Thursday, October 30, 2014

Festive Friday Challenge #43 Ocotber 25 - Nov 5, 2014


Hello Friends,
Are you ready for the most wonderful time of the year?  I am trying to get ready hence I joined in the Festive Friday Challenge #43 today!  Here is the wonderful inspiration graphic:


I was inspired by the deep red and dark grey tones in the photo as well as the pops of white.

I used a new stamp and die set from Paper Sweeties called "Trim the Tree".  This tree actually stamps and die cuts all in one piece but from the first moment I saw this set I knew that I would be cutting the sections apart to make some cute "wonky" Christmas trees.  I actually made 3 cards today but will share the other two later on. 
I selectively inked the sentiment so that the word "wonderful" could be in red!  I love it!!!


Thanks for taking a look at my card!  So nice to be adding to my Christmas card stash!
Christmas Crafting is my FAVORITE!  Did I just sound like Will Ferrell in ELF or what?!  LOL!  Anyone ready for some spaghetti with maple syrup?
Hugs,
Jill






Thursday, October 16, 2014

Some Christmas Cards.....with Purple Onion Designs Stamps...



Hello Friends,
I finally got a non-rainy morning to take some pictures of some Christmas cards that I made over the past few days for gift giving this year. These two cards use stamps from designer Stacey Yacula with Purple Onion Designs.  I also used my brand new snowglobe stamp and die from Taylored Expressions!  LOVE IT!!!!!  And a puffy "snow" pen for the winter sky in my snow globe.  You hit the snow dots with your heat gun and instant 3-dimensional snow in your snow globe!  Too fun!!!

 The sentiment "You're Snow Special" is from a Paper Sweeties stamp set. The stitched rounded corners diecut is from Lil Inkers.  :)

 The embossing folder and the snow-globe stamp/die are both from Taylored Expressions.  I glued 5 diecuts together to make the snow globe dimensional like chipboard...see next photo:
Thanks for peeking at my cards!
:) Jill

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waltzingmouse October 2014 PJ Party - Challenge #3: Old Pajamas



Hello Friends,
I am here today to join in with the "Old Pajamas" challenge #3 at Waltzingmouse Stamps October Pajama Party.  I have been working on some Christmas tags over the past few weeks and I created some using the "Very Vintage Christmas Stamp Set" as well as a sentiment from the "Compliments of the Season" Stamp set. The plaid bows on the vintage-style tags are made from fabric that I tore and frayed the edges of.   



 Thanks for taking a look!  Enjoy the pajama party!
:) Jill

Monday, October 6, 2014

SSCB#36 Autumn/Fall

Hello Friends,
I had some time today to make a card!  I went to the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog and took a look at their newest month-long challenge for October 2014, SSCB#36 Autumn/Fall.  I hope you will take some time to play along! 

Here is the card that I came up with: 
 I embossed Serendipity's "Bayleaf Wreath Large" stamp in "copper" colored embossing powder and colored the image with my copics.  This card did not photograph well this morning as it was too early when I took the picture but I could not wait if I wanted to post it.  My crafty time is at a premium these days! LOL!  And my poor blog is sadly neglected so I really, really wanted to post a card!!!!  I played around with trying to add a sentiment to the front of the card but ended up leaving the card with the beautiful wreath as the focal point.
 Inside the card I used a "Happy Thanksgiving" sentiment to finish things off.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to take a look at my card!  I hope you are enjoying the Autumn weather and the changing of the leaves and the yummy fall harvest as it arrives at the Farmer's Markets!

Blessings,
Jill

Monday, September 15, 2014

Get Well Soon....Lawnscaping Challenge #90 - Critters Galore


Hello Friends,
Here with some fairly simple "Get Well Soon" cards that I whipped together this morning in less than 20 minutes using a sweet little stamp set from Lawn Fawn!  I am entering them into the "Critters Galore" Lawnscaping challenge #90.   Birds are critters - right?



A dear friend just had hip replacement surgery and I took one of these cards to her this afternoon.  And the other card went to my sweet mom Jackie this morning.  She is recovering from two different accidents - one involving a semi-truck back on July 17th and the other a fall 9 days ago due to injuries from the first accident.  Our family is working together to give her full time care as she works very hard at recovering.  She should make a full recovery but it could take several months.  I try to bring her little things on the days that I care for her and today I brought her this card and a wee bit of Toblerone candy.  Mmmmm!  Chocolate is a great healer right?!?!  I think it is our time with her that is the greatest healer!  Family is so wonderful!  We are so blessed to have our families when we go through difficult times! 

Here is the sentiment I placed on the inside of the card from Amuse:
 
I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this little Get Well Soon stamp set from Lawn Fawn!  So fun to make sweet cards of well wishes with!  Thanks Kelly Marie Alvarez!!!

Thanks for peeking in at my somewhat neglected blog!  Life is hopping along at a quick pace these days and I am finding it hard to get things posted before I give them away!  LOL!  But I managed today and it is only 7:47pm!  :) Jill


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Guest Designing for Paper Sweeties Inspiration #23 - September 2014 - Pretty Pumpkins!

Hello Friends,
Here with a card I made as this month's Guest Designer for the September Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge.  Here is the lovely graphic:

  I earned this lovely chance to guest design for this month via the card I made on this post for the July Paper Sweeties Inspiration challenge. Yeah!  So fun to be part of the hop this month and I thoroughly enjoyed the lovely $20.00 gift certificate which was my prize!  Thanks Debbie!  I hope you will join in the fun this month and you can be in the running for a lovely prize also! :)


My card uses the sweet Abigail stamp and die set.  The pumpkin Abigail is holding and the pile of leaves by her feet were stamped with the "Stand Add-on : Fall Harvest" set.  I believe the sentiment is from a set that is retired but Debbie has many lovely Autumn sentiments in her store on a variety of sets!

Thanks for taking a look at my card!  If you are wondering about the flowers in the picture they are some fabric and crepe paper flowers that I have been creating in the evenings while watching television with my son.

Here are the links to all of the lovely Paper Sweeties Designers:
                                               September Guest Designer: Jill Norwood (You are here now! :) 

I hope you will find some time to post your take on the lovely inspiration this month!  We would love to have you join us over at the Paper Sweeties blog for the September challenge!
Hugs,
Jill




Saturday, August 23, 2014

Stamp-A-Faire 2014: Challenge #6 - Needlepoint Elegance with Melissa Phillips



Hello Friends,
Here is my Stamp-A-Faire entry for Challenge #6 taught by Melissa Phillips:

S.A.F. 2014 Morning Timer Challenge



Hello Stamp-A-Faire Time Travelers!
Here with my Morning Timer Challenge!  I found this card easy to make in 20 minutes though I wish that this set had dies as it would have made it less heart-racing at the end! LOL!  Racing was part of the fun really but my fussy cutting of the flower is not as neat as I would have made it if I had had just one more minute or so! Here is the sketch/colors I chose to use:


 And here is my card:


This is a wonderful sketch to keep on hand when you need a fast card!  Had I chose to use a stamp set with dies for my focal point I could have finished it in about 10 minutes for sure!  I hope you are having fun today with all of the wonderful Stamp-A-Faire challenges!  I am off to start the next one!
:) Jill