A Catch-Up Post

 A few weeks ago Karen was the featured stamper and she has this pair of guy cards I loved with the light house scene's and I used them like a sketch for doing my little note for the young man mail carrier who delivers at work. and he has to go into all the businesses that are open in the industrial district as no one has mail boxes outside of their buildings in that part of town.

 a few weeks before that Sharon was featured stamper and I just fell deeply in love with this tag here and I started poking about in my dies knowing I had some bitty clothes ones and came across this Sizzix graduation gown and thought close enough. the sentiment here is from My Favorite Things.

 The ways to use it last week was to not have any stamping... and I had this little pile of alcohol ink backgrounds and thought to my self three dies walk into a bar.. ( the tree die here is a folk art Christmas one from Penny Black) I really love the quirky-ness it has.

This week's featured stamper is Karen, and she has this Pizza gift tag boxed set that totally stopped me in my tracks so I did change all the dies and stamps here but, kept the colors similar, black white silver and lime green because, this is a color combo I never would have put together in a million years and I just love the contrast it has. And that cleans out my to be uploaded file. I hope you are doing well, & thanks for stopping by.

WOYWW # 568 {Loot & Piles}

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So, I have had this feeling the last few weeks that I wanted to send some money out to places I would like to see survive this. ( I still have two orders out in states on total lock down) but, two have arrived. Florida opened up last week on Thursday they sent out mail that they were going back to work and the MFT people had that order shipped to me the same day I placed it and it arrived at my office ( when it was closed over the weekend) so, that came on Monday. wow that's cool :) the Riley & co. order took a little longer than that but, I am just so tickled.

I probably should have spread it around a little better and or cleaned up the mess I made Sunday from the featured stamper challenge ( I filled that little pizza box with Christmas tags seen here) And I did some more messing around with the alcohol inks I showed you last week that finished out here and here

And Finally, its not entirely accurate but, this was seen on facebook and it made me laugh.
I hope you are all doing well, Yesterday the hospital only picked up dry ice once for shipping out testing and that is encouraging. ( the last two weeks they have been picking it up two and three times a day when the normal is to pick up the ice twice a week) so once a day is a maybe things are slowing down everywhere kind of a hope in the back of my mind. Thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {tags}

Not too long ago I picked up a new computer which ended up being an exercise in fustration trying to remember and reset so many passwords. and one of the sites that was the hardest for me was pinterest. but, I finally got into my real original account and I decided to look at things I had saved. and one of them was this board from Linda Shulist that has incredibly 6K+ tags saved to it.
and I started scrolling through that and found this tag from Stamping Mathilda, which just made my jaw hit the floor. and lead to me digging out every piece of clear packaging I could chop up in my room. ha ha

 And so this is what came from that. The bird is from Judi Kins, the diecut leaf is from sizzix Tim Holtz, the clear packaging was from some Sizzix steel ruled dies I picked up both for Christmas last year and some after Christmas holiday sales in January.

 And I started messing around with various embossing folders and tag dies.  but, the thing that kept annoying me was that packaging, its really scratched so the tag when held upright you see all the scratches really well. And then I thought OK just make them distressed and vintage feeling not an issue. but, I really like how the totally clear bird tag turned out so, I had also received a few bottles of new Alcohol inks in the mail last week and thought ok, if you add a bit of color it will hide the scratches. And so it did.
 The sentiment here I added to the bottom of the tag with red liner tape and then used a second strip of cardstock across the back at the same place so that it hides the tape and it made the tag taller. ( this sentiment is from Hero Arts Snarky Christmas messages set, the large snowflake is a Sizzix die the tiny blue one is from either lawn fawn or lil inkers ( I have both of their sitched snow sets and they are similar in scale) The tag was embossed with an Anna Griffin cuttlebug folder.

 This one the sentiment is from Unity Stamps and the holly/berries that are from the hero arts set called Holly Jolly, ( its dies made to cut a stamp set but, they work just fine for felt) The embossing folder here is from cuttlebug called goochie script.

 Now these are Sizzix dies that have a matching embossing folder. the one on the left was run through the goochie script folder and the one on the right was used with the folder that matches the die. the gold piece on the left was part of some frilly layered set I had cut a long time ago to get something out of the middle ( a spellbinders set) and I had saved this drop piece thinking it would be useful some day. the sentiment on these are from the Mama Elephant Merry Christmas Messages on the right and I am pretty sure the left is also a Mama Elephant sentiment but, my mind has gone blank.

