Merry Christmas!🎄

Just wanted to share some Christmas cards I made this year and wish each and everyone a peaceful, loving and joyful season!  

Made with the Taylored Expressions Woodland Reindeer Silhouettes stamps & dies and the Woodland Reindeer Deco Foil Transfer Sheets.  The sentiments were foiled from the TE Simple Strips in Reverse Christmas Panels.  The shaded oval panel was blended on by using the TE Oval Masking Stencils and I splattered the background with white paint.

This card was made using a TE freebie (not available for purchase) and created in the same way with the card on top except this one has the sentiment in the center rather than the reindeer.  I also foiled a couple of the snowflake/stars randomly over it and rounded the corners.

  • Thanks so much for your continued support my friends!!!

Challenges:

  1. Fab ‘N’ Funky – Last minute Christmas
  2. The Sisterhood of Crafters – Traditional Christmas Colors
  3. Crafty Gals Corner – ‘Tis the Season
  4. Creative Moments – Christmas/Winter Celebrations
  5. Creative Knockouts – ‘Tis the Season
  6. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  7. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  8. Pammies Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes

It’s Time For Tags!

Hello friends!  I thought I’d take some time for making up some tags which is something that I really enjoy doing, but don’t do it very often.  They’re so nice to have a batch made up ahead of time so that you can pull one out as you need it instead of trying to hurry through making something.  It’s always better to have fun instead of rushing! 

This trio of tags was a bit time consuming, but it was nice to finally pull out some things that I’ve been wanting to play with and use without being in a hurry.  The characters are from the Taylored Expressions Holiday Squad die set.  The tags themselves were cut from the TE Pierced Stacklets dies, the TE Tag Stacklets 2 dies and the TE Tag Reinforcements dies. The background for the tags was made with the TE Foil It-Plaid Layering Panels that I foiled in gold along with the stenciling from the TE Plaid Layering Stencil set.  The sentiments were white heat embossed from the TE Just Saying-Christmas stamps.  I’ve used various colors of Taylored Expressions papers and inks and then finished the embellishments for the “holly berries” using the red from TE Tiny Diamonds-Bold set and then I also used the TE Gold Drip Drops in the background.  The ribbon and twine from my stash at the top.

 

My next trio of tags here was really fun with these adorable penguins from Taylored Expressions Dancing Through the Snow stamp set and dies.  I placed them over top of the transparency that was used to create a shaker tag behind the penguins.  I used the TE Tag Stacklets 3 dies and also used some pink polka dotted papers from a free paper pad I received with an order.  The bright shinny purple paper came from my stash I’ve had for quite a while and thought it would be a fun non-traditional color to use with these.  I filled the shaker tags with the TE Bits & Pieces-Snowflakes and the TE Bits & Pieces-Sparkly Stars

 

And these tags were a little hard to photograph with all of that cording in the way! (pardon my photograph skills! LOL)  They’re smaller than the tags above, but they work great for different packaging sizes!  These were easy and fun as I’ve done mostly foiling with these using the Taylored Expressions Foil It-Simple Tags Holidays panels and the stencil to go with it.  I cut them all out at the same time with the coordinating dies. The tags with the black cording are the negatives from foiling the toffee colored tags and are mostly completely foiled.  I just used different colored Stickles glitter to create the Christmas lights on those.  (Really been having fun with the foiling this year!)

 

And lastly I wanted to share a set of tags that I’ve made using various Inky Stamper sets!  I decided to go through all of the different Christmas sets that I have from them and pull out the ones that I either haven’t used or barely used to play with them.  The tag at the top was made with the Inky Stamper Fox set that I really enjoyed coloring.  The presents at the bottom and the Santa hat were colored and fussy cut from the same stamp set.  I made the background of that one with the Falling Snowflake Stencil with white ink and heat embossing over it with sparkly white embossing powder. 

The tag on the bottom left is another fun shaker tag!  I pulled out the Inky Stamper Nutcracker set to color him up and cut out with the coordinating die.  He was placed over the acetate on the shaker tag.  I used a scallop circle tag die with gold foil cardstock that I cut out the center with a circle die, added some papers for the background from the Doodlebug Buffalo Check/Woodgrain paper pack.  The shaker bits inside are the Shaker Garnish which is really lightweight and still make a great shaker sound too!

