WOYWW # 361

Welcome to the really its not that big of a mess... ha, so this is from this morning before work. and I have currently "found" two of the unmounted sentiments that you see at the top of the table with foam on the backs, I had moved all 4 of them to the paper cutter last week intending to haul them to the kitchen and nuke them to see if it would loosen the glue enough to remove that foam. and I forgot about them, and made some cards and where I had these on the paper cutter is where I stack 6" pads of printed papers. (you see where this story is going right?) so, when I am done with the pads I tend to just scoop them up and dump them on the top of the suitcase on the floor that they go into... (that is where I found one of the stamps on the top of all the pads...) so, best guess is the others have fallen between the rows of pads and are in the suitcase or that one or more of them fell off the cutter and into the trash bin, ( which gets picked up on very early friday mornings) so, by the time I knew they were missing that garbage is long gone.  and no, nothing like this has ever really happened to me even when you see a huge mess I pretty much know where everything is.

 off to the left the remains of things I was pushing around on sunday. the elephants were extras I had cut doing the plaid card last Saturday and the printed paper and diecut were in the (under the vellum sentiment scrap pile that I unearthed looking for the missing stamps) The camera's were stamped with pale gray ink I was thinking to sew the vellum heat embossed words over the top of it all but, there is not enough contrast so, I need to pick a different color combo. (or thinner vellum)

last friday night brought some more happy mail to my mailbox. and I did play with most of it a little bit. I am waiting on the concord and 9 crazy cat lady set and am hopeful it will arrive this week. I have plans for that set. Anyways, thanks for stopping by and if you'd like to play along with us, shoot a shot of what you are up to and link it up here at our hostess Julia's blog.


a couple of Baby Cards

 A while back when I first got this precious mobile die ( memory box) I did cut a couple of them and this second one has been laying on the table waiting ever since) so, used up some other things and made a neutral Baby card from it.
the silver mirror paper is from MM, the ribbon is from SU as is that sentiment, the gems are from darice and I have forgotten the other things since then.
thinking the scalloped mat dies are from waffle flower and this one is 6" in real life.
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Now this one was done because, this poppy stamps stitched elephant die landed in my mailbox on friday and I had to play with it. ( knowing my niece is pg and expecting a boy) I came across this Quilt inside the Inspiration Challenge site last saturday and thought maybe maybe. the plaids are all from the lawn fawn 6" pad. these were cut with the stitched MFT dies. the blue vellum was from the scrap bin so, no mfg info on that. the sentiment (d.o.t.s.)  was heat embossed with white su powder on it. finished off with some kaiser pearls, scrappers floss and craft buttons. this one is also 6" square in real life and a few hours after I had it done I seen that particular niece is doing her nursery as brown/blue & teddy bears. so, I may make something different for her or not. ( depends on if the mojo moves me to color a bear I guess) besides I kind of like how this turned out and I am fairly certain she does not read my blog.


Make a Wish { Two Paper Diva's}

As soon as I seen these candles in the new Make a Wish set from Two Paper Diva's I knew what I wanted to do with them ( paper piecing) and I started with a 6" sheet of random dotted pattern thinking it would be easier on the eyes when it was finished not having something that was not perfectly lined up. I was able to get 19 candles from that single sheet of paper and so I did knowing that I had two birthdays in April & May I needed cards for. this top one went to a Man and the one below went to a woman. the wood grain paper (also my minds eye) was cut with an spellbinders adorning squares die and the outer edge was raised up on pop dots. that allowed me to wrap the vintage lace around the candle cluster.

 Both of these cards are 6" square in real life and finally been opened by the recipients so, they became safe to post haha. The base printed paper is from fancy pants called park bench. the base it self is bazzill. The sentiment on this one is from the banners one set cut with a memory box primo label die. with some Kaiser craft pearls on the ends. The diecut printed paper is a subtle looking lace one from Authentique. The candle bodies are glued to these background diecuts but, not the flames so the flames do have some dimension to them being layered and stacked and not adhered flat. but, the frame being up on pop dots should protect them from being mangled.

One of the things I did to each of these candles ( they were all stamped twice, once on the printed paper and once again on white neenah smooth cardstock) was after paper piecing the print to the smooth and coloring the flames I did line the edge of all the wicks with a grey maker so that it takes away from your eye that bits of white that are between the wick and the top of the candles. ( its a very slim piece of cardstock cutting that) so, this leaves some paper along the edge in those corners for some stability but, it makes that paper not as visible. so the candles on the right the wicks have been edged and the ones on the left have not. and then I had to laugh at my self because, I added the shimmery blue gel pen to the wicks not the tips of the flames. such is life I tend to chalk that kind of goof up to artistic flair and call it good. after this photo was shot I then went over the tops of all the flames with an yellow spectrum noir glitter pen. it did blend the yellow & orange and give it a solid sparkle too.


WOYWW #360 {coloring}

Happy Wednesday Ladies, If you'd like to play along with us shoot a shot of what you are doing and link it up here at our hostess Julia's blog

So, this is the sofa table that has become a sit down coloring station in a spare room downstairs in the house. ( my big plastic table you see most of the time is in a finished room over the garage that hubs and I share the space as a hobby room. ) Some of these things have been being colored for weeks now. ( not continuously) The lilac's surrounding our house are blooming right now and excuse me Aaaachoooo. I am not getting as much done as I would like to. so, I have been reading more than creating. and creating in binges here and there. That thing that looks like a big pill box was found at Joann's fabrics a while back and is what I have started using for water to watercolor because, then I can have a red well and a green well etc etc. ( its easier to carry it to a sink then multiple pots too) I did "test" the Daniel smith watercolors samples that came with that hero arts kit a few weeks ago but, not colored anything with them as of yet. ( I was just eyeballing the colors to see if they were anything radically different than what I already have because, more color is always my thing but, to my eye they do not look much different, so I guess what I have for what I like to color is still working OK in that dept.) I also tried doing some thing with those glitter pastes and a stencil last weekend but, it has no dimension to it, it dries flat so, the look I wanted to find with a stencil did not work for me, I am going to have to use something under the glitter paste for dimension ( like paste of some kind with some body to it) and then do the glitter over the top I think. So, there are not any photos of that yet.

 So... It's still wed at my house, this was shot wet but, I was using a small paint brush ( the same one I use for all the liquid glues) to daub on some of the clear glitter paste. I did do the second wreath after this was shot. but, hopefully it gives you the idea. its kind of gloopy but dries flat.


another denim sneaker

I did put together one of the extra sneakers I cut when I made the other card a couple of weekends ago, and this version there are 1/16" teeny eyelets in the holes instead of using the paper ones the die cuts. the paper hole reinforcer's end up looking like 1/8" sized eyelets once they are glued on but, the hole is not actually big enough for the shank of a 1/8" eyelet to go into without cutting all new holes into the die cut. ( which might work better for a sneaker cut from cardstock but, my brain said if you have to cut 10 new holes to fit the metal ones don't use them, this was an attempt to save some time.) also wound the scrappers floss through the holes like they were really on a shoe. so I am thinking this one looks a little more real. not sure I like the denim ribbon much either, its soft enough to work with but, it also frays too.