Sweet Friends

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I’m ending the week over at the Lost Coaster’s Review Blog, with what will be my last posting as a member of the LCDesigner’s Team.  I’ve had such a Wonderful time being a part of the Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda DT and creating projects using rubber stamp art from such a FUN company!  It was Truly an honor-Thank You to Leigh & Linda and the entire LCD/CV DT!


For my parting LC Review posting, I’ve made a couple of simple cards to remember me by, so, I do hope you come over to the Lost Coaster’s Review Blog for a little fare-the-well creative inspiration 🙂

Hope to see you there!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Call Your Mother

HELLO HELLO HELLO & HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY for a second time today!!  I’m back again to close out the week long Women Rule the World Event we’ve been having at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to celebrate Mother’s Day.


We want you to bring your “femme fatales” creations over to The Portal for a chance to win a $10 shopping spree at the Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda online stores and you’ve got until midnight (PST) May 15th to link up.  Maybe my offering today will spur guilt motivate you into the mood to join in…….?  😉


My card could be the kind of card that a Mother sends to her kids to gently remind them to call on those special occasions–Like Mother’s Day!!  Today!!  Like, Call Today!!  It’s not really a greeting card-more like a warning card! LOL  🙂

So, while all those children are now guilted into calling their Moms, I’ve got a few pics of what I did to make this card–Let me show you!!


I gathered a few of my favorite Lost Coast Designs images–Early Stitch n’ Bitch, Doodle Circles and not in the photo, the Cat Quote stamp.  I also pulled out some DecoArt Media fluid acrylics and my 5″ x 7″ gelli plate….


I applied dots of DAM Dark Grey Value 3 & Quinacridone Violet to the gelli plate and brayered to blend.


I pressed a piece of mixed-media paper into the gelli plate for this first layer of color.  I wasn’t ‘feelin’ it’ with these colors, so behind the scenes, I brayered an additional layer of DAM Titanium White over the gelli plate and pressed the panel back down into the paint.


I like the additional layer of white over the darker colors–there’s now this neat marbled effect going on with a slight hint of looking like plaster, too–COOL!!


Using Jet Black Archival ink, I stamped our Doodle Circles onto the gelli print background and separately, stamped the Early Stitch n’ Bitch ladies onto a piece of white card stock and die cut into their respective little cirlces.


I added a layer of stenciling using WV’s Add a Stencil and Polka Dotty stencils with DAM Titanium White fluid acrylic and Picked Raspberry DI.  The random script in the background is our Cat Quotes stamp that I randomly applied here and there with Jet Black Archival.


Behind the scenes, after I die cut the EBnS ladies into their circles, I coated them matte Decou-Page, heat set then brushed a layer of DAM Crackle Glaze and allowed to air dry.


When the crackle was dry, I applied Black Soot DI onto the surfaces then rubbed into the cracks with my fingers.


I edged the circles with Black Soot DP and heat set.  I adhered the ladies onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and framed them with ‘enameled’ circles.  When all of the circles and their frames were dry and set into place, I ran the panel through my sewing machine to add all of the stitched accents.


I created the quote with my computer and printed out onto white card stock, fussy cut into word bands then gave them the old crackle treatment.  I mounted the word bands onto black card stock, adhered to the panel with matte Decou-Page and added a few black rhinestones for a little blingy-bling.  I adhered the panel onto a top-folded piece of lavender colored card stock and finished it all off with a rubbing of Black Soot DI along all of the edges.

I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the creations my fellow LCDCV DTmates have shared this week for our Women Rule the World event, and even though today is the last day of DT projects, you’ve got until next Sunday, May 15th to enter your projects for the occasion.

