Dare to get Dirty {day 2}

Sunday was day two for this years DTGD event and this card below was something I did as a sample for Nancy's challenge seen here. I remember being very impressed with my self that I finally was able to make a de-bossed frame with a die (lawn fawn large cross stitch square) in the card front and not cut it apart with my bigshot. the steps were a little different than for my cuttlebug, what worked for me was using a tan rubber mat to do this. 

This is a closer look at the center. the Sentiment (from Impress) was heat embossed with some Ranger rich red on the Neenah and cut out with a Simon says stamp stitched oval die. the buttons are vintage and in the centers of those berries is a little bit of scrappers floss. 

 There is acrylic paint and Avery Elle lemon grass pigment ink on the cardboard. the Holly leaves I used a sizzix die to cut around the outside edges with scissors so that I did not flatten those groves and textures running it through the machine.

This is the first card I have made in over a month now, I did this one for Lee's challenge seen here.
Yep, I finally opened up these packages of happy mail that has arrived. the Die is a Tim Holtz sizzix mixed media die that comes with 3 others in the set. The kitty in the cup is from Your Next Stamp's this could be vodka set and the sentiment is also from YNS the Big Cups set.  The image was stamped on some Neenah solar white and water colored with a bit of extra water and some distress and spectrum aqua markers. I did force this to dry with a heat gun and the overworking the cardstock did leave it with a slight texture that to me makes it more interesting to look at like a faux watercolor paper or something kwim? this was cut with scissors and is up on pop dots. I did add some diamond glaze to the kitties eyes and some peacock marker to the open letters in the sentiment. I don't think those parts are as obvious in the photo. but, you can click on the photo to enlarge it and use your browsers back button to return.


Dare to Get Dirty {day 1}

 This was done for Julie's challenge that can be found here. yep, you guessed it, you need to be a fan club member to play along with the challenges so the details are a secret. but, I can tell you what I did. This angel is from Unity Stamps called Arianna girl. I stamped her on some Neenah solar white and colored her skin with Copic Markers and her clothing & hair with Polychromo's pencils. The wings were done with some clear wink of stella. I did try to catch some of the glimmers with the shots below.

 This sentiment is from the Stampin' Up! set called flurry of wishes and I did trace inside the open letters with a gelly roll stardust pen.

Another closer look the skinny frame was made with two different dies The waffle flower lacy layers die and the Simon Says stamp stitched rectangle die. I did use some re-positional spray adhesive from Krylon to hold the Memory Box tula stencil in place while I patted on some Oxide inks through the holes to this background.

 A closer look at the coloring of this Peddlers Pack Santa Background. This one was done for Sandee's challenge seen here. I did use Copic Markers for his skin and beard with some Polychromos & Prisma pencils for the eyes and shading. the glasses have some gold gel pen on them.

The fishtail banner dies were cut 3 times and overlapped a little for some fairly flat dimension on the side and that printed paper is some really old Basic Grey. right around the time I started making samples for Dare to get dirty, I ended up going through all my 12" printed papers looking for something else and was having this oh yeah oh yeah thing going on during that time I think I will be playing with more of that stash as I go along.


WOYWW # 424

Happy desk peeking day! :)
If you'd like to see more spaces or play along the link up starts here at Miss Julia's blog

 So the adventures in un-mounting sentiment stamps continues at odd moments. ( while the paint is drying)

 Some new things that I decided I had to have on Prime day arrived in the mail sometime so, I spread them out for your viewing pleasure. and will probably just move them out of my way and continue un-mounting the next time I have time haha.

