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Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Year In Review

Hi, again!

I hope everyone had a wonderful & safe Christmas!  It's hard to believe it is over again for another year.  It seems to sneak up on me every year & I never feel like I am really ready for it.  But somehow, it all comes together, everyone gets here, the food gets made and the presents wrapped.

I've noticed a lot of my fellow bloggers & friends are doing a short review of the past year & since I enjoyed theirs so much, I thought I would do a short one as well.  Here are some of my favorites.

I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane.  Catch you later with some new ones!  Stay warm & safe!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

I want to take this time to wish everyone a very, Merry Christmas!  I had thought I would be posting again before Christmas, and my still find time yet to post, but it's looking more doubtful by the minute. Like all of you, I have been busy getting ready for Christmas and trying to get all those last minute things taken care of.  I've made Reindeer Chow, Christmas Crack, Powdered Sugar Drops and the pretzel/Hershey Kiss/M & M candies so far.  I want to do one more batch of the Christmas Crack and a pan of brownies and then I think I am finally done.

In all the hustle & bustle of the season, I hope we all remember what we are REALLY celebrating!  Safe travels to all of you who are traveling or who have loved ones who are.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Thank You

Hello, again!

It's been a busy couple of days here.  Since I am retired this year, I decided I would finally have time to do some baking.  I also haven't decided on exactly what I will be serving Christmas Eve so I wanted to check out the recipes on Pinterest. What a mistake!!  My head is swimming with pictures of all the wonderful food that is posted there!  I've printed out recipes for Christmas Crack, Snowball cookies, Reindeer Chow & a White Queso Dip that has my mouth watering.  I haven't even gotten to the main course recipes yet!  I have one dish I absolutely LOVE, but it contains hamburger and since my sister & brother-in-law won't eat beef, and my nephew's wife is vegetarian, I have to come up with something everyone will like.  If it was up to me, I would be happy "grazing" through the Christmas cookies, candy and dips for dinner!

I did manage to set aside some time to make some Christmas thank you cards between browsing Pinterest boards. I went with an embossing folder from Darice that I picked up this fall & that has rapidly become one of my favorites. I've used it for birthday cards as well as Christmas cards already & I'm really hoping they have a similar version in spring flowers that I can pick up when the weather warms up.

I still like that personal touch of sending a handmade card, even for thank you's! I stamped a sentiment with a Studio G stamp, added some holly leaves with a Marianne Designs die and finished it off with some sparkle for the berries.  For the inside, I added another white layer with a snowflake punched out of the corner.

I hope you are all done with your cards too!  Christmas is coming faster than you think!

Enjoy the day & I'll catch you later.


Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Last Tree!

Hi, all!

I hope you are enjoying this weekend and you have all your shopping done!  I was planning to work on a card this afternoon, but got side tracked.  I had one more tree form sitting on my desk staring at me. The poor little thing looked so bare..........I just had to make it happy!

Instead of the flowers made from paperbacks I did previously, I decided to go with bright Christmas paper instead.  I meant to spray it with Tim Holtz Pearl Glimmer Mist prior to taking the photograph, but forgot. I'll do that next to give it that beautiful glittery shine.  What a difference color makes!! 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend! 


Friday, December 13, 2013

Got the marshmallows!

Happy Friday the 13th!

I hope everyone had a safe & happy Friday the 13th!  To me, they are all pretty much the same, but I know a lot of people are really superstitious.

On my last post, I promised I was working on something to share, but was waiting on marshmallows.  Well, I managed to get them yesterday & here is why I needed them.

I found this cute stamp set in my Christmas drawer & decided I would make a few stocking stuffers. Who doesn't love hot chocolate and especially if the marshmallows are already included in the mix! This was an Inky Antics stamp set perfect for my project. Too bad they don't have individual marshmallow cream containers or I would have added those instead.  For MY hot chocolate, I prefer marshmallow cream! Lots & lots of it! 

