Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Doodle Pantry Sponsors Crafting for all Seasons Challenge

Happy Wednesday! Doodle Pantry is sponsoring a challenge over at Crafting for All Seasons this week. The 
challenge is "falling leaves."

 My card uses this week’s sketch from Paper Craft Planet and the lovely pre-colored Doodle Pantry image of the Autumn Star cut with a circle Spellbinder die and embellished with faux stitching. I used the Martha Stewart leaf border punch to create the borders along the green background paper. I embossed the red background with the Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder. I added a Gina K sentiment. Check out the challenge and play along for a chance to win a great Doodle Pantry prize.
I am entering these challenges:
Hiding in My Craft Room: Thankful or Thanksgiving
Paper Playtime: anything goes

I hope you will check out and join in the challenge. Hope you day is fantastic! Please stop back tomorrow for the new Doodle Pantry release. I can't believe it's already November. Oh and Happy Halloween! Hope your night is frightful! Mwahahaha!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Treats, Leaves and Other Things

I took today off and got a bunch of creating done that I will be sharing all week long. I had lots of time to worry about all those people in the way of the storm and my son who will start driving toward Boston tomorrow morning. He's planning a more northern route to stay away from the snow. Our weather today was sunny but very windy. We had sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts up to 45 mph. That's nothing compared to hurricane. So as I worried for the East Coasters and the storm, we had a freak electric outage for several hours tonight. But we are back up and running. If you are in the path of the storm please stay safe and know that you are all in my prayers.

On to some projects from today. I usually do some treats for my co-workers and I finally finished those. I got the idea from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. She uses a Stampin' Up! scoring board so I had to re-figure the scoring for a Scor-Pal. But they were fun and easy to make and decorate.

I used Halloween colored card stock and some scraps of Halloween paper and then added the Halloween images.
I am entering these challenges:
 My other project was a Halloween card.

The pumpkin image is by Create with TLC. The background pumpkin paper is from my scrap box. I backed the image with purple card stock and added some glittered leaves.

I am entering this card into these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today and visiting with me. I'd be thrilled if you leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Hope you are having a good week. Those of you out east please stay safe.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Christmas Set

Happy Sunday! Hope your weekend was marvelous. We spent most of the weekend at Baby Creek with Tom’s parents who were visiting. Friday night we took them to see Halloween with Dennis James at the IU Auditorium. If you don’t know anything about Dennis James, he’s an amazing organist who comes to Bloomington at Halloween every year and plays organ for a silent movie. This year the movie was Faust and he had a guest accompanist who played electronic percussion. It was amazing! People come in costume and it’s always such fun! 

A couple days ago I shared two Christmas cards I made for my mother-in-law because she wanted me to make her cards this year. So the card I am sharing today is the card she finally picked. And I had her help me this weekend make her cards. 

The image is a stamp by Stamps Happen, Inc. colored with Copic markers and shaded with Memento Sky Blue and Desert Sands. Purple is her favorite color and we cut a Spellbinders die from the purple card stock and then embossed with a Sizzix Swirling Ivy embossing folder and mounted it on a white card base.

I’m entering this card into these challenges:

Hope you have a wonderful start to your week. Since my office is in transition and everything is packed I took Monday off to spend with my son Dan who is in town on his way to Boston as he moves from Utah back to his original home. So I may get some crafting time tomorrow. Thanks for visiting, leave a comment and come back soon!

Monday, October 22, 2012

It's the Stone Age

Hope you had a wonderful Monday! I managed to stay awake at work today even after my middle of the night computer visit. You may remember that I got transferred to a new department in July. This week my new department will be moving to our new location. Our move is on Thursday so I'll be busy this week.  My card tonight is for my BIL's birthday. He can be quite a joker so I thought he'd enjoy this card.

