For Baby

This week's featured stamper is Janeen and I chose this darling baby card to CASE.
I chose a similar image ( this one is a Penny Black hedgehog hammock) that I received as a gift and it was in my to be played with pile. 
 I stamped this with some Versafine clair nocturn on Neenah solar white and colored it with polychromos & prisma pencils with some white gel pen added to the cheek and butterfly wings.
I did change the colors, move the sentiment up to the stamped panel and switched out the diecuts and pearls for textiles. that yellow ribbon is from Making memories and the crochet lace is vintage.

A closer look at the coloring. The sentiment is from the Gina K lovely labels 2 set. I think this one is headed to the booth next fall as I do not have any baby showers to attend in the next little while and I think the colors will work for neutral. Thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Converse}

This week I am asking people to take a look at Converse online for inspiration.
I have a little rainbow of Classic low top Chucks in my closet and it increased again recently when the new seasonal colors came out. 


 You'd really think I would have made a sneaker card from that right? ( me too) I thought about it a lot as I have that old My Favorite Things die and stamp set that does the sneakers... but, as I was messing around with these papers trying to decided what I wanted the words to be since the papers were going to be the bulk of the design. I happened to see this new to me set from Stamping Bella called the gnomes swimmer gnomes and the sentiment made me laugh ( which is why I bought that set) my husband watches the weather report religiously. ( every day ) even on vacation. and so, it totally went off in left field after I started giggling again after seeing that and I dug out this old lil Inkers coffee cozy die set because, the scale was perfect for this A6 sized card I had under construction. the lace die is from Sizzix Tim Holtz's line.
I just love this sneaker, but it would not be a practical thing for me at all so, my debit card is safe.
You can find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers to play along with us, thanks for stopping by.


challenge cards catch up post

 a while back the ways to use it was to do a "cute" critter card, and I had colored this little penny black ladybug n' hedgehog stamp with some polychromos pencils at work one day and had it sitting on the table thinking to add some glossy something to the lady bugs wings and never got that far, but I think it is cute so, I turned it into a really quick little card. ( the sentiment is also from Penny Black) that plaid paper is from My Minds Eye. and the seam binding lace is vintage.

 two weeks ago Michelle was the featured stamper and I had a couple of days before that started coloring this Peddlers pack background with some polychromos and prisma pencils and the whole time I was coloring the wings blues and greens I kept thinking well maybe you can do the petals purple. ( because, purple is not a go to color for me and it would be something different) and then I started poking around in Michelle's gallery and found this pretty card and thought oh, no that is entirely too close but, the nap time were shorter that week and finally I decided to just roll with it because, I had spent too much time over thinking about it. the sentiment here I have no clue what set it is from I spent a long time looking at the ever note files and not finding it. ( it was stamped a long time ago on a scrap and die cut)

This week Julee Tilman is the featured stamper and when I see her name I instantly think of Verve and Coffee. and layers and mixed media. and of course I found lots of that, and while I was poking around in her gallery I found this really gorgeous snow card and this pretty colored coffee card and I kinda just used them as a jump start for this one. ( that lace is a Tim Holtz die cut) the corrugate has green acrylic paint on it and was a scrap from a previous project, I did rough up the edges of the stamped and mat panels. The coffee mug and sentiment are from the Unity Stamps comfort to go set and I had stamped them off on this Neenah millstone a long time ago when I first got the stamps. ( I think that may be an avery elle pigment ink but, I am not positive anymore) the die cut snow are from both a lawn fawn stitched snow and a lil inker designs stitched snow sets. I did cut the shank off the button in the center of that too.

 The try a new Technique this week uses the floral tag card tutorial ( which I did not read or watch the video I just kinda looked at the photo and decided it was a clean and simple card with flowers on the tag and the base.) ( the other cards all have their base only stamped on one end of the it under the tag, not peeking out across the card front) *shrugs* I still like this just fine, the flowers are from the Penny Black delicate flowers set, stamped with markers and have a tiny bit of polychromos pencils on them and the sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp say it all friend set. this one is A2 in real life.

Today Izzy goes back to the vets for round two of her puppy shots and a micro chip. and tonight is the last puppy kindergarten class. So, things are still busy but, there are larger gaps of peace in between during the day now too. (YAY now we are just trying to out last her on the little amount of sleep we get) Thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Brick house Fabrics}

This week Brenda has chosen the Brick house fabrics as the place to soak in the inspiration.

I had recently received this Sweet n Sassy retirement sentiments set and I wanted to play with it was the only thought I had when I started and then I found the gorgeous fabric ( seen below) and thought ah-ha. this could work for anyone. the Neenah classic cream was stamped with the SU linen background using Antique linen distress Oxide ink and then I did the Hero Arts mother fern in forest moss DOX, masked that and then added the SU french script off to the left with some DOX vintage photo ink. the leaves have some polychromos pencil scribbled in the lighter places. and then I had seen this scrap of textured gold in the tray on the table and thought why not, it mimic's the tape in the mug shot. This one finished out at 5 1/2" square in real life. 

this fabric can be found here in the store and you can find this challenge here to play along with us. thanks for stopping by.

Inspired by {Fudge & Mabel}

This week Stef was the guest designer this month and she chose this felting UK site called Fudge & Mabel. where there are some really darling things to see.

 I decided to keep the green/brown colors and used a piece of My Favorite things felt cut with a sizzix rectangle frame die ( an old original red style one) for the frame.

