Sunday, November 28, 2010

Spotted Bunnies and Our Snowman Crossing!

We have a few acres of woods that we've developed into a wildlife sanctuary with a private trail throughout the woods that helps us maintain our 'figures'!!!  Sprinkled amidst the woods are interactive wooden creatures, such as these rabbits who seemed to have sprouted bunnies overnite!  What else from black and white rabbits to spotted bunnies!  There also is a swinging ape that can come crashing thru the tree tops quite unexpectedly and mountain lions, deer, bison, moose, etc.  It's all in fun and all made by my hubby just for our enjoyment - and the kiddos who come to visit!

A trailer full of snowmen and Nikko!  Happy Winter!!!!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving and Joan's Challenge #24

Exterior of Thanksgiving Card
Interior of Thanksgiving card and lots of room for a lovely note!

Well it's Saturday evening and I have 2 more Thanksgiving cards to get in the mail on Monday.  Why do I always wait til the last minute.  Honestly, I really did try hard to do so much in advance, but alas.  We cleared a lot of land today of alders and had to watch a fire that we lit to clear the brush in the area.  It took hours and then there was lunch to fix and Mass to attend.  Well you know...we all have excuses.  So here it is almost 8 pm and I finally finished my cards.  I'm entering one of the 2 in Joan's Garden Challenge #24.  Her only requirements this time are:

1. Create a Thanksgiving card
2. Use something Fallish such as Leaves, Pumpkins or Indian Corn
3. The color Green.

4. Some kind of swirl or vine.

Guess I got that covered - thank you Joan for the last minute push I got!  

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Making Christmas Ornaments

Our group Scrapbook Place has an ornament swap going - and of course to make your own makes that swap even more special.  I found a lovely vintage Old World Santa and transferred him to some sturdy material.  Then I ran out of lace - so crocheted my own.  I have lots of extra quilt fabrics so no chance of not finding an appropriate back for each ornament - way too many to choose from!  Then I got the Bow Easy out and made lots of white and gold bows interspersed with beads and pins.  Lots of fun things going on in these ornaments.  I only hope the recipients love them as much as I loved creating all 8 of them!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Window Card

FIRST OF ALL, let me say CONGRATULATIONS to my daughter Shelly for achieving her very PERSONAL WEIGHT WATCHER GOAL at last evening's meeting!!!!! YAHHHHH for Shelly! You go girl!!! :)

And meanwhile back at the ranch.........

 This week at Joan's Garden Challenge #23 we were given the opportunity to do a window card.  I must say

Front of Window Card
I'm not too familiar yet with doing them - it was a lot of fun tho.  I need to work on it a bit tho.
Interior of card
 The requirements are:

1. Create a Window card  (Create an opening on the front of the card to see the image stamped inside.)  
2. Use Christmas Ornament - or something similar
3. Some thing Gold
4. Something fuzzy
(interior page is a gold cardstock and I used a fuzzy gold yarn wound around the card several times to meet both the gold and fuzzy requirements.)

I embossed the Christmas ornament with silver CTMH ep on a ruby colored bazzill and fussy cut it out.  The ornament itself is pop dotted for dimension from the interior tag.  The outside was distressed with Garnet CTMH ink pad and then gently rubbed Tim Holtz Tattered Rose over the cuttlebug designed background of the front page.  I also put a bit of silver around the entire opening - I always love the Gold and Silver idea at Christmas, even tho I'm a vintage person.

Hope you like it.  If you are looking for some awesome deals as well as a wonderful challenge to your card making abilities (or project making), come on over to Joan's Garden right away!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Holiday Card at Joan's Garden Challenge #22

This was a fun card to make and it gave me ideas for my December 6x6 calendar, but alas no time to play with calendars yet!  I'm concentrating on breaking the 1,000 mark for cards in 2010, and it will happen!

Meanwhile this card is being entered in Joan's Gardens Challenge #22.  I coupled 2 6x6s and at the seam put up this giant ric rac.  I edged the entire card with CTMH White Daisy ink dye.  I have a new nestie now so I popped one out of white cardstock and then using my Tim Holtz Honey distressed ink pad I pulled the color from the center of the nestie outward, lightening as I go.  Ms. Tilda came from my awesome friend Glenda - she was a delight to color and sorry I'm not the best at keeping track of what copics I used yet.  I did use a sparkly white Luminarte for her little frills on the dress by using my waterbrush and drying it before I moved the color over on Tilda.  Tilda is pop dotted for dimension.  The gorgeous yellow flower was a gift also from my friend Mary in MN.  Various buttons and lots of white glitter all over finished up the card.  As well as glitter around the tag.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cards for a cause

Today I finished up 35 cards for a church craft sale!  15 were Christmas, 10 were birthday, and there was a mixture of all other occasions in there.  I hope they go well.  Meanwhile here is a little cutie I had made multiples of but varied the embellishments.  I am entering it in Joan's Garden Challenge #22.  It is one of 2 - the other one is a Magnolia image!  WOO HOO!  Slow going on that one!
Joan's Gardens Challenge #22
I just like this little snowman!  Got the stamp from a friend this past summer and have used it at least 100 times already!  This card is a 4.25x5.5 - the stamp is from Hero Arts.  I chose to paint him with acrylics using my water brush as well.  Very easy flowing.  The sparkly in the center of the small flowers and dusted over the snowman and the larger quilled flower is all Stickles spread with an artist's brush.  A piece of ribbon from my stash wrapped the card front before I attached it to the base.  The paper is from a pad I won at Joan's Garden Challenge.

