Monday, December 21, 2015

"Praying You're Not Home Alone This Holiday"

Hello Friends, Followers, Visitors and Viewers.
Last week I posted about where all of our stories start...Home.  How we reminiscence about what we did at home during the holidays. That was last week.
 Today, just a thought about those who are at home but at home alone for the holidays.  No family will come to visit.  No family to call.  You're not close to your neighbors or you don't have neighbors who live close by. You are alone.
Sad, because family have pushed you aside and don't want to have anything to do with you.
Sad, because you didn't come from a large family to start with and everyone has died out.
Sad, because you're in a nursing home or other facility and family members are not coming to say hello, Merry Christmas or how are you doing.

Inspired to create a card for the Outlawz;  We had to use a  holiday movie. This is my entry:

I used  (red, black, white cardstock).  
I had a picture of a house...(not the one in the movie). 
I added a piece of black and white for the curtain. 
 Foam dots were used behind the window (Tim Holtz window die).  
My sentiment represents my feelings...  I'm praying no one, especially your love ones will not be in this situation during the Holiday.  No one that you love should be "home alone". 
 In the movie the boy was left  behind and thieves came in to rob the house.  Yes, the movie was a little comical but in real life being left alone and robbed at this time of year is no laughing matter.  Being left alone and not having no one to come by to check on you is no laughing matter.
Most people will see Grandma on Thanksgiving but she is all by herself on Christmas...please don't let it happen.   You may think that there are other people around but it is not the same  when you're not with family.  
I don't want to be "HOME  ALONE" during the holiday.  Do you?

The LilArtsyWoman will be closed until 2016.  If it is the LORD's will I'll see you in January. 
 Thank you for your continued  support in 2015 and as always;

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Friday, December 18, 2015

"Here"s Your Order...I Hope You Like It"!

Hello Friends, Followers, Visitors and Viewers.
 It's here....Friday...Vacation...Holiday Cheer!
Ready...Set...Go...Fun Time to be ~merry!
Okay, enough of the excitement.  I know you came to see what's going on over here so let me get to it...
Let's just say "a person" contacts you and wants a birthday card for a woman.  You invite them to check out some of the cards you have already made and try to get an idea of what they want.  They tell you "make something with some flowers on it.  (Nothing in reference to what you have made in the past).
You want to know what colors and they respond;" Some red and maybe white... you could put some black on it because I like those colors.  Just make me a pretty card", they say.
Well, my pretty may not be your pretty or my taste may not be your taste.  So, where do we go from here?
..."Just make me a card.   I'm going to like it, I already know", responded the person.

My friends, this is what I came up with.  If you're going to like it no matter what, without any suggestions...that leaves me to do what I do best...create from my God given ability!
I included your red, white and black with some natural cardstock.
I used some designer paper that had a black and white background.
I did use some paper with presents on it, therefore you can say it is a birthday card.
Just in case you change your mind, I used a sentiment that can go either with a birthday greeting or with another occasion.  That means neither one of us will be at a lost.
Since this will be going to a woman, I included some handmade roses on it along with the Spellbinders Romantic vines that I have been using lately .

Now, I'm presenting it to my viewers.  They will give their opinions .
As I've stated, neither one of us will loose.  I have people I know who will also have birthdays in January and or "happy days" coming up.  

I love to enter card challenges where there is a sketch or theme.  People challenges make me a little nervous...especially when they give you the rein...controlling or guiding power to do whatever you want and they are saying  they are going to like it.  I always like for a person to pick out something I have already made because crafting should be fun and not complicated. Do you agree

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, December 17, 2015

"Valentine's Day When We Haven't Had Christmas Yet"

Hello Friends, Followers, Visitors and Viewers!
Hot off the press this morning...
It's Thursday and one more day in the office.  There is no need of thinking about work next week because most of us are off until January 5, 2016 ( only  if you work in a school environment). Hip, hip, hooray!
This is the last weekend before Christmas and if you haven't shopped for those gifts, .... we know where you will be.
We've made cards for Christmas...sent them out to people...boxed some up for the what's next?
Skip the Happy New Year and fast forward to Valentine's Day!  Oh no, you may be saying.  Not yet! You're still working on Christmas cards and don't want to think ahead.
 When sending cards for someone else to use, you have to stay ahead of the game.  The card I made today can be sent as a Valentine's card and this is where my thoughts were going ( I like to box up some cards and send them off for others to use, especially the troops).

