Friday, April 16, 2021

Flower Journal

I made this Folio Journal scoreboards lx die with other thinlits from Eileen Hull Designs. I used mat board to die cut my booklet. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Collage Jar with Handle


I made this for the Spring Container for May Day Jar and Hanger for Eileen Hull Fan club. I used an old discarded school book from 1947 that had missing pages. I used a page with rabbits. 

Supplies: Eileen Hull die cut flowers and twist and style thread twisting tool. Tim Holtz die cut flowers, TH distress collage medium and TH tissue paper roll. Other supplies; glass jar from my kitchen, gesso, cardstock, twine and bling. Fresh cut flowers are from my garden. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Another Die-cut and Stamped Card

 I used Sizzix mandala die by Eileen Hull, Sizzix flower dies, Tim Holtz cling rubber stamp, distress crayons and Jane Davenport palette to color flowers. 

Monday, March 1, 2021

New Card

  I made this card using a portion of Eileen Hull's #664882 mandala thinlits die, and Olivia Rose geometric thinlits dies from my new stash of supplies.

Tim Holtz distress crayons were used to color sizzix die cut flowers and stamp a cling image from; CSM155. Distress oxide was using along edges of archival black inked cling mount quote. 
Martha Stewart Multi-purpose glitter paint was used on EH's mandala die-cut.

Tool Caddy


I made another tool caddy, this one was made using scoreboards xl post box die and gift box scoreboards xl die both by #Eileen Hull Designs. I've added a lazy susan turntable too. 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Die Cut Display Stand


I made this for my youngest sisters birthday. 
I used Eileen Hull display stand scoreboards xl die by Sizzix, some of Tim Holtz supplies and other supplies from my stash. Paper flowers were watercolored. 2021 calendar was a free download. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Caddy Project


Over on Eileen Hull  Fan Club many of the members are making their version of a caddy Eileen shared how to do. I don't have the newest post box die or swivel but do have the shopping bag die and gift box die so this is my project using two of her dies. 

This die; and the discontinued die; 

I covered both die cuts with 12 x 12" scrapbook papers from my stash and lots of glue! 

Friday, January 1, 2021

Comfort & Joy!

  I have been a member several years with Eileen Hull Fan Club on Facebook. Back in November 27 Eileen had a new challenge named Comfort & Joy. 

This is my second project started using challenge; Comfort & Joy

I used a snowman napkin and snowflake die-cut applied to a mat board die-cut using Eileen Hull's pocket notebook die. After applying trimmed snowman to book cover I covered the entire book with #Ranger Distress crackle paint and then applied Distress vintage photo ink to crackle. 
Here are some of the other pages:

This is a copy photo of my mother just after her 95th birthday, she is doing what she loves to do, cook! This is one of her cookie recipes that I've used many times including this Christmas 2020. 

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Comfort and Joy!


Day 1 of Comfort and Joy is my cover page. I used Eileen Hull scoreboards pocket notebook die. Supplies: Graphic 45 and Hobby Lobby stamp, Distress Oxide vintage photo, Dylusions paint pen.

Day 2 I used a prompt to used a recipe. Lisa Hoel shared how she used her children in her pocket. I gave her credit using her idea with a photo of my 95 year old mother with one of her recipes. My sister took this photo of our mother November 30, 2020. I used my laser printer to copy photo and then used soft pastels to highlight mothers face and hands. 

I'll be adding more photos here as i get them made, 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Taking Care of my Mother

