Thursday, November 20, 2014

Seize the Birthday ~ Leaves

 Seize the Birthday has a new challenge up!
It's all about leaves if you are into the "toppings" for the cake!!
If not, then as usual ANYTHING GOES!
 I have an aunt who has a fall birthday, so I think she will like this card with all the pretty leaves.


MFT: Fall Foliage, Verve: Happiness Found
        PTI inks, PTI birthday die cut and Keep it Simple:  Happy Birthday
I hope you will join us in this challenge and are inspired by all the awesome cards from the design team...go check them out!
Heart Hugs!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Stamping Ombre Backgrounds ~ MIM

I couldn't sleep...probably too excited about my trip to Hawaii and thinking of all the things I still need to I got up and played!
I used a striped stamp from Note Niblets to make my ombre background.  I started with sweet blush,  then moved on to hibiscus burst, raspberry fizz, pure poppy and ended with scarlet jewel, but then I stamped it again and again going from dark back to light and light back to you get what I mean?
My "merry" was cut three times and adhered together for dimension.  "& Bright" is from Holiday Cheer and the holly leaves are from Holly Jolly.
Oh, it felt good getting inky again, it has been awhile.
Okay, I best climb back to bed and get some shut eye, I have Bible Study in the morning...I need to be alert for discussion!
Heart hugs!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sqealing with excitment!!

Do you see that I only have five days until I leave for Hawaii with my BFF, Linda!  YES, we are both so excited for this trip!
I have been absent from blogging as I have been decorating my house for Christmas! 
I know, already, right?
Here's the thing, my house is going to be one of four homes on a Christmas Tour of Homes on December 7.
I am gone for a week to Hawaii...I certainly cannot leave everything to the last minute (I am NOT like my DH!).
So I have been making "snowballs", ornaments with torn muslin, a "believe" banner, painting Michael's "charger" plates with chalkboard paint so I can write a Christmas greeting on them and hang them on two doors in my kitchen, and decorating more rooms than I normally do just for this occasion!
And that is NOT to mention making over 200 Swedish meatballs and some biscottis!  My husband bought a big tin of Danish cookies from Costco so that I wouldn't be doing more baking!
And even though we have lived in this house for 5 years now, there were "unfinished" parts of the house...I gave my DH plenty of warning though...a whole YEAR!
Of course his MO is leave everything to the last minute, I am to trust that he will get it all done!
We have crown molding that needs to be painted and then put up and the painter finally showed up last night at 6 PM...he promises to be back today!
There are some lighting fixtures that need to be hung and electrical that needs to be fixed because for some reason it is NOT working...little things but those million little things add up to a lot (IMHO) so I get stressed!  Yesterday DH told me to just stay in Hawaii and come back in December...ha I could give up that much control!!  Not that I wouldn't mind staying longer in younger daughter and her family are heading over on Nov 26...but that is a stretch of 5 days between the time I should leave and the time she arrives....and I would miss our family Thanksgiving dinner which we are having on the 23rd...
so for now...I plug away with decorating and cooking, not much time to just sit and play...that will come later...after Dec 7!
I will take some pictures and show you the rooms and also the little "token" gift that each person will take home with them!
I promise I have NOT been idling sitting eating bon bons and watching soaps!!  ha ha!!
snowballs made from Styrofoam balls...they really do look real!

Guest Bedroom "Teddy Bear" Tree

2 of the 7 alcoves above my kitchen counters
We had to title our "HOME"...My theme is "Believe in the Magic"
More pictures to come later....
thanks for stopping by even if I don't have a card craft...lots of Christmas crafts!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Seize the Birthday "Orange"

How about a Fall color card for our challenge topping this time?
Go check out Seize the Birthday
and see what the design team has made for your inspiration.
Our Topping which is optional is the color "orange"
WPlus9: Small Butterfly Frame and Pretty Little Peonies
Thank you for playing along with us!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Very Trendy Holiday ~ Nordic Style

Lucky for me I had some Basic Grey "Nordic holiday" paper pad!!
I used a piece of it for the background!
This is another card for Stamp Nation's "A Very Trendy Holiday" is much information and wonderful inspiration!  Lots of videos and tutorials too!
You can go HERE to Catherine Pooler's blog and check it out!  
stamps:  PTI: Scent imentals
die:  PTI Wonderful Words:  Holiday

A Very Trendy Holiday ~ Woodland Animals

I just think these little "critters" are so cute from Lawn Fawn, and after taking the Online copic class, I can do a better job of coloring them, so I pulled out this "Winter Bunny" on the sled and have him heading down the slope!
This card is for a Stamp Nation class:  A Very Trendy Holiday!
stamps:  Lawn Fawn:  Winter Bunny, Lil' Inkers:  Holly Jolly Sentiment set
dies: PTI: Tinsel and Tags, In the Meadow Die collection
Paper:  Lawn Fawn: Snow Day, PTI Aqua Mist

Monday, October 27, 2014

Merry Monday and Make It Monday

Make It Monday has a video showing partial stamping on a die cut.  And I was able to combine this with the Merry Monday Challenge which is snowflakes with dry embossing and neutral colors. Yeah, I love it when it works out like that!
stamps:  All PTI:  In the Meadow, Peace be Still
die:  Wonderful Words:  Snow, Half & Half
inks:  fine linen, kraft, chocolate brown
Twinery twine, PTI vellum

Thanks for taking a look...hope you all have a fabulous week!
Heart Hugs!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Very Trendy Holiday ~ using Metallics

My metallic is the Liquid Platinum EP by Rangers...
I sponged on some Distress Ink for the sky, then because I forgot I wanted to add stars, I added them afterwards and it actually worked out okay (phew!)
That cute little tree and sentiment are from Paper Smooches "Merry Motifs" I colored the tree with copics.

October Blog Hop

Today is the day for the PTI Blog Hop
You get to select the color recipe of your choice to make your holiday card.

I kept mine pretty simple with lots of white.
Stamps:  Holiday Cheer
Dies:  One liners Collection
I spent most of the day in the gym watching Lily's VB end of season tournament.  They played for the championship and sadly lost, but it was a very close game!

A Very Trendy Holiday Geometric Style!

This time I was inspired by Tracey from In My Creative Opinion
I used the PTI Autumn Pattern Pieces in pure poppy and new leaf and added a strip of the same paper to the top and bottom.  Pretty simple and easy!
Thanks for the inspiration Tracey!

Heart Hugs friends!