Saturday, August 27, 2016

Had a Day

Had a day to get back in the old craftroom. We've been 'doctoring,' partying, and had four delightful little visitors for four days (lucky grandma!!). I've only been able to sneak in here once in a while, peek at what you all are making/doing, leave the very, very occasional comment, and wish I'd had time to craft. Yesterday I finally had the time and energy to hunt for Mr. Mojo, and once I'd found him, I had to squeeze creativity out of him. He only partially cooperated...Little brat!

If you're interested in the 'wordy' section of this post, keep reading. If you're pressed for time, you can skip the chatter and head straight for the cards below. Our darling, darling granddaughter Lizzy graduated from high school in June, and waited to have her party until last Friday; one of her sisters had been out of town all summer, and she wanted Melissa to celebrate with her, hence the 'late' party. We'd continued the tradition of having the parties for the kids here, as our house and yard is more conducive to crowds. That meant keeping things looking green, weeding, trimming & pruning, cleaning out the garage, and all the things that go along with party prep. Then there was the cooking, setting up, and me at the grill for several hours day of the party. Our daughter and sil, and the kids were fantastic at helping to finish those last minute cleaning duties, decorating, and making enough food to feed an army. It went well, and beautiful Lizzy had a wonderful party. Those left at the end of the night cleaned up the yard, garage, and I'm pretty sure everyone had a turn in the dishwater! DH and I spent last Saturday in veg mode... Sunday a new adventure would begin. We hopped in the car, and left to meet our youngest son. We took his van filled with the most adorable little children and headed off to my sister's house; there's a fantastic park complete with a FREE splash pad near her, and her grandson was there to play with his cousins. I'd brought some of the leftover graduation party food for lunch, and we had a great time. Sue, DH, and I laughed at those kids, and enjoyed the day. DH and I had three more days of fun with them, and I'm hoping to do it again next summer!  We played at our waterpark, went birthday present shopping, baked cake and cookies, played bean bag toss, went to the museum, went out to lunch and dinner, and completely and wonderfully exhausted grandma! According to my son, the kids had a blast. We met up with their dad (he MADE me give them back...) Wednesday after our pancake supper. In order to get their gear all packed up, do their laundry, and give Avery a nap, we stayed here that afternoon. Tried to get them to do a round-robin story with me after cookie baking, but they got a little too wild, so grandma started telling them a story. It must have been a good one, as it went on for nearly four hours in between cooking, packing, and tricky parts of the freeway.  Might write it down for them... DH and I spent Thursday in recovery mode. We were worn out in the most wonderful way! By yesterday, I started the clean up, and hit the craftroom. And since you've been so kindly patient with me, I won't make the rest of this post a "four hour" story. Let's get to the cards, shall we?!

First up is a card for Miss Darnell's NBUS Challenge! Hooray! You know her, you love her, and you know you want to play along too! This card features a new die; 'congrats.' It will also visit Essentials By Ellen Pin-Sights August Challenge.



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Here 'tis:


We've got an overcast, rainy day here, so the photos don't do this justice; it's a beautiful soft pink scrap that I found and embossed in gold with Ellen's fabulous Bohemian Garden set. I. Love. Them. The NBUS die is from Studio Calico cut from another scrap, and a scrap of green vellum with some gold trim. I think this will make a pretty wedding card.

Next is a card for City Crafter's Challenge, and Color Throwdown

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The colors and the "you" are there.


Did you know that Gina K. opened a store in the suburbs of Milwaukee?! Naturally I had to pay a little visit a few weeks ago. Found the dp there...love it! That's an AE rectangle die, and C&9th  stamps. I punched out the 'world' so I could use green on the continents. And a smattering of yellow enamel dots. Might have to send this one to the little kids....

And last (are you fast asleep yet?), I have a tag for Tag You're It. Michelle Short created this beauty to inspire us.


