playin’ with clay Tim Holtz style plus studio G news!

hello all!

we have been having a deeVINE time here at my mom’s!  the weather is fabulous!  Sunday we had our crawfish boil family reunion so i got to see all my aunts and cousins PLUS eat boiled crawfish, potatoes & corn YUM YUM YUM!  GOT to be my favorite!  and of coursse like 4 helpings of dessert since i had to try it ALL!  i think i ate dessert again for dinner too…….

i have THE best cousins EVER – well family in general.  it is one long running joke when we get together.  saturday my brother and oldest cousin Tad arrived early so we had tons of laughs.  then they all decided to go play with a ouija board (sp?) – i have yet to hear those stories – but down here in bayou country we are still very in touch with the old beliefs surrounding spirits and such.  i think i laughed more this weekend than i do all year…well except when i am at CHA…..

my family hs owned this property for several hundred years and we have oak tress out front well over 200 years old and HUGE!!!  of COURSE they are kid magnets and have been for generations:

pezzy’s new little buddy from next door:

seriously y’all how CUTE are they?????

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new studio G!  i KNOW my gallery is seriously out of date and i hope to work on it soon.  in the mean time here are the latest pics i got (no series number for them yet):

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last i have a fun project for you that i did recently.  i had the opportunity recently to get into some Viva Decor Pardo Clay along with a number of other Viva Products and made several pieces with some Tim Holtz stamps:

i started off with a piece of Ranger’s white glossy paper and some alcohol inks – ranger’s paper IS the BEST to use with alcohol inks.  i did a simple polished stone background.  I stamped the TH stamp using Coffee Archival Ink.  i added a TH foliage embellishment & metal corner and a bit of german scrap across the top – German Scrap can be aged a bit or changed altogether with alcohol ink.  (Many of these items are in stock AND ON SALE on my website.)

my corner piece is Pardo clay.  I rolled it very thin with my pasta machine.  I stamped a TH corner stamp into the clay and then i brushed on some Viva Decor Precious Metals gold paint so it settled into the impressions but not so much on the surface.

The butterfly is some really cool stuff from Viva Decor and available now at SCACD called 3D Glitter Gel Paste.  I cut a butterfly from the Cricut Storybook cartridge out of the thick back of a DCWV paper pad to make my stencil.  Next I smoothed glitter paste over it, then removed the stencil for a gorgeous raised butterfly!

well that’s enough out of me for now!

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SCACD is back!

hi everyone!

i wanted to pop in with a quick post to let you know tht Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design (SCACD) is open again after Susana’ s much needed vacation! 

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our challenge from Suzanne was to create an easter or spring gift so here is a lil’ something i did for Pez to give to my mom for easter with another of the adorbale Victoria Case stamps exclusive to Susana’s Store:

Isn’t she too sweet?!?!  i distressed my edges with my tim holtz tool.  the strips are done with alcohol inks from the Lights Collection – i LOVE the new options I have since the Brights & Lights came out.  My little eggs are cut with the Easter mini cartridge for the Cricut.  Before cutting i took out a white piece of paper, a few small pieces of natural sea sponge and several Creative Inspirations Paints.  i had a sponge for each color paint i was using.  i dipped the sponge into the paint, dabbed a few times on my craft sheet so i wouldn’t have a big glob, and then dabbed it over my paper to create a shimmering mottled pattern.  i did two colors on one piece of paper and two colors on another – then cut an egg from each.  next i free handed the lines using Viva Decor Cream Pearl Pen and also added Pearl Pen to the flower center and used it for the 3 pearls along the top edge.  the purple Prima rose bud is sititng on a crocheted circle i did myself.

i stamped Little Aud with memento black ink and colored her with Copics.  I used the Spellbinders Labels 10 to cut out the image and then edged it with brown ink using the ranger foam ink blending tool.  i gve the bunnies little tail a bit of white poof with liquid applique – love that stuff!

Susana lso has a bunch of new stuff in the store – Zva Creative, NEW basic grey (and they are GOOD), copic multiliners and Our Craft Lounge Stamps!

Be sure to check in here tomorrow – i will have some adorable pics and some studio G news!

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CC246: Sweet Christmas Wishes

ahhhhhh finally OK to be completely on the subject of CHRISTMAS!!!!!  Black Friday shopping is really what gets my christmas motor going.  so i made Trev drag all the tubs of Christmas decorations up and i hope to get it all done this weekend.  of course hubby decided to fix all the drywall issues in the boys bathroom this weekend too so i will be doing the painting in there when it’s done so we’ll see how far i get!  i  do FINALLY have a project to share today too!


don’t forget today is the LAST DAY of the 33% off sale – our way of showing our gratitude to all of our wonderful customers!  just use the code THANKS33 when you check out!