 That is the very first digital camera I was given as a gift it has a whole 4 mega pixels but, I can hand hold it above the table and shoot shots of stamp index's for the evernote file with it. I kinda laughed when I pulled the camera card out of it to see what was on it, DS was using it last in 2010 and so its like a little time capsule. and the storage on that card is 2 lol... the wipes I am using on the scissors as I cut out the sticky cling foam and that Santa peeking out... that is a sneak peek for the upcoming Dare to get Dirty Challenges coming soon to Splitcoaststampers. its something I did for Sandee's challenge.
 Now this is the first 28 pockets of sentiments ( on the left side) after I laminated the first couple of sheets I decided to round the corners on the rest of them. So, its a slow going but, making progress. one of the things I did was take some of the other cling stamps that were in dvd cases that had laminate sheets and cut those down to fit in the pockets and that is saving some space too.

 So, the work has commenced in the "Library" which might be a really grand name for this nook and Grace has supervised every step of the way. the first wall that is 8' X 8' has floor to ceiling shelves in now. the space with no shelves will be where the window seat hits that side and the back rest.  ( the seat will lift up and be cedar lined storage for like blankets and pillows or something like that)

So, like so... I have been having some computer issues lately. and I also have had twice now when I click on a link in the line up to go to a blog it shows me a blog for a half a second and then switches to a frozen screen that tries to get me to pay money to unlock it... since I have not fallen for the scam I am guessing it is not real, none of the virus catchers that I run in my computers are finding a single thing but, after it happened the second time it made me stop and pause. esp. clicking on things in my work computer.

the kitchen has not changed at all since the last time I flashed you a peek. we are still waiting on the countertops before anything else can be done (this friday will be week 4 which would have been the soonest they could come, we have not heard from them yet)  and our fridge that is 22+ years old did not like being moved to the garage so, it has once a week for the last month or so been unplugged with dry ice in it for 24 hours to recharge and so, we are really getting annoyed with that. ( it's still pretty hot here) and I have tossed more milk and such that I just barely buy anything perishable hoping we can eat it before it dies again.
Supposedly my refrigerator is supposed to reach this town today. ( cross your fingers) 


WOYWW # 422 {un-mounting again }

Happy belated desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more or play along
 the link up is here at Miss Julia's blog .
 So, all those stamps that were just willy nilly pulled off the wood blocks sometime last year and set aside because, other projects took priority were moved from the corner to the table. ( and I started stamping them off and re-sorting them.) so, this plastic box contains the last of many boxes of them what were sorted leading up to these tuesday night shots.
I have been more organized about this since these were dealt with. such as you know deliberately looking for stamps to pull that fit categories that are under construction of pockets now. to fill sheets up. which of course makes me feel very impressed with my self on that account. because, I really don't enjoy doing this, but I do like the end result. and our temperatures are still at broiled alive outside so, even with the little window ac on upstairs it is still in the high 80's up there.

 This little pile has some that the original foam did not want to remove from the rubber, so I tried leaving them in the freezer and that did not do anything for me. and I was afraid to nuke them in a microwave so, I ended up scraping at that foam with an exacto knife. Which works but, was really a sticky mess.

 on top of the big shot is a container that has some sorted stamps with indexes stamped on cardstock for the plastic pockets. closer is some dies that were used on a card either and under that is some happy mail from The Cats Pajama's that came on monday and I have not played with them yet but, did remove them from the original packaging and put them into plastic pockets so far.

and this is why the un-mounting thing seems like an uphill battle. that altered bakers rack in the far back top right corner... every one of those trays is filled with wood mounted sentiments. but, I do have to say that so far the pockets that were laminated and moved to the book shelf next to it are saving so much space its really encouraging me to continue with the project.

Our son is home on leave and he had a couple of projects he wanted to do making flags for a gift from wood with brass from ammunition as the stars and so, this was a peek at the temporary "desk" he had going in the back. by the time Wednesday had rolled around the first flag was finished and the second one was almost done. but, blogger had other ideas about letting me post yesterday. I don't have any finished flag shots in google photos yet or I would have flashed you with that. they turned out pretty impressive. I will take one and edit this post. ( if it ever decides to post)
 a side view

 :) thanks for stopping by!