Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cold Toes

Well I'm officially cold! I'm setting in the floor covered up next to our fire. That's the only way I could get my toes warm. My card tonite is a little "thanks" that could be used for any occasion. Can't wait to start on the new card challenges for the week. My brain wasn't working tonite, so I figured I'd better wait till tomorrow.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Christmas in October

Today has been so beautiful. When I wake up early (which doesn't happen often) I feel like a day last 100 years and I enjoy every second of it (with a nap thrown in of course). I got up early for Church this morning and we had a wonderful service. There's nothing like a little country Church in the Fall. I decided this evening that I would try some recipes out of my new Amish cookbook. I made chicken chowder that was delicious, it was so creamy and a great dish for cooler days. I also made a pumpkin roll from scratch. They both turned out good and I was very tickled with myself. Still amazes me I can cook a little. Just shows ANYONE can learn to cook!
My craft tonite is a Christmas card. I like it because I didn't use traditional Christmas colors. It is simple, but that's why I like it. I have a million craft ideas in my head for the holidays, going to have to get to work!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lazy Saturday

I just love Saturday's when I don't have to work and know I'm also off on Sunday, it's so relaxing. I must be very relaxed, because I couldn't get my brain to work on scrapbooking tonite and my sewing machine is "I'm afraid" broke, just couldn't concentrate on fixing it. So I'm posting a birthday card I did a few days ago. I struggle with birthday cards, seems like they always end up primary colors. But it was cute, so I thought I'd post it.

If you don't have this months Creating Keepsakes magazine, go get it! Very good ideas and plenty of inspiration. Elizabeth Kartchner (SOY 2007) has an Q & A dedicated to blogging...she has a great blog, link's to your right if you want to visit. She has some great tips on blog headers. Hopefully after Church tomorrow I will get some scrapbooking done! Enjoy.

Friday, October 24, 2008

CPS Sketch

I made a card this evening for the CPS sketch this week ( I look at this blog often for inspiration and they have great card sketches to get your mind working! I hadn't intended for this card to match the sketch, but it just all fell into place. And it's suppose to start raining tomorrow with possible...can I say the word???? Snow! by Monday. I'm just not ready for that yet so my card is as bright and Summer themed as possible! Enjoy.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

2 Sketches 4 You

I've been a blogging slacker lately. I was so tired that I didn't even turn the computer on last nite...but I must be honest, I was tired from shopping. So don't feel too sorry for me. So tonite, I finished my 2 Sketches challenge for the week and also completed the bonus sketch challenge. My products I used were papers from DCWV, The Paper Studio and Making Memories, some great stickers from Karen Foster Designs, K & Co., and Doodlebug Designs, stamps from Autumn Leaves, and Stickles.

OK here's my take on the bonus sketch. I just love the little crow stamp from Autumn Leaves.

Now for a funny story. My little nephew Logan came down tonite to roast marshmallows. Well we decided to make some hotdogs also. While Matt was taking pictures of me and Logan roasting away, two little thieves stole our hotdog buns! Look in the left hand corner of the picture. That's my darling Gracie and baby Jake grabbing a quick snack! It was too funny. My doggies are always amazing me.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Quiet Sunday

Today I decided to work on a card before I had to get ready for work. Luckily I had already built the base of the card days ago and just couldn't figure out what to do with it. So I added some ribbon and flowers, a brad here and a brad there, and a stamped sentiment and guess what u get....a quickly thrown together card! But I figured I'd post it anyways. Can't wait for the new challenges going up this week at 2 Sketches 4 You and Cardalicious. And I absolutely have to work on an actual scrapbook page this week, I'm really letting this new card hobby get in the way!
It was very chilly today in Kentucky. I'm a warm weather person, so I hate the chill in the air. Hopefully it will warm up this week. I'm not ready for coats and gloves yet!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Creative Friday

I was a card-making machine tonite. Hubby is at work, house is clean, laundry is done, and I settled in for some much needed scrapping. Sure I make cards here and there, but tonite I really concentrated. I finished my tin challenge! So here's the finished product. It is a Christmas tag holder with tags included. Made it all with Hobby Lobby paper (who knew they had their own paper?), ribbon, Michaels $1 stamps, staples, Papertrey Ink stamps, and my trusty Cricut!

My next project was a Christmas card. I used some leftovers I had from past Christmas card kits to get the pretty snowflake. This card was very simple, but turned out pretty.

Now I couldn't scrap all winter and Christmas stuff. So here's a fun cheery card.
Have to work this weekend, so the creating will be on hold a couple of days!

Friday, October 17, 2008

2 Sketches 4 You

I found another blog challenge that looked so fun I had to try it. It is called 2 Sketches For You and there website is . They have some really neat card sketches and all you have to do is follow the pattern to enter the challenge. So I started out with an idea and totally changed my mind. That's the great thing about crafting, no rules. I'm also loving stitching with my sewing machine on new projects, my lines aren't perfect but that's the beauty of scrapping -you don't have to be perfect. Here's my first card. No clue why I made a baby girl card, can't remember the last time a friend had a little girl, they're always boys. But when the event happens I will be ready with cute card in hand.

My next card can be used for Christmas or just winter. I used my Papertrey Ink stamps...they are great because you build your snowman. This card is much prettier in person and refused to take a good picture because of all the shiny paper I used. So I scanned it. The little puffs aren't as puffy when you squish it with a scanner, but you get the picture!

