Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fall Roses

Good Morning! How are you doing post-Thanksgiving and post-Black Friday?  Thought I'd share some non-holiday goodies today.  I figure there will be plenty of time to share more Christmas & Hanukah creations, but these seem kinda fall-ish colorwise.  I'm running outta fall time!

I had fun using up the tags I had cut from the pumpkin tags I shared last weekend.  They had a little bit of color on the tags and these were all plain woodgrain.  Rather than use glossy accents to adhere the buttons, I used gold Stickles. Just a hint of sparkle peeks out when you look closely at the buttons.

I love the shabby-chic vibe of these tags.  They'd make a great decoration on birthday, anniversary, or thank you gifts!  Well, I'm off.  We might go to see the trees at the Methuen Festival of Trees.  Gotta go early to beat the crowd!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Snowmen and Hot Cocoa

It's not really cold and wintry today, but since we are going to "Deck the Halls" here at my abode, it seemed like the seasonal thing to share. :-)

These are from a recent Etsy sale I had at my shop.  The gal wanted 8 snowman themed hot cocoa sleeves, BUT they had to all be boy-ish.  No pink, no bows, no sparkle.  Kinda tricky with paper crafts.  I hope she, and the boys, like them!

They were a great opportunity to use my jumbo bag of snowflake buttons that were an impulse purchase last year.  It was fun to make these, especially since I watched/listened to "Christmas with Holly" on the Hallmark Channel whilst I worked on them.  I really like that movie!  It is just so sweet!!!

I'm off to manage the Christmas Chaos!!!  Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A little turkey

Thought this was a particularly festive card for today what with having a turkey and all. ;-)

This is a bit of a cheater card for me.  No stamping!  I made up for it by stamping the sentiment in 2 layers of color and giving the envelope some love. :-).

I have a very thankful heart this Thanksgiving.  We are headed up to my sister-in-law's house to meet up with everyone and tomorrow everybody comes down to our place to decorate our abode for Christmas.  Eek! I'm so excited for turkey, mashed potatoes, and guilt-free Christmas song listening (I listen all year long, but I'm not allowed to force it on others until after Thanksgiving!)

The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag sat down and broke bread together in a beautiful celebration of sharing their bounty. I'm thankful to have a wonderful husband, family to share this holiday weekend, a fairly well-trained dog, good jobs, roof over our heads, food in our 'fridge, no blizzard-caused power outages like last year, and a safe neighborhood.  Not everyone can say that this Thanksgiving as is evident every day on the news.  Please take a moment to think of those who don't have as much when you say your blessings. May we all remember to share our bounty with those less fortunate not just these next few weeks, but even in the heat of Summer and may next Thanksgiving find bounty for everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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).