…putting her own twist…

…on a interesting challenge.


Gauche Alchemy’s November challenge is an inspiration board of art from Gustav Klimt.  My only scrap of knowledge of Gustav Klimt is his painting The Kiss, but I went looking for it after seeing a picture on Pinterest of a couple cosplaying as the painting.  Quick tangent for the un-initiated, cosplaying is dressing up in a character’s costume (as in costume play, or cosplay).  Usually if you’re a comic book or anime/manga fan, you’re well aware of cosplaying (I did, in fact, attend I-Con cosplaying as Robin from Witchhunter Robin).  Plus, the prize is a punchinella pack, and can I just say I’ve drooled over punchinella since I first saw it?  Oh yeah, how I would loooooove some punchinella 😀


So anyway, after musing (sorry for the pun, couldn’t resist) over the moodboard, and viewing shots of his work, trying to get a feel, I knew I wanted to use the repeated appearance of eyes in his work.  An idea came for funky eye flowers, and I’d recently taken a class with Dyan Reaveley (which I cannot recommend enough!  Oh my, did I have fun, and she is an absolute joy as a teacher), so I thought I’d make a little mini canvas.


I’d experimented with some patterned paper and leftover paper tape, and used my HS Teal Color Shine (so there’s my metallic bit).


I also used pattern/shape repetition in a bunch of ways, using stencils, cardstock and paint pens.  I wanted to add some bright colors (cuz I love ’em) and used Dyan’s toadstools stamp (toadstools have spots, mushrooms don’t) and markers.


I like how it turned out, especially because I was trying to think of what the heck I could use this experiment for.  Now it’s funky weird garden a la Alice in Wonderland 🙂

This will be showing up in my Etsy shop at some point soon *wink, wink*

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…cuttin’ a rug…

…and saying thank you, with two new cards in my Etsy shop.


I was playing with my messy stuff (i.e. gesso and spray ink), and decided it would make a nice card base.  I also experimented with braiding ribbon.  The title letters were adhered, gessoed over and then outlined in black pen.

cut a rug (2)

A card to celebrate, grunge style!  I applied dark blue acrylic paint through my Heidi Swapp honeycomb stencil, then played with my stamps, Archival ink, sprays and paints.  All of it resulted in this card.  Really loving the distressed, grungy feel to this card.

Hop on over to my Etsy shop to see them in all their glory!

Happy scrapping!

…is still tickled…

… to have placed in the Top 3 at Unscripted Sketches for my “time to Soar” card.

Woot!  Woot!  (Yeah, it was awhile ago, but it’s still really cool!)

So yeah, I was surprised and please to see the little display, and all I was doing was checking the next sketch out!  If you haven’t visited this blog, please do.  They’re sketches are really cool, simplistic but you can do so much, so not so simple :P!  But, yeah, I’m really loving this challenge blog.

And yes, I’ve been quiet, but I’ve been super busy!  I had a six card custom order that I just recently finished.  I’ll upload those photos in my next post.  For now, I wanted to share a layout I made quite awhile ago.  It started out as something a lot different.  The challenge was to use some paper you’d been saving, fot just the right layout.  I had a sheet of red and yellow with a yellow bird.  Now I’ll readily admit thst I tend to be protective of my yellow papers, being that it’s my favorite color.  So this was big for me.  I was attempting a new paper technique, where you make snip in the paper and pull the sides apart (like a unzippering a jacket) to reveal the paper layer underneath.  Not sure if it has a name.  So I adhered my hoarded yellow patterned paper to a sheet from DCWV Performnae paper pack, since I wanted the sheet music to show through.  So, I tried it, but it wasn’t working, so I ripped the pieces off, then inked the area along with another area and a K&Co. fabric remnant (the piece below “OF”) with my brown pigment ink.  Then I used a Studio G clear phrase stamp “I love you” with the same brown ink on the exposed area in the top left corner.


I used a lot of K&Co. ephermera, including the copper transparency die-cuts.  The green bird was cut from another patterned paper, and I also added a piece of yellow doily.  There’s a wooden clock and butterfly from Little Yellow Bicycle; I outlined the clock with teal Adirondack paint dabber, and sprayed the butterfly with yellow mist spray (yellow craft paint mixed wth water in a Mini Mister bottle).

For the teal blue tag above, I outlined a tag on patterned paper, then used a text stamp with black ink for an allover patterns, and added my lace clear stamp (both from the Tattered Angels Rockin’ Renaissance set) with my copper pigment ink on it, added a Tim Holtz washer and bakers twine, and called it done.


I folded some wide yellow ribbon that was a dollar bin find, and stapled it to the corner.  My intent was to staple more and make a big flower, but I like it as is.


I used the same stamp technique on the red and blue flowers for added dimension (the flowers are from a Prima collection).  The red flower got a vintage “coin” for a center, while the blue got a tan brad.


For the title, I used Cosmo Cricket clear and gold mini letter stickers and phrases, along with large white rub-ons.


Enjoy and happy scrapping!

…happy with this card…

…As it’s be said (a few times), I’m not a fan of pink.  However, certain scrap goodies are going to have pink stuff regardless.  So I decided to finally put these pieces to good use with a card!


I used my black Tattered Angels spray mist on the kraft cardstock, then used a postage stamp and flying birds stamp (both from Tim Holtz, just two different stamp sets) with white acrylic paint to add more depth to the background.  Then I bgan layering my other elements.  I used glue dots to adhere the ribbon into a heart shape, and added some other pieces and stickers, washi tape, and buttons to complete the look.  The typewriter, flowers, star, “my story” ticket and bird are all from a kit from January 2011!  I also decided to mat the typewriter sticker on some patterned paper, and found a piece from my DCWV Once Upon a Time paper pack (purchase once upon a time 😉 then edged the typewriter with my white gel pen (that I’ve had for ages).  I also used a K & Co. green patterned fabric scrap as “leaves” under one of my flowers (from a swatch pack I got a good 3 years ago!).  I also used some paper scraps that worked for the color scheme.




I attempted a technique that didn’t work out as I thought.  I stamped my pink and yellow dye ink cubes onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.  My aim was to get a splotchy, two-color bleed onto my tag.  Well…I may have sprayed too much water, so what color do red and yellow  make?  So yeah, my tag was tinged pink/orange/tiny hints of yellow.  So I let it dry, and had planned to attach it to the card as is, but I had my gesso out, so I edged the tag with gesso.  Turns out, I love it!  I also used my green Sakura pen to edge the bird to help it stand out and tucked a small “nest” of green thread behind the bird as well (thread left over from my cross-stitch days, roughly two+ decades ago, and no I’m not THAT old :P).

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Use it Tuesday #65: Scraps, Pieces, Odds & Ends

Enjoy and happy scrapping!

…wanting to share some inspiration…

…in the form of a card that I recently added to my shop.  I saw this lovely card made by an awesome person by the name of Kasia on her blog worQshop, and I absolutely adore it!  You can say I was inspired *wink* to make one of my own.

So here is my take:




This card is for sale in my Etsy shop!  And thank you, Kasia, for one again sharing a great project with us.

Happy scrapping!

…super excited about my Etsy shop!

Yes, you heard right!  I’m delving into cardmaking, and have opened an Etsy shop called ScrapMusings!  You’ll find my logo and link below.



I’ll have a small section for selling supplies that I don’t use, but the biggest section will be the handmade cards!  Different styles, inspired by challenges online!  If you’d like a custom card, by all means, contact me and we’ll have some fun!  Please pass the word along and thanks for following me!

Happy scrapping!