WOYWW # 378

Happy Wednesday Ladies, if you have not stopped by on hump day before it's a global peek at behind the scenes of creative spaces all over. you can find the link up here at our hostess Julia's blog to play along. 
 I had cleaned a little since last week and made a couple of cards so, when I went upstairs tuesday evening this is what I had seen. ( there are some possibilities I am still thinking about in piles around the cut mat) The vintage bingo chips are out because, I was considering one for something else I did recently and when I had the jar out I seen I have both a 50 and a 21. my guys have milestone birthdays next spring. so, I know I want to do something cool for them but, not sure yet what. having the numbers out is like a little mind poke. The cups, jars and witch shoes are all two paper diva's images I am playing with and will have a Halloween post tomorrow.

 Off to the left are new stamps, new dies ( the folding wallet looking one is from lil' inkers designs it encloses a gift card) I still have not opened the grater for the art bars or the skinny top for the glue bottles.

 Off to the right there are still piles of scraps and 4 other new stamp sets I had received in the mail on monday. all of those Two Paper diva's ones are current sets that will ( work with other things I already have to play with)

And since I was standing there and did do a little more cleaning I also finished this card I had started pushing around on Sunday the blue scrap was run through an tim holtz brick folder, the dog was stamped on kraft before it was watercolored it's also up on foam pop dots, and that sentiment is from Club Scrap. ( its a bitty A-2 sized card in real life) I need a big thank you card and have been puttering around with what to do what to do? :) so, finally as I decided this card would work the rest has fallen into place in my head and now I have a direction to at least follow.


What happens in the woods... ( gets blogged about)


So, I did get the crazy dog set ( the big ones) in the mail recently and I stamped off a few before we went camping and packed some watercolors with the images and colored them in the mornings while hubs was out in his tree stand. This one was done with some new to me Mijello Mission Gold Class 36 piece set that I picked up a while ago and just opened the box as I was working on the ( still under construction color swatch book) and what I like about these is with all the extra colors I am not spending as much time mixing colors ( which is kind of nice when there is only about 1 hour of really good daylight in the camper haha) I did cut him out with scissors and line the edges with a sharpie fine point pen. That sentiment is from Dylusions and also a newer to me set called Never forget. This printed paper was a scrap on the table as was the green moss. the blue base is also from PTI and this one finished out at A-6 in real life.
 Its hard to see the scale of this from this shot so, the one below was taken to give you a glimmer. that tree is HUGE.
 Same tree's with Grace in the shot. ( she is an full sized adult English Lab)

Just a cool stump. I have a few more shots in my cell phone that I have not looked at yet so, I may edit this post later with a few more camping mugshots.


Caught a bug

Good Morning, So you may have noticed I am totally into ready for it to be fall mode now and that is how this got its colors. The jar is the larger in the pair of Mason Jar's seen here from Two Paper diva's the bottle was heat embossed with white on kraft and the led was done on a scrap of pale grey with some ranger liquid platinum powder The lid is up in pop dots over the jar layer. The bugs were also heat embossed with some copper powder. the bugs I had stamped on the kraft panel and outlined with a white gel pen but, they just did not POP enough for me so, I heat embossed a couple more with the copper on a scrap of an peach color that was "close enough if you squint at that background" and cut those out with scissors and layered over the first stamped bugs. The bugs and sentiment are from the mason jar accessories 1 set. The sentiment was die cut with an Mama Elephant slim tags trio die and the brad was found at Joann's fabric's ( a long time ago). That whole panel is up on pop dots over the green/kraft plaid layer. The lace is vintage and has a slight ruffle to it which just made me think of vintage kitchen curtains. The stripe print paper is from Photoplay and the plaid is from Authentique. The base is PTI vintage cream and this one is 5 1/2" square in real life.
Continuing with the fall theme I am going to be flashing Halloween projects next week.
and if you like these, I did notice that some of the fall themed stamps are currently on sale at the time I am typing this post. Thanks for stopping by :)


WOYWW # 377

Happy Wednesday Deskers, if you'd like to find out what is going on you can find the link up for this blog hop here at our hostess Julia's blog. And play along with us.


Things are happening here, or rather I have more things going on at the moment then I have time to finish them all lol.  Take your pick, off to the left is a stack of TPD twig wreaths that were heat embossed in various colors and some have dried stickles or Nuvo drops on them. (there are some of the same kinds of things on gift sacks in that spinner because, I still have not filled the last space with tools) towards the back of the table are the haha various things that are not put away. Over to the right were some extra sentiments that I had used recently and stamped off a couple of them on scraps to play with later. 
Oh the deer tree die cut is a new thing. ( still thinking about it) I did try that clarity brush yesterday on something I can show you in a week or two after the stamps go live and I think I tried it with too pale of a color. ( I could not see a dang thing over the white printer paper with a digi on it, yep you read that right) I DID print something at work yesterday ( and that was a whole 'nother adventure) ( I put windows 10 into my work computer last month and so far its not that big of a deal. until I went to print a photo lol... I am probably going to have to buy the book so I can work around that app. 
The garden has been enjoying all the heat we have had here the last few weeks and hubs is looking forward to hunting season so, that's about it for this morning. thanks for stopping by.


