Your eyes are a reflection of your spirit-MTW May 2021 Mini

Hey, all! Today I have the tag I made for the More Than Words May 2021 Mini Challenge, “Eyes.” As you can see in the photos, lighting can change how this project looks!

The word “eyes” has to appear on the project, so I went looking for quotes that could inspire me. It just so happened that I had my (new) Finnabair Moulds sitting out at the same time. By my bead drawer. And a plan started to formulate!

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Process video:

May Mini EYES

You will see how lighting and flash vs no-flash change the appearance of the mediums, especially with the shine from the paints!


I started with a Julie Nutting tag. Not for the pattern, but because I like the size and the weight of it.


I used a Heidi Swapp stencil, some random filigree, and Ingvild Bolme “Nail Heads” to build my background.


I added some paper straws, a metal butterfly, and a key under my skull.


Another “Nail Head” in one eye and a rose in the other.

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Another comparison of how lighting (or a flash) can change the appearance.


I had so much fun with this project! I love getting out my paints and pastes and getting messy! I hope you enjoyed this tag as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Stay Crafty, Friends

Red heart C.J.


Lindy’s Gang: Starburst Squirts “Polite People Purple,” Tres Jolie Kit Club: Paper Straws, Heidi Swapp: “Square Lattice” Stencil, Prima-Ingvild Bolme: “Nail Heads” Tiny Junkyard Findings, Prima-Julie Nutting: “Hancock” Tag Pad, Prima-Finnabair: “Skull & Bones” Mould, “Rusty Red” Matte Wax, “Burnt Sienna” Liquid Acrylic, “Purple” & “Lavender” Rust Effect Paste, Mega Art Stones, Art Stones, & Mini Art Stones, “Violet-Gold” & “Violet-Green” Opal Magic Acrylic Paint, Jacquard: “Halo Violet Gold” Lumiere Acrylic Paint, Ranger-Dina Wakely: Black Gesso, TCW: Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste, Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, Tonic-Tim Holtz Edge Distresser, Unknown: rose, filigree, mask, butterfly, key, & chain


For the More Than Words July (Main) Challenge: Discover & Stash

Discover made me think of maps, right away. Maybe my subconscious is trying to tell me something. After that I didn’t really have a plan, I just went where my stash led me.

Clipboard – I don’t know how old it is, but I’ve owned it for almost two years now.

I think Tea Dye was one of my first Tim Holtz ink pads I bought! Way back when I wasn’t sure what “distress” really meant, but hey, “this Tim Holtz fella has stuff to make new stuff look like old stuff!” My husband could actually make a pretty good case claiming Tim was an original “supplier” that got me hooked leading to an entire spare bedroom being filled with paper craft related items! I love Tim Holtz so much I have hoarded his papers waiting for just the right time. I have been working on accepting the fact that it’s a lot more productive to make the right time myself rather than expect a sudden epiphany. Plus, I’m having a much harder time remembering EVERYTHING I own…so if I can’t even remember everything, how will I ever use everything?

Anyhow, all but 11 of the items on the product list are at least a year old (and that includes adhesives, the 3D Gel, the wax & such), of those 11 items, I think 5 have “appeared” within the last 6 months.

I used as much from my stash as I could, and I can’t tell. You’d never know anything was “missing.” I tell myself I should stop buying until I get my stash knocked down, but every time I think that something new is released & I realize I need to just stop thinking nonsense and do more projects!

Process Video:


**Postcard Image from: Public Domain Pictures


  • ReneaBouquets
  • Glass Microbeads
  • Rose Gold
  • Creative Embellishments
    • Moroccan Lattice Panel
  • 13 arts
    • Ayeeda Mist
    • Patina Bronze
  • Lindy’s
    • Magical Shakers
    • Grab A Guy Gold
    • Bratwurst Brown
  • 7 Gypsies
    • Architextures
    • Ornate Garden Stakes
  • Silhouette
    • Cameo 3
    • Design Store
    • Design ID #34811
  • Ranger
    • Perfect Pearls
    • Blue Patina
  • Archival Ink
    • Jet Black
  • Tim Holtz
    • Distress Ink
    • Tea Dye
  • Distress Spray Stain
    • Rusty Hinge
  • Mini Blending Tool
  • idea-ology
    • Tim Holtz
    • Paper Stash
    • Memoranda
    • Lost & Found
  • Ephemera Pack
    • Expedition
  • Sanding Block
  • Tiny Attacher
  • Small Talk
  • Tonic
    • Tim Holtz
    • Paper Distresser
    • 5″ Scissors
  • Stampers Anonymous
    • Tim Holtz
    • Harlequin Stencil
  • Prima
    • Finnabair
    • Metallique Wax
    • Bronze Age
  • 3D Gloss Gel
  • Julie Nutting
    • Tag Pad
    • Hancock
  • Fancy Pants Designs
    • Me-ology
    • Button Set
  • Dear Lizzy Date Stamp
  • Mod Podge
    • Antique Matte
  • JudiKins
    • Diamond Glaze
  • Art Glitter Adhesive
  • Krylon
    • Workable Fixatif
  • Liquitex
    • Clear Gesso
  • Unknown/Unbranded
    • Twine
    • Metal Stars
    • “BINGO” Card
    • The “other,” non-Tim Holtz, ephemera
    • I got the roll of map paper at Hobby Lobby, so it’s likely by The Paper Studio.

