Inspired by {real simple}

This week Julie is sending us to the Real Simple magazine online and I found this fun shot of these wine glasses and loved the colors and shapes and then when I walked over to my desk I spied this new Penny Black die there and decided it was "close enough". You can find this challenge here to play along with us.

 This die is called Penny Black Dancing Blooms.  and the sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp June 2018 kit ( they sell these stamps by themselves as "Beautiful Flowers".
The peach and Neenah earthstone cardstocks were cut with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die, they are taped back together on the back side and the edges have been heat embossed with some gold UTTE. The base is some blush-ish type color from Recollections and this is A2 in real life.

I just loved this shot of the glasses of Rose wines and you can read that article here on their site. thanks for stopping by!


WOYWW #482 {shopping}

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
There is also a new Instagram hashtag of #WOYWW 
 so, this what mine looks like this afternoon as this came in the mail monday and I decided to spread out the packages this afternoon. ( my son is home on leave) so, I just snuck up here real quick since they went to go say hey to his grandparents for a while before dinner.

 A closer look. the one on the bottom right is rows of stitching texture that at first glance made me think of old style dresses with the smocking on top. the markers are new colors ( some might work for skin tones) from Zig (have not tried yet) 
It might be a day or two before I make the rounds, 
I will be driving all day for work tomorrow. 
thanks for stopping by.


A few Christmas challenge cards

This week's featured stamper is Mandy who has this fabulous shabby Christmas card seen here that I chose to case. I love that embossed sheet music peeking through the candles so much. so, I moved my embossed layer to be a mat under that solid gold glimmer paper ( which did not like being heat embossed with the UTTE. ( in real life that sheet looks shiny where it looks burnt in the photograph) The gold is from recollections and the shiny gold the candles were cut from is from Bazzill. the lace is vintage and the ribbon is unknown. that snowflake charm came from Stampin' Up! a few years aback and the sentiment is from the Tim Holtz great outdoors set. this one is A7 in real life.

 Now this, I had to have this die (Hero Arts deer & Ornament) , and it turned out to be a two piece looking one so, I cut it apart... and then I ended up using a large (small) circle die from spellbinders to sandwich it all back together haha. I did add the faces and texture with some pencils on the diecut scene part.

So, trying to decided what I like better this one I did as a Card for the Dirty Dozen August Christmas theme and left the scene as a silhouette. the background was cut from an alcohol inked piece of Yupo. the sentiment is from the Stampin Up set called and many more. this one is 4 1/2" square in real life.
I did haul both of these to work to get a second opinion and June was of the thought that this card needs the faces drawn on like the tag. So, I may or may not do that later. Thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {One Kings Lane}

This week Brenda has sent us hunting inside One Kings Lane for inspiration (challenge thread found here) where I found several things I would buy if I could make room to care for them haha.
and I happened across this Windmill Blue II and I laughed and laughed to my self instantly thinking of how many "blue Print" stamps I have from Tim Holtz, and I do not think not even once have I done them to look like a blueprint. So, I knew I could do something with this really easily and the easiest thing was to dig out this old PSX windmill scene stamp. 
and heat emboss it white on Watercolor paper to make the background blue.

 And so I did. the card base is a pre-made linen texture one from paper accents and the inside was lined with some Neenah solar white as it has a cool texture but, it is pretty flimsy of a cardstock.
a closer look at the print. you can find this inside the store here.  I am sure I am going to try this again maybe using some "blueprint" style stamps next time.  This piece of art here I totally want to copy sometime for hubs as we both all our Camera bodies are Pentax K base ones. the old film ones and the newer digital ones. Thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW #481 { a few piles}

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
There is also a new Instagram hashtag of #WOYWW 

So, what I can tell you about this glass mat is ( I love how easy it is to clean) I have started leaving a bottle of glass cleaner on the floor next to the trash can just to do that. It also picks up the reflections of the overhead lights really well too for photographs haha. the white ish blob to the right is a 4" card done from a Smooshed leaf in the big shot Duoprinting with Chlorophyll. ( tutorial found here) and the other thing to the left of that is a new Penny Black die that was on the "add on" list at Amazon that arrived with some glass cleaner refill today haha.  

