Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Joans Garden Challenge Entry No. 4

Today I spent a great deal of time outside in the gardens weeding out the morning glory plants and cutting back hostas and other plants.  We will soon dig up 2 posts of the arbor as all the water and wet soil this year gave it a lean to the east we don't like.  So the clematis and climbing roses had to be trimmed back as well.  But I'm done.

I then decided to take some time and hide away in my craft room.  This is my final entry into Joan's Garden Challenge #16.  The little hedgie will surprise one of my friends shortly this week.  I fulfilled all the reqiurements of Joan's challenge, that being the brown/tan paper; 3 layers of nesties; a fall flower (well guess there are 4 there) and some buttons! 

I used a items from my stash again, so can't tell you what paper line it is.  I liked the way the 2 blended so layered them on the front of the card and went from there.  Hedgies are always easy to color - I used my copics.  And then I gave him more a 'real' flower than the image had.

Various goodies of flowers and punches and ribbon complete this entry!  Hope you had a wonderful fall day as I did. 

Joans Garden Challenge Entry No. 3

Don't you just love fall?  I do - the smells, the colors, the crunch of the leaves under my feet as I walk.  This year my great grandkids are 4 and 8 so the Halloween theme is a bit more fun for me and them!  So I"ve made up a bunch of Jack images from an old stamp I have - and I water-colored and mounted this one 3 times and embellished with 2 quilled sunflowers.  Jack almost looks excited to see his embellishments!

This card is my 3rd entry into Joan's Garden Challenge #16.  Come on over and join us - she has a wonderful site - full of inspiration. 

Color - Brown and Tan
Embellishment - Buttons
3 Layers (preferably Nesties)
Fall Flower

Have an awesome fall!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Joans Garden Challenge Entry No. 2

This is my SECOND entry in answer to a  Challenge at Joan's Garden.  The requirements were:

Color - Brown and Tan
Embellishment - Buttons
3 Layers (preferably Nesties)
Fall Flower

Again I used up stash principally; I fell in love with the soft blue/tan checked background.  I colored in Tilda with my copics to set off the whole card.  

There are 3 layers of nesties, the top layer color was created by me using Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad Vintage Photo.  3 buttons and 3 beautiful fall flowers finish it up.  The flowers are from the Cuttlebug Quilled Flower plates and were created for me by one of my wonderful friends, Anna N.   The "Happy Anything Day" is one of my favorites - my friend Mary has the stamp and yields me many images to play with.

Hope you have fun creating something yet today!

Crochet Flowers

I love making crocheted flowers in my past-time.  If you like these and would like me to make you some (most colors available), please leave a comment and I'll get in touch with you.  If you are on my Scrapbook/Card Making Group, we will deal a trade.

Enjoy your beautiful fall day - take time to savor the smells of autumn!

Monday, September 27, 2010

My Entry to Joan's Garden Challenge #16

This is my first time posting an answer to a  Challenge at Joan's Garden.  The requirements were:
Color - Brown and Tan
Embellishment - Buttons
3 Layers (preferably Nesties)
Fall Flower

I used up various stash in preparing this card.  There are 3 layers of nesties, each distressed with Chocolate CTMH Distress ink, and then rimmed with Bazz Inks Java.  3 buttons and 3 jewels with a creme bow finish it up.  

Hope you have fun creating something yet today!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Love that card!

My friend Holley gave me the idea for the background "love" using my wax watercolors.  She also rakked me with the wine bottle, glasses and watermelon - so fun to create.  Pop dotting, nesties and one sheet of 12x12 pp again helped create a coordinating envelope a few note sheets and this lovely card.  I do believe I'll start working on the cards for our troops with the Valentine's theme.  Never too early because those deadlines come up quickly. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Use up that stash!

If you are involved in card making or would just love to get a start, start with just ONE sheet of 12x12 paper - your choice of colors.  Cut your paper to 8.5 x 8.5 saving those precious sides.  Fold opposite sides ON POINT of the 8.5x8.5 square at 3 inches and the opposite sides at 3 5/8 inches.  Fold and tape.  (see above envelope)

Take the remainder of the paper and an 8.5x5.5 sheet of paper - fold that in half to create your card base, add some embellishments or images or just do some stitching (which I did but you can't see) and add a sticker or two.  Wallah you have a card and envelope with matching interior, as well as an extra piece or two for a note.

The little image here is getting some stickles on her heart wand - but I was in a hurry to post tonite.  So she will be beautifully finished by morning.  She was colored by my friend Teresa with copics and Teresa even made the flower out of patterned paper!  Too cute!!!

Wooden you know it?

I created these faux wooden frames from patterned paper and even surprised my hubbie!
These are photos of the black swallowtails we raised this year as well as the baby wrens in the gourd!
The young caterpillars become a chrysalis which in turn yields beautiful monarchs!

Thursday, September 16, 2010


What fun to make these Trick or Treat bags......and what is best is that I started early!  This particular bag is going to a friend a bit early with a special gift inside.  The whole bag is merely a regular card sized envelope embellished, folded and punched - and can be used for any special occasion.  The link is here:  CUTE LITTLE GIFT BAGS!

Nikko says he wants to hunt for fall things!  Here he's found a gorgeous shelf fungi growing on an old stump.  Fall is such a beautiful time - even for fungi hunting!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


KELLY BEE has a fun blog and will occasionally surprise us with some paper candy to work with.  She sent this cute image of the turtles along with several well coordinated patterned papers and I sent back the above finished card.  This was my first attempt shadowing the nestie on a nestie so it's a bit too dark.  I found that using a stipple brush was much better than trying to sponge the shadow work.

But it was fun creating too.  I just noticed the mama turtle is walking up hill - OOPS!  Sorry Kelly.

Criming For Fall Cards

Two different versions with the nestie shadowed and then the nestie doubled.  The crimping effect I got from Splitcoast Stampers called the Crimped Diamond card.  The images came from my friend Teresa in TN thru our scrapbook group.  I used my stipple brush (CTMH) for the shading and copics for the coloring.  Hope you like!

Friday, September 3, 2010



CONGRATULATIONS SHELLY!  One year ago my daughter decided to change her life as well as prepare for the wedding of her friend!  She joined Weight Watchers and lost over 52 lbs. as of the week of the wedding in August!  You go girl - you look great!!!