Thursday, October 30, 2014

Steampunk Christmas Tree ATC

I have been having fun with another ATC.  This one was done for the theme Steampunk Christmas Tree.  I used actual watch parts to cover the tree triangle.  There are multiple layers imbedded in glossy accents.  I used white seed beads for the garland, strung on copper colored wire.  And used sequins as ornaments to cover any sharp parts on the watch parts.  The background is on thick cardboard with texture past for the bricks and mists for the coloring.  I had a lot of fun with this and it is sad to send it to it's new home.  Hopefully my partner will like it as much as I do!

Have a blessed day!
~ Victoria

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Look at Halloween's Past

We've had some great costumes over the years, from spray painting jackets to make the joker, sewing gauze on tee shirts to form the mummy (photo above), Jeff Gordon and Luigi of "Mario and Luigi".  I have been acting up on layouts of Halloween.  Next up is some work on Disney and of course more sports layouts!

This year of school is so busy - eighth grade!  We are madly getting prepared for high school.  Wow does time fly!

Have a wonderful fall!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A little bit vintage.....

I have been making tags for a challenge by Martha (Martica) at and I also entered another challenge from Marci called 5 plus.  It is using another's layout for inspiration by taking 5 of their elements and adding your own.  So here is what I have come up with.....

This layout is my DS doing his 7th grade presentation for Night of the Notables.  He chose Jackie Robinson as his notable.  I love all of the work he did on his poster, and his oral presentation.  Plus his baseball outfit (most of which was his) came out great.  Preston loves baseball, so this was a natural.

These two tags are made with vintage images supplied by Martha.  This group does amazing vintage/shabby chic work.  I always feel a bit inferior.  However, I love how these two turned out.  For the first tag, entitled "the Lord is my Shepherd,"  I cut layers from about 7 images and carefully stacked them to give a dimensional look.  I of course added the 23rd Psalm first and second stanzas to the scroll.

I love this image. She has a great come hither look.  I entitled this tag, "Want to dance?".  I envision her as the life of the dance floor!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you all again soon!

~ Victoria

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Steampunk ATCs

Crafting and camping.  What a wonderful and relaxing combination.  We just returned from Kayak Point Park where we were camping in a Yurt.  I was able to make these ATCs by having a supply envelope with me and a little adhesive.

This is the trail behind our Yurt, down to the beach.  It was lovely!  I am so at peace here.

Here is the road to the beach and a photo front near the caretakers cottage.  Mrs. Whisman used to live here when I was growing up and my grandparents, just slightly to the NW.
Have a peaceful week.

~ Victoria

Monday, July 7, 2014

Christmas in July

Have  any of you found good Christmas in July deals?  I am in another of Marci's ATC swaps and couldn't get past acrylic and Mickey Mouse.  I guess I am still loving June's Disney theme!

Here is what I came up with.

I had so much fun with these.  I love the Clear Scraps acrylic ATCs.  They are really fun to work with and allow a lot of dimension!

So what are you all working on this summer?  My next project is a baseball mini album for my DS.  It was his last season of eligibility for Little League, so we are moving up to Babe Ruth.  I wanted to commemorate this important season!

Have a blessed week!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Artists Trading Cards Galore

I do an online ATC swap at with Marci.  These are my cards for this month.  Our themes were:  4th of July, bathing suits, favorite summer fruits, and Disney.

I love this swap so much!  It is great fun to make trading card size art and give it away!
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you all had a blessed Father's Day!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Vintage Kitty Tag

Aren't these kittens just the cutest?  I found them on The Graphics Fairy (check out the link to the right for tons of great vintage graphics).  I made this tag for the Facebook Gecko Galz June challenge.  One of the challenges was to create something with vintage kitties.  So of course I thought a tag would be super cute.  The patterned papers on this tag are from Kaiser Kraft and the buttons are from Jenni Bowlin (chipboard).  The words "wish" and "dream" are from Tim Holtz.  I finished the edges of the burlap ribbon with gold Stickles by Ranger.  This helps check the frays on this ribbon and adds a little festive touch.  I hope you love the kittens and are motivated to check out the Gecko Galz challenges and also the Graphics Fairy!

Have a special week!

~ Victoria

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Another Alice in Wonderland Tag

It another Alice in Wonderland tag, made from items in my stash.  I love the metal and glass Alice and her Flamingo.  Isn't it fun?  This one has three different pink ribbons, Kaiser Kraft papers, Maya Road gingham flowers and a little mica for run on the top corner.  The ink is Picked Raspberry Distress Ink by Tim Holtz.  I love the vibrancy of the color.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

~ Victoria

Monday, May 26, 2014

Primarily Brown Tag Challenge

I just finished up my tag for a Wednesday Tag Challenge at Marina's Craft Space Blog.

I am busy using up my stash.  For this tag I used:
1.  Tag by Bazzill
2.  Brown Kraft paper
3.  Jenni Bowlin patterned paper
4.  Vintage Street Market Twirly Twine in brown
5.  Maya Road brown velvet flowers
6.  Vintage buttons
7.  Matte Mod Podge and Aleene's Tacky Glue
8.  The letters are Tiny Ledger by MME
9.  The vintage image is from Gecko Galz

It feels so great to use product I have on hand and give it life.  Thanks for stopping by!

~ Victoria

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wonderful Wonderland Tag

I am on a mission to use what I have this month, and this year for that matter.  I made this Alice in Wonderland tag with things that I had on hand.   The challenge was issued at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog to use metal and glass on an item.  Here is my interpretation:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

~ Victoria

Monday, May 19, 2014


Sealed with a Kiss.......
Here is a super simple card featuring a flower image from the Sailing Pineapple.  I love the simplicity of this card and design.  So fun for a well-wish for a friend!

Happy Monday, everyone!

~ Victoria

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Big Dog Stamps from Crafty Secret

I haven't done a digital layout for a while, but I got these Crafty Secret Stamps call the Big Dog set and paired them with the Crafty Secret Creating with Vintage Images CD and here is what I got!

Let me know what you think of this "big dog," our best friend, Pearl.  We have had her for over 2 years and got her from the Oregon Humane Society.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Crafty Secrets - Enjoy the Little Things Card

Thought I would join in on the Crafty Secret Linkie Party!  So here is my quick card made with some Creative Scraps I had on hand!  I added a silver background, part of a turquoise doily, silk ribbon flowers, pearls and a blingy pink ribbon.  The "bead" was hand crafted by me from some old scrap paper!  Enjoy this vintage image.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Hello There Card

Welcome spring and maybe even summer soon!  I hand colored this card background from Sailing Pineapple.  It was a freebie, this week, from their brand new blog.  The challenge was to use the colors; pink, blue, green and yellow, to construct a birthday card.  So here it is!

The coloring is done with Copic Markets and Sakura Gel pens.  I also misted with Ranger Perfect Pearl mist over the entire background, once it was dry.  So it has this beautiful fine shimmer, that can be seen in person, but is difficult to capture on a cloudy morning!

I hope that each of you has a beautiful day!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Mixed Media Art Journal

How do you like my new art journal page?  This year, I am using up all my supplies.  Or trying to!  This art journal page was constructed featuring one of my heroes, Sir Winston Churchill.  I have written the partial text to one of his speeches and add layer upon layer of acrylic wash, mist and rub ons.  My full project can be seen at Mixed Media Art.

Let me know what you think!

~ Victoria

Friday, April 18, 2014

Art Journal Page with Lizzy Love #16


Today I am showing a page from my art journal using the Lizzy Love #16  Stamp available at Queen Kat Designs.

For this page, I used white gesso on the background and using Italian Sunset Mist, Alaskan Salmon, and Blitzen mists all by Tattered Angels.  I stamped with chalk ink in pink grapefruit  and  key lime.  I added dots of acrylic paint using Jenni Bowlin paint in a yellow-orange shade.  I also colored the title and other circles using colored pencils.  Lizzy lovely was colored using Copic Markers and cut and placed on the page.  This one is all ready for my latest thoughts on connection.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Victoria

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I Think All of You Are Lovely!

What a perfect design for an any occasion pick-me-up card!  Lizzy is sporting her cute Uggs and her kitty top.  For this card I used Lizzy Lovely #16 from the store at Queen Kat Designs.  She was colored with Copic markers and Sakura Gel pens.  The simple card features a 5 1/2 inch by 4 1/4 inch white card blank, blue polka dot paper from Gina K Designs and embellishments from Freckled Fawn.  Each layer was inked with light blue chalk ink.

This card assembles quickly with dry adhesive and is a fun card for a good friend!
Have a wonderful day and I'll be back next Saturday with more for QKD!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lizzy Lovely #16 - Muah!

