Saturday, December 31, 2011

So fast!

Can you believe how fast this year went ? I'm hoping for a better new year. This one has been full of stress starting with last January. So I'm going to use a little "positive thinking" for a better year.
 I'm wishing for a stress-free and more creative year for all of you. I think we all need it. So here's a toast to all of you.
May we all have a wonderful 2012!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Love and hugs, Stephanie

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Just wanted to wish each one of you a very Merry Christmas. Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Niece's birthday

Good morning, everyone. Today is one of my niece's birthday. With all the boys in our family we really appreciate our nieces. On my side of the family our nieces are the only ones to have a girl. So getting to buy pink was a real pleasure. This particular niece grew up around me so I got to have a pseudo girl. So different when you have all boys. Now she is married and has 2 beautiful kids of her own.
Anyway, this is her card.
I finally found DCWV Black Currant at JoAnns. I knew this was what I wanted for her card. Here's the recipe:
MS Elegant Cake - Happy Birthday cut at 1.82
Large snowflake - Sizzix die
label - Nestie label 4 set
small snowflake - punch I've had for years
eyelash yarn behind the label on the front
This was my first time to use this yarn. A few weeks ago I won a set of My Craft Spot stamps on Bobby and Jill's blog ,Cricut Couple. These 2 are known for the their inspiration and generosity. After I received the stamps (which I love) they sent me pieces of this fantastic yarn. This stuff is so cool. I twisted 2 colors together. (fuchsia and silver) It really makes "happy" cards. Really brightened my day. I just love it. You should check out their blog.
So thank you so much for being the wonderful people you are.
Thanks for looking and leaving a comment if you like.

Hugs and God bless you all. Stephanie

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Good morning all

I have been so busy, like everyone else. I gave myself permission not to worry about cards this year. (just too much pressure and it hasn't been a great year, lots of extra stress) But there are a few that need to be remembered. We've had lots of deaths in the family this year and I seem to have lost my mojo. (temporarily I hope. This is a simple card, not quite my usual style but I hope it works.
 I used Gingerbread cartridge for the sleigh cut at 2.65". The label is a nestie and the snowflake is a MS punch.The greeting on the front is a Studio G stamp and the inside sentiment is from My Craft Spot stamp set. I won this stamp set from Cricut Couple and My craft Spot. Thank you both!
I hope to get out of this stupor I've been in ans start creating again.
Thanks for looking, love reading your comments. They are like the best therapy. I so love all my blogger friends.

Hugs and God bless, Stephanie

Friday, December 16, 2011

I really am still here

Has everyone gotten through with their shopping?  I got the bulk of mine done by Dec. 1st...then I stalled. I got a little more done this week.
This one page layout took 3 weeks to finish. I think I', finally happy with it. I don't remember where the cuts came from or the sizes. The paper is K&C double-sided paper. I fell in love with the whole stack. I used a lot of stickles. (which I love)
Anyway here it is:
Thanks for looking and God bless you all.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's about time!

Hi, all. (If there is anyone left to talk to) It's been a really stressful time, personally and emotionally. I haven't made the first Christmas card. I can't seem to focus. We sold my mom's house (one big headache gone). It also makes things so final. Moms gone, Dads gone and our childhood home is no longer ours. Dad died on 2004 but mom died last February. I don't think I'll make any cards. My heart just isn't in it. I just keep obsessing about not having made any yet. I think I'll give myself permission to let it go this year and get on with other projects.
I did make a graduation card for our niece. It's very simple but I did finish it.
I used Happy Graduation for this one. The "you did it" owl was cut at 1.94" and the Congrats sign was cut at 1.94". I also used some punched flowers and bling.
I hope you all haven't given up on me. Anyone still around to take a look, I thank you very much.
PSST...I have a layout for tomorrow. It only took me 2 weeks to finish it.

god bless. Hugs, Stephanie

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thoughtful people

Hi everyone. I'm sure your lives are as crazy as mine. I'm even having trouble creating. That's a big problem for me. My crafting is a big stress reducer for me.
I did get this thank you card made for a very sweet man. This is for my husbands, sister's, father-in-law. He lost his wife last year right after Thanksgiving. She was a great baker. My husbands favorite cake that she made was carrot cake. Several times a year she would make him a cake. Well, her husband thought he needed a cake for Thanksgiving and he made one for him. Wasn't that thoughtful?
Here's the recipe.
Gypsy Wanderings -  thanks cut at 1 1/2"
From My Kitchen - cake cut at 3 1/2"
label -  nesties and MS snowflake punch

Didn't want it to be too girly and I think I accomplished it.
Thanks for looking and god bless.
Hugs, Stephanie

