Inky Play Friday!

Hey friends, it’s Friday, my favorite day of the week! I hope you are ready for some inky play. I rolled up my sleeves, broke out my distress oxide inks, Fintec paints, a new embossing folder, and some sequins to create a Halloween card.


I was inspired by Cathy Zielski’s video, The Best Halloween Embossing folder. I saw her video and knew that I had to have this adorable embossing folder. I have been having a moment with all of my old embossing folders and have been quickly snatching up the new 3D embossing folders that are on the market now. So when I saw her card I ordered the embossing folder to add to my collection. (Warning: Watching craft videos on YouTube can be dangerous for your bank account!)

Inky Play

I realized after I got started that Cathy embossed after she laid down the color. I realized it once I grabbed some of my blending brushes and the same three Distress Oxide Inks that Cathy used in her video and got to work laying down the color. I think the way she did it allows you to saturate the paper more easily because it is a flat surface. So next time I will try it that way to see if I notice a difference. I think it was because I was so excited to see the embossed paper, was the reason I did that first.

I love how the Distress Oxides rich and vibrant colors totally transform the white cardstock. It’s so beautiful to see it in person.

The black soot color was so smoky looking and perfect for a Halloween card.

I did not have a fan brush that Cathy had to apply the water droplets for the reactive effect so I used a regular brush and the result was not as good. I ended up having a few large spots that I didn’t like. I went over them with ink to try to cover them up but then decided I would address them at the end of the process.

I grabbed my Finetec paint set and used the gold color to splatter on the card and it the result was so pretty. Then I cut out the sentiment in gold and black cardstock. I used my new set of black Stampin Up Dimensionals to raise the sentiment. Then I assembled the card.

I wasn’t happy about a couple of the large splatters from the water flicks so I dug out some of my sequins. Because I have so many from when they were ‘the it’ embellishment that I never used and well why not?

I can’t tell you how much I love this card. There is so much to love – the dimension from the embossed ghost, the layered sentiment, the gold splatters, and the bling, bling sequins.

I decided to make a couple more cards to send to some family and friends after I made the first one. The process always goes more smoothly the more you do it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #591

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Wednesday and you know what time it is. Time to snoop. For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

I am glad I took my picture of my desk yesterday because we have had a whirlwind of weather this morning. The winds are so high some of the stuff on my deck were rearranged and the rain was pretty heavy. So the natural light in my craft room right now isn’t the best. I am so grateful for the rain despite the winds. We desperately need rain.

On my desk you can see my work and book journal, my current read, Frederick Douglas, my headphones my husband gave me. They are so high tech and the sound is quite divine. I usually listen to music on my Bose speaker while I work but now that my boys are home doing school virtually, I try not to make too much noise. So the headphones are great. You can also see some fall themed flags I will be printing on sticker paper for my bullet journals.

I thought I would introduce you to my new desk mate. Her name is Thea. I hope she will thrive here. I have had a lovely conversation with her today (yup, I talk to my plants). She told me to stop slacking. She is a bit of a bossy one.

I finally went out in the garden last Saturday to clean up a bit and plant my fall mums. My husband even helped a little. He knows the garden is my happy space so when I asked him to join me he was a little surprised.

This is the planter he built for me a few years back and I love it because I can change it for the seasons. I will take another photo once the flowers bloom.

Happy mail is the best during the pandemic. My sister sent me this kitchen towel and candle. The funny thing was that I had sent her a surprised package earlier that day.

New book I just received. It’ an anthology of female authors from the African Diaspora. It is a chunkster so I think I might save it for the new year and take my time with it. But isn’t the cover so beautiful? I just had to take a picture.

Saturday’s craft zoom session was fun as usual. I ended up just playing with new products rather than working on a project. Above is a few dies I recently purchased. I see some come cool projects with these beauties.

Above is a new 3D embossing folder I used some distress oxide on them for color but they look so classy plain white. I can just slap a sentiment on them and they would be complete.

I did complete one card. I used distress oxide with a new stencil. I wanted to create and ombre effect.

Well enough about me. I need to get to some good snooping.


