Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring banner

Hi, everyone. It's after 9pm and I can hardly hold my eyes open. We ha a ball game tonight and it got cold. I was so glad we had gumbo to eat afterward.

Before I shut everything down for the night I thought I'd post this banner. I Used "spring" instead of Easter so I could leave it up longer.. It's simple but I like the papers. I also cut a quick bunny for each end. I cut 3 layers for the bunny tail for a little dimension.

Take a look:





Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie Good night!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The advent frame has a new holiday

Hello and good morning.  I wish everyone a fantastic Tuesday. (sometimes just the fact that it isn't Monday is enough)

Today I am going to show the "frame". This is quickly becoming one of the most fun purchases I've made. It is so easy to decorate. I just have to cut files I think are super cute. I just get to play.

Have a look:









Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter box cards

Good evening! Hope you're all having a beautiful day. It was cloudy here till about 4 then rain. It's also supposed to rain tomorrow.

We went out for lunch, so I did not have to cook. Yay! Went to church Sat. evening so I did not have to get out till noon. I got to make a couple of cards. I don't usually send Easter cards but I have 2 aunts (the only 2 I have left) so I decided to make them one.

The cards are the same because I only intended to make one for my aunt in Florida. Then I decided to make another one for the aunt who lives here, Texas. I think it'll be okay since they live so far apart.

Putting the first one together gave me a fit. I almost didn't make the second one, but it went much smoother.

I used 5 or 6 files from the Sil online store. The card base is the 5 x 7 box card base by Jamie Cripps.(love her files)

Take a look:






Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

More Easter

Happy Saturday, everyone. Hope all of you are having a wonderful day. Today it is beautiful, mid to upper 70s with a breeze. So wish we would have days like this 2 or 3 months from now. lol

I thought I would show a few cuts I made just to add a touch of Easter in my den. All came from the Sil online store. (where else?) Next week I'll post the rest of Easter.

These are real simple but they brighten up dark corners. They make me smile.

 
Lotus candle holder

 
simple egg treat holder

 
3d egg in picket fence basket
 
Thanks so much for stopping by
 
I appreciate the company.
 
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

About the update.. and some Easter decor

First - the update:

I read how to uninstall the update and I understand how to do that. But it would uninstall the Designer Edition.  And I could reinstall that.  But when I first bought the DE I had lots of trouble keeping it installed on my machine and working. It took about 3 weeks of working with Sil customer service and redoing everything over and over. The codes wouldn't work. It would open and I would use it then an hour later, it would be gone.

So I'm not about to tempt fate by uninstalling it. I'll just deal with what I have. So far I can open files and cut. Maybe they will get it fixed. I won't be so quick to update next time.

OK, now some Easter.

Today I'm going to show you my tree and bunny community. All the cuts are very simple.  I just loved these 3d bunnies and grass. (as you can tell, I've cut so many sets)






Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Menopause...again???

Is it possible to have a menopause relapse after more than 25 years? Because I think it's happening to me now! Tears have been brought on just like the "change." (not a pretty sight)

Today started out like a normal Saturday - wake early, drink coffee and read emails.

Then I decided I would update Silhouette Studio. Was not worried - the others have all gone smoothly. Well it did update without a hitch. So what's my problem, you ask?

The changes! Nothing works like it used to.  I did not know how to do all the "extra" stuff DE allowed but I could choose a file, put paper on a mat, load said mat, choose paper type, double cut or not and press cut. It worked.  My extra thick cover stock - speed 1 or 2, blade 9 and double cut - cut perfectly.

This morning I happily sat down to cut some more Easter stuff. (hubby gone for a couple of days) Set up looks different but I didn't panic. (I can do this) right?

I chose the egg wreath to cut. I wanted heavy cs for the base. When you choose the materials you are using, the menu for the blade settings drops down. I chose speed 1, blade 9, and double cut. Simple, right?
You do not hit "cut" now it's "send to silhouette."  I can deal with that.

It starts cutting. It pauses between cuts. After it cuts the first line, it pauses 5 to 10 seconds before it moves on. When it finished it paused 22 seconds before moving the carriage to the left to remove the mat. It did not double cut, I had to manually start at the beginning 3 times to get it to cut through the cover stock. Oh but then I couldn't remove the mat, and I couldn't move the cut off the mat and put the rest of the design on the mat. I had to "open the move window" to remove the design or get a new one to cut. How is extra steps better?

I know it's probable my fault, something I'm not doing right, but come on it worked fine before. I wish I had not updated. This reminds me of the dreaded Gypsy updates. UGH!

Any suggestions that will save my sanity would be greatly appreciated.

If you lasted through all this, bless you!

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Friday, April 4, 2014

Special day

Hi, everyone and happy Friday.

Today is special to hubby and I. It's our 44th wedding anniversary.  No great big plans. I'm not really onto fancy. One of our grandsons has a game tonight so we will be at the ball park. (and that's fine with me) I do my best never to miss a game. These kids are so busy I look for any chance to see them.

Back to the card for today. A few weeks ago there was a telescope added to the "new designs" section of my Sil program. I kept going back to it. It really isn't that special but I had an idea forming and couldn't let go. That ever happen to you?

Anyway, this is a very simple card and it was one I HAD to make. The phrase, "It's written in the stars" just wouldn't leave me alone.

So this is what I came up with. Take a look:



The stars on the inside have "always and forever" spelled out. (star alphabet from Sil).
So this is my simple anniversary card for my hubby.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Box card

Good morning. I actually have a card today.

 This is my first box card. This is a cut from the Sil online store. They really are easy to make. This one is an A2 size. I bought the two bigger sizes. Can't wait to make those.

Gabriel loves baseball, basketball and football so I chose the sports design. They are easy to change the theme if you have a couple of basic card shapes.

