Sunday, November 29, 2015

Getting Some "Craft-Zen" Time

With another successful family Thanksgiving nicely tucked away, I have found some "Craft-Zen" time to create a couple more card designs.

This time last year, I had only learned using my Silhouette Cameo for creating vinyl designs.

This year, a completely different story. What did I ever do without this machine? Factor that with FINALLY nailing heat embossing, and this gal, is one happy camper!

Hope you like these new cards, and as always God Bless!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

So Much To Be Thankful For

"For each new morning with it's light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends".
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

So many times in the troubles and struggles of life, what one is so truly grateful and thankful for, can get lost. As Thanksgiving approaches, I am more reflective on what I am thankful for most of all. It is not "things" or "stuff" but people. The love of family and friends is irreplaceable.

Embrace and cherish each and every one of those you love as you celebrate Thanksgiving this year.

And through all the thought processes and gratitude, I have managed to do a wee bit of crafting.

Primitive Cone Table Top Trees. These were so much fun to make! I used 12x12 Chipboard as my cone base, covering with  a primitive and coordinating patterned paper, adding twine garland with "grunge"* snowflakes for embellishments. Grunge snowflakes were created using lightweight chipboard flakes, sponging a dab of Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Antique Linen, follow with a pouncing of DecoArt Media Matte Medium, sprinkled with Cinnamon, yes from the pantry :)

I am very pleased with the results.

Hope you enjoy!

I also made a Vintage/Chic Scissor can.
Just love when the creativity flows!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
God Bless!
Oh, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Grief for Paris & The Tummy Bug Blues

 I like millions of others, was shocked and grieved with the terrorism unleashed on the "city of love and light".  And, the President of France, and law and military enforcement, have been swift and diligent in their actions to find and eradicate the terrorists responsible for the horrible carnage.

Here in the US, there is a HUGE cloud of doubt looming on whether or not, our president and law and military enforcement, will be as prepared and swift, if it were to happen here. With a commander in chief that I have very little to o confidence in, odds do not look so good.

My thoughts, and continued prayers go up for those who lost loved ones in this senseless tragedy.  Pray for Paris........

 There has been a nasty bug going around in these parts, and I have been hit with it 3 times. The only crafting  I have done, is more paper rolled rose table top tree's (prior to the bug's most recent visit).  Now, back to making my Christmas Cards.

Be blessed in all things, always.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Creative Endeavors

Oswald Chambers stated "When God sends His inspiration, it comes to us with such miraculous power that we are able to "arise from the dead" and do the impossible. The remarkable thing about spiritual initiative is that the life and power comes after we "get up and get going". God does not give us overcoming life-He gives us life as we overcome".

I truly believe in his philosophy. For quite sometime, my crafting had been somewhat on "hiatus". Primarily due to a major life changing decision, that proved to be a colossal mistake.

The last 5 years, has been a rebuilding of our lives. And in the last 5 months, I have dealt with two forms of depression, and came through, reignited and ready to give "life" a chance to shine again.

There is a beauty that is rising, skills of art restored and more,  as  that restoration stated in Isaiah 61:2-3; comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve, to bestow upon them  a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor".

My seasons of sorrow have gone, my seasons of mourning's has passed, I emerged a new creation, ready to explore, new creative endeavors.

My latest creative endeavors, a 12x12 scrapbook layout and an oversized tag.

Thanks for stopping by!

Be blessed in all you do!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Feeling Festive

Once I got started, I just couldn't stop. Guess I am feeling festive now.
May you feel as inspired as I do, to create wonderful things for this holiday season!
Thanks for stopping by!
Many Blessings!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Christmas Wreath

Over the years during the preparations for the Holiday season, I am the biggest procrastinator when it comes to creating my Christmas cards.

Dashing 90% of the "ideas" right into the garbage can. This year, (with the aid of last years Christmas present) my Silhouette Cameo, the creating was spot on!

I am so thrilled with the results of this Christmas Wreath Card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!