Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cracked Wisdom

Hope you are enjoying our Cracked Critters Event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!  I have a wise Cracked Owl from the Mini Cracked Critters Set One from Lost Coast Designs and he is the star of my card :)  Forgive the pun!

An A2 kraft card with star cut out and red paper behind with the owl stamped.  I stamped the owl again on white paper and colored with watercolor pencils before gluing on the stamped red paper.  A flower embellie to serve as a closure for the twine to wrap around and he is ready to give out his words of wisdom.

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Cracked Critter Event at Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity

The fabulously funny Cracked Critters at Lost Coast Designs are based on the cracks in sidewalks and the things you can see in them like the clouds.  I have made many humorous projects with them but today's make is based on a true quote about friends.  I made a little accordion fold book with the Cracked Owl, Cracked Chicken, and Cracked Yak.  They just all seem like they would be great friends so I found a quote I love to go with the book. 

The cover and back are cardboard from a food box covered with a digital paper from Dragons Lair Designs "Artistic Expressions" collection and stamped with the Cracked Tree, Cracked Grass, and Cracked Sky.  I made the title tag in Photoshop.

Book opened up

I used another paper from the same collection to stamp the images on then glued the fussy cut, colored stamps on top of the stamped image. The book is folded kraft cardstock sprinkled with Nuance Powders sprayed with water and the edges inked with Distress Inks. This is the Cracked Owl, she looks so wise, well, I think she is a girl anyway :) 

The Cracked Yak is fab, too!

And finishing with the great Cracked Chicken :)
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pop Up Card Full of Cracked Critters to Celebrate the Cracked Critters Event

Hi all! Nan coming at ya with an pop up card just popping with Cracked Critters since you can find our awesome Cracked Critters Event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity going on right now!  I used Lizard Dog (LOVE him!), and the Cracked Mini Critters Set One Party Cat, Cracked Owl, and Cracked Chicken.  I added some Party Hats and Misc. Words all from Lost Coast Designs new releases. 

A little embossing and distress inks and the fiesta is ready to start!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

A Sneaky Peek for DLD

Don't you just love peeks at surprises coming up?  Well, here is one that you will love the coming reveal!  I thought "Artistic Expressions" was my all time favorite collection from Dragons Lair Designs but this peek is going to try and at least tie with it!  So without saying too much here it is:

Now you have to come back to the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog on May the 6th to see the whole reveal of something really gorgeous.  To make it easy for you to keep up with all the happenings, I am leaving you a list of all our sites and pages for you to browse through, get inspired, shop a bit, then make something for our May Challenge which starts the first Friday of the month :)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Showcase Sunday at DLD

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend and hope your freebie waiting for you at Dragons Lair Designs makes it better!  Today I have a card with the "Vintage Lady" mini kit. 

You can find your freebie and the teams makes at Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog so please check it out!  Our challenge is still running and the theme is "Anything Goes" so come play with us!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Alice ATC's

I love all things Alice and all things Wonderland so when Leigh, the Design Team Leader at Lost Coast Designs asked if I was joining an Alice ATC swap hosted by Marion, I said of course!  I had maybe 3 days to make and get them in the mail to Germany but I made it :)  Please click on her name to see the All Things Alice Blog Swap on Pinterest.  Now to let you see them and tell you a bit about them.  First, here they are:

I cheated a bit and started with a patterned paper then stamped with White Rabbit, Hatter, and Cat (set also includes Rabbit with Watch).  For the background stamps I used Cracked Tree, Cracked Grass and Sky also from Lost Coast Designs.  I used Lindy's Shimmer sprays in green, pink, and gold. the characters were stamped, colored, fussy cut, and glued onto a patch of Faber Castell's Bead Paste and some cheese cloth sprayed with the pink shimmer. I added some glitter glue to the grass and stars and the bead paste glitters and soaked up the green spray creating a lovely sparkly place for the stamped images to play.  Then I popped on some brass embellies for each.

Hope you find you Wonderland!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Showcase Sunday at DLD

I hope everyone is enjoying our Showcase Sundays as much as the team is enjoying have a play with all the fabulous kits!  I am like a kid in a candy store and this candy store gives you a freebie when you fun is that?  So on with this collection called "Sorbet" and it is as yummy as it sounds. I did a digital tag and printed it out and added some seed pearls and string and ribbon.

I like the ease of placing and sizing everything in Photoshop and then printing it out to embellish a bit makes it even better for me.  Please go by the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog and check out everybody's take on this lovely kit!  And pick up your freebie :)

Friday, April 15, 2016

April's Head to Head Challenge at Dragons Lair Designs

"Zoodles" is sooo cute!  This kit is for our Head to Head Challenge on our Fan Page HERE.  You pop in the Dragons Lair Designs Store and buy this kit and enter it in the photo album on the Fan page and if you win the next kit is yours free :)  Everyone who plays gets a loyalty point and those add up for a shopping voucher, too!  I have 4 grand -pups whom I adore and this was a fun make for me.

The papers are adorable  and that pup is just realistic and you want to pet his head, really!  I used a chippie with "LOVE", of course, because they are so loving and forgiving never holding a grudge.  Maybe one day I will learn from my grand-pups and past faithful friends that I still love.  Wonderful teachers and example setters they are :)

Please take a look at our sites, blogs, and pages and especially the store which has had a fabulous remake by the talented Janette!  And remember our April Challenge is going on still with the easy theme "Anything Goes" so come see us and link up with you fantastic make!  Link is HERE  Thanks for taking time to visit "Zoodles".

Midway Point at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge for April "Anything Goes"

Anything Goes?  Yes, not much easier than that, right?  And you still have until the 25th to get those makes in for a chance at some shopping fun at Lost Coast Designs, so get up ...right after you take a peek at this...and head for the linky HERE :)

I am in love with something else.  These little mini grunge fold up books.  They measure 2 x 2 and seem impossible to do what they do but they work with very little effort.  I used Distress Inks and crumpled and wet and inked, then repeated.  The covers are cardboard :) squares covered with the paper then stamped to make sure the image is in the right place but I waited until I had put it all together to stamp my front so it fits the grunge title very well!

Stamped with Winged Skeleton from Carmen's Veranda 

Cracked Tree and Crows Border from Lost Coast Designs 

Hope you give one of these a try!  They are super fun and you can look on Youtube under "mini grunge book" and it will tell you how to do it :)

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Some Newt on the Blog!

Surprise!  The missing sentiment for my frog card appeared today!  So on with the show for the "J is for Joke" theme at the Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers if it hasn't close, OH NO!

Stamps were on a super sale at Michael's and I tossed the packaging when putting them in my album, yikes again!  Sentiment is VivalasvegaStamps! and is a shifty little thing :)

Entering in The Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers J is for Joke

ATC'S for Fun

The sisters over at the Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers are the last few days of the theme "J is for Joke".  I had my whole card made when the sentiment stamp ran away....dismay!  But I had in the wings, a couple of stamps for two ATCs (would have liked to have made three but wasn't pushing my luck!) so that is how these came into being.

I don't know if CAS ATCs exist but if not now they do :)  I stamped with rubber from VivalasvegaStamps! from a pound o' rubber grab bag and colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  A little red Distress Ink edging and done.  Not my frog make but hopefully when the sentiment comes home he will fit a challenge at the Sisterhood!  

If you haven't checked them out you should because they will make you smile and feel good for a bit even if you are a Snark :)

Entering in The Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers Challenge theme "J is for Joke"