Saturday, February 13, 2016

FEBRUARY



It has been so cold lately here in New England. Some days I don't even want to leave the house it's so frigid outside. That's probably why I was able to finish my Lizzie Kate cross stitch project for February so early this month.  :)  My project was done using 14ct Fiddlers Cloth.

I wasn't crazy about the pattern for this month, but now that it's finished, I really like how it came out. Hope you like it too...
Happy February....try to stay warm!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

JANUARY CROSS STITCH

Now that the holidays are over, it's time to get back to my cross stitching and finish up with my monthly Lizzie Kate projects.  This was the pattern for the month of January. Another adorable little snowman.

I've pulled all of the necessary supplies together, along with a new piece of Aida cloth, and plan to start the new cross stitch project for the month of February tonight. I only have 4 months left to complete, then will have the entire 12 months finished.  :) 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

ENJOY YOUR DAY

This week, the challenge for Card Camp was to make and mail a RAK card. I had just gotten some of MFT's Sour Apple cardstock and wanted to see what I could come up with using it.
I started off with some Grapesicle cardstock for the base. Then used the Stitched Cover-up vertical companion die with the Sour Apple cardstock. The DP is from the Plaid Pattern paper pack. The stamps are MFT's More Essential Sentiments and Blissful Blooms. The flowers have glitter on them done using the Wink Glitter Pens, but you can't see their shine/sparkle in the picture. All the products I used, with the exception of the 2 purple enamel dots, are from MFT.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CONCORD GRAPE JELLY 2015

This year for Christmas I decided to give everyone something small, but homemade, as well as the usual wrapped, store bought gifts. I hadn't made jelly in many years but decided to make a couple batches of concord grape and do some container decorating.
Concord Grape Jelly made for my daughter, son, and sisters. Decorated with burlap, twine, Christmas patterned cotton fabric, and homemade wooden tags.
These are the smaller size jelly jars. I just made a handmade label to put on the top of them. These jars were tucked inside of a few gifts that were given to friends ~~ and were a big hit! 

It felt really good being able to make a few small things this year and give them out as gifts. I already have some ideas of things to make for next Christmas! 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

CHRISTMAS 2015

Well, we didn't have a white Christmas this year, but it still was a very nice holiday.  I wanted to get my card for this year posted before we get into the new year.
All of the pretty red cardstock is from SU and called Cranberry  Crisp. I added a bit of Always Artichoke for the leaves, and a strip of Silver Sparkle, also by SU. The designer paper is from My Mind's Eye, the Merry Little Christmas collection. The white card layer was embossed with the Textured Impressions Stripes Embossing folder and I added the Textured Impressions Designer Frame for the greeting, both by SU. Also used were MFT Die-Namics Fishtail Flags STAX, and a poinsettia die by Memory Box. The Merry Christmas greeting is by Hero Arts. To finish it off, some SU Dazzling Details Silver Sparkle was used for the poinsettia center. I think that just about covers it all....

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and wish you a safe, healthy, happy new year!!
Happy 2016 to everyone!!

Until next time...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUCY!

I just can't believe it's Lucy's 10th birthday today! By my thinking, she should only be about 4 years old. Lucy, you're making gramma feel really old today.  :)
Lucy had indoor soccer this morning and she was very determined that as it was her birthday today, she WAS going to make goal in celebration of it. Great job Lucy, with all your determination this morning, you DID make that goal. WOOHOO...

This is the card I made for her to celebrate being 10 years old!

Using a green card base, I added a white panel. The designer papers are from MFT and the solid card stock is from Stampin' UP. MFT die-namics are Party Balloons, Bright Lights Numbers, and Pop-Up Happy Birthday. The small amount of stamping is done using the Party Balloons stamps by MFT and the Celebrate Everyday set from Hero Arts.

Lucy is a very sweet little girl who does cheerleading and plays soccer. She loves to do crafts and also to cook. She loves school and recently made the honor roll at St. Louis School. WAY TO GO LUCY!!

