Friday, January 29, 2016

Feeling Sentimental Birthday/ Seize the Birthday

Yesterday I created another birthday card.  This is for one of my sons whose birthday is in March.  I still have one more to make for my DIL who's several days after his. Our family has birthdays every month of the year, so I'll always be needing and making birthday cards!

I used the Seize the Birthday sketch to create the card . The black/cream paper and the main image, from Feeling Sentimental, are retired. I used the birthday sentiment from Crazy About You on the front and the sentiment on the inside is from, Fabulous Four.

I will be out and about today doing errands, so it looks like not much crafting today.(insert sad face) I hope you will be able to enjoy the evening and do something CRAFTY this weekend!

Crafty Hugs,

*Very Vanilla CS, Basic Black CS,Bermuda Bay CS,Basic Metal Buttons

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Happy Birthday to You/ RS#199

Hello everyone.  Today I'm posting another Birthday card that I made for one of my daughters who has a birthday in February.  There's nothing like getting a card made almost a month in advance!

I played along with the Retro Sketch challenge using one of my FREE Sale-A-Bration stamps, Perfect Pairings along with the SU stamp set and matching punch, Sprinkle of Life / Tree Builder Punch.  I really love the Sprinkles of Life set and don't know why I haven't used more.  I hope to remedy that during the next several months.

That's about it for me today.  I have several more cards to do before the week is out and hopefully, will post one by Saturday. Stay CRAFTY my friends!

Crafty Hugs,

*SU colors used: Blushing Bride CS, Mint Macaroon, Whisper White,Crumb Cake, Primsode Petal Ink, Baked Brown Sugar Ink

Monday, January 25, 2016

Balloon Happy Birthday/MOJO432/Seize the Birthday

This card measures 5" x 5"

Today I was able to play along with MOJO#432 and Seize the Birthday . I was in need of a Birthday card for one of my older GD's and the sketch fit the bill for the papers and stamps I had in mind. 

The die cut balloons were cut using my Cricut Explore and Nate's ABC cartridge. I ran them through my Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots EF.  Adding bling to the sentiment and balloons, I felt, added a feminine touch. The balloon strings were stamped off with Basic Grey ink. I had seen this idea over on Pinterest and it worked perfectly.  Both the image and sentiment used were included in the May 2015 Paper Pumpkin monthly kit. 

That's about it for this post. I hope you can take some time out of your day to do something CRAFTY!

Crafty Hugs,

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Back and Ready to Create!

Well hello everyone! I hope 2016 is treating you well so far.

I've been MIA since December 16th! It's hard to believe that it has been that long. Below is an explanation for my absence and some photos. I'll try to make it short. :0)

I did get involved with finishing up Christmas Holiday cards and mailing extra packages before I was off for Boise on the 24th. We had a wonderful time visiting my oldest son and his family, but boy was Boise, ID COLD!!! I don't think it got above 18 degrees while we there.  My hubby and I headed out on December 30th. (insert sad face) and celebrated a quiet New Year in San Marcos at home.

But, the major reason for the absence was that I participated in fast. For the past 10 years I have started my New Year with 21 days of prayer and fasting. I was introduced to this at our church in North Carolina and have continued every year since. Our church here in S California also starts the new year the same way.  As I was seeking the Lord on how I would approach the fast this year, I felt I was to forgo my card making and Blog entries.( although, I made several cards to send to family members which I'll post here.) This would allow me more time to seek the Lord for His direction and wisdom for certain decisions I needed to make. I also included a Jewish Fast, which only included breakfast, dinner and skipping certain foods. I must say, it was a refreshing time and I have definitely have seen a difference in my walk with the Lord and answered prayer.
Birthday Cards
Here are the two Birthday cards I recently made. The one below was for my good friend and the other for one of my daughters.

On both cards I used SU's new DSP, Birthday Bouquet.  The cards were CASEd from  Stampin' Up. The one above from the new Occasions catalog and the tag card from an older Stampin Success.

Below are few photos taken during our Christmas holiday in Idaho

Snow for Christmas morning
My beautiful DIL, Susan and GD Esther

Amelia decided to make herself comfortable in the trunk

My son, Ross playing his fiddle for us
Esther testing out her new skates at the local rink

Well, that's about it for today's post.  I hope to be back "up and running" tomorrow playing along with some sketch and color challenge blogs.
Crafty Hugs,

*Stamps: Flower Patch, Bloom with Hope, Butterfly Basics, Flower Fair Framelits Dies

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