Friday, November 10, 2017

" Be Merry" Christmas Wreath


Welcome!!
It's " Five for Fridays" with the ladies of Tammy Tutterow's Creative Team.
I thought I'd show you how I dressed up this $ Store wreath, using Tammy's "Be Merry" Star stamp.
This is just one of those projects that is just so much more fun than the photo shows.  I'll share a couple of close ups below to give you a better idea of the Sparkle.




This is such a fun Stamp for Christmas.  Great for cards and other projects as well.
BE MERRY stamp
or Here at Scrapbook.com



I stamped on kraft paper and did my mail coloring with Prismacolor markers.  I added accents with my Wink of Stella marker.  You can't see them well in these first two photos at all, but trust me.... SPARKLY!!


I tipped it to the light a bit more there so you can see  the sparkle a bit better


I dug in my Christmas craft box and found some greenery to use and then I created a bow with some of the fabric goodies in this bag from www.thepinchushioneffect.com
As you can see I always have helpers in my room . lol



If you pop over to Tammy's blog you can see all kinds of  inspiration from Tammy and the other Ladies, as well as links to all their personal blogs.




As always, I appreciate you taking time to stop by!  Thank you!
Have a great week!



Tuesday, November 07, 2017

"Happy Anniversary" Card

Today I'm sharing an Anniversary Card I made for my Aunt and Uncle.  Not just any Anniversary, but 70 years together!!  Isn't that incredible?
This weekend Dan and I took a trip up to SD to see them and to visit my other Aunt who is in the Hospital. I have two Aunts and one Uncle left and they are all in their 90's.
I can't begin to tell you how special they are to me.


Dan had Friday off so we had a three day weekend.  Wes and Amy stayed here and held down the fort for us.  ( in other words... took care of our two spoiled pups). lol
It's about a 4 hour trip.  I have made this trip many, many times in my lifetime, as has the rest of my family.  Both my parents families are from SD.  My parents met , married and started their family there.
Over the years we visited there a lot.  Often when grandma and Grandpa still lived on the farm and then for years after they moved to town.  Birthdays, Anniversaries, Holidays and yes funerals/ It's a place filled with memories for my family.

Obligatory "lets start this weekend" photo in the car. lol

First stop to the farm to visit Aunt Donna and Uncle Al ( my moms brother).    I have never known they to live anywhere other than this. Everything about this farm house seems exactly they same as it did when I was a kid.  In this world full of constant change, I'm telling you.... these constants are so comforting to me.



After spending the afternoon with them, we headed to see Aunt Viv ( my moms sister) at the hospital.
She lives in an assisted living now, but recently has taken a couple of bad falls.  First breaking her hip and now her leg.  It sounds like she will be able to return to her place later this week.  That will make her very happy, as she loves it there.  I'm glad she can still feel independent there ,but also have help to get around and to make her meals.
Just like Aunt Donna and Uncle Al, she just keeps going!  I have so much love and admiration for these people. All in their 90's and they don't let much stop them.



When ever we are up  in SD visiting, it just brings back so many memories.  Boy, were we blessed with this family.  My dads family originated in SD also, but now most of them are gone. 

After we got home I was looking thru old photos.  I thought I'd share a few in this blog post.
Below is a photo from my Grandparents Anniversary back in the sixties. 
My mom far right.  Aunt Viv far left and Uncle Al behind Grandma and Grandpa.



The photo below was taken just after Dan and I were married and we had made a trip up there to visit.   In the photo: Aunt Viv, Grandma and I.  
Oh... how I would love to go back in time and sit in Grandmas kitchen and visit her again.


Here is a photo of my Grandma standing out in front of her house showing off her geraniums.
Grandma and Grandpa were farmers, but when they got older they moved to this house in town.
Small town (population 275) .

Great Grandma,. Grandma, mom and I.


And here we are.... they whole fam.    Back row left to right:  Dan, Gary, Jan, and Ray
Front row:  Donna , mom, dad, me, Sharon.
Yes, I came along as a bit of a surprise lol


I'm so thankful we got to make another trip up there before winter sets in. ( winters there are no joke).
It was always a joke between everyone that if we were there and Dad saw one snow flake fall, we would have to pack up and head home.  Dan and I laughed about that when we got up in the morning to snow on the car.  When we went to visit Aunt Viv again at the hospital  again before we headed home she said, "Boy, if it was your dad, he would have headed home after the first snow flake". 
94 and she doesn't forget a thing.

We both enjoyed our weekend in SD so much.  We talked about how nice it was to be there, people and places we love.  Small town, slower pace, and away from the news for a bit.
I think Dan was secretly happy  I didn't have cell phone reception most of the time. lol


Thanks, as always for stopping by!

