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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Happy Birthday Amber!

I was cleaning off my desk, ready to give up for the day and leave my RubberRoom when I came across two scraps of this designer paper.  I noticed one piece was cut exactly right to fit an A2 size card.  It made perfect sense to stop and take the time to tape it down on the front of some cardstock so it would not be lost in the shuffle.  Now I can retire...
Have you ever done that?  You are tired, ready to quit for the day - just cleaning up a little before you turn off the lights... but, as I stared at the paper on the front of the card, I got to thinking about what image would work with it.  And as my mojo tweaked my brain - I dug around in a stamp drawer & found this Magenta stamp - 'Heart Flower'.  Ok, my mojo & energy level are both back in play.  Stamped the image, colored it with Copics:

It was then fussy cut, the center of the flower sculpted [dry embossed] from the front and the leaves from the back.  It was adhered to the front of the card using both a super strong double sided tape to hold the center down and foam tape to elevate the petals.
There was exactly enough left of the 2nd piece of scrap DP to decorate the sentiment panel on the inside and the envelope flap.  Perfect - used every bit of it!  A Memory Box die was used for the sentiment & added to the inside.  Then, and only then, did my mojo loosen its grip on me... I got up without cleaning another iota off my desk, turned out the lights and went to bed.

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

                                                                                                                                     










CHALLENGES:

Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Aud Sentiments - #206– Summer + Sentiment
Inspiration Destination #153 – ATG [JFF]
Penny's Challenge #386 – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG
As You Like It – Fave Type of Embossing & WHY [I LOVE sculpting {dry embossing} my images to give them shape and depth!]
Crafting with Friends #70 – ATG
Everybody Art Challenge #428 – Birthday [JFF]
Crafty Creations - #369 – ATG Always
Crafty Girls Creations – #49 - ATG Always
Oddball ArtATG/Twist: Dots & Doodles
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Graduation Time... Hannah


The third and final grad card needed this year.  This image is a Sassy Cheryl and has been the 'go-to' grad figure for me for a couple of years now.  Colored with Copics, embellished with Duo Glue/ Gold Foil for details on her horn and tiny gold metallic 'buttons' from Creative Crystal Company used in the corner and on her tassel.
INSIDE






The sentiment 'Celebrate' is a Sizzix die, the Stitched Rectangle by Lil Inker was used for the message panel.


Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny










CHALLENGES:
Creative Knockouts – L:8- #251 – for Girls
SheepSki Designs  #15 - Embellish It or CAS
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Aud Sentiments - #206 – ATG + Sentiment
Inspiration Destination #153 – ATG
Crafting with Friends #70 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #369 – ATG Always

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Graduation Time... Brenndan


Our God-daughter's son is graduating this year.  He is a very mature young man who is very comfortable around adults - he was able to hold his own in adult conversations way before his teen years.  I took a note from his graduation announcement and picture - and created a Congratulation card that I felt would be a nod to his maturity and masculinity.


I wanted a rather formal look with browns, tans and blacks, but just a touch of whimsy that would still be fun!  The two 12 x 12 sheets of DP that I found seemed perfect for the base card and the mats for each surface.  The card and matching envelope template is 'WildCards' by Words Worth Stamps - which appears not to be in business any longer.  All I had to do was to lay it over my chosen DP and trace it.  Makes a really 'wonky', fun card!











I used his announcement and cut out the "CLASS OF 2018" label and his picture for this project.  The little pocket on the flap to the right was created to hold our check for his college fund.  It is stamped with "so proud" from the Claudine Helmuth Studio 'Words & Frames 1' stamp set.  The 'stitched ovals' dies by Lil Inker were used for his photo, the mat behind his photo and for the mat in the center for the sentiment.  The sentiment by Penny Black was embossed in white.



You can see in this last picture of the inside how truly wonky this shape is.  The envelope mimics the card shape exactly but a little bigger to fit the card.  I stamped Congratulations on a leftover section of the paper and tore the edges before gluing it down on the flap.
Envelope



Because of the uneven shape, extra postage is required - no surprise there!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#209 ATG Always
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #357 – My Fave Things [Wonky folds]
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Tuesday Throwdown #395 – What a Guy
Penny's Challenge #383 – ATG
Sweet Stampin' – Special Man Day card
Aud Sentiments - #205 – ATG + Sentiment
As You Like It – Fave Card Shape & WHY [new shape for me - wonky!]
Crafting with Friends #69 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #48 - ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP
Oddball Art – ATG
Get Creative Challenges – #70 – Monochromatic

Graduation Time... Gena!


