Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Place

It's Day 1 of the New Stamp Release event going on at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Give them a visit and leave a comment over there for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda.

I worked with the new CV Crayons stamp & the new CV Clear stamp Happy Place.  I used the heated soft matte gel background technique from Keren Tamir to get the mottled and slightly crackled texture.

Man, does this bring back memories of afternoons spent coloring in coloring books.  Some of you may be like me and still color to this day.

Head on over to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to see some of the great new releases.  I think you'll love them as much as I do.

Until later.................


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Beauty Mystery Magic

Last month, I showed all of you an ATC I had created for Lost Coast Portal to Creativity's Black & White Challenge.  Today I want to show you how I created it.  I admit, it's very easy and nothing complicated about it.

I started by stamping the NEW 5 Circles onto a piece of paper then cutting them out.  I them set them to the side.  Next, I stamped ATC Gothic Text onto the ATC and then added circles using a lid and white paint.  When that didn't show up too good, I switched to black paint and loved it.  I then took a paintbrush, dipped the bottom in black ink, and added dots around the circles.  Once the paint was dry, I added the 5 Circles I had cut out.  Finally, I stamped Beauty, Mystery, and Magic using Miscellaneous Words, cut them out, and centered them on the ATC.

Just goes to show what you can do with just two colors.

Until later.........................

Marilyn aka Tarnished Rose

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter, Irish, Alice, and even a Bird for Gecko Galz

Good morning everyone!  Spring is in full swing and things are blooming (at least here).  With that in mind, I tried to keep things spring-y this month and also stay with our Customer Challenge theme of Alice's Tea Party.

So, let's get started:

I sprayed pink and yellow mist for my background and then stenciled on triangles using modeling paste I tinted green.  I cut out the image from Easter Wishes and added it to my ATC and then added a Chit Chat sticker to the top (I forgot to write detailed instructions).

I know St. Patrick's Day was last month but I couldn't resist using this image from the Luck O The Irish digital collage sheet.  Yes, once again, I forgot to write detailed instructions.

For this coaster, I used a Gina Marie Quilt die to create a background on the coaster, alterating pink and black paper.  I then cut out the image of Alice and the Butterflies from the Go Ask Alice collage sheet and arranged them in the center going off to the right.  I cute out "Alice" from the same sheet and added it to the top left.  I sealed everything with a couple of coats of matte varnish.

I used the Hat from the Mad Hatter Digital Stamp Set and a piece of paper from the Mad Tea Party Paper Pack.  I used "We're All Mad Here" from the Go Ask Alice digital collage sheet.

This lat once was a breeze.  I had this great piece of paper that match one of the images from the Blue Bird of Happiness collage sheet.  I first sprayed the paper with Lindy's T-Bird Turquoise and Sea Oats to help bring out the color of the paper.  I then fussy cut the image out and added it to the bottom of the card.  I finished up with Chit Chat words that I sprayed with the same Lindy's mists and outlined with a micron pen.

I hope you enjoyed these ATCs.  Don't forget Gecko Galz has tons of great collage sheets.

Until later.......................


Monday, April 3, 2017

New Challenge at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity

Good afternoon everyone!  I'm here to tell you about a new challenge over on Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  This month's challenge is Favorite Background Technique.  Here's what I created for today's blog post:

If you would like a chance to win some great stamps from either Lost Coast Designs or Carmens Veranda click HERE.

Until later..........................


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Tea Time for Gecko Galz

Good evening everyone.  I'm a little behind today but I want to share the tag I created for Gecko Galz April Customer Challenge Alice's Tea Party.

I started by cutting out the images from Go Ask Alice and Whimsical Jewels digital collage sheets and then set them aside.  Next I stenciled the background using the TH Trellis & Doodle stencils together with Desert Sand Ink.  I followed that up with some random stamping using a text stamp and Stazon Timber Brown Ink.

I edged the tag with thin black tape and ran a purple ink pad around the edges.  I then arranged my images and added the fiber.

Thank you for joining me this evening.  The Customer Challenge runs all month at Gecko Galz and you could win a $25 Gecko Galz shopping spree!

Until later....................

Monday, March 27, 2017

Wanderlust ATC How To for Lost Coast Desingns

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share with you how I created the Wanderlust ATC for the Orient Enchantment event.

I started by spraying a piece of mixed media paper with LSG Hi Maintenance Magenta, Luscious Lime, & Sassy Sapphire.  I then stamped the two larger stamps from the Travel Stuff Set using Versamark ink and embossed with black EP.

I cut a section of the paper out to ATC size and edged with black ink.  Next, I stamped the hansa hand from the India Set and cut out.  I colored the hand with Prismacolor pencils.  Before adding the hand to the ATC I splattered the background with yellow and orange paint.

Finally, I stamped Wanderlust from the Travel Quotes Set onto a piece of cardstock then sprayed it with LSG Yellow Rose of Texas.

