Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Boys Will be Boys Birthday


Hello All! I didn't get to make a card over the weekend that I thought I might, but I was able to today. This will be linked to Seize the Birthday for their recent challenge.

I'm working through my list of Grandsons right now. There are 6 of them and this is card number 2. Of course, I also have 3 sons and 3 son-in-laws I'll need to get started on sometime soon. I guess slow and steady will win the race if I keep at it!

The products: SU card stock, Party Animal DSP, Boys Will Be Boys stamp (ret.), SU stitched shapes framelits, circle die.

That's about it for today.  I'm off to start supper and just call it a day. Have a restful Tuesday evening and if you have a chance, go do something you love whatever it is!

Live Simply,
Bernadette

Friday, August 18, 2017

Happy Birthday




Here's another card I completed today using the Party Animal DSP by SU.  I'll be putting this into my Birthday card file for my grandsons upcoming birthdays.

I also decided to link it to the Seize the Birthday challenge site. Hopefully, I'll continue to link to it weekly. All of us seem to need birthday cards on a regular basis and what better way to add to that stash by making one each week.

**All the products used on this card are from Stampin' Up!

I need to get my crafting area cleaned up.  I don't think it's been quite this messy in a long, long time!

That's it for the this today. I hope to get some card making done this weekend. We'll see how it goes.

Go do something you love...

Live Simply,
Bernadette


So Sorry



I'm back today with a card for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge.  I made this for a young niece of ours who has been battling some blood clots. She's been a real trooper, but I thought I would continue to encourage her and let her know we are praying for her.

**I'm not sure why the layered panel came out wonky under the sentiment. When I was cutting it, it appeared fine. Oh well, I'm going with it. Although I have been back to card making for more then a month, I'm finding it a struggle to produce cards easily. I'm not sure if it is the long hiatus I took, the lack of up to date product, or I just am not as creative as I once felt I was.

I will give it another couple of months and evaluate my progress and see if I have to move to another creative outlet. Anyone else go through these periods of creativity?


Products used: Paper by Scribble Scrabble, SU Baked Brown Sugar and Mint Macaron ink , SU Baked Brown Sugar paper, SU Thoughts and Prayers, So Sorry, Copper Dots.




Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend, enjoy your family and go do something you love!

Live Simply,
Bernadette

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Have Your Cake



Today I'm posting a card for the Case on Friday Birthday card challenge. This type of card is always difficult for me. I just want to keep adding layers, It takes me a little longer then usual and I struggle walking through it, but eventually produce something I'm happy with.

The products: stamp set is from an older Paper Pumpkin,the patterned paper is the Party Animal DSP, the base is SU Tangerine Tango, and ink and dots are Pacific Point by SU.

I'm hoping to get another challenge card done by Friday, but I'm not sure which one. Have a wonderful day and go do something you love.

Live Simply,
Bernadette

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Big Day


Today quieted down after 9 AM this morning. My daughter, granddaughter and great grandaughter headed out to VA. The family, 19 of us, had a early lunch at our home yesterday. We talked, laughed  and enjoyed watchiung the cousins interact. It was a full, busy, fun day.

Tonight I headed to my crafting space to complete a card I started several days ago to link to the Freshly Made Sketches site. This was my first card using the Party Animal Designer Series Paper. It's so bright and fun.  I used Crushed Curry for the base  Emerald Envy for the grounding level. I finished off with a stamp from the SU Sale-A-Bration set, Big Day stamped with Crushed Curry. I used the stitched Oval die to cut around the sentiment and then added some enamel dots.

I hope you had a wonderful and full weekend. Enjoy your Monday and go do something you love!

Live Simply,
Bernnadette

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Oh Taste and See



Last night I had a chance to finally work on a card for a Card Challenge.  I can't remember the last time I have done that. Sad but true. This card is for the Viva la Verve August Sketch Challenge. It was so nice to hear that Julee and her creative team will be getting back on a regular schedule again soon.

This card is pretty simple. I incorporated just a few layers and some dots to finish it. After I had completed adhering everything down, I thought I should have added some pink ribbon. Ugh, I hate those after thoughts, don't you?

Almost everything on the card is from my "older" stash. The solid papers are by Bazzill and SU, the patterned strips are from paper by Bo Bunny, dots and ink are SU, and so is the round stitched framelite piece.  I used a 2014 Scripture Verve stamp that I have a special person in mind to send it to. I love using the scripture stamps by Verve. They not only have beautiful fonts and a great variety of scripture verses to choose from but, stamp so crisp.

That's it for today for posting. I just finished cleaning my house and doing some wash. I might have and hour or so to start another card for another challenge if I don't take a nap first! Have a great remainder of your day and go do something you love!

