Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Thank You & Update


Hi everybody! I'm finally back with a fun card I created using products from Gina K Designs. The stamps are from the latest Stamp TV Kit, called Bold and Blooming. I love the style of these flowers and leaves. The sentiment is nice and bold, which I also adore. The recipient gets the message, right away!

I used my Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor markers to add color to the image. It's been a while since I sat down to color, but I found it to be very relaxing. I needed that! I didn't try to use much shading. I'll have to work on that later.

Please accept my apologies for the long absence. Soon after moving, I went to West Virginia and stayed with my sister so we could attend the wedding shower for my son's fiance. You know me -- something almost always happens when I least expect it. Missing a step on my sister's stairwell, I went down fast, popping my knee cap, several ligaments and tendons, too. The good news is this didn't happen until after the Bridal Shower! Hurray!

I managed to fly back home the day after my fall, and I've been sitting on the couch ever since (or walking with crutches).

Time heals, and it'd better heal fast because I've got a wedding to attend in June! I am NOT walking down that aisle with crutches, a brace, or even a cane. NO WAY.  My son deserves the best I can give! I mean, just look at him! Ahhhh, a mother's pride.


Well, that's it!

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I'm Back!



Hi everybody! The moving is done and pneumonia has healed, so I am back with a new card to celebrate upcoming Easter. Geez, I missed you'all!

This card is square, 4-1/2 by 4-1/2, so it fits in an A2-sized envelope. I used Claire Brennan's new set called Springtime Baskets. I just love this set, because it has two different baskets in it and also a variety of fillers, like flowers and eggs. I chose the eggs for this card, and colored them pastel colors with my Copics. I added a sentiment from the set, along with a few butterflies that were colored in pastels, too.

Thank you for your patience, my friends! This has been a crazy couple of months, but things are moving along. My Craft Room still leaves a lot to be desired, as it's still full of boxes and doesn't have the furniture in place yet. I'll need some help with that, so it could be a while. In the meantime, I'll continue creating on the Dining Room table.

The header on this blog has been updated to reflect the Easter season. Thank you, dear Kevin, for your assistance with this! I love showing the bunny as well as the cross. It's a good reflection of the season with the flowers in bloom, too.

I appreciate your comments and visits very much. I look forward to seeing you again real soon ~





Friday, February 3, 2017

Challenging Times


Hi everybody! Like my picture? It's not a card, is it? Not quite!

This is a picture of the chaos of my life right now. I am in the middle of moving (just down the street) and am spending my days packing boxes, upon boxes, upon boxes, upon... If it weren't for sweet Cinnamon, the cat, I'd lose my mind! Her presence is very calming for me. Fortunately, a dear sweet friend who knows Cinnamon will keep her the day of the actual move. What would we do without friends?

On top of the move, I've been sick. After weeks and weeks of aches and chills, a sore chest and throat, plus two trips to the doctor, I was finally diagnosed with pneumonia. Ever try to pack and cough and rest, pack and cough and rest, pack and...? Nothing gets done very fast! Fortunately, the antibiotics are working and I'm feeling better.

So, I've written all this to let you know I'll probably be absent for a while. All my craft stuff is getting packed up, and I'm sure it will take me a couple weeks, at least, to get it unpacked and put away so I can use it.

You're on my mind and in my heart, so keep up your crafting and know I'm thinking of you!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Valentine Box Card



Hello everybody! WooHoo! I'm back already! It hasn't been so long since I last posted a card on here. Can you stand it?

A friend of mine from Gina K Design's Stamp TV asked that I post this box card that I recently created. So, Lisa, this one's for you!

The card was created for another dear friend of mine who has been sick for quite a while. I thought a box card full of hearts might brighten her spirits a little.

