Friday, October 13, 2017

Five for Fridays with Tammy Tutterows Creative Team / A Happy Birthday Card

It's "Five for Fridays" with Tammy Tutterow's Creative Team! Just another reason to love Fridays :)
I hope you have all had a good week!  Sit back and relax, take in some creative inspiration from these talented ladies.   At the bottom of this post I will link to Tammy's blog. There you will see everything the girls created this week, as well as links to their blogs for even more creative inspiration.

 My card this week was created with ...

SDS-081 Happy Birthday Cake  stamp and die


 October and November are big Birthday months for my extended family, so I think I better put this gorgeous stamp to good use these next few days!

Here is to some creating time this weekend.  I hope all of  you have a wonderful weekend, and also get some time in your craft room.
Huge thanks, as always for coming by!


Link to Tammy's blog for more creative inspiration

Saturday, October 07, 2017

National Card Making Day / Sharing Fancy Pants Designs Halloween cards

Well, it's World Cardmaking day, so how could I not post a card or  two? lol    I love making and sending handmade cards.  I started out primarily doing scrapbook layouts, but quickly realized the joy of cardmaking.   They can satisfy my need for a little quick creative time while brightening someones day when I send it off in the mail. Who doesn't have getting a card in the mail, right?

Today I thought I'd share a couple of cards I created with the fun new Fancy Pants Designs Halloween Collection.  Spellbound

I know I'm a bit bias, but I truly believe Fancy Pants products make projects come together so easily. The collections just have so many great pieces for titles and bits of ephemera that it's actually hard to choose what to use. lol  I have been designing with Fancy Pants since their very first collection probably 11+ years ago, and  they just get better and better.  Not to mention, they are just super people. I'm always proud to say I design for Fancy Pants Designs.

With the help of Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L adhesives these cards come together in a flash.  I love using Foam Squares to give the bits of ephemera lift off the card, and add dimension.

Speaking of  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, I wanted to make sure to send you over to get in on this giveaway!


Enjoy your day, ... .and if you can find a little time, slip into your craft room to make a card or two :)

As always, thank you , thank you for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

"Dont ever let anyone dull you Sparkle" and Fall decor

Hey Everyone!
It's been a while since I have made a card with the ADORNit Paintable Sheets.  So today I'm sharing a card I created with one of the images.   If your not familiar with them, they are 12x12 sheets (different images), printed and watercolor paper. There are a lot of fun sheets with different themes also. You can see them all at the link above.
I just used Sharpies for the most part with coloring this image, with a Copic marker for the yellow and blue shadowing around the frame and words.  I wish you could actually see the "sparkle" in this photo. I added some Stickles, well... because of the saying lol.  Papers are ribbon are also ADORNit.

After the recent events in Vas Vegas I think think week I felt even more like staying in. My heart has just been feeling so heavy from it all. I finally turned off the news for a bit and ask Alexa to play me some relaxing music. ( yes, you can ask her that, and she does :) .
 There is something about "home", when you are just needing comfort and a feeling of security.  I have my Fall decor out and Fall scented candles burning. A time to just enjoy being at home and to be thankful for the everyday things.

I usually share some Fall decor photo here or my blog.  I just snapped a few with my phone to share.  I wish you could all share back. lol   But if you have a blog, and you share, please let me know.

I used to just get crazy with seasonal stuff, but I don't know if it's because I'm getting older, lazier, or just like less stuff, but I don't decorate seasonally like I used to.  This year, because of my foot, things are way less.
I do like a much simpler look these days, but I"m pretty sure I just put out less because it's  A LOT of work! lol

I used to have so many little things. Now I just put out my favorites in with my other dishes in the china cabinet.

I forgot to take photos out front, but I have some pumpkins, mums ect out there.
We spend more time on the back deck these days, so I have a few things out there.

It's defiantly Fall. It's really cooled off. Today was a gorgeous day!

Last week we had Jep ( Amy and Wes's pup) here while they were on vacation in the Black Hills.
For a couple of days this week Riley and Chloe ( Jarad and Kates pups) are here with Grandma and Grandpa while they are in Colorado to see a show at Red Rocks.
Today was a sweater day :)

Jarad and Kate at Red Rocks

Wes and Amy is South Dakota

So when Dan's at work ... it's me and the pooches.  I love dogs :)

We really only have two dogs, really lol
I wonder if people who don't know us but see my photos on instagram and FB, think we run a kennel.

I don't think there is such a thing. lol

Friday, September 29, 2017

"I could Fall for you" Fall hanging using Tammy Tutterow stamps / Rhubarb Crisp recipe

Hey Everyone!  It's Five for Fridays with Tammy Tutterows Creative time and I have a little something "Fallish" to share.  I used this stamp on my project a couple of weeks ago when I made a little decorative box of candy, I loved it so much I couldn't quit. lol   Well, you know, it's only Fall for so long, so who knows, I'm sure you might see it here again :)
This time I made a little decorative hanging for my sis. 
Again, simple coloring, but the stamp is so beautiful, it makes such a statement.

