No - this is not my house . . .

This photo was part of a creativity exercise I did a while ago which was a study of light, shadow and textures. This is one of a group of rental cottages in Truro, MA which is here on Cape Cod. Check out the slide show for more pics.

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24 October 2010

Clean and Simple challenge and more

So I got to sit down tonight and try something new - the sad thing is I can not get the camera to pick it up right.  I tried a technique from this week's technique challenge over at SCS - "Make it Shimmer" which combined water soluble crayons with "perfect pearls" which gives a wash of shimmer to the water coloring (so picture a pretty copper color wash over the leaves).  I combined this with the sketch challenge over at Clean & Simple Fall to Sketch #113.  I have learned that these simple layouts work best with CS that has texture to add interest.

Images: This is an old JudiKins cube stamp called "Pressed Leaves" that has 4 different leaves on the cube - these were stamped with Tuxedo Black Mementos ink and colored with Cran D'ache water soluble crayons with a wash of blush perfect pearls.  Sentiment is Hero Arts with same ink. Paper is Bazzil Basic and Bazzil Texture "Bling".  It did not look balanced so I added Studio 18 Strass rhinestones.

Friday, I finally was able to sit down and do another Hope You Can Cling To challenge over at SCS that Cindy (aka Mothermark) was hosting "Thank Heavens for Little Girls"  We were challenged to create a pink card inspired by the song from "Gigi"; or photos of these cute little girls in a room full of all of their pink stiff; or our memories of pink stuff we owned as a child; or the women at MD Anderson Cancer center.
While I love, love, love "Gigi" and this song, I went with a childhood memory. When I started 1st grade, my mom bought me a pink umbrella and I thought I was "it". Turns out no one else was using umbrellas (they were all into rain slickers) but I loved my umbrella so I used it any way. So here is my nod to my old umbrella. Of course as this was a mothermark challenge I did have to use lots of polka dots!

Digi image: Precious Moments on Arthur's Free Clip Art colored with copics; DP - DCWV; ribbon - celebrate it basic; bow - offray finishing touch; pink pearls - Zva Creative; MS corner punch.

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19 October 2010

'Tis The Season

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Its getting to be that time when we start shopping until we drop, although this year most of my gifts will be hand-crafted.  I created this card for two challenges - SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenge 17 "Pop It Out" which requires popping up the main image and Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenge 15 which is a sketch challenge.  I made another easel card - they look so cool and are so easy to do.

This Kenny K image is so fun and I just had to put her in pink Uggs, right?  The image is popped up, the flowers are popped up and the sentiment I computer generated is popped up too.  The back ground paper is distressed gold metallic but you can't see the shine very well in the photo.

Image: KennyK Xmas Shopping colored with copics and her hat was sparkled up with stickles; red oval is DCWV Mi Casa;  I added a little dimension and shine  to the image in the holly on her hat, her earring and her lipstick with Sukura Gelly Roll Glaze pens; Flowers are red velveteen from Offray Stylish Accents; Red gems from Queen & Co.; oval nestiblities

15 October 2010

Hope You Can Cling To - Don't Be a Square challenge

It has taken me two days to get one card done because I have been ill - but this card was so stuck in my head I had to get it done!  This is for one of the daily challenges in the Hope You Can Cling To challenges Split Coast Stampers (SCS) is doing this month.  For details about this great challenge, click on the blinkie to the right.  The challenge I am doing is Don't Be a Square because I have really gotten into round cards now that I have the SVG file set up for the card.

She is such a cutie from Mo's Digital Pencil.  Doesn't she just scream "Autumn"?  This is my first time using these miniature paper roses.  There is a hint of sparkle in her top skirt (Elmer's Glitter Glue) - you can only see it when you click on the photo to see a larger view.

Image: Apple Girl Mo's Digital Pencil colored with copics; Direct to paper ink on edge of circle: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tea Stain, Paper roses: Recollections 

11 October 2010

Challenges all over the place!

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Today there is three cards to share with you for three different challenges.  The first card is for the "Hope You Can Cling To" challenge HYCCT09 "Lets Dabble in Some Scrabble" hosted by Mothermark which had us working in squares including a square card (just like a scrabble board).  If you want to read about the "Hope You Can Cling To" challenges over on SCS, click on the blinkie badge on the right.  I made an easel card with a featured sentiment I love from Inkadinkdo that I have owned for years (back when they were a local MA company).
Main sentiment and "dream": Inkadinkado; DP - Me and My Big Ideas; Pink pearls - e., MS butterfly punch.

