Sunday, September 25, 2016

New Chic and Adornit... things I love

 Hey everyone! Hoping your weekend was a good one.Today it's finally starting to feel like Fall here. The temps really dropped last night. Air conditioning is off, ...window open and Fall scented candles burning. Feels good!
Today I have a couple of different things I want to share with you. You know, when I find things I really love, be it products, recipes, whatever, I like to share. Well, you might notice on the card I'm sharing today (created with one of my Adornit  coloring images), there is a pair of shoes.   Well I while back a saw some really cute shoes advertised  in an ad that came up on Instagram.  I thought they were  super cute and was impressed with the price, so I went to their website to check them out. Once I got there I saw tons of other   shoes I really liked... so it was really hard to decide.  With Fall being right around the corner at the time I was really drawn to this orange pair.  Here is the deal ...I hate wearing shoes period... so when I do I want them to be comfortable ( and super cute of course).ha!  These shoes are SO comfortable!!
After looking at all the cute shoes on their website ( and  telling my sister about it... because I always jump on phone and start texting her pics when I see cute things) lol  I realized they had more than just shoes.  WAY more than just shoes!  
So now my my wish list is growing by leaps and bounds.  Ughhhh... I need a new purse for winter. But I also found some super cute clothes and home decor stuff.  Decisions , decisions.



Anyway... here it is so you can check it out.  Fun stuff for amazing prices.

newchic.com
Since them Arriana from Newchic contacted me and offered  20% off for my readers

 20% off  if you use  Coupon code: Arriana
The coupon code valid from July 21st to 2017 Jan. 22th.


What's in my wishlist?  hmmm
here is a couple of things


this cute shirt




and this purse HERE
 



There are lots of cute things on sale too

Like these Vintage Cotton Dresses that are 50% off here



Geezzz, after going to there site to get these links... I'm stuck there again... looking... lol   I want, I want, I want

Hey, here is a closer shot of the card I'm sharing.  The papers and and the Coloring Greeting are all from Adornit, even the little wood veneer flower.    I used my watercolor pencils to color with.  Not only the coloring image but also the wood veneer flower.

Here are the coloring images from Adornit
Books
Paintables
Coloring Planners

.......... which I'm super excited to have now, since my "it" girls Ambassadors bag came yesterday!
I had to color a least one image right away yesterday, .. which is this one, that I used for the card.
The papers are Blender Basics
 I used water color pencils for this.  Direct to paper with the wet pencil, and also with a brush (using the watercolor pencils).
All of you who have been visiters here to my blog for long know I'm not stamping and coloring at much.  But... these images and sentiments are so perfect because you can do them up as simple or as involved as you want.  You don't have to be copic certified, be a painting wonder,  or own tons of expensive markers to have fun and make cute cards girls :)  Just have fun!!


Ok, I'm signing off for now.  Lily and Daisy are waiting for a walk.
I hope your week is amazing!
Thanks .. ALWAYS for stopping by!



Thursday, September 22, 2016

New "Owl Banner" for ADORNit

Hey Friends!
I have to tell you, I'm pretty darn excited about my new gig with ADORNit :)  It' been really fun meeting the other Ambassadors and seeing their work. Because ADORNit has so much to offer, there are three different groups. The Art Play group for Colorers and papercrafters, the fabric and sewing group and then the fashion group of girls. If you didn't know about all of those... check them out on their website here, and also like them on Facebook and Instagram so you don't miss anything.  ( l love that now they have larger sizes for us "curvy" gals. lol "The ADORNit Curvy Collection".

Today I'm sharing a little banner I made for the nursery of a new great nephew that is to arrive any day. Another grandchild for my friend and  one time sister in law who passed away last year, Sally.  I know all her grandchildren have a special guardian angle in heaven to watch over them. 
This banner will be for baby Leo when he arrives.  I used parts from two different ADORNit collections to make it "hopefully" match his nursery.


The banner die is AccuCut.  Pennant Fags Die

Aren't these little owls adorable!  The babies room as some woodland animals so I'm hoping this will fit in. 

It's kind hard to see but I added Glossy Accents to the owls eyes and the flowers. The leaves are put up on foam squares.

Like I was saying, I combined a could of Collecting. ( I love when you can do that).   I used some papers from the Timberland Collection to pull all the colors together for his nursery.

Owl Coral Paper Pack

I thought I'd show you the  sticker sheet also, because they are adorable!  They have these Clear Stickers... and.....






And here is the Timberland Collection.

Like I said you can find every thing here at ADORNit, and see the paper, clothes and fabric they have to offer along with every thing else.   

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What else is new around here this week.  Pretty Chill so far.  I do have a new addition. lol  I have always loved Edamame, but had never tried these Dry Roasted Edamame.  Ohhhh my! Tasty!!

