Brain Freeze!

Oh what fun you do, Brain Freeze
This layout encompasses multiple challenges! First, it will be entered into the Stuck?! Sketches July 15, 2017 Challenge! The challenge for the second half of July was to use the following sketch designed by Laura Whitaker. For my layout, I decided to rotate the design counter-clockwise, which I thought worked better for me, especially since I have a longer title. This layout is also going to be entered in the July Sewing Challenge, July 5 Ingredients + Challenge, July Music Inspiration Challenge, July Hoarders Challenge, and the July Foodies Challenge over at Whew! That’s a lot of Challenges for one little ol’ layout!
July 15, 2017, Stuck?! Sketches Challenge Sketch designed by Laura Whitaker.
Now, to try and explain the challenges over at! For the Music Inspiration Challenge, I was tasked with finding inspiration for my layout using a song chosen for me. My song was “You Make Me Wanna” by Usher. I’ll tell the truth, I never listened to the song, I read the lyrics over on A to Z Lyrics and I knew I’d never be able to handle actually hearing it! It’s just nowhere near the type of music I listen to! When I first thought up what photo I wanted to use, I was originally going to have my title based off the title of the song, and was going to have it be “You Make Me Wanna Scream,” but there is an Ozzy song (“Let Me Hear You Scream”) that has a very similar line. I just couldn’t connect Ozzy & Usher in my mind!! So then I decided to incorporate “This is what you do,” which is a line found over and over in the song! And I actually had “This is what you do, Brain Freeze” on the layout…but it just didn’t look right! I came across the “Oh What Fun” banner, laid it on the layout, and decided the title was going to be “Oh What Fun You Do, Brain Freeze,” because now it was a sarcastic title, and I speak fluent sarcasm! Whew, all that to use two words from the song!
For the 5 Ingredients+ Challenge, I had to incorporate yellow, button(s), smile, circle(s), and border, which I did. The Sewing Challenge had a twist of using red, white, and/or blue thread, I used blue and white (had to use at least two for the twist). The Foodie Challenge is to do a layout involving food, and the Hoarders Challenge is to use hoarded items on your layout (I believe everything I used is at least a year old)!
The journaling reads:
“We were having root beer floats one evening & I looked over & saw this face! I said it was too bad I didn’t have my camera ready and decided to get prepared in case it happened again! …It did, on the next bite! I asked if you were doing it on purpose so I could get a photo, and you said ‘NO!!'”
I love layering! The cut file is a free file from Paper Issues called Peek-A-Boo Circles.
Yes, adding the “#smile” was more sarcasm (as well as a requirement for the 5 Ingredients+ Challenge)!
Like I said, I love layering! And I love layering titles and mixing fonts!
Product List:
  • The tag under the photo is from Studio Calico
  • The papers “filling in” the circle cuts come from:
  • Pink Fresh: Felicity line, or
  • Pink Paislee : Paige Evans: Paper 06 from the Fancy Free Collection or,
  • Elle’s Studio: Little Moments: Details or,
  • Hip Kit Club Exclusive: Medowbrook: Notes From Home
  • Hip Kit Club Exclusive: Medowbrook: Diamond Shine
  • Webster’s Pages: Allison Kreft: Recorded: This & That
  • Teresa Collins – Summer Stories Collection – Border Strips with Glitter Accents
  • Thickers: Junebug: Charcoal
  • Tim Holtz: Big Chat
  • Thickers: Junebug: Charcoal
  • October Afternoon: Daily Flash: Story Book
  • Hip Kit Club Exclusive Alphas
  • Hip Kit Club Exclusive Washi Tape
  • Hip Kit Club Exclusive Puffy Stickers
  • Dear Lizzy Date Stamp
  • Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Sharpie Fine Point
  • Simple Stories – Sunshine and Happiness Collection – Decorative Brads
  • Crate Paper – Gather Collection – Thickers – Chipboard Accents – Blessed
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • All other products no longer have their packaging.

Tiger Lilly!

Tiger Lilly

Sometimes I just experiment, I get “I wonder…” and “What if…” thoughts in my head and I have to try them out! Sometimes I experiment because I have a shiny new product to try out! In the case of this tag, it was a little of both!

I had cut out tags the other day using my Cameo, and I decided I wanted to coat them in dark colors. One was done with black acrylic paint, and the other (the top one) was done with some Tattered Angels – Plain Jane Collection – Stained Glass – Semi Matte Glaze – Green. I’ve had the bottle for about three years now, I forgot I owned it!

