12.11.2017

Winter VSN {so far}

Kat has a challenge to base a card on one of the Monopoly pieces and so, I took mine out of the closet to see what the choices were (seen below) The ones on her list I have not heard of them. So, I chose the Scotty dog and the sentiment on the side is what is on the inside of the card. The dog is from Impression Obsession, the peace and joy is from the Hero Arts November 2017 kit of the month and the inside sentiment is from the Altenew Holiday wishes set.

I am not really sure what the piece in the back left bottom may be but, It kind of looks like some kind of a cannon.


Brenda has a bunco challenge that needed things in 3's so the image is a trio of ornaments, that were colored in 3 shades of blues. there are 3 different shades of silver on this and 3 colors of cardstock. The ornament trio image is from Impression Obsession and the sentiment is from Penny Black.


Ann has a Canasta challenge which also needed 3 images stamped across a panel and when I went to layer this sentiment over the top you could not see the center image so, I ended up doing it a 4th time so the third could peek out. The bough is from Penny Black and the sentiment is from Kaiserkraft.

Lydia has a black,silver, White with a pop of green challenge based on a board game called Othello.
The sentiment is from an older boxed set of Christmas sentiments from Hero Arts.


Jeanne has a challenge that you have to roll a dice to get the amount of layers allowed on your card. I got a 1... the candle is from Northwoods and the sentiment is a reproduction PSX one.


Melody has a challenge that you have to find/ use something that uses the letters in the word GAME so, I have Green ribbon, an Angled mouse, A Metal brad and and Embossed panel. The mouse is a newer one from Stampendous and the sentiment is from dylusions Christmas words


Diane has a challenge to include a smile and a heart. The sentiment is from Dylusions


Lee has a challenge to make an all white card with a sentiment with color on it, and I had read this on Sunday after I had found this pretty card to CASE from Becky this weeks featured stampers gallery. (seen here) and so changes were to make the tree a diecut, I switched the sequins to rhinestones and the ribbon to a textured paper and moved it farther down closer to the sentiment. I also switched the growing blooms to become packages clustered under the tree. The sentiment is from Elyzbells the tree and packages are Memory Box dies.

It is easier to read upright but, the catchlights on the rhinestones make them look blue like this.

Misti has a challenge to show some candy. and I dug out this old pail topper stamp from Stampendous.

12.06.2017

WOYWW #444 {Christmas Cards}

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 These are of course tuesday after work shots... the birds had been stamped and colored on Monday after work and the mice/wreaths had been colored on Sunday evening.
and I decided I better actually make some cards for me to send out. I don't need a lot but, I will need some for people at work and people who surprised me with a card this year. Do you do that? mail one back to everyone who gifts you with one? ( I always seem to be one or two cards short that way) so, its not a lack of cards its more of a lack of that card is not suited for the person who surprised me thing.
 a closer look towards the left.

 and more that are under construction. those tags from last week turned out pretty good, even with the trucks off the edges, they still need the names on them and I have one truck left that is colored that I am thinking about. I will shoot them when they are all the way done haha.
that big measure cup is holding all the pre die cut tags from the November Hero Arts kit.

While I was standing there these were put together real quick the red mat is a shimmer cardstock and so is the base of these they ended up being 5" x 7" in real life. and the Christmas card making is probably going to continue this evening too. I have enough cards by the numbers but, not ones I want to send to certain people.Grace is doing really well, she is walking much better even with the stitches in. we are still waiting for the they sent samples out to be tested for cancer from those lumps and we don't know yet, but she is so happy that is a good thing.  Thanks for stopping by!

12.05.2017

Christmas Cards

 This was done inspired by this fun card in this weeks Featured Stampers Gallery I loved how fun Donna's card is (seen here) changes were the stamps, less layers, I moved the ribbons to the license plate layer, did not punch holes for a plate and used stitched edge rectangles. I did eliminate the gems in the corners thinking that pearls ( snow balls) on the tree would work but, they ended up being kind of small so, then I added some more "snow" to the front of the cab and some of the fenders. The printed paper is from a Kaiserkraft pad called Mint Wishes and the truck and sentiment are both from Honey Bee stamps.

 This one uses more of the same papers I had used for Eli's card and I am thinking I will send this one to my grandpa and now that I have added snow to the blue one, I am tempted to add snow to this one but, probably will not.

 a week ago the featured stamper challenge went to Andrea's gallery where I found this beauty to CASE and so changes were I moved the snow into the center changed the window opening to an oval and mine is fairly flat the deer were cut with shimmery bronze paper and the dies are from Memory Box, the sentiment is from the Altenew holiday wishes set.

