Friday, August 22, 2014

Natalie Paper Doll Tag

I love how this tag turned out. It's one of my favorites.

I would like to add this tag to 
Inspiration Emporium August Monthly Challenge 2014 
"Anything Goes" 

A black and white 2" strip from Harper's boutique paper pad was applied across the bottom of a 4 x 8" manila tag.
Tim's picked raspberry and festive berries distress inks were appplied over clockwork layering stencils followed by dot fade layering stencil with vintage photo. 
Heat set.
Use foam applicator with these distress inks over the entire tag including the 2" strip of paper:
Picked Raspberry
Seedless Preserves 
 Festive Berries

Place tag on craft sheet, tape down Dyan's checkered dots stencil over tag, use plastic tool to apply modeling paste over left side of stencil, lift off. Clean stencil with water immediately, set aside to dry, place stencil over the tag again matching dots, spray Primrose color shine over entire stencil, pull off stencil, before cleaning stencil apply wet stencil to another tag, clean stencil, set tags aside to dry. 

Stamp border image across bottom of tag with black ink. 

I spent one day making tattered flowers some were used on this tag other were used on my Valentina paper doll tag:

Tim's word stamp was inked on manila card stock, cut out, distress edges with black ink, lightly picked raspberry on surface of stamped piece and then applied to tag. 

My Natalie stamped and inked image by Julie Nutting was dressed with designer paper and then applied to tag using my Xyron. 
 Prima's flourish metal sticker was applied to finish my tag. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mia All Dressed Up

 If you are like me, you purchase designer pads and let them sit months before cutting into them and then when you do, you are pleasantly surprised with the results. This is what happened to me when I opened this black and white pad and cut into it to make this background piece. I used some of Tim's bright distress inks to apply color over the background.
Before preceding, I trimmed and applied my designer background to a 4x8" manila tag.
Next, I applied the stamped manila tag to the inked designer paper. It doesn't show is the photo but the designer paper has glitter on the flowers.
Distress inks were used to add color to designer paper for dress, shoes and hair band.
To finish my tag I used Prima flowers, Tim Holtz flourish die cut, Mia by Julie Nutting mixed media paper doll, bling and stamped background tag. Mia was inked with black archival ink on 140 lb watercolor paper. Watercolor crayons were used to apply hair and coloring to face, arms and legs.
The designer cardstock pad is by Cloud 9 Design.
In person it had a lot of glitz. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Handmade Flowers with Valentina Paper Doll

 Early in the summer, I started the background using one of Tim's stencils with distress paints and then used a foam applicator with vintage photo on and around the tag. It didn't get finished so it was set aside. 
When I was sewing recently, I picked up this tag again and added a few decorative stitches with my 1630 Bernina sewing machine. 

And then on Sunday,
I pressed several regular size distress ink pads in coordinating colors down on my craft sheet, sprayed with a fine mist of water and then manila cardstock was dipped in the colors until I liked the results, each piece was heat set to dry and then die cut using Tim's flower strip die and Sizzix leaf die. After they were die cut, I used vintage photo distress ink around each petal using a round foam applicator. Each flower was shaped and then attached using tiny brads, some of the brads were dipped in paint. The flowers were added to the tag using Zots. 
My newest mixed media Valentina stamped image by Julie Nutting was inked using Archival black ink on 140 lb. watercolor paper, cut out and then dressed with 6x6 Farmhouse Crate pad from my stash. I used distress marker to color her face, arm legs, hair and shoes. Valentina was then added to my tag using Zots. 
The green flourish is actually trash that would otherwise be thrown out from a clear stencil I made with my Cameo. I dipped the flourish in paint to coordinate the colors in the tag. It was applied to tag with Glue n' Seal. The bling flower was added to tag using Glue n' Seal. 
Finished tag 4x8"

My flower inspiration came from watching a tag being made my Tammy Tutterow. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 ~ August

Tim says, create showing your own creative muse for August tag.

