cleaning up the mess

river city rubber works sentiment, scraps... 3 1/2" square 3 1/2" square ( gal is from su) 3" 3" Impression Obsession 3" thinking Inkadinkado, nope didn't even make a dent in the mess


Shabby Chic Form

The current stamp tv Mix it Up monday challege is "shabby chic" *Ü* {insert a huge grin here} It seems like every time i turn around the designers at Gina K are make more and more "Me" stamps. So this was too much fun to do. These stamps are in the newest Stamp TV kit. The are stamped on Gina K Ivory ( base weight) cardstock with Versafine ink. and then they were die cut with one of the newer spellbinders dies ( minds blank fluer de square?) something like that... and so it was run through the bug 4 times as this is some of the best cream cardstock you can get. My fabulous mother in law made the crocheted flowers on this card, the lace is vintage. the iridescent cord is from May Arts. The gingham pp is an double sided one from Graphic 45 and the watercolor looking pp is from Basic Grey. the cardbase is Bazzill and this ones 6" square in real life. The tiny tag on the neck line is one of those (avery?) something office supply store jewelry tags thats been color dusted with distress ink. there are tea dye, antique linen and ( that newest palest pink inks all over this card and its layers)


VSN {continued}

Done for Lee's Beauty on the ocean floor challenge... Done for Beate's color combo challenge

VSN {so far}

What I came home to friday afternoon, spent hours cleaning ( had piles in the closet that has mostly been put away now too) so Saturday stole some time in between everything else to do a few of the VSN challenges under way at SCS... This was done for Tamijo's Cracked glass challenge. This was done for pattyb's use a map background challenge. This was done for Sandy's use alcohol ink, maybe not in a "traditional" way. ( this background was done on PTI vellum cardstock so its matte finished and the light passes through it. ( cool effect)


Ah New Rubber *Ü*

got the stamp tv spring kit in the mail on Thursday.. along with a pack of pink paisely butterfly garden pp. sweet... this paper is not glued to a pad, it came i a bag and the tv kit comes in a big ol box. cool I haven't actually bought one of these before, I usually wait for the stamps to be sold not in the kit. :) It came with lot of cardstock a stack of pp a lot of ribbon and a baggie of brads. ( besides the stamps.) at any rate I know a lot of people need graduation cards right now I've sold a couple i had left over from years ago and thought this could work for a girl... the sentiment and butterfly on the lower right stamped direct to the pp is from the spring silhouettes set and the mulberry flowers are mostly prima. the sentiment was stamped on a scrap of the same gkd cardstock as the base ( this is 5 1/2" square in real life. the green stitched ribbon is also from the spring kit, the sheer ribbon was tied in a know to mimic wings behind the sentiment which was die cut with an fancy tags 2 spellbinders die. the photo corners are from chatterbox. there are a few dew drops along the edges of the tag and its up on pop dots. there is also some fluid chalk ink ( amber clay) dragged along the edges.


Still got the Blues... {with some green on the side}

Just messing around, have tons of old jars that contain "stuffs" treasures from yard sales and such, so a lot of these jars are within reach of the table and make their way onto cards all the time. Just the cards, the Taylored Expression's image was colored with copic's along time ago when i first bought this set, die cut with an labels 2 die and up on pop dots. that 29th market street double sided pp is from My Minds Eye. those are real scrabble tiles and real fabric yo-yo's ( nah i didnt make them, found a big bag of them at a yard sale a few years ago and tossed them into one of the old canning jars) vintage and not so vintage buttons. May Arts burlap. the large card is 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" in real life, the gift tag ones are 3" square. Did this for an scs rak welcome card ( the large one ) the large flower is from Impress, the smaller one on the sides is from the SU set called Manhattan flower? ( something like that ) these were stamped with deep lagoon versafine with some tumbled glass distress color dusted along the edges. the note cards are 3 1/2" square in real life and just use some scraps from the bin and pre-stamped sentiments the just a note is Memory box & the just because is an Hampton arts dollar bin stamp.



Found this empty shell recently in the driveway. This image came to me via the PIF threads at scs a very long time ago, all i remember about who makes it is its from a large set of images that are clear ( why i didnt buy it and I *think* something like craft secrets?something like that) at any rate it has some various shades of distress ink color dusted onto it. This is 6" in real life, the forest branches cuttlebug folder was used on the kraft then an classic oval die cut the shape along the bottom. the sentiments from Hampton Arts, the Brads are from paperstudio (Thanks Pansy!) the heart brad is from MM, the fabric yo-yo's are from wimpole street and have been sprayed with Seaglass & Sage glimmer mist. Sentiment on this one is an hampton arts dollar stamp. the lace is vintage. used some metal green seam binding sprayed with seaglass and sage glimmer mist through the holes. (the sprays are so similar to the original color of the binding its not visible even in person) That sheer meshy flower under the yo-yo is from MM. Some May Arts ribbon through the sentiment tag at the top. isnt that ribbon a kick? first time i seen it the "I want" set in... no I didn't sew it, its an May Arts ruffled satin in a 5/8" that I was able to get from Julies new online store ( she's moved out of etsy) and the new store Paper & Such is open now. The little doily (kaiser craft) and natural burlap (May Arts) are also from Julies store. That burlap is fun stuff, the texture of its almost like angora sweater for thread... Unity stamps mega teacup with an Impression Obsession sentiment. these were stamped with versafine inks, dragged an colorbox cocoa cats eye around the kraft panel edge. The inside has an Hero Arts congratulations sentiment inside. This one's 6" in real life also.



I guess I need to go back to yesterday for a minute so you get the whole story, but the newest B&H catty hit my office desk at work yesterday am and so flipping through it has a lot of "call for price" {which 1/2 the site is that way too, you have to click on each thing to see what they are charging that day for it~ so annoying!} at any rate, came across the page that had Leica's S2/S2p and its current price is only a little under 28K (body only mind you len's sold separate) and this just about gave June heart failure. so the conversation went because, every so often I come across old camera's at yard sales and I've collected a few and I mentioned when i get the home office/study/computers printer room done I want to have a shelf all the way around the room at the top to put old camera's on and such... gear, not picky just interesting stuff. fun to look at. And she got a funny look on her face and said "oh, i have an old brownie" and i said really ( she normally buys disposable camera's when she wants a photo of something so, this was an surprising thing for her to say ) those are spendy even the broken ones if you see them online, so i said Don't stick it in a yard sale for a quarter or anything... and she said no, its in a box i know where it is...It arrived on my desk at work this morning as a "gift" from June because, she likes the idea it would be out and enjoyed rather then packed in a box. She doesn't remember how it works just that it does and she used it for a Mazama Highschool class way back when. She doesn't remember how she got it, ( I can flip up the top but, haven't figured out how it works yet either) the others are on a very small shelf across the room from the main table on the wall above the heater. now these I don't know what they are or how they work. the leather cased one on the left was a total impulse buy last summer for 5.00 then the Kodak movie tins followed at a few different yard sales then the black one ( which folds up pretty flat actually ) was last. So not a whole room's worth of shelf display yet but the hunt is on. So today I have been home more then at work because, migraine is building. got it mostly under control at the moment and spent some time coloring the other fergus I stamped yesterday when the happy mail arrived. added an actual "birthday" sentiment to this one, for the challenge blog from Paper & Such. This is 6" square in real life. the Fergus with tulips is an clear stamp from wild rose studio. the sentiments from penny black. the Carolee's printed paper was die cut in the middle with an labels 15 die to create the window frame effect and the sentiment was die cut with an scrapmart spellbinders die. ( the package does not say what they named it, just that it was made for their store ~ yes, I'm rolling my eyes ) there is a bit of amber clay colorbox fluid chalk on the edges of that and the burlap string wraps through the holes and across the back of it under pop dots. all in all ( swallow LA ) its what *I* think of as CAS.

Birth Day {pending} Challenge card

now this is a little bit of a play on words... there is a "BirthDay" card challenge on the paper and such blog (going on now, you have until the 21st to enter) When I seen this little dragon i thought, oh snap dragon's haha ( haven't found a sentiment that says that yet, you know part of me has snapped and the rest of me is draggin') and decided it would be fun to color (in blue) I know what? ha-ha the index thing from Wild Rose studio (Fergus with Tulips) has it colored in pink or peach or something if i remember right. oh and this is a clear stamp. *gasp* I know I know... nah its not the end of the world, I thought I remembered clear stamps needed stamped in pigment ink so I stamped it in versafine and colored it with copic's. the versafine only smeared a teeny tiny bit and it doesn't look bad in person. found this scrap of lemonade basic grey pp in the stash and thought it looked good with the colors in the image and added this sentiment (ranger stream ink) from Impression Obsession just because, ( I haven't used it before and its *almost* a birthday card ;) ) the rose sheer trim is from an recollections package as is the tiny brad. there is a bit of creamy brown fluid chalk ink along the edges of the die cut panel (labels 17) these panels are up on pop dots. I think that the idea it is Pink and Blue means it could be given to any mom to be. (not very baby-ish i know) Good Luck to everyone entering!


