Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"I Believe In You"

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
It is the last day of January.
Are you still keeping those resolutions you made on January 1st?
Are you still in the gym or did it become a nuisance?
Have you really cut back on your food consumption?
Guess what.....the Super Bowl is quickly approaching and you may be saying to yourself  "I can go off my diet for one day"....or "I'll indulge and work out an extra day at the gym".
There may be other things you vowed to do in 2017...  Getting rid of the excessive baggage that has been holding you down or making you emotionally drained.  You stepped out on faith and decided to go it alone with your head held high.
Whatever your goals...I believe in you.  What goals you made on January 1st will still work during February.  Stay focus.  You can do it...believe in yourself as I believe in you.
Let's take a look at what I put together for you today:

I will also use this as an entry at

Items used to complete this card:
  • Cosmo Cricket Tiny Text
  • Elizabeth Victorian Flower Die
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities EL-006
  • Nuvo Crystal drops..gloss midnight blue
  • Sizzix garden greens

Don't ever let anyone crush your dream or your desire to do better...believe in yourself, first and others will follow.  I Believe In You!

Have a good day and thanks for coming over to view today.   Please come again.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Monday, January 30, 2017

"Look What Started Out As An Accident"

Monday, January 30, 2017

Good Day to you my friends, followers, visitors and viewers.  
We are back from a lovely weekend.  Did you have a great time...I did...  I did enter some stores on Saturday and only bought some Archival ink pads during my full day of shopping.  See, I told you I can go into a store, walk around, try on clothing and shoes with a lot of restraint (a measure or condition that keeps someone or something under control or within limits) and come out smiling.  The smile was not due to buying the ink (lol)...I really needed the pads especially the black one.

Let me tell you about how I made a card that started out as an accident.
Last week, if you notice all the cards that I posted had something to do with some type of mix media.  I had  some paper that I had cut out for other projects on my desk.  I  opened a bottle of gesso for something else and some of it got on my paper.  I tried to remove it with a paper towel knowing that it was ruin....so I pushed the paper aside and continued what I was doing.
 Looking at that piece of paper with the dried gesso gave me an idea....why not use this in a project and write about the "accident" . So, I added some cardstock, die cuts, flowers and a sticker to complete the "accident" for your viewing today:

I went into my stash to find cardstock that would match the "accidental" focal layer.
Items used:

  • red foil cardstock for the Sizzix  brick wall cut out , the Spellbinders Romantic Vines cut outs and the layering under the blue and red polka dot "accidental" layer.
  • a piece of DCWV dark blue shimmer cardstock
  • Neenah white cardstock
  • Prima flowers
  •  Recollections sticker
Let your ugly accidents become beautiful creations to share with others and tell us how they started out as accidents.   I did because I know there are people out there who think that making cards or any projects are so easy without difficulty and they are not.  Yes, I've said many times... it's only paper... if I make a mistake, I can always put it in the trash and start over.  Today, I didn't.  I used that mistake to make the most out of it.

Thank you so much for visiting and for commenting if you choose to do so.  Until the next time...

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Friday, January 27, 2017

"Thanking You Is What I Do"

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hello to all my viewers, friends, visitors and followers.  
We are here ...the weekend...again.  I know what I'll be doing...do you?
 I have no major plans.  This one is not major, I just love to do it...  to go out and explore the shopping venue.   I've admitted my obsession before....I'm a window shopper or I just love to go in a store and look at the new items.  I will try on shoes, dresses, skirts, tops and etc.  just to see how I look in them. I kindly place them back where they belong and walk out empty handed and smiling.  I call it my "free" shopping experience.
It is that time to "thank" you again.  You have been very, very nice in making comments or hitting the "like" button because you have seen something that appeal to you.  Some of you have even shared my posting on Google+.    I've said it once before...my idea is NOT an original.  I search Google, other blogs and Pinterest to get inspiration.  So what you see, and you like it...then, use it.

