Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Pineapple Anyone?

Hello Friends...

Pineapple anyone?
Today I wanted to share my mixed media tag that I made for the Gecko Galz challenge 

I just love this image from the Aloha set, it is a perfect summer time image and it was the inspiration for the entire tag.

I started off by spritzing Bamboo, Dandelion and New Sprout Fireworks! Shimmery spray ink onto my craft mat. I then pounced the tag into the mix several times (drying the tag between layers).
Note: I had a small scrap of Yupo on my table that I used to pick up the remaining ink.

After the inks had dried I stamped flowers, leaves and vines from the new Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamp set - Southern Charm using VersaFine Clair Inks.

I stamped the pineapples and exotic leaves from the Sunny Studio stamp set Fabulous Flamingos onto the inked scrap of Yupo with VersaMark ink and embossed with Black Mboss embossing powder. The pineapples were colored with Memento Dual Tip Markers.

I stamped the sentiment (also from the Fabulous Flamingos stamp set) onto a scrap of white cardstock and trimmed.

All of the various elements were fussy cut and adhered to the tag. I added several different bits of ribbon to finish off the tag.

Happy Summer all!!

I would also like to enter this MM tag in the 


Gecko Galz - Aloha
Imagine - VersaMark, VersaFine Clair, Memento Dual Tip Markers, Fireworks! Shimmery Spray Ink
Sunny Studio - Fabulous Flamingos
Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Southern Charm
Yupo Paper

Cole Update...

Hi Friends ...

I'm not asking for cards or anything...several people have asked so I thought I'd share it here.

I wish I had some good news but Cole fell over the weekend and broke the same leg he broke the last time in the same exact place.  I am just so sad, upset, worried, etc. you name the emotion and it's floating around in my head.  

I wish he didn't have to go through this, I wish he didn't have this horrible disorder, I would gladly take his place but I know none of this is possible. Dh said we just have to be thankful that he is as healthy as he is and hope that he grows out of it.  I know this is true but it still eats at me.  I'm a fixer...I have to fix things but this is something that I can't fix and it's very hard to accept that.

Anyway, I thought you'd want to know...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

By the Sea...

Hello my Inky Friends!

Today I have several cards to share with you filled with shells.

Rubber Stamp Tapestry released several brand new peg stamp sets and two of those sets are lovely sea shell mixes - Fine and Sandy and Seaside Treasures

I wanted to step outside of my color safe zone and decided to go with orange as the main color on this card. I started off by creating the background with stipple brushes and VersaMagic inks (chalk inks). These inks/colors are perfect for this beachy card.

I went with teal,coral and gingerbread for my second card again using the VersaMagic Inks.  This time I wanted something clean and simple...or at least that was my goal. I'm sure CAS purists will say there are too many shells but once I got started I kind of got carried away. I drew a simple line box leading down to the sentiment.  It is mounted on a piece of Turquoise/Gold Glossy Rinea Foiled Paper to add just an extra touch of elegance.

I wanted bold in your face colors for this tag/card combo. All of the stamping was done using VersaFine Clair inks which really pop.  The background of the tag was made using Nuance pigment powders in greens and blues. 

My final card was created using both of the sea shell sets as well as the Undersea Adventure set that has the darling fish, squid, jellyfish and more. I used Gina Marie's Stitched CIrcle Plate Background Die as a jumping off point and created 6 little underwater scenes.

I hope this inspires you to get in the beachy mood.
Have a wonderful day friends!!
Stay Inky :)


Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Fine & Sandy, Seaside Treasures, Undersea Adventure
Imagine - VersaFine Clair; VersaMagic; Stipple Brush; Memento Dual Tip Markers
Gina Marie - Stitched Circle Plate Background Die
Rinea - Turquoise/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper

Monday, June 17, 2019

Put a Face On It Challenge

Hello Peeps...

I hope you're having a nice start to your week...
it's a bit drab here - foggy, cool and overcast.

There's a new challenge at Lost Coast Designs...

and here is what I created....

I just love the Up Close & Personal set of stamps...a variety of intriguing faces to use for all sorts of things.   

I also used this fun saying that is perfect...
because we are the world to our pets.

