Tuesday, October 17, 2017

She fought the good fight

If there is anyone that has been looking and keeping up with my little blog here I just want to thank you for looking. Thought I'd give an update on my sister.  She left this old world and is now in the presence of her Lord and Savior.  She will be missed but never forgotten!!!  She had a loving spirit and was a super gift giver up to the end.  She loved crafting, card making, scrapbooking, beading  and especially plastic canvas which she did a lot while laying in the hospital bed.  Thank you for your prayers during this tough last 6 months.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

So sad no card :(

Well I got two weeks in! So sorry I don't have a card for you this week. I'm out of town again helping with my sister who has leukemia( she's in remission!😀 but still needs to go to hospital daily) . All those that made a card for the Try Stampin on Tuesday did a great job, check them out!!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge 341

Hello all it is so good to be back sharing with you.  I love this sketch, the long panel on the front lends itself to so many different possibilities! I find it a challenge :0) to have a lot of layers on a card like last weeks sketch. But then that is why they are given the name challenge, it is good to stretch ourselves.  I did make a card for last week, if you haven't seen it check it out and let me know what you think!

This is a new stamp set from the Holiday catalog - Stampin' Up. I fell in love with it when I first saw it and now that I've checked out all the samples on pinterest  I'm really sold. You will be seeing more of this set.  

    BOLD WORDS is the optional theme.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Try Stampin' challenge 340

OH MY GOODNESS!! I can not believe it has been so LONG since I've posted.  My life has been just crazy the last couple months. Working part time, helping with Mother-in-law care, garden and canning, helping with sister that has leukemia. Three of the four took me out of the house. I was beginning to wonder if I'd ever enter my craft room again.  The work side is done now, I'm still heading out for care giving (away from home and out of town) but I am a LITTLE bit free.
Enough of all that, you came to see a card, I decided to try out a new Stamp set from Stampin' Up I ordered, I saw somewhere that Christmas is less than a 100 days 😱 yikes maybe we all better get busy with that little/big undertaking. I usually pick a pattern or two I like and make multiple cards. I'm still looking and trying out stamp sets.

Optional Theme: Petite Patterns 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Try Stampin 330

Wow it is already just about the middle of July!!  I knew that July was going to be busy for me so stamping is taking a back seat on my time.  I did get this card done I used this floral hello from the top of my desk.  I colored it some time ago but never made a card with it, time was limited so I hope you all will forgive me for using something that I had already stamped and colored . I turned the card so that the hello would fit across it and then put the three banners below.  The two background banners were made from washi tape. The background seemed to need something so I added glitter glue on it and smeared it around with my finger.

Thank you for stopping by - I do hope you have checked out all the other designers, their cards are lovely.  What have you stamped this past week?  Add it onto the Try Stampin Page and let us see.

You can get there with this link - try stampin on Tuesday
Optional Theme: Portrait

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Try Stampin' #329 Sending Love

I  decide to use a new stamp set and Designer series paper for this lovely layout.  I did alter it a bit in that I turned it 90 degrees so I could use the fabulous large sentiment that came in this set.... Hello Friend is the name, the DSP that I used is actually part of the Daisy Suite.  I guess the optional theme - Dainty and Neat could be interpreted many different ways.  How would you make a card with that theme?  Try it and enter your wonderful creation, work of art.  Someone will love to receive a homemade card that you made just for them.

Optional theme: Dainty and neat

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Try Stampin' #328 End of a Hot summer day

Hello everyone, I had a hankerin to do some sponging and decided to use this set. We've been into hay. that means long hot days, so that's where my theme came in.....Summer Heat.  I guess I didn't really follow the card sketch this time but you know what....That's okay go ahead and enter one of your creations, it will be greatly appreciated.  Have fun!!!!  :0)

      Summer Heat   This will take you to the Try Staampin' Site
                                                                     if you didn't come from there.  Join in on the fun!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous #2

Hello, I guess I didn't have this entry to go live when I said I would!!!  That's what happens when a person who doesn't normally work full time ends up doing just that.  It has given me a better appreciation for all those who have to work then do house work and still want to stamp.  I find myself exhausted and I haven't been doing near as much stamping as I want, especially with the new catalog going live!! AND new stamps, dies and embossing folders to play with.

