Thursday, February 22, 2018

St Patty's Day cards

Hey friends!
Today was the first day I've taken a break from working on the layouts I'm doing for hire, and worked on some cards. I took her another 67 layouts.  I'm always so thankful for my Fancy Pants collections when I'm working on these layouts.... because they make things so easy.  I pull out a collection and I have the papers, stickers, title, and embellishments that all coordinated  right there!  They save me so much time!  My studio still looks like a tornado hit it by the end of the day, but hey, that's just how I roll. lol
Today I used Graphic 45 images, mixed with some other papers.  Now since I've decided to step back from my design team requirements, It's really nice to create what I want with whatever supplies  I want. Lots of creative freedom <3 p="">
The weather has been pretty blah the last few days.  Grey and cold!  I always love the view out of my upstairs studio window, but even that has been pretty bleak.  It's Feb in Nebraska.  We just look forward to a sunny day now and then, even if it's cold. 
Good thing I have no where to go and it's nice and toasty warm in here.


It's been pretty boring around here the last week ,but considering all that went on in January, THAT is totally fine with me!  
 I did book my ticket to go see my Florida family the first part of April, so I'm really looking forward to that!

Below is something I saw on FB that I thought was so clever.  Super fun project for kids.  I thought I'd share it here.




With Green being my favorite color, it's probably surprising that I don't really put out any St Patrick's Day Decorations. ( I do always make corned beef and cabbage that day tho)  Maybe I should start putting out a little something. I'm pretty sure I did when the kids were little.
How many of you put our St Patty's decor?
I'd love to hear.






Have a great day! Vicki

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day


Happy Valentines Day everyone!
Since I shared my Valentines Day cards in my last post, my card today is "love" themed, not exactly Valentines.  So I hope it counts :)
There is just something about pink and red that is just so beautiful! Toss in a little vintage text and I'm really in love.


I spent the last week stitching hearts.  Practically in my sleep. lol  Lets just say.... I made a lot!  I'm so thankful to everyone who ordered! Seriously, thanks so much! It makes me so happy that people enjoy them!
I love hand stitching. I find it so relaxing.  As you can see by the remote in the middle of the pile, I watched more than my fair amount of Netfix this weekend also. lol
It was Dan's work weekend, so it kept me busy, and worked out well.


Today we stopped over to see Glen and Petey ( Aunt and Uncle on Dan's side). They are just so darn cute together!   These two don't let anything stop them! We had such a nice visit.
I just had to share this adorable photo.  Well, and since I've got the whole "Love" things going on in this post, it seemed totally fitting.


I'm hoping to do a little paper crafting the next couple of day, so I'll be back to share more.


                                   Wishing you all a day filled with love!



( and a dog, of course) lol



Hugs, Vicki

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Fancy Pants Designs Valentine Cards, orgainization and Random other things

Hi Friends!
Strange title for a post, I know, but it's so true. "Random" kind of feels like it should be my "word" for 2018, the way it's started.  Most of you who follow here, know it's been a rough start to the year for our family. Loosing our sister and our brother in law two days apart was overwhelming. Then a few days later we lost a dear cousin. Since then a close friend of our son Weston, passed away . He had cystic fibrosis. He got the call about that just after we left  our sister in laws, mothers funeral.  So much sadness for one month. Things have to start looking up right? Lets hope so.

Valentines Day is right around the corner, so it's time to share a few Valentines Cards. These cards are made with the Sweet Nothings Collection

Announcement. 
Along with the other hard things this month, after great thought, I've decided to give up my Design Teams. I have been with Fancy Pants since their very first Collection so many years ago, and loved every minute of working with this company. They are amazing people!  I just feel like it's time to step back from assignments, and deadlines for a bit.  Of course I will always create with Fancy Pants products and always use Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L products, because I love them! Great companies with great products!

I will continue to blog, because I cant go without crafting and sharing. lol

I have been blogging since April of 2006!  It's part of my routine.  I wish I could stay that committed to a diet or exercise routine :(   hahaha



There was a bright spot in last week. Lunch with the girls. Way better than therapy. lol  These ladies are such a blessing to me!





After lunch, Jan and I strolled thru Hobby Lobby ( or in my case... hobbled).
I made her take a selfie with me and this sign a saw.  After our cattle adventurers in SD the week before, I thought it was only fitting.


Cows on the highway

I also have to share this photo of Jarad (our youngest) and our daughter in law Kate, at the fire fighters banquet. I'm so proud of the volunteer work they both do.  Jarad is now not only a fire fighter but a certified EMT.  They do good things for their little community and I'm so proud of them!


Remember, I warned you that this post would be random.

Today I worked on organizing my pantry.  Have I mentioned that I love organizing??? Love it!
Anyone who saw my downstairs closet would beg to differ , I'm sure.  lol   That's going to be a job :(

I really fell in love with organizing because of my friend Pam.  Pam is one of the teachers I used to work with when I was a para at school. She was a "High Scope Trainer"
Part of that was setting up the classroom in a way that worked for the kids. It helped them put things away in the proper bins by having photos of that particular thing put on the front of the bin.
I was hooked!
Before you knew it, I was organizing the Supply closet. ( Grown ups can read .. so of course with words instead of photos).
Now I love to use those tips to organize my home.
When we have company here for a get together, and I run out of counter space, this pantry seems to be the catch-all for extra chip, buns ect...  BUT.. with it being labeled  and organized in bins, it certainly makes it easy to put things back in place later.

The same goes for my craft room.  For one thing, if I don't label things, I forget what I have. lol  The other thing is .. when I create, I'm MESSY!  I drag out everything to get just want I want to use.  There are times it looks like a bomb went off in here at the end of the the day.  But again, with things being labeled, it's much easier, not only to find ,but to put away.


This is the other craft supply closet. It needs a bit of attention ( I just now walked in a snapped a photo) , but you get the idea of  "bins and labels"

There are so many great tips for organization on Pinterest.  But I truly believe ( at least for me), that using clear containers and / or  labeling is key. Also prioritizing, by putting the things you use most right in front and handy!

Winter is a great time to work on organizing. Wish me luck on that downstairs closet.

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If you've stayed with me this far.  Congratulations.. and thank you! lol


At this point, by goal is to just get through February with it being better than January.



Thank you friends,

Vicki