Monday, August 10, 2020

A Few Cards-Lori Whitlock files (warning long post and pic heavy!)

Hello my crafty friends, I hope you all are doing well. I'm back from my trip, got back two weeks ago. Had to rest and recouped as I did get sick while I was gone. Nothing to serious, but the Lupus reared it's ugly head. More on the trip later though with some photo's. I did have a great time with my brother, sister-in-law and nephews. 

Now I see what everyone is complaining about with Blogger! Please bare with me while I figure all this out. It is very slow as I am. lol I have a few cards to share with you that I cut on my Cricut Joy. They were fun to cut and fold and I love how they turned out.  I have more designs that I haven't cut as of yet but will share when I do.  

This one I stamped the sentiment on using a drop shadow as well. 

        This one my Cricut Joy wrote the sentiment on for me.

                           This is one I stamped the sentiment on as well as the last card.  

A few photo's from my trip to the Outer Banks. We had a great time and wore our mask when we headed out or to the grocery store. Not much was open, we we did get to the lighthouse, although you couldn't climb it because of Covid. But the State Park person was there to answer questions and tell us about the lighthouse. It was moved a quarter of a mile to it's currant location, which I thought was interesting. I would imagine it was a s-l-o-w move being it's so tall! It is still in use today as well. We did hit a little craft festive that was outside. Wearing our masks of course. We were in and out pretty quickly too. 

So on our first day, we got to the Outer Banks around 11:30 am. We left at 4 am. All was good, got a sandwich since we didn't really eat anything but a granola bar, the boys ate all kinds of snack though. Just like boys. lol Then we decided to go to the beach afterwards because the house wouldn't be done until around 6 pm since they had to disinfect per Covid rules. Started through the dune and oh my gosh, the sand was HOT!!! So hot, that it burned blisters on my toes, now I did have flip flops on, but the sand got on the flip flops thus burning my toes. I had to keep stopping and shaking the sand off because it was so painful. Got out of the dunes and stopped to rest, was feeling sick as well as being really over heated. I asked my SIL if my nephew could wet a towel so I could put around my neck and of course he did. But before he got it to me, I lost my sandwich. How embarrassing! But a nice lady saw it and brought me over a sugar drink, reaching it out to my SIL who the handed to me. My brother came up after getting our area set up and helped me the rest of the way to my chair. Then the same lady sent waters over too. So sweet of her!!! Anyway, was good after that! Enjoyed the rest of the day on the beach. When we left the sand wasn't hot. So back to the house we went. My SIL sprayed all the highly touched areas down with disinfect as well. Then made the beds, she wanted to make mine too, but we compromised with me helping. Next day we went out and got water shoes so mine and my youngest nephew's toes didn't get blistered anymore! lol He was young and would run across the sand, I could barely wade through the thick sand in the heat at a snail's pace! Then later in the week, my Lupus reared it's ugly head and I got sick, same as I did a few years back when I passed out in the bathroom. I didn't pass out this time, but my SIL saw me change as I was sitting eating my breakfast. I went to lay down for a while when all heck broke loss. I was in the bathroom for a long time, sent them down to the beach to enjoy the day and I stayed behind. My SIL texted to see if I needed her or anything. I told her just to enjoy the day down at the beach!  Day after started out ok, but then didn't. So I stayed in again but my SIL had some Imodium and I took that, so then was good to go. Friday, I didn't go down to the beach either, it was just to hot and the heat was messing with my Lupus. I did go down in the evening a few times though and that was better. Bless my SIL, as one day we were walking back and she stopped to wait for me to get through the dune to the walk way. I told her she didn't have to wait for me and she said she was using me as an excuse cause the heat got to her too and she needed to stop and rest before going the rest of the way! I didn't feel quite as bad as I'm 10 years older than my brother and my SIL. lol So here are some pictures.

Under our canopy, thanks goodness for some shade, but it was still hot even with the ocean breezes!

Our house for the week

                                                       The beautiful lighthouse

                             My brother and me one evening down at the beach

My brother's family

All of us

Under the pier-My SIL took photo's of my nephew's under the pier

                              And lastly, a new photo of me after we came back home

If you stuck with me this long, thank you! I know it was a long post!!! I just want to say I appreciate you all and I love when you stop by and visit for a spell. I finally am catching up on my cleaning after being gone and got the mowing done as well. Bret and I just don't agree on what clean is. lol I know I haven't been around to everyone, I am working on it. I am slow, getting slower all the time. lol So bare with me and I will get there. Again, you bring much joy and sunshine into my life and I appreciate each one of you! 

