Another Floating Inlaid Die Watercolor

Hello. Still on my finishing UFOs roll, and here's the 2nd card I did with the floating die technique I saw on a Catherine Pooler Floating Inlay die video.

- Stamped the image with Versamark, embossed with white EP. Used Tim Holtz watercolor markers in shades of yellows to color. The photo looks quite washed out, IRL it looks more intense.
I didn't position the watercolor image properly to insert it behind the cutout on the stripe paper just right for the petals to fit. So....after watching Catherine's 2nd video, where she used acetate, I partially trimmed the w/c paper portion, adhered to some clear packaging acetate, and made it fit into the space as it needed to go. Worked just fine. Whew! However, where the 2nd flower is placed, there was just a slight gap.

Decided to color the image that had been fussy cut from the strip dp, and use it to cover the gap. This was done with Copic Yellow markers with a red fine line pen to outline the stamping. When I was placing the 2nd flower, the stripes were matching the card front. However as I was photographing, I noticed I had not placed it in line with the stripes when I stuck it down. Too late to pull it up (I did try :-0), but it was down pretty good. Decided to leave it as is, and call this my Amish touch (you know, when a quilt is made, there is a deliberate flaw...if you're a quilter, I'm sure you've heard of this!). At least the wonky stripe patterns make it stand out a bit.

Oh yes, the sentiment was done with the Sizzix Adventure set of dies...quite a few in the set. There is pale yellow c/s behind it, and I saved the bits from the stripe dp die cut, to add back in the letters d,s,o,e. It looks quite odd otherwise.

One more UFO done except for the insert! Thanks for your visit and come again when you can. Blessings.


Impression Obsession Happy Birthday

Welcome & Good morning. Back again with a birthday card made with an Impression Obsession image by Gary Robertson called Wagon Wheel. Gary is one of my favorite of the IO artists and his images are always so evocative of a bygone time..very detailed and take time to color. I decided to use Polychromos pencils on this one. Thought it would give a more vintage look to the final card. I keep trying to improve my pencil blending, but it doesn't come easily to me.  Our family has a lot of birthdays during the summer, so this is one of the first ones due for a nephew.

- Image was colored, then die cut with a S/B deckled rectangle.

- coppery background was an attempt to create the faux tile technique I had seen on SCS, done by Dina Kowal. Mine didn't turn out as nicely as did Dina's, but I liked it anyway. Covered a piece of cardboard from a Cola 6 pack carrier with gesso, and while it was wet, covered it with aluminum foil. Let that dry overnight. Next used some metallic copper acrylic paint, spread with a brayer, several coats.

- C/B oriental motif EF to emboss this piece, and discovered the aluminum can tear easily.
After this embossing, used some Inca Gold (in the larger containers. I've found that the small pots of this stuff - which may be an older formulation - dry so completely that you cannot rehydrate them. So I will not buy any more of this small pots!!!). Spread this with my finger - trying to get just on the top of the embossing. Then carefully wiped this down with a paper towel. I think the places where the silver foil peeks through adds a bit of patina.

Some Starform gold stickers for the corners & sentiment finished it off. As I look at the photo, the sentiment is not showing up as well as it should. However, it's down well, so I am not about to try to change it now! Been there, done that, and wished I had just left things alone.

Base card is just a slightly textured brown. I think it will work well for a guy. Hope you like this one.


Happy Little Stampers May 2015 CAS #2

Hello...Gosh I seem to be on a roll this week, after being so lazy the last few weeks. At least I am managing to clean up some UFO-s that have been hanging around.

Here's my 2nd card for the Happy Little Stampers May 2015 CAS Challenge. Let's get to it:

- MBox Tulip Bouquet die used for the die part of the challenge. The background behind is watercolor paper, using Koi watercolors. After cutting the die from the white c/s the frame of the die cut piece was colored with a red Pentel Slicci pen for the flower part, and green on the leaves and stems. Replaced a couple of the die bits on the leaves as those areas had not gotten filled in on the w/c paper. The other leaves just show the watercolor background.

- added a few clear rhinestones. I never really know how to properly place these things...just know that it's best to use odd numbers.  The top layer was raised up by using white fun foam per Jennifer McGuire's technique.

Off I go to link up! Thanks for coming and hope you will have a wonderful day. Hugs.


Happy Little Stampers Challenge for May 2015

Hi, and welcome. I've been trying for quite some time to get something finished that would fit into the Happy Little Stampers Challenge. Finally I did get something that I think will work. In fact, 2 somethings! Lately I've been trying to finish up a bunch of UFO's, that have been hanging around - seems like forever. Hunting for some things I ordered, put in a safe place...and can't find. Finding other things that I'd looked for earlier. Sound familiar?

First though, help me welcome a new friend, Kathy, of KTKrafts.  Please take a few moments to go over, enjoy Kathy's wonderful blog, and say hello. You won't be sorry you did! It's been a while since I had a new follower (have been seeing them disappear, then reappear), so it was happy, happy to see a new friendly face show up in the pictures' list.

