Sunday, September 30, 2012

Autumn Thoughts

Tomorrow it’s October 1st.  The crispness in the air, the dew on the morning grass, the change of colors in the leaves on the trees…and those that have already fallen to the ground…are all signs that Autumn is definitely here.  I’ve composed a top ten list of my favorite things about Autumn.  Is yours on the list?

10.  Cooler Weather; not a huge fan of the hot stuff.

9.  Change Of Color; in the trees, in the grass, even in the sky...the perfect autumn color palate.

8.  Crunchy Leaves; so much fun to jump in.

7.  Apples And Apple Foods; apple cider, apple pie, apple sauce, apple butter, caramel apples. Shoot, now I'm hungry, lol.

6.  New Falls Clothes; every girl loves new clothes.  My favourites are the fashionable scarves, jackets and boots.

5.  Warm Treats; snuggling under a blanket with some hot tea and a good book on a cool day.

4.  New Fall TV Shows; Once Upon a Time, and Revenge just to name two ... woot woot.

3.  Fall Activities; apple & pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hayrides, corn roasts, fall festivals, carving pumpkins and roasting pumpkin seeds.

2.  New Beginnings;  I don't know if it's because I work in the educational field and a new school year begins, but don't you just get the feeling that new and exciting things are bound to happen in Fall?

And the #1 favourite thing about Autumn -- Thanksgiving; I love a holiday that calls on us to give thanks for our blessings.  And the smell of the turkey cooking all day is pretty good, too.

And with thanks in mind for the many blessings in my life, I made this card.  Enjoy.




Crafter’s Of Faith Autumn Blog Hop

It’s time again for the Crafters of Faith Blog Hop. Crafters of Faith is a group of Christian bloggers that met and bonded on SplitCoast Stampers, to craft, fellowship, make friendships and more!! I am so blessed to have you stop by and celebrate the beauty of AUTUMN with us!  If you are just visiting and would like to hop with us, welcome! If you hopping along already, you should have arrived from Liz D’s blog.

This month, our hostess is Carol S! She gave us a wonderful Harvest challenge and here is what she asked us to create:

"I love FALL, the colors and the smells! I would like to propose that we make a card with fall colors, it should include fruits and vegetables to remind us of the harvest. When my kids were small, I canned peaches and pears, made pickles and such. So much fun to open those jars in the dead of winter! I am looking so forward to the fall festival of Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles). To Biblical historians, this is the actual time of Christ's Birth and many people believe this will also be the season of HIS return. Blessings All"


To celebrate in this glorious season upon us, here is the card I created for you!

  This card was made using:
* Recollections Graceful Paper Stack
* Fiskars Scalloped Border Punch
* Quikutz Die - Nesting Flowers

 And colored with  Copics:
* YG03/61/63/67
* R22/24
* E31/35/37/95
* V12/15/17
* Y11/15

And Bic Mark Its:
* Rambunctious Red
* Adobe Orangeapoh-500-SAM_0041

From here, continuing hopping to Darlene's blog to see what Autumn splendor she has waiting for you!

We also have a special little giveaway for one lucky hopper today and you can find that on Kelly's blog - the last stop on the hop

Thank you for stopping by today! In this glorious season of Fall, and the wonders of the earth changing to gorgeous colors .... in a time of gratitude and thanksgiving ... we wish many blessings for you!

To God who gives our daily bread
A thankful song we raise,
And pray that he who sends us food
May fill our hearts with praise.
Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hey Heyyyy, it’s my birthdaayyy

Haha, I started this post last night and then I got distracted and forgot to post it so I’m putting it on the blog now. Let’s see how many of you read past the title and realize that my birthday was actually yesterday.

My family took out for dinner to East Side Mario’s for my birthday last night.  I love that place.  Their salad is the best and I had the seafood linguine as my entre.   It was soooo good.   The only time I get to have seafood is when I eat out because my family doesn’t like it so I really enjoyed it.

I was surprised by my girls with a new camera .. really surprised!! .. but I couldn’t take the picture of the card below because I had to charge it first.  This card was one that I made just because.  I don’t have anyone in mind for it yet but since I haven’t posted in a few days I thought I’d share it with you now.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Clear It Out Challenge Card

This weeks challenge was to make a project with an image of a child(ren) on it using any stash you had on hand.

Our awesome sponsor for this challenge is the uber cool and oh sooooo super sweet Melissa Jenkins of Meljen’s Designs.

