Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bingo Birthday Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy Thursday! Today I'm sharing the birthday card that I made for my dad, using mixed media and some fun stamps from Red Rubber Designs!

     I started by lightly coating the background with white gesso. and stamping the Bingo Pieces and Background Soup Cling Mounted Stamps with permanent black ink. Then I glued down some buttons and covered them and the background with a heavier coat of gesso. After waiting for it to dry, and coloring it with Distress Spray Stains, I realized that I had covered a lot of my stamping. So I re-stamped the Bingo Pieces onto white tissue paper, and applied it over the buttons with Tim Holtz' Distress Collage Medium Vintage. Then I embossed copper along the edges and button rims.

     I just used the numbers from the Bingo Card, and colored it with Distress Inks. The brown strip from the DCVW 8 X 8 Neutrals Cardstock Stack was colored with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, and embossed with copper using the Sophisticated Sentiments Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set.

      The compass was paper pieced and stamped with the Every Road Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set, embossed again with copper, including the small brad in the center. Then I backed all of my pieces with some recycled netting. Thanks for looking!




Monday, March 20, 2017

Hello, Spring ~ FotoBella DT

     Today is officially the first day of Spring, bringing warmer temperatures and new growth. Since I'm fairly new to Distress Crayons, I decided to play with them again in my art journal, using Bo Bunny's Secret Garden Ephemera, Noteworthy, and Chipboard from

     From the Ephemera, I tore some strips from the book page, inking the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink using my Blending Tool. Then I stamped over them and the background with Prima Marketing's Garden Fable Stamp using Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink. After a few spritzes of Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain, I went over everything with a coat of Prima Marketing's Clear Gesso to prime it for the Distress Crayons

     From Set #1, I used Picked Raspberry and Twisted Citron, from Set #2, Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint, and Seedless Preserves, and from Set #3, Antique Linen and Black Soot. Some areas along the right didn't blend so well, but could'v been from not enough gesso. So I used a baby wipe to lighten up some of my colors, and to rub through Tim Holtz' Blossom Stencil. 

      The patterned paper in the middle comes in Bo Bunny's Secret Garden Ephemera. I tore along the edges, and went over them with Black Soot Distress Crayon, blending it with my fingers. Then I added the glittery bird and Hello, Spring banner from the Noteworthy.

     Finally I added the Chipboard strip of grass, next to the grasshopper that I colored with my Distress Crayons! 

     Stop by for these supplies and more! Thanks for looking!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Carta Bella Flora no.1 Quilted Layout ~ FotoBella DT

    Hello and welcome to my blog! I'm back with a layout to share with you featuring Carta Bella's Flora no. 1 12 X 12 Collection Kit from FotoBella! The feminine, floral papers and colors go so well with the bold stripes, to create this quilted design that even non stitchers can make.

     Just visit the FotoBella Blog for a full tutorial, with step-by-step photos and directions on making this page, with real or faux stitching! 

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Be Fabulous Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy Sunday! I'm back to show you my full card featuring the Be Fabulous Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set from Red Rubber Designs!

      I love the background, which was made with a couple of Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals (Greased Lightnin' Green and Drop Dead Gorgeous Green) and some water! After seeing the results I couldn't hide it behind a blue piece of paper, which was my original intentions. So I went green instead, and simplified my design.

     Even though I changed the main color, at least in my head, I took inspiration from this months palette at House of Cards.

     All of the black stamping was embossed in glitter, and colored with Distress Inks. Then I popped up the main image for dimension.

     You would never know that the larger lattice design on the left comes from a different stamp, but was embossed with the For Everything Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set, matching the lattice from the main image perfectly! 

     Thanks for your visit, and visit Red Rubber Designs to take advantage of this GREAT sale, while supplies last! 



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Be Fabulous Card Preview ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     The Be Fabulous Unmounted Stamp Set from Red Rubber Designs is perfect for Spring with the flowers and bees, and is featured on a card that I made for the Design Team! You would never guess that the larger lattice along the left comes from a different set, but was embossed with the For Everything Unmounted Stamp Set on a background made from LSG Magicals. Here's a sneak peek, but to see the full magical effects of my card, you'll have to visit the Red Rubber Designs Blog!

     Right now there's a fabulous sale going on, so why not grab both of these stamps while supplies last!


Saturday, March 4, 2017

International Scrapbook Day Tag ~ FotoBella DT

     Happy International Scrapbook Day! I have a fun tag to share with you using some goodies from

     I started with a Ranger Manila Tag #8 and gave it a coat of Prima White Gesso. Once dry, I applied it again to random areas of my Ranger Shatter Stencil to create a faux textured wall colored with Distress Inks (Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke) and Distress Crayons #3 (Antique Linen and Hickory Smoke). Then I finished the edges with Distress Embossing Powder (Brushed Corduroy). The window and wood palette were stamped with Prima's Old Town Stamp, and the butterflies with Prima's Rust & Dust Stamp. 

     I colored all of the stamping with Distress Inks, and popped up the wooden crate to use as a window box for the flowers. The cream one is Petaloo's Darjeeling Teastained Flowers, and the blue ones are older Prima ones.

