Sunday, November 27, 2011

4 Years ago...

Today is the anniversary of my late sister's fight with lung cancer. Her fight wasn't long compared to some, but it was painful, especially at the end. And it was because of this, that I am nicotine-free today.

But it's not about me, it's about Leslie and how much she is missed. Not too long ago, I mentioned how we finally went through all her paper crafting supplies. And every day since then, I have used something of hers on my cards. Whether it is a snip of lace, a vintage button, or a piece of pattern paper, it is used. It was she that got me started in this very addicting hobby, and she still is with us every time we sisters get together and make cards and/or scrapbook pages.  Miss you, Lux!

I have been very busy in my little craft room making all sorts of holiday crafts. I was on vacation the past week and never left the house! A couple days, I never even got out of my jammies - lol! But today, after I come home from the cemetary, I plan to put up the Christmas tree, drape garland over the mantel, and twine it through the banisters.

 I made this card this morning - as usual, I was up before the birds again! The button and snippet of lace is from Leslie's stash.

The red ribbons and snowflakes are from my stash. I sprinkled them with a pinch of glitter (which you can't see in the picture). Pattern paper is from Home for the Holidays by Melissa Frances. Vintage image is from TJ Designs.

That's it for me for today. Enjoy your Sunday!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to pop in tonight with a couple of Christmas cards to show and to also wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. It will be my first Thanksgiving without my dad - I miss him. But on the other hand, I have so much to be thankful for.

This is my 3rd straight day of doing absolutely nothing except stamping, stamping, and more stamping! But I finally have to call it a night as I need to get myself into the kitchen and start preparing for tomorrow's big feast!

Pattern papers and images are from the new Melissa Frances line - Deck the Halls.  Ribbon, lace,buttons, gem and twine are from my stash. Mica flakes are from Melissa Frances also. Here is my 2nd card:

Once again, pattern papers and image are from Melissa Frances. Ribbon and flower are from Michael's crafrt store. Twine and button are from Papertrey Ink.

Gobble Gobble!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Card Patterns - Sketch 142

Hi all,
Wow - 2nd post of the day! Like I said earlier, no shopping for me today. It's crafting, making cards, and a few mini albums for gift giving. But first off, I managed a christmas card for the challenge over at Card Patterns. This week's sketch is this:

My card below uses all Melissa Frances papers and die cut. The ribbon and button are from my stash.

Off to post my card at the Card Patterns blog.
Happy Monday ~

Friendship mini album

Good morning friends! And a happy thanksgiving week to you all. As I have lots of vacation time accumulated at my place of employment, I have taken this week off from work. No christmas shopping for me - no,no,no. I plan to stay home and craft, craft, craft! Two of my sisters also have the week off so we are hoping to find a few hours together and start making our Christmas cards.

Several months ago I had won a give-away from Pam Hooten's blog - The Iris Garden.  There was a mini album by Tattered Angels in it. I himmed and hawed about a theme to alter it with and finally have finished it - all about 5 women whom have stayed friends since who knows how long! A few years we all went out for dinner in honor of a birthday one of the girls was celebrating. Of course I brought along my camera! So I made a mini scrapbook as a keepsake from that night. Here are a few pictures of some of the pages...

I first painted the front cover - toffee brown by Delta Ceramcoat, adhered a piece of scrap pattern paper from my stash and the strip of gorgeous beaded trim (part of my give-away package!).

Lots of Melissa Frances and Crafty Secrets papers, stamps and embellishements were used throughout this album.

I also used my Big Shot and Cricut to die cut journeling cards as I'm sure she will have lots of memories to record from that evening! Lots of misc. ribbons, pearls, and glitter!
There are many more pages in this album of actual pictures of each one of us that I also included but perhaps that will be for another time. Until then, I think I will join the challenge over at Card Patterns this week as I have not entered in quite some time.
Happy Monday!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Masculine Birthday

Hi all,
Hope your weekend was good! Mine was great - just me and my godson spent Thursday through Sunday just hanging out! I love the time I can spend with him - he is such a joy and makes me feel younger - lol!

Just a quick post to show a card I made for a guy I work for. I don't know about you, but I find making birthday cards for men a challenge! Here is my card - feel free to offer up suggestions!

I used Graphic 45 papers and image. Twine is from PTI and buttons were in my stash!
I hope you all have a wonderful week.