Thursday, August 24, 2017

Masculine Happy Birthday




I'm back again today using the Viva la Verve Sketch  for August and also linking to Seize the Birthday.  As I am still working on my  birthday cards for the Big men and Little men in my life thought these 2 challenges would add to that. When I came across these left over SU papers and I knew one of my SIL's would love the theme.

Products used: Ret. SU papers, SU card stock, Star Embossing Folder (SU ret.) SU Stitched Shapes Framelits, SU Chey Cobbler ink, twine.

That is about it for me today. I'm not sure if  I'll be able to card make tomorrow.  The contractors are coming back to finish the dry wall project. It causes quite a mess with the dust and since my craft area is right above it in an alcove, it would be difficult to work. Oh well, there will be other days.

Go do something you love and...

Live Simply,
Bernadette




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