WOYWW #598 { Tags & Loot}

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
Tuesday when I got home from work as I had put together that tag seen in the mess at ohdarkthirty when before the sun came up. (after this was shot I did clean this up and make a couple more fallidays things the glitter ones) I think the carpet may still sparkle.
So, I mentioned I have been a shopping fool yes? Happy Birthday to me evidence has arrived. (it was last month and I bought so much stuff that there is just not time enough to play with it all and its been piling up. but, the hope is that with the long holidays approaching soon I will have time to make things with it.

as seen on tv..hahaha nope, wait it was rather a link during the coffee lovers blog hop, Amy posted something with these cups and I ended up ordering the November die release package and the snowflake stamps and that starry border die because, ( I think the stars will look awesome behind the Santa) Speaking of the coffee hop I actually won one of the prizes a gift certificate from Kat Scrappiness which is really exciting.

This is a quick look at the tag that is in the middle of the mess. it is two colored twine wrapped around a candy cane die ( from the ton seen above) and then the candy cane was cut from the red tag shape and the wrapped piece is behind the red tag and backed with a second white tag so its sandwiched in between the two tags and its texture peeks through. Its a fallidays challenge from Kelly that has a tutorial seen here. 

That sentiment is from the ellen hutson retro holiday greetings set and the tag shape is a poppy stamps mainstreet pinpoint tag. ( the largest one in the set)  I am totally counting down the days until I have some time off. Oregon went back into a partial lock down again starting today which will make finding an open place to use the rest room a challenge on the days I haul Ice. ( tomorrow) supposedly this one is a 2 week one but, I am not so sure 2 weeks will make a dent in it so, I bet it will be extended through the holidays. We are healthy and hanging in there here, hope you are all too. Thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Cute Tape}

 This week Angie has the Inspiration challenge taking a look at Cute Tape online where I found this pretty floral one and I loved the colors but, I am in Make Christmas cards mode now. And it is also the end of the week for the fall/winter coffee lovers blog hop so, I have combined them both into what you see here.
 This to-go cup with the bloom is a new one from the Stamplorations line called Falalalalatte and the sentiment is from the Holiday Mocha feels set. The image was stamped on some Neenah and colored with Polychromos and prisma pencils. I did not blend the cup as I did some cross hatching and I wanted the texture to remain there. I also added some Nuvo crystal drops to the stamens in the center and this was cut out with scissors and is up on foam pop dots over everything else. The other square pieces are from the Waffle flower lacy squares die and the Memory Box stitched circle die. The ribbon is unknown (but, maybe Stampin' Up) and the printed paper is from Kaiserkraft. I did tone it down a little towards the center by cutting one layer of the set of dies with some thin vellum that was run through an Xyron to give it that total adhesive coverage as I do not have good luck with the "vellum" tape runner style glues not showing through. It's just a simple one but, it made me smile when it was done as its a not so traditional color combo for me. This one finished out at 5 1/2" square in real life.
You can find all the details to play along with & be inspired by the players of the hop here, The social media hashtag is #fallwinter2020clh  and you can find the inspiration challenge here at SCS. That's about it from me, thanks for stopping by.


Fall/Winter coffee lovers blog hop {day 7}

 Hi, Welcome back. The continues to be a Falliday's challenges are SCS and the bi-annual Coffee lovers blog hop going on now so this is a two-fer card that works for the hop and for Kathy's fallidays challenge to do either Thanksgiving or a Thank-you card (autumn themed)

So, I stamped off this Tricia gal from Unity stamps on some Neenah and colored her with prisma & polychromos pencils. I cut that with a Waffle flower slim rectangle die ( and used the same die set for the Mello Moss layer) and then cut some Die Cuts With A view printed stripe paper with a pinkfresh studios Diagonal stitched slimline die for that mat. The base here is some baked brown sugar and its 4" x 9" in real life.  Does anyone recognize that sentiment? ( I have spent the last couple of years unmounting a bunch of old wood blocked sets and I do not have that one in the evernote file) but, it is rubber and best guesses are Unity Stamps, Hero Arts or SU. ( not really sure) 

You can find this blog hop going on here to see a lot of pretty in one place and if you are playing along the hastag for social media is #fallwinter2020clh The Fallidays challenges can be found here at SCS. That's about it from me, hope you are staying well and thanks for stopping by. 


