VSN Staycation {night 2}

 This kids challenge this time is being hosted by Kim and she has a link in the challenge thread to a quick 3 minute video of blowing soap bubbles with paint to make these backgrounds. ( totally cool) I did make a few and was able to have them dry completely between layers of paint bubbles rotating between the three sheets. I used some Strathmore Mixed Media #140 weight paper and it had minimal warping after. the Poinsettia on this ( Penny Black ) was heat embossed with SU pewter and colored with pencils at work last February during one of those 30 day coloring challenges I think. the sentiment ( I am looking for this, it has this "clearly besotted" feel to me but, I am not seeing it in evernote and it has a hard time searching through script sentiments so..)

 a closer look at the bloom.

 a look at the backgrounds I had done, I did mix these paint colors and I did use green dawn dish soap but, I do not think the soap left much pigment into the mix.

 Lisa has a challenge seen here  to do a holiday themed card, so this PSX bear was stamped with versafine and colored with pencils and has a little bit of glitter gel pen on the wings and halo a while back and the sentiment is from Tim Holtz great outdoors set. this one is A7 in real life .

 and this printed paper is from the MME sugarplum pad, the centers of all those flowers are a little bling-y. I don't know if you can see the glitter on the image this way or not. ( my eyes are tired as I type this)
 So, being a person with piles on your stamp table tends to be a help when there is something like VSN going on as there are things that had been worked on and set aside in those piles, such as this gold fish jar. I made one of these one day for a featured stamper card, and took the card to work monday AM to show June and she bought it, so that monday night I had the stuff still sitting out and made another one.. for Jean's challenge is a scavengery hunt and the three things that make mine work for this is, there is something Orange, the printed paper to me looked like the tile you would see as the trim in a Hotel Pool and the sentiment is one you would see on a Postcard...
Okay its a stretch

 Misti has a second challenge to do a Pool Party theme and I knew I had this gal, but I was thinking I had just a bikini stamp and I never did come across it so, I found this printed paper ( kaiserkraft) and thought that looks like pool colors and then found this gal ( Art Impressions Blanche) and thought ok if you do just the paper and the gal you have time to color her. Polly has a Mixed Media challenge this week to layer your coloring mediums also and I had seen that yesterday and I do that pretty much on everything but, I wanted to do this as something I did now. which kind of was a good thing and a stressful thing because, for me coloring is a relaxing thing not a hurry you only have an hour thing and I have not touched my copic markers in a long time but, I knew I could get a base layer down quick with them. ( and I jerked my  hand out of the lines over and over haha) that is what I get for hurrying. This sentiment is from the lil inker designs keep it sassy set. and  the ric rac is vintage.

 Tracie has a challenge to show us your bike. and so, these are from two new to me Hero Arts sets from the basket of happy mail ( un-inked etc) basket and so, I started with the bike stamped with some versafine red and then masked around that for the rest of the scene. 
 Chris has a coffee themed challenge. and I had colored this Impression Obsession latte last fall sometime in anticipation of using it during last winters coffee blog hop... and never did it. the sentiment is from Lil Inker designs.

 This is a flat cell phone shot hoping to catch some of the sparkle on the steam and such.

 Angie has a challenge to make a Lemony Yellow card. I thought those Tim Holtz stitched square dies ( that came out of the happy mail basket on the floor) looked a little bit quilted with the double stitches along the edges so, I roughed them up and pulled them up with my fingernail. the Sentiment is from PTI. and this one is 6" square in real life.

 Sonja has a challenge to do this "passport" fancy fold that gives you a pocket on the inside (seen below) to hold a gift card and still having a spot for a note. and I ( yes, I know you are smirking) I only took this apart twice building it. the pieces I ran through the cuttlebug for the binding and seam binding cover they split when I folded them, so I guess the cardstock was dry (and old). *shrugs*
I actually like how this turned out and I will probably do it again. the dinosaur is from My Favorite things and I have been searching for this sentiment since I made this. ( the sentiment was in a file of pre stamped and die cut sentiments) and I want to say its rubbernecker but, I don't see it in their site, I am not sure its Riley and Co. either so another possibility is River City Rubber Works. ( so, I am still looking)
 This sentiment is from either hero arts or mft ( I have to look)

 These sentiments are from Hero Arts.

 Sharon has a challenge to visit the zoo and tell her a story about that. So, this tiger is from Kidstamps ( its really old) and this scrap plaid print was laying on the table since last weeks Sketch challenge and I thought the colors mimiced how I colored the grass close enough and then added the unity stamps sentiment real quick.

