WOYWW #469 {scraps}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
the link up for this blog hop starts here at our hostess

 Good Morning, I have mentioned this before when I get new sentiments and I use one out of the package sometimes I stamp a second or others from the set on scraps in that little bin to the right of what you see here... and I let them dry... and I put them into this plastic SU stamp box... and I die cut them either after dark when I cannot see colors as well or when I just want to do something but, do not have a deadline or what ever... (or in this case when the last round of them had dried. ( I stamp them with versafine) and I go to put them into the box and it decides its too full to close..

So, I worked on this for another 90 minutes after this was shot and the lid still does not close but, its getting close.
I re-use those plastic envelopes that sizzix dies come in to store them sorted by themes. ( you can see one in the far left that was dylusion sentiments (non Christmas ones) and those I just cut with scissors around the doodle frames she blocks her words with.
So, there is a drawer in the cabinet holding all these envelopes of pre-stamped & cut words for ready to use, and a lot of the time when I am making cards I go to that drawer and just dump out the envelope and shift through them. ( the same thing I do with previously colored images) Sometimes I just stand here and glue things and that makes for a stack of cards quickly.
Thanks for stopping by. 

Something has gone wrong with the emails that blogger sends out to tell you that you have comments on the blog. ( I have zero emails) and the settings have not changed and the emails are not caught in any spam filters so.. hunh, just wondered if it was happening to everyone or if it was just me?
(my computers did do something "new" to gmail yesterday) but, I did not get any notifications that they were tinkering with blogger.


Inspired by { Walls Need Love}

This week Brenda has taken us to the wall paper site called Walls Need Love. ( there is so much to see there) and I happened across this floral wood grain print ( see below) And my first thought was, I am pretty sure I have printed papers that look like that. 
and then I started hunting. and I never did find the floral printed wood grains but, I did find a pad of plain wood grain prints in various colors from My Minds Eye, so I pulled off this grey toned one and 
stamped on the printed paper.

 With a really old Stampin' Up rose from the Rose vine wreath set with some Versafine smokey grey ink. I colored the blooms and leaves with zig clean brush markers and an aqua pen and found that the stamping on the printed paper ( it must have a coating on it) held the inks into the spaces like little wells. ( I did not have a ton of water) and I set it aside. After it was dry it had a faint curve to the paper but, not a major warp thing.
The sentiment is from Penny Black and the ribbon is wide crinkled silk. the frame diecut around the sentiment is from the Reverse Confetti scalloped stitched squares set.

you can see this wall paper in the site here at Walls Need Love and find the challenge here to play along. thanks for stopping by.


More May Christmas Cards

I have been keeping up with Christmas cards this year ( so far) and the box headed to the school is looking good for a variety of things. I was thinking to make a stack of these trees but, the paper pieceing of them is I have to spend so much time thinking about the print and how it will look pieced that I have not made anymore of them  yet. 

 a look at it open. this is the Sizzix fold a long Tree die the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted. the printed paper is from MME. ( a year or two ago)

 how it lays outside of an envelope.

 closed. if you look closely at the lowest branch on the right side you will see where i cut a scrap to cover that last branch with the printed paper.

 an look at the inside of the green tree.

 I did end up running one ribbon through both holes to tie closed instead of two ribbons on the flaps as shown on the dies packaging. ( that was too bulky for me)

 the corrugate is from DCWV. ( I have forgotten the other prints info)

 A look at the card open. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz.

 This is today's try a new technique challenge to try an "impossible" card. there is a quick video in the thread that shows how to. It is pretty simple the over thinking part comes along for me trying to wallpaper the cuts. this is a second attempt the first one I pulled apart and saved the image I had colored. ( I think I may try this twist as a tall skinny shape) this one is 6" square in real life.
 a closer look at the image. The woodgrain/holly print are the flip sides of the same piece of Tim Holtz ( last Christmas ) printed paper pad.

A look at it tilted up to read the Altenew sentiment.

 The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions. I had picked up this package of premade glitter card bases from Micheals last month and opened the box to play with them, at that time I had this tree scrap sitting on the table and liked the colors together so, this was just an easy one using a pre stamped sentiment and some vintage ric rac.
The funny thing about these glitter cards is, there is glitter on the back cover too. ( I have seen cards pre-made before where only one side has glitter so, this was interesting and unexpected when I opened the box)

 I know this embossing folder is from Anna Griffin, and I did ink the folder before I pressed the kraft cardstock through it, but I do not remember what they call that. the sentiment is from Mama Elephant and this one is A7 in real life.


WOYWW #468 {coloring and loot}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
the link up for this blog hop starts here at our hostess
PS Happy Anniversary ladies :) 

 Sooo, you remember I mentioned I was going to give shopping a break because, I have tons of new stuff right? yeah, that lasted a whole 24 hours  (probably because I had said it publicly. yes, I have gone months without shopping but there is something about that whole maybe you should thing that makes me break the rule... anyways, I placed this order from Frantic Stamper on thursday to get these rounded corner rectangle dies ( seen below) thinking they could work with those tags I bought a while back.