So, that is what that stack of watercolor papers to the left of the glass mat are. ( all dried smooshed leaves) the pile beyond that is some of the extras I made during dtgd and some dies that did not get put away yet. ( I really have not cleaned up from that yet either, its such a mentally exhausting thing to see that much art all at once, not just my own but, I did see a very big chunk of that gallery of everyone else's projects too.) so, I have been trying to stay off line to give my brain a rest.

This is that same 4" card on the table. That is a print of flat leaf Italian Parsley.

 This is ( same Parsley)

 This is Basil, and the leaves were a little juicy and leaked out past the leaf, so I grabbed an Distress Oxide Old paper pad, some water and a paintbrush and created a more uniform looking shadow out from the leaf. ( I did not color inside the leaf print) the sentiment on this one is from Simon Says Stamps best ever set. It's nearly a miracle that I remembered it was still Wednesday ( before it got dark even haha) Thanks for stopping by, I will be driving all day for work tomorrow so, it may be Friday/Saturday before I make the rounds.


Some Featured Stamper Cards

 Last weekend Beth was our Featured Stamper while I was down for the count with a stupid headache so, I did not get around to this until this last Saturday night. But, I found this cool Quilted looking card she did with printed paper and faux stitching and I love this, the simplicity, the use of printed paper. and I started looking at my already colored images (because, that's how I roll when my brain is fried) so, I found this old whose that girl ( call me ) from My Favorite things it had been colored with copic markers years ago, and then I had these Dylusions sentiments already stamped and cut out so, this came together really quickly for me. It's 5 1/2" square in real life.

Today's featured stamper is Kelli who has this darling baby card seen here. And I knew I had some brads that are metal hangers and these paper clips ( the brads are teeny tiny too small to fit my diecut) and I thought with the wooden clothes pins this would work scale wise with the MFT onesie die. ( that is up on foam pop dots) the Welcome baby is from the SU set called and many more. this one is A2 in real life. the lace was off to the side like Kelli's card but, after I had cut the mat as an Oval ( Spellbinders hemstitched oval die) to make a change from the inking on her card, I needed something to "hang" the hanger on so, it was moved up. This one finished out at A2 in real life. thanks for stopping by.

A few more DTGD Cards

This one uses a Charlie Brown image that I received via Wish Rak a very long time ago. ( I have forgotten the details of how it came to me after all this time) I did color it with copic markers though. ( can see the bleed through) the Sentiment is from My Heart Stamps for you co. The border on the side is a scrap from the one I did for Lydia's first challenge and this card was done for Carla's challenge found here.
It's A2 in real life.

 This one was done for Anita's challenge found here. I did use almost every stamp in the A Muse studio Swingin day set for this, and I didnt have a rectangle die quite the right size for the golfer so, I use a rect. that was wide enough and then just slid it up and cut it twice to get it a custom size.

This one was done for Lydia's second challenge seen here. and the crayons are from Darkroom door. (and really there is one more crayon on the image to the right) but, I only had this many colors of the medium I used to color this so, I whacked it off in the paper trimmer. the sentiment is from Hero Arts and this one is A2 also. I had fully intended to do them all but, life happens and a migraine wiped me out for the first few days of last week and it never happened. ( I may do some of them late without loading them) I have not cleaned up the mess on my desk as of yet. Thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {OPI}

This week the Inspiration destination is OPI
You can find the details to play along here in the challenge thread.