 This is the second card my group made with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and die bundle. They did real well with it and liked both cards. The die is shown on the next image for the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by, my work schedule should be getting lighter in about a month or two.  I can only hope since the garden and fruit will be coming on soon!  Have a lovely day.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Try Stampin #327 BOLDS!!!

Here I am again using this card sketch for two purposes. I decided to use the bolds and only used two colors that are in the new in-color line up.  Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist    I have a card class coming up and a manly card w as requested.  This card really could be used for anyone but definitely thought it fit the bill for a man.  What do you think?  My group makes two cards each month and if you come back tomorrow you can see the other card, made with the same stamp set; Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  My DT card for challenge 325 used the die that comes with this set.  I really wanted to show the ladies and gent that this set was quit versatile.

Optional theme:  All pastels or All bolds

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Try Stampin #326 Let's get Fishy

When your a crafter it is not impossible to find time to do what you love! even when it seems life is pulling you from all directions.  That is me right now, I'm not complaining just realizing that I can find time to stamp and enjoy it even with all that is happening right now.  Just in case anyone is reading this text and following/praying, my Mother-in-law is back in the hospital.  Thank you so much for letting me vent a minute.  Ok enough of that!

My card today is two fold, First made for Try Stampin and second for Fathers Day - it's right around the corner.  Hoping to go see my father, will you be going to see yours?  My dad has a large fish tank so when I saw this Theme I decided to do something fish related.  Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you'll join us - even if your life seems crazy find a minute or two to do something you love!!!

I moved and changed the placement of a few elements for this card but I believe I included everything that this sketch has. ( Psst.....You don't have to if you just want to stamp and not use this sketch though.)
Optional Theme: Wiggles and waves

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Old and New for Try Stampin # 325

Hey I'm back but just for a quicky....When I first saw the theme for this card sketch I immediately thought Flowers,..  Isn't that summers splendor?  But to all in the Stampin' Up Family June and summer means a new catalog which means new stamps, dies accessories, and 5 new In Colors.

So as I sat at my desk thinking "this needs to be quick Vicki"  I decided to use old and new. This card is show casing one of the new in colors called Lemon Lime Twist. I picked it because it reminds me of summer.   :0)      When I help in the hay field there are little green moths flying around.

The old I used was the fluttering textured impressions embossing folder, rhinestones, and the bold butterfly framelits dies.  The new is the Lemon Lime Twist card stock and for the inside an absolutely must have for all a new die called Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.  It is lovely so nice and big- this one will be a winner!!

I'm thankful that you stopped by, I do hope you have enjoyed all the inspiration of the others on the team.  We all love to hear from you so if you have a moment leave us a little word. Were you inspired by something we made?

For any who saw a previous post on my sister with leukemia, she went home on June 1 the Doctors are saying she is in remission.  She will have three follow up treatments for prevention purposes. Thank you for your prayers. Have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Try Stampin #322 How Sweet it is!

Another great sketch and theme. For this one I turned the sketch and put a lot of different cut out stamps on at different dimensions.  I used a set that was in the Occasions Catalog that I love since I bake a good bit sadly it did not get added to the new 2017-2018 catalog.  Living with 4 Sons and Husband meant lots of cookies, they are all grown now and working and my baking hasn't stopped.  I now bake cookies for their lunches and put in baggies in the freezer.  These cookies are restricted to lunch boxes!!!  Cookies in tupperware container are allowed to be eaten in evenings.... BUT I say....when they're gone they're gone!!!!  (Till the Sat. when I once again bake for the following week)   :0)                     (we raise chickens - alas the brown eggs)

Well you didn't come to read about all that, thanks for stopping and I do hope you'll join us in stamping.  (sketch card and theme below mine)

       If you didn't come from the Try Stampin' page click here   - it will take you directly to the blog where you can see all the cards by those on the design team, a lot of different, amazing cards!!

