10.18.2017

Panel Pull out card

 The 7th tutorial for the Fallidays challenges is for a panel pull out card. (you can find the instructions here)
 as I was messing with this no matter how much I scored the foldlines I could not make the folds stay flat. and so, since my first wonky stitched rectangle for under the die cut tree was printed paper ( to break up the red below it) I decided to cut a second piece to make it stronger... and tucked some burlap string between the layers to tie it closed. the OCD part of my brain said this has to be tied shut, this flapping in the wind thing was not going to work for me at all... and so, this meant that I did not follow the directions all the way through, you are supposed to mount this to two more pieces of flat cardtock that do not open. and that just did not look good to me either because, I did not use paper that all came from the same package, most of the plain cardstocks I looked at against this did not look good either. and so,its just a bitty fold of cardstock and I am ok with that.


 especially with it tied shut hahaha. the tree is from Taylored Expressions its called trim a tree. done on scraps. and up on foam pop dots over the wonky rectangles.

 while I was attempting to decide how long to cut the string I knew it had to be long for the folds to be able to unfold all the way, but if I had glued all this to one more layer of cardstock there would have been not a way for the string to have the movement it would have needed to open and close. and I would rather have the tie then the back panel so.

there is a stamped "word" border on the 4th panel. This sentiment is from the Hero Arts winter silhouette set. I am not sure what I am going to do with this next, I think it may end up on a tag maybe. maybe. I really like the movement it has when it opens, I think this could be a cool thing to tinker with and see if there is a way to make one of those fold hold a gift card some how. as always thanks for stopping by :)

WOYWW # 437 {piles with more Fallidays projects}

Happy Desk Peeking day, if you'd like to play along the link up
 starts here at our hostess Miss Julia's blog
 So, this is a Wed. am shot, before the sun was up. the piles are back in force but, things are still on the table.
 off to the left these are some tag ideas I had sunday evening after dinner while I was mostly caught up with the fallidays challenges. I think I will be doing more naughty tags next. ( that always sells well at the school booth coming up next month)
 Underneath those piles of tags are piles of yupo backgrounds done with alcohol inks last weekend.
found this photo in my phone this morning and thought what the heck...

 on monday I had an eye exam and new glasses have been ordered ( stronger bi-focals with a taller lens part because, the glasses I have now are pretty slim and they think the problem I have with the bifocal part is there is not enough room for the progressive in them)
anyways Rebecca's card challenge is to do a dog/cat thank you card for a shelter that can give them out to the humans who have been rescued by the furbabies and it has to have felt on it. so, these are headed to that card drive.
 and Kathy has a challenge about a fall/winter drink so, this is a closer look at the cup. ( Impression Obsession cocoa comfort) and its shot on its side (wet) last night, the whipped cream has prills on it like cinnamon puffs on Mexican coffee yes?) and it was water colored with some pencil over the top of that. the circles have white nuvo pearl drops on them. the berries were colored with a spectrum glitter pen.
The sentiment is from that Hero Arts coffee tag set that came out last year and the frame is a Mama Elephant park avenue diecut. (this one is A2 in real life)
So, at this point I think I am behind by 4 challenges and 5 tutorials.
and its mostly a lack of time rather than a lack of supplies ( except the double sided foam sheets shipped today, (from Iowa) so, hopefully they will arrive by next weekend. That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by!

10.17.2017

Last Weekends Fallidays cards

 This was done for our anniversary, the leaf is from Penny Black, the main sentiment is from Impression Obsession and the tiny anniversary is from SU. Lisa has a challenge to use things from the letters that make up the word "Orange" so, I think I have some orange, some organdy ribbon, some Anniversary, ( I skipped the N but, the IO sentiment is "new" to me ) the g was for the green and the E was I used a huge crafters companion leaf detail embossing folder on that old basic grey printed paper.

