Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rhino 4x4 tile

So I started out with Strathmore Artist Tile 4x4.

 I wanted to see how Distress Oxide worked with Nuance Powers. So I did one color of the Distress Oxide (wilted violet). I had to use my favorite color. Then I did the smooching technique with the Distress Oxide. Dried that and then made a watercolor out of the blue, green and purple  Nuance powers .( had some orange left over from when I did the first 4x4 tile so I added it here too)
Next I added them to my 4x4 tile. I hit that with a heat gun to dry.  When dry I stamped the Grunge Diamond Background from Carmen's Veranda.

 When I was looking at it I thought it still needed something so I splattered black and white paint on it. When that was drying I stamped my Rhino and Winged Skeleton and colored with Copic markers
I cut the wings of the skeleton and attached them to my rhino and then I took a stamping block that had waves on the side and traced that with a thin black marker to give some lines for the rhino to stand on then I glued the rhino in place.

They were fun and fast.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Flying Doll

Flying Doll with Golden Wings

I love all things with wings - birds, butterflies, fairies, angels - you name it!  So this month's event called "I Can Fly" was right up my alley. 

For this piece I used the Lost Coast "Calligraphy Doll" stamp (  I stamped her on plain paper with black ink then colored her with Copic Sketch markers.  I rubbed some Inka Gold paste onto her wings to give them some shimmer and shine.  I then cut her out, leaving the calligraphy background behind.  I mounted her onto a background paper I created using the background technique called Faux Chin Colle which I described in the Favorite Background Technique challenge in April.  For this one I used my Gelli plate, a piece of a vintage French book, and yellow, orange and gold acrylic paints, and a flourish stencil.  I edged the whole thing with gold pen and she's ready to fly away!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Paw Printz

Hi, Gail her today with a few more details of my Paw Printz card

I love Happy Cat and doesn't he just look so pleased with himself.  

You know, I got so carried away stamping paws I forgot to take pictures, so we just got this one where I have stamped and masked Happy Cat and then started stamping a part of  Pawprints Border in different colour inks and embossing with coloured embossing powders.  I picked up a embossing powder selection of fun colours when I was in the UK last year.

So here he is, with all his pawprints in place.  I generated a sentiment on the computer with a bit of cat speak.  Well, what I imagine is cat speak LOL.

Thanks for dropping by.  The Postcard Challenge is ongoing and have you seen the I Can Fly event that started yesterday??  There's a winner announcement as well!  Inspiration and Mr. Linky over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Hope to see you there.  Hugz

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Los Tres Caballeros

Hello and happy Sunday. I can officially report that Summer has now arrived, and so instead of complaining about the rain, we Brits are now complaining about the heat. If we think it's too hot for us, think how these poor guys must be feeling!

Over on the Portal To Creativity we have a postcard challenge which my caballeros were eager to enter.

I started with my 6x4 piece of glossy card, which is the number one rule for postcards. The 6x4 bit - non glossy is also ok. I inked through my stencil with Stazon inks in yellow through to red.

Next I stamped my noble gentleman (Skull Flourish) and embossed him with black EP. Then I stamped him again on a post it note (other sticky backed pieces of paper are available) and masked him. I have to admit masking doesn't really float my boat, but needs must!

Woah now there's 3 of 'em! My lead caballero, although very handsome in orange, wasn't really standing out enough so he was stamped again in white and layered up.

I still needed some words, so I used the ones from Tres Caballeros, and for a while it was all done. But then I got around to thinking, what if....

The whole world looks better through googly eyes!
So please join in with the fun, you don't need to use Lost Coast or Carmen's Veranda stamps, but of course we love it when you do.
Have a fun day, and Happy Father's Day to those who are cellebrating today xx

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Be Happy

Hi there, Cathy here to show you how I made my Be Happy postcard. I really had fun doing this postcard and I hope you give it a try. Here is most of the supplies I used to make this.

First I added molding paste thought a stencil onto my postcard. Then I let dry. Clean your stencil right away because you do not want to get the paste stuck on there. Then the stencil becomes useless.
Next I put some Nuance powers onto my craft mat and sprayed them with water and made them into watercolor
                                                             Heat dried this
Next I stamped the Corner swirl with green ink and Grunge diamond background with blue ink. I stamped them in their same watercolor colors.
Close up.
Next I used a image from the coloring book. I had already had cut up the page before so I cut out the flower and colored it with Copic markers. Edge it with black so you don't see the white edges.  Then I cut it in half to put on the edge of the post card.
                                                     (this is the other half)

Last I stamped Be Crazy Be Stupid saying and cut it out. Taped it to the postcard and I outlined the words with thin line black marker.
I hope this gets your creative juices flowing and try something like it. Thanks for looking. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Postcard from Frank

Hello.  My name is Gail, aka ionabunny, and I am so pleased and excited to be posting my first tutorial as a design team member for Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda.  I made this for the current Postcards challenge using the gorgeous Frankenstein from Carmen's Veranda and the fabtabulous Bubbles Background from Lost Coast Designs.  

I have a particular weakness for Frank and when I saw this stamp I just had to have him.  Isn't he a hunk!  And at just under 3.5" high he is always going to make a striking focal point.  

I always feel a bit sorry for Frank.  I mean, he never asked to be resurrected and have bolts in his neck and a dodgy complexion.  So I decided he need a grungy background.  I stamped, embossed and masked Frank, and then ripped some painter's tape and masked off the edge of my 4 x 6" card.

I inked Bubbles Background with Versamark ink and then removed some of the ink with a paper towel.  I stamped and embossed with black embossing powder.  Removing the ink gives a broken impression and the ripped tape has given me a nice wiggly edge as well.  Then I used an embossing pen to make a ragged frame which I embossed with lilac embossing powder.

Here's the postcard with the complete lilac embossed frame.  I also overheated some of the embossing powder on the edges of the Bubbles Background to give it a more matt appearance in places.

I used shades of purple distress inks to colour the background and Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough distress inks for Frank's face.  I coloured his bolts with a gold pilot marker and used a blue Galaxy marker for his eyes. 

Thanks for dropping by.  There is still plenty of time to make a postcard for the challenge.  Hop over to the Lost Coast Portal To Creativity to see more inspiration from the DT and to link up.  I can't wait to see what you are making.  Hugz

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Design Team Member

Good morning all!  I have an announcement to make!  We have a added a new Design Team Member.  Please help me welcome Gail Tasker.

Hi, my name is Gail aka ionabunny.  I am British but moved to Norway 11 years ago where I keep rabbits and chickens and grow my own vegetables.  I also craft with paper and glass.  I trained as a scientist but have always been crafty and call my style simple, but seldom clean.  I enjoy mixed media and mixed techniques and trying anything new. making mostly cards, tags, ATCs, and altered objects.  I love quirky and alternative with a good dose of cute and fell in love with Lost Coast Design and Carmen's Veranda stamps as soon as I found them.  I am still baffled by videos. I am delighted and excited to be part of the design team and hope I can inspire you to try something crafty today.  Hugz

Everyone, please make Gail welcome.  You'll be seeing a lot of really great projects from her in the very near future.

Happy Stamping!
LCD/CV DT Leader

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Googly Eyes Kitty

Hello there in blog land. It's Cathy here and a how to on my Googly eyes kitty tag. First I started out with Distress tags(size #8). Really any tags will work for this.

Next I used the Distress Oxide inks on my craft mat and did the smooching technique. Ink, spray with water to activate the Oxide, smooch, dry and repeat. Do that on you tag till you are happy.
Next stamp Happy Cat on Copic friendly paper. Color with markers. Then I cut out. Edged with black marker so you don't see cut lines(white around the edges). The white circles are from a stencil and some white paint.
At the time I didn't know where I was going to do then I saw the googly eyes and the
 flamingo drink stirrers and it made me think of the new saying over at Carmen's Veranda about the squirrel in traffic that I have and it came all together after that. 
As you can see I didn't use the saying in the way is made. I stamped it out and cut it up to use what I wanted. Outlined the words with fine tipped marker.
That is my Googly Eye Kitty tag.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Things To Avoid

Good morning and happy Monday. It's a Bank Holiday here in the UK, so it's a VERY happy Monday. Today it's my turn to share my bokeh kitty, so here's Flearoy - and what a handsome chap he is!

I started by gessoing a page in my chipboard album, then adding blue acrylic very carefully.

Equal attention was given to other colours.

Time for a high tech piece of kit now. I used my home made stencil to add white gesso circles. I started with the largest and worked my way down to the smallest.

This is how it looks when its all been covered.

I then stamped Diamonds Border and coloured with blue and yellow.

Happy Cat has been stamped for placement, and I've used Cracked Grass and Sky in the background.

Happy Cat has been stamped again, watercoloured and cut out. I've also stamped him on a tiny mirror, and  on shrink plastic.
The quote originally came from a Minion, but I think it suits Flearoy just as well.

Thanks very much for looking, and  I'll see you again next Monday for the start of our new challenge which is.... ah that would be telling lol. Have a great week xx

Friday, May 26, 2017

Some fun with the new Kitty stamps!

If you haven't checked out the new line of Kitty stamps at Lost Coast Designs, you need to go over there and see how much fun they are.   There are 9 individual stamps and two sets each with three stamps included.  These are super fun to stamp and color with your markers, colored pencils, paints, etc.  You can find all the new Kitty stamps at

Le Chat Noir

For this ATC I used a simple black and white theme.  I started with a printed piece of paper from a larger sheet.  I stamped it with the Lost Coast "Zen Circles" background stamp, using black ink.  (  Then using black card stock and white embossing powder, I stamped the "Cat Wavy Face" and set it with my heat gun.  I cut it out around the edges and affixed it to the center of my ATC.  I typed the sentiment on my old Royal typewriter - translated from French it means "black cat".  Easy Peasy!

Le Chat Bleu

For this ATC, I used a background paper I had previously made with green, blue and yellow paints on my Gelli pad.  I cut a portion to fit the front of my ATC and edged it with some blue ink.  Using a blue stamp pad I lightly stamped the Zen Circle background onto my ATC.  I stamped my same Wavy Face Kitty onto blue card stock using black ink.  Using a white pen, I highlighted the various areas you can see to kind of highlight those features and make them stand out.  I drew some eyes on my Kitty with white and black inks, filled in the little heart with pink marker, and then hit both those areas with my Glossy Accents.  Then cut him out and 
attached him to my ATC.  And this little guy is named 
The Blue Cat!


For this one I used another background paper I had previously created using a circle stencil and green, pink and yellow paints on my Gelli pad.  I stamped my Kitty with black ink onto white yardstick.  Using Copic Sketch markers in blue, green, and pink, I colored my Kitty as above.  I added some Glossy Accents to his eyes and glued a paper flower to his chest.  I cut him out and then attached him to my ATC.  I stamped the word "Play" with black ink and cut out around it.  I attached it as shown using foam tape so it has a bit of dimension.  The "Play" stamp can be found at Carmen's Veranda -  There are a whole new group of clear stamp words and phrases, including this one.