Saturday, October 21, 2017

Challenge #145 ~ Halloween Colors

 I have to thank my dear friend Nancy at Nanny's Pansy Patch, she just blessed me so much today and I felt inspired to do a Halloween card because she really enjoys this holiday.   So I found a challenge I could play along with: Crafty Gals Corner where we are to use Halloween Colors.   Well, My friends that's exactly what I did here.  I brought out the black, purple, and oranges.  I then began my Haunted forest.  My absolute favorite part of  this card is the sentiment because after I stamped it I took my white pen and just high lighted it on the edges to make it look like the moon light was shining on it.    The fence and moon are both die cuts.  The pumpkins are a fiskars single stamp that is very old and I just colored and cut them out to space them about. The Witch's hat,  Mr. Funny bones, and the sentiment are all from the dollar bins at Target a few years ago.  The rat is from my new stampin up set call Spooky cat and the Pine Trees are a stampin up set called Wonderland and finally the tiny bats are also a stampin up set and called Holiday Home.  As you can imagine with all these lovely sets and single stamps my desk is a mess.  But it was so much fun to make a card out of my comfort zone.  I'm afraid the picture don't really do it justice.  I probably should have waited to take the picture outside tomorrow for better lighting.
   I know who I will be sending this card to. 😊
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FUSION - Striped Wreath & Challenge #28 ~Wondrous Wreath

Today's card features the wondrous wreath stamp from stampin up.  I'm still bummed I've lost the die to that little bow.  I've searched and searched, but I'm not giving up.  I'm praying it will show up someday.  Anyways I had to fussy cut the bow out and then I colored in a pearl to stick with my orange theme.   The sentiment I purposely stamped down dark and then ever so slightly moved it over to stamp it again for a shadow.  
I'm going to submit this card to the challenges at:
and
Our theme for the new challenge is

"Monochrome"

  It's been quite the day here in WI. The sun was out and then boom  like literally BOOM!  A rain storm out of nowhere and heavy showers and now it's over and the sun is out again.  Crazy weather.  But I'm thankful the sun is back out because my husband wanted to drain the pump and bring the hoses in for winter.  So hopefully he will still be able to do that.  I have no idea what I'd do if I didn't have a husband to help me out with such things.  Especially now.  
💑Feeling grateful to have a helpmate.💑

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #425~Oriental

I made this card for the challenge at: 
I decided to take  my card on an oriental trip.   I think black and red work so lovely with this idea.  The color of gold would have been fabulous too, but I didn't have anything like that on hand.  I do have gold embossing powder, but I'm not very good with that technique. So I stuck with stamping.  I carried the bamboo through on 4 of the tiny squares, I like how it ties it together.  I then stamped the sentiments making sure I placed them right side up according to the stampin  up box.   Because I have no idea what they say, but wanted to make sure it was at least the right way.    I'm sure it's a lovely word/phrase.  I'm pretending it's Peace and Hope (my favorite word)  The vase I stamped and colored then cut it out to cover up my mistake I made.  Always have to make a mistake or smudge with my cards.  *sigh.

I'm happy to say that my daughter went with me to Yonkers and we were able to find a plus size cardigan type sweater that  I can wear to the wedding.   Just a few more things to get and I will finally (Praise the LORD) have an outfit to wear. 
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Sketch #234

 Well, I'm not sure I can submit another card to the challenge at: Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
But it's such an interesting sketch.   I love to see what everyone is coming up with.   All the cards are so amazing, so after viewing the gallery, I thought my first one perhaps was not so grand, so I went back to the desk and tried again. And folks I came up with this fall/thanksgiving card.  The embossing folder that I used actually says "Give Thanks and Celebrate Your Blessings"  but as you can see I layered my card over the "and celebrate your" part of it.. hence the reason  it's small with the layers.  I think it turned out cute.  I especially like the little pine cone embellishment below the leaves.  It would have been grand if I had had an acorn embellishment..but ya know ya just can't have everything.😉 So I improvised.  
I included the second picture because it had a nice "fall" look to it.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sketch #234 & Merry Monday #261 {Ornaments!}~ Merry Mice & Holly Berry Happiness

 I had a surprise visitor today.  My sister came over, it's a rare and nice occasion when this happens  She also has a blog she's trying to get a going.  I'd love if you could stop over and give her some blog love at: From Soils to Oils  

Today's card is one that I made using the Merry Mice and Holly Berry Happiness from Stampin up.  I think they are two of my favorites.  I really love the little bow in the Holly Berry set.  I went with the blue/silver/white theme for this Christmas card because it's seems like such a classic match.  I embossed the bottom layer with snowflakes, and started building my layers upward and in the center.  I sure have a hard time taking a picture with that silver foil paper.  So I shared two pictures so you could see the differences.   I'm going to submit this card to the following challenges: 


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Week 271: SORRY

I'm trying to learn how to keep cards CAS.  (Clean and Simple)  It is so challenging and yet rewarding to get it done nice.
So I am going to play along with Casology  and this is their cue card this week↓
I got this idea from a dear blog friend  Nancy at: Nanny's Pansy Patch Her card is spectacular. Please check it out.  I really love how the pink and gray compliment each other so nicely.  So I decided to try my hand at it.  I just switched things up a bit with the sentiments and no embossing folder to keep it clean and simple.  I think there is still enough white space on the card to qualify, even though the sentiment is quite large.  I like how the flower/branch just softens it a bit from the bold statement.  And I could use this card right now.. I was a bit crabby yesterday with my sweet hubby.  Guess that happens when ya have been together for 27 years. 
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Challenge #350 - OLC Stars~Moon Baby

The challenge is stars at: Less Is More
and I must say I had a fabulous idea in my head.  However when I tried to stamp it out, it didn't look as nice as I thought it would.  My plan was to take the single star and just do the letters.. U.S.A.  and then of course color in each star with red, white and blue for each letters.  Well it just looked a bit too congested on the card.. so to the recycle bin with that thought.  My next idea was a scripture card, and can you believe I have no scripture verses on hand that matched my stars.  So I pulled out the Moon Baby from stampin up.. and there ya have it folks.. my one layer super simple very plain card.  My gosh after all the time by my desk you'd think I would have come up with a masterpiece, but NOPE.
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