Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I'm baaack!

Well, hi, everyone! Bet you thought I was long gone, huh?

Nope still here. It's just hard to make myself post.

I do have several cards to post for October birthdays.  Today I'm showing you a card for one of my BIL's. Tommy's birthday was on the 8th. I always struggle with male cards even though I have to make a lot of them.

This one has a fishing theme and I liked it when I was finished.

He likes fishing and beer - so perfect card!
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Tale of Two Lamps

Hi, everyone. How has your week been? I've been able to do a little crafting in between normal everyday life.

Today I'm going to tell you a story. I bought the last new kit from SVGCuts, the main project is a Tiffany style lamp. Well I couldn't wait to start it. Hubby went out of town for a few days and I had my chance.

Got it all cut out and decided to start by coloring the vellum first. Got it all colored, each section needed two layers and to be colored on both sides. We.., I hated it. I do not do well with markers. So I cut more vellum and tried pencils, not enough color.  So I tried to combine markers and pencils, that looked pretty good. ( I tried them together the next morning after spending hours on this the night before)

When I started the second row of cuts , I couldn't make it look good.. So I scrapped the whole shade and started over. Cut a new framework and decided to use some printed vellum I have had for about 20 years. (bought at QVC when they used to have 24 hour craft days in the 90's)

It was pale but I liked it. I cut more plain vellum and added an extra layer. But I couldn't let it alone.

I decided to try again. This time I used some Tombow markers. After lots of trial and error I finally figured out that one side of the vellum is just slightly smoother than the other and the markers work so well on it. The colors came out bright enough that I only needed 1 layer.

So this is the saga of 2 lamps!

Take a look:

So what do you think?
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Finally back!

Well, I'm still here. Mentally my hubby isn't so sure! lol

I need to finish up the pics of Gabe's birthday d├ęcor.

And his card. Which is very current to his life right now. He just started wearing glasses, he joined chess club at school  and he is now a" double digit".

Have a great weekend.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Happy Wednesday

Hi, all.

I just have a quick post today. A few more boxes that held Gabe's surprises.

So how's that for more photos than words?

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs and God bless.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day

This really isn't a post about Labor Day.

Today is Gabriel's birthday and it just happens to fall on Labor Day this year. Which is doubly good because he doesn't have school. So this year his b-day is a national holiday! lol

He is now in "double digits," 10. He is so excited. It's just the 3 of us today, everyone else is out of town. So we will celebrate with them next weekend.

I made almost all of the packaging that his gifts are wrapped in. This one we gave him yesterday, he loves early presents. Anyway out of all the things I have made, this is his favorite.

His words, "I'm going to keep this one." High praise coming from him. haha

Take a look:

                                                                Happy Birthday, Gabe!

Have a great day!
Hugs and God bless.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Well, we made it through the first week of school. So far Gabe likes it in 4th grade. He likes changing classes. When I was growing up we didn't change classes until 7th grade and I was petrified I would forget where I was supposed to be. But to Gabe it is no big deal. Thank goodness.

So one week down. Hope the rest of the year goes this well.
I do have a project to show you. This is another kit from SVGCuts. I love this lighthouse and house.

Thanks for looking.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Monday, August 24, 2015

First day!

Good morning. August, 24th, 2015. First day of 4th grade for Gabe. He is very excited. He gets to go to a new location for school. Here we have K-3rd grade at one location and 4th and 5th at a different school. They get to change classes and he will have about 6 different teachers. (we didn't do that until 7th grade - things sure have changed) I don't know if I could have handled that at 9/10 years old. I panicked at 12. lol

I know Gabe will be fine. He seems to take it as it is." If that's the way you do it, then that's the way I'll do it."

So here are a few things I made for "school days."

The desk, locker and chalkboard are files from sil. I added the banner flag to the locker
after I took these photos. (as per top photo)

The sneaker and backpack are files from SVGCuts.
I hope everyone has/had a great "first day".
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Happy Wednesday

Well, it's Wednesday and school starts is 4 more days. That means I have 4 more sleeps until I have to start getting up with an alarm! (the worse part) UGH!

Today I have some 3d for you. These projects are from a new site I came across a few months ago,
 Fleurette Bloom.  The first project I saw of hers was a wishing well, so cute. Then about a month later the Hooked on Fishing kit came out.  So I started watching her videos to make sure I could understand what was going on. After about 4 months I took the plunge. I bought the fishing and wishing well kits.
I know the sil store has a fish basket  and fish but I have trouble understanding this artists instructions.. Anyway I'm happy with the kit I bought. I did buy the fish file from sil. I added it to the string of fish from the FB kit. (I'm so glad I bought the kit because I don't like the fish very much from the sil store)  The FB kit also has the hat you see(it's actually a box but I wanted it to hang on the wall so I only made the top of it) a card and an old fashioned fishing reel box that I haven't made yet.

I'm entering this in a challenge:


Take a look:

What do you think? Cute kit, huh?
Thanks for dropping by.
Hope it's a great week
Hugs and God bless y'all.

I do not have cateracts - yet! She said there are some changes to my eyes lenses but can't be classified as cataracts just yet. Hope the new glasses help and stop the horrible headaches.
Hubby is the one with 2 small cataracts. I'm the one with the blurry problems, go figure.
Gabe also needed glasses.

Friday, August 14, 2015

And it's Friday...

Hi, everyone. Has it been a long week to you?  Ever since I made the appointments to get our eyes checked, time seems to be crawling. We've been having tons of headaches and for the longest time I have felt like I was looking through a film. It just hit me a few days ago ... I could have cataracts!

Well, I guess I will find out Monday.

OK, so today is my sister's birthday.  This is her card and treat box. I put her favorite candy in it. She loved it.

Happy birthday, Denise!

I hope everyone has a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.

Thanks so much for stopping for a visit.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hump day

I have another short post for you.

The last kit released from SVGCuts was called Mr. & Mrs. It has some beautiful pieces in it -a pedestal cake plate with a 3 tiered wedding cake, a luminary, fancy gift bag etc.

I haven't been able to tackle the cake and plate yet but I did make the luminary. Very easy. So I'll show you that now.

I love luminaries. I added the roses.

Thanks for dropping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tuesday afternoon

Hard to believe but we are getting some much needed rain. I could do without the thunder and lightning, though.  It's been upper 90's and over 100 for a while now. The heat index has been between 108 and 115. Hard to get out of the house at all.

Enough about the weather. I have a card and gift bag  to show you.

Our niece's little boy is 1 year old today. We celebrated last Saturday, outside! It was almost unbearable. But it was still fun. A shower sure felt good after we got home.

OK back to the reason for this post.

Of course he didn't know what was going on but his mom loved it.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Monday, August 10, 2015

Good morning Monday

Hello! I can't believe it but school starts 2 weeks from today. Gabe is all registered and has his teacher assignment.

This year, 4th grade, he goes into a different school. He is so excited to change schools. I hope that feeling lasts because I think this school is going to be really different. Seems to be a lot more structured. Whatever comes, we'll deal with it.

The 3 of us are getting our eyes checked next Monday. I tell you, it's time! I'm having trouble reading and crafting with my glasses. I think my eyes  must have changed a lot. Hubby can see the TV better without his glasses now and Gabe has trouble seeing 4" felt numbers on a stand about 50' from us in church. It will be interesting to see what's what.

Now for the reason you came. I have a couple of cards to show you today. I have 2 brother-in-laws with a birthday today! How often does that happen? Makes it easy for me to remember the date. haha
This year they got similar cards that really reminded me of them both. They are such wonderful men and they both love to cook and grill.

I think they turned out really cute. Both are files from the sil store.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Hump day (I miss those commercials)

Happy Wednesday!

Hope your week is going well.  I haven't been doing very much crafting. Just a few simple things. Actually yesterday I made a kirigami craft. It's called a ten sided Yin Yang globe.

I just love the way it looks. I kept looking for 2 days to find out the name of it, then I was able to get a template I could print out. Well you have to hand cut 10 of those shapes and I knew it wasn't a good idea. It did not hurt while I was cutting so instead of cutting one or two and waiting till later to cut a couple more, I cut them all out. Well I'm paying for it now. I did get one made but I won't do any more until there is an SVG file for it. Live and learn. haha (at least I hope I've learned)

OK, now for the reason for this post. A very sweet cousin is having a birthday this Friday. This is her card.

I just loved this card. I got it from the Sil online store.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie