Friday, March 27, 2015

Iron and Roses

Happy Happy Saturday My Dear Sweet Friends

It's been a crazy week for me and I am really looking forward to this weekend.  I haven't been feeling well and I am going to just crawl under the cover, take my medicines as ordered by the doctor and  hope I am feeling better on Monday.  What about your weekend plans?  

Today I am sharing my Fitztown DT project for the March challenge and there's still enough time for you to join in.  The theme is "Use Green". 

This is an altered hot plate I created using Fitztown Floral #5.  
I found this little gem at a yard sale and it was screaming for attention as you can see from the top photo.  I already knew which Fitztown Image I wanted to use.  This was a quick and simple project and all I had to do was:

*Removed the ceramic coaster from the cast iron hot plate.
*Added the cardstock to the top and sealed with Mod Podge and let dry.
*Colored the ROSE with Copics and let dry overnight.
*Added the Rose image to the top of cardstock with Mod Podge.
*Allowed drying time.
*Added 3 more coats of Mod Podge with drying time in-between.

And that's all there was to it.  

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you will join in our challenge and looking forward to seeing your creations.

With smiles
Laine K

DT Fitztown Challenge

Monday, March 16, 2015

I Have Been Nominated!!!

Happy Happy Monday My Dear Sweet Friends

I hope your weekend was fabulous.  

I received some exciting news this morning and wanted to share it with you as well as asking for your  help. All the details are below:

The image you see above is a wall plaque I made for a sweet friend as part of a swap group on the Rick St Dennis Facebook Group. 

The image is called "Ruffles" and she is an image created by Rick St. Dennis.  I created her by:

  1. Painted the wood plaque.
  2. Added pattern cardstock to the front with Mod Podge.
  3. Added a decorative border on the left side with Mod Podge which is also cardstock.
  4. I used my Copics to color her and then fussy cut the image out.
  5. Used Mod Podge to glue the image onto the plaque.
  6. Added two more coats of Mod Podge.
  7. Packaged her and mailed her to my swap buddy Helen in Ohio.

I absolutely loved making her and was delighted when Helen let me know she received it and said "love love love!!" 

I entered the project into the Rick St Dennis Coloring Challenge which is still ongoing.

And that's how my creation was chosen as one of the top 7 nominations into the Pick of the Week entry into the Rick St. Dennis Blog.

I am asking all my friends to click on the above Rick St. Dennis link and look at the 7 nominations and choose one.  And of course I hope you choose mine however I really want you to choose your personal favorite.  That really is very very important to me.

I appreciate your taking the time to read my post as well as taking the time to vote.

With hugs and smiles always
Laine K (aka: Debra Laine Kammeraad

Sunday, March 15, 2015

"Carousel of Faces" and the Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent Challenge

Happy Happy Sunday My Sweet Friends

How are you doing today??  And exciting plans for the weekend??

It's gloomy and rainy here but I am loving it.  I'm not feeling well and plan on taking it extra easy.

Today I am sharing the DT project I made for the Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent Challenge which starts today and continues through the end of March.  This challenge is Anything Goes as long as you are using something Re-Cycled on it.  Complete details can be found of the challenge blog page and the link is shown below.  I have also included a link to CS Designs who creates the images I use for these challenges.  

Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent Challenge Blog

CS Designs

Bottom of Carousel

If you would like to see how I created this project  all the details are on the Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent Blog.  All images I used are from CS Designs.

I hope you will join in our challenge and I look forward to seeing what you create.

Have a great day and as always, thanks so much for the sweet comments.  I do appreciate them.

Hugs and smiles

Laine K

Friday, March 13, 2015

"Go Green" and a DRAGON

Happy Saturday My Dear Sweet Friends

I have been spoiled the last several days with glorious sunny weather.  And right now its a little gloomy and probably some rain on the way.  How about you?  How has your weather been treating you??

Today I am sharing a DT project with Fitztown for the current challenge.  I am loving posting a new Saturday project every other week.  And this is my newest one.

