Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vintage Beautiful Lady Card


Beautiful vintage lady card. 

The stamps are from Hero Arts, and came with matching dies. 

Lady stamped on Smoky Slate cardstock using Basic Gray ink. 

The only color I added to her is on the cheeks, and lips. 

Thanks to my crafty buddy Kathleen for sending me the little

cameos. The cream vintage lace was added around her collar then

the cameo was attached. She was also popped up over the 

the cream layer of embossed cardstock. 


Here is a side view. I added some stamping to the inside as well. 

The embossed layer is also popped over the base card. 

Love the vintage doily edged washi tape. 


and here is the inside view. The set came

with the large upper body image, and the smaller

full body image. Gotta love stamps with matching dies. 

Makes crafting so much easier. I mean I like fussy cutting as

well as the next crafter, but matching dies are my friends!

Got a call last night around 6  from my son. He goes how ya doing.

I told him I was fine. He goes I'm in the hospital. On his way home from

work a female driver made a left turn out in front on him.

Both of them are okay, but John banged up his wrist pretty good, and

got a cut on his head from the air bag going off, but nothing broken.

The car is totaled. I told him we can replace a car can't replace him. I was

going to dye my hair a few days ago. I'm glad I didn't now cause after yesterday I'm

sure it would have gone gray again. Scary to get a call saying your child is at the hospital.

So we will be busy trying to find him another car.

 

Stamping trails
Karen

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kinda Eclectic Butterfly Card


Now this card screams eclectic! 

I used Kinda Eclectic, and Timeless Textures stamp set. 

Several different ink colors were used. 

Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke, Smoky 

Slate, and Basic Gray. 

So here is what happens when I can't decide

if I want a, gray, or white butterfly in the corner.....
I use use them both. 
I layered them together using mini pot dots in between each one. 
Well August is flying by really quick.
The kids in our school system went back today! 
Can you believe that? I remember being a kid (which
is really hard because it was eons ago!) going
back to school after Labor Day. So most years it was the 1st week
of September before we went back. Times do change...don't they? 

Stamping trails
Karen

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teabag Holder


Time for tea? I'm part British on my grandmother's side, 

so to me it's always tea time! 

The little teacup is an old stamp that I found years ago, and

quite frankly was surprised that it was still in my single stamp stash. 

Base for the holder is Melon Mambo cardstock. Designer paper is retired pack

from SU called Nice Cuppa. 


and the inside view. 

I used the envelope punch board to make the two holders for the tea bags. 

Flaps are held down with the help of Velcro dots. 

The buttons were hot glued in place. I like the gold edging on them. 

Gives the piece a vintage look. 

The little teapot was cut with a matching die. Had

to cut two of the them, so they could be layered

with the fibers in between the spout.


Here is a closer view. The edging was created with

a notebook edge punch. 


and a closer view of the little envelope teabag holders. 

Each envelope holds two teabags. 
 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 









Monday, August 14, 2017

Mailable Monday #206


Welcome to another edition of Mailable Monday. 

This day is left open for cards without embellishments

(or ones that are flat) so they can be put in the mail

with no additional postage, or worry that

the card can't be machined at the Post Office. 

I used a new Prima Doll named Candie. 

After stamping the image on a white A2 card base with

Jet Black StazOn ink she was colored with Primsa Pencils. 

I liked the color pop I gave her shoes. These were

colored with orange, and pumpkin pencils. 


After the dress was stamped on designer paper, and cut out it was popped

over the image on the base card. 

I've never encountered any problems using pop dots on 

cards through the mail. I'm assuming they compress a little once

in the envelope. 

You may have noticed that I've changed the colors on the blog. 

I was playing around with it over the weekend. The blog was looking a bit 

tired and needed a lift.

Don't be surprised if you see it change again. I've been in a mood for 

change lately. 

Stamping trails
Karen

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Human Sundial


Here he is...the human sundial. 

This is another thing that was added to 
 
Brunswick Lake. 
 
 

You stand on the current month, and raise your arm in the air

to get the time. 


I thought it was pretty cool. 


This statue was added across along the trail. Little boy checking

out his dog's heartbeat. This is located across the street from 

the Cleveland Clinic, which is also next to Brunswick Lake. 