Some of you know about my young neighbor friend who crafts with me... Gena just graduated from 8th grade into High School last night.  So proud of her!  [She started 4th grade in Special Needs classes - and by the beginning of 8th grade was "mainstreamed".]  After all the awards were given out for Perfect Attendance, Valedictorian, Sportsmanship, etc, etc... the last award of the evening was the Principal's Choice Award.  The Principal gave a wonderful speech about "someone who has made the most progress, taught science projects to 5th graders, participated in Docents, [etc.]'' He went on & on... and then he named Gena!  Gena was flabbergasted and so was her family!  It is a wonderful 3D plaque that is very impressive - what an incredible thing for her - so proud!  Guess I said that already!

Whenever I am teaching her something - her favorite phrase  is "I got this!"  This is usually uttered before I have even finished an explanation... and she's usually right.  Gena is a visual learner and she will watch me like a hawk or examine an end product then jump right in - and she does "got it" most of the time.  


When I found this image I thought it was perfect - I made the little sign and cut around her fingers to 'hold' it.  She is colored with Copics, fussy-cut and elevated above this 'door-way' with foam tape.  The die is by Sissix: 'Stacked Deckle' - the E-folder used for the pink mat is also Sissix: 'Dots'.  Congrats die cut on the inside is by Little B - a collection called 'Handwritten'.
I used glitter on her bow - what teenage girl doesn't like pink and glitter?


INSIDE










Gena: 8th-grade Graduation


Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny


CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#209 ATG Always
Crafty Creations - #367 – ATG Always
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #357 – My Fave Things [Copics!]
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #383 – ATG
Aurora Wings #67 – Joyous Occasions [Graduation]
Aud Sentiments - #205 – ATG + Sentiment
As You Like It – Fave Card Shape & WHY [rectangle - because I am stuck in a rut!]
Crafting with Friends #69 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #48 - ATG Always TOP THREE
Oddball Art – ATG
SheepSki Designs #15 – Embellish it or CAS [embellish simple glitter]

Sunday, June 3, 2018

At Snail speed...

This very tired rabbit riding a snail depicts a familiar feeling - had to download it.  Besides, look at that coloring opportunity!  This is a freebie from Elizabeth E. Dulemba's website: Coloring Page Tuesdays.

I traced the entire snail with an Embossing Pen and then embossed with clear EP for a little shiny definition.  The snail was colored with Copics and given a marvelous, sparkly sheen with Wink of Stella.  It was mounted with foam tape on a Bokeh background - DP by Paper House Productions: "Artist Paper Pix".  The edges of the background were inked with 'Stormy Sky' Distress Ink.  "White Opal" Liquid Pearl was added to the center of the buttons [from my stash] & they were randomly attached with glue dots to be the flowers.  She was adorned with a small yellow ribbon tied in a bow around her neck.  White dotted snail slime was added with a white pen.













I created this for the new 613 Ave C  challenge... "ATG/ optional Twist: "Use Buttons &/or Bows."  You have the month of June to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's incredible inspiration concepts -  click HERE!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny


INSIDE
CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#208 ATG Always
Rubbernecker Stamps - #34 – Ready for Summer
Everybody Art Challenge #426 – For Friends Only
Aud Sentiments - #204 – Summer + Sentiment
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Inspiration Destination #151 – ATG [JFF]
Penny's Challenge #382 – ATG
Crafting with Friends #68 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #367 – ATG Always
SheepSki Designs #14 – Fave Color [Blues/ Blue greens]
Crafty Girls Creations – #48 - ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP

Friday, May 18, 2018

Bouquet of Flowers...

This image was a freebie and for the life of me, I cannot remember the artist!   If I remember it right, it was a last little 'gift' from someone who would not be drawing freebies anymore.  If anyone recognizes this digi - leave me a comment?  It certainly was fun to color with my Copics - I colored a pale green behind the ring of flowers to make it a little more solid, create some depth and make the sentiment seem recessed.  The image panel was edged with a dark green ink and then mounted on a block of fun-foam to elevate it over the ribbon.  
Create wildly and color with abandon,
~ginny



CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#206 ATG Always

Penny's Challenge #380 – ATG
As You Like It – Fave Color: Blue or Pink? & WHY [Blue over pink any day!  Pink has a connotation of girly but blue is universal - no pinks here!]
Creative Knockouts – L:8- #246 – Fave Embellie [Elevating panels for depth - especially over ribbons as done here.]
Fussy & Fancy L:10  #212 – fave Florals [ bright, bold, primal colors]
MarkerPOP L:10 – #136 Summer
Crafty Girls Creations – #47 - ATG Always
Get Creative Challenges – #69 – Lots of Flowers

Thursday, May 17, 2018

20's Birthday

 Vintage images are great fun for me!  I merged one over the other to create this card front.  The "Socialite" is by Kenny K. Stamps - which closed almost a year ago.   The vintage car is a freebie from Beyond the Fringe.  The sentiment is by Inkadinkado
I colored the images with Copics and splattered the background with blue ink.   That mat is a dark blue paper liberally sprinkled with silver sparkles.  Two slits were cut at the top and bottom right side and a blue satin ribbon was introduced from the back and run around to the back of the mat to secure as an embellishment.  I am a big fan of flat, easily & cheaply mailed cards - always looking for ways to add ribbon or embellishments that won't trigger the Post Office clerk wanting another stamp!
Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny


CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#206 ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – Pastel Colors
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafty Creations - #366 – ATG
Penny's Challenge #380 – ATG
Fab & Funky #394 – Retro Chic [20's Flapper]  TOP THREE
As You Like It – Fave Color: Blue or Pink? & WHY [Blue over pink any day!  Pink has a connotation of girly but blue is universal]
Inspiration Destination #150 – JFF– ATG
SheepSki Designs #14 – Fave Color [Blues/ Blue greens]
Oddball Art – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #47 - ATG Always TOP THREE

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Garden Grammy

 Garden Grammy is a freebie digi drawn by Mary Ellen Smith from her Dearie Dolls website.  I made a tri-fold base card with the front being essentially a doubled layered flap.  The image was colored with Copics and then I created seeds in the rows with tiny drops of black Liquid Enamel.  Double bow made with green satin ribbon from stash.
Rubber Stamps:
Sentiment - PSX
Drying Rack - no info avail
Barrel w/ Flowers -1999 Marian Jones


Tri-fold unfolded

Inside for message
Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Fussy & Fancy L:10  #211 – Use Blues
Crafting From the Heart -#206 ATG Always
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Aud Sentiments - #203 – Cute + Sentiment
Crafty Creations - #366 – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #380 – ATG
As You Like It – Fave Color: Blue or Pink? & WHY [Blue over pink any day!  Pink has a connotation of girly but blue is universal]
SheepSki Designs #14 – Fave Color [Blues/ Blue greens]
Crafty Girls Creations – #47 - ATG Always
Pile it On #142 – Sports/Hobbies

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Wind in your hair!

 Our Grandson Shane has a dirt bike like this one and he rides it with such speed and purpose!  This last summer we had a family reunion at Steamboat Springs - Shane, with his red hair flying in the wind, loved tearing down the path between the three campsites we had set up!  He was our courier, our communication source and, between him and his sister Aubry, our constant companions.  I could not pass up this Mo Manning image for his birthday.  
This center step base card I covered with blue DP, a simple knotted ribbon and three graduated enamel dots.  The sentiment was created on my computer.  I used Copics to color the image and the simple background.  A rectangle was sketched in and the excess cut away - allowing the back of the boy, his foot and rear tire to be fussy cut outside the frame.   A Copic pen was then used to color the edge of the panel and it was elevated on a piece of sticky back foam [from the Dollar Store] to give even more depth to the project.
 I created this for the new 613 Ave C  challenge... "ATG/ optional Twist: Mainly Blue".  You have the month of May to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's incredible inspiration concepts -  click HERE!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart -#204 ATG Always
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Aud Sentiments - #202 – Masculine + Sentiment
Crafty Creations - #365 – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #378 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #149 – ATG
Fussy & Fancy L:10  #211 – Use Blues
SheepSki Designs #14 – Fave Color [Blues/ Blue greens]
Crafty Girls Creations – #47 - ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Dude's Christmas...



This Santa is by the artist Elizabeth O. Dulemba - a freebie from her website called Coloring Page Tuesdays.  Ms. Dulemba is a very accomplished author and illustrator of Children's books and she has a wonderful archive of images that she offers free as "coloring pages".  Many of them include the subject reading or in a setting with books.  She is very talented and I encourage you to check out her free images!
I colored the image with Blue-Violet Copics.  I think because of the shine on the card base, I did not seem to get the same color reflected on any of the three shots.  The closest colors to reality are in the photo below - right.
The base card is a re-cycled slide mechanism from a card I made ages ago and did not like the final results.  I have no idea of the source for them.  I think the lack of frou-frou, the colors and the use of a mechanical interaction make this card Dude friendly!


