Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cards for Soldiers Christmas Part 2

Hello bloggers,

Today I had 6 lovely ladies over to my house and we cranked out 40 christmas cards to be sent to the soldiers so they can send handmade cards to their loved ones at home. 

We always have a nice time.  I'm always amazed that whichever ladies are able to come to any given event, everyone seems to get along so well and enjoy each others company.  I love watching people make new friends!

Today is also Halloween and I had some interesting observations this year.  For one, I was surprised that one boy came in a group, looked at the 6 varieties of full sized candy bars I was giving away and said he didn't like any of them and chose not to take any.  I thought - hasn't that kid heard of trading???  I also had a teenage couple show up.  Yup boy and girl - clearly a couple and not brother - sister and thought to myself - hmmm, when did trick or treating become a date night activity?  They were not with another group - nope - just the two of them.  And lastly, it was cold tonight and many of my trick or treaters arrived in my driveway via a warm van.  Yup, no walking the mile around the neighborhood for them.  Door to door service via mom.  Times a changing - I better get used to it.  I was tempted to say to my husband 'back when we were kids.....' but I caught myself.  Don't want to seem like an old lady!

Anyway, on to the cards.  We made 4 different designs today.  The snowflake and ornament card were much quicker than the whimsical santa and bird in the holly bush, but we got em done, sometimes with a little help from the friend next to us!

Which is your favorite?  Also, all of these cards will be posted soon on my etsy site for purchase.  You can buy single cards or groups of 5 or 10.  I'll include more details about my etsy shop in future posts.

Bird in Holly Bush:  PTI stamp set (very merry christmas), red stickles for the holly berries, real red satin ribbon (SU), Real Red CS, Garden Green CS, Very Vanilla CS, Espresso CS,  Espresso ink, garden green ink, Nesties die.
Blue Snowflake:  A*Muse Snowflake, A*Muse sentiment, paper piercing, SU bashful blue CS, SU bashful blue ink, gemstones, SU bashful blue DSP, SU bashful blue grosgrain ribbon.
Whimsical Santa:  PTI stamp set (Tiny Treats Christmas), Red Gingham A*Muse paper, SU Real Red CS, PTI die spiral notebook page, SU punch, Red Bakers Twine, copics, spica pens, frosted lace stickles
Pink Ornaments:  SU cute christmas stamp set, SU pink pirouette CS, SU baja breeze CS, SU Whisper White CS, SU cute christmas DSP, distressing tool, SU Baja Breeze ribbon, SU tag punch, PTI twine, copics.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

BC175 - Halloween

Hello bloggers,

I am a day late on my bloggers challenge today, but better late than never!  Our challenge this week was halloween, so I had this card I made a while ago that I decided to post.  I am feeling terribly guilty that this is not a brand new card - made fresh for all of you this week - but - some weeks we don't get to do all that we planned and this one was one of those.  But rather than not posting at all, I decided to post this card that I have in 'inventory!'  Yes, I made it and yes it is halloween, so yes, it works for this weeks bloggers challenge!

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Recipe: pumpkins made with pumpkin pie SU paper cut from oval punch.  Stems stamped on garden green with rose stamp (leaves only) and then fancy cut out.  Sentiment from teeny tiny wishes (SU) layered on modern punch cutout, whisper white paper punched with martha stewart punch and ribbon from SU (retired.)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cards for Soldiers Christmas Part 1

Happy Thursday Bloggers.  It is a warm, humid day here and I don't want to go and blowdry my hair.  I'm sure as soon as I'm done, it will wilt in this weather.  I think it will be like 75 degrees here.  I am not a fan.  I want nice dry, fall weather to finish the boys soccer season.  Today I work the concession stand.  I don't think we'll be selling a lot of hot chocolate!!!  It feels weird posting Christmas cards when the temperature is so warm, BUT, it is coming so time to get busy. 

The deadline for cards for soldiers in Nov 1st for Christmas and the other religious holidays in Dec/January.  Since I figure they will want a lot of christmas cards, I planned two workshops for this.  The first workshop was Sunday October 24th.  Below are the cards we made at that one.

I have another workshop this Sunday (October 31st) and I'm busy designing a new set of Christmas cards for that get together.  I have a nice snowflake design already done and I'm playing with a different tree/bird combination and cute Santa one.  We should have some fun ones to make.  Watch the blog next week for those.  And also, I plan to post all of these on my etsy shop for single or multiple purchase.   

I'm being lazy today and have not included the recipes for any of these cards.  If you want to know about any of them, leave me a comment or send me an e-mail.  I'll be happy to give you the details.  The tree and gingerbread house are A*Muse.  The mittens and beaver are Stampin up.  That gives a little clue!

Friday, October 22, 2010

BC174 - Birds - Reuse or Recycle

Happy Friday,
Today's bloggers challenge is to make a card reusing something or recycling something.  I had my beautiful Lang calendar off the wall this week to update our schedule with some activities coming up and was inspired to use some of the previous months pictures in my recycle card.  I took my sketch inspiration from the crafting magazine CARDS.  The sketch inspiration had several 1 1/2 inch square images on the front of a card with stitching, so VOILA, my card came together quickly.  I cut out the month of April and took several of the little birds in the calendar picture and pulled it together.  Thanks so much for looking and leaving comments.  Enjoy!

