Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Another BIL card

God morning and happy Tuesday! How is your week so far?
This post is all about my other BIL whose birthday was Aug. 10th. This one was waiting on the birth of his first grandchild. Well the baby, a boy, Trent, was born on the 11th.

This BIL is a little crazy (well he likes to drive his daughters crazy) and does woodworking. I made him a pop up workbench card. I knew he would like it but I made it a little special, just for him.

You see, he's been telling his daughter he was going to insist the baby call him (are you ready for this)" Grrrandfatha". Roll the r and say with a very snooty accent. He's such a nut. So I put the name on his workbench. He loved it. It's been passed around a lot.

Take a look:

This was the first time I used sketch pens in my Cameo. I won a set of these fabulous pens from Diana at http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com.  I chose what machine I wanted the pen holder to work with and what set of pens I wanted. Guess what, they sent the whole collection. All 40 pens. A fabulous surprise.

Thanks so much Diana and Cri Kits.

Thanks so much for spending a little time here.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A little sympathy

Happy Sunday, everyone. Are you able to do what you planned this weekend? Mine has not exactly worked out as hoped.(what a surprise) haha

Saturday hubby announced he wanted to make a batch of breakfast burritos. He is the only one who eats them, he likes to freeze them so he will have an easy breakfast before he leaves to play golf.

I told him fine but I was not doing them. (yeah, right)
We got it all cooked, he did not want any of it to be too wet. We let it cool and it was too dry. So he added water and reheated so the potatoes would smash. (he used the square diced frozen hash browns because he did not want them to smash) Still wasn't enough moisture. So he went to the store and bought 2 cans of refried beans. (he used whole pintos beans because he did not want them to be smashed) Now finally the texture is the right consistency. (does that make sense?)

So we let it all cool while we went to church. Got home and we made the individual burritos and got them ready for the freezer. This took care of my Saturday.

So I did not get my spooky cabin cut out. Which means I'm not putting it together this morning. (I know better than to plan what I want to do) This morning I spent at SVGCuts with Mary. I have been watching her videos of the kits I think I want. And guess what...I want all of them! I think I have replaced my cricut cartridge  obsession with SVGCuts! Oh well at least there are no calories or carbs.

Are you still here? I do have a card to show you. One of our neighbors died this past week. She lived here over 50 years. She lost her husband several years ago. She fell last year and my hubby found her outside. She was in a hospital then a rehab. She had a stroke and never got to come home again. We went to school with her kids so we've known her forever.

Here's her family's  card:

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are enjoying your day.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Good morning!

Hello, and happy Saturday. Hope everyone is getting  a great start to their weekend. The only thing I have to do today is church this afternoon. I'm hoping to cut out all the pieces to SVGCuts new Spooky cabin so I can assemble it tomorrow.

Cutting always takes me a while. I have to watch the video to make sure I get all the pieces that go together in the right paper. I can't always tell just looking at them. One thing I am not is a paper engineer. lol

Todays post is really about my BIL. I have 2 BILs with a birthday tomorrow.  The card I'm showing today is the "jack-of-all-trades" one who lives in Houston. (master cabinet maker, makes lamps and sells them, raises chickens, has goats, collects mallard duck lamps, collects guns and guitars, etc. - he can build anything) He also makes wine, delish!

So this is his card:

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Couple of updates and a new card

Hi, all.

Thought I would let you know what happened with those horrible posts. I do not know! I haven't seen any in about a week. I tried to find some way to delete them by clicking one of them. I found a man's name saying he was a life coach. I clicked everything I could find in my bloglovin acct. Maybe something worked. All I know is I'm glad I haven't seen them in a week.

Love this update - Cade told his dad, my son, he thought his card was awesome and he kept it! With all the elaborate cards I've made that boy, this one impressed him. Jason made a point to tell me this because even he realizes Cade never cared a whit about the card. So right now he thinks I'm awesome! YEA me!

Ok, now for the card. I have a cousin whose birthday is today. I always send this cousin a card, we're pretty close. (and she appreciates the time it takes) She is very artistic and can do most anything.
I decided to use the butterfly easel card from Bird at Bird's cards. Have you seen her work? She has beautiful designs for free. A very talented lady.

Take a look:

It's very glittery but it doesn't show very well.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Cade's birthday

Happy Monday everyone.

I can't believe school starts 3 weeks from today.  Last week we starting buying school supplies. They are always very specific about what they want and I found all but 2 of the 5 folders at Walmart.
The folders have to be poly (plastic) no paper ones, no brads, 3 holes and inside pockets. Found the 2 reds and a purple one. Now I need a green one and a yellow one. Shouldn't be too hard, right? We'll see. We also forgot about a backpack. and then there is clothes. And Gabriel HATES shopping!

He thinks my motto is "sometimes we have to do things we just don't want to do!" That's what I tell him when he asks, "Wouldn't you rather just stay home and relax?"

So he hears that quite a lot. lol Hopefully we will finish today.

Anyway, this weekend we celebrated another grandson's birthday, Cade he's now 11. (the reason for this post) He had a fun party at this sports gym. The kids played all types of ball games and had a great time.

His card is not very elaborate. (that doesn't impress him) It's a baseball shaped card but I like the inside. I think he liked the way he got his money. Since the boys would rather have money, I try to wrap a favorite snack in a special way.

Take a look:

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Monday.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A little lagniappe

Don't faint seeing another post so soon. lol

If you don't know what lagniappe means, it means extra. (Cajun French)

I was looking for some type of box for a gift and didn't know exactly what I wanted.  These were the leftovers, ie "extras". All 3 came from the Silhouette store. (where else?)

Take a look:

Thanks for stopping by.
 Have a great afternoon.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Friday, August 1, 2014

Row house, finally!

Happy Friday, everyone. As you can see, I'm still not in a routine with posting. Some health issues keep me from doing what I want, when I want.

After my son went back to Florida, we started getting ready for a family wedding.  This involved some shopping. After a day shopping, and I'm talking only a couple of stores, I  have to stay off my foot for a couple of days.  Lots of family time, not much time for crafting.

So when SVGCuts released the Parkside Row House kit, it was 2 weeks before I got to make it.

Now it's taken me almost 2 weeks to get it posted.

Here it is:

Not loving the papers I used. It was either use what I had on hand or put off making it till I could get to JoAnn's for something better.

Now I'm waiting for the "new" SVGCuts Halloween kit. I'm so impatient.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Horrible posts

Good morning. I'm not posting a project, mainly because I haven't taken photos yet. I have a problem.

On Bloglovin, I'm getting the horribly nasty posts in my daily feed. They are written in Chinese or Japanese or something like that. under the little intro it is written in English something about a life coach. I've been getting these and just scroll past them. A nuisance but that was about it.

Now some of these have a photo on the right and they are horrible! I would die if Gabriel was in  here and saw any of this when I am scrolling through my daily feed.
My question - does anyone know how to get rid of these disgusting posts.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Monday

Happy Monday...I'm thinking positive! haha

I'm hoping to have some fun creating. (see...positive!)

I'm actually writing this Sunday for Monday. I haven't been able to post ahead and schedule them because that button wasn't there. Sunday it was right where it was supposed to be. (go figure)

So yesterday was my dear DIL's birthday. This one took several tries to get something done. Then it was way to thick for an envelope. So I thought easy I'll just make a nice box. Well I made 2 and hey were just too big even though I measured. (I do still have the boxes so I can use them for something else...a plus)

I settled on a gift bag. This worked out nice. There was a new box file by Jamie Cripps with a pretty flourish on it so I bought it and dressed up my bag. I also made her favorite brownies.  Her family is really nuts for these brownies, maybe she'll share. I don't know, because her oldest, my 13 yr old grandson, loves them just as much. haha

So here is her card:

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Sunday!

Good morning, all. Hope your weekend has been fabulous. Hubby is out of town and I still haven't crafted. The last few projects have been lots of trouble. I just needed to make birthday cards.

The one I'm posting today, I thought I would never get finished. This is the third idea I started. Each time I would screw up the design, die cut or both. Would come out horrible. I threw away so much paper.  This past week it seems it takes me 3 tries to find the right thing that works.

This would have been the perfect time to make some of the more elaborate projects I've gotten from SVGCuts. Not so far. Maybe this afternoon I'll be able to concentrate.

Anyway, the reason for this post. My niece's daughter turned 13 yesterday. She's such a sweet and she loves video games. I usually associate these cuts with boys so I did them in pink.

Take a peek:

I hope she liked it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Last "million" photos for the 4th! (I promise!)

Good Saturday morning! I hope you are all dry and happy. Yesterday we had over 6" of rain by noon.
Kind of soggy! lol  This morning woke up to rain again but has stopped for a couple of hours.

Today I intend to finish up posting photos for the 4th. Hate to bore you with more of this but I need to have a record I can refer back to next year.

Here goes:

Well that finishes the 4th! (finally) I know you will be glad! haha

Tomorrow something totally different. I promise.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless Stephanie

Monday, July 14, 2014

More of the 4th

Hi, all. It's about 9:30 pm Monday night and I hope I get sleepy soon. I've been up since 3 this morning. Hate when I do that. While I have the time I thought I would post.

I never posted the rest of my 4th projects. So here goes.

Well I think I used the wrong photo for the first one, it's really blurry. I would delete it and replace it but I do not know how. So I guess I'm stuck with this one.

Anyway this is my advent calendar frame. Not very creative but I like the bunting.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Is it really Thursday

Hi, everyone. I cannot believe it's already Thursday. My son has to go back to Florida on Sunday, way too soon. We have been eating BBQ leftovers since the 4th. (his choice) So much meat. We went out last night for something different and Tuesday night we had one of his very favorite meals, po' boys.

 These are not the cold cut po' boy. My dad had a favorite place in New Orleans where he and my mom used to get them. Later years she developed her own recipe from what they used to eat.  The whole family loves them so we had a crowd of 12 for these. I never can tell how much meat I need so needless to say there will be plenty of leftovers to freeze. Then one day we can enjoy them again without cooking.

Ok, this post is really not about food. My sister that came to the BBQ from Houston brought me a present. She designs and makes jewelry. (very well I might add) She made me a cute link bracelet. (she made the links by hand out of sterling wire) It's so light and comfortable. I just love it.

So the reason I started this post, I wanted to make her a thank you. She forgets things just like I do (I think we're twins 3 years apart) I made her a little post it note cover. So now she has paper and pen all in one. I'm also sending her some no glue gable boxes she can fold together to give her customers with their jewelry purchases.

Here is the note cover:

She loves yellow and lime green. She has a very bright personality.

And here is the fabulous bracelet.

Don't you love it?

I'm going to enter this note cover in DL.Arts Thankful Thursday challenge #136 - thank you

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Good morning

Hi, everyone. Hope you had a wonderful 4th.  The BBQ was terrific and I so enjoyed all the company. We never laughed so much. It really is different when the grown"kids" start telling stories of their escapades that aunts and mom's have never heard before. (and would have killed them for if I had known) But to hear the stories now they are very funny. (thank God I was in the dark) These cousins are in their 30's now but these things were done in their 20's. It only takes one with a "bright" idea. (my nephew)

Enough about that. I'm still trying to forget the mental pictures I have.

This post is about our niece who is having a boy in about 6 weeks. Her shower was last Sunday. They finally settled on a name so I used it on the package.

Take a look:

 His room is blues and white with some tan so I decorated to match. (which she loved)  She unwrapped it without tearing any of the paper. I made a rattle shaker card too but didn't photograph it.

Anyway that's it for today. Have a great Sunday.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Thursday, July 3, 2014


                                                                   Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Almost here

Good morning! Are you all ready for the 4th? I'm getting there. I still have things I'd like to make but may not have time. I need one more week.  A lot of my time has been spent getting ready for the BBQ. (I'd rather make things-less calories)

I do have several things I can post. Today I think I'll show my USA letters. These are from the SVGCuts Made in the USA kit. I love their kits (have you seen their newest - fabulous)

I'm also putting this one in a few challenges:

My Craft Spot - challenge # 142 patriotic
Craftin Desert Divas - craft it up/link it up red white and blue
DLArts- thankful Thursday challenge 135

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie
Well, out of the 4 I tried to link to only 2 worked. One said I had no images to link and wanted me to go through hoops to do it. Didn't need the aggravation. The other one said there was no page to link it to.
And so it goes...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Good afternoon.

As I sit here we're praying the rain holds off for the All Star swimming party tonight. We weren't boy scouts, no play B.

Short and sweet today.

I'm entering this in Diana's Thankful Thursday challenge, #135, anything patriotic.
Also entering in challenge 171, I vow to thee my country, at Die Cuttin Divas and Decorate to Celebrate challenge # 78-4th of July or Birthday.

All the cuts are from the Sil online store.

Take a look:

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie