Sunday, October 31, 2010

Clean and Simple Monday and Paper Cubed November Challenge

Busy, busy week...preparing for a two day art show this coming weekend and worrying I don't have enough art created and worrying that I will be a simple paper artist in the midst of painters and sculptors and jewelry makers.  I try not to think about it too much.

Back to today's post.  The SCS Clean and Simple Challege this week is a theme - "Sympathy".  I don't know anyone who enjoys making sympathy cards.  I think handmade greetings are so much nicer than store bought cards for times like this.

Here's my offering this week:

Card size is 4.25" x 4.5" .  I popped up both panels on dimensionals.  The embossed layer is an older Cuttlebug folder.  The sentiment is an older stamp that I picked up at Michael's years ago.  It doesn't have a manufacturer listed on it.  Ribbon is May Arts Black silk attached with Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive (love that stuff!). 

It's also time for another Challenge at PaperCubed aka P3!  This month, the DT was challenged to make a votive or candle wrapper.  I have to admit that this candle is actually one I made last year since I'm so short on time due to the art show prep.  I was amazed how beautifully it has held up so I nestled it among my sparkly pumpkins. 

All supplies are Papertrey ink except for the MS binding ribbon.  The wheat sheaves are embossed and have a bit of Sakura glitter pen on the kernels.

I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year.  I love seeing little ones dressed in spooky cute costumes when they come ringing our doorbell for treats.  I love the smell of pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie as it bakes and the spicy sweet scent that perfumes the whole house.  I love fall leaves and turkey and counting my blessings and baking Christmas cookies to share with friends.   Amidst all there is to I love,  I hate the busyness...the rushing, the deadlines, the shopping (I don't have shopping gene!).  I hate seeing Christmas decorations before Halloween and I hate missing my children and grandchildren. 

Our grandchildren called tonight to share their trick or treating experience with us.  Our grandson said he wore the apple costume I made for his daddy when he and his friends decided to be the "Fruit of the Loom" guys.  I can't believe our son saved that costume all these years but I'm so glad he did.  Sigh....yep, I miss them.

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Unknown said...

Ahh Charlene, what a lovely son you have to have kept that costume & passed it to his son. The sympathy card is special, classy, & exactly right for the subject matter. The candle is special too, I am going to decorate a candle soon as I am going away for a crafting weekend & thats one of the classes.x

Riet said...

This is so beautiful Charlene.

Hugs Riet.x

Lorrinda said...

Charlene, I so agree with you about hating Christmas decorations up before Halloween!
Our CAS card is lovely, I like simple sympathy cards too.
The candle is Beautiful, I can't believe you still have it from last year...I believe candles should be burned, preferably from only one end! Light that candle, pour a bubble bath, and relax! Sounds like you need it!

mamia (me and mine in Alabama) said...

Charlene, love your candle. I pulled that exact piece of DSP out of my stash and almost used it for mine as well, wouldn't that have been funny! I like your sympathy card too.

jen said...

great prjects, Charlene- and I'm right there with you on the craziness of this time of year! It makes it so hard to slow down & ENJOY it!!!

Sue from Oregon said...

Loved reading about your Fruit of the Loom story...would be fun to compare pictures LOL. Classy card today!

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