Red, White, & Blue Pocket Letter

Red, White, & Blue Pocket Letter!

I did this Pocket Letter for my partner, “bishsticks,” in the July Pocket Letter Swap hosted by “bonprof” over at! (My partner’s “real name” is on the tag, I covered it for privacy here). It also works out to go with Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge! I really do love working on Pocket Letters, they’re like nine ATCs (especially since they are the same size, 2.5″ x 3.5″) all put together to form a bigger picture (AKA: Theme)! Then I get to decorate the card protector! In the swap hosted by “bonprof” themes are given (generally two + “choose your own”) and the assigned partners come to an agreement about which theme they will do!  Most importantly, this is a “pen pal” type deal! It’s what the founder/creator, Janette Lane, originally intended! And my little note (it doesn’t have to be a book!) will be going in the top left corner, and I will put little “goodies” behind each card!

Pocket Letter cards out of card protector.

Pocket Letter without pinwheel in photo.
Closer look at the rosette! (Cut file from Silhouette Store)

Closer look at left edge!

Here is a list of the products I used!

  • Simple Stories “Stars & Stripes” papers for the majority of the Pocket Letter
  • Unknown for the rest of the papers!
  • Maya Road Chipboard Shipping Tag [Set]
  • Beads in a Bottle: Gold
  • Bic Mark-It: Rambunctios Red
  • My Mind’s Eye “My Story” Wood Veneer Pieces
  • My Mind’s Eye “Christmas On Market Street” Foam Stickers
  • My Mind’s Eye “on trend 2” Enamel Shapes
  • Jolee’s Bling Stickers: Gold Puffy Stars & Gems
  • Crate Paper “Cute Girl” Embellishments
  • Fancy Pants “Me-ology” Button Set, Small Decorative Tags, & Ephemera Pack
  • American Crafts: Amy Tangerine “Better Together” Rub-Ons
  • Jillibean Soup Adhesive Sequins: Navy Blueberry
  • Studio Calico: Blue chipboard stars
  • Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
  • Distress Markers: tumbled glass & blueprint sketch
  • Ranger Water Brush – Nib
  • Tim Holtz Small Circle Punch
  • Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp
  • Glitz “Black & White” Alphabets & Words, and Titles & Accents sticker sheets
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Scotch Quick Dry Glue & ATG (Advanced Tape Glider)
  • Elmer’s Glue Dots
  • Queen & Co. Red & White twine
  • Martha Stewart Red twine
  • We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool Kit – Aqua
  • Unknown: Gold sequins, red & white washi tape, red, white, & blue washi tape, all the ribbons, all the beads, the eyelets, the red “lace,” the star charm, and the brad

Christmas Gift Tags Set #1

Christmas Gift Tags Set #1

Over at “AZAmy & Sizzix are hosting a “Christmas In July Challenge”! And since I have an overwhelming amount of Christmas supplies I decided I would partake with some gift tags (to start)!!

Rather simple tag, the deer came from a sheet in the SSS Limited Edition 2016 Kit, and I dug out my Fuse to make a little flip (the next card just has spots for “To” and “From”
This one went together super fast! I just fringed the red cardstock, layered it up with some printed paper, put the “Joy” sticker on, and added my eyelet and twine! Very quick and easy, but it’s one of my faves!

I fussy cut that ticket & circle cluster from a sheet of the Simple Stories paper, layered the washi from the Basic Grey Juniper Berry Embellishment kit, and slapped them on top of some red cardstock and some printed paper from Simon Says Stamp!

Simple layering. The background paper is from Simon Says Stamp, and the rest was fussy cut from a sheet of the Simple Stories! (I really love my Tiny Attacher by the way!)

Product List:

  • The tags, and some of the papers came from the Simon Says Stamp Limited Edition 2016 Holiday Card kit. (The MME stickers might have come from the kit too, not real sure…) 
  • The eyelets I’ve had forever
  • Tim Holtz Tiny Atacher
  • Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors & Bakers Twine
  • Basic Grey “Juniper Berry” Christmas Embellishment Pack
  • My Mind’s Eye “Christmas On Market Street” Puffy Stickers
  • Simple Stories “December Documented” 6 x 6 Paper Pad
  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile and Fuse Tool Kit (Aqua)

Red, White, & Blue ATCs!