Today, I'm thanking you again.
Here, take a look:
The Card

Some of the items used to make it
Your presence on this blog is much appreciated.  Your comments are always welcome.  Again, thanks for visiting....Come again!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, January 26, 2017

" Using Distress Inks For A Sympathy Card"

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hello visitors, viewers, followers and friends.
It's cool....the time is moving fast.....the month is almost over when it just started....I'm tired of the snow (if you have some in your neighborhood)...the harsh words going on about people via the media...Aren't you tired of hearing the same thing over and over?  Is there any "happy" news or comments to report or say?

I'm happy but sharing in the sorrow with our community.  In our neighborhood and church family we have had a loss of one of our dedicated members.  Dedicated involvement in the community as well as active in the church.  It is a little somber for everyone who knew this sweet gentleman and his family.
I know we should or have been taught to look at death as a happy occasion.  Believers know that we are not here to stay on this side forever.  Our home is in heaven.  However, instead of rejoicing we do feel sorrowful at the loss of a loved one.

Today, I had to pull out a card from my file box and prepare it for the family who will have a "homegoing service" for their dad tomorrow.
You know, we make those sympathy cards and save them for occasions like this.

What I had used:

  • Distress inks...seedless preserves; peeled paint and ripe persimmon with water
  • VersaMark embossing ink with white embossing powder
  • stamp from Recollections Condolences and Altenew persian motif
  • faux Recollections gems
  • entry for wordartwednesday     Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #266-267

None of us in the cardmaking family enjoy making sympathy cards....we do it to show our Love to the family and friends who are left behind.  At least this is my point of view.

Thanks for visiting.  Thanks for commenting and come back again!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"FAITH....Do You Have It?"

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Good day to you my friends, visitors, followers and viewers.  
Guess what I heard this morning?
Birds chirping away outside as if it is SPRING here in the southeast of the USA!!!   When looking out of my window...it really looks like it could be spring....my DH, after going outside said, it felt like spring....but wait....SNOW is in the forecast for Monday.   Older people have said that January produces every season of the year within the whole month.  I can only smile and go along with what is presented to me.  I sure can't change the weather but I can change my place of residency (if I choose to do so).  I'm just not ready just yet.

FAITH..............do you have it?   Do you want it?   Have you experience it?  Do you know without it you cannot please God?   Do you walk by faith and not by sight?

I signed up for a Bible journaling journey for 2017 ( I think I told you) and this is one of the cards I made to go along with Hebrews 11:1 (presented scripture for last week).
Just before Christmas and not being aware that I would be journaling....I purchased some "faith" based stamps from Prima, "love*faith* scrap.   My intention was to get back to making more scripture based cards for 2017.   These stamps came in very handy when the journaling scripture was announced last week.  Out came the stamp set and this is what I made for my journal entry.

I will also enter this over at WordArtWednesday.blogspot.com
Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #266-267

What did I use?

  • Prima cardstock
  • Prima "Love*faith*scrap cling stamp
  • Jolee's boutique "together blossoms:
  • Recollections mixed media (clock)
  • Spellbinders "Arched Elegance die

I've come to believe that "nothing" I do is of my own doing.  It is due to God's timing...before and during my lifespan.  He is the only one who knows what, where, and how I am going to do something before I do.  When HIS time is right, it (whatever it is) will happen.  I walk by faith in God and not by what I see happening in this world I live in.  Psalm 1, which is very good reading, tells you about the ungodly and participating with the ungodly.  You can have a "happy condition" if you revere the Lord and do His will.

That's my little mini bible study for you today.

Thanks for reading and looking!  Please come again and leave a comment.  I enjoy hearing from you.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Distressing With Crayons"

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Good day to my friends, followers, visitors and viewers....
I'm still watching the promos from CHA or Creativation.  I found the video on YouTube showing the animated stamps by Uchi's Design....how cool!!!  I could only think of my granddaughter when I watched the video.  The 3D movement will just WOW her as it did with me and the people who were near the booth during the demonstration.

