Monday, November 25, 2013

Altering a digital image card

A new challenge starts today over at The Cheerful Stamp Pad.  For the next TWO weeks it is "Let's Decorate or Embellish IT".  The sponsor is Floppy Latte Designs.  This is an oldie I had in my files from months back.  It really isn't a Christmas image at all, but I turned it into a pretty Christmas card.  I did alter the image by cutting off the leaves and adding holly, but the flower and swirls are original.  I printed multi prints and layered the flower making it more poinsettia style.  The flower is mounted on an embossed, pearlescent paper, then on dark green before adding to the card base, same with the sentiment.  I added red rhinestones to the holly leaves, silver beads to the center of the flower and a holly branch to the bow.  The sheer red ribbon (not the bow) was coated with clear sugar dust and white glitter.

Here is the image I started with.

 I know there is a holiday this week (here in the States) but there is PLENTY of time to join this challenge.
Love to read your comments, but I'm on a holiday week, so it will be next week before I can get back to you.
Inky Hugs

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Acrylic painting

sitting on a rather dirty patio chair
Just a quick post before finishing the packing.  This is a painting I did this last week.  I LOVE abstracts and have always wanted to try a large (for  me this is large) painting.  This really has quite a few coats of paint, ink sprays and graze.  There was modeling paste added for texture and stenciling just because I wanted something besides squares..........thus the bold white (not real sure about that bold white, but I'm not re-painting it....LOL).
Below are some close ups and the final picture is of it hanging on my living room wall.  I don't normally hang MY art work in the rest of the house, but I needed a spot of color in this corner.
Unruly Paper Arts has a RAQ 1: tantalizing textures challenge that will end tomorrow, I am entering this right at the last minute.  PLUS they have a RAQ 2 : Stenciling challenge so I'm putting this in THAT too.

I do hope you will drop by and vote for me!
So that's it for me, short huh?  I will ne without the intranet for the next week, not sure if I will be able to view comments on my phon.  It is kind of a way out in the middle on nowhere place.....but fun! 
See you next week.
Inky hugs

Here it is on the wall.  That bold white kind of mimics the branches in the pot.  Well, what do ya know about that??

Friday, November 22, 2013

Beach Babes Ornament

This week I have for you an ornament that features an image form the Rogue Redhead Desings' RRD005 Beach Babes  .  I wanted an antique looking ornament, and I was lucky enough to have a chip board ornament left over from last year, and this little guy just fit the opening.  He is stamped in StazOn black and colored with sepia and burnt ocher pencil.  The ornament was stamped with a background  stamp form the Rogue Redhead Designs RRD011 Nature Notes using StazOn timber ink, then using a pom-pom I shaded the ornament with the same timer color.  Once all was dry I used a coat of clear rock candy, and used a paint pen for the very top.  A little holly with red rhinestones to finish it.

I am still fascinated with the end results of this ornament, and how quickly it all came together!
I can't wait to put it on my tree.
Thanks for stopping by
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

WOYWW 233 Stacking canvas

WOW! What a mess huh?
Well IT IS time for WOYWW with our hostess Queen of WOYWW: Ms. Julia
So what is on ole Betsy this week, besides the canvas in progress?  Oh just lots of junk stuff, found objects, bits of lace and trim, inkpad, baby wipes (I did get up and close the lid), paint, pearl pigments, pink rhinestones, ribbon, couple different adhesives  and a couple pairs of scissors.
If you were by here last week you'll know how I was bragging about having space, well it fills up quickly! PLUS there is a pile of stencils to the left and a pile of papers to the right!

 I was thinking I have a weeks cushion before the big trip, but NO it's NEXT WEEK!  YIKES! There go all my good intentions and my "to do" list has just increased double fold.  So I have been really pushing to get this stack of canvases prepared.  It is a birthday present for my  GD Danica's 3rd birthday. It will be the weekend after we get back. I know she is going to get a lot of toys (and yes Grandma bought her a few too  LOL)  Her Mom has been wanting one of these stacked canvases for Dani's room since I did the last one for little brother.  Dani was a princess for Halloween, and really into the princesses now.  This is a picture my DIL posted on Facebook and I down loaded it to my files. (the ONLY way I get good pictures of the little ones so far away.  YES I AM a very sneaky grandma! and proud of it! LOL) My DIL thinks SHE is going to get this for Christmas...hahaha!