Until later.............................


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Journey ATC - How To

Good morning everyone!  I wanted to share with you how I created the Journey ATC I made for the Orient Enchantment event.

I started by spraying a piece of mixed media paper with LSG Canna Lily Burnt Orange, wiping it with a baby wipe to remove some of the color.  Once it was dry I stamped the map from the India set using sepia ink and then cut it to fit my ATC. 

I then stamped the Matsya from the India set on another piece of paper using teal ink and clear embossed.  I painted the details using Metallique Ancient Coin and then cut him out.

Lastly, I stamped the "All journeys" quote from the Travel Quotes set using Timber Brown Stazon ink onto a piece of cardstock I had colored with watered down LSG Canna Little Burnt Orange.  I then assembled everything, popping up my image and saying with pop dots.

That's all for today!
Until later........................

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Good morning everyone!  Well, they are winding up the Orient Enchantment event at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  For the final day of the event I created quite a bright and cheerful ATC.

Don't forget to get your entry in so you have the chance to win some really awesome stamps.  Visit the Lost Cost Portal to Creativity HERE to add your project.

Until later..............................


Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Good morning everyone!  It's the 2nd day of the Orient Enchantment event over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  I've gotten in on the fun and created the below ATC.

Just visit Day 1 of the event at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to get your entry in and have the chance to win some really wonderful stamps!

Until later.....................


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Beauty, Mystery, Magic

Good afternoon everyone!  It's mid-way inspiration time over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and I'm back with another ATC I created for the Black & White Challenge.

I used Miscellaneous Words, the NEW 5 Circles stamp set, and ATC Gothic Text.

Until later,


Friday, March 10, 2017

In the Garden for Gecko Galz

Good morning everyone!  I've been busy working but wanted to stop and share some things I created for Gecko Galz using their amazing collage sheets.

This one was created using the Pretty Birds Collage Sheet.  I trimmed it up and placed it on an ATC that I edged with blue ink.  I went over the image with several different colors of Stickles that closely matched the color of the image.  This gave it a raised design and lots of sparkle.  The "chirp" was added with stick-on letters.  It's a beautiful piece in person but hard to capture with a camera.

1) Sprinkle LSG Yodeling Yellow and Oktoberfest Orange magicals onto your card and spray with water.
2) Stencil the floral image using the Floral Mini layering stencil and Coloure Arte Orange Peel Vivid Metallic.  Outline the card with same.
3) Trim a fairy from the new Fairy Magic Collage Sheet along with some of the flowers.  Place your fairy on a die cut limb so it looks as if she's sitting on it.
4) Add the words using Chit Chat stickers.

1) Spray a blank coaster with Smooch Pralines and Cream and LSG Yellow Rosee of Texas & Canna Lily Burnt Orange, in that order. Dry
2) Stencil on your design with the Woodgrain layering stencil and any permanent black ink.
3) Cut out the image from the Art Nouveau Collage Sheet and adhere to the left of the coaster.
4) Using an alpha set (Lost Coast Designs Old Typewriter was used here), stamp Kitty onto a piece of cardstock that was colored with LSG Yellow Rose of Texas and Canna Lily Burnt Orange.  Trim up the letters and place the word down the right side of the coaster.
5) Add a line of black rhinestones between your image and your word.
6) Finish off with black ribbon around all the edges.  Seal with several coats of varnish if you wish to use it as a true coaster.  Gloss works best.

This ATC was created for a swap.  I used patterned paper for the background & die cuts I was provided with by my partner.  The image is from the Sea Nymphs Collage Sheet that I fussy cut out.  "Wanderlust" is from a Travel Quotes stamp set by Lost Coast Designs.

These and more fabulous collage sheets can be found online in the Gecko Galz Etsy store.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Journey for Lost Coast Designs

Good morning everyone!  There's a new Challenge up today over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  This month's challenge is Black and White.

Here's what I came up with:
It's so very difficult for me to just work with the two non-colors, but I liked the way it turned out.  I used the new stamp Drips and one of the faces from the Faces Set along with the word Journey from Miscellaneous Words.  I used black glass glitter to fill in the top of the Drips stamp.

Until later.................................



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Memories Card for Gecko Galz March Challenge

Good morning everyone!  It's time for the March Challenge over on the Gecko Galz blog and I wanted to share a card I created for it with you.

To be honest, I goofed.  This month's challenge is Fairy Garden & I missed the "Fairy" part.  I hope it gives you some inspiration anyway.

1)  Cut a piece of white cardstock and color with with DP Mowed Lawn.
2)  Using Stencil Girl's Scribble Mask add some DP Barn Door.
3)  Trim the image of the girl from the Garden Time Collage Sheet and place it on a piece of yellow cardstock, leaving a small edge all the way around.  Add to the left side of your painted cardstock.
4)  Scatter little mini colored flower die cuts around the card then add some large floral diecuts to the right of the image then add a TH Word Band and some seam binding to the bottom.
5)  Mound everything on a piece of yellow cardstock.  You now have a card.