My card that I'm showing today is not animated.  However, it is showing how I distressed using the crayons made by Ranger via Tim Holtz.  This was my first time doing a project with them to share.

  •  I cut a piece of  Ranger watercolor paper  to my desired length.
  • Using the Distress Crayons from package #1, I used all six colors  ( large circles of color) and then spritz water on top of the colors.  I didn't do a lot of blending the colors together (my decision).  I wanted to see what the water would do (not much of anything).
  • Next, keeping with the TH's line, I used the Stampers Anonymous "ultimate grunge" stamp set (mainly the "dots") with black ink to stamp something extra to the project.
  • I had a frame that was already cut out.  I didn't want to use the whole frame so I cut out half of it and placed it on an angle around the image.
  • I wanted to add more embellishments so I used a "mason jar" from jolee's boutique and put some small prima flowers behind it so it would appear as if the jar was filled with flowers.  I did cut a small hole in the back of the jar for the small sequins that you see inside.
  • A branch that was cut using the Cricut Expression and the CTMH flower market cartridge was placed behind the flowers.
  • The sentiment "happy" was cut using Hero Arts stamp & cuts die set and black foam.
  • The focal layer was added to a black background and then adhered to the light grey Recollections cardbase.
entry for WordArtWednesday

Here are the items I used:

Thanks so much for your time and your view.  Thanks also for your comments.  

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Monday, January 23, 2017


January 23, 2017

Welcome, friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
Well, I enjoyed my weekend and hope you did also.  Yesterday was a little damp, cool and misty.  Today is heavy, heavy rain and wind.  My computer went out early this morning so I'm trying to type fast to get my posting done before it goes out again.😞

I have to tell you that I'm so excited to be watching the "new" items coming out this year via  the Creativation (CHA) on Youtube.   My excitement is with Tim Holtz's new oxide distress ink pads and a lot of other things for 2017.   I'm excited about Jane Davenport's items.  It is so much to absorb and I can't stay on YouTube all day (lol),  I have other things to do.  Tomorrow, I'll watch some of the other people who are sharing their new items.  Did you see the stamps that will  have motion on your card  after stamping them...if not, I haven't either?  I'm going to be checking those out later.😄

My love for mixed media produced this simple, easy card for today's viewing.   By using some mixed media material that other people had created, it was only a matter of doing a little cutting with my scissors here and there.  This is what I'm going to call a clean and simple mixed media card because I didn't do any stamping or inking to accomplish this look.

entry for WordArtWednesday
Supplies used:
beige Recollections cardstock for the base
printed cardstock from DCWV "Brooklyn Stack" for layer near base and for focal layer
I cut out the flowers from another sheet using the same cardstock from DCWV...foam squares were added to the back of the flowers to give them a lift.  Three clear faux gems were added and the card was finished.  All the stamping was done by the makers of the "Brooklyn Stack".  Easy as one, two, three.  
Now, because of the gloomy weather today, I will be getting a little inky.  Come back tomorrow to see some hard work (lol).

I really appreciate your visit today.  Don't forget, you are always welcome and so are your comments.  Go forth and have a great day...

Sending you a hug and LOVE, 

Friday, January 20, 2017

"Hugs Plus Kisses To You"

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hello to everyone on this rainy Friday morning, or noon, or afternoon or evening (depending on where you live).  You may not be experiencing any rain. Where you are, you may have snow,  or a hot sunshiny atmosphere.  No matter what, it is a good day depending on how you handle it.

Inauguration Day is happening in Washington DC.  Are you watching it on the TV or are you actually there?  Let's continue to pray for our nation as one President leaves and another takes over our country.

