Saturday, November 21, 2015

Those Pumpkins Again + Free Thanksgiving Image

Hi, there!  I can't wait for everyone to get here for Thanksgiving.  I just love the tradition and everyone gathered together.  We're a relatively small group - we're going to have 12 this year.  Soon it will be time to start brining the turkey.  

I tell you it makes a huge difference to the moistness of the turkey.  I'm amazed at how  juicy it is.  Actually, I was never a big fan of turkey until we started brining it.  Now I really look forward to it.  

You can see I'm having fun with these paper strip pumpkins again.  I'm using the ones from the previous post as our Thanksgiving table placecards.   What do you think about these in blue gingham?  Aren't they fun?

I have these sweet pilgrim children for you to download.  It's the entire postcard.  I just used a scallop die to cut out the kids.  

You can download the pilgrim children HERE.

Mark your calendar!

It won't be long until Visions of Sugarplums.  You're going to love all the Christmas inspiration and giveaways!  Get ready for the Challenge - it will begin December 6th.  The theme will be Christmas/Winter.  Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thanksgiving Images for You

I've started making my lists for Thanksgiving.  Can't believe it's almost here!  I really love Thanksgiving.  Dennis and I take off the Wednesday before so we can start cooking.   We have a good time making our traditional recipes.   Sometimes Lauren and Paul arrive early and it's great to have them help too.  

One of those traditional recipes I totally look forward to is Pecan Pie.  Oh, we make Pumpkin, too, but I have to say I always go for the Pecan.   I think I've mentioned before that the added secret ingredient is a little bit of maple syrup.  Pecan Pie Heaven!

Do you love this image as much I do?  I love her vivid color and I would so wear that gorgeous dress!  She is from my collection of vintage bridge tallies.  I first found the image from a store on Etsy then got lucky enough to snag the real thing from Puffadonna.  You can download her below.

I'm always on the lookout for vintage images.  Isn't this white turkey pretty?  (If you missed the post on how easy it is to make the pumpkin in the background, check it out HERE.)
I've got this white turkey for you to download, too.

You can download the pretty art deco bridge tally HERE.
The white turkey is available HERE.

It's also almost time for Visions of Sugarplums!  Mark your calendar for December 6th.  

I'm looking forward to all the fun Christmas inspiration.  And I'm looking forward to seeing you here!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thanksgiving Box Free Printable

Oh, my house smells so good right now!  It smells like gingerbread.   A gingerbread cake has been in the oven for about 15 minutes now.   I'm already tasting it!    You're all invited to have a piece.  My Thanksgiving box might not be quite big enough for a slice of cake, but how about some maple leaf cookies?  They would be a yummy surprise!  

 I love this image!  Love the subtle color,the couple and the pumpkins along the front of the house. 

I paired it with a blue gingham and turned it into a printable box - you can download it (and the handle) below.

It's super easy to put together - all it takes is four scores and four cuts to make two tabs.
Then glue it!  Here's where the scores and cuts are:

I printed mine on 110 lb paper.  Wouldn't it make a pretty hostess gift or a treat for a friend?

You can download the Thanksgiving Box HERE and the Handle HERE.

Hope you're having a great week!  I'm off to get the gingerbread cake out of the oven - YUMMY!   I'll put on the kettle...

Sunday, November 8, 2015

VIDEO: Make A Gusseted Bag with Flap

Do you love to give a little something to someone special?  This bag might work for you.  It's a great size - about 4" x 4 3/4".  

This is the exact same bag as the previous post.    I just wanted to make another one decorated with this darling stamp set!  So fun to watercolor!

I love the cutie mice with this set - but I was totally sold when I saw this sentiment!  Why?  I can't exactly say - it just made me smile.  

Here's the video:

Hope you've had a wonderful weekend - I was so looking forward to this one after a crazy-busy work week.  Can't believe it's practically gone.  It's been nice, now I've got to get ready for another crazy-busy week!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Watercoloring with Cut Out + Keep

This is one of my projects for Technique Tuesday at Cut Out + Keep.  I'm showing how easy it can be to watercolor a stamped image.  Love this cute little deer from Lawn Fawn!   If you want to see step-by-step including the grass, you can watch the video:

I'll show how to make this gusseted flap bag in my next post.  

Hope you had a fun Halloween!  Did you have many trick or treaters?  We didn't have very many this year.  It's amazing how many we used to have when Lauren was little.  One of us would take Lauren around and one of us would stay home to give out candy.  Oh, what sweet memories!  

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Butterfly Envelopes

This is an oldie, but goodie - turning envelopes into treat bags.  I found these really cool Seventies envelopes at a flea market.  (It was more flea than market, but I did come away with some great stuff!)  Don't you love the orange and hot pink?

It couldn't be easier to turn your envelopes into a quick gift bag - perfect for a little treat or gift card - maybe both?

Seal the envelope (I use glue, instead of just licking it - want to make sure it stays sealed).

Then cut open one end - you can use pinking shears or decorative scissors.

Now what?  Just decorate!

This one already has some fun flowers.  I pinked across the top, clipped on a pretty butterfly and glued in a white doily on the inside.  Love it!

This one is a plain white envelope.  I wrapped wide washi tape around the bottom.  Holes are punched across the top and threaded with twine.  It got a pretty butterfly, too!

Need a quick gift bag?  Try an envelope!

Hope you're having a lovely week.  Happy you came by!

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