Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunflower -Be Happy Card with pocket Tammy Tutterow Designs

Hello friends! I'm still blogging from my phone and sharing project I had finished and photographed befor the accident, so bear with me ;)
This is another Tammy Tutterow Designs stamp and a spellbinders Die. Super fun little card with a pocket die.

Every day the chest and back soreness improve a little. Of course never as much as I hope. The doc said it could be three months before the soreness is gone. That's a bit depressing but I have to remember to just be thankful to the seatbelt and airbag for doing their job.  Mid week I was still having a lot of pain and Dan was concerned about a hard bump at the top
Of my sternum. He had already made a doctor appointment by the time I got up. They did more X-rays and found large hematoma and a fractured rib that must have been missed initially. Both just have to take care of themselves, so home we went. 
Tomorrow we go back to the Orthopedic surgeon in Omaha about my leg. I'm telling you what, just getting in the car now... scares me. 
Dan goes back to work on Tuesday, so new challenges ahead. It was great that he had three weeks vacation time banked, because he has been doing everything for me! I test myself a little at a time, so that I know what I can do when he goes back to work. This is a pretty different role for him... as I'm usually he caregiver . He jumped right in and has done so great. He even gives me the shots I have to have in my stomach each night (to prevent blood clots). He's better at it than I am.  I guess sometimes you just don't know what you have in you, until you are tested. I'm very thankful he's been so great with all this. 

I have been trying to upload some photos from my phone but for some reason I'm having trouble :( so I'll give it a whirl later. Thank you for all you healing thoughts, wishes and prayers !!!

❤️ Vic

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Whatevers - "On the Farm" layout

Here we are! It's time to share more " Whatever's".  I'm so thankful I had all my pages finished, photographed and put into blogger before my accident or I wouldn't be able to participate.. and that would so sad because I've been looking so forward to this.
I'm doing this from my phone now, because I can't get up to my computer upstairs so bear with me.

Be sure to pop over to Nat and Cats blogs , not only to see where creations and read their stories, but to get the original photo, if you'd like to play along with us. It's such an adorable photo.

Their home may have been small and humble but it was something mother always took so much pride in caring for. Even  before you enter the house you were greeted with mothers beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. My brothers and I often helped her in the garden, by filling buckets with cucumbers for mother to make pickles with. We learn how to gently pick the tomatoes from the stem without damaging the plant. Momther would reward us with hugs and praise and sometimes a slice of watermelon or cantaloupe.  We learned to be proud of our hard work in the garden, just like mother. 


Here are a couple close ups.
It was fun to do a vintage style layou with a girlie spin.

Thanks again for all your thoughts
And well wishes.

Things are getting a bit easier each day, and Dan is here helping me. I go back to the Orthopedic Surgeon on the 22nd  It's my understanding that they may take the pins out of my foot then and put on a different cast for another 6 weeks.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Whatevers - "Home Sweet Home" Layout

Hey friends, I'm going to apologize a head of time  for my post. Luckily when we started talking about doing this " Whatever's" project I was excited and worked on my pages, photographed them and got them at least "into blogger".   A lot has happened in the last week. Tues morning I headed to Omaha for my long awaited root canal. After leaving my appointment, I started home.
 On the way home I was in an accident. Four cars involved, but thankfully no one else hurt.
Since then I've had two surgeries on my right foot. The seatbelt and airbags did their jobs. I am very bruised and very sore, but it could have been way, way worse. My family is great as always and have been there for us and have been such a huge help. We are now lined up with, a walker, wheelchair, toilet riser, shower chair extra. Dan has taken 2 weeks vacation to start and then we will see what we need to do from there. I may have to step back from some Design Team things during this healing process.  I can not get up the stairs to my studio.  I'm doing this right now from my phone.
Thank you for keeping me in your prayers. Prayers and time will make this better❤️
Life on the farm was hard but they loved it. Always so many chores to do. Grandpa Joe though that taking time out of this busy work day for silly pictures was ridiculous. He was running a farm! He had things to get done!