I'm sending you hugs + kisses today in the form of another Valentine's Day card.  Why not just finish out the week with one more!  This one will probably end up in my granddaughter's collection along with the ones I did for her earlier this week.  I had a Julie Nutting doll that I had not played with in a very long time....so, I pulled her out and did some paper piecing for this card.  I also used some Kraft cardstock and pieces out of my stash that were readily available.  The only other thing that I used was a stamp from Hero Arts "operation write home" clear stamp set.  The heart was already cut so I found a stamp that would fit the heart just perfectly.

I am going to enter this one over @ wordartwednesday.blogspot.com

close-up of the Julie Nutting doll stamp with her paper piecing

Thanks everyone for viewing with me today.  Have a nice, fun-filled weekend.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Keeping Up With #LOVE"

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hello, hello, hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.  It is almost here!  What?  The weekend! Yay!  You thought I was going to mention something else didn't you?  I know you did but enough of "that" is going on elsewhere.  Today is a great day and it is going well and I don't want any spoilers to mess it up.

I looked back on the cards I had made for the week and they all looked like Valentine's Day cards or cards that can be used for that occasion.  So, why not continue the tradition today and make another one.  Since I have all the hearts and files with Valentine's Day materials on my desk it became an easy task.
Supplies I used to create the card:

  • Neenah white cardstock; red dotted Bazzill cardstock;
  • dies: Spellbinders Vines of Passion (heart); Spellbinders Mariza' Bouquet (green leaves); Spellbinders Swirl Bliss (opening in the middle of card); small hearts that came from using a Cricut cartridge ( Artbooking).
  • stamp: Heidi Swapp stamp set - The Big Day "Save the Dates" (#LOVE)
  • Embellishments: Petaloo textured red blossoms 
Enjoy the view:
full card
entry for WordArtWednesday.blogspot.com

Thanks for joining me today.  Love to have you come over and better yet, I love your comment(s).

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Oh! I Love You So"

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Good mid - week to my friends, followers, visitors and viewers.  How is your morning or day going?  Are any of you planning on going to Arizona for the CHA or Creativation show.  The biggest and the best show  where you can meet and mingle with the best?
I've been watching some sneak peeks that Tim Holtz has posted but will have to wait to see his demonstrations as he stated when he gets to the show.    I personally would love to be there but it is not going to happen this year.  Maybe this is one thing I will include on my "bucket list" for the future.

My card today could be a Valentine's Day, Birthday or Encouragement card.  I'm curious to know which category would you place it in?


I've used a sheet of Bazzill cardstock for my focal layer.  It looks like distress woodgrain.
To achieve the look of this focal image, I cut an opening in the cardstock and rolled the edges back.  This produced an opening in which I backed with a piece of "brick-like" cardstock.  This is where I stamped the sentiment using a Hampton Art Vintologie stamp in black ink.  Around the sentiment, I used the Spellbinders Romantic vine die to cut out the vines in two different pieces of cardstock.  Prima flowers were used along with a butterfly sticker to complete the focal image of this card.

"Oh! I love you so... can express feelings during anytime for anyone.  Along with a birthday, encouragement or Valentine's, it can also be used for a Thanks card  when someone has done something nice for you.

Thank you for your continued visit and encouragement to this blog.  I'm also thanking you for the lovely comments you have been leaving for me to read.  Keep them coming!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"OWL-WAYS There For My Granddaughter"

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.

How many of you have children or grandchildren that you always find yourself doing something for them?
You are buying something for them.  You are taking them somewhere.   You are letting them (grandchildren) have a sleep-over at your house.  You are scrapbooking the memories of important and unimportant events in their lives.  You make cards that they can use with their friends for different occasions.  You are constantly pouring out that love that they so much need and desire.

Yesterday, I posted a card that could be used for Valentine's Day.  While going through my stash of supplies, I came across some "owl stickers" that I knew would  make my granddaughter happy.  At first, I thought about saving them for her when she comes to visit and then I thought about making some cards she could give to her little friends for Valentine's Day.

