WOYWW #485 {images & shopping}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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 This is a wednesday morning shot of some images I had colored during the slow times during work on tuesday ( yes, it was an long day) (it's the middle of the month) and I am alone at work again today so, will probably see more of the same but, I intend to grab my pencil storage container thing I cannot think of the name of it of Polychromos today though so, it won't be such a limited supplies challenge with just a handful of pencils haha. I have a pouch of random images to color no real ryhme or reason to it. just things stamped off that I wanted to color.

 and because, I knew this was going to be a long week at work and not really having any playtime until after thursday I shot this on monday night thinking it was all you were going to see. the Sept. Hero arts kit arrived on monday and I had added in some other things ( moon cloud dies that were sold out when I got the african stamps and some carousel animals and new leaves.)  I probably didn't need the leaf stamps but, they look like they would work well with the oxides and not need colored so, I grabbed a set while I was poking around in there.

Sunday there was a featured stamper challenge and this week it is Preethi, who has a beautiful gallery and I happened to stop at this beauty and since this challenge always requires "changes" the point is not to recreate their card as is but, to use it as a jump start for something of your own. So, I really mostly do not have good luck heat embossing on yupo papers and most of the backgrounds I have made in the past just waiting for an idea are alcohol ink ones ( like the scraps you see to the sides those cards are in the post before this one) so, I knew if I made it a card with the heat embossing first and then the coloring that would be one change right off the bat. (and I had this background laying in that pile to the left ;) ) So, other changes were the colors, to make it square and move the sentiment to the left side of the card. 

The sentiment is from the Taylored expressions spectacular set and the background is the Simon Says Stamp Ornate background with some DOX Honey & Lipstick. the butterfly stick pin I picked up a long time ago from Impress. That's about it for me this week, I am hoping to start some fall things this weekend maybe with those leaves, the other side of the kit has dies and one is an oval frame with leaves I think. ( it was the thing that pushed me over the edge on this months kit anyways) So, thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {QiQi Gallery}

This week the Inspiration hunting has commenced here inside the QiQi gallery at Etsy
You can find this challenge here to play along.

So, I found this piece ( seen below) and loved every single detail, the colors the textures. and I set out to try this with alcohol inks and embossing powders. the old copper I have is some really old large granular stuff from Stampa Rosa that is similar to Ultra thick embossing enamel. 
( it did not go well with Yupo paper) 
So, starting over I came up with a piece of blues and greens I loved and cut two squares small enough to get two cards from the sheet.

 This is the first one and I used a piece of Shimmery stardream Copper for a raised frame on some pale aqua shimmer base and this one is 6" square. and then it sat like this for a while because, I just love the background and did not want to take away from that.

 So, I picked up the scraps and did this 5 1/2" square version with the other piece. the base on this one is shimmery stardream copper. the blue frame on this one is DCWV and the sentiment panel is from Stampa Rosa and is up on foam dots.

 And then when I went to put them away I happened to see this previously stamped Hero Arts (you're beautiful set) sentiment on the SU sea foam banner and thought those colors work and wiggled it in and called it done.
So, the happy part is the background is still mostly visible.

The beautiful artwork that inspired these cards can be seen here in the QiQi gallery. If I could find a blank space for this it would totally be on its way to me already. :) Thanks for stopping by!


WOYWW # 484 {Christmas}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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 So, this is a Tuesday afternoon shot. I had these Spellbinders dies arrive in the mail with some other Amazon things and set them here real quick to shoot this. ( then pushed them aside to start on the IC samples for this weekend, considering I am hosting this week I really should have something to show right? :) ) The card on the way far left is seen below and it was done with some of that stack of Chlorophyll printing onto watercolor paper ( tutorial found here) Basically you just smoosh a leaf inside two pieces of watercolor paper with some paper towels around the outside of that to catch stray drips if you pick a juicy leaf and run it through your die cutting machine. I will tell you I had better luck with thin Canson watercolor paper than the very textured Shizen paper (that sticks together so when you try to pull it apart the paper just shreds)
 So this print was done from the parts of Asparagus plants that go to seed. and it was the thing when I was trying this that I got the best and darkest prints from so, I made a stack of them ( as seen to the left of the glass mat) and I wanted to make them into Christmas cards thinking they looked like boughs so, this one turned out like this, I had originally thought when I dug out this sentiment it was going to get a tiny heart brad dangling from the "branches" but, I think this works too. that heart craft button is really thick and clunky so there is a couple of glue dots under it even though it is tied on with the hemp string. Things are quiet around here again, its such a whirlwind to get back to "normal" of being empty-nesters when your adult child comes home ( and brings his friends) yeah, so mostly I am just puttering this week and trying to catch up on some sleep. thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Paper and Stitch}

This week Angie has directed us to the Paper and Stitch blog where I fell in love with this Valentines day inspired wall display, and said to my self oh, you could do any shape and do it like a patchwork. (that is what I see when I look at this image seen below) so, I started with this Sizzix Tree die.