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Good morning!

beHope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Did you blow your checkbooks up on Black Friday? I did not get anything I shopped for. I was looking for things for my grandson.Guess I'll have to pay full price if I can even find it. I did come home and order the County Fair cricut cart from cricut.com. I have wanted this one since it came out in June. So I was real happy about that. Hope you had better luck.
Now to the card. (believe it or not) Last year I met this sweet person on the MB on a RAKs Challenge. We exchanged several messages and I participated on a couple of challenges. Then things got real busy with my mom. Even after she died I didn't have a lot of time for challenges. We exchanged birthdates and I tucked it away wanting to remember to send her a card. Well she must have done the same thing because she sent me a beautiful birthday card in June. (so sweet)
Well, this is November and I remembered to send her one.
Happy Birthday from Elegant Cakes cut at 1.2
flower from my stash
Leaves cut from Freshly Picked at 4.37
Cuttlebug embossing folder, corner die cuts and some bling
Thank you for looking and God bless you all.

Hugs, Stephanie

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New development

Well, the Cricut Couple, Bobby and Jill, are at it again. They enjoyed the last giveaway so much they are having another one. This time they are giving away a full size cricut cake. Aren't they so generous?
The last giveaway was for 500 followers and the went over 600. Lets get them to 700. So for lots of fun and inspiration give them a visit. You won't be disappointed. http://cricutcouple.blogspot.com

Friday, November 18, 2011

Good evening

Well, Cricut Couple has announced all the winners from their celebration. I haven't created anything. Just can't seem to concentrate. But I did create a 3D pumpkin.
One of the blogs I visited this week had a pumpkin made of rosettes. I can' remember which blog I saw it on. I searched  every blog I could think of. But no luck. Then I remembered I went to the link where she first saw the pumpkin. Ijotted it down. I must have written it down wrong because it didn't work.
Finally I typed in the first 2 words of the link, Audrey Pettit. A lot of stuff came up but I clicked on Audrey Pettit webblog and found the October post.
Anyway, I made one and my grandson loves it. Maybe I'll get a good nights sleep and wake up full of ideas. (I can dream, can't I)

So here is the pumpkin.Thanks for looking and God bless you all.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Good morning!

Hope you all had a great weekend.  We were busy. We had our 8 year old grandsons "Superbowl" championship football game as well as the housewarming.
The housewarming was a great success and the ballgame was "super". They won and were undefeated the whole season. They played at the college stadium in our area. We all felt so special. The whole season was played in practice fields and we sat on lawn chairs. Couldn't see a thing at ground level. So this game was truly fun. I hope to have a layout done soon.
Anyway today's post is to thank a couple of people. A couple of weeks ago there was a blog hop and I won one of the prizes.
I won the stamp set offered on Cricut Couple, Bobby and Jill's blog. It was generously donated by Kim, My Craft Spot. It is a very special Christmas set and I can't wait to use it.
So my next project is a couple of Thank You cards for these special people. Kim's stamps are really wonderful.
I just wanted to say thank you very much.
thanks for looking and God bless.  You should pay them a visit, lots of great inspiration.
Hugs, Stephanie

Friday, November 11, 2011

Change of pace

Hope everyone has had a nice Friday.  I am relaxing. I did get a card made today.
My BIL lost a very close cousin to cancer this week. Sympathy cards are always hard to do, but this one took me less than an hour.
I used a sketch. This sketch is from Mojo Monday and it really helped. So I'm going to enter in their challenge.
Next time I need a sympathy card I just might look for a sketch.
Here's the recipe:
This is a 5 x 5 card.
George - circle cut at 3.47, small rectangle cut at .94
Easter 2010 - cross cut at 4.29
Beyond Birthdays - dove cut at 1.71
I also used a little glitter and some embossing with the Cuttlebug.

Thanks for looking. God bless and hugs, Stephanie

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I'm on a roll!

Well, I guess I'm really shocking a lot of you, 4 new projects in 4 days, and posted! I can hardly believe it myself. I really want to thank all of you who continually check out my blog when there is nothing new to see. And when by chance there is something, you are always so nice and encouraging. Ya'll give me a big boost. Now for the project.
I really had fun with this one. It just grew from a simple card, you know, the ideas just keep coming.
This is a gift for my nephew who just bought his first house and moved on his own. He's only 22 and he's like a "babe in the woods" when it comes to the everyday of having your own  home. I think it will be a fun learning process. We'll all help.
I think this turned out pretty cute. I used 8 carts but that is no bother with the Gypsy. (I'm so glad I learned to use it)  Here's the recipe:
George - 2 rectangles welded together for the card - card size 3 1/8 x 4 3/8
Handyman - house cut at 3.94
Stand & Salute - clouds cut at 1.0
Animal Kingdom - dog (labrador) cut at 3.24
Everyday pop-up cards - tree cut at 4.18
Create a Critter - grass cut at .84
My Community - small mailbox cut at 1.0, large mailbox cut at 20.41, fence (welded to card) cut at 1.71
Plantin Schoolbook - address numbers cut at 1,71
So this is my project. I love how it turned out. My husband was even impressed with the package decorations. Can't wait to give it to him at his housewarming Saturday.



