Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving !

I hope that each of you has a wonderful day full of thanks for many things you've been blessed with.
 Even the simple things such as seeing a gorgeous sunset another day is something to be thankful for :)

A fun Thanksgiving / fall card I received this week from a "pen pal". That little circle with the pumpkin on it in the bottom is on a string, suspended in the circular punch out on the front of the card.


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Template Challenge

I created this digital scrap book page with the
current template challenge at
The kit I used is the free mini kit from
JMC Designs this month as part of the
November Blog Train at Scraps-N-Pieces.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Speed Scrap Challenge

This is the page I made using the instructions shared by Jodi from JMC Designs at the speed scrap she hosted yesterday on the Scraps- N-Pieces forum. Lucky for me they are posted after the scrap so I was able to participate. I don't have a decent enough internet connection at home - or the time really - to play along with the others online.

I used the Giving Thanks kit from JMC Designs.

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday Drives

We live near the Mississippi River.
We drive a portion of this scenic byway
any time we want to go "to town". 
Two weekends in a row recently we had to drive 
along this gorgeous roadway to the west 
then back home east which is not as common for us.

The drive this time of year, and especially
at the right time of day, is spectacular here.

These won't be the best photos since they were taken
through the windows of a moving vehicle.

This photo was taken on the first weekend we drove
west as we were headed back home, east.
Yes, this sounds incorrect to many people, but it is true:
the river runs "west to east" here.
It was late afternoon so the normally white
limestone bluffs were taking on a slightly yellow cast.
The trees are not very colorful now due to the 
drought we had - after an abnormally wet spring
with record setting floods !

If you look closely at this photo, you will notice a 
high water mark from 1993 on the left lower part
of the foundation on this barn. 
All of the land to the left of it was well under water
for a long time during the Great Flood of 1993. 

This was all under water during the Great Flood of 1993.
The Illinois river flooded this farming area. 

This is rolling hills, farmland high above the flood plain.

Looking down the road from a quaint little town
towards more farmland. 

Getting ready to board the ferry to come back home
across the Illinois River. 
We drove across a bridge over the river on the way up
but came back a different scenic way.
I bought pumpkins and apples at one of the many 
stands along the way. 

View from the ferry. 
It was odd being only one of three vehicles on it at them time:
the other was a semi truck ! That was a first for me,
sharing a ferry with a big rig.
Then again, I don't use the ferry often,
especially this time of year when the lines
are long due to the many sightseers.

Headed back home, east along the Mississippi River, 
the following weekend and later in the day. 
The colors are a bit more vibrant
this week after have a couple days of rain during the
week and being a bit later in the fall than our first trip.
The setting sun later in the evening also makes it more colorful.

Driving past our turnoff to get a better shot of the gorgeous sunset.
We needed to clear the islands to get the best view -
except of course for that power plant. 
Taken from the car window as we were driving.
This shows that the river truly does run "west to east" here
as the sun is setting over it ! 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Leaf Wreath Card

Several paper punched leaves that I stamped with a leaf image (Autumn, Stampin’ Up!) were glued to a wood grain embossed card front to resemble a front door. I lightly sanded the raised areas. I hot glued on a scrap of gold organdy ribbon to the wreath to finish it off.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tags 4 You Thanksgiving Cards


I used the new Tags 4 you stamp set and coordinating punch from Stampin’ Up!, a die from the Chalk Talk set and an old border punch to make the rosette. I think the punch was called Lace Border; it was retired from Stampin’ Up! I also created faux brads by covering 1/4” paper punched circles of card stock with Crystal Effects.

This card would require extra postage since it is so thick, but I will be handing it out personally so no worries about the extra postage.

Here is another card featuring the label from Tags 4 You as well as paper punched leaves and gold swirls from the Baroque Motifs stamp set. This is a small card and it was cut from a piece of manila folder. I sent it along with a belated birthday card so I wanted it to be smaller, thinner, more mail friendly.

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanks Be For Thee Thanksgiving Card

Another old Thanksgiving image from Stampin’ Up! I for one miss these old line art type images, they are fun to color!

I stamped it with Basic Black ink onto naturals card stock. Water colored with an aquapainter and ink from my classic ink pads.

Decorative paper is from an old Die Cuts With A View stack.

Leaf paper punches, unknown manufacturer. I stamped the punched leaves with an image from the old Autumn stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

Word Window Punch and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set from Stampin’ Up! for the tag. Dusty Durango ink.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Turkey Talk Thanksgiving Card



This cute turkey image is from an old
Stampin’ Up! stamp set, Turkey Talk.

I stamped it with Basic Black ink,
water colored it in with an aquapainter
and classic ink pads.
I trimmed it out , slightly curled parts of it, 
then mounted it to
a Chalk Talk die cut tag
with dimensionals.

I used my paper piercer to poke
tiny holes around the edge of the tag.

Brown grosgrain ribbon,
decorative papers from
Die Cuts With A View
More Mustard card stock to complete.
I also lightly sanded the edge of one of
the pieces of decorative papers, too.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Cards




A couple of Thanksgiving cards I created with an old stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I stamped the images with black ink then water colored them in with an aquapainter and ink from ink pads. Parts of the images were cut out and mounted on dimensionals.
Colored mulberrry paper accents behind the stamped images as well as decorative paper from  Die Cuts With A View jumbo fall stack of paper are layered onto the More Mustard card stock.
Thanks for looking =)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mums and Leaves Thanksgiving Cards

Before I share my project I wanted to let my followers know that we are okay. Severe weather hit our area yesterday, spawning some tornadoes in the state. Many areas were obliterated. There is damage all across the bi-state caused by the 60-70 mph winds. We were without power, strangely later in the evening after the storms had passed . Thankfully it was such a warm day, setting a record of 80 degrees for the day, so I was not concerned about lack of heat since there was no power. I decided to try to make the best of it, home alone in the dark, by working on sorting out some holiday cards I had already made. The light of the full moon streaming through the windows and a few battery operated lights produced enough light to work by for a while.





If you follow my blog, you may recognize these flowers and leaves. They were created for table decorations for my cousins wedding last month. One of them was sent back home with me so I could reuse the flowers. I requested that they not be thrown away after all the work I put into them (hours and hours and hours!). The Grooms mother kept hers, but my aunt, the Mother of the Bride, gave me theirs back. I reused some of the flowers and leaves on the DVD case I made for them for the videos and photos we took of the wedding.

There are two cards, I will give one to my mother and one to my sister at Thanksgiving dinner.

Papers from an old Die Cuts With A View jumbo fall stack. Card stocks, inks, stamps (Lovely Leaves) and dies (Daisy) were from Stampin’ Up!

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I Miss You SNOW Much

I thought that would be a cute sentiment to put inside this card to send to Operation Write Home for a Hero to write home to a loved one on =)

This card is for the Midweek Throwdown : Dry Embossing on the web site. I used an embossing folder on the back ground and a brass template to dry emboss the snowman. It's difficult to tell in the photo, but the snowman face has raised features.

Supplies used:
-Whisper White and Basic Black card stock, Stampin' Up!
-Textured white core light blue card stock is actually half of a premade card from a box full I bought
-Northern Frost (?) embossing folder, Stampin' Up!
-Snowman brass template, Lasting Impressions
-Markers to highlight some of the raised details
-Chalk rubbed on his cheeks
-Scissors to trim out the snowman
-Sandpaper to lightly scuff the raised embossed snowflakes

I've shared dozens and dozens of holiday cards over the past couple of months that I sent to Operation Write Home in early October . This week I will post the Thanksgiving cards I am mailing to family then I will start posting the every day cards I donated to OWH. I have a LOT of those to share as well (I sent 250 cards total!). In fact, there are so many I may not have them all posted by the end of the year since I will be sharing other projects of my own as well.

Oh, and that snow that was forecast for us earlier in the week after a perfect, warm, sunny fall weekend ? It amounted to nothing much more than a dusting. This is the earliest snow fall for our area I can remember in years. I'm beginning to wonder if what mom told me she heard about this going to be a bad weather for us is true..........   then again it is to be very warm, humid, windy with thunderstorms tomorrow. Very springlike weather for our part of the USA and unusual this time of year. Crazy weather !
This photo was taken at 10:30 AM after most of it had melted. 

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

BBQ and Fireworks Digital Kit

Here they are, my first Creative Team projects for JMC Designs !

I used the BBQ and Fireworks kit from her store at I had a tough time deciding which kit to choose to create with first, she has lots of fun kits in her store. The patriotic set won in the end as it will be the most versatile for me. Not only is it a great kit for fireworks and BBQ pages, you can easily make masculine/boy pages, feminine pages, "country" pages,  hero , even shoot for the moon/you're a star pages !

My fist page is pretty straightforward. Decorative papers are paper filled into the shapes feature from the My Memories Suite program. Some stitching around the edge of the background paper. The big bow is made from one single gingham bow rotated and layered over itself four times. I inserted a fun little "flair"  to the center of the big poofy bow I made.

The second page also uses items from the kit, but it is not patriotic at all !
The torn edge white core paper was created by copying and pasting in place then slightly reducing in size and changing the color of one of the layers. Top layer yellow and slightly smaller, bottom layer white. The paper tear feature is found in Photos of the My Memories software.

To make the curving text, click on Text, insert text then the little options to create inside or outside round and square text boxes show up. It can take some patience to get the text to fit perfectly though.

