Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mama said...

Gray. Mama said I looked good in gray. She also said that I wasn't made for ruffles, lace, or frills. No girly-girl clothes for me. Straight lines, solid colors, with maybe a touch of flowers or plaids. I can remember getting a new winter coat when I was about 12. It was gray, with a stand-up collar, and a double row of buttons on the chest. I loved that coat. Maybe it was because it wasn't a little girl coat, or maybe it was because she liked it, or maybe I loved it because gray seemed to be a color made just for me. Funny what goes through our child minds, and funny what we remember. Mama didn't mince too many words. She also told me I had "stringy" hair.... Oh mom....

So what's with the above narrative? You didn't need to know that, really, but my card is gray, and often when I stop and think about a color, a memory floods back. That was the memory triggered today. Because I have a gray card.

Playing at CAS(E) This Sketch. I'm supposed to be cleaning house, but the card wouldn't let my mind rest until it was made and posted, which is better than scrubbing toilets any day of the week!

Kept it pretty close to the sketch.

The flower is from the Wildflowers set by Concord & 9th. The sentiment is one of my favorites from PTI. Both are heat embossed in white. A couple of pearls, and the beloved gray paper is from my scrap drawer.  Time to get to the housework *sigh*. Happy dances everyone.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday Afternoon

Here it is. An overcast and rainy Tuesday in January. Not snow. Rain. Crazy, isn't it?! Better that than s.n.o.w. And since I don't have to go out for the next several days, it's perfectly fine with me. Ran all my errands and did the grocery shopping yesterday, so we're set. Been playing in the craft room since early this morning, and got a few things done, which I'll show you in a minute. DH wants a pot roast with mashed potatoes for dinner, and while that's roasting and making the house smell wonderful, I'll be back in here trying to make a few more things. The college-age granddaughters were here for a visit on Sunday before heading back to Madison, and requested lots more birthday cards for their upcoming Christmas presents. Gee...isn't it just sad that I have to make more cards???!!!! Guess I'll have to comply with their wishes! In this batch, I only have one birthday card, but it's only January, so there's plenty of time.  Wanna see? 'K.

Playing along at these challenges, and hey, why not meet me in the galleries there?!!


I'm also playing at SSS Work It Wednesday and Time Out, but the darn badge thingies didn't want to copy and paste here. Blaming the weather...

Card number one is headed off to Time Out. Winter, with a white on white look.

A few different elements and companies used here. The pretty little dotted swiss vellum is a scrap Darnell gave me when we were together at the Lake House last October. A Verve sentiment with ME Smoke ink, a scrap of vellum die cut with a Poppystamps leaf, and an MFT frame.

Card number two is going into Case This Sketch and into Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday, where we're to use something new. My 'something new' is the flower center that I've used on its own. And it's the one birthday card in the bunch.

The border die is from Mama Elephant, a scrap of vellum for the lower half, an AE sentiment with some Fresh Ink in Succulent and ME Apple ink with a bit of Glossy Accents for a little added oomph! On we go...

Card number three is for the Case the Designer #9 over at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers. I chose to CASE Andreea Raghina's card. Her's looks like this:

Happy Wednesday! How does a cup of hot cocoa sound like, for a change? For me, hot cocoa has the smell of my childhood winters at my grandparents country side house ❤️☕️ I also love this time of the year when the air is really crisp and you know people are getting the fires are on, by the smell in the air. That is what @concordand9th "Cozy up" stamp set made me think of - a cabin log up in the mountains, with a cozy fire up on. And on my card today I tried to create the wreath on that log cabin's door ❤️☕️💚 More details in my post on the blog today, thank you in advance for stopping by. #coffeelovingcardmakers #coffeelovingpapercrafters #hotcocoa #hotcocoaseason #cozyup #distressink #cardmaking #papercrafting #handmadecard #holidaycards #holidaycard2016 #wintercard #winter2016 #diycard #stamping #diecutting #concordand9th

And here's mine:

Let's start in the middle and work our way out, shall we? The coffee cup is a Print and Cut file from Silhouette. The gold doily is from a kit I bought a while back and don't remember who made it, some gold and white panels cut with a couple of MFT dies, and the flag is an MFT die as well. PTI sentiment. Though you can't see it, I added a little GA on the heart. And since I've kept you overlong, I'll close for today. Happy dances everyone.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Back to Normal

I'm sort of back to normal. normal as I can be, or as normal things can be around here. DH continues to improve little by little every day, and that leaves me more time in my craft room. And the craft room is a good place to be today. It's even c-c-colder today than it has been all week. So I think I'll stay in here and play until I have to run DH to the doctor's for a quick recheck this afternoon. Then, it's staying inside for me! It's about -5F/-20C here. Not much wind, so that's one good thing, and it is sunny today, so there's another!