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i used the gorgeous little candle nestie frame stamp my mom designed for me but a totally different technique for it:

for this card i used the SCS color challenge CC246: pretty in pink, old olive, bermuda bay & neutrals – odd i thought but i LOVE how it turned out!  i decided i needed lots of neutral and then hints of the other colors.  i used Very Vanilla and ran it through the Swiss Dots CB embossing folder.  then i edged the pieces in Versamagic Spanish Olive with my foam blending tool.  i also ran the foam very lightly over the embossing.  i used my fave ek success edge punch on the bermuda bay paper, and found some green ribbon in my stash that was a close match along with a polymer clay embellie from my collection.

i just happened to have this piece of paper i had done up with pink & silver alcohol inks sitting on my table and thought it was a great match for the color combo.  so instead of doing the usual stamp and color i stamped with versamark and used some detail silver embossing powder.  the embossed *joy* image in the center is a studio G of course (love those things – the most useful stamps in my collection i must say!)

it mad for a simple and quick card to put together!  i tried regular white embossing powder but it really needed to be DETAILED powder, which i don’t have in white ACK!  might need to remedy that…….

so what do y’all think??

anyone else doing their decorating this weekend????  if so have fun!

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Stamps: Pezadoodle Designs- Candle Frame; Studio G – sentiment

Ink: Versamark; Versamagic – Spanish Olive (these little dew drops are 20% off right now!)

Paper: SU – Very Vanilla, Pretty In Pink, Old Olive, Bermuda Blue

The Rest: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Foam Ink Blending Tool, Ek Success Edge Punch, ribbon, clay embellie, Nestie Scallop Rectangle

more ornaments – quickies!!


i just caught the new Snuggie commercial…..i thought those things couldn’t get any more riduculous….apparently i was wrong……..Y’ALL!!!   …IT’S A BACKWARDS ROBE!!!!!   …..not rocket surgery here…..  i have been threatening everyone in my house with a snuggie and that hands free toothpaste dispenser as christmas gifts for months…….hee heeeee!!  just a quick post for ya today:

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last year after christmas i got 2 boxes of the clear hollow ornaments at M’s.  my first few ideas did not work but then one night it came to me.  remember Roni’s idea for the baby food jar jack o lantern with alcohol inks i showed you????

snowman ornament

a snowman!!!  i just dripped some pearl mixative and blending solution into the ball, rolled it around until the inside was coated, dripped out the extra and then painted on a face with stickles.  seriously doesn’t get easier than that!

so then i had another idea simialr to something i saw in Currents recently:

santa ornament

kev and the boys don’t like it but it makes me giggle!  this one has red pepper alcohol ink coating the inside.

red bird ornament

next i tried a couple things different – i used cranberry AND pearl mixative to coat the inside of this one.  it is less transparent and has a bit of shimmer to it.  then i simply added a few silver rubons and some self adhesive silver studs.

so there ya have it – SO quick and easy!!

i got alot done today thanks to hubby doing baby duty but i can’t show some of it because my step mom reads my blog hee heeee!

ahhhhhh the touch n brush hands free toothpaste dispenser commercial now.  cracks me up….has ANYBODY ever had that much trouble with toothpaste past the age of like 3?????

i hope you are all having a great weekend so far!  yard clean up for us tomorrow – oh can’t wait…….:P


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Clear Ornaments, Alchol inks/mixatives – red pepper, cranberry, pearl; Stickles – orange, black; liquid pearls – gold; ribbon, SU rub ons – silver, self adhesive silver half beads.

Piling It On: goodies for lil goblins

good morning!  well it is stiiiiiillll raining here.  apparently i need to figure out how to build an ark with my cricut or something……best of all Pezzy the Wonder Tot has been up since 4.  no thats not a typo.  i didn’t let her out of her bed til 6 but 2 hours of bed police instead of crafting time makes for a very grumpy mom……

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as promised i have some great projects to share today.  they incorporate 6 challenges for the Pile It On challenge:

1. Pile It On – Halloween

2. Cute Card Thursday Challenge – spookfest

3. ABC Challenge – F is for flying

4. Paper Play – (with our very own Sandie) – use your favorite embellie

5. Sweet Dreamers – use bugs

6. Daring Card Makers – clear – either the whole card or an embellishment

i could have included more because so many are focusing on halloween but ….

