Not a creative bone in my body today!

Well, I guess it happens. Today I hit a creative wall where even the thought of trying to make something just gave me the willies! That has never happened before. Maybe it is spring fever? Could be, as the temperature is currently 72 degrees, about 30 degrees higher than it should be this time of year.

Or, maybe it is the knowledge that I had a lot of WORK staring me in the face. Not serious work, but the clean-up after a house full of company last night, following two days of cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, prepping, cooking, etc. in preparation for that house full.

My two girls and their spouses, children and grandchildren were here as were my sister and her 4 girls and their families. My brother-in-law wasn’t feeling well, so did not attend the festivities that my 4 year old Great Granddaughter called the “Thanksgiving Party”. and to her, I guess, it was a party. She got to see and play with her 8 boy cousins (second cousins, but never mind). Yep, of the 30 who were here, 10 were under the age of 10 and only ONE GIRL! As you can imagine, the decibel level rose pretty high at times in my not-very-big-house.

And the noise wasn’t just from children playing. All the adults were talking at once it seemed as we all had a great time just catching up with one another. Some had not seen each other since last Thanksgiving, while for others it had been Easter the last time they were together.

Before a bountiful meal, some of which I prepared, and some brought in by all attending, we joined hands for prayer, but instead of a prayer we went around the circle and each named one thing for which they are thankful. To end, my older daughter gave the final few words of prayer and a resounding AMEN was added by all.

This year was a bit different as, for the first time in a long time, there were no extras. No in-laws, out-laws, neighbors, friends, friends of friends, or just anyone who otherwise might spend the day alone.

A couple of churches in the area prepare a thanksgiving meal for anyone who is alone (actually anyone who wants to go may do so ), so perhaps those who might have come decided to go to the church instead. At any rate, several were invited but did not come, so it was just family this year. (unless you count a boyfriend or two.)

Today, I caught up on some correspondence, my sis came to get the items left behind by her grandsons, all the food was put away or frozen, or eaten, pots, pans and serving dishes washed and put away and the stove top cleaned! No creativity there, but for some reason there was a certain amount of satisfaction in seeing everything clean, or reasonably so.

The girls, granddaughters and nieces had kindly washed the plates and silverware, but I still had the task of putting  away those things they didn’t. I have a dishwasher and told them we could just load it, but I think they enjoy visiting over the sink full of dishes.

I am not super-woman. There are things that should have gotten done that didn’t. Like the piano. I FORGOT TO DUST IT! Oh, my! the dust was thick, too. I didn’t scrub the floors either. And the company arrived before I managed to get a shower.

But, you know what? I don’t think ANY of that mattered. What did matter was the love and fellowship we all enjoyed.

While I am glad that a day is set aside to remind us to be always thankful and grateful for our many blessings, what is really important is that we gather TOGETHER to give thanks. Even the little ones who could talk said their thanks.

In closing, I want to say that creativity is a blessing too. And I am grateful to God for the gifts He has given me to be creative, to WANT to create (most of the time) and for the ability to recognize that some days you just need to work, not create.

There is always tomorrow, for most of us. And if there isn’t a tomorrow, well, then, it doesn’t really matter, does it?

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”                                                                                          1st Thessalonians l5: 18

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Good Thursday morning to you all. And a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving as well. The turkey is done, the ham balls also. The pies are ready to go in the oven. I still have a little picking up and the vacuuming to do, but otherwise I think I will be ready for my company when they arrive.

Today’s card is a thank you to all of you who follow me. I appreciate every one of you so very much.

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I am thankful, and grateful for all I have been given by the Good Lord. Blessings abound, even in the time of uncertainty or trouble.

I began my card with an Early Espresso card base. Then I chose one of the Wood Textures DSP for the art piece. Into this I die cut three leaves using the Thinlit from the Colorful Seasons Bundle I love this little leaf and use it often.

Using the same die, I cut three leaves from Copper Foil Sheets. Setting this aside for the moment, I sponged a piece of Very Vanilla card stock with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Elegant Eggplant. This was adhered with liquid glue to the back of the Wood Textures DSP. The Precision Base Plate is a great advantage when cutting this detailed die, or for any intricately detailed die.

Also using Liquid Glue, I adhered the copper leaves into the negative space of the Wood Textures panel. This panel is Liquid Glued to a Pumpkin Pie mat.

Using Linen Thread, I wrapped it three times around the left side of the card front, taping it on the back. I did a ‘three times around three fingers’ bow and tied it to the wrapped strands. A glue dot for extra holding power keeps it in place.

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The sentiment is from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set, stamped in Versamark on a light colored Wood Textures DSP and heat embossed in Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Before adding Versamark and embossing powder, rub your piece with the Emboss Buddy. This prevents embossing powder from straying off the Versamark and all over your paper. The ends were cut with the Triple Banner Punch and the banner attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The completed front is adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The inside is a panel of Very Vanilla stamped all over with the leaf stamp from Colorful Seasons. I used Cajun Craze,  and Crushed Curry with some stamped full strength and some by continuing to stamp without re-inking. inside

The sentiment is also from Paisleys and Posies and is stamped in Early Espresso. My world is truly brighter because of each of you!  Thank you. This was adhered to a Pumpkin Pie mat and into the card base.

I did not have time to do the envelope which will probably have leaves stamped on the front and some Wood Texures DSP on the flap, unless I decide to stamp more of the lovely leaves!

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Pumpkin Pie: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Very Vanilla: sponged piece3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ inside liner 3-7/8″ x 5-3/8″; Wood Textures DSP: dark for front 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ light for sentiment 2″ x 4″
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Stampin’ Up! Happy Thanksgiving

Good Wednesday morning everyone! I hope your week is going well, and today is, as you all know, HUMP DAY, as my kids called it. I guess it means when you get to Wednesday you are over the hump of the middle of the week. If someone knows a different reason for that designation, please comment below.

Thanksgiving, in my opinion, is the most overlooked holidays. Coming between the increasingly popular Halloween and Christmas, well, it just gets overlooked. I host a family gathering in the evening and there are usually add-ons as well. What is an add-on you ask? Here it is anyone who has been added who is not a family member. It might be a friend, an in-law, a neighbor, a shut-in, or just anyone who has no other place to go for a festive meal.

All that said, my card for today is geared toward Thanksgiving.

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I began with a color scheme of brown, orange and copper, in this case, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango and Copper Foil. I also included some Wood Textures, just because I like it.

Actually, the first step was to stamp the Wood Textures in Early Espresso ink with a leaf stamp from Colorful Seasons. Next, I ran this sheet through the big shot with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The trees didn’t show up very well, so I inked the embossed side  (the side that says Stampin’ UP!) with Early Espresso ink and ran the same sheet through again. Aha! Much better! This gave definition to the trees, subtle, but there. When embossing with a 6″ x 6″ designer paper, I emboss the whole sheet, then cut to size.

This was adhered to a mat of Tangerine Tango. A length of Burlap Ribbon was wrapped around ant taped to the back. I die cut an oak leaf from the scrap of stamped and embossed Wood Textures, then cut another from Tangerine Tango using the Vintage Leaves die.

A solid copper maple leaf and the openwork maple leaf were cut using dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I dry arranged them to see if this was all I would need, but did not adhere them.

Using a stamp from another company because Stampin’ Up does not have a Happy Thanksgiving stamp (or if they do, I don’t have it), I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla in Early Espresso and die cut it using Lots of Labels Framelits. I cut a second one in Tangerine Tango, cut it in half vertically and liquid glued them together.

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Placing several Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back allowed me to wind a pretty long length of Copoper Metallic Thread around. I re-arranged the leaves, using a Glue Dot and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the Oak leaves, placing the wood one over the Tangerine Tango one.

A little Liquid Glue on part of the openwork  leaf (the part on the oak leaf) adhered it nicely and a Glue Dot was sufficient to hold the solid leaf in place.

Belatedly, I decided the Very Vanilla sentiment was just too stark, so I VERY LIGHTLY sponged it with a little Early Espresso, moving my sponge from the outside in to give some definition to the edges. The Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered this piece over the leaves. The completed front was adhered to the Early Espresso card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside, another Wood Textures was stamped with the same leaf stamp and Liquid Glued to its Tangerine Tango mat. The sentiment piece is Very Vanilla edged in Early Espresso with my Stampin’ Write marker, and stamped with the same leaf stamp from Colorful Seasons in stamped off once Early Espresso. The sentiment is full strength Early Espresso, and is from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set. This was adhered to the Wood Textures panel and into the the card base with Liquid Glue.

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The envelope is Crumb Cake with Early Espresso leaves stamped on the front and on the flap. In retrospect, I am thinking I should have stamped and embossed another sheet of Wood Textures for the flap. I may still do that if I have time before it has to go in the mail.

I hope you like this card enough to try it yourself. Card cuts and product list are below. If you would like to order supplie and do not have a demonstrator, I will be happy to help you. If you have questions, please leave a comment.

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We got a sneak peek at the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs at On Stage Live last week. I’m sure you are gonna LOVE the new products. There are some GORGEOUS stamp sets there. I already have a wish list that is pretty long. Remember, the catalog goes live on December 1.

In addition, there is going to be an ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA beginning November 20. I will have more information on this in the coming days.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Tangerine Tango: cut 2 for mats 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaf and sentiment mat 2″ x 8″; Wood Textures: embossed panel 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, leaf cut from trimmed piece; Copper Foil: 3″ x 5″; Very Vanilla: front sentiment 2″ x 3″, inside 3″ x 4-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up Give Thanks

I hope you all have a good weekend going. The first full day of fall is more like summer here in Iowa. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 90s again today. It may be a good day to go the lake, or the pond, for a swim. Wherever you are, have a good weekend.

My card for today is following the Global Design Project Challenge #105, which is a color challenge. For me, it is a challenge, as I do not like chartreuse by any name, including Lemon Lime Twist. I wanted to do a fall card using the brighter colors, so decided maybe the challenge would be good for me. It would serve to get me out of my comfort zone.

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That said, here is the card following the challenge.

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I began by deciding to use Very Vanilla for my card base and for the art panel,and  Tangerine Tango for the mats both inside and outside. The next BIG question for me, since I do not like that so-called greenish color, was how to use it.

At this point I decided to focus on the sentiment, which is from the Labels to Love, found on page 45 of the Holiday catalog. This is a Thanksgiving card, and these colors are really not what I would normally choose for Thanksgiving. I decided to use the three challenge colors for the sentiment, inking the stamp with my Stampin’ Write markers. The leaves are Lemon Lime Twist, ‘Give’ is in Peekaboo Peach and ‘Thanks’ is in Tangerine Tango. I also used the handy dandy Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to be sure it was lined up straight.

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Before stamping the sentiment , I did a dry arrangement of the elements I would be using, namely, pumpkins. I stamped the larger one in Peekaboo Peach ink on Tangerine Tango card stock, the smaller one in Tangerine Tango on Tangerine Tango card stock, and the gourd in Peekaboo Peach on Lemon Lime Twist. I had to do SOMETHING to tone down that color! Actually, I think it looks pretty realistic. I think I did 3 of each, not knowing how many I might want to use.

That done and the dry arranging accomplished, I stamped the sentiment on a Very Vanilla Oval, cut with the Stitched Shapes ovals, the largest one. It is adhered to a scalloped oval cut with the large scalloped Layering Ovals die from Peekaboo Peach.

I set this aside to concentrate on the background panel. I knew I would use the Tangerine Tango as a mat, but I just did. not. want. a whole sheet of LLT. I decided to use Very Vanilla and dry emboss it, but with what? HMM. Sometimes it is nice to have a LOT of choices in my craft room. It had to coordinate with the pumpkins, so I settled on the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. Not in Lemon Lime Twist! Too much. How about using the brayer to ink the embossing folder and see what happens?

I did that. Hoot Hoot! To my way of thinking it is just the right amount of Lemon Lime Twist. I inked the side with the raised leaves, not too heavily, and used that de-bossed side for my card front. This I will have to try again. I really like the effect.

The panel was Fast Fused to the Tangerine Tango mat.

Jute? Ribbon? Linen Thread? Leave it plain? I ultimately settled on the 3/8″ Ruched Peekaboo Peach ribbon, which is retired. However, the 5/8″ is still available in the annual catalog, so I will put that in my product list. It was wrapped around the matted art panel and taped to the back. I made a bow, which will be saved for another project another day as I decided this one did not need a bow.

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The ovals were adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I adhered the pumpkin elements, letting some of them extend beyond the oval just a wee bit. I added Peekaboo Peach vines and Lemon Lime Twist leaves. The whole was liquid glued to the card base. For a finishing touch I added one Peekaboo Peach Enameled Dot.

The sentiment panel on the inside is Very Vanilla with a double mat of Lemon Lime Twist and Tangerine Tango. The sentiment, from a Gina K Thanksgiving stamp set I have had for awhile, was stamped in Tangerine Tango. In the corner I stamped the larger pumpkin in Tangerine Tango, the smaller one in Peekaboo Peach and the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist. I made a Post-it-Note mask for the bigger one before stamping the other elements.

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For the medium Very Vanilla envelope front, I repeated the stamping as done on the inside of the card. I did stamp off once before stamping the envelope.

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I dry embossed the flap with the same Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF, without inking it. I think this is one of the loveliest embossing folders, if not THE loveliest.

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This finishes my card for today. I hope you enjoy it. If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to have you order from me. You can do this by clicking on the order online button at right.

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Card Cuts: Very Vanilla: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, embossed panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, sentiment oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside sentiment panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Peekaboo Peach: scalloped oval 2-3/4″ x 4″, vines 1-1/2″ x 3″; Tangerine Tango: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, pumpkins 1-1/2″ x 3″, Lemon Lime Twist: 4-1/4″ x 5-3/8″, leaf and gourd 1-1/2″ x 4″
Non Stampin’ Up products used: Gina K Designs Thanksgiving stamp set

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Stampin’ Up! Inlaid watercolor leaves

Finally, it is Friday! Well, I am not working outside of being self employed and doing volunteer work, so one day of the week is pretty much like another. However, I do look forward to a bit more relaxed pace on the weekends, sometimes anyway.

It is hard to believe that it has been a month since Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston and environs, and have you heard anything from there lately?? Nope! Not a word. The media certainly covers disasters well when they are happening, but not much of the aftermath and the human suffering. Pray for the folks in Puerto Rico hit by Maria. Such a season it has been already!

Today is the first day of fall, and I am celebrating that fact, even though it feels like July here. 92 degrees today, humid and breezy. They are saying we should be back to normal temps by Tuesday and beyond.

My card is a leafy card. Again. Yes, yes, I know, I do a lot of leaves. I love them. I love the trees. The pine cones, The acorns. The black walnuts. The hedge balls (otherwise known as Osage Orange). All of it! So, here it is!

I was inspired by the team over at Tic Tac Toe, with Challenge #016. You can find them here. I did the lower left to upper right diagonal, free, paper piece and autumn colors. I hope the inlay work counts as paper piece!

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It also fits with the Color Throwdown Challenge #461. While my colors are more subdued, they are all there. color throwdown

I started with a card front piece of Sahara Sand, dampened it, just a wee bit, then used my Aqua Painter to watercolor all over it, using Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.

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I decided to try some more of the inlay technique. I love this! Those cut out leaves with the teeny-tiny pieces were a little tedious, but only a little. For more on this method, see yesterday’s blog post. I didn’t mention yesterday that the Paper Piercing Tool is  very handy for pushing those itty-bitty pieces into place.

After letting the water color panel dry, I cut several leaves using the Seasonal Layers dies. I used the openwork leaf, a solid leaf of the same size and a smaller leaf. I cut more than I thought I would need, just because I could. You never know when you will need another leaf.

I then dry arranged them on my Sahara Sand card front panel, lightly marked where I wanted them and die cut them, leaving a negative space for the inlays. I saved all the die cuts for another project.

After inlaying all of the leaves and pieces, using adhesive sheets on the back to hold everything in place, I thought about dry embossing the front with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. This would be an experiment, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to experiment with my labor intensive card front and perhaps ruin it. I took one of the leaves I didn’t like so much and inlaid it into a scrap of Sahara Sand, ran it through the Big Shot and did a happy dance! It worked! None of the pieces fell out or curled up. Woo-Hoo! In fact, I think the added pressure of the Big Shot adhered them more firmly in place.

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I then had the courage to emboss the whole front of the card. I REALLY like the way it turned out. I mounted this on a panel of Pumpkin Pie with liquid glue, wrapped a piece of Burlap Ribbon around it and taped it on the back. I didn’t want to use a plain label, or banner, or strip of something for my sentiment, but what? Well, why not another leaf???

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I took the leftover scraps of the water colored paper and found one big enough to cut with the maple Leaflets framelit. I cut another in Elegant Eggplant to set it off and add some dimension. The sentiment, from Paisleys and Posies was stamped in Pumpkin Pie and quickly dipped into the Clear Emboss Powder and heat embossed. This leaf was attached to the Elegant Eggplant one with Glue Dots. Glue dots also adhered the leaves to the Burlap Ribbon. I used a few Stampin’ Dimensionals above and below the ribbon to secure them. Stampin’ Dimensionals also adhere this panel to the Elegant Eggplant card base, which, by the way, is a 5″ x &7″ card.

Inside I stamped the sentiments from a Gina K Thanksgiving stamp set in Pumpkin Pie on the Sahara Sand panel, then adhered it to a Pumpkin Pie panel and into the card base. It looked a bit plain, but I wasn’t sure I just wanted stamped leaves. Aha!! That experimental embossed leaf would do nicely. I trimmed it a bit, liquid glued it down and Hoop-Hoop this card is DONE.

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The Kraft envelope front is adorned with a couple more of the extra leaves, adhered securely with liquid glue.

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The flap is dry embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF. The ‘seal’ is another of the extra leaves that had adhesive paper on the back. I removed the release paper at the top to stick it to the flap, leaving the paper on the rest until time to mail it.

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I am very happy with this card. I may try it again in brighter colors next time, perhaps with larger leaves! 🙂

In looking at the card after I finished it, I thought it needed a little something something. Enameled dots were too bright. I didn’t want bling with burlap and wood. Hmmm, dig through the stash. A year or so ago I found some cute enameled brads in various themes and there was a package with leaves. Oh, My, Gosh! Perfect. I punched a couple of holes with my 1/8″ hole punch and added them to the front. NOW it is finished!

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Card Cuts: Elegant Eggplant: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, leaf 3″ x 3″; Pumpkin Pie: front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Sahara Sand: front art panel (2-one to water color and one for the front) 4-5/8″ x 6-5/8″, inside panel 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: leaf brads for the front, Kraft envelope, Gina K Thanksgiving stamp set

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