Live Simply,
Bernadette




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Blissful Acres News

Life has been busy around here, but a good busy. We have had family in, a big family meal, babysat my 2 grandsons, and went to Lynchburg, VA to visit my son and his family.  Besides all that, we are having our entry wall repaired. Not so much fun, but it needed to be done.

This project has caused lots of dust and noise.  My crafting area is right above this on a second floor open alcove. Unfortunately,  crafting is not optimum right now. Tomorrow the dry wall guys and painters come in. Then flooring and woodwork contractors the following day.  It will be so good to have this project all done!


Couldn't get us all in.


Our neighbor told the boys they could play on her lawn while the sprinkler was running.  Of course they took her up on it!


Kate and Evan enjoying Sunday breakfast.


Kempton and Renior had a sleepover and bug exploration at the Lake Benson Park. And what a beautiful park it was. The boys did use the playground but wanted to ride their scooters and explore the lake more.





This weekend my daughter, grand daughter and great Grandaughter will be here. The local families are beyond excited.  This will be their first time meeting little Lorelai. I'm sure we will all be demanding to hold and love on her.

That's it for the update in the life of the Bliss Bunch here at Blissful Acres. I hope to have a few challenge cards done this week,  but time and mess might win out. Have a great week and go do something you love.

Live Simply, 
Bernadette





Saturday, July 29, 2017

Happy Birthday to You


Happy Weekend y'all. I have been enjoying my day preparing for our familly gathering tomorrow. My son Matt, his wife and children will be coming in from Lynchburg,Va for the weekend. My 4 other children and their families who live close by will also be joining us tomorrow. It's always great fun when we get together. The little ones just love getting "cousin time" and my children love connecting with their siblings. I just put up a sign in my Bonus Room that fits our family perfectly. It reads, " Some Call it Chaos, We call it Family"! Love it and it makes me smile everytime I see it.

Today is the last of my  Tasty Treats cards. I'm sure you are ready for that since this paper and samples have been around for several months. I haven't bought much Stampin" Up! for quite some time. I am really intent on using ALL the SUPPLIES I have on hand, even if they are not the latest and greatest.  Although so of the new stamps and papers I love, I don't do this as a business just a hobby, it's not economical or wise.

Now onto the card above.  This card was CASEd from Patty Bennetts blog. Thanks Patty! My card is an A2 size, Patty's was note size. The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin kit, the Icecream cone is from Taylored Expression die set (ret.). I used some sequins from another of the PP sets, SU card stock and ink. The little chocolate topping on the top of the cone was cut out with my Cricut Air.


That's about it for today. Enjoy your weekend and go do somthing you LOVE!

Live Simply,
Bernadette 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Happy Happy



                       

Today is the 6th. card in my series of 7 using the SU Tasty Treats DSP. This is a gift card that I cased from Tracy Bradley's site. I loved the simplicity of the gift card holder and I can see myself using it at Christmas time and many more birthdays.

Two different stamp sets were used here. The inside sentiment is from B.Y.O.G. and the Happy, Happy is from the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit. I just love having these little extra Paper Pumpkin stamp sets. I keep them in a SU Basic 6x8 Album right next to my desk for quick and easy access.





I did use the icecream cone from Cricut Simply Charmed, some Rhinestone dots, a Square Framelit (non SU) to cut around the sentiment, and the SU 1" Circle Punch to cut the opening in the Money Holder.

That's it for today. Make it a great one and go do something you love!

Live Simply,
Bernadette

Saturday, July 22, 2017

You're So Sweet



Happy Saturday to y'all! Just taking time to post another birthday card I created recently. You are probably wondering at this point, why so many? We have 13 grandchildren and one great grand baby. Eight of those 14 total are girls.  I just love the this DSP , as I have said before, and feel it's the perfect paper for the girls in my life. I'll be working shortly on the boys cards which I will be using SU Animal Kingdom DSP.

The dish,chocolate topping and cherry with stem are images from my Cricut Access with the ice cream scoops from Taylored Expressions Build a Treat dies. The sentiment is from the September 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit, twine is SU (Pool Party) and so are the pearl accents.

Have a wonderful weekend. We have an Excessive Heat Warning until tomorrow evening. It really has been so, so hot. I feel like I'm living in Scottsdale, AZ again!  Stay cool, enjoy your day and go do something you LOVE.

Live Simply,
Bernadette

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


A simple and cute little Birthday card using SU Tasty Treats DSP and  the Popsicle from the Cricut Simply Charmed cartridge cut on my Explore Air. To finish it off , I used SU Stitched Shapes, the Banner Triple Punch, and a circle die. The sentiment is from SU Fabulous Four stamp set. That's it for today. Now go and do something the MAKES YOU HAPPY!
Live Simply,
Bernadette


Friday, July 14, 2017

Extra Yummy Birthday


Today is another day using SU Tasty Treats DSP.  Right now I'm obsessed with this paper!  Although I only ordered the paper and not the suite, I'm finding a sufficient amount of older stamps, dies and help from my Cricut Air to complete them.