Anyway, Gabriel grabbed this one as soon as I was done to put in his room. At 8 I'm just glad he still likes the paper stuff.

Take a look:


I took the time to take photos of all I have made lately. So I will have a post tomorrow, too. (I know, don't faint) lol

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring one way or another!

Hi, all. It's Saturday afternoon and I forced myself to take a photo so I could write a post. I don't know why this is so hard for me to do. Well, yes I do. I have "tunnel vision". When I start cutting and putting things together I can't seem to stop. Now I'm concentrating on spring and Easter and I just want it all done so I can get it up. (maybe  a little OCD?) lol

Anyway I only took one photo of one project so I could post.

I know it's supposed to be spring but even though the temperature is milder, it's gray and dreary. So I will have lots of paper flowers to brighten up this place.

This project is a file from Jamie Cripps in the Sil store. She has created so many different 3d flowers and I'm in heaven.

For this project I used the 3d hanging flower ball, # 56932. I decided not to hang and just sat it on top of a vase. The butterfly was a free file from Sil.

Take a look:

Well, I intended to join the challenge on the Silhouette America blog but I can't find where to link it up.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Friday, March 21, 2014

Yay, it's Friday!

Good morning! Are you as glad as I am that it's Friday? We've spent 4 nights this week at the ball park. Gabriel had 2 games and Cade (10 yr. old GS) had 2 games. I think we are all tired. Next week will only be 2 nights at the park, but that means 2 games a night.  I sure wish bleachers were more comfy. lol

All that actually has nothing to do with this post. Just letting you see how exciting my life is. lol

This is an anniversary card for another sister. Hers is next week.

This one uses Spellbinders dies too. I actually have been cutting other things but they aren't ready for showing.

So lets take a look at this card:



I actually signed this one. The last one she got wasn't signed. Do y'all ever do that? I seem to do it pretty often.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, March 16, 2014

St. Patty's anniversary

God morning and happy Sunday everyone. Hope you are all well.

This is the end of Spring Break for us. Tomorrow back to the usual. UGH!  I just wish the kids would have had some baseball practice. Oh, well, that's another post.

This post is about an anniversary. I have 2 sisters with anniversaries this month. This one happens to be on St. Patrick's Day. She and hubby are off on a getaway weekend right now. They should get their card tomorrow.

This one is simple using Spellbinders dies, which makes a pretty big impact.

Take a look:



I really like how this one turned out. I also like green. lol

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shock!

I know, you can't believe I'm posting two days in a row. Surprises me, too. But I'm finished with March projects. I just have to post. Now I get to work on Easter.

I love all the colors of Easter. Pastels are just so sweet. Cute bunnies, eggs, chicks.

Ok so on with this post. Today's post is my Advent calendar frame. There are a lot of cute St. Patty's Day cuts. Glad I like green. It's also Mardi Gras time so I have a little Mardi Gras mask in there too.

Take a look:







Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

I'm entering this  at Exploring Cricut and More. The challenge is to use a shamrock. I think this fits.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Good morning all!

Hi, everyone. It's Tuesday morning and spring break here. Almost 7 and the grandson is still asleep. Hubby is off to play golf so I have a few solitary minutes to myself. I love this time. It's so quiet.

But...it won't last long. lol Pretty soon I'll be hearing, "Can I have my breakfast now?"
Oh well, it's nice while it lasts.

So for today I thought I'd post my banner. It is really simple but I liked the cuts. (which are all Sil cuts, still having guilt about not using my cartridges)

I didn't do a tree this time, couldn't muster up enough energy. Besides St. Patty's Day isn't that big of a deal around here. I think Easter will need a tree.

Anyway take a look:






These little hats are actually cupcake holders but they have a bottom so can be used to hold treats.

So that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Friday, March 7, 2014

Hello!

I'm still having trouble doing the normal things with blogging. I'll blame it on spring fever because that eventually goes away, right?

Doing a little cutting and gluing but there are days I don't cut a single thing. I really hate this. So today I finally took pics of the St. Patrick's d├ęcor I managed to get up.

This cut file made me happy. It is a shamrock wreath by Jamie Cripps in the Sil online store. It's 3d (which I love) and it isn't tiny.

So when I read that Mary from Cardz TV has a 3d St. Patrick's Day challenge I was actually motivated to take photos.

Cut it Up is having a challenge - use green. This is challenge #40.

Anyway, take a look:


Thanks so much for stopping by.  I may have been lazy about my blog but I have enjoyed all of yours. You all brighten my day.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Challenges:

Cardz TV - 3d St. Patrick's Day
Cut it Up - use green

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Can you believe it?

Surprise, Surprise! I'm actually posting today. I've set out to do just this every day last week and just couldn't do it. Isn't that nuts? I think I'm going through a procrastinating phase. (hope it ends soon) lol

Today I have a birthday card for a little girl who is turning 5. It's a simple card but it works.



I used a cute bear from Miss Kate Cuttables and happy birthday is a sil online file. The paper is from DCWV Celebration stack. (I think)

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Friday, February 21, 2014

Laikyn's card

Well, it's finally Friday. Is everybody as glad as I am?

Today is bittersweet for me. This is the third anniversary of my mom's death.

My niece had a baby girl, Laikyn, a week and a half before my mom died.  She was in the hospital and never got to meet this great granddaughter. (she was also born on my son's birthday, Feb. 11).

So I decided to post Laikyn's card on mom's anniversary. She would have been nuts over this child. She's really a character.

She had a Dora fiesta party. Lots of delicious Mexican food and plenty of Dora.

Since we don't have any carts with Dora and I couldn't find any files, I opted to print off the internet. Finally found one that would work.

Take a look:



 The background paper inside is a pic of nachos and the stars are from a pic of tortilla chips.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie