Tall Cards

There was an Challenge at SCS to do an tall skinny card last week but, since I dont remember all the stamp info on either one of these cards (the sentiments were stamped a long time ago) I decided not to post them. the bird on this one is from Penny Black called winter perch I think. this is 3 1/2" x 6" in real life. 

Same size on this one, no clue about mfg info on that sentiment. the Farm scene is from an old SU set called country pleasures ( I think ) its colored with copic's. the heart button is unknown. the shipping tag was previously stained and the ribbon is from May Arts. 

a few random things

This was done for this weeks featured Stamper challenge, and I had this card of Jean's in my favorites since she made it, its such a beautiful design. the changes I made were to the colors, the size and the theme. Because we needed a birthday card for hubs hunting buddy. and when I finished this card and showed him Hub's started laughing and said oh, that is just like him ( Mancell ) he, never see's any wildlife in the woods ever.... So, since I had all the stuff out and I had considered adding a deer to the treeline. 

I decided to just give it another whirl and add the deer. so the deer section has more color and is popped up on this version. more like a spot light I guess. These are both 5X7 in real life. 

This was done as an second thing for the mix challenge of the written word last week. the dictionary page had discolored to that color then I had sprayed that with some red pepper. the hedgehog was stamped on the back side of some SU embossed kraft paper ( as scrap and its darker than kraft) I "almost" did not color it at all because it looked like an old comic this way but, finally caved and colored him with a white gel pen and prisma pencils.

I think this ones a couple weeks old the seed packet stamp was heat embossed on white glossy cardstock with the green powder years ago. I did pop this up to be able to give it some depth with the prima, Impress & doodlebug flowers. the thanks is from Stampendous! and the your a lifesaver is from A Muse. ( someday I hope to find some life saver candy as a stamp... everytime I come across an old on one ebay people pay huge amounts of money for that. ( rolling eyes here) 

This is a printable from pinterest that had to have been printed over an year ago. I dont know if I saved it there because, somethings I just hit print once and did not save them. will look later. the trellis is an Memorybox diecut and the leaf is wood. This one is A-6 in real life. 

another for hubs cards made with Pinterest printouts. the sentiment panel is layered with the red ridinghood cs and is up on pop dots. the DCWV pp was run through an Crafts Concepts folder and sanded after. the copper crinkled satin ribbon is unknown and this one is A-2 in real life. 

Think these are from a couple of weeks ago also. both are 3" square in real life. 

just because, I had her colored and sitting on the table for a long time now. she's an UK sized Elyzbell that was RAK'd to me from Leigh Anne ( Thanks Chickie!) colored with copic's. lots of diecuts layered on this one the top frilly frame is from a co. called hot off the press. funny thing their dies come in with foam in them like the old Quickutz ones did. the pearls are from Recollections. the lace is vintage. this one is 6" square in real life. 


Dream Led

Today's learn a new technique challenge was to give this no line piercing a try. I have been meaning to do this since I seen Dina  make this tutorial but, its just one of those thing you have more ideas than you have time to do them all so, it was a cool reminder to see this again this morning and I decided to give it a whirl after work today. This butterfly is colored with an aqua brush and the ink in the lid of the soft sky, blue bayou & river rock dye pads. the center bug body part has a tiny bit of Eucalyptus stickles in the center. 

This is actually 6" square in real life, the piercing just seemed to call for stitching so, both panels were run through the sewing machine and the center part is up on pop dots. these blooms are wild orchid crafts ones with some Cheery lynn flourish diecuts done in that new pistachio green. That butterfly stamp is an really old one from old towne crafts. The sentiment is from Unity empowered words by Donna Downey.  Its cut with an Nellie Snellen's tags# 3 multi frame die set ( and that is either the largest die in that set or the second largest die. they are tiny little dies) (good for sentiments) 

Bingo Jean {again}

all the stamps are from Art Impressions, the bingo paper is from Jenni Bowlin, the bingo chips on this one are authentic game pieces, the ribbon's from May Arts. these are both 5 1/2" square in real life. 

She always goes over well at the booth and I have not done anything with her in at least a year or more so. thought it was time. added some ocean colored dew drops to the tag on this one and put Jean behind the printed paper and did her "out of the box" slightly. That lace is vintage. 


