Happy Thanksgiving, a couple of cards and a Thank You!

Got my puter back but now I'm traveling, actually in Colorado for the week but I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and to post a few cards I've made for the family.  Hope everyone has a wonderful turkey day, being surrounded with loved ones, I know I am!!!

My cards are essentially the same, but a little different image so I'll post one of each...

Products -
   SSS Harvest Mouse, colored with Zigs
   Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles
   VersaMark, clear ep, PTI Smokey Shadow, Neenah 80# and TH watercolor
   The Paper Studio -- old pieces of pp...

And THANK YOU!  Today is actually my 1st Blogiversary, so I wanted to say thank you to all who encouraged me to start a blog, for everyone who offers up their endless encouraging support, and for my newfound friends!  This is YOUR Thank You!

Hugs and happy day,


Inspiration from 25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 2

I'm here for another short post, just trying to catch up a bit, then hopefully visit all of you soon!  Day 2 of Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags was hosted by Poppystamps.  Here are two of my inspirations...
Jinny Newlin        Pam Simpson

And here's my tag(s)..

Sorry it's a bit hard to read the sentiment on the first tag, my regular 'puter went  to the shop so editing is not the greatest. e

Products (Joy to the World a la Jinny used were Reverse Confetti Topped Off Tags (NBUS), Poppystamps Elegant Musical Staff and Melody Music dies (NBUS), MFT Upsy daisy (NBUS), silver vellum and Copic R29; Products from (Joya) are PTI Tag Sale #5, SSS Holly Ornament and PTI One Liner: Love, Joy, Peace

Thanks again for letting me use up a bit of your day!  Hope your Thanksgiving plans are getting you excited (I know mine are)!


Inspiration from 25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 1

Yes, I'm late the the game again but I'm trying, there's a challenge over at Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tag but alas I do not have Instagram so I'm only playing by myself.  Here's a peek at the tag that inspired me from Day 1 by Tracey McNeely herself...

And here's my version...

Products - 
   Reverse Confetti Topped Off Tag, CAS-ual Fridays Tin Roof stamp (a litttle reminiscent of snowflakes?), VersaMark, white embossing powder and sentiment by PTI Take 3 Winter

Thanks for stopping in and, See you soon!



CTS #197 - Happy Birthday, MICHELE!

I'm really hoping there's a party going on, and I wanted to throw my card in the basket for Michele!  She's as sweet as can be, and a really good card-maker, as you can see!  Hopefully she has it in hand, but if not it'll be there soon! Here's to you, sweet Michele! Hope your day is spectacular!   Ok, onto the reason we're here...

It all started with a watercolor panel, die cut with the flowers then layered onto a panel cut at an angle and ink blending done.  A sentiment was then embossed with a sparkly ep.  And a close-up so you can see the sparkle... I only wish the picture was better but alas it is cloudy here.

This will be enrolled into Case This Sketch #197, ending today!  Whew, I made it!  I really enjoyed the DT's cards but Michele's really spoke to me, so only fitting this one to her goes there too.

Products - 
   Dies:  AJVD Pop-Up Flowers, Avery Elle Dotted Border
   Ink:  Ranger Antique Linen, Wild Honey
   Stamp:  PTI Stylish Sentiments Birthday
   Misc:   Peerless watercolors, Ranger Watercolor paper, Ranger Enchanted Gold ep

Thanks for spending a bit of your day with me, and hopefully enjoyed helping me celebrate Michele's Birthday!



MUSE #190, Color Throwdown #417

I have to sadly admit that the frustrations of last week apparently are not over yet.... I tried seriously to make several cards the other night, staying up late, only to throw everything in the trash!  I have tried, and made a couple since although I can honestly say that they're not my best -- my "groove" has definitely taken a hit!

Here is one that I've completed, and so I'll put it into a couple of  challenges knowing well that it isn't my best.  But!  When you get thrown from a horse, you MUST get back up, so here it goes...

My die cuts were cut from a leftover watercolor panel from another card and deeper accents sponged on.  I used an inked embossing folder and light pressure to transfer the woodgrain in color instead of dimension.  I left off a sentiment, and even left the inside blank to fill out when I use it.

When I saw Estelle's inspiration card at MUSE, I knew I had to try.  I love the beautiful pop of burgundy, the homey wood-grain and then those beautiful leaves so I used them for inspiration, changing up the colors and leaves.  Take a peek & enjoy...

 Then I saw the colors at Color Throwdown #417, and knew I wanted to try to challenge myself to use the light blue because I knew it would be easy using the first two colors!

Products -
   EF:  TH/Sizzix Wooden
   Stamps:  WPlus9 Woodland Basics
   CS:  Neenah, PTI Spring Rain
   Ink:  PTI Spring Rain, Ranger Evergreen Bough, Wild Honey

Hope to see you all again soon, hopefully this week will let me be a little more productive!  Thanks for stopping by!



FMS #261 - Autumn Birthday Wishes

Just a quick post as this week's been hectic, to say the least.  Frustrations (and extra work) at the job, although I'm EXTREMELY thankful for the hours, I think we can all do without the frustrations!  So onto the card...

I made this card for an upcoming Birthday at work, and it just happens to fit nicely into Freshly Made Sketches #261, except that I turned it on edge and widened the middle strip.  

I stamped and embossed the leaf on watercolors, and colored with DIs, then cut out the panel with a SB die.  I did not emboss the outline so the watercolors bled out, but I kinda like it anyway.   I then sponged matching color around the edges and popped it up with a vellum overlay strip where I embossed the sentiment in gold.  Two gold strips of washi were then added on the edges, and a Memory Thread bow added to the left side.   The sentiment strip is delicate so a bit hard to see, here's a close-up...

Products -
   Stamp:  Altenew Be-Leaf Me and PTI Autumn Hills (both NBUS)
   Die:  Spellbinder Lace Doily Motifs
   Inks:  Ranger DIs - Fired Brick, Ripe Persimmon and Scattered Straw, VM black and Brilliance Galaxy Gold
   Misc:  Washi, Memory Thread, vellum

Hope your weekend is RELAXING and full of craftiness.