But if that doesn't strike your fancy... how about Rubens? Dan and I both love them. He mentioned the there day that we hadn't had them for "so long".  ( his way of say.. "Can you make some"?) lol   They really did hit the spot.


My week my have been pretty boring so far but tomorrow night...... I have ticket to see my favorite band! Whoo Hoo!  Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers will be in Omaha.   Amy ( Wes's girl is going with me).  She's never seen them, so I hope she likes them half as much as I do.



Here is a little music to leave you with.I hope your weekend is fantastic!  Vic

Monday, September 19, 2016

A new Fancy Pants Designs Card and lots to share

Hey everyone! Fall is in the air I can tell, but I haven't really been ready to give up on Summer yet.  I do have my Fall decor out and have been burning my favorite Mulled Cider candles so I'm working on accepting the whole "Fall" thing.  I do love Fall, but saying goodbye to Summer is a struggle for me.

After working on my projects for The Little Blue House( which by the way is available how HERE) , it feels like I've been working full speed ahead again on the layouts I've been doing for hire. 50 more have been delivered!  I've done 191 so far total.(12x12 layouts).   I finally sat down yesterday and did a card just for fun.  I love sending cards for no reason :)
This card was done using the Fancy Pants Designs "Millie & June" Collection.
I LOVE the Puffy stickers with this Collection... like the gold word "friend".
Such a pretty collections of color and patterns to work with.



I'm super excited about being a ADORNit Girl Ambassador .... I'm going to be having all kinds of fun things to share my blog soon.  While I'm talking about ADORNit I wanted to tell you about this ADORNit giveaway on Facebook , so here you go....

ADORNit is having a giveaway. Head over to their Facebook page. This giveaway if worth over $100.00!
Tag 20 friends who you think need this as much as you do! Be sure to like the page and the post and why not follow them while you're there!!!





It's been a busy Summer for my fun little group of girlfriends who usually come over for craft days, so we haven't  been able to get together as often as we like to.  Jan, Karen and I did manage to squeeze in a little chat time at the Corner Cafe here in town the other day.  I have to tell you.... places like this are just one of the reasons I love small town living.  The Corner Cafe is just what it says... a Cafe on the corner of main street lol.  Next time I will have to take a photo of the inside ( tables, chairs , counter). I just love everything about it.  Mix matched old school tables an chairs in the center and lined with the original booths all along with sides.  As we are chatting over Coffee and their homemade cinnamon rolls there is a table of four older gentleman playing cards. ( Looked like probably retired farmers).   I love places like this, it's so comfortable, and feels so untouched by the sometimes crazy world we live in.

And these.  Oh my.  70 cents. 
We enjoyed them, and had a great visit.


So, then on Sunday, I had a little lazy afternoon chat with this fellow over a grape soda.  His big brother had a baseball game and mom and dad were working and concession stand.


Dan had to work that night but when he got up in the afternoon, he and Emmett had great conversations on the stoop (as my dad would call it ).lol  Dan had just gotten up and was  having a cup of Joe :) ( as Dan's dad would call it).


Today is the start of a new week. I met Wes and Amy in Fremont to drop of  some dinner I had make for them and for Jarad and Kate .  We walked the dogs around the lake since it was such a gorgeous day.  The kids were on their way out to the cabin. They all always appreciate home cooking so much .. so I love to cook for them now and then.  If I could ever keep up with their busy schedules and know when it would work out.. I'd do it more.  I love doing mom stuff lol

Dans off the next couple of days so we plan to work on the block work in the backyard some more.  For that, I am glad the weather has cooled off some.
 For now I best keep plugging away at those layouts. :)

Thanks as always for stopping by. You know I love it when you do :)


Monday, September 12, 2016

Little Blue House new Front Porch Kit project... A LOT to share today.

All of us Front Porch Kit Gals have been waiting for today, so that we could share with you .. all that we've been working on with this new kit.  You will see below this first card is the information with the links on how to order this "It's Fall Y'all" kit for yourself.  Oh... and also links to the other girls blogs and the LBH blog were you will be able to see daily posts of all the projects from all of us, using this awesome kit.

This kit was full of great papers and embellishment to get you in the mood for Fall projects, that's for sure.  This card I easily put together just using brown cardstock and just scraps of my super cute papers from the kit.  The Flower stamp is one that I have in my stash that I just love.  It's one of my dear friend Catherine Scanlons designs.  I colored it with watercolor crayon and a paint brush. I cut the pieces out after painting them and raised them up with foam squares when adding them to the card.



Here is the link to the "It's Fall Y'all " Front Porch Kit.



