Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rubber Stamp Madness

  RubberStampMadness reported an amazing response to my post May 13. Copies have already been mailed to the first 36 people who responded. If you'd like to find out more about RSM and the current issue, visit 

Monday, May 4, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 ~ May

"My Mothers Love"
For Mother's Day 2015

Friday afternoon my mother and I were looking at Tim's May 2015 tag, after viewing how he made the tag, she said you are one of the winners. Thanks Tim and Mario! 

When we arrived home Saturday afternoon, I rested a little, and then was inspired to work on this tag. 
I used my Vagabond to make a burlap and manila tag using Tim's tag die. I used my xyron to adhere the tags together. 
Next, I used Tim's layering stencil with texture paste on tag. Later after paste was dry, I used distress ink to color the numbers with ink blending tool. 
Walnut and burlap distress inks were used on burlap before adding other items to tag. 

I was inspired seeing Tim's gorgeous May tag:

I used three remnant rubs; it a wonderful life and both numbers on stamped image. Distress markers were used to add color to stamped image. Black distress marker was used around the finished words at bottom of tag. 
Crinkle ribbon was inked with distress stain. 
Tiny buttons were used with loop pins and attached to bow. 
We waited on the mailman to bring the tiny tattered flower die before going on to my mothers on Monday. I know my mother will have fun playing with Tim's newest tiny flower dies. A glue gun is the only way to finish the flowers as Tim suggested. I added a tiny bit of distress ink to each flowers on this tag. 
On the upper right and bottom left are photocopies from a vintage hangtag that was on a bolt of organdy I bought years ago. I used matte glue n seal over photocopied ephemera. 
I applied a ephemera rose postage stamp from 1995 on my tag and then sealed it with matte glue n seal. 
I had fun making my tag! Thanks Tim for the inspiration!

May 9, 2015
I had fun making a second tag for 12 Tags of 2015 ~ May

I made three burlap tag using tim's layering stencil with texture paste; one tag shared on tim's blog May 4, one tag mailed to my mother and the third tag finished today; May 9. 
 "The moments we cherish" were used with white pigment ink and clear embossing powder on black paper. (tim's long cling stamp)  
A piece from tim's paper pad; "1 time 7" was trimmed and distress with walnut ink and then applied to tag with glue n seal. 
A couple photocopies from my vintage organdy hangtag were used on this tag as well. 
Distress markers were used to color stamped and inked image. This stamped image had a blank space near left arm; it was just the right size for the tiny number from tim's botanical remnant rub. 

Tim's newest tiny tattered floral die was used to make the paper roses. 

Distress ink was used on crinkle ribbon and applied to tag. 

Loop pain was used with two brown buttons to finish. 
Thanks for Looking! 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Remodeled Stamping Room

I still have lots of boxes to go through and bring in the iris carts and mounted stamp cabinets. 
My vintage cabinet is getting new paint and different knobs and will go in space below shelves. 

Here is my vintage cabinet with fresh paint and vintage glass knobs from my stash. 
Top of cabinet has my Tim Holtz dies 

This is my table with Genesis trimmer and Vagabond. I made my little rabbit. He is watching over my stamping room. 

I noticed my floor started dropping in center of my crafting room, my hubby thought it was due to too many stamp supplies and my large solid oak school desk. It took us over a month to remove everything including that heavy desk because I have a two bulging disk and pinched nerve in lower back and just recently had laser surgery on both legs.

After we removed everything and started opening up the floor down to the joist we noticed it was near an outdoor faucet we had cut off three years ago. This was the reason the floor gave away, not my stamping supplies. A contractor replaced 6 joist and put in a new sub floor on April 7th. After they left my hubby and I put down wood laminate floor.

A few days later I gave my stamping room a fresh coat of paint on the three walls and shelves. The  commercial wall grid brackets didn't have to be removed so one wall was left as is. On three walls, I used a soft gray/green latex acrylic paint. I used buff latex acrylic on all the shelves.

It's going to take a while to get things back in my studio.

4/20/15 These photos were taken a few days ago. I'm still unloading boxes. I have 11 iris carts that will go in my room, one craft table for my die cutting machine and trimmer and another table to do my stamping. I'll add that table when I have it set up.

Today, we bought my office chair and window blind.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 ~ April

It's been over a month since I've got to set down and do any stamping. We had to remove everything in my stamping room to make way for new floor from the joist up. After the contractors left, my dear hubby and I put down the laminate floor.

Many of my supplies are still in boxes but I knew where these Tim Holtz supplies were; distress inks, distress markers, distress stain, a kraft tag, water brush, distress spritzer, craft sheet, distress tool, heat tool and craft sheet. Also this flower stamp and my sewing machine. My word beautiful was painted with black soot distress stain.

I love Tim's tag this month.

Update May 1:  I was one of 12 winners on Tim Holtz blog for April! Thank you Tim and Mario!