This is an altered trinket box I created using Fae #22 and this was an amazing digital image to work with.  My Copics were screaming at me to get busy creating.  And creating this altered box really was a lot of fun.

To create this project I:

  • Sanded the box.
  • Painted all of it - inside and out.
  • Added cardstock around the entire box (except lid sides).
  • Used Mod Podge to seal it.
  • Added a border of cardstock to the top of lid.
  • Colored image with Copics.
  • Cut out Image.
  • Added Image to top of Box.
  • Sealed with Mod Podge.
  • Added another coat of Mod Podge to entire box.
  • Added lace around side of the top lid.
  • Added cardstock to inside of box.
  • Sealed it all with two coats of Mod Podge.

And that's all there is to it.  It's an easy project but does take a little time for all the drying time of paint as well as Mod Podge.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you will join in our challenge and looking forward to seeing your creations.

With smiles
Laine K
DT Fitztown Challenge

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Life Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Wonderful and Mixed Media World

Happy Sunday My Dear Sweet Friends

Boy oh boy there are some amazing changes being made and I can't wait to share all the news with you.  As most of you know I am a Design Team member with the Speed Craft Challenge.  Well, the entire format for the blog has changed and we are now Mixed Media World.  The DT is the same except we have a new and the wonderfully talented Georgie C joining us.  Welcome Georgie - I have checked our your blog and so looking forward to getting to know you.

I must confess I am really going to miss the Speed Craft Challenge however I am also super excited for all the new things that are happening and I ultimately hope you will be too.  You will find all new information on our new challenge blog and this is the link HERE.

This is my first project for our new Mixed Media World Challenge.

It was so much fun to create this project and by time I was finished my craft table was a mess and I had molding paste, gesso, paints, inks and other stuff all over my hands.  Mixed media is something that has always intrigued me however I always felt so intimidated in giving it a try.  I honestly believe being part of the Speed Craft Challenge is what helped me to just jump into the deep end a give it a try.  I say this because the timed challenges forced me to "Just Do It" (like Nike says) and trust the process.  And I am so thankful for all of it.  I have started a new Mixed Media Journal and it is my goal to complete one page a day at least 5 times a week (hopefully more).  My honey tells me when he looks over to see what I am working on my I am smiling big and my eyes sparkle.  

So why not stop on over to Mixed Media World and say hello.  Check out the rest of the Design Teams Projects and FYI - they are all AMAZING.  Maybe leave them a little love comment.  If you have any questions - just ask us.  And please consider joining in our challenge this month.  "Anything Goes" as long as it's Mixed Media.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Let me know what you think about Mixed Media and if you have jumped into the deep end yourself.  I would really love to hear your story.

And last but not least - our Mixed Media World is a monthly challenge.

Hugs and smiles
Laine K
 DT Mixed Media World


Monday, March 2, 2015

Pretty In PINK

Hello again My Dear Sweet Friends

It's just little ole' me.
(No Design Team Hat at the moment).

I just want to share a altered project I made using an image by Ching Chow Kauk called "Key to My Heart".  Of course I had to use pink and as you can see I went a little "Pink Crazy".  I want to keep her in a frame so I found an old one from a yard sale and painted it.  I added some of my favorite lace to adorn the top and bottom.  I used some pink acrylic roses I had found at a yard sale.

I do have a list of the Copic colors I used and once I find the list I will add that information to this post.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello.  I really appreciate it.  

Have a wonderful day!
Hugs and smiles

Laine K

I am entering her into the following challenges:

Simplicity and Tiffany Fairy

Happy Happy Monday My Dear Sweet Friends

I hope your weekend was fabulous!!  

Today I am sharing a project I made as DT member with Not Just Cards .  

We have some amazing sponsors this challenge and they are:

Milk and Coffee 

I used this adorable image called "Tiffany Fairy" from Milk and Coffee.  I just fell in love with her (plus I have a daughter named Tiffany).   This is an altered magnet and measures approximately 3.5" x 5".

