Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fussy Cut Zentangle



What should I say?  This is a Masterpiece.  Only because it took many hours of work.  Bob and I watch pre recorded TV every night for an hour (that's about all I can take) and I sat and doodled for days.  Sometimes I was in a big hurry to finish and sometimes it was relaxing.
When I finished doodling the flowers, I just didn't feel like it was done, so I started fooling around.  I started cutting around the flowers on the right side.  I was planning on using the butterfly - which is a cut off half that I had used on another card.  It was cut out of an old non winning raffle ticket, so had writing on one side.  Obviously it didn't work on the right side of the card without showing the print, so I flipped the card. 
I tried lots of different colors for the background, but this one got me excited.  It's made by dragging a rainbow inkpad over the cardstock and was just sitting there on the table waiting to be used.
I used clear jewel brads in the flower centers and the leaves are cut from an old calendar that I couldn't bear to throw out.  And now I KNOW I will be doing more of these.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

SCRLLC14 #10 Worn



Good Morning,
This is my card for SCRLLC14 #10 - a challenge using Songs and Scripture.  You can find this one HERE.  Ever feel just plain WORN out spiritually?  Usually it comes gradually.  Sort of sneaks up on you, but what recently happened to me was not gradual. It came suddenly and I was more than worn.  I was wiped out.
Early this week I received an email from a friend that hurt to the core.  I read it and was shocked, hurt and numb.
My first thought went to God because I was feeling helpless.  I told Him "I can't handle this.  I don't know what to say.  I don't know what to do and I hurt.  HELP.
I next forwarded the email to my husband for some wise advice and to make sure I had read it correctly.  Then I just sat with God.  When there IS nothing else you can do, it comes easier.  To my shame, it's not always the first thing that I do.
Then God stepped in.  I can't describe what happened except it was like a calm surge of positive power to do what was right.  I listened and thoughts came of exactly what to say.  I knew that my only choice was to forgive, and this is the hardest thing for me to do.   My friend and I are communicating.  It may be a bit uncomfortable for awhile, but I feel because of God's graciousness, I was able to forgive.  I can NEVER do this on my own.  I always want revenge and this wears you down. 
The verse I picked was Ephesians 6:12.  Our struggle is not against flesh & blood (people)...but against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. This verse helps me to remember that I should never be upset with the person who hurt me, but realize that there is another force trying to wear each of us down.  God is always there to catch us if we fall and He is far more powerful.
 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

SCRLLC14 #9 Broken Hallelujah

I apologize for all the inactivity on here, but I do have a card today.  This is my card for the Song and Lyric Challenge SCRLLC14 #9.  The Song is Broken Hallelujah.
The first time I heard this song I decided I probably didn't like it.  It's very nice to listen to, but I told myself it didn't relate to me.  And when I thought that thought, a tiny voice in the back of my heart somewhere told me to 'beware' of that thought.  I, of course, ignored it.
Seemed like every time I turned on the radio, I heard it, so I chose to leave the radio off.  Then when Sundays came around I looked for a new challenge and a new song, and for reasons unknown to me, there is still not a new song.  Hmmm.  Then things changed in my life a little.  I will skip all that but just say that I woke up this morning a very needy person.  I knew right away that I needed to spend extra time with Jesus this morning, so I did and wouldn't you know I got the "nudge" to go look up this challenge and make a card.  But first I needed to do a little cooking and I like the radio on when I cook, so I turned it on.  I always ask God to have them play my favorites and I did.  Lots of good songs.  I finished the dessert I was making and decided to listen to ONE MORE SONG and then turn off the radio and go upstairs.  You guess it.  Broken Hallelujah.  I made myself listen to the entire thing and decided it applied. (I'm slow)
If your mother or father ever had to get your attention and said, "Come here and listen" or "Sit down and look at me" or a number of other things, I believe you understand when I say that the first verse I picked out is God saying much of the same to us.  "Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted..."  Psalm 46:10
The flowers on my card start out reaching for God, but they are black.  They represent the Broken Hallelujah. We are  hardly able to praise God, or recognize who and what He is because we are fighting Him.  Once we stop kicking and screaming and recognize just who it is that we are fighting, we are able to sing, "How Awesome is the Lord Most High" (Psalm 47:2) Here I have added music notes and color to the flower.  And once I listened and forgave, God was faithful to give me peace.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Spring

Spring came to Waterford this week.  So many things to prove it.  Driving yesterday started to become an obstacle course of Orange things again and there are so many changes just in the yard.  I am so fortunate to live in the country and see God's creation unfold in front of me.  This morning the sunshine was gone by 8:30, but I was up just in time to see a flurry of birds feeding.  I didn't get them all, but I have a few bad pictures to show.  They are all taken through the front window as I am way too wimpy to be outside when it's cold.  40s is too cold. :)
The first birds I saw were orioles.  There were lots of them this morning.  They all seem to be males, but I believe I saw one skittish female - not long enough to grab the camera.
At one point the rose breasted grosbeak sat on the ant trap (umbrella above the oriole feeder) while the oriole was on it just to get a drink of water.  I was not fast enough that time either, but I did get a picture of the grosbeak later.
Here it is along with the redwing blackbird.  I'm not sure if the grosbeak is just passing through or staying, but they are always nice to see.  I did see a catbird this morning, but they are very skittish and I think I move too fast.  They are all Peeping Toms and can see every move I make inside the window.
The Goldfinch usually doesn't eat off the ground as there is a finch feeder hanging on the porch, but he was snarfing up seeds under the feeder in front today.
I can never tell if the next one is a purple or house finch, but they are here too and taking turns on the feeder.  Most of them do take turns.  They sit in the birch tree and wait.
The daffodils are in full bloom and tulips are going to pop any minute.  I have red wooden tulips in the ground just for early Spring color until the real ones bloom.
I am redoing my Faux Mushrooms as the paint peeled and Bob says it's because I didn't prime them.  He is helping out and doing it right this time. :)  One is already done and I am hoping to get the others out today.  So much for blogging.  I need to get busy, but I had to share SPRING.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Window Screen Decoration

                                               
I am so excited about this decoration that I just had to share it with you.  I have had this rusty Basement Window Screen in my home office leaning the wall for about three years. When I like something, I always know that if I wait, it will come together with something else and something will get created. 
 It doesn't have to last for more than one season, because I know I will come up with another one.  And Bob is so good about picking up stuff for me.  (He gets around)  So, I don't know where this one came from, but I saved it.
Then I went to lunch with my daughter in law last week for her birthday and she suggested Steins after lunch.  Whoopee.  There were some gorgeous metal flowers for hanging.  I knew in a minute that I needed them. 
They are two layers, with metal petals on the bottom and - you guessed it - painted screening petals on the top layer.  They were all different colors, but I thought this pretty pink would go with my screen.
So I scrubbed up the frame, painted out a slightly rusty spot on the screen using some acrylic paint, measured where I wanted the flowers to rest and marked everything and then had Bob drill holes and put a piece of fixture chain on top to hang it.
I love it to pieces.


Close up of Flowers

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Victorine Easter Challenge

 Hi Everyone,
These cards are for the current Victorine Originals Challenge located HERE.    Last I checked it was not posted yet, but you could be the first.  The challenge is to make an Easter card.  I made two because they were so fun and so opposite.  The first one is kind of Traditional.  I used a gray background for the sentiment part and balanced it with more gray on the left side in the strip of designer cardstock.
The typical purple for Easter is punched on one side with an EK Success border punch and I used a Memory Box Dogwood Blossom stuck on with glue and a mini brad  Happy Easter is a Victorine Originals stamp
 
The second card I call Mixed Easter because I have both the Christian cross with the Victorine rose stamped on the designer cardstock and the secular Easter Bunny.  No eggs or basket though. I just couldn't fit them in.  These are both glued onto a piece of burlap as I LOVE texture on a card most any time.  These were fun to make.  Check out the Victorine Challenge and make one of your own.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Victorine Challenge #80


