Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Winter is Just Around the Corner...

Hello Friends!

I know it's still October but...winter is coming.

The Color of the Month at Imagine is Pebble Grey (or gray whichever you prefer) and for some reason that brought to mind the peaceful quite of winter show showers that will blanket much of Indiana in the coming months.  If you've never seen snow falling in the grey of dawn or evening then you don't know the beauty of winter.  It is such a breath taking sight to behold.

While this card doesn't capture the full effect of a snowfall it is a fair representation and almost makes me long for a snow covered evening....almost ;)  LOL!!

I wanted to add a bit more to this card so I also stamped the inside with ghostly images of pine trees and a bit of pen work.

For full details on how I created this card please visit the Imagine blog here:

Have a wonderful day my inky friends!

InkTober 2018 - Day 17 - Swollen

It's Wednesday!

Hope it's been a good one so far.

Today's InkTober prompt is Swollen.
This instantly came to mind...

Violet Beauregard from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - 1971.

It didn't look right without color so I used a waterbrush and Memento inks to give her the blueberry look ;)  LOL!!


Reflections Mixed Media Journal
Imagine - Memento Dual Tip Markers; Memento Ink
Niji Waterbrush 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bad Ideas...

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you're all having a wonderful day so far.

Today I have another fun card for you - it's a combination of the 31 Days of Halloween plus the newest challenge at Lost Coast Designs Cats and Dogs.  Any card made using a combo of a cat, a dog or both.  Of course the 31 Days of Halloween challenge is still going on as well so I decided to combine them.  What do you think???

That cat is great isn't it?  Perrrrrfect sentiment too huh?


Imagine - VersaFine Clair; Memento Dual Tip Markers; Memento Dye Ink; On Point Glue; Sponge Daubers
Watercolor Brush

InkTober 2018 - Day 16 - Angular

Today's prompt for InkTober2018 is


Wow, that is a hard one let me tell you!
Here's what I came up with...

My very angular giraffe.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Halloween Greetings

I have another fun Halloween card for you...

this time from a favorite fanged figure...

(all stamps JFF Stamps)

Fun isn't he?  LOL!!
Who doesn't love Dracula with his fashionable cape and blood red smile.

InkTober 2018 - Day 15 - Weak

Happy Monday Everyone!

Here's to a great week :)

Ready with another inky drawing...

Today's prompt - Weak

This one's for my youngest son...he loves cats :)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

InkTober 2018 - Day 14 - Clock

Welcome back to another day of drawing...

Today's prompt is Clock!

I was very excited about this prompt because I like to collect old clocks and this is one from my collection.  I love that it is in the form of a gothic arch.


Reflections Mixed Media Journal
Imagine - Memento Dual Tip Marker

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 13 - Guarded

Happy Saturday!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend...

Here is my Inktober sketch of the day...

Prompt - Guarded

My Steampunk dragon guarding the castle.

Witchy Session

Another fun card for the
31 Days of Halloween!

Even witches like to sit around and bitch & gossip and this is proof!

The image Stitch & Bitch was stamped and colored then fussy cut. It was mounted over a background of a die-cut Marigold/Marigold Starstruck Foiled Paper and a selection of Authentique pattern papers. I added the title which I made on my Dymo label maker. 


Lost Coast Designs - Stitch & Bitch (scroll 3/4 down the page)
Imagine - VersaFine Clair -Nocturne; Memento Dual Tip Markers
Authentique - Nightfall 
Dymo - Label

Friday, October 12, 2018

31 Days of Halloween - Day 12

Happy Friday!!!

I hope you've all had a wonderful week.

Trick or Treat!

This card was created using stamps from the Rubber Stamp Tapestry set - Spookytown.
I used a combination of different VersaFine Clair inks as well as papers from Authentique and a bit of foiled paper from Rinea - Marigold/Marigold Starstruck.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Inktober 2018 - Day 12 - Whale

Day 12 of InkTober2018!

Prompt - Whale

My version anyway :)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

31 Days of Halloween - Day 11


Time for another card for the 31 Days of Halloween!

Today's card was made using the spider and web stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry's Spookytown set.  The sentiment is Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  I also added a fun border by die-cutting Violet/Starstruck Violet Foiled Paper from Rinea.

A couple closer looks...

Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Spookytown
JFF Stamps - Happy Halloween

Inktober 2018 - Day 11 - Cruel

Welcome welcome to another inky day...

Today's prompt was Cruel
and my interpretation...

