Friday, November 24, 2017

TGIF; Thankful Friday #19

Happy Black Friday! I hope you are all out there shopping away. Me, I never do the Black Friday thing. There are too many people and it's way too early for me to head out to the mall jungles. I have however started my Christmas shopping and that always feels good.
This week I'm thankful for the Thanksgiving holiday - family gatherings, football, cool weather, lots of leftovers, and elastic waist pants!

I hope you had a good one and was able to spend time with your friends and family.  Please share in the comment section what you are thankful for this week.

Our 31st wedding anniversary is the 29th and it's also the first anniversary of my mother-in-law's passing. It'll be a difficult one this year.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Black Friday

Black Friday has lost all meaning when it starts before the Friday after Thanksgiving. I guess we just can't wait for big sales.

Well, I'm joining the rebels by promoting VIDA's Black Friday sale that is going on now.

Shop my collection by clicking HERE.

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These are all my original designs.  Take a peek at my collection and you'll find something cool & unique.  Happy Shopping!


Friday, November 17, 2017

TGIF; Thankful Friday #18

TGIF! Another Friday has rolled up and I'm so happy. This weekend we have another party to attend and I plan on doing a lot of dancing!

This week I'm thankful for rain. We had a few rainy days - not too heavy, but enough to water the plants & lawn AND to clean some of the bird poop on my car.
Who am I kidding? There's no housework being done!

Now it's your turn...what are you thankful for this week?  Please share in the comments.
This week hubby and I caught up on our shows and then I spend lots of time in the Command Center. I have an upcoming holiday boutique on December 2nd. What was I thinking? It is right around the corner and I don't have any Christmas items done. This year I'm going to try advertising on FB and Instagram to (hopefully) generate more sales. Carly & I decided we didn't want to do too many boutiques and give social media a try. I'll post photos of items here as well.  

Have a great weekend!!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WOYWW #441

Happy WOYWW! Click on over to the Stamping Ground to read more about this weekly linkage and check out other desks from all over.

Here's my desk this morning:
I'm back to working on DS3's wedding album. I'm almost done! I can't wait to give it to them.

Have a great rest of the week!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Stuck?! Not Me!

I'm almost done with DS3's wedding album. There are so many photos! And I love it. To make the album easier to assemble, I've been using a lot of sketches.

I used the November sketch from Stuck?! sketches:
Here's my layout:
I can't believe no one took a photo of my son when he was "dancing" while removing the garter belt. But I did get a photo of my other son who caught it.  The photo of the single ladies is awesome.

Now it's your turn...click on over to Stuck Sketches and join the link. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fall in Love Engagement Party Highlights

The party finally came and went and it was a huge success. I was so busy with the party that I didn't take many photos. I can't believe I didn't take one photo in front of the photo backdrop! Even my son and future DIL didn't. Crazy! But it was a lot of fun!




Lights made it so pretty!

Good Friends


My daughter
Sorry they are so blurry. It was dark when the party started and they just didn't turn out well. I didn't even think to take some before the party. DUH!

Friday, November 10, 2017

TGIF; Thankful Friday #17

This week I'm thankful for the end of  day light savings time. We got to "fall back" an hour on Sunday and every day this week feels like I got an extra hour of sleep! Now I know my internal clock will be back to normal by the weekend, but for now, I'm thankful for the extra one hour in the morning.
Now it's your turn.  What are you thankful for this week?  Leave a comment and share!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Superheroes Everywhere! BBTB2 Challenge

It is both a blessing and a curse to be creative. LOL I thought I was done with all the projects for the engagement party this Saturday but DS1 asked me last night if I could put vinyl decals on mugs for his groomsmen & her bridesmaids.

Of course I said yes. They brought over eight beer mugs & eight wine goblets. He wants different superheroes on the mugs so I downloaded some images into Cricut Design Space - have I told you how awesome Design Space is? At first I was completely against it - I'm on the computer all day, I don't need to be on it at night, etc., etc. It didn't take long for me to realize how amazing it is!

I am entering this project on Bitten By The Bug II challenge site. Not only will you be inspired by the DT projects and other crafters' submissions, they have great challenges to participate in to get your creative juices flowing. Click on over there to check it out!

Here's one complete mug:
I used Cricut Design Space and their shapes feature to create Captain AmUIKEYINPUTDOWNARROWerica's shield. I made it easy on myself and only used black vinyl instead of multiple colors.
More photos:




Click BBTB2 to get to the site.

UPDATE:  I WAS PICKED AS PROJECT OF THE WEEK ON THE BBTB2 SITE! Check it out HERE.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Paper Mache Fun

WOYWW? My work area has expanded to my kitchen table & our guest room. This is the last project for the engagement party this Saturday. Since the theme is "Fall in Love", I needed some fall items. I bought a package of leaves from the dollar store and white washed them with paint. I went out to buy foam pumpkins, but they were super expensive even when 60% off.  So...if you can't find an affordable option for what you need, you make it yourself! The answer...Paper Mache!

I grabbed a bag of shredded paper from my work shredder and stuffed some plastic grocery bags until I got the size pumpkin that I wanted. Once I did that, I wrapped string around them until it looked pumpkin shaped. I used some masking tape to help with that as well.

Then I mixed flour & water to create my paste. Talk about "Back to Elementary School"! Cut strips of newspaper and had at it! Ooey Gooey fun!

