Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.

It's here and so far it's wonderful! After a few soggy days the sun has returned bright and shiny, full of warmth for my tomatoes.  I have so many tomatoes to ripen on the vine yet and I'm hoping for a few more sunny days at least. The longer I can keep them on the vine the tastier they will be.  Last season it was October when the harvest was complete and I made and canned tomato sauce.  That time is fast approaching this year.

More cards to display today. Lots of September birthdays consumed some of my stash so I've worked on birthday cards, Christmas cards and still more Halloween cards.

The background for this card is sponged on distress inks. They blend so well to make a beautiful sunset. I've only tried this technique a few times but I really enjoy the look.

Another masculine themed card for a birthday boy. Boots and hat were cut using my Cricut Explore. The papers I used are specialty papers; hammered gold from HOTP and a shimmer glitter brown from DCWV. The plaid background paper is from my paper collection and I'm not sure who the manufacturer is.

My latest Christmas card is another House Mouse creation. What fun it is.

Finally, another Halloween card. Last year our son was superman for Halloween so when I found this Dearie Doll digital image I knew I had to use it to create a card - just because.

My inspiration!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Equifax - wrong on so many levels.

You've probably heard by now that Equifax, one of the largest credit bureaus in the United States, had their databases breached in a massive cyberattack. The private data of an estimated 143 million Americans -- information like names, social security numbers, birth dates, even some driver's license numbers -- was stolen. These consumers weren't even necessarily Equifax customers. Equifax aggregates personal information and credit data from consumers all across the country. Now instead of taking responsibility for their failure to protect private information, Equifax is trying to get off the hook. They're doing it through  something called "forced arbitration." Forced arbitration is a clause companies bury in the fine print that protects them from liability. They can also prevent you from joining with other victims in class-action lawsuits. After Equifax announced this massive breach, they offered to allow people to sign up for their own credit monitoring service called TrustID. But anyone who signed up for this service had to waive their right to sue or join a class-action suit against Equifax.  They decided to remove the clause from the agreement for Trusted ID, but they still have an arbitration clause as part of their Product Agreement and Terms of Use on their main site. This is wrong on so many levels. We have no choice in the matter of the basic use of their product, our data is collected by them to be used by creditors. This isn't the way to do business. Equifax allowed private information from millions of consumers to be stolen. Americans need to know what they can do to protect themselves. Equifax needs to disseminate that information without attaching forced arbitration strings to it.

Now that I have that off my chest I'll show you a few cards that I've made

This is a card for Valentine's Day using a Paper Tole dimensional from HOTP mounted on a shiny background paper. Colors are red, silver and black with just a splash of white here and there. Sequins and ribbon add a little more sparkle.

This is truely the time of year for sunflowers. These are two different mediums I used to color the same stamped image. For the top card I tried watercolors on watercolor paper and I used colored pencils for the bottom card. The watercolors are way more intensely colored. I added Wink of Stella to the flower petals on both cards. It's hard to tell but it's there.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Crisp mornings - almost FALL y'all!

Had to put on a jacket when waiting for the school bus with our son this morning - just a little crisper but an indication that fall is coming. It's exciting for me as fall is my favorite season; love the scents, the colors, the harvesting, the gathering and just the feeling of autumn all around me. I was prompted to take down my butterfly welcome sign and replace it with a stacked pumpkin sign. No Jack-o-Lanterns yet just plain orange pumpkins.

Here are some Thanksgiving cards I've made. These are actually from last Thanksgiving but I've not displayed them here before and I thought I'd share as long as I was going on and on about autumn...  Giving thanks is another reason to love the season. Gratitude soothes the soul, especially in these trying times we are experiencing.

The Pilgrims image is a Dearie Dolls digital image as is the cornucopia. The middle card was stamped with stamps from Simon Says Stamp. I watercolored the apples and the pie is a pre-made chipboard die cut. I used a Spellbinder's die to cut the fancy flourished oval. Couldn't leave out the beautiful Paper Studio background papers - enjoyed those warm fall colors - still do.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Positive thoughts for Florida

We've been glued to CNN and MSNBC watching the coverage of Hurricane Irma,  Hoping this storm passes with no loss of lives in Florida. The destruction looks less than the islands at least so far - trying to think positive thoughts for all those going through this.  To all my family and friends in the southeast we are praying for your safety.

Wanted to share a few cards with you. These were created with females in mind. The fairy topper and background paper are so beautiful and both were free gifts from a Great Britain magazine I subscribe to. The pinks are so lovely and feminine. Just added a pale pink ribbon on the left side for an accent.

This is another House Mouse topper from my purchased CD. I printed the image on white cardstock and used my Wink of Stella brush pens to add the glitter. The pink cardstock is from Simon Says Stamp. I used VersaMark ink to stamp a Happy Birthday sentiment all over the pink cardstock to create a background for the foam mounted image. Also raised the square sentiment with foam tape and added Dazzles pink jewels embellishments for a bit of glitz.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Call for crafting...

Have you created something awesome and want to share it? Have you tried a new recipe, something surprising growing in your garden, sewn, knit or crocheted something with your creative hands? Or maybe you have taken a beautiful or striking photograph. Whatever your creation (G rated of course) please share it for all to see.  My creations are from many types but mostly paper crafts. My love of all things paper began as a love to scrapbook for my grandchildren and has evolved into making greeting cards. With a large family and extended family it keeps me busy and fulfilled. I also enjoy sewing and have made lots of projects and just last year learned how to can, pickle and make jams and jellies from the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and berries we grow in our garden.

Here are a few cards I've worked on lately.

 Very simple card but I used lots of  "tools" in the creation of this one. The white background was made with a Spellbinders embossing folder. The Thank You is die cut - I die cut it three times and glued the layers together to give the letters strength and dimension. Just love my new cactus stamps. I  put this image together using just a few of the stamps. They are colored with distress markers.  The oval and scallop edged oval are also die cuts.

So I guess you can see that I enjoy die-cutting. These lovely butterflies are all die-cut from scrap papers I had in my stash. Basically I was just making sure the dies worked and put together this quick birthday card. In real life the background paper is a light green - my photo skills are lacking - hence, the green pearl decorations. They really do look much better than the photo shows. Enjoy.