Sunday, January 15, 2023

LCD Challenge #159 - Winged Things


Another fun new challenge over at Lost Coast Designs & Carmen's Veranda.... Winged Things!

Today I'm using a couple new stamps for my card...

I used the little honeycomb looking stamp from the new Brush Strokes set.  This was stamped onto a piece of yellow cardstock using Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink. For the main image I used Acorn VersaFine Clair ink and the Mini Bug Collage image.  I colored him using a variety of colored pencils and smudged on a bit more of the acorn ink.  I found some lovely bronze crystals that I finished off the card...they say bronze but it looks like honey IRL.

I hope you enjoy my card and join in on the fun!

Be sure to post your creation here - Winged Things - for your chance to win!!

Friday, January 6, 2023

Lost Coast Designs Challenge #158 - Slimline - Steamy 2023

 Hello Friends!!   I am so excited to be joining the LCD/CV Team once again to inspire you to join in on the fun.  The current challenge is Slimline Cards. You can find all of the details here...Challenge #158 Slimline

And here is my first creation...

My wish for you for a "Steam-y" 2023...decked out with all sorts of fun Steampunk images.

Here's what I did....

I started off by using a gel print as the base for the main image. I then stamped the following images using various colors of VersaFine Clair inks...

from Lost Coast Designs....

from Carmen's Veranda

The image was edged with more VFC ink then matted and mounted on a card base.  I used Spellbinders number dies to cut black and teal 2023 which was mounted on the card.

Thanks for joining me and if you feel up to the challenge be sure to check out the info found here - Challenge #158 Slimline
and post your creation in the linky found there in.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Hello???? Is anybody out there?

 Wow, long time huh?  Well it's been a crazy year, most of it spent putting my house back together. Why you might ask... Our house flooded the beginning of May - if you look closely you will see a couple inches of water in my scrapbook room.  There was standing water in every room of the house. :(  Thankfully we had our RV which we parked in our driveway and where we spent much of the summer.

Due to the amount of water the folks who were drying the house out wanted to do a "pack-out".  Now we had something similar happen 20 years ago but we had to take care of sorting and getting rid so stuff ourselves.  No big was a lot of work but everything stayed with us and we knew what was what.  Well a pack-out is a whole other ball of whacks. These people come in and put everything in boxes - sort out what's wet and everything else is taken away to be stored in a secure facility until a future date.  Well it took them DAYS to get it all packed up...they were amazed at how organized and how much stuff I had packed into that room (the bedroom was also packed out). 

So, while the house was empty we painted every room, had the house re-plumbed and all new flooring. Then our boxes were returned 2 months later in mid-July...almost 300 boxes + lots of "extras" that didn't fit into boxes plus the furniture.  Our 1 1/2 car garage was completely filled back to front, floor to ceiling.  It was a nightmare...there wasn't even a path.  Bedroom stuff was mixed in with scrapbook room stuff so every box was a surprise and not in a good way.  

I decided this was the perfect opportunity to de-stash, organize and pretty much redo everything.  As you can tell by the photo above my room was pretty crowded but I knew where it all was. I started off by getting 3 Ikea Kallax 5 square x 5 square shelving units - 1 for my bedroom and 2 for the craft room. I can't tell you how much I love them.. They are WONDERFUL!!  They hold so much and look so neat and tidy.  I have acquired several other fun storage pieces which I'll tell you more about later.

So, mid-July till now!!! Yes, I am just getting everything finished up. It has been such a long tiring 6 months. Let me tell you - NEVER let anyone box your stuff up. There were boxes that had items from several different areas of my room all thrown together, There was stuff that had been neatly organized in a multi-drawer organize...these drawers were dumped into a box so nothing "accidentally" fell out of the drawers when they were moved!!!  Those boxes alone took several weeks to sort and put back into a semblance of order. Anyway, I haven't crafted anything for over 9 months which is why I haven't posted on my blog or even been on FB much.  In that time our washer sprung a leak, our stove died and our 2 year old fridge quit working as well.  Basically we've got a new house.  I am praying and knocking on wood that we won't have to do anything to the house for a good long time.

Since I'm not quite finished with my scrapbook room I will post photos and more info on my new organizers very excited to share. i'm thrilled with my new room.

If you're still reading, I'm also excited to say I'm back on the Lost Cost Designs/Carmen's Veranda design team. I like to have a purpose to create and this is the perfect kick in the butt I needed to get back into action.  My first creation will be shared tomorrow right here on the blog and on FB.

