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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Time to Walk Like an Egyptian....Cat! Cleo the Egyptian Cat is in the Store Now!

LeighSBDesigns has another new release called Cleo the Egyptian Cat and what an absolute darling she is!  I love the elaborate, fantastic designs that Leigh is coming out with every 3 days ....yep!  every 3 days until her Etsy store is stocked full!  What energy and talent she has!  Here is my offering of Cleo with an archway from the British Library copyright free releases where you can find lots to compliment your stamps and digital images!  

To me all the mysteries Cleo has seen through the ages is reflected in those awesome eyes!  A little die cutting of the archway with Tim Holtz's die set and painted with these fabulous multimedia acrylic paints I found at Tuesday Morning!  I just discovered this store I thought it was just home decor and who wants to spend craft money on their home LOL but they have some amazing closeout products that I have never seen in the big three craft stores and at amazing prices!  These paints are translucent and gorgeous in real life!  Not as glorious as Cleo but fit for her regal presence I think!

Don't wait to shop  because new releases are on sale for a short period and you do not want to miss a one of them!  Also on our Facebook Fan Group, we have some freebies for you so grab those and you will be so hooked you will have to have all of the LeighSBDesigns images!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Another Notebook from the Tree of Life Set from Sin City Stamps

I love this set of trees from all leafed out to ready for Halloween!  I bought these really really bright note cards thinking of course that I could use them in some way and ah ha! here it is!  I made another little quick and easy journal/notebook to grab on the way out of the door going to the beach or a festival or bird watching and make my notes on the way home!  The set is Tree of Life 11.

A nice little clip holds it all together with some additional stamping from the Journal Two Set from Sin City Stamps!

Each tree has his own page with some words to keep me motivated to take notes and photos! 

I cut some contrasting colors and stamped with the Journal Two Set to make pockets so slip memorabilia in such as ticket stubs and goodies I always find!

Check out all of the fun sets available at Sin City Stamps! And don't forget to join our Facebook Fan Page for challenges and more!

An Oddleigh Character of the First Kind by LSBDesigns!

I have been enjoying acrylic painting so much lately and when LeighSBDesigns releases her Oddleigh Flower Set I just had to paint her!  Such fun and I plan on coloring her in pencils and markers but for starters this was such fun!

Remember every 3 days until she has her store full, Leigh will be releasing a new digital image!  So check the store and most importantly join our Fan Group on Facebook so you will keep up with all the goodies as they happen!

So visit our links to find all the fun and wonderful art!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Some Sin City Stamps and Tongue Depressor Play

I saw this over a year ago and have wanted to give it a try but only remember when I am in the doctor's office and see his nice wide tongue depressors!  Well, short of lifting a few, I bought some narrower ones from the dollar tree but have found the wide ones at a pharmacy in town so next time more room to work on!  So with tongue in cheek and Sin City Stamps in hand I embarked on a year long awaited journey!

Some Distress Inks I have wanted for ages Mermaid Lagoon, Fossilized Amber in the mini set were not disappointing at all!

My motto "I color outside the lines!"  

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Grand Opening of LeighSBDesigns!

Fabulous weekend for the art world with the grand opening of LeighSBDesigns!  Our own Leigh S-B is creating some spectacular digital stamps and will be continuing to add to her collection for sale on Etsy every 3 days until her store is full!  So set your fun clocks for every 3 days to see what is new and run now to the LeighSBDesigns Fan Group for the freebies waiting for you right now!  Here is a sample of the Whimsical Steampunk Easter Bunny that can be found in the Etsy Store that I did an acrylic background and used Spectrum Noir Markers for the bunny!

He will be making a reappearance when I can find my missing die cut machine!  Gremlins in the studio again ugh!  But what a elegant, distinguished bunny he is!

Thanks so much to Leigh for the opportunity to be a designer for her on her design team!  This is my first official project and so very excited for my friend on her new exciting journey!  

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Friday, April 7, 2017

 It is time for our April challenge at Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog and the theme is
Anything Goes" with a twist of "Wedding".  I went a little rouge on this one using Sir Hiss and his wedding cake for my twist!  Sir Hiss was our coloring challenge for March and we have another one started for April!  You ask for the image, get the image, and make a project and upload to the album on the Fan page!  So double for the information on this blog post!

I colored him up with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut him and the cake out.  I then used a die to cut the word "lifetime" to express his everlasting love for his Mrs. Hiss!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Journal Page of a 1960's Girl with Sin City Stamps!

