Sunday, October 27, 2013

Taylored Expression Fall Fun Card & getting ready for our house warming party...

Hi friends,

We have had a beautiful October here in New England.  We've had mostly sunny days with cool temperatures in the mornings and evenings and warm sunshine during the afternoon.  This past week it got close to freezing but my flowers are still alive so we have yet to have a killing frost yet.

So I've been inspired to keep using my Taylored Expressions stamp set 'Bushel and Peck' to make cards reflective of the fall beauty.

I wanted to create a clean and simple image where the pumpkins were sitting inside a pile of leaves so I used a masking technique to achieve this.  It's so easy.  I stamped the pumpkin image on the cream card stock, then stamped the pumpkin image again on a post it note pad.  Then I cut the edges of the pumpkin image from the post it note and adhered it (temporarily) on top of the cream cardstock over the pumpkin image.  Then I stamped the leaves right on top of the post it image, removed the post it image and voila, a clean line of pumpkins sitting in fallen leaves.

This will another one of the designs for our November party.

And we've been busy getting ready for the party.  I'm hesitating to call it a house warming party, mostly because I don't want anyone to feel obligated to bring a gift and also because we moved in in July and we are only having people over in November.  But regardless of what we call it, it will be party to welcome family and friends to visit with us in our new home.

I wanted to wait to have the party until we had finished the bulk of our initial decorating projects.  I don't think anyone would ever be invited over if I waited for all the decorating projects to be completed.

Last week was big in finishing things up.  First, the roman shades arrived and they look beautiful. Second, Bob hung up the new light fixture, shelves and hanging vases in the master bedroom and third our painter came Saturday to paint the living room.  Now that the paint is done, Bob can hang the window treatments and that is pretty much the last 'initial' decorating project I wanted to finish.

Do you stress about paint colors?  I sure do.  In my last house I hired a decorator and completely trusted their advise on which colors to use, but I didn't want to incur the expense here so I used a combination of Pinterest, Houzz, paint chips and opinions of friends to choose the color.  We finally agreed to go with Benjamin Moore Great Plains Gold #1077.  I am really happy with the results.  We originally were considering Alexandria Beige HC-77 but after careful consideration chose to go with the slightly lighter, slightly warmer tones of the great plains gold color.
Benjamin Moore Great Plains Gold 1077
Want to see it on the walls?  Of course you do.

Below is a picture with the old color.  Can you see the difference?  The old color was a very light gray.  It's very pretty and looked fine in the room, but now that I look at the new color I love how it's a little more dramatic of a difference between the white trim and I love how it complements the wood in the floors and furniture.
I'll post more 'before' and 'after' shots after the window treatments go up.  I'm excited to see how it looks when it's all done.  Now if only I could find the perfect picture to go on the wall in the dining area.  Bob and I both want a pretty floral (maybe sunflowers or poppies) but have yet to find one that is 'just right' so we'll hold out.  It may take us years to find it, but I'm sure we'll know 'it's the one' when we find it.  We saw an artist this summer who had several gorgeous oils of sunflowers but we hadn't moved in yet and had no idea what art we would want so we didn't buy it.  Maybe we'll go back to that festival next summer.  You are probably wondering 'well, did you get her card.'  Sigh.  Yes, I did, but somehow in the craziness of the move, I can't find it.  I'm sure it will be fine to have a patch of wall with no picture for quite a while.  It will be fun to poke our heads into home-goods and art galleries periodically to see if they have one we like or go to the festival next summer and find our sunflower artist then.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  Have a great day and Go Patriots! Go Sox!

Monday, October 21, 2013

My dear husbands birthday card

Hi friends,

My husband has a birthday coming up so I decided to play along with Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge to make his card.

I love this Taylored Expressions stamp set and matched it up with some fun green patterned paper.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have a great day.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Leaves and Best Game EVAH!

Good morning bloggers,

First up is a fun fall card using Taylored Expressions Bushel and Peck stamp set.  I love this set and am having lots of fun using the different images and containers.  I'll use this card for our November party invite (again, I need to get busy making more of these!)

Well, if you read my blog regularly you know that our family went down to Gillette stadium yesterday to watch the Patriots vs. Saints game.  The Patriots were expected to lose (and lose big) so none of us had high hopes about the game.  Why?  Well several of our key players are out (injured) and last week they played horribly and the Saints are a great team having a great season.