Had to clean out my craft room a bit to make room for a new paper trimmer. Got tired of crooked cuts with my largish Fiskars, so bit the bullet and bought a Rotatrim. I'm still getting used to it, so will let you know how well I like it. I can say this much about cuts like a dream. And some of that clutter that I shoved into drawers a while back has now been recycled, or moved to more logical places. Felt pretty good getting a little more organized. Hopefully more organization will come later this year.

Onto the cards. Plural. I know, right?! Sure feels good to be back!! I've got two cards for three challenges today.

The lovely Lisa Lara left a comment on my last post, and as I was perusing CASology, I saw she'd posted a sweet card there. I'd made this before I'd seen her card, but I'm fairly certain that great minds do think alike, lol!!

The stamps are all by Taylored Expressions, and I stamped one layer of the tissue box on some fun yellow polka dotted paper then fussy cut it. EZPZ Lemon Squeezy. 

Then I had to go and get all different. City Crafter's Challenge asks us to use the word 'hello.' After taking a peek at The Card Concept, this card came to mind.

I think this is in the 'Freestyle Collage' category. That's an Altenew Peony stamp, with assorted inks, a chunk of b&w sort of polka dotted paper, a strip of black ribbon, a black cardstock panel, some gold sequins and a NBUS 'hello' die from Savvy cut in gold paper. Popped up the flower but not the leaves. Kinda like it. Hope you do too. Have a fantastic weekend, and happy dances everyone.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


January weather is upon us. Beautiful blue skies and tons of sunshine, but that usually means pretty darn cold weather for this month. I don't mind. I don't even mind going out in this kind of weather. You just have to be smart about it; warm up your car and dress appropriately. Snow is a different matter. I love it...except when it falls on the streets and sidewalks. Makes walking and driving a bit more challenging! It is what it is, however. How's the weather by you?

Card? Yep. Got one. I saw Loll's card for this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge, and loved it. Then I had a Pinggggg. I've been hoarding saving a couple of very special pieces that I made under the tutelage of the famous Darnell when we were at the Lake House in October. My little mind then said, "Hey! You could use one of them for this challenge!!" Now I know we used shiny paper, and that we used alcohol inks, but that's all I can remember. Little mind and all... I'm sure Darnell can tell you more than I, about this technique. I just know that I liked it, and that at least one of these panels would work perfectly for this challenge.

And so it did (work perfectly, that is).

It looks soooo much prettier in real life. For some reason, it looked ugly without the flash. So I had to use it, (the flash) and while it's better, it isn't how I'd like it to look. *sigh* That's a PTI die, and I used the matchy-matchy stamp with some ME Smoke ink to give it a bit of a shadow. The sentiment is RC, and I added a few PTI rainstones for the "your choice" part of the theme. And now I have to run. I need to go buy some blueberries for a coffee cake (more company coming), and I still have a few other things to get done. This was a nice little break from the tidying up, though. Happy dances everyone!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Well, here we are; the beginning of a brand, new year. Like you didn't know that... Anyway, I'm hoping that 2017 is going to be a much healthier year for DH, and a much craftier year for me! And maybe, just maybe, I can create more, post more, and comment more! So far, so good! Did you have a nice Christmas? We sure did. While the season was marvelous in its entirety, I have two special memories. The first is that my youngest son gave me an autographed Kris Bryant World Series baseball (so cool), and the second thing is, that rather than singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve while opening presents, three-year-old Avie sang the "Go Cubs Go" song. I smile and chuckle every time I think about it. She had everyone here laughing at that! What a girl... I don't have a photo of her singing, but I do have one from a few days earlier having breakfast at grandma's house...

Naturally, we wear our princess crowns at breakfast! Isn't she just a hoot?!

I have a card (I know, I's been a forever time, hasn't it?!). Decided to play along over at the MFT Sketch Challenge. Love this sketch:

I wanted to make a card for a friend just to say 'hello.' Here's what I came up with:

Sorry about the lighting...I must be waaaay out of practice. The flag dies and the 'hello' are both from MFT, and the little die cut clipboard, along with the patterned paper are from Doodlebug. A smidgen of gray for the small flag, ME Smoke ink, and some bling finish this off. Kinda CAS, but I like the way it turned out. 

