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The Vine and Branches


Super quick this morning as I am waiting for my ride before I head off to work.

I made several bookmarks this year for the ladies in my discussion group. I ran out and had to make another one a couple of days ago. I realized I never posted the others so I remembered finally to take a picture of one before I gave them away!

I have been playing with my new Distress Oxide Inks and this background is a result. The stamp is a Rubbernecker stamp. They have several beautiful verse stamps.



Merry Christmas 2016


I recently made a couple of cards for my husband to use at work. I thought while I was making cards I’d go ahead and make a few more. I have used all that I made, and perhaps should have made more!

To make these cards, I pulled out my Simple Stories Handmade Holiday paper pad I got a few years ago at Archiver’s (I wish that store was still around). I cut the six images from one 12 X 12 sheet and added to the designs with Tim Holtz Christmas stamps. I have one more of the 6 to make. It’s a blank piece of paper with ‘Santa’s List’ at the top like a title. It’s cute, but I haven’t figured out how to fill it more with other stamps.

My favorite is the plaid sheet. I only had to add the ‘Merry Christmas’ and some red paper behind it. Super simple. I am so happy I got the MISTI earlier in the year because I need a refill on my Ranger Red Geranium Archival Ink. I had to stamp it a few times to get good coverage. I didn’t know the ink pad was low on ink, so being able to lay down a few layers of ink was super helpful!

May you have a blessed Christmas,


Take Heart


What peace to know that no matter what is going on in the world we can trust in its Creator.



I enjoyed these techniques. It’s like magic! You put the Alcohol Inks on the YUPO sheets and then stamp or use an embossing folder. If you stamp with Archival Ink and then rub it off while it’s wet it will remove the alcohol ink and leave the impression of the stamp (seen on the right and left samples). It’s like a reverse resist. The middle tag is made by applying the alcohol ink and then running it through an embossing folder and rubbing the alcohol ink over the top of the image and then rubbing off the ink from the top.

I definitely had to learn how to use the alcohol inks on the YUPO sheets. It requires so much less blending solution and I found that I want to put more than less on the applicator because that is how you use it with other surfaces. I think too much blending solution is why my tags are a little sticky.

I have a few more techniques to try with the YUPO sheets but these two were the two that interested me the most. I also need to find out what else I can do with the YUPO.



Distress Layered Collage


It’s day six and I moved on to day three if Creative Chemistry 103 to try out the collage mediums. It works quickly and it doesn’t feel as sticky on the top like other gel mediums I’ve used. It worked about the same but I am quite pleased with the non-sticky residue. I started with Tim Holtz pre-printed tissue wrap. I like the tissue wrap better than stamping on regular tissue paper. I have gotten good results from stamping on tissue paper but the tissue wrap is a little more pliable and doesn’t tear as easily but is still easy to work with. (I may have just talked myself into wanting the non-printed tissue wrap!) Next I cut out images from leftover pieces of Tim’s paper. I then added a shadow of Faber-Castell cold grey iv Pitt pen. Finally, I added a little bit of distress ink on the tag. Esther says I need to go darker on the edges a little but I have decided that can wait until I make more tags. 😉


This is my sampler tag of the three different distress collage mediums. I do like how the vintage medium worked. It not only added a bit of aging color but left a little bit of the color around the edges of the pieces creating a natural shadow of the product. That’s just where I had the medium a little thicker and I wasn’t expecting that result but now that I know it works that way I could do it on purpose. I didn’t think the crazing had really worked until I put my readers on and looked at it with the flashlight app on my phone pointed right at it. It is more visible after I added distress ink on top.

Next up is playing with my alcohol inks on YUPO paper.



It’s day four of the Creative Chemistry 103 class and I am still working on day one techniques! I may skip around a bit to try the ones that most interest me and then work my way through them.


I don’t know that I will do this technique often. I stamped a light color of distress ink and then watercolored the image and then stamped it in a dark ink (I used Watering Can Archival Ink) slightly off-set from the image. The off-set part didn’t matter as much because I lost my image pretty quickly so I was guessing towards the end as to where I should be putting the color anyhow! I can at least say I tried the technique. I’m not the biggest fan of water-coloring but this was a fairly quick way to put the color down.

Next, I’m going to try my new Distress Collage Mediums. I am very interested in trying the vintage hue. I like my pieces a little vintage looking although maybe not quite as much as Tim Holtz does. I like the idea that I can quickly change the color of white to off-white with a quick swipe of a brush.


It’s day two of Online Card Classes: Creative Chemistry 103 class and I am just now getting to day one techniques! I had fun with this technique of stamping white picket fence distress ink before using the colored distress dye inks. I love the final color choices. I don’t often use kraft card stock but I can see how this technique would be useful.


I recently invested in a Mini MISTI and knew I would love it. This was my first time to use it and I told my mother that I am head over heels in love with it 😉 It works as well as I imagined and seen on YouTube. I put down several lighter colors on the butterflies first and didn’t really like that so I added brighter colors. By the time I was done I had probably inked the stamp 6 or 7 times and left the kraft tag in place each time. The repeat images came out perfectly and I am very happy with my investment.

My sisters, mother and I met up at the Collinsville Rubber Stamp show in July. It’s not as big as the Akron show I usually go to, but they have a few different vendors. We had a great time at the event and saw some of Collinsville and the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle while we there.



Resisting Archival


I am trying the Archival Resist technique again. It’s not my favorite technique but I thought I’d play with my new Archival ink colors for the resist. I used a brown on the background as I normally do but then I decided to try using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink rather than a brown color. I like the blue shade much better. My husband liked the brown and it did photograph better but I like the blue background best. Now I just need to figure out what to do with it which means it will likely end up on a card.


Which color do you like better?



Class Refresh

Online Card Classes and Tim Holtz are having a summer refresher course for Creative Chemistry 101 and 102 as a lead-up into the CC 103 later this summer. I love the look back as it’s been several years since I’ve looked at the videos for those classes. The challenge this week was to use at least 4 colors of distress ink and do one of the techniques from the lessons we reviewed. I love the challenge of using several colors. I actually love to use several colors and blend them all together. I outdid myself this time and I managed to get 16 colors on my card!! I love the way it turned out.


I had fun playing with some of the newer colors from last year that I haven’t used a lot. I also used some of the paper from Tim Holtz paper, the sentiment is a Paper Smooches stamp, and the background stamps are Tim Holtz stamps. The Distress Ink colors I used are: abandoned coral, victorian velvet, spun sugar, picked raspberry, dried marigold, wild honey, scattered straw, fossilized amber, twisted citron, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, tumbled glass, broken china, mermaid lagoon, shaded lilac, seedless preserves and walnut stain.

The base is 15 colors blended with the walnut stain on the edge and I flicked water on it to distress it a bit more. This is what it looked like before the stamping and sentiment were added. Can you spot all the colors?!


Let me know what you think. Should I have stopped before adding all those colors? 🙂

Blessings for a great week,


Wow, it’s been a long time since I posted. I was working mainly on mini albums with a few other projects thrown in. I recently made some altered mini composition notebooks for my ladies in my Bible study. These were some of their favorite verses.

20160418_171930.jpgI used matte medium to adhere the papers. I used some stamping and some hand lettering to create the verses on the front. I used ribbons and trims from my stash.

Recently I watched a MayMay Made It video on YouTube about how she made 45 cards in 45 minutes. I was getting ready for a craft day at church and thought this would be a good way to get several cards made all at once. I didn’t come anywhere close to her goal but I did add a lot to the cards. I didn’t have pretty cards to put on the front of mine so they were much more involved. Hopefully soon I’ll get some pictures taken and post those. One thing the video helped remind me of was batching my work. It definitely helped to pick out all the papers first, cut all card stock for each individual card all at one time, as well as score them all at once. I also stamped all my stamps at once, as well as die cut or cut them out at the same time. It took a little over two weeks to finish them all. I now have several cards to give to my mother-in-law. Hopefully this will hold us over for awhile. LOL

Next post will be the latest card I’m making for the summer refresher class over on

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