Tuesday, June 20, 2017

SUMMER RETREATS

I am loving having the granddaughters here. We are doing so much together. But I also need a little 'me' time so I'm taking part in not one but TWO art retreats this summer. I'm not sure how much I'll accomplish on either one but it least I'll have something creative to contemplate in a quiet moment here and there.

One begins in July. I'm talking about The Reset Girl 'Camp Reset' with Cori Spieker. I love her retro vibe and I think camp with her is going to be a lot of fun.

The other one is a Full-On soulful journey with 25 amazing ladies. The Women Unleashed On-Line Retreat is totally FREE!

This retreat is filled with sessions on art, movement, and all kinds of mini workshops to help you slow down and nourish yourself. Sessions are led by world renowned artists, teachers, speakers, authors and healers from all over the world. 
When you attend the Woman Unleashed Online Retreat you can...
•Attend the retreat sessions around your schedule.
•Wear your favorite comfy yoga pants. No need to brush your hair!
•Drink tea (or wine) from your favorite cup.
•Be a part of a global tribe of women who are saying YES!! to themselves.
You’ve been taking care of everything and everyone... now it’s TIME FOR YOU!

I hope you'll join me for either... or both.. of these artful journeys.
Creative Blessings!
Kelly

Monday, June 19, 2017

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Art Journal Page

The girls had fun using ink on glossy cardstock yesterday. They puddled ink, spritzed with water, tilted paper, blew with a straw (grandpa's suggestion) and had a really good time. Abby's came out a bit muddy but blotting with a roll of paper towels revealed a very pretty background.

Unfortunately, those pictures are on my phone and not on my regular camera. But, I do have a plan for those backgrounds so I'll show everything in a couple of weeks.

Now that the girls are acclimated to their new surroundings, this week we begin a regular routine. A routine that requires integrating their 'summer schooling' and weekly library trip in with my already established household routine.

So in the business, it's nice when I can take some 'me' time as I did yesterday.

Using some of the negatives from items I'd cut out to include in ATCs (which I will show as soon as recipients have seen them first), I created the second layer of an existing background (sunflower yellow)


I also used the relief from the labels that go on the backs of unmounted rubber stamps from SU.

I love using the negative spaces to create journaling and doodling blocks on my pages. 

I taped the edges down with blue tape...


and got busy with (Folk Art)  Red Violet, Light Blue, Yellow Citron and Podge Pink

After drying, I removed the stencils and started doodling with my Precision Pens from American Crafts. 


I outlined everything except the burgundy tag in the bottom left with a 08 and did most of the lettering with a 08. The tag was outlined with a signo white as well as the embellishments to the pink floral doily at the top. I colored in the doodle snake with Studio G paint markers from Michaels.

Not much of a page but was relaxing to just sit and play while we watched tv before bed. 

Do you doodle? Art Journal? play with paints? Link me to your creative goodness in the comments below. Inspire me!

Creative Blessings!
Kelly



Monday, June 12, 2017

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Shaving Cream!

I'm late getting in here but it's a bit busy around here. LOL The girls are having a good time so far. They even totally forgot about asking for their tablet/ phone yesterday!

Today, I've had several webinars so they've had their devices part of the day.

So what have we been doing?  Well, yesterday I introduced them to the shaving cream technique. They used them to make card bases which became Father's Day cards they could mail to their daddy. We used all Stampin' UP! reinkers


I took the opportunity to make bases for my bases for the WOYWW 8th Anniversary ATC's. The full sheets are mine.


Abby (age 5)
She used Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Gray


We added mats from the SU Color Theory Designer Series Paper
Heart - SU
Sentiment - SU - Sentiments

We used the Stitched Framelits dies from SU for the small squares


Adrian (Age 9)

Adrian chose Real Red, Marina Mist, Black


Adrian used inks to color the edges of Whisper White cardstock.
She used the Stitched Framelits dies.

She chose SU - So In Love for her flower/ sentiment
 and SU - Wonderous Wreath for the bow

Because Adrian is older and been playing with my toys since the age of 2, she had a bit more freedom to be creative such as using the dauber to color the edges as well as learning to use the Watercolor Pencils. She thought those were pretty cool. 

