Saturday, February 14, 2015

CC3 Challenge #22

Well hello there! 
It's been awhile...I am so so happy to be back and I would like to say thank you so much for all the sweet thoughtful messages.  You girls touched my heart!  It truly lifted my spirits when I was sick.  
So happy to be over that bad stuff and hope to never have it again, wink. 

So...Can you believe we are on Challenge #22? 
We only have about 12 more to go...seams unreal it is that close.  
The Compendium of Curiosities Challenges have inspired me so much. 
The Curiosity Crew and seeing what each and everyone of you create is amazing. 
It is so interesting to me that one technique can take you in so many directions. 
This weeks Challenge is to use the Dimensional Cutting Pad and the directions can be found on page 62 in the Compendium of Curiosities book III. 
Before we get started remember to make sure and follow the rules listed with the challenge on the home page of the CC3Challenge blog.  
Next...thanks again to Tim and Mario for their huge hearts and generosity! They donated such fun prizes to be given away during these challenges! AND...this weeks generous sponsor The Funkie Junkie who donated a generous gift certificate! 

With this challenge I had to go with a butterfly! 
Anyone shocked??? No...I didn't think so, wink. 
I am so drawn to the blues right now.
I guess it's really the earth tones. 
Just can't get enough of them as of late.

 Now I cannot tell how the butterfly was done as that would give away Tim's technique,
but I can share that I used Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint and just a bit of Gathered Twigs.  I stamped Tim's flourish stamp and embossed it with sticky embossing powder and foiled it with Ranger's foil.  I LOVE this stuff! 
(more will be bought...hoarded....hehehe)
It was very hard to photograph it but trust me, you want to to your computer or store and buy the foil! 
I ran out of my number 3's so I moved on to my second favorite number FIVE....I need some more three's though.  I wonder if I could talk Tim into just doing packs of individual numbers? hmmmm. above you can see how the butterfly wings are lifted.  
I added three layers...just love the dimension of that.  The corked vial has extra fine glitter and the cork stoppers kind of crumbled as I was poking the wire, but then I like it so I decided to just add more and leave it.  
I hope you enjoyed my "free to fly" Canvas.
If you haven't checked out the rest of the Curiosity Crew's blogs...I am sure you will be blown away!
I am anxiously awaiting Saturday morning so I can get back into the thick of things! 
Thanks for stopping by and thank you again for all the get well wishes!!! 
I am so happy to be back!!! Hugs and have a great weekend!

Friday, January 23, 2015


Hello there...
Back today to share one other project that was in Tim's Idea-ology booth. 
Many of you know that I have a passion for Tim's Burlap Panels! 
Yes...I have a hoard of them, wink. 
I just can't seem to get enough of them. 
This one is featuring Tim's new Found Relatives Strips. 
I love that you can use them as a strip or cut them apart and use them individually. 
I used Multi Matte to adhere the Tim's paper to the panel. 
Then whitewashed over it with a mixture of Distress Paint and water. 
Then just altered some Idea-ology pieces with Distress Paint, added some Broken China Distress Ink to the back of the Vellum Butterflies, dyed the Crinkle ribbon with Distress Ink and put it all together.
 I'm telling you...Go get some Burlap Panels...they are so fun to create with. 
I have a couple of ideas spinning in my head right now. So I will probably be sharing some more panels very soon! hehehe. 
Thanks again Tim, Mario and Paula...words cannot express my gratitude for allowing me to share my art with you and CHA! Still giddy over the whole experience! 
The other designers blew me away with their creations! 
I LOVED the Idea-ology booth...the Ranger booth and the Sizzix booth. 

If you would like to stock up on some Burlap Panels or get some of the other goods here click on over to Inspiration Emporium.  
If you use the code 'inkgirl' you will get 10% off your order! 
Fun right! 
And if your a local please stop by She can find some goodies and say hello! 
Until next time....thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CHA part II

Hello again.  
Life got crazy and I didn't get to get back here when I wanted to...
But today I am very happy to share with you this little project I did for Tim's Idea-ology booth. 
I was over the top excited when I got an email asking me if I wanted to make a couple of things for the booth.  
Let's just say I was walking on cloud nine! 
I love Tim's Assemblage Clocks 
I have made quite a few of them and still have ideas for more. 
They really are great for gifts...home decor pieces and remembrances.  

I did this as a remembrance for my grandfather. 
He was my very best friend.  He was my safety spot in the world for so long. 
He taught me the things I needed to know to help me figure out this crazy thing called life. 

I love that I will have this clock to sit with his Coast Guard Hat, the flag he was gifted upon his retirement and a few other keepsakes I have. 

The first thing you need to do when creating one of these is take the whole clock apart. 
Trace the back so that you can create the inside piece.  I cut mine down a bit so that it sat more towards the front of the clock. 

