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:
Our theme for the new challenge is


  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.  
πŸ’‘Feeling grateful to have a helpmate.πŸ’‘

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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.πŸ˜‰ 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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FMS309 & Use Your Stuff #284

Today's card features the lovely Daisy Delight stamp set from stampin up.  I colored in the big daisy and punched it twice to give it some layers, and the little daisy I used my aqua brush to just pull in some of the ink from the petals but not too much.  The sentiment is a die cut from Hobby Lobby.  I think it came together nicely and I really like the little golden embellishment in the center of the big daisy.  I will submit this card to the following challenges:

Use Your Stuff

Challenge #284 - Tis The Season For Pumpkin Spice

                       Use orange - a little or a lot - on your project - OR - add a pumpkin to your project.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CAS Game #101 - Inspired by a Film

Oh boy, the folks at: AAA Cards have come up with a super "FUN-tastic" challenge. 
Let me begin by saying I love I mean LOVE Christmas movies.  I'm crazy over classic movies, but Christmas movies that are classics are the BEST.. I could no way choose between my top favorites, like Bishop's Wife, Holiday Inn, White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, It happened on 5th Ave.  So  I chose something a bit more recent.  I will give you three hints to see if you can come up with it.  
HINT #1~ The holly berry leaves are to represent mistletoe.
(didn't have a mistletoe stamp)
HINT #2~ The skyline in the snow globe. 
HINT #3~The word Magic in the Sentiment.
Any ideas?  Gosh this is fun.  Reminds me stuff I use to do when the kids were little.  aww. the good ole days.  

OK...πŸ₯Drum roll PleaseπŸ₯

Did you guess it correctly?    I thought the Mistletoe over the snow globe would for sure give it away.πŸ˜‰

And now for the credits. ↓
Starring in today's Movie card are the 
Fabulous Stampin UP Holly Berry Happiness
along side the Mama Elephant, Believe in Magic.
Thank you for viewing today's showing.. stayed tuned for more magical cards in the future.  

I'm "looking" forward to seeing what everyone comes up with."
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 270: ODD~Spooky Cat

I decided to try the challenge at: Casology
 I got this idea in my head about using it literally as in odd numbers.. and what better way then Halloween.  SO I pulled out my Michael's alphabet/number set stamped them down, of course 3x (odd haha)  and still had to color them in a bit because they didn't stamp even( get it even)  omgosh.. I'm cracking myself up with the puns today.  The witches hat is from stampin up called Spooky cat.    I think it came together cute and very simple.  And notice 3 (odd number) images were stamped.  Yay.
 A bit sad I had to add extra color to the numbers so it didn't match the orange background, nevertheless not to shabby.  I probably would like it better if I had masked the witch's hat and not the number 3, but I left it because I was cutting it short on time here.  Perhaps my next card I'll try it that way just too see if I like it better.

I DO LIKE it BETTER.... WAY BETTER.. I wish I could put that one in the challenge spot.  May I do that?  I wonder..Don't ya all like it much better then the first one?  Live and Learn I guess πŸ˜‰
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

FMS308~Tree for All Seasons & SCS

  What a day.  I tried to give our dog a bath.  I tell ya there is nothing like a wet springer spaniel that decides to burst out of the bathroom and get the house soaking wet.  Floors walls..  I really should have waited for my husband to do this, but I wanted to surprise him.. and Surprise is what happen because when he came home, I was done for.  So taking it easy the rest of the day. 
So onto card making.  I can do that with not much pain.   This particular card I made for the challenge at: Freshly Made Sketches
I used my old stampin up classic set from the year 2000 called Tree for all Seasons.  It's a lovely little set and I thought the layering would work wonderful with this sketch design.  A bit of colorful leaf washi tape and copper paper to enhance the appearance of this rather simple card.  I also like the bonus of the twine tied in the leaf button.. just keeps it real and rustic.
And being Sunday I also made a very quick card for my SCS (Scripture Card Sunday)  I am still playing with that new to me background set.  I stayed with all greens on this card, after realizing I have way to many green ink pads.  Some are not so "juicy" anymore, and no refills possible since they are older.    Oh gosh what to do??  
I'm also including some pictures today of this golden leaf.  It was in a puddle by my back door and I thought it was just gorgeous.. I love how the water droplets on top of it are like little pearls and how the water ripples around it because of our gravel driveway.   So pretty even on a gloomy day.  
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

CTS #243~Let It Snow Plus MORE

 I made this card today for the challenge at: Case This Sketch
I brought out my old faithful tall stampin up snowman from Let it Snow 1997.  I colored him in, cut him out and the just kept it extremely simple. I did add a little strip of silver foil paper to spruce it up a bit. OH gosh a Lovely tall spruce would look nice for this sketch as well.. shucks. I should have tried that.  Well perhaps next time. πŸ˜‰
Onto card number 2 today... this is from my brand new (used) stamp sets that I found at the consignment shop in town.  They were on sale too.  Also even more exciting is that some stuff I had there had sold so I was able to use that money to purchase these sets.. It's like the store paid me to have them. haha.  Can you believe how reasonable these were for stampin up sets?  I would not have ever bought that stipple Hydrangea but being that it was only 1.79.. I figured I'd give it a try.  Looking forward to playing with all of them, except perhaps that big sentiment one.  I thought it was lovely in the store, but getting it home OMGOSH. they are huge, and also brand spanking new.  Perhaps the original owner thought the same thing.. They would be lovely for a scrapbook-er I suppose.  I might end up selling those ones.  Overall with prices marked below asking I just didn't want to pass that up.  
One last thing to share with ya all.  These adorable pencil boxes for Halloween.  I found the idea here at: The Lady and Her Stamps I did have to adjust a few sizes though, but not a problem they turned out cute.  I used the Spooky Cat from stampin up for the images.  The pencils are from the dollar section at Target.  I  didn't think I had the cello bags on hand, and then I remembered that I made these cute doggy treat bags this past summer.. so YAY. I had some leftover.  Now I can probably stick a treat in there too for the kiddos.. and not the milkbones. haha.

