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10/25/2014

Halloween Punkins

Good afternoon. There's another gorgeous day in Upstate South Carolina. We have certainly had some lovely Fall days this past week, but today our temp shows 80F, even though the air is pleasantly cool. I am playing 'catch up' on the house stuff that is behind, since yesterday was a class day. 

Met my friend about 8:45am, and set out on what is - at worst - a 45 minute drive. Well it took us over 2 hours plus to arrive, and be 45 minutes late for the class. Two very serious accidents on the interstate had bumper to bumper traffic. We called to let the shop know why we'd be late. There were some other folks that were further behind on that interstate than we were. Karen Burniston & the shop staff were very considerate to make sure we didn't miss any of the class presentation - caught us up on what we'd missed. It was a very large class too- think there were 30-40 students. It was hard to concentrate until some of my traffic stress had dissipated, and there was a lot to absorb. It was a very productive class - so was very happy to learn all of the class cards are covered in online Youtubes. Had taken my swing card along to have an expert show what I did wrong. Now I know!!! Learned a couple very simple tips that will help me (I hope!) in making future cards with this die. Will share the class cards in a later post.

Here's today's card:

 
 
- image is from a Hampton Arts clear set, colored with copics, WoS, die cut with S/B label.
 
- card base embossed with SU spider web. Inked the EF with Delicata gold prior to embossing, and it looks quite nice.
 
- Sue Wilson Border die from the Austrian collection, and a Cheery Lynn sentiment die. Very simple ingredients, just took time to assemble them into a card.
 
Broke a tooth this morning while eating, so have an early dental appointment on Monday. Called the office emergency phone and asked to please get me in fast, so fortunately they did.
 
Don't forget today is the 25th, so the monthly challenge of Rudolph Day is open over at Stamping for Pleasure.  I hope to get 2 cards finished up so that I can play along.
 
I have to apologize that once again I am behind on visiting & commenting, but will do my best to make the rounds. Thursday DH wanted me to go with him on some errands & I'm pleased to be invited after more than 50+ years of togetherness. It was a beautiful day, we had a lovely lunch along with a pretty ride along some country roads. Then finished up at a stamp store. (trying to be restrained since I knew I'd be at the class in another store on Friday!). I have to confess that an outing with DH on a beautiful day, with promise of lunch, tempts me a lot more than sitting at the computer, to be looking outside the window at the sunshine. Don't give up on me visiting...I'll get there!  I would wish the same for each of you: that you have somebody you love to go enjoy a pleasant day in their company & are able to do so. Life is short. We have to make the most of each day we are given.
 
Come again when you have time. We'll sit on the porch-- (#2 brother stopped in on his morning walk, and we had coffee on the porch- which is when my tooth broke!). Big Hugs, and have a terrific day.
 
PS: I've been seeing some beautiful cards done by international friends using Brusho crystal watercolors. Dick Blick was the only USA source I was finding, and the product was expected to be in stock on 10/23. Checked the site on 10/23, some sets in stock,  but no time to place the online order until last evening. Once again, showed out of stock but I phoned, and was able to get the 24  color set ordered. Just passing along the info, in case any USA crafters are looking for this product.


10/21/2014

Porch Fall Decorations

 
Hi & as promised, back again to share some pictures of what our cleaned (!) front porch looks like just at present. Many of the homes in our subdivision are decorated up so nicely for Fall & Halloween, so we decided to make an effort too.  Hopefully those who pass by, enjoy it, and on Halloween night, the tricker treaters will too. We have some small ceramic pumpkins with scary faces that we add right by the door (in front of the wagon & wheelbarrow).  We do that Halloween evening as the punkins have tea lights inside of them that glow in the dark; but only if the weather is such that we can sit outside when the kids are coming. Thought about arranging on both sides of the steps that come up to the porch - but didn't want to cause a trip hazard. We don't want some little one stumbling or bumping into a candle; so if it's too cold to sit out, we don't put these out.
 
 
 

Now on the other side of the front door:



Just in front of the porch:

 
This guy moved from Florida and usually has some straw bales with pumpkins & mums surrounding him, maybe a corn stalk or two. Mr didn't want to go to that much trouble, so all we got was Mr. Scarecrow. This was about the time he remarked to me, that whatever we put out, is going to have to be picked up and put away. This dampened my enthusiasm for adding yet more decorations. We have some colored Halloween lights but decided to go with just what you see. In 2 windows that face the other road (we are on a corner) we have some ceramic pumpkins from long, long ago, that have orange lights inside. When it gets dark, we turn those on, and they show pretty scary in the dark windows. We had 3 of these (and we have 3 windows that could use them!), but somewhere along the way, one got broken. Neither of us can remember if we made them during our 'ceramic hobby phase' or if we bought them - they are really old. In Florida Mr. would put them outside and he really decorated up so well, with skeletons, crows, even made a 'grave' out of bags of mulch, sprayed a sheet to look like dirt, and had an RIP tomestone. The kids used to love it. We had to be careful with the really tiny tots, that they didn't get scared. It was fun, but we don't do that now.
 
Hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures. Come again when you can. Big Fall Hugs.

DeeDee's Digis - Pumpkin Pals

Good afternoon and thanks for stopping to visit. First welcome to a new follower, Sammy of Sammy Jean. Gosh, it's great to see more faces populating that Members' Following List. Thanks so much for becoming a new follower. Do please take time to pay Sammy a visit, say hello, and enjoy some lovely projects.

Today's card uses some super DeeDee's Digi images and the set is called Pumpkin Pals...oh so cute, and some nice fall papers are included in this set as well. There is a Clear it Out Challenge going on  this this week and DeeDee's Digis is a sponsor. The challenge (if you choose to accept it - is Halloween  - or Black & Orange). It's time to make the last minute Halloween cards or do what Faith did and make a black & orange card. If you join in the challenge at Clear it Out Challenge you will have a chance to win a $10.00 gift code to the store!! There's some featured designs posted to inspire you, one of which uses the cute Beagle you saw here earlier this month. If you look on down the post, you'll see a great new Freebie digi that is awfully versatile & cute too.

Well, here's how I used the Pumpkin Pals - on one of those popup cards. I'm not happy with my results with the die (it's my 2nd try using it), but I do love these images. Here goes:



 The card base was cut with the popup die - which does the base frame and the ovals. In a class, we cut 3 of these bases to make an album card. For this card, I only did 2 base cuts, because I didn't want the thickness for mailing. The pieces are joined, and the oval swings have to be adhered together 'just so'. You can see what makes the oval swing so that the reverse side is visible (next photo). The cut out frame is a separate die, (later photo). Love this little punkin fox - which was precolored, but some extra copic shading was added; S/B die to cut the scalloped oval only. Shaded with DI Antique Linen while still in the die.



 
Inside with the front oval flipped to show another image from the Pumpkin Pals set, done the same way as the fox. The right oval was cut with the same die, using some of the pattern paper included in the set, as was the top sentiment. Wanted this to serve as a Halloween card, so added a SU sentiment that had been heat embossed with WOW orange EP, punched with a SU punch. As you can see, the inside is not finished off (I don't like this look...but that's how we did it in the class & I'm not quite sure how this could be finished off - perhaps with pattern paper?).
 

This is the very back of the card, and a strip of the dp was added to cover the raw edge. Liked this treatment better. Once the pieces are joined - I couldn't think of a way to cover the inside raw edge, and I'm not thrilled with this look. I thought these DeeDee's Pumpkin Pals were perfect to use on the swing, and there's one more cutie in the set. I decided to use the sentiment instead of the image so there is one left for another project.



This is the die set that creates the front trims - which were cut using the dp from the set. If card base is rectangle shape, there are 2 pieces that must be cut - two times - to form the outside trim frame. Obviously the position of the shape determines side or top placement. On the square pop up, just one trim piece is cut 4 times, and will fit  any side.Mine did not fit together in a smooth miter. Had the same trouble in class, where we did a square card. Hence the leaves on the card front to camouflage the area that didn't miter well. The leaves are from DeeDee's Pilgrim Owls set which was printed earlier for a project not finished. The leaf branch was handy, so decided to snip off a bit, add the leaves to trim & hide the messy miter. I'm still deciding on whether this card will get some surgery, and then just use the ovals with the images. I'll have to study the card a bit. I'm hoping that the class I'm taking Friday with Karen Burniston - whom I think is the designer of these frames & popup dies...anyway, I'm hoping to get some technique tips for using these dies better. I'm also not liking that the card won't open 'flat'. Wondering if I have something put together wrong, but I looked at the earlier class card & think it's the same way. Anyhow, thought I'd share it as it is.
 
Check out the nifty fall releases over at DeeDee's Digis . There are some darling designs, the prices are extremely reasonable, and I'm sure you'll find something that will inspire you for Fall & Halloween (and maybe Christmas too?).  
 
Have a wonderful evening, and I'll try to get round to all my visitors ASAP. I was caught up on Sunday, but am behind again. I can't make cards & visit as fast as I should. So please do forgive me if I don't visit immediately. I keep the email comments in the folder until I get a moment to pay some visits to my lovely followers. I DO appreciate you taking time to look in and leave your thoughts.
Big Hugs.
PS...There will be another post with some front porch pictures - in case you want to see it!