Please check out Nat and Cats projects and stories on their blogs and you can also get the photo on their blogs to play Along with us. ( I usually post that here also but I will have to pass this week. Still trying to figure out how to do all this on my phone since I cant physically get up to my studio, sorry)
Nathalie Kalbach
Catherine  Scanlon.

You can also follow us Whatever's on Facebook 


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Whatevers - "The Dam Family"

Whatevers Part Three - The Darn Family
A couple years ago my friends  Nat KalbachCat Scanlon  and I founded The Whatevers, a Creative Storytelling Project. If your not familiar with it, here is what it's all about.  Most of us have seen discarded photos at flea markets, antiques shops ect.  We wanted to give those photos a story.   We each create our own page and write our own stories.   We have had so much fun with these! 

The three of us wrote an article for this recent Cloth Paper Scissors Issue 
 We have decided to bring the Whatevers back to life again, so we are  creating pages and stories each week this month.  We also share the photos so you can play along.

And check it out.. we made the cover!

Here is my layout
 and my story:

Dan,Darlene and Debbie Dam were a fun loving family. Well, some of the town people called them "fun loving" others thought them to be a bit eccentric, and some just pain crazy. No matter what people thought of them, there was one thing that was agreed on by all...........They were as close as any family could be.  They did everything together. Dan and Darlene had tried to have children for years to no avail. When Darlene was finally able to conceive Debbie, their world change. They were a family now. Everything revolved around Debbie and the three of them did everything together!  When they were seen riding to town together with their new side car, it was really not much of a surprise.  Well, the side car wasn't anyway, but the Dam's had their new purchased decorated with signs and flags, as well as horns that they could honk as they waved and road by.
 No one in town was going to miss this!
 Here is the original photo so you can play along with us.
( photo for personal use only)

 Share with us what you came up with on the Whatevers Facebook Page or leave a link in the comment section

Remember to stay tuned all month for more fun with "Whatever"..... AND, we'd love you  to join in!

Here are the links to Cat and Nat's blogs so you can check out there pages and stories.
 Cat Scanlon

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, May 01, 2017

Fancy Pants Designs card, 1912 Emporium, and Happy May Day!

Hello friends!  Happy May Day to you all!
It's another chilly, windy, rainy day here in Nebraska... but I have hope that nicer weather is around the corner. I actually saw the sun peek for just a minute.
I thought I'd share a Fancy Pants Designs card today.  Nothing like playing with cheerful papers to make your own sunshine!   I love these colors and patterns!

It's May Day and I am on a mission to keep May Day alive...but this year I am just not getting out to deliver May baskets.  I have been dealing with this toothache for so long it's just wiped me out.  After getting the filling I had pain for two weeks.  After talking with the dentist the decision was made that I needed to see the Endodontist and get a root canal. ugh.   So they call them to get me the referral.  The Endodontist called and the soonest I could get in was a week away! double ugh!  Well, it's been a LONG three weeks, but finally  my appointment is tomorrow.  I never thought I'd look forward to a root canal, but I AM!  I am "so" over this. Praying that tomorrow by this time I am pain free.

The May baskets above are some I made last year or the year before.

I have to share some photos with you from a fun shopping trip the girls and I made last week.  First of all we had a lovely brunch at Karen now home.. which was wonderful!
Then we headed to Wayne NE and took in a AMAZING new shop there called 1912 Emporium.
All I can say is I cant wait to go back.  If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen some of the photos I shared, but here are a few .

If you are on FB, be sure to follow them, and check out the photos and videos they have posted.

There are two big levels just packed with amazing things.

Lets just say, ... we had a lot of bags in the car on the way home. lol

What a fun day spent with the girls.  We will be going again soon.  I cant say enough great things about this place!  AMAZING!

Love these ladies!
I just snapped a quick photo of a couple of the things I got.

