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Country.  At first glance, this word brings memories of fun times with my brothers growing up.  Forts built in the trees.  Tree house drawings that never seemed to leave the paper and materialize outside.  Baseball.  Hide and seek.  Oh, the fun we had in the country!  These days, country brings thoughts of the farm where my in-loves live.  Pigs.  Cows.  Wheat.  So many ways one could interpret this week's cue word over at CASology, but I'm going to leave that to your imagination!  Here is what I came up with:

Stamps:  Mama Elephant, Inkadinkado (sentiment)
I decided to go with classic black and white, adding just a pop of color and glitter to the kite!  One layer except the kite is popped up with a foam dot.

You'll want to be sure and visit the other design team members' blogs as well as our two guest designers' blogs this week because there are some fantastic interpretations of "country" to inspire you!  You'll find yourself smiling at their creativity!  Then, don't forget to link up your own creations on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT) for your chance to win a gift certificate from 7 Kids College Fund!

 Jen
Melissa 
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Guest Designer:  Hannelie
Guest Designer:  Lori
A little of that white stuff is forecasted this morning here!  I'm cringing, bracing myself for what's yet to come.  Sigh.  I keep reminding myself that winter simply helps me appreciate the other seasons that much more!  Besides, hot chocolate tastes so much better when it's cold outside!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Ramblings

The week has flown and here it is Friday, once again!  The craft room has been rather neglected, but that's okay.  My camera, however, is frantically trying to capture the last of the days outdoors before the frigid temperatures arrive!  There's an urgency in the air with extra trips to parks and, of course, ice cream!


The leaves seem to be changing color more quickly now and with each rain shower, more and more of them find their way to the ground.  The sunlight itself seems more golden than in the preceding summer months.


House projects abound and DH has been putting in long hours to finish this year's fall projects, a retaining wall and a new window for the future basement craft room.  Indoor projects will start once the weather turns cold!


As for me?  I'm just trying to focus on my family...


I love how photography forces you to notice all the little details...the big, beautiful eyes, the dimpled hands, even the dirty fingernails filled with dirt from play!  Sometimes it's those very details that we tend to miss when life becomes so full of responsibilities.  I want to capture them, each and every one.


Have a wonderful weekend!

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Hello, Pumpkin!


I've been digging through my autumn decorations lately and found a jack-o-lantern to set out on the front porch.  I purchased a real pumpkin in town and plan to carve that with the boys in the next week or so for Halloween.  Then, I happened upon some cute sparkly pumpkins for the fireplace mantel.  Pumpkins are just a part of autumn!

This week at CASology pumpkin is the cue word and it's perfect for this particular month!  Creative ideas seemed to elude me this time, however.  The pumpkin stamp images that I own were not inspiring me at all, so I ended up focusing on the color orange and using a sentiment that I've always found rather cute.


I nabbed my sons' sponge daubers and created a polka dotted card.  I simply stamped the sentiment over one of the dots and then added three star sequins.  As I added the stars I realized I was thinking about Cinderella and her pumpkin carriage!  Too bad I don't have any Disney themed princess stamps!  With DD in the house I suppose it will only be a matter of time.

What does the word PUMPKIN make you think of?  We'd love to find out!  Be sure and visit the rest of the design team members' blogs for more inspiration this week!  Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CST)!

 Jen
Melissa 
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Busy days around here and, thus, the lack of posting.  We've got a landscaping project going and overnight guests arrived last night!  We're hoppin' around here and I keep looking for those lazy autumn days people talk about!  Not happening!


 Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Crisp

This time of year has me dreaming of apples and all the desserts that one can create with them!  A childhood favorite of mine is apple crisp!  Of course, then there is the classic apple pie that comes to mind!  Every Thanksgiving, DH and I bake a few pies and apple is always requested.


This week's cue word over at CASology is a fun one and you'll see by the creations of the design team and our guest designer that there are quite a few ways to intepret it!

Stamps:  Clearly Besotted, Uniko Studio (sentiment)
What did I think of?  Laundry.  Must have something to do with the amount that is going through our house right now!  A fresh, crisp shirt represented this cue word in my mind!

I stamped and cut out the shirt before popping it up with a foam dot for dimension.  I stamped the sentiment to align with the shirt's orientation and then added a small cluster of start gemstones.

Be sure and take some time to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog for even more CRISP inspiration and then don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT) for your chance to win a gift certificate from our sponsor, Uniko Studio!

 Jen
Melissa 
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Guest Designer:  Valerie 


Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Having a Blast

Cousins.  Is there really anyone more fun to get together with?!  I have fond memories of my cousins when I was growing up and it makes me smile whenever I see our children now enjoying their cousins!  We spent a weekend with one of my brothers and his adorable family over the weekend and the kids were just plain fun to watch!


I had children at play on my brain upon arriving home from the weekend and made a quick one layer CAS card for this week's Splitcoast Stampers Clean & Simple Challenge!

Stamps:  Clearly Besotted
We were to CASE a card from Emily's gallery and I chose this card.  I changed the theme and color scheme to create a fun card for a child.

Today will be all about unpacking and getting things in order for the new week!  A trip to the grocery store is on the to do list today!  Can't beat 99 cents per pound for apples at my favorite store!  Fall goodness with each bite!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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A Colorful New Year

I couldn't keep myself from making another card for the current ColorQ challenge!  I just love the colors this week!

 

Since I already had my Sweet Stamp Shop stamps out, I made another double duty card too (works for more than one challenge)!


This time, I pulled out some sequins that I've had in my stash for a few months now!


 Not sure why I made a New Year's card, but I did.  Getting a little ahead of myself I think!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Cityscape)
I stamped the building image three times in three different colors and overlapped them just a little.  Then, I masked and stamped the fireworks.  I finished things off with sequins and a simple sentiment.  Love this particular stamp set!

I'm off now to finish preparing for a weekend with family!  More relatives for DD to meet!  So fun!


Have a fabulous Friday!

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