WOYWW # 430 {rinse & repeat}

Happy Desk Peeking day, the link up for this starts here at our hostess Julia's blog if you'd like to see more creative spaces and or play along.

 This is what I seen when I walked upstairs after work on tuesday, that unmounting & breaking sets of purchased cling sets continues. I have done another 30 some odd sheet of images sorted by what they are and its starting to feel like there is no end in sight. I have not made anything in a long time and the list of cards I now need has piled up.

 the what I have been doing is stamping the sentiments on some cheap Micheals white cardstock that I cut to 5" X 7 1/2" that I round the corners on and then laminate with some 3ML and tuck those into clear pockets ( like the clear stamps) and so far they are taking up far less space than all the dvd cases I have emptied also. the pile to the back is the index sheets that were tucked into the fronts of dvd cases. and they were organized in a time line of how I bought them so, I would have to look at 10 boxes to find something I knew I had. So, having all the happy birthdays gathered together will be such a time saver for me when I get it finished.
but, I am seriously tired of the not playing thing so,I picked up all those boxes and moved them out of the way so I could play a little.

 Killed some paper trying that tutorial Sabrina linked to on Monday. I think I finally have one that can be decorated now. ( maybe tonight after work) oh, and I have pretty much almost killed this corner rounder punchie on those card index's so, I have ordered a replacement from Amazon but, its not the same so, I am hopeful it will have the same radius to the curve. ( there is no measurement on this punch just its a "large" from ek success. so, I did not finish anything yesterday. but, I also heat embossed and die cut one of the mermaid tails out of the Ellen Hutson set and the die gets closer to the stamped image than some of the other brands I have bought but, I had stamped it on some cream shimmer type paper and the white-ish edge bugged me enough to add in some oxide ink over the top of it all and ( so that is just an experiment that will probably need more color later)

And the reason why nothing was completed is it is now officially canning season here. ( and yes, it was 95* outside here yesterday so, with two pressure cookers going on the cook top ( first time we have ever had a stove big enough to do two pots at once) it was more like 900* in the house. haha. but, the beans will probably only do one more batch and then some corn when it is ready.
So, that's about it for me. just a lot of puttering. Thanks for stopping by!


A Hodgepodge of things

 A while back the Inspiration challenge was to use or feature printed paper and at the time that challenge came out, this Cat (katzelkcraft) was a new stamp on my desk... so, it was a quick and easy one. The sentiment is from Riley & Co.

 And at some point the clean and simple challenge was to show your patriotism. and I had already had this heart ( Our Daily Bread Designs) already stamped ( watercolor crayons) in the colored images file so, it was also a really quick and easy one for me. the sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die.

last weekend the Inspiration Challenge headed to this Houzz site and I loved the framing of this piece, the peacefulness of this tree scene and the out of the box look to this tree on these pieces of art.
The treeline stamp is from Hero Arts and the sentiment is from the Altenew holiday wishes set. the tree/bird die cut are from Impression Obsession. 

 This was done inspired by this one in AJ's gallery when she was featured stamper. This one the birds are from technique tuesday and the sentiment is from Art Impressions and the flowers and grass are from Avery Elle more stories set.

 Now somewhere in there... there was some challenge somewhere about making your own background and this was a trial piece done with oxide inks and a Tim Holtz stencil. that I must not h ave gotten around to uploading it so, I don't remember the info. that sentiment is from Impression Obsession though, ( I think)
 it really is irritating when you cannot remember last month but, I think this was my step-dad's birthday card. ( but, I cannot remember that for sure now) ETA: it was NOT I found it in the sale basket at work the other day lol... the tape measure is from the Darkroom door set the happy birthday is from Altenew and the age sentiment I think may be hero arts.

 There is a card drive for a younger lady who is fighting cancer and the request is for humorous cards. you can find the details for that here. The sentiment on this is from Riley & co. and the girl is from the Unity Stamps set called Part of the story.
 So, the other day June took a card request from a lady who buys my cards that she wanted an 8X10 or larger sized card that would have a floral bouquet on the cover. and blank inside as she needs to write 50 names inside for the people who helped her in a recent hospital stay. and the largest size cardstock I have is 12" square. so, this was my first attempt at that. and the one below is the second. and they are both 6" x 9" in real life. The diecut words on this one are from Hero Arts. and I think that biggest crochet bloom on this one is one that Janice gifted me with and the smaller one I am not sure. I did use two different scraps of this same print on this and then added in some skinny rose gold washi tape in the valley of the cut.

This one I used the Hero Arts thank you die and the lil'inkers rectangles that are stitched dies. the framed part is up on skinny foam pop dots.

 Last week there was a card request for Angie's sister who loves dogs and the 50's & 60's and Dorris Day movies and bright colors and during that same week Sharon was featured stamper and I seen this card of her's that I loved and decided to use it as the jump start for the teapot request card.

 Today's featured stamper is Diane and she made this cake topper that is just gorgeous with these layers of petals and leaves and such, the shaping must have taken forever... and I loved that. and I had these new dies sitting on the table and thought, well if you use premade flowers that are 3-d maybe you can build a bouquet... so, instead of a bouquet I wound up with a 3 layer of petals bloom with some Penny Black sprigs/leaves ( there is white acrylic paint on the berries) and a Hero Arts sentiment on one of their tag dies. the white wood grain cardstock has a MFT square peek a boo window cut into it off set to the side.


WOYWW # 429 Some Mess, Some Peeks

Happy Desk Peeking Day! :) If you'd like to play along or see more spaces you can find the link up here at our hostess Miss Julia's Blog.
So, this post contains a lot of mug shots so, I will keep the words short.

 During DTGD I did make a couple of cards live and I did that with the mess of unmounting and organizing pushed off to the sides. and somewhere in that I had the bright idea to place an order at Ellen Hutson so, that arrived this last monday. and all I did was unpack the box and look at it all.

The size of the MFT window dies surprised me I wish they were just a little bigger but, this will not stop me from using them. The holly stamp is a cardfront by itself size so, will make for faster cards and the Hero Arts Christmas sentiments are just fun. That being said a lot of the last month has been spent unpacking boxes and sorting stuff and adding to the purge it piles.

 When you are standing in the hallway this is the left side of the Library Nook space. we have inset hinges on order to make the backrest on that side of the seat be open-able instead of dead space and then the window shades should come in this week and there will be one more shelf (skinny) above the window to hold some antique camera's I have collected or been gifted with over the years. the seat lifts up and has cedar boards inside for blankets or quilts and such.

 what you see from the hallway.

What you see if you walk in, The skinny shelf behind the pantry ( that opens into the hallway behind the fridge) is holding movies. So every so often I buy a stack of the old VSH ones on dvd and that will save more space. Those are Victrola records next to them and the baskets on the upper shelf hold music CD's inside plastic pockets ( the same pockets I use for small die sets in the craft space)

 We are using the kitchen now for the last half a week. the window shade should come in any day now. The down draft vent ducting that runs under the house from actually under the dishwasher to the under the cooktop was hooked up this last monday AM so, the appliances are all in and functioning now. ( we have only used the outside BBQ grill once since then haha)

 The glass front cupboards are holding Johnson's Brothers Greendawn china ( a lot of it) and so is the cupboard above the dishwasher.

 and so is the one in the eat in kitchen space.

There is only the soup tureen and one covered dish of it in the corner. oh, and if your ever out and about in the UK, Australia or Canada ( where most of my china has been purchased from) and you ever see the ladle for the tureen I would totally pay someone to buy it and pack it and ship it to me) ha, that is as far as I know the last piece I am thinking I am missing but, its hard because, they made that for 40 years so every so often a piece comes up for sale and you go hunh, we don't have that one or size or shape and hubs will be like "oh, lets get it" and so he does lol... Yes, there are only two of us and yep, we have no plastic in our kitchen.


A few more DTGD entries

Can you believe it is already the middle of august I swear if you asked me yesterday was still July. 
It's crazy how fast the time has started going this summer for me. I forgot that I did not schedule these posts in advance this year for DTGD and no, I did not do one for every challenge this year either. 
but, here are a few more I did do samples for.
 This one was done for one of Edna's challenges. there is just a hint of color on the petals and there is also some diamond glaze on the water in the vase.

 was hoping for a shot that caught the glimmer not sure if the larger view if you click on them shows it. ( I always have to test later after the post has gone through)

The frame is a drop piece from something else that I used a waffle flower lacy layers A-7 die on the sentiment is from Altenew's thinking of you set and the vase is from Unity Stamps as we go along set.

 This is a closer look at the image panel. the peach diecut frame is a drop from the Waffle flowers lacy layers #2 set and the image is an older retired PSX image.

The sentiment in the bottom corner is from Technique tuesday's you aren't normal set and the background was done using the Tim Holtz mixed media die on the edges of the panel. all those panels ( and the cardbase) were originally an off white color which to me seems to blend a little better and not have such an obvious thing if you miss a spot of color than say a stark crisp white would. when you know you are going to cover the entire piece with ink. This was done for Tricia's challenge seen here.

Now this is a digital print out from Power Poppy and a clear stamp from them. I know shocking coming from me right? but, Miss Cheryl had this challenge and I just had to give it a go because, it was a real challenge for me. ( I also picked up a couple more of their digital images to play with some time soon too) the cup/ buttercups were printed on some thin 80# Neenah solar white (smooth) on a laser printer at work. and then I colored them with polychromo's pencils so, I did not have to worry about if the inks would be compatible if I had used markers. and because, it was thinner card, I didn't want to add water either. I did add the sentiment with Versafine in the Misti and that printed paper is an older one from Basic Grey. The yellow is not this eye-popping WOW in real life but, evidently yellow is one of those colors that goes wonky in formatting of a digital shot like some reds do. ( I hardly ever make yellow things so, its funny that there are two of them in this post.) :) I am probably going to be making a few more posts behind this later tonight with some other things that have piled up in to be blogged about folder and the good news is the end is nearly in sight on the house remodel. so, some mug shots of that too. thanks for stopping by.