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

Monday, November 15, 2021

A Christmas Make

Hello my crafty friends, I hope everyone is doing well. It is windy and blustery here, but on Wednesday and Thursday we are to be back in the 60's, then back down to the 40's. I really dislike the weather temp swings back and forth. My body just can't adjust. 

I have a Christmas make for you today. Will have more, but will start with this one. Lots of makes happening here, but I am slow! Should be farther along than I am. Oh well...hopefully I get everything done in time. This is a wood round that I did. I used vinyl instead of a stencil, but will be stenciling some too. I hope you like it, the angle isn't the best. I should have hung it up and took my photo. Oh get the gist! I stained my wood round, then taped it off in the center to paint the red and white, painted the white rustic on purpose. Went around distressing the edges with Waverly antiquing wax. Cut my sentiment with my Cricut and placed on, made my bows and placed some greenery and the pinecone under the bow. Sorry the angle is making it look weird. Lesson learned! Easy peasy!

Thank you for stopping by and visiting me in this busy time of year that is only going to get busier! I appreciate your comments, they always bring me joy when I read them as you all are so kind. I hope the sun is shining where you are! Stay warm if it is cold, stay cool if it is hot where you are. 

Crafty Hugs,

Card Recipe:
Cricut Design Space
Cricut Joy
vinyl snippets
Waverly chalk paint
ribbons-came with the wood rounds
Dollar Tree for the greens/pinecone/berries

Monday, November 8, 2021

The Same....But Different

Hello crafty friends, I'm sorry I haven't been around to visit in a while again. Life was busy and I wound up in the ER with kidney stones. They were going to keep me and I was so surprised! They were worried about sepsis as white blood cells or something was high in the urine. Anyway, after a rough time of it with being sick from the pain and then the pain meds, they gave me a bag of antibiotics and decided to let me go home late in the evening My male nurse told me to get my butt in the recliner and not to move. I was given strict instructions on what to watch for and if I had any of the symptoms to get my butt up to the hospital where the urologist was on duty.  Which was over an hour away. Bret ended up sleeping on the living room floor on his air mattress to keep an eye on me all night. If I moved, he was asking me questions. So thankful for him. Anyway, I got through the weekend without incident. Just took it easy, had no choice as I was to doped up to do much of anything else and took my pill form antibiotics and Flomax as Bret reminded me to do so. Have pain and nausea pills if I need them, so thankful that I haven't needed them. Pain meds just make me sicker than a dog. But have another 4 stones to go so I won't say it too loud!! 

So made these cards the other week. I thought they were pretty cool looking as well as fun and enjoyed making them. Always good to be able to add birthday cards to the stash! My favorite one is the red and black one, but I do like all the color combos and would like to do more sometime. I did some scoring at the bottom, but it isn't showing up since I took a photo of all the cards together. Used snippets as well for the scallop background and the white background that the birthday was drawn on, so will try and link to the Snippet Playground Challenge. Aren't they fun?!  I used my Cricut and markers to make these cards. The design and file came from The Bearded Housewife. Nick is such a great guy and has a fun blog with lots of free files. 

I hope to be by some this week to visit. Please be patient with me as I navigate my gift making and all the other stuff that needs to be done before the holidays. As well as try and rid this body of these stones and keep myself healthy.  As always, your comments bring sunshine to my life. I know you are busy too, so that makes your comments all the more special to me!

Crafty Hugs,

Card Recipe:
Cricut Joy
Design Space
Cricut Joy Markers

Friday, October 29, 2021

Rudolph Challenge

Hello my crafty friends, I sure hope the sun is shinning where you are. It is a dark, rain dumping, extremely windy day here. Very raw out. Yesterday was so beautiful, sunny and not warm, but not cool either. Just a hint of crisp in the air. I guess it was the sun that made it feel so nice with temps in the low to mid 60's. 

I took a pause from Christmas gift making to make a card for the Rudolph Challenge. I haven't played in so long, I don't play much in challenges because mostly I forget about them and then they are over. lol I've tried writing down the challenge and date to close, but then forget I wrote it down. Anyone else as bad as me?! No, ok.....even Bret is worried about me. haha. 

Maureen is honoring Kath, a blogger who recently passed away by adding a twist of paper piecing since Kath paper pieced a lot. So if you do paper piecing, she had an extra gift in honor of Kath. I'm not playing for the price, God knows I have enough crafty goodness to last me forever. I love how paper piecing looks, but rarely do it so I thought this was a great time to make a Christmas paper pieced card. As usual, it didn't come out as well as it did in my head, and while I don't love it, I don't hate this card either. But I do have a lot of ink where it doesn't belong! Rudolph's face, on the white part of my card, etc. I think it came from the stamped glittered cardstock, the ink had a hard time drying on it. I should have used Stazon, hindsight! 

So while this card isn't perfect and didn't turn out like I "saw" it in my head, I think it is still cute. So I think this will be a grandchild card. lol They don't notice your mistakes! I also am going to enter this into the Snippets Playground (Ruby's Memory) and NBUS challenges. 