And before I go, I want to say thank you for all your thoughts, prayers, cards, and most of all, for the support you've shown this past year. DH is getting stronger, and hopefully this year will be so much better. Blessings to you all. Happy dances everyone!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Hello and 2016 Winter CLBH

Hello, it's been a while. Life has kept me hopping lately. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving my dad (who turns 87 on the 14th), had quad bypass surgery. After a four hour drive to the hospital, I spent the next three days with him. You would not believe this man. His last pain medication of any kind, including Tylenol, was at 6:00 AM Wednesday morning. He did so well, that the surgeon released him on Friday to a rehab place, and this morning he's headed off to my sister's house for one night, then home. He's promised me and my sisters that he won't overdo things; he wants to be ready for golf season this coming Spring! Thank you Lord for keeping him safe!! While I was up north, our daughter came to stay with DH while I was away, which was a blessing. DH is struggling with some health issues, and between 'nursing duties' and doctors' appointments, I've been a bit busy. Now. While there have been challenges around here, life is still good and we have been incredibly blessed. So that's where I've been. Not sure how often I'll be back crafting and blogging, but hopefully next week the doctors can give DH some answers, and we can manage better!

I've got two cards for today. This first one is for the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, created, supported, and magnificently run by Amy Tsuruta and her team. I'd gush tons more, but if you're here, you know exactly how wonderful she is, as is her DT, and just how much fun it is to play along.

My card looks like this:

Made with scraps of white, red, and gray, plus one of Verve's stamp sets with a touch of some from Ellen Hudson (the steam). The Mama Elephant's Smoke ink shows up so much nicer irl, too. Added some Stickles to the poinsettia's centers, as well. 

And I wanted to show the card that my granddaughter, Lily, made on Thanksgiving. She and granddaughter Lizzy hit the craft room between dinner and pie much to my delight. Lily is 8, and Lizzy is 18. So sweet to see them crafting together!

She found my gold pen, and created her own sentiment. Wouldn't that make a fun font?! This one's a keeper for the memory box. Someday soon, she and I are going to have a full weekend of card making here in the old craftroom. Raise your hand if you want to join us...she'll make you smile, and we'd all have a blast!

With that, I'm going to run. I want to get a few things done before DH gets up and my day really begins. If I don't get back here, or to your blogs before then, have a blessed Christmas. May God richly bless you all. Happy dances everyone.

Friday, November 25, 2016

CASology Featured Designer Final Post, and Happy Thanksgiving!

It's been a pleasure to have been November's Featured Designer over at CASology. A huge thank you to Melissa for having me. I've enjoyed sharing with you all. Be sure you make time to play along with their challenges; you'll find Melissa and the whole Design Team as wonderful as can be, and the Cue Cards are always inspirational.

By today, all my American friends should have tummies full of turkey, dressing and all the fixings. And pie...Oh yes...pie! We're celebrating our Thanksgiving today; some of the children or grandchildren had to be elsewhere yesterday, so we're dishing up today. I have made Thanksgiving Dinner for more than 35 years. Hosting small dinners, or full-on feasts. This year we'll be 16 only. Poor Tad and his family had to attend a wedding in Cancun...isn't that just a shame...? Missing out on cold, wintery blasts in Minnesota/Wisconsin and having to spend time on the beach instead? And no pie! Don't worry, though. We've decided to have another "Thanksgiving" type meal at Easter time so he doesn't miss out on mom's delectable dressing and the rest of his favorites!

Last year, when all the little ones were here, they wanted to help grandma with the meal. Now I love my little helpers, but pans full of boiling potatoes and such aren't conducive to their help. So I have them do other things; they set the tables, they fill relish and veggie trays, and still they want more. Last year, a light bulb went on in my head and I made up place cards that they could color, put together, and write names on. I managed to grab a few after the meal. Most of the family and guests took theirs home. What a delight to see all those little ones in my craft room having a blast. Here's what last year's place cards looked like:

They were so proud! And I was delighted to have them feel like such an integral part of the festivities. Gotta love Kaylin's pink turkey!

We've also started the tradition of an olives on the fingers photo. Here are all those little helpers from last year:

Back to front and left to right:
Grant and Drew (my little ginger-haired boy)
Kaylin, Samantha, Lily and Avery.