Supplies I used to make this card which will be entered in the Twisted Thursday Challenge For December 17-23, Optional twist..."Girly Girly" over at the Outlawz.

  • Neenah white cardstock; black and red Recollection cardstock 
  • lace ribbon
  • faux gems
  • used the double stitched rectangles dies from Our Daily Bread designs

I hope you enjoyed the view of this card today.  It was not complicated to make at all.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"The Phone, The iPad, The Tablet or The Camera"

Hello Friends,
Coming to you today to ask a specific question.
What do you use to take those gorgeous pictures of your projects to post on line?  Are you using your phone, camera, iPad or tablet?
I pulled out our Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi to charge the battery on yesterday.  Once the battery was charged I took a picture of a card I made to post for today.  This morning I took another picture of the same card with my iPad to see which one was better or worst.
They were placed side by side on my desktop so I could get a good look for a comparison.
Before I give you my opinion, I want you to take a look for yourself:
First I will tell you of the supplies used to make this card;

  • Neenah white cardstock; black Recollection cardstock
  • DCWV Brooklyn Stack cardstock and a piece of colored vellum from my stash
  • a wooden word (HOPE)
  • die cut flower and vine using Spellbinders Romantic vine and Romantic Blooms Three
  • red ribbon

Taken with my Apple iPad
the majority of the pictures I post is taken  this way
Adding this to for Challenge #214 - 
Taken with the Canon using the "portrait" feature:
first time for using this for my cards

Disclaimer:  I am in no way being paid or compensated by Apple or Canon.
This was something that I looked at for myself and was just wondering if you have made a comparison with two or more of your devices.
Do you see what I see?
The iPad's picture is more vibrant and shows the true colors of what I actually used for my card, whereas, the Canon camera made the paper look "grayish" and muted especially the vellum strip under the tag. However, the flower is whiter (which is the true color of the item) in the Canon image than in the iPad image.

Now I'm interested in your opinion...which device should I use?
Comment and let me know.
Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"HOME...It's Where Our Story Begins"

Hello Friends, Followers, Visitors and Viewers!
How many of you are yearning for home?  Do you live just across your state line or somewhere across the country?  Will it take you two hours, two days or two weeks to get home?
 Some of our service men are sending out their holiday messages to their love ones that they will not get to see during the holiday. They can't say "I'll be home for Christmas". What I'm hearing mostly from them is, "I miss you!  Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!"  Some, at least I know of a group that left Fort Lee, Va on yesterday, going away from home when we have one week before Christmas left on the calendar.  Can you imagine being in that kind of situation...far away from home or leaving home just before the holiday?

Home...if you are planning on going there, is where all of our stories started.  We can get together and reminiscence about when we were little and how things were done during the holiday seasons.  I miss those times (going home) and I'm being very honest about it.  There is no family around in the area I grew up in.  They have all died out and the cousins (including myself) have all moved to other parts of the country and we just don't get together like we did when we were young women and men.  We all have our own homes and our own children.  When our children come home, yes, this is where their stories started and they do reminiscence about what it was like during the holiday seasons.
Today's card reflects going home this holiday season where your story started:

Supplies used:

  • light blue Recollection cardstock; designer cardstock from DCWV the Citrus Stack; Ranger watercolor paper
  • three blue flowers (Michael's brand)
  • Spellbinders Romantic Vines die; Spellbinders Victorian Sign Post
  • Our Daily Bread double stitched rectangles die
  • Darice die cut fence
  • Martha Stewart butterfly
Thank you for viewing today:  If you are planning on going home for the safely, fly with caution or ride with patience.  When you get to your destination, have a good time.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Monday, December 14, 2015

"Card In A Box"

Hello Friends,
Welcome to a great Monday!
We have the count down to Christmas from all the little boys and girls and maybe some adults as well.   Are you just as excited as they are?
 Have you completed all of your shopping?  You may have packaged some items and sent them off in a box to someone else.  Did you forget the card?