WOYWW # 597 {gift sacks}


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, there is a coffee lovers fall/winter blog hop going on now, and there is also Fallidays challenges happening at SCS. some of my previous entries are in the posts before this one.  I always need a pile of gift card holders for work turkey cards. ( they are really gift cards to a one stop shopping place that even has a gas station) because, in the past employees were sent home with a turkey at Thanksgiving and at Christmas and one year we received a turkey that was bigger than our oven. Yeah, for a long time now we have just gone the gift card route. I had seen there there was a make a gift card holder as one of the Fallidays challenges and I started doing these last weekend from a die that I had not played with previously ( I don't think)  but, I had no time to mess with them on Monday so this is a Tuesday when I got home shot and yes, I deliberately left it looking like this since then just to have something with more texture than my glass mat to shoot for you all ha ha. The washi tape is a recent birthday gift from Cortnie that I had opened yesterday as the shop trucks are rotating through tire places and the dealerships for tires to be swapped out for winter studded ones and oil changes and I took some scraps and skinny dies to work Monday with the intentions of cutting some in the slow times but, forgot to haul down some washi tape so, a roll of that went to work yesterday ( and no, I did not have time to cut any) but, today is one of the days I will be there without my truck so as a captive audience I just may cut some bitty memory box to-go coffee cups. I have an idea for them to use as ornaments on a tree and I really don't know if it will work but, that's one of the ideas floating around in my brain while I was wishing I was at home from work. It is Veteran's day in the US today and I have an idea of what I want to do when I get home again so, hopefully I can get this mess moved out of the way first.  And the most exciting news is I signed the contract for the fiber line install yesterday so, hopefully I will have a count down to install it date soon. That's about it from me, stay safe out there and thanks for stopping by.


Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter blog Hop {day 4}

 Hi, Welcome back It's day 4 of the Coffee Lovers fall/winter blog hop and this is just a simple one because, I wanted the sentiment (Katzelkraft batman darkside quotes set) that made me smile to have center stage. ( it was impossible to catch the lights on this but, all those coffee beans (honeybee stamps) have been covered with some diamond glaze so, this has some pretty cool texture and shine in real life. The sentiment panel is up on foam pop dots over that background. There is a little bit of espresso distress oxide ink along the edges of that to help transition from all the white to the background a little easier on the eyes.

The beans were stamped with Versafine and watercolored with a handful of brown waterbased markers. The sentiment panel was diecut with a My favorite things stitched rectangle die and the beans on it were also covered with some diamond glaze. the textured ric rac was something I found in a local craft warehouse store ( a few years back) it had no mfg. info on the spool. This one finished out at A2 in real life.

You can find all the projects being shared here and also play along there too. The hashtag for sharing on social media is #fallwinter2020clh . That's about it from me, Thanks for stopping by.


Day Three {Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter blog hop}

 It's Day 3 of the Fall & Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop. (you can find all the details here to play along and see some neat projects) The hashtag for social media is #fallwinter2020clh

This is a closer look at the gal from Unity Stamps set called Just what I needed. She was stamped with versafine on some strathmore Watercolor paper and water colored. and then when that was dry I added some stardust gelly roll pen to the splatter and buttons. there is also a little bit of Polychromos pencils in her hair and shading in the clothes.

The sentiment is also from Unity Stamps the cute Snowman to go set. This was cut with a Simon Says Stamp sentiment strip die. I did get some Karin skin tone water based markers recently. ( and there is a learning curve like anything else) the only skin she was showing was the hand. and you guessed it, it was the last thing I needed to color and instead of making a puddle on the glass mat and lifting in some color I went direct to paper with it. ( it was dark) and not at all skin toned looking, I have actually lifted a bunch of the color away with water and then the paper started to pill so, I stopped. I think that its not really the first thing you notice about this card and I will give it away.

Today is the day a new Featured Stamper is celebrated at SCS and today it is Jane, as it happens I have admired the colors and detailing of this pretty card here since she posted it so, I did use it as the inspiration to jump start mine. I kept the colors, changed the theme & used the vertical wood planks to mimic her score lines. The wood grain print is some very thin paper from Recollections, and I cut an offset window through it with a Waffle Flower A7 lacy layers die. I used a blue fine liner pen to draw the faux corners from the window on the wood paper. I also moved the sentiment to overlap the image. The base is some Bazzill and this one is 6 " square in real life. We actually got our first snow of the season here last night and So, I am picturing myself being just that bundled up when I head outdoors later. Thanks for stopping by.


Day two { Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter Blog Hop}

 Hi, Welcome back it's day two of the Fall/Winter coffee lovers blog hop. 