Vicki

Friday, November 03, 2017

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Cardmaker Magizine Blog Hop and Giveaway

Hello!
I'm excited to share a fun "Sparkly" Christmas Card with you today using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Adhesives. "Wear your Adhesive on the Outside".

Welcome to Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® + CardMaker® Magazine Blog Hop and Giveaway! Today's theme is “Wear Your Adhesives on the Outside”, which means using various Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® products with different mediums to customize your projects. I'm using Foam Squares and a stencil to show you how to make a sparkly background for your card.

I receive products from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® as a design team member for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.



Here are some of the different Adhesives I used in different ways, while creating this card.
My Stick Permanent strips -I used as my general adhesive to assemble the card.
Easy Runner Micro - This was used as a very thin line of adhesive around the outside edge of the main image to add a think strip of glitter.
Thin 3D Foam Squares- These thin foam squares are what I used to create my background, using a stencil as a grid.
Crafty Foam Tape White - The foam tape was used to lift my matted piece up to be adhered to the base piece.








Here is how I created this background using the Thin 3D Foam Squares and glitter.

1. Using a stencil is a great way to create a pattern for foam squares.  I used this fun Polk-a-dot stencil from Tammy Tutterow Designs as a pattern/grid for my foam squares.

2.You can see in step 2, how I only applied the foam squares around the outer edge, as that is all that will be seen. 

3.  Once the foam square are all in place. lift off the thin piece on the tops to expose the adhesive.  You and then sprinkle them off with fine glitter.  Tapping off any excess.

4. As you assemble the card, add a couple of pieces of  Foam tape to support the middle of the card before adding the matted layers.




Supplies
MyStik Permanent Strips
E-Z Runner Micro
Thin 3D Foam Squares 
 Crafty Foam Tape White

Other
Fancy Pants Designs (Holiday Hustle Collection)
Tammy Tutterow Designs -Polka Party Stencil

Here is a great video on how to use 3D Foam products







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Here are the links to the  other designers for more inspiration!

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® 
 Latrice Murphy 
 Diana Carr
 Dana Tatar
 Clare Prezzia
 Nicole Coursey
 Savannah O’Gwynn
 Jen Shults
 Margie Higuchi
 Gaylynn Martling
 Tracy McLennon 
 Teresa Kline
 CardMaker® Magazine

 
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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Vicki

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Halloween treat bags and tins

Hello friends!
Are you all ready for the little spooksters to arrive?  Well, if you need a little quick last minute inspiration I'm here to share a few quick and easy sweet treat projects for Halloween.
I used to love having trick or treaters when we lived in town.  Now living in the country, we only have a handful of special little spooks that drive out to show us their costumes.  

Fancy Pants Designs new "Spellbound" Collection is so fun!

 Check out these Treat sacks with Coordinating stickers.
Talk about cute and easy to put together.


You can see the entire collection here  SPELLBOUND


Also earlier this week I had a tutorial up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog, showing how easy these are to  make.
You can see that HERE


Again, quick, easy and fun to put together!  The kids would even have fun making these.
 I found the tins at Hobby Lobby.  


Little Miss Lily is having a hard time adjusting to the sudden chilly weather.  It's going to be a long winter for her.  She just shivers and shivers.   She is defiantly a warm weather dog!



She and I both are really starting to dislike long cold winters. lol

As always, thanks my friends for stopping by!

  Happy Halloween to all of you! 


Vicki

Friday, October 27, 2017

"Five for Fridays" Wishing you everything happy card with Tammy Tutterow Designs

Woo Hoo! It's "Five for Fridays" with Tammy Tutterow's Creative Team.
I created the card below for this Friday, using Tammy's stamps, stencils, and dies


I used a blender with Distress inks for the stenciled background.  Red and orange.  I blended them a bit in some areas, and for interest I randomly blended off the edge of the stencil. Yes, the first time I did it on my extra space on the paper, it was a boo boo, BUT... a realized I really liked the look, so I did it in some areas on the card background.
I LOVE these dots AND the fact that there are two sizes to choose from!

Polka Party Stencil
Everything Happy Stamp

If you have colored Tammy's stamps you know what a dream they are to color.  No stress! I used Tombow Markers for the coloring on this one.
 
 This Simple Line Border stamps is such a great way to finished off the edge of piece you've stamped on.


 Simple Line Border




Bitty Posies

You can see all kinds of beautiful creations by Tammy and these talented ladies, here on Tammy's blog.

There you can also find the links to their personal blogs for even more creative inspiration.



A bit about what I've been up to.   Over the weekend I had a great time going to see Garth with the boys.  Dan is not as huge a fan as they boys and I are, and he's also not a fan of crowds and standing in line. lol So, he passed on this one.    Wes did buy us tickets to she Shania Twain next May, so he will be going to that one with us. 
Anyway, it was a great day spent with the boys. I loved every minute!
I was a bit concerned how I would do with all the walking,but Wes dropped us off and then went to park the car. There was still quite a bit of walking so I defiantly put the new brace to good use. The boys were a huge help when it came to the stairs ect, so we pulled it off. 
It was worth every step! What a amazing show!!!


