Friday, September 28, 2018

TP Advent Calendar?

Yep!  That's what I'm making Advent Calendar by upcycling toilet paper rolls and they turned out pretty cool even if I do say so myself.

How did I make these goodies? 
You'll have to hop on over to the Imagine blog to find out :)
I'll give you a hint with the supply list though....

Imagine - irRESISTible Texture Spray - Lady Bug, Wedding Dress, Bamboo Stalk; Memento Dye Inks; VersaFine Clair - Nocturne
Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Candy Cane, Gingerbread Man, Holly, Stocking, Gift Peg Stamps
Club Scrap - Large Number Stamps
MFT - Circle & Scallop Circle Dies
Rinea - Ruby/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper; Emerald/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
Seam Binding

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

I have Flying Monkeys...

Back with another fun card for the 
at Lost Coast Designs n Carmen's Veranda. 

Today I have flying monkeys for you!

I just LOVE this card - as you know blue is my favorite color and I thought it would be the perfect backdrop for my flying monkey. It's made using VersaFine Clair Inks and a sponge dauber.  I think it works great - what do you think?

A close up of the large flying monkey...

He was colored with a combination of markers and colored pencils.

For complete instructions on how I made this card as well as a supply list you can visit the Lost Coast Design blog here - Not Afraid

Be sure to enter the challenge while you still have time.
You might be the lucky winner of a LCD/CV gift certificate!!
Good Luck Friends!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Bitty Pumpkins

Another fun pumpkin card...this one a bit more traditional than the previous card. No blue pumpkins here ;)

I used all sorts of peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry to create this little scene. It was stamped using a combination of VersaFine Clair and Memento inks.  I used a waterbrush filled with water and a bit of Champagne Frost All purpose ink paired with watercolors to create a lovely shimmery sky for the background.

The stamped panel was mounted on a bit of Mocha/Mocha Starstruck Foiled Paper which was then mounted on a panel of Marigold/Marigold Starstruck Foiled Paper both from Rinea.  Makes for quite the striking card don't you think?

A close up of the pumpkins...

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Best Witches Forever

Welcome Friends!

This month the Rinea Design Team is pairing up with products from Rita Barakat and today I have the fun of sharing my Halloween creation - BWF...Best Witches Forever using Rita's stamp - BFF's.

This card was so much fun to make...stamped paper piecing and loads of die-cuts all made using Rinea Foiled Papers just too much spooky fun!

The BFF image was stamped 3 times - once on white cardstock (the base of the image), once on Marigold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper and once on Lavender/Lavender Starstruck Foiled Paper.  All of the little parts and pieces were fussy cut then reassembled onto the image stamped on the white cardstock.  I hand cut the hats free-hand and added a complimentary band around each hat.

The remaining images were all cut from the Haunted Foiled Paper collection using Spellbinders and Sizzix dies.

Rinea - Haunted Foiled Paper Variety Pack, Lavender/Lavender Starstruck Foiled Paper 
Rita Barakat - BFF Stamp
Imagine - StazOn Ink
Spellbinders - pumpkin, grass, tree, bat dies
Sizzix - Word die
White, Black Cardstock

Friday, September 21, 2018

Pretty Pumpkins Trick or Treat

Hello Friends - I have been working on lots of design team stuff but can't show you that till later.  I've been having a devil of a time getting my mojo back into creative mode for things to share on the blog. I just seem to set at my desk and look at things rather than actually make stuff. I don't know if it's still the loss of my 4 legged friend, a bit of left over sadness or ???  

Well, the other day though I got a cool e-mail from Creative with Stamps about their current challenge...Pumpkins!

I love fall and all the things that come with it, especially Halloween.  Of course pumpkins and Halloween go hand in hand so I took it as a kick in the creative backside to get stampin.

This is what I created! I bought this set of really neat pumpkin stamps a couple months ago with the anticipation of fall and all it's goodness.  They are layer stamps from Sunny Studio and they are aptly named...Pretty Pumpkins. I decided to go a bit non-traditional by stamping BLUE pumpkins, a white one and of course I threw in a couple orange ones.  

