Fall is my favorite time of year. Growing up on Long Island (NY) I got to enjoy all the wonderful colors Mother Nature thought so kindly to share with everyone. Golden reds, bright oranges, and browns in so many shades one can't even name them all-- least not me!
Driving on the Southern State parkway was like living in a hand painted masterpiece. Every turn around the bend revealed another layer of art to thrill and excite me. I loved the change of seasons from Summer to Fall.
When I was older I'd take the Long Island Ferry across the Sound with friends. It was such fun to drive our car onto the ferry and relax as we crossed over to Connecticut for a day long adventure driving around the farm lands, and thru the many roadways with the splendor of Fall. I do need to admit here and now that each trip taken was planned so that we could visit different rubber stamp stores along the route. The added bonus was the farm stands ripe with Autumn treasures.
The changing of the leaves meant soon my favorite holiday would be here. I loved celebrating Halloween it was the most enjoyable and fun holiday all year long. In the house we didn't have to prepare for days for the dinner quests as we did for other holidays,for there were none! No need to do extra chores or any extra cleaning. Halloween was about F*U*N!
Weeks before the holiday Mom would help my brothers and I figure out what we wanted to be dressed as and then the week of the holiday our excitement took over and we bounced around as if we had already eaten a bucket full of sugary candies.
Yep, Fall was and is my favorite time of year, and Halloween was and always will be my favorite holiday. So it it any wonder that today I'm going to share with you some cards I've made using images from my favorite rubber and digital stamp artist: Ms. Mo Manning!
It's a few years now that I've been collecting her images in rubber. There are several companies that sell them, one is Penny Black and I've finally figured out how to upload a link to pbstamps.com on the side bar-- John, the owner, is a doll to shop with. He goes out of his way to be sure you get what you want, quickly, and at good prices too.
Stampendous.com also stocks images by Mo Manning, as does Stampingbella.com. My most recent purchases for Christmas images came from there. Expect soon to see them here as well.
You need to check all three places because each carries different images created by Ms. Manning.
Meanwhile, take a peek at cards I made to celebrate Autumn and Halloween-- images are a mix of rubber and digital. (Since I'm talking about my favorites, let it be known my favorite type of image is that which is made of natural man made rubber. Cling or wood mount. )
These first two images come in a transparent set of stamps by Penny Black called "Glenda and Frankie".
Regardless of my passion for natural red rubber, I had to get this set because my husband's name is Frankie and like the artist, the season and the brand, Frankie is one of my favorites too! ;)
Next up came my first step into the digital world...
A few years back I was left with no choice but to purchase a laser printer so that I could purchase and print more images that was available in rubber. While I liked that I could adjust the size of the images to fit my needs, I missed using an ink pad and working in my studio. However I did print myself up a bunch of the images I bought, and have them filed away for use any year I'd like to use them.
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Saturday, September 5, 2015
Sat. Sept. 5, 2015
Today I took a break from making holiday cards for Dec. 2015 and switched gears to work on Halloween. I'm teaching a friend how to create a pop up card and so far today we only got our 'insert' done.. or begun depending on how much more we do to it. I'm not sharing the card yet.. you have to wait. Sorry.
However, when my friend left I took out my box of already completed Holiday cards and counted that I have only 23 done so far... I need another 35-40 cards this year... guess I better get back to work, huh?
Meanwhile I thought I'd share some of my cards with you right now...
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Cara Febe Giaquinto
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Tag from Judy N. in July 2015
Here's the front view of the card I made:
Sept. 3, 2015
Summer Tag Turn Around Swap Part Two.
A few days ago I shared with you the tag I made and sent out in July that then was turned into a card and sent back to me in August. This was a fun and wonderful swap held on the Stamping Queens group I belong to.
Earlier today the gal that I had to return a tag too received her card I made in the mail, so I feel free to share what I did now.
The tag I received in July was a two part tag of which I have to describe as the photo has up and disappeared. So, here goes!
The larger tag had a phrase on it, a quote from a child I think and there was a pocket which had another smaller tag tucked inside. The stamped image was a young boy with a frog. The artist was Judy N. and she did a great job and inspired my creativity.
I decided that since Judy put a great deal of thought into her tag for me, I'd do the same in the card I created.
My dancing "Frog-a-rina" was colored with Copics and I stamped onto the patterned paper the words "A card for you...ribbit open!"..... I must tell you this all gave me a big smile to create.
Since I began with a 4x12 sheet of green card stock I folded the card in three sections. This front piece with my dancing frog was singular. The remaining two sections were folded over creating a pocket in which I then slipped the original tag into.
As the card is opened you see on the left side the following saying:
May the light always find
you on a dreary day.
When you need to be home,
may you find your way.
May you always have courage
to take a chance.
And never find frogs
in your underpants.
|To complete the card I went back to the original idea of a tag. I created the look of a ribbon with the use of the patterned background paper and slipped it into the tag's slots to secure it all to the card.|
This was a fun and creative swap and I'm glad I took part in it. I hope you've enjoyed viewing this card and the others and invite you to leave a comment or two.
When the photo of the tag Judy N. created is found I'll add it to this page and update any followers. tag from Judy N. July 2015
I'm new to this blogging stuff, but if I did it right, you can click on the above underlined words and it should take you to see the tag Judy made me, and that is hidden in this card.