I also wanted to get a head start on a card I need to get in the mail around Christmas. My cousin's husband is having a birthday  January 1st so I decided to combine a birthday card with a Happy New Year card. I had to cut out the Happy New Year sentiment on this Mo Manning digi to add my typed sentiment.

He is also having surgery the end of the month, so I wanted to keep this card pretty light-hearted.

Have a great weekend!  We are supposed to get snow tonite & again tomorrow morning.  YUK! Sounds like a good time to hibernate!

Catch you all later!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Play Day..

Hi, all!

I hope you are all staying warm! I think it got up to 7 degrees today, but it certainly didn't feel even that warm outside.   And hearing that this is record cold for December doesn't make me feel any warmer either!

There were a lot of things I intended to do today.  Intended, being the key word here!  Somehow I made the mistake of turning the computer on to check for emails this morning, and the rest is history.  Top Dog Dies was having their first blog hop.  Hmmmm!  When I worked, I never had time to do a blog hop & visit all the different sites.  I thought I would just take a quick peek.....well, one peek led to another peek and before you knew it, I was merrily hopping along.  And a good thing too!  One of the gals I stopped at (Michelle Neddo) had made adorable snowflake ornaments for her hop stop.  I immediately started thinking of all the snowflake dies I had & wondering what else I could try this on.  Well, let me show you!

The snowflake turned out so cute I tried the same thing with a cute Cherry Lynn tree die.  My first attempt is on the right.  I thought it would be smart to back it with a solid white so the ornament would be more stable. Well, had I thought about it longer, I would have realized that without another green tree on the back of the white backing, some of the sides would just be all white & ugly.  Plan B...forget about the backing & just do the trees without it.  I'm blaming my lack of foresight on lack of coffee.  ha ha I've been making half a pot & putting it in a thermos so I don't have to keep going back downstairs for refills. Need a Plan B for that too! My thermos broke yesterday so I'm going to be forced to dig out my old one tomorrow.  One cup in the morning is NOT enough!

I'm working on another project that I hope to be able to share tomorrow.  I need miniature marshmallows first & it was just too darned cold to go out for them today. Bet you are wondering, now aren't you?

Catch you later!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas continues


Happy Monday!  How quickly the weeks are passing.  Christmas will be here before we know it!  I finished the last of my cards today & should have them in the mail tomorrow.  I even did an extra one to post to Splitcoast Stampers to honor my friend Gail, who is Queen for the week there.

This card was done with a digi from Sweet & Sassy Stamps.  It's not something I would normally do, but to case a card she had done, I thought I would go out of my comfort zone.  I'm not big on birds.  At least not on cards!  I colored this little guy with my Prismacolor brush markers & cut him out with a Marianne Designs Oval. The lace to the right is a Spellbinder Layered Elegant Swirl and the swirl to the left is from another Marianne Designs Circle Frame.  The pine cone is from Impression Obsession. The gold foil paper was from my stash.

For those of you who were curious about the Tim Holtz snowflake rosettes I have been making, I tried taking a shot of one on my tree.  I was hoping all the lights were going to show up, but you probably need greater photography skills than mine!  ha ha  I probably should have turned the flash off.

Aren't they cute hanging on a tree?  And the best part of all is you can make them from any paper and color you like.  And they are unbreakable!!

Well, I think I hear a snack calling my name!  Catch you all later!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

I'm on a roll!

Hi, all!

Hopefully, you are having a relaxing weekend and you are all keeping warm & safe.  I think we have to admit that winter has finally arrived, hasn't it?  Darn!!

Well, I'm still on a roll with step cards.  I'm having so much fun doing them that I had to make two more.  One is a Christmas card for someone special and the other is a birthday card for my brother-in-law. His birthday isn't until January, but for the first time in over 40 years, I was late sending his card last year.  This year, I intend to be ready!  ha ha

This first card is the Christmas card I made using one of the QKR Stampede digi stamps.  They were having a wonderful sale the other day & all their digi stamps were $1....I thought I showed enormous control in only getting five!  I loved this little grumpy looking bear carrying his Christmas tree & knew he would have to be a step card.

