Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy 90th

We have returned from Florida and a successful move. The drive down with the trailer was arduous. While we were filling the trailer we realized it had a flat tire. Of course U-Haul was closed so Tom pumped it up hoping it would hold air and it did pretty well. It rained the entire day during the drive and on three occasions we had traffic jams for accidents; some of them as long as an hour. So after leaving about 7am we finally arrived about 10:45pm. Loooong day! After arriving we had to unload so we would have something to sleep on. So most of his stuff went into his garage and we moved the couch to his apartment so we could sleep on it. Saturday we moved things in and put them away and shopped for things he needed including new mattresses. While we still had the U-Haul we picked up his mattresses to save the delivery fee and then turned in the U-Haul. Dinner that night was at The Fish House on the bay. Sunday we visited the Naval Aviation Museum. What a wonderful museum and it's free. We also went up into the lighthouse. We could see the Blue Angel jets on the runway from the lighthouse as well as mile of coastline. And then we had dinner at Flounders and saw the sunset on the beach. But we didn't stay long because it was cold and windy. It never got above 50 while we were there and there was a constant cold wind. Needless to say there was no swimming or shorts. We drove home on Monday. Our plan had been to stay in Nashville, TN and see a show at the Opry but they were closed on Monday so we just continued on home. Started at 7:30 am and made it home by 8pm. Much better than the trip down but still a long day. Glad to be home. I did go back to work today for one day but now I am off until next Tuesday with another trip on the horizon to see Tom's family this weekend.

My card tonight is for a family celebration this weekend. Tom's aunt will be celebrating her 90th birthday in December and we are going to a party for her on Sunday. So this is the card I made for the occasion.

The image and designer paper is from Doodle Pantry. I used Spellbinders Labels 13 for the Happy 90th tag. And I added the red Stickles around the Label and into some of the background flowers. And the red ribbon with a knot completes the card. The 90 is cut from a Cuttlebug die that probably came with my Cuttlebug machine. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today. It didn't make it above freezing today here so I hope it's warmer where you are. To all my U.S. friends I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Our day will be quiet; just Tom and I and I'll be thinking about all the things I am thankful for. I am so blessed! I hope you are too.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Packing and Giving Thanks!

We are busy packing up our son's stuff as we need to move him to Florida this weekend. Although he said he would have it packed and moved to the garage before he left last week that didn't really happen. There is still plenty to do. So we've spent our evening getting things gathered and boxed. I am giving thanks that he found a job that he's excited about and he seems to like the area where he's settling in. We are blessed!
I did stop long enough to make a card this evening.

The adorable bunny image is from Beary Wishes and the sentiment is from Michelle Perkett. The designer paper is Basic Grey, one of my favorites. I layered a couple of black layers to make the colors pop. The image and sentiment is colored with Copics. I added an orange ribbon. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your week is off to a wonderful start.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Santa is Coming to Town

Happy stormy Sunday! Tornado sirens went off twice this afternoon. We've had almost 2inches of rain in the last 24 hours. I don't know that there was any damage in the area. I hope your weather has been better today.
My youngest left on Friday morning to move to Florida for a new job. So for the first time in our lives we find ourselves as empty nesters. We spent most of the weekend out at Baby Creek but I returned home this morning to a very empty house. While I got a lot of house work done it was too quiet. I miss him already! But Steve found an apartment in Florida and he'll be ready for us next weekend when Tom and I move all of his stuff. Next weekend will be lots of heavy lifting and driving.
Santa is coming to town; lots faster than I would like. And I am no where near ready for it. But here is another Christmas card I made.
Santa is on a tag or bookmark that's tucked behind the sentiment. The image is from DigiStamps4Joy oops Fred She Said. The sentiment is from a defuncted stamp company. I embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. The designer paper is from Doodle Pantry. I used some faux stitching on the tag and some doodling on the right edge of the card. Santa has lots of sparkle from Diamond Stickles. Here's a better pic of Santa.
I am entering these challenges:
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I have a four day work week this week as we'll be leaving for Florida. Make it a super week! Happy crafting!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Seal Love

Happy Hump Day! I love the down side to the week. It means we are coming closer to the weekend. Since I am living for the weekends I feel like it's time to retire. Now if I could only convince my DH of that! LOL!
Very chilly here today but we did have sunshine which brightens my spirits. After working 5 years in a closet-like area, I finally have a window (I am blessed!). The sun heats up my office very nicely which is so opposite of what I had last year at this time. I wore my coat most of the day and sat with a blanket wrapped around my legs. We weren't allowed to have heaters by our desks.
My card tonight is one that I really like. It comes from a very special offer from Doodle Pantry to help Operation Write Home. Two of my favorite crafty places in blogland!

