Aquarius Challenge

Hi everyone!
This week at the Craft-Room Challenge blog we Esther is challenging us to get into the spirit of the age of Aquarius with a water theme or water technique for our entries.  I decided to use both in a cute little birthday card I made.

I wanted to make an underwater scene that looked like you were looking out of a porthole of a boat.  The background was created using water and Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  The little sea creatures were colored using water and my new Inktense pencils.  It is hard to see in the picture but I added some sparkle to the bubbles, starfish, and fish with my Wink Of Stella clear glitter brush.  I am really happy how this cute little card turned out.  I hope it inspires you to create something for our challenge.  Have a wonderful week!

Stamps: Recollections Ocean Friends (Michaels); MFT Doodle Garden Party Time
Ink: Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; Versafine Onyx Black; StazOn Jet Black; Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray; Wink Of Stella Clear
Paper: Tim Holtz watercolor paper; Bazzil Marshmallow; Neenah Desert Storm; CC Designs 110lb; MME Miss Caroline Dilly Dally
Dies: MFT Circle Stax; MFT Dimensional Banners
Embellishments: MFT natural twine

Exciting Announcement!

Hi everyone!  I am super excited to announce today I have been picked to be part of the design team for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

Gloria Stengel - Blog Owner
Stop on over and visit the blog.  We are going to be having some great challenge prizes from some great vendors!


Hi everyone,
I decided to participate in this weeks sketch challenge over at MFT.  I had so much fun coloring this PI girl from the newest release.  I also got to play around with some Mother of Pearl Modeling Crème by Viva Décor that I just picked up.  I hope you like it, and if you want the details scroll down below the pictures.  Have a wonderful wintery week!

Stamps: MFT PI Guess Who Loves You; MFT MPD Distressed Hearts
Paper: Bo Bunny Head Over Heels; Bazzil Marshmallow and Black Licorice Cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers; Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; MFT Bubblegum ink
Dies: MFT Circle Stacks; MFT Distressed Hearts; Spellbinders A2 Card Mats
Extras: Glossy Accents (sunglasses); Viva Décor Mother Of Pearl Modeling Cream; MFT Graduated Hearts Stencil; Pink Satin Ribbon; MFT Whip Cream button; MFT Natural Twine; Black sticky back rhinestones

Photo Inspiration

Hi everyone!  Well it is a new year, and at the Craft-Room Challenge Blog we have a new challenge for you.  Our guest designer for this challenge is Christine Cesar, and she has challenged us to create a project inspired by her beautiful collage.  I took inspiration from many of the aspects of her collage and created a tag.

There are a lot of supplies and techniques that I used for this and I had so much fun using them all.  My process is a little long winded so sit back and bear with me lol.

 I started out with a #8 manila tag from Ranger and embossed it with a floral embossing folder by Anna Griffin.  I then inked the tag up with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, and the edges with Brushed Corduroy.  I then laid down a small piece of patterned paper from the Graphic 45 Secret Garden Collection.  I stamped several Damask designs with an MFT stamp set.  I then used the Damask MFT stencil to add a few designs to the background with Inka-Gold paste by Viva Décor.  I cut out a dress form (inspired by the corset in the collage) with my Silhouette Cameo and added distress glitter in Antique Linen to it with matte medium.  I popped that up with foam tape.  I distressed white Prima flowers with actual coffee (inspired by the collage) and then glued them on to the corner of the tag.  I cut out a sentiment tag from the same Graphic 45 collection, distressed the edges, and glued it on to the upper corner of the tag.  I cut out the key and lock from a Tim Holtz die and distressed them with Brushed Corduroy.  I then painted them with a Ranger gold paint dauber.  After they were dry, I added a layer of distress crackle paint in Rock Candy to them.  I tucked the key into the flowers and glued it down.  I used the lock at the top with a time piece embellishment brad.  Both the key and the time piece were pulled inspiration from the collage as well.  My final piece was a white butterfly from Prima that I colored with Tattered Rose ink and glued on to the tag after it was dry.  I added a little Stickles in Champagne to the wings for some sparkle.

The overall theme has a lot of antique golds in it which I took from Christine's collage.  The picture really doesn't do the tag justice on all of the details.  I hope you enjoy my creation and it inspires you to play along with us for the challenge.  Have a wonderful week, and get crafting!


Hi everyone!  I hope your holidays were joyous and Happy New Yea to you all!  I had the day off today, so I got to start 2014 off with a day in my craft room.  I decided to get a jump start on my Valentine's Day cards and join in on the Weekly sketch challenge over at MFT.  I am also entering this in the Wednesday challenge over at SSS.  The theme is Something New, and with this card I tried a new product that I have never used before.  Inka Gold by Viva Décor.  I love how you can use these mixed media products for cards as well.

The paper I used was "Fourteen" by Crate Paper.  I got this last year and never had a chance to use it until now.  I created a background panel for my card with the Inka-Gold in "Old Silver".  I rubbed this over the Moroccan Tiles stencil from MFT.  The stamp set is from the Lovey Dovey Sentiments.  The flower was created using gold opalescent velum (Thanks AmyR for the inspiration!) and the Mini Hybrid Heirloom Rose Die-Namic.  The leaves were made with the Royal Leaves Die-Namics.  I accented the middle of the flower and the middle of the sentiment with a pearl that I colored green with one of my Copic Markers.  I hope you enjoy my card.  I had so much fun making it and playing with my new mixed media product.