Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Open House

Hello Friends!

Christmas is just about here! Are you ready? I need more time!!  So much to do and so little time. 

About a week ago, I did host a Holiday Open House and had such a great time.

This table showed some of the projects I have made and some of the things I gave away.
 These are just a few of the items we made!  

 I love the snowflake ornament kit that SU! offered!

I have a few pictures of the ladies having a great time working of their projects.

 The ladies now want to make this a more frequent event! 

I don't know if I will be able to post any more before Christmas so I wish you a very Merry Christmas!!  Please stop by again and leave a comment - it helps keep me going with posts! 

Gail Slagle

Monday, November 18, 2013

Another Challenge - Create with Connie and Mary

I just happened to have my Truly Grateful SU! stamp set out along with the Sweater Weather DSP and decided to try the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge for this week. This is the sketch:


And this is my card using this sketch:

I recently purchased the woodgrain EF and thought this added such a great touch to this card. I sponged chocolate chip ink across the edges of the woodgrain to give it some texture. I also tried to add a little color to the acorn by using a gold glitter pen on the cap.

You can't see it too well in the photo but it did add some color to the stamped image which was subtle enough to look pretty good.

Thank you for dropping by my blog today.

Gail S.


Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather DSP
Stamp Set: Truly Grateful
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Burlap Ribbon, gold glitter pen

Sunday, November 17, 2013

MoJo Monday 319 - Truly Grateful

Hello Friends!

I finally have a few minutes to get into the craft room. I have been super busy with life. I went to Colorado to see my precious little Granddaughter last week, we got done picking corn (we have deer hunters here this weekend!), I started going to an exercise class two evenings a week (yay! losing weight)and busy at work.

I have to share with you a Fall/Thanksgiving card today. I am not quite ready to do Christmas cards yet...maybe next week!
This card I am linking up with MoJo Monday. Below is the sketch:

And this is the card I came up with using the SU! set called Truly Grateful.

I love the burlap ribbon for texture and the addition of the linen thread on the shock of wheat. The colors in the Sweater Weather DSP are so perfect for fall and masculine cards.

And the acorn in the stamp set is great!!

Thank you for stopping by and maybe I will have enough time to get another card done to share this week.

Gail S.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trick Or Treat!!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!
Thanks for stopping by today! I got home last night from work and decided that I needed to whip up some treats for my niece's and little nephew and my co-workers as well as some local friends. On such a short notice, I went to my fellow bloggers and got some ideas. The first group of treats I got from THIS post.
I made these for my co-workers/friends. Aren't the little pumpkins cute??? They are so easy to make with an SU! oval punch. 
The next "bunch" of treats, I got the idea from THIS post. Being a hobby demonstrator, I don't buy all of the latest holiday stamps so I used a retired stamp set that I have had (and used!!) for years.

I also used some retired Halloween DSP paper. Hey, it works!! That is what is so great with stamping, they last for years and can be used over and over again. I ended up making 23 bags of treats to hand out while watching some Halloween programs on TV.

Have a wonderful Halloween the rest of the week. I will be back next week with more to share.

Gail S.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wish Big Birthday

I am still trying to get rid of some of my old paper and made a birthday card to have on hand.

I really like the layout of this card and know I will use it again. I used two different embossing folders on this.

As well as a fancy SU! build a brad. I finished the inside simple.
I hope you have a wonderful Halloween tomorrow. We live in the country and don't get many trick-or-treaters maybe a few neighbor kids on their way into town.
Gail S.

Monday, October 28, 2013

So Sorry...Sympathy Cards

I was all out of Sympathy cards and needed some more to send and have on hand so yesterday I just took the time to get some made.  I used some retired paper (still have lots of it) and decided to make this set of cards in a tri fold.

This is real simple yet it is so pretty.

You cut your cardstock at 4 1/4" X 11" and you score the long portion at 5 1/2" and again at 2 3/4". I cut the inside white cardstock at 4 1/2" X 3 1/2" and the portion on the front (largest portion) is 3 1/2" X 3 1/2".  I also used an old retires SU! set for the rose in the background (Fifth Avenue Floral) and used a new, available stamp set for the sentiment (So Sorry). While making one of the cards, I smudged something on the inside of the card.

I tried using an artists eraser to get rid of it and it didn't do a thing so I came up with this:

I just fussy cut a portion of the DSP that had a cute flower and glued it over the smudge.

I hope I don't have to use all of these cards for quite some time.


We are almost done with harvest and the forecast doesn't sound the best so I am happy about that. Have a great week and stop by again!

Gail S.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

It's a Boy!

Poke holes in the scalloped edge

My daughter has a good friend that she went to High School with and has continued to be great friends. She recently had a baby boy and I wanted to send her a congratulations card. Of course, I went to my Pinterest boards and found this card by the great Chat!