I loved this journal page although it started off rocky with my gelatos leaving marks!  But some Nuance powders righted the ship and although not crazy about the stencil color I choose and how it showed up overall I really like this! 

I used my own elements for my whimsy girl, the cat reading :), the sentiment and the year!  A good year for wine and older ladies???
The awesome texture stamps are by Seth Apter and are Billboards Cling Rubber Set!  I can't wait to showcase them in their own project but I wanted my hippy chick to have lots of texture and fun going on so they did a fabulous job!
The stamps are from Sin City Stamps of course! and the elements come from a sheet called Fairy Tale Fantasy Figures. 
Painted with acrylic paint watered down so the details could come through and the girl and ensemble colored with Spectrum Noir Markers with "explore" and "adventure" die cuts from Tim Holtz.  Words of affirmation come from the stamp sheet!  Great way to get any young girl or lady's self-esteem healthy and strong!

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge #34 "Black and White"

Ok, let's get ready for March's challenge at the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity   and the theme is Black and White!  Really easy if you think about it so think about it then get those entries into us for a chance to win a chance at some stamps!  I wanted to use the Gibson Girl's Faces set because using black and white made me think of elegance.

I used a stencil from the Artist's Cellar and modeling paste from Liqutex over a piece of  black sparkly fabric.  The some black Distress Ink after the paste dried.  I stamped the girl's faces and fussy cut and glued; I wrapped some of the same black fabric and added a spare junk earring and a label holder.  I used the Party Words set from Lost Coast Designs Stamps  to stamp the sentiment.

I sure hope you will be joining us for this challenge!  I can't wait to see what fabulous things you make to show us!  And as always you can find all the good stuff at The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity  so visit us often so you don't miss out on anything!


Friday, March 3, 2017

March Challenge at Dragons Lair Designs "Anything Goes"

March is here and at Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog  the theme is "Anything Goes" my very favorite theme!  So no excuses come play with us!  I have been scrapbooking for my late beloved Daddy!  These kits from Dragons Lair Designs Store make it so easy to make memories last a life time for my children and their children. This makes me happy as their Papaw was a funny man who loved his only child, me, like no other dad I have ever seen!

This was from a visit to the plantations in south Louisiana.  Daddy walked through some moss and I said make a wig and of course he did making us all laugh!  That is his legacy one of laughter and love!  This kit was a Showcase Sunday Freebie but at Dragons Lair Designs Store there are lots of masculine kits you can use for dads, sons, and any guy!

Buy, download, then either work with the items digitally, start digitally then print out and complete your crafting as a hybrid project, or print straight out and do your usual papercrafting.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Walls Using Sin City Stamps!

I know most of my friends know that my friend Kim Johnny is the new owner of Sin City Stamps!  I have been playing up a storm with my first two orders from Sin City and here is one of my all time favorites and it is brand new but I love it!

I used the stamp sheet Barbed Wire Brick Wall and after layering up about 10 layers :) I started embossing and the theme came to me in a jolt!

The face is from the Natural Beauty set but can be purchased separately, also!

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Special Challenge Month at Dream in Darkness with Sin City Stamps!

What an awesome month this is going to be!  Our own CT Kim is the new owner of Sin City Stamps!!  And to celebrate we are all using Sin City Stamps for the whole month of March!  And that means there will be Sin City Stamps for a prize!  Here is my fun yet darkish make for this month!

This started out as one of my catch all sheets and was a fabulous blue shimmer and green and lots of white spaces.  I took some watercolors and made the light side lighter and the dark side a bit darker.  I wanted to show the ups and downs of Las Vegas with the dark and light sides.  I used every stamp in on the sheet Las Vegas Fun! and what fun it was stamping some on the actual journal page and some on white cardstock that I colored and fussy cut out.  I glued the winning hand and the big cash (which is glued on top of actual shredded money from SilverCrow Creations sent to me by CT Anne) and on the loosing side a small stack of cash and small amount of shreds of cash.  Lots of color play and embossing on Grumbacher modeling paste which turned out fabulously!

I hope you will visit Dream in Darkness Challenge Blog and enter your odd, weird, dark, steampunk, in any media form this month!  And please go to Sin City Stamps and check out all the fabulous stamps Kim has ready for you to order and have in hand to create!

We also have a Sin City Stamps Fan Club on Facebook that we would love to have you join!  We just had two wonderful weekends and gave a ton of stamps away!  Surprise giveaways will happen all the time so make sure you join!

So two things!  Enter at Dream in Darkness and visit and buy something from Sin City Stamps OH! and join our the Sin City Stamps Fan Group on Facebook!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Another New Stamp!

