WOYWW #412 {loot & coloring}

Happy Desk Peeking day! If you'd like to play along the link up starts here at Miss Julia's blog.

 so, a while back I caved on a studio calico order and those stamps arrived in the mail on monday.

 Also on monday came a package from Simon Says stamp...

 So, on monday evening after those stamps were dutifully photographed for your viewing pleasure I did open the shut up and color set and stamp off some of those on scraps and left them to dry. so this was shot tuesday.

around the corner on the other side I have been coloring some ellen hutson mondo peonies with polychromos pencils. I stamped it all with some avery elle pixie ink and the leaf is ( I forgot it's ink name off hand but, I was trying for a no line coloring effect) and so, its hard because, I finally figured out what I think I am doing to sabotage my self and it is I spin the papers when I color. I think it would be easiest to say ok this will be the top on your finished project and so the shadows go here and here. and that's not really how I operate with blooms ( like this where they are viewed from above) I tend to cut them out with scissors and place them on card fronts around the sentiments or other elements. so, the card in the back was the first one of these and after it was attached to the card base I had this whole, the shadows do not make total sense thought about it. oh and the starting to unfold buds are even harder with the no line thing for me, they just look like pink blobs and I may add more definition to the cracks but, the pale pink peonies in my yard are barley pink (only in the centers) the petals fade to white as they open so, I was trying for something more real looking.

also from tuesday ( my desk at work) my son is home on leave so... he stopped by my office to ( use the copy machine lol) I will be driving all day for work today so, it may be late before I start making the rounds. Thanks for stopping by!


Peony Birthday

My birthday card stash is on the slim side and so, This was something for that. The peony is up on foam pop dots.

 There is a challenge from Ellen Hutson right now that based on this inspiration collage of photos as seen below and I was really struck by the pink skeleton leaf with the light flowing through it photo and so, this was inspired by that part. The base is some Neenah millstone, the printed paper is from my minds eye and was cut with a My Favorite Things homespun stitched die. The Peony was stamped with some Avery Elle Pixie ink to give it a no line coloring effect and then I colored this with some polychromos pencils. The sentiment is from the up the happy set and was stamped with some versafine onyx black.

 I have been messing around with trying to figure out where shading goes but, since this is the very first time this flower has been out of the package I guess it will be easier next time to decide where some of the shadows go in the center of the bloom.

This challenge is open until May 2nd. if you want to play along with it.


Mothers day Laughs

Sometimes when I go upstairs thinking I will just clean up the mess and maybe make something I need in the future what happens is while I am thinking about that I just make cards out of what ever is in front of me. So both of these cards were done just that way while dinner was cooking last night.

 The Mom on this is from W plus 9 strictly sentiments 4 set and the rest of the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Mothers day zingers. They were all heat embossed with SU white powder on a scrap of some PTI aqua mist card because, I had picked up this floral Julie Nutting boutons de rose paper recently to make Mom's day cards with. the texture is an Anna Griffin one that has some white pitt pen on the raised parts. the lace and button are vintage and tied on with some scrappers floss. this is A-7 in real life.

I think this would be funny for a mom with multiple children... the stork/baby is an vintage PSX stamp and the sentiment is from the SSS Mothers day zingers set also. with the other piece that I had cut of that floral print and some PTI spring moss card. The photo corners are from Heidi Swapp.
Thanks for stopping by, and I did warn you to swallow before you read these sentiments right?


WOYWW #411

Happy Desk peeking day! If you'd like to play along with us the link up starts
It surprised me to find things to flash on the desk, I did make two quick Mothers day cards yesterday after work with things found on the table and I had experimented with this folder and a white pen to pop the pattern but, it was too busy to go on the rose card. ( I keep attempting to add in some texture with these folders because, I have so many of them but, I am still in more of a CAS mode so a lot of the time those pieces do not make it onto finished projects. Packing the kitchen also continues. It is looking like it would be mid June before this is done so, we don't want to gut it too soon because, the hold up is the cast iron sink. I ordered a sandbar color from the mfg that will go with the counter top better than white and it will take 2 months ( insert a fainting smiley here) the appliances are in town at the stores warehouse, the cabinets are only supposed to take 6 weeks... so 8-9 weeks for the sink was a huge shock. So far I still do not know the name of last weeks stamp set. the blog shaz found has been closed and the packaging does not have a upc barcode on it. It doesn't matter that much in the long run, but stamp set names is the most common question I get about products I use and so I lately have been trying to list more of that kind of details on the blog. Thanks for stopping by, I am going to be as usual making the rounds during the slow times at work.


some odds and ends

 I had picked up this Emma background from Simon Says Stamp a while ago and spent some time heat embossing a stack of them and a few actually got colored over the last month or so.

 The hello on this is a Concord & 9th Say Hello die. ( two of the three pieces) and the Happy Easter is from the Neat & tangled cottontail cuties set.

 a variation on the theme... the outer white frame is up on popdots over the background. the gold embossing powder is from WOW the white is SU.

 This one the Happy Mothers day is from the Simon Says Stamp mothers day zingers set
This one finished at 5 1/2" square. The sentiment is up on pop dots. (all of these Emma backgrounds were colored with some derwent watercolor pencils and an aqua brush. 

This one the Hero Arts antique rose was done in white SU powder on some watercolor paper a long time ago and just cut out with scissors, it is up on Pop dots over the scrap of wood grain paper. the Sentiment is also from the mothers day zingers set. This one is A-6 in real life.


WOYWW #410

Good Morning and Happy Desk peeking day! If you'd like to play along with us the link up starts here at Miss Julia's blog.

 I did make a few cards on Sunday and some of them are in the previous post. and a few were Easter cards that are still in the mail somewhere so.. I did not pick up anything after that last card and off to the left is the bear card that needs fixed. ( almost every time I use some PTI cardstock I manage to glue it down crooked and that paper has no forgiveness to it) after this was shot I just cleaned everything so, behind those cards on the far left is a stamp set from Melissa Francis that I was trying to add to my evernote file and ( I do not see a set name on its packaging) and I do not see stamps of any kind in their web site and I don't know how long I have had this set but, I am hoping to find out its name if anyone knows. In the lower right are some other previously made stenciled/shaving cream backgrounds from last year as one was used for one of those cards.

This is the stamp set. my mind keeps thinking it was called baby something maybe baby animals? but, it was too long ago, I don't even remember where I bought it anymore. And I am officially starting to pack up the kitchen so that it can be remodeled next month and that is kind of scary and exciting at the same time. So, once that starts I don't know how much free time I will be spending up here.