Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Good Bye Etsy....

Well, this final price increase does it...I won't be able to continue to sell on Etsy anymore.  I started my shop in 2009 at the urging of several friends by selling vintage ephemera, art supplies and assorted vintage goodies I've found in my travels. 

Eiffel Tower Pen Nibs - 3 ChoicesAntique Warren's Combination Penny Quill Pen - Late 1800's8 Assorted Vintage Pen Nibs -  II

I chose to focus on vintage ephemera because I love use it in my own art and I thought it would be fun to share that love with others at a reasonable price so everyone could enjoy it.  Many of my items sell for just a couple dollars and in smaller quantities so you could pick and choose the goodies you wanted to incorporate into your own art.

Vintage Bingo - Lotto Cards - Bakers Dozen35 Vintage Language Flashcards - German, English, Latin, French, Japanese Spanish -n- RussianVintage Cook Book Pages - Bakers Dozen for Mixed Media, Collage n Altered Arts

Since I started selling there have been numerous increases to postage prices, changes in how fees were accessed, increases in fees, the mandate from Etsy making it a requirement to use their check-out system (and all of the fees associated with it) and finally the increase from 3.5% to 5% of your sales INCLUDING the shipping price.  That final bit about charging you for the shipping price is just asinine - with the exception of a few sellers who charge exorbitant shipping fees nobody makes any money on the shipping so why charge us for it?  It's ridiculous.

5 Assorted Vintage Watchmaker Parts Glass Vials - Steampunk - Jewelry - Mixed Media - Altered Arts12 Assorted Calendar Pages 70's - 201120 Vintage Unused NOS Puzzle Bottle Caps

Obviously they don't care about the small shops that were their backbone for so long.  Once their stock went public it was all about the almighty dollar and lining the investors pockets.  I have read that since the price increase announcement their stock has risen substantially.  Good for them but I think that may be a short lived bump...this increase has angered many of the small sellers and even some of the larger ones. 

Half a Dozen Vintage Map Pages n Pieces & BONUSVintage Sheet Music Bakers Dozen for Mixed Media, Collage n Altered Arts

If you're interested in anything I have listed on my etsy shop, I will keep the shop open until mid July...after that I'm closing it.  I do however have huge amounts of vintage ephemera so if you're in need of something after that, please let me know...I'd be happy to help you out at a great price.

Antique Trial Lens - Collage, Charms, Mixed Media, Steampunk, Pendant, Jewelry and more100 pieces of Mixed Media Paper Ephemera for Collage, Altered Arts & Mixed Media Projects1 Dozen Assorted Steampunk Gears - Gold, Silver, Copper, Bronze

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Circles Circles Circles!

Welcome, welcome! I am so excited to share my circle card with you today.  The newest challenge over on the Lost Coast Portal is Round and Round.  I thought this circle stamp was PERFECT for the challenge!

I was so excited because I was able to use my new to me Marabu Art Crayons to color it.  I'm sure you've heard me talk about them but I just have to say they are so much fun to play with!

Anyway, to see how easy this card was to create, hop on over the LCD blog and check it out....

Lost In Circles?

Challenge #55 - Round and Round

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And be sure to join in on the fun and enter your own card into the Round and Round Challenge for your chance to win $'s to the Lost Coast Design / Carmen's Veranda Rubber Stamps! You can't win if you don't enter!

Friday, June 15, 2018

CSI Case File No. 256

Hello Friends! 

This month the Imagine Artist Team is joining up with CSI Challenge blog to share a bit of inspiration. I was assigned case file #256 to try to solve the case (shown below) and this is what I came up with...

I was so excited about this as I had the perfect stamps to go with "The Scene" and since we like to travel so I thought the inspiration was the perfect way to celebrate how we "camp" on road trips!  You see, our idea of camping is the Holiday Inn, Marriott, Hampton Inn and Suites, etc.  The photos are from a trip earlier this year when we had to stop in Harrisburg/Hershey area during a pop up snowstorm. We lucked out and got the last room available at Spring Hill Suites and it was beautiful to boot!   

My inspiration from Case File No. 256 was "The Scene", Colors, Banners and more.  

These stamps from Just For Fun Stamps went with the theme perfectly!!

And I had this Club Scrap "Road Trip" stamp that worked out so well...
I also used a map and travel sign stamps to create various background pieces as well...

Hope this inspires you to pull out your stamps, inks and photos to scrap your travels.