 Barbara had a challenge to create a Christmas card with score lines on it. the image is from Our Daily Bread Designs and the sentiment is from Impression Obsession.
 The baby was stamped a second time on white cards stock because, I could not get a color I liked with pencils on that paper bag paper, so it was cut out and paper pieced into the scene.

 Jacqueline has a challenge to create generic cards you can give out as random acts of kindness. there is a kindness day coming up in November ( I think the 13th) and I am leaning towards these to give to the people working at the coffee drive through stand to use for the people they choose to give them to, rather than the normal just add in an extra five and tell them to buy the driver behind you a cup. This is a sizzix Card, tag die with Verve Coffee helps stamps on it and some old fibers.

 Ky has a challenge to make a sports inspired card and I had picked up this set from Unity not too long ago and decided I wanted to have one with it for the booth next month. The pins are covered with some nuvo white pearls ( thick, it cracked as it dried it almost gives it an old wood texture) the ball has some clear wink of stella all over it so it has that galaxy look to the finish. I did go over the pins with a black sharpie where the white spread.

 Saturday's tutorial is for an eclipse word into your patterned paper. this one I think I need a looser paper print to try this again with some time because, I do like how it looks on other peoples cards but, I did mess mine up adding the ink to the letters. ( you are supposed to let the dark layers pop the word, which they do but, I picked a dark brown and the whole thing just looked eh) so anyways I think I will use this the next time we need a dog sitter for Grace.

 Misti has a challenge to add layers of texture. and this is that SSS texture plate I picked up in September. it has some distress oxide inks on it. The dogs are from Whipper snapper and the sentiment is an old one from PSX.

Teresa has a world peace travel challenge so, I had originally lined up the train set from this Hero Arts Oct. kit and then decided my people were more likely to drive so, I used this car from an older hero set  called Mini Christmas ( I think this one is still available) ( I have all the sets with the bitty houses and bits and pieces and since the scale is the same they all just build scenes together)

10.13.2017

Fallidays Continued

 So Lee has a challenge to create faux glittered suede... ( mine just turned into glittered cardstock) and since I had went with green card & green glitter and no plan... I just cut mine into strips for the challenge. ( the Giraffe is from My Favorite things and the smaller sentiment is from the Altenew beautiful inside set.

 what my suede looked like before I cut it.

 Barbara has a challenge about using things on your table created earleir in the week, so the globe ornament was stamped ( heat embossed ) on one of the first Yupo backgrounds... ( it did not react well to the heat gun, it warped and smelled stinky while hot)
the branch is left over glitter suede.


 On Friday Jeanne's challenge links to creating a Patriotic Thank you card with a heart, for the second card drive with a destination of Operation Quiet Comfort.


And Ceal has a challenge for creating a color blocked background with your clear blocks and ink... so, I used oxide inks and it turned out well so, I decided to do an Vellum image so, the colors would peek through and I used some Krylon spray adhesive... it was only sticky while wet, as it dried it more or less repelled the vellum so, I will have to run this through a sewing machine later.
I have every challenge from Thursday still on the to do list along with the make a rosette turkey from Wednesday in a catch up phase hopefully this weekend.

10.11.2017

WOYWW #436 {Backgrounds & a clean slate}

Happy Desk Peeking day, I did take the first few shots Tuesday night after work.. (after Tuesday's fallidays cards were done) and I have made ummm 26 things since the last friday so, I hit my piles limit on my desk last night and had to clear the decks after the seriously piles started sliding off the table.  If you want to know why anyone in their right mind would tell you such a truth, you can find out more here at our hostess Miss Julia's blog and play along with us.

 So, under neath these backgrounds are all the various scraps that were piled up since last Friday night. and it kept sliding, to the floor. since the paper trash bin is between this cart and the plastic table on the floor there that is not fun to fish out something you want to keep. so,that is pretty much what forces me to pick up behind my self.

 On Tuesday after work, these are the two cards I ended up with. the cloudy clear block is one I have not stamped with for a long time ( since it became cloudy ) but, it is the one I used to tie the eyelash fibers around to pat through the white paint. so the total sum of my "cheap" acrylic paints are out in this shot, left over fibers, stray die cuts.