September 21, 2020 I got a phone call from my sister saying my mother was at the ER. At that time they were only letting two people to see her. My younger sister and I had the two purple bands on our wrist. Ten days later they told her she could go home. Within a few hours we were back at the hospital because of her throwing up. The first week in October mom was operated on, she was full of adhesions and was diagnosed with Ileus. I would go up around 7 to 8 am at hospital and go home around 6:30 to 7 pm. Sometimes it was 8 or 9 pm when nurses needed my help. A few days before she was operated on, they put a Picc Line in her arm with three ports, and then started feeding her with nutrition. Each night they would hook-up a new bag. Gail my sister got an ok to spend the night with mother. Around the 17th of October my two brothers came in, one lives in Wyoming and one loves in Arkansas. They got an Ok to stay with mother too. They took over part of my day and Gail's night shift. After her 95th birthday they went back home. My mother was released from the hospital October 21. She had been in the hospital 31 days. When she came home I was there to cook and be with her full time, even to start her Picc line. The bags came and took up a big portion of her refrigerator. When home health nurse came to check on her she said take her to hospital as she might have a blood clot from her Picc line. Loyd and I rushed her to ER, she did have a blood clot and started mother on Eliquis. Mother was so happy to rid of her Pics line they wanted to keep her but she insisted to come home because she was afraid she might get Covid.
Sunday, November 15, 2020 started out like a regular day, after breaskfast she said she wanted pumpkin pie, I got out supplies and mother and I started making the pie, she told me I've got to sit down I don't feel well, she went back to her rocker and when I got the pie in the oven I came back in living room, she said I have bad headache, I gave her tylenol, just a little bit later she was talking but not making sense. I called for an ambulance and within a little bit she had 6 or more guys and a nurse in her living room. She is back in the hospital and this time I can't be with her. Closed campus due to Covid 19. With mother in the hospital we decided to go home. 
I had been away from my home 56 days and came home on Monday, November 16, 2020. 
While I was taking care of my mother in the hospital my painful headaches came back. They stop me from doing anything til they pass, I have Trigeminal Neuralgia.
The ride home gave me back and leg pain. 
( For mothers 95 birthday they let my two brothers, my husband, two grandsons, my sister and me have a small birthday party on the 3rd floor waiting room. It was a short birthday party.)

Due to Covid mother has requested for us to stay home. 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Making Fabric Mask

Although I'm not going out that much I started making mask for family and friends. Many are reversible in different colors, I made the men mask with solid colors and a print. Each of the mask was washed and clean but I told everyone to wash them after they came through the mail. Women mask were two colors of polka dots.
I purchased three quilt squares in solid colors before we were told to wear mask, and the rest of the mask were made from a full grocery sack of polka dot cotton yardage in all colors. Since the 26 of March, 17 mask were sent out to family members. I made hubby and I a couple mask each. I sewed 10 days making mask and then put my sewing machine away.
Hubby and my mother wants one like I made two of our nephews, so they can put a coffee filter inside the mask. It's really for an N95 mask.
Each of the mask like the one pictured was made using wire to shape across nose and round 3mm elastic to go around ears. I made the N 95 mask holder with 1/4" elastic. It's a good thing I had these elastics on hand because they are not available anywhere.
Update: I made 12 additional mask in three days and then closed my machine away. Several of the mask were made like the yellow mask you see at doctors offices with elastic I had in my stash. Some were made with long ties made with a new XL white teeshirt cut with a rotary blade and ruler in
1 1/4" strips and pulled, they made perfect ties.

Sample of one of the four pattern designs I used.

Handmade Soap

And then I made soap!
Swirl Soap
 I'm making for us and a few family members.
This batch of 12 bars was cut this morning. Each of these bars looks different. They will be ready to use in 6 weeks. On the 22 of March I made Calendula handmade soap and they will be ready to use the first of May. I can't wait.
Early in March I made hot process soap. Hot Process is ready to use in couple of weeks instead for 4 to 6 weeks. I made four bars, I gave my mother two white bars with no scent. I've been using these to wash my hands at bathroom sink. My hands have never been as soft as they are now.

 Just wanted to share what I've been up to lately.

Friday, February 14, 2020

"Love and Heart" Happy Valentine's Day 2020

I made another project using Eileen Hull's Thinlits and #664346 display stand scoreboard xl die. I used spray glue to apply printed scrapbook paper to matboard and then die cut scoreboard xl die, after folding it, I didn't like it--- so instead of tossing it out I took distress oxide worn lipstick and covered up the edges that would be seen.

I used Eileen Hull #662812 journaling heart, #662813 journaling words, and #662811 journaling flower dies. The word Love was die cut using black chipboard. The journaling hearts were die cut using two colors of pink/red and then some heart opening were covered with pink, some heart openings were left out to show white background and some heart openings were covered with  red hearts. Journaling flowers were using on top of rubber stamped image.

