Friday, October 31, 2014

Anniversary picture

This year for our Anniversary that we celebrated on Wednesday, my hubby bought me an anniversary card, but instead he made me this wall hanging.  The 31 represents the years we have been married, but being that it is a Halloween type scene, I can hang this for years to come for Halloween in the future :)

I took a picture before I put it into a frame and I am glad I did because I just couldn't get a shot without reflection from the glass.

Recollections-- midnight magic paper
 Spellbinder dies for moon and flowers
Impression Obsession dies for cattails, dragonflies, leaves, pumpkins and grass
Taylored Exprssion dies for number
Stickers for the raven in the bottom right corner and the eyes on the left bottom corner

Here is the best picture I took with it in the frame, had to take it on the side so I wasn't in the shot but still managed to get the stuff on the opposite wall in my front hallway.

It is going to be quite cold here tonight, so don't know how many kids will we get, we like to see the kids dressed up, fun to see what they come up with to be.  On our day outing that we went on we stopped in Canton IL and it was right around the time that the town was doing a munchkin masquerade all the kids dressed up and went from business to business and got their candy so that was a cute treat for us to see.

Here is a picture Greg took of me waiting for the high school dance team to perform.

Here is a picture of the Gazebo in the middle of the town square.

  It is neat when out on a day trip to come across some of these unexpected fun going on.

Hope you enjoy a very nice weekend,
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Falling leaves

Our Church held it's Bake and Craft sale for our Benevolence fund and so I will be sharing a few cards over the next few posts that I made for it.  I don't know the name of this embossing folder but it is by Sizzix. I inked the flat portion of the embossing folder with green ink. Added the paper to the folder and that gives you the green background.  After taking it out of the embossing folder I rubbed inks over the leaves.

Sizzix -- embossing folder
Fiskars -- Victorian wide paper edge scissors
Spellbinders -- Fall Foliage dies

We have enjoyed some Beautiful weather this weekend, but last night we had a storm come through and it is a bit gloomy this morning.  We took the time out to go to a couple parks each day to enjoy the weather.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Treats

I don't have much in my supplies for Halloween because I only make one card a year for our daughter and that's just because it is an excuse to send them something :)

Marianne was sweet enough to share a cute image she drew for Halloween and I decided to use it on my card for Amanda, you can find it Here on her blog . Now she gave instructions on how to color it too, but I just did my own thing so this in no way reflects on her teaching ability.  I have a combination of copics and spectrum noir that I color with.

Digital image from Marianne -- link above
Spellbinders -- classic sq. lg. and square swatches
Echo park -- the Apothecary emporium paper
Recollections -- lace on a roll
Taylored Expressions -- Gothic window accessories (bats)

I have my husband hooked on dies now too that he uses in his artwork so I am able to use dies that he purchases that I never would have bought for my cardmaking normally or I wouldn't have had the bats to add to this :)

Wishing you a fabulous fall weekend, we are having awesome weather!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for leaving a comment, I so appreciate it!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

IO - Shades of Fall challenge

Impression Obsession has a challenge to use their dies and stamps for a fall themed card.  Well since I just recently purchased a bunch of their dies I had enough to make a fall scene.  You can check out all the information Here on their blog .

I used distress inks for the background and did a little sponging on the pumpkins, leaves, squirrel and also used markers for the stems. I didn't have a Birthday stamp of theirs so I left it with no sentiment.  Also it may look like the tree is on fire but really that is suppose to be a sunset behind it. :)

Impression Obsession -- Bare tree, Oak leaves & rake, pumpkin patch and squirrel set dies
Gold pen around the edges of the card to frame it
Distress inks -- tumbled glass and mowed lawn
Orange ink

Hope the start of your week is well and you are enjoying good Autumn weather, it was just beautiful today and since I am giving my foot a break, hoping that it can heal we took Peanut to the dog park so she could do a little running around, she really enjoyed getting out, even though she is 14 and doesn't have quite the same energy as she use to we could tell she really enjoyed herself :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and let me know what you think,


Saturday, October 18, 2014


My Girlfriend that I grew up with, who lived next door to me all my growing up, lost her Dad a couple days ago, now all our parents are gone, the neighborhood just won't be the same anymore.

Our Daily Bread's challenge is to use anything, as long as it is their stamps. You can find out about the challenge HERE on their blog .I couldn't find a sentiment that I wanted to fit correctly in the space so I masked this one a couple different times to make it fit, and used my stamp positioner, I still am not sure I got it quite straight, but I really wanted to get this out in the mail today, so I stuck with it. I also added some light blue ink to the flowers before rolling them.