I have glued a few more thing on since I took this picture ( about 30 minutes ago)  I place things where I think I want them, walk away, and then return and edit.  It is the only way I can keep from just piling things on....LOL

Well, Julia like us to keep this short and I have over done it as usual.  Before I sign off I want to wish every WOYWWer a very HAPYY THANKSGIVING!  I won't be here next week, and the following week I'll be getting ready to go to San Diego for the B-day party.  If time permits I'll drop by and say hi that week.
Inky Hugs

Monday, November 18, 2013

T and a hoT laTTe!

This is my home-made latte ingredients, plus hot coffee.  This is a late afternoon treat for me when I have been a good girl and stayed on my diet.....LOL  It is just a super hot cup of coffee and just a dash of all three ingredients..mmmmmm nice and warm for a chilly late afternoon.  Our days are nice and staying in the mid to low 70' (F) but as the sun goes down so does the temperature, and it is almost dark now.  Elizabeth is sporting root beer float over at Altered Book Lover , but I'm linking up with a hot latte.

Since we last met I have managed to finish deep cleaning my house WOOT! WOOT! now to keep it up...LOL  I also finished 3 Christmas ornaments for the Gecko Galz ornament swap.  Here is what they look like: (I don't think any of them are around for T)

3 for the swap

On for the Hostess
All are at least 3 layers thick before the designer paper and the image, so they are very stout, like a good chip board ornament.  Which is your favorite?  Truthfully, I wanted to keep all of them.....LOL But they all go in the mail tomorrow!

Here is a sneak peek at Fridays DT project for Rogue Redhead Designs blog. 
So what have you been up to this week, and what's in your cup?
Guess I'll just make the rounds and find out.....LOL
I won't be here next week for T, it is time for our annual trip to the dessert for  turkey day, and NO intranet there..(bummer)
So have a blessed Thanksgiving and may it be full of the people you love and lots of laughter (helps burn the calories....LOL)
Inky Hugs


Angel Challenge Ornament

Happy, Happy Monday! and Welcome to my little corner of blog-world.  To day I am showing off an angel ornament that is also my DT piece for The Cheerfyl Stamp Pad Challenge #73 , "angel wings, or things with wings" (I apologize  for it hanging so lopsided) This is the beginning of the second week of this challenge so there is still plenty of time to join the fun.

I die cut the 2 red and 2 white shapes, and glued the red ones together.  I wanted a little sparkle but not real glittery, so I used a tinseled red embossing powder.  I had stamped the images on the white before using the die, otherwise I would never get it centered...LOL  This ornament is double sided, so two images were colored with Prisma colored pencils then each side of the red die cut received an image.  The holly was also added to both sides, and that may be why it isn't hanging straight.  Oh well it's for my tree and I'll deal with it later.  I added some beads and a tiny red bell to the bottom.  I in the dangling mood this year......LOL

My DT sisters have eye candy for you too, so if your needing any inspiration check them out at
The Cheerful Stamp Pad .  I know you all have something with wings, so why not ink-up and join us this week???? I dare you!!
Inky Hugs

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Christmas Tag

Hello peeps! Today I am continuing the saga of making Christmas tags from last year's images.
I had this digi colored, cut and ready to go, but she went into the left-over envy instead.  I received her in an image swap, so I'm not sure who the creator is.  She is mounted on a piece of designer paper that I had stamped different Christmas sentiments in red.  The designer paper was a bit lighter green than I needed so there was some darker green added around the edges.  I was digging  exploring a drawer of odds and ends and came across this Anna Griffin frame that I thought fit the image nicely.  I added some dark green bling to the edges of the frame and then mounted it on a red designer paper tag.  The ornament at the bottom is really a dark green glittery color, but doesn't show in the photo.
This tag is laying on an other piece of the designer paper that I have been using from the K and Company Designer Paper pack I have been using.  Can't say enough about this paper pack, LOVE it and need to remember just where I bought it (that's the hard part LOL) I really do want to get an other pack of it. 
So this is my share for today, do hope you are having a great creative play day.
I love to hear your comments, so if you have dropped by please let me know, I'll return the visit.
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