Here are these cards that will be given or mailed to her.
I've used the Sizzix "birch trees" die on two of the cards along with Spellbinders "cherry blossoms" die for a longer tree limb.  Spellbinders "heart" die was used for the hearts.  Our Daily Bread (ODBD) "layered lacey oval die  was used on the middle card along with a Cottage Cutz "candles and pines die" (the candles were snipped from the pines). Owl stickers from Recollections were used in pairs on all three cards. For my focal paper, the first one uses paper from Recollections Mixed Media paper pad.  The second card is made from a gift bag and the third card's focal is a piece of Ranger water color paper that  had been distressed and stamped but was cut with the birch tree die.

I hope you enjoyed the view today.  Come again and your comment is always welcome.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Monday, January 16, 2017

"This May Have To Be A Do-Over"

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
Some of you are having a holiday from work and from school.  Your weekend has been extended to include one more day.  What are your plans for enjoying your day off.  I know of a group that has gone shopping or as they say "walking the mall to get their exercise in".

I'm getting ready for the 14th of February. Is it too soon?  I don't think so.   My podiatrist and I just had a conversation about how the month is almost over and in a blink of the eye...February will be here.   I think before the Christmas items could be dismantle in the stores...Valentine's Day items were beginning to be displayed.  I have some cards to make so today features the first one for 2017.

How the card was made:
I started by using distress inks (spun sugar and stormy sky) on a piece of Ranger watercolor paper.  I stamped the male figure from the dylusions "mini couture" stamp set three times on three different pieces of cardstock (white, brown, blue) as well as on the watercolor paper  The cardstock  were later cut apart for the pieces I needed to do the paper piecing (coat, shirt, pants, hat).
Once my image was pieced together on top of the distressed watercolor paper, I then mounted it on top of a piece of black Recollections cardstock.  A polka dotted piece of brown and beige was added to the left side.  The whole piece was then layered on top of a Recollections Mixed Media piece of cardstock and then to the Neenah white card base.
I cut out various sizes of hearts using a Spellbinders heart die and used black Recollections cardstock for the background.  They were strategically placed around the sentiment (Recollections Mixed Media cardstock layered on top of a piece of black Recollections cardstock....stamped with the word "Love" from a Tim Holtz stampers anonymous stamp set  using embossing ink and white embossing powder).

There is a mistake that I caught just as I was taking the photo for this blog.  I tried to correct it but it doesn't look professional.   Sometimes I don't post my mistakes but today I am because I want you to know...I'm human....and humans make mistakes.   I going to do this one over properly and give this one to my granddaughter...she may not be able to pick out the mistake.
Thanking you for your visit and for your comments.  Have a great day.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Illustrated Faith/ Bible Journaling"

Friday, January 13, 2017
Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.   Another "Friday the 13th".  What is it to be afraid of? Every since I was small and still today, people get anxious over the 13th falling on a Friday.  I've never experienced anything unusual happening on a Friday in which the 13th is attached.  What about you?
My question for you today is:  Are you illustrating your faith or are you involved in bible journaling or scripture journaling?
I have been making cards for quite some time now and the most touching and meaningful ones are the ones I make with a scripture reference or biblical quote.
Now, there are people in the "blogging land" who do not care for cards of this nature....it's okay with me...I don't specifically craft for you....I'm doing it to please God (period).
One of the things that I want to do more of during 2017 is to focus more on the "WORD" and its meaning.  I have been reading and teaching the bible for twenty-nine years.  I have been scribbling little pictures on pieces of paper while sitting and listening to a sermon. I've used pictures in a Powerpoint presentation to illustrate the lesson for others... I have never journal about this in all of the twenty-nine years...but....it is going to change this year.   I  will share when the time comes of some of the things I will be working on...
Today is a card that I will be saving for a journaling lesson (Romans 12:12):

Supplies I used:
Neenah white cardstock; Recollections black cardstock; blue and white polka dot paper from Colorbok;  a Heidi Swapp tag; a Recollections clear stamp set on faith; bling stickers; die cut of Tim Holtz butterfly.