Daisy Tag {mix}

This is a closer look at the floral's and the dimensions on this tag. early this morning before work I had seen Lydia made a gorgeous card with some vibrant red and it said the mix challenge today was to use text paper. so, as it happens that red was stuck in my head off and on today. and when I came home I had some happy mail ( the daisy pattern stamp heat embossed on the text paper) funny true story my old tattered books are dictionaries, atlas's, map books. ( I have not cut up an novels yet) so, randomly grabbing the first dictionary it opened to an I page and part of the definitions on this (under the daisy) were IMITATION. is that funny or what. nope, I didn't plan it at all. 

So the daisy pattern stamp ( penny black ) was one I "had to have" when I seen Sabrina use it on something last week and its heat embossed with white SU powder on the text paper which is on an size 8 shipping tag stained with some barn read distress stain, the text was water washed with some real red classic dye ink and an aqua pen and the centers were colored with some ranger bisque liquid pearls. the Savvy stamps daisy was also heat embossed with the white and not colored at all, its on some texture thick mulberry type paper. ( no mfg info) and the wood veneer butterfly ( studio calico) was pressed into an satin red versafine pad. the sentiment is SU and done on some kraft. the seam bindings are some hug snug that looks like kraft and the SU cherry cobbler. 


WOYWW250 bloomin'

If your curious about why my mess is on display you can read all about it here on Julia's blog and play along. 

So, after the booth I treated myself to an order from wild orchid crafts ( enough to qualify for free shipping) and that box arrived on monday but, there was no time to unpack it as we had more lambs born, on Tuesday after work I started un-packing it and then was a little bit like ah, it's gorgeous but, now you need a new storage system maybe ha ha.

a closer look at the bundles of blooms

This basket stays in the closet, the vintage canning jars on the wall behind this table have a few blooms from each package and then the others are in this shopping basket that I bought from Connie when she closed her stamp store I used to teach in. so, its like an "overstock" blooms basket. The other basket is full of vintage buttons. I keep saying someday I will sort the buttons by colors and get them into the jars and I do sometimes do a few but, its reached an incredible amount of them so, they would not all fit in the jars.
I think I am going to have to keep an eye out for more jars ( taller ones) I have quite a few short jars on the shelf and that would help with being able to put more of them "away but, on display" ( which is the only way I remember to use things) all of these photos were taken tuesday night.


Some Spool cards

spent some time putting together the spools I had cut out and stamped on a while back. there is a little over 1 yard of seambindings wound around the covers on these and it is remove able as is the tags or button cards they are only held on with the clothes pins. This lace butterfly was an recent yard sale find. 

the buttons are on these cards with glue dots, 

all of the "tags" clipped to these spools were pinterest finds a few years ago. I went through a phase where I printed some stuff. and made a little pile of it and put it in a drawer and forgot about it. so, figured I may as well use some than toss it. the bloom on this one is from Wild Orchid Crafts and these spools templates you can find and download a printable for yourself here


and then there were 5 {lambs that is}

the brown one is a boy and the whiter one is a girl

that sheep closest to them is their mama and funny thing even at this angle you can see the bump on her nose. the older three are just rowdy little things now :) 


I had been pushing around some scraps yesterday after I finished the mothers day nest and I was thinking the other half of this soft sky mixed background and I had been chatting with a gal that RAK'd me that Memorybox trellis die and I was thinking I could make a mess of roses to fill in on it and then I got the bright idea it could work for water so, found this bombshell in the already colored images tin and she was also RAK'd to me ( the image ) So, I don't know her real name she's on my mental wish list I tend to like mermaid stamps she is colored with copic markers and metallic gel pens.  

I had tried this with the to fish or not to fish what a stupid question sentiment. and hubs popped off with well how bought catch and no release for the inside after I had this done haha. but, I think it turned out cute anyways just with this Art Impressions sentiment. This is 5 1/2" square in real life. fibers are from brown bag fibers ( but, I think they closed years ago) the mulberry flower is prima and the pearl is from recollections. the trellis is just stapled to the ends of the water panel and the fibers are just tucked through.


Mixed Nesting

The Mixed Media challenge this week was to use an bag to create your background. so this soft sky was run through some stormy sky & tumbled glass distress inks and white acrylic paint via an crumpled plastic bag and an dry brush. the "nest" is an combination of vintage laces, crumpled seam binding, and may arts burlap string. done in an rolled flower type effect.

Those brads, one I got all the way through the mess and the tag to fasten to the back but, the other two were not going through all the layers so I snipped off the backs of them and they are just floating on the fibers with glue dots. there is also an layer of pop dots on the right side of the tag to counterweight the height of the corrugated paper. 