 Then you need to prepare the clock surface...I painted the whole thing with Gesso. 
This primed the surface so I could achieve the finish I wanted to create using Distress Paints. 
 Here is is sitting in Tim's Idea-ology booth! 
I tell you it was the biggest honor to have things I created in his booth. 
I have to shout out a huge thank you to Tim, Mario and Paula. 
They work tirelessly and patiently to pull all the displays together.  
I truly never thought I would ever have this amazing opportunity and am so very grateful! 

The Shield with the word brave in it is one of the new releases in the idea-ology line! 
I love them.  I can't wait to get my hands on more! hehehe.
I hope you enjoyed my assemblage clock.  
I am proud that this picture of my grandpa was given a place of honor! 

If you would like to find some of these supplies for your very own you can click on over to Inspiration Emporium. 
If you use the code "inkgirl" you will get 10% off your order! 
And of course if you are a local girl swing by She Scrapbooks to get the goods! 
Until next time...thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CHA Part 1

Hi everyone! 
I have been feeling so nervous leading up until CHA...

First I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to Mitra at Impression Obsession. 
I don't think that words can even express how grateful I feel that she was willing to give me this opportunity.  I love Impression Obsession Stamps because they are very high quality red rubber and they are deeply etched.  The impression that you get with them is incredible.  
It truly is a dream come true. 
Being able to work with Mitra at Impression Obsession is a total honor. 
I am truly walking on cloud nine right now! 

Second, I want to thank my family and friends. 
Without the endless encouragement I am not sure 
I ever would have found the courage to follow my heart. 
My family has been so supportive, always encouraging, cheering me on, 
telling me to "go for it" and "yes you can do this."
Hubby has been more like fussy at me...wink.  
(He says it's my time to follow my dreams...go make them into a reality. 
My friends have listened to my crazy ideas, self doubts and all the other things that go through this quirky head of mine. They have been such a source of encouragement, they have been here to listen to my endless ramblings lol, and have been here cheering me on, AND to my Airport girl/Ranger Sisters...the love, support, encouragement and happiness you share with me is incredible. 
I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have all these people in my life 
that support my dreams, love my crazy quirky self, accept me as I am 
and celebrate this journey with me. 

I wanted to share the line with you so below you here is the catalog pages.  
Quirky Girl Stamps 

 Below, are the actual stamps on display at CHA in the Impression Obsession Booth! 
Yes...tears, squeals and believe it or not...speechlessness happened!

So there you have it...
Hopefully the first release of Quirky Girl Stamps with many more to come! 
I have heard quite a few stores picked them up and some online ones too! 
I feel so very very grateful and I cannot wait to see where this journey goes! 
Thank you so much for stopping by.  
I will be back tomorrow with some of my favorite finds from the show. 
Have a great night! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Off to CHA and exciting news!

Just about to walk out the door to head to the airport. 
I am on my way to CHA in sunny Anaheim California...
leaving a bit of a cold snap behind here in the sunshine state!
I woke up this morning to 30 degree weather with a wind chill of 20.
In Florida that is COLD! 

Steph and I will be shopping to bring the latest and greatest back to She Scrapbooks for you.
Cannot wait to see some of the new product in person. 
There are some releases that are blowing me away in the sneak peeks. 
I have to say I haven't been this excited in a few years! 
I will share lots of pics when I get back.  
I will also be sharing on FB and Instagram. So if you want come and follow along there!

The other exciting news is I have a stamp line being released with Impression Obsession!
I am over the top excited about this. 
Impression Obsession has been one of my favorite stamp companies over the years. 
They have super high quality red rubber and it is deeply etched.  
You get the best impressions from rubber like that! 
Now if you would like to have a peek at the goods...hehehe...
just click on over here.  
Impression Obsession is doing a blog hop this week (started Monday)
to share the new stamps! 
I don't think the new catalog will be uploaded until CHA begins..but you can see a sneak peek of all the new stamps by clicking on new products.  I think some of mine are on the first three pages and the first stamp on the fourth page! I hope you like! I am so grateful to Mitra...she owns IO and took a chance on me.  I am still pinching myself about the whole thing.  She is so sweet and helpful and has been a great person to work with and start learning this side of the industry.  

I will share some pics asap of the images and some of the things I have created with my...
"QUIRKY GIRL" stamps! hehehe...and hopefully there will be many more to come, wink. 

Okay have to go...ride is here, wink. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities #19

Welcome back for our brand new challenge from CC3 and the first one of 2015!
Can you believe we are here...the beginning of a brand new shiny year full of so many possibilities! 
Frayed Fabric can be found on page 66 of Compendium of Curiosities III! 