Love this adorable stamp from QKD!  She is a modern gal, with a cool vibe.
For this card, I used a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 white card blank, the background patterned paper is from Webster's Pages, with the thin polka dot stripe being the back side of the background paper.  I added some light aqua vintage lace and the word bubble sentiment.

The image was colored with gel markers and Copic Markers.  I love her "washed out" denim shorts, pink UGGs and sweet pink jacket.  I gave her some light blue and purple highlights in her hair, too!  This is a totally adorable modern girl! The stamp is called Lizzy Lovely #16, just click on her name to be taken to her page!

Hope you all love her as much as I do!

~ Victoria

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Did you see my sneak peek on Facebook?  Well here she is!  It's another interpretation of the Alice in Waterland stamp.  And isn't it time for a vacation with Alice in the tropics?

The Aloha card is the perfect any occasion card.  She is on a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card blank.  The papers are from Webster's Pages.  I simply inked the edges - with Ocean Blue chalk ink and began layering.  Alice was colored with gel pens to give shine and dimension.  Her skin is colored with a colored pencil, from Crayola (my favorite brand it seems with kids around!).

Check out all of the wonderful stamps at Queen Kat Designs, you will love them!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Alice in Waterland!

I adore these new images at Queen Kat Designs.  Alice in Waterland is amazing.  These detailed stamps are so much fun to color! 

For this card, I made a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch blank in black for the card base.  I added a 5 x 5 piece of paper from the K and Company travel collection.  I colored Alice with gel pens, glitter glue, and colored pencils.  She is mounted on the card with dimensional tape!

You absolutely should check out the Alice in Waterland collection.  These stamps are wonderful!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Happy Retro Birthday!

I am certainly in a springy mood.  Today in my yard there are daffodils blooming and our flowering plum has some of those wonderful pink flowers opening up.  My inspiration for this card is definitely the spring pallet!  This card goes together very quickly.

You need:
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card blank (white)
4 x 5 1/4 inch patterned paper (Webster's Pages)
daisy chain ribbon (Offray)
pink bling
lovely day sentiment (Freckled Fawn)
Stamp Lizzy Love Number 6
Sakura Gel Pens for coloring stamp

I am in love with the Lizzy Love images.  Such cuties, and all available at Queen Kat Designs.
To assemble the card:
1.  Adhere the daisy chain ribbon to the patterned paper with liquid adhesive.
2.  Adhere the patterned paper to the white card blank
3.  Add the colored Lizzy Love with dimensional foam tape over the ribbon
4.  Add the bling in the lower right hand corner, and finally
5.  Add the sentiment in the upper left hand corner.

Hope you enjoy this cute design.  AND I hope spring in popping out in your area!

~ Victoria

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Made with Love!

It's almost time to welcome Spring and Summer!  I love this new stamp called "Ribbon Girl" from Queen Kat Designs.  Today I am showing another way to use this super cute image.  She reminds me of a carefree childhood.  I think, for that reason, she is perfect for using in an art journal.  So, I am taking you inside my art journal to show you how I used this image.

First up close and personal!  I colored her this time with colored pencils in shades of blue, which is my favorite color.  The journal background on this image is completed with acrylic paints which were scrapped on with a credit card.  I also used mists, stencils and rub ons.

Here is the page in its entirety.  I still have space to write inside the heart when the mood strikes and I want to take time to write down a childhood memory.

Thanks for stopping by!  I am off to a very special wedding where I will be using one of the cards I created with the sweet double wedding birds, I featured last month!  Check them out!

~ Victoria

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cheerful Ribbon Girl Card

It's almost time to welcome Spring and Summer!  At least we can hope for them.  I love this new stamp called "Ribbon Girl" from Queen Kat Designs.  Isn't she just adorable? The background of this card was made from a left over 6 x 4 card insert for the quick scrapbook pages.  I simply cut it down to fit the card front.  I love the colors so much.

Items used for this card:
1.  Ribbon Girl Stamp QKD
2.  Copic Markers
3.  Studio Calico Card
4.  Mistables paper for card background
5.  Bling (Pink) Queen and Co.
6.  Camera and Star - Freckled Fawn
7.  Dry, Liquid and dimensional adhesives.

Steps for this card:
1.  Color the stamp and fussy cut, set aside.
2.  Cut the card to the size you desire.
3.  Cut the background patterned paper to 4 by 5 1/4 inches adhere to the card blank.
4.  Adhere the wooden camera, star and bling using liquid adhesive
5.  Adhere the stamp using dimensional tape.

Hope you enjoy this breath of spring!  Have a blessed day!