So, this card was also totally inspired by these tags I found in today's featured stampers gallery I love these gifts that Diana made and I had been mildly torn between this and this card that has just a brilliant design, so this is kinda an inspired by both of them card. this is 5 1/2" in real life. 

More from Last week

On Saturday I managed an mostly cream on cream card for Lee's VSN challenge after all. I had it stuck in my head it "had to have" lumpy flowers on the card ( because, that's the mood going on here at the moment right) and my storebought flowers all have green leaves on them, so when I was doing the Inspiration challenge I came across a card Kittie made where of course she made her own beautiful roses and somewhere in the past I had picked up that die she used ( because, I've seen her too too many cool things with it) so, I was able to make those flowers my self. go me, the flowers took more time than the whole rest of the card so, one one hand its a cool die to own but, it wont stop me from buying store bought flowers either. 

The half a doily is an left over from the last paperbag card, the basket was cut when I was doing Jen's diecuts and the lace is vintage, its machine stitched to that stamped linen panel. the bow came in a tackle box of ribbon bows and flowers I bought at a yard sale years ago ( no mfg info) I think that sentiment is from teeny tiny wishes. this one is 5 1/2" square in real life. 

The saturday Inspiration challenge took us to this site called packaging of the world and I had come across this and LOVED IT, every detail... so, trying for the graphic-coolness with some CAS this is what I came up with that measure tape is vintage, the button does not have the vintage weight to it, may be a craft button. the sewing machine is one of those Tim Holtz blueprints ones. the sentiment's from Gina K's sew pretty. this one is 5" square in real life. 

So speaking of vintage and treasure hunting, I doubt if anything here besides the roadrunner pin is truly vintage but, I came across these at a yard sale this morning and picked up this pile for 5.00 so, it wont hurt my feelings to discombobulate them and use them on something ( I think ) I still have that pack of fake Cameo's from that french laundry line that came out a few years ago still sitting on the desk haha. 

was just tossed together, the train ( Tim Holtz) was stamped with Memento and colored very slightly with copic's and prisma pencils. the ribbon is from Micheals a very long time ago and the printed paper is from Simple stories. 

Last weeks sketch challenge kinda looked like this. the Giraffe's are from Great Impressions colored with copic's and prisma pencils. the on my mind is from MFT and the Love is from Stampendous. 

used up another of these blue flowers so there is still one in the pile waiting its turn. lace is vintage, sentiment is from Northwoods. (that white washed flower is from Impress) 


An Wedding Paperbag Card

for the heck of it because, most the stuff was still on the table after work today from last night. the sentiment on the cover is from PTI cut with an spellbinders die and layered on another spellbinders diecut, The flowers are wild orchid crafts and I think the text bloom is either recollections or Prima. Bo Bunny printed papers. 

the whole cover tied closed, the seambinding is one piece run under the printed papers on the front and back covers. 

a Look at the inside, the sentiment on the left is from Outlines, the sentiment on the right is from Penny Black. the Parisian Doily diecut is from PTI, the trim is vintage, the papers are all Bo Bunny ( except the lined kraft is from SU its heat embossed those lines) this piece removes from the pocket. there is also the trimmed off piece of shipping tag from yesterdays card for my grandparents tucked into the large pocket on the right on this one. the ribbon is offray, the metal clip is I want to say Heidi Swapp but, that is a guess. this one is 4 1/4" X 4 1/2" closed in real life. 


Paperbag Cards

This is an altered paper bag. ( an white one from Paperbilities) and closed it measures 4 1/4" X 4 1/2" I did not have to trim it. the photo paper is from Bo Bunny, the seambinding is hugsnug, the sentiment is from the My Favorite things set called just my type diecut with an spellbinders labels trio die, the heart is an cheerylynn die called Celtic Heart. The wood veneer camera was pressed into an vintage sepia pad for that color. the edges of the papers were inked with some creamy brown fluid chalk ink. 

This one is headed to my grandparents who moved out of state last November where it's warmer and they are closer to well everything. services wise. here they lived 50 miles out of town so they were able to go out to lunch maybe once a week and they spent a small fortune in gas for vehicles to get here, now they can go out to lunch every day so, I'm going to pick up a gift card to tuck into the flap on the left and write a note on the tag on the right and add some photos to the larger tag that will pull out of the bag. the shipping tags were stained with some distress stains. 

