Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hello, My Friend

Hi everybody! Hope you're having a good week!

I bought this Playful Flip-It die several weeks ago from The Stamps of Life and have had a lot of fun with it. There are so many dies and so many options, it's nearly overwhelming! The patterned paper I used for this card is also from The Stamps of Life. Love her paper pads!

My next-door neighbor is disabled and is limited in nearly every way. She loves pink, so I made this card for her. She is such a sweet lady, and we have grown fairly close over the past several months. I wanted to give her something cheerful on a particularly bad day.

I have a new member of my family. Everybody, meet Snuggles!

She's a handful! No wonder, she's only 11 weeks old, 2-1/2 pounds. Her days and nights are mixed up, so mine are, too. It's been 3 weeks, and I'm exhausted! Possibly too old for this? It's just like having a toddler. She's into everything! As you can see, her favorite toy is an empty box.

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

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hair Up...

Hi everybody! How's your weekend been? We get a couple extra free days this week with the July 4th holiday. I hope you are able to enjoy it with friends & family.

I created this card for a friend of mine who's been having a hard time. A laugh or two always cheers up a person, so I thought she'd like it. I sent it, and she did!

The stamp set used on the front of the card is called Crafting Time and I bought it at Simon Says Stamps. The die on the inside was in my stash.

Hope you enjoyed today's post! I appreciate you stopping by today. Your comments and visits are always welcome, and I hope to see you again real soon ~

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wedding Time!

Hello everybody! I hope you're having a good day. I thought it was about time I got this wedding card for my son & his fiance posted on my blog. Their wedding is next week, and I've finally finished it plus a few extra goodies for them.

My friend from Gina K Designs' Stamp TV, Kathy Moore, sent me this cut for the front that was created from her Silhouette machine. She had used one similar for a card of her own, and I asked if she could cut one for me. Before I knew it, she had sent me an entire package of die cut pieces that I will be using for quite a while! Her kindness was overwhelming. Thank you, Kathy, if you're reading this.

The inside of the card was foiled using my Heidi Swapp Mini Minc Machine. The verse is from Gina K Designs, and I used silver foil. I added a ribbon for the final touch.

As an extra little gift, I embellished some tiles from Tim Holtz. Here's a snippet of the project.

I added a vinyl letter for each of their names (Chris & Katie) before outlining with Silver Stickles, then embellished other tiles in ways that relate to them. Since he's an assistant men's basketball coach and she's a sports broadcaster, I attached basketballs, baseballs & footballs, along with basketball nets & whistles that were either stickers or Jolee's products. Since they travel a lot, I added some license plates from States where they most frequently go and also from where they live or have lived. They both enjoy music (she sings in church choir) so I included some musical notes. Each tile was then coated with Glossy Accents. 

It was a fun project. I'll either put them on the tables for decorations or give Chris, Katie & her parents each a towle bag of them attached to their gift.

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

Monday, June 5, 2017

Pet Sympathy

Hello again! I'm posting another black and white card today. No challenge this time,  just doing a favor for a friend.

My neighbor mentioned she had a friend who was going to have to put down her dog who's been in her family for a very long time. The owner is not well physically and is currently hospitalized, and this emotional trauma is an extra burden to carry. My neighbor's very worried about her, so I got to work on a card to help ease the pain.

The image is one of my favorites and is perfect for this situation. We decided there was no need for a sentiment on the front, as my neighbor will write a personal note on the inside. I tried different colors of ribbon but we settled on the black so the front would be uniform in color. The inside of the card has a paw print die cut on the bottom left-hand corner.

I love this die from Spellbinders, called Pawing Around (Dog). Someone sent me a card with the Pawing Around (Cat) die cut on it when my cat passed away a couple years ago, and I knew I just had to have the dies. They have worked beautifully for cards such as this.

The ending to the story is the dog was not put down, after all. The owner's husband felt it would be too much emotional trauma so they are keeping the dog comfortable with meds right now and hoping she'll die peacefully in her sleep. The card will be sent when the time is appropriate, so I'm still glad I created it. With no sentiment on the front, it could even be sent now.