I have made Two Cards for the current Victorine Originals Challenge which is Monochromatic Green located HERE.  So if you think GREEN is my favorite color, you are absolutely right. 
This card on the left is made with a really neat stamp as a base.  I stamped it in green and then stamped it again on different pieces of cardstock that were either plain or embossed.  The "dots' are the embossed ones.  The small pieces were then cut out and popped up on the original shape around the edges.  I left the center flat, but added a big brad and a smaller brad on one side.  I think it looks cool and modern.
The card on the right is a piece of Bo Bunny designer cardstock cut to A2 size and then trimmed on the right so the back of the card would show the stamped sentiment.  I stamped three flowers on a different shade of green cardstock, cut them out and mounted them on the background.  Some of the dotted green worked well for flower centers so I punched some and glued them on.  The front is finished off with jewels.
Check out the challenge and make a card & enter.  There is always a drawing for stamps.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SketchChallenge479

This is my second card for the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge 479 posted this morning.  You can find the SC479 HERE.  It's a good one.  Easy and fun. I made two totally different cards from the same challenge.  I used a Crumb Cake background and stamped it with a Victorine Originals hot air balloon.  I paper pieced the balloon with three different kinds of designer paper.  Scraps are always good for this and I have enough for three lifetimes.  Next I cut out and embossed the computer generated sentiment with my Spellbinders Petite Oval and popped it up on the background.  So nice and easy and I really like it.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cataract Surgery #1



This is me on Tuesday.  I am at Lakeland Hospital waiting for the team to get me ready for my first cataract surgery.  Bob - my Best Caregiver EVER - kept asking me for a better smile, but I couldn't quite muster one.  He sat with me the entire time except for the actually surgery which only takes a few minutes.  I guess they wouldn't let him in.  :) 
I had a wonderful crew of very nice people waiting on me hand and foot, right from the first person who sent me to the bathroom with clean towels and asked me to wash my face. (I think it was clean until one of THEM put a black mark above my right eye)  hmmm  One of those necessary things, I guess.
These are my vitals and from here they look pretty good to me.  Not sure what that squiggly line on the bottom is, but they let me in the operating room, so I guess it was OK.  Bob said they gave me oxygen because my level was low.  I remember them putting the mask on and the doc (or somebody) saying what it was, but that's about all I remember -- until a lot later when I finally woke up.  I was back in the above room where I started, and apparently the doctor had popped out my lens and replaced it with a brand new one (whose vitals I now have in my computer in case of emergency)  It's amazing what doctors can do and only because God in His mercy let them find it out.  He is the one who made all these things work so well in the first place and now He is letting us in on some of His secrets.  So I slept the rest of that day and all night and was still tired the next day.  Today is Day 3 and I feel really good accept for a little bit of itching in my right eye which goes away when I put the drops in.

The "Team" gave me this nice little "cage" to put on my eye when I sleep.  I guess that's to make sure I don't break the rules which are Do Not Rub and I saw them everywhere.  So my sweet caregiver, Bob tapes it on every night and I wonder if he thought the tape was not sticky enough so last night he really taped it good.  I mean REALLY.  It was like trying to get out of a giant spider web this morning.  That stuff really sticks.  Halfway through the day I was still peeling glue off my face.  I am trying to take good care of myself so I will be ready for the next eye two weeks from now.  Wish me luck.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Victorine #79 Anniversary

This is my card for the current Victorine Originals Challenge located HERE.  This time it's to make an Anniversary Card.  Sometimes I find it hard to make a specific card without a specific sentiment, but I love this rose bouquet stamp and I think it's what every woman would love to see on the anniversary of their wedding day.  (No, not the stamp - the bouquet for real)
I started with a piece of ivory cardstock and stamped the music background.  The edges on the music image are sharp and clean, but for this background I inked the stamp and then ran a cloth around the  edge to soften it.
Next I stamped the bouquet image and colored everything but the red roses and buds.  These are paper pieced with red cardstock.  The blue forget- me-not on the left is cut with an exacto knife so the black strip of cardstock could be pushed behind it.
I used the same red cardstock on the lower right corner, glued vintage lace over it and stamped a band of cardstock with the sentiment.  Oh, I almost forgot.  The LOVE stamp on top is from a Christmas stamp that says, PEACE LOVE JOY.  The hearts separate the words and I just masked off the two end words. 
 This challenge starts Monday 3-3-14, and will run for two weeks and there is always a drawing for prizes if you enter your card, so check it out.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Victorine Originals Challenge #78

