January 2016

Jan2016_tagsSince my last post was in early January 2015,  I clearly have an issue with maintaining a blog.  So new year, and no new resolutions, but I shall try to participate in the 12 Tags of 2016 project.  Each month, Tim Holtz publishes techniques and posts a topic for the month.  Below is my January 2016 version using the Chalkboard and Industrious Metals techniques.

I am pleased with the photo, but the jury is still out on the tag.  I just couldn’t get that ‘P’ to show up as well as I wanted



Day 5: One Layer Cards

This one uses Lawn Fawn’s Life Is Good stamp and die set. Since I live in Florida, this is more pertinent than snow. We actually use our old snow brushes to brush sand off our feet after a day at the beach!


Next up is a card utilizing masking techniques. Stamps are from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day and Let It Snow sets. I really love all the small snowflake stamps that I used on the border! I am less pleased with the trees. I think I will try this again with an emboss resist.


Online Card Class Day 4

The focus was watercoloring. I embossed the Hero Arts trees in silver and did the watercolors with Distress Stains. I have no watercolors, but this substitution works beautifully. The background was faint enough that the trees did not show well. So, I rubbed Distress inks to create a more vivid effect. Next, I applied dots of Stickles. Stickles interact with the distress inks which adds more depth. I finished with a Simon Says Merry Christmas die.
(DH says this one looks ‘so good’ that it doesn’t look homemade. I am trying not to be offended!)

Day 1: It Really Does Get Better!


I thought this technique would be very fussy and unforgiving, but it actually wasn’t because there were very good tips for lining up all the various text stamps. I dug through a lot of stamps and found some unloved (virgin) sentiments that really deserved some love.

Next up is my absolute favorite card from the first day.


I tried a more rustic color scheme for the next card and ended up with a more masculine card. I made one major tweak to this one. Instead of using embossing paste, I used an embossing folder. My embossing folders have been very lonely. I dressed this up with some Distress Inks.


More of Day 1 at Online Card Classes

Continuing with my exploration of stamping,  here are a few more cards from Day 1, which I completed yesterday on Day 2.  Yes, I am already behind!


The floral background is a mystery stamp that I collected during my travels.  I’ve created a watercolor effect using Distress Inks.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle’s Geometric set.  The class sample created square tiles, and I decided to be different and used die cut circles.


This is an amazing stamp that I collected long ago from Stamp A Mania in Las Cruces, NM.  It is amazing, an it is still being sold!

Sorry about all the shadows, but it was a late night.



Stretch Your Stamps 2

The gals over at Online Card Classes have whipped up a pretty FAB first day for the new Stretch Your Stamps 2 class. Honestly, I was on the fence about this one. Between work and life, the last class I took barely got enough of my attention to justify it. The class was good, but I was a bad student. So, I am trying again, and it has inspired me!


The background stamp is from Hero Arts.  The Awesome die is from a recent Studio Calico kit. The color is from Distress Inks.  The flair came from somewhere, but I do not recall.

Well, unfortunately, the night ended before I could finish my second card, and there were two more techniques from today’s class that I haven’t even tried yet.  Still, I am looking forward to new lessons tomorrow even if I am already behind!