Imagine - VersaFine Clair - Nocturne, Cheerful, Tulip Red, Warm Breeze; Memento Dual Tip Markers
MFT - Banner Die
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps - Camper 1, Camper 2, Wash Tree, Campfire
Club Scrap - Vintage Travel Stamps, Washi Tape, Cardstock

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Multi-Color Stamping

Hello Friends!  It's so nice to have fun tools to help you with art and today I wanted to share how I made this card...my multi-colored sea turtle scene.


Trim a piece of white cardstock a bit smaller than an A2 card.  

Place the card panel into a stamp positioner (like a Misti or similar tool).  

Center the stamp on the card panel face down on the panel, close the lid of the positioner and open. Your stamp should now be affixed to the lid.

Ink the turtle portion of the image with desired color then stamp.

Now it's time to have fun. I like using my Memento Dew Drop Ink Pads for this technique as you can add ink in smaller areas than you can with larger pads.  Select desired color of ink and dab it onto portions of the image and stamp.

Repeat with one or more additional colors until the entire image has been stamped on the card.

The results will be a very colorful fun card!
Hope this has inspired you to play a little with your stamp positioner!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Left-Overs Card

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope you had a spectacular weekend!

If you recall over the weekend I shared the Sunflower & Watermelon Welcome Summer banner with you.  Well I had a few extra pieces left over that I wanted to use up so I created a fun left-overs card!

I chose a piece of Emerald/Emerald Starstruck foiled paper for the background and then layered on all of the extra bits I had left over. I die-cut the "hello" sentiment from a scrap of Ebony/Gold Glossy foiled paper.

Now I have a shimmery, sparklie fun card to share this summer.
Who knew left-overs could be so good!


Rinea Ebony/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
Rinea Silver/Silver Starstruck Foiled Paper
Rinea Gold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
Rinea Ruby/Ruby Starstruck Foiled Paper
Rinea Fuchsia/Fuchsia Starstruck Foiled Paper
Rinea Emerald/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
Rinea Mocha/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
Sizzix - Watermelon & Sunflower Dies
My Favorite Things - "hello"
X-cut Banner Die

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sunflower & Watermelon...Welcome in Summer!!

I am so excited to welcome in summer with my project today but I am also excited because this is my first official post for the Rinea Design Team!  I think you're going to love this foiled paper!

And here it is....my Welcome Summer Banner!!  I die-cut both the inside and scalloped outside banner pieces then adhered them together. All of the components for the watermelons and sunflowers were then cut using sizzix dies and assembled accordingly. The letters were die cut from the Ebony/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper using an alphabet die set from My Favorite Things.  

All of the individual pieces were then glued to the individual banners and left to dry.  Once the glue had dried a hole was punched at each corner of the top of each banner and threaded onto a green/gold ribbon from May Arts.

For complete instructions please see: Welcome Summer Banner by Roni
So easy yet a stunning piece sure to draw oohs and aaahs from your guests this summer!

This month Rinea introduced the new Misfits Variety Pack...a mystery collection filled with both glossy and starstruck foiled papers in a variety of colors. A fun pack to get a taste of just how handy Rinea foiled paper is.

Another fun brand new variety pack is the Magical Foiled Paper Variety Pack! Perfect for all those Disney projects you've been putting off making!  Wait no more - these lovely foiled papers are reason enough to get them done!  I'll have a project to share with you later this month using this collection ;) 

Rinea Patriotic Foiled Paper Variety Pack
Rinea also released the Patriotic Foiled Paper Variety Pack! A lovely collection of the ole' red, white and blue! A perfect choice to show off your patriotism on cards, in scrapbooks, home decor, mixed media and more!!  Unlike the first two new variety packs, the Patriotic Foiled Paper Variety Pack is available for a limited time only. Once it's gone it won't be available again this year!!! I so can't wait to share the project I made using this collection!!


Rinea Ebony/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
Rinea Silver/Silver Starstruck Foiled Paper
Rinea Gold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
Rinea Ruby/Ruby Starstruck Foiled Paper
Rinea Fuchsia/Fuchsia Starstruck Foiled Paper
Rinea Emerald/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
Rinea Mocha/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
May Arts - Ribbon
Sizzix - Watermelon & Sunflower Dies
My Favorite Things - Alpha Dies
X-cut Banner Die

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Spread Your Wings...

Hello Friends!  I hope you're all having a lovely week so far.  Today I wanted to share a piece that I made just for the heck of it.  A bit of Art Therapy if you will.  It's been a stressful couple of weeks and I just wanted to stamp and ink and futz around so that's just what I did.  I had no real plan so this took a few days to come together but I am so happy with how it turned out.....

