12.08.2016

Negotiations

I have always been the kind of person who mixes what ever ( stamps, paper lines, embellishments) It doesn't matter if its in my room I have it because I want to play with it. and so, now that we are in the final week of the Two Paper Diva's online store being open I decided to share this one because, it is very much a Me project. This is one of the cards I put together on Monday for the lady who needed something funny for Christmas and she did choose this one. The stocking is from the Holiday Greetings set and it really is my favorite image in that set. the shape of the stocking is just fun to me, this version was water colored with some pencil over the top. The circle was pressed with a Sizzix basic grey folder and the sentiment is from the ranger dylusions line. the printed paper is from a Bo Bunny pad with lots of little vintage Santa images and the card finished out at 6" square in real life. that ribbon is unknown. I did use a teeny recollections gold brad to "hang" this stocking with, the cord is tucked around the prongs of the brad and taped to the backside of the stocking.
 There are just 6 days left to take advantage of the 50% off remaining inventory sale.

12.07.2016

WOYWW # 392

Happy Wednesday Peeps, if you'd like to play along with us the link up starts here at Miss Julia's blog.

 So, I am not so sure I have ever shown this from this far out of the view of the row of tables and carts. This metal rolling cart was a yard sale find (years ago) and it just has piles on it, and normally the embossing folders ( multiple baskets) were covered up with an old towel (dust catchers) and then there would be you know 2 or 3 inches of either new cardstock purchases not put away or recent (big) scraps again not put away on top of that towel so, I would have to pick it all up and move it across the room to access the folders. ( so, I hardly ever use mine) and on Black Friday I did go into Micheal's because, hubs had to go to the sporting goods store in the same shopping center.., and I came home with that long skinny metal basket ( and a second smaller one two shots down) and I seriously cleaned for reals this time since the last time you stopped by...


 This is still the small scraps pile but, it also holds that plastic su box of stamped sentiments not die cut, and some work in progress. this wooden tray was a yard sale find years ago and used to sit front and center on the table with pockets of die cut sentiments and colored images in it. I am still making personal for me to give away Christmas cards, I don't mind the last minute-ness of it because, you know its not a rush thing. and Its only 13 degrees out side right now so, its easier to stay in and make snow covered things at this time of the year mentally I guess. That tree die is a recent Simon Says Stamp black friday happy mail that arrived.

 but, in its old place is the new smaller metal basket with ( more pockets of stuff and work in progress) those are inside of those Sizzix plastic envelopes dies come in. ( I move my dies to magnet sheets and the generic Amazon version plastic pockets. so they are all the same)

Off to the left some of the black friday online shopping has started to arrive. I have loved these teeny tiny stamps from Hero Arts since the first time I seen them and I thought, no you really don't need them... but, I caved as you can see and got them all at once. and the hearts that they were donating sales funds from to the charity that are not in the stores yet. I did end up playing with these right after I shot this photo so, the table this morning actually looks like this...

another recent happy mail thing is this pad of grid paper on the cutting pad, so far that is working really nice to not have to dig for a scrap to stamp off on and the cushion factor has made a difference too.
Thanks for stopping by, I will be mostly making the rounds from work as we are working on the house on the weekends.

12.05.2016

Excitement

 So, one of the very first things June said to me this morning at work is, (your best customer who drives from out of town 30 miles to buy my cards called) and she will be here tomorrow for Humorous Christmas cards. so, I said what ever was left from the booth is already here. and I asked how many funny ones do you have? and she said I dunno I told her you would bring in what you had at home...
there were none at work, there are none at home. the good news is there are things already stamped and tons of printed papers.and I had a short day at work and could come home in the daylight.
So this one that sentiment is from Taylored Expressions, I added some red pen to the open letters and tied it onto the satin bow looking for a wrapped gift look.

The chevron print is covered with glitter ( My Minds Eye) the ribbon is unknown and the cord is May Arts. I actually ended up making a dozen cards will post some more of them later when the mug shots are processed.

And before all that happened on the hunt for a live potted small tree for upstairs sans glitter I happened across these in the floral dept. at Fred Meyers this morning on the way to work, the tall one on the left is a Lemon Cypress and the one on the right is a shaped Rosemary and the tiny one in the front is a Christmas Fern. ( these smell so good) they are on the coffee table in the hobby room tonight. not decorated yet. but, still fun to smell and see.

