Saturday, September 29, 2012

Happy Fall!

Happy Saturday!
It's a beautiful day here in Ohio. It's a little chilly outside but the sun is shining and the leaves are just starting to change colors. Don't you love this time of year? Apple Cider, Hay Rides, Pumpkins...
This is my favorite time of year.
I thought I would share my recipe for Hot Cider. It makes the whole house smell like fall.

Hot Spiced Cider
8 cups apple cider
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
6 inches cinnamon stick
1 tsp whole allspice
1 tsp whole cloves
8 thin orange slices (optional)

In a large saucepan combine apple cider and brown sugar. 
For spice bag, place cinnamon, allspice and cloves in a double thickness of cheesecloth and tie with string. Add spice bag to cider mixture.
Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer at least 10 minutes. 
Remove and discard spice bag. 
Serve cider in mugs with orange slices, if desired.
Makes about 8 servings.
So, this week's card for My Favorite Thing's sketch is my first fall card this year.
I used ALM Sweetest Pumpkin in the Patch

Here is the MFT sketch I used:

Thanks so much for stopping by and God Bless... 

Stamps: ALM Sweetest Pumpkin in the Patch
Paper: Crate Paper Farmhouse, Chocolate Chip CS (SU), Kraft CS, Xpress Blending CS and Mischeiveous by MME
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Simply Scallop Medium die-namic (MFT), Hot Fudge buttons (MFT), clear star gelly roll

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friends Stick Together...

Happy Friday!
This is my card for the Last Card Standing -- Final 15.
This round they asked us to make a Friendship card.
I used my new Moka, Jane by Taylored Expressions. Isn't she the cutest?
I colored her with copics and paper pieced her hat, skirt and part of her boots.
The DP is Dolled Up by MME!  Love this paper and I thought it was perfect for this little cowgirl!
All the layers are machine stitched (I just can't help it...). *grin*
The sentiments are both from First Class Friend by My Favorite Things.
I added a little ribbon, a couple buttons, and one little flower to finish things off.

 If you want to check out other finalist cards....GO HERE!
Thanks so much for stopping by, God Bless, and wish me LUCK!!
Stamps: Jane from the Moka Collection by Taylored Expressions
              First Class Friend by My Favorite Things
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Kraft and Chocolate Chip CS (SU)
           Xpress Blending CS
           Dolled Up by MME (and a tiny scrap from On the Bright Side by MME)
           Sea Breeze by American Crafts
Accessories: Copic Markers, Sewing Machine, Flower Trio Die-namics (MFT), Small pink pearl
                      buttons and 5/8" Kraft grosgrain ribbon (MFT)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blessings, Honors, and Joy...Oh MY!

I received AWESOME news this past weekend...
I made the top 15 for Taylored Expressions Last Card Standing Competition!!!
I think someone needs to pinch me! *OUCH*
You can see all the finalist creations HERE.
This is my finalist card:
Taylored Expressions is offering a Wild Card Spot and you can check out those details HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and wish me luck...
 (I hope all my creativeness is on full blast this week)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Last Card Standing!

Hi, and Happy Thursday!
 I made two more cards for the Taylored Expressions Last Card Standing competition. Have you checked out all the fabulous entries? WOW!~ There are some awesome cards entered.  You can check them out HERE. 

For my first card I used one of Taylor's FREE digi images from the Last Card Standing post.
Isn't Cuppie cute?  My kids just love his little dog. 

  Paris is so magical, so for this card I added lots of bling. The Eiffel Tower was coated in glitter and I added Jolee's, All That Bling around my scalloped edge. I colored the image with Copic Markers and sponged the sky with Memento Summer Sky and Canteloupe. All the layers are sewing machine stitched. And the sentiment was also sponged with Memento Desert Sand and then a light layer of Charcoal Color Box Chalk around the edges. I used dimensionals to pop up the city scape to give it a little 3D effect.

For my second card, I used the very beautiful, Charlotte, from the Moka Collection. I love her!

She's colored with Copic Markers and then I added glitter to her veil and dress. All the layers are machine stitched. I used the MFT Sketch #90 for the layout.

Thanks for stopping by and Wish me LUCK!!


Stamps: Destination Paris, Free DIGI from Taylored Expressions   
Ink: Memento Summer Sky, Desert Sand, and Canteloupe. Color Box Charcoal Chalk Ink
Paper: Market Street by MME, Kraft and Black CS, Shimmery White CS (SU), and Xpress Blending CS
Accessories: Copics, Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, MFT die-namic: Little Open Scallop Strip,
                      Martha Stewart Sterling Glitter, Sewing Machine, Ribbon Jolee's All That Bling
Stamps: Charlotte, the Moka Collection by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Breeze and Market Street by MME, Shimmery White CS (SU), Kraft CS
Accessories: Copic Markers, Oval, Circle and Lacey Circles Nestabilities, Sewing machine,
                      White and Pink Pearls, 3/8" Pink taffeta ribbon (SU) , Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter
                       Clear Star Gelly Roll pen

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mr. Fix it

This is my card for the Taylored Expressions Last Card Standing Competition.
I'm so excited about this! And there are such cute entries. You can check them all out HERE.
I am pretty new to the TE world. I have seen a lot of cute things created by the fabulous Jodi Collins.
And just recently bought a few stamps from the Moka Collection. CUTENESS!!~
The stamp I used for this card is Tim. I bought him because he reminds me of my dad...Mr. Fix it!

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless....