Unfortunately,  I'm not able to list the colors of the plain cardstock I've used.  With the move, not being totally organized, and not doing many cards this past year has caused some lapse of memory. Ok, maybe it's my age :))

This is another Deconstructed Sketch - #83, the sentiment and dies are from Taylor Epressions  Build a Treat (retired), SU ribbon, candy dots, Stitched Shapes Framelits, and Scalloped edge (unknown source).

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend. Go do something you love...

Live Simply,
Bernadette

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Super Sweet



Here is another card crafted using the SU Crafty Treats Specialty DSP. I used the Deconstructed Sketch #45 for the layout and Taylored Epressions Fruity Friends (retired) stamp set to complete the card. I colored the cute little strawberry, which was stamped on watercolor paper, with Memomento ink then filled it in using SU makers. I also used SU Stiched Shapes and Banner Triple.

Have a wonderful Tuesday and go do something you love!

Blessings,
Bernadette


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Popsicle Happy Birthday





Todays project is using Tasty Treats DSP and combining it with this cute little popsicle from the Simply Charmed cartridge. I spritzed it with a mixture of Champagne Mist (ret.) and alcohol in a SU spritzer to give it a shimmery look. The sentiment is one from the Feb. 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.

It's being put away for one of my sweet grandchildren. I will be making a few more using this DSP today and hope to get them posted by Monday. Make it a wonderful weekend and go enjoy something you love...

Live Simply,
Bernadette



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Blooming with Kindness


These are Thinking of You notes I made today staying with the same design for all 10. That not only made them easy, but quick. I also CASEd them from page 56 of the 2014/2015 catalog which made them even easier to produce quickly.

Stamps: Blooming with Kindness,  Gorgeous Grunge, and one of the
sentiments from the February 2016 Paper Pumpkin.  The flower was stamped with Primrose Petal and the grunge with Baked Brown Sugar. Size: 3 1/2 ×5

Have a great weekend and do something that makes you happy!

  Blessings,
  Bernie Bee

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Musings

Hello all, I hope you had a wonderful Easter. Our family certainly did. My oldest son and his family hosted our dinner this year. And what a dinner it was! Ross planned the meal and prepared it all. Cooking is his creative outlet and it certainly blesses us.
This a picture of his Saturday preparations.

His menu included roasted leg of lamb, Mediterranean rice dishes, fresh green beans,
crab stuffed mushrooms, pita wedges with hummus, olive plate, fruit plate and so much more. We all ate until we were stuffed, laughed, and finished with some delicious Baclava.

I also wanted to share my new Buffet. The gentleman who built my Farmhouse table built this for me. I am so happy with it. What do you think?




That's it for tonight. I'm going to bed early expecting to receive a call from my daughter who has been having contractions for a few days, but today they've been 
coming more regular. Hopefully, Matthew Jr. will make his debut soon! 

Have a good evening and a great day tomorrow.

Blessings, 
Bernie Bee 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Birds and This &That

Today I'll be posting just a a few picture updates. Not crafty stuff, but just things that are part of my life.


The little birds on our wreath are getting close to leaving the nest. I'll miss sing their progress from day to day.


Speaking of birds. This morning I was blessed with a male and female Goldfinch at our new feeder. We've had the House Finches and Carolina Chickadees coming for about 2 weeks,  but this was the first visit from the Goldfinches. I really need to get a better picture of the male. He's absolutely stunning. I did put up a Hummingbird Feeder, but there has not been any activity as of today.  


Speaking of "birds". Here is a recent photo of my son and his daughter who live in Maine. Her namesake is Wren after the tiny little bird. Hopefully,  we will get to see her and her brother Booker soon.
Our new little  Booker Scott born 3/17/17

I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend. My oldest son will be cooking the Easter meal this year. He loves to cook and entertain. Hopefully, my daughter Stephanie and her family will be able to join us. Tomorrow is her due date! We are so excited to get to meet Matthew Jr. soon.


Talk to you soon.
BernieB







Friday, April 7, 2017

SU Thinking of You and Sympathy Card

Today I have 2 cards using Stampin' Up! products. I've been real negligent for not utilizing them. And believe me, I have many to chose from probably like most of you reading this post.

 I feel by not carving out time to craft , I've sabatoged myself of my creative ability. You know the saying, use it or lose it. It seems I  get overwhelmed trying to decide on colors, layout, and stamps. Then give up and walk away.

