Thursday, December 22, 2016

Spread Your Wings with Lost Coast Designs

Good morning everyone!  I'm finally back from an extended leave due to the flooding that hit south Louisiana in August.  In this instance, these two ATCs were created before I flooded and unfortunately, the instructions did not survive the water.

This bright and sunny ATC was created with a stamp from the Large and Small Square Tiles Set One and some rubons along the edges to create a border.  The black butterfly is also a rubon.

This ATC was created with the Tire Tracks Border for the edges and Flora from the Mini Whimsical Birds 2.  I used the Flagstone Background to create the background for the ATC.

I hope you enjoyed these two ATCs.  Until later.....................


Sunday, December 4, 2016

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity

Good morning everyone.  I've finally moved into a FEMA trailer and am preparing to start creating again.  I'm waiting on the last few things I have on order to arrive and then I'll be back!

In the meantime, let me announce the start of the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas event over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  The month-long event began yesterday and you have until January 6th to link up your project for the chance to win some Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda bucks!

Head on over to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and check out all the details!

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


Friday, December 2, 2016

Gecko Galz December Customer Challenge

I made a little mistake last month and posted November's Challenge as December's.  Well today actually starts the Gecko Galzs December Challenge .  Post your project using at least one (1) Gecko Galz product and you could win a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping spree!

The challenge runs through December29th so don't delay!

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


Monday, November 7, 2016

Gecko Galz December Challenge

I'm a couple of days late posting this, but Gecko Galzs December Challenge is now live on their f.  Post your project using at least one (1) Gecko Galz product and you could win a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping spree!

The challenge runs through November 29th so don't delay!

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


Monday, October 31, 2016

Day of the Dead Celebrations at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity

Good afternoon everyone.  I'm still living in a motel (hope to have better news on that front soon) so I continue to be unable to create anything.  However, I am being gifted with supplies (thank you all) to help me rebuild my studio and I hope to be back to creating soon.

In the meantime, let me announce the start of the Day of the Dead Celebrations over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Three days of Day of the Dead offerings start today and you have until November 18th to link up your project for the chance to win some Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda bucks!

And, have you seen the new stamp?  It's will be availabe at Lost Coast Designs any minute now!

So head on over to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and check out all the details!

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


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Gecko Galz Blog Hop

Good morning everyone!  I'm popping back in to participate in the Gecko Galz Blog Hop.  Here goes!

Hello Everyone!

We want to welcome everyone to the
Gecko Galz 6th Annual Blog Hop

This is your Thirteenth stop on a wonderfully Tricks and Treats Blog Hop
We have 14 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage sheets that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to down load, the one here is
"Umbrella Cuties".

Also make sure you leave a message on each blog site you visit and on the last blog there will be a phrase that you will email to us to be entered in our drawing for a wonderful treat pack.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!
We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
·        First is a Gecko Galz shopping spree for $100!
·        Second prize is a $50 Shopping spree with Gecko Galz.
·        Third prize is a $25 shopping spree!
·        And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz PRODUCTS!!! This includes the 6 new collage sheets each quarter, a new stamp set each quarter, a new paper pack each quarter!

 This is a $100 value! 

First of all, you will need to visit all 16 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect the phrase at the end of the hop on the Fripperies and Butterflies site - there will be a link to email the phrase to Gecko Galz.
This enters you in the contest. On October 31st we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names on the Gecko Galz blog site.

For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the GECKO GALZ ETSY STORE between the 27th of October and the 30th of October and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win) 

Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet
“Umbrella Cuties”

And for your viewing pleasure, here are a couple of samples I created using Umbrella Cuties!

Kind of apropos since a lot of rain fell into my life and my house flooded!  Hope you enjoyed these projects.

Now have fun visiting each Blog

If you did not start at the Gecko Galz Blog you might want to start there so you will not miss a thing!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Gecko Galz October Challenge

Good morning everyone!  I don't have any projects for this month (still recovering from the flooding), but I wanted to remind everyone of the Gecko Galz Fall Into Autumn Challenge.  Don't forget to get your entry in!

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


Saturday, October 1, 2016

31 Days of Halloween - Lost Coast Portal to Creativity

Good morning everyone!  While I am unable to participate in this year's 31 Days of Halloween, I wanted to direct you to the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity blog.  They will have exciting blog posts every day and you don't want to miss out on the fun! And in conjunction with this years 31 D of H, their challenge this month is Scary or Weird.

Also, Lost Coast Designs has an exciting Stamp Release this month!  Check out all the cool new designs.

So run, don't walk to the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to get your Challenge entries in!  And get your new stamps at the Lost Coast Design's Catalog!  Last but not least, remember to join in the fun of the 31 Days of Halloween! The blog roll will be up every day so you don't get lost..

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


Sunday, August 28, 2016


Good morning everyone!  We are in Day 10 of the Hip 2 Be Square event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Today I wanted to share with you how I made the "Squared" tag I created for the event.

Stamp Large and Small Squares Set 2 onto mixed media paper.  Color with a variety of markers.
Spritz tag with Lindy's sprays then mix up some modeling paste and Royal Blue Nuance Powder & Red Nuance Powder.  Use this to stencil through the Circle 9 & Border Circle stencils from Stencil Girl.  Cut a piece of lace from chipboard using a Sizzix die.  Emboss with silver EP then dab with gold paint.  Arrange everything on the tag and finish off with some fiber.

Hope you enjoyed viewing the tag as much as I did making it!

Don't forget to check out all the projects for the Hip 2 Be Square event.  There are even prizes!

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

Marilyn (Tarnished Rose)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Creations to share using Gecko Galz & free digi stamp

 Hi everyone!  As I am typing, we are preparing for a possible evacuation.  I live in southeast Louisiana and this area has been hard hit by rain. 

Sooooooo, here a few projects I would like to share with you today:
This was created with the Sew & Sew collage sheet.  I stenciled the background using modeling paste and a circle stencil.  I then sprayed it with Lindy's sprays and dried.  I cut out my images, edged them with Distress Walnut Stain ink and then added them to the tag.  I took a wooden spool die cut, sprayed it with Lindy's and then wrapped some thread around it and pushed a needle through it.   To finish it off, I added some roses in coordinating colors.

For this canvas panel, I used an image from the Sea Side Snapshots collage sheet.  I sprayed the 7x9 panel with some Art Anthology mists and then randomly stenciled circles using Lindy's Magicals and modeling paste.  I built up a mat for my image and added it to the canvas.  I used Soft Matte Gel to add Prills randomly over the page then sprinkled on some different colors of glitter.

I this journal page, I used images from the Japanese Traditions collage sheet.  I started by stenciling on some cherry blossoms using a TCW stencil and modeling paste.  I then sprayed it with several colors of Lindy's and dried.  I painted the blossoms I had stenciled with Paper Artsy paint.  I added some oriental lettering using a stamp and magenta ink and then glued down my images.  I edged them with watered down Paper Artsy paint then added a few jewels.

 For this ATC (which was really fun to create) I used an image from the Art Nouveau Slides collage sheet.  I then pulled several prints in random colors using my Gel Press.  Before adding anything, I added color to the ATC using Lindy's Magicals.  I knew there would be gaps and didn't want any white showing through.  I then added my image.  Next, I cut the pulled prints into strips with varying widths and laid them down on my ATC.  I then added the word "art".

This journal page was created using this month's free stamp from me.  I wanted a bright, happy page to help take my mind off the flooding so that's what I went for.  I cut out the image and painted it with Art Anthology Sorbets and Lindy's mists.  I sprayed the background with a couple of colors of Lindy's then stenciled with a Prima stencil and transluscent paste I colored with Nuance powder.  I randomly stamped some script words with a light color of ink (hard to see), then added my images.  Not my best page, but every time I look at it I smile so mission accomplished.

 Now, here is your free digi stamp:

Have a great day and until later...................


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Flooded out

My house currently has 3-4 feet of water in it and my studio has more; we live in hard hit Ascension Parish.  My family and I have lost almost everything and only the structure of my house is covered by flood.  Below is my house.

