Inspired by World Markets Store

 Miss Anne has sent us shopping for inspiration inside the World Markets online store this week and I came across that clock ( seen below) and loved, loved the colors... I knew I wanted to keep the time theme and the colors so, I changed the "clock" to an raised up embossed die cut floral wreath (Sizzix valentine wreath embosslits die) and tucked in the silly sentiment (art Impressions), tied on the Ken Oliver clock charm ( that is one whole hour later than the sentiment lol) and then added some hobby lobby flowers to the wreath for some pop. You can find the link up to play along here in the Inspiration challenge forum at SplitcoastStampers.
This card is A-2 in real life.

I don't actually need anymore clocks but, If I did... this would totally follow me home. Thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW # 447 {Scraps 2 tags}

Happy desk peeking day, You can find the link up to see more and or play along

on Boxing day, I had the usual assortment of buy me buy me emails to toss out and one of them was from Sizzix and the headline was something like 80% 85% off something like that and the site would not load for me and I could not think of anything I really knew I wanted, I have those tree line dies on order already because of what Helen flashed using them with the deer last week... anyways, so I turned on Amazon. most of my Christmas gifts were gift cards this year and typed in sizzix for the heck of it and I found a tea cup that is 3 d that make a little gift container. and I have a weakness for cup and mug dies. and stamps. and just warm drinks in general so, I thought you better check and see what you have first... so, that started a round of hauling stacks of old dies to the computer to see if it was in the Evernote file yet, and then I came across some that I have not cut in years.
and I piled them up on the table to cut up some of the scraps with. And I spent a few hours doing that. so, this is what it looked like before I went downstairs for dinner last night.

one card was assembled from the pile of cuttings and I think the bitty cup ( the smallest one in the hero arts nesting set) needs something, maybe a tiny holly berries or something on the cup.
anyways that's about it for me I am just "cleaning" and sorting. but, its the fun kind of cleaning. Thanks for stopping by!


Bridge Cards

 A thank-you card for Hubs hunting buddy for all of his Christmas gifts he gave us this year, it ended up becoming a "deer" card because of the gift seen below.
I did follow the instructions that Sabrina has shots of in the try a new technique challenge thread here today. so, these cards do fold flat into an A-2 sized envelope in real life. The sentiment on this one is from the Simon Says Stamp set called You got this, the deer are both Tim Holtz Sizzix dies one from the reindeer flight die and the other from the winter wonderland dies. I did guess where to add the eyeball with a sharpie marker.
 Hubs hunting buddy gifted him with this "deer poop" necklace as a gag gift for Christmas this year, it was tucked down inside a wine gift bag.
( I told him he should wear this to work on wednesday lol)
Hubs did shoot some awesome (photographs) of deer and various other critters in the woods this year. I think he enjoys that part of "hunting" even more than collecting the gear and dressing up to go camp in the woods to just wander around the woods and such. 

 For my friend at work and her husband who gave us way too many things for Christmas that included an Angel with a red & green tartan skirt and feather wings, so when I started this card I was going to have an angel on it but, the one angel die I have really didn't work for me when I was pushing things around and knowing that she loves snow I switched gears mid stream and kept the red plaid with the snowman.

 I tried to shoot a more over the bridge and down into the scene shot but, its probably one of those things you'd have to shoot before it was glued together.
The bridge protects the lump of the bow and the pearl on the inside when its folded flat.

The back side has one sentiment from Hero Arts ( sending love ) is from the Holiday tags and dies set and the Thanks for everything is from the Altenew Enchanted Iris set.

 One more with the same deer. the birch bark "paper" is wrapping paper from Pier1 imports and the text paper in the center is from the same pebbles sheet as the center snowman card. the Thanks diecut was done with opal stardream shimmer cardstock, the stamped sentiments are also hero Arts from the May 2016 monthly hero kit set. I did layer two cuts of the winter wonderland deer ( buck) to have a darker shade of brown be the "shadow" of him. the eyes were done with a sharpie marker.
I hope you are all having a great Christmas, thanks for stopping by!


Inspired by Christopher Radko

This week the Inspiration Challenge heads to the Christopher Radko store online and I found this darling Sheriff snowman ornament  (seen below) and knew I had this Whipper Snapper Designs Rootin' Tootin' Snowman that I had never gotten around to inking so, it was just that simple. the Snowman was inked with Versafine and stamped on some smooth side Ranger watercolor paper. I had used an aqua pen with some waterbased markers and just kept adding layers of color to him. the sentiment is from the Tim Holtz 2017 stamptember set. (from SimonSaysStamp last September) and the red glimmer paper ( recollections) was cut with a Mama Elephant Park Ave die. This one finished out at A2 in real life.