12.01.2016

Handy Guy Stocking


Can you believe it is December already? where does the time go? and speaking of time flying, The Two Paper Diva's online store will close on Dec 15th. So between now and then everything in the store is marked at 50% off through their store front. You can read the details on the store blog here.
This particular card the Stocking is from the Holiday Greetings set, it was paper pieced into this card the blue part is colored with some Sparkle noir glitter pens ( I did dilute that with water in a paint well) because, what I have found with those brush tip markers is they leak and they don't do it in drips they do it in huge start over again from scratch puddles... so, I drip some into a little plastic well and then pick up the colors with an aqua brush. ( and that keeps my fingers slightly cleaner too) 
The sentiment and the nail are from the You are a handy guy set. I did deliberately stamp the nail off set so it could be "hung" with the scrappers floss, when I read that sentiment it tends to make me think of duck tape and bailing wire lol. So, I did add some clear gelly roll glaze pen to the nail image too.

The toe, heel and cuff on this stocking were colored with a prisma pencils real quick after the blue sparkle was paper pieced on. The inks these were stamped with are Versafine Onyx Black. the Plaid printed paper is from Lawn Fawns winter pad and this finished out at 5" square in real life. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day!

11.30.2016

WOYWW # 391 {progress}

Happy Wednesday (AKA Desk peeking day) :) if you'd like to play along with us the link up happens here at our hostess Julia's blog

 When I walked away from the desk last Sunday afternoon this is how I left it. I had been stamping some mostly Christmas sentiments and I left them out to "dry"
and I came up for an idea for my work Christmas gift card holders ( mostly still in my head) the beginning of that is here in this shot though.
 in this same time frame if you had stood off to the left and glanced at the never ending scraps pile, the SU plastic box I keep previously stamped sentiments on scraps that I have not gotten around to diecutting and putting away or using yet is so full its lid is above the paper cutter. ( the pile on top of that is mostly mixed media scraps) I put plain papers and cardstocks away loosely sorted by colors.
 After a couple of hours of cutting and sorting, I can close the lid on the box again.

These are stamps that need a home. ( I mean in my room they came in the mail sometime during the Booth/ds visit) and kind of got buried in the shuffle so this is me unearthing them, but I had run down to start dinner so, I never made it back upstairs. the tray on the left is holding bits and pieces for mostly Christmas / Winter things. I find it easier to make them at this time of year when it is cold.
We did the trip up to Crater Lake on Sunday and there was a cloud sitting on the top of the mountain so visibilty was limited to about 20 feet up there and we did not see the lake but, the snow was up to DS shoulders there.
He is about 5'10" ish in real life. Anyways we are just you know working at going back to that empty nester new reality again. ( the see-you-laters still bite)

11.26.2016

This weekends Christmas Cards

 Before I did the booth I accepted an order to do 7 Christmas cards ( with names ) personalized on them. ( that I could do "what ever" I wanted for them more or less)  and so, I have had that in the back of my mind for a couple of weeks now. Today this first 4 were done towards that and then 3 previously made cards were altered with a name to complete them. This one the ornament was heat embossed in gold on smooth bristol paper and watercolored with some Zig markers. the Believe diecut (Simon Says Stamp) was done with shimmery stardream cardstock and is up on foam pop dots.  The sentiment is from the Concord & 9th perfectly penned set.

 This one was jump started by the inspiration challenge this morning that headed to a journaling board Audrie has and I seen this page. ( and I loved the banner) so, the Merry Christmas is from SU and the name is also from the perfectly penned set. The snowman is from Personal Stamp Exchange and the big snowflake is an Sizzix die. The snowman panel and banner are up on foam pop dots on this one.

 The white glitter card was cut with an Birch Press Baily Ornament trio die and the base of this card is also a shimmer paper so, the whole thing just glimmers. the name is from an SU alphabet that looks like a dymo label and the Merry Christmas is from Justrite. This one is A-2 in real life.


 This is the same ornament for Olivia as used for Courtney just different colors. the Ornament and that insulation pink lacy diecut square are both from Our Daily Bread Designs. the crochet lace is unknown but, not vintage.
 This one was done with some of the scraps from Jasson's card. the Ornament dies are from Our Daily Bread Designs and the sentiment is from Justrite cut with an Nellie Snellen tags 3 die. This one is also A-2 in real life.

 A closer look at the glimmers, the top die was cut with some SU shimmery white and the solid background is Recollections glitter cardstock.

 I had spent some time the other day water coloring and these are Mondo Poinsettia's from Ellen Hutson ( cut with scissors) I tried something I do not normally do that coloring out of the lines to go fast thing, and so it forced me to cut out everything on the edges of all the petals because of the out of lines bleed. the centers of the blooms have some diamond glaze on them for dimension. the white mats are from a Spellbinders die cut with shimmery white and they are both A-2 in real life.

The gold layer (a Spellbinders die) was a scrap from those one of a kind tags and the sentiment on this one is from Our Daily Bread Designs. the base is pistachio from SU. That ribbon is from Micheal's.