I hope you have the best birthday ever.
Enjoy your special day to the fullest!  XOXO

Thursday, November 19, 2015

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD


Each year, I like to find different charities looking for help around the Christmas holiday to donate or volunteer at. I found that The American Heritage Girls, troop 1716, that both Lucy and Lily belong to, were participating in Operation Christmas Child. I had never heard of this before but found myself interested in learning more about it......

Operation Christmas Child is a very worthwhile organization, helping children from around the world, and a project of Samaritan's Purse. You fill a shoe box with small toys, candy, healthcare items and school supplies, along with other items of your choice.
Lucy and Lily showing all the items we purchased for our Operation Christmas Child gift shoe boxes. We chose to buy the plastic shoe boxes so the children would also have a sturdy storage box to use.
We squeezed all those items into our 5 shoe boxes! There was a mini assembly line going on in the dining room. Also included in each box was a letter and picture, so the children who receive the box will know a little about, and be able to see, who sent them their gift box.  Jocelyn, their mom, bought and printed out a special shipping label so the girls will find out what country their shoe box arrives in.  I really was happy to see the girls so involved in this and setting a personal goal for next year to double the amount of shoe boxes they put together. This is a great way for children to help other children who are much less fortunate then themselves. Most of these boxes go to orphanages and very poverty stricken countries.

Jocelyn, Lucy, Lily and I have already decided to participate again next year. We will be picking up supplies all throughout the upcoming year for next years Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.


Until next time...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

WELCOME BABY


Where does the time go???  Someone very special to me, who I haven't seen in quite a long time, is now the new mother of a beautiful baby girl. I can't wait to see her and baby Yadaliz Ariel. The baby gifts are all bought, but I needed a special card to go with them. I really like pink and gray together, so decided to use these colors for the card.

Starting with a white panel for my card, I added Stampin' UP's Positively Pink and Going Grey cardstock, along with DP from Recollections Little Princess paper pad for my paper selection. MFT's Beautiful Baby stamps were used for this adorable image and greeting. Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies were used around the images. MFT's Fishtail Flags STAX, and Horizontal Stitched Strips were used for the remaining dies. To add the finishing touch, I used a little rhinestone for the elephants eye.

Congratulations Brooke!  I wish only the best for you and your new baby daughter. I can't wait to see you both very soon.

Friday, November 6, 2015

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

We always look forward to Halloween at our house. Autumn is my favorite season and Halloween is my favorite holiday! The weather was mild this year for a change which made it nice for the trick-or-treaters not having to wear heavy winter coats like often times they have to.  We had 80 excited little trick-or-treaters this year. I love seeing them all dressed up, kicking through the leaves, and yelling "Trick-or-Treat".
Here we all are...
Clara, Steven, Lucy, Lily, and Casey in the doorway.

Steven and Clara
Wow...what a good looking couple!



Lucy & Lily are all decked out for Halloween.
They were so cute and excited to be going
trick-or-treating.



Even Casey got into the Halloween fun.





Here is my youngest granddaughter,
Claudia, with her mom Kattaleeya.
They may not be very scarey, but they're
 the cutest tigers I've ever seen.

TRICK-OR-TREAT BAGS

How cute are theseI like to try and do a little something special for my 2 granddaughters each year for Halloween. This year I decided to make them little pumpkin shaped treat bags for their goodies.


I cut out the pumpkin shapes and sponged Pumpkin Pie and Close to Cocoa ink over the pumpkin and stem. The next step was to use my MFT Paper Bag Peek-A-Boo die to make the black jack-o-lantern eyes, nose and mouth, followed with using MFT's Starry Night Stencil with More Mustard ink. I layered vinyl on both sides of the pumpkin shape, giving the back extra vinyl so it became a pouch to put the candy into. Now I thought the easy part was coming.....to just get out the sewing machine and stitch around 3 sides of the pumpkin.  WELL.... I should've known better! The sewing machine was not having anything to do with the vinyl so i was left having to hand stitch them. After filling them, I tied some twine around the stem to keep all the candy inside.




This was definitely a handmade project, but a fun one. I was really happy with how they came out, and so were Lucy and Lily!