Most of my posts are about family and being in the country. This gratefulness blogging is at an end for 2014. I think this year I've noticed how much more my family means to me. We take every opportunity we can to spend time with family. And the same with our friends. And I am grateful for our opportunity to have Clayhille. It just brings home how much I enjoy being outdoors. Today I sat in my stand for doe season and it was windy and cold and I didn't see any deer. But I did get to see a bald eagle circling in the clearing over my stand and that made it all worthwhile. Not everyone gets to see such a beautiful sight. A wonderful way to wrap up my gratefulness diary.
Monday, December 1, 2014
We're nearing the end of my exercise. Today I am grateful for the time spent on a beautiful day with grandsons after Codi and a friend were successful at Doe Season (from my stand). We all worked together to get the butchering done. Venison in the cooler!
Friday, November 28, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Thankful for husband who is highly skilled at many things and will read to understand other aspects. From designing a solar lighting system to rigging a 12 volt sink pump to designing cabinetry to fixing cars he can do it all and I am proud to be married to him.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Grateful for my siblings in-law. They each are so special! Tammy is an on-the-go, get-it-done person who provides a loving home for my brother and their children. Eric is a constant in my sister's life and is really good with their son. Auriel is the "newest" in-law, perfectly matches my brother and has stepped up to a daunting challenge. Love them all and glad they complete our family.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Today for my little sister!
We talk all the time and share life's ups and downs. I worry about her, she worries about me. I give her pep talks and she provides me the same. We work things out. We're as different as can be, but we are sisters! I'm so glad she's my sister!
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Day 2 - Sunday
Grateful for my husband. He is capable of so much, from designing a system and installing solar panels to cooking a mean pot of chili. (The best ever). I am grateful for his love and continued health.
Day 3 - I'm thankful for my job. While frustrating, it can also be highly rewarding.
Day 4 - I am grateful to have a running vehicle with perks that spoil me. (Heated seats, remote start).
Day 5 - I am thankful to have been born an American, and that I have the right and privilege to vote.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
September was my niece's 4th birthday...and I forgot to post this..but enjoy it now.
She is heavily into Tinkerbell. Since I bought her a "pirate fairy" dress up set (from the pirate Tinkerbell movie), I looked for fairy inspiration on Pinterest as a start for her card.
I was inspired by this design from Tracy at Callmecraftie, and made this sweet 1-of-a-kind card.
The paper stack is Butterfly Kisses by Paper Studio which has the "just right" shades of purple and green. I layered a magical-looking swish patterned paper on purple for the background.
Of course, with a princess niece, I have the Once Upon a Princess Cricut cartridge. I found all of the die cuts on this cartridge: the dress, butterfly wings, wand and number.
Dry-embossing the dress added some needed texture to the layout. I used some sheer shimmery ribbon strips in my stash (previous Dollar store find...and stocked in several colors!), which I taped to a shimmery iridescent glitter ribbon for a sash.
The inside says Fairy Birthday Wishes using "Fairy" cut from the phrases on the cartridge.
I think the dress was cut at 3" and the wings too, but I learned that I should have a notebook by the Cricut to record my cut sizes, so I can come back later and cut the complements at the same size without guessing.
That would be important especially if I'm using a special paper or one that I only have 1 sheet.
I had a lot of fun putting this card together! Thank you for looking and have a magical fairy day!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
It's a little late but I've been on a hiatus from posting as I have been the proposal manager for a project at work that requires 14-16 hour days. That doesn't leave much time for stamping or posting. So as dear husband says, life got in the way of fun! I'm not done with the project yet but have a few spare moments.
This was my Valentine's card for Dear Hubby this year. The heart is a sticker on a heat-embossed lace doily in blue.
I couldn't post beforehand... For obvious reasons and then apparently I got too busy to post but it was a nice card that came together quickly and is NOT pink and red, but rather manly.
Thanks for looking!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
This week slipped away from me...I just completed my Mojo Monday card this morning... which would be Thursday... hmm... been a little busy. However, the crafting must go on.
I was able to create a card using the papers that I've been working with for my friend's daughter's baby shower.
