Thursday, April 16, 2015


The Tag Along Challenge Blog invites us to honor Charlie Chaplin this week!  Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era, according to Wikipedia.  Since Charlie was born in 1889 and died in 1977, there will be some among us who do not recognize his name.  Here is a treat for you in the form of a film clip:

I have chosen to use a quote from Charlie Chaplin (garnered from Pinterest) along with a stamp from one of the Tim Holtz' Stampers Anonymous collections called "Umbrella Man." The background paper is also from a Tim Holtz paper collection.  The raindrops are compliments of Stampotique Originals and is called Raindrops, appropriately!  The washi tape is from my stash.  

I hope you can carve out some time this week to play along with the rest of us at the Tag Along Challenge Blog.  I appreciate both your visits and your comments--they inspire me!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


The "Feeling Sketchy" sketch challenges are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month, even when it is April and "tax day" in the U.S.  While my husband had to struggle with all those numbers, I got to play with a new sketch:

You would think that all this color in the sketch would have drawn out my love of color, but I went the opposite way and created a monochromatic card with black, grey and white! Perhaps, it was the lure of a new stamp from Stampendous called "Cattus Librum."  Such a smart-looking, bespectacled cat must certainly, I thought, share something he learned from that book. Here's my card:

I hope you will find some time during the last half of April to create something (it's not just cards!) for the Feeling Sketchy challenge.  There is fun to be had and prizes to be won.  The sponsor for this challenge is Lacy Sunshine.  Please pay a visit!

Thanks for coming by today and for your thoughtful comments!  Both are appreciated!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


I really had to stretch some to come up with a tag for this "theater" challenge from the Tag Along Challenge Blog!  But, then, I remembered an old stack of magazines I once rescued from a "swap shop" a few years back.  I was delighted to find a copy of the In Theater magazine, and further delighted to see it was from October 11, 1999!

I used a page from the magazine for my background, then scraped a bit of gesso (using an old gift card) here and there to create a bit of texture and to obscure some of the printing.  I then used Ranger distress inks--applied with a blending tool--in Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, and Gathered Twigs to appropriately "age" my tag.  

Next came "Friend" from my Stampotique Originals stamp collection.  He seemed to be an appropriate character for the play "Voices in the Dark," which I chose from a list of plays I found in the magazine.  The words LISTINGS and OFF-OFF BROADWAY also came from the magazine.

I may have gone a bit too far when I added Ranger's film strip ribbon to my theater tag, but it was close enough for me.  I colored some crinkle ribbon with the same distress inks, and done!  I hope you like it!

I hope you will be able to find some time this week to play along with us at the Tag Along Challenge Blog.  Check it out, and thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, April 4, 2015


A great challenge for this week at the Tag Along Challenge Blog where Deborah is our host. Take your pick--Easter or Eggs!  I made a tag that is actually both!  At one time, it seems, I was a ribbon collector.  All ribbons are from my stash, but I do recognize at least two as being from Stampin' Up!  The "Easter" sentiment was created on my Cricut, as was the egg shape.  Check out my fun tag:

Take some time to play with your craft stash this week and join the fun at the Tag Along Challenge Blog!  

Thanks for stopping by again and for taking a moment to leave a comment!  Both are appreciated.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


I am thrilled to share with you that I have been invited to join the Design Team at the trendy sketch site of the Feeling Sketchy Challenge Blog!  This site shares inspirational sketches on the 1st and 15th of each month that can be used to create not only cards, but scrapbook layouts, journal pages, tags or whatever you wish!  I hope you will join my teammates and me and get crafty--at least twice a month!  There are prizes to be won and fun to be had by all!

Here's the sketch provided and my first project created for the BIG REVEAL today:

Following is a list of supplies used:

  • Cougar White A-7 card blank and envelope
  • Black card stock
  • Graphic 45 "A Ladies' Diary" for floral background paper, polka dot paper and "fussy cut" flower element
  • Coats & Clarke black thread
  • Inkssentials #5 manila craft tag
  • Recollections foam adhesive mini circles
  • Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
  • "You're Strong Enough" stamp from Stampotique Originals 
  • Tombo Mono Permanent Adhesive runner
  • Carl 12" rotary trimmer
And here is a list of my Feeling Sketchy teammates along with their blog addresses:
So, come on over and get started!  Our generous sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps (where you might win 7 free digi stamps).  I hope you will pay them a visit!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


The new Tag Along Challenge has been posted and it calls for fur 'n' feathers!  You can interpret this challenge anyway you want as long as it is a tag!  I had been in Pinterest earlier today and found a beautiful tag done by Tammy Tutterow, and I was inspired to follow her tutorial.  Here's my finished tag:

I began with a #8 manila tag by Ranger.  I covered it with a piece of patterned paper which is called "Heat Wave."  It is one of the artist papers designed by Kaitlin Mendoza (with artist elements inspired by my dear friend Corrie Herriman) for Stampington & Co.  

I pulled a paper doily from my stash and "pounced" on color from Tim Holtz' Distress Paint in Wild Honey.  I folded the doily in half and adhered to my tag.  

Next, I prepared my ribbon by pouncing a bit of Wild Honey on my craft mat, spritzing it with water and dragging my idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon through it until it was completely coated with color.  I dried the ribbon with my heat tool.