 A closer look at the slight coloring, the skin was done with copic markers and the hat and cup were done with pencils. The sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up cut with a Spellbinders labels trio die. There is a slim foam pop dot under that to hold it in place.

You can find this piece here in the site. And you can find this challenge here to play along.


WOYWW # 524 {dogs}

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, I had placed an order from Simon Says Stamp not too long ago and it came in the mail on Monday.

 We flood irrigate the field behind the barn where the sheep are, and every lab dog we have had over the years thinks this is the coolest thing to chase the water and dig in that trench.

 but, Izzy spent most of her time running and splashing.

 now, the sheep do not like walking through the water so, they usually end up camped out by the barn and or up on a compost pile that ends up looking like it has a moat around it and this was Izzy noticing they were not alone in the field.

 and this was after thinking she wanted a closer look at those sheep.

 just a wet furball having fun.

and of course she looked like she had a mud bath after doing some digging too. We have never had a nearly white dog before so, its funny how dirty she gets and how much she seems to enjoy that.

last night was puppy kindergarten class #2 and she enjoyed that much more than the first one and so did we. So, that's about it from me, I will be driving all day for work on Thursday and only peeking on line sporadically for the next little while but, Izzy has also learned to climb stairs now so, hopefully that will mean more time up here soon. thanks for stopping by


WOYWW # 523 {a two-fer}

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, two Wednesday night ago. hubs came home from work and said listen to this voicemail... and it was a guy who had pick of the litter from a recent litter that when he had called last month the last puppy had just been sold. and the short story was, the man didn't really want to take the time to train a new puppy and so, he convinced his wife they did not need another dog and they would rather have the money. So, since hubs was the last person on the list wanting a puppy... we got called first. she was 7 weeks and 2 days old in this shot.

 This is that same first day playing with Grace.

 and this was a few days later.

 and this was my desk last Wednesday when I was kicking around what I wanted to do for the IC last weekend. ( which you can see how it finally turned out here)

Meet Izzy. ( when she is in trouble it's Isabella but, for the most part she is learning Izzy)
She loves to watch the chickens. yep, that is one of the new hens I had the shot of Grace with them on IG a while back.

 On this day she found a mud puddle to splash in and then some compost.

 so a week later they snuggle when the sleep. Grace ( the fox red on the right is 11 years and headed towards 5 months old now) Last night Izzy went to her first puppy kindergarten class.

 which brings me to today. this is going to be this coming weekends IC ( I think )

A closer look at the coloring. I will be driving all day for work tomorrow, visiting desks will probably only happen at work during the slow times when she is napping too. thanks for stopping by.


A Catch-Up Post

 A little while ago one of the sweetest ladies who notifies for the favorites thread at Splitcoaststampers had a surgery and this was a little something I sent to her after the fact.

 The stipple hydrangea was stamped direct to rubber on some smooth neenah and then water colored a little with some pencil and stickles added in. so, because it was not on watercolor paper it warped a little and I counter sunk it in the framing.

 A week ago the featured stamper was Nicky and she had this cool card I just loved and I switched it's theme to be the first of the fathers day cards I will need this year. The top sentiment panel is from the pad of paper from Echo Parks coffee pad and the tiny sketched cup panel below it the cup is from Inkadinkado and the sentiment is from lil inker designs clean lines for the guys set.

This week's featured stamper is Wanda and I have admired her talent for a long time now and I knew she had this cool Christmas card in her gallery ( which I hunted down) but, the reality is I did not have the time to recreate something from it. We had a waterline leak outside between the garage and the barn and we have had water pipes dug up and fittings and hydrants being replaced for the last week, so that was still underway this last weekend and I knew I had all most all the things you see here sitting on my table when I came across this gorgeous card and just thought Ah-Ha... :) Changes are I made mine square, flipped the lace to the horizon line, and switched out the bunting for a pile of fern diecuts. ( these have some old paper distress oxide on them but, it really faded away)
tomorrow, I am really hoping to do a WOYWW again with the last few weeks of catch up for that but, Izzy has her first class tonight so, we shall see. thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Brown Paper Bag}

This week Angie has sent us hunting inside the Brown Paper Bag site where I came across this post about embroidered state hoops. And I had intended to give this a little bit of embroidery floss for texture but, having a new puppy meant downsizing that goal to something do able while she naps.

Meet Isabella who goes by Izzy. She is 8 weeks and a few days old in this shot and entirely too smart for her own good some days. ( or it feels like it on the sleep deprivation schedule we have)

 This first one the state outline stamp is from Studio Calico Hello Forever - I love Oregon. the word Oregon is also from that set. the Tree is from the Hero Arts the adventure begins and the come visit is from the Town Essential set also from Hero Arts. this stamped panel was cut with a Simon Says Stamp stitched square die and this one finished out at 5 1/2" square in real life.

 The happy new home sentiment on the left is from the Hero Arts House Stamp and cut set and the adventure begins set also from Hero Arts. these were stamped on Neenah solar white  and cut with a Hero Arts nested rectangle die and finished out at A2 in real life.

This is a portion of the image that caught my eye that is the second photo down in this post here about state embroidery hoops. I did leave out the ferns and mountain so I could have room for the words on mine and also made all the mats not round. You can find this article here to read about that and this challenge here at splitcoaststampers to play along with us. Thanks for stopping by.