 I had a lot of fun making this piece!
 I was inspired to play with stamps by Ranger to make my tag for 12 Tags of 2014 ~August.

My tag started out about the same as Tim's tag using tissue tape, adding texture and then I inked and stamped two of Dina Wakley images from "Face in the Crowd" over the tissue tape.
I looked through my stencils and found a flower design. It was used to add a thin layer of modeling paste on my tag and then set aside to dry. Once dry, I applied distress stains to my craft sheet as Tim shares on his blog; link above. I used wild honey, victorian velvet, broken china, bundled sage and tumbled glass. I loved the bright colors the stain produced over the tag. And then it was time to finish my tag.

In a few places around the tag I applied Tim's burlap layering stencil with vintage photo distress ink. This really stood out when I did the final step with distress embossing ink and distress powder.

12 years ago on my first yahoo group, I put a washer over an eye on a stamped image similar to what I've done today. Back then, the owner of the group asked me what inspired me to add a washer over her eye?
Working on my tag today, I used a distress painted sprocket gear over a piece of film strip ribbon. My mini stapler was used to apply the film strip ribbon.

I applied 140 lb. watercolor paper to a round metal charm, stained it with distress inks and then added remnant rubs. It was then adhered to tag using one of Tim's brads with ring.

Years ago, Tim had tiny clips; I still have some in my stash. Broken china paint was used to distress the clip and then applied to tag with clip hugging around tag as seen in photo. I used one of his sprocket gears distressed with broken china paint and a brad on to the top clip and through the back of the tag. Doing so made my gear spin. I also added several more sprocket gears together adding broken china to one gear and then adding game spinner and brad to my tag.
Distress embossing ink was added around the tag followed by vintage photo distress powder, pouring off extra and then heat set.
A piece of vintage ribbon was sprayed with water and then add a few coordinate distress stains on craft sheet, rub ribbon into inks and then wrinkle, set aside to dry or heat set to dry. Add to tag.

My tag has spinning gears, raised flower designs, sprocket gears and game spinner.

"Follow Your Heart"

 I used these products on my tag:
distress stains, distress paints, tissue tape, film strip ribbon,
distress powder, distress inks, distress embossing ink, 
mini stapler, remnant rubs, burlap layering stencil, craft sheet.
 sprocket gears, game spinner, mini clip and a few brads.
Archival black ink and heat it tool, mini applicator, modeling paste, vintage ribbon, watercolor paper and a round charm. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Imagination Tag using Julie Nutting Paper Doll

I love how this piece turned out. 
The background started out as a designer page and then covered with distress inks, prima stamps, tissue tape, prima flowers, clock (prima paper pad) bling, chit chat by tim holtz and a prima doll stamped image by julie nutting. This time I used her as she is with her boots on. The designer paper used as her dress was perfect to complement the background. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Girls Night Out with Julie Nutting Stamps

Enjoyed making this tag using some of my Prima doll stamps with other stamping supplies.
Julie Nutting doll stamps and flowers are by Prima. I used Tim Holtz glitter and stencil. I used Tim's technique from 12 tags of 2014 ~ June although I moved the stencil around a bit to give it a different look.
Bling on flowers by Hobby Lobby. Ink pad by Ranger. Color Shine spray inks by Heidi Swapp. Designer paper from my stash. Clear Stamp unknown.
The spray inks I used doesn't take a photo well; in my hand it is more vibrant.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Prima Doll with Handmade Flower

Hi again, if you saw my last post, here is the tag I made using my Julie Nutting paper doll stamped image; Natalie. I dressed her with Prima designer paper. I used a variety of stamps from my stash including some from Prima and Graphic 45. The flower is circles hand cut using fine netting in different colors and finished off with a bead that was wired though netting to back. Glue n' Seal was used to apply flower to tag. 

I used Tim Holtz and Little B paper tape across the bottom. Chit-Chat by Tim Holtz and cute little butterfly by Prima. Finished tag 4 by 8." 

