Sunday, December 23, 2018

Cold and Frosty Lost Coast Designs December Challenge

Please check out the December Challenge on the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity - "Cold and Frosty".  You still have time to enter your wintery projects for a chance to win some free stamps!

This card was made with the Small Snowflake Stamp Set and with the Creepy Dolls by Carri Teddy 2
stamp.  I used as my background a piece of blue and white scrapbook paper and edged it with silver ink.  I then heat embossed the snowflakes with silver embossing power onto white paper and cut them out.  I added a bit of silver Stickles and some smaller silver snowflakes to give them more sparkle.  I stamped my Creepy Teddi with black ink onto white card stock, cut him out, and colored him with Copic markers.

Snowflakes are attached with foam tape as shown, then my Creepy Teddi was positioned atop the snowflakes.  I found a cute winter saying and attached that to the lower left corner.  Last step was to mount this to a white card base and that's how easy it is!

So let's see what fun winter creations you can make!!
Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 17, 2018

GeckoGalz Deck the Halls: Day 17

This project is one I made for the "Decking the Halls" event
 happening at the GeckoGalz design blog.  We are creating projects of all kinds during the month of December, so be sure to check them out!

This project is a card which serves as a holder for a gift card.  It seems more and more of our gift giving is taking this form, so this is a fun way to "gift" someone with a card from their favorite retailer.

For this card I used the Gecko Galz mini paper pack called Christmas Sprinkles - I used this both inside and on the outside. 

I started with a piece of red card stock which I cut to 4" by 11".  I scored this at 4", 5.5" and 7".  I folded each score line as follows:  valley fold on the 4" score, mountain fold on the 5.5" fold, and valley fold on the 7" score.  I taped the two undersides of the mountain fold together then folded to form a 4 X 4 "present bottom".  I then cut another piece of red card stock 3" by 4.25 " and scored it in the middle at the 1.5" mark.  I glued this to the top of the card so when it is closed the top flap comes down over the top front of the card.  I cut the top portion of the Christmas Sprinkles paper to fit the front of the card, then cut pieces of the lower, dotted portion, to fit along the top flap both inside and outside and to fit across the pocket that holds the gift card.  I cut some white card stock to fit the inside and stamped a sentiment on the upper half and attached my reindeer riding Santa to the bottom half.  I punched holes on both sides at the top of the gift card pocket and attached some small red brads there to hold the pocket securely closed.  Last step was to punch a hole in the outside upper flap and thread some red and white baker's twine through the hole and around the card, securing it closed.  I finished by tying a little peppermint to the baker's twine.

Thanks for checking out my blog, and Happy Holidays!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cold and Frosty Snowman

This is a card I made for the "Cold and Frosty" Challenge at the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity.  This challenge goes for the entire month of December, so you still have time to submit your Cold and Frosty designs for a chance to win some free stamps!

This card was made using the Snowman stamp from Carmen's Veranda.  I stamped my snowman onto white card stock with black ink then cut him out.  I then re-stamped the scarf and button portions of the stamp onto white card stock using blue ink, cut those out, and fastened them to my snowman.  I added a top hat,
cut him a larger carrot nose from a scrap of orange paper, and gave him "eyes of coal" using black rhinestones.   The background was created by using blue acrylic paint on my Gelli press then spattering it with white paint to give the effect of snow falling.  I had a little "Let It Snow" sticker on hand so made a little sign of it and positioned it in the lower left corner.  Last step was to layer this with a white card base.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Geckogalz Deck The Halls: Day 4

This project is for the Geckogalz "Deck the Halls" December project.  I have used the Winter Wonderland  and the Christmas Sayings Digital stamp sets to create six gift tags.

I printed my digital stamps out onto red, green, and white sheets of card stock then cut them down to size so they were uniform in length and width.  I embellished each image with either white pen or Nuvo drops.  I punched a hole in the upper left corner and tied some black and white checked ribbon onto each.  

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Little Pilgrim

This card was made for the current Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge:  Cute.

I made this card using the Little Pilgrim stamp and the background is the Medium Shrubbery stamp.

My background paper is made with acrylic paints, a stencil and my Gelli plate.  Paints are in shades of yellow and green.  I stamped the shrubbery background stamp directly onto this background panel with StayzOn black ink.  I then stamped my Little Pilgrim girl with black ink onto white paper and cut her out.  Her dress was colored yellow and I added some skin toned marker to her face and hands.  I affixed her to the card front, added the "blessing" saying, edged the panel in black ink, and layered with white and green panels.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Day of the Dead: Yellow and Green Skull

This ATC was made for the Lost Coast Designs "Day of the Dead" Challenge, going on in November, 2018.

I made this using the Three Small Skulls ATC stamps and the Swirls and Dots Border stamp.  
My skull was stamped onto white paper and cut out.  I colored it using yellow, green, and orange markers, then added some rhinestones and some Glossy Effects to the eyes to give them some depth.

My background is a piece created using my Gelli plate, some stencils, and some yellow and green acrylic paints.  I edged it with green ink and stamped the swirls and dots border with black ink onto the bottom edge of the ATC.  I mounted the skull atop and that's a wrap!!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Lost Coast Designs Mayan Blog Hop, Day 2

Welcome from Laurie to Day 2 of the Mayan Blog Hop.  I have a fun card to share with you using one of the Mayan Hieroglyphics set of stamps that are new to Lost Coast Designs.  

I stamped my Mayan figure directly onto some paper made with acrylic paints and my Gelli press plate with StayzOn ink.  I colored here and there with red marker to add another shade of color.
I tore around the edges and inked the torn edges with black ink.

I mounted this to another paper from my Gelli press using orange and yellow paints.  I edged that in black as well then layered it to a piece of yellow card stock.  

Hope you join us at the Mayan Blog Hop!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Lost Coast Designs Mayan Blog Hop: Day 1

Oh there are some really great new Mayan figure stamps on the Lost Coast Design website!  They come in a set and are very detailed and interesting.  We are featuring them today for our Mayan Blog Hop, and I have made a card using two of them.

I started by stamping one of the Mayan Hieroglyphics figures onto white yardstick with black ink.  I then colored the figure and his very ornate robe and "hair do" with Copic markers in shades of rust, turquoise, and dark brown.  I then fussy cut him out.  I stamped the Mayan Stele with black ink onto some orange paper and cut it out.  I didn't cut straight around the edges with my paper cutter but used a pair of small scissors and cut around all the different shaped stones that make the outer border.

I mounted the background onto some turquoise paper which was layered with white card stock and affixed my figure to the center using foam tape to raise him up a bit.  

I promise you will have a lot of fun with these stamps - they are such fun to color and decorate and make a striking finished project.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Day of The Dead Challenge

It's time for the annual November Day of the Dead Challenge at the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity!

This card uses the ATC Day of the Dead Angel.

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Gecko Galz 8th Annual Blog Hop - Stop #9

Hello Everyone!

We want to welcome everyone to the Gecko Galz 8thAnnual Blog Hop!

This is the Ninth stop on our Tricks and Treats Blog.  We have 18 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage sheets that we are giving you for FREE!  Each blog you visit will have another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to download. The one here is “SWEET LITTLE MISS”.

Also make sure you leave a message on each blog site you visit, and on the last blog there will be a phrase that you will email to us to be entered in our drawing for a wonderful treat pack.  So sit back, relax, take your time, and enjoy the hop!

We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
*FIRST is a Gecko Galz Shopping Spree for $100
*SECOND prize is a $75 Shopping Spree
*THIRD prize is a $50 Shopping Spree
*And our GRAND PRIZE is one full year of Gecko Galz products!  This includes:
6 new collage sheets each quarter
A new stamp set each quarter
2 new paper packs each quarter
An ATC collection each quarter
And 1 Jewel It collection
This is a $150 Value!

First of all, you will need to visit all 18 blogs and leave a comment on each blog. This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs.
Collect the phrase at the end of the hop on the Fripperies and Butterflies site – there will be a link to email the phrase to Gecko Galz at Gecko Galz Email. 

