The Madness Within

Welcome back, friends! We are all a little mad here today. I have been playing with alternative skin colors this week. I couldn’t resist altering MFT’s Cute Chemist set to a more zombie-like appearance. I don’t think I achieved zombie, but perhaps a mad scientist. He reminds me of a young Dr. Jekyll concocting new things in his lab.


Here are the fixings……

  • Papers: Arteza Watercolor Paper, Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock, Ideology Craft Stock Warm- Tim Holtz, Green card stock from the Stash
  • Inks: Distress Spray Stain (Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness, Twisted Citron) , Ink on 3 Disappearing Ink
  • Stamp sets: MFT Cute Chemists
  • Sizzix dies – Tim Holtz: Postal Thinlits, Tiny Type Upper, Tiny Type Lower
  • Embellishments: Nuvo Drops Glow Drops Neon (Banana, Apple Sour), Glossy Accents, Prismacolor Pencil PC107, Gelly Roll White 08 (his eyes)
  • Acrylic Paint: Deco Arts (BLN03, BLN04)
  • Copic Colors: 100,C9,C7,E70,W0,0,BV23,BV25,BV29, YG00,YG01,YG03,YG17,YG97,G28,
  • Tim Holtz Deckle Trimmer
  • Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz, Texture Fades – Poison

Have a glowingly good week!

Challenges entered: Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge, Can You Handle the Pressure Challenge, Tic Tac Toe Challenge (Letters, Embossing(folder), Yellow), Craft Roulette, Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers (old supplies), SSS Monday Challenge

Orange Pekoe for Two

Happy Sunday, friends! Is it tea time yet? Well, it probably is somewhere. Rosie and Bernie are here enjoying a little Orange Pekoe. Here are the supplies in case you want to chai this at home.

  • Papers: Azteka 110lb watercolor paper, Nina Solar White 110lb cardstock
  • Inks: Distress Ink in Saltwatertaffy; Archival Ink in Black Soot; Versamark Embossing Ink
  • Stamps: StampingBella’s Rosie and Bernie have a tea party
  • Distress Mica Spray in Burning Ember

Have a week full of creativi-tea!

Challenges entered: Craftroulette, The Alphabet Challenge, Double Trouble Challenge, The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge

Is this SCP-049?

Well, he is humanoid in appearance. But he is not 1.9m tall. I think he outweighs the 95.3kg. He is too cute. And, we shook hands, and I didn’t die, to my knowledge. But he does live at 049 Research Sector Drive. 🤪 His makings are below, but careful, you may need special containment for him.


  • Papers: Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock, Black Black 110lb cardstock, Purple from the stash, Nina Solar White 110lb cardstock
  • Inks: Distress Oxide Ink (Villanous Potion, Wilted Violet, Milled Lavender, Black Soot, Antique Linen); Archival Ink (Black Soot, Villanous Potion)
  • Die set: Sizzix-Tim Holtz’s Frightful Things
  • SVG-Ocean’s Design: SVG plague doctor
  • Stamps: Stampersanonymous Sketch Manor
  • Stencil: Tim Holtz’s Bricked
  • Distress Texture Paste Crypt
  • Pan pastels: Black Course 014 Pearl, Violet 470.5, Violet Tint 470.8
  • Inks: Archival Black Soot
  • Tim Holtz Deckle Trimmer
  • 1920s Typewriter


Cut the bristol card stock down to 5.5×5.5. Ink the cardstock with the purple distress inks starting from the lightest in the center to the darkest on the edges. Type randomly as desired (I used SCP-049 info for the background text). Apply the Crypt paste through the stencil on the bottom inch of the panel. The paste will absorb some color, giving the brick a whimsical appearance. Stamp the background with archival inks. Use pan pastel on the background for dimension. Ink the edges with Black Soot. Cut the plague doctor with your Cricut. Cut the skulls with the die and white cardstock. Color the doctor’s bag with black soot and black pearl pastel. Assemble the plague doctor; use pan pastels to add dimension to him. Layer and stack the skulls as desired. Use foam tape to adhere the composed plage doctor. Create the house address out of leftover cardstock.

“No penguins for you, as you didn’t ask politely.”

Challenges entered: Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge, Craft Roulette, The Dream Factory Challenge, The Fairy and Unicorn Challenge, Allsorts Challenge., Twisted Thursday Challenge, Time Out Challenge

Black Widow

“Fallaces sunt rerum species,” but not in this picture.🕷 I wonder if Natasha Romanoff would enjoy this card? Thoughts?? If you have a Black Widow fan who would enjoy this, just look below.