Well, I live in a dry climate, and I basically had some goo in a bottle at this point, but I decided to see if I could rehydrate enough to use one last time. After adding some water & rubbing alcohol I managed to get some lumpy green liquid in a bottle! LOL! It was just enough to coat a tag.

At this point I wasn’t sure what to do with my newly coated tags, so I went browsing through my stamps and when I came across my Penny Black Tiger Lilly I decided to practice using my Distress Oxides on a dark background!

Love the “Water Droplets” created by Ryn at Designs by Ryn!

When I get to experimenting I have a tendency to do things rather backwards. I stamped and colored my Tiger Lilly, then decided I needed to add more to the tag! I used some scrap plastic to make a quick mask for the Tiger Lilly so I could add some plaid to the background with more Distress Oxides and Tim Holtz’s “Stripes” ATC stamp for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! Then I decided to use my “Water Droplets” stamp by Ryn at Designs by Ryn to see how those droplets would look on a dark background as well! I like it personally, and I’ll be sharing/entering this tag in Ryn’s monthly challenge!

You can really see those water droplets here across the flower!

I still wanted more on the tag, I thought there was too much empty space! I decided to at some stenciling!! Now, because Distress Oxides are a pigment and dye ink hybrid, the Snowflake Paste by Prima activated the dye ink and absorbed it! (I planned on this happening!!) Now I had some shiny, greenish honeycomb on my tag! And to keep the paste off my water droplets? Artist’s tape. As the final touch I added the little bee and embossed it in Ranger’s Gold Embossing Powder!

That Snowflake Paste absorbed some of the colors from the Distress Oxides underneath!

Product List:

  • Water Droplets” stamp created by Ryn at Designs by Ryn!
  • Tattered Angels – Plain Jane Collection – Stained Glass – Semi Matte Glaze – 1.35 Ounce Bottle – Green
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Prima Snowflake Paste
  • Ranger Water Brush (nib), White Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, and Jet Black Archival Ink.
  • Tim Holtz “Stripes” ATC Stamp, Honeycomb Stencil, Paper Distresser, Distress Embossing Ink, Distress Ink – Picket Fence, and Distress Oxides – Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce, Cracked Pistachio, and Broken China.
  • A PrismaColor White Colored Pencil
  • Unknown on that little bee stamp
  • Penny Black Tiger Lilly Stamp
  • I used one of the black eyelets that came with my Pink Crop-A-Dile & Case!!

imagine {tag}

imagine tag!

Ok, I have this ‘thing’ where I have decided to go back to 2007 and complete all of Tim Holtz’s “12 Tags of …” series’. I started doing the “12 Tags of 2015” with January 2015 and finish all of the tags for 2015 & 2016! I was heart-broken when it was announced that there would not be a 12 Tags of 2017! I mean really, after 10 years of tags?!?! Ok, I get it, 10. Years. Of. Tags! At the rate I’m going it may be 2027 before I am “caught-up”! Anyhow, this is my tag inspired by #5 of “12 Tags of 2007”. Basically, it was “use alcohol ink,” somehow I turned it into “use alcohol ink on Yupo, and to keep things interesting toss in some Distress Oxides & pastes!” And wait, and wait, and wait for everything to dry (can’t heat Yupo, it makes it expand … or so I read, didn’t really want to test it!). Then proced to NEVER touch the surface of the tag, because it’s Yupo, and everything “floats” on the surface. (Maybe I’ll add some sealer today…)

Black Soot Distress Oxide for “imagine,” Shimmerz Paste-eez Hold the Mustard & Raspberry Sherbet with Tim Holtz’s “Harlequin” stencil.

The clouds are stamps from Simon Says Stamp’s “Sea You Soon” set.

My Garden Friends butterfly!

 Product List:

  • Legion Paper Yupo
  • Ranger Glossy Accents, Blending Tool, Replacement Felt, Alcohol Blending Solution, and Alcohol Inks: Cranberry, Eggplant, Silver, Gold, and Pearl.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide: Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves, and Black Soot. 
  • Tim Holtz “Harlequin” Stencil
  • Simon Says Stamp “Sea You Soon” set
  • Heidi Swapp “imagine” stamp
  • Shimmerz Paste-eez: Hold the Mustard & Raspberry Sherbet
  • Some homemade alcohol inks: black & blue-ish ones
  • My Garden Friends Butterfly
  • Bo Bunny Chunky Charms: Clear Arrows & Circles

enjoy the journey

I did this set of ATCs for MarciLB’s ATC swap over at! The category for this set was travel, and while going through my supplies looking for inspiration I came across Tim Holtz’s “Blueprint Compass” stamp & die set and I had my idea! I’m also entering them into Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge “Distress It.”

