Monday, September 24, 2018

En Route

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!
A rainy, cool & very dreary one here. What a way to welcome in Fall!
It was cooler and I did not have to run the AC so i'm happy about that!

Today is the day Ryan has his procedure.
We are up early to finish up the last of the prep work that needs to be done.
We are a bit grumpy this morning and wishing this soon to be over.
The last 3 nights I don't think Ryan & I have slept much and it's catching up to us.
I'm sure a nap will be in the plans after we get home later today.
Please say a little prayer for him if you will.

I have a card to share today that was made at my last get together with friends.
The girls love their masculine cards and this one is made with the En Route set from the Annual Catalog.

I love the patterns and colors that are in the Best Route DSP that is in this suite.
We also used the Maps, Etc Embossing Folder, too!

Card Details:
Stamps: En Route
Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Gray Granite
Cardstock: Blueberry Bushel, Gray Granite, Whisper White, Best Route DSP
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Oval Layering Framelits, Map, Etc EF, Best Route Enamel Shapes, Pineapple Punch 1/8 Ribbon, Glue Dot, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I also made matching gift bags for these.
I enjoy creating them so the girls have something to carry their cards home in. 
I thought I took a picture of them but I guess not.
I will add it later today!

My thoughts today....

That's for sure!
Wish us luck today!

I will be back tomorrow to update and hopefully we will have more answers.
Till then...

Thanks for stopping by & have a good day!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Healing Hugs

Good Morning & Happy Sunday!

Nothing new really to report on Ryan this morning.
He's still in pain...not eating but is pushing the fluids to stay hydrated.
He got up this morning and called the doctor.
They want him to push forward on the clean out process today so he can get his colonoscopy tomorrow which I am glad for. 
After almost 2 months of being sick from both ends and pain off & on....we NEED answers!
The only thing the doctor suggested for his pain is to take some extra strength Tylenol which I understand since they do not know what is going on inside.
I am praying all goes well today so we can possibly get answers tomorrow!

So, it's a rainy morning here. I think it may be rainy most of the day.
We'll be staying put at home today to help take care of Ryan and get him ready.
I am working on some laundry and watching football this afternoon.

I have a pretty card to show today.
This is one we made at my recent stamp get together with friends.
It uses the lovely Healing Hugs set.

Another favorite card and I love the Fall feel to this!

Card Details:

Stamps: Healing Hugs, Tree Rings Background
Ink: Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Old Olive
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories: Subtles Embossing Folder, Corner Rounder, Pumpkin Pie Enamel Dot, Old Olive 1/8 Ribbon, Glue Dot, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Stampin Up has brought out a new line of stamps called Distinktive and this is one of those sets.
I really like them and love the look they give!

My thoughts today....

 That is all for now!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Spookylicious Treat Bags

Hello & Happy Saturday!

Our weekend is not starting off on the right foot as Ryan ended up getting sick & in pain last evening.
This morning he is still having pain and in bed.
I just don't know what to do for him and we are due to have the colonoscopy Monday.
He's been doing so well for the last 3 weeks and now this.
Keeping my fingers crossed & saying some prayers.

Today I have another Halloween treat to share.
This is using Stampin Up's 3 X 6 Gusseted Cello Bags.
I have made these before but not for Halloween.


These bags are a great way to use up that DSP that we all hoard.
I have so much paper that I could probably wallpaper half of the town I live in! LOL
When I get a pack of DSP I always pick out my favorites and use it up letting the unloved sheets left.
I've been watching more & more video's on how to use up that paper and certainly trying to use it every chance I get.

Project Details:

Stamps: The Little Things (retired)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, Spooky Night DSP (retired)
Accessories: Circle Layering Framelits, Basic Black 1/8 Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dots, Black Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

If anyone needs the direction on how to make the paper insert please shoot me an email.
I did not list it as my directions are down in the stamp room.
I also filled these with some snack size candy bars.
They hold a lot of yumminess!

My thoughts today...

Feeling like Fall here today!
I'll take it!

That's all for now!
Thanks for stopping by & enjoy this first day of Fall!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Happy Halloween Card Set

Hello & Happy Friday!

Are you ready for the weekend?
It's going to be a busy one here with groceries, hitting up one of my favorite stamp stores then getting Ryan ready for his procedure on Monday.
We have to be at the hospital by 12:30 and hopefully everything will go smoothly and we'll be home by supper time. Keep your fingers crossed.

I stamped everyday this week prepping for upcoming classes!
I had so many idea's bottled up and while I wasn't distracted I decided to get everything cut & ready!
One basket ready for Halloween (and that does not include my Halloween treats), one basket ready for Thanksgiving cards and one so far for Christmas. I will most likely do another basket for Christmas once I get another Stampin Up order placed the beginning of October.
I usually prep with 6-7 cards/projects in each basket so I have been a busy beaver this week!
I am pretty pleased & excited at the same time with these projects!