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #582

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Wednesday and you know what time it is. Time to snoop. For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Well, the heat has been brutal for the last few days. We had a nice day last week but it’s been really hot and humid since. This morning it starting off nice but I think the heat will build so I will soon be under AC. My desk has the remains of my Saturday Zoom craft session. I did a lot of distress oxide coloring and a whole bunch of die-cutting.

First I swatched all of the Distress Oxide colors I own. I own a gazillion of the Distress inks but I haven’t jumped in fully yet to the oxides. But I have to say I really had fun playing with them on Saturday.

Then I cut up some panels out of watercolor paper and began mixing colors.

Next, I grabbed a bunch of word dies, bookmarker and abstract background die. I decided rather than work on a project to completion I wanted to work on some mass production for a bunch of cards.

I die-cut a bunch of words in gold and rose gold paper. I also cut up a few abstract backgrounds in white cardstock as well as some bookmarks.

Once the panels dried I spent a great deal of time stamping and embossing these cool origami stamps in gold. I have dies for each so I plan to use one per card with one word. This will make enough for a lot of cards.

A peek into my flower garden shows my phlox and echinacea that have just to starting to bloom.

Look at these plump zuchinni! I ended up using the cucumer and tomatoes in a salad.

Remember I said there was a nice day last week. Well my husband and I took advantage and went to a nearby lake to people watch and read. I hope we have another day that nice so we can do it again. Next time I will have my beach chairs that I now packed in my car. On this day all we had was tarp to sit on!!

Lastly, I thought I would share a picture of the donuts my husband and son made last week. They were quite yummy.

I hope you all are well and I will make my rounds today and tomorrow!

Stay well, my friends!


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #579

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Wednesday and you know what time it is. Time to snoop. For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

I have been really pleased with my motivation to create cards again over the last two weeks. Today I woke up early anxious to play with a new stamp that recently arrived. So I popped around the web for inspiration and I saw people using there Distess oxide inks. I bought a few last year and used them then put them away. So I grabbed some Tim Holtz watercolor paper, water and some acetate (actually I couldn’t find my stash so I cut and used one of my gosseline bags I used for my cards and cut it in half for this smoosh technigue. Lately I have been drawn to water colors and this was really fun. After I did a few I decided to use my new tool to draw bubbles for a card I am working on. Can’t show you until it’s finished. I will probably work on it at my craft session this weekend. You can see the image below.

I made a mask of the new stamp I just got in the mail in preparation for a masked card. That’s as far as I got but I will share finished pieces next week.

What you might not know about me, that in addition to my love of crafting, I am an avid book reader. I wish I had a room (a very large room) I could dedicate to all of my books. I have outgrown my bookshelves so I need to do some Marie Condo action to make room!

Above is a picture of a book I had been patiently waiting to be published in paperback. I finally found it and ordered it, only to find the most irritating branding smack dab at the center of the book. It says Reading with Jenna (Jenna Bush, a former president’s daughter). Well, the big thing is celebrities endorsing books by having “book clubs”. The other problem is that this is not a sticker it is built into the design of the cover. I had the book on my table or several days and really couldn’t keep it.

So I sent it back and ordered the hardcover. Would you believe it had the sticker on it too? This time it was an actual removable sticker so it was better. I took my time and removed it. I am too much of a book snob to keep a brand new book that had that kind of sticker on it. And why do they do that anyway? I mean, Jenna Bush did not spend the years it took the author to write this book. Why not put a sign next to the book in stores or just mention it on a list online but to put your sticker on it is ridiculous. See what’s happening here…a book tangent. 😊

Garden update: I use a square foot gardening technique for my raised beds and this is the first year, I didn’t properly layout my garden so the squash is getting a little squished. I am hopeful that I can at least get a few before a potential fungus sets in.

Yesterday, to my surprise, my first green pepper of the season was ready for he picking.

Lastly, I wanted to share a photo of the yummiest homemade Portuguese Sweet Bread. My husband made two loafs one for us and one for his mum. I pray my boys will do stuff like that for me in the future (ok, I am not holding my breath but a girl can dream!)

Ok, I am off to snoop for a little bit. Stay well friends.



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