The image a sentiment is by Marlene from Disguised as a Grownup. Marlene took her blog down so I can't link to it. I do hope she is okay. She is a wonderfully funny artist! The background paper is a digi paper from Create with TLC called Garden Paper 2. It reminds me of pavement stones and I thought it was perfect for the card. The die cut behind the image is a brand new die I bought tonight called Splendid Circles. The punch behind the sentiment is Lattice from EK Success.
I am entering these challenges:
Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by.


Light for the World

It's not very often that I make a 3:30 a.m. post but since I was tossing and turning and not sleeping I thought I might as well do something productive. I meant to post something last night and didn't get around to it so here I am very early in the morning; and on a day that I have to go to work no less. I hate it when I can't sleep. Too many things on my mind.
My MIL asked me to make her Christmas cards this year so this is the first idea I came up with. I have another idea that I will show you later this week. My in laws will be visiting this weekend so I wanted to have some samples ready for her to pick from. Her only stipulation was that she wanted them religious. So this is the first one I made.

Pretty simple. The embosssed background is the Holly Swirl folder. The image and sentiment is from DeeDee's digis. I appears that her site has been taken down so I can't link to it. After I did this card I thought the candle was too small and the sentiment was too big and I was thinking how much my MIL likes purple and thought maybe I should incorporate purple into the card too so I made this version:

I colored the candle slightly differently and added the ribbon. Which one do you prefer? I am entering these cards into the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long challenge to use traditional colors.
I am going to try to head back to bed and catch a few more winks before the alarm goes off. Thanks for stopping by. Hope your week is off to an amazing start.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lost Your Mittens?

Just a quick post this morning as I am in town and have Internet access. I wanted to share some pictures of our little retreat place. Yesterday was absolutely beautiful there. The fall colors were in full bloom. It rained overnight while we've been in town so I am anxious to get back there and see what the rain has done. These pictures were mostly taken in the morning and by the evening the colors had changed more. But I thought you might enjoy them.

This is taken off the front porch of our trailer. We do have two dead trees in the front that we will be replacing before we build our new house. You can see one of them here. The field though has lots of color.

This is one of the surrounding hillsides and you can see our project for the week. We are putting in a new driveway. Our existing driveway has a 24% grade and it's next to impossible to get up in the winter. When we move out here we'll need to be able to get up the driveway in any weather so we are replacing. On the right is the existing driveway. On the left is the new one under construction.

And here is my wonderfully talented husband having fun in his rented track hoe. He rented this for the week of our vacation to hammer out rock. He's hammering through a rock shelf here. Yesterday afternoon I helped him change the hammer to a bucket so he could dig out drainage ditches today.

So while I am not a lot of help on the driveway, I do get some crafting and cooking time in. Yippee! Yesterday I worked on some cards for Operation Write Home. And here they are:

If your three little kittens have lost their mittens I know where to find them. I stopped making Christmas cards and started making winter cards instead for OWH. They seem to get lots of Christmas. The mittens were freebies from Create with TLC. I embossed 2 of the cards with the snowflake embossing folder and didn't add a sentiment. On the third card I added a sentiment and a steaming cup of hot chocolate from my friend, Carolyn King's set called Warm Winter Wishes. By the way, Carolyn has a wonderful giveaway right now. I almost don't want to tell you about it because I so want to win myself. LOL! Go check out her blog and become a follower. You won;t be disappointed! Cammie is very talented!
Challenges I am entering:
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge: winter cards
Through the Craftroom Door challenge: anything goes

So that wasn't so short after all. I expected DH to be back from his meeting and to be antsy to get back out to Baby Creek (BTW that's the name of the road our property is on, so that's what we call it). Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week. I'm thinking that I'll get lots of crafting time in the next three days. Just not Internet time. LOL! No Internet and no TV at Baby Creek. I don;t mind the TV but the Internet is tough sometimes. Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Doodle Pantry sponsors OWH

I am so excited that Doodle Pantry is sponsoring a color challenge at Operation Write Home. The colors to use are black and white and then a pop of color of red or green. That shouted Christmas at me so my card is a Christmas card.
I used the Doodle Pantry image called Holly Stag. I used green as my pop of color. If you can make out the green backgrounds they are scored to give the card texture. The larger green background is scored vertically and the closer green background is scored as a cross-hatch pattern. I added the black leaf-punched border and the three white roses as embellishments. If you know anything about OWH you know this card isn't a very good card to send for the service personnel to send home because of the bulk so I'll be sending this card as an Any Hero card. I'll write a message to one of the heroes and  send it with the rest of my cards.

