4.21.2017

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.

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 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?

4.19.2017

WOYWW #411

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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.

4.18.2017

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.

4.12.2017

WOYWW #410

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 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.

Last Weekend's VSN Cards

 So yesterday was hubs hunting buddy's birthday... and this went to him. the memorybox diecut is flat to the card base and has some clear wink of stella on it, the center frame is up on 1/8" foam dots and the outer edge frame is up on 1/16th ( I tucked more in after this was shot and glued the panel on the left into the inside of the card) The stamps are from Hero Arts Irreverent birthday messages set. I had originally thought I would keep it no stamps on the front because, that was one of the VSN challenges but, I ended up adding the happy birthday at the last minute because, it fit in that corner. and they are a two piece stamp I didn't actually cut this one.

 Sunday was the day the new featured stamper was revealed and I found this cute card in Donna's gallery and I knew that Robin had a odd sayings challenge and that there was this VSN challenge for an animal to be crossing the road or what not and this kind of morphed from there. It's 5X7 in real life and when I tried to take it apart to straighten it out after this was shot it did not want to move so that told me the blue is a PTI color ( their papers do not have any seconds of re-arranging as far as I can tell, I can move things easily for a while using perm. glue on bazzill because of the plastic content that paper has so, this one is sitting on the table while I think about it. I am also trying to hunt down the name of that Melissa Francis set the bear came out of, I will flash some photos of the stamps with the desk peeking shot and at scs.

Kim's VSN challenge was to make a background using a shaving cream tech. and I had stacks of things in the file cabinet I had made last year for one of the challenges to use that with stencils. so the stencil is from Simon Says Stamp ( waves) and yes, it still smells like barbasol. The hugs is from My Favorite Things. I have been trying to make this post after work for days but, this is the first time blogger decided to load the page for me and the desk peeking post will follow.

4.05.2017

WOYWW #409 { lighting }

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 So, I have often referred to this corner of this FROG as a "cave" and really had not been kidding, do you notice that none of the table lights are on in this shot? the remains of what I did sunday with the 5 VSN cards are still out, I did print off print screens of the remaining 10 to work through this week but, so far have not gotten any more play time yet.

 This is the natural light at 7:30 am PST  today.. there are actually two of these overhead lights in the space the other is above this computer.

Last saturday the light that is over the computer end of the room died, so when hubs went to the store to get the ( inside component to fix it, the light is so outdated that he would have had to rewire the whole thing or he could buy new lights) so, he picked these LED lights ( the most watts they had like 50? 52? something like that) and OH MY what a difference.

I think I will keep him. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

4.02.2017

VSN Weekend

 So, it came... I knew it was coming... but, I could not steal time to play until today. The first one I did was from Nicole's challenge to make a "no fail watercolor background" using baby wipes to apply the color. when it was dry I happened to glance at the tray on the right and seen this monster ( whipper snapper) that I had colored a couple weeks ago and thought well why not. the sentiment was previously stamped on the green scrap and its from Impression Obsession.

 what it looked like under construction, I did over pat the colors so they would mix a little.


 Shannon has a challenge that goes to a web site of 100 top pranks people played for April Fools day over the years and I stopped on #22 which was comic mix up/ move ( I guess there was a day the illistrators for the comic's got to mix things up.. and I had intended to do a different couple in one of the windows with some of these stick people ( lil inkers ) and then the other one I thought of was too big so, I kept it all from the same set, the saying off to the left was later glued inside the card.

 Sharon has a masking challenge so the monster & box are from avery elle and the texture is an old Hampton arts one and the sentiment is from technique tuesday.

 This bird was also colored previously and I used it for Misti's challenge to do a snarky card you'd send to a friend...

Jeanne's challenge was to do something silly with animals so... this one was also colored at work last week. the sentiment's from Clearly besotted message me and the image is from Art gone wild's Michelle masters special delivery. that is a silly wabbit to expect this delivery to be made yes? that's about it for me.

