Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Happy Birthday

I found a spare fall image in my pile and decided to color it up. Unfortunately I couldn't find where I got this image so I don't know who to credit.

I colored the cute image with Copics. The background paper is from Lawn Fawn. I cut the sentiment from Simon Says banner die and added some fun fall ribbon. I love the way it turned out!

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Thank you for stopping by today. I have to work on my MIL's Christmas cards this weekend. I usually give her handmade cards for her birthday. So that's my weekend project. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beat Cancer

Happy Hump Day! Halfway through the week. Work has been so busy lately and the days seem to go fast. I really love when the days go fast but I want the weekends to go slow. Can you believe we are already half way through October. It's been very rainy this week. It rained most of the day today and I haven't been able to walk at lunchtime for the last few days. I am hoping tomorrow will be better but I don't think we are supposed to have sun until Saturday. Tonight I mad e a card for the progressive challenge at Imagine That. This is the image for the challenge.

The image and sentiment are from the Imagine That set for this month. I fussy cut the elephant image and popped it up on the card. I cut the sentiment out with a tag die and then pounced an inked dauber across the tag. I added some ribbon across the background.
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Hope your week is going well. Hope to see you back soon!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Life and the Piano Guys

Life has gotten in the way of crafting again. So I don't have a card for you tonight. But last night we had the incredible good fortune to get tickets to the The Piano Guys in Indianapolis. The show was awesome. If you've never heard them play before check out their videos on YouTube. They are amazing! We had VIP tickets so we actually got to meet them after the show. I thought I'd share our picture.

We also have tickets to see them in Boston in December. We'll be visiting our son and get to see their Christmas concert. Can't wait!

Hope you are having a wonderful week. I'll be back with something crafty tomorrow night. Hugs to you!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ship in a Bottle

Gorgeous weather today! I got a nice walk in at lunch time today and another one after dinner tonight. Tomorrow is my maintenance meeting for my Diabetes Prevention Program. I am hoping to have lost a little more weight but with the wedding I'm sure that I wasn't as on target as I hope. I'll let you know after the meeting.
Tonight I have another birthday card for a guy.

I used the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch. The ship in the bottle image is from Doodle Pantry and I colored it with Copic Markers. I tried outlining the bottle with BG10 but it seems to be running out of ink and it's difficult to see the color. The brown card stock has been embossed with a wood texture. I added a couple of rhinestones to the sentiment panel. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping. Hope the end of your week moves quickly toward the weekend. That's what I am hoping for.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stormy Day

Rain, rain, rain, almost all day today and tonight we've had two tornado warnings. Fortunately no damage around our house but I don't know about the rest of the county. Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day but back to rain on Thursday. Temperatures have been cool. We've had a fire in the wood burning stove several nights so we haven't turned on the heat yet.
Next week I have a couple birthdays. One is Tom's little niece. She is such a girly girl so I made her a card with lots of bling!

I used an image from Doodle Pantry called Pumpkin Peeps. The image was pre-colored. I cut it out with Spellbinder's Classic Ovals and backed it with Spellbinders Beaded Ovals. I used some designer paper from my stash for the background. And then I added a few flowers and lots of bling: pearls and self-adhesive rhinestones. The sentiment is from a Gina K stamp set. I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I have a couple more cards to make this week for birthdays next week. So I am looking for more crafting time this week. I am looking for some inspiration!


Monday, October 6, 2014

An Apple a Day

Happy Monday! How was the start of your week? Busy day at work and then spent an hour with some neighbors in our stitching group. Next month they will be at my house. Everyone works on their own projects usually but we all collaborate on a crocheted/knitted quilt that we donate to our local women's shelter. We do one each year. So my card tonight was made last night.