    You can, let go (a mixed media tag)

    You can, let go
    Process Video:
    ReneaBouqeut Beautiful Board filled with ReneaBouquet micro glass beads.

    Beautiful handmade roses by ReneaBouquets!

    JudiKins Diamond Glaze works great for this because is thin and dries fast!
    I’ve had these unbranded glass beads for a while, and they have almost made it to a few previous projects, but today I finally got to use them and not just put them back away! (They are a little bigger than the micro beads from ReneaBouquets)


    • ReneaBouquets
    • Glass Microbeads
    • Champagne
    • Gold
    • Teal
    • Purple
  • Beautiful Board
    • Small Lacy The Moon Fairy (gifted to me by Mary Jane in the May RB swap!)
    • Beautiful Bits
    • Star
  • Mulberry Paper Roses
    • Mini Chocolate Covered Caramel
  • Creative Embellishments
    • Flourish 15
  • Prima
    • Finnabair
    • Opal Magic Acrylic Paint
    • Rose-Gold
  • Wax Cire Cera
    • Electric Violet
  • Sentiments Stickers
  • Julie Nutting
    • Tag Pad
  • Prima Flowers
    • Prima Handmade
    • Candy Gems Melon (Item #549381)
    • Item #634483
  • Watercolors
    • Tropical
    • Ranger
      • Tim Holtz
      • Distress Oxide
      • Peacock Feathers
    • Distress Spray Stain
      • Wilted Violet
    • Distress Paint
      • Wilted Violet
    • Mini Blending Tool
    • Perfect Pearls
      • Blue Patina
      • Heirloom Gold
    • Tonic
      • Tim Holtz 
      • Paper Distresser
    • Jacquard
      • Lumiere
      • Halo Violet Gold
    • PearlEx
      • Reflex Violet
      • Misty Lavender
    • DMC Embroidery Floss
      • Precious Metal Effects
      • E3821
    • JudiKins
      • Diamond Glaze
    • Liquitex
      • Matte Super Heavy Gel
    • Unknown/Unbranded
      • Clear Glass Beads
      • “Stone Path” Die
      • Gold Sewing Machine Thread

      Halloween Pocketletter!

      Halloween PocketLetter!

      Close-up of the top row

      Close-up of the middle row
      Close-up of the bottom row
      Close-up of the Julie Nutting Doll

      **The mask on the Julie Nutting Doll came from the Silhouette Store! I sized it, printed it on photo paper, then fussy cut it out since I wanted it to be extra precise!**

      Product List:

    • Thickers Foam Phrase Stickers: “Dream”
    • Fancy Pants Designs: “Oct 31” sticker sheet & glitter cuts
    • Echo Park Paper Co: 
      • “The Apothecary Emporium” Alpha Stickers
      • “Arsenic & Lace” paper
    • My Mind’s Eye: “Frightful” paper
    • Sizzix –
      • Big Shot Plus
      • Thinlit dies from Big Shot Plus stater
      • Thinlit dies from Big Shot stater
      • “Banners & Hearts”
      • “Basic Shapes”
      • Susan’s Garden 
      • “Sunflower” (just the leaves)
    • Ranger
      • Tim Holtz
      • Distress Markers: Black Soot & Wilted Violet
      • Distress Oxides: Black Soot & Wilted Violet
      • Distress Embossing Ink
      • Distress Stains: Carved Pumpkin & Wilted Violet
      • Distress Stickles: Milled Lavender
      • Thinlit “Cobweb”
      • “Crazy Things” stamp set (witch’s hat)
    • Stickles: Orange Slice
    • Super Fine Black Embossing Powder
    • Black Archival Ink
    • Water Pen: Nib
    • Glossy Accents
    • We R Memory Keepers
      • “Bewitched” paper
      • Crop A Dile
    • Shimmerz
      • Paints: Coal, Orange Sherbet, & Celery
      • Vibez: Sunset Strip
      • Little B Stickers: Black Cat
      • KaiserCraft: Clear Stickers: “Antiques” 
      • “Mulberry type” flowers
      • Prima 
        • “E-line” flowers
        • Julie Nutting “Dita”
      • WOW Embossing Powder “Cloud 9”
      • Elmer’s Glue Spots
      • 99¢ finds: purple lace, spider, “twigs”
      • Scraps: silver glitter paper, black glitter paper, black & grey floral paper, and black print transparency.