Thursday, September 21, 2017

Little Bit of Autumn Blessings


 Sometimes blessings come in tiny ways that we don't even recognize them as blessings.  Today was one of those times.  What on the surfaced seemed like a very disappointing situation, actually held a blessing of hope, of promise, of faith and of enlightenment.

 

 So for my card, I thought tiny images would remind me of those tiny blessings.  These darling little die cuts were made with several Taylored Expressions Little Bit dies:  Fall Harvest, Coffee To Go, Leaves, and Owl.  The frame cut from wood grain cardstock is My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Frame, and the lovely sentiment is from Reverse Confetti Autumn Blessings.

Thanks to these challenges for the inspiration:











Warm Fall Thoughts

 Today is the official first day of Fall!  I'm looking forward to the holidays coming up over the next few months but really love the beautiful, rich colors of autumn :)



 For my card, I chose fall pattern papers for the backdrop.  The fun, colorful leaves were made with Paper Smooches Large Leaves dies, the Luggage tag and cup are from STAMPlorations and the acorn die - I honestly can't remember where I got this little guy from.

Thanks to these challenges for the inspiration:










 Die Cuttin Divas - Coffee or Shades of Brown









Heartfelt Thanks

 
 This has already been "a week" and it's only Wednesday!  Getting into my craft room is the best therapy and I love 'getting lost' in a project.  This is the last one for the night, however, as sleep is also good therapy and I haven't gotten much of that this week!


This card is featuring one of my favorite Stampin Up sets - French Foliage - it's retired now, but I just love it!  The pretty cup is from another of my favorite coffee sets from Neat & Tangled - Perfect Blend.

Thanks to these challenges for the inspiration:



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Foxy Fall


I'd like to say it feels like fall, but this week it's been down right warm and in the 80's!  Nevertheless,  it is mid-September and tomorrow is the official start of fall...I'm ready for it!
 

Today my card features some darling images and dies from Paper Smooches!  The sweet little fox is from the Chilly Chums set and her coffee cup created with one of the Coffee & Tea dies.  Who can resist a big, colorful acorn?  This image is from the Falling for You set and the fab tree was cut from cardstock using Trees 1 dies and a circle die.  For the background, I used some Distressed Oxide inks.

Thanks to these challenges for the inspiration:







(Fox)

 


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Perfect Blend


There's almost nothing like spending time with friends.  I'm so blessed to have a few very close friends.  We don't see each other very often, but when we do get together, everything just seems 'right' in the world.  We share current news, our sorrows, fears, joys, give/take advice and totally support each other.  Yes, I'm truly blessed!


My card was created by first making a Distressed Oxide ink background.  Then I cut brown cardstock with this amazing die from Dare 2B Artzy: Leave Background.  The darling coffee cup was created using a die by SugarPea Designs: Coffee To Go Cup and the sentiment is from a fabulous SugarPea Designs set: The Perfect Blend.

Thanks to these challenges for the inspiration:



 

 


Simply Caffeine and Kindness


 In the mail today, I received a surprise from a very sweet person...she wrote a lovely note in a card with a Starbucks gift certificate!  It was totally unexpected, but really made my day...a gift of caffeine and kindness!!


 For my simple card, I gold embossed these lovely outlined leaf images from Simon Says Stamp's One With Nature set.  The two cup images and sentiment are from a couple of wonderful sets from Right At Home: Cup of Joy.  I then stamped the One With Nature images onto the cup and the sentiment onto the base.

Thanks to these challenges for the inspiration: