Oct 20, 2017

Autumn Days and Nights



I spent most of the day running errands.  Returning things.  Buying paint.  Wandering looking at potential shelves.  (Did we used to shop faster when we couldn't text while shopping?)  No need to answer, I know what the answer is.

The weather in Indy was glorious - so running errands wasn't quite as bad.  But home from the grocery and house stuff calls.

I have a digital frame that I switch pictures with each season - and for 'times' of year.  To remember when we were on special trips.  Anniversaries.  Birthdays.

I need to update the Autumn stick.  We have more boys than we did the last time I downloaded to it.

What are your Autumn traditions?  Are you fortunate to live where October is Glorious?
We always pick apples at the orchard - for a few years we missed it because sports took over.  We used to be on the golf course - 6 days a week - hours a day.  Then "poof" those days were over.  Life changes so fast.  But, now we have time to pick apples again.  

We were a family of nearly all girls - now the boys are taking over.  We still fit in a hay ride almost every year.  My brother in law is the world's best hay ride engineer.  Our kids grew (and are growing) up thinking all families just get to go out on giant family hay rides.


This picture was taken in Autumn in May (in Australia).  The last visit we had there.  At some of our dearest friends homes.  She loved gardens and colors.  Not many trees change color there, so she made sure to include many in her garden that would.  Glorious.  She now views Autumn colors from the Heavens.  Life changes so quickly.  It's been that mellow kind of week.  

Enjoy this Autumn.  Take time to really notice your Blessings!

Oct 19, 2017

When the Blog Posts Don't Go as Planned!

Halfway through a month long challenge of posting to the blog.  Every.  Single.  Day.  So far I have not missed a day!  They have not always been the post I have intended - not even close - but there have been posts every day.

Today there are a myriad of things that I could have gone with, but it was one of those days that went as planned - but everything is getting away from me.

You may have caught Chip and Joanna Gaines on their book tour.  I saw them on one of the morning news shows yesterday.  They commented that there are few couples left where she has lots of creative ideas and he can just make them happen.  Well, raise our hands - cause we are one.  And when the mood (as in demo day) strikes - we remodel.  I get ideas (and lots of them) and my husband can just make them happen.  One day we will have to move or start remodeling the rooms we have already renovated.  But our house is in total torn to the concrete stage as it can get.  The project we are working on is doing both the first and second floor - at the same time - so literally ALL of it is in upheaval.  I have classes here next week - so we are on a time crunch!

That said - I have the leaf card from Tuesday, worked on a project as I stamped with friends most of the day today AND some new blend things to show......BUT the project I took to work on today required me getting something out of my spice cabinet....I KNEW I had cloves - but it was a disorganized mess.  When I got home this evening - spices everywhere.  With all of the rest of the mess - this was one little mess that I could "quickly" control.

Here is the end result of how my little stamping project from this morning led to a nicely organized stamp drawer.



 When we renovated the kitchen a few years ago we ripped out part of the cabinets.  This section my husband then built into an island on wheels.  We can roll it out of the way when needed.  About half of my spices are kept here.  All of my extracts and essences/salts/ baking powders are over by the stove.  I collect more than craft supplies, lol.

I have a Stampin' Chalk marker that I keep in the drawer and another over in my pull out cabinets.  I have some large rolls of chalk washi tape.  It's easy to just pull some off, tear it and then write what it is.  It's cute, too, and a little cute in the kitchen is always a fun thing!

We moved the cabinets so we could move the fridge into their place - giving the illusion that it was built in.  He built a great cabinet overhead to store all the large size pans, punch bowls, cookie platters and things that generally don't fit well anywhere.  Then with the long thin strip we have left he put in two pull outs and a great cat food drawer.

The bottom pull out holds cans on one side and on the other I have ball jars filled with nuts, dried fruits and rices.  That is where I have my second chalk marker and washi labels.  I had taken salad with walnuts for our lunch and noticed that the label was rubbing off.  Because these don't get washed often I went ahead and traced over a few of these.  Most of my house may be a mess, but my kitchen has two tiny spots tonight that I feel I have control over.


Sometimes victory is in the little things.

And - I HIGHLY recommend the chalk marker!



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Oct 18, 2017

Brightly Lit Christmas Lamp Post


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This card may seem like it has a lot of working parts - but in reality it goes together pretty easily.  It would be an easy one to mass produce - as you could focus on doing one of the steps at a time.  I have used the bundle - omitting several pieces from both the dies and the stamps - so countless looks are possible!




The Designer Series Paper used is a sheet from one of my favorites this Holiday Catalog - Christmas Around the World.  The images on this sheet bring memories of the UK - but for us Indy folks - there is a definite nod to the tree we visit every Christmas Eve as a family - our tree of lights on the Circle.

You may have missed this charming ribbon as it's on a page in the catalog with so very much going on - go back and take a look at the Quilted Christmas Suite and the ribbon that is part of it.

I did use the multipurpose adhesive sheets for the front lamp.  The design is so intricate that I found trying to stick any other adhesive to it could cause it to tear.
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Oct 17, 2017

2 Vintage Leaves cards in under 5 minutes - with plaid, mixed papers and jute

Today's project is one we will be making at Mini Camp next week.  It started out as one project (the single leaf card with the green check).  But the 'scrap' leaves that were left were so pretty lying on the table werejust too pretty, that I decided why not just use them and whip up a whole second card with them!  So - if you are coming to October Mini camp - it will have a bonus camp this month and be 4 projects for the price of 3, lol.

I love the flannel and plaid prints in so many of the DSP papers this year.  Mixed with the wood print and wood folder and the metals - such a simple card ends up striking.  I added a Thanksgiving type saying - but the great thing about the leaf cards - they may great Birthday, Thinking of You, Thanks or add a knot instead of a bow and they can even be used as a Sympathy.


So often you may be like me and like to add a layer of color behind your front piece for some added contrast - on the video you will see that is where I get one of my leaves.  If you know you are using a full panel for just a covered layer and your Big Shot is handy - just go ahead and roll a shape out of it.  Keep them in a small box near where you stamp - great paper and money saver!!


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Oct 16, 2017

Eastern Palace Suite Tutorial Video

One of the things I love about Stampin' Up! is how the offer so many products that take the thinking out of the process for you.  Sometimes your mind is tired and you just want to sit down and create and not have to waste what little free time you have coming up with an idea that will turn out beautiful.  That is when the product suites come in to a fabulous rescue!


It's not just stamps and dies - but stamps - dies AND paper.....
and then always some fun things thrown in for some extra pizzaz.  In this suite I use here it's some Gold Foil stickers and some super on trend tassels.



You sit down with inks and some neutral papers and you know it all will work.  
Here is a little notecard I whipped up.  (Last spring - as this was one of the "lost videos" I found on my phone!)


I also have some other cards that I made at a class I attended given by one of my demonstrator friends.  They are super cute too!







Hope you have enjoyed this break from the Holiday catalog and all things fall and Christmas!

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