Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 10/31/14

Hello and Happy Halloween to all my blogging friends! I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I sure hope it doesn't rain tonight so I can give away all the candy Jeff brought home!

It's time for our Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch challenge and it happened to be my turn up on the sketch roster.

Here is our sketch

This is what I came up with;

I used banners instead of arrows. I'm kind of stuck on the Ho, Ho, Ho Merry Christmas thing right now lol. I used Modern Medley  DSP it is retired but it was a perfect background paper for the sentiment jingle.

Here is a look at the inside;

 I made a second card from the sketch in the spirit of Halloween also.

 This little own has his Wizard costume on and his magic want is spraying little stars all over the place. This first tag says Boo the second says Abracadabra
I thought the crazy background paper was sort of mesmerizing.

 Here is a look at the inside

now you have two cards for inspiration. I hope you enjoyed seeing them because "abracadabra" they will be gone soon. Please join us this week and show us your creation, we would love to see it

I am almost finished with my essay questions. I am so done!

PS. if you are going out this evening have a safe and fun Halloween!

Chat soon,

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 369

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I just had to take a breather!!! I have been studying since yesterday afternoon and I am wiped out. I really am getting a lot done and that makes me feel much better.  I don't like deadlines especially where tests and finals are concerned. I still have four short papers to write before next Monday and a 15 minute presentation to write.  I will get it all done in time I am sure!

I found a great Tall and Skinny sketch over at Mojo Monday

Here is their Tall and Skinny sketch;

This is what I came up with.

This was a very quick and easy sketch for me to work with. I saw the three squares and said HO, HO, HO! It just seemed a great fit for this space. Maybe because I was so pressed for time also (smile).

There is a little dangling snowflake hanging under the bow.  Bob Cat found it and took off with my card. What a crazy cat he is.

Sorry, I don't have too much time to fill you in on all the details today.

Here is a look at the inside.

Just a little strip of matching DSP and some black ink on the sentiment will tie it all together nicely. (I left out a sentiment for now but, will add one later).

It is back to studying for me!

Chat soon,


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Finals week!

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

It's Finals Week for my Master Gardner Program! Along with the Final, I also have a small 10-15 minute presentation that is due next week. The presentation will be on Rain Gutter Gardening.
With that said, I will not be making any cards this week. I have to study and prepare
! I wish I was a good test taker and I didn't have to study so hard ...But that's not the way it is with me. I really do have to study HARD. I wonder if I could make them a nature type card and submit that for a grade instead of the test and the presentation lolol.

Until next week I will leave you with a few photos of my final garden harvest for the season. If you are the praying sort please ask that He gives me a good memory and clear thoughts. I can use all the help I can get!

Chat soon,

Left to right
Broccoli Carrots, Rhubarb, three types of Chilies, Red Cabbage, White and Purple Egg Plant, Collards, Tomatillos, three types of Tomatoes, a Huge basket of Pole Beans and Chives!

Friday, October 24, 2014

PCCCS #115 Sketch Challenge

Hello to all my blogging friends,  I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I saw another great sketch today and had some spare time so I thought I would make another card! This fun sketch was created by the Paper Craft Crew

Here is their sketch

This is what I came up with.

I really like all the various shapes and embellishment options to this sketch!

Here is a look at the inside;

Supplies used to create this card;

Card Stock- Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White , Early Espresso and Naturals White.
DSP- Trim The Tree Paper Pack and Silver Glimmer Paper.
Stamp Set- Mingle All The Way.
Misc- 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (Star), 1" Round. Punch, 1/4" circle Punch, Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Emboss Powder, Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape and Mini Paper clip from Paper Pumpkin.
Ink- Cherry Cobbler.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 10/24/14

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Hope you all had a great week and are getting used to this cooler weather?
We are supposed to get snow flurries next week! Can you believe snow already?

This weeks sketch was created by Elizabeth Harris

I knew this was going to be such a great sketch to work with! Great job Elizabeth and thanks for the inspiration!