Meljen's Designs is a lovely stamp company owned and illustrated by Melissa Jenkins. She illustrates whimsical rubber and digital images inspired by her kids and family.

Meljens' is offering 4 digital images to one lucky winner!

Here’s a look at the front and inside of my card.  The sentiments were both made by me.  They were this week’s featured freebie and you can get them HERE.  I used autumn colors because it’s beginning to look like fall around here.  The image was created by Melissa Jenkins (Meljen’s Designs) and you can find her here HERE.  She’s colored with copics (R81/83/85, E0000/00/11/35, YG63/65/67 & B4/6/8). 

APOH_CIO-918_cardfront  APOH_CIO0918-1

Hope to see you at the Clear It Out Challenge Blog where you can join us for this challenge.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Quick Note ..

I just want to let you know that the Friday Freebie will posted later than usual tomorrow.  I have a busy day so it will not get uploaded until the evening at the earliest.  But PLEASE check back tomorrow night or Saturday morning for your freebie.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday Wonders…

Wednesday … hump day.   Have you ever wondered why it’s called that? Some may not know that the reason Wednesday is referred to as hump day is because it’s the middle of the work week .. 2 days down, 2 to go .. meaning that one has made it "over the hump" towards the weekend.  Makes sense, right?

Just for fun I’ve compiled 10 things that make me go “hmmmmmmm” in the night.  Maybe you can come up with some answers.

  1. Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
  2. Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?
  3. Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?
  4. If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?
  5. Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?
  6. Why isn't "palindrome" spelled the same way backwards as it is forwards?
  7. Why is it that when you transport something by car, it's called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship, it's called cargo?
  8. Why does your nose run and your feet smell?
  9. What was the best thing before sliced bread?
  10. Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do "practice"?

Makes you kind of wonder, doesn’t it.  So now that I have you thinking, allow me to share with you a card that has absolutely nothing to do with this topic, lol. The background paper was made by stamping one individual flower multiple times over the entire piece of cardstock.  The sentiment and flower stamp are from the Stampin’ Up retired stamp set “Simple Friendship”.



Sunday, September 9, 2012

Giveaway Alert!

Check it out!  Kadie, at 'In My Minds Eye Creations" is having a giveaway!  Starting now through Sept 30th, you have a chance to win a CUTTLEBUG!

There will also be a second prize up for grabs that will include a SEW EASY tool, pad and 2 applicators, 500 sheets of 6x6 paper, SU ink pad and a few other choice stamps and embellishments!

All you have to do to get entered to win is:

* Be a follower of her blog
* Leave a comment on her giveaway post
* Spread the word about the giveaway in a post or on your side bar

Even if you already have a Cuttlebug, please feel free to enter! You may have a friend that you could bless with this gift or one of the other prizes. :)

Two winners will be chosen with the help of on the morning of October 1st. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Little Bit ‘O’ Christmas…

This weekend I decided to pull out my Christmas stash and make a couple of cards.   Every year I make cards for my family and friends at Christmas.  I make approximately 60 cards so I thought I should get a jump start on it so that I can have them all done by mid November.  I usually make about 6 different cards – 10 cards of each type.

The two cards were made with paper from the Recollections Sugar Plum paper pack.  I love the papers in this pack.  The little red envelope on card #1 was made by me and there is an image with steps at the end of this post so you can see how I did it. 



  The first photo is the outside of the card and the second photo is the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from the Cornish Heritage Farms - Heart Warmers stamp set.







This photo shows the inside of the card.  I used some of the paper from the front of the card and stamped some white cardstock with an Inkadinkado sentiment from the Warm Holiday Wishes set.






  Here is a photo of the outside of card #2.  This is a tri-fold card.  The sentiment (Cornish Heritage Farms - Heart Warmers stamp set) holds the card together by tucking it under the little green snowflake to the right of it.  The bow was made with several pieces of twine tied together to make several loops.







This is what the inside of card #2 looks like.  I used the Spellbinders Beaded Squares (Part Number S4-315).  and some of the Recollections paper that I used on the front.  Once again, I used the Inkadinkado sentiment from the Warm Holiday Wishes set.





Start with a 4x6-inch piece of paper and follow the steps below…

Waterfall Envelope Steps

I finished it off by adding a brad to hold the flaps down.   This makes card #38 through 57 of the 100 cards in 100 days challenge. (10 of card #1 and 10 of card #2).