Monday, October 25, 2021

Boo Blocks

 I made a few of these for the family and sold a few as well.  Another quick fun craft for the holiday.   The wooden blocks are from Amazon.  I painted them black with Apple Barrel black acrylic.  I then cut a few frames from my new die from Sizzix Thinlits Leafy Twigs in a couple of different shades … this one is a grey brown textured paper.  Now mind you, when I first used this die I thought it was a one and done.  It was a bear to weed.  I mean it is so intricate and detailed.  But !!!! I think I've used it on several projects now and it quickly became a favorite.   I situated the die cuts on three sides of the block (on some I did 5 sides) and used mod podge to adhere it.   I use my cricut to cut the BOO out of silver cricut vinyl for the one side using the Chiller font.  I grabbed my hubbies drill and went through the sides and then added yarn through.  I separated the blocks with wooden beads that I painted orange acrylic paint and dotted with black and then covered with mod podge to seal it.   I frayed the ends of the yarn for a fun look.

Super easy ... super fun.  

Just drying time to take into consideration. 

I'd like to add this to the following challenges.

Get Creative - Holiday
Dies R Us - ATG with a DRU die
CAS of Friday - Halloween
ModSquad - Halloween
House that Stamps Built - Trick or Treat
Simon Says - Halloween 

Happy Happy Halloween

Halloween Pic Frame


This is a bit of a craft that I threw together for the holiday.  Its a picture frame that I can put my Grandbabies pic in costume.  The picture frame itself is from Michaels and it was like $1 if that.  I painted it black with Apple Barrel black.  From there is was a free for all.  I have a couple of pages of patterned paper from Jim Holtz Abandoned pad.   Then I broke out the Sizzix dies.  I used all of Thinlits Mixed Media  and a couple of insects from Thinlits Funky Insects.  I  have a few pieces - snippets from Jim Holtz Idea-Ology for Halloween.  I used crackle paste with Black Soot and Wilted Violet distress ink added   There is some texture paste as well.  There's Neuvo drops in various colors and a paper flower.  All held together with lots of Mod Podge.  Super fun and on my shelf waiting to be filled.

Happy Halloween Y'all ... my favorite holiday.

I would like to add this to the following challenges
A Place to Start - Hand Made
Crafty Hazelnut - Use Patt Paper - Abandoned from THoltz
Crafty Gals Corner -  Halloween Colors 
My TIme To Craft - Halloween 
Simon Says - Halloween 
Cut it Up - Trick or Treat 
Outlawz THurs - 6 or 8 legged insect
Lets Craft and Create - with wings. 

Wishing you a BOOOoootiful Holiday.  

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Happy Halloween

Welcome to another Challenge at
  Through the Purple Haze
This months challenge is sponsored by 
Oddball Art
our theme for this month is 
this color pallet or Halloween 

For this challenge, I am using the image "Chibi Girl Madeline" by Oddball Art  - using all markers for the images.  I did both the color pallet and the Halloween pallet for this run.  I am using a Recollections Halloween Stamp set and a My Favorite Things wonky stitch rectangle die.  I used a Sizzix thinlit 'Frightful Things' for the web.  For the blue/darker one the papers are from DCWV.  For the orange, the papers are from Recollections.  

I hope you have fun playing along with us on this challenge

I would like to add this to the following challenges.
Crafty Calendar  - Halloween
Daisy Chains - Halloween
Ellibelle's Challenge - Any Holiday - Halloween
Get Creative - Any Holiday - Halloween
Paper Funday - Halloween or Use Purple
Sheepski Designs - Hot or Cold Colors - I used both 
Simply Create Too - Scary Spooky Halloween
Two Old Bats - Halloween.

Thank you
Have a spooky Halloween 


Monday, October 4, 2021

Trick or Treat

Welcome to another Challenge at
Use Your Stuff

We are doing a double dare for this
challenge round with 

our theme for this month is 


For my card, I am using both distress and oxide inks in Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Walnut Stain.  I used Stampers Anonymous 'Bold Frights' with Spiced Marmalade on black cs with clear emboss over which makes it very glassy. I used Simon Says Stamp 'Ornate Leaves' with the different distress inks listed and clear embossing powder as well.  The die cuts are all Sizzix thinlits 'Frightful Things'.   All on a black cs base. 

I hope you have fun playing along with the two challenges.  

I would like to add this card to the following challenges if I may please
Double Trouble - sister challenge
Incy Wincy  - Halloween
Just Us Girls - Halloween
Addicted to Stamps - Die Cuts or Stencils 
Make My Monday - Emboss - wet or dry 
Crafty Calendar - Halloween
Dies R Us - ATG with a DRU die 
Two Old Bats - Halloween

Thanks for stopping by


Monday, September 27, 2021


Here lies yet another halloween send.  
This one  I started with white card stock and I clear embossed the skull using Stampers Anonymous Rest in Peace.  Using resist technique -- Over this, I blended Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, and Seedless Preserves.  The Boo was a gift of letter stickers from Scrapbook.  I framed it with black cs and then all on a purple cs base.  


Thanks for stopping by

I would like to add this card to the following challenges if I may:

Incy Wincy - Monsters
Watercooler - Masculine 
Make My Monday - emboss wet or dry


Under Your Spell

Lining up my sends for Halloween. 

For this card, I started with textured cs from Core'dinations.  It has a great weave texture to feel.   The printed cs is from Abandoned JHoltz Idea-ology.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle stamped on black cs with white embossing powder then cut with a double stitched die from My Favorite Things.  The bottom die cut is from Sizzix Thinlit Frightful Things and then I coated it with Wink of Stella so it sparkles on an angle.  Last touch, adding that acrylic dot made in my oven by melting a plastic bead.
All then added to a black cs base. 

Thanks for stopping by.

I would like to add this card to the following challenges if I may please:
Outlawz Wed - Sketch
Creative Fingers - ATG
Polkadoodles - ATG
Krafty Chicks - Occasions - Halloween
Dies R Us - ATG with DRU Dies.  Sizzix 
TicTacToe - Diagonal DieCut/Free/Fall Halloween

Thanks for stopping by ...... 

Have a great day. 


Monday, September 13, 2021

Back to School

 Its another challenge at USE YOUR STUFF 

The theme on this run is

I chose to work with both themes of Back to School with a digi from Polkadoodles and the printed cs in primary colors.  I use my Ohuhu markers on the image.  I also used a stacked wonky edge die and printed paper from Sizzix.  The flower is from Recollections and everything is on a ballet pink card stock base. 

I hope you play along with the challenge

I would like to add this card to the following challenges please:

Coloring in Scrapland - Back to Routine
Give a Crafter a Cookie - Back to School
lets Craft and Create - Lots of Layers
Dream Valley - Digital
Heart to Heart - use card stock
Sisterhood of Crafters - Cute and Simple

Thanks for stopping by


Thursday, September 2, 2021

Water Fairy


Hello ... this is my make for the challenge at

The challenge this month rounded corners.
The Sponsor for this months challenge is 

For my card, I am using the image Water Fairy.
I used marker on the image and framed it with blue card stock.  I used gold embossing powder on the sentiment with a HeroArts stamp.  Oxide Sprays in Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock feathers, and cracked pistachio on the background.  Gold Neuvo drops. Silver mylar leaf sticker leaves and a paper flower.  All on a pale blue base. 

I hope you have fun playing along and good luck on the challenge. 

I would like to add this card to the following challenges if I may please:

Thanks for stopping by 
Have a great day 
Be Safe


Monday, August 30, 2021

Shine Bright

Welcome to another Challenge at
  Use Your Stuff

our theme for this month is 
Anything Goes 

For my card, I am using the image, "Dragobiscus Flower Pot Hatchling" and I used both colored pencils and markers on the image and highlighted the dragon with a couple of coats of 'Wink of Stella' to make the baby dragon really shine.  I cut the image out and a pale lavender frame with a set of stitched oval dies from MFTs.  The dark pink front panel was embossed with a swiss dot folder by cuttlebug.  The pink plaid paper is from Core'dinations.  .  All mounted onto a pink side fold cs base.  I added different-sized sequins to the top corners.

I hope you have fun playing along with us this challenge

I would like to add this card to the following challenges if I may 
Outlaw Monday  - ATG
Sweet Stamping - Lots of Layers
Alphabet Challenge - 'K' Kindness
QKR  Stampede -  ATG
Simon Says - glimmer and shine 
Krafty Chicks - All Occasions. 

Thanks for stopping by. 
Happy Crafting.