(you can find all the details about that here to play along and see some fun projects )

                                                    A closer look at the center of the card.

on Halloween I happened across a post that Amy had made inside the facebook group about a pre-order from Stamplorations for November ( you can find their home page here) where the current specials are listed. And I caved, and the stamps arrived in the mail last night (YAY) :) it is upland game bird season here so hubs was out the door at ohdarkthirty today and I started coloring this image from the holiday mocha feels set  With some polychromos and prisma pencils under a couple of ott lights. ( if you click on these photos it will enlarge them and you can hit your browsers back button to continue reading) that was finished off with some clear wink of stella on the foliage and some Nuvo crystal drops on the coffee beans. This was cut with a My Favorite Things mod stitched square die. The coffee bean background is a 6" square sized from Honeybee Stamps and it was stamped with some pinecone versafine on Kraft cardstock and colored with ground espresso distress oxide and 4 different water based markers. 


The finished card, there is also the annual "Fall-days" challenges holding at SCS at the moment and Misti has a use buffalo plaid on a holiday card as a challenge and I thought this ribbon picked up the colors of this card really well. ( I guess it is not a true "buffalo" plaid, fortunately there are no stamping police ;) ) This card finished out at 6" square. Thanks for these challenges ladies & thanks for stopping by.


Inspired by {Plaid Crafts}

 This week Julie is taking the Inspiration to Plaid crafts online you can see their site here and their pinterest boards here. I knew in advance that the Coffee Lovers blog hop for the second half of the year would also go live on this day and so, I did look for "coffee" as a jump start inside the Plaid crafts site. and I came across those cool painted travel mugs seen below.

 I really loved the colors of the paints so, that was my main thought followed by scales of products I have collected over the years I knew I could jury rig something that would work. ( an ornament on a cup) so, these to-go cups are My Favorite Things LLD coffee cup die cut from some Neenah solar white 110#. The ornaments & their decorations are from the  Lawn Fawn stitched ornaments set of dies. These were mostly also cut using Neenah but, the heart is some colored cork paper from Die cuts with a view. The gold is some shimmer and there are bits of stickles crystal glitter glue, gold elastic cord and foam pop dots also on these. I colored the blue one with a Zig clean brush marker and a gold gel pen. The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Coffee break set. The frame was cut from a piece of Craft Consortium Festive Grunge paper with a Waffle Flower lacy layers stitched square dies. The sentiment the first time around I stamped it directly to the frame but, it was in a really dark grungy part of the print so, I re-stamped it on a scrap from the frame and paper pieced that into the frame for some subtle texture. I think it makes it a little easier to read. This finished out at 5 1/2" square in real life with a base made from Stampin' Up!'s Bermuda bay colored cardstock.

 This image source is from here. You can find this challenge here at SCS to play along with us and

If you'd like to play along with this hop and see some fun projects you can start looking here. The hash tag for social media posts is ‪#fallwinter2020clh 

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


WOYWW# 596 {Fallidays}


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, you may have noticed that the Falliday's challenges and tutorials opened on Monday. ( you can find the threads here) and its a more relaxed deal than any of the others. the challenges load monday, wed, friday with a tutorial on those days also. So, two of the challenges on monday involved watercolor paper and diecuts so, I grabbed a couple of holly & berry sets from Sizzix cut some pieces and started watercoloring them on monday night after work. ( I did finish one tuesday am before work) seen below and the other is still sitting there waiting for how to continue with the leaves for the other. And yep, today a new batch uploaded but, I am not stressing this as yesterday the school officially called it that they cannot hold their fundraiser craft bazaar like usual. ( most places called theirs last spring) but, this school really depends on this and waited until the last minute to say we are not in a good enough place to continue. ( the limit is 100 bodies in a building here and there are more vendors than that) So, on one hand I have been expecting it and not really doing the craft like a crazy chick thing this year but, on the other hand as it got closer I kept stressing about the what if they really hold situation as I do not have the number of tags I would normally make and sell ready. So, I just took a big deep breath again and said this is the first year in a dozen years that the only things I need to make are what I want to give away. and that is a very freeing feeling. 

The card below is the one off to the left in the desk shot above. ( its water colored with distress oxide inks) and I will be picking up the Ice for work today and I know I have not been making the rounds. but, I hope you are all doing well and Thanks for stopping by.) 

This sentiment is a stand alone one from Unity Stamps. and this card is a funny little 5" x 4 3/4" in real life. I did tuck some glue dots under the edges of the leaves the next morning when it was dry and then ran the whole card through the big shot so smoosh it all together a little better so, nothing pops off it in the mail down the road.