WOYWW #421 {Progress}

Happy Desk Peeking day, If you'd like to see some more creative spaces 
and or play along the link up starts here at Miss Julia's blog.

So let's see, last Sunday was Father's day in the US and hubs and I had reached a standstill on the reno because, the flooring we had ordered for the "library/media" room, we found out they no longer make it (same hickory wood that is in the living room & dining room) so, we had to pick a new color and It will not arrive until the 30th or so. So, I kicked him out of the house to go fishing (without me) yep, I like to fish but, we have had entirely too much togetherness the last few months so, I made a Featured Stamper case of a gift card pocket that involved embossing a glassine envelope ( which you can see here ) and then started on a few more to alter and ended up with something for our son's next birthday. ( that upside down Penny Black stamp to the right reads... Another Birthday? weren't you old enough last year?? ( this is the year he turned 21 and in the US that is the legal to drink a beer age haha and in his age group that is a big deal to be "old enough" )

This is a peek into the Kitchen as it was last night, the cabinet contractors will be back again in about an hour to wrap up this (for now) three cabinets the doors are too long so, they will need changed and I have to get a glass co. out to measure and do the glass panes for the china cupboards. The countertop guy will come friday and measure and make his templates for the stone to be cut and next monday the icebox and wall ovens will go in ( partial install ) the dishwasher, cook top and vent cannot go until the counters are in so. it is really exciting progress being made there.
It's such a relief because, I have been second guessing the color choice ever since I said lets do this.
 ( Whiskey Black on Maple from Schrock cabinets ) My first choice for wood stains almost always is the dark one but, I didn't want the kitchen to feel like a cave and it's a small space so. I think both hubs and I are really glad over this color.  Thanks for stopping by!


One more hour

And the installers will be here to cut these crates open and start installing the cupboards. I am sure you get the sheer amount of will power it has taken this last 24 hours to not hurry it along and cut into one of them my self just to see...


Snow Pocket

 It's the day they honor a Featured stamper at SplitcoastStampers and today they picked Kelly and I found this gem in her gallery ( she actually has lots of fun gift container ideas if you are searching for some) and I loved the idea of embossing the glassine... I have never ever considered this anywhere in my head I don't think so, it really grabbed my attention.
Changes were the size of envlope is smaller and I switched the them to a winter vibe.
oh, that and the trendy shoot it flat on the woodgrain backdrop snap shot ;)
 ( this was taken with my cell phone by the way on a piece of printed paper with some to be altered in the next (never) domino's underneath of the right side of the pocket to pop it up a little over the embossing folder and give the shot some depth.

A closer look at the center, the larger snowflakes are both Sizzix ones that I cut sometime last winter and saved for "someday" (which happens to be today) ;)
the tiny one in the center is from the lawn fawn stitched snowflakes die set. the Sentiment is from the Hero Arts set called holiday tags cut, with one of their dies that is sold by itself. The string is from May Arts.
A closer look at the finished pocket. this was kind of like embossing vellum ( it wouldn't surprise me to find this is the same "kind" of paper actually) and so when I was first opening the pocket after removing it from the folder I did do it slowly as the two layers smooshed really good together in my bigshot. Anyways, just quick and simple one from me today, I think I may tweak this idea a little more and do a few of them for both personal gifts and maybe some extra's for the booth. because, there are like 50 of these envelopes in the package and I think this could very well be the first time I have played with one of them.


WOYWW # 419 {not a thing}

Want to play along? the link up can be found here at Miss Julia's blog.

if I had done the normal cell phone above the table type shot, you would have a view of a neekid grid pad of paper ha ha. Last weekend after cleaning I had seen a featured stamper card that I really liked that the total draw of it for me was the printed paper the lady used. So, I had the bright idea to look through my pink papers... which lead to a sorting purging session that included all the pinks, (paper and cardstock, red's, burgundies, purples, greens and Christmas papers.) So, off to the top left of the file cabinets is about an inch and a smidge over of 12" papers I will never use. (purge pile) and this of course took hours. The blues, yellows, oranges and neutrals are still to go. because, I do like how the others turned out. ( I can actually see the shades in the cardstock holders) 

Today is flag day in the U.S. and my favorite gpa is arriving in town today on the train so, between driving all day for work and visiting I may not make the rounds until tomorrow or friday ( probably from work) this post took a little over an hour to do this morning. ( I have to haul my computer to work and download some things there I think (where I have a fiber line)
Thanks for stopping by!


