Mix It Up Challenge Blog - Anything Goes + optional No Stamping 

Hi friends - I hope you had a very Merry Christmas; ours was great except for the nasty weather we had; 30 degrees below with wind chill. My hubby had a total knee replacement December 19 so that has kept us close to home BUT we've had to be out and about in the weather for his physical therapy. 😏

So let's move on to the fun these next two months!! At the Mix It Up Challenge Blog, it's always 'Anything Goes' but if you'd like to throw in the option of No Stamping, please do - but never required. Regardless, we enjoy seeing your projects!

I fell in love with these 'newer' Quadrant products from Pinkfresh Studios; I thought it would be fun to add a small poinsettia for the "O" in JOY; the poinsettia is from The Stamp Market. I am still working with foiling - it's new to me, but I do love how this turned out - fun, geometric and festive! All inks are from Taylored Expressions.

Once I had the poinsettia cut, I added some some shading and of course, added stickles and rock candy glitter to the letters and the poinsettia. Some sequins finish it off!

PS - I recognize these are not some of my best photos...I asked someone to help me and I don't think she was thrilled with the task; the photos show it. LOL!!

Thanks for popping in; hope to see you again soon, and don't forget to join the fun at Mix It Up!

Love to Scrap Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

 Hey there - thanks for stopping by today; I hope you are well!

As always, it's Anything Goes at Love to Scrap; hope you will join us!

I made two of these cards at the same time; you can see the other one here.  For 3 of the stencil layers, I used the same color ink, starting light and blending darker for each layer. For the last stencil, I sponged on Versamark and sprinkled on THIS embossing powder, which I freaking love. 

I added a small poinsettia with the edges sponged, added some stickles and rock candy glitter to the poinsettia and letters. I LOVE this big JOY.

The sub-sentiment is from The Greetery also embossed with the same Ranger embossing powder; all inks are from Taylored Expressions. I added some sequins to finish it off.

Thanks for popping in; hope to see you again soon, and don't forget to join the fun at Love to Scrap!


Love to Scrap - Anyting Goes

Hi there and WELCOME! I'm glad you stopped by. I have two posts today, hope you'll check them both out.

As always at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog, it's anything goes and I have a set of cards for you. I used the MASSIVE stamp set Peony Memories by The Ton. I stamped the florals in quads using inks from The Stamp Market and Taylored Expressions

I used removable tape and covered a section where I could stamp the greeting from Concord and 9th, embossing the word 'kind'. While the tape was down, I inked around the edges and stamped dots using multiple stamp sets, sorry, I don't remember which sets I used. There is one that gives an overall small pattern from Unity Stamps. I'm on the road right now, but when I get home I'll update this information. 😊

I layered all the main panels with THIS paper, the champagne is to die for; I love it so much!

And you KNOW when stamping, flowers can be any color we want, so venture out and make you some green flowers! 😁 

Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll join us at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog, we enjoy seeing your creations!

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Mix It Up - Anything Goes (+ open techique optional)

Hi friends! I hope you are doing well - can you believe November is here? Wow - that's breathtaking! I have two posts today, hope you'll check them both out.

This month for the Mix It Up Challenge Blog, it's anything goes with the option of any technique you want. Easy peasy - hope everyone joins us!

I recently attended a little craft getaway and made these tags with Snowy, my all-time favorite snowman, I use this stamp every single year - almost always on tags. 😁 I stamped a bunch, colored them with Copics, layered onto a white tag; I pulled papers from THIS and THIS paper pad. Little scraps here and there; then I tied on some more little tags and various quotes from the Doodlebug pad, finished them off with red and white twine as well as white thread.

On the far right, you can see I made two more smaller tags with the MFT Festive Friends.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you will take some time and join us at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog.



Mix It Up Challenge Blog - Ink Smooshing

Welcome back to the Mix It Up Challenge!

GAH...I love ink smooshing...always have!! You, obviously, never get the same look twice; and you can do ink smooshing for so many things, not just backgrounds. I've used it for florals and have seen some really graphic florals stamped in black with just a smattering of ink smooshing, that's on my list to try!

I needed a birthday card for my boss and I always struggle with masculine cards, but I knew using ink smooshing would be a great start and this super fun birthday hat from Taylored Expressions was a fantastic focal image!

I used Distress Oxide inks for the background (salty ocean, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon, and peeled paint), splattered some Mermaid Lagoon oxide spray and watered down white gouache to the background. Set that aside to dry and worked on the birthday hat. I used the Create in Quads Birthday Layering Stencil for the hat (using the squares for alignment make it so easy), same 4 colors as well as TE Poppy Seed and Oyster. I then added the Splash stencil and inked with the same colors, die cut and added some frosted lace stickles and spread with my fingers. 😁

I mounted the base layer as well as the hat with foam dimension, added a layer of vellum in between the base layer and hat and mounted to a top folding Cookie Monster card. 