Images: 'The Lang Songbird 2010 calendar' featuring the artwork of Susan Bourdet.
Card Stock:  SU Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Soft Suede
Cut outs:  Bird punch from SU (branches only)
Sentiment:  SU Teeny Tiny Wishes, Birthday Hugs and Wishes (SU retired)

Friday, October 15, 2010

BC 173 - Hello Pumpkin

Hi blogger friends,
I'm so glad you are visiting my blog today.  I love seeing people visit so I'm glad you came by today.  Phew, it's been a super busy week.  I'm glad it's Friday.  I have a ton of stuff going on at work and am working longer hours.  I forgot how much I dislike being 'out of balance.'  Laundry is piling up, pantry is getting empty, dogs are lonely - if you've been there, you know what I mean.

But I did find time to get my blogger challenge done.  Lucky for me, the color scheme challenge (use orange, white and black) lined up perfectly with my ATC card project that I needed to complete for Sunday.  Some of you are probably saying 'what is ATC.'  It stands for Artist Trading Card.  It's an artistic expression that fits on a 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 card.  You can do pretty much any media with ATC.  As a stamper, I go for the paper/card/ink format, but people do all kinds of neat things.  My ATC is for an A*Muse get together on Sunday at Ink About It.  We needed to use an A*Muse image and since it's fall, I thought I'd use my 'hello pumpkin' sentiment with my mouse in a pumpkin image.  I don't brag much about my work, but I think this is STINKIN  CUTE.  More because the images are darling than anything else but I just think he's the cutest darn thing.  So, anyway, that's my post today.  Oh, and speaking of stinkin cute, I'll brag on my family too.  Attached is a photo of us at the Topsfield Fair last weekend.  We are all being goofy with silly hats and all.  Fun.

 Sarah and Eric.  Love that he is MAN enough to wear a pink cowboy hat that lights up. 

 The crowd.  Dear Husband Bob, Brother Chris, Mother Donna, Daughter Sarah, Son Eric, Stepfather Peter.

 Yum, fair food.  Fried Dough for Eric and Candy Apple for my mother.

 My mom and brother Chris.  Smile Chris!

Friday, October 8, 2010

BC 172 Garden Girl with cork

Good morning bloggers.  Are you starting to notice shorter days and cooler air where you live?  It's definitely fall in New England and I'm trying to enjoy every moment.  Winter will be here before we know it so I'm trying to savor the last bits of nice weather.  Do you love stamping more in the fall/winter?  I think I do.  I spend more time inside and I am finding that whenever I have free time I'm heading down to the craft area.

For today's post, I have a bloggers sketch challenge to share with you.  My friend Kimberly has a great selection of my favorite things images and when I saw her last month, she stamped a few of them for me.  I decided to use the garden girl image for my card today.  This card will go to my niece Hannah for her 9th birthday.  I can't believe she is getting so grown up.  Pretty soon these cute images won't cut it and I'll have to venture into more grown up cards for her!

I had fun playing with my new cork paper.  Yes, it's cork - very thin and easy to cut.  Very fun and interesting. 

Card supplies:
Image:  MFT Garden Girl
Paper: A*Muse pink and pink gingham and cork
Accessories:  Button, copic markers

Friday, October 1, 2010

BC171 Bloggers Challenge Anniversary

Happy Friday Bloggers!  Are you doing anything fun or special this weekend?  I am!  There is a fabulous Christian Bible Teacher called Beth Moore who is in MA this weekend for a conference.  A bunch of us from my church are going.  I am actually going to be a volunteer at the event so I will get front row seating and an opportunity to help with the event.  Surprisingly I actually prefer to help than just attend.  I'm not sure why that is, but I just do!  The only down side is that we have to be there early on Friday and Saturday.  Since the event starts at 7:00 on Friday, I will leave work early to be there for 4:30.  On Saturday, being early means being there at 7am.  Hopefully they'll have coffee.

Anyway, it's been a busy (but fun) week and I'm so glad that the bloggers challenge post this week is for a card I had already just made.  Sometimes life works out!  The challenge this week is anniversary and Bob and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday so here is the card I made for him.  If you want to see photos of us through the years look at Wednesdays post.  It's chock full of photos (one for every 5 years of marriage!)

For this card, I decided to go with the sunshine theme.  I also used my new Sew Mini sewing machine for the first time.  To make this, I used the circle nestie to get a big circle and then just cut out squares (and then triangles) to make the edges of the sun.  I used summer sun and a great DSP (retired) with summer sun & chocolate chip.  I had a few summer sun corduroy buttons left over from last years goodies and added in a nice brown gingham to round it out.  The sentiment is a new favorite of mine from PTI.  I love the bold script and the sentiment is just my thoughts exactly.  I also could have done my A*Muse 'you are my sunshine' but for my hubby, this seemed a little more classy and fitting for the 25th anniversary.

I hope I get a little smoother with my sewing with experience.  It's not awful, but I think I can do better next time.  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving a love note!