A couple of Christmas cards

 I tend to lose track of the time but, a week or two ago there was a clean and simple challenge to redo say a memory or a card of your own (making it clean and simple) and my first card did not turn out clean or simple but, at the same time I had seem the fancy fold I also seen this Holly card that I had made hubs parents years ago. ( it still makes me smile to see that one) so, knowing that I had this Memory Box double holly frame die that had not been cut yet, I decided to play with it, I colored parts of the frames with a gold gel pen and let it dry. and then later I came back with a makeup brush and some bundled sage Distress oxide ink and started buffing the leaves but, some of the ink hit the gold and it was like an instant aging tarnished look that I really liked so, I rubbed the green pretty on both the frilly frames. ( the center gold piece I think is a spacer drop piece so that you can glue your frames equal distances from each other but, I liked how it looked with a little gold still shiny and glued that into place too.

 This frilly sentiment is from the Verve Stamps bright spirits set and I did cut one plain square to hide behind the frames for it to set on. the frames and sentiment panel were cut from PTI vintage cream cardstock and the base is Neenah Columns ( thinking pepper red?) ( there is only one red if you go poking around in their site) and this one finished out at 6" square.

Now this one was done a week ago for the featured stamper challenge because, I had come across this cool  card of Kathy's using that Santa collage stamp from delta rubber stampede. so changes were the colors and less layers, I switched out the belly band for some vintage seam binding lace and the gold sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp diecut. this one is A7 in real life and I like how it turned out a lot. That's about it for me, the sorting stamps thing continues. Thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Papersource}

This week Angie has sent us hunting inside the Papersource store for inspiration. and I have to say most week's I do not look at the paper craft isles in these sites because, that is too easy right? but, I got this leaf frame die from Simon Says Stamp last month and could not resist the watercolor leaf thank you cards I found seen below.

 The leaf frame was cut from some Stampin'Up! seafoam cardstock and then I color dusted some Tumbled glass, bundled sage & forest moss distress oxide inks onto that (before I removed the drop pieces so that it gave it some stability and I did not tear any leaves rubbing the brushes across them)  Then the inked and clean diecut was layered to the Papertrey Ink vintage cream base. that sentiment off to the side ( its glued inside the card) these sentiments are from the Club Scrap Lavender fields set. This card finished out at A6 in real life.
Doesn't this just look like something Debby Hughes would paint? ( my fan girl is showing I guess) :) you can find these note cards here in their store and you can find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers to play along with us. Thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW # 501 {more cling stamps}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
the link up for this blog hop starts here at our hostess
There is also a new Instagram hashtag of #WOYWW
The sorting is continuing. and yes, this is allowing more stamps to fit into the same space of the drawer. So, not many sentiments were sorted this last week but, some of the images have started to be. (because, I am tired of having stamps on the floor and an empty ish drawer) at some point the picking the mess up on Thursday to create again and dragging it all out on Sunday afternoon will get old and I will stop doing this I am sure before I get it "done" but, so far I am impressed that I have hung in there this long. thanks for stopping by. 


A few more letterboard projects

 So, this was the second one I tried. and what I learned is, its hard to line these letters up. I tend to spread them on the board but, picking them up to glue them I move them. and so.
It's not horrible, but its not perfect either.

 This one kind of migrated to the right, so the additional frames are from a Memory box die set and the home is also a Memory box die. this one is a little larger at A6.

Now this one is the 4th and probably the closest to my original inspiration piece ( seen in the post before this one) the coffee is a retired Verve Stamps die and the bitty cup is the smallest one in the original Hero Arts nested cup set. ( the new sets have holes for the handles as separate dies) I have a couple more that I made up sayings for last night but, was waiting for daylight to glue them together hoping to get them more straight ha ha. but, that has not happened as of yet. thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {The Spruce}

This week Julie has pointed us in the direction of "The Spruce". Where I came across this page of letter boards. And I grinned from ear to ear because, I had picked up this recent release from Ellen hutson of a combination of letterboard dies ( the whole set) with some of my Christmas gift money.
I esp. loved the coffee board ( seen below) and then when it came time to make my card. I started thinking about what I wanted to say. the last few weeks I have been sorting my cling mounted stamps. ( mostly the sentiments) because, I am finding it helpful to see the sizes and fonts together on a sheet to make a choice. and although I have also been working on an evernote inventory and the numbers keep going up and up on how many things are in there its very much an eye opener to actually put your hands on all those stamps. so, I am also creating a purge pile at the same time as I work through this and this has been a thought on my mind lately. So,it does not look like the inspiration that I used as a jump start but, you get the idea right?

 This finished out at A2 size in real life, the white is all Neenah solar white and the black is some textured bazzill.

The sign that I think I may re create at a later time. You can find this here in their site and you can find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers to play along with us. Thanks for stopping by & Happy Saturday.


WOYWW#500 {stamp sorting}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
the link up for this blog hop starts here at our hostess
There is also a new Instagram hashtag of #WOYWW
 So, New Years day found my desk looking like this again, I have been sorting through cling mounted stamps and stamping them to blank sheets, laminating those and generally making a mess off and on through the holidays. before Christmas I told my self I wanted a clean desk, so before all the stamp things came out again, I really did clean and had a blank desk last week. in this shot you can still see all the heaps and piles that were on the file cabinet on the wall and the basket on the floor in front of those file cabinets was all cleaned up and put away.
 photoshop added more light to this so, you can actually see a bit of the corner of the room I stand in to stamp.  (with the wood panel walls it is actually more like a dark little cave in here on cloudy days) the box on the big shot is holding stamps on clear pockets with stamped sheets that are ready to be laminated and after this was shot, and those were put away. I did fill that box to over flowing one more time with just single large background stamps. I have been testing this, and the pockets will lay on their side in the dresser drawers the way the dvd cases did and you really can get a lot more pockets in the drawer than boxes. So, even though there are still heaps and piles of boxes on the floor where I am standing to shoot this shot, I am starting to feel like maybe the end is at least half way in sight now. I am finding things I forgot I had and that is distracting because, I want to play with them. so, I am making my self sort stamps every free chance I get to have this behind me and just have time to play again. Thanks for stopping by.