Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hello! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!
Ours was nice. Very stressful at times but nice. I just have to learn to not let "stuff" get to me. Working on that! I really need to get down to my craft area and craft. That helps me to de stress.
I thought I took pictures of all the jewelry boxes I made for presents but I didn't :( I do have the pictures of the one I made for my son's girlfriend. It looks gold in the picture but it really is silver. I made the flowers with my Sissix flower die. She loves hot pink & black. I think she liked it.
My kitty will be soo sad when we take down the tree. She loves to be under it whenever she can.
Well I hope to get back to posting & creating more regularly now that Christmas is over. I got a new computer for Christmas and am going to attempt to hook it up this afternoon. Wish me luck! It HAS to be better than this one. This one is sooo slow! Drives me crazy!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hello! Sorry I haven't been around. I have been so busy but also battling the holiday blues and to top it off the flu the past couple of days. This is my happy place so no complaining... I have many projects just about completed so I will have something to share soon. Promise! I have a song to share with you that sums it all up for me right now!!

I have a feeling that song will resonate with a few of you!
Have a great day.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hello! I had a very busy weekend so I wasn't able to get crafty. Went to a yummy book club brunch on Saturday and then to Hale farm & village in the evening for their holiday lantern tour. They take you back in time to see what life was like back then. It was fun but pretty cold! Then yesterday I had my Dad over for dinner. Great weekend!
Since I don't have any cards to share I thought I would show you a few of my favorite places in the house that I decorated for Christmas. I love antiques but can't really afford them. I have some and I really enjoy them.I also have photos from the 1800s & early 1900s hanging in my house. My husband thinks I'm nuts but I really think they are neat. I especially like the ones with the little girls with huge bows in their hair from the Victorian age.We live in an old house that has a lot of character and my style fits perfect with that.
Well, I have to get my shower so I can get this house in order. You can write your name in the dust so I think maybe it's time to clean! LOL! Have a great day!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hello Happy Thursday!
Not much chit chat today...I am not feeling chatty today.
My card is for my Dad's neighbor who just had a baby girl. The stamp is from Lily of the Valley. So many cute stamps!! Very fun to color.
The other pictures are just a few I took on our bus trip this past weekend. We went to Oglebay in West Va. Fun! It's nice to have friends to do fun things with...I am so blessed!
Have a good day.

Hello! It's Thursday already! Sorry I haven't been around. I have been busy and also feeling the blues. Can't figure out exactly why but I'm ready to get rid of them already!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Hello! Happy December! It's gonna be Christmas before we know it.
I was able to get my tree up & decorated as well as decorating the whole house. Now I just have to do some cleaning. Got some shopping done, cards made (not addressed yet)so I feel a little bit better now that some of these can be crossed off the list of things to be done!
The Snowman card was made with a sizzix die. I added some plastic polka dot paper behind. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the outside. Added some brads for his eyes & buttons. I think he turned out cute!!
The next card will be one of the cards for my Jan. class. It was made with three different Memory Box dies. Simple and I think it makes a nice winter scene. I used a snowflake embossing folder for the background. To finish it off I used some sparkle swirl tape from Michaels.
Thanks for stopping today. Tomorrow I am going on a bus trip with a friend. Should be lots of fun!! See you soon.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hello! Hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving! Ours was nice but not quite the same without my Step mom. She passed away a few months ago and I feel really bad for my Dad and my stepbrother & stepsister. I have been through this before because my Mom died a few days before Christmas. To see my Dad go through this twice makes me sad. I guess they just have to go through the grief process but it still saddens me to see someone else in so much emotional pain.
After Thanksgiving I went Black Friday shopping with a friend and my daughter. This was my first real experience. We left at 9:30 pm and didn't get home until 8 am!! Crazy! I way overdid it though. Could hardly walk yesterday. It was fun to see all the people. I really didn't have anything specific I was looking for so I didn't have to worry about racing to the item in hopes of getting one. Could not believe all the people out that night!!
I took a break for making cards for a bit to do a little sewing. I made these snowmen from old jeans. I think they turned out cute! I might add some earmuffs to the one with the stocking cap. I need to find some sparkly white pom poms for them.
Today I am taking down all the fall decorations and trying to get a few Christmas ones up. My daughter is home from college and cleaning her room so I can't access the cubby hole of her room where all the Christmas stuff is so I am patiently waiting! If she doesn't hurry up I am gonna lose my mojo for today!
Yesterday my son decorated my car. My SIL bought reindeer antlers and a red nose for it. Very Funny! Can't wait to drive it around and see people's reactions!
Thanks for stopping by...see you soon!