     Thanks for looking, and check out the FotoBella Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team created! 


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"Time for Tea" at Try it on Tuesday ~ Guest Designer

     I was so excited and honored to make top 5 for the first challenge (A Tissue Challenge) of the year at Try it on Tuesday! I love their blog and always find so much inspiration there! So of course I accepted when I was invited to be a Guest Designer for them. As soon as I found out the theme was "Time for Tea" I knew I was going to make something for my mom who's a tea lover, unlike her coffee loving daughter. Lol!

     I started the background with some sprays, and applied White Prima Gesso to the bottom half with the Tim Holtz "Lace" Stencil.  Once dry, I sprayed it again randomly using the Tim Holtz "Splatters" Stencil, even over the gesso, Then I used the "Lace" Stencil again to lightly apply White Linen Dylusions Paint. After everything was completely dry, I stamped over the top half with my new Prima Marketing Salvage District #2 Stamp, and embossed and fussy-cut the rest with some old ones.

     I was actually lucky enough to receive boxes and bags full of stamps and scrapping supplies from my husband's co worker awhile ago, and the teacup and flower stamps were among them. It was my first time using them, stamped with Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink, and colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (Cathedral Pines Green, Witch's Potion Purple, and Afternoon Delight Denim) and Distress Spray Stains (Wilted Violet and Brushed Pewter) using a paintbrush. Then I gave the teacup a coat of Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Crazing, which produced this beautiful antiqued porcelain effect, which I also used on the clocks. After fussy-cutting it, I popped it up over a strip of sheer ribbon.

     All of the embossing was done with Ranger's Silver Embossing Powder, and the clocks were paper-pieced with strands of pearls going through them.

    Then I distressed and machined stitched the edges, and hand-stitched the butterfly antennae using a metallic silver thread.

     Says "Tea Time" to me! I'd love to see your take over at Try it on Tuesday! Thanks again for having me!!



Monday, February 27, 2017

Carta Bella Flora no.1 Awning Tutorial ~ FotoBella DT

     The beautiful Carta Bella Flora no. 1  12 X 12 Collection Kit from was perfect to scrap these Mother's Day photos! I even made an awning out of the striped paper, with full directions and step-by step photos on the FotoBella Blog.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Carta Bella no.1 Thank You Cards ~ FotoBella DT

     It's always a great idea to have some extra cards on hand, but especially Thank You cards, as you never know when you may need one! So I have a couple to share using Carta Bella's Flora no. 1 12 X 12 Collection KitEphemera, and Petaloo's Mixed Blossoms from

     The heavyweight papers were perfect for distressing and machine stitching! I used the "thank you" sticker from the kit, adding it to the popped up die from the Ephemera. The Petaloo Mixed Blossoms look like they came right off of the papers.

     I had the strips of lace in my own stash, and lightly glued them down before stitching.

     The edges of this die were done with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink and my Blending Tool

     Thank YOU for looking, and shop for all of these supplies and more!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Brick & Rose Thank You Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy Thursday! Today I'm sharing a Thank You Card that I made with some stamps from Red Rubber Designs.

     The bricks were made from a Prima stencil and gesso, and colored with Distress Spray Stains (Vintage Photo and Antique Linen). Once dry, I added some Distress Embossing Powder (Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy) on top for some gritty texture. Then I tore and machine stitched the side edges. 

     I did a lot of fussy-cutting with the roses, stamped with the Charcoal Flowers Cling Mounted Stamp Set, and colored with sprays. Then I arranged them around the gold frame, embossed onto black cardstock with the Fanciful Vintage Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set. 

     To mimic the bricks in the background, I tore around the edges of the stamped and paper pieced Rose Wine Labels, and popped it up for more dimension. The sentiment fit perfectly inside, and was stamped with the Savvy Sayings Unmounted Stamp Set.

     Thank you for your visit, and shop Red Rubber Designs for all of these stamps and more! 



Monday, February 13, 2017

Cupcake Birthday Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy Birthday to my wonderful son who turned 15 today! I made some of his favorite cupcakes on this card using stamps from Red Rubber Designs!

     My design inspiration came from Card Sketch #91 @ Sketch ~N~Scrap!

     I started by stamping the background with the Gingham Background Unmounted Rubber Stamp. Then I used Distress Spray Stains to make the tag on the left, masking the numbers with Distress Inks. The hearts and circles, along with the cupcakes, were stamped with the Sweet Day Cupcake Unmounted Stamp Set. Each cupcake was frosted with gesso, where I added small beads while wet, for some sprinkles. The cherry and kiss were coated with Glossy Accents.

     The other tag was stamped with the Background Stripes Unmounted Stamp using Candied Apple  Distress Ink. I colored all of the cupcakes with Distress Spray Stains, adding some to my gesso with the kiss popped on top. The cupcakes stamped with the silver liners originally come with a butterfly on top, but was easy to mask out with the gesso.

     Then I popped up the peppermint (my son's FAVE) stamped with the Sugar Coated Sweetness
stamp. I finished it up with silver hand-stitching right under the sentiment stamped with the Sweet Sayings stamp.

Thanks for looking!