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:
Cricut Joy and Lori Whitlock files
Maymay Made It stamp sentiments
My Creative Time stamp sentiments
Close to My Heart stamp sentiments
Stampin' Up papers I won a while back


Veerle's Kaarten Hoekje said...

OMGosh Brenda, these cards are so beautiful. I am in awe that you can work with a cricut. Love, love these cards. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pic's too, seems you all had a great time. And you look so good Brenda. Sending you lots of love and hugs. Stay save, love Veerle šŸ˜˜

Sue - said...

Good morning Brenda. What a shame you were sick on your holiday, hope you’re feeling better now. Love those cards. I remember doing something similar a long time ago - but with a craft knife!

kiwimeskreations said...

Lovely cards Brenda - they look so very effective!
Loved you holiday photos - pity the Lupus decided to attack :( We have black (iron) sand here, but I have never had burnt feet from it, despite it getting really hot!! That must have been painful!!
The new blogger and I are not on the best of terms - first post was ok, but the last one I put up was not the most successful!
Stay safe

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wonderful work on those interwoven cards Brenda, ..cutting them out and weaving too, well done. I’ve a die needing attention like those too.
Sorry re lupus visiting you on hold, no fun, but certainly some beautiful snaps in amongst the not so fun days and that lighthouse is really beautiful indeed!
Thanks for sharing, and may God bless and keep you and all whom you love safe and well.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X

{Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Bonnie said...

Awesome cards, Brenda! I love the designs the folds make and the sentiments fit perfectly! Sorry you weren't feeling well on your trip. It sounds like you made the most of it and enjoyed yourself anyway. Love the pictures and you have wonderful family pictures too! Great last picture! You look well rested and cool!

Marilyn said...

Your cards are gorgeous! Sorry to hear you were not feeling well on your trip! Hope all is better now! I know when going to the beach it is hard for me to walk on sand in the heat. I lag behind everyone else. The last couple of times I went we just sat on our balcony in the condo. Take it easy
Have a great day!
Marilyn ❤️

I Card Everyone said...

There you are working your magic with that machine again... I am amazed by those locking cuts/folds!! Who thinks up these things?? OH Lori Whitlock!
Thanks for sharing your Outer Banks photos, Brenda. This place has been on my wish-list for so many years - too many to count really. One day - but I will remember NOT TO go in July - thanks for that info about the heat.
You look MAHvelous, dahling! xoxo

Brenda in IN said...

You do amazing with your Cricut and these cards are stunning. Your trip looks wonderful and I'm glad the lupus didn't keep you from going out a bit to the beach. Those are great pictures, thanks for sharing them. Wow, they moved the lighthouse! What an undertaking.

Nstiz said...

Your Cricut skills are AMAZING and the cards are just super! I love all of them. What a great way to use up DP too! Thanks for the lovely photos of your vacation too. And HOW come you don't have any wrinkles! You look terrific!

Anita in France said...

Your intricate, folded cards are amazing, Brenda ... so much delicious detailing ... and so striking ... very cool! Super photo's of your trip ... from that last photo we'd never know you'd had issues during the time you were away ... you look fabulous! Hugs, Anita :)

Mac Mable said...

Thank you for sharing the photos and the diary of your trip away Brenda.
You have a beautiful family x.
Sorry you got sick and that it was so hot and that you had blisters on your toes x. What a kind lady to bring you the sugar drink x.
Always good to share memories with your family and the house looked wonderful x.
I had a little chuckle about Bret and his interpretation of cleanliness x.
Your photo of yourself looks beautiful Brenda x.
Wow to your creative and unique cards....Amazing x.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

LOVE the folded cards Brenda, they are so intricate and take time I'm sure, love how you had the Cricut to write the message too, don't you just love the machine, I love my Cameo same thing LOL. I'm glad you had a good time except for the heat and the Lupus! what a thing to happen. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos, as for you aren't you the Glamorous lady?
Keep safe and well.
Faith x

Carol L said...