Thanks for looking and let me know what you think. Take care and God bless. Stephanie
I'm back. I just had to add some grass on the post of the mailbox.  Now I'm happy with it.
Thanks for looking. Any opinions?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hello!!!

Happy Wednesday everyone! How about this, a new post 3 days in a row. Yippee!!!
This is my second mini album. But... before I get to that I want to tell you about a celebration.
There is this wonderful and inspiring blog, Cricut Couple, that is a husband and wife team. I'm sure most of you are already followers, but if you haven't heard, they reached over 500 followers during the Craft Spot blog hop. They have some wonderful prizes for followers who leave comments and are chosen. Check out the button my sidebar. Their blog is always a bright spot in my day. (along with a few dozen others) lol Congrats to Bobby and Jill. Oh yeah, I was picked to win the stamps from the blog hop on their blog. Thanks again Bobby and Jill.
Now for the album. (hope I'm not boring you)
For this one I used:
Graphically Speaking - remember cut at 2.76
Picturesque - flourishes cut at 1.47
Mini Monograms - scalloped circle cut at 4.5
leftover flowers made from a Sizzix die,pearls from Michaels,ribbon, glitter, punched butterflies, buttons and bling





Hope you like it. Thanks for looking and God Bless. Stephanie

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happy Tuesday!

Good morning everyone. I bet you can't believe I'm posting 2 days in a row. lol
Well I spent the weekend making 2 mini albums for Christmas presents. If you're wondering why it took so long, I'll tell you. This was my very first minis. I didn't have a particular theme in mind (to me that makes it harder) and it took so long to pick out papers. (I can spend an hour picking paper for one card) Then there is the embellishments.
These albums are made with CDs so there can't be too much or too big of an embellishment. Anyway I finally got finished. I got the inspiration from Amy at Scrappin Mommy who posted a CD mini and tutorial last June. I know I still can't believe I held onto this for so long and was able to find the post.
Today I'm posting the first one. I used 5 cd's and covered them with paper. Then decorate.
Gypsy Wanderings - moments cut at .88
Mini Monigrams - scalloped circle cut at 3.75
EDPD lab shirt cut at 4.65
Create a Critter - firemans hat cut at 2.53
Ashlyns Alphabet - flourishes cut at 1.82, 1.24, 1.0
George circles cut at 5
punches - butterflies and flowers, 3d flowers from my stash, pearls from Michaels. buttons, glitter and ribbon all from my stash.
This is picture-heavy. Would appreciate hearing what you think or what you might change.





Thanks for looking and God bless. Stephanie

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hello, Monday

This is just a quick post. I made some sentiment cards for the inside of the box-cards. Now when they take out the cash/gift cards and there is a message.
It's only a simple thing but it seems more finished to me.
The label is from Ashlyns Alphabet cut at 4". The snow flakes are a MS punch.

Thanks for looking and God bless each of you. Stephanie

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hello!

Good morning everyone. Hope everyone is starting out well this morning.
I got started on some things I will need for Christmas. YEA!!!
When I first saw the box card design, I knew I wanted this for the gift cards and cash for my kids. It really is an ingenious design.
I first saw the design on Splitcoast Stampers. Peggy  from Daily Grace Creations also posted a tutorial.
I only used 1 cricut cut on this project, the initials. They are cut from Tie the Knot and cut at 1.71. The label is a Spellbinders, labet 4 set. Also a couple of MS edge punches and some inking.

Thanks for looking and God bless you all. Stephanie

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy November 1st

Good morning everyone. Hope you all survived Halloween. Today is one of my sons birthday. He probably wishes I'd forget it. No such luck. He doesn't like cake or any desserts so I'm fixing him a pan of homemade mac and cheese.
He also has always liked Mickey Mouse basically forever so I try to put MM somewhere in his cards. This time it's MM-head balloons.
Here's the recipe.
Picturesque - Far East cut on page 74 cut at 4.41, corners cut at 1.47
Wall Decor and More - light bulb on page 68 cut at 3.82
Create a Critter - Lets cut at 4.88
MS Elegant Cake Art - Celebrate cut at 1.0
Mickey & Friends - Mickey silhouette cut at 1.0 for the balloons
Happy Birthday, Ryan!

