Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fancy Pants Designs " New House" mini album

Hey Everyone!  Hoping your weekend was fantastic! It's been pretty low key around here since it's Dan's work weekend, but that's ok too.  I've been trying to go thru closets in the house and bins in the garage so this is a good time to catch up on things.  I've been working on trying to thin out and "have less" for some time now, but it seems there is still more to go thru lol  I actually really love the feeling of getting rid of things I know we aren't using.  I always ask the kids first if it's anything they can use, if not, it's off to the Good will, in hopes that someone else will make good use of them.  The only things I struggle with are things that belonged to family.  I'm sentimental about that stuff.  Luckily the kids are too. Lucky for me anyway. lol  Because I'm thrilled when they want it.  I'll  share more about that at the end of my post.

For now I wanted to share a new little mini album I created with the Fancy Pants Designs "Family & Company" Collections.    It's a super cute collection with great papers and fun bit of ephemera.  It mades creating a album like this fun and easy.   If you want to see how I  created it , here is my post on the Fancy Pants Designs blog.

I know Jared and Kate will be doing lots of remolding in their now home, so I thought it would be fun to make them an album with the "before" photos.

These kids have a great adventure ahead of them. It's fun to see them so excited about it. They love working on improvement projects together ( and work together well).  I know they have so many great plans for this old school house turned house.  It's just got so much character.  
As I was going thru things here at our house there were a few things I asked them if they wanted.  Kate text back right away, saying they would love them.
One of the things was this old singer sewing machine that was given to me from my Aunt and Uncle many, many years ago.  I always had it displayed in the old house, but just never seemed to have a place for it here. So for 17 years it's been in the garage.  Kate found a great place for it here in the entry of their new place.  She texted me these photos after she got things in place.

This mirror was given to me by Dan's grandma.  Again, I love it , and it was one of those things I had up for a number of years but just wasn't using right now. 
It makes me so happy that these things mean something to the kids and that they once again have a place to shine :)

Although I've been going thru things, cleaning and organizing, it's a slow process.  I still get tired so easy and my foot is still causing me pain and a lot of  swelling.  I get frustrated because I get worn out so easily.    I have been having a lot of pain in my heel, which I think could be my bone spur flaring up ,but I'm glad I have my appointment with my Orthopedic Surgeon tomorrow so I can hopefully find out more about whats going on.

THIS was defiantly a bright spot in my week.   I'm going to see Garth Brooks in October with MY BOYS!  I cant even tell you how excited I am.  We all have been Garth Brooks fans since the boys were little. ( Dan not as much).    So the boys and I are going.   I'm excited to see Garth live, but most of all excited for the time with my boys!


The Garth Brooks World Tour Sponsored by Amazon Music Unlimited

 I saw this today and just had to share. It's so true.


Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope your week ahead is just fabulous!!!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

"I could Fall for you" Five for Fridays Tammy Tutterow and Fancy Pants Designs

Helloooo!  Here we are "Five for Fridays" with Tammy Tutterow Designs.
I couldn't wait to use this fun new Fall stamp from TT.   I had a shallow wooden box that this fit well on.  I made it into a little gift box and put some fall candies in it.
I love this stamp and I adore those cute acorns! 

I used the "with love" stamp as part of my "inside" design.   The papers, tags, little dear and puffy dots are all from Fancy Pants Designs. Golden Days Collection

These super creative ladies all have projects up HERE on Tammy's blog, and you can also see links to their blogs to check out more of their projects, as well as details on how they created them.

I could Fall for you Stamp
Fancy Pants Designs / Golden Days Collection

I had someone in mind when I made this Fall goodie box :)   Amy's mom was here in NE this week from CA.  Her dad couldn't come this time but we will see him when they are back for Christmas.
Amy is an only Child, and boy do they miss their girl now that she's in NE.  SO..... they have purchased land and will be building a new home and moving here permanently.  We are looking forward to having them here.

