Friday, August 31, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #58

TGIF! This was a great week for me. Our uncle and aunt contacted us over the weekend that they wanted to come visit so I took Monday off work. It was a great visit.

Not only did we have family over on Monday, but we needed to pick up our granddaughter from school that day. So hubby went to get her while I stayed home with them. We don't usually pick her up from school but my DIL had a doctor appt on Monday and Tuesday so she asked my hubby.

Baby girl wanted both of us to pick her up so on Tuesday, I took a break from work and we went to get her. If you don't know, both hubby and I work for our school district and he used to work at her school site. So when we arrived, we chatted with so many people, it was quite the experience. We also know her teacher pretty well and it was nice visiting with her too.
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I feel like I did all my socializing for the month in just two days!

The weather is cooling off and it was just a great week.  So this week, I'm grateful for all relationships - family, friends and work.

I hope you had a great week. I'd love to hear what you are grateful for this week!
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

WOYWW #482

Wednesday, Wednesday...welcome! Happy WOYWW to you. To read more about WOYWW and to join the linkage, click on over to Julia's blog at Stamping Ground.

I had a wonderful weekend and it spilled into Monday. I spent a little bit of time in the Command Center working on the mini album still.

Here's a shot of my work area. There is plenty of room to create and I'm sure it'll be messy again soon.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

One Layer Card; Another QQ Project

Happy day! Today I'm sharing a card I made using Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Inks and some flower stamps. I saw something like this on YouTube and I knew I had similar stamps to get the same look.

The first thing I did was cut down a piece of white cardstock into a 3 3/4 x 5” panel. I stamped a rectangle in the “sort of” middle of the card using my MISTI and a rectangle stamp. I stamped a second image on a post-it for a mask.

Once I did that, I used four different PowderPuff Chalk Inks and a floral stamp set to create the collage. The colors I used were Island Orange, Lipstick, Cactus and Purple Rain. I also used Cool Gray on the edge the white cardstock to add another layer.

The funny thing is I originally wanted this to be a vertical card but I chose my sentiment after all the stamping was done and didn’t find anything I wanted in that direction. So I turned it around and made it horizontal.
 It still worked since I focused the stamping to one corner.

I layered the stamped panel onto matching cardstock before mounting on the oatmeal card base; tied a twine bow on the left side to complete the card.

The PowderPuff Chalk Inks that I used are part of the 2018 PowderPuff Chalk Ink set so they coordinate so beautifully and make a soft and colorful one layer card.

Quick Quotes Products Used:
PowderPuff Chalk Inks:  Island Orange, Lipstick, Cactus, Purple Rain and Cool Gray; with the exception of Lipstick, these ink pads are all part of the 2018 PowderPuff Chalk Ink Set.

Other Products Used:
Cardstock and Twine from my stash
Rectangle Label Stamp from CTMH
Floral Stamp Set from Stampin Up!
Sentiment from Fun Stampers Journey

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Pretty Pottery

Remember the post that I did earlier this year on our Ladies' Night Out? Well, we got the final projects back this week and I absolutely LOVE how my bowl turned out!

Click HERE for the before...and here's the after:

Obviously a little amateur since the paint is a little patchy, but I still love it.

Friday, August 24, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #57

Another week gone and another week to be thankful. This week I'm thankful for my neighbors. First of all, all of my neighbors are great. But the one I'm thankful for this week is a contractor and he gave us a really good deal on a new fence.

I wish I would have taken a before photo, but imagine skinny planks of rotting wood, lots of missing planks, but random pieces of wood holding it all together. One corner almost completely down and only holding up because the backyard neighbors have a shed there; basically ugly!

Now look! Isn't it gorgeous! I love the wider planks and the color of that wood is so, so pretty!

We were going to do it ourselves, well actually hubby and the three sons, but I'm so glad they didn't attempt it. Leave it to the professionals!

There was a mess of the cement that was original there at the posts and lots and lots of random rocks, etc., that they had to cut through before putting in the new posts.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WOYWW #481

Another Wednesday and another week to share our desks. Click on over to Stamping Ground to read more about the linkage and join the fun.

