WOYWW # 429 Some Mess, Some Peeks

Happy Desk Peeking Day! :) If you'd like to play along or see more spaces you can find the link up here at our hostess Miss Julia's Blog.
So, this post contains a lot of mug shots so, I will keep the words short.

 During DTGD I did make a couple of cards live and I did that with the mess of unmounting and organizing pushed off to the sides. and somewhere in that I had the bright idea to place an order at Ellen Hutson so, that arrived this last monday. and all I did was unpack the box and look at it all.

The size of the MFT window dies surprised me I wish they were just a little bigger but, this will not stop me from using them. The holly stamp is a cardfront by itself size so, will make for faster cards and the Hero Arts Christmas sentiments are just fun. That being said a lot of the last month has been spent unpacking boxes and sorting stuff and adding to the purge it piles.

 When you are standing in the hallway this is the left side of the Library Nook space. we have inset hinges on order to make the backrest on that side of the seat be open-able instead of dead space and then the window shades should come in this week and there will be one more shelf (skinny) above the window to hold some antique camera's I have collected or been gifted with over the years. the seat lifts up and has cedar boards inside for blankets or quilts and such.

 what you see from the hallway.

What you see if you walk in, The skinny shelf behind the pantry ( that opens into the hallway behind the fridge) is holding movies. So every so often I buy a stack of the old VSH ones on dvd and that will save more space. Those are Victrola records next to them and the baskets on the upper shelf hold music CD's inside plastic pockets ( the same pockets I use for small die sets in the craft space)

 We are using the kitchen now for the last half a week. the window shade should come in any day now. The down draft vent ducting that runs under the house from actually under the dishwasher to the under the cooktop was hooked up this last monday AM so, the appliances are all in and functioning now. ( we have only used the outside BBQ grill once since then haha)

 The glass front cupboards are holding Johnson's Brothers Greendawn china ( a lot of it) and so is the cupboard above the dishwasher.

 and so is the one in the eat in kitchen space.

There is only the soup tureen and one covered dish of it in the corner. oh, and if your ever out and about in the UK, Australia or Canada ( where most of my china has been purchased from) and you ever see the ladle for the tureen I would totally pay someone to buy it and pack it and ship it to me) ha, that is as far as I know the last piece I am thinking I am missing but, its hard because, they made that for 40 years so every so often a piece comes up for sale and you go hunh, we don't have that one or size or shape and hubs will be like "oh, lets get it" and so he does lol... Yes, there are only two of us and yep, we have no plastic in our kitchen.


A few more DTGD entries

Can you believe it is already the middle of august I swear if you asked me yesterday was still July. 
It's crazy how fast the time has started going this summer for me. I forgot that I did not schedule these posts in advance this year for DTGD and no, I did not do one for every challenge this year either. 
but, here are a few more I did do samples for.
 This one was done for one of Edna's challenges. there is just a hint of color on the petals and there is also some diamond glaze on the water in the vase.

 was hoping for a shot that caught the glimmer not sure if the larger view if you click on them shows it. ( I always have to test later after the post has gone through)

The frame is a drop piece from something else that I used a waffle flower lacy layers A-7 die on the sentiment is from Altenew's thinking of you set and the vase is from Unity Stamps as we go along set.

 This is a closer look at the image panel. the peach diecut frame is a drop from the Waffle flowers lacy layers #2 set and the image is an older retired PSX image.

The sentiment in the bottom corner is from Technique tuesday's you aren't normal set and the background was done using the Tim Holtz mixed media die on the edges of the panel. all those panels ( and the cardbase) were originally an off white color which to me seems to blend a little better and not have such an obvious thing if you miss a spot of color than say a stark crisp white would. when you know you are going to cover the entire piece with ink. This was done for Tricia's challenge seen here.