Optional technique: Dimensional layers

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Try Stampin #321

Hi, My garden was growing, now everything is trying to learn how to swim!!!  In the past week we have had over six inches of rain!!!  We have two gardens and the one is lower so that is where my plants are swimming.  We may have to replant some potatoes if they rot because of standing in water for so long  :0(    We are covering the strawberries as they are calling for frost tonight and tomorrow, I really don't want to loose them this will be my first year to pick and they are looking really good and have berries already hanging on.

Here is our suggested theme and sketch,  I love flowers and decided to put that in the center of the card the flowers have a vellum overlay on them that had the small silver hearts on it. After I finished it I thought I should have used a strawberry set that I have and put three n at different stages of growth. Oh well maybe I'll make that later. Thanks for stopping, if you didn't come from the Try Stamping site you should go an see all the designers cards they are awesome!!!

Optional theme: As the Garden Grows

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Try Stampin #320 May Days

hello, another week has gone by and it was a busy one for me. I worked everyday at my part time job and I sure was glad to see Friday roll around..:0)

I was glad to get to my craft room today - Sat. -while I did some baking for next week and worked around the house.  I'll be heading to see my sister on Sunday.  The Dr.s are pleased with how well she is responding to the treatment.  Thank you for your prayers.

This card is  a first for me as the only stamping it has on it is the sentiment.  The background paper is designer paper from the Sale-a-bration catalog, I colored it with the watercolor pencils and used a blender pen on it to smooth it out. The  blue I added to the top piece started getting a little fuzzy from to much rubbing so I stopped and decided it was fine as it. You can't see in the picture but I put some clear wink of stella on the dragonflies wings.

THANK you for stopping by I do hope you'll join us and share with us your creation using this sketch and theme if you choose.

Optional theme: May Days

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Try Stampin on Tuesday #319

Life throws us challenges everyday, but some are more challenging than others.  Our challenges could be like that, some harder than others but it's always fun to see what everyone comes up with. 😉
This is a card I made a few months back, please forgive me for not making a new one, I've been out of town. Just found out one of my sister has  aml leukemia. Now that is a challenge!!! They will be starting chemo as soon as they get her heart settles down.

It is sorta round don't you think??? I made this card with the windows think die, it will fit nicely in an A-2 envelope. It has a rubber band on the inside so when it's pulled out it pops together. The picture above shows me holding it flat. The die is altered a bit so that it folds up over the back panel and lays flat for mailing.
Thanks for stopping and if you would, please send a prayer or two up for my sister Kathleen. I believe in God, He is always with us even during the hardest challenges life send our way.

Theme: A circular or oval card

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Try Stampin' on Tuesday # 318

Hey there, it's that time again.  Now I do hope that you've been finding time to stamp and have some fun, relax, and be creative.  I've been stamping but just not posting for a while, our internet is limited and I used a lot last month in the Magnolia March Madness on you tube with the Tilda stamps, I believe there is a video in a previous link if your interested.  Well on to Try Stampin!!

We have a fun sketch and theme if you decide to use it.  It can be a challenge sometimes but that is good for us, it makes us a better stamper if we try to go outside of our comfort zone-our usual.  I guess that's why we have the sketch challenge and encourage you to use it.  (but remember you don't have to...we just want you to stamp!!!)

Our theme is : A Trio of Words
My take on this...  :0)   
This was a quick easy card to make, some might recognize the supplies as from the April Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up.  If you don't know what that is it is a card/project kit that comes to your house once a month.  It has ALL the supplies in it that you need to make the projects, this month that meant 12 cards.  But there is always a little extra in supplies that you can use on other creations.  The kit comes with directions on how to make the suggested projects if you like them and want to copy.  It is a prepaid subscription which they send out on about the 10th of each month.  If you would be interested I could help you find out more about this great opportunity,  ;0)     just leave me a message and I'll get back with you. (or if you have a demonstrator I do know that she would be more than happy to help you.)   

