Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Just Skating By

Even though it is still fall, here is a winter card. We’re trying to get a head start on winter- just not the snow!! This card has a pair of ice skates on it. The bigger snowflake is a brad. I like the color choices- the light blue and green. The dark blue makes the design pop. The inside of the card says “Wishing you ‘snow’ much fun this winter!”. Hopefully we won’t have snow for a while. There is an envelope that goes along with it, that has a cute pair of mittens in matching colors.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

What better way to celebrate than with Santa Claus? He’s starting the season early this year! This card is a triangular card, decorated to look like Santa. His white beard and outfit are embossed with flourish, adding an elegant touch to the card. I love how cute this card came out! The envelope says, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. I hope he spreads some Christmas cheer!

Friday, November 25, 2011

One Month to Go!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, today starts our favorite time of the year! We love the days leading up to Christmas, starting with today! Any other year, we would start decorating the house, which apparently everyone else has already). We are actually spending the day in New York City.  I hope there are some holiday decorations up!! So, to start the holiday season, here is a card we made. To me, it looks like a little present all wrapped up and ready to give! The tag says it all!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful to our family and friends who support our crafting habits by looking here! We are starting our day by “participating” in a 5k with dad, which has become a tradition for us. (Robyn’s  kind of a big deal there). We are also excited to see part of the family this weekend. Here is our card for the holiday. I know we have used this greeting before (mom’s is hanging up), but the turkey is absolutely adorable! Robyn designed and made them. The feathers are rosettes that she made all by hand- a lot more time-consuming than it looks! And then there are the googly eyes, too! I love this card! Hope everyone has a wonderful day spent with family!

(Again, happy birthday, Sarah!!)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy (Early) Birthday!!

So, I know it is a day early, but tomorrow is Sarah’s birthday! This is the card we made for her. Seeing as we are probably responsible for all of her new crafting habits (you’re welcome, Erik!), does the card represent a new hobby?? I don’t know, but it is a cute apron!! Anyway, the pocket on the apron has a whisk in it. The inside reads, “Whisking you a happy (30th!) birthday!” and a gluten-free cupcake! (It doesn’t taste too good, though…) We hope you have a wonderful day and have tons of fun making tons of projects!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Here is a centerpiece that I put together. If you look at the Christmas lights in the stores, they sell lighted tree branches. We always thought it was really neat, but who really wanted to spend that much money on something?! This is our version, using things we had on hand. The tree branches are from one of the trees that fell during the storm last month. The lights are plain white Christmas lights from last year. I covered the branches with ribbon so the unsightly tape/wire wasn’t showing. I thought of spray-painting them, but figured this would be much neater. And we can change the ribbon to white for winter. I made the flowers at the same time as yesterday’s flowers. These were the colors that I really wanted for the wreath, since they are so much darker. I added the red stones in the vase to give it more pizzazz, but as I look at the picture, I think the clear would look nicer. Now, the next step is to come up with a tablescape for Thanksgiving later this week!


(Sorry about the background- not the best choice of position for the picture!)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Wreath

For a few weeks now, especially with the holidays coming up, I’ve wanted to try my hand at some paper flowers. I like how they will last longer than real flowers, and you can make them to fit any color scheme. I spent some time trying different types, and with help from a few different blogs. After some trial-and-error, I figured out the easiest way to make them. Each flower is made up of three coffee filters. With the wreath, the flowers came out much lighter than I wanted. I wanted them to be deeper in color, but since they were colored with food coloring, they came out much lighter. So, it doesn’t look quite like a fall wreath, but I’m happy with how it came out! Here are two pictures. The first is one of the entire wreath, while the other is an up-close view of the flowers. I can't wait to make some more for Christmas and winter!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Cornucopia of Thanks

This is another Thanksgiving card. It was going to be our card for this year, but Robyn came up with a much cuter one! (We’ll post it soon!) This card has a cornucopia on it, filled with fruit. It is surrounded by a couple of leaves, which might be hard to see in the pictures.  The second picture shows the cornucopia a little better. It is stamped with a “Happy Thanksgiving” greeting. The inside reads, “May the bounty of the season fill your heart and home”. It is definitely one of the more ‘mature’ cards we’ve made!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Circle of Memories