10/20/2014

Halloween Witch with Textures

Good morning, and here we are at another Monday. Yesterday afternoon I took some time to play catch up with all the blog visits I was so behind on, which made me feel more productive than usual. Have got to get me out of the lazy routine I seem to have fallen into. Have great intentions of creating a card, then I just don't get rountoit. Do you ever do that? I hope I'm not the only one that's guilty of that trap. Need to get caught up on some Halloween cards that should get in the mail soon.

Here's a quick card, using a previously created background from a play/experiment. I'm still working on the embossing paste techniques & trying to improve.


- mixed media paper (Canson #90) was colored with brush strokes & dibs & dabs of leftover inks, left to dry.

- added some gold embossing paste over a stencil. Let that dry. Came back with some black Dina Wakely paste over a leaf stencil. Finding that I don't like the harsh black, and also see in the photo were it didn't cover well. Can fix that with some black paint I think. Covered one place with a foil leaf (which is not showing well in the photo, but looks ok on the card itself). Thanks to Miss Brenda at Inkspired to Stamp for sending me these foil leaves and the acrylic leaf that is added to the tag  - along with the pumpkin showing to the side of the card.

- Witch image stamped on a snippet of white c/s, trimmed and used an SU tag punch top to create this tag. As you know, I don't do many tags. This image was small, so thought it would work this way. Colored with copics, some WoS for glitz; added all the embellies. The bat was a DH purchase of some dimensional Recollection products - and {sigh} will require extra postage.

- sentiment stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle, punched with a SU punch, edged with DI colors in Scattered Straw & Spiced Marmalade as it was way too white (part of the same snippet that the witch was stamped upon). If you should have any questions about products, let me know.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Monday. Thanks for visiting, and big hugs.

10/19/2014

Christmas Card Club - Rita's Reindeer

Happy Sunday. Today is another Christmas Club Card - and the theme was selected by Miss Rita of RMG Creations. (a very lovely blog in case you don't know about this one).

Today's card came together fairly quickly, once decisions were made about which dies to use. I'm  not going into depth about the dies used, but if you want the info, let me know. I'll just explain a bit about the creation of it. Here goes:

 
 
- white card base was embossed, just a bit peeking out behind the popped up S/B die cut,. The die cut paper was VOS indeed. Found in the stash, though the swirls were evocative of a snowstorm. There is a noticeable difference in the white colors, since the swirled paper is quite old, but I rather liked the look.
 
- IO Santa sleigh & IO tree die, Sweet Stamps reindeer & MBox joy sentiment. All these dies were cut from a white snippet that has been floating around the desk for a while. To get the pearly glisten, a wet brush was swiped over a Mica Color Stargazer iridescent white (see below) and painted the shapes. Was quite pleased with the effect achieved, as I couldn't find any white pearlized paper. Good to know I can do this.
 
 
 
This is another VOS product...comes in handy when I rediscover it time after time!
 
Please take time to visit the other members of this fun Christmas Card Club- their links are on the sidebar. Let me also welcome a new follower, Lorraine (Rainey's Craft Room) who is a member of our group. Thanks for becoming a follower Lorraine!
 
 
Ya'll have a nice day, and hope it's as beautiful wherever you may be in the world, as it is here in Upstate South Carolina today. We've had several just perfectly wonderful Fall days lately. Big Hugs.
 
 
 

10/16/2014

In a Garden by Northwoods

Hello, did you think I had run away???Sorry for being MIA, but sometimes I just have to take a little blog break to do some Real Life Things (or just be lazy - or both!). Before I share today's card, let me say a big warm welcome to some lovely new followers:

Lynn B of Crafty Linby
H Moffett of Crafty Creations
 
Thanks so very much for joining as new followers! Hope you'll take a few minutes to pop over and say a big Hello to these talented crafters. Gosh, I am seeing some blog candy in the future. So you might want to stay tuned and if you see that following list* hit 300 (GOSH, what a big milestone that is to contemplate)...there's gonna be some celebratin'. (*if you follow with Bloglovin, you won't be in the data spreadsheet & your name won't be included in the Random Generator count. So if you're interested, please check the followers' list and add yourself to that list as well. I'd hate to miss including anyone).
 
We have had some rainy, overcast days here in Upstate South Carolina this week, but today is a perfect sunny Fall day. Blue skies (but there are some fluffy white clouds floating around), nice breeze, and the ground has dried out enough that Mr. could get out to mow the lawns.  We finally got a few of the Fall decorations out on the cleaned front porch, but decided to keep it minimal - with the thought of having to pick up and pack it all away again. I'll try to share some pictures.
 
Still haven't gotten the HTML problem solved. I'll ask again, if anyone knows an HTML expert, I'd appreciate the information. In the meantime, I've left the coding alone before I really hose up things.
 