Didn't get any crafting done yesterday. Just wasn't in the mood. 

I did some reading, walking, and weeding. That was pretty much

my day. Today I have got to get in gear, and get some

stuff done. 

Stamping trails
Karen

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bold ATC, and Easel Holder


This is one of the ATC that I worked on for 

a round robin swap. The background was 

finished when I received it. 

I added the woman, and bold greeting at the bottom. 


I picked up this cute little easel at Hobby Lobby. 

It was in the clearance section, and I only paid

a dollar for it. Thought it would be the 

perfect size to display artist trading cards. Great

for taking photos of them too. 

We had just a tiny bit of rain yesterday morning.

I was able to hit the nature trail and go around it 

twice before it rained. That was a good thing. 

Spent some time in the front flower bed in the afternoon. 

The spent flowers had to be cut back. 

Today I'll be working on a viewing box so we 

can watch the solar eclipse as your not suppose to 

view the sun directly. I remember making one of those boxes

the last time there was an eclipse in the USA. 

Stamping trails
Karen

Friday, August 11, 2017

Becky the Cowgirl on Memorydex Card


Meet Becky the cowgirl. 

I'm in a cowgirl memorydex swap, and this

is what I created for it. 

The background is from a 12x12 paper pack that I got at Michael's. 

After coloring the doll I cut her out then stamped the clothes on

designer paper. They were popped over the base image. 

Her rope is a coiled piece of leather. 

Horse is a sticker that I stuck to a piece of cardstock

then cut out. 


I added a little bow to Becky's collar. 

So I'm hoping my swap partner likes her. 
 
Went to Costco yesterday afternoon, and did some shopping. 
 
Found a great dark blue sweater. I know its still summer, but to quote
 
Game of Thones.....Winter is Coming! 
 
After that we took a walk. Then I hid in the craft room till
 
it was time to make dinner. Planning on doing more of that last one
 
today! 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Chef Flip Bag


This is the cooking themed flipbag that I made for 

my crafting buddy Kathleen. She's received it, so

I wanted to post it on the blog. 

I thought the little punch art chef turned out cute. 


Here is a closer view. 

Well I wish I had taken my camera on our walk last evening. 

The blue heron was at the lake, and dang I missed a great photo. 

He was just standing by the reeds. So pretty. 

I also ran into an old stamping friend Dara. So

nice to see you again Dara! We should get together sometime and

stamp! 

Yesterday was busy for me. Had to clean all the green beans Skip

harvested. I put up 14 quarts of beans! Of course there will still

be more on the way. I don't mind as I love green beans. 

Stamping trails
Karen

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Garden Tails


So our garden is giving us some nice veggies. 

This is only one basket of cucumbers. There have 

been more. Hubby took some to the neighbors, and his

co-workers. 


One of the many baskets of green, and purple beans. Skip has

to harvest more today, so I'll be busy prepping them for the freezer. 


Something new to the garden....grapes! 


We planted them two years ago. This will be the first crop 

we can collect. Tried one the other day, and they are sour! 

Should sweeten up in a few weeks when they are ready to harvest. 


There are only 2 apples on the tree, but again it is 

only 2 years old, so it isn't going to produce much yet. 

And of course the tomatoes are starting to come in a few

at a time. I have about 10 sitting on the counter by the window so 
 
they can ripen a bit more. 

I went to Pat Catan's and Michael's yesterday. 

Was in the mood to just walk around and see what was new.

Of course the Fall, Halloween is all out, and
 
they are working on getting the Christmas stuff out. 
 
They have moved stuff around so much at Catan's that I have
 
to walk all the way through the store just so I know where
  
everything is. If you haven't been there it is a very large store. 
 
I'll be back tomorrow with photos of some of the stuff I bought. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mailable Monday #205


Since I have a lot of friends, and family having birthdays

this month today's mailable Monday card just had

to be a birthday one. 

Used Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. The greeting is 

from a See Dee's stamp set. 

I added a few star rhinestones. 
Color palette Melon Mambo, Tango, and Daffodil Delight. 
Wanted to use some bright happy colors. 

Well I had a wonderful weigh in yesterday. I lost 5.5 pounds! 

What a difference a week makes. Last week I was so disappointed for

having lost half a pound. 

