Hello!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Today I’m sharing a card that I made for the newest Cards in Envy challenge–Punch It!  I was excited to give this challenge a try as I have this fun owl punch that I bought from Stampin’ Up! that I wanted to use.  Since this challenge requires you to use a punch or die for your card creation, I decided to use both.  The “branch” that the owl sits on is cut with a Tim Holtz Scrollwork die.  What’s neat about this card is that the leaves are actually printed on the paper so I only had to cut it out to the right size for this card, punch out the owl and the branch and it was pretty much done.  The sentiment is even cut from the paper.  The paper collection that I used is from Farm House called Sugar Hill Fall.  I used papers from that collection for the owl and the branch.  Of course, I added googly eyes and I also inked the edges of the paper with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. The orange string tied at the bottom is from American Crafts.

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving will soon be here which means Christmas is just around the corner. Am I ready for either one?  Nope.  It seems that as each year rolls around I’m even less ready than the year before!

If you haven’t joined in on the challenges over on Cards in Envy, I hope that you will real soon.  I’m the host and I’d love to see your card creations linked. We don’t give prizes and have no sponsors. We just like to make cards that are relatively flat that fit in an envelope for first class postage.  We do the challenges twice a month with a different theme each time.  The current challenge–Punch it–runs until December 1st so you have extra time to make a card and link it to our challenge blog.  Hope to see you there!

…make you feel like you have a bad life.  That’s a quote for my Life Quotes Mixed Media Journal book.  I don’t think I’m done with this double page spread.  I feel like I need to add some white and some more texture layers, but thought I’d go ahead and share it.  If I do add to it, I’ll do another post with before and after photos.

This one started out with white pages and then I added color with Faber Castell Gelatos.  I just scribbled them onto the pages and then used a brush I’d dipped in water to spread the color out to get the watercolor look for the background.  I drew the flowers and border with a Black Faber Castell Big Brush pen as well as the quote.  I also colored the flower petals with the Gelatos and rubbed it with my fingers.  The yellow flowers have a bit of the clear glitter paste on them.  So…I’m not finished with this but it’s a start.

I’m off now to go on a family camping trip for the weekend at Lake Murray in Oklahoma.  It looks like we will have very nice weather.  But even if it got cold, we’d be okay as we have a very warm heater in our 34 foot fifth wheel camper.  I know, I know not really “camping” but it is in a campground and away from home.

Have a fabulous weekend!

On Sunday at the scrapbook retreat I attended over the weekend, I put all my paper tools and supplies away and spread out a vinyl tablecloth and all my inky, mixed media stuff and worked on a few pages.  This is a learning process for me.  Learning how to use the various inks, paints, stains, pens etc.  and finding my style. (If I have one. Ha, ha.)  This is the first page in the mixed media journal book I started at the Jen Starr class I took many weeks ago.  I guess you could say it is the title page of the book which I’ve now titled “Life Quotes” though I intended to put the life quote pages in another book that I’ve started.  Guess I was working a bit sleep deprived and forgot and put it in this book.  It’s too late as the two books are different so anyway, I think I will have two “Life Quote” books.

I started off painting the background with various sprays.  Then I added some brighter color with Faber Castell Gelatos.  The cat and the rose are collage pieces I cut out of paper and stuck down with Matt Medium.  Then I drew on them with a silver Montana fine tip paint pen.  On some areas I rubbed some glitter paste (clear color) and then added drops and drips with white India ink.

I’ll try to share another page tomorrow.  I will be leaving Friday afternoon for an annual family fall camp trip in Oklahoma.  I’m looking forward to another fun weekend away from home but this one will not have any crafting stuff going on–just good company, yummy food, hikes in the woods, and playing games.


Thankfully it’s not winter yet, but it will be here soon I’m afraid.  Today I’m sharing a card that I created for the Seems a Little Sketchy challenge following sketch #52.  Our prize sponsor for the challenge is Whimsy Stamps and they will be giving five digi stamps to one randomly selected winner at the close of the challenge.  Whimsy doesn’t provide images for the designers to use, so we are able to use any image or no image if we choose.  I decided to go with no image and let the beautiful papers I picked out speak for themselves.  All the papers on this card are from Authentique’s 6×6 “Glistening” collection.  I used 8 mm black brads, “Zircon” Hug Snug seam binding ribbon and a sentiment from the Daily Designs collection from Papertrey Ink.  For this card I did some machine stitching which I was excited to do.  I finally have a nice sewing machine dedicated to my paper stitching!

Over the weekend, hubby and I went to the monthly trade day that’s held in our town.  It’s called “First Monday Trade Day.”  That has always been the name of it I think but years ago we always called it a “flea market.”  Not sure why except for the fact that most of the dealers sold used stuff. Now days, it is a mixture of dealers with used stuff and dealers with new stuff and dealers with craft items.  I rarely buy much at the trade day except for a piece of jewelry or charm now and then for one of my mini albums.  The real reason we went last Friday was to visit a bit with my two brothers and sister-in-law that sell used stuff.  Well, my sister-in-law was selling a Brother sewing machine that she got out of storage. If you’ve watched “Storage Wars” you know what that is about; however they have been selling storage stuff way before that show ever aired.  Anyway, she was selling the sewing machine for $40.00 but offered it to me for $25.00 and I couldn’t resist.  I already had a very nice expensive sewing machine that I use for quilting and didn’t want to use it for paper stitching.  In the past I’ve had a mini craft sewing machine but what a pain.  Half the time it came un-threaded and was very difficult to thread as it had no light.  So I’m very happy with my $25 machine and it sews like a charm!

Enough babbling from me!  Back to the challenge at Seems a Little Sketchy!  The sketch challenge runs for 2 weeks and it’s very simple–create a card following the sketch, post it on your blog or online photo album and link it to the Seems a Little Sketchy blog to be in the running for the random drawing. To inspire you, here’s a photo of the sketch:

Hope you’ll join us!  And have a great week!

Well, it’s November. That’s a bit hard to grasp as it seems like just yesterday it was the new year. Today I’m sharing a card that I made for the Digi Haven Challenge.  The theme is fall and I was given the Thanksgiving Circles Digital Sentiments from our sponsor Floppy Latte to work with.  At first I was a bit stumped but then pulled out these beautiful 6×6 papers that coordinate together in the paper pad–“Harvest Lane” by Simple Stories.  This is a pad from last year but I just love those colors and designs. I know it may seem odd to have that blue-green plaid with fall papers but I love it and it was in the pad so I know it works with the other colors and patterns.  From one of the papers, I cut out the trees and corner rounded two opposing corners.   I then added some fall leaves and a flower from my stash and finished it all off with the digital sentiment which was in a circle.  I punched it out with my Big Shot and a scallop circle die then colored the white background with my Copic marker in YR21 Cream.  Next, I took some Kelly Green Hug Snug Seam Binding Ribbon and threaded through the circle and tied a bow at the top.  In this photo it doesn’t look like it but the Kelly Green color is really close to the color of the plaid background.

Are you making fall cards?  If so, please join in on our challenge at Digi Haven which is to make a fall card using a digital image or sentiment.  The challenge runs for two weeks and there is a prize to a random winner from our sponsor.

This morning I’m leaving for a scrapbooking retreat about 35 minutes from my house.  It has an Old Fashioned Christmas theme and I will be teaching a couple of class as well as working on some of my own album projects! I’ll be gone until Sunday afternoon, so it will be quiet here on the blog, but then it is often quiet on my blog on the weekends!

Hope you have a good one!