Friday, September 02, 2011

Inventory Challenge #47 - Among My Favorite Things

First off let me apologize for being so late in posting my inventory recduction  challenge card.  Sometimes life just gets in the way.

The theme Among My Favorite Things so difficult because I have SO MANY favorite things.  I decided to use the favorite things for this fall season.  I started this card for the Magnolia Highlights Blog challenge of Paper Only, but it just was not doing what I had in mind.  At the last minute I did another card for that challenge.

Now for today's card -
Are you guessing already as to what some of my favorite things are?

First off is my home.  It's really tan with brown trim. 

We have three flowering crabapple trees in our yard along with hybrid poplars and shademaster locust.  I know this is a magnolia - had one once that got sick and died.

The bluebird represents the bluebirds that have nested in our nesting box for several years.

Of course there are my flower beds with an occasional butterfly flitting around.

This time of year always brings with it apples to make into applesauce and apple pies for the freezer.  If I had more time I would have put in a pile of tomatoes, peppers and pumpkins that are growing in the veggie garden.  The first batch of spaghetti sauce should be going this weekend.  I've already done two pickings of the peppers.  That's part of the life that got in my way!!

If you look closely at the above picture you can see that the screen door looks like it might open.

Sure enough!
Welcome to my kitchen where jars of applesauce and spaghetti sauce are waiting to be passed on as gifts.

I just finished baking that apple pie.

The kitty is our indoor kitty Mee-Ow.  Yes, she is that dark with only one small white circle on her chest, but that doesn't show in the stamped image.

Please take careful note that screen door handle is on the correct side of the door to match the outside.  I had to cut and paste it from one side of the door to the other.

The other two kitties live in the garage.  The dog spends a lot of time outside in warmer weather too.

Yes, the animals are really funny colors.  I tried my best to be a little realistic with them.
The kitty by the apple basket is Puddy, an orange stripe tiger.  She is a little reserved and shy and tends to stick close to the garage - her safe haven from the dog and especially the very noisy train that passes by  here a couple times a day. 

The kitty on top of the barrel is Abby.  She's a tortoise shell calico and into everything she can get at.  She is a daredevil climber and very adventuresome.  She figured out how to open the little drawers in one of my hubby's storage cubes and constantly gets out the little plastic pieces and strews them all over the floor.  Blue is her favorite color.

The dog is Daisy Too, a Australian Sheperd/Beagle mix.  She has one blue eye and one brown eye.  I did color them that way, but it doesn't show very well in the pic.  Her favorite pasttime is herding the kitties and she does a pretty good job.  When she and Abby curl up together, it is hard to tell where kitty ends and doggie begins - they are colored so closely the same.

The sentiment panel is about the only normal thing on this card!  It's cut with a Nesties Beaded Oval Die.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. 

I didn't keep track of the Copics I used. At one point I had about half of them out.  All the images are Magnolia stamps purchased from Diana.
The butterfly on the screen door is a Martha Stewart punch.
The designer papers were in my stash.

I hope you have enjoyed this little glimpse at some of my favorite things.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving a little love in comment form.

Please stop by my team mates' blogs to see the fabulous creations they have done for their favorite things!
And be sure to stop by next week to see what we do with the theme Distress It All! Should be fun! Hope to see you then.


Card Crazy said...

Marvelous! All the elements fit together so beautifully. This is obviously a work of love and it shows! I can almost smell the apple pie and do I catch a hint of fresh garlic in the sauce? Yummmmmm.
Sue S.
BTW, how did you do that incredible screen door?

Peggie said...

How cute is that. Love how the screen door opens and there is Tilda with a pie.

Rene said...

Wow Kathy! This is SO cute! I love your door and Tilda (with some baked goodies even!) behind it...marvelous! And your sweet pets...and those pretty flowers! Well, if I lived closer I'd come visit you because your favorite things are fantastic!
Rene ;D

Christina C. said...

Kathy, this is sooooooo creative...absolutely phenomenal!
You did an outstanding job showcasing your favorite things.
Stunning work!!!!

Barb Hardeman said...

You did a fabulous job on this easel card Kathy! Wow, you made such a wonderful scene with the opening door and all your critters and your wonderful kitchen full of goodies. Outstanding job on this card...hugs...Barb

cathylynn said...

Wow Kathy you did a fantastic job dislaying your favorite things. Great card!!!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Sandy said...

Absolutely wonderful Kathy - so much fun - so welcoming and warm. You sure have made a work of art and I do know the things that are dear to your heart!

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful! Love how you've done that door . Very clever
Hugs Julie P

Linda said...

Wowzer this is purely adorable!!!!! Fabulous!!!!! Love it!!!!!

Danielle said...

Hello Kathy, I am sorry to be so late, was out of the house all day.
Your card and your story are just delightful. I love the screen door, and I love who is hiding behind! there is so much happiness coming out of your card about your house, and all the little things that are sooo important.
Thank you for sharing this moment with us, and this fabulous creation.
It ended my day with much pleasure, and joy.

Jacque said...

Kathy, this is such a magnificent example of a scene card!!! You have done an exceptional job on this one, sweetie!! The coloring is lovely and all of the details are just too cute for words!!! Gosh, I could check out this card for hours!!! So many things to see and enjoy! Big hugs..Jacque

Carolyn L. said...

This is such a clever card. I love and the elements you used. Great job!

Jean said...

Wow Kathy, there is that imagination again.. you have such a wonderful one that it just tells the story by just looking at the picture and we can understand what your favorite things are.. Great coloring and placement of your embellishements.. love your screen door with Tilda and items inside, so adorable... Yes, this is a gorgeous card.
Hugs, Jean

Anonymous said...

This is so darling!! I love the fun scene you've created here!! Amazing details!! Thanks so much for sharing! HUGS, *Vicki*

Elle said...

VERY nice! I love how your image peaks out of the screen door. To die for!