a Woodland Congratulations

 Recently my son's recruiter had his promotion take place and this was something I made for him for that. the tree and birds are Memory box dies and this was on an labels 8 die. the sentiment is from Savvy stamps.

I did put half the tree trunks up on pop dots and these have some distress inks applied with an aqua brush in the detailing of the cut. with some prisma pencils also.

was just cleaning out an to be uploaded folder and came across these this morning and thought I would post it. I don't remember the size anymore but, best guess is A-7.


Mixed Media Tea

 A closer look at the collage elements. the Inspiration Challenge today heads to this tea photos board at Pinterest and I came across this shot that reminded me I wanted to try the pigment ink faux bokeh look for a background. So, I made an ghetto stencil from some packing from a die set and used my spellbinders classic circles to punch out some holes. ( this did not go well, I had to take scissors into the centers of them to get them to cut out all the way) is it possible to use your dies to be unsharp? who knows ( they cut paper OK) so, what I found is having a couple of goofs on the stencil did not matter with this background it was forgiving. I used some versamagic white chalk ink and some splendor yellow pigment for that. with some yellow gold inkagold int he largest yellow circle. The watercolor paper was colored with some shades of derwent Art bars a few weeks ago. so, I did not have that drying time today. I originally started this card in a portrait style and so, a lot of the dots got covered up when I flipped it on its side.

this card is A-7 in real life and the scale of the one cup by it self with all the leaves was not good so, I tossed in a shadow teapot and that helped a lot. the sentiment is an IO one stamped on a Martha Stewart tag I found at staples a long time ago. the paper has some kind of coating on it so, the whole center of the tag is heat embossed in clear. the edges I tried to use a Krylon leafing pen on but, it rubbed right off so, it got some old gold enamel heat embossed on the edges. The cup is up on pop dots and the center piece between the die cuts is a scrap of the yellow mulberry paper that was colored with some brown gold inkagold.  the leaves are only held on with a few glue dots so they can flutter on the edges.  you are now getting the idea this took a while to make right? I am loving how it turned out though so, its all good. and YAY me I actually USED some of these hoarded prima pearls...


WOYWW #299 {calendar}

 It's what's on your wed. workdesk?  on tuesday night I went upstairs really quick and shot this desk view and I had left this calendar out on the day before started a watercolored swirlybackground and it had not dried.
 the drying time just kills me for most of these types of things so... not sure how long the commitment will continue. I do like the small space aspect of it though. also seen on the desk is left over hearts from last weekend. the little pots of dried beeswax (mind is blank on the names of them at the moment) that need water in them. to the right is scraps that are needing dealt with.

not sure how long I can keep this up. so, I did not do tuesday's page nor Wednesdays square as of yet. maybe there will be time to play tonight for awhile. 

found this second photo in my phone from a few days before that I think I had not done any posting of it yet. 
this was stencil that had some pigment ink sponged through the holes with some fine line tracing around it and some stickles over the top. the sentiment is an Stampendous one. the white space is just neekid gesso. 
Wanna play along with us? you can find all the details where this blog starts here at our hostess Julia's blog. Happy Wednesday! & thanks for stopping by!


Pop-Up Diorama

 This is the cover of an experimental card for me, I need a birthday card for my husband and he always without fail picks up birthday cards and dramatically shakes them open over a table and sadly proclaims... there is no money in it... (before he opens the card to read it haha) So anyways. I have had this sentiment stamped and diecut for a while now thinking (he also doesn't need a thing the lure mfg.s are way behind the times compared to stamp tool mfg.'s) I just may resort to money in his card.
knowing this his oldest sister sometimes puts a 1 dollar bill into his card. its pretty funny to watch his face and see how excited he is about that.

 a closer look at inside the window.

So, I am really not a fancy folds person. but, this looked simple enough on the challenge thread ( thanks Sabrina for the push) so, I started with the inside just picking up scraps from already cut things on the table and I had made the frame around this deer diecut with the embedded deer a few months ago and thought the shape would work in this skinny design. ( I used the score numbers in Sabrina's write up) I forgot about moving the sentiment panel closer to the left edge I centered it and then when I glued down the scored pop up it put it off set looking. So, I decided since I could not get this to really fold all the way flat when I was just playing with the scored paper that meant I should put lumpy stuff in the hole. ( so I did) and the window hole was cut with a stitched rectangle also. I like the cover more than the inside so, I think I will put money over the hole and make it a "surprise" tfl.

Altered Calendar Days

 So, I started this by doing a thin coat of gesso on these pages. when I got to day 3. ( think the first two went to instagram only) the calendar page started to peel so, I let this dry then added more gesso over the top of this and (so it looks different on the rest of the days below) but, I also added gesso to the back side of these pages.

 After the first three days the oh snap is a stampin up sentiment and the hand with the quill is also an su image.

so, I made it 3 whole days with flat things... then by day 4 the textures started coming in. this is scraps The colorful parts were part of a blotter sheet in the bottom of my spray box... this has some sealer over the top. the sentiment is a new one I just got in the mail from Art Impressions.

 the paler green dots are some gelatos which I just rubbed on here dry to see what they would do. the probably should seal this too but... the big green birdhouse is a wax seal that I pulled off the packaging that this particular tool was in when I bought it. its been sitting in that teacup saucer on the table for months.

Since I did not start this in January. I really think it looks cool but, also partially like a "chore" and the commitment issues of having to deal with it daily did not sound like "fun" so, I have lots of blank space about the where the dates were and I had stamped this image on this scrap when I first got it and its been laying on the table for a few weeks. so the staples are only in the printed paper not through the calendar page. the vintage photo distress was just color dusted to the squares that were masked in two directions for some movement.

