Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fantastic Fall ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Fall IS fantastic and my favorite season of the year! So I created a spread in my art journal featuring the Luscious Leaves Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps, and the Filled with Blessings, Give Thanks, and Autumn Swirls Unmounted Rubber Stamps from Red Rubber Designs.

     In addition to the cute scarecrow from the Filled with Blessings Stamp, are the plaid and dots that I stamped randomly over two pages of my art journal using Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink. Then I adhered pieces of burlap, followed with Prima White Gesso applied to the Tim Holtz Mini Birch Stencil. Once it all dried, Magicals and sprays were next to create some beautiful autumn colors.

     The rest of the stamping was embossed with Emerald Creek Onyx Frost Embossing Powder, giving it some sparkle, including all of the Luscious Leaves that I fussy-cut.


     The fence stamp is also included in the Filled with Blessings Stamp Set, and the pumpkins from the Give Thanks Stamp, colored with Distress Inks, Magicals, and Distress Sprays.

     The title was stamped and embossed onto a torn piece of white tissue paper with the Autumn Swirls Stamp, and adhered onto the burlap with Prima Marketing Soft Matte Gel. Once it dried, I colored over it with some more Magicals and sprays.

      Such a fun spread to work on, using some of my favorite Fall Stamps from Red Rubber Designs!


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Monday, September 24, 2018

Happy Family Moments with KaiserCraft Pen & Ink Bundle ~ FotoBella DT

     Hello! I'm back with another vintage layout featuring the gorgeous KaiserCraft Pen & Ink Bundle from

     I really love how the Kaisermist Iridescent Spray (Coffee) brings out the warmer tones in the photo, used on the butterflies and background, after applying Prima Marketing White Gesso to the Tim Holtz Gothic Stencil! Once it all dried, I used my fingers to apply Prima Marketing Metallique Waxes  (Old Silver and Brushed Iron).

     Then I tore and curled some of the paper, to reveal the bottom page, where I added a border sticker to the top. The chandelier and butterflies were fussy-cut from the black foil specialty sheet, which also includes images of flowers, leaves, old phones, and typewriters.

     I created the title from Bingo cards cut from one of the papers in the bundle, which has other words and combinations to choose from, and inked the edges with the KaiserCraft Mini Ink Pad (Black).

     I also used the KaiserCraft Mini Ink Pad (Black) on most of the other paper and die cut edges, before machine-stitching the sides.

     The wooden hinge and keyhole embellishments were given a coat of white gesso, a spritz of Kaisermist Spray (Coffee), a rub of Metallique Waxes (Old Silver and Brushed Iron), and finished around the edges, again, using the KaiserCraft Mini Ink Pad (Black).

     I also used the KaiserCraft Mini Ink Pad (Black) to stamp the roses with the stamp included in the bundle.

     Taking inspiration from the Pepsi can in the photo, I dipped and stamped a couple of circles with a Coke can using the Kaisermist Spray (Coffee). Then I finished it up with some of the KaiserCraft Pearls (Pearl), scattered among some buttons inherited from my grandma (the fourth one in the photo with her sisters).

     Thanks for looking, and get the KaiserCraft Pen & Ink Scrapbooking Bundle at!

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Warmest Wishes Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Hello again! I'm back with a card that's fitting for the end of Summer, featuring the Rays of Hope Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp from Red Rubber Designs, embossed with clear embossing powder over Distress Oxide Inks (Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade).

     The background was done with Dylusion's Paints and Ranger's Zigzag Stencil. Then I stamped the black circles with the Build-A-Background Stamp. The tag and vases were cut with my Cricut Expression, and also colored with Dylusion's Paints, but with my fingers. Finally, I embossed the sentiment with the Contemporary Greetings Stamp, using Emerald Creek Onyx Frost EP.

Thanks for looking!


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

KaiserCraft Pen & Ink Card Set ~ FotoBella DT

     September has always been a month packed full of special birthdays, and the KaiserCraft Pen & Ink Scrapbooking Bundle from is perfect for all of those vintage loving Virgos! So I made a set of cards for more than just birthdays, as this collection has so many different sentiments to choose from, and lots of them.


     Follow along at the FotoBella Blog, and I'll show you how I used the Kaisermist (Coffee) Spray, which I absolutely LOVE and highly recommend, three different ways in a step-by-step photo tutorial!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

La Liocorne

     As soon as I saw this month's fantasy theme at Art Journal Journey, I knew I wanted to use my new Stamperia Wonderland Stencil from, which I previously hadn't had a chance to use, on this art journal page.

     And this month's Lindy's Gang Color Challenge inspired the color palette.

      I started by stamping the background with a couple of Prima Stamps using Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink. Then I applied Prima White Gesso to my Stamperia Wonderland Stencil. Once dry, I colored it with Lindy's Magicals (Tears on my Pillow Tangerine and Danny Zuko's Denim from the Go Greased Lightnin' Flat Set and Prima Donna Purple from the Drop Dead Diva Shimmer Set) and Sprays (Delphinium Turquoise Shimmer, Witch's Potion Purple Shimmer, Golden Doubloons Vintage, A Bit O Bubble, and Sidewalk Chalk Flat). Then I used my stencil again over some of script and the butterfly with Hyacinth Blue Jade Embossing Powder, and rubbed it lightly with Prima Metallique Wax (Vintage Gold).

