Monday, October 7, 2019

Creative Time Off

Hi Everyone!

I am here today with just a quick announcement to let you all know that I am taking a break from blogging for the rest of this month. I am very behind on making my Christmas crafts because I haven’t wanted to start posting Christmas items yet here on the blog so I have been making other items to post.

It’s too hard for me to be able to have time to do craft both Christmas and non Christmas items and do all the blog work. Soooo....I’m going to be very busy over the next few weeks prepping lots of great things to share with you during the Holiday Season!

There is still a lot of great inspiration (If I do say so myself) for you find here, however! Have a look around if you have a few moments! I hope you find something that catches your eye and inspires you to be crafty and creative!

Thanks everyone and I’ll see you again November 1st!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Cross Stitched Autumn Blessings

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re all having a great day and looking forward to a wonderful weekend. I am just hoping for some cooler temperatures to start showing up here in NC. It’s still been in the upper 90s lately and  just feeling like anything but Fall. I am so ready for crisp mornings and breezy afternoons. I’m definitely ready break about my Fall wardrobe and I am anxiously awaiting the first neighborhood Fall Fire pit social event. Until then, I’ll just keep myself cool with the AC inside!
Today’s project is a little bit different as it is not a card. I actually decided to make a small piece of art  to frame for my Autumn home decorations.

Since I’m a little late posting this today, I’m going to just share the pictures. If you have any questions about the supplies etc, drop me a comment and let me know!

Have a great weekend!

Anything Goes Challenges:

1. Addicted to Stamps and More
2. Crafting by Designs
3. Crafting with an Attitude:
4. Lavinia World Challenges
5. Creative Fingers Challenges:
6. Polkadoodles:
7. QKR Stampede
8. Ellibelle’s Corner Crafty Wednesday: Stamp it.
9. Fab n’ Funky Challenges: Autumn Challenges

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Watercolor Autumn Trees

Hi Everyone!
 I hope you’re having a wonderful day. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog today! Today’s card is another Autumn themed card featuring a watercolor background. This background was actually made at the same time I did the one in Monday’s card.

While the background of the first card was still wet, I laid a piece of watercolor paper on top of it and “smooshed” the two pieces together. The result is that the second piece had a slightly lighter layer of watercolors than the 1st one. I smooshed it around a couple of times and then lightly added some additional color to finish filling out the background. The intention with this background was to keep it light and subtle.
For the center image, I turned once again to my Lovely as a Tree set, which the original wood block set that I have had for more years than I care to admit!  (Let’s just say I think my now 15 year old son was still in diapers when I got it)

I decided to just take a chance and inked it randomly with a few distress inks. (Side note...I got my first set of Distress Oxide inks yesterday, look for a blog post soon! Anyhow, back to regularly scheduled programming...) I used Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress inks along with Simon Says Stamp’s Green Apple. I just inked the stamp and hoped for the best. It actually took about three tries to get it the way I wanted it; but I was happy with the final results.

I did some die cutting and layering to frame the center image before adding the sentiment at the bottom which is also from an old Stampin Up wood block set (I have no idea which one...)
Finally, I added some May Arts twine as a bit of a finishing touch to separate the main image from the sentiment.
I hope you like it! Leave me a comment so I can come visit you and return the favor! Have a great day everyone and I’ll see you again on Friday!

1. Crafty Sentiments Designs: Anything Goes
2. Retro Rubber Challenge: Anything Goes
3. Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
4. A Bit More Time to Craft: Anything Goes
5. A Perfect Time to Craft: Anything Goes
6. Crafts Galore Encore: Anything Goes
7. Daisy Chain Challenge: Autumn is Coming
8. Love to Craft: Anything Goes
9. The Creative Crafters: Anything Goes

Monday, September 30, 2019

Fall Watercolor Window Card

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was good. I set up my fall decor inside which seems a little odd since it still in the upper 80s / lower 90s here in NC. I’m fairly certain summer is never going to end! Maybe by the time I decorate for Christmas, it’ll finally feel like Fall.
Anyhow,  I decided to break out some watercolors and make a Fall colored thank you card. I used Tim Holtz Distress watercolor paper and my Gansei Tambi watercolors to create a simple background.

After it completely dried, I cut out a circle from the panel and stamped one of the trees from my much beloved “Lovely as a Tree” set from Stampin Up using Walnut Stain Distress ink.
I cut two more circle frames from rust color card stock and also Spring Moss from Papertrey Ink. I used the larger circle frame on the front of the card and I layered the tree image and smaller circle frame on the inside of the card
To cover the hole in the front of the card, I added a piece of acetate to the back of the front watercolor panel and then used some foam tape to adhere it to a standard size card made from cream colored card stock.

I white heat embossed the sentiment at the bottom which is from my ever- present and much used Hero Arts “ Everyday Sentiments”
I added some white dashed lines around the outer circle frame and a some sparkly dots around the inner frame for the finishing touches.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting me today! I hope you like what I made. Feel free to scroll around and see some of my other creations!

1. Corrosive Challenges: Anything Goes
2. Creative Fingers Challenges: Anything Goes
3. Crafty Catz: Anything Goes
4. Polkadoodles: Anything Goes
5. QKR Stampede: Anything Goes
6. Brown Sugar Challenges: Anything Goes
7. Crafting Happiness Challenge: Orange
8. Get Creative Challenges: Anything Goes (3rd)
9. Make My Monday: Autumn

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