Today I did a card-in-the box.  One of my favorite card folds to do.  Most people think it is hard but I don't find it to be that way.  If you have the tools (score board, cutter, directions, adhesive, designer paper  and the items you want to place inside your box) then, this is so much fun to complete.

The theme over at the Outlawz for their challenge is ... Monday Greetings Challenge – MUSIC on your card - Dec 14 (GCC121415)

Here is what I am entering:


Supplies Used:
  • white cardstock (heavy so your card will stand up)...I used a 5 1/2" by 12" piece.  I scored it at 1/4", 2 1/2", 6" and 8 1/4".  I turn it again so that the short side was against the score board and scored at the 3" mark from the 1/4 " to the  8 1/4".  Measure and cut your designer paper 1/8" less than each section and adhere to the card (on the flaps and box). Cut two pieces of cardstock at  4 1/2" and score 1/2" on each end...fold one end forward and the other end backward. Adhere score tape to these ends and adhere to the inside of the card (these are used for what you want to place inside your box. In my box I used cut-out people that were singing and playing music.
  • black shimmer  designer paper 
  • copy of song "It Is Well With My Soul"
  • copy of piano keys
  • musical symbols (stickers)

This next card was another example of using music on your card:
  • Neenah white cardstock; bronze cardstock
  • Darice embossing folder (crackle)
  • Spellbinders Labels 7 and Romantic Blooms Three
  • stripe bronze and gold Ribbon
  • strip from the song "What Child Is This"

Thanks for viewing this page today.  As always, would love to read your comments.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Friday, December 11, 2015

"Bring On The Happy"

Hello Friends, Followers, Visitors and Viewers.

It is Friday and we are ready for the weekend fun, frolic and frills.  "Bring on the happy!"
Yes, it is about time.  Some of us have been stuck in a rut for such a long time and even though we just celebrated Thanksgiving, the happy wasn't there.
So, let's get happy and stay happy throughout the rest of this month and  into the new year.

Here is something to help you "bring on the happy":
I may not tell you
very often,
But I want you to know
I think the world of you.
And I feel so lucky
to have you for a 
Have A Great Day

Look what I made today:

black, red, white Recollection cardstock
Designer Paper from Bazzill Yuletide
Image refurbished from old Christmas card.
Recollection gems
Tim Holtz Alteration die 
Circle die from  Our Daily Bread designs double stitched circles

What can you do or think about doing to "bring on the happy?"

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, December 10, 2015

"Have You Been Naughty or Nice?"

Good Day to all my Friends, Followers, Visitors and Viewers.

It is the most wonderful time of the year...I'm making a list and checking it twice.  I'm about to find out if you have been naughty or nice...yes I am.  

Santa and I are having tweets. chats, e-mails, snail mail and all types of communication going on.  I'm keeping my eyes on you and my ears are open to everything you are saying.

Some of you are on that list for being naughty.  You have until December 20th  to get it corrected...or your name will come off the list.  Some of you are just so nice and you need to do nothing to change it.

So here is my card for today.  You can see that I have already sent some names to the guy.  All I need to do is to continue to keep my eyes on you and my ears open just in case you stay on the list or you come off.
you will see this at the Outlawz for their Twisted Thursday Challenge For December 10-16

  • Neenah white cardstock; black and red Recollection cardstock; 
  • DP from Bazzill Basic Paper (Nordic Pines)
  • free image from Google
  • vellum sticker from K & Company (DEC. 25) and sentiment from my own computer
So, have you been naughty or have you been nice.  If naughty, will you change before the deadline or are you planning on getting on the list just for the gift and then going back to your old naughty ways.  Don't forget, I see and I hear!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

"One Of My Favorite Christmas Songs"

Hello Everyone !
Have you heard the Christmas music in the mall, at your church, on the radio or TV?  For me, it puts you in the festive mood.  Those songs have been playing since Halloween.  Some people were just not ready to listen but they were playing.  Now that we are closer to Dec. 25, I don't think you are upset with hearing those tunes at this time of year.

