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!!

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



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).

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



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!




Hello, old friend!

 Hey - I remember you, do you remember me? 😁

I won't get into the details but on December 31 the lovely Covid finally found me and beat the living shizzz out of me! I was sick for an entire month; I FINALLY turned the corner January 31. Once I was getting well, the fatigue was brutal; I would go to bed as early as 7:30 pm some nights. It was rough; I hope anyone else that gets it, has a MUCH easier time than I did.

Therefore, I have not been creating BUT I did set some creative goals this year and I want to try to complete them. One was a birthday card for our son, our youngest baby turned 22 this year - MY FAVORITE NUMBER!! But goodness, I feel old!!

His fave color is orange and has been since he was itty bitty, so I made sure to make his card about as orange as possible! I used some new products from Concord & 9th (links below), several Distress Oxide inks. He might eat orange sherbet for ice cream, but it's not his first choice - but seriously, how could I choose anything else? 😃 Some stripes of various orange card stock (Taylored Expressions, TE), brown splatters, glossy accents ,candy corn glitter (TE), and that's it. 

BTW, he loved it! 💯 Thanks for popping in; here's hoping you are doing well!





JUGS - Photo Week

Goodness, I LOVE the photo at Just Us Girls (JUGS) this week (below) and I love my card BUT when you leave home before daylight and arrive home after daylight, what do you do? You make the best of it and snap a photo in the very large flower pot outside the office. 😁

I had a lot of fun creating this one! I started with a kraft piece of cardstock (reminded me of the grocery sacks in the photo); stamped THIS shiplap background in TE Sugar Cube - very faint on the kraft. I then used the Tim Holtz Ledger Script stamp and added some red splashes of text. I then die cut the entire panel using two of The Greetery's Nordic Frames dies. I decided to take the leftover outside border - just a thin rectangle and coat it with TE Mocha ink to represent the darker wood you see in the photo. The innermost panel of the Nordic Frame was mounted with fun foam.

I die cut then stamped the Rustic Wreath from The Greetery in two different greens; I added a twine bow and Altenew enamel dots to finish it off. The final piece was foiling the JOY (I chose a color that looked similar to the faucet) and adding the embossed sub sentiment on vellum, both from The Greetery's Opposites Attract Holiday stamp, die and foil set.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: The Greetery Rustic Wreath, Opposites Attract Holiday, Tim Holtz Script Ledger, TE shiplap background
Papers: PTI Kraft,Vintage Cream, vellum,


Mix It Up Challenge - Black and White + One Color

Hi friends! Welcome back to the final challenge for Mix It Up; I'm not sure if/when the blog will return. I have immensely enjoyed working with Leslie - owner - so be sure to leave her some love while checking out our projects!

I absolutely love this shiplap die by The Greetery; it oftentimes makes a great backdrop for cards. I cut it multiple times from white card stock and blended on a soft grey ink, varying the pressure on each piece; I then adhered each piece on my card base staggering each row. I cut the Rustic Wreath from black card stock, then cut twigs from both TE Mushroom and MFT Gravel Gray and layered together. I left some of the top twigs loose towards the end to provide lots of dimension. I added a couple different colors of Altenew Enamel Dots. I finished the card with the beautiful hot foil words from The Greetery paired with this Spellbinder's Prism hot foil

Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll find time to join us this month. And please, leave some love for Leslie and this blog; it's always been a fun one!


Stamps: NONE


Love to Scrap Challenge - BINGO

It is our very last post for Love to Scrap; I'm not sure when/if the blog will return. Leslie - owner - is incredibly amazing, I have deeply enjoyed working for her!

Our last challenge is a fun one - BINGO! Here is the BINGO challenge we are using:

I went with G: gold, red, emboss, charm, green. I cheated on two, 😕, I actually have debossing on my tags and I don't own any charms, so I added some bells, because who wouldn't love a tag on their gift with jingle bells!
The tags were made using the Tag Team Duo dies, foil plate, and stamps. This was my first time working with my hot foil machine...boy did I learn A LOT; the right foil makes all the difference. I tried a million times, maybe more 😃, to use one of the prism foils; I tried shims, no shims, different papers, I tried all sorts of things and NEVER got a solid transfer; but I switched to this solid gold, and voila, the tags turned out magnificently. 

I hope you have time to join us this busy month; we would love to see your creations!

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: The Greetery Tag Team Duo
Accessories: The Greetery Tag Team Duo Dies, Altenew Enamel Dots, Hot Foil, jingle bells, gold cord, red velvet ribbon