Scraps of thoughts, photos and art


And a bit of creativity!

I picked up this cute moleskin mini notebook at Barnes & Noble for my purse. When picking it up, I seem to frequently (more than I want) open the back cover first! To fix this issue, I added a visual cue my decorating the FRONT of the book! Seemingly simple right? Well, some things just take longer to get to! I found the perfect excuse when Simon Says Stamp & Show Blog had a challenge this week about altering with words. Sooooo, the background of my cover is french script and the “notes” word was stamped on as well. Actually, the whole cover is stamped with a punched border of Magic Mesh and paper.

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Tim Holtz has started a year long monthly tag inspiration and has retired his 12 days of December tag ideas. I think it’s a good thing and I’m looking forward to it. He’ll catch up in March for January, so February’s came out first. What a great tag full of inspiration!

Here are 3 different versions created by me, Cindy and Barb in one night. Can you believe it…just one night! We were pretty impressed with ourselves since we were very pleased with the way they came out.

Tim Holtz


We used a bunch of different things – Tim Holtz dies, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Distress Inks, Glimmer Mist, and other cool things. Can’t wait for March’s tags! Thanks Tim!

Looking for a simple yet fun idea for the holidays? Try handmade ornaments!

I’ve used a clear plastic ornament shape here as the base for my ornament.

Print out a digital stamp or stamp a rubber stamp with StazOn ink on a piece of acetate.

Color with Copic markers or Sharpies.

Cut out a circular piece of WonderFilm from P K Glitz to place on the front of the ornament.

Cut out your image to be smaller than the ornament and place on top of the WonderFilm to stick it down.

Sprinkle glitter around the outside and you’ve got a great border!

Tie a ribbon at the top and it’s done!

The Stamping Boutique


The Stamping Boutique digital stamp

Copic markers

Acetate sheet and ornament shape

P K Glitz WonderFilm and glitter


There’s just something about cat stamps that draws me in. This one is especially cute – it’s a digital stamp from Whimsie Doodles. Perfect for Halloween, our furry friend has a great disguise as an owl!

I used my newly purchased spider web punch. That Martha Stewart just keeps cranking out the cool punches be it a single punch, border or now trim punches. They consistently work even as the designs range from detailed to simple. Good job Martha!

I hope you enjoy the project as much as I had fun making it!

Whimsie Doodles


Whimsie Doodles digital stamp

Copic markers

Target pail

Trim punch


Tissue paper

Whimsie Wednesday Challenge 52

I hate to give a gift in a plain bag but sometimes I don’t have a choice. If you have some spare time or have some colored images waiting for a card front or other project, put them on a plain bag! Here’s a cute bunny just in time for an upcoming birthday gift.

The Stamping Boutique

The Stamping Boutique Birthday Bunny
Copic markers
Spellbinders dies
Fiber and bag

Here’s a fun project that I did for P K Glitz. It actually uses the cling mount rubber stamps from Ippity along with a flower pot, silk flowers, glitter and embossing powder.

I really enjoyed using the Ippity stamps. Since they’re unmounted they are easy to stamp on non-flat surfaces. For instance, if I wanted to stamp on the side of the flower pot instead of putting glitter on it, I could stamp directly on the terra cotta for a great image on the side. Most likely you would need a pigment or solvent ink like StazOn or just heat emboss your stamped image for staying power. Fun stuff! (click for a larger pic)

Altered Flower Pot
Ippity stamps
Unity stamps
P K Glitz glitter, embossing powder, Ritzy Ditzy Glitz spray, Sticky Tape and WonderFilm
Silk flowers, bamboo skewers, flower pot, paint, styrofoam ball, felt, and hot glue gun

Yes, I am still loving these little guys that happen to be very prevalent around the Valentine Day time.

I used some of the cool Ippity stamps to decorate the outside. Not that the glitter wouldn’t be enough (pretty sparkly now isn’t it??? :D) but stamped and colored images never hurt a project. The tree and birdies and heart are from the Straight from the Heart set while the saying is from the Because of You set. Even though they’re from different sets, they still go well together! Great quality of the Ippity stamps!

Ippity Stamps

Ippity stamps, IPK-105 Straight from the Heart, IPK-100 Because of You
P K Glitz Sticky Tape, Wonder Film, Embossing Powder, Heat Activated Glue Powder, Glitter Glitz
Tsukineko and Ranger inks
Target Mini Mailbox
Offray ribbon



Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?