This one I had cut the fa la la (Mama Elephant scripty) a long time ago from some cherry cobbler. ( the tree, Sizzix originals Christmas tree #2 die) is a drop piece from something I made years ago. you are getting the idea that  this batch of tags really went along the lines of what ever was in front of me was tossed on them right? I had used a gold leaf pen to trace along the edges of the star above and decided to add some gold to the berries of this holly embossing folder that was used on this tag. There is a bitty SU pine cone charm tied on this one at the top. I think the for you stamp is probably a Hero Arts one.  The two tags that are not finished yet really curled when they came out of the big shot so they are being pressed flat. That's about it from me so far, if you'd like to play along with us you can find this challenge here at SCS. thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW #567 {AI play}

Happy desk peeking day, if you'd like to see more spaces or play along 
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So, I have not had time to make the rounds from last week yet, since there are so many people home the list of stops to visit has gone up yes? ( its not just in my mind) we are still working and we are working more than before. but, last night I was in bed by 9 and I really got the best sleep I have gotten in months. so, to keep this short I had seen this ranger tool come out the day before the stores closed here and I intended to go back the next week or so and get me one... and then all the stores came to a grinding halt, so I looked on Amazon and the price was higher and I tossed it on a wish list and walked away a few days later I went back and looked at it and the price had jumped 5 more dollars and I rolled my eyes and walked away. then I got an email from a nationwide chain that happens to be in my town that had it on sale. you could have curb side pick ups ( there were not any in the store) so, I did the online order added some things to the cart and paid the freight. the next day there was an email from them. ( they canceled the order) ok, so I went back to Amazon, the do not even show it for sale anymore... fast forward another few days. I decide to go look at Ranger online, not only do they have them in stock they have a small crew working and shipping orders. so, I place a small one not expecting to receive this for a long time as they tell you there will be delays. ( this arrived in the mail yesterday) so, the delay was not even all that long for me. along with the tool I picked up two of the new alloys and 3 colors. ( I want more colors) ( I almost have two of the storage tins full of these so, I don't NEED more colors but, they are on the mental greed list now)

so anyways, now I think I need an eye dropper type tool to add regular rubbing alcohol to the yupo sheets before the color to have a little more play time blowing it around before it dries.

Okay so, I had read ( after I ordered it successfully) that it was not going to be a good tool for people with arthritis. evidently mine is not that bad yet, I can squeeze it and the rubber is soft and light weight ( to me ) but, I am also using an ATG gun for double sided tape type glue so my game plan was to play with it asap in case I needed to re gift the tool you know? so, maybe depending on how bad your hands are its a possibility to play with someone else's later when we can play in person together again.

and that's about it from my corner of the internet. will try to do better with commenting this week. Thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Laundry basket quilts}

This week Angie directed our attention to the Laundry basket quilts store online. 
And I loved so many things but, stopped looking when I came across these Holly applique pieces seen below. I knew I could do something textured with an uncluttered feel. So, I left off adding words to these.
 The leaves and berries die is a plush one from Memory box. ( for stitching through cuts of felt) and the embossing folder on this one is from Cuttlebug called wickerweave.

 and in my head I "knew" I had this tuffed looking folder from SU but, I kept going through the basket of 6" square folders and then after I made the one above I had found it in the A2/A6 sized folders basket. ( its the one laying almost flat here) the one on the top left corner is also from SU and it kind of reminds me of a pottery barn medallions velvet quilt set I have. I do not remember the names of the SU folders. I wish they printed them on them but, I think it was something like pressed tin tiles or something along those lines. and the one in the top right color is a holly & berries folder says its called Die'sire holiday holly from the crafter's companion embossalicious line.

These quilt applique pieces can be found here in their store and you can find this challenge here at SCS to play along with us, thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW #566 {some finished things}

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 So I mentioned that there was a VSN a couple of weekends ago and I was working through it right? you can see the one at a time better mug shots here and here. ( I did them all, one is missing from this shot as it was mailed out during the event to one of the people commenting in the chat thread, different hosts sent out cards to people who were randomly picked for happy mail.) after this was shot I had scooped them all up in a stack intending to put them away and clean up the mess I made doing this,