          To highlight the unicorn, and a few other areas of my page, I applied the stencil again to use with Lindy's Purely White Embossing Powder. Like the script, I went over it with Prima Metallique Wax (Vintage Gold). Then I adhered gold and clear sequins and beads.

     The butterflies were stamped and embossed with Hyacinth Blue Jade Embossing Powder onto cardstock that I sprayed with the same background colors, using the Bo Bunny Flutter Stamp.

Thanks for looking!

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A Inky Mess ~ #23 Anything Mixed Media Goes

Monday, September 10, 2018


     A haberdashery is shop selling small articles of sewing, such as buttons, ribbons, and zippers, and is the current challenge over at Frilly and Funky. As busy as I've been with other projects, and being a former seamstress and quilter, I just had to create my own, made from quite a few recycled items.

       Like the frozen dinner box that I built it from, measuring 6" X 6" with a 1 1/2" depth.

     A few years ago, my mom gave me a few books of curtain samples, so I finally used one of them to make the canopy, which inspired the rest of the colors.


     To make the bricks on the back and sides, I used a stencil with white gesso mixed with some Magicals, applied over a coating of black gesso. Then I sprayed it, and gave it some texture with Ranger's Brick Antiquities Embossing Powder. The frame and bracket that I made to support the canopy was embossed with Emerald Creek Onyx Frost onto gold cardstock, using some old architecture stamps.

     My other recycled items are the vintage gold spools of thread, that I unwound, belonging to my late grandma, when it cost just 40 cents for the smaller ones, and 70 cents for the large one, which were on the labels that I scrubbed off. I also used the back of one of her buttons to hold the hands of the clock that I made from one of the smaller spools.

     The "wallpaper" was made with some Lindy's Sprays, and stamped with a couple of red inks, with clear embossing powder over it. Then I embossed the sewing embellishments with Emerald Creek's Black Onyx and Mirror Gold Embossing Powders, using the Sew Thankful Stamp from Red Rubber Designs, and popping up the sewing machine and pin cushion with some pop dots. The final touch, and reason for these horrible photos, is the clear acetate that I glued to the window. Between the glare from that and all of the gold, it was very difficult to photograph. But I'm so thrilled with the results, and wish you could see it in real life!

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Happy Leaf Birthday Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy Thursday! I'm back with a card featuring the Happy Leaf Unmounted Rubber Stamp from Red Rubber Designs, just in time for the upcoming Fall season.

     Wanting to experiment more with my Distress Oxide Inks, I created the background with them, in addition to some regular Distress Inks, by smooshing the inks with water onto white cardstock. Then I used the same Oxide Inks (Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, and Vintage Photo) to stamp the leaves and sentiment with the Happy Leaf Stamp, and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

     Since this card is a little smaller than my usual ones, I wanted to add lots of texture, so I backed it with some burlap, and added some fibers, including the strands I took form the burlap to fringe the edges.

     Finally, I finished it up with some hand-stitching.

          Thanks for stopping by, and get the Happy Leaf stamp, and many others at Red Rubber Designs!


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Stamping Sensations ~ Beginning with B (Burlap, Button, Brown, and Birthday)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

KaiserCraft Pen & Ink Layout ~ FotoBella DT

     I was so excited to receive my first "fully loaded" kit as part of the new FotoBella Design Team, featuring the KaiserCraft Pen & Ink Bundle! I even managed to use the additional 6.5" Paper Pad, Mini Ink Pad (Black), KaiserCraft Spray (Coffee), Pearls (Pearl), and Scor-Tape 1/8" on this page that I scrapped of my husband's late grandmother.

     I was immediately drawn to the beautiful 12 X 12 die cut sheet from the Pen & Ink Bundle, reminding me of an old mirror. So I adhered onto black cardstock rubbed with Prima Marketing Metallique Waxes (Old Silver and Brushed Iron), also used behind the photo. Then I layered it with a piece of lace, dyed with the Kaisermist Spray (Coffee), and papers from the bundle and 6.5" Paper Pad.

     I just LOVE the butterfly stamp, and embossed it onto one of the papers from the collection with Lindy's Gang (Twilight Bronze Slate) Embossing Powder! Then I colored it with Distress Ink Pads (Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone, and Hickory Smoke), using one of my Prima Marketing Watercolor Brush/Pen's. After fussy-cutting, I adhered it with the Scor-Tape 1/8" so it won't flutter away.

     The KaiserCraft Mini Ink Pad (Black) was used on the edges of the die cuts, including the clock that I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to, and to coat the wooden hinge, followed with a coat of Lindy's Gang (Twilight Bronze Slate) Embossing Powder, to match the butterfly.

     By looking at them, you'd never know the white flowers from my stash, were colored with one spray, but the Kaisermist (Coffee) Spray aged them perfectly with brown and grey shimmery tones. Then I added some KaiserCraft Pearls (Pearl) to the centers. 

    I also used the KaiserCraft Pearls scattered among the buttons that I inherited from the pretty lady in the photo.

     Thanks for your visit, and get your KaiserCraft Pen & Ink Scrapbooking Bundle and additional supplies at!
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