When I'm not posting, many times I'm still coloring images or playing with making backgrounds - for when I'm in the mood to get a card ready & posted. Today's card is a pretty Northwoods image I've had colored for a while. It's really more of a Spring card rather than our current season, but I liked it.
 
 
 
- colored with copics, die cut with S/Binder Valiant honor. Did just a bit of stenciling in on the corners. This is such a pretty die. There's also some sparkle added with WoS pens.
 
- card base was sponged with DI Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Worn Lipstick (discovered I don't have the larger size of Picked Raspberry. How did that happen?). Then sprayed with some Tattered Angels gold spray purchased recently on sale. Went to clean the spray head after using the spray, and it was already clogged, just with one use. Some of the metallic sprays are difficult to work with - but one doesn't know until that first spray. Usually flushing the sprayer with water immediately after use helps to avoid this. Not this time. I did get some replacement spray heads, so will try it on this one. Also noticed the moisture of the spray made the card base curl, so it will need some major heavy flattening.
 
Have a wonderful afternoon, hope it's as lovely where you are, as it is here. Thanks for popping in. Big Hugs.


10/09/2014

DeeDee's Digis Halloween Pirate YoHoHo

Good afternoon, and please help me welcome some lovely new followers:

Lynn Platt (and I'm sorry I don't have a blog link - so Lynn if you will contact me with that info, I can add your link in a later post)
Brenda of Floral Fantasies  (Brenda has several blogs so I hope I've linked to the correct one)
Lynn B. of Crafty Linby
 
I saw the numbers in the followers' section change, but could only account for the names shown above. If you are a new follower here, and I missed giving you a shout out for your blog, please let me know so I can be sure to do that. I appreciate all my followers - hope you like what you see here, and it's always so lovely to meet new folks and see their work too. It's equally nice to be able to invite readers to visit some inspirational blogs to get new ideas and enjoy crafters' work. So thanks for taking time to become a follower here.
 
Secondly, in trying to add the Hover P (Pinterest button) to cards I post, with help from the very kind Lisa  of A Mermaid's Craft, I've discovered that some of the blog HTML code in this blog, is rather hosed up. If anyone knows how to repair HTML code, I'd love to have some help. Lisa was very helpful in her suggestions & advice, but then we became concerned that our 'fixing' would damage the blog. I don't want to lose my posts, and even more importantly, all my lovely followers. So I need someone who knows how to edit code to give me a shout if you would. If you know of someone who designs blogs, I'd appreciate a contact. Thanks so very much to Lisa for her time in trying to help me with this, and thanks to anyone else who might be willing to give some assistance.
 
Now onto my card for today.
 


_DeeDee's Digi's Freebie for World Card Making Day . DeeDee offered this really cute puppy pirate and his parrot companion free over this past weekend. Didn't get my card finished & posted in time to celebrate World Card Day, but the image is still available in the store Newest Releases and is priced very reasonably. Do check out these newest images, as there are some adorable sets for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also for October's Digi of the month, there is another cute set available for just $1.25 and the challenge is open until November 2. It's a great way to build up your digi stash. Some of the talented DT have presented some wonderful inspiration for the October Digi to give ideas of how the set can be used.

Here's how it works:
If you are new to the Digi of the Month challenges, it's not too late to join in the fun! This is a monthly progressive freebie challenge. You can purchase this month's featured set for just $1.25 in the shop, or get it for FREE with any $10 purchase of Deedee's Digis products. NOTE: Deedee will email this set to you after payment clearance of your qualifying purchase. Create and share any wholesome project made with this set by the challenge deadline, and you will be sent  next month's featured set for FREE. Keep playing, and keep collecting freebies -- it's as easy as that! :-)  

image was printed twice, one die cut with a S/B label and airbrushed with various copic colors while still in the die. Second image fussy cut, and shaded with copics and some Spica pens. Used a stylus on the pumpkins, hat & the puppy's ears, but don't think the photo shows this. Did the same treatment on the treasure map.

- background was 2 triangular snippets used from a previous project, and liked the colors with my puppy's background.

- Washi tape covers the paper join and the sentiment is washi as well.

A very, very easy card - once I got started on the process! Life has just been getting in the way of card making & posting. I'm sure all of you know how that goes! Since this card has some snippets, and since some nice prizes are on offer, I'm off to visit the Snippets Playground, Week 145 

Thanks for joining me this afternoon. I hope to get some more cards finished up and posted. Halloween is getting closer & there's cards to get ready! Have a wonderful afternoon, and if you have time, please do visit my lovely new followers, DeeDee's Digis & the Snippet Playground. You'll be glad you did! Big Hugs.

   
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