Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Easter! Celebrate Love. Forever and Ever.

Good Morning!

It's a busy weekend at my house.  My daughter came home from Michigan last night, and the my son and family (well, minus one) will be here tomorrow!  I've been cleaning and washing bedding and grocery shopping to prepare to have an easy, relaxing weekend.  Ha!  That never really happens, does it...

Today I have a card to share for So Suzy Stamps.  I used the new Rose Trio stamp from the March release.

This card was made in stages.  I tried to step out some photos to share my process.  I really wanted to attempt this image monochromatically.

First, I stamped my image using my MISTI with Versafine ink onto a 1/4 sheet of Bristol smooth surface paper.

Here are the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers that I chose to work with.  I limited myself to these three:

First I colored in the leaves with just a bit of the green gray.

Then I used a paintbrush and water to blend the colors out.

Once I had my leaves done, I decided to make a wash for the background.  There is nothing worse than doing the background last and catching your colored image and smearing it all over!  So I try to remember to do the background early on.  (But sometimes I'm just too excited about the image that I forget to do that.)

I mixed up a very watery puddle by coloring a little black with the Zig marker onto my craft mat, and  then adding a lot of water.  I just painted by background in with this; adding a few more layers of color towards the bottom.

Then I began to paint in my flowers with black and natural gray.

Once my image was done, I trimmed my panel to leave room at the top and bottom of a card base for some patterned paper.

I then stamped my sentiments.  The Love  at the top, and then I got a little creative at the bottom...  I wanted just part of the Forever and Ever stamp at the bottom.

To do this I used my MISTI and some Post-It tape.  First I guessed at my placement...  Then I made a test run, by stamping on some clear plastic directly over my card panel...  This just happens to be a clear bag out of... my trash can.  LOL.  I recycle!  What can I say?

By using some clear plastic directly over your project, you can test stamp multiple times, until you are certain that your stamp is in the exact spot you'd like it to be.  If your test is wrong?  Just wipe off the plastic, adjust your stamp on your MISTI lid, and try again.

To ink up my stamp, I first use Post-it tape to cover the portions of my stamp that I don't want to use.  I ink the stamp, then remove the tape, and then stamp.    (Boy does my MISTI need a bath!  It's dirty!)

I repeated the "test" process with my plastic scrap and using Post-It tape to cover even more of the stamp to add the "and ever and ever".  Using the test and adjust process, you can really get things lined up well.

This is a great way to stretch your stamps and make them more versatile.
I hope you will give it a try and create your "own" sentiments with your stamps.

While my sentiment ink was drying, I trimmed a piece of striped patterned paper to a white card base the I glued my panel to a black mat, then to the card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Rule the world

It's day two of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Today I am using another mix of stamps.

This is Disco Donna from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.  I love her.  She's sassy and sexy and feisty in that self-assured "Don't Mess With Me" kind of way.  When I colored her in that red dress the other night, I just thought she just looked ready to take on the world.

But how do you do that without coffee??  Seriously.

So I gave her a cup.

I stamped Donna with Fine Linen ink on a piece of Fine Linen cardstock from Papertrey Ink.  She's colored with Polychromos pencils.  I altered her hand just a bit to make her hold a cup of coffee, then when finished, carefully taped my deckled rectangle die down and a little bit at a time, die cut the it leaving her hand and sleeve area uncut.  I cut those out with my Penblade.  I quickly drew a small cup that would fit in her hand and also cut that out.

My background is pretty simple.  A Kraft card base, a black mat, and a strip of corrugated paper from the Brutus Monroe Midway paper pack.  Gotta tie in that coffee theme.  It's a cardboard coffee sleeve!

My sentiment is from Lil' Inker Designs' Snarky Sentiments.  I stamped it with Versafine then cut it into strips and added it to my card with a bit of 3M foam tape.

Thanks for stopping in!
Have a Grande Day.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Coffee... Nectar of the Gods

Some days I wish I had an I.V..  It could be hands-free dripping coffee in my bloodstream as I get ready in the morning!

Today I'm sharing a card I made in honor of the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog hop and the coffee loving gang at So Suzy Stamps.

So Suzy Stamps is one of the sponsors.  I love her stuff!  Well... let's face it.  To be honest, I love most stamps.  Stamps are almost as essential to me as coffee!

I didn't have any of Suzy's coffee stamps, so I used these adorable images and some masked sentiments from The Ton.

