Tuesday, September 19, 2017

RRCB71 & Sketch #230

 Goodness gracious!  I am on overload joy mode.   I have you all to thank for that.  What a wonderful surprise to have gained the trust of a few more followers.  Image result for thank you minion
 Also, it is extra special because it's my son's 24th birthday🎂  today.  I posted a few days back the card I made for him and an amazing photo of him.  You can see it here Xavier's Birthday Card/photo.
  Well now I will try and keep this short and sweet, because I'm not
sure when the kiddos will roll in. This is a card I made for the challenges at: 
I used a stampin up set from 1998 but I'm not sure the name.  I bought it at a consignment shop and there are only two stamps in it.  I used my markers to color it in and then cut it out.  I didn't follow the sketch exactly because I ended up putting my sentiment on the strip that goes across the card instead of on top.  The moose is a punch that I punched multiple times and then glued them on top of each other to give it some dimension. I think it worked lovely.  
Of course true to myself after the picture was taken, I thought DRATS!  I should of used my clear wink of stella on the water to give it that "sparkly" look.  Next time.😉
I also added a few pictures of my hound.  I had a lovely comment in regards to his picture on the side.  Yes Hunter (HP) is a pure bred English Springer Spaniel.  He is 6 years old and the sweetest hyper hound you ever did see.  I should share more pictures of him.  He's got the funniest personality with a hint of sass.   He loves to watch the yard for squirrels, birds, hawks, ground hogs, eagles, turtles, mice.. you name it we have it here.. hence the pictures I share frequently.. Perks of living next to a junk yard. haha.  Any ways HP is a sweetheart.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Easy as 1, 2, 3 Card Challenge ~ Falling

Up first, BIG NEWS... I have one more follower.
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That MADE my day 💛
Now for the card I made for the Cards In Envy Challenge (easy as 1, 2, 3)   I thought how appropriate I  would use 3 leaves, and then place  them facing down in a "falling" sort of way which tied into the sentiment.  The stamp set is from Close to my heart>Many Thanks.  I've used this one quite a bit recently.  I like the whimsical leaves.  I think they stamp well and look delightful.  If you take a look around my blog you will see a few different ways I've used them, and also see my other projects and pictures.  I'd really appreciate it if you would click that blue button in the left hand column to follow my blog.
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HSS Inspiration Challenge #272 & PP362

 Here is the card I made this morning for the challenges at:
I thought they worked well together.  As did all three stamp sets that I used.   First up I used the Perk Up from a.muse studio.  I'm not a coffee drinker so I pretend it's hot chocolate.  I've been trying hot tea, but all I do is frown when I drink it, so I'm thinking that is not good for the wrinkles on my forehead.  Perhaps I just don't like warm drinks. haha.. oh my silly life.. next stamp set is from, close to my heart, Many thanks and that was the leaves and the sentiment.  For the sweet steam I used my favorite Scentsational Season from stampin up.  Love this cute little retired set.  Any ways I had to do some fussy cutting as usual, so my eyes are a bit blurry for Bible study time now, but I'm hoping they clear up.   
I've also included a picture of a blue jay that was visiting my yard.  I think they are spectacular in color and the way this one is perched on the fence it looks like he is wearing earmuffs.  😊
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Addicted to CAS Challenge #120 - Florals

Hi Folks.  Card number 3 today goes to Addicted To CAS challenge Blog
I am really enjoying the practice of leaving white space on the card.  Today we are challenged to use flowers and I thought I'd take a chance with it in "fall fashion"  being I chose festive fall colors, oranges, yellows, and a soft green.  And once again, for such a simple card I went through many trial and errors.  My gosh I must be an unusually messy stamper, every time I was almost done, a smudge, an ink spot, a wrinkled side or perhaps my cutter blade needs replacement.  Goodness gracious! So about round 8 I finally got a nice clean take on it.
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CCC #21~Scentsational Season Christmas

Card number 2 today I made for the Christmas Card Challenge Blog
The closest stamp set I could find in my stash that somewhat resembled cookies was my stampin up Scentsational Season.  I thought the images looked like lovely little cut outs. Which is exactly what I did using the matching dies.. I actually cut a couple of each one to add some extra demension to the card.  I then found the ric rack ribbon to "tie" it all together.  I think it matches the gingerbread man's icing lovely.  
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CAS Game #99 - Autumn Colours & SCS

Well today I will be posting a few times.    So please come back to check out my other cards too.  Up first is the card I made this morning for the challenge at: AAA Cards
We are suppose to use autumn colors, so I stuck with brown and gold.  It was actually yellow and orange but after a bit of water coloring it turned into gold.. so I just went with it.  
I thought the verse worked lovely for a sentiment, plus it doubles as my SCS (Scripture Card Sunday) post which I like to try and stick to.  
Goodness the designers are so talented at keeping that white space while making their cards look spectacular.. You must check it out.
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Friday, September 15, 2017

CTS #239 & #tgifc125~ Trains

I made this card for my son.  On Sept. 19th he will be 24 years old.  My gosh I can't believe that.    He has loved trains since he was a young boy.  He use to love to watch Thomas the train.  We lived right next to the tracks when he was small, and I do mean right next maybe about 15 feet away from the house.  Now we live next to a train yard, so he's always had trains in his life.   Now my 24 year old rides BMX while working full time.  I'll include one of my all time favorite pictures of him.  It was just taken this past August.  After a long spring/summer not being able to ride, because of a smashed hand, he got the pins out of his hand and got out of his cast. So this picture was the perfect reminder of God's faithful promise to him to bike again. Just  spectacular! Proud Mama.  
Now onto my card.  I combined two challenges:

