Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Hello friends...I hope you're having an inky day!

Today I have 3 totally different projects featuring one stamp set - Succulents by Rubber Stamp Tapestry.

My first project uses a canvas I made using yesterdays technique of pairing pigment powders ~ in this case Lindy's Magical Shakers ~ with white glue.  The succulents were masked & stamped then colored with Chameleon Markers and fussy cut.

My next project is this fun "congrats" card I made using the hen from the set.  I stamped the succulent with VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) then stamped a circle of color over each image (Verdant and Chianti VFC).  I added the little dots using a peg stamp then added the die-cut sentiment.

I had lots of fun with the final card.  I stamped/masked the succulents with white ink on black cardstock. I then colored the succulents with a fun set of colored pencils from Crayola designed to work on dark cardstock.  There are so very pretty metallics and shimmery colors in this set.  I was totally surprised, it is NOT what I was expecting from Crayola but boy did these pencils deliver.  

As luck would have it this months challenge at House of Cards is to use colored pencils on dark cardstock!  I'm happy to enter this card into their challenge.

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Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Succulents
Imagine - VersaFine Clair, Memento Luxe
Lindy's Magical Shakers
Crayola - Colored Pencils
Club Scrap - Cardstock
White Glue
MFT - Die-Cuts

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Pigment Powder Glue Art

Today I wanted to share a fun idea...combining your pigment powders with glue.    I did this quite some time ago and paired the pigment powders with a clear gloss glue but decided to give my new Lindy's Magical Shakers a try with plain old white glue on canvas and here's how it turned out....

These turned out so pretty...I wish you could see the shimmer from the pigment powders IRL...they sparkle and shimmer like you wouldn't believe.

All I did was spread a layer of white glue over the canvas then sprinkle on the powders.  I left it to dry and the results are what you see.

I wasn't to show you the amazing texture of the surface of the's really cool looking...

The speckles that show up really well in this photo are the bright shimmer of the powders...some areas the color is more prevalent, other places it's the shimmer.  Just such a nifty result.

This is another canvas I did but I misted the top of the glue with water before sprinkling on the powders.  I also took a tool and made circles in the glue right after I sprinkled the powder on.  You can see that (because of the water) the colors traveled more freely but the glue did hold some of the swirly designs.  

I think this is going to be a really fun technique to explore more in the future, more ideas rolling around that I want to try.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Still Winter...

Well, I should know not to get in a hurry for Spring here in Indiana...I was hoping that we were done with the snow but alas today those darn little flakes are falling again!  So rather than complain (more than I already have) I thought I might as well join 'em!

Stamps: Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Woods in Winter
Paper Smooches - Hello from Scripty Sayings

My first card was made by pouncing Fresh Greens Kaliedacolor ink pad on my craft mat and spritzing with Ink Potion No. 9.  I smooshed the cardstock into the ink and picked up the smaller bits over and over to give a really pretty layered depth to the greens.  I stamped the tree with a combo of VersaFine Clair (Rain Forest) and Rich Cocoa Dual Tip Marker (on the tree trunk).  I then stamped the birds again with VFC - Red Tulip and the "Hello" sentiment with VFC Nocturn.  I then stenciled on the falling snow with gesso and smeared a bit more along the bottom of the panel free-hand.

Stamps: Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Woods in Winter (pine trees);
Budding Spring (rabbit)

This card was lots of fun...I love making winter pine forests - they always turn out so pretty!  The pines were stamped using VF Clair - Morning Mist (grey), Twilight (grey blue) and Rain Forest (dark green).  The sky is a blend of blues & purples applied with a sponge dauber then misted with Mister Huey's Opaque White spray.   I stamped the bunny then sponged on a bit of pink on his ears and grey on his fur coat.

Stamps: Rubber Stamp Tapestry Woodland Harvest (Tree);
 Woods in Winter (birds); various Peg Stamps - flowers, grass, snowman, snowflakes, etc.

My final card was made in hopes that we could move along from Winter snow and cold into Spring!  I am so ready for a bit of color ~ other than brown (grass, trees, etc) to green on the grass, trees and maybe even some flowers to oooh and ahhh over!  

So what season are you currently experiencing?
Has Spring sprung in your neck of the woods or are you still "enjoying" winter?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Seth Apter Baked Texture Embossing Powders

Hi Friends!  I am so excited to be able to share a project I made using Seth Apter's new embossing powders - Baked Texture.  If you've not seen them before you're in for a treat. He partnered with a Canadian company - Emerald Creek to bring his creations to reality.  These powders are NOTHING like any powders you have sitting in the back of your craft drawer.  These are a whole new way to envision embossing and I love 'em!!  I have loved embossing from the get go when I first discovered stamping but was saddened that it fell out of favor.  I am hoping this will help bring embossing back in a big way!

