Sandy Toes

Today the inspiration challenge is to find something inside country curtains and funnily enough, I found something that kinda goes with the paint chips hanging on the wall in the hall bath. In the "natural" color so, there is no "blue" in the inspiration photo but, the texture of the lace made me think of cheesecloth so, that is how this started with the cheesecloth and the scrap of watercolor paper being dyed with some antique linen stain and tap water. the edges of the die cut (Tim Holtz for sizzix the mini sized one) and the stamped pieces have some vintage photo distress ink sponged on. 

all the stamps are from the Gina k designs gifts from the sea set by Melanie Muenchinger. stamped with some Versafine vintage sepia ink as was the Sanded background from SU. The metal frame & brads are from SU but, I dont save packaging so, I don't know the real name of them but, what ever they use for paint... it does not like to stick to gluedots at all. and I did not want the prongs of the brads going through the card front so, this is on there tentatively with gluedots and pop dots under the sentiment. The cardbase is ocean tide (think maybe PTI) and the liner is primitive cream from MFT. this one is A-7 in real life. and that bitty star fish on the diecut sand dollar. ( it's real ) I've had it forever and don't remember where I got it anymore. Sometime not too long ago I think I seen a tutorial or something that Dina made that used flower soft for the sand and so (found it here), after I had daubed some snow-tex on this here and there and decided it was too flat and too white I remembered to look at the box of flower soft I have and funnily enough one of them is named "Sand" so, it was patted onto daubed on diamond glaze glue. 
{Blurry sorry its from my phone shot} Paint chips I found at homedepot this morning that are hanging on the wall in that bathroom. thinking about changing the frame of that mirror to a dark brown and the walls to one of the blue's and then maybe the trim as one of the grey driftwood type colors. ( not sure yet)


Patched Mix Tag

So, at work today I seen that the mix challenge was to use patches of backgrounds for instance with some sewing and that was all I remembered about the challenge. I made my self a pile of patches and found 3 that looked good together and fit along the side of this tag. left space under the sides to run them through the sewing machine but, found these photo corners hiding in the pile and liked them. So, then I went and read the challenge again. ( it need's 4 patches and is supposed to represent something in your life this last little while) well... I am thinking the sentiment reflects the last years "stuff" now, the question is, do the book page butterflies count as "patches" 

This is an size 8 shipping tag stained with distress stain then sprayed with dylusions white linen ink. the bottom patch is vellum with alcohol inks on it, the middle patch is heavily sprayed watercolor papers and the top patch is a very old piece of photo printer paper that was turned into "faux" linen. The sentiment's from the tim holtz words for for thoughts set, three words were done a third time on a scrap of pink cardstock and the top one has real staples over the stamped ones. the button is vintage ( wood ) the pink burlap thread is from May Arts and the seambinding is from SU Cherry cobler. The sequins have some stickles in them. 


From Last weekend

This was pretty much done with the same colors, textures, papers etc. from Friday's card san's wings and then the addition of the ruffle, tag changed the sentiment.

It was 5" square in real life, cannot measure it though, popped it in the mail for J as soon as I finished it Saturday am. 

The Inspiration challenge on saturday lead to a blog that does color combo's for brides. and this was the post I settled on. I think I tweaked the colors a little during the day while I was thinking about it. 

The embossing was done on some darice coredinations vintage photo cardstock with an we r memory keepers folder and sanded. the wood veneer butterflies were stained. the happy birthday banner is an SU sentiment. the blue floral base pp has like clear embossing over the whole sheet so its an textural fun piece to touch. The lace is vintage. 

This was done in honor of this weeks featured stampers gallery and I chose this one from Heather
the changes I made were to switch the bloom from an solid image to one that needed colored and I white washed it with some acrylic paint then distress inks watercolored over that. the ric rac is vintage. the side embossing are those skinny little border ones and they warped this panel pretty badly to do this so there are a lot of glue dots under this.  


A Textured Heart

The Ways to use it challenge this week is to use 3 kinds of textures on the project... So, I am thinking I missed it by one. unless visual texture counts besides lumps and bumps. 

