Inspired By { Inspiring tables board}

This week we have a guest host Kia who has chosen this inspiring tables pinterest board for the destination. I saved a few of the shots and kept coming back to this ginko napkin over and over I liked the simplicity of the green and white and it made me curious about if I had a ginko leaf stamp. ( ha, I did who knew) and then the Simon Says Stamp march kit arrived in the mail and this printed paper from modascrap spring flowers pack was in there and I decided it was fate.
 I started with the sheet of printed paper and cut the center away with a double stitched Simon Says Stamp square to make the frame. I stamped off the first layer of ink on the 100 proof press Ginko leaf and used the second impression with some rain forest Versafine clair ink and I had this Two lips Sentiment in the Misti so, I was able to re-stamp the sentiment a couple of times trying for a darker layer than the greens.

You can find this table setting here on the board and this challenge here to play along with us. Thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW #560 {more mail drops}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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 What this morning looks like. The stamp reorganization continues. I did end up peeling off  a few more boxes of stamps over the weekend and got them cut out so, they are being stamped on the cheap cardstock to be laminated. towards the back is the stack two of old stamps found on ebay.
(batch one has already been removed from the blocks and added to cling foam)

 this is batch 1.

This is batch 2 that arrived on monday. funny true story the stamp that started this shopping spree is still not here yet as they did not ship it until 6 days after I bought it. so, soon I think. That's about it from me. Thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by { Simply Cute Tees}

This week Amy has the Inspiration challenge is headed to the simply cute tee's site online.
funny true story while we were in NC we did go into a store in a shopping center that sold some shirts from some of the brands in this site. If I had seen the shirt below, I would have made room for it in the suitcase to come home with me. Somewhere I had seen a coffee mug that said something along the lines of Mom voted most likely to teach your kids to swear... Honestly, its fairly funny to see the face expressions on my sons adult friends when I am just being me now. I was fairly good about not saying what I should not while they were all growing up actually.

 This fun sentiment is from the Riley & Co. line heat embossed with some Altenew golden peach powder. I did diecut this with a Simon Says Stamp stitched Square die, and the rose gold glitter paper too so that the whole thing is embedded into a flat layer here. This finished out at 5 1/2" square in real life.

As I was digging, I am pretty sure I have a bottle of SSS rose gold powder that is hiding I found these two jars that had that pink-ish tint to them so, I tried a couple of stamps on it, the one on the left is Altenew golden peach and the one on the right is Lawn Fawn rose gold. 
They are nearly the same to my eye. 

This fun shirt that fits me to a T ha ha can be seen here in their store. You can find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers to play along with us. Thanks for looking.


WOYWW # 559 { I'll show you mine}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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My desk as it looked when I came up the stairs this morning, you'll notice I killed quite a bit of cardstock trying to do something for the featured stamper challenge on Sunday. the fairy and the wings were only lined up once ( on the first one where the blocks were crooked) go figure right? the intent here is to stamp a sentiment in the white space and die cut that off then pitch them. I ended up switching gears and went with an Irish Blessing card instead and even that has a proto type that did not make the cut. ( the finished card is the last one in the post before this one)
 off to the left under the stamps that were used for this card, and the card before it are piles of unopened new things.  The pile of tulip and iris die cuts from last week, one cluster of tulips made it onto a card seen here.
 So a while back I was doing something with letters and I have had this particular tall alphabet set on my wish list for a while and Altenew sent out an email that all the dies were on sale. so, these eventually ended up in my mail box to languish at the bottom of the pile while stamps were being unmounted.

 Last week when I traveled over the mountains to get the ice for work, I made a pit stop in a craft store and the clear stamps were 30% off and the remaining Christmas was practically being given away. so these followed me home.

 And yesterday the first of 2 orders placed with Simon Says Stamp arrived. ( the March kit is enroute) I wanted the alphabet set and the other things just came along for the ride since I was buying the freight. ( I am rolling my eyes here you seen that right?)
I have decided I will never be done organizing unless I stop shopping. ( which is highly unlikely to happen) good grief I even got lost in the black hole that is eBay again on Sunday because of that card Monique made and (eh, I have some stamps coming from all over because of that now too) ( which will all need stripped from their blocks and mounted. ( large stamps that I just may drop with the arthritis in my hands) the Misti tool is such a hand and paper saver for me ( when I use it) so, the stamp organizing will probably commence again soon.
that's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.


A few challenge cards

 A while back there was a mixed media challenge to do a collage. and this is what I did.
The bird is from Hero Arts and the top happy birthday is from the Art Impressions spring chick set &  the long skinny sentiment is from Mama Elephant. The ticket was bought years ago from some online site that sold mixed media type things ( I have some in pink and cream too)

 A closer look at the bird and the background.

 When JJ was featured stamper I used this fun vibrant card of hers as a jump start. the bird on mine was stamped twice and paper pieced. ( I did not cut out the tail feather movement or the feet) the sentiment on this is from Picket Fence Studios one hot chick set and the chicken is from the Katzlekraft animal farm set.

