Scraps of thoughts, photos and art


I just couldn’t resist this collage page of some of my favorite photos from the awesome weekend we had while Tim Holtz was visiting. Using some of the coolest products from Cosmo Cricket’s Fleuriste’s Collection for the recent review at ScrapFriends and Inque Boutique products available from Scrapbook Central, I have this dimensional page to share with you.

Love and Laughter

I used Ranger’s white pigment pen and Snowcap white pigment ink for outlining the photos and stamping. The stamps are all from Inque Boutique – love them! The sketch is from Karen at ScrapFriends. The butterflies were stamped then cut out and pop-dotted for dimension. Fun stuff!

Bandanna Technique

A big thanks to Robin Beam and her Bandanna Technique using the awesome Ranger inks and new white pigment pen. I had to try it with the new pigment pads from Ranger and got this awesome result. Part of the Ranger Pigment Ink review at ScrapFriends, this card is so cheery and came out wonderfully using those new products. The stamps are Inque Boutique which you can get at Scrapbook Central by clicking the button on the home page. The gems are from RhinestoneNY – terrific bling!

Have some fun today and bling up a card or two, it is national stamping week you know!

chalked stamped lily

Stamps – Starving Artistamps
Black Ink – Ranger Archival Jet Black
All-Purpose Ink – Tsukineko Vegas Gold
Chalk – Craft-T
Patterned Background Paper – SEI Chocolat
Sticker – DCWV
Workable Fixatif Spray – Krylon

Making cards is really one of my favorite things to do because there are a bazillion ways to make one. Quick and easy art with a stamped image and some pretty background paper. The lily, buds and stem are actually 3 separate stamps. I used masking to get the main lily flower in the foreground with the buds and stem “behind” it.

To “mask”, use a Post-it note or Eclipse Paper Tape for this technique. The object is to have a thin, repositionable piece of paper for the main image. Think ahead a little to what image you would like in the foreground of your group of images. Here, I wanted the lily as the main image. Stamp the lily on the thin “tape” and cut out just inside the stamped lines. Put this image to the side then stamp the lily on the base of the card front. Place the repositionable cut-out lily over that newly stamped image exactly matching it up. Stamp any other images you would like to have “behind” the main image, like the buds and leaf. You’ll be stamping over the “tape” or mask image. When you’re happy with the images in the background, remove the mask and you’ll have an instant visually dimensional image!

Ok, back to this particular card. Once the stamping was complete, I chalked the images with regular ole dry chalk using some mini pom-pom puffs. I don’t mind going outside the lines a bit, but if that bothers you, just erase the stray chalk with a white, soft eraser.

When you’re happy with the color, spray with a Fixatif spray to keep the chalk where you want it and to stop it from migrating to other projects. Swiping with All-Purpose Ink really gives the piece a beautiful gold finish and a light-shifting quality. Since this ink comes in a mini wide-mouth bottle, using a finger dauber works well. Be aware that this ink has nice coverage with a transparent quality, so a little goes a long way.

Trim the image close and mount onto a card front. Add ribbon or other embellishments as desired.


Making cards is really a fun and relaxing time for me, especially when I’m using great stamp images! These are from Faerie Song Artstamps‘ Pixie Magic sheet. Bring a bit of magic and faerie dust to your projects by using glitter, Stickles or even Glaze pens. Shimmer and sparkle is in!

You should try them! They are so fun, just a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ canvas to work on. I recently joined an ATC club at the lss that makes cards every month to a different theme. We get together and trade them, how cool is that? This month’s theme was to “lift” an ATC design from somewhere. I’ve loved looking through Bernie Berlin’s book “Artist Trading Card Workshop” since CHA and found a blurb on using telephone book pages on ATC’s. Well, one of Claudine Hellmuth’s creations caught my eye and I made the ATC below. All stamps are by My Paper Moon with the telephone book page from some trip that I was on somewhere! Thanks for looking.



Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?