Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Centerpiece

I started this pumpkin project a few weeks ago and then it was put on hold while my daughter was in the hospital giving birth.  I wanted it for my centerpiece for Thanksgiving, so I thought I had better finish it.  I saw this on Pinterest and went to the website - The Kraft Journal - for the directions.

I really liked how this turned out.  I put it on one of my pumpkin platters with some dried pine cones and berries for a base.  To make my leaves I used the Autumn Accents Die which also has a cute little acorn.  My crafting friend from Florida - Martha - sent Denise and I a bunch of great buttons.  The one I glued to the stem fit the bill - hanging dried corn!  Great timing!

Joe and I spent some time with Jennifer last week and loved every minute.  Both her and my daughter are doing well.  We have a lot to be thankful for this holiday!  I have Thanksgiving at my house, so lots to get down before Thursday.  Rachel and Sarah have half days and are off Wed.  They are going to help me get ready as my list is way too long!  Hopefully, the weather will cooperate.

All of us in the Pansy Patch would like to wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

        Nancy              Rachel              Sarah

Monday, November 18, 2013

Emboss Resist Thanksgiving Cards

 I decided to make some Thanksgiving cards using the emboss resist technique.  I like how this technique looks and saw a lot of cards made with the Magnificent Maple stamp from SU.  I didn't have that stamp, so I borrowed it from my friend Denise.  After using it I decided to buy it - love how they turned out.


Stamps - Magnificent Maple, Thankful for - SU
Inks - Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Old Olive,
          Versa  Mark
Paper - Old Olive, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Shimmering White
Accessories - Expressions Thinlets Die, Clear Embossing Powder

I decided to use different colors - Old Olive, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip for my A2 base cards. For my second layer - 5 1/4" x 4" -  I used Very Vanilla, as well as for the inside, where I stamped my sentiment.  For my third layer - 5" x 3 3/4" - I decided to try different color papers to see if there would be any difference - 2 cards were made with Very Vanilla and the rest in Shimmering White.  I used my daubers and applied my colors over the layer.  After they dried, I stamped my leaf in Versa Mark in different positions and then embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I then used my brayer and went over the cards using my Close to Cocoa on two of the cards and Chocolate Chip on the rest.  Then I took a tissue and wiped over the leaves.  You could see the difference using the different colors.  I liked the end result of the Shimmery White paper the best. You can finish them off in a variety of ways, but I decided to use the Thinlets Die  - Thankful - in Very Vanilla.  Here's a close up one.

It was a beautiful day here - 60 degrees!  But the cold weather is coming back tomorrow.  Rachel had a run in with a basketball at school on Friday and fractured a bone in her knuckle!  So for now, she has a splint on it until she sees the Orthopedic Surgeon tomorrow.   Little Jennifer goes for her 1st checkup tomorrow as well.  Not a dull moment around here!  Sarah and I are holding down the fort.  We hope you are having a good week!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pinwheel Birthday Card

In the midst of trying to get my Thanksgiving cards ready, I needed a birthday card.  I decided to use my pinwheel sizzix die again.  I really like how these little pinwheels dress up a card.


Stamps - Outlined Occasions,
Paper - Whisper White, Melon Mambo - SU
Accessories - Strip Embossing Folder - SU
Embellishments - Ribbon from Michael's, flower brads from Making Memories

My card is an A2 size with a layer of Melon Mambo 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".  I then used my embossing  folder but only for half of the layer in Whisper White.  I stamped my sentiment in Melon Mambo and tied my ribbon around the two layers and then adhered them to my base card.  I used some scrap paper in my bin for my little pinwheels and popped them up with some dimensionals.  This card came together pretty quick which is what I needed.  Now it's back to Thanksgiving cards.  Have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Monday, November 11, 2013

Turkey Punch Card

I started going through my stash for Thanksgiving cards and came across this cute little Turkey!  Unfortunately, I don't know where I saw it at, so if it's yours, please let me know so I can give you credit. 