. Dawn


Saturday, August 21, 2021

Apple Thanks

    Hello ... a card to start off the school year and Thanks to the staff.  This has yellow, blue and red card stock.  A piece from DCWV 'grade school glitter stack'.  I used Penny Black die 'Border Edges' and Heffy Doodle die 'Thanks'.  White gel pen for the faux stitches and yellow twine bow. 

I would like to add this card to the following challenges please:

TicTacToe - Diagonal (apple/free/blue)
As You Like it -  Favorite Primary Colors - Blue ... blue is my signature color .. everything goes with blue.
Alphabet Challenge - Just One Word
Dies R Us - ATG
Color Throwdown - Primary Colors
ModSquad - Thank you
Simon Says Stamp - Add a Sentiment
CRAFT - Back to School 
Outlawz - use twine. 

Thanks for stopping by 
be safe out there. 
Wear a mask. 


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Choose to Soar


I made this tag for my daughter.  It's an Etcetera thick board tag. Stampers Anonymous Flourish stencil.  White acrylic paint.  Oxide inks in Salvaged Patina, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint.  Tissue Paper.  Multi Medium Matte.  Texture Paste Crackle with Shaded Lilac.  Distress emboss Glaze in Speckle Egg.  Distress Oxide sprays in Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers. Sizzix Impresslits 3D Embossing die.    White, lavender, and blue CS.  LiquidTex gel medium.  Neuvo Drops in cream, blue and clear. FantastiX Ink in Champagne Mist.  Paper Flowers. 

I need to get ribbon ... I guess that means a trip to Michaels.  

I would like to add this tag to the following challenges if I may please:

Clever Dexter - Use a stencil
Happy Little Stamper - ATG with a Stencil
Inkspirational  - Journey
Dream Valley - Emboss, wet or dry(butterflies) 
Cards for Gals - Texture
Simon Says Mondays - Dry Emboss (butterflies) 
Make My Monday - Anything but a card. 
Paper Shelter - Anything but a card. 

Thank you for stopping by
Have a great day

Monday, August 16, 2021

Surfer BD

 Its another challenge at USE YOUR STUFF 

The theme on this run is "SUMMER"

This is a little tribute to Bugaloo Stamps.  I'm sure going to miss her work.  

This is Surfer Dude.  He's everything summer for a guy's summer birthday celebration.  He's colored with Ohuhu markers.  The sentiments are all from MFT Bitty Birthday Sayings and they're stamped in Salvaged Patina Oxide and then heat embossed with clear to give them all dimension.  Blue cs and a lime green base. 

I hope you come on by and join in on the fun.

Thanks for stopping by

I would like to add this card to the following challenges if I may:
Creative Fingers - ATG
Color Crazy - ATG
Craft Castle - Summer
Daisy Chain - Men
Dragonfly Dream - Summer
Ellibelle - Guys
Outlaw   - Summer 
Male Room - Birthday

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Always Shine

 This was a cute, fun card to make.  

CAS is just stressful for me … I constantly want to fill that white space.  The image is from SheepSki designs and is completed with Ohuhu markers.   I ran out of Wink of Stella (I don't know how I managed that) but before that fun stick came to be there was another and I happen to still have a jar of FantastiX ink in Champagne Mist that I covered over the sleeping dragon for that shine.  Besides the coloring, it's just a lavender card stock base.  

I'm going to add another close-up of the ink on the dragon so you can really see her shine. 

I would like to add this card to the following challenges if I may:
Sheepski Designs:  Lets Be Cute
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark/blog hop

Thanks for stopping by
WIshing you an amazing day


Pretty Princess

 Hello ... this is my make for the challenge at

The challenge this month is a tic tac toe board.

I am going with the middle ... butterfly/female and faux stitching.

The image is from StarStampz and  I used Ohuhu markers, MFT wavy stitch frames, stitched banners, Recollection butterfly punch,  white, pink, and kraft card stock and the printed cs is from SSS.

I hope she spins plenty of birthday wishes.

Head on over and give the board a try.

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:

Cutie Pie Challenge - Girls Girls Girls
Stamping Sensations - Any Celebration

Thanks for stopping by


Monday, August 2, 2021

Life Inspired

 Its another challenge at USE YOUR STUFF 

The theme on this run is "Inspired by Life" I thought .. oh I have something for this for sure.

