes Challenge!

Happy Saturday!  Today Send a Smile 4 Kids begins a new Anything Goes Challenge!  We have some great prizes being offered by our very generous sponsors for our randomly chosen winner.  The design team will also be choosing their favorites and those cards will be featured on the Send a Smile 4 Kids blog.

Our sponsors are:

1)  Digi Stamps 4 Joy:  Prize $10.00 Gift Certificate to their store

2)  Whimsy Stamps:  Prize $15.00 Gift Certificate to their store

3)  The Cutting Cafe:  Prize  3 sets of digital images or cutting files

Now, how about a little inspiration to get you going?

My first card uses Party Dress Pretties – Patty, which I colored in copics.  The paper pack is Basic Grey KneeHigh collection, the scallop die is My Favorite Things, and the journaling spot die is Lawn Fawn.

Sweet Girl - Digi Stamps 4 Joy-wm


My next card uses a cut file from The Cuffing Cafe called “Hey Foxy”.  I don’t have an electronic die cutting machine, but was still able to print out these cut files on Neenah Solar White paper using my laser printer.  I then fussy cut the image, distressed the edges and colored the fox images with Copics to make this adorable shaped card.  This is just one of the many files  in this one download!



I sure hope you will join us at Send a Smile 4 Kids this challenge for a chance to win some great prizes in our Anything Goes Challenge!



Open-Minded Crafting Challenge #28 – Movie Inspiration

It’s a busy Saturday at The Crafty Nurses’ Blog!  Hope you will join me in some crafting fun this weekend.  Today, I’m bringing some inspiration from Open-Minded Crafting Challenges as we look for inspiration at the Movies!  Our challenge runs through Friday, January 30th and we have some great prizes for our randomly chosen winners.

Here are our sponsors:

Ike's ArtPrize: $20.00 Voucher to Ike’s Store

samistampssponsorshipbadge2_zps5b3d9351Prize: $12.00 Gift Certificate

Sassy StudioPrize: 4 Images of Winners Choice

MayzyArtPrize: $12.50 Gift Certificate

For inspiration, I chose a MayzyArt image called “Aria”.  She put me in the mind of the movie “Pitch Perfect”, staring Anna Kendrick.  Wow what a voice on that one, huh? I felt like she needed some wild purple hair so I went for it.  I had never colored hair this shade before and I have to say I Like it!  What do you think?

The ovals, circles, sentiment, and embellishment are all My Favorite Things and the paper is American Crafts, “Plus One” by Amy Tangerine.

Come on over and enter a card to tell us what movies inspire you!

Pitch Perfect-wm

Sketch Saturday Challenge #344 – Bunny Zoe Crafts

Happy Saturday friends.  It’s time for a Sketch Saturday  challenge and this week we are sponsored by Bunny Zoe Crafts who is offering a 10 pound gift certificate to their online store for our random winner!

The sketch this week is:


Now, for some inspiration.  Today I’ve used a Bunny Zoe Crafts digital image called “Wags & Whiskers Fairy Hannah”.  I colored Hannah with copic markers and used My Minds Eye “My Girl” 6 x 6 paper pad.  The oval, banner, and stitched dies are from My Favorite Things and the sentiment die is Papertrey Ink.  I finished her off with some Hero Arts gems.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

Fairy Girl-wm

Joining Repeat Impressions Design Team!

Hello Friends.  I was thrilled when Wendy at Repeat Impressions asked me to join her design team.  Repeat Impressions sells high quality red rubber stamps that can be purchased both mounted or unmounted.  Wendy has generously provided my blog followers with a 10% discount to purchase stamps from her site anytime by using the code (rr10ks)!  Thanks Wendy.

Each Wednesday, the talented design team, called Rock Stars (I always wanted to be a Rock Star, yeah!), will be providing great inspiration on Wendy’s Blog, The House That Stamps Built.   Wendy’s blog hosts great challenges with even better give aways, including a $25.00 gift certificate to her store!  There is a little something for everyone like sketch challenges, color challenges, and photo inspiration challenges.  The design team also hosts a “Project of the Week” where a tip or technique to better your card making and crafting skills is provided.

This weeks challenge theme is monochromatic colors using Brown, Black, and White.  As soon as I saw this theme I knew which stamp I wanted to use. You can find these stamps over at Repeat Impressions: Bear – 816-N,  2719-K, Lg Pine Tree, 2710-D, Sm Pine Tree.  I used distress inks to create a “burnt edge” look by building up antique linen, vintage photo, walnut stain, and black soot distress inks.  I distressed the edges of a Sizzix “parchment”die and finished off with a sentiment from Tim Holtz “Simple Sayings”.

I hope I will see some of your entries at The House That Stamps Built, where you can enter a card with any type of stamp digital or rubber, but extra entries are given for using Repeat Impressions stamps.  See you there!

Monochromatic Black, Brown & White-wm


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