Monday, November 21, 2011

What a dreary day it is around sun! I'm hanging out at home trying to get some stuff done. For some reason I am experiencing a lot of anxiety about the upcoming holiday season. Not sure exactly why. Need to figure it out so I can get rid of it and just enjoy them. Maybe I place to many expectations on myself?!
Anyway enough of that chit chat!!
Today's card is very similar to some other ones I made. I used a sizzix die for the flowers and a Martha Stewart punch for the border. Love those "loops" it creates! Been doing my husbands Christmas cards for work and our family cards so not too much to show you today.
Gonna shampoo the carpet then I think I'm going to sew. Want to make some gifts for people and my daughter finally returned my sewing machine. Yay! Hoping Santa brings her her own machine. wink.wink! Have a wonderful day. See ya soon! Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Good morning! Hope you are having a good week. I feel bad because I'm not posting as often as I would like but I have been super busy plus I have been sleeping a lot. Battling fatigue issues so have to manage my time/activities better I think!
Since it's been awhile I have 4 cards to show you. I am making a pack of cards for a present to someone who loves her coffee! The other 2 cards are for another present. The lady I swim with gets disappointed if she DOESN'T get some cards. I made her a cute little tin with dividers and I am going to fill it with cards for all occasions.I have to get on it so I get done in time. I also have to make Christmas cards for my husbands business to send out. No rest for the weary...LOL! I'm not complaining! It's something I love to do and I am grateful that I CAN do it. No plans for today so I plan on crafting all afternoon.
Have a super great day and I will see you soon.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hello! Happy Tuesday!
It's a gorgeous fall day here today. The sun is shining and it is in the 60's. Wonder how many more of these we will get?! Gotta enjoy it while we can!!
This weekend my firstborn turned 26. I feel sooo old!! How did that happen? It doesn't seem possible. It seems like just yesterday he was a little guy. I'm proud of the man he has become. Now we just have to work on pushing him out of the nest (HEHE) He's never here and I enjoy his company but I told him for his own good he needs to start planning on getting his own place. Kids must stay home longer these days. Most of his friends/coworkers also still live at home. He has 2 good jobs but they really don't pay enough for him to live on his own.

I was busy yesterday getting my last Christmas class projects done. I have one more project 's kits to put together then I am finished. YAY!! Then onto Hubby's Christmas cards for his shop.
The Angel & baby Jesus card was made with a C.C. Designs Digi stamp. Blue is my favorite color and I love all the sparkle to this card. It doesn't show up well in the photo but in person it is very glittery!
The second item is a gift card holder. I found the directions on some one's blog (forgive me, I don't remember where!) It was a simple but cute holder. I made mine in the snowman theme.
Thanks for checking on me today. Hopefully I'll have something new for you tomorrow!
Finally feeling creative again!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hello. It's Friday again!! I have been spending a lot of time on my NEW hobby..napping!! LOL! So not getting a whole lot of crafting done. I think I am just a little burned out. I sit at my desk and don't feel creative. Hope it passes soon.
This is a cute snowman stamp from Paper Smooches. There are several in the set but I think this one is my favorite. We attend a monthly card group with about 20 or so ladies. Every month several people teach the rest of the ladies. This is the card I am going to take. Everyone is at a different level of stamping so it can't be too complicated. I think they will like it...
Thanks for dropping in. Guess what I am going to do now? Yep, take a nap. Then maybe later I feel feel "crafty" again!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hello. Wow did this week fly by!! I can't believe November is just around the corner...
I made this adorable Wizard of Oz album from a kit I bought at Archivers. Couldn't wait to make it!! I love vintage so this really caught my eye. Not sure what pictures I will put in it yet but I am so happy I got it. At first I was a little confused with the directions but then I figured it out and smooth sailing from then on. I made a few other things this week but cant show them because they are gifts for Christmas.