Both girls got to use the Vagabond to cut their dies with plenty of supervision. Adrian will be using the Vagabond more as the summer progresses. 

I know you guys have been waiting to see the paper cabinet. I hope to have pictures on Wednesday.








Monday, June 5, 2017

TIME OUT!

As much as I tried to avoid this, I have to take a Time Out with this blog. I was hoping to get some things scheduled to carry me over until the girls got here and we found a routine. A vehicle breakdown and trying to get the house ready for two additional little girls has really cramped my creating time.

On the upside, Adrian LOVES to craft so we can stamp together and I'll have stuff to share from both of us.

I haven't forgotten to show the paper unit. That should happen a week from Wednesday. I'm not planning on being away from the blog very long... just not going to happen this week.

Creative Blessings!
Kelly

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WOYWW - 417


It is what it is. I'm showing you my desk this week. The paper cabinet is almost organized. I just have the current SU stamp sets to move over there. Should have a picture for you in two weeks. I won't be posting next week because I'll be picking up my granddaughters from the airport. I've not seen the girls (9 and 5) in almost 4 years and this grandma isn't missing a minute of time with them. We should be settled in to a routine by the following week and I'll be back.

In the mean time, I have the May Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin Up. They are donut cards complete with sprinkles in the stamp set. I'm going to finally get this kit put together today and posted on my Stampin Up blog.

The day my kit arrived I was on day two of a super high fever that came and went over the course of four days. Bob came in the bedroom to tell me I had happy mail. I mumbled something and went right back to sleep. I just had a fever, nothing else, and lost 5 pounds over the course of the virus.

The stuff in the center back all gets a new home this weekend. The stuff to the left will stay as will the white box in the back to the right of the Paper Pumpkin box. That holds my needle pad, stamp cleaner pad and cutting mat as well as my card kit from a group I belong to on SplitcoastStampers.

Remember, I have a Color Challenge here the third Monday of each month. There is still time to play in the May Challenge.

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list.

Friday, May 26, 2017

FRIDAY FREEBIE - REALLY - FREE!

 Last week I received this in the mail - truly HAPPY MAIL!



When I opened the card ,this is what I found inside....


I waited a couple of days then decided to place my order before I lost the GC and they were offering Free Shipping. (I learned later it was for $35 and over orders)  
My luck, Oriental Trading was redesigning their site to include their new Wedding line and there were issues. When I got to the cart, everything crashed and I couldn't remember everything I'd put in there. 

A phone call to customer service got me in touch with the nicest person I've ever come across in Customer Service. She volunteered to read through every description if the catalog if I needed her to. LOL Well, I didn't have to go that far and in the end, I only wound up forgetting one item. Not too shabby.  She gave me the Free Shipping on my $21 order for the inconvenience plus emailed me a $5 coupon as well as Free Shipping on my next order.

Three days later, this box arrived:


30"x17"x4"

And this was greeted me when I opened the box:


Everything could have fit in a box half this size! 

I had ordered 2 sets of one brad design and the invoice reflected my order but they only shipped one. A quick call to a CS that wasn't near as nice as Laurie has my absent set of squirrels on their way.

A note that I thought was surprising. They are discontinuing their scrapbook line. They are seeing scrapbooking and card making not as popular. Hmmm... maybe not for them, or in the way they are marketing. So unless they do a major clearance on SB product, I won't be ordering from them any time soon.







Monday, May 15, 2017

COLOR CHALLENGE #5

The office is coming along. I finally have all of the Stampin' Up supply unit finished with space to spare :-D Not sure how that happened but the new catalog launch in two weeks should help take care of that little issue. LOL

We had some link issues last week but I think we have those fixed. Won't know for sure until someone jumps in on the challenge.

I found a picture this week from ICB (In Color Balance) that has a sneak peek at variations of the new 2017-2019 In-Colors. Not all but a couple... the top one is a little more red than Berry burst and the bottom is a bit more blue than Tranquil Tide. The other 3 colors do not even come close... just liked the spectrum of this poppy.



