Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Some Easter Cards

Hello crafty friends, I hope your week has been going well. Not much happening around here. Doctor put me back on my Lupus meds as my numbers were high. Proteins a little high in my urine as well, but we are just going to keep an eye on that for now. Vitamin D is low too, that surprised me, so will be doing meds for that once a week. So considering I've been managing without the Lupus meds for 6 1/2 years, I figured it could have been way worse. So I'm thankful I managed as well as I have. My Doctor was surprised that I managed as well as I did too. But sometimes, that is your only choice and you just survive as best as you can.

I have some Easter cards to share today. I got a few made and sent out before Easter. I hope you all had a great Easter, we did here. 

My first card I saw on Pinterest, I didn't have the dies they used, so I went to my Cricut Machine and Design Space to get my cuts of a cross and palm leaves. The oval and sentiment strip are from dies I have. Hard to see, but I also used an embossing folder for the background mat. I cut many crosses, stacking about three on top of each other and then placing the wood grain paper cross on top. Inked my palm leaves with DOI's. I am pleased with how this card came out, similar to the one on Pinterest, but different a bit too.

I used my left one of the over die cut piece to stencil a palm leaf inside my card. 

Same with this card, saw it on Pinterest. Same as the first card, I didn't have any bunny dies, so went to my Cricut and Design Space to do some print and cut bunnies. Couldn't find any pattern paper to use, so thus why I picked some patterns and did the print and cut. I need to calibrate my machine though! Die cut my squares, placing my bunnies on them. Added some sequins, don't think the one on Pinterest had sequins. So again, similar, but different. 

This card uses snippets and a little washi flower die cut that a sweet friend sent me a bunch of. Thank you sweet friend, you know who you are! Simple, layered, but sweet I thought. I followed a sketch from Cardz TV.

Another sweet friend sent me this little bunny, two of them actually. Thank you sweet friend, you know who you are too! I used all snippets on this one too as well as following another Cardz TV sketch. The purple piece is an alcohol piece I found in my background stash. The wreath was cut using a friend's SU die and I used Brusho's on it. I did many of the wreaths that day we got together, which was quite a while ago! So I just have them in my bits and bob box to use. 

The sweet friend who gave me the sweet bunnies, also gave me the piece of wood that I've hoarded for quite a while. But figured it wasn't doing anyone any good by keeping it in my stash and so I finally used it. I have a tiny square piece left to use yet. Again, thank you sweet friend....you know who you are. 

And that is it! Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me a spell, I know it is busy for everyone. Mowing is keeping me busy as well, although I wish the weather would just stay warm. The next three days is supposed to feel like winter with some areas higher up maybe seeing some snow.  We will see rain with maybe a snowflake or two...what's new there?!What the heck, it is almost May?!!! Anyway, your comments always bring sunshine and joy to my days and I thank you for taking the time to leave one. If I haven't been by to see you, I will be soon. 

Crafty hugs, 

Card Recipe:

My Creative Time
Stamping Up
Maymay Made It
Distress Oxide Inks
Alcohol Inks

Monday, April 11, 2022

Some Cards and What I've Been Up To

Well, it's been a while again. I sure hope you all have been doing well and are getting nice weather. We are still back and forth with our weather and lots of storms and rain. This week has some rain in it, but it is supposed to be much warmer! 

So much going on, so many sympathy cards have been going out the door as well. I am hoping that is over with, having two go out today alone. But I have been making cards and such. So will start with these few. 

To catch you up on what's going on with Bret....the poor guy isn't buying his house now. He thought at first he was going to have to move quickly in March. As he was getting his loan all together with the bank, they found out that the property was zone as commercial use. The guy selling the house didn't know about it, and of course Bret didn't know about it. The bank wanted an additional $25,000 in closing costs on top of the regular closing cost and the township will not guarantee him that he can rebuild in case of a fire. So he isn't buying it of course, but the guy needs to sell it because of having to pay back his grandparents for the money loaned to buy his newer home. So Bret was scrambling looking at homes and such. But as it turned out, he can stay where he is at and just rent as the business, Superior Home's, beside him is buying the property and wants Bret to stay and rent. So for now, he will just rent the house and can take his time looking for a home to buy. We both look at it as everything happens for a reason and when one door closes, another one will open.

I have kept busying dog sitting for Bret as he has been traveling a good bit. I am also taking care of lots of testing that I haven't had done for years since Dwayne passed since I have health care once again. And of course that mean seeing a rheumatologist and running lots of blood testing. Will be seeing her this week for go over all the testing and the "flagged" tests.  

So here are my cards, most sympathy cards went out as Mass cards, but this one I made. Had two others, but forgot to take a photo of them! And of course, birthday cards. They are always going out the door. Had a friend over to make cards, so I decided to have a play with a NBUS stencil. It was fun and though not perfectly lined up, I'm still pleased with the results of that play and the cards made with the stencil. 

This sympathy card was made using the Ukraine flag colors. After all was said and done, I had wished I picked a less "cluttered" design on the front. It was cut out in removeable vinyl scraps.  

A birthday card for my brother, again, the happy birthday was cut out using vinyl scraps that I'm trying to get used up. One birthday card got mailed and I forgot to take a photo of it, it was a beautiful teal and gray color with a stamped silhouette of Queen Anne's Lace and a birthday sentiment cut out in vinyl. 

Another birthday card, you guessed it, the sentiment design was cut out in vinyl scraps.

A birthday card for my nephew, I saw this design on Pinterest and so got out my Cricut and stamps to make it my own. The sentiment is print and cut. I thought it looks young and hip. lol 

Was invited to use a ticket (the owner couldn't use because they were sick) to go see the Celtic Angels. Was a fabulous show of Celtic singing and dancing. 

A last season snow-many of us saw that! 

And last but not least, a beautiful double rainbow after a storm. It was just so beautiful (photo doesn't do it justice!) and seemed like it touched the ground on either side of it. And no, I didn't go looking for that pot of gold. lol 

As always, I appreciate the time you take from your busy schedule to come and see what I've been up to. Your comments always bring me joy and I feel honored that you leave them for me. I am behind on commenting, but am trying to get some caught up on, so hopefully I will be by to visit you soon as well. 

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Design Space
Altenew stencil
Distress Oxide Inks

Monday, February 21, 2022

Valentines/Galentine Cards

Hello crafty friends, I hope you are all doing well. It's been a little crazy around here. Worked on helping Bret with his home: cleaning and the guys moved furniture. Went back on a Sunday and clean the most disgusting, filthy fridge I'd ever seen in my life and did some touch up painting in his living room. It is a cute little house and perfect for Bret and his dogs. So will share some photo's at the end. Then he came for his dogs that Monday after I was there on Sunday. By that Friday, he was home with Covid....again! Infected from a co-worker-the guy he is buying the house from. He didn't have any groceries, so guess who got a phone call? Yep, me, so off I go to get everything he needs, plus his monitors so he can work from home that were still here, a big box of stuff from here of his and to Sam's for a Air fryer/toaster/grill/convention oven like mine. Get to his house and unload everything on his front porch for him to get and off I go. The dogs went nuts at the storm door, lol, they wanted to come see Grandma but couldn't. Then Saturday, I get another call-he needed a couple more things....off I go again. lol Placing everything on the front porch. Finally, he went back to work last Wednesday and then Thursday brought the dogs to me to watch as he had a work weekend thing in another county. Just got the pups this evening, but they will be coming back on Sunday as he is doing a job fair at the college he went to. They are looking to hire, so.....I'm grandpup sitting again. So Savannah and I haven't really had much time to get into much of a routine yet. Or to get much done. 

Like overseas, we had very high winds and a storm come through. I can't believe we didn't lose electric....I was one of the lucky ones in my county, but many did in my county lost their electric, including Bret only he wasn't home, he is also in a different county than me now. The dogs and I couldn't even sleep as it sounded like the house was going to blow away. For 3 days we had high winds, I'm surprised the pool survived...but the cover was high in the air! Glad that is done, but winds are to come back at the end of the week, hopefully not as bad this time! It is always windy here at my house, I'm in open fields where the wind blows all the time!

So not much crafty time going on here, but I did manage a few Valentines/Galentines. So will share these with you all. I did a print and cut for the images/rectangles/sentiment. So no stamping. This was the quickest way for me to get this done in my limited time frame. I thought they still were cute even though they were very simple. The last two are for the grands. 