I thought I would add a little lattice fence from Die-Namics and decorate it with a string of lights from Cheery Lynn.  The cabin & Merry Christmas are Memory Box and the trees in the background are from Ellentine cutting dies. The small snowflakes are Impression Obsession.

On to the birthday card!  This was made with another $1 digi from QKR Stampede. Since my brother-in-law is an avid cross country skier, I thought this would be perfect!

The birch trees are from Memory Box. The moose & squirrel were from Hugware and the Happy Birthday sentiment was from a set my daughter got me years ago & unfortunately it has no name on it.  I added white glitter paper for the snow hills & popped up the skier with pop dots.

The last card is just a quick one I made to try out a new die my daughter sent me.

I used a Darice embossing folder for this one and the dies are from Tim Holtz.  Quick & simple.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Catch you later!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

More Snowflakes

Hi, all!
I hope wherever you are, it is much warmer than here!  The outside temperature right now is only 7 degrees, but with the wind chill it feels like 7 below.  And in the next couple of days, the air temperature will BE below zero!  With 3-6 inches of snow for the weekend.......How many more days until spring???

I tried some additional versions of the cute snowflakes this morning.  Instead of doing them all in white (which is what I wanted for MY tree) I made some in blues too.  In fact, I also got creative & cut 2 of them from white which I then added some washi tape to.The 2 on the right in the last row were done with the tape.

Continuing the snowflake theme, I did 2 cards also.  The first (and the only one of them I liked) was done with a snowflake embossing folder and a Martha Stewart snowflake border punch.  I loved the way it came out!

I also added the snowflake border to the inside.

This was my last snowflake card.  I embossed the top layer with snowflakes after cutting out a snowflake with one of my dies. I'm guessing this one will be in the bottom of my ("these will never see the light of day" drawer).  I think we all have a place where card duds go to hide don't we?  ha ha

Have a great Friday!  And stay warm!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mailbox Treasures!

Hi, all!

If you are like me, the mailbox is usually full of either bills or junk mail. Yesterday, and today, however, my mailbox was a treasure trove! Yesterday I got a surprise package from one of my blog friends with a set of Christmas stamps and a die!  Both of them are awesome & I have already made 2 cards with the stamps. I didn't have the stamps or the die & both are fabulous!

This is the first card. When I saw the size of the stamps, I immediately thought of a snow globe stamp I have & knew they would be the perfect size! I've never had stamps the right size to use with it before so have never really used it.  These were absolutely perfect!  Santa is from my new stamp set by Inkadinkado and the globe is from my old one by Penny Black. I popped the globe up with pop dots and added the sentiment using a Spellbinder die.  Stickles for a touch of glitter, of course!!  These stamps are just perfect!!

This is the 2nd card I made with both sets of stamps.  I added a Merry Christmas sentiment with a die from Cheery Lynn.  Stickles for glitter on this one too!  You can never have enough glitter!!

Then today's mail contained a Tim Holtz die from my daughter which is an early Xmas present.  It is a snowflake rosette and I can tell you right now, there are 6 of them laying on my desk that will go on my tree once I go downstairs tonight!  They cut in one strip, you glue them together & glue on the side snowflake. Simple to make & already scored for folding so you can make them in literally a couple of minutes! Perfect!

Aren't they gorgeous!  And while I was typing this, my daughter just emailed to say she has also sent another snowflake so I'm sure I will be back with more awesomeness to share in the next day or two!  Wow!  I'm having a good week, ladies!  Even if it is going to be 11 below zero tonite & the wind is howling!  I bet you can guess who will be watching out the window for the mailman tomorrow!!  They would be great in colors too, but since I have a lot of white ornaments on my tree, I stayed with white.

