Saturday, July 23, 2016

SAF 2016

Good morning!
Popping in quickly with a card for PTI's Stamp-A-Faire Master's.
And while I do plan on doing some loooonnng neglected stamping later today...
I don't know how many challenges I'll get to actually participate in.
But this is one I could do...
and maybe it's because we're in the middle of massive heatwave and right now my thoughts are going towards Christmas and cooling temps...
and while I won't call it a "Master" here is one of my personal favorite cards...


I hope everyone has lots of fun today...
maybe I'll see you along the way later...
but off to start my day!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

25 Tags of Christmas

Hello, Hello!
Long time since I popped in here.
Didn't realize how much time had passed...
I didn't actually mean for it to be this long but I guess life happens and takes priority sometimes.
It's been all good but just really busy around here lately.

So having you been catching all the gorgeous holiday tag inspiration with Tracey at In My Creative Opinion and The 25 Days of Tags?
I always make my own gift tags for the holidays so I look forward to this every year for all of the great inspiration in one spot.
This year Tracey has a link up for everyone to join in and since I needed to get some tags done because trees are up and gifts are ready to be wrapped...
I thought I would join in.
Also...she has some really prizes up for grabs so you'll want to go check it all out if you haven't already. *wink*

I knew I had red/white, black/white, green/white and chalkboard themed paper so I wanted something that would coordinate with those colors...
and something that was simple and easy to mass create.
I was inspired by Lenny Sacreas' tag on Day 10...
loved her color scheme...
perfect for what I needed...
and here's my take...

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I finally got to play with my new Make It Market All Through the House from Betsy Veldman and PTI...
mine didn't arrive till after we had left to go out of town for a couple of weeks and been on the run since returning...
LOVE the retro style of this kit though and knew I wanted to use this fabby snowman on my tags.
The trees are from Petite Places: Holiday Lane and the falling snow is stamped from Oh, Tannenbaum...
worked perfectly on Tag Sale #2 when stamping.
The sentiment is also from All Through the House...
and the snow drifts are cut from In the Meadow dies.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I'm down with really bad allergies/sinuses...
but hoping to catch the new Peanuts movie later today if I feel up to it.
Take care and till next time!


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Folk Art Beaded Ornaments

Hello, Hello!
Hope you're having a wonderful day!
Popping in quickly with a trio of ornaments using PTI's Beaded Holiday dies.
I was inspired by the colors in this pic...


Maybe it's just me but they just give this project a primitive look that I adore so I wanted to recreate it and this is what I came up with...

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Someone on the forum posted a pic using the Key Fob Medallion #2 die for the stitching and I wanted to give it a try and I gotta say I love this snowflake pattern that came out of it.


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Again using the Medallion #2 die.
These ornaments are also my first time using a blanket stitch...
I had a bit of trial and error getting started but once I found my groove it was pretty easy...
but I felt the blanket stitch help lend to the folk art feel so I really wanted to learn this stitch.


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I used the tree motif from the kit for this one but kept it super simple and with no sequins to again help lend to the folk art feel.

So I just got a new couch for the family room and I'm dyeing our leather chairs from a deep burgundy to black...did you know you can do that?
I just finished the first one and I gotta say while it is a bit messy...
make sure to wear gloves because that dye is almost permanent on skin...
don't ask how I know *grin*...
and now I'm imagining red throws and plaid pillows on the furniture for Christmas and can't wait to start decorating trees...
only hubby made me promise I won't put up the tree in the family room before November but I can't wait to see these particular ornaments on that tree and can't wait to get it up!
And BTW...I didn't promise not to put up the other trees before November. *wink*

Hope you have a wonderful week and till next time!

Monday, September 14, 2015

One More Quick Ornament

Good afternoon!
Thanks for the sweet comments on yesterday's ornaments...
back again for one more and then you probably won't see me blogging till Thanksgiving! *giggle*
While waiting for a load of laundry...
and for the dew to burn off so I can get outside and do some mowing...
I decided to stitch up another quick beaded ornament.
I found this pic on Pinterest and used it for inspiration...


And using some of the first Stitch Kit dies put this together...


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While it took a little longer than I originally thought...
it was worth it because I thought it turned out really great and now I have one ornament on hand for a gift card!

And with almost 6 acres to mow...
and the riding mower is down...
I'm off to the yard!
Hope you have a great rest of the week!
Till next time!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Beaded Ornaments

Hello! Hello!
Remember me? *grin*
Don't worry if you've forgotten...
it's been quite a while.
After starting our summer off with the ER and 23 stitches...
we've just been SO busy.
Which BTW...Robert is doing great.
The surgeon did an incredible job and you can barely see his scar right now.
Granted before school started back in August he did have me shave his head both for football...
and so everyone could see his awesome scar when school started. *grin*
But now his hair has grown and you have to look for it to see it.
He still has no feeling on the top of his head...
he severed all the nerves and we were told not expect sensation to come back but we were hoping...
only now we're really thinking he'll never regain that.
We're still just in awe and wonder how we still have him with us...
and thank God everyday for that...
so not having any sensation on the top of his head...
we'll take it!
Thank You to everyone for the sweet words and prayers...
they were so very appreciated.