This is a piece of wall art I made using each one of the different powders available at this time....I was going to add a die-cut or sentiment on it but I sort of like how it looks as is.  I'm going to leave it as is for now.

Note: all examples were made using VersaMark Ink by Imagine.

Deep Sea...a lovely mix of chunky clear and blue powders - the more layers you add the less you see the clear and it turns into a deep rich blue - you can see how it varies from the speckled white to the darker areas which comes with each additional layer of powder.

This is probably my favorite...Chunky Rust.  It has tiny little flocking hairs mixed in with a copper color powder. It is AMAZING!!!  It really looks like rust  - the area on the example near the lid is just a single layer of the powder, the center and right has multiple layers of the powder.  The more you add the thicker and rusty-er it looks!

Vintage really does look like beeswax!  Thinner layers is just a touch of yellow in the mix...thicker colors like on the text really get the lovely warm yellow which can be cracked just like UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel). 

NOTE: This ep finishes with a very shiny surface (unlike beeswax), to give it the authentic look SA recommends applying a layer of matte multi-medium over the surface.  I have an easier fix, just take an eraser and rub it over the surface of the cool embossed area!  It takes the shine right off (you can see it in one of the examples below.  This technique will take the shine off any glossy embossing.

Patina Oxide - Super cool green and copper mix...the more you add, the more mixed it will look.  Very pretty.

Dirty Sand - Stuff is really cool, it does feel like sand when it's cooled. It has a rough gritty texture that is going to be so cool on beach and outdoor themed projects.

Rocky Road - I think this is my 2nd favorite - this stuff is wicked cool...really chunky, textured finish - if you want.  You can melt it a lot to get it all smooth and glossy or add a 2nd or 3rd layer leaving those less melted to create lots of texture.

Ancient Amber - this is a very pretty tarnished gold effect...less powder is amber more powder is gold.  Lots of possibilities.

Once my strips were finished I decided to turn them into art...I sponged on VersaFine Clair Morning Mist (a soft grey) over the white areas to really make the embossing stand out.

Then mounted them to a canvas using Creative Medium.  I had sponged the canvas with a trio of browns and copper but when I adhered the embossed strips to the canvas it looked muddled so I used some dark brown velvet ribbon to cover it up and add a bit of definition between each piece.  Turned out much better.

I wanted to share the following photos to show the texture of the various powders for you to enjoy...

This is the photo that shows the "matte" beeswax after it had been rubbed with an eraser.  It started out just as glossy as the Deep Sea ep below it. Quite a difference don't you think?

Top to bottom: Patina Oxide; Dirty Sand; Vintage Beeswax; 
Deep Sea; Ancient Amber; Rocky Road and Chunky Rust

Over all I have to say that these powders are well worth the asking price. These powders are nothing like anything you've ever thought of in an embossing powder. My only hope is that Mr. Apter brings out more of these fun powders in the future!  I'll be first in line to place my order!


Seth Apter Embossing Powder
Imagine - VersaMark Ink; VersaFine Clair, Tear It! Tape; Creative Medium, Sponge Dauber
Canvas Corp - 6x12 Natural Canvas
White Cardstock

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Simple, Elegant Wedding Decor Idea

This month Imagine is sharing various ideas for DIY wedding projects.  Today I wanted to share mine...I also used the color of the month - Ultraviolet!

I came up with a very simple, elegant design using lace/scroll work die-cuts paired with white cardstock, Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz and a few purple inks from Imagine...check it out....

The pattern for this favor box can be found on the imagine blog.

For full instructions, please see:

Friday, March 2, 2018

A bit of Autumn Glory

Hello Friends...I hope you're all having an inky day.  Today I have a trio of cards bringing in some Autumn Glory using Rubber Stamp Tapestry set Autumn Glory Chrysanthemums!  I wanted to play with color on these cards sticking with orange, gold, rhubarb and grape jelly for my flower colors...and this is what I came up with...

My first card I also wanted to incorporate a sentiment background so I stamped the main sentiment and stamped a second sentiment with VersaMark ink - it just adds a hint of the message in block lettering.  

For this card I wanted to create a cascade of mums.  I love the look don't you?  I was brave and stamped the sentiment in orange...something I almost never do.  Orange is so bright but it works well with the flowers.

My final card was made in layers...I stamped and fussy cut tiny little masks for the flowers and stamped and layered and stamped some more.  I love the finished stamped flowers framed by the green card.  The delicate pattern on the green really accentuates the foliage on the stamped portion.

Hope you've enjoyed these cards and they inspire you to get inky!
Ink on my friends, Ink on!


Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Autumn Glory Chrysanthemums
Imagine - Memento Dye Ink, VersaFine, VersaMark
Club Scrap - Cardstock, Happy Birthday sentiment, Ribbon
MFT - Dies
Other - Faux Gemstones

Thursday, March 1, 2018

New Month, New Card Sketch!

