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

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!!


The Lollipop Guild

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  I’m here on this Saturday wearing my Lost Coast Designers’ hat as we kick off our “We’re Not in Kansas Any More” Blog Hop at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity today!!  Our Blog Hop line-up is:

Leigh * Granne * Karen * Nanette * Nikki * Shari (that’s me and you are here!)


We’re off to see The Wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and we want you to join us!!  Bring your Wizard of Oz themed creations over to The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity beginning today through midnight, March 19th PST (the linkie thingie is at the end of this post) for a chance to win a $15.00 shopping spree at Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda.  All of the rules and such are at The Portal and to get you in the Wizard of Oz crafting mood, may I introduce you to —

The Lollipop Guild (Lost Coast Designs style…)


Our theme of The Wizard of Oz was a difficult one for me, not because I don’t like The Wizard of Oz, but because, I don’t have any of Lost Coast Designs or Carmen’s Verandas wonderful, Wizard of Oz images!  But, not to be deterred by a little thing like that, I did find this Dueling Harlequins Lost Coast Designs stamp (that I didn’t know I had) and altered them accordingly to make them into The Lollipop Guild!


Lollipop Guild Representative #1 with his orange lollipop.  All three guild members were stamped onto mixed-media paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear ep.  I colored with Distress Markers and fussy cut.


Lollipop Guild Representative #2 with his red lollipop–maybe cherry flavored?


And finally Lollipop Guild Representative #3 with his yellow lollipop–I’d like to think this pop is pineapple flavored 😉

All of the pops were made with Baker’s Twine that I wound into tight little circles, then coated with Diamond Glaze, three times.  After letting them completely dry overnight, I attached them to round toothpicks and attached to each guild representative with mini foam squares.


I used a brick wall stencil to create that yellow brick road feel on the background panel.  I spread DAM white modeling paste over the stencil, gently pulled the stencil up and let it air dry.  When the paste was dry, I laid the stencil back down and spritzed DAM Primary Yellow Mister over the surface to give the bricks that bright yellow color.  I let that paint air dry, then painted Tea Dye DI with my water brush between the cracks.  I adhered everything down with matte Decou-page then printed out The Lollipop Guild words from my computer onto card stock, cut into word bands, mounted onto black stock and that’s about all she wrote.

Thanks so much for hopping by today and travelling along the yellow brick road to visit me here at my blog!  Just in case you don’t hop in order and like to hop by the seat of your pants, here’s our line-up again:

Leigh * Granne * Karen * Nanette * Nikki * Me (thanks again for hopping by!)

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Dueling Harlequins (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Colored Card Stocks (PTI)
  • Brick Wall Stencil (My Favorite Things)
  • Modeling Paste & Mister (DecoArt Media); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Baker’s Twine (The Twinery); Round Toothpicks; Palette Knife; Heat Tool, Finger Knife (Fiskars); Embossing Heat Gun; Mini Foam Squares


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

How Much Do You Love Us?

Happy Monday!!  I’m here today to announce our week long Valentine’s Day event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  I know–taking a whole week to celebrate one day?  Well, of course!!  Love should be celebrated every day, but that could just be me! 😉 🙂

Anyhooo–What’s going on, you ask?  Beginning today, us LCDesigners, will share a daily project over at The Portal to get you in the mood to create your own amorous creations. 
Please Note:  Heart or Valentine specific imagery is not required for this event, but if you have them then of course use them!  We want you to get creative and make any of our LCD/CV stamps work by clever use of colour, embellishments, die cuts, etc.  

 Fan Participation:
This event requires fans of LCD/CV to write a mini review at The Portal and tell us what you love about our stamps and our blog activities, on your personal blogs and then share with us via the Inlinkz link-up.
One fan will win a $10 gift certificate.

I’ll be back on Wednesday with my Valentine’s Day Blog Hop creation, so until then—

Stay Artsy Fartsy!!