This is what I came up with;

I made a little surprise insert out of the front piece. Just unwrap the little ribbon and there you have it a little extra sentiment surprise!

I really like to combine extra fun folds into my cards! It's like getting two cards in one! I tucked the extra fold out piece under the background DSP and added a Brad and some Daffodil Delight Ribbon to make the closure.

Here is a look at the inside;

I used several sentiment stamps from the Bravo stamp set in creating this card. The stars are from the Project Life - Point and Click stamp set. The Brad and the Paper Clip are from Paper Pumpkin. I used Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss Inks. The two DSP scraps are from the Moonlight Paper Pack. I used Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo Card Stock.

I hope you too find some time to create something fun this week and use our sketch to help inspire you. Here is a link to our blog. We would all love to see what you came up with!

Until next week,


Pals Paper Arts #225 Sketch Challenge

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I woke up early this morning to find a very interesting sketch in my in box from Pals Paper Arts

Here is their sketch
I just loved it and thought of this card idea immediately!

The layered paper look makes an amazing card. I've never seen anything like this before!
I ran the card base through the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry Textured Impression Folder. Then, I cut out the two Whisper White panels and the Trim The Tree DSP Paper Stack focal image piece. I used the 7/8" Scallop Circle and the 1/2 Circle Punches to make the three little snowflakes. I added a few little Basic Pearls to the three snowflakes and to the background image. The bow was made with 5/8" Organza Ribbon and White Bakers Twine.

Here is a look at the inside.

I just carried the layered paper look to the inside. I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and used White Embossing Powder to make it pop! This stamp matches perfectly with this selection of the Trim The Tree DSP Paper Stack.

I hope you enjoyed this card and find some time for yourself to create something fun. For additional inspiration check out the Pals Artists selections too!

Chat soon,

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Fun

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Sorry, I didn't have enough time to create a post for you sooner. This weekend went by really fast. I worked a booth at the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival here in town for the Master Gardner's class I am in. I got to help all the children that came by with "Apple Stamping" lol it was a lot of fun.

I finished my last Card Club Card last weekend. Novembers theme is Fall or Thanksgiving those 10 cards were done in a snap as DSP is easy to work with and really does make an interesting card!

This card is a very easy 10 minuet card, it is very easy to duplicate if you are looking for a generic "Hey, How ya doing? " type Fall card.

No stamping! I let the Designer Series Paper and the Die Cut elements do all the talking for me!

Here is a look at the inside.

Hot tip!!!!!

Our Big Shot will cut 4-5 pieces of card stock per run through. You might think it would take forever to cut out all of the acorns (30), bit it was a snap with the Big Shot! I just alternated the card stock colors to soot my needs. I left the sentiment blank so I could write a quick little something on the inside when I was ready.

Supplies used to create this card;

Card Stock (cs)- Tangelo Twist, Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso, Pistachio Pudding and Crumb Cake.
Designer Series Paper (DSP)-Color Me Autumn.
Misc- 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon, Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Big Shot, Woodgrain Impression Folder and Autumn Accents Bigz Die.

That's it for me today. I hope you too find some time to create something fun also.

Stamping is really good for the soul!

Chat soon,

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 10/17/14

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Yep, it's that time again to see another great from Sketch Frenzy Friday's Sketch challenge!
This weeks sketch was created by one of our new designers and my friend Terri Tank! Great job Terri you did good!

Here is her sketch.

This is what I came up with.

A total stretch of my imagination that's for sure! I don't know why I saw this card in my head, but it was there once I saw the sketch.  I couldn't wait to try and create it. For the three rectangles I chose to create Tomb Stones. Jeff and I had so much fun creating the epitaphs we were cracking up about Ned, Fred and Ted.

