Hello everyone! I am thrilled to have you visit with me and I hope you enjoy your stay. I absolutely love company, sharing, and making new friends so I hope you find something here that inspires, motivates, or just pleases you in some way.

Of course, I love to visit and be inspired also. So if I don't already drop in on you, please let me know where I can find you and I'll hop on over to see what you're doing or to just say "hi".

Before you go, I would love it if you'd please leave me a comment letting me know you dropped in! Actually, I'd just love to hear from you -- comments, opinions, or questions you'd like me to answer.

In the meantime, relax and make yourselves at home... you're family here!!!

I'll be seeing you!

Thursday, February 28, 2013


Hello, family!  Can you believe this week is almost over?!!!

I have a card to share today.  Having had to be so busy the last few months I guess I'm feeling behind and ackward with my crafting because I just haven't been completely satisfied with the last few projects.  I do like this card but it really was a challenge for me because I'd never made a card with the stand-up bottom or one where the die cut was cut into the actual base of the card; it took me about 5 tries to get the die cut aligned correctly on the fold of the base and I don't think I made the stand quite wide enough... BUT IT SURE WAS FUN playing and doing it!!!  Lol!!!

I've always said I'm not much of a cardmaker so I'm going to take you around the block with views on this card and other than it probably needing more color, I'm open to any suggestions on improvements you may see for when I attempt this one again (which I will).  This is the front of the card:

The color alternating hearts were actually a mistake; I'd accidently tore off one of the hearts, so I just cut off every other one and used the cut offs on the ribbon and on the back of rhe card.
Here's a close-up:
Okay, now the back of the card:
And here's a side view:
Okay guys, be honest!  Let me know what you think -- or don't!!!  Lol!
Love you, hugs and...
I'll be seeing you!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wedding Gift Box and Card

Hello, everyone!!!  Hope all's well in blogland!

Yesterday was Leonard's birthday and he loved the box!!!  I put a tie with a matching hankie in it and he loved that too!  We were suppose to go out for dinner but ended up ordering out because the weather here is pretty nasty.  We had a comfy and delicious meal, finally watched some movies we were given but hadn't yet had time for, and just had a very pleasant and relaxing time together.

Okay, I've spent waaaay too much time fiddling with that darn ecraft machine!  I think I may like it if I can ever get the pressure right so as not to rip my paper.  I've gotten some really good cuts and some really bad ones; however, to keep from getting frustrated, I -- off and on -- worked on this little project.  I used one of the new Marianne Design Anja dies I received for Christmas to do this box and card project.  I really didn't have a design in mind when I started (still trying to get my mojo back), but this came together really quick and was so much fun:

Oops, didn't realize adding that frame would make it more difficult to see the project, huh?  Here's the picture itself; hope this is better:
Here is a closeup of the die cut:

I used lots of bling around the edges, pearl paint, and silk flowers on it; I rubbed the embossed die roses inset with silver-grey Lustre Rub-on and bit of  silver Stickles.  I can't wait to play with this die again!  And because it's a wedding box and card, I'm going to enter it into the http://decoratetocelebrate.blogspot.com wedding themed challenge I noticed while visiting with my friend Rhonda at Scrap Happens.
Before I leave you, during our belated family holiday celebration, Buster got a Christmas hat and collar as a present (yes, he gets presents too and lots of em...lol); anyway, being the little show-off that he is he wanted me to post a picture of him wearing them for you...lol:
Well, I'm off to playing again -- got more stuff to explore!
Hugs, love ya, and I'll be seeing you!

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Hello, family!!!  I hope all's well in blogland!  It's been such fun visiting some of you again and seeing your wonderful projects.  I'm still travelling blogland so I'm still getting to the rest of you  -- I'll be there as soon as I can!

