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

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Good morning

Hi, everyone. Hope you are all well and enjoying no school. haha

Well, it's Tuesday, which must mean we made it through another Monday. YEA!!!

Today I'm posting a 4th of July wreath. At Craftin Desert Divas there is a red, white and blue challenge and this fit the bill. This one is Craft it up & Link it up #34.

Take a look:

These cuts are all from the Silhouette online store.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A thank you

Hello and happy Sunday. Hope you are all getting ready for a fantastic week. I'm starting to panic just a little. Sons visit and the 4th of July BBQ are less than 2 weeks away and I have so much to do.

I also have the baby shower next Sunday and I'm in charge of the crudité. I need at least a gallon bag of each veggie - cauliflower, broccoli carrots, celery etc. I hope my hands cooperate. At least I already have the gift and it's all wrapped and decorated.

Before I start posting 4th décor pics, I have a thank you. We have a very good friend of over 40 years that my hubby hunts and fishes with. We met him when they were in the National Guard together. They even worked in the same company all these years. (His first wife and I have the same birthday and are the same age)

When hubby goes to the lake to help him out they usually end up fishing. He sends bags of fish home for me. He loves my brownies and mac and cheese. So if it is holiday time I send him a whole pan of mac and cheese. (I only make it for holidays) In between holidays I make him brownies. Everyone loves my brownies.

Anyway this is the  card I made to thank him for the fish.

I hope he likes it. (hubby did)

I'm going to enter this in DLArts June linky challenge.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Yea! It's Friday

Hi, everyone. Are you all glad it's Friday? Yesterday we finished with swimming lessons and there is one more week of summer rec. Then I have a week to get things ready for my son's visit and the 4th of July BBQ.

I have been cutting things to decorate with. (I wish that was all I had to do) I've also been getting ready for a baby shower I'm helping to give.

Today I'm going to show you the final Father's Day  cuts.

The card and the golf bag box are SVGCuts  cut files. (I love SVGCuts)

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

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Good Tuesday morning!

Hi, everyone. We made it through another Monday. YEA!!!

I have a birthday card to show you today. One of my sisters had a birthday this past weekend. (the one born 3 years after me) Her favorite colors are yellow and lime green. I always try to use at least one of them. (this sister also makes fabulous jewelry) She actually makes money and is able to subsidize her passion, unlike me. haha
Here's her  card:

 The basic card s a Sil online store file and I added a few things.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Celebrating Paw Paw (dad)

Happy Saturday, everyone. So far so good around here. I've got my spaghetti and meatballs cooking for tomorrow so I won't have to rush. It takes about 4 hours so I try to do it ahead of time. It's always better the next day anyway. lol

I decided to make hubby an extra card. He loves box cards. So guess what I made?

Of course, a box card. I put all the things he loves to do in it.

He loves shopping on his computer, playing golf, hunting and fishing. I even added a cute little lawnmower from the Cricut cartridge, Chore Chart. Not that he loves mowing grass but he keeps that up so he can hunt, fish and play golf. Not a bad trade - cut grass one day a week and play the rest. haha

I'm even entering this in a challenge. FCCB has a Celebrate Dad challenge, #214, this week.
Also entered in Cardz TV 3d Father's Day Challenge #2.

I think he'll like it.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, June 13, 2014

I'm baaack!

Don't anyone faint. I'm just trying to post a little more regularly.

Today I'm going to show you an anniversary card I made for my best friend and neighbor. They have been married 46 years this month.

Everything was cut with Spellbinders dies.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's over

Hi, everyone. Well baseball is finally over. We got to play 4 games in the tournament and lost our second one last night. There's good and bad about it. The worst part is we lost to our biggest community football rival. Groves absolutely hates to loose to Nederland and vice versa. (and in our own park) lol The good part is everyone can finally relax, we are just tired. It has been a long season.

Gabriel met a lot of new kids and has some great memories of his very first baseball season. The poor kid is wiped out.

So that's it for baseball. Now I can concentrate on other things ... like birthdays, Father's Day, 4th of July BBQ, nephews wedding, nieces baby shower ... just to name a few. lol

Today I have a card for my son and DIL's anniversary, last week.

I used files from the Sil online store.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hubby's Day

Good morning, And yes it is early. I haven't been posting this early in a while but I wanted to get this done before I forgot about it.

Today is my hubby's birthday. His celebration may be put off till next weekend because of scheduling. But we will give him some cards and a giant treat. We have summer rec, swimming lessons, then come home and have lunch, rest eat again and get to ball park. When the rest of the family gets off work, we will already be at the ball park. So we are playing it by ear.

I can show you a couple of cards and his cute treat holder.

This next card is from SVGCuts Father's Day Mega Pack. (but we used it or a b-day card)
I left the inside bare for Gabe to write in it. (usually kids write so big)
Well, I should never take this child for granted about anything.
Look how tiny he wrote! lol

This candy bar holder holds a huge bar. I thought it was for a king size bar so that's what I bought. When I got it made it blew my mind. It holds a giant bar. But I love the design. Anything golf I love.
It measures about 11 x 5 1/2.

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