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Walking the Tightrope – A Masculine Card

Making greeting cards for men has always been a challenge. In the past, I’ve always fallen back on using camouflage colors and dogs. Not very creative.

Personally, I’m drawn to vintage images of gentlemen with mustaches and wire rim glasses wearing top hats and tails. Men with tweed jackets and bowlers. Vintage browns and sepia colors. Portraits, old magazines, newspapers, and vintage men’s products supply endless inspiration.

Finding a man on a tightrope image in Tim Holtz’ Theories rubber stamp set inspired me to create this masculine themed card.

Leap and Believe

Here’s a brief overview of my technique: I spritzed Tim’s Resist Spray through a stencil and let the spray dry. I applied the oxide inks and let the Resist Spray do its job of resisting the color, leaving the stenciled images to show through. The unexpected bonus of the Resist Spray is a slightly raised, shiny effect that mimics an embossed feel without embossing powder or a heat gun. (You can use embossing powder with the resist spray, but I’ll leave that for another day.)

I’m entering this card in the Frilly and Funkie “Dare to Resist” challenge. Wish me luck.


Music Inspired Canvas

Music Challenge – Judy Everett

With Music being the theme for the May Challenge over at the Frillie and Funky blog, it was a chance to use some of the vintage sheet music I acquired at an estate auction last year. I used the cover from a Barber Shop Quartet song book as my inspiration for colors and theme. I used the sheet music to create a collaged background and to cut the flowers. I created the flowers using the Tattered Florals XL die from Tim Holtz. I used a couple of flowers from Prima Manufacturing to round out the group of flowers.

I used a combination of Lindy’s Stamp Gang color sprays to color the flowers and background. Color sprays make it so much easier to coordinate and create a color palette. I really don’t know what I would do without color sprays.

I’m entering this creation in Frilly and Funkie’s Sound of Music inspired challenge.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. You can also use the comment button if you have any questions about how I created the different elements and embellishments.




April Color Challenge – Lindy’s Stamp Gang

Bunny Boy – Judy Hale Everett – Stampotique and LSG

Bunny Boy, When I grow up …

This 5 x 7 greeting card project uses Lindy’s Stamp Gang color sprays and embossing powders along with Stampotique stamps.

To create the base of the card, I started with a 7 by 10 inch piece of cardstock, folded in half.

I used clear embossing ink and Lindy’s  Bougainvillea Red Teal to create the hearts. For the connected squares, I used clear embossing ink with Lindy’s Cosmic Pink Blue embossing powder.

To create the background, I used Lindy’s Sprays Rusty Lantern Lime and Blue Hawaiian Blue.

I used Stampotique’s Galvanized rubber stamp, to create the line of barbed wire along the lower edge.

I used Stampotique’s Bunny Boy as the focal point of the card. I colored him and gave him a close trim. I stamped and colored him a second time so that I could cut off his head and use a pop dot to make the head, face and ears stand out a little more. I placed Bunny Boy just above the barbed wire.

The “When I grow up …” sentiment is another stamp from Stampotique and fits perfectly with a Bunny Boy.

This is my entry for the Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s April Color Challenge.  Thanks for checking out my project! Please leave a comment and let me know you came by for a visit!

Lindy's Color Challenge


Three Partners in Crime

Debbie and I have been friends since we shared a playpen in the church nursery. Debbie had no siblings and I envied her. She didn’t have to put up with three older siblings. She was pretty, sweet, neat, always had a clean face. I was a blue jean wearing tomboy, and I was always getting into mischief. Thing was, Debbie, even though she was NOT a tomboy, was always willing to join in the mischief that I suggested. Well, maybe not mischief, but things that weren’t exactly safe. I talked her into climbing the hay bales in our barn and walking across the beams about 25 feet off the ground. I talked her into sliding down the side of the hill into the creek, something that left our bottoms sore and scratched up. I talked her into swinging across a deep ravine on a grapevine. I talked her into NOT going back to our kindergarten classroom after recess so we could play in the water and catch tadpoles. I talked her into taking the “girls from town” on a snipe hunt in the graveyard and leaving them behind as we ran back to church. There are so many other things we did and I have to admit, I was the instigator on so many of them. Debbie never told on me, she never blamed me, and she didn’t always tell her mom about our escapades. Had her mom known what all we did, she probably wouldn’t have let Debbie come to my house so many times after church on Sunday.