Mine looks like this:


The scrap folders in my credenza are soooo stuffed that I can barely pull out a scrap. I've decided to try and use as many as I can. All the papers here are scraps (yay!). Found that little striped chunk, added some ME Ocean ink, and cut out the tag and topper with RC tag dies. The flower is from Altenew done on a scrap of dp, and colored up just a bit with inks and Copics. The banner is from that cute pineapple set by C&9th (thanks Lynn!), and the sentiment is an oldie but goodie from HA. A bit of twine, and a sprinkle of black bling finishes this. Are you finished too?!

Monday is DH's BIG doctor's appointment. Not sure what to pray for, just trusting in God, that in whichever direction He wants us to go, we'll happily follow. And speaking of 'happy', Happy Dances everyone.



Monday, August 8, 2016

Oh, Hello

Hello everyone. I've got boatloads of stuff to get done before I even get to making dinner, so will keep this short. Hope all is well with you, and we are hanging in there.

I have two cards for today, and thought I would share really quick. "Commenting coming right after dinner (provided DH isn't monopolizing me....)," she said with fingers crossed. First up is a card for CTS. Miss America, aka, Darnell is GD there this week, so I knew I had to play along.

Awesome Sketch:


Here's my QAEZPZ card:


The stamps are from a sweet Studio Calico set. Some PTI ink, and a bit of very hoarded Stampin' Up Baja Breeze card stock. (Jen Mitchell knows what I mean...) You can almost see the WoS on those bowties.

Next I wanted to play along at The Heart Desires Challenge. Check out this inspiration photo:


I picked up on the stripes, metallics, the pink and the green from those gorgeous plants:


The gold striped vellum was a gift from Geri G. The plants are from a kit by MME, called On Trend 2. A scrap of green card stock, some gold die cut with an MB die, and that's about it. Gotta run, need to check on DH. Have a great week, and do a few happy dances just because you can. 


Friday, August 5, 2016

Breakfast of Champions

The other day, DH had to have an MRI up at Froedtert Hospital. He had a great breakfast before his scan that day... A cup of coffee and a valium. Now that's what I call a breakfast of champions! The results of the scan were what we'd expected and I will let you know what the plan is once we see the doctor at the end of the month. Hurry up and wait.... *sigh*

Got a couple of cards for today, as he slept in, which gave me time to play in the craft room. Up first is a card for the current Muse Challenge. I haven't played there for a while and thought I should remedy that. Anita Bowden has made a beautiful card, and it truly was an inspiration for me.


I stayed with pinks, shaker, and a popped-up panel. Just gave it my own twist:


Grandchildren Rachel, Grant, and Carter all turn 10 this year. Where in the heck did that time go??? They're getting the same-ish card except in different colors. I wish you could see this in person as it's so pretty, and I know Miss Rachel is going to love this. An MFT die created the rectangle. A couple of SC number dies with some ME Bubble Gum ink, and a bunch of sequins and beads make it shake. Kept the sentiment on the inside so Rach could just enjoy the shaking part.

I also have a card for City Crafter Challenge. This week's theme is, "I gained a stone," and it's all about baking. I 'baked' up some cookies...


Speaking of baking, I have a confession... I watch The Great British Baking Show. It's my guilty pleasure TV show.... Given the chance, I'd watch the reruns too. Do you have any guilty pleasure TV shows? Come on....you know you do....

And onto the card.


Pretty much all NBUS stuff here. MFT frame die, WPlus9 stamps and dies, RC tag die, and Gina K. gingham ribbon. The flat red sequins came from a friend. The sentiment is LF. Now. I normally don't gush too much over a product, but I gotta tell you that the Gina K. ribbon is some of the easiest to work with ever, and I've worked with tons of ribbon (retiring scrapbooker). I love it, and will buy more. I won't keep you any longer today. Enjoy your weekend, and happy dances everyone. 




Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Heat

I'm sure we all get tired of talking/hearing about the weather. After all, it's not like we don't all have one form of it or another... It's not that hot here today; 82ish by the big Lake, but the sun is relentless! The heat got to DH while I went to church this morning. Normally, because of some of his health issues, he's sitting with a blanket or throw on, topped by a heating pad even on most summer days. Today he's hot, and doesn't feel well. So I'm going to try and get this post done in one fell swoop, then if he doesn't require too much attention, get to a little commenting. Shall we get right to the cards, then? Okay...

I saw Carol's card for the newest Inkspirational Challenge where the prompt this time is "dip." She said she didn't have any chip-and-dip stamps to work with this but went in a different direction. Do stop over and see her card; it's a perfectly awesome take on the prompt. I did, however, have a stamp that was rather literal...




TA-DAAAAAA. It makes me chuckle... A few chunks of brightly colored scrap cardstock, some Copic markers, some MFT dies, one ME die, and some Newton's Nook stamps. EZCHEESY!!!!! Hahahahahahaha. Sorry... Well, maybe not...

I haven't played along at Tag You're It for some time, and I really, really wanted to. Stuck. Mr. Mojo wasn't having it. No amount of cajoling worked for two days. Then I had a ping. Pulled out an old, (and now out of business) TAWS set and finally made something to my satisfaction:



The aforementioned, (now there's a word for you...) flowers are a TAWS set. The sentiment is N&T, colored with Copics, an SC tag, some random, fat gold cording, an ancient piece of SU dp, and a created, golden glittery hole protector. You should see it in real life.... And because it's "Flowers" at Uniko, I'm going to sneak this in there too. After all, when the owner and designer is named "Bev," it's kind of a neato thing!

And lastly, I've got a birthday card for a very, very special son-in-law. He's the kind of man who will drop everything if we need help. And while that's cool, he's also a great person, and dad to four of the nicest kids ever. I was inspired by the current sketch at FMS, and I'm also playing at SSSW where it's anything goes.


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The patterned paper are just scraps, but I loved them. The sentiment is from PTI, and the succulent plant is from HA. I watercolored it with my Ziggies, and I like the way it turned out. Oh, the circle die is from MFT. And because he's calling, I'm running. Happy dances everyone.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Happy Birthday Geri!!!!

Hopefully by today, Geri's birthday card arrived in the mail and this won't spoil the surprise. You know her, she's of the Manitoba Stamper fame. She's got a CAS style that I envy, and her cards are just delightful! We got to meet in person a couple of years ago at the Lake House in Minnesota, and lemme tell ya, she's an amazing person (beside being an amazing crafter)!! She's sweet, funny, kind, thoughtful, and I loved being able to spend time with her. She'll probably kill me, but I'm going to try to upload a short video from our time together at the Lake House... cross your fingers...

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We'd been to the Mall of America. Shopped a bit, and while the lovely Ardyth was in the changing room, the rest of us gathered here. That's Kim in the darling orange jacket, the birthday girl in the blue shirt, the presently-traveling-to-England Miss Darnell, and the ever sweet Anita. Yours truly is obviously shooting the video... Isn't she just fun??!!! Gotta love this girl!!! I crack up every time I see this! Gee I hope this worked! Surprise Geri!!! Hahahahaha

Her birthday card looks like this:


Mostly CAS. Can't find the 6x6 tablet where this patterned paper came from; but it does add a bit of fun to this card. The stamps are NBUS (and golly!, I've been online stress shopping as of late) by Altenew. Great alphabet! A chunk o' twine, and done. I hope she liked it!