Paper - Very Vanilla, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, More Mustard - SU
Ink - Chocolate Chip - SU
Stamps - Sentiment - Michael's $1 bin
Accessories - Top Note Die, Circle Punches - 1 3/8", 3/4", 1/4", double circle, Square  punch - 3/4", Scallop Circle Punch, Boho Blossom Punch - SU
Embellishments - Brown Ribbon

Folding my CS in half, I used my Top Note die to cut out my card, making sure the top part of my fold was placed under the top cut mark of my die so it wouldn't be cut.  I then sponged it with some Chocolate Chip ink.  To make my turkey, I used my 1 3/8" circle punch for the body in Chocolate Chip.  Then I used the 3/4" circle punch in More Mustard for his face.  I used the 1/4" circle punch in Real Red for his buttons and the double circle punch in Chocolate Chip for his eyes.  You can use the square punch to cut out his hat in Chocolate Chip and then just trim it to approx. 1/2" x 3/4" using some of the left over for the brim.  I just cut a small piece of Pumpkin Pie in a triangle for his beak.

To make his feathers use your scallop circle punch.  Punch one in each color. For each color cut off 5 scallops and then with the remaining scallops score after 2, leave 5 and then again at the remaining 2 to the center.  Fold each score line over and you have the feathers.  Do this with each colored scallop.  I used dimensionals and popped the turkey up on the scallops and glued the pieces of Boho punch in More Mustard for his feet.  Then just adhere your turkey in the center of the card and stamp your sentiment.  Tie your ribbon on the top and your little turkey is ready to go!  Here are some pictures creating the feathers with the scallop circle.

I just drew the lines so you could see the process.

Here is where I cut the 5 scallops off.

This is what each scallop will look like after you score them.

It was a busy weekend.  My new granddaughter's name is Jennifer Faith.  She and her Mom came home from the hospital on Sat. and both are doing well.  She has gained 2 ozs. and now weighs 4 lbs. 6 ozs.  Of course none of the clothes my daughter has fit her, so tomorrow it's off to the baby dept. to get some preemie outfits!

I hope you enjoy making this cute turkey.  Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thanksgiving Card

I had started coloring some cards before things got hectic around here and finally got to finish some.  My friend Denise loaned me this stamp and I had several images left that I didn't use last year.  I really fell in love with all the animals sitting around having a great "Thanksgiving" dinner!

This stamp is from Art Impressions, and I used an EK Success Corner Adorner Punch on the corners of my card to insert my image.  I fell in love with these punches at the first scrap booking show I ever went to.  I did a make and take with one and just loved how the image is presented.  I have several of them and use them quite often.  My A2 size card is done in More Mustard and my image is stamped on Very Vanilla. I used my SU markers to color the image and some pale yellow chalk for the background.

I want to thank all of you for your prayers and good wishes.  I'm happy to say that my daughter and granddaughter are coming along nicely.  It was quite a merry go round last week but it looks like everyone will be going home next week!  I held the baby for the first time today and loved every minute.  I especially love all the cute hats she getting to wear - she is already very fashionable!

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Halloween Surpise and Blog Candy

Just a quick note to let you know what's going on.........we got a Halloween surprise!  Our daughter was admitted to the hospital Tuesday with a severe case of  preeclampsia.  The girls were on their way to my house for Halloween when we got the call that they were going to do an emergency csection, so we all headed down to the hospital.  Our beautiful little granddaughter was born 5:10 pm weighing 4lbs. 4 oz. and 18 3/4" long at not quite 35 weeks.  It has been a very long week for us.  Our daughter has been on a merry go round but is slowing coming out of it.  The baby is doing great!  The Dr.s say she is progressing forward everyday.  We would appreciate your prayers for both of them.
Last night after we got home from the hospital, we filmed a quick video to see who would be the winner of the  blog candy.  Rachel has tried to upload it several times but to no avail.  With an extremely busy week ahead of us, we decided just to announce the winner.  Sarah pulled the name "Meredith" out of the hat.  Congratulations Meredith!!  Please send me an email with your contact information and I will get the package out ASAP.
Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah