Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Stylish Blogger Award Winners

The eight bloggers I have chosen to award this to are:

1.  Linda, http://www.lindascreativity.blogspot.com/ My sister who started me on this paper crafting journey!
2.  Debbie, http://craftydeb-ddscrafts.blogspot.com/
3.  Shelley, http://heartstring-designs.blogspot.com/
4.  Daily Scrapper,  http://abusyplace.blogspot.com/
5.  Terry, http://cherishedtreasures-terry.blogspot.com/
6.  Dorcas, http://4craftyangels.blogspot.com/  ALWAYS, an inspiration to me.
7.  Karlee, http://www.karleekrafts.com/
8.  Ruthie, http://septemberninth.blogspot.com/

Ladies, you are an inspiration to me - and I can only hope to be as creative as you are.  Please accept this award from me.

Blog Award - Soooooo Excited!!!!!!

Theresa at "Juicy Creations",  http://juicycricutcards.blogspot.com/ , awarded me my very first Blog Award.   I am so excited and so very humbled that she found me and picked me for this award.  I'm very new to the blogging world, and have been using my blog to showcase my creative adventures into paper crafting - as well as my other creations.  Thank you Theresa for this wonderful award!

This award comes with a few rules:

1.  Thank the person who awarded you. 
2.  Share 8 Things About Yourself:
      1.  Being creative and creating feeds my soul, and fills me up, so that I can be who I am.
      2.  My family is most important in my life.
      3.  I am a dog lover and am passionate about yorkies!  (Kodi, 16 - Rascal, 6 and Trixie 2)
      4.  I chose to be a stay-at-home-Mom and now a stay-at-home-Nana.  Family comes first.
      5.  My two sons are my hero's and my greatest joy.
      6.  I love spending time alone with my hubby of 34 years - hunting, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, kayaking - anything that we can do together.
      7.  My daughter-in-law, Stephanie is my bestest friend....we are passionate about quilting, crafting and cooking!  My favorite times are the days we spend together.
      8.  As I've slid down this banister called life - I'm very grateful for the splinters in my ..........- it's made me who I am and given me the life I have.  I'm truly blessed.

3.  Pay it Forward and award this to 8 bloggers you've recently discovered.

4.  Contact the winners and let them know.

I will be posting the award winners later, after I contact them.  Thank you again, Theresa, for choosing me as one of your award winning bloggers!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

All Hearts Go Home for the Holidays....

How blessed I am to have these two little girls in my life.  My precious grandest daughters - Princess Lexi, 3 years and Princess Anna, 3 months.  These cousins are as close as sisters - sharing the bond their fathers, my sons, have had since they were children.  I was fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom and now I am blessed to be a stay-at-home Nana.  Is there anything more important, than helping to raise the next generation?  Lexi says it so well, when she wraps her arms around my neck and says, "I love you and I'm never going to let you go."  Families are Forever.....

This Thanksgiving, I'm so very thankful for my family.  My wonderful husband of 34 years.  My amazing sons who are my hero's.  My beautiful, Stephanie, who is more like a daughter to me than a daughter-in-law.  Those family members that are with us, those that have passed on and those that have yet to come into our lives...and on this holiday, as with all the others...All Hearts Go Home for the Holidays. 

May you all have a Thankful and Blessed Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Another Mini Album - 2nd Post Today

I had so much fun making these mini albums.  One for Baby Anna and one for Lexi.  I used three sheets of 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 card stock.  Scored both directions at 4 1/4".  Then scored once on the diagonal.  Lay all three side by side with the diagonal fold going directly North and South.  I then layered the center 4 1/4" square over the first and last one and glued it down.  My whole squares of paper are cut at 4" and then the half squares are 4" squares cut in half on the diagonal.  Place a 12" ribbon under the last 4" square and glue down.  I used Hello Kitty Cartridge, cut at 3" for my embelishment.  I can't wait to fill these up with things for the girls...or I may give them to their mom's for Christmas, so they can fill them up themselves...A really fun project!

Mini Album from Toliet Paper Rolls...my first!

My first mini-album from toliet paper rolls.  I had more fun with this.  I used 7 empty rolls, which I ironed flat.  Then made long tags to fit in each one.  I made the tag pulls using "from my kitchen" cartridge - the tag feature and glued them to my tags, punched with a hole punch and added a ribbon pull.  This album is a book for my three year old granddaughter, Lexi.  Random things she has done at Nana and Papa's house this year.  From collecting and making maple syrup - her pet chicken rescue, "Tuesday" to eating peas in the garden with Papa....a memory for her to take with her.  I have lots of ideas to make the book better...but there is always next time. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Country Life Cartridge Card - Thanks to Dorcas at 4 Crafty Angels!

This is my first project using my Country Life Cartridge that I won from Dorcas at 4 Crafty Angels Blog.  I was so excited to win this cartridge, as I have wanted it almost the moment I first saw it.  It is soooooo my life.  I know it's going to be one of my most used cartridges.   My three year old Grandest Daughter, Lexi and I were playing in the studio.  She made a horse card for her Daddy, and I made this card for my neighbors. 

We are blessed to have the most wonderful couple to move into the old farm across the road from us. A young couple who refer to us as their "fairy God-neighbors".  They are the same age as our oldest son - and we feel as though they are a member of the family.  Their totally organic farming philosphy and practices make them a joy to learn from.  They had just raised a pair of hogs for their freezer...I thought this card would give them a chuckle - and also give them something to use in their scrapbooking - and I enclosed a note instead of writing in the card.  The card was also attached to a bag of cookies that Lexi and I made.

I cut the hog/chicken at 3 1/2 inches and the layers went together so nicely.  I used some scraps from the scrap box, that just said "country" to me.

Thanks so much to Dorcas at 4 Crafty Angels for this wonderful cartridge...I'm still smiling that I won!!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day Thank-you Gift in honor of those who serve

Wild Card Cartridge Stars
My three year old Grandest-daughter, Lexi and I made chocolate chip cookies this morning.  She wanted to do something special for her Dad and her Uncle Brian, who were both soldiers, for Veteran's Day.  Her Dad was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and her Uncle Brian was an Airborne Engineer who spent a year in Iraq.  We got out the Wild Card cartridge and cut some stars - then added 1/2 inch red stripes to white cardstock that we folded over ziplock bags and filled with cookies.  Lexi's daddy, a deputy with the sheriff's dept...just stopped in to pick up his cookies, and Lexi gave him a big hug and said, "Thank you Daddy for being my hero."  I think that was a bigger gift than the cookies!!!

For all who serve, have served and will be serving our great nation, Thank You!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Embossed Christmas Card

My daughter-in-law was using my Cricut today - so I created a card without the using the cricut.  Now that was a challenge for me.  I used my cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder, some snowflake patterned paper - some buttons, a little bling and made this 4 x 5 card.  The snowflake paper I got in bulk from Paper Wishes.  The stamps were from Annie's Attic, stamp of the month club and called "A Patchwork Christmas".  Since I love quilting - this is a stamp set I will get a lot of use out of...and plan on using it for gift cards and quilt labels....I think.   

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