More Christmas

 So, the pile of vintage dictionary pages is going down on the table. both of these stamps are from Hero Arts, the distress colors are bundled sage and I want to say brushed corduroy. This one is 5 1/2" square in real life. the tag die is from Mama Elephant and the mini brad is recollections. there is some candy cane stickles on the wreath.

These are each 3" square in real life, the JOY is stampendous and paperpieced into the design, the wreath is Hero Arts. 

Just a few more layers, did the wreath on a scrap of cream laying on the table and color dusted it also with the distress inks but, my brain my prefers the stamped on the text look to the cleanness of this one.  The red mat was cut from the ODBD layered lacy squares die and I used one of the spellbinders mat 6" squares to trim the wreath. the sentiment is SU.

the left over star from one of Wednesday's cards and one of the scraps of snow with just the brown distress no green. ( this was a trial piece) the blue is 3 1/2" square and the snow is 3".


Wednesdays Christmas cards

This one is A-7 in real life. the browns are baked brown sugar and the dictionary page is vintage. the largest snowflakes are Hero Arts, the mid sizes are all Impression Obsession and the smallest one is PSX. they are all heat embossed with that SU white powder. the linen ribbon on this one is some generic there is no label on the spool stuff. the sentiment is from ornamental pines.

 This one is 4X9 in real life and that sentiment is from Hero Arts, the base and the sentiment panel are Neenah classic cream and the brad is from MME.

 This is the one I did first, I started out cutting down some dictionary pages to be sizes I make cards in. pieces that would fit A6, A7, 6" square, the 4X9, a pile of 3" squares and I thought what if you made it a frame. so the star was cut with the MFT stitched stars and the sentiment is from Hero Arts. this one is 6" square in real life. the ribbon was one of those cut by the yard ones a long time ago. the corrugate is from fancy pants.

 and then this one was last I decided to add some distress inks to the dictionary page after it was heat embossed and the green was bundled sage but, I have to check on the brown. ( forgot already)
 this one was supposed to be 4X9 but, I had placed lines of glue on the card base front and while I was looking to line it up the top right corner hit that glue and this paper is fragile, so it tore and wrinkled there was no saving it so, I lined up the bottom and whacked off the top so this one comes out at 4X6 so a skinny A-6 version.
That sentiment is from Elyzbells.
anyways, the sentiment is curvy rubber and I put the pierced fishtail die on it at an angle to get it to cut onto that and then just whacked off the crooked end. does that make sense?

Now this was an attempt at the sketch challenge. its missing rows of dots so, I didn't load it to the gallery. the Joy is colored with prisma pencils because, I stamped this with the one and only Memento Lux pad I have the just for you is from banner banter. the round tag is from that new die set that followed me home. the corrugate is DCWV and the ribbon is unknown. This one is A-6 in real life.

A catch-up Post

 This was a thank-you card I made for June a very long time ago, while I was working on DTGD. because, these are the same papers I tried to use for Sabrina's challenge ( twice I failed it with them) so, when I got down to the last little bit of this printed vellum I just went this route for her card and did something totally different for DTGD. yep, this is a let's clean out the uploads folder kind of a post.
 I don't remember why I made this one. but, it was also during DTGD week. might have been an "idea" that didnt work or wasnt a favorite of mine.

 Some time around then I had a lady who wanted a specific kind of a sympathy card. ( she bought the other one) so, this one went into a booth case.

 for my son's recruiters family.
they were blessed with a second son recently the vellum frame is done embedded style to the stamped panel ( so it is taped on the back side)

 A while back a customer came by and asked if I could do something like this for a backyard wedding where the colors were burlap and lace with sunflowers. so, to see if my dies would work together ( Spellbinders baby bunting and SU sizzix letters. I did this as a prototype. then cut hers from actual burlap with sunflower yellow letters with vintage lace for them to hang from by wood mini clothes pins. ( I did not take a photo of that when it was done)
but, I think I may tinker with this and layer some other letters ( in a green color) over the top and maybe use this in my booth. the corrugate is fancy pants and the white was run through the bigshot inside a taylored expressions burlap folder.

 on last friday night June took a request for an WOW "mailable" wedding card over the phone. so this is both cards stock colors are stardream shimmers. and it is perfectly flat. and the colors came about inspired by the inspiration site saturday seen here.

I just love the textures and colors of this bedding.

 This was done for this weeks featured stamper Alex who is also one of the two newest Dirty girls. her original card can be seen here.

 Yard sale loot from a couple of weekends ago. the pansy stamps went to June.

 Now this, this was a totally out of the blue OMGOSH RAK! yes, you read that right. all these stamps were gifted to me by a lady who used to stamp who is tired of storing them, tried selling them. and June and Di have some new to them goodies too. and I don't know if you can see it but that frog, its a stamp. and on its feet are "frog footprints" lol its so cool. no idea who makes it.

This was the sympathy card we received from June for Grandma.


WOYWW #326 {piles}

Welcome to the mess. If you want the who/what/why info you can get all that from our hostess Julia's blog where this hop starts.
 This is an actual Wed am shot. (and actually the second round the first ones were all blurry so, I turned the lights on the table on for these haha) picked up the stitched round Lawn Fawn Stitched tag dies the other day and YAY they actually make a whole tag not a frame.. 