Good Morning,  This is my card for the current Victorine Challenge which is to make a one layer card.  This seems to be getting easier and easier for me as I run out of time so much.  You can find the challenge HERE
I keep telling myself I need to stop making "snow" cards, but we are having a blizzard of sorts this morning and flowers just would not survive, so here is more snow.
I used some lovely sparkly deep blue cardstock that was donated to my card making group.  Just stamped the snowflakes with Versamark and heat embossed with white which also has sparkles.  The "Let it snow" was an afterthought, but a good one, because what am I going to do about it?  The only thing I could think of this morning was to get out to the road and grab the garbage cans before they were two neighbors down.
Check out the challenge.  There is always a drawing for stamps.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

SCRLLC14 #2

 
This is my card for the current Scripture and Lyrics Challenge located  here
I was in a hotel room - yes, having a ball making cards this week while Bob was at our ABC Convention downstairs learning all kinds of stuff.  I just plain skipped out.  So I had limited supplies for my cards, but am not sure I would have wanted it any other way. 
The song this time is Undo and the chorus goes like this
Chorus
Turn me around pick me up
Undo what I've become
Bring me back to the place
Of forgiveness and grace
I need You, need Your help
I can't do this myself
You're the only one who can undo
                                                   What I've become
 
I found myself thinking about the times Jesus wants me to come to Him for help and I go somewhere else.  It becomes a habit.  I noticed awhile back that when things got rough at work and I had a project I couldn't see myself handling, I would stop everything and go get a cup of coffee.  A couple sips did me fine and I would get back to work.  Now I can picture Jesus standing there waiting for me to ask HIM to help and I didn't.
When I am tired in the evening, but the day isn't over and I need some extra strength, where do I go?  To the refrigerator or pantry for something sweet - and Jesus stands there waiting for me to come to Him.  Picture your own child doing the same thing, leaving you standing...  
I chose Psalm 96:1 as my verse because I need to sing the New Song to Him and lean on Him and depend on Him for all my needs.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Victorine #77 Gift Card Holder

 Good Morning
The current Victorine Originals Challenge starts today.  You can find it HERE.  This week we are making a gift card or candy holder.  I don't do candy, so mine is a Gift Card Holder.  Mine is a beanie which works well for this cold weather.
 
  I have forgotten where I got this pattern and am so sorry.  This is so easy  that I think you could do it yourself.  It's three pieces - two are exactly the same - the rounded top of the hat and the third is a simple bar and I rounded the corners.  My bar is 5 1/8" long and 1 3/4" high.
The two pictures on the bottom are the BACK of the holder and I put them on so you could get a better idea of how this operates. 
The BACK rounded piece, (tan) which is a bit more than a half circle (longer) is glued on the very bottom to the very bottom of the long panel.  Be careful to not get the glue on more than 1/4" all the way
across.  The second rounded piece is put on about a half inch lower and attached with an eyelet on the left side.  You can see the "gift card" sticking out on the left - just a corner.  I covered the eyelet with a glued on flower.
I am hoping you can tell how to do this from the pictures as I am noticeably terrible at giving directions.  You can decorate the hat with any kind of picture.  My button on top is a purchased one with a sticky back, and the flower is cut out of corrugated cardboard and the red dotted cardstock with a Tim Holtz die.
Check out the Victorine site for more cute "holders".  There is always a drawing and prize for stamps.  Good luck.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

SCRLLC14 #1

This is my card for the first Scripture and Lyrics Challenge for 2014 located HERE.
The song is You are the Lord by Jeremy Camp and I chose "If God be for us, who can be against us"  I took mine from the Living Bible.  One of the things that totally inspires me all the time is God's beautiful creation - everything in it.  EVERYTHING.  I know that He made this wonderful earth for our enjoyment because He loves us so much.  He wants our journey here to be a pleasant one that we enjoy every day.  Never more than the Creator Himself, but enjoyable.
My card portrays the wonder of frost on a window pane, the intricacy of a snowflake close up, and the beauty of leaves in fall. A single card would never be big enough to put everything on it.  We have Northern Lights, Sunrise and Sunset, Shooting Stars, beautiful flowers in summer, birds - each with their own call, animals for food, for pets, for helping us work.  All in their own category and all organized by our wonderful Creator.  No wonder His name is Wonderful.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Victorine Originals Challenge-Valentines