My mom passed away suddenly a few weeks ago. Debbie was there to comfort me. When I introduced Debbie to friends (Evonne, Ellie and Sonia) from the rubber stamping and crafting group I belong to, she begin to tell the stories of our adventures. She was very kind in the telling. She made our adventures sound so special.

The week following the funeral, Debbie began sharing so many wonderful pictures of our childhood. One picture included my brother Paul along with Debbie, myself and another friend from church.

Incident Report – Judy Hale Everett – Lindy’s and Stampotique

I created this card for the Lindy’s Stamp Gang April Color Challenge.  I used Rusty Lantern Lime, Blue Hawaiian Blue, and Hi Maintenance Magenta color sprays from Lindy’s.  The stamped images and words are from Stampotique.

Lindy's Color Challenge
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Color Challenge



Keeping it Simple Part 2

Count Me In!

Really, this is more an attempt be lighthearted than keeping it simple. Bright colors, fun image, and a … saying that couldn’t possibly less me! I am not fabulous in the sense of being elegant or classy, but I do love life, my family and my friends.

I created this card specifically for  a challenge that  had to include numbers. I’m guessing the numbers theme relates to April 15th and everyone crunching numbers to meet the deadline.

Using a numbers stencil, I created the numbers using black pan pastel chalk. From there, I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays to add the bright colors. (Rusty Lantern Lime, Blue Hawaiian Blue, and High Maintenance Magenta) The stamped image of the girl comes from Carabelle Stamps. I enjoyed coloring the image and adding the jewel and feathers to the headband. The “humorous” words come from Dyan Reaveley.

I’m entering this card in the Count Me In! challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.

Brightening it up


Keep It Simple Judy

We love to buy scrapbooking paper. We are drawn to the designs, the style, and the colors. Often we find a paper pack or pad with a theme that speaks to us, but once home, we find we don’t know what to do. We flip through the pages and we see journaling cards and border strips.

Nothing compares to the beautiful, vibrant colors and designs in Graphic 45 paper.  A few weeks ago, I bought the incredibly detailed Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood paper pad from The Funkie Junkie. The pad has twenty-four pages of deep vibrant, images. The paper features intricate artwork of Hollywood images and movie posters in the art deco period and style.

It feels sooo wrong to cover up such beautiful artwork. How do I justify purchasing paper that I won’t use because covering up the art seems shameful? What could I do with this paper that would preserve the beauty yet allow me to create something? Here’s my answer. Trim out an image, choose a coordinating paper to create a calming frame around the image, and add a couple of die cuts from Southern Ridge Trading Company I purchased from The Funkie Junkie. Here’s my finished card.

To create a little extra interest, I painted the die cuts using Paper Artsy Fresco paints, the flowers are Autumn Fire, a rusty orange that matched the flowers on the paper. The leaf is painted with Sage and Winter Green. The star got its pop using Prima Art Sugar in antiqued silver.

It may have taken me a few weeks to ponder the possibilities, but once I had the direction, the card came together in a few minutes.

We buy paper and supplies to make things and enjoy the giving feeling. Don’t feel bad about using your “pretty paper”. Not using your pretty paper is like never using the “good china” except on special occasions.



You don’t have to have a ton of supplies to make a beautiful card.

I’ve entered this card in the Frilly and Funkie Welcome Spring challenge. The vibrant oranges, yellows and greens are a part of Spring. Colors we love to see after a cold winter.

I love to hear from you. Please leave your comment below.


Red – Inspired

Too much freedom can be a problem at times. So many directions, so many choices. Information overload. Thinking it would help me do a quick and easy project, I decided to limit myself to hearts and the shades of red. Here is the first result. I will follow with the second project in a few days.  I want to get these posted in honor of Valentine’s Day and February.

February Love

I want to give credit to Prima Manufacturing’s Finnabair rubber stamp line for the beautiful and interesting images. The images in this project are from Finnabair’s Now is the Time set. I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays for the color. The Rizzo’s Rowdy Red spray makes the hearts pop.