Well you see its like this, it hit me the other day that it was "almost" Sept. and I have started to take a serious look at the amount of cards I have left that I have made this year. ( I have sold a pile off and on this year so, there is not as many as my brain says you have done) I did do them but, they are gone. So, last Sunday I stamped a whole bunch of Christmas sentiments and have not die cut them yet. ( they are under that mass of ribbon photo below)

 Monday I had to make an ice pick up run for work ( which takes me out of town all day to another city that has craft stores) so, of course I went in, found those doodlebug plastic bits for .50 cents and all that ribbon. ( one of the stores is getting rid of their cut by the yard section and I have started on snowmen and winter cards again already) but, tuesday the panic hit. of the OMGOSHNOVEMBERISCOMING so, I was busy making June crazy at work. ( not all day just a little bit)
so, this piles are the remains of the mess made making her card.

 Now, this was a dust catcher hang dust catchers on the wall thing in one of the craft stores it was on clearance and it made me think of the tray I have that only fits 3" cards and so, I hauled it home and had hubs take the piano wire off the back of it so it could just be a tray.  (it will fit on the boards on the ladders I use for the booth display) those are 3.5 & 4" cards inside of it. I dont have too many of those sizes but, now that I have a way to display them maybe I will make more. and or I know tags will fit in this too. Next to that are some fall colored ribbons that also followed me home. fall is my favorite season but, it seems like the good colors of ribbon in these shades are few and far between. (I actually went into the craft stores to see if Christmas papers are out yet) its a weakness. and the answer is No, not yet. but halloween is "on markdown sale" at most of them now.

just a simple one for June. she has my sympathies of having to put up with my craziness on a regular basis. The bunny is from the Avery Elle set called storybook ( that I bought just to get this bunny) colored it a while ago, and recently I received the lacy ODBD dies in the mail so, thought it would work for that. this is 4" square in real life.


Hunting Widow Weekend Cardfest

6" square, the deer are from Stampendous ( log reindeer) sentiment is Hero Arts.

A-6 the snowman is from Whipper Snapper and the sentiment is from Stampendous.

Gingerbread boy is from PSX and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. this one is 6" square.

Stocking is from SU and the sentiment is from IO. this one is 6" square.

The sentiment is from River City Rubber works and the package is from Mostly Animals.
this is 6" square.
The patchwork tree is from SU.

closer look.
The watering can is from PSX and the sentiment is from Penny Black. this one is 6" square.

The tree is from Hero Arts and the sentiment is from Verve. 6" square

Snowman is from Stampers Anonymous and the sentiment is a piece of simple stories printed paper. 6" square.

Snowman is from Northwoods and the sentiment is from Simple Stories (printed paper)

Sentiment is from Hero arts.

Stocking is from PSX and the sentiment is from SU.

these used up a few sheets of paper ( YAY hopefully new patterns come out soon and I need to make room in my suitcase of pads lol) 

couple more simple ones these are all A-6 in real life the Noel is a PSX stamp. the Merry Christmas I ( think) is Penny Black.


An off White Bride

So, I had seen this Tiddly Inks stamp inside Simon Says Stamp recently and I was very surprised. ( I thought this company made print them your self images. So, I ordered one because, its so cute and different than my other "wedding" images. 
 They were colored with Copic's and the veil & flowers have some white gel pen on them. I was going to use the outside frame up on pop dots but, kinda liked how it looked with things just tucked so the left side is tucked and the right side is embedded. The sentiment is from SU.

The laces are vintage and actually not so crooked as the perspective of seeing the cards on an angle does. These are the first people I have colored in a long while now and I am thinking, yes. I really need to make time to actually do the classes for the skin and hair coloring with copic's that I bought  last year after Christmas ( I know I know) I had seen this card on SCS last weekend and I am sure the veil was totally influenced by this.


Christmas in August.

 ooh Did you see where the inspiration challenge goes this weekend? ( to a pinterest board of drool worthy mixed media canvases...) where I was inspired Twice by this same piece. If you click through to the board and click on the canvas there is a tutorial from the lady who made that piece on her blog. ( its very cool photos)

 This one is A-7 in real life, the holly folder was done faux Belleek style with mellow moss ink a long time ago, to give it a little more oomph I did rub on some metallic rub on's with my finger, the bloom is mulberry paper and that wide wide ribbon was a gift from Kris a long time ago ( thanks chickie!) the words were run through an Xyron machine.

 This was the first version inspired by that same piece while I was digging around in my dried florals collection I realized I do not have much in the way of leaves and or things with just cool textures. ( I mostly have flowers and some ferns)
so anyways, on Saturday I had spent some time stamping a bunch of my Christmas & Winter stamps to color to get back on the wagon with that. and I thought this was a very loose inspired by that panel card.

 I picked up this snowman shoot months and months ago ( maybe even before last Christmas haha) and this is the first time I have tried coloring it, the heart and wings were done watercolor with some aqua noir pens, there is some copic marker around his body edges and there is some prisma pencil over the watercoloring. I did go over the wings and halo with an wink of stella ( clear ) brush too.

 And this was done for this weeks featured stamper challenge you can see Judi's original card here. Loved the rustic colors and all those layers and that gingham bow. so, making changes it became rectangular, less layers. did not tie the bow from the ribbon but, added in a string bow for texture. the panel behind the snowman was originally some kraft that was stamped with some markers on the plaid background. then one day I was doing watercolor background for something else grabbed this squirted it with water & powdered watercolors. then later dtgd came along and I needed something to test splattering with watered down acrylic paint. so grabbed this piece again. ( it's been being tinkered with for months now) and I thought the colors looked OK with this snowman.

something I colored this morning knowing I wanted to make more Christmas cards. the image is from PSX and the sentiment is from Unity stamps . the base is something I made figuring out the score lines for those Sympathy cards I did recently and this one is 6" square in real life. I did add a cream cardstock to the back side of the printed sheet music paper ( for strength) as this is a gatefold design.