Wednesday, November 22, 2017

U is for U-fold Card

So a couple of days ago I was browsing through a fancy fold blog hop and up came a cute called that was named a U-fold card. Bingo! Lights went off behind my eyes and I knew what I was going to do for my "U" card. This was a fairly easy card to make and lays flat for easy mailing.

I used Beccy's Place image from the Snowman Digital Stamp set. I colored the image with Copic markers. The papers are from my scrap box. The tutorial I followed can be found here. She calls it a Bridge card but every other tutorial I saw called it a U-fold card. The dimensions are easy to follow and it's fun to do. The sentiment is from AlteNew Halftone Holidays. I embellished with some three dimensional snowflakes. I am entering these challenges:

We are away from home for the next few days for the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm looking forward to some time with family. Our trip in took a bit longer than usual because of construction, accidents and heavy traffic. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Teddy Trims the Tree

So it's "T" day at Beccy's Place and I chose an image from Bugaboo Stamps. The image is called Christmas Teddy Tree.

I used a variety of different markers to color the image but mostly Copics I think. The die cut is Spellbinder's Tear Drop Circles. All the  printed designer paper is from American Craft. Each of the layers is backed with black card stock. The border die is Spellbinder's Triple Scallop Border. The sentiment is from AlteNew Halftone Holidays. I used Mowed Lawn Distress Ink on the main die cut. To finish off I used three red self-adhesive gems.
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This morning I spent 4 hours doing my pricing for Opportunity House so I am ready to do some crafting. Hope to get some in this evening. Thanks for stopping by. Tomorrow morning is my fun day with the twins at Head Start. Since my hubby is in vacation this week for the holiday he's going to join in the fun. Have a super day!


Monday, November 20, 2017

S is for Santa and Snowman

I am back with my "S" card this afternoon. I wanted to do Santa but found this adorable trio and I got a snowman so you get two "s's" for the price of one. LOL!

The image is from Bugaboo Stamps called Christmas Trio Block. It's colored with a variety of markers and die cut with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitched Rectangles.  I used three different patterned papers from American Crafts The Color of Memories paper pack. It's a much older paper pack and I found it on clearance the other day. I added a button for the reindeer nose. The sentiment is from The Little Paper Shop (no longer in business) and I heat embossed each sentiment with black embossing powder. To finish off I added some Stickles to Santa's hat and the snowman hat for the holly berries. Each of the blue backgrounds are a different shade of blue but the photo makes them look all the same.
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Looking forward to some more crafting time before we leave for the holiday. One more day and we'll be heading over the river and through the woods. Have an awesome day!


R is for Reindeer

Happy Monday! I am a bit behind after the weekend. My FIL was visiting so that took some time. Our electricity was off for 12 hours on Saturday and our Internet was off for almost 24 hours. It's amazing how dependent I am on those little things that I take for granted. So I do have my "R" card done but that's it. I have to get busy again.

Check out the expression on this deer's face! It goes so well with the sentiment and it's will probably be exactly the way I look about December 20th, after my kids start arriving home for the holidays. I hope I'll be ready! I just love this reindeer set called Dasher and Dancer. The designer paper is from American Crafts. I cute a frame with MFT Single Stitched Line Rectangle Frames. The sentiment is from the same set and is die cut with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. I was so pleased with this card. I just love that cute little deer.
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I am off to have some fun in my craft room. Thanks for stopping by. A busy week around here as everyone is preparing for Thanksgiving. Take time to relax with family and friends!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Q is for Quick

Wow! The last 24 hours has been "fun" to say the least. Yesterday we had very high winds and then storms came through. It knocked out lots of trees and branches. About 4:45 pm our electric went out. It was out for almost 12 hours. So we made dinner on the grill and then went to a friend's house to play games for the evening. Not much we could do when we came home so we went to bed. We had the twins yesterday too. They got to experience their first candle-lit dinner. So we expected everything to be back to normal by the time we got up but that wasn't the case. Not Internet service for another 12 hours. So I had my "Q" card done but I couldn't post it.

This was a really quick card. I used the pre-colored image from Beccy's Place Nativity stamp set. I stamped a sentiment from a retired Stampin' Up! set and added a die cut star. The corner punch is an old Stampin' Up! punch and the white card stock is just glued under the punched corners. So east peasy.
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Thanks for stopping by. We have a very windy, dreary Sunday. We have friends coming for a chili dinner and then cards. So I'll be away from the computer this evening. Have a wonderful Sunday!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Stars in the Heavens

Good morning and happy Saturday! The twins will be coming today for a visit and to see their great grandfather who is visiting with us this weekend. He loves to watch what they do. I'll have to start thinking of meals so I know what I am going to feed them. They are good eaters and like everything so it really isn't difficult.
Yesterday, Beccy through us a curve, took a break from the alphabet and gave us a great sketch to work with. If you've visited my blog often you know that I love to use sketches when designing cards. So I may have to use this one more than once.