Stamps - Lost Coast Designs - Butterflies, Butterfly Lady, Circles Background
Rinea - Oma's Postcard (writing)
Viva Las Vegas - artys elements (can't find the names on their web-site...too many stamps to sort through)

So I am playing with my Marabu Art Crayons again...
they are just too much fun!

A bit of scribbling, blending

water spritz - but as you'll note in the photo below, this was covered.

And here's how it turned out.
I should note that this is a piece of foam core board.
Before I added color I used a piece of tape to tear away a couple of the top layers of paper just to give it some character.  You can sort of see it in this photo.

Used a pretty stencil from Club Scrap to pick up some of the color off of the board.

This is what it looked like...

Now, here is where I really started getting into it and forgot to take photos of the process.

I added several layers of stamping using VersaFine Clair Morning Mist, Golden Meadow, Summertime (orange) and Tulip Red.

I then spritzed the left 2/3rds with Frost Shimmer Spritz.  I adds the shimmer of glitter without having to explain why there is glitter everywhere ;)  LOL!!

Next I spread some Creative Medium through a stencil and let it partially dry. I then sprinkled on metal leafing flakes and used a paint brush to gently brush away the excess.  

I then applied VersaMark ink around the edges and embossed using Seth Apter's Rocky Road Baked Texture EP.  LOVE this stuff!

I stamped the butterfly fairy, water colored her plus a few extra tiny butterflies.
She and the sentiment were the affixed to the panel.

A few more looks

You can see the Shimmer Spritz near the tiny butterfly and "wings" area.

Amazing texture from the Rocky Road huh?

Hope you enjoyed the journey...

Imagine - Shimmer Spritz; VersaMark; VersaFine Clair - Nocturne, Morning Mist, Summertime, Tulip Red, Golden Meadow, Creative Medium
Lost Coast Designs - Butterflies, Butterfly Lady, Circles Background
Rinea - Oma's Postcard Stamp
VivaLasVegasStamps - Art circle, Dots, BubbleWrap
Marabu - Art Crayons
Seth Apter - Rocky Road Embossing Powder
Club Scrap - Flower Stencil
Kuretake Watercolors
Prima Watercolor Confections
Double Stick Tape 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Bit of ATC Fun...

You all know how much fun I have making ATC's - they are perfect for the current challenge on the Lost Coast Design Portal - #54 - Mini Me...bitty pieces of art.

I decided to pull out my new Marabu Art Crayons and have a bit of fun.  
For complete instructions on how I made these ATC's 
please see my post over on the Lost Coast Design Portal... 

Have you made any ATC's lately?

They are so much fun when you can only find a small amount of time to play.

June 1st- 14th

Lost Coast Portal to Creativity

You have until June 14th to link up your entries

Please read over out RULES to be sure your entries qualify you to win!
ALL rubber stamp companies are welcome. 
Linky closes Thursday, June 14th at 5 to Midnight PST.  

All entries must be entered in our link up but your don't need a blog to win.  See our RULES page for more info.

Lost Coast Designs Stamps:
Misc. Words
Flaming Heart
Phrenology Heads
ATC Hands Set

Other Supplies:
Marabu Art Crayons
Watercolor Paper
Imagine - VersaFine Clair - Morning Mist, Nocturne
Black Cardstock

Monday, June 4, 2018

Faux Beach Glass Votive

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend.  Today I wanted to share my faux beach glass votive holder made from flattened marbles!   

The color of the month at Imagine is Sea Breeze and the inspiration photo brought to mind the lovely pieces of sea glass that has a subtle frost over the colors....  Well I decided to see if I can't take that inspiration and turn it into a lovely little votive.

If you would like to find out how this votive holder was made, please see the post:

Friday, June 1, 2018

Not My Circus....

Hello Friends!  
June 1st already!?!?!  
Where has the time gone? 

It's already time for another challenge on the Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda Creative Portal, and that challenge is #54 - "Mini Me" - think ATC, Moo Cards, Book Marks, Tags, Inchies, Twinchies, etc....  Anything other than a card in miniature.

So I decided to create this little matchbook using the Sock Monkey 2 stamp and the awesome sentiment - Not My Monkeys.  I know it's fairly simple but inside what do you find....

A pair of shrink film Sock Monkey earrings!!!

I had so much fun with these - they are just so stinkin' cute IRL.

I started off by stamping them with StazOn Ink then coloring the red in with an alcohol marker.

A bit of fussy cutting and a hole in his hat, a bit of heat and....

He went from a 3" tall sock monkey to a perfect little charm!  I'm thinkin' I'll make a matching bracelet to go with the earrings - what do you think?

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Be sure to pop on over to the LCD/CV Creative Portal to see all of the fun Mini Me projects to start off this fun challenge!