This is a sympathy card I made for a friend who lost her Mother in law this week. I never seem to have a sympathy card when I need it. I really should make up a bunch to have on hand. Not a fun card to make but unfortunately one that I seem to use a lot of.
Have a great Friday! See you soon!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hello! I had such a wonderful weekend!! We had a whole weekend at a friends house to stamp/scrap and just have fun. There were around 10 of us. We had wonderful food, conversations and laughing till our sides hurt. We shared secrets(I will never look at pepper the same) and camped out all over her house. It was just SO MUCH FUN!! Some of us also went to the stamping convention that was in town.
I worked on my Christmas cards while I was there. I made different "variations" of it. They are pretty flat so I can mail them without the extra cost if I added a lot of dimension with layers or embellishments. I made them look a little vintage this year.
Thanks for stopping by today. It's raining here and I have other people in the house today so no cleaning is gonna get done. Darn! I guess I will have to craft....isn't that the pits?! LOL! Have a great day!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hello. Quick post today. I was playing around with some Denami Designs stamps. I love these little chickies! They have them available for all seasons & occasions.
Too cute!Thanks for dropping in!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hello Hello!! It's Sunday and a dreary one at that. Rainy,cold...good day to stay in and craft! Got my sweats on, dinner in the crock pot, and many projects calling my name. I'm still working on all those class projects. I need 15 diff. ones and I am heading into the home stretch..YAY!
This is one of the projects.. a cute little S'more. Pretty simple card. I added a little liquid applique to the top of his head and intentionally heated it extra long until it started to "burn". Wanted him to look nice & toasty. I cut him out and popped him up to give the card some dimension. Used an embossing folder on the background. Added a few finishing touches and voila...the card is done! Thanks for stopping today. Enjoy your afternoon. TTFN (ta ta for now)!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hello! It's Tuesday here and another gorgeous day..high 75..loving this weather. Tomorrow the rain comes back :(. As I sit here you can hear all the acorns falling off our trees hitting my roof. At first my little dog would bark every time she heard it but now it's old news! Thank goodness!
I hate to show cards for my class before class because I like the ladies to be surprised. But, I don't have anything else to show you! LOL! Isn't this snowman stamp from Whipper Snapper so cute. I just love their little round bodies! Added some glitter to the snow areas and some gold smooch to the bells. Used some snowflake embossed paper I had and finished it off with a snowflake with a bell brad in the middle. I'm struggling making "winter" cards when its so beautiful out. But the holidays will be here before we know it!
Thanks for coming around today. Have a good one!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hi. Happy Sunday!
It's a gorgeous day here! The leaves are all changing colors..pretty!
I seem to have lost my mojo lately. With all that has been going on in the last month or so it has left me a little drained. I am recovering though so don't you worry! I will hopefully get back in the swing of things and start posting more often!
This card is one I designed for an upcoming class. I used a stamp set & matching die cut from Prickly Pear. The first one I made I ended up throwing out. So this is the revised card. Hope the ladies like it! I just love how versatile this set is. Can be used for any occasion. Thanks for taking a peek and I hope you'll stop back soon.
Have a wonderful rest of the day!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hi my crafty friends! I have a quick card to show you that I made last night. This puppy is from the Boys will be boys Cricut cartridge. I kept it simple.
Remember that tooth I got pulled the other day? Well it turned in to a dry socket...OUCH! VERY painful!! Needless to say, Vicoden & crafting don't mix!! It makes me tired so I've been sleeping a lot. Went back yesterday to have it packed with medicine and back again today. Seems to be on the mend :) Can't wait to get creating again.
It's a beautiful fall day here today. The squirrels are in a frenzy in my yard collecting nuts. I have several oak trees and black walnut trees so this is their favorite hang out. Gotta take advantage of the nice weather while you can!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hello! It's Thursday already!!! I have been a busy little bee the last few days.(pun intended LOL) My friends and I took this mini beehive album class. SOOOO CUTE!! Working on a second one for a gift. Instead of putting pictures in mine, I filled it with quotes & scriptures. Unfortunately the scrapbook store where we took it is closing. So sad to see all these small stores go out of business! But...we got the teachers info and are hoping she will come to our monthly group and teach a class.
Other than that I really haven't crafted much this past week. I have plans to but then something else comes up.
This morning I went to the dentist and had a molar extracted. NOT FUN! I'd rather go anywhere than there! It's a back tooth so he thought I could get by without it. Didn't want to spend the big bucks for the root canal & crown since I don't have dental insurance. Still trying to pay off lots of past dental work. I guess I inherited my Dad's teeth. :( The novocain hasn't worn off yet. Hopefully it won't be to bad (fingers crossed)
Thanks for coming by for a visit. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hello! Hope you are having a good day! Mine started off on the wrong foot. My son let the dogs out without a chain(I have told him at least 1000 times they MUST be on the chain)The biggest dog ran away & got sprayed by a skunk. Of course my son had to go to work so I got left with the "problem". Not a great thing to wake up to!! It seems to have only gotten him on 1 leg thank goodness. I hope my house doesn't smell! I don't think it does but a friend of mine says you get immune to the smell pretty quick...UGH!!
I have been very busy this week and haven't had time to create so I pulled a few cards from my stash. Hopefully I haven't shown them before.
Have a great day and I'll be back soon. Hoping to get some crafty time in this afternoon :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hope you are having a great weekend. I spent some of yesterday with my Dad at a Johnny Appleseed festival. The weather was just beautiful. Fall is my favorite time of year! Cool crisp air, crunchy leaves, the smell of fires in the evening.The beautiful colors of the trees when they are changing. It's gonna be here before we know it!