The bottom right tag was cut from an Infinity Tree die set.  I sponged the edges with some white ink and punched a hole at the top to make it a tag.  That cute little truck is from the Inky Stamper Vintage Truck set that I colored and cut out with the coordinating dies.  I used a fun Lawn Fawn road die to place him over and then stamped the sentiment from the stamp set with white ink.  I also added some snowflake sequins above him with the Icicles sequins mix.  And both blue and red Doodlebug Twine was used for two of the tags.  The other ribbons/cord from my stash.

  • Thanks so much for stopping in today!  Hope you’ve been inspired and enjoying the Season!

Challenges:

  1. Country View – Christmas
  2. Ally’s Angels – Anything Goes
  3. Cupcake Inspirations – Happy Holidays
  4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Stamp Mon – Tag It
  6. Tag Tuesday – Winter Holidays
  7. Crafter’s Café – Anything Goes

Time to Get Your Grumpy On!

Hey there friends!  Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!  We’re getting closer and closer to Halloween already!🎃  I haven’t made as many Halloween makes as I usually do, but as the day gets closer I’ve been more in the mood to pull out some things to have fun with my stash and my thoughts turned to “Grumpy”.

If you’re not familiar with “Grumpy”, this is the Big Grumpy Cat from Taylored Expressions.  I absolutely love the “Grumpy” and “Grumplings” line and I don’t pull them out as much as I’d like to.  Since it’s closer to Halloween, I’ve also pulled out the Big Grumpy-Halloween accessory set to go along with him too! (The only thing I used from this set was the witch hat and the sentiment.)  I’ve stamped, colored and cut out each of these items for my card.

The #TEMakerChallenge has the theme this month of using Oreo & Sugar Cube with the option of adding any other pop of color.  I’ve decided to pop in an orange color for mine.  The theme was also “Sparkle & Shine” through foiling, heat-embossing, glitter paste or sparkly cardstock.  

So for the “Sparkle & Shine” I’ve taken a Foil-It Spiderweb panel and foiled some orange Deco Foil over it.  I then took one of the Frame in Frame 3 dies to cut out the middle of this panel, added some acetate over the opening and made it into a shaker panel.  I die cut the same frame as well as the Little Bits-Spiders die from some black Glitter Cardstock.  I attached these pieces onto the web panel along with adding the Grumpy Cat with his hat string and extra spider attached to him over the acetate.  I attached double-sided foam around the opening and added some “shaker stars” in the colors orange, black and silver.  And lastly, I thought it would be fun to pop up a left-over ghost I had from a previous project at the top!  (I think the ghost is in fear of the “witch switch”!)😂

  • I also have another “grumpy” card to share…

So this card was made to send a smile to a friend.  I’ve used a cat for this one as well from the Taylored Expressions “Grouchy Grumplings” set which I don’t believe is available in the store any longer.

I kept it a simple card by stamping, coloring and cutting out the grumpy.  I ink blended a circle that fit him with blue ink, white heat embossed the sentiment and cut it out from the TE Stitched Banner Stacklets. I popped grumpy with foam tape over the sentiment banner and circle.  I also used some TE decorative papers from my stash and cut out a banner with it using my scissors.  A corner chomper was used to round the top left corner of the card to finish it off.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my “Grumpy” projects today and have been inspired in some way!  Really appreciate you stopping in!

Challenges: (Top card only)

  1. Country View – Halloween or Harvest
  2. Craft Rocket – Autumn/Halloween
  3. Crafting Happiness – Halloween
  4. Aud Sentiments – Halloween/Fall + Sentiment
  5. Crafty Gals Corner – Halloween Colors
  6. Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + coloring
  7. Allsorts – Add a Sentiment
  8. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes
  9. Double D – Orange & Black

Choose to be Grateful for Crafty Chefs

Hello friends!  I hope that you’re having a wonderful week so far!  The weekend is here, but it sure has been a beautiful couple of days this week with sunny and warm days so hubby and I were able to go out to walk around a bit before the snow starts hitting us!

