Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving: Let the Gobbling Begin

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends from the United States!!

I hope you are surrounded by friends and family and there's an amazing aroma coming from the kitchen!

I usually try to post a thankful/grateful card on Thanksgiving, but as I reviewed what I still needed to make, the only card I needed was for my 19-year old son, so the card needed to be fun and a bit silly.

Gobbling Begin

My men actually do all of the Thanksgiving cooking. I used to offer to help but they have it down to a science and I only get in the way (except that none of them like candied sweet potatoes so I make those for myself). The process started yesterday with the brining of the turkey in an herb/apple cider mixture. Very early in the morning, the turkey will be placed in our smoker. My guys hadn't done it this way before so they practiced a few weeks ago and I can't say I have ever had such a flavorful and juicy turkey!  My mouth is watering already.


The link to the stamp goes to a full page of Fall/Thanksgiving stamps. Just scroll almost to the end to see this particular stamp.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: Peace on Earth

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by the amazing Jennifer Timko.

I've been very focused on using stamps and dies from my unused pile, but I have a tree and snowflake die that I just love and knew that they would make a great little scene on top of that banner!

FMS Peace on Earth

The tree and the snowflake are both from Reverse Confetti so that led me to the die and stamp set for the sentiment.

Do you ever have an emotional reaction while making cards?  I doubt it's just me. As I was creating this card, I realized that I had the perfect recipient, which then brought back a flood of memories along with a lot of tears. There's a wonderful gentlemen that I know through church. Recently he lost his wife to cancer - they were an amazing couple and I worried about him, but he seems to be keeping active. He follows me on Facebook, and on FB, I'm a bit political - OK, maybe a lot political. Every so often he replies via email, but I think the account must be in his wife's name, because I get emails from his deceased wife. It's very jarring, but at the same time, it causes me to remember this wonderful lady.  Just a year before his wife's cancer diagnoses, they lost their oldest son who was a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps and died in a mid-air collision between a Coast Guard aircraft and Marine Corps helicopter off the coast of San Diego. This is where the tears started. I was making this "peace on earth" card while being overwhelmed with memories from his funeral. I remember how long his commanding officer knelt in front of the family with the folded flag and spoke softly to them, sharing memories of their son and probably a message of hope. I remember the 21-gun salute echoing through the church. The deep faith of this amazing couple throughout all of it remains an inspiration for me to this day.

Of course, there needs to be laughter too.  I was one of two pianists for our church. For this funeral, I was playing the organ and the other lady was on the piano. Both of the instruments are toward the rear of the church near the open door outside of which the 21-gun salute was happening.  So as we watched the flag ceremony, we looked at each other with tears streaming down our faces. Then the guns went off and even though I knew it was coming, I about jumped off the organ bench. After that we were supposed to start a powerful rendition of "Eternal Father, Strong to Save". My hands were shaking so badly that I wasn't sure that I could find the right organ keys - and the pianist later said the same. We made it - it doesn't take long with such amazing and meaningful music, to feel the power and the peace of God wash over you - but, maybe inappropriately, we still laugh over the mental image of standing up and telling the congregation they would have to do it a cappella!

OK - back to cardmaking!  

I hope to see you play along with Jen's fun sketch - it's a great layout, but with so many options to take in the direction you wish.


The patterned paper is an older 6x6 pad - Fancy Pants Timbergove.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Birthday Balloons: Fall Prints

Today is the birthday of a dear friend. I've had her friendship longer than I've had my husband and that's a very long time.

She loves fall colors - mustards and rusts and browns - so I never fail to include them on her card. She also likes antiques and scrollwork and vintages patterns.  Here's my attempt to put them all together (although a bit of a stretch on the "vintage"!)

Bday Balloons Autumn Colors

Isn't it fun that we can all make cards specifically for our friends and loved ones?!  I love this craft.


With apologies, I keep using this patterned paper even though I don't see where it can be found anymore. It's a 6x6 pad by Little Yellow Bicycle called Feels Like Home.  I do see that has some 12x12 sheets available.

Monday, November 23, 2015

My 15-year old son's best friend has a birthday today.  My husband has coached the boys' lacrosse teams for years.  The families are also great friends so we can do sarcasm and silliness.  (We don't do big gifts, but we did get him a variety of odd foods from World Market, mostly because my son was really tickled by the canned Spotted Dick.  Teenage humor, right?)

I had recently used this sentiment on the inside of a different card and had mentally filed it away as a decent sentiment for a teen boy - it's not mushy, but nice.  The sentiments comes with a really cute dog - too cute for this teenage boy. So since I had dogs on the brain (and the birthday family owns two goofy dogs), I dug out this dog that has multiple funny expressions and gave him a big grin!

After I had the stamps picked out, I got stuck trying to come up with a basic, yet fun layout. Then the light bulb came on and I remembered the CAS sketch at the Share Joy Challenge.

So I think my card qualifies as clean & simple. It might be more of a stretch to see the sketch in my card - but I just flipped it sideways, then I added paper with banners instead of an actual banner!  It may not be totally obviously, but I definitely went from stuck to inspired when I saw the sketch!


The paper is from the 6x6 Authentique Celebrate pad. It's a piece with a few banners and a few vintage hot air balloons. With some careful cutting and piecing, I came up with the strip on this card.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Curtain Call Reminder: Foxy

Just a reminder that there is still time to play along with the challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Foxy!

A month ago, I made a moose gift bag that I recently decided I was going to use for a small Christmas gift for my older son.  Obviously that meant I needed to do another gift bag for my younger son. They like to pretend that they think my hobby is beneath their notice - but they definitely like their cards, and he would notice if big brother got a handmade item and he didn't. As luck would have it, I have a set of dies to make a fox gift bag that is absolutely charming!

CC Fox Gift Bag

Look at this face!!

CC Fox Gift Bag CloseUp

I love his warm and cuddly look, but I think he'd be equally good in gray and white for a wintery, snowy look!  

I hope to see you playing along with the Foxy challenge!


Friday, November 20, 2015

The Paper Players: A CAS Wonderland

The current challenge at The Paper Players is a clean-and-simple (CAS) Christmas card with a Winter Wonderland theme.

I have a new PTI set on my desk just waiting to be used and it happens to lend itself perfectly to winter CAS cards.  (I didn't really think about the part of the Paper Players graphic that says "Walking in a Winter Wonderland - because I don't really want to be walking in this guy's space - although he does look sweet!)

Calm & Bright

I didn't get this set when it first came out - then I saw what Kara at K and R Designs was doing with it.  Check out this and this and this and this and this!!  Amazing, huh?  She inspired me to get the set, but at the same time, all I want to do is copy her cards because nothing I can do is quite as wonderful!! Isn't that the way it goes?