Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015

Farewell to 2015 - it's been a doozy of a year for this family.  We are all looking forward with hearts full of hope for a better 2016.  Wishing well for all of you out there, too. Happy New Year!
Now that the holidays are nearly over, it's time for me to buckle down and get back to my crafting. 
Today I did manage to get a birthday card put together for my daughter-in-law whose birthday is in a few days. I've yet to upload the photo to the computer so I can't share.  Here are a few cards I did complete prior to the Christmas holiday.  Enjoy.

Here is my favorite sentiment for today: Word Art by Ginger

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sending out holiday cards

Trying to finish up some last minute cards so I can get them out this holiday season. Try as I may, I'm thinking I will not have enough finished.  My intentions were to be entirely finished by the 10th and oh my, that has come and gone. Our little Jacob has one more week of school so perhaps I can find a few hours to complete the remaining projects.  One of the in progress projects is making a "Peppermint Vodka Liquor"  You can add just an ounce to your hot chocolate to give it a little zing. It's going to be a gift as well as my homemade hot chocolate mix. I love giving hand made items as gifts.

Here are a few more cards that I did complete:

This card was made with supplies from Simon Says Stamp and a Spellbinders die. Die cut is lifted using foam tape and the sequins just add a little bling.

Oh, Christmas Tree, must have one for the holiday. A simple card (no stamping), I used Dazzles stickers from Hot Off the Press and a beautiful background paper.

One of my favorites this year.  The recipient has already expressed her love of the use of "not so" traditional colors for a Christmas card.  Sure made me feel good.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Decorating

After a wonderful family gathering for Thanksgiving dinner, I came down with a horrible cold that I have been fighting since.  Today I'm finally feeling half human and able to accomplish regular housework. Unfortunately, the craft arena has had to be put on the back burner through this ordeal. We are beginning to feel the Christmas spirit, tho, and played our first Christmas carols while wrapping some early present purchases. Today my display will be a few of the Christmas cards I've completed.

My sentiment today is from Ginger at Ginger's House.  My favorite place to find word art and sentiments for my cards.  Check out her fantastic blog; she's in my list.  There are so many creative people out there who share their talents so generously. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sewing on Sunday

Actually got my sewing machine out today........ it's been a while. My little grandaughter, Jaimie, needed some help with a special project for school and asked Gramma for some help.  She's creating a story quilt to help her report on a book that she is reading. Her Mom bought her felt squares and we pieced together a nine block quilt base. Used my Cricut machine to help her find some patterns for the story characters and she will trace and decorate her quilt herself.  While I had the machine out I decided to finish a Christmas stocking for Jacob. Over the years I've made one for each of my grandchildren.They are all different colors and lining prints. Jacob's was started long ago. Thought I'd better finish because now I have another grandchild and a great grandchild who both need their stockings this Christmas.

This picture isn't so great. Couldn't get a good angle. The stockings are fleece outside and fully lined inside with cotton fabric.  Each has a bell and measures about 15 inches tall and 12 inches wide. 

My sentiment today was written by Alex Haley.

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort
of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.

Hoping that is what I have done today for Jaimie and Jacob.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Today began with a very heavy frost covering our little spot of the world.  I do give thanks that I did not have to go out and scrape ice in order to leave for work. Being retired does have it's advantages in this regard. We did have lovely sunshine and when I did get out the view of our Mount Rainier was splendid. Snow has reappeared on the flanks - all is returning to normal. 
 Had a bone scan done this past week and have been diagnosed with osteopernia (a step below osteoperosis).  I'll have to start taking more calcium and a vitamin D supplement to try to keep my bones strong.  Sometimes this geting old stuff is just plain annoying.
Getting ready for Thanksgiving has eaten into my craft time but I do have a few cards to share.

This is a pretty simple card but I love the colors of pink and brown together. A fawn is one of the forests most beautiful creatures and the sentiment captures that thought for me.  The inside sentiment reads "especially in you".

A card I made during the storm we had a few days ago.  It rained and rained and made me think of this image I had found on line. I colored it with colored pencils.  It just give me a warm fuzzy when I see this image.  Walking together in the rain is such a perfect picture of life in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Rainy Day Fun

It's been rainy here in Washington the past few days and I have managed to get back to making a few cards.  Many family birthdays are creeping up on my so I worked on a few of those and one more Thanksgiving card.  Wanted to put my Cricut to work and cut a very simple winter greetings card. The sentiment is cute;  I will share it with you.  It was a free digital image I found on line - not sure to whom I should credit.  I love it - thankyou. 