 Kim had a challenge yesterday to do a masculine card with score lines and a BBQ theme. and I over thought about  this for the whole time. I knew I had this bbq but I did not want to use any of the sentiments that came with it, and then today people have been you know chatting about the weather and how hot it is... and I remembered I have this river city rubber works sentiment so, this actually came together really quick. there are score lines across the lower right side of this card.

And then there was me, I have a challenge to do a "tank of gas" get away, to show some place you can visit from your home on a single tank of gas, and the whole time before I made this sample I had intended to do a woodsy forest scene card... and then I seen Michelle's challenge and decided it was too close to the same thing. and I had the compass on the table and thought well, I had also seen this double triangle fold come out for the tutorial of the week a few weeks ago and thought, ha that looks do able ( it is, the hardest part is not wiggling it when you cut the diagonal)

The sentiment is from the lil inker designs clean lines for the guys set and the cuttlebug inked piece has some antique linen on it. There is also a green brad in the center of the compass. The blue mat was cut with a Reverse Confetti stitched square die.

which leaves me with one last challenge to complete. ( maybe tomorrow) its another fancy fold :) thanks for stopping by.


VSN Staycation {night 1}

 Brenda's Challenge (seen here) is for those people who end up with a forced to stay home staycation due to recovery time needed. so, the challenge is to do an get well card. 
The duck image was colored with markers, water and distress inks. I did use a Hero Arts rounded rectangle die on it and then trimmed the right side skinnier to the cattails so that I had more room to add the sentiment tag (taylored expressions listen to your heart) 

 This was done for Melody's challenge seen here ( to use book page or book images ) for a travel from your armchair theme. The books are from the Unity set called Love is in the pages, those of you that peek at my desk on Wednesdays seen me pushing the books around a while back trying to make sure it would work, to stamp,color and cut with scissors this image twice and not have it look totally fake so.  That sentiment is from the Altenew beautiful quotes set. this one is A2 in real life, and I did score the lines across the cardfront for a second subtle stacked book look.

 Misti's first challenge has an inspiration photo ( seen here) that the tiny bowl in the bottom left is just raspberries. ( and I knew I had these berries previously colored with pencils and a white gel pen) but, at the time I colored it, I had stamped it too close to the edge and then when I die cut it I ended up with a flat tire look across the bottom curve of that label and so, I set it aside and had never done anything with it. the larger sentiment is from the Stampin' Up! set called berry best and I did color the inside of the letters with a red tri liner pen. This one is A2 in real life.

This was done for Michelle's woods and nature challenge seen here. the Treeline was stamped with some Versafine vintage sepia and the deer were done with Oxide distress vintage photo. there is some subtle pencil coloring on the ground and sky and this one is A6 in real life. I am not so sure what I am going to do with this one yet, so there is no sentiment. the image is from the Indigo Blu set called Deer woods.

This was done for Dawn's challenge seen here to do a "crafty sentiment" on your card because, we all wish we could stay home and craft for real right? :) this image was gifted to me via wishrak a very long time ago from Debi (bottomphish) and I colored it with some polychromos and prisma pencils. the knitting needles were done with a gelly roll stardust pen. That sentiment is up on foam pop dots and is from the Altenew crafty friends set.

I am missing the very first challenge of the night which was Kim's bbg guy score card and so, it will have to wait until tomorrow because, so far all the ideas I have my mind rejects them immediately after I start thinking maybe you could do this... or that.. :) Thanks for stopping by. 

Inspired by {Zazzles}

Angie has chosen the souvenirs section of the Zazzles site for this weeks inspiration

 and I happened across the post card below and laughed and laughed (because, I knew I had this studio calico set that I had never played with, one of the other sentiments in the set says Love you to Oregon and back, and I keep thinking that probably works if the person you want to send it to is in Oregon and you are not... so, I never played with the stamps... these were stamped with some Versafine Onyx Black and Die cut with a taylored expressions postage stacklet die and layered to a textured Bazzill base. this one finished out at A2 and was about all the creativity I had left in this heat. the one window AC is struggling to make it breath-able up here so, I think at some point I may have to cave and buy a second window box for the west end of the room that gets the heat of the day through it. ( which is where I have all my tools and table) :)
here is a closer look at the post card.

and where you can find it in their store. hope its a little cooler where you are and thanks for stopping by.


A catch up Post

 This week's featured stamper is Mary and I chose this fun card of her's flipped it to landscape and then cut a hole into the embossed panel instead of inking the sky, I also stacked the banners. This one is A7 in real life. The snowman is from Stamping Bella called Frostier and the sentiment is from the Tim Holtz great outdoors set.

 Last week? our featured stamper was Shannon and she has this fish card she made the fish from leaves and I love that. So changes were I stamped a fish ( PSX) and made the tall panel a Jar, this was cut and embossed with a Sizzix Mason jar and the embossed parts have some clear wink of stella on the Jar.