The background was made by stamping the faces onto a piece of sky blue cardstock using Morning Mist VersaFine Clair Ink. Once it had dried I sprinkled a bit of Magenta's Nuance Pigment Powder and gave it a spritz of water.  Subtle but just what it needed.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Celebrate the 4th in Style!

So excited to share one of my latest creations...

These things look amazing on my front porch...the shiny foiled papers from Rinea are a real eye catcher. They stand out even on grey days which seems to be often this summer.

The best part is they are so easy to make.
All you need are a few cardboard tubes, Rinea's Patriotic Crafters Pack and a bit of adhesive and you're set to go!

Check out the complete tutorial here:


Rinea - Patriotic Crafters Pack, Shredded Assorted Foiled Papers (for the "crackle" on top)
Cardboard Tubes
Chipboard (to cover top of tube)

Monday, June 10, 2019

Here Fishy Fishy Fishy...

I am so excited to share a new set of peg stamps with you...

Actually this is only one of the 9 newly released peg stamp sets but for some reason it jumped out and me and I had to use it immediately!

My first card is a pretty straight forward clean and simple card (at least it is for me). 
I started off by stamping the sentiment (Mom & Dad clear set) using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. I then started adding the fish...the green angler was first cause he's just so stinkin' cute!  Next the puffer, some orange jellyfish and finally the school of bright green mini's. I used a blending brush to give the feel of water here and there and finished it off with some glitter bubbles!

After the first card I decided I wanted to think out of the box or rather the sea just to see what I could come up with.  I decided upon a fish conga line!  I started off with the squid and decided to add a puffer and angler fish line and well, I couldn't stop until the entire panel was full of fishy conga lines - LOL!!   Added the sentiment and called it good.

My final card happened by accident.  While I was testing ink colors on the squid I happened to stamp them side by side and noticed it made a new look so I experimented a bit and found something that worked great! It actually made me think of a water ballet with these fun fish! 

I drew tiny circles across a white cardstock panel and used that as a starting point to stamp. I stamped the squids with the tips of their heads on the edge of the pencil circle - 4 purple then 4 pink. It worked so well that I tried the puffers and tossed in the little mini's for fun. After I had stamped all of the designs I went back and erased all of the pencil marks, added a gemstone at the center and mounted it on the green card base.   I can't wait to take this idea and pair it with different fish/colors.

Can you tell...I LOVE these creatures!!


Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Undersea Adventures, Mom & Dad
Imagine - VersaFine Clair Inks
Sunny Studios - Sentiment Stamps
Gemstones, Glitter, Cardstock

Friday, June 7, 2019

Green Ferns, Yupo Paper and Mboss!

Happy Friday!

Today I wanted to share my latest project on the Imagine blog...

Imagine's Color of the Month for June is Fern Green. I hadn't intended on taking the color challenge literally but as luck would have it I had a new fern peg stamp as well as a new fern metal cutting die from Spellbinders so it worked out perfectly and I ran with it.

I also wanted to play with Imagine's new Mboss embossing powders so I played around with a bit of Yupo paper that I colored, shrank and embossed the edges.

I also embossed the sentiment...white on black which really makes it pop.

If you'd like full instructions on how I created the card you can hop on over to the Imagine blog here -


VersaFine Clair Inkpad – Shady Lane, Rain Forest, Verdant
Mboss Embossing Powder – Gold, White
Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Ivy Cottage, Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart

Yupo Paper
White & Black Cardstock
Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Fern
Spellbinders – Ferns
Heat Tool
Gold Thread

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Lemon Lime & Black

Hello my inky friends!

Today I wanted to share what I created for the current challenge over at 
Lost Coast Designs....

Not your usual summer card huh?

I started off by stamping the doodle garden twice, once with black ink on lime green cardstock and once on black cardstock with white ink.  I fussy cut both images and twined them together so they fit on the yellow card.

Next I stamped the doodle flower 3x, colored with lime green colored pencil and fussy cut.  Those were glued directly onto the background.  I then stamped the skull and colored it with both lemon and lime colored pencils, fussy cut and mounted it on the card with double stick foam tape.