I cannot go any further without saying a special thank you to Tim and Mario for all the goodies they donated to be given away as prizes! They were so very generous and the prizes are amazing!
Also Inspiration Emporium has donated a generous $50 gift certificate! 
All you have to do to be entered into the heap to win a prize is follow the rules that are listed here! 
Easy peasy! 

Okay on to the challenge! 
Now, when I heard a few years back that Tim was introducing a fabric line...
I was over the top giddy! 
I have bought it and saved it...(hoarded it)
I have intentions of making all sorts of things, but have not found the time 
to embrace my sewing machine.  
Well, this challenge was the perfect reason to get it set up, relearn how to 
load the bobbin and thread the machine...let's just say after extensive searching for the manual I gave up and searched for it online. 
(thank goodness for the Internet!)
After some frustrating time...I finally got said machine going and 
oh addiction! 
I can sew on paper now! with fabric! together! 
(insert happy squealing and awkward happy dancing)
I digress...
I cannot give the deets away other then to say look up page 66 for the directions on the particulars for this challenge!

However I can say that once I applied said technique from page 66 I added some 
embellishments and ink. 
Picked Raspberry, Ripe persimmon and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks were the colors I choose. 
 I also lightly added some color to the fabric itself. 
 So there you have it. 
Challenge #19. 
The first of 2015!
Please make sure to leave all the other members of the Curiosity Crew some love...
I feel so very blessed to be on this journey with them! 
AND we ALL feel so very blessed that you open yourselves up to creating art, 
sharing it, sharing the love of all things TIM and most of all inspiring us with your creative uniqueness! 
I also want to thank Linda Ledbetter for all the time and energy she puts in to make this challenge run smoothly...she is an amazing beautiful soul! 
AND thank you to you all for all the lovely comments! I hope to get back to being able to respond...I have been reading them and loving them, I am sure most of you have been in the chaos of the holiday season and understand that time is just so limited at that time of year! 
BUT we are now welcoming 2015 and I cannot wait to see what all of you create!!!!

AND if you would like to get your very own hands on some of the supplies I used here you can find them at Inspiration Emporium! if you use the code "inkgirl" you will get 10% off your order! 
How fabulous is that? 
If your local you can always some see me at She Scrapbooks and find some inky goodness as well! 
Till next time.... 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

another for fun...

Those of you who know me or my art knows that I LOVE butterflies.
They are symbolic to me. 
They represent change, a new beginning, being fearless and beauty. 
They make me believe in the possibilities. 
I bet you might not believe I have them in my house either. wink. 
I have been making things and I keep them where I can see them and enjoy them but also be reminded to embrace the unexpected and remember what they represent. 
This little hanger started out as a raw piece of wood with the hangy thing. 
I used Multi Matte Medium to adhere Tim's Tissue Wrap in bits and pieces to the wood. 
(just like the in the last post)
I then used Distress Paint to add color. 
The colors are Broken China and Picket Fence. 
Then I picked some words out of Tim's Chit Chat, adhered a doily and covered it all with 
Multi Matte Medium again. 
The outline of the chit chat was done with the FUDE pen.  
LOVE this pen as it writes on all mixed media surfaces that I have tried so far! 

Here is a close up of the believe word charm that is attached to the hook.  
I just used Glossy Accents to adhere it...super as an adhesive!
Next, I stamped the Blueprint Butterfly on some scrap tags and inked it up with Broken China, Salty Ocean and Peeled Paint Distress Ink with a blending tool. 
After fussy cutting them out and everything was dry on the piece itself the butterflies were adhered using Glossy Accents only in the Thorax area. 
This way the wings can be shaped to look like they are fluttering. 
 Add some Stardust Stickles, pen nibs and some rub on word and there you have it.
A one of a kind piece of home decor that surely you would love to hang anything on! hehehe. 

 I hope you enjoyed and found some inspiration to create some happy but inspirational pieces of home decor! I love being able to make my home my own by displaying my art and making it functional as well! 
Hope you have a very happy New Year and that the year brings much happiness and inspiration to you! Thanks for stopping by! 
If you would like to find some of the supplies I used and get your very on over to 
Inspiration Emporium! They ship super fast and if you use the code "inkgirl" you will get 10% off your order!!!
And if you are local as always stop by She Scrapbooks to find some fun things to get inky with! 
Till next time...

Monday, December 29, 2014

Just for fun...

