Tuesday, July 30, 2013


What's the blog world doing?  Why playing along with What's On Your Wrokdesk Wednesday with Julia.  So let the party begin!!

Betsy is once again a mess of papers and crafty business.  I finished my envelope and card book you can see it HERE , now there is a new one in the beginnings there in the front right with G45 papers behind and under it.  My I-Pod station remote, a card that I all of a sudden decided to make for a challenge (not quite finished), pencils, ruler,  corner rounder, ink pads and I'm not sure about that tape measure or why it is even laying there, a couple pairs of scissors and all my necessities in the background.

A closer look at the second book I am making this one is just envelopes and slide-out photo holders.  This is using the "stack the deck" binding and I think it is way easier and faster AND will provide more room for embellishments.  I got it from You Tube, here is the video.

Here is a crooked shot of the unfinished card, the inside says:"...But I think I swallowed it!!"  Still a lot of work to be done before I officially post it and enter the challenge.

So what's on your desk?  I'm off to find out LOL
Inky Hugs Krisha

P.S. I only made about 75-80 desks last week, and I apologies if I didn't get back to anyone who left me a comment.  I don't do word press or Google+.....sorry just take too much time when I want to get to as many desks as I can, and this is going to be a very short week for me.

T Stands for Tuesdy

Well it is early Tuesday morning here in California, and here is my "mug" shot for this week. No that is not a picture of me (LOL) that is a mail art post card from Trisha, a DT sister. THANKS TRISHA!!! The mug of coffee is MY mug shot. (New coffee mugs...yea!)  I am once again linking up with Elizabeth and Bluebeard for tea, coffee, hot chocolate or any beverage of preference.
Wasn't going to join the fun this week as I have a totally busy morning, but my coffee wasn't tasting quite right, without joining in.  Funny how it tastes so much better RIGHT now!  LOL

So just a quick post to say "Hello world", now off to quickly link with Elizabeth and Bluebeard, then get dressed and get my dog to the vet to get stitches removed form her leg.  She had a melanoma removed about 2 weeks ago.  Here she is (on the bed of course) with her bandage on her leg.  
She can tell time, cause she isn't allowed a chew treat until after noon, and at 12:01 she lets me know.  She can also count.....she gets 2 chew treats a day (really only one cut in half, but she hasn't figured that out yet) and she will definitely let me know she has one coming later on in the day.  LOL

So off I go now to get this day started.
Thanks for stopping by to share my morning!
Inky Hugs

Monday, July 29, 2013

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

Time for week two of the Cheerful Stamp Pad Challenge TAGS!  I chose to put my tag onto a card this week, I need a card along this line, so I combined the two.  The image and sentiment are from McMahon Five Designs, our sponsor.  I printed the image, then cut it into the tag size I wanted, colored it with Prisma pencils and Gelatoes for aging.  I chose three coordinating colors of card stock to mount the tag onto, added a grunge swirl, colored with Gelatoes and tied it off with raffia. Next it was mounted onto a dry embossed panel, then onto a black panel, and finally onto the card.

So we are only half way through this challenge and there is still time to enter your tag in the challenge.  Hope to see your name on Mr. Linky!!

Inky Hugs

Sunday, July 28, 2013

My First Card and Envelope Book (VERY photo heavy)

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 Finished! Finally Finished!  This was a lot of fun to make, but turned very time consuming, I had to go back to the video to check things, then all the flip flop prints were printed on the PC. Using Sew-In Inkjet Fabric Sheets,  I printed a background from McMahon Five Designs and covered the front and back covers.  On the front I had added “Enjoy the Journey” using Print Shop.
The binding is a silver duct tape with a ribbon closure.
Pictures below of all the pages.  There are photo mats, today journal. post cards, ATC, cards and tags through the whole book.
Can you figure the theme is flip flops and palm trees??? LOL

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page 1 and components
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where everything belongs
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with card in pocket and closed