This is a card we are going to make in an upcoming class. I don't "do" Halloween but thought this little dracula was just adorable. Since it is not in traditional halloween colors I thought it could be used for anything. He is a $1.00 stamp from Michaels. The sentiment was computer generated.
Thanks for dropping in today. Hope you come back soon!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hello~ It's Thursday and it feels almost like Winter out today! Great day for crafting or reading!! Not complaining! I enjoy the cooler weather.
I have several cards to share today. Not sure I love them but here they are. This first one I used some bird & berry sizzlet dies to create it. Added some white feathers and a tiny black brad for his eye. The frame is a Marianne die.

This is a stamp I got for 50 cents at the used stamp sale. Used some scraps from my scrap bin. Not my "usual" style but I thought he was cute!

Out of the three cards I like this one the best. Played with some of Tim Holtz's glassine paper. Its a coated kraft paper. I cut out the flowers with a Sizzix die, stamped on it, heat set it and then crumpled it all up. The center was something I had in my stash and I used a Marianne Swirl die to add some more black to tie it all in. The ribbon is some I stocked up on after Christmas last year. I added a sticker butterfly to finish it. Looking forward to playing some more today. I should be cleaning....

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hello! Long rough week....over 1000 people came through the funeral home. What a testimony to how many lives my step mom has touched! Now the real hard part starts...learning to live with out her being physically present. Its gonna be a big adjustment for my Dad and I worry about him. But he is a strong man of faith so it is a blessing to know he won't be going through it "alone".
I was just itching to craft as it is my stress reliever. Even though I was exhausted I went and made a card last night. I used a Sizzix embossing folder that I hadn't tried yet. I ran it thru the Big shot with several shades of green and trimmed out the various layers to get what I wanted. I sponged some white ink for the center. I also sponged some ink around the edges of each layer. I really like how it turned out. Wasn't so sure when I got the folder what I was going to use it for. Now I am glad I got it.
I got a pleasant surprise the other day when I was checking Facebook on my phone. I looked and saw a card that looked familiar on the Denami Designs Blog. Upon closer inspection I realized it was mine! They posted my blog for the day with the little hot air balloon card I made. Made me smile! It also couldn't have lifted my spirits at a more perfect time!! Thanks Denami!!
Going to a used stamp sale today with a few of my buddies then hanging out later with my Dad for pizza. See you soon!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hello! Quick card & post today. Hope you had a great Holiday weekend.
This is a really simple card I made with 2 Marianne Designs Die cuts. I used some velvet flocked paper from Michaels that I thought went wonderfully with the Dies.
Yesterday my Stepmother died unexpectedly. So...I won't probably be crafting or posting much this week.I feel so bad for my Dad as this is the second wife that he has lost due to illness. It really hits home for me as I have the same illness they both had. I try not to think about it much but it does weigh heavily in the back of my mind. The only thing different for me is I am on medicine to slow down the "progression" of the disease and those were not made available to my Mom or Step mom before they got "bad". So hopefully they will find a cure soon!
Sorry to be such a "downer". Its just a difficult time right now. Hope to be "back on track" soon.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hello! Boy where did the summer go? It's the last day of August already!! Crazy! I am looking forward to cooler temps though. I don't handle the heat very well.
This first card uses a stamp I got at convention from Denami Designs. I used some cloud paper for the background and cut out 2 clouds to pop up for dimension. I added some spica glitter pen in orange to the hearts. I added some clear glaze to his nose. That's why it looks funny. The camera flash made it reflect but it looks ok in person. The cheer up stamp is from Paper smooches Sept release. I thought it went perfect with this card. Embossed the background paper & added some twine to finish it off. Hope it brings a smile to the lady's face that's getting it!!

This card was done using my Cricut Imagine & the all seasons cartridge. I thought this little hedgehog was adorable! Added some glitter to his scarf and a brad for his eye & nose. A touch of blush to his cheek and he was good to go. I made the sunflower with a Cheery Lynn die to add a little extra to the card. Thanks for dropping by today. Hope your day is fabulous!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Good Morning! Another week starting. My how time flies!!
I worked on these cute "dolls" yesterday. They are made out of all punches except the body. For that I used a triangle nestibilitie set. I wish I could take credit for coming up with these cuties but I saw them on someone else's blog. You can see the original here. I had so much fun making these. Picking out the scraps I wanted to use. I embossed the backgrounds with different embossing folders. Added some ribbon, brad, pearls & flowers to finish them off. I just love them! It was fun project!
Hope you have a great start to the week and thanks for dropping by!