So my card uses the sketch this week from Operation Write Home. And with this sketch, Doodle Pantry has a special offer for two sets of digital stamps for $5 and 70% of the proceeds go to OWH. The sets are perfect for OWH cards so I couldn't pass them up. The offer is good through November 30th so click the link and check it out. Well worth the $5 for all the goodies you receive. So I combined one of the images from one set with a sentiment from the second set. I embossed the background piece with a tartan embossing folder. I added twine for an accent and then also used Modge Podge Dimensional gloss to the hearts. The seal image is popped up from the card. I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll help out OWH with their fund raiser. It's such a worthy cause. Take care and stay warm and dry!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013


We had a dusting of snow last night, way too early for my comfort. The prediction is for a bad winter so maybe this is an omen starting with the snow so early. I sure hope not since I am usually tired of winter by January 1st and ready for spring. LOL! I had to travel to Indianapolis today for work. We were training new people in Indy. I was glad the snow didn't prevent us from going. I just prefer to get those things over with especially since all the planning was complete.
So on to my card for tonight.
I used a Bugaboo image and sentiment. The embossing folder I used in the background is Distressed Stripes and I embossed Coordinations paper which I then sanded to get the multi-colored effect. I inked the edges with of the image and sentiment. The flourish is from MFT and I added the ribbon to go with the sketch I used. I am entering these challenges:
I was supposed to have gone to a Copics class tonight but it got cancelled since not enough people signed up. Secretly I was kind of glad since I am tired from the trip to Indy and needed to catch up on email after being away from my computer all day. I do love getting the blog entries by email but if you go away for the day they really pile up. Hope your week is moving along. Happy Hump Day tomorrow!  And thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 11, 2013

Glittery White Christmas

Happy Veteran's Day! God bless all the veterans and active duty heroes! They are the reason that I support OWH. I sent special messages to all my family members who are veterans. God bless them all!
Tonight I have a Christmas card. Just like our weather forecast. We have that "s" word in our forecast. I am not ready for it. It's just too early for snow. I usually like to use color but this one is white on white!

 I pulled the sentiment from my stash and used a ribbon punch on the bottom of the oval cut with my Coluzzle. I hadn't had that out in a very long time. I thread some white satin ribbon through. I embossed the background with the Cuttlebig Snow embossing folder and then punched some snowflakes that I coated with Sparkling Stickles. The card really sparkles in real life but the photo doesn't do it justice. I really like this one. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today! I am feeling a bit better tonight. My ear is still stuffed but I keep hoping it willget better. Make it an awesome week!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

More Birthday and a Christmas

Happy Sunday! Are you watching football today? My Colts are playing but losing at the moment. Go Colts! The weather is beautiful here. A bit chilly but bright sunshine. A wonderful November day. I was hoping to get some Christmas cards done today So far I have one completed. And a birthday card from yesterday to show y'all! First up the birthday.

I used the Stella sketch at Bugaboo.  The image is from Bugaboo and colored with Bic markers. The sentiment is from Gina K Birthday Greetings. I used the Chevron embossing folder to give texture to the card. I used the Spellbinder Picot Edged Circles. The border is from Martha Stewart. The plaid paper is from MyMemories. I am entering these challenges:

My second card is a Christmas card:
I used the Spellbinder Labels Thirteen set to make a stacked frame. I used all scraps to make the nested frame.The sentiment is from a now defunct stamp company, Little Paper Shop. The candle is an fussy-cut image from Crafting with Jack . The background paper is from Doodle Pantry. I am entering this card into these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by. It looks like my Colts are going to lose. Bummer! Hope your weekend was fabulous and you have a great start to your week. My week is shaping up to be very busy. I am hoping to start feeling better but so far not much getting better. Take care!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fall Birthday Wishes

Happy Saturday evening! Not very often that I post on the weekends but our plans were altered at the last minute this weekend. We were going to pour the concrete floor in the barn at Baby Creek. But the concrete was cancelled because they didn't have enough jobs to make it worthwhile to operate on Saturday. So rather than go out and stay at Baby Creek I decided to stay at home. I've been working on birthday cards today to catch up for November.