Return to primitive living...

Haha that is what the dictionary page starts out with for a definition of "camping" I laughed and laughed. ( just seen it) No, I didn't read the definition I was too busy trying to make sure I had the (rubber sentiment) straight... ( I think that is the number one reason the whole clear movement has grown so much on me the big sentiments are harder to get straight when it matters) 


 Did you see the link to the store for the Inspiration Challenge last weekend that Lydia picked? ( it's here.) I loved everything. and I fully intended to make something like this. So knowing that and then finding this new Camping sentiment ( riley & co) on the table made me think I have this tent from (two paper diva's) and I started to laugh. The very first time hubs and I went camping a long time ago we did it in a little Army pup tent that our feet stuck out the end flap of it. (and it snowed) lol,
Now a days we go in a camper with running water but, still the list of things we "have to take" is enormous and makes me laugh and cringe after spending a great deal of time washing every textile in the camper and cleaning the list making is still on going. ( for leaving home two nights) The stamps were done with Versafine in the Misti so I could be certain I was going to be bolder than the vintage dictionary page. the black coredinations mat was a duo color one that the other side was blue so, that is peeking out of the distressing. The tent has some prisma pencils scribbled over the top. and this one finishes out at A-2 in real life.

Now this ( that mug) is a new one that just came out from Reverse Confetti ( the set name is Just brew it) so, since Hubs makes the coffee 99% of the time before I am out of the shower in the morning I tend to find mine on the vanity when I step out. So, you can see why I had to have this one too. Its stamped with versafine and up on pop dots over a piece of that yummy plaid from last week. ( the scrap is still on the table) and that Hero Arts sentiment off to the side is what is stamped on the inside and I am taking this one with us camping too. The base is some moss from PTI and this one finishes out at 5" square.


Make a Wish 2

So, the other day I "had to" go to Micheal's ( and it's Hubs fault because, he "had to" go straighten out his tags for bird hunting this fall at a sports store) so... I found these teeny tiny kraft sacks there from celebrate it, and I looked at those and thought they look big enough to hold gift cards. ( and so they do) the finished size of the bags are 2 1/2 x 4". So, I heat embossed this new smaller version of Make a Wish from Two Paper Diva's new August release with some SU white powder onto them and then added on some May Arts ribbons, vintage trims and one has a wood veneer smiley button on it. And after I was finished making them lumpy it occurred to me that if I do some more I will make them mostly flat so that they can go inside of cards as "wrapping" for the gift cards. I know these are just so simple but, sometimes simple just totally makes me happy. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


WOYWW # 376 (both desk's)

Good Morning and happy Wednesday Deskers, if you have not stopped by on a wed before you can find the link up here at our hostess Julia's blog where you can play along with us.

On the back of this table upright is a handmade card and 4 military themed stamps that were a RAK that arrived on monday from Boston. THANKS PIA!!! She had stamped me some of the Marine sentiment a few years ago and some others and I had spent a lot of time looking to buy this stamp but, never did find one and out of the blue she sent hers to me (along with Hero and Soldier and a Riley GI Joe moose) flat in front of that is some happy mail that also arrived because, I had some things on a wish list that went "back in stock" Yes, I am mentally rolling my eyes, & no, I have not inked everything I have acquired this year yet.


 I know its hard to tell but, I really did clean up here last week ( twice before it was clean enough for me to play again) and then on Sunday afternoon hubs had to go to the sports store to get his game bird tags) Oregon does not issue them following the federal dates so, people who do upland game bird hunting here always have to go back mid year for their duck stamps and such. anyways, because it was his fault... I went into Micheal's ( these are 3 doors from each other in the same shopping center) and I found this metal bin spinner thing ( seen below) so, that is the "new" thing on my desk. I had a bucket with deco scissors in it and a vintage flower pot with the spare pencils in it. ( the bulk of my pencils are downstairs where I sit to color) and I combined all those things into this and still have two more spaces of things that could go into this. Still thinking about that.
Hey, I even weeded out the deco scissors and am only "keeping" the ones I actually use. So, that is something too. ( I find it hard to let go of tools)

I also spent some time heat embossing trying to figure out which colors I have looked like what I wanted them to for some fall ish projects. ( I think I do not own the color I really want not even sure if its made but, I know these will work)

So, last night after the heat embossing session I went down stairs and started a new swatch book. and this one is going to be all watercolors. ( paints, pencils, markers all of it anything I have water based) I currently have all these loose sheets with different charts I have made over the years and I end up hunting and digging for what I want. So, I made a second trip to Micheal's yesterday on the way home just to see if they actually carried any spiral bound watercolor paper books before I ordered any off of amazon and they actually had several varieties and some brands are 40 and 50% off so, that was cool too :) ( They have a bigger variety of WC papers both taped and spiral pads than they ever have had before in mine, I was not real hopeful when I walked through the doors but, I was in a big enough hurry to actually "start" this project while the glow of excitement was still on my brain,  I don't know if I can tell you how much this particular sight actually makes me happy. So, thanks for stopping by and Have a good day.