Have a great day!  Catch you all later!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I've been busy!

Happy Saturday!
I've had a busy couple of days.  I spent yesterday doing a smaller version of the Christmas tree my daughter loved so much. And today I've managed to get a couple more Christmas cards done!  While getting a couple of cards done may not sound like a lot, there was also a Steven Seagal movie marathon running all day on the movie channel!  If you know me well, you know that I LOVE Steven Seagal !  Who would ever have guessed! ha ha

Here is the smaller tree that will soon be on it's way to join it's big brother who is sitting on my daughter's hall entryway table.

I sprayed it to match the larger tree using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. 

Are you ready for some Christmas humor?  Well, then you might like this card made with a cat in his ugly Christmas sweater by Stamps Happen.  I colored him with Prismacolor brush markers & added the Merry Christmas die from Cheery Lynn.

The last card was made with my Memory Box poinsettia die sprayed with Tattered Angels Denim Glimmer Mist. I wish you could see it in person.  It has a beautiful sparkle to it which just didn't show up in the photo.
I stamped a Stampabilities sentiment on the front in blue ink on the panel I embossed with one of the folders I bought in Kansas City this fall.  Unfortunately, I don't know who made it. The paper for the card came from one of Michael's bargain $19 paper packs that were on sale for $5 this week!

Well, ladies, back to my movie marathon! He is about to single-handedly save the entire US Navy.  ha ha Can't miss THAT!
Catch you later!

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Christmas Tree Saga Continues

Hi, everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving & were able to spend it with family & friends.  I went to my daughter's along with Dad & one of his brothers.  We had a wonderful meal as always!  They are all exceptional cooks & it's better than being at a five star restaurant any day. This year my grandson surprised his mom after she went to bed Wed. night & using her recipes, fixed all the dishes she was going to make the following morning!  And let me tell you, none of us could tell the difference!  He did a perfect job!

I took the trees I have been making down to my daughter.  She loved them all, but her favorite by far, I think, was the one I made with paper flowers.  We sprayed it with Tattered Angels green glimmer mist and it was awesome!  My grandson took a picture of it afterwards so that is what I am sharing today.

She has this sitting on the table in her entryway.  I spent this afternoon working on a smaller version of this to go beside it. They really are a lot of fun to make! Ask my friend, Gail!  She is hooked on them now too & just finished her first one too!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A really good day!

Hi, again!

I had a really good day today.  Did I win the lottery?  Find a sale on paper?  Get a new die?  Nope!  Better than any of those things!  After trying unsuccessfully for 8 years to put up my now 8 year old "new" pre-lit tree, this is the year I get to enjoy it for the first time!!!!  Why, you may ask, have I been unable to enjoy it before?   Well, he has 4 furry little legs & a LONG tail.  And the minute I brought it up out of the basement each year, he would attach himself to the nearest branch & begin to chew. So back into the basement it would go & the "Charlie Brown" version (with no lights) would come up and take it's place.  For those of you with cats, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  For those of you who don't have them, you are shaking your heads right now.  I know you are!  ha ha  Actually, for the first 6 years, even the Charlie Brown version had to be carried into the bathroom at night because he would wait until the middle of the night & see how many ornaments he could get swinging & banging into each other while he created his own Christmas band!  Last year, he ignored the tree.  So this year, I set up the pre-lit tree and watched to see what he would do.  He sniffed it, walked around it, sat under it & admired the lights, then came over to the couch and sat by my feet to just stare at it.  I CHEERED!!!  I am a person who adores Christmas!  Always have & always will.  I decorate every room in my house. (Which explains why I would put up with having to carry a tree into my bathroom at night just to have one. Besides the fact, I may be crazy! lol)

So, enough of that.  On to some Christmas cards I made yesterday.  I can't take credit for them, however, since I got the idea from a fabulous card I saw on Splitcoast while I was killing time waiting to leave for an appt. Loll Thompson had done a card in all white that just blew me away.  You have to check out her website to see it for yourself.  It's awesome!  These are my versions of that gorgeous card.