 I had saved this huge piece of chipboard from some Martha Stewart thing a long time ago ( probably the score board) and I use it as a flat surface drying thing ( that I can pick up and move ) when I am making messy stuff. it normally hides under the table.
These are all Dendritic backgrounds done with acrylic paint smooshed between a torn apart cd case lids.

 and after dinner I did pick up everything, except some of the piles moved to the floor. this last year during the remodel I did some shopping. ( which you have seen) but, since that stopped, and the gardening has slowed way down. I have been a shopping fool. so, on the floor in the corner are all the rubber cling stamp sets I have purchased in the last few months and not organized yet, and there were so many the dies had to go into a second basket. and the clear stamps are easier for me so, those are already on the shelf in pockets in clear bins. oh that poor tissue paper I wanted to do the inking embossing on was grabbed as a blotter on Saturday during the Alcohol inks play so, it's still out so I can remember to try that.

A pile of left over backgrounds since Saturday, the ones closest to the edge are eyelash fibers with white paint for "blizzards" the middle pile is heavyweight Yupo paper with alcohol inks. and the far tiny pile is the smooshed paint the card stock was cut to quarter sized sheets because, the cd case was so tiny. but, since you are pressing it together it's probably a good idea in hind sight that I did not pick bigger smooth pieces to try and smoosh. :) Behind all that is a wooden easel that I have been leaning my cell phone up against instead of dropping it into that tray of dies. (figure its farther from the splash zone there) but, usually the phone just tilts it over. and it doesn't always work unless there is a counter weight in the front of it.
So, that's about it for the moment. thanks for stopping by!

10.10.2017

Two-fer Tuesday


Shannon has this challenge to create this background by smooshing acrylic paint in between two smooth non porus surfaces. It's real name is Dendritic and you can find a video of how to do it in the challenge thread here.   I used a CD case that had been pried apart. My first two prints I had too much paint and it ended up blobby looking, the second impressions were better by the time the paint starts drying though it does not smoosh as much. This card follows the rules of what is needed, It has no glitter, metal, anything sharp on it. Its a thank you card and the sentiment off to the left is glued to the inside. the wreath was over stamped over the dried paint as was the sentiment that was then heat embossed over that. ( versafine has never dried over paint for me) so, I just heat emboss it like a reflex now. the finger print doodle is from a Simon Says Stamp set and I did that on a scrap of kraft and cut it out with scissors so, I could pop it up with foam dots.


 So my favorite was on the paper bag paper for the contrast and that is what became the card drive card for the Ronald McDonald house. You can find the address and rules for this drive here.
I really love this one and I am sure I will be doing more of it. 


Bev has a challenge to do masking ( but, to do a type of masking you do not "always" do, and I "always" use sticky notes or papers...
So, out came this Windsor newton liquid masking fluid I ordered a year or two ago online and never opened. sometime after I bought it I read online that this stuff just smells horrible. ( and my mind thought oh Stazon ink horrible you know ice pick to the brain smell) and so, it was not as brave as you would think it would be to open it after all this time... We are surrounded with forest fire smoke again so, I cannot smell anything today.

I had no expectations of what to see when I did this, so what I found is... the stuff is goopy. thick and goopy more so than say tombo mono multi wet glue. so I used an old paint brush (same one I use for liquid glue) and daubed it onto the leaves of the Hero Arts wreath. ( cell phone shots have wonky colors but that wreath is stamped on cream paper) I set it aside to dry and worked on the paint smooshing and when that was all done, this felt dry enough patting it with my finger I did not see anything on my finger so I over stamped this with a background and a juicy pigment pad and I did have some pretty big Halo's around the leaves. I then just rubbed the liquid mask off with my finger.
I am halfway wondering if this paints on a little thinner if you use it when you first buy it, if it is going to just continue to harden in the jar but, really I have no way of knowing until the next time I open the bottle.

So, by this point the paint had completely dried on the cd covers, the paint brush and the other paint brush, but this is the reason why I never just ran down the stairs to wash it all off and do some more. Grace hardly ever climbs up the stairs to the hobby room this last year and I didnt have the heart to Disturb her nap.
but, after dinner I did manage to clean up all this mess that has been growing since Sunday. photographic evidence will be posted and linked to the whats on your Wednesday work desk blog hop tomorrow morning. Thanks for stopping by.

10.09.2017

Monday's trio


 On Day 2 of the Fallidays challenges and tutorials Lori M has a challenge to include a bird or feathers on your project. and as it happens these chicks from Unity Stamps had been stamped and colored sometime over the last couple of weeks and it was just begging to be used. The sentiment is from one of the Simon Says Stamp stamptember sets called You go this.

 It finished out at A7 in real life.

 So, just seeing this if you are a regular visitor to this blog you are probably already grinning over this fold... and you knew I groaned when I seen it. the photographs of the triangle Luminary box were so cool and I thought holy cow really... and really it was really not that bad. that being side this did take me almost 3 hours to do. and its not perfect. but, I hit my "good enough" valve somewhere about 1/3 of the way into it knowing I did not want to start all over again. To create this, the printed paper is glued to the scored panels of the cardstock with liquid glue then run through a diecutting machine to make "windows" and I knew I needed a random pattern print and I knew I had tiny snowflake dies so, when I found this paper I was like Ah-ha... and I cut snowflakes. ( and I had to go through two layers) so, knowing that I picked sturdy flakes in case I had to cut them out by hand like the Yupo paper from Sunday... and then you back these windows with vellum and countersink or embed some other snow in the holes... well, if you pick solid snowflakes, you do not end up with windows... The liquid glue is used because, then you have wiggle room to get your papers straight. so, I did them crooked, I straightened them ( they are still crooked) so, then I added some barn door distress over all the cream cardstock...

 So, that lead me to creating the lid and the changes were instead of doing a strip of paper around that outer edge, I used double sided score tape there and wrapped on some old Joanns ribbon there to tie on a silly tag and make my lantern into a gift box.

 Ann has a challenge to use yarn and white acrylic paint on dark cardstock to create Blizzard conditions for backgrounds. both the larger pieces in this shot are navy blue and the smallest piece is some textured black Bazzill.

So, for the card I created I used this new Hero Arts winter Silhouettes and I had stamped that on some smooth Neenah, I first used soft sky for everything but, it was too subtle, so, then I over stamped the sled with versafine gray and that was kinda of Blah, so then I off set stamped the sled again with black and it popped. added some broken china oxide to the edges I had cut out with scissors trying to blend with the backround. and once it was all glued together the snow was so "flat" because, that blue sky is a shimmer cardstock from stardream I decided to add some tiny bits of some Nuvo seashell pearls, on the trees, on all the snow, a bit on the sled. and really I have no idea if that looks good or not because, by the time this was shot (wet) it was dark outside. I was trying for a Polaroid look with the framing of the scene.

Sunday's Projects

Falliday's have started at SCS this last Sunday and here are the things I have created so far for that. 


 Heather has a tutorial for making alcohol ink backgrounds into Christmas Baubles.. This was my first card and I think it turned out to be my most favorite one I did complete.


 These were done on Heavy Weight Yupo cardstock of course I did extra's to save for someday and then I found that my dies did not want to cut it.

 I managed to make impressions that I could finish the cuts with scissors, an exacto knife and a gyro cutter. I did use a weathered wood marker on the edges of the sentiment after I completed the surgery on it to hide some of that white from the cuts.


 Lydia's first challenge was to pick any tutorial in the site that featured Alcohol inks... so the no brain-er was to do an Polished stone background. ( this is regular SU glossy cardstock) the bird was cut twice once on chocolate and once on cream. so, the chocolate pieces became the shadow. the Penny Black dancing leaves die cut was also inked with some oxide inks.

