Hope you can cling to {day 31}

For Dina's final challenge ( seen here) there is an inspiration photo to look at. and I remembered I had this PTI die set and I don't think I have ever played with it, so the panel under the pumpkin sections was the scrap of the background I made for Angie's challenge and I found that, once I placed the sections on it, you really cannot see that layer, so I did distress and ink the section sides trying to let the background peek through a little. this Sentiment is the reason I own this verve set ( Words of wisdom) I had to get it after a few HYCCT's ago because, ( we can credit Sabrina with that one) hahaha. seriously though, pumpkins can turn into coaches on Halloween right? 

For Lori Craigs final challenge it is to use roses on the project (somehow anyway you want) So, I am not so sure it shows up very well but, I have an wild orchard 3-d rose in the lower left corner of the printed paper roses in the center square on this.
that sentiment is from Impression Obsession.
(and this card is the second one that needed to be boxed)

For Lydia's final challenge (seen here) the idea was to hand draw a finish line for your image to cross. And I used a wordy sentiment. that I like and have had forever. This particular quote my grandpa has framed in his home office so, its something I have seen for nearly all my life and it was one of the first Penny Black stamps I ever bought. I thought it would go well with a map so, the printed paper was torn and distressed to add to the aged look. 


Hope you can cling to {day 30}

 The tied up closed view for the team challenge card. this uses the Double gate fold tutorial found here on Splitcoast.

The open standing view. I decided these are supposed to be actual challenges right? so, since I have tried most of the messy inky ones I did pick this fancy fold on purpose. ( I am thinking as much as I love this paper, I think I would pick something totally different if I were doing it again.) the contrast in scales of the roses is jarring like this to me. I think maybe a paper with a floral on one side and or a gingham on the other may be better. but, I am not so sure the stripes would line up so maybe to random swirly papers. anyways, this challenge hides here if you want to go check it out and play along.

For Yvette's challenge to be tough as nails found here.  the hammer and tape measure are up on different sized pop dots. the spackle ribbon I have had for at least 12 years ( so, no clue who makes it anymore) found it in my box of ribbons that would have had drywall tapes haha. anyways. thought maybe someone may need a card for their tool guy. All the tools are from the darkroom door tool shed set and the sentiment is A Muse.

For Ceal's ( she is a survivor!!) Her challenge is an you got this theme. so, I kept the gal un colored so she could be any woman and just colored her dress. the gal and be strong are from choose hope by my favorite things and the you got this is from their encouraging words set. the SU medallion was heat embossed with copper on pink vellum and that was the reason I added the square frame to give me a place to hide glue on the left side.


Hope you can cling to {day 29}

Mary's hope you can cling to challenge today ask's us for pink thank you cards. so, this first one is "mostly" pink if you squint, and the card below is an extra going into my box that was my first thought for the mosaic challenge earlier in the month. the diecut roses are only held on that card front with the brads.
the "tiles" were sponged through an negative diecut ( sizzix trellis) randomly on the white with some pigment ink on this and I did use my Misti to stamp that sentiment repeatedly to get the boldness.


Hope you can cling to {day 28}

Today Rebecca's challenge asks us for a rainbow... and this was the first thing I thought of was I had this kid quote and had these fishtail dies on the table... so, its just a quick and simple one. I am sure I have seen people layer these like this before most likely with printed papers but, I cannot think of whom I seen do this design before. such is life.

WOYWW {an Oct timelapse series} #334

Welcome to the mess, :) can you believe its almost November already? where does the time go anyways? If you'd like to play along with us shoot a photo of your play space and head over to our hostess Julia's blog to link up to this hop. 

So, I am still alive but, totally focused on getting the Hope you can cling to posts done each day. ( this is the only month of the year that I post daily to my blog so, its a challenge for me) I would much rather take one post and dump all the cards into it. ( well, if you peek in here from time to time you all ready know that) so anyways, I have been taking photos of the desk when I play on the weekends thinking to post them on wednesdays but, the time just gets away from me. so, this is probably 2 weeknds ago now.

and so was this ( 2 weeks ago) those are gift sacks from a package of them from Micheals with some scrap Christmas papers and already stamped and diecut words or images. ( headed to the booth next month) 

These are slightly smaller gift sacks ( same thought process) 

now these shots I took last week with the intentions of posting them on Wednesday... so, the desk looked like this for nearly the whole week too. that ornament die is from Hero Arts with the stamped words in the lower right they are a "set" I was messing around with putting some avery elle or lawn fawn stitched tags into the centers to make them more solid. and then I added the same dies to the back sides so if you hung them they would have the design on both the front and back. 

and so, 

off to the right are a couple of new pads of papers I picked up on the 19th and some strings and ribbons that were going into all those ornament tags I have been doing and the scrap pile.

a closer look at the ornament tags. 

now this is my desk in the spare room where I color. just a quick one before I ran out the door this morning of what is probably coming next ( more Christmas things to be colored piled in a heap on the right) and the post card book is something that followed me home last week also. ( its like those big coloring books but, in a size that is for post cards so my thought process is, if I color something I like maybe it will get mounted to a card front.


