Sunday, September 30, 2012

Calmness In Life

Inside View

Hello people!  My Wisconsin relatives aka the Italian Yankees have been visiting with us.  We had such a wonderful visit, but the have now returned to the cold north and we are quite lonely.  Anyone who knows my house won't believe I am saying this because my front door is a swinging door.  It is seldom lonely and never quiet.  My Mom who is now living with us says it is the crazy house.  I have to admit she is totally right.  LOL.  When we bought the house, my husband named it "Open Arms".  I asked him why that name and he said because he wanted everyone to feel welcome in it at all times.  Well my goodness, little did he know he put a curse on the house.  It is truly "Open Arms"!!

Anyway, or as Mina would say, "enough waffling for now" and onto my card.  I have to say that I learned this brick technique from Judy over at JayDeKay.  She is one of Sassy Cheryl's ever talented Design Team Members and I always love and covet her work.  When I saw her card I knew I had to try the technique.    Mine can't compare to Judy's, but it was fun.  I now "have to have" the same color inks she used so I can try it again.

Sassy Cheryl's challenge this week is an inspiration photo and I chose to use Sassy Sally The Autumn Bench Sitter  for my card.  The weather has been so beautiful the last few weeks, that I am back to taking my morning and evening coffee outside on the patio.  We have lots of trees and birds in our yard and I sit for hours watching them.  I chose this sentiment from SU Country Morning stamp set.  It reflects my current mood.  The dried herbs are another stamp from SU Garden From The Heart.  The pumpkins are drawn by me and hi-lighted with Prisma pencils.  The fence is a MS punch. The paper, flowers, ribbon, and frog are from my stash.  I didn't have a grass punch (now on my "must have" list) so I just cut a strip of green CS to resemble grass and hi-lighted with Prismas.  The leaves on the sentiment are cut from the Sassy Sally digi and colored with Copics.  I cut a square on the outside of the card and glued the digi on the inside flap to give it a window appearance.

Hope to get around to everyone's blogs later this week.  I have been peeking at them some, but didn't have much time to comment.  Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card.  Will be by to see you soon.

Happy Crafting, 


I have also entered this card in the following challenges:


  1. This is gorgeous Linda, such a great design and I love the sweet image


  2. A perfect creation for that photo inspiration! Lovely scenery behind the pretty fence. Hugs, Lesley

  3. Linda I'm so glad you had a wonderful visit and that all went well. This card is just lovely. You need to pay it forward and teach me that brick wall technique. Your pumpkins are fab! Hugs. -Kim

  4. Wow, what an eye-popper!! Fabulous card and wonderful details.

  5. Linda... your home sounds full of love, a welcome place... as 'home' should be! Love the name DH chose for it!

    Love, love, love what you did with the inspiration! Wonderful scene!
    thanks for playing our Sassy Cheryl's challenge!

  6. 'Hello people. . . .and welcome to the CRAZY HOUSE!" You should have a sign made up and hang it on your front door. hehehe. Glad you had a nice visit with your 'Italian yankees'. And you know, I feel totally welcome at your house and I've never visited you!!!

    This is a Beautiful card, Linda. You've certainly outdone yourself this time. GORGEOUS!
    Thanks for playing in the Inspirational challenge this week at Sassy Cheryl's.

  7. wa hoo Linda! you made a card with the technique for the bricks! this is AWESOME! you go girl!
    thanks for the kudos on my card, and I just have to say that your card does compare to mine perfectly! I love how the fence pops up with the top of the card! fantastic design!
    So happy that you got SASSY with us this week for the inspiration challenge!
    this turned out amazing! love every detail my friend!

  8. Hello. I spotted your Beautiful card on MIM...Faye

  9. Linda, I LOVE this! You did an awesome job with this technique. Love all of your details, too!
    Glad your visit went well. Love that y'all are so welcoming to family and friends-nothing better than a "Crazy" house :)
    Thank you so much for joining us this week for the Sassy Cheryl's challenge. Hope you'll join us tomorrow for a new challenge!

  10. Linda, I really love this card...all the detail is amazing! The brick technique is awesome!
    Hugs, Renee

  11. what a wonderful card,so many beautiful details...i love it

    thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

  12. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

    My entries are: #10, #11, #86, # 120, # 122, #198, #212, #226, #261 and #268.

    I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia and Me and Myself on the Dark…



  13. Linda, love how you did your card and great take on the challenge. Cute digi and your brick wall is fabulous. I love that people drop by whenever, want them to know they can come by anytime. Sounds like they have fun at your house and that's the way you like it!



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