When I was crafting on a more consitent basis, I found my inspiration by entering challenges or casing cards. A really simple solution to move ahead. But I've not taken advantage of that simple solution. Yes, I am more involved with my family since I am back East, but it's certainly not everyday. I guess I just need TO DO the suggestions I gave myself to move forward.

Well that's enough for my self help session! Thanks for listening.  If you have ways that motivate you when you've lost your creative mojo, please write and let me know. I would love to hear from you. Okay, now on to the cards.


Sympathy cards are always sad cards to make, but I needed one so I got to work. I do believe this was a CASE card, but unfortunately I don't know the creator. Sorry. Since I haven't keep up much on SU retired products, I'll just list what I used.

  • So Sorry stamp set
  • Butterfly Basic stamp set for flower
  • Bermuda Bay ink and paper
  • Very Vanilla CS
  • Timeless Elegance DSP
  • Soft Suede CS for base
  • Banner Triple Punch


This card is for a friend of mine who is bravely fighting cancer. I have been trying to send a card even couple of months to let her know I care.

  • Thoughts and Prayer stamp set
  • Very Vanilla CS
  • Crumb Cake CS
  • Assorted  Enamel dots
  • The embossing folder is by SU, but I don't know the name of it.
That's my post for today. I hope you enjoy your weekend and do something you love!

Crafty Hugs,
BernieBee 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cricut Baby Cards

Several days ago I was able to carve out some time to make several cards. Yeah me!

I was in need of 2 baby cards this week. Since I didn't have any in my stash, I decided to make use of my Cricut. I'm slowly honing my skills and at tempting to use it to its full potential.



This card is for a sweet young couple who added a baby boy to their family of 3 little girls. I used a retired paper by SU, Neenah white card stock, and Bazill textured paper to bring together this card.



I also in needed a baby girl card. This SU patterned paper with the little hearts, I felt, was the perfect background for the die cut image. It was paired with solid SU cardstock and Bazill textured cardstock.  

Both of the cut images are from the Cricut cartridge, Baby Steps. I can see myself using this cartridge often.

That's about it for tonight. Enjoy your day tomorrow AND go do something CRAFTY! I hope to.

BernieBee 

*If you like the names of the patterned paper used or the colors of the cardstock, just post a request on this blog.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Post

Well, here it is almost the end of March. I can't believe the month is almost over. My last post was too long ago. I really thought I might be on a crafting roll,but that didn't materialize.

Today I'm posting just a few pictures of recent goings on here in my neck of the woods.

We got to meet our 1st. Great Grandaughter who lives in Texas with her mommy and daddy. She came with her mom to visit with her Nana, my daughter, in Florida.  We were able to drive down and visit for a few days. What a blessing to see her and snuggle with her.
 

This is Miss Lorelai born on Thanksgiving Day 2016. Don't just feel pinching those sweet little cheeks!



And now introducing, Booker Scott born March 17th. 2017 to my son Joel and his wife Kelly. He joins his little sister Wren in Maine. We will get to meet him in May or June.




We had this sweet House Finch lay her little brood in our winter wreath on our front door. The Spring wreath won't be removed until the little ones leave the nest. We have avoided using the front entrance the past week so she will undisturbed.

 
This is my hall table decorated for Spring. The pillow, ceramic rabbit and the Hello Spring were my Target finds. The wreath on the mirror is the the one that was to be on the front door. 


This is a Cricut project that I did today. Sorry about the lighting. I took it at dusk. I'm not completely happy with it, but I will leave it for now. I can't believe how rusty I am with all my crafting attempts. 

That's it for now and I hope I haven't bored you too much.😙 

Have a wonderful and blessed remainder of the week!

Crafty Hugs,
BernieBee 




Sunday, February 19, 2017

I'm Up and Crafting...Sort of

Hi All

I am still around.  The last post I wrote was in October 2016. Now here it is February 19, 2017 and just wishing you a Happy New Year!

I hope the new year has brought you many blessings and lots of CRAFTY goodness.  I have actually made several projects, but didn't take the time to post them. Today this will be a short post hoping it gets me out of the very bad crafting mojo that I have had for months. Although my life had been busy with family and GRANDCHILDREN,  I just haven't been taking ME TIME. I'm trying to set up some type of craft schedule where I can fit all things in. Hopefully it will work. I really do miss creating.

I needed Thank You and Thinking of You cards ASAP. An unused Paper Pumpkin came to my rescue. It has been laying dormant since February 2016😊 I was able to get them done in just under 30 minutes. Yeah me. Such a great feeling working with paper, ink, and stamps again.

**I used the stamps in the kit plus stamps from the Paper Pumpkin 2015 kit on the cards. 



That's it for today. I have some family coming over for dinner and need to finish up things.  Have a wonderful Sunday and go do something  CRAFTY.

Hugs,
BernieBee