The lace die is a Crafters Companion die I purchased a few years ago. The heart collage is a rubber stamp my mother bought years ago. I covered up the word "forget me knot" using a sticker by Tim Holtz. 

Monday, February 3, 2020

Using Re-inkers as Watercolors

In a disposable palette tray add one tiny droplet of Distress Re-inker 
in the following colors: 
Dusty Concord
Spiced Marmalade
Peeled Paint
Broken China
These four droplets were used to make my watercolor page
using a ½ inch angle shader brush and a little bit of water. 
I used 140 lb cold press Watercolor paper pad.

( There is lots of color left to make several more projects 
from the tiny amount of re-inker. )

 I made this project two weeks before Tim Holtz started one of his online classes. Just a odd thing that Tim shared something similar to what I was sharing on another blog; April 27, 2012.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Smooched Background

Smooched Background
Cover your work surface with several layers of newsprint or kraft paper. Place one piece of card-stock on top of your newsprint. Squirt a generous amount of paint on the card-stock, randomly or in a pattern. Place another piece of card-stock on top of the first, folding up one corner about an inch (you will use this to move the pieces around, spreading the paint.)
Smooch the pieces together. You could use a roller, but I just use my hands and press down firmly. 
Holding the corner, wiggle the two pieces in opposite directions until the card stock pieces are covered completely. The "wiggle" makes the design unique. 
Option: add glitter to paint while its still wet. 
Place on a protected surface to dry overnight.
Finishing : The image was stamped and watercolor. For You was made with my Cricut tool and applied to the smooched background. 

* 2 piece of white or light colored cardstock 4" x 5 1/4"
* 3 or 4 colors of glitter paint or acrylics
* newsprint or kraft paper to cover your work surface
* Rubber Stamp
* Digital tool
* Watercolors
* Folded card

Thursday, January 30, 2020

2020 Calendar

I'm ready for February thru December 2020 calendar using the display stand die with a few flowers and leaves from the thinlits flowers and leaf die. I also used a metal bow and lace die. I'm down at my mother's house. I used her calendar to reduce to the size I needed using her printer. Since the first is only a day away, I started with February 2020. And added a heart over the 14th. 

Supplies: Eileen Hull Display Stand 664346 and 
Eileen Hull Thinlits flower and leaf die 662811 
Eileen Hull heart over 14th 662812.
Other Supplies: Tim Holtz Adornments bows trim 
Other Supplies: Die'sire metal lace die
Scrapbook paper unknown
Big Kick tool
 Littles Sizzles mat board

Sunday, January 26, 2020

To Someone Special

I made another piece using Eileen Hull scoreboard xl display stand die and love  thinlits die on this piece. The love was inked with archival black after it was die cut. 
The stamps I used on the display stand was made using a retired 1998 stampin up! set.
I used distress crayons to color the heart stamp. The paper used to ink the heart stamp has a luster. The background paper and background display stand was made with mat board and scrapbook paper. 

Thanks for Looking and come back soon.  

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Display Stand

Scoreboard XL Display Stand 664346

I purchased the Sizzix Display Stand die, it came yesterday 3 days before it was scheduled. I used one piece of Sizzix Mat Board with one half of 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper and then finished the stand this evening. 

I couldn't decide what to put on the smaller piece in the foreground. In second photo I chose a decorative embellishment "The Perfect Getaway."

Normally the stand would close to be mailed to a family member or friend but I made it closed by wrapping gold thread around the background piece. 

Friday, January 3, 2020

Get Well Soon

I sent this Get Well Soon as a message on my iPhone to our daughter, she has influenza.
I'm so glad she didn't have Pneumonia. Our daughter has had a lot of health issues since last August and has been struggling to get back her good health.
I used two oval and a round die cut piece. Largest oval 3"x 4"
Tiny flowers cling stamp was inked with archival black ink and then watercolored. I made a background and foreground scene using watercolors with my water brush. I had the die cut butterfly on my craft table and this was applied to the oval.
This cling stamp set is by Will 'n Way by Dianne J Hook
The tiny "get well soon" sticker by Teresa Collins

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Blogspot from June 3, 2012 and Winner on Tim's blog!

