Saturday, October 31, 2015

Let It Snow!

Oh no, you say. No Snow! Well, just not yet anyway. I love snow, but not when it brings life to a halt. Predictions are that we are in for a milder Winter, but with a fair amount of precipitation. So maybe that means we won't get a lot of snow, but a lot of days where it flurries or snows a bit.

Snow is so pretty, and although I love a beautiful, sunny day after a big snowfall, I also like a blustery, gray day - not often, but when you know snow is coming and you can feel it in the air. I created this card with that type of day in mind. I saw a card on Pinterest that I got the idea from, but I made it slightly different. I am happy with how it turned out.

I think the card speaks for itself and doesn't need much more description. Let It Snow!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Christmas Bough

I love Christmas greens, and the Christmas Wreath stamp set came with a bough, so I had to make something using it. This card is quite simple, but somehow, elegant too. It's quite an easy card to make, so I just might make some of these for my Christmas cards this year. I typically make several designs and make quite a few of each design to send out to our family and friends.

I'm now starting to work on some crafts for a craft show I am doing on Saturday, December 5. I have to get moving quickly so that I have enough to sell at the show. This will be the first time I'm a vendor at this church near me, so I want to make it good. I'll be sharing my creations with you as I make them, so stay tuned.

Thanks again for stopping by to visit my blog. Sorry the entries are short, but I wanted to make sure I got the pictures posted to share with you.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Happy Anniversary!

Today is our 38th wedding anniversary. I can't believe it's been 38 years already. Where did the time go? We have two grown children, one who is married, and one in a relationship. When I think of 38 years, I think that's a long time and it seems like I should be old. But I don't feel old, well, most of the time.

I'm always trying to think of what type of card should I make, and for some reason, the ideas don't come easy. I don't like making something too frilly, yet, I don't want to make something masculine either.

I came up with this design, and I rather like it. When I look back at all the cards I've made for our anniversary, they turned out pretty nice. Here's what I created:

I used the "natural" card stock, and it worked well with the designer series paper and design. I don't often use the natural card stock, but every now and again, it works just perfectly with what I'm doing.

Happy Anniversary to us! And many more to come ...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Autumn Wishes

It's Coloring Down the Lines day today. I wasn't sure what I was going to make with the colors we had to use this week, but all of a sudden, it came together. I was looking at the photo and trying to think of what I could use for a pomegranate, but didn't have anything in mind. Then I was looking at some stamp sets and knew that I wanted to make something "Fall" like, and bingo, I made this card in no time. I was quite impressed that it came together so quickly. I actually was happy with the result too.

Our blog hop is short this week. If you haven't arrived here from Robbie's blog, do click back to see what she made for you this week. Then after you've looked at her entry, hop on over to see what Joni created. I hope you'll get a lot of inspiration!

Let's take a look first at the photograph and color pallet we had to use this week. Then you'll see what I did with the colors.

Thanks for stopping by. Let's see what you can do with these colors. Go ahead, try it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Christmas Presents

Tis the reason to give and receive presents. I enjoy giving more than receiving. Every Christmas, I enjoy watching everyone open their presents and beam with happiness. That's what it's all about. A season of Joy, praising God for His gift to us, His Son, spending time with family, and feeling so much love all around.

When I was in Utah at the Stampin' Up Convention this past July, we were given this stamp set and we made make and takes, and then I never really used it after that. I thought I would use it now and see what I end up with. Well, here it is:

I used metallic gold ink for the first present, then I took the dazzling diamonds glimmer paper and stamped stripes on it, and then cut out a small piece of red glimmer paper for the last present. I think it turned out cute.

Happy gift giving!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Playful Snowmen

I saw this card on Pinterest and loved it. I changed the trees out from the original, and the colors are different, but the card is adorable. I had fun making this card, and I thought the snowmen looked like they were being playful, hence, why I named this post, Playful Snowmen.

Can you see the little guy peeking out from behind the tree? He looks like he's saying "Surprise", it's Christmas! I love this stamp set too ... having fun creating!

Stay tuned for more.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Christmas Window Winter Scene

I can't seem to get enough of the cute stamp set, Happy Scenes. I can find so many uses for it, and how cute is it for Christmas scenes?

I made quite a few different cards today for posting on my team's page, as well as my blog. So this is the card I posted today.

Of course, the lighting isn't great in my house, so the right side looks like it has a shadow cast on it. Bummer! It's cute.

Hope you like it. It's really cute in person.

Stay tuned for more this week ...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Happy Scenes, Blustery Fall Day

Hello! Happy Wednesday. It's Coloring Down the Lines blog hop day and are you anxious to see what's in store for you this week? I know I am ...

Let's start with the photograph and color pallet we used for this week's card. Fall colors, at best, so it wasn't hard to come up with something.

Doesn't the picture look like a misty, possible blustery day? That's what I thought about when I created my card. Here's my version of the challenge:

You can't see it because of the table my card is on, but the card stock background is soft suede. I guess I should have placed the card on a lighter background. O well ... you get the idea.

