Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy New Year

I wanted to pop in and wish you all a Happy New Year!  I'm still battling this crazy cold ( which has become a sinus infection).  Haven't felt much like creating, let alone putting away Christmas things, ect.  Dan has it also, so between the two of us coughing all night, there's not much sleep to be had.  Here's to jumping into the new year healthy! :) That is the plan!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to welcome 2013 in.

Needless to say we wont be taking in any New Years festivities this year. lol   Probably more like  hanging out in our pj's with some chicken noodle soup and a movie.  ( exciting stuff) lol   But  ... if you are planning to be out and about ..... have fun, celebrate, and  travel safe my friends.
Here's to  "2013"   Cheers!

Happy New Year!

Vic

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fancy Pants Designs wreath / Sharing Christmas



 I have a tutorial up on the Fancy Pants Designs blog on how to create this wreath HERE.



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So, as always I have to share photos with a little re-cap of Christmas.   My sister Jan, my niece Neely and I started out the Saturday before Christmas baking "Gramma Cookies". The cookies my mom has made every Christmas for as long as I can remember. Frosted Sour cream cookies and Date pinwheels.  With Neely living in LA now, we were counting down the days til she was back in NE.





We used Grammas (sweet mommas), recipes, cookie sheet, rolling pin ect.  I was really great.  Hoping to make this a tradition :)

We all ( the big extended family) met together at the place we rent for Christmas Eve.  Happy to be together.  

Wes.. entertaining the kids with "Elf Yourself" on his I phone. lol

Can you believe how Griffin has grown?  Second grade .. going on 20. lol  I love this kid!

We start getting things ready and putting the food out.  Instead of turkey ect like we do for Thanksgiving, we do soups and snacky things for Christmas Ev.
Not that it's any less food, that's for sure.   We had  Chili, Chicken noodle, Sweet and Sour, Sausage Kale, Minestrone, and Clam Chowder.    All were DELISH!
( my sis Jan and my brother Ray)

My sis make my very favorite (in the background) in the photo below.  Sausage potato Kale

And after the eating the crazy games and gift giving begin.  We did a funny white elephant gift exchange also. A little different than we've ever done before and it was so funny.  Yes.. those are the "crazies" below. lol

What a bunch of comedians!

lots of laughs

and talk about a  variety of unique gifts. lol    But nothing as good as what I got...........

Check it out!!!  Theres a story behind it actually.   Alan... (my niece Neely's boyfriend) is working on set with Henry Winkler out in LA.  I told Alan I have always liked him as an actor and what a nice guy he seems to be. He said.. "oh.. he is a great guy"  ect ect...    So when I opened my white elephant gift, it was rigged that I would get this.  How thoughtful is that??    ALAN YOU ROCK!!!
The Fonz is going to be learning a lot about Scapbooking as he hangs here above my work table. lol
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It's been so busy and we have all been sick with Colds and sinuses around here. Sorry I haven't blogged for a  few days now.  You have all probably been busy with family and needing a nap also. lol
Jarad, Kate and Wes, where here yesterday, as well as the grand pups. We spent the day wrapped in throws, napping and watching Christmas movies.  Aside from being sick... it was a great day.
Im glad I had all the food pretty much made ahead so all I had to do is get it out and stick it in the oven.  You know I'm sick when I don't take many photos.
Now... I have a long standing date with NyQuil.

I hope you all had a great Christmas with the ones you love!!!

Vic

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ready for Creative Jump Start 2013

Hello Everyone!

 Oh... I'm so excited to be apart of this exciting adventure this year!!! Read on...

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Here we go again. After last year's success of Creative JumpStart http://wp.me/p1ILec-1ZA"> Nathalie Kalbach decided to organize it again. About 4.500 subscribers joined the Creative JumpStart in 2012. It was so much fun! So here is the scoop about it:

January is approaching--a month that is full with promises, resolutions and intentions. A month that for many is following lots of holiday celebrations, family gatherings and other end-of-the-year events.

It’s also time to start creating again. But suddenly there it is for some of us: that lost feeling on how to start. Here is the cure :)

Nathalie invited a group of wonderful, inspiring and creative ladies and gentlemen from around the globe in the mixed media and scrapbooking world to join together for the Creative Jump Start Summit 2013. We are coming together to show you some ways to get back into the creative groove and how to get your creative juices flowing. We want to share with you "3 Ways to ..." help you jump-start your creativity in 2013.