Here's my card for the challenge:


I found the first color in the selection was closer to Cherry Cobbler. So I chose Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky and the Tranquil Tide from Stampin' UP!'s new In-Colors. I also chose to highlight the new Eastern Palace Suite bundle, using the Dies, Stamp set, DSP and the gold sticker trim with Very Vanilla as my Neutral. I also added a clear Glitter Enamel dot for the center of the diecut. I am looking forward to playing with this set more.

This is the inside:



Okay, I've shown me mine, let's see yours!


RULES:
There aren't any rules. You may use any company product you like. My only request is if you use a stamp or something special, link to the company so we may add to our stash, too :-D

Remember... you can add a neutral light color to any of the color challenges. You also don't have to use all the colors from the Inspiration Photo. Pick a minimum of THREE and have some fun. Link to your post (Please use a direct link to THE POST - not to your general blog link. Need assistance, just email me and I'll help)

Show us your COLORS!

KEYWORD: KCC5




Monday, May 8, 2017

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Oops!

I was so involved over the weekend trying to get the new paper storage unit in order, I didn't take time to do any creating. My Stampin' UP! pre-order arrives today and I wanted to be able to put stuff away straight out of the box.

If you missed it, here's the cabinet from Wednesday's post:


                                                       

This is 'before' paper. I finally finished re-labeling everything this morning. What you see on the shelf so far is the 12x12 SU cardstock. That is now on the shelf above and that shelf has all of the 8.5x11 cardstock.  I should be able to post a completed phone on Wednesday for WOYWW.

I can tell you that I've used my Curly Label punch A  LOT! making all new labels for everything so there will be plenty of negative pieces to put in the art journal. I hope to have a fresh page up for you next week.

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WOYWW 413 - New Storage!

This is Bob. Husband and all around handyman.
In the first picture he is dismantling the old Entertainment center we had revamped into my stamp cabinet.



That's it with all the drawers where I used to store my loose stamps

Here's a shot of the center section after I moved into the new studio and revamped how I store everything.



I gave him dimensions for what I needed this cabinet to be.
He came up with using the interlocking slot technique for sturdiness
(because we all know how heavy paper can be!)
After a trip to Menards (home improvement) he began the construction process.




Here it is completed and ready for paper!

The cabinet is approximately 7.5' across and 7' tall. 
and is divided into 3 sections with the cubicles 15" high and 15" deep

The 3 narrower slots are to hold my existing fiber drawers. 
All of my stacks will go on the bottom shelves
Recollections/ DCWV Cardstcok in the units above.
I don't use these as often so they can be closer to the floor.
The top 3 rows are for Stampin' UP! 
12x12 CS & DSP, 8.5x11CS In-Colors
All filed by rainbow with each color being in ABC order.
I'm working on putting things away so will have a 'full' picture next weekend.

Oh yeah.. and I now have track lighting giving me 'daylight' on the unit so I can see everything regardless of what time of day/ night I want to work!

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 



Monday, April 24, 2017

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY RETURNS! - Playing with Scraps


The above picture is a shot of what's left from all the cardmaking I've been doing the past couple of weeks. I don't throw anything away if I can get at least one more use out of it.

I saw the negative space in the punch remains and thought how great they'd look scattered around an art journal layout as stencils.

So here's what I came up with this week:



You'll see hints of color coming through the Sunflower Yellow base. That is where I test-sprayed the Light Blue.

Here's the layout:


I took another picture after I sprayed the Light Blue but the picture wasn't on my memory card. (the camera has been doing that a lot lately)

Far from finished. I want to work with the Pitt Pens or something a bit, but I have a base to work from. So next week I'll show progress, including having the negatives removed and a bit of pen work.

What do you think?  Do you use other things for stencils? Please leave a link in the comments so I can see what you're working on.

Creative Blessings!
Kelly

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WOYWW #411



Here's my spot this morning, just as I left it from the last two projects. The card you see peeking out from beneath the magazine is in the previous post HERE. I'll need to give it a clear after breakfast so I can get cards done for tomorrow's blog posts.