My first impression of the challenge was WOW, this is going to be hard because these are not the usual colors I work with but I have to tell you this was LOADS of fun! I really enjoyed stepping out of my color box and playing with something new.

I hope you try your hand at these colors ...
If you do, be sure to enter them into the challenge for your chance to win!

Lost Coast Designs Rubber Stamps: Three Small Skulls, Sketchy Flower, Doodle Garden
Imagine - VersaFine Clair - Nocturne; StazOn Pigment Ink - Snowflake
Other - Colored Pencils, Cardstock

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

When Life Gives You Lemons... Gecko Galz Good Old Summertime Challenge

I was inspired by Gecko Galz new challenge - 
Good Old Summertime!

It's been a while since I've done much with collage images but this challenge really sparked something so I decided to give it a go by making this Lemonade Pocket Letter....

I used images from the collage sheet - Let's Make Lemonade, computer generated sentiments which I printed out on vellum, lemon stamps from Sunny Studios (Slice of Summer), and Staz On Pigment Ink and VersaFine Clair inks from Imagine.

Both the yellow and green background papers are gelli prints that I made over the weekend.

I added some sequins and gemstones to finish it off :)

It was nice to get back into being creative.

This just tickles me...since she was a bit to large for the pocket, I cut a small hole at the bottom of the pocket and poked her leg through. 


Gecko Galz - Let's Make Lemonade
Imagine - VersaFine Clair, StazOn Pigment
Sunny Studio - Slice of Summer
Gelli Plate Prints
DecoArt Paints
Vellum, Sequins, Gemstones

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Craft Day

I mentioned in my last post that my Mom and DIL were getting together to craft this past weekend.  We did and it was so much fun! In the morning we worked on painted canvases that we topped with glitter :)  Yes, you know I have to play with glitter!!

Morgan's creations...

Mom's art

And mine...

After lunch I pulled out the gelli plates and we play some more. 
Neither of them had ever worked with a gelli plate but as you can see the results were amazing...




It was such a fun day we've decided to have an art day each month after Mom gets back from Newfoundland.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Long Time...

Hello Everyone...

It's been a while since I have posted. A friend suggested I post as my situation is something I'm sure we all deal with from time to time. 

I'm sure that some of you who have been visiting for a while know that we own our own business. It started out as a repair business (industrial sewing machines) many years ago where dh would go around to all of the mfg. in the tri-state area working on various companies sewing machines. Well with many businesses going to Mexico (after the NAFTA deal in 94) and several mergers since that time there aren't many companies that sew left in our area so we have transitioned into a specialty sew show. Dh still does repair work but on a much smaller scale. Now we take small or unique jobs that isn't feasible for companies to sew on their own. It works out pretty well, it's a family affair as our business consists of my dh, myself, our youngest son and his wife. 

I have a few jobs I work on but aside from those I fill in when/where necessary. Recently our business has been booming which is a great thing aside from the fact that I have almost no creative mojo when I get home from work. None, zip, zero, nada!  At first I just dabbled and made something here and there but as time went on it was like oh I'll make something tomorrow or maybe I'll stay up late and craft or .....  well, you know all of the excuses. It has gone on that way for a while about the last 8 weeks now and I'm to the point where I'm now almost afraid to try something for fear I've forgotten how to create.  Crazy I know but it's how I feel.

On one hand I'm afraid to jump back in  and on the other I feel so guilty for not crafting and not sharing anything with you all. I have a beautiful room, LOADS of supplies to last 3 life times and yet I come into my room and sit there just looking at stuff.  I've even bought more stuff in hopes it might get me jump-started.  

The other side of this coin is Design Team projects. For some reason these feel like a challenge to me and I really get into it. I've had such fun making those projects I don't understand or know why it isn't carrying over to my blog crafting. 

