Saturday, November 18, 2017


Over at Gecko Galz blog for the November challenge is Santa Claus Lane. They had Christmas music on the radio starting today so I guess It is Christmas time...
This is what I came up with for this challenge.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Clean and Simple card

This was a challenge for me. It took me 4 times to get this one card. I did it though and I love how it came out.
I started out with watercolor paper.( that makes a difference with this card)
Next I used masking tape.(I did try painters tape but it didn't work for me). I masked off a strip on the front of the card. Next I took my nuance powers. I must say if you have not tried these powders you should. They are so rich in color. I just love working with them.
I mixed the powder with some water to make a watercolor. I then took the watercolor and colored in the strip that I masked off. Dried it with a heat gun. Then I added more color to get the look I wanted. Again Dried it with a heat gun. You could let it air dry but I wanted to get to the next step faster. Then I took out my silhouette man with cane stamp  and stamped on the bottom of the card. Then I called it done.
  Please come and try your hand at CAS.
To link up your entry. Hope to see what you did.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dia De Los Muertos

Hello all  here with a Day of the Dead piece .

I started of with a wooden stand and I painted it black. As it was drying I stamped winged skeleton onto white cardstock. Colored the heart with a red copic marker. Next I cut out the image. 
Then I glued it to my painted wood piece. Then I glued the flowers to the bottom.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Day 30 of 31 days of Halloween

It started out as a box that had a pair of headphones in it.
Here is the front cover.
  Frist I covered the whole box with black gesso. Next I painted the whole box with black plaint that I mixed in some antique effect. (you can kinda see it in the next photo)
 I stamped the small skeleton on white paper. Tore around it and edged with brown ink. Added splashes of orange, brown and gray to skeleton. Added a rub-on. Raised it up with foam dots.  Distressed the edges of pattern paper and edged with the same brown ink. Then I added washi tape and layers of ephemera.
  On the side you need to open. I added the same distressed pattern paper and edged with the same brown ink. I used the rustic alphabet set. Stamped out OPEN and cut out and inked the sides with brown ink.
  On the other side I used the same paper and distressed it the same way and I took the small skeleton and just stamped the head 8 times and cut out and added it down the side.
 Back cover. Same paper, same distress. Added a large piece of  ephemera to the middle. I then stamped flying skull 3 times on white paper. Colored the skull with a cream colored marker and cut out. Glued in place. 

I took some pattern paper and did the left side of the box. Edged with brown ink. For my scene inside the box I took a sheet of watercolor paper and cut it to fit in the inside of the box. I made the sky background using nuance powers. Once that was dry I took a stencil and added some stars with white ink. Next I stamped the small skeleton 2 times on scrap white paper. Fussy cut out one. Covered edge with black marker. glued him to back. Next I did some die cutting and made the grave yard scene.

 Last I fussy cut the hand and part of the arm and stuck it coming out of a grave.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Day 27 of 31 days of Halloween

Day 27
Here is a cute card I made for Halloween.
First I die cut the insta photo die out of ivory cardstock. Stamped isle of aud animals. I picked the giraffe out of this set but I think any of them would look cute in this. In the die set it had a witches hat and I knew the giraffe had to have it. Cut that out of black and yellow cardstock and glued it to the top of the giraffes head.   
Next I took my Copic markers in Halloween colors and dotted around the giraffe.
Then I edge the frame with brown distress ink. Stuck a word sticker on the front of it. Taped the inside down, used foam squares on the frame to give it height. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Day 26 of 31 days of Halloween

Almost All Hallows Eve.
I have a card to share with you today.

 This is a fun and messy card to make.
I started of with my flying skull stamp. I stamped it with Versafine ink 3 times on my white card.
Next I put white embossing power over the 3 flying skull images. Heat embossed them.
Next I picked out some Halloween colors of Distress ink.
I took a piece of plastic and smooched one color on it. Sprayed it with a little water and smooched it on top of the card. Did the same thing for the rest of the colors till I was happy how the card looked.
wiped the ink off the embossed skulls. Then I dried it with my heat gun.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Day 21 of 31 days of Halloween

I made a card for today and who better for a Halloween Card then
Alfred Hitchcock 

