Cards, Techniques

Glitter Napkin Technique

Glitter Napkin Technique

Glitter Napkin Technique

While visiting my amazing Aunt Joanie in NY, I noticed these cute hand napkins in her bathroom.  I asked her if I could take a few and of course my sister laughed and told her I was going to turn it into something!  So yeah, I used it to make Aunt Joanie a cute thank you card.  She was tickled pink and couldn’t believe I had done it.  I used  a Hero Arts die cut for the work thanks and some Nuvo Crystal Drops for embellishment.  The technique for this has been around for a while, so you may have already given this a try.  If your interested,  here’s a link to Tina Weller’s video on the subject.  Thanks for stopping by!



ATC Cards, Mixed Media

ATC Butterfly Swap

If you didn’t already know…. I REALLY LIKE BUTTERFLIES!!  Below are my offerings for an ATC butterfly swap.  Hope you like!

Butterfly Swap Caterpillar To Butterfly

Butterfly Swap
Caterpillar To Butterfly

I sought an image that represented a caterpillar’s change into a butterfly.  I found this image and immediately knew it was the one.  With some re-sizing and tracing with a light box I colored it with combination of micron pens, Tombow markers and Faber Castell pencils.  The background is a Prima Marketing pad.  I die cut some tiny butterflies and branches with dies from Impression Obsession and added some fitting words from Tim Holtz and one tiny tattered flower of his as well.  I love the idea of the caterpillar looking into the mirror and seeing the other side of who she will become.  There’s something pretty profound in that. Huh…..


Butterfly Swap Steampunk Butterfly

Butterfly Swap
Steampunk Butterfly

Since I’m a fan of steampunk, I couldn’t resist the idea of a steampunk butterfly.  The majority of these were done with Tim Holtz items, from the background paper, to the Gearhead dies, to the words.  The butterfly is a stamp and die set from the Art C brand that I happened to pick up from Michael’s.  I used my Liquitex inks for the colors and splotches on each card.


Butterfly Swap Girl Power

Butterfly Swap
Girl Power

This one took some trial and error but again the idea had been in my head for a while.  I won’t bore you with the trial and error parts of which there were many.  I used Dylusions sprays for the backgrounds followed by the Dina Wakely stamp set called Gal Quotes.  I only partially stamped the images since I didn’t want the hair.  They were getting my stylized butterfly hair!  I searched every stamp set I own and couldn’t believe I couldn’t find one with a small enough butterfly to fit my need!  Finally, the very last stamp set which is some obscure set I got as a give away had one!  I couldn’t believe it.  I used various colors of Archival Inks for the hair and then a bit of Peerless watercolors for a little “makeup” and clothing colors.  A teenie tiny Impression Obsession butterfly die was used for their hair ornament.

Hope you enjoyed my butterfly swap cards!






ATC Cards, Mixed Media

Artist Trading Cards

I discovered artist trading cards earlier this year and have so enjoyed making and trading them.  ATCs as they’re known, are small pieces of art that you create to trade with other artists through online forums. is the forum that I’ve become a member of and I’ve just been having so much fun creating interesting art and meeting so many amazingly creative people.  The only rule to ATCs is that they must be 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size.  When I first thought about that I was beyond afraid!  It’s so tiny!  But now I find it relaxing and challenging at the same time.  Below are cards I made for a  recent swap.  Hope you like!

Glitter, Glitz & Bling Swap Under The Sea

Glitter, Glitz & Bling Swap
Under The Sea

I made a full turquoise glitter background and added cut images which were colored with Copics.

Glitter, Glitz & Bling Wings

Glitter, Glitz & Bling

I used a text stamp and distress inks for the background then embossed and colored this pretty butterfly with Zigg clean brush markers.  Then just added some bling here and there.  Gotta love my butterflies!

Glitter, Glitz & Bling Flirt

Glitter, Glitz & Bling

Found this lovely couple in a Graphic45 paper pad I had.  It doesn’t show in the picture, but I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker to add glitter to areas on their clothing, then added some flourishing bling, and lace.  I also took a chipboard clock I had and used glossy accents to give it some shine.


Glitter, Glitz & Bling Wishes

This was one of my favorites and the person who received it in the swap sent me such a wonderful note about how much she loved this fairy.  I also ended up making a second one since another person saw it and requested a trade for this piece.  So nice to know my efforts were appreciated.  I did a simple blended background with distress inks.  I stamped my fairy with archival ink quite a few times with my Misti to get a nice solid image.  She was then embossed with clear embossing powder on her body and a sparkling shimmer embossing powder on the dandelion.  I used my spectrum noir sparkle markers on her fairy wings and added some sequins floating down with the dandelions.

I hope you enjoyed and I’ll post some other ATCs; and please go check out, it’s quite an interesting eclectic forum for all artists!

Cards, Mixed Media

Mixed Media Rainy Day Card


Hi Everyone,  Yesterday I went to the Stamp Scrap Art Tour craft show in Hampton, VA.  It’s always fun to walk and browse and also sit and make some items with vendors who offer make and takes.  This card was inspired by a make and take I did with Pat Huntoon of Technique Junkies.  She’s got an awesome inventory of rubber stamps, stencils, and mixed media supplies.

For the background  I used Art Anthology Colorations sprays.  The main umbrella and boots image is a Technique Junkies stamp that I purchased at the show.  I colored the boots with some Art Anthology Shimmering ink.  The rain drops is a stamp by Designs By Ryn that always adds a big pop.  Hope you like!