Something that is great to go out in nature to see are the critters with the birds and the silly squirrels…we have them EVERYWHERE!  They’re busy gathering and burying their food for winter time around here.  My thoughts turned to the Simon Says Stamp “Big Thanks Autumn” November card kit (sold out, but not papers) as I love all things Fall/Autumn and this card kit with those beautiful papers spoke to me and I wanted to create with it to make my project for this month’s Crafty Chef’s Group recipe from our lovely friend Meg’s recipe:

There were some blue colored A2 card bases already cut and scored inside the kit, so I used one for my side folding card base here and then layered a dark brown cardstock piece from the kit as well as a piece of copper mirrored cardstock which was then layered over a piece of the decorative papers (I mentioned above) in the kit, which is also where the critter, mushrooms and leaves images came from on this card.

The leafy background paper was cut from a MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die and then I took a strip of the copper mirrored cardstock across the bottom third of the layered pieces and also added some twine wrapped around the bottom of the layers before popping them up with craft foam over the card base.  I die cut a branch from a die in my stash and then fussy cut the images out from the papers included in the kit which were glued or popped up with foam squares over the panel.  I sponged some Tea Stain Distress Ink around the edges of these pieces before attaching.

Lastly, I’ve taken one of the sentiments from the sentiment strips sheet included in the kit and ran it through my laminator with a piece of copper Deco Foil.  (I think that is a cool way to add a little extra something to those sentiments.)  I made a banner out of it, sponged it with some of the ink I used for the images and popped it up over the leafy background piece with foam tape.  

Here’s a closer look at the critters I’ve cut out and how I’ve arranged and popped some of them up to create my scene.  There was also a very pretty SSS Autumn Sequins Mix included in the kit and I took some of those and added it to the layout and then filled the centers with some Gold Stickles glue.

For the Crafty Chef’s recipe that was given, here’s what I MUST use:

  1. Mirror cardstock
  2. 3 layers or more
  3. ribbon (I hope my twine counts!)
  4. image of garden visitors (birds, hedgehogs, etc)

CAN do items:

  1. Sparkle/Glitter (I used sequins and Stickles)
  2. pearls/gems (I did not use) *passed onto next chef
  3. dry embossing (I did not use)

If you’re interested in joining this pressure free and just for fun crafty group, just CLICK HERE to join the Facebook Group and you can even take turns coming up with the recipe if you’re interested.  There is a new recipe given for each month and no pressure to follow along or even when you want to follow along and play…which is great and I’m happy to be able to use up some of the goodies from my stash (NEW AND OLD) and just have fun with it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today as well and I will be seeing you all again soon!  Thanks so much for stopping in today friend, as I’m very grateful for you!

Challenges:

  1. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes + animal(s)
  2. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal(s)
  3. Creatalicious – #199 Anything Goes optional Autumn/Thanksgiving
  4. The Paper Girls – #212 Thankful/Grateful
  5. The Divas That Cut Paper – Thanks or Thanksgiving
  6. A Bit More Time to Craft – #128 Anything Goes
  7. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #146 Anything Goes
  8. QKR Stampede – #408 Anything Goes

Dia de los Muertos with Monsters/Ghouls for {Cupcake Inspirations} Reminder

Hello there friends!  I hope that you’ve had a wonderful Halloween weekend!  It always go by so fast for me which is why I’m so happy that there is STILL one more week left for our {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge with the theme “Monster/Ghouls“!  (This can be interpreted in several different ways…not just for Halloween!)

So I hope that you will be able to share something for our current challenge before it ends this week!  We look forward to seeing your makes!

Now, I realize that Halloween day is past us, BUT…my sister-in-law celebrates her Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos which is “Day of the Dead” and it starts on Halloween at midnight and ends November 2nd.  So I thought I would share this fun “ghoul” card representing the Holiday that I’ve made for her:

I don’t own any “sugar skull” type of stamps, but I have seen some and think they’re really cool looking!  I did have this stunning card panel from a past card Kit that is printed on toner ink so that you can foil over it.

I started by ink blending over it with Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress inks and then I took some Rose Gold Deco Foil and ran it through my laminator to get that pretty foiled background.  I then cut it out with the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and mounted it over an A2 sized top folding black card base. 

For the Sugar Skull, I cut it out with my Cricut Explore machine in the several different colors and paper pieced it onto the white skull using a piece of sticker sheet behind it.  It was popped up over the card with foam tape.

I printed out the words on my computer and die cut it out with a MFT border die and sponged around it with some Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar inks that I’ve popped up over the card with foam tape.  Lastly, I added some rhinestones on each side as well as the eyeballs.

I also forgot that I used some black detail stickers in the corners of the design.  I’ve added some to the inside and then printed out a Spanish poem relating to the Holiday.

Hope that you’ve enjoyed my “Day of the Dead” card creation and please be sure to check out the {Cupcake Inspirations} blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the team and add your project to the challenge as well!

Thanks so much for dropping by today friends and I’ll be seeing you soon!💀

Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Cardmakers – “Things that go BUMP in the Night” (sadly closing blog.  Best wishes)
  2. Aud Sentiments – #263 Anything Goes + sentiment
  3. Krafty Chicks – #531 Anything Goes (Happy 10th birthday!)
  4. Cute Card Thursday – #658 Sparkles
  5. Creative Fingers – #196 Anything Goes

On the Farm Reminder for {Cupcake Inspirations}

Hello friends! I hope that you’ve enjoyed your weekend. I’m still spending some time with my husband as it’s a long Labor Day weekend for him. The weather over our way will certainly start to shift now and I’m looking forward to everything Autumn which is my favorite time of the year! Such a great time to be outdoors before the Winter sets in!

Today is our midway reminder over at the {Cupcake Inspirations} challenge blog with our “On the Farm” theme.  So if you haven’t played along with us yet, I hope you’re able to share your project with us within the next week!  We are enjoying seeing the wonderful creations so far!

Here’s my reminder project for this week:

I decided to pull out one of my past card kits that I didn’t get much a chance to play with and put together a card with that Farmhouse Friends stamp set included with it.

There were lots of different textures included with the kit including that piece of buffalo check pattern mesh fabric that I put a layer of red cardstock, included in the kit, behind it.  I ran a piece of brown cardstock through an embossing folder as well as stenciled a cloud background over one of the printed panels included in the kit.  I also took some copper DecoFoil Transfer papers and foiled over the printed barns on it.  I put together this fun layout with those different pieces, cut them up and then die cut the entire panel with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die from MFT.  I used the die again to cut an additional panel out with some kraft cardstock. 

That layer is where I’ve added the stamped, colored and cut out images from the stamp set.  I’ve also stamped a sentiment from the set at the bottom of the panel as well.  I layered this piece over some more of the brown cardstock and popped it up with foam tape.  Before attaching it to the panel, I wrapped some twine around the front panel and added a bow next to the animal panel. I added another layer of brown cardstock behind this and attached it all to an A2 sized top folding kraft card base.

 

Here you can see the shine from where the printed barns were foiled over the cloud stenciled background.

There was a “stain pen” included with the kit that you could actually use on the tiny wooden fence also included in that kit which you can see as a prop in my photo.  But I used it to color in my stamped fence on the card this time.  I’ve also taken a white gel pen for highlights on the animals and then I added some glossy accents to the chicken’s head, the pig’s nose and the sheep’s eyes which you can sort of see the reflection of light over those parts.

I lastly added some real wooden dots over the design including in the center of the twine bow.

Have you ever been to a farm or are familiar with the setting of a farm?  I grew up out in the country and have pretty much lived most of my life either near a farm or in a rural small town setting, so farm surroundings are very familiar to me and I forget that not everyone has had the experience of it.  I can’t imagine not being able to hear the sound of a cow “moo” for instance.  If you’ve not been on a farm, it’s quite an experience and lots of hard labor, but also a rewarding experience at the same time…so check it out sometime in your life if you can!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today friends and thanks for stopping in! Be sure to stop by the {Cupcake Inspirations} blog today and check more inspiration from the team and play along!  I have something fun to share with you coming up shortly, so stay tuned!

Challenges:

  1. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes + animal
  2. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal 
  3. QKR Stampede – #403 Anything Goes
  4. Arty Divas – #29 Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Creations – #413 Anything Goes
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Stamp It! (no digis)
  7. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + sentiment
  8. Krafty Chicks – #523 Stamp Act
  9. My Time to Craft – #440 Embossing (Wet/dry)

Berry Fun🍇

Hello friends!  I’m still sharing some projects that I had been working on from the previous month and hadn’t posted until now.  I’m also having fun creating “behind the scenes”, which is nice to just be able to “relax” and not rush on creating projects just for posting!  I’m keeping that in mind when I tell myself that I’m “behind”!😁

I think just having some fun is the key!

So earlier, I was “challenged” to use some of the pre-printed “Card Panels“.  These are card panels that are also foilable prints or you can color them, ink blend over them, etc.  So I decided to have some fun and play with a past card kit from my stash:

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The Berry Thankful Card Panels were used for both of my cards.  I used some colored pencils and a water brush to color in both panels.  But because they’re not a water friendly type of cardstock, you need to be aware of possibly too much moisture in the paper.  So I kept a very light hand with it and just did some basic coloring on them.  Then after I got them colored up, I used my laminator and foiled over them with some Silver Deco Foil sheets.  For the sentiments on the cards, I took out the Berry Thankful stamp set also included in the same card kit, and heat embossed them over the grey cardstock included in the kit with some Foil Reactive EP and ran it through the laminator again with the same color foil I used on the card panels.

After running through the laminator, I used some dies to cut them out with and then I ran some glue along the edges and dipped them in some chunky flaky glitter that was also included with the card kit and popped them up over the card panels (with foam tape) that were placed onto some cardstock in the kit and layered over an A2 sized folded card base.  Before I attached the card panels, I wrapped some twine around them and tied with a bow.

Lastly I added a thin strip of decorative paper and also added some sequins from the kit. I filled them with silver glitter in the centers.

Normally, I would’ve posted a photo of each design, but really wasn’t sure that I would be posting about these on my blog.  So I hope you enjoy the “berry” shinny cards!!😂

Thanks so much for dropping by today and I wish you a very fun and happy upcoming Memorial Day weekend!!  (Wow!  Where did the month of May go?!!)

Challenges:

  1.  Let’s Craft and Create – #159 Anything Goes optional ribbons, lace, twine
  2. Crafty Creations – #409 Anything Goes
  3. My Time to Craft – Food Stuffs #432
  4. Creative Fingers – #186 Anything Goes
  5. QKR Stampede – #398 Anything Goes
  6. Sparkles – Use a real stamp (no digis) ~ sentiments heat embossed
  7. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – #132 Anything Goes
  8. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2020 Anything Goes

Happy Thanksgiving with Gold at Cute Card Thursday!

Happy Thanksgiving!  (For those that celebrate the Holiday)  I will be busy today visiting with my family and having dinner.  I look forward to seeing my boys as it’s been a few months without seeing them!  So it will be fun!

Today starts up a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and the theme for this week is “GOLD!”  Really fun and versatile metallic to use in your creations, so I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this!

In conjunction with the Thanksgiving Holiday today, I thought my creation for this week’s challenge needed to reflect that:

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Since the main goal of the challenge is using gold, I kept the main focus on doing that, plus there are a couple of challenges going on that helped me figure out how to put it all together.  (see bottom of post for challenges.)

I have pulled out a stamp set called Plaid Tidings and used a plaid foilable toner sheet for the strip in the background.

I started out with an A2 sized top folding white card base and used a Darice embossing folder to emboss the leaves over the kraft background panel.  I took the toner printed plaid sheet and Gold Static Foil Transfer sheets and layered it over a piece of Bazzil Gold Mirror Cardstock and another piece of white cardstock.  I attached this to the embossed background.

For the background panel and the cut out leaves, I’ve used the “Kissing Technique” to add the plaid image over the leaves.  I sponged around this panel along with the leaves with some kraft colored ink and attached the white panel to another piece of the gold mirror cardstock.  I’ve added some gold ribbon around it and used some foam tape to pop it up a bit.

