Friday, October 19, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #65

Happy Friday! This may be a silly one to be thankful for, but, oh my gosh, I'm thankful for chocolate covered pretzels.
Chocolate Dippers!

My granddaughter had a fundraiser at school and I ordered these. These pretzel rods are covered in chocolate, caramel, nuts and cookie crumbs. Probably the best thing I've ever eaten!
If you ever get an opportunity to buy/make/eat one of these, you MUST do it!

This week I'm thankful for Chocolate Dippers! YUM!

What are you thankful for this week? Let me know in the comments.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fall Decorations With QQ

Dorlene here to show off the Fall decoration I made using an assortment of Quick Quotes patterned papers and PowderPuff Chalk Inks and Halloween/Fall rubber stamps.

I purchased this pumpkin wood base from our local dollar store knowing that I was going to completely redo it.
The middle pumpkin is 2-sided.
The first thing I did was make a pattern using newsprint of the inner pumpkin. Then I cut it into three pieces to use as a cutting guide.  Once the papers were cut, I used an assortment of stamps and PowderPuff Chalk Inks to create a collaged background before adhering the pieces to the pumpkin base.





For a finished look, I inked around both sides of the pumpkin edge with Kokomo PowderPuff Chalk Ink.

I used my cricut to cut out leaves and added burlap bows to adorn them and complete the project.

Handwrote the Greeting

One side a little more traditional "orange" celebrating Fall and the other side a "blue/teal" pumpkin to celebrate Halloween.

Quick Quote Products Used:
Assorted Pattern Papers
PowderPuff Chalk Inks Used: Bermuda, Kokomo, Cactus, Sandy Shore, Tropical Punch, Capri Blue

Other Products Used:
Assortment of Halloween and Fall stamps
Black Archival Ink by FSJ
Whip Cream, Gold and Licorice Black Color Silks from FSJ
Burlap Ribbons from my stash
Black Sharpie
Scrap cardstock in Fall colors
Cricut

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WOYWW #489

Happy Hump Day and WOYWW! To find out more about why I'm sharing a photo of my desk, click on over to Stamping Ground site and read all about it.

My desk:
I took this photo from the side so you can get an extended look at my desk surface. Last night, my daughter and I were making shirts for her Girl Scout Troop. I made a SVG of the Girl Scout logo and we designed a shirt using it. I'm pretty sure, it's not legal, but I figured we are not selling them and am using it for personal use. My daughter is the leader and has a troop of 25!

She's doing it in collaboration with her work at the After School Program at one of the elementary schools in town. She is so perfect for this role and is having so much fun with it.
My daughter, mom and I went shopping over the weekend and I found my new favorite shop. It's called the Vintage Market and is a great combination of vintage and semi-vintage items. I bought this 3x3 card with the above quote by Audrey Hepburn. I'm definitely going to use this on an art journal spread at some point. There's a lot more that I believe in, but I thought this pretty much sums it up.  LOL

Be sure to click on over to the Stamping Ground and take a peek into our craft rooms.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Halloween Challenge #337; FCCB

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB)!



Challenge #337-Halloween
Make a project using anything Halloween related. But there has to be a least one cut from the Cricut Library!


This Weeks Sponsor is-
And the prize is-

$25 Virtual Wallet!!!!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

Here is my project-

I used the Art Philosophy cartridge by Close To My Heart (CTMH) for my Halloween project this year. I cut these bright, colorful flowers for the crown using pieces from my scraps. The biggest was at 5 1/2 and the smaller ones were cut at 3 1/2. I know, not scary at all, but super cute, right?
There's a pumpkin decorating contest going on at my daughter's work so this is what she came up with. I cut the flowers, but she did everything else.

Now it's your turn...create something Halloween themed for the current Fantabulous Cricuit Challenge Blog challenge. Be sure to link it in order to be eligible for the current prize.
  

Friday, October 12, 2018

TGIF: Thankful Friday #64

Happy Friday! This is another week that just flew by. My mama is staying with us for a few days so this week I'm thankful for that.

Join me with the Thankful Friday posts and leave a comment to let me know what you're thankful for this week.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

58 + 1 Candles

This isn't crafty/arty at all, but I wanted to share this photo I took of my hubby's birthday cake. We always try to reuse candles when we can and since we didn't have a "9" for his 59th birthday, we improvised.

HA HA HA! I thought y'all would get a kick from this.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Life Is Good

Happy Monday everyone. Today I'm sharing a layout I created using the Far and Away collection by Quick Quotes.

My mom, sister and I went on a road trip to Tucson, Arizona earlier this year and I wanted to showcase the difference in the landscape between the two states...from California poppies to Arizona Saguaros...both beautiful!

The first thing I did was sort through the Far and Away papers to select a base page. Then I cut down a piece of the border strip patterned paper to create a large bottom border. I love using these multiple border strip sheets since they give the look of multiple layers without all the cutting and extra work.
Each piece of paper was inked around the edges with either Deep Sea, Bermuda or Tropical Punch PowderPuff Chalk Inks.


