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

Friday, September 3, 2021

Knee Update and Cards

Hello my crafty friends, long time again since I've posted. I kind of feel down a rabbit hole with Netflix and with being more mobile the last few weeks, I was up a little more moving around. Then I had my last appointment on Aug. 24th. Doc released me! Yay!!! So now I have spent this last week and a half trying to get this leg/knee working right. I think it is going to take some time to build the strength and my stamina back up to where it was. I am so thankful to be mobile again with my own two feet though! Some days, it goes good and other days don't, but I will get there eventually. I am also trying to catch up on house cleaning as Bret only did a tiny bit of that. lol So I do a little and rest a little. Again, will eventually get there too. 

I have two cards that are old and never got posted, so thought I would share them. Of course they are simple and not much to them. Here is the first one, just some stenciling and fussy cutting. Just a very CAS card. 

This second one is a complete CASE using my Cricut, and the print and cut feature on speech bubble. I CASED it from Faith over at Daffodil Cards and although I couldn't find her card on her blog, I am pretty sure it was her I CASED. Let me know Faith, if it wasn't you. I CASED someone! lol  Edited to add Faith's card, she attached the link in her comment below, so go see her card here. She thinks mine is better, but I beg to differ!

Well that is it for me. I thank you for stopping by and seeing what I've been up to. I hope to get back to making cards and crafts soon. As always, your comments make my day and make me smile! 

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:
My Cricut for the toilet paper card
Don't know who make the stencils at this time

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Buzzin' By....

Hello my crafty friends, I hope your weekend was a good one. Bret had a little get away weekend, so I was on my own with the pups for the first time since this whole ordeal with my knee. We did well and it sure helped that I could put some weight on my leg. Of course the transport chair always comes in handy for letting them out and getting my simple meals. 

 Back with two bee cards made back in early summer, still using the digital papers I printed out a few years ago. Such pretty papers, so using up every piece I can, these are all snippets, except for the card bases. Stamped and colored my bee's and die cut some cute flowers to use. I even dug out some border punches to use which I haven't used in a long time. Love them, but you know how you go in spurts with crafty supplies!. What's old is new again! lol 

Card Recipe:

Nitwit Digital Collection:  Bee-lightful for the digital paper
My Creative Time: for the bees and flowers, sentiment mat and I think the sentiment
Martha Steward border heart punch
Fiskars border scallop punch
Spellbinders Hemline Stitch circle die

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Holographic Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends, I hope you had a great weekend so far. I went to the doctor today and I'm happy to report that doc took my brace off and I don't have to wear it anymore! Nothing shifted or got worse, the fracture is healing! I can start putting a little bit of weight on my leg with the use of the walker, but if it starts hurting, then I must stop. He was happy with my range of motion, so no physical therapy either! I go get new x-rays and see doc in three weeks. After that I'm thinking I should be good to go, but will just need to be careful not to refracture it. Blessed!!!!

I used my Cricut Joy to make a premade card design again for a birthday card-it was a while back, but never posted this card. I love the design and I love the silver holographic paper I used for the background. Look at the rainbow of colors! So fun, but so simple and easy to make. Took only minutes to cut out and put together. One can always add extra stamping or whatever on the outside or inside to dress it up more. I kept it plain on the outside as I thought the design was enough with the holographic paper on the outside. These pre-designed cards are fun to make, but also make it easy for when you need a fast card for an event or a birthday that you realized a little bit late! I know my card base looks half white in the photo, but it was a soft pastel pink, the light must have washed it out. 

Well that's it, just a simple card from me, but then again all things I do are simple. I thank you, as always, for stopping by and visiting with me a spell. I know your lives are busy as well, so that makes your visit even more special. If I haven't been by to see you, I will be shortly. 

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Cricut Design Space
Cricut Joy
Cricut Card Pack

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Infusible Ink Mug Gift

Hello my crafty friends, I hope this has been a great week for you. I am still sitting here in my recliner. I've been exercising my leg without the brace like the doctor wants me to do. I can tell it is healing, although I still a ways to go. But, am moving forward!

I have the last gift that I made for my friend. It is a coffee mug made with Infusible Ink from Cricut again. So the design will never come off in the dishwasher and such. I was pleased with how it came out! The design wraps all the way around each side of the handle. So the design will be seen by her and other's no matter how she holds her mug. Place my friend's first name initial in the center of the circle. It was my first mug, but it definitely won't be my last mug with Infusible Inks and the Cricut Mug Press. So that was it for my gifts to my friend. I see many mug gifts in the future! I hope you like it too, it was fun to make!

As always, I thank you for stopping by to visit me for a spell. It's always nice to see friendly faces visit and your comments always bring sunshine to my day, especially now while I'm recuperating! If I haven't been around to see you, I will be soon. 

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Cricut Design Space
Cricut Infusible Ink sheet
Cricut Mug Press

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Cricut Infusible Ink Pillows (Sublimation)

Hello my crafty friends, I have an update for you. I saw the Orthopedic doctor today, he was a great doctor and I really liked him. Bret did too. He started out wanting a CAT scan, but after he found out I didn't have any health insurance, he said it was ok, we didn't need to do it. Then he showed me the x-ray and where my knee was fractured. He said when my leg twisted, the top knee bone acted like a log splitter, coming down with such force that it fractured the bottom bone. Good news is that I don't need surgery if...I keep my weight totally off it. That is a must if I want to stay surgery free. He also said I could take the leg brace off when sitting and exercise my leg, bending the knee back and forth to help keep blood clots from forming. Also he wants me to take a full strength aspirin in instead of my baby aspirin I take every evening. He told me where to go for good, but cheap x-rays, so will do them in 2 weeks and see him again too in 2 weeks as well. We will see how things look then. So...I plan on staying in my seat as much as possible to make sure I don't damage this knee any farther. 

I have 2 pillows (covers) I made for my friend as part of her gift to go with the flag. I used Cricut's Infusible Inks on them in black. Infusible Ink is Cricut's way of sublimation. I would so love a sublimation printer, especially the Sawgrass, but that definitely isn't in my budget and especially not now! The design will never wash off or peel off, which is perfect. She loved them, which made me happy. My friend teaches Jazzercise and owns the building, so I wanted to remind her unwind and relax, so that is what I put on the pillows. Simple in design so it would not clash with her decorating style. I have one more small gift I gave her that I will save for another time. 

As always, thanks for stopping by and visiting with me a spell. You always make my day and your comments brighten my day as well. Especially now since I'm on quarantine once again. lol It's really hot here this week, so I'm really missing the pool too! Anyway, if I haven't been by to see you, I will be soon. 

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Cricut Design Space
Cricut machine
Infusible Ink in black
Cricut Easy Press 2
18 x 18 Cricut pillow covers
Pillows for stuffing in the covers from JoAnns (pillow inserts were really expensive, so I got a light colored decorated pillow that was white on the backside. They were on sale and then another friend didn't see anything to use her coupon on so she gave it to me and I got even more off of them. So I want to make my other friend something once I'm back on my feet again.)