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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This is my January Inchie for my local swap.  I used watercolor paper to do some "ribbon painting".  I used a 1/2" wide brush to swirl back and forth all down the sheet of paper.  I used Studio's turquoise paint.  I punched the birds from an old library book page and used Glimmer Mist Candy Apple to color the bird.   I then used a tiny rhinestone gem for the eye and edged the inchie with a gold leafing pen.


This is the inchie I made for my February inchie swap.  I had made some antiqued-misted background papers......for this color I used Tea Dye and Fired Brick Distress Inkpad, Blush Pearl X and reinker for Distress Ink Worn Lipstick mixed in a Mister.  For the paper, I used white glossy cardstock.  I  swiped the left side of the inchie with Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy.  When dry, I printed the message with my micro pen and added the heart brad.  I edged the inchie with a red inkpad.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Exciting News!!!

I received an email from Roberta Sperling of RubberStampMadness this morning.  They are going to use my artwork for the cover of their Summer 2010 issue "Alphabets"!!!   It seems like one of those surreal
situations where you think you're going to walk out of the mist and when everything was just a dream...................    Can't wait to see it!  (RubberStampMadness was the first to publish my artwork in 2002  -  Fuji Goddess).

Monday, January 4, 2010

10th card

When I first saw the paper on the panel, my thoughts were how great this would look with fish.......those brown lines just speak motion.  But when I got to this card, I reached for my butterfly stamps and my German scrap....and thus this is the way it came together.  ")   I lightly stamped the butterfly image on and off the panel.  Then I sponged the same brown ink all around the edges of the panel and the green card.  I attached the scrap butterflies to the card and added the cloth covered brads to the card.  I purchased those brads at Croppinsville in Collinsville.

9th card

I love the way this card came together!  First of all, I loved this blue/green plaid.  (blue and green being two of my favorite colors....esp. when combined to make turquoise!)  I cut the sun and rays from another piece of cardstock in the same paper collection as the plaid.  All this paper is double sided, so I alternated the rays from one side to the other.  (Kendall Johns from Sparksflystudio used this technique in a book she made for me......I loved it so much, I lifted it to use here.  ").  Once again, I have used the swirls from Rhonna Ferrar to add dimension to this card.  The image is another stamp from the Butterfly Girl stamp set from Clearly Impressed from Stampington & Co. (available at   Notice that I zigzagged the image onto the card.  I then edged the card with a green inkpad.

8th card

I love this paper in the graduated color theme.  I stamped the birdhouse (Magenta - available at in black at the top of the sheet and cut it out .  I cut the card from the remaining sheet of cardstock.  I cut out the birdhouse and edged it with a dark pink inkpad and attached it to the center of the card.  I added the green vine ribbon to the left of the card.  I then  stamped the dictionary birds stamp (Clearly Impressed, Anna Corba Series, French Dictionary from Stampington & Co  -  also available at in black on light green paper and cut it out.  I attached it to the lower right side of the card with dimensional tape.  Lastly, I added the black gems.

7th card

This card just made itself.  I love letting the paper do the work for me.  This sheet of cardstock from Scenic Route is called Scrap Strips.  They are great for cards and tags.  This sheet had the phrases on it.  After I cut it to the size card I wanted, I cut duplicate phrases from the remainder of the sheet and edged them with a gold leafing pen.  I attached them directly over like phrases on the card using dimensional tape.  The rubberstamp of the pens is from A Stamp in the Hand, the ink bottle is from Anita's and the hand is from Stampin' Up!.  I finished the card off by edging it with a gold leafing pen.

6th card

I love this image of the little girl.  It is a Stampington & Co rubberstamp (available at which comes in the Butterfly Girl stamp set.  I stamped her on a coordinating blue paper for this card and cut out the image.  I used a teal distressed paper and edged it with a gold leafing pen.  I stamped the swirls (Autumn Leaves by Rhonna Ferrar) with a brown fluid chalk inkpad.  The torn paper layered across the card is stamped with script (Stampin' Up!).  I sponged brown ink on the torn edges.  I then layered a pale coral flower with a printed text flower and then a small coral flower and attached it to the card with a brad.

5th card

This image is a Tim Holtz ATC rubberstamp.  He has several of these stamps on the market now.  (Croppinsville in Collinsville has several of them.)  I laid out several small tags onto a piece of white cardboard (like the front of paper tablets....the back of the front cover is always a good piece to recycle) and misted them with Glimmer Mist Denim Blue.
The white spaces left from the tags was a marvelous space to rubberstamp images.  I placed the bird on this stamp in the white area.  I stamped it once with black and a second time with red.  I cut out the red bird and attached it over the bird in the black image.  After I added the clear micro gem for an eye and the tiny red gems to the foliage, I attached the ATC to the dotted blue/white panel.  I used a ruler and a gold pen to draw the lines at the edge of the panel and then attached it to a black panel.  I attach these to a craft cardstock card.  I edged the craft card with a gold leafing pen.

4th card

I love this background paper.  I collect postcards of all kinds and this paper is just such a neat collage of postal text.  I stamped the advertisement (B-Line Designs) and the script (Stampin' Up!) on contrasting paper....I attached the strip to the right side of the card
and attached the advertisement to the postal paper.  I also cut a small strip of the postal paper and added it to the bottom left of the card for a more layered look.  To finish off the card, I added the paper copper metallic trim to the left side of the card and the cogs (Tim Holtz).  (Just a note:  Croppinsville in Collinsville carries the most fantastic amount of Tim Holtz products.)

3rd card

I stamped the alphabet from Stampsmith onto the card.  Then I stamped the pens (The Queen's Dresser Drawers - available at and the postoid (Stampin' Up!) onto chartreuse paper.  I tore out the pens and cut out the postoid and added them to the card.  Next I added some of those neat metal floral embellishments that Tim Holtz has on the market.  I edged the card with a gold leafing of my favorite ways to finish off a card.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2nd card

                                                                                            I just had to use my new sewing machine to sew on paper!  I stamped these sweet bird images onto squares of coordinating papers.  I first placed them all diagonally across the strip of paper but actually needed another quarter of an inch to have them evenly spaced.  So, I turned the lead image into a square and added the tiny tag.    (These images are also B-Line Designs  -  available at                                                             

Card Order

I used to sell my greeting cards at a very nice shop until the lady, sadly, went out of business and moved on to OKCity.  One of my regular buyers has contacted my sil and requested more cards.  She said she had eeked out her few remaining cards and was now needing more.  So, I have spent a few days working up some cards for her. 

I love this rubberstamp from B-Line Designs (owner:  Beverly Seymour of Mustang, OK....stamps can be purchased at: and stamped it with brown ink onto some "glitter mist paper"....a technique Tim Holtz uses often and one that has been in the Technique Junkie newsletter.   Swipe some
distress inkpads (Tim Holtz) onto a craft sheet and then mist with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and Distress ink refills in a mister (or use one of the already mixed products on the market).
Lay paper on craft sheet and move around; lift and look at paper.
You might want to lay on another area and repeat or even add more mist until you get the desired look you want.  Lay aside to dry.  I love doing several (actually dozens!) of sheets in one setting.  These are great to use for background papers and really add dimension when layering.  Rubberstamping on these papers always yields spectacular results.