Imagine our surprise when we walked away at the end of the game with a WIN!  It was so exciting and fun.  We go to about one game a year live and this was the best game I've ever seen live.  We were up most of the game, but it was close.  We slipped behind in the 4th quarter and then came back in the last 10 seconds of the game with an unbelievable throw and catch.

The really funny thing was that with less than 2 minutes in the game there was a turnover and the Saints got the ball back.  At that point the crowd gave up and at least 1/2 the stands emptied to the parking lot.  Those of us who remained faithful were richly rewarded!  Below is a photo of the people pouring out of the stadium.  Silly people!  It's the Patriots - they have a history of pulling off 4th quarter, last minute WINS!
So for those of you that know my dear husband Bob, we all had a good laugh at him during the game. He is known for being very dramatic, with his expressions, gestures and words.  Well the guy sitting next to him was about 300 pounds and let's see how shall I say this nicely well, he was full of gas, that he had no problem expressing all night long.  Poor Bob, all night long, kept looking over at me, making a scrunched up face, plugging his nose, waving the air around him and making comments about this guys farting.  You should have heard him when the guy came back to the stands with a HUGE bucket of popcorn (he ate it all himself) and a beer.  Bob said 'at least it wasn't onion rings!' Oh my, poor Bob's nostrils were in agony.  At least the guy didn't get stinkin drunk and spill beer all over us (that happened at last years games.)  It's all part of the environment.  Stick that many sports loving people together in a crowded space and don't expect good air quality!  Bob tried (on more than one occasion) to get me to switch seats with him.  Sorry buddy, you had seat # 18! As you can imagine he survived!
And then imagine our delight when we woke up this morning to discover that our beloved Red Sox pulled off a win too!  It was a great night in New England for sports fans.

Well, thanks for visiting my blog and enjoy your day!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Party Time

Good morning friends,

We have a beautiful fall day here in New England.  I have just a quick post to share my latest card creation and then it's off to church.  Later today we head down to Foxboro to watch the Patriot's play football.  Today's game is against the Saints and we are not especially confident we will walk away with the win. We are mostly hoping it's a good game and not a killing.  I have steak tips marinating and pre-made potato skins for our tailgate.  I also have chocolate chip cookies.  The boys probably won't mind that the only vegetable being served is baby carrots with ranch dressing.  Tailgates aren't about healthy.

My card creation is a fun fall card made with my new Taylored Expression stamp set.  It's going to be an invitation to our November gathering for friends and neighbors at our new house.  Hopefully by mid-November the main living area will be painted and the Roman Shades will be installed.

I plan to make a few of these and then a few of a different design.  I'd better get busy making these if I want to hand them out by the end of the month.  

Well, that's all for now.  thanks for visiting my blog today and have a great day.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Colors of Fall

Hi friends,

We had a damp rainy day today so I decided to ink up my Impression Obsession Fall Porch stamp (H1846) and play along with the challenge 'colors of fall.'

I based my image on my mother's side porch.  She has a beautiful white house with red trim on a lake in Maine.  She doesn't have a dog but she used to have a cat and I imagine this is very similar to how her house looks these days now the leaves are starting to come down.

Check out the Impression Obsession Blog to see what others have created for this theme or to enter a card in the contest yourself.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Two more world card making day cards

Hi friends,

This morning I posted my first world card making day card and then Bob and I headed into Boston to look at fabric for the Roman Shades I want to get for the windows.  We had planned to go into Boston mid-day and then visit a local community farm event.   Well, after our adventures in Boston, Bob was in no mood to head back out. You see we 'luckily' found street parking about a 15 minute walk away so we grabbed it.  Bob paid the 2 hour meter fee and we were off to our shop.  Of course it always takes forever, we were confirming measurements, choosing fabrics, comparing colors.  We realized we had been in the store for over an hour and hadn't eaten.  Bob knew the meter would expire at 1:00 but at 12:30 we thought we had enough time for a quick bite and the walk back.  Bob was like 'even if we go over a minute or two, they probably aren't monitoring that closely' and we grabbed a bite at Finagle a bagel.  I headed into a clothing store with the plan that Bob would walk to the car and drive back to get me in about 20 minutes.  Well, you know where this story is going don't you?  The time on the meter receipt said '1:06.'  Bob arrived at 1:09 and the meter maid was at the car two down from us. The time on the ticket was '1:08.'  Needless to say Bob was FUMING.  He went over to the meter maid and questioned her.  Of course there was no mercy!!!  Thankfully it wasn't too ridiculous a fee ($25.00) but talk about frustrating!!  Bob said his watch said 1:07, so we're thinking the meter maid's time keeping system was to her advantage.  Reminds me of Vega's odds, always in their favor.

