Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines -- Garden Green

It's blog hop time again with our coloring down the lines.  You should have arrived from Liz's blogsite.  Gorgeous, gojus!!  I love her 3-D pumpkin.  And is that a lollipop I see there?  Yum! 

We were challenged this week to use Garden Green with Calypso Coral and Soft Sky, or Garden Green with So Saffron and Melon Mambo.  I used the latter.  Why?  Because I wanted to use the smear technique and those were the re-inker colors I have.  LOL

By smear, what I mean is I drop the various colors on a plastic mat, smear the colors around, spray some water, and then I drop a piece of glossy white cardstock face down on all that color.  It appears this time Garden Green was predominant even though I dropped quite a bit of Melon Mambo too.  What I like about the technique is that you never know what you will get.

So here is my creation....................

I hope you like it.  Now we can hop back to the beginning where Robbie's blogsite started today's hop.  You can continue from there if you haven't yet seen all the other gals.  I'm sure Robbie's is gojus too, but I haven't seen it yet.   However, every time I visit her blog I come away with more ideas and plans to CASE her wonderful creations.  And have you been watching her punch art for her granddaughter?  Wow!  Love it all!  So let's go take a look. 

Until next time.................

Crafty Hugs,

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines -- Elegant Eggplant

Oh my, it has been so long since I posted that I forgot how to do it, and forgot my password.  I even forgot how to make a card.  And, well, I also forgot where most of my craft items were.  Shame on me.  But we really, really, had a fun time on our trip to Connecticut to meet our newest grandson, and to travel to Maine to find colorful leaves.  (see picture below of our newest little peanut)

Speaking of color, it is our Wednesday coloring down the lines blog hop.  Our colors this week are Elegant Eggplant with Island Indigo and Basic Gray, or Elegant Eggplant with Always Artichoke and Sahara Sand.  I chose the first as I love Island Indigo.  But then I also love Sahara Sand, so it was a difficult choice.   It is hard to see, but the band of Very Vanilla at the bottom is wide ribbon, and I stamped on it.  I added a few pearls to give the band a little interest.  This is a very simple card, and I like it.  Oh, and I bet you just arrived from Liz's blogsite.  Such a pretty card.  Hmmmm.....looks like our thoughts were running a little in the same vein again.  She chose the same embossing folder and used pearls too.  Love it.

Ok, so do you want to see a picture of our little William?  Drum he is!

 Love this little guy, but then we love his older brothers too.  I had so much fun with them.  I played catch with the 6 yr old and believe it or not, the 3 yr old and I were crafting.  Well, sort of.  He happens to have a black ink pad, 3 animal rubber stamps, and 3 punches.  So we punched cats and hearts and stamped elephants and penguins all over pieces of paper.  Repetition is the name of the game.  I laughed so hard.  Can't wait to go back -- or to have them come visit!  They just moved from California to Connecticut.  Great, that puts them within reach as it is only a 5.5 hour drive.

Well, now you should go back to the beginning of our hop.  Back to Robbie's blogsite.  And if you didn't start there, then I can get you there to start and then continue through the entire hop.

Until next time....................and hopefully not so long......................

Crafty hugs,

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines -- Cherry Cobbler

Welcome to another Coloring Down The Lines Blog Hop Wednesday.  Whew!  That's a mouthful.  You should have arrived by way of Liz's blogsite.  Such talent.  I always like what I see over there.  I like even more when she and I get together to craft and make things.  However, she is back to school and we don't get to do as much as we do in the summer time.  (Hi Liz).

So this week we were challenged to use Cherry Cobbler with Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso OR Cherry Cobbler with Calypso Coral and Night of Navy.  I chose the first combination. 

This card was fun.  I started with the idea I was going to paint the challenge colors, then I decided that one of the pieces of dsp in the This n That pack was Daffodil Delight.  I just had to use that dsp because most weeks there is no dsp with the appropriate color(s).  After that I was stuck, however once I decided to use the Wetlands stamp set everything else fell into place.  I like this combination and may try using it again.

Since I am the last on the hop list, let's go back to the beginning to Robbie's blogsite.  From there you can continue, or if you started there, then you will be back at the beginning.  Hope you like our hop this week, and hope you like my card.  I am leaving on another vacation and may not be at next week's hop.  If I can get a card done today, then I will join, but tomorrow I am on the road again.

Until next time.............

Crafty Hugs,

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Batty Halloween

I have another Halloween treat for you today.   This was an extremely simple card to make.  The hardest part was waiting for the Crystal Effects to dry.  I wanted to use that beautiful and fun Halloween Washi tape.  That's what started this card.  Then the bats just seemed to fall into place.  But the Crystal Effects made the card.  Love the simplicity.  I can make a bunch of these real quick.

Bragging alert!!   Below is another picture of my granddaughter, Hannah.  She is a cheerleader for the football league for which her brother plays.   Sad to say, however, she cheers for one of the other teams, which often means her brother plays in the morning and she cheers later in the day, or the reverse.  So I don't always get to watch both games -- it's hard to drive 94 miles and then sit around for 4-5 hours in between.  Last weekend, however, the games were back to back.  I got to stand outside in the 93 degree sunshine for 3 1/2 hours.  Whew!  It was hot, hot, hot!!!!  I suppose the next game I go to will be 53 degrees and I'll wish I could have a little more of the heat back.

Don't you just love the way all the girls are so coordinated, all doing super cheers, all in sync, and organized.  NOT!  It was a hot day, and their little hearts were not in it.  By the middle of the second quarter, they were wandering all over the place, going to bathroom, heading to the snack bar, getting drinks.  I wonder what would have happened if the boys had done that during their game -- hmmmmmmm.    But they sure LOOK cute!  Oh, and if you are wondering what all that pink is about, it is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Everyone had to wear some pink, so one of the mothers made hair pieces for all the girls.

Enough rambling.  I hope you are having a great day, and until next time..............

Crafty Hugs,

Monday, October 7, 2013

Halloween Pumpkins

I was able too get some crafting done over the weekend.  And today I finished even more.  Our power went out this morning around 8:00 until noon.  Since my craft room is upstairs, and since there is a skylight right above my table, it was the brightest spot in the house.  I couldn't finish laundry, I couldn't make breakfast, I couldn't clean my closet (it is deep and very dark), and I couldn't do anything outside because it was raining cats and dogs.  So, what do we do when we just can't work?  We play -- uh, I mean we make things.

I made these for my grands.  There are a couple little candy bars and a little toy in each one, and the pumpkins are small flashlights for them to use while tricking and treating.  I finished all 9 today, and I think they are cute.  There are a few designs other than these -- with candy, witches, and other sayings.  I'll show the whole group once I get the candy in and the ribbons on.  But I am loving the little muslin bags for treats.  I have more on my next order so that I can make Christmas treats.  If you haven't tried using these little bags, you really need to get some.  They are really easy to work with.  And, you know that if you don't have a demo, I'd love to be yours.  Just send me a note --   

Tomorrow I hope to show you a Halloween card, and don't forget our Wednesday blog hop.  I am finished early this time -- whoooo eeeee!  Love it when I'm not burning the mid-night oil trying to finish.

See you next time.

Crafty Hugs,

Friday, October 4, 2013

File Folder, Take Two

I have another file folder card for you today.  This is another card using my new favorite tool, the Envelope Punch Board.  I really love that board, and so far I have yet to put it away.  It remains on my craft table for envelopes and for these cute cards.  Next time I hope to have a different size and perhaps a gift card.

The paper I used for this card is from the Winter Frost paper stack.  I'm loving that stack of paper.  It is very versatile.  The winter look is subtle so that I can use it for cards other than Christmas or winter.  These are beautiful colors.

Hope you like my design for today.  And I hope you are having a great fall week, we won't have many more before the snow starts swirling and the wind starts howling.  I know, I could have kept those thoughts to  myself.   (Sigh)   

Until next time...................

Crafty Hugs,

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines -- Cajun Craze

I bet you thought I fell off the face of the earth.  Almost, but not quite.  My trip to Wisconsin was a ton of fun.  And the driving was fun too.  750 miles out, 750 back, and I put nearly 2,000 total miles on my car.  My sister and I had a great time visiting, shopping, putting together puzzles, reading, visiting with friends for breakfasts and dinners, and we took a 2-day trip to Northern Wisconsin where we stopped at nearly every little shop and winery on our route.  It was a girls' week and we had a blast.  (Hubby stayed home and fixed my craft cabinet, painted the bathroom, and cleaned the garage.  Hmmm, I think I got the better end of the deal)

But now I am back and trying to get into the swing of home life and crafting.  Today is blog hop Wednesday and our color challenge.  We were challenged this week to use Cajun Craze with Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry, OR Cajun Craze with Perfect Plum and Always Artichoke.  I chose the first one.  You should have arrived here from Helen's blogsite.  I have to go look, but I bet it is super.  I sure missed the hops while I was gone.  I saw what my friends did, but I missed being part of it.

I saw a neat file folder technique and video on Patty Bennett's blogsite.  She did several styles with different types of d├ęcor.  I loved the whole idea, so I had to try it.  Of course, with our colors this week I could not find one designer paper to use, so I had to use just cardstock and make it work.  I like the folder.  I think it is a unique way to present a homemade card.  Thank you Patty for another great idea.

I'm trying, in this second picture, to show how the card opens from the top.  However, you can make it vertical and open from the right, you can even seal the sides and make a pull out to go in the card.  I'll be making a bunch more of these.

Now let's hop over to Robbie's blogsite.  She is the start of the hop so this will take you around to the beginning.  If you have missed anyone, you can continue from there. 

I hope to get more creations done for you to see.  I finished another file folder and a thank you card the other day, so I'll be posting those.  I want to get started with some of the great Christmas designs and a few Halloween treats I need to finish for my grands.

Until next time............

Crafty Hugs,