 and in doing that I came across these tags again, I made these years ago and colored them with copic markers when I first got those to play with and was really unhappy with how flat the colors were so, I set them aside, and then a while back I found them again and started adding some pencil over the top of the markers and set them aside again. So, during the cleaning I found them between stamping up catalogs that had come out because the gal I know was putting in an order this week. So, they also got wrapped in plastic bags and all those cards you see the ones that I am not mailing out personally have since been price tagged and stored into the suitcases to see if there will actually be a fall craft bazaar or not. ( at least its not food and store-able)
 and in between those things well, this is the new thing when ( yesterday she turned 1 and this was taken on her birthday) I am doing things in the yard, even if its just walking, she gets ahead of me and drops her ball and waits for me to get there to kick it. It's kind of funny in a way because, all our other dogs would just get in your face with their toys play with me ( all.the.time) so, the fact that she plans to way lay me and wait, it cracks me up and she does get rewarded with a ball either kicked or tossed to chase after. that's about it from me, thanks for stopping by. Yes, I am still working and Yes, I now do the drive every single week to get the dry ice as the hospital is mailing out so many covid 19 tests they pick up ice daily to ship them.


Florapalooza VSN continued

 This was done for Susan's VSN challenge to do a holiday floral. So, I stamped the Penny Black poinsettia on some MME printed sheet music and colored it with some gold kuretake watercolors and then added some SU champagne rhinestones to the center.

 Sonja has the kids challenge this go around and it is to use that fancy fold to make a tulip flower.

 Anita has a challenge called Tulips in Amsterdam and so, I finally inked up this Penny Black gal that I got way back when she was new. The sentiment is also from Penny Black.

 Kim has a challenge to do a chalkboard technique and so I mounted this to a previously colored shipping tag.

 Ann has a challenge to make inchie tiles from a flower and I didn't read the directions ahead of time I just worked of a print out of the spread sheet. ( these tiles were supposed to get glazed and thickened like real tiles) and mine are just flat cardstock up on foam pop dots here.

 Janet has a challenge to do something based on a lemon tree and I came across this lemon stamp that I have no memory of ever using.  this one is 3" x 3" in real life.

Jackie has a challenge to do something for a fairy based on a letter of your name first or last so, that left me with a Strawberry fairy no matter how I looked at it lol. so out came this Lockhart bowl of fruit that was colored with some polychromos pencils real quick. this one finished out at 3 1/2" square in real life and this means I did all the challenges this go around. Yay for me, thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by { American Meadows}

This week Julie has directed our attention to the American Meadows site online. and I came across these painted ferns and I have not seen anything like this in person ever so, it really caught my eye.
and I knew I had picked up this Memory box ferns and berries stamp set a while back because of its sheer size. ( not that I have ever seen a fern with berries on the branches either) That is always a fun thing to me to find new leaves and things to color. and I am sure it probably does not have this color combo but, I really loved all the shades of greys on the leaves of the sample shot ( seen below) I probably added too much greens to mine but, I am really tickled with how this turned out.

 I cannot remember for sure now but, I either stamped the ferns and berries on the strathmore watercolor paper with either bundled sage ink or some other pale ink that was not water reactive, and then I water colored this with a stack of distress oxide inks, Iced spruce & evergreen bough on the leaves, aged mahogany on the stems and berries and antique linen & vintage photo for the background. I did end up going over the tops of this with some polychromos and prisma pencils for texture and shadows. and then I cut the center with a waffle flower A7 rectangle die and popped up the edge piece with foam dots to add some interest to the framing. the sentiment here is from the my favorite things greetings and salutations set.  This card is A7 in real life.
a peek a the fern that inspired these colors. you can find it here in their store and find this challenge here at SCS to play along with us. thanks for stopping by.


FloraPalooze VSN so far

There is a spring VSN going on now with a flowers theme you can find all the individual challenges and chatter threads here at SCS.

Melody has one that was to use the letters in the word Flora. So, I have a funny sentiment, lime green, Orange, Ruffled ribbon & angled panels. The flower is a SU stipple orchid and the sentiment is from Art Impressions.

 Misti has a challenge to have a bouquet of flowers. 
this one is from the Hero Arts togetherness floral set and the sentiment is from their you are loved set.

Lisa has a show flower pots on the project challenge so, I cut this Memory box simple garden pots from some old basic grey printed paper  3 times and tucked in a Tim Holtz garden greens diecut that I had watercolored a while back. I had to laugh later when I seen the set name for it as it really must be a weed since it came out of a greens set and I colored it like it was going to bloom.

 Melody has a second challenge that is a sketch. The flower here is from the SU art of life set and the sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

 Jen has a challenge called if friends were flowers I'd pick you...