I used Copics to color her and cut her out so she would fit on the front of the magnet.  I wanted it to look like she was sitting on an outside wall and just relaxing. 

The DT has some wonderful creations to help inspire you 
So come on over and join in our challenge and we can't wait to see what you create.

Have a wonderful day!!

Hugs and smiles
Laine K
DT Not Just Cards

I am also entering this altered magnet into the following challenges:

Eureka Stamps Blog Challenge

Altered Eclectics

Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Altered Wall Hook

Well here I am again My Dear Sweet Friends

I have several Design Team projects going live today and right now I am wearing my Altered Eclectics DT Hat.  For my project I decided to alter an old wall hook and you can see the finished hook below.  I meant to take a photo of the old wall hook but totally forgot.  My bad!!

(This Image is from Fitztown called Fae 21)

This project was a lot of fun and in some ways pretty easy.  I used my Copics to color the image and put it aside while I worked on the wall hook.  I have listed the colors I used further down in this post.  

I have several old wall hooks laying around and decided to use one of them for this project.  Actually what I plan on doing is altering two more later this month with different Fae images (they are so amazing).  I will share all three finished wall hooks once they are done.  

I prepped the front of the wall hook by doing a little sanding to get all the messy stuff off.  I added a coat of sealant and let it dry.  And then all I needed to do was add the colored image to the front of the hook with some Mod Podge.  I used several coats and allowed time for drying in between.  I added a final coat of varnish and once dry I added the purple ribbon. 

It always is fun to take something old and turn it into something new.

I hope you will join in our challenge this month and you can find all the details on the Altered Eclectics Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by - I always appreciate it.  Looking forward to seeing what you create for our March Challenge.

With hugs and smiles
DT Altered Eclectics

I have entered this project into the following challenge/s:

Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge

Copics Used:

E000, E00, E11
R81, R83, R85, R56
C0, C1, C3, C5
YG04, YG21, YG23, YG25

"Go Green"

Hello again My Dear Sweet Friends

I just happen to have my DT hat on with Eclectic Ellapu.  We have a new challenge this month and our theme is "Go Green".  And here is my project for this challenge:

Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog

I took and old frame and painted it green.  
I had come across this saying months ago and just loved it.  I decided to save it for something special.  Well it fit perfectly once I added some background cardstock which made me really happy.  I used some extra special lace I found at a yard sale a long time ago and added it to the top and bottom of the frame.  I used an old green leaf from some plastic flowers and added the butterfly on top.  Ironically the leaves I rescued were gorgeous and I just couldn't bear the thought of tossing them out with the ugly flowers.  And I am so glad I kept them (and I have lots left for future projects).

It's been a challenging several years for me and this saying has been very inspirational for me.  It's exciting to finally have it turned into a completed project that I can look at all the time. And of course - the butterflies are the frosting on the cake.  

I really hope you will join in our challenge this month.  All the information is on the blog website.

Thanks for stopping by - I really appreciate it.

With hugs and smiles
DT Eclectic Ellapu

I have entered this project into the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper


Happy March 1st My Dear Sweet Friends

How was your weekend??  Mine was pretty quiet and I sure did enjoy the sunshine.  

The project I am sharing with you today is for the Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose, Re-Invent.  And I loved working with these clowns.  These are some new Vintage images from CS Designs.

This is what I used to create my project above.  This is a 11.5" x 7.5" piece of pine I found at a Good Will Thrift Store.

My goal in making those project was to create a kind of Vaude Ville meets a Circus type of theme.  It's like these clown images were just screaming to get on stage.  And so I used my Copics to color them.  And to create the scene I used various patterns of vintage theme cardstocks.  I used the blue cardstock with a wire fence type of design and used Mod Podge to seal it on top of the wood.  To create the stage curtain I used the beige and brown cardstock and hand tore it into the shape of a stage curtain.  I also added some old lace I found in a box at a yard sale and added it to the top of curtain.  I used the dark brown pattern cardstock to create the look of the stage floor.  I added two vintage brass buttons as holdbacks and Mod Podge to seal everything (except the lace).  And used some small rhinestones as lights along the bottom of the stage.  