4.01.2017

Caring thoughts

 Last Sunday our featured stamper turned out to be Heidko and I found this beauty in her gallery that I loved every single detail. Changes were the die was switched, I eliminated the sequins and I stamped the sentiment (Altenew thinking of you) on a scrap (lawn fawn everyday sentiment banners die) instead of direct on the diecut/background and popped that up on foam dots. I had started out with the broken china oxide and decided it needed a little more somber to that cheerful color ( sympathy cards) and added in some iced spruce with that. the woodgrain texture is from gmund and I used a Memory box woodland oval die to cut it and the color was done on some neenah solar white. This is A-2 in real life.

one of them was personalized like this on the inside and the other did not have the blue postage stamp die (Avery Elle) and a different sentiment from the same IO set.

3.29.2017

WOYWW # 408

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well, let's see. on Monday there was a no line coloring challenge at scs and I had stamped off a couple pairs of combat boots thinking that would go quick and I have since decided that no line coloring really is intended for coloring living things, not detailed objects by me anyways. so, that is what was left behind on the back of the main table. In front of that is an emma background from Simon Says Stamp and a Club scrap oopsie daisy image that have started being colored with some derwent /prisma watercolor pencils. I had done a couple more of the emma backgrounds after the boots and before this plum version and they go carried around to the maybe they will make in into something section haha.

The coffee filters are still off to the side, I did die cut some into tag shapes ( it gets flimsier after that) it almost has a mulberry paper type feel to it so, die cutting it really weakened the stiff effect that the dried coffee has on it. I did try stamping some coffee cup on it with the oxide ink thinking it would look vibrant on it and then without thinking decided to color it with water hahahaha... ( it bled out) and then I stamped on it with versafine and colored it with some oxide ink, distress ink and glitter pen and it ( needs a blotter ) lol ( evidence of the pink flower was left behind on the grid paper) So, that's about it for me I am mostly coloring things right now.

3.25.2017

Coffee Filter Peony

 So, it finally happened I actually finished something with those coffee filters... and here are a few thoughts I learned a long the way. ( water filters through them, put a blotter underneath if you want to color on it with something WET lol), glue does not really want to stick to them either so, you're going to have to think about alternate adhesive if you want it to be on a card or something.
I started the first filter stamping with oxide ink then decided to watercolor over that... of course it bleed out. but, the colors did remain vibrant, So I then grabbed this new pen and ink peony stamp ( Impress) and stamped it in versafine and water colored with the worn lipstick oxide ink. this did work, it did bleed through, so, being not very patient, I did hit it with my heat gun which promptly smoked it... then after if finally air dried, I scribbled on some distress marker and some sparkle noir pink pen over the of it.
 you may catch some of the bling in this shot if you enlarge it. the sentiment (clearly besotted message me) was a piece of kraft cardstock that has some worn lipstick oxide ink smooshed into it.
 This is up on foam pop dots.

I did originally add some ATG glue to the back side of the flower petals but, it did not really want to stick so, I ran this piece through the sewing machine to the top quilted shimmer (DCWV) paper. The base is Bazzill and this one finished at 6" square in real life. This weeks Inspiration challenge heads to Audrie's IC board on pinterest where I found this peonies color jumpstart for a spring board.

3.22.2017

WOYWW #407 {needs a pickup}

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So, on monday I struggled to complete some Easter cards very CAS ones ( see previous post for the close up shot) and went down for the count with a migraine. so, things have "piled" up.
( I am good today YAY maybe I will get something done after work)
 anyways off to the left are some of the things used on the Easter cards and also some new things I wanted to stamp to color. ( there is a 30 day coloring challenge going on this month seen here. I don't make time every day but, I have colored more this month than I have all winter so, it has been a win for me that way. )

 now then this is the what's coming next ( I think ) there is a coffee lover's blog hop coming up at the end of this week. and last Saturday Audrie hosted an Inspiration challenge that goes to a pinterest board of "tea bag art" so, the art had been created on used tea bags... and I looked at that and thought hunh, how interesting is that, second thought was I have not had bagged tea in a long time. ( its a only when I am really sick and have a scratchy throat thing for me) and then I started thinking well what if you just rinsed off coffee filters and let them dry... and so I did, so Monday I had an email with the Verve sketch and I remembered I had this little set of stamps from them that I picked up during the last two or three coffee hops ( I lose track of the time) and thought what if... so, that's the plan. the other print out was the piece I was going to use to be "inspired" by from that challenge. the only thing is I am debating if I want to cut the filters into a tea bag "shape" or not lol.

So, off to the right I seen last weekend there is a VSN coming soon to SCS and one of the things on the "shopping list" is animal images and in my to be colored pile of images I hauled to work I have some Christmas/ Winter ones so, I did a couple of those with some limited supplies (to me 20 colors is extreme limited as far as choice goes) Caran D'ache Luminance colored pencils. I will have to play with these some more, but so far so good. the lead is more sturdy than prisma pencils and I can get the cross hatching to actually show and what not but, I think that for me to do animal images I will most likely need way more colors. So, I am probably going to mix these pencils into the "general population" of my prisma's and such haha. oh, that pink marker is there because, I need to remember to buy a new one, its dry. so, that's about it for this morning. thanks for stopping by!

3.21.2017

Chocolate Bunnies

 A few years ago now, I picked up this IO stamp ( hoppy wishes) about the same time I was starting to teach my self to play with copic markers so, I did a stack of them. (all the same no improvements) and I was really a glad they went fast but b disappointed with how flat they coloring looked. ( this was back when I would spend hours coloring one image with pencils mind you. ) so, I set the stack aside. maybe a week or so ago I came across the stack again and thought just add some pencil for some depth. and set them aside again ha ha. but, yesterday I seen that Kia is hosting a bunny hop for the clean and simple challenge this week so, I thought well why not. the card bases were pre-made ones from Impress ( the insides are white) they are not as sturdy as say 110 card so, really they can either only be die cut or used for simple cards this ones name is meadow. ( its nearly a perfect match for the Oxide peeled paint ink too which is what the Clearly Besotted (message me) sentiment was done in. The image panel was die cut with a Wplus9 Anastasia tag die and the sentiment was cut with a hero arts ( single) tag die. they were tied together with some scrappers floss.

A closer look at just one cupcake. There are actually 10 finished cards. ( and I have not done that many of the same thing in a very long time)

3.19.2017

Tulips for DJ

 Today's featured stamper is the uber talented DJ Rants... and I have been a huge fan of her talent for a long time and promptly hunted down this beautiful Tulip card from my favorites to CASE. I love how so many of her cards have the gorgeous layers and lace peeking out. So, with the need to make changes I did consolidate some of the layers to go a little more simple. This card finished out at 5 X 7 in real life. the tulips from Marianne Designs tiny tulip border were stamped with some versafine on Neenah cream and colored with polychromos pencils. some of the pigments were melted with a prisma color less blender marker and then later I ended up adding more pencil over that. And then later after I shot this I ended up adding some clear wink of stella on the petals. I did cut the bottom scallop edge first (pretty pink posh stitched borders #4) and then cut the stitched scallop die (waffle flower lacy layers a7 die) over the top of all that so, I used scissors to cut off the bottom from the sides.  That lace is vintage and so is the button.

A closer look at the image with the lace ( which really is nearly the same color as that shade of cream so, its harder to see it.) if you click any photo on this blog it should open up as larger and then you can use your browsers back button to continue reading. There is a bit of Karen fosters scrappers floss through the button with some glue dots hiding under it all just in case.

