WOYWW # 395 {Diecuttingfrenzycontinues}

Happy Desk Peeking Day Ladies :) 
(if you'd care to play along with us the link up for this hop starts here at our hostess Julia's blog.)


 So that cutting "Christmas" dies that I have not played with yet or much trend is continuing this week too. ( in smaller doses than the snowflakes ha ha) (some first round of snowflake projects can be seen in this blog post here)

 Off to the left, piles of dies I am wanting to cut or used over the weekend and not put away yet.
I did finally try that lawn fawn gift bag die too ( I have had this for years) it finally occurred to me after seeing it in the drawer you needed to cut it twice to have both sides of the bag. yes, I am more used to sizzix dies that seem to be a little more I get them at first glance type things)

This set of words from Ellen Hutson I did not cut apart thinking I was going to make shaker windows with them but, I ended up after this was shot taping all those bits and pieces together like this on the back sides and keeping them flat. I did however actually turn one of the taylored expressions diecuts into a shaker card.

I probably got too many seed beads into it but, it makes a fun noise when it shakes. :) I think this could be come addictive these shakers so, I probably should look for a source for the clear acetate. this piece came from one of the previous Hero Arts monthly kits.
I am signed up for 4 Christmas cards a month in the Splitcoaststampers Christmas cards challenge
( its more like a cheer squad of you can do this more than the whip is snapping over your head challenges) no one cares if you do your cards "on time" so, for me its mostly a reminder poke to make a few when the mood strikes because, there are times in the end of the spring when there is no feeling to make them.


3 Day Weekend

 Saturday the inspiration challenge headed to a fashion board on pinterest where I fell deep into lust with these shoes.
And so, part of the challenge was to do package wrapping or tags or last minute Christmas ideas, so I grabbed this Avery Elle pocket tag die and cut up my last big piece of some hoarded Basic Grey june bug plaid. I switched out the velvet bows for a diecut back panel to "POP" the words ( Avery Elle ornamental die) on and then just added bows to the top. the back side of that plaid is bright yellow in reality so, I also cut the top part of the tag a second time with some brushed gold to wall paper over that.

 Now this was going to be a red and white card... because, I have not played with these dies before and I was surprised when they cut a "window" so, I alternated 3 different ones from the set up the red panel and when I had this whole thing assembled ( Concord & 9th sentiment from O Christmas Tree set) (lawn fawn tag die) ODBD stitched rectangle die (frame), I found this bright green premade base from one of the Hero Arts monthly kits and remembered that Misti has a VSN challenge using the "grinch" color combo...

 So, it really got an "ugly sweater contender" vibe after that and I laughed and laughed because, last year hubs hunting buddy told me my Christmas thank you cards were very "girly" so, this one is headed to him. ( inside sentiment is from IO)

 this was done because, I had these scraps from the card above ( the pop outs from the tim holtz dies ( holiday knits) and I dug out this really old A Muse Studio lg. mitten die and cut one with this white textured paper and then remembered I had cut a few (very few actually) snowflakes last week in red and found one from the Penny Black trio pile and this sentiment is from hero Arts. The brad is from Recollections and the base is some shimmery red. and its also A-2 in real life.

 And then sunday came along and This weeks featured stamper is Diane and she has this gorgeous lacy card and I loved it.... but, I had this dies out on the table. and since I tend to play with what ever is in front of me my brain retained red & white, lace and textured from her card... ( so, its a stretch of "inspired by" rather than a real CASE... ) It is A-2 in real life, the mitten was cut from some textured Fancy pants corrugate and the snowflake is from the MFT pierced snow flake set, the sentiment is from Whipper Snapper and the lace is vintage.

 Which lead to monday and Kia has a challenge out for "thank-you cards" and I need a few so, I made this one to begin with, the plaid is unknown (from the scrap bin) the snowflakes I think both are from Sizzix, the sentiment is from Concord & 9th O Christmas tree, the gems are from Darice, the red crochet lace is vintage and the tag was tied on with some scrappers floss. so, this one was kinda a CASE of the evolution of things I had made already. the inside has the same IO thank you sentiment.
but, I had like zero clean space on this so,

 When I was cutting out those snowflakes I happened across this really old Sizzix envelope die and I thought ( well, it was really something like who knew I had this?) and so, I cut one... and folded it and thought oh, its too small for a gift card, which the way my brain works that is probably exactly what I thought when I bought it who knows how many years ago right? so this envelope has been sitting on the table for almost a week now... and I thought OK you could make it cute, tuck in the sentiment (Club Scrap dahlia greetings) like mail, add some snow (lawn fawn stitched snow) and lace (vintage) (because) and make it a thank you and do one of those cool embossed with your diecuts frames and it will be "almost" CAS...