Another Handbag

I was in Joann's on Saturday and passed by this beautiful material, I couldn't resist buying some to make some handbags. Yesterday, I used my single handle pattern to make this bag.
I also made a tag using one of my newest paper doll stamped images and a handmade flower using fabric circles. I'll show that later today or tomorrow.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Handbags by Me

I love my new purse/handbag. I made this bag last week and finished it today with a handmade flower from my favorite stretchy red sweater that was passed repairing. I created the design of the handbag. My sweaters/flower made a nice addition to my bag, the flower is similar to yo-yo's.
The handle was made with red canvas material.

I should have enough handbags, I've made 12 recently and a few more cut out and ready to sew just as soon as I heal from eye surgery. Right now, it's difficult to see what I'm typing. I'm not trying to keep up with my mother, she has made 75+ this year. You can see some of the handbags my mother has made here: 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 ~ June

I really enjoyed making my June tag following Tim's technique.
I finished my tag late last evening but waited to take the photo outside for first photo.
Thanks Tim for sharing your beautiful June tag:

Update on June 4
My tag looks a lot better than the one I posted yesterday on Tim's website, so today I made a close up and a video just for fun. This is with indoor light.
I think this has taught me to check out two views before uploading on Tim's site.


I changed my tag a little bit, I used Burlap TH007 stencil and Tim/Stamper Anonymous Papillon CMS:106 stamp set, regular distress ink pads, trim, matte coated paper, manila tag, ribbon and clock from my stash.
I cut-out my butterflies, folded wings up, applied a piece of Glue Lines to body and then attach to tag.   Love the 3D effect. 
I love Paula's ribbon bow technique Tim shared and attempted to make mine look as good as his.
I used 36 inches of ribbon to make my bow.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

12 Tags of 2012 ~ May

This for my 12 tags of 2012 for May and this is Tim's tag:
While I didn't use all the trinket Tim shows, I did use lots of his supplies.
I used Tim's new on the edge Honeycomb die with Distress Glitter and filled it with a few of Tim's stamped images. I used fun foam to make a stamp from Umbrella Man die, it was then inked with Archival black and then stamped on large tag.  I also used his word stamp at the top and one of his gears die cut with kraft color chipboard. Distress ink was used to frame the tag. Background was made with stencils and paint from my stash.
Yes, I'm late again making a tag. For a few months, I have had a difficult time seeing. I called my eye doctor, he scheduled me to see Dr Conley an eye specialist at Triad Eye Medical in Tulsa, I choose blade-free cataract and astigmatism surgery. My right eye is almost healed, I can't wait for surgery on my left eye. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


The pink portion of this card was made with Gelli printed paper.  Inside this card, another Gelli print. The dress on "Swing Dress" image was made with a Gelli printed paper. (the part with light color is actually silver paint) Love this paper! I've got enough to make one more dress. 
Behind the Julie Nutting stamped image is a tag made with a Gelli. (this was made with my brayer to remove extra paint) 
Prima stamps were inked to add to card front. Rounded corner was made with my Zutter tool. Smash dots paper tape was used to front on card. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Remember Family and Friends


I was having fun last week with my Gelli printing plate, if you have worked with these plates, you know that you can get lots of prints, this tag was made from the third pull. 
I love how it turned out and thought it would be perfect to use with my Natalie stamped image by Julie Nutting along with some of my newest stamps by Fiskars. I used some of my newer and older Prima flowers on this tag with Tim Holtz Chit-Chat and pen nib. Tim's distress vintage photo ink was applied in and around the tag. One of Prima 6" paper pad was used to make her dress. I used my water brush with watercolor crayons to add color skin tone, hair and shoes. 
Bling by Paper Studio was added to flowers to finish. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Mother's Day Card

I enjoyed making this piece for my mother as a Mother's Day Card.

Tim Holtz stencil
Heidi Swapp spray ink
Julie Nutting doll stamped image
Prima scrapbook papers
Die cut flowers made with my Cameo
Goosebumps spray on flowers
Manila folder cut for tag
Paper Studio embellishments on flowers
Retired Stampin'up!