Our Daily Bread designs -- Bird & Butterfly Labels and All Occassions sentiments stamp sets
My Minds Eye -- Indie Chic paper
K&Co. -- Designer cards base
Spellbinders -- Labels 18 die
Poppy Stamps -- Leafy sprigs die
Impression Obsession -- spiral flowers dies
Martha Stewart -- Butterfly punch
Enamel Accents -- white (on butterfly)
Forever in time -- Pearls on sentiment

Still trying to catch up from the trip, it doesn't help I ran to my Local Stamp store this morning, they were having a yard sale and I found a couple more stamps to pick up.

Hope you are enjoying a great start to your weekend,
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Birthday

Hello, I am back!!

We just got back yesterday from a trip out to North Carolina to visit our daughter and son in law that are going to Duke Divinity School.  Finally was able to see where they are attending the University, their apartment and work places. We managed to get out to the coast too, so that was nice.  We also made a stop at a store in Lewisville, North Carolina, the stamp store was in an old mill, very cool, and boy did they have some dies there, so yes you will be seeing a few new dies in the future, that is where most of my vacation spend money went.

On to the card, I had this one made before leaving so I would have something to post when I got back, it is already gone out to my brother in law but if I still had it I would have added some trees to the base of the tree.

Memory Box-- Bare Sapling, Flying birds and Grove leaves dies
DCWV -- Crafty stack and burlap paper
Inkadinkado -- Greetings/Salutations
Spellbinders -- Labels trio die

I did a little sponge inking on the sentiment tag. The tree trunk has a little bit of foam adhesive on it.

Well I haven't downloaded any of my pictures from the trip but if there is anything good to share I will post them next time.  I have a lot of catching up to do on all your blogs so I had better get started with that and my laundry .... our furbabies want a lot of attention too :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Leaf Cluster

Back to masculine card again.  I inked the stamp with two different ink colors to give it a little more interest.  Tied some raffia around the image panel and tied the button and tag on with same piece.

Hero Arts -- Leaf cluster stamp
Spellbinders -- Labels 22, A2 Distressed Edges dies
DCWV -- Rustic Stack paper
Distress ink -- Pealed paint (for card base)
Memento -- Dessert sand (around image panel)
Taylored Expression -- Designer mini tag dies and Many mini occasions stamp

Well our router is acting up, so I am having to type this all up on my hubby's computer and I am totally not use to it, so I will end now.

Thanks so much for stopping by,


Friday, October 3, 2014

Frame Border punch

Every now and then Home Shopping Network will have a craft day and not to long ago I saw that Martha Stewart had a new frame punch and it looked quite interesting to me.  I saw them the other day while at Michaels and they were on sale and then I had an extra coupon on top of that so I decided to give them a try, and this card is showing just punching out the center portion, I will have to do another card showing how it looks with the center and the outer parts punched another time.

I have used foam adhesives on the back so that the frame is the same depth as the dimensional flower stickers.

Martha Stewart -- Eyelet flowers frame border punch
Marcella -- Ashley Flowers Dimensional stickers
Distress inks -- Antique Linen and Tea Dye
Recollections -- Bling on a roll (corner pearls)
Taylored Expressions -- Designer mini tags die and Many minis occasions stamp set
Spellbinders -- Lg classic oval die (flowers were mounted to it under the frame punch)

We had alot of rain yesterday and last night, so thankful my hubby was able to go up on the roof and fix our leaks so we made it through all the rain ok.  Our temps are in the 60's today, quite a difference from our mid and high 80's, so nice to have the windows open again, our furbabies enjoy it that way more too!

Thanks so much for taking out the time to stop by, and hope you have a wonderful Fall weekend!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Becca's Inspiration

I have been a follower of Becca's for sometime now, to do any of her creations justice would be very hard but I just loved THIS CARD of hers and thought I would give you my version :)  This will be mailed to my friend in England so I tried not to get it too thick, so I used some very thin foam adhesive and made flowers without too much bulk, did a little shaping with my stylus and mat and added some dots for the center with marker.

I love the amazing work she does combining dies together, and in her card I loved seeing the pretty background paper she had behind her die cut background.  I went with this paper hoping it gave you the feel of a cement wall behind the arch.  I went with more Autumn colors and decided to leave out the Birthday greeting.

Our Daily Bread Designs -- Quaterfoil pattern die
Lilly bee design -- Head over heels paper
Arch die
Martha Stewart -- Flower and leaf punches
Ribbon -- Ellen Hutson store

If you have never been to Becca's Blog you will want to head over, she does the most Beautiful work, a real feast for the eyes.

Thanks so much for stopping by,