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pages 2 and 3 w/ components
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Where everything belongs, no card pocket here

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pages 5 and 6 with components
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 where everything belongs
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with card in pocket and closed

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pages 7 and 8 with components
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where compnents belong

large card in pocket and closed

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pages 9 and 10
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where components belong, no large card or pocket
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pages 10 and 11 with components

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where components belong, card in pocket and closed

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last page and components
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where components belong

Well, if you made it to the end of all the pictures, I'm honored!
 I'm not real satisfied with the binding system I used, or the outer binding, but it was a great learning experience!!  I did look through You Tube and found a different type of envelope book with a simpler binding, that allows for more bulky stuff.  I think it is going to work WAY better.  I'll let ya know when I get in finished, it is already put together (went together really quick----and I LIKE THAT) now I need to get busy and get it decorated and tags made for it.
Hope your Sunday is or has been SUPER!
Inky Hugs

Friday, July 26, 2013

RRD Journal page

Hi everybody, today to share an art journal page with nothing but Rogue Redhead Design stamps.  This was really a fun page to make and has all kinds of texture on it, plus acrylic paint.  The textures are  drywall tape and cardboard, plus the arrows and the word rogue are grunge board items that have been colored with Gelatos. I took all my RRD stamps and put them out on Betsy (yes I named my desk) and just started opening the cases and grabbing stamps, so to name each plate of stamps would make this a very long post, but they can all be found here: Rogue Redhead Design Stamps.  Hope everybody has a great weekend.
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WOYWW 216 Besty's Loaded!!

 Yep! Betsy is loaded with all kinds of paper and tools for making an envelope and card book.  I watched a video on You Tube by Kathy Orta, she has it all down in 4 videos that start with this one.  So there in the center is my first signature and the starting of the second one.
 Looking to the right is the cart I keep my paper trimmer on and it loaded with paper too, even stacked on top of my boxes of stamps
Looking to the left is my roll-about with drawers pulled out to guessed it PAPER!  Even down to the floor.
Lots of photos but keeping it short, cause that is Ms. Julia's request.  What? Well, I am going on about What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and I think EVERYBODY has heard about it by now.
Well, I'm off to link up and get an early start at snooping, cause Julia has already posted!  LOL
I've been trying to make at least 100 desks every week, in no particular order!!
Inky Hugs

T stands for Tuesday

Good morning "T" friends, and coffee drinkers!  So here's my cup of coffee this morning, in my Sea World cup.  So why am I showing you my cup of coffee?  Travel over here to The Altered Book Lover blog and Elizabeth will tell you all about it. This is our second week and anybody can join, you don't have to drink tea or coffee.

Since our last "T" morning I had my Grand-Ds come visit, here is  Megan all set up and having a "Tea" party.  Now they can't just have water in their tea pots, it HAS to be colored water, well this time it was colored juice!! LOL  Yes her outfit looks a little strange for a 3 yr. old.  They always "dress-up"" in my old night gowns when they come for the day or for a sleep over.  Hannah was busy making breakfast for her babies.
Besides playing with my Grand-Ds I have been busy.  I finally got around to that crazy box of ribbon, and got it all sorted and organized so I can see what the heck I have.  Well....I have way more than I thought I had...LOL (don't we all?)  Here is what I did.....

I bought a box that is designed for embroidery thread, that has the little flat paper spools.  I thought they were a little flimsy, but they worked!!  There were 100 of the spools, but I had to make a few more and dig out my last divided box to get all the ribbon finished.

I also have been working on an ATC book, but not real happy with the way it is turning out.  I still have to bind the signatures together and make a cover.......we'll see if it turns out good enough o share.

Then I watched a You Tube video on how to make  book with cards and envelopes (yep here I go again).  There are about 4 videos to make this book, but it starts with this one, and these are by Kathy Orta.  So that is also started and Betsy is covered with paper and essentials for making this book.  This will be revealed tomorrow for WOYWW.