This enters you in the contest.  On October 31stwe will randomly draw the 4 winners and
email each of you. Then we will post the winning names on the Gecko Galz blog site.

For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the The Gecko Galz Etsy Store between the 26thand 30thof October, and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win).

Created by Laurie Davis for Gecko Galz

        Created by Laurie Davis for Gecko Galz

Created by Laurie Davis for Gecko Galz

Created by Laurie Davis for Gecko Galz

Created by Laurie Davis for Gecko Galz

Now have fun visiting each blog!!

Gecko Galz

Katie Lamb

And here is your free " Sweet Little Miss" collage sheet.  

Let's see what fun things you can create!!


Thursday, October 25, 2018


Here is a card I made for the Lost Coast Design Cats and Dogs Challenge.  It's part of the month
long Halloween Blog Hop going on right now.

This card uses the Katzelkraft Striped Cat stamp.  It was stamped onto yellow paper with black ink then cut out.  My background is some orange striped scrapbook paper that I stenciled with a dotted stencil using black ink.  I affixed my kitty to the center of the card as shown and added a little witch's hat.  I stenciled in a couple of spiders and die cut the word "eek".  All was attached to a white card base.  Easy and fun!

Hope to see your dog and cat creations on the Portal before the Blog Hop ends on Halloween!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Just Hangin' Out

Happy October and it's been a lot of fun participating in the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity Halloween Blog Hop.

This is a fun ATC coin I made for the Hop using the new Carri's Menagerie - Bats stamp.  It's one of a whole new collection of fun and funky creatures.

I stamped my little bats onto white paper with black ink and colored them in completely with black marker.  I added some tiny googly eyes to each and cut them out.  My background was created using green and dark blue distress inks blended together onto white paper.  I stamped the Grunge Tree with black ink onto my background, then took a silver pen and dotted some "stars" into the night sky.  I "hung" my two little bats from the top, edged the outside of the coin with black ink, added a "scary" word sticker, and done!

Be sure to check out the Blog for all the fun Halloween projects and be sure to check out the Lost Coast website for the new collection of Carri's Menagerie stamps!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Skellie Tag

Here is a fun skellie tag I made for the Lost Coast Designs Halloween Blog Hop where every day during the month of November there will be a new project to inspire you!

I used the RIP stamp for this tag.  I stamped with black ink onto some background paper I had stenciled with yellow and orange inks.  I cut out around the image and mounted it to a piece of vintage script paper then tore around the edges.  Finished off with a piece of vintage crocheted trim and a bone, this was easy and fun and really says Halloween to me!

Please join the fun at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Halloween Blog Hop!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Dancing Skellies

I made this card for Day 4 of the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity Halloween Blog Hop.

This was made with the Dancing Skeletons stamp and the Grunge Tree background stamp, both available from Lost Coast Designs.
The party hats are from the Vertical Party Hats stamp set.

Come visit the Blog Hop and check out the fun Halloween creations and create your own stamped designs for a chance to win some free stamps!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

It's the Witching Hour

  ... over at the Gecko Galz blog site!  Enter your creations with a witchy theme any time between now and October 30th.  Only stipulation is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product.
You could win a gift certificate for some free stuff from the Gecko Galz Etsy Shop!

Here is a project I made using : the Frightful Delightful Journal set, the Apothecary Labels
Collage Set, the 7 Wonders paper, the Witchy Women Collage Set, and the Midnight Hour
Digital Stamp Set.  All these products and more can be found at The GeckoGalz Etsy Shop.

Glue Page Book

Glue Page Booklet - Made for the SwapBot YTBC Group with 90% vintage papers

Monday, September 24, 2018

If I Only Had A Heart

Here is a card I made for the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity September Challenge:  Follow the Yellow Brick Road.  Featuring projects made with Wizard of Oz stamps.

This card features the Oz Tinman stamp which can be found, along with some other great Oz stamps, at Carmen's Veranda.