The chipboard words were part of an earlier Club Q kit and fit perfectly with this layout. I inked "life" and "good" in Deep Sea and "is" with Bermuda.
This was a pretty simple layout so to add some pizzazz, I used a splatter background stamp with Bermuda PowderPuff Chalk Ink and other travel/adventure stamps with Tropical Punch and Sandy Shore PowderPuff Chalk Ink.




It was a great trip with two of my favorite ladies! By the way, this is the first layout of many more to come since I took at least 2" of photos for this trip. If I never take another picture of a cactus again, I'll still have too many!

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Far and Away Quotes and Phrases
PowderPuff Chalk Inks Used: Deep Sea, Bermuda, Tropical Punch Sandy Shore

Other Products Used:
Assorted stamps from my collection
White cardstock for photo mat and journaling spot.
Beach Ball Color Silk from FSJ





Friday, October 5, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #63

Happy, happy Friday! This week went by so fast and I'm glad. We had three days of rain which is always nice, but it's also nice to have it stop. Let the ground be able to soak it up before we get flooded. With the rain brings lots of ants...ugh! We have a lot in our kitchen this week so I'm thankful this week for ant killers.

We have these little ant houses that lure them in and then the ants spread the poison back to their homes. Part of me thinks it's cool to see them marching one by one (hoorah, hoorah*) but other times get completely grossed out by the whole thing.
Whatever you're thankful for this week, share it in the comments. I'd love to read all about it!

*Do you remember that kid song? "The ants go marching one by one, hoorah, hoorah, the ants go marching one by one, hoorah, hoorah. The ants go marching one by one the little one stops to suck his thumb and they all go marching down to the ground from the rain, boom, boom, boom" and so on...


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Mini Me and A Happy Birthday

SPOILER ALERT! Krystal if you're looking at this - STOP right now & come back tomorrow!

Today is my DIL birthday so last night my granddaughter came over to create something for her. I really thought, she'd make a card and that would be it, but no, she wanted to make her mommy a gift.

Now, I did not prepare for that at all. I threw some ideas out to her; one of them being a necklace using Craft Fantastic supplies. I pulled out the images that I have but she wasn't feeling it.

Then she said, she saw a video (did I tell you she's obsessed with YouTube?) and the lady used the necklace bases with crayons, etc. I thought, "oh ok" but kind of shaking my head too. Well, she found that video in record time, and YES! there is a video where the person grated crayons and placed them in the necklace base. (Sorry, I don't have a link to it.)

The Youtuber was using a miniature grater and I remembered that I have one of those...somewhere. So to the kitchen I go and I found it! Never used it - had it for years - finally found a use for it - now storing in the Command Center!

She selected the crayon colors and did all the grating. The only thing I did was melt the crayons with the heat gun.* We also decided to add a pinch of gold and clear glitter since my DIL loves glitter. We added glue and the glass and viola!
Isn't it gorgeous! I swear it looks like space/galaxy, whatever it's called. The adhesive took much longer to dry I think because of the crayon wax, but eventually it did.

I swear she's my mini me! She came up with this all on her own. Yup, proud moment!

*If you decide to make one yourself, I had to start high with the heat gun and slowly move closer to the base. The crayon flakes flew everywhere when I started low. We also added more white crayons since once the colored crayons melted it looked like a blob of purple. Adding white gave it a marbled look.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WOYWW #487

Happy Wednesday! I cheated a little this week since I took my photo last night. My daughter and I were sitting in the Command Center not creating anything but chatting & watching Bob's Burgers on the iPad.

I took this photo from my spot in the room. Our tables butt up against each other:

I realized after I snapped this photo that I didn't update my Etsy sales. There should be two more marks on there.

Click on over to the Stamping Ground to read more about this weekly linkage; take a peek or two into other people's desks/rooms/spaces and if you feel like it, link your own photo!

Have a great week! It rained last night and is expected to have rain for the next couple of days. I'm praying for sunshine on Saturday though. We have a wedding to attend and I'd hate for it to rain on their special day.

Monday, October 1, 2018

October CWS Challenge

It's October and fall is in the air.  The challenge at Creative With Stamps this month is...


Sponsor:

3 images 

(for Random Winner)

Here's my card:
I don’t normally make Halloween cards although I have lots of Halloween stamps! This pumpkin/jack o’lantern stamp is pretty cool! Look closely and see how many cool images create the pumpkin.
I heat embossed the pumpkin by using Versamark ink and black embossing powder. After that, I used pan pastels in orange, yellow and white and swiped the colors over the image. I used the white to blend the colors together better. I don’t know if it needed it, but that’s the way I did it.

Once I added color, I added some washi tape to the top left and stamped “trick or treat” on the bottom. Each “white” panel was matted on black cardstock or black patterned paper and then adhered to the purple card base.


I made two cards and plan on sending these to my niece and nephew this year. Who knows...this may become a new Halloween tradition!




Be sure to click on over to Creative With Stamps and link up your card for a chance to win the prize.  Good luck!