WOYWW 232~Betsy and the Shelf

 Just look at the work space!!  It took some maneuvering of many different things, but I have SPACE on Betsy! LOL Thursday I encountered a scrapbook store that was closing ( so sad to see it go) and I wondered around a picked up a few good sale items, like Dylusions  spray inks at 50% off. (so I got one of each color they had left LOL, been wanting some of these)  In fact the whole store, fixtures and all were 50% off..  They have been in the closing mode for awhile, because there really wasn't much really good stuff left.  I came across a shelf and brackets that I knew would fit my space, and Betsy is really in need of GOOD shelving, so I picked it up. (grin)
Well, if you have been here before you know how much stuff has been crammed into poor ole Betsy.  As I removed all the junk things from the area I wanted to put the shelf I got to organizing a few of the other areas and making some work space.  I finally decided that my two wine coolers really should be closer to the wine glasses and way more accessible, so they got moved into the kitchen.  Not an easy task as they house about 75 bottles of wine that have to be removed before the coolers could be moved.........then restocked once in place in the kitchen. That left the space under the work top empty.  I have a couple of Iris carts that had been stored in a metal cabinet, just out of reach, so I brought them out, slid the desk DH works at down about 8" and set up more of a U shape work area.  I moved my turning wood storage to the top of one of the carts, it now sits lower and I can really see what I have in it now.....LOVE IT!
Okay, I know your here for WOYWW, and not to hear about my cleaning and organizing, so what is ON Betsy this week?

Happy mail!!!  A couple weeks ago the Gecko Gals were having a blog hop and I went through them all, leaving comments.  Then I get an e-mail from Melissa saying I won something for leaving a comment.  It came today and WOW is it great!  Everything on the large manila evny is what came inside it.
To the left are some Gecko Gals prints for some Christmas ornaments I'm making for a swap.  The turquoise box is holding some chip board shapes, for later.  Between the mail and the black basket thingy are the start of the ornaments I'm making ( sliver shapes), scissors, pointy thing, my Mod Podge, Dolphin paper weight, cold cup of coffee and my glasses.
Are you linked up and ready to play?  What!!! You must immediately jump over to Julia's blog: Stamping Ground , check out WOYWW at the top and get ready to play with all the rest of us nosy bloggers.
AND if you will be linked, when Queen Julia gets it up on her blog, I'll be around to take a good snoop.
Inky Hugs

Late for T.............again!

I usually post my T-day on Monday night or very early on Tuesday morning, but Today I'm rather late, even for me.  What am I going on about?  Check it our here at The Altered Book Lover: Elizabeth and her pal Bluebeard
I woke up early this morning and what do ya know, Mr. MOJO was here ready to go.........OH WAIT!  It was my CLEANING MOJO!!! LOL So I went over the bedrooms and bathrooms, keeping them up and tidy, vacuumed and dusted, as I had deep cleaned them last week.  Then, since DH was home and hogging this PC, I decided (with a huge push for Mr. MOJO) that I really did need to finish the kitchen.  All the cabinets are done inside and out, but in scrubbing the outsides of the cabinets I managed to leave a clean strip on the ceiling!!! Yep! I had bought a brand new mop and the first place it was used was on the kitchen ceiling!  Then onto scrubbing the tile and grout before giving the floor the cleaning it has needed for weeks.  By now it was lunch time and I was starving, so I made me a delish salad with "spring mix" greens, sliced onion, quartered grape tomatoes, basil and tomato flavored Feta cheese and some ranch dressing.  Over the top of that is a Tbs. Flax seeds and a Tbs. of Chia seeds and some diced roast beef.  YUMMMMMMM!  My drink is what was in the empty bottle next to my cup.
So now it is time for me to go a hopping around to see what everybody else has in their cups, or HAD in them......LOL
Oh, by the way this is the second time Mr. MOJO has been here in the past 5 days.  Over the weekend I installed a new shelf over Betsy, but that is for tomorrow's WOYWW so come back and catch up on me and Betsy!
Inky Hugs

Monday, November 11, 2013

A New Challenge Starts Today

That's right there is a new challenge up at the  Cheerful Stamp Pad starting today.  The challenge for then next two weeks is "Angle Wings"  Great challenge for all of you getting into the Christmas spirit, or just like Angels.
This is my DT piece, but got it posted a little on the late side, so if you don't see it on The Cheerful Stamp Pad blog it will be there next week.
As I have been posting I am making tags for Christmas gifts , and of course angels are perfect.  I have had this stamp for 20 years and she is still one of my favorite angels.  I decided to paper piece her together stamping and embossing each piece with gold, then fussy cutting each piece out.    The tag base is covered with a gold card stock and then dry embossed with a sheet of music.  I mounted the angel onto a beautiful white dice cut from my friend Carole, then onto the tag.  I added a charm for the halo, a rhinestone start to replace the stamped image of the one she is holding.  Two more charms were added at the bottom with a start in the center of each.  Red and white fibers finish it off for ties.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a chance to check out the other DT work over at The Cheerful Stamp Pad, join the challenge.
Inky Hugs

Friday, November 8, 2013

Santa on a Tag: Believe

  I can't quite get into the C-cards yet so I went into a "tag" mode.  I have decided that I am going make tags for my gifts this year, and since I have images left-over from last year I am starting with those.  This Santa is one of those images, and is from Stubby Stampers and I think he is perfect for a gift tag.  The background is a designer paper from K & Company called Designer Paper.  I have fallen in love with this 12 x 12 pad of paper.  They are double sided (even better) and do not require much, if any altering.  I did no altering to this tag, just added the fussy cut Santa, some Holy leaves, and rhinestones.  I did stamp and emboss a Christmas star and added a star stone to that.  A Merry Christmas ribbon finished it.