I turned the sketch and used an oval instead of the circle but I'm sure you will recognize the sketch in my design. This also shouted "lots of layers" at me so I used lots of layers. LOL!

So I guess you can see that stars were my theme for this one. I found the sentiment that I wanted first and then I decided on the image and it just snowballed from there. The image is Nativity from Beccy's Place. The star DP is from this month's Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Starry Sky paper. The blue strip is embossed with the Tiny Stars embossing folder from the Paper Studio. And I added three sequin stars for embellishments. The sentiment is from Create with TLC and I added some gold glitter glue to some of the stars. Each layer is backed with blue paper from my scrap box. The blue embossed paper is a left over from my daughter's wedding invitations. I colored the nativity image with Copic markers. 
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Make it a wonderful weekend! The time is flying by and this week is our Thanksgiving. We'll be traveling so it will make it difficult to craft. Fortunately, our Thanksgiving comes earlier in the month this year so it will give me time to play catch up when I get back home. Enjoy your day!



    Friday, November 17, 2017


    Here's another card that I did to send for a Thanksgiving card. This is the image for The Outlawz progressive challenge this month.

    The image is called Harvest Night by Shell Becker. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. The frame was created with MFT Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames. The sentiment is from Create with TLC and die cut with Spellbinder's Grommet Tags and inked with Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber DI. I used two red brads to attach it to the card. The background is the autumn leaf napkins that I bought at the Dollar Tree.
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    My FIL is coming for a visit this weekend. I've already cleaned his room and bathroom but I need to clean the kitchen and dining room too. I am sure the twins will be here for a visit at some point. Great Grandpa always likes to see them when he visits us. Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!


    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Fowl Play

    I am scrambling to get my Thanksgiving cards ready and out by this weekend. So I have a few of them coming up. A quick one tonight for one of my sons.

    The turkey image was a freebie this week from Little Scraps of Heaven. The circle behind is Spellbinder's Picot Edge Circles from ecru card stock. The leaf paper behind is actually a napkin. I spent a morning doing several different kinds of napkins this week. So you might see these napkins again. The sentiment and the banners are die cut from MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. The sentiment is from Create with TLC.
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    Time for bed. It's been a long day. Hope you are ready for the weekend and some crafty time. Take care!


    P is for Poinsettia

    My card today means a lot to me. I love how it turned out. I envisioned it much differently than it turned out but I really like the changes I made.

    Poinsettias come in a lot of different colors, but two years ago I started buying a blue poinsettia and I will continue to buy a blue poinsettia until I have moved on from this world. Two years ago on November 23rd our first grandson was born, more than 2 months early. He lived four hours and then God decided to call him home to make him an angel. Alex was born with lots of medical problems and had he lived he would have had multiple surgeries and a lot of misery and pain. For his funeral, I bought a blue poinsettia. That poinsettia and the poinsettia that I bought last year in Alex's memory lasted well into March and April. Alex is still with us and will always be in my heart. So when I started thinking about this card I knew I had to color the poinsettia blue for Alex. The image is called Winter Set from Eureka Stamps. This is one of the four images in the set. I colored it with Copic markers and used Wink of Stella on the poinsettia. You can't tell from the photo but it has lovely glitter on the flower. The sentiment I believe is from Beccy's Place. She has a number of freebies very similar to this one but I didn't find this particular sentiment among them. I printed the sentiment on light blue card stock and made the card base the same color. The image was already outlined in black so I decided to make the accent color black. I used a Stampin' Up corner punch and embossed the white background with the Holly Swirl embossing folder. The border punch is from Martha Stewart. My card is dedicated to Alex, my little angel in heaven!
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    Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my card. Almost the weekend. Have a crafty day!


    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    O is for Ornaments

    Happy rainy day Wednesday! It was a very dreary day here. I went to Head Start this morning to help with the twins' classroom. Most of the kids were very sleepy and tired. Valerie was playing with her ear a lot so I suggested that they call the doctor. They are checking into an ear infection. Her appetite was down today too. I'm hoping that things improve for her.
    My card today features a new set of dies that I have from Birch Press called Ornament Trio.

    I die cut the ornaments twice from two different designer papers and then used the die cut inlay technique. I used Gold Stickles to accent the ornaments. I added the panel to a light blue card stock base. The sentiment is heat embossed with white embossing powder on black card stock. I used Altenew Halftone Holidays for the sentiment and die cut it with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.
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    Hope you like my "o" card. Thanks for stopping by today and hope you will come back to visit again. Have a wonderful day!


    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    N is for Nativity

    Happy Tuesday! I thought I was going to get to craft today but I wasn't able to even get near my desk until after dinner. It was a good thing I had this project started last night as all the little pieces gave me fits as I tried to glue them together. Instead of inky fingers, I had sticky fingers from all the adhesive.