Monday, August 20, 2018


A card for the Lost Coast Designs "Hard As Stone" Challenge going until thru the end of August.

Using the Goth Shrine stamp and the Daisy Flourish stamps, both from Lost Coast Designs.

Thursday, August 16, 2018


This is a card I made for the Lost Coast Design Challenge:  Anything Goes.

I made this using the Steampunk Pony stamp from Lost Coast Designs.

I had on hand some background papers I had made by collaging bits of vintage papers then stenciling over them.  I stamped the Pony with black ink onto one of these background papers then roughly tore around the edges, creating a square.  I attached two brass gears with brads and a black elastic as shown, then layered this with black and rust papers.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Index Card A Day # 10

Index card made for the YTPC Group on Swap Bot:  Index Card a day #10

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Allsorts Challenge Blog: Tags

Over at the Allsorts Challenge Blog there is a new challenge:  Tags.  They want to see tags that you would add to a gift or a tag added to a card - whatever you like.  

Lost Coast Designs is a new sponsor at Allsorts, and as a member of their Design Team, I encourage you to check out the Allsorts Challenge and see what fun and creative tags you can make.  Lost Coast is offering a $10 store voucher for a lucky winner, and all who enter the challenge can claim a 15% discount on any orders placed at Lost Coast Designs while the challenge is running.  Just use the code Allsorts15.

Here is the tag I made using The Cracked Party Cat stamp.
The sentiment stamp Do I Smell Cake? is from Carmen's Veranda clear stamps collection.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Iindex Card A Day #9

For the Swapbot group YTPC Daily Index Card - this is card #9.  Made with old book pages, Gesso, Distress Oxide inks, rubber stamps, etc.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Index Card a Day #7 and #8

Index Cards #7 and * are similar in technique as each uses shimmer paint, an embossing folder, pigment powders and a chipboard element with string and a saying.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Three Monkeys

A card made for the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity mid-July challenge:  "No Body Here"

For this card I used the Three Monkeys stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  I stamped the monkeys onto white paper, colored them with markers, and cut them out.  I die cut two sets of circles to layer, one out of brown card stock and the other from some light brown card stock.  I stamped some script with black ink using one of the ATC Set, Misc 6 stamps onto the lighter, smaller circles and layered them with the larger brown circles, then affixed my monkeys stop the circles as shown.  I then attached these to the center of my card front atop a background paper I had on hand made with acrylic paints and some stencils.  That was layered with a dark brown panel.  I created my words on my computer, printed them out and colored the backgrounds then affixed as shown.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Index Card A Day Series 1

Creating index cards using different techniques as demonstrated on You Tube.  Here are #1 and #5.

Card #1

Card #5
Card #6

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Something That Starts With B

"I Spy Something That Starts With B" - current swap at the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity.

Made with the Button Girl stamp available at Lost Coast Designs.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Round and Round

Card made for the Lost Coast Designs bi-monthly challenge with the theme:  Round and Round.
Made with the Doodle Circles stamp and the Steampunk bicycle Lady stamp, both from Lost Coast Designs, and the My Age is Appropriate clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.

Friday, June 15, 2018

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

This card was created for the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity "Round and Round" challenge, running from June 15th to the 30th.

I used the Doodle Circles background stamp and the Steampunk Bicycle Lady stamp, both from Lost Coast Designs.
The sentiment is one of Carmen's Veranda clear stamps: Inappropriate Behavior.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Three Butterflies

Here are 3 ATCs I made for the current Lost Coast Designs Challenge:  Mini Me.  The object of the challenge is to create something smaller than a card - an ATC, an inchie, a tag., etc.

For these three ATCs I used the ATC Set Text #1 and the Butterflies Set.  Backgrounds were created 
using various stencils and distress inks.  Butterflies were colored with Copic markers.

Visit the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity to get all the rules and dates for the Challenge and enter to win some free stamps!

Monday, June 4, 2018


I had two pieces published in the Stampers' Sampler "Book of Templates" this summer!!