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Here’s a closer view at some of the details in my card design.  (You can better see the foiling done over the plaid with that Gold Static foil!)

For the sentiment, I heat embossed it over white cardstock with some Gilded Embossing Powder.  I die cut it out with a circle die and sponged some more kraft colored ink around this and then attached it to another circle layer of the gold mirror cardstock.

I attached this over the square leaves and ribbon panel and added a gold ribbon bow at the top of it.  To finish it off I added some gold sequins filled with Ranger Gold Stickles.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my GOLD Thanksgiving card today!  Be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog and play along with us this week!  Looking forward to seeing all of that pretty gold in the gallery! 🙂

Have a beautiful day!  I’m thankful today for my wonderful family and lovely crafty friends that I have right here!  I appreciate you being here with me!

Challenges:

  1.  Try Stamping On Tuesday – TSOT436 sketchTSOT 436
  2. Daring Cardmakers – Natural, Gold and White
  3. Shopping Our Stash – SOS409 So Thankful
  4. Stamp, Ink, Paper– SIP206 ThankfulSIP-Challenge-206-Thankful-NEW-800
  5. Crafter’s Castle – Anything goes November
  6. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1947 Anything Goes

Spots and Dots for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great week so far.  The month of October is flying right through and I know once Halloween gets here, it will be the end of the year before we know it!

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week!  We are looking for “Spots and Dots” on your creations this time!  We look forward to seeing your take on this one!

For my card, I decided to keep it rather simple as I needed a card for my brother’s birthday this past weekend, so I didn’t want to add too much to it:

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This card is using items from the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday Limited Edition card kit which has since been sold out, but I know that you can still purchase a few of the items that were included in the kit.

I started out by taking the SSS Celebrate stencil from the kit and spread on some Deco Foil Transfer Gel over a white piece of cardstock from the kit and let it completely dry before moving on.  After it was dry, I took the Rainbow Shattered Glass transfer foil sheet and put it through my laminator.  It looks so pretty and shinny with a wow factor to it!  I cut this piece down and layered it over a black scallop square die cut panel.  I then layered these pieces over the green colored Tim Holtz Metallic paper from the kit.

For the square card, I used a black top folding 4.25″ black card base and then layered another piece of that green metallic paper over it.  I took a ‘dotted’ piece of paper from the Honey Bee Over the Rainbow papers (included in the kit) and layered it over top of the metallic green.  Then I added my foiled balloons panel over this.

Lastly, I took the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday stamp set and white heat embossed it over a piece of black cardstock that I trimmed down to a banner and popped up over the card with some foam tape.

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I really didn’t want to add too much more to it as it was for a male and I think with all of that foil and shine, it really didn’t need much else!  I think it’s fun, simple and really cheery looking especially with that foiling done.

I was able to pop this in his door before we left for the weekend and he let me know that it brightened up his day, so that was great to hear!

I know that I’m getting this fun kit out again very soon as I am in need of another birthday card to send to someone that needs a good birthday cheer and I’m happy to do it!  Besides, this kit looks to be so much to play with for sure!  🙂

Be sure to join us over the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

**Please scroll down if you care to see some personal photos of our recent trips!**

Challenges:

  1.  Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1941 Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – Sparkle
  3. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  5. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC243 Masculine Anything GoesWWC243 - Heidi's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

**Below are some photos and details of our recent trips if you’re interested!**

Now I wanted to be sure to share some photos with you as promised from hubby and my last two weekends out and about with our shenanigans!  LOL

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The first weekend in October we visited Hannibal, MO and visited the Mark Twain museum and even went for a tour in the Mark Twain Cave!  It was very interesting!  You couldn’t be claustraphobic as there were a few tight areas in there!  I didn’t get any photos of the cave, but it’s so amazing in person!

This photo above shows us after we came back down from seeing the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse.  As you can see there are several steps to get up there, but what you don’t see is how many steps we took just to get to the point of where we are in the photo too! Whew!

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My husband finally decided to take me on that cruise…along the Mississippi River that is! LOL!  They had a Mark Twain Riverboat tour that we took and it was a fun boat to check out along the river while listening to the stories from the captain.