I used Chalk Talk Dies to create the tomb stones they worked perfectly! Smokey Slate and Basic Grey cs and a little Smokey Slate was sponged over them. The large ghost and the pumpkin were created with the Fun Fall Framelits Dies with Silver Glimmer Paper. The small ghost was created with the Owl Builder and Silver Glimmer Paper. I just trimmed off the owls feet and turned him upside down to make a ghost. The grass was made with Pear Pizzazz. The background stars were made with my trusty White Gel Pen (I love that thing!) and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. All of the faces were hand cut out of Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Tangello Twist cs. I made the little bow out of White Bakers Twine and Tangello Twist ink. It's a messy process but you get custom color bows that way.

I hope you like my little grave yard scene and give Terries super creative sketch a try,. We would love to see it just upload it to our blog here.

Chat soon,

Work of Art CAS CASE

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

We I finally finished my third Club card! 30 cards in one day is a lot of cards plus designing the cards is most of the work! I was tired and didn't know what I wanted to do and I saw an amazing card over at Sandi MacIvers blog

and CASED her CAS card. It was harder than I thought. There was no simple in making this card, lining up all those stripes on two seperate cards was a ton of work. I should have known Sandi wouldn't do anything easy. She is so very talented! Thanks for the inspiration Sandi!

The sketch is from Retro Sketches. You can't in all decency submit your card of a card you cased that has already been submitted so it stays here lol. That would be just rude lolololol.

I really think it looks much nicer in person. I sure hope my club sisters like it!

Here is a look at the inside.

I used Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride inks for the stripes and Blackberry Bliss for the focal image and the sentiment. The stamp set is a great retired 2011 SAB set called Bliss. I didn't have any SU ribbon that would go with these colors so, I pulled out some of my gift wrapping ribbon and Linen Thread to tie up the tag.

Thats all for this post. I hope you find time in your busy day to create something fun too.

Chat soon,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wonderous Wreath in Pink!

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I am sure I have told you all about a swapping card club I am in. We are called the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Card Club or STCC for short. My Sisters are very fun and very talented too. It appears I am a bit behind in my swaps so I jumped on it and made two of the three that are due. I'll show you the second one tomorrow. I'll be way ahead of the game once I finish the third card and get it in the mail!

I had made this card in different colors from a sketch a week or two ago and liked it so much I thought I would try it again. I started out with a red wreath but that just didn't do it for me. I really went way out of my comfort zone on this one and made it in Pink. Now, if you know my style at all " Pink" is usually not in my color line up. But, today it was! I really hope you enjoy this card. It made me feel really girlie. I think it is my new haircut that did it lolo.

 I used Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette and Strawberry Slush on this wreath.
I used Rose Red  card stock and Quarter Fancy DSP. The Bow was made from Silver Glitter Paper.

Here is a look at the inside.

I left the sentiment blank so that my "Sister" could stamp what ever she wanted .

Hope ypu have a great day and find some time to create something fun too!

Chat soon,

Sunday, October 12, 2014

PPA223 A Spooky Color Combination

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I was visiting Ann Sachs blog (I just love her work) and noticed that Pals Paper Arts was having a really fun color sketch this week. Their theme is A Spooky Color Combination. It seems I'm on a roll with the Halloween theme with the cards I have been creating lately so, I thought

I would give it a try. This is what I came up with.

How about this cute little Owl Bat for some Halloween fun! I love that he is hanging upside down lol. I made the scary tree with Basic Black cs and the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and then free hand cut it out. The misty moon was punched with the 1 3/8th " Circle. The Owl Bat was made with the Owl Builder Punch. I also used the Owl Punch for his vest that was cut from a scrap of Confetti Celebration DSP. My Background paper is called Specialty Designer Series Paper First Edition (R-2013-2014) I liked this DSP because it has the print on Very Vanilla. I added a few hand drawn bats on the moon for fun too. Looks like this little guy is wide awake now and is about to join them. You can't have a night time look with out some black sponging here and there right! I used the 1/8th" Circle Punch to help make the bat wings. Cut two little wedge scraps of Basic Black cs and half punch the end of one side to make the wings. I also added a Very Vanilla 1/8th" Circle layer to the eyes to make them look like they were glowing in the dark.

Here is a look at the inside.

I couldn't help myself I had to put the sentiment upside down so the reciepient will have to turn the card to read it and then he/she will also notice the second little owl is also upside down like his friend on the front hehehe. I just had to show you My Trick and Treat fun.

Hope you enjoy all the Halloween fun we are having this month! Please join in and play along with the Pals Paper Arts.

Chat soon,

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Boots with an attitude!

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Here is the second card I made with the cute little Witches Boot.

I worked all day on this darn card! First, I wanted to somehow make a witch wearing these cute boots??? The problem I discovered was there is only one stamp of the boot and it is a left foot???? So, my challenge was to make a left foot??? I got out my velum and my over head projector sheets to see if those sheets would work?? Nope, I just couldn't get the colors to match up just right and or not smear!

I remembered when I was a kid I learned how to make duplicates of things that I wanted a left and right side of.  So, I tried the technique with this boot and it worked. YIPPEE!! I'll share this technique with you.

First, I got a scrap piece of white cs and folded it over enough that a copy of the boot would fit on either side of the fold and not overlap! That is important not to make your fold too small. Then, I inked up the boot stamp really well and stamped it on the right side of my folded piece of cs. Quickly, I folded over the left side onto the inked boot side and rubbed vigorously, but, not so hard that the ink would smear. It worked perfectly! I got a very light image just enough that I could copy over the image with the thin end of a black marker.

Now that I had a somewhat of a perfect pair of boots. I started to color them in. I chose to do the circles with color first using the lightest color which was yellow, then orange, then green and finally purple. I had somewhat of an advantage coloring in the circles first then fill in the black last. In that, if I made a mistake I could color over the mistake with the black marker. The boots are not perfect but they work for me.

I made her stockings out of another scrap piece of white cs and a red and black marker. I ran the red marker over an area making several stripes. As I went along I left a little white in between the red stripes. Then, I went back over the red stripes and outlined them with the black marker. I felt it made the red stripes pop a bit more! Once her stockings were colored I cut her out some legs thin on the bottom thicker towards the top, just like real legs.

I cut her skirt out free hand and added a little purple belt with a black buckle. Then I  and added a large Rhinestone for some Bling. You know even a Witch likes to have a bit of Bling in her outfit!

I off set her left boot to make it look like she was impatiently waiting for Halloween to arrive. I can  just see her tapping her foot, crossing her arms and rollong her eyes with her sassy attitude! Is it time to fly yet!!!

Here is a look at the inside.

Hope you like this card and find some time to create something fun from it!

Chat soon,

Bootiful Halloween

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I saw a card on line and the lady used the Witches Boot from Bootiful Occasions. I said to myself I have that set! Why don't I pull it out and use it while I still have time right!

What I think I will do is make a few cards using it to see what I can come up with in the next few days. How's that for a mini goal!

This is my first card using the Bootiful Witches Boot!

First, I stamped the boot in different colors on white cs and used markers to color in the circles. I found the colors ran together so that was a no go. Then, I pulled out my Embossing Powders and tried several different colors of powders to make the boots with. Believe it or not I liked the traditional black boot the best.
 I was able to color in the circles with markers and the colors did not not run! This technique was just Perfect for what I wanted to achieve! These three boots were stamped in VersaMark on Whisper White cs. I used Black Embossing Powder and used my handy Heat Tool to set the powder. The boots  are shiny and super fun looking. To get the single boot I just fussy cut around them.
I used the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder for the background. I left a strip on the bottom of the cs clear so I could stamp my sentiment flat. The boot helps covers the left side of my emboss free strip.

I needed cs colors that were very bright and cheery. The card stock I used is some old SU and non SU colors from my stash.  The SU colors are so old I don't even remember the names of them hahaha.

Here is a look at the inside.

That's all for today. I've got some time to play so, I be back tomorrow with some more inspirational ideas for ya.

Chat soon,

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 10/10/14

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Todays sketch was designed by Diane Eichfeld and as usual she did a fantastic job with it!  Here is her sketch.

This is what I came up with from it.

The first layer is the card base. It was embossed with the Woodgrain Folder in Mossy Meadow cs.
The second layer is a scrap of Very Vanilla cs.
The third layer is a scrap of Cajun Craze cs.
The fourth layer is a scrap of Daffodil Delight cs.
The fifth layer is two pieces of Color Me Autumn DSP
The sixth layer is a scrap of Cajun Craze cs.
The seventh layer is a scrap of Hello Honey cs.
The eighth layer is a scrap of Natural Ivory that I stamped a Pistachio Pudding background and the Cajun Craze Wheat Leaves on. Both stamps are from the For All Things stamp set.
I tucked a little banner of Daffodil Delight under the first layer of the card that I die cut from the Hearts A Flutter Framelits set.
The misc embellishments are: Two banners- Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape over white cs. I covered a large silver brad from a Paper Pumpkin Kit with Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape. Finally I tied a little bow using Thick Bakers Twine in Pistachio Pudding.

This card was very time consuming and labor intensive, but really worth it. All the colors and textures all came together in the end.

Here is a look at the inside.

My neighbors mother went in the hospital with emergency surgery, so I wanted to send her a get well card. Sentiment from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you give our sketch a try and show us what you create from it.
We would love to see it!

Chat soon,

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Movember YIKES!

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Jeff went to pick up some craft supplies for my front and back door (Flowers, wire...) the other day and came home with this huge mustache. I asked him what was I to do with it? He said to make him a placard for "Movember" That he was going to take it to the shop. The mustache is 13 1/2 inches long.

As November gets closer my honey starts talking about "Movember". This is the third year he has participated in this event.  What happens is that all the guys in his shop join in on a world wide event to support men's health. They either shave off all their facial hair and grow only a new mustache  for the month of November or if they are clean shaven they have to grow a "Mo" mustache. They call themselves "Mo Bro's" For more information on this organization here is the link to their site
I love the organization but, I hate it when he has to shave off his beautiful beard!

So to make my honey happy this is what I came up with. He loved it thank goodness! That's all that matters to me. He is taking it to work tomorrow so I had to get a picture of it now.

He said he wanted the letters to be all wavy and overlapping because his crew at work is never in a straight line. I am sure you will see and hear more about this world wide event as it gets closer to November I mean Movember! I'm going to take before and after pictures this time.

Chat soon,

Fall Fest- Ghosts in love

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I am so behind on things??? I guess my head cold really did have me in a fog!

I found yet another sketch challenge and I was too late for submission. Oh Well!

But, I did create a cute card from it. I thought so at 3:00 am one morning when I couldn't sleep. These two lovers are so darn cute. I thought that sentiment was perfect for them. This card has a lot of shimmer and sparkle to it. I spritzed Shimmer Spray first, then I used my white gel pen to make all the little stars and a few of the larger stars too. I punched out four stars using the new star from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack in Silver Glimmer Paper. The Ghosts were die cut using the Fun Fall Framelits and Silver Glimmer Paper as well. The sentiment is from the Yippee-Skippee! stamp set.

 I'll try to give you a close up to see if you can get a feel for all the shimmer.

That's it. Shinny!

The next photo is a look at the inside.

I am starting to feel a bit better today but I still have to take it easy.
HaHaHa, My easy day will be much of the same as if I weren't sick. Those darn house faeries still haven't shown up?????

Chat soon,

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FMS156 Fall Wreath

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I came across this cute sketch from the crew over at Freshly Made Sketches. The time for the challenge has expired but I still used it for inspiration. I have been wanting to make a Fall Wreath card and this sketch had all the elements needed to do it.

This is a photo of what I came up with;

I just love it when a sketch gives you all the elements that you needed.

Now for a look at the inside.

I'm still not feeling really good so I'm going down stairs and get some tea and it's back to bed for me.

Chat soon,