Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Day of the Dead Celebration With Lost Coast Design

Hello Everyone!
I am now moved into my new house and am still super busy unpacking, cleaning, trying to figure out where to put stuff, etc.....
I do have all my stamping supplies out of storage and I am working on setting up a work area.  I have lots of room in the basement, but the lighting is not that great.  I am also working on sewing some valances for the kitchen.  Yup, I like to sew too.

Today, I have a card I made before the big move.  This card is for the Day of The Dead Celebration on the Lost Coast Design Portal to Creativity Blog.

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Stamps: Skull with Hat - Carmen's Veranda and Birds in Trees Background - Lost Coast Designs
Ink: Black dye, Red Pepper Adirondack
Distress Ink: Pumice Stone and Black Soot
CS: White, black, red, and gray textured
Copic Markers
Black  and red ribbon
Baker's Twine


  • Make a card from gray textured CS and distress edges with Distress inks
  • Stamp the Birds in Trees background with Red Pepper ink
  • Color the trees with gray copic makers
  • Add a layer of black to the Trees background and add to card front
  • Wrap ribbons and bakers twine along right edge

  • Stamp the Skull with Hat with black die ink and color with Copics.  I also colored the black ink areas with a black copic to really darken the black
  • Add a layer of black and red CS and add to card
I hope you will join the fun in our Day of the Dead Celebration!!
I will keep you posted on my progress re working area.  I really need to get back to making cards!  It is time to start on Christmas cards...Yikes.   Oh, speaking of Christmas, Carmen's Veranda is hosting a Christmas Event this year!!  Stay tuned for more Details on that!!    

I hope you are having a great day!! See you soon!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

31 Days of Halloween Skulls - Post #3

Hello Dreamers!
This is my third post  for the 31 Days of Halloween Event.  Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda Stamps are sponsoring the event with stamp prizes.  This event is presented by Smeared Ink Stamps. There are lots of prizes, blogs, and inspiration projects in this huge event.  Lost Coast Portal to Creativity will have a different Halloween/Scary project each day for the month of October.
Today, I have another winged skull project with an interesting background treatment.

Materials List:
Stamps: Skull with Wings, Perfume Bottle Set, ATC Misc #3 Set all from Lost Coast Designs; Circle stamp
Ink: Versa Mark; Jet Black Archival; Jumbo Java Versa Magic; Mushroom and Butterscotch Adirondack
CS:black, bright mustard yellow, white, Glossy white
Heat Tool
Craft Sponge
Black Baker's Twine
Dimensional Adhesive


  • Make a black card base and add a layer of mustard yellow CS
  • On Glossy white CS, stamp the squares stamp from the ATC Misc #3 set with Versa Mark ink several times to cover the entire surface
  • Heat set the ink with a heat tool
  • Stamp circles over the background with the Adirondack inks

  • Using the direct to paper method, cover the entire piece with Jumbo Java chalk ink
  • Using a craft sponge, remove some of the Jumbo Java ink--the background images will now start to emerge
  • Use sandpaper to remove more ink and add more distressing
  • Rub edges of this piece with Mushroom ink

  • Add stamped and distressed piece to card
  • Stamp the bottles on white CS with Jet Black ink; cut out
  • Add bottles to card with dimensional adhesive
  • Tie twine around card

  • Stamp Skull with Wings with Jet Black ink on white CS; Cut out
  • Add to card with dimensional adhesive

Very Scary!  I think this will be a great Halloween card!  But, image that the perfume bottles are poison bottles.  LOL  Hope you are having fun checking out all the frightful projects on the 31 Days of Halloween Event!! See you soon for more crafty goodness!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Devilish Kitty for 31 Days of Halloween- Post #2

Hello All,
The Halloween theme continues with more scary fun!! Today is my second post for the 31 Days of Halloween Event.  Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda Stamps are sponsoring the event with stamp prizes.  This event is presented by Smeared Ink Stamps. There are lots of prizes, blogs, and inspiration projects in this huge event.  Lost Coast Portal to Creativity will have a different Halloween/Scary project each day for the month of October.

I used a cute kitten Lost Coast Designs stamp to make a Halloween card.

Materials List:
Stamps: Devil in Disguise and Spray Webbing from Lost Coast Design
Ink: Black Archival, Lake Mist Adirondack
Distress Ink: Bundled Sage and Frayed Burlap
CS: White, glossy black, pale green
Green velvet ribbon
Yarn trim


  • Make a card base from pale green CS and layer with glossy black CS
  • Stamp the Kitty Devil on white CS with black Archival ink and again on a piece of scrap paper
  • Cut out the Kitty stamped on scrap paper and use as a mask for the next step
  • Lay the mask over the Kitty and stamp the Spray Webbing background stamp with Lake Mist ink; remove the mask

  • Distress the edges with the Distress inks
  • Wrap the ribbon and trim around the white CS stamped piece and secure with glue on back
  • Add stamped piece to card
  • Tie ribbon in knot and glue to card front
Isn't this cute!!??   Love the soft green as an unexpected color for Halloween. That Spray Webbing background really set off the little Devil.   Hope you are enjoying the 31 Days of Halloween!!  See you next time. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pretty Sympathy Card

Hello Everyone!
One more week until the big move.  I am still packing like crazy.  I finished the basement today.  Tomorrow I will work on the attic.  Can't wait until we are in the new house and relaxing!  LOL  I have another sympathy card to share.  I also made this card for an order.