I stamped my images on Strathmore Bristol paper with Versafine and colored the little Honey Bear and cup with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I prefer using a brush and water to blend out my colors, rather than a self-contained waterbrush.  (I feel I have more control of the water.  Maybe I need a new waterbrush...)   I knew I was going to put the little bear resting against the cup, so I painted in a hint of his shadow onto the cup.   Once my images were dry, I fussy cut them and set them aside as I assembled the base.

My card is assembled on a Papertrey Ink Kraft card base,  with my front panel being a piece of Fine Linen card stock that I cut with a MFT zig-zag rectangle die.  I also cut a slightly larger mat as will as the coffee word die from Papertrey's dark chocolate card stock, and also a mat layer of Graphic 45 patterned paper from the Christmas Carol pack.

I stamped my front panel using some partial sentiments...    Using So Suzy Stamps Wild Whiskey ink, I used some post it notes to mask off portions of the sentiments to alter them to my needs.  The first sentiment is from Like a Boss, the lower one from Caffeine Crush.  After stamping, I assembled the layers and added the word die and random sequins with all purpose glue.  Once my placement was decided, I used a T1 Copic marker to add just a hint of shadow on the front panel for the up is glued directly to my panel, but my Honey Bear is popped up with some 3M foam tape.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

A little sunshine!

Last weekend it was 71 degrees.  Yesterday it was so windy, it sounded like the roof was going to blow off.  Today we were supposed to be getting a mix of rain and snow, but it was beautiful and bright early this morning!   But I can see the clouds moving in...  I guess the snow and rain is coming, but just slow to move in. Welcome to unpredictable March in Minnesota.

Maybe I created my own sunshine.

My laundry room is getting a new vinyl tile floor installed right now, so I slipped away to my office to play with this sassy high-heeled gal from the Look for Rainbows set from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.  I stamped her on Hammermill 80# color cover paper using Mememto Summer Sky.  I use that pale ink often when I color with Copics.  

I did a quick color with just a few Copic markers first laying down my shadow areas with a C1 marker, then adding color over the top.  I didn't do much shading and blending because I wanted to try layering my Polychromos pencils over the top.   I'm still learning and experimenting with these, but I really like them!  A base color with Copic, then details with these creamy pencils?  It goes fast!  And the detail is so easy to add.  Even her eyelashes were easy!

Once I had her colored, I fussy cut.   I kind of like to fussy cut.  Even though I have a Scan N Cut, sometimes I prefer hand cutting.  I like the option of changing the outlines as I go.  Sometimes I decide to make the hair shorter, the pants more tapered...  It just gives me more options.  And I just like handling paper, I guess.   I use a #15 PenBlade and my Olfa self-healing cutting mat for most hand cutting.

I wanted my image in a spotlight of some sort, so I decided to use my Clarity Stencil Brushes to create one.  I made my own stencil, by using a scrap of glossy paper and cutting a large circle with a Spellbinders circle die.  I then brushed in color, using Smoky Quartz dye ink so my image would pop.

I added my sentiment with Raven Fine Detail Ink and glued my image on.  Done.  40 minutes well spent.  Crafting makes me happy.

Thanks for stopping in!  Have a fabulous St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hoping for a wonderfully happy Easter

Good Morning...
This is my second post of the day!

Scroll down to see my Never Grow Up card for So Suzy Stamps.

We have had so much excitement over the past few weeks!

But today I heard the best news!

My twin grandsons have been living in the hospital for 26 days, (since their birth at only 33 weeks...), but Twin A, also known as Grady, did so well at feeding yesterday, that if he keeps it up today...

He will go home TOMORROW!!!

I'm SO proud of him!

And Twin B, Gabriel...  well, he made a very valiant effort yesterday, but just was to tired out last night, that he decided to just sleep rather than eat.  So he had his nighttime meals through his feeding tube.

But he's growing and getting stronger, so hopefully he will be ready in a few more days.    My son and daughter in law are so anxious to bring their boys home.  They are sick of trekking to and from the hospital and just want to be a family.   But it is definitely looking positive that that day is coming very soon!

We should have two more family members here for Easter!!  

So in the theme of Easter...  here is a card I made for my mom. 

I used my MISTI stamp the Gina K iris image three times using her Lovely Lavender Ink on Gina K Pure Luxury card stock. Then colored it with my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, sketching in a few extra leaves.  I did a bit of blending of the softer lavender pencil with a blending stump dipped in Gamsol.  It softened the shade of the petals quickly and easily, and then I just layered the deeper colors over that.