So now I'm off to see what everybody else is drinking this morning and what they are up to.  Hope you join us today or next Tuesday.  Elisabeth is a great hostess.
Inky Hugs

Monday, July 22, 2013


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Time for a NEW challenge over at Cheerful Stamp Pad.  For the next two weeks it is TAGS, and the sponsor is McMahon Five Designs.
For the first week I chose this flip flop background paper for the tag.  I printed one set of flip flops large and trimmed them out. They are attached with pop dots for some dimension, I added some die cut flowers  from TH Tattered flowers and mounted them over the printed ones.  I added a pint rhinestone flower to the center of each of those flowers. The edges of the flip flops and the tag were distressed with blue ink.
For the sand at the bottom corner I used a mix of gold and glitter gold embossing powders.  The shells are real ones from my stash.  I had to use sticker for he letters (somehow I have lost a few from my alphabet set)  The top sentiment is a $$store find, and a pretty ribbon tie, also from my stash finishes the tag.

Why ODE to the Pismo Clam?  Pismo Beach was very well know for it’s clams up until about 20 years ago when the protected Sea Otters came north and wiped out the abalone and the clams.  Before then you could walk the beach and find them, or go clamming at low tide and dig for the BIG ones with a clamming fork (which looks just like a pitch fork)Pismo is till known for some of the best clam chowder around, and is found on the main street of town at the Splash CafĂ© and is served is sourdough bread bowl. (YUMMMMM)  The line to get into this tiny place goes around the corner and a block back.  Best to call your order in "to go". But since we are never that organized, we found a place a couple blocks south of the Splash and the clam chowder there was amazing( and we didn't have to wait in a LONG line!)

Pismo beach
Looking south down the beach
drive on Pismo
It is so long you can actually drive or about 10 miles
Photos of the city of Pismo and the pier
Pismo dunes
The famous "dunes" This is where we go to ride the dune buggies.
  So that's MY show and tell for This Monday.  Hope you will join us for the TAG challenge.
Inky Hugs

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mail Art: Milliner Misses

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What a day this has been!  The dog got me up earlier than I planned this morning, 5:05am ugh! Thinking I would let her out then go back to bed for an other 30 minutes.  Well the coffee pot had already started ( it is on a timer) and it smelled soooo good, and it was so nice an cool on the patio and well, I just stayed up.  So that meant an early time with Betsy and I decided to give the sketch laying there a try.  It is a Rogue Redhaed Designs Sketch.  So keeping with the Rogue Redheads I used one of their Milliner Misses Stamps stamps, and three of their Behind the Scenes Stamps to make a post card…yep! More Mail ART.  I used a heavy photograph paper and Timber StazOn ink, and a little masking. I mounted this onto a white c.s. for mailing.  It is a real post card and will be mailed tomorrow. There is no light blue, that is just compliments of the scanner.
Oh ya, the scanner didn’t want to work this morning either, so in fooling with it, the PC started giving me all kinds of warnings.  So there was a LOOOONG period of “do nothing” while a complete scan took place.
Everything got cleaned up, the scanner works again and the post card got finished. 
This sketch challenge runs for the whole month so pop over to Rogue Redhead Designs and join the fun. The winner gets a $15.00 voucher!!

Before signing out of here I do want to welcome Martha, Carol, Milissa and Glenda to my little group.
If you took the time to read my post then please leave a comment and I will return the favor, we all like to know we are being heard read and not just babbling with the key board....LOL
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

