Monday, September 30, 2013

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello October!!  Hello Fall!  Hello cooler temps???  Ok - where are you?  Today's high - 89 degrees....urg!  I have to go into the stores to get the 'cooler' temps- Target is always freezing cold!!  But regardless, the Holiday season has arrived and this month Close to My Heart's stamp of the Month is S1310 Scandinavian Wishes!

If you have been hopping with us then you have arrived from Kim's blog here and checked out her card and tags!

If you get lost along the way you can always go back to Kathleen's blog for the complete list here.

When I think of Scandinavia I think of my dear mother-in-law who was Swedish. She was born in the U.S. to Swedish  immigrants and grew up in Western New York on a dairy farm.  At Christmas she always had plenty of Dala Horses.  The Dala horse or Dalahast in Swedish is originally from the province of Dalarna in Sweden.   It's a piece of wood carved in the shape of a horse and traditionally painted different provincial patterns.  My oldest son inherited his grandmother's collection.  I also think of different colors then the ones featured in the design post by CTMH here....

To me the colors should be red, white and straw.  Similar to what you see on this Christmas tree.  If you need additional visuals to keep up with me, just visit Ikea in the next couple of months! 

So I decided to create some authentic (?) Scandinavian ornaments!  My color choices are Ruby,White Daisy and Cashmere.  The Cricut cuts are from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.

The trivets are from my mother-in-law's home and I kept them as a legacy to this sweet, dear lady...

Now it is on to Maureen's blog here  where you can view her unbelieveable  winter layout! 


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Crazy month!!

My oh my!...What a wild and crazy month...  OK - I am NOT Bill Murray but it sounded sooo good!!

SO much to do.... SO much to get ready for...  and so much F-U-N!!!

If you are not following my sewing blog... you need to check it out here...  I have been busy with BOTH of my hobbies.. sewing AND scrapbooking or is it stamping and sewing??  whatever....

Regardless...  we had a fabulous day yesterday (9/28)  at Higgins Hall with the "Krop for Kids Scrapbook" event!

Here is a view from my booth ...what a terrific bunch of ladies!

Ok - now the other side of the booth - yep -that's me!!

My 'Make-n-Take' project was this 12 x 12 " page layout .. an excellent example of the current trend in scrapbooking...

Wow - look at all of the 'cute' stuff....

Cricut Art Philosophy, Artiste AND Artbooking!  sooooo ...many cartridges to choose from...  WOW - look at the door prize drawing...    Congratulations to Jennifer S from Zephyrhills,Fl. for winning my door prize!!

These two are always dressed to the "9's"!!!  Luv ya - Monica and Francis!

How about this group??!!!!!

  Can you say ....AWESOME!!!

What a wonderful time I had on a Saturday!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September SOTM Poster Tidings

Imagine having a video to show you how to creatively use this stamp set?  Well it is here!  Check out this video from corp! 

The 'Tomaino Patch' ladies really rock!  Here are the cards from this month's Stamp of the Month swap!

Their challenge colors were anything from the Huntington paper pack OR the colors Ruby, Slate and Juniper....

So Gloria started with the challenge colors...

Norma's card swap was actually the first one I received and she is amazing with all of her creativity!

The girls did a fantastic job this time - don't you think??

Nancy bumped it up a notch by adding strips of the Huntington paper pack...

I had to add to the mix by going back to the colors of Ruby, Slate and Juniper!

Then Rebecca jumped it with her card....

Now aren't you  inspired?? Of course if you missed my layout earlier that I created,   here it is....