What is your favorite Christmas song?   I enjoy most of them but the ones that have a little Christian background is my go to choice first and foremost. The one I used for my post today is "O Holy Night"....the starts are brightly shining.  It is the night of our dear Savior's birth.

The card I made has the Nativity scene in the inside.  The design of the card looks difficult but it isn't.  Make the typical 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 base and cut out a section.  It could be 1", 1 1/2" or 2".  This is strictly up to you.  Just make sure you leave an opening between the connecting piece so you can stamp a sentiment or have one already typed out in that strategic spot.

  On this card, I used the sentiment for my connecting piece, leaving the inside for the image.  Again, it is your choice.
 Neenah white cardstock was used for the base.
I cut out 1 1/4 inches from the center of my card and use a 2 1/4 inch wide by 3 inch connecting piece.
 Each panel was decorated with pattern paper 1/8 inch less than the panel.
 Two snowflakes were cut from foam and placed on the card.
Here is the card for your viewing:


This next card has the A2 Neenah white cardstock for the base;  a bronze piece of cardstock 1/8 less than the base and a piece of beige cardstock (scalloped the edge) 1/8 inch less than the bronze piece.
Here, once  again thinking about "O Holy Night" and using the Nativity scene, I cut out the image using a circle die.  Placed a lamppost die cut on the side and used another song  piece of sheet music for the sentiment.  Finally, I placed a star inside the circle.

Entry in
Challenge #213 - Anything Goes 

Thanks for visiting.  Enjoy your day and sing a few of your favorite Christmas Songs. 

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Blessings Of Joy"

Hello to all (Friends, Followers, Viewers and Visitors) on this beautiful Tuesday morning.
I'm just enjoying the moment!  What about you?
It is good to have, to live and to spread joy.  Did you know that?

I've notice a lot of cards and a lot of home decor with the sentiment "JOY" used on them.  I've used that word also and I'm going to tell you why "Joy" means so much to me:

God is serious about His followers living in joy.  I'm one of His followers.
Joy comes from God.  It was created in the character of God and  was born in the person of Jesus Christ.  The power to choose joy comes from the Holy Spirit.
We are in the season of "joy" at this presence time but some are afraid of  unwrapping that gift that has been given to you.   JOY defined – the inner attitude of rejoicing in one’s salvation regardless of outward circumstances. One of the fruits of a right relationship with God.
Have you ever read these two passages in the Bible?  Rejoice in the Lord – Phil 3:1  and  Be joyful always. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)...  If not, check them out.
 Don’t postpone your Joy and don’t keep waiting to open the gift.

I'm sharing a card with the sentiment "Blessings of JOY".

Supplies used:
  • Neenah white cardstock cut at A2 size (4 1/4 by 5 1/2) for base
  • blue Recollection cardstock cut 1/8 inch smaller than base
  • using Our Daily Bread Designs double stitched rectangles I cut another piece out of the white cardstock
  • DP from graphic 45 twelve days of Christmas cut at 3 1/2 by 4 3/4
  • cardboard that was whitewashed with gesso, stenciled with patterns and torn paper from my stash
  • added birdcage from Recollection;  the little book from Recollection and a K&Company bird
  • feathers
  • two faux gems
  • all were adhered down using adhesive
Where does your joy come from?  Some people think it comes from their pursuit of happiness.  It could but it want last long.  Let me give you an example:  You go out today and buy yourself a new car (your pursuit of happiness).  Your payment doesn't start until thirty days later.  By that time your happiness is all gone.  It has vanished.  It is all dried up. 
 Believe me when I tell you that this  is not the joy I'm trying to express to you today. 
 Joy that God gives will last until he calls you home.  That is the kind I want you to get.  
 Ephesians 5:15-20:

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sending you a hug, JOY and LOVE,

Monday, December 7, 2015

" Getting Crafty With It"

Hello Crafty Friends,
This Monday seems almost like last Monday with the exception that I don't have to rush to get cards done for the week.  The weather outside looks like it will rain at anytime.  It is cold, cloudy and a heavy overcast going on.
The weather may be dreary but I'm all geared up to get my craft on for today.  Some packages from my cyber shopping just arrived so I know later on today I'm going to get started playing around with those items.
 I like to create cards from my own imagination but I'm also a fan of other sites that offer sketches and challenges to get you going.
Today, I've created two cards that I want to share with you.