 Before everything went down the skids here, I had this great inspiration to visit all of the LOVE signs in Virginia with my granddaughter (now granddaughters)
 VA LoveWorks.
 I thought, there are sooooo many it will take years to get through it and would be a great book to have together. We hit a couple of spots and those pictures just sat in my phone forever. When you're really sick, you have nothing but time to think of 'to-do lists' - 'bucket lists' - 'wish I could or did lists'.

 So, this weekend, I went out to Michaels and I bought a scrapbook. Mind you, I haven't done a scrapbook in years. Many, many years.  I'm thinking, yea I got this … and was quick to realize … yea, no you don't.

 First things first was to pull the pics off the phone. Well, I did that only to realize I needed to have some in different sizes so back to the app and then back to the store. 
 Now that I had all the pics it was laying them all out. I'm thinking easy peasy --- a 12x12 space is huge compared to a A2 card and at the same time not big enough LOL. Then there was the 'hey, you need to trim your 12x12 just a wee bit' to fit in the sleeve easily. Yea I forgot that. Then there's the glue ... wholly cannoli you use glue like no tomorrow. Roll that tape runner down 12 inches and it starts squealing back at you LOL.
 So, I said to myself,  just jump in -- get the first pages down and we can bob and weave from there and grow with the flow.
 I tell ya, scrapbookers out there .. you have it going on !! High Five !!!!!  I'm about to learn from your skills please and thank you. 
Here are the first 2 pages with more to come as we travel the state in the maddddd search of fun and adventures.

For the top page, I used a solid background cs in brown from Park Lane and an overlay of printed paper from Recollections.   MFT Heart Shaker Trio die.  Martha Stewart three-dotted punch.  My Favorite Things Double the Love die.  Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Mermaid Lagoon Distress Spray.  CS in kraft and pale blue.  

This page has an orange Recollections base with the pics framed in two shades of yellow.  Spellbinders foliage die and green cs.  MFT Heart Shaker Trio die and a Fiskars heart punch. Some distress carved pumpkin and spiced marmalade.  A  couple of stitched banners from my scrap box tossed in there with some scrap yellow paper cut as banner as well.

Now to hit the road and fill this book up.  

Happy Trails 

I would like to add these to the following challenges please:
Addicted to Stamps - Use dies and/or stencils
Just Us Girls - Anything but a card
Heart to Heart - a full circle - found in the tire and the "Os" 
Cards for Gals - Use dies and punches
Crafty Hazelnut - Use patterned paper

Outlawz - Use Dies and Punches. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021


 This is a combo of challenges - one being a color challenge which leads to all of the bright colors- the other challenge is to use a Christmas Movie as inspiration - which would be the 'Nutcracker'.
The image is from Sweet and Sassy and I used markers.  I cut it down with a die from ArtC - Thinking of You set.  I framed that with both the blue and green cs that I rounded the corners with my corner chomper.  
The front panel is blue cs and I cut the strip of green and then another piece of green on green gingham paper from Recollections.  I stamped the sentiment in Blueprint Sketch distress and then covered that with clear embossing powder to give it shine.  I cut the edge of the strip with the same die to curve it a bit.  Both sentiments are from ArtC Christmas Joy set. The second sentiment is stamped and then I used white embossing powder.  
Everything was stacked onto a bright green cs base and I added some apple green Neuvo drops 

I would like to add this card to the following challenges if I may.
Cut it Up - Movies - Nutcracker
Jingle Belles - Christmas Movie
ABC Christmas - on the side. 
Polkadoodles - ATG wk 29
House that Stamps built - Patterned paper and stamps
QKR Challenge - ATG #424
Sisterhood of Crafters - Emboss ... the embossed sentiments
Cupcake Challenge - Green, Blue and Yellow

Thanks for stopping by 
Have a great day


Holiday Travel

 This was a quick card to put together.  I started with a stamp from Bugaboo and I colored it with markers.  
 I grabbed a piece of red/white polka dot cs from Simple Stories.  I cut the square hold with MFT square shaker die and frame.  I set the image behind the window and used the red cs frame as well.  I added a pale green bow and then set it all on a red cs base.  The sentiment was cut with a stitched banner die and a larger red one to set behind it.  
Super zip-a-dee  

I would like to add this card to the following challenges if I may:
Heart 2 Heart - Christmas
CRAFT - funny Christmas
Ike's World - Christmas