Good Morning.
The Victorine Originals current challenge is posted and you can find it HERE.  Check it out.  This early date leaves you plenty of time to make lots of valentines and enter many times to be ahead of the game.  (Ahead of the game) is always where I WISH I could be, so I think I need to take my own advice.
My card has a Victorine  Originals music background which I stamped the rose bouquet right on top of.  The bouquet is colored with copics and I left the bow uncolored.  The heart is punched from a scrap of dp  (yay for scraps) and stamped with one of my favorite sentiments.  It needed some balance, so I added the hug sentiment on the bottom.  So check out the challenge and the cute Victorine stamps, and stay warm.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Recycled Burger Box?

Hello!  I have an entire evening alone - to rest, relax and do whatever I want.  I should be cleaning as Christmas Dinner is HERE, but I'm playing instead.  Wouldn't you?  Who needs a clean house anyway!
My story:  I stopped to get a fast burger one day and discovered the burger box.  Since then I have been very careful to not let any ketchup, lettuce, dressing or anything else on that box because they make the neatest cards.  I just finished this one and am hoping it's my LAST for this year.
My intent is to show you a few steps to get the thing from Burger Box to Card Material


I started with the box.  Clean it up if necessary as no one wants to get a card that smells like food, but if it's bad, you need to pitch that part and just use the good stuff.  You will find all sort of "inside information" on the inside of the box - like the type of burger it is and what should go on each one.  You can ignore that as you will be peeling all that off in a minute.  You can cut the entire box up - cutting on each fold to get your pieces to use.  Your next step will be to find WATER.  I use a spray bottle from whatever I used up last, but running the cardboard under a faucet works too.  You need to be careful to not get it too wet.   If this happens, let it dry some or use a heat tool on it. Just the top layer needs to be wet enough to come off.  Catch an end with a fingernail and gently start to pull.  It should come off easily.

If you get it too wet and the backside comes off too, you will lose the wrinkles and they are the reason you are messing with this in the first place. If you are wetting it under a faucet, just wet it quickly, then pat off the excess and let it soak in. I dried mine this time with a heat tool after the top layer was off, and it worked well.   Once your cardboard is dry, you can use it as you would cardstock, chipboard or other things to make small embellishments for cards or scrapbooks or whatever you like.
I used the framelets from Stampin' Up's Ornament Keepsake set to make my ornaments for the card.  I like the bare cardboard look, but you sure could paint them or sponge them,  always being careful to not press too hard as this cardboard is very soft and I think that's what makes it wonderful.

 

Victorine Originals Challenge #75


Hi Everybody.  This is my card for the current Victorine Originals Blog Challenge.  You can find it  here.
http://www.vostamps.blogspot.com/  The challenge this time is to make a card with three layers.  Mine has the striped layer, the polkadot half layer and the popped up ornament layer.  I LOVE this ornament.  It's so versatile.  Nice and big, so you can use it like this or stamp it on the card front and use it for a sentiment space or stamp an image right on it, or make a decorated ornament by using a border across the center, and you can think of more. 
I fussy cut the ornament and tied a piece of twine on it because I like "simple.
Check out the challenge.  If it's not up yet, it will be soon.  Vicki always has a drawing for stamps, so check it out and make a card this week.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Memory Tree

This year we were very late in getting our Christmas tree.  We usually have it up for a couple weeks by now, but we picked it up this morning, brought it home and then had to wait while it melted off.  Rain and cold together make ice on trees and that's what we have.  The trees were all half price which was great, and once we made it out of the tree lot, we were home free.  Wisconsin has ICE today.  The roads are salted, but the rest is treacherous.  This is a very bad picture of our fir tree already decorated.
I usually have sort of a Memory Tree, but this year decided to do ALL memories.  It was exhausting & I couldn't figure out why.  They are all good memories.

My first memory picture is of my first Christmas here.  I was just married, barely 18 and had a 3 and a half month old baby.  Nothing much else, but I wanted to "make Christmas".  Somewhere I got walnuts, cracked them very carefully, ate the insides and glued them back together with string, thread, and whatever I could find to hang them on the tree.  I sprayed them gold and/or silver and have them to this day.  I believe I strung popcorn too, but that is long gone.

