Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Is Here

I was inspired to make this piece weeks ago after viewing Emma Willams project on Tim Holtz blog. Here is the blog link:

Supplies are Tim Holtz dies, stencil, modeling paste, 4 x 4" canvas from Michaels, Dina Wakley paints.

If anyone has noticed why I haven't posted much this month, I've had a painful reaction to sclerotherapy done on my legs September 23 in Wichita, KS and have had be in bed or on couch for the last 17 days. The only place I've been out of the house; to see my MD doctor; he said I have Thrombosis Phlebitis. 
Today; October 22 has been my first day to be up and walking without a cane. I'm still in pain but tolerable. 
I have a wonderful husband that took care of me. Thank you Loyd! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Halloween Bird

My little bird was inked, stamped, trimmed close and then added to my halloween stamped and painted background. Dina Wakley paints were used to color bird, hat and background. I made the tiny heart with Dina's smallest paint brush and blackberry violet paint. Archival black was used to ink bats, script and little bird.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Blue Bird Has A Song

I'm having so much fun making these little tags. I used a bunch of Archival inks on the background; maroon, olive, mustard and russet with foam stamps by Claudine Hellmuth and stencils from plaid. I've had the Archival ink since 2007 and they are still wet. I love these inks.
My little bird by Dina Wakley was painted with watercolors. The quote was inked, trimmed and added to the tag.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Spread your Wings

 I used one of the Scribbly bird stamps by Dina Wakley on this piece along with a variety of stamps and supplies from my stash. 
Since the bird stamps arrived few days ago; I've had fun stamping and painting. On this piece, I stamped the bird directly on the paper, other birds on my craft table are fussy cut in yellow birds, blue birds and red birds. 

Dina Wakley's Scribbly bird, paintbrushes and media paints, Dyan Reaveley's stamps, Tim Holtz's stencil and Archival black ink. 

Thanks for stopping by! Comments Appreciated!! 

Note: If I like a product I'll share what I use. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Moments in Time

Here is another little tag using one of those adorable images from Scribbly Birds cling stamp set.
I used my finger to add Dina's media paint on background. The little bird was inked with Archival black on heavy card stock, fussy cut and then painted with media paint. I love how this little tag turned out. 
Other supplies from my stash; Moments in Time cling stamp, Texture stamp and vintage mesh. 

Singing Bird

Hello Everyone! I have a table full of painted birds in many colors, and its time to play! 
I made this tag using stamped images from Scribbly Birds by Dina Wakley. The background stamped image was inked with Archival black, the coloring was made using Dina's media paint and my fingers. The bird was inked with Archival black on heavy card stock, fussy cut and then painted with Dina's media paint. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Soaring Birds

My Scribbly bird cling stamp set arrived yesterday along with the Fude ball pen and spinner stencil. The pen works really well over acrylic paint.

To make my tag, I started with a Gelli paper background, followed by blackberry violet media paint added to piece with a credit card, followed by a stamp made from an on the edge honeycomb die using Archival olive ink, fallowed by Dina's spinner stencils using Archival media paint. The white circles were made with a bottom of a Ranger bottle, the paper was applied to the green tag  which I made with Dylusions spray inks. Soar and tiny dots stamps by IBFS was inked using Archival mustard and Archival black. The birds were inked and painted using Dina's media paint and applied to my tag to finish. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

My Cutie Pie

  My little blue bird started out as a pencil drawn circle and an oblong.
I think he turned out so cute.
And then I had fun painting it using my new paints by Dina Wakley.

I wish I had finished the journal page before drawing my bird. Ideas are rolling around in my head how to finish my page, do I use a mask to cover the bird and then paint the background or cut the bird out and then place it on another page although I love my branch and leaves that were hand drawn as well.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stenciled Woman with Flowers

Dina's heavy body paints makes your projects pop!

This is the results from playing with these paints today. 

I used the half inch Dina paintbrush with night paint to color the negative space on one of the two women stencils, the rest of the tag was made with Dina's heavy body paint, a few flower stencils made with a Sizzix die, a stamp, a wet wipe and my fingers. 

I used Copic black ink with write words and then I used a checkerboard stamp with plum Archival ink across the tag including the face. 

I don't get free supplies for sharing my projects, just love to play with my stamps and supplies.

If you don't like inky fingers, try Artguard Barrier Cream on your hands. When you're through painting wipe off paint extra with a dry cloth and rinse. And, if you still have a little paint on your fingernail polish, use hand sanitizer with hand wipes and within minutes you have clean hands. 
I have used the Barrier Cream for years; it works! 

Stencil woman by Dina Wakley
Heavy body paints by Dina Wakley
Paintbrushes by Dina Wakley
Gesso by Liquitex
Checkerboard stamp by B-line Designs
Archival plum ink by Ranger
Copic multi-liner pigment ink 0.5
ArtGuard Barrier Cream by Winsor and Newton
Sizzix die
Hand wipes 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Love Rock!

Hi, Everyone! 
Welcome to my blog, I have almost 80,000 hits on my blog. I can't believe it! 
Thanks everyone that visits my blog!! 

I finished this tag last evening, I found out you defiantly get better results when you use gesso first on your projects with Dina's new heavy body acrylic paints.
The woman image is actually a stencil, it was painted on a gesso 4x8" tag using night paint with a wet brush. 
Most of the coloring done on this piece was dry brushed. 
Archival black and plum inks were used with Dina's night, tangerine, turquoise, lime, lemon, and magenta.

Clear stamps by Dina Wakley 
Paint brushes by Dina Wakley
Heavy body acrylic paint by Dina Wakley
Stencil by Dina Wakley
Cling by Dylusions
Archival ink by Ranger
Other clear stamps unknown

Friday, September 5, 2014

Smile is the Key

Hello, I hope you are having a nice day. 
Today I'll share a tutorial using one of the Julie Nutting stamped images with Dyan Reaveley sentiment stamp. 

I began, by using Archival black ink to stamp my mixed media doll image on 140 lb. watercolor paper, this was set aside to dry and then fussy cut. 
I used watercolor crayons with a water-brush to color her hair, face, arms and legs. 
The edge of ink pad was used to tone down all white edges of doll image. My favorite for this technique is the little inking tool that looks like an iron by Prima. I used Teak Wall. Set aside to dry. 

 Cut a tag from Once Upon Time stack then apply paper tag to
Matte board tag. 

Edge around tag with Teak Wall ink pad.
A second coordinating page from Once Upon Time stack was used to stamp dolls skirt, bolero, headband and shoes. Trim close, set aside. 
Stamp another doll image on white card stock, cut out bodice. 
Apply skirt, bodice, headband and shoes to watercolor paper doll image. 

Apply mixed media doll image to tag.  
Stamp sentiment on white card stock with Archival black ink, cut out, and then added to my tag.  
Apply a generous amount of glue to adhere three paper flowers; glass pin and die cut leaves to finish my tag. 

Once Upon Time by DCWV
Julie Nutting Bolero Mixed Media Paper Doll by Julie Nutting/Prima
Dylusions Clear Stamps by Ranger
Archival black ink by Ranger
Magnetic die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix
Paper Flowers by Prima
Teak Wall by Prima
Matte board
Pearls and Stick Pin from my stash

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dina Wakley's Irresistible

I'm having fun playing with my new Dina Wakley paints, paintbrushes, one stencil and three stamp set I purchased recently. 

Here is my quick tutorial on my ATC:
Dina Wakley's Lapis, Blackberry Violet and Ruby paints were applied using one of her paintbrushes to an ATC.
I placed a Crafter's Workshop stencil over the background and then using Dina's Night paint I added the text with one of her paintbrushes.
 I used one of Dyan's Dylusions stencil with Liquitex flexible modeling paste to add dots over my ATC. After the paste dried, I added a little bit of Distress ink on edge of ATC; I was hoping some of the dots would come back white when I used a wet cloth like I saw Tim do in a video recently. No, they are now yellow so I added the distress ink to cover entire ATC. At first, I didn't like the results but now I do!
Two Dina Wakley "Clearly All the Gals" stamped images were inked on cream 110 lb. card-stock and cut out. 
I used my water brush with Distress markers to added color to lady stamped image.  
Zots were used to apply lady stamped image to ATC. 
Adhesive was used to apply quote to ATC.
Well, that's it for today. I hope you have a nice day and come back soon. I'll show you more projects using my new stamping supplies. 

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.