Thanks for viewing.  Let's journal our faith and be proud of it.   God keeps us going so why not give HIM the praise.
Your comments are always, always welcome!

Sending you a hug and Christian LOVE,

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"After Christmas Do You Still Have Wishes?"

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Hello to all my friends, followers, visitors and viewers.  I'm glad you could stop by today to see what is happening here on LilArtsyWoman.  
Christmas is over.  It is about three weeks old by now,.  Do you still have wishes that you want to come true?   Yes, you do!
My granddaughter is still wishing for a phone that she asked for.  When grandma,mom, dad and neither Santa didn't deliver.... she is still wishing. (She is not old enough to have an iPhone 5, 6 or7 at eight years old).
Some people had birthdays immediately following Christmas and their wish was to get what they didn't get on Christmas for their birthday.  
Today, I'm wishing that all your wishes come true.  Whether it is for a gift, or for something else: 
entry for WordArtWednesday
Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #264-265

Supplies used from the cardbase to top focal layer:
I started with Recollections burgundy cardstock for my base
I added Designer paper from Create and Craft (burgundy and blue floral), followed by a layer of Recollections black cardstock.  The focal area is Neenah white cardstock.  On top of this piece I used a Tim Holtz stencil (splatters) and two Ranger distress inks (stormy sky and seedless preserves).
On a scrap piece of Ranger watercolor paper, I used the seedless preserves  to obtain the colors shown in the flowers which were die cut using tonic studio (beautiful blooms-sweet melia).
The sentiment comes from Fiskars (Make a Wish Quotes).  It was stamped using black Hampton Arts ink. 

Thanks for visiting with me today.  Thanks for the comments you have left on this site.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"TRUST....Someone, Something, Yourself"

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.  It's the middle of the week and a lot has happened since Sunday and there is still more to come for the remainder of the week.
A lot of slush is happening today due to the sun melting the snow.
I'm  probably sure the children will go back to school tomorrow and everything will fall back to being "normal".
The big question I'm asking today is:  Who or What do you TRUST?
In June of 2010, Ann Naylor wrote on this topic. "Do you ever fear for the future, or doubt that government and business enterprise will make wise choices for the greatest good? Do you  trust others to act responsibly? Who or what, if anything, do you feel you can trust these days? Do you trust yourself?"  That was 2010, and here, I'm asking the same thing in 2017.
Someone: Husband, wife, family member, teacher, boss, athlete, actor, actress, government official, etc.  Just how much can you trust them?  If they are flaky or shaky can you build a trusting relationship with them?
Something: There are so many ads and commercials trying to make you believe in a product.  You may purchase something based on that ad or commercial thinking that it is going to work as presented.  Do you trust a product before making a purchase?
Yourself: Here is where things gets a little interesting.  Do you believe trusting yourself is simple?
Can you do what you say you will do?   Do you  not agree to what you will not fulfil?  Are you  willing to renegotiate agreements that you are unable to keep?

I made a card with this question in mind today:

Supplies for making this card:
Neenah white cardstock; Recollections blue cardstock; Designer paper from Create and Craft; Ranger watercolor paper
Distress ink used: stormy sky from Ranger
The envelopes were made using double sided paper.  Since I only needed a small piece, I pulled pieces from my paper stash and made four envelops with faux Recollections gems attached to the flap.
I used a die from Tonic studio called "sweet melia" to cut out the blue swirly vine.
The tag with the sentiment "trust yourself" came from K and Company.

I always present a question and let you think on the answer.  I cannot answer for you.
I  start first with trusting God and then myself because I believe He has given me the the knowledge and ability to do just that.  In trusting God first, then, you will be able to have self trust.  Trusting yourself will lead to trusting others.   Don't you agree?

