Thursday, December 22, 2016

Knitted Gloves

Our guys are all getting knitted wrist warmers this year.  These wrist warmers are a great way to use up stash.  I found a simple pattern on Yarnspirations that I adapted slightly.

Inspiration for the wrist warmers came from a recent trip we took to Franklin, Tennessee.  It was a windy crisp day, but we found our knitted wrist warmers to be a great solution to keep our hands warm while we snapped photos of the grounds. 

A major Civil War battle took place at the Carter House in Franklin.  The family, servants, and a few neighbors took refuge in the cellar while the battle raged in their yard.  I would not have been able to imagine their plight without visiting the site.

The Carnton Plantation, in Franklin, was used as a Military Hospital during and after the battle.  After the war, the owners of the plantation donated ground for a Confederate Cemetery.  The soldiers were buried by State, and curators of the estate still escort family members to individual graves when they visit, just as the original family did so many years ago.

Our trip was an eye opener for us.  You can read about things that happen historically, but the stories of the historians at the sites, brought it all to life.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas Cards for Shut-ins

I host a group of friends at my home every other month or so to make cards for our All Saints Parish Shut-ins.  We like to make them feel included all through the year.  I picked a tri-fold design this year with a peek-a-boo ornament cut out and die cut sentiment on the front.  The middle fold completes the ornament and the sentiment.  We will write a nice message on the inside.  I embossed a super fun stamp set and used Copic markers to add color.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Cards for Mom

I make Christmas Cards for my mother-in-law to mail out each year. This year I chose a stamp set from Gina K.  I embossed the string of ornaments and used Copic markers to add color.  I think they are very simple and festive. 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Christmas Tags

Honestly, I never usually manage to make tags for gifts, but I had several extra images from my River Birch ornaments in my last post. I die cut the tags, added a line of Washi Tape for some tags, and a sentiment on others.  I glued the extra Christmas images and completed the task in a couple of hours. If only my Christmas gift list and shopping were that easy.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Christmas Ornaments

We had a huge River Birch tree that we planted the first year in our current home. It came down during a Wind Burst this summer. We really miss the shade and cozy feeling in our back yard. I decided to cut slices of some of the smaller branches and make rustic Christmas ornaments. 

I sanded and sealed the slices. Then, I stamped some of my favorite Christmas images, colored them with copic markers, and fussy cut them. I glued the images and applied several coats of Mod Podge. I added an eye hook in the top of each slice to catch an ornament hook and tied a bow to dress them up. Now we can still enjoy the tree in a small way.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I'm gearing up for Christmas and made a simple scarf for a holiday gift.  I love keeping my hands busy in the evening.  To be truthful, sitting still is just not my thing and knitting is very soothing.  I think this scarf will be going to my new daughter-in-law’s mother.  She is such a sweet, strong woman.  She can’t do enough for her children and grand-children and she has a kind word for everyone.  We don’t get to see her enough, but she is moving closer very soon, so we are looking forward to catching up again over the holidays.

Back to the scarf, the pattern is Frost Point, by Sara Gresbach.  I purchased and downloaded it from at this address:

If you are a knitter and haven't joined Ravelry, you are missing out. The patterns and inspiration are seriously cool.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

More Christmas Cards

I’m still working on Christmas Cards and still hooked on water coloring. The foundation for these cards is Jet Black Archival Ink, which I did not emboss.  I used Spectrum Aqua markers directly on the cold press watercolor paper and moved the color with a brush.  The mice stamp is  Stampendous, Monica and Friends. I added Wink of Stella to give this card some shimmer.  

I love Sheena Douglass’ A Little Bit Festive Series.  The truck is titled “Christmas is Coming” and the Merry Christmas wording is from the Color Layering Wreath clear stamp set by Hero Arts.  
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Monday, October 17, 2016

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New Inspiration

Fall is my favorite time of the year to get busy making all sorts of things.  I have decided that I need some new inspiration and motivation.  So, I'm going to try to post something each week to make sure I do something creative.

I thought I’d start with a Card….since that’s part of my blog name.  My beautiful daughter got me started making cards and I am soooo hooked.  I can spend hours “mangling” paper.  Sometimes they look great and sometimes they look mangled, but I still love the creative process.

I send out quite a lot of Christmas Cards, so I start early and make several varieties so I don’t get too bored with the production work.  For this card, I started with the Penny Black, Winter Pine stamp which I embossed.  I used Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers.  My daughter gave them to me for my birthday and I love their versatility.  I put them directly to the cold press watercolor paper and moved the color with a brush.  I used Fine Tec metallic gold water color for the bow and splashes.  This card kept my attention through all the production work and I still like it.

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