And now some photos of Bret's home. And a thank you for sticking with me this long!

The other owners still have junk to get, in the garage and outside of the home. I think they did come and get some recently though but not everything. So all the stuff on the porch is theirs.

After painting the fireplace and the walls, the fireplace was a yellowish tan and the walls were a dirty white. The walls are now a light gray and it looks very nice and as you can see the fireplace is a dark gray. He is sticking with a blue, gray, white color combo in the whole house. He is going to do the floors at some point, with the floors like he did for me, only in gray. 

Another view of the living area, with a peek into the kitchen

Relaxing on his new couch, outside that window is a huge deck, so that will be nice this summer!

The bar chairs he got for the bar area, as this is where he will be eating....or in the living room at his coffee table that lifts up. But I think, mostly from here. 

So that is a little sneak peek into Bret's new to him home. It is about 8 to 10 years older than my home, only it is brick with a metal roof and he has a much newer furnace. It's a solid home and I think he will  have many good memories there. 

Thank you for sticking with me for this long post, I also want to say thank you for always coming back to visit with me a spell as I know I'm sporadic at posting. Your comments always bring sunshine to my soul and I thank you for them. I know I get behind with commenting, but I am trying to stay up as well as I can at the moment. Know that I might not comment on each post, but I am checking in. One day I will get back to a more normal schedule and things should settle down. I hope....

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Cricut Explore Air 2
Design Space Images
Cannon Printer
Snippets of Valentine papers
Paper Studio Black Cardstock
Red/White Bakers twine from Amazon

Monday, January 31, 2022

Rudolph Days

Hello my crafty friends, I'm slipping in at the last minute to play along over at the Rudolph challenge. It closes tonight, so I am cutting it short! It is also my first project of 2022. 

I made a mini slimline card, it turned out to be a "make a fuss" card and took longer to make than I would have liked. I will be using this image again because I love it, but won't be coloring it all in again. lol It's a larger stamp, but all the pieces are tiny to color. So my little scene is of a town in the "Burbs", with the big city behind it at dusk. I didn't get my sky right, but I can live with it and will try a dusk sky again sometime. All my little stores are open, lights on and ready for Christmas shoppers, even the Post Office is open for those last minute packages that need to get sent out. lol Wish that happened in real life! I embossed with black embossing powder and then colored in with just regular markers. Fussy cut out my image and laid it on my DIO background. I wanted to put faux snow on the snow areas, but they are tiny and the tip of the snow bottle just wasn't fine enough-plus the snow is thick. So I used Stickles instead. Tried getting a photo of the sparkle, but it didn't really turned out in the second photo. I did enjoy the mini slimline size card, so definitely want to try making some more again. Never made mini slimline cards before, just the regular slimline, and that was years ago.

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with me again. I so appreciate you all and your comments brings so much joy to me. If I haven't been by to see you, I hope to be by soon. 

I got my first shingles shot and boy did it kick my butt! Even the Covid vaccines didn't bother me like this shingles shot did. It kicked my butt for several days, stirring up my Lupus big time. I hope the second one goes better! Bret is getting his things declutter and packed. Moving furniture on Wednesday! I am looking forward to seeing his "new to him" home. I am hoping to be able to share some photos soon. 

Stay warm if it is cold in your neck of the woods and I pray everyone is staying well.

Crafty Hugs,

Card Recipe:

City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks Stamp Set-Maymay Made It
Cricut Markers
SU Black Embossing Powder
Distressed Ink Oxides

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Wood Slice Ornaments

Hello crafty friends, I hope you are keeping warm and aren't dealing with snow, ice and all that comes with winter time. If you are having the winter stuff, then I hope you are able to stay in and just stay warm!

I had forgotten this in my last post, so wanted to get them posted. I painted my wood slices with white and black paint. Then using vinyl and my Cricut, cut out Christmassy words to place on one side and a snowflake to place on the other side. Painted some beads in black and white as well and threaded them onto the hangers. I love how these look and think they are so fun. Have a bunch more I can make. Not sure how I will change them up yet, but I will do something different. I hope you find these as fun as I do!

Sorry I am behind in commenting again, I hosted my sister friend for 5 days. It was nice to have her around and we had a great time. Bret will be moving next week, so I will be coming and going with comments then too. But hopefully I will make it around to everyone. As always, thank you so much for visiting with me for a spell. Your comments always make my day and warm my soul! Again, I hope to be by to visit with you as well very soon.