COPICS: 
BV01, 02, 04
C00, 1, 3
N0, 1, 3
W00, 1
E000, 00, 01
R00
Santa was fussy-cut, embossed from the back to round the image and mounted on foam tape.  Papers are re-cycled from scraps. 


Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny



CHALLENGES:
Fussy & Fancy L:10  #209 – Add a Sentiment
52 Christmas Throwdown L:10 – Color: use purple Honorable Mention
Crafting From the Heart - #202 ATG Always
Rubbernecker Stamps - #31 – Recycle [base card]
Addicted to Stamps & More - #288 – Holiday
Shopping our Stash L:13 – SOS #350 – Male theme
Crafty Sentiments – Only for the Boys
Tuesday Throwdown #388 – Glimmer & Shine [Shiny gold framework]
Incy Wincy Designs – ATG/ Twist add spots or dots
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter...

























This crazy Rick St. Dennis image is one of my yearly favorites for Easter... combined with the sentiment of "you BRIGHTEN my day" by The Stamp Doctor
 it will work nicely for my funny friends.  
Add in how fun it is to color with Copics 
and it is a win-win!
Happy Easter to all of you!
Create wildly and color with abandon!
~ginny


CHALLENGES:
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Simon Says: Stamp Wed Challenge – ATG
Penny's Challenge #373 – ATG
Fab & Funky #387 – Easter
Everybody Art Challenge #422 – Spring or Pink/Green
Crafty Creations - #363 – ATG Always
Inspiration Destination #147 – ATG
SheepSki Designs #13 – Animal Magic
Crafty Girls Creations – #46 - ATG Always
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Irish you a lucky day!







This is another image from the "Sham-rock Set"  by Art Impressions that I used in the previous post.  The inside sentiment [Irish you a lucky day!] is also from that set.  If you are interested in the difference between a Shamrock and a Four Leaf Clover or the connection with St. Patrick - see the previous post.







The background is embossed using a folder from Darice.  I started to put the layered Stitched Circles [by Lil' Inkers' Designs] in the center, did not like it, tried to move it and tore the paper.  Heavy sigh.  So I cut out one of the four leaf clovers from leftover paper and mounted it 3D over the tear.  Thank goodness for quick fix-it experience - actually one of my most practiced skills!  

Love the look of the layered circles with the top one on foam tape - you can see that better in this 2nd angle.
Here is one more card using images from this set.
The Leprechaun is colored with Copics:

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart - #198 ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More -  #283 – Holiday
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #371 – ATG
Fussy & Fancy L:10  #207 – Let's Celebrate
Crafty Creations - #362 – ATG Always
Inspiration Destination #146 – ATG
AI-Art Impressions Challenge #228 – Perfect Pastimes
Pile it On #140 – Circles
Crafty Girls Creations – #45 - ATG Always

Let the Shenanigans begin!

 Oh my!  This gal sent me over the moon - had to have her!  I have red hair, sometimes use a cane and I am Irish thru and thru!  Art Impressions put together this great "Sham-rock Set" of wonderful images and super sentiments... I grabbed it up before it was sold out!  
I double stamped this gal - one for the background and one to fussy cut and put on an "Action Wobble" spring [Also an AI product] so it would shake and wiggle.  You can see her "other" legs underneath from this angle.   I colored the images with Copics and on her jacket used blender solution to give it the appearance of wool.
The sentiments on the front and inside are both from the set which also comes with a four leaf Clover.  I wanted to use a Shamrock so I cut off one of the leaves.  A four leaf Clover is a rare mutation of the three leaf clover [one in 10,000] and thus considered 'lucky' to find.  It is often shown interchangeably with the Shamrock [a young, smaller sprig of a clover] as a symbol of St. Pat's Day.  The plant was used by Saint Patrick to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity and has subsequently become a national symbol of Ireland.  'Shamrock' comes from seamr√≥g, the Irish name that translates as "little clover".
 StPatrick's revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green).  People began pinching those who didn't wear green as a reminder that leprechauns could see them.