Lately it seems like everything is a little off kilter. ( I kinda like how it looks through a lens) messing around for a "contain it" challenge, haven't decided if I will shoot something else or not yet. Sunday we had a lamb chop delivery... yikes lambs are double what they used to be, heard cows are just as bad. ( the Ranchers must be so relived) :) (still cheaper to raise your own grass fed meat though)


Guy Cards

Its hard to see, but there is a layer of mulberry paper attached to the sentiment panel, then there is a layer of popdots and a second mulberry sheet under those. the tiny charm is unknown. ( had it a million years ) somebody from ckmb may remember where everyone was ordering these things from but, its not me. This is 4 1/2" X 6" in real life. all the stamps are from the Gina K designs set called Gifts from the Sea. They are stamped with versafine vintage sepia on gkd kraft cardstock. the mat under this is gkd tan leather ( has a cool texture) the cardbase is Bazzill and the Mulberry is from dcwv ( if they are the ones that made those old mat stacks a long time ago?) can't remember. ( and all those pads of papers get ripped apart and sorted by color in my room. There is a stamp tv challenge right now for creating your own background paper with stamps. The hard part for me or what made it a challenge was not mixing in other stamp lines... A look inside. Some very simple guy cards done with scraps and the boys will be boys Taylored Expressions set. some Spellbinders dies, K&Co. plaid pp, pop dots, black trim, Bazzill Textured cs. these are like 4X6 in real life.


May {Christmas #2}

Only a little bit lumpy... its 4 1/2X6 in real life. done for the Gina K designs Monday Mix it up challenge that needed to use 2 different printed papers... The printed papers are from a couple of Basic Grey lines, fruitcake and Dasher. the Holly stamp is i think Penny Black ( found it in the stamped images drawer I did it a long time ago, thinking it was with maybe versafine on Old Olive. there is a bit of buttercup liquid pearls on the berries. the sheer gold ribbon's unknown, the lace is vintage. the sentiments from the Heirloom Ornament set, the frame is from the Lovely Labels 2 set. This was diecut with a spellbinders die and has some forest moss distress color dusted on the tag. the word strip panel is from the Vintage Backgrounds set. The metal flower bling brad is from MM.


May's 1st Christmas card

An old Stampa Rosa House Mouse "Christmas Singing Duo" stamped on Neenah, colored with prisma pencils... (last winter some time) so for the 6 Christmas cards a month challenge this puts me at 1 down 5 to go this month...This is 5X7 in real life, the old olive and may be mellow moss maybe celery sheer retired su ribbons were just tied together because, this image always looks a little naked to me on the right side. the stamped panel is up on pop dots above the pear pizazz die cut. base is Bazzill.


April Christmas Cards {late}

These were all shot totally in manual with an DSLR and interesting thing i have noticed about my photos lately is on my personal lap top the exposure is spot on... if i open up say facebook on my work desktop the photos are dark. and I know monitors view things differently but, it makes me wonder sometimes what other people see. I get enough hey good shot comments to know that some people must have monitors that "like" my photos as much as my own laptop does... but, it makes me curious some days on how many people view them and think to them selves Why is she getting those comments lol... at any rate I signed up to do 6 Christmas cards a month on a challenge thread inside splitcoast last January ish and I was ahead of the game for a while... didnt make any Christmas cards at all while we had Kashmir... so the other day i realized i never did do April and thought ok just grab 6 images off the top ( I have piles and piles of already colored images from when its just too cold and dark to do much anything else) (and we have snow in our forecast for next week again too... this winter has been dragin') so this was the last one. its an Impression Obsession image with a bit of seam binding i sprayed with sparkle in a bottle cant think of its name but tattered angels is all that comes to mind ( a long time ago) scrap of basic grey pp. its 5X7 in real life. all of these cards have no sentiment... could use them as what ever when needed i supposed and all lean a little towards the clean and simple line. Impression Obsession winter pelican, the wiggle under it is part of a piece of self adhesive basic grey chipboard that was RAK'd to me, never played with this stuff... colored it with a copic. and what i learned is the adhesive on it is not move able... if you look closely at the line at the end of it you will see that I tore the top of the bazzill when i put the first piece of this there and it looked crooked. so when i pulled on it, the chipboard made it self cut in half, the adhesive part stayed put. finally got it up and ended up putting a second piece in nearly the same position because of the tear in the cardstock. its also 5X7 in real life. an Elzybells image ( think its name was Snowman Landscape?) something like that anyways. colored with prisma pencils. the scrap of cardboard style lumpy paper had a small tear in the bottom so i dragged a pair of scissors around the edges to distress it further. This is a Mo Manning design ( cant think of its name ) but, I got it from Stamping Bella and the dot pp is from K&Co. an either a wish rak image or an pay-it-forward swap image ( can't remember ) know Ive had it colored for years though, wanted it to do a simple card for J once upon a time an i think i ended up buying the house mouse stamp with the mice eating cookies under a pine bough. so, it never made it into a card. this ones an A-2 size in real life on that same pre-made card base as the cards for the troops from the other day. the 6th image turned out to be one i had horse traded for on purpose to make a card specifically for my grand parents and so, its under construction. will post it later i suppose. :)