So, more  coming...I hope you come back and see what's up.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Coffee, Snowflakes & Gnomes


Hello Friends!!

Yes it's been a long time but that story is for another day.

Today I wanted to share a card I made for the Coffee & Snowflakes challenge at the Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge. I think I'm going to try to get my Christmas cards made through out the year so I don't have to stress when the time comes to actually send them out.

So today's card was made using stamps from Unity Stamp Co...I have several sets of their stamps that have snowflakes so I just used an assortment from all of them. The gnome & sentiment are from the Coffee, Gnomes & You set.

Here's what I did...

I started off by stamping the background using my Kaleideacolor - Blue Breeze ink pad and the snowflakes. They were a bit bright so I covered it up with a piece of vellum cut to size and affixed to the card using a bit of blue ribbon.

Next I stamped the gnome/cup on a piece of cardstock with VersaFine Clair ink. I added a bit of Prima watercolors but didn't like how it looked so I chucked it all in the trash and went and played some Klondike Two Deck Solitaire. LOL!!!  Seriously - I didn't like how he turned out so I was going to give up.  Well, after about 1/2 an hour I decided to pull it out of the trash and see what it looked like after I cut the image out.  Hmmmm, it didn't look so bad now so I went ahead and finished the card. I'm glad I did because now I like how it looks.

I would like to enter it into this challenge....

Hope you have enjoyed this card...
Have a lovely day my friends!

Friday, November 19, 2021

Blue Christmas


I wanted to use blue for my final card since it's  my favorite color....

I used the fun image from Gracielle from the set called Tea-lightful. 

I used the shaker mix called Cinnamon Roll from Sparkle Blends to fill the cup to the brim.

Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by to check out these fun coffee creations :)

Sweet Vibes


I'm using another image from Gracielle this time I used the set Cup of Cheer! I love the cookies aside the cup of very special coffee... I made one a sugar cookie and the other a chocolate chip ;)  For this card I decided to make it a whole card shaker and used the shakie bits - Sugared Cranberries from Sparkle Blends.  They matched the Vintage Christmas paper from Unity Stamp Co. so very well don't you think?

I hope you're all having a lovely Holiday Season.

Thanks a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Hello Friends!!

Here's a fun card made using shaker bits from Sparkle Blends and Digital stamps from Gracielle.  I thought it was perfect for Thanksgiving next week :)

 The pumpkin is from the Gracielle stamp set - Faith Family Fall set and the cup is from the Bubble Tea set.

I filled the shaker using the awesome sequins mix from Sparkle Blends called PSL Season. I LOVE the little "bubbles" and the fimo Pumpkin Spice Latte cups in the mix...really makes it special.


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Happy World Card Making Day Card


My final card for the day....Happy World Card Making Day card :) The strip on the left side of the card is a gel plate monoprint that I stamped using Rubber Stamp Tapestry's new set called Card Maker!! How fun is that. The other side of the card was made using a stencil and sponge dauber. I added a few Pastel Flat Back Gems from Sparkle Blends.  Hope you had a chance to play today!

Fall Hello Shaker Card

Another card for World Card Making Day....This time I decided to celebrate Fall - my favorite time of the year! No tutorial, just creative fun. 

I made the background using Distress Oxides just blended together then I stamped on a variety of leaves using the stamp set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry called Falling Leaves.

I die-cut the shaker element using a slimline die from Spellbinders. It's got a variety of pieces that can be used together or separately. I love the vintage look of it don't you?

I assembled the shaker and used the Sparkle Blends sequins mix called Leaf Peeping - so cute!

Added a twine bow and die-cut Hello (MFT) to finish it off :)

World Card Making Day 2021 - Blackberry Bramble Birthday

Here is my first card in months...long story for another day.  Anyway, I have some new inks from Lavinia called Elements and I love them. I made this card using these inks and a couple others. 

The background stamps are all peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry - a branch plus the new set called Blackberry Bramble. Lovely isn't it?  The "BIRTHDAY"  stamp is from Unity Stamp Co.

Below is a simple step by step on how I made it....

Henna Element Inks & Branch

Flowers & VersaFine Clair Nocturne

Berries & Elements Mulberry, Violet Chalk and Merlot

Leaf & Pine and Lime Punch Elements Ink

Background colors were added by using the existing ink leftover on my sponge daubers.

A few pen work elements, stamped sentiment (using Mulberry & Merlot inks), then I finished off the card using sequins and bits from the Sparkle Blends mix called Alison's Gothic Peacock.

Hope you're able to join in the fun and make at least one card today...
Happy World Card Making Day!!