Saturday, December 31, 2011

So fast!

Can you believe how fast this year went ? I'm hoping for a better new year. This one has been full of stress starting with last January. So I'm going to use a little "positive thinking" for a better year.
 I'm wishing for a stress-free and more creative year for all of you. I think we all need it. So here's a toast to all of you.
May we all have a wonderful 2012!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Love and hugs, Stephanie

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Just wanted to wish each one of you a very Merry Christmas. Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Niece's birthday

Good morning, everyone. Today is one of my niece's birthday. With all the boys in our family we really appreciate our nieces. On my side of the family our nieces are the only ones to have a girl. So getting to buy pink was a real pleasure. This particular niece grew up around me so I got to have a pseudo girl. So different when you have all boys. Now she is married and has 2 beautiful kids of her own.
Anyway, this is her card.
I finally found DCWV Black Currant at JoAnns. I knew this was what I wanted for her card. Here's the recipe:
MS Elegant Cake - Happy Birthday cut at 1.82
Large snowflake - Sizzix die
label - Nestie label 4 set
small snowflake - punch I've had for years
eyelash yarn behind the label on the front
This was my first time to use this yarn. A few weeks ago I won a set of My Craft Spot stamps on Bobby and Jill's blog ,Cricut Couple. These 2 are known for the their inspiration and generosity. After I received the stamps (which I love) they sent me pieces of this fantastic yarn. This stuff is so cool. I twisted 2 colors together. (fuchsia and silver) It really makes "happy" cards. Really brightened my day. I just love it. You should check out their blog.
So thank you so much for being the wonderful people you are.
Thanks for looking and leaving a comment if you like.

Hugs and God bless you all. Stephanie

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Good morning all

I have been so busy, like everyone else. I gave myself permission not to worry about cards this year. (just too much pressure and it hasn't been a great year, lots of extra stress) But there are a few that need to be remembered. We've had lots of deaths in the family this year and I seem to have lost my mojo. (temporarily I hope. This is a simple card, not quite my usual style but I hope it works.
 I used Gingerbread cartridge for the sleigh cut at 2.65". The label is a nestie and the snowflake is a MS punch.The greeting on the front is a Studio G stamp and the inside sentiment is from My Craft Spot stamp set. I won this stamp set from Cricut Couple and My craft Spot. Thank you both!
I hope to get out of this stupor I've been in ans start creating again.
Thanks for looking, love reading your comments. They are like the best therapy. I so love all my blogger friends.

Hugs and God bless, Stephanie

Friday, December 16, 2011

I really am still here

Has everyone gotten through with their shopping?  I got the bulk of mine done by Dec. 1st...then I stalled. I got a little more done this week.
This one page layout took 3 weeks to finish. I think I', finally happy with it. I don't remember where the cuts came from or the sizes. The paper is K&C double-sided paper. I fell in love with the whole stack. I used a lot of stickles. (which I love)
Anyway here it is:
Thanks for looking and God bless you all.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's about time!

Hi, all. (If there is anyone left to talk to) It's been a really stressful time, personally and emotionally. I haven't made the first Christmas card. I can't seem to focus. We sold my mom's house (one big headache gone). It also makes things so final. Moms gone, Dads gone and our childhood home is no longer ours. Dad died on 2004 but mom died last February. I don't think I'll make any cards. My heart just isn't in it. I just keep obsessing about not having made any yet. I think I'll give myself permission to let it go this year and get on with other projects.
I did make a graduation card for our niece. It's very simple but I did finish it.
I used Happy Graduation for this one. The "you did it" owl was cut at 1.94" and the Congrats sign was cut at 1.94". I also used some punched flowers and bling.
I hope you all haven't given up on me. Anyone still around to take a look, I thank you very much.
PSST...I have a layout for tomorrow. It only took me 2 weeks to finish it.

god bless. Hugs, Stephanie

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thoughtful people

Hi everyone. I'm sure your lives are as crazy as mine. I'm even having trouble creating. That's a big problem for me. My crafting is a big stress reducer for me.
I did get this thank you card made for a very sweet man. This is for my husbands, sister's, father-in-law. He lost his wife last year right after Thanksgiving. She was a great baker. My husbands favorite cake that she made was carrot cake. Several times a year she would make him a cake. Well, her husband thought he needed a cake for Thanksgiving and he made one for him. Wasn't that thoughtful?
Here's the recipe.
Gypsy Wanderings -  thanks cut at 1 1/2"
From My Kitchen - cake cut at 3 1/2"
label -  nesties and MS snowflake punch

Didn't want it to be too girly and I think I accomplished it.
Thanks for looking and god bless.
Hugs, Stephanie