Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Happy Halloween! 

Here's a creepy take on the theme "Science".  My stamping partners (a.k.a. my teen daughters) were sufficiently grossed out by my interpretation of the theme.

heh, heh, heh.

Stamp Credits:  100 Proof Press (brain), Leavenworth Jackson (man, eyeball), StampFrancisco (skeleton)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Eerie Halloween Night

I've used these eyes this same way on several projects because they're just so creepy!

First I stamped and masked the house.  Then I inked up the "spooky eyes" stamp and used it three times in succession, without re-inking.  I masked the eyes, and sponged the background in two shades of purple.

It sends a chill up my spine!  ack!

Happy Halloween!

Stamps Used:  Unknown (eyes--could be Diva Rubber), Karv'd (house)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bake Sale

Too Much of a Good Thing
My oldest will be graduating in the spring.  She is home-schooled, and will march with other home schooled students at a local parish one night in June.

Unlike most graduating seniors, these kids are responsible for raising the funds required to hold their ceremony.

One of the planned fund-raisers is a bake sale.

Hopefully, our kids won't end up like the little boy shown here.  He seems to have sampled a few too many of his own wares.

Stamps Used:  Impression Obsession (tree, leaves), Too Much Fun (cupcake, wagon), StampFrancisco (boy).  Sign and cupcake wrappers were drawn in by hand.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


For this swap, participants were obliged to use a bee in their composition.  I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use my new floral stamps from Stacy Stamps.

I stamped the pansies with StazOn ink on plain card stock, then painted them with watercolors and cut them out.  The bee received the same treatment, but with glitter added to his wings.

A little green was added in the form of leaves, and all the elements were arranged and glued onto a background I created in PhotoShop.

Stamps Used: 100 Proof Press (bumble bee), Stacy Stamps  (pansies), Karv'd (leaf)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Federal Offense

What do you suppose is happening here?  Is the woman trying to send herself somewhere?  More likely, she's trying to retrieve an item she just mailed.

Little does she know the fate that awaits her if she ever gets free of that postal box!  Nice shoes though.

Stamps Used:  Hijinx Ensue (skyline), Coffee Break Designs (police officer, woman), 100 Proof Press (mailbox*).
*You may have to ask for this one--it's not on their website, but they do still carry it.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

This ATC was a tough one for me. The swap requirements dictated that the background be a page from a book.  I searched and searched for a book I could possibly consider adulterating.  It was a long search.  I'd pick up a book I thought I could mutilate, but then realizing it was out of the question, place it back on its shelf.

Finally I came upon a group of books--all the same--from my teaching days at my parish!  Maybe this could be the one.  The subject matter has to do with Catholic teaching on birth control.  Well.  Not exactly fodder for an ATC.  Or was it?

"Tick tock" stamped in shades of pink-for-girl, and blue-for-boy all across the background set the stage for baby and clock.  Biological clock.

Stamps Used:  Karv'd (baby), The Octopode Factory (sentiment)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


 Have I mentioned my love of sea turtles?  These little guys are having a ball, swimming around in their underwater playground.

Stamps Used:  Just For Fun (turtle), StampFrancisco (light seaweed), Unknown (dark seaweed).

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ladybug! Ladybug!

My mother used to recite this poem to me on occasion when I'd follow her around the garden.  As a very small child, I was much more interested in the creeping, crawling things than in helping out with the seeding, weeding, and harvesting.

Depending on the season, I'd collect lady bugs, caterpillars, or praying mantis.  Oddly enough, I found butterflies sort of creepy...and bean beetles?  They were right out.  << shudder >>

This ATC celebrates the ladybug, and the memory of my Dear Mom.

Stamps Used:  The Octopode Factory (mushrooms, clock--wings added by hand), Rubber Stampede (ladybug), Hero Arts (tiny alpha)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Are you digging the blue eyeshadow?  These ladies are alive with color and stepping out in style.  What they're stepping out onto, I have no idea.  Makes a neat backdrop though, I think.  High fashion demands a bold setting, no?

Stamps Used:  Beeswax (cloud), Lost Coast Designs (background), StampFrancisco (ladies)