Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Valentine card inspiration

"LOVE" day is just a few days away now. I dropped my Valentines in the mail to my sisters today.  I thought I'd share some simple card inspiration with you here today.  I pulled out my some of my older Valentine collections from Fancy Pants to play with for these cards.  I love digging into past collections. Using them "as is", or mixing them with current collections.  I think these papers are adorable.           Fancy Pants Designs

Any time I get to mix aqua with red and pink, I'm a happy girl.  One of the things I love about FP collections is that you can pull projects together that look great, either keeping them really  simple like the designs of these cards...  or really getting creative and creating a very involved project.  So depending on what your in the mood for, how much time you have ...ect, they just work.
Using the sayings , borders, and stickers from the Sticker Sheet made putting these cards together super easy.

 I hope whatever you have planned for  Valentines Day , you have a wonderful time.  I don't think the Chrisman's have any big plans. lol   Maybe we'll live it up and order a pizza :)   The funny thing is, I'm not complaining.  I'm such a home body sometimes these days it's crazy.    ( At least in the winter).

I forgot to share  a few photos from the little outing my sis and I had last week. We took a drive a couple of hours from here and went thrifting, and out to lunch.  We found a few things.  Nothing major, but had a great time just hanging out together and being silly of course :)     Nothing is better than a day out and about with my sis! 

Well, I woke up EARLY today ... really early.  And I'm determined to make the best of it and get a lot done today, so I better get moving.   Please Facebook and Pinterest do not distract me! lol

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your day is fantastic!


Friday, February 05, 2016

"Hello" Card ... and winter in Nebraska

Well, Nebraska has reminded us ...  just incase we forgot... that it can get serious about snow.  Blowing snow.. and lots of it.  We stayed inside yesterday and today.  Once the snow stopped blowing today, dad got the snowblower out and went to work, but we didn't venture out on the roads. We had prepared so there really was so reason to go out, we had everything we needed.   I thought I'd spend more time in my craft room , but for some reason I didn't.  For the first time ever that I know of, the plant where Dan works even closed so we just hung out here , watched movies and putzed around the house.
Thought I'd share one of the cards I made when I was Guest Designer for Cocoa Daisy.  There was so many gorgeous things in this kit!  Cocoa Daisy Shop
The bow is my die design from AccuCut .

The first photos I wanted to share are some that I took last week. I woke up early one morning and looked out the window to see everything was covered with this beautiful frozen fog.   I'm a night owl, so trust me .. it has to be pretty amazing for me to want to grab my camera and go out in the cold. lol   I did!    This photo is right on the corner by our house where the two county road intersect.

This was seriously like a winter wonderland.  It was SO quiet!  I wished I had boots and was dressed for it , because I really wanted to just go walking out there. It was SO beautiful.  The photo doesn't begin to capture it.

The sun came out and the sky was so blue!

Fast forward from those photos of last week to these of yesterday and today. That snow was really coming down.  And later in the night it started blowing like crazy.

We stayed in , watched movies, played with the dogs, and stayed warm.

I don't know if it's just a guy thing or what, but I have to laugh because when ever the weather is bad,  Dan walks back and forth from window to window looking out .. just like my dad used to do. lol

Dan got the drive cleared just in time.  Andrew ( family friends and neighbors up the road a few miles) called and wondered if I could watch Lyla for a bit so he could go get Kate ..as she was stuck in Fremont.

Well, of course!  How could a turn down this sweetness?!?
She is just so adorable.

I loved every minute. She didn't card if I had no make up on , had messy hair and pajama pants on lol.  My kind of company :)

It was a great bright spot in the week.  I've started and stopped this blog post a few times with all that's been going on.  I haven't shared here but my dear friend Debs husband has been very ill. They found out just a few weeks ago he had cancer after going in with back pain.  He passed away yesterday.  My heart is just broken watching what my friend is going thru right now. I'm trying to be there for her as much as I can but I cant take that horrible hurt away.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Thank you so much.


Monday, February 01, 2016

New cards to share

Sorry I've been away for a bit. Sometimes life happens and it needs attention first :)  But here I am with a couple of  cards to share using a new AccuCut Die.   It's a super fun fold out card that has included mat shapes can be used either on the outside or inside of the card. 
* Paper and stickers used for this card are from Adornit

I did a number of samples for AccuCut using this die, but in the one below I wanted to show how it could be used to send a photo. For and announcement or just for fun.
( that adorable little family in the photo is my niece Neely, her husband Alan, and new baby Tennessee :)

I love how the mats can be cut for use on the inside or the outside of the card.  Sorry, I always try to list the papers, but this was a mix of this and that. The stamps are from Pink Persimmon.

