Monday, October 29, 2018

Sweet Birthday

Hello! I'm taking a break from Christmas to share a fun little card I made for a friend.  Both of my DDs work for a friend of mine at an ice cream and sandwich shop.  She and her husband are great people and wonderful employers.  They are incredibly patient with their staff (mostly high schoolers), but also teach them work skills they can use in the future.   The people who work there are always courteous and professional, and obviously love their jobs!  My friend recently celebrated her birthday on the last day of the season(closed during the winter months), and I knew her day was going to be busy so I wanted to make a fun little card to lighten the day.

Now what else could I possibly put on her card??  The pattern paper is left over from some graduation cards I made for their co-workers who graduated in May, but it worked just as well for this sweet birthday card!  I also inked up Honeycomb Happiness for the first time and pulled out the coordinating embellishments to make my cones three dimensional.  The girls loved the card and I'm happy to share that my friend loved it as well.  She thought the honeycomb scoops were too cool! Ha! See what I did there?! Ice cream-cool...anyway...

I hope you enjoyed my card and maybe you'll find the time to get some real ice cream!  It's pretty chilly right now, but my dad always says it's never too cold for ice cream!  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Monday is Merry-Three in a row!

Hi!  I am back for the third week in a row with another Christmas card! AND it's FALL BREAK!!  I've scheduled this to post early this morning, so it's possible that while you're reading this I could still be asleep or at the very least drinking my morning coffee in my pjs!  But enough of my personal happy came here to see something creative and Christmasy (is that a word?!).

I'm sticking with the quick and simple style again and once again, I've pulled from the fall cards I made earlier this month for the layout.  I've used the beautiful Christmas Cocoa paper again.  I love that this paper has just a hint of shimmer to it, so you really don't need a lot of embellishing!  I also decided to go with a winter theme on this one instead of Christmas.  I thought this could be friends who don't celebrate Christmas or maybe someone who isn't that into celebrating this season.

I am really looking forward to getting a lot of things done this week!  I have some work to do in our garage, in our landscaping, and of course in my craft studio!  I'm hoping to do some reorganizing to make things a little easier to find and more likely to use!  Of course, there must be some time for creating too!  Wish me luck!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and have a wonderful week!

Card Recipe: Paper-Christmas Cocoa DSP, soft suede, whisper white, Ink-soft suede, Stamp Set-Seasonal Memories (hero arts)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Another Merry Monday!

Oh my goodness! Posting two weeks in a row with Christmas cards!! Slowly but surely, I'm going to get these cards completed by December!!  I played with a similar design to my card from Thursday and used Festive Four again!  I also pulled out some Christmas paper that I haven't used in a while!

I've decided that my cards are going to be pretty basic and easy until I have more in that box!  Then maybe I'll work on some fancier designs!

I love this cute lil' snowman and the striped paper seemed to be pretty enough without any ribbon!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!

Card Recipe: Paper-Christmas Cocoa DSP (ret), whisper white, Ink-soft suede, real red, tuxedo black, Stamp Set-Festive Four

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Throwback Thursday-Sending more 'Happy Mail'

Hello!  I've taken a little break from making Christmas cards to play with some pretty fall colors.  Unfortunately, it doesn't feel much like fall right now.  I think September was cooler than October!  I'm hoping we get a few weeks of chilly weather before we slide right into winter...

I think today's cards are throwbacks in every sense of the word.  Stamps, cardstock, pattern paper, and even the ribbon are all things that have been a part of my crafty stash for a very long time!  It felt good to put them to good use again!

I don't normally send a lot of fall/Halloween cards, but I'm making an effort to send more cards that aren't birthday or Christmas.  One of my classes were talking about letters this week and one of the students asked "Who even sends letters?"  It made me sad, but then I realized that I don't really send letters anymore either.  I did share with them that I send homemade cards with notes in them and they looked at me like they had never heard of such a thing! Lol! Guess I'm officially old now...  This conversation and a recent guest speaker from Rachel's Challenge inspired me to reach out to loved ones a little more often.  Soon these cards will be addressed to some family and friends who are very dear to me to let them know I'm thinking about them!

Fall is my favorite season and I have quite a few different sets of fall themed DSP.  I decided to use the long retired Orchard Harvest and blew the dust off of two of my favorite fall stamps.  I even dug in my retired cardstock drawer to find the more mustard paper!  I'm not sure how long ago I purchased the burlap ribbon, but I'm guessing it's been a while since I have no clue where it came from!  Both cards were pretty easy to put together and it was fun doing a bit of coloring again!  I hope you are inspired to make and send your own cards to let someone special know that you're thinking about them too!  Have a wonderful day!

Card Recipes: Paper-more mustard, naturals ivory, Orchard Harvest DSP (ret), Ink-tangelo twist, pear pizzazz, daffodil delight, early espresso, tuxedo black, Stamp Set-Festive Four, Seasonal Memories (hero arts), Accessories-burlap ribbon

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday is Merry!

 Hello!  My stash of Christmas cards is looking a bit empty and now that it's October, I'm getting a little worried that I may not be done on time!  I always think I'm going to make cards all summer long and then that never happens...  So today, I threw together some super simple and quick cards to add to my box of cards.

I love the fun patterns in Home for Christmas DSP and they make creating a quick card so easy.  All I needed was a little sentiment and some ribbon and these were together in no time!

 I used Warm Words for the sentiment on this one.  I absolutely love this sentiment set!!

I inked the set Reason for the Season for the first time with this card.  I'm itching to play with the poinsettias in this set!! So pretty!!

I'm thinking I'll be doing quite a few cards like this if I want to have all of my cards ready to go by December!  I'm counting the days until our fall break when DD2 and I can have some time to do fun things together and I'm hoping to squeeze in some creative time as well!  Only two more weeks!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Card Recipes: Paper-real red, whisper white,  pool party, Home for Christmas DSP, Ink-pool party, real red, Stamp Sets-Warm Words, Reason for the Season, Joyous Celebrations, Accessories-large oval punch, pool party satin ribbon, gold glitter ribbon (from stash)