Hello Everyone...  
Happy March!

I hope you are doing well - it's rainy and cold here today but that can only mean that spring is working it's way here right?!?!?  That's the story I'm telling myself anyway.

New month means a new card sketch at the Club Scrap Chat and here's what I have for you...

And here are a couple of cards for inspiration....

This card was made using items from the 02/18 kit Steamworks along with a sentiment from What a Ride kit.  The gear dies are by Memory Box and I inked the background using the gear stencil from the kit and Golden Glitz Delicata Ink.

This card was made using the Surprise! kit 01/18.  The background and sentiments were stamped using the new VersaFine Clair inks.  They stamp so crisp and those inks!


Club Scrap - stamps, papers, cut-aparts, embellishments
Imagine - VersaFine Clair, Delicata, Tear It! Tape, On Point Glue
Memory Box - Gear Dies

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

ICWM - Fail....

Well, I failed my challenge for the International Correspondence Writing Month... 

I had planned on writing a card to someone each day of the month and I started off great but then things feel apart.  I thought I had a cold at the beginning of the month but then we went off to a trade show right after Valentine's Day.  I didn't feel great while we were gone but we had this trip planned for months and I didn't want to disappoint. I had all my cards done and sent for the time we were going to be gone ahead of time so I made it up through the 20th. 

When we got home dh decided that I must have the flu because it was still going strong (and he heard a program about it on talk radio).  I got worse after we got back home and haven't done a thing since returning (well, other than housework and laundry) so I missed out on sending the last 8 cards out :( I am starting to feel better but I feel like I've lost the entire month of February. 

I hate it when I challenge myself and I don't complete it. It sucks!

I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things soon...I have some fun new goodies I want to share with you but I have to play with them first!  Just have to get the crafting urge instead of the napping urge.

I did get some pretty photos while we were at the show...  We went to PA...

The sky was so pretty over the mountains.

This is the kids (youngest son & his wife) set-up at the show...
they are mfg. vintage garden tractor seats!

After the show we were going to go a different route and head north instead of going to toll road. 
 It went from this....

to this in a matter of about 20 minutes.  It was wicked so we had to stop in Harrisburg for the night.  Most of it melted the next day but it did make for an interesting evening.  We got the last room at the Marriott hotel - Whew!  Would have been scary if we would have had to drive on.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Enamel Copper Beading

So excited to share this bracelet that I made...

These beads started out as copper tubing but with a little help from Imagine I was able to turn them into an enamel covered bead. I liked the results so much I made one to keep and one to give as a gift.

The VersaFine Clair ink Tulip Red looks so pretty over the copper...almost like a candied apple!

Please see 

for the complete tutorial.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sweet Song of Spring...

Happy Friday!  Today I wanted to share some fun I had recently with Rubber Stamp Tapestry's new stamp set Sweet Song of Spring.  I was so inspired by this set of stamps that I decided to create little scenes by incorporating a bit of free-hand drawing and watercolor painting with the's what I came up with...

My first card I made this little home for the Spring robin...I wanted to give him a nice secluded home in a secret garden to live. All of the flowers and foliage were stamped using VersaFine Clair then embossed with clear EP.  The bird was stamped using VersaFine ink and I drew the birdhouse and pole in free-hand.  The remainder of the image was watercolored using Kuretake Watercolor.  The sentiment is from Club Scrap.

This card is my attempt at a clean and simple watercolor card...not sure if it fits the "C&S" police term but it's pretty simple for me.  I started off by penciling in the mailbox to give myself a rough idea on where to add the foliage.  Next I stamped the greenery and added the flowers with VersaFine Clair inks.  I then went back and watercolored the mailbox and pole.  The final step was adding the sentiment (Club Scrap).   I messed up though - I wanted to sit the bird on top of the mailbox but my proportions were off and he looked like a giant next to the mailbox so I left him off ;)  LOL!!


Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Sweet Song of Spring
Imagine - VersaFine Clair
Kuretake Watercolors
Club Scrap - Sentiments

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Steampunk Inventor Gothic Arch

Last Sunday was Thomas Edison's birthday...he was and in my mind will probably always be one of the great inventors of our time.  In honor of his birthday they named February 11th National Inventors Day and I made this fun Gothic Arch to celebrate them both!

There's a little bit of everything on the arch...vintage ephemera, stamping, die-cuts, Vintage Creative Medium (my favorite), Metallic Creative Medium (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Copper); lots of embossing powders on the Gothic Arch base (red, copper and patina) as well as the fun vintage images.  I love when I can mash 'em all together to make something like this.

If you'd like step by step instructions 
and a complete list of supplies you can find it here - 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day Friends!!

First I wanted to share my steampunk inspired Valentine's Day Tag with you!

And I also have a selection of vintage Valentine's Day cards from my collection...


Hope you all have a lovely day!!