Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Eve

 The big day is almost here!  It's Thanksgiving Eve.  Are you ready?  I'm sure I probably am not ready, but I'm kinda used to running around like a chicken turkey with my head cut off.  It is very typical of me.  I make all these lists to avoid being exhausted and then end up thinking up 22 extra things to do anyway.  Oh well.  I'm thankful to have the ability to get exhausted and to have a reason to get exhausted!

This card if off to family up in Maine.  Had hubs decide who we should send each card out to, with a couple changes from me.  Originally I was going to send this to my parents-in-law because they live on Red Fox Drive.  Hubs liked that idea, but thought that one of the cards with the squirrels was funny because they drive his dad nuts.  Since one of those cards also had foxes peeking out, that's the one they are getting! :)

This seemed good for the family up North since we enjoy so much sweet family time with them!  They feed is wonderful meals and entertain us quite often!  They are another reason we are thankful this holiday season!

I guess I better start finishing off that list huh.  Can't I just hang with you guys instead?????

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Grateful Heart

Here is a beautiful, and easy card for y'all today.  I was able to use a variety of bits 'n pieces from the mess I had made making 100 hot cider wraps, 12 place cards, and the original 8 Thanksgiving cards I talked about on Saturday.  Cleaned up without having to clean- wish my house would do that!

  The washi-tape is new.  I didn't use it on the other projects.  I totally would have.  It's brand spanking new to my stash.  I'm trying to use washi more.  I even dug up several old black 1950's office tape dispensers and filled them with tapes I thought I could use for autumn projects.  It's been working well for me.  Let's hope I keep it up!  I've lots to use up!!!

The flowers are from PTI.  It's my first time using this set that I HAD. TO. HAVE.  I got them for my birthday. In August. Yeah, I'm grateful I finally used them. ;-) Along with my washi, I'm trying to burn through enough enamel dots to freckle my whole house.  How is it that I can rarely have the color I need when I have a bazillion of these?????  I'm sooooooo crushing on this green that I have been hoarding them.  Gotta let go sometime I guess.  Thanksgiving cards seem like the right time. :-)

Sneaky peek at the embellished envelope.  It is simple, but gets right to the point. It's hard to tell from my pic, but it is stamped in a dark evergreen.  I just got a new camera and, hopefully, some of my pictures will look better next week.  We shall see!

Hope you have all your Turkey Day shopping done.  I don't envy anyone having to venture out any time until, well, maybe Monday?  I remember having to go to the grocery store twice on Thanksgiving Eve for stuff I ran out of and even though I live in a fairly small town- it was traumatic.  Of course I find the grocery store fairly traumatic most of the time unless it is between 1 and 2 on a Tuesday.  Then no one is around and the shelves are still stocked. ;)

May you have an uneventful week!

Monday, November 23, 2015


I thought I had shared this last year.  I've made several of these Thanksgiving mini albums over the years.  I don't even remember how the idea came about, maybe from my friend Michele.  I think her family has been doing something like this for many years. The first one was for my mother-in-law as a birthday gift (her birthday is today BTW- Happy Birthday Barb!).

The albums get decorated, but I try to leave enough space for what we put in our albums.  Of course there are family photos.  One smiles and one goofy!  Last year my youngest nephew and I made photo booth style props with pilgrim hats, turkey waddles, and feathers. :-)

Everyone in the family adds what they are thankful for in a small 1" square.  Keeping the square small both helps make it easy to talk everyone into doing, and it keeps some of us from writing all afternoon!

My sister-in-law also adds the menu from that Thanksgiving, she has really cool handwriting so it looks even better because she writes it!  Mostly the meal stays the same, but something gets tweaked each year.  For example, I get bored making the same dessert every year.  Pecan Pie is a must, but sometimes I make mini pies in mason jars, or cakeballs, or pumpkin mousse pie, or cookies, or what I'm making this year.  It's a surprise, so I can't share until after. :) I try to stick to only two things, but it all depends on my mood.