Had some trouble with my waist "lines" - LOL!!
But I think it really fits the prompt.
It was either this or a bra ;)

Supplies: Reflections Mixed Media Journal
Imagine - Memento Dual Tip Marker

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 10 - Flowing

Welcome friends to another day of InkTober2018!

Today's prompt - Flowing

I went for lava...I didn't know how to draw the steam though...
It's actually white ink over the black...
not sure if it translates or not.  
Below was my inkspiration.

What do you think?

Mr King of Halloween...

Welcome to Day 10 of the 31 Days of Halloween...

Today I'm sharing a creepy Edgar Allen Poe card I made using the stamp - 
over the Skulls & Bones background from Carmen's Veranda.

A bit wicked looking isn't he?
Scare the pants right off of you if you're not careful!

The image was stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne and I then set about coloring the image with all sorts of media...colored pencils, markers and a bit of watercolor thrown in for good measure.

Once I was satisfied with the results I trimmed the image and mounted it on a piece of Violet/Violet Starstruck Foiled Paper.  Really makes it pop on the bones background.


Lost Coast Designs - Goth Poe
Carmen's Veranda - Skulls & Bones
Imagine - VersaFine Clair - Nocturne; Memento Dual Tip Markers
Rinea - Violet/Violet Starstruck Foiled Paper
Prima - Watercolor Confections
PrismaColor Colored Pencils

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Shimmery, Shiny Pumpkin!

Hello Friends! 
I hope you're having a spectacular day!  

Today I wanted to share a beautiful shimmery , shiny pumpkin with you.  I made this beauty using foiled papers from Rinea - Marigold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper, Marigold/Marigold Starstruck Foiled Paper, a bit of Mocha/Mocha Starstruck Foiled Paper and Emerald/Emerald Starstruck Foiled Paper.  Since it is 3D it catches the light and reflects it so pretty, it really packs a punch for such a small package.

It's perfect for Halloween and on into the fall, best thing is that it is held together with a paper clip just like the old honeycomb decorations were so it conveniently folds flat for storage.

For complete instructions please see my post over at Rinea.

Have a lovely fall day friends!

InkTober2018 - Day 9 - Precious

Welcome, welcome!

I am SOOOO excited about today's prompt and drawing.
So, today's prompt is "Precious" and the first and only thing that popped into my head is....

I'm sure some people won't get this but hopefully "Lord of the Rings" fans will get it... This was quite a challenge because I'm not good at drawing people at all but I'm impressed with how this one turned out if I do say so myself. Far better than I had hoped.

Have a lovely day my precious!

Monday, October 8, 2018

InkTober2018 - Day 8 - Star

Happy Monday!

Ready for another drawing...
Today's prompt is "Star"

Took me a while to come up with this one.  After about 5-6 failed attempts at various "star" items (real stars, star fish, death star, etc) this suddenly popped into my head!  A vintage compass star.  I don't know why I didn't think of this to begin with. I love this type of imagery.  It's not perfect by any means but I do like how it turned out.

Have you tried your hand at drawing yet?
I hope so :)

Sunday, October 7, 2018

InkTober 2018 - Day 7 - Exhausted

Another day another drawing...
I'm pretty pleased I've been able to stick with this.
I've not drawn much in years and years but it's been fun.

Today's prompt is Exhausted.

I don't know why this popped into my head but it did...
He's exhausted but looks like he doesn't mind much huh?

Saturday, October 6, 2018

World Card Making Day 2018 - Blog Hop

Welcome my friends!

Back with another fun World Card Making Day 2018 event...
it's time for the blog hop! 
A whole range of fun styles and creations to inspire!

And here is my creation!

The main image and background stamps are from the Joy Clair set - Christmas Wishes.

The background was stamped with Delicata Golden Glitz; the tree was stamped by inking the image with Memento Dual Tip Markers; embellishments are Lady Bug and Gold irRESISTible Pico Embellishers.  The embossed foil panel is Gold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper from Rinea that I ran through a Christmas themed Sizzix embossing folder.

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We're giving away three Stamp sets from Joy Clair Store! Just leave a comment on every destination along the Hop to be in with a chance to win!

Comments close at 23:59 EST on 7th October 2018.

Don't forget that we have a lot more going on the rest of the day! We hope to see you back here for the new events - there will be lots of opportunities to be inspired and to get crafty with us!
Happy hopping! 


Ready for more inspiration? Here is the list of my friends that are part of this big celebration "Around the World Card Making Day Blog Hop with Joy Clair"


Joy Clair - Christmas Wishes
Imagine - Delicata - Golden Glitz; Memento Dual Tip Markers; irRESISTible Pico Embellishers - Lady Bug, Gold; VersaFine Clair - Nocturne
Sizzix - Embossing Folder

World Card Making Day 2018 - Make & Mail

Hello Friends!