Thank you for stopping by today and visiting with me. Your comments always bring rays of sunshine to my day. If I haven't been by to visit you,  I should be soon. 

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Maymay Made It-Santa's Stuck, Again! stamp set NBUS
AliExpress-House Dies NBUS
Dress My Craft-Rectangle dies
Viva Pearl Pen in White
Red Stickles
Cheap Dollar Tree white chalk marker for the "grout" of the chimney

Saturday, October 23, 2021

CAS Christmas Challenge

Hello my friends, it's been a while again. I've been crafty, just not with anything that I can show at the moment. Working on Christmas gifts. Time just seems to fly by me. I can't believe October will be over in a little over a week. 

Skating in for the CAS Christmas Challenge. I think it closes tomorrow! The theme was red and gray, so many beautiful cards in the challenge. Mine was pretty simple...almost probably doesn't even count! I did a print and cut of a beautiful watercolor babyish penguin. Is this little one just not the cutest? It was a digital image from Creative Fabrica. I fell in love with the images so much, so many to chose from too. So here is my little red and gray cas card.

I have been behind on commenting and will never catch up, so just been coming by and trying to do a little commenting. If I haven't gotten to you yet, I should be by soon. Thank you as always, for stopping by my neck of the world and seeing what I'm up too. Your comments always make my days sunny! 

Also entering my card into the NBUS Challenge as my digital image collection is new. 

Card Recipe:
Penguin digital collection from Creative Fabrica
Sentiment is computer generated
Snow is Viva pearl pen
Cricut to cut out my circle

Monday, September 13, 2021

CAS Christmas Plaid Challenge

Hello my crafty friends, I hope this Monday is off to a great start and that you had a good weekend. It was definitely an emotional weekend with the 9/11 20th anniversary. It seems like just yesterday and not 20 years later. I was weepy as I watched some of the specials and relived that day myself. My son, in the military already and trying to get in touch with him (thankfully he got into touch with me), my other son's in school scared, me offering to come get them but they decided to stick it out. Bret almost missing the bus for Kindergarten because I was glued to the TV after Dwayne called me from work and told me to turn it on because a plane flew into one of the World Trade Center buildings and they think it was on purpose. It was a terrible day for us Americans, but also a day where everyone came together. I pray no country has to go through something like this again, but I have my doubts. I know I will never forget that day or the lives lost. Or the change to my world as my 19 year old deploys soon after 9/11. A day that changed everyone. Dwayne and I kept the TV on all night long because Lance said he was "going away" for a while. Of course we knew exactly what he meant! I will never forget running into the bathroom as Dwayne was showering and said, "The war has begun!" when it was announced on TV. Chilling to us both as we knew Lance was already there. Yes, an emotional time for everyone in this country. Never Forget!

I love plaids, who doesn't right?! So I had to play along with CAS Christmas as they are asking to see plaids. Again, just a really simple card, but I love it. My little silhouettes of the tree's don't show well in the photo, but in real life it does. 

As always, I thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to stop by and visit me. Your comments always bring a ray of sunshine to my life and if I haven't been by to see you, I will be soon. Have a wonderful week!

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Gnome-Simon Says Stamps-NBUS
Plaid paper-Paper Studio @ Hobby Lobby
Snowy mat-AliExpress
Hill/snow-My Creative Time
Trees/sentiment-SU Happy Scene's-NBUS

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

First Craft Since July 7th

Hello my crafty friends, I hope your hump day is off to a good start. I'm still riding the struggle bus here, but I have noticed that my leg/knee is getting stronger as it no longer trembles when I drive and have to hold the brake. Now I just need to get the inflammation out. I try and go without meds, but there are times when they just have to be taken to be able to move. Such as life!

Anyway, I am trying to get motivated again with getting crafty. So I decided I would spruce up my Kindle faux leather cover with some HTV. The front and back is where I placed the HTV, the inside cover I just used adhesive back vinyl so I can take it off if I want too. I love how it turned out as I've loved books since 4th grade when I found out I could escape my abusive life through books. I used to could watch a movie and read a book at the same time and know what was going on in both, that sadly isn't the case anymore! But I still love reading so thought my Kindle Cover should show it. Front and back cover are premade designs in my Design Space, the inside cover is from another place. Edited to add that I still love physical books and do read them too. My Kindle goes on trips with me and out to the pool because it is waterproof, a wet swimsuit doesn't hurt it or floating in the pool on my float I don't have to worry about wetting the "pages". I also collect certain physical books, mainly ones on Elvis Presley since I'm a big fan of the man, not just the performer. But I have some favorites that I just can't get rid of. Other's I pass on to other people or put in a book share place. 

Front Cover, put my name in gold foil.

Back cover

                                                               Inside Cover

Hoping to work on a challenge card next. Having a hard time jump starting my leg and mojo! lol As always I want to thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to visit with me. I appreciate you and your sweet comments. They truly make my day! If I haven't been by, I will be by before long. Enjoy your week, we've had glorious weather but today it is humid and hot but not supposed to stay. 

Crafty hugs, 

Card Recipe:

Design Space
Mini Heat Press
Adhesive Vinyl