Well Geri, you didn't get a "party" on my blog this year. Things have been slightly busier around here lately, but I wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you. I hope you get to spend your birthday doing fun things, and having your favorite dinner, which you didn't have to make. It's been a joy to know you, and you hold a very special place in my heart. So have a wonderful birthday, and may God bless you richly in this coming year. xoxo

It also happened to be Becca Cruger's birthday last week. DH has kept me hopping, so I haven't been able to get posts done appropriately, so Becca, I'm offering my most sincere apologies for that. I did make a card, and I'm fairly certain it arrived safely a day or two ago. She turned the big "Three-Oh" which is a wonderful age! I loved my thirties and I know she will too! Happy Birthday, Becca!! From FB, it looks like you celebrated in style, and I hope it continues throughout the year!! Happy Birthday! Do stop by her blog and leave her some HB wishes; it's at The Damsel of Distressed (isn't that just a fun blog name?!!)

She'd put up a mood board on her blog, and we could see what we could see and make what we could make. For some reason, my brain saw people loving life, and the soft colors amidst the vivid ones. There's no predicting where my mind goes....


Sending birthday love. LF, MFT, RC dies. PTI sentiment. And several kinds of patterned paper. The card Becca hopefully received, has some yellow blings added to it too. I'd forgotten to put them on before I took the photo (I'm such a knob!). I hope she like this. 

And lastly, there's been another family birthday. Well...truth be told, there are always birthdays happening in my family, lol! This one went to grandson Michael. It has a nice masculine look. I used the sketch from CTS and kept it very CAS.


That's an AE stamp behind the shield, which set if off perfectly in my eyes. Scraps of black and gray, a SSS sentiment, a WPlus9 banner die, and that's it. I used a cut file from Silhouette to make the shield. EZPZ.

And that's it. Happy birthday once again to Geri, and to Becca. Wouldn't it be fun if we ALL could celebrate birthdays together??!! Gotta win that lottery so we can, lol!! Happy dances everyone.



Saturday, July 16, 2016

As Long As DH Is Settled...

He's all tucked in watching the Cubs game, so I'll listen to it as I try to post a couple of cards. The summer heat is upon us, and we've had no rain for a couple of weeks other than a 30 second sprinkle the other day. Normally, I wouldn't water the grass, but since we're having Lizzy's high school graduation party here next month, I've been doing the back and side yards. It looks pretty green compared to the neighbors on both sides. Where I'm not watering, we've got crunchy grass. Looking forward to Fall's cooler weather. So that's what it's doing around here, and since it's too hot to work in the flower beds much, I'm "stuck" inside crafting. Awwwww...isn't that just a shame??!! (not)

So I have two cards to share. I'm getting better at either working on one card for days and days (DH needs my caregiving skills fairly often), or getting them done really, really fast. First up, is one that I've made for the Uniko Challenge, where the ever wonderful Carol is GD. I took the sketch from The Heart Desires second challenge, so I guess I'll pop it in there too!




And mine looks like this:


Oh I wish you could see this in real life! It really is pretty.... Those are SSS flower stamps and dies, and a PS leaf die. I watercolored the blooms with my Ziggies, and added a bit of Stickles to their centers. Some PTI rainstones and a strip of AC glitter ribbon which was white, but I sponged on some ME Ocean ink just because. The sentiment is an NBUS from Jane's Doodles. EZPZ lemon squeezy!

Next I have a card for Cas(E) This Sketch and Happy Little Stampers



I kept this card pretty CAS (at least compared to my last post...). 


More of that LF Guava cardstock for this, which I die cut using an MFT die, and tucked a journaling card (from that Archivers kit I bought) because it was so festive: falling confetti! A couple of strips of washi tape, and three yellow sequins finish it off. 

Guess I'd better stop now. Don't want to keep you too long or you may not want to come back! Have a wonderful weekend, and happy dances everyone!





Thursday, July 14, 2016

It's Been a While...

Gee Whiz! I sure hope I can remember how to write and post this, lol! Been busy with taking care of DH, and had some company visiting, so very little time to craft, comment, or write a blog post. How are you all??? Doing well, and enjoying the summer, I hope! Quiet here, which is not a bad thing. Trying to get back in the crafting swing here. Managed a few cards, and had a blast doing them. Wanna see a couple? Okay...

 I've actually made a bunch of cards over the course of time; before and after company, some took days to make as I worked on them in between DH's doctors' appointments, and caregiving tasks, and other cards took just a bit of time. This first one looks pretty darn sweet irl, and is winging its way to a friend. I like this fun and funky look.




The theme is to use wafter thin dies, and so I did. The banner, the pineapple (both C&9th), the rectangle and oval (both MFT) were all die cut. C&9th stamps, Versafine ink, some gold sequins that match the gold bits behind the pineapple crown and banner, some new LF guava cardstock, and scraps of patterned paper. The guava panel is popped up. 

I wanted to show you one more card before I let you run today. It's for both SSS Monday (flora &/or fauna) and Wednesday (create a scene) Challenges. I was inspired by Semee's card from April of this year.


If you haven't seen these WPlus9 dies, head on over there and scope them out. I used a PPP large scalloped rectangle, a LF border die, and a ME scalloped circle. Everything else is WPlus9. Many cardstock scraps gave their lives to make this little cutie. 

Neither card is in my "usual" style, but then, my style tends to run the gamut. The kitty card took a couple of months to make. I couldn't get it to look exactly how I wanted, and the picture in my brain wasn't anything like this, so I'd put it away, take it out, put it away....until I sat down yesterday, bound and determined to finish it once and for all. Does that ever happen to you?

I'm waiting for WE Energies to come. As I sat here working on this post, I heard a "pop, pop, pop," and am pretty sure I can see an electrical wire hanging down behind my garage. Some trees are in the way, so I can't be absolutely sure. Don't worry, nothing seems to be burning, and I'm not touching the garage. Obviously I haven't lost power, so I'm not going to go all crazy about this, but safety first! Such excitement at 6:30 in the morning....

And that's it. I'm going to actually try and make a few cards and get some commenting in today. I've kinda missed you all. Well... no "kinda" about it! Take care and happy dances everyone!!







Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and One More

Long post title, short post. No time to chat if I want to get this done today. So. Miss Amy and her team have put on another great Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, and I have a very QAEZPZ card. Mostly NBUS, too. (For some reason, my computer isn't letting me add the SCLBH logo... sorry). My card looks like this:


The focal panel is from a kit; Jillibean Soup Healthy Hello through Archivers. I added the 'you' from an AE set. The scalloped die is from PPP, and the base is a scrap. The greens are prettier irl, but it's overcast today so it wouldn't photograph well. Green in honor of Miss Amy.

Next I have another QAEZPZ card that will go to CASology with the cue card, "Congratulations," and the sketch from CTS.



Here's my take:


The paper is from Anita, which she shared when we were at the Lake House. Yes, I've been hoarding - so would you! I made a panel and stamped with an AE set, and added one square bling. Popped it up on the card base, and done. 

Should time allow today, I hope to get to some commenting. Take care and happy dances everyone.




Thursday, June 9, 2016

Michael's Birthday

As long as DH is settled in watching MLB Central, I have a couple of minutes (I hope) to write a quick blog post. Have I told you about my neighbor, Michael? He's only one of the best neighbors ever in the whole wide world. And it's his birthday today. We talk over the fence between our yards, and mostly, our conversations revolve around gardening and recipes. He's funny and really nice, and I tease him that he's like having a girlfriend living next door. We laugh like a couple of idiots; he's always a bright spot in my day. So I made him a card. Popping this one into a brand spankin' new challenge created by the very talented Kate Lorenzini over at The Heart Desires. Do check it out, and wait till you gaze upon the DT....wowzers. And while I'm at it, SSS Wednesday Challenge is for the guys/FD.



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If you read the bottom of The Heart Desires inspiration photo, you'll see what elements can be included in cards for this challenge, and you can use one, two, or all three. I chose the blue color, and geometric shapes.


CAS. And EZPZ. Scraps of blue and white, along with gold vellum. Versafine black ink with a PTI sentiment. That's it. And I've got to run. Thinking of you all. Happy dances everyone.