{ A catch up post }

Hi, I am having computer issues at home and thought changing antivirus services would help but, it seems to be hit and miss as far as when I can get the internet to let me use it at home now. so, all of these cards are just going to share a post.

A while back the Inspiration challenge headed to this basket collection where I stopped on this mug shot
And ended up with this card below. the Leaves are from a Simon Says Stamp die and the Sentiment is from the Mama Elephant just a note set.

 The bottom ribbon is some older sinamay and it is very scratchy and stiff so, I did wrap this around to the back and then line the inside of the front cover to hide the tape.

 Added in and un inked wood chip bird because, it felt a little more organic that way and a bitty recollections pearl.

Now this one was done for when Jari was the featured stamper she posted this gorgeous card that I have had in my favorites since that time and I really don't have a similar die so, I took this Sizzix Garden lattice frame die and cut it in half length wise and spun the edges to the center to give it a lacy look. the under that is the drop piece that it was cut from to give me something to add glue and the tied on lace is helping keep it together also because, there is only adhesive under the skinny solid cardstock parts in the this view.

This is this weeks color combo challenge ( blushing bride, pear & wisteria wonder) and the title of the challenge peeked through the forums as " Wondering bride eats the..." so, I had to go see the rest of the story and it turned out to be pears lol with a dessert option of use vellum. so, the Mama Elephant just a note set is still new to me and when I was done watercoloring the back side of this vellum I had run through a cherry blossoms folder I thought this looks all new and springy. and decided it would work for a baby shower card. the banner was inked with some oxide distress when I first got those pads the pink corrugate is from fancy pants and the sheer ribbon is really certainly celery but, I think the colors are "close enough" 
 That purple gem is a goosebumps one from Queen & co.

 There was a challenge a few weeks ago from Judy to have no stamping on the project so, this was one of the piles of those butterflies I cut paired with an acrylic paint covered diecut coffee shop drive through lid.

 and a second butterfly card just because, I think I am running out of thinking of you cards.

 This one the frame and the sentiment are from a Studio Katia Die that I ordered direct from them in Canada and had really good service and a little free gift with the dies, that was so sweet.

Yesterday the Inspiration challenge headed to a collection of some of Audrie's favorite things she has seen people do for the Inspiration challenge she hosts weekly and I picked this fun one of Priscilla's and altered it to be a dog with a disaster. I kept the angle and the themed sentiment and changed the colors. I ended up making this one be 6" square because, the tilted avery elle postage frame would not fit on a skinny card this away. That sentiment is from Impression Obsession, the flower pots are from 100 proof press, the tall skinny planter in the back is from an SU set called scene in a garden and the sprig on the ground in the front is from another old SU set (that I did not write its set name on any of the blocks oops)


WOYWW #418 {DTGD tease...}

Well, when I got home from work yesterday, the desk looked exactly like it did when you seen it a week ago. What a thing to say out loud eh? So, I decided to clean and then because, hubs was under the floor doing the last of the insulation that could not go in until all the pipes/elect wires were done I ended up messing around with a couple of Dare to get Dirty samples. ( and yes, I had red fingers after) so, it really was a "dirty" project ;)
If you'd like to play along the link up starts here at Miss Julia's blog where people share what they are pushing around (or not) in their creative spaces. the Iris card I mentioned last week is in the post below this one.
on the remodel, I got all the painting done in the kitchen & pantry over the weekend but, home depot ran out of the base they are using to mix the paint I picked out ( an eggshell finish one with the primer in the paint) so, when they get more paint ( tomorrow) I get to finish the media room (where the window seat and built in book shelves will go and the rest of the hallway. the hardie board (for under the tile) will start going into the kitchen tomorrow-ish.


For TOS {thatotherSharon}

Once upon a time when we first bought this house Sharon sent me some of the tubers from her garden from Kansas inside a damp baby diaper through the mail. ( which worked really well as you can see) :) unfortunately her husband passed away a week ago and needing to do a sympathy card for her I had come across this Iris stamp from Magenta and thought maybe maybe.