Red, White, & Blue ATCs

Putting these ATCs together was something else! I had an original idea in mind inspired by the July Challenge over at Creative Embellishments. I really loved the way the elements in the inspiration photo overlapped each other, and I really love how “shiny” the image seemed. Creative Embellishments July Challenge fit quite nicely with Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge of “Red, White, & Blue”, and I thought it would be a good idea to try and create a shiny, red, white & blue, element overlapping ATC for the challenges, and for MarciLB’s ATC Swap over at Things didn’t go quite according to plan.

My initial background was too embossed! I didn’t want it to be quite like that! But, if nothing else, I’m persistent, so I decided to see what I could do with it!

Initial Background. Thick watercolor paper, coated with white acrylic paint, embossed using Tim Holtz’s “Cracked,” striped with Tim Holtz’s “Stripes” stencil & Distress Oxide Fired Brick, and colored with Distress Oxide Faded Jeans for the blue.

I decided to get Mixed Media crazy! I added Candied Apple Distress Paint stripes, I threw down a layer of Mod Podge, which “intensified” the Distress Oxides underneath, I added some Prima Snowflake Paste for those rays using Tim Holtz’s “Ray” stencil, and colored them with Shimmerz Vibez “Glorious Day.” If that wasn’t enough, for the “stars” I used Shimmerz Dazzlerz “Spun Sugar” and Echo Park’s “Beach Towel” stencil. About now I was thinking I should give up and start over! But, as I said, I’m persistent (some may say overly stubborn, but they’re wrong! LOL). Anyhow, I decided that I should cover some of my “flag” with a firework (as so originally inspired by the July Challenge at Creative Embellishments) and I dug out my glitter. (I have a great dislike for glitter, but I was getting desperate!)

What better way to adhere that glitter than with some Transparent Gloss Texture Paste from Ranger “squished” through a temporary stencil I made with some scrap card stock and a “starburst” cut file from Silhouette? In hindsight, there probably are better ways! Oh. My. Gosh. Now I just have too much everything!

Well, that’s just too much … EVERYTHING!

I actually threw the ATCs in the trash at this point, I just didn’t know what else to do! But, as I was sitting there thinking about what items to keep out for the next try I saw an old Tim Holtz Mask “Flourish” just hanging around collecting dust, and I had an idea! At first I was going to use the mask, but I hadn’t worked out what I would use to cover the undesirable areas. Then, as I sat there staring at the mask over the ATC next to my pile of scrap pieces of Simple Stories “Stars & Stripes” a firework went off in my mind! And the following picture is what that firework sparked!

Using my hot glue gun I stuck the cuts to the ATCs, used the sanding block to distress the edges, and inked them up with some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink! There was still a little too much “stuff” showing, and that’s when I decided to enlist the help of a little birdie!

Flourish cut file from the Silhouette Store!

Little Birdie (Tim Holtz’s Mini Bird Crazy & Things) to the rescue!
Persistence paid off!

Product List:

  • Silhouette Cameo: Used to cut the flourish which is from the Silhouette Store.
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Simple Stories: Stars & Stripes “Independence Day”
  • Tim Holtz: Mini Bird Crazy & Things Stamps & Dies
  • Tim Holtz Sanding Grip
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxides: Faded Jeans, Broken China, Fired Brick
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers: Picket Fence, Ground Espresso, Candied Apple, & Carved Pumpkin
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Candied Apple
  • Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Crazing
  • Tim Holtz Stencils: Rays & Stripes
  • Echo Park Stencil: “Beach Towel”
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Shimmerz Dazzlerz: Spun Sugar
  • Shimmerz Vibez: Glorious Day
  • Mod Podge Paper: Gloss
  • Prima Snowflake Paste
  • Ranger Texture Paste: Transparent Gloss; Black Archival Ink, Water Pen, & Glossy Accents
  • Martha Stewart Glitter: Crystal, Lapis Lazuli, & Tourmaline

Teal(ish) Flower ATCs

Teal(ish) Flower ATCs

Over at “MarciLB” hosts a monthly ATC swap with four categories. For July, “Flowers” was one of those categories, and these are the ATCs that popped into my little head! I’m also entering in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! The background is some thin, self-adhesive cork that I didn’t even remember owning until I went digging through my stash looking for inspiration! (I believe I bought it at Hobby Lobby)

That “fishnet” ribbon got a total make-over! I’ve had it for years, and had used the majority of it previously. It was originally a dark teal and green with glitter. I changed that. I could have worked with the dark teal piece, but I didn’t have enough for all four ATCs! I slapped on some Tim Holtz Distress Grit-Paste pressed the ribbon into it and used Tim Holtz’s Tiny Attacher to hold the ends in place. After it dried I started painting the background with white acrylic paint! I used paint instead of gesso because it is thicker, and I needed coverage! (As for the origins of the ribbon, I know I received it in one of my first kits from “Birds of a Feather,” and I received kits for close to 18 months I believe. Unfortunately as of February 2016 kits were no longer offered.)

