Not making cards for a little over a month

H those of you who follow me, I will be absent for a while:(  I’m moving to live with my son and his family with “baby” Lawrence.   I’m already packing for the move.  Financial problems have caused me to make some drastic changes.  Fortunately, my son and his family are willing and have room, to take us in:)

I won’t have my craft supplies until after I move and get situated.  I will be moving the beginning of the second week in March.  Hopefully, the snow and really bad cold will be done by then!   I have so many things to plan and do to make this move.  Lawrence is not very cooperative:(  He wants to play in all the boxes! lol

His mother was here for a visit and said she would trim his hair……..that didn’t go so well:(

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA Here’s Lawrence with his awesome cute curls! :)  He’s really not a baby anymore, he’ll be three in May:)

Messenger_5834791940746979267_13911228039800504And here he is after his mother got done “trimming” his hair!  Well, at least hair grows;)  Oh, and he has jelly on his face!  He’s still a cuttie! :)

I will be back hopefully, sometime in March, April at the latest.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and see what’s going on:)  I hope to see you all very soon!:)



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Happy New Year 2014!

I would like to thank anyone and everyone who has visited my blog this past year! :)  Cardmaking is something that I love and I love sharing it with all of you! :)

2013 has not been a very good year for my family:(  But I am hopeful for a better 2014:)

I have a private card swap with many friends from around the world.  I have received cards from a number of my friends this year for Christmas and I’d like to share them with you:)   These are not cards made by me, these are cards made and sent to me by my friends:)  I hope you love them as much as I do! :)



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I have wonderful, talented friends, who I’m glad I’ve met and who I would hate to live without!  Thank you everyone for thinking of me! :)

I will be moving sometime in early 2014.  I’m not sure yet where I will go, I just know I can’t stay where I am.  I will continue my card making and my blog, but there may be gaps here and there.  I have to plan, pack and move, all with a 2 1/2 year old, who is very active! ;)   I hope you will continue to enjoy my cards, whenever I can post them, until I get where I’m going:)

Thanks for coming by today! :)  I hope it’s warm where you are:)


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Merry Monday #88 & Fred She Said Christmas Party

Fred She Said is having a Christmas Party Giveaway! From Wednesday Dec. 18 until Monday Dec. 23 Midnight EST.

Come see the Fred She Said DT’s fabulous projects :)  Please leave a comment at the Fred She Said Blog for a chance to win one of 3 $10 Fred She Said gift certificates or post a link to a recent Christmas or Winter project  using Fred She Said products for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate :)

Also at the Fred She Said Facebook Page there will be an extra $10 gift certificate to giveaway.  All you have to do there is post a recipe ( or link to a recipe) of your favourite holiday recipe or treat :)  All details are at the Fred She Said Blog.

I wanted to be sure and tell you about the Fred She Said Party over on the FSS blog! :)  Be sure to check it out for some great giveaways!

Now I have three cards to share! :)  I’ve already entered one at Merry Monday #88, but I think I can enter one more:) I’ve given all the cards away, so I will have to post details as I remember them.

Here’s their challenge:

MM New Look Sketches-021Here’s my first card:

Poster3This is a very simple card, but I love it!  I know my DIL checks out my blog now and then, so I have to ask her to not tell Matthew this is his card;)  I got the background from Raspberry Road Designs.  It’s called Blue Christmas Paper Set.  There are other Blue Christmas sets to match, including a freebie:)  Right now they are having a 50% off sale, so hurry over there!

Anyway……I picked out the paper and thought about what I would do next.  I flipped the image, and knew the deer would be perfect!  The deer are a Memory Box die called Deer Trio.  I cut them apart and placed them in the “snow”, I glued them down with sticky dots, not pop ups.  Then I looked at it a few days and thought about what I wanted to add.  I decided I didn’t want to add anything;)  It’s clean and simple, and I love it, I hope my grandson will too! :)

My next two cards are alike in that they use a technique called Starburst , I found the technique instructions here.  My next card:

Half-fold Card2I just couldn’t get the colors right for this photo, at least not to my satisfaction;)  But the card is gone so I had to do the best I could to present it.  The papers are from imaginisce, the series was called Polar Expressions.  I had a number of the papers and some chipboard stickers.  The bear is a chipboard sticker that is popped up with Stamin’ Up!,  Stampin’ Dimentionals.  I bought it several years ago, but I still love it! :)  I used the fronts and the backs of the papers to make my Starburst.