This is a card designed based on the inside greeting. The inside reads, “Thanksgiving is a circle of memories”. Each Thanksgiving brings us back to the last year and everything that has happened. So far, this has been a pretty good year, bringing us so many new experiences! It may not end quite like e wanted to, but we’re off to a good start for next year! We made a few different versions of this card. This one has an acorn on it, another has a cornucopia, and the third has a pumpkin. The envelope has a simple "Happy Thanksgiving" greeting stamped on it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Autumn Tree

Here is another fall card that reflects the trees outside. The leaves may have turned colors and fallen, but sometimes it’s nice to watch the seasons change. But believe me, I’m not trying to hurry through fall. I don’t want to imagine what the winter is going to be like. The inside of the card reads, “Take some time to sit and watch the leaves turn”. The envelope has a rub-on leaf on the flap, to add a little something. The shadows kind of get in the way...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fall Flourish

Here is another quick Thanksgiving/Fall card we made. The borders are foiled paper, so it adds a nice little shine to the card. The flourish is stamped, and it has some leaves on it. There is a leaf sticker in the middle, to add a bit of color. The stamp is brown, but it’s a little hard to see on the orange background. The inside of the card says “Autumn days are here again”.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Something to Be Grateful For

Today begins our Holiday card postings. Well, continues it, I guess. One thing we are grateful for is our wonderful family. We may get on each others' nerves (a lot and often), without family, you have nothing! Continuing on...Today’s post is actually a card that we made last year. I didn’t realize we didn’t put it up last year. It is a step card. The flowers on the side are inked with gold.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Birthday Card

So, I guess my “plan” didn’t work out so well. I’ll have to try again. Luckily, with the holidays coming up, we have a ton of projects that we finished and can now post. Today’s isn’t a holiday project, though. We had a few birthdays to celebrate this month, so we made this card. Turns out, it’s an extra! We’ve had the ribbon for a few years and it was just sitting there. It came with a bunch of holiday ribbons, but I don’t really see how it is a holiday one. Oh well, it worked out perfect for this card. It was actually the inspiration for the design. It might be tough to see, but the envelope flap is stamped with a birthday cupcake!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Turning a New Leaf

Over the last few weeks, we have made a stock-pile of cards. My "goal" is to update and add pictures on more of a schedule than we have. And now that the weather has finally decided that it is indeed fall, the next few posts are some of our fall/autumn cards. Here is the first fall card.

When we made this card, I was a little skeptical of the blue in a fall card, like the banner post from a few days ago. I should have figured it would look OK if the blue was already in the fall paper. I think there is just the right amount of sparkle and bright colors to add a nice touch!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Happy Halloween??

I know it's been a little while since we updated the blog, but it's been a crazy week. Actually, it hasn't, since we didn't have power for the last week. On Sunday, the day before Halloween, the crazy fall Nor'easter came and knocked out power. This is how it looked when it first started:
It doesn't look too bad, but at the end we had at least a foot of snow! We wanted to get away from the snow!!  I was getting a little upset with The Weather Channel because they kept sending e-mails every hour and kept increasing the snow totals. Also, unfortunately for them, Mom and Dad had to cut their vacation short, but got home safely. Since all of the power went out, the town officials decided to postpone Halloween, and then they ended up cancelling it, and had "trunk or treat" in the park's parking lot.  We eventually got it back around 12:00 yesterday afternoon and we all went back to how it was before the power went out. I can't complain because there are still a ton of people without power.
This is the last project we were working on before we lost the power. It was supposed to be for Mom's Game Night, but that was cancelled because of the storm. So, we were able to enjoy it, instead!!

This is the first step of the cake. It doesn't look like much. A cornucopia? An elf? Well, its a good thing I had a plan!!

The elf was a good guess, but a little early in the season! It was a witch. I was told it was too friendly, but then added the wart and somehow it made it look a little meaner!!
And, a Happy Belated Birthday to the Twins!!
So, now that we're caught up our posts, we can spend the extra hour catching up with our crafting!!