I apologize for not getting to many of you last week. We have been so busy trying to get outdoor projects done between rain drops. We have a concrete pour coming this morning. Bob has worked hard the past two days getting forms made in 5 different places around the yard. A new grill/ patio table pad, dog run, patio slab in front of the green house, a sidewalk chalk surface for the girls and we will finally have the gazebo done. The metal gazebo frame has sat in the back yard for three years, unused as I waited for us to get to this point.

While visiting blogs last night from last week, Dorlene from Crafts In the Command Center talked about finding a way to 'stack' her two cricuts for better function. I told her I'd post a pic of mine this morning.


I found this three-shelf cart at Menards home improvement center just before Christmas. Bob put the wheels on it for me so I can slide it up against the end of the work island when I'm not using it, or pull it out for easy access. The cart was $8.  The shelves are press board and the poles are plastic. Light weight, easy to move around. 


That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TEAPOT TUESDAY - Fairy Celebration!


A Little Fairy Magic

Feels good to be playing in the Teapotters club house again this week. I finally figured out the reason I stopped playing was because I wasn't getting the notices in my email on Friday's any longer. We used to get the reminders on Friday/ Saturday so we had the weekend to work on our card and have it ready to post on Tuesday. I guess I just need to get in the habit of checking the Destination Station.

This week we are showering one of our own. Elizabeth was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is recovering from her second surgery. She tires to keep her mind occupied by crafting but could use a little pick me up.

I received my April issue of Quick Cards Made Easy from the UK yesterday and saw the perfect tutorial for the accordion fold 3D card to send cheerful wishes and fairy dust Elizabeth's way.

I chose the Carried Away DSP and the coordinating colors of Peek A Boo Peach, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder from Stampin' UP!

Fairy Celebration seemed right at home with those papers and colors.


The Cover


Inside Panel


Center Sentiment Panel


Inside Back Panel


The full tutorial can be seen HERE on my Stampin' UP! blog.
How would you change this layout up? I'd love to hear your ideas. If you make one, link in the comment so I can come take see. 

Tomorrow is What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and mine is sure to be a disaster but I'd love for you to stop by.

Creative Blessings!
~Kelly




Monday, April 17, 2017

COLOR CHALLENGE #4

Photo Courtesy of: Design Seeds

The colors for this week's challenge said feminine. Since Mother's Day falls prior to our May Color Challenge, I thought I'd get you all thinking about cards for the women in your life. 

When I looked at this I saw:
Smokey Slate
Tip Top Taupe
Chocolate Chip
Blushing Bride
Flirty Flamingo

I chose Flirty Flamingo, Tip Top Taupe and Chocolate chip. I brought in Very Vanilla for my 'basics color'.


Flirty Flamingo for the base with a Very Vanilla mat. Falling in Love designer series paper and the So In Love Stamp set. Both the paper and the stamp/ die set are from Stampin' Up! and on our retired list. If you like these pieces, grab them now. After May 31, 2017, they will no longer be available. Here's a link to my SU blog where you'll find a link to my on-line store.

The die is cut from Tip Top Taupe then I stamped the image in Chocolate Chip.

RULES:
There aren't any rules. You may use any company product you like. My only request is if you use a stamp or something special, link to the company so we may add to our stash, too :-D

Remember... you can add a neutral light color to any of the color challenges. You also don't have to use all the colors from the Inspiration Photo. Pick a minimum of THREE and have some fun. Link to your post (Please use a direct link to THE POST - not to your general blog link. Need assistance, just email me and I'll help)

Show us your COLORS!

KEYWORD: KCC4




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WOYWW #410


My desk this week is a bit uninspiring. The usual tools are in their place and my iPad mini handy for watching videos.

However, I do have a couple other things to show you. The uninspired surface is a result of clearing my mess up after making these two cards for my granddaughters. I had to clean up so I could photograph them:


I made the shaker card for my oldest granddaughter, Adrian. She is 9. I call her my 'tootsie pop'. Have no clue why... she's just always been that. I used recollections cardstock, Pawsitively DSP from SU. The flower border die is from Lawn Fawn. The bunny, eggs and flower are from SU - Basket Bunch. I also used the cloud stamp on the background from Sprinkles of Life (SU)


This one is for Abigail aka Abby. I call Abby 'cupcake' but she is quick to tell me she is NOT cupcake, she's 'Abigail' LOL She is 5. I got the idea for this card from a YouTube video fromSimon Says Stamps last year and bought the flower border tie. The die came in too late to use it so here it is making an appearance a year later. The clouds are punched from Sprinkles of Life and the Bunny/ eggs from Basket Bunch (SU)

Finally, this week. my next project:


This revamped Entertainment Center has served me well for ten years. The fiber board got some moisture issues when I was using it in the basement and now the mildew smell persists. Also, the drawers do not serve a purpose anymore as the stamps have gone to cases and stored in the photo boxes. As you can see from the floor, I'm out of room for photo boxes.

I'm taking everything off, stripping out the cabinet and Bob is going to build something similar to a cube cabinet but they will be 15x15 to accommodate my paper envelopes. Right now the paper is all on a lower shelf across from this and it's dark. I have to get down low (making it even darker) to find the papers I want. So paper on the new cabinet, track lighting. Then the stamp cases will go where the paper is right now. 

I'll show pictures soon. Right now, time to start clearing stuff.
That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WOYWW #409


I just had to share! As soon as I saw what number we were this week, the song popped into my head.

Okay..
First off, I apologize for not commenting the past couple of weeks. The sinus gunk just overtook me and I barely had the energy to get the work done I had to do. Happy to say I think the sinus stuff is gone and while I still have tons of work to do/ catch up on, I also am getting some play time in.

Here's my desk this morning as I'm in the middle of projects for the Stampin' Up blog:


Last Saturday, in prep for serious Virtual Stamp Night FUN at Splitcoaststampers, I did a major clearing of the work table then put stuff back in a more orderly fashion. On the desk this morning are the 3.5" square mats of various papers for making mini treat baskets using the Basket Bunch from Stampin' UP! for my Friday blog post - Fab Five Friday. I take one stamp set and use it five different ways. Need to run some errands with Bob this afternoon then I'm back to work the rest of the evening.

That blue bordered piece? I adhered my silicone mat to a piece of heavy-weight chip board using that pretty blue patterned duct tape I found at $ Tree last year. You'll also notice the numbers are wearing off my trimmer. Might be time for a new one. 

I managed 6 cards so far from the Virtual Stamp Night (VSN) challenges last weekend. Here's one of them. I actually made 6 of this card to add to my Christmas stash.


That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WOYWW - #407


Here's my desk as I left it yesterday. I had to get the Paper Pumpkin post up on the Stampin' Up blog.
You can see the full details of those cute little bunny bags HERE  Tomorrow, on the SU blog, I'll be showing how to use the stamp set that came with the March Paper Pumpkin to make Christmas cards.

If you missed this month's color challenge, you can see that HERE  I haven't put my card together for the challenge yet. This stupid cold has stalled my creativity.  However, I seem much better today so hopefully tomorrow. 

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

COLOR CHALLENGE #3

I apologize for this post not going up yesterday. So much for my promise to have the March card up on time. I have been absolutely miserable with this second round of head cold and working really hard to keep it away from my chest. Lots of chair time and Nyquil/ Dayquil. Sadly, the cold is bad enough that even the Dayquil makes me sleepy.

I've not done a card for this one. I'm counting on you to inspire me and I'll try to add one before the April color challenge.  So here we go!


My color chose for this challenge is a nod to the first day of Spring. Bright colors reminiscent of the first flowers of the season.

I will post my card with the coordinating SU colors as soon as possible. In the mean time, link up with your card and let us see what you come up with!

Please share the blog post link on your blog. (I hope to also have a blog button in place by February) so others can play.

RULES:
There aren't any rules. You may use any company product you like. My only request is if you use a stamp or something special, link to the company so we may add to our stash, too :-D

KEYWORD: KellysColorChallenge3




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WOYWW #405


Good morning, travelers!
Week #405 with Miss Julia and the What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday blog hop.
We are off to a beautiful start here in the Ozarks. A lovely 33*F but the sun is shining and the day holds promise.

