Friday, November 24, 2017

Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge - Mix It Up!

This month the Club Scrap Artist Team was asked to Mix It Up! by combining elements from 3 or more kits. Well you know because all of the kits are so beautifully made this was an easy task.  I decided to use elements from some of my favorites...

I have used bits and pieces from Lagoon (08/17), Refresh Remix and Transformations (09/15)

I have stamped, embossed, embellished and mixed it all up. I have used embellishments from these kits and a couple others...not sure where it all came from because it's in my embellishments bag.  The only other extra bit I added was the sparklie grey washi tape. It just needed a bit of bling ;)

Now my pocket letter will be winging it's way to it's new home :)
Thanks so much for checking out my creation.

The next stop on the hop is: Tina

and if you get lost along the way the complete list can be found here:

Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge


Club Scrap - Refresh Remix, Lagoon, Transformations
Imagine - VersaMark, Embossing Powder, Memento - Teal Zeal, VersaColor
Washi Tape
Baseball Page

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sending you blessings and good wishes

now and through out the coming year.

Stay safe and enjoy the day

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

My Blue Poinsettias

Today I have another card to share made using the Power Poppy digital stamp Poinsettia and Pomegranates. It's such a pretty image, I really like it.  It's lots of fun to color too!

I mentioned last week that I'd like to try one in blues because it's my favorite color.  As it happens Color Throwdown #469 consisted of a couple shades of blue paired with silver. Of course that's usually a nice combination for snow and winter scenes but hey, it works for flowers too right?  That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

I colored the images using Prismacolor Colored Pencils and silver for all of the foliage. The sentiments are from the 2017 Holiday kit - Scandinavian Holiday.

I was lovin' the colors so much I even colored a piece for the inside as well. I usually like to leave the inside of the card for correspondence but when this one gets sent I'll just have to write on a separate piece of paper.

I would like to submit this card to the following:


Power Poppy - Poinsettias & Pomegranates 
Imagine - VersaFine, On Point Glue
PrismaColor Colored Pencils - Scandinavian Holiday Sentiment
Card Base

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Heartfelt Sympathy Card

Well they are not a fun part of life but they are a necessity...sympathy cards that is. Just because it's a sad time doesn't mean it can't be beautiful as well.

If you'd like to see how I made this card, please check out the post below...



VersaMagic – Sea Breeze, Aegean Blue, Night Sky, Ocean Depth
VersaFine – Onyx Black
VersaColor – Lime
Memento Inkpad – Ivy Cottage, Olive Grove


Watercolor paper
Stamping block
Altenew – Vintage Roses 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Poppy Power - Portion Control Challenge

Hello Friends!

Today I wanted to share a card I made in response to Poppy Power's Portion Control Challenge.  They challenge you to use just parts of an image instead of the whole thing.  I decided to give it a shot. I used their stamp Poinsettia and Pomegranate digital stamp set.  I resized and arranged several copies of the image on an 8.5 x 11" sheet of cardstock and cut it up so I could make 4 cards from one print.

And here's my first attempt!  I decided to go with a bit of a non-traditional color scheme and used Lavender, Dahlia Purple, Pink and Mauve as my main color palette. The poinsettias and pomegranates were colored using PrismaColor colored pencils, the snowflakes were stamped using VersaMagic ink (chalk ink) and the sentiment was stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  It doesn't show up but I added dots of On Point Glue and sprinkled with extra fine clear glitter.  It gives the card a lovely shimmer IRL.

So there you have attempt at Portion Control!  I'm hoping to color one up using blues and maybe even a traditional red for Christmas...just have to wait and see.

I hope you're inspired to give it a shot too :)


Imagine - VersaMagic, VersaFine, On Point Glue
PrismaColor - Colored Pencils - Scandinavian Holiday - snowflake stamps, sentiment
Cardstock, glitter

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Still Time To Play

There is still lots of time to play in the 

All you have to do is stamp a card, scrapbook page or other project that fits into one of the themes and post it on your blog then link it with the challenge. 

Here are my creations to help inspire....

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Hope you decide to join in on the fun!!
There is only one entry so far so your chances are pretty good to win the 
JFF Rubber Stamps Gift Certificate!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Quick Torn Border Cards

Like the old saying, don't cry over spilled milk - don't cry over torn paper because there are so many FUN ways to use it!!  The November Club Scrap Technique Challenge is Torn Paper!

There are so many fun techniques that you can use torn paper with (you'll see several techniques on the Club Scrap blog in the above link). I wanted to do something a bit different so I gave it some thought and decided upon border pattern papers. 

Sometimes I have a difficult time using up those papers with pre-printed borders along one edge or the other because they are so big and I don't want to "waste" it - LOL!!  Ya know if you cut it up for cards you're going to end up with a small bit left over - what am I going to do with it? I can't throw it away, I don't really scrap 12x12 much but again, it's just too pretty to toss the excess so subsequently I have loads of papers with the borders still intact.  

Well it occurred to me that if I tore the border strip from the paper and cut it into 3 - 4" pieces I would have a great border for not one but 3 cards!

