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I don't do Halloween! But many people do! Interestingly enough, Halloween is the number two seller for decorations and home decor. At my home we choose to celebrate the harvest season. I love the colors that you see this time of year. A friend who does celebrate Halloween asked me to create a spooky card for a gathering she is hosting. Hopefully this will fit the bill!

Here's hoping you have a wonderful week!


Card Recipe

Finished Design 5 1/4 by 5 inches

Card stock - Bazzill
Ink - Sentiment - Memento - Tuxedo Black
Ink - Background - Close to My Heart - Moonstruck, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue
Ink - Moon - Close to My Heart - Sunflower, Autumn Terracotta
Die Cut - Provocraft - Cricut Lite - Celebrate with Flourish
Stamp - Sentiment - Studio G

Directions -

1. Cut mask (circle) for moon. Place negative on white card stock (circle cut out) and
2. Place cut out of moon over colored moon to protect the image and color remainder of
card stock with blue inks as…

The Scoop...

Can I just say this has been a bizarre weekend for me? It started out yesterday when I decided to feed our horse Ally some horse treats. Simple right? Oh, no.... I decided to go out to the fenceline as I often do in sandals. Well, while Ally was busy chowing down on snacks one of the sheep decided my little toe looked like the perfect bite size morsel! OK, who knew that sheep have such sharp teeth? That crazy ram reached through the fence and took a HUNK out of my toe! I really don't like the taste of mutton but boy that guy may wind up in my freezer yet... LOL... Maybe it was the lovely shade of nail polish...

Hubby and I rushed to Lexington yesterday afternoon to deliver a couple of puppies to their new home and what did we forget? The papers! Both of us were flustered after the sheep incident. John had to patch me up after the dastardly deed. But thankfully everyone was fine with us mailing their stuff. But it could have easily been a tougher situation.

And t…

The broad side of a barn...

When I spotted this faux barn board technique, I immediately thought of my Mom... Before anyone gets upset and thinks I am being a brat, let me explain. One of my Mom's favorite sayings when I was little was "I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn..." She would say this when she toss something in the trash and miss pitch something out of the way and miss... I always wondered how ANYONE could miss the broad side of a barn... I guess that's why the phrase is so funny to me... :-)

The details can be found on this week's Splitcoaststamper tutorial but my design was a little different so I will detail below. Have a great weekend!


Card Recipe

Finished Design 5 X 6 Inches

Card stock - Bazzill, Georgia Pacific
Stamp - Sentiment - Our Daily Bread Designs - Scripture Series 1
Paint - Making Memories - Spotlight
Reinkers - Memento - Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa
Ink - Memento - Rich Cocoa (Sentiment)
White Glue
Foam applicators
Die Cut - Provocraft - Home Accents
Flowers - Unkno…

My how quickly summer fades...

It seems like yesterday we were gearing up for Memorial Day weekend. This summer has FLOWN by. I purchased mums today and mulled over pumpkin options at a roadside farmers market. Over the weekend, I purchased my first flowering cabbage. I admired one years ago in Alexandria, Virginia. John and I marveled at how it still looked so beautiful in decorative pots along the sidewalk in late December. This year I am going to try my hand at raising one and hope to have beautiful green and red foliage well into November.

Even though I have dusted off the autumn decor and planted a few fall flowers, I can't seem to let go of summer. It just seems too soon to let such a good friend leave. So in honor of the changing of the seasons I decided to pull out one of my first Gina K. Designs sets and whip up a card. As you can see, I stayed true to the red, white and blue of summer. The red and white designer paper was actually one side of a Christmas paper I had left over and just hated…

It is true!

This week's challenge over at Our Daily Bread Designs involves creating something bright and white! The idea is to make a card with minimal coloring. This is something that is particularly challenging for me. (I guess that's why it is called a challenge, right?) I love color! It just seems strange to not pulled out the bright designer paper and card stock.

I have created this type of card one time before and surprisingly I REALLY liked the results. Naturally, I thought it was all a coincidence and that I really could not make this type of card. So with that thought in the back of my head, I set about to work on the ODBD challenge. And did I surprise myself! I really LOVE the results this time and I hope you do to! Take a look and take the challenge yourself! Freedom from color rocks! Have a wonderful Sabbath day!


Card Recipe

5 x 6 inch designs

Card stock - Georgia Pacific - card, Neenah - Image
Ink - Image - Memento - Tuxedo Black, Copic
Ink - Sentiment - Memento - Grape Jell…

Western Theme Treat Bag

I managed to make it into bed this morning at 6AM after our all night crop. I stumbled out at 9AM and made it to the couch downstairs where I crashed and burned until 12:30PM. If you eat an Oreo after noon does that count as breakfast? :-P

We had a great time. I only colored one image but boy was it fun! One cool idea I picked up from some of the ladies. They bought wallpaper sample books for a buck from a store when they closed. Then they used Acid Free on the samples to use in their albums... cool huh? Never thought of it... but a great idea! That's a wonderful way to recycle!

For today's post I created a western style treat bag for a mission's event we will be going to at our church soon. I thought it would be cool for the kids to get their own special "memento" of the night. I planned on stuffing them with trail mix and other good things that fall into the theme but don't hype the littles up too much! I'm sure their parents will be grateful! Well I ho…

Autumn Splendor

Well I'm off to teach at an all night crop tonight! Did I take a nap today? No. Did I rest on the couch? No. Did I do laundry? Yes. And did I run errands including 2 hours in the beauty shop getting my hair done? Yes. So this should be an interesting night! An almost forty year old woman trying to stay up all night and crop... I could do this in college and function but now? LOL... Me thinks it will be a long night... So in case I don't regain consciousness anytime tomorrow I thought I would go ahead and post! Pray for me ladies... It's going to be an interesting night! More details to come...


Card Recipe

Finished Card 5 X 5 inches

Card stock - Bazzill, Gina K. Pure Luxury
Designer Paper - Chatterbox - Sunny Plaid
Stamps - Image and Sentiment - Gina K. Designs - Autumn Splendor Stamp TV Kit
Ink - Image - Memento - Black
Ink - Sentiment - Memento - Rich Cocoa
Ink - Accent - Memento - Summer Sky - Sponged on edge
Ink - Coloring - Copics - YG17, YG67, E17, E…

Thanks to Our Daily Bread Designs!

I am so excited! Yesterday one of my cards was selected as the Our Daily Bread Designs Stamping in Design winner! I love doing challenges and this one in particular! I am very blessed to have been fortunate enough to be drawn for the winner! If you haven't checked out this portion of the Our Daily Bread Design site, check out the announcement here here! I have posted the card below for a second look! Take a few minutes to challenge yourself and enter! It is so much fun!

I hope to be back later this weekend with some cool projects! I am teaching at an all night crop tonight. Please pray that my stamina and creativity remain awake! LOL... Blessings to you and have a wonderful Friday!


Just a Little Sparkle

I must admit bling SCARES me! I'm an accountant and anything flashy doesn't go over well. But I love snow and how can you create something wintry and not use some shimmer? I'm trying to get a leg up on some Christmas cards. And each week or so (if my plan comes to fruition) I will create a card or two to share. Then maybe by the time the 25th rolls around I will not be frantically throwing some cards together. Or even worse buying cards at the local discount store... :-) Maybe for once I will be ahead of the game... or maybe not... but I can always dream of that and a white Christmas... Hope you are having a wonderful day...


Card Recipe 5 X 7 inches

Card Stock - White - Georgia Pacific, Bazzill Birthstone
Designer Paper - Pebbles Inc. - Snow Fun Snowflakes - Green
Image & Sentiment - ODBD Peace & Joy
Embossing Powder - Stamp n Stuff - Winterwonderland Opaque
Ink - CTMH - Indian Corn Blue
Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angels - Sapphire
Smooch Spritz - Silver Foil,…

Wild Thing...

Have you ever been challenged? A friend of mine has "strongly suggested" I put in a card for a fun website she designs for. The challenge is to incorporate 3 colors, ribbon and two buttons. I REALLY have issues with buttons. I just can't seem to put them on anything I do and have it turn out right. So this time I took a gamble with her urging to do a little button therapy. I'm still not sure how I like it but hopefully Diane will like it!

Check the site out here!

When I was putting this card together, I decided I needed to trim one side of the red cardstock under my image. Well, guess what happened? My blade decided at that precise moment to become incredibly dull and just snag the paper. I took it out and decided it actually worked with my "wild theme." I love happy accidents! The stamp set actually has the hippo and elephant as two separate creatures but I loved how the elephant looked like it was "kissing" something. So I stamped the…

Mojo Monday

Is it Friday yet? Oh, my goodness... we paid at work today for that long weekend.... I'm not sure vacations are worth it... LOL... I created this card for the contest going on over at Mojo Monday's site. Well as you can see it is TUESDAY and I am just getting around to posting it. After a busy day with family yesterday and a late night at Copic class I was too tired to post. I really hate having to work to support my habit... :-P

Thanks as always for your positive encouragement. I treasure each and every comment. Thanks so much and blessings to you!