Back again with an inspirational challenge for WCMD 2018 

Stamp up a store and create a card with matching envelope.

And here you go!!  I wanted to actually start a bit early on making my Christmas cards this year rather than wait till the last minute. I created this card and envelope set using the Joy Clair set Rustic Christmas Sentiments and Rustic Occasions Sentiments paired with VersaFine Clair inks.

The card and envelope are both single layer stamping with a bit of masking to ensure a neat and tidy card/envie.  I finished off the card with a bit of ink around the edges to help with the rustic look I was going for.

Hope you are inspired to play along!

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Be sure to check out the Joy Clair blog for lots of fun through out the day.

31 Days of Halloween

Hello Friends 

Day 6 in the 31 Days of Halloween!

Today I have a creation featuring stamps from Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda.

Isn't this a perfect image for Halloween?  The Goth Raven was stamped and embossed then painted with Kuretake Gansai Tambi's purple iridescent watercolor. It has such a lovely shimmer IRL.

I did color the tongue with a Memento Marker to really pack in the color.

The background pattern papers are from Authentique's Nightfall collection.

Hope you're having a wonderfully frightful October!


Lost Coast Designs - Goth Raven
Imagine - VersaFine Clair - Nocturne, Black Embossing Powder, Memento Dual Tip Marker
Authentique - Pattern paper, Halloween Sticker
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paint

World Card Making Day 2018 - My Work Space

Hello my Inky Friends!  
Happy World Card Making Day 2018!!!

Challenge #1 - My Space

I am participating in a joint WCMD celebration today with Joy Clair Stamps.  They challenged us to post photos of our work space...  Normally I wouldn't do this because my space is a controlled chaos...I say controlled because it is contained in my room - LOL!!  Beyond that it's just plain artsy chaos.  

Here goes....(remember what your Mother said...if you can't say anything nice - LOL!!)

My work table...yes I know...
I told you controlled artsy chaos.

It doesn't all match, 
it's not fancy,
it's not a show place,
 expensive or exactly an organizational success
but it works for me.

I have tried to get rid of the piles but they always return...
I have given up on trying to eliminate them, 
I just try to keep them tidied up enough 
so they don't come crashing down around me ;)  LOL!!

This piece is one of my main storage/display cabinets. It holds a special place in my heart because it came from my grandma's house. It was in her old house, in the kitchen, when I was a little kid...brings back fond memories.  It has glass slide doors for the upper portion but I never put them in...I knew it was going to be full.

This is what I really wanted to show you - it's my new way to store my clear stamps. I got tired of trying to find more trays to hold them so I went this route.  It is a metal sock dryer that came with little spring clips (to hold the socks for drying).  I removed all of the clips (and saved them for a future project) (a.k.a. - pack rat) and hung it up so it swung freely and could be twirled around as needed.

I bought some bull nose clips with little hooks on amazon and clipped one to the top of each set of stamps...

Then I hung them all up on the rack!

It works like a charm and it's so easy to locate just the set I want.
I am so happy with the whole set up.

So there you go...
a rare peek into the creative chaos I call home!

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InkTober2018 - Day 6 - Drool

Happy Day All!

Day 6 of InkTober 2018

Today's prompt...drool.

I think this is pretty self explanatory - LOL!!
Our basset hound drooled something fierce. 
This is to honor Cecil Barker...miss him dearly.


Reflections Mixed Media Journal
Imagine - Memento Dual Tip Markers

Friday, October 5, 2018

31 Days of Halloween - Day 5

Happy Friday everyone!
I hope you've had a fine week.  Any fun plans for the weekend?
Mom, Morgan and I are headed to Fort Wayne for the scrap/stamp event.
Should be fun as we don't have any scrapbook stores in our area anymore.

Today I have a fun Halloween card to share with you...

(All stamps are JFF Stamps)

Images are stamped on kraft paper with VersaFine Clair ink then colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils.  They are mounted on strips of various halloween paper from my stash.  I added the twine for a bit of texture and interest.

Hope you all have a super weekend!!

InkTober 2018 - Day 5 - Chicken

InkTober 2018


Not very imaginative but hey, it's a chicken :)

I miss having chickens - we can't have them out at the farm anymore...we have viscous critters lurking that want to eat them when we're not there.  Our town doesn't allow folks to have"farm animals" at their houses so no more chickens :(  Sucks because they are so much fun...they are just like people with their own personalities, quirks and habits.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

InkTober 2018 - Day 4 - Spell

Welcome back friends for another day of InkTober 2018!

