Saturday, November 16, 2019

Just Couple For Today

It's a snow covered Saturday here in SE Wisconsin. But we're probably going have bare ground again by this evening. Warm weather (well..."warm" is a relative term...) has descended and soon the last vestiges of the Fall snows will be gone. If one believes the Almanacs, however, we'll have plenty more all too soon. In between laundry loads and other chores, I thought I'd write a post and share a couple of cards.

First up is a card heading off to Freshly Made Sketches, and also into SSS Wednesday Challenge.



Here's the first one:



Every year, I try to have a new image for the grandkids to color and adhere to the place cards they make for our Thanksgiving tables. I'll stamp them, die cut them, and let them color the image to their hearts' content. They'll write the names and what comes next is a hoot. Once the place cards are finished, all those kids gather around the tables and debate who goes where. "Well, I want Jessica to sit by me this year," or "Uncle Pickle Juice should sit by Great Grandpa." I let them have at it, and just listening to their debate cracks me me up as I'm working in the kitchen. This pumpkin, from a C9 set is one of the images the kids will be working with. It also comes with an oak leaf, which we'll use too. I colored this one, and the little fronds with Copics. The sentiment is from HA, and the polkie dotted paper is from a gorgeous 6x6 pad of papers by Photoplay. In real life the whole thing looks rather pretty.

Next up, I'm squeaking in by the skin of my teeth to the Double D Challenge. Fell in love with their mood board, and had to play.



I took inspiration from the frame, the colors, the greenery, and the plaids. My card looks like this:


I stamped a C9 striped base into my plaid look and added a woodgrain frame in white. I cut some fronds with a PS die from a patterned paper scrap, cut another woodgrain frame in brown, and added a Verve sentiment. A gray base completes this card. And since I've taken up so much of your time, I'll stop now and wish you...


21 comments:

Cat Craig said...

Bev, your FMS entry is colored fabulously. THe pumpkin has such a great highlight. Your Double D card is fantastic with that soft plaid background...I do love a neutral card.

lostinpaper said...

ooh I do love me a nice plaid and this card with it's frame was a great choice! Hope you stay warm x

Claire said...

Hmm.. you have snow again, so where's mine? ;) I love your pretty coloured pumpkin, its got so much dimension with the highlight. Sounds an absolute blast listening to your grandkids making seating arrangements, I bet its a hoot x

Jacquie Southas said...

I'm cracking up imagining the kids sorting out who sits where, Bev. Love the sentiment stamped on the pumpkin - thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

sandie said...

These are just gorgeous Bev-adore the pumpkin card and what a fun thing to do with the kids! I am doing the same-chores but just made a card in between! x

Marcia Hill said...

Oh Bev...I'm loving both of your beautiful cards!! Your polka dot card got me right away...what is it about polka dots that just make my heart swoon??!! And then you added that sweet little beautifully colored pumpkin, and well, I'm all in!! And I love your tradition with the name cards...you must be the best grandma in the world!! And your Double D card is FABULOUS!! All my favorite things in one gorgeous card!! LOVE the plaid background (right up there with polka dots!!) and the DSP leaves...lovely, lovely card my friend!! And P.S....thanks so much for the sunshine yesterday! It was thoroughly enjoyed!! Hugs. :0)

Lori m said...

Both beautiful cards, hugs, Lori m

I Card Everyone said...

I love your idea for the kids... would love to be a fly on the pie watching it all happen!
Now. about your card... holy smokes, bat girl!!! It ticks ALL of my grey lovin' boxes!! LOVE!!!! the foliage cut from patterned paper - and the gray gingham stamping... excuse me while I ogle some more... I may want to move into that mood board!
=]

Amelia Breytenbach said...

This is so pretty. Love your colour choices and great layout. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenge.
Amelia (Double "D" Challenge Design Team)

Bobby said...

It sounds like so much fun to be at your house for Thanksgiving, Bev. That large pumpkin will be fun to color. Speaking of color, your other card is so perfect for the mood board. I'd love my whole house to look like that.

Linda Callahan said...

Beautiful cards! Love how you colored the pumpkin! Glad you joined us at FMS!

Patti said...

Great post Bev! I love when you share about your family : ) They are so blessed to have you for a grandma!! Have a wonderful and blessed holiday!

Your cards are great!! each one so perfectly executed from the challenges you joined! Bravo!!

Jen Brum said...

This is such a pretty card! I just love that big pumpkin! The polka dot paper is fantastic! Great colours! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Kathy Krug said...

Great CAS Design. Thanks so much for joining us at Double D Challenge Blog. We hope you will join us for future challenges.
Kathy
DD DT

TK said...

BEAUTIFUL coloring on that pumpkin, Bev! And your second card is so calming and perfect -- both lovely cards

Brenda said...

You can keep the snow Bev, lol, I know we will get it too this year, but I want it to hold off as long as it can. I so loved hearing how you let the grands color the images for the place cards and let me decided where everyone will sit. How fun for the grands and you! Such a fun little tradition as well and makes for wonderful memories. Love it! Love your pumpkin card as well, you have colored that pumpkin so beautifully. Love the sketch and that polka dot paper. Oh wow, I can see why you were drawn to the mood board, it is stunning. As is your card! You got inspired all right! I love this card, the leaves, the plaid....the sentiment, it all works beautifully together and makes for a lovely card. Hugs, Brenda

Darnell said...

Sorry to be so late visiting, Bevie. It's another week that's whooshing by with family stuff. I love your take on these challenges! You have such a knack for using pp effectively. I love the dots in fall colors surrounding your punkin! The grands will love coloring this image for the place cards! And your muted pp bg and leaves on your birthday card look amazing! I would hang that on my wall!! Happy Thanksgiving! Love and hugs, Darnell

Kara Lynne said...

My eyes are bugging out of my head looking at that magnificent pumpkin, Bev! It is colored so beautifully! I'm sure the kids have lots to say about who sits where, and I've even been in the room that they debate in! I love what you took from that mood board! It's such a serene look. We have lots of rain today, it sure is ugly with snow patches and soggy leaves everywhere!

KandA said...

Two fabulous cards. Amazing colouring of the pumpkin and I love the cool colours of the birthday card xx

Anita in France said...

Eeek, Bev ... your pumpkin looks sooo realistic ... what a masterpiece ... and of course it's loveliness is enhanced with those delicious autumn coloured polka dots! What a sweet tradition you have with the grands ... I can almost hear their voices from here, never mind from the kitchen!! Your take on the mood board is beautiful ... stylish, elegant and so wonderfully serene! Missing you, my friend ... stay warm in all that chill! big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Vicky Hayes said...

The pumpkin looks amazing with the polka dot background on your first card Bev but the Double D mood board got me too and your card is stunning with those elegant understated colours and farmhouse feel. Vicky x