August Rudolph Day - Stampendous Cling Cardinal

Hiya, and thanks for joining me this afternoon. Been quite a busy day, as our concrete team arrived this morning. It had been scheduled for Monday, but the owner of the business called us Sunday night to ask if he could start Thursday. We were appreciative that he called, and didn't just leave us waiting for someone to show up. Unfortunately, that happens a lot in today's world. So bright & early this morning, a cast of thousands (just a slight exaggeration!) arrived at the house. Here's a few pictures:

It was fascinating to see how large chunks of concrete were broken & lifted and then placed in a huge dumpster, that was filled and hauled away. This debris will be recycled into other projects, so glad it's not going into the landfill. Picture 1 shows the first section nearly removed. The section next to this one, and 2 sections nearest the house were removed. The concrete had pitted badly, was all crumbly. Not a good first impression for any future buyers of this place, so better to get it fixed now, while we have someone whose work has been highly regarded by our neighbors.

This is what the area just outside the garage doors looks like at the moment. And if it starts to rain, would be one big, red muddy mess! Where the guys are digging in the grass, will an enlarged pullout - Mr. has been parking his trailer in the area closest to the house. That bothers me when I back out my car, as I can't swing out into that area, but have to just back straight to the street. Yes, I can do it, but I don't like it!!!
Thank goodness this morning was fresh & cool for the guys doing this dirty work. After taking some pictures, I had my coffee on the porch swing, read my kindle and watched the neighbors go by, peering in to see what's going on. The crew should be back early tomorrow to form up the area where the addition to the pullout will be & then pour concrete. We're hoping no sneaky rain shows up to mess up the surface.

Now here's August's Rudy Day card:

- image is Stampendous Cling Cardinal Elements. Stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa; die cut with S/B Marvelous Squares; airbrushed the background with Copics E41, E42 to create an aged look. Colored the cardinal with copics and still debating on whether to add some glossy accents to the wing poinsettia. Used a metallic gel pin to accent the leaves the cardinal perches upon. Used a colorless blender to remove some color and highlight that area. This started with touching up a tiny red berry smear...thought the effect looked nice, so did the entire motif. Looks quite nice IRL.

- design papers from various 6x6 Christmas packs. S/B Victorian Medallion Three cut the mat just behind the cardinal. This die only cuts the design, so had to trim out to fit the red layer underneath. Because this medallion is quite large, this became a 5.5x5.5 square card.

- Gold mirror card covers the white card base.

- sentiment is from the new release of HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments, which is going to be a quite versatile set for me. I loved the calligraphy font used on this card, but there's many styles in the set. Here's a link explaining shipping charges, etc. and Kylie ships internationally. These stamps are very high quality and the image was crisp and clear. Used a Memento Luxe Love Letter to ink, embossed with Ranger clear detail EP. Die cut with a S/B tag and edged along the die with Copic E41, 42, to tie in the colors of the background.

Now, I'm off to join in with August Rudolph Day. Why don't you join in the fun? There's a great Memory Box die as this month's prize! c'mon! Thanks for popping in & big hugs. Let's have coffee on the swing, ok????


DeeDee's Classic Truck - Thinking of You

Good evening, and I'm back with a Thinking of You card for one of our neighbors who just had some serious back surgery. Mr. and he are car/truck enthusiasts, so my mission was to have a truck on it. Had a cute classic car set from DeeDee's, so that was my first thought.  Then it took me a while to think of just how to present it...can't just plop a picture of a truck on a card! I knew it couldn't be 'frilly' - so should I do sponged hills with a highway, some trees? What? So had to wait for inspiration to strike.

Before sharing the card, though, let me introduce some new followers that I think you would enjoy meeting too. Their blogs are wonderful!

