Friday, November 27, 2015

MIM232: A Fun Place Card Project!

Happy Black Friday, friends! Are you still feeling thankful? I know I am!

Today I wanted to show you a fun place card project that I made for our Thanksgiving table.

The Make It Monday challenge at PTI featured Dawn showing us all how to accomplish layered stamping using kraft card stock and white ink pads. And as you know from my previous post, I am now smitten with the Fresh Snow ink pad from Papertrey Ink.

I decided to make place cards using the lovely new stamp set, Phrases and Praises. I can tell already that this set is going to be in heavy rotation in my collection!

Here's how I made the base of my place card. I cut a strip of kraft card stock to 3 1/2 inches by seven inches, and folded over at 3 1/2. Then, I put the base, folded over, into my cutter and moved it to the center at 3 1/2 inches, where I carefully placed the cut from bottom up until just about one third of the way from the bottom, cutting through both layers.  This gave me a perfect midway point to eyeball. Then, using scissors, I just cut from one corner to that midway point through both layers, and then from the other corner to that midway point. And then you end up with a triangular section missing, thus forming the stand of the place card.

For the stamping on the place cards, I used the set Leaf Prints, first stamping each image in Fresh Snow, and then stamping over that spot again with a different color ink, only slightly off so that you can see the white shadow underneath. I think I used some berries from Twig Wreath stamp set to finish this off.

{Today's Brew: Leaf Prints stamp set (PTI), Phrases and Praises stamp set (PTI), Twig Wreath stamp set (PTI), PTI inks/dies/ card stock}

Before the meal began, I collected the place cards so that they wouldn't get messy from gravy drippings ( I have a house full of boys, remember?). And during the meal, I asked them "So who can remember what your place card said?"

"I know!" my son, John replied. "God's eyes are like sparrows!"

Bwa ha ha! Okay, close enough.

After the meal, I turned the place cards into this sweet banner to hang from the hutch in the dining room! I simply draped them over a length of twill ribbon, clipped them on, and voila! Something we can appreciate over the holidays. And who knows? Those place cards may make an appearance again for our Christmas meal together.

Sorry for the dark's a gray and gloomy day today, and the rains have washed all of the pretty snow away.

I hope your weekend is full of blessings, cafe friends!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

PTI Blog Hop November: Winter Wonderland

It's blog hop day at Papertrey Ink! Here is our amazing inspiration photo:

Don't you love this wintry combination?

I paired my new Winter Woods cover plate with an older PTI stamp set for a fresh and wintry Christmas card.

{Today's Brew: Peace Be Still stamp set and dies (PTI), Winter Woods cover plate (PTI), PTI inks and card stock, SU glitter paper and seam binding, snowflake rhinestone}

This was my first time using the PTI ink pad Fresh Snow, and oh my! I'm in love! It works so much better than other white inks! I love the results!

Our winter wonderland is starting to melt today, but here are a few photos from just a few days ago!

So beautiful!

Blessings on your day, cafe friends!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

In The Holiday Spirit

One day you are planting bulbs and mowing the lawn, and just a few days later you are walking in a winter wonderland. You've got to love the Midwest for its varied seasons!

Our first winter storm of the season brought us a foot of snow, transforming the world overnight into something magical.

We're definitely in the holiday spirit now! Good thing I have my Simple Stories Holiday planner to keep track of all the festivities.

November and December are always busy months for my family. My oldest son, Luke, works in the grocery business (Hello, holiday feasting!), and my husband works in corporate retail (Hello, Black Friday!). Add to that a few birthdays, band concerts, and church activities, and you have one full calendar spread. December will be extra exciting for our family...STAR WARS! My son, Luke, made sure that he purchased tickets for the entire family for opening night! Excited we are! (Sorry, that was a really bad Yoda.)

I used a few photo layout pages in my binder to hold the many postcards for upcoming events.

I also found these pages to be just the right size for holding washi tapes. This way, I can customize my pages without missing a beat.

I think I'll work on some Christmas cards today.

Blessings, cafe friends!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Simple Stories Holiday Planner

I got my first PML in the red cup this week! Peppermint Mocha Latte season has officially begun!

It seemed like the perfect time to pull out my Simple Stories Holiday Planner and get this party started.

In years past, I've been in the "let's keep Christmas very simple and austere" mood. Not this time! This year, I want to pack it full! There's a new house to decorate, and new shops and restaurants to try, with new towns and new holiday traditions.