The sentiment?  
I don't remember the name of the set.  It's an old one from Close to My Heart, and the packaging and label are long gone...   But I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I layered my panel on a light weight scrap of random yellow paper from my scrap drawer and glued it to a Royal Velvet card base...  (But no matter how I photo it, it looks black.  Sorry.)

That's it for me.   I'm celebrating Easter already!  Have a wonderful day!

Never Grow Up.

Never grow up...  or at least admit you're older than 29.

I'm not going to get away with that much longer as my first baby boy turns 29 this year...  How does that happen??

Today I'm on Suzy's blog with this fun birthday card that I made for So Suzy Stamps using one of her new March release sentiment stamps.

This Fairy image is not new, but it is one of my favorites.  It's a So Suzy Stamps silhouette stamp that I love to color in.

For this card, since I knew I was going to fussy cut my little "Tinkerbell" image out after coloring, I altered her just a bit.  Instead of using her pony tail, I gave her a hair cut.  LOL  When you're coloring, it's always fun to change things up.  I love to stretch images with my imagination.

To start my main image, I used a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.  I stamped the silhouette image with the Rose Gold ink from The Ton.  I find that ink makes a perfect glowy base skin tone on which to color.  Once I had the silhouette, it was just a matter of adding details.  I used my new Polychromos pencils on this one.  I love the rich color they give, and they are so easy to blend, but yet give nice crisp details.  Once I was happy with my colored image, I fussy cut her, trimming off any areas I didn't need, including her wand...  I'll add that back later.  ;)

Next I prepared my card base.

I chose a Plum Pudding card base, as well my recycled mat. I used the shimmery paper that was in a few of my Clarity Stencil packages!  It was beautiful shimmery paper!  I saved all of the shimmery pieces to use for layering!

My card front panel is a piece of Fabriano smooth hot press watercolor paper.  I love that paper for distress inks.  It blends easily and removing color is also very easy.

I blended random distress ink colors onto my panel, including:  Crushed Olive, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot, to make a magical sky scene.   I then spattered little droplets of water from the end of a paintbrush onto the panel.  Once the water had set for 60 seconds or so to lift the colors, I pressed a paper towel to the panel and lifted those little inky droplets away leaving my "stars".

I then decided where my placement of my image and my Never Grow Up sentiment would be, and set up my fairy stamp in my MISTI, and just inked up the wand with embossing ink and stamped the wand onto the panel.  I heat embossed it using Wow! Silver Hologram embossing powder.  I also heat embossed my sentiment with silver embossing powder.

My next step was to make the illusion of the swoosh of her wand.  I used a pattern of tiny dots of glue and poured some tiny holographic stars over the dots and let them adhere.  Once the stars were firmly adhered, I then dumped the excess off and back into my container.

All that is left is assembly.  I glued my panel to my layered card base and glued the fairy image in place lining up the embossed wand so it appears in her hand!

I have the perfect friend to send this birthday card to.   She and I can be 29 forever!

Thanks for stopping by.  Please feel free to say hello in the comments.  It makes my day!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Of Paint, Cats and Bunnies.

I saw these unique Duochrome tubes of watercolor paint online one day from Daniel Smith.  I loved the look of that Hibiscus color.   I ordered these four tubes to play with.  I thought the blue and green pearl would be amazing on a water scene...

I expected them to be an sparkly iridescent wash that I could use over my current Sennelier L'Aquarelle tube watercolors.  I was a bit disappointed, to be honest.  Not that they weren't beautiful paints, but just that they weren't the "wash" that I thought they might be.

I played with them a bit more, and decided I did like them.  I used the Hibiscus Pearl here on this gorgeous Mondo Hydrangea stamp.  I liked the reflective quality it added to some of the petals.

And then my friend Maureen Wong tipped me off about a sale on these paint tubes a few weeks ago, and I decided to order a few...  I mean several...  Ok.  A bunch more.  Four just isn't an adequate number for a fair sampling.  Right??

So anyhow...  The paints arrived and I didn't have time to try them.  Until last night.  I was curious about the Iridescent Copper.

It's beautiful.  Seriously.

I decided I needed to make some copper cats.  These Crazy Cats stamps crack me up.  I love their expressions.  LOVE their expressions.
I stamped the cat with Versafine Ink on 90# Canson watercolor paper. Then just played with the paints.

Now today, I went back to my little painted images.  I was going to assemble a card,  But as I was setting up, tragedy occurred!  I was getting set up to stamp and I happened to push my magnets in that danger zone:  They snapped together so hard and created at magnetic draw strong enough to snap a third magnet in as well...  TWO CRACKED MAGNETS.