Next is another Teapot Tuesday Challenge MMTPT115 “It’s a Disaster for Casper . . .” and poor little Mitsey Bitsey the spider has snagged Casper in her web hoping to bring him to her Halloween party but now doesn’t know what to do with him.  Confused?  Intrigued?  Go here.  Our destination this week is  little 5 year old Jacob, grandson of fellow SCSer, who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
So what’s the story, Glory?  Glory is a sweet little witch who loves Halloween – not because she likes to scare people, she is too sweet for that – but because she loves to go to parties and go house to house trick or treating.  She heard about Mitsey’s dilemma and decided she needed to fly over to help.  She grabbed her pumpkin shaped bucket filled with candy so she could calm Casper down by giving him all these sweets.  Then Mitsey can have the Halloween party of her dreams!  Her kitty named Kat wanted to go too but never expected that Glory would be flying at lightning speed so now Kat is hanging on for dear life so as to not fall into the pit of skulls they are flying over to get to Mitsey’s party.  Glory and Kit were glad to see the pumpkins, who are friends of  Dunkin, and the Happy Halloween sign because they know they are almost to the party.  Fun, fun, fun!

Image: Mo’s Digital Pencil Halloween Witch colored with copics; Happy Halloween digital image: free giveaway from Paper Craft Magazine – I cut out an extra set of pumpkins and put Elmers 3-D glitter glue on them and then popped them up; DP: Recollections “Ravenhead Manor”
Finally, I have another card for the Kenny K Krafty Girlz challenges.  This week is "Make It Christmas" which is in honor of Kenny K's new Christmas digis. Yikes!  Christmas is just a little over 2 months away.
This card could almost be called all digi all the time.  The image is Kenny K's digi  "Misteltoe" colored with copics and glittered up with stickles; The "Naughty or Nice" image is from PC Crafters Naughty or Nice digi collection.  DP is also from the PC Crafters Naughty or Nice digi collection.  Also used MS snowflake around the punch, ribbon SU and velvet flowers from Offray Stylish Accents.

10 October 2010

Blog Candy! Wooo Hooo!

So the day is here for Dreams on the Coast's blog candy announcement.  There will be 3 give aways which will be triggered by the number of followers for this blog.  Currently there are 20 followers but data for blog visits shows that a lot more people come visit here regularly.  Also, you all have friends that love to craft and make cards so if you tell them about Dreams on the Coast and the blog candy give away  you can help increase the number of followers, getting us to the trigger number of followers to activate the drawings much faster.
So here's the plan.  When we get to 35 followers I will do a random number drawing of all the followers at that point and here's what you will win:
This is over 129 feet of yummy new ribbon plus a fun embellishment that is mini spools of ribbon and some matching loose ribbon to go with the spools.  The ribbon includes 15 yards of SU 5/8" satin ribbon in Certainly Celery.  Wowza!
The next prize award will be awarded when we reach 65 followers.  Again, all followers (except the person who won the ribbon in the first drawing) will be eligible for this drawing.  That means if you are follower number 22 you will be eligible for the ribbon drawing and for . . . are you ready?
This is a new package of Cricut Primary Color markers.  Wow!  How exciting is this!  I have these in two different color sets and they are "wicked cool".
The third prize to be awarded will happen when we get to 100 followers.  Yup, I am aiming for 100 and I know you all can help me do it.  What am I giving away when Dreams on the Coast gets to 100 followers?  Check this out!

This is an Imaginisce i-Top tool, i-Top Brad Daddies in small and medium and an i-Top template for use with paper and material.  I won this in a contest and I have opened the package and used it twice - but I don't use brads very often so after thinking about selling it on eBay, I instead decided to give it to you all!  It comes with directions and a step by step demo DVD.  There is also an additional partial package of small Brad Daddies besides the new package shown here.
So how exciting is this?   Leave me a comment to let me know what you think and which give away would make you the happiest.  Yippeeeeeee!!!!!

08 October 2010


Well as much as I don't want to admit it to myself, Fall is really here.  The nights are chilly, the cranberries are being harvested, the price of gas here on the Cape has gone up one last time for Columbus Day weekend (yup - its magic that the price went up $0.10 in one week) and I have had to turn the heat on in the house.
So in honor of fall I have made some cards for the season.  My first card is a play on words "Fall!" and is for three challenges - KennyK's Krafty Girlz - Bling It On!, Digital Tuesday Challenge - Ribbons, Buttons, Bling and the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #74.

Image: KennyK Downloads free image for October "Skate Chick" colored with copics, DP is Recollections (Ravenhead Manor) and DCWV (Mi Casa) - wish you could see that this is "blingier"then it appears as the floral paper is all glittered, Scalloped Circle is a SCAL with cricut (I believe this is one of the freebies from SVG Cuts), Dotted bow is Offray The Finishing Touch, Ribbon is American Crafts, and the pink gems are Queen & Co.

The second is a Halloween card I made for a friend.  I love this cute little cat from Mo's Digital Pencil!

Image: Mo's Digital Pencil "Bat Cat" colored with copics, Cloud/Bat and additional pumpkins from free SVG files cut on cricut with SCAL.  Sentiment (that you can barely see in this photo) is Studio G.

