Friday, July 21, 2017

"Home Sweet Home" Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tammy Tuterow Designs

Hello friends!
Popping in for my Five for Fridays post with my Tammy Tutterow Designs girls.  It will be a quick one, as I just walked in from being gone for a couple of days. My friend Julies husband has been in the hospital for a month now, and it's been such a trying time for them. With my stupid foot situation I haven't been able to help her like I wished I could.  She is always the person who is there for everyone, so I was feeling so sad about not being able to help her.  The past couple of days I knew Dan would be here to take care of our dogs so I went to her house to take care of her dog and some things around there for her.  It wasn't much, but I knew even a couple of days would help her out.
 I spent some quality time with her 13 year old Chihuahua "Ellie".  I'll share some photos in my next post.

I not only love Tammys' stamps but her amazing dies also.  I used both on this embroidery hood wreath I made for my front door.

See all Tammy's products HERE
She has some amazing stuff! And now Stencils also!! 



Isn't this the most adorable stamp??  ( I used Tombo markers and chalk )

Can you see the gorgeous embossing on the leaves?  LOVE!

You can see the Five for Fridays Blog post on Tammy's blog here showing all the gorgeous projects from the ladies and links to their blogs also.




I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying this team.  Working with Tammy's products and these lovely talented ladies is just great.  Feeling Blessed.

Have  yourself a wonderful weekend my friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  You know I appreciate is so much.



Monday, July 17, 2017

"Summer Loving" Embroidery Hoop Door Decor using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Fancy Pants Deisgns "Hello Summer Collection"

Hello friends!!

Today I have a tutorial up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog, showing how to make this fun door decor project with embroidery hoops.  I show how I used the Dual Tip Glue Pen for creating this project. 
If your looking for a fun Summer decor project this is fun and easy. I used the new "Hello Summer Collection" from Fancy Pants, and boy did it give it that Summertime vibe.

I'd love it if you popped over HERE to the SA blog and  took a look. 


I'm happy to say that this project has found a perfect home with my friend Gabby's mom.  She has little camper herself, so this will be perfect for it. ( And yes, I've already made another hoop project for MY door". lol I'll be sharing it here soon.


It has been so HOT here the past couple of weeks.... but... I'm still thankful for an chance to get out for a while ( if I know air conditioning is on where I"m going) lol.
We did get a car to replace mine, so we have taken it for a ride a couple of different days.  I cant drive yet, but hopefully that isn't too far down the road.

There are miles of corn , which makes me think .. I haven't even had fresh corn on the cob this Summer. Nothing about this Summer has been normal. lol   I was thinking yesterday, I haven't even worn flip flops!!! ugh!


Oh , I guess I did have THIS corn. lol




The kids were here Saturday night for a bit while their parents went to her class reunion.   I can not tell you how much these two brighten my day. They are a hoot!  They were playing restaurant with the new toy food I got. One would take the order while the other one cooked an then they would switch.   They are good at it! Their Uncle and Grandma run a restaurant in a town near here so this is something  they see a lot.
Here is a photo of the restaurant .. They have amazing, amazing food!

You can find them on Facebook "EAT Restaurant in Doge"


There was actually a breeze when we were at  the cabin so Jarad and Kate took their four wheeler and we took their side by side and went for a little ride on the trails to the river.
Loved getting to see Jarad and Kate. They have been so busy with selling their house and getting ready for their move that we haven't see as much of them.
They will be moving to the new house the first part of August.  It will be a busy time with Kate being a teacher.


I hope things are going well for all of you. I love that you take time to stop by and check in .

More projects to share, so I'll be back sooooooon!~

Vic

Sunday, July 02, 2017

ADORNit cards using Mini card size images / Cabin 4th of July Parade

Hello everyone!

I told you when I started using these paintable (and  also stamped images),   practicing with watercolor pencils, paints, markers ect.. that I would share along the way.  I  didn't start coloring stamps back when everyone else did, because I just didn't think I was interested in that as much as I was with other things in my creative world. Coloring tiny images while trying to master shading and blending , was truthfully kind of intimidating to me. Ok... REALLY intimidating to me. lol
But.... a few things have changed that for me.  First of all, I'm a lot easier on myself than I used to be. I  made myself to stop and think about why I really loved to craft in the first place. It's fun and relaxing.  Reminding myself that everything I do, isn't always going to be my best work, ..just enjoy the process.  *Trying new things help you grown creatively.
Then, along came these printed images and stamps that are larger and (in my opinion) much easier to color or paint.
So, as I try different things and learn, I'll share.  These images are from  ADORNit  mini coloring books.  They are printed on great watercolor paper! That is one of the things I realized right off the bat, that made a huge difference in my end result. I often used to stamp on white cardstock which was okay for colored pencils, but watercolor paper for markers, watercolor pencils, and watercolor paint works SO much better.   Like I said.. this is all new to me.  I'm just playing and learning.
These where done with watercolor  for the most part, but I with use paint, markers, pencils, chalk ect.. whatever mix of those I want.  No rules.
These images are card size so they pretty much stand alone. Just mat them and you are done.  They make great little note cards.


