Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Blueberry Blossom time at Penny Black

Do you suppose there are flowers like this anywhere in the world? ...  I hope so : )

Please join me at the Penny Black Simplicity blog to see my whole card : )

Tell me... if you had to choose between tacos the rest of you life, or being skinny which would you choose?? ....Softshell or hardshell??

BIG (((HUGS)))

Monday, July 16, 2018

That's not funny! and some Blog Candy!!

Why did the strawberry cross the road?.....  
Because it’s Mom was in a jam

Hello friends this post is embarrassing to write!  Almost as soon as I posted that we had found THE perfect home in New Mexico we learned the owners were returning from overseas and would not be renting the home after all.

I had just finished packing up my entire crafty space too!!

I need some smiles friends can you help? 

I went searching on my computer for the picture of this funny card I created about 10 years ago.  My picture taking "studio" has improved with time so this picture is funky but I doctored up the lighting in Photoshop and it looks ok I guess. It makes me laugh and that is what I need most right now : )

I am extending an invitation to all my bloggy friends to join my pity party my Linky party!! Please post your fun and funny cards to make me laugh. Each entry comes with the chance to win my blog candy!! : )

The party will continue through August 6th.  I suspect I will need that many laughs once I resume my search for the "real" perfect home!! : ) I know God has a treasure in His pocket for us so, while we are disappointed, we acknowledge Him and know if that had actually been THE perfect home for us we'd be moving in to it : )

About the prize... : ) can you trust me? it'll be nice!! I have not decided if I will give away some of my treasured NBUS or if I will give away a gift certificate.  If the winner is out of the US then I am fairly certain it will be a gift certificate - simply for the ease in shipping.  Either way if you GOTTA know! I will come back and post a picture otherwise be excited and show me your funniest cards!

There is no limit to how many times you can enter.  The Linky will close at midnight MST on August 6th.

Thank you friends and thank you in advance for all the giggles!!

BIG (((HUGS)))

Monday, July 9, 2018

Have a Great Day Sisters!

Hello friends I hope you are having a great day! As a Penny Black "Simplicity Sister" I am honored to share a card today using products exclusively from Penny Black.

Last month I received a beautiful birthday card in my mailbox from a sweet friend, Birgit, of Crafting While I Wait blog.  I love it and decided to CASE it  : ) Here is Birgit's card:

Here is my take on her beautiful card:

I drew inspiration from the blue sky day outside the window on Birgit's card.  It was easy peasy with Penny Black's new Window die.  Thank you so much Birgit for the inspiration!

Supplies by Penny Black:
51-443 Art Deco Window
51-428 Floral Arrangement
30-283 Snippets

Ok, Vikki..... So why don’t they play poker in the jungle?.........  Too many cheetahs! giggles

I am excited to share that we have found a home in New Mexico! : ) All my careful planning is paying off as we approach our moving day.  We are seriously torn between wanting to be settled in our new home and not wanting to leave our Mexican friends who have become family! but there is no turning back now : )

Before I go I wanted to FINALLY share pictures of my picture taking set up that blogland's friend Jeanne of Creative Bliss asked me about way back in April. As you can see it is nothing fancy at all! but the success I have with my images has a lot to do with the lights we use.  I tried to get a good shot of the company name in case anyone wants to look into getting something like this.

I punched the holes in this shade myself because without them we were afraid the lights would get too hot and shorten the life of the bulbs.  It worked great!

I hope these images help you in some way.  Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

I still have lots to do to get ready but I want to say - thank you for visiting me : ) I have been blessed by so many people who have kept in touch with me even though I have been gone from blogland so much!! A couple more months and I will be settled in my new crafty space!! I can hardly wait!  Don't give up on me I'll be back!

Last but certainly NOT least please please please consider a visit to Penny Black's Simplicity Blog for oodles of CAS inspiration!

BIG (((HUGS)))

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Remember me?

Hello friends : )  I hope you haven't forgotten me - I have been so busy and distracted that my blog and blog visiting are seriously lacking!! Thank you for stopping by today and just to reward you for hanging in there wish me here is a little joke to brighten your day.... I hope:

I was asked if I wanted to be an Organ Donor.  I told them if you can get it out of my basement it’s yours!!

And that goes for just about anything in my house right now! if you wanna come get it - it's yours! LOL  My "donation and garage sale piles" are towering but neither one have yet to overtake my "this is going to New Mexico pile".  It's coming along : )

Don't feel too bad for me though I am having a blast and I am getting plenty of time away from packing!! This is a photo heavy post so if it is cards you are looking for skip all the family stuff and scroll down to the bottom to see a couple quick and easy Graduation cards : ) 

Our daughter and SIL lost their home to a fire in early May : ( it was devastating but not as devastating as it could have been.  My SIL and one grandson were home sleeping and had to escape from a second story window.  The house and contents were 100% lost. : ( but we praise God that those were only "things".

