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!!


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

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

Doodle Flowers

Happy Monday & Happy Leap Year!!  I’m ending the month over at the Lost Coasters Review Blog today and had I planned better, I would have made something for the Leap Year occasion, darn it!  But, alas, my head is outdoors with the early Spring, and I’m thinking about flowers (and raking the beds, and laying down new top soil, and repairing the sprinkler line, and I could go on!) …..


Just a little sneaky peek of what I made using, just two, wonderful stamps from Lost Coast Designs.  You’ll have to come over to the Lost Coasters Review to see the details–Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Doodle Flowers & Misc. Words (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Colored Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Simply Art Water Color Set; Archival Ink & Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Pigment Ink (Colorbox)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; #10 Round WC Paint Brush; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Double-Backed Tape (3M)
  • Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye)

Cats & Dogs Partying Together

HAPPY, HAPPY MONDAY!!  I’m here today wearing my Team Inspire crafty cap, for our mid-way reminder about our Pocket Letter Challenge going on at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity right now through February 25th.  What’s a Pocket Letter you may ask?  Don’t worry, I had to ask, too–


–This is a pocket letter.  A collection of 9 ATC’s tucked neatly into a 9-pocket trading card sleeve that can be folded and mailed out in a business size envelope.  Since there are always birthdays going on, I’ve made my pocket letter into a birthday greeting, with the help of our Party Dogs & Party Cats stamps.  Let me show you a little bit of what I did….


There are those party animals, with that look in all of their eyes asking, Where’s The Party At?!  I’m also going to be using our Misc Words stamp–again, a must have stamp because of all of the words that are available on it.  I cut all of my ATCs out of mixed-media paper and slipped them into the ATC sleeve to make sure I cut them to the proper size–Yup! Got that part right!


I colored each ATC the same way by inking an acrylic block with a Distress Ink pad, then I spritzed the block with water, and pressed the block onto the ATC.


Let’s see if I can remember the DIs I used–Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover and Carved Pumpkin.


I stamped the Party Dogs & Party Cats onto another piece of mixed-media paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear EP.  I fussy cut all of these guys out and set aside for later party placement.


I stamped all of the party participants onto their respective ATCs and ran each one through my sewing machine to add the stitched border.


I added stenciling, paint lines, paint cap circles and paint splatters onto each ATC.  Now, let me see if I remember which stencils I used–There’s the Harlequin LS and Wendy Vecchi’s Add a Stencil and her Polka Dotty stencil.  I used Black Soot and Picket Fence DPs for the paint lines and paint caps respectively and I stenciled using the same colors of DI that I used to color each ATC with.  To finish I splattered Hunter Grey Twinkling H20s over the surface and inked the edges with Black Soot DI.


I adhered each fussy cut party animal to their respective ATCs and added Happy Birthday word bands to two of the ATCs.  I outlined the animals and words with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then outlined again with white gel pen.


We’ve got some of the party animals behaving nicely-while others are finding themselves a little bit ‘tippy’.


Oh No!  One of the dogs seems to have found himself on the ceiling, to the obvious dismay of this ‘orange’ party kitty!


I kept my pocket letter kind of simple and didn’t add any embellies that would bulk this letter up–a challenge in itself!  And since I’m supposed to be able to mail this in a business size envelope-another challenge, I’m going to see if it will take only one postage stamp to mail it! LOL!  We’ll see about that, as I’m accustomed  to having to place those extra postage stamps on pretty much everything that I mail out!

I hope my very first pocket letter has inspired you to make your own, and join us for our Pocket Letter Challenge at The Portal!!  The link is open until the 25th, so there’s still plenty of creation time!  Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Party Dogs, Party Cats & Misc Words (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Archival Ink & Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Twinkling H20s
  • Stencils: Harlequin LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Add a Stencil & Polka Dotty (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Gift Card; Paint Cap; Water Brush; Ink Blending Tools

Valentine Lady Altered Candle

Hi There & Happy Wednesday!!  I’m here today on Day 3 of the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity’s week-long Valentine’s Day Blog Hop!!  I’m using images from both Carmen’s Veranda and Lost Coast Designs on a glass pillar candle that I altered for our event–


I just love the ‘cha-cha-cha’ that’s in this Valentine Lady’s stance–she’s so sassy!  Let me show you how I used all of the wonderful LCD & CV images for today’s project.


I’ve got another dollar store pillar candle, this time in red, and the Archival Inks I’ll do my stamping with and look at those fun stamps!  The Valentine Lady and the Calligraphy Heart Square is from Carmen’s Veranda and the Hearts Border is Lost Coast Designs.  I also used the Misc. Words stamp from LCD, but it’s off to the side.