Another aspect that has me down is the underlying negativity going on right now in the business end of arts and crafts. Ellison (Sizzix's parent company) is suing 5 (maybe more now) companies for patent infringement on die-cutting.  It's pathetic in my mind because they didn't invent it, it was not new to the market, they just happened to pick up on the fact that nobody patented it and did so.  The fact that they waited YEARS after their patent was approved to start litigation is what really fries my potatoes. They "claim" they just found out that these other companies were infringing on the patent which is total BS. These companies weren't making the dies under the table and selling them on the black market for craps sake...they've been doing it all along...some even before Sizzix started selling them which is what gets me going.  It's just so wrong and it leaves a really bad taste in  my mouth for the company as a whole. I haven't bought anything sizzix since I found out about it and I'm not sure I ever will.

There are also a few companies that are going though changes where they have treated their design teams like crap, taking advantage of and not reimbursing them for work.  It's a really sad situation for those folks which also puts a sour note on that aspect of art for me.  Let me say though that I feel so blessed to be working with some great companies so luckily I haven't had to deal with those types of issues.

I have a theory and question for you all.  First my theory - I have been creating for the blog for soooo long now I feel I've show so many techniques that I would start repeating myself. Let me say this - I am not one for using an old technique, giving it a different name and calling it a "BRAND NEW" technique. I see that so many times with so many blogger/artists it drives me nuts - if it looks like a duck...etc.  I also don't get into copying famous artists styles. I realize that it's an accepted practice but sometimes I feel like I see the same basic project 110x over and it gets old. I don't have the time to just sit and experiment like I used to so coming up with new techniques to share is less and less likely.  I never want you to think I'm just repeating the same thing over and over so I almost feel like I've lost my direction.  

Mom, Morgan and I are going to have a crafty day tomorrow and I'm hoping that gets me somewhat pointed in the right direction. I have been pulling things out for the last couple days for projects I want us to's been fun and I am really looking forward to it.  Morgan wanted to do something with glitter so I have a fun idea to go with that, Mom just wanted to play so I've got another idea for that and I'm just ready to create.  I will let you know how it goes and take pics :)

My question is what would you like to see?  Do you mind repeated techniques? Do you want to see more step by steps or just finished projects?  I don't do videos...I get nervous and do lots of um's and ah's so sorry that's out.  Any suggestions will be welcome!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Celebrating the Women in our Lives!

Hello Friends -

Today I wanted to share my creations for the current challenge over at Just For Fun stamps!
and here's what I made...

Other Supplies: Imagine - VersaMark Clair; Nuance Pigment Powders; Cardstock; Ribbon; Faux Pearls

Other Supplies: Imagine - VerasFine Clair; Swiss Dot Embossing Folder; Club Scrap Cardstock; Faux Pearls; Ribbon

Monday, May 6, 2019

My Own Kind of Hologram...

This month over at Imagine the Color of the Month is Hologram!

I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to experiment a little so I did just that and this is what I came up with....

You can check out the complete tutorial here:

Friday, May 3, 2019

A Peaceful Bit of Spring

Here in the middle of the country we are waiting not so patiently on Spring.  It's still rainy and cold and in some places still snowing. I decided to make my own using stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers on Bristol Paper.

Let me begin by saying that Bristol Paper (or something similar) is a must...I've tried these markers on regular cardstock (of all brands) with no luck as far as the watercolor look goes. The inks just sink in and dries almost immediately without any chance to wet it and move it around like you can on the Bristol paper. Avoid the frustrations and just start out with the Bristol ;)

I used the tree stump from the Woodland Harvest set which I stamped using VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink. I then began stamping various bits of foliage and flowers by applying the color directly to the stamps from the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.

After I had a nice group of flowers I used a waterbrush to wet and move the ink around creating the watercolor effect. From here you can get creative. I went back and stamped more bits of foliage, more flowers and even a few bees. More watercoloring to create the ground and sky.  I then decided I needed something more so I stamped the large tree from the Budding Spring set with Acorn VersaFine Clair ink. I went ahead and stamped lots of leaves using a few different shades of green.

I stamped the sentiment from the Because of You set with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. Mounted it on a blue card base and called it good.


Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Woodland Harvest; Budding Spring, Because of You, various foliage, flowers, twigs, weeds, etc.
Imagine - VersaFine Clair - Pinecone, Acorn, Nocturne
Zig - Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers
Bristol Paper
Watercolor Brush
Card Base

Thursday, May 2, 2019

B is for...Birds

Hello Friends and Welcome!