I used the Box Card Die, Bears2Stamp stamp set, and the Bear dies that go with it for this box card. Everything is from Stephanie Barnard's The Stamps of Life. I enjoy using her stamps and dies that go together, and that die for the box card really makes it easy to create something like this.  The heart on the side was cut from a different heart die. I'm not sure where it came from, because I just found it in my stash. (I think I need a different way to store dies so I can keep track of the company who makes them.) The patterned paper is also from The Stamps of Life. The bear was colored with Copics. You can't really tell, but he's holding a heart.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Sunday, January 15, 2017

3 Hearts Love


Hello everyone! How's your weekend been? I decided to participate in Stamp TV's Mix It Up Monday Challenge, due TODAY. Yikes! I just barely made the deadline.

For my card, I used a set called Triple Play Frame illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs. The Challenge was to use the same stamp three times on your card, so I used the pretty heart with the flowers. The sentiment is from Melanie's Fabulous Holiday Fillers. I added the heart border and a few more butterflies, and I was done!

Before I go, I want to give a big shout out to my friend, Kevin, who designed the Ground Hog's banner at the top of this blog. He also created one for Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter, plus one for in-between holidays. I appreciate this very much, and I enjoy changing the banner for each season. He's taught me a lot about computers, for which I'm also thankful.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy Birthday!


Hi everybody! Surprise, I'm here again already! This year I will try to post more often than last. Too much time was passing between posts toward the end of the year, and I want to do better. You are important to me, and I certainly don't want to lose touch.

This Birthday card was quick and easy to create. The patterned paper, stamps & flower dies are from Stephanie Barnard's The Stamps of Life. I love her (fairly) new Birthday pack because it's full of fun, bright patterned paper. I enjoy the variety of colors on this particular paper. After die cutting the flowers, I added an enamel dot in the center for contrast.

Another goal I have for 2017 is to get back to entering more challenges. I really slacked off on this last year, so it's time I jumped back in and participated!

This card will be entered into ModSquad Challenge, which is asking us to post "Anything But Christmas" cards. I'm also entering this into Seize the Birthday Challenge, which says "Anything Goes" -- I can do that!


For some reason, I don't have a badge for Mod Squad, but you can click on the link for either one of the Challenges.

Before I go, I wanted to share a picture with you of my 2016 Christmas gift from my family. I was totally surprised to see this huge box arrive at my door and find it to be a Yamaha Grand Piano Keyboard! I played piano most of my life but had to sell my piano a few years ago. It really made me sad to see it go, and I haven't been able to play since. My family recognized this and brought music back into my life. I'm so thankful!


Happy New Year to you! Keep music in your heart and love in your soul. With that, you'll have a wondrous 2017!

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and your visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Friday, December 30, 2016

Thank You!



Hi everybody! Happy New Year! Can you believe 2017 is nearly here? Wow, what a year we had!

Since Christmas has passed and Christmas presents have been opened (& played with), I thought it was about time to get out some Thank You cards.

Many people made my Christmas complete even though I didn't get to see my sons during the holidays. I am very thankful for friends who invited me to parties or dinner. That really helped me get through what-would-have-otherwise-been a most miserable Christmas.

I love the Square Flip-It die (from Stephanie Barnard's Stamps of Life) because you can fit just about anything in the square to make it a unique card. Using the same die & sentiment but different patterned paper (also from Stamps of Life), I made multiple cards.



It was easy to quickly get several of these made, which was quite helpful! Now that they're done, I can begin putting away my Christmas stamps, dies & embellishments. Almost time to create some for Valentine's Day, after all! lol :)

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~

Friday, December 16, 2016

Believe


Hi everybody! I thought I'd post another Christmas card. This one challenged my watercoloring skills.

My sister's (Cecilia) favorite color is red, and her husband owns a truck like this, so I thought I'd put the two together for her Christmas card. As I painted the red, it began to turn pink with water added. I just kept adding more red until I got a good color I wanted.

Cecilia called me yesterday to thank me for this card. She said it inspired her to go get a tree! They apparently hadn't started decorating yet. I'm glad I could be of help!

The stamp set is from Honey Bee stamps. I also purchased dies with the stamps, but for this card I didn't need them. The background paper is from a Lawn Fawn Christmas petite paper pad. Love those patterns!

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~