Monday, February 27, 2023


Hello crafty friends!  Welcome back to my neglected blog!  It's that time of the month again where my crafty besties and I blow the dust off of some idle supplies and actually USE them!  I apologize for being late this month, but time got away from me, and I just wasn't able to finiish on time.  We like to call this the Squirrelz Stash Bash!

This month, we decided to work with animals/critters and texture and/or glitter paste, and here is my card:

I absolutely ADORE Tracey Hey stamps, and I am on an unofficial mission to collect them all.  There are actually more out there than I originally thought, so it may take me a while!  Anyway, I loved this lion from the first moment I saw him, so I wanted this to be the first of Tracey's stamps that I used.  I recently watched a YouTube video from Marilyn G where she colored an adorable Dianna Marcum bunny stamp using the dot method, and I was so inspired by it, that I decided to do this lion the same way.  This took me QUITE AWHILE, my friends!  Trying to make the dots as random as possible, while also varying their size was an interesting exercise in patience for me, but I am totally IN LOVE with the end result!  I used 3 shades of each color, and tried to follow the colors as they are shown on the stamp packaging:

I also added white gel pen accents here and there.

ANYWAY, I created the background by spreading Martha Stewart Onyx glitter paste through my favorite stencil from A Colorful Life Designs, called Up Down TrianglesI think these triangles work very well to give a "tribal" feeling to the card.  Now, as far as Martha Calling this a "glitter" paste, I think it's a bit of a misnomer.  This color has nowhere NEAR the glitter that her other colors have, so I decided to sprinkle some Simon Says Stamp Unicorn Confetti glitter over the top while the paste was still wet.  This stuff really adds the EVERYTHING!  😂 When the paste was dry, I cut the panel down with a Whimsy Stamps Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and glued it onto a super thin black matting layer.  That was then glued down to the A2 card base.  I popped the lion up on foam tape.  I combined the "Be A" and "warrior" sentiments, and then stamped the largest swish on top of the warrior word with Barn Door Distress ink.  I trimmed down the sentiment strip with my mini Tim Holtz trimmer, and then also went around the edges with the same red ink.  And that's it!

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~ Marie

Friday, January 27, 2023


Hey friends!  Super short and sweet post, as I have very limited time to post tonight.  It's that time where my crafty besties and I dig into our stashes and create some beauties to look at.  That's right it's time for...
This month we focused on LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP with ink blending.  Here's my card:

I used the Lawn Fawn Lots of Hearts stencil set to do my ink blending through, and used Gina K inks in Bubblegum Pink, Passionate Pink, Lovely Lavendar, and Wild Lilac.  I had wanted to add a clear glitter paste on top of the lighter colored hearts, but my paste had dried up, and that was the only one I had.  I tried to use Stickles, but it went all over the place, so this is actually panel #2.  😏  I die cut the ink blended panel with a Wonky Rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs.  The black layer behind the panel is glitter cardstock I had lying around, and so is the die cut sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps honey cuts set Bitty Buzzwords.  The die cut heart is from Spellbinders, and I embossed the white layer with a Spellbinders Embossing folder of the month called Spreading Love.  I finished the inside with the sentiment "to know you sweet friend" from the Bitty Buzzwords stamp set.

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~ Marie 


Hello crafty friends!  Welcome back to my neglected blog!  It's that time of the month again where my crafty besties and I blow the dust...