We wanted to have Leneece out to visit while she was here.  I don't know how it was that they stars aliened and all the kids were free that night, but I'm thankful!  (getting everyone's schedules to work together these day is tough).     
I haven't been cooking as much since the accident because It's still hard for me to stand for long periods of time.  I keep a  stool in the kitchen that I can pull over to the sink or stove:)      I wanted to cook but knew I had to keep it simple, Or I'm worn out before company arrives..
I wanted to have one last "Summer Feel" meal.   Sloppy joes, potato salad, baked beans and mostaccioli salad.  I don't want to say goodbye to Summer.  I feel like I haven't had one :( 

I made double batches of everything of course.. so I could send leftovers home with the kids. (  Oh, how I used to love when mom did that for us when we were first married).   My kids are not picky eaters, I'm thankful for that. They are all eager to take some leftovers when we have them.  Does this momma heart good to know they leave with a full belly ( at will have lunch for the next day or two :)

Anyway it sure was nice to have everyone all together!

I hope your week has gone well.  Countdown to the weekend is on!

Hugs, Vicki

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Baby Card using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3 L and Savoring Summer!

Hello friends!
Just me here, trying to savor every little bit left of Summer.  My accident happened in May so I feel like a missed most of Summer.  I didn't get to have all my flowers like I usually do, and I really missed that.  Since I've been able to get around more the last month, I have been really enjoying being outside.  I'll share a few photos below, but first I want to share with you this card I recently had up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog.  
This card is a shaker card I created using a disguarded  piece of packaging.
If you'd like to see how to create one yourself, you can see all the steps here on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog.

The weather has just been so nice here.  I feel almost guilty when I think of the weather tragedies going on right now in Texas, Florida ect...  
Boy have I been keeping them all in my prayers.
As I came home the other day I couldn't help but notice that the ditches were just full of sunflowers. That gorgeous yellow with the beautiful blue sky background was amazing. 
I have to say, it's been 17 years since we moved out of town to the country, and I still enjoy it more than I could have even imagined. 

My one and only plant on the deck this year.  Huge thanks to my sis for bringing it when I was still totally housebound.  I could always look outside and see it.   Having plants in the Summer is one of my very favorite things about Summer, so not being able to get out there to plant this Summer was depressing. This hibiscus  cheered me up many days!    

I couldn't miss this little dude hanging out in the yard the other day.  Praying Mantis are such interesting looking insects aren't they??  I was obviously pretty close to this guy, and I was totally intruded with how he'd turn his head to look at me.  ( I was just thinking ... "Please don't jump, please don't jump".   As long as he was slow moving, he and I were cool.

Just in case you are interested. Here is 10 Fascinating Facts about Praying Mantis

This week these amazing friends got together.  I cant begin to tell you how blessed I feel to have these four ladies for friends. 
We have all had a lot on our plates this pass year.  Some really great things like, Marriages and babies, but some not so fun stuff also. No matter what, we stick together. Group texts messages of love and support get us thru until we can be together next.  This week, since we have all had so much going on this Summer, we decided to get together, order pizza and just chat!   No craft project, no gifts, , no shopping trip... just visit.  It was perfect!
After being with these ladies I always leave with a full heart.

This pretty much sums it up

Wes's girl Amy's mom is at their place visiting this week from CA.  We plan to have them out here for Supper tomorrow night.  We are looking forward to that.   I have much of the food already made, just need to finished up a few things around the house.  But for now... bedtime.

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs all around!


Friday, September 01, 2017

"Choose Joy" Card using Tammy Tutterow Designs / Five for Fridays

Hello Everyone!  Here we are at Friday again.  You know that means "Five for Fridays" with the Creative Team for Tammy Tutterow Designs.  I always look so forward to this, because I truly look so forward to seeing the things these talented ladies create.

There is a card I created using Tammy's "Choose Joy" stamp.  The leaves are one of Tammy's die designs with Spellbinders and round scalloped die is a Spellbinders.
It's been a while since I've created a square card.  I love creating large square cards like this to add to a gift basket or to add to a gift bag ( without an envelope).
I used Tombow markers for the majority of the coloring and a Copic Cool Gray #3 for the shadowing.
The papers are from Fancy Pants Designs.
Adhesives used - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Tammy Tutterow Designs - Choose Joy

Pom Pom Posies

Now, off to see what the other ladies have created. You can check it all out here on Tammy's blog!

