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Will the Claudine stamps be on the way to you?

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The stamp sets are in an envelope and waiting for a label to:

Christine Rickert

Thanks, Vic, for your great giveaway! Love Claudine Hellmuth’s art and all products. Took a class with her and she is an excellent teacher! These would make such a cute whimsical card!

Christine please click on the Contact Me tab above and send me your mailing address.

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Please join me in congratulating Christine. If I don’t hear from Christine by Monday, I’ll draw another name.  Stay tuned for another giveaway next week.



Challenge #4 – Stencils & Texture Paste

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Challenge 4,  Layering Stencil – Texture Paste, which is on page 49 of A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. #3.  Linda and the Curiosity Crew have created some stunning examples of this technique.  The submissions are great, as well.  Head over to StudioL3 and check them out.

This challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique, a fantastic online shop that caters to fans of Tim Holtz

I made a couple of cards for my grandkids to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer.4 - collage 6-18-2014 8-03-06 PM


Here’s the close-ups:

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I love the texture from the paste with the stencils.  I’ll put some ice cream money in each card and they have some new books, too.  Thanks for stopping by and, as always, I love your comments.




Father’s Day for Jeremy

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I wanted to share a little burlap canvas I made for my son.  I used mostly Tim Holtz/Ranger products and techniques to create it.

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My son has really stepped up to the Dad plate in the last few months and I thought the quote is perfect.  My grandson and I made a card, too. He loves getting inky with me!

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Here’s the finished card:

T - Jerm dad card 6-14-2014 1-12-30 PMThanks for stopping by.


Giveaway time – Claudine Stamps

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That’s Claudine Hellmuth!  Although Claudine’s stamps have been discontinued and hard to find, I have this set of clear & foam “Dwelling” stamps up for grabs.

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These stamps can be used with paints and inks, alone or combined.  Check out Claudine’s blog for the original announcement back in 2010.

Here’s some blogs I found using the Dwelling Stamps:

The Crafting Cafe

Black Gesso at Ranger

Holiday Card at Ranger

This giveaway is open to everyone.  Just be a follower and leave a comment on this post.  I’ll draw a winner on Friday, June 20.  Good luck!


Giveaway Winner – Take 2!

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Sadly, I did not get a response from Monique.  I drew a new name and the winner is:

Mary Blake

Thanks for the giveaway.. it’s a great one thanks…

Mary please email me your mailing information.  I’ll get your prize in the mail right away.




Faux, Faux Tea Roses

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I created some more faux tea roses and used them on to create a piece with a photo of my mother from the 1940s.

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I used these supplies to create my roses.

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You can find the faux suede technique at Ranger Ink’s site.  I sprayed both sides of my cardstock.  I love how it plumps up the paper and gives it a velvety appearance.  After it was dry, I cut out my roses.  I ran the brush tip of my Distress Markers around the edges – I used Ripe Persimmon on the yellow cardstock and Spun Sugar on the white.  I sprayed them with water and let them dry overnight.  Here’s what they looked like before and after spraying:


Here’s my finished roses:


I used an old wooden plaque I got at the thrift store as the base of my piece.  I painted the edges gold and stamped a mesh pattern with Tree Branch Archival ink.  I put Mom’s photo in a Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Frame after inking the edges with the same ink.  I cut my green faux suede with a leaf scroll die and leaf die.  I layered them on and added the roses.

I decided to submit this as my second entry to the Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 3 – creating faux tea roses using the technique on page 65 of Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities-3Inspiration Emporium is the sponsor for Challenge #3.  Head over to Studio L3 and check out all the great ideas for faux tea roses.

I think the yellow roses are like the Peace roses my dad grew years ago.  Let me know what you think.


P.S. I haven’t heard from Monique to claim her prize, if I don’t hear by Saturday, I’ll draw another name.

Winner, winner!

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The winner of this giveaway is:

Monique Stam

Thanks …what a generous way to deal with duplicates! Looking forward to seeing your work in my inbox!

Monique, please email me your mailing address.  Thanks to everyone who followed and commented.  I’ll be doing another giveaway soon, sign up to follow so you’ll be notified.


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