Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Man Cave

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

#107 The Man Cave!

Here's my creation....

Isn't he great?

The Steampunk Fliers are both stamped on vellum - one with Morning Mist (grey) and the other with Paradise (blue) VersaFine Clair Inks.

The background is a piece of terracotta cardstock which was run through a brick embossing folder. I then swiped brown to dirty it up, grey to age it a bit and a bit of white acrylic paint that I applied by lightly rubbing my finger over the embossing.

Finally I colored my guy with a variety of colored pencils!

I hope you join in on the fun...

Monday, September 21, 2020

Harvest Blessings

 Hello Friends...I hope you're enjoying the start of another fine week.  Today I wanted to share a couple Autumn pumpkin cards with you....  Both cards were made using a combination of peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry as well as the Sparkle Blends sequins mix Autumn Harvest.

Harvest Blessings was created by stamping and masking the pumpkins into a nice little pile. I added a few curly vines, leaves and branch. 

These were then colored using Prima watercolors which I also flicked over the background.

The sentiment was stamped and embellished with the Limited Edition Autumn Harvest sequins mix.

My second card I wanted to add a bit more than just pumpkins so I stamped a few gourds, mums, grasses and bittersweet to round out this little fall card.

These were all colored using a variety of colored pencils.

The sentiment is from the Prima collection called Pumpkin and Spice. 
This panel was mounted on a die-cut card from Gina Marie Deisngs.
It too was finished off with the Limited Edition sequins mix Autumn Harvest.


Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Pumpkins, Bittersweet, Grass Sprigs, Mums, and more.

Doodles Paper Playground Sparkle Blends - Autumn Harvest

Gina Marie Designs - Loopy Rectangle Die

Prima - Hey There Pumpkin (Pumpkin & Spice Set)

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Evil Eye...Spooky Skyline Challenge

Today I have another fun Spooky Skyline for the September Sparkle Blend challenge from Doodles Paper Playground!

Isn't this a fun card? Normally I don't use a lot of purple but I was so inspired by the brand new limited edition sequins mix - Monster Mash that I just had to give it a go!

How I made the background....

I started off by squirting my Fireworks! spray onto a piece of plastic wrap and pouncing it all over a white cardstock panel. I did this with Bahama Blue, Lilac Posies and Lilac Walnut Ink.

Then to add the spook factor I made a "frame" using Marabu Art Crayons and Gelatos blending with my finger as I went.

Then I used a couple dies from Gina Marie Designs to create the front frame of the shaker. The witch cut from black cardstock and the spooky pumpkin frame was cut from a piece of purple cardstock that I had enhanced with more Marabu Art Crayons.

Once I made the shaker and filled it with the Monster Mash sequins blend I framed the card with Grape Fairy Hugs Powder glitter.

Don't you just love that creepy green eyeball?
It really pops on that purple background.


Doodles Paper Playground Sparkle Blends - Monster Mash

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Sweet Autumn Sunflowers

Hello Friends and welcome! I hope you are all doing well, staying safe and feeling great today. I wanted to share this fun Autumn card celebrating sunflowers in all their glory.  I've been enjoying paper piecing dies recently and this is a favorite. I have paired it with one of the new limited edition Sparkle Blend mixes called of course - Sunflowers.

This blend is full of lovely colors, shapes and some darling little Fimo Sunflower bits! I thought it would be fun to use those bits to fill in the centers of each of the sunflowers....

I just love the mix of color and textures - it really gives the sunflowers a magical quality.

The sunflower/fence die is from Cheapo Dies and the frame & grass dies are from MFT.

The little sentiment is from Honey Bee Stamps - Sending you Sentiments. I used it here along with a couple of the little Fimo Sunflowers from the mix.

Sending you sweet Autumn Greetings from Indiana 
my inky friends!!


Cheapo Dies - Sunflower

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Friendly Little Sea Turtle

Hello my friends! Today I wanted to share my Friendly little sea turtle - Raphael! He's one of the lovely stamps from Fairy Hugs!

Raphael is such a regal looking beast don't you think? 
He's perfectly content to keep watch over his watery kingdom.

The first step to creating this card was drawing an oval on a white cardstock panel using a pencil. I then stamped the shells, coral and sea weed peg stamps (all from Rubber Stamp Tapestry) around that oval using various colors of VersaMagic ink (chalk ink). I then diecut the shape from the panel and inked the edges and center of the oval.  

I wanted to give the illusion of swirling water in the center of the oval so I drew swirls with a fine tip liquid glue which I sprinkled Sky and Pixie Dust Fairy Powder on top. The two colors swirling together creates the feeling of movement.

I placed Raphael on my stamping platform. I then used Memento Dual Tip markers to color each area of the image stamping them one by one. For example I colored the shell using Coca and stamped, I then colored his belly using Cottage Ivy and stamped, his flippers were colored with 3 different shades of green then stamped, etc.  After the entire image was stamped I then colored him in again using the markers.  I added a bit of black and white using acrylic paint pens and then he was fussy cut. I added him to the panel using foam tape.

The blue mat was cut to size then inked with a small shell stencil.  This mat was affixed to a black card blank and the turtle panel was then mounted on the card.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial featuring the very handsome Raphael.
Thanks for stopping by! See you next week.


Fairy Hugs Store Stamps - Raphael

Fairy Hugs Store Fairy Powder - SkyPixie Dust
Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Shells, Coral, Sea Weed Peg Stamps
Gina Marie Designs - Nested Label #1
Imagine - VersaMagic, Memento Dual Tip Markers, Sponge Dauber

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Blast From the Past

Happy Saturday friends! I often get inspired by challenges and mood boards. Well today I have a little something to share with you that was inspired by this mood board/challenge and twist from Creative Embellishments Sept. 2020 Challenge -

The optional twist...RUST!!

So by now you all know how much I LOVE vintage anything. I love Love LOVE this mood board!! It is so very me and well, rust goes along very well with vintage.

Here's what I came up with....

I had such fun making this piece!!  The old card is something my youngest son is hoping to restore and bring back to life. I hope he does too so I can drive it - LOL!!  Anyway, I thought it would be fun to incorporate it into this canvas. As I was sorting through my stash of vintage ephemera I found bits of an old California map from the 50's...perfect!

I actually remembered to take some "in the process" photos so here's how it all came together...

So I started off by tearing the top layer of paper off this cardboard piece.
I applied DecoArt Modeling Paste to build up a bit of texture.

Next to add to the vintage appeal of it all I applied DecoArt Crackle Paste.
Once that paste had dried I went over it with a layer of DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash in Grey.
I used a damp cloth to wipe down the panel with Lamp Black acrylic paint giving it more a dirty look than actually painting it.

This is what it looked like at that point....I love the grungy, lumpy texture of it all.

So then after all of that was dry I applied Blue Vintage Effect Wash to select areas for no other real reason other than I like blue - LOL!!!

Next came the bits of the vintage map. I loved the old Triple A logo...very retro and fits with the photos perfectly.  Now I know the "thing" is to pile loads and loads of bits of this and that on canvases/scrapbook layouts at the moment but I like to incorporate and highlight a few select items with actual meaning...not just toss it all on including the kitchen sink. Not that there is anything wrong with the's just not how I work which is why this is all the ephemera I added to the background.

Next came the Rust! I knew the bits and pieces I wanted to use so I pulled them all together and painted them with metallic paints then set about adding rust and verdigris corrosion to some of the pieces. Other pieces just got dirtied up by rubbing black ink over them.  I liked that look so much I went back and rubbed ink on some of the embossed bits as well.

And this is how it all came together....

Hope you've enjoyed this look into the process...
have a wonderful day friends!


DecoArt - Modeling Paste, Crackle Paste, Vintage Effect Wash - Grey, Blue, Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint

Emerald Creek - The Altered Page Baked Texture - Chunky Rust Embossing Powder

Imagine - Verdigris Embossing Powder, VersaFine Clair - Nocturne

Other - Cardboard Panel, Vintage Ephemera, Brads (mini & vintage)