It is the first Monday of the month so that means it is contest week over at  I'm entering the following card

Neenah white cardstock ; black Recollection cardstock; pink Bazzill cardstock
various squares from pattern paper from stash
bird from Recollection stickers


My next card is for
Monday Greetings Challenge – December 7th – 3 patterned papers & 1 die cut GCC120715
Here is the card I'm submitting:

Neenah white cardstock; black recollection cardstock; pattern paper from American Craft Noel paper pad; Bazzill Basics Paper  Nordic Pines and graphic 45 twelve days of Christmas;
a Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor die was use in white and black for a frame for Olaf and  a Spellbinders Elegant Ovals die was use for the sentiment.
foam square used behind Olaf to lift him up and a foam snowflake was adhere to the side of the frame
I'm going to play with my new toys to see what they look like when they are cut out and  I may share with you before the week is out.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  Come again!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Friday, December 4, 2015

"Friday...Free For All"

Hello Friends, Followers, Visitors and Viewers.
When you see the word free or BOGO your heart starts fluttering because you know something wonderful is coming.  The skeptics on the other hand thinks "nothing is ever free", there is a click somewhere and you must read all of the fine print before you get yourself in a lot of hot water.

Well, I have many crafty friends who will from time to time have free giveaways.  All that is required is that you leave a comment on their blog and wait to see if you are the winner.
One crafty friend this week is doing something wonderful that I want you to check out:

Christina Hor at  is offering free digis:
Day 1 & 2: Holiday Digis Freebies

Are you interested in some more free digis, coloring pages, etc.?   Then, check these out .
If the links don't directly send you to these pages then, type out the webpage on your own.  Either way you will get there.
You can always check out the free digis on Pinterest and Google.

Today, I'm only sharing the looks of this card that was made from all leftover material:

Thanks for viewing today.  Please take advantage of the free images and digis especially the ones Christina is offering.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, December 3, 2015

"Thursday's Theme: Winter"

Hello to all my crafty friends, followers, visitors and viewers.

For those who have to check in or sign in on a job every day... today may be your last day for this week if you are putting in the ten hours on Monday through today.  For the rest, one more day before the weekend and you're off to shop some more.

Planning for a party any time for the holiday festivities?   Most people will use a "theme" for their event.  How about having everyone dress in all white for a theme?  Try one of those "ugly Christmas sweater" theme.  We loved Frozen and some of us still can't get enough of those characters.  Halloween is over but you still want a Frozen theme for your holiday party.  Does anyone want the theme to be "winter"?  Maybe not for your party, but the girls over at the Outlawz want you to enter their Thursday challenge by using "winter" as the theme for today's Twisted Thursday Challenge For December 3-9, Optional twist...A Winter Theme!

I made a screen divider card for my project today.  Directions can be found on YouTube, Pinterest and Google.  Here are the ones I used:

  • using heavy duty white cardstock...I cut a piece 6" by 12"
  • scored it at 3", 6", and 9"  this will give you four panels to decorate
  • I used a Martha Stewart border punch (daisy lace) for the top of my screen
  • I used a Spellbinders Labels 25 to cut out the bottom part of my screen
  • blue Recollection cardstock was cut 2 7/8" by 3 7/8" (4 pieces) for insert
  • the blue cardstock was layered with organza fabric that had snow flakes stamped on it
  •  Jolee's sticker animals  were used to appear as if they are in the snow
  • white foam was cut and adhered to the bottom of the panel for the illusion of snow
  • "snow much fun" was typed and printed from my computer 
  • "joy", "love", and "peace" were word die cuts using Tim Holtz word scripts and white cardstock
Card fully opened

Card opened with a little bend in the folds

1st panel of the card

middle panels

last panel

My granddaughter will be a little surprised to receive this card.  I had her in my thoughts as I prepared to make it.  She had seen the sticker sheet with the animals on it  back in September and wanted to have them.  I had promised I was going to make her something with them and now here it is.