And so you know...... my sweet and talented friend Catherine Scanlon as a book with ADORNit with her beautiful floral images.  You can see it here
I'll be sharing some things done with her images soon.

I'll be sharing some things using her images soon.

I'm suddenly feeling kind of insecure sharing these. lol   I need to take my own advice and chill.  Everyone has to start somewhere.   My blending skills are certainly in the beginning stages.


Well, I did enjoy the process :)


My coloring looks so much better when the images are tiny thumbnails on my computer. lol

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Today marks two months since my car accident.  I have been housebound for the most part, except for doctors appointments and a couple of therapy sessions.  Yesterday Amy and Wes invited us out to the cabin for the annual campground parade. The weather was great and I was ready to get out of the house. After about 4 hours I was pooped and ready to come home.  Baby steps, I guess.  I cant see it's going to take some time to build up my strength.     It was so nice to be out tho!
I have to share some photos from the day.


Dan and I didn't ride in the parade.  Sitting and taking photos was more up my alley this year. I just sat out on the deck , waved and took photos. lol


There's Amy and Wes
Kate ( with her niece) and her friend Megan.


Coming and going.

Even little ones. I don't know who she is but shes adorable.

There goes Jarad.


Amy and Wes.

I couldnt share ALL the photos because I took a lot! But you get the idea :)

I was thankful for a nice outing.

I hope you all had a nice weekend also!

Happy Fourth of July!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sunflower card - Tammy Tutterow and Spellbinders

Hello friends!  Kind of a quick post today while I'm up in my studio. It seems when I am up here, there are so many things I want to get done. One trip up here a day is about all I can do, so I work up here until I can tell it's time to go ice and elevate my foot.  I'm excited because after this week, I will be able to put some weight on my foot, while it's in the boot.  That will make things a lot easier.

This is a card I created with one of  Tammy Tutterows sweet Stamps, and Spellbinders Dies.
She has some great new smaller sentiments that I am in love with. I occasionally like to make so cards to keep on hand that I can just add a sentiment to the inside when I know who I am sending it to, and if it's going to be a Birthday wish, Congratulation, Thankyou ect...


Sunflower Bunch

A few days ago Emmett was here for a bit.  This kid is a hoot! He is the best medicine!   He's getting so big, and talking so grown up these days. He knows the routine around here, so I when I say something like... "I need to feed the dogs now", he says ... in his most exuberant  voice.  " I'll do it!"
Cracks me up!!


I feel like I"m on baby watch.  My great niece is set to arrive soon ( my sister Jan's first girl grandbaby).   My bestie, Julie's daughter is due, and this will be Julies first grandbaby!   Also Sandy ( Crafty Secrets)  daughter Holly is due anytime. (Sandy's second grandbaby).
Such a fun time. Excitement is in the air!



I hope you are enjoying the Summer. The weather here has been amazing!  So nice, in fact that I decided I was going to crawl around and weed  a bit in my flowers out front. Yes, I know it sounds weird, and I"m sure if anyone drove by, they thought .. What the?? ( actually I tried to just sit like a normal person would while weeding if I heard a car coming). lol   I hopped to the edge of the steps, sat down to get off the steps and then crawled along as I weeded. I didn't have the wheel chair out there, because I was just imagining someone stopping to see if I fell out of my wheelchair. lol
  Trust me, if it was gorgeous out and you had been stuck inside for almost two months, you might try it to. lol
It felt great to be outside and really good to be doing SOMETHING other than sitting inside..... UNTIL I started itching and getting red bumps like crazy.  CHIGGERS!     seriously .. no fun!
I don't know if Chiggers are common all over the US, but here in NE they are.  I actually thought "I hope I don't get chiggers" as I sat in the grass.  UGH!

 Just talked to my sis. Seems she's been out weeding also. lol  She has them also.
oh man.

Well, I hope you have a great "Chigger-less" day my friends!

Thanks, as always for stopping by!

