A Clean Haunted House?

This card features the following amazing Halloween images from Eat Cake Graphics:
Haunted House(6037-S) & Hank (the dog) on his Hoover(3056-I)

 Is it possible to have a clean haunted house? 

I’m thinking this painting with bleach technique coupled with paper piecing is just the trick to make this haunted house comfortable for the ghosts and goblins.  Stamp the haunted directly on to orange cardstock with embossing ink, coat with fine detail black embossing powder, and apply heat to melt the powder.  Once this image is set, pour a small amount of bleach into a glass bowl, use a detail paint brush to apply the bleach to the area of the embossed image where you desire a color change.  (In this case, I chose the house siding.)  The raised embossed lines help keep the bleach from running into other areas, isn’t that the coolest?  This slight discoloration makes the house stand out just a touch from the rest of the layout.  While the bleach is drying, stamp the haunted house image on to white cardstock with black ink.  Using detail scissors cut out the eyes of the owl, bat, cat, and ghost, apply a little glue to the back and paper piece them directly on to the orange cardstock in the appropriate position.  I instantly fell in love with those darling little white eyes peeking out from all directions.  Stamp the haunted house image on to brown cardstock and then again on yellow cardstock with black ink.  Carefully inspect the roof of the house.  Do you see the paper piecing?  Again using detail scissors cut out those portions of the roof and attach to the orange cardstock image with glue, making sure you line everything up properly.  Now stamp Hank on his Hoover image on to white cardstock with black ink and color.  The Halloween greeting was stamped on yellow cardstock and attached with a short piece of brown string around Hank’s neck.  He is one proud puppy flying around the neighborhood spreading his Halloween cheer.  Layer the card with various cardstock and add a touch of goo at the base with the Martha Stewart border punch.


Doodle-Doodle Dooo

It’s always fun to set aside the precision of stamping and allow my imagination to run with a little more freedom.  The freedom allows for straight lines to NOT be SO straight and the beauty of perfection is often in the random and irregular.  Doodling is a wonderful way to lighten things up.  Below is a birthday card that incorporates doodling and stamping. 

 Allow yourself to enjoy the art of doodling and using the masking technique incorporate a few of your favorite images.  These charming old men are from www.artimpressions.com.  I believe they made the old man club look very exciting!  🙂

Spin Me ‘Round, Baby!

Making these vinyl record bowls will certainly spin you ‘round.  It’s easy peasy and thrifty to boot.  I purchased a vinyl record at my thrift store for a few cents and came home on a mission to create. 

Here’s the low down:

Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees.

Find an oven safe glass bowl that would make just the right size bowl.  Place the glass bowl upside-down on a cookie sheet.

Center the record on the upside-down bowl and place it all in the oven. 

Set a timer for 8 minutes.  Don’t plan on being away from the oven during this time.  It’s best to sit and keep an eye on things.  The record will begin to droop over the glass bowl. 

After 8 minutes remove the cookie sheet, glass bowl, and record from the oven. 

Here is where you will have to work QUICKLY!  Once the record is removed from the oven it will not take long to cool and therefore shortening the time you have to mold it.

Take the record off the glass bowl and flip the glass bowl right side up.  (The record will be cool enough to touch but the glass will be hot.) 

Take the pliable record and shove down into the glass bowl and create the mold for your bowl.  You will have only seconds to work out your curvy shape. 


Wha-Lah!  A handmade vinyl record bowl!  DO NOT SERVE FOOD in this new bowl creation.  It’s best to use just for decoration.  It would be lovely with a small planter of greenery or flowers to display in your home.  My new bowl is the perfect home for the Prisma Colored Pencils. 


Ventilation should be considered in this project since fumes are involved during the heating process.  I ended up cleaning my oven following this project, just to be safe.


There is something outrageously exciting about receiving a special delivery and something so irresistibly charming coming from an unexpected deliverer, like this adorable elephant.  I created this card for a friend, who lives just across town, in hopes she would feel outrageously excited upon its arrival in her mailbox and to bring a smile to her day. 

The images I used on this card from Stamps By Judith and Heather are the following:

These images can be ordered online from their website www.stampsbyjudith.com.  You will be pleased with the quality product and customer service. 

I stamped the elephant on the main white cardstock base and again on an additional piece of white cardstock.  I colored both elephants with COPIC Markers and cut one out to layer with foam squares on the main white cardstock base.  I then stamped the flower pot twice on the additional white cardstock colored with COPIC Markers, cut them both out, and adhered one over the bird on the elephant’s back.  The additional flower pot was attached with a foam square for a 3D effect.  Stamping the flower image twice on the additional white cardstock and alternating their petals gave this bloom a whole new look just perfect for the elephant’s back.  Additional flowers were stamped and cut out to adhere with foam squares to the corner of the card.  The stem of the potted flower was created using the skinny stamper and masking technique.  

Here is a closer view of the 3D look created with foam squares:

 The final layout was completed by layering color coordinating papers and adding a computer generated sentiment.  Using so many images in new ways made for some marvelous creating. 

