Inspired by {Dormify}

This week we are headed to Dormify for inspiration as Angie is now and empty-nester with both kids in College. I never did the dorm thing, I moved into a furnished studio apartment as the first place I lived after home so, it was fun to me to see these things in the store and I stopped at this Pink bedding set seen below because, I have never bought pink bedding ever and I thought the pattern was subtle enough to be elegant.
 So, wanting to keep the elegance I heat embossed this Simon Says Stamp flora background was done with SU white powder on some Die cuts with a view Rose Shimmer. This was diecut with a Waffle Flower stitched square die. Both the elastic lace and trim are vintage. The sentiment is up on foam pop dots over that and was stamped with some Distress Oxide worn lipstick ink. I think that sentiment is from Club scrap but the set name is not in the evernote file so, ( I know its retired) but, I cannot tell you its name. This one finished out at 6" square in real life.

A peek at the bedding which can be seen here in the store. You can find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers to play along with us, thanks for stopping by.

A few other Challenge Cards

 This week's featured Stamper is Rebecca who has this awesome card she made with Wall paper and a sticker that I just loved. So, setting out to recreate that texture I started with a piece of Neenah that I cut with the Altenew plaid die ( B) and then pressed a sheet of the same cardstock with a Darice plaid embossing folder and glued them flat together. The Unity Stamps (feel the joy) blooms had that Queens Ann Lace shape to me so, I heat embossed them a background done with Ranger Alcohol inks on Yupo paper. ( that wanted to twist and warp) so, I backed it with another piece of Neenah . Other changes were I off set this panel to the right and tied on a sentiment. This one finished out at A2 in real life.

 I have been into the Hobby lobby store a grand total of two times since they opened in Medford and the second time was around the end of July this year. ( I went in there thinking to see if they had anything I wanted to play with during DTGD) and this eucalyptus printed paper followed me home. I just thought the colors were gorgeous and it reminded me of a Debby Hughes painted card. ( ok, the fan girl thing is showing again) So, I wanted the card to mostly be this paper and I added a skinny diecut My Favorite Things sentiment to it just messing around.

And then on Monday night after work I seen that the color combo challenge was live and it happened to be, SU Peacock, Old olive and pool party. So, I went to the file cabinet and found the peacock and olive and a piece of PTI aqua ( close enough) and seen those scraps of the leaf paper and just laughed. ( so these are all 3" X 3" and headed to the booth in November) the simple gift is from Impression Obsession, the happy birthday is Altenew and the little something is from A Muse. I still have another piece of this paper and I am so tempted to go back to that store and buy more of it someday but, you know I really need more printed papers like I need an extra hole in my head so, I have managed to resist that urge for a few weeks now. Thanks for stopping by.

Inspired by {Piper Classics}

Last weekend the Inspiration challenge visited the Piper Classic's store online.
And I found this Merry Christmas pillow right off the bat and I had so many ideas of how to do this as a card and then I found on Labor day when I started trying to make one that it was harder than it looked.

 This was my first attempt, I was messing around with two different shades of ink and trying for a one layer card. ( this is 4" x 9") and when I moved the cleaned stencil up the card to do the top half above the sentiment... evidently I did not get it straight. and I shot this anyways because, its part of that keeping it real thing. I think sometimes people think every card just magically goes exactly how you think it will and that makes me laugh. yes, for the most part I have the skills to get the results I want but, everyone is still human so, things like this happen. I have since then cut this in half and will maybe die cut these pieces and use them on something else. because, I tend to not toss much actually.

 And then I decided maybe it would be easier to see the straight if I tried it smaller so, this one I got a little better and I had also remembered to do a linen texture under the red to give it more of that homespun vibe die cut it to fit an A2 card front and then realized ( I did this after work one night while it was getting dark) that The piece I had the ink on was not the same shade of cardstock as the base I cut, so I stamped the linen twice on the base both in the SSS barely beige and DOX old paper over the top of that trying for a closer look to the stamped/stenciled panel. This stencil is from Tim Holtz and the Merry Christmas is from Simon Says Stamp. ( its a single stamp) that was done in some Versafine Clair tulip red.

This is a look at the pillow that started it all you can find it here in their store and find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers to play along with us. Thanks for stopping by.

Inspired by {Tortik Annushka}

A couple of weeks ago now the Inspiration site headed to this Russian art cake store and I happened across this birdhouse looking cake and my son and his girlfriend have rented their first house together ( a duplex) and when I seen the two pitched roofs of the cake it made me think of a duplex.

