Inspired by {flags on a stick}

This week Brenda has chosen Flags on a stick for our Inspiration hunting this weekend.

 So, I happened across this happy plaid border or Christmas tree's and I loved that. I did make my colors a little more rustic/country. The trim a tree die is from Taylored Expressions. ( I cut up scraps for this) and the Tag base is a Sizzix die Tags #3. this was cut from some Die Cuts with a view corrugate. The ribbon is a Christmas one I found at Joann's last year or the year before ( they tend to do these country type ones for a few years in a row at our little store here) I did leave off a sentiment as I am not sure who I am going to use this one for yet.
This banner can be found here in their store. and you can find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers to play along with us. Thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW #538 {Happy Mail + Organized Chaos}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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 So, last year during stamptember I think I did an order every week... and this year I have been watching the items come out and putting them on a wish list, and a few things yes, they did sell out. and then last week the set with co branded set with the leaves came out and I caved...
(Simon Says Stamp haul)
So, right after this was shot, I made this simple card from the inkroad sentiments and the SSS filigree teacup die.
 Because, the sentiments made me laugh and coffee cards always go over well at the booth in November. The printed paisley paper is very old from creative imaginations. both the brown cardstocks are textured and the stamped diecut panel is up on foam pop dots over the darker shade.

 A closer look, the teacup I am thinking I may try cutting out a solid teacup shape and seeing if any of the other dies I have will cut this as a free standing piece but, for this one I ended up grabbing a MFT stitched square die and saving enough room for the words.

 So Tuesday came along and an Amazon order had arrived and its all Sizzix dies.
so, right after this was shot this happened. I had received an answer from Sizzix that they do not sell spare parts for their machines and maybe I could find the part online... ( which made me roll my eyes) so, I am just going to keep using it until it breaks and hubs is going to make a new square for the inside of the crank handle when that happens as the rest of the machine is just fine, its the internal plastic piece that is cracked)

So this happened right after that and is what my desk looks like at the moment. the pieces were cut from watercolor paper and slightly colored with markers and an aqua brush, the sprigs on the paper I added white nuvo drops to the sprouted parts.

Off to the left, this is okay on the farthest left are all the foiled backgrounds I have made so far this last month or so and not done anything with yet, the basket with the sizzix plastic envelopes are holding diecut stamped Christmas/winter sentiments. to the top of that are tags that were die cut from scraps, card stocks and printed papers ( not ready to be used yet) the basket to the right of the sentiments is holding tags that are ready to decorate. ( they are printed papers glued to card stocks and some of them already have ribbons and fibers in the holes) the bread pan to the right of that is holding die cut things, like snowflakes and hearts and things to decorate with.
( sometimes I cut up my scraps when I want to be doing something but, its say too dark to see the colors) So, I cut and bag things for later. like when I get happy mail.

Izzy is almost 6 months old now and very rowdy at 50#'s. She goes into the vets on friday to be spayed. so, the next ten days after that will be a challenge to keep her from running and jumping.

That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.


Booth Tags {so far}

 The shape of the base on the left is a Sizzix tag, super crescent and the shape of the one on the right is from memory Box Tag You're it rectangles set. the lump of coal is a foiled print out from this free digital print found on Pinterest years ago. with some deco foil and a laminator. the gingerbread cookie is a Sizzix Die.

 a couple more of the lump of coal tags. the shape of this tag is from Papertrey Ink called tag sale quilted die.

The tag base on the left is from Mama Elephants tags a lot set and the one on the right is from the Spellbinders Love stamp and die set. the stocking on the left is from the Sizzix Big Z stocking that came with a matching embossing folder. the Red cut piece on the tag on the right is from the Sizzix die called frame back ornate #4

 These are all Spellbinders Love stamp and die set tags embellished with scraps. The baa humbug sentiment is from A Muse and the skinny one on its side on the bottom is from and the one on the heart tag is from

 the tag on the left and bottom are from Papertrey Ink the one on the right is from Sizzix shortie tags from the Merry Christmas sentiment is from Impress and the jingle on is from the Penny Black set called Sweetest Moments. The blank tags I am thinking people can write names on and that little tag is a single Hero Arts die.

The tag on the far right is from PTI and the deer on it is from Penny Black called Inspire and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted message me set. the skinny tag across the bottom is from the Sizzix XL library pocket set and the sentiment is from  The white shaker tag die is from Studio Katia called dotted shaker tag 2. there are sequins & seed beads on the inside with a tulle window. the sentiment is from the mama elephant birthday messages set.

The tree diecut on the far left is from the Taylored Expressions set called trim a tree. the tag on the far right has a Joy die cut from the Penny Black winter cheer set and the tag shape is from w plus 9 called the Anastasia tag set.

the round tag on the far right is from Papertrey ink and is a tag sale #4 die. The winter wishes is a Tim Holtz sentiment and the open me embossed on the bottom tag is from My Favorite Things.
you cannot see it in this angle of the photo but, the tall tree tag on the left has a Memory box glittered gift box diecut tucked under that large tree on the printed paper.

The large round tag on the left is a Cricket cut, the snowflakes on it are Sizzix diecuts, & the sentiment is from Mama Elephant, the oval tag on the bottom is also a cricket cut, the tag on the far right is from Sizzix, the wreath on that one is from the Simon Says Stamp wreath tag set and the sentiment on that is from river city rubber works, the tiny bird is a memory box diecut.

The sleigh on the left tag is from Poppy stamps, the tag in the center is from the Spellbinders charming round set and the Joy diecut is from pretty pink posh and the back tag is a cricket cut.

The tag on the left is the Simon Says Stamp wreath die set, the little tag at the top may have been something that was bought that size and or it may be from one of those sets of tiny tag diecuts. ( I have one from taylored expressions and one from Spellbinders etc etc)

The snowflakes are also from Simon Says Stamp called snowflake tag that came out last year during "die-cember" so, these have not been used for the booth before as they came out after the fact.

The fa la la on the left tag is from the Honey bee set called fa la la honeycuts, the fa la la on the bottom round tag is from mama elephant called scripty fa la la. the tag shapes in the back are from Taylored Expressions.

The Merry Christmas on the square tag is from Simon Says Stamp, the poinsettia on the round tag is from the Sizzix tattered poinsettia Tim Holtz die & embossing folders used. the tag on the right has an assortment of stamps used on it.

The deer on the round tag is from Do Crafts and I added a red pom pom to the nose, the Merry is a Papertrey Ink die and the HoHoHo is a spellbinders die.


WOYWW #537 {tags & such}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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 Last nights desk, this will be a short and sweet one ( who knew I could be so quiet eh?) 
I still get migraines, not like clockwork when I used to take BC pills but, every now and again they kick me. and with the blood thinners, I am allowed Tylenol. not any of the migraine meds I have used in the past. so. the hope is this will pass quickly because, I really do need to pick up this mess I made sunday and get a sample done for the IC this week. ( I am hosting so, it would probably look bad to not have a sample from me haha) 
It will be a while before I start poking around, thanks for stopping by. 
oh, that mess was tags for the booth in November, some actually got done and are in the post below this one.


Skinny Tags

 It probably only looks like a mess but, this pretty much took hours and hours to do... I happened across this bookmark swap shot in her gallery that today's featured stamper Laura had done and it really sparked an idea about doing some skinny tags. So, I started chopping up this tall skinny tag that is in the Sizzix XL Library Pocket from Brenda Walton set from scraps that were in the bread basket on the file cabinet. the ones in the clear bag to the left are just single cut pieces, the tags towards the top of the table are a piece of printed paper on the top layer, a second solid coordinating color of cardstock on the backside and a hole re-inforcer glued together. the sentiments are some longer skinny ones I thought I might use that I started stamping on previously diecut scraps. ( I had in the middle of this session cracked the plastic square inside the crank handle of my big shot pro die cutting machine) and hubs dissected it and told me to order a new crank handle and to use this until I kill it, when it dies he can make me the parts it needs to work if I cannot buy a spare handle. at any rate that kinda made me leery to use it much more after that. (I have an email into Sizzix to find out, they are closed today)

And after that I realized it was nearly 5 PM ( where does the time go?) so, I decided to just shoot what was done at the moment to link it up. most of the skinny sentiments are from a few different Mama Elephant sets. the Merry Christmas to you is from Tim Holtz, The spoil yourself is My Favorite Things, I think that happy birthday just may be from Stampin' Up. one thought I had ( I have made tags like this in the past and tied on jingle bells at the top) was to try doing a bow with the Burlap string and I am not so sure I like that, I just may undo that lone bow. That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Dormify}

This week we are headed to Dormify for inspiration as Angie is now and empty-nester with both kids in College. I never did the dorm thing, I moved into a furnished studio apartment as the first place I lived after home so, it was fun to me to see these things in the store and I stopped at this Pink bedding set seen below because, I have never bought pink bedding ever and I thought the pattern was subtle enough to be elegant.
 So, wanting to keep the elegance I heat embossed this Simon Says Stamp flora background was done with SU white powder on some Die cuts with a view Rose Shimmer. This was diecut with a Waffle Flower stitched square die. Both the elastic lace and trim are vintage. The sentiment is up on foam pop dots over that and was stamped with some Distress Oxide worn lipstick ink. I think that sentiment is from Club scrap but the set name is not in the evernote file so, ( I know its retired) but, I cannot tell you its name. This one finished out at 6" square in real life.

A peek at the bedding which can be seen here in the store. You can find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers to play along with us, thanks for stopping by.

A few other Challenge Cards

 This week's featured Stamper is Rebecca who has this awesome card she made with Wall paper and a sticker that I just loved. So, setting out to recreate that texture I started with a piece of Neenah that I cut with the Altenew plaid die ( B) and then pressed a sheet of the same cardstock with a Darice plaid embossing folder and glued them flat together. The Unity Stamps (feel the joy) blooms had that Queens Ann Lace shape to me so, I heat embossed them a background done with Ranger Alcohol inks on Yupo paper. ( that wanted to twist and warp) so, I backed it with another piece of Neenah . Other changes were I off set this panel to the right and tied on a sentiment. This one finished out at A2 in real life.

 I have been into the Hobby lobby store a grand total of two times since they opened in Medford and the second time was around the end of July this year. ( I went in there thinking to see if they had anything I wanted to play with during DTGD) and this eucalyptus printed paper followed me home. I just thought the colors were gorgeous and it reminded me of a Debby Hughes painted card. ( ok, the fan girl thing is showing again) So, I wanted the card to mostly be this paper and I added a skinny diecut My Favorite Things sentiment to it just messing around.

And then on Monday night after work I seen that the color combo challenge was live and it happened to be, SU Peacock, Old olive and pool party. So, I went to the file cabinet and found the peacock and olive and a piece of PTI aqua ( close enough) and seen those scraps of the leaf paper and just laughed. ( so these are all 3" X 3" and headed to the booth in November) the simple gift is from Impression Obsession, the happy birthday is Altenew and the little something is from A Muse. I still have another piece of this paper and I am so tempted to go back to that store and buy more of it someday but, you know I really need more printed papers like I need an extra hole in my head so, I have managed to resist that urge for a few weeks now. Thanks for stopping by.

Inspired by {Piper Classics}

Last weekend the Inspiration challenge visited the Piper Classic's store online.
And I found this Merry Christmas pillow right off the bat and I had so many ideas of how to do this as a card and then I found on Labor day when I started trying to make one that it was harder than it looked.

 This was my first attempt, I was messing around with two different shades of ink and trying for a one layer card. ( this is 4" x 9") and when I moved the cleaned stencil up the card to do the top half above the sentiment... evidently I did not get it straight. and I shot this anyways because, its part of that keeping it real thing. I think sometimes people think every card just magically goes exactly how you think it will and that makes me laugh. yes, for the most part I have the skills to get the results I want but, everyone is still human so, things like this happen. I have since then cut this in half and will maybe die cut these pieces and use them on something else. because, I tend to not toss much actually.

 And then I decided maybe it would be easier to see the straight if I tried it smaller so, this one I got a little better and I had also remembered to do a linen texture under the red to give it more of that homespun vibe die cut it to fit an A2 card front and then realized ( I did this after work one night while it was getting dark) that The piece I had the ink on was not the same shade of cardstock as the base I cut, so I stamped the linen twice on the base both in the SSS barely beige and DOX old paper over the top of that trying for a closer look to the stamped/stenciled panel. This stencil is from Tim Holtz and the Merry Christmas is from Simon Says Stamp. ( its a single stamp) that was done in some Versafine Clair tulip red.

This is a look at the pillow that started it all you can find it here in their store and find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers to play along with us. Thanks for stopping by.

Inspired by {Tortik Annushka}

A couple of weeks ago now the Inspiration site headed to this Russian art cake store and I happened across this birdhouse looking cake and my son and his girlfriend have rented their first house together ( a duplex) and when I seen the two pitched roofs of the cake it made me think of a duplex.

 I really liked the clean look with the vertical lines so, I kept those lines and made the background be a piece of Die Cuts with a view corrugate paper. the House shapes I cut by hand from some My Minds eye print I found at hobby lobby. the roof is some diecuts from Reverse confetti called triple stitched squares ( I cut them in half here) and I only diecut one heart opening door from the front house as the roof pitch would have covered it up on the back house. the white in the center there was done from some Hero Arts woodgrain. This sentiment is made by Impression Obsession and was diecut with an older Spellbinders label #11 die. the seam binding lace is vintage. and I did not post this when I made it as because of the Hurricane the mail was delayed reaching them. (but, all is good they and the house are fine)


This view of the cake is linked to above and the rest of the site can be seen here there are some really neat things in there. You can find this challenge here to see some of the other pieces people found and were inspired by. Thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW # 535 {Cleaning}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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 There must have been something in the water last week. ( we had a long weekend here, and I fully intended to create many things) but, what happened was I had such a pile of mess everywhere I looked and the little plastic box of sentiments that had been stamped on scraps to diecut later the lid was standing 90 degrees upright so, those random ones you seen on the table were not going to fit in it. and that prompted what you see here. a massive diecutting session. you cannot really see it from the angle but past the paper cutter on that rolling cart where there were "scraps" there was also about an inch of new papers that had never been cut. those were also sorted and put away.

 and those were all sorted and put away as seen below. It doesn't look like much I guess but, between playing with the dogs and regular life this took a lot of hours.

 I do not keep sizzix dies in those really thick plastic envelopes they arrive in. So, I started using them to sort and hold die cuts a while back and this drawer is pretty much all sentiments. towards the front of it I put those background that used to be hiding that metal green tray of doo dads seen below in the top of the shot. ( so that pile now is only UFO's) (un finished objects) and the height of it went down inches also.
 This is a tuesday after work shot. ( left over from monday when I finally got done cleaning and sorting I started out trying to do something for the IC sample for friday, as you can see. I've killed some paper that went straight to the bin. I'll get it eventually.

This was how the dogs spent the long weekend, mostly begging to play. this is a very rare view to have them just be cozy together outside most of the time its a keep away thing. That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.