All of these were done with watercolor paper, Memory Box dies & Cheery Lynn or Spellbinder dies for the lace.  As I said, I can't take the credit for them, but Loll's card really got me excited about white cards! 

Have a great Hump Day tomorrow & if I don't talk to you before Thursday, have a great Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Return to Christmas!

Hi, all!

Sorry I haven't posted for a few days.  I've been working on Christmas cards for a couple of days. Today I had to take a break to work on a paper Christmas tree for my daughter.  I wanted to be sure I had it finished before Thursday!  I made this one the same as the paper wreath but this one is going to be sprayed with some Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist.  I think my daughter wants to see the finished version before deciding if she will trust me to do that part or she will want to do it herself!  ha ha   Sometimes my spraying doesn't turn out the way I hope.  Apparently, although the bottle directions clearly state to "shake well" you are NEVER supposed to do that!  Instead you are to swirl and burp the bottles... sounds rather like feeding a small baby doesn't it?    On with the unveiling....

Since it is taller than a card, it was hard to photograph.  I used a Spellbinder snowflake as the topper. It's really much prettier in real life than it appears here.  And after it gets sprayed, it should be gorgeous!  There are 143 flowers on this tree.  I know that because the box of pearl headed corsage pins I used to attach them held 144 and the last one secured the top!  I was surprised it took that many flowers, actually.  When I began, I thought I would easily have half a box of pins left.  By the time I neared the top, I was sweating over whether or not I would have enough to finish!

Have a wonderful week!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Whoooo loves Christmas?

Happy Hump Day!

I guess it is only fitting to post a "critter" card on Hump Day, so today I have a Christmas Owl.  This was a digi from the Best of JustInkLined for 2012 CD that I purchased several months ago.  It was quite a bargain & I hope they have another one at the end of this year!  I almost didn't get it because it sounded too good to be true: over 200 digi images for $5. I thought they would be really horrible images at that price, but most of them are things I can use.

I colored him with pencils & Gamsol.  The sentiment is from Craft Smart & was in the dollar bin at Michaels a few weeks ago.  (I know a bargain when I see one so I grabbed it)  I used a Spellbinder die to cut it out & the acorn die is from Ellentina and one of the dies I got when we went to Kansas City last month. The paper is from my stash.

Rest up today.  They are saying several inches of snow & frigid temps for tomorrow! May I say again that "I HATE WINTER!!"   Ha ha  I like the snow, I just don't want to shovel it, push it, walk on it, or drive on it! Other than that, it's great!

Catch you later!

Monday, November 18, 2013

"Step" Into Fall....

Hi, again!

I hope your week has started off well.  And if your forecast is anything like ours, I hope you are enjoying these last couple of warm days.  Arctic cold blast, high of 15 and snow are ahead for us by the end of the week.  Ick!!  I'm guessing it would be a good idea to get the snow blower out from in front of the car & move it to the front of the garage, huh?

Today we are going to pretend it is still fall and I have another step card to share.  I am still trying to get out of my comfort zone.  I don't normally do a lot of scenes.  When I painted, scenes were my favorite things to do, but for cards, not so much. So I took a digi from JustInkLined and printed it on watercolor paper.  I dug out my old watercolor pencils I never use anymore & colored the fall scene. Then I decided to do another step card since I was already so far out of my comfort zone.  ha ha   Here is the result.

I only did one step on this one. The great fence is from Memory Box as is the tree. The park bench is a Marianne Design die and the gorgeous cat is one my friend Gail cut from her Cameo & shared with me. There were actually 3 cats sitting together, but they covered up too much of the bench so I made this little guy the lone fence sitter.  I have to admit, I am enjoying the luxury of having more time to spend on each card now that I'm not working.