I started off by tearing and cutting up the border strip. I then used VersaMark ink to stamp the background of each card panel. Affixed the border, stamped a sentiment and embellished!

The background stamping didn't show up very well on the lighter cream colored cardstock so I stenciled on the little chef using Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata ink.

I'm really pleased with how they turned out and I didn't realize until I was done with them how quickly it went! That sparked a fun idea on making lots of cards in a short amount of time. I love it when things like that happen!  SO if you have a bit of time, give it a try and see just how quickly you can make lots of cards using torn borders!

Supplies: - Trattoria Papers, Stamps, Stencils
Imagine - Delicata - Dark Brown Shimmer; VersaMark; VersaFine; Sponge Dauber
Faux Gems

And I thought I'd mention that I am now on Instagram...I've never done it before and I'm just startin' out but if you'd like to follow you can find me here:  @inkstainedroni  Hope to see you there :)

Monday, November 13, 2017

CarveDecember 2017

Have you ever heard of CarveDecember?  I hadn't either until Marcie from Imagine brought it to my attention.   The idea is to carve a stamp each day in December - at the end of the month you'd end up with 31 brand new one of a kind stamps!  

Luckily carving each day isn't mandatory to just carve when you can.  Apparently most carvers post their creations on Instagram with #carvedecember.  

Several years ago a friend gave me a carving knife and some Speedball carving medium (looks like a giant eraser) and I did carve a few stamps of my own at the time. I thought it would be fun to give it another go.  I ordered a few different types of carving medium and an all in one carving tool which has 4-5 different blades.  They arrived today and I did give it a trial scrape across one of the blocks. I'm excited now!

Next dilemma, I don't know what I'm going to actually has me stumped. The thought of coming up with so many ideas for mind is frozen and I don't know what to make.  I may need help with suggestions so if you can think of something fun - imagine or sentiment to carve please feel free to share it.

Are you going to join in the fun?  You don't have to use the pink stuff.  You can carve all sorts of things - erasers, you can carve the back of a produce/meat tray (these make great faux wood cut stamps); Fun Foam, etc. I may try to use a few different mediums to create different effects.  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rocks in the Mail

You know I'm a big crazy when it comes to all sorts of art.  Well recently a friend offered to send me some rocks when she saw a comment I left on another art blog about not having smooth rocks around here. 

They arrived!!  Aren't they just soooo cool?  I love them and can't wait to figure out what to do with them.  I know I want to paint a couple of them but I have to do some surfin' to see if there is anything else I "need" to do - LOL!!  I know it's odd to get excited about rocks but hey, one year I got some in my stocking and was thrilled.  Rocks are fun.

It was so cute, I have these sitting on my desk and Cole saw them and he thought they were turtles...Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to be exact - LOL!!

I also wanted to share my recent estate sale find...  this is a tiny 6" vintage cutter! I LOVE it. I've been looking for one of these for years but they've always been too expensive. I'm not paying more for this cutter than I do the one I use every day!  BUT I found one a couple weeks ago when dh and I went to southern Indiana to a tractor show. It was marked $15.00 but as luck would have it it was an extra 25% off because it was the last day of the sale - SCORE!!  The best part is whomever had it before took very good care of it because that knife on the cutting arm is VERY sharp. Works like a charm as you can see.

Hope you've all had a great week!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Crafts with Kids

This week Imagine is celebrating Crafts with Kids. I have missed crafting with my boys but this inspired me to get crafty with Cole - our 2 year old grandson!  We took a day and played with ink...not only were my fingers inky but his were as well.  We had such fun and we created this....

I'm sure he won't remember making this but it's something I'll never forget.

Best of all I have this photo of his little inky fingers.
So precious!

Here is the link to this post....

and be sure to check the Imagine blog all week for more fun crafts with kids!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Cactus...Desert or Terrarium???'s a trick question - it's both!  These are a couple of the new stamp sets at Rubber Stamp Tapestry, a.k.a. Peg Stamps - Desert Cactus & Cactus Terrarium. Since these stamps coordinate so nicely I used stamps from both sets to make each card.

My first card I wanted to make a "desert" so I stamped and masked and stamped some more. I then colored everything using some sponge daubers and a variety of inks...Memento, VersaMagic, and Delicata to really bring it all to life.   You might notice a couple extra twigs, sprigs and flowers here and there. Those are also peg stamps from my collection.

And this card is my "terrarium" card.  Again a mix of stamping and masking with a few flowers, grasses and twigs mixed in.  It was then die-cut and popped off the card with double stick foam tape.

My final cactus card for the day was actually stamped on a left-over diecut I had laying on my table.  I was actually looking at different colors of green, stamped one then it looked kind of cool so I kept going. I wasn't sure if that bright green would work but it turned out o.k. I even had some gemstones to match!  The addition of the flowers and other bits really brought it all together don't you think?

So you see you don't really have to choose
you can have both -
Desert and Terrarium!


Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Peg Stamps - Desert Cactus, Cactus Terrarium
Imagine - Memento Dye Inks, Kaliedacolor - greens, VersaMagic, Delicata, Sponge Daubers - Cardstock, ribbon
MFT - Dies

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #427

I love working on challenges - they get my creative juices flowing and this one was lots of fun!

