Friday, November 25, 2011

Card Club

It's time for Card Club again and I am pretty happy
with all the cards this month we are doing.
I promised we would do everyday cards but I 
added a few Christmas and promised Linda I would
use the Gingerbread stamp so they get two extra
Christmas this month.  Yay!!

My favorite this month is this pop up slider card
that I found on Splitcoast Stampers.  I changed it up a little
but its a super cute idea for cards...
I used a flower stamp from Hero Arts for the 
backround and embossed it in white to add more
texture to it.  The coloring is with chalks.

 I used the stripe paper from BG on this so it
looked a little like candy canes and added a cake
doily behind his head for texture. The 
image is stamped on Bazzill Kraft and inked with 
chestnut roan chalk ink.  The white is a gel pen 
and the rest is done with regular chalks. 
 Don't your love his smile ?
Stamp is by: Penny Black

 Last favorite is this gate card made with 2 new Spellbinders
dies that I just got.  I wanted a lacey effect so I layered them
and popped them up with foam squares.  The pink dot
paper is by Bazzill and the adorable dot paper from
the Birthday collection from Doodlebug.

Thanks for checking in and seeing what's new
after Turkey Day!!  

Hugs,  Teresa

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Basic Grey Sketch of the Week

The sketch this week is from one of the talented designers from 
Basic Grey ( Nancy Burke).  She did hers of her 2 gorgeous
daughters on the BG blog so I had to find the time this week 
to join in and do one for me too.  I picked papers from the
Mellow line to do this cute picture of my niece away at
college with her friends.  It had the perfect fall colors
and the perfect embellishments to do the sketch.  
I added an extra row of edge cutting on the bottom
and had to move the letters but it was fun and quick
and easy to do so thanks Nancy :)

I used both MS and EK edge punches and a W1 Copic
marker in grey to go around the edges of the flowers 
to make them more shadowed and pop a little more.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Projects with Authentique papers...

We got 5 of the New Collections from Authentique
this week so I got to help create lots of projects for the store
to show off the new release of it for us... and was
it ever amazing paper to work with.  The quality
of the paper is outstanding and the colors and prints
are perfect for almost anything you might think of to
scrap or create something with...

My first project is a canvas I did with the Uncommom line.
I love all the pinks and rose colors of this line and 
it has big and small letters to work with. (love this :)

 The aquas, creams and browns of this line were really
fun to create with.  I made the lace doily on this by
cutting a circle with a plate and then by flipping a martha
stewart corner punch upside down you can punch all
around the edge and you have an instant doily!  Thanks
Debbie for the idea and hope all of you will try it soon!

 The flowers I made with a EK punch and layered some
roses on top of them.  I added punched leaves in with it too.

 This photo doesn't do this justice because the colors
are really beautiful together.  The huge orange poppies
on this really caught my eye and they were great to scrap
these fall photos of my niece at college.

Last for today is this quick card I made from scraps from
the page above.  It only took a few minutes but it is
really bright and happy and cute :)

Got to get back to creating again so have
a great day and take care,


Friday, November 11, 2011

Bo Bunny Card Sketch Challenge

I just found this card challenge from Bo
Bunny yesterday and thought I would join in and 
make something fun. The Bo Bunny DT always make gorgeous 
projects for their blog, they are always amazing in case 
you want to go check them out, 
and I hope you all like what I came up with for it.

My papers and embellishments are from the "Welcome Home"
line from their last release...  I love all the colors of this line
and all the fun flourishes and goodies they have to work with.

For this card I also used 2 Spellbinders dies to give it
a more lacey victorian feel. (Fleur de Lis Motifs and 
Lattice Rectangles) I made my own stickpins by adding 
some crystal beads to the simple pearl ones I had 
in my stash.  I love the little saying "You make my heart smile",
It just seemed perfect for the title....  Hope you like it :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Best Day Ever

 Here is a new page I did for the store today.  I am
using the New Basic Grey Little Black dress line
and is it ever fun to work with!  There are so many
patterns that you can mix and match and all the neutral
tones make it perfect for just about any kind of photo..

 I love the lacey patterns and flowers on this paper
and I am going to have to get more to do some other
projects I have in mind to do soon..

I am trying to use up my scraps by making
cards right away and here is just one of the cards I did doing
just that.  If you do them right away you don't have to store
more bits of paper and you can add another card to your 
box of ready to give away cards for everyone!!  Yay!!

Thanks for looking in on me and have a great day :)


Monday, November 7, 2011

Fun Trip in North Carolina

I had a really fun week traveling last week to 
North Carolina on business with my DH
 and have some pictures to share today.  We spent
most of the time in Charlotte, Matthew's and Monroe
but got to travel to the Biltmore on the Vanderbilt Estate
for a couple of days. And was it ever fun!! 

 The timing was perfect for all the trees changing colors 
and even though we see some of it here it is nothing
like the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC.  All we kept
saying was Wow everytime we turned a corner :)
 I opted for seeing the historic sites of the town this
trip and found this beautiful old plantation nestled
among all these gorgeous old trees.  It was really neat
to see this up close and personal and it wasn't really what
I imagined from the history books I read.  My DH 
says there are more of the bigger ones in Miss. where 
his mom is from.  Sounds like another reason for 
a fun trip to visit relatives next spring...

This is actually an old estate that they saved and
made into a hotel.  It is the Duke Mansion and
was part of some amazing Victorian Houses built
for the wealthy aristocrats in the area.  I got to go inside
and look around and it is really beautiful.

 I am trying to take some time in life and drag my DH
to see some amazing things in the US and this is going
to be scrapped as one of my favorites!  George W. Vanderbilt
built this gorgeous 255 room home for himself and his 
family on 126,000 acres of forest.  He had farms, a dairy,
his own lake, a huge river running through his property, 
and the most amazing garden you can imagine with a green
house too.  Puts mine to shame actually :)  They had
flowers everywhere and the estate.... It always amazes me
to see these homes in the victorian era of our country
because they are all so beautiful!!

 This is the hotel on the estate so people can stay
over and have time to relax and do some of the fun
things they have on the estate to do.  The rooms
and the inside of it was just gorgeous.

This is me on the steps on the back side of the house.

 This is a picture of the place we ate for dinner.  
The cooks are amazing here and the food was sooo 
good.  It is called Cetric's Tavern after one of his
pet St. Bernards.  They loved animals and had lot
of dogs on the property.  

 This was my DH's breakfast and was delicious!
Cinnamon streusel pancakes with ham :)  Yummmm!

 I love old cars and they had this rare Motel C that
belonged to Mrs. Vanderbilt at  their winery on display.  
It fits 7 people but I am sure it was crazy windy
 when they went for a drive!! (No windows except 
on the front and back of the car)

My last photo was one of the trees in
the shops at the house.  They had just
decorated for Christmas in the Biltmore but we
were not allowed to take pictures sadly.  They
still have a big family Christmas with all the people
that work for them in the house and it sounds like
it would be fun to go to.  But back to my house I
am in the mood for Christmas now and am rested and
ready to have a fun holiday season!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Hugs, Teresa


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