 Polly has a fabric challenge where there are three different floral fabrics to pick from for a jump start and I picked one that was red and white. this happens to be a scrap of some Tim Holtz Christmas printed paper and so, I used a chipboard sentiment from his line to go with that.

 Kelly has a spotlight challenge, the flower here is from the Simon Says Stamp floral heart and the sentiment is from their Messages for everyday set.

 So, I have a challenge that is to do a single bud/bloom, budding branch, single beer, with a gratitude theme uncluttered. ( this branch is from the Tim Holtz wild flower stems #1 die set and the sentiment is from the Unity Stamps forest guy set.
 and before I did that one I started out with this one, and I decided there was just too much color in the background to be "uncluttered" and since it was my challenge I decided to make the second one above to post to the gallery as it followed the suggestion a little better. this one the sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp sheet you cut up for the sentiments. ( its not chipboard but, printed sheet)

 Angie has a challenge to do a woods scene and then add something unexpected to it, so I had these trees and the tag sitting on this premade card base for a while now, the intent was to tuck in maybe a deer diecut and go Christmas with it but, when I seen it sitting there I knew it would save me a ton of time over building a woodsy scene so, all I really had to do was stamp off this SSS spring gnomes girl and color her. ( she was cut with scissors and is up on foam pop dots) the sentiment is from the SSS CZ simple sentiments set.

 Kelly has a second challenge to do a vintage watercolor. ( the tutorial for that hides here) and I used the Flowers and leaves are from the SSS Stronger together set and the sentiment is from the MFT gift card greetings with some SU french script in the background.

 Lydia has a do a stamp etching with thin lines and I decided to do mine in color this time around. ( I have done the black and white look before it turns out really elegant) the tutorial for that hides here.

 A closer look at the diecut wild flowers on the stamped background of the card below.

Lee has a challenge to show some wild flowers, so I stamped this Hero Arts silhouette flower background on some canvas strathmore paper and misted it with water and blotted up most the ink, so then I added some color over that with watercolor pencils. The sentiment is from the unity stamps stars in a jar set and the die cut flowers are from the SIzzix / Tim Holtz line done on watercolor paper.

and that is where things stand for me at the moment, I have a list of ones left to do and the deadline is I think Monday? something like that, so the hope is to get a few more of them done over the weekend. Thanks for stopping by.


WOYWW #565 {before & after}

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So, there is a VSN going on now ( virtual stamp night) that went live last Friday and continued through saturday ( challenges loading one per hour) I think I am in the neighborhood of half-way through them... and I had such a mess going on because, I knew I had sentiments "ready to use" and they were loosely sorted into those sturdy plastic envelopes Sizzix uses for dies and I would end up taking them to the table and dumping them to dig and this went on and the frustration mounted so, yesterday after work ( I decided to re sort a little bit and label all those envelopes.) so, the cleaning is almost done and I think I can get back to the creating shortly. well, that's the plan anyways. 
So, its not perfect but, it is better than it was so the hope is it will save a little hunting time down the road, in front of those envelopes are things that were made in batches like if someone through down a make a galaxy background challenge and I did a few sheets the extra's are in front of those envelopes. some are things I made just messing around. when I am doing something really ( inky) messy I tend to do more than one and dry them all at once everywhere I can find a flat surface, so there are some water colored things, heat embossed things, alcohol inked backgrounds that type of thing in there. Things are still OK here we do have the daily numbers of ill people being broadcast as the only thing that is news but, our numbers are not in the sky rocketing like NY numbers as we just do not have the population like that in the middle of nowhere. We've also been selling more dryice to the hospital & labs than normal so, I will be fetching new batches this week and next week. One of the more challenging parts is finding places with restrooms open. I packed my lunch and ate it in a parking lot in the truck last week. so far people are still trying hard to be encouraging to each other so that is really nice to see too. Hang in there & take care of yourselves, it may take me a while to make the rounds. & thanks for stopping by.

Inspired by { Joy of Socks}

This week Amy has us looking inside the joy of socks site and I happened across the paisley ones below and just loved them.

 I knew that I own paisley background stamps and decided it would be really easy to color them in that combo but, when I was making samples for VSN I came across this old Basic Grey printed paper and started to laugh so, I ended up using some waffle flower lacy square dies to cut that and the sentiment is from the picket fence studios one year older set and I cut that with a Simon says stamp sentiment strip die. and just smiled. the happy birthday is on the inside.
These socks can be seen here in their store and you can find this challenge here at SCS to play along. thanks for stopping by.