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Nov 17, 2019

Caroling Trio for Penny Black and More Midmonth Creation

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Hello and thanks so much for stopping by! It's time already for our midmonth share at the Penny Black and More challenge blog. Our theme this month is "Christmas" and you still have plenty of time to join us with a Christmas make for a chance to win one of our great prizes. And remember you can enter up to times for more chances to win!


For today's card I decided to get out the cute stamp Caroling Trio by Penny Black. I stamped and heat embossed it on Bristol Vellum paper Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and clear embossing powder. I stamped it again on a post it note and cut it out to use as a mask on my card front. I also added a mask (out of torn printer paper) for a snow drift. Next I flicked some masking fluid onto the background using an old kids crayola paint brush, went to eat lunch and when I got back the masking fluid was dry so I could ink  up the background. I used Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide inks starting with the lightest color. 

Next I removed the masks and colored the image with Distress inks (Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Spun Sugar, Wild Honey) and a Zig Detailer waterbrush. Using a clean paper towel I rubbed off the dried masking fluid to reveal the snowflakes. The sentiment from the Penny Black set Season's Gifts (my favorite Christmas sentiment set) was heat embossed using the same Versafine ink and embossing powder. My card base is heavyweight white card stock from Michael's. 



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(PS: This coupon code does work on Distress Oxide ink pads and on Copic Marker Sets but again, online only or order online for store pickup as stated on their site.)




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I'm also linking up with these challenges - there are a lot!
Addicted to Stamps - Must Stamp // Dragonfly Dreams - Christmas // 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Critters // Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Christmas Clothing (Scarf and Glove on mouse) // Country View Crafts' Challenge - Hand Stamped // Daisy Chain Challenges  - Christmas // Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor opt. Animals // Happy Little Stampers  - Christmas // Sparkles Forum Challenges - Christmas // Sweet Stampers - Christmas // Jingle Belles - It's Cold Outside // As You Like It Challenge - Cute or Traditional and Why (I like both, today I'm sharing a cute card, cute images are a joy to color!) Cardz 4 Galz - Let it Snow // C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas // Crimbo Crackers - Blue // Cute Card Thursday - Festive // Moving along with the Times - Snowflakes // Little Red Wagon  - More than 2 words // Paper Shelter - Christmas // Sisterhood of Crafters - Forest Animals // Everybody-Art-Challenge - Anything that Glows (the candle in the night) // Unicorn Challenge - Christmas // Incy Wincy Designs - Animals // Path of Positivity - something positive // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Use Penny Black Stamps

Anything Goes:
Inspire Me Monday 



Thanks so much for visiting!! Hope you have a good week!! And hope to see you joining us at Penny Black and More challenge. Remember you don't have to use a Penny Black stamp, any company works as long as the focal point is stamped. 

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Nov 16, 2019

Allsorts Challenge 546: Christmas Flowers

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Hello and thanks so much for visiting! It's time for a new theme already at Allsorts challenge. Mervi is hosting and she would like to see "Christmas Flowers". Hope you can play along with us for a chance to win our prize, this week we have a prize by The Paperbox 


I don't have a lot to choose from when it comes to Christmas flowers, I only have an old Stampin Up wheel I used last year when we had a similar challenge. But I did find this vintage themed pattern paper in my stash and decided to use it along with a cute stamp from Penny Black from the set Deck the Halls.

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I heat embossed the image using my usual Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and clear embossing powder then watercolored with regular distress ink pads (not the oxides). The edges were inked with Old Paper Distress ink and I distressed the edges with a distressing tool, but this can be done by running the blade of a pair of scissors along the edge, then mounted onto a scallop circle diecut (Nestabilities Die). I distressed this scallop circle as well.  

The background was stamped with Penny Black' background stamp Christmas Story  using Old Paper ink again, and I also distressed these edges. The sentiment from the Penny Black set Holiday Snippets was stamped and heat embossed using the same Versafine ink and embossing powder again and I tied a bow using gold cord to finish it off. The card base is one of Stampin Up's brown papers, I no longer keep track of their colors so I have no idea what this color is actually called (I now sort them by color themes instead of actual name of the colors - much easier since they tend to retire and bring new colors all the time. It was too hard for me to keep up with them all.)

A little closeup below...it's hard to tell but I added a little bit of golden glitter to the poinsettia flower centers. Meant to add crystal effects to the red berries to make them shiny but it's all dried up so I used a Sakura Stardust glitter pen on them. 



