Thursday, August 10, 2023

Ahoy Matey!

Well hello again!
Today is the 10th and that means it is Whimsy Stamp's new release! So many fun pirate themed products! I used the new Treasure Map die set.  I die cut the images twice. Once on old book paper and again on white card stock.  For the skull I swiped crackle paste over it and set it aside to dry.  The book paper was adhered to the white card stock and I inked up the edges in brown ink.  I added Tim Holtz Grit paste and Crackle paste to the edges.  Once it was dry I rubbed black Distress Crayon over the edges.  It almost looks like the paper was burned.  I did the same with the skull.  I rubbed it into the cracks and wiped off the extra.  I adhered everything to a black A2 card and added red gems to the eyes and bit of twine.  The small xxx at the bottom if from the Arrgh Accessories Die Set. 

Be sure to pop by Whimsy Stamps to see the full release! It is so much fun!


Wednesday, August 9, 2023


Did you miss me? I know it's been a bit since I've posted regularly. Brian and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in Europe! (details and pictures below if interested). I am not getting back to "real life."  Back to school soon too! WAAAAAHHH! But it does mean I can find a bit of time to craft. :)  I used Whimsy's new set Banana Bunch.  This lil' guy is adorable! I colored him with Copics.  I added a frame from the Inverted Scallops Rectangle Die set.  The paper is patterned paper is part of the Retro Vibes paper pack.  As a final touch, I added flowers and leaves from the Hibiscus Flower die set. 

Brian and I celebrated 30 years of marriage this year! My dream was to go to Europe....and we did!
We went on a Celebrity Cruise for 10 days and I already miss being there! ;)
It's funny that even on vacation you get into a routine, and we loved visiting the martini bar before dinner.  The bartender was extremely entertaining! 
Our first stop was Ravenna, Italy.  We walked the cobblestone streets and did a wine tasting in one of the old fortresses.  
We saw Santorini, Greece.  Well known for its blue domed churches.  I could kick myself that we didn't plan our wardrobe a little better.  But it was extremely hot and we just kept thinking about comfort and staying cool.  LOL

Our favorite destination was Dubrovnik, Croatia.  We biked, tubed, kayaked, hiked, and had a fantastic lunch. 
It doesn't get much better than kayaking in the Adriatic Sea!

Then there is Mykonos, Greece.  Such a quaint cute town!
This is Little Venice.  We had a cup of coffee while looking out onto the water and people watching. 
So pretty at night!

We stopped for a day in Ephesus, Turkey.  It was the hottest day of the trip (105 degrees!) but so very interesting! We saw the final resting place of the Virgin Mary, and John's Basilica.  The town of Ephesus has so much religious history and our guide, Murat was fantastic!

It was really a dream come true for me, and I am so blessed to have had this opportunity!