Last card for tonight:

Half-fold Card1Now the colors in this photo look awesome and I don’t know why, I took the photos one after the other.  This card uses a chipboard sticker from the previous pack of stickers, but the paper is something I found on ESTY.  I am so sorry to say I don’t remember where on ESTY:(  It was listed as Christmas paper, but it looked a little Spring like to me.  Finding Cardinal papers was almost impossible!  I do love how it turned out though! :) I attached the Cardinal with glue dots.

Well, I’m off to get more done.  The grandkids will be home from school for two weeks, so I have to use my time wisely…..if that’s possible;) lol

Thanks for coming by today, I hope you’ll come again! :)  Be sure to check out all my links for special deals! :)

In case I don’t get back, please have a safe, peaceful, and very Merry Christmas!!!! :)



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Fred She Said, Merry Monday #88, Friday Mashup #139 & Send A Smile 4 Kids

OMGoodness, I have a lot to share today!  I have three cards! :)  All of my images today are Fred She Said, they are having a contest with prizes!

Fred She Said is having a Christmas Party Giveaway! From Wednesday Dec. 18 until Monday Dec. 23 Midnight EST.

Come see the Fred She Said DT’s fabulous projects :)  Please leave a comment at the Fred She Said Blog for a chance to win one of 3 $10 Fred She Said gift certificates or post a link to a recent Christmas or Winter project  using Fred She Said products for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate :)

Also at the Fred She Said Facebook Page there will be an extra $10 gift certificate to giveaway.  All you have to do there is post a recipe ( or link to a recipe) of your favourite holiday recipe or treat :)  All details are at the Fred She Said Blog!  Check it out!! :)

This first card was supposed to go to Freshly Made Sketches #116.  I was too late to enter:(  So….since it fits with the theme of the Friday Mashup #139, I’m going to enter it there! :)

Fm139Here’s your Mashup Challenge:
Create a “Winter themed project (Non Christmas).”
Create a project using “Embossing (Dry or Heat). “
Or Mash it Up and create a “Winter Project using Embossing.”

Half-fold Card2The image is from the Fred She Said store called Emma & the Snowball.  Isn’t she just too cute! ? I used some new paper from Stampin’ Up! called Winter Frost.  I love it!  It has two sheets with Silver accents.  I used one of the silver here, it’s kind of hard to see how shiny and beautiful it is:(  But trust me, it’s gorgeous! :)

Now, my next two cards use the same image from Fred She Said, but I made them up two different ways;)  One of them will be entered into Merry Monday #88 this week.

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Here’s the first one

Half-fold Card3And now the second one

Half-fold Card1I love this image from Fred She Said called, Catchin’ Flakes! :)  All of these cards will be going into the box for Send A Smile 4 Kids!

Thanks for coming by today! :)  I hope to be back at least one more time before Christmas, but just in case that doesn’t work out, I’m wishing you all a very  Merry Christmas!! :)



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Merry Monday #87, Doodle Pantry Dec. 2013 & SAS4 Kids

Wow, it’s been a long time!  Sorry for the lack of cards:(  I have actually been making cards for projects that I can’t show on my blog yet, but will be coming up soon;)

For today, I have two cards for challenges, but they will both be going into the box for Send A Smile 4 Kids :)  My first card is for Merry Monday #87.  They have a challenge this week with mittens:)  MM New Look Sketches-020Because it’s very late here……. again, I will be adding very few details.  You can always ask for any info I don’t supply:)  So here is my first card:

Half-fold Card1The main image is from Fred She Said, Emma & the Snowball.  I have been having tons of fun with this image!  She comes ready to color or in three different colors.  This is only the first one you will see;)

My next card is for the challenge over at Doodle Pantry #41.The challenge is for the entire month of Dec., so you still have plenty of time to join in:)

Half-fold Card2Isn’t this so cute! ?  I actually requested a Winter Birthday theme from Laurie over at Doodle Pantry and I was lucky enough to have my wish granted:)

Thanks for coming by today! :)  I hope to be back very soon!  There is something special going on over at Fred She Said this coming week so watch for it! :)



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Send A Smile 4 Kids & sister’s Birthday

I’m excited today to show you the card I made for my sister’s birthday! :)  I also have two cards that are Simply Made for Send A Smile 4 Kids :)  If you have questions on anything, be sure to ask:)

My first card is for my sister, winter birthdays always get kind of lost with Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I try to make her something really nice;)  Here is the card I made:

Half-fold Card2I had to scan this one, and I’ll show you why in a few minutes.  Aren’t the colors beautiful?!  Everything on this card is Stampin’ Up! unless noted.  This is gorgeous paper from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog, called Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper. It has two papers with silver accents, I used one of them on this card, but you can’t tell:(  The stripe paper has silver lines that look gray here.  I used Island Indigo as the bottom colored layer, and Coastal Cabana on top of that.  Then I cut my DSP and added it in a Starburt Pattern, which you should find here.