I fell in those with these Clowns and so delighted they are now in the 
CS Designs Shop.

Thanks so much for spending some time with me today.  I hope you will join in our challenge and visit our challenge blog to see what other DT projects are waiting to be discovered.  All the challenge information is there as well.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

With hugs and smiles, 
DT Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent

The copic colors I used for the project are:
BG01, BG02, BG10
C1, C2
E51, E55
R56, R59, R89
Y04, Y06, Y08
YG61. YG63. YG67
YR18, YR20, YR21, YR24, YR27

Friday, February 27, 2015


 Happy Happy Saturday My Dear Sweet Friends

Well today is the last day of February (as long as you are reading this after 12 am on Saturday morning Pacific time). Are you ready for March?  I know I am although we have had an incredibly nice winter, so far anyway.  It's been pretty mild but I know it hasn't been that way for a lot of other areas around the US.  Sure hope for those of you going through the snow storms have been able to dig yourselves out of the snow by now.

Today I am sharing a project I made as a DT member for the Fitztown Challenge Blog.  It is now my amazing job to make and share an altered project every other Saturday.  For this week I decided to create and altered 4" x 4" canvas.  I absolutely love this image called Fae 6 and wanted to create something that really showcased this image.  And these images are so much fun to use Copics on.  

For this project I used (2) 4" x " canvas.
I painted them with black acrylic paint.
I added lace to the front and back of the canvas to make the closure tie.
Added cardstock to the front and back of each canvas using Super Tacky Tape.
I attached the Fae 6 on top of the cardstock also using Super Tacky Tape.
If you look closely to the Fae image you might be able to tell I did some paper piecing of her on top of another layer of cardstock.  
I added the lace around the border and used glue dots in a few places to keep the lace in place.
I used black ribbon around the outside borders to hide the work underneath.

On the second canvas I also added cardstock.
I printed out my sentiment and added it on top of another layer of cardstock.
Wrapped some ric rac and faux pearls around the edges and added to the first cardstock.
I added the two hinges to hold them together on the left edge.
I left the left side empty until I can find the image of my mom and attach it on top.
So for now I will just tie the two pieces of lace together and still be able to enjoy the amazing Fitztown Fae image on the front.  You can find more information about Fae 6 on the challenge blog as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by - I always appreciate it.

The February Challenge at Fitztown ends tomorrow and the March challenge begins March 1st.  The winners for the February challenge will be announced on March 5th.  

Copic Colors used are:

B00, 04, 05
E00, E00, E11
YG21, Y23
R56, R81, R83, R85
BV02, BV04

Have a great day and looking forward to seeing your creations over at Fitztown.

With hugs and smiles
Laine K
DT Fitztown

I am entering this project into the following challenges:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Art Journal Page Meets Mixed Media

Happy Happy Thursday My Sweet Friends

It's almost the weekend and I am ready.  What about you?  Any special plans?  I hope to get a lot of craft projects completed.  

The project I am sharing today is kind of special to me.  I have been wanting to start my own Art Journal along with some Mixed Media added in and this is my first page.  

I actually created this page a couple of months ago and don't really remember everything I did.  So I won't be able to share all the steps I took in putting this page together but I do remember some of the supplies I used. I will list them further down in this post.  The image I used is a digital image from Simply Betty Stamps and I boy do I love her images.  And since this journal is also going to be a form of art therapy for me I thought this Warrior image was the perfect way to begin.  And I did color her with Copics.  I am hoping to create a new page at least five days a week and so looking forward to having a full book one day.  

Supplies Used:

 Molding Paste
Rubber Stamps
Black Ink
Acrylic Paints (Various Colors)
I know there's a few more items and as soon as I remember I will update this post.

Thanks so much for spending some time with me and I appreciate your comments so much.

