colder weather

colder weather layout! (the shards along the edges of the torn paper behind the photo are Silver Glitter Shard Glass by ReneaBouquets, but I took the photo with no flash so there wouldn’t be glare off the shards or the metallic words at the top!)

Over at, Amanda (scrapanda) hosts the Music Inspiration Challenge! For September I was given the song “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band (lyrics link; video link), and this is what I came up with!

Way back when… (bet. 2002-2007) I lived in Michigan. This is a photo looking out our back door towards the dilapidated old barn that was on the property. I love the snow. I miss the snow. I don’t necessarily miss being cold 😄, but I have always found snow to be beautiful.

In addition to the Music Inspiration Challenge, I am also entering this in the October 1st, Stuck?! Sketches Challenge, using the following sketch as inspiration!

As you can see, I rotated the sketch 90°, and instead of rings and splatters, I used snowflakes from two Simon Says Stamps sets, “Frozen Fractals” and “Swell Christmas.”

October 1st Stuck?! Sketches Challenge.

Product List:

  • ReneaBouquets Silver (Shard) Glitter Glass – (this is the 1st time I’ve ever used it … had to see how it worked and all! I already have other projects lined up now [in my head] and I know I have found a new product to LOVE!)
  • Simon Says Stamp – “Frozen Fractals” and “Swell Christmas” stamp sets
  • Shimmerz AcriTonez: “3 Sheets to the Wind”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide, Stain, & Spray Stain – Wilted Violet; Nib Water Brush; Distress Collage Brush; Advantus Word Keys; Mini Snips.
  • Bo Bunny – Altitude Collection – Christmas – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Blizzard & Noteworthy Journaling Cards; Sweet Life Collection – Chipboard Stickers
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Prima – Finnabair: Snowflake Paste; 3D Gloss Gel; Metallique Wax – Old Silver & Brushed Iron, Opal Magic Wax – Royal Robes
  • Silhouette Cameo: The font for “weather” is “Cotton Candy” from the Silhouette Store 
  • Pink Paislee – Merry and Bright Collection – Christmas – Foil Stickers – Word Strips
  • We R Memory Keepers – Crop-A-Dile and Case – Pink – Includes Crop-A-Dile, Case and 100 Eyelets
  • EK Success – Sticko Alphas Stickers – Foam – Large – White
  • The lace under the photo and the ribbon on the key were both part of the “goodies” I received from Donna (bonprof) with my September PocketLetter from her! (Neither of them was originally purple, but with a little help from some Distress Stains, all of us got to turn purple! LOL)
  • The snowflake cuts I’ve had for quite a while. They came as a “subscriber bonus” with a Birds of a Feather Kit…and those kits haven’t been released since Feb. 2016!
  • The clear gem…teardrop…bling also came from a Birds of a Feather Kit, I think circa Aug. 2014.
  • ‘generic’ white acrylic paint
  • white gesso


Sweeeet! ATCs

I made this set of ATCs for Marci’s ATC swap over at! The category was “Sweet Treat,” and after thinking and thinking and looking at ideas on Pinterest and anywhere I could find them, I happened to come across this cupcake cut file in the Silhouette Store! After that, I knew what I would be doing! I’m also going to enter them into the Simon Says Stamp, “Anything Goes,” Wednesday Challenge!

The patterened paper for the backgrounds came from the Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit, the twine I’ve had forever, the pink in the “frosting” is Shimmerz Paste-eez “Raspberry Sherbet,” and the white “frosting” is Prima Snowflake Paste! All the other colors, except the “chocolate,” came from Tim Holtz Distress Crayons or Distress Oxides! The “chocolate” is a Bic Mark-It in “Woodsey Brown.”

I used the Distress Crayons on the bottom layer of the cupcake wrapper, and the Distress Oxides on the wrapper layer with the chevrons and the layer on the frosting with the circles cut out.

Product List:

  • Background papers are from the Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit!
  • Twine … ::shrug::
  • Shimmerz Paste-eez “Raspberry Sherbet”
  • Bic Mark-It “Woodsey Brown”
  • 140# watercolor paper
  • Prima Snowflake Paste
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz Distress Crayons & Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, & Seedless Preserves
  • Silhouette Cameo

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

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)

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!