Layered Sympathy

On monday I found out my friend at work had lost her mother in law the day before. and I knew from things she had said in the past that her MIL loved red and since her husband does too, I wanted to use that on the card somehow.

 A closer look at the layers, the first stack of butterflies I started out with shades of red and vellum and it just didn't work for me with this card knowing I just wanted a "little" red on it. and so when I did this layers of white the bottom is a mulberry paper, the center is vellum cardstock and the top is Neenah solar white. and I didn't notice it shifted while the glue was wet oops. ( I layed a clear block over the top of it to hold it in place while it dried) The bloom is a stenciled shaving cream background that I had cut out with scissors and set aside last summer sometime.

 This finished at A-7 in real life, the lace is vintage. the pearls are from Recollections and queen & co. the inner frame is from the Mama Elephant Park Avenue die and the center was cut 3 times to boost it up just a little bit. the outside edge mat was cut with the Waffle flower A7 lacy layers die.
The sentiment is an older one from SU ( I want to say teeny tiny wishes and hope that's right haha) it was cut with a nellie Snellen tags 3 die.

On the inside I had stamped this sentiment from the Impression Obsession clear sympathy set and die cut that mat with the Mama elephant all prettied up die. These butterflies are all three layers in the Paradiso set from Birch Press. The neat thing about these dies that I didn't show the other day is they are packaged just like the poppy stamps and Memory box dies, all cut out and ready to go in a paper envelope. no fighting to get glue off the backs of them. just ready to use :)


WOYWW #416 {wings}

Good Morning, & Happy Anniversary to everyone who plays along with What's on your Wednesday Workdesk each week. If you'd care to join in the link up starts here at our hostess Miss Julia's blog.

Lets see, these are new to me dies from Birch Press Design, its called Paradiso Butterfly ( and I picked it up as the full set of 3 dies that layer, but the mfg site does sell them as single dies) When these dies came out I loved what other people were doing with them but, I really didn't think I would use them more than once or twice ( the big backgrounds) but, I do love these butterflies. (there was a big sale at SSS for Mothers day so, happy day to me )
So far I have cut a lot of scraps and made one card that I will blog about after I hear its been delivered. The thicker 110# neenah is harder to remove from the dies than the 80# cardstock. I did cut some with shimmer card, vellum card, some mulberry papers. ( they all worked for me, I did not use the wax paper routine either just what ever paper I grabbed to cut)

It's been really (early) hot here the last couple of days so, the what I am pushing around is taking longer than normal for me as I do have a window air conditioner for upstairs but, its not in the window yet haha. the news here was showing a lower 48 map and it was hotter at my house than Miami Florida on monday night while it was on... (ACK!) lol

Oh and exciting news, the cabinets are done as of last wed. the sink that was not supposed to be here for 3 more weeks was picked up last Saturday so, things are moving right along with the kitchen and the drywall (plaster board) started going up on the ceiling yesterday..

If you were curious about the Hero Arts box, I blogged about that here. ( and made a 10# card with lumps and bumps and even fibers) ( which I really do not care much for but, someone will like it) 

I am going to try to make to all the stops this week but, I am not sure how long that will take me to do. Thanks for stopping by!


Christmas Blessings

The featured stamper challenge this week headed to Shirley's gallery where there are so many beautiful projects and I chose this one because, It is just that stunning. Changes were to flip it to landscape and change the colors/stamps/theme. This is A-2 in real life. the Antique poinsettia and the Christmas Blessings are both Hero Arts wood mounted stamps that were done with some WOW gold powder on Jupiter Stardream shimmer cardbase with some Gold Mirror from Bazzill as the trim.
anyways there will be some variations of this coming because, the first two A2 red panels are the flowers were in the wrong spots to work with this word haha. so, I will switch sentiments I think and finish them.
on the home front, the plumbing is in and done in the kitchen. YAY
Drywall (plasterboard) is being purchased tomorrow.