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So while listening to the stories from the Captain on the riverboat cruise, we heard about the story of “Lover’s Leap” and so we decided to investigate it before we left.  In the background you can see a view of the Mississippi River.  It was pretty up there and a long way down!


So we came back home for some “downtime” and to unwind before going out this last weekend for another trip near the Starved Rock Park area:

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We decided to get going in the morning but it had really cooled down over night and we knew starting out we would need our heavy coats.

And all I can say is that the photos do not do justice to what it was actually like over here.  It is absolutely gorgeous!  The photo above is our “lowest level starting point” during our ‘hike’ and that is the Illinois River behind us.

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We came through the Visitor’s Center and briefly went through the small museum and started going through some of the trails.  They seemed to wind all over the place with many different areas to go to!

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The main trail going straight was a slow incline and then several stairs to go upwards to where the top of Starved Rock was.  Here we are at the top along with tons of other people.  That is the Illinois River behind us again.  This was later in the day as you see the sun shining on us and getting warmer.

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And here we are with this gorgeous feature behind us among the trees where shelves of rock walls lay and water running down.  It had warmed up enough for me to take my heavy coat off while walking around.  I think we look more serious as we were trying to capture the pretty view behind us.  LOL!  Nothing like seeing it in person of course!  (I just wish I was able to do more than what we did, but was still excited about what we did accomplish!)

We wanted to get up the next day and try to walk around a small town festival going on along with catching a tour to the Reddick Mansion later that day before we left, but we weren’t able to get there and had to get back home. (I will try again another day.)

This was fun to just get out and enjoy nature especially this time of the year.  I look forward to many more fun little trips in the future…especially with the love of my life!

Thanks so much for stopping in and sharing a bit of myself with you!  Wishing you a beautiful day friends!

Clearly Foiling

Hello friends!  I had so much “foiling fun” that I kept going with making more!  This time, I’m using those “clear sheets” from the Designer Toner Sheets:

For my Christmas card here, I’ve used my laminator to foil over the “clear sheet” from the Peppermint Twist Designer Toner Sheets with the Red Static Foil Sheets.  This creates a “see-through” area for the shaker contents.

For the shaker part, I’ve taken a Self-Adhesive Shaker Pouch, attached it to a piece of white cardstock, very carefully trimmed off the edges, filled it with lots of sequins and confetti stars and then sealed it up to keep the contents inside moving freely.  I then placed the clear foiled piece over top of it by using some Stick-It sheets which helps to keep the adhesive from showing through.

I then took an A2 sized top folding white card base and used some score tape along the two edges and then rubbed some of the Gold Static Foil over it.  I then took the shaker panel and mounted it over top.

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The greeting and the Santa hat were attached over top from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set that I’ve cut out using the Yuletide Greetings Cut File.  I’ve colored up the hat with Copic markers and then added some glitter over the fur trimming.  I’ve just used my Xyron machine to run adhesive on the back of these pieces to adhere them.

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I’ve added a ribbon in the upper corner with a couple of gold bells tied to the center of the bow.

So I continued on with my “foiling fun” by also making Halloween too….

My second card uses one of the clear sheets as well from the Carved Designer Toner Sheets and I’ve used the Orange Sketch Foil sheet over that.  Since this is a clear sheet, I thought it would be fun to make the pumpkin faces stand out a little bit.  So I turned the sheet over and added some glitter behind each pumpkin face and let it dry.  (This might take some time to dry depending upon how thick you make it.)  Once dry, I took a Stick-It sheet again to attach it to a piece of black cardstock.

I mounted this over a piece of Green Neon Cardstock that I’ve also used for my sentiment banner.  I then added these layers over an A2 sized top folding card base.

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Here you can see the glitter showing through pumpkin faces and how they appear to somewhat “glow” with the darker panel behind them.

For the sentiment banner, I took the sentiment from the Trick or Treat stamp set and heat embossed it with the Raven Sparkle EP and cut it into a banner.  I added a small wooden pumpkin for the accent that I painted with orange paint and clear glitter paint over that.

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Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed my creations and were inspired in some way!

Wishing you all a wonderful rest of your weekend and I’ll be seeing you again soon! 🙂