 What I ended up doing for my Cousins baby shower. ( her shower was held in MN and she lives in DC so, I mailed this to the hostess of the Showers address but, I have never heard if she received it or not. (which is a little sad because, there was a gift card in it)

 Last week the Sketch challenge looked like this, and I think I got mine a little chubby but, I like how this turned out the cat is from Katzlekraft and the sentiment is from the Hero Arts to seize or not to seize set.

 A really long time ago now when I first got this giraffe trio die ( Memory Box) I cut up a bunch of scraps and had these pieces laying together on the table in the ( stack of handmade backgrounds) one day I actually glued it all together haha.

 Sometimes I just glue things together for the booth, these are for that. the die was cut with shimmery die cuts with a view papers and the mats under them also shimmer so, they look better in real life.

 A while back the clean and simple challenge had a do water theme. and I was going with just a watercolored water and then it was too plain so I added in a strip of blue vellum and decided it was too busy for "clean and simple" at that point and just set it aside.

 when I was cutting a stack of banners a while back I ended up gluing some of the layers together for this card for the booth the top sentiment is from Impression Obsession and the bottom one I think is from Mama Elephant.

 This was done just as a simple booth filler card. the stamp is from Gourmet Rubber stamps.
colored with polychromos pencils.

This one the chick was RAK'd to me from Janice and I had colored it with pencils a while back and put this together real quick when those Reverse Confetti dies came. the Sentiment is from Dylusions. and this one is A2 in real life.

 These stamps are from Unity Stamps

 This one is an XL Dahlia from Power Poppy Stamps colored with pencils.

 the stamp I used on the inside.

 The Chrysanthemum is from PSX It was watercolored a long time ago and then has a little bit of pencil over the top.
Sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.

A closer look at the blooms. This had been heat embossed with white powder first.


Inspired by {a Beautiful Mess}

This week Julie has sent us to the A Beautiful Mess site, with the challenge being seen here.


 This was inspired by a kitchen window seen in the A beautiful Mess site. the cardbase is A2 sized texture Bazzill that I ran the front of the card through a tim holtz sizzix bricked folder. the window frame, scene behind it and the sentiment were all done on some smooth Neenah solar white. the row of potted blooms and such is from A Muse ( from when they sold single wood mounted stamps) and the sentiment was a single stamp from Impress.  It was cut with a spellbinders labels trio die ( a while back) and is up on foam pop dots over the window box.

  A closer look at the center, sometimes its hard for my eyes to see the detailing on mostly white cards so, if you are like me and you took the time to stop in and see what I have been up to, thanks and here ya go. I did reverse the view to be you are on the outside looking in and only gave it one ledge of pots with this card. the pots were colored with some polychromos pencils. The window and box are from the Mama Elephant window watching die set.

You can see this inspiration piece here at a beautiful mess's site. Thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW # 474 {cards}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
the link up for this blog hop starts here at our hostess
There is also a new Instagram hastag of #WOYWW

 So this is a tuesday evening shot. Today is Independence day in the US. And we are mostly planning to stay home today. ( have two days of work following the holiday so, that makes for a nice break but, not big enough to go and plan something. I had seen that the wednesday tutorial last week was this double triangle fold ( tutorial found here) and decided to try it ( card seen below) and then ended up cutting a few sheets of cardstock and folding it for soon-ish. tried the monday flag challenge and the tuesday color combo also.

 This is a stitched primitive star die from Papertrey ink. I did thread this with may arts burlap string. and it took a good long while because, that printed paper is double sided and teeny polka dots on the other side and the burlap shreds so, it was slow going. the sentiment is from the Art gone wild words to the rescue line "Military Thanks" Stamped with some Avery Elle cherry ink. ( I probably should have done this in the misti to do it several times but, after spending so much time threading I just wanted to be "done" this sentiment is up on foam pop dots above the star.  this one is A2 in real life.

 These stamps are both from Our Daily Bread Designs ( old flag background and let freedom ring sentiment) the background was done with water color crayons in the misti one color at a time so that they would not run as much. there is a bit of clear wink of stella in the "stars"

 this fold is kinda cool and something different. the sentiment is a die cut from Lil Inker designs. cut from some shimmery stardream red cardstock and backed with cream.

the inside liner was cut with a Spellbinders hemstitched die. the "linen" print is a really old background stamp from Stampin' up done with antique linen ink. the floral print is an old Basic grey one. these cards are all A2 in real life. and so, the plan is to pick all this up and get a few more VSN or DTGD stamples going later after breakfast. Thanks for stopping by.