Yesterday was the start of a new challenge over at Lost Coast Designs.
Challenge #75 - B is for....

I decided to go with something a bit out of the ordinary and go with Birds...Steampunk Birds that is!
I just love all of the fun steampunk themed stamps at Lost Coast Designs and several of them are related to flying like a bird so I thought it would be fun to use them for this challenge.

The background is a gelli print that I made during one of my play times with the gelli plate. I stamped the Steampunk Flying Girl; Steampunk Plane and Steampunk Flier over the entire piece. I then filled in the spaces with a variety of words from the Misc. Words set.

I printed off a computer generated sentiment to bring it all together. I added a few matching colored gemstones as the final touch.  I am very pleased with the end results.

Good Luck Friends!!

Image may contain: 1 person, text

Challenge #75 - Things That Start with B


Imagine - VersaMark Clair Ink - Nocturne
Gelli Plate
DecoArt Paints
Computer Generated Sentiment

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Butterflies & Poppies Frame with Rinea Foiled Paper

Check out the frame I decorated using plain old paper straws and Rinea foiled papers!
I am so excited how this turned really does transform the frame into something special.

For complete instructions and supply list see here:

That's my Grandma btw :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Another Year of Fun!!!

Hey Friends -

I can now share the news that I'm back for another year filled with foiled paper fun on the Rinea Design Team!  I love being able to bring you inspiring designs using the bright, shimmery fun Rinea Foiled Papers offer up.  I hope you are as excited as I am!

Congratulations to everyone on the team!
Can't wait to get started.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day my Friends!

Happy Earth Day!

Here's a little hug for the Earth and all of the ocean lovers out there.

I hand drew the sun and sea; colored it up with a bit of Memento inks then stamped the clouds and birds (Skyward - Rubber Stamp Tapestry) using VersaFine Clair inks.  Those clouds are so much fun to stamp!  I added some pen work in blue and white...

and for the final touch a bit of glitter sprinkled over the ocean for some sparkle!

Hope you all have a lovely day!

Imagine - Memento Ink; VersaFine Clair; Sponge Dauber; On Point Glue; Memento Dual Tip Markers
White Gel Pen
White & Blue Cardstock

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Wedding Anniversary Invitation

This month Imagine invited it's design team to create wedding themed projects. Invitations are a big part of weddings so I figured many of us were going to share ideas for different invites.  Me being me, I decided to do something a bit different.  I made a mockup of an invitation for our 35th wedding anniversary!

Mauve and Grey were the colors for our wedding. I wanted to keep the grey and add white on white for an updated classy look. I went with Shimmer Stix, Shimmer Spritz (both in Frost) and heat embossing through out.  I just love the subtle shimmer of those hearts don't you (Pewter = grey heart; Frost = white heart)?

I made the invitation a tri fold, it's just easier to get all of the information on a card like this rather than a traditional open card. I used a pretty nested die to cut out the info which was edged with VersaFine Clair ink called Morning Mist. It's a lovely shade of grey.  

The panel you see on the flap is a full sheet made just like the upper portion of the front of the card (shown above), the only difference was that I used the Shimmer Stix for the front of the card since I wanted just a specific area to shimmer where I used the Shimmer Spritz on the inside panel because I wanted the entire panel colored.  Both were then stamped with VersaMark Ink, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat to set. Don't you just love the look?  

Something else I wanted to point out is that you might not think the Shimmer Spritz would make much of a difference when talking about white on white but here you can see there is an actual color shift from the stark white of the cardstock to the softened white of the Shimmer Spritz Frost. Of course the embossing powder yields a creamy white.

And finally I mounted the rest of the details on a double mat which were both sprayed with Shimmer Spritz; Frost for the upper mat and Pewter for the bottom mat.  I really do wish I could send you all one so you could see for yourself the beauty of the Shimmer Spritz paired with the white on white embossing.  It's just so lovely and it would make a perfect wedding invitation in addition to my anniversary invite.

I hope this inspires all you brides, bridesmaids, mother of the bride, etc out there to consider hand crafting your own wedding really makes for an extra special time of it.