Now to why I'm popping in here again after a few months hiatus...
stitched ornaments!
I had to have the new Beaded Ornament Kit from PTI earlier this month...
even though I can sew...
the dies just make everything SO incredibly easy.
I can cut everything out and even take it with me on some errands...
like waiting for football practice to be over (which always goes at least 30 minutes over the scheduled time!)...
soccer practice...
school pick up lines...
the in-laws in a few weeks *wink*
So I've been busy doing a lot of cutting but did manage to stitch a couple together to see how easy they come together...
so easy BTW!
I'm using a lot of fabric with these...
have been busying ironing stiff interfacing and then cutting...
but I LOVE the fabric/felt look with these...
and even before Erin posted her peek of some red gingham on the forum...
I had already pulled my stash of favorite red gingham that I've been hoarding to use on some ornaments...

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I LOVE this and have many more cut and ready to stitch together...
in all the shapes and fabrics!


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Super simple...
just cut the star shape out of vintage cream felt and I used some gold sequins and clear beads from my stash...
I can't wait to see the Christmas lights reflecting off those sequins!

And I can't wait to get more of these stitched together...
I have 3 full size trees that I decorate each year...
and then I would really like to have some on hand and at the ready for some gift card holders...
so I guess I need to get cracking!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
We have some gorgeous weather coming our way...
and have had a teaser of fall weather this weekend...
loved every moment of it even though I now have a teaser of fall allergies...
not good!
Till next time!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Thank You

Good afternoon!
Hope your week is off to a great start!

Popping in quickly with some cards using Betsy's new Make It Market Kit: Nostalgic Notions.
If you happen to have caught my post about my oldest son and the freak accident he had a couple of weeks ago then you'll understand why all of my cards today are Thank You's...
I have a long list of people to thank for dinners and gifts and such.
If you need a catch up you can read about it HERE...
but I do want to warn that there are some graphic photos and details.

Anyway...
to the cards!
My first one is a CASE of one of Betsy's...
I just kept it slightly more on the simple side because all of these have to go into the mail...

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And because I've got quite a few cards to make and I'm hoarding the gorgeous patterned paper included in the kit until (I hope) they sell it individually (PLEASE!!!)...
I dug into my stash and found some older October Afternoon paper pads that work perfectly...

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I can tell you that Tinsel and Tags is my favorite MIM kit...
though I'm REALLY excited to see what Betsy has in store for this year's holiday kit...
but Nostalgic Notions is neck and neck for favorite now.
I waited almost a year for this one...
ever since her SAF kit last year and it was worth the wait...
I LOVE this kit!
I've been cutting and stamping these gorgeous blooms all weekend and then assembling them "assembly line" style...
that way I can make 2-4 of each style easy peasy.
I still have more in the works but figured this was enough cards for one post.

And a quick update on Robert...
we got his stitches out last week and the surgeon said he's looking great.
He should be able to start summer football by the time it starts in July since his helmet pads should hit lower than where his scar is and shouldn't cause any problems.
He still has no feeling on the top of his head...there was a lot of nerve damage and the surgeon said he may recover some sensation but there is permanent damage so not to expect a lot of it to come back.
He finally let us shave the rest of his hair off to match the front of his head...
which while his haircut would have fit right in on the show "Vikings"...
he kind of stood out in our little town.

He's healing.

He's still here with me.

I get to tell him I love him every day...
and hear him say it back.

I thank God every day for that.

Thanks so much for stopping by and till next time!




Sunday, May 31, 2015

12 Kits of Occasions...May

Hello!
Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend so far.

My sweet friend Jeanne asked me a while ago if I would join in this month with the 12 Kits of Occasions...
and how could I refuse...
I'm so glad she sent it early or else after the last week I would have absolutely nothing to show.
I got a couple of cards done when it first arrived and then got wrapped up in other projects...
Mother's Day, Teacher gifts...
and had planned on working on some more projects last weekend when rain moved in...
but plans got changed.
A HUGE thank you for all for the sweet messages and prayers...
I appreciate you all more than words can ever express.

So anyway...
par for Jeanne she sent an AH-MA-ZING kit.
There's enough goodies to make 50 cards...
no lie!

So while I did not get to explore all 50 possibilities with this kit...
I'm gonna be digging back in with the kids very soon making cards for hubby for Father's Day.
But here's what I did get...

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Jeanne...Thank You again for such an utterly incredible kit...
you just made Father's Day so easy this year!
Make sure to stop by the 12 Kits blog HERE to see what all the other girls were able to come up with using this kit...
along with a couple of special guests that Jeanne has invited!
Knowing how much of this kit I have yet to play with and explore...
I know I can't wait to see and there's probably gonna be a lot of CASE'ing going on. *wink*

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous week!
Till next time!

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