Some old bits of fishnet “ribbon” that got a make-over!

The flowers are made up of a combination of Prima E-line flowers and flowers from Prima’s Wildflower Pillar Pack. The gems came in the same kit as the ribbon.

A closer look at the flower cluster!

Those two metal filigree pieces are even older that the ribbon and gems! After I added them I painted them with the white acrylic paint as well.

After everything was glued down and coated with some acrylic paint (The gems are the only parts I didn’t put paint on!) I started spritzing on some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in “Tinsel” and “Sweet Mint,” and some Shimmerz Vibez “Jeni B Bleu.”

List of Products:

  • White acrylic paint
  • Tim Holtz Distress Grit-Paste
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Tinsel and Sweet Mint
  • Shimmerz Vibez: Jeni B Bleu
  • Prima Flowers: white E-line mix and Wildflower Pillar Pack
  • Unknown: Filigree, ribbon, gems
  • Cork Background: Probably from Hobby Lobby

Mermaid Tag

Steampunk Mermaid Tag

I came across the June Challenge over at Creative Embellishments and decided I would play along! Of course I came across it the afternoon of the 28th, giving me about 2 1/2 days to think up a project and complete it! I made it, with about 50 minutes left! Edit: Although the challenge said it closed at 11:55pm EST, when I tried to add my link, it was already closed, at only 11:16pm EST. I wish I had some of Creative Embellishments products to add to my tag, thankfully it wasn’t a requirement! I do now have another place to go shopping, I’m sure the hubs will love that! LOL

Background ready for color!

I started out with a #12 tag that I made using some think chipboard and an industrial paper trimmer! (The hubs used to use it to cut aluminum for seamless eaves-troughs AKA: the gutters on your roof!) I glued down some tissue paper, my “sheet-metal,” a bit of paper, and some of my seaweed. I added my texture paste clock, then gave it all a good coat of white gesso.

Amazing Casting Resin + Tim Holtz’s Riveted Metal Embossing Folder

As a side note about how that riveted metal was made, go watch Mixed Media ATCs with Opal Magic Wax by Keren Tamir!

Background misted and spritzed!

After the gesso had dried on the background I used Distress Spray Stains: Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon; Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Sweet Mint; Shimmerz Coloringz: Well Blue Me Down and Oh Say Can U Sea; and Shimmerz Vibez: Jeni B Bleu. I just sprayed rather randomly, drying between layers of colors, until I got what I wanted.

My glue of choice this whole project, Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte

For my mermaid’s tail I used 140# watercolor paper, ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot using Tim Holtz’s Riveted Metal Embossing Folder, then used a glue stick to randomly give adhesion points for the Foil Transfer Sheets by Ranger (Vintage pack).

Adding Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallic and Opal Magic waxes to my mermaid!

I didn’t have any real plan going in on where I was going to add which color of wax where, and I don’t think it makes a big difference! Rarely do my crafts have an all out plan!

The Mermaid, Hat, and Seaweed all came from cut files found on the Silhouette Store!
The fish were fussy cut from a paper in Graphic 45’s “Steampunk Debutante” Deluxe Collector’s Edition, the seahorses and sand dollar are a Spellbinders Die D-Lites set, some of the gears are from Bead Landing, and some have no (known) brand.

The seaweed was cut from a sheet of American Crafts White Vellum, and sprayed with Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine: Tinsel or a combination of Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Sweet Mint and Shimmerz Coloringz: Oh Say Can U Sea.

No Spell Check

No Spellcheck {or backspace}

This is the typewriter I learned to type on! The kind where you need reinforced fingers to “hammer” those keys down! I still own this typewriter, it was my dad’s, and I still use it when I want authentic typing.

Kaisercraft “Art of Life” Collection

I dug out some Kaisercraft papers I’ve had hoarded for I don’t know how long and decided they would work perfectly for my vintage style page about my vintage typewriter!

