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October 2014

It's free candy day!!

Happy Halloween everyone!

It’s free candy day!  I am not sure how many kids actually go trick or treating anymore but we definitely did growing up.  In fact, it was almost guaranteed to either snow or be so cold that your costumes had to be able to fit over your snowsuit. 

I made one final Halloween card for this year.  I am playing along with Freshly Made Sketches.  I liked the ease of the sketch and my card came together very quickly.   This is the sketch:


I started off with the PTI notched star banner die.  I added the striped paper, sentiment, button and twine. halloween

Plus, some bling - I couldn’t resist a little bling! 2

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! tangerine tango and motley monsters dsp.  Ink:  memento black.  Dies:  PTI notched star banner and nesties.  Stamp set:  retired SU! eat, drink, and be scary.  Other:  button, twine, rhinestones and candy dots.

Coffee filters aren't just for coffee anymore...

At my monthly card club we made leaves out of coffee filters.  We die cut the images using the autumn accents dies.  We spritzed water on a paper plate, added ink drops of different colors, and put the leaves on top.  After letting them dry, we used them on a project.  I ended up with a lot of leftovers (just like Thanksgiving dinner) and decided I would use one on a card to post on the blog.  Luckily, I found the Paper Players sketch and thought I would play along. 5

I grabbed some cajun craze, crushed curry and very vanilla cardstock to spotlight the coffee filter leaf.  I ran the crushed curry through the woodgrain embossing folder, added a strip of burlap ribbon, a wooden accent (that I dragged over the crushed curry ink pad), button and linen thread.  I pulled the burlap ribbon apart and cut the extra strips of burlap in half to put under the twine and button.  A quick sentiment and I was done. 6

Can you believe that it is Halloween tomorrow?  Three months and we will be in a new year!  Crazy how time flies!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! cajun craze, crushed curry, and very vanilla.  Stamps:  SU! good greetings.  Ink:  SU! cajun craze and crushed curry.  Dies/EF:  SU! autumn accents, woodgrain.  Other:  SU! burlap ribbon, wooden autumn elements, crushed curry button and linen thread.

Birthday wishes for my bro...

My brother celebrated his birthday Saturday.  Did I have his card made?  No.  Did I have his present? No.  With my crazy schedule over the last couple of weeks, I failed to complete either of these tasks!  Not a very good sister!  But I spent a little time in the craft cave yesterday and got his birthday card done.  Now I just need to get his present! bday

I am playing along with the Sweet Sunday Sketch.  The sketch and image went together perfectly.  I stamped the image in memento black and colored with my blendies.  I have had this image for years and bought it specifically for my brother.  He is an avid hunter and it is hunting season!  This card I made for him last year.  He really liked it so I am hoping he likes his card this year! bday1

I added texture with the woodgrain embossing folder, the grass die and distressed edges.  I thought the white was too stark so I used brown chalk to dirty up the paper and quite like the effect.  A button and twine and I was done.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! crumbcake, old olive, PTI white, DSP from my stash.  Ink:  memento black.  Dies/EF:  Lawn fawn grass die and SU! woodgrain EF. Stamps:  PTI keep it simple birthday and stamp from my stash.  Other:  SU! blendies, chalk, button and twine.

Happy 98th Birthday...

I remember when I was about 13, I calculated how old I would be when the year 2000 got here.  I would be 37 and holy cow did I think that was OLD!  When I was 18 and in high school I got a part time job at a bank.  One of the tellers turned 30 that year.  I made the mistake of commenting on how old she was.  I was stunned that she was 30!  She has never let me forget that!  Ironically I ended up working with her at the job I am at now.  She told me that she never forgot what I said to her and she always liked to tell that story.  I am glad she was understanding!  Whether you are 13 or 18 – anyone over the age of 20 is ancient.  Funny now that I have passed 30 and 40, I don’t think of those ages as old.  Somewhere along the line I went from – how cow is she/he old – to – they are only (fill in the number) – boy is that young.  It is all relative!

This very long winded story about age leads to today’s card.  There is a very dear lady named Bessie Mae in my hometown.  I have known her my entire life and would see her at church or around the town when I was growing up.  But as most of us do, we leave our hometowns and venture out into the world.  When I moved back home a few years ago I ran into her again.  We got to talking about age and she told me that she was going to turn 95.  I could not believe it.  She absolutely did not look 95.  I guessed a good 15 years younger than that.  Well this year, she turned 98!  Think about that – 98.  And she still looks at least 15 years younger than that.  Seriously, she looks 80. 

98.  Almost a century.  Think of the changes she has seen in her life.  From the beginning of the automobile, two World Wars, the Great Depression, a man on the moon, a brutal death of a President, computers, the right for women to vote…the list could go on and on.  She has lived thru events and inventions that children today will never understand or most likely, appreciate.  98.  My mind boggles. 6 (1)

The more I thought about it, the more I thought I needed to make a card and send to Bessie Mae.  How often do you ever get to make a card for a 98th birthday.  Try never for most all of us who craft.  I chose some wonderfully soft colors that I thought would combine to make an elegant card for an elegant lady.  I started off with white, added a layer of lost lagoon and topped it off with soft stone that I ran through a linen impression plate.  I used washi tape and nestabilities to set the stage for the numbers which I die cut six times and layered.  I love this look – it just makes the numbers pop.  A birthday sentiment and rhinestones completed the card. 7

A beautiful card for a beautiful lady!  Happy 98th birthday Bessie Mae!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white and soft stone.  SU! lost lagoon.  Dies/IP:  nesties, SU! typeset die, PTI suffix style die and linen impression plate.  Stamps:  PTI keep it simple birthday.  Other:  SU! all is calm washi and rhinestones.  Memento black ink.