Thanks for looking and God bless you all. Stephanie

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Good morning!

What a happy Thursday! Well, I'm trying. I got up this morning and did everything as usual. After I do my makeup, I get to drink a cup of coffee and read my emails. It's really "me" time. It didn't take to figure out that I can't "reply, forward or compose and send any. I get an error message ...this message was not sent to ... then it lists whoever I was trying to send it to. Doesn't tell me why or what to do about it. So not a very good start first thing in the morning, 5:30 am.
Onto this mornings post. Some of you know we are having Red Ribbon week at our schools and every day is something new. Hippie day, Monday. Tuesday was silly sock day and Wednesday was wear red "drug free" t-shirts. Well, Gabriel enjoyed the first 3 days. He like his hippie accessories and wore silly socks. And he had a new red drug free t-shirt for Wednesday. His hippie pic was earlier this week.
Here's his socks. He wore jeans so they didn't get a lot of attention
Today it's crazy hair/hat day. So trying to give him something no one else would have, I created a "silly" spider for a baseball hat.  When he went to bed he loved it. This morning, a whole different attitude. The first thing out of his mouth, "I don't want to wear that silly spider hat."
I sure wasn't going to force him. He was afraid everyone would laugh "at" him.
Here's the hat. So he went to school not participating. The spider stayed home with me. Maybe I'll wear it on Halloween.
He's only in Kindergarten and this school goes to the 3rd grade. I really don't think these kids know what a Hippie" is or the '70s.
We seem to have a group of mothers who dream up these things for kids that really don't care. They cut out so many things in school but they are willing to waste time on these types of things. When I was in jr. high, when there was still jr. high, we had dressup days, 3 or 4 a year, and we were old enough to understand what they were for. This school has something almost every week. The other elementary school in the area doesn't do all this.
Next Wednesday is the fiftieth day of school so were having 50s day. I bet most of these kids have never seen Happy Days. This particular day is to celebrate being halfway to the 100th day of school, for the 100th day celebration. I just don't get it. Since school started we have bought 4 special t-shirts and "spirit sleeves" .
(which I never heard of) Not counting the books, spirit sales(junk sold on game days) and providing the class with snacks once a month. At least 3 times a week there is a request to buy something. We've even had pictures made 2 times so far.I think our PTA is out of control. There are some kids that just can't buy all this stuff. They must sometimes feel left out.
Maybe I'm wrong but it just seems if they are doing all these things in the early grades when they get to be 12 and older it won't be so special. Maybe they're pushing them to grow up just a little too fast.
Sorry to be so long winded Anyone else have these issues? Or any others?
Thanks for listening. God bless. Hugs, Stephanie

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Good evening

Hi, everyone. No, I don't have a new card. Just a pic of my grandson.
He is in kindergarten and this week is drug free week. Everyday there is  something different going on. Today they wore silly socks but Monday was '70's day. Now you can't find anything tie dyed or hippie-like for little boys so we improvised.
At a halloween store they had lots of stuff for adults but not kids. They did have a Quickie hippie kit - blue lens granny glasses, peace sign necklace and headband. I used Groovy Times and cut the peace sign and groovy out of vinyl. I just stuck it on his clothes and it worked.
So here's the quick pic I snapped right before we left for school.
Thanks for looking and God bless. Stephanie

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hello, again!

Bet you thought I was a figment of your imagination. Nope, I'm real. Life, creative block and a few other things keep getting in the way. Oh well. I did do a Halloween card. I think I'll give it to my MIL. I made a couple of rosettes out of DCWV Halloween paper, so I had to use them. The large one is on my MIL's card so I'll have to think of something entirely different for the smaller one.
It's actually a very simple recipe... only one cricut cut. I used a paper trimmer, punches, ribbon, bling. stamps and Boo was cut from Mini Monsters at 2.25.

Thanks for looking and God bless you all. Stephanie

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, Alec

Hello everyone. I'm so tired of not being to finish a crafty idea. I've been obsessing over this box for 3 or 4 days. I tend to make things too complicated. I mean good grief, just do get on with it already.
Today is my second oldest grandsons birthday, he's 11. I posted his card a few days ago, family scientist. So today I sat down and just made a box. DUH! super easy.
Recipe:
Sweet Tooth Boxes - box cut at 10.65
Hello Kitty Greetings - bat cut at 2.65
labels - nesties, clear stamp and some bling
The bos has some of his favorite little candy bars inside.



I think he'll like it.  Thanks for looking and God bless. Stephanie