I started by brushing the outside of the pillar with matte Decou-Page to seal the surface.


I then layered on pieces of Calligraphy Hearts squares that I stamped onto tissue paper with Jet Black and Vermillion Archival inks.  I brushed another coat of matte Decou-Page over the stamped paper to seal it, and let it air dry.


This next step is Andy Skinner’s Mega Crackle technique–It’s a layer of DA Weathered Wood medium, air dry, then brush on a layer of DAM Crackle Paint and let those mega crackles appear right before your eyes!  A very cool technique, indeed!!


I’ve stamped Valentine Lady onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival, removed the ink over the hearts, then dabbed on a little bit of red alcohol ink with a fine tip paint brush.


I used Vermilion Archival to ink the Hearts Border, but then I used a black Sharpie to wipe away the red ink and color the center squiggle line.


The word ‘Love’ is just one of many words available on our LCD Misc. Word stamp.  Here, I’ve stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and carefully fussy cut.  I adhered all of the stamped tissue paper pieces into place with matte Decou-page and heat set.


It’s hard to tell, but I also rubbed Silver Spark Metallic Lustre over the surface of the candle to give it a subtle, silvery sheen.  I applied a dab of DAM Crackle Paint onto the candle then pressed the enameled wooden heart embellies into place.


I have yet to start burning this candle, but what I’m hoping is, as the candle burns, I’ll see the script and hearts layer through the crackled surface.


 So, the next time you’re looking for an easy, crafty project to do–Go buy a bunch of $1.00 glass pillar candles and have fun!!  They come in different colors and can be altered for any reason or season and look like a million bucks when you’re done!  OK-Well, maybe not a million bucks, but you get what I am saying! 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  We’re almost at our mid-way point for Team Inspires’ Pocket Letter Challenge, which means I’ll be here on Monday sharing the pocket letter that I created–I’m excited to share it, because it’s the first pocket letter I’ve ever made and it was pretty fun to make!  Hope ya’ll come back for that 🙂

So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Valentine Lady & Calligraphy Heart Square (Carmen’s Veranda); Misc. Word & Hearts Border (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Tissue Paper; Wooden Heart Embellies (from the stash of goodies that Lynne Moncrieff sent me!)
  • Matte Decou-Page, Weathered Wood Medium & Metallic Lustre (DecoArt); White Crackle Paint (DecoArt Media); Archival Inks (Ranger); Red Geranium Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Watermark Ink (Ranger); Sharpie Marker
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Paint Brushes

Cracked Party Cat

HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I’m here for Day 12 of our New Stamps Showcase at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Today, I’m showcasing one of the new images released in December–Cracked Party Cat, to get us in that TGIF mood!!


Such a fun image–so playful with that little present in its paws-This kitty is a party animal!!  Let me show you how I got this party started!! 🙂 🙂


I’ve made a few master boards in advance, so when I don’t feel like making a background panel right then and there, I can pull out one of my previously created master boards to use.  For this MB, I’m using acrylics from PaperArtsy & DecoArt and I added some stenciling with white gesso for texture.


I cut out a piece of MB that’s about 4″ x 5.25″ to use for my background.  I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser then ran through my sewing machine to add the stitched border.  I also added a couple of paint lines with Black Soot DP using an old gift card.


 I fussy cut and glued all of the kitty pieces together.


I water colored the rest of the image and adhered to the center of the panel with matte Decou-Page.  I stamped the cat onto the background panel first, so I wouldn’t lose the detail of the whiskers, tail and feather.


 I made the Happy Birthday word bands using our Misc Words stamp.


The stamp measures 6″ x 7″ and contains lots of words.  I just mask off the words I need before inking it up, remove the masks then press my paper onto the stamp itself.


I added the word bands to the card and mounted the finished panel onto a piece of black card stock then attached to a pink card base.  Talk about ready to PARTY!!  Such a fun and festive card, if I don’t say so myself! 😉

Thanks so much for coming by today and having a looksee at what I did with just a couple of the New Images available at Lost Coast Designs.  I’ll be back tomorrow, over at the Lost Coasters Review Blog, so I hope to see you again soon!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Cracked Party Cat & Misc Words (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Paints: Bougainvillea & Caribbean Blue Chalk Acrylics (PaperArtsy); Yellow & Pink Crafters Acrylic (DecoArt); White Gesso (DecoArt Media); Distress Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Archival Ink & Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Distress Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Burlap Stencil (Tim Holtz/SA); Dots Stencil (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Brayer (Ranger); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Palette Knife; Paint Dabbers; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)