Friday, October 21, 2016

FMS259 Jar of Love Thanks

Happy Friday, peeps!  Hope you have a great weekend planned!  I am trying to get some things done for an upcoming craft show, so the housework will have to wait, LOL!  

I love the sketch that Linda created for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week:

I used some paper from the A Little Foxy 6x6 pad and pulled out Jar of Love for the focal point.  I have to tell you, if you've not used SU's thick cardstock, you need to try it!  Stamping on it is a dream, but when you die-cut the pieces, they are nice and sturdy and almost feel like chipboard!  It makes such a difference!  

I stamped the flowers in Crushed Curry and Delightful Dijon inks:

 The jar, "thanks" and stems are Smoky Slate, and I stamped the water very lightly with Soft Sky:


I added some thick baker's twine and silver sequins to finish it off!  And it's in the mail to a new customer!

Cassidy did not want me to take her picture while we were making her Halloween favors for school (that Paper Pumpkin kit is perfect!) but she did let me take a picture of her cute shirt which featured pastel parrots, before she burst into a fit of giggles!  Maybe when we finish the favors I can sneak in a picture!!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

"A cheerful heart is good medicine" - Proverbs 17-22a

Thursday, October 20, 2016

PCC215 and SIP70 Fall Subway Art

Happy Thursday, peeps!  Wow, the week is zipping by!  I have a card for two challenges today!  The Paper Craft Crew Challenge is "Fall"; and the Stamp Ink Paper challenge is a tac-tac-toe!

Welcome to the Paper Craft Crew Fall Into Fall Theme Challenge 215 (PCC215) hosted by Pam Staples, SunnyGirlScraps. #papercraftcrew #challengeblog #theme #fall Play along at sip-any-tic-tac-toe-70-800

The left column of leaves, sparkle and orange piqued my interest; I had something in mind but it wasn't coming together.  My final card is not really what I had pictured, but it's going to have to do!  I used a subway art panel from Close to My Heart and stamped it in Pumpkin Pie ink on Papertrey's Linen paper and matted it on Chocolate Chip:

 I stamped the Hardwood background in white craft ink on my Pumpkin Pie card base and then used some pastel chalks to darken the wood.  SU's new Pumpkin Pie glimmer paper was the basis for my Lawn Fawn stitched leaves; I also overstamped the subway art with the Linen background stamp in Crumb Cake:

On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from a retired SU set called Harvest Home, and added an extra glimmer leaf!

My exciting news this week is that on Tuesday, I got to meet a long-time blogging friend, Linda Lapotka!  She grew up in my area, but now calls Wisconsin home.  She came back east to go to her niece's wedding and I met her and her sister at Longwood Gardens!   It was a gorgeous day, very warm, and we had a wonderful time!  I felt like I have known her all my life!  Here we are, early on the misty morning, ready to go inside the gardens:

Sitting on a pumpkin in the children's garden:

and we convinced Patty to sit with us too!

What a great day!  Thanks for popping in!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

GDP058 Simple Joys

Hi everyone!  Wednesday--the middle of the week!  It's a quick slide to the weekend, yippee!  I got in some late, late stamping time and used the really nice sketch from the Global Design Project for my card today:

I told myself I was NOT going to get any more Christmas DSP but that Presents & Pinecones paper just sort of jumped into my cart last time I placed an order, LOL!  I think it is so cute with this layout and a sentiment from Christmas Pines:

The sentiment was stamped right on to the DSP in Cool Cucumber ink and I diecut some bells (Impression Obsession DIE220-Q) from the same DSP and some Delightful Dijon cardstock.  I added a little shading and topped them off with some red glitter baker's twine from the Holiday catalog!  Sweet!

And here's the inside; I just love that SU gives us little extra elements like the arrow that I stamped beneath the words...just a nice extra touch!  

Cassidy rediscovered some of that weird silicone sand she got a while has a strange feeling to it but it IS fun to play with.  She took some time during the nice weather to make a pie:

Looks pretty yummy to me!  Maybe I'll teach her to make pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving!

Thanks for popping in and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

MTS146 and MM218 Mad for Plaid

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  I had a relaxing day yesterday, rested up and got a wee bit of stamping in!  I made another Christmas card using the Match the Sketch sketch and the "Plaid" prompt from Merry Monday:

Carta Bella's Christmas Delivery 6x6 pad has great plaids, so I pulled out three coordinating ones and went to work with the little snowman from Snow Place:

I embossed the card front with a Darice snowflake EF and added a sentiment from Oh What Fun.  Isn't he a cutie?

I promised some pictures from our church's Operation Christmas Child Shoebox event; here, Cassidy is helping package up some toothpaste and toothbrushes:

And now she's ready to fill one of the shoeboxes; we have a Dansko outlet near our home and they very generously donated 36 empty shoeboxes!!

All done and almost ready to go!

Daddy very patiently helped her write a little note to tuck inside so the recipient knows from where and whom it came!  All together, we filled 75 boxes!

Thanks for popping in today!  Have a blessed one!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Tired Today

Hi peeps!  I am bushed....we had a busy weekend and I just didn't get any stamping done!  I did want to share a couple of cards that I received recently that I thought were pretty special!  This one is from my upline, Pennie, a beauty of a card featuring copper embossing and accents:

The next one is from my sweet friend Sandy; this Halloween creation is just so fun, plus it had some stickers in it for Cassidy:

and finally, much to my amazement, THIS card is from the PRESIDENT of Stampin' Up!, Rich Jutkins:

I hit a milestone in sales and he wrote a personal note on the inside, congratulating me!  I must say that I was quite touched and honored!  I don't know if he made the card; he could have, I have seen him stamp at convention, but one way or the other, it made my day!

I don't have any Cassidy pictures, although I should have some tomorrow, but I thought I'd share a couple photos of what was outside on my porch yesterday afternoon:

I have been waiting to see a preying mantis for a few days now; every year around this time, I usually find one on my holly bush, but I haven't had any success so far.  Here, this little guy (or gal!) just popped by to say hi, right on my porch railing!  Just check out these eyes:

I wonder what he's thinking as I stick my camera in his face, LOL!   Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

PP318 CAS Autumn Leaf

Hi everyone!  It's Sunday, and that means another Paper Players challenge with the creative Nance as our hostess for our monthly Clean and Simple challenge!  Here's your very seasonal prompt:

Oh my....SO many choices!  I had a busy weekend, so I opted for a simple sentiment by Albert Camus (did you know his name is pronouned "Cay-MOO?  Coulda knocked me over with a leaf, I do not speak French, obviously!), stamped in Sahara Sand, and a simple leaf diecut from thick white cardstock as well as a piece of Moroccan DSP:

I actually cut a couple of leaves from white cardstock and glued them together to create a thicker leaf that would stand out a bit from the Cajun Craze layer I placed under my stitched mat:

A little linen thread and my CAS creation was done!  I hope you'll be inspired by our challenge this week and share your CAS project with us as well!  Check out what the rest of the DT has done:

Yesterday our church participated in Samaritan Ministries' Operation Christmas Child, which is a program where small gift items, toys and personal products are gathered and put into shoeboxes, which are then shipped to children all around the world, along with the Good News of Jesus.  Cassidy helped me make some sewing kits from discarded pill bottles; we covered the outside and lid of each bottle with some pretty papers, then filled them with buttons, thread, pins, needles and embroidery floss. They will also receive some scissors and fabric. She really liked helping me and we talked about the girls who would be receiving them.

Thanks for popping in today!

Friday, October 14, 2016

CCMC428 and PPA322 At Christmas

Happy Friday, peeps!  Yay, it's the weekend!  I have a busy one planned, but it's all good!  But how can it be October 14 already??!!  Hope you have some fun things planned as well!  I have another Christmas card today; I was inspired by this sweet card by my friend is just so cute!  So this is for the Create with Connie & Mary color challenge, just like hers, as well as Susan's fun little sketch from the Pals Paper Arts:


So here we go:

I will admit that Sweet Sugarplum is a sadly under-used color in my cardmaking!  It's really quite pretty!  I stamped the banner from Time of Year, fussy-cut it out and put it atop a Swirly Scribbles Pear Pizzazz diecut.  I was really sad when SU discontinued Iridescent Ice embossing powder, which is what I used on my "wreath" here, but you can get a similar effect with Versamark ink, Heat & Stick Powder, and Dazzling Diamonds glitter!  I just smooshed my diecut into my Versamark pad, coated it with the EP and heated it up:

I love how it gives it a darker, sparkly look!  I stamped the holly in Pear Pizzazz and Sweet Sugarplum, trimming and gluing, then added some Pool Party strips of DSP from a few years back.  This is such a fun sketch, I love it!  I added a simple sentiment on the inside; I think it might be a bit too simple, I might have to go back and add some more holly or something!

Another card to add to my stash!

Continuing on our "Minion" day (for some reason, she kept the hood up the entire morning until she got dressed!!!), my sweet friend Sandy set her some fuzzy Jack-o-lantern stickers, so she went to work making Halloween cards for her two sets of cousins:

Despite my best efforts, she really loves coloring more than stamping, although she did do a little bit here with Jolly Bingo Bits!  I have a whole set of retired SU markers and she loves them the best!

Since she is learning to read and write, I cannot hardly get her to stamp a sentiment...she writes a whole letter on the inside; I wish I had taken a photo of it!  Other than spelling a few words wrong, she does really well.  She climbed up on a chair to look at the October calendar to see how to spell "Halloween"!  Now she knows it by heart!  She really has a giving heart, she loves to give cards and even her toys away!

Thanks for popping by today and have a blessed day!