Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Hello friends!
I've got one more joyful project to show you.
It's packed full of Inspiration Emporium goodies!
I got out several Alterations dies and started cranking!
I used the Artful Dwellings for the houses,Chip block alpha for the word JOY and Vintage Lace for the white scallop along the bottom and the chimney top. I got out my Idea-ology Vintage Shabby paper stack and cut that along with the chipboard, actually, it's the back of a tablet. I used the Mini Blue Prints stamp set from the Tim Holtz Collection by Stampers Anonymous. I stamped an image for each house with poly sparkle embossing powder by Ranger, and VersaMark ink onto Distress Core-dinations cardstock. I  painted on the roofs with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint and sprinkled on diamond dust glitter. I wish you could see this in real life, it's all crackly and sparkly, so pretty. 
 I added buttons from my stash with Glue Dots, colored a scallop and colored in the snowflake with my white Gelly Roll pen. I twisted a silver pipe cleaner and attached it to the back of the chimney for the smoke.
 I attached white seam binding across the back of each house so it would fold up and tie for gift giving.
I'm all ready for Christmas, I just have to shop for the food and wrap a couple of presents and I'm ready to go. We're supposed to have some stormy weather tonight, and maybe a snowflake or 2 by morning. We don't get much snow, not like we have in the past, whats up with that? I'd like to have 1 deep snow in the winter, just 1 ;)
I hope y'all have a very Merry Christmas, thanks for stopping by!
  From Millan.Net

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Toy Soldier

Happy hump day my friends.
Hope you're keeping warm, it's freezing here, blech!
Today I'm showing you the toy soldier tag I made into a candy cane holder.
I think these would make cute little gifts.
The first thing I did was heat emboss the toy soldier from Tim Holtz Collection Christmas Blueprint stamp set. I inked the stamp with VersaMark, poured on white embossing powder and heat set it. Next, I added Distress Festive Berries and Evergreen Bough ink with my blending tool. I wiped the white soldier a bit to remove the ink.
To make the water spots I sprayed water in my hand and flicked it onto the tag and dried it with my heat tool. I scored the tag, folded it and put on a piece of black cardstock that was die cut with Alterations Vintage Lace die on the front and wrapped it around to the back and adhered it.
I put red Kaiser Rhinestones on the lace and soldiers hat. I ran some white seam binding over the Evergreen Bough ink pad for matching ribbon.
Finally, I die cut the soldier with Alterations Toy Soldier die, using Coredinations cardstock.
Isn't he the cutest thing? I had to have him the minute I saw him!
I put him in the tag with foam dots.
Well, that's it. When you're doing your shopping at the Emporium don't forget to use my coupon code IEIRISGARDEN for 10% off!
 Hope you enjoyed the tag, thanks for looking!
From Millan.Net

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Inspiration Emporium ~ Joy

Good morning friends!
Today I'm showing you my December project for Inspiration Emporium.
We can make anything as long as the word Joy is in it.
I decided to make a spoon Christmas tree ornament.
I used my metal punch stamps to stamp JOY at the top of the spoon.I wanted to put stuff in the bowl of the spoon. I wrote over the word with my black Copic and used the blender pen to clean up around the letters. 
This is my punch set, a hammer and a this metal square, I can't for the life of me think of the name of it, ugh.
But, it's supper heavy.
Here's the ornament finished. 
I used my new Alterations snowflake rosette die and white cardstock. I sprayed it with adhesive glue , I figued that would be way easier than trying to put glue on it. Then I poored glitter, and diamond dust glitter over it. I colored white seam binding with fired brick Distress Stain and tied it on the spoon handle.
I put some Glossy Accents on about half of the spoon and sprinkled on the glitter and added my Idea-ology fractured doll while it was still wet. I glued the wings on her first, I got them out of my stash, I picked them up somewhere. I colored my Idea-ology festive foilage poinstetta and leaves with my red pepper and citrus paint dabbers. I added the Kaiser Rhinestones on the edge. 

Now it's your turn, make something JOYous and upload it to the Inspiration Emporium blog for your chance to win $$$ to spend in the store, fun, fun, fun!
Oh, use my code IEIRISGARDEN to get 10% off your order!
Have a great day, thanks for looking!
  From Millan.Net

Saturday, November 17, 2012


I've got a couple of fall pages to show you today. I used the new Tim Holtz mini blue prints set along the edges of each page. Then I used Dylusions further round the edge, bits and bats, love struck lucy and say what you mean.
I started by spraying the pages with water and the Dylusion spray inks. I dries d the pages with my heat tool and then I laid my 5x8 dotted stencil on the pages and sprayed the pages with water and dryed, I love that look. 
 I had this idea of a tree changing to it's fall colors and then the leaves dropping off the tree.
I admit it was a lot of work cutting out the leaves, but, that's the look I wanted.
I painted the leaves with my water brushes filled with Dylusionals postbox red, squeezed orange, melted chocolate and pure sunshine. I used my SU! splatter stamp for the random speckles. I used Archival Jet Black and Coffee for my stamping.