It's been awhile since I've sat down and just 'played'; I REALLY enjoyed creating, felt good!

So many of you joined us in our last challenge, hope you will join us again this time whether you create something with ink smooshing or as always, anything goes!!

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Love to Scrap Challenge Blog

Hi friends! I hope you are doing well!

Several months ago, Taylored Expressions released this absolutely adorable donut background with matching clear stamps, die, stencil and Donut Worry mini strips. This combo is definitely a way to make a bunch of cards in assembly line style! I had so much fun making a variety of donuts, sprinkles, embossing, you name it! I made two cards, switching up colors and greetings.

I mounted the main panel on some PTI Dark Chocolate and added to a top folding Cherry Pop card.

The image directly below the sentiments on each card was die cut, stamped, added glossy accents, Sugar Cube glitter and mounted with dimensional foam.

So many of you joined us in the last challenge; hope to see all your creations this month at Love to Scrap!!

Thanks for popping in; hope to see you again soon!


Accessories: TE Sugar Cube glitter, TE donut die and Mini Strips die, glossy accents, white embossing powder



Love to Scrap Challenge Blog - the gang is back!

Hi friends! I am so excited to announce the design team is B-A-C-K at Love to Scrap! It's always Anything Goes and we love seeing your creations!

This month, I'm sharing a Christmas card I created - sadly, I created it a few months ago, so let's see if I can test this 'older' memory and remember how I created it. 😁

The floral stamp in the background is Hope from Concord & 9th; I think it may be retired, but found it elsewhere. I used watercolor paper, spritzed the base image before stamping and then added the other layers full strength. 

I also stamped this Tim Holtz ledger stamp in multiple places. I added lots of sponging then tapped on some white gouache and Crankling Campfire distress spray. Finished it off with washi tape, an embossed sentiment on vellum, and lots of Doodlebug sprinkles.

The sentiment and die cut are from Honey Bee, Fa La La (retired).

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WE'RE BACK!! Mix It Up Challenge - Clean and Simple

Hi there! The design team for the Mix It Up Challenge Blog is B-A-C-K! The blog never stopped, but most of the designers took a long break and I think it's been good for everyone! Leslie, our blog queen, made some tweaks and I think they are really good - I'm excited to participate with the team!

I hope you will play along; it's always Anything Goes with a twist - you can choose to play the twist, or not. We just love seeing your creations!

I absolutely love these poppies from Reverse Confetti; so much you can do with them. I wanted a set of notecards and this was the perfect opportunity to put them to use and keep the cards clean and simple! This card was also CASEd Stampingville, I added some soft background stamping to each card. Which color is your favorite?

Thanks for popping in; hope to see you again soon!


Stamps: Reverse Confetti Poppies, Tim Holtz XXX
Inks: TE Inks
PapersNeenah 110 lb. white, everything else was from the scrap file :)



Color Throwdown 683 - flowers

I love the Color Throwdown blog, the colors can be so inspiring and this week was a great example. I made a slimline card using a, new to me, stamp set from Reverse Confetti, Poppies. I chose several distress oxide inks as well as a few TE inks. I die cut 7 flower combos and then stamped in assembly line style mixing and matching inks. Once dry, I spritzed with water, then added white splatters and when those were dry. a couple coats of Nuvo shimmer.


I layered the flowers onto TE Sea Salt and blended some leftover broken china oxide ink. I splattered on TE Earl Grey ink (same color used for the outline of the flowers). This was layered onto a TE Cupcake panel, a white panel and finally the card base, also from Earl Grey. I added some Twisted Citron oxide ink to a few areas of the white panel. One flower in the lower right-hand corner is mounted with foam squares, the rest are adhered flat to the panel; the Sea Salt layer was mounted with foam tape. I finished it off with an embossed sentiment from the same set and some Bits and Pieces dew drops.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great weekend!


Stamps: Reverse Confetti Poppies




Full Front Shaker Card

Hey friends - how are you doing?

I'm doing good, I've been creating a lot but haven't had time to photograph much! I recently made this full front shaker card - what a learning experience! It was for my boyfriend who turned 6, 😁, and loves elephants. There are 5 elephants in the shaker front and then the 6th is on the front. He also wears blue glasses, so I made sure to include those on each elephant. What I didn't realize was, with the the glossy accents on the glasses, they were 'thicker' and kinda stuck together, didn't shake as much as I would have hoped.😐


It's okay; he loved it and that's all that matters! The full front shaker pockets are from Tonic Studios; they are super easy to use; I'm anxious to try them again!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you are doing well!