Yesterday was my diet off day, so me and hubby went out for an early

dinner. I didn't over indulge, and afterward we took a long walk. 

I also cleaned the entire kitchen yesterday morning. What

a chore that was! 

Today I have some much needed mending that has been

calling my name, sew I'll be sewing. (yes I know I spelled so-s e w) LOL

Stamping trails
Karen

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Coffee and Friends are the Perfect Blend


Anybody want to come over and join me for coffee? 

Made this card yesterday afternoon. 

I kept the color palette pretty simple. 

Kraft, white, and a bit of green designer paper. 

The accent buttons are orange. 

The embossing folder is from Tim Holtz. 

I lightly sponged Soft Suede ink over the raised images. 

Yesterday we had a beautiful day. Perfect temps in the 

mid 70's. Me and hubby went out and enjoyed a nice walk. 

Of course it had to rain later in the day, but it held off long enough

for me to get dinner grilled. 

Sending another shout out today to my friend Connie....

who like my friend Kym yesterday is turning something, something. 

Hope you have a wonderful day Connie! Eat some cake for me!!!!!

Stamping trails
Karen

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dolled Themed Pocket Letter


This is a doll 3 pocket letter that I made for a swap. 

I think it turned out to cute as now I'd like to keep it. 

Hate it when that happens! Oh well I can always create another one for me. 



Took up close pic of each of the pockets. 

The paper doll dresses is from a Julie Nutting set called Time to Play. 

Who doesn't love paper dolls? 


Added some buttons and ribbon. 


Time 2 Play! Look she has a little ducky on wheels. 


Closer view of the strung beads that I made for the side bar. The charm at

the bottom has princess on it. Can't I just keep it? 

Sending a shout out to my friend Kym. Today is her

something, something birthday. 

Hope you have a wonderful day Kym. Do something fun! 

Stamping trails
Karen

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cooking and Baking Theme Swap


Well I received very happy mail yesterday. 

Big thanks to my crafting buddy Kathleen. We decided to 

do a cooking/baking theme swap. 

Here is the pocket letter she made. Love the colors! 


and just look at that cute chef's hat! 


Flip bag full of goodies! 


goodies that were inside the bag. 


and more. Love all the mason jar things. 


She used her sewing machine to make the dish towel. Wish I

had a machine that could do that! 


Better view of the stitching. 

Awesome book. 
Check out the inside. There are post it notes in the pocket 
Wonderful iris folding mason jar car. 
The little girl on this memorydex card reminds me of the Campbell's kids. 
  

and this funny little guy. Well really he is quite tall, and a ink pen. 

Just makes me smile looking at him! 

Thanks bunches Kathleen. You made it a happy mail day!
and as always I loved it all! 
Stamping trails
Karen 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Medina County Fair


So me and hubby went to the Medina County Fair on Monday. 

Saw lots of animals. Went to down load the photos, and saw that 

I had taken 88 photos while I was there. 

Not to worry not going to post them all here. 


Lots of cows in the dairy building.


I thought the one sleeping with its head tucked in had a sweet face. 


I bonded with a very pretty Palomino. She just wanted to be 

petted. So I stayed with her for a bit. 


Skip and the stage coach. 


This big guy wouldn't shut up. I keep telling him that it was 5 in the afternoon, and 

not 5 in the morning, and he shouldn't be crowing, but he wouldn't listen to me. 

He ended up getting all the other roosters making noise too. 


Thought she was an interesting looking chicken. 


Okay this was funny. In one of the 4 H buildings they had horses, but

in this one they had this one. Wonder if its a new breed of horse? LOL


Had to visit the arts, and craft building. Cool vintage sewing machine. 


Just working in the kitchen. 


Vintage typewriter. Looks like the one John Boy used on the Waltons.


Dress made out of duck tape. 


Crocheted Rolling Stone blanket. 


Sweet little bunny. Love the markings on his face. 


Look its a pink tractor! 


I really liked the model Ford tractor. 


Very vintage. 

Okay that is all I'm posting. We had fun. Didn't go on any of the rides.

There wasn't very many people on the rides. Guess since that accident a week ago people

are a little afraid of one of the rides breaking while they are on it. 

I'll be back tomorrow with some stamping as I did work on a few things yesterday morning. 

Stamping trails
Karen