Today I have a cute set of Halloween cards to share!
While I wasn't really crazy about the Stampin Up Halloween selection this year, I did order the Toil & Trouble DSP. I liked some of the prints and some not so much.
This pack uses some leftover scraps of the witches hat print.
That one & the ghost were my favorites probably because I love the new Gorgeous Grape & Granny Apple Green colors they've added to our color palette this year!
Beautiful Halloween colors!!! FINALLY!

Aren't those witches hats adorable??!!

My sentiment comes from an old Paper Pumpkin Kit from the first year it came out.
It looks pretty awesome stamped in Gorgeous Grape, doesn't it??

Card Set Details:

Stamps: past Paper Pumpkin Kit
Ink: Gorgeous Grape
Cardstock: Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White, Toil & Trouble DSP
Accessories: Oval Layering Framelits, Gorgeous Grape Striped Ribbon, Glittered Granny Apple Green Enamel Dots (LOVE!!!), Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

As cute as these are i'm sure my customer will suck them up!
I love them!

My thoughts today....

It can't come soon enough!

That's all for now!
Thanks for stopping by & enjoy your Friday!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall Cards for Friends

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Been a busy week with Shawn working some long hours and I have been busy in my stamp room prepping for upcoming card classes. My hands aren't real happy but I will rest them next week once I get everything cut and ready!

So, yesterday I was looking for some cool idea's to make some cards to send to my stamp girls for the first day of Fall. #makeacardsendacard 
I was hopping around on Pinterest then Facebook.
Then I found a card that was perfect for what I was looking for!
Not really sure of the name of it and I will give you the directions at the end.

Since Saturday is the first day of Fall (Thank God!!), these are the cards I made.

Card #1

Card #2

Card Details:

Stamps: Amuse- Autumn Leaves
Ink: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Country Lane DSP
Accessories: Circle Layering Framelits, Gold Rhinestones, Crushed Curry Twine, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

These were very quick & simple to whip up!

Here is how....

Start with a piece of cardstock measuring 4 1/4 X 5 1/2
Coordinating DSP cut at 4 X 12
Score at 1, 4 1/4 and again at 9 1/2
Fold and use bone folder for a nice crease.
The 1 inch piece gets folded the opposite direction so it will show the other side of DSP.
Attach your DSP to the piece of cardstock. 
Then add an inside piece of cardstock to write your message on. 
Decorate the front.

Any questions please shoot me an email at

My thoughts today....

That is all for now!
Thanks for stopping by & enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kit Kat Candy Holders

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday afternoon the sun finally came out! WooHoo!
I even decided to open my windows since the humidity wasn't too bad.
Today will be another sunny day and i'm thrilled about that!

I have a cute candy treat to share today!
I hope your all ready for some Halloween treats!

These are made with the now retired Stitched Seasons Framelits that were available for the month of August, ONLY. It was such a beautiful stamp set with amazing framelits to match! 

I looked high & low to find the right candy to put in them...which are the orange Halloween Kit Kats! I have to hide them from Shawn as he has a terrible sweet tooth! 

Project Details:

Stamps: Spooky Sweets
Ink: Mango Melody, Basic Gray, Memento Black
Cardstock: Basic Black, Mango Melody, Whisper White, Toils & Trouble DSP
Accessories: Stitched Season's Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Circle Layering Framelits, Clear Rhinestones, Black Twine, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I really love the colors of these!
Mango Melody & Basic Black together just scream Halloween!
I can already imagine these done up in Christmas papers! 
Ooooh my!

My thoughts today.....

Sounds good to me!

That is all for now!
Thanks for stopping by & enjoy this wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Spooky Halloween

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

Today I have a Halloween card to share that I cased from Facebook.
The original card was made using the new Winter Woods stamp set.
I do not have that so I used the tree from Sheltering Tree.

I also used the new Buffalo Check background stamp! 
I LOVE it! You will see me using this alot in the coming weeks!

Card Details:

Stamps: Sheltering Tree, Spooky Fun (retired), Little Shapes (retired), Buffalo Check
Ink: Memento Black, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Merry Christmas Thinlit Dies, Takeout Thinlit Die (tag), Spooky Bats Punch, Black Glittered Ribbon, Black Twine, Mini Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

This card was so fun to create!
And that Buffalo Check print is so trendy right now!

My thoughts today....

That's all for now!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Lilypad Lake

Hello & Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a nice weekend.
I was watching some of the news and seen the footage from Hurricane Florence from this past weekend. It dumped so much rain...I can't even imagine!
Sending my thoughts & prayers to the folks of North & South Carolina.

Yesterday was a gorgeous day here in PA. Lots of blue skies & sunshine!
Hope everyone got out to enjoy it!
Rain from the hurricane is on our doorstep today & tomorrow.

I have a card to share today that was made Friday evening with the stamp girls.
Deb requested something with Lilypad Lake so this is what I created.