Thanks for Looking and Have a Nice Day! 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Roman Holiday

It would be impossible to created another background like this because I stamped over Gelli printed paper using lots of cling stamps by Tim Holtz. Love this background!
While making the background portion of tag, "Three Coins in the Fountain" movie came to me. It's one of my favorite older movies.
I stamped the cling stamp by Julie Nutting 2014 line-up on watercolor paper and then stamped legs from another Julie Nutting's doll stamped images to make her look like she was walking in spring time. 
I designed her hat from a piece of manila paper and then colored it with distress inks. 
The flowers are by Prima. 3D Smile from my stash. Designer papers were used to make her clothing. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Handbags by Jo

Navy Blue with pink and white trim

This is my mother, she has made over 60 handbags since February. These are a few of her bags, she makes them with duck cloth and canvas. Each are lined, one pocket and magnetic closures. Some have fabric handles some have purchased handles. Mother also makes slouch bags. 
This is my beautiful mother Jo, she is 88 years young. She is active everyday and busy making handbags. 
Pink and White

Brown and cream

Black and white

Black and white

Let me know if you would like my mother to make you a handbag. Her prices range from $25. to $40. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Mixed Media Doll Tag

This is my newest mixed media doll stamp by Julie Nutting. I feel like a kid again playing with my doll stamps, this is Natalie. She was inked with Archival black ink on 140 lb watercolor paper and then I had fun dressing her with designer paper by Prima. 

Tag size: 4" x 8"

Natalie doll cling stamp and designer paper by Prima
Tissue paper and stencil by Tim Holtz
Distress inks by Tim Holtz 
Archival black ink by Ranger
140 lb watercolor paper by Strathmore
Goosebumps spray
 Cameo used to make flower
Spray by Heidi Swapp on flower
 Bling, watercolors and butterfly tissue tape from Hobby Lobby
14 point Manila folder for tag
Rubber stamp; unknown

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Sharing a big tag that I made for Crafting with OWSE blog.  This is a Julie Nutting mixed media doll stamped image with Tim Holtz tissue tape,  Dylusions stamp, Stencils by Retta, designer paper and flower stamp from my stash. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Thinking of You

Love how this big tag turned out. I used designer paper on tag as well as the dress on my Julie Nutting paper doll stamped image. I used Prima doll flowers and Tim Holtz stamped images for the quote. The paper ribbon stamped image was inked in black and added to tag before adding Tim Holtz stamped image quote. Tim's stamp is from #155 set. Coloring on doll image was made with my watercoloring.
Bling was added to flower centers.
The fibers on top are from the edge of a piece of fabric I made into a handbag. It had fibers in gold, black and grey and was perfect for this tag.

Monday, April 7, 2014

More Handmade Flowers with Paper Vases

These are a few more vases with handmade flowers I made recently with my Cameo from Silhouette new cutting files and 12 x 12" card stock I purchased at Joann's and Tuesday Morning.
Thanks for Looking and have a nice day! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mixed Media Collage

I love how this turned out! My newest stamp set is a "Face in the Crowd" cling mount set by Dina Wakley. After viewing one of her new CHA 2014 videos, I created this piece. 
Other Supplies:
Tim Holtz: quote stamp, distress paint and distress ink applied with foam applicator tool. 
Heidi Swapp color shine sprays.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 ~ April

After viewing Tim's gorgeous Tag for April 2014;
I couldn't wait to set down to make a tag using Tim Holtz techniques and supplies from my stash.
I made the tissue tape background on a manila tag using Tim's technique; it was so pretty, I didn't want to cover it up. Next, I die cut Tim's ornate frame with chipboard and then painted it with distress paints and distress inks as Tim shares.

I made a photo copy of my oldest sister Patsy giving me a pump/ride on her bicycle. The cars behind us is my grandpa's car and our family car, woody jeep.

I used Tim's tattered pinecone die to make flowers, his stamps from #155 Simple Sayings for the quote and his tag die to make the manila tag.
His distress paints and distress inks were used on this tag. I wish the photo would pick up the coloring I added on our clothing, I used Tim's technique with a nib and distress inks.
Distress inks were used to color both seam binding ribbons. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 ~ March

I finished my March tag for 2014 this evening. Distress inks, Distress markers and ideology by Tim Holtz and stamps from my stash were used following Tim's technique and instructions.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Paper Bouquet by Judy Cantrell

This is my third paper bouquet to make using Silhouette files by Jamie Lane Designs. The vase and flowers were made with card stock from Joann's and Tuesday Morning. 
The glues used; Glossy Accents by Ranger and Quick-Dry adhesive by Scotch.
Wired ribbon from my stash. 

Thanks goes out to those that left comments here and on my yahoo groups on these paper vases and paper flowers. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Handmade Flowers and Vases

I love the beautiful 3d files by Jamie Cripps from Silhouette to make my handmade flowers and vases.
I found a good quality card stock that works well with my Silhouette Cameo at Joann's; it's their solid-dyed core by core'dinations in canvas and smooth texture and Tim Holtz distress papers. These papers were found in their open stock and in packages.
I love the wired ribbon used to make a bow around the vase.
The only thing other than paper, ribbon and glue is a sticker bling from Prima.
The third flower in background is a deep purple.
Finished size of vase: 6 1/2"
Flowers; 3 3/4" to 4 1/4"

Oh, and if you saw my previous post, it doesn't take me as long to make the vases and flowers.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Handmade Vase and Flowers

I started at nine this morning and finished this evening a little after 9 pm.  I was shocked, it took so long to make the vase and flowers, three hours on the vase. Jamie, the one that created the vase said this one was the hardest to put together. I love the shape.  It's a perfect size for the three handmade flowers I have in the vase. I've learned a little about it now, I'm sure it won't take that long to make the second vase.
The flowers are approximate 3 1/2" across. 

I bought the Silhouette files today to make this project; I used 3D peony, 3D Gerbera daisy, 3D large Mums, 3D 5 piece curvy vase. I used eight sheets of 12 x 12 inch patterned paper, lots of glue and a chop stick for rolling petals.
Finished height of vase 5 1/2" tall.

[Photo taken with my iPhone, this is how the flowers and vase looks in real life.]

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Handmade Flowers

I spent Friday afternoon and all day Saturday working on these flowers. The flowers were made with white card stock and my Cameo, I used spray inks and paints, they were curled, glittered and glued before adding bling.
The first photo was taken before adding Goosebumps spray to some of the flowers.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

My Handmade Paper Doll

Robyn Weinrib on Facebook gave a challenge using her commands; add music paper, old book page, paint, stamps, stencils, and then finish the foreground. 
I completed the background this morning. And then started on the foreground.

I designed my first paper doll and then dressed her with patterned paper. She was drawn with a pencil on old book page and to my surprise, she is almost the same size as many of my Julie Nutting doll stamps from my stash. I'm calling my paper doll; Karin. 
When I was 17 we wore hats to special occasions, the one I created here is similar to the one I wore to a tea. The dress and hat was made with Prima paper. The bling by Prima and Paper Studio. Flower was made with my Cameo. Stamps by Tim Holtz. Stencils by Retta and Crafters Workshop. Hair drawn with Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen. Archival black ink on stamped images and Alexander Art Gesso on the stencils. Vintage photo distress ink applied around the tag to finish.
Thanks for looking! And don't laugh too hard viewing my hand drawn paper doll. Love the background. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Little Girl with Stencil Background

This is my tag using stencils by Royal Inspirations by Retta with one of Julie Nutting mixed media doll stamps. I also used pen and ink well dies by Sizzlits. 
and a link to post over on Crafting with OWSE:

Monday, March 3, 2014

All Dressed Up

These new doll stamps can bring out the kid in you. 
This is Megan, she is one of the newest mixed media doll stamps by Julie Nutting. If you noticing something different, I replaced her boots for legs from another Julie Nutting's stamp called Strapless.