I'm not a great cardmaker by any stretch of the imagination but I hope you liked today's project.  For more great images like the one I used, check out Gecko Galz's store on Etsy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hugs & Kisses Tutorial

As promised, here's the tutorial on how I created the Hugs and Kisses journal spread.  I think if I had it to do over I would have figured out how to tint my die cut.

1)  Tear strips out of old book pages and glue them to the bottom half of each side.  Gesso.
2)  Spray LSG Peony Scarlet Red, Autumn Maple Crimson, and Opal Sea Oats all over the pages.
3)  Add texture using the TH Doily stencil and glossy transparent text paste.
4)  Stencil TH Mini Countdown with Versamark ink and embloss with black EP.
5)  Stamp CV Klimt Kiss on mixed media paper with Versamark ink and emboss with black EP.  Color with markers and cut out.
6)  Add a die cut Hugs and Kisses to the left side of the page and Klimt Kiss to the right.
7)  Scatter die cut hearts across both pages and use a brown Pitt pen to add highlights.
8)  Splatter spread with LSU Luminous Lemon, Luscious Lime, Midnight Rendezvous Raven, & gesso mixed with water.

Thank you for joining me today.  Stay tuned for more step-by-steps from me and others on the LCD team.  Oh, don't forget, you still have a few days to get your entry in for the February Challenge.  Click HERE for all the details and the Linky.

Until later................

Friday, February 17, 2017

Be Mine ATC w/Tutorial

Good morning lovelies.  I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.  I know I did.  Continuing in that vein I wanted to share a quick Valentine's ATC with you.  It really and truly can be for any time of the year, if you want someone to know how very dear they are to you.

I started out by trimming a red piece of cardstock to ATC size.  I stenciled on hearts using Adirondack Raisin and them stamped Cat Quotes randomly with SU Cherry Cobbler.  Next came some rub-ons from 7 Gypsies.  I stamped Be Mine with SU Cherry Cobbler and then fussy cut out, separating the Be Mine sentiment from the rest of the stamp (two stamps in one! gotta love it).  I added that to the center of my ATC, keeping the main image slightly below center (rule of 1/3).  I then used Cranberry Stickles and Frosted Lace Stickles to add dots of color all over the ATC.  Done!

Thank you for stopping by today.  Check in a little later this week for more step-by-steps from me and other members of the LCD team.

Until later.................
Marilyn (aka Tarnished Rose)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hugs & Kisses - Lost Coast Designs February Challenge

Good morning everyone!  February is the month for Lovers and that's the theme of this month's challenge on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity blog.

For my contribution, I created a journal spread:
Stay tuned because a little later in the month I'll have step-by-step instructions on how I created this.  The stamp I used was from Carment's Veranda and is entitled Klimit Kiss.

Don't forget to get your entry in over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. blog. You could win a gift card to use to purchase either Carmen's Veranda or Lost Coast Designs stamps!

Until later........................


Monday, February 13, 2017

Steampunk Queen for Lost Coast Designs

Good morning everyone!  Well, the Steampunk Queen of Hearts event is in full swing over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  My make for the event is a coaster.

This was a LOT of fun to create.  I used the pointing queen from Alice and the Queen, Steampunk Planes, and the Gears Background stamps.

1)  Stamp the pointing queen from Alice and the Queen and Steampunk Planes with Versamark adn emboss with black EP.  Paint the queen with markers and watercolor pencils.  For the Steampunk plane, use blue Stickles for the balloon and brown marker for the plane.  Cut out and set to the side.
2)  Gesso the coaster blank.
3)  Spray with LSG Opal Sea Oats then using scarlet Nuance Powder and a water brush, create runs down your page.  Dry well.
4)  Stamp Gears Background with black ink then mist the entire background with LSG Sidewalk Chalk.
5)  Add the Queen and the plane to the coaster.  If you don't like the washed out looking gears (I didn't) go back over with a black gel pen.
6)  Add black Dresden trim to the edges.
7)  Scatter a few hearts around the coaster and add a couple of die cut crowns, adding Goldenrod Stickles to the top.
8)  Finally, print "Off with their head", outline with a black fine liner, and cut out.  Color with a water brush and a little scarlet Nuance Powder.

Don't forget to join in the fun at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  You'll have a chance to win Lost Coast Designs stamps!  Click HERE to enter your Steampunk Queen of Hearts.

Until later...............


Friday, February 10, 2017

Sparkle Forever Always for Gecko Galz

Good morning everyone!  I'm up on the Gecko Galz blog today and I wanted to share with you how I created the ATCs and tag I made this month.  Currently, most of my projects are simple to make and only require a few supplies.  I'm still operating with a minimum of art supplies since flooding in August.