This is a super fun folding card, I'm sure I'm going to be using a lot :)

Last week I spent time straightening up in my work space.  I am working on some scrapbooks for someone and I need a table in my room to dedicate just to that.  It was time to get things tidy and in order before I bring in a bunch more stuff to work on their things.  I have a lot of stuff in a not so big space.. so keeping things organized for me is a big thing. Otherwise is chaos the minute I start digging in to supplies looking for what I need.  It's a pretty big job that I took on ... fingers crossed!

Everyone is bracing themselves for this big storm we are supposed to get tonight.  We never really know until it's happening do we. lol   I always just worry about everyone who has to be out on the roads.  My guys AND everyone else. I'm sure Kate ( our daughter in law who is a teacher, will have a snow day).  At least I wont have to worry about her on the roads.  Dan and the boys both have a commute to work that worries me. Everyone stay safe.

As for us.... we will stay in and hold down the fort.
( see Daisy photobombing Lily) lol

I'm hoping to get some scrapbook pages done.  If I don't get inspired I will just snuggle with the pups on the couch with a good book or a movie.  I'm okay with that also :)

Thanks for popping over .... it means so much to me.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Tag Boxes from AccuCut using Fancy Pants Designs

This week I've been making some fun little tag boxes with this AccuCut die  ( Tag- Box  BX220 )
I made a couple of different sets.  One in a Valentine theme and one with a general Winter theme.  As I was making them I was thinking how many things these would come in so handy for. Birthdays, Showers, Weddings ,Halloween, Valentines, May Day, any class or group gifts .. all kinds of things. They'd make great little thank you's. They go together quickly, so you could make large numbers of them in a fairy short amount of time, if you wanted to make them for an event.

The Valentine set above was made with Fancy Pants Be Loved Collection
and it filled with Hersey kisses :)

The "Winter" themed set above was made with the Fancy Pants Timber Grove Collection
I filled little bags with malted milk balls to put in these.

 I have a feeling I'm going to wear this die out :)


It was a pretty quiet week around here so I was super excited when Jarad ( our youngest) called and invited me to lunch and a movie on his day off.  YIPPEE!  What mom  doesn't love the sound of that!?!
I didn't want him to have to back track this direction, so I said I'd just drive to their house in Fremont and then he was going to drive us the rest of the way to Omaha in his truck. As you can see from the photos below ..that didn't go as planned.  I didn't make it out of the driveway before I was stuck. My car sits really low, and the road grader piles up the snow there when he plows. Not to mention there's ice underneath.  I called Jarad, and he came with his jeep with the blade on it.  Plowed the entire drive for us and then pulled me out :)  YAY

I followed him back to their house, we jumped in his truck and still managed to have lunch and take in the later show that afternoon.   It was a great day after all. 
One on one time with your adult kids.... PRICELESS!

I hope your week was a good one and that your ready to jump head first into another one!
Thank you for taking time to stop by.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fancy Pants Designs card trio using "Happy Place" collection and girls craft day

I was waiting until after our second craft day today to share photos of our get together and projects, but we were snowed out :(     It was snowy and slick out this morning so we decided we would wait for better weather another day.     As much as we look forward to our get togethers , it's not worth taking chances on bad roads. January in Nebraska is always unpredictable.    I decided I just go ahead with a blog post .. share a few new cards and then photo of the craft day last week.

These cards were created with the  "Happy Place" Collection from Fancy Pants.

I cant get enough of this collection. I will be using every last little scrap :)

Beautiful bright colors with the black and white contrast, is just so eye catching.

I'm so excited to see the new collections Fancy Pants is about to release.  I have to tell you , I've been creating with FP products since the very beginning ( I've been on the Design Team for over 11 years) and never once have I tired of their designs.  I don't know how they do it, but it's new and fresh every since time. I know I've said it before, but about the time I say, "this is my favorite collection", they come out with another I seem to love even more.  

The photos below are from our craft day last week.  We were so happy that Amy ( Wes's girlfriend) was able to join us.   Amy and Julies work schedules seem to be just opposite each other, so that's why we chose to get together on two different days... so that we could craft with each of them.

Break out the canvases and paints!

Amy used the Hazel and Ruby stencils to create a canvas with her favorite activities.    She's a crafting natural!

It turned out so awesome!

Karen and I worked on  masking off and painting these herringbone canvases like I shared here on my blog a while back.

This is the one I created and shared  a while back.
Karen worked on one for her Grandaughers room. I LOVE the bright colors.  She had picked out all the paint colors ahead to match her room.

Jan worked on cutting out felt flowers for making a pillow like the one I had shared a week or so ago.
It's a AccuCut Flower die that we used.  You can see the entire post where I talked about making the pillow HERE

As always, it was a super fun day.  I am so lucky to have such great friend... who love to craft like I do.   It was a bummer that we couldn't meet up today , but we will reschedule.   Here's the other problem.... I have a dozen of these yummies sitting here now. YIKES!   Better get some in the freezer quick. That is too much of a temptation.  I had ordered these from the Corner Cafe here in town.  I picked them up at 7am this morning and they were still warm.     I cant begin to explain the delishishness of these!   ( yes... I say delishishness is a word) lol.

Oh... sometimes small town life is so good

Thanks friends... for stopping by and letting me share.
Hugs all around.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Altered Embroidery Hoops January Guest Designer for Cocoa Daisy

Hi everyone!
Well, I still have a number of projects I did this month for Cocoa Daisy to share. This is one if them. I'd never done altered embroidery hoops before, and had been tempted every time I saw the different creative ways they could be done. I loved the January Kit and decided I'd love doing something with these to hang in my creative space.  It was really a lot of fun.
I totally enjoyed being Guest Designer for Cocoa Daisy this month. If you'd like to read my interview with Emily Pitts , you can HERE

I know that this months kit is already sold out, but Cocoa Daisy has all kinds of fun creative things in their online store.  You can take a look HERE

Butteries and arrows..... ahhhhh..... then toss in flowers and feathers?? I'm a happy girl!

 I was loving every minute of this kit :)

It's been a busy week.  I have photos and projects to share from our girls craft day from Friday, but we are getting together again with the girls (and Julie) on Tuesday, so I thought I'd share all the photos from other days together.   Julie couldn't make it Friday , when it worked for Amy, ( Wes's girlfriend) to join us, and Amy had to work on the day Julie could come, soooo.... problem solved... we craft TWO times :)

So.... another blog post coming soon!

Until then, I'm staying in and trying to keep warm.  Last nights low was   -9   Brrrrrrrrrr

Hugs all around, Vicki

Monday, January 11, 2016

Felt Flower Pillow using Accucut die F1029CLC

Hey friends!
 I'm hoping you had a wonderful weekend.  I stayed inside a big share of the weekend. It was SO cold out, and it was also Dan's work weekend, so I figured it was a good time to do a little crafting.  I was excited to try out the two newest AccuCut dies I had ordered. They came last week, and have  been sitting here on my work table calling my name.   The first one is this gorgeous 3-Flower F1029CLC
I cut a few with paper first but then the endless possibilities just kept running thru my head until I just got up and  grabbed my bin of felt :) 
I remembered I had this pillow slip cover, I had picked up a while back at Hobby Lobby when they were on sale, ( hoping to alter it).    There are certainly two ways  to do this project, depending on if you like to sew or not, and if you want to take the time, or if your okay with the glue gun version.   This is the glue gun version. Simply because sometimes I just need instant "crafting gratification" lol    I'm totally looking forward to making up some more of these felt flowers and blanket stitching around the edges tho.   I LOVE to blanket stitch! I think it's so relaxing.

 For this no-sew version, the flower layers are just hot glued on top of each other, and onto the pillow, with a vintage button hot glued in the center.
Just another reason I love AccuCut dies. They cut fabric like butter.
If you don't own an AccuCut machine yourself, be sure to share this project with your local Scrapbook store that may have a machine for customer use. They may be interested in ordering this die for their store.  It's fantastic!

I'll be sharing a project at the end of the week  where I've used these flowers again, cut out of paper.  But here's a peek so you can see how they look when the creases allow the paper to really be dimensional.

I was thinking of cutting some to add to my etsy shop if there is any interest. Both in paper and in felt.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share. I still have another new die sitting here and I'm anxious to play with.  Why do things like cooking and laundry keep taking up my time. lol    Oh trust me, where there's a will there's a way :)