Waiting for Fall

It's been really hot here and the other day we went to the grocery store and they had ceramic jack-o-lanterns out front. They were really cute but, my mind said its only August.. and then I found this plaid paper when I was cleaning and laughed and laughed. ( this body has had enough of the heat) so, it doesn't matter that It's hot outside I turned the air on and cleaned ( twice last week) to find the table and dug out some more new-ish things. 

 The sentiment on this is from Club scrap and the lie I told my self was hey, you don't have to write down its name your going to remember... ( ha, will edit later) the bloom is from a Hero Arts kit a few months ago heat embossed in gold on a scrap of blue. ( this flower was found in the mess while I was cleaning) so, all I did to it was add some shading with a pool party marker real quick. This card finishes out at 5" square.

This one the dahlia's are also from club scrap as is the sentiment ( its from an older Oopsie Daisy set) and this one is A-6 in real life. both of these card bases were made from scraps while I was cleaning up.


more garden views

 So, I designed these gates and Hubs supervised them being built and then he hung them here on the main driveway. ( the service gate has a wood covered one that looks just like the cedar fence. (that wooden part is 7' tall to give you some perspective) so, each side of one half of this gate weigh's over 200#'s.

 When you are standing in the drive way in front of the garage doors if you look south this is what you see a pergola with grapes in the planter boxes for a shade spot. ( this was the first shade spot we made) and the grapes are 2 & 3 years old. they were all started from bare root ones.
Nope, we are not eating them or making wine out of them the birds eat them.

If you sit on the benches and look up..

 If you had cut across the front grass on the east side of the yard and looked west this is what you would see of the garden ( last Saturday)
 Behind the garage we had one of the garden carts with garlic drying on it.  it has since been put away and the new bits have been planted for next year.

 Inside the greenhouse you would have seen tomatoes, lettuce, peppers... ( and frogs)
 He doesn't realize he is green. lol

 if you find some shade you will find Grace.

 And if Grace see's the camera she will give you a close up of her smile.

If you were standing in front of the house between the two gates. ( behind me is the wooden one) 
I keep forgetting to shoot the north side of the yard. That tree died in the front about 10 years ago and the stump still has not rotted. ( I am considering having it whacked to ground level)

The East side of the yard. The deck went in this summer across the front of the house in anticipation of the livingroom & kitchen remodel. ( someday the front door will move from the south corner of the living room to the east side to open up onto this deck.) (maybe next year) after the kitchen is gutted and totally remodeled the roof can be re-done. ( it needs it now but, everything in the kitchen that vents will be moved so, who wants to buy two roofs?)
This is also mosquito city of our yard the one corner that is mostly shade no matter what time it is.

ah hubs took one of the patio ( which is on the north side of the house)  That structure on the stilts is a play house that we moved from our old house in the city. ( it was built, sided and painted to match that house) So, I hope you enjoyed this.

WOYWW #375 {piles}

Happy Wednesday Deskers, the mess continues and some random thoughts about the garden tour. links to the garden photo posts will follow.
If you'd like to play along with us, shoot a shot of what you are up to 

 So, as you walk around the table this is what you see... the aftermath of DTGD..

 and the box is still out because, I want to make some little gift sized cards to fit into it. maybe with a travel or mail theme. ( have not decided yet, still thinking about it as I clean)

 Yep, that IS coffee ( with cocoa in it) after work on tuesday evening.
all the lids are off the H2O's that were used for the anniversary water colored card because, I read somewhere you have to do that so they dry out and don't grow mold. so, after this was shot they did get capped and put away again.

off to the right, more piles and beyond the cutter the larger scraps. The cleaning started after these were shot and it is still under way. (the funny part is, I really did clean a little as I went)  but, there are also brand new stamps in some of these piles because, they were things I intended to play with and buried them. so, I was having Oh, Yeah moments as I started cleaning last night. I have a garden post set to go live in a little while after I get to work because, I sent some of the other last week garden shots to my work computer. but, I also edited last weeks WOYWW with some garden shots then too if you stopped by when only the desk was showing.