1)  Stencil TH Flourish using modeling paste tinted with Metallique Pink Blush.
2)  Cut out Leave a Little Sparkle from the Scripted collage sheet and center it on the card.
3)  Using Prima Soft Matte Gel, add fine silver glitter around the edges of the sentiment.
4)  Using Prima Soft Matte Gel, add some pink microbeads randomly around the sentiment.
5)  Finish by going around the edges with pink chalk ink.


1)  Gesso the ATC then spritz with water.  While wet, spray LSG Opal Sea Oats and dry.
2)  Stencil with TH Speckles and Stazon Timber Brown.
3)  Cut out images from Hugs and Kisses and Chalkboard Sentiments collage sheets and add to card.
4)  Rub Stazon Timber Brown ink around the edges.

1)  I started with a pre-made background created with a Gel Press plate and random acrylic paint that I trimmed and glued to a tag.
2)  Randomly stamp a script stamp onto background using white pigment ink.
3)  Cut out your images from Scripted (I shrunk the sheet down) and Beautiful Book Marks collage sheets and add them to your tag.  I tinted the Scripted image with DI Vintage Photo.
4)  Place enamel dots in matching colors around the tag.
5)  Edge the tag with XXX ink
6)  Add coordinating ribbon to the tag and a brad to cover the hole.

For these and other great collage sheet, visit the Gecko Galz Etsy Store.
Don't forget to participate in the Gecko Galz February Customer Challenge, Vintage Valentine.  You could win a $25 Gecko Galz shopping spree.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Until later...................


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sweetheart for Gecko Galz February Customer Challenge

Good morning everyone.  It's time again for the Gecko Galz's Customer Challenge.  This month's challenge is Vintage Valentine.  I decided to create a Valentine's Tag (tags are great for using as bookmarks).

1)  I started with a #8 tag and swirled on color with a sponge dauber and SU Cherry Cobbler ink, going lighter as I got toward the middle.
2)  Next I added stenciled hearts using the TH Hearts stencil and modeling paste I colored with some Nuance Powder in Scarlet.
3)  I then cut out an image from Lovely Little Valentines and centered it on the sides and down a little from exact center vertically.  Remember the rule of thirds.
4)  Next I added red and white baker's twine around the image.  I'm not fond of raw edges.
5)  Then I took three red mulberry flowers and grouped them on the bottom right corner, brushing some glitter across the top (I use Finnabair's Soft Matte Gel for this).  I then added red enamel dots in different sizes radiating up and out from the flower.
6)  Finally, I added some rubons, a Sweetheart 3D sticker and some fiber.

Hope you enjoyed my tag.  For more great Gecko Galz images, check out the shop on Etsy.  And don't forget to get your entry in on the Gecko Galz blog for your chance to win a $25 Gecko Galz shopping spree.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Edgar Allen Poe Blog Hop The Black Cat

Hello everyone!  I'm back with another project for the Edgar Allen Poe Blog Hop.  Today I want to share a journal page.

This journal page was created using Zentangle Cat & Old Typewriter Alphabet from Lost Coast Designs and Edgar Allen Poe from Carmen's Veranda.  I first sprayed the page with yellow mist then stamped old Edgar directly on the page.  I masked him off then stenciled the entire page using texture paste mixed with gray Nuance Powder.  I stamped the cat, cut him out, and colored him in with a black Sharpie, adding some rhinestones for a collar.  Next I stamped The Black Cat with black pigment ink and embossed with chunky black EP.  Finally I added black dots around the edges.

Now it's YOUR turn!  Either click on the link below to add your project to the hop or click on the Poe Hop image on my sidebar.  Enjoy!

Until later.....................


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Edgar Allen Poe Blog Hop Nevermore

Good morning everyone!  I'm participating in the Edgar Allen Poe Blog Hop!  Today I want to share with you an ATC I created just for the swap.

I used one of the new stamps Lost Coast Designs released for this hop, Zentangle Raven Left Small along with Crow Border and Cat Quotes

1) Rub Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint across the ATC.  Using the Tim Holtz Twisted Stencil, stencil with Seedless Preserves.
2)  Mask off some of the crows on the Crow Border and randomly stamp with black ink.
3)  Stamp Cat Quotes using sepia ink randomly across card.
4)  Using transparent gloss texture paste and the Tim Holtz Linen stencil, randomly stencil.
5)  Flick black, orange, and white mists across background.
6)  Stamp Zentangle Raven Left Small and cut out.  Pop up off page with pop dots.
7)  Using rubons letters, add Nevermore to the bottom of the card.  Edge with black ink.

Now it's YOUR turn to join the hop!  Click on the InLinkz link below or click on the Poe Hop image on my sidebar to link up your project!


Until later...............