You can find the link up to Brenda's challenge here to play along with us. Thanks for Stopping by, & Merry Christmas!


WOYWW #446 { 3" cards}

Happy desk peeking day, you can find the linkup to see more
 or play along here at out hostess Miss Julia's Blog.
Well, as you can see having the die piles picked up and put away did not last long. I have been making tags off and on since last week. I actually only have two more things to wrap. That I do not need tags for but, that sit and do nothing thing does not work so well for me so, Monday night I colored some of these tiny Hero Arts bits and pieces on die cut scraps and Tuesday night I glued them to some 3" card bases. I need to line the navy blue shimmer one with a plain piece of white so it can be written in. and I am debating about going over the tops of the coloring in spots with tiny markers. These were mostly colored with Polychromos pencils and a clear gel pen. the shaker tags towards the bottom right were die cuts done with the Honey Bee globe and ornament shaker tag die. I was messing around with cutting layers of paper last Saturday night so, the first one ( the blues one) only has 5 layers, and the sequins are all pretty stuck and the beads shake, so the white one that is unfinished has 7 layers of cardstock and I am trying to decide what will fit into these tiny little openings for scenes or something. which lead me to digging out those tiny Hero Arts stamps and now I think I don't want to cut out those tiny images with scissors, so I probably would need to stamp the scenes on little circles to glue into the shaker tags.
which is all just prototype stuff because, I don't really need anymore tags right this minute, its just I really like shaking the shakers so, I want to make a bunch of them before next Christmas.
Speaking of which, I hope you all have a blessed Christmas with your families and thanks for stopping by and visiting my little spot on the web. Merry Christmas!


More tags

 The sentiment on this one is from Honey bee stamps its a single (large) sentiment that was heat embossed with liquid platinum powder on that blue shimmer the tags were cut with a Taylored Expressions labels stacklet 3 dies. I think that ribbon may be old Stampin' Up. but I am not sure anymore the plaid is from the (this year) Tim Holtz pad of Christmas papers.

 The large tag on the left is an older one that was pre made from a kit of them from Basic Grey, this time the sentiment was done on some pale greenish-aqua shimmer. the sentiments on the right are from Altenew ( Holiday wishes) set. the bottom tag was done with a My Favorite Things tall tags duo die and the round one is an Papertrey Ink tag sale 4 die.

 The Joy is from the power poppy botanical Tree set, the deck the halls is Hero Arts and the let it snow is from Justrite Charming Christmas set.

 The blue sentiments were heat embossed with SU pool party powder and the jingle was done with Liquid platinum. The Jingle and the Merry Christmas are from the Penny Black Sweetest Moments set and the Wonder sentiment is from Power Poppy Botanical Tree set.

 This sentiment is from the Power Poppy cozy cupfuls set.

There are no stamps on these. I was kicking around the idea to do something like this in these colors for Christmas gift Thank you cards I had seen there is a use a bird challenge for last weeks ways to use it and I had received these pretty cardinal bird stickers ( they are jolees dimensional ones) for my birthday and thought. those would really pop. The sentiment is a die cut from lil' inker designs. the plaid was done with a Tim Holtz stencil and distress oxide inks and cut in half and reinked along the cut lines. just messing around the tags were cut with the Sizzix tags and bookplate die ( so they are about shipping label 8 size in real life)


Winter Cheer

 Don't look now but, my Anna Wight fan girl is showing again... ( which is what I think every time I see this kind of snow on the edges of die cuts ) :) The snowmen are from an old red Sizzix die that just says snowman on it and the sentiments are from a Penny Black die set called Winter Cheer.

 I still have a pile of some older Micheal's sheet music print paper and decided to cup up a piece of it and so. The scarves are wool felt, the eyes are from Darice. ( they are these textured gems in a half pearl style thing) I have no black brads, I went to M's they have no black brads. ( insert a fainting smiley here)
The text paper in the background is from Pebbles and the blocks are just scraps. I think that big snow may have been a Martha Stewart thing but, I have mine in a vintage salt shaker so, I am not entirely positive about that anymore. They are saying we should get snow on Tuesday night/ Wednesday here. ( of course, that is the day  I need to drive through the mountains to get the ice for work haha) that is almost always how that works, but it will be less nerve wracking than driving through town. the first few times it snows in the city the drivers all show off their lack of memory and patience. Most of the traffic on the highway is people who do that all the time and the road departments do a good job of keeping those highways clear of the snow and ice.