The image is the October Stamp of the Month over at From the Heart Stamp called Apple Market. I colored the image with Copics. I stamped 12 apples and colored and cut them out. Then I popped up the apples. I used a paper punch to create the fringe around the image. And then I added the banner with the sentiment. The Happy Birthday was embossed with fine black embossing powder. The background paper is from Basic Grey.
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Thanks for stopping by today. I am going to have to kick Christmas crafting into high gear here really soon. Are you crafting for Christmas yet? What kinds of projects are you doing? I am always looking for new ideas to make as gifts. Have an awesome week!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Happy World Cardmaking Day Weekend

It always seems that this first weekend in October is always a busy one for us. Yesterday Tom and I helped with a Girl Scout campout. Tom did word burning and I worked with basket weaving. Cold and windy this weekend. If fortunately had an indoor space but Tom was outside and he was mighty cold by the end of the morning. Last night we had theater tickets and say The Mystery of Edwin Drood. It was very well done by the IU students. So today is my first Sunday home in quite some time. So besides watching the Colts game I'm also looking for some crafting time. I wanted a fall card today so I decided to make my own background and do the shaving cream technique.

I punched the leaves from the paper that I made with the shaving cream technique. I used Spellbinder's Labels Thirteen to cut the sentiment. I colored a chipboard heart with Copic R27. I cut a second Labels Thirteen in orange card stock and embossed it with MBossabilities wood texture. And then I used more of the shaving cream technique on the inside of the card.

I forgot how much I loved the results of the shaving cream technique. So much fun! I'm entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you got some crafting time in this weekend to celebrate  World Cardmaking Day. And hope your week gets off to a great start.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lifting You

End of September. Can you believe how fast it went! Our weather has been beautiful for about the past week but I think we are in for an abrupt halt to that. I am just thrilled for the wonderful weather that we've had recently. Here's one last card for September

This is an image and sentiment from Imagine That Digis. I just love hot air balloons. I used a frame to set it off and colored the image with Bic markers. Definitely a CAS card that I want to send to my aunt. I am entering this card in these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by. Saying good-bye to September and the wedding and looking forward to October and a little more time to craft I hope. Hope your week is off to a great start. Lifting you all in prayer for all the things you most want!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Christmas Hoot!

Just a quick post tonight of a Christmas card for the DigiStamps4Joy progressive challenge.

Such a cute owl image from DigiStamps4Joy. I colored the image with Copics and embellished the image with Crystal Stickles. I used the Sweet Sunday sketch for the card. A few Christmas scraps from my stash give the card a pop of color. The sentiment is from two different sets: one from the now defunct Little Paper Company and the other from Gina K Owl Always Love You.

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Almost to the weekend! I am looking forward to spending it at Baby Creek with Tom's parents. I'll have to cut all the paper for the Girl Scout baskets for next weekend so I probably  won't get much card time. I hope you have an awesome weekend!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Another Year

Happy Tuesday! Our weather is beautiful this week and it is supposed to be that way through the weekend at least. I've gotten to walk at lunch every day so far this week. Tom's parents will be visiting this weekend so we'll spend a beautiful fall weekend at Baby Creek. I hope some of the trees will be turning there.
    My card tonight is for the Stamp of the Month challenge at From the Heart Stamps. I used a BirdBrain image called Flappy Birthday.

Both the image and the sentiment are from the Flappy Birthday stamp set. I stamped the heart balloons from a Gina K set called Just so Hippy! I used some twine to make a balloon bouquet and then again for the tag accent. I used several different Spellbinders dies to cut out the circles and tag. The image is colored with Copics (Y02, Y11, B24, YR12, R29, YG17). I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope your week is going well!


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Basket Weaving

So for my next project for Girl Scouts, I've been asked to teach weaving at a camp out on the first weekend in October. So I came up with this woven basket to make with the girls.

I made the basket from strips of wall paper since we have tons of that in the Girl Scout shed. I  used staples in three places to hold it together. Here's a look at the inside.

Now to cut all the supplies I need. Hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tricia's Wedding Card

Since the happy couple went on their honeymoon I didn't have to have their wedding card done before they left so I had time this week to work on it. I wanted to use the caricature that we had drown for the invitation. So here's what I came up with.

This is made from scraps from the wedding invitations and box favors that I did for the wedding. I printed off the caricature and colored the cascades of hearts with Copic R27. I used the scraps of the silver paper to die cut and emboss the flowers and then used the island blue paper to make the centers. I added the silver twine as another embellishment.
I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch for the card:

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 Thanks for stopping by. I'll be sharing more pictures form the wedding as I get around to it. I am hoping to have a crafty weekend too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Thanks for the Happy Birthday

It's amazing to me how much the weekend took out of me. I am really tired. But today was my last day of vacation and also my birthday. My boys took me to dinner last night and this morning we took them back to the Indy airport and said goodbye. The house feels very empty and quiet now. But it was a good day. We got all the furniture moved back to our weekend place at Baby Creek and ate dinner out there. But it started raining so we came home and I got some crafting time. But before I show you my card tonight here are a couple more wedding pictures.