I pulled out my Apothecary Accents Framelits and cut the shape for my sentiment, which is Beautiful Birthday, it was sold as a single stamp. The sentiment is stamped with an Island Indigo stamp pad. It looks like a small brad, but it’s actually a waste dot from a regular 1/16th hole punch. It’s cut out of Coastal Cabana. Lastly I pulled out my Bird Builder punch and punched the bird out with white.  I sponged on some Island Indigo, I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker for the neck, near the beak and for the eye.  For the eye, I used my uni-ball Signo Gel Pen-White for under the Basic Black.  I also used the white pen on the wing.  I couldn’t find a gray marker so I used my granddaughter’s crayon.  When in need;)

Now, the reason I scanned this card:

Half-fold Card1Look how awful the colors are in this photo! I had a terrible time with my camera last night! :(  I fixed this photo and it’s still terrible!

Anyway…..I have two more cards that are for the Send A Smile 4 Kids box :)  I hope they aren’t too dark, I did take photos of them. Here’s the first one:

Half-fold Card3Ok, a little dark but you can still see it:)  I used Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi in the back, and Basic Black under the holly border.  I used a Darice embossing folder that was gifted to me.  It has now become my favorite Winter embossing folder!!  I used a 3D sticker for the center image.  I bought it at Michaels about 2 years ago,( okay I bought a bunch of them ) by Mary Englebright.  See that cute border, the Holly and the black and white are part of the packaging, yes really, I thought it looked pretty;)   This one and the next one are for Send A Smile 4 Kids.

Half-fold Card4This one has another sticker, but I’m not sure where it’s from, it was in my stash.  All my cards look much better in hand than one here.  The snowman has silver on the “Noel” sign, around the mittens, for the mouth,  and on the hat embellishments.  The big embossed snowflakes have Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Details, and two small gems.  Simple but cute, at least I think so;)

OMGoodness, I have been working on this post for over 3 hours!  I have to keep stopping to do things for my grandchildren!  They have no sense of time! lol

Thanks for stopping by today! :)  I’m off to make more cards while my grandson takes a nap and the girls watch a movie:)  See you soon! :)



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Freshly Made Sketches #113, Operation Write Home, Send A Smile 4 Kids

Hi everyone, I’m so glad you could come by today! :)  I have three cards to show you today, all of them pretty simple to make:)  I won’t have very much commentary today, it’s late and I’m soooo tired!

My first card is for the Freshly Made Sketch #113.  I was going to submit it to Merry Monday #84, but I ran out of time:(  Anyway… is the sketch for this week:

FMS Final 113-001I actually have 2 cards for this sketch, but they are practically the same so I counted them as one;)

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Half-fold Card2The only differences are the way I put them together and the sentiments. I used a Martha Stewart Punch to make the little trees:)  These two cards will be going in the box for Send A Smile 4 Kids:)  My next card is really Simply Made!

Half-fold Card4Click on it to make it larger and see the embossing better:)  It’s a wonderful winter scene:)  The sentiment is from Doodle Pantry, it’s part of their Operation Write Home fund raiser:)     Through November 30th, a large portion of the proceeds will go to Operation Write Home!  

Here is my last card for today, I used an old sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I don’t have time to run off and find it now, but if you’re interested, just ask in the comments;)

Half-fold Card1This sketch is so simple to make, I’ve used it for all kinds of different cards!  Today, I have used a digital image from Fred She Said, one of my favorites,  Cathin’ Flakes:)    When I got all done tonight making cards, I realized just how much blue I was using! lol  I love blue, but I didn’t do it on purpose:)  For the last two cards I used Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, and for the first two, I used Stampin’ Up! Garden Green.  The last two cards will be going in the box for Operation Write Home:)

I’ll be posting some more cards with stickers this week and then it’s off to their destinations for my boxes! :)

Thanks for coming by:)  See you soon! :)




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