My desk:

The weather has finally cooled down a little so I’ve been spending more time outside. But still finding time to do some crafting.

I hope you find time to do something creative this week and until next Wednesday...

Monday, August 20, 2018

FCCB Challenge #333 Beach

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!

Challenge #333-Beach
Make a project using anything Beach related. But there has to be a least one cut from the Cricut Library!

This Weeks Sponsor is-
And the prize is-

$25 Virtual Wallet!!!!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

Here is my project-
I don’t know why, but I had a hard time starting this project.  I used the Doodlecharms and Artbooking cartridges for this project.

I’m not 100% in love with the background but knew I wanted something different. The boxes can be used for journaling or more photos.

Be sure to click on over to the FCCB challenge site to join the fun.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Art Pouches

It's been awhile since I mentioned my shop in VIDA.

VIDA is an organization that makes clothes, scarves, bags, etc from designers all over the world. Some even famous - not me (hee hee).

These pouches are approximately 7 x 9" and are perfect to hold your art supplies. They are made with a sturdy canvas like material with the same design on both sides. I use them to hold my paint markers on a regular basis and use them to put my art supplies when I'm traveling. They have a small pocket in the side as well.

Here are the two that I purchased for myself:

And it's signed by me!

I love this quote!
Can you see the pocket on the right?

All of these are my art designs and VIDA puts them on the clothing/bag/etc. of my choosing. Aren't they fun?

Friday, August 17, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #56

TGIF! This week I'm thankful for local produce. We live in a farming town and we get so many boxes of fruits and veggies at home and at work shared with us.

I love that people love to share their goodies. I try and try to grow a garden. You'd think in this rich agriculture area, it'd be no problem...but nope, I just cannot grow anything!

Life Is Better In Flip Flops

Hey everyone. I'm sharing a summer beach layout I made using some elements from the June Club Q kit from Quick Quotes. Pieces of this layout kit is perfect for a summer layout. I used a 12x12 piece of white cardstock (included in the kit) for the base page. The three patterned papers were also included in the kit. Although the yellow piece doesn’t look like a patterned paper, it is the backside of a polka dot piece.

I punched out two chipboard swirls and colored them with Bermuda PowderPuff Chalk Ink. I also inked the flip flop border with Sandy Shore PowderPuff Chalk Ink. Three different colors of twine were also included in the kit so I could string the flip flops. So fun!

Once I inked the chipboard, I inked all edges of the three patterned papers with Bermuda, Lipstick, and Sandy Shore PowderPuff Chalk Inks.

I used a 4x4 photo of my daughter and matted it with a 4.5 x 4.5 piece of vellum. The vellum was inked with all three color PowderPuff Chalk Inks - Sandy Shore on the bottom, Lipstick in the middle and Bermuda on top. I followed the order of the papers on the layout. I love the PowderPuff Chalk Inks because they are perfect for all canvases. On this layout, I used them on chipboard, cardstock and vellum.

I added tone on tone stamps of Bermuda on the top right corner, as well as some black splatter, white pen marks and a variety of gems and enamel dots. In the lower left corner, I stamped another tone on tone striped image, black splatter and multi stamped a sentiment to add some visual interest.

It’s actually a pretty simple layout but when you look closer, you can see all the fine details. I love this photo of my daughter, just relaxing on the beach. I wish I was there right now!  Be sure to click on over to the Quick Quotes blog for more summer themed inspiration.

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Layout Kit from Club Q
PowderPuff Chalk Inks Used: Bermuda, Lipstick, Sandy Shore

Other Products Used:
Vellum by Stampin Up
White Gel Pen
Black Archival Ink by Ranger
Black Splatter by FSJ
Sentiment Stamp by Stampin Up
Enamel Dots and Gems by Queen and Company

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WOYWW #480

Happy Wednesday! And Happy WOYWW! Click on over to Stamping Ground to read all about this linkage where we show off our work areas/desks.

Here's mine:

I reminded myself that I still need to make an album for me of DS3 wedding last, last July. I was going to make another 12x12 album, but decided I'm going to attempt to put all the photos in a 8x8 paperbag album. I've made quite a few of these with flips/flaps, pockets and inserts so I'm sure it'll work.

Last night I pulled out the container that held all the red, gold, black & white papers and embellishments that I didn't use on their album. I didn't get very far mostly because I started working on it at 8:30 at night and I go to bed by 9:30, but I will continue to work on it until it's finished.

(we were in Las Vegas last weekend and I think that triggered the fact that I didn't finish my album - they were married in Las Vegas on 7/7/17)

Be sure to share you desk or just click around and be nosey.  Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Junk Journal Cover

You all know I made about six junk journals and work on them whenever I can. Well, this is the cover of one of them.

Basically a mop up of multiple inks, paints, markers, drips and drops. I love the background colors and decided to stamp this super cute cow from a new Fun Stampers Journey stamp set. The set also came with the sentiment.

I used watercolor pencils to color in the cow and flower crown.

The border is stamped from a Bloom Art Stamps set.

Don't you love it!

Friday, August 10, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #55

I just had a really good week. Nothing super exciting or anything, just a good week. On Wednesday, one of my DIL and I went and had massages. That may be the reason for the good week. HA HA HA

So this week, I’m thankful for all the hard working massage people.  I know they are called masseuses or something like that but I’m pretty sure that not how to spell it. Maybe it is.

This woman had magical hands and it may be the first time in a long time I didn’t wake up with back stiffness. So all my thanks goes to her!

Your turn...leave a comment on what you are thankful for this week.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WOYWW #479

Hump Day! Yeah! Happy Wednesday and Happy WOYWW! Every Wednesday, crafters from all over share a photo of their work area with each other. We get to take a peek to see what everyone is working on or what it going on in their lives. Most linkers are "regulars" but some are brand new. I've been linking for awhile now and since post #1, I felt welcomed in this group.

Read more about it and to see more desks by clicking over to Stamping Ground.

Without further ado, here's a shot of my desk:

I haven't done anything on my desk since last week. My daughter and I went to an all day crop on Saturday, so that's why the photo envelope is on my desk. To the left is a fun folder that I keep all my stencils. I love the way my desk pad looks right now with all that gorgeous color! That is from the ICAD that I worked on last week. The water bottle on the top right was a wedding favor from a friend's son's wedding. LOL It's pretty small so instead of using it for drinking water, I use it in the Command Center so I always have water. LOL The snowflake mat is a Cricut mat. Not sure why it's smack dab in the middle of my desk. I probably moved it to get something else.

I had a giveaway last week and announced the winner. To see that post, click HERE.

Thank You Berry Much QQ

Hey check out the cards I made using PowderPuff Chalk Inks from Quick Quotes.

My sister asked me to make some Thank You cards for my nephew's preschool teachers and of course I said, yes. Her only request was to have blueberries in the cards. 

I actually have a blueberry stamp but wasn't sure how to make a card from it. So, I started at the beginning...the background. I gathered Bermuda, Capri Blue and Key Largo PowderPuff Chalk Inks because I thought they would look great with the blue of the berries. I had an idea in my mind to ink stripes on the cardstock so I went for it. I applied each color ink pad directly to the paper in stripes and blended them in where the colors meet using a blending tool for a seamless look.

I did this on three different 5x7 pieces of white cardstock and then cut them in half (3.5 x 5) to create six card panels.

To complete the card, I did the following:
  • I stamped the blueberries in black archival ink twice on each card panel (where the colors met). 
  • I used a water brush and Deep Sea PowderPuff Chalk Ink to color in the berries and Cactus PowderPuff Chalk Ink to color in the leaves.
  • Embossed "Thanks" in black
  • Splattered gold and green ink all over
  • Adhered the panels to a white base before adhering to the colored cardstock card.

I really love how they turned out! The PowderPuff Chalk Inked background gave the whole card an interesting but subtle look.

Quick Quotes Products Used:
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Bermuda, Key Largo, Capri Blue, Deep Sea, Cactus

Other Products Used:
Black Archival Ink by FSJ
Berries Stamp by Bloom Art Stamps
Gold Spray by Heidi Swapp
Cool Pool Color Silk by FSJ
Black Embossing Powder by SU!
Versamark Ink