And one more card. This onedone using everything that was included in the kit.


I seem to be picking up things constantly and putting them into my  "to alter" bin in my supply closet.  I just need to be better about using up some of the things before getting more. lol   This square wood plaque was one of the things in the bin.... so.... today is it's day to come to life.  I decided to create this piece showcasing Wyatt's football photo his momma took.  Photo credit: Gabrielle Shwanebeck
He is growing up so fast and such a great player.  He amazes me with all he knows about football, the teams, their stats. ect... it's crazy.
There are lots of things in this kit that are great for Football photos.
Everything except for the base plaque and the two little wood dowels came from the kit.


Here is what the back of the plaque looks like.

And here is a layout I created using some more great photos his mom shared with me.
There are not only the cut out titles letters in the kit but sticker letters also!


Now for a two page layout of the "Big" kids. lol  Here is a two pager of Wes and Amy last year at the Husker game.  Any of you who have followed me for long knows that sports layouts aren't something I do much of ... but this kit has so many great things in it to work with, that they just came together super easy.


Now.... you know me ... I have to do some altered/home dec sort of thing.    Absolutely everything on this , as well at the background shape is all part of the kit!  I will be having a how-to step by step on creating this on the LBH blog this week.


I made a little treat bag out of the glasine envelope that is in the kit.  Just bit enough to hold a small chocolate chip cookie :)  I'm sure you might brighten someones day if you leave that on their desk.


Truthfully, I could have kept creating with the contents I had left, but I ran out of time lol. There is a bunch of stuff in this kit!   Remember you and see it and order here  I'ts Fall Y'all Front porch kit.

And.....

be sure to check out the girls blogs for projects AND the Little Blue House blog each day for projects and inspiration .

The Little Blue House Blog

Tracy Pounds
 Lynette Chiles
Susan Liles
Rhonda Merry 
Valerie Bishop 


Thanks so much for coming by! Hugs all around!

Vicki


Wednesday, September 07, 2016

"Life is Good" oval Canvas for Fancy Pants Designs

Hello!  Hoping everyone had a great Labor Day weekend, and are enjoying your week so far.   I'll share a bit of our weekend, but first let me share a new oval canvas I created for Fancy Pants Designs.    I've made canvases with these flowers before but I've never done an oval canvas.  This one has been in my supply closet for a while now, so it was time to dig it out. It's pretty big actually, 19x15 1/2 
My assignment was "Happy Hues"

 Here are the hues I was given as my guide.  NO problem because I LOVE these colors. Challenge accepted!

I used a mix of a bunch of different Fancy Pants papers.  Projects like this are always a great way to use up those pretty patterned paper scraps.   I love using washi tape as a finish on my  canvas edge.  This glittery gold from Fancy Pants is one of my very favorites.

I was really struggling with feeling like the edge needed to have more of a finish, but couldn't figure out how to do that.  I finally decided on just an edge of black dots , made with my sharpie. Sometimes I struggle with something and it ends up being the simplest thing that is the answer. lol


This was Dan's work weekend so that was a bummer.  He got Sunday off but had to work Saturday. I took the dogs out to the cabin and met up with Amy and Wes.  It was a gorgeous day! This is always my favorite view from the back of our lot.


This is what I saw when I pulled up. These two crack me up.


This is the view from the front of the cabin.

We took the dogs down to the sand bar to run around.  We would have dragged Jarad and Kate with us but, Jarad works the same schedule as Dan ( at the same place), so he was working also.  Kate was busy mowing, as I think they were having friends out to watch the game that night.
The dogs had fun, but boy did they get sandy. Bath time before we head home!

We also got to spend some time with the family over the weekend.  Ryan and Erin were back from Colorado for a friends wedding so we all got together for lunch on Sunday. ( Ryan is my sister Jan's son)


It's always a fun time when we get together.

And "poof" the weekend is over.  It always goes so fast, doesn't it?

Dan did have Monday and Tuesday off , so he and I worked on the landscaping around the house.  Can I just say ... "hot and humid"??  Good grief.    I was picking out rocks, and moving them to the landscaping in the front of the house, while Dan dug and put in the blocks.  I know it will look nice when it's all done,..but yuck, not a fun job. The biting flies were ridiculous.ahhhh

Today I didn't leave the house.  Laundry, cleaning and baked some muffins.  Because ...... it's PUMPKIN time! lol
Every year here on my blog I share my  Pumpkin Muffin recipe, because it's easy, yummy and they freeze so well.   Here you go

 . If you get a chance... give em a whirl..they are pretty Yummy!

