1.20.2018

Inspired by {Frederique Morrel }

Good Morning, its my turn to host the Inspiration Challenge at SplitcoastStampers this week. and I have chosen this online art gallery belonging to Frederique Morrel.
The entire site is filled with mixed media pieces done in various shapes with scenes and pops of color inside of them. Knowing that I fully intended to stamp a plain bunny shape and then build a scene in it haha. and when I started looking at my dies for something else I thought you know, these would work really well since they have the blooms built into them already.  I have been recovering from being ill and feeling a little bit lazy. :)
 
 
 Both of the piece I made were both inspired by the Bonny Bunny form seen below. this one is more focused on the colors and the mixed media more so than the bunny shape it self. that bird is a die from Simon Says stamp called Bird of roses and I cut it from some recollections red glimmer paper. the mixed media behind it was originally a sheet of kraft cardstock that was in the bottom of my ink catcher cardboard box and then it looks like at some point it had some poinsettia's stenciled over that and then some crackle paste over the top. ( sometimes when I want to try something I try it on these sheets. there is nothing to lose right) so, it then sat in my scraps bin on my table since that point. and as I was looking at the IC piece the more I decided the colors would really work for this.

 The finished card, I kept the pop of red, all those greens, the black framing and left it simple.

 This one was done mostly because, I really had it in my head to do a bunny card and then I found this die ( from wild rose studio called bunny love) and just decided OK its going to be real simple but... I like this one. the sentiment is from Hero Arts ( as is the one above) the color was added to the swirls with an aqua brush and that stitched wood grain die is from Lil' Inker Designs. this one is also A2 in real life.


the piece that started it all for me I love the combination of the stitching, the fur, the vibrancy of the reds and so. I hope you enjoyed this and thanks for stopping by.

1.18.2018

Kissin' Toads

 The first moment I seen this image go through one of the Penny Black newer release emails, it hit high on my wish list... so, one arrived in the mail last week and I stole some time to color it over the last few days. the frogs, stump, mushrooms are all prisma pencils, the girl's base is copic markers with pencils over the top. tiny bit of white gel pen on the frogs eyes.
when I was done I had to smile, her hair looks a great deal like my auntie Vivian's. :)

The sentiment I stamped and diecut a long time ago, so this particular font in this sentiment is not in my evernote inventory as of yet, so if you recognize it please let me know. I do know that is NOT the one from the old SU set called classic captions, that set that had the Mona Lisa and a Gibson girl with this sentiment had a typewriter font on it. Anyways. the color challenge this week is two shades of pale pink with green and so when I started this it was with the intentions of doing something for that and then all the browns, yellows and orange came along and I tossed that thought out the window. :) thanks for stopping by.

1.17.2018

WOYWW # 450 {loot & a mess}

Happy Desk Peeking day, to play along with us and 
see more spaces the link up starts here at our hostess Miss Julia's Blog

 Last Wednesday night I went down for the count with a flu bug that is lingering, or rather I have now caught someone's cold on top of it. (gross and tmi I know sorry) but, there really hasn't been much to show. so over the weekend I did unpack the box of Christmas goodies from Papertrey Ink. ( I have multiple gift cards and I have not spent them all as of yet) one used at Poppystamps on boxing day shipped yesterday and should arrive sometime this week.

now, this was a oh what is that word. impulse buy I had seen an email from scrapbook. com that they had tossed these Misti tote bags into their clearance section. so, out came part of the Visa gift card, the snowmen were also on clearance and the kissing frogs was just a little bit on sale but, what the heck. I am coloring it now. ( well, I started to last night anyways) The bag has three sections and lots of zippered pockets and such and I think this is going to be really handy for taking things for on the go type coloring type projects. I am not really an on the go stamper but, I will color anywhere there is enough light.  Sometimes I will cut die cuts at work instead of color or read. things like that. I very rarely go out to eat for lunch. and we have a portion of the day in the office that is just
 hurry up and wait. (on my husband who is waiting on customers ha ha)

This is what my desk looked like Tuesday afternoon before I started coloring the frogs. the art panel I remembered to flip upside down just before it was shot. ( its going to be an inspiration sample in a couple of weeks) The sentiments were ones I had tried out on a previous card and then decided to do some extras and they have been sitting there drying for a while ha ha. so, that is about it for now I am hoping to get the sample finished in the next day or two but, I will be driving all day for work today so, it may be tomorrow before I start making the rounds. thanks for stopping by! :)

1.16.2018

Featured Stamper CASED cards

 A week or so ago the featured Stamper challenge went to Tracy's gallery where I found this Sweet card and loved it, I needed a Birthday card for my mom who spends a big chunk of time peeking out her windows at the tweety birds she feeds so, I thought this was a perfect one for me to pick for her.
so Changes were to switch the stamps, flipped it to an vertical A-2 card from a square and made the aperture a circle. My card was done from my scrap bin believe it or not I had stamped the birds and cut them out with scissors and was messing around trying to decided how big of a window hole they would need. ( they are taped to the backside of the top circle framed piece) and they fit in this, so that was handy. :) Her birthday was yesterday and I mailed this a week ago so, it should be safe to post it now.

