Golden Monday

Morning everyone!  Here we are, off to start another week already.  And what a beautiful start it has been.  We are having unseasonably warm weather.  It feels like a touch of summer has come back to grace us with her warmth one last time.  I’ve been enjoying watching the golden sun arc through my windows this morning and light upon the Thanksgiving decorations on my dining room table.  It seems almost magical.

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I had the most wonderful weekend.  Lots of my favorite shops and nurseries were having their annual holiday open houses.  I spent many an hour over the last several days ooohing and ahhhing over all the pretties.  I am always especially awed over the amazing ways folks can decorate Christmas trees.  Wish I had the same knack, but I’m not quite there.  It sure is fun to try, though.

Spent yesterday at a local farm for one last Fall fling.  Could not have had more perfect weather.  It was just heaven to walk around and look at the animals and watch my friend’s son climb in the corn crib and slide down the giant tube slide and ride the ponies.  The highlight had to have been the hay ride out to the pumpkin patch where we were all allowed to select one pumpkin.  Nik and I have plans to turn ours into a turkey.  Visions of feathers and pipe cleaners and paint and construction paper are floating in our heads.  Can’t wait to see what we come up with. :)

And now in scrappy news, I have a fun Fall page to share that I made for the current challenge over at the Creative Pandemonium blog.  I scrapped photos of our recent trip to the gourd farm where we went on the “spooky” hayride.

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The challenge is to use some circles, some scallops, and the color of kraft.  Used a lot of my older goodies on this.  Patterned paper is a combination of Webster’s Pages and Pink Paislee.  I used two different Basic Grey chipboard alphas for my title work, including one in kraft to fit the challenge requirements.  I made several circles from kraft cardstock, stitched them onto my layout, and layered them with Heidi Swapp ghost clocks and an Imagination Project chipboard date circle.

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Scallops were added with some golden ric-rac and eyelet trim from Making Memories.  I tucked one of my photos into the flourishes of a Little Yellow Bicycle die-cut frame.  A few felt leaves, an October rub-on, and touches of trim complete the page.

Hope you all have a chance to play along with this fun challenge, and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Lucky Break

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!  It’s always so exciting when another weekend rolls around, isn’t it?  And I have to say that I’m starting off this weekend with a really lucky break.  We had a small lapse in the rain and gloom earlier, so my friend, Terri, and I decided to take advantage of it and go for a walk around one of our local lakes.  She brought her Goldendoodle and I brought my neighbor’s Springer Spaniel, who I am pet sitting.

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So…….we get half way around the lake, and I realize that I’ve lost my phone out of my pocket.  What a horrible feeling.  I just tell Terri I want to turn around and re-trace our steps, even though I feel it’s probably pretty useless to do so, and suddenly her phone rings.  She looks at it and tells me that it’s me calling.  Apparently, someone found my phone and picked it up and put it on a picnic table, and another woman saw it and started calling people in my address book until she happened to get Terri.  They were walking around the lake the other way, so we kept going and eventually I got my phone back.  Is that not the nicest story?  Proof that there truly are good people out there who do great things.  I’m still thanking my lucky stars hours later.  And even with all the phone confusion and the dog yanking on me, I got some fun pictures, too.

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Painted turtles sunning themselves on a long log in the water.  I used to work with these guys years ago, so they make me smile.

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And a little bit further on we ran into this beautiful creature.

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And now, of course, it’s raining again.  And cold.  And gloomy.  Yuck.  But at least I have my phone!

In scrappy news, we are having our monthly Paper-Playground crop tomorrow night that I am definitely looking forward to.  I hope that if you all are ever in the Raleigh/Durham area, you will look us up!  I also have this week’s card for the Cardalicious blog to share.  Challenge #18 is to use circles and stars and some kind of stitching on a card project.  Here is what I did.

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This card is a fun combination of several of our previous Paper-Playground kits.  I still LOVE this older October Afternoon line of paper.  Don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.  I used some templates to create the circle and the star and hand-stitched the star outline for detailing.  To the circle, I added a metallic rub-on from Little Yellow Bicycle and several smaller star rubs from October Afternoon.  I also continued the star rub-ons across the length of the ribbon.  Love that look, and it’s so easy to do.

