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Spiders, Farming, a Birthday, and Some Fun with Alice

 Hello friends.

I am so excited about Fall being around the corner.  When I go outside it is still hot, but I feel just a hint of the cooler weather around the corner (ok  - I know it is only in my head, but I still love that first Fall feel so much).  

On the first creation, I journaled my recent spider adventure in Allie's chicken coop.  I love how fun this page is with the Tim Holtz spider web stamps and die (please ignore the typos - I am not redoing it so I am ignoring them - all my scrapbook pages from this week have at least one but I am embracing them rather than fixing them - lol).  I colored the web, spiders, and chickens with watercolors and splattered on the leftover purple.  The page is 8 1/2 by 11 as that is my favorite scrapbook page size. For extra fun, I added in some crackle medium using a chicken wire stencil which qualifies to share on **Art*Journal*Journey*.  This month we are adding texture to our journal creations.

I never thought I would be sad about killing a spider, but this one got me!

My oldest daughter turned 30 this year and I decided to make her a fun card with lots of pages.  I forgot how fun and easy these are to do.  She absolutely loved it!  I included pictures from her first birthday, a few growing up pictures, and pictures from this past year.  I gave it to her at a wine tasting with all her friends and I included pictures of her and each of them as well. 

I embossed the SU! sentiment to kind of match the pretty paper.

A few more scrapbook pages done this week after a giant peanut picking adventure.  I spent 8 hours boiling the peanuts yesterday.  I did them Cajun flavored and they came out wonderfully for my first time making them. The hat and fence are new DRS Designs images. 

The hat in the first farm page is the one from the chair in the image on this card using new DRS Designs images.  I love the new Thanksgiving image. You can skip the Happy Thanksgiving and use it for other times.  

This is the tag/pocket card I made for my DTGD Challenge on  I used paper from Stamperia and a lovely butterfly image.  So many patterns and they just worked so well together.  I love Stamperia paper packs.  

Off to create something else since today is a holiday and I can do whatever I want - lol!  Hope you enjoy today as well.




  1. Such beautiful pages! The along came a spider wording made me smile and I love the way you created the chicken wire with the stenciled crackle paste - perfect 😀. Thanks so much for playing along with us at AJJ! Wishing you a happy new week! Hugs, Jo x

  2. Fabulous pages Nancy and I'd never even thought much about how peanuts grow - I enjoyed reading this.
    Avril xx

  3. Wonderful farm memories (especially your pet spider!), and beautiful cards Nancy! I bet your daughter was thrilled with hers.
    Happy new week,
    Alison xx

  4. OMGosh. This is a cornucopia of great art today, dear Nancy. How incredibly sad about the pet spider. I hope your children don't get too upset and find another one they can feed and grow large and strong. I agree that this has a LOT of texture. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey.

    Your daughter's birthday card is amazing. I love the gold you used. I had NO idea about peanuts. I've been through a corn maze, picked pumpkins at a pumpkin far, but never experienced peanut picking. That was something new to me. Those scrapbook pages were fabulous.

  5. great journal pages and cards. Spiders freak me out also, I've been stung a few times and have a bad reaction :)
    Peanut picking sounds like fun XX

  6. So many wonderful art pieces Nancy. The spider in the chicken coop is a fun idea for a page. And a good page too. I am so glad you shared it with us at Art Journal Journey. Thanks And I am ready for fall too. Especially these early days with warmer temps but heat sleeping at night. And I’ve never known anyone to go peanut picking but it sounds fun. Hugs Erika

  7. A fabulous collection of makes Nancy, some lovely memories and I love the Alice card. Stamperia collections are fabulous, so many gorgeous toppers and papers.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  8. A lovely collection of journal pages. Thank you for linking up with Jo's theme at Art Journal Journey.

  9. Love the chicken wire which is great for texture on a layout. I am impressed with the LO's you are showing us and also the beautiful card you made for your daughter. I bet she was absolutely thrilled to receive it. I must not forget the gorgeous tag pocket card - I love anything to do with Alice.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  10. What special cards you have created here! and fabulouse job with the art journals.
    You have absolutely made my day...when I went into my mail and saw all the cards that commented on at SCS. I haven't looked at your comments yet, It's going to be my next stop. I'm a little behind with checking my mail because of computer issues. Or I guess I should say ISP issues. We changed our ISP today, and what a difference with our net. So far, it has seemed to help all our computer issues. So I can play catch up.


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