The background of everything is a pattern from the Silhouette store. In it’s original form it is a much lighter shade of tan/brown … parchment-y … whatever! LOL! But I used the built-in Image Effects tools of Silhouette Studio (I have the Designer Edition) to change it more to my liking! And, actually I did it two different shades and then printed it out on some self-adhesive paper. After I printed it, I put *some* Mod-Podge Acrylic sealer on so the printer ink wouldn’t run (as bad) when I spritzed the images with water after using Distress Oxides! Other than all that, it’s a rather straight forward cut & glue project!

Close-up of one of the ATCs
Layering and edge distressing!

 Product List:

  • Tim Holtz  Sizzix Blueprint Compass Framelit & Stamp set, idea-ology Game Spinners and sanding block, Tonic paper distresser, and Ranger Distress Oxides Salty Ocean, Frayed Burlap, & Antique Linen.
  • Sizzix Big Shot & precision baseplate
  • We-R-Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile
  • Mod-Podge Acrylic Sealer
  • self-adhesive paper
  • chipboard (it’s what I stuck the paper to before stamping & cutting)

Peacock ATCs!

This was one of those projects that started with a vague idea and I just followed where all the trials and mishaps took me! The ATCs aren’t exactly what I had in mind, but I’m still content with what came out of the process!

Peacock ATC set!

I made this ATC set for MarciLB’s ATC Swap over at! I’m also going to be entering them in to Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge “Distress It.”

These are a rather straight forward process, a lot of Cameo sketch pen work and cutting, followed by a lot of coloring!

For the ‘green’ of the peacock’s tail I mixed Peeled Paint & Lucky Clover Distress Oxides on my work surface with some water & used my water brush to paint!

For the ‘stone’ I used Weathered Wood & Pumice Stone Distress Crayons and blended them.

After the Crazing Distress Collage Medium was dry, I used a blending tool to add the Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to the surface.

Cut Files:

  • All cut files came from the Silhouette Store.

Product List:

  • Silhouette Cameo & Pen holder with uni-ball gel pen, micro line, with “uni Super Ink.” I seriously love this pen, it makes nice, fine lines, and it holds up to water!
  • Watercolor paper
  • the green background paper is from an OLD K & Company stack from their “Designer Paper” series. And I mean OLD, like probably 2009, and in scrapbook years, that’s ANCIENT!! LOL!!
  • McGill Paper Blossom Tool Kit – Ball Tools
  • Ranger Glossy Accents, water pen (nib)
  • Tim Holtz – round blending tool, Distress Collage Medium: Crazing, Distress Collage Brush, Distress Crayons: Weathered Wood & Pumice Stone, Distress Oxides: Peacock Feathers, and Peeled Paint & Lucky Clover mixed together, Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, and Distress Marker: Wild Honey
  • Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paint Set 2: “Saltwater Taffy” used
  • PrismaColor Markers (on the flowers)

Let’s Go On An Adventure

Let’s Go On An Adventure Layout!

My oldest son in 2006, when he was 7 1/2, going exploring in my mom & dad’s backyard with his brother, using the “Explorer Kit” that my youngest had received for his birthday in 2005!

This week’s Monday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is “Distress It.” While I may not have a traditional “distressed” look, I did use some wonderful Distress Oxides on here!

Over at I am hostess to the “Ugly Paper Challenge.” I first did the challenge back in August 2011 with the, I believe, original hostess. Then in 2012 (I think) the second hostess took over, and in March 2015 I took it over! So, as far as I know, I am the third hostess of the challenge. I haven’t done the challenge every month since I first found it (with the previous hostesses), but I have always loved the challenge! In short, two “ugly” papers and one (or more!) “ugly” embellishment(s) are mailed to another player (I give out addresses!) at the beginning of the month, and players have until the end of the month to create their layouts! The papers have to still be recognizable, and the embellishment is optional (it counts as two extra votes at the end of the month!). Now, this isn’t to say any particular papers or embellishments are “ugly,” but the combination given is! Most of the time anyhow! The challenge is receiveing a combination that you may have never even considered putting together on your own, plus you are receiving papers that may not be your “style.” Anyhow, I just wanted to make it be known that “ugly” is a subjective term, and I have received (on more than one occassion) papers that were wonderful, even though the sender didn’t think so!

Now that that’s out of the way, on to the details about the layout!