                                Thank you for stopping and have a great day - it will be great if you get to stamp even just a little bit!!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Burst of color - Try Stampin' on Tuesday #316

I decided to use the suggested theme literally and use my new color burst powder! I had every intention of going with three flowers, like the sketch had three around the sentiment but thought it needed more flowers. I'm still learning how to use this new product but I like how the background turned out. What do you think?  Thanks for stopping by and if you would be so kind and have a minute or two please leave me a comment, thanks. Happy stamping 😄

sketch: optional theme A Burst of Color

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Extra Try Stampin Challenge #315

Had a card to make for a card class on Tuesday and thought I might as well follow Try Stampin's challenge.  Turned out nice I think and I hope the ladies enjoy it.  Be sure to check out the inside as it has a pop out.  I used the Balloon Adventure bundle in the Stampin' Up Occasions Catalog. This is such a wonderful bundle as it can be used so easily for anyone!!  I've got more from this set so stay tuned.
 click here if you haven't come from the Try Stampin' site and you can go see all the other designers cards.  If  you have come from Try Stampin' thank you for stopping by, I so love to hear from those who come and really do read all the comments.  SOOOO if you would be so kind could you find it in your heart to leave me a few words?!   Have a wonderful week and I'll be back so stay tuned :0)
Optional technique: three different patterns

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Try Stampin' 314 Baby Animals

Sometimes it seems that our business comes in bunches, know what I mean.  Activities seem to bunch up and I often wish I could spread them out.  My card for this challenge came together quickly and that is good since I've been busy. I turned the card since I wanted my tags to be big enough to hold my congratulations sentiment. The theme: Baby Animals was perfect since I had a baby card I needed.     I do hope you'll play with us and show us your card.
       Have a wonderful day, find a spare min. or two and relax with your stamps, paper and ink!!

I decided to play along with a color challenge over on Fab Friday color challenge

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fab Friday

If you're here from Fab Friday, My  card will come up on Tuesday. That is when it will go live for my designer card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday.  I joined your challenge with ours. Hope that's OK

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Are you ready for flowers? Try Stampin On Tuesday #313

I decided to do another challenge this week, we as design team members are on a rotation- half of us are to post every two week and my scheduled week was last Tuesday.  I wanted to stamp so I decided to join in on this sketch.   I actually made two cards neither follows the sketch exactly but I'm sure you'll be able to see the similarities.  Thanks for stopping....

This one is water colored.

Thanks to Vicki   Optional Theme: Beautiful Flowers

Saturday, March 11, 2017

MMMarch 11, 2017 Tilda Video

Tilda stamps are so fun to play with... Here is my second video for the Magnolia March 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Try Stampin' on Tuesday

  When I designed this card front I had no idea what I would do with it. Sometimes when we make cards we use the same design and I wanted to try something different.   I ended up needing to angle my piece the opposite direction because I cut it backwards and the opposite side of this DSP just wouldn't work.  I hope you'll have fun using this and will join us by downloading a card on Try Stampin's page.  click here Try Stampin'  if you didn't come from that page and would like to see all the other designers ideas and join in on the fun.
   If you look clear to the end of this posting you'll see the inside of the card that I decorated with the scraps.

Optional theme is Angles

                                                       Inside of card

Saturday, March 4, 2017

My first for Mega Magnolia March 2017

My last posting I told you about the Magnolia March 2017 event that I'm a part of. I uploaded my first project today as I'm on for Saturdays.  Here it is ;0)

The Stampin' Up Window Box thinlit die is so easy to use and this shows an unusual way to use it.  

Thanks for watching, if you go to my you tube channel you'll see all the other designers and can pop onto their videos.  Some of us are having drawings for gifts.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Swirly bird and Exciting News for the month of March

Here is the card I said I have up yesterday. Sorry I didn't get it done I was pretty bushed after my two events on Tuesday. Today is Wed and I've had a little boy this afternoon so that has kept me busy.  He's napping :0)  so I'm taking advantage of the quiet and getting some things done for Thursday.

