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Monday, November 23, 2009

hanging out with my Mother-in-Law

i'm one of those girls who actually REALLY likes her Mother-in-Law. we get along great, she accepts me, blue hair and all, and we make cards together. she's been a crafter for a LONG, LONG time, and when i told her i had started making cards, well she was on cloud nine, yanking out tubs of rubber stamps and catalogues. it wasn't long before we were planning our cardmaking nights, kicking everyone out of her kitchen, and drinking copious amounts of tea.

but the cardmaking nights have JUST made a comeback, as she spends the majority of her weekends down at the shorehouse in the summer. now that it's closed up for the season, she wants my company and we can get crafty into the wee hours. :)

such was the case yesterday! she's a clean and simple kinda crafter, and usually trumps my numbers in a big way, so it's no surprise she made 6 cards to my 4 between 4:30 pm and 1:00 am. needless to say, my mind is STILL planning cards for when i find some time, and yep, i'm a little on the sleepy side.

i take the time to write out all of the challenges i MIGHT want to do so that i have a long list of ideas before i get started. i pick and choose the ones i want to combine, try to put something together in my head, and hope it all turns out the way my mind imagines. what do you folks in the blogosphere do for challenge, when you're attending events, or just planning a full day of craftin'? i'm curious - i'm sure there are many different systems out there. mine may be rather time-consuming, but it works! :D

now then. here are the fruits of my labour from last night (plus one you can't see, as it's for an upcoming Design Dollies challenge)...

First card - SANTA!

Santa is for the following challenges:
BasicGrey Challenges - glitz and bling (Santa is stamped on some paper from the Obscure pack, i believe, and the background as well, which has been inked with an old background stamp i dug out)
PaperPlay Challenges - "read all about it" (it's faint but you can see some of the script i've stamped on the background)
Little Red Wagon - distressing!
Creative Inspirations - "SPARKLE!" - i absolutely LOVE that blingy snowflake, and there's a ton of Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist on the bingo card and on Santa
Moxie Fab - Christmas in the old country - my first time playing along with Cath, and i absolutely LOVE her blog!
Creative Belli Challenge - Christmas embellies
Creative Card Crew - "strings attached" - i'm in LOVE with raffia these days!
Friday Sketchers - LOVED the sketch for this card!

next - Sophie Landry's Chrysanthemum Fairy (a Humble Pie exclusive, available only at The Town Scrapper!)

again, i wanted to play along at Hope Stamps Eternal for the cupcake inspiration challenge. Rach provides the BEST images to get my mojo bubblin' over!
this card is also for the following:
Card Patterns - sketch #42. thanks for the tip about the circles - loved the way it came out!
caardvarks - color a stamped image
Allsorts Challenge - Christmas carol or song title

and finally, FHIONA (from Your Next Stamp)!

my Fhiona card was made with a slew of challenges in mind... let's see.
Your Next Stamp Challenges - #4, BE THANKFUL!
Sketch and Stash - for the sketch, plus new goodies (my Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg mini deck). apparently i missed the deadline for this one! oops! :D
Kaboodle - their challenge is buttons, bows and bling (check, check, CHECK!)
Cute Card Thursday - "teen terrors" (just how old IS Fhiona, anyway?)
Simon Says Challenge - "animal antics" - isn't Fhiona's puppy the cutest little thing?!
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - "Nature-tacular" - to use nature as an inspiration, with fall colours
Pile It On - RUBONS. not my favourite things in the world, nosirree! but the sentiment and that hint of lacy edging to the right of the stripey layer are both old rubons from my stash.
and Anyone for Anya - their challenge is called "Make a Fake" - again with the faux lace rubon... i don't have any Anya stamps (yet), so perhaps i'll be lucky enough to win some?

yeah. so my BLOG CANDY ends tonight! get in on it, folks! remember, you have to be following me HERE, as well as HERE to be eligible. i can't wait to ship out this box o'stuff! :D

happy mundae, everyone!


  1. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for playing our Kaboodle Doodle challenge. ~chris

  2. ADORABLE Cards!!! Love them all...the green and brown is just Perfect fr the cupcake this week! Thanks for playing along again!!!

  3. Wow, great cards, and way to pile it on!!! OMG, I haven't even heard of most of the challenges. I'm such a slacker!!

  4. All absolutely gorgeous,
    Thank You for joining us at kaboodledoodles this week,

  5. All your cards are fabulous but of course Fhiona is my absolute fav! Thanks for playing along with YNS Challenge #4! Email me for your limited edition digital stamp as my thanks for participating!

  6. really worked your butt off and girl, you did good! These are fabulous cards. I can't believe how many challenges you were able to work in. My system is similar to yours. I go through the reader blog and see what challenges I feel i can do after looking at samples from the DT of each blog. I write them down. Then, I look back at the samples for inspiration. If something comes in mind, I start paper choosing and then images. If it's a sketch, I try to combine with something else. Then if things work out, I have a card or project. Yours are fantastic and I love that you and your mil get along so well and have that in common - how fun is that?!

  7. Love all your cards - thanks for joining in with the Kaboodle challenge.

  8. You and I are a lot alike. Curtis' mom and I are very, very close. In fact, I met her before I met her son (she introduced us, completely by accident). But anyway, I got her started on card making and some scrapbooking and now she's addicted. She's coming out this week and we're spending all day Friday crafting. So excited!