This is a picture of the papers & embellishments I received for the month of July:

The papers I received in the “Ugly Paper Challenge” over at

Instantly I knew what was going to happen to that green paper! I already had a set of photos in mind I wanted to scrap when these arrived, and it was lucky for me that green paper just screamed “turn me into tropical leaves!”. The floral paper, well that was going to have to be shaped to my will!

A cut file and some Shimmerz turned my flowers into clouds!

As you can see, that floral paper became the outlines for the clouds! I used some Shimmerz: AcriTonez: 3 Sheets To The Wind and some Shimmerz: Anchor’s Away! It did a good job of hiding the flowers, which would have just look weird on this layout!

Some Peeled Paint Distress Oxide helped my green grass paper become tropical leaves!

With the green grass paper I cut out my leaves and put on a light coat of Peeled Paint Distress Oxide, and spritzed with water to “activate”!

Close-up of the embellishment cluster at the bottom.
Another shot showing more of the top of the photo embellishments!
Close-up of the title area! I love how the Distress Oxides came out on “Adventure!”

Cut Files List:

Product List:

  • Shimmerz: AcriTonez: 3 Sheets To The Wind
  • Shimmerz: Anchor’s Away
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Distress Oxides: Peeled Paint & Faded Jeans
  • American Crafts – Starshine Collection- Cardstock Stickers – Accent and Phrase
  • Becky Higgins – Project Life – High Five Edition Collection – Chipboard Stickers
  • Bella Blvd – Ciao Chip – Self Adhesive Chipboard – Words – Adventure
  • Pink Paislee – Fancy Free Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Paper 06
  • Hip Kit Club Exclusives:
  • Paper: Medowbrook “Touch The Sky” (inside clouds) and “Starlit Sprinkle” (blue/white dot under photo), and The Happy Life “Ombre Sky” (background). All designed by Kim Watson.
  • All the puffy stickers
  • The teal Alphas
  • In addition to the Hip Kit products already mentioned, everything else came from Hip Kit Club Kits. I don’t know which ones, but I know they are from between March 2016 and July 2016. Not all products may be Hip Kit Club Exclusives, but I don’t have the packaging for them anymore so I can’t give specifics!
  • Summer Hello Cards!

    Summer Hello Cards – Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit!

    Just a couple of straight forward cards I made using the July Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp! The card on the right was inspired by Heather Hoffman’s card shown on the inspiration/idea insert that comes in the kit! These cards also fit nicely into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week, and MarciLB’s “Tis the Season: SUMMER” challenge over at!

    Shaker Card! The splatters are Distress Oxides, and the pink for the sentiment is Lawn Fawn!


    I used a circle thinlet to cut the circles in the top and underlying foam for the shakers!

    This one was 100% inspired by the card done by Heather Hoffman shown on the inspiration/idea insert in the kit!

     Product List:

    • From the Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit: SSS “Sea You Soon” stamp set, SSS “Moonshine” Confetti, acetate, printed paper from Echo Park’s “Summer Dreams” collection, and the “Doll Pink,” “Sunshine,” and 120# White cardstock.
    • a la mode clear embossing powder
    • Lawn Fawn “Plastic Flamingo” dye ink
    • Tim Holtz: “Retro Circles” Embossing Folder, Distress Oxide –  “Salty Ocean” and “Peacock Feathers,” and Distress Embossing Ink Pad (Clear)
    • Ranger Glossy Accents and Super Fine, White Embossing Powder
    • a bit of hemp twine
    • the white, vellum looking bit for the banner isn’t actually vellum, but I have no idea what it is or where it came from! I kept it a long time ago because it was rather pretty, but I don’t remember how I aquired it!

    be your own sunshine

    I saw a piece of paper (I’ll show that later) that inspired the coloring of this tag. Plus, Simon Says Scrap’s current Wednesday challenge is “Summer Sunshine.” Add to the mix a quote I saw that said, “Sometimes you have to be your own sunshine,” and a tag was born.

    The flowers didn’t come out exactly how I had hoped, but sometimes that just happens!

    I started out with a piece of cardboard cut to a size 12 tag (10 1/2″ x 5 1/4 I think…I have a template so I don’t always have to measure or remember!) and I coated it thickly with white acrylic paint.

    My tag base

    After that I started gathering supplies I thought I might use and picked out colors I thought could be used to try and recreate the color and design of this piece of Echo Park paper! (I received mine in the July Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp, now to make a card with it!)

    The paper that inspired it all!
    Smooshing paint into all the crevices!