I love these two!

Oh, I also have to share this cute photo of Amy and Wes when they did the Halloween Fun Run on Saturday.   They actually won first place for their costumes.


I'm hoping things are well for all of you!
Fall is defiantly here! Chilly in the mornings!  But oh, how beautiful.
This was my view when I headed up to the highway yesterday.



Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by.
If you get a chance, pop over and check out the pretties on Tammy's blog.


Sending you happy thoughts for the rest of your week!

Vicki

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A thank you card using Catherine Scanlon Designs stamps from Art Gone Wild.

Hey friends! 
Today I'm sharing a simple thank you card I created with one of the beautiful flower stamps designed by my friend Catherine Scanlon.   
Over the years, working in the craft industry, I had must say that one of the best things is seeing your friends artwork being acknowledged and being shared with others.  My friend Catherine is an extremely talented artist.  I've know this for a long time. lol  Her hand drawn flowers are amazing!  
Now her designs are stamps that are available at ART gone Wild.

Cat and I have been good friends for a number of years.  We first met when we were on a design team together, probably 15 years ago now.    She was one of those people you meet and just know you are going to be lifetime friends with.

Over the years, we got to meet up and spend time together when we were working trade shows.




Some of these pictures so way back. lol





Cat even came to visit me here in NE, and we had such a great time.
I always wish we lived closer.

If you get a chance, check out Catherine's stamps at ART gone WILD.

More of her Designs HERE

Nothing better than seeing people you care about have good things happen to them.  Proud of you Cat!

____________________________________________

We have been having some fantastic Fall days lately!  I snapped a photo from our bedroom window yesterday.  These are the days that make me love Fall!



I wish I could take the dogs and go for a walk.  Unfortunately my foot is not any less painful than it was before. After seeing my Orthopedic surgeon and finding out the joint is breaking down and filling with arthritis, the next thing was to be fitting for a brace.  This is a hard plastic, (in shoe ) brace. Oh.. like $500 worth. ugh

Two months of this to see if the pain improves at all.  If not, the only other option is to have surgery to fuse the bones together.  That I want to avoid  if at all possible.  So right now, I'm praying this helps, but it an I have not been bonding well at his point. :(

Oh.. did I mention I had to get $160 shoes for it to go in.  Ugh
I shouldn't complain.  If it helps, I'd pay about anything.


I thought I'd also share a photo challenge picture from this week.  This is Day one. I was nominated my Kathy Clement .  It's supposed to be a B &W photo each day for 7 days.  The hard part for me it that there is to be no explanation.  I just snapped this with my phone camera.    Trying to remind myself to just enjoy the process, the idea and they experience. I don't have to use my good camera  and try to take a prize winning photo. lol  Just enjoy the process sometimes.


Need a photo challenge.  Try this.... B & W photo, one a day for 7 days.

Thanks for coming by!  I'm hoping your week is going great!

Hugs, Vicki


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Christmas Card using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Quietfire Designs

Hello Friends!
I'm so sorry this post wasn't up earlier.  Modern technology was not my friend today :(
I'm going to give it another try.
All this week over on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog we are blog hopping with Quietfire Designs.  Sharing inspiration and hosing a giveaway! 
Please pop on over and check it out HERE

This is the card I created for the blog hop.  It's as Christmas card I created using Quietfire Designs Stencils and Stamps, with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L adhesives.
I thought I'd show you how it came together and hopefully share a few helpful hints.


This is also one of the sentiments in this group. I stamped this on the inside of the card.  I used my E-Z Runner® Grand Refillable Dispenser
for my general adhesive for this. I am always so impressed how it sticks will to even non porous  surfaces like this gold metallic paper.


Have you every used  E-Z Runner Grand Repositionable Dots to hold your stencils?   It works great!  When your all finished, just rub it away easily.  QuietFire Designs Butterflies and Stars Stencil.


I did used this technique to the stenciled star background.   My main stamped piece will cover the middle so it's not necessary to fill it totally in.
The stamp set I used was Merry Christmas Flourished Tree – Set of 3 Stamps – Mounted


I used distress inks to create the stars and also for my stamping and edging.  I filled the star and dots in with a marker.

The gorgeous foil paper I used is  from Fancy Pants Designs .  I used my distressing tool to create the pierced edge to add interest.
 
I love using Crafty Foam Tape White  to give my matted main image dimension and lift off the card.


This was my first time using Quietfire Designs products, and they were great to work with.  I'll be using them often.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to pop over and get in on the giveaway :)


Vicki