You can't really see that my DH is rather teary coming down the aisle. I was doing really well until I saw him trying to hold back the tears.

And here is the happy couple right before they walked the aisle as Mrs. and Mr. Jamison Thomas for the first time. I am looking forward to seeing what the photographer captured.

My son Dan's girlfriend brought me some new punches for my birthday this weekend. Thanks Meaghan! So I had to make a thank you using one of the punches.

The brown paper is actually lighter than the photo shows.The image is from Beccy's Place. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn. The punch is an open arch pattern from EK Success. The embossing is the Victoria embossing folder. I added a chipboard heart colored with Copic Markers and added a few sequins.
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Thanks for stopping by today. It looks like my Feedburner blogs are not sending me emails again. I wish I could figure out why it's so sporadic. Hope your week is off to a great start. Mine is!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wedding Weekend

What an awesome weekend we had! The Friday evening celebration was wonderful and gave the two families time to get to know each other a bit better. We had a caricature artist come to draw everyone's caricature. It was great fun and Karen was absolutely wonderful! Food and company were awesome. Saturday dawned cloudy but the clouds cleared by early afternoon and by the time of the wedding the sun was shining. It was cool but sunny. The wedding was beautiful! Tricia was beautiful and Jamison was so handsome. Here's one of the pics that I took on my phone before the wedding.

Not a great picture to see the gown but we'll have better pictures in a few weeks from the photographer. The reception was so much fun. We really made it a party. Tricia did a special dedication to my brother, who was her godfather, who asked her the last time she saw him to find someone special to share her life with and asked everyone to honor her uncle by dancing to Mariah Carey's One Sweet Day. The entire group of guests got up to dance. It was a really emotional moment. But beautiful. I know my brother was smiling down on his goddaughter. I can hardly believe that after the months of planning that it's all over. Jamison and Tricia, I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

So I missed challenge at the Stamping Boutique that I made this for but thought I would post it anyway. I made this for my sister-in-law who was at the wedding so I just gave it to her rather than mailing it and being late. Probably the only birthday I made on time this month. LOL!

Jeannie flies her own plane so I thought this Stamping Boutique image would be perfect for her birthday. I colored the plane with Copics and Bic markers and then used Stickles to create the fireworks. I embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. The final touch was the gingham ribbon.  So there are still a few challenges I can use this card for:
I am looking forward to getting back to crafting. I have one more day off of work but we have trip to the airport to take tomorrow to send our sons home and then we have to return the extra beds to our other property. So tomorrow will be really busy. I'm not exactly looking forward to going back to work. Here's wishing you a wonderful start to your week!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Hump Day

We are on the countdown to the wedding. Today was a day full of errands. But we am almost finished with the little details of the wedding. Today I finished off all the bags for the hotel guests. The bags are large wine bottle bags in silver (because I couldn't find then in cornflower blue). The bags include a bottle of wine and two wine glasses, a small box of Tylenol, two packets of tissues (i'll need those at the wedding), a book about Bloomington from the Visitor's Center and these treat bags:

Still using up scraps of the blue and silver paper. That silver paper does not photograph well. I die cut the silver circle and it actually has die cut stitching around the edge but that's impossible to see in the photo. All the pieces: the tag, circle and heart are from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners die set. This is the smaller banner from the set. I actually traced the banner rather than die cut because my paper was slightly smaller than the die. Everything else I die cut. The sentiment was printed and punched with an inch and a half paper punch.
I am still waiting on candy to come in to finish off the favor boxes. I am hoping that it comes in by tomorrow so I can get those done. We had to order the candy to get the specific color of cornflower blue and silver. I'll have to check my list to see what else is left.
Hope you are having a great week. I am looking forward to getting back to some other kind of crafting. I actually did a card yesterday for my sister who had surgery earlier this week and in my haste to send it I forgot to photograph it. Bummer! Have an awesome Thursday!


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