I selected some metal pieces from my stash (all are Ranger, I am pretty sure) and, using a jump ring, attached two of them to my ribbon.  The third, I slid behind the ribbon.  I added my white feather by sliding it behind my ribbon, as well.

The last step was to add my sentiment from Stampotique Originals called "One Second..."

I had a lot of fun making this tag and hope you can find some time this week to make one, too!  You can find the details here.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I have been invited back to host the Tag Along  Challenge Blog this week, and the theme I have chosen is ANGELS.  You can interpret this theme any way you like, but mine is definitely with a twist of humor!  First, my tag, then some detail/technique photos.  

I have used Stampotique Originals' "Angel" for my focal stamp.  I stamped the image onto white card using VersaFine Onyx Black, then clear embossed it.  I used Copic markers to color in the top of the dress, the hair and the skin.

The background was created using Dylusions Ink Sprays sprayed onto my craft mat.  I added a few sprays of water and "smooshed" my tag into the inks repeatedly until I got the look and color that I wanted.

My sentiment was computer generated and printed.  I used my small Xyron to create stickers out of my words, then used a black pen to create a border.

I used an oval punch and black card to create an "anchor" for the angel.  Lastly, lacking any black ribbon, I created my own by spraying Dylusions Black Marble Ink Spray onto my craft mat and dragging Tim Holtz' idea-ology crinckle ribbon through it.

It was a fun tag to create and in just a short amount of time.  I hope you will play along this week with my ANGELS challenge over at the Tag Along Challenge Blog.  Thanks for both your visits and comments today!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Today's Tag Along Blog Challenge is all about St. Patrick's Day, the Irish, and those who claim to be Irish!  Since I have nothing in my stamp stash that is even close to being Irish, I called upon The Graphics Fairy for assistance.  And, she did not disappoint!  The Graphics Fairy is a resource for crafters that provides 4,000+ free images, tutorials and decor ideas.  

I used a Ranger #10 manila tag.  I adhered some green (could I have used any other color?) patterned paper from my scrapbooking stash to the tag, then created a bit of interest by stamping Stampotique Originals "Design Cube" by stamp designer France Papillon.

I used some burlap and twine from Petaloo's Fancy Trims.  The sentiment I "plucked" from Pinterest, and I used Wendy Vecchi's Fern Green Archival Ink from Ranger to edge both my tag and the words.

I hope you will find some time this week to play along with us at the Tag Along Blog Challenge.  And, I thank you for stopping by today and for your comments.  Both are appreciated.

Sunday, March 8, 2015


My local art store recently had a grand re-opening after altering its focus and reorganizing the store.  I couldn't miss the opportunity to wish them well and to do a bit of shopping! One of my purchases was a Unity stamp set called "You are Important."  I just looked at the flower on the outside of the package and did not flip over the package to see the actual size of the flower.  It's huge. I was only able to use about 3/4 of the stamp on my #8 tag. But, in keeping with the Tag Along Blog Challenge this week, which is Spring, it is spot on. It literally screams SPRING!

I used washi tape from my stash and several colors of Tim Holtz' Distress Spray Stain for the background, then stamped and embossed my flower.

Here's my tag for the Tag Along Blog "Spring" Challenge.  I hope you will join us this week--and every week!

I am entering this tag in the Craft Stamper Magazine March Take It, Make It challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment.  Both are important to me!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

12 TAGS OF 2015: MARCH

Again this year, Tim Holtz has created a challenge called 12 Tags of 2015, providing a tutorial so that his followers might be inspired, play along, and create monthly tags.  I have admired his tags, as well as those of others who have participated in the past, but never felt I was artistically quite up for this challenge.  

This month, I was inspired when my dear friend Val-Belle posted her tag for the March challenge, and I just could no longer resist.  When I looked at Tim's list of supplies, I was missing quite a number, but thought I could "make do" with what I had (my supply list will follow the detail photos below).  

I have to tell you that when I finished my tag and looked at it, I almost cried.  It's beautiful, and I am, indeed, quite capable!

I have some detail photographs to show, but the following is my favorite because it showcases an element very dear to me. In October of 2014, I was grateful to attend the Art-Is-You Conference in Stamford, Connecticut.  One of the things that most attendees do is to create small pieces of art to "trade" with others attending the Conference. The beautiful "smile" element attached to the ribbon on my tag is a "trade" I received from Marjie Kemper of Marjie Kemper Designs.   I am privileged to have taken classes taught by Marjie, but, even more special, I am privileged to call her "friend."  

Here are the others:

Supplies used:
  • Ranger #8 manila tag
  • Washi tape from my stash
  • Distress Spray Stain in Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans, and Salty Ocean
  • Butterfly stamp from Finnabair Don't Forget to Fly Cling Stamp Set
  • VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
  • Melt Art ultra thick clear embossing enamel
  • Schoolhouse stencil (THS011)
  • Studio 490 (Wendy Vecchi) embossing paste in Metalic Gold 
  • Loop pin to attach "smile" charm
  • Basic tools
  • Other items from stash

So, thank you Tim, thank you Val-Belle, and thank you Marjie!  I couldn't be happier! Thanks for your visit today, as well as your comments.  Both are important to me!

I am entering this tag in the Craft Stamper Magazine March Take It, Make It challenge.