I had all the diecutting done so all they had to do was stamp the water & sentiment then color the sailboats. Went rather quickly and they really liked my card! 
The girls decided to change up the saying and use a Thinking of You from the Colorful Seasons set.

Card Details:

Stamps: Lilypad Lake
Ink: Pool Party, Night of Navy, Memento Black, Stampin Blends
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Pool Party, Whisper White
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Lakeside Framelits, Night of Navy Twine, Mini Dimensionals & Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

If you do not have Copic Markers or Stampin really should have them in your collection! They color things SO nicely without showing lines like regular makers do!
I started out being sold on the Copics and now I am hooked on the Blends. 
I hope in the future that Stampin Up brings out more colors!
They really make coloring much more fun!

My thoughts today.... 

Anyone else have this problem?

That's all I have for now!
Thanks for stopping by & make your day a happy one!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Lovely As A Tree

Hello & Happy Sunday!

Hope your all having a nice relaxing weekend so far!
Yesterday turned out to be a very nice day!
Lots of sunshine even though it was still humid.
Shawn & I headed out to run some errands then home to get the storage room straightened up.
Today I have an appointment to get my haircut. Going shorter this time.
I absolutely love as it's so much easier to take care of!

Today I have another card to share that the girls made Friday evening.
They love their masculine cards so here is one that was made with Lovely As A Tree and some Christmas DSP!

This DSP is from the Under the Mistletoe DSP that is in the Annual Catalog.
When I seen the plaid print and it had Old Olive & Night of Navy in it...I seen a masculine card!
And how cool that Lovely As A Tree went SO well with it!

The tree was inked with SU Markers then we huffed to moisten the ink then stamped it onto our Whisper White cardstock. They all turned out beautifully!

Card Details:

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Perennial Birthday
Ink: Night of Navy, Old Olive & Early Espresso SU Markers
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Old Olive, Whisper White, Under the Mistletoe DSP
Accessories: Oval Layering Framelits, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Another favorite with the girls!
I personally love the plaid paper which totally makes this card!

My thoughts today....

That is all for now!
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Painted Harvest

Hello & Happy Saturday!

Up early this morning to run a few errands then tackle reorganizing the storage room in the basement. With all the boxes/totes full of Ceramic Christmas Trees we really need to get things better organized and just straightened up. We usually try to do this every Fall/Winter. Shawn also needs to look at the one sump pump down there. Something odd going on with it. 

Last night was my stamp get together with friends.
We had such a great time and they all loved the cards I created for it and that always makes me happy to hear! Miss Emily said she could not pick a favorite because she loved them all!! 
We are going to try to get together again on October 6th for World Cardmaking Day and do some Halloween projects! Can't believe we are talking about October already!!!!

Today I am sharing one of the cards I created for our get together using the VERY loved Painted Harvest set.

I am thinking of seriously buying another Painted Harvest set before it would ever retire just so I have a backup! My set has been used SO much in the last year that the stamps do not want to stick to the acrylic blocks anymore. They say a bath in hot soapy water would remedy that issue but I have not tried yet. If you have any suggestions let me know.

Card Details:

Stamps: Painted Harvest, Itty Bitty Greetings, Stitched All Around
Ink: Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry
Cardstock: Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Accessories: Stitched Labels Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Basket Weave EF, Classic Label Punch, Fresh Fig 1/8 Ribbon, Crushed Curry Enamel Dot, Glue Dots, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I wanted something with a Fall feel to it and I think the color combo of Fresh Fig & Crushed Curry nailed it. The Basket Weave EF just adds so much texture to this. 
Definitely one of my favorite cards too!

Here is a Letter Board I have hanging in my stamp room above my light box.
I picked it up at Goodwill over the summer for $3.00...Brand New!
It serves me well and keeps me reminded of when I have a class with friends!

My thoughts today....

That is all for now!
Thanks for stopping by & make it a great day!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Happy Boo Box

Hello & Happy Friday!

So glad the weekend is here!
My hubby has been working some long days this week and i'm looking forward to spending some time with him this weekend.
Tonight is my stamp night with friends. I'm looking forward to it!

Today I am sharing a box I made for Halloween.
This is one I found on You Tube by Angie Juda.
Here is the link if your interested in making them.

To my surprise these boxes hold alot!

Project Details:

Stamps: Monster Munchies (retired)
Ink: Gorgeous Grape
Cardstock: Basic Black, Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White, Toil & Trouble DSP
Accessories: Oval Layering Framelits, Rhinestone, Clip, Gorgeous Grape Striped Ribbon, Glue Dot, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Angie Juda's box is adorable with that little ghost and it inspired me to create my own.
I love the little ghost in this DSP.
I especially love the purple color! 
We finally have a great color of purple!!!

My thoughts today....

This Jack Russell looks like my grandpuppy, Shady! 💗 him!

That is all for now!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!