My last project is a set of two cards. I designed each card front individually (custom size of 4.25" x 5.5") then using Photoshop Elements, I made it into a single 8.5" x 11" page to be printed out, cut and folded to create two cards. Unfortunately my printer did not have enough ink to show you how they would look finished. If you'd like to do something like this, make certain your printer can print edge to edge or else adjust your project accordingly. Mine won't print edge to edge, so to solve that problem I made the cards mostly white making sure all edges were white. Truly if I wanted to print out cards, I'd have them done elsewhere so as not to use up all the ink in my printer or have it run out in the middle of a job.

The banner Shapes on my cards that I paper filled were created custom from the Shapes feature in My Memories. Click Add Shape, Rectangle, the choose EDIT on the lower left of the shape chooser screen. Another window pops up that allows you to play with the basic shape to make your own. I've made several different shapes and saved them for future use.

Here is a diagram to show you how you would cut and fold the printed page.

Here is the misprint. I'll just flip it over and use the card stock for a hand stamped card.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thankful At Heart Digi Kit

 I had fun with the newest digital scrapbooking kit
as a member of her creative team!
It is being released at
and is on sale through the end of November.

This is the Thankful At Heart digi kit.
 The variety of beautiful papers
(some are glittery!)
makes it such a versatile kit.
Fall, Christmas, "country" and as you can see,
I even made a wedding related page
using components included in this kit !

I snapped a couple quick pictures of the busy squirrels
in my yard to put this one together.
Lots of great fall elements to use.

Everything on this page is in the kit, too.
Glittery red and white papers with 
coordinating embellishments
worked well as a page to show off 
the wedding cake and cupcakes my cousin made
for another cousins wedding. 

Honestly, I don't know how templates work 
so I just looked at the "sketch" then added
bits and pieces to my layout in 
My Digital Studio (or My Memories Suite)
to resemble the layout she designed. 

These last four samples I made are greeting cards.
I will add my own sentiments that are not in the kit.
The last one would make a nice
family photo card for Christmas. 
If you choose a custom size of 4" x 6"
when creating your digital project,
you can make your own holiday cards
that can easily be printed on a photo
kiosk at any store.
It's much cheaper that way !
I did this for a graduation announcement
for my son this past year.
The clerk at the store was wowed by the idea
and just for fun, tallied up how much money
I saved by doing it that way.
I had a coupon for 10c single 4x6 prints;
their 5x7 flat announcements ran 85c each. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I'm A Creative Team Member for JMC Designs !

It's official, I'm the newest Creative Team Member for Jodi at  JMC Designs !!! See her store of digital scrapbooking content at

Yes, I'll still be working with kits from Loni at Grace Blossoms 4 U as well not to mention all the stuff I've added on to the My Digital Studio program from Stampin' Up!

I guess I thought taking on another Creative Team position might inspire me to scrapbook more often !

My first projects as a member of her team will be using an older kit for the time being. I chose a patriotic kit, but there are so many other fun kits in her store, it was tough to choose. In the end the patriotic set won out since it will be far more versatile for me. The ideas are flowing !

I can not wait for the Jodi's newest kit to come out the first week of December - it is all about snow and uses an unexpected color palette. Love it !!! 

Owl Punch Baby Card

Totally inspired by the photo I saw of the nursery 
my cousin decorated for her new baby girl =) 

I made this card for my parents to send to them.

Nearly everything used was from Stampin' Up!
except the scalloped edge circle die (Spellbinders).

Thanks for looking !

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fall Around The Yard 2013

A dozen photos I snapped around the yard last weekend during the "ladybug invasion" on a perfect fall day: sunny and 70 degrees !

A lone big leaf that blew in from one of the tall cottonwood trees across the creek.

The decorative pear trees are colorful
and still so full of leaves whereas most trees are bare.

A single leaf left hanging on the fire bush.

This doesn't show up as well as it did in real life:
there are two bright green leaves in the middle
of all the yellow gold leaves.
They are towards the lower right in the photo.

If you follow my blog at all,
you will recall we had a historic flood this past summer.
That red mark on the tree trunk marks
the water depth at crest. This tree is along the creek bank.
That mark is easily 6 feet above ground,
well above my head.
There would have been 6 feet or so of water that filled the creek bed 
before making it to the field to rise several more feet.
We put up a measuring stick in the middle of our field,
the water out there was 7 feet deep at crest -
deep enough to go boating in !
In fact, we did need to use a boat to get out for a few days 
to a vehicle parked on higher ground.
It was just too deep to drive through on our road. 

Fuzzy acorn tops from the burr oak tree.
I've never seen a quad before ! 

 Sad to see so many tomatoes that went to waste.

This was neat in real life. 
Not a cloud in the sky,
just this jet leaving a trail and the moon
(down low between the tree branches).

Hyla watching bugs fly.

Kitty daring Hyla to get closer to me

Thanks for looking =)