 Days 4, 5, & 6

These butterflies were cut from a scrap made a bery long time ago. guessing alcohol ink on glossy cardstock. this is some Tim Holtz border die. so, these were in that little bin of bits and pieces on the table. I think that giving my self permission to just turn this into some kind of a smash book is working better than trying to make some fabulous piece of "Art" every day.

The daily challenge at Split Coast stampers for "ways to use it" on thursday was to use buttons and lace. and that was almost too easy of a challenge for me but, I grabbed these scraps off the table and just you know kinda laughed a little because, it felt too much like cheating and so I didn't stick it in the gallery.
the reds are all distress inks and water.

 So this got me thinking, maybe I would use these day's to mess around with "ideas" for the daily challenges.

 I took a peek at the Mix Challenge on Friday all my brain remembered was that there as mask a hill and use some text paper some how... so, Not really sure this even fits that one but, the hill was masked and then I added some snow-tex to the plain calendar page hill and then cut this house diecut from a free gift die that Sweet and Sassy Stamps sent me with my last order ( no clue what its real name may be)

 Added some stickles to the snow-y hill and then added faux stitches to the house dieshape.

You know what the sad part is? these pages really are being masked... and I am even blotting the big drops of color... but, I am still seeing it bleed.
(a little) I'd imagine it would be even messier with no masking tape. This bird is from Technique Tuesday.

What the first 10 days look like together.


Inspired Hearts

The Inspiration challenge this weekend goes to this pinterest board of Inchies..
where I found This pile of hearts.  
and I Just love the mix of textiles and stitches but, the thing with me is, needlework is just like coloring and its a mood thing. so, I started making a pile of hearts from papers. ( and I seriously almost uploaded this shot to the gallery.)

a not so cropped look at the beginning of the pile. after this I started finding snips of fabric's and laces. so, I did not use up everything I made but.

I started out with these gift tags. the black heart on the left tag is a wood chip that was pressed into a versafine pad. the congrats is up on pop dots. The larger heart diecut is a Sizzix primitive cut and the smaller hearts on it were stamped from the Simon Says Stamp set called sending and wishing. ( colored with a white gel pen) the smaller heart is from Unity Stamps. ( also colored with a white gel pen)  the falling hearts Love stamp(can't remember its name sorry) is heat embossed in white on the kraft tag (that was cut from the My Favorite things stitched tags die.

  Then these little A-2 cards followed. The book page was color dusted with some vintage photo distress. the Celtic heart was heat embossed in white on the scrap of tan. the tall primitive sizzix diecut was run through inside an craft concepts budding vine folder. I did ink this with some white chalk ink ( which didn't really show up) so I scribbled over parts of it with a white gel pen. the scroll heart diecut is from Serendipity stamps. the smallest heart was cut from a scrap of Corrugate paper and the bitty red one is a pop out piece of the fs red doily die cut way at the bottom of this post. I cannot remember who makes the sentiment. ( have to go look) The card on the right the Sending die, large doily die and stitched rectangles die are all from simon says stamp ( as is the stamped sentiment) the embroidered trim is vintage.

 closer looks at these cards. the frame is some printed paper. ( maybe die cuts with a view) the heart brad is from Making Memories and the bitty tag is from a Justrite spellbinders set.

 The fiber is tied in a bow and held on by a glue dot. I will hunt for the sentiment set later. ( it was stamped on a scrap a long time ago. that shape is a labels trio diecut from spellbinders though.

This is my Featured stamper CASE from this beauty in Sue's gallery seen here. I love that she stamped her diecut with the cling wrap. (upstairs I have wax paper, so I used that instead) so, changes are instead of crinkle stamping the diecut, I did the printed paper trying for a frame shape. ( there is no versafine in the center under the layers) the red corrugate was cut with the Simon says stamp large doily heart die and the vintage book page was color dusted with both barn door and vintage photo distress inks. the always sentiment is from SU but, I don't remember its set name anymore the tag also has some crinkle stamping on it. I *think* that lace is from SU, the wood chip ah, that wood chip, I broke it in half trying to lift up a side to tuck the sentiment tag into this design. ( and I think if I had not told you that you would not even notice ) yep, you can click on these photos on my blog and enlarge them just hit your browsers back button to come back. anyways this one is 6" square in real life.


WOYWW #298 {organizing Again}

Welcome to the mess. If you'd like to play along
with us this blog hop starts here at our hostess Julia's blog. This Wednesday finds me organizing.


a few weeks ago I showed you the disorganization of my dies. ( it makes me a little crazy) and now that there are a lot of different companies in the mix I think I want them split into what they are more than who made it. ( like all the hearts from everyone close together) kwim? so, I have been putting these slim dies into either the small square pouches like the top right or into clear boxes. ( links were in that previous post) and the problem with this is... the boxes are taking up too much room and the small square pouches do not hold the longer die sets. and then I happened across some thread somewhere where people were talking about these avery elle pouches for holding stamp sets. and I forgot about it. until recently I had to place a staples order and these popped up as a suggestion for me to buy from staples ( go figure eh?) I was surprised anyways. so, I ordered some and they came. 
they are thinner than the square Memorex pouches but, they will work better than the mfg original packaging because, this will make it more uniform plus its see-through. ( a big deal in my life) if I cannot see it, it does not get used. 

what I have done so far this evening. (the ones closest) I decided that I was not going to make any labels for these either. so out came the identi pen. some have pieces of the packaging inside the pouches but. the only ones with magnets came on a thin magnet sheet. I am seriously considering taking the dies out of the plastic boxes and putting them into these pouches too just to see how much room I could save. crazy I know. but, I feel like I cannot find a die I want quickly anymore. so, it would be nice to have all the solid words together and the trees together. etc. Thanks for stopping by! I am still waiting for the new computer to ship so will be trying to peek in from work when its slow.