Colorless Blender

So proud of Kaitie for her accomplishments in volleyball.  So Kaitie, this card will be arriving in your mailbox very soon, right after I share how it was created.  🙂

The fuzzy bear image from Stamps By Judith and Heather was masked into the square shape which is also an image from Stamps By Judith and Heather.  Mr. Bear was colored with COPIC Markers: E41, E43, E44, and E47.  Once I was satisfied with the the blending of these shades of brown, it was time to pull out the colorless blender refill ink, and a small section of textured fabric cut from a bath towel or washcloth. 

Squirt a little of the colorless blender solution on to the portion of textured fabric and dab it over the colored bear image creating a textured fuzzy appearance for this bear’s over-grown fur coat.  Isn’t that the coolest?  The squares were layered on colored paper and adhered to the main cardstock base.  The middle bear image was adhered upside down to give this card a little personality.  A typed greeting was printed from the computer, layered on colored cardstock, and attached to each bear image as if he were holding a sign. A few black dots were added to each square with a black COPIC Multi-Liner pen. 

This card is now ready to be mailed to Kaitie! 

Homemade Lotion

Here is a recipe for a body cream that will not only keep your skin moisturized , it will save you  money. 

The following items are what you will need to make your own luxurious body cream:

I purchased the Vitamin E cream at Dollar General.  It’s mild scent is perfect for combining with other fragrances without ill effects and is very reasonably priced at my Dollar General.  Combine the 16 ounces of Vitamin E with a 13 ounce container of Petroleum Jelly and 27 ounces of your favorite smelling baby lotion.  Be sure to use a glass bowl and metal spoons to eliminate any lingering lotion smells/taste.  The empty glass jar is where I will store the lotion once it is completely mixed.

(I now have a rubber spatula dedicated to this project, because it is so marvelous!) 

Once all of the ingredients are combined in a glass bowl use an electric hand mixer to whip them together.  Mix until the consistency is like thick frosting.

Are you feeling pampered yet?  😉 

Once these items are mixed together, scoop your homemade lotion into the glass container of your choice. 

I would recommend a glass jar with a large mouth to make using the lotion easier.  These ingredients filled 1.5 jars. 

For best results apply this luxurious lotion after a bath or shower to wet skin.  Towel dry and enjoy the softness! This stuff is the best! 




Black & White

There are many wonderful photo editing programs available allowing for endless possibilites to enhance precious memories captured with a camera.  Choosing just the right feature with the perfect effects and BAM!  Professional quality memories ready to share with friends and family.  One of my favorite effects is black & white with a hint of color. 

Taking my love for black & white with additional inspiration from http://cards2cherish.blogspot.com/2011/07/black-whiteplus-one.html I put  my  COPIC Markers to work creating this card capturing the best of summer memories, in black & white.  Since ice cream cones are a fun part to summer this Sassy Cheryl’s image teamed up with a dog image from Stamps By Judith and Heather was just perfect.  I couldn’t decide which background looked the best so I thought I’d share them both…..

Here is the white background……. 


Here is the black background…….

Enjoy the rest of summer and take advantage of capturing every moment!

Lake Michigan

Walking along the shores of Lake Michigan, I saw the most beautiful sites.  These are a few of my favorites that could actually fit into my pocket.

These 2 rocks had such unique shapes and colors.

The bright white heart is so pure and smooth.  I wish I knew how to safely drill a hole in the top to create a charm for a necklace.

Wouldn’t that be lovely?  (Any tips greatly appreciated)

And the trip was successful upon finding 2 Petoskey Stones.  Oh, what joy!!!  A true rock hound hunts high and low for these stones because of their beautiful markings.

The crystal clear pieces of sea glass were an added bouns and a thrill to add to my Lake Michigan treasures.

Rest of the Story……

As you recall the beginning of the story went like this using something old……..

This cast-away, hard covered, book from the thrift store was way too beautiful to leave behind.  The muted colors and design caught my eye and I had just the project in mind.

Here is the rest of the story…….

I adhered the back page to the back cover using my ATG adhesive gun.  With the front cover flipped open and the rest of the book held tightly closed I used a paint brush to apply a thick coat of Mod Podge all around the edges.  Leaving the front cover open let dry.  Once the edges were dry, I traced the shape of my box opening and began the cutting.

I started the cutting with the Tim Holtz craft knife and that was a great way to start to keep the rectangle shape consistant and clean.  Once the cutting became deeper in the book I switched to a utility knife.

Isn’t this coming along nicely?  The cutting of the pages didn’t take very long as the utility knife cut through several pages at once.  I knew the cutting was deep enough by keeping track of the thickness of the book.   The bottom of the inside of my new treasure box was complete when I just happened to come across a beautiful vintage illustration.

Once I was satisfied with the depth of my box and the illustration on the bottom.  I used a paint brush to apply a thick coat of Mod Podge to the inside edges of the cut pages as well as to the base of the box (the illustrated page).  This gave a nice hard coating to the cut edges and the base giving it an overall finished look and feel.

I was very pleased with the outcome, so much so that I purchased another beautiful hard cover book.  🙂  This makes the perfect and practical nightstand decoration to hold jewelry or various other treasures.

And now you know the rest of the story of using something old and creating something new!