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:
Wood slices-Amazon
Twine-Dollar Tree
Vinyl from my stash so it could be Cricut, Orcal or Starcraft
Design Space

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Christmas Gifts Makes

Hello my crafty friends, it's been a while I know! November and December were really busy months for me as I'm sure it was for you too. I had a wedding in November besides the holiday, took a girls trip to Myrtle Beach in early December and was working on all my Christmas gifts that I wanted to make. That and taking care of the three pups. That will be ending soon though as Bret is moving out on Feb. 1st. He bought a starter home! Ready for him to have his own space so I can have my house back. lol But will miss him like crazy.

This is going to be picture heavy as I'm sharing all the things I made for Christmas. I still didn't get all done that I wanted to, but it's a new year, so more makes will be happening. lol Ok, here we go:

This was the wedding gift I made. The gal wasn't taking her husband's last name, so this is what I came up with. Was inspired by Pinterest. Done with vinyl. 

This wood round was made using sand from the Outer Banks as well as the shells that I picked up except for one. No vinyl on this one, it was stenciled on after cutting out with my Cricut. A gift for my SIL and she loved it! 

This wood round was made with vinyl. 

Same with this sign, done with vinyl. It's not straight either! The red vinyl was a shimmery/glittery red and would not stick to the transfer tape I had, so had to place each letter down. The white I could pick up with transfer tape, so it is straight, even though it doesn't look it. 

A little chalk board sled that I put a count down to Christmas on in vinyl. 

Another sign with vinyl. 

Again, done with vinyl.

Scrapbook paper, and vinyl.

Mugs done with sublimation, this one I wasn't thinking and should have used a shadow around the letter. But the person loved it anyway and used it when I hosted them over Christmas. 

The golf and wrestling mugs were for my nephews, I put cash and hot cocoa packets in them. They were amazed at their mugs and loved them! I'm sure they loved the cash too. lol 

A candle I spruced up.

Pillow covers I made. These next two don't have the pillow inserts as she already has pillows inserts from other pillows covers I made her and gave them with the pillows. Now she can just change them out. 

A beer mug my brother asked me to make for his fantasy football winner. 

An apron I made for my brother, he grills delicious chicken and while grillin', he is chillin' and always refillin' his beer! lol He loved this. He keeps telling me I'm missing the boat and need to make an etsy shop to sell my crafts. Just not interested in doing that! I have two more aprons I want to do, they are plaids though. Just ran out of time, so will make them for this year.

Lastly, this little cutie was an experiment and stayed with me. I wanted to make more of these, but was trying my hand with this one first. Never got anymore made, but will in the future. Faux whipped cream topper on a mug with vinyl. The whipped topper is separate, so can be packed away separate from the mug.  Mug not for drinking out of though because the vinyl is around the rim and vinyl isn't food safe. Just for d├ęcor purposes.

I think that is everything. I think....Hard to say as sometimes I forget to take photo's of this stuff when I'm done making it! But you get the gist. I have not been commenting as I've not been on the computer much. Hopefully I will get back to doing that and back into blogging, although it will probably be sporadic with Bret moving and then me being able to work on my crafty room since it will only be Savannah and myself. So looking forward to that!!!! But still, I hope to be around some! 

If you have stuck with me this long, thank you! I appreciate you all so much and am looking forward to this new year. Which I hope I will be able to do more crafty stuff, cardmaking and scrapbooking since I don't have to worry about what Kahlua is getting into and can actually use my craft room once again. Thank you too for all your lovely comments, they always brighten my day!  

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Cricut machines
vinyl from many stores/online
Dollar Tree signs remade
Wood Rounds from Amazon
Wood Slices from Amazon
Rope from Dollar Tree
Light Weight Spackle from Amazon
Cricut Mugs-Sublimation
Dollar Tree Mug-Faux Whipped Cream mug
Dollar General for the little sled
Apron from Amazon
Floral/greenery from Dollar Tree/JoAnn/Potpourri 
Cricut Infusible Ink Sublimation paper-mugs and pillow covers
Iron on Vinyl from many stores/online
Wood Beads from Amazon