WynneWORD Birthday

chautona-card66I’ve been DYING to use this stamp ever since I found out they made it. This map is actually one of the maps in my children’s series, “The Annals of Wynnewood.” The illustrator, Craig Worrell, allowed eMagine stamps to recreate it in rubber! I AM IN HEAVEN! I love the sentiment, “Find Joy in the Journey.” I thought it worked for a birthday sentiment too.

I just hope Craig doesn’t mind that I utterly destroyed the image after I stamped it. I stamped, roughed up the edges, crumpled it in a ball, and then sponged the heck out of it. It looks nice and dead–er antique. Just how I wanted it.

Stamps: eMagine “Wynnewood”
Paper: PTI Smokey Shadow and SU Naturals
Paper Size: A7 (5×7)
Ink: Unity Pallette Black, SU Suede, Crumb, Mustard, Cocoa, and Sand
Accessories: Twine, Brads, Sponges
Techniques: Destruction of perfectly fine paper.

Gull-p, I Sea It’s Your…


So, I am a SLOW colorer. Yeah, it’s not a word. It should be. Colorist? Maybe that’s better. I don’t care. Anyway. I need to learn to color faster, so I made myself go lickety split on this card. I colored 4 of that image in 15 minutes. It shows. Okay, I know it. but it doesn’t look HORRIBLE which is saying a lot. It doesn’t look good, but if I keep making myself do it, maybe I’ll get faster.
I know that Victorian-ish scroll work on the tag isn’t “beachy” but I kind of liked the eclectivity of the two together. It looked like a natural way that our possessions reflect different styles and meld together nicely.
Or that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Stamps: PSX G-2891, SU Hardwood, Vintage Labels
Paper: SU Kraft & Baja. Neenah Solar.
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25)
Ink: SU Sand and Suede. Versafine. Unity Palette Umber
Accessories: “Thread” from burlap, SU Oval punch
Techniques: Watercolor pencils and Aqua brush. Also watercolor crayons.

SC328- Weathered Birthday

chautona-SC328Favorite card of the week. Made me happy. Super duper happy. But I learned something. See how those words look all nice and worn–kind of like they got sanded off the card a bit? I did that by barely inking up the stamp. Worked perfect.

Um, the second one has a perfectly crisp image. Why? Because I wasn’t very bright. I didn’t think to wipe off the stamp first. So, second one inked up all that I missed with the first one, and voila. It wasn’t nice and old looking. Oh, well. Not everyone likes things to look half dead like me, sooo I’ll probably give that one away on my blog thing. It’ll work. Meanwhile, I have this one and it makes me smile. I think it’s gonna go to my Dad. Because he’s cool. And it’s cool. And that means they fit. I must be tired–getting nonsensical. Adios.

Stamps: PTI Big Birthday Something
Paper: PTI Smokey Shadow. And other papers. That I like. One from Authentique (bottom layer–maybe the next as well. No clue on top layer)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Unity Pallatte Burnt Umber
Accessories: Coolified nobby thread that Stacy (JBGreendawn) gave me
Techniques: Sewing Machine (kicked myself in the butler and made me go get it out)
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 2

SC327- Accident Waiting to Happen

chautona-SC327Sorry. Hedgehog + Balloon has to eventually equal kablooey. That’s gonna be one sad Hedgie. Just sayin’. Still, he’s cute and he’ll enjoy it while it lasts. I think he’s watched “Up!” one too many times, but what do I know?

Still, he’s cute and he makes me smile. 😀 (<–See… smile.)

Stamps: Penny Black Hedge Hog Party something (too lazy to get up and look)
Paper: PTI White and I think some kind of melon, scraps.
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versafine, I think. Amuse melonishness
Accessories: Crinkly ribbon. Ain’t it purty?
Techniques: Water pen with marker
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 2

SC234- What a Flake!

ImageI should have said this one was “challenging” but it really wasn’t. My brain was just “mentally challenged” in trying to make it work. I loved my idea, but no matter what I did, I wasn’t satisfied. I finally added the pink and it really made things better. This is the IDEA of what I wanted it to be, but it’s still just kind of “okay.”

Well, actually, it’s growing on me. It’s not too bad. I’m comparing the card to the picture, and half the trouble is the incandescent lighting rather than the natural light I prefer. But I know if I don’t take the picture now, it’ll be fodder for the garbage in someone else’s house before I ever get it taken, so here she be. Can I just say, I’m REALLY looking forward to the next sketch? I got a great idea and I’m excited to try it! WOOT.

Now where’s that plaid fabric… or maybe burlap… oooh… burlap…

Stamps: Stampin’ Up “A Beautiful Christmas” & ODBD “Peace and Joy”
Paper: Gina K white, SU Midnight, and SU Sage
Paper Size: 5×7
Ink: SU Midnight and Versamark
Accessories: ODBD Snowflake dies, SU pearls, rhinestones, and crocheted flowers. PTI buttons, embossing powder
Techniques: heat embossing and die cutting
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1

SC236- Goat Grandpa

chautona-SC326This was a RAK from Janice. LOVE this goat. Gonna have to buy him. Every time I get one I like, I end up buying the stamp. It’s the smartest thing ever, that WRAK/RAK thing. Just sayin’.

So, my grandchildren have two sets of grandparents in town. There is my husband and myself. We’re Bestemor and Bestefar (Norwegian for grandma and grandpa). The other grandparents are called “Goat Grandma and Grandpa” by my older grandkids (bestekids… I made that up). They’re called this because they have goats.

I think I’m glad we don’t raise pigs. Just sayin’.

So “Goat Grandpa” is also the pastor of our church. It’s Pastor Appreciation Month. Guess what he’s getting? Mmmwwaaahahahaha.


Stamps: Serendipity Goat
Paper: PTI Spring, WeRMemory Keepers Vintage T
Paper Size: 4.25×5.5
Ink: Not sure… Memento I think
Accessories: Brads, sewing machine, twine, knife
Techniques: Colored pencils
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1


chautona-card40I fell in love with this House Mouse stamp. I just love chickadees. They’ve replaced cardinals as my all-time favorite birds. They’re just so stinkin’ cute!

As I was workin’ on this, I decided it would be perfect for upcoming Christmas exchanges, but it has a mouse and glitter–my friend, Tami’s, two favorite things!!! *cough* I really should be self-sacrificing and send it to her.

I also want you to know that I managed to color this in a living room full of 7 kids under the age of 9. So there. HA! (and yeah, the second one isn’t as nice, but almost. 🙂


Stamps: House Mouse “Berrying Gifts” (Stampendous Cling)
Paper: PTI Cream, SU Bashful, PTI Smokey Shadow
Paper Size: 5×7
Ink: Memento
Accessories: SU Cherry seam binding and vintage clear button… and glitter… and Fiskars sunburst punch… and MFT scalloped die… and who knows what else… Apparently I don’t–only how to make a terrible run-on sentence. I call myself a writer. Shame on me.
Techniques: Colored Pencils & OMS
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 2