Saturday, October 18, 2014

Apple Picking Time

     Over the last week or so, while visiting some of my fav blogs, I've seen two or three cards which brought back such wonderful childhood memories of picking apples in the fall -- bushels of them so we could make apple pies and applesauce, and have baked apples and apple fritters, and even apple cookies.  Those came from a recipe my mom had and I've never been able to duplicate it.  Unfortunately, it was one of those she had in her head and never wrote down so it's lost forever.  But they were oh, so, good, and the whole house smelled heavenly while they were baking.  Mmmmmm...

     Those cards and the fond memories inspired this card which features one of Doodle Pantry's latest stamp sets, "Raccoon Hellos."

I used the sketch from Cheerful Sketches.


     The image and the sentiment are both cut with dies from Spellbinders, then layered together.  I inked the edges with ProMarkers, using a 'faded' burgundy color.  Two of the designer papers are from the same Doodle Pantry stamp set (see photo below.)  The wood grain paper is a scrap I found in my scrap bin but it worked so well with the design and the color combo, I grabbed it and looked no further for my third paper.

     Everything is matted with kraft CS and each layer is popped up with dimensional dots.  I added three black gems to each of two corners and called it done.

Color Me Scrappy
Craft for the Craic
Die Cut Divas
Digistamps 4 Joy
Going Grey with Scrap Creations
Inspiration Destination
Mema's Challenge (die cut, bling, stamp)
Party Time Tuesdays
Perfectly Rustics
Sister Act
Sparkles Forum
Word Art Wednesdays

     So, this is the promised second post for today and now I have to go and run some errands.  I'll be back in my craft room this evening and we'll just have to see what's in store for tomorrow or Monday.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Raccoon Hellos


  1. FUN image and a cute, cute card!!! It's adorable!
    Um......never heard of apple cookies before but can image how good they'd taste!

  2. A great image on a great card with super DP layers. Thank you for posting your beautiful art with us this week during our 154th challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Carole Robb Bisson

  3. What a marvelous image. I'd say it was apple picking time.

    Fantastic card and so glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas.

  4. Adorable image and card; thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.

  5. Wow, great work, well done and good luck! Great racoon colouring!
    Hugs, Jackie

  6. This is just beautifu!
    Thanks for joining us at Cheerful Sketches Challengebog.... Good Luck!!

  7. What a great little raccoon and I love the layers. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics Colour Combo Challenge, Cathie DT

  8. I got a big chuckle out of your raccoon holding the apple. I remember what you said about your childhood memories of apple picking. Real bummer about the lost recipe. :(

  9. this is very beautiful Connie
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


  10. wow nice card. Thanks for joining the challege at Cheerful Sketches.
    Leuk dat je meedoet met de challenge bij Cheerful Sketches. Succes.
    groetjes Ine

  11. This is gorgeous Connie, I do so love the cute image.
    Linda xxxx

  12. How sad about your mum's recipe! On a lighter note, I do love your card!
    Dawn xx

  13. Yum! I love apple picking time!! Such a cute image and a great card too!! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
    My Blog: Stamp Smiles

  14. Your little raccoon is so adorable and you colored him well. Thanks for sharing with us at Mema's Crafts and good luck in the challenge.

  15. Your card is adorable. The story of your mom and the apple cookie recipe brought a tear to my eyes. My mom had many recipes and we would tell her to write them down. She never did and I could never duplicate them. Wonderful card....Hugs, joann sassy raggedy

  16. Super cute image and great card! Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  17. I have only gone apple picking once or fun! Love your card- that raccoon is colored beautifully! Apple cookies sound quite yummy!

  18. Oh this is a super sweet card! HOw wonderful to have a stamp that says Happy Apple season! FUN!
    Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics!
    Smiles Sharnee :)

  19. Cute image, I love all the layers you have created. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.

  20. Love the colourful image and the earthy tones.
    {I would love you to take part in my 1,000 Follower Give-away. Thank you so much if you have already entered and good luck}. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}L

  21. Love this and your coloring is amazing.

  22. Back with my dt hat on:
    This is a beautiful creation with great details and perfect for our ‘ANIMALS’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Would love you to visit my blog and join my 1,000 Follower Give-Away. Thank you so much, if you have already entered, and good luck.}
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  23. Very nice card and great coloring skills ! Thank you for playing at CMS !

  24. Love your card!
    Thanks for joining us at Cheerful Sketches!


  25. Ah, NanaConnie.....thanks for bringing back some lovely Nan made the best apple crumble, even better than my Grandad's & he was a chef lol & now I'm so proud one of my boys is training to be a chef too! Love your card, that image is adorable & beautiful Autumnal tones too. Thanks for joining us over at Sparkles this time & good luck!
    hugs Jo x

  26. Waow, very nice.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Cheerful sketches.
    Greetings Geesje


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