Now, on to the card:

- MBox Ringo Tile die* cut out the white c/s, and Sizzix XandO EF. It is not showing well, but there are 2 scored lines separating the embossed section and the panel. Behind the panel is a previously done spray piece (believe it was Dylusions..I've been experimenting with Brusho-s and Dylusions - so there's plenty of background pieces. I _should_ write on the back of the piece what product was used, but ...)

- Frantic Stamper sentiment die cut from the same color.

- added a few sequins...and folks, that's my CAS!

*First tried die cutting the MB die with some textured Win-Win c/s (it's like Bazzill). Did lots of passes, but it did not cut well. Added a metal shim, still not a clean cut. Tried with varying thin card stocks...flipping & rotating the die as it was being cut. After working with some good sharp scissors to cut out bits of the panel, I gave it up. Decided to try one more time with just the cheap Walmart brand of GP cardstock, just a few back n forth passes - no shims - the die cut very cleanly. Only had to poke out just a couple of bits. The main panel was raised up on thin white fun foam - a technique I've seen Jennifer McGuire doing lately.

I'm off to link up with Happy Little Stampers Challenge for May 2015.

Thanks for joining me today, big hugs all round, and hope if you've not been feeling well lately, that you're on the mend! God Bless.


DeeDee's Digis - Grown with Love #2

Hi - it's Monday once more. When I was working, I always dreaded having Monday come around -- even when I liked the job that I had at the time. Just something about having to get up early, go to work. Much nicer to have the day to sleep in if you want, make your own choices as to what you will do that day. Plus, you don't have to put up with office politics. Yay!

Here's the 2nd card made with the DeeDee's Grown with Love set. The background DP came from the set Chance of Showers.  Just FYI, there are some great sets for the Upcoming Father's Day as well. An added bonus of these DeeDee's sets is the ability to combine elements from the different sets that fit in with whatever it might be that you are currently working on. Resizing the designs is another feature that I enjoy, along with the precolored images if I don't have time to color the line art that is with all the sets. Some of the sets have digi papers, some do not. All of the sets have appropriate sentiments too. Nice to have available, to use whenever you might need it.

- Bouquet die cut with MFT Stitched Circle die. Background colored with Copics, and added WoS to the heart and flowers.
- Gloves, garden tools and sack were fussy cut and adhered to the collage. The sack was shaded a bit with copics on the front side. Corners were curled a bit, so added some heavy brown copic shades on the back side, knowing that it would bleed through the front and give a 'used look' to the bag.
- Photo doesn't show it well, but the dp was embossed with a PTI Cover Plate: Stitched Die. It gives a very faint impression. Since the dp was thinner paper, a piece of normal card stock was placed behind so that the die would not cut through the paper.
- Card base is a pale yellow. This will go to a SIL who loves to garden. She is happiest when she is outside working in her flowers.
- Misti helped to place the sentiment which is from a very old Inkadinkadoo clear set - Personal Impressions.
It is  the middle of the month so if you haven't made up your card for DeeDee's  Digi of the Month Challenge now is the time to start getting serious! You have 2 weeks left since the challenge will run to May 31st.

This month "Dad's Day Off" is featured. (available here for Non-EU residents or here for EU residents).
Here's another joke that arrived in our email last week. I laughed, so I hope you will too.

A woman was at her hairdresser's getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome
She mentioned the trip to the  hairdresser, who responded:  " Rome? Why would anyone want to
go there? It's crowded and dirty. You're crazy to go to Rome. So,how are you getting there?"
"We're taking Continental," was the reply. "We got a great rate!"
"Continental?" exclaimed the hairdresser. "That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight
attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?"

"We'll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome's Tiber River called Teste."
"Don't go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks it’s going to be something special and
exclusive, but it's really a dump."

"We're going to
go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope."

"That's rich," laughed the hairdresser. "You and a million other people trying to see him.
He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it."

A month later, the woman again came in for a hair do.

The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.

"It was wonderful," explained the woman, "not only were we on time in one of Continental's brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.. And the hotel was great! They'd just finished a $5million remodeling job, and now it's a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner's suite at no extra charge!"
"Well," muttered the hairdresser, "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the Pope."
"Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me. Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me.."
"Oh, really! What'd he say??!!!"
He said, "Who screwed up your hair?!!"
LOL! Come again when you have time, and have a great day. Hugs & Thanks for visitin'.



DeeDee's Digi-s Grown with Love

Happy Sunday afternoon. It's been a lovely sunny day in our area, and a fairly quiet weekend. Got a few house chores done yesterday while DH was off to a local carshow, where he got sunburned. I _told_ him to be sure to use sunblock...Oh well!