Also sharing with these blogs:
Colour Crazy Challenge - Coloring // Winter Wonderland - Holly/Ivy // As You Like It Challenge - Favorite Cute or Traditional (I really like both equally, today's card is "cute" with traditional colors. Coloring cute images just makes me happy.) // C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas // Cute Card Thursday - Festive // Lavinia World Challenges - Traditional Stamps // Little Red Wagon - More than 2 words // Paper Shelter - Christmas // Sisterhood of Crafters - Forest Animals // Stinkin' Inkers - Dies/Punches // Unicorn Challenge  - Christmas // Cutie Pie Challenge - Animals // Get Creative Challenges - Holiday // Incy Wincy Designs - Animals // Path of Positivity - Something Positive // Dragonfly Dreams - Christmas // Addicted to Stamps - Traditional Stamps // Stamping Sensations  - Traditional Christmas Colors // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Penny Black Stamps


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Nov 15, 2019

Fashion Over Forty: Velvet Jeans for a Dressier Look

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If you've been following along my "Fashion over Forty" posts then you might have already guessed that I practically live in blue jeans. But there are occasions when I need/want something other than blue jeans and when I saw these black velvet pants at Loft last year I decided to order them. And guess what, they brought them back again this year! In case you are interested in these, I think they run true to size and if in between sizes, then size down.

I like that they still have the jeans look to them but a little bit dressier since they are made of velvet and they are so soft and comfortable. Available in regular, petite, tall, curvy and modern sizes. 


I paired the velvet jeans with a silver gray tunic sweater (this is another hand-me-down from my sister) and a pale pink scarf I've had in my closet for a few years. 
No direct link to the sweater, but I really LOVE this diamond texture sweater from Loft as an alternative and I think it looks very similar to mine. Loft  has such a great selection of sweaters!
(By the way, starting 11/16 these pants and sweater mentioned are both 40% off)




I wore my comfortable booties by Clarks. These are old but I do love this pair as an alternative to my boots. Otherwise I think these jeweled flats from Loft would look beautiful as well and make the outfit a little bit dressier. I also like these pointy toe heeled pumps and these block heel pumps look like a great option as well. 




I think any color scarf would have been great with this outfit, but I picked a pink scarf because I love  to pair pink and gray! This beautiful vintage blush blanket scarf would be a great option especially for colder weather. And this pink scarf would be a thinner alternative if you don't like a blanket scarf.



My bag was purchased from Walmart a couple of years ago. I thought the pinks were a perfect match even though purchased at different places. No direct to link to my bag, but I did find this beautiful blush bag for under $20 and it has great reviews! For a higher priced real leather version I love this crossbody bag from TJ Maxx.  



I did wear a layered necklace under the scarf. Just something I picked up at a shop in Germany when we visited last year. It was inexpensive but I love the simple look! This layered necklace would be something comparable.  It come with 3 layers that can be worn together or separate. 


Below I've untucked the sweater. I'm not sure which way I like it better...






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10. Leather Crossbody Bag (higher priced)



So what do you think of this outfit? Would you ever wear velvet pants? They are definitely on the dressier side but can be dressed up or down depending on what top you pair them with and what kind of shoes you choose.

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Nov 11, 2019

Nordstrom Fall Sale: My Favorite Picks

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Hello and happy Monday! 
This week until November 17th Nordstrom is having their Fall Sales Event with prices reduced up to 40% and with Christmas just around the corner I decided to round up some of my favorites for a blog post today. I think some (if not all) of these will make great Christmas gifts as well.



Most of us don't have a Nordstrom store near us, but with Nordstrom's Free Shipping and Free Return Shipping (no minimum purchase) - not to forget their generous return policy - you can't go wrong with placing an order. In fact I've heard people order multiple sizes and then return what doesn't fit. I've only done that with a pair of shoes once as I usually know pretty well what size will fit me, but the option is there to order two sizes and keep the best fit.

So here are my favorite picks for several categories.

Women's Picks:
These are all pieces I wouldn't mind having in my own wardrobe.
See all women's sale items HERE.

 




1. Wubby Fleece Sweater
2. Double Breasted Peacoat (also available in Camel and Black)
3. Ab-Solution Skinny Ponte Pants (comes in a variety of prints and solid colors)
4. Fleece Lined Quilted Jacket (as I type this, only available in XS)
5. Diana Skinny Jeans (available in Regular and Petite Sizes)
6. Kenneth Cole Fur Trimmed Coat (available in several colors - I want it in black)
7. Madewell Eyelet Ruffle Sleeve Top (LOVE the burgundy, also comes in black)
8. Muse Robe



Men's Picks: (Like me, the rest of my family lives a pretty casual life as well. These are my favorite picks that I know either my husband or 17 year old son would like. 






Boots and Shoe Picks: 




 



1. Waterproof Winter Boots - Women 




Beauty Picks: My go-to make up look is natural, so these picks will reflect that. 



1. Clinique Even Better - this is my go-to foundation, I use the shade "buff" 
7. Bare Mineral Powder Blush -Glee is my favorite shade 



These random fall sale finds would make great gifts!






7. All-Clad Cookware Set (expensive...)


I didn't go through the handbags and jewelry section, but there are some great sales there as well. You can visit these links to see what 's on sale.


This layered necklace actually caught my eye and it's under $20 now!  





Hope these give you some ideas. Remember, Nordstrom's shipping and returns are always free with an excellent return policy!

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to visit my blog, I really appreciate it! I will be back again on Friday with a new Fashion Over Forty post and then a new handmade card on Saturday.

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