 I recently found these newish from Germany (Alexandra Renke Magic Flower #3) dies on the shelf ( on sale) in person at the Craft Warehouse store and thought ooh, those are big enough to paper piece... and so, since I also have piles of new handmade backgrounds on the table left over from last week I decided to use the scraps of this one that came from that Christmas Ornament card to do this.
The sentiment is from the Hero Arts set called You're beautiful and it is up on foam pop dots over the paper pieced diecut flower.
The base of this card is a stardream aqua one so, it shimmers along with the petals.
The tutorial for creating marbled backgrounds with nail polish can be found here. I did use some heavy 140# mixed media paper from strathmore to do mine not knowing how wet it would be and or to support the weight. it does take a couple days to air out the fumes too. 

below is a shot of the nail art that uses colors similar to the nail polish background scraps in the petals seen above. ( the skin tones looked a little pink-ish to me)

you can see the step by step how to achieve these nails instructions here at OPI.
 That about if for me, thanks for stopping by.


More Dare to get Dirty to Inspire you.

 This was done for Janine's Dare to get Dirty challenge found here. The lions & birds are from the Hero Arts set called Safari Huge Thanks, the sentiment is from Impression Obsession, The sun is an old stamp from CI stamping. I did use a Hero Arts Thorn tree & grass die in the scene too. The grass I masked some grass with both the die cut and the negative to get more curves and then just added in the die cut to the front of the inked grass.

 This was done for Ceal's Dare to get Dirty challenge found here. The Unity Stamps forest guy was colored with both copic markers (skin) and polychromos & prisma pencils. the dies for the rectangles are SSS stitched rect. and the background was cut with a Waffle flower lacy layers die. The sentiment is from the funnybones line at Riley & co.  the ribbon is an old one that either Micheal's or Joann's had at Christmas one year. (I roll my ribbons on round clothes pins so, I don't keep that packaging) This one finished out at 6" square in real life.

 This was done for Kia's first Dare to get dirty challenge found here. I think I have a good 3" stack of more of these backgrounds some with this and some with other things. this particular one I had fully intended to dangle some baubles off this but, I had cut the watercolor paper too small so, since I had stamped in the words first the buttons came to the rescue. You're going to be seeing more of this soon as I really enjoyed it and even hubs has had fun making suggestions of what to try next. This is A2 in real life.

This week Angie has sent us hunting for Inspiration (challenge found here) inside the Life is Good store and I just smiled from ear to ear over the colors on this pretty coffee mug. and I knew I could do something. I was kind of surprised that I got it so close actually. the Base on these mugs was cut from the new Stampin' up color called Pink that looks peachy looking to me, I did use an Old SU flower stamp that I used waterbased markers direct to rubber to do this on the cups then went over the tops of the blooms with a clear wink of stella pen that gave them a looser look more like watercoloring than stamping. those diecuts are all up on foam pop dots over the background that happens to fit Brenda's Dare to get Dirty challenge found here and this also fits Marg's challenge found here. this one is A2 in real life. that lace is vintage, the sentiment is from the
This mug can be found in the Life is Good store online here.

At this point all the dare to get dirty challenges are live and need to be completed and uploaded to the gallery early next week on the 15th. ( I will be off line that day, I get to start out with a dentist visit and then spend the rest of the day driving for work) So, anything I intend to complete. ( I am 17 more challenges away from doing them all) I need to be done by tuesday night. ( I don't know if I will make it or not) but, I should have some big chunks of play time this weekend, so cross your fingers. & thanks for stopping by.


Dare to get Dirty {continued}

 This was done for Stacy's challenge seen here. The fern diecuts are from a Spellbinders set. the painted cardboard was done last year during dtgd. and the curliles in the ferns are scrappers floss that I had wrapped around a quilling tool.

 A closer look at the center. I did bend this tag with my fingers and stuck a thick 1/8" foam pop dot under the right side of it to keep it where I wanted it to stay.

 This was done for Kelli's challenge seen here.  Those photo corners are old ones from Pioneer.

 A little closer of a look. I did open that Raven colored Brutus Monroe powder for this sentiment and it is truly "fine" and its very shiny and black too. YAY :)

 This was done for Vicki's challenge seen here.
The top sentiment is from Art Impressions, the rolls are from the Unity Stamps crappy day set and the bottom sentiment is from the Club Scrap set called National parks.

 This was done for Teresa's challenge seen here. The background is a gelli print I pulled since I had the plate out earlier with the same paints and I grabbed some embossing folders and stencils and just made a few extras with scraps on the table.

 This was done for a combination of this week's featured stamper Dani, and her card can be seen here. and Kitties dtgd challenge seen here.
Changes to Dani's card were (all the stamps) I did move the sentiment up and eliminated some of the layers too.

 A closer look at the coloring that was done with a white gel pen and a white pencil. the black berry bliss cardstock bled through the ink & pigments and made them pinkish.

This was done for Edna's challenge found here.
 and the nearly funny part about this is this was done mostly with scraps on the table. the stamping on the mft mod squares is an old one from SU called fern lace.
 This was done for Nancy's challenge seen here. That turtle is from the Simon Says Stamp storybook line and I cut him with watercolor paper and inked and inked. the sentiment is from the SU set called birthday wit and the seaweed stalks are a Memory box die.

 This was done for Brenda's challenge seen here.  That leaf frame is an Altenew Diecut and the sentiment is from Dylusions dont hold back set. ( its up on foam pop dots) and this one is A2 in real life.

 This was done for Angie's challenge seen here.  The ornament die is an old one from Spellbinders, the Joy is from Papertrey ink and the scallop mat is from Sizzix.

 This was done for Joyce's challenge seen here
The bloom is from Hero Arts called Antique rose colored with pencils and the sentiment is from their happy mail set. this one is A6 in real life.

 This was done for Linda's challenge seen here, the African Violets in a teacup are from Karen Lockhart colored with pencils and the sentiment is from Rubbernecker. This one is A2 in real life.

 This was done for Susan's challenge seen here  
The Mermaid is from a Club Scrap set and the sentiment is from an Ellen Hutson set called inner mermaid. This one is A7 in real life. 

This was done for Marg's challenge seen here 
The snowflake background is from Our Daily Bread Designs and it was heat embossed on the Kraft with some pink glittery powder.  And just think this only takes me to bed time on Tuesday. there are still 3 more days worth of challenges yet to go live. You can find more information about how to join the fan club here to play along with us.

 thanks for stopping by!


Dare to Get Dirty {day 1}

Today kick's off Dare to get Dirty 2018. This is a thank-you fest of inspiration, special tutorials and sponsored challenges that are held for Fan Club Members at SplitCoastStampers. 
You can find out more about how to join the fan club here.  
Because, these are special for members challenges I cannot tell you what the challenges happen to be.
And the Master list of all the challenges here if you are like me and work out of order.
This one the stamped cup is from Darkroom door and that sentiment is from Whippersnapper.
 And so, since I knew that Julie had picked this Brit & co. site ahead of time for this week's inspiration destination I did combine that with one of today's challenges hosted by Dina ( seen here)
From the inspiration I mostly focused on the colors and the theme of the story here about (*gasp!) giving up coffee... (one thing I am certain about is that is not happening here)

 This is a peek at the IC photo that inspired this card and you can find that story here on their site.

I thought it was pretty.
 This was done for my own challenge found here.  The jar of wishes is from Unity Stamps and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up! itty bitty greetings.

 This was done for Jeanne's challenge found here. The Noel is a Stampin' Up! stamp from the Many Merry Messages set and the tree diecut is from Penny Black called Christmas Elegance.

 This was done for Lydia's first challenge found here. The geraniums are from Karen Lockhart and the happy birthday I really think is SU but, I cannot find it in my evernote program. so, its something to look for (later)

 This was done for Mary's challenge seen here.  This one that sentiment is from the Hero Arts June 2018 kit of the month and that seagull shadows is from Impression Obsession.

For Julie's first dare to get dirty challenge seen here.  This one those fern die cuts are from Spellbinders and that sentiment is from the My Favorite things set called anything but basic Birthday greetings.
Thats about it for me, I do not have everything for tomorrow done as of yet, so I will be playing along live later in the afternoon, thanks for stopping by.