With hugs and smiles always

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Moxie Moxie Moxie and The Speed Craft Challenge

Hello Hello My Dear Sweet Friends

Oh my goodness I can't believe it's Thursday already.  Has this week gone as fast for you as it has for me??  To many doctor appointments for me this week as well as for my honey too.  How has your week been?? 

It is time for the "Speed Craft Challenge" and this challenge is all about ANIMALS.  How sweet is that?  I just knew I had to create something using a photo of my sweet and adorable Pomeranian Miss Moxie.  And boy oh boy does she live up to the definition of her name.  I really should have named her "CALM" but that's for another post. 

The Design Team has some amazing creations for you this challenge. These challenges are "Anything Goes" but you only have 15 minutes to complete the project.  You can gather your supplies ahead of time but then the clock starts tick tick ticking away.  

Here's the link where you can will find the DT projects (to help get your creative juices flowing) and then it's just time to jump into the deep end.

It really is a great way to "JUST DO IT" (thanks Nike).

Here is a photo of the supplies I gathered ahead of time.

As you can see from the photo above I decided to alter an old box and wanted it to hold Miss Moxie's Vet records inside.  Listed below are the steps I took in making this project.  My goal was to use items I hadn't used in a very long time and that was some stickers.  I also wanted to use Mod Podge and it was finally time to "PUSH" the START button.  READY - 1, 2, 3 and GO......

*Cut cardstock to add to the top of the lid and used Mod Podge to glue it down.  Let dry.
*Used Mod Podge to glue the cardstock photo mats to the back of the photo.
*Added a top coat of Mod Podge prior to glueing down the photo.  
Let dry.
*Added another coat of Mod Podge over the photo.  
Let dry.
While the Mod Podge was drying on the lid:
*I added the adorable stickers around the boarders of the box itself.

*Once the lid was dry I added decorative stickers on top of the lid and added a final coat of Mod Podge for extra protection.

And here is my final time shown below:

And I think Moxie looks adorable on the front of the box.  What do you think?  
My biggest concern during the process was having used so many layers of Mod Podge along with the cardstock that the lid wouldn't be able to slide back and forth any more.  Thankfully that wasn't the case.  YAY!!  And here is the final project.

Thanks so much for stopping by - I really appreciate it.  I hope you will join in our challenge and discover for yourself just what you can create in 15 minutes
Please remember to take a photograph of your finished project along with the time it took you to finish your project.  

I am also entering this project into the following challenges:

Pink Gem Challenge - Lots of Layers

Altered Eclectics 

Eclectic Ellapu

With smiles

DT Speed Craft Challenge

Sunday, February 1, 2015

From Trash to Treasure

Happy Happy Happy Super Bowl Sunday My Dear Friends

How has your weekend been so far??

I am ready for the Super Bowl and I hope the Seahawks win (I live in Seattle) so I am a Seahawk kind of gal.  

Today is also the beginning of a new challenge at Re-Cycle, Re-Invent and Re-Purpose. This is the first challenge of the new year and it's "Anything Goes".  The theme for the DT for this challenge is "In the Kitchen" and we have some great projects to share and hopefully give you some inspiration.  We also have a new DT member and her name is Rocky.  Her first project is amazing and I had no idea re-cycled books could like like that after some fancy folding and lots of love and attention. So stop on over, say hello, check out the DT projects and come join in the challenge with us.  I know I can't wait to see what you create.

I will be adding the links to all the digital images I used from CS Designs for all these projects.  

Everything began swirling around in my head when I saw this empty booster car seat box in front of a trash can at Fred Meyer.  It was "Love at First Sight". While I was at the store we picked up a few items we needed to complete dinner.  The contents of the cans were going to help make a delicious dinner and the empty cans were going to be turned into some useful objects for me.  I was so excited about this project and I hadn't even picked out which CS Designs I was going to use yet but couldn't wait to get started.

Altered Memo Board

Here's what I did to make these projects.  
It was actually pretty easy (but not without some set backs). 

