Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Googly Ghouls

Greetings Friends,
Ms. Emily and I had a craft day together and got busy working on Happy Halloween cards for the girls in our church group.  I love the new Halloween stamp set bundle in the SU! Holiday catty but opted to save my pennies and dig out an old set I already had instead for this project. 
Googly Ghouls to the rescue.  Simple ... cute ... and free.  Yahoo!!!

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

  • Googly Ghouls SU! stamp set (retired)
  • Peach Parfait (retired), Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black and Very Vanilla card stock.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Wedding Day

Greetings Everyone,
Today is the big day ... my Dad is getting married.  My Dad has known his new bride since they were kids.  They reconnected last summer and decided they wanted to be together forever.  She makes him incredibly happy and I am so thankful for that.  Today should be a beautiful occasion for our family.  Stay tuned for some photo's

I made this card for the new Mr & Mrs along with the gift of a photo book with all the candid shots taken at the wedding and reception of them and their guests..

Have a wonderful day ~ Rachel

  • Gently Falling SU! stamp set (retired)
  • Petite Pairs SU! stamp set.
  • Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Pool Party & Pale Plum color combo.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lucky Leftovers

Greetings Friends,
I was searching in my dresser for something when I stumbled upon this set of cards.  I think they were from a project I did at a SU! demo meeting years ago.  It was a fun surprise to find cards already made up - but I decided to take some time and punch these cards up a bit.

I added a layer of embossed cardstock a few embellishments.  It added a lot of depth to the cards and I really like how they turned out.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel
  • Feeling Sentimental SU! SAB stamp set (retired)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Mighty Oak

Greetings Friends,
Over the weekend our friends/neighbors had a giant oak tree taken down on our property line.  I wanted to watch the whole thing come down but I only got glimpses of the project in between soccer games.
Before & After
 We stayed safely on our patio to watch the men work.

The neighbor girl was telling me that she got to ride way up, 7 stories high, in the bucket before the workers got started that morning.  I would have loved to have done that - Tom said, "NO WAY!!!"  He hates heights.

The main trunk landed with a might thud.  Joshua said it rattled the house pretty good when it fell over. 
Once they cut it down they discovered that the trunk was hollow from the ground ten foot up into the tree.  Amazing!!!

We are so surprised at how much sunlight our back yard gets in the morning now.  What a mighty difference one big tree makes.  An added bonus of the tree being down is that our pool will get sunlight all day now instead of just in the afternoon.  Yay!!!

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel
  • Lovely as a Tree SU! stamp set.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lacy & Lovely

Greetings Friends,
I managed to drag myself out of bed without hitting the snooze button for a change today - with the extra time before work I ran downstairs to throw in a load of laundry and made a detour into the craft room.  Crafting is way better than laundry - am I right?  At least until you have no clean undies left that is.  :)
It's been awhile since I've participated in some of my favorite online card challenges so I looked up the Mojo Monday sketch challenge and the Colour Q color challenge and away I went.
Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

  • Lacy & Lovely SU! stamp set (retired)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Timeless Elegance

Greetings Friends,
This past week I joined a card club at my friend Christi's house.  It was nice to already know so many of the ladies already and I can tell we are gonna have a lot of laughs together over the next year.

Christi had us working with a new DSP called Timeless Elegance this month.  I had a bunch of fun making my cards into my own creations.  I didn't follow Christi's samples exactly.  :)

I really like how the black and white paper is so easy to color with a marker, and turns the paper into something really elegant.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An Order

Greetings Friends,
I had put out a Facebook post sharing how Emily and I had spent a day in the craft room working on over 100 cards.  In response a friend of mine from our church placed an order for some Thanksgiving Day cards and some Sympathy cards.  WooHoo!!!  I made her 12 of each of these. 

I used up my full sheets of True Thyme and Bashful Blue card stock, and my scraps of Midnight Muse card stock with this order.  WooHoo for progress in my Frugal Crafting Challenge. 

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

Card 1
  • Hardwood SU! background stamp
  • Season of Thanks SU! stamp set (retired)
  • True Thyme, Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla card stock.
Card 2
  • Bloom With Hope SU! stamp set (retired)
  • Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery & So Saffron color combo.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Frugal Crafting

Greetings Everyone,
After taking the entire summer off of blogging I think I am ready to get back at it.  :)

Tom and I have been hard at work creating a budget for our family to abide by as we are in the process of once again of dumping some debt.  (dang it!)  As we have been tracking our spending the last couple months one of the line items that kept popping up was "crafting." I am guilty of spending way more than I should on crafting stuff.  I'm like a kid in a candy shop when I visit the craft stores or browse the Stampin' Up catalog.  It's time to rein that in.

In the past I have taken on a Zero Dollar Crafting Challenge and did pretty well for a while.  While I like the idea of zero dollar crafting it isn't practical for me.  Let's be honest sometimes in crafting there are legitimate needs.  (adhesive, white cardstock)

This year I think I am going to take on a Frugal Crafting Challenge.  I have a craft room full of stuff and honestly I could craft for years with out buying anything new.  I really need to use that stuff up.  So here is the challenge I am issuing myself.  It's pretty simple really, craft frugally
  1. Use up what I have.
  2. Keep purchases to a minimum.  
  3. Sell my cards to offset any purchases.
The above card is made with stuff I already had on hand.  I actually made about 6 of these cards.  By doing so I have used up my stash of Buckaroo Blue card stock and ribbon and six Sahara Sand mini envelopes I had in my lucky leftover box.  Yay!!!

Wish me luck on my new frugal crafting challenge.  It's gonna be great and I cant wait to clear out some stuff in the process.

Have a great day ~ Rachel
  • Gently Falling SU! stamp set (retired)
  • Petite Pairs SU! stamp set.
  • Hardwood SU! background stamp.
  • Buckaroo Blue, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Really Rust & Crushed Curry color combo.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Trash or Treasure?

Greetings Friends,
Check out my new and improved marker station.  I used to have all my retired markers tossed into a drawer.  Not a very user friendly system for a girl who loves to color. 

Now the retired markers are organized by color family.  I used old Crystal Light plastic containers to keep them all nice and neat.  Love it!!!

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

And Many Mower

Greetings Friends,
At the end of the school year I was asked to make a retirement card for Joshua's teacher, from the class.  Mr. M is very big into golfing so I had to pull out my And Many Mower stamp set.  Another parent assembled a gift basket full of golfing goodies for Mr M.  I hope he enjoy all his new found free time.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel.
  • And Many Mower SU! stamp set (retired)
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes SU! stamp set.