7.30.2014

WOYWW #269 Piles and more Piles

Hi welcome to this week's mess, If you'd like to play along and show us what you are playing with the link up for this blog hop starts at Julia's blog seen here


as dark as this is would you believe there are 3 ott lights shining on this table and an over head ceiling light too. I am seeing the piles start creeping onto the cutting mat so, this is usually my cue to start putting more things away. which so far so good, after each sample is done the stamps are cleaned and most the tools and such have been put away. its the scraps that do me in, for a while I will dig through them then they become too messy and need dealt with.


so, since last week. I still do not have an entire Penny Black background cut from its interlocking circles die, but I did receive happy mail from My Favorite Things and I got the mini chicken wire background die finally and it cuts just fine. YAY. finally dug that wordy stencil out to play with I got a while ago now and so, this is something #2 ( #1 was so ugly it got tossed already) and yes, I know paper is double sided. eventually I will figure out a look for it I like. The crackle rock candy distress paint did not do what I wanted it to do in my head either so that bottle has been put away now and I'm down to the ranger crackle accents to see what it will do. ( eventually ) still doing Dirty samples so, I can have more time to leave love in the gallery while it's live. 


this particular round I decided to try taping the stencil to the mat and trace around the inside with a black fine tip sharpie marker over the paint (that was over the dylusions spray) so, either it was a dying sharpie or it doesn't like paint. I ended up hauling this in the house after and tracing around it all with an Micron Pen and that was much better for the definition with the blacks. 

7.29.2014

Crackled Sympathy


a closer look. the sentiment is from Judi Kins and the crackle embossing folder is from Darice. I have been making dirty samples every day and it surprised me to see I have not even looked at my own blog in the last week. ( got some emails of comments from the last week and it surprised me, to find this in the waiting to be uploaded folder still) 



This was done inspired by last weeks featured stamper Karren's beautiful card seen here. So, one of the changes I made was to make the 4th panel skinnier and add it to the mat and changed the shapes of those. this is A-7 in real life the colors of ink on the cardstock are Vintage photo, rusty hinge, forest moss and peeled paint. I totally Love the colors on Karren's card and want to try something deeper one of these days. ( if I remember and figure it out) :) the enamel brad has an hourglass on it.

I'm sorry this has been so quiet in here this week but, the good news is there are only 4 more sleeps until dare to get dirty starts on Saturday. From Millan.NetThis is done as a week long thank-you for all the fan club members of SplitcoastStampers and you find out about how/why to join the fan club here. the cost of this is less than a magazine subscription and it supports this site that does so much for the stamping community online. You can also find this years "permission slip" to print off and hang on your icebox and give to your family members.
I am hosting one of the challenges and everyone has been working hard behind the scene's to make this the biggest -best-est Dare to get Dirty yet.  I really hope to see you play along with us.

7.23.2014

WOYWW #268


This weeks mess, I have mostly been making dirty samples for the Dare to get Dirty challenges which open in what 9 more sleeps? ( something like that ) so, you can see some evidence of that and some things tossed to the sides as I was working on a couple of challenge cards last weekend. the pile making has commenced. If you would like to show us what you are pushing around on your desk you can find the link up to this blog hop at Julia's blog where it starts at. 


on the right is an stencil from Prima that followed me home that I have not played with yet and on the left is an Penny Black die that I am still fighting ( even with wax paper and multiple passes through the big shot) to get an entire sheet of cut at the same time, near that is some left over cheese cloth I had stained antique linen last weekend. and the usual piles of scraps and such. 


A closer look, the crackle things have come out ( paint and ranger something ) because, off to the right is a tag that had some of that ( bleep bleep) "crackle" embossing paste... well I think this is now the third time I have attempted to use the crackle paste in which I have no cracks visible when it dries. now, the embossing paste says you have to use the black paste first then go over with the crackle and of course my black embossing paste turned into a brick so I tossed it and all the colored pastes that I had that did the same thing. so, I was thinking since this tag was originally stained a dark green color it would be "close enough" to black under the crackle. no dice.
so, sooner or later I am just going to try the other forms of "crackle stuff" because, I want the texture on something in my head and this will maybe put that thought in my head If I have to push the bottles out of the way every so often. 


if there were no minute like the last minute of course nothing would get done ever... (Wednesday July 23 is my stepdad's birthday...) so, of course this was just done simply and quickly tuesday evening. and no, he doesn't live close enough to get it hand delivered. It's A-6 in real life, the image is from Northwoods and the sentiment is from Stampin'Up. both are stamped with Versafine. The image is on some smooth white and the base is textured Bazzill that went through the score board a few times leaving a spot for the sentiment because, there was a challenge called "And She Scores..." the other day and I happened to remember that because, it made me laugh.

7.19.2014

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)

7.18.2014

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. 

7.14.2014

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.  

7.11.2014

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.