WOYWW 215: What’s on Betsy

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Well it’s time for an other WOYW, didn’t we JUST DO THIS??  Oh ya, an other week has slipped through my fingers….LOL  So here is Betsy this week. If your new you need to start here: What is WOYWW  Then link up here: Stamping Ground. I have been trying a few things,like the paper feather in the middle, and those folded things are practice pages for an ATC book (I watched a video on them on You Tube this morning after T stands for Tuesday, did you check it out this morning?) There is also a Graphic 45 tablet waiting for an other idea, Hannah’s birthday card there on the right on top of those same ATC that were there last week ( guess I should get those posted) There is a sketch challenge I’m still thinking on, a piece of paper from a Thomas Kincaid paper pack and the rest is the typical “Betsy stuff”
Many people have left comments about my desk being called Betsy.  Yes, I did name my desk on a whim one week, and decided to leave her named
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Next up is the pot that is always there in the back with bottles of glue upside down in it, so here is a closer look.  I received flowers in it many, many years ago, then one day I need something to hold those glue bottles upside down in and I grabbed it, and it just worked!!

And last is the light everybody is going on about.  It is an Ott light that I bought for the DH cause he complains about the lighting in here.  Well, he didn’t like the light either, so it came over to Betsy.  I bought it at Office Depot.  I love having two Ott lights to work with.
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WOYWW 215 003 So that's it for this week, Julia just posted so it is time for me to link up and join the party, so here I come!!
Inky Hugs

T is for Tuesday, and a Post Card From the Edge

YEAH!! This is the FIRST T is for Tuesday, being hosted by Elizabeth and Bluebeard owner of the Altered Book Blog.  (Hi Elizabeth and Bluebeard!!)  So grab a cuppa  your favorite beverage and enjoy the day.
T is for Tuesday 001First I want to share my entry for the Unruly Paper Arts RAQ 1: Post Cards from the Edge.  It is a crop of a journal page I finished this weekend, then printed on photo paper and mounted onto card stock.  I did put the words  post card on it digitally.  Now why would I crop and print this? Because it really is going to be a post card that will go through the mail.  Can’t be a post card if ya don’t mail the darn thing!! LOL I did not want too much dimension on it to go through the mail and a chance to have it torn apart before it reaches the receiver.  I will put  spray sealer on it before I mail it too. Voting for the post cards from the edge will be from July 26 through the 31st, so please vote for me!!
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I had planned on showing you the full journal page, but………
you will have to come back Friday July 26 to see it, since it is a DT project for Rogue Redhead Designs!! Gottcha! :-)

Inky Hugs

Monday, July 15, 2013

Turning Seven and what's coming up tomorrow

My oldest granddaughter, Hannah, will be turning 7 years old on the 26th next month. Where does the time fly off too??  I've been thinking, and thinking of what kind of card to make for her.  I mean 7 going on 13 is a hard age to create for....LOL    Saturday I sat down at Betsy and was just kinda cleaning things up a bit, when I found this Free digi image from Cheryl Seslar Design stuck in an envelope waiting to be colored, so I thought "why not?"  She made me think of Hannah, so she got the golden red hair, and Hannah's new favorite color is blue, and that is how this image got colored.  I wanted a girly card, since Hannah just got her ears pierced Friday, and can that girl bat her eyes now and make sure you notice her earrings!....LOL  The frame is from a Anna Griffin kit I bought ages ago.  I added pearls to the design and lace around the edge.  I did cut an oval in the card and sandwiched a piece of vellum over the oval.  I have some grunge letters and numbers so the number 7 got a quick coat of white paint and a heavy coat of blue glitter.  The paper flowers were already cut and stored in my flower box, so I only had to put them together and add a pearl to the centers, and a pearl swirl and blue ribbon at the bottom.
Tomorrows post will be an entry for Unruly Paper Arts RAQ1: Post cards from the Edge,(make sure to check this out) an art journal share and let's not forget Elizabeth's  T stand for Tuesday (which she has the post up now to help accommodate our blog buddies in other countries.....but check it out)
So come back again tomorrow, always something new!!
So Inky Hugs to ya all