As always, thanks so much for taking time to stop by :)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

"We are Family" Canvas using Fancy Pants Designs "Family & Co" Collecion

Hey friends!
Hoping your weekend has been great! We seemed to kind of have our "weekend" during the week, this week.  My sis Sharon  and niece Dawn from Florida were here visiting from NE, so we enjoyed having them here, and I loved our time for late night chats.  I'll share a project and then at the end of the post, a few photos from our week.
I had this 8x11 canvas up on the Fancy Pants Designs blog last week.  The adorable family is my great niece Christine's family.  The collection used is the "Family & Co" Collection.

I have to tell you, I find the Fancy Pants Collections SO easy to work with!  I hardest part is having to decide which to choose from the huge variety of pieces. .  lol  No kidding, I'm serious.  There are just so many great coordinating pieces to choose from.

Tags, ephemera, chipboard and puffy pieces ect..

I love making canvases like these on a wim and mailing them to the family.  I'm so glad this one arrived, because when I heard from Christine she told me I had sent it to the old address.  ugh!  Thankfully her inlaws live across the street so the new people in the house, got it to them and they got it to Christine.  I'm so glad!


It was hard to say goodbye to these two when they headed out.  Sure loved the time we  got to spend together.  We chatted until 3 AM the last night. lol  My sis Sharon and niece, Dawn.

My dogs got SO spoiled ( even more than they already are)!   Sharon and Dawn are both dog people, so the dogs too total advantage of this situation. lol
My sis just recently had knee surgery, so her and I hobbled around together for a few days. lol  Dawn is a whirlwind of energy so I felt like she was taking care of both of us the entire time.  I do not know where she finds all that energy!

The only time she was  sitting down was to pet the poochies. 
Before they headed out, she had all the sheets washed, dried and back on the beds!

When they left here they headed to Lincoln to spend the day with our family there and go to dinner.  I have been having a lot of knee pain, which I'm sure is from walking weird because if my foot.  It's led to many sleepless nights, so I decided I need to stay home and off my feet for a bit.  I was sad to miss out on the day, but I knew it was best.  I was just glad I got the previous days to visit with them.
Below is a photo of  my sisters Jan and Sharon.

Below is the brothers, sisters and their spouses after dinner. ( my sis and brother in law from AZ of course weren't close enough to come). But their Son Brent and Daughter in law came, as they live in Lincoln.
The two tallest guys are my brothers.

I was bummed about missing out but knew I better stat off my knees and see if I can get this under control.  I played it pretty cool yesterday and today, so I hope it helps.

My heart is full after a great visit with my sis and nieces. I sometimes wish I could just scoop all my family up and keep us in the same state. I'm sure many people feel that way.   I'm thankful for the time with them.

Thanks for letting me share!


Friday, August 18, 2017

Five for Fridays with Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team / Happy is my Favorite Color

Happy Friday Everyone!!
Celebrating Friday with the Tammy Tutterow Creative Team's "Five for Fridays".  The Friday we all share a current project we've been working on.
I'll tell you a  little bit about mine and then I hope you will pop over to Tammy's Blog and check out all the other inspiration from this talented team.

Why do I love Tammy's stamps so much?  Well, they are CUTE of course lol, but I also love how you can be a very novice colorer or a very seasoned colored and you can make them look great!
You can use markers, watercolors, pencils .. whatever you like.  I not only think the bigger images with bits of detail and wider lines are not only easier to color/paint but boy do they make a statement.
You don't have to own tons of expensive markers, and you don't have to be an expert on shading and blending.  I kept it simple with the image below using only Sharpies and Chalk.