Thanks for stopping by




Well, this is a different type of holiday card that's for sure ... It's a Dr. Digi's digi ... Ambrose at the beach - colored with markers and I cut a Santa hat to put on his head.  To cover the glue seam and a bit of the goggles (lol) I found some fake snow to put on the hat trim -- I totally didn't know if it would work since that pen has been in a draw for a couple of years - but it puffed up fine.
The front panel was stenciled with TH Stampers Anonymous Stencil with Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard distress.  I raised the sentiments up off the front panel with dimension tape. 
This has got to be the sunniest Christmas card I've ever done LOL 

I would like to add this card to the following challenges if I may:
Simon Says  - Use Food
Heart to Heart - Christmas in July
Outlawz - Christmas in July
CRAFT - Funny Christmas
The Male Room - Christmas
Ikes World - Christmas

Thanks for stopping by
Have a great day 


Monday, July 19, 2021

This Little Piggie went ......


This critter is just too cute and headed out on a fun vacation.  
This is my team make for Use Your Stuff and the theme is Summer Fun.  

Isn't this fun !!!   Oh, how I wish I was headed with.
The image is from Bugaloo and I colored it with markers .. Ohuhu I think is what I had at the time.  The background yellow paper is from Recollections.  The background of wee wee wee is framed with cs stamped with a background stamp and white embossing powder from Fiskars.  Lots of die cuts of banners and circles from cs and grabbed the scrap dotted inner circle from another piece.  The sentiment on the bottom is from My Fav Things - YAY for You set.  All on a white slimline base. 

 I really hope you join us in the challenge at Use Your Stuff.

I would like to add this card to the following challenges if I may:
2 Crafty Critters - ATG w/critter
Craft Rocket - Summer
PaperFunDay - Summer
House that Stamps Built - Patterned paper and a stamp
MFT - Slimline - Summer 
Simon Says - Food/Drink
Sparkles - Outdoor Fun 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy playing in the challenge too 


Sunday, July 18, 2021

A Merry Little Christmas

 In cleaning my room, I never realized how many embossing folders I had for Christmas. Everything old is new again.   

   So so much ink on this card LOL... I picked a folder from Sizzix on this card.   I wasn't sure which side I wanted so I inked both sides with crushed olive distress and went with the debossed side after.  I then blended peeled paint on the raised surface.   I then took a red marker to all of the berries.  There was sooooo much ink I had to rub glaze over it and set it aside to dry a bit.  
I stamped the holiday greeting in ranger jet black and then blended festive berries and cut it with Sizzix scalloped edge circle stack.  The outer scallop has  gold embossing powder around the edge.   I added tan and white bakers twine and bow and raised the circles with dimension tape. 
A little bit of bakers twine in a bow. 
Everything all on a black base. 

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:

The Male Room - Christmas
Shopping Our Stash - Christmas
Creative Knockout - Celebration (Christmas)
Simon Says - Emboss 

Birds of a feather.


This one is for the twofer challenge.   With so so many xmas in july fun I couldn't resist.   

This first card is a birthday greeting.  I blended multiple distress inks ( Festive Berries, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber and Mermaid Lagoon through a Ranger Dylusion Stencil,   I cut the oval with a double stitched stack by MFT.   The birds are from Dylusion as well and I colored them with markers.  I set it behind/below the open oval.   The sentiment is from MFT Yay for You and I use Ranger Jet Black.  I added a couple of clear dot neuvo drops for a bit of texture (you can't see them in this pic but they're there) and we'll call this one done. 
For this card, I would like to enter the following challenges:
Twofer Challenge: #40 Birds
Alphabet Challenge - "H" use Happy
Watercooler Challenge - 320  Occasions
2 Crafty Critters - ATG with a critter
Let's Craft and Create - 173 - punch or die. 

The second one, with the same stamp set, was stamped three times and I fussy cut them out.  The background was inked with multiple distress inks in the same colors as the birds (festive berries, crushed olive, peeled paint).   The stencil is from Dylusions- The sentiment is from ArtC - it went from not being used from the day I bought it in 2019 to a workout this week. Stamped in Ranger jet black.  I added a gold mylar sticker line down the edge of the stencil and the cold mylar sticker hearts near the sentiment. 
For this card, I would like to enter the following challenges:
Cards for Gals - Christmas
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Less is More - Christmas
Ikes World - Christmas. 

Thanks for stopping by 
wishing you a wonderful day