Saturday, March 21, 2020

Going Viral Sale!

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

ATCs and ATC coin Challenge

Hi!  I want to share an ATC coin with you that I made for the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge:  ATC's and Coins.  This challenge runs from February 1st through the 14th.

I love the ATC coins.  I think they are a fun change up from the standard ATC.  I used one of the new Gnome stamps from Lost Coast Designs:  Pointy Hat Gnome.  Unfortunately since this is a coin, he lost the pointy part of his pointy hat!

I stamped my gnome with black ink onto white card stock and cut him out.  I used Copic Sketch markers to color him in.  For my background, I heat embossed the Little Diamonds background stamp with clear embossing powder onto white card stock.  I then took shades of blue and green Distress Spray Inks and spritzed my paper, then sponged away the excess ink.  I mounted my gnome as shown and edged my coin with green marker.  

The sentiment is part of a Carmen's Veranda clearstamp - Pets Live Longer.  The stamp has a longer saying so I just cut out the portion I wanted to use and glued this along the left side of my coin.

Here he is and if you want a chance to win some free stamps, join the new challenge at the Lost Coast Portal.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Hi to all from Laurie with a fun card for the "Monkey See, Monkey Do" challenge going on until the end of February, at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.

For this card, I used the Pants On Fire clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda,
the Cheesecloth background stamp from Lost Coast Designs, and the Monkey Face stamp from Carmen's Veranda.

I started with my background, taking a piece of scrapbook paper with just a little bit of brown and green color to it.  I heat embossed the Cheesecloth background stamp with clear embossing powder onto my background paper.  I then used some Distress Spray stains in shades of rust, brown, and green and sprayed these randomly over my paper.  I blotted up the excess and dried my page.

Next I stamped my Monkey Face onto white card stock and colored it with Copic Sketch markers. I stamped my sentiment onto white card stock with black ink and edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I positioned this at the bottom of my card then attached Mr.Monkey Face directly above this.  I layered my card front with a white panel, edged that with the same Distress Ink, and finished it off by added some Glossy Accents to the monkey's eyes.  

Let us see your "Monkey" creations before the end of February for a chance to win some of the awesome stamps from Lost Coast and Carmen's Veranda!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Hi again with a tag for the current Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity challenge:  Tag You're It!  Simple challenge for the first half of February - just make a tag in any theme you like and be sure to include some rubber stamping on your work.

For this tag, I used the Butterfly Set stamps - the set includes 5 stamps but I chose to use the three smallest for this tag.

I stamped my butterflies onto a piece of clear acrylic using Stayz On black ink so the stamped images would not smear, then cut this into a tag shape.  For my background, I took a page from a vintage book and using Modge Podge, I adhered to it a decorative paper napkin with leaves and branches.  After that dried well, I glued my acrylic tag atop it and trimmed around the edges.  I thought it needed some kind of defining border, so I layered it with a tag shaped piece of black card stock. 

Final touch was to punch a hole in the top and thread a variety of ribbon and twine in colors of gray, cream and silver.  I love the way the butterflies on the acrylic let the background of the paper napkin show through.

So get your tags and stamps and art supplies out and see what kind of amazing tags you can whip up!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Age of Aquarius Mini Album

Happy February to one and all.  I'd like to share a mini album I made for the Gecko Galz February Design Challenge:  Age of Aquarius.  This was really fun to make and add lots of bright colors and images to.  In addition to the Strawberry Fields Paper Pack I used the following Gecko Galz collage sheets:

Country Girls
Journal Words
Sentimental Journey
Summer Colors
What's Your Sign

These can all be found at the Gecko Galz Etsy Store along with so many other amazing collage sheets, paper packs and digital stamps.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Party Cat

I made this fun tag for the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge beginning February 1st:  Tag You're It!

This tag uses the Party Cat Set from Lost Coast Designs and the  Wear A Cone clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.

My tag is approximately 3 1/2' by 7 1/4" in size.  I covered my tag with some decorative paper in shades of black and cream.  I added a coordinating pattern to the top portion of the tag.  I then layered two paper doilies:  the bottom one is a white doily that I had coffee stained, and the next doily is black.  

I then stamped my Party Cat with black ink onto a piece of coffee stained paper, cut him out, and attached him over on the right side of my tag.

Next I stamped my sentiment with black ink onto the same coffee stained paper, cut it out, edged each piece with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and glued it as shown along the left side.  Final steps were to add some black Dresden trim and black and cream ribbons at the top.

So "Tag, You're It" for this fun new challenge!  

Monday, January 20, 2020

Hi again with a project for the "Walk of Fame" challenge going on until the end of January at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.

For this card, I used the Sherlock Holmes stamp from Carmen's Veranda and the Ledger background stamp from Lost Coast Designs.

I have a box full of Gelli prints that I have made over the past months so I dug around until I found this background page.  It's made with yellow, blue, rust, and gold acrylic paints and a couple of different stencils.  I love how the little touches of blue appear here and there - that's what often happens if you don't clean the paint off your plate before you add some new colors.  You get some of the older paint showing through, which I really like.

I stamped the Ledger background with black StayzOn ink - since it's a painted background regular ink won't dry well.  I stamped Sherlock with black ink onto some cream paper and trimmed around the edges, then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I affixed him to the center of my background paper with some black photo corners.

The final step was to layer this with blue paper and stitch around the edges with black thread.