WOYWW # 397

Happy Desk Peeking day :) if you'd like to play along with us the link up starts here at our hostess Miss Julia's blog.
So, for Christmas this year besides the PSX stamps in the background I mostly received money and gift cards... So, this pile of loot on the left is part of an order from Amazon that has started to trickle in. ( the weather is bad so somethings are delayed ) the one farthest away reads... you know it was a good day when you didn't have to release the flying monkeys...

One thing I have done with this pad of grid paper I put on the table is, I have flipped it upside down so that the binding is near the edge of the table because, I tend to wear long sleeves ( esp. at this time of the year) and it seems like with the pages loose at the edge I was catching my sleeve on the paper every time I moved. so, it looks like its messy enough to be tossed already. ( once it gets pretty wrinkled I do take it off) was using it to clean off a water brush coloring some snowmen last weekend.

We might possibly be doing the last round of sanding in the living room tonight so, then it becomes me who gets to paint it. paint colors are picked but, not purchased and the hardwood floors are on order and so, by the time they arrive and are acclimated the paint should be dry. ( and then the work moves around the corner into the eat in part of the kitchen. )
so, as far as resolutions go, this is THE YEAR we finish remodeling this fixer house. :) we spent some time chatting with a kitchen designer over the weekend too so, that was fun. very preliminary but, I think I am going to get pretty much everything I want. (not everything ) but, the fun part is the guy actually had a suggestion we had not thought of we liked too so, that made it feel even better. so, I am excited about that part.


More Snowmen

 Impression Obsession sweet snow kisses, versafine on Neenah colored with markers and wink of stella. the wood grain print is from My Minds eye and this one is 5 1/2" square.

 IO Eskimo Kisses, colored with the same markers as the card above this one I did die cut the image panel and that big wide green ribbon was RAK'd to me from Janice :) ( Thanks so much!) the wired white sheer I think is May Arts but, I thought it looked like snowballs. this one the print is Basic grey and its 6" square.

A while back I inked up an entire box of Snowmen stamps to color...  because, really there is not much to color on a snowpeople they go pretty fast for the ones I have done already, I do have highly detailed ones that would take longer but, I have not done any of them yet, I have been focused on the ones I "had to have" in 2015 (yes) and never really played with... so, this one is from Whipper snapper and its name is Primitive Snowman... and he got a little blue during the coloring so, I went with pastels on this one. and it will more than likely head to the booth. It's A-2 in real life.


Simple snowman cards

Let's see I am signed up for 4 "Christmas" cards a month at SCS as I probably have mentioned before. There is also a Dirty Dozen Christmas card theme each month also, so this one below was done using the jump start from the DD challenge and then after I found it fits the "April" theme for the Christmas cards ( snowmen ) so, this post knocks off April for me. I am probably going to have to print out the Christmas cards list. This year for the first time there are monthly keywords with a theme rather than one year long keyword. which would probably be handy for people looking for ideas in category's they have stamps in right? So for sure mine will be out of order when I figure out which months to place them into.

 This snowman is a very old one from Penny Black called frosty, its heat embossed in white SU powder on some PTI vellum cardstock. the sentiment is from Concord & 9th. (stamps and die) and the frame was cut with a Mama Elephant park ave die ( I am totally loving this wide frame so hopefully you all don't get too burned out on seeing it) ( I have some other Christmas cards I have not blogged yet but are online at scs because, I think I want to do posts like this group the whole month together in one post kind of a thing) anyways this one has some clear stickles on the falling snow and the frame and Joy are up on foam tape. this is A-7 in real life.
 Now yesterday was the featured stamper challenge and I found this cool framed card in Pam's gallery I love that framing. but, I was also feeling like I want to keep these simple ( I colored a handful of snowmen using the same markers) so, mine is flat and I flipped it to a portrait position. The stamp is Snow Deer from Impression Obsession and there is no sentiment. I don't know if I will mail these out yet next year or put them into the booth box so, I left all of them as blank for now. The frame on mine was cut with a simon says stamp stitched oval die and a Our Daily Bread designs stitched rect. die. This card is A-2 in real life. The snowman was colored with a few waterbased markers and a wink of stella (clear) pen.

 a closer look at this snowman.