I could Fall for you  Stamp from Tammy Tutterow

As always, every other Friday is "Five for Fridays" with Tammy Tutterows Creative Team.  A day where everyone  shares a new project.   There are such a creative bunch of ladies, you will want to check out there projects here on Tammy's Blog.
You can also get the links there for their personal blogs.

It's feeling like Fall here this week, for the first time.  It feels great to have the air conditioning off and the windows open.  It's not always so good for my headaches, but I do love Fall.
My sis was here over and look what she brought.  Rhubarb Crisp.
Oh, anything Rhubarb reminds me so much of mom.  She baked with it often and also make Strawberry Rhubarb jelly.  Yum!
This Crisp was so delicious that I asked my sis if I could share the recipe here.
It's super easy and so Yummy!!!

Rhubarb Crisp

4 cups Rhubarb
1 sm box of Jello (strawberry)
1 Cake mix (White)
1 c Sugar
1 1/2 c Water
1 stick Butter

Place Rhubarb in 9x13 Pan. Mix dry jello and sugar together. Sprinkle over Rhubarb. Add water.
Sprinkle cake mix over above ingredients. Place butter (sliced) over cake mix.  Bake 350 for 35 min.

As we were talking about Rhubarb, my sis was saying this rhubarb she has is some that was from my grandmas original plant.  Why did that make it taste even better? lol    I have some that I've planted here, but I think I need to move it into more direct sun, as it hasn't done really well.
Another thing for next years "to do" list.

Update on my foot.

Because of the accident things we had planned for this Summer just got put on hold.
Speaking of that.  I didn't get the news I was hoping for at the appointment with my Orthopedic Surgeon last week.   I have still been having a lot of pain in my foot, and it's difficult to walk. I had it in my mind that it was probably just a bone spur and they would just give me a Cortisone shot and send me home.
Instead he said that the X-ray showed that the joint between the two bones was breaking down and becoming arthritic.
 I have now been fitted for a brace that will  fit inside my shoe. The brace is being custom made and will be ready in another week or two.   That will be the first thing to try.  If I continue to have pain, the other option is another surgery. This would be to fuse the two bones together.  This would limit the mobility of my foot, but as he said, I don't have the much now the way it is.
I am in no hurry to have another surgery, that will lay be up for months again, so please pray the brace will help.
There are so many people with trouble WAY bigger than this, so I shouldn't complain.   I AM thankful that the accident wasn't worse and that no one else was hurt.
I just need to be patient.

Thank you to everyone for your messages, cards, and prayers!

Hugs all around!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Lawn Fawn Blog hop

Wow, what a month fun of fun Product sharing!  Another blog hop with two great companies!  This week Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Lawn Fawn are teaming up for some creative fun on their blogs.   You can check out all the inspiration on both blogs.  Links below

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Lawn Fawn blog

I know you are going to be so surprised that I chose to create something with these cute dog stamps. lol ( or maybe you won't be that surprised) lol

 Squeeeeel!! aren't they adorable?!?! 
Critters at the Dog Park stamps

 And the matching dies make cutting them out a breeeeze!!

 Critters at the Dog Park dies

 Since I was going to be able to cut the images our with the dies, I decided to stamp directly onto this  adorable paper from Lawn Fawn

Perfectly Plaid rainbow petite paper pack

  I knew right away that I wanted to create a treat jar. ( because my dogs are so well behaved , they deserve treats all the time. ...... yeah right lol)    Actually I wanted this cute jar with pups to sit on my counter.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Adhesive Sheets work wonders for things like this. Even on glass.  Using the sheet on the backside of your pre stamped paper and then using your dies to cut it out just works like a charm.  When you cut it out and peel off the backing, you have a piece with adhesive to the very edge, all the way around.  No lifting up. Even on glass. Even when it's on a round piece like this.

 I just had to show you the pups all the way around the jar. There are so many cute ones!
I will be using this set a lot!

 Thanks a bunch for stopping by! I always appreciate you visiting!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Stampendous Blog Hop

If you haven't been over to the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog this week, you might not know that there is a super fun blog hop going on with Stampendous.  I  hope you get a chance to check it out. Lots of great projects being shared by both teams.
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog
Stampendous blog

Today I am sharing this card on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog, but I thought I'd share a little step by step of how I created the background, here on my blog.

I adore these cute Polar Bears from Stampendous.  Polar Bears Cling Stamps and Dies Set
I wanted to create a "wintery" looking card, but try a background with non traditional Christmas Colors.  I actually love how it turned out.   Below I'll show you how to create the easy background technique.

Here you can see the stamp/die set Polar Bears Cling Stamps and Dies Set
This is a super easy technique that always seems to produce a cool result.
 Just apply some ink to your clear acrylic block by rubbing or dabbing the ink directly to it.

Give it a few of mists of water. ( you want it to be pretty saturated).

Flip it over onto watercolor paper, pressing down and then leaving it set about 3 minutes. ( this gives the water and ink a chance to absorb into the paper). ( If you want the colors to be lighter, you can pick it up sooner). 

Of course, each time the result will be unique from the one before.  I love that!
I also like the raw edge :)

It's a super fun background, don't you thing?  I think my bears like it. :)

I also can never resist using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares to make the featured stamp pop off the page. 

