Friday, December 2, 2016

The Christmas House!

So, some of you may think that I have just been sitting around, eating bon-bons and enjoying the sunshine in Wisconsin.................................... But No!  I have been in the middle of the Christmas Transformation!  I thought I would share some pictures of some of our decorations this year.

This is our main tree, 9 feet tall and has hundreds of ornaments on it.  This is the first tree--yes, I said first, tree that I decorate every year.............  We have 17 decorated trees in our house and another 7 or 8 that just have white lights and no ornaments. Yes, we do love Christmas!



Here are a couple of the themed trees--A Bucky one for UW-Madison and another that has ornaments collected from our vacations.





These two trees are filled with memories of my life as a teacher and coach, with the second one all sports related ornaments, especially volleyball related!





Here is what our fireplace looks like, with a few of our Santa's gracing the top.



This is one of our bay windows, full of snowmen that say around until the end of January




We also have small trees in each of the bathrooms, a purple and silver one in the master bedroom and one in the laundry room too.  In the lower level, we have a red, white and blue tree, a tree with farm related ornaments and one with German ornaments, along with some with just lights.  We also have a number of nativity scenes in the house too.

The outside has white lights on the gutters along with red and white lights over the four shrubs.  We will decorate the porch rail tomorrow morning with greenery as we need to cut some branches for it and add red and white lights.  I also decorated an arch in the backyard by the hot tub with blue and white lights so we can enjoy them while relaxing there.  We also have a small lit tree on the front porch along with one by the garage.

I hope you have enjoyed my pictures and a stroll around our Christmas house.  We have a cocktail party tomorrow night, so the house is ready to go.  Now, to work on the food and beverages.........................





Monday, November 28, 2016

Bounce Right Back



This card is for the monthly swap that Pam hosts on SCS.  Each month we make 10 cards and include a matching envelope.  They can be any theme for any month.  All of the swappers are wonderful and I have received awesome cards each and every month.  

I recently made a similar card for a male friend who just had his knee replaced.  I thought I would make more as everyone can probably use a masculine get well or get better card!



Here is the inside of my card:



I hope Pam and the others swappers like my card this month!


Image/Sentiment:  My QKR Stampede Bounce Back


Cardstock:  Recollections 110# Ivory; SU Mossy Meadow, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Going Places Designer Series Paper 6x6 pack

Ink:  Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow

Accessories:  SU Black Brads, Triple Layer Punch



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Made in Santa's Workshop

Happy Thanksgiving,  I hope you are enjoying all of the Blessings of this Wonderful Holiday!



Here is my card for our November mystery image group.  Kelly sent us this sweet image from a company that I have never even heard of-Wild Rose Studio.  I love the image and Kelly sent along a coordinating sentiment.

I used some clear Wink of Stella on Santa's beard and on the fur on his cap and suit.  Of course, I also added it to Rudolph's nose!  Next month, I am our hostess and the images are already in the hands of our group.  So--we all get to create another cute card!


Here is the inside of my card:






I hope Kelly and the others in our group like my card.  I cannot wait to see all of the other creations!

Image/Sentiment:  Wild Rose Studio Santa and Rudolph/Sentiment Cosmo Cricket Jolly Days Stamp Set

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin; Up Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke; My Mind's Eye The Merry Days of Christmas 6x6 paper pack


Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  
Copic Markers; SU Mossy Meadow 3/8"  Stitched Ribbon, Mini Tag Punch; Red Button with Red/White Baker's Twine




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Creative Card Chicks November Card



This is my card for November's Monthly Challenge for the Creative Card Chicks.  This group is a kind of mystery image swap, where we each get an image and additional items to complete the challenge each month.  Maggie is the hostess this month and sent everyone a great Christmas image.  She also included some sentiments for our card, wonderful patterned Christmas paper and some great embellishments for our card!

The Creative Card Chicks to post our cards between the 21st and 23rd of each month--so if you check the blogs on my sidebars today or yesterday or in the next few days, you may see more of these wonderful creations!  We do not have a hostess for December as we take that month off.  But we will be back in January with an image that Jeanette will be sending!  So please come back in 2017!



Here is the inside of my card.




This was a fun kit and I hope Maggie and the other Creative Card Chicks like my card.

Image/Sentiment:  Stampin' Up Merry Mice

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Hammermill White; SU Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black


Accessories:  
Copic Markers, Spellbinders Nestabilities Rectangle Scallop Dies; SU Oval Punches




Monday, November 21, 2016

Harvest Blessing for Melonheadz



I am back with another card for this week's Melonheadz Challenge.

http://melonheadzfriends.blogspot.com/

The theme for this challenge is Harvest Blessings!

It runs from November 21st to December 4th

Melonheadz sure has the cutest images--I love every one of them and have a hard time choosing which one I want to use for each of our challenges!  Be sure to go and check them out!

 
 

Here is the inside of my card:


I hope you and my teammates like my card for this challenge! 


Image/Sentiment:  Melonheadz Thanksgiving Dinner Lucy Doris Combo

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry; Recollections Autumn Forest-Cobble, Gobble Patterned Paper

Accessories:  SU Triple Layer Punch; Gobble Brad


I hope you will play along this week with the Melonheadz Challenge too! Be sure to go to the challenge blog and add your creations for the challenge this week! You can also check out the rest of the DT Creations with the links on the left sidebar.