I had even more fun finally getting the chance to sit down and craft!!!  YEAA!!!  I completed this project and it's all nice and dry to show now... lol!!!  I didn't think it would be dry until much later, so it's a pleasant surprise to be able to post it this evening.  I've been wanting to do one of these easel card boxes for a long time now and with my hubby's birthday being this Tuesday, I decided to do the box as one of his gifts.  Unfortunately, the more I look at it, it looks more like it should have been a Valentine's gift... lol!!!  I don't know what I'll fill it with yet but I'll come up with something before Tuesday.  Any suggestions other than candy?  Here's a picture of the top of the box:

I told you it looks like it should be for Valentine's Day... lol!!!  Oh well, it's done now... heee-heeee!  Now let's look at the opened easel card on top of the box:

I cut out Leonard's name on the new Craftwell ecraft cutter that he bought me for Christmas and it did pretty good; although (don't tell Leonard) I was really hoping for a Silhouette. I don't think this machine is nearly as good as the Silhouette but I'm going to try to work with it.  If anyone has the Craftwell ecraft, please let me know because I'm finding there's quite a learning curve.  Oh, yea, he also bought me the electronic Craftwell embosser which I LOVE!  I'll be doing some embossed projects to show you soon! 
Next is a picture of the box drawer opened revealing a bottom panel stamped with the "Happy Birthday" message  (I thought this would be a nice surprise having it there:

Last is a side view of the easel card box:

Oh well, I guess I'm a bit "rusty" from my long break but I hope Leonard likes it -- and you too!  Guess it might be a good thing I'm taking him to dinner because I'm not quite satisfied with this looking more like a Valentine's gift than a birthday gift..., although it sure was fun to do!!!  Ummm, maybe I'll just tell him it's a combined belated Valentine and birthday present...  NAW!!!
Well, I'm off to play with more new craft toys... but I'll be back!
I'll be seeing you!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Hello, family.  I hope all's been well in blogland!  I know it's been a while but I've been through quite an ordeal the last few months.  I'm praying for things to remain quiet -- at least for a awhile -- so that I can immediately relax back to my crafting, blogging, and you!!!  I've missed so much and can't wait to see what you've been up to, and what I have to catch up on.  I guess I'm waaay out of the loop now... lol!  I know life has many twists and turns but I'm so grateful to be able to breathe for a minute ... hopefully longer!  I'm just so glad to be here!!!

My aunt is doing okay and Leonard is doing well; his therapy ended several weeks ago and he's back to being out and about. I've thought of you often, prayed for you, hoped you had a wonderful holiday season, and that all's been well in blogland.  With family situations taking a "right" turn we were finally able to to prepare for today when most of our family finally got a chance for a small get-together to celebrate the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays we missed sharing in 2012; otherwise I would have been here a bit sooner.  We ate well, laughed much, enjoyed being able to finally come together in good spirit, and exchanged gifts that had sat unopened for weeks.  But, most importantly, we were able to put aside all the sadness and grief we've endured so we could enjoy each other and be thankful for all the blessings we have received! Although we were late in coming together, it was so much better and meant even more.  Hopefully we can now all move on to many more brighter and better times.

With our celebration ending, I've rushed here (to my extended family) because I didn't want to waste any more time in dropping in to give you a very hardy hello, let you know I've sincerely missed you, and that I'll be dropping in on you shortly ... telling you this so I won't shock you when you see me... lol.  Now that it looks like I may have some time, I'm getting started crafting tonight!!!  So..., I'll have something to post soon too!  Hubby says I've been like an Eveready battery, moving almost non-stop and that I should be still a couple of days to rest... lol... he still just doesn't realize crafting is my rest for this tired ole  body!!! 

I only recently had a chance to sit down to read through comments and emails, and was pleased (and appreciative) to see the extended prayers and well wishes from many of you eventhough I was unable to communicate back.  Thank you for being there for me, your prayers were heard and answered.

So, I'm off to play a bit but expect to see me!  Again, thank you so much for your kindness and patience during what was an extremely difficult time.  My family sends "thanks" too.

Now I won't take up anymore of your crafting time; besides my Christmas presents included some craft toys I can't wait to finally get my hands on.  Thank you for stopping by, love you, sincerely hope I'm here for awhile with no more intrusive "events", and I'm so glad you're all a part of my life.  I'll be seeing you...