The spool ornament was a gift from my best friend's daughters.  I have two of these spool ornaments.  The daughters were in a girls club and for Christmas they were to choose someone who meant a lot to them and give them the ornament they made.  They both made me one and I cherish them.

The "angel" below is an one of the ornaments from Bob's mom.  I never met her as she had passed before we married, but this and other things she made are special for him and we bring them out at Christmas.  The angel is nestled in a milkweed pod.  It's a piece of satin with a wooden head that she painted, and braid to hold it in.
Last, but not least is the "announcement" we received at Christmas in 1993.  The ornament reads, "From our Whole Family" but as you can see, the top red ornament is blank.  This was their way of telling us that another one was on the way.
That "other one" is 19 already,  home on Christmas break from college and is downstairs with Bob watching a movie right now.
There are many other memories on the tree, such as handmade ornaments from my sister and friends, and pictures of the grandkids when they were young, but these are my favorites.
So make a memory this Christmas and share.  I know I will.

 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

HSCRC13 #22 Joy to the World



This is my card for the current Hymn and Scripture Challenge13 - #22 located HERE.  Sometimes I am not familiar with the hymn but I think we all know JOY TO THE WORLD - one of the ones I pretty much have had memorized since I was young.
If you are a musician, you may recognize my rendition of a Repeat Sign as I was concentrating on "Repeat the Sounding Joy".  The JOY promised with the birth of Jesus is worth repeating - not only at Christmas but all year long.  The verse I chose is Psalm 47:1 which I believe says it pretty plainly.
"Clap your hand, all you nations: Shout to God with cries of Joy."  If you have ever had a smidgeon of the joy He gives, you will be thirsty
for more.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HSCRC13 #21 Lord Speak to Me

This is my card for the current Hymn and Scripture Challenge located HERE.  The Hymn is Lord Speak to Me that I May Speak and although I sometimes have a rough time getting over the old English, there is some gold in here.
The part that I posted has the words, "Teach me that I may teach the precious things..."  The whole hymn gives the idea that we must first get the knowledge, the love, the know-how or whatever from God, and then we can be helpful to others.
I agree with that thought and that's the reason I picked the verse from I Samuel 3:10 which ends with "Speak, for your servant is listening.
I don't think we hear too much if we are not listening, and I want my ears to be open.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Victorine #74 Dry Embossing Red & GReen

Good Morning,
It's the start of a new challenge on Victorine Originals Blog located HERE.  This was easy and fun.  I used two A-2 sized pieces of cardstock 5.5x4.25".  I laid one on top of the other and cut down the middle.  This gave me the ability to make TWO cards just alike.  The green piece is dry embossed with Swiss Dots and slightly sanded to make the dots look like snow, and the red piece is left plain, but I popped up three Christmas trees that I had stamped in Ranger Distressed Peeled Paint and cut out.  I may try a darker green on the next one or maybe gold embossing powder or something.   PEACE is cut apart from the Peace Love Joy sentiment.  The trees could be decorated too, but I wanted this one to simulate "peace" so left it quiet.
Now I really need to get  out the Vagabond because I have my wrist in a brace from turning the Cuttlebug handle.  Check out the Victorine Blog.  They always give away stamps to the winner of the draw.  Make a card and enter.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Embossing and Glitter

This is my card for two challenges on Splitcoaststampers.com today.  Find them HERE and HERE.  Technique Lovers Challenge which was to use glitter in with your embossing powder and Clean and Simple Challenge to use Red and White.  We could stamp the image with black and color it in and this saved me from ruin on the CAS, but using glitter IN WITH the embossing powder did me in.  I now have some very nice fine black embossing powder that will give me trouble for the rest of its life as there is glitter mixed in.  It got in there all by itself too.
I DON'T DO GLITTER - not for any reason at all.  I do own a bunch of it that I have collected over the years, but all I ever do is make a mess when forced to use it for some reason.  So I believe I will now attempt to clean up my mess.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Victorine Originals #73 Nontraditional Christmas Colors