The tour went OK

I think we are mostly favorable about the idea of allowing our house to be on the tour again in the future. Most of the people were very friendly and just excited to be here. there were a few people who you know have that holier than thou vibe going on who will point blank tell you what you are doing wrong and what you "should" be doing and a few people who have never played in the dirt before in their lives ( how does anyone escape that? my mind says didn't their mama's push them out the door with a snarled Go OUTSIDE and Play, and stay there till your father gets home thing??) anyways, I actually found it easier to be amused by the you are doing it all wrong people than I ever have in my life. maybe, its an aging thing? There were also enough people who pulled me aside and told me we had the nicest garden they had seen ( and they went to them all) so, those people totally made my day :) and that is what I remember best.

( We almost did not agree to participate in this tour because, it was a fund raiser for a "sustainable community" project and all the other gardens are "Organic", and seriously we do spray for bugs in the lawn and so, it could be the people who were snarky were expecting to see another weed bed which is what some of the gardens are as some people let their weeds "shade" their lettuce and they have to "hunt" for their veggies in the jungle.)


Dare to get Dirty {day 10}

And I'm done... all 42 challenges have been done and are loaded and crossed linked and chatted about... ( most of the chatting is in each challenges chat thread so, if there is something you really want to know that is the place to find the info)
and without further ado here are my last 5 projects.

 Now these stamps are part of the brand spankin new Two Paper Diva's August release from the Celebrate life set.
The heart is heat embossed on the red tag and the banner has plain red ink on it.

 This is a sizzix pro sized die called "boxes, Pizza" ( I have not measured the finished box) but this was done for Joyce's challenge seen here.

 An angled peek trying to catch the shimmers this one was painted with twinkling H2O's for Giovana's challenge seen here.

 That is a very old PSX stamp with an SU sentiment. This one finished out at A-7 in real life.

 This one was done for Jacqueline's challenge seen here. Stamps are from Unity Stamps.

 This was done for Tricia's challenge seen here. the wine is from Inkadinkado and the sentiment is from Hampton Arts. ( the plaid is a slim frame that as I look at this is cut a little crooked but, there is no time for a do-over at this point) this challenge ends tonight. so, the stamping is on the actual card front so its a little countersunk. ( not too deep, I did not pop up the frame) It's A-2 in real life.

Which brings me to the final challenge that was issued by Lydia, you can check it out here.
The window diecut on this IS up on pop dots and the birds are from Technique tuesday watercolored on some Fabriano Bianco and this one is also A-2 in real life the sentiment is an altered to go coffee cup lid from a west coast chain called Dutch Bro's. ( which is my favorite) and that wraps up what I am sharing for Dare to get Dirty, I hope you enjoyed these challenges.

Dare to get dirty {day 9} Yep, yesterday's

This one was done for Janine's challenge seen here

 This one was done for Edna's challenge seen here.

 This one was done for Ceal's challenge seen here.

This one was done for Sandee's challenge seen here. and yep, I still have 5 more to go and the deadline is 9:59 PM in my time zone tonight, so hopefully it will be a fast day at work. (cross your fingers)


Dare to get Dirty {day 8}

 This one was done for Jeanne's challenge seen here. the balloons are from SSS and the sentiment is from Ellen Hutson.

This is a closer look at the coloring on this one (below) done for Kitties challenge seen here.

 The verve coffee cup is up on pop dots in this scene and the rest of it was masked.

This was done for Cathy's second challenge seen here. its also for the Two Paper Diva's August new release. (that sentiment) I had to laugh because, I would assume that if your spiders are making things move and noise in the night that is you know flash backs to lord of the rings scenes spiders... The webs are a tim holtz stencil and the trails off of them are some liquid metals. the eyelash fiber I have had in my stash for ever. ( it reminds me of spiders) since I don't actually OWN any spider things that leaves it up to your imagination I guess. You can find all of the what is new here.

I think I still have 10 more challenges to complete so, it will be way late tonight and tomorrow to finish. ( the garden tour is TODAY) so, I will mostly be off line today. thanks for stopping by.


Dare to get Dirty {day 7}

This is a closer look at the watercoloring on this card seen below that was made for Jennifer's challenge seen here
 This card is A-7 in real life, the holly hocks is an real old one from Personal Stamp Exchange.
paired with a new modern hip die cut from ellen hutson.

 This one the sentiment is a newer one from Impression Obsession and it was done for Nancy's challenge seen here.

Edna has a second challenge seen here and I had just gotten this Verve set in the mail that I "had to have" after seeing it during the summer coffee lovers blog hop so, it was fun to find a challenge to work it into. the coffee in the cups is a scrap of wood grain printed paper. ( those are actually MFT cocoa cups but, what I love about that die is there is a pair of mugs and you can face them together) most dies are a single cup and if you flip the die you get that rough unfinished look on the other side.

 This was done for Kelly Jean's challenge seen here. the Camera body card shape is an actual Sizzix die that comes this way and when it is folded it fits into an A-2 sized envelope.