Lastly, I will leave you with a picture of the scary pumpkins Matt and I carved this evening. It was a nasty day in Kentucky, rainy...but we are very thankful for any rain we can get. So we had fun carving our pumpkins on the porch. I carved a crow and Matt carved a goofy face. Enjoy!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Vacation's Over

Today wrapped up my vacation. I made several cards this evening. Guess I was getting in every last scrapping minute I could before going back to work. My first card was scraplifted from my "Cards, Gifts, and More" magazine. I usually don't like to copy someone's work, but I do think it's fun to learn new techniques that way and to get out of a scrapping slump. And I think no matter what you always personalize it in your own little way. I used my Cricut to make my ice cream cone for the card. My Cricut is by far the best scrapbooking tool I have. It does everything and I use it all the time.

My second card I love. I made the spider using my Cricut and sewed his web using my sewing machine. It had been so long since I used my sewing machine that I wasn't sure I remembered how. Must be like riding a bike, because it all came back after a few minutes. Hope you like them.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Beautiful Saturday

By the end of most of my vacations I need a vacation. Today I went and visited my dear friend who is having a baby boy and is due on October 31st. We had a wonderful visit, she insisted I bring my scrapbooks and we looked at a ton of pictures. Then hubby and I went to Natural Bridge, it is located in one of our state parks in Kentucky. It is a natural bridge on top of a mountain that links 2 mountains together. You ride a sky lift up to it and it was just beautiful today. The weather was perfect and the trees were beautiful.

And then when I got home I had another treat waiting on me in the mailbox. My Papercrafts magazine "Cards, Gifts, and More" that I won for WCMD had arrived.

It is loaded with inspiring creations. Teri Anderson, who's blog I won the magazine from, has several cards in it. The magazine had this great cupcake template that was too cute, so I decided to make a cupcake birthday card. It would have been prettier with glitter and more stamping, but I was just too sleepy! Hope you all had a wonderful Saturday! Enjoy.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Clean Sweep

OK, so cleaning and organizing isn't something I love to do. At least it was a rainy day and I didn't waste any "outside time" inside. We added some new cabinets and a shelf to my scrapbook room and rearranged everything. My problem is, I can't throw away any of my old scrapbook stuff. For example - this is a picture of my first punch I ever bought, probably around 1998 or 1999. I can't throw anything away, what if I need it or it would be the perfect embellishment for my page.

So there are no cards to post tonight, seeing that I wouldn't know where to start looking for my favorite supplies. I will leave you with one last picture. While I was cleaning I looked up, and Gracie (my schnoodle) was in the window. Not sure if she was trying to jump and get out of my mess or enjoying the fresh air:)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Love is in the air!

Tonight when I finally sit down in my scrapbook room I got my Christmas paper out and was ready to kick off the least I thought I was ready - but to my surprise I picked Valentine's Day instead of Christmas! I must be feeling the love, because I made 2 "love" cards. And I also got a little treat today. Many scrapping bloggers were giving away a special issue of Paper Crafts magazine for WCMD called "Card, Gifts, and More." Well guess what, I won an issue! Head on over and check out Teri's great blog where I won my issue Hope you enjoy my cards tonight!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sweet Vacation

Well this week I am on vacation and have plans! And guess what they are? To redo my scrapbook room! OK so I am a messy scrapper, terribly messy. The rest of my house is picture perfect, but as soon as company comes my hubby runs to shut my scrapbook room's door. So we took a trip to Lowes today and are ready to get to work this week. So before I have to start organizing I thought I would post 2 cards, they were pretty simple but cute. I'm also posting a picture of the cutest little baby deer that was in our goat pasture today. I think it thinks it's a goat:) I have seen it there before and was planning to go looking for it, but it found me first. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

World Card Making Day

Happy World Card Making Day! This event has been really fun for me this year. I have a friend who has never tried card making, so I bought her a little card starter kit and we made some cards and had a good time. I'm still loving the felt. Not sure how many more things I can think of to make with it though! I've glued, sewed, inked, cut, and I'm about out of ideas! The cards I'm posting tonight are in honor of WCMD. My favorite - the skull card! It's just so different and I love the Love Elsie line of products and a pink skull is just too cute. Hope you enjoy them. Introduce someone to card making this week, they just might love it!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Happy Shopping

Today my hubby and I were going to a local festival "Apple Days" when he asked a dangerous you want to go to the hobby lobby (craft store). Well Apple Days was all but forgotten and I had a wonderful time buying all kinds of fun scrapbook and card making supplies. Guess that was my treat for World Card Making Day! So in honor of the event I made 3 cards tonight. 2 using felt, yes - it's just so easy I love the stuff. Got a great Fiskars scallop punch today, I just can't get enough of scallops. But I have to be honest. These last few months I have been neglecting my scrapbooking, so I've gotta start catching up on my pages soon. Guess I'll have to balance 2 hobbies now. So in honor of World Card Making Day I challenge you to make a card, any kind of card, whether you're crafty or might just find a new hobby that you love. And I just want to thank everyone for feedback on the stuff I make, I love hearing what everyone thinks:)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Felt Fun

Today was just beautiful. I had a wonderful time at the barn, spending time with the animals. Sammy our baby pony was just adorable today. He is getting a little chubby. The sky was so blue with a few puffy clouds lazily passing by, just lovely. It was a great day to be in Kentucky.

I've been working on a challenge on Melissa Phillips blog using felt. Who knew Wal-Mart even sold felt. Well I love it. You can make anything with felt, it's sturdy enough to sew and paint. I made 2 cards, one using a traced leaf made of felt that I stitched and embellished. The second card has Heidi Swapp felt butterflies attached. There are ideas brewing in my mind of felt Christmas trees!

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