Today's prompt was "Spell".

I took a bit different route than what most people would think...

I love to read - if you find an author that you just click with they can weave a spell and carry you off on a tale of intrigue, mystery, romance depending on the book.  I read every night before bed to relax and I've found several authors that I just can't put down.  To me they are the magicians and their books are the spell.


Reflections Mixed Media Journal
Imagine - Memento Dual Tip Marker
Uni Ball Vision Elite

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

InkTober 2018 - Day 3 Roasted

Welcome back to day 3 of InkTober 2018.

Today's prompt - Roasted...

LOL...I had a hard time with fire - didn't look like fire till I added the color ;)  Sorry, just not the best at drawing so color it was.  I do like how my marshmallows on a stick turned out though.  They look good enough to least to me they do but then again, maybe I'm just hungry for roasted marshmallows.  Haven't had any all summer long and obviously I need some ;)  LOL!!


Reflections Mixed Media Journal
Imagine - Memento Dual Tip Markers, Memento Dye Ink
Niji Waterbrush

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

31 Days of Halloween - Day 2

Today's card for the 31 Days of Halloween is a nod to the InkTober challenge using just black and white.  I tell you I wanted to flick some colored ink, pigment powders or something on it to add color but I refrained.

I worked on the background and main image of this card at the same time.  I cut the card panel and die-cut the circle from white cardstock and sat it side by side on my work station.  I inked up the bats really well with VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink and stamped it on the card panel then without adding any additional ink I stamped it on the circle so it was more of a ghost image and repeated until I was satisfied with both.  Added the sentiment, matted the circle with a bit of halloween pattern paper and used double stick foam tape to add it to the card.

And that's that!

Have an inky day friends!

InkTober 2018 - Day 2 - Tranquil

Hello Friends!

I'm back with my 2nd entry in the InkTober 2018 challenge.  Today's prompt was "Tranquil".  This one was really hard for me. The original idea for this challenge was to get people into drawing each day using pen and ink.  Since it's conception though it's expanded to more elaborate drawings with colored inks and such.  I've tried to stay true to the original idea but I tell you my tranquil stacked rocks just looked like odd shaped blobs of nothing to me so I had to color.

I tried to sparingly use my watercolor brush paired with Memento Dye Inks - London Fog, Flannel Grey, Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa.     The stones are supposed to be sitting on the beach by  the ocean but it doesn't really look like it...again, it needs color IMO.  I never realized how hard this was going to be...I'm so used to adding color to most everything I make, it's really a challenge not to.

I also have to say I'm not posting these on the InkTober FB groups...just too chicken after the amazing drawings I saw yesterday.

Well, anyway, it's a start.
Hopefully it will get easier as the month goes on.

Are you up for the challenge?

Monday, October 1, 2018

October 2018

Happy October 2018!!

This month is going to be a very full month and I wanted to give you a heads up so you know what all is going on...

First off October means Halloween!  YES :)  I know some of you don't get into Halloween but I love it.  It's fun to be scared and some studies show it's actually good for you every once in a while.  Along with Lost Coast Designs I will be participating in the 31 Days of Halloween... Every day on the LCD/CV blog there will be a Halloween themed post - I will be posting my creations here as well with a few extras not related to the LCD postings.  I probably won't hit every day but I'll have lots of fun Halloween in store for you.

Here is my first post for the 31 Days of Halloween...It was made using Rinea Foiled Papers from the Haunted Foiled Paper Variety Pack, Spellbinders & Sizzix dies and a Sizzix embossing folder.

A friend introduced me to InkTober 2018.  It's a challenge to get you to into making one ink drawing every day...starting in October and beyond. There is a list of prompts for each day (below) that will help get you moving.  Again, I probably won't hit every day but I'm gonna try.

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Here is my first drawing...the prompt was poisonous...I've always liked the look of these mushrooms so I went with it.  I think I am going to have to re-draw this on some watercolor paper and paint these...they are so cool looking.

There is also lots going on with other design team events...October 6th is World Card Making Day and I will be participating in conjunction with Joy Clair Stamps and sharing a few posts through out the day. Lots of fun and give-aways on their blog as well so you'll want to check it all out.

Mid-October (18th & 19th) Imagine and Crackerbox/So Suzy's Stamps will be hosting a blog hop that I will be participating in.  I can't wait for you to see these stamps...they are so stinkin' cute! I was asked to make a single card but I had so much fun I made two and if I have time between now and then I may make a couple more.


I have a few other surprises in store...
so I hope you join me in this very full month of October!