    This is an ornament that I made from an empty ribbon spool. I wrote a tutorial for how to make these in 2016. For this one I used Beccy's Place Nativity stamp set. I covered each surface of the ribbon sppol with scraps from my scrap box and then punched or die cut the greens, the star and the flowers from scraps. The star is actually 4 stars glued together for added dimension. These are so easy and fun to make. They make great little gifts or a nice tag for a gift.
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    That's it for tonight. I did pick up the twins from Head Start today and although Valerie still has a runny nose she was a much happier little girl. Tomorrow is my fun day as I volunteer all morning in the twins' Head Start class. It's always so much fun to play with the kids. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a lovely day!


    Monday, November 13, 2017

    M is for Mouse

    Happy Monday! I used to dread Mondays but now I enjoy Mondays a lot. I almost always go to volunteer at Opportunity House on Monday and I so enjoy the interaction with the other volunteers while we are working. And Monday I usually get caught up with laundry and dishes and whatever else I didn't get done over the weekend. Really I have reversed everything I used to do when I worked. But that's retirement!
    To day is "M" day at Beccy's Place A Month of Holiday Cards and I chose this adorable little mouse to play with.

    The image comes from Gerda Steiner and is the November Progressive Stamp called Balancing Ornament Mouse. I added this image inside a sentiment circle from Just Yolie. The circle is die cut with MFT Stitched Circles. The backing is Spellbinder's Circle Hearts. I added two heart brads on either side and a sprig of holly for embellishment. The designer papers are all scraps from my scrap box.
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    I hope to get some crafting time in tomorrow. We'll see how the day goes. I hope your week is off to a wonderful start. Take care!


    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    L is for Lights

    Another exhausting day. Poor little Valerie is just not feeling very good. At least her temperature was down today but I could tell she just wasn't her happy self. She slept on my shoulder again for over an hour. She just didn't want to be in her crib. Arthur was his usual happy self and getting into everything. He has a habit of crawling behind a couple of chairs to get to an end table with lots of "fun" wires on it. Gotta keep your eyes on him.
    So today is "L" day at Beccy's Place a Month of Holiday Cards. I picked lights as my "l" word because that's one of my favorite things about Christmas. We always have lots of colorful twinkle lights on our tree. I am not a white light person. Our tree is always very colorful. And we decorate with all the ornaments that my three kids made as they grew up. One of these years I will have to pass them all on to their respective owners but for now they still grace out tree. So I had all that in mind when I made my card.

    We had two dogs while the kids were growing up so I thought any of the kids would appreciate this card. The stamps and sentiment are from MFT Happy Pawlidays stamp and dies set. That cute little pup all tangled in lights just makes me smile every time. I colored the images with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. I masked and then inked the background with Peacocok Feathers and Broken China distress inks. The circle is die cut with MFT Stitched Circles. The designer paper is a scrap from my scrap box. 
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    That's it for me tonight. I am definitely heading to bed very soon. This busy weekend has worn me out. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Make it a great week!


    Saturday, November 11, 2017

    K is for Kings

    Edit: I forgot to say "thank you" to all the men and women who have sacrificed to give us our freedom and the country that is so important to me. May God bless you and your families for your service and keep you in his hands. And a special thank you to my family members who have served. You mean the world to me.
    Well, I am pretty tired this evening as we had the twins all day today. And they will be back tomorrow for another day of fun. Valerie was a little under the weather today so she wasn't her usually happy little self but she was so good even not feeling well. And boy can those kids eat. They eat just about everything and they especially liked the banana muffins I made. Valerie didn't want to sleep in her bed so I held her most of the afternoon as she slept on and off. Arthur was his usual smiley self and such a joy to be around. So we'll do it again tomorrow since their Dad is working 11 am to 9 pm. My card today is all about K. Now that seems really obvious but for some reason I had a mental block and had to Google "Christmas words that start with K" to figure it out. LOL! So here's what I came up with.

    The image is from Elegant Ornaments from Imagine That Digis by Kris. I used the Flurries embossing folder by Cuttlebug. The holly leaf border die cut is from Memory Box. I added punched little berries to decorate the leaves. I am entering these challenges:

    Bed time might come early tonight, Grammy isn't as young as she used to be. LOL! Have a wonderful weekend.


    Friday, November 10, 2017

    J is for Joy Fold

    We are up to Day 11 and the letter "J". This Month of Holiday Cards at Beccy's Place is really stretching me and it's been fun trying new things. Today I tried a Joy Fold Card for the first time.

    I made a top folding Joy Fold card rather than a side fold. All of the designer paper is scraps from my scrap box. The poinsettias are from Beccy's Place. I fussy cut them and popped the single bloom up as the catch for the top card. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the border. Here's an inside view.

    I used the same spray of poinsettias on the inside of the card also. The sentiment was computer generated and framed with MFT Single Stitched Frames.
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    I have the twins all day tomorrow and possibly Sunday too. So there may not be much time to craft this weekend. I'll just take it as it comes and hopefully catch up next week. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by.

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