I find that Mr. MOJO and I tend to have more fun in the mornings,  sometimes even in our PJs.  I have a very tacky, inky, and glittery robe to prove it! LOL  Then there are mornings that I get on a real roll and roll all day.  Hey, I'm retired, my friends still work, along with family members so there is nobody to drop by and see the dust, un-made beds or the kitchen floor that needs mopped......
So what time of day do you usually get creative?
Nosy bloggers want to know (or at least this one does LOL)

Inky Hugs

Getting Inky on a Tag

Hello FRIDAY!!  Did you think it was going to be left out this week?  LOL
Today's offering is a tag that I had loads of fun creating, and is my DT piece for the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.  Not been there?  Oh my, wonderful place and the design team I get to play with are top-notch gals!

I started with a water color tag, for strength, but really had no direction of where I was going to go with this tag..  I did glue a patterned paper to it, but it kinda got lost oncest I really got started. From there I just kind-a threw stuff at it, and what stuck I used!!  LOL I used stamps from the Rogue Redhead Designs RRD 012: Behind the Scenes , using Timber StazOn ink.  The sentiment is from RRD013 This N That plate.  The die cuts were a gift from Carole check her out here. The middle medallion I used Pearl Ex on the middle, and touched the outer edges with while acrylic paint.  For a little "bling" I added a rhinestone to the middle and to each corner.

I wanted the sentiment to be some sort of tag thingy, but didn't want it to cover the middle medallion, so I swung it to the side and glued it in place, then it gave me the opportunity to add a fuzzy fiber and some wooden beads, colored with inks.
So what stuck?
modeling paste, using zig-zag stencil
homemade spritz and sprays
Pearl Ex
StazOn timber ink
White acrylic paint

When ever I am doing a mixed media piece I ALWAYS get out the Redhead Designs RRD 012: Behind the Scenes  stamps.  They are just the most versatile set of stamps I own.  If you like to do mixed media cards, tags, ATCs and journal pages, this set is a must have.
(No I don't get kick backs for this, or own stock in this company.  I just LOVE these stamps

Thanks for taking time to stop by.
Inky Hugs

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Frosty the Snowman Card

I finally started with the Christmas season early this year.  The new Christmas cartridge for my Cricut got it started with cutting ornaments.  I had started putting the layers together and reached for the Christmas stamps, and what do ya know, there in the front of the box was an envy with images that hadn't been used last year.  I right then and there decided to use them before starting on anything new. LOL
This charming snowman is from Stubby Stampers and was just sitting in the envy already colored, and trimmed out. The background paper looks black, but really is a navy blue for a good contrast.  A designer snowflake paper was added (I do have a thing about snowflakes) and a blue ribbon with snowflakes on it down the side.  The sentiment is on of the Inkadinkado stamps printed with a SU ink.  I added one of the many snowflake charms I own to the sentiment with a jump ring so that it actually moves.
Now that I am posting it, I realize what an oxymoron this card is.  I mean what snowman would be wishing you anything WARM!  LOL   Oh well, I like the card and the oxymoron!
Thanks for stopping by on this Thursday, the first week of November is almost over.......ugh!
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

WOYWW 231:Love N the Competition!

Oh yah!  We have a brand new Hobby Lobby now and the competition is on!!  I dashed into Michaels this afternoon, still trying to track down some card stock like I bought last year.  Well, blow me down they were having a pretty good sale on some of my favorite things!!
Oh, you came for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday huh? Well if your not, you should hope over to Juila's, (our most honored hostess) and see what I am going on about, link up and join the party!
 Okay,  so here is Betsy this week,  Hummm, that is quite a pile up of stuff, don't ya think?  There are some Christmas ornaments I cut last week, that have a layer or two on them.  Not real happy with them yet.  A balsa wood tray I hauled in from the spare bedroom that needs a face lift, and in it are the tags I made this week, couldn't plot the tray on top of them.  There is also the new stash I acquired today, bells and charms, and see the  bright pink card with the flowers?  Those were 25 cents for the whole package!! Woot! Woot!   There is a stack of Christmas stamps there on the right, under the gold cs, hand painted ATCs just behind the stack, my dirty water pot, oh what else do you see?  Tons of stuff sticking out here and there, and then there are a few piles out of camera range.  Oh dear I am going to have to do some putting away before Betsy and I have an other good play with Mr. MOJO.
Well that's it for this week, thanks for dropping by.  Betsy loves to hear your comments about her, she is such a camera ham!
Inky Hugs