 When Brent was featured stamper I used this digital creation of his to jump start mine using stamps and an embossing folder. cutting the stamped wreath in half started me on the way of making two cards. the card on the lefts sentiment is from Gina K and the card on the right the sentiment is from The Angel co. the bittersweet wreath is from PSX.

This weeks featured stamper is Monique and she has this cool card here that I used as the jump start for mine. I did stamp the hero arts trio of square background stamp twice then overlaid that with the Inkadinkado sentiment then stamped the hero arts polka dot shamrock on a scrap of pale green and cut it out with scissors. Thats about it from me, thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {the Manor}

This week we are taking a peek at the Manor online because, I found a snarky coffee mug that was a joke type thing one day on the internet and it made me go poking about. while I was there I decided on this bath bomb that looks like a geode and loved the colors and textures.

 I started out smooshing some blue and green distress oxide inks onto some cream cardstock with water and used the MFT stitched peek a boo die to make it a frame. and I had it in my head I would be doing some kind of embossing with enamels to get the lump golds like seen below and when I was walking around the table with the frame, I happened to see this gold scrap ( the textured paper is from Micheals) and decided that would work too.

 These tulips are from the Penny Black First Blooms set of dies and I cut them with watercolor paper and added some Kuretake Gansai watercolors to them. I ended up going over the gold petals with some of the burgundy and then adding more gold and they got really dark so, I did blot them while they were still wet. The sentiment is from the Mama Elephant birthday messages set cut with a Simon Says Stamp sentiment strip die. This card finished out on an A2 premade cardbase that I "think" maybe a hobby lobby brand. ( I have a shallow drawer of these to use up and none are in mfg packaging anymore) the packaging catches when you try to open and close the drawer haha so it was tossed a long time ago.

Isn't this pretty, Its hard to imagine actually using this and having it dissolve in a bath its so pretty. You can find this challenge here to play along with us, thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW # 558 {on going}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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My Desk as it stands this morning. I did get something like 15 sheets of foam of stamps removed from blocks, added to foam, stamped onto sheets that were laminated filed and put away. in the last week since you were by. I have a bruise on my thumb so, I am taking a little brake. in this mess there are some cards that were made recently that have not been put into the suitcases where I store finished cards yet, some may go to the basket at work. now this penny black flower dies. ( I love these, I have never played with them) the other day I had an email from Birgit's blog that showed her using those tulips and I started looking around the internet to buy some. and it was not until I found them only for sale at Penny Black that it occurred to me to check the evernote file to see if I had ever bought them. ( my brain remembers things I have played with not bought) and what do you know? I actually own this and found the Iris one too. so, I dug out the box of flower dies and started cutting some from watercolor paper so that I can play with them. that is as far as that got on monday.

 So, this would have been last Saturday, the while it was going on thing.

 and when I was mostly finished with the ones you had seen stacked and then dealt with, I spread out some happy mail for your viewing pleasure. this is a recent Stampin' up order. the little scenes I think will be fun to play with and I decided to get all the ones they had at the moment to give me more options. I have a bunch of stampscapes stamps and so, my brain is seeing these to be used the same way. except I do not play with my silhouette stamps much so, I am this is a personal kind of a challenge for me as I have a whole bunch of them now including some from past Hero Arts monthly kits.

 These are sheets of Club scrap stamps, ( most of these were found at deep discounts in their clearance section) and it totally shocked me that the wine set is a clear set. I wonder if they are going to go that direction with their line but, I probably should have you know read the words and such.
These were also mounted to foam ( the rubber sheets), cut out and filed already. I did decide for saving time now that since all the words are on cards and were broken from sets over the years that going forward I think I am going to leave these stamps as sets because, otherwise it could take me years to finish off the cards of stamps in a theme way now since I have so many of them in the "done" section. does that make sense? It sounded better in my head at any rate. this is what is going on here. Thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {stencil girl}

This week Angie has linked us up to the Stencil Girl site and I started poking around on their blog and came across this article by Tammy Tutterow that I just loved every single detail of. You can find that here. Its a sewn quilted banner with found notions and such on a vintage spool. 
(a peek is shown below)

 I knew right off the bat that I would not be sewing fabric to create my project, I just have better luck with papers in a sewing machine but, I happened to spy this stack of used and dried coffee filters and thought ah ha that will have some cool texture. so, then I started poking about in the stencils I own and dug out this HUGE one from carabella that is a lace mask. So, I smooshed some distress oxide antique linen and tattered rose inks with a foam pad through the holes on top of the dried coffee. and then cut this piece with a simon says stamp wonky stitched rectangle die. I knew I wanted to make changes so, I did use a piece of vintage lace and then switched the pins for bitty staples and still kept that bit of metal. the buttons here are not vintage and the tan one does not even have holes in it. ( I think it may be from SU but, I've had it for years so, your guess is as good as mine by this point. I did add some hemp string to the button holes and used glue dots to stick them to my beginning collage. the mat layer under the coffee filter is some canvas paper and the base is textured bazzill. The heart diecut is from Simon Says stamp called lace doily and the sentiment is from the My Favorite Things smitten with you set. I ended up making this card be 5" wide and 6" tall, so it does fit in an A7 envelope with wiggle room.

 You can find this challenge here at Splitcoaststampers to play along with us, thanks for stopping by. 


WOYWW # 557 {sore hands}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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 So, last weekend I had used up the last sheet of cling foam in the closet, and the problem with that was. ( I had some stamps I had pulled off the blocks and I ended up placing a club scrap order) so, off to Amazon I went and ordered more sheets. ( I know, I know) at any rate they came on Tuesday and I started sticking what needed foam to sheets and I was on a roll so, I ended up empty-ing more boxes of Christmas stamps from the closet because, there was space on the sheets to fill around the backgrounds that had come off the blocks over the weekend. and so, I stopped doing this when my hands started whimpering.
behind that mess of stamps that need cut up now, is a pile of cards that were made since you were here last and under that are some animal envelopes that I never got around to shooting before the stamp organizing bug hit again. (I did get one made into a card and you can see it here) I made it a unicorn for Angie's featured stamper week.
Just an interesting side note, this is the same highway I showed you earlier in January. ( going west this time) but, same stretch of road. ( it is a very rare sight to see the pavement in January) and at the snow marker on the summit of the pass it says there is about 3' right now. ( so, things are looking a little tense for the upcoming water year)
(the snow pack is what feeds the irrigation water to the valley's below it)
Yes, you can tell that I am the passenger again on this trip, for the last two ice runs Hubs has come with me and drove through the mountains. It was nice, we went to lunch together both times, we in all these years have not done this sort of thing before so, it does make me curious to see if he is going to want to go next week. I guess I will find out then ha ha. that's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Crayola's Pinterest Boards}

 This week Julie gave us the Crayola Pinterest boards for Inspiration hunting grounds and I came across these painted burlap bags (seen below) and loved the texture/simplicity of them and wanted to translate it to a card. So, I started with a diecut (negative drop piece) from a Sizzix Christmas tree die and I used some washi tape to tape that to the tan printed paper. I smooshed some distress Oxide bundled sage through the hole and then, removing that sheet I over stamped the entire piece with the SU Canvas texture background with some antique linen dox ink.

A closer look,  I did tinker with the exposure here on these cards so you can see the ink layers. The sentiment on this is from the Stamping Bella Holiday fun sentiments set, I did poke a hole in the end of the sentiment strip to tie on the jingle bells with some hemp string. This card finished out at 5 1/2" square in real life on some SU mellow moss. ( yep, I still have packs of this) :)

I think this would work too with some other shapes like hearts or stars and I just didn't get that far with the time I had to play with. so, maybe sometime soon I will do some more of that as gift tags I think. You can find this photo here on their board and this challenge here to play along with us, thanks for stopping by.

Unicorn Wishes

 This envelope gift card holder is a new die from Lynda Kanase's new company called I-Crafter.
and while these were debuting at Creativation this year Ardyth shared some tags that have a zipper type pull away to hid the gift cards in them a couple weeks ago. ( I loved those and went poking about in the store and found this set called Animalopes that make envelopes you can decorate as animal faces. and I knew this was coming in the mail at the same time that Angie was named featured stamper last weekend. And I knew she had this cute IO bunny cards like this and when I was poking about I found this Llama card here. and then my body decided I needed a few days off. so, this took me all week to steal time to get done. 

 I had the bright idea to make this a Unicorn to make changes to Angie's cards. and so, I colored the "horn" with silver wink of stella. the flowers are just some of the many many tons of Prima flowers I have to use up still and I added some nuvo pink drops to the centers. one thing I did was cut the face parts and centers of the ears with some textured off white cardstock. the pink is rubbed on Distress Oxide tattered rose ink, and I cut that with scissors to make a second layer on the ears. the eye lashes were colored with a black tombo marker.

 The sentiment is from the Altenew Birthday greetings set stamped on some SU soft sky and cut with a Simon Say Stamp sentiment strip die. The base here is a pre made Die Cuts with a view 5 1/2" square gate fold card.

 I used some of these clear tiny velcro to hold the nose closed on the envelope. and this is when I realized that maybe these should not be on a card front as, when you open this flap, the horn I kept catching on the edge of the gatefold and also the left ear is a little bent now too.

One thing I did with this is attatched the left side of the face to the left flap and the right side of the sentiment to the right flap so that they pieces work as a little bit of a latch when the card is flat.
I think I will have to think about this with the next ones I make as when you lift the flap the ears and or horns will be bending to open. On the inside there is a piece of Neenah solar white that was cut with the waffle flower lacy layers die.
That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.