Inspired by Dept. 56

I recently joined a team of ladies hosting the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoststampers on Saturdays. And this is my very first time being a "daily" challenge host, not a guest. 
And I was pretty nervous in advance about being the person to move the thread and such. I had the idea that I would really goof it up and maybe no one would be able to see it or something along those lines. So, I picked a site, and settled on an Ornament to CASE and then it became, time to make the thread & sample go live and the store I chose ( Dept. 56 ) sold all of the ornaments that I had chosen and removed it's mug shot from the store. 
HA, it could have been worse right? 
at any rate I decided to just plow full stream ahead with this because,
 I really like how this card turned out.
 The oval frame is a Memory box die called Oval die, it was cut with some Neenah solar white, the birch trees and cardinals tucked through it were from an Impression Obsession Die called Birch Trees, the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Cozy cupfuls and it was heat embossed in white on vellum and tucked in. the glitter card snowbanks were just cut with scissors. Recently there was a link to this watercolor imprints tutorial in the try a new technique challenge thread and I really loved all the samples I seen and wanted to try it. so the background ( seen below)

Is a piece of watercolor paper that I tried to follow the directions of the tutorial for using a stencil to create a pattern in the ink. but, I think I either did not have enough water on it, or not enough pressure. because, the stencil I use ( tree's) left very faint lines when it was dry but, I was so excited about the gradient of color down it ( this is a nearly perfect match for that ornament and that hardly ever happens to me) so, I was pretty excited about that and decided to use it anyways.
If you'd like to play along with us this week the challenge thread can be found here. thanks for stopping by!


WOYWW # 445 {more Christmas}

Happy Desk Peeking Day :) if you'd like to play along and see more spaces you can 
find the link up here at our hostess Miss Julia's blog.  

 So, there was a VSN last weekend and I did 9 of the projects and monday I came home from work and hit my mess limit and had to put away all the dies and stamps that have been piling up along the edges.

 Which had allowed me to play with this newer Tim Holtz set that had not been opened before this so, this is what I walked up to on Tuesday after work.

 but, the action is happening across the room on the coffee table some of the Christmas baskets are going together and these are how those tags turned out.
( I can show you these because, none of the guys at work see my blog only the lady in the office so, since she is not getting a truck... here ya go)
 Those tins were found at Joann's fabric's and the puppy dog wine bottle wraps were found at Kohl's. the truck on the tag is from Unity Stamps and the names were done with stickers.

found these wire baskets with burlap bows on them at Micheal's along with the white velvet poinsettia clips for bows. ( these are still under construction) but, the gift cards are going into those tins.
and since I was up there I kept messing around with those dies until these cards ended up being the result.
The mulberry paper tree's are Impression Obsession Dies and the frames were done with the Hero Arts infinity rectangles and the sentiment dies are from Avery Elle. ( an ornament set) the snow was just glitter card scraps I cut with scissor and I did ink and sketch some pencil over the deer. So, that is about it for me I am "mostly" ready for Christmas. Thanks for stopping by. I will probably be making the rounds tomorrow because, I need to go early to pick up our ice for at work this week and will be driving all day today.


Winter VSN {so far}

Kat has a challenge to base a card on one of the Monopoly pieces and so, I took mine out of the closet to see what the choices were (seen below) The ones on her list I have not heard of them. So, I chose the Scotty dog and the sentiment on the side is what is on the inside of the card. The dog is from Impression Obsession, the peace and joy is from the Hero Arts November 2017 kit of the month and the inside sentiment is from the Altenew Holiday wishes set.

I am not really sure what the piece in the back left bottom may be but, It kind of looks like some kind of a cannon.

Brenda has a bunco challenge that needed things in 3's so the image is a trio of ornaments, that were colored in 3 shades of blues. there are 3 different shades of silver on this and 3 colors of cardstock. The ornament trio image is from Impression Obsession and the sentiment is from Penny Black.

Ann has a Canasta challenge which also needed 3 images stamped across a panel and when I went to layer this sentiment over the top you could not see the center image so, I ended up doing it a 4th time so the third could peek out. The bough is from Penny Black and the sentiment is from Kaiserkraft.

Lydia has a black,silver, White with a pop of green challenge based on a board game called Othello.
The sentiment is from an older boxed set of Christmas sentiments from Hero Arts.

