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Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween!!

Happy Halloween! I've sent Mollie off to school with her costume and a 3lb bag of apples (her requested contribution to her school party)
She loves Halloween - but then Mollie loves any excuse to dress up. Her and James carved pumpkins yesterday and roasted the seeds to eat!

Another one who loves Halloween is Riley and Company. I have made quite a few cards this year using the cute little Moose dressed up and today I'm sharing my last Halloween one.


Meet Mummy Riley Think he's a bit tied up at the moment.
 I colored the image with my Copic markers, then inked the edges of the paper with distress ink. 
I found a length of bandaging that I had only used part of and cut this into strips and rolled into smaller bandage rolls.
 I matted Halloween themed design papers with black card and added to my card base.
 The image was also matted with black and placed at an angle on the card.
 The Sentiment is also a Riley and Company stamp and as I no longer partake in my original career I think it's quite fitting for me! This again was inked with distress ink and adhered to the card using foam tape.
I glued the bandages in place to stop them unraveling and draped them over the card. A few black enamel dots just balance out the design.

Thank you for stopping by, for more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page 



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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Are you sitting comfortably - then I'll begin

Good morning and happy weekend everyone!

It's new release time over at Scrapper's Delights and one of the theme's is Storybook Critters - so everyone that knows me knows that an Owl would be my first choice and story time??? Well of course it has to be a Winnie the Pooh tale straight from the pages of an A.A. Milne book:


I first created my image using a graphics program, placing the owl on the pages of the book and typing in the story.
I then colored the book pages and this fabulous owl with my Copic markers and used chalks for the background. 
The book was then fussy cut and shaped so the pages curved giving it more of a book look instead of a flat piece of paper.
I matted my card blank with dark brown card and a patterned paper. The sentiment was typed on my PC and again matted with the same brown card.
I then placed the book gluing it with Collal gel so it kept it's dimension. A few brown Card Candi Pieces balanced the design.

Head on over to the Scrapper's Delights Store to see all of the new releases. We also have a monthly challenge where you can enter any makes you do.
Why not stop by the Scrapper's Delight Facebook page for regular news on and inspiration from my Teamies and keep your eyes peeled on my blog for new releases from them!

Products Used:
Patterned paper from my Stash



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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

National Pumpkin Day

Did you know that today is National Pumpkin Day?
Living in quite a rural area this time of year means that all the farmers sell their wares and no matter which way we drive around here we come across pumpkins, squash, apples and other produce for sale on the side of the roads.

To celebrate the day I have a great make to share with you today just for the occasion. Riley and Company have some great Fall images and sentiments and I couldn't resist making something a bit
different with some of them :


Isn't he just the cutest - standing there in his witches hat and hugging a large Jack-o-Lantern.
I colored him with my Copic Markers and fussy cut him. He was then glued onto a strip of acetate so he would stand up. 
The sentiment is also a Riley and Company one from their Funny Bones collection. I stamped this as 2 separate sections, matted them onto green card leaving a tab at the bottom so they would again stand up on my pumpkin base.

I made the pumpkin using strips of orange card I stacked them on top of each other then fastened one end with brads. These were then fanned out and I gathered the other end together to get the round shape. I then glued die cut flourishes to the top and fixed it to some brown card as a base.
I had to make this extra special and although I didn't add any embellishments I did add something more.......


Yes I placed a battery operated tealight in the center of the pumpkin. so it glows!!! 

Thank you for stopping by if you like what you see please leave some love. 

For more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page 


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Happy Forever Day

Yesterday was a special day for a little girl who is very close to our hearts. 
Let me tell you why.
I have a very close friend who lives 2 doors away from me and, if we could, I think our houses would be connected. We originally met through James's school, she was his science teacher. Then last year she told us that she would be moving into our neighborhood. Moving was a very fraught time for her and through this we became close and now are like sisters. 

Yesterday we celebrated one of the reason's she is so special it was her youngest daughter's forever day - the day she legally became Jane's adopted daughter. Both her girls are adopted but couldn't ask for a better mom.

To mark the occasion we went for dinner and Renee got to choose what we were eating. Mac and cheese with hot dogs was yummy!

Of course I couldn't let the occasion pass with out making her a card:


I chose Blue Star angel digital stamp from Karen Middleton, Using copic markers I colored her to look like Renee - after all she is an angel sent to shower love and happiness.
 I then matted the image onto pink card. I used Nit whit design papers along with the same pink card to mat and layer my card base. 
The flowers were diecut and I typed and printed the sentiment using my PC.
I added some bright pink pearls to the center of the flowers and in one corner just to balance the design.
I added a verse inside the card which reads:
Adoption is where
A child grows in
Her Mommy's heart 
instead of her tummy

Dinner was delicious and was finished off with some pink and purple princess cupcakes. 
Thank you Jane and Renee for letting us celebrate your special day with you!

  Products used:
  pearls from my stash

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Monday, October 24, 2016

My favorite color is October

Good afternoon!! Well after some hiccups I can finally get on blogger!!! 

October is bringing some stunning colors and because the sun is still shining the trees appear to glow! I love this time of year in Michigan great time to be out with my fur babies.

Craftin Desert Divas Monthly mood board social media challenge this month is all about the gorgeous colors October brings and my inspiration card is using 2 of their cute Fall images
Pumpkin Pal Girl and Scattering Fall Boy


Aren't they just the sweetest little couple!

I colored them with Copic Markers and matted them onto a Roasted Pepper Colored Core'dinations card. 
I then took an 8x8 inch piece of white card and made a double twisted easel. I matted this with the same Core'dinations card and a leaf patterned digital paper.

After mounting my images to the easel parts of the card I used die cut leaves as stoppers for the easels. I then added a typed sentiment and more leaves. Simple card but oh so adorable!

Thanks for stopping by, Craftin Desert Divas are having a challenge over on their Face book Gallery page and you have just 2 days left to enter so go check out the monthly competition pinned to the top of the Facebook Group and get entering!

As well as the Facebook group we also have a blogInstagram page and Pinterest page for more inspiration.

  Products I used

  




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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nobody is perfect!!!

Good morning, windy day here but still warm and sunny - the wind is actually freshening the air so it's welcome! Least we don't have threats of hurricane like my friends in the south - stay safe down there!

I'm here today with my monthly spotlight for Scrap N Dipity. There are times when things just don't go right for us no matter what we do and we all have to accept that nobody is perfect even little fairies. The Digi stamp I am using today is no exception say hi to Hang in there Fairy


She is clinging to that branch for her life!
I have colored the image with alcohol markers. I then die cut the stitched frame around her and before I removed the image from the die I inked it with distress inks. The frame is actually a straight rectangle but I cut around one set of the stitched patterns to create the wavy edge.
I chose hot pink plain and dotty papers to mat my card and layered my image on top of them. 
I typed up the sentiment on my PC and again die cut and inked then cut around the stitched pattern. As I had placed my image at an angle I used foam dots to adhere the sentiment at the opposite angle.
A few liquid pearls just finished the design.

Products I used 
Polka-dot paper from my stash

Thank you for stopping by - for more inspiration please check out the Scrap N' Dipity Facebook fan group 
We also have a challenge blog where you can win some of the gorgeous digi-stamps.


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