I used the train from my Jim Holtz  Here and There stamp set. I thought it tied in perfectly with the challenges today.  I took a few different pictures of the card so you could see some of the details, like the embossed background and twine.  The sentiment is a lovely die from Lawn Fawn.  I layered it with black underneath so it looked like a shadow peaking through.
Next up is my little rascal squirrel, at least today he is not eating my sunflowers. 
Lastly my sweet daughter picked up this treat for me today, and she searched for one with the "sweet" sentiment on it.  How cute is that? "Life is tough, but so are you"  Makes my heart happy that she thinks I'm tough 💗
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Thursday, September 14, 2017


Gosh, how can one (myself) wrestle so much with such a simple sketch design.  I mean HOLY SMOKES.. I tried and tried, and this is finally what I came up with for the challenge at: Freshly Made Sketches
I love playing along here, they always have unique designs.   This one just had me stumped.  Then after I stamped the orange and yellow decorative strips I cut them out short, put them too low on the card, and at this point I went into my "whatever, roll with it" attitude.  so just stamped a bigger leaf to take up the slack on top, and a smaller leaf for the bottom.  
I also included a few pictures of my yard, since a few of the trees are starting to change colors already. 
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#tgifc124~Thankful Forest Friends

I decided to do a very simple take on the sketch at: TGIF Challenges
I am always trying to improve my game with the less is more concept. (if you check out my other cards, especially  my Neighborhood Card you wouldn't think so.)  Anyways  I used very limited layers with today's card, stuck with one color (mostly) and no embellishments.  I think the postal service will appreciate my effort.  wink wink. Seems like all my cards need at least 2 -3 stamps just to send.  So working on making a few flat cards.  I used my Thankful Forest Friends stamp set from stampin up and my thankful mice from lawn fawn. I think the two worked lovely together. 
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Week 266: CAKE

Today we had a beautiful sunrise here in WI.  I just love mornings.  I use to love to get up by 3am and get a going biking, running, walking, but then life happened and now I can't really get going until about 9:30.. but still mornings are so peaceful.  I'll share a few pictures from this morning's sunrise it was about 6:45 on the porch, while getting ready to make  my card.  But across the four lanes of traffic and behind the neighbor's house the big beauty arose with all it's golden glory,  it just made me smile, and wish I could be outside. 

I made this very simple card for the theme at: Casology
This is an older retired stampin up set, Crazy for Cupcakes along with Close to My heart, Happy Birthday sentiment.  The amount of tries for this card is ridiculous.  I mean I smudged a corner on one, then the sentiment I placed in the lower left corner, before realizing it would look marvelous right next to the cake stand.  Then I had it in black and finally decided a nice deep gray worked lovely.  So simple is so not "simple" for me, but I do really like how it turned out.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #420 & Challenge 23 ~Neighborhood

Well I must say this one takes the cake in terms of fussy cutting.   I'm not complaining,  I enjoy it, even though my eyes get blurry, It keeps my mind busy.     I made this card for two challenges that complimented each other well.
Our theme for the new challenge is

"Create a Scene"
"Create a Scene" is exactly what I did.  A lovely family returning home from a stroll in the neighborhood.  The little brother and sister run up the house steps as mom and dad tag behind pushing the baby carriage.  Only thing missing here is a fire hydrant on the street corner.  Gosh it was fun making this card.
I also am happy to say I've added a few more badges to my blog.  YAY!! that is so exciting to me.  I hope you'll check them out on the side bar or click on top for the commended cards. 
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Sunday, September 10, 2017


 Today I had the task of making a sympathy card (again).  I'm not very good with these cards.  So I just kept it very simple.  It breaks my heart to have to make them.  I know that it is part of life, it just makes me realize how fragile life truly is, and that each moment is a blessing. 

I also used this great sentiment.  I think it works lovely for my SCS (Scripture Card Sunday) post, being that Faith is all about trust.  Believing God will work all things out for good.  No matter what the circumstances. We have that promise from God.  It might not be what we wanted or expected, but it's all working out for His glory and our good.   I have struggled with that in my life, especially since my surgery and spinal shots. I guess that's where the rubber meets the road in our faith journey.. Just keep believing and praying. 
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Saturday, September 9, 2017

TTTC014 & FMS304 Festival of Trees and Lots of Joy

 Gosh this dizziness I've been experiencing with aching teeth..IS NOT going away! grrr.  There complaint out of the way and onto some fun stuff.
The card I made today is for the challenges At: 
I chose the left column down.  My acetate paper had gold dots.. Yay.  Now I just had to find a way to incorporate it into a card.  So I chose just a strip of it to reflect the sketch drawing at Freshly made sketches.  I used a Christmas theme and gave some dimension to the card by popping up the lower tree and accenting the card with a bow.  The sentiment is stamped on the inside of the card, but peaks through the acetate sheet lovely.  I am pleased with the overall finished product.  Not something I usually would do for Christmas.. with the polka dots, but it came together nicely.
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