Sunday, December 04, 2016

ADORNit Paintables with the girls

Hi Everyone!
Today I thought I'd share some photos from the other day when I had Karen and Jan over for a little cider, Christmas music, chat time and crafting with  ADORNit Paintables.
I had ordered sheets so that we could all be working with the same images to make 5 different cards.  To make things go a bit faster, I pre cut and kitted the card pieces so that the girls could just focus on the coloring/painting. 

I wanted them to be able to try a number of different things just to experience them.  So out came the supplies.  We did different techniques with Watercolor, using watercolor pencils, watercolor (cakes) and watercolor crayons to paint with.  We also used chalk, a variety of many different markers, glitter pens, Dimensional magic, Stickles ect..
I am so impressed with the weight and texture of the paper these images are printed on . They just seemed to work well with anything we tried.

It was really a fun., fun day! I love spending time with these two and could easily chat with them all day.  (Oh, that's right we did chat all day) lol   So nice to to set down, relax and just visit while creating. 
Here is one of the cards we made.  These images are cut from 12x12 printed sheet.  Each image different.  I just ordered a number of sheets so that we could be doing the same thing.   If you prefer bigger images or a mix of different sized images they offer that also.

I think the girls really like trying out the different things that they may not have tried in the past.   They are always up for learning and trying new things.  Both are super creative!  Although I have used all these different mediums in the past, It's been in different ways. I'm still learning while painting these images also.  But practice makes perfect right?  We even if it's not perfect ( now or never) it's fun and so enjoyable, so that's all that matters to me :)

Here is another card we made.  I love this little dear!

I cant wait to do this again.

Another card. This one with some non traditional Christmas colors.
I was cracking the whip on them a bit for a while, lol, so I gave them a break for some snacks .

Card number Four.

and five!

Time to re energize again , so we had some  Pumpkin Dessert.

I found this  yummy recipe that is so easy, over at "Buns in my Oven".   I've made it twice now.  Thought I would share.   If you read in the comments below the recipe on her blog you can see you can vary things.  I used walnuts and topped with cool whip.    You can find the recipe HERE

photo credit:  Buns in my oven

 I'm so glad we did this at the beginning of the month, since December can get so crazy.  I think a little down time before digging our heals in to December was a great stress reliever.

I cant wait to do it again after the new year.  Now to figure out what images to order for us. hmmmm

Before I close, I have to mention my baby boys Birthday December 2.  I love him so much!

Happy Birthday Jarad!!

 I'm wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!
Thanks so much for stopping by for  hello!


Thursday, December 01, 2016

A little fun in a jar

Hey friends!
I hope  you are all having a great week! Mine is certainly better than last week.  No toothache ( knock on wood), and no migraine.  Yay!  I feel like I've caught up on my sleep and  that helps a lot!
Today I used my birthday gift, and went and used my massage certificate.  Ohhhhh... that was heaven!

 A while back  there was a little video floating around Facebook of some cute little jars with domed lids (made with half a clear plastic ornament), and I just thought they were adorable.   They are the ones I showed in my last post, that us girls made on Thanksgiving.  I found the link to the website "Smart School House" were the post originated. There is actually lots of great crafty inspiration there. Defiantly worth checking out.  If you click on the link to check it out, you'll see set by step photos and a great video.
These are super fun to make.

I recently created one to hold Christmas tags. And you can see the entire blog post here on the Fancy Pants Designs Blog.

I used the " Merry & Bright" Collection.

Here are some of the tags I made for my Christmas gifts.  The jar is just a fun little handy keeper.

As I promised in my last post, here are photos of some of the jars Amy, Diana and I made for our little craft time after our Thanksgiving meal last week.

I found tons of cute little things to put under the domes at Hobby Lobby ( which is were I found the jars and plastic ornaments also). And .... all their Christmas stuff is 50%. Whoooo hoo!

Diana is one crafty lady!  I love how she thinks out side the box and isn't  afraid to just right in and do her own thing. I always look forward to see how her projects turn out.  Super creative thinker!

I found most of these little accessories in the ornaments isle.  You by have to remove the little ring or string that they have on the top of them.

Amy always jumps right in .  She's defiantly a crafty girl! She is also creative.. ( and speedy).  She was leaving Diana and I in her smoke. lol

Other than the use of a hot glue gun, these would be a fun project to do with kids. You would just have to give them a little assistance with the hot glue.

I hope you get a chance to give them a whirl!

And.... I hope you have a great day!   Enjoy it!

Thanks friends, for stopping by!

hugs all around!


