(2017 c48) Turtle Journal Cover

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Another Journal cover.  The stamps are from a company that has gone out of business, but can still be found on ebay and other sites, or if interested in gently used stamps I might be talked into selling some of mine.

The turtles are from Shello Stamp Set from Mark’s Finest Papers Stamp Shop.  The sea shells are from Mark’s Finest Papers Stamp Shop called Silly Shells.  The birds are from Birds  of the Orient.

The sun was stamped on tissue and applied with Mod Podge.  The turtles and sea shells were stamped & colored with Copics on white cardstock and fussy cut and applied with Mod Podge. The boat was stamped on the watercolor paper and heat embossed with brown EP before coloring the sand with a watercolor wash.

The water texture was created by applying blue tissue paper over and around the turtles to create water movement.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSaysStamp:  (Mon.) Nautical


(2017 c47) Christmas Inlay Dies


 PrintMy Favorite Things is having a great week of inspiration on Camp Create 2017   

Today I stamped the sentiment with Unity Stamp Co.’s Magic of Christmas  Next I sponged the background with regular Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger.  Then I cut the snowflakes: Impression Obsession Snowflakes (DIE024-X) out of the background as well as cutting on plain white cardstock and inlaid them in the background. I backed with the fuchia cardstock which shows through the holes of snowflakes.

Challenges Entered:

MyFavoriteThings:  Camp Create 2017 Day 1 – Inlaid Made EasyPrint


(2017 c46) Friend, Flower Clusters, Distress Oxide


Background sponged with Distress Oxide Inks by Ranger Fossilized Amber,  Pealed Pain, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans. Then spritzed with water and dried then sponged again and spritzed again., giving a watercolor effect for the background.

Dies used:  Paper Smooches – Cute Clusters,  Little B – Sentiments, Hello was cut out twice, glued together and coated with Glossy Accents.

Stamp used:  Friend from the  Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Framelits set – Bird Talk 561218 

Challenges Entered:

PaperSmooches:  Anything Goes – July & Aug Chal

Cas-UalFridays:  CFC180 – Friendship

DieCutDivas:  Anything goes for August

DiesRUsChallenge:  chal. 79 – Anything Goes Using Dies

WordArtWednesday:  #296 – 297 Anything Goes

ScrappyLand:  #72 – Anything Goes Use product they sell

HappyLittleStampers:  August Watercolor

(2017 c45) Summer Butterfly


Background watercolor paper was colored with blue Color Burst by Ken Oliver , then cut out with Sizzix Thinlits Dies, Mixed Media by Tim Holtz 660220.  Another watercolor paper was colored with orange Color Burst and cut out The Happy Birthday  with Sentiments Three by Spellbinders as well as the butterfly  by Spellbinders called Die D-Lites Outrageous Butterfly S2-069 .

Challenges entered:

DieCutDivas:  Anything Goes

WordArtWednesday:  Anything Goes #294-295

(2017 c44) Dies Only – Spellbinders



Die Set:  Retired Spellbinders set:   Nestabilities Labels 6, six (Can still be found on Ebay & Amazon)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is the outside of a Dies only an Easter card.  The inside has a stamped sentiment.  As you can see on the inside all the dies on the front were inset so they show on the inside too.

Challenges Entered:

CasUalFridays:  CFC 179 – Dies Only

DieCutDivas:  Anything Goes

(2017 c43) Ellen Hutson & Avery Elle



The Bouquet from Avery Elle called Thanks A Bunch was stamped with VersaColor:  Orhid, Rose Red, Sage, Bamboo.  The sentiment from Ellen Hutson stamp set called Mondo Hydrangea was stamped and heat embossed onto a heat resistant 3M Transparency Film for High Temperature Laser Copiers.  The transparency film was cut an inch longer than the embossed background & I scored on both ends and folded so that I could tape the tabs to the back of the embossed piece  The background shimmerz paper was embossed with Cuttlebug – Ann Griffin folder called Rosa.