So I started off stamping Alfred Hitchcock on a white cardstock panel . Next I stamped him again on a scrap of copy paper and made a mask. Cut out and covered. Next I took the flying birds background and stamped only on one side of the card panel.  Edged the panel with red distressed ink. Last I took the drips  stamp and stamped it in the same red I used to ink the edge and stamped the top of the red card with it. That is my card for today. I hoped you will join in our Halloween and Animal challenge and event we have going on.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Day 16 OF 31 days of Halloween

 I decided to make a banner. This is a easy banner to make. Frist off I got the banner from a store. Mine I picked up at Target in the dollar area.
Then I had a plan in mind. I wanted to use the small skeleton on the panels of the banner. When I opened up the banner I saw that there was 3 different sizes of panels. That is when I saw my small skeleton would not fit on all the panels. So I grabbed my flying skull to use on my smaller panels.   


So I stamped the small skeleton 4 times on white card stock. Cut out. Then I glued on panel.
Then I skipped a panel.
I didn't take a photo of the blank panel.

Next I stamped flying skull 3 times on white cardstock and cut out. Then I glued on panel
All done.
Hang where you want.
Come check out what my other DT from  Lost Coast/Carmen's Veranda have made so far. Also come join the fun over at the Portal and have a chance to win some stamps of your own?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Day 6 of 31 days of Halloween hop Frank's memories

Day 6 of Halloween blog hop. Today you get Cathy. That's me.
I made this card to share with you all today. I call it Frank's memories. I started out with a black card base. Next I stamped Gothic ATC text    on different spots on the card with white ink. Then I grabbed a Tim Holtz Halloween stencil (skull crossbones is the one I used) . Again I used white ink and added it through the stencil. I then took a evidence tag I got and filled it out added water to it crinkled it up. Dried it with a heat gun. Distressed the edges added brown ink to them.  Got a poison label and inked the edges of that with brown ink. Set all aside, I stamped Frank on copic friendly paper and colored him in with copic markers. Cut him out and edged with black marker so you don't see white around the edge.
Now I assemble the card. Added the poison label to the card. I took the tag and added the charm and the string and added foam squares to the back to raise it up next I added Frank. Using foam squares on him also. Last I edged the card with white ink to tie it all together.
 The complete list of participants in the hop is shown on the sidebar.
Don't forget to leave us a little love so we know you dropped by.  We also have loads of chances to win Lost Coast dollars. Link up your projects to these fun challenges

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bubble border

Cathy here with a card for our Border event.

Frist off I want to thank our own DT Iona for this idea for a card. I stared off with some watercolor paper and some Nuance watercolor powers.
Next I stamped the bubble border on the paper twice. Then I started cutting them out. I left one main one as the stamp is and the second one I cut apart. Laying the main full one in the middle and then I picked different strips from the second on I cut up laying it on either side from the middle. I did this till I got a full card how I like it.
Last but not least I stamped the Skeleton on black paper and used white embossing power. Cut around the image and used foam squares to rise it up.  
Ta-Da my card is done. I say grab your border stamps and try them a new way. Mine I didn't even use as a border.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

True Friends

This month over at the Portal the theme is Numbers. Here is one tag I made for this challenge.

This is how I made this tag. I stamped thick and thin men on my tag. Next I took a distress inkpad and smooched it on the craft mat and picked up the color and painted the background. Dripped the leftovers of ink on the top of tag. After that was dry I stamped the numbers border on it. I had some rub-ons on my table and guess what they had numbers on them. So I added them. I colored the men with copic markers. Added some word stickers and twine on top and we are done.
Please come to the Portal and join the Numbers Challenge this month.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Winterish Card

I made this card awhile ago. I used Oxide inks to make the background. I stamped Mistletoe Goth from Lost Coast.
As I said I did make this card awhile ago. Had it mounted on the card and it sat there. I always felt it was missing something. Then one day I said color the berries red and add glossy accents to them. So I did.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

So many crowns

Here is another card I did for the tip your hat event over at the Portal. Come over and join in the fun.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Evil Grin

Hello all in blog land. Cathy here to show you how I did my Cheshire Cat card.

This was a great card to do.
Items you will need for this, photo paper, Distress Oxide ink, baby wipes, soft cloth, stencil, black ink pad,  verafine ink and white paper.