Don't for get Sunday 10/10/10 - The blog candy is coming!  The sooner you become a follower, the more drawings you have a chance to win.  The more friends you tell about this blog and get to follow the sooner we get to give away each level of blog candy!  Yummy!

06 October 2010

Oh my - I'm so excited!

Whoot!  I got my very first blog award thanks to the sweet and talented Judi (aka Jovialjudi) of Paper Rose Petals.  Judi is amazingly talented and does some of the most beautiful water color cards you have ever seen.  Her other paper craft cards are fun, funny, cute and charming (often all at the same time).  You have to go check out her blog, then come back here to see who I am nominating!

So now it is my turn to pass on the fun to some of my favorite blogs that appear to have not already received this award.  If you are one of my nominated blogs and you elect not to do this blog award, I am perfectly okay with that - at least you will know how much I like your blog.

Inka - Altered Artifacts:  I have know Inka via the Internet and the stamping world for about 10 years.  She does the most amazing art using paper crafting and other related stuff.  If you love collage art, altered books, ATC, and such then you will love her blog (and she has some free stuff she gives away for use in your own work).
Babs - Buttons N Bows: I found her blog only recently and love her site.  Her cards are sweet and pretty and her blog does a lovely mix of paper crafting and personal.  She has a lot of great links to learn how to make things and videos too.
Grace - Th-Ink-ing of you:  Be prepared to have your breath taken away.  I have never seen more beautifully executed cards in my life.  Lots of embellishments and such, her cards are religious based and inspiring.  Just go and listen to her music and look at her creations when you need to recharge and regroup.
Joani - Cards Made By Hand: Talent, talent, talent!  Really fun paper crafts - I get a lot of good ideas from her.  She also is a great place to go see who is giving away blog candy and what challenges are out there to play.  And after you check her out don't tell me you don't have a craving for cupcakes!
Lora - Loras Cards: Lora is a fellow StampPatcher and is mega talented.  She is (and was) on several design and challenge teams.  She is is a great gal and I enjoy her blog and all the fun challenge cards.
Sherry - Heart2Heart Inklings: Sherry is getting this as my own personal new blogger award.  Sherry just became an SU demonstrator earlier this year and is doing a great job blogging about all the new stuff she is learning and sharing in her fun!

Go check out all of these talented ladies and leave them a comment or two (maybe even become a follower).  Blogger love is always appreciated!

Also, just a reminder that The Blog Candy is coming!

05 October 2010

This week's Teapot Tuesday and a preview for a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

So it’s another Teapot Tuesday challenge: MMTPT114 Turn off the computer! Here comes the recruiter! Our destination recipient is a Marine (son of a fellow SCSer) stationed in Afghanistan, He’s a software specialist for the Marines so our theme today is all about computers and cupcakes and a meek boy named Deke who needs to be a geek! Read all about it at This is My Story.
We got cupcakes to take “bytes” out of and streamers to “stream” data over. We have mega “bits” of confetti and balloons to make one “gig”gle. But most importantly we have our lap top loaded up with skype to stream a live feed of Deke's little brother in his Marine “cover” sending a salute to Kyler to thank him for his service and tell him he's the best!!!!

Image: Mo’s Digital Pencil “Support the Troops” colored with copics; laptop: free clip art from Internet; balloons and streamer stamp: Anita’s Back Street Inks in memento’s tuxedo black and colored with copics; sentiment: Fiskar’s All Year Greetings in memento’s blue. Cupcakes are Cricut cartridge Home D├ęcor.

So now you want to know about this BIG Announcement?  Here's a great big hint:

That's right my friends - Blog Candy for Dreams on the Coast is coming!  Sunday there will be pictures and details.  There will be 3 sets of blog candy which will be awarded based on getting a certain number of followers.  As we hit preset marks on number of followers, a different set of blog candy will be awarded with the value of the prizes increasing with each level.  All followers will be eligible for the blog candy drawings - so the sooner you join as a follower the more drawings you will be entered into.  Don't forget to stop back Sunday to see all the details!

02 October 2010

Happy World Card Making Day

So sit down and make a card!  Even if you are not into paper crafts why not make a computer generated card or have your kids or grand kids sit down and make some cards to send to the troops or to the local senior center.

So far I only have 1 card photographed which is for a swap in Yahoo (had to make 2 of everything to send with the card)
The haunted house is from SVGCuts as a FREEBIE!!  The spooky clouds and bats was another free download but I forgot to note from where - sorry**.  The cute little witch is a digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil Shop colored with copics and the "wicked" is from Studio G ( had to buy the little $1 set just because of this stamp - yes "Wicked" is a musical but here in MA "wicked" is a stand alone adjective and adverb meaning cool, neat, awesome etc. - as in "that new coat of yours is wicked"  or "The band here tonight is wicked cool".)  So here is hoping you have a wicked WCMD!

** 10/12/10 I found it!  The bat cloud SVG is from "My Cricut Scrapbooking"