Cut the box into pieces along the seams.
Took one of the bigger pieces and tore into a rectangle.
Added some hand torn cardstock to the front.
Took another piece of cardboard and tore it into a smaller rectangle.
Added some hand torn cardstock to the front.
Glued the smaller piece on top of the larger piece.
It measures approximately   8"x 10"
I colored the images with my Copics.
Mounted the image onto more cardstock and used Super Tacky tape to adhere it to the top of the memo board.
Added some lace to create look below and added a pink flower.
Added three small clothes pins.

Another view of memo board with three clothes pins to hold notes or other misc items.

The back view of the altered memo board (prior to adding the decorative piece of cardstock on the back of it)

Complete set of four altered cans to hold misc items for the kitchen or craft room/home office.

I altered each recycled can with recycled cardboard.  Actually I took one of the unused pieces of cardboard and pealed off the cardboard backing and used it like cardstock.  And then printed the quotes from CS Designs onto regular cardstock.  Aren't the quotes marvelous??  You can see the recycled cardboard strips on the altered cans on the far left and right in the photo above.  You can see I used various trims and embellishments as decorations.  Everything on this project is recycled including the pink flowers (which were removed from a dress found at a garage sale; the ric rac and ribbons were also found in a box at a garage sale.  Yes, garage sales & estate sales are the BEST!!

Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello.
Please join in the challenge - I would love to see what you create.
I also hope you will check out the other DT projects.

I have also entered this project into the following challenges:

Pink Gem Challenge - Lots of Layers

Altered Eclectics

Eclectic Ellapu

With hugs and smiles
Laine K

Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent

Friday, January 30, 2015

A QUESTION for YOU and a little teaser.....

Happy Happy Friday My Dear Sweet Friends

I have a little teaser for you today!!

This is an empty box I found in front of Fred Meyer next to a garbage can.

These are now empty cans from some of the ingredients used to make dinner.

I made some Design Team projects using these items (plus a few more) for an upcoming challenge.  Any ideas on what I made?  Leave me a comment below.

Hugs and smiles


Thursday, January 22, 2015


Happy Happy Thursday My Dear Sweet Friends

Can you believe it  - the weekend is just around the corner - what are your plans?  I will be getting some much needed rest and hopefully be able to do a little crafting as well.

Today's post is all about the 15 minute Speed Craft Challenge and putting together my project was a lot of fun.  I also got some hints and tips from my wonderful honey.  Thanks Mark!!!  

This challenge is all about "Sparkle and Shine".

I wanted to make a key chain and decided to use a wine cork as the base.  I gathered all my supplies; got the timer set up; took the photograph of my supplies and it was finally time to push the "start" button.  

This was a pretty quick project.  I only had one major obstacle that kept getting in my way but I won't be sharing what it was until the end of the post.  Here are the steps it took to make the key chain:

1.  Glued a small washer to the top and bottom of the wine cork.
2.  Quickly screwed in anchor screws on each end.

(not as easy as I thought it would be)

3.  Wrapped white lace around the cork and glued the ends down.
4.  Wrapped a small floral border around the top & bottom & glued edges down.
5.  Added the key ring to the top.
6.  Added the jump ring to the bottom anchor.
(This is where my honey was sweetly telling me how to use the two small pliers to open the jump rings - I have never done this before.  At the same time I was thinking "Are you kidding me?" It was like I was using two left feet instead of my hands. 

(again, not as easy as I hoped it would be).

7.  Finally added the "Sparkle & Shine" (pendant) with the small pearls at the bottom.
8.  Last step was to add the pink lace and tie a small bow around the perimeter of the wine cork.  

And here's my final time.  WooHoo!!

Now, are you wondering what my biggest obstacle was?  


Yap - they kept getting in the way.  They are way to long and I couldn't hold on to the small pliers to save my life.  Ultimately I came up with a solution - I used my nails to open up the jump rings.  So it turns out for this project my nails were a blessing and a curse.  

So come on over and join in The Speed Challenge.  The Design Team has some inspiring projects to help you get you started.  

I look forward to seeing what you create!!

With hugs and smiles
Laine K