This is one of my favorite quotes from Julia Child!

Made using this sketch as inspiration...

Supplies: - Cardstock, Trattoria Images
Imagine - Delicata - Dark Brown Shimmer; VersaMagic - Gingerbread, Red Magic

Freshly Made Sketches #311

Decided to play along with some challenges today, just playing for the sake of getting inky fingers.  This is the first...

It's my take on Freshly Made Sketch #311

Supplies: - Cardstock; Trattoria images & sentiment
Imagine - Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer; VersaMagic - Gingerbread 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Espresso Yourself!

Such a deep dark luscious color I instantly thought of espresso and came up with this card...

Did you know that November 23rd is National Espresso Day?  It is and as it happens this year it falls on Thanksgiving so I say it's a perfect time to "Espresso Yourself" and enjoy a cup of the rich goodness.  Share it or keep it to yourself, either way have a comfy, cozy cup.



Delicata – Dark Brown Shimmer
Memento Ink – Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher – Bronze
Tear It! Tape
Sponge Dauber


Cardstock – Coffee cup, “Espresso Yourself” stamps

Monday, October 30, 2017

YouTube Challenge

The Club Scrap Artist Team was challenge to choose a video from the Club Scrap YouTube Channel as inspiration for our project this month.  I choose the Triple Easel Card Tutorial. I've made easel cards with one and two stand up's but never 3 so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to check out this card style and give it a go!

Tricia used the Adirondacks kit from May 2017 but I decided to incorporate elements from this month's Scandinavia kit on my cards.

These cards are so much fun because you can add so many different elements/images to each panel. I even added a few dimensional items without it being too bulky to close.  I did a bit of math for you since the cuts from the original video/instructions were for a whole set of papers and made 12 cards in 3 different styles.

Here's what you need for each card:

These pieces make up the base -

(1) - 4.25 x 5.5
(2) - 3.75 x 4.25 - position so the 4.25 side is vertical and score each at 1.25  & 2.5
(1) - 4.25 x 5 - position so the 4.25 is vertical and score at 1.25 & 2.5

Glue according to the video.

Panels for each pop-up working from front of the card to the back -

(1) - 2 x 4.25
(1) - 1.75 x 4

(1) 2.5 x 4.25
(1) 2.25 x 4

(1) 3 x 4.25
(1) 2.75 x 4

Layer the mat and insert for each pop-up. Decorate each panel as desired and affix to the card.

The next stop on the hop is:

The complete list of artists can be found here:


If you visited my blog last week you'll recall that I made a "book" looking box filled with cards...

That idea was sparked by the Stacked Book Box Project tutorial which was offered for this kit - Stacked Book Box Kit from 2015. I LOVED making that project, it was so much fun so I thought I would adapt it to making stacked card boxes out of cardstock.  A few people asked how I made it so here's what I did to create....

my own stacked book box - card version of the project!!!

Large = A7 cards; Medium = A2 cards; Small = A1 cards

Since the original project was made from book board I had to improvise and come up with my own pattern for making these boxes and I figured out a wicked easy trick to make this box for any size cards you want.  You simply add 4" to the starting card dimensions.  So if you're making a box for 4.25 x 5.5" cards - the cardstock for the box will need to be 8.25 x 9.5"; A7 box - 5x7 cards - cut the cardstock at 9 x 11.  It's that easy!

Once you've cut your cardstock you'll score each side at 3/4" and 1 3/4".  You'll notice the X's in each corner. Trim these from the cardstock.

Cut where the 4 lines are drawn in pencil.

Burnish each fold line; apply glue where indicated.

Fold and glue the two long side panels; you will notice a small tab on each end of the long panels - fold the tabs towards the center of the box; lift one end side wall up, fold over the tabs and adhere it  back on it's self as shown in the photo securing the two tabs.  Repeat on the other end.

You now have a box that is large enough to accommodate the envelopes for your chosen size card with a bit of wiggle room. Each box will be 1" deep which will hold about 4-10 cards and envelopes (which all depends on how thick your cards are).  I fit in all 8 of the cards (and envies) shared on the previous blog hop in the initial box, only 4 of the triple easel cards fit into the same size box but that's because each card was so thick due to the layers and embellishments once finished.

To make the book "cover" you need to cut the cardstock as follows: 

Length (widest part) - add 1/2" 

Width - Double + 1 3/8"

Score the cover so you have 1 1/8" spine in the center.

Adhere the box so the left side of the box is aligned with the spine which should leave 1/4" on the remaining 3 sides of the box.

I did have to add an extra piece of cardstock for the cover of the A7 box, I needed 12 3/8" so I just cut a 3 1/2" spine piece and affixed the front and back portion of the cover to it.  I added the dark grey liner to the insides of the cover to hid that extra bit of seaming.  This lining also adds a bit of structure  and stability to the cover as well.

Hope you give it a try!


Club Scrap - Cardstock, pattern paper, embellishments
Imagine - Memento Dye Ink; VersaMagic Ink