I have been working on this queen size quilt for (I'm ashamed to say) MANY years!! I pulled it out and finished it to send to our daughter this week. I wish I would have ironed it before taking this picture - but you get the idea.  I photographed the quilt on a king sized so that pattern shows up better : ) 

Our "student", Nayeli celebrated a birthday last week.  She invited us to her dormitory where the whole group cooked for us.  It was a blast.  This picture only shows a fraction of the group.  My husband, Bob and I were really feeling our age by the end of the night because there was LOUD music and dancing and much!! hilarity!! mostly in Spanish mind you LOL 

Bob and I have gotten in lots and lots of bike rides. It is a fantastic stress reliever!

We continue to enjoy the tremendous food our adopted kids cook for us at the Mexican restaurant! 

And I have actually created a few cards here and there! heeheehee

I made these cards early last month for a couple of graduations in the family. : ) They were fun and really super easy.

Thank you for hanging in there with me : ) One more joke to reward you for your tenacity! : ) 

As the herd of cows were traveling, one of them was falling behind.  She shouted out to the others that she could not run any faster..... "slow down, my calves are killing me!" 

Ok, sorry that was a mean trick making you wait for that! LOL 

BIG (((HUGS)))

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Celebrate Penny Black CAS

It is my turn to share with you on the Penny Black Simplicity Blog. Here is just a little peek at my card : )

I'm especially excited to direct you to the Simplicity blog today because we are welcoming a bran new Sister to the team!! I'm busting with excitement because it is one of the sweetest gals in Blogland!! Loll Thompson : )  I know you'll join me in welcoming her!

BIG (((HUGS)))

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

Hello friends : ) I have missed you.  It has been a while since I posted.  My life seems to be all about sorting and packing and eating Mexican food!! LOL but more about that later in this post.

My card today is to celebrate my Dad as well as celebrate a clean ans simple way to use some terrific products from Penny Black!!

I wanted to join the Simon Says "Frame It" challenge so I cut a frame on the front of my card which reveals just the face of my cute poppa bear.  Inside you get to see this golf pro in all his adorableness! : )

There are some new faces on the Design Team at the Simplicity blog for Penny Black.  I hope you will visit often for CAS inspiration.

Here is a little update from my neck of the woods..... I am making good progress with my pre-moving tasks and preparing for a HUGE garage sale!! : )

Since the tourist season got underway on Memorial Day and the Mexican restaurant opened we have not been able to have many English /card making classes.  All of our friends are super busy!! but we continue to see them frequently and enjoy the delicious food they create.

I had a birthday since my last post.

 Here is a picture of the head chef, Angel, his wife, Berenice and Angel's sous-chef, Gerry taken at the restaurant with my hubby and I.

We were so blessed as Angel and his team prepared a 5 course 5 star meal for my birthday including this incredible Shrimp Soup - which is probably the best food I have ever tasted!!:

That is about it for me today.  I could show you my piles of boxes but I think that might be an overshare! LOL suffice to say it is not a pretty sight around here!....sigh

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you are enjoying a beautiful summer so far and that you are enjoying the things that make you the happiest!!

Oh my goodness I almost forgot my joke! LOL Well here goes I hope it was worth the wait heeheehee.
After the sheepdog gets all the sheep in the pen, he reports back to the farmer: all 40 accounted for”  The I only have 36 sheep” says the farmer.. I know says the sheepdog but I rounded them up!”

BIG (((HUGS)))

A bear of all trades #30-108 by Penny Black
Frames #51-410 by Penny Black

Monday, May 28, 2018

Graduation Announcement Card

Happy Memorial Day friends : ) Are you having a picnic today? Going to a graduation party?? Firing up the grill? Whatever you are doing I hope you are having fun doing it!!

I wanted to make a quickie post today to share a card I made for my great niece who is Graduating this month.  She sent her formal graduation announcement and I altered it a bit : )

I used a cream card stock as my base.  I cut off the strip of Gold and school name and attached it to the top panel of the card. Then I cut the numbers from the emblem on the announcement being careful to get a slice of the school name and their mascot.  I have never done a personalized graduation card quite like this before and I like how it turned out. : )

Why did the girl wear glasses in math class?......  It improves di-vision!

BIG (((HUGS)))

Friday, May 25, 2018

JUGS - You're so Fun - I just love you!

This card expresses how I feel about the challenges at Just Us Girls Challenge Blog!! : ) This is my last week as a Guest Designer.  I want to thank each member of the JUGS Design Team for inviting me to be a part of this talented  group : ) and making me feel so welcome!!