My new E2 internal alphabet cartridge has a beautiful doily in it so I cut it out on the Cricut.
On my first try I am embossed it with and black embossing powder, but then decided that the chestnut embossing powder would go with the papers better, so I redid it.
I used a favorite Stampin ' Up stamp from the retired Illuminations set and a Martha Stewart border punch.
Not a complicated card. I could easily change up this sketch for other purposes.
Thanks for visiting today!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The invitations are complete! I made 37 of them. One I kept for myself, and I created a generic example without personal or location information to protect my friends.
The flat 5x7 card is heat-embossed with pink glitter powder.
I may never de- glitterize my craft area :).
I used CTMH Paisley Perfect stamps with Versamark ink. The layered center is die cut on my Cricut using a shape in the CTMH Artiste cartridge at 3.75" for the brown, 3.5" for the pink and 3.25" for the white.
The flourished boot came with the internal Alphabet cartridge in my new Cricut E2.
I created the invitation words layout on my computer and printed them on white cardstock. It took a little while to position the words correctly on the Cricut mat, but once I got it lined up with test sheets it was easy to do 40. I always cut a few extras for mishaps.
So here is the final product (with generic information) ...drum roll....
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
|The Baby Cowgirl Invitation Sample|
|Coordinating Paper Selection - See the Paisley Perfect Stamps in the bottom right corner?|
|WHAT IS ON MY DESK THIS MORNING.|
And the left corner is the sleeve of my robe this morning. LOL.
|Boot Parts Awaiting Assembly|
|The Boot - Cut from the Cricut E2. |
Not glued together straight yet, just stacked for right now.
|Wording Layers awaiting assembly|
Monday, January 13, 2014
I used a card base out of my new Paper Studios box'o'cards. I chose a matching navy cardstock for layering and dry embossed it. Of course, with sewing items I had to use the Tim Holtz tape measure embossing folder for a little texture. I layered that with *matching* Paper Studios patterned paper. Why did I say *matching*? Well, I went to my paper shelf in search of a good sewing type paper, and viola...there it was, the paper stack that coordinates with the card bases I received last month for Christmas.
I put a little tiny piece of washi tape on the patterned layer, then stamped the sew special box in Pacifica ink. Cute, but then I decided the card was too blue, so I stamped it again in SU Real Red. My mother-in-law's pinking shears put a perfect edge on the layer. (Now I feel guilty for using high quality sewing scissors on paper. My mother raised me to know better).
It took a little longer than I thought it would. That's why I generally think the patterned card bases are harder to create from. It's usually too hard for me to select papers for the best effect. I just got lucky with having the coordinating stack.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
One of my Christmas gifts was 2 boxes of pre-printed cards by The Paper Studio, along with matching tags and some rubber stamps. I usually don't know what to do with such cards...Although it's supposed to be easy. But the matching tags gave me an idea and I made 2 of these cards.
I punched a pretty Ruby cardstock border and heat-embossed the birdcage with red embossing powder. I used the same embossing on the large sentiment. Then I inked the edges of the birdcage layer with Tim Holtz distress ink in Worn Lipstick. I layered it on the matching tag, which was inked around the edges with CTMH Pacifica ink.
I stamped random flourishes on the card and tag without heat-embossing to give a bit of depth.
Then it was only a matter of tying ribbon on the tag and sticking everything down.
Perfect for a handwritten thank you note!
Birdcage - Prima
Thanks - Oriental Trading Co.
Flourish - My Mind's Eye
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
I've been working on a sample for our friend's daughter's baby shower. She has some pink and brown cowgirl bedding selected for their daughter...so I thought for a while today and made these 2 samples.
The card is a 5x7 flat. One has paisleys stamped in the background and heat-embossed with pink glitter embossing powder. But I also tried them in versamark with clear heat-embossed for subtle texture.
I cut the label on my Cricut except the white, which I hand cut because it's just a sample piece. The boots are also cut on my new Cricut E2.
Which do you like? Leave me a comment!
The vote is out now with the mom-2-be. :)
I wish all my friends at WOYWW via Julia's blog a very prosperous and happy 2014 and I look forward to sharing the year's events with you!