Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

In keeping with the Halloween spirit I played around and created something fun for Carrie Gaskin's KaPow Challenge this afternoon. We already had Trick or Treat Night in our neighborhood over the weekend - during a snowstorm actually!  My dog kept barking at all of our visitors and I had to pick her up to keep her quiet.  So I handed out treats with a poodle under one arm and a basket of candy in the other. Doesn't everyone?  I opened the door at one point to Dora the Explorer and Snow White.  Dora asked me why I didn't put my dog down and I answered:  "She barks too much but she stops when I pick her up - and I don't know why that is."  To which Snow White replied:  "I know........she likes loooooove......" Wishing you lots of treats and loooooooove on Halloween..................


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tying It Together.....PPA117


Oh it's a sweet challenge at Pals Paper Arts this week - Clean and Simple with a ribbon!  I followed the Mojo Monday Sketch using Well Worn DSP along with Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy and River Rock. The Not Quite Navy Ribbon and Linen Thread tie things together quite nicely..... nothing worse than loose ends..........


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Just My Type!

The first typewriter I ever typed on looked very much like this one! It was an amazingly intricate machine that I found totally fascinating.  I loved everything about it from the clacking of the keys to the dinging of the bell. I hated to leave it behind when I headed off to college with my brand new Smith Corona Electric!  And so I love this fabulously detailed image from  Established Elegance! I snipped it out, popped it up and "typed" Boooooooo! 

I followed the Freshly Made Sketch below and will also be submitting this to Stampin' Royalty's Halloween challenge. 

Freshly Made Sketch 8

Thursday, October 20, 2011

PPA Sketch Challenge 116

My friend Maria takes beautiful photographs. One of those beautiful pictures was the inspiration for this card above made for Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.  Maria and I got together recently to talk about using her pictures as the focal point of cards. I made a quick sample for her which I have posted below. The photo is from her trip to Italy.  I love the sepia tone of it!  I trimmed her picture and just added some ribbon and a sentiment to create the bottom card.  So simple - yet so pretty!  Last I heard Maria was making friends with a brand new paper cutter, cardstock and ribbon and was going to introduce them to some gorgeous photos........can't wait to see her results!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Christmas Joys....FMS7.....

Christmas cards, Christmas trees, jingle bells and sparkle - just a few of the joys Christmas!  This past weekend we headed out to a tree farm to pick out our Christmas tree.  This beautiful Fraser fir will be coming home with us mid-December.  There will be snow, hot chocolate, Christmas carols and that delicious smell of pine in the living room.  The joyful list keeps growing........

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Beautiful Inspiration.....PPA115

I would love to tell you that my front door looks just like this gorgeous inspiration photo at Pals Paper Arts.............but it doesn't.  This entryway is beautifully decorated for fall with just a hint of Halloween.  Inspiration for this card came from those fall colors with Pick Your Poison DSP providing just a hint of Halloween.  There are plenty of leaves on my front walk so I think I'll head out to catch me a few crows!

Pals Paper Arts Inspiration Photo

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Scaredy Cat............FMS6

True Confession #1:  I cut the cat image apart from the words "Scaredy cat" because I knew I didn't want them stamped together.  Too late I realized I was going to snip out the cat to stick on the fence in front of the moon.  Then I could have just used my black marker to stamp the letters. That would have been much less stressful than trying to make sure I didn't snip away cat toes or part of the letters!

True Confession #2:  I did not cut apart the bats before I stamped because I knew I was going to snip them out to stick on the moon and I learned my lesson - see True Confession #1.

True Confession #3:  That cat's not the only one afraid of bats!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

PPA114.......Just Because.....

The leaves are changing and Gently Falling in my yard.  Every day this week I have heard the geese honking overhead as they fly south.  So I just had to create a card for PPA with falling leaves and a big honkin' bow.....just because....... 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Freshly Made Sketch #5

Gold embossed flowers from Faith in Nature add a touch of glam to this Freshly Made Sketch.  A doily from the Flirtatious DSP makes a beautiful frame.  And  I'm amazed how two strong colors like Pumpkin Pie and Night of Navy complement each other.  But that's just what good friends do..........