Thanks for viewing the card even if you didn't read the post.  Your comments are always welcome. 

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Card File Additions"

Tuesday, January 10. 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
Today is the 10th of January and it is my oldest daughter's birthday.  I am reminiscing of the day she was born.  Why?  I remember clearly when I went into labor... there was about a foot of snow on the ground with ice mixed in with it....the same way it is today.  We didn't live close to a main highway then like we do now.  It seem like forever trying to get from our little country road to the major highway leading to the hospital.  Combine the fear of slipping into the ditch with no other traffic at 2 a.m. in the morning along with labor pains for the first time in my life....not a good feeling at all.  I'm thankful for an awesome God we serve because we got to the hospital (twenty miles away) without any major glitches.  I reminded her that this should be a good year because this is what I experienced when she was born.  The only difference between then and now...we live 3-5 minutes from a major highway which has been cleared of all snow and ice and if I have to go to a hospital it will not be because I'm in labor for the first time (lol).

I worked on two cards for your viewing.  One was done over the weekend and the other on Monday after viewing MojoMonday.

entry for WordArtWednesday.blogspot.com
Supplies used:
Recollections brown and blackcardstock; Prima 6 X 6 double sided paper
die: ODBD stitched die to cut out a part of a Heidi Swapp project life card; Paper Artist cutting dies for the hearts
embossing folder: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations
stamps: Tim Holtz Stampers anonymous

entry for MojoMonday.blogspot.com  #479
Supplies used:
sketch from MojoMonday #479
Neenah white cardstock; design papers from my stash; Ranger watercolor paper
Distress inks; blueprint sketch and evergreen bough
die: Spellbinders Shapeabilities D-Lites Medallion
Focal Sentiment: Reminisce-Devoted Faith Collection-His Word

Happy Birthday again to my daughter and all the other people celebrating today.
Thanks for the visit.  Thanks for the love.  Thanks for the comments.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Monday, January 9, 2017

"...And The Winner Is"

Monday, January 9, 2017
Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.   I was "shut-in" but not "shut-out" this weekend.  If you viewed my blog on Friday and watched the weather broadcast for around the world, you know that the south received a lot of snow on Saturday.  My husband measured twelve inches on the ground in our yard.  All I could do was to enjoy watching it fall while I cut paper and played with some stamps.

Did you watch the The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards show?  Were you surprised at the winners or did your favorite show, actor and actress win?  I was glad we still had electricity so I could admire the winners, and the dress (men and women).

I made two cards using a stencil, by Tim Holtz; stamps by Penny Black and Stampendous.  Pretend that these two cards are up for an award...which one would you choose for a winner?

entry for WordArtWednesday.blogspot.com
Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #264-265
Supplies for this card:
stencil: "Rays" by Tim Holtz............distress inks: fossilized amber and wild honey; red  & green Copic markers
stamp: Penny Black "blooming garden"
dies: ODBD stitched circle die and Paper Artist "10 tiny things + shadows die
cardstock: Neenah white; Recollections red and black
Offray ribbon 

Supplies for this card: 
stencil: "Rays" by Tim Holtz
distress inks: rusty hinge and fossilized amber.....dye ink: black Hampton Arts (sentiment)
Offray ribbon
stamps: Penny Black "blooming garden" and Stampendous "spring sentiments"
sequins from Recollections
die: ODBD stitched circle die 

I know which one I would choose, do you?

Thanks for viewing with me today.  I always love to read your comments so let me know you came over.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Friday, January 6, 2017

"Happy Birthday"

Friday, January 6, 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.   The weekend is upon us once again and I basically know what I will be doing,  do you?
I know that trying to maneuver in snow on the highway is dangerous.  I know that a tremendous amount of snow will keep some of us house bound for a couple of days and you will be experiencing cabin fever.  I know that some women live by themselves and will have to depend on someone else to come by to shovel snow out of the driveway just in case you need to get out.
I know this....but...I just want to see the first snow fall and then,....I will be satisfied for the winter season!  It is a childhood thing.   It is a schoolgirl and teacher thing...when it snows, you know you will not have to go to school.  Sit by the window or glass den door and watch the beauty of God's creation...just once during the winter.  Don't get upset with me, this is just the way it is.