Now this is a digital print out from Power Poppy and a clear stamp from them. I know shocking coming from me right? but, Miss Cheryl had this challenge and I just had to give it a go because, it was a real challenge for me. ( I also picked up a couple more of their digital images to play with some time soon too) the cup/ buttercups were printed on some thin 80# Neenah solar white (smooth) on a laser printer at work. and then I colored them with polychromo's pencils so, I did not have to worry about if the inks would be compatible if I had used markers. and because, it was thinner card, I didn't want to add water either. I did add the sentiment with Versafine in the Misti and that printed paper is an older one from Basic Grey. The yellow is not this eye-popping WOW in real life but, evidently yellow is one of those colors that goes wonky in formatting of a digital shot like some reds do. ( I hardly ever make yellow things so, its funny that there are two of them in this post.) :) I am probably going to be making a few more posts behind this later tonight with some other things that have piled up in to be blogged about folder and the good news is the end is nearly in sight on the house remodel. so, some mug shots of that too. thanks for stopping by.


Dare to get Dirty {day 2}

Sunday was day two for this years DTGD event and this card below was something I did as a sample for Nancy's challenge seen here. I remember being very impressed with my self that I finally was able to make a de-bossed frame with a die (lawn fawn large cross stitch square) in the card front and not cut it apart with my bigshot. the steps were a little different than for my cuttlebug, what worked for me was using a tan rubber mat to do this. 

This is a closer look at the center. the Sentiment (from Impress) was heat embossed with some Ranger rich red on the Neenah and cut out with a Simon says stamp stitched oval die. the buttons are vintage and in the centers of those berries is a little bit of scrappers floss. 

 There is acrylic paint and Avery Elle lemon grass pigment ink on the cardboard. the Holly leaves I used a sizzix die to cut around the outside edges with scissors so that I did not flatten those groves and textures running it through the machine.

This is the first card I have made in over a month now, I did this one for Lee's challenge seen here.
Yep, I finally opened up these packages of happy mail that has arrived. the Die is a Tim Holtz sizzix mixed media die that comes with 3 others in the set. The kitty in the cup is from Your Next Stamp's this could be vodka set and the sentiment is also from YNS the Big Cups set.  The image was stamped on some Neenah solar white and water colored with a bit of extra water and some distress and spectrum aqua markers. I did force this to dry with a heat gun and the overworking the cardstock did leave it with a slight texture that to me makes it more interesting to look at like a faux watercolor paper or something kwim? this was cut with scissors and is up on pop dots. I did add some diamond glaze to the kitties eyes and some peacock marker to the open letters in the sentiment. I don't think those parts are as obvious in the photo. but, you can click on the photo to enlarge it and use your browsers back button to return.


Dare to Get Dirty {day 1}

 This was done for Julie's challenge that can be found here. yep, you guessed it, you need to be a fan club member to play along with the challenges so the details are a secret. but, I can tell you what I did. This angel is from Unity Stamps called Arianna girl. I stamped her on some Neenah solar white and colored her skin with Copic Markers and her clothing & hair with Polychromo's pencils. The wings were done with some clear wink of stella. I did try to catch some of the glimmers with the shots below.

 This sentiment is from the Stampin' Up! set called flurry of wishes and I did trace inside the open letters with a gelly roll stardust pen.

Another closer look the skinny frame was made with two different dies The waffle flower lacy layers die and the Simon Says stamp stitched rectangle die. I did use some re-positional spray adhesive from Krylon to hold the Memory Box tula stencil in place while I patted on some Oxide inks through the holes to this background.

 A closer look at the coloring of this Peddlers Pack Santa Background. This one was done for Sandee's challenge seen here. I did use Copic Markers for his skin and beard with some Polychromos & Prisma pencils for the eyes and shading. the glasses have some gold gel pen on them.

The fishtail banner dies were cut 3 times and overlapped a little for some fairly flat dimension on the side and that printed paper is some really old Basic Grey. right around the time I started making samples for Dare to get dirty, I ended up going through all my 12" printed papers looking for something else and was having this oh yeah oh yeah thing going on during that time I think I will be playing with more of that stash as I go along.