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Friday, October 13, 2017


 I made this card for the challenge at: Tuesday Morning Sketches
Both the turkey and the sentiment are from Michael's.  At least from what I can remember, they have been in my stash for awhile.  The little corner piece is a miss match from stampin up that a friend gave me.  So no name of the set on that one.  I know it had a lot of cute corners though.   I wish the picture would show the embossed background better.  I used the basket weave folder.. because my mind was thinking of a basket of bread or dinner rolls that you would serve at Thanksgiving, of course not with this cute little turkey. haha.  I colored him with pencils and my aqua painter and then cut him out.  Same with the corner piece.
I think the card came together sweetly.  This is an awesome sketch design to work with.  I see a Christmas card in the makings for this sketch.  
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

FMS308~Christmas Stampin UP Style

Yay❕ I kind of got my groove back this evening.  Gosh I was stuck and didn't think I could make anything creative and then I came across this lovely challenge at: Freshly Made Sketches 
I knew I must play along.  And what better way to get me out of this mood then with Christmas.  So I pulled out a few different stampin up sets and began working on this cute little card.  I love how the washi tape looks so different from the background to the one with the bow on it.  All because I taped it on white paper to make it pop more.  Can you name the different stamp sets I used to make this card?
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Cards In Envy Fall Leaves

 Well after my doctor's appointment yesterday I'm having trouble finding my "creative mojo" today.  Sometimes a person just feels zapped, so to help snap me out of my lull I cruised through the blog challenge list and decided to play with Cards In Envy  Blowing in the wind (fall leaves) is the challenge.  After looking at ALL of the most adorable cards on display there,  I realized I was not going to be able to compete with such fine artists.. so I went with a simple approach and brought back the triple layer card.  Not sure exactly what it is called, but I know it was quite popular a few years back.  I just thought it would work lovely to give the card some dimension, but would still be able to nicely fit in the envelope.  After I stamped the leaves I colored them in some fall tones and then sparkled them up a bit with wink of stella gold and clear.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

PP365~Autumn Colors~Sunflower

I made this card for the challenge at: The Paper Players
Lovely autumn colors to play with, however I only have Crushed curry in my collection, so I had to do a lot of improvising to make this work.  I used a stamp set that I purchased from the Michael's Craft store awhile back.  I colored it using my aqua painter and ink pads.  Then I cut out the flowers, butterfly and sentiment and arranged them nicely on the layered card stock.   This is actually my 7th card I made today, the other 6 I can't post because I made them by taking a class from a demonstrator.. so they are not my own designs.  But they are so lovely.  I wish I could share.  SO I was very busy stamping but only one for show. haha> that reminds me of the saying: one for the money two for the show.. three to get ready and four let's go.. whatever is that even from?  oh I'm drifting with my thoughts again.. better call it a day. 
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Monday, October 9, 2017

CCT19 & TTTC018 ~ Critters in the Arctic & Snow Much Fun

 I made this card today for two different challenges:

I chose the left hand side of the tic tac toe board.  So that would be: animals, layers, and sparkle.  And my winter sports theme is ice skating.  I used the moose from "Snow much fun" Avery Elle and the ice block and sentiment from Lawn Fawn.  Critters in the Arctic. Gosh I had a fun time making this card.  It was a bit of the ole fussy cutting as I colored and cut out the moose, and then his sweater and iceskates.  I must say the sweater even looks like it is knit.  How fabulous is that?   Lots of sparkle going on here. This was one of my last 3 sheets of sparkle paper.  My choices were orange, pink or this lovely lilac color.. I think I chose wisely.  It's kind of "cool" with the ice and all.  Speaking of ice I resorted to my silver foil paper and stamped it with stazon and it worked. YAY.  Then  I cut it out carefully so as not to smear it.. I just didn't trust the ink would "staz..on" haha.
I had to share a picture of HP.. he cracks me up.  I was taking a picture of my card, which of course I always show him my cards when I'm done making them.. but after taking the picture today he peaked around the pillar as if to see what next.  aw~he melts my heart.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

CCC #23 ~ Merry Tags Framelits

Gosh I truly love making Christmas cards.  This one I made today for the challenge at: Christmas Card Challenge Blog
The purple and silver work fabulously together. So royal and elegant.  However taking a picture with this silver foil paper is extremely difficult.  I took the top picture with my camera, and my daughter stopped by and took the bottom 3 with her fancy phone.     I only stamped the sentiment which is from Merry Mice, stampin up.  However I masked off part of the stamp to make sure I only stamped the words I wanted.   I also used Merry Tags framelits.  I wish I had the matching stamp set for this one, but I do not.  I think it still turned out lovely.   A little extra sparkle/shine with the silver twine. (did that rhyme?)

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