I wanted it to have an no line look so, I used distress oxide pads to stamp it and used polychromo's pencils to fill in the space where the bloom meets the stem ( and color them) The funny part about all this is, I stamped and colored this first and then the day after when I mailed this card I found one had opened to shoot it. so, I did have the colors in my head right just the stamp had more of an Siberian Iris look to the petals so the colors are not in the same spaces..

The background was done with a textured white piece of Bazzill cardstock and I just patted some Distress oxide inks on the craft mat and spritzed it with water and mopped it up more or less using the peeled paint, wilted violet, Worn lipstick & fossilized amber colors. the Sentiment is from the Altenew Thinking of you set and stamped with some Versafine onyx ink.

A peek at the inside. That sentiment is from a new Hero Arts set called You are loved.and this card finished out at A-7 in real life. And then when it was done I started to worry that it was "too pretty" color wise, I usually add in some black on sympathy  cards and then just decided to roll with it, I tend to like cards better if I go with the first gut thought.


WOYWW# 417 {needs put away}

 So, welcome to the mess & happy desk peeking day! you can find the link up to play along here at our hostess Miss Julia's blog. Let's see. I did have time to make a few cards last weekend because, of the kitchen's stage has a lot of drying going on in between ( a shot from last friday is below, looks pretty much the same ( 'cept there are plastic drapes hanging down trying to contain the dust from spreading everywhere which worked really well until last nights sanding session.) the good news is the rest of the putty work should be lighter and dry faster and have less sanding. ( cross your fingers on that one its hubs most un favorite part of remodeling )

 So I finished a card that had needed mailed on tuesday and that was the last thing I did on monday was add some washi tape to the flap of the envelope of that card I will flash maybe next week. ( after its received) off to the right are some envelopes that have no art on the fronts yet, just a "consider this card a hug" sentiment from a Hero Arts set on the backs. oh, and I did a print screen of the scs color combo yesterday at work thinking I would go home and make a card but, really all I did was set that down, look at the mess and shoot these shots and go play in my garden. ( put in a few annuals in planters but, not every planter there really has not been much time to be outside yet this year)

 hmmm, ok I know a lot of people have more tape than me but, I hardly use mine because, what I see is it peels back up too easy so, in an effort to use it up I am adding it to envelopes like crazy anymore because, it just does not work for me on card fronts. ( I really like the "real" texture ribbon and lace adds I guess even if it is lumpy) also seen is an old Magenta Iris stamp and the oxide inks used on that card and
a little pile of the "other" cards from last weekend, ( Inspiration, Featured Stamper, 2 trial DTGD samples)
What the kitchen looked like last friday night/saturday morning before the first rounds of sanding started. The sink will go under the window and where the 45 is cut in the wood will be an angled freestanding island.


Layered Sympathy

On monday I found out my friend at work had lost her mother in law the day before. and I knew from things she had said in the past that her MIL loved red and since her husband does too, I wanted to use that on the card somehow.

 A closer look at the layers, the first stack of butterflies I started out with shades of red and vellum and it just didn't work for me with this card knowing I just wanted a "little" red on it. and so when I did this layers of white the bottom is a mulberry paper, the center is vellum cardstock and the top is Neenah solar white. and I didn't notice it shifted while the glue was wet oops. ( I layed a clear block over the top of it to hold it in place while it dried) The bloom is a stenciled shaving cream background that I had cut out with scissors and set aside last summer sometime.

 This finished at A-7 in real life, the lace is vintage. the pearls are from Recollections and queen & co. the inner frame is from the Mama Elephant Park Avenue die and the center was cut 3 times to boost it up just a little bit. the outside edge mat was cut with the Waffle flower A7 lacy layers die.
The sentiment is an older one from SU ( I want to say teeny tiny wishes and hope that's right haha) it was cut with a nellie Snellen tags 3 die.

On the inside I had stamped this sentiment from the Impression Obsession clear sympathy set and die cut that mat with the Mama elephant all prettied up die. These butterflies are all three layers in the Paradiso set from Birch Press. The neat thing about these dies that I didn't show the other day is they are packaged just like the poppy stamps and Memory box dies, all cut out and ready to go in a paper envelope. no fighting to get glue off the backs of them. just ready to use :)


WOYWW #416 {wings}

Good Morning, & Happy Anniversary to everyone who plays along with What's on your Wednesday Workdesk each week. If you'd care to join in the link up starts here at our hostess Miss Julia's blog.

