Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are celebrating Thanksgiving a day early so that my visiting daughter can be here to help eat up the leftovers!  She flies out Friday morning to her life in Minneapolis.  She is enjoying our 55 degree weather and doesn't miss her down coat a bit!  So Happy Thanksgiving one day early! 

51-081 Branching out; 51-071 Words of Gratitude; 51-055 Shades; 30-251 Nature's Gift
This is a card made mostly with Penny Black dies and one leaf stamp!  I am waiting for the invention that makes it possible for sparkly paper to sparkle in a photo!

We are, indeed, thankful in our family for the many blessings of this past year, including the new baby, Jack Lincoln.  He is doing well, sleeping and eating and being adorable.

I wish for all of you a day filled with friends, food and family.  If you have all that, there is much to be grateful for.  I am thankful for my many blog and stamping friends that make my world a little bigger.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Welcome to the World, Jack Lincoln!

 It is my privilege and joy to introduce you to my youngest son's youngest son, Jack Lincoln who was born on Tuesday, November 18th and weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz, 20 inches long.  Of course, he belongs to his Mommy Sara, too, who is doing well ... Jack is home from the hospital already and is eating and sleeping and doing other baby things just like he is supposed to. 

Our family has much to be thankful for! 


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Feeling Blessed

Yes, it's that time of year to focus on blessings and expressing thanks.  We will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Wednesday instead of  Thursday this year due to my Minnesota daughter's traveling schedule.  If we have the big turkey dinner on Wednesday, she will still be here on Thursday to enjoy a second day of turkey and the trimmings!

Larry's golf partner, Tom, who is recently widowed with no family in town, will  join us for our Wednesday celebration with the agreement that I will send him home with leftovers for his Thanksgiving dinner the next day.  No problem!

51-071 Words of Gratitude; 51-055 Shades; 51-053 Pocket Full; 51-051 Tabs and Toggles; 30-251 Nature's Gifts
I put this card together using mostly Creative Dies from Penny Black, with just a touch of background stamping.  I love the fall colors and I'm not ready to abandon them just yet!

I am on track to be ready, projects finished, fall housecleaning done, some cooking completed when my daughter's plane lands on Tuesday.  We will continue the tradition of making the stuffing together, using her grandmother's recipe.  My dh especially loves it and enjoys it for days after the holiday is over.

I love Thanksgiving!  It is so less complicated than Christmas.  Friends, family and food; perfect recipe for a celebration. 

I am blessed by your visit!  Thank you for stopping by. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Festive Floral by Penny Black

Sometimes plain and simple is the way to go!  I enjoy the classic look and colors of Christmas as well as non-traditional.

Festive Florals 40-352; 51-058 Joyous Wishes
I stamped the berry branch on egg shell linen paper and colored with Copics.  I love how Penny Black's sentiment dies add so much!  Could someone just push down on that "m" for me? 

Well, it's Saturday morning again ... and I am running with scissors on the Penny Black blog.  Hope you'll check out what I've done this time!  Hint:  it's pretty intricate!!

Click here to find out what I've been up to.  Thanks for your visit today!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Winter Play by Penny Black

It's Saturday morning!  Every time I say that I think of the Ali McGraw movie "Love Story".  For me, that was the perfect movie; love, heartbreak, terminal illness.  It's a classic!

Anyway, just having fun with a Penny Black transparent set, Winter Play.  Sometimes a girl just needs to color.  There's lots of shimmer that doesn't show up in the photo.  The blue matt paper shimmers, and there is Wink of Stella wherever I could paint it.

30-265  Winter Play
In my life, Saturday morning often finds me on the Penny Black blog where they let me run with my scissors.  Today you can read about Cooper's grill friend (and that's not a typo) as well as see some Fall themed cards.
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We are still adjusting to the change in time.  Cooper especially is still on "tummy" time for meals.  Hope you are having a great weekend.  Thanks for your visit. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Clean and Simple Penny Black

This past week the Penny Black blog has featured Halloween cards made by Jean Manis in her signature Clean and Simple style.  I love CAS cards, but don't always manage to keep things clean and simple!

51-067 World of Wishes; 30-251 Nature's Gift; 30-261 Nature's Friends; 40-335 Fall Flutters

I made the background using Distress inks applied thickly with the distressing tool.  I created the "shooting star" effect by first drying the background well with my heat gun.  I then used a baby wipe to make spots of the "sky" a bit damp.  I sprinkled a tiny amount of white embossing powder on the damp spots and used the heat gun to emboss.  Several of the transparent sets in the recent Winter Wonderland release can be used to easily create really interesting "scenes", such as this one.

Even though the wintry scene has a lot going on, I think all the white space makes this card eligible for the CAS title!

See more of my CAS cards on the Penny Black blog today where I am running with my scissors.