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!


Friday, August 04, 2017

Five for Fridays with Tammy Tutterow Designs and a little trip.

Hello my friends!
Here is it Five for Fridays with the talented ladies from the Tammy Tutterow Designs.  You wont want to miss all the creative goodness so pop over to Tammy's blog here and check them all out, okay?

I'm going to share what I created this week with Tammy's matching stamps and dies first,  then below that , ( if you want to stick around :) I'm sharing some photos of the trip my sis and I took to South Dakota to to visit the people these baskets were created for.

To make the gift tags for these goodie baskets I used SDS-035 Posie Parts ( Stamp & Die Set).

It is a fun Stamp and matching die set with different flowers and leaves, as well as a pot.  You can put one in like I did, or you can add as many as you like.  If you click on the link above to take you to the die, you can see other samples using these.

I SO wish I would have taken these shots at an angle, because you can't see from these photos... how they were die cut and added to the tag with foam squares.   On a colored background they would have really stood off of course, but I loved the look of it  with the while edge on the white background when they had added dimension... it's just hard to see here.

The frame around it is  SBS-073 Simple Line Border
( the dashes are just pen marks I made :)

So... who are the goodie baskets for?  Well, my sis and I spent the past couple of  days in South Dakota visiting our last living Aunts and Uncle.  They are very special to us and all in their 90's now.   My moms sister, brother and sister in law.

Let me  tell you, after all this time stuck in the house after the accident I was sooooo ready for a little road trip.   My sis  offered to drive, and although I can drive now, I'm not probably ready for a 4 hour trip to start, so I was thankful she was kind enough to offer.  ( I'm her baby sister so she takes card of me... always!!!)  truth!!

It's hard to explain how we feel about this place.  It's our comfort zone.  It's were our family started, before moving to Nebraska.  My sis and most of my other siblings were born here in SD. We have spent many days here over our lifetime.  At our Grandparents and Aunt's and Uncles Farms, at family gatherings, weddings, funerals, and we attended every memorial day at the cemetery here. Our grandparents and many other family members are buried here, so our parents always made the trip here for Memorial day to Decorate the graves.  I remember my cousin playing taps on the trumpet at the cemetery when he was a kid in school, and  every year our Uncle Jake was one of the military guys, dressed in their uniforms who shot off the guns at the cemetery after the service. As much as I prepared myself each year for the loud BANG of those guns, I still always jumped.  I was always so proud that that was my Uncle.
Boy do I miss those days.  So many memories.   
It holds a special place in all our hearts.
My sis and I talked a lot about how much this place means to us and all the great memories that have  been made here over the years.

 Our Aunt has now moved to an assisted living, and really loves  it there.  It's so great to hear her talk about how much she likes it and how happy she is there.  Let me tell you , she 94 and sharp as a tack!
She was as school teacher all her life, and loved teaching.
I had made my sis a little "Grandma Brag Book" to take on this trip to share the photos of her grandkids.  She now has a Grandson and a Granddaughter. She showing the photos to my Aunt in this picture.
* I'll be sharing the little album I made her in an upcoming post.

We visited with Aunt Viv all afternoon, until it was time for her to go to dinner.  We usually take her out to dinner down town when we are there, but there is usually Jan and I both to help get her to the car and in to the restaurant... but at this point I'm lucky if I can get "me" in, using a cane... so we played it safe this time.

The next morning we had planned to go out to our Aunt and Uncle farm to visit.   On the way we always have to drive thru the town (which there isn't much left of) and go buy our Aunt and Uncles old house, the pool hall lol, and the building were my siblings attended school.

On the way we just enjoyed the country, and took in the sights.

It just couldn't have been a nicer time. The weather was beautiful! 

I told my sis... "The sky is SO blue and the grass seems SO green".  She said, "it IS gorgeous, but you have been pretty much in the house for three months, I'm sure everything looks especially great".
I hadn't thought of that. 
Everything was just beautiful!

You could show the photo below to anyone in my family and they would instantly know that this is the lane the leads to our Aunt and Uncles farm.   Jan and I talked about how we could just sit and have coffee right in the middle of the lane under that tree and be so content.

My Aunt Donna and Uncle Al are such amazing people! I admire them so much.  They are have always been such hard workers all their life.  Of course they farmed but they would also always raise a massive garden. They would cann and freeze so much, but also have extra produce to sell ... and always shared with family. wink wink
As I said, they  are in their 90's now, and although the garden is significantly smaller, they STILL have one! What?  Like I said..they are amazing.
Below my sis is showing them photos.
You have never seen anyone take care of things like my Aunt Donna. She has things from 30-40-50 years ago that are still in pristine condition.  She even has toys from not only when their kids were small, but from when she was a child.

I  always love seeing this photo on her wall.  It's of my cousin Craig ( their son) and I when we were   little , at my grandparents farm.  It just tickles me.

After spending the afternoon with them visiting, it was time to hit the trail back home. 4 hours to get me home and another 1 1/2 for my sis after that.  That time in the car always seems to go fast when her and I are chatting tho. lol

We headed home with our hearts full.  Again talking about how blessed we have been to have these amazing people in our lives. Thankful for all the memories this place stirs up every time we are here.

We laughed about funny stories that were talked about, and things that were mentioned that we had forgotten about, and how great it was to make even more memories.

 Blessed, just blessed