Tool gift cards

Fathers day is fast approaching in my reality because, it takes me for ever to make decisions about what to make for them all. I tend to make my cards for each of the dad's in our life individually and the fun thing about this you are a handy guy set from Two Paper Diva's is all the guys in my life are tool collectors. :)  And I didn't have it say Happy Fathers day because, it is entirely possible that it could end up waiting for a birthday without that, and I added in the enjoy from the every day sentiments set.   The Textured handmade paper is I have no clue on the mfg info. (a lot of the time a long time ago these were sold in multi color texture packs with no info at all on them) The photo corners are from Heidi Swapp and the base is bazzill.  This card is 6" square in real life.

 A closer look at the details. The images were stamped ( masked) with Versafine onyx black ink on some Neenah solar white (smooth) cardstock. the main panel I did run a SU hand held punch along the side of the edge (because, its my favorite punch tool design)The enjoy tab is really on a lawn fawn stitched labels die that is tucked up under the main panel to make it look like a tab shape. The gloves were stamped on a scrap and cut out with scissors.  this was all colored with prisma pencils. I wanted the tool box to look a little old and worn so I used both red and brown pencils on the box. All the pigments were melted with a prisma colorless blender marker. ( the copic blender will not do the same thing) There is something in the prisma blender that will melt the pigments. and for me this is a handy trick over the using say baby oil or odorless mineral spirits. ( I am klutzy and I used to color at night on a lap board on the sofa while my husband watched the news) I have since moved this down the hall to a spare room but, its done on an antique sofa table so, since klutzy is not something I have ever gotten over using the markers to blend is a safer option for me. These do however put out fumes. ( more fumes than copic markers to me) so, also being near sighted I try to keep my nose off the paper when I am almost finished and smoothing things out with the marker.

 This gift tag die from Mama Elephant also comes with some hole reinforcers and tab dies to go with it so, I did use two of the folding tabs and ran some burlap string through them as a looping tie. ( no bows needed kind of a thought) This tag is A-2 sized in real life.

A closer look at the stamping & coloring again these were done with prisma pencils. Next thursday I will also show you all another guy card right before the new release happens. Have a good day and thanks for stopping by!


WOYWW #364 {befor & after}

Happy Wednesday & Anniversary Ladies, These are tuesday after work shots...  I did not make ATC's but, you can find this weeks link up at Jan's blog here she is hosting while Julia is away. Thanks Jan!

 I have been letting things pile up left and right. and I hauled home this box of "stuff" from a yard sale two weeks ago that what I have taken out of the box so far was a very big stack of scrap sized hand made textured papers. That is what you see closest to you, I had been flipping through some of them to make a card last Friday evening. beyond that are just the rest of what had been pulled out and not put away.

I think this took the better part of a couple hours to do this. so, next time I go up it will be fun to make something rather than pushing things out of the way. It's not totally spotless I did leave out the stack of bingo cards and scooped up the pile of scrabble letters into a measure cup. ( I am vaguely thinking of making some kind of word tag things for the booth with them) (maybe) honestly I just hoard vintage game pieces for the most part but, I am trying to tell my self I have "enough" of them to let some go.
I did mention my yard is getting a lot of my free time lately yes? ( well, so is my camera again) I caved and upgraded my K7 base for a K3 ( the 3 is discontinued and knocked down way cheap because Pentax has released the K1 now) (and I don't need the differences between the 3 & the 1. These fern's are in a shade bed in my front yard. (the cave shots above were taken with my cell phone) So, the camera you see in the top shot is my old K7body with a heavy small zoom on it that I think I will be leaving in the cave more or less unless we travel. ( sometimes it's nice to just have another lens on a sling when your walking around shooting)


Framed Filly

 The Mix challenge this week is being hosted by Polly and she would like you to "frame it" so, this is a really simple one. I have loved this horse ever since I have seen the cool things Linda has done with it and so this was a first go around with attempting to color it. ( used some QoR watercolors and then added in a little shading over the top with some prisma pencils)
I think I got the eyes kind of wild looking but, its still OK. This ( the horse is sketched filly from stampendous I picked it up at Micheal's if your hunting for it) the frame is textured handmade paper that I used two spellbinders 6" mat dies to make it and it is up on pop dots over the  Prisma block print paper in similar colors.


A closer look at the filly.


A Warm Heart

Good Morning, When I first received this Teacups set I also received the You warm my heart set at the same time so, I had piles of colored mugs and the words all cut out together and I decided these could work just fine with cups colored in a warm tone. These were colored with zig clean brush markers & a water brush. The stacked cups panel was die cut with an waffle flowers lacy layers die and color dusted with some barn door distress ink. The sentiment was also stamped with versafine and die cut with lawn fawn banner dies.(this is slightly off the edge but, not so much that it won't fit into an envelope)  The printed paper is from Websters pages and the base is a piece of textured bazzill that finished at A-6 in real life. I know I make a ton of cards and tags with cups and warm drink themes to them so It's fun to know that more are coming soon. and speaking of soon the deadline for the Two Paper Diva's May sketch challenge is approaching next monday so, you still have time to play a long and a chance at a shopping gift certificate if you are so inclined. Thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW #363 a mess and piles of loot

 A bonafide Wed am shot... Monday after work I did cut a couple of the bunnies from the wild rose studio die. ( I had not clue they even made dies, it cuts paper perfectly I am intending to do it with felt next time I get a chance to play)


 So, I hauled home yet another old scrabble game on Saturday. ( it was a whole .25cents) so it would have been a crime to leave it there right? and that made me open up a vintage bingo game that I hauled home last year and I did actually use some of these things for a card on Sunday. ( It all still needs put away)
 Have to go through the scraps pile it is feeling/looking out of control for my comfort zone.

Some Simon Says Stamp loot that arrived last Saturday.

Friday I received some happy mail from Ellen Hutson and Amazon ( stencil and notepad cover die on the left) There were some good deal's in mothers day... I have been out side every day since I filled up all the hanging baskets with flowers and watering and such when I get home after work so, I really haven't spent a significant amount of time upstairs lately.
If you'd like to play along with us, shoot a shot of what you are up to and Link it up here at Jan's blog who is hosting While Julia has a holiday and recovers. (THANKS Jan!)