My desk is a bit of a mess 'for me' this week. Pardon the glare. Front and center are 2 stamped images of pumpkins on a magnet sheet. Soon as they dry, I'll cut them out and use them on my Stampin' Up Blog planning board for Paper Pumpkin posts. to the right is a Sams Club business card holder I found while searching for something else last night. I'm curious to see how many of those stamping/ scrapbook businesses are still in operation. Below that is my lush dusty mauve planner from Recollections. I decided I wanted a planner specifically for Stampin Up business and I'm in love with it. To the right of that, remnants of a birthday card I made for my SIL in OK. We surprised her with a birthday party last weekend. other than that, there are packages of star brads. Of all the brads I have, how did I NOT have gold stars? And because I am planning 4th of July posts already, I added a package of Red/ White/ Blue star brads as well.

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WOYWW #404


Exciting stuff, eh? (I really need to learn how to mark my pictures the way Marit does. I like that)
Anyhooo... My laptop where I set it with full ceremony of exhaustion last night. After having purchased a training class back in Dec... thinking I'd put the contents to work, I promptly forgot about the course as I worked hard on the studio. Then Bob came home and the laptop wasn't a priority. Class videos are to expire today and I'd not watched a single one - over 30!!! So yeah, that was my day yesterday. Lots of viewing, note taking and screen grabbing. I was so tired last night I closed down without saving a document. Thankfully, my computer prompted me to save this morning when I booted up. I'd not even shut down so the battery was completely dead.

Other stuff, An SU set from our Holiday catalog and some paper straws I'm going to be showcasing 4th of July Sparkler table decorations with. The campbell soup box contains my card bases/ mats from both In Color collections. I have printed binder spine labels stuck in the front of the file holder. I have the courses for those to print out today. Everything else you've seen.

One last thing - there's still time to join in on the February Color Challenge. Remember, this posts the 3rd Monday of every month, giving you plenty of time to play and build up your color station. The link to the February Challenge is HERE  As I get players, I'll begin picking winners, offering I Won buttons and maybe candy periodically. But you have to play to win ;-)

Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

TEAPOT TUESDAY - Tickle


Our Teapot Tickle for this month was to include a lighthouse as a 'Light of Hope'. This is an InkaDinkaDo set. The 'Hello' is from a 2016 Paper Pumpkin set.  I used Stampin' Up! Marina Mist and ghost stamped part of the sea gulls in flight.


The inspiration for this card was the ATC I made for a swap several years ago. I adhered a pocket in the top half of the card to include one of them. I used the note section of the card to create a beach scene using other stamps from the Inka set as well as blasting sand for the base.

This set is a perfect example of my restraint in purchasing Stampin' UP!. I love the set we have in the Occasions 2017 catalog with the lighthouse (High Tide pg 25) but this set does everything I need, though I do like the sentiments in the SU set. 

If anyone is interested in swapping ATCs, I do have a few of these left. I always make my ATCs in sets of 20. I keep #1 then the rest are up for grabs. 

Creative Blessings!


Monday, February 27, 2017

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Haul

Since I'm away from home this week, I don't have both photos of my Tim Holtz haul. So I thought I'd share the rest of my thrift store haul instead. I should have the promised TH haul next Monday.


Earlier this month while Bob and I were in the city, we stopped at our favorite thrift store - Red Racks. Their prices are unbelievable and the proceeds go to disabled veterans. You saw the rolodex I picked up but here are a few more treasures.

The stack of blank notebook paper/ alphabet stickers and divider tabs were all sealed together. I had altered work in mind for the ledger pad but have wound up using it for doing my tax spreadsheet as I went through the tax files a couple of weeks ago. So that now has a permanent place in the file drawer.  My favorite item that day is the box of Barbie greeting cards. There are four cards each of four different designs. The firs tthing I thought of was a Barbie mini album.





I can't wait to play with these ladies. 

Do you thrift? What's been your favorite find?