Update May 8: My prize package arrived; Mario went the extra mile with an inner envelope made with tissue wrap, inside  the tissue wrap; TH stamp set, a layering stencil and some bingo pieces all of which I didn't have.
Thank you Tim and Mario!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Booklet Tutorial

Many of my stamp supplies has been boxed up and put away while waiting for a new floor. 
So, I thought I would share something I made several years back. 
I love to make handmade books.
The cover, spine and pages can be adapted to make any size book.
I designed and made up my own instructions.

My daughter owns and operates an antique shop in Southern Kansas. She brings me things to use in my artwork. This is how I came about using game boards for the base of my books. 

Distress ink (vintage photo)
Kraft Paper
Rubber stamps
Archival ink (black)
Glossy Card stock
Zutter Bind-it-All
5/8” Owires
3M Spray Mount Artist’s Adhesive
White card stock or 14pt file folders
White 2" masking tape
Paper trimmer
12” Tim Holtz ruler
Studio Multi-Medium 
Martha Stewart score board
Cutting Rotary Mat
Craft mat knife
Game board or heavy duty cardboard
This booklet was made for my #8 finished tags; 3 1/8” x 6 ¼.” 

1. Cut scrabble game board into two pieces down the center fold with a craft knife. Set one aside for another booklet. Each piece is now seven inches by fourteen inches long. Place one piece down on rotary mat. Use mat cutter with metal edge of ruler to cut front and back book pieces. I cut one piece from left finished seam and one piece from the right finished seam, and then the seam binding and spacers from remainer of game board. 
These measurements are:
2 pieces 4” x 7”
1 piece 1 & 1/4” x 7”
2 pieces of game board as spacer
Set aside for now
Note: For safety, please use a new blade when cutting the game board or thick book board.  
2. Cut a 10” x 14” piece of Kraft paper; crumble the paper with your hands (try not to tear the paper as you crumble,) smooth out, crumble several times and then smooth out. Spray one side of Kraft paper with adhesive outdoors or in well ventilated area. Leave outside for a little while, bring in and place down on craft table adhesive side up.
3. Place the pieces of game board down over the adhesive. Allow an even space between the front, back and spine using the spacer pieces. (As seen in photo)
4. Use scissors to cut all four outside corners on a diagonal.

5. Crease and fold all edges inward.

6. Measure and cut one piece of masking tape 2 inches by 7 inches, cover the inside of spine. Cut another piece of white masking tape 2 inches by 9 inches long, add to outside of spine and continue to inside of spine. Press down until smooth.

7. Cut two pieces of Kraft paper and glue on inside to cover up scrabble game board.
8. Use Vintage Photo distress ink direct to color the book cover and on the inside. Or finish as desired.

9. Use paper trimmer to cut two pieces of card stock 4 3/8” x 6 3/4.” This will be the inside front and back face cover.

10. Use Bind-it-All tool to punch 12 holes in these two pieces as directed on instructions.  

11. Next, use score board to crease a valley folds ¾” on front and back pieces. 

12. Cut 12-15 pages of card stock 3½” x 6 ¾”

13. Use the instructions from the Bind-it-All to punch hole into each page

14. Make a stack with one page (mountain fold) 4 3/8” x 6 ¾”, 15 cardstock pages 3 ½” x 6 ¾” and then one page (mountain fold) 4 3/8” x 6 ¾” together.

15. Use tool to cut 5/8” Owires 6 inches long. (12 wires)
16. With the stacked pieces of cardstock place them in the Bind-It-All and then bind together.  When you have the owires and paper together they will look like the photo below with valley fold of front and back pieces and pages in the middle.
Note: The ends of wires will not be seen they will be under the card stock next to spine.
17. Insert the pages in center of center spine.  Close the booklet and check that the Owires are at the center of booklet. Open carefully and glue one side at a time, and center the booklet with even spaces on both sides with valley folds at folds of spine. 
Note: Glue the inside front and back pieces with the valley folds in center of booklet, I used a credit card with Studio Multi- Medium as an adhesive. Smooth with Speelball 4" Baren until it is smooth and applied to book. (Rubbing with your hand will do as well to get a smooth finish)

18. Final step: Embellish your booklet! 

Have fun making your booklet!!

Comments Aprreciated!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Finger Painting Technique

My mother, Jo Adair taught me this technique.

8" x 10" window glass panel
blue masking tape
acrylic paint
fluid medium
paint brush
pages from old text book

Use blue masking tape to cover cut edges all around the glass. This is to protect you from getting cut.
Clean glass panel and dry well. Lay glass panel down on craft table covered with newsprint.

Pour four or five acrylic colors on a foam plate, add a drop or two of fluid medium to each color and mix with tooth pick; the medium will keep you paint from drying too fast.
Use paint brush to color the glass. You don't need to make it solid.
Now the fun part of the project; use your finger or a q-tip to make a design into the wet paint. Place a piece of text paper torn from an old book down on the newspaper.
Use the glass as an inked stamp and press down on text paper. Pull up and see your new artwork. It's normal to see blank areas.
Clean the glass and start all over. It's hard to put this down once you master this new technique.