You all have a couple of weeks now to join in on this fun challenge.  I would love to see what you do.  Link me up if you play along!

Have a great weekend everyone!

It Worked!

It really did work! My snow dance from yesterday worked.  Take a look at us yesterday afternoon.

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And check us out today!

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5_8_08-3205_8_08-3385_8_08-322Too fun!  We are having such a great time.  Of course school was cancelled.  We’ve been all over the neighborhood trying to find some decent sledding areas.  Had a bit of a snowball fight, made a few snow angels.  You know, the works.  Now we’re taking a small break to unthaw and drink some hot chocolate.  What a wonderful day!  And the best thing is, the snow is still coming down.  It hasn’t stopped all day.  I could just glue myself to the windows, it’s so beautiful out there.

Now it’s almost time for the inauguration, which I certainly don’t want to miss.  But before I go glue myself to the television now, I have my card for the Cardalicious blog to share.  This week’s challenge is to use a circle, a flower and something sparkly on a card.  Here is what I did.

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Paper and trim from Webster’s Pages’ Hello, Beautiful collection.  Really love this line.  Think it’s my favorite Webster’s release so far.  But then, I still haven’t got my hands on the new collections yet. ;)

Hope you all are having a wonderful day where you are!

Cardalicious #6

Hi everyone!  Today is Monday, and that means it’s time for the new challenge over at the Cardalicious blog.  If you love making cards, then this is definitely the site for you.  Not only are the challenges fun and unique, the design team will blow you away, too.  This week’s challenge is to make a card using at least 3 circles in your design.  Here is what I did.

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As you can see, I went a little crazy with my circle punches.  Ended up with 21 circles on this card.  The paper is a combination of Anna Griffin and Scenic Route.  The background was created with 20 circles punched with my 1″ circle punch, and one 2″ punch behind the chipboard star.

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I painted the star white and liberally doused both the star and the snowflake with glitter. The small jewelry tag is stamped with a greeting stamp from Stampin’Up.  Always love when I break out my old stamps and actually put them to use.  A bit of stitching and ribbon add the final details to this card.

Hope this gives you all some ideas of things you can do with those old circle punches you may have lying around.  And be sure to check out the Cardalicious blog for even more possibilities!  I absolutely fell in love with what Danni did with buttons.

Have a great evening!

Random Chaos #36

Hello everyone!  Hope you all are having a wonderful day.  I’ve just come back from running errands for various school projects we’ve got going on right now.  Poor Nicole has 3 projects, count them…3….all at the same time.  I had to get more ink for the printer so we can finish up a poster board on the presidential candidates, had to buy her a flash drive for her Albert Einstein biography project, and…have been searching and searching for George Washington costume items for her wax museum project.  Not easy to find George Washington attire in this day and age.  I did find a suit jacket and a women’s ruffled blouse at the Goodwill today, but still don’t know where I’m going to find the white wig.  Guess I have to start searching the Halloween stores next.  You’d think with all my Halloween stuff, that I’d have one handy somewhere….but alas. ;)

Now that I’ve gotten all that stuff out of the way, I can move on to fun things.  Like the next Random Chaos challenge.  So how about it?  You all ready for another challenge?  This week’s challenge is to use polka dots, flowers and buttons on a layout.  Some of my favorite items!  Here is what I did.

Isn’t she cute? I absolutely adore this photo of Nik taken at the corn maze 4 years ago.  And I love these papers with it.  I know it’s a little hard to tell, but if you look real closely, you will see that the background has the most delicious glittered tone-on-tone polka dots on it.  It is just SO beautiful.  I also further enhanced the polka dot theme by punching 2″ circles out of some Making Memories spiderweb paper and arranging them in a grid behind my photo.  Machine stitching around the edges of the grid gives the block some framework.  Finished it off with two trims, Prima paper flowers, some MM buttons, and  glittered chipboard alphas from Little Yellow Bicycle.  Everything on this page came from the October kit from Paper-Playground. Another kit I am completely in love with!  Kits are still available on the website and begin shipping tomorrow, just in case you can’t resist.

Thanks for letting me share!