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Black and White Plus A Little Bling

Hi everybody! I'm slowly getting back on track after moving and then injuring my knee in a fall, so I appreciate your patience. Things like this take time, I'm learning. Thank you for all your good wishes, too. That certainly cheered me up.

This card was created for Gina K's Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday Challenge where we were to use black and white with one accent color either in the ribbon or bling. I chose a touch of red in the gems added to the centers of the black flowers and also as a period at the end of the sentiment. Works for me!

It's been a long time since I joined a challenge, so it was good to get back at it again. It's very inspiring to see what others have created with the same instructions.

Before I go, I'll share my update: My knee specialist said this morning that I no longer need to see him, as long as I continue Physical Therapy and wear my brace until they tell me not to. (YAY!) That date will be closer to mid-June when my son gets married. (OH!) I want to walk down the aisle as Mother of the Groom on two firm legs -- and knees -- so the brace will be worn and the knee will be taped, but no there will be no limping thanks to all the PT I've had.  After talking with the doctor and the physical therapist, I feel there's no good reason to take the chance of falling again on a weak knee. It's okay, everything goes together -- my dress is black, the brace is black, the tape is black. Can you beat that?

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beautiful You

Hello again! I'm back with an easy, CAS card I created for my sister, who's been a dancer most of her life.

I LOVE this image! It's called Beautiful You and I bought it from Stampin Up! It comes with two sets of images and sentiments. The inside of this card says "Life looks beautiful on you." Since my sister is a bubbly gal with lots of sparkle, I thought it was appropriate for her.

The cardstock I used came from Gina K Designs, and the ribbon was in my stash.

I'm still working on putting my craft room together, so finding what I needed to create a card wasn't easy. Fortunately, the ribbon was in the right spot for me to reach it easily!

Thank you'all for your support since my fall. My knee pain has let up since my doctor gave me cortisone shots last week. I'm wearing a brace to hold my knee cap in place until Physical Therapy helps me build some muscles to do the trick. Knee replacement is coming somewhere down the road, but I'm not ready for that yet and am counting on PT to get me back on my feet now. Thank you for your patience while I recuperate! I have NOT forgotten you, dear friends.

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

A Gift for 2017

Hi everybody! I was cleaning out old pictures on my camera and realized (to the best of my knowledge) I'd never given this project a real post & explained the steps in creating it. Better late than never!

NOTE:  Please disregard the date on the photos. My camera was not set to the right date!

As a New Year's gift for 2017, I created a Family Favorites Recipe Book for my family. My mother was a tremendous cook, and I am fortunate enough to have her recipes since she's passed. My brother, sister, and my two sons have favorites, but not one of us has had a collection of all the family favorites together in one place.

I found the cookbook binders at a local store that came with patterned papers, matching notepads and magnets. Although I had hoped to use cards with Mom's original handwriting, I found it impossible to configure on the computer. I found the notebooks to be the easiest and most sensible way to put the project together.

After going through my mother's recipes and selecting the ones I wanted to use, I typed them up on the computer and then printed each on patterned paper like you see above. When I ran out of printed paper, I took the package to the local Office Max and had them copy everything. That way all the paper looked the same & I could have a few extra copies.

Each recipe has special memories. For example, Mom's Spiced Beef  was prepared every Christmas Eve, and it took her 3 days to complete the recipe! I remember seeing her work on that for an entire weekend at a time. I never realized until typing her notes all the work -- and love -- she put into each meal. We were truly blessed to have a Mother who enjoyed cooking. How I miss traditions such as our special Christmas Eve meal.

My family was surprised to receive their New Year's gift this year, and I am so happy I took the time to create this project.

If you ever wonder if a project such as this is worth it, don't hesitate. It will be worth your time and effort...and your love.

Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I will see you again real soon ~ I actually have another post for today, so stay tuned!

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 ~