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny

CHALLENGES:
Crafting From the Heart - #198 ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More -  #283 – Holiday HONORABLE ADDICT
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Fab & Funky #385 – Anything BUT Square
Penny's Challenge #371 – ATG
Fussy & Fancy L:10  #207 – Let's Celebrate
Crafty Creations - #362 – ATG Always
Inspiration Destination #146 – ATG
AI-Art Impressions Challenge #228 – Perfect Pastimes
Crafty Girls Creations – #45 - ATG Always

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Re-Cycle / Re-use


Have you ever... [oh, of course you have]... opened a gift and found the ribbon or paper so beautiful you can not throw it out?  I have saved this ribbon for years, never even untied the bow.  I had a concept in my head for a pop-up box card, saw the ribbon and tried it on the box - fit perfectly like it was meant for it!  Chose my papers & colors to match the ribbon and I was off and running.   "The Gnome Lady" is from QKR Stampede - I have had her waiting to be colored for ages.  "Daisy" and "Sunflower" Balloons are from Eureka - the artist has a whole series of animals, flowers, etc all gathered at the bottom and tied off like a balloon.  The sentiment and a space for the message are on the back panel.

Box flattened for
mailing in an envelope.
I created this for the new 613 Ave C challenge... "ATG/ optional Twist: Re-cycle/ Reuse".  You have the month of March to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas - check out the DT inspiration concepts HERE!

The  Gnome lady is sitting on a wonderful mushroom and holding one of the balloons on a string.  All the balloons are supported by a 1/4" acetate strip re-cycled from packaging for a metal die.

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny
CHALLENGES:
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always  TOP THREE
Crafting From the Heart -#193 ATG Always
Incy Wincy Designs – Easter
Addicted to Stamps & More -  #281 – ATG
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Simon Says: Stamp Wed Challenge – ATG
Penny's Challenge #369 – ATG
Crafty Creations - #361 – ATG Always
As You Like It – Single or Multiple Layers & WHY [multiple layers: LoVe the depth & intricacies that can be achieved with layers!]
Inspiration Destination #145 – ATG
SheepSki Designs #12 – use Flowers
Oddball Art – ATG Always/optional ”Itsy,Bitsy, Teenie, Weenie”
Crafty Girls Creations – #45 - ATG Always  TOP THREE
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG + DP

Thursday, February 8, 2018

You stole my heart...

For the Grandsons' Valentines - I did a quick and easy version... a Mo Manning image that only required Copic coloring for the skin and the heart.  A Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper gave me the 1/2 inch corners for the focal panel and the mat.  Done and done!  The computer generated sentiment was cut down, matted on black and adhered even with the left margin.  A grosgrain black ribbon is the only embellishment... CAS and fast for the boys.

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny















CHALLENGES:

Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Sweet Stampin' – Anything BUT a Birthday
Crafting From the Heart -#193 ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More -#278– Holiday
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Aud Sentiments - #196 – Love Sentiment
Penny's Challenge #366 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #143 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #44 - ATG Always
Pile it On #139 – 3D Embellishments [Grosgrain ribbon/elevated focal panels]
Get Creative Challenges – #66 – Use ribbon or Washi

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

One in a Chameleon...

This image was a freebie called 'One in a Chameleon' by Lawn Fawn that came with my mail order.  I felt the sentiment that came with it is perfect for my Grand-daughter's Valentine.  My 14 y.o. neighbor, Gena, made the great background after a lesson on using a straw to blow alcohol inks on glossy paper.   The background became the inspiration for the card.  It reminded me of a beam of sunlight peeking thru the clouds - perfect for a Chameleon warming itself on a stump. The little stamp set has only the one limb on which he is standing - I drew the rest of the tree stump attached to it.  The Copic colors for my lizard were matched to the background, it was fussy cut and glued down so he was in the full sun.  The panel adheres to the white card base which had been embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The diagonal lines mimic the sunbeam lines in the sky.  A tiny 'diamond' was centered in his eye.
The sentiment was mounted on 
a slender strip of the background 
cut off the front panel.
Inside
 I had already started a personal note 
before I took the photo - so I 
cropped out my message.

 CHALLENGES:

Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Sweet Stampin' – Anything BUT a Birthday
Crafting From the Heart -#193 ATG Always
Addicted to Stamps & More -#278– Holiday
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Aud Sentiments - #196 – Love Sentiment
Penny's Challenge #366 – ATG
Inspiration Destination #143 – ATG
Aurora Wings #63 – ATG
Crafty Girls Creations – #44 - ATG Always
Pile it On #139 – 3D Embellishments [stitching]

Create wildly and color with abandon!  
~ginny