WOYWW # 424

Happy desk peeking day! :)
If you'd like to see more spaces or play along the link up starts here at Miss Julia's blog

 So the adventures in un-mounting sentiment stamps continues at odd moments. ( while the paint is drying)

 Some new things that I decided I had to have on Prime day arrived in the mail sometime so, I spread them out for your viewing pleasure. and will probably just move them out of my way and continue un-mounting the next time I have time haha.

 That is the very first digital camera I was given as a gift it has a whole 4 mega pixels but, I can hand hold it above the table and shoot shots of stamp index's for the evernote file with it. I kinda laughed when I pulled the camera card out of it to see what was on it, DS was using it last in 2010 and so its like a little time capsule. and the storage on that card is 2 lol... the wipes I am using on the scissors as I cut out the sticky cling foam and that Santa peeking out... that is a sneak peek for the upcoming Dare to get Dirty Challenges coming soon to Splitcoaststampers. its something I did for Sandee's challenge.
 Now this is the first 28 pockets of sentiments ( on the left side) after I laminated the first couple of sheets I decided to round the corners on the rest of them. So, its a slow going but, making progress. one of the things I did was take some of the other cling stamps that were in dvd cases that had laminate sheets and cut those down to fit in the pockets and that is saving some space too.

 So, the work has commenced in the "Library" which might be a really grand name for this nook and Grace has supervised every step of the way. the first wall that is 8' X 8' has floor to ceiling shelves in now. the space with no shelves will be where the window seat hits that side and the back rest.  ( the seat will lift up and be cedar lined storage for like blankets and pillows or something like that)

So, like so... I have been having some computer issues lately. and I also have had twice now when I click on a link in the line up to go to a blog it shows me a blog for a half a second and then switches to a frozen screen that tries to get me to pay money to unlock it... since I have not fallen for the scam I am guessing it is not real, none of the virus catchers that I run in my computers are finding a single thing but, after it happened the second time it made me stop and pause. esp. clicking on things in my work computer.

the kitchen has not changed at all since the last time I flashed you a peek. we are still waiting on the countertops before anything else can be done (this friday will be week 4 which would have been the soonest they could come, we have not heard from them yet)  and our fridge that is 22+ years old did not like being moved to the garage so, it has once a week for the last month or so been unplugged with dry ice in it for 24 hours to recharge and so, we are really getting annoyed with that. ( it's still pretty hot here) and I have tossed more milk and such that I just barely buy anything perishable hoping we can eat it before it dies again.
Supposedly my refrigerator is supposed to reach this town today. ( cross your fingers) 


WOYWW # 422 {un-mounting again }

Happy belated desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more or play along
 the link up is here at Miss Julia's blog .
 So, all those stamps that were just willy nilly pulled off the wood blocks sometime last year and set aside because, other projects took priority were moved from the corner to the table. ( and I started stamping them off and re-sorting them.) so, this plastic box contains the last of many boxes of them what were sorted leading up to these tuesday night shots.
I have been more organized about this since these were dealt with. such as you know deliberately looking for stamps to pull that fit categories that are under construction of pockets now. to fill sheets up. which of course makes me feel very impressed with my self on that account. because, I really don't enjoy doing this, but I do like the end result. and our temperatures are still at broiled alive outside so, even with the little window ac on upstairs it is still in the high 80's up there.

 This little pile has some that the original foam did not want to remove from the rubber, so I tried leaving them in the freezer and that did not do anything for me. and I was afraid to nuke them in a microwave so, I ended up scraping at that foam with an exacto knife. Which works but, was really a sticky mess.

 on top of the big shot is a container that has some sorted stamps with indexes stamped on cardstock for the plastic pockets. closer is some dies that were used on a card either and under that is some happy mail from The Cats Pajama's that came on monday and I have not played with them yet but, did remove them from the original packaging and put them into plastic pockets so far.

and this is why the un-mounting thing seems like an uphill battle. that altered bakers rack in the far back top right corner... every one of those trays is filled with wood mounted sentiments. but, I do have to say that so far the pockets that were laminated and moved to the book shelf next to it are saving so much space its really encouraging me to continue with the project.