Let me show you who is participating:



Here’s what you get and how it works:

1. Throughout January we will share videos showing tutorials to inspire you –
           
2. You sign up for the Creative JumpStart 2013 newsletter HERE and, in January 2013, you will receive  a daily link and password to unlock the view of the materials as soon as they go live
           
3. On some days our Sponsors will have a giveaway for you and you will receive two newsletters these days

4. You watch the presentations and you will be hopefully inspired to be more creative—all for FREE! If you like it you can donate to the cause - check it out here.
So come on—get inspiration from some of the most creative people in the community

What are you waiting for? (Did I mention it’s FREE?)

I cant wait for this to get started!!

Vic

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Graphic 45 Blog hop "Card Trio"

I have a post up today on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog HERE, and I love to have you stop over and leave a comment to get your name in for a chance to win.   Here's the deal 

 You can stop back there every day this week, Dec 17-21, to see the fabulous Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® inspiration. Comments on blog posts count as an entry in the giveaway, a winner will be announced on Saturday! Be sure to like our Facebook YouTube and Pinterest pages, and sign up for our free Newsletter! Be sure to visit the Graphic 45 Blog for even more inspiration and their giveaway!


(sorry the photo is wide so seem small here, just click on it to see the cards larger)






Thanks friends!! Have a great day!

Vic

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas countdown

That countdown is on now isn't it.  I can believe how fast its come. I think it has just been sneaking up on me  because the weather has been unseasonably warm with no snow. Sure doesn't seem like Christmasy weather. Certainly not complaining about it not being freezing cold out this winter, but a white Christmas would be nice:)
Well, I still have some Christmas projects to show you and the countdown is on, not that many days left... so I better get started.  This Tussie Mussie was done with paper and images from the "Vintage Christmas" CD from Crafty Secrets
 Oh...how I love this paper!!!


You can see how beautiful the tags are,

and the images.


I used one of the papers to quickly do up a invite for our family Christmas this year.  For those who use email, I could just email the image, and for those who dont, I just printed it off and mailed it in their Christmas Cards :)

So here is using that same image, only instead of using it digitally, I printed it off smaller and made a traditional handmade card.

We spent the weekend at home. Really didnt leave for much of anything, and it was kind of nice.  It was cloudy and overcast here, a good weekend to stay in and catch up on things around here.  Dan had a project planned for working on the floor in the upstairs bathroom this weekend, and I had a number of CHA projects that needed to be finished by today so we were"in".  
I've been missing mom alot, thinking how much we enjoyed having her here with us last Christmas. Saturday since we were both busy working I thought it would be a good day to put on a pot of soup for us to have later in the day.  I reached in the pantry and pulled out moms a piece of aqua club cookwear.  It's funny how something as silly as a piece of cook wear can bring someone such comforting memories.  My mom used this for so many years! I can just  see it sitting on her stove.
  All day long as I walked by and glanced over at it...it  just make me smile.

As the house smelled all yummy from the soup, I worked on CHA projects and Dan worked on the bathroom floor.   It wasn't finished yet when I took this picture, but it was by the end of the day, and it looks so nice.


Now.... on with the week ahead right?   I need to make out a list and do some major grocery shopping, but first I need to decided what all I'm making. hmmmmm

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I want to tell you about a blog hop with lots of inspiration and giveaways that's going on all this with Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

You can Come back each day this week to the Scrapbook Adhesives Blog , Dec 17-21, to see the fabulous Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® inspiration. Comments count as an entry in the giveaway, a winner will be announced on Saturday! Be sure to visit our Facebook page, and the Graphic 45 Blog for even more inspiration and their giveaway!


I hope you all had a nice weekend ( and feel the energy to jump head first into this new week) lol

hugs, Vic

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December "Whatevers"

It's the 15th of the month and the means it's time for Whatevers.  If your not familiar with that it is, you can read all about it at the bottom of this post.  But basically Nathalie Nalbach, Catherine Scanlon and I have made a one year commitment to create a project and story with a different photo each month.... we share those photos with you, in hopes that you will fell inspired to play along :)
Here is my page done using this months photo. I chose to do it in the altered book I've been adding pages too.   I'll share my story first and they more about my page.