 They look like they will be "close enough"
and since I was going to pay the freight... the farm animal set hopped in the cart with the lavender die and I got side tracked by some other dies...

 The good news is I actually have been pulling new things out of that basket I showed you last week and really playing with them.

 A closer look at some of the images I colored with some polychromos pencils Monday afternoon. (so this is a Tuesday evening shot) and so are both the cards that followed after that. came upstairs to shoot the desk, seen the images and glued a couple into quick cards.

 The sentiment on this one is from Impression Obsession.

And the sentiment on this one is from Riley & Co. funny bones line.
So, that is about it around here I am just on a coloring kick and I know that the next coffee lovers blog hop starts this coming Friday so, I might dig out some new coffee and tea things to color before then so I have a few things on hand for quick cards during that week. We will have a long weekend this coming weekend in the US for Memorial day.


A few more simple cards

There is a card drive this week for the teapotters challenge to send sympathy cards to a young mother (Robin's niece) who lost her toddler aged son recently, and I really had no idea what I wanted to do so, I finally just decided to to simple and pretty. the bloom is from Ellen Hutson called Mondo Sakura , I did heat emboss it in white on the powder pink cardstock, colored it slightly with some polychromo's pencils.

 Added clear wink of stella to the stamens but, it decided to be camera shy. the ribbon is from May Arts. the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp messages for everyday line.You can find the request with the addresses here in the site.

 Polly had a challenge for the Mixed Media friday to use only a portion of the image. So, I had been cutting out some of these reverse confetti scalloped frames to use for "someday" and those rainbow's I had spritzed early in the week were sitting there on the table and I thought why not. grabbed a clear wink of stella pen and added some sparkle to the rainbow. taped that to the back of a frame, trimmed off the excess rainbow piece off the side and placed that up on pop dots. the sentiment is from the lil inkers snarky sentiments set. this is 3" square in real life.
 Today the featured stamper is Wanda and I had loved this card of hers when I first seen it years ago and when I went looking in the drawer for my snowflake dies I came across this Memory box tiny village die and then I remembered I have this new Hero Arts set ( welcome neighbor) in my play with it basket so, one more thing in the basket has been inked at least once lol. its 3" x 7" in real life.

I had spent some time coloring Friday and did do this Karen Lockhart fishing vest with some polychromos pencils so, this was diecut with a MFT stitched square die and its on the drop piece from the top pink and blue cherry blossom card and finished out at 3" square. and I got some more flowers planted this weekend.  so, all in all it was a good weekend. thanks for stopping by.


May Colors

 I just stopped what I was doing when I seen this Mondo Sakura stamp was released at Ellen Hutson recently. I just love the size of those floral's its very easy to me to color them as my eyes keep aging haha. So, I had one come in the mail with a couple of other new goodies and the sentiment is from that new Hero Arts Magnolia set. I had also seen the May Color challenge email come through sometime either right after I ordered this or when it came in the mail and I was really caught by the way the light flows through the petals of the image in the top left corner.

 So, I stamped the bloom on some kraft cardstock and heat embossed it with white powder and used some Polychromos pencils in blues and purples to color the petals. I did cut this out with scissors and pop it up on foam dots.

Over the same kraft color background because, I did not cut out in the center of the blooms. The ribbon is an older irridescent one from May Arts. the stitching detail is a wonky one from Simon Says Stamp and the purple shimmer is from Die cuts with a view and the base was a Paper Source Pool A7 cardbase that I trimmed some off the length and so this card is actually 5" x 6 1/2" in real life. ( it still will fit inside an A7 envelope)There is also a little bit of clear wink of stella in the centers of the stamens but, it did not photograph for me so, the sparkle is in real life only.

The May Colors challenge can be found here on the Ellen Hutson blog. To play along and see more projects created. the samples are all gorgeous.Thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Victoria Bellas Carter}

This week we are being inspired by the artist Victoria Bellas Carter that works in tissue papers that finish with amazing textures. You can find the challenge here to play along with  us. 

 I loved every single thing I seen on her site and of course most of the pieces are sold. and the more I looked at them the more I thought it would be fun to play with tissue paper. I had thought when I first seen the piece I chose that it was lavender blooms and so, I ordered a lavender dies
made by Memory box. ( they have not been delivered as of yet ha ha)

 so, I had to make the dies I already own work harder. I grabbed these Penny Black Tall trees dies, cut them with dark green and then trimmed them with scissors.
I knew I wanted a blue sky background with texture and I had this piece already done with crackle paste from a while back so, I decided the colors were close enough.

 I had this piece of white gift tissue paper sitting in the scrap pile for months now, I had used it as a blotter for something blue a long time ago and I was going to do that tissue paper/ gold shimmer on the tops of the crinkles that I forgot what its called now but, it got buried by other scraps and I forgot about it, so. I crinkled it some more and rubbed on some faded jeans oxide distress ink over the tissue paper. And then drew liquid glue lines over the "bloom" part of the tree diecuts I had trimmed.