Here is the card that the ladies, some new stampers made on Tuesday evening.  There were about 18 signed up to come and with that in mind I had a fairly simple card for them.  All 8 (yes 8) that attended had a good time and enjoyed making the card.  It was actually very nice and easier to have one on one visiting with fewer attending.

Thanks for stopping by, I have an exciting bit of news for you.  I've been invited to be part of the Mega Magnolia Madness Event on You Tube.   They showcase the Tilda stamps and every day of the month a new video will be added.  I'm on for Saturdays and there is at least one other designer for every day of the month. Have a wonderful day!  also want to thank those that left comments, I really really appreciate it!!!!!!  ;0)     Vicki

here is the link to my video of the DT package sent to us it also has the links for all the other designers in the description section ;0)        https://youtu.be/6t0zjeROiek

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Beam will guide you home

I'm writing this on  Monday and have finally sat down to get these posts done. Tomorrow is a busy day for me as I have two Stamping events.  I decided that I'd like to use the the new High Tide Stamp set from the Occasions Catalog that I haven't used yet.  My group that meets in the afternoon on the 4th Tuesday of every month are seasoned stampers so this card is a bit more involved.

Masking and sponging technique.  Made the beam extended on the right by stamping off on post it paper (to use on left side when sponging the sky), then stamping on the right. I made a mask with typing paper to lay on the card to sponge the beam darker and extend it out. Easy to do just stamp on the typing paper then take a ruler and extend the beam, cut the inside out so when you lay this on the paper the beam is open and the rest of the card is covered. Guess I should have taken a picture of this. (Let me know if you want me to add a picture)

Hey come on back tomorrow and check out a much easier card that a new group of stampers will be doing!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Life is Sweeter... Try Stampin' challenge #310

Hello everyone, hmmm wonder who is reading this?  Have you ever wondered if anyone reads or looks at your blog?  If you would be so kind I really would like to know if anyone reads this blog, I spend a little time trying to make it a nice place to visit and just wonder if anyone is...visiting.

Time for another Try Stampin' card challenge, our theme for the next two weeks (if you choose to use it) is Sweet Thoughts,
When I designed this card sketch I just picked a shape for the front and now that Valentines Day is past seems many of us have substituted with a different shape and you know what... that is just fine! So if you have an idea go for it!!!

I'm posting this on Sat. and one of my weekly chores that I do on Sat. is to make cookies for the weeks lunch boxes.  I found out quickly (having four sons and a husband working) that if I left the cookies in the tuperware container that I use for them after baking that by mid week I was baking again.  Now although Life is Sweeter when baking  :0)  I do get tired of it.  My solution!!!!  make a double batch on Sat. and put enough in bags in the freezer for the week!! (they all know that the cookies in the freezer are only to be used in lunch boxes) So that is up next on my agenda for the day.   What about you? do you have tricks that make your life easier? I'd love to hear about it.

My card : Sweet thoughts... in my house include anything chocolate! We live on a farm and have chickens that lay brown eggs. (Not sure what I'd do with a white egg-ha ha ha)

Thought I'd try a little creative photo taking, what do you think? Does it help or take away from the card?
 Have a wonderful day and I do hope you'll decide to play with us, oh and thanks for stopping by.   :0)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Happy Birthday accordian card

Here is another birthday card for another sister in law. Alice loves flowers also and she puts many out in the flower beds around the house but also has many in pots.  This is another AI watercolor card and I made this one up myself.  I hand drew the pot, water colored and decorated it then added the greenery and flowers.  Sometimes we as stampers get so many  supplies that we tend to only use whats newest.  Well I've had this Karen Burniston  accordion card pivot card die for some time and have used it a few times but not lately.  I love making interactive card for people so pulled this out to use on Alice's card  Happy, happy birthday Alice whose birthday is Feb. 15th.