Today's card has been in the making for a bit; just had to sit Self down to put it together. The DeeDee's Digi set is Grown with Love and is bound to be useful for those gardeners that are on your card list. Most of the images in this set were fussy cut. I had enough to make 2 cards, and here's the one shared this afternoon. Hope you like it.


- Seed packet and flower pots dumped on the grass are from the set. Actually the seed packet looks a bit too large for the wheel barrow, but wanted the face of it to show well.

- IO Die165-H for the wheelbarrow, cut from a white snippet and colored to be cheery using Copics.

- MB flower pots from white snippet and tucked in the wheel barrow.

- MB simple hummingbird die was cut from a snippet of Dylusions sprayed paper. His bill was colored with the Staedtler fine line pens, and then used the black to free hand some feathers.

- IO Die156-H birdhouse - white snippet colored with Copics. The red heart was colored red, then added some WoS & added back in the opening. The elements are not proportional, but I like all of 'em on here anyway. I think it's a Happy card.

- Grass was done with various Copic greens, just flicking the blade strokes.

- Background was a previously done Dylusions background piece that I thought would look ok, as it had greens, blues & yellows - just like a summer day.

- Misti used to stamp the Inky Antics sentiment, from Magnificent Men. I think this might be DH's Dad's day card, if I don't manage to get another one done before the day. He really IS my hero - Most of the time anyway!

Since I do have quite a few Snippety bits on this one, and since there is a new week (177) at the Snippets Playground), I think I shall just zip over the pond to say Hello to little Parsnip. Won't you join us?

Also do yourself a favor and check out the wonderful digis that are available, both to International and USA shoppers at DeeDee's Digis. There is still time to enter the monthly challenge that ends May 31. Remember, you have until May 31 to share your own creation made with this set and link it up to the challenge post in order to receive next month's featured set for FREE.

Another one from the Rogues' Gallery! Can't you see they are having a good time?

And I'll close with a joke...hope it gives you a little smile. Come again when you can. God Bless


The Power of Believing in One's Friends


A contestant, Sally, on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' had reached the  final plateau.
If she answered the next question correctly, she would win $1,000,000.
If she answered
incorrectly, she would pocket only the $25,000 milestone money.

And as she suspected it would be, the million-dollar question was no
pushover. It was,
'Which of the following species of birds does not build  its own nest but instead lays its eggs
in the nests of other birds?

Is it:

A) the condor

B) the buzzard

C) the cuckoo

D) the vulture

The woman was on the spot. She did not know the answer. She had used up her 50/50 Lifeline
and her Ask the Audience Lifeline. All that remained was  her Phone-a-Friend Lifeline. She hoped
she would not have to use it because her friend was, well, blonde. But she had no alternative.

She called her friend and gave her the question and the four choices.

The blonde responded unhesitatingly:  'That's easy. The answer is C: the cuckoo.'

The contestant had to make a decision and make it fast. She considered 
 employing a reverse strategy
and giving Meredith any answer except the one that her friend had given her. And considering her
friend was a blonde that would seem to be the logical thing to do. But her friend had responded

 with such confidence, such certitude, that the contestant could not help but be convinced.

'I need an answer,' said Meredith.

Crossing her fingers, the contestant said, 'C: The cuckoo.'

'Is that your final answer?'

'Yes, that is my final answer.'

And Meredith replied, 'That answer is.... Absolutely correct!

You are now a millionaire!'

Three days later, the contestant hosted a party for her family and friends,
 including the blonde who
had helped her win the million dollars.

'Joni, I just do not know how to thank you,' said the contestant. 'How did you happen to know the
right answer?'

'Oh, come on,' said the blonde... 'Everybody knows that cuckoos don't build nests. They live in clocks.'

Sally fainted...........................



Brusho Background, with Lavinia Stamp on Sue Wilson dies

Good evening, Sweet Bloggers. Thanks for popping by. It's been a hot day here at our house, but we just enjoyed a nice dinner with #2 Bro & SIL...some good southern bbq. Yummy.

Now on to the card for tonight:

- Background was made with Eileen Godwin's Ranger Spritzer tool and Brushos.

- Die cut with a Sue Wilson die - forget which one! But if anyone wants to know, I will happily provide the info.

- Lavinia Stamp - Dancing Til Dawn - stamped in Versafine Olympia Green using the Misti. Stamped it twice to get good coverage. Then sprayed the piece with Tattered Angels gold spray mist, let it dry.

- Another SWilson die cut the black cardstock base. Again, not sure which one, but can add the info.

- Turquoise blue glitter paper behind the filigree.

Left the sentiment off the front, and have it as part of the inside verse.

This is my first Lavinia die. I wanted to get the Poppy Pods seen on Eileen's Brusho video. Since the shipping was a bit pricey, got a few other stamps in the order. This is the first fairy stamp I have, and now I see another one that I'm longing for. Oh me...

Enjoy your evening, and as always, thanks for your visit.  Come again when you can. Big hugs.