Stamps: Tim, the Moka Collection  by Taylored Expressions and Falling Leaves by Stampin Up
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Autumn Splendor by WRMK, Mischievous By MME, Yearography by Simple Stories
            Hot Fudge and Kraft CS (MFT), Xpress blending CS, 
Accessories: Copics, Mini brads (SU), sewing machine, Harlequin border die-namic (MFT)

Happy Birthday!

Happy Monday!~
This is my card for the My Favorite Things sketch #89.

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.


Stamps: a la mode All Star and Birthday Girl
Paper: First Edition by SU, School Daze by MME, Fly a Kite by MME, Very Vanilla CS (SU), Steel Grey (MFT),
            Xpress Blending CS, Wild Wasabi (SU), Riding Hood Red (SU)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics, sewing machine, small black brads, Die-namics: Fresh Cut Grass, Vertical Greeting  and Mini  
                      Tab Quartet


Thursday, September 13, 2012

to the happy couple...

Happy Thankful Thursday!
I made this card for my cousin, Kaitlyn, whose wedding is this Saturday.
Her wedding colors are yellow and navy.
I used my first ever Taylored Expressions stamps. LOVE THEM! All the Moka stamps are darling! I will definately be getting a bunch more of them. For this card I used, 
Charlotte and Jack from the Moka Collection. 
Don't they make a cute couple?

I masked her so that he would be standing a little behind her. I didn't like it when I stamped them side by side. To mask I just stamped her once on Shimmery White CS (SU) and then again on a scrap piece of paper and cut her out to create my mask. I usually do this on a post-it BUT I didn't have any that were big enough (and the paper worked fine). I put my mask on top of my stamped image of Charlotte and then stamped Jack where I wanted him and then lifted the mask away. They are both colored with copics (don't look too close..I'm still figuring out this blending thing...*grin*).
I added some Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter to her dress, veil and shoes. It's so beautifully sparkley! Love!!
And Gelly Roll pen in sparkley silver to her flower ribbons and crown.
The sentiment is from Charlotte's set.
I used the Mini Rolled Rose and Fancy Flourish Die-namics from MFT.
I cut the flourish into several pieces and then tucked them under the roses. I was so excited by how these turned out with the music note DP.
I used the Crazy 4 Challenges sketch.
I hope you like my take.
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
Stamps: Charlotte and Jack (Separate stamp sets) by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Vintage Photo
Paper: The Thrift Shop byOctober Afternoon and Sunshine by MME, Very Vanilla (SU), Shimmery White (SU),
            Night of Navy
Accessories: Mini Rolled Rose and Fancy Flourish Die-namics by MFT, Circle and Lacey Circle Nestabilities,
                      Medium pearls, sewing machine, copics, Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter, Gelly Roll Silver pen

Saturday, September 8, 2012

What's Cooking?

This is my card for the CPS #281 which is sponsered by My Favorite Things.
I used another a la mode, What's Cooking.

I colored her with copics and paper pieced her bowl and apron. The flowers are cut out of scrap denim using the Flower Trio from MFT.
This Week's Sketch (#281)
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Happy Friday! It's been a really busy week with my kids heading back to school. Our city built four new school buildings so we started about two weeks later than all our neighboring districts. My kids moaned and groaned about going back but they were so excited yesterday to tell me about all the fun they had and seeing all their friends. I know they were glad to be back!  And I have started my fall do we get so much stuff?

This is my card for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday sketch challenge #88.
I LOVE this sketch! Did I say that last time, too? *grin* I used the a la mode, Birthday Girl.
I just love a la mode's. They are just too cute!

She's colored with copics. The cupcake is paper pieced and colored with copics and then I added some crystal lacquer to make it look really chocolate-y.
This is the inside.

Here's the sketch. You can find all the details HERE.
These are the die-namics I used:
Die-namics Flower Trio & Leaf TrioDie-namics Monarch Border
Thanks for looking and God Bless.
Stamps: a la mode, Birthday Girl
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Hootenanny by MME, Chocolate Chip CS (SU), White CS, Xpress Blending CS
Accessories: Copics, Sewing Machine, Bitty Buttons (SU), Small Green Button (SU),
                      Small green crystals, Spellbinder Circle die's, Crystal Laquer, 1/2" punch
                      MFT die-namics: Monarch Border and Flower Trio

Monday, September 3, 2012

Give it a shot!

Happy Labor Day! It's been quite a wierd day for me...I had to work night shift last night (my holiday to work) and during my AM med pass I started feeling sick and ended up in the ER with a migraine headache. I'm feeling much better now and need to get my card posted for this week's My Favorite Thing's Wednesday sketch challenge # 87. I loved this sketch. Lots of fun layers (which is definately my thing)! I used the adorable I Get A Kick Out of You, PI Stamp. She's colored with copics and her shirt is paper pieced.

The paper is Lime Twist Fly A Kite by MME. I love these bright papers.


This is the inside.

Die-namics Stacking StarsDie-namics Fresh Cut GrassDie-namics Mini Tabs Foursome Die-namics Star Border
These are the MFT die-namics I used.
Thanks for stopping by and God Bless...
Stamps: I Get a Kick Out of You, PI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Lime Twist Fly A Kite by MME, Kraft CS, White CS, Black CS, Xpress Blending CS
            Garden Green (SU) CS
Accessories: Copics, Large button, Baker's twine, Dots embossing folder by Provocraft,
                      MFT die-namics: Fresh Cut Grass, Stacking Stars, Mini Tabs Foursome and
                       Star Border