It's time to do some Christmas art, Halloween and fall is over for me until next year!
I hope you enjoyed my pages, thanks for looking!
Have you uploaded your fall project to the Inspiration Emporium blog yet?
You still have time, it's a great way to win some cool supplies!
  From Millan.Net

Monday, November 12, 2012

white iris

I decided to take a break from holiday art and made an iris journal layout.
 I used Tim Holtz Fancy Flourish stamp set, it's by far one of my fave sets. The iris of course, and the sentiment makes you want to do something memorable each day!
I did my usual water and Dylusion spray inks in cut grass, vibrant turquoise, pure sunshine.
Then I used my Dylusions 5x8 luscious leaves stencil and traced the leaves with my black pen an colored the leaves with my fine tip water brush filled with cut grass ink. 
I took a tag and added the inks and stamped the sentiment with Archival black ink and cut it off with my scalloped scissors. I put a white paper doily behind it.
I traced around the tag with my tracing wheel and filled in the stitches with my Gelly Roll white pen. 
I attached black rick rack with my tiny attacher. I made the book page flower with my tattered floral die and sprayed them with more inks and added a black button.
 The white iris is stamped right on the page with VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder.
The striped "iris" was cut with my chip block alpha die from black cardstock and striped with my white pen.
Remember to check out the Inspiration Emporium blog for the November challenge and use my IEIRISGARDEN discount code for your supplies!
I hope you enjoyed my pages, thanks for looking!
  Smiley from 

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Inspiration Emporium Autumn

Hi friends!
Today I'm showing you the new Inspiration Emporium monthly challenge. It's fall place settings.
I eat winter green Altoids like candy, LOVE them. I was really having a hard time with this challenge, couldn't think of a thing to do, then I spotted the Altoids tin box, aha! What would be better than a box of mints at each persons place setting?
I used a piece of core-dinations cardstock and stamped the words stamp on it from Tim Holtz's Apothecary set with Ranger Distress Black Soot ink.Then I ran it through my Big Shot between the wood grain texture fade.I sanded it a little with my sanding grip to give it some wear.
I cut a piece of lace with my Alterations vintage lace die and put it around the bottom edge of the tin.
The lid edge is a blue color, that wouldn't match at all so, I used my silver acrylic paint dabber. I took the top off and painted it with a paint brush.
I cut my pine cones and leaves with my Alterations Tattered Pine Cone die.
I added some sparkle with diamond dust glitter, this is real glass shardes, talk about sparkly, it's beautiful. I got mine off eBay.
The little tag is stamped with SU! Rough Edges Alpha stamps.
I added 2 little Kaiser pearls.

 I was SOOO excited to get my clutch in my box of goodies, I've been waiting awhile for this! It's my new make-up bag for my purse.
 I had to glam up the zipper pull with some ideaology baubles and bead chain. Gorgeous!

Now, it's your turn, show off your autumn pretties at the Inspiration Emporium blog and see if you can win some IE $$$ to spend! Remember to use my coupon code IEIRISGARDEN for your 10% discount!
Thanks for looking!
  Smiley from

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween my friends!
Are you ready for the tricks and treats tonight?
I am, I get 2 of my grand kids and a nephew. Boo.
I remember the good old days when we'd get dozens and dozens of trick or treaters when I lived in Springfield MO., what fun!
I made this for my co-worker, I can't wait until she see's it, she loves Halloween.
I started by inking up the tag with Distress rusty hinge and dusty concord ink and a blending tool. I had a "stencil" from another project of the Alterations umbrella man, who by the way reminds me of Freddy Kruger, right? Look at the hat and tilt of the head, creeeeepy! I used a bunch of Alterations dies on this tag, to find them all just click the Alterations link below..
I laid the stencil over the tag and stamped the script stamp from Tim Holtz's apothecary stamp set over Freddy ;) then I outlined him with my black marker. I put some tissue tape down one side that I colored with a Copic marker. I used the Alterations sewing room die for the mannequin, I stamped over that too, with the script stamp. I cut out the ladies head from the lost and found paper stack and made her a mask with a piece of the lace from the vintage lace die.
I cut a ticket with the ticket strip die stamped on it and added the 31 from the chip block die. I attached it to the tag with the tiny attacher.
I stamped the bats from Dylusions bits and bats set and popped them up with foam dots.
I gave the tag a spritz with Goosebumps to give it some shine here and there.
I tied the tag on a skull flower pick I got at the dollar store and stuck it in a pint jar filled with candy and tied some ribbon around the top of the jar.
I hope y'all have a great night!
Thanks for looking!
 Smiley from