These are ideas I came up with after making mothers technique.
Press a stencil into the paint and make a negative or positive image on text paper.
Stamp the glass panel over your journal page.
Use a dry foam stamp in the painted panel before stamping down on paper.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 ~ March

 I spent part of the day painting, stamping, texturing with stencil and embossing to make my tag using Tim's technique for 12 Tags of 2015 ~ March. 
 After I made my one of a kind background with Distress paint, I looked through my stamps and chose the little girl from #020 stamp sheet by Tim Holtz. This little girl always makes me smile. I enjoyed making this tag today. Thanks Tim for the inspiration. 
TH #8 manila tag, tissue tape, word bands
TH CMS#020 stamp sheet
TH Flourish layering stencil 032
TH Distress paint; salty ocean, broken china, mustard seed, wild honey, seedless preserves
TH Distress ink
Ranger Archival black ink, mister tool, craft sheet, heat tool, palette knife, masking
Clear embossing, molding paste, gold embossing, trim, pin

I love the colors Tim used on his tag:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Card with Julie Nutting Stamp

 My 8 x 10 inch Gelli Arts Printing plate, golden paint, stencil and copy paper were used to make the base portion of this card. A funny thing happened while applying the painted piece on a big tag, I discovered I like the bottom portion of the tag better than the top, so it was trimmed, turned upside down and made into a card front.
Walnut distress ink was applied around edges and over tissue tape using a foam tool. My Julie Nutting stamped image was inked with archival black ink on 140 lb Strathmore watercolor paper and fuzzy cut. Designer paper was used to make her dress and shoes. Watercolors were used to paint skin tones and hair. White card stock and my Cameo were used to made all three flowers. Susan's Garden tool kit was used to form flowers. Spray inks from my stash were used to color each flower. Goosebumps Clear Texture spray was used on yellow flower with vintage stamens. Say it in Crystal  by Prima was applied to card front to finish. 
Stencil was made with my Cameo. 
Finished size 4" x 7.5" 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Paper Flower Collection

All these paper flowers were made recently using my Cameo and digital images. 
They range from 1/2" to 2"
All of my flowers were made with white card stock. The flowers were inked, sprayed or painted with Ranger products. 
A few were sprayed with Goosebumps. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Spring Birds

I'm ready for warm weather; it was warm enough to go outside today without a coat, this evening its windy and cold, winter has returned. Tomorrow ice and snow has been forecast.
I made a bunch of chipboard digital die cut birds with my Cameo Silhouette this past week. 
While dear hubby was at the doctors a couple days ago, I was looking at bird magazines in the waiting room. I pulled out my phone and took photos for references on color and then came home to paint my birds. I used Dina Wakley media paints on each bird.
Dina's media paints and media palette knife were used to paint my background. 
I used the smallest brush from Dina's set to paint the leaves and branch. 
Black soot brush marker was used under each bird to give it shading. 

Fude Ball 1.5 marker was used on leaves and the bird’s eyes. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 ~ February

 This is my new tag for 12 Tags of 2015 for February.
On this tag, I used the TH cute little remnant rub birds, TH Eiffel Tower embossed die cut, wool felt TH die cut heart, TH industrial sticker, TH ephemera, TH word bands, TH arrow, TH distress marker spritzer, black soot marker and distress paint. The rest of the tag was made with a few printed papers from my stash. Crinkle ribbon was inked with distress scattered straw distress ink and tied on to finish my tag. 
February 7, 2015

Hi Everyone, while everyone was watching the Super Bowl game February 1, 2015, I was gathering supplies to use on this tag, by the end of the game I had everything applied to my tag except the wool felt TH die cut heart.  
Today, the wool felt heart was sewn, applied to tag and photographed. 
I like how Tim used a variety of papers for his background tag. You can view his tag here
My Tag;
The first three pieces that were applied to my tag; a torn piece of TH tissue wrap, an Eiffel Tower ephemera piece and a piece of music sheet. From these pieces it gave me the direction to finish my tag. I added a TH bird remnant rub, a TH industrial oval sticker and a die cut and embossed TH Eiffel Tower. I also used two distress inks with TH burlap stencil, two tiny brads used to hold a die cut font and a piece of vintage lace stained with vintage photo distress ink. 
This month, I made two tags, this one added Feb. 3 and second one added Feb. 7. 

Friday, January 16, 2015


I have new stamps! This is my first tag using these stamps by Julie Nutting mixed media doll stamps by Prima. 

Melange tissue wrap was applied on tag using multi medium matte adhesive followed by distress paints using Tim tutorial on January 2015 tag 

Paper dresses were made using 6 x 6 paper pad by My Mind's Eye. Flowers are by Prima and Tim Holtz. 
I used Tim's industrial stickers along the bottom of tag. 
Prima and Paper Studio bling was used on tag. 
Distress rock candy glitter by Ranger was used on little girls hair bow. Painted socks, shoes, hair and skin was painted with a water brush and Neocolor II water-soluble color crayons.
Chit-Chat stickers (sweet hearts) was used on my tag. Black soot was applied around each sticker and wiped off. Tim shared this technique on his blog. 
Multi-Medium Matte is the adhesive I used on this project.