Like most families, the kids sneak olives from the time they're set out on the table until we sit down to eat. I keep enough on hand to refill the dish several times, and just laugh, remembering all the olive snitching over the course of my life. Several generations now...

I have one last photo for you. Again it's from last year. This was one of three tables set up, and it was the kid's table. Guess which table grandma sat at? Mmm-hmmm. The kid's table!

Drew loves grandma's cooking; I think they all did. And see those three big granddaughters on the rightish? Guess who helped with dishes? Aren't they wonderful?!! I couldn't find a shot of the whole table where you can see everyones face, but Drew's face...too cute not to pick this one! That's my dil, Katie on the far end. I sat next to Drew and Lily, about where Jess is. I'll be at the kid's table again this year and it will be lovely. 

DH and I have been blessed with a large family. We are very thankful for our children and grandchildren, and all of our families and friends. We are very thankful for all the blessings God has given us. I hope your holiday was filled with family, friends and delicious foods. You are blessings in my life and I am truly grateful to count you as friends. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 18, 2016

CASology Featured Designer, Week Three

Thanks again to Melissa for having me as CASology's Featured Designer for the month of November. I'm having a blast, and if you haven't, play along with this week's Cue Card! Melissa and her team are truly wonderful people, and the challenge is always fun!! Last week, you all had a little peek into my craft room. I'll admit I was a bit nervous about sharing photos of my crafty space, as it's not as coordinated as I wish it were, but it is least mostly. However, it's not really as tidy as it appeared in the photos I shared. Not when I'm working anyway. I'm not the kind of crafter who makes one card then puts the supplies away before starting on a new card. When I'm on a roll, my workspace shrinks to about the size of my folded up MISTI. The 'tidying up' happens at the end of a craft session. Or a craft day. Or a couple of days. But if I'm not using a tool or papers or ephemera, I do like them in their place, which usually means behind closed doors or inside drawers. And I'm dyslexic. Now that doesn't have much meaning except to say that my brain doesn't work normally (hahahahahahahaha, as if it ever did, hahahahahaha) and I have to have things organized in a way that works for me. If you go back and look at the photo of my credenza from last week, you'll see those sweet boxes containing my clear stamps. There is no order to them, except by company; all stamps from each company are together and none are in any kind of alphabetical or theme order. But sitting here without turning around, I can tell you, from the furthest right box to the furthest left box, exactly which company is where. It works for me.

Moving right along, here's what my craft desk looks like this morning (she said, cringing and wondering if she should just continue the lie about neat and tidiness).

I'm working on two sets of CAS, monogrammed notecards for granddaughters Jessica and Melissa for Christmas. My desk will look much neater by the end of today. Maybe. I hope. And because I can reach the counter to the left of my desk without hauling my butt out of the chair, here's what that looks like:

All kinds of goodies just piled up until I finish these notecards. And finished and half-finished cards. And tags. If I wanted to use my Silhouette, the easiest way would be to open that top drawer and sweep everything in. Not that I've ever done that... And this too, will be put away later today.

Golly, I hate the way that looks! But creating is a process, so I guess I'll have to tolerate the mess for a few more hours. 

How about some cards? Ones I haven't published. Okay!

None of these are CAS, but since I've been on a CAS roll, I thought I'd show you something a bit different. As you can see, I run the gamut from CAS to layers and froo-froo. And since I've talked your ear off once again, as I'm wont to do, I'll stop. Make sure you stop back next week for my final feature; it'll be full of thankfulness! Happy dances everyone.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

On A CAS kick

Not exactly sure why, but these last few days I've been making Clean and Simple cards. Oft times, I like a bit of layering and die cuts and such, but this week it's been pretty much CAS. There are two offerings today, a tag and a card.

The first card will go into Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags, my second entry, and then into this week's Lawnscaping Challenge.

For this tag, I was inspired by Sarah Gray's tag from Day 8 of Tracey's Challenge. I love the look of gold and white. The stamp and snowflake die are from Lawn Fawn. I heat embossed a scrap of white and then die cut the snowflake. The sentiment is also heat embossed.

Next I have a card for Addicted to Stamps

My card looks like this:

That's a SSS snowflake die cut 4 times, stacked and winked with Stella. The "snow" was done in ME Apple ink, with Altenew's letters. It looks really lovely in person. Fresh.

Hope your weekend is delightful, and happy dances everyone!