Vicki



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Thinking of you" Card - Tammy Tutterow Designs

Hey friends!
I'm glad I still have some new things in my file to share with you as I haven't really been able to be upstairs enough to create since the accident. It's another two weeks before I can even start to put weight on my foot ( with the boot on). ugh   Nothing is happening fast enough for me at this point.  It's been over 7 weeks now ... and it feels like it's been every bit of that if not more. I ( strongly dislike) not being able to do what I want, when I want.  lol  I AM my fathers Daughter. lol

This is a card made using another one of Tammy Tutterows beautiful stamps.
I LOVE that these stamps are so easy to color!




I'm a member of an online group for people with foot and ankle injuries, and I have to tell you... its been a great source of info and support.   Of course each person and their injuries and circumstances are different but it still really helps give you an idea of what to expect.
I quickly saw that I wasn't the only one having a hard time being patient with this healing process.  I don't like feeling like a negative Nelly but some days are just frustrating. 
One of the ladies said "I try to look at it as a sort of vacation".     Now I love optimism and I think that trying to find the good in things is always best...... but lol  There is nothing about this experience that I could make feel like a vacation. hahaha  ( I'm thinking she has some really  great pain meds) lol

So focusing on the positive.... I am going to share the best time I've had in quite a while.   My sis and brother in law came Saturday night and brought dinner with them. Keith did all the grilling and Jan had made all the food.  It was amazing!
It was so nice, we sat outside to eat. I felt like I was part of the living world!  Such a good time. I can never thank them enough for all they have done for us since the accident. They are just amazing people.
Check out that yummy food!


Here is my other constant  company. They can be real bed hogs.
I'm so glad we have this main floor guest bedroom, because it's been a life saver.  It is actually the master bedroom and bath, but with Dans odd work hours we have always had our bedroom upstairs away from any noise.
We used this bedroom for mom when mom stayed here, and I was so thankful for it then. Dan put a tv in here also, so that helps pass the time.  I'm getting around better now so I had be in the living room, kitchen ect, but getting upstairs to the bed every night would be impossible.


I had my first therapy session tomorrow afternoon.  I'm excited to start.  It's just one more step ( no pun indented ) to things getting back to normal.

I'm hoping you are all having a great Summer!  Thanks for stopping by! 



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fancy Pants Designs and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L projects

Hey friends! I miss crafting so much, I had to do a simple project to get my "paper fix".  I wanted to craft bad enough but then new Fancy Pants product came in the mail and pushed me over the edge. lol  ahhhhh nothing like new gorgeous product to make you NEED to break out the scissors and adhesive :)
Here is the link the the new Fancy Pants Collections so you can check them out. HERE
I am using the Family & Co Collection HERE

Incase you havnt heard the fun news, Fancy Pants now had a direct sales site.  It's called " Make a Pretty Life"  and they not only have paper products but all kids of cool things!  

I have this book that I use for things I need to remember.  Dates, passwords, ect.  It's always on my desk.  Today I decided to dress it up a bit.   (nice easy project to get back in the swing of things with right? ) yes!


This collection is filled with color.  I just used the floral paper for my book because I LOVE it.  But below you can see all the coordinating goodies of this  collection.


When I am covering a bigger area I always reach for these Adhesive Sheet.  They are amazing!
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Adhesive Sheets
You can see the variety of sizes they come in here


They work fantastic! Here you can see the adhesive on the book as I pull the sheet away.


For general use, I grab my E-Z Runner Grand Dispenser

 


This looks pretty nice on my desk. Yay!  One thing about about things like this, you can cover them with new paper and it feels like you have something brand new.  Any way, it's just nice to have something new and different to look at  on my  desk :)    AND..... I got to  play with the new paper collection a little bit.


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Monday I was back to the Orthopedic Surgeon.  I was thrilled to have the pins removed, as they were so painful when I moved around in my boot.   The screws stay in. (whew!).    
I have another six weeks in the boot.  I can start putting some weight on the foot in three weeks.
I will start  therapy soon.
I know this is all good news, but I have so much I want to do, and I'm having a hard time with being patient.  At this point, nothing seems to be happening fast enough.  
I know that once I can get around, it's going to take some time to get back to normal.  I can't believe how easily I get tired! ugh!   The soreness in my chest and back had improved a lot over the   last weeks, but it's crazy that it's still quiet sore.    

I have been coloring and painting a bit from my chair.   I am loving all Tammy Tutterows stamps!



Maybe I'll have some already colored images for cards with this is done. lol

Other that that, I've been enjoying listening to the owls.  There have been so  many this year.   I need to keep my camera down stairs so I can catch a photo again. This photo is from a couple of years ago.

I've been thinking of my parents a lot this week.   It would have been my Dads Birthday and their Anniversary this past week. Fathers Day this coming weekend.
Boy was a blessed to have these people for parents!
I miss them so much!



I hope all of you had a great week!
Thank you..... as always, for coming by!