I CASED this card almost exactly like the original because when you see a good thing, why change it, right?? It is just too cute as it is!

This is my version....not a whole lot of change.

I used different DSP paper and different EF and ribbon but pretty much everything else is the same.
Isn't that little sleeper just the cutest? Love it!
I stamped it on some DSP paper, cut it out and adhered it with some dimensionals.
Gail S.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

More Thank You Cards

This is the second set of Thank You cards that I made to send to people that helped me out with contributions towards my walk with Alzheimer's goal.

I found this layout on Pinterest and used some retired DSP paper. Love it! Julie Marshall of Stamping Impressions was the person I followed to make this card. She got her idea from Julie Davidson. Thanks to both Julie(s)!  Here is the stack of Thank You cards that I will be sending out this week.


I am so grateful for the support and overwhelmed that everyone who helped me reach my goal and even more!

We are harvesting here in Nebraska so my Husband and son have been very busy out in the fields and late evenings. Everything is going good and hope to be done soon.

Gail S.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Thank You Cards

I shared earlier this week that I walked for Alzheimer's and I needed to make some Thank You cards for those that helped my reach my goal that I had set for myself. I decided to make 2 different styles of cards and this is the first card I made:

Bright and cheery with a little bling!

I will share the other Thank You card I made stop by and see that one also!

Gail S.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Strength & Hope - Flashback Friday

My daughter's best friend has a sister that is fighting breast cancer. She is only in her 30's and has two young children.

She recently underwent a double mastectomy and I wanted to send her a special card to let her know that others are thinking and praying for her healing and recovery.

Again, I got this layout on Pinterest. I tried to go to the blog and there was an error so I cannot give credit to the original maker. I used the retired SU! set Strength & Hope from  A beautiful set. 

I added some glitter spritz to the butterfly and some pretty pearls.

The inside I made very simple and I will add my own words that I am praying that she has a quick recovery. She has quite a journey ahead but a lot of support.

We are starting to have cooler days and evenings here in Nebraska. Fall is beautiful here this time of year.
Gail S.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Alzheimers Walk

A group from my town walked for Alzheimer's last month. Unfortunately, Alzheimer's has hit our family. My mother was diagnosed with the horrible disease about 5 years ago. It is a disease that just gets harder and harder as the years go on. There is a lot of stress involved for the caregivers. 


Hopefully with research they will one day be able to find a cure for this horrible disease. Now I have to get some Thank You cards made for all the helped me reach my goal fundraising. I exceeded my goal by quite a bit. People were very generous and most had their own stories to tell about friends and relatives that have or have had Alzheimer's.

I will share my Thank you cards in the days ahead.

Gail S.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Happy I Do Day!

I don't think I ever posted this card. My niece got married in Las Vegas in July and I made this card for her. Simple but sweet.
I added a little "bling" to the sentiment and a pretty blue bow (her colors were black and baby blue).
I wish the two of them the best in the years to come.
Gail S.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Stamping Peaches Paper Challenge

Today I have the day off due to Columbus Day and get to do a little crafting. It was rainy outside so a perfect day to spend it in the craft room! I decided to enter the Stamping Peaches Paper Challenge. It is a new challenge blog. This weeks challenge sketch was:

A pretty simple sketch but it took me some time to think about it! I started out using the DSP paper called Gingham Garden from SU! but decided the card was too busy to use so I just decided to use the color scheme that is used in this DSP paper: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy and Whisper White. This is the card I came up with for the challenge.
I like the simple, clean lines of this card. So many times I make cards with a lot of layers and "bling" and sometimes it is nice to just have a real clean card. I used the SU! in color adornments for the centers of my flowers. The colors match perfectly!


I paper pierced around the coordinating cardstock to give it a little more texture. I also popped up the flowers to give it some more dimension.

Thanks for stopping by today and try this challenge yourself. There is still time....the deadline is Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
Stamps: A Round Array, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink: Melon Mambo
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz
Punches: 7/8 & 1 1/4 Scallop Circles
Other: In color Dahlias, dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by! I have been busy making lots of cards so will be having quite a few posts in the days ahead.
Gail S.

CASED Card from Lisa Rhine

Happy Monday everyone!  Today is Columbus Day and I have the day off from work(YAY!!)

Today I want to share a card that I made using a layout from Lisa Rhine. Her blog is Get Crafty with Lisa and she has amazing cards to share. Check her out! Friday, she shared this card.

I love the layout of this card and decided to try this layout on another card. This is my version of this layout:

Again, I used my favorite DSP paper and crumb cake. I love how it turned out. Instead of Halloween, I went for a generic card that I can send to someone when I need a simple yet elegant card.

I love all of the layers and the colors are so pretty together.

Lisa had bats on her Halloween card and I thought two butterflies were great for this card.

Enjoy your Monday and I hope this encourages you to try this layout also. If so, please share!

Gail S.