Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Gecko Galz Steampunk Challenge - September 2023

 I am having fun with the challenges from Gecko I have a fun Steampunk challenge card I made....

He's such a great image isn't he? I love him.  I started off by stamping a cream colored panel using the Gears background stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  I also used one of their Calligraphy stamps in Dove Grey.  I then edged the panel with a bit of Acorn ink and mounted it to a card base.  I next added a bit of copper glittery washi tape to the card. I mounted the image on a bit of copper cardstock and added a few tiny metal gears for fun.

Gecko Galz Christmas Challenge - September 2023

 Another fun challenge from Gecko Galz...this time Christmas!

I really liked this image and thought it would be fun to do a bit of fussy cutting.  I added lots of glitter accents to the image which unfortunately I couldn't capture in the photograph but rest assured the image stands up to the glittery background die-cut I used on the card.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Gecko Galz Monthly Gothic Challenge - September 2023

 I love dark and creepy images so Gecko Galz Gothic Challenge is right up my alley...I started off with the really cool image featuring scary looking bats and ravens perched in a spooky tree framed by an orange colored moon.  

I added the fun Pin-Up Witch which I fussy cut and mounted on the card using foam tape to pop her off the background.  I colored the eyes of the bats/raven with a bit of glitter ink and stamped the sentiment directly on the card.  I finished it off with a few matte dots.

Gecko Galz - Monthly Card Challenge September 2023

 I am trying to get back into crafting more and so I thought taking part in a few challenges would be fun.  I made a few cards for the Gecko Galz challenges - this one is the Card Challenge.  It's really fun and easy - they give you an image to begin with and then you create a card using it.  Here is my creation....

The image was so pretty to begin with it makes for such a stunning card. I thought I would keep it simple and just add a few pressed flowers and copper skeleton leaves from my collection. I went a bit out of my comfort zone for the card and used a piece of pink pattern paper from Prima which had copper accents as well.  Added a bit of twine and called it good.

Be sure to check out the other entries for this challenge...

Gecko Galz Monthly Card Challenge 0923

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Thursday, September 14, 2023

House Mouse Birthday Card

 Hello All..

Wanted to share this card I made for my youngest sons recent birthday....  He likes the House Mouse stamps and I have so much fun using them.  I used the Sprinkles stamp plus a little candle stamp from one of the HM Cubes.  Just added some extra sprinkles to cover up the bottom of the candle so it blends seamlessly.

I am entering this into the current House-Mouse & Friends Challenge #398 :)

Monday, September 4, 2023

Let's Bling It Up!!!

 The current challenge at Lost Coast Designs - Bling It Up has allowed me to use one of my favorite supplies...GLITTER!!!

I know, I know...roll your eyes if you must but I love the stuff. It's just so pretty and I am usually pretty good about keeping it on the page and not elsewhere.  If you don't like regular glitter you can use Stickles Glitter Glue for a "less mess" option.

I wanted to use the Showgirls stamp because of course they always like a bit of bling. Today they are decked out in red with lots and lots of red glitter!!  As I was assembling the card I decided that why not go for it and cut a full sheet of glitter paper for the mat.  You know you can never have too much bling - LOL!!  Anyway, this is my creation for this very fun challenge.  I hope you can join in on the fun for your chance to win.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Steampunk Mermaid

Hello Friends - The current challenge over at Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda  - Steampunk/Vintage is quickly coming to a close.  You still have a bit of time to join in on the fun and today I have my final Steampunk card to share with Steampunk Mermaid.

I started off by stamping the Steampunk Mermaid on a piece of vellum using StazOn ink.  Once the ink had dried I colored the back of the image with a variety of markers and left her to dry.  After the inks had dried I tore the edges and set aside.

I created the background with pigment powders in shades of blue. I stamped the Gears background stamp using VersaMark ink and embossed it using gold, silver and copper embossing powders.  I crumbled up the mat several times to give it a distressed look, scraped the edges with an envelope opener then mounted it onto a blue card.

The Steampunk Mermaid was affixed to the card using liquid glue in the two corners which I covered up with a few metal gears.

I hope you have a bit of time to join in on this challenge...


Sunday, August 20, 2023

Dirigible Puzzle Piece

 Hello hello my Ink Stained friends!! 

Today I have a fun Vintage/Steampunk creation to share with you...

this time it's a very large piece of the puzzle...

I don't know about you but sometimes I like make things other than cards to stretch my imagination. One of my favorite alternatives to cards are puzzle pieces...every shape and size lend themselves to art.  Today's piece is about 5" tall which is quite a nice size to stamp on.  

The process....  

I started off by painting the puzzle piece with black acrylic paint. 
Once it had dried I stamped the Gears background stamp on to the piece using VersaMark ink.  
I sprinkled silver, ancient gold and verdigris embossing powders over the ink - shook off the excess and heated to melt.
A dauber was used to apply more VersaMark ink along the edges.
I then sprinkled with Copper ep, heated and melted.

For now the puzzle piece is finished.

The STP Dirigible image was stamped onto grey/blue cardstock using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. 
The image was colored using KingArt brush markers after which it was fussy cut from the cardstock.
The word Fly from the Misc Words set of stamps was stamped onto a gel plate scrap of paper and matted with metallic copper cardstock.

The Dirigible and word were then affixed to the puzzle piece with foam tape.

Hope you stop over at Lost Coast blog and join in on the fun!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Mysterious Little Mermaid

 Hello all of you inky people out there...I hope you're enjoying your week so far.  

Today I have another card I made for the current challenge - Summertime!  I thought I would go under the sea for this card and used the Mermaid with a Shell stamp.

I started off by stamping her on bristol cardstock then used my iridescent watercolors to paint her tail and shell.  I used colored pencils to finish her off.  She was fussy cut and set aside.

I then commenced to work on the background.  I had such fun stamping this background - I fount a piece of teal cardstock which had a faint pattern on it.  I stamped the Mini Fish Collage and Mini Maritime Collage using VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze. I then used the Bubbles Background stamp to fill in the rest of the card.  Finally I used one of the ornaments from the Victoriana set to stamp a center line using Verdant VFC ink.  Once the ink had dried I used a white gel pen to fill in some of the Bubbles.

This panel was mounted on a black card and the mermaid was then affixed to the card using foam tape.  I finished the card off with some faux pearls and 3 stamped words from the Misc Words set.

Hope you all have an inky day and if you have a sure to join in on the fun!!