Thanks so much for coming over to my blog today and Happy Mother’s Day again to all you Moms out there celebrating!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Early Stitch n’ Bitch, Doodle Circles & Cat Script (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Archival Ink, Black Embossing Powder & Watermark Ink (Ranger); Fluid Acrylics & Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Distress Ink & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); White Card Stock (PTI); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Add a Stencil & Polka Dotty Stencils (Wendy Vecchi)
  • 5″x 7″ Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger)
  • Framed Circles Die & Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Ink Blending Tool (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Black Rhinestones

Cracked Chicken Charms

HELLO HELLO HELLO–HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!  I’m here today on Day 3 of our week-long Cracked Critter Showcase that we’re having at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.

PROMOCracked Critters Showcase April 2016

 Today, I’m featuring our Cracked Chicken image in my project —


I made some Cracked Chicken charms to adorn this soldered domino pendant (I’m still on the lower slope of the learning curve as far as soldering goes!).  I took a few pictures while I was working on this–Let me show you a bit of what I did  🙂 🙂


I started by tinting a domino with two colors of alcohol ink-Sunshine Yellow & Stream.

I stamped our 2″ Grunge Border onto tissue paper and wrapped around the domino, adhering with matte Decou-Page, then I let air dry.

When the domino was dry, I applied DAM Crackle Glaze to the front and back sides of the domino.

After the crackle glaze was dry, I brushed a layer of DAM Titanium White Antiquing Cream over the surfaces and let air dry-which is quick.  When the antiquing cream was dry, I gently rubbed away the excess with a damp cotton cloth.


I masked off our Misc. Words stamp to reveal only the word “Funky” and inked that up with Jet Black Archival and stamped it onto a piece of mixed-media paper.

I fussy cut each letter out and adhered to the front side of the domino, along with a few bead spacers, with matte Decou-Page.  In preparation of the soldering, I wrapped the sides of the domino with copper foil tape.


Now on to those Cracked Chicken charms….I stamped the image onto shrink plastic 3 times with Jet Black Archival.


I tinted each Cracked Chicken with various colors of Adirondack AIs and trimmed out.  I also punched two holes into each chicken-one at the top and one at the bottom-for the jump rings.


I used my embossing heat gun to shrink each Cracked Chicken down.  There’s a little boo-boo with the blue chicken–during shrinking, the blue chicken curled up on itself and when I pulled it apart, the bottom jump ring hole got kind of mangled (the mangled piece ended up breaking off when I tried to insert a jump ring!).


I attached jump rings and beading wire to each chicken.  Behind the scenes, I strung beads onto the wires to turn these chickens into a beaded charm.


The Cracked Chicken charm portion is ready to be soldered into place…and that soldering went un-photographed–sorry about that!!


I soldered the perimeter of the domino and added a jump ring to the top and soldered the charm into place at the bottom.

To finish the front of the domino, I applied a layer of Diamond Glaze over the top, after I did all of the soldering.  I left the backside of the domino rough, but sealed with a coat of DAM Ultra Matte Varnish.


I hope you enjoyed another one of my forays with soldered jewelry?  I’m using any opportunity, like this week’s Cracked Critter Showcase, to practice using my soldering iron, so with practice, practice, practice–it’s only going to get better (I hope!)!

Thanks for coming by today!  If you’ve got any of our Cracked Critter images, bring your Cracked Critter creations to The Portal by midnight on Saturday, May 7th for a chance to win a $10 shopping spree at Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Cracked Chicken, Misc Words & 2″ Grunge Border (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Domino Game Piece
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Crackle Glaze & Antiquing Cream (DecoArt Media); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Bead Wire; Glass Beads, Open Jump Rings; Closed Jump Rings; Bead Spacers; Crimper Thingies
  • Embossing Heat Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors; Copper Foil Tape (Glass Supplies); Soldering Iron (Choice 100); Lead-Free Solder

Party Cat Pendant

HELLO THERE & HAPPY SATURDAY!!  You’ll find me over at the Lost Coaster’s Review Blog today sharing a first time, experimental of sorts, project–Here’s a sneak peek to entice you over….


