Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Happy Tuesday! A cold, gray, rainy day here. They say we could get snow on the weekend. Tis the season for a white Christmas, right? I am trying to get my progressive challenges in before we have to go back to Cincinnati for hospital duty again. The card tonight is courtesy of DigiStamps4Joy.

I used the image from DigiStamps4Joy and colored it with Bic and Copic markers. The sentiment is from Desert Diva. I die cit the sentiment with Spellbinder's oval and then backed it with Spellbinder's beaded oval. I stenciled the sentiment with my star stencil from Simon Says. I used the star embossing folder to emboss the purple background. The lovely ribbon that you can hardly see is from Webster's Pages. I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. I used a flower for embellishment and about half a bottle of Starry Night Stickles on the card. LOL!

I am entering these challenges:
That's it for tonight. Hope your week is off to a great start. Hang in there. The weekend (and Christmas) is fast approaching. Don;t panic!



Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Birthday

Greeting for Monday! Hope your weekend was great! I wasn't happy with my weekend, but we were where we needed to be. No crafting and sitting in a hospital is rather stressful. My MIL is still hospitalized and her surgery is still scheduled for December 22nd. Please say a prayer for her. She isn't a very good patient and it's sometimes very frustrating for everyone. Thanks! Friday I found out I had an infection so I am now on antibiotics. They are working and I am feeling better. Got home Sunday night to get ready to return to work, opened my laptop and my screen cracked down the middle. When it rains it pours. But I have to say I am so blessed! I really shouldn't be complaining. So if you see tons of spelling errors in this post, I am trying to work around a cracked screen. LOL!

I have a dear friend whose birthday is right before Christmas so I made her a Christmas-y birthday card this year.

The jar image is from Imagine That! It's the pre-colored image since my time to so short right now. I embossed the sentiment from Gina K is heat embossed with a powder called Winter Wonderland. It has some awesome sparkles in it and looks really nice IRL. The background is all scraps from my scrap box.  Easy peasy is about all I can manage right now.
I am entering these challenges:
Hope your week is off to a roaring start. I have tons to do this week before we head back home to the hospital for our turn to stay with Mom. I have nothing yet for Christmas. I took my Christmas cards to Boston and then to the hospital last weekend and I still don't have them out.  It's going to be a very different Christmas this year.
Oh, by the way. I have my verification turned off for comments but for some reason it is coming up. But I did find out that it will leave the comment without the verification so just skip it. I do so love to hear what you think. Thanks so much!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Joy

It's been a whirlwind around here lately. Had a lovely visit with our son in Boston and arrived home yesterday afternoon. I started laundry and ran to the grocery. My daughter called said she had an accident at work and she needed me to take her to the ER. So off I went and several hours later she is fine and taking today off of work. She should be back at it tomorrow. My MIL is still hospitalized and as soon as we finish work tomorrow we will be off to help and visit with her for the weekend. Christmas may be very sad this year. I have absolutely nothing done. Maybe I will just take everyone out for a shopping spree after Christmas. Is at down at my desk tonight and spotted this image that I had printed. I decided I needed a little craft therapy. Life seems out of control right now.

The image is the progressive stamp this month at Imagine That! I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. I usually post the sketch but kind of in a hurry so I can pack and get ready for tomorrow. The sketch also came with a bingo compnent: I used ribbon, embossing and flowers. The ribbon is a textured ribbon toward the bottom of the card under the tag and flowers. Kind of difficult to see. The image is die cut with Spellbinders Labels 13 and the sentiment is cut with a Spellbinders tag die.

I am entering these challenges:

That's it for today. Hope your weekend is special. Not much crafting here as I will be sitting in a hospital all weekend. Take care.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

In My Thoughts

Happy weekend! I am in Boston to see my son. So while I don't have much time for crafts I'm getting in some family time. Dan won't be able to make it home to Christmas this year so we are celebrating Christmas this weekend with him and his lovely girl friend. Last night we got to meet her lovely parents. Tonight we had dinner with Tom's brother from Connecticut. That was fun. We don't get to see him often. Tom's Mom was admitted to the hospital earlier this week so I made a quick get well card before I left.

The image is from Doodle Pantry and called Sweet Pea. The sentiment is from Verve Stamps and embossed with black embossing powder. I embellished with three banners and some pearls by Zva Creative. The background paper is from Basic Grey.

I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. Hope your weekend is awesome. I'll beheading back home later this week and hope to get back to creating. Make it a great week!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Santa's Reindeer

Happy Hump Day! We had snow on the ground this morning but fortunately it all melted away during the day today. This will be a short post I hope as I have a bunch of things to do yet tonight. I have a card tonight for a special friend of ours - a dog. During the year we dog sit on occasion and Margo is such a sweet, big, furry black dog. A couple years ago I started sending Margo a Christmas card and a Valentine and her owners got such a big kick out of it that I continued doing it. So here is this year's Christmas card for Margo, our big, furry friend.

This is a Bugaboo image I won through a challenge. I thought it was perfect for Margo.  The sentiment and image are from the same set. The image is colored with Copic markers. I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches for the layout.

I used the snowflake embossing folder to emboss the banner and add Crystal Stickles to some of the embossed snowflakes and the image itself. I punched some snowflakes from green glitter paper.

I am entering these challenges:

Well, on to other things this evening. Hope you had a great Wednesday. Make it an awesome Thursday. And thanks for stopping by.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Thank Full Jar

Happy Monday and welcome to December. Can you believe it? Where does the time go? Tonight I have a than you card for my Christmas gifts. This is the first year that I've been able to make any thank yous before Christmas. Usually I am scrambling when we get home from traveling at Christmastime. So I think this will be my design for this year and I'll make number of these.
I love this set from Imagine That Digital Stamps called Jars of Cheer. The image and sentiment are from the set. I am using up scraps of Christmas paper so I used it on the inside and outside of the card. I used a Martha Stewart border punch so that when the card was closed, you could see the paper from the outside. I coated the image with VersaMark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder twice so it gave it  a real shine. I embellished with some Stickles for the berries on the bow and then mimicked it on the sentiment tag.

I am entering these challenges:
I am working to get my Christmas cards out. Hope to be ahead of the game this year. Take care. Thanks for stopping by and make it an awesome week.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cheers to You

Happy Sunday! Gray and gloomy here today but at least a little warmer before the cold sets back in. I took a long walk this morning and got almost 10,000 steps in. My daughter and son-in-law are coming for dinner so I am trying to post before I head up to cook. And the Colts are winning so it's an amazing day, even with the gloomy weather. The bummer is I have to go back to work tomorrow. But only a 4 day week.
My card today is for a birthday. I'm not happy with the photography. What looks blue is really purple.

This was a free image from DeeDee's Digis as a freebie at the Outlawz. The sentiment is from the same set. Both the image and sentiment are cut with Spellbinders dies. I used the sketch from the Outlawz Wednesday challenge. I added some twine and some star brads to complete the card.

I am entering these challenges:
Well, I am off to start cooking. My Colts won and I am a happy camper. Hope your Sunday is wonderful too!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Glad Tidings

Today I had time for one card. I need to knock a few more cards out this weekend so I am ahead of the game when we leave for Boston next week. So I had one more progressive challenge to go in November. Cutting it pretty close here but wanted to get it in for the From the Heart Progressive challenge.

I chose to use lots of bling on this card. The image and sentiment are from the November Stamp of the Month from From the Heart. I paper pieced the ornament with my daughter's paper from her wedding invitations (so I think this will be her Christmas card this year). I colored the image with a mixture of Copics and Bic markers. I inked the sentiment piece with Certainly Celery Stampin' Up! ink. I added some bling that I recently found at Michael's and a piece of ribbon. I used my white gel pen for some faux stitching around the base of the card.
I am entering these challenges:

Hope your weekend is going well. I am not looking forward to going back to work but we only have a four day week this coming week so maybe it won;t be so bad.! Happy Saturday!


Friday, November 28, 2014

Brighten my Day

Happy Black Friday! Did you do any shopping today. I went out with some of my sister-in-laws for our annual Girls Day Out. We had lunch and then walked through some shops. I didn't buy anything. So I still have all my Christmas shopping to do. Hmmm.
I have a card for you today.
This is a Simon Says card. I used pieces from Simon Says card kits, with the exception of the ribbon which comes from my stash. I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

I am entering these challenges:
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. We drove home this evening after our Girls Day Out so I am now hoping for some crafting time this weekend. Happy weekend to you!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

New Challenge at the Outlawz

I tries to post earlier today but since we are visiting with Tom's family, my Internet connection wasn't working. He finally had to reboot the network connection. I am just glad that the connection came back before I needed to post my last guest designer post for the Thursday Outlawz Challenge. I want to thank Pat and the design team for having me as a guest designer this month. I've enjoyed my time immensely and it's been so fun. So this week's challenge is sparkles for Christmas. So here is my card.