3.17.2017

a peep load


 Sometime last fall when J was home for Thanksgiving he was dating a gal whose hobby was taking her full sized truck "mudding" and this started the discussion that I own ( no pick up truck stamps period) *gasp!* and then shortly after that I seen somewhere online ( sorry but, it was probably someone on the honeybee dt) posted a card with this truck done no line watercoloring style. I loved it, did not even hit pause before one was on its way to me... today is the first day it has been inked... because, not too long ago Sue, on the yournextstamp dt posted a card with these peeps and I loved it. and I thought I wonder if it will fit in the truck... and so it does.

A closer look at this truckload of peeps. The pencils used for this were entirely polychromos, which is rare for me to not mix pencils. I did melt the pigments slightly with a colorless blender marker from Prisma. There is also some camera shy gellyroll stardust pen work on the lights and chrome of the truck. I used a SU crumb cake marker on the windows since this was stamped with Versafine (gray) on some very white Neenah cardstock and cut out with scissors. this is up on foam pop dots. The edges of the scissor cuts were inked with a SU Sahara sand marker. I also added some sharpie pen to the faces of the peeps to help them POP a little. The green scrap ( PTI spring moss) was run through a cuttlebug folder for some texture, I used the same all aboard bunch of happiness set for the sentiment and cut that out with a papersmooches speech bubble die. The glitter tape is from X-press it ( it's very skinny and easy to use)

3.15.2017

WOYWW #406

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hmmm, so last weekend I had the bright idea that I was going to "stamp" all those new oxides and add them to my ink swatches book. so, I spent considerable time looking for said ink book... I found two very fat old binders with stamped images, and one with bazzill cardstock swatches / color names... but, no ink. I know I am not crazy that I really DID make one proof of said book hides in my SCS gallery. but, I have no idea where I stashed it. so, I started over. (that is what is in those little envelopes new swatches, I've bought a lot of new inks over the last few years it seems mostly pigments because, I have almost all distress colors and a lot of old SU dye colors etc etc. so, This is a curiosity factor thing. re-inked a few of those pads a long the way. I am not done yet. That one lone Nick Bantock pad, I do not have a reinker for and I do not think they sell those anymore (ranger) so, it may get tossed, its nearly bone dry. I think some weeding will take place eventually. I have not touched any of the cube or catseye sized pads either yet. also off to the left are things I played with when I did make a card and over to the right are a couple of more well used water pens that I am going to haul to work and some things I have colored and not done anything with yet in the scraps bin. I also cleaned out that display of markers and pencils that hide on this table ( I took all the duplicates to work) which is how I know I need some aqua brushes & came home with a couple of things colored this week so far.
oh yes, the year of colors distress and all the oxide pads got labeled last weekend too. (YAY me) funny true story, I love the label maker but, I hardly ever drag it out and use it. and if you read all that YAY for you & Thanks! for stopping by :)

3.13.2017

Ready for Spring

 I don't know about you but, I am totally ready for spring to start here. This is day 3 of some dryness and sunshine and we are totally enjoying it. So, even some windows are open again. Scribbled some pencils on this Darkroom door image at work today. ( prisma and polychromos) (no blending or pigment melting) #thedailymarker30day  Nope, I have not colored each day but, I am happy that I have colored a few things this last week. the sentiment's from the Altenew birthday greetings set, the banner Mama Elephant tags a lot die was cut from some Neenah (white) and has some oxide peeled paint smooshed onto it. the base of this card is Papertrey Ink's spring moss ( which is a very close match for the peeled paint oxide ink in real life) I think the photo editing software changes the colors just a little bit and its hard for me to judge that anymore. ( at home my monitor is quite a bit brighter than my work one) I think in real life it is not quite so yellow-ish.

This finished out at 5X7. the bottom of the image panel was cut a second time with a poppystamps tailored stitches die. The red stardream shimmer panel was cut with a stitched rect. die from Simon Says Stamp. Here's hoping you are having weather that makes you happy too, thanks for stopping by.