Hope you can cling to {day 27}

A closer look at the bird. it is paper pieced onto that background so, its body is a tiny bit 3-d.  I had stamped the bird body on an outer edge of this background which is why the colors are so close together. ( its a camo bird haha) which makes sense when you read the zinger sentiment below.

 When this challenge was issued. ( the kids one) I knew I had this sentiment stamped and diecut on my table. ( but, I did not remember that it was something that came to me via Wish Rak a million years ago. and I have no clue who gifted it to me or what company makes it.) ( I wish I knew I would totally buy this stamp...) its tied onto the tulle with scrappers floss.

 Now this was done for the super hero challenge. and I knew as soon as I read the words that I do not own typical hero type images. so, the baby bunting die was used as a "cape" for Rosie... you get that right? :)

 Edna's challenge is to have strength in numbers ( Masking either a group of animals or people) with an we are all there for you theme. I thought the ducks sentiment would make it fun since these are obviously not ducks...

And Shannon's challenge is to make a salted background. this is the first time I have done this so, it was funny to me that I kept flicking salt trying to see if it had worked or not yet. :) Patience is still not a virtue I possess. :)


Sunday's cards

 This was done for this weeks featured stamper JamieRuth whose fun card can be seen here. ( I think I may have over exposed this shot in post processing because, it looks so faded on the bird & hat to my eye this morning. ( caffeine is still loading here) so, anyways that bird is pale green in real life and the hat was purple-ish but, the blending changed the colors of the pencil and it almost went pinkish.
That sentiment is from lil inkers snarky sentiments set.

 Now, I am starting that last miniute panic of making "enough" for the booth. so the dog is from Penny Black and the sentiment is from Unity Stamps ( I think )

Thinking the holly may just be Penny Black also ( not sure anymore) the sentiment?? ( its been stamped a while) 

 These Pumpkins are from Stampa Rosa. and the Thanks is an hero arts die cut. I cleaned out my previously colored images stash looking for things that were not "too bad" to turn into quick cards.

 This one was colored with pencils ( years ago) the sentiment is dylusions.

 This one the tree is Judith and the sentiment is Kaiser craft. ( was thinking Charlie Brown feeling here) The buttons do not have string in them I drew a line with a identi pen across the holes.

I am thinking that I bought this garland from lili of the valley a million years ago because, one of the gals did a video coloring it on kraft paper. and I loved it, and when I tried it I was not really all that impressed with mine so it got tossed in the tin. so, this is another fished it out to use it up thing. the sentiment is from Hero Arts. the lace is vintage. 

another one of those from way back when I first got copic markers. the bird is a little no contrast I guess. the rest of it looks much better. that lace is vintage and the sentiment is SU.

Hope you can cling to {day 26}

Today Kelli's challenge asks for an Fairy image. So, I chose this gal from The Emerald Farie Gardens ally & beeble stamp and paired it with this Stampa Rosa sentiment that is up on pop dots. The fairy was colored with copic markers and the Mama Elephant tag was colored with watercolor markers (repeatedly) so, it peeled and frayed and gave it that faux suede look to the paper when it was done. 


Hope you can cling to {day's 24 & 25}

 Yesterday I forgot to link this one up but it was for Holly's challenge to do some masking and make a thank-you card ( like from a bunch) so, my bunches are 3 different pumpkin stamps and there really was an odd number of them but, when I added the diecut sentiment it covered up the bitties pumpkin.
that lace is actually not vintage are you as surprised as I am? :)
 Today Lisa's challenge ( seen here) is to use only the center of the design. so these stamps are from Unity Stamps and the center is up on pop dots. I did use my Misti to ink the phone and sentiment several times.

The dies are from Simon Says Stamp and this one is A-2 in real life.


A catch up post

 Last Sunday Lisa (shoegirl) was chosen as this weeks featured stamper and I picked this card of her's because, I simply loved every single detail. so, changes were to switch the circle doily forward a few layers and switch it for a heart. and all the pearls were changed to tiny brads.

