Toil & Trouble

Happy July, crafters! My friends, Toil and Trouble, started brewing their Halloween potions early this year. They are such a clever pair!

It is the beginning of a new month, and as such, there is a new challenge at the Colorful Options Challenge. Toil and Trouble serve as my rainbow-inspired contribution this month.

This is a great card layout when you are short on time and need to make a card in an hour. Lawn Fawn’s cats, trees, and cauldron are stamped with Versamark embossing ink and embossed with Ranger black embossing powder. The cauldron’s bubbles and sentiment are embossed with Ranger’s silver embossing powder. Then, make a palate of perfect pearls on a glass mat and color in your potion as you desire. Mount it on a silver and black card base.

The lovely ladies over at the Colorful Options Challenge are generously giving away a FABULOUS set of Tim Holtz’s Festive Berries Distress Oxide Ink and Distress Spray Stain. All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this month’s challenge options, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join an unlimited amount of times so you could have many chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!


Happy July, Friends! I am playing along with SSS Monday challenge. My card is inspired by the movie Coraline. I love the strange and dreamy visuals that correspond with it’s eerie storyline. I used a combination of Distress Ink Pads, Lawn Fawn Stamps, and Copic markers to put my scene together. I hope like it!

Have a fabulous 4th weekend!

Challenges entered: SSS Monday Challenge

“Isn’t this Fun!”

“…just like a game!”

Good evening, friends! I am here to share a card based on the classic movie “Bringing Up Baby.” I just love Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Put them together, and it’s magic! This movie was shot in black and white. So, I tried to recreate that feel on my card.


  • Papers: Arteza Watercolor Paper, Silver and Black cardstock from my stash, white tissue paper
  • Dies: Tim Holtz Sizzix Crazy Dogs, Alphanumeric Classic Lower
  • StampersAnonymous: Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs
  • Cricut files: “old boot”
  • Stencils: Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Digits
  • Inks: Distress Oxide Spray (Pumice Stone, Black Soot) Distress Spray Stain (Black Soot); Distress Oxide Ink Pad (Black Soot)
  • Gesso: white and clear
  • Distress Crayon: Black Soot and Walnut Stain
  • Texture Paste: Ranger Matte Crackle
  • Embellishments: Ideology Film Strip Ribbon, Washi Tape from stash, Metallic Lustre – Silver Spark
  • Deckle Trimmer
  • Typewriter (1920 vintage)
  • Alphabet dies from stash


Cut the watercolor card stock down to 4.0″ to 5.25″. Draw the “old boots” using the cricut and a 0.4″ black pen on white tissue paper. Tear the tissue paper and glue with Collage medium onto watercolor cardstock. Add washi tape sporadically. Apply white and clear gesso over the entire surface of the cardstock. Allow to dry. Add crackle paste using the stencil to the upper right and lower left. Allow to dry, again. Using the sprays, add color to your card until you are happy. Allow to dry or dry with a heating tool. Apply metallic Lustre to the numbers as desired. Stamp the dog on coordinating watercolor paper and color his collar with crayon in Walnut Stain. Using the Distress Ink in Black Soot, apply to the edges of the dog and your sentiments. Cut “classic” and “a boot” using die sets. Glue everything together. Mat with silver cardstock applied to a black card blank.

I hope you enjoy! Have a great weekend! Stay safe and happy!

Challenges entered: SSS Monday Challenge, Critter Crazy Challenge, Alphabet Challenge Blog