I plan on lots of holiday baking and crafting, too. I'm even working on a family scrapbook filled with photos and memories of Christmas past. Card making, stitching, the works.

It's a good thing I ordered this planner way back in September, before I even knew I'd get bitten by the festive bug.

I was so happy to see that it even has a section for Advent!

Lots of pages to help me keep track of all those crafting projects and Pinterest ideas, as well as a section for Christmas cards.

Holiday baking, meal planning, calendars, and my personal shopping tracker. :)

Stop back tomorrow and I will show you my calendar pages...packed to the full!

Blessings on your Friday, cafe friends!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Red: The Secret To My Holiday Decorating

I'm going to let you in on the secret of my holiday decorating, and here it is:


What? Red isn't a secret? Well then, let me tell you my "red" strategy.

All through the year, when I am making purchases for household goods, I will try to pick up the red item whenever possible. Need new dish towels? Why not red? Need a new pattern of everyday Corelle dishes? Buy the pattern with the red stripe. Debating on which tole tray to buy at the antique mall? Pick the red one. Red looks great all year long, and it's a lovely pop of color if your house is filled with neutrals otherwise.

But here's the red secret: your everyday items become "Christmas" items, too.

Take, for example, this vintage Juice King juicer that was a gift from my mom. I love it! It stays in my kitchen all year long. But over the holidays, you can add a little ribbon and a sprig of greenery, and suddenly your vintage treasure becomes a holiday decor piece!

The best part? Your red items do not stay in storage for eleven months, waiting to get put on display for the holidays. Instead, you are using those lovely red items all year long. How practical is that? And here's another secret: red looks great for so many other times of the year, too. Valentine's Day, Independence Day, summer picnic season, spring tulip season.

I'm getting ready to paint my kitchen in a nice neutral called Accessible Beige. We've used it in other parts of the house, and I like it. But in my kitchen, I'll be pairing it with red accents for an extra wow! I think it will look great for the holiday season, too.

I found these spools of red plaid ribbon at the Target dollar spot. I know I will use these in my easy holiday decorating this year.

Today's card uses my red secret.

{Today's Brew: Folk Art Flurries (wplus9), dies (wplus9), vellum, ink and cardstock (PTI), glitter card stock (SU)}

I made this one for the Get Sketchy challenge at WPlus9. I used a vellum overlay panel to soften the red snowflakes a bit.

Thanks for visiting the cafe today!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

MIM 231: Motif Building

The weather forecast is predicting snow this weekend! SNOW! And not just a little for the greater Chicago area...some reports are guessing we could get 6 to 12 inches. Good thing I got those bulbs planted earlier in the week!

There was something about that little snowflake icon appearing on my phone's weather app that got my holiday planning kicked into high gear. 

I really want to pack the holiday full this year, and I don't know why. Perhaps it's because I am not working retail this Christmas. Or maybe it's because we're in a new house. For whatever reason, I have big plans for this Christmas. Advent celebrations. Cookie baking. Town festivities. Visiting my son in Indiana. Visiting my family in Michigan.

I am making Christmas cards this year, lots and lots of them. Here's a card I made for this week's Make It Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink!

{Today's Brew: Cup of Cheer stamp set and dies (PTI), PTI card stock and ink, PTI banner die, Stickles}

Do you remember the order that got sent to my old address in Pittsburgh? Good news! It got re-routed! And thankfully, it arrived last week. Woo hoo! I finally got to play with this new stamp set and the lovely new color, Vintage Jadeite. There are so many cute elements with this stamp set. And let's face it, I can never have enough coffee cups and tea my cupboards, and in my papercrafting.

Cold is coming! Warmest wishes, cafe friends!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Planting Hope

I'm taking advantage of the last beautiful days of autumn by planting spring bulbs. I like to think of it as planting a little hope. A bulb goes into the dark earth to die, and by the power of the spring rains and sunshine, it comes back to life again. Martin Luther said that "God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars." Hope. The hope of the resurrection.

The bulbs were half price this weekend at Home Depot. I'll just buy one or two, or two hundred. I can't be trusted in garden centers. Instead of "bigger eyes than stomach", I seem to have "bigger eyes than physical endurance to get the thing planted". Ugh. It was an Advil night last night, and it will probably be an Advil night again tonight. But when it comes to gardens, I'm a firm believer that more is more. I will push myself to get the job done today, making myself a little stiff and sore in the process.

Hello, glutes! It appears you are not just for sitting after all!