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Goodbye Summer

>> Thursday, September 21, 2017


Wouldn't you know, that as soon as I embrace the cooler fall weather we get a flashback of summer!  Hasn't been ridiculously hot, but lots and lots of humidity - yuck!  So for now I'm just staying inside in air conditioned comfort and stamping myself some fall :)

I started my card by stamping our new Pumpkin Patch image on white card stock.  I masked the small pumpkin on the right so I could stamp our Autumn Leaf Pile behind it.  There's already some grass on the pumpkin patch image so I used our Easy Grass Background to finish the rest of the "lawn".  Once all the stamping was finished I did all the coloring (except the sky) with watercolor pencil/marker combo (the leaf pile was so easy to color - I put a little red pencil in a few leaves, then a few green and a few orange as well, then colored the whole thing with a yellow alcohol marker) then masked both images and sponged in the sky.  I finished stamping by adding our new Goodbye Summer greeting using black ink.

Thanks for stopping by,


Pumpkin Love

>> Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The new Fall stamps from DRS are so versatile - I have a million ideas playing around in my head for great cards.  The new Goodbye Summer Hello Fall image is one of my faves as is the Filigree Pumpkin - I used them both on this layered card.  I cut out just the Fall part of the sentiment and layered it on my tag.  I cut out three ovals to make my pumpkin and them stamped them with the pumpkin image to make them more elegant.

For my next card, I stamped the Filigree Pumpkin a bunch of times all over my background and then covered it all with gold and white Frantage (Stampendous).  I used the new Pumpkin Spice Everything Nice Greeting too.  When I stamped it, I got a little smudge so I stamped the pumpkin on it lightly to cover it.

After making these cards, now I want some Pumpkin Spice Creamer or Pumpkin Bread - I see a quick trip to the store in my immediate future.




The Pumpkin Patch

>> Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Today I have the homeowner blues. Back in February of this year, I may have mentioned that my refrigerator broke, leaked and ruined my wood floors.  It was a long, messy haul getting new floors installed and a new fridge in place, but in the end everything looks lovely.  So imagine my horror when I came home to another leak in my kitchen and basement! Nooooooooooo......was my cry heard through the neighborhood.  I ran around like a mad woman, trying to find a shut off valve and I quickly called an emergency plumber (aka expensive plumber) who fixed what was broken regarding the plumbing, and promptly told me my dishwasher needs a new part. I have since found out the new part and fix will cost almost as much as a new one, so I will be hand washing dishes until I can get a new one installed.  Ah yes, home ownership!  A blessing and a curse ;)

Basically what I'm saying is, I need this sunny cheerful card as much as anyone today!  It features the new Pumpkin Patch stamp, and it put me in a perfect mood for fall.  It was fun and easy to color and I simply die cut it and added a mat. 

The background was dry embossed with fall words and I added the empty frame for embellishment.  It was a scrap item that had been sitting on my desk and finding a use for stuff like that makes me happy too.  To finish the card I added a green ribbon and die cut some sunflowers to play off the the stamped image. 

Here's wishing you a sunny and happy day!


Pumpkin Spice - It's that time of the year!

>> Monday, September 18, 2017

Hi Everyone,

My card today features one of my very favorite fall things - Pumpkin Spice Coffee!! There's just something warm and calming about pumpkin spice coffee. I think I may have to go make a cup once I get this post completed!!

I started by stamping the Pumpkin Spice greeting (846E) onto cream CS with Archival Jet Black ink, then die cut it with a stitched oval die. Once I die cut all the parts of the coffee cup, I stamped the coffee cup with the Splatter Background image using VersaMark ink. The little pumpkin and tiny leaves are some epoxy stickers I've had forever. The oval die and coffee cup dies are all from ODBD. The rust frame was die cut with a SB die.

Here's a look at the inside:

The new Goodbye summer greeting (350F) was stamped with Archival Jet black ink and the pumpkins were stamped with TH Spiced Marmalade ink.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check all the new fall images from DRS Designs here.



Front Porch

>> Sunday, September 17, 2017

Good Morning,

My card today features DRS designs new fall stamps.