can you tell i am loving the Pile It On blog???  i feel like it gave me permission to be ok with combining challenges!  now on to the PICS!!

halloween treat all

remember the cookies i am giving to a few of the neighbors?  here are the treat holders i made for them.  These are from the same Picnic Basket template set – it has the large one and then a mini size too.  i made them extra tall and left out the lids.  i put the cookies in these tall cello bags i found in the baking section at joanns, tied a ribbon to keep them closed and attached a halloween tag  from my current Studio G challenge set to each one.  The current Studio G challenge is to use halloween colors – orange, black, green and purple – we only have a few entries so far so that means good odds of winning!!

here are some closer looks at each gift set:

halloween treat 1

i kept the boxes pretty simple.  each one has a spider web (my clear item for daring card makers).  want a GREAT tip for making your own ghost shapes?  you know the hard plastic packaging alot of things come in – like cricut cartridges and cuttlebug goodies?  well don’t throw it away!  it cuts wonderfully in the cricut with the deep blade housing.  at first it looks like it didn’t cut through but they just pop right out!  i put a little pearl metallic mixative on them for a bit of shimmer and to help them stand out a bit.  all of the cuts are from the paper dolls cartridge.



halloween treat 2

Carys’s bag has a few extras because her granma is visiting *wink*



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I cut the ghost out of the hard plastic too.








In addition to the box of cookies Pezzy and i made a fun and easy little pumpkin tea light holder for each family:

Pumpkin lights

We made one tall one for us and mini ones for giving away. 









here they are lit:

Pumpkins LIT

Wanna know how i did it??  i got the idea from Roni – THE BEST for tips and tricks on using all things Ranger.

Roni used several colors and gave hers a more mottled effect – i used one color and went for more complete coverage.

the jars are baby food jars – i knew i saved them all these years for SOMEthing!  all i did was squirt some alcohol ink in – actually pezzy squirted it in and then we swirled it around on the inside of the jar until it was completely covered.  i let any excess drip out and then let it dry for a couple minutes.  the tall one is terra cotta and the small one is Sunset Orange.  Next i took black diamond stickles and just hand drew a simple pumpkin face on and let it dry.  tie a ribbon around the top and you’re done!

i wanted to try some metallics too so i did a few more in christmas colors. here is one with sail boat blue alcohol ink and silver metallic mixatives. 

blue snowflake jar

after it dried i used some white snowflake SU rubons around the jar.  the mixatives are not transparent so i don’t know if it will have the same effect with the tea light but i do think it would be cute holding a little bag of candy!

i did a few other combos but no pics yet – i did one with meadow and gold mixative, one with just clover, and one with red pepper and pearl mixative.  the pearl is somewhat transparent and shimmery.  not sure yet what else i will do one the outside but i am thinking some simple cricut cuts might look good….

**YES alcohol inks are flammable – WHEN WET.  once dry the alcohol has evaporated and you are left with just color.  i let mine sit overnight and then lit them with no problems.  NEVER leave a candle unattended!!**

what do you think???

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SC250 & then some: Let It Snow

i am covering quite a bit here – cookies, a project and a tutorial for the Cake in a Box i did…

it is getting quite chilly around here!  i LOVE IT!!  sorry no project post yesterday but Pezzy The Wonder Tot and i DID finally ice the halloween sugar cookies we made.  a number of people asked to see a pic once they were done so here are a few for ya:

cookies small

can you guess which one was totally pezzy done…?

i will be giving a few of this set to our closest neighbors’ kids:

cookies set small

boy did she have fun!  She is QUITE pleased with herself!

cookies & pez small

she did actually help – i did the outlines on the cookies and once hardened she helped squeeze the icing and fill in the shapes.  took quite a bit of self control hee heee!  we got sprinkles ALL over the place so once we were done she was sure to scoop up as many as she could!

i DO have a project for PDD Friday though!

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SC250 sketchAs i mentioned i LOVE the concept behind the Pile It On challenge blog and spent way too much time checking out all the links on their blog.  SO i started with the SCS sketch – which i loved!!!  i had SO many ideas for this and the gallery was outstanding for this one.

i coupled it with the challenge at the cuttlebug spot – monochromatic and the cute card challenge – use a charm (i am a little late for this one but oh well.)


i used an oldie but goodie for this one – alcohol ink on tin foil.  This is a super easy technique with alot of WOW factor!  I did a very detailed tutorial awhile back if you want to try it yourself!  the foil pieces were so dark i decided to mat them with pale blue cardstock and edged one piece with icicles using and MS edger punch and crystal stickles.  both large foil pieces have the snowflake embossing folder on them but then i realized the smaller squares fit some fancy squares so i used them too and i am really glad i did!  I usually go over the embossed portions with black staz on but in this case i chose white staz on and it really made the embossing pop!