    But anyway...I love your latest. It kills me how many challenges you can do with your designs. I think I need to start trying that. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. My mojo (and the time and the energy) have to all come together, which they do in waves. Oo-er, missus! And when that happens, i clear my list of 'must do' cards, then work my way through my favourite challenge blogs... Get Funky, Elzybells, Basic Grey, DCM, carol's Sketch Fun, 2S4Y... but I don't often get that far. Think the last time was over a year ago!

    How blessed are you having a MIL like that? Amazing. Very cool.

    I am old enough to BE a MIL, but only have a daughter, and can't see any future SIL getting down with the inks and the glue with me over cups of tea in the kitchen! (sigh)

    Chris xx

  10. Thank foR joining in paperplay challenges your project is brilliant

    liz x

  11. Stunning cards, Leah! You planned so well to be able to cover all of those challenges. Great job!
    It's so nice that you can have card making evening with your mil.

  12. Wow, great cards! Thanks for joining us at SSC this week:)

  13. These are wonderful Leah! I think it's wonderful that you and your MIL can craft together!!

  14. Lovely card! It's so nice that you have someone to create with!! Treasure it! Thanks for joining us at the SSC.

  15. Gorgeous cards Leah, you are so lucky to have someone to craft with. Fab use of the raffia.
    Thank you for playing along with the Creative Card Crew.
    Nicola -x-

  16. Oh girlfriend, you have been a busy beaver! love it all. I'm trying to be quick tonight. I have been fighting a virus tonight, just stopping by to say Hugs!
    Kim xXx

  17. love your santa card, thank you for joining in on my challenge over at LRW!

  18. I love your card for the Belli Challenge! the bingo type card is really fun with the star and snowflake! Join us again!!

  19. What a great set of cards, love that chrysanthemum fairy

  20. Realy love your cards, they are so pretty with all the gorgeous details and nice papers you have used. That's way I'm soooo sorry that I have to tell you that in order to make a change to be a winner you have to use a TGF stamp...please, don't cry now ;) I loved it anyway to see your lovely cards!! Hope you will be back as soon as you got some TGF images!!!!!

    Love from AFA!


  21. Hi Leah - gorgeous cards, had to laugh - 4 cards in one night - it's taking me about 4 nights to make one card at the moment (moving house is not conducive to crafting) or blogging either for thqat matter. Thanks for joining us at BG with that gorgeous Santa, fabulous layout and great details.
    hugs Heather xx

  22. Thats nice you have someone to make cards with. I would love that. I do get along with my MIL but she's not arty or a crafter at all.

  23. Hi Leah

    Wonderful collection of cards, all so different.

    Thank for joining in the fun at Allsorts this week, good luck with the draw.

    B x

  24. Every single one of these cards is AWESOME!!!! And I soooo love the new blue you. So striking! Hugs!

  25. Fabulous creations. Thanks for joining us at SSC.

    Liza x

  26. Your cards are all so beautiful!! Love the backingpaper and all the little details on your card for SSC!

    Thanks for joining our challenge this week!

    Hugs, Line

  27. Great cards, thanks for playing with Little Red Wagon!

  28. great cards Leah thanks for playing with us in the Belli challenge

  29. Leah, it's beautiful. You did a great job on the Fhiona. Such a sweet & cute thankful card! Thanks for joining us and hope to see you joining again :o)

  30. Oohh what fantastic cards ! :-)

    I am popping by to tell you that you won the shopping spree on the Simon says Stamp Challenge this week !!! :-)
    Lols x x

  31. Hey Leah! Thanks for entering the Christmas in the Old Country challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you decided to play along! :)

  32. What lovely cards! Love the bling on your fall card, just beautiful! I'm so glad you could join us this week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!

  33. Gorgeous cards Leah, I do the same as you and write down the challenges.
    Thanks for joining us at Paper Play
    hugs Mandy xx

  34. Sounds a lot of fun!! I get on great with my mother in law too! But she is not into crafting..she is always buying cards off me though, and then her friends buy them off her! Its great having friends to do crafting with though! Nothing better than wine, choccies..a little gossip and lots of crafty lovliness!!

    And all your creations are just stunning!! fab work!!

  35. Lovely work, Leah. My favourite is the first one - love that aged vintage look and the colours are so good together. Lucky you, having a MiL who crafts!!!

    Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay this week.


  36. Hi Leah

    What gorgeous creations.

    Your Joy to the World for Allsorts is brilliant. Fantastic colour choices and great image. Love it!

    Thank you for joining in the fun at Allsorts this week.

    Love Jules xx

  37. Gorgeous cards, Leah! Well done with combining all these challenges on each card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at PIO!

  38. Beautiful cards! I love the fairy... and your Stamptacular card is perfect! Such a cute image and great colors!
    Thanks so much for joining us at SSC this week! Hope to see you again soon!

  39. Wow, such an adorable card. I love the image. Your paper is perfect. Thanks for joining in at SSC.
    Hugs xx

  40. Wow Leah, not many people can say that out their MIL, you are one of the lucky ones! : ) Great cards! Thanks for playing along with YNS Challenge!


  41. lovely cards!! Love the fall color one. Thanks for joining SSC this week.

  42. wonderful cards i love all of them thank you for takin part at ssc

  43. wow leah, I am not sure which one is my favs.. they are all gorgoeus!!!

    Thanks for playing w/ us at Pile It On!

    -- dalis

  44. leah,
    congrats you have made the TOP 3 SCOOPS at Pile It On!

    -- dalis

  45. Lovely card! Great job with the Caardvarks challenge!



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