Card Recipe

Finished Size

5 X 7 inches

Card stock - White - Georgia Pacific, Kraft - Gina K., Others - Bazzill
Card stock - Image - Bazzill - Simply Smooth
Designer Paper - Making Memories - Max Gingham, Bo Bunny Shabby Princess - Bluebell Blossom
Stamp - Image and Sentiment - Stampin' Up - Peace Within
Ink - Image - Memento - Tuxedo Black
Ink - Sentiment and Grass - Memento - Bamboo Leaves
Ink - Sky - Memento Summer Sky
Die Cuts…

Farm Life by Theresa Momber for Gina K.

I am truly a farm girl and when this new stamp set came out on Stamp TV I jumped to order it. This time of year is especially nice. The days are growing shorter, the air is cooler and the animals are all enjoying the freshness in the air. The other night hubby and I even took a late evening golf cart ride to check out the stars. If it hadn't been so dark the neighbors would have thought I was nuts bundled up like I was in a blanket. It was nippy but we had a blast! This card is going to hubby. We had such a nice time the other night enjoying the view we share together. I hope you take time today to share the view with someone you love. Happy crafting!


Card Recipe

Finished Project

5 X 7 Inches

Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury - (cream)
Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Karen Foster - Thanksgiving Dots
Stamp - Image and Sentiment - Farm Life by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs
Ink - Image - Memento - Rich Cocoa
Ink - Background - Memento - Rich Cocoa, Potter&…

Simple Sunday

Have you ever had a "burning bush" moment? Today's Sunday School lesson dealt with Moses and the burning bush. As I prepared for the lesson, I found several interesting facts. In Egyptian, the name Moses means "is born." It forms the second element in many Pharoahs' names including Raames at Atmoses. It appears that even though Moses was a Hebrew by birth his royal adoptive family thought of him as one of their own and labeled his as one "born into" their family. Second, the name Moses sounds strikingly like a Hebrew word which means "to draw out." Well, he was drawn out of the water so that would make sense. But what are the chances that the Egyptian name he was given would so closely mirror this incident of his early life?
And how ironic that he would later be drawn out of his comfort zone to do God's will.

So after killing an Egyptian because Moses saw the man beating a fellow Hebrew. He was forced to flee under a death warrant …


Today's card was created for the Stamping In Design Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs. I have to say this card was one of the most labor intensive I have done. I started on it last night. I had to run out to teach a Copic class and got home fairly late. This morning after attempting to sleep in... thoughts kept running through my head and I had to get up and act on them.

When I took it downstairs to show dear hubby, as I sometimes do, he went on and on about the card. But good hubbys do that right? But after I walked back upstairs and started to look closely at the card I GOT what he was talking about. And honestly it is truly a GOD thing! I had nothing to do with it. Take a close look at the lion. Do you notice that special glow around his head? Jesus is often referred to as a Lion in the Bible. In the books by C.S. Lewis about Narnia, the main character (Aslan) is a Lion. For those of you not familiar with these books, the adventures of Aslan are a fictional ac…

Sugar, Corn Syrup and Salt...

What in the world could these three ingredients create? Candy Corn! Does anyone really eat candy corn or is it like the Christmas fruit cake that is re gifted from one home to the next? My Dad LOVED candy corn! And as soon as they appeared in the stores a bag would inevitably surface at our house!

There was something about chewing little colorful balls of wax that made me grimace.... and to this day I still grimace... But I LOVE looking at them. They are so colorful and fun! So when I saw this Friendship Jar Filler set from Papertrey Ink, I had to bite! (Pun intended)...

I hope to revisit some of those fond fall memories I have... And yes, maybe I will even eat some candy corn in my Dad's honor! Hope you make it a wonderful day!

Card Recipe
Finished Size
5 X 7 Inches

Card Stock - Bazzill - Black, Georgia Pacific - White
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black
Ink - Markers - Copic (colors below)
Stamp - Image - Papertrey Ink - Friendship Jar, Friendship Ja…