May 13, 2015


I'm not always open to whatever comes next except, maybe, when it comes to crafting. I'm the type that likes to make lists and always have a plan. But since surprises and happy (?) accidents are part of making art, I am learning to embrace them.

The photo I used is a Found Relative and since Fido seems to be anticipating something, Tim's Small Talk sticker seemed appropriate here.

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Mostly, this was an experiment with my Simon Says Stamp stencil called Gingham which I used in several layers to create a background with Distress inks.

After altering and pasting on the photo, I created a border with the stencil and texture paste that I tinted with black gesso.

The butterfly (left over from another project) has a layer of clear crackle and provides a touch of sparkle.

I'm linking to the Monday blog challenge at SSS where this week's theme features Simon brand products.


  1. Oh.... this is such a lovely tag! Love the cute image. :)

  2. At first glance, I thought that the houndstooth looked dimensional, and then dismissed the idea. How could it be? Then I read your post. I was right after all! I love that you tinted the paste. That was a clever idea that I never seem to recall until it's too late. I love visiting here. You're alway inspiring me. Thanks for sharing with us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. We love seeing what you create!

  3. Wow, this is so pretty! Love the colors and the image you've incorperated into the tag! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  4. friends forever...just beautiful!

  5. This is just adorable! You know how much I love your work but this has captured my, so pretty and wonderful use of the gingham stamp! Thank you so much for sharing your tag and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! :)

  6. P.S. Sorry I meant the gingham stencil, not stamp...I've got stamps on the brain at the moment, lol!