So it was a quiet ride home as Bob recovered from his frustration.  He said he just wanted to work on his project and watch football so I figured it was a great afternoon to head upstairs to the craft room.

First up is a fall themed birthday card.  In this tic tac toe challenge I picked scallops, ribbon and buttons!

Next up is a fun thanksgiving themed card using ribbon, polka dots and twine.

Oh and in case you are wondering, yes we did pick out our window treatments.  I ordered a beautiful cotton/linen blend herringbone fabric in the tulip roman shade style for all 6 of our windows on the first floor.  We'll keep the cellular blinds underneath and the herringbone shades will go 'on top' to offer style and insulation in the winter.  I hope they look as beautiful hanging as I hope they do.

I'll post pictures when they arrive in a few weeks and Bob assembles them.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Have a great day.

World Card Making Day

Hi friends,

Did you know today is World Card Making Day? Many of my favorite stamp companies are having contests and events today.  I decided to play along with the Denami challenge.  One winner will be included in their newsletter and get a $40.00 gift certificate.  I'm a sucker for a prize so I had to play along.

The challenge was to choose from a tic tac toe board and select three elements on my card.

I chose to use green, glitter and polka dots.

Want to see?

To make this card I used several Denami stamps.
 You may be looking at the above stamps and wonder 'I don't see that harvest bundle in the card?'  Well, that's because I got creative with it.  I turned it upside down and only inked the bottom with green and made grass.

I have accumulated quite a few fun Denami stamps.  I thought I'd show you my collection.  I love displaying them in the little printer drawer hung on the wall.  That way I get to see all the images in one place and it helps figure out which ones I want to pull and use in my card.

Well, wish me luck in the contest.  I haven't won anything in a long time.  But even if I'm not chosen, I have a fun card that will find it's way in the mail to someone, sometime soon.

Thanks for visiting today.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall foliage at Beaver Brook Reservation

Hello friends,

Well, fall has arrived in New England and it's a beautiful thing.  The mornings and evenings are cool, the leaves are starting to turn and we had a fire in the fireplace last week.

Shortly after moving in this summer I discovered a little city oasis very near our home.  It's a park called Beaver Brook reservation and it's lovely, especially on a cloudy fall day.

 It is very close to our house and from this stone marker it appears it's been around for a long time.  This shows it was first opened in 1893.  Imagine how interesting the people would have been back in that day, all prancing around the park in their finest outfits!

Now, it has a paved path that goes about 1 mile.  There are lots of beautiful big old trees and lots of green spaces all around.  Dogs are allowed off leash so Tank and Joey get VERY excited to go there.  I keep them on leash because they are not yet familiar with the area and I don't want Tank to run off chasing a squirrel, never to be seen again.
 It's a city park so that means you get everyone using it.  Every time I've gone I've seen at least one person doing Tai Chi.  I also see lots of various types of people.  Of course there are lots of dog owners but also couples (young and old), mom's with baby strollers, walkers, joggers and groups.
 The park is nestled in the midst of several urban areas. As you can see from the map above it is in Waltham nestled between the Belmont/Watertown line.
At the edges of the park are busy urban roads.  Above at one of the entrances you see Trapelo Road.  Trapelo Road is a major thoroughfare through these parts.  It's really cool in New England (and I'm sure other places too) how much you can see urban and park space come together.

 In the summer the kids playground above becomes a 'splash park.'  There are lots of water sprouts that make for fun kid play areas.  On a day like today there were only a handful of kids and no water of course, just playing on the swings and playground equipment.
I enjoyed my brief respite from work and house cleaning this morning to take the dogs for an adventure.  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Stop by this weekend for some 'world card making' creations.