Finnabair stamp sets can be purchased at one of my favorite shops, The Funkie Junkie.

I’m entering this project in the Frilly and Funky Challenge. Wish me luck.

Please leave comments below. I do love hearing from you.


5 – 8 Weeks

Hubby and I headed home from his company Christmas party. I drove. It was a freezing 25 degrees with a wind chill of I don’t know how low. It was cold. Real cold. When we got home, I pushed the button on my wheelchair lift to lower me out of the truck. Quite possibly the worst noise I’ve ever heard come out of anything mechanical filled the air. The wheelchair lift on my truck was grinding and going nowhere. OK, it went out far enough that cold air-filled the truck cab and the wind was cutting through my coat but that was only about 18 inches out. I was stuck in mid-air.

… Enough details about the breakage. Here is the important part. Due to the timing, the holidays and a part that had to be custom manufactured in another state, NO vehicle for 5 – 8 weeks. I had two choices – do nothing or do something.

My choice was to dig into my art supplies, rubber stamps, ink and paper and make the best of my unfortunate home incarceration.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting the art and cards I’ve been making. I would not have chosen to be stuck at home, but I did choose to do something and make the best of the situation. I’m pretty sure the upcoming winter weather will force me to remain at home a few more days or weeks and I intend to make the best of those days as well. I can’t choose what happens to me, but I can choose how I handle it.

I love vintage. Vintage fabric, vintage stamps, vintage photographs, anything vintage. Black and brown are the colors often associated with vintage. For this card, I challenged myself to brighten the palette and throw in a little sunshine.  The stamps are from The Outpost, made by one of my favorite companies, the Artistic Outpost division of Our Daily Bread Designs.  The Outpost stamp set reminds my hubby of his home state, Kansas.

Hope you enjoy my card. Please click on the comments link below and let me know what you think. I love hearing from you.

Live in the Sunshine

As you can see from my other posts, I’m a pretty big Artistic Outpost fan. I see the owners of Artistic Outpost and Our Daily Bread stamps at the annual rubber stamp show in Sevierville, TN.


Lovin’ Lindy’s Stamp Gang

Here’s a little notebook I decorated and personalized a couple of weeks ago.

I cut two covers from a thick cardstock. I used black modeling paste and the Composition Book stencil from Prima to create the texture on the covers. Using Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays (pirate’s plunder moon shadow mist, screamin’ banshee blackscintillating silver and sweet violet purple teal), I gave the covers some color and a little shimmer.

Using sprays allows you to create your own color palette and use that palette to color your embellishments using the same sprays.

To decorate the premade tag, I used the Evidence Label rubber stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamp company and the Shenanigans stamp comes from Stampotique Originals. I stamped the heart using the Evidence Label and Twilight Blue Slate embossing powder, also from Lindy’s.  The metal closure came from my jar of vintage buttons.

I’m entering this decorated notebook in the Lindy’s Stamp Gang monthly challenge. Wish me luck please.

Lindy's Color Challenge



December Color Challenge

Concentrated on using the colors from the December Color Challenge for Lindy’s Stamp Gang. The stamped images are from Viva Las Vegas Stamps

Lindy’s and Viva Las Vegas Stamps

This is a two-page mixed media journal spread. Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays make creating backgrounds so easy. I used Rudolf’s Red Nose and Golden Sleigh Bells as the two primary color sprays. Supporting colors were Ponderosa Pine Olive, Mystic Malachite, and Twinkling Tinsel.

The image of the cat and bunny are from Viva Las Vegas Stamps. After coloring them using watercolor pencils, I cut them out. The cat image got a little extra treatment. He was a small piece to color, but surprisingly, I was able to create several different patterns. It was way more fun than I thought it would be, large enough for variety, but small enough that I didn’t lose interest and patience.

The absLindy's Color Challengetract squares stamp from VLVS really popped when embossed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Bougainvillea Red Teal, Scotch Broom yellow, and Fiddlehead Fern Green.  The Stencil Girl Products hand stencil was a great way to add extra interest and texture.

Enjoy the end of the year and hope to see you here again soon.

I’m entering the Lindy’s Stamp Gang December color challenge! Wish me luck.