I used a soft blue green CS (one of my favorites-Sage Shadow a retired Stampin' Up color--still have a couple sheets of it).  And decorative paper in soft green.   The Butterfly stamp is from Stampin' Up.

I added a punched butterfly too and some gold bakers twine.

A nice sentiment on the inside.  Don't be intimidated by sympathy cards.  Any stamp will work.  I just like to keep the colors soft.

Well, I have to run.  Still lots to do tonight.   I hope you are having a great day!
Stay tuned this month for more of the 31 Days of Halloween sponsored by Lost Coast Designs!!

See you soon.  Love ya.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Vintage Stamping Challenge - October

Hello Everyone,
Time for a new challenge with the Vintage Stamping Challenge!!  The new theme for the month of October is:

Use Die Cuts

Make a project with stamping and use at least one die cut item.

The challenge is sponsored by Flonz Craft Stamps!!  They are offering a $25 gift certificate!!!

I am getting in the Holiday mood with a winter card!  I used three different dies on this project and added some foil.....

Materials List:
Stamp: Merrie Christmas Set from Flonz Craft Stamps
Ink: Onyx Black Versa Fine; Faded Jeans Distress
Paper: Mixed Media paper pad
CS:White, navy, and light blue
Distress Markers
Dies: Winter - Carta Bella; Joy and large Floral Shape- Stampin' Up; 
Gold Acrylic Paint
Luminair Paint
Metallic Marker


  • Make a card base from light blue CS
  • Run a metallic marker along the edges
  • Paint a piece of white CS with the gold paint; let dry
  • Paint the edges of painted piece with Luminair paint; let dry
  • Use the metallic maker on the edges
  • Add to card front

  • Cut the large floral shape from foil and white CS
  • Glue the foil and white CS together; glue to back of card base letting a portion peek out

  • Tear a page from the  mixed media paper pad
  • Stamp the Skater scene with Onyx Black ink
  • Color the image with Distress Markers
  • Distress edges with Faded Jeans ink and the metallic marker
  • Add to card base

  • Die cut the words from navy CS ----Note: for the word "joy" I had the word enjoy.   I die cut it and snipped off the e and the n---presto the word joy
  • Glue the words to the card with a glue pen

  •  To create the snow, apply a little bit of gesso with a cotton swab; let dry

Great winter card!  I can use this for a Christmas card or just a winter greeting card.  I hope you will join us this month for our Die cut Challenge!!  See  you soon.

31 Days of Halloween with Lost Coast Designs--Post #1

Hello Everyone!
Lots of Halloween fun going on here in Dreamland!!  Today is my first post for the 31 Days of Halloween event!!   Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda Stamps are sponsoring the event with stamp prizes.  This event is presented by Smeared Ink Stamps. There are lots of prizes, blogs, and inspiration projects in this huge event.  Lost Coast Portal to Creativity will have a different Halloween/Scary project each day for the month of October.

I stamped some scary flying skulls for my Halloween decoration.

Materials List:
Stamp: Flying Skull from Carmen's Veranda
Ink: Red Magic, Mango Madness Vera Magic Inks
CS: White, orange, black textured, Chalkboard Black
Orange and black ribbons


  • Make a banner from textured black CS and add a layer of orange CS
  • Cut three squares the same size-- two from white cs and one from Chalkboard black CS
  • Ink the center of the stamp with Mango Madness ink; and then ink the edges with Red Magic-now stamp on the squares--three times
  • Layer each square with it's opposite color -black/white;white/black

  • Glue two orange ribbon loops on the back of banner one slightly smaller
  • On the smaller loop, tie black ribbon

Love the way the chalk paint looks on this cool stamp!!  I will hang this up for Halloween.  It would also look really cut on the outside of a gift bag.  Or, I could add a white CS piece to the back and stamp or write a message and use as a Halloween card.  See  you next time for more scariness!!

Lost Coast Design October Challenge- Monochromatic

Hello Everyone!
A very busy day today here in Dreamland!!  Two new challenges and my first post for the 31 Days of Halloween event!  So scroll up and down to find the three different posts!!  This post features the October Lost Coast Design's Challenge. The theme for this month is:

Color Challenge -- Monochromatic

Make a  monochromatic project using any stamps (projects with Lost Coast or Carmen's Veranda stamps get an extra try at the prize) and link up on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Blog.

This month, all the Lost Coast Designers are celebrating Halloween--in conjunction with the 31 Days of Halloween Event (presented  by Smeared Ink).

Check out my Halloween Party invitation!

Materials List:
Stamps: Grunge Tree, Party Girl and Party Words all from Lost Coast Designs
Inks: Brown and Black dye, Coffee Archival
CS: White, dark beige, dark brown, medium brown, and black


  • Make a card base from dark brown CS and add a layer of medium brown CS
  • On White CS, stamp Grunge Tree with brown die ink and Party Girl with Coffee Archival ink
  • Add to card base

  • Glue a strip of ribbon to the bottom on the white CS and add a bow tied with the same ribbon
  • Stamp the sentiment on white CS with Coffee ink and cut out in shape of a banner
  • Add a layer of dark beige CS to the sentiment banner and add to card with dimensional adhesive

Very scary party invite.  Now all I have to do is plan the party.  LOL.  Can't wait to see your project!  Join us with all the fun this month at Lost Coast Designs.  Hope you are having a great day!