Wednesday, April 24, 2013


OK, this is a call for help!  When I saw the Spellbinders Embossabilities Shells, I had to have it...really; love sea shells, and all things ocean. So I finally got to play with it, and now…need help.  I hate to cover it up. Has anyone else used these? What are you doing with them? Any photos you can share? 
I found that I like inking the plate so that the ink goes into the deep impressions, but as these are so 3D, then rubbing some ink over the top left lots of plain paper. 
 Using the Dylusions Ink Spray didn’t show the texture, so I hit the tops with Snow Cap Pigment ink, and that is probably the only one I wouldn’t mind covering up.  The one done on black paper was colored using Perfect Pearls. This was just a quick experiment, and sorta sloppy, but I like it, and again, can’t see how to use it.

So, any suggestions are most welcome!! Thanks for stopping by.

Colored with Perfect Pearls

WOYWW #203

OK...What is wrong with this picture? Or more importantly, what is wrong with ME???
I took the Online Card Class “Pattern Play” to learn to use pattern paper, and hopefully start using up some of my stash.  What I learned was that the papers I love and buy just aren’t the pattern style that fits with my style. So, instead of moving on…LOOK!

Last week a few of my stamp stores that I still am stupid enough to open their sale emails, had sales, on paper packs…so this is from 3 orders that just arrived. 3 of the packs are for Christmas!! (and no…we couldn’t just leave it there; we also bought a white pen, some inchie frames, the clipboard TH die…) But, I do so love that green one on the top from Prima…just sayin’.
So, that is what you see… as well as a few items that didn’t get put away from last weekend’s stamping and clean-up.  The stamp on the left, the white block, is from LaBlanche. Question…how do you store these? I don’t want to have it stacked with the wood mounted, as I’m afraid they will squash it. I also need to find a safe place for the ink palette trays, so they don’t tip.  The one on top I’ve started with the TH Distress Stains.  There is one below with the perfect pearls. 

So there is my work desk; to know the why’s and how’s, and who’s, just go visit Julia at the Stamping Ground; she will make you see Wednesday a whole new way! Have a good week everyone.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WOYWW #202

OK, I really don’t know whats going on with my focusing: I’m still blaming my new-fangled “progressive” eyes, but now I’m not so sure.  But the camera focusing feature seems to be working fine at distances…so bear with me while I figure this out. So, today is Wednesday, which our lovely hostess Julia at the Stamping Ground as deemed a world-wide sharing of work desks.  How very fun!
  The stamp is from Penny Black.  In the top left are two practice pieces from a La Blanche Silicone stamp (feels weird, but stamps well) I was working on my distress marker techniques with.  The new Dylusions Sprays I (/gasp!) still haven’t played with.  All the inks I was just too lazy to put away (honesty…refreshing! LOL!)  and the same with the stamps on the right.

As April is a huge birthday month for my husband’s family, this card is going to my Sister In Law. Can’t believe I actually had paper that went with the stamp…scary when you start going through the stash!! (I have taken teh Onlime Card Class "Pattern Play" and am making an effort to use patterned papers.  Some of the class directions are hanging out on the left.) The stamp is from Penny Black. 

So, I’ve shown mine, now I’ll be peeking in on some of yours.  And as I’m doing this at work, I may not be able to comment, so don’t hold that against me…but I peek in while on hold or waiting for files to print…makes my day so much less mundane!  Have a good week everyone!

Pattern Play Day 5

Well, it was done a while ago, but I’m finally posting my project from the 5th day of the Online Card Classes “Pattern Play”.  And I have to say, this day fit me!! This modified weave block makes such a nice accent. And its fun matching the papers. So much so that I’ve made quite a few blocks to have on hand. And as April is a big birthday month, here are two of the cards going out.

This one is for my brother. With this technique, all you need is one manly image (ok, so the bird not so manly, but he is a bird watcher…) and some strong patterns, and voila! I love the way the varnished pattern added I guess I'll have to start cutting into my Tim Holtz resist papers! LOL!

This one is for my Mother In Law.  The Calla Lilies were colored with distress markers. And now…I need some banner dies…/sigh! 
So, while I determined some of the techniqes just didn't work with my style, overall the class did help me break into the pattern paper stash, and even cut up a few sheets! They say it takes 30 days to make a habit: here's to seeing if thats true!!  To the  Pattern Paper...away!