 And then just trimmed around the crinkly tissue paper loosely to give it a little bit of a floofy flower petals look. about this time I had decided that this needed a frame to hide behind so, I cut one of these (because, they have cool texture and they are new to my room so, I have not used them a million times already haha) and then I decided the frame needed a sturdy base as the mulberry paper was a good color with the blooms but, kind of flimsy.

So there is glue dots on the back side of the bottom of the frame and one in the center of the backs of all the blooms so they are a not glued down hard and flat in the frame.

 This sentiment is from the Pretty Pink Posh set called Thoughtful Greetings. I stamped it was some memento ink that looked closer to the blues used here than some of my better to use with clear stamp inks and it looks a little fuzzy to my eye but, maybe it will just say Artistic License to the recipient. ha ha.
A look at the piece I was inspired by, I did leave off the grass and leaf textures and left mine to be a little more CAS and textured. Thanks for stopping by.

No Thigh Gaps!

 So, I am on a quest to make a better effort to use some of the new things I had to have that are piled up waiting... I picked up this Mermaid tail from Ellen Hutson a long time ago when it was first new, and I promptly heat embossed one and colored it and pushed it around on different backgrounds for months ( I kid you not) I had originally thought I would have it hanging out of a teacup die cut. maybe some day but, it hasn't happened as of yet so, when this strands die came out not too long ago. I thought ok this could be waves.. and I cut it and then used a MFT square stitched die to make it a blue window of strands and then layered it to this PTI tag sale quilted die and it all fit... and then I added the sentiments from the EH mermaids tail stamp set and just smiled.

The tail was heat embossed with some ranger verdigris powder and water colored with markers ( which turned out to not have a big contrast with the embossing powder as I would have liked) so, it lost a lot of the definition int he tails's scale pattern. The embossing does sparkle in real life though. This finished out at A2 in real life. thanks for stopping by.


Just for Laughs

So, a while back I had these partially colored with marker image sitting around and I ended up adding some pencil texture over the top to "save" them... and then they sat, and continue to sit lol... but, today this one was used up along with some printed paper. The image is from Penny Black called dog with flowerpot.

and the sentiment is from Art Impressions bad day. these were both stamped on Neenah ( solar white and earthstone) cut with a stitched oval die and a lil inker speech bubble 2 die, the base is some PTI aqua mist and it finished out at 5 1/2" square in real life. Our dog Grace was pretty unhappy with hubs when he went turkey hunting without her. She has never been turkey hunting but, being a bird dog and seeing the shotgun come out of the safe and being left at home must have made her a little steamed because, both weeks ( in the middle of the week, during the middle of the night) after the weekends hubs did this, she hauled things of his to her favorite spot in the yard to chew up things. ( like his brand new paintbrush he bought to put some sealer stuff on top of the campers roof because, he found out while hunting the roof decided to leak) So anyways, you just have to laugh.


WOYWW #467 {banners, loot, & more}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
the link up for this blog hop starts here at our hostess
 So Sunday evening found me walking away from some pastel banners I had cut and piled up and I thought I would not have any time to play between then and now, and then.
 The mail came on Monday.. and I thought about this alot and I think I need to go on shopping restriction. because, there have been just too many good deals back to back lately. and so, even though these orders were placed in different weeks they all arrived the same day so, that part is a little bit of I think I need some time to just play with this stuff. instead of putting it away and ordering more stuff.

So I gathered up all the piles of new-ish stuff that has not come out of the wrappers or has come out once and were in the piles of new things to be played with and put them all in this basket, I want to make it an effort to use things from here first for the next little while. It shouldn't be too hard is the thought I like everything in there.

 So, with that thought in mind I did use the reverse confetti stitched squares die. ( you have to cut it twice to make a frame. the dies cut like below as stitching details. ) This is a tuesday evening shot, I tried the color combo challenge at scs. Those blue strips on the right are drop pieces from this coming saturday's IC sample that I am hosting I finally got one made, I did try another baby bunting card and ( I am not really ready to say its done yet, it needs something else/more) off to the left. and yes, that is coffee surly it was 7 am somewhere when this was going on. :)

and no, I didn't use any of the SU colors I just squinted at the shot online, the "desert" was to create a pocket card so, I took some stiff sinamay ribbon and folded it like a net pocket. The panels do not remove from the pocket though. That's about it for me thanks for stopping by.


Baby Congratulations

I recently received an invitation for a Baby shower for my young cousin Sarah in the mail and its been in the back of my mind to do a card for the shower and on Mother's day Sunday I happened to see this fun banner card in Jennifer's gallery and thought that could be a really cute idea...
I did change more than 2 things, the horizontal line of layers was moved up the banner and instead of a layered butterfly I picked a layered bloom. I did switch out the gems for the Mama Elephant sentiment banner. and I really liked this when it was done, and it really is very girly. ( and I have a feeling Sarah's baby may be a boy because the invite has a blue truck on it.) so... I probably will do something else maybe more neutral for her but, I had fun making this. Thanks for stopping by.