Saturday, November 9, 2019

Catching Up on Posting Some Cards

I saw this scrapbook paper and loved how the colors worked together and when I needed a couple of birthday cards recently, I got to use it.  

This card was for my son and daughter-in-law's 7th anniversary.

And then, there were two baby boys born recently.  I made two of each of these cards so we could send one to the parents and one to the grandparents.  

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Sharing Their Creativity

My blogging friend Sabrina recently sent me a "just because" card.  It's so much fun receiving her cards because she is so talented.  Just look at the elements in this card.  Perfection right down to the beautiful necklace.  I haven't properly thanked her for this but I hope she knows it's so greatly appreciated.  (And it came in a handmade envelope of which you can see just a little at the bottom of the picture.)

And shame on me, while I was photographing the recent card, I remembered that I hadn't shared the birthday card that she sent me.  It's been displayed in our living room since I got it because it's so sweet.  That yellow bird could be Kirby our cockatiel!  Looks like he has a cool friend too.

Sabrina is the Queen of card techniques and fancy folds.  This card does fold up flat, of course, or it wouldn't have gotten here all the way from Ireland.  

You see why I couldn't put it away!

Thank you Sabrina.  It's always a special day when I receive one of your cards.  I've saved every one of them!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Jingle Belles - Rudolph and Friends

HWNSNBP keeps prodding me about my small stash of Christmas cards....still.  So I spent a little time this weekend catching up a bit using this fortnight's theme from the Jingle Belles of "creatures".  Having recently getting some dies featuring deer, this was the perfect challenge.

The first card uses a Sizzix die and makes a 3-D card.  I can't take much creative credit for this one as I followed the picture on the die package almost to the T.  I did choose my own colors and added the snowflakes to the background.  I will be making a couple more of these for sure.  

I don't remember the source for this die, but I do remember seeing the color combo recently on someone's blog and the kraft and cherry cobbler really looked so pretty I had to give it a try.

The next couple were a bit experimental with a technique I don't think I fully accomplished.  In fact I know I didn't.  It's supposed to be Oxidized Metal and I goofed and used Memento Black ink instead of Stazon, so all my black disappeared.  However, I'm not totally bummed about the results.  I tried it on gold, copper, and silver foil.  The gold and copper didn't turn out too bad.  The silver was another story.  My silver foil paper was a bit too matte and didn't look like much when done. Well, at least it didn't look like what I wanted it to look like for this particular experiment.  I used two different embossing folders.  

The reindeer die is from Tutti Designs.  The technique in question only used metallic embossing powders, but I decided to sprinkle on some white too.  

So, with the one of the first, three of the second, and four of the third, I wound up with eight cards.

Still have more to catch up with, but first I'm catching up with the Jingle Belles and checking out the other creatures that are stirring.  You can join me by clicking here.  

Friday, November 1, 2019

Inktober - Days 15 - 31

Day 15 - LEGEND with Tangle "Maryhill"

Day 16 - WILD with Tangle "Trentwith"

Day 17 - ORNAMET with Tangle "Dreamdex"

Day 18 - MISFIT (more like Mistake) with Tangle "Sindoo" 

Day 19 - SLING (off prompt) with Tangle "Diva Dance"

Day 20 - TREAD with Tangle "Antidots"

Day 21 - TREASURE (before and after adding the second color) with Tangle "Batumber"

Day 22 - GHOST with Tangle "Abundies"

Day 23 - ANCIENT with Tangle "Pixioze"

Day 24 - DIZZY with Tangle "Baton"

Day 25 - TASTY with Tangle "Tripoli"

Day 26 - DARK with Tangle "Ratoon" 

Day 27 - COAT (of feathers) with Tangle "Crescent Moon"

Day 28 - RIDE (some kind of whirling dervish) with Tangle "Well, Well, Who"

Day 29 - INJURED (not really, unless you think those might be bandaids in the background) with Tangle "Kuke"

Day 30 - CATCH with Tangle "Nik"

Day 31 - RIPE with several variations of Tangle "Florz"

I had fun with these and have seen some really beautiful artwork this past month.  Trying to follow both sets of prompts wasn't always easy but I did it for the most part this time.  I think next year I will use the tangle prompts alone and focus on that more.  