 Now this one was done with an Impression Obsession stamp called snowball fight. the card below this is also from them with the same name. ( I thought one of them was a #2 but, they don't show up that way in their online store haha ) so, the wider white frame was cut with ODBD stitched rectangles and the red frame was a scrap from something recent but, I don't remember anymore. This one is A-6 in real life.
 In reality this stamp is wider than this frame opening so I have covered up some of the fallen snow kids ammo off to the right and such.

This one that red frame is a scrap from those bold Merry Christmas mixed media poinsettia cards I did last year for Christmas and when you cut the frames with the ODBD rectangle dies the scrap also has stitches so, I save them for "something" later... that kraft snow printed paper is out of the scrap bin so, I no longer remember the mfg. this one is A-7 in real life.


Bluebird of Happiness...

So, last year when we were driving across the state to my dr.'s office and back we had seen they finally opened that hobby lobby store in Eugene, so I drug hubs in there because, so far when we traveled the times we had open to "shop" were usually on Sundays... and he came across this art Impressions stamp and said, can you do this for my dad next year and I thought sure... ( but, its kind of scary looking this bird yes? I like their chicken stamps much better) anyways, I am running out of time and cannot put it off anymore so, I thought lets see where the IC challenge went today... and it went to a tumbler site filled with gowns... and I laughed and laughed. so many cool textures they started to blur in my mind after pages of them but, I kept coming  back to this one below because of the rows of buttons. This was stamped with versafine on the smooth side of some ranger wc paper. the corrugate came out of a DCWV pad and the fabric brads are from Making Memories. that frame was cut with a Mama Elephant park ave die and its from some navy star dream shimmery card.

                                                                image source found here.

but, the whole time I was coloring that first bird ( I used the index sticker on the block as a guide with a handful of water based markers I had on the table upstairs) I kept thinking you should color this bird blue it just may be funnier... so, I did. this one the white scraps frame is up on foam above the kraft frame and the gauze texture paper is from DCWV. These are both 6" square in real life.


The Happiest

on Thursdays there is a challenge at Splitcoast called ways to use it, and the challenge this week is something new and something old and something borrowed and something blue... and I get emails from Amy and Katies blogs so, I had seen this color combo challenge from the heart desires on Wednesday night and remembered it. (that became my borrowed element)
The new is those bitty envelopes from Ellen Hutson, I had to have them a while back and they have never been cut so, I did trace some stardust gelly roll pen into the crevices to give them some depth.
The old is that heart diecut from lil' inkers. I had cut this like last January? from some hot pink watercolor paper scrap and to make it fit the challenge with that teeny pop of gold I covered it with some krylon gold leafing pen. That sentiment is from the Right at home happy mail #2 set and it was heat embossed with some Zing! (the color of the blue is "powder" haha) both the aqua shimmer paper and the navy paper are from Stardream and sometimes this photographs with a sparkle, and sometimes it photographs as dirty... ( it's really glimmery in real life) The inside has a Penny Black birthday sentiment inside and it finished out at A-2 in real life.

I love the snowman and that cake WOW fun mug shots for their challenge yes?
(and very different for me to play with, I never would have thought to add in the gold)


Felt gift card tag holders

Some "finished" felt pieces... the tag pockets are a two piece die from Papertrey Ink and the holly leaves and berries are from Memory boxes plush line. the sequins are ( I forgot already but, I actually do know I can edit this later if it really interests someone) and the felt that was used on the pockets is some that I picked up from a yard sale last year where this lady had a stack of wool felts ( asst colors) for 5.00 and she had her original price tag on it that shes paid 20 so, I thought what the heck. the leaves I don't remember and the berries are PTI vintage cream felt.
and as an aside, the generic who knows who made it felt from the yard sale cuts a little better and easier than the PTI felt.. all the stitches were done with that floss people use to cross stitch with.
I think the colors are a little "off" on the sequins in this shot but, the light has been funny here lately although I am enjoying that its not dark before 5pm thing YAY.