 I really liked the clean look with the vertical lines so, I kept those lines and made the background be a piece of Die Cuts with a view corrugate paper. the House shapes I cut by hand from some My Minds eye print I found at hobby lobby. the roof is some diecuts from Reverse confetti called triple stitched squares ( I cut them in half here) and I only diecut one heart opening door from the front house as the roof pitch would have covered it up on the back house. the white in the center there was done from some Hero Arts woodgrain. This sentiment is made by Impression Obsession and was diecut with an older Spellbinders label #11 die. the seam binding lace is vintage. and I did not post this when I made it as because of the Hurricane the mail was delayed reaching them. (but, all is good they and the house are fine)


This view of the cake is linked to above and the rest of the site can be seen here there are some really neat things in there. You can find this challenge here to see some of the other pieces people found and were inspired by. Thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW # 535 {Cleaning}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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 There must have been something in the water last week. ( we had a long weekend here, and I fully intended to create many things) but, what happened was I had such a pile of mess everywhere I looked and the little plastic box of sentiments that had been stamped on scraps to diecut later the lid was standing 90 degrees upright so, those random ones you seen on the table were not going to fit in it. and that prompted what you see here. a massive diecutting session. you cannot really see it from the angle but past the paper cutter on that rolling cart where there were "scraps" there was also about an inch of new papers that had never been cut. those were also sorted and put away.

 and those were all sorted and put away as seen below. It doesn't look like much I guess but, between playing with the dogs and regular life this took a lot of hours.

 I do not keep sizzix dies in those really thick plastic envelopes they arrive in. So, I started using them to sort and hold die cuts a while back and this drawer is pretty much all sentiments. towards the front of it I put those background that used to be hiding that metal green tray of doo dads seen below in the top of the shot. ( so that pile now is only UFO's) (un finished objects) and the height of it went down inches also.
 This is a tuesday after work shot. ( left over from monday when I finally got done cleaning and sorting I started out trying to do something for the IC sample for friday, as you can see. I've killed some paper that went straight to the bin. I'll get it eventually.

This was how the dogs spent the long weekend, mostly begging to play. this is a very rare view to have them just be cozy together outside most of the time its a keep away thing. That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW # 534 {Foiled Christmas cards}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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 This is a Wednesday AM shot of the desk, those foiled pieces were done over the last weekend and that is as far as I got with them, the 4th one was turned into a card and its the one in the very bottom of this post. The solid green piece is dyed cork paper, I had thought I was going to use it with the foiled green card because of the texture contrast but, ended up changing my mind. The paint is there from that stenciled debossed tutorial I tried a few weeks back the one that turned out better is under that pile of clear blocks. The random sentiments were stamped on scraps to cut and use later they are "drying" ( well, they are probably done dried by now its been hot here too hot to go up and play after work. there are more of them on the paper cutter to the right that you cannot see in this shot.)

 This is how that first opal foil on the red turned out, I did cut out the center as the foiling showed off how uneven I had gotten the paste.

 Now this one I probably should have just tossed it, but I have a hard time doing that. and for the most part I like rustic and distressed things but, with the stark white background these red poinsettia's I think need to be perfectly foiled and would be more elegant. So, I had the bright idea to cut some off using it to try last week's sketch. but, I really do not like how this finished out and I may just toss it yet.

Now this was one of the pieces that got foiled last weekend. and I was so excited that it looked perfect when it was done. ( I used a shim and only ran it through the laminator once)
and then when I went to make it into a card it kept flaking. so I took a paintbrush and ran that over it trying to knock off what ever was "loose" and now, its not perfect anymore. ( and I have a feeling it will just continue to flake over time) these were all done with the foil transfer paste from deco foil along with their foils.

Part of me is very tempted by a glimmer machine or a what ever the gemini version is called.  ( I did watch some video's of them being used last weekend too) and somehow I did end up with one foiling die from the last time I went into hobby Lobby and that is what I think sparked this whole how do you use this stuff adventure.
the pro's for the gemini version is ( its cheaper and I have a gemini Jr machine already)
the pro's for the spellbinders version is supposedly you can use other brands of regular dies in it. ( of which I have a ton of regular dies) (but, I do not know how this machine will run through a bigshot Pro and I have a feeling it will not fit through the old spellbinders pink shoot what ever it was called that only took slim dies through it machine?

(and I really do not want to have to buy another die cutter.)

So that brings me to the burning question I have. Does anyone actually have either of the foiling machines? do you really get perfect results with it or are you still killing a lot of paper in the learning curve?

That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.