And then I used the crease pad with the Waffle flower lacy layers largest die (in my big shot)... and it cut out my card front. This happens to me every.single.time I try this tech. since I took my cuttlebug to work and by this point I decided the envelope was not going to fly as "simple" either so, I just made a second base and said good enough. I'm sure the stamping challenge police have the day off just like the rest of us right? :) Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a great weekend too!


WOYWW # 394 Winter

On the first day of winter my big shot gave to me a blizzard bwahahaha... Nope, we still only have snow that is in piles from when plows pushed it there a week ago... the rest melted a week ago.
Anyways the link up for playing in this desk peeking hop starts here at Miss Julia's blog.

 Now this ( on the paper trimmer) is a drum roll moment, I have had this IO die for years. every year I get it out and "try" to cut one... I have finally found the key.
This thin shimmery coated dcwv card. wax paper, a shim in the center ( and 30 passes through my big shot) and I got it out of the die... and I ended up with these 4 pieces... and its been so many years since I see someone somewhere use this die that made me want it...that I am not really sure what to do with it now, ( so it has been set aside) and in all honesty this die may be joining the I don't want to play with this again pile. I feel triumphant that I got it to work ( finally) but, its not worth the effort. my style tends to lean a little more to the chunky snow flakes.

I didn't really know how many dies I have, I don't count, ( I didn't this time either) but, I did pull them out and pile them up and just play. So, I have a nice little stash of snow going on for winter cards now. These are Tuesday night shots so, this morning the table is clear. I still have one more thing to wrap and I am good to go with packages being hand delivered this week. I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and thank you for the time you take to leave comments on my blog I totally enjoy reading them.


Personal Tags

 A few years ago I came up with some "personalized" monogram gift tags for my family for Christmas, and after the holiday I would steal the back and put them into the closet with the wrapping papers and such... and this year when I dug out the basket, they looked worn and ragged... so, that prompted some new ones to be made. This one the holly and berries are two different PSX stamps heat embossed in gold on mellow moss cs, and colored with some markers ( a long time ago, these bits came out of that tray of "Christmas/Winter" stuffs...) There are pop dots between some layers. The you made the nice list and ho ho ho are from Avery Elle naughty or nice set, the T letter is ( I don't remember, I have all my lumpy alphabets sorted by letter with no packaging) The big plaid brad is from MME and this tag is A-2 from the Mama Elephant die set called tags a lot.

 This one that top snowflake is from Sizzix, and the bottom one is from Do Crafts. the name was done with a label maker and the ornament is from ( either ODBD or Justrite) I have tons of them and I heat embossed them both a few weeks ago and colored some and set them aside.. The gem in the bottom snowflake is from Hero Arts.
The Shipping tag was stained with distress a long time ago, the red "frill" you see peeking out of the bag, that was on the "Christmas Fern" I hauled home and re-potted... He will never notice.

 This one that great big T was done from a foam stamp that I found at walmart a very long time ago, with acrylic paint, at the time I did these I only bought a few letters and I did stacks of them at that time because, the MM foam alphabets I owned way back when were already disintegrating. and I did not expect them to hold up. funny true story. the cheap walmart foam stamps are still working. The holly leaves were cut from Recollections Glitter paper, the red glitter is from the same ( Sizzix Tim holtz die) and there is a little bit of Sequins scattered around for shiny bling. I have to look for that sentiment stamp. ( forgot already)

 This one that T is from a sizzix die and the wood camera is a veneer and the hearts in the center are some odd brad, that I found in a jar of heart shapped brads so, no telling how long I have had it, I was surprised to find it in there.

 This ornament is from the Avery Elle Ornamental die set ( the word too) which they were both cut with shimmer papers.