Jeanne has a challenge that you have to roll a dice to get the amount of layers allowed on your card. I got a 1... the candle is from Northwoods and the sentiment is a reproduction PSX one.

Melody has a challenge that you have to find/ use something that uses the letters in the word GAME so, I have Green ribbon, an Angled mouse, A Metal brad and and Embossed panel. The mouse is a newer one from Stampendous and the sentiment is from dylusions Christmas words

Diane has a challenge to include a smile and a heart. The sentiment is from Dylusions

Lee has a challenge to make an all white card with a sentiment with color on it, and I had read this on Sunday after I had found this pretty card to CASE from Becky this weeks featured stampers gallery. (seen here) and so changes were to make the tree a diecut, I switched the sequins to rhinestones and the ribbon to a textured paper and moved it farther down closer to the sentiment. I also switched the growing blooms to become packages clustered under the tree. The sentiment is from Elyzbells the tree and packages are Memory Box dies.

It is easier to read upright but, the catchlights on the rhinestones make them look blue like this.

Misti has a challenge to show some candy. and I dug out this old pail topper stamp from Stampendous.


WOYWW #444 {Christmas Cards}

Happy Desk Peeking day, to play along and see more spaces you can
 find the link up here at our hostess Miss Julia's blog

 These are of course tuesday after work shots... the birds had been stamped and colored on Monday after work and the mice/wreaths had been colored on Sunday evening.
and I decided I better actually make some cards for me to send out. I don't need a lot but, I will need some for people at work and people who surprised me with a card this year. Do you do that? mail one back to everyone who gifts you with one? ( I always seem to be one or two cards short that way) so, its not a lack of cards its more of a lack of that card is not suited for the person who surprised me thing.
 a closer look towards the left.

 and more that are under construction. those tags from last week turned out pretty good, even with the trucks off the edges, they still need the names on them and I have one truck left that is colored that I am thinking about. I will shoot them when they are all the way done haha.
that big measure cup is holding all the pre die cut tags from the November Hero Arts kit.

While I was standing there these were put together real quick the red mat is a shimmer cardstock and so is the base of these they ended up being 5" x 7" in real life. and the Christmas card making is probably going to continue this evening too. I have enough cards by the numbers but, not ones I want to send to certain people.Grace is doing really well, she is walking much better even with the stitches in. we are still waiting for the they sent samples out to be tested for cancer from those lumps and we don't know yet, but she is so happy that is a good thing.  Thanks for stopping by!


Christmas Cards

 This was done inspired by this fun card in this weeks Featured Stampers Gallery I loved how fun Donna's card is (seen here) changes were the stamps, less layers, I moved the ribbons to the license plate layer, did not punch holes for a plate and used stitched edge rectangles. I did eliminate the gems in the corners thinking that pearls ( snow balls) on the tree would work but, they ended up being kind of small so, then I added some more "snow" to the front of the cab and some of the fenders. The printed paper is from a Kaiserkraft pad called Mint Wishes and the truck and sentiment are both from Honey Bee stamps.

 This one uses more of the same papers I had used for Eli's card and I am thinking I will send this one to my grandpa and now that I have added snow to the blue one, I am tempted to add snow to this one but, probably will not.

 a week ago the featured stamper challenge went to Andrea's gallery where I found this beauty to CASE and so changes were I moved the snow into the center changed the window opening to an oval and mine is fairly flat the deer were cut with shimmery bronze paper and the dies are from Memory Box, the sentiment is from the Altenew holiday wishes set.

I have been at night coloring a few images the funny thing is even though I make Christmas cards all year long there are people on my list that I wait until the last minute to make the ones I am going to mail out to people personally well last minute for me, I used to mail when I bought them at Hallmark on the first of December every year and now, since I make them I am finally OK in my head with mailing them any old time before Christmas... The potted tree is from Impression Obsession and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up.


Loads if Joy

Today for the inspiration challenge at SCS Julie has chosen the paperchase store site and I just loved this calling London's colors in this transportation theme gift wraps and then I found these krafty cards and it all kind of morphed from things on the table from there. I have some tags under construction that use this same Unity stamps truck and MFT tag die on them and this was the "spare" in case I messed one up kwim? so, it will probably head to my friend at works hubs for Christmas. ( the jingle bells are pretty big ones ) The sentiment is from the honeybee stamps sending you sentiments that go with their pickup truck and I die cut that with a lil'inker speech bubble 2 die and popped it up on foam dots.
Grace is home and recovering ( outside barking at anything that moves at the moment) so, she has good pain pills and is doing OK. :)