Shirl of Creations by Shirl and Sharyn of My Crafty Place
Ladies, thanks for becoming new followers. Hope you'll have time to pop in to see their beautiful cards, and tell them I sent you! It's such a great feeling when I visit a blog, to see other friends there as well, plus get to scroll through some inspiring cards.
Now, on to the Classic Truck. 
- Sized and printed the truck, added coloring with red copics to the pre-colored red truck. Some white gel pen on the highlights, silver spica pen on the tires, Sakura silver star pen on  hubcaps and running board. Glossy Accents on windows and other trims like the mirror, handle, gas cap and bumper.
- pierced shape behind the truck was a snippet leftover from another project. The white spots showing along the piercing are not visible IRL, guess it's picking up the silver background, as I didn't notice until I saw the photo. :-)
- Butterfly tree had been done weeks ago with a white snippet, and decided to leave it off that it's just been traveling around in the desk debris. Think I used WoS pens to color the butterflies and trees, but don't honestly remember now. The truck needed something more on the card, and I thought this would work.
- The 'road' was also a leftover snippet from a previous card, that had been sprayed, embossed with a brass stencil,then stenciled with color, and had some other stuff done to it. Didn't use the whole piece, so thought 'hmm...would that work for a road to ground the truck?'. Yep, it would. Then found the black shape and decided to place it behind the truck...why? I dunno. Seemed to work there to my eyes! :-)
- Ditto for the filigree corner. The sentiment (which I just noticed needs the 'eye' back over the 'i') was 3 layers from a black snippet. This was Bazzill, a bit thicker than the usual GP I layer 3 deep for some dimension. I think it is just a mite too thick to look as crisp as it should, but too late this time. Will try to remember that for next time. Used clear WoS, then added some glossy accents.
- What I really like with the truck, is the silvery embossed background, from an old C/Bug EF. When I was trying to pull all of this together, I remembered having this folder. It's always reminded me of the heavy embossed metal design on a truck's toolbox or in the bed of some trucks. The silver is a textured snippet and used some Hero Arts Wet Cement ink over the folder before running through the B.Shot.
Thought the Mr. might disapprove of the butterfly tree & the corner bit, but he just said "It looks good. He'll like it". So I'm home free. I find I do not work well with a specific request to accomplish..particularly for a guy. I do better with feminine things.
Since I have so many snippets on this one, I wonder if Parsnip of Pixie's Snippets Playground would approve? It's Week 191 and there's some FAN-tastic cards already on display, and a marvelous couple of dies for prizes. So c'mon and let's play!
Thanks for joining me this evening. Hope to be back tomorrow with August's Rudolph Day Card.
Big Hugs.


Christmas Card Club - Santa

Good morning & welcome. Had a booming thunderstorm with some needed rain late last night. This morning is a bit overcast so we may get another one this afternoon. Tomorrow the concrete guys are scheduled to be here to do some repairing of our driveway, so we're hoping the weather will be sunny & the work won't have to be postponed.

Please help me give a warm welcome to another lovely new follower - Barb of Barb's Faraway Cards. Found Barb's lovely blog over at Darnell's  and had a few minutes to pop over to meet her. Thanks are due to Darnell for her idea of welcoming new followers by giving them a highlight and linking to their blog, so that the rest of us can get to meet them as well. It's grand to meet new friends! As always, thanks to the folks who follow along with this blog! You are very much appreciated.

Today it's Christmas Card Club, and our theme of Santa is coming to Town, was selected by our Carol of CMDesign. (Fellow teammate blogs will be listed in the right side bar, and I can promise, you'll see some great cards if you take time to browse over.)

 - Image is an old wooden SU Santa set purchased at a stamp garage sale. It was not easy to color either, for some reason. Also it looks as though the image is not straight on the card, but I even used a ruler to measure from the top and bottom edges, and get the same measurements at each corner. So it is what it is! Of course it was colored with copics, WoS on the holly berries, and a gold gel pen for the gold touches. DI Tea Dye used around the edges of theLil Inker Stitched Square for a bit of vintage look.

- Sue Wilson Configuration arch from a gold snippet left from another card, which also provided the tiny S/Binder scallop border.

- stripe background paper came from a 2013 Our Daily Bread Designs 6x6 pack found at the ODBD booth at Stampaway. The green EK Success punched border came from the same pack. (I have plenty of these 6x6 packs, so you ask why did I buy this one? It has some cardinals in it, and of course it wanted to come home with me!)

Thanks for visitin' this morning, and do check out the other challenge cards for our Christmas Card Club...a group of cardmakers who are making cards all year long. It sure helps when it gets to be November and there's some cards ready. Just a reminder that Rudolph Day will be open August 25, another good chance to join some fun and get another card in your stash! Big Hugs


A Beachy State of Mind - DeeDee's Digis

Hooray, It's Friday! Welcome, pull up a chair, and let's chat about the weekend. We're pretty much ready for it here at our house - hope you are too. A bit cooler for the past few days, but still very muggy & humid. Local kids are back at school - which I expect their parents are thankful for that!