Mixed Media, Techniques

Distress Offset Stamping

Another great technique from Creative Chemistry Day 1!  I have to say when I started this process for the below tag, I didn’t like how it started out, but wow, it’s now one of my favorites so far!  Tim taught about stamping in a light colored ink like antique linen.  Then using distress inks to water color in the images.  Once the images are filled in they will look sort of unfinished since they really have no visible outlines.  The last step was to stamp a bit offset in a dark color.  This technique is going to get a lot of use in my studio!

Colors used: antique linen, hickory smoke, tea dye, faded jeans, chipped sapphire, fired brick, aged mahogany and Archival black.

Colors used: antique linen, hickory smoke, tea dye, faded jeans, chipped sapphire, fired brick, aged mahogany and Archival black.

Mixed Media, Techniques

Distress Highlight Stamping

August has been off to a great start at with the beginning of Creative Chemistry 103 taught by Tim Holtz.  The Creative Chemistry series has been so inspiring and of course well taught.  Tim is not only a great designer of products that are so well received in the craft industry, but he is a great teacher.  You’re not just watching him create, you are being taught the chemistry of why products work together or don’t, and being taught techniques on how you can use them in combination with each other.

Day 1 began with some great techniques like Distress Highlight Stamping.   Tim explained that because distress inks are translucent dye inks, they tend to not look so great on craft card stock since the brown of the card stock in visible through the stamped image.  To give the colored ink a background to sit on he taught us to stamp the image first in distress picket fence; because this particular distress ink is a pigment ink it actually will be opaque on the craft card stock.  After stamping that I chose mermaid lagoon and mustard seed to stamp slightly offset from the picket fence image.  For each technique taught we’re even given great handouts and labels for the back of each page we make with the technique instructions.  Great class at a great price!


Highlight Stamping





Father’s Day Offerings

Father’s Day was quiet this year in my family since so many were out of town, but every dad still gets a handmade Dreamwood’s Butterfly card in my world so I just wanted to share the cards I made and how they fit so perfectly to the men in my life.  I’d love to see what you guys made out there!

This card was made for my son the mechanic.  I grunged up the background a bit to resemble a tool box and added some gears which I made by using acrylic medium and all sorts of inks to distress them a bit; since he works on escalators and elevators they were a nice touch.



This card was made for my brother in law who enjoys reading.  I truly enjoyed making this one.  I chose various printed card stocks that would resemble old books and added distress inks to age them a bit.  Thought the sentiment was placed well too.


This card was made for my brother, the watch lover.  OMG, my brother owns so many watches it’s ridiculous!  (But probably not more than all the craft supplies I own, so no judgement here!).  This was officially my first time using a digi stamp.  I found the stamp of the watch online and gave it a go, and I have to admit it was so easy and fun, since I sized it exactly the way I wanted it!  I see more digi stamps in my future for sure. 

Hope you enjoyed!

Mixed Media

CREATIVE CHEMISTRY 101 – Spray Inks & Stains

It’s no wonder Tim Holtz has made such a success of his passion for vintage inspired crafts as his love of all things Distress.    To watch, listen and learn from him is so enjoyable; he’s truly inspiring.  I’ve had an abundance of Distress products for a few years now and I have never used them in so many different and intriguing ways as I have by taking this course offered by

Day 5 was all about spray inks and stains.  You think you know how to use them, then Tim gets to work explaining the differences and similarities and shows you when and how to use them.  In my below offerings, I used Tim’s stamping with stains technique by using the Picket Fence stain to stamp the floral flourish background on top of my Dylusions spray inks then stamped the house with Archival ink.  My favorite is my second image below where I used Tim’s marbling technique to create the background I then stamped the male image in Archival ink.  I like this one because when you manipulate the sprays and stains many times you see things in them.  In this one when it dried, I looked and saw a definite tree off to the right side with flowing leaves going above the mans head.  It looks to me as if he’s almost leaning against the tree!  So I inked a bit of Vintage Photo to try to enhance the “tree”.  I didn’t mount this one on a tag because I feel like I’m not finished with it yet.  So let’s see what becomes of it!  Hope you enjoyed!


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Mixed Media

CREATIVE CHEMISTRY 101 – Painting With Re-Inkers

Hi Everyone,

Day 4 at Creative Chemistry 101 with Tim Holtz was about using your re-inkers for more than just re-inking your stamp pads.  Tim explained that since they are a concentrated form of the pigments, you can use them as you would watercolor.  In the below tag I used Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac and Ground Espresso to color in the fairy house with a water brush.  I also used Hickory smoke to add some texture inside the full moon.  Stay tuned for what I learn next!



CREATIVE CHEMISTRY 101 – Mixing Oil & Water

For day 3 of Creative Chemistry 101 Tim introduced us to how to properly use alcohol inks and how we can use both water based and oil based inks together.  I loved this technique and can’t wait to explore it more.  For this to work, you need to use a glossy card stock.  You stamp and dry the oil based images first; Since I didn’t have any colored Archival Inks I used the only two colored Versafine inks that I own.  Once those images dried, I went in all over the card stock with my water based distress ink and then took a paper towel to wipe any extra ink off.  The alcohol technique shown in the right hand image I still need to work on, I think I tend to add too many inks which makes it mottled.  Practice, practice!