 A closer look at the Your Next Stamp birds. These were colored with zig clean brush markers and have a little shading from polychromos pencils.

This week's Featured Stamper is Lisa where I found this gorgeous snow card that I loved every detail. and I have been fighting off a flu bug and really wanted to play so, I thought if you go more simple maybe maybe. changes were to flip the snow print to the bottom and the smooth to the top, and to make the layered snow a snow cup. other changes were to dangle the sentiment off the handle and to keep the layers of diecuts flat. there are no foam dots between layers or gems on my version of Lisa's card. That cup/snow is from the Penny Black what's in your cup die set and the sentiment is a really old one from Savvy Stamps. The border on the vintage cream was cut with the concord & 9th select a size border die and the tag die was from a set spellbinders made for justrite a long time ago. Anyways, I am feeling better every day just that lingering tired thing is continuing. Thanks for stopping by!

1.13.2018

Inspired by {Uncommon Goods}

Today the Inspiration site was chosen by Angie to head to the Uncommon Goods store. Where I found so many things that would make awesome gifts for people in my life, if only they had not hit their personal clutter limits haha.
So, then I started looking harder at things I could CASE easily as cards and there were quite a few things I have saved. but, the winner for me this week were these real map Hearts. ( see below) 
I fully intended to do mine from vintage maps because, those were the colors I was drawn to most on their choice list and I spent some time Tuesday afternoon poking around for them, ( could not find where i hid them) and found this unopened pack of printed papers from Stampin' Up. ( I am not sure what it's name is but, it has black and cream text papers, maps things like that)
 So I used that Hero Arts infinity heart die to cut a heart from one sheet of the map print and one of a book page print and ( cut them in half) so, there were the drop pieces... and I ended up with two cards. The bases on both of these are Papertrey Ink Vintage cream. the sentiment on the top one was from a Tim Holtz 2017 stamptember set. the inking on the printed papers is Oxide broken china. the square frame is a drop piece from some other previous project. (I'd have to look for the die) and the enameled brad is unknown. ( all of mine are in a canning jar together all mfg's) This one is 5 1/2" square in real life.

This one that sentiment is a two piece die from Technique Tuesday from Ali Edwards handwriting. it was cut eons ago when it was new to me and the base is Kraft, the top was cream but I rubbed some of the broken china on it also to give it that vintage map colors vibe. This one finished out at 4 1/2" X 6" in real life.

Inspired by piece. they use real maps for their art. I thought it was very cool especially because, today is Angie & her hubs Wedding anniversary. I think this could translate into I miss you cards very easily also and may do that somewhere down the road. Thanks for stopping by!

1.10.2018

WOYWW #449 {Curious Cat}

Happy Desk Peeking day, if you'd like to play along or see more spaces the link up
 happens here at  Our Hostess Miss Julia's Blog.
This is the card that created the mess on the desk. 
 and what I have noticed about my blog is, if I click on the first picture in a post. it will not open up larger for me like the other following photos do. so, I decided to pop this in first rather than at the bottom because, I am guessing you can see all the details at this size. this card is 3" square in real life. Judy has this crazy challenge of choose one of these and one of those and its a laundry list. so my choices ended up being. Burgundy & black ( you got one color and one neutral), you had to have a background technique. ( polished stone on yupo), you could have a one word sentiment ( memory box die) you could have one texture ( black cord) you needed one embellishment ( darice gem) and it could only be ATC, Tag or 3" square when you were done. (that kitty is called large curious cat from Poppy Stamps and it was RAK'd to me a long time ago from Janice, Thanks Chickie!)

So after creating that bitty card on Monday after work, this is what I came up the stairs to on Tuesday after work and I cannot show you yet what I did then because, its for the Inspiration Challenge thread that does not go live until Saturday. So, there is not much to see the things that were used on that card some were still out and it did not take long to put them way and start playing again.
so anyways, I almost had a Christmas order come but, they decided to take it from UPS to the Mail yesterday morning so, it will not arrive until today sometime. Thanks for stopping by!