Catch you later!  Who knows what I will have to share by then!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Teaching an old dog new tricks!

Hi, everyone!

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend!  I spent part of mine working on some Christmas cards.  I had a new die I wanted to play with and true to my nature, I started out with 2 really boring cards.  It is so easy to get into a rut & not try new things.  Especially when they take a little longer to do or we are not familiar with them.  So for card number three, I decided to make a side step card.  It was ok, but still nothing exciting.  At that point, I got really brave & decided to try for a multiple step card.  The inspiration for my bravery is my friend Pam Sparks.  Her cards are all amazing works of art, and a lot of them are step cards. While my final card didn't quite live up to her masterpieces, I was happy with myself for at least trying to get out of my rut & try new things!

Here are the first two (acceptable, but boring) cards I made using the Grand Merry Christmas die from Memory Box that I wanted to try out.

I made both of these cards with the Memory Box Grand Merry Christmas die, the corner bow and the Poinsettia die. I cut the flower from that flocked ribbon you can get everywhere this time of year.  It's perfect for flowers and even retains the veins in the leaves.  I got this tip from my friend Tonda! 

Now I moved on to my first brave step with a side step card.  Again I used the same dies and added the Frosty Border from Memory Box to the side panels and the wreath is from Impression Obsession.

On to my last (and my favorite attempt)

The frontal shot was a bit hard to see the "steps" so I also included a side view as well. I added the birch tree die, the frosted tree and the Winter Cabin dies along with the small deer.   What do you think? Am I out of my rut?  Who says you can't teach an "old dog" new tricks!!  

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Spoil yourself silly!

Happy Friday!
I'm sure a lot of you are glad tomorrow is Saturday!  I remember how I used to count the minutes until the week was done when I was working!

As I promised you yesterday, I have a couple of birthday cards to share tonite.  I started out to make something I could use bubbles with.  I know that sounds strange, but I bought a jar of South Pacific Sea Glass Mudd Puddles when we went to Kansas City & just had to try them out.  I immediately thought of two stamps I had that featured bathtubs.  The first card I tried it on was a Penny Black image of my favorite cat.

I did a step card with him, but wasn't happy with the final look so I stamped a different image that I had from Prairie Fairy.  That one had a slightly larger bathtub & the bubbles were more in proportion to the tub.

I went with an easel card this time & was much happier with the total "bubble" look.  This is the version I ended up giving to my friend when we celebrated her birthday today.  It's hard to see the actual bubbles in the photo, but they actually look like the real thing on the card.

I'm working on some Christmas things right now.  Hopefully, I will be back tomorrow with something new.

Enjoy your weekend!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

For Melissa!

Hi, everyone!
You will never guess what I'm posting tonight!  Yup, another Christmas tree!  This one is for my daughter.  She wants one in blues and silvers that she can keep on her desk this winter.  Hopefully, this will be something like she has in mind. If not, back to the drawing board!

For this one, I omitted the dowel and glued them back to back.  The ribbon bow at the top is hard to see, but at least you get the idea.    I have a couple of cards to post too, but can't post them until tomorrow.

Have a great Friday everyone!  Catch you tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Oh, Christmas tree, Oh, Christmas tree!

Hi, all!

Well, I have been working on cards, but unfortunately, the only good one is for someone's birthday & I can't post it yet.  In the meantime, I have been trying my hand at making a paper Christmas tree out of rosettes.  This really looked simple when I saw the pictures of finished ones.  I soon found out, it wasn't as easy as it looked.

When you start trying to make the rosettes, they don't tell you that anything over 1 1/2 inches wide will need a strip longer than 12 inches!  Found that out the hard way.    I used a die for the topper and glued some little red bows all around.  My next one will be better now that I learned what NOT to do!  ha ha
For the base, I covered a spool of thread with some matching paper & glued my dowel inside.

Catch you later!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Winter Preview

Hi, again!