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 Rather than the usual stamping i decided to make a focal point using a sheer ribbon bow and some layered snowflake die cuts i did with my cricut.  i finished off the main piece with a cute lil’ snowflake skittle and added two more to each of the other squares.  The largest snowflake is cut from the same alcohol inked foil – works MARVELOUSLY in the cricut!!

i thought for sure i had a silver snowflake charm but didn’t.  however i did find this little *believe* charm.  i wanted it to dangle but it had a hole in each side so i dug around in my beading stash and made the little bead dangle hanging from the bottom.

Alcohol inks are an INCREDIBLY useful product to have around and nothing else can do their job.  They are formulated for slick surfaces – glass, metal, slick porcelain and can only be used on glossy cardstock.  ranger works the best.  I was a little intimadated by them at first but it turns out they are actually incredibly simple to use and very forgiving – the techniques are real free and loose which is nice.



want to check out more about alcohol inks?  take a look at some of my other tutorials:

Twist & dismount

Custom Background

Lightswitch Plate

Painting on a Transparency


I have received many questions about how i did the cake in the cake in a box project (which appeared in the cricut chirp too!!!).  i do not have a tutorial per se but i can tell you what i did.  using your cricut or nesties cut three consecutive circles 1/2″ different in size.  so if your smallest is 1″ in diameter next would be 1 1/2″ and the 2″.  for the bands i cut 1/2″ strips of paper and then estimated the length of each by wrapping it around the circle.  vary the width of your strip depending on how high your cake will be and whether or not you will punch the edge with an edger punch.  getting the layers to stick together was the trickiest part.  I made little thin strips of paper to use as tabs – 2 for the top layer and 4 for the other two layers.  i attached them to the insides of the layers extending below the bottom and then bent them bent them in flat with the bottom.  i attached this part to the layer beneath – make sense?  i recommend Scor-Tape for attaching everything as it is super super strong.  so i don’t know if that is helpful or not – i hope so!

have a GREAT day!

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Paper: SU bashful blue; Ranger glossy white
Ink: Alcohol inks – stonewashed, cloudy blue, sailboat blue, denim; Staz on – white
Accessories: pezadoodle – skittles, cricut, MS icicle edge punch, stickles – crystal

SC234: cutie pie

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SOOOOOO…….i am STILL recovering from all the shenanigans of a high school graduation/family in town.  my (ex) in-laws (i love them) left monday and took the 16 YO with them,  they sat on their plane on the runway for 4 1/2 hours!!!  then their flight was cancelled so they spent the night in a hotel and made it tosan diego yesterday.  i also dropped my mom off at the airport yesterday and then i will pick my brother up saturday afternoon for a BRIEF visit and then drop him BACK off at the airport sunday – YIKES!  he gets research funding from NIH and has to fly up here to present every few months so he always squeezes in a stop here afterward and then heads back home to birmingham.  unfortunately my *spare room* is in my craft room – it’s actually all in one big area in the basement BUT when i have folks here they are always sleeping when i would normally be crafting SO not much done lately and i am way behind with some deadlines.  ONE of which includes the not yet released SEI christmas lines – OH WOW!  they arrived yesterday and they are both OH SO YUMMY so you will want to watch out for those next month when CHA starts.

i DO have a little card for you today tho.  it is actually half my mom’s – she is an artist and does many of my stamp designs including all the nestie frames i have been using lately.  she had never used copics and never does any stamping though.  so she played with them a bit and here is one of her images.  i used an alcohol inked piece from my alcohol ink demo class and some nana’s kitchen paper:



 it was kind of funny (and kind of not) how we all struggle so much learning to use the copics and she just sat down and colored it right up with no effort. 

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however she has such a long history in art in all manner of mediums and also teaches art classes soooo…….

see those cute little red skittles??  yep RED GLITTERED SKITTLES!  they arrived yesterday and ALL preorders have been sent out!!!!  more on that tomorrow so be sure you don’t miss it!




and no wi am off to the grocery store *sigh* i gotta tell ya i am exhausted!!!

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Stamps: two scoops rice
Paper: DCWV – nana’s kitchen, SU, ranger gloss paperr
Ink: memento – black; copics; alcohol inks
Accessories: ribbon, glittered skittles