On to something else...
I may or may not have electricity on Tuesday, so I prepared a birthday card for my oldest daughter who will be celebrating her ?? birthday on that day.  It is going postal as well as on this blog today.
I'm wishing her a fabulous birthday because that's the way her mom sees her...fabulous.  Who wouldn't be proud of a fun-loving, intelligent, kind and generous person.  She is all of that and more. We respect the mother-daughter relationship but also the friendship we share with each other.  Some people don't want to say they have a friendship with their children, but I do.
Take a look at what she will see on this blog today and when she gets it in the mail:

Neenah white cardstock; patterned vellum; patterned cardstock cut in a circle;
I used an Altenew "Persian Motifs" stamp with umbrella crafts princess pink dye ink and a green copic marker.
sequins in various sizes and colors were placed around the sentiment which was stamped using Penny Black's "T for Transparent" clear set and Hampton Arts black dye ink.

Thanks for visiting today.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, January 5, 2017

"One Sketch equals Two Cards"

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Hello friends, visitors, followers and viewers.
It is cold with the expectation of snow coming into my area tonight and again on Saturday.  If the report is correct, then, I'll be inside for a few days.
It will just give me a few more hours (if the electricity doesn't go out) to craft with  soup cooking in the crock pot.
When I visited MojoMonday.blogspot.com on yesterday, I really liked the sketch that Juliee presented for the beginning of January.  I made one card and then liked it so much that I ended up making two.  Since all I've been hearing since Monday from the weather report...SNOW...SNOW...two days of it, I made  the sentiment to reflect our anticipation.
entry for Mojomonday.blogspot.com
Supplies used on this card:
Neenah white cardstock for the base; Recollections blue and black for layering; Create and Craft cardstock for the focal areas.
Image:  printed from Google
die: ODBD stitched circle  die; Spellbinders "swirl bliss" die

entry for WordArtWednesday.blogspot.com
Supplies for this card:
Neenah white cardstock; Recollections silver foil and black cardstock
DP from Recollections "mixed media" paper pad
Sentiment from Simple Stories "I Am" collection
Stickers were used for camera and passport.  They were placed on top of a K & Company frame.
This card will go to someone who loves to travel and take pictures throughout the year (sister).

Thanks for visiting with me today.  Come again and don't forget to leave a comment to let me know you made a visit.

With lots of LOVE,

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"This Is Your Year To..."

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
I'm back!!! I have enjoyed my break with family and friends and I'm ready to get back to crafting.
Happy to be posting in this New Year.
I've reflected on what happened in my life during 2016 and I'm looking forward to better things in this year, 2017.  I know that many of you have done the same.  Some of you have selected one word to focus on for this year.  Some of you have even made resolution (s) for this year.
This is your year!!! Yes, it is.  What are your plans?

This is your year to...
entry for WordArtWednesday.blogspot.com
Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #264-265
Supplies used:
cardstock: Neenah white; Recollections black and blue and the focal sheet from "Mixed Media" paper pad;  scraps from my stash for the dress and hat
Stamp: dylusions "mini couture"
ink: Hampton Art -  black 
embellishments:  faux Recollections gems
die: ODBD stitched circle

This is a picture of a woman, but I also have men on my crafty list also.  
Men don't think that this post is not for you.  Your thoughts about this upcoming year and what you anticipate doing matters also.

Some suggestions....believe; dream; hope.

Welcome to my first blog for 2017.  I anticipate continuing some fun and creative cards and other things during this year.  Stick around and watch it happen.  
If this is your first time...thanks for coming and I hope you enjoyed the view.
Please come again!

With all my LOVE,