Well, we have had our winter preview.  It's already down to 29 degrees tonight.  I miss warm weather already!  Having a little snow & cold has managed to get me in the Christmas card mood though!  I was going to work on some Thanksgiving cards this afternoon, but decided to finish this one instead.

This is a Sassy Cheryl digi.  I teamed her up with some Spellbinder dies to mat her & added the Memory Box Frosty Border.  The two snowflakes were from Hobby Lobby. Paper was from a beautiful 6X6 pack from We R Memory Keepers. 

Have a great Friday!  Catch you later!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Falling Leaves

Hi, everyone!

I've been on a kick for a couple of days now & can't seem to get enough of the beautiful leaf dies I have.  I'm sharing the latest three cards I made so you can see for yourself.  It wasn't my intention to make 2 birthday cards with leaves.  When I realized yesterday that Dad's brother has a birthday coming up I thought I should get a card done so I would be ready.  Well......there was this pile of fall leaves I had already cut and they just seemed to be calling my name  (which is something only CHOCOLATE usually does!) so I grabbed them & this is what I ended up with.

This is my favorite of the two.  I used a piece of Recollections paper from Michael's packs for the background & added these Spellbinder leaves.  I also added leaves to the inside.

I still had some leaves left over, so I started playing around with those & ended up with card number two! It also has leaves added to the inside.

And since I also had some of those tiny little maple leaves left from the wild punching spree I had the other night, I thought I might as well use those too, so this is what I ended up with.

When I made the original cards using this wreath the other day, I completely covered the grapevine wreath. This time I left most of it uncovered and added a bare branch to the window scene from Impression Obsession.  I'm not happy with the photo on this one, but I've managed to change something in my editing which is not working like it should.  In person, the card is really much prettier.

So!  Off to do more research on insurance supplements!  YUK!  Hopefully, I can get that finished up & start working on some cards this afternoon.  I already have some Christmas ideas I want to try out and since it actually snowed here yesterday, I am really in the mood for Christmas cards now!

Have a great "hump" day!  (Are you thinking of that camel commercial & smiling?  Me too!)

Catch you later!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

So Thankful

Hi, all!

Did you remember to set your clocks back last night?  I thought about it earlier in the evening, but was busy making some Thanksgiving cards and wanted to finish them first.  Obviously, I should have done it when I was thinking about it, because I forgot it completely!  When I got to Dad's to check on him this morning, that was the first thing he asked! "Did you remember to turn the clocks back?"  I think this is the first time I can ever remember forgetting.  Which shows you how intensely I was concentrating on gluing tiny little leaves on my first card!

This is the culprit I am blaming my forgetfulness on! I wanted to do a fall wreath so I cut out my grapevine wreath die as a base.  (Since I added so many leaves, you can't even see the poor thing) I have an old maple leaf punch that I believe was EK Success and it makes tiny little maple leaves which were perfect for the wreath. The window is from Memory Box and the sentiment from Northwoods Rubber Stamps. It doesn't show well in the photo, but most of the leaves are from glitter paper.

I was trying to play with some of the dies I got in Kansas City that I hadn't used yet so I pulled out this Spellbinder border set for my second card.  I LOVE borders! The stamp is from Penny Black.  I was originally going to cut it out with a beautiful die, but it is so large I ended up fussy cutting it instead. The sentiment on this one is from Inkadinkado.

Now I'm in the mood for fall cards again. Our leaves are falling quickly now.  We have had high wind warnings out all day. I had originally planned to rake leaves this afternoon, but they would have been airborne before I could get them in containers, so I cleaned closets instead. You can't believe what you find when you clean closets!  The yellow sheet I bought to cover my craft table & couldn't find when I needed it, a pair of earmuffs I thought I had lost (so replaced last winter), a favorite black purse I had forgotten I had, a box of watches I love (and will have to get new batteries for) was like a treasure hunt!  ha ha I'm loving this retirement thing!

Catch you later!