If you've arrived here from Robbie's blog, and I'm sure you enjoyed her card, don't forget to hop on over to Joni's blog to see what she's done with the challenge.

I hope you will come back again ... I'll be posting some of my library cards for you to see.

Happy Hump Day, and have a better tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dashing Through the Snow

I had to make a Christmas card, and especially this one. I CASED it from Melinescrap, and her's is much nicer than mine. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the glitter on the snow to show in the photograph, but it's there. Maybe if you look close, you'll see it.

I used night of navy for the sky in the background, and daubed over the trees with smoky slate. The snowflakes are stamped with silver metallic ink, and the sleigh and horse are basic gray. The SNOW sentiment is done is silver glimmer paper, although it looks gold in the photograph. I must do something with the lighting in my house. It always appears softer and yellow than bright and white.

Hope you like really does look better in person.

Ciao for now.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Colorful, Fanciful Leaves

The leaves are just starting to turn here in Pennsylvania, but there's a lot more to go. As the sun shines and the leaves blow in the wind, the beautiful blue sky places a pretty backdrop for the colorful leaves that are yet to show their vibrant beauty. I realize Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, but I'm just not ready to give up on Fall and get into the frenzy of the holidays.

In keeping with that thought, my entry today focuses on Fall. The color pallet and photograph were a bit challenging for me this week, since I'm in Fall mode, but I managed to make it work.

Let's take a look at the photograph we used for inspiration, and the colors we had to work with. What would you create using these colors?

The picture above reminds me of snow, ice crystals, and winter, with a touch of color. I certainly don't winter to come upon us just yet, so here's what I came up with as a celebration of Fall, that is waiting to come right through the door.

It's a little bit hard to see that the card base is rich razzleberry, and the leaf is embossed in silver and colored in with stampin' up markers. I topped it off with some thick silver baker's twine. The background is embossed using the Boho Chic embossing folder, for an added touch.

Have you checked out Amanda's card this week? If not, hop on back over to OurCraftyPlaydate to see what she did with the color challenge. Then, hop forward to Joniinthespotlightstamping, as she always comes up with interesting creations for the color combinations.

Hope you like the card. I just want to hang on to Fall just a bit longer before the winds of change take us into Winter.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

If the Broom Fits ....

I thought this stamp set was so cute when I first saw it. I wondered what I might do with it, but for starters, I decided just to create a card with it and see what happens. From there, I figured a lot of inspiration would pop up, and I do have some ideas, so we'll have to wait and see.

Here's what I created over the weekend ..

The card is simple, but it was fun making. I played around with the colors on the broom to make them look more realistic. I stamped them in tip top taupe, then added delightful dijon and tip top taupe over top. The card base is smoky slate, but it appears more like wisteria wonder in the photograph. LOL.

Hope you like it. Stay tuned for tomorrow's entry. I think I'm on a roll.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 12, 2015

FaBOOlous Fur Babies!

I diverted a bit from my use of Stampin' Up stamps and created this cute Halloween card using another stamp set. The paper, inks, and other supplies are all Stampin' Up, but I couldn't resist this stamp set because it reminds me of my dogs and cat. It came together quickly and I was pleased with it.

I used the black glitter paper for the hats, and the stamp set also came with dies to match, so I made the little fur creatures pop from the card. The stars were stamped with metallic gold, and I also used the star embossing folder on the white background, and daubed the gold metalllic ink over the stars to make them a bit visible. The decorative labels were from the Witch's Hat project kit, which was left over after I finished that awesome hat.

Hope you like my little fur babies. They're too cute to resist.

Happy Haunting!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Fall Has Arrived!

Fall has arrived, and so far, it's been nice. The leaves are just starting to turn, and the air is slightly crisp, and I'm just waiting for the sweet smell of burning leaves and fireplace going ... ah,what could be better?

This week's color challenge falls in line with "Fall". So I thought I would make a Fall card using the colors selected for the week. If you arrived here from Amanda's blog, don't forget to fall right on over to Joni's blog to see what she's created as well.

Let's start with the photograph and color pallet. The colors go together and blend nicely.

Here is the card I made using all the colors in the pallet above:

The background is stamped directly on to the embossing folder using smoky slate, and the trees are slightly sponged using crumb cake. I used "Vintage Leaves" stamp set, along with Acorny Thank You for the leaf and and acorn. I also used "Lots of Labels" framelits for the sentiment for a little added touch to the card.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Touch of Gold For Some Lighthearted Leaves

I just love Fall, and the colors of the season are just gorgeous. So naturally, I love using Stampin' Up's Fall stamps, especially leaves. You can do a lot with them and make them so life-like.

For this card, I decided to gold emboss the leaves for a touch of elegance. Gold embossing on Fall colored paper just adds that extra beauty to whatever you choose to make.

Here's the card I made over the weekend, just playing around with colors and embossing.

For the background, I used "gorgeous grunge" for some added interest. I topped the bunch of leaves off with some linen thread and gold cord, and that's it.

Sure hope you enjoy it, and would love to hear your comments.

Thank you for stopping by!