I had happy mail today when I got home from work in the form of a filled envelope from Our Daily Bread designs, so of course it had to be inked and cut. The heart is the one in the Heart and Soul set and honestly I bought the large stand alone heart stamp too ( same flag design) they are not that much different scale wise as I had imagined them to be. who knows if they list the stamp sizes on the site I tend to hardly pay attention to that stuff when the impulse thing hits. Because, I had come across this beauty in the gallery when I was surfing earlier in the week and that knocked me right off the yes, I will get it someday fence... 

The heart was colored direct to rubber with the SU watercolor crayons in Ruby Red, Not Quite Navy & Creamy Carmel. then misted with water. so, it did bleed a little but, not in an unrecognizable way. and then the sentiment was over stamped with versafine after that dried. I tapped some snow-tex on the edges of this with an glue type brush. ( the snow-tex did wash off the brush) but, this was the first time I had opened that and was not sure what the clean up would be like so, I did use a disposable brush. This was diecut with a die from the Ornate Hearts die set and the edges were inked with creamy brown fluid chalk. there is also some stardust gelly roll pen on this part. 

The background started with the SU sanded background being stamped with Creamy brown fluid chalk ink then this was sprayed with some Goosebumps. this started taking forever to dry so, patience is not my virtue and I cooked it with the heat gun. ( watched it bubble up etc etc) and did let it sit for a few minutes to further dry. the distress inks were color dusted over the top of this and then I misted a paper towel with water and wiped the ink off the top of the goosebumps textures. the wings were die cut from a scrap of textured bazzill using the Angel Wings set and those edges are also inked with creamy brown chalk. This is A-7 in real life. 


From Nancy's gallery

This week Nancy is the featured stamper and from her gallery I was really torn between this and these. so, these are a hodgepodge from both. they were all done from scraps so the off the top of my head things I remember are that the stocking, ornament and lace border are Sizzix dies, the tree is from Taylored Expressions ( trim a tree ) the snowflake is from Impression Obsession. 

Vintage Holly to honor Karen

On monday the clean and simple challenge was to CASE something from Karen Dunbrook's gallery and I finally narrowed it down to this gorgeous card and then spent a lot of time digging through leaf stamps trying to find one with multiple leaves haha. and then I finally realized there might be something in the Christmas stamps boxes and I found this one. ( Penny Black vintage holly ) 

The changes I made were ( the stamps) and this is a little wide than A-2 in real life its 4 1/2" X 5" with the ribbon has been moved down to the popped up panel and the sentiment (Verve stamps) was tied onto that. 

A Catch Up Post

This is the card I sent to J that he should have received it around Independence day but, I don't know at this point if he has, the last letter I received he had said he had only received the very first letter I sent which turns out went to the wrong platoon. the rays are an Tim Holtz embossing folder used as a stamp. the sentiment is from Define your life.  

This is the first attempt at using this set that was gifted to me. pretty simple and flat.

Thinking to send this one to J during Marine week so he get's it before we get there for his graduation. this gal is from the same Unity kit as the dresses below. one of the heart balloons is up on pop dots. 

This was done a long time ago when Peggy was featured stamper. 

I could not remember the name of the SU stamp to the left but, that is where the sentiment came from ( I think this was an 9/11 fundraiser type stamp but, I don't remember anymore) the old Flag background is from our daily bread designs done with watercolor crayons, the band of solidiers is from deep red. 

this is that faux resist background, ( crumpled wax paper was tapped onto the card front with versamark and then tan embossing powder was heated on that and then colors were added over the top and wiped off the embossing powder) its way cooler in person than in this shot. 

a while back there was a young man collecting cards for a hospital where he receives treatments and I struggle with "kid" cards a great deal but, this was done hoping the colors were cheerful. and the one below was done thinking that maybe there were days the nurses needed Happy Cards! 

This is an example of what works better in your head does not always translate. I wanted all the skirts to layer, but, the bow being an sunken crater looks awful. seriously you would not wear this in reality.

I still like the idea of it but, since there is nothing in the stamp design to tuck the layers under it does not work with paper and pop dots. like this, I am thinking since then of pulling it apart, cutting off the top dress and wrapping a gauzy flowing sheer something soft maybe cheesecloth something with drape to it around the middle of that dress. cheesecloth would probably be awesome as a peeking out texture too. so this is one of those thinking things. 

from an Unity kit of the month. ( have to look up which month ( recently ) a lot of these were made in June and I just never got around to posting them here.