This was the first one, and its all Miss Paula's fault. see she threw down the challenge to the gals playing along in the make 100 things in 100 days challenge ( without shopping until you hit your quota) so, ( these became projects numbered 179 & 180 for me since the beginning of the year) and this particular bag is a tiny little one that is also from Paperbilities and measures 3 1/2" X 2 1/4" X 6 3/4" in real life. it is large enough to hold a gift card on the inside. I had found this slit punch in the closet from SU ( don't remember its real name anymore. ) but, I used that on the printed paper lining the pull out tag to "catch" the end of the gift card. The flowers on the cover are old Prima Hydrangea petals and the button is unknown the string is from May Arts. 

a look inside, in the flap are two small shipping tags trimmed to fit and the Happy Birthday (rubber soul) was punched with another SU handheld punch that I don't know its name either. the opening to the part where the gift card tag hides was punched with an 1" circle punch. the printed papers on this one are from basic Grey. This one is headed into the booth pile and I have no clue yet what I may charge for this but, I am planning to make a few more since I have a whole package of these bags in the closet. 



This gives the illusion of an tidy desk eh? I'm grinning at this still, found these lace butterflies and the bling covered heart button on the card at a yard sale a couple weeks ago. not sure what I will do with them yet, so they are sitting front and center so I remember I have them.

Welcome to the mess, a while back I had promised a lady I would cut her some frilly die cuts to try them some time "later" which I meant as after the booth. figured I may as well get started on them before I forget altogether. and of course I had already "forgotten" that tattered lace carriage die needed to be taped down and to use the metal cut shim with it. I think I am going to write on the envelopes I am storing these dies things like that as I come across them just to save future paper some day. off to the right is an card I put together after glancing at the scs sketch challenge today at work. not sure how close or off it is yet but, will go post that next ha ha. Thanks for visiting. if your curious about this and or would like to play along this blog hop starts at Julia's Blog and you can read the details and such there. 


White on White Baby

Sometime last week I had read there was a technique challenge to emboss on vellum and I've done it both ways heat or dry many times over the years but, it stuck in the back of my mind and then I read the sneak peek for VSN that Lee's challenge was to do white on white with color OK on your sentiment. and this is a combination of those but, I think the green on the leaves is too much green to squeak by for that but, I had fun doing this anways. This particular PSX stamp is not fun to color but, it does look cool embossed.  It's an old Personal Stamp Exchange # K-1191 stamp. 

the Baby is heat embossed with SU white on some PTI vellum cardstock and then that was machine stitched to a piece of stardream opal and both of those are edged with pinking shears. I have done this over and over the pull up the top layer to make it pop, it shows really well the light going through the vellum this way and the cool thing about the vellum is it holds this shape a little better than printed paper does. I just use my fingers and fold it up at the stitching line. This card is boxed and will not go into an paper envelope. the sizzix lace folder was used on a scrap of stardream opal (and that is it's name, its sold in a package from sizzix with another folder and this ones name is literally "lace") and I cut that out by hand and added some opal liquid pearls to it. the flowers are from wild orchid crafts & prima, the lace is vintage. the Congrats is from Stampendous done on a scrap of kraft and is up on pop dots. 

More of Last weeks cards

our son turned this on Friday. this one is A-2 in real life. sentiments from Impress and the die numbers are from PTI. 

the My Sentiments exactly sentiment was heat embossed on some chalkboard black card stock from Micheal's ( it says recollections on the wrapper) this paper has a cool texture to it and I ran my fingers all over it before I stamped on some ( don't do that ever place you touch it, the embossing powder will stick) way worse than smooth cardstock. this chalkboard paper also gets a funny smell to it when its being heat embossed but, that does go away after. I kept checking it to see if it was going to burn or something. but, it did take the brief heat for doing it. the other two sentiments were stamped on the inside ( just like that ) this was done for our neighbor whose birthday was saturday. 

the stamps on this one are from SU. the dress is from blooming with happiness and the sentiment I think is teeny tiny wishes ( maybe ) 

this one sold at the booth yesterday.

just pushing around scraps this was an Size 8 tag. with an mega unity tea cup on it. 

this sentiment was done with the some of the sweet and sassy happy mail from last weekend. the doily is an Martha Stewart thing, the heart was cut with an primitive sizzix die on scraps and inked with some satin red. the lace is vintage and the yarn was tied to one of my Christmas gifts from Paula last year. the seambinding is from hug snug. 

I have some crop shots of the booth taken Saturday with my phone but, I dont know how to get them from the phone to the computer yet and will just edit that post when I do.