 These are a sizzix die that cuts a 9" long stocking, I did cut them twice and the first time I cut it twice intending to just make one into a gift card holder... I did not reverse the textured paper so, I had to do it again ( two more times) to get the texture on the flip sides... I think these were intended for fabric seamstresses but, I had no trouble cutting the corrugate with the die. The prints are both from the scrap bin.

The merry Christmas is a SU stamp and the Ho ho ho is from Hero Arts. I did glue these together in the feet and most the bottom of the stocking so that gift cards slip in the top but, peek out the top by a corner too. ( so, they would not have to tear it apart to find the card)


More Christmas of Course

most of the cards in this post have been made since the middle of November and I put off posting them until they had gone out in the mail, or were hauled to work for different people who had purchase requests. (except the 2 from last weekends VSN) 
 This one the Ornament is from ODBD and it was watercolored and heat embossed in gold. the gold mat is a diecut from Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Scandinavian Background.

 A closer look at the details.

 This stamp is from Stamps Happen, the one finished out at A-7 in real life.

 This ornament was watercolored a while back, and is up on pop dots here.

 Now these, were not green originally, I have these Spectrum noir glitter pens, and the green is leaking and I had no clue when I picked it up but, I had used teeny dots in the leaves, and they did not want to dry, so after a couple of days when I was coloring the background I caught one of the drips with the water pen and the green when everywhere so, I deliberately made the backgrounds green diluting those drops.

 I mailed most of these earlier in the week and so, the ones I made for people on my list should have started being delivered by now...
 That is the Ellen Hutson Mondo Poinsettia on this one.

 The tree die on these is from Simon Says stamp.

 a dylusions sentiment, this is one of the ones I made "real quick" that night before that customer needed funny cards to pick through.

 This was originally a tag but, I decided it would work better on a card front so, I made a card base for it and this is one of the ones she bought ( even though its not really humorous)

 The sentiment on this one is from Kaiser Craft.

 The sentiment on this one is from Taylored expressions.

 ODBD ornament

 The background die is from SSS on the one on the left I split the pieces and popped up the bottom half, on the one on the right I taped them together on the backside and popped up both pieces ( to tie on the textiles) the sentiment is from Elizabells. Its nearly impossible to see but, there is clear stickles glitter glue under all the snowfall cut outs and on the treeline edge.

 Taylored Expressions Sentiment.

 And I have almost used up these DCWV bases that I wall papered so long ago.

 One of my friends collects angels so, thought of this for her.

 Friday night there was the winter VSN, and Michelle has a challenge ( going on now) to do something inspired by the some thing in the lyrics of the Christmas song from Nat King Cole, so the assumption here is using this sentiment as a guide, our spirits should be bright?

 That sentiment is from Unity Stamps and I masked off the holly sprig that sits on the corner of it.

Denise has a challenge to make a "snarky" card inspired by the movie bad moms and neighbors, I have not seen these movies but, I'd guess this fits just fine into "snarky land"

 another one that was done really fast for the "funny" pile for that gal.

 Some that picked up some of the scraps from the recently trio of tree's cards with the icy blues and minty greens.
 The lamb is a Whipper Snapper image ( that comes in a set )
The sentiment is an Avery Elle ornamental die.
This one is A-7 in real life.

This one that tree is from the Concord & 9th O Christmas tree set, and the sentiment is from the Avery Elle Ornamental die set.


Cup of Love

There is the winter edition of the coffee lovers blog hop going on now and I almost missed posting this one. It's something I put together for my mail lady and I have been avoiding posting it because, she has been off work. I found out today she will not be back until after Christmas and since it is going to have a coffee gift card to a local coffee chain in it, It will keep. I just will not be putting it on facebook as we are friends there.


 This image is from Unity Stamps Mittens cocoa & Hearts , Someone posted it a while back in one of the previous hops and so, I picked one up during their big sale they had in November. It was water colored with some markers and an Aqua pen. This does have some white gel pen on the top as highlights.

 This sentiment is from the Concord & 9th O Christmas tree set stamped with Versafine on some kraft and die cut with an MFT stitched rectangle die. both of the "frames" are scraps from previously recently made Christmas cards and that ribbon is from May Arts.

On the inside this sentiment is also from the same O Christmas tree set and was cut with an Justrite spellbinders die. this one finished out at A-6 in real life. Thanks for stopping by!