It's Nan again with a fabulous full Small Skeleton that is being reminded by his skull friend that with those wonderful wings he need not walk!  How happy this made my skellie friend, hence his party hat!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing the new releases from both Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda's Stamps as much as I am enjoying playing with them!  Such fun and with the fantastic events we have been and are having, it is just that much more fun!  I hope you have entered our Steampunk Queen of Hearts Event; make sure you visit the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity   to see our last amazing project from one of the design team today!

The Small Skeleton's helpful wings and fun party hat are from the Doll Accessories set which is full of fun things!  The Persian Skull that is helping out our pal with some advice comes from Lost Coast Designs, too, along with the Old Typewriter Alphabet set for the word "fly".  The smaller words set I picked up in Japan and it is very interestingly made.  

Please check out our monthly challenge "Lovers" HERE and of course, all of our event information and all the details of all we have going on visit The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity !


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Steampunk Queen Event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!

Wow, what a twist on Alice! But that is just what you will find in our latest event at the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity !  I had to put on my thinking cap and then took it off because it just was no good :)  Steampunk is not my easiest style to work with and I think I ended up with a steampunk/Finnabair style Red Queen but I loved the process of getting her there!  Once again I used my sherpa, the Art Sherpa that is, to give a fabulous process to try with acrylic paints and with that and a hand drawn queen mask the fun began!  There is quiet a rainbow on my entire table right now and it makes me smile! 

I had no masking medium...Grumbacher's Frisket is on my wish list at the top after this fun techinique!  So I splashed her on cardstock and fussy cut her out...easy solution :)  The a DP run through with a cogs and gears embossing folder and she had her home.  I used two of Lost Coast Designs Red Queens from the Alice and Queen Sitting Queen Set colored with Spectrum Noir Markers trying to use some of the colors in the big splashed queen.  Fussy cut and attached to the bottom then the agony/fun began as I searched for gears and cogs that I darn well know I have but nothing was found.  Then the fabulous Doll Accessories stamp set from Lost Coast Designs and found some awesome (to me) things to give a steampunk feel.  Goggles and eyes, watches, thimble, coin, mirror for her to admire herself, key , and then some bits and bobs of old jewelry under for the stamped pieces to rest on and around.  A brown piece of cardstock run through the same embossing folder to layer her own and she was done!

 The Steampunk Queen Event starts on February 11 - 14 

Now it is just a shame for me to have all the fun and for YOU to miss out on the chance for fabulous prizes from all of our events!  And to find out all of the details go to the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity  . Our monthly challenge "Lovers" for February, our designer's Review pages, and of course all our exciting events!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Lovers Theme at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!

I am not a Valentine's Day person since the  loss of my husband.  Sort of the Scrooge of Valentine's Day ...bah heart bug! :)  But the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity   monthly challenge starts TODAY and the theme is LOVERS.  Ok I told myself I can work with that go all romantic and elegant!  Then I remembered my new release stamp of the puppets Kukla and Ollie and it was over at the point! And they are new releases at Carmen's Veranda Stamps ! It became puppet love all the way!

Yes, puppets fall in love too spending all that time in a trunk together....hmmmm, think about it!  So I took a strip of DT Valentine's paper and glued to the bottom intending to leave it as a pocket so the puppet sticks could go where I wanted them but forgot and just cut a slit with my kraft  knife.  My stamp was stamped on white paper and colored with Spectrum Noir Markers and a cardboad "stick" glued to the back, then stuck in and left unglued so they can be moved like actual puppets!

A die that I cannot remember the company that made it! was cut in red and some peel and stick letters spell out "My Love" with a very red feather at the end and a pewter heart in the middle.  The little guy is holding a fake holly berry from a holiday spray but it looked just like a candy apple in his hand so he is is giving his sweet a sweet!

Don't forget to come play with us this month!  And if you are anti-Valentines then think outside of the box and find you a pair of something that looks very much in love and create away!  As always the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity  has all the info on events, challenges, designer's Reviews; the whole kit and kaboodle!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Hearts a Flutter at Dragons Lair Designs February Challenge

I still just love the Summer Sunset Collection even in winter!  But the couple walking on the beach just embodies the figures of love or hearts a flutter as our theme is this month at Dragons Lair Designs Challenge!  

Hope your Valentine's Day is a happy one and spent with someone you love.  Yoshi and the rest of my grandpups want to have a picnic but that will depend on the weather :)

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Poe'ing on Some More!

Back to the past a bit more Poe for you as we celebrate his appreciation day!

 An altered old book front.

The inside of the book filled with Poe goodies.

Poe, some paper, some fabric, some lace, and thee :)

 Another one of my favs....can you tell I love Poe?

We have some awesome new stamps released this week so check out the Portal information above to see about all the goodies going on!

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Little More Poe!

Yesterday I shared my Poe wreath but my makings of Master Poe have been going on a while!  Thanks to Ike of Ike's Art for introducing me to seeing his work as an inspiration to create a project taking his words from the pages to my being able to hold my interpretation of them!  So to help celebrate the event here they are!

My 2nd all time favorite a little theater with Poe as a puppet!

All time favorite make about Poe after watching the movie "The Raven"!  This was one of the last scenes in the movie where they found him dying (in the movie of poison hence the little green bottle) with the last of the fall leaves falling around him as he sat in a stupor on a park bench. 

ATC with melted crayons: fun to make!

A pocket full of Poesies from Quoth the Raven Challenge. I made a pocket out of freebie raven paper of Ike;s found at Ike's Art then stamped tissue paper with "nevermore" to make a posie before tucking a digi of Poe in my pocket.

That's a quick flash back in Poe time so on to the next lovely! 
AND that secret I eluded to yesterday is:

We will also have NEW stamps to release on January 19th!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Time to Celebrate Poe's Birthday!

Good morning and welcome to the start of the blog hop to show our appreciation of Edgar Allan Poe's birthdate!  The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity has the hop details and will also provide you with the Inlinkz Blog Roll code. So let the fun begin...take a quick look here and maybe leave some love? then go get all the information plus a little bit of surprise info!  I have a door wreath to hang on my back door on the inside to give the old guy a nod each day of the hop :)

I used 3 of the Poe's stamp heads from Carmen's Veranda's Stamps.  Painted up with the golden tones of my Gelatos.  Under the one of the right is a quote that I love by the poet!
A close up of the quote edged with Distress Inks in Old Paper.  The wreath is deco mesh by the and gold.  It is about 12 inches in size.
 One of the new release Zentangle Crows (in 4 different sizes) from Lost Coast Designs painted with dark gold Gelatos and he and his pal show up nicely in real life but I was very disappointed when I got this photo in late (too late to redo my crows ..sad face!)
Hope you have an awesome time at the hop and invite lots of friends!  Remember, you need to go to the Portal to get all of the essential information so you can win a prize!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Alice, It's Cold Outside!

Hi my cold and hot friends around the world!  I am freezing in South Mississippi something I can rarely say!  So you know it is Nan with you today! I found a watercolor technique on Youtube (yep, being sick gives one lots of time to watch others and get inspired to do so many things one doesn't feel like doing!) and sadly I can't find it to get the person's link!  I used it to make 3 bookmarks using the Rabbit with watch, Cheshire Cat, Hatter, and Rabbit with trumpet set and Alice from the set with  Queen and Sitting Queen. I sprinkled with acrylic white paint with a lot of water and made some sprinkle stars close to the figures and in the sky.

I didn't want to tape them down to photo because the whole watercolor look and the white trim around it makes for a very loose natural look so I just went with it.

They are stamped in green to keep from overpowering the light colors; I colored them with Prismacolor makers.

I used a limited palette on these to go with the background.

I hope you enjoy our event celebrating Alice in Winterland!  I know I will enjoy saving my space in my book to snuggle back down into the comforter with one of these Alice bookmarks!  All the event information and monthly challenges are all listed at the  Lost Coast Portal to Creativity so go over and have a good look!  Lots of fab chances to get stamp money to shop in the stores!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Fly, Mona, Fly!

I love all the variations of Mona Lisa that Lost Coast Designs has available and this one, Mona Flying,  is so funky and free spirited it just lifts my heart!  I missed my spot on the actual monthly challenge post for the  Lost Coast Portal to Creativity so here comes Mona and me sliding into 3rd base a little roughed up but here!

The background was made with painter's tape to keep my watercolors inside the frame and then some water and watercolors allowed to run and play!  Mona was stamped then colored up a bit with some Prismacolor markers and the Shadow Frames set circle holds the word Fly from the Old Typewriter Alphabet set.  The "A" in Mona is actually trying to fly right off the paper!  

As always, our information on everything is on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity  including the spot to click for the monthly challenge which is "Anything Goes" (which is what Mona is all set for! ) this month!  Lots of events coming up and all of that info will be right there on the Portal so keep an eye on the Portal!

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