8.21.2019

WOYWW #533 {Foiling take 2}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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There is also a new Instagram hashtag of #WOYWW


 So you may remember that I collected some foiling things ahead of dtgd and I had watched a video from Jennifer McGuire a while back and in my head I had the gist of what to do with these things.
the one thing it says on the jar of this deco foil paste ( for smooshing through stencils) is to not let them dry on the stencil. ( so there is a hall bathroom right around the corner from the laundry room and I figured that sink was close enough) what I didn't anticipate is our summer humidity here bounces around from 10% to sometimes as much as 20% so, on the second one I did since it was a longer stencil, It did dry on me, and I could not clean it off following the directions ( cold water and dish soap)  anyways back to this piece. somewhere hiding in a very safe as of yet undisclosed location in the cave ( er, studio) I have a really long bladed plastic spatula I picked up a long time ago for doing brass stencils with paste and evidently I moved that container where that tool hides so, I grabbed a short paint one and it was an adventure using it in the center of this one. ( I told my self I own circle dies if push comes a shove I would cut it out)

 The one on the left has a tim holtz poinsettia stencil drying on it.
And farther to the left of that is a box that arrived from watching the tv commercials a few days after I got home from the hospital there was one of those all day things on hsn. and my mama had texted me are you going to watch? and I really wasn't I actually forgot about it and then after dinner I was flipping through the channels and seen this todays special at that time was these pens that are for foiling that you could use your rubber stamps on the backside of the foil and trace the pattern with these pens and instant foiled stamped image. ( oooh you guys have seen a part of my stamp collection which is you know much larger than my stencils) and so the possiblities of this had a lot of apeal to me and my husband was no help, he is just like oh buy the things. So, by the time I caved and ordered the pens and the battery pack thing the metal magnetic sheet with magnets had sold out. (you'd think they would just put all the things you need into one package and say it cost's 100.00 instead of breaking it up in pieces and hoping you get all the parts right?)
(as of yet all I have done so far with that is charged the battery pack thing with a cell phone charger and since it does not tell you what it should look like charged I am not sure its done yet)
So then this is what it looks like this morning before work. the one on the red cardstock was foiled with Opal foil and the one on the white cardstock was foiled with red. and then I went on line and seen that ha ha she has more video's and the next thing to try is to use parchment paper instead of printer paper for the carrier sheet in the laminator and or to run it through the machine twice. and to let the laminator re heat for another 20 minutes between pieces, I ran these through back to back so the red is missing spots in the petals and the lace one actually looks pretty good and solid for one pass through the machine.
and I probably will cut out the center of the doily piece since the lines of the paste are pretty visible.
That's about it for me. I am continuing to feel better and better each day. I have not taken any mug shots of Izzy this week but, she did go get the last round of puppy shots yesterday and she now weights a bit over 40#'s. ( so, growing like a weed continues and so will the teething for at least two more months) she has decided she likes chewing on ice cubes and if someone is getting ice out of the refrigerator she will run to the kitchen to beg for one. Thanks for stopping by.

8.18.2019

A two-fer (challenges that is)

 This week's featured stamper is Donna and I came across this pretty card this morning and my first thought when I seen it as a thumbnail was oh, cool vellum flower. ( it really isn't but, the color combo of the design gives it that illusion as a small photo) but, because it gave me a first "change" I knew I could wing the rest of it into working. the center panel was done following the acrylic stencil deboss and (there is a closer look below) and the other changes are there are less layers and instead of a banner I tied on a ribbon and dangled a sentiment from that. This one finished out at A2 in real life.

a closer look at the acrylic stencil deboss ( the tutorial for this hide's here) and the cool part is, your stencil stays clean. this is the try a new technique challenge from last monday at scs and its been in the back of my mind all week to try. This was my first attempt and I did use an old cut pad in the big shot and went back and forth trying to get the leaves to bump and then did use some felt along with a tan rubber mat and I did crack the cut plate. ( it was old and warped anyways) but, then I grabbed a second sheet and tried it without the felt and got a slightly better impression but, because this one was first. its paint dried first and I knew that a lot of it would be hiding behind the bloom and I used it instead of the one where the technique really shines. And I really will do this some more. my stencils and paint collection is not all that extensive so, it seems to me that no matter what the challenge is my things tend to all look the same. one of these days I really should buy more colors of paint :) thanks for stopping by.

8.16.2019

Inspired by {Painted Jars}

This week Brenda has chosen Painted Jars on Pinterest as the inspiration. and I came across this jar seen below rather quickly and knew that I could use it to jump start some Thank you cards I needed.


 I started with this one for my Husband and a piece of Sahara sand cardstock from SU, I ran that through a we R memory keepers wood grain folder and then smooshed a little country (off) white paint over the top with a foam brush. to give it a little bit of that white washed look.  The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Thanks and Leaves set which I had not inked before this and the frayed edge ribbon is something that came from Micheal's the last couple of years in the fall. the brown string is actually May Arts burlap cord and the bloom I think is from Prima. ( I have all my fancy flowers in jars on the wall so, I do not have any packaging info anymore for them) The tiny tag diecut is from Hero Arts and this one is finished out at A2 in real life.

 A peek at what is on the inside. ( those sentiments are also from that same stamp set)

 And since it worked so well, I just used this as variations on the theme. This one has some prima leaves tucked in with glue dots.