Friday, November 18, 2016

Mystery Revealed


This card is for a Mystery Swap on SCS. A group of us are doing a bi-monthly swap where we all use the same mystery image, sent to us by the hostess. This swap was created by Forest Ranger—Jeanette and we are now in our 37th round!  Melina is the hostess this month and she sent everyone this pretty Close To My Heart image.  I think it is perfect for the upcoming Christmas Season!  Melina will swap the cards and send everyone the next image, which is being sent by Vickie. We then get to do it all again, for round 38! 

Here is the inside of my card:



I hope the other swappers like my card.  If you check my sidebar on the left, you might see some other swappers who have posted their cards.


Image/Sentiment: Close to My Heart Yuletide Greetings

Cardstock: White; Stampin' Up Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green; Pebbles Welcome Christmas-Merry Christmas Patterned Paper 

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black


Accessories:  
Copic Markers; Red Velvet Ribbon; Antique Gold Brads; Wink of Stella Clear; Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitched Oval Dies





Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dueling Darlings Give Thanks



It is the 15th of the month and that means we get to show off a new Dueling Darlings challenge. For the November Challenge, Carol and Shelley decided on the theme.  Shelley is one of the Darlings and I am a part of the Diva team, which Carol is on!

This theme this month is: "Give Thanks".  Carol wrote the following:  We were thinking of going Thanksgiving, but thought "give thanks" would/could incorporate Thanksgiving or just be a thank you card.  Either way, we thought fall colors would be a nice touch.  With the Holiday Season upon us, we reflect upon all that we have to be thankful for;  so as an extra, we would like you to share what you are especially thankful for. 

I am thankful for all of my family and friends who are so special to me.  I am also very thankful for my health.  As I get older, I am so blessed to be healthy and I try hard every day to maintain!

Here is the inside of my card:



I hope all of the Darlings enjoy my card.


Image/Sentiment: Stampin' Up Grateful/Hobby Lobby Sentiment


Cardstock/Patterned Paper: White; Stampin' Up Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip; K & Company Patterned Paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black


Accessories:  Copic Markers; Brown Baker's Twine over Brown Fiber; Brown Glitter Dots' Red Plastic Leaf

Please be sure to stop in to see what all of the Divas as well the Dazzlers have created this month. All of the blogs are on the left sidebar of my blog. At this time, Suzy, who is a Diva, and Terry A, who is a Dazzler, do not have a blog.  You will be able to check our their creations in their SCS gallery, if you click on the link for their name.   I am sure you will enjoy all of the wonderful creations this month!




Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Three Musketeers Snowy Trio



It is time for another The Three Musketeers post. We are ready to showcase the card we all created with the image Kelly provided this month for Card #26!  All three of us sure have enjoyed the challenges every month for more than two years and hope that it continues for a few more!  I am up next for the December challenge and I have the images all stamped and ready to mail soon.  Be sure to come back to see what we create!


For our card this month, Kelly told us that this image spoke to her heart as she adores snow and winter and cute lil snowman images--yes, she does live in Miami!  She spied this image and company online and got it as it reminded her of us--three friends!  I think this is a perfect image for us! 



 


Here is the inside of my card:





Please check out the other Musketeer's cards.  Here is a link to Jeanette's blog along with Kelly's blog.  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of great cards!  They may post today, or it may be upcoming, so be sure to check out their blog for their card!


Image/Sentiment:  Purple Onion Designs Snowy Trio/Dashing through the Snow

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler, Mint Macaroon; Lilybee Designs Jingle-Egg Nog


Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  
Copic Markers; Spellbinders Labels 8; Red Button with Red Fiber; SU Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding, Triple Banner Punch



Monday, November 7, 2016

Time for Football Melonheadz



I am back with another card for this week's Melonheadz Challenge.

http://melonheadzfriends.blogspot.com/

The theme for this challenge is Add a Sentiment!

It runs from November 7th to the 20th

Melonheadz sure has the cutest images--I love every one of them and have a hard time choosing which one I want to use for each of our challenges!  Be sure to go and check them out!


 

Here is the inside of my card:



I hope you and my teammates like my card for this challenge! 


Image/Sentiment:  Melonheadz Football Clip Art

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango; Moxie Grid Iron-Extra Point Patterned Paper

Accessories: Black Satin Ribbon; 


I hope you will play along this week with the Melonheadz Challenge too! Be sure to go to the challenge blog and add your creations for the challenge this week! You can also check out the rest of the DT Creations with the links on the left sidebar.



Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time to Give Thanks



This is my card for the monthly themed swap that Terry is hosting on SCS.  Each month she will post a theme and we make cards using any stamp set we believe follows that thought. This is our 12th month and the theme for November is "Thankful Thoughts".  I am sure there will be some wonderful cards this month!


I hope Terry and the others swappers like my card this month too!  I cannot wait to see what our theme is for December and that will post on the 10th.  That will complete the first full year of this swap and I hope it goes strong into year #2!



Here is the inside of my card:




Image/Sentiment:  Whipper Snapper Designs Time to Give Thanks

Cardstock:  Recollections 110# Ivory; Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar, Handsome Hunter, Cranberry Crisp; Our Memories for Life-Thanksgiving Patterned Paper

Ink: SU Baked Brown Sugar


Accessories:  Spellbinder Nestabilities Curved Rectangles Dies; Tan Brads; Dark Green Satin Ribbon; Copic Markers;