This is A-7 in real life, the fancy pants corugate has some old acrylic paint rubbed on it with my finger and all the torn edges were distressed and then inked with some
tea dye and frayed burlap inks.

 for laughs. because, these papers were in the scrap pile. I had diecut the sentiment a while ago but, it really faded into the print so, I scribbled some ink & water around the outside edges of it so it could pop.
 one of those "had to have it" printed papers that followed me home once with no real plan of what to do with it... then this paper smooches set came in the mail sometime after and I thought. maybe.

 Now this was done friday as a second trial at Robin's hope you can cling to challenge which was candy stripes... because, I had made this tag card ( below ) as a second for Barbara's challenge. ( because, I got happy mail on thursday night from Unity Stamps so, when I was putting away the leaf dies I came across the heart die and thought, you have never played with that...
( the hearts are taped together on the back side and up on pop dots) as is the stitched frame.

 The thanks die is a new one to me from Hero Arts, the dot folder ( I don't remember this was pressed a while ago, I am trying to use up some of that made a while ago stuff from the drawer) and that red cardstock is some Mars shimmer from stardream. So completing this card puts me at 49 cards done and in my box to go to Texas next week. ( not sure yet what I may do to make it an even 50) ( I mean design wise, I know it will be a card lol)

when this card below was under construction this snap shot appeared on instagram because, this is what I see when I color bling, but it is not what I shoot on finished cards..

 for laugh's probably headed to work. the stamps are all from Unity Stamps.

 Another one that just had to be colored ASAP ( haha ) the center part of the image is up on pop dots and the skinny stitched frame is flat to the base. the gal and her horse are from the felt with the heart set by Phyllis Harris and the sentiment is from another of her set's called someone to be there.
this one is A-6 in real life.

When I had finished coloring these gals and I was debating about if I would post anything because, I had altered the liberty stamp and I really see a lot of drama on facebook regarding the flag and how it is disrespected and well you can imagine. so, I had sent this shot to my son asking what he thought and he thought Veterans would love these chicks... So this is a bling view.

 Now this, this one was hard to decide to post. because, when I got her in the mail ( a while ago ) I stamped her.. and it took me a while to try to color her because, in real life her shoe, behind and hand are all on the flag. and this morning I was poking around in a charm store for the Inspiration challenge and I came across these flag charms. and I knew I had her waiting on the table where I color waiting to be colored... so, I started coloring her. and when she was done the sitting on the flag really bugged me. so I cut it off. and I liked it much better now, I think she has the perspective of being posed like a 50's pin up gal in front of the flag instead. ( its almost Veteran's day you know...) So, anyways at this angle maybe you can see the bling of her costume.
 yep, I decided I would never use her sitting on the flag so I just cut the rubber off the bottom around her so that it will look like this every time I use it. ( hopefully that doesn't call down the wrath of designers on me..)because, seriously with the thousands of stamps I own ( really ) I usually just mask off things I want to alter when I stamp them. this gal's name is Liberty Gal. The thanks are from Hero Arts and the sentiment is from SU.

 and while I was at it, she was stamped and sitting on the table with the other one so did a two-fer for the inspiration challenge this evening. This one is called America gal Also from Unity stamps. and the sentiment is from SU.

 now this, this sentiment has been stamped for years and years... could I actually give this to someone? ( I doubt it ) but, honestly the snarky stuff sells really well for me at the booth. so, this one which uses up scraps from the card I made for my mil a week ago and the heart which was made a long time ago. this was fun to put together because, it did use up stuff.

 That ribbon is from some old generic Christmas line a few years back I think ( its kinda crunchy in real life) and the heart was die cut from the paper that was lining my spray box. ( not kidding its printer paper) that was catching drips in my cardboard box until it was almost thick enough to stand up on its own... then I cut the whole sheet and lined the edges with some gold krylon pen. ( these are backed with kraft cardstock so they don't tear when I use them.

 This was done because, I got this stamp in the mail on thursday night and had to play with it. and I figured if I put it on a tag it could work as a second for Barbara's Hope you can cling to challenge. the leaves are all from Impression Obsession and lawn fawn. this one is A-6 in real life. the shipping tag was colored with color bursts a long time ago.

 another one headed to the booth. the holly was colored and stamped twice so, its cut out and paperpieced into the one on the front of the card. the texture is kinda random and thought it mimicked the random dots on the postage part of the image.

that printed paper is an really old one from Rubber Soul the ribbon, I never remember who makes that one ( its one of those cut by the yard ones in a store 80 miles away so when I get home I never remember anymore even thought I look at the spool every time they cut it for me) lol this one is A-6 in real life.