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Happy Halloween!

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I enjoy giving little gifts to my family and friends for Halloween.  I’ve been playing with creating projects with my WRMK Envelope Punch Board, there are so many great videos on You Tube.  I came across this one for treat mugs and decided to make Halloween mugs and fill them with candy.  Here are four I made:





Here’s the back of the dark mug.  You can see the handle better.


I made cards, too:




This last photo is of two of the mugs with the treat bags I made for my grand kids.  I made tags for each and attached them with curling ribbon to the bags.


We’re going to give the kids their goodies after Tristan’s football game.  Go, Lumbermen!


I hope everyone has a happy Halloween weekend.  Stay safe, thanks for visiting.

I entered my Witchy Legs card in the Witchy Woman challenge at Carte Blanche.



Learning with Creative Chemistry 103

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I’ve spent the last few days learning and creating along with Tim Holtz in his online class, Creative Chemistry 103.  I’ll be sharing my samples from each day in the next few posts.

I created ATCs instead of tags like I had done in past classes.  I have a plan for using them in my reference book, I’ll share that later (if my idea pans out).

Here are my Day 1: Distress Accessories samples.

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Distress DIY Ombre

Day 1 - 2 Highlight Stamping 2 8-6-2016 5-52-10 PM

Distress Highlight Stamping

Day 1 - 3 off-set stamping 2 8-6-2016 5-53-15 PM - Copy

Distress Off-Set Stamping

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Distress Washed Watercolor

Day 1 - 5 micro-glaze resist 1 8-6-2016 5-57-37 PM - Copy - Copy (2)

Distress Micro-Glaze Resist

That’s it for my Day 1 creations.  Thanks for stopping by.


Happy 4th of July!

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The Summer of Creative Chemistry continues with Creative Chemistry 102!  This week’s challenge is to create with three or more colors of Distress Paint.  I used two of Tim’s techniques to create some cards.

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I used the monoprint technique with Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans and Candied Apple Distress Paints to create the background for this card.

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The same paint colors and marbling created the background for these three cards.  I used one piece of paper and cut it apart to make the cards.

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This last one has stars stamped with Brushed Pewter and sprinkled with Pumice Stone Distress Glitter.

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I’m having fun going back and visiting the techniques from past Creative Chemistry  classes and looking forward to Creative Chemistry 103.

I hope everyone has a safe & happy 4th of July.  God bless the U.S.A.


Creating with Tim!

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Tim Holtz is having the Summer of Creative Chemistry going on at Online Card Classes.  Reviews of Creative Chemistry 101 & 102 are going on right now, CC 103 will begin August 1.  As part of the reviews, Tim has been issuing challenges using techniques learned in the classes.  This week the challenge was to use Ranger Archival Ink.  I created these three note cards:

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I used Tim’s technique featured over at the Ranger site, using alcohol inks on Yupo paper to create the background.  I had recently purchased some Yupo and decided to give it a try.  I followed Tim’s instructions including stamping (and embossing) using Archival Ink but then finished off my cards a bit differently.

I love how they turned out.  They are ready to add a personal note inside, pop in an envelope and mail to someone in my thoughts.

I’m adding these to the Summer Of Creative Chemistry week 4 challenge gallery.

Thanks for stopping by for a look at my latest creation, your comments make me smile.




Happy Father’s Day!

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I made a card for my son.

Jeremy Father's Day 6-18-2016 7-01-07 PM

It’s been so long since I’ve done a blog post, I’ve created some art but didn’t make the effort to share.  I hope to get more posts done in the future.

As always, I love reading comments.


Colored Crackle

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Challenge #14 at Studio L3 is a very cool way to add a crackle finish to many surfaces. You can find the technique on page 53 of Tim Holtz’s  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3.

The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of Challenge 14, with a fabulous $25 shopping spree for a lucky challenge entrant.  And as in all the challenges, the “Curiosity Crew’s Choice” will chose a winner who will receive an awesome assortment Tim’s products, courtesy of Tim himself.

I created two projects using the colored crackle technique.  The first one was an up-cycled box:

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Over at the Inspiration Journal blog the challenge for October is “In Disguise” and my box is a disguise of this box:

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The colored crackle worked like a charm on the lightweight cardboard.  I, also, used the technique on a wooden frame.  The crackle isn’t very noticeable, I should have sealed or painted the wood first but I do like how it turned out.

14-1 frame colored crackle 10-27-2014 3-20-19 PMThanks for coming by.  I encourage you to go visit Studio L3 to check out all the different ways the colored crackle technique has been used.


No trick, there will be treats!

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I enjoy creating treat bags for my grandchildren for Halloween.  There are small toys, drawing supplies, healthy snacks and a bit of candy stuffed into the bags.  I made them each a card, too.

I used the (now discontinued) Accordion Album die from Sizzix to create the cards.

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I used scraps, stickers and embellishments from my stash, plus some die cuts.  The Art with Art Challenge at Eileen Hull’s blog is Tricks and Treats, perfect for my album cards!  I encourage you to go have a look at all the great art that’s been submitted.

I’ll end my post with Happy Halloween wishes and a couple of photos of a witch doll I created four years ago.  She’s made with a wire armature and muslin body, head and limbs.  If you have any questions about her, ask away.



Until next time, thanks for stopping by.


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