Thursday, November 26, 2015


Hi Blog Friends!

First of all, let me tell you SSS-Monday Challenge Blog has extended their deadline for the
Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge.
You can find it here:
I will be entering my card in this challenge.
HOPE to see you there!

Life has taken over here & I have been just enjoying life away from this machine.
Lots going on....  
But, I did  want to pop in here & tell you
We have MUCH to be thankful for here.
Our children home from school, "parents" to 24 pairs of new little feet
(Yes, we lost one pair :(  Will share more on that at a later date),  four sweet fuzzy kitties,
our sweet dog (a stray we took in years back) is home from the vet after being quite ill,
we have each other,
 & a roof over our heads.
I'm sharing a card I made recently for my hubby's birthday.
It reminds me of the first Thanksgiving.
No, no Pilgrims & Indians. LOL
My hubby enjoys the great outdoors & the magnificent animals in it, so this fits him.
(He does have some Indian in his heritage,
so that explains only part of his love & respect
 for the outdoors & the creatures there.)
Take a look:
I used Serendipity's Stamp- Buck for the main image.
You can see, I cut him out & popped him up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
Here's a closer look. I even popped his tail up! It seemed to fade out without doing so.
For the leaves, I used Memory Box's-Oak Leaf Die on watercolor paper.
I used my McGill Stylus Set to shape them.
Also adding stitch marks around the edges with a Faber-Castell Gold Pitt Artist Pen 250**,
& a dash of Wink of Stella.
The acorns are from SU- Touch of Nature.
The background is done on watercolor paper & freely painted.
The buck, trees & grass in the forefront are done in Dick Blick Colored Pencils.
The frame for my image is done with Impression Obsessions- All-In-One Frames Rectangles 2 Die.
I did the sides & top & bottom in different colors.
I also cut the frame down to fit my image.
Hope you like!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving with full & grateful hearts for the blessings God has given us
individually, as families, & as a Nation.
Do tell, what are you Grateful for?
Supplies not mentioned above:
SU-Watercolor Crayons
Paper-SSS, Paper Studio & Watercolor Paper
Jute Twine
Glue Dots
Multi-Medium Matte
Distress Ink

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A SSS Monday Challenge- Thanks/Thanksgiving.

Hi Blog Friends!
I'm popping in here to show you the card I created for a dear friend of mine,
a friend of many years..
As you can see from the title of this post, I am entering this in the
SSS Monday Challenge- Thanks/Thanksgiving.
You can find the challenge here:
My dear friend always remembers our children's birthdays & I being the mother I am,
 make cards for the kids to send her a "Thank You!"
I think it VERY IMPORTANT for kids to learn to be Thankful.
To learn the art of hand writing Thank You notes.
It comes more naturally to some than to others, but it is still important for kids, no matter what age to remember to be polite enough to take the time to hand write a Thank You note for the gift they were given.
After-all, the gift-giver has take the time & thought to do something special for them.
There is nothing so disappointing than to get a "Thank You" note for a gift that is pre-printed.
No thought put into that I can assure you, except to slap a stamp on it & send it on it's way.
(I've been a recipient of one of those cards....years ago,
& I still remember how I felt when I opened the card.)
The art of being thankful is being lost today in our society as people are consumed with keeping up with the Jone's, getting the newest whatever, or just being envious or covetous of others.
It is actually encouraged in our society....
Children, no matter what age need to learn this lesson &
 they will also learn to be content along with being grateful!
They'll be so much more happy in learning these lessons of life.
Here is my card:
I used Memory Box's- Oak Leaf Die.
I popped it up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
I first cut out the die from plain white paper & colored the leaf with Copics.
The background is also colored with Copics.
What I was creating is a leaf floating in water, with the reflection of the colored trees above in the water around the leaf floating.

Then, I die cut the "Thank You," with Penny Black's-Deco Frame.
I cut several of this & mounted them on top of each other to make them raise up above the leaf, even with being mounted up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

I used Multi-Medium Matte to adhere the Thank Yous together.
I added Wink of Stella to the leaf itself, done lastly; 
matting the background & then the leaf on black card stock &
embossing a line around the image on my white card stock base with my Score-Buddy.
Remember to be an example of Gratefulness to your kids.
I pray our kids don't put this small jester of thankfulness aside as they get older & use gadgets to do their thanking.
Just think of the pleasure getting a letter or card in the mail brings to you.
MOST GRATEFUL for the near life-long friend I have,