I used a portion of patterned paper for my card front. I used spray inks in pink and turquoise and then grunge the edges with distress ink.
The stamped quote, border stamp and braided thread were also used on this card front. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Tropical Travelogue

Are you ready to go to warm beaches or sunny poolside! It was a minus 11 wind chill while I was working on my tag today! We are expecting snow and ice later today. I got out my stamps that reminded me of warmth. I made my doll stamped image with a dark tan.
I made this tag using one of the patterned papers from Prima ledger pad. I used a Julie Nutting doll image from her new line of stamps. The girl image was enlarged due to being too small for me to work with. I like this size much better. She is from the set called Lots of Love. I cut away the portion where she holding an envelope.
I used several distress ink along with archival ink on background tag. Watercolors and oil pastels were along used on the doll stamp. Patterned paper from stash was used for her dress top. Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue stamp set #1 was inked with archival black ink on background. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Welcome to Paris Tag

Sharing another tag this week using another Julie Nutting mixed media doll stamp by Prima and a long border stamp by Dylusions. My Phoebe doll stamp was stamped on 140 lb. Strathmore watercolor paper, added color with watercolor crayons and water brush, cut out and then dressed with coordinating dress, shoes and scarf. I put a tiny pearl bead in her hair.
The hearts border stamped image was inked with archival black. Welcome to Paris is a Prima image. Oh so French stamp image was inked and added to the tag by Prima. Use distress inks on tag to give a distress look.
The strings added on this tag were from a piece of fabric that was unraveling in my stash, I cut off some and added to my tag to finish.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Little Princess Card

Only one page from my 8" pad had the quote; There Lived a Beautiful Princess, it was folded in half and used on this card.

Julie Nutting newest image, Betty was inked on watercolor paper, cut out and then color was added to hair, shoes and skin tones. Designer paper stamped dress was applied to doll. Little Prima flowers were added along with a little piece of lace. Bling was added to flowers and her hair.
So simple to make.
Finished size: 4 x 8"

Monday, February 17, 2014


WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? Artists and crafters submitting to RubberStampMadness let them out. Now numerous canines are howling and having a great time inside the magazine's Spring Issue. Also included inside are stories about stamping on acetate, making art quilts, "snail mail" cards, adding glitz to stamp art, embossing on black paper and artwork from the House-Shape Challenge. A call for Collage stamp art and artwork about Ghosts is set. RSM welcomes your submissions. Find details here:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day


Happy Valentine's Day
I just got this sweet little 2014 Julie Nutting stamp in the mail. She was inked on watercolor paper, cut out, and then I used watercolor crayons to color her shoes, hair, hair band, and skin tone. I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the stencil background and paper flowers. Viva Glitter Pen was used on the flowers although it's hard to tell from this photo. A pearl dot was added on Prima flowers and three more along edge of tag. 
I used the stencil with distress inks to add color to my tag. Designer paper from my stash on the dress and bow in her hair. Bling, Viva Glitter Pen and Tim Holtz tissue paper was also used on this tag. The stamp quote is from Great Impressions; G261. White trim added to top of tag. I used one of Ranger's large manila tags, trimmed off 1/2" on length. Finished size 4 1/8" x 8"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine Journal Page

I've created this journal page for my Tuesday blog post on Crafting with OWSE. You can see my tutorial here:

Stamps by Julie Nutting and Dyan Reaveley
Distress ink, Archival ink
Viva Glitter Pen
Flourish from Prima
Flowers and heart stencil by Cameo
Journal made using 140 lb watercolor paper and my Bind it All

Monday, February 10, 2014


These are stamps you either like it or don't. But I think she is just too cute! I love creating the background with her stamps and sprays. 
Chicken on left was inked over newsprint cut out and added to tag. 

All stamps by Dyan Reaveley.  Watercolor crayons were use with my water brush on the inked and stamped image in foreground, cut out and applied to my tag.