Here are three of them. The smaller one is actually a Styrofoam pumpkin that I purchased from The Dollar Tree. I bought six of these. I made four larger ones - two tall and two round pumpkins.
Normally I would add at least two layers of the paper strips, but I was in a little of a time crunch! So after the first layer dried, I painted them white and then decorated.

Here are some of them:
and some close ups:

Others have been completely covered in glitter, decopauged in French script paper or painted in teal w/silver highlights.

I'm so happy how they turned out!

Click on over to the Stamping Ground blog to join the WOYWW linkage or check out other desks.  It's a lot of fun!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Stick It Down Card

The card sketch on the Stick It Down site this month is a pretty easy one. Or at least to me it is. Check out the sketch:

I used a gelli print background and I stamped the leave stem from Bloom Art Stamps. The sentiment is an old Stampin' Up one. I added a piece of crochet lace, two purple/brown ribbons and a threaded button.

Ribbons, lace and button are from my stash
Twine is from Fun Stampers Journey
Cardstock & Ink is from Fun Stampers Journey

Now it's your turn.  Click on over to the Stick It Down blog and check out this month's sketches. They have a sketch for everyone - 2-page, 1-page and card.

Friday, November 3, 2017

TGIF; Thankful Friday #16

November! Can you believe it's already November?!? This has been a busy week. I had to get fitted for a new crown, Halloween, doctor appointments and lots of shopping. This week I am thankful that I am HAPPY.
I changed my insurance carrier so I met my doctor for the first time this week. We sat and talked and she asked me all kinds of questions on my health history. Then she asked if I was feeling depressed, down or threatened, etc. I shook my head and said "I am truly happy." And that is a great feeling!

Believe me, my life is far from perfect. I mourn my loved ones that are no longer here; my hubby gets on my nerves a lot sometimes; and I have my daily aches & pains; heck, there have even been plenty of times when I don't know if we're going to have food on the table, but I can still honestly say I am happy!
Now it's your turn, what are you thankful for this week? Share in the comments.

Here's a photo of some of my coworkers in our Halloween costume. We were the game, Word Connect.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

CWS November Challenge #20

It's November 1st and time for another challenge at the Creative With Stamps (CWS) challenge blog. This month's challenge is THANKFUL.

Join the challenge for your chance to win 3 images from this month's sponsor:


3 images 
(for Random Winner)

Thank you cards are great to have on hand. I like to send these to my work colleagues whenever someone goes above and beyond to help me resolve an issue.

My card:


I used stamps from Fun Stampers Journey. This set is three parts to get all the beautiful shading. I love it! Here's a shot of all the supplies I used. I used a waterbrush to apply the green background ink after I stamped the butterflies. Don't you love them!

Now it's your turn...add your card to the CWS site before the end of November.


Supplies:
All color inks and sentiment stamp are from Stampin' Up
Black ink, butterfly stamp and twine is from Fun Stampers Journey





Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sketches in Thyme PL Challenge #87

For the second Sketches in Thyme PL sketch in October, I used a purchased 4x6 PL card and embellished it using scraps from other layouts.
It's hard to go wrong with the black/red/white/gold color scheme. I love how this turned out! I typed an assortment of wedding words and printed them on white cardstock. Then I just cut them out as needed. I'm almost done with the wedding album and will be posting a flip through soon! My goal is to finish before the holidays.


Now back to the sketch:
And my card:
Final layout:

I love how you don't necessarily need to use these sketches/cards in a pocket layout. They go just as well in a 12x12 layout!
Click on over to Sketches in Thyme PL challenge site for more inspiration.

UPDATE:  I was the winner in this months' challenge!


Sketches in Thyme Pocket PL #88

I've been peeking at Sketches in Thyme challenge site for a few months now and finally had a chance to work on some of their sketches.
As you know, I'm working on the wedding album for DS3 and to help decrease some of the bulk, I've been using all kinds of cool things to this album. One of these cool things is pocket style pages.

The site has two PL pocket sketches and this is the first one:

My take:



As you can tell, I didn't put a title on my card, but I followed the sketch and would not have thought of that on my own.

And the final layout:





I know, I didn't use a pocket page but I love the way we can use these on our 12x12 layouts as well.

Click on over to the Sketches in Thyme Project Life Sketch challenge site and check out their sketches.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Stick It Down October Sketch

I have not joined any challenges in a long time since I started working on my son's engagement party projects. I'm still working on my other son's wedding photos from the summer and have used all the premade layouts I did earlier. Since I printed a ton of photos of the wedding, I'm really trying to put as many photos as possible on each 2-page spreads. I'm doing this with flip flaps, pocket pages and clever cuts & placements.

I love the layout challenges at Stick It Down since they have one page, two page and card sketches. I got NINE photos on this layout thanks to the October sketch! I love how the photos surround a center photo. Although I don't technically have a center photo, it still surrounds key photos.

Here's the sketch:



Here's my layout:



These photos are when bride & groom are being introduced to the reception hall. I love how happy they look!

Click on over to the Stick It Down sketch challenge site for great sketches and inspiration from their design team and guest designers.
The roses and titles are all cut from my Cricut machine.

UPDATE! THIS LAYOUT WAS SELECTED AS THE WINNER ON THE STICK IT DOWN BLOG SITE! I was invited to be a Guest Designer in December. Look for that soon!!