Monthly Archives: March 2015



It’s not very often that a card I make is a total effng fail, but this one sure is:


It’s so bad I felt I had to memorialize it.  How many things can you find wrong with it?  Let me know in the comments!

Oh, and on top of everything, the damn cat stepped on it too.


Chocolate Baroque Challenge


I have some stamps from the company Chocolate Baroque in my NBUS stash, and I found out they have a challenge blog, so I thought I’d give it a try.  CB is a British company, and it cost a small fortune to buy these stamps across the pond, but they are so beautiful I thought it was worth it.

The challenge is to use these four colors:

CB Challenge 8

Which i thought would go well with the stamps in their Asian-themed Tranquility set.  I like the sunset gradient, too, so this is what I came up with:


I used alcohol markers on glossy cardstock to make the background.  The bodhisattva image is from the CB set, and the sentiment is from an Inkadinkado set called Calligraphy Expressions.  I added the gems to balance the composition.  The card base is a dark midnight purple; I forget the brand.

Anybody have any suggestions on how to win at challenge blogs?  I go through phases when i enter a lot, but I have yet to win.  Well, wish me luck.

Tile Necklace 2


Here is another attempt at a tile necklace from that kit I bought:




I wish the picture would do it justice, but it’s hard to photograph something so small.  Here’s another shot with more detail, but the color is a little off.  It’s actually a bright green that doesn’t quite come across.




To make this, I heat embossed several layers of Ranger Antiquities “Verdigris” embossing powder over the tile, which gives the speckled green effect.  I then stamped the tile in Staz-On with a stamp from the Peaceful Medallions set by Chaitali Narla from Verve Stamps.  I added a layer of Glossy Accents for shine and protection, and a green rhinestone.  The bail and the cord come from the kit.

This is my second attempt. I botched the first one by adding too many layers of embossing powder and overheating it until it was a lumpy mess.  Bah.  So I eased up on this one.

I still have several of these tiles to play with, and I might try Copic coloring next. Thanks for reading!



Patterned Paper: Far East Stack 2


Here is my second project from the Far East Stack 2:


Far East earrings


These are earrings I made using an Epiphany Crafts hexagon Shape Studio punch.  It simultaneously punches paper, and covers it with a shaped epoxy cap.  They have buttons, banners, butterflies, all kinds of shapes.  I like hexagons.

The background is tone-on-tone paper with Chinese writing from the stack.  I stamped it with another Chinese ideograph, then punched it, and mounted the paper-backed epoxy in a bezel.   Epiphany sells bezels for their various punch shapes.  The bezels are NBUS, although I’ve used the epoxy caps before.

I went through a jewelry-making phase a few years ago.  I’m better at papercrafting, but I still have all the tools and findings.  With these punches and such, I can do both.

Obviously, there’s a ton more paper in the stack to work with, but I said I’d do two projects.  So, on to the next stack!  I wonder which it will be?

UPDATE: The Clear It Out Challenge has a theme of “Anything Goes” this week, so I added these earrings.  Why not?

Patterned Paper


I need to get back to crafting.  It is a major stress reliever for me.  Going into that right-brain mode, forgetting everything else for a while, helps me cope.  Not that I have all that much to cope with … but you know.  Everyone needs an outlet.

Of all the projects i could tackle in my stash list, still I find myself wanting to work with patterned paper.  The One Sheet Wonder classes I took from Jessica taylor were fun and I’d like to continue working with that.  So my idea is to make two projects from each of my patterned paper stacks.  And, since I currently have more cards than I know what to do with, one of them should be something else.  These should keep me busy for quite a while, since I have a lot of paper pads:

a huge stack of paper pads

Or, you know, until I get bored with it.  This isn’t a penance; it’s supposed to be fun.

So this is the first pad I’ve chosen to work with:



This is the Far East Stack 2 from DCWV. (One of my favorite paper companies.)  I also have the first Far East stack; it was one of the first ones I bought.  That one has more of a classical Asian kind of feel, with pages reminiscent of classical Chinese landscapes, Chinese ideographs, and cool colors.  This one has a more baroque, kind of Chinoiserie feel — lots of bright red, Chinese lanterns, gilded dragons.

Here is my first card from this stack:




I used a dark paper as the base, fussy-cut some flowers from the same design paper, only in red, and popped them up.  I added some Asian style peel-off stickers (Dazzles.)

Now this is not my most favorite card I ever made, but it will do.  I had a hard time figuring out where to place the cut flowers, but I like them in a line like that.

So, just a brief post showing what I’ve been up to.  I just wanted to get back in the saddle.  Thanks for stopping by!

UPDATE: I am entering this in the Craft Stamper March blog challenge.  Craft Stamper is my favorite stamping magazine.  They teach tons of techniques, and do a lot more than just cards.  IT’s a British magazine, so it costs a bit to subscribe from across the pond, but to me it’s worth it.  I like their style.