  • Papers: Arteza Watercolor Paper,Black Black 110lb cardstock, Vellum
  • Inks: Distress Ink (Candy Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Black Soot)
  • Die set: Sizzix-Tim Holtz’s Frightful Things
  • Stamps: Stampersanonymous Tangled Webs
  • Stencil: Tim Holtz’s Digits
  • Distress Texture Paste Crypt
  • Distress Crayon: Black Soot, Empty Tomb
  • Inks: Archival Black Soot
  • Nuvo drops: black
  • Distress Paint in Candy Apple
  • Thread omber yellow-red-orange-black


Cut the watercolor card stock down to 4.5×6. Apply texture paste through the stencil. Allow drying time. Using your splat box, spray with yellow and red ink. Spray with water as needed to get the result you desire. Add droplets of Black Soot. Dry. Stamp the spider webs. Stich the cardstock. Cut the ghosts and spiders. Add black Nuvo drops to the body of the spiders. Once dry, paint the hourglass on them. Type your sentiment on vellum. Layer it up with mattes as you desire and glue it down. Enjoy!!!

“Thanks for your cooperation.”

Challenges: Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge, Tic Tac Toe Challenge (Stencil, FrameIt, Sparkle)

Polychromatic Fashion

Happy August, crafters! I was in the store and was inspired by the homecoming mum’s supplies that dominated the aisles. Who doesn’t love the look of formal gowns? Such elegance!

Back at home, I pulled out one of my favorite stamps, this gorgeous gown by The Ton. She is stamped in a kaleidoscope of Distress Oxide colors, and the background is blended with the same. A little zig-zag stitching was added to the background for interest. What I adore about this stamp is its ability to give you a sumptuous result with little time. This is a great card layout when you are short on time and need to make a card in an hour. Here are two links to previous cards I’ve made with the stamp for more inspiration: Imagine Elegance and Vivid Elegance.

As it is the beginning of August, there is a new challenge at the Colorful Options Challenge. Polychromatic Fashion serves as my rainbow-inspired contribution.

Wishing you a wonderful month ahead, crafty friends. May this month bring nothing but the best!

Hello, Again, Hello

Hello August! And artists! And crafters!

It is the beginning of a new month on the Colorful Options Challenge. Mideela and Zemira provide the center point for my rainbow-inspired contribution this month. What a great set of friends! Here’s what you need for this duo,


  • Papers: Arteza Watercolor Paper,Black Black 110lb cardstock, 110lb Nina Solar White cardstock
  • Inks: Distress Oxide (Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw), Distress Ink (Spun Sugar)
  • Lavinia Stamp Sets: Mideela, Zemira
  • Stencils: Tim Holtz Sparkle, Lavina Stamps Elegance
  • Inks: Versafine Onyx Black Ink,
  • Black Acrylic paint
  • Distress Oxide Matte Texture Paste


Cut the watercolor card stock down to 5×7. Apply texture paste through the stencil. Allow drying time. Apply the pink, blue and yellow ink with a blending sponge or brush, making sure to overlap the colors. Spritz with a little water to allow the colors to blend. Dry. Use a stamping platform to ink up Mideela and Zemira. I didn’t like the result I achieved, so I painted them with blacky acrylic paint after inking. Layer it up with mattes as you desire and glue it down. Enjoy!!!

Sometimes you just need to hear, “Hello, my friend, hello.”

Seen + Noted

Hello friends! It’s a new month, which means a new challenge over at the Colorful Options Challenge! The color this month is TURQUOISE! How much fun is that??? Turquoise always makes me think of oceans; however, my contribution to the challenge is a home decor item with butterflies. My rainbow-inspired contribution can be found in my post Hello, Again, Hello.

I thought this would be a great summer house decoration. Here’s what you need.

Have fun!


  • Box: Tim Holtz Ideology craft box
  • Acrylic paint: Distress paint in Tumbled Glass and Salvaged Patina
  • Clear Modge Podge
  • Collage paper: Tim Holtz entymology
  • Distress Oxide Ink: Salvaged Patina
  • Distress Glaze: Salvaged Patina
  • Distress Oxide Collage Medium
  • Ideology: metal word; chip board sentiments


Cut the collage paper to fit the box. Turn the paper over and paint the backside of the paper with acrylic paint as you desire. Using either collage Medium or Mod Podge, glue the collage paper to the box, placing a layer of medium over the paper as well. Paint the metal sentiment with Distress collage medium and sprinkle with glaze. Allow drying. Emboss with the embossing gum. Ink the chip board sentiments with Distress Oxide. Glue the sentiments to the box. You’re done!!

Have a great month!

Hide and Seek

Happy August, fiber artists! It’s the beginning of a new month and a new design for my color-of-the-month contribution over at the Colorful Options Challenge. This month I designed a collar for my cat. She has a tendency to hide, and we cannot find her. It makes giving her her daily medicine quite difficult. The solution? Attach an Apple GPS to her collar. There was nothing like this that I could find, so I crocheted a collar with a “pouch” for the GPS. Don’t worry, the placket is a breakaway attachment. Enjoy!