Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!

Many people start a new diet or fitness routine at the beginning of a new year. Thirty-two years ago I became a quitter. After smoking cigarettes for many years I decided to quit; it wasn't cold turkey but by my 35th birthday I was a non- smoker. I'm so happy I made that decision and encourage any one who is considering to committ now. Here are some facts about how your body recovers once you no longer smoke.  After 20 minutes your heart rate drops, after 12 hours the carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal. With two weeks behind you your heart attack risk begins to drop and your lung function begins to improve. In 9 to 12 months coughing and shortness of breath decrease and by one year your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's. Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smokers between 5 and 15 years after quitting; at 10 years your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a smoker's. and at 15 years your risk of coronary heart disease is the SAME as that of a non-smoker.   Good luck to all who make the decision in 2018.

With hearts in mind, here are a few more Valentine cards I've worked on.

And... this one is actually an anniversary card for family members.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Come on NEW YEAR!

Well that's Christmas done and put away for another year! I hope you have had a great holiday season! Are you ready to jump in to a new year? I hope you can set aside just a bit of time to prepare for the coming new year. I don't know exactly what the future holds, but I know that spending time with you (even if infrequently) is totally a worthwhile endeavor. I am not always consistent (so what else is new), but it has been a journey that I am grateful to have taken. 

Grateful to be able to share a wonderful hobby and to be held to a commitment I made over a year ago.

Here are a few more cards I did manage to work on during the busy holiday season.

This card was made with a recipient in mind. I have a grand daughter that love foxes so this will be her Valentine this year

A simple anniversary card for a couple married last year at this time.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Just Because...

Just because can mean so many things; I found a passage that reflects a few of my just because thoughts.  Sharing, well, just because.

Here are a few of the cards I've worked on in the past few weeks. It's been a busy time so I'm a bit behind on reaching my goals of at least three cards a week.

For Mother's Day for someone special. Love the patterened paper. It's from the Pebbles Heart of Home collection.  The stamps I used are from Hot Off the Press and Cardz TV, stamped with Memento Dye ink Espresso Truffle. Thr border was cut from ivory card stock using Martha Stewart punches. Brown satin ribbon from my stash.

This card also features patterned paper and the tag from the Pebbles collection.  I layered the patterened paper over a metallic gold background paper and used sequins and ribbon from my stash to embellish. The paper daisy is from Prima Marketing and the yellow brad is from my collection. My sentiment on the inside turns this hello into a birthday card.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mistletoe - just for kissing?

In ancient times, both the Druids and the Romans hung sprigs of mistletoe in their homes and places of celebration to bring good fortune, peace and love.  It's a great tradition, I'm glad it has survived this many years. The kissing under it is good, too!

Here are two cards that celebrate love. Both were fun to create and will be passed on with love to a deserving recipient. Just love the hedgehog topper!

One of my final Christmas cards this year. The words are die cut three times and layered for dimension and the background is a foiled image I created using my Minc and an Anna Griffin image card. The cardstock is more of a cranberry color than a Christmas red. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Russia Interfered...