Lets see, these are new to me dies from Birch Press Design, its called Paradiso Butterfly ( and I picked it up as the full set of 3 dies that layer, but the mfg site does sell them as single dies) When these dies came out I loved what other people were doing with them but, I really didn't think I would use them more than once or twice ( the big backgrounds) but, I do love these butterflies. (there was a big sale at SSS for Mothers day so, happy day to me )
So far I have cut a lot of scraps and made one card that I will blog about after I hear its been delivered. The thicker 110# neenah is harder to remove from the dies than the 80# cardstock. I did cut some with shimmer card, vellum card, some mulberry papers. ( they all worked for me, I did not use the wax paper routine either just what ever paper I grabbed to cut)

It's been really (early) hot here the last couple of days so, the what I am pushing around is taking longer than normal for me as I do have a window air conditioner for upstairs but, its not in the window yet haha. the news here was showing a lower 48 map and it was hotter at my house than Miami Florida on monday night while it was on... (ACK!) lol

Oh and exciting news, the cabinets are done as of last wed. the sink that was not supposed to be here for 3 more weeks was picked up last Saturday so, things are moving right along with the kitchen and the drywall (plaster board) started going up on the ceiling yesterday..

If you were curious about the Hero Arts box, I blogged about that here. ( and made a 10# card with lumps and bumps and even fibers) ( which I really do not care much for but, someone will like it) 

I am going to try to make to all the stops this week but, I am not sure how long that will take me to do. Thanks for stopping by!


Christmas Blessings

The featured stamper challenge this week headed to Shirley's gallery where there are so many beautiful projects and I chose this one because, It is just that stunning. Changes were to flip it to landscape and change the colors/stamps/theme. This is A-2 in real life. the Antique poinsettia and the Christmas Blessings are both Hero Arts wood mounted stamps that were done with some WOW gold powder on Jupiter Stardream shimmer cardbase with some Gold Mirror from Bazzill as the trim.
anyways there will be some variations of this coming because, the first two A2 red panels are the flowers were in the wrong spots to work with this word haha. so, I will switch sentiments I think and finish them.
on the home front, the plumbing is in and done in the kitchen. YAY
Drywall (plasterboard) is being purchased tomorrow.


Wave Hello

 So, the other day I had flashed a barely open box of happy mail from Hero Arts... and today the IC challenge headed to this gorgeous blog and I stopped in my tracks after seeing the second photo down in this post I loved the colors and textures in Autums mug shot of the piece under construction. and I knew i had this box of happy from Hero Arts to play with... ( So, my piece is very loosely inspired by, lumpy stenciled background and colors and blooms)

 In the beginning I had no idea the wreath was not going to cut it self out.. so, at this point I already had the mermaid die cut and up on thin pop dots with some fibers by the yard fibers wrapped around the outside oval that was cut into the background done on some Papertrey ink Ocean Tide cardstock. I did mess around with the stencil in the kit and added in some clear embossing paste and while it was wet sprinkled on some teal glitter ( which I really disliked after it was on but... I decided to just keep going and wiped a lot of that off)

 So, I had to cut the reef twice ( the second time with that same oval as on the right) I had also cut off the turtle from the reef and glued it flat to the background, there is some wink of stella here and there ( mostly on the critters and the mermaid)

 I raised up the frame oval on thicker foam pop dots. on the outside frame there is some brown bag fibers wrapped and tucked around the wreath.

 This card finished out at 5X7 in real life, I keep my mulberry flowers inside vintage canning jars but, best guess is they are mostly prima with maybe some recollections in there. added in some pearls and goosebumps too.

 The mermaid was stamped on some neenah solar white with Memento and colored with copic's. (and she is just tiny) The sentiment was stamped with some Adirondack stream on a scrap of the original background and die cut with a stitched rectangle die which was too long (but wide enough) so, I whacked off the end and tucked it under the blooms in a wave ish look. there is a foam pop dot under the raised up hump of cardstock.
What was actually in that box, so I played with bits and pieces of all of this except the bottle of what looks like nail polish.