Hank and Ed had work for the same automotive company for years.They worked hard, put in many hours and were very dedicated to their jobs.  But they also loved their families very must and  being gone most of the week out on the road selling car parts from town,to town, kept them away from their families more than they liked.   They were intelligent hard working men who strived to do more,..to be more, so as they drove.. they talked ... they talked and they planed.  They discussed better ways things could be done.  Before they knew it they were ready to patten their own engine design that would make them business owners themselves.  Now, they would work hard, but it would be appreciated, their knowledge would be put to use, their dreams fulfilled and they could be home to 
help raise their families.
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Here's a photo of the book.  The papers  and images I used are from the Crafty Secrets "Creating with Vintage Typography CD" and Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps"Artsy Banners"

I used Tattered Angels Plain Jane products to create my journal page to put inside the envelope.




 Be sure to pop over to check out Nat and Cats projects and stories.
Nathalie Kalbach
Catherine Scanlon


Here is this months photo. We'd love to have you play long with us.  You can read the original post below about "Whatevers" if your not familiar with it.














Here's a quick re-cap of our commitment to the Whatevers:





  • Cat, Nat and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th – each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you – just right click on it to safe it to download and show us your version of The Whatevers.
  • There are no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There are no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There are no rules on the art form you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an art journal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post, but your link must be about the Whatevers story you have created.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page www.facebook.com/WhateversCreativeStorytelling

  • and don't for get to join us on...


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    Thanks for stopping by!!

    Vic

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    Christmas Tin Ornaments

    Well, I decided it was time to pull out these little tarts and make some ornament with them, since I didn't get it done last year:) I had gotten a whole box of them in different shape at a sale a couple years ago with plans to do this,and just hadn't gotten it done. I've always  loved the Merry Christmas Creative Scraps Images, and knew from the beginning that's what I wanted to use, so it was just about getting things out and getting them done.  I wasn't wanting to do just two or three... I did.. a couple dozen. lol  I also had that in mind..that's probably why I had put it off a bit. lol but you know what, I worked on it while I was watching tv and and it went pretty darn quick.  Now I have little handmade gifts to send out.. all finished.


    If you use it's tarts or tins, I started by turning them over and flattening them down a bit, so they aren't so deep.  Then I use my cropodile to punch a hole in the top of the tin to put the wire threw to hang it.
    ( if you don't have tarts.. and tins or painted lids would work great too)


    After cutting out the image I added a few pieces of Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape, one on top of each other to lift the image up a bit.

    I brushed on a clear drying glue to the inside of the tin and sprinkled on some glittery snow.

    Once that's dry I added the wire and and other embellishments I wanted.  ( I added stickles to the images themselves in areas to look like snow)

    I even got thank you messages back already with photos of them on peoples trees.. like this one below :)

    Modern technology? lol sometimes don't you just wonder what our grandparents and great grand parents would think of all this stuff.    email, iphones, skype, instagram, texts, ect ect ect lol




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    In the fall I shared with you how I had a large print made of one of my photos made to put in a frame
    I already had , to hang in my hall in the living room. You can see them post and the photo HERE .  So
    I wanted to share the photo with you that I had printed and put in the frame for winter. I choose this one.

    What have I been up to lately? Well, we put a new sink in the kitchen and are working on replacing the upstairs bathroom floor. Projects that have just been needing to be done.   Tree is up, cards are out, but not much shopping done.  Really not doing that much this year.  The kids are older, so a few things and gift certificates are the best bet.   Baking?  Well, I did a double batch of Cherry Chip (Jarad's Favorite) today, but that's it so far.   Us girls are planning to get together to make moms sour cream and date pinwheel cookies once Neely is home.



    And  I have been reading.   I know! I haven't let myself take the time to actually read an entire book for a long time. Why I always think there's so much to do I dont know. lol   I'm realizing just how fast the days go by lately.  Trying to show down and enjoy things.
    My sweet friend Julie gave my this book. She had read it, having two parents suffering from Alzheimer's .. she could relate to much of the book. The thoughtful person that she is.. she got the book for me.        I haven't talked about it here on my blog, but I have a dear friend who is also suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. She is young, only 55.  Recently she has been moved to a facility. I visit her there each week and it's just heartbreaking.  I miss us being able to talk about all the memories we shared, way back when your boys where babies. We use to do everything together.     It's a cruel disease.    
    This book although sad at  times.... so insightful.
    If you know someone with Alzheimer's / Dementia  I highly suggest it.
    Thankyou Julie!