Our son is home on leave and he had a couple of projects he wanted to do making flags for a gift from wood with brass from ammunition as the stars and so, this was a peek at the temporary "desk" he had going in the back. by the time Wednesday had rolled around the first flag was finished and the second one was almost done. but, blogger had other ideas about letting me post yesterday. I don't have any finished flag shots in google photos yet or I would have flashed you with that. they turned out pretty impressive. I will take one and edit this post. ( if it ever decides to post)
 a side view

 :) thanks for stopping by!


WOYWW # 422 {crackled oxided stenciling stuffs}

want to see what more people are pushing around in their creative spaces? you can find all the details here at Miss Julia's blog

 So, lets see. I did do some online shopping last week because ( this is partially Dina's fault ) she had linked up to this electric eraser for coloring with colored pencils... and it was really cheap ( found here) and so, I happened to notice a bunch of things on my add on list had dropped in prices and I picked up another stencil, some extra erasers, a stick thing that I am not entirely sure how it works but, its been on the wish list a long time ( for gluing gems) and a CC designs poppy stamp..beyond that is how I walked away from the desk on monday night.

 On sunday I had spent some time messing around with this crackle paste through that poinsettia stencil. ( I never remember to bring a container of water upstairs for them so by the time I got it to the sink it had dried on to it) and monday after work I decided to try a few more things, this one was kraft cardstock that had the crackle looking stencil sprayed through it with a couple of colors then I patted some oxide inks through the poinsettia stencil over that then covered the whole thing with crackle paste and then rubbed more oxide inks over the top. the drying time just kills me so, walking away. I will mess around with this some more maybe friday ish.

To the left of that the other half of the kraft that used the same stencil, I had just sprayed color through the one piece and then on the one above I had sprayed a second time with a darker green so, the stencil was inky and I flipped it to use the spray pattern as a stamp onto the one layer of ink side and then eventually cut that into a couple of tags. That card is the one that started it all. you can see more shots of it here.
 and if you don't hear from me today don't panic, being late is my new standard haha. I have about 85% of the stuff I had packed up from the kitchen and what used to be the home office into ds bedroom. ( which I have to get out of there and dust before he gets home again)
 So far on the kitchen the only change is the wall ovens are in, the dishwasher and cook top joined the cook top's vent in the garage and the refrigerator needed re ordered? so, since I am piling things back up in the "library" the work in there will come to a stand still too even though the flooring should arrive this weekend. It has to sit for a while before it can be nailed in anyways.This is about it for me right now, thanks for stopping by!


Cracked Poinsettia's

This is a first attempt at playing with deco arts crackle paste That I ended up combining with distress Oxide inks through a masked stencil. 

 A side shot, this was "mostly" dry when shot so, the card will probably have to go between some books once it is really dry to flatten for a while. the sentiment is from the Concord & 9th O Christmas tree set and the poinsettia's are from a Tim Holtz stencil.

 When I first put this on and started pulling the stencil off ( I masked it a lot) this was completely white so, this is how much had dried after I attempted to clean the stencil ( that did not remove the crackle) but, I didnt try scrubbing it, I just tried rinsing it.

 As it continued to dry the colors started to peek through and the crackle was very visible. the whole stencil received fired brick oxide distress ink then I added some peeled paint over the leaves. this dried a funny color but, I kind of like the quiet look to it.

 If you click on these photos it will change them to a larger shot then you can use your browsers back button to resume reading. This shot was done when it was "mostly" dry and I had added clear wink of stella over the berries and the centers of the flowers.

I have not taken anymore shots after this to see if the last of the white has faded or not yet, but it was looking like it was not going to fade that the uninked parts where the crackle seeped under the stencil are going to dry white. ( but, I would assume if you are doing some layered Mixed Media piece you could paint right over the top with color) the wink of stella did not lift any color from the berries or the center.


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.