WOYWW # 369 {happy mail & a card}

 So, the disclaimer is... this is a mug shot from last saturday afternoon... the good news is tonight I have human feeling thoughts again. (maybe Im on the downhill side of this bug now) seriously, I have not been upstairs since the weekend. I did unpack the mail and then made the coffee card ( previous post) and this one below from scraps on the table. the thing I am curious about is that lawn fawn cleaning cloth. it says on the wrapper just get it wet then wipe the stamps. I am thinking it will have no fuzzy stuff left behind on the stamps but, what I am not sure about is if you take it to a sink and get it wet every time you stamp or if you toss it in the wash or something (between stamping) so, it has not come down stairs yet to get "wet"

the heart is a low profile (looks like faux glass) sticker from Micheal's recollections line. the sentiment is from darkroom door.

if you'd like to play along with us, shoot a shot of what you are pushing around in your space and link it up here at Jan's blog where the link up is at while Julia recovers. thanks for stopping by,


Spill the beans

This came about inspired by two different challenges last weekend. The Inspiration challenge heads to a Pinterest board with Tim Holtz styled art. and I found this pin. which lead me to watch this video. ( and I had no time to play) and then on Sunday I found this card in Kendra's featured stamper gallery and though... do it, it's a sign..
lol so the coffee rings were stamped with Distress Vintage Photo and the sentiment was done in Versafine vintage sepia and the bean was stamped twice with Avery Elle kraft ink. ( so, both of those things would not react with the water and the distress) I did mask off a spot for the sentiment and then I deliberately drug the water through that space for a "spill" Its a A-2 sized card the white is some more Smooth  Bristol paper and the base is Baked brown sugar. All of these stamps are from the Darkroom Door set called coffee talk.


A catch up post

 Something I did messing around while I was trying to come up with Fathers Day cards... didnt send this to anyone but, it did make me laugh. ( sentiment is from Taylored Expressions and the kitty is from Eureka! stamps

 very nearly the same card, colored with slightly different pencils and a Dutch Bro's altered lid for the sentiment.

 This is what happens to soft wool felt in the wild rose studios bunny love die... ( its a solid image) the sentiments from Ellen Hutson.

 Something Leigh Anne rak'd to me years ago ( that IO image, I colored it and it sat and sat and sat)  Sentiments are from Paper Smoochies.

 These tulips are water colored ( Darkroom Door) and up on pop dots over teh SU mellow moss lace background.

 The sentiment is from Hero Arts and an "evening flower" from Impression Obsession.

 made this sometime last feburary because the SSS sentiment had come in the mail and so, the laptop is from GKD and the congrats is Stampendous .
I had been messing around coloring laptops after doing one ( seen below) for J's birthday in march)

 for laughs, the sentiment is from Riley & co. the stack of books is from Darkroom door and the bookshelf background is from Impression Obsession.

 What I ended up sending to J.
The red cardbase is all sparkly and the laptop is watercolored and up on pop dots.

 the centers of these dogwood blooms have Prills in them.

 I had done this for a stamping friend who lost her husband recently. The dogwood flowers are from Personal Stamp Exchanged and heat embossed in white on watercolor paper. (mind is blank on the sentiment) (probably SU)

 This bird is from Impression Obsession, and I had a really hard time deciding what colors it should be.. and all the birds in my yard are always chirping and such so, when this sentiment came in the mail ( the bird had been on the table for a long time) it looked like it was being "sung" haha

 My last VSN entry. Lee's challenge was to use the letters from the Olympic's motto. so, you need an C A F. so, I have a whippersnapper cow with a flower that is Framed and an Altenew sentiment... Oh, and this was a first time playing around with smooth bristol paper. ( I did watercolor on it) and that water moves really fast on the smooth surface. It did not pill the paper either ( yay) 

 This is what I did for last sunday's featured stamper as something for my Grandpa whose birthday was a few days ago. The printed paper is from Basic Grey and its 4X9 in real life. the gems came out of a Hero Arts monthly kit and the sentiment is from Altenew birthday greetings. and it was inspired by this cool card in Lisa's gallery seen here.