Welcome home!! I'm glad you were able to spend some quality time with your family and the pictures are fabulous! I love your long hair in the last photo too - you look so different from your profile photo! So sorry you had to experience a flare up of Lupus which kept you out of sorts for a while, but thank goodness the whole week wasn't lost! I hear you on the hot sand! As much as I love the beach, an evening walk along the surf is more my speed now that I'm older! Those cards all turned out so pretty and I love all those intricate little folds that look so impressive! Sorry I'm late in getting back to you, but this blogger issue has me so frustrated, I'm ignoring my computer more often than not! LOL Again welcome back and I do hope your days ahead are healthy ones for you! Hugzzz

Gail said...

Happy you had a vaCation - sad that you were sick some of the time - looks lovely vacation spot - where was that?? I love the look of the house as well - always nice to be on the water when on a vacation. I have TONS of SVG by Lori Whitlock - started my collections when I got my Portrait die cutting machines--- I also have a Cricut but not hooked up to the Internet - my true love of crafting is interactive cards with die cutting - Karen Burniston dies - Love each one I create and my receivers THINK I am a genius - I cannot take credit for that! LOL - Anywhoo - hope all is well and that you stay well - sorry about the health issue you are having-- pray God will heal you-- as I know of people that got healed from various diseases - I just do not know why everyone does not get the same healing blessing--- but never makes me lose my TRUST in Almighty God - may your week be filled with crafting and fun--- blessings, Gail

sallysbitz2 said...

What a stunning array of cards. Love how these fold into each other.

Your holiday looked fab and you certainly have a beautiful family x

Hope your feeling better x

hugs sally x

Jenny L said...

Hi Brenda,
love your super cards and all the different designs and patterns.
I remember we used to have dies to do that at one time great they are now SVGs
So sorry you had a flare up of your complaint while on holiday.
The photos look great and the one on the beach looks extremely hot.
We have had a a week of extreme heat in the Uk and as I live in the south of the country it is always hotter there.
We also struggle for water too as it doesn't rain very often.
I love about 15 miles for the seaside but it's still too darn hot.
Lots of crafty love and hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

Jules said...

Hi Brenda

Well .. .. .. what an eventful escape for you!

I certainly sounds like it was very, very hot!!

Sorry to read you weren't well enough to make the most of all of your time away, but hopefully you enjoyed the company of your brother and his family and made some lovely memories together.

You certainly have some beautiful photographs. Love the one taken under the pier.

You made me smile about the cleaning at home on your return. I think it is a "male" thing. I am convinced they don't even see mess or dirt!! (or is it a bit like that saying "there are none so deaf as those that don't want to hear" .. .. .. but sight related LOL!!!).

Great cards Brenda. I made some similar ones for a magazine commission a few years ago .. .. but used a craft knife and metal ruler for mine. Not that mine involved circles!!

Hope you are feeling much, much better now.

Love Jules xx

Loll said...

Hi Brenda. Your cards made with your Cricut Joy are truly amazing. What intricate and beautiful cuts. Looks like you are having a lot of fun with this! :)

It was so nice that you got away, but sorry to hear you were sick for a good part of the week. I'm sure that high heat was hard on you. Heat stroke can happen so easily. And then it also effected your Lupus. I hope that you are know home, you are feeling a lot better. Next trip ... you need to go to a cooler climate!!

Take care Brenda. Sending love and hugs, Loll

scrappymo! said...

That looks like a fabulous holiday. The house is so cool up on stilts like that. We saw them when we stayed at that area too and I loved the look of them as soon as we got there!

Your family all look fab and you look beautiful, Brenda. Some really great shots of you! Loved them all. Take care as you do not need that Lupus to get into a flare...poor you, Brenda.

Your cards look great. Love the way you fold down to make the patterns!T

Inkyfingers said...

What a great collection of cards, Brenda and I love those beautiful paper folds. When I started cardmaking, I had some templates that make diamond shapes that you then cut with a craft knife and fold back like this. I only did it once lol! Life is much to short IMHO, so well done you for getting a cut file to do the boring bits.
I'm so sorry you were unwell on your holiday and I hope you are back to normal by now. I always feel ill when it is too hot, and that happened to me on a trip to Georgia one year and New York on another. I sometimes complain about the rain here in the UK but I have to admit that it is better for me than excessive heat.

Take care,
Carol x