 And these two went horizontal with some wide crochet May Arts lace instead. and different flowers, and vintage and MM buttons. One thing I did do even though the card bases are A2 is I put these all into A6 envelopes to accommodate those flowers. These were done for people who had flowers to me while I was in the hospital.

This Jar's pin can be seen here and you can find this challenge here at SCS to play along with us. Thanks for stopping by.

8.14.2019

WOYWW #532 {a time lapse}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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 Long time no see ya, at this time last week I was in the local hospital's ICU awaiting the second half a procedure that allowed me to go home that afternoon. I ah have an unprovoked blood clot behind my left knee and it started breaking up and all decided to gather the pieces in my lungs. But, the what they did to me worked and I am doing better and better each day.

 somewhere mid July ish, the Hero Arts monthly hero kit arrived. (along with a couple of add ons of course) I did use the camper for the last IC I had made a sample for about 3 weeks ago now you can see that here.

 and somewhere after that I had a couple different orders arrive all at the same time and did one big mug shot of it all, bought quite a bit of this to use during dtgd but I did not get as much done as I normally do.

and yes, you guessed it another order arrived while I was in the hospital so. yeah. I am mostly working on getting better and better each day to have the oomph to play with it all. if your curious how one of the foil things was used that can be seen in the post before this one. ( all the cards have links to the challenge under them which means I cross linked them from those challenge chatter threads to my uploads in the gallery at scs. ) I have not really had the energy yet to re type it all for the blog but, if you see something you are really curious about shoot me an email.


So that brings me to this morning, on Sunday afternoon I found the oomph to go upstairs and I made some thank-you cards which will go live friday for the IC and one more dtgd card because, I had these new things and I knew what I wanted to do. so, it was kind of a relief that the creative thing did not go kaput when the lungs did haha. :) I have not been able to play since then but, I now need a bridal shower card before Friday since the party is Saturday. and I need to steal the time to finish the card. ( I colored the bride a while back its a curvy one from Stamping bella but, now I am second guessing it because, the brides colors for her wedding are grey and yellow and I think I colored the flowers on this bride in reds and purples or something I do not exactly remember. but, I have also decided to just finish what I started and do her wedding card later in her colors. (the over thinking thing wears me out this week in a normal week I take it in stride)

And if your here for your Izzy fix, yes she really has grown that much at just a little over 4 months old now. Grace is not actually winking, I think right before I shot this Izzy was chewing on her ear and she was still in the flinching go away Izzy mode... She actually puts up with quite a lot of that thing and it is usually after dinner at night before she will put her foot down to being chewed on.
That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.

8.12.2019

Dare to get Dirty 2019

Did you know that for the 15th anniversary of the Dirty Dozen the challenges are open to everyone who wants to play along not just fan club members? Of course most people enjoy their fan club memberships and the perks are well worth the fee. If you'd like to know more about joining the fan club you can find that info here.


 This was done for Lydia's first challenge seen here. 

 This was done for Lori's challenge seen here.

 This was done for Sandee's first challenge seen here.

 This was done for Angie's challenge found here.

 A closer look at the stickles on the butterflies wings.


This was done for my own challenge seen here.


A closer look at the coloring done with pencils.

 This was done for Ann's challenge seen here.

 A closer look.

This was done for Bev's challenge seen here.

 This was done for Joanne's challenge seen here.

 Done for Julie's challenge seen here

 A closer look at the coloring.

 This was done for Lee Ann's challenge seen here.

 This was done for Kia's second challenge seen here.


This was done for Mary's challenge seen here.


This was done for Polly's challenge seen here.

 This was done for Nancy's challenge seen here.

 A closer look at the center.


This was done for Sandee's second challenge seen here.
 
  A closer look at the center.

 These were done for Shannon's challenge seen here.

 This was done for Andrea's challenge seen here.

 A closer look
This was done for Kelli's second challenge which was to use something you made this week that did not make it onto a previous project, so that green background behind the reindeer is a scrap of the background from the card I made from Lee Ann's challenge. 

7.26.2019

Inspired by {Needle Minders}

This week Brenda has shared with us a virtual collection of needle minders via this Pinterest board.
I thought this was really neat because, A I have never seen these things in real life and B they have to be tiny and miniature things tend to really impress me with the quality of the artwork. And then I found this happy little vintage camper and said Yes! with a fist pump.


Because, I had received the Hero Arts July 2019 Kit in the mail recently and I had ordered this camper die at the same time as an add on. This sentiment is from the my monthly hero kit. I probably did not need to stamp it twice but, I had the stamp in my Misti and I did. ( my Versafine clair nocturn pad is much more juicy with ink than my old Versafine onyx black one) I did cut this camper with some Neenah solar white and then I popped out the windows and placed Scotch tape across the back side of that and then cut the camper again with some thin scrap of vellum to pop those into the holes, its about the same color and covers up the sticky. I colored this camper with 2 prisma pencils and 1 Polychromos pencil and a stardream stardust? gelly roll glaze pen. It is up on foam pop dots over the mat which was cut with a Waffle Flower lacy layers #2 die. The skinny velvety fiber is really not that blue in real life but, the camera seen it as eye popping bright afterwards. This one finished up at A2 in real life.


Isn't that cute? I did leave off the banner and flower box off of this version but, I think it is still pretty cute this card too. I seem to know a few people who are working on restoring old campers like this for she sheds and glamping so, I did give it pretty colors and lacy white layers. You can see this camper here on that site and find this challenge here to play along with us. Thanks for stopping by.