You’ve seen this face before–It’s my favorite Lost Coast Designs Party Cats image!!  Come on over to the Lost Coaster’s Review Blog and see what I experimented with and how it all turned out–for better or worse, it’s all there for you to see!!  Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Party Cat Set & Doodle Circles (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Soldering Iron (Choice 100/Glass Supplies); Copper Foil Tape (Glass Supplies); Silver Solder; Flux; 1 1/2″ x 2″ Glass (Glass Supplies)
  • Jump Ring; Beads; Flat Head Pin; Self-Adhesive Black Pearls; Chit Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Embossing Heat Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)

Anything Goes for April

HELLO & WELCOME to a new monthly challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!!  I’m here today representing with my Team Inspire DTmates for the month of April with our Challenge #23-Anything Goes!!  For all of the challenge rules and such, head on over to The Portal for all of those details.

Today, I’m sharing a card that I made with, what’s become my favorite flower stamp-Doodle Flowers and the ever present on my craft table, Misc. Words.  This was a fun card to make–let me show you a little bit of what I did 🙂


Well, I didn’t end up taking step-out photos as I should have, darn it!  This was one of those cards that I was totally ‘in the zone’ making and I only picked up the camera after the fact–you know how that goes! LOL 🙂 🙂


I created the background panel by stenciling the rain drops onto mixed-media paper using translucent embossing paste.  When the panel was dry, I used my Simply Art water color set to add color to the background.  I heat set the water colors and ran this through my sewing machine to add a stitched border.


I stamped the Doodle Flowers image onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  I fussy cut the blooms I needed for layering and painted with water colors.  I heat set, then spritzed each flower with sheer shimmer mist and heat set again.  I dabbed a large dot of Diamond Glaze in the center bloom, sprinkled glass micro-beads into the wet glaze, and let air dry.


I used our Misc. Words stamp to create the word bands.  Because I use this stamp so much, I have several pre-stamped panels of this ready to go, so all I have to do is fussy cut the words I need.  Here, I’ve used Misc. Words that I stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.


I created the flower stem by twisting several strands of jute twine together then sewing into place on the background panel with a zig-zag stitch.  I attached the layered Doodle Flowers onto the panel with doubled-up foam squares and adhered the word bands to the panel with matte Decou-Page.  For that little extra something, I added two black pearls and a careful flick of Sunflower Sparkle PPM to finish the panel, then I attached it to a light blue card base.

Thanks for coming by for today’s launch of our April Challenge-Anything Goes!  We’ll have a mid-month challenge reminder post on the 15th at The Portal to keep the creative challenge juices flowing, so don’t forget to check back at The Portal in a couple of weeks!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Doodle Flowers & Misc. Words (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Stencil-Tear Drop (possibly discontinued-My Favorite Things)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Archival Ink & Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Water Color Set (Simply Art); Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Discontinued Mix-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Palette Knife; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Foam Squares; Round Water Color Brush; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Jute Twine; Self-Adhesive Black Pearls; Glass Micro-Beads

Flora & Fluffy Tails at LCD

Hello There Again!!  HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I’m here real quick today to announce–


We’re having a week-long event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to celebrate Spring and Easter.  I’m going to be sitting this one out, but my LCDesigner Teammates are sharing their Flora & Fluffy Tail makes for your enjoyment, so head on over to The Portal to get your flora & fluff on!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Too Soon for Swimsuit Girl?

HELLO HELLO HELLO & Happy Thursday!!  I’m here to entice you with a little sneaky peek of my project that I’m sharing over at the Lost Coaster’s Review Blog today–


I know that Spring has just sprung, but it’s never too early to start thinking and ‘preparing’ for swimsuit season!  Come on over to the Lost Coaster’s Review today and see how I’m getting myself ready for the season 😉 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Swimsuit Girl & Doodle Circles (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Pigment Ink (ColorBox); White Embossing Powder; Simply Art Water Color Set; White Gel Pen (Sakura); Shimmer Mist (MFT)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); White & Pink Card Stocks (PTI); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Embossing Heat Gun; Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Round WC Paint Brush; Water Brush; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)