Monday, November 30

Gentlemen Callers

Hello Monday! Cheiron on the design team is inspiring us to try something masculine this week. What were the good olde days like for gentlemen? Maybe it's time to make a masculine card, canvas, or gift.  Time to work with masculine colors? Whatever it is, we are interested in seeing it!

The gentlemen are calling...what will you do? Will you call back? Will they sign your dance card? Oh, the questions this brings up!

I thought it would be fun to mix things up this week with my "tag". The old fashioned gentlemen, the newfangled, one little thing about myself to share...I do NOT like to talk on the telephone, but...a gentleman caller might make me pick up the phone. LOL!

Would you encourage any of these gentlemen callers? They could be calling from anywhere around the world!

A little humor for the back of my folded tag...

Playing with some of my favorite colors, blue, green and purple!

Some dashing gentlemen you might encourage to call on you, or not. Just imagine the days of yore when you had a dance card the gentlemen would fill to keep you dancing, or their calling card dropped off at your home so they could stop by and visit. Things are certainly different today, why, women might even ask the gentlemen! LOL!

The key is to listen....

So, time to get crafting something masculine. I can't wait to see what your gentleman caller does! 

As always, Simon Says Stamp is offering a generous $50 voucher, so join in the fun!


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Saturday, November 28

Christmas Ornament Cards

It's that busy time of the year, getting ready for the holidays! I've been writing and mailing out my Christmas cards  (I am determined to get them out on time this year!) and came up a bit short, so thought I would make a new batch.

I pulled out some scraps of Tim Holtz Christmas papers leftover from last year, and a couple of stamp sets and went to work. I saw this great idea for the One with Nature tree to turn it into an ornament - love that idea! I stamped on several different papers, then popped them up, drew the string to hang them and added a tiny cap. Next, I stamped a sentiment on the outside, as well as the inside of the card.

I thought I was done, and wanted to do a little something to the envelopes, so sprinkled them with some Heidi Swapp Tinsel Color Shine. I liked that so well, I decided to add some to the cards.

With the Tinsel sprinkles...

Hope you are having fun with your holiday crafting!




Friday, November 27

Tree Garland

I've been crafting up a little Christmas here, even though it is an unbelievable 60 degrees out. Usually we have a bit of snow by now....but hey, I'll take it.

Simon Says Stamp has  great new line called Create Joy which has some wonderful materials for the holidays. I was drawn to the Holly Ornament die cut, and originally was going to make cards with it, Instead, my brain said why not make it into a garland for the tree? I've been drawn to blues lately and was thinking icy whites and blues for this .

I die cut the holly ornament in white, hand cut the blue circles since I didn't have the right size punch, and adhered them with paper adhesive with a sprinkle of glitter. I decided to use floss to tie them on to the hand dyed ribbon and leave it hanging free.

I made two strands and took them outside to photograph on our hemlock trees, since my Christmas tree is not up yet. I'm thinking they will make a fun addition to this year's tree!

Happy holiday crafting and have fun creating joy!




Friday, November 20

Guess What! I have been Scrapbooking!

I am doing some scrapbooking these days and wanted to share the 3 pages I finished. I am working on the photos from last year's camping trip out west with my hubby.

What do you think? Metal compass on the destination tag?

What do you think? Should I make/stamp a coffee cup to add to the City Brew photo?

This one I like...tied the twine into knots to give it a rustic look. And, yes, that is hubby playing the guitar.

When I started working on this project, I thought I would do the trip in sequence, until I started working with it and realized a year later, I don't know where some of my photos are taken! Oops! I have a journal, but should have sorted or marked my photos right away - maybe I will remember that next time.

Monday, November 16

Thankful Album

Feeling thankful this week and grateful for all of my blessings. 

 Our challenge this week is all about thanks. Thanksgiving will soon be here, and we are showing gratitude to family and friends. You might create a thank you card, table decor for Thanksgiving, or any way you give thanks. This challenge will run for TWO weeks, which gives you plenty of time to create. I can't wait to see what you share!

I love making mini albums and haven't created on in quite awhile, so this challenge was the perfect time to get started. I just got a great kit filled with Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice goodness, and what could be better to work with for this season!



I had an old Maya road album filled with chipboard pages and envelopes to use as my base. Inked up the edges and just started cutting and layering the pages. Went back in and added all of the fun embellishments. 

Here's where it all you can see, I get pretty messy when I am in the middle of a project!

Then, I had the brilliant idea to go in with my black pen and doodle design areas...

I love how that transformed the look of the book! Such a simple thing to do, that made a big impact.
My mini album is ready to add words of gratitude, photos, or give as a gift. 

I'm looking forward to seeing how you interpret this week's challenge. Remember, you have two weeks to enter, Happy Thanksgiving, and I am grateful to each and every one of you who stops by to visit...Thank YOU!!

Simon Says Stamp offers a very generous $50 voucher with each challenge!



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Monday, November 9

N is for...Northern Lights

We challenge you to create something beginning with the letter N this week. We are celebrating all things N for November! It could be navy blue, nautical, Neenah paper, any product, idea, whatever the letter N says to you! Come join us in this week's challenge.

I started by making a list of N words to jumpstart ideas and chose "night" which then morphed into the "northern lights". It's amazing, the paths the mind takes in creating. 

I have a new art journal, the Dylusions black 8x8 journal, so I pulled it out and christened it this week. 

I started out by painting the background with Dylusions paints, they work beautifully on the black. I added glitter to the dark blue and purple, a great idea from my friend Ashli Oliver over at the Purple Mailbox. I then took a comb through the wet paint to create some lines and texture, and finally sprinkled the pages with metallic splatters.

Time to crank out the dies! I am a convert to die cutting now!! I started by cutting a bunch of gears, then painted them in metallics and a bit of purple.  I took some of the gilt paint and dry brushed it on card stock and stamped on that, then laid everything out on the pages to figure where I wanted to put things down.

Lettered my "northern lights" and added a bit of journaling...

I have been lucky enough to see the northern lights a few times, and they are a spectacular display of color, and just awe inspiring. 

I hope I have inspired you to join in this week's challenge with the letter "N". I can't wait to see what direction you head in!

   As always, Simon Says Stamp offers a generous $50 voucher.

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