Here is some of the stuff you need for it.
Here is what the photo paper looks likes after you do the smooching technique with the Distress Oxide inks. I did one color at a time. Dried in-between colors. *note always move heat gun* The heat gun will damage the photo paper if you keep it in one spot for to long.
I hope you can see it is cloudy in looks.
Next you take the soft cloth and buff the cloudiness away. (the Oxide ) You can see me start it in the corner here.
Here it is done after the buff. The paper has a shiny/glossy look to it. At this point you can leave it here and got on to stamping. Not me though. See that darker spot on the paper. This is where I too my baby wipe to get rid of the darker spot. (sometimes you will get streaks just keep wiping it till they go away)
After the baby wipe.
Next you just have to stamp your image on the photo paper. Me I chose the Cheshire Cat. I then I stamped it on white paper and cut out the eyes and fangs and glued them on the front of the image. It makes it pop I think. Cut the image out and layered on white cardstock.
For the stencil background I took a stencil (one from Tim's Halloween last year) and used my Versafine ink through the stencil.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Tip your Hat

Over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity a new event is going on... What is you might ask? Well it is Tip your hat. Anything with a hat. Come on over and see what the other Design Team has made.
I used silhouette man with cane for this card.
Also join in you could win.....Hope to see what you all come up with.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Stencil mid-week showing

We are mid week of August and we have a mid week post for stencil background over at the portal. Here are 2 cards I did for this .

Please come by the Portal to see the other projects the other DT have done for this challenge. Guess what you can join in this fun challenge too. You have 10 days to enter your art. Come play along and grab an stencil and a stamp and have fun.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

4x4 Steampunk Tile

Hello all. Cathy here with a 4x4 Steampunk Art Tile.
So I went and grabbed 1 of my 4x4 Art tiles. I felt like using my Distress Oxide inks. I thought what colors have I not played with? Brown. So I grabbed the browns. Walnut stain, vintage photo and antique linen.
I did the smooching technique with the inks and a craft mat. When I was happy with the background I moved on to adding my stencil.
Next I stamped the bird on bike with black ink. Then I added some gears to the wheels of the bike. Stamped the Steampunk word from Carmen's Veranda. Then I cut the word in half. Edged the word and 4x4 tile with vintage photo. Glued word and gears on top and done....

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Winged Dino

I hade this fun card the other day. I used Nuance Power for the background. I did splatter it with white paint but I felt it melted into the background. So I grabbed my star stencil and some white ink.
My dino is from the coloring book over at Lost Coast.  The wings are from crouching angel

Monday, August 7, 2017

Stenciled Background

For this months challenge over at the portal is stenciled background.  What a fun choice for this month.
This is one of my idea that I did for this one.
Come over to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to see what other great stenciled inspiration you can fine. I hope to see what you all come up with.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Brain Farts

Yes the title did say brain farts. I made this card from using the Lost Coast/Carmen Veranda's coloring book. It is like you get a 2 for 1 deal with this coloring book. You get to color it once the you can cut it all up and make cards, tags, journals whatever your mind can think up.
So Are you wondering where the Brain farts come in. Well I saw this monkey on the bottom of the page and the saying from Carmen Veranda's and BAM that was it.
The monkey was colored with Copic markers and I added glossy accents to the eyes. (you probably can't tell that)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How-to Paintbrush Poe

Hello all in blog land. It is Cathy here with my paintbrush Poe.

This is how I made it.
First get a cheap paintbrush( I got my from Michael's)
I painted the handle and the bristles with white paint. Then I painted the frame white.

Next I added black paint to the frame when it was still wet so it turned gray in spots.
Then I added black to my paint bristles. Then I rubbed some black paint in spots on the frame. Next I took some purple paint and added it to the bristles. When That was drying I took some gold and rubbed it oh so lightly over the frame to add a hint of gold to it. Then I added it to the bristles. I did add paint to the front and back of the brush and bristles.
So while that was all drying I stamped out my Goth Poe from the new stamps at Lost Coast. Colored it with Copic markers. When the frame was dry I traced the inside oval so I could cut out and add it to the frame.
The last thing I did was glue it all together. It was a fun altered paintbrush to do.

 Thanks for looking. Enjoy