Simon Says Stamp November card kit items.

For my grandson Alex - using HOTP papers and Dazzles stickers.

For my grand daughter, Destenie, who loves to sew. Colored with Distress markers and sprayed with gold Glitter Dust for sparkle.

My Cricut card, just love the sentiment.  Dreaming of winter is much better than being in it!! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Giving Thanks

Let's not forget Thanksgiving.  
I am making cards for sending to distant family members again this year. Lots of siblings means lots of cards.  Here are two of the first finished and set aside. The lovely cornucopia image is from Dearie Dolls Digital stamps and mounted on a Spellbinder's Floral Oval die cut. Background DP is from Paper studio. Inside just a very simple sentiment, "Give Thanks".  The harvesting Squirrel is a Dazzles sticker from Hot Off the Press, the scene is completed with backgrownd papers and other stickers from the same set.  Label was cut with Cricut and the sentiment is a png from Ginger's House.  Inside is a wish for a "Happy Thanksgiving"  I'm not exactly sure to whom I will send the cards.  I try to match cards to personalities when I'm able.  It will come to me...........

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Countdown to Thanksgiving & Christmas

The Halloween decorations are packed away and now begins the countdown to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  It's even a bit chillier this week; not so much frosty but chilly for sure.  I have started to make some Christmas and winter themed cards for sending to family and friends. I love how that makes me get the "spirit".  All of our children will be home for Christmas this year with just one of the seventeen grandchildren away.  As they all get older it gets harder and harder so this year is pretty special indeed.  Below are two cards I've completed this week.  Enjoy.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Scare Me Up A Crow

Watching over the Pumpkin Patch and scaring crows is this whimsical character from  WhipPer SnapPer Designs.  He was colored on Canson cold press watercolor paper using Ranger Distress inks followed by a spritz of gold Glitter Dust. My background paper is DCWV shimmer in purple.  This A2 sized  Happy Halloween card went out to my brother Bill and his young daughters who live in Iowa.  They probably know how to appreciate a too cute to spook scarecrow who's trying his best.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Crisp and cool, thinking fall

 It's been a long week for me and I haven't been crafting as much as I'd like.  However, the autumnal temperatures did spur me on to create two cards for the season.  Both are to send to close friends, one of whom is fighting cancer, I like to let her know what an inspiration she is to me and that she is often in my thoughts.  Both of these cards feature digital images from Dearie Dolls Digital Stamps. They are from the Freebies collection she graciously offers at her blog.  These are simple cards to make; I did some distress ink blending and highlighting with Wink of Stella clear.  For sparkle I love to use sequins and even an occaisonal piece of "bling".  I found a Four Seasons paper pad from Paper Studio and the design papers are from that pad and from My Mind's Eye. Enjoy.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Halloween Fun Crafts

Halloween has always been a favorite day of celebration at our house.  We don't do much decorating until the leaves start falling and the calendar reads OCTOBER.  Then the Jack 'o Lanterns come out and the place starts wearing it's orange and black. This year I've been working on making some more decorations from kitchen recyclables.  My plan was for a witches spell shelf filled with lots of weird  and ghastly ingredients.  I'm not there yet but have been working on some of the bottles using both plastic and glass jars and bottles from my kitchen. The idea came from posts on Pintrest but all are of my own imagination and creation.

Friday, October 16, 2015

First Halloween Card Sent

Today I sent out the first of my Halloween card creations.

This card was created using free design paper from one of my magazine subscriptions. The witch and bats are Cricut cut files cut on black card stock. I'm still pretty much a novice with my Cricut but will keep trying to expand my knowledge and use of the machine.
 A fun greeting for my granddaughter and husband who are serving in the Army at Ft Meade, Maryland. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Back To Basics

     So I posted one post and didn't get back  for six years; that's sad.  But life happens and it really did happen to me.  At 60 years old I became a Mama again to a beautiful baby boy.  He's a joy in my life and I've loved every busy moment we've experienced.  Learning to live with a child on the autism spectrum is not for the faint of heart.  My escape is paper crafting (scrapbooking and card making). I'd like to share some of my work here. It's a hobby and my escape - I'm not a professional by any means.  Just having fun and hoping to share with like minded persons.

So here are two recent birthday cards I made for my grand daughters' boyfriends. Both great guys. One is an avid fisherman.