I hope you're inspired to give it a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fancy Pants Designs " New House" mini album

Hey Everyone!  Hoping your weekend was fantastic! It's been pretty low key around here since it's Dan's work weekend, but that's ok too.  I've been trying to go thru closets in the house and bins in the garage so this is a good time to catch up on things.  I've been working on trying to thin out and "have less" for some time now, but it seems there is still more to go thru lol  I actually really love the feeling of getting rid of things I know we aren't using.  I always ask the kids first if it's anything they can use, if not, it's off to the Good will, in hopes that someone else will make good use of them.  The only things I struggle with are things that belonged to family.  I'm sentimental about that stuff.  Luckily the kids are too. Lucky for me anyway. lol  Because I'm thrilled when they want it.  I'll  share more about that at the end of my post.

For now I wanted to share a new little mini album I created with the Fancy Pants Designs "Family & Company" Collections.    It's a super cute collection with great papers and fun bit of ephemera.  It mades creating a album like this fun and easy.   If you want to see how I  created it , here is my post on the Fancy Pants Designs blog.

I know Jared and Kate will be doing lots of remolding in their now home, so I thought it would be fun to make them an album with the "before" photos.

These kids have a great adventure ahead of them. It's fun to see them so excited about it. They love working on improvement projects together ( and work together well).  I know they have so many great plans for this old school house turned house.  It's just got so much character.  
As I was going thru things here at our house there were a few things I asked them if they wanted.  Kate text back right away, saying they would love them.
One of the things was this old singer sewing machine that was given to me from my Aunt and Uncle many, many years ago.  I always had it displayed in the old house, but just never seemed to have a place for it here. So for 17 years it's been in the garage.  Kate found a great place for it here in the entry of their new place.  She texted me these photos after she got things in place.

This mirror was given to me by Dan's grandma.  Again, I love it , and it was one of those things I had up for a number of years but just wasn't using right now. 
It makes me so happy that these things mean something to the kids and that they once again have a place to shine :)

Although I've been going thru things, cleaning and organizing, it's a slow process.  I still get tired so easy and my foot is still causing me pain and a lot of  swelling.  I get frustrated because I get worn out so easily.    I have been having a lot of pain in my heel, which I think could be my bone spur flaring up ,but I'm glad I have my appointment with my Orthopedic Surgeon tomorrow so I can hopefully find out more about whats going on.

THIS was defiantly a bright spot in my week.   I'm going to see Garth Brooks in October with MY BOYS!  I cant even tell you how excited I am.  We all have been Garth Brooks fans since the boys were little. ( Dan not as much).    So the boys and I are going.   I'm excited to see Garth live, but most of all excited for the time with my boys!


The Garth Brooks World Tour Sponsored by Amazon Music Unlimited

 I saw this today and just had to share. It's so true.


Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope your week ahead is just fabulous!!!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

"I could Fall for you" Five for Fridays Tammy Tutterow and Fancy Pants Designs

Helloooo!  Here we are "Five for Fridays" with Tammy Tutterow Designs.
I couldn't wait to use this fun new Fall stamp from TT.   I had a shallow wooden box that this fit well on.  I made it into a little gift box and put some fall candies in it.
I love this stamp and I adore those cute acorns! 

I used the "with love" stamp as part of my "inside" design.   The papers, tags, little dear and puffy dots are all from Fancy Pants Designs. Golden Days Collection

These super creative ladies all have projects up HERE on Tammy's blog, and you can also see links to their blogs to check out more of their projects, as well as details on how they created them.

I could Fall for you Stamp
Fancy Pants Designs / Golden Days Collection

I had someone in mind when I made this Fall goodie box :)   Amy's mom was here in NE this week from CA.  Her dad couldn't come this time but we will see him when they are back for Christmas.
Amy is an only Child, and boy do they miss their girl now that she's in NE.  SO..... they have purchased land and will be building a new home and moving here permanently.  We are looking forward to having them here.

We wanted to have Leneece out to visit while she was here.  I don't know how it was that they stars aliened and all the kids were free that night, but I'm thankful!  (getting everyone's schedules to work together these day is tough).     
I haven't been cooking as much since the accident because It's still hard for me to stand for long periods of time.  I keep a  stool in the kitchen that I can pull over to the sink or stove:)      I wanted to cook but knew I had to keep it simple, Or I'm worn out before company arrives..
I wanted to have one last "Summer Feel" meal.   Sloppy joes, potato salad, baked beans and mostaccioli salad.  I don't want to say goodbye to Summer.  I feel like I haven't had one :( 

I made double batches of everything of course.. so I could send leftovers home with the kids. (  Oh, how I used to love when mom did that for us when we were first married).   My kids are not picky eaters, I'm thankful for that. They are all eager to take some leftovers when we have them.  Does this momma heart good to know they leave with a full belly ( at will have lunch for the next day or two :)

Anyway it sure was nice to have everyone all together!

I hope your week has gone well.  Countdown to the weekend is on!

Hugs, Vicki