I pick fabulous...

Happy Monday!  I am playing along with Freshly Made Sketches today.  I was originally going to use a Santa from the SU! Visions of Santa stamp set so that I could use the nice, naughty, fabulous sentiment but I wasn’t digging how they went together. 3

Then I remembered Eunice, an Art Impressions stamp that I have had for ages.  Somehow the sentiment just went better with Eunice.  After all, Eunice is a bit nice, a bit naughty, and definitely fabulous! 4

With some seasonal colors, I paired the image up with some awesome dsp.  After I glued everything down, I realized I meant to frame Eunice and the dsp with solid cardstock.  Too late!

Be sure to channel your inner Eunice today and be fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! real red, olive green, Santa & Co. DSP, PTI white.  Stamps:  Art Impressions, SU! Visions of Santa.  Other:  SU! blendies, real red, and memento black ink.

Green and more green...

Hello!  I am posting late today!  Very late.  I have had a crazy couple of weeks with having to travel out of town, catch up work, and try to get cards done for the blog.  Guess what didn’t win?  I planned for two weeks of blog posts while I was gone.  I just didn’t think about this past week!  I should be back on track again with posting Monday thru Friday.

I wanted to play along with the Sugar Pea Designs Sugarsketch.  And I am barely making it in before the link closes!  I let the paper from the SU! trim the tree dsp stack drive my colors.  I used the sweater impression plate from PTI to give some texture to the base.   I spotlighted the mingle all the way sentiment in garden green ink and some rhinestones. 5

Quick and easy.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Supplies:  CS:  SU! pistachio pudding, garden green, trim the tree dsp.  PTI white.  Stamps:  SU! mingle all the way.  Ink:  SU! garden green.  Other:  SU! rhinestones.  PTI sweater impression plate.

Spooky Screamy Halloweeny...

I have said it before – I never planned on buying the SU! mingle all the way stamp set.  But boy, oh boy, am I ever glad I did.  I love the different sentiments – the size, the fonts, the words.  They add just the right “oomph” to a card without having to add a lot of other elements.  I am also in love with the SU! holiday DSP this year.  I like the use of non-traditional colors for the paper – it allows you to stretch your stamps, ink and paper. spooky

So I brought back Witch Hazel and her gang to star on their cool “blue” Halloween card.  OK – I realize it is not blue but it is in the blue family and cool Bermuda bay/pool party didn’t sound as good!  This card is simple and could be mass produced quite easily if you had too.  A few layers, a sentiment and some bling.  Done. spooky 2

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! Bermuda bay, pool party, motley monsters DSP.  PTI white.  Ink:  SU! Bermuda bay.  Stamps:  Mingle all the way.  Rhinestones.

Gone fishin'...

I belong to a group of business people that meet once a month to cover current issues and share work experiences.  One of these wonderful people is planning to retire at the end of November.  How exciting for Tom!  I believe it is 30 plus years.  Well deserved.  He will be missed from our group!  We are giving him a proper send off with a mini retirement party of our own.  I am in charge of the cards for this group and almost forgot I said I would make a retirement card for him! 1

I don’t know if Tom fishes but I thought this stamp was quite appropriate anyway!  I started off with some Stampin’ Up! cajun crazy and mossy meadow cardstock and topped it off with the color me autumn DSP. 2

I stamped the image using memento black on very vanilla and used colored pencils to color the image.  I combined a couple sentiments to create the “happy retirement” for Tom.  A couple of rhinestones and the card was complete.  Enjoy your retirement Tom!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! cajun craze, mossy meadow, very vanilla, color me autumn DSP.  Ink:  memento black, colored pencils.  Stamps:  PTI keep it simple happy birthday and year round happiness.  Stamp from stash.  Rhinestones.

Twin Pines Mall...

Raise your hand if you know what movie I am talking about!  If you said, Back to the Future, you are correct!  I loved that movie and I really loved how Twin Pines became Lone Pine.  So in honor of Back to the Future, I made a Twin Pines Card. 3

Take two tree punches, add to a tag and layer on some awesome DSP.  Add a quick sentiment, rhinestones and a pinecone stamp.  Bake for 10 minutes…wait…that doesn’t go with this recipe! 4

Seriously, this card was quick and easy but packs a punch (two actually!).  A few rhinestones gives some well needed brightness to the muted colors.

Simple, but effective.  I am taking the weekend off so I am not sure if I will have any cards to post next Monday or Tuesday, so bear with me if the blog is quiet for a few days.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic white, SU! old olive and trim the tree DSP.  Stamps:  SU! ornamental pine and PTI keep it simple Christmas.  Ink:  SU! early espresso.  Dies/EF:  Lil Inkers Design anytime stitched dies, SU! stylish stripes EF and SU! tree punch.  Rhinestones.

Happy fall...

Today I made another CAS.  This time celebrating fall.  I used the PTI burlap impression plate to add a little pizzazz to the background. 5

I added a bit of bling and a wooden element to add to the overall texture of the card.  This is one of those that I wish you had touch-o-vision for.   Touch-o-vision is similar in concept to smell-a-vision.  Ha! 6

A simple sweet card to send out to your best friend, or someone who needs a pick me up.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic cream.  Stamps:  SU! fall fest and RC forever fall.  Inks:  SU! tangerine tango and old olive.  Other:  SU! fun fall dies, PTI rustic burlap impression plate.  SU! wooden autumn elements, burlap ribbon and pearls.