Happy is my Favorite Color

Check out all Tammy's gorgeous steel rule flower dies HERE

These ladies gorgeous projects, as well as links to their personal blogs to read even more about their projects are all HERE on Tammy's blog today.  I'm SO enjoying being apart of this team.  These ladies are not just talented, they are just really great people!  Tammy and these girls have made me feel so welcome.  Especially since just after I joined the team, I had my accident and was not at the top of my game to say the least.  Thank you for all your prayers, and patients.

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend ahead and thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A few Fancy Pants Designs Projects using the "Dream Big" Collection / and meeting Evelyn

Ready to start a brand new week?  Well, here we go!  Seems like the weekends fly by, doesn't it?  We were excited to meet the newest member of the family this weekend.  Here and her Momma and Daddy were here from Colorado to visit so we all got together for dinner last night.  I'll share some photos below, but first ( as always :)  a few projects.  These are projects I had up in my blog post on the Fancy Pants Designs blog this week.  If you haven't been over there in a while, pop by and check out all the new creative inspiration from the DT using the newest collections.
I used the Dream Big Collection for these projects.

Here is my original post on the Fancy Pants Designs Blog

The first project is one of the fun Travelers Notebooks from Fancy Pants that I dressed up  and personalized.  I love the simplicity of it.  Since I'd be using it in my purse, I didn't want a lot of  embellishments that I'd have to worry about getting caught on things in my purse. ( because often my purse is .. shall we say, I bit .. disorderly? lol

I find these collections so easy to create with because there are such great ephemera pieces. I LOVE them!
I rarely make a card that I don't use Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares or Foam Tape They are a match made in heaven with these ephemera pieces!

Before adding the wreath piece, I cut a piece of plastic from some other Fancy Pants packaging and added it to the back of the wreath.   Once I had added it to the card with foam tape, I then added the center circle to the middle using foam tape again.  Just a simple thing that really adds interest to the card.
This is a super fun collection.  There are many more inspiring projects HERE on the Fancy Pants Designs Blog.

So yesterday, those family members who were able all got together for dinner to meet the newest member of the family.  Miss Evelyn June. 
Every time, I think about her name I get a lump in my throat.  Evelyn was our sweet momma name, and now it is shared with this little sweetheart.  I know mom is just smiling down from heaven.

This is my sis's newest grandbaby. She has the most darling little grandson and now a darling little grand daughter!  Her and my brother in law Keith just beam when they they are around their grand babies.  I love them both so much, so watching them interact with their grand kids just makes my heart swell!
I adore this photo of my sis with her son ( Evelyns Daddy, Ryan) and Evy.
Look at her looking at her Grandma! awwww

It was so great to see Ryan, Erin and Evelyn and also the family members that could make it for dinner.  I tried to get a photo between all the movement and chatter, but still didn't begin to get everyone in the photo.  I suppose there was about 20 of us.   We kept rotating from chair to chair so we could try to talk to everyone. lol   We are a chatty bunch for sure. lol   My brothers would say, it's just us girls :)

Getting together and spending time with my family is just what I was needing.  And I was determined I was walking in there with NO cane!   I was also determined that this Summer was not going to go by with out me getting to wear flip flops at least once!  So I did!
Seeing my fam, no cane, wearing flip flops, meeting Evelyn... that was a great day!
It was nice that Dan had the weekend off so he could come also.  Amy and Wes rode up with us to Lincoln so we had a chance to visit with them on the way there and the way back.  Jarad and Kate would have loved to come but had their Volunteer Fire Departments fundraiser dance last night.

I have given a lot of thought this week to how blessed a really am.  There were days over the past three months where I wasn't exactly thinking as positively as I should have been.  The time laying or sitting since the accident,( because I couldn't do the things I used to do) would get me down.  There are things to be  done... don't you know lol.  I would then feel bad for feeling that way or even complaining because there are so many others who have things so much worse.  I had nothing to complain about. Still ... as much as I would remind myself of that.. there were those days that were just frustrating.
Yesterday especially, as I looked around at this amazing family chattering away around the table, passing out hugs to each person as they arrived, and seeing  this beautiful new baby our family has been blessed with I thought.... Wow..... amazing!   Blessed beyond belief!

Just Blessed beyond belief!