Transparent gesso; nuvo “Aquamarine” mousse; Shimmerz “Coal” Paint; Tim Holtz “Typo” Stencil
Distress Oxides “Vintage Photo” and “Broken China”
Distress Crayons “Vintage Photo” and “Black Soot”

I knew I was going to be folding down some of the top of this paper, I didn’t want it to be white, I didn’t want to add gesso, and I didn’t want any inks to possibly bleed through. My solution? Distress Crayons!

Before adding “Broken China” Distress Oxide
Inked up with Distress Oxides & sprayed with water to “activate”
The button is from {A Flair For Buttons}
Some Thickers Corrugated Letters, and some puffy alphas from Hip Kit Club!
 Product List: 
  • Shimmerz Paint: “Coal”
  • Hip Kit Club Exclusive Alphas for “Spell” 
  • The button/flair: {A Flair For Buttons} Etsy Shop  
  • Advantus – Tim Holtz – Idea-ology Collection – Ephemera Pack – Expedition
  • Thickers – Corrugated – Kraft Charm
  • Fancy Pants – Swagger Collection – 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers
  • Kaisercraft – Art of Life Collection – “Film Strip” & ” Remember”
  • Martha Stewart Crafts – “Scallop Dot” Edge Punch
  • Maya Road Chipboard Shipping Tags
  • Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Set 3 (Vintage Photo & Black Soot)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxides – Broken China & Vintage Photo
  • Tim Holtz “Typo” Layering Stencil
  • Tim Holtz Journaling Tickets
  • Tonic Studios – Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Aquamarine 
  • Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Paper Distresser 
  • The papers under the photo, the swirly gold paperclip, the heart, and “captured” all came in a RAK from Vivian Lake @ (May 2017 Not To Be Squared Challenge) 
  • A bit of hemp twine  
  • Teal thread

hello tag

hello tag!

I had an urge to use flowers and make a tag, it probably didn’t help that Pinterest had a few as “recommendations.” This is my first vintage/shabby chic tag, at least with this much to it! I learned something vital though, I kept seeing all those tags with layer upon layer, and I found out why…you need to add a new layer to cover up…unexpected results!

The majority of the products used on this were either paper from my “scraps” drawer (yes, I really have one…or three!), or embellishments that no long have a package to identify them, or in the case of the flowers, never had a package!

As you can see from the following photos, the original colors of most the materials didn’t make it to the end! I was experimenting with texture and technique and figured if all else failed I could always just paint it all! (Which is just about what ended up happening!)

I used Mod Podge: Paper: Gloss as my adhesive (mostly because it was the fullest bottle within reach!) and scrunched up some tissue paper and stuck it down.
Added a piece of corrugated cardboard and more tissue paper.

I’ve had this scrap of paper for many years, and wanted to see if I could get the design/texture without the color. It didn’t quite work!

Lots of Mod Podge and a sprinkling of seed beads, just to see if they’d stick!

By now I was just going layering crazy and added some Tim Holtz tissue paper scraps I had to hold the beads in place and to test how hard or easy the pattern was to cover…but mostly to hold the beads.
This was straight acrylic paint that went on thick so I used a baby wipe to try and smear it thinner, but eventually gave up because the red beads still showed too much!
The final way I was able to cover all the colors, a mix Ranger Texture Paste with white and peach acrylic paint!
Layers, to cover up those unexpected results!

I used Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxide “Worn Lipstick” to at least have some of the colors come together! The only product I know (for sure) is the banner pieces, which is from the Teresa Collins “He said, She said” line.

I used acrylic paint and some Ranger Texture paste on the gears, and that wonderfully textured coral colored paste is Shimmerz – Texturez – Crushed Coral.
I added the Crushed Coral texture paste to the hearts, painted that “hello” white, and added my ribbon!

Anchor’s Away!

Another ATC to share! I don’t have photos of the process along the way, mostly because the process took way too long! But it’s a rather straight forward ATC…I think! But, I am going to give a list of products!
Anchor’s Away ATC!

