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


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 ~

Monday, December 5, 2016

Cricut Christmas

Hi everybody! It's been a while since I posted. I went to Boston to visit my brother for the Thanksgiving holiday and just got back. Time to get serious with these Christmas cards!

As a Christmas present to myself, I purchased a Cricut Air Machine, thanks go Black Friday prices. My Cricut Expression was starting to cause issues with cutting, so I felt it was time I upgraded. It's rather old but was still useful until recently.

This is one of my first cards I created with the new machine. It's so easy because I don't have to physically connect my computer to the Cricut. It's all wireless! For this card, I first selected the card image from Cricut Access on the computer, then I hit Go and the machine began cutting, one layer after another. It stopped in between layers for me to change the color of the cardstock. Once it was done, I only had to adhere the layers and add the stamped sentiment on the inside. Easy!

If I get in a pinch and need more cards, this will be the one I go to for duplication.

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Clean and Simple Christmas

Hi again! I'm back with my third Christmas card for the day. This one was created for the Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday Challenge, where we were to create a Clean & Simple Christmas card using Christmas colors.

I chose Christmas Pine for the base of my card, then layered the Kraft with white on it after stamping the page of music. I love that background stamp! It will work for just about anything, even after Christmas. As a pianist, musical stamps always attract my eye. Can't get enough!

The sentiment and the musical notes are from Stamp TV's Kit called Home For The Holidays. The kit has four different pages of Christmas stamps, dies to go with it, patterned paper and cardstock that match. Loads of fun in that one box!

Before I go I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone enjoys the holiday and has some fun shopping on Black Friday. I'll be staying inside and checking out the different web sites online. It's almost too easy to shop that way, and there are no crowds to fight!

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