    I hope you are all taking time for yourselves this busy time of the year.

    Breathe

    lol, I'm surviving ... even with out diet coke... lol

    Thanks for stopping by my friends!

    Vic

    Saturday, December 08, 2012

    Gingerbread houses with the Art Group girls

    Stephanie was "sweet" enough (no pun intended) lol to have art group at her house to make gingerbread houses again this year, and I took lots of photos to share.  It was really fun!      First .... sharing a festive Christmas card done with Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Retro Christmas Papers and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Adhesives.  You can see the card and a complete supply list on the Crafty Power blog HERE.



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    Candies, Candies, Candies... and lots of them.  Stephanie had things all set up for us to get started and her house looked so festive.  She goes to alot of work for this.... but we're so thankful, because it's alot of fun.


    First off... a little gift giving :)

    Stephanie, her daughter Jessica and her mom where all busy in the kitchen when we arrived whipping up the frosting for the houses. 

    Jess did alot of baking ahead of time.

    There was also all kind of goodies out to snack on :)

    yum.

    So... the fun begins...


    It's fun to just enjoy the process and not worry about it being magazine worthy or anything. We just chatted and added candies and we talked.  The one below is mine.
    This one is Stephanies.  I love the little pebble walkway and colorful roof.

    Stephanie's mom joined us also. The one below is hers.  I love how she used the coconut to look like snow.

    Check of Jessica's fun door and polka-dot front to her house.


    Jan had the cutest chimney made of rock candy.. Oh my gosh! Super fun roof too.

    Paulas is so HAPPY :)   I always love seeing how each person comes up with different unique ideas HUGE thanks to  Steph and Jess for putting this all together!


    So...... sorry it's been a few days since I've posted..but when I wasnt making gingerbread houses... I had my hands busy with these boys.......

    Long story short...these two were running up and down the road  and in our lot out here in the county all day the other day until   it started to get dark when I couldn't stand it anymore and was sure they were going to get hit by a car on the county road. We had checked them for tags, as they had collars that matched eachother, and were obviously together. No tags.  Called the farmer across the road and he said him and another retired farmer had had been going to farms around here checking to see if they could find their home with no luck.  Finally.. it was dark and the one was still in our yard.. so we took it in the garage , made a bed for it and gave it food and water ( as it was cold out). A hour or so later the other one was here also. So now we have both in the garage, eating and drinking like crazy.  We had to keep them away from our dogs because they were quite big and we didn't know how things would do.  Molly was not a happy camper the way it was. lol  Anyway... I took a picture of them .... posted it on facebook.  my friends near here shared it and shared it to spread the word. Within a half hour of them being here I had printed off pictures of them with my number and started putting them up in our little town at the two gas stations, bowling alley, post office  and pizza place ect.  Yesterday morning I had to take them to the human society to hold them while we waited to see if we could find there owner because I couldn't keep them here.  Everyone was saying .... they probably just got dumped them  off in the country ( and that is true.. it does happen often as sad as that is to think people will do that) but I just thought these dogs looked too loved.   Well  at 11:30 this morning I got a call from a young man that was thrilled that he had seen a poster of his missing dogs at the gas station in town. He said when his Dad came home he saw the dogs had gotten out. They lived a few county roads North East from us. He thanked me so much for taking them in a caring for them.  He was going to go pick them up!   HAPPY ENDING!

    It's funny because the night before I had just read something about  how now days people just dont get involved anymore and how they expect that someone else will just deal with it, or it's not their problem. 
    Sometimes life gets so busy I'm afraid I do that. I don't want to.  Not for little things like this.. or for bigger things either.  But then again... it makes sense that it would be dogs that would make me not be able to look away. lol

    Yes to took some time.. yes I lost a little sleep, yes I had to change some plans,yes I had to wrestle a couple of big dogs into my little car,  yes I had to clean up a little doggy tinkle in the garage..but....
     it was SO WORTH IT!  



    Pretty Christmas Papers, Friends, Gingerbread houses, dogs back home...... it's all good!


    Thanks for letting me share :)

    Vic