Fun Journal Card Storage Box


I created this box for my craft closet to store pocket page/journaling cards. Funny how many pocket page cards I have and don’t really even do that. I thought I was going to.. just like the other 10 projects. Anyway…

This was just a plain chipboard box. I first sprayed it with Heidi Swapp spray ink Color Shine. It was kind of sticky and not soaking in. So I decided to paint over it with gesso so I could paint the outside again. Well the color sprays mixed in the with the gesso while I was doing that. I was liking that flat paint look so I left it that way.

Then I decided it needed more. So.. I got several of my Hero Arts stamps out and stamped all over the box using Archival ink. Now it looks way more fun to me and it was fun doing it. It was challenging stamping on the box though since it is flexible a bit and not solid behind the stamping areas so I put my hand inside the box to stabilize it some. For the lid I may have done that a bit different than the box but using the same sprays and gesso. I love cardmaking and sometimes do some scrapbooking but it is always fun to do a different kind of crafty project (I have several waiting).

I entered this in the a2z Scrapbooking Challenge for December since they had the theme of anything but a card.




Cosmo Birthday Card


This card I made for a friend who has the cutest yorkie named Cosmo. I colored the dog to look like her dog.

For the background I used some more of the fun Lawn Fawn plaid paper for fall. I love the colors. I actually colored the balloons before I even decided to use the plain paper. The colorful layer and the brown layer are both from that paper pad. So the dog and the balloon stamps are from Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz sets Crazy Things and Crazy Dogs. I stamped the dog and then did some masking to have the balloon strings come up kind of from the dogs tail. I also masked the balloons to have the big balloon be in the back. I usually don’t do masking to much. It was fun and had me planning carefully to get the right look. I colored the dog with Copics to look like my friends dog Cosmo. He is so cute. It was hard to blend the black and tan but it came out pretty good. The balloons are colored with Copics too. The sentiment is a random wood stamp I had. Then at the very end I decided to sprinkle some Color Shine ink sprays on the background and I happen to have colors that went with everything pretty well. So one more round of masking so that the speckles didn’t get all over everything. I was pleased with a different type look than I usually do. Fun for me.

Hero Arts Scramble 144


For Linda’s Scramble today she tied into the Hero Arts Challenge of holiday cards and added a twist of including a tree.

For the background papers I used some DCWV papers from a few years ago. It is called Winter in the Woods. The frame is cut with a Lawn Fawn die called Say Cheese Polaroid Frame.
The deer, trees and sentiment are from Hero Arts set Christmas Reindeer (CL540). The trees are stamped with Vivid Vintage Green ink and one of them colored with a Zig watercolor pen. The reindeer was colored with Copics and I hand cut him and the trees. The sentiment is heat embossed with brown powder.

Hero Arts Scramble 143


The theme for LaVon’s Scramble today was diagonal.

Background – A card size shiny gold piece of paper then I cut all the red plaid pieces so that I had a narrow gold strip.
The wreath – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero September 2016. The kraft paper is the woody wreath. Then I used two different colors of green for the leafy wreaths. I lightly touched all wreaths with white pigment ink to look like just a tiny bit of snow. It is probably hard to see in the photo.
The bird – I stamped it with Hero Arts Royal Red ink. It is from Hero Arts set Swirl Christmas (CL469) and hand cut it.
The sentiment is an already made one I had hanging around. I like the size and color of it for this card.

I was going along on my merry way making a diagonal background. Then oops didn’t think it out. Start over. Working with gold shiny paper can be a challenge. Glue shows up and 3-in-1 glue removes the shiny gold from the paper if you try to rub it off.

Darn it.. I meant to post this to Merry Monday but got busy doing Halloween stuff and forgot.

Merry Monday Challenge 224


Merry Monday’s Challenge 224 was to create a masculine Christmas card. It is not to easy for me to create the masculine cards but I thought this blueprint sketchy tree stamp worked.

I had a lot of fun creating this since it is not quite my usual but I like the inky grungy Tim Holtz look. The green and red background papers were from a Christmas paper pad by Pink Paislee called Yuletide. I stamped the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tree Blueprint (659379) on off white paper. I also stamped the tree 2 more times and the star 1 more time. The dies that go with the set cut out sections of the tree (one cuts the top 2 sections and the other the top section only) and there is a star die. There is also a die for the whole tree which I did not use. So the tree at the top has 3 layers and the middle has 2 layers and the star has 2 layers. This is hard to see in the photo. I colored the tree, star and the ornaments with Copics. I also used a gold Wink of Stella pen and Pilot silver marker. I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink around all the edges of each layer of paper.

Hero Arts Scramble 145

Hero Arts Scramble 145

The theme for Scramble 145 the last for 2016 is use everything in one stamp set. This Scramble was hosted by Cindy and was a 24 hour one so that hopefully more people could participate. You still have 90 minutes to create the card but pick your own bucket of time.

This is the set I used. Hero Arts Earth Flowers (CL428).

First I created the background on watercolor paper using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. Then I stamped the background grasses/plants with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and Hero Arts Charcoal ink. The flowers and stems I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black for a more bold look. This could become a birthday card or a sympathy card.

Falling Leaves

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These are the other Thanksgiving cards I created. I wanted to make more but I don’t plan ahead to well.

So I had to use that fun Lawn Fawn Fall plaid paper again for the leaves and the background. I just happened to have a set of nice stitched leaf dies by Lawn Fawn so all those leaves are cut with a set called Small Stitched Leaves. I created the first card and then decided to add more leaves on the second one. I guess I could have gone back to the first one but when it is done it is done. Ha. The sentiment word give was a stamp from the Lawn Fawn set Thankful Mice and embossed with off white powder. I really need to find a better off white powder. None of mine gave a nice solid embossed word. The thanks is cut with a Paper Smooches die.

Racoon & Mice Thanksgiving Cards

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This card was so fun and great looking I pretty much copied it. When I do this I would not enter it anywhere but just send it to friends and family. I am not usually a cute critter type but this one rocks. Don’t get me wrong I like looking at the cute critter creations and there are many cute stamps but it’s not my usual type of thing. The stamps and the super cool plaid paper are all Lawn Fawn. These were kind of time consuming but I loved creating them! Can you see the small difference in these cards? It is the mice.

The paper is a pad called Perfectly Plaid Fall and did I mention I love this paper.

The stamps are all Lawn Fawn. Thankful Mice, Holiday Party Animal, Thanks a Bushel. I colored in the images with Copics. I “had” to get a few new pens since I didn’t really have enough gray pens. I got all the dies to go with these too and as you can see cut out the images with them.

The rectangle was cut with a Lawn Fawn die Stitched Journaling Card.

The greeting word give was stamped with a stamp from the Thankful Mice set. The thanks was cut with a die from Paper Smooches.

If you are thinking oh she is ahead of game for next year. No… not me. I already sent these out to my family and friends I am just behind in posting.