Friday, November 25, 2016

Fancy Pants Designs"Golden Fall Day's" layout

Here I am  sitting writing a blog post as I enjoy a turkey sammich lol thinking how did that happen so fast?  I have been looking forward to Thanksgiving and being with family for some time now. .. and it's already over! I think it's been the same since I was a kid... always let down that it's all over so fast when it comes to holidays. I look forward to them for so long and then boom .. they're over.  The good thing is that Christmas will be here before we know it.  This year we did something a little different again. Since many of us have kids/grandkids in different parts of the country now  .. wanting to spend holidays with them, and knowing they usually cant make it back for both Thanksgiving AND Christmas, we've decided to focus on Christmas as our big gathering here. This Thanksgiving our family was spread out...thru Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Missouri , Texas, and Nebraska.

We had our Thanksgiving here with our kids on Wednesday since Wes and Amy had to work on Thursday. We gathered here Wednesday late afternoon and had Thanksgiving dinner together.  We also had My nephew Brent and his wife Diana here with us.  It was a really nice time.  I'll share some photos below, but for now  I'll share  may last Fall   project of the season.

This is a layout done with the Fancy Pants Designs "Golden Day's Collection", which I have to say, was one of my very favorites from Fancy Pants.

 I had been wanted to do some pages using photos from the trip with took to the Outer Banks, and this collection was perfect for that, as it was Fall when we went.

Oh, how wish I could wake up and go sit out here watch the sun come up on the ocean again.  It was AMAZING!

I'm telling you.. for me there is just nothing better than the smell of a turkey cooking as your home fills with people you love as much as I love these.  Such a nice time.  With the kids crazy work scheduled, it's rare that we all  can be together at the same time.  We were happy that Brent and Diana said yes, when we invited them to come be with us for the day. This was Nathaniel's (their son) first Holiday not at home.  He is now in college in AZ.  Boy do I remember what that feels like when the last one leaves the nest.:(
It's hard , especially on holidays.  We did Facetime with Nathaniel later in the night, so that was nice.  He was in great hands there, having dinner with the AZ family, and I know my sis was in heaven, getting to have him there to spend the holiday with them.   I know he got lots of love and a belly full of yummy food.
When I talked to my sis the day before, she was making Grandmas famous Apple Dumplings. I told him he would not be lacking when it came to yummy food, because sis is a amazing cook.
We had plenty to eat here also. I made Turkey, stuff, potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry salad, pumpkin pies and pumpkin dessert.  Diana brought broccoli casserole, moms special Sweet Potato Casserole and deviled eggs.
( note: I told Wes if he didn't stop with the goofy faces when I was taking pictures, that I was just going to start  posting them lol  ... so he was warned) lol
I don't know who Jarad managed to run from the camera :(

Nathaniel may have been in AZ this Thanksgiving but he still manages to make his Aunties heart happy with these pretty flowers.  I love that kid!

I look ruff in the photo, I know.  No makeup for one thing but it had not been the best of weeks for me.  I had the worst toothache I have ever had in my life,  that had started last Thursday.  I had gotten my teeth cleaned on Tuesday and I think it just really worked up a tooth I was waiting to get into the Endodontist for, for a root canal.     The dentist put me on some  antibiotics  but  they just weren't doing the trick.  So... long story short...  there was a change in the antibiotics, pain pills didn't work,  day's and nights of pacing the floor in pain, which triggered a migraine.  Luckily it was Dan's weekend off, because Saturday night he ended up taking me into the emergence room. The migraine on top of the tooth pain was making me very sick.   Five different shots in my bum at the ER and I was pain free.... FOR a whopping TWO HOURS :(     and it was right back to square one.  At that point I just did what I could do to make it until I could get into an Endodontist in Omaha for a  root canal on Tuesday!  I was SO RELIEVED when that was over and the pain was gone.  Tired but relieved. Remember I was having Thanksgiving the next day.. on Wed.   Everyone  kept saying .. just let it go.. and go out to eat.   I have a lot of my dads strongheadedness. lol  We WERE having Thanksgiving come hell or high water. lol   
We pulled it off and it was a great day!  ( Thanks to everyone for helping out!)  I asked Wes to do the vaccuming upstairs.  ( I get they wont arrive early every again. lol)

Since it was Wednesday night and one of the kids friends Band was playing back in his home town, they kids ran up to the bar for a bit to see him and listen a bit.  Dylan Bloom Band
Love this photo of our kids.

I had a craft planned for us girls for later in the night also.  It was really fun.  I'll be doing a blog post with photos and the link to how to make them later this week.

What ever your Thanksgiving plans were, I hope they are all you were hoping for. I think if we all stop and think... we all have so much to be thankful for.  I know, I do.

I am also thankful for all of you!  Thankful for your friendship!

