Well, I seem to have missed setting some September goals. I think with all of the football going on, that I truly wanted to just make it through September. HA!
We did accomplish a few things, but not as much as we should be. So I’m setting up some October Goals.
I am also putting in some extra time for the new Challenge Blog Jane and I are working on. I’d like to focus on another project we are planning, but I think that this might be all I get to this month.
*Greg and I talked about this over the summer. We have spent some weekend time in the garage on a few projects. And I think my crafty time will be focused on this for awhile. My card supply is overflowing.
I really wanted to use some of the ideas and tips I learned last week in the Online Card Class.
I choose an image that was fun to color. I especially wanted to work with some gray shading, and this was a fun image to use that technique. I colored the whole image and paper pieced the rain coat.
Then I could not help myself – I had to add some Wink of Stella to the umbrella and water puddle. You can see in the next photo, I also added rain sprinkling down.
I played along with Karen’s Sweet Sketch Sunday. This was a bigger card and that was fun to add these fun Bo Bunny papers to it.
Love this bright and cheery card.
Can you believe that today is the final day of September?!! What!! I do love October, as it’s my birthday MONTH. But I tell you, I am not ready for it. However, it’s payday, so I’m doing okay. HA!
Thanks for stopping by!
Just another Manic Monday.
Manic will be the word as it is every Monday.
We enjoyed a very comfy weekend at home.
Varsity football was in Plentywood on Friday night, and David went along. We did not.
We all made our own dinner Friday night. And well, the rest of the weekend too. We don’t eat many meals on the weekend.
McKinley’s “Daycare” was a bedtime bath with cousin Harper.
(Awhile back she set up a daycare at Greg’s brother’s house with our niece’s little girl. She couldn’t keep her kids in the day care. It was pretty funny.)
It was cool and rainy on Saturday. Perfect stay at home weather.
Perfect baking weather.
I also signed up for a Copic Coloring Class at OnlineCardClasses.com and spent some time coloring while we hung out.
Prior to this, all of my coloring knowledge was from YouTube videos. I’m happy to say that I did learn a few things. (Not that I thought I wouldn’t.) I just mean, there were things that I never really thought about before. Like color families.
It all makes sense to me now.
I now have a list of new Copics I want to pick up. I see I need some refills. And I need to replace a Nib.
I had two packages of nibs.
Not the right ones.
We putted around in the garage a little Saturday night before we watched Hocus Pocus. I read that is was the 25th Anniversary of it, and I remember taking my girlfriends to the movie house for my birthday that year.
Then we watched infomercials. LOL… We really watched World’s Dumbest Inventions, where they made fun of the infomercials. Good belly laughs.
Yesterday, we went to church and I served lunch for the potluck. (Another meal I didn’t nee to cook. HA!)
Greg has been working on some new “trash to treasure” projects. Using old beer bottle lids and making roses.
RC told me it was Selfie Sunday so we snapped a photo. He never wants photos. Especially with mom. Taking advantage.
Thanks for taking a peek into our life.
Enjoy your Monday.
Don’t flip out but there are 89 days til Christmas.
I am happy to say I have a couple items tucked away, and that we are thinking about DOING something for the holiday rather than giving gifts. We will see what happens.
Anyway, I really wanted to send some hand made, personal cards this year. I have in the past and then life got crazy. Probably because the thought of sitting down and making 50-75 cards at one time is daunting. So I decided that I would start making a handful at a time.
I like to make a few, but I get burnt out when I commit to more than 12-15 at a time.
However, I AM committing to sharing my Christmas cards with you on the next 13 Sundays before Christmas. (or until I get them all done and sent.)
For today’s cards, I pinned THIS CARD that Nicole Heady made for PTI. I love that tree die and always have. I die cut some various greens, and then used a white gel pen to create the loopeys.
Then McKinley and I put the bling on them. She actually took hers and kept it for an ornament for the tree. Good idea as well.
WE finished it off with an embossed sentiment.
This is the start of my Christmas Card Stash.
If you want to play along too, please do. I’d love to see your cards.
On Instagram, use the Hashtag #christmascardstash2014.
I put a little linky in the sidebar -----> if you ever come back and want to check out all the Christmas Card Stash cards.
And below that is my Instagram where I will share my cards on Saturday night before I blog them.
Or comment here on my blog and I’ll come visit your blog.
Here we are at Tuesday again. I was visiting about how there were only so many Fridays before Christmas, and I said as fast as the weeks go, that can be scary!
We are having unseasonably warm weather, so it makes it hard to think fall or even Christmas. That is OK…I think it will be a long enough winter.
I wanted to try some new challenges out there in Blog World. I wanted to give a try to a color challenge. To be honest, they freak me out.
I can rock a sketch, but colors get me. However, I had this card in mind, so I played along with the Colour Q Challenge this week.
I used Stampin’ Up!’s Secret Garden set and stamped on white cardstock. I colored them with my Copics, matching up the colors there.
I matted some cardstock on the back to make it pop and then adhered to more white. Very clean and simple.
For the sentiment, I used PTI’s Script Sentiments, masking off the rest of the sentiment.
These would be very fun to mass produce to have on hand for a quick and easy card.
Thanks for stopping for the visit today. Enjoy the rest of your week!
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 email@example.com
Email: your contact information plus blog address and samples of your work.