We had a sneak peek of winter like weather last week, and now this week’s it’s back to Indian Summer.
However, I still started my pumpkin scents and found some Starbucks Fall Blend K-Cups for the Kuerig.
So last night when I sat down to work in this card, I decided that I would go with a fall scene. I think this will make a nice card for my dad’s birthday.
These were a stamp set I won from Art Impressions’ challenge blog. WOW… this is a fun concept and they were fun to work with. I think it would be fun to try watercolor, but I used my Copics. It turned out pretty.
And yes, I needed to add something in there with the Wink of Stella. I added it to the water to get the shimmer effect.
Another downside to Copics is seeing the colors bleed through the paper. It doesn’t work so well with this type of card.
This was very fun.
McKinley and I are bumming around the house today getting some chores done. The guys headed out to an out of town football game for the Varsity. (David won’t play so I opted to stay home!)
I have had this card all week to post, but am finally sitting down to post it.
I had all of the supplies out on Saturday, and wanted to keep going with them. Once again using Verve’s Bountiful Harvest, stamping the pumpkin in orange under the sentiment in black.
I used the sketch over at Retro Sketches for this week. I got some new Stampin’ Up! goodies and these lil dots were part of my order.
Very simple, but a great card to send out this Holiday Season.
Tonight I was thankful to be at home. This has been a wild and crazy week, and we’ve been busy, but I also have to stop for a moment and be thankful for everything we have this week. Thankful for healthy, happy kids who can be active in things. And that we are able to make those things happen for them.
I’m thankful for a freezer full of meals for this crazy month. Tonight is was Chicken and Wild Rice. YUMMO!!
I’m laughing that our pastor has given us this book to read. They are doing a class on Wednesday nights (I teach on Wednesday nights.) But I think it’s funny that I haven’t had time to read it. And I think I need to. I am happy that I said NO to a couple extra things tonight so we could stay home and relax. We ALL need that.
How about this loot that I won from Art Impressions!! AMAZING!! WOO.
Gonna MAKE time to ink these up this weekend.
I was inspired this weekend to pull out all of my Fall and Halloween goodies while I made my Stamp Club Cards.
I dug through my goodies and pulled out Verve’s Bountiful Harvest set to play with too.
I decided to create a scene and ended up with the Great Pumpkin Patch, Charlie Brown. *giggle* After I colored them, I added some Wink of Stella to them to make them all shimmer.
After our weather last week, it’s more like a frost on the pumpkin.
I played along with the sketch over at Sweet Sketch Sunday.
Tonight is Stamp Club, and I’m anxious to get together with the ladies. It’s been two months since I’ve been able to go.
Enjoy your Tuesday!
Happy Saturday afternoon!!
I am sorry for my absence this week. Lots of life going on, but I am SO thankful for my weekends home.
In case you missed it before – check out the Design Team Call for Retro Rubber going on HERE. So excited for this new adventure!!
This coming week is our monthly stamp club. For the last 12 years I’ve been a part of a local Stampin’ Up! Card club. Myself, the demo and one other lady are the only original gals in the club. Quite a few ladies have come and gone. Some have moved, while others just moved on.
We meet monthly, and I used to NEVER miss a club night. Ha – then I had kids who got involved in other things. Darn kids!!
Anyway, one of the (only) requirements is to make 12 cards, and then we swap them out. Coming up with a card design that is fun and original, AND easy to reproduce isn’t always easy each month.
After I saw Amy’s card HERE, I really wanted to replicate those for my club cards. So I stamped, colored, cut and glued assembly style for an hour or so. The kids were in here and we watched Cinderella while we worked.
I actually ended up with 16 mini cards. I thought about a few littles in the family who might like some snail mail this next month.
This last week was our Homecoming. Lots of fun activities, and happy to report the football team won in a great game last night! Go Blue!
My Mustang, Colt and lil M-Ette on Blue and White Day.
Hello Crafty Friends –
I wanted to introduce a new lil project in my life.
Jane and I are starting our own Challenge Blog!!
It’s called Retro Rubber –
“Our Challenge Blog is Brand New, but our challenges are Old School!”
Retro Rubber Challenge Blog encourages you to use "retro" stamps. Breathe new life into your old loves. Break out your older, unloved stamps that are 1 year or older for our challenges.
We are currently working on the behind the scenes work, but we are looking for designers who are interested in playing along with us each week.
If you are interested, please check out the Design Team call below.
DESIGN TEAM CALL
Design Team Requirements:
Contact: Katie Skiff or Jane Knudsen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Email: your contact information plus blog address and samples of your work.
After a long week, I wanted to take a break this weekend for some color therapy. I stopped off at Jane’s house Saturday to borrow some other stamps and she also shared with me one of her Art Impression stamps. I hope to acquire some of my own, but I am thankful she shared for now. I love to color these images.
This image is called Hollis, Front and Back. And this week, the AI Challenge was to create a Front and Back card.
As I was coloring, I was thinking about how to make the card work. I decided I wanted to make the front of the card clear with acetate.
