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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas is coming adventure

There was a farmhouse Christmas market in Shipshewana last week, and Tom thought I'd enjoy it so we drove over and spent half a day browsing all the handmade, repurposed, and antique/vintage offerings.  I didn't just enjoy it, I loved it!  I tried to sneak in Christmas music on the drive, but he requested a change. Today I'm getting ready for Card Buffet, and all of the kits I'm preparing are Christmas cards, so I've got the Christmas music playing in the basement.  Tom's out working in the garage, with a different station playing. ;)

I needed one more design for the buffet.  I specifically wanted to use Cherry Cobbler because the Real Red is already in one of the other kits, so I thought it would be good to highlight the Be Merry designer series paper.  There's this sweet design with bells and baubles, suggesting that the Seasonal Bells stamp set and punch would be another good inclusion.  After all that decision making, I just needed a nap a sketch (!), and Try Stampin' On Tuesday has the perfect one:

stamp sets - Christmas Pines, Seasonal Bells; ink - Cherry Cobbler; card stock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; designer series paper - Be Merry; punch - Bell

I don't know for sure whether the goose is getting fat, but Christmas is coming, surely sooner than I can remember the rest of the old nursery rhyme...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

thankful for Christmas adventure

I made this card last week, thinking it would be great for a Thankful Thursday post - I don't know how it got to be Tuesday already!  Since then, both Jingle Belles and Tuesday Throwdown have prompted us for thankfulness, so it's time to get this card posted:
stamp sets - Flourishing Phrases, Marbled; ink - Tranquil Tide; Stampin' Write marker - Tranquil Tide; card stock - Whisper White, Whisper White thick; punch - Pretty Label; Big Shot and Card Front Builder thinlits 

I'd also like to play along with the Christmas tree prompt at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

merry Monday stash adventure

Today, rather than trying to make my own Monday merry (today is only Sunday, after all) I'm playing along at Merry Monday, using kraft and red, and lots of retired stash:
stamp set - Better Together; ink - Versamark, Whisper White craft refill: Stampin' Emboss powder - Gold card stock - Natural Composition (retired), Gold Glimmer, Real Red; punches - handheld 1/4" circle (retired), Boho Blossoms (retired); baker's twine - Gold Metallic (retired)

I'm sure this layout is nothing new, and I learned the whitewashing technique from Brian King, but I'm kind of proud of the rest, since it's not CASEd but came out of my own imagination :)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

creatures of Christmas adventure

All the creatures are stirring at Jingle Belles this week, and of course, the first one I think of is reindeer.  Here's one on a background my Star Struck Stampers teammate Deb taught us:
stamp set - Nature Sings; ink - Old Olive, Pacific Point, Garden Green, Memento Tuxedo Black; card stock - Glossy White, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla Thick

It's a variation of the polished stone technique, we just swiped the swabs with rubbing alcohol and reinker rather than dotting with them - so pretty!

And here's a tinier one (can you seem him there, in front of the sentiment and the single tree?), in silhouette for The Male Room:
stamp sets - Christmas Pines, Carols of Christmas (on the envelope); ink - Basic Black Archival, Old Olive; card stock - Basic Black, Champagne Foil, Old Olive, Whisper White; designer series paper - Merry Little Christmas, Merry Music; baker's twine - Whisper White; Big Shot with Card Front Builder and Pretty Pines

This card is completely CASEd from the Holiday catalog (page 14), although I changed the color and some smaller details.

Monday, October 30, 2017

making Monday merry adventure

I may be exaggerating, but I think it's been raining and gloomy here forever.  Well, at least for days...  I had trouble keeping my simple commitment to 4 days of 30 minutes exercise last week.  It's really simple, I only expect to walk - but who wants to walk in the rain?  Not even the dog gets excited about that.  This morning was dry and I thought I saw a hint of sunshine, so we piled into the car for errands and the possibility of a walk.  It was raining again before we were halfway through the errands.  <sigh>

On the way home I realized my depression level is creeping up, something I've learned over the years to pay attention to, so I will increase my Vitamin D intake, try to remember to find and use the light box, and concentrate on my exercise commitment.  Also, it's always good to do something I enjoy, such as making cards - especially Christmas cards!  The Watercooler Challenge which ends later today is all about Christmas, and TGIF Challenges called for the eclipse technique, so I tried a simple one:
card stock - Real Red, Whisper White regular and thick; designer series paper - Christmas Around the World; Big Shot with Large Letters framelits

I'm feeling better already, at least enough to go for that walk before browsing through some more challenges.