Antique Anniversary Tag

Good morning Peeps, glad you stopped by,  This morning I had a vintage style tag to share with you.  It is week two of The Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 64: You Make a Lovely Couple .  Twisted Paper is our sponsor and provided this sweet image to play with.  I covered the tag with a scrap of designer paper from Scrap in a Snap, then added the photo. For some elegance I added lace trim and pearls at the bottom and the top,  Three hand made paper flowers  and a ribbon tie finished it off.  I did distress the edges with TH Vintage Photo distressing ink.  I also added a bit of color to the photo, in the bouquet she is holding, only it doesn't really show up very well.   This is the beginning of week two of this challenge, so there's still plenty of time to join us.    Inky Hugs............Krisha                                   

Saturday, July 13, 2013


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Happy Saturday!! Today I want to share a card with one of my fav. Stamp Zia images  I have used her for years and never get tired of her.  She was colored with pencil and lots of glitter added, then mounted on a hand-made background paper.  The sentiment is a $ store find, no manufacturer's name on it.  It was stamped on Vellum and then trimmed out.  The card is one of the few hand-made cards that I have left.
Hope everybody is having a great weekend!
Inky Hugs

PS. the red spot on her cheek is donated by my scanner!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Beach Canvas for RRD DT project

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I chose a 5" x 7" canvas for this project, just getting back from a week at the beach makes me melancholy to go right back!  I wanted a really weathered look for the background and things got a little tricky.  I started with a couple coats of Gesso, leaving heavy lines in it.  Once that was dry I added a coat of white acrylic paint, and using the embossing gun started drying it, and dragging my paint brush back through it to make it rough. I repeated the same step again and let it dry good.  Then came the crackle finish and a couple hours of drying.   To make the crackle stand out I used a brown Gelato and a baby wipe to get the color into the cracks and still wipe off the excess.  I continued to use the Gelatos to color the background, making the sky, ocean and the beach, I used my finger to rub the colors on.  I stamped the sail boat onto the canvas with StazOn black ink, so the birds and thin lines of the mast would show, and before it was completely dry rubbed the black waves with a Q-Tip to soften them.  I repeated the image on white glossy card stock, colored it with markers and trimmed it out. I glued the paper image over the  canvas image, and worked the edges with the blue Gelatos I used for the water.  The anchor is stamped right onto the canvas with StazOn Timber ink, I used a damp Q-Tip to pull some of the Gelato color off parts of it to give it a little more highlight.  The birds were stamped with StazOn black ink, colored, trimmed and glued to the opposite corner.  For the finishing touch I used a dark brown Gelato around the edges and smudged it with my fingers.
These are only three of the stamps form the Beach Babes RRD005 plate of stamps.

Inky Hugs

Thursday, July 11, 2013

New ART Journal pages

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 Well, I finally got around to playing with my two new stamp sets from JOFY.  I have wanted these from day one, finally just ordered them just because!!......LOL  I just love the sketchiness of these images.  So they were stamped with black StazOn ink, colored with Prisma pencils and OMS, then I took the Gelatos to the back ground.  I wanted the JOFY name, but didn't want to copy it, so I cut it out of the package and glued it on.
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 Yesterday, between desk hopping for WOYWW, this page was created.  Yep, I got the TH gear die too!  They were cut from all kinds of cs but I went over them with Gesso, so it didn't really matter.  After the Gesso I used black, terra cotta and yellow acrylic paint......WOOOHA! way to intense, so I did a white wash over all of it.  Found a piece of cardboard, in the garage, and tore a piece off, then tore the paper off one side of it and added it to the page.  Needed a little color so a swiped it with TH Vintage Photo stamp pad.  I wanted the copper gears to be a little duller so they got inked too, and so did the bamboo skewers.  The skewers were glued in place, through the grooves of the cardboard.  The gears are raised with pop dots to hold them out and over the skewers.  (A closer view below)

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The theme song from "Working 9 to 5" kept running through my head, so that is what I put at the top.  A fun inky and painty day I had.

So that's my share for today (so far)
Inky Hugs
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