Last weekends Inspiration challenge headed to this store and I found this bottle and thought  the colors would make an awesome Christmas card and then while I was hunting for Christmas flowers I got side tracked by these recent Hero Arts monthy kit blooms. ( they dont name those kits so, its hard to say what to call them) anyways, this is three stampings of the same bloom and I cut them out with scissors rather than using the dies that came with them. ( mostly because, that is faster for me then hunting for the dies) The sentiment is from SSS.

(and this cleans out my to be uploaded file) now you know, I am one of those people who does not have that big of an ignore brain for the notification buttons. or too many things in this folder makes me say load them and start over. I really admire those people who can do one project at a time and post daily but, the lazy part of me just says lump them together and get it over with.


More VSN projects

 A couple more for VSN, Lydia's challenge is "hit the lights" so, the moon was a background stenciled with SSS bokeh stencils and distress ink so, the moon is paper pieced into the rest of the image. ( Impression Obsession Couple with a tree and the Sentiment is from Hero Arts Written in the stars) this one is A-6 in real life.

 Now this one I totally did not "get this" looking at the gallery uploads ( its a "waterfall" card) so Brenda suggested hunting up a Youtube video and watching it move. ( which I did I found this one and did not follow the measurement directions.) This card is A-6 in real life. So, one thing I did was flipped the waterfall to it's side and then I stamped the sentiment long ways on the scored strip (because, that was how it was done in the video ha ha) and so, that sentiment was cut out and glued to a new strip to be horizontal. ( see below the open look) now, this diecut word catches a little bit when you are sliding it back to closed because of the depth.

the pulled version, the sentiment is from Print works and the tree is from the Hero Arts color layer tree's set. ( so the fourth panel is just bare branches) so it follows the seasons across the card. There are a few handfuls of ink colors on this card as follows: Versafine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, Spanish Moss, Avery Elle Pixie, lemon grass, jungle, Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle, Adirondack Rust, Salmon, Shell Pink. The printed paper is from MME, the brown is baked brown sugar and the tan is Sahara Sand. This was done for Janet's Challenge seen here.


WOYWW #368 {after & before}

Welcome to the it's no longer a mess desk... If your wondering what this is all about you can find the details and the link up here at Jan's blog while she is hosting this hop as Julia Recovers. If you'd like to play along with us shoot a shot of your space. It's that simple.

 This was shot Tuesday evening after work. I had received a packed of New for July and some I can play with now stamps from Two Paper Diva's so, on Monday I had made another card for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop (going on now there are still a few days left to play if you are so inclined. There are some really cool projects being shown ( with opportunities to ha ha add to your collections too I'm sure)  That is coffee in the mug even though this was shot at 6 pm and the little pile of new rubber that needs the foam removed. I did get a laminate machine and some plastic sleeve things for it and I cleaned off three shelves of one of my book shelves to move unmounted stamps to it. ( this is a work in progress) I have to do the laminating downstairs I think the cord is too short to reach from the plug in to the table. ( fun fun ) plus I want to buy some cheaper cardstock to use for it.

This was Sunday afternoon, there is also a VSN (virtual stamp night) going on at Splitcoaststampers and there are 13 challenges for that, ( I have done 10 of them) and by the half way point I could not see the table anymore so, I had to take the time to clean up. We ( hubs and I ) I have been assuming that everyone who comes to the desk hop does not see the rest of the posts through the week have been fighting with allergies and a cold mixed in, so I didn't get much of anything done last week. including climbing the stairs to shoot a desk mug shot. ( sorry, am hoping to catch up today and tomorrow on what I missed) one interesting thing happened. a lady driving down the street got a glimpse of the garden ( the veggie part) and turned around and asked if we would consider being part of a garden tour in August. and after looking at their web site this week we have her and her boss coming back this next Saturday to look at it up close. ( they are a big promote organic gardening group) and the truth is... ( shhh bugs are sprayed in our yard, we are not home 24/7 to you know hand carry these bugs to the curb so they can cross the street and live at the school.) SO, after telling her that in an email she is dragging her boss by so they can ask questions because, I told her more than once we really do not have a lot growing this year ( they way we have in previous years) the Cold storage room is still full of Canned goods and then we just sold 20 sheep leaving us with 3 to start over as we still ( yes, ds has been gone from the nest for 2 years now) and we still  have 2 freezers full of meat. So. who knows. maybe I will be writing about adventures as a tour guide some day.