Our sponsor this month is Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps. My main image is from Stitchy Bear, colored with Copics and embellished with lots of Burgundy Stickles. I used some faux stitching around the main image. I used a Martha Stewart border punch above the image and added a ribbon and bow. The holly leaf and candy piece are stickers embellished with some Stickles. The background paper is from Authentique. The sentiment is from a set I won in a blog candy but has no name on the set. I used the Paper Players sketch as inspiration.
I am entering these challenges:
I hope you will check out this fun challenge and play along this week. The Outlawz is such a fun place with challenges 7 days a week.  Always something fun going on.
Today is Thanksgiving and before I go I'd like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful day full of fun and food but remember, the people are more important than the food. Best wishes for a great weekend!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Reindeer Greetings

Happy Saturday! The weather has taken a turn for the better here. We made it into the 50s today without any rain so far. Although they say the rain is coming. But I am just enjoying the warmer temperatures. Our snow is disappearing so maybe we won;t have a white Thanksgiving after all. LOL!
So my card for tonight has some reindeer on it. I jazzed them up a but.

The image and sentiment is from Bugaboo Digital Stamps. I just love the reindeer with that "what the heck" look. I used the Bugaboo Stella Sketch to mae the card. The dotted background paper is from Close to my Heart. The other two papers are from my scrap box. I think both of them came from Hobby Lobby so they are probably Paper Studio. I colored the image with Copics and added Gold and Yellow Stickels and self-adhesive rhinestones for some bling!
I am entering these challenges:
Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. Yesterday was my last day of work until December. I am on vacation. Yippee! I am hoping for some serious crafting time this week. I cleaned the house today so I am getting my ducks in a row. Happy weekend. Take care!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fowl Play

Last night when I posted I was kind of in a hurry and forgot what card I was posting.I have CRS: can't remember sh... (stuff)!  So I titled my post the wrong thing and had to go back and correct it. Well, tonight I do have the fowl play card to post. The first time I saw the sentiment I knew I had to use it. I laughed out loud!

The sketch was the Tuesday Morning Sketch from last week (I must have liked it a lot!) The sentiment is from Create with TLC. And the turkey is from Crafty Paws. The background papers are scraps from my scrap box. I used a Martha Stewart corner punch and Spellbinder's Labels 13 for the sentiment. I added a few self-adhesive gems. I hope you like it as much as I do. I laugh every time I look at it.
I am entering these challenges:

Still below freezing here, but I am thankful for not much snow and the promise of a little warm up on the weekend. If you are in upstate New York, my prayers are with you. I can't imagine all that snow. Thanks for stopping by today and remember..... don't get arrested for fowl play this holiday season.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Challenge at the Outalwz

Happy Thursday! I am again a guest designer for the Thursday Outalwz challenge. This week the challenge is really easy: use your favorite colors at Christmas time. The challenge is always anything goes with a twist. If you use the twist (your favorite Christmas colors) you are entered twice for the prize. Our sponsor this month is Stitchy Bear digital stamps. Here's my card.
I am very traditional for my favorite Christmas colors. I love red and green but I also like to add a pop of gold. My image is from Floppy Latte Designs. I colored it with Bic and Copic markers. The image was cut and backed with Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circles and I used faux stitching around the image. The sentiment is from a Gina K stamp set. It was embossed with gold embossing powder. I embossed the dark green background card stock with the holly swirl embossing folder. And of course, my favorite plaid paper in the background. My embellishments are a gold button and gold ribbon. I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

I really hope you will check out the Thursday Outlawz challenge and join us. Everyone can use another Christmas card to send out to friends or family this year. I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by. We are on the down side of the week. Two more days to work and I am on vacation! Hurray. Still very cold but at least during the day it gets up to the freezing mark. Haha!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's the Grinch!

Still bitterly cold today. I think tomorrow we might get to 30 degrees. That would be a real warming trend. We got a little more snow but not much. Just enough to make the roads really slippery again. Usually we wish for a white Christmas. This year we might see a white Thanksgiving. I can't ever remember having snow on the ground for Thanksgiving.

I was thinking Christmas tonight and decided to keep it CAS.

 I found these tags of movie quotes at the Happy Tulip. The one from "The Grinch that Stole Christmas" caught my eye and I thought it would make a cute card. I cut out the tag and punched the hole and added the ribbon and the flower. I love plaid paper and this was on my desk.

Entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by tonight. Hope you are keeping warm and being crafty!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Fall Thanks

Our fall has quickly turned to winter. We got several inches of snow although not as much as they were predicting. Tonight and tomorrow night we could be looking at below zero wind chills. It's just way too early for this. The roads were icy this morning and it's snowing again tonight. The winter is going to be really long I'm thinking.

Back to fall for my card tonight.

I used this sketch last week and really liked the results so I tried it again. After I printed this I lost who did this image. So if I find it I will correct this post. I colored the image with Copics and used Spellbinders circles and scalloped circles to cut it out. I used the French Scroll punch to cut the border. The patterned paper is Basic grey. Another CAS card!
I am entering these challenges:
Hope your week is off to a great start. Thanks for stopping by. Stay warm and safe!


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