I have been at night coloring a few images the funny thing is even though I make Christmas cards all year long there are people on my list that I wait until the last minute to make the ones I am going to mail out to people personally well last minute for me, I used to mail when I bought them at Hallmark on the first of December every year and now, since I make them I am finally OK in my head with mailing them any old time before Christmas... The potted tree is from Impression Obsession and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

12.02.2017

Loads if Joy

Today for the inspiration challenge at SCS Julie has chosen the paperchase store site and I just loved this calling London's colors in this transportation theme gift wraps and then I found these krafty cards and it all kind of morphed from things on the table from there. I have some tags under construction that use this same Unity stamps truck and MFT tag die on them and this was the "spare" in case I messed one up kwim? so, it will probably head to my friend at works hubs for Christmas. ( the jingle bells are pretty big ones ) The sentiment is from the honeybee stamps sending you sentiments that go with their pickup truck and I die cut that with a lil'inker speech bubble 2 die and popped it up on foam dots.
Grace is home and recovering ( outside barking at anything that moves at the moment) so, she has good pain pills and is doing OK. :)

11.29.2017

WOYWW #443 {it's beginning to look like Christmas}

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The guys at work will be getting their gift cards in these cute square tins I found at Joanns fabric's so, tags are under construction for that the cream ones will get names stamped on them and I am debating about those Unity trucks on them ( they are going to stick off the edges of the tags but, its a matter of if it will look dorky or not.)

 Last weekend was our long holiday in the states we had 4 days off in a row so, I was able to organize more unmounted sentiments and put those away while hubs decided for the first time ever that we really should have out door decorations. ( all these years the answer has always been NO if I say do you want something?) He did all of this by himself ( in the rain) we have a 14' step ladder and this blue spruce tree is taller than that. The inside tree is also up and decorated.

 Last Saturday the Inspiration challenge at splitcoast stampers headed to a site called The company store where I found this felt wreath ( seen below) and loved the textures it had so, I used some Hero Arts wreath dies with shimmers and textured papers to create some layers of texture for this card. The believe sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die and the night before Christmas printed paper came from A Muse studio's. There are some bitty nuvo pearl drops on the wreath leaves ( seashell & rose gold)

Felt holiday wreath Inspiration piece.
in other news our aging lab dog Grace is going in to the vets Friday am to have a large tumor removed from her back leg. they think it's attached to the muscle and do not want her to lose the function of her leg so, it has to go. And that is pretty much all I think about lately so, I am looking forward to being distracted by what you all are up to. thanks for stopping by.

11.22.2017

WOYWW # 442 {tired}

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Whew, it's done. It was very People-ly out there... lol I am still in the mentally getting over the booth stage. Booth mug shots can be found in this post. all the custom things are done and now I can start on things for me. I almost always pick up a few things for gifts from the market and something tends to follow me home for me. this year the for me was this huge tin dinged up measuring cup with a tiny pin hole in the bottom of it. It will fit in with all the other kitchen containers to hold things I chop up or push around on my table I think.
off to the left are some new things that followed me home from a craft store in Medford on Monday I had to make a quick pick up for ice for work and the Christmas thing were on sale there so, I picked up this stock which has mats and layers to it of dies 18 in all and those wooden snowflakes and a tiny deer/stag horns type shape die that after this was shot I made the cards below with that really quick. hubs says it does NOT look like a reindeer to him... ( horns are wrong) but, most people will not see that. I had made some custom Christmas cards over the last 3 days which can be seen in this post and the paper is a scratch off of did you get the letters right side up lol... they are pretty little)


These are both A2 size and just very simple the deer die is from X cut. and the sentiment is a Hero Arts one. I think they are cute.

Booth Display {Mini Coffee Cups take 2}

 So friday night I came home from the booth and did 6 for a ladies Grandsons, ( which evidently I did not shoot those) and her's she wanted naked on the inside. so, since I had everything out. when I went to bed that was on the table when I woke up and I decided to do another batch of them. these were done between 3:30 am and 7 am on Saturday morning.
 Just crazy I know. they all sold though and I have enough left over in the package that I can alter for me to give away too. so win win.

 they are just variations of each other. all the sentiments had been previously stamped and die cut.

each of these contain white basket filler and 3 coffee candies like the first batch.

Custom Christmas cards

 This one the wreath is from the Concord & 9th Joyful Noel set. the layers under that are from a Taylored Expressions layering tag dies. and the sentiment was done with the CK stenography magenetic alphabet set. ( I have been seriously thinking about removing those magnets and seeing about adding the glue Cheryl sent me to see if I can use them in my Misti) the magnets sometimes repel each other on the sides and they go wonky on the magnetic bar handle they have.
 I just love this Tim Holtz Christmas paper pad this year. I think I should go pick up more before its gone. The stamps are from Mama Elephant Merry Christmas Wishes set with the Margaret done on with some old Making Memories magnetic CK alphabet stamps.

 for Eli who likes to go mudding when he visits his gpa here... He is the only not an adult on this round of cards.