3.10.2017

{at least}

It's Friday. and the sun is shinning. and this could be the warmest day we have had yet this year.
but, its is always time for coffee...

 This Monster Morning image from Whipper Snapper designs was stamped with some Versafine on Neenah and colored with Polychromos pencils. This panel was die cut with an Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die & the sentiment was from a free gift set I received from Simon Says Stamp last fall sometime ( it does not have a set name on its packaging sorry) (and I am thinking it was never offered "for sale" ) The Hello diecut is from Concord & 9th say hello set.

The ombre background is printed paper (unknown mfg) from the scrap bin and the base is Bazzill. this one finished out at 6" square in real life.

3.08.2017

Oxide Inks (and the other desk)

 So I mentioned last week that I had gotten impatient waiting for my "instock" oxide pads to ship when I came across them on the shelf in a not so local store these three colors followed me home... and so, I did the first round of messing with them. the ones towards the left were done smooshing the colors from the pad to a craft sheet and blotting/smooshing with water. I did try the add water when it was being dried between layers of color but, I don't really "see" the oxide effect. ( its possible that some colors make it more visible than others, kinda like how when you are melting some prisma pigments they change from purple to pink kwim?) anyways. the one with the Club Scrap (woven strands line) stencil was done with the foam circle blenders and I did smoosh some hard lines onto the piece and it did blend easier than anything I have ever tried to blend ink and pad wise so that did impress me. I also love the smooth chalky finish that piece dried as.
 a closer look at those back grounds, done on one lumpy textured scrap, some thin neenah solar white (80#) and a couple pieces of thin 80# neenah cream ( the postage die cut and stenciled piece)

 The textured piece became a Featured Stamper CASE on sunday because, I seen this neat card in Lyn's gallery and loved it. so the laundry list of stamps on this card is as follows.Altenew Birthday Greetings, Avery Elle so happy, Inky Antics Birthday lotto, Honeybee Smile, Hero Arts many everyday messages, My Favorite Things big birthday, mint owl studio snarky birthday, Mama Elephant Labeled messages, lawn fawn scripty sayings, Simon Says Stamp its no secret, Technique Tuesday randome acts of cardness ( I did use my Misti for this )
 On monday the CAS challenge was to do something "green, Irish or Lucky" so, what the heck right? ( I did mention that I had made this background in advance ) this one is not all three colors just the two greens.

 The postage stamp die is from Tim Holtz and the lumpy sentiment sticker is something I "found" when I had to clean out my closet a couple of weekends ago because, I had hauled all my coloring mediums I had down stairs back up the stairs... so, It looked very neeked with just the background and the sentiment and I kept intending to add some kind of Black die cut for a sihlouette but, then I seen this sparkle pale blue scrap in the little tray on the table and thought maybe. ( its still not my favorite card ever but, I will mail it out like this.)

 Oh, before I did the poppy diecut on that card above, the new pencil sharpener was delivered to work this morning so, I did sharpen a handful of pencils (prisma ones) on the #1 setting and I did get sharper tips than I normally do with the metal one I have been using for years ( seen above hiding behind the water mister bottle) and I did open all the other new colors, my friend at work ended up buying my duplicate pads from me when they arrived on monday and I do like the shades I have seen so far. ( I just smooshed the corners on a paper to look at them I have not "made" anything with any of them yet) but, I do like them and I think as time permits they will be the "thing" I am into for the next little while. I was actually really pleased with the smooshing through the stencil part the best and I have collected a lot of stencils the last few years that I just don't play with much. ( my patience level for drying times on smooshing texture through the holes tends to make me do something that will dry faster)

A closer look this is a pencil sharpener that Dina mentioned recently and it does come in different colors. ( I think I will get a second one some time for my "travel" art bag. ) (oh, and the price has gone up since I bought one so if you are not in a hurry toss it on your watch page a while maybe it will go back down?)