I will be back soon

Vicki

Saturday, June 10, 2017

"Home Sweet Home" Stamp and Stitch using Tammy Tutterow Designs

Hello everyone!
I hope you are all doing great.  Things are progressing well here.  Not fast enough for me but I'm trying to be patient. ( emphasis on trying) . It's been six weeks since the  accident, and Monday I go back to the Orthopedic Doctor to get the pins removed from my foot. Excited to have them out, as it's another inch closer to recovery and walking...but I have to admit I'm a little apprehensive.  It just kind of makes my stomach flip.  Glad the screws stay in.  Anyway... things are getting better.  The extreme soreness in my chest and back from the seat belt and air bag has improved a lot! Not gone..but much, much better.   

I miss being in my room and crafting so much! I hope I get good news on Monday so I can start therapy and be able to do more.  The projects I've been sharing are projects I had finished and photographed before the accident. I'm glad I had worked ahead a bit.

 The stitched piece below  was done on a piece of canvas.  I stamped the image on canvas with one of Tammy Tutterows stamps (shown below).  After stamping , I used embroidery floss, and got busy stitching.  Oh, how I love hand stitching! I find it so relaxing.
It's getting harder and harder to find embroidery patterns these days, so I'm thrilled to know I now have so many options for designs to stitch, using my larger stamps.    This photo doesn't do this justice. The glass in the frame was giving me glare, no matter what I did. ugh!  But these stamps work great for stitching!

I decided to mist the edges with Glimmer Mist to make it stand out a bit. Making sort of a  mat .


Here is the stamp I used.  Home Sweet Home
As you can see if you click on the link, there are so many stamps that would make great stitching projects.


A helpful hint to hold your fabric down nice and flat is to use these Adhesive Sheets from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.   I placed the double sided adhesive sheet down on the chipboard piece that fit inside the frame. I pulled the backing off (it's double sided) and laid my fabric down on top, smoothing and flattening from the center of my stitched piece out to the edges.  It works perfectly!




Nothing makes me happier then when my favorite little people come to visit.  Lyla and her new baby brother Henry were here last week to say hello. I am loving watching these two grow up.  I feel so blessed to have them living just a few miles up the road.   A lot of people see me posting photos of all the precious little ones  in my life and obviously assume they are my grand kids.  Truth is.. my kids don't haven kids yet, but the the parents of these kids and their grandparents are good at sharing them with me.
Lyla and Henrys parents are good friends of both our kids.  Andrew and Wes met in College.  Andrew and Kate ended up buying a farm just a few miles up the road from us.   Thankful everyday to have them in our lives.



Wyatt and Emmett ( who you see a lot of photos of here) also live just miles from us.  And Gabby, their mom, and Wes have been friends since the beginning of  High School.  
It's actually kind of crazy that none of us lived here when we first met,we all lived in other towns.  It just happen that we all ended up with in miles of each other.    I'm so thankful for that!   I adore these kids and their parents!


We had some really nice days this week, so Dan wheeled me out on the deck to enjoy it one gorgeous evening.  I've  only left the house two times in the last  six weeks ( and that was for doctors appointments) so this was really nice.  We've enjoyed  a number evenings our on the deck since then.
We stayed out there until long after dark.  It was a gorgeous evening!



Other exciting news this week.   Jarad and Kate have been looking for an acreage near the town that Kate teaching in and Jarad is on the volunteer Fire and EMS for, for quite some time now.   This week they purchase their dream place.   It's an old school house that as been added on and remodeled in to a gorgeous home.

We are SO excited for them!  It's SO  fitting for them.   They wont be any farther from us than they are now ( this mom says with relief) lol
They have now listed their current home for sale. Hopefully that will happen quickly.
They will keep their cabin of course. They love that place, and have so many good friends out there.


I am in LOVE with the windows and brick between the kitchen and living room!
They are thrilled about getting this place.


Boy, I wrote a book today. lol  If you got this far... yay for you. lol   I know some readers are just interested in crafts...and that's great, thank you for coming! I always try to post the craft first.  For those of you who have been with me from the beginning and enjoy reading about my "life stuff" and family... thank you!    I appreciate the comments from those of you recently saying , you look forward to the  photos and family update.   It's amazing how many people love seeing photos of everyday Nebraska.  Many who have lived in the Midwest at one time and how lives somewhere else.
When I first started blogging over 11 years ago now, I was mostly scrapbooking, and I could not understand why I would separate "family" and "scrapbooking", because in my mind they meshed.
Family was the reason I started scrapbooking.  And family is a big part of my life.  So, I continue to blog the same way I always have.

Whatever your reason is for stopping by , know that I appreciate you coming by!

I'll be back soon!

Vicki