Saturday, November 2, 2013

Chilly Mornings

There's this strange phenomenon that happens every Fall in the part of the country where I live. As soon as the calendar ticks over to November, the mornings get really cold! The natural progression of the season? Perhaps, but we have learned to put the flannel sheets on the beds and then turn our heater on before heading to bed on October 31st, because otherwise we will wake up freezing -- LOL! There is something nice about these chilly mornings, though. The chill in the air gives us a good excuse to start the day with cocoas, teas, ciders, and coffees -- yum! How about you -- how do you stave off the chill of these late Fall mornings?

For today's share, we have a card by Sandy Domelle that is sure to warm your heart as well as a good cup of coffee warms your insides. She made this using the "Whole Latte Love" set. Sandy used a precolored image, but if you look closely, you can see where she has made it her own with little touches of glitter that make it shine. The sweet papers and darling buttons with bows she used give it that little extra bit of warmth. Wouldn't getting this card in the mail warm any chilly morning, from the inside out? :-)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy November!

Happy November! Did you remember to switch over your calendar page today? I always know that I'm off to a good start for the month when I can remember to do that. ;-) November is such a special month! We are well and truly into Fall now, and for those of us here in the United States, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I find myself feeling thankful on a daily basis for the many blessings in my life, but somehow it is all magnified during the month of November.

On that note, today I have a card to share that I made with the "Bounteous Blessings" set. This is a single image set that includes several sentiments that are perfect for this time of year. I colored the main image here using Copic markers, but a pre-colored version is also available in the set.

Why just one card today? Someone recently pointed out to me that I might be overwhelming our readers with so many projects at once on a regular basis -- oops! My apologies if that has been the case. I just get so excited seeing everything that our designers make, and tend to want to show it off and get you excited, too. But my goal is always to inspire you, not overwhelm you, so I will definitely scale back a bit. Thanks for your patience with me, and remember, if there is ever anything you would like to see more or less or different of here, we always welcome your positively-phrased comments and suggestions. :-)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Just 4 Days Left to Play!

Our first "Digi of the Month" challenge is nearly at an end. Can you believe how quickly October has flown by? If you want to earn next month's digi for free, please remember to link up your project using the "Fall Bulldog" digi by this Sunday evening. The linking gadget can be found at the bottom of the challenge post.  Several of you have already linked up your cards, and may I just say how WONDERFUL they all are?!?! I'll be emailing the next digi set to those of you who participated first thing Monday morning. It's a cute one (if I do say so myself -- LOL!) so please don't miss out. ;-)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Special Lady

So many of my favorite childhood memories have to do with playing dress-up with one or another of my grandmothers' clothes, and admiring all the amazing trinkets that they had collected over the course of their lives. My Gram, in particular (my adoptive mother's mom), had a love of preserving family history, so playing with her stuff was altogether amazing. Among other treasures, she had dresses, hats, and jewelry from the Victorian era that had belonged to her great-grandma, and while she asked me to be careful with them, I was allowed to try them on and pretend to my hearts content. She would tell me stories about and talk me through pictures of the people to whom these items originally belonged while I played. I believe that time spent with my Gram, and her loving patience in allowing me to explore all her fine things, helped to foster my own love of preserving the past. It was also the inspiration for some of the digis in my shop (and probably more to come), including those in the "Special Lady" set. This set was originally designed for Mother's Day, but could easily be used throughout the year to celebrate any of the special women in your life.

At the top of today's post is a lovely card made by NanaConnie using this set. The fun shape of her card and the delicate, purple doily create such a perfect, vintage-feeling backdrop for the images, don't you think?

Here's one that I made for one of my moms (I am blessed to have three, including my birth mother, adoptive mother, and mother-in-law) for Mother's Day a couple of years ago.

This beauty was created by Sandy Domelle. I love how she colored the boot, and the flowers, jewels, and real tatted lace she added really bring this to life!

My Gram, of whom I spoke earlier, passed away three years ago this month, and I still miss her terribly, but what a legacy she left me, in so many ways. She was one of the original "special ladies" in my life, and I have been blessed to meet so many more since my childhood days. Take our Design Team, for example. Each of our designers is incredibly special to me, and I just have to take a moment to say so. How about you -- who are the special ladies in your life? :-)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Baking Season

Happy Monday! I hope you had a beautiful weekend. We took our annual trip to the pumpkin farm with my husband's family, which was so much fun. We've been making this trip every year since my son was an infant, and it's only gotten more fun as additional children were born into the family. We make a whole day of it, with each child (plus Grandma!) choosing their own pumpkin, and then going back to Grandma and Grandpa's house to carve happy faces in their pumpkins and eat a dinner of Grandma's spaghetti (the best!) and our first pumpkin pie of the season. This has always been a really important family tradition to me, but I didn't think we were going to go this year, because my nieces and nephews all had sports games, and my own son is grown and living on his own. I was feeling sad about it, but accepting, you know? So I was really surprised to get a phone call from my son begging to go. When I told him I didn't think it was going to happen, he lectured me about the importance of our traditions and this time with family, and so we made it happen. It just goes to show that while you might think you're not getting through in terms of what's important, children do listen and cling to the values with which they were raised! Anyway, enough about my weekend -- LOL! -- except to say that having had my first pumpkin pie of the season got me on a baking streak. So today I wanted to share some "baking" themed cards with you that would make good accompaniments to gifts of home-baked treats, or just fun "thinking of you" cards by themselves.

This first card (way back at the top of the post -- LOL!) was made by Sandy Domelle using the "Lovin' From My Oven" set. I really like the warm colors and fun patterns Sandy used on this, and the sweet way she colored the image. Did you notice the pattern she created on the baker's blouse? So sweet!

Here's a pretty card by Jerusha Borden using another baking-themed digi called "So Many Pies." Jerusha used such sweet papers that really make the image pop. The lace accent makes me think "home," just as baking always does, and the way she colored the image itself reminds me of Boston cream pie -- one of my holiday favorites. Yummy!

This is a little gift set that Paula Bloom made using the "Lovin' From My Oven" set. I love how the card and tag match. So adorable! I laugh, of course, seeing that the treats inside the little gift bag are Hershey's Nuggets (TM) -- sometimes that is as close as our busy lives let us get to "homemade," right? :-)

Here's one by me, using the "So Many Pies" set. I layered both images from the set to create a yummy little scene.

This is another made by Jerusha Borden, using the "Lovin' From My Oven" set. Again, such warm and wonderful colors and sweet, homey accents! 

Now have I made you hungry with all this talk of pies and baked goodies? Are you ready to do some baking -- or crafting about baking -- of your own?  ;-)