Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Jingle Belles Header Inspired

Well, for the final Jingle Belles challenge of 2019 Lauren and Steph asked us to design our cards based on the beautiful header for their blog that Lauren designed.

So I took my inspiration from the deer, the lace, the doily, the snowflakes, and the frame.  My frame and snowflakes are a little inside out and my deer is a midget in comparison to the one on the header, but nonetheless cute.  I used the doily horizontally to make some snow mounds - there is one to the right of the tree it just doesn't show up too well in the photo.  I found some lace and added some gold ribbon to go with the deer antlers, the star on the tree, and the sentiment.  

My card base is Confetti White cardstock, all the rest is Whisper White.  I might just add some sequins or another snowflake on that hill, but for now I'm pretty please with the way they came out.  Oh, and as I've been trying to do throughout the year, I made two of this design.  

I have to thank Steph and Lauren for all the time and effort, AND all the love they put into this Christmas card challenge.  I know their time is precious and they give so much of it to the planning, creating their own cards, and commenting on everyone's cards.  And they do comment on every card.  I invite you all to click here to see all the wonderful contributions for this fortnight's challenge, and encourage you to leave a comment or two, or three.  

One last thing - Merry Christmas to all the Jingle Belles.  I hope to see you and create with you again next year.  Blessings to you all.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving.

Last Saturday I asked HWNSNBP to take a ride with me to the Dick Blick art store in Allentown, PA so I could see a paint pouring demo that they advertised in all their stores for that day.  It was a little over an hour each way, but he was game.  We asked SIRI for directions and she was sending us on a different route than what he wanted to take for the first leg.  The road he wanted to take is typically faster (less lights and exits) and would merge with the SIRI route anyway.  So on our way to this road SIRI kept telling us to "Return to the Route" instead of recalibrating.  In other words, she really wanted us to turn around.  We knew from other trip experience that once we were on that alternate road she would recalibrate, but as we approached the entrance to that road we could see that the traffic, on a Saturday mind you, was bumper to bumper as far as the eye could see in the direction that we would be going.  Obviously there was an accident holding everything up.  We didn't know how far down that road it was backed up but we knew we had to turn around and go back to SIRI's originally suggested route.  So 15 minutes was wasted on that.  

Once we got on that route we found the store with no problem, parked and walked in.  The demo was scheduled for 10 and we were late and I hoped that we hadn't missed it.  My hopes were dashed immediately upon entering the store as I could see that the time had been erased off their chalkboard and there wasn't anything set up.  HWNSNBP had followed me in and he wandered to the back of the store to find someone and they told him that they had cancelled the 10 o'clock demo because they were understaffed, but they would have staff there at 1 o'clock for the second one.  Well, there wasn't much chance of us sticking around for that, and we certainly weren't going to drive home and back in that time.  So, seeing how disappointed I was, HWNSNBP told me to do some Christmas Stocking (UP) shopping for myself, which I gladly did.  Gel pens, paint pens, Microns, narrow masking tape, Prismacolor pencils, and a bundle of canvases all magically made their way into my "stocking" basket. 

 I don't know when or if I'll get back there, but when I do go, I'm going to have to remember to bring my swatches/color charts.  I was fairly sure that the colors I used in the Thanksgiving card above weren't already in my collection and truthfully, I didn't have the idea to use them on this card until we were in the car on the way home.  I remembered this stamp that I had recently bought specifically because I had seen a sample of it colored with white pumpkins and that's the way these started.  But then I had the idea to add the teal and aqua to them and I really loved the way it came out.  

That's a very long story to explain the card, but behind it all is my gratefulness to my husband for indulging my artful whims.

And some more Thanksgiving cards for the grandsons.

With Thanksgiving foxes to put on the inside.

Hoping those of you who celebrate had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving.  And those of you who don't, I hope it was a terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

More Tag Make-Overs

This started wit a pack of tags from the $Tree.  I chose 4 and punched some holes in them with my crop-a-dile. 

Then I laid them side-by-side and attached them with plain tape.

I added another piece of tape on the inside of one end......

Folded that one in, and then folded over the other side to tape them together.

So now it stands on it's own.

I used the gold cord that came with the tags to tie the top together and managed to get a small bow.

And then I placed the whole thing over a battery operated tea light.   

These house tags were at the Dollar Spot at Target.  I trimmed the hanger part off of each one (where the chimneys are) and lined them up on a coordinating piece of scrapbook paper to make a Christmas card.  Another over-sized card, so another envelope will need to be made.  

I can make a couple more of these quick cards.  Any other ideas out there for using tags?

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

New Baby, New Grandparents

Our neighbor's daughter just had her first baby and made them grandparents for the first time.  They had a beautiful baby girl.  Just a couple of cards to congratulate the parents and new grandparents.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Get Well's Needed Again

Our future son-in-law's dad had surgery recently and this has been my GO TO card for a quick get well (especially for a guy).  Just a touch of humor to get them through it.  (Sorry it's so fuzzy.)

And for a couple of lady-friends with a personal note inside.  I have a small stack of stamped images that I'm slowly trying to color/watercolor/paint so I have them on hand and this pumpkin was perfect for this time of year.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Jingle Belles - Mittens, Scarves, and Sweaters

Sometimes you just don't know where or when inspiration will pop up.  I knew that the theme for this fortnight's Jingle Belle challenge was "winter wear" and in getting ready to make a trip to IKEA this past weekend, when I saw the mitten gift tags and this beautiful blue plaid wrapping paper on the website the idea bloomed.  Sort of.  The tags were only $.99 for a pkg. of 12 and the paper was a couple of bucks and that paper can be used year-round and not just for the holidays.  

But what to do with the mittens and how to hide the holes? So I came up with a mitten snowflake with some pom-pom snowballs.  It did turn out to be an oversized card measuring 6"x6" so I used some bristol board as my card base, and it will need an oversized envelope to go with it, but I do like the way it came out especially when I found just the right sentiment to add. 

And since I had 12 tags and that whole roll of paper I decided to make 2! (Should have gotten more tags!)

I picked up some different tags at both the Dollar Tree and Target recently and have ideas for them that I hope to share in the near future.  In the meantime, let me jump over to the Jingle Belles and see what other cozy winter garb is being featured.  You can join me by clicking here

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.