This week we have a beautiful photo for you to take inspiration from.  I love both the flower and the soft bokeh of this photograph.  I used vellum to try to recreate the softness of the green background by using it as the front of my card.

Making cards with a vellum face is not difficult - simply cut a 6 x 4.25" piece of vellum for the front of the card scored - then folded at .5" - tape it directly to the back of a 5.5 x 4.25"  card base.   Easy peasy.

For my card I used a sweet lime green cardstock back.  I cut a "Wavy Stitch Edge" border for the "ground" that I sponged with lime green ink.  I heat embossed my sentiment with Copper embossing powder.  Penny Black has the best Sunflower image on the market! : ) IMHO heehee which I stamped on watercolor paper and colored with Zigs - fussy cut out and taped to the vellum to completed my little scene : )


I would like to invite you to visit Penny Black's Simplicity blog where you will always find a selection of CAS creations showcasing the wonderful product available in the Penny Black Store : )

Before I go I wondered if you had heard about the Italian chef that died?.....  Yeah, he pasta away.

BIG (((HUGS)))

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Simplicity Sister - Doing what I love!

I really love stretching a dollar! I love shopping at garage sales and finding coupons to my favorite stores in my e-mail : )  I guess that is why I enjoy all the ways you can use Penny Black dies.

For my card today I started by embossing with my die rather than cutting with it.  I experimented with just the right "sandwich" for my Big Shot so that I can use my dies to emboss.  Can you see the little hearts suspended from the top of my card?  It would be great just like this but then I cut the same die on a piece of copy paper to create a stencil.  I lay my stencil directly to the card face and lightly sponged the hearts in place.   : )

I hope that you are getting to do what you love today as well!! and just for a bonus I pray God's Love is falling from the sky to bless you!! : )

All supplies from Penny Black
Heart Drops #51-298
Mimi's Love #30-270
Sweet as Honey #30-145

A word to the wise....

Don’t ever run with bagpipes… you could poke and eye out or worse yet you could get kilt!

BIG (((HUGS)))

Monday, May 21, 2018

Cómo se dice... - How do you say....

Ok so our Spanish speaking student's English is improving by leaps and bounds but I can't say the same for our Spanish!! We continue to have English class with our sweet new adopted daughter Nayeli.  The last time she was here she wanted to know the usage of:


you know Arrrr! like a pirate would say.  How we got on to that subject?? I have NO idea! LOL but we tried everything to explain it including me putting an eye patch over my glasses!

It was only when I looked at her and said "Pirates of the Caribbean" did she shout out the name of the main character in the movie.  With tears rolling down all of our faces she came to understand that a pirate would say "Arrrr" heeheehee What can I say? we are having FUN!

I have been CASEing the designs for our classes from my own cards for a couple of reasons - time really being the biggest reason.  I want to focus on giving her experience with a lot of different tools and coloring mediums.  So for most of my regular visitors many of the designs I'm sharing are ones you may have seen before.  This day I shared my Zigs. Both Nayeli and Diane handled them expertly and their cards turned out super pretty! We are normally so caught up in what we are doing that I fail photograph the event properly.  When each class is over I regret that I didn't take more pictures.

Nayeli's used the sentiment "Hola" on her card which means hello in Spanish.  
I wish you could see her beautiful Ziggy coloring better -  this picture doesn't do it justice

Next I designed a "Scratch and Sniff" card for them to create.  This was a fun one and met with the question: "What does 'you're the cherry on the top' mean?!" I didn't see that one coming giggles!!

Thank you for stopping by. Here is a little funny to reward you! : )

What did the female dinosaur call her blouse making business? 
"Try Sara’s Tops!"

BIG (((HUGS)))

Friday, May 18, 2018

Color Week at the Just Us Girls Blog

Hello everyone!

Why did the farmer call his pig ink?  Because he always ran out of the pen.

heeheehee  I hope May flowers are blooming in your neck of the woods!! : ) here everything is turning lush and green!! it's is beautiful : ) As I write this my doors and windows are open and I am enjoying the sound of birds chirping and the faint sound of a lawn mower somewhere in the distance.  I love May!!

Today I hope to inspire you to join me at Just Us Girls!  As an invited guest I am in some pretty incredible company! you gotta check out the DT I promise you'll be inspired.

I love this color combo!!  Please inspire us with your take on this great challenge by joining us at JUGS.

I am having a blast creating Christmas cards this year. I normally wait until December to make my cards but because of great challenges like Loll's CAS Christmas Card Challenge and Merry Monday I am going to have my cards finished early!! : )

I will be sharing this happy little snowman in the CAS Christmas Card Challenge.  I encourage you to share your snowman cards there too - the challenge is open until May 24th.

Thank you for stopping by : ) Have a great day!

BIG (((HUGS)))