The inks were a combination of VersaMagic (chalk inks) for the bottom 2 layers and then VersaFine Clair inks for the upper most layers. The chalk inks really give depth to the colors while the dark bold colors of the VFC almost make them look 3D.

The pattern paper and sentiment is from the Authentique Nightfall collection. I also used a bit of Rinea Foiled Paper from the Haunted Foiled Paper Variety Pack.

It was nice to finally get back to stampin for fun.
I think I may make a couple more cards for this challenge...
afterall, I do LOVE pumpkins!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

I'll Get You my Pretty...

Happy Saturday friends!

Today starts a fun new challenge on the Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda blog...

This is my contribution for your inspiration today.

I absolutely love these stamps...they are just too much fun if you're an Oz lover.

I stamped her on white cardstock, watercolored her with a variety of Memento inks and a waterbrush then finished her off with a bit of glue and glitter to really make her pop.

She was then mounted on a red oval of Rinea Foiled Paper which was matted on an Ebony/Ebony Starstruck Foiled Paper card.

I hope you join in on the challenge which runs till the end of September.
Good Luck Friends!

Carmen's Veranda - Witch
Imagine - VersaFine Clair; Memento Dual Tip Markers, OnPoint Glue
MFT Oval Die

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Red Sangria Marble

Did you know that the color of the month for September over on the Imagine blog is Red Sangria?  It's such a lovely color so I decided to really go with it and I used a technique to create

And I used that Red Sangria Marbled Paper to create these Artist Trading Coins

and a fun Christmas card!

For complete details on how I created this background paper check this out....



All-Purpose Ink – Poppy Red, Real Black, Red Delicious, Rose Pink, Thistle, Wisteria
Delicata Inkpad – Golden Glitz
Ink Dropper
Craft Mat
VersaFine Clair – Acorn, Pinecone, Tulip Red, Shady Lane, Green Oasis
Memento Dual-Tip Markers – Rhubarb Stalk, Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa
Sponge Dauber


Bristol Cardstock
Acrylic Block
Waffle Flower – Layering Marble Stamp Set
Joy Clair – Rustic Christmas, Rustic Sentiments
Cardstock – Black, White
Southern Blackberry Design – collage images
Queen’s Dresser Drawers – Collage images
Dymo Label Maker
Vintage Ephemera
Misti Stamping Tool

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Bit 'O Paper Piecing

The current challenge at Lost Coast Designs is 

Long ago when I first started playing with paper I hated paper piecing because I wasn't very good at the fussy forward several years and lost of practicing and I now love it! I find it relaxing to snip here and there and create something beautiful.

And this is what I created for the challenge. 
I LOVE this mannequin stamp set...there are several more in the set but these are some of my fav's.

I hope you stop on over and join in on the fun. 
You could win a gift certificate to LCD/CV if you're the lucky winner!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Mermaid Comp Book

Hello Friends...long time I know. 
(more on that near the end)

I wanted to share a fun comp book that I made using supplies from Rinea and Rita Barakat...

Mermaid Hair!!!

I so want to do this to my hair at some point but for now I will live vicariously through this little lady.  I love the face stencils that Rita has to offer. They give people like me (that can't draw faces) a chance to play with designs like this one. Combine it with Rinea foiled papers and oh my...such fun to be had. I can think of so many fun ideas for this...a witch with green & purple hair, something for the 4th of July w/ RWB hair, a frosty princess for winter. Just think of the fun!

Each piece of the stencil was drawn out onto various colors of the foiled paper and paper pieced to create the finished look. I went back over the entire design with an alcohol marker to add definition and details.  Aside from her hair I especially love her eyes....

What do you think? Fun huh?

For complete assembly and supply list please check out my post over on the Rinea Blog - 

Life has been rough lately so I took some unexpected time off. We found out our Basset Hound - Cecil had a very aggressive, fast growing cancer and there was nothing we could do for him other than manage his pain. We were lucky enough to have a little over a week with him to try to get used to the idea and say goodbye.  Of course there is never enough time but you take what you can get.  I'm sure you can understand that I've not been in much of a crafty frame of mind but time is a salve even if it doesn't make the hurt go away.  Anyway, things are slowly getting back to the new normal...