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dear Santa

Back again with more journal pages, surprised?
Not me, I can't seem to stop, I'm possessed. HA!
I broke out Dyan's new Christmas stamps and stencils.
The stamps I used are Dylusions Christmas Accessories, Christmas Words and Ruby Rainbow. I put the deer head from the accessories set onto the body from Ruby Rainbow, perfect match. Her stamps all work good together! I love the words set, so funny, love the attitude! I used a pencil eraser for the deers cheeks.
The stencils I used are 9x12 Let it Snow and 5x8 Oh Christmas Tree.
I used my Micron 08 black pen to trace the string of lights border with the Oh Christmas Tree stencil.
I colored the light border with fine tip water brushes filled with Dylusions inks cut grass and post box red. I need a couple more pens to fill with more colors. I made the light bulbs polkadot with my Gelly Roll white pen.
I used the Let it Snow stencil to traces my snowflakes with. I used my Gelly Roll 08 white pen and my Copic b21 pen. I added Kaiser blue rhinestones to the centers of the white snowflakes. 

I made a a little Christmas tree with the pine bough stamps and stamped, cut and colored the ornaments. I colored them in places with my Stardust clear Gelly Roll pen for some sparkle, I wish you could see it better, it's so pretty.
The Archival inks I used for my stamping are jet black, coffee, olive and rose madder.

Thanks for looking!
Smiley from

Saturday, October 06, 2012


Happy Saturday!
We had a weather whirlwind yesterday here.
We had 80 degree temps., thunderstorms, hail, wind, after that it was in the 40's.
 We have the heat on today, geezz.
I was wondering about the hummingbirds, I saw one flying around out there, poor guy!

Anyway, I've finished another art journal page with a Halloween theme.
This one is all Dylisions, you know it looks like a lot of work, but it's just inking, stamping, and water coloring. No techniques to it really. You just start with blank pages and let it go, ya know? Just whatever comes to mind. That's why I love this type of journaling, thank you Dyan and Ranger :)

I love Dyan Reavely's idea of filling Tim's water pens with her spray inks to do the coloring of the stamped images.
I've put my order in at Inspiration Emporium for more pens and the little funnel thingy to fill the pens with. 
The colors I used are, crushed grape, squeezed orange, black marble, melted chocolate and cut grass.

 The stamps I used are Dylusions bits and bats, further round the edge, traveling travis, quintessential quotes and right up you street. I got the date stamp at an office supply store. I used Dylusions new starry, starry night 5x8 stencil for the border and white stars. The white stars are covered with rock candy stickles. I usually put tissue tape down the center of my pages, I do this for stability, this is an old flea market journal with pretty thin pages. I can't wait to get my hands on Dyan's new journal!
 See the girls eyes and the crow and spiders eyes? I used inkssentials enamel accents for those, I love this stuff it gives so much dimension and shine! I put kaiser rhinestones on their ears. I do all of the doodling and outlining with a gelly roll white and micron black 08 pens.

Well, that's it for today.
Thanks for looking!
Smiley from 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

ENTER ~ I dare you to!

 Today I'm showing you my Inspiration Emporium door hanger I made for the October monthly challenge, Halloween decor. I thought it would be nice to hang on the front door.
I love Halloween and all things spooky!
I've had this vintage bingo card on my table for awhile, actually I have a bunch of these I got on eBay, they are super thick.
I left the card as is and started adding the goods.
I cut the umbrella man and the mini birds and cage with the Alterations Sizzix dies.
If  you look closely in the cage there is a dead bird ;) I embossed the cage with silver embossing powder.
The skull is from Tim Holtz Apothecary stamp set. I stamped him with Archival Jet Black ink, cut him out and added ink on the edges to distress him a bit. I drew his hat on some paper from the Lost and Found paper stack, added some black cardstock and embellished it with idea-ology mini fasteners.
The "enter" word was made with idea-ology type charms. I snipped the bale off each one.
I added a flower, foliage and gear to his eyes.
I punched 2 holes at the top and attached the lace chain.
 I put a key hole and key at the bottom. I glued a piece of paper behind the keyhole.
I was lucky enough to find an old Halloween children's book at a flea market. I found the sentiment in it, I dare you to!
So, it's saying, enter, I dare you too.
It's your turn!
Make your Halloween decor piece and head over to the Inspiration Emporium blog and upload it at the first of the month. You might be the winner of a $50 shopping spree, good luck!
Have a great day, thanks for looking!
Smiley from

Thursday, September 13, 2012

ABC, easy as 123, simple as.....

do, re, me
ABC, 123
Baby, you and me!
This chorus popped into my head from ABC by the Jackson 5 as soon as I learned what the Inspiration Emporium monthly challenge would be. Nope, it has nothing to do with school, my bad, just numbers and letters, LOL!
We are to do a challenge with ABC's,123's, school theme, whatever strikes your fancy.  
My mind went right to my Tim Holtz Oddities stamp set, and his Bingo stamp. I've had the wood mounted Bingo stamp for awhile and I had to pair it with the hand.
I started off my pages as usual with my Dylusions ink sprays, I added some gesso here and there and Dylusions Basic Backgrounds and Further Round the Edge stamp sets. I used my Archival inks for the stamping. 

I cut my butterflies with Alterations Mini Butterflies movers and shapers dies.
The butterflies are adorned with Kaiser pearls. The wrist is wrapped with vintage lace and I glued on a piece of a rhinestone necklace.
The 57 plaquette and numerals are Tim Holtz Idea-ology Findings. I covered the 3 with Martha Stewart white gold glitter.

I journaled the ABC chorus at the top of this page, down the side and across the bottom.
OK, your turn, upload your creation to the IE blog and see if you're the winner of a $50 shopping spree, what fun!
Smiley from

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Inspiration Emporium Challenge~ shrink plastic

It's Inspiration Emporium designer challenge time again!
This challenge is shrink plastic. I knew I wanted to make a flower so I used Alterations bigz die Tattered Florals to cut the shrink plastic.
I stamped the leaves with Dylusions Doodle Parts and Archival ink and cut them out. The hand is from Tim Holtz Oddities  stamp set, stamped with Archiaval Jet Black ink and cut out.
I used my heat tool to do the shrinking. I didn't want the flower to shrink out flat so I just heated it enough to curl it, same with the leaves, I wanted more dimension. I added more color with q-tips and archival ink. Next, I glued all the layers together and glued on the pearl brad.  I covered the small tag with paper from Tim's idea-ology vintage shabby stack, went around the edges with my tracing wheel for some faux stitching. I added the sentiment with words from idea-ology chit-chat verbages.
I wrapped vintage lace around an old wooden spool and attached the tag.
I hope you order some shrink plastic and play, it's so fun watching the shrinking process!
Remember to use my discount code ieirisgarden for your discount!
Head on over to the IE blog and check out the other team members pretties!
Have a great day!
Smiley from

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tim meets Dyan journal pages ~ BOO

It's journal time!
My fave kind of creating these days, it's just fun, no pressure for trying to do a new and different layout, just go for it, no right or wrong.
These pages are all Dyan and Tim, I had a lot of fun mixing their stamp sets and supplies. I think they worked great together!
First of all, I covered the pages with tim's Idea-ology Terminology Tissue Wrap. The way this is packaged is so cool, it's in a box like wax paper, you pull out what you need and tear it off on the metal edge. I painted my pages with Mod Podge and stuck the tissue paper down and dryed it with my heat tool. Next, I sprayed the pages with water and then sprayed on my Dylusions inks in cut grass, crush
ed grapes and squeezed orange. I wiped off the excess and dryed with my heat tool.The tissue paper shows through the ink, perfect!
Next it was time to stamp. I used my Archival Jet black ink and Tim's Apothecary set and Dyan's Bits and Bats, Traveling Travis and Doodle Parts sets. I used orange peel and lavender stickles on the legs and the skulls headdress and distress fired brick stickles oozing out of the skulls eyes- creepy! I stamped the big spider on the skulls head, it needed something :) The black birds are covered with Martha Stewart onyx glitter. I used some washi tape here and there and Dyan's dotted flowers stencil for the brown dots.   
I used my Gelly Roll white pen to make my polkadot spiders and smudged it around the tree. I did distressing around the edges of the skull and leggy girl with Archival Coffee ink and blender tool. I put Glossy Accents inside the glasses on the leggy girl.
Now, dig into your stash and get some great Halloween stamp sets from Inspiration Emporium and go have some fun!
Have a great day!
Smiley from

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