Thanks for stopping by and checking  in.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Fancy Pants Designs (Golden Days) Card Trio

Hello!! Here we are, jumping head first into a brand new week. I hope it's a great one for all of us.
I can not believe what a absolutely beautiful Fall we are having. It has been SO nice!  I know winter weather is just around the corner, but I'm pushing those thoughts away and just enjoying these amazing days.
This "Golden Days Collection" from Fancy Pants Designs, pretty much sums up the feel of this Fall for me.
This is such a pretty collection.
Today I thought I'd share three cards I created with this collection.

This set even has a matching stamp set.  I used some of them on the card below.  I stamped the design along the top with Gold ink.   The leaves and the tee pee, I stamped with dark blue on patterned paper and cut out to add to the card.  The feather is a piece of acetate ephemera from the collection. There are also "Colored Printed Cork stickers with this collection. ( I used to small cork pieces in the upper left corner of this card.)

Here you can see where I stamped the tee pee and leaves on patterned papers for cutting.

Lot of cute ephemera pieces , words and fun Enamel Dots to use on your projects.

The word "love" is one of the Puffy Foil Stickers..  For the feathers, I stamped them with gold embossing powder and then cut them out to add to the card design.

Here is a close up.

Today I walked into my studio and realize just how much the view had changed in the last month or so. No more beautiful green field...but beautiful Nebraska non the less.

I have been in my studio a bunch lately. Working on assignments but also working on layouts I'm doing for hire for someone for their grandchildren.  There are A LOT of photos, so it's been hard for me to remember to keep the layouts simple so I can keep working my way thru the  photos  to be finished sometime this decade. lol. There are nine grandchildren so thast a lot of layouts that need to be done. The good thing is that any of the children are together in the photos, and Grandma and her daughter run a copy business... that means that copies can be made for each childs album.  Cool huh? :)

The dogs have also been enjoying the nice weather.  I was looking or Dan the other day and couldn't find him. I opened the door and there is was sitting outside with Lily. lol  Sometimes Lily just needs a little extra love and attention time. lol

I don't want to forget to tell you about the "Gratitude Movement" happening the week in the "ADORNit Art Play Group" on Facebook.  Please come join  the group on FB and have some fun with us.  It's a create place for creativity ... and there's a giveaway (yay)

Okay, time to get back to work. There are layouts to be made. lol

I love this....

Powerful words

Hoping your week is amazing!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Card trio and some photos from our girls craft day

Hey there! Hope you are all doing well.  Today I decided to share a few simple cards I created with the Authentique "Cheerful Collection"  I think we could all you some of that this week. It's a fun collection for sure.

I love having a  stash of cards in a box in my craft room that I can go to, to send a little note to a friends.  My card box is pretty low these days, so these will be going in :)   I love sending snail mail! Who doesn't love getting something nice in the mail?

This Collection as some super cute images for sure.  I'm going to be working on some layouts with this  collection for a friend, using photos of her grandchildren.

Last week before Halloween, our group of crafty girls met at my Sisters house in Lincoln.  We worked on felt  flowers for burlap Fall Canvases. (Similar to the one, that I shared on my blog earlier.) Of course they are a creative bunch so everyone put their own spin on it.
If you're  interested you can check out the blog post I did a while back HERE, showing other felt flowers.

Like I mentioned in that earlier post... there are LOTS of great felt flower tutorials on YouTube and they are so easy!

I love crafting time with these girls!! We talked and talked and talked, and them laughed about how we were texting so much as a group later that evening. ... as if we hadn't gotten all our talking out. lol  Julie couldn't make it this time, and of course we missed having her there.  We were thrilled Diana was able to join us this time.

 Here are some more of the felt flowers.

I just cant tell you how much I enjoy these days crafting with these ladies.  It's like therapy! lol

Oh, and then there's this.   My sis always out does her self.

It's a casual day makup, so I look sicky. lol    Oh well, they love me even without makeup. lol
Boy am I bless to have these amazing women in my life!

What else have I been up to?  Well, this little sweetie,(Lyla) is turning two!  I was at their farm yesterday to take her two year photos and  photos of the three of them as a family. ( I should say "Four of them ") Yes, Lyla is going to be a big sister.

This child is so adorable!

Andrew and Kate are such amazing parents.  You can just see the love in their eyes when they look at Lyla.

For those of you who don't know ...  Andrew and Kate are friends of our kids.  Wes and Andrew went to College together.  They ended up buying a farm just a few miles up the road from us.  Although Lyla isn't our Grandchild, she calls me Grandma Vicki, and I'm telling you, I love her so much!   Her and Wyatt and Emmett make me feel like a Grammy :)    I'm so lucky to have them all living so close.

It just couldn't have been a nicer day for taking photos.  I LOVE their farm!

 And I love them.

Families like this give me so much hope for the future.

 I'm hoping you have a fantastic weekend! I'm planning to try to make some progress on the layouts I need to work on. Wish me luck on that. lol 

Hugs all  around!