To make that work, I trimmed my card base to 4.25” by 6.5” I scored it at 5.5”, and left about 1 inch to flap over and attach the acetate to.
I pulled out my MFT grass border die to put him in the “field.” I wish that I had a cute laughing bird to put BEHIND him. I also searched all over for a sentiment, and decided to just leave it as is, and tied some rustic twine on the top.
This is a look at the BACK of the front of the card.
This was a fun card to make. It took a lot of steps, but really is quite simple, and will be good to have in my stash for a last minute card.
Our lives are all about football right now. But it is a fun time, and gets me in the mood for all things fall.
Friday was the first game of the season for the High School team. David won’t play Varsity for awhile, but it was still special to see him part of the team. His first game is Monday night.
It cooled off when the sun went down, but it was a beautiful night for football.
The other two nights of the week are for flag football. I’m not looking forward to the highs this week of 55* as we watch these games.
And tonight, the 5 of us are drafting our teams for our Family Fantasy Football league. I’m not sure what I’m doing, but it will be fun to bother the boys about it on Game Days. **Go Cowboys!!**
In my Simon Says order last week, I finally got the Rainbow Die from MFT. I swear every time I tried to order it, it was out of stock. So I was happy to finally get it. I do love me some rainbows.
So I wanted to break it in and thought I could make it work with Karen’s Sweet Sketch Sunday for this week.
I decided it would flow better if it was inlaid in the the cardstock. I love this effect too. Aside from all the rainbow cutting, the card isn’t that crazy. I die cut the clouds out of vellum and added some Wink of Stella. (Yeah, I might use that a LOT!)
The sentiment is also MFT Words of Inspiration. I matted the sentiment circle on more white.
A fun, colorful card.
Thanks for visiting.
We are footballing it for the next two nights. Looking forward to our High School football games, but I have to be better at watching the game and not the people. HA!! We don't have a buys weekend, but a couple things going on. Thankful for some free time.
Enjoy your Thursday!!
I really liked this sketch from MFT this week, but it also was difficult for me to get it to work out.
I finally just finished it and said I’m done.
I played around with embossing paste and a stencil. I don’t think this stencil was think enough for the paste as some of it got underneath. However, it doesn’t look horrible. (Maybe I’m wrong!!)
I decided to use the stenciled part as the background and cut out the angle part instead of the other way around. I stamped the sentiment from MFT’s Get Well Wishes in between and added a couple dots of bling.
I finished the front with a Hibiscus flower die from MFT.
You can see that my camera is still not focusing well, but it will soon be back to normal. Thank you Amazon.
As much as I hoped for evenings at home, I realized flag football started. Thank goodness for freezer meals this month!!
Here’s to a new week.
Hi there - I am loving the long weekend already. We've been working around here and even went for a swim with some cousins today. However, I wanted to get to the craft table to play. Last week, I got some new goodies from Simon Says Stamps. I wanted to use them up right away.
I just found their challenge blog which was Anything Goes for this week. I'll be linking up there.
I picked up this Art Impression Wine Taster’s Set and could not wait to color it. I loved coloring this image, so I’m sure you see it a lot in the future!! (It’s currently out of stock, but there are many more images there to choose from.)
After I colored it, I used clear Wink of Stella over some of the image. I have seen this used a lot recently, and I wanted to check it out. I think it’s going to be an awesome addition to many, many cards as well. You can see the shimmer better down below.
I also wanted to pick up this Memory Box Small Word Pop Die. I can think of so many amazing ideas for this. But when it was laying on my table, I knew it would work with these ladies.
When I stamped out the sentiment on top, it got some ink on the edges. I wanted to keep going with this cardstock. So I covered it up with some bling. I thought about “photo-shopping” it out, but this is real life peeps. I think the recipient of this will love it, imperfections and all!
I had a minor accident with my camera this week. Totally my fault in leaving it out. So I’m waiting on a new lens and I’ll get a new video up for you. I really wanted it to be this card, but I didn’t.
Hoping by this next weekend, I’ll be ready to record again.
Have a great weekend!!
This is one of those weeks where I’ve met myself coming and going. Something every night.
Two school Open Houses.
Wednesday, we did the ALS challenge with our 4H group.
Tonight was the High School team’s Scrimmage. First High School sports event for us as parents.
I had so much fun crafting on Saturday, and I want to get back to it.
I was also SOOOO excited to see that I won a challenge. That was cool. YAY ME!
I am in need of some more cardstock so I’ll probably be totally boring and use it on that!! HA!!
I got in a giant order of goods from Simon Says Stamp today. I can’t wait to play!!
One thing I’m doing in my little bit of free time – aka time on the couch, sprawling in exhaustion – is reading some new (to me) blogs. If you are interested, check them out.
Ali Edwards – always been a fave, but she has gotten a huge upgrade. Check it out.
This weekend we am planning on having a StayCation at home. So much to get caught up on, we are doing chores for mom and dad, inking up new stamps, cutting out new dies.
So look for some new content from me next week.