by stamp, paper, ink & ribbon

love makes the world go 'round

hello again…today i have a sweet project i did on a large (#12) black ranger inc tag...


i used the large tag as my base then layered patterned paper after inking the edges with hickory smoke distress ink


i cut 'LOVE' out of a scrap of black kraft-core using tim holtz alphanumeric tall thinlits and trimmed it into a banner.  then cut out 'round' using alphanumeric…obviously using the negative and positive cuts respectfully...all pieces were lightly sanded for some texture along with the words i trimmed from small talk stickers...


i cut a heart out of silver deco sheet with tim's heartfelt die and cut a small strip, tearing the edges to make it look like a piece of torn washi tape.  both pieces were swiped with mushroom alcohol ink to age them…i love how the shimmer comes through no matter how much ink you apply


next up, an adornments arrow and a heart charm inked first with gold mixative alcohol ink then mushroom.  i tied vintage thread around the middle of the arrow and through the hole in the heart


time to put it all together…i dyed some crinkle ribbon with tattered rose stain; once dried, I tied it to the top of the tag and added the heart charm with the vintage thread.  i used multi medium to adhere all the paper and the arrow. once all the layers were on, i added a few bits of gilded accents (this stuff is so cool, )…i love how it all came together

thank you for visiting!


p.s. yes, i did blog twice this week…and, no, you should not have high expectations…we are taking this one day at a time, right!?

stamping fun for CHA

hi folks…that whole 'new year, new you' thing applies to blogs too, right?!  i wanted a simpler look…down to basics so i can focus on the creativity.  it's time to turn my intentions (i so very much want to share doing what i love with anyone willing to have a look) into reality. so let's start with today. just a simple post to share some of the samples i made for the stampers anonymous booth at CHA…how would that be?!

every tim holtz release i think…this one is my favorite!! i am just amazed at the incredible things that man comes up with!!

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first we have this gorgeous rose image from the 'lady rose' set…i loved coloring this image!

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i found myself really loving the 'sideshow' set…i have some fun things in mind for these images!

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and…then there are the new 'crazy cats'…seriously...

(and, that is the new 'mixed media 2' set in the background!)

ready for more of the cats?!

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yeah. then there is that. the 'mini bird crazy & things' along with the 'crazy talk' works fabulously with the cats…of course!

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right?! he cracks me up. those eyes, tho. also loved playing with the new stencils…so many good ones!

thanks for stopping in…see you soon!





Light My Fire

howdy folks…yes, i know. but, welcome back.

my daughter and i were in a chain gift shop recently and we came across jars filled with matches that had a little square of grit paper that you could strike the match on…they were pricey for what they were and i immediately knew i had just the things to make my own with more of 'me' in the project.

so here is my version...


i knew i wanted it to be vintage looking, so OF COURSE i turned to my Tim Holtz stash…as always...

IPhotofirst, i picked a few metal embellishments; painted them with tarnished brass distress paint and inked them up mushroom alcohol ink to 'vintage them up'...


next, i painted the top to my Tim Holtz mini mason jar with picket fence distress paint…i let it dry a bit them wiped some of the paint off and then muddied it up with more mushroom alcohol ink…LOVE this look so much! at this point i wiped a little paint onto the jar and wiped it off to allow the embossing to stand out and make it less perfect...


i filled my jar with my favorite green matches…and cut a piece of the match strike off the box...


i chose some ephemera pieces from different ephemera packs of Tim's and inked them up with gathered twigs ink…and, yes, indeed i did ink the match strike too...


i chose the word 'shine' from the small talk stickers and inked that up...


i added vintage thread to the arrow (love love love when Paula Cheney does this!!!) and bent it slightly so it wrapped on the jar nicely…time to assemble!


i used matte multi medium to adhere the layers…and brown paper string to add the number token...


i absolutely adore the look of those green matches in there…it blows away the jar we saw in the gift store.  i love finding something great and realizing you can make it (and actually do it!!!) with your own touches...


man, that top is incredible…lighting my candles this fall is going to be just that much better with this little jar!!

thanks for stopping in…next time you see something in a store and have a thought 'i can do that'…DO IT…it feels amazing to complete a project and enjoy it!!




More CHA 2015 Stamper's Anonymous Samples for Tim Holtz

here we go...sharing the rest of my samples for the new release by Tim Holtz for Stamper's Anonymous...

this next one was a total surprise...i didn't know how much I would love these guys until i colored this project...


yeah, that just fun!


i personally, happen to really love how this card came out...all the details really came together for a great card. the flowers are from the fun new set, flower garden. next, i used the new background stamps, dots & floral to stamp the patterns on the tea cups...they stamped onto the die cut watercolor paper beautifully!


another incredible new floral stamp is this one, botanical sketch.  it is so versatile and here, super fun to color.


okay, back to more new blueprints with this globe...and the handwritten thoughts stamp...lots of layers on this one!


also, from the schoolhouse set, these stacked books are so 'em!


another handwritten thought and the great mariner set...


this set has so many i did a watercolored background and kept it simple.


lastly, here is a sample with the new watercolor set...such a great layering set...i must play with it some more soon!

i hope you enjoyed seeing my samples and hope you check all the new sets Tim shared on his blog here...there are so many must haves and more that i haven't played wiht yet!


CHA 2015 Stamper's Anonymous Samples for Tim Holtz

my favorite part of CHA (for those that don't know, this is the Craft & Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, CA where manufacturers share all their new products) every January is coming away so inspired by the amazing talent the paper craft industry has as well as getting to catch up with friends.   

this year, I was once again invited to play with the new stamps releasing by Tim Holtz through Stamper's Anonymous.  this release is nothing short of fabulous…so many innovative and fun images to color.  and, you know how much I love to color!!!

today I thought I would just do a quick post of my samples, and later I will post a few tutorials (dare I say, even a video one?!).

first up is what has to be my all time, forever and ever, favorite blue print stamps…are you ready for this? I'm not sure you can handle  it…I know I gasped when I first saw these stamps...





the stamps and dies are everything a girl could ask love love them!


see that straw? yeah, it's perfect...that is an element of the die...which i used to CUT A STRAW out of a STRAW with...yeah, i'm nerdy like that...

now, let's move on to more favorite stamps, shall we?


feel free to take a minute...i can't stand how fun these guys are...they were the talk of the show, and i have some great plans for them...look for those projects soon!


more favorite stamps are just perfection, so adorable!


i am in love with this buggy, it's not a great picture of this card...but you will forgive me (maybe this will be a good one to share later, so we have a better look at it!?



i really like that there are sets for every age, the babies, elementry kids, and older...


i think we have covered a lot today, it's all so wonderful...i will share more samples tomorrow...and let you simmer down a moment! 

thanks for stopping in!


Vintage Trees

Dreams become reality when intentions become action.

i don't know where that quote originated, but today it resonates with me.  i always have good intentions...i have dreams like everyone else.  So what happens between the 'i want to make that' or 'what a great idea, i want to try that'...even the 'i can't wait to try that'? something is missing between intention and execution.

i don't typically do new year's resolutions...i figure i am just setting myself up for failure. because, of course, i have the best intentions but no follow through. so, instead, this time it is all about the "action speaks louder than words."

i LOVED this sweet project by Paula Cheney when she posted the much so, i commented on it that i wanted to try i have in the past...

well...this time I DID IT!  i didn't intend to do it...I REALLY DID IT!! here is my version...


one of the things that i didn't let stop me was the 'but, i don't have every thing she used' or the 'i don't have time''s about using what you have and CREATING THE TIME! cause, face it, none of us have the time to do all the things we love.  we have to create it.  and, i am so happy i did...i love this little tree.  it will sit on my desk all year to remind me to create the time to do the things i love and take action, not just intend to do it.


Paula's technique for these vintage look ornaments is perfect...they look amaizng!


and, can we talk about these super cute snowballs!!!??? love them!

so, i hope you create some time during this crazy time of year to do something you have intended to do...make it a reality and share what you love!


You Are the Best Card and Mini Distress Winner

hi folks! i am humbled and grateful for all of your sweet, encouraging comments...truly, thank you!!!!


i came home from work and took a little while to unwind and make this simple card...the ice cream cone is from a blueprint stamp set; i watercolored it with distress markers and a water brush...

the back ground was a fun experiment...i inked some gray card stock with perfect medium through a distress stencil, added sticky embossing powder, heat embossed it and added pumice stone distress glitter...a little inking with pumice stone distress ink and a mini ink blending tool added a great dimension...i think i will be trying this on other projects!

to make the banner i used a distress ink black soot marker and inked just the words i was looking for on the hash tag set and stamped them all willy nilly for a casual sentiment...

thank you for stopping in and i hope you enjoyed today's was wonderful to get some inky time in!!!

now...on to the winner:


Oh, Wow! This is gorgeous! I would have never thought I would have to have that bell stamp, but now I don't know how I will survive without it! I love the minis, too, and treat them like a watercolor palette--my go-to watercolors. I would love to win the new sets! Thanks for the opportunity!

Posted by: Emily Barker | August 16, 2014 at 03:26 PM

please send me your information at so i can send out your mini sets!!