I was thrilled to see I was one of 12 winners on Tim's blog for June 12 tags of 2012: here is the link to Tim's blog:
And here is my June blogpost here:
Here is my umbrella tag using a photo of myself when I was around 8 years old.

This blogspot had 760 hits as of December 28, 2019

Thanks Tim and Mario, I love all the details you used on your June tag of 12 Tags of 2012.

I loved that umbrella! This photo was taken at my grandparents home, they lived up the road from us.

I printed a copy on gloss paper. Color was added to my dress using Tim's nib with fired brick distress ink.
I used Tim's stamp in the background from the stamp sheet Photo Studio #013, Tim's tiny tabs die cut for the tab, his word bands and the pen nib on this tag. To give the look of metal, I painted the tiny tab with silver dabber paint. Life Journey number 8 was added to the tab, I'm guessing that was my age.

Update: I asked my mother if she knew my age when she took this photo, she said I was around 8 years.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

I've spent the last few days looking through some of my older artwork I made before I had a blog. These are my favorite pages from my book. I used a variety of supplies and stamps from my stash on this book.

I made this Handmade Book March 2011. 
Thanks for Looking and Have a Nice Day!

Monday, December 30, 2019

A Handmade Book I made September 2011

I love to make handmade books.
The cover, spine and pages can be adapted

to make any size book. 

Making up these instructions are my own.

My daughter owns and operated an antique shop in Southern Kansas. 
When she has too much of one item she brings them
to me to use in my artwork.
This is how I came about using game boards for the base of
my books and Kraft paper for the covers. 

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, December 29, 2019

Journal Book Cover

Journal Book Cover

This journal started out as a piece of white fabric. I made images from my stamped cards with fabric transfers, next I sewed the transfers onto the cover and then added embellishments and distress the fabric with Distress Inks. Inside is a fabric liner to hold a composition booklet. I satin-stitched the edges with my sewing machine.
Note: All stamps are from my stash of stamps.
Top left; woman image and background images-Viva Las Vegastamps,
Bottom left; woman image-Stampsmith (no longer in business), background- Mrs. Oleary's,
Bottom right; woman image- Stampsmith (no longer in business), background stamps Above the Mark (no longer in business)
Word Stamp; Stamper Anonymous.
Inks: Distress Ink
Sewing Machine: Bernia
Fabric: White Canvas
Past blogpost from October 26, 2010.
Thank you looking and Have a nice day! 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Embossed Tiles

                    "Embossed Tiles"

By Judy Cantrell

This is a project I shared on another blog years ago and never shared on this blog. 

“Embossed Tiles”
Light modeling paste makes a lovely textured white on a project. Adding color adds interest and with a 
finishing touch of Tar Gel Medium. You can make a very nice project 
suitable for gift giving using this technique. 


  1. Apply a smooth finish of light modeling paste to a piece of canvas.
   2. Apply a stamp into the paste while still wet, lift off and then 
       clean  stamp with an old toothbrush before moving on 
        to the next step. 
example #1

Note: adding the right pressure to the stamp takes practice. I stamped this image on card stock instead of a canvas as my example. 
  3. Allow this to dry.
      4. Wet surface of modeling paste with a wet paint brush. 
        5. Start by adding transparent colors      
           of paint with a small paint brush or by dripping from the bottle. 
           Note: Bright color family works best for this technique. 
           If you have enough  water on the piece the colors will spread 
           like magic to look like embossed tiles.  
           Leave some areas light in  color. Let dry. 

      Close up of one finished flower
           A suggestion for colors: 
          Quinacridone Red, Quinacridone Magenta, 
          Permanent Violet,  Quinacridone Burnt Orange, 
          Hansa Yellow Medium, Nickel Azo Yellow, Raw Sienna 
          and Iridescent colors; Gold and Bronze. 

        6. Re-wet the surface and then add gold iridescent paint 
           to the white areas. Allow this to dry.
        7. Coat the entire surface with Clear Tar  Gel using a palette knife 
           and allow this to dry thoroughly. 

      Larger view of finished piece

      Note: The instructions in this book suggested foam stamps. I used a wood mounted stamp. It also suggested a square piece of canvas. I used card stock.


      Light Modeling Paste
      Clear Tar Gel
      Golden Paints