 Lori Craig has a challenge to create a fall/winter holiday card with the word Blessings on it. So, these leaves were done with Oxide inks and there was enough ink left on the stamp to squeak out a second impression.. both stamps are from Unity Stamps.

 Dina has a challenge to choose a tutorial to try that starts with the first letter of your name so, I chose this Stamp Etchings tutorial. ( all those flicks are done with a Sharpie marker) This flower is from Impress called Outline Poppy.  The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Hugs set.


 And this weeks featured stamper is Rochelle who has this gorgeous glittery card in her gallery that I chose because, I had this Unity bloom colored already in similar colors to her's and the curvy panel adds such a cool foil for the stamped panel. So, changes were to move the sentiment to the right side of the curvy panel, it morphed into a square shape and all the stamps were also changed.

This one finished out at 6" square in real life. The flowers were colored with Polychromos pencils. and there are some white dots added over the top of the centers with a white gel pen.

10.07.2017

World Card Making Day 2017

 So, not only is it World Card Making day today, its also opening day of upland game bird season in our corner of the world. (which means I had my first cup of coffee way before the sun came up) and this is what I walked into. friday night after work I spent some time messing around with oxide inks and these Unity stamp leaves ( all the leaves have a bitty heart in them) and I realized I did not have a burgundy Oxide ink, so I spent some time playing with tiny ink pads hoping to not have as much pad lines. yes, I probably could have used regular distress inks but, I hardly ever play with these tiny pads so...
 What I found was that the Memento ones did not leave so much lines on the leaves and they did not turn into muddy puddles like some of the others I tried did..
This is just plain Neenah cardstock.

 The burgundy became important because, I happened across this gorgeous hat (seen below) that I wanted to use as my Inspiration piece for that challenge from Stephanie. So, this one leaf had way more water than the others and really needed covered up...

 I ended up using a second straight stitch die to add some on this left edge as I used a skinny rectangle that only had three edges to grab since these were stamped on quarter sheets. the wooden leaves are unknown, the lace is vintage and the string is karen foster scrappers floss.
 The hat I chose. here is a link if you are curious, but sit down first... its spendy. I love hats how they look on other people but, I cannot wear them with the cochlear implants ( they push my "ears" off) so, I am totally safe (er my debit card is totally safe) for me to drool over them...

 This is a new to me Impression Obsession sentiment, it was stamped with versafine over the leaf. this one is A7 in real life also.

 A unity leaf with a Stampin Up sentiment this one is A-2 in real life. that is a Impress meadow premade base.

 Same idea, different card. the mat is a scrap of handmade paper that was cut with the Waffle flower A7 lacy layers die (same as above)

 This one has that Hero Arts wavy leaf sentiment and a Simon Says Stamp wonky stitched rectangle die also on a Hero Arts cardbase.

 This cup I colored maybe a few days after I had done the first card and its just a single layer one ( the cup is from Unity Stamps, the sentiment is Stampin Up. the base is a shimmery opal star dream and this one is also A7 in real life.

 Now this, when I glued down the first one to a plain A2 base, I really liked that and thought oh, if you do a few more these could be your work ones... ( we do Thanksgiving and Christmas cards for people at work) so...
 these are all green, orange & burgundy memento inks with water. (sprout, clay & ruhbarb) yes, they probably have two names but... that is all I can remember. its a mental thing I think when colors get two names.


 and then, now its ready for tomorrow the Fallidays challenges start. you can find the chatter for that in this thread here at Splitcoaststampers. The tissue is out because, I had buried it wanting to try that challenge Sabrina had a while back, that I have already forgotten what to do, but I do remember it needs ink water and tissue to work. so hopefully I can mess around with that tomorrow a little.

these are "out" because, they need carried downstairs to a sink when I get this blog post done... the sentiment I found in the pile that was put away. it says... consider this day seized ( in latin ) mind went blank on who makes it, its part of a funny coffee set that I had to have during the fall blog hop.
Hope you had an Inky day also, thanks for stopping by.