I'm in love with this butter dish.

I bought a number of things but ended up leaving some things in Karen car.  Like I said.... there were quite a few bags in there.   I will share those when I get them.

I'm hoping you will all stop back by on Wednesday as Catherine Scanlon, Nathalie Kalbach and I have some special things to share.   

See you Wednesday

Hugs, Vicki

Friday, April 28, 2017

"Joy looks good on you" card using Tammy Tutterow Stamps

Hello Friends!
I'm LOVING working with these stamps from Tammy Tutterow! They are gorgeous and so easy to use. This one was done with just fine tip sharpies and a bit of chalk.   Being far from a master of any specific markers, I find I can't really go wrong with these stamps, whether I use, markers, colored pencils, watercolor, chalk .. whatever.  They are so forgiving!
There are so many really cute stamps to choose from. This is the first time using this one for me. I   see me using is a lot in the future!
You can see all the stamps here

Today is the day that Tammy shares the teams projects, so if you want to see the awesome projects the Creative Team has been working on, you can check them out here
Tammy always had gorgeous projects she shares here on her blog, so you can check it out anytime, and you wont be disappointed :) 


Here is the link to this stamp  Joy looks good on you

I've been having so much fun creating with these stamps.  Dan always wants me to come downstairs and watch a movie with  him on his nights off.  I however have never really been one to sit and watch TV with out doing something else. (Especially thru a move).  It's almost painful to me lol. So...I bring a few pre- stamped  images downstairs with me and color while I'm watching.  NOW, I'm a happy camper! lol


Even tho we have an many dreary, cloudy days, I'm thrilled Spring had finally arrived.  I love seeing our fruit tree in bloom.

The clouds started to lift and the sky is looking lighter.  I know for many people this photo wouldn't be too thrilling, but for me................. It's bliss.   We always wanted to live in the country, at least out of town.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself.  I love it here so much.  We don't live in a  mansion, or own hundreds of acres of land, but we love it here.
Sometimes you just have to stop and think about what you have and be thankful.

I hope you are all had a great week! Enjoy the weekend! YAY!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L / Paper House Productions blog hop Day 4

It's been an exciting week of sharing on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Paper House Productions blogs. We have teamed up and have been sharing the creativity all week. You can check out all the posts and projects here on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog and on the Paper House Productions blog
And ... did I mention that there are giveaways involved??

All I can say is if you are looking for some great Travel themed scrapbooking products, look no further. Wow, Paper House has it all.
I found this Midwest Tag Sheet that instantly called to me.  Go figure! lol  I don't ever see "Nebraska" things , unless they are football related.  I was thrilled.
I decided to use this photo, that for me sums up our life, living here in NE.  This is the road to our house. Our land is where those trees are.

I thought it would be fun to use one of these journal pieces to add some facts about NE.

For putting together layouts I'm in love with my E-Z runner Grand.  It's my go to for most everything, but for layouts it's a dream.   The adhesive is permanent  and is HOLDS!  You don't need to cover the entire back in adhesive, or even run it all around the edge of the paper your attaching.  I just hit the corner , and the middle. Simple as that!

Paper House also has some great dimensional stickers, like this US map sticker.  There was also a little heart on the sheet that was perfect for placing right on Nebraska .

I truly have used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3-L exclusively  for at least 15 years now.  I LOVE that they have the perfect adhesive for the job.  For example, below I show how I used Crafty Power Tape for thin strips of paper that I use  for borders and accents.

This is also why I really love checking out the projects on the SA blog.  I not only like to be inspired by the projects the Design Team creates, but also to see the different ways they use each of the adhesives. Sometimes I see a way one of the girls has used a certainly adhesive and thought " why didn't I ever think of that?"  You will find very helpful tips there.

Thanks so much for stopping today! Don't forget there is all kinds of inspiration on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog and the Paper House Productions Blog, so check them out if you have a chance.  (Links above.)