I hope you will join in this fun challenge. And please help support Operation Write Home.
I am entering the Sentimental Sunday challenge with this card: black, white and another color.


Monday, October 15, 2012

New Technique

Welcome and happy Monday to you! Hope the start of your week was wonderful! Just a quick post tonight.

As a swap in my Making Greeting Cards group our challenge was to try out the Water Stamping Technique. I had not tried this before so this was a challenge. It actually takes some practice and I obviously need to practice some more. LOL! This is the card I sent to my swap partner (Hi Valerie!)

The pre-colored image is from Doodle Pantry called Bluebonnets. The sentiment is from TLC Creations. Here’s the link to the directions to the Water Stamping Technique. I will definitely be trying this again. It was lots of fun. I used Stampin’ Up! Ink. That background stamp is from Clear Dollar Stamps. The ribbon is from my stash. I used Spellbinder’s dies to cut the sentiment and scalloped backing.

I am entering this into the Lawnscaping Challenge:

 Hope you will check out this challenge and try something new and fun this week!
Thanks for stopping by. Wednesday morning I'll have a special Doodle Pantry entry as we sponsor a special challenge for Operation Write Home. Come back and see what the fun is all about.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Purple Poppies

Happy Sunday! Oh my, almost the start of another week. I have a short week this week. I am only working Monday and Tuesday and then taking the rest of the week off. Hoping for some serious crafting time at the end of the week. Tonight I worked on some birthday cards. I want to share one for my MIL. Bet you can't guess what her favorite color is. LOL!

Purple, purple and more purple! The gorgeous image is a pre-colored poppie image from Doodle Pantry. Isn't is beautiful! You can receive this set free just for playing along with the Doodle Pantry Challenge. Play before October 24th and receive the free poppies. It's difficult to see but I printed the poppies twice and then popped up several pieces on the flowers and stems. The sketch is from Operation Write Home.
I am entering these challenges:
One other reminder, that Doodle Pantry has a sale right now.  October 10 thru October 16, you can take 25% OFF your entire cart (excludes gift certificates).

  • Shop at
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  • Click to view cart
  • Scroll to the bottom of your cart
  • Enter the coupon 254U in the coupon field and CLICK SUBMIT to see discount apply
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Hope you have a wonderful start to your week. Take care and stop by again soon!



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Birthday Hoot!

Happy hump day! We are on the down side of the week. I am doing a happy dance. Not only am I closer to the weekend but I was randomly drawn at the Outlawz Challenge site for their big September prize: a $50 gift certificate from Oozak. I've ordered from them several times and their costumer service is fantastic! So I'm going to have to think about what I need before I shop!

Some of you may know that I used to be on the Cuttlebug Spot design team. I've always enjoyed doing their challenges and most of the cards I make use the Cuttlebug in some way. So I was pleased to see them posting again. Their challenge this week is What's on Your Desk? I am almost ashamed to show you my desk; it's such a mess. But here it is:

I told you it was a mess. If you look closely you can see the image and the ribbon that I used on my card tonight. I truly need to clean up and put away. Here's the card that I made from just things on my desk:

 My image is from Designed2Delight and colored with Copics. My background paper is more recycled wallpaper (I'll be using that forever because I have tons!) embossed with the distressed stripes embossing folder. I cut the image with a Spellbinders circle die and backed with another circle die. I punched the sentiment paper. The sentiment is from a Gina K stamp set called owl always love you. I added the fall color ribbon and the brown self-adhesive rhinestones.
I'm entering these challenges:
Hope you week comes to a smooth end and you head into the weekend ready to realx. Thanks for stopping by today.


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