It's almost the beginning of a brand new shiny year and to me that is very exciting!
I am totally over the holidays and ready to move on, wink. 
They are great while they are here, but when it's over it's over.
Ready to move on the bright colors.
So I thought I'd create something just for fun.
Something I have had on the back burner. 
I bought this little wood photo stand..can't remember where I found it,
but it was not so pretty.
I love having these little stands all over so I can change pictures out or stick a quote that speaks to me in them.  I knew this one could be cute! 
First I painted it with some Gesso just to make sure the other stuff was covered up.
Then I applied Tim's tissue wrap with Multi Matte Medium.
I like to tear it into pieces and overlap so it is pretty textured.
 After that dried I painted it using my finger with Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Just smearing it here and there.  I really like the effect that it gets. 
I then added just a tad of Bronze to give it a bit of shimmer. 
 I stamped Tim's Blueprint Butterfly on a tag, inked it with Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade. 
The sentiment is Dyan Reaveley's stamp.  LOVE LOVE LOVE that saying!
Stamped it on a tag, inked it with the same colors as the butterfly and fussy cut both out. 
Everything is adhered with Multi Matte Medium and sealed with it as well. 
I need it by the gallons! If you haven't used it PLEASE give it a try! 
Once everything was dry I attached the pen nib with glossy accents and added a bit of Stardust Stickles. (a gallon of this would be good to!)
I added some of Tim's chit chat on the top and sides just to add more fun and inspirational words. 

There you have it. 
As many of you know I am obsessed with butterflies, words and the number 3.
This has two out of 3...hehehe. 
I hope this will inspire you to look at things you might normally pass by and see the possibility to make it your own! 
I will be back tomorrow night with another little project that goes along with this one, wink. 
Until then...thanks for stopping by...and have a great week! 

If you would like to purchase some of these supplies you can find them at Inspiration Emporium
They always ship super fast AND if you use the code "inkgirl" you will get an extra 10% off!
If you are local you can always swing by She Scrapbooks and get your goods there! 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CC3Challenge 18...

Welcome back for Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 18!
This weeks challenge is featuring pocket pages! 
We did the Worn Cover challenge on October 11 as you might remember. 
Now we can share the inside of the book! 
I am still working on mine but I did get a few pages done for you to see. 
If you want to play along you can find the information you need on page 36 of 
Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III.  
If you still need to get a book to play along you can do that here
Tim and Mario will get it in the mail to you as soon as they can and it will be signed! 
If you play along and follow the rules for the challenge you will be eligible to win some fabulous prizes! Tim and Mario donated lots of great prizes! 
And the sponsor this week is The Funky Junky who donated a gift certificate for your shopping pleasure! 
Okay...on to the challenge!
Here is a peek at the pages I have done so far. 
My husband and I went on a 7 night cruise in November. 
Each tab will represent the day of the cruise...
I like the idea of having the book go in a chronological order. 

 Below I included a picture of the book so you can see how the pages look with the tabs.
Love those...I need to get (lots) more, hehehe. 

 Page one is interactive with the flip up made out of a tag.  
I inked the tag with Broken China and Peacock Feathers Distress ink. 
Stamped it with my favorite speckle stamp and the compass stamp. 
I then tucked the tag in and just folded it down to create the flip. 
The picture of my hubby and I are as we were waiting to sail away from the port. 
It was a rainy day...but we were embracing the imperfections and enjoying anyway. 

 The next page in the book is keeping our cards from the ship. 

 On the backside some journaling about the beginning of our adventure as well
as a picture of our room number. 
 I saved all the paperwork that we were given and one of them had the listing of things that went on each day aboard ship...I cut them apart and used this to document each day!!! 
 The next pages are the beginning of day two.  
I was attending the Teresa Collins event as well as doing a Ranger project on one of the days. 
This is were I included the itinerary we were given in our welcome bag and a group picture. 
 Then it's on to the the ship's itinerary. 
While I was involved in scrapbooking part of the cruise, my hubby was exploring the ship and the casino! 
This is as far as I have gotten, but I will tell you I love having the different size pockets in the pages!
It makes it really fun to mix things up! 
I hope you will give this challenge a try and see how much fun you can have in mixing things up!
Don't forget to leave a comment on each of the Curiosity Crew's blogs and follow the rest of the rules you can find here
Thank you Linda Ledbetter for all your hard work on this challenge! 
I absolutely LOVE being able to share my creations with you and with the amazing girls on the Crew! 
Can' wait to see what y'all guys are really creating some fabulous art and making it so fun to hop around and visit your blogs! 
Thanks for stopping by and I certainly hope you each have a very Merry Christmas. 
If you are traveling be safe and enjoy your time with your friends and family! 
Till next time...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wintery Delight...

 Hello everyone! 
Very excited to have a tutorial over on the Ranger Blog today on how to create this monochromatic card and background.  I hope you will click on over and check it out! 
AND...if you would like to purchase any of the supplies for this card you can find them over at 
Inspiration Emporium! AND if you use the code "inkgirl" you will get 10% off you order!!! 
Hehehe...that's fun right! 
AND if your local you can swing by She Scrapbooks and find supplies there! 
Thanks for stopping by...Click here to visit Ranger's Blog! 
Until next time!