Wave Hello

 So, the other day I had flashed a barely open box of happy mail from Hero Arts... and today the IC challenge headed to this gorgeous blog and I stopped in my tracks after seeing the second photo down in this post I loved the colors and textures in Autums mug shot of the piece under construction. and I knew i had this box of happy from Hero Arts to play with... ( So, my piece is very loosely inspired by, lumpy stenciled background and colors and blooms)

 In the beginning I had no idea the wreath was not going to cut it self out.. so, at this point I already had the mermaid die cut and up on thin pop dots with some fibers by the yard fibers wrapped around the outside oval that was cut into the background done on some Papertrey ink Ocean Tide cardstock. I did mess around with the stencil in the kit and added in some clear embossing paste and while it was wet sprinkled on some teal glitter ( which I really disliked after it was on but... I decided to just keep going and wiped a lot of that off)

 So, I had to cut the reef twice ( the second time with that same oval as on the right) I had also cut off the turtle from the reef and glued it flat to the background, there is some wink of stella here and there ( mostly on the critters and the mermaid)

 I raised up the frame oval on thicker foam pop dots. on the outside frame there is some brown bag fibers wrapped and tucked around the wreath.

 This card finished out at 5X7 in real life, I keep my mulberry flowers inside vintage canning jars but, best guess is they are mostly prima with maybe some recollections in there. added in some pearls and goosebumps too.

 The mermaid was stamped on some neenah solar white with Memento and colored with copic's. (and she is just tiny) The sentiment was stamped with some Adirondack stream on a scrap of the original background and die cut with a stitched rectangle die which was too long (but wide enough) so, I whacked off the end and tucked it under the blooms in a wave ish look. there is a foam pop dot under the raised up hump of cardstock.
What was actually in that box, so I played with bits and pieces of all of this except the bottle of what looks like nail polish.


Triangle Trifolds

 So... there is a challenge out today to use up hoarded metals... and I have been poking around in my own gallery trying to figure out set names of old stamps for the ever note inventory. ( yes, that is still under construction) and I came across this old card of mine that followed this triangle trifold tutorial.
and that smile happened for me because, I really am still to this day  not a fancy folds person... and I was just so tickled I got that tutorial to work. So, I decided to try it again today after work...
and I decided right off the bat 3 1/2" square was too small for me personally, so, I cut a strip of 4" x 12" cardstock and tried that, the score lines go at 4" and 8" and then on the diagonal on those two flaps in the same direction just like the tutorial, I did cut the printed mat paper to 3.75" square then cut that on the diagonal for the mat. the funny part about this is... I seen these words were crooked. ( red rubber) and I stamped it again straight... then I grabbed the crooked one to color real quick with pencils.  (and of course I did not "see" it until I photographed it, as usual)

 What it looks like open, the inside sentiment is an older Hero Arts one. the keep calm is an Unity Stamps itty bitty set. The cream star brad I think may be old SU but, I am not sure, its in a jar that has my metal frames and things.

 A chance of seeing the wink of stella on the "glass"

 This was actually the first card, I had started with this plaid ( Photoplay ( same pad as the card above) and then started poking around in the already colored images tray and seen these colors looked ok together and thought well, it might work as a you will be a new dad announcement card or a new dad Fathers day card. ( headed to the booth, no don't even go there in your head about me hahaha) hubs would have a heart attack.

 The open view

The sentiment on this one is an older SU one ( that I cannot think of the set name off hand) which is why that evernote thing really is working for me as I get set's added. I can just sort through the search feature on it and find set names easily. ( well, what has already been logged on it)

Happy Mail {a closer look}

Isn't this gorgeous? the butterfly is like a resin 3-d type embellishment. ( maybe a shank-less button is the closest thing my mind comes up with for a description) 
I recently helped a lady do a RAK for someone else and this is the card that has arrived in the mail from Kandie as a thank-you the colors are so vibrant and beautifully done that this mug shot does not do the card justice.