I started by stamping the new Floor image with Distress Ink on watercolor paper then I used a little water to spread the ink. Then I stamped the Brick Wall the same way. This was set aside to dry. I stamped the Pumpkins from the Fall Fence,    Cattail Milk Pail, and the Autumn Leaf PileFall Leaf with Acorn. all of these were colored with Copic markers and fussy cut. I cut the new stamped  Goodbye Summer Hello Fall Greeting apart and stamped it with black ink and clear embossing powder black ink.

This is the inside.

Have a wonderful day,


All Brains!

>> Saturday, September 16, 2017

Good morning!
I just had to get the zombies back out for Halloween.
These are so much fun to play with and still very popular with certain movies out and popular TV series going.
I like to add fun colors and scary backgrounds sometimes and today was one of those days.
My first card features the DRS stamps: Zombies Brains Love Greeting 933D and Zombie Guy 917G.

I started with an Oxide background (Jennifer McGuire and Tim Holtz have great video tutorial for this technique), added a 1" yellow moon and then the haunted tree/house scene die, by Taylored Expressions, out of black and added yellow behind the windows.
I stamp stamped the Zombies sentiment onto the background, stamped and colored my Zombie Guy and fussy cut him to go on the scene I created. I then punched a grass border to go at the bottom (I have grass dies but always forget about them??? My punch is always handy).

I scary part is that they thought they had the zombies locked away from the general public but oops, there is one coming out of the ground...OUTSIDE the gate!!!!! Yikes!

I started with a regular A-2 size piece of white and colored a background for the inside of my shadow box then colored another 5 1/2 X 5 1/2" card base for the shadow box to sit on so that I would still end up with a card at the end not just a box.  I made the box  (it is black) (you can buy them pre-cut and scored from Heartfelt Creation) and then used white pigment ink and Oxide inks to add some color (the backgrounds are Oxide inks as well). I stamped and colored all my DRS stamps listed above and then fussy cut them all.  I placed the Zombie Guy and Gal inside the shadow box, tore some paper borders for the ground and then added my gate, lock and chain on top of the shadow box. (The gate, lock and key are made by Sizzix for Stampin' Up! and the chain is a die by Elizabeth Craft Designs).  I added Black Oxide to the gray fence and some silver metallic Rub-Ons and added black ink to the silver lock and chain as well as a bit of shading on the chain for shape.
The Happy Halloween Arc was stamped on a scrap of white, sponged then cut with some circle dies, one larger than the other (LifeStyle Crafts). I sprayed a bit of water onto the sign to activate the Oxide effect in the ink.
The sign and hand were the last to be added on the outside then done! Yay!

I think any zombie fan would love either of these cards for Halloween, I'm not even a zombie fan but I love the DRS zombies!

Thanks for visiting today!


Pumpkin Spice Latte

>> Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! Man oh man do we have a mess to clean up outside our house! After Irma (then a tropical storm) came thru here on Sunday, we have limbs & branches & leaves & acorns EVERYWHERE! First time in history a tropical storm warning was issued for north Georgia. We had a lot of rain along w/ all the wind, too. At least there weren't any tornados. It was just too cool for those..our high temps on Sun, Mon, Tues were only around 60 degrees. 

With those fall like temps, I'm thinking it might be time for some Pumpkin Spice Latte! I'm not a big fan of pumpkin anything, but it sounds good. The first thing that came to mind when I rec'd this new Pumpkin Spice greeting, was latte or cappuccino. And I thought I had one of those go cup dies, but I didn't so I used this fancy one instead. (Hint to Sue: that coffee cups image I asked for a long time ago would have come in handy 😁)Anyway, after I die cut the cups I sponged the edges & cut one handle off & put it on the other side so they could be facing each other. The Bee Trail was stamped w/ the Distress ink to serve as steam & I added a small label & little pumpkin to each cup. The kraft bg was embossed & the edges sponged then the larger pumpkin & greeting were added.
Here's a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used for the pumpkins.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

stamps: DRS Designs -  Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Patch (lg pumpkin), Fall Fence (small pumpkins), Bee Trail (inside- Espresso-ly Wonderful )
paper: Staples 110# white, Kraft, speckled ivory
ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress inks vintage photo, rusty hinge
accessories:  Copic markers, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, circles, Labels 21 dies, Lil' Inkers stitched rectangles dies, Sizzix embossing folder, Quickutz die set


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