Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so many things for which to be thankful. My wonderful family, being able to provide for them, and my good health, are just a few of my blessings. I am especially grateful that our son Scott will be coming from Pittsburgh. All of my boys will be home.

I will be working on Thanksgiving, so my sister will be hosting this year. I am making cranberry-applesauce, sweet potato rolls, and four pumpkin pies. These are all things that are easily made ahead and will be brought by my family. I will meet them there after work.

I decided to make these cute little favors for my sister's table. They are super easy and quick to make. You could easily make these, or have your children make these if they need a little project tomorrow. ;)

I used tea lights by Mainstays from Walmart. They come 30 to a box and are available in many different colors and scents. Mine are Mulled Cider. I cut Haiku DSP from SU! into 1/2 " by 5" strips, and adhered these around tea lights. Then I took a cordinating card stock color and punched a scallop to form the base. Very simple, and I think they will look nice at each place setting. Then the guests can take them home as a little reminder of our meal and good times shared together.

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and may we all be truly grateful for our many blessings!

Stamps: None
Ink: None
Paper: Haiku DSP, Old Olive, More Mustard, Tangerine Tango, all by SU!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Frosty Snowman

Last week I traveled out to DeKalb to my friend Patti's house for a Close To My Heart gathering. I met Patti and another stamping friend, Priscilla, and we went out to dinner. Then it was back to Patti's house for a fun evening of stamping. Our friend Amy is a CTMH consultant and she did a great job.

This is one of the cards we got to make and it uses the Stamp of the Month. I got him for free with my qualifying purchase. They have some very cute stamps, especially if you are a scrapbooker, which I hope to be. I have very few pages made, but I have 27+ years of photos to scrapbook! Yikes! Of course, I will not scrap them all, but I would like to get several albums done. When they are just in boxes or plain photo albums with no journaling, much is lost. The last time my oldest was home, we were going through an album and I was surprised at all of the things I thought he knew, but didn't. If I could scrap and journal, the information would be there. I have many, many photos from my folks, and Wayne's folks, that we just don't know anything about, and there is no one to ask. So sad.

Well, enough of my espousing the virtues of scrapbooking! I can't tell you too much about the card, other than it uses CTMH papers. They have a white core, so we created the striped look by scoring the paper and then sanding to expose the white. I like the look. I added some glitter gel pen to the hat and scarf when I got home. This guy makes me happy! I'm glad he'll becoming to my house!

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: CTMH, November Stamp of the Month Decked Out and CTMH alphabet (sorry, I don't know the name)
Ink: CTMH black
Paper: CTMH
Extras: Narrow white grosgrain ribbon, Sakura glitter pen

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy Birthday to Mark

Mark turned 18 last month and this is the card I made for him. I used a retired SU set called Country Pleasures.It's a fun one to watercolor. After I colored the image, I sponged a little Antique Linen Distress ink to age it a bit.

I used an old SU DSP too, called Four Seasons. The backgrounds were made using Print Pattern and Cheesecloth, both by SU.

I hope you enjoy my fall creation. It's a beautiful, sunny,crisp autumn day here in Northern Illinois. Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Country Pleasures, Print Pattern, Cheesecloth, On Your Birthday, all by SU!
Ink: Stazon Black, Versamark, Antique Linen
Paper: Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Confetti Cream, Four Seasons DSP by SU!
Extras: brads

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Oldie but Goodie

I made this card several years ago for my display board when I first started as a demonstrator. It is a CASE straight from the catalog. I found it recently while organizing my craft room, and I think it is a lovely design. It features a favorite of mine; a retired set called Fantastic Foliage.

I gold embossed the leaves, watercolored them, and cut them out. They are popped up on dimensional tape. The gold cord is a product called Kreinik Blending Filament. It is very fine and adds a lovely, delicate feel. It can be purchased at a needlework store.

I hope you enjoy this blast from the past. ;)
Have a lovely evening, and thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Fantastic Foliage and Elegant Greetings, both SU retired.
Ink: Old Olive, Encore Gold, Versamark
Paper: Vanilla, Mellow Moss, Old Olive
Extras: Gold EP, Gold Kreinik Blending Filament, Dimensionals

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fisherman Birthday

Our neighbors, George and Karen, have become good friends over the years we have lived here. George is the neighbor who took my boys fishing at a lodge in Canada last year. He celebrated a birthday last month. He loves to fish and he collects antique fishing lures, so I thought he would enjoy this card.

I stamped the background stamp in Black Stazon and watercolored it using an aqua pen and markers. I like to use this method because it is very portable. In fact, I colored this in the car on a trip to see my son at school. Don't worry, I wasn't driving. ;) I take my markers, my aqua pen and a small plastic pallete, such as a margarine tub lid. Then I scribble on the pallet with my markers and pick up the color with the aqua pen. The pallet can be saved, and even if the colors dry on the pallet, you are still ready to go. One year I watercolored about 80 Christmas cards while waiting in the car to pick up my kids. I just left the project in my car and every time I found myself waiting, I worked on them.

This card is pretty simple. I did sponge over the whole thing with distress ink to tone down the bright colors of the lures.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend. We are having quite mild temperatures here today, in the 60's. Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Sincere Salutations,SU and Judi-Kins (lure backgound)
Ink: Various SU markers, Tim Holtz Distress ink in Antique Linen, Stazon Black
Paper: Confetti Cream, Old Olive, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy
Extras: Nestabilitiy Oval dies, brads