Today's card is a cute DeeDee's Digi which has some really fun summer (or end of summer!) images to use. While you're at the site, do check out the Path of Positivity theme , that DeeDee's Challenges is sponsoring this month. How would  _you_ interpret the idea of  'positive'?

Ok, on to the card:

- DeeDee's Beachy State of Mind digi set; selected several of the digi designs, inserted into a Word document, printed out. Hmmm..pretty easy, as these can be resized to whatever scale you desire. Added some Glossy Accents to the umbrella after die cutting with S/B Decorative Labels 8. Set aside to dry.

Printed out the beach bag, flip-flops, resized both of those to fit in with the beach scene I envisioned, fussy cut.  Added a little shading on the flip-flops, then dabbed some glossy accents to the sandals, sunglass lens, and to the water bottle top -  with just a tiny drop on the screw of the beach chair frame.

- Impresson Obsession Mini Shell set dies from a white snippet. Colored with copics, then added some Liquid Pearl Opal for the sheen of shells, shaped just lightly with a stylus. Adhered with some glossy accents.

- shaded the edge of the Label 8 die cut with some DI Tumbled Glass. Covered a white card base with some blue DP that sort of looks like waves - distressed around the edges of this paper with some DI Faded Jeans to add more contrast to the die shape. This rather defeated my idea of having the 'waves' show on the patterned paper background.

Once the main scene had been glued to the card, decided to add the ocean blue, creating a horizon line between the water & sky. Some white gel pen for waves.

- Hello die was a freebie from an order, 3 white snippet layers, colored with copic blues, added some WoS for shine, then Glossy Accents. Easy Peasy. Reminds me of Florida beach days. Hope you'll pop over to DeeDee's and check out the new releases for August.

Ya'll have a great afternoon. Thanks for popping by, and big hugs coming your way.


Birthday Roses - ODBD

Good Morning, and finally had a chance to sit down, share a card and have a little chat! First - let me say a big welcome to 2 new followers:

Andrea W of Savvy Handmade Cards and Mary S. of Thyme to Create. Thanks so much for joining me here to share in cards & my little adventures. Do please take time to visit my new friends, enjoy their inspiration, and say a big Hi.

Next: I did get the lost Drivers License replaced. After searching our files for all the documents that I had been told the local Division of Motor Vehicles would require as proof of who I was, happily found I didn't need anything but my name and address! The receptionist found me in the system, I had to sign an official affidavit that the license had been lost...and Voila. Processing began. Instread of just replacing the license, since mine was expiring next year in my birth month, the officials suggested that I take the eye test and renew it.

Then right after that, was running errands, and got rear-ended. (good thing I had the DLicense replaced)! Thankfully no one was hurt, minimal damage, just a bit of insurance & official paperwork to handle. So finally the post-trip and all the barney that goes with being away for a few days, got settled around, and here I am!

- Our Daily Bread image, colored with copics. Started with some light YR (orange tones) shades, then overlaid with some of the pink (R) tones. Stamped the image twice, and handcut a couple of the roses to shape and adhere for some dimension. Hard to see in the photo. This was an ODBD image purchased at Stampaway.
- S/B Classic oval die cut the aperture and then a Darice folder from a Stampaway vendor was inked with Memento Morrocco pad, then embossed.
- used copics in green shades to ink a narrow green ribbon to sort of complement the greens used on the rose leave, and a tiny left-over heart from a spraying project was tucked on the frame.
- Die sentiment was from a new Impression Obsession Die (show purchase, not stored yet), that says "Happy Mother's Day". White snippets, 2 layers, colored with YG copics. The stamped portion of the sentiment is a new set from HLS Bold Birthday Sentiments. And if you follow the link, there is presently a discount code available, and Kylie has free worldwide shipping. This is a very high quality transparent set, and am very pleased to say that my first use of this set, resulted in a very happy outcome. The order was placed just prior to our trip, and Oh Happy Day, was waiting in the mail when we got home. So do yourself a favor and check out this set. There are several others available. I also purchased the nice Mixed Christmas Sentiments set, which you'll see used later. I'm drooling over some of the other new releases too! I think the sentiment sets are going to be so versatile.
Ok, I'll share a few trip photos...hope I don't bore you to tears...Thanks for stopping by, and hope to get back with some more cards to share in the next few days. Big Hugs.
MH- Brenda W, Sharon W at Stampaway entrance hall

