Tuesday, July 5, 2022

For My Sweet Friend

Hello my sweet crafty friends, I hope all my American crafty friends enjoyed a nice 4th of July. It was a laid back one here. Bret and the pups came over in the afternoon, so we hung out at the pool for a few hours. Then Bret grilled some burgers and hot dogs. Just a nice afternoon/evening. Until dark that is. The "home" fireworks" began and Savannah couldn't find a spot small enough for her to hid in that was on top of me. I was glad when the ruckus was over so she could settle down.  Not sure how she is so ferocious over critters and some people, but is so scare of a the noises of fireworks and thunderstorms. But she is. Storms aren't as bad as the fireworks though thankfully. 

I have a birthday card to share today. I have seen Loll, over at (Stamping with Loll, cut her mat paper in such a way that it fits onto her card base wonky. I really like that look, so decided I would give it a go.  I am fairly pleased with how my card came out. Stamped, die cut and colored my flowers. Most are colored with alcohol ink markers but I think one set of leaves and the red flower (the bright greens ones at the bottom) were colored with Prisma Pencils. Embossed my background, arranged my flowers and leaves and placed my sentiment strip down and called it done. 

As always, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and visit with me a spell. I always enjoy when you stop by and your comments are always a ray of sunshine to me. If I've not been by to visit you, I should be by soon!

Crafty Hugs,

Card Recipe:

Simon Says Stamps-Flower images
My Creative Time-sentiment
SU Embossing Folder
Alcohol Markers
Prisma Colored Pencils

Friday, July 1, 2022

A Macaron Birthday

Hello Crafty Friends, I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying summer. Boy summer is flying by at warp speed though! Why does summer fly by so fast, but winter drags by? Well, lets not think about winter! That will be here soon enough I'm afraid. 

I have a birthday card that I made with a stamp set a friend gifted me with. Thank you sweet friend, you know who you are! I've had it for quite a while and just now used it, so it is a NBUS set! I need to play with it a bit more as it has a cake pop in it too. Have you ever had a macaron?? I never have had one, so have no clue as to what they taste like. It was fun to color even though I'm not great at coloring with alcohol markers, I do enjoy doing it. I enjoy coloring using markers or colored pencils, it's so relaxing to me. I had a panel of smooshed DI background in my stash, so used it to cut a frame for my macaron's to sit in. I wished I would have cut the frame in white and placed the macarons on the smooshed panel instead, but I didn't. I stacked my macaron by using a stamped cut out mask, which I rarely do...so I was pretty pleased with my stack of macarons! Embossed a background and stamped my sentiment. It is what it is. My mojo hasn't been great, but then again, it never was all that great to begin with! Still a cute card for me and I am decently pleased with it. 

I am behind with commenting once again, summer is always a busy time between mowing, getting out and about and taking Savannah out to play ball several times a day and watching Bret's dogs when he has business trips. Today is too hot to go out and play ball and Savannah is not a happy camper. She is relentless about going out! But I am starting to make my way around slowly but surely. As always thank you for taking time from your busy life to visit me! I enjoy when you stop, you make my day! Hopefully I will be by to see you soon too.

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe

Cuttlebug argyle embossing folder-I think, either that, Sizzix or Darice
My Creative Time sentiment
Heffy Doodle-Sweet Stuff-Macarons NBUS
Versafine Black Onyx ink
Ohuhu Alcohol Pastel Markers

Thursday, June 16, 2022

S'more Please

Hello my crafty friends, I hope you are staying cool as so many are in some hot areas. We get hot, then cool down 20 to 25 degrees. So I can't complain! Plus it is nice to not have the AC running 24/7 all summer long. Of course I guess it isn't quite summer yet. My back is doing much better and I'm back to mowing the grass...slowly. With the cost of gas, I needed to be back at it as Bret is three towns (20 min) over from me so it was a lot of running on him. Although he is in town often, still made me feel guilty with all the running he was doing. But so thankful for him!