Triangle Trifolds

 So... there is a challenge out today to use up hoarded metals... and I have been poking around in my own gallery trying to figure out set names of old stamps for the ever note inventory. ( yes, that is still under construction) and I came across this old card of mine that followed this triangle trifold tutorial.
and that smile happened for me because, I really am still to this day  not a fancy folds person... and I was just so tickled I got that tutorial to work. So, I decided to try it again today after work...
and I decided right off the bat 3 1/2" square was too small for me personally, so, I cut a strip of 4" x 12" cardstock and tried that, the score lines go at 4" and 8" and then on the diagonal on those two flaps in the same direction just like the tutorial, I did cut the printed mat paper to 3.75" square then cut that on the diagonal for the mat. the funny part about this is... I seen these words were crooked. ( red rubber) and I stamped it again straight... then I grabbed the crooked one to color real quick with pencils.  (and of course I did not "see" it until I photographed it, as usual)

 What it looks like open, the inside sentiment is an older Hero Arts one. the keep calm is an Unity Stamps itty bitty set. The cream star brad I think may be old SU but, I am not sure, its in a jar that has my metal frames and things.

 A chance of seeing the wink of stella on the "glass"

 This was actually the first card, I had started with this plaid ( Photoplay ( same pad as the card above) and then started poking around in the already colored images tray and seen these colors looked ok together and thought well, it might work as a you will be a new dad announcement card or a new dad Fathers day card. ( headed to the booth, no don't even go there in your head about me hahaha) hubs would have a heart attack.

 The open view

The sentiment on this one is an older SU one ( that I cannot think of the set name off hand) which is why that evernote thing really is working for me as I get set's added. I can just sort through the search feature on it and find set names easily. ( well, what has already been logged on it)

Happy Mail {a closer look}

Isn't this gorgeous? the butterfly is like a resin 3-d type embellishment. ( maybe a shank-less button is the closest thing my mind comes up with for a description) 
I recently helped a lady do a RAK for someone else and this is the card that has arrived in the mail from Kandie as a thank-you the colors are so vibrant and beautifully done that this mug shot does not do the card justice.


WOYWW # 415 {Happy Mail & Giraffe's}

Happy Desk Peeking Day! To play along join the link up here at our Hostess Miss Julia's blog

 So, this is my Happy Mail that has arrived since last week that has only been opened and thumbed through and not played with yet, the box contains the Hero Arts kit of the month ( with the mermaids, an additional mermaid sentiments stamp set and an oval coral reef frame die ) Imogene sent me a new SU catalog and I need to photograph this for real for my scs rak album but, I received this gorgeous card from Kandie with an actual handwritten letter inside as a thank-you for a Rak I helped her do recently. This is so gorgeous in real life, if you've ever seen the vibrancy of alcohol inks.

Around the corner the remains of some Giraffe cards I have been messing around with ( monday after work) I had intended to do a blog post with those cards yesterday but, I ended up loading the trailer with the last load of demo things from the remodel and so... its going to be a long post. 
 a closer look at what is laying there waiting, oh and off to the right, I went through that tray and I took out all the partial die cuts ( put them away ) and brought all the previously colored images to this tray instead of hiding in a tin, I moved the ones I am still coloring to the tin and its actually on that happy mail table just not in that angle of the shot.
 These stamps are from a new set from My Favorite Things called giraffing me crazy. which is fun, and all the images are equally adorable. ( I have a thing for giraffe's) but, the best part of it is, I even like the majority of the sentiments too.

 So, these were all stamped with some Kraft colored Avery Elle pigment and colored with polychromos pencils.
 and they are so sweet and not complicated I ended up coloring a stack of them last friday I guess? ( time gets away from me)

 This one the sentiment is from a co. that has closed called river city rubber works. (because, the zinger lines have more zing with sweet images in my head) and my sense of humor is off ( take your pick)

now this is something that followed me home yesterday, I went into a place ( if your local called Winema Electric their show room is actually set up like a trendy boutique gift shop with house ware type gifts besides the lighting fixtures there is furniture and gifts) so, the light that is the pendant is what I am having done over the kitchen sink. ( it has a crackled with some yellows and browns in the glass) and the cord is flexible. ( this is way cool over some of the old style chain things remember cleaning those?) and its a LED that is dim-able. (the one in the center with the long bronze cord) So, the electrical things are being modified this week in the kitchen followed by plumbing ( which are not things that I have to do anything with except pick out colors of switch plates or what not.) visual things. Thanks for stopping by!