I really dislike having to beg for money, but if you would like to help, I have a GoFundMe account set up.

Thank you all.  If nothing else, please send prayers and good thoughts my way.  Myself and my family are devastated.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Cowboy Up

Good morning everyone.  Just taking the opportunity to share a couple of things I created with some Technique Junkies stamps.  They just released their new ones yesterday and lucky me, I have a few of them,

I created this ATC using Cowboy Boots, Howdy Partner, & Snakeskin, some Art Anthology Colorations, and some beading cord.
For the tag, I used Snakeskin, a little EP, some some wooden stars paint with Metallique paint, & some twine.
Lastly, not cowboy related at all, is this PL-sized card I created using nothing but Row, black gesso, Lindy's Stamp Gang Mist, white EP, and a little white pigment spray.

Hope you enjoyed!  And as a tip, all of Technique Junkies new releases are on sale until the 8th for 15% off.

 Until later......................


Monday, August 1, 2016

Express Yourself with Lost Coast Designs

Good morning! It's the first Monday in August and that means it's time for a new Challenge on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity! This month, the theme is Water Color Background. I'm on the team hosting this month's challenge and so have created and ATC to share.
I shook some Nuance Powder in Mauve, Grass Green, and Bright Yellow onto my ATC, then gave it a good spritz with water. I then stamped one of the ATC Grunge Set stamps onto the background and sprinkled on some clear EP. I spattered the background using LSG Prima Donna Purple and Bells of Ireland Green. I then watered down some white paint and spattered it on.

Stamp Mini Manga on a separate piece of mixed media card and set with clear EP. Paint the image with Silks in Snap Dragon, Key Lime, and Vintage Mint. The hair was painted with Paper Artsy Banana mixed with glazing medium to make it more transparent. Add the image to the card with foam to pop it off the page. Take some watered down white paint and paint an outline.

Lastly, smudge the edges of the ATC with Memories Royal Velvet Ink and add Chit Chat Words. Outline the words in the Banana paint then lightly cover with Silks Vintage Mint.

I'm entering this in the Colour Crazy Craft Challenge, Crafting with Friends, and Simply Papercraft,

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


Ahoy Mate! for Gecko Galz August Challenge

Good morning everyone!  It's August 1st and that means another wonderful challenge from Gecko Galz.  This month's theme is Taking it Nautical and that's just what I did.

I started out by cutting out the image of the ship, compass, and Ahoy Mate from the Sail Away digital collage sheet.  These I set to one side for later.

To build up your tag, cut a piece of Graphic 45 Stampunk Splash paper to fit your large tag and glue them together.  Dry brush gesso across the tag to tone down the (quite bright) color.  Using some Paper Artsy Mud Splat and a sponge, start at the edges of your tag and blend inward.  If it's too dark, using a baby wipe to remove some of the color.  Then using the same sponge and color, run it around the edge of your tag to hide any remaining white. 

Stencil Mister Huey's Circle Graph Mask with Mint Colorbox ink and while still wet, sprinkle on some LSG Merry Go Round Greene EP in random areas then heat.  Add your images.  Rub Mud Splat across the Ahoy Mate and them immediately wipe with a baby wipe to remove most of the color.

Smudge a graphite pencil around the edges of your images, blending until the line disappears.  If it's too dark, just us a baby wipe (see a them here?) to remove excess.  Finally, add some seashell confetti and a piece of fiber.

For this image and many, many others, please visit Gecko Galz's ETSY STORE and don't forget to enter the Challenge to win a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree!

 Until later.......................


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner - Technique Junkies Stamp

I have chosen the winner of the Technique Junkies stamp I was giving away.  I threw the names in a container, shook them up, closed my eyes, twirled them around, and pulled.  ELECTRA, you won!!!  Please email me your mailing address ( and I will get this into the mail to you ASAP.

Thank you for participating.  Stay tuned, because I have a Stencil Girl stencil to giveaway.  Yep, I ordered one I already had.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Wings Mixed Media Card (PL sized card) & Lost Coast Designs

Good morning everyone and thank you for dropping by.  As promised, here's the step-out for my PL-sized mixed media card called Wings.

1)  Stamp Indinkera onto a piece of PL-sized (3-3/4 x 5-3/4) white cardboard.
2)  Stamp Winged Girl twice onto mixed media paper with Versafine ink.  Emboss one with LSG Midnight Copper EP and one with Cleopatra's Copper EP.  Cut out.
3)  Sprinkle Nuance powder in orange, bright yellow, and grace green on the background and mist with water.  Dry.
4)  Stencil translucent paste randomly through a circle stencil.
5)  Die cut some shapes using the Sizzix Crosshatch Frameworks die and paint with coral paint.  Spinkle on glitter while the paint is still wet.  Add to background.
6)  Punch out leaves and butterflies.  Spray leaves with LSG Bells of Ireland Green and butterflies with Cotton Candy Pink, A Bit O' Bubbly, and Frenchy's Pink Pouf mists.
7)  Place the Winged Girl you embossed with Midnight Copper EP on top of the other and offset slightly.  Glue together, then add mounting pads at the back to pop it up off the page and add to the card.
8)  Glue down the leaves in a circle around your image.  Add butterflies.
9)  Using soft matte gel, scatter glass glitter, micro beads, and glass beads across the card.  I used rose glass glitter, rust glass beads, and grass microbeads.
10)  Add TH Small Talk words.  Splatter with yellow and white pain and black gesso.

I'm entering this in the Classic Design Team Open Challenge BlogCrafty Calendar Challenge, and More Mixed Media Challenges.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Giveaway - Technique Junkies Stamp

I was going through my Technique Junkies stamps and realized I ended up with two of the same stamp.

Sea Urchins, 4 x 5.25

If you would like to win my extra, unused stamp, just leave a comment with your email address between now and Saturday, July 30th.  I will use to chose a winner.  The winner will be announced here on my blog and I will also attempt to email.

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


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wings for Lost Coast Designs

It's Day 4 of the New Stamp Release Showcase at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Today, I'm sharing a Project Life-sized mixed media card featuring two of the new releases.

Tune in on the 25th and I'll be sharing how I created this bright mixed media card using Winged Girl and Indinkera, two of the new releases at Lost Coast Designs.

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


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wild and Free with Lost Coast Designs

Good morning everyone!  We are on Day 3 of Lost Coast Designs New Stamp Release Showcase over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!  Today I wanted to share with you a journal page I created using several of the new zentangle stamp releases.

1)  Gesso your journal page.  I'm working in an 8x10 watercolor journal.
2)  Stamp Zentangle Cat onto to piece of mixed media paper and cut out.   Color with a variety of makers.  Outline the square with some foil tape.
3)  Using the cat as your guide, mark the placement of your feathers.  I stamped Zentangle Feathers 2 & 4 in a circle around what would be the center of my cat.
4)  Mist page with water and spray on your choice of mists at the very top.  I used Raider by Art Anthology and Cheshire Cat Cherry by Lindy's Stamp Gang.  Let the colors run down the page, assisting with a wet paintbrush if needed.
5)  Stencil on some chevrons using crackle paste, then sprinkle Bright Yellow Nuance powder over the stenciled area and mist with water.
6)  Randomly stamp Aggregrate background and Dream from Dictionary Words over background.
7)  Build up the matting for the cat, then splatter everything with several colors of mists, ranging from blue, to pink, to red, to black.
8)  Using the Sizzix Crosshatch Frameworks die, cut out several pieces from chipboard.  Emboss with black EP and LSG Midnight Teal and Hollyhock Scarlett Plum EP.
9)  Punch out and emboss mice with black EP.  Scatter around the cat.
10)  Add flair and stickers.

I got this idea from watching a bunch of scrapbooking videos.  I'm still refining it for use with stamping, but I really like the result.  It's definitely not a another card!

Hope you enjoyed today's project and stay tuned for another day of the New Stamp Release Showcase!

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