Each year usually only takes 2 pages front/back.  That way you can look through an album and see a bunch of years.  Always a treat to look through the pages of Thanksgiving past!

I've loaded this album into my Etsy shop and can ship it out ASAP.  Take those pictures, write those thankful notes, and when the album comes all you need to do is adhere the pics & notes!

Sunday, November 22, 2015


My goodness, but I have stamped this pumpkin a bunch this season!  Lots of folks have wanted this pumpkin on their place cards.  I took a little time to add them to some tags, just to change things up in my studio a little.

I used some vintage lace that I got in a bag of trim someone didn't want anymore.  Score!  I got bored with having them all be identical, so I trimmed 4 each with bakers twine in gold, green, and cocoa, and then 3 in a dusty aqua.

I thought these might make pretty place cards (or turkey doggie bags!).  12 more pumpkin place cards shipped out yesterday. Poor gal has 12 on the way already, but she gave me her old address!  We decided to ship the newest place cards to her in-laws where she'll be having her feast.  That way they will, fingers-crossed, arrive in time for use!!!

I'll be back soon with more Thanksgiving cards.  Until then, have a great day!
PS If you want these tags, or even a pumpkin banner for your mantle, stop by my shop.  I'm headed to the 24 Hour Post Office today to ship out priority packages.  If I mail today/tomorrow it'll mostly likely make it in time to deck your Thanksgiving House (another Hallmark movie I adore).

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Hiya Peeps!  Thought I'd pop by and share a couple Thanksgiving cards with y'all today.  I made a bunch of these last weekend, but before I could mail them out, I ended up selling them to a gal from a club I'm in- that meant I had to hustle to come up with some more to get mailed out this weekend.  Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this week already?!?!  Where does the time go????

I was inspired to create these cards from one that Melissa Phillips made for Rosh Hashanah.  I am so used to using this die cut to make Christmas tags and honestly hadn't thought of trying it for anything else! 

These are 4 of the original 8 I made.  There were more layers with this first set, but with the second set I already had gotten extra ideas so I only made 2 of this sorta style. 

Whenever I get stuck for an idea, I like to think like my artist friends.  They got sent to museums to copy a "Master" to develop their technique.  Luckily I have Pinterest to help me get the mojo flowing. ;-) I look through my different boards and then see how I might be able to riff off a card or idea I saved. 

Making all these Thanksgiving ornament cards got me on a roll. :)  Stay tuned this week to see some of the other cards that I made!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Two Holidays Together

Each February we have Curious Cupid at work (think Secret Santa but in February). There are a lot of us who look forward to this as a fun way to make it through the typically snowy month, but this year we had so many snow days we had to cancel it! To make up for it we had a one day "Lucky Leprechaun" gift exchange. This was my haul for the day. Lots of goodies to make Irish coffee, sweet treats, a pretty basket, and fun bling to wear for the day. ��

I just sent out a big Etsy order for Easter. The gal ordering wanted boxes of cards for the teachers at her child's preschool. The two classroom teachers each get the big boxes with either the apple or books, the chapel teacher is getting the box with the church tag, and the music teacher is getting the one with the music note. I hope everyone enjoys their cards!

It has been bitter cold here, so these cards are helping me try to get into s springtime mindset!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Gift Tag Tuesday Part 4

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I know, I know these aren't St. Paddy's items, but they are kinda green. That counts, right?

Welcome to Week 4 of Gift Tag Tuesday!  Today I am sharing yet another set of tags created with the help of my cricut.  Why so many tags you ask?  Every year I bring in a basket of tags to sell to my co-workers.  I always think they won't want them, but each year I have people ask, so I've gotten a head start on making things this year.  I figure whatever I don't sell at work, or on Etsy, I'll end up using myself so it all works out in the end. :)

The "to/from" is from my FAVORITE Avery Elle.  Totally awesome set that includes a laurel wreath, thank you, merry Christmas (see if you can spot it in an upcoming post...), and a few other sentiments in that lusciously beautiful font.