 A closer look at the truck, this was colored with polychromo's pencils.

The other names on his list I was able to find things in the stash that I hope will work for him. In the wrappers they are hard to see, but I did not shoot all the cards he had last year and I have this feeling in the back of my mind that some of these people may be getting very similar cards this year as, I didn't shoot them and he told me the same basic information about them. Hopefully he likes them.

Shepherd's Market 2017

 This is a 6' X 12' space inside the Gym of Hosanna Christian School. It felt really tight after having the entire hallway the last few years. but, I think that the people who were excited to find me since I moved the booth were OK with that. I know I enjoyed the having less display pieces to pack in.

 And you'll notice this booth the power actually works And the lights are on in the gym so, it made everything very visible. ( the hallway had lights at one end towards the main entrance but, not closer to the cafeteria end. This suitcase had an assortment of occasions.

 On this taller ladder there were mostly Christmas tags and gift card holders towards the top then, everyday things on the bottom. Of those tags with the "list" die on them, only 1 is left. all the others sold.

 This suitcase was Thanksgiving, Christmas and Winter. ( Probably half of it is gone)

 This corner had more Christmas tags and gift card holders with the experimental 4 oz. coffee cups ( which I sold every single one of them both days. the first 9 (including the sample) took an order for 6 grandson ones to be picked up the second day and then made 11 more for the heck of it while I was at it. ( woke up at 3:30 am) and they are all gone. ( so, I suspect there will be a rash of them around here next year lol) (that's how this works... there were 3 or 4 other booths that were selling cards this year also.)
A closer look, the old Army bag on the floor has handle bags for purchases and my 1.00 plastic table cloths I pick up at the dollar tree to cover the display with at night when its shut down. ( it gets pretty dusty) All in all I sold dollar value about half of what I normally do, but a whole bunch of people said oh, my gosh so and so thought you were not here this year and has already gone home. so, for those people who talk to each other I'd bet next year will be a better one that way.

11.16.2017

a few more things

 This is the largest ornament in the stitched ornaments die set from Lawn Fawn, when I looked at these dies I had assumed they were going to make frames to make shaker tags but, the reality is they cut the stitched detail where you lay the die and you get a drop piece that is ornament shaped for a window. ( which is not a bad thing, just not what I thought it would do)

 These letters and wreath are from the concord and 9th joyful noel die set. the sentiments from the stamp set with the same name and the frame was done with the My Favorite things gift box cover die (twice for some depth) this originally started out to be for the clean and simple challenge to use the letters from the word NOV but, I kept getting stuck on an O word...

 This weeks color challenge uses colors that I only had the real red shade so I just kind of squinted at the monitor and called it good enough those are distress oxides on the star stamp from the Nov. Hero Arts kit of the month set, I did spray these with water before pressing and this was shot wet, there is nuvo glitter drops on the leafy parts of those vines on the stars. the ho ho ho is from Impression Obsession.

 a second attempt at that same color combo,which I like this one much better actually. The ornament is from the Hero Arts my monthly hero Nov 2017 kit.

 This was done messing around with one of those eyelash fibers wrapped on an old block drug through white acrylic paint for a background from the fallidays challenges.

 This was done to beef-up the guy birthday card stash for the booth.

 every time I make a card with this penny black dog I generally pair it with my name is bad dog for the sentiment but, I had this newer one from Impression Obsession cut and this card was built around the new sentiment actually. ( for the booth)

 wednesday after work tags from things already cut on the table.

 these tags are from the Spellbinders Shortie tags set. the ornaments on the right are drop pieces from that lawn fawn stitched ornament die set. the Noel is from echo park.

 The tree die is from Taylored Expressions trim a tree the sentiment is from Penny Black  and the snowflakes I cut last year some time so, I really don;t remember. they are topped off with a plastic shankless button.
 the sentiment on the left is from Stampin' Up, the snowflake on the bottom is a Sizzix die and the one in the middle is a Hero Arts tag snowflake die ( the one that is one of the add on's for Nov) The tag on the right is my favorite from this batch, I just love this text paper its the one in the Tim Holtz pad that is out this year and the wreath is from Concord & 9th.
 The Jingle all the way is from Taylored Expressions and the snowflake tag on the right is from Hero Arts its probably easier to see the shape of it this way than layered to a larger snowflake in the one above.
the believe is from simon says stamp, the heart is from Lil Inkers designs. the corrugate was just a scrap so, it didn't get die cut to that shape haha but, I did consider it. and tonight we go set it up so, I probably won't be making any last minute things. but, then I find it hard to sleep and do it anyways.