Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Clearing Out the Cobwebs and a New (to Me) Challenge!

Hello My Crafty Friends!
Phew!  Had to clear out some cobwebs around here (and in my craft room!) before I could post!  Taking a break from creating and blogging this summer turned out to be a good thing for me:)
I've really enjoyed making time for other things like:

  • Reading....found the cutest scrapbooking mystery series by Laura Childs at the library!  Definitely light reading but the series is set in quirky New Orleans and the characters are people you want to get to know as they share the same passion for paper and ink that we do:)
  • Being a tourist in my own backyard....Just last Friday my friend Sue and I headed to Taughannock Falls and on the way stopped to taste some cheese and to check out the goats at Lively Run Goat Farm just outside Interlaken, NY:

(photo courtesy of Sue!)

Don't let that those cute faces fool you!!  One of these little fellas tried to chew my coat sleeve...."the goat that ate the coat"!

When we arrived at the falls the sun decided to shine for a few minutes and we were rewarded with this gorgeous view:

  • Leading a healthier lifestyle....I've alluded in previous posts to the changes my husband and I needed to make in what we eat. Who knew there were so many food bloggers out there??!!  And thank goodness for ones like detoxinista.com and comfybelly.com !!!  Their recipes - particularly for desserts - are awesome and help us to feel less deprived:)  We also "reintroduced" ourselves to our bikes and have been taking advantage of the Cayuga-Seneca Canalway trail.  At 9 miles round-trip it's a great work-out!  And I love that it's bordered by the canal on one side and farmland on the other.  We've seen lots of blue herons and just today startled an unsuspecting marsh hawk :)

Anyway, I'm sooooooo ready to get inky again and see what everyone's been up to!!  I was really saddened to see the Play Date Cafe Challenge has ended - I always enjoyed playing along with their color stories.  I've noticed some of my other blogging buddies
participating in Dynamic Duos challenges and when I saw this week's colors I thought I would give it a try:
And here is my card (finally!! right??!!):

The images and sentiment are from a Stampin' Up set called Day of Gratitude and were stamped using SU so saffron, pistachio pudding and baked brown sugar inks(used as a neutral).  Hard to see in the pic but all images were outlined with a Gelly Roll stardust pen - really pretty IRL.  
Other Supplies Used:  SU so saffron and baked brown sugar cs, Papertrey ink rustic white cs, SU woodgrain embossing folder, Spellbinder's Labels 9 Nestie

And since my card features a lil' bit of dry embossing I'm going to pop it into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Emboss It.

Thanks so much for all your encouraging comments!


Judy1223 said...

Robin! You're back! Yay! I'm happy to hear you have been up to good, fun things in your time away from blogging...but I am also SO glad to see you are back! I love your card, the colors are so lovely and the details are gorgeous. (I agree with you about feeling sad at the end of the Play Date Cafe, I still miss it!) Welcome back...I look forward to seeing your work again!

Barb said...

I'm so happy to see you back, Robin - you have definitely been missed! Love this post - good for you getting more healthy - and some fab links to share too - thanks!

Love your card! Beautiful take on the colors! Sending hugs! ♥

joy said...

Welcome back, Robin! It's so good to see you posting again. Sounds like you have had a great summer.

Your card is lovely, as always. I have that challenge written down as a maybe for this time. That is, maybe I will find time to make a card to enter it!!!

Mandy said...

Robin your card is absolutely gorgeous, so elegant and pretty, I love the colours yu've used, a perfect Autumn card.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

svelteSTUFF said...

The backdrop and acorn really make your already GREAT Autumn card really Photogenic ;-)!

Cindy C. said...

Welcome back the wonderful world of stamping Robin! Looks like you had a very nice summer, thanks for sharing the photos! The "goat that ate the coat" made me laugh!! And your card is so lovely, I really enjoy the soft colours!

Maureen Morton said...

So happy to learn what you've been up to, Robin! Glad it is all good. You and hubby look so happy and healthy! It is good to get off our butts in the crafting room and venture outdoors. Your card is lovely - just as sweet as you are. Sure missed you but I am grinning inside from this post.

Lisa said...

Hi Robin! Glad to see you back again! Sounds like a wonderful summer and I am very happy to know you are well and enjoying life :)
Love your cards, as always,but this one is just super. I am totally jealous of your acorn stamp!! I can't seem to find a good one! XX

Rosemary said...

I was just thinking about you the other day, robin, and wondering where you were and when I would be seeing your beautiful cards, again. so glad you had an enjoyable time away, but also glad to see you back creating. beautiful card!

Virginia L. said...

Glad to see you back in inky action, Robin! Your photos are lovely! I love seeing the photo of you and your hubby! The card that you made is perfect for the challenge! The colors are spot on!

Michelle said...

Robin, what a wonderful post! I'm glad the goat didn't get to actually eat your coat. ;-) Your card is beautiful. I love the hint of glitter. Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos! I hope we see you again soon.

Brenda said...

Very inspirational post Robin! It's so good to look at our lives from time to time and make the necessary changes to improve it which is just what you have done!
Glad that you are continuing to create though, you are so good at it and this card is no exception!

Trinh said...

Hi Robin! You and hubby look great! Thanks for sharing those food blogs. You may want to check out Kalyn's Kitchen & Skinnytaste if you haven't already done so.

So glad to see your beautiful cards again. I love the textured band and the pretty stamping on this one. Happy stamping!

Nat said...

sounds like you have had a great Summer, we've missed your creations :) Aren't goats funny, I cant stop smiling every time I see them!! wonderful fall design, love it! :)