Pumpkin muffins/bread
3 cups sugar (I used less)
1 cup oil
4 eggs
2 (15oz cans) pumpkin
2/3 cup water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinn
1 tsp nutmeg
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
Combine all ingredients and mix with electric mixer. Pour into muffin tins or loaf pans sprayed with non stick spray. Makes 3 large loaves or 3 dozen muffins.
Bake at 350
Bake loaves approx 60 minutes and muffins approx 30 minute

Enjoy!!!



I'll be back soon!
I have some fun new projects to share using my new Little Blue House Sept Kit.


Thursday, September 01, 2016

A new card and a fun project for the kids

Hey Friends! Here we are jumping into September head first.  Where did Summer go?  I love Fall, but dislike Summer coming to an end.  We've been busy.  Like most everyone, there is lots going on.   I'll share a few photos from "life" after sharing a bit of crafty inspiration.

This card was one I created for Fancy Pants Designs, using the Life is Beautiful Collection.
I adore this collection!  All my  favorite colors!


 I'm actually up on the Fancy Pants Designs blog today with another canvas project. I'd love it if you'd pop over and check it out. Thanks   HERE

 

 So last week I had a Emmett day :)   School has started so of course Wyatt is in school and Emmett goes to daycare.  I asked if he could come over one day this past week and just for fun . ( I just miss those kids if I don't see them as often you know) lol

I had seen a clever idea on Pinterest for making this little stove top out of a storage container. ( then you can keep all the food and cooking things inside it ).

Below are links to two different sites were you can get free Printable burners and knobs

1000 Points of Creativity
Toy Stove Top Free Printable


Free SVG file
Printable Cutable Creatables


I used the self adhesive sheets from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L  to adhere the paper pieces to the top of the plastic lid and it worked so great!      Below , I'm holding it and Emmett is pealing off the backing.

Below is a photo of us adding the adhesive sheets to the back of the paper. ( before cutting out the pieces). That makes it easy.. you just put the backing on before cutting out your pieces , then you just cut them both at the same time. Bam! Done!

Cutting and getting our pieces laid out.   We chose a smaller but deeper container so we only used three of the four burning from the printed pages.


I had a few dishes and cups that all the kids love to play with when they are here, but I didn't have food ( I usually let them just use real crackers or cereal).  So we picked up this play food at Family Dollar. I also picked up some $1 measuring cup and spoon, and little muffin tin and a few other things.
Emmett loved it all, and played with it for hours.  I think he really like helping make it :)


On to the rest of the week. 
If you'll been a reader here for long, you have probably seen photos of this group of ladies.  They are very special to me.  We have all been friends for years .. probably over 20 now.   We met years ago when we all worked for the school system.  Pam and Julie are teacher and Liz , Daun and I were their classroom Para Educators.
I had found a couple of photos of all of us together from years ago, so I put them all together in the photo below. ( the top photo is from Monday)


Monday we met for lunch.  Pam is retired now and lives about 3 hours from here, so we met her in York which is about half way.   Liz is moving to Colorado so we wanted  to have a little get together before she left.  We are sure going to miss having her close, but these are the kind of friendships that time and distance  don't change.  We are there for each others, happy celebrations and for the not so happy times when we need support.   When my mom passed, these girls circled around me with love that you cant image.   The brought food to moms house for family, they called, text, send cards and most of all, they were there.  Just seeing them all sitting there together touched me SO much!   We've been there when each others children , graduated, got married, and watched new grandchildren arrive. They are just true blue.
I took this photo of all our hands together. To me it symbolizes our friendship. We stick together.
( now that I'm all teary) gesh

Last weekend we met Wes and Amy for a picnic and hike at Schramm Park
It was nice ( and hot!)

As you can see, it was hot enough to constantly fog up my lens.  It was really fun tho and the dogs were so HAPPY!


I've been working hard on one those pages for hire I'm doing for a friend for her grandkids.  I think I'm at like 90 pages now.

And.....

I have to tell you, I have been really enjoying working with the new new kit from The Little Blue House. 
Pre-orders begin online on Sept 9th and Full Reveal will be Sept 12th from The Little Blue House
I along with the other DT girls will be sharing lots of inspiration with projects we created with this kit.



Time to go put the sheets in the dryer and get some other things done around the house. My husband walked in the badroom and asked me if I wash the bedding every day or something.   I said "no, I wash them once a week, like I always have".  He said "Seems like you just washed them yesterday".   grrr.. .he's asking me this again?  I swear we've had this conversation about a dozen times over the past 34 years.
Wonder if I stopped washing the sheets, if he's notice.  Yikes, that scares me... I doubt he would. lol
Not happening.  My mom always washed the sheets once a week.... "I" wash the sheets once a week.
You cant teach an old dog new tricks. lol

Hugs all around!
Thanks for stopping by!

Vic