    The honeycomb and riveted metal are from using Amazing Casting Resin in Tim Holtz’s embossing folders (Watch a technique video here!). The flourish’s are from a flourish circle I had cut out a few years ago with my Cameo. It was multiple layers of cardstock that didn’t get glued together quite right, and was painted a light pink. I finally decided it was time to either use it or toss it! And, all of the gears on this project came from the Silhouette store.

    Lots of ink & paint & Metallique Wax & Perfect Pearls on here!

    After I painted everything, added some “Old Silver” Prima Metallique Wax randomly then I went back over with matching/coordinating Distress Oxides. After all that was dried I used a Crafter’s Workshop 12 x 12 Template (“Sunburst”) for the rays, and a circle stencil I made a while back for the…umm, circles.

    All the shine on the gears for the “sun” is from Perfect Pearls “Perfect Pearl.” The sun rays are Delicata “White Shimmer” Pigment Ink.
    More Perfect Pearls for the circles!

    Lots of “mulberry” type flowers sprayed with a variety of colors! For the oranges I mixed “Carved Pumpkin” Distress Stain with some Perfect Pearls “Perfect Pearl” and “Pewter.” The different shades of yellows and oranges is due to the original colors of the flowers. The pink flowers are from Shimmerz Coloringz “Pink Stilettos,” and the mint is from Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine “Sweet Mint.”

    Product List:

    • Silhouette Cameo
    • Amazing Cast Resin
    • Pink Paislee: Take Me Away Collection: Thickers with Foil Accents: Phrases: “Dream”
    • Hip Kit Club Exclusive Alpha (May 2017 Main Kit)
    • Shimmerz: AcriTonez – Pinkadelic; Coloringz – Pink Stilettos
    • Perfect Pearls: Perfect Pearl & Pewter
    • Tsukineko Delicata: White Shimmer
    • White acrylic paint
    • Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Sweet Mint
    • Tim Holtz Distress Paint – Carved Pumpkin & Cracked Pistachio; Distress Spray Stain – Carved Pumpkin; Distress Oxide – Wild Honey, Cracked Pistachio, & Picked Raspberry; Embossing Folders – Riveted Metal & Honeycomb
    • Ranger Mini Mister
    • Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax: Old Silver
    • “Mulberry” type flowers

    Winter Wonderland

    Winter Wonderland

    I was inspired by the “Sizzix Christmas In July” Challenge over at to start some Christmas projects early! There was a lot of fussy cutting involved, but it was worth it in my opinion! Those birds and houses (Crate Paper “Snow and Cocoa” line) are just too darn cute!

    I don’t know if I should classify this as a card or as decoration, so I’m going to call it #Card_Deco! It put me in mind of my childhood. My parents had a string that hung across the beam in our living room, and every year they would hang the Christmas cards we received on it. Friends and family became part of our Christmas decor!

    The very front of the card is rather straight forward! The “Wonderland” piece is from Crate Paper, the card stock is American Crafts, everything else are Hip Kit Club Exclusives!
    Lots of fussy cutting found here (well not necessarily “lots,” but for me it is!) And if I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now, I am IN LOVE with the Distress Oxides! I’ve had all these papers since November/December (2016), but I hadn’t figured out exactly how to use them. Apparently they were waiting for Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxides!

    That little fawn was cut from some scrap white card stock I had using the “Retro Deer” die from Simon Says Stamp. I just trimmed off the antlers and added some spots so he could match his Mama! (Hip Kit Club Exclusive Die Cuts – the doe & the mushrooms)
    Winter Wonderland CarDeco closed and ready for an envelope!

    Product List:

    • The card base/design I created myself in Silhouette Design Studio & used my Cameo to cut the pieces out.
    • American Crafts “Lollipop” card stock
    • Hip Kit Club Exclusive Papers & Die Cut Pack
    • Crate Paper “Snow and Cocoa” Collection (“Wonderland” and all the fussy cutting!)
    • Simon Says Stamp “Retro Deer” die for the fawn (I just trimmed off the antlers & added some spots!)
    • Tim Holtz Mini Snips, Mini “Woodland” Stencil (Mini Stencil Set #21), Distress Grit Paste, Distress Glitter “Clear Rock Candy,” Distress Marker “Tumbled Glass,” and Distress Oxides “Iced Spruce,” “Worn Lipstick,” “Fossilized Amber,” and “Cracked Pistachio.
    • Ranger “Opaque Matte” Texture Paste, Water Pen (Nib), & Blending Tools.