Monday, November 4, 2013

I Believe it's T-Day

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coffee here

 Oh my, what does that mean?  It means that this is my post for T stand for Tuesday, with Elizabeth and Bluebeard , and a chance to wander around and see what others have in their cuppas and what they have been doing since last we met.  A very cheerful group that are willing to show you their "Mug Shots" for the week.
Okay, so here is the second cup I bought a couple weeks ago, if you were here last T-Day I shared the green on that said "Keep Calm and Move ON", only I didn't have the spoon in the slots of the handle.  I really am thinking about going back and getting a couple more of these red ones for Christmas gifts.
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This morning I started a walking routine, that I HOPE I keep doing more than one day a week. LOL  My poor dog, Dyna, is getting to look more like a red pig-dog, or as my cousin says a keg on legs. So, I figure she is going to be a good walking buddy!
I used to  be an avid walker, about 10 years ago, making a 4 mile loop everyday in 60 minutes.  Then I started having some problems with my right foot, and to make a long story short, I had surgery.  They removed a joint in one toe and drove a
Christmas tags T-Day 019long pin through my toe and into the bone of my foot. Walking stopped, and now I buy shoes strictly for comfort! (But I really miss my pretty high heels LOL)
After my 25 minute, 3/4 mile walk (talk about slowing down!) I had some MOJO time with Betsy (ya know, my desk), making three large Christmas tags, due to be posted later.  Then I went into the spare bedroom (more like the house hold dumping grounds) and did a thorough cleaning, even did the ironing that had piled up.  Yep, there are still some shirts and thing I do like ironed.  As I was cleaning and dusting I decided to share this box I have had for years.  I had taken part in a domino swap, I think it was 4 for 4, and I did a large number of them.  These are the ones that I received in return.  They are glued to the top of a large cigar box that had been my FIL's. Now there are a few that I have dusted off the designs over the years, but in part most are still as pretty as the day I received them.
So, that's my mug shot and my share.  What are you drinking today, and what have you been doing since last we met?

What Color are YOUR leaves??

Why are mine are purple and yellow?  Weeelll, as I tell my GD, when asked what color to make something "You are the artist and you can make it what ever color you want it to be!"  I know that someday one of her teachers will be giving me a call about that! LOL.
This is actually my DT card for The Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge: Purple and Yellow.  This is one of the hand  drawn (ok, I traced the leaves) and hand painted water color fronts I have been working on.  As I started on this mini painting, I wondered about the colors, then thought why not?  Last year I did purple pumpkins......LOL
This is the last week for this challenge, are you up to it???

Thanks for stopping by, leave me a comment to let me know you were here, and I'll come visiting.
Inky Hugs

Friday, November 1, 2013

Thanks to My Followers

 There is a holiday between Halloween and Christmas that only gets one shelf in the retail stores, including most craft stores, and always has Christmas music in the background.  This is so sad to me, because it is a day of Thanksgiving, maybe the ONLY day some people give thanks for all their blessings (or what ever you want to call them).  So today, before I do get started blogging about What I am making for Christmas, I want to take a moment to THANK YOU all of my blog followers. They may not be high in number, but they keep me blogging and sharing my creativity.

Denise Price

Лена Шкарубина

Nan G

glenda brooks

milissa d


Martha's Favorites

Sam Healey


Tracey Fletcher King






Michelle Webb




gill edwards

Darnell Knauss




Nicie Ibarra

Alison Scott

Lori Batronis

Carole Sweeney

Amy V.


Sandi McLean








Jenn Borjeson

Chris Carter

Carol O'Kelley

Lynne M

Lynn Stevens

Kim Hughes- Lazy Cowgirl


Neila Chaouch




trisha too








Jackie - GypsyInkJ



Sally Kendall

Ayelet {Jenny}

Angel ^j^

Create With Joy


Grandma Lee

JP Card Crazy




Claudia Holcombe

Lunagirl (Karen)

Rosie x


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Inky Hugs
Krisha and Betsy (my desk LOL)