~ Victoria

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Feminine Bridal Shower Gift Tag.

Once again, I am preparing for Spring and Summer festivities.  This time with a bridal shower gift tag.  I used one of the four images found on the Double Wedding Stamp set from Queen Kat Designs.  This time the image is colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut.

Here are the tag "ingredients":

1. Large Tag
2.  Double Wedding Stamp Queen Kat Designs
3. Copic Markers in Cotton Candy and Hollyhock
4.  Vintage Lace
5. Love paper clip - Lawn Fawn
6. Flower and Skeleton Leaves - Wild Orchid Crafts
7.  Sentiment - Unknown
8. Patterned Paper Kaiser Kraft

I love these blissful bird images.  Isn't this the perfect tag for a bridal shower.  It went together so quickly.  I adhered the patterned paper to the front of the tag.  Next the lace was adhered using liquid adhesive.  Next the sentiment was layered over the lace and attached with liquid adhesive.  I added the colored bird image with dimensional tape.  Finally I added the skeleton leaves, the flower and the love paper clip.  I positioned the clip slightly behind the skeleton leaves to give the tag a totally airy and romantic feel.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day from Charlie and Thomas!

I am hoping this treat bag has lots of Valentines from my co-workers. I know that  they will be getting Valentines!  Have a happy day!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Another Wedding Card with Queen Kat Designs' Double Wedding

It is hard to be thinking of Spring weddings when the ground hog and the Oregon Zoo's hedgehog both predicted, successfully, more winter!  But I definitely need to hop to since there are several weddings of friends in the future.  This card contains the "sister" images of the Double Wedding Stamp.
Here are the card "ingredients":

1.  White card blank with embossed floral pattern
2.  Double Wedding Stamp Queen Kat Designs
3. Spica pens in lavender and blossom
4.  Purple 1/8 inch satin ribbon Offray
5. Love sentiment - Kaiser Kraft
6. dimensional adhesive

I love these blissful bird images.  They are cute and feminine, but not too much, in case you are a friend of the groom and looking for something that isn't too frilly.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

A card for the Mr. and Mrs.

Wedding season and Valentine's Day are almost upon us!  Aren't these bird images just perfect for the Mr. and Mrs. card?  I absolutely love his striped waistcoat and the flower in her hair along with the long flowing tail or train.  For this card I used:

1.  White card blank
2. Floral patterned paper from Kaiser Kraft
3. Pink floral border from Queen and Company
4. Wooden ampersand
5.  Double Wedding Stamp Queen Kat Designs
6. Colored pencils
7.  Liquid adhesive and dimensional adhesive
8.  Medium corner rounder

I love these images and I think the patterned paper and the wooden ampersand set them off just perfectly.  Next week, I will be back with more of these images.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Another Colorway for Charlie and Thomas from QKD

It's almost Valentine's Day and Charlie and Thomas are ready!  Did you know on February 14, 1920 the League of Women Voters was formed?  The background of the card is made from a do it yourself newspaper site.  I simply entered the date and looked up the news!  Very fun!  Charlie and Thomas are new this month to QKD.  I adore this image Charlie and Thomas by Beverly Cowan.  Aren't they magical and chic!  Check out the Queen Kat Design store for fabulous vintage images!  I used a variety of techniques to color the images including gel pens and metallic pencils.  Love these two!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

QKD Goes Vintage!

Welcome back to the era of our grandma and grandpa! (or maybe for some of you, your great grandparents)  I adore this image Charlie and Thomas by Beverly Cowan.  Aren't they magical and chic!  This month, I will be showing them in a variety of color ways.  Check out the Queen Kat Design store for fabulous vintage images!

This card was really fun to make.  The button with the leaves is a vintage button from my stash, probably not dating back to the Roaring 20s, but close.  The swirl is from Jolee's and the sentiment from Tim Holtz!  I can hardly wait to make this in a Valentine color scheme!

Have a great week!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Faith Card - Happy New Year

Welcome to 2014 from me! I love this stamp that I picked up over at Queen Kat Designs store called Faith Digital Heart Stamp by Miss Megs.  I printed this stamp directly on the clock paper from Webster's Pages, which was 6 x 6 inches.  I set the image at 80% of a 4 x 6 inch print.  The image is colored with Sakura gel pens.  It was then simply cut to 4 x 5 1/4 inches, to fit the white card blank (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches).  I think this makes a fabulous card for the new year.  It also almost makes me want to get a tattoo!

Happy New Year!