Dare to get Dirty Week {day 1}

Its finally here, Dare to get dirty week kicks off this morning with the first 5 challenges you can find all the challenges for this entire week in this single post here. With chatter threads for each also in that same forum. Want to play along with us? You can find the details of how to join the fan club and help support Splitcoaststampers Here. on this blog you can click on any of these photos to view them larger then just use your browsers back button to return to the post. ~enjoy!

This collage was done for Lydia's challenge seen here. Your fan club membership needs to be active for you to read the challenge chatter thread details. but, this card finishes out at 6" square.

This one was done for Dina's challenge seen here. This long skinny card is 4X7 in real life.

This was done for Lori's challenge seen here. It's 6" square in real life.

This one was done for Susie's challenge seen here (this is a closer look at the coloring that still did not catch the shimmers) 

I did watercolor this one and its very blingy in real life, even the black mat is sparkle cardstock. this is a gatefold. that is 5 1/2" square in real life.

This one was done for Teresa's challenge seen here. The base on this one is 4X9 and fits in a business envelope.


Happy Birthday!

Do you ever buy something because, someone else made it look SO COOL? ( ha, this happens to me more often than you would think) (yes, I have a mini store upstairs over my garage but, I still fall for that one... mostly tools but, the last year or two coloring mediums have been fair game in the follow me home parade) This has a couple of those things on them, I seen this gumball machine die from sizzix and loved a sample photo online. One of the very first "decore" items my hubs and I ever bought is a red metal gumball machine, and we still have it upstairs in the hobby room. The flap is a separate piece as well as where the glass dome would be and they are a little 3d in real life. All the pieces were run through the embossing folder that comes with this die and then I water colored the "gum balls". (they didn't look like they did in my head before I tried this) The would be metal parts I rubbed some inka gold apricot and old gold over the bumps. There is also some bo bunny glitter paste on this.I tied some offray ribbon and May Arts iridescent cord around this to give it a festive party look and stamped the Two Paper Diva's sentiment from the banners 1 set on a scrap of the real red paper and die cut that with an avery elle die. It is a free floating sentiment on here. The dotted paper is from the Prima "blush" pad and the background print is from the Basic Grey "Hello luscious" pad. The crochet lace is vintage. This card finishes out at 6" square. Thanks for stopping by :)


Behind You!

As soon as the July release stamps arrived from Two Paper Diva's my very first thought with the days of the week words was you remember when they used to make panties this way? ( for all I know they still do) Okay, it's probably not what you were expecting to see when you stopped by today but, I hope you giggled. The days of the week sentiments are from the Journal It 2 set and the behind you & laundry is from the His & Hers clothesline accessories set.  
Each of the clothes were stamped with some Versafine ink on Neenah solar white and watercolored. these were cut out with scissors and I did add some shading with pencils over the top. The border was punched with a Martha Stewart punch and the base is Bazzill. This card finished out at 4" X 9" and fits inside a business envelope. 


WOYWW # 372 {now & then}

Happy Wednesday Deskers :) and welcome to the mess, ( I did clean after this was shot) If your wondering why the mess is on display head over to Julia's blog here and you can find the link up for this blog hop and play along.

 So, when you arrive at the top of the stairs if you peer over the top of the table towards the wall where I stand when I play this is the view that would have greeted you on tuesday after work. ( I had to clean before I got just one and a half more cards made)
I know the blog has been quiet but, really I have been doing "secret" stuffs for dare to get dirty. some of what you see is either things that were done for things done or things maybe going to be done. ( not sure yet) the center space has monday's happy mail that I carried up and set down to take this shot. ( the bottom of that pile is a box of Clarity brushes) OOOh did I mention they came in a BOX so impressed with that, I have had paint brushes arrive snapped in half before so, the fact that the mfg boxes them makes me happy. after this was shot I did take one out (the smallest one they are huge) and hold it up next to a toybox stipple brush and wow I do like the bristles on these. ( did not play with them yet maybe soon) will shoot shots when it happens.
 This is what I "would" have posted last week or the week before ( I found the shots in my phone when I sent the above table to my computer last night) this is happy mail from Ellen Hutson ( who had a fourth of July sale) and Papertrey Ink because, I was out of so many colors of cardstock I poked around in their dies section after and a few followed me home.

I have not colored every single day of the 30 day challenge ( again, not surprised) but, when I have colored I have binge colored stacks of things one thing that I have been playing with is these Daniel smith dots using them with my QoR watercolors too. ( so my paint tubes wish list has grown mentally)
It never ends does it?
anyways, we are currently STILL being outside as much as possible right now so, I will work on some garden shots too. the front "deck" ( that will be the bottom of a porch is mostly done now complete with rocking chairs on it) and I have been spending some of that shade time there rocking the last couple of days too. fun stuff. thanks for stopping by :)


Relax & Enjoy!

Lately, it seems like there is just not enough time in the day. Which is funny when you know how long the days last at this time of the year. We have been spending just about every daylight hour in the yard getting some long wished for things done with basic regular upkeep in anticipation of the upcoming garden tour. So, when I do make time to play with my stamps and color or what ever the cards have become more streamlined at the moment. And this sentiment applies to me. I keep telling my self this one frequently. I am very nervous about the garden tour. 
Anyways, I know you are here to see the card :) so, the details are the images were both stamped with versamark and heat embossed with WOW! superfine gold powder ( which I am loving you can tell this is a delicate image and I have no stray powder and its not all clunky around the sentiment either). This was colored with QoR watercolors and a smidge of Daniel Smith watercolors. a little bit of shading was added later with pencils and The centers of the blooms have a bit of yellow stickles in the centers. The bloom is Hello Spring and the sentiment is from the life is better in flip flops set. The ribbon is an older one from Making Memories and the Printed paper is from websters pages. This card finishes out at 6" square. Oh and next week I will be back with a silly one from wanna hang out set that is on sale now and journal it 2 from July.

There is also a summertime sale going on now through Sunday at the Two Paper Divas store for 25% off some "summer" themed stamp sets.