T Holtz - Mary H.
THoltz during a demo session
LivInn, Cincinnati - next to convention center (where we stayed).
how we travel!
Side Porch at Monticello
When people hear Southerners talk about their pickup trucks, I'm sure most envision gun racks in the rear window, huge tires for mudding, etc. So I thought I'd share a picture of how we travel. This F150 is without a doubt, the nicest & most comfortable vehicle we've owned yet. It is heavy enough to ride smoothly and has a very nice interior. Also it has a roll top cover over the bed, that can be locked. Just so ya know, we're not really 'Rednecks' ...LOL! Will share more of the scenic photos in later posts. The photos at the stamp show were made with the Smart phone - and remember, we're not very good with those yet. We're taking a class on 8/26 with our provider. Bye Bye


Traveling, Traveling

Good Morning and I hope your week is off to a wonderful start. I have some new followers to introduce, but will have to wait until I'm at home to do a post with some links to their blogs. This morning we are close to the home of James Madison (Montpelier) where we plan to visit. Yesterday was at Monticello(Jefferson's home) and Ash Lawn (James Monroe - our 5th president). The day was overcast and misty - a good day because it was cool. The views from Monticello are magnificent...rolling green lawns, looking out to forested acres & gardens & on the far horizon - magnificent mountain ranges. We had planned to take the extended tour which goes to the 2nd floor of the mansion, but this one was booked up. So we just toured the ground floor rooms and the gardens, the cemetery and then had a nice lunch at Michie Tavern. It was supposedly the type of fare that one would have been served back in Jefferson's day. It was most interesting to see all the innovative items that Jefferson had in his home and hear about the restoration of the furnishings. Jefferson's belongings were sold upon his death to pay his creditors. The foundation that now has the property has recovered many pieces over the years, and some are on loan. Very interesting to visit.
In the gift shop I used my drivers license for identification when using my credit card, and realized later when we were having lunch, no license did I have. We returned to the shop, but the drivers license is still missing. So that has been a little blot on an otherwise fun trip. Not much I can do about it until we get home. Made some phone calls to our States Dept of Motor Vehicles, being concerned about fraudulent use of my license, but was told not much to be done while we're traveling. Thankfully I don't have to do the driving (I HOPE).

The tour at Monroe's house was nice, but this was more of a little cozy cottage...nothing elaborate. We didn't get to Montpelier, about an hour from Monticello - until too late in the afternoon to take the tour. So that's where we're headed this morning, and afterwards, guess we shall wend our way back home.

I apologize again, for not doing any visiting while on this trip. Although the hotels have Wi-Fi, it's not as high speed as what we have at home. Tried to watch some movies on Netflix and the movie would halt frequently. Have been trying to keep the emails cleaned out, as we get so much spam. With the mail program at home, I know how to filter it out so it just goes into the spam folder and deletes. With the webmail, I can't seem to get it to work.

Just wanted to check in, say hello to anyone who happens to pop by, and leave an update. Big Hugs and have a Blessed Day.


Christmas Card Club - Lots of Layers

Welcome to the Christmas Card Club post, where our challenge today has been chosen by Lorraine of Rainey's Craft Room. Lorraine said she would like to see lots of layers on the members' cards this week, so here we go:

- Great Impressions wooden stamp inked with Memento Pistachio ink and colored with copics. Red WoStella added some glimmer to the berries. Used some waste from the outer red mat to add more little spots of red into the wreath.

- Various Spellbinder circle dies were used to cut focal image, 2 red mats and the separating green mat.

- S/Binder A2 Border Bracket die (design and  cutting die) to cut the side border.

- MBox Precious Mittens die - cut from the same 6x6 Christmas pack as the border. Spica pens colored the bow & mitten strings. Added some waste from the last circle mat to decorate this. Drew cuff fold lines on the mittens with the spica pen, as I thought it looked better with defined cuffs.

- Snippet of green was embossed with a holiday words EF, and shaded around the corners & edges with a dark DI green ink. Since the holiday sentiment is embossed on the front of the card, I will not be adding any other die or stamped sentiment. That's it, Folks - I hope I met Lorraine's Lots of Layers challenge.

Do be sure to visit my fellow Club Members, and their blog links are over on the side bar. As always, thanks for joining me today, and big hugs! This will be a scheduled post, so I hope it works properly!!!