No more art challenges until after the holidays - gotta catch up on Christmas cards and gifts.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween

I made a couple of Halloween treat boxes based on a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.  Here's the link with the directions.  I happened to just get an order of plastic card boxes which came in really handy for these.  

I made a little card for each of the grandsons that fit perfectly inside with some Trick or Treat money.

The littlest with his first pumpkin.   

Some of our teachers have younger children who go another school in our district and they catch the bus from our site in the morning.  I made these little packets up for them because I knew they would have their costumes on this morning. So there was a little office trick or treating before school.

It rained in NJ today which put a bit of a damper on the festivities.  We still had a costume parade at school, but we had to uninvite the parents because the school just could not accommodate them all safely.  What a crazy afternoon with all the early pick-ups!

And our littles in their Halloween costumes today.  

This little guy looks so happy in his dragon costume but he's not feeling well.  He's got the coxsackie virus, poor baby.  And he's really feeling miserable.  They had visitors this weekend whose child was sick and didn't tell them.  So they're very sad that he's missing his first Halloween.  Our daughter said they're going to dress him in his costume next week and take him to the mall with a sign that says "Missed my first Halloween because I was sick."  

So just a little PSA for all of us - "Don't Kiss the Babies".  It's that season when all these viruses show up.  Coxsackie is easily spread to the littlest ones because they put everything in their mouth, but one of the most harmful is the RSV virus which is highly contagious and can be fatal to infants and the elderly.  Our older grandson had it when he was about 8 months old and wound up in the hospital and it was tortuous for him and his parents to have to have a tube inserted in his nose to drain the mucous.  Working in a school I feel that I am in a petrie dish of germs sometimes, but I am constantly washing my hands and making every effort to keep my hands away from my face.  And I don't go to work if I'm sick.  It really bothers me when people show up to work and tell you that they're sick.  

But I'll get off my soapbox now and hope that everyone had a great Halloween.  Tomorrow we start Chapter 11 of 12.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Cape May - Anniversary

Catching up with some events - we took a little trip to Cape May near our anniversary.  Did some shopping, some eating, and some sightseeing.

This is a quick picture of one of the storefront windows in the outdoor mall.  I can't remember for ceratin the name of those fuzzy brown stalks, I think it's ornamental millet, but they're pretty prevalent at this time of year in fall arrangements.

Yes, we had dessert first - Pumpkin/Cinnamon frozen custard.  Mainly because we were there first and weren't going to backtrack after lunch because finding parking at that time would be an adventure.

And lunch was at the Lobster House where we secured an outdoor table on the dock, HWNSNBP enjoying his pre-meal appetizer, oyster crackers and horseradish sauce.  

A view through the rail.

A quick stop at the lighthouse with a drive around that secluded area.

The purple martin houses were still up but the purple martins were gone for the year.

The last stop was back at the West End Garage antique mall.  This bouncing flying pig managed to follow us home.

Walking back to the card this driveway grate caught my eye...... did the bark on this sycamore tree.   

And a very fuzzy picture of the card I made for HWNSNBP.  

It's always a quick trip there and back, but always enjoyable.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Pink Christmas for the Cure - Jingle Belles

I haven't finished a Christmas card in quite a long time.  I've started a few, but my Christmas mojo has seemed to have lost its spark.  There are a few cards that I started over the last months that just didn't come together.  I'll get back to them.  But I couldn't go without taking part in the annual Jingle Belles Pink Christmas Challenge.  Our lovely hostesses Stephanie and Lauren each make a donation for each card posted to the challenge to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Kudos to them and kudos to all the participants for backing such a great cause. 

This lovely angel from Tutti Designs just arrived this week and I paired her with some white embossed snowflakes from Hero Arts and an SU sentiment.  She's die cut from some sparkly white paper on Pink Pirouette background.   

Our school wears pink on the third Wednesday in October in honor of two teachers that we lost to breast cancer and ovarian cancer.  We have a crab apple tree and a redbud tree planted in front of the school in their memory.   This was the message on my message board.

I'm heading over to the Jingle Belles to check out all the other Pink Christmas cards.  You can join me by clicking here.