Horrors.  The center one was lucky to survive.  Even though he was cushioned the others; he was unable to save them.  I have him in counseling right now.  In a padded room.  (Ok.  Truth? He is no longer allowed to hang out on my desk.  He needs to stay in my MISTI.)

I trimmed my watercolor panel down and used my MISTI to stamp the Friend Defined sentiment with Embossing ink and heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe Copper embossing powder.  That stuff is so pretty.  And look how it matches the paint!  I did learn something...  I stamped the two sentiments separately.  I should have stamped and embossed them at the same time.  I had done the smaller line sentiment first, and then it over heated when I embossed the Friend one...  So I lost some of the pretty brilliance on the embossing powder.  It got a little blurry.  FYI:  I also find that this powder is prettiest when heated from the underside of the paper, rather than from the top.)

I also heat embossed my Gina K card base with the same Copper embossing powder.  I used the Haute Stripes Cling Background to make my stripes.

I just adhered my watercolored panel right to the embossed card base with All-Purpose Craft Glue (Love that stuff.  Especially for textured papers!  It HOLDS.), and I was done.

Can you see the metallic iridescence of the paint and the embossing?

In other news...

Look at these sweet little Easter bags that arrived yesterday for the bitty boys!

They are freaking ADORABLE.  I can't wait to fill them up with goodies and give them.  I sure hope those baby boys are out of the hospital and home by Easter.

You know those crazy Facebook "memories" pop up things that remind you of something you posted a long time ago?  I saw one yesterday, from my post 6 years ago.  We were painting our last house.  LOL

And now 6 years later we are doing the same in this house.  Evidently spring break is always best spent moving furniture, right?

One coat of paint is on!  I'm so looking forward to seeing our bedroom tomorrow.  Not to mention,  sleeping in it!  The painting in this room will be finished and the ugly 1990's red/burgundy carpet is going buh-bye.

Happy day.  Happy gray.

Thanks for stopping in.  Please comment and say hello!

Until next time!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring!! (or Spring Cleanup)

Good morning.

The weather here has been absolutely amazing for a Minnesota March.  It's been cloudy, but the temperatures have been in the 50s-60s!!  It's spring?

After a very busy weekend, I found a little time to craft last night.  I had these adorable little spring stamps I was anxious to use.

How cute are these little birdies from Pretty Pink Posh???

And this Stitched Film Strip die?

I cut the die twice.  Once in an A2 sized piece of Gina K Pure Luxury white and again in a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Bright Lagoon.

I used the Bright Lagoon outer die to trace the inner squares onto another piece of Bristol paper.  Using the pencil guides to see the windows, I carefully masked off and used Versafine to stamp each of the individual birdies that are in the trio stamp into those squares.  I then erased my pencil lines, and used my Zig Clean Color markers to color the birds and the faint background.

I then lined up and attached my white frame over the birds and trimmed it to fit within my Bright Lagoon card front.  I used Brutus Monroe embossing ink to stamp the sentiment and heat embossed with Filagree white embossing powder, and glued my card front together and attached to a white card base.

It was nice to have a little crafty respite.  I haven't had a lot of free time to get in my craft room and just play.

We worked so hard all weekend moving things out of our bedroom and closet to get ready for some fresh paint and new carpet.  The things we were finding???  Oh my Gosh!!  We pretended we were on the show Hoarders and ruthlessly went through the stuff in our closet.  The clothes we were hanging on to "in the hopes we fit in them again someday"???


If we ever get to those sizes again?  We will CELEBRATE and treat ourselves to some new ones!

I took SO much stuff to Goodwill.  My poor car!

We had both back rows of seats down and it was FULL.
And it felt SO freeing to get rid of it.

I need to do that in my craft room.  I NEED to.  Soon.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

A little happy life...

Recently we did some remodeling and created a nursery/guestroom.

This used to be my husband's office.  And it was open to mine.  Our little remodel project, was to turn his office into a spot for the babies to sleep when they are here for Nana daycare.  I wanted to have them on the main floor of our house.  So we closed up the wall and created a space, did some painting, and put in some new carpet.  I LOVE the grays.  Gray is my new neutral.  LOL

Its a little tight, with a full size bed and two pack and plays, but I think it's perfect.  It just needs some decor...

So what better to put on the walls but picture of the boys?

About a week ago I took a photo and sketched my new Grandson, Grady.  He is just one of the sweetest little babies ever.  He was so teeny.  Born early, and less than five pounds, but man...  he is just perfect to me!

Meet Grady:

So a week passed and I hadn't sketched the other twin!?!?  How dare I??

A new Nana, showing favorites????  Impossible!

So last night I sketched twin #2.

Here is the other half of my heart...  Meet Gabriel:

These two handsome boys turned two weeks old yesterday even though they shouldn't have even been born until the end of March. But they are amazing.   It's incredible how much they change each day.   Hopefully they will be going home from the hospital soon.  They need to grow a bit more and get strong enough to take a whole feeding.  Right now, they just don't have the stamina to do that.  They just get too tired.   So for now, they have feeding tubes to make sure they are getting enough calories to keep growing.  I chose not to draw those tubes.  I look past those, and only see the the most beautiful boys....

We are so blessed.

We are taking the new momma and daddy out for dinner tonight, so I hope to be able to get prints made of these today, and frame them.  I'll keep the set of prints, and give the framed originals to the kids tonight.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 4, 2016

More experimenting with Polychromos pencils

Good morning.

Today I'm sharing a card that I made this today during my morning coffee infusion.  (I really wish there was an IV for that. Both hands would be free.)

I experimented with my pencils and I learned a lot this morning.

I had this idea...  I swear I dream about these things at night.

I wanted to experiment with the white and ivory Polychromos pencils.  I had the crazy idea that perhaps I could use my Papertrey Ink Fine Linen card front as part of the color in my image.  It didn't work as I'd hoped.

My image and sentiment are from Large Peony 2 from The Ton.  I stamped it in these colors onto my Fine Linen card front:  The Ton Vanilla Frosted Cupcake for the bloom, and Papertrey Spring Moss and Kraft inks for the leaf and sentiment.

Then I started coloring in what I decided were going to be the brightest highlights with the Polychromos pencils.  The first thing I learned, was that my card front color choice was a little too light.  The white was not as pronounced and bright as I'd hoped.  I should have used Kraft paper.

I realized quickly that I wasn't going to get enough depth by using just the white and cream pencils on this card stock.  I needed to bring in more color.

Second thing I learned?  I definitely need to swatch all these pencils.  The pencils I grabbed were not quite what I was expecting.  LOL

And I learned that this 120 set is missing a nice neutral tan color.  Wish there was one.  There is a flesh color, but it's quite pink.

I was not loving how this was turning out.  But I hate to give up on an idea, so I kept trying.  I tried pink, and yellow, and brown...  finally realized I should have just gone for the warm grays.

Here are my choices...  There definitely should have been less.  LOL

I kept working with it.  I kept adding more shading with the grays, and worked in some more of the ivory to try to mute the pinks, yellow and brown.  (FYI, these pencils do erase - which helped, but did not erase completely.)

In the end, it was salvageable.  Had I chosen more wisely, this would have been completed in 30 minutes.  These pencils are fabulously easy and quick to use.  They blend and cover beautifully.  Instead, this took me an hour.  I'm not thrilled with it, and was a little disappointed that my idea of using the Fine Linen as part of the petal colors didn't really work, it still turned out kind of pretty.  I'll mail it.  I'm really quite late on sending a sympathy card.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

OH MY GOSH. So very, very amazing.

Warning:  Enabling ahead.

I've been drooling over the beautiful coloring of Marika Rahtu for a long time.  She is an incredible artist.  I'm in awe of her talent.  Like fan girl awe. When I grow up, I want to be her.

In her blog posts she often demonstrates using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils on her images.  I've always been tempted to try them.

I have and love my Prismacolor pencils, so I hesitated.  And hesitated.  But I played with a few of the open stock pencils at my local art store the other day and fell hard.  So I ordered a set.  They were on my doorstep when I came home from the hospital.

Hellooooooo Gorgeous!

Aren't they beautiful?  I love coloring mediums.  All of them.  But these might just be my favorite.  They are incredibly creamy and vivid, and blend easier than Prismas.  And you don't need Gamsol or OMS and blending stumps.

I had to play.  (Shhhh.  I'm supposed to be working on my taxes.)

This Altenew Peony Bouquet set arrived today too, from Butterfly Reflections Ink.  (Can I just say how incredible fast their shipping is???  Amazingly fast.  Seriously.  Thanks so much Vanessa!)

It took me longer to cut out the peony mask to stamp the leaves than it did to color this.  These oil-based pencils are so smooth and easy...  Unreal.

I don't think the taxes are getting done tonight either.

Keepin' on.

This blogging thing is actually kind of fun.  And a little easier than it seemed last year.  Perhaps there have been some updates.  I don't remember adding photos being as easy as "click and drag" last spring...   I still have lots to learn though.

But happy Thursday!  It's kind of gray and gloomy here, but I'll be visiting those gorgeous babies soon, so how can that not brighten a day?

Here are a few of things I played with last night while I waited for my husband to get back in town.  I had a request for some simple Thank you cards, so I grabbed the Golden Garden and Label Love sets from Altenew and mass produced.  Thank you MISTI.  You make that so easy!

I also wasted a little time playing with color combos for this flower from Altenew's Beautiful Day.  Check this one out!  I LOVE it!  Papertrey Ink's Lemon Tart, So Suzy Ink Bites Buttercup Blast and Mango Marmelade, and the Spiced Chai ink from The Ton!  Amazing.  I have all the layers set up on my MISTIs now, so I'm going to mass produce some of these later tonight.

(I did add a little colored pencil and Multiliner to this one.  It's a habit.  I try not to, but I can't help it.)

And then, here's a card using the Daisy Flourish and You're Amazing stamps from So Suzy Stamps.

These cute little daisies were stamped with Versafine on Bristol smooth paper, then colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I used the Ripened Pumpkin Gloss Nuvo Drops to create the flower center.   Once they were dry, I fussy cut them and added them along with a stamped sentiment strip to my simple card.

And in the interest of keeping it real?
Yeah, I spend probably too much time playing in my office.  I realized yesterday that we've been using the little laundry room as a dressing room for days.  Who needs closets???  LOL

I do have them all put away now.  Unfortunately just in time to start over...

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I really should not be left unattended.

Spring is the financial world's conference season.  So my husband has been traveling a lot.  That's exhausting for me.  When my kids were tiny little things, I would be exhausted from the constant responsibility.  Now that they are older and rather self-sufficient.  I get exhausted from losing track of time.

In other words, I stay up too late.

I was having a hard time really focusing on crafting last night, so I started organizing.  Ahem.  I do that:  Clean until the feeling passes, or I get distracted by something like stamping or online shopping. Believe me that doesn't take very long.

I reorganized one of my drawers and started cutting, scoring and restocking my stash of card bases.  I have to say it's much easier to so now that my card stock is now organized and labeled!

The little boxes hold precut card A2 sized card fronts from a variety of papers and card stocks, and white bases.
I'm hoping that will cut down on all the scraps that pile up near my paper cutter.  Maybe.

And then after seeing that pretty rainbow stash, I got motivated.

My Simon Says Stamp card kit on Tuesday.  I hadn't even taken anything out of the box, since my nephew was here.  He's amazing.  Not only did he deliver my quarter of beef from the farm/butcher shop to my freezer, he has amazing skills.

He's an electrician.  So I put him to work.  ;)
We are in the midst of a mini-remodel/refreshing list of projects at our house.  Lately, we have had a parade of contractors, plumbers, painters, carpet installers, etc throughout the house.  Its a mess, and still ongoing.

We had purchased new light fixtures, so he put two of the trickiest ones up for me!

I have light in my craft room!  A huge globe that puts out 400 watts of awesome room-filling light!

And a new funky chandelier in my dining room and I love it!  The '80s gold and plastic icicle looking chandelier is in the trash.  Finally.  I've hated that thing for five years.

Ignore the stuff on the table.
Actually, don't.  It's good stuff.  Look at these adorable onesies!!!  My good friend Kim sent these to me for the twins yesterday!  Maybe she's afraid I'm going to mix those boys up when Nana Daycare starts.  LOL

But I digress. Back to my card kit...

I dug in to the stamp kit.  The stamp set is called My Kind of Peep.  I hate the taste of Peeps, but I do think they are adorable.

I first made this one.

I used my So Suzy Stamps Ink Bites to stamp the peeps, and Brutus Monroe Raven Detail ink for the sentiment. As I stamped it, I thought of my husband and his bizarre Peep obsession.  He loves Peeps.  But they have to be frozen, stale and chewy; so he opens the package, freezes it, and then eats them later after they have dried out.  Ewww.

And that made me think of this one.

This peep outline stamp was stamped with Summer Sky Memento, then colored with Copics.  The sentiment and the oval dies are from Papertrey Ink.  (Scrambled Eggs stamp set and Limitless Layers oval dies.)
I added the gasping mouth with a Copic Multiliner pen.

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