Sunday, October 16, 2016

Falling for Fall

It was my favorite time of year! Autumn! To be perfectly honest EVERY change of season is my favorite! I love the change that magically happens every season. I love the change of the leaves. I love the first snowfall. I love the first peeks of spring blossoms.
We may not have the spectacular colors of the upper Northeast but we do have some pretty vibrant  colors here in the Midwest.
Cardinal bush (at a McDonald's). I don't think the car behind me appreciated me taking a photo and delaying his Big Mac!
 Some green. Some red. Some gold.
Red blushes.
This one has only half embraced autumn!
I love the seeing the mix of summer touched by oncoming fall.
Bold golds!
Just a hint of autumn.
So with fall in the air - a fall color card is in order!
Thankful for the Clearance Aisle
~Base card PaperTrey Ink
~Layer of DCWV Indian Summer design paper
~Olive and rust cardstock die cuts using Nestabilities Labels 2
~The rest of the die cuts are Sizzix ThinLits by Jen Long (bought this on my trip to Atlanta, Ga - clearance aisle of Hobby Lobby!! I hit the jackpot there!)
Inspiration | Challenges
Just Us Girls - color week - gold, olive, rust
Southern Girls - punches and dies

Here's to crisp autumnal temperatures, seasonal changes, finding deeply discounted die cuts, and the memories of sister time when I use items purchased during our holiday time together!

Nancy in Iowa

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Touch of Flavor

Again, the weekend dissolves quicker than a popsicle on a blistering hot summer day. Why is that!? Yesterday included a trip to Omaha for hair cut. And I mean hair CUT! I got my hair cut short enough FOR a blistering hot summer day. I haven't had SHORT hair in years! This is going to take some getting used to... Also had dinner with Omaha sista which included Bloody Marys AND sweet potato fries - YUM!!!!

Today we went to Junkstock. We attempted yesterday - but the line of cars to get in was backed up for MILES. I voted NO! They estimate there were 10,000 in attendance yesterday! YIKES! So we went today. Still plenty of junk to be had! I love to see not only the creative re-purposing but the vintage items, and the displays. It is a day of creative overload always topped off with kettlecorn!

 Actual doors at the entrance! So many details!

Who doesn't love pom-pom garland!?

Cute display or what!!!???

Now...on to the card. I may have done a little 'fudging'.... I can't believe in my vast collection of stamps I don't have a pineapple! I have vegies galore! I have strawberries, grapes, apples...but alas no pineapple. So I used "pineapple flavoring" when I created this cupcake! No - REALLY!!! Okay so disqualify me. I had fun coming up with a 'work-around'! And isn't that what card challenges should be: fun and CHALLENGIING!?


Pineapple Concentrate Flavoring
~White base card
~My Mind's Eye Penny Lane design cardstock layer
~Washi tape
~TPC Cupcake stamp, stamped on stripe cardstock, cupcake top stamped on yellow glitter cardstock
~Scallop circle with yellow punched dots
Inspiration | Challenges
Just Us Girls - trend week - pineapple
Fusion - sketch

Here's to making do, seizing the cupcake and the challenge, and moving forward!

Nancy in Iowa

Monday, October 3, 2016

Patio Life

Wow! It has been so long since I blogged I wasn't sure I would remember how to do it! Card - check!
Something to blog about...SO many topics to get caught up on!

I need to get my thoughts organized and get back on the blog track. That will also means getting back to making cards! Where did the summer go? Not into making cards that is for sure - but on a positive note my patio looks great! That is where most of my after-work hour were spent. Not here in my 'fiber bubble' but outside in the 'patio bubble'! I kept hubby very busy in HIS 'work-shop bubble'!

So...I had this wine rack. I made several attempts to give it away. After no takers. I was just about to send it to the thrift store when I had a "scathingly brilliant" idea. A little PVC pipe, some paint, a few succulents and a little help from hubby dearest... He cut the lengths of PVC and sliced the oval openings. He made the legs/stand for the final product. And BOOM! An instant color popping planter all from a repurposed wine rack.

Rejected wine rack. PVC cut with oval slits.
Painted and planted and attached to stand.
 Patio corner!

I'll post more patio pics in a later blog (yes I plan to get back to blogging and carding). On to the card.

Thanks a Bunch (of leaves)
~Base card PaperTrey Ink
~Layer of off white confetti card stock sprayed with Distress Spray Stains - Mermaid Lagoon; Abandoned Coral; Cracked Pistachio
~Taylored Expressions Leafy Branches using DCWV Indian Summer cardstock
~Thanks die cut
Inspiration | Challenges
Just Us Girls -  Word Week 'Leaves'
Retro Sketches - sketch #209
Craft Your Passion - anything
Dies R Us - leaves/trees

Thanks for clicking by.

Here's to Haley Mills, "The Trouble with Angels", patio life, and getting back to my 'bubble'!

Nancy in Iowa