This afternoon I watched a video over at Jennifer McGuire's blog. I love Jennifer's blog. She just has so many wonderful ideas for making your cards really special. The video I watched was how to emboss the frame that you see in my card. I just love how easy it is to make a frame on the card. I used a Doodle Pantry pre-colored fall panda image and inked the edges of the Spellbinders circle die cut. The frame is embossed Labels Thirteen. Then I just punched some corner pieces and added the sentiment from Gina K Birthday Greetings. Just an easy to make card.
I'm entering these challenges:

For those who follow my blog, I wanted to let you know about my doctor's visit on Friday. My hearing has not returned yet but he said that the upper respiratory infection has caused fluid to build up in my Eustachian tube and the fluid is causing the hearing loss. So supposedly if we get rid of the fluid my hearing will return. So I am on new medication now and if nothing changes in the next three weeks, he may consider putting tubes in my ears. He said that's unusual for an adult but a possibility. So the saga continues. The meds today made me feel tired all day but hopefully it will make the fluid drain. 

Hope your weekend is awesome! I am thrilled to be crafting again!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

It's a Fairy Tale

Happy Thursday! One more day to the work week and it'll be the weekend! Tomorrow is my doctor's appointment and I am really looking forward to getting it over with; hoping he can help me hear again. It seems like this week has gone on forever! So last night I got a bit of time to play and finished the card up this evening. My son's girl friend asked me to make her a wedding card with the colors cream and purple. The picture makes this look more blue but it really is a deep purple color and I am please with the way it turned out.

The flowers look purple but the Spellbinders scalloped oval and the backing piece look blue in the picture. And the groom's vest and tie are also purple but next to the gray jacket they just look gray in the picture. It looks much better in real life. The bride and groom image is from Beccy's Place. I colored it with Copics. The background paper is Basic Grey Wisteria. The flourish is My Favorite Things Die-namic. The flowers are from Michael's $1 bin. I added a few pearls and some purple self-adhesive rhinestones.

This is the inside of the card. Using the same paper as the outside and adding a sentiment from Stampin' Up! with more pearls and rhinestones. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Hope you are headed for a relaxing weekend. We'll be pouring concrete in the barn this weekend if all goes well. And I am hoping for some crafty time too! Have a wonderful Friday!


Monday, November 4, 2013


Just a quick one tonight. I am already passed my bedtime. Made this card for my nephew. I missed his birthday last week when I was sick. So I hope he is still talking to me. LOL!
The image is from a Gina K set called Timeless Treasures by Theresa Momber and the sentiment is from a Gina K set called Birthday Greetings. I used a sketch from the Outlawz Wednesday challenge. I added some faux stitching, ribbon and brads.
Hope you had a great start to your week. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Mousey Birthday

Happy Sunday! And Happy November! I can hardly believe that it's November already. On Friday I'll finally get to see the ENT and find out it my hearing loss is permanent or if they'll be able to help me in some way.  Being sick has put me behind in getting out my birthday cards. I was hoping to get more time to craft this weekend but only got one card put together. Here's a birthday card for a birthday this week.

The image is from a Penny Black set called Stuck on You. I masked the mouse off so that I could stamp the balloon multiple times. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set called It's Your Day. I used Spellbinders Triple Scallop border along the edges. Pretty clean and simple and I tried to use fall colors. On the inside I used the Triple Scallop border also. Colored with Copic markers. I used the sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping. Also entering these challenges:
The Stamp Boutique: use fall colors
That's it for today. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. They definitely go way to fast. Make it a great week ahead!

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