Sometimes I love the way a card turns out.  This one is one of them.  It's my card for the current Victorine Originals Challenge located HERE  which is  to make a card with Nontraditional Christmas Colors.  I hope all neutrals count because this is it.  It just fell together with scraps on my table. What a way to clean. 
Last I looked, the challenge wasn't up yet, but it's Thanksgiving week and I'm a bit early as I'm checking things off my list.
The snowflake is a wonderful Spellbinders die and cut out of a shiny off white Cardstock.  Because of it's tone, it went perfectly with the gray texture.  Sentiment is Victorine and you can find it in the online catalog.
Remember, there is always a drawing for stamps, so be sure to check out the Victorine site and make a card.  And everyone please have a great thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

HSCRC13 #20 I Need You

This is my card for the Hymn and Scripture Challenge #20 which is making a card depicting the Hymn I Need Thee.  You can find the challenge HERE.
The most fun with this Hymn and Scripture Challenge is that I find the hymn floating around in my mind whenever it wants to and I find it comforting.  Not just this one, but all of them.  I am not musical at all, but I grew up going to church every Sunday and we sang most of these songs, so although the ones my church sings now are very different, a certain button just has to be pushed and they all come back.       My verse is Psalm 142:5 I cry to you, oh Lord. I say, "You are my Refuge".
I had house guests this week which was wonderful, but the time leading up to the visit was hectic and I found myself pushing the button for this song unknowingly all the time.  Our guests left this morning after a great visit, but next week will be hectic again as I have missed work and there will be piles of stuff to catch up on.  Also we are having tornado warnings this morning.    Bob just called from church (I skipped) to say they have everyone in the hallways at church.  Another time to need Him, and it's wonderful to know He is always there when we call. 
 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Victorine #72 CAS with Fall Theme

This is my card for the current Victorine Originals Challenge which is to do a Clean and Simple card with a Fall theme.  I am so in love with this leaf die that I just had to do another card with it.  I have a whole row of different cards made with this leaf on a shelf in my kitchen and they all inspire me to make "just one more".
The Victorine image of the farm is stamped right on the die cut leaf and colored with colored pencils.  Edges of the leave are inked and I added some faux stitching to the dotted designer paper for more of a down home look.
You can find the challenge HERE 
and there is always a drawing for stamps.
Check it out.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Victorine #71 Fall or Thanksgiving

The Victorine Originals Challenge this week is to do a Fall or Thanksgiving card.  I chose Fall and this is my card.  Bob and I recently took a trip up to northern WI and the Fall color was at it's peak.  It was gorgeous, and one of my favorite things to look for along the country roads is the vines growing up the trees.  Never mind that they are probably in the process of killing off a tree.  They turn the most beautiful colors and I love seeing them.
My card is a very simple one.  I chose offwhite cardstock and stamped the vine on after coloring my stamp with inkpads.  (three different colors)  Then I ran the entire piece through the Cuttlebug in the brick wall embossing folder.  The bricks didn't show up too well, so I sponged some ink on until I was happy.
You can find the challenge HERE.  Check it out.  There is always a drawing for a gift certificate for stamps.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Cider - The System

 Yesterday I said we had a system with our cider making.  Now I'm here to show you the pictures.  You  are not getting real action pictures as I need both hands working on apples and who will hold the camera?  But I think you can tell by the juice on the table and in the bowl that we were in the middle of making it right here.
The first picture is of the grinding contraption that Bob put together.  This is a New in the Box Garbage Disposal that he mounted to this little stand that he built just like you would mount it under your kitchen sink.  The top view is on the right and the hole is what you would put your potato peels etc. down.  Bob is an electrician and built a nice, safe grinder with an "on/off" switch to grind up the apples.
 The bowl under the stand is to set the mesh bag in that will catch the ground up apples when they come out the spout on the disposal.  I guess you could attach the bag, but we just hold it in place as this step goes pretty fast.
Next we transfer the bag in the bowl over to the cider press.  The bowl goes under the spout and the mesh bag goes inside the press and lets the cider drain out.  We have learned to not turn the press too fast as we have broken more bags than I need to mention in our learning process.  The cider drains out the spout and gets poured into a cleaned up milk jug and put in our freezer with  a good bit of head space for freezing and no cap on until it's frozen. This is our 3rd gallon & it sure looks good for Christmas this year.