Joan's requirements this time are:

  • A character ( preferably Magnolia or Sarah Kay) - I used my Hero Arts Snowman
  • Some thing that sparkles - Stickles on his heart, his belly and the flowers
  • Nestie by Spellbinders - New if you have one - 2 nesties behind the snowman
  • Greeting - "wishing you a warm nose and toasty toes" and I put another greeting inside
Hope your weekend was wonderful!  Keep your eyes pealed for the Tilda up next!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Poinsettia Time?

First of all, I wanted to take a photo of what was left of my Halloween table setting!  No candy, that's for sure.  But I loved the little treat boxes this year - seemed to make my old witch smile!  But I realize it's hard to see her under all the chinese lanterns!  Obviously a good year for them!
Now I never wish to rush Christmas - I love it too much!  I am so envious of those friends of mine who have beautiful decorations up for months!  I have nowhere to even store them let alone purchase them, so I have a very vintage homemade Christmas each year.  But this past Christmas was something very different.  My husband had purchased a gorgeous WHITE poinsettia for our anniversary, Dec. 15, and it lasted all thru the winter and thru the spring, so I chose to put it outside.

I was at my sister in law's one day and she was throwing out her RED poinsettia and I salvaged that - figured it would be a good accent in the flower garden with the WHITE one.  Little did I know that they both would survive all summer, a flooded lawn, and into the fall.  And they were very beautiful all summer - very full and providing a lovely accent.  So this fall I repotted both and brought them into our sunroom.
This is the red one as it's developing its new red leaves for this Christmas.

 I checked this week and found the red poinsettia is developing its red leaves already!  How awesome.  The white one is lightening up but still very pale green.  How precious!
But they are massive water drinkers!  You can see my Christmas cactus in the very distant background.  Today it showed numerous little flower buds as it probably will be blooming by Thanksgiving.

I'm doing Christmas cards today for a Church Mission Craft sale in 2 weeks.  Not quite done but will post at least one asap.  Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Me With An Attitude???????

I have made so many new scrapping and stamping friends since I started blogging, every day is a new surprise in friendship it seems.  Tonite my friend Colleen from Creative Paper Room sneakily added my name to the new list of attitude recipients!  Thank you Colleen, you are so special!

If you follow all the directions that come with it, you can receive a $5.00 gift certificate from Digi's With Attitude. You can find all the specifics right here

One of the rules of the award is that you must tell 3 unknown facts about yourself:

1) I am a retired great grandmother of 64!  I don't look my age but today I feel it!
2) I don't like shopping for anything, so my youngest daughter usually purchases my clothes for me and since she also sells LIA - I am truly blessed!
) I adore real licorice........especially red!!.

Now I must hook up 5 deserving Bloggers:

1 Glenda from Magpie's Corner whom I met thru Joan's Garden Challenge!
2 My new friend Linda W from 2bkrafty - we now know of 3 Linda  W's posting on blogs!  Very cool!
3 My wonderful friend Kelly from Kelly Bee from
4 My scrapbook group online friend Teresa from Teresa's Scrappin' Spot 
- a true workaholic but does awesome cards!
5 Another wonderful online friend covered in CHOCOLATE IS Candy at I LOVE CHOCOLATE!

I hope my friends all will enjoy their award.
Hugs to everyone!
Linda  W.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November Walks In Very Quietly!

November can enter our area of the States so cruelly or she can come in so quietly.  This year it was a beautiful first couple days of November - we are so enjoying our late fall.  But undoubtedly the four letter word "snow" will be entering our lives.

I took time this evening to finish up my November 6x6 calendar that I've just started with the month of October.  Both calendars are entered in Joan's Garden Challenge.   Her requirements are listed below.  If you are looking for one or two or 6 of those beautiful Christmas Magnolias, stop in and check out Joan's recent order.  These are gorgeous!  And then take a gander at the Martha Stewart holiday punches!  Woo hoo!  Who doesn't love punches!!!!!!!!!

The recipe for Joan's challenge is as follows.  Come on over and enter something with me!
  • Something from Nature but not flowers - Real or handcrafted (such as twigs, corn husks etc.)
  • Something Punched
  • Something Green
  • A background for your focal point such as a Spellbinders Nestie 
Also linked to the following challenges:

Lil Red Wagon where I needed a bit of red in my project - thus the red bow
Craft Your Passion where anything goes this week
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - where anything that flies (turkey!).

Hope you have a lovely Autumn!