 The sentiment on this one is from Stampin Up Joy  set. the textured paper is unknown and after I cut the tree I then cut it a second time with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die to give it that one more detail, the green in the embedded part is from Neenah, the sentiment banner die is from Lawn Fawn, I did cut off the left side fishtails. The ink of all these sentiment was Versafine Onyx Black. I have a page protector clear pocket that I have small scale Christmas prints in for die cutting tiny pieces from so all those squares came out of that pocket.

 now this one was done because, I had these negative and spare pieces and I love the texture of that paper that is the tree on this one and did not want to cover it up, I have been hoarding it since the store where I found it closed and I only have a few sheets left so, I really use all the pieces when I do cut one. The base on this one is some Stardream Opal (shimmery cardstock)
The sentiment on this one is from Impress and it was cut with a Hero Arts tall & cute tag die, the brad is unknown. the green mat was cut with a waffle flower Lacy Layers A7 die. This card is A7 in real life.

 This one I used the largest Hero Arts nesting heart die to cut the heart and the Simon Says Stamp stitched squares ( smallest die) to do the quilt blocks. This one is 6" square in real life. that sentiment is from a very old SU set called Joy. The red corrugate is from Fancy Pants the textile print is from Kasier Kraft. That green for the sentiment banner I think just might be a scrap of PTI Moss.

 So, it was one of those third times a charm things, I think this fourth card really nails that IC the best So, it will probably be the one uploaded to the gallery. And I will probably end up making a few more of these style cards as I do have other "heart" Christmas sentiments and tons of scraps I can die cut like this as bitty squares. The woven texture sheet is from Die Cuts With a View, the textile heart is from Kaiserkraft. The Impress sentiment was cut with a Spellbinders labels 58 die.

The blog post for this heart shaped collage of prints on the wall can be seen here in their site. You can find the challenge details to play along with us here at SCS.


Layered Ornament Christmas Cards

 So, this cool Ornament dies set from Birch Press (radiant ornament set) arrived in the mail last week and I did this top card Sunday afternoon while the guys were fishing. ( sentiment is an older SU one from the and many more set) this is A2. the cardbase is a sparkle cardstock from paper accents. the red glitter frame is from DCWV and I used a Memory Box rectangle tag die for that, the sheet music is from an Patriotic pad from Authentique. The ornament dies were cut from shimmers, foils and glimmer papers. ( dcwv & recollections & I forgot the white already sorry)
and I liked how this turned out so, I cut a few more pieces off and on over the days that followed and just made similar card.

 The sentiment in the center is from the Hero Arts offbeat holiday messages set.

This one the plaid paper is also from that same Authentique pad. the Merry And Bright is from the Concord & 9th Joyful Noel set. the navy shimmer on this one is from Stardream. The round tag die is from the sweet n sassy mini tags die set. Each of these the ornament is tied onto the tag die cuts and so it will remove and could be used by the card recipients later if they wanted to. Thanks about it for me, thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW# 483 {Tags}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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So, in the People free time I had Sunday afternoon ( guys went fishing) I cut  up that layered ornament die and did this really simple ( card below) every single thing on it shimmers and shines except the sheet music and the sentiment tag. So, it is all blinged out and the ornament will untie from the tag die behind it. So, I liked that idea and cut up some more and off and on since then a few more pieces have been cut and I am just messing around with things that had been diecut previously so, its not anything that "needs" to be done. I did do some others and I did shoot photos of them, but the photos are still in the camera and I intended for them to be part of this post because, I usually have more photos than words haha.

 We still have a few days left with this visit so, chances are I will be making the rounds in slow times at work this week. :) That ornament die is from birch press and its called Radiant Ornaments ( a,b, & c) The sentiment is from an really old Stampin up set called and many more. Thanks for stopping by.