I have a birthday gift that I made to share today. My late husband's cousin loves chocolate and I do mean LOVES chocolate! She also loves S'mores. So I made her a caddy to carry her "supplies" out to the fire pit. I did a stencil with my Cricut and painted it on, then sanded to distress it as you know it will get bunged up and dirty as it is toted around. So I thought it would be better distressed as you wouldn't notice as much. I tucked in all the S'mores makings, extra chocolate because she babysits Monday through Friday and could use some chocolate on some challenging days, some cute kitchen towels and a red/white and blue beaded garland. It was well received thankfully!

Here is the front side with her name on it. Filled of course.

                      Other side of the tote/tool box.          

Each side looks like this. 

As always thank you for stopping by to visit with me for a spell because I know how busy everyone is. I always enjoy your company as you always bring much joy and sunshine to my life. If I haven't been by to visit, I will be soon. 

Crafty Hugs,

Card Recipe:

S'mores Station-Design Bundles
Side Image-Cricut Design Space
Name Font-Arthein, either from Font Bundles or Creative Fabrica
Stencil material-Amazon
Tool Box tote-Target-I ordered online and they come pre-painted white
Black Paint-Folk Art Chalk Paint

Monday, May 23, 2022

Birthday Cards...Warning Picture Heavy

Hello my crafty friends, May is flying by already! At this rate, summer will be over before we know it. It already goes by way to fast. Our weather is still all over the place. Over the weekend, we were in the 90's and now.....back to the 60's. Lots of rain as well. You'd think it was April, not May. Mother Nature is so confused. lol Anyway, I hope you are having nice weather where you are at. 

I have some birthday cards to share. Been making some to add to the stash as it was getting low. I also wanted to play with the sliced circles that everyone is layering and adding to their cards, just for something different. I'm not sure what this design is called, concentric circles maybe?? Some I put sentiments on the outside and some I'm still thinking about whether I want an outside sentiment or just the inside sentiments. And I had another sympathy card go out...again.

Still trying to use up the cute papers I printed a few years ago! I am almost through them all.

This begins these halved circle cards. I didn't do this one the right way, but didn't want to waste the circles, so used them anyway. Still gives a cute look I thought. So you will see a few not done in the right way...if there is a right way.

I think I got the circles half way right with this one. lol 

This one I think I got these circles right...well almost anyway. It looks like they aren't aligned right, but in real life they aren't off this much! 

                                                                    Half right 

Again, half right with these circle, but till think it makes a cute card.

Last one done in this style. It is navy blue and gray. Made it for a guy who does Civil re-enacting. Even though he is "for" the North side, I used both the south and north colors. Kept it very simple since it was a masculine card. Hard to tell, but I did emboss the background with a subtle SU embossing folder.

                             Not crazy over this one, but it isn't real bad either. 

Lastly, my sympathy card. The people this card went to were very outdoorsy people, so thus why this design. I was pleased with how this one came out. 

           And the inside. I had cut a strip off my panel and used it on the inside of the card. 

Gosh, if you stuck with me this long.....a huge thank you!!!! As always, I thank you for taking the time out of your busy day and visiting a spell with me. I know everyone is super busy, nice weather makes one want to be outside and of course doing outside work. I'd rather be mowing that shoveling snow! Your comments always bring sunshine to my day and put pep in my step. If I haven't been by to see you, I hope to be soon! I had a fall from air freshener fall out on the floor, made my feet come out from under me, landing flat on my back. Been healing for over a week now and I am making progress thankfully. So again, I will be around, not sure I will catch up on every post you might have, but will do my best. This is the first time I've been able to have  my laptop in my lap and able to sit up and not in a reclined position. I am getting there slowly but surely! 

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Circle Dies-Spellbinders Nestiblities
My Creative Time - small butterflies, bee's and little flowers, squares dies
Not sure who makes the flower frames, if you know, let me know
Technique Tuesdays - for the side profile butterfly I think, not sure about the other butterfly but the "happy and birthday" went with that set as well
Simon Says Stamps - for the birthday greetings, it was a freebie set I think and has all birthday greetings in different fonts
Inkadinkado for the wild flower silhouette
Distress and Distress Oxide inks
AliExpress for the Sympathy stamp set
sequins and gems from my stash
SU white embossing powder
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Blending Brushes from Amazon

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