Thanks for your time and visit today!  As always I enjoy reading your comments whether they are good, bad or controversial.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

"Wednesday's Word: BELIEVE

Welcome Friends, Followers, Viewers and Visitors to the middle of the week...we made it to Wednesday.

Are you still eating from your Thanksgiving dinner from last Thursday?  Did you gain five to eight pounds and are wondering what are you going to do between now and Christmas dinner?  Are you just having a good  old sit back and enjoy the meal type of morning, noon and night and you will deal with the weight gain for a New Year's resolution?

One word I want you to focus on for today is "believe".  What is the first thing that popped into your thoughts just by looking at and reading this word?  Can you come to a clear, unbiased conclusion to what is believable?   Examples: tooth fairy;  ghost;  Santa Claus;  Jesus Christ;  Friday the 13th; loosing weight;  flying, etc.

During this time of year (from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day)  we see numerous cards displaying the word "believe" printed or stamped on the front. 
 So I chose to use this word today for the cards I made:
Supplies Used:
  • cardstock and Designer Paper: craft cardstock; red Recollection; Ranger watercolor paper; cardboard; DP from American Crafts Noel pad and DCWV Heirloom
  • dies: Spellbinders foliage;  First Edition doily; 
  • embossing folder: Darice snow
  • embellishment: Martha Stewart butterfly; Recollection clear words; Recollection faux gems

WordArtWednesday Challenge 212
The next card: "Believe you can & you're halfway there 
  • Neenah white cardstock
  • DCWV The Foiled Cardstock stack
  • light blue Recollection cardstock
  • Darice die cut snow flake and holly
  • Spellbinders circle die to cut out sentiment

Inside of  card
Are you still thinking about that word " believe"?  Maybe by the end of the day, something will come to mind.
Thanks for viewing.  I believe you enjoyed yourself while you were here.
Always leave a comment!  I enjoy hearing from you.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"Tuesday Tall And Skinny"

Hello to all my crafty friends, followers, viewers and visitors.

All the little kids are so excited about today being the first day of December.  I know of one little one who has a calendar and is beginning to mark off the days until Christmas.  She has already told me that Santa is bringing me some "art and craft" stuff.   Oh my! I have to make room for whatever it is going to be (lol).

Today's card  (which was made yesterday) features a "tall and skinny" card that can be achieved by the following measurements  (I used the one for 6 inches):
 For a 3.5 x 5.5" and fits a regular A2 envelope  You can use either of the following measurements, depending on where you want your fold (according to Julee Tilman)
•3.5 x 11" cut of cardstock, score long side at 5.5"
•5.5 x 7" cut of cardstock, score long side at 3.5"

For a little more skinny, you can try a 3.5 x 6" card to fit a regular No. 6 3/4 envelope (the ones that are about the size of a personal check).  Use either of the following measurements, depending on where you want your fold.
•3.5 x 12" cut of cardstock, score long side at 6"
•6 x 7" cut of cardstock, score long side at 3.5"

Card A is for the   Mojo Monday 426  challenge
Here are the supplies I used:

  • Neenah white cardstock; grey Recollection cardstock; DP from graphic 45 twelve days of Christmas
  • layered accents from K & Company
  • sketch from

Card B is for a baby shower.  It was done using the same sketch from

Supplies used:
  • beige and black Recollection cardstock ( I know it looks bad to use black on a baby shower card but I could not achieve the "pop" I wanted without it).
  • DP from DCWV The Citrus Matstack and Zoophabet 2 (it is more than 7 years old...don't know if it is still around)
  • embellishments from Jolee'

Thanks for viewing with me today.  Come again!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,