Friday, December 29, 2017

Do I smell Cake

Cathy here to interrupt your normally scheduled Christmas/Winter post to  sneak this in....
Over at Lost Coast Designs they have some cat and dog stamps by KatzelKraft. They are so cute. I just had to pop over here and show you what I made..
The saying is from Carmen's Veranda. I had the saying and it just felt like the two go together.
Please take a look when you are shopping for your Lost Coast and Carmen's Veranda stamps at the new additions of KatzelKraft . You will be happy you did.
Now back to your regular scheduled program........  

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Guest Design Team

Hello all I am part of the design team over at Blank Page Muse.  Come over and say hi to me and the other design team.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Cards

So here is my Christmas Cards for this year. I have to get on the ball and sent them out.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Joyful Tag

Today I made a tag for Christmas. I started off with a number #10 size office tag. I grabbed some Christmas colors of the Distress Oxide inks. (greens and reds and black for splatters) I took my craft mat and smooched the inks on it added water and put my tag in it. Dried one color and moved on to the next. When I'm happy with that I take the black ink and make splatters over the tag, set aside to dry.
Next take Mistletoe Goth and stamp her on Copic friendly paper with black ink and then I colored her with Copic markers and then trimmed her down and cut her out

Now back to the tag. I took the small snowflake stamp set and Versa mark ink and stamped it on the tag. Then I used white embossing power on it.
Layering is the next step. I had some black paper on my table and I had my Christmas paper and washi tape on there too. I added the black and Christmas paper on the side. Added Mistletoe Goth to the middle and added washi tape to the top and bottom of Mistletoe Goth stamped image.
Last I added a Christmas token with some sparkle ribbon to the tag. Also added sparkle ribbon to the top. I call it done.
Please stop by Lost Coast Portal and play along with are Winter/Christmas challenge this month.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Trying to stay warm

We here got our first staying snow. That means the cold is here to stay. It got me thinking now we have to stay all bundling up to stay warm. I came up with this for Gecko Galz challenge this month.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Raven's Winter

Can you believe it is Dec. 6th already.My idea when I made this it would go well for a  Winter Solstice card.
  Frist off I stamped  raven small right and left on the bottom of my white card panel. There are two sizes of the raven so if you wanted a larger ravens you can do that.

After that I picked out 3 different colors of Distress inks. I picked a blue, purple and a gray. Then I took my small snowflake set and stamped them in different inks all over the panel. Guess what?  Well they have a large snowflake set too. So you have you choice of sizes. Large or small or a mix of both.
Then I distressed the edge of the white panel. Inked the edge of it with the gray ink and set aside.
 Next I took a black cardstock and made a top folding card. Grabbed some more of the snowflakes from that set. Can you believe there is 8 different snowflakes in that set. WOW. I stamped them in Versa fine ink and embossed them with white embossing power.
Came back to the panel and colored in the ravens with Copic markers and added a hat to the left raven. Wrapped white and silver bakers twine around the top and added a word token to it. Just to add some sparkle to it I added sliver tinsel to where the word token is.
Added foam tape the added it the black card and done.

 I hope to see what you all are doing for your winter/Holiday cards over at the Portal.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Mannequin CAS

 Okay this one went much better. It took me only one time to do this card.  I did use painters tape with this one and I used Distress Oxide ink to make the strip. I taped a strip on white cardstock and I took 3 colors of Oxide ink and colored the background inside the strip. I then took some water and sprayed it on the ink to make the spots.

Next I stamped the corner flourish with a gray ink before I removed the painters tape..
Then I stamped the mannequin stamp at the bottom with black ink.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lost Coast Black Friday Sale

So I just found out that Lost Coast Design stamps is having a Black Friday sale.
Black Friday Sale: Save 20% on your total purchase (before shipping) from Friday, November 24th through Sunday, November 26th. Put Black Friday in the comment area of your order to receive the discount.

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.