Friday, September 21, 2012

Welcome to Fall

Today was the first morning that I really felt Fall in the air.  It's nice to get up to temperatures that are in the 50's.  I've been in my craft room from morning to dinner time....sadly, not creating, but organizing.  One of my goals for 2012 is to catalog my dies, cut each one, and identify each by manufacture name and number.  I started out hot and heavy 3 months ago and my goal came to a screeching halt within a day.  I would much rather make cards....well, yesterday I started again and as of this evening, I have 22 more to cut....Can you see me doing the happy dance? 

My card was inspired by Fall, and also the leaf I was cut to put into the die catalog. I'm This leaf  made it to the card...The letters in the word Fall were cut using a Spellbinder Alphabet dies.  I think this is one of the first die sets I purchased many years ago.  I found a piece of copper colored foil-ish paper.  I adhered the letters to layers of heavy stock from my stash.  I don't know if you can see it, but I made the charm attached to the ribbon, it's cut from card stock and glued in with Crystal Accents.  I still need to finish the inside.  I'll be doing that in the morning and then it's going into the mail to send to my buddy Thelma.  (shhhh don't tell her!)  She doesn't have a computer so I think I am safe!

Here is what one of the boxes of dies look like....Maybe I'll actually be able to find what I'm looking for...
Maybe this doesn't look like much, but I'm happy I'm almost done.  My pledge is to do this as soon as I purchase new dies.  Can I say, this was a pledge I've not kept.  Maybe this time I'll do better....
I took this photo Wednesday and promptly forgot to post it.  I guess it's not too late, though it's no longer Wednesday....Julia....forgive me please!  Check out the other desks and see what everyone's been up to this week.  The book I'm putting the die cuts I've made is to the left of the photo.  In the middle of the desk is a charm I've made using my newest tool from Epiphany Crafts , it's a Santa I cut and epoxy covered in a little charm.  The clock faces were a purchase I made on the girls field trip. What a fun day that was....I look forward to the next field trip!

I used to giggle when my daughter was cleaning her room.  She'd find all kinds of treasures, guess what, I'm finding dies I'd forgotten I have and dies I'm wondering why they are not used more often.  This has been a treasure hunt! Amy I will no longer giggle!

I'm going to post my card on Di's blog. Lots of snippets in this card and more to come when I finish the inside.  Check out Di's blog.  I've met tons of people hopping across the pond.  As a matter of fact, Brenda (the winner of my blog-aversary) is someone I met through either Julia or Di  I can't remember which.  If you want to meet some slightly silly folks (ok a whole lot more than slightly...join in and play along. 

I'm heading off to bed.  Tomorrow Cathy and Virginia are coming to finish cutting some scrapbook and card graphics.  I can't wait to show them my tidy die collection,   Until later.....

Hugs to all,


  1. Beautiful card Mary, very Autumnal colours and design. Think the leaves look fantastic with all their shine.

    Well done on cataloging your dies, think maybe l may do that too.

    Have a lovely weekend xx

  2. Oooer Mary, I'm so impressed with your die cataloguing exercise! /especially if it used precious card making time.

    Love this 'Fall', or 'Autumn' as we call, it card. Gorgeous colours and it truly does sum up one of my favourite seasons of the year.

    Hugs, Di xx

  3. Lovely card Mary! Love the colors and the diecut leaves! Beautiful!

  4. I have catalogued my punches, wooden stamps, copics and cricut cartridges. I keep it all in one binder. Fot the stamps, i stamped off each image so i could see the correct size.
    I still have to do my dies...I remember how much work it is...bravo to you!

  5. Forgot to say...fabulous fall card. obve all the glossy accents.

  6. Gorgeous card and I admire your bravery too, I shiver at the idea of cataloging and know I would have given up within an hour. Hugs, Amanda x

  7. WOW I Love your Fall card Mary. Gorgeous! Stunning colors and fabulous LO.
    Good on you for cataloging your dies. I've cataloged my stamps, that was a job. Learned my lesson and now catalog everything as I get them. Must get started on the dies before my dream comes true and I have so many I can't remember what I have. :)

  8. OMG! That FALL card is just divine Mary. I love it.

    What a task you have set for yourself with your die catalogue. I don't have as many as you . . . and mine are on my walls clinging to magnetic "knife" racks from Ikea! If they glare at me for too long, I use them!

    Sarn xxx

  9. Firstly, I LOVE the card. It's gorgeous. 2ndly, you're inspiring me with your cataloging of your dies. I have the same problem. Started, was going pretty good, stopped, bought more dies, now it's a monster task. At least knowing someone else got hers done, will maybe get my tush in gear and I can say "Done". Thanks for the lovely card and also sharing your goal. Hugs

  10. Beautiful fall card Mary and I can't believe how many dies you have! We got hardly any rain in SE Michigan, it was SW Michigan that got pounded, I know they get lake effect snow in winter but I hadn't heard of and didn't know they also get lake effect rain too! I don't envy you your temps, we've cooled down quite a bit, it was actually 37F here SUnday night, that was a shock I can tell you!



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