Saturday, 15 October 2016

Vintage Leaves Autumn Card

Hi Friends. Wowsers, I can't believe it's been a whole MONTH since I last posted. I really can't believe how fast time has gone - I've been doing good but really busy squeezing in the last of the nice weather. Here's an update of what I've been up to: friends of ours invited us to stay at an oceanfront cottage in Prince Edward Island; how could we resist? I love PEI. I went there for the first time last year and I've really been really looking forward to going back. It was so nice to have my morning coffee, watching the sunrise, over the ocean. Years ago I used to live in a small beach cabin back home in Courtenay, so this trip truly reminded me of how nice it is to wake up to the smell of the fresh sea and the peacefullness of the ocean:

I really needed this time to catch my breath and just RELAX. And that I did. We toured the island, stopped at Farmer's Markets, did a little shopping and then enjoyed BBQing back at our cottage and visiting together as the sun set. Lots of laughs and VERY good time indeed.  The highlight for me was simply walking on the beach, feeling the sand under my feet, and looking for shells. The ocean was incredibly warm too, I couldn't believe it - especially for October!

Back home in Nova Scotia, I've been picking apples and the last of my veg from the garden and putting them up for winter. I made applesauce and the most incredible tomato chutney and I STILL have three huge tubs of apples to prepare for the freezer and make some jam.

I love canning - it's a lot of work, yet relaxing at the same time and VERY satisifying to hear the jars 'pop' as they seal. It's been a few years since I last canned, with all the moving and changes in my life, so it was quite nice to get back at it, now that everything has settled. I also made blackcurrant liquer for the first time - it turned out absolutely delicious! Now I'm planning on making some more, this time with apples, as Christmas gifts for friends and family. Speaking of Christmas, I've also been busy knitting and crocheting gifts whenever I can squeeze in the time to do it. A friend mentioned to me this week that there are only 10 Monday's until Christmas - can you believe that??? 

While the weather has been nice and warm (though I've already had to scrape frost off my car a couple of mornings) I've also been taking my dogs for lots of walks to the nearby river, as well as to the ocean (only 10 minutes by car!). I know once winter hits and the snow comes I won't be able to get them outside quite as much. Needless to say, my hounds have been in their glory, running and swimming and playing. 

The evenings have been fun, sitting around our bonfire, watching the stars and enjoying the country quiet (albeit with a few coyotes howling in the background):

I love sitting by our bonfire, especially this time of year!
Then of course, we had our Thanksgiving last weekend with family and friends; there were nine of us in total. Such a nice time and oh my gosh, I do love a roast turkey dinner. Just had the last of the leftovers last night, with my favourite turkey pie that my mom used to make. Absolute comfort food!

Mmmmm, turkey pie! This is so good and a perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers!
I've been working my Stampin' Up! business too (even though I haven't blogged in so long).  I've started up my training again as a few members of my "Serene Stampers" team and I are working on earning the 2018 Grand Vacation cruise to Alaska! I'll be starting up classes in the area so if you live nearby I'd LOVE for you to come stamp and create with me!  I'll post all the details on my calendar of events, classes will begin in November, as I'll be away the next couple of weeks.  I'm flying home to Vancouver Island to visit my family - so excited!
The gorgeous Comox Glacier.
I've been wanting to get home to Comox since this past Spring (my Dad had some serious health issues, but is doing MUCH better now) and I'm anxious to see him. Also, my Grandma, who lives with my Dad and his wife, is turning 93 next month and I'm looking forward to enjoying her cooking and playing some yahtzee together. Grandma is doing AWESOME for her age; except for getting a little wobbly now and then you'd NEVER know that she is in her 90's! But I want to squeeze in every visit that I can.  As much as I love living on the East Coast, it's definetly hard sometimes being so far away from my family. 

So that's about it, you're now up to date with my world! Thank you to those who left messages/emails letting me know you've been missing my posts and wanted to make sure I am OK. That truly warms my heart! XO

Alrighty, time to get on with today's CARD!  I made a whack of cards last week for my team (celebrating birthdays and achievements) and customers (thank you for your online orders!!). My inspiration came from all the colours of the Fall foliage here in Nova Scotia right now. The trees are truly spectacular.  So I grabbed my "Vintage Leaves" stamp set and decided to use the "Baby Wipe Technique". I used "Post It" tape to mask off the edges, stamped my images, and lightly sponged Crumb Cake on top. The maple leaf is cut out using the "Leaflets Framelits". A little gold Wink of Stella on the leaf added some pretty shimmer:

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By the way, if you've never tried the Baby Wipe technique, you've GOT to! It's awesome.  This technique is an oldie but such a goodie! Here's a video I made a few years ago, showing you how it's done:

Have a great weekend, sweet friends, and HAPPY STAMPING!

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1 comment:

  1. Beautiful card and techniques. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.