Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Cards

Hello Friends!

How are you? Are you finished with your Christmas shopping?  Me?  Not even close and Christmas is around the corner. Yikes!

Anyways, I'm stopping by to share some super simple Christmas cards that I made recently.  And I do mean simple, which made mass production a breeze.

I used a large stamp that includes all these Christmas sentiments and embossed them in metallic silver powder.  Then I added a few sequins as a final touch and called it done! :) 

I love how the embossing reflects the light but made it a bit tricky to photograph.

The card on the left wasn't embossed.  I just used white ink, which I liked as well (but lacked the pizzazz).

(Supplies: cardstock; stamp- Stampendous; versa mark ink; metallic silver embossing powder- Zing; embellishments; hot gun; glossy accents)

I also used a blue background with the silver embossing.  However, those cards were mailed off before I could photograph them. :)

I'll be linking this to Muse: Christmas Visions (Challenge 90- Festive "free for all") 

Thank you for stopping by and I wish you all a joyous holiday.

Health & Happy Crafting,

Introducing the New Family Members

Hello Friends!

Boy, these past couple years have been a struggle to post content.  But then again, rebuilding my health has been my top priority.  

Anyhow, in the summer I mentioned that I was going to be an aunt again, and a sweet reader, Lisa, suggested I post pictures of my new niece.  A few months late, but here she is: Aeylahni (pronounced Ay-la-nee)!

She arrived ready for braids! :) 

However, I also need to mention my other adorable niece who is 9 months older than Aeylahni.  Introducing, Amani!!

This little one entered the world ready to run!  

I just LOVE & adore these babies.  Our family is truly blessed with these precious cuties.  

Thank you for stopping by.

Health & Happy Crafting,

Monday, August 14, 2017

Kindness Cards

Hello Friends!

So how is your summer treating you?  I am so ready for Fall because that means cooler weather.  But I do want time to SLOW down. ;)  

Well, today I am sharing a few super simple cards with some simple touches that give them a bit of pizzazz.  :)

I added glossy accents to make it look like the watering cans are dripping.
(Supplies: cardstock, stamps- Unity Stamps Co., colored pencils, glossy accents, gray & black ink pads)

I added faux stitching with a gel pen.
(Supplies: cardstock, pattern paper, stamps- My Favorite Things & Hero Arts, black ink pad, gel pen)

Love the "sunset" colors in these.
(Supplies: cardstock; stamps- Stampendous & Hero Arts; distress inks in picked raspberry, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, & peacock feathers; gray ink pad)

I love how the pattern paper looks like a little cafe table cloth.  The other side has an ocean design.  

I added glossy accents on the marshmallows.  They can also be ice cubes in an iced coffee drink (minus the steam).  ;)  
(Supplies: cardstock, checkered pattern paper- Graphic 45; stamps- Fiskars; colored pencils; glossy accents; black stamp pad) 

That covers it for today.  I hope you find time to unwind, take a deep breath & surround yourself with peace.

Wishing you LOTS of health & happy crafting.
(Psm. 119:116)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Crocheted Cocoon

Hello Friends,

I hope you had a relaxing weekend.  I am EXCITED because I will be getting a new niece today or tomorrow!! :D  My brother, the father to be, texted me pictures of crocheted baby items (i.e. cocoon, sandals) a while back and asked if I would make something for the baby shower.  Well, these projects were out of my "expertise," but I was willing to try one of them.  

So today I am sharing my first crocheted cocoon, a ladybug cocoon!  I used a pattern by Red Heart, however, I had to modify it several times because my cocoon turned out to be big enough for a DOLL.

 Bottom side:

Back side:

Front side:

I decided to make a beanie, also, to create a ladybug set.  :)  
(Supplies: Simply Soft Caron yarn in Harvest Red and Black, crochet hook size US H, beanie pattern by Paula Daniele)

I included the book, "Ten Little Ladybugs" as part of the gift set.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of all the items together.  

This is all for today, friends.  Take a moment to breathe deeply and have a wonderful day!

Health & Happy Crafting,
(Psm. 119:116)     

Friday, August 4, 2017

Golden Grad

Hello Friends,

My health has finally taken a turn for the better and I thank God for that!!! Glory be to Him!  It's amazing how our quality of life declines without our health.  It has been a LONG journey, and now I will work on the recovery and strengthening phase.  But I can begin to focus on living instead of ENDLESS medical appointments, which truthfully, feels awkward.

Anyhow, I am sharing a graduation layout of my oldest niece.  I recall changing her diapers, her kinder year, and now she is entering college!  Oh, time, you are so cruel with your speed.

I kept the design clean and simple because I wanted to focus on the journaling.
I wrote the name of her high school on the gown sticker with a gel pen.

I don't know why my camera makes my layout appear curved.  Any ideas?
(Supplies: cardstock, pattern paper & stickers from my stash, adhesive, gel pen)

Some of my favorite layouts are quick and simple with room for a big message of love.  
Have a wonderful weekend and take time to focus on you.  Because self-care is a necessity, NOT a luxury. 

Health & Happy Crafting,
(Psm. 119:116)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Baby Bibs 2

Howdy Friends!

I hope you are staying cool.  I know many look forward to summer but not me. Summer is like living in a HOT oven in my town.  Well, I recently created some baby cards, so I'll be sharing those with you today.

I created a boy set and a girl set.  These came together quickly using "Bundle of Joy" from Echo Park.

 (Supplies: brown and green cardstock, bib die- My Favorite Things, Sentiment stamp- Hero Arts, safety pin stamp- Fiskars, die cut machine, pattern paper & stickers- Echo Park Paper Co.)

The panda stamp is actually holding a flower.  So I masked it off using a post it note and stamped the bottle instead.  I added faux stitching using a white pen and some glossy accents on his nose.
(Supplies: cardstock, pattern papers from my stash, panda & carriage stamps- Untiy Stamp Co., bib die- My Favorite Things, bottle stamp- Fiskars, die cut machine, white pen, glossy accents)

Thank you so much for visiting.  

Peace, Health & Happy Crafting,

Friday, May 19, 2017

Crochet Projects

Hi Friends!

I'm on a roll with this blog at the moment, but it will be a short post.  I'm just stopping by to share more yarn projects as I try and keep my hands busy.  I'm grateful for this therapeutic outlet.

These caps were made with Caron Simply yarn and a G hook.  The pattern is from "Crochet Hooks You" youtube channel.

Thank you for stopping by!  

Peace & Health,

Monday, May 15, 2017

Chemo Caps

Hello Friends!

Yes, I'm still around.  Thank you, Lord!  I'm still battling for my health, so there are days when I'm drained and crafting takes too much effort & energy from me.  However, at times I need to keep my hands occupied.  Therefore, I've been doing some knitting and crocheting.  I'm definitely NOT an expert in this area, so I mainly repeat the same design. :)  And I can only knit using a loom. ;)

While I've been off of work and concentrating on my health, I decided to knit caps for children battling cancer.  This is a cause that's near and dear to me.  I knitted 30+ beanies in baby to teen sizes.  Some of the beanies were made using 2 different colors of yarn.  Here is a sample:

(I apologize for the wrinkled background and bad pictures.  Overcast today.)

(Materials: Simply Caron yarn in various colors; round knitting looms, loom hook)

The following chemo caps were crocheted using Simply Caron yarn, and a J hook.  These are adult sizes, and I used a pattern by Sandra Huffines.  I have a friend battling cancer, so I made her some caps, too.

Friends, this is all for today.  Wising you LOTS of health and peace.

Happy Crafting,