Challenges Entered:

Ellen Hutson:  Mix it Up – with Avery Elle

WordArtWednesday:  Chal #294-#295 – Anything Goes

(2017 c 42) Alte New & Lawn Fawn Birthday


For the flowers I used Stamps and Dies by Alte New called Panted Flowers.  I used my Misti to stamp the flower layers with Distress Oxide Inks by Ranger Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmelade, Fired Brick and the leaves with Pealed Paint.    T he background was inked with Cracked Pistachio and Broken China and then spattered with water.  The gold Mirrored cardstock sentiment  was cut  using Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words

Challenges Entered:

AlteNew:  Inspiration px – use Alte New product


Die-CutDivasDie-CutDivas:  Anything Goes

DiesRUsChallenge:  Chal #78 – Summertime

SimonSaysStamp:  (Wed.) Spatter It

ScrappyLand:  Chal. #71 – Anything Goes

WordArtWednesday:  Chal. #294 – #295 Anything Goes

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(2017 c41) Water & Wings plus Tissue Stamping

The background for this Journal cover was watercolored on watercolor paper with cheap Crayola watercolors.  Then I stamped the images on tissue paper and colored with Copics markers. The cranes were gently covered on the backside with white paint (so that the water wouldn’t show through as much through the tissue when decopauged to the background)

I then carefully wet the images around the boarders so that I could tear out the image close to stamped lines.  Then I applied to background with Matte Medium by Claudine Helmuth.  I coated the entire page with 2 coats of Mod Podge to protect the journal cover.  Here is a link to one of my old tissue projects with pictures of the tissue process.

Stamps are from a discontinued Stamp company called Mark’s Finest Papers: The sea shells are from Mark’s Finest Papers Stamp Shop called Silly Shells.  The birds are from Birds  of the Orient. (The stamps might be found on web for sale by individuals)

Challenges Entered:

KraftinKimmieStamps:  Chal. #392 – Water – Use Any Stamp, Anywhere

ModSquadChallenge:  The Wing’s the Thing

HappyLittleStampers:  August Watercolor

(2017 c40) Foil it up, Coffee



I Copied my dies on white paper then took them to Kinkos and had them Printed  on the Toner Copier onto black cardstock. Then put them through my heat laminator to “foil”, I cut out with my Nestabilities Labels 14 die, which left a foiled edge on the negative hole.

On watercolor paper using my Misti, I stamped the images with Caffeine Addict from Sugar Pea Designs and heat embossed the beans with brown EP and the cup and word with Sea Glass EP.  The cup was painted with Metalic Sky Color Burst by Ken Oliver and the background was painted with the powdered pigments Ultramarine Blue (also a Color Burst product).  The word Junkie was heat embossed with Gold EP.

Challenges Entered:

SugarPeaDesigns:  Mix it Up #33

ModSquadChallenge:  Foil It Up

KraftinKimmieStamps:  Wonderful Wednesday – Anything Goes

(2017 c39) Poinsettia Christmas Shaker



Peaceful Poinsettias by Taylored Expressions were stamped with Versamark and Heat embossed with Gold EP.  Then I masked with Art Masking Fluid by Windsor & Newton.


 For the background I watered down Color Burst Liquid Metals by Ken Oliver and spattered several colors.

Next I peeled off the masking and colored the flowers with mixtures of the Metalic Mandarin Liquid Metal and Barn Door Distress Ink by Ranger.   The photo on the right shows a closeup of the frame I made by spinkeling Emerald Green Powdered Pigments called  Brusho Crystal Colors on watercolor paper and spread them with a wet brush.  After it was totally dry I brushed Golden’s Soft Gell Gloss Media over and then sprinkled very small sprinkles of the Emerald Green in a few areas and used sweeping strokes with a wide brush through the Media.  Dies used for the frame: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8    for the inside cutout, the outside frame is Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling Card Dies From scrapyland.com.  I stamped Merry Christmas from the same Peaceful Poinsettias set used for the flowers onto a heat resistant 3M Transparency Film for Laser Copiers. Fun Foam was used to give depth for the beads in the shaker.

Challenges Entered:

ScrapyLand:  Chal. #70 – Anything Goes (Use at least 1 die sold there)

DieCutDivas:  Christmas in July

SimonSaysAnything Goes