**The anchor is a cut file from the Silhouette Store.

**Machines used: Silhouette Cameo & Sizzix Big Shot.


  • Lawn Fawn: Dye Ink Pad: Peacock (used with the Compass Stamp…which bled more than I expected!)
  • Distress Grit Paste (used with the Echo Park stencil)
  • Shimmerz: Dazzlerz: Spun Sugar (I mixed the Broken China Distress Oxide in it before applying)
  • Creative Essentials Laminated Burlap (white, for the BG)
  • The little bit of burlap looking stuff under the sand dollar is from The Paper Company
  • Hemp twine
  • Water color paper (anchor)
  • Chipboard with white gesso on it (seahorse and sand dollar)
  • Eyelets from I don’t know where
  • Echo Park – Summer Fun Collection – 6 x 6 Stencil – Beach Towel
  • Ranger Ink – Glossy Accents
  • Distress Collage Medium – Vintage
  • Distress Oxides Ink Pads – Peeled Paint, Broken China, & Iced Spruce
  • Distress Stains – Fossilized Amber & Cracked Pistachio
  • Distress Spray Stain – Rusty Hinge
  • Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Framelits Dies and Repositionable Rubber Stamps – Compass Blueprint
  • Spellbinders – D-Lites Die – Seahorse and Sand Dollar
  • Prima – Snowflake Paste
  • Prima – Watercolor Confections – Decadent Pies

Elixir of Life

Hello everyone! Today I have a set of ATCs I created for the June ATC Swap over at hosted by MarciLB (A Scrap From Marci)! The category? Medicine! And here’s the story of how I came up with these ATCs! I kept thinking and thinking of what to do for this category, and it really had me stumped! I wasn’t even sure I’d get them done I was so stumped! Thankfully MarciLB has a “your interpretation” rule! As I sat at my computer one day sipping on coffee it made me think of how the husband has always referred to coffee as the “elixir of life,” which led me to think about how an elixir is “a magical or medicinal potion.” Therefore, coffee is medicine! (And let’s face it, it is rather magical…)

Elixir of Life ATCs

Elixir of Life ATCs
I used (half) of a manila folder as the background material for my ATCs, and added a layer of Shimmerz AcriTonez 3 Sheets to the Wind as my base coat and used my heat gun to dry it. I wanted to use a make-up wedge to spread the Vicki Boutin paint on, but I couldn’t find package of them! I am the only (human) female in the house, and I lost my own make-up wedges! I did end up finding an old sponge in my make-up box that disintegrated after the one use, but it managed to serve it’s purpose.
Saltwater Taffy – Acrylic Paint Set 2 (American Crafts)
Old sponge from the center of the applicator in a pressed powder compact!

After heat drying the layer of Saltwater Taffy I added a layer of Daiquiri Ice with a baby wipe!

Daiquiri Ice – Acrylic Paint Set 2 (American Crafts)

After the Daiquiri Ice was spread on and dried I cut out my ATCs (2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)! At first I had only planned on using Barely Beige Dye Ink by Simon Says Stamp for the stamping on the background, but as I inked the edges of the ATCs (after lightly sanding) with Ground Espresso Distress Ink, I decided to “re-stamp” the backgrounds! I didn’t want full coverage with the Ground Espresso, so I placed the stamp (Stampabilities: Grungy Grid Background) on it’s back, placed my ATC on the stamp, and randomly pressed and tapped the ATCs on the stamp!

Only stamped with Barely Beige by Simon Says Stamp

Edges lightly sanded and inked with Ground Espresso Distress Ink

Adding the Ground Espresso to the background!

After I had the backgrounds finished, I worked on the Mini Crazy Cats (Tim Holtz Mini Crazy Cats & Dogs stamps & dies). As the cats were drying I worked on the cup of coffee and the phrase, both from Simon Says Stamp Coffee and Tea Stamp Set.

Almost done! Just adding the steam!

The cup of coffee was stamped with Lawn Fawn’s Fake Tan and embossed with a la mode clear embossing powder, and the phrase was embossed with Wendy Vecchi’s Watering Can!

The quick overview of the cat and milk bottle! They are stamped with Ranger’s Black Archival Ink, cut with my Sizzix Big Shot using the (extended) magnetic platform & extended cutting pads, and colored, using a Ranger Water Brush (Nib), with the following:

  • Abandoned Coral, Black Soot, Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, Ground Espresso, Picket Fence, Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, and Wild Honey Distress Markers.

The coffee cup and saucer are colored with:

  • Fossilized Amber & Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxides
  • Shimmerz Orange Sherbet

And, the coffee is Distress Paint Ground Espresso!