Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Birds and Blossoms Thankyou card

I'm still sharing wedding projects but I'll be popping in with other projects in between also.  I wanted to share this card with you, that is made with Crafty Secrets Birds and Blossoms sheets which are now printable!   I also used some of the Radiant Papers and the "Thanks" stamp from the Grand Greetings Digital stamp set from Crafty Secrets also.
Ohhh... how I adore that little bird image :)
What else has been going on in my world?  I guess these two are exhausted after a long afternoon of refrigerator shopping.  Oh that's right, Daisy didn't go, so I have no idea why she is so pooped. lol    Yes, the night we came home from the wedding weekend our refrigerator wasn't working :(
I was gifted some rhubarb, so Sunday I made some of my moms Strawberry rhubarb jam .  It's not that we even use jam that much anymore, it was kind of about the process for me.  Making rhubarb jam in moms aqua pot, just like she always did.  It made for a happy afternoon.

Any of you who have been reading my blog for very long at all, know I'm a huge fan of the band Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, and whenever they are playing in NE, I'm there.  Friday night was the night!!  It was a fun time... and a great show!

Good times! 

Want to give them a listen?  This is a video of them playing in Mexico.  Um... yes we were even here when this was videoed. I can even find myself in the video, lol.

I'll be back with more to share.   I always appreciate you visiting.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Wedding projects... woodburned log pieces, flower poles, cookie bags, decor

I have lots of photos and ideas from the wedding that I want to share, I've just been busy trying to sort thru and organize the gazillion photos I took over the wedding weekend.   Pulling this wedding together was defiantly a team event.  With Neely and Alan living in LA and the wedding being here in NE, there were lots of phone calls, texts and emails between all of us.   Neely had so many amazing ideas about what she wanted, and my sis and I had been emailing ideas back and forth with her, so between us,  this is what we ended up with.  I'll be sharing different ideas and how to's on some of the projects over the next couple of weeks.  Some ideas our own craziness, lol, and some inspired by Pinterest projects. My sis is creative beyond words and Neely amazes me with her sense of style.  And boy does she have her mommas crafting blood. lol
Neely incorporated Arrows into a lot of her wedding.  These are all vintage arrows on the mantle of the cabin.  The awesome Letterpress letters, spelling out their names were a gift from Sandy Redburn. (owner of Crafty Secrets)
The cabin is owned by a dear long time friend of the Bride and Groom. They have so many memories of good times here.  Neely and Alans friends are some of the kindest most amazing people I've ever met! They all jumped in anytime something was needed, without even being asked , to make everything run so smoothly!

Here is the first project I'm going to share.  Neely had this idea to put this design ( which is similar to their "Save the Date" magnets) on log slabs for the wedding party   to stand on during the  ceremony.
This project had my sis and I a little apprehensive ... simply because neither of us had ever used a wood burner before.       My son Jarad got the log slabs cut for us from fallen trees out at his cabin. ( different cabin)    
Here is what we learned
IMPORTANT  After they are cut, set them out in the sun ... keep them dry. Flip them numerous times, to give both sides a chance to dry out.  She left them out to dry a couple of weeks.   Why you ask?   Well, Jarad and Kate also used wood slabs just like this for their weeding and found ... if you don't let them dry and just keep them stacked in a box... they will  mold.
Wood burned log slabs for the wedding party to stand on
Once they were dry, we drew out the design with a pencil first and then used a wood burner to burn the design in.     HINT---   We had two different wood burners, both bought at Hobby Lobby.  Since we had never don't this before my sis bought two different types.  We quickly learned for the type of project,...... Hottest temp you can buy with the thickest tip, works best.     It was actually much easier than we were anticipating!

I think we ended up doing something like 14 total.  Extras for décor.

In the photo below, you can see them in the ceremony.

Also wanted to point out the cool teepee style backdrop.  Neely's idea... and she made it!  She was back a week before the wedding, and got SO much done herself in that time.  One of the things was painting this!  Her Dad and her got the polls and she went to town!  I turned out so cool!

                                              Teepee style back drop

              Remembering Grandma Dunn - A sweet treat for the guests

I was so touched by this idea... which was totally Neely's.   These are my mom (Neely's Grandmas) trademark cookies, that our whole family loves!  She wanted to be able to have these set out in trays for the wedding guests.

So my sis and I spent a day together weeks ago baking over 300 sour cream cookies :)   They were all put in my deep freeze for save keeping until we got closer to the wedding date and could frost them.   
Between the three of us.. this is what we came up with to put them in.  Neely told me what her and Alan would like to have printed for them.  I got them printed and cut.  I ran across these darling charms in an etsy shop, and fell in love with them.  Luckily Jan and Neely love them also :)     This is how we decided to wrap them up. 
My sis had so much going on at her house .. and the cookies were at mine, so I had a cookie frosting day at my house a few days before the wedding.   Look at this.... Alan even got right in there and helped!  What a guy!     Neely's sweet maid of honor, Janelle was also there frosting like crazy, as well as my sis and I.
I think my mom was just smiling down on us.

now THAT is some serious cookie frosting!

While the frosting was drying we put together the packaging.  Here is my sis adding the saying to the backs of the envelopes.   Could not have managed this without Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Runners!

These two were troopers!  What a fun day for all of us,  to get to work together and just chat.

Flower bottles that lined the path

This was a pinterest  inspired idea that Neely and her Dad worked on together.  These lined the path down to the ceremony spot.

Large Polka Dot Balloons.  Look at these fun huge polka dot balloons Neely found on etsy!!!

Here are a few more photos of Décor at the cabin were the ceremony was.  I'll be sharing photos of the food and other projects there in upcoming posts.

Check out this huge vintage lighted A and N for Alan and Neely that my sis found at a Cool Vintage Shop in Lincoln.

You can see more of the first set of photos in the blog post below.
Wow.. that's more writing (typing) than I've done in a while.  Time to take a break .. whew! lol
One thing I love about Pinterest, Instagram and blogs, is seeing peoples creative ideas. I'm always amazed at peoples willingness to share their creativity with others.  I know my sis, and  Neely  feel like I do... We love to share also!  I'm hoping you find things here that inspire you... if not for a wedding, for a get together or event you have coming up.  One thing I've learned .... when your working on big projects.... do them with people you love and enjoy being with... it makes them fun and feel like no work at all!   I looked forward to ever  time we got together to work on projects for the wedding. We laughed and we cried ( happy tears of course).
Thanks for stopping by!
Vicki, (Jan and Neely)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A new card to share an the first set of photos from the wedding

This has been the most crazy busy wonderful week ever! lol  Sorry I haven't been here to post but important things have been happening! The wedding of an amazing couple.  My niece Neely and her (husband now) Alan.  Neely is my sister ( my partner in crime.. Jan's daughter). And my brother in law Keith  Since we had only boys I was lucky enough to have them share their girl with me.  She's truly feels like my own. She was born when I was 13 years old and from that point on.... she has been a special special little girl to me.  I'm so thankful   she and my sis let me have a part in putting this wedding together.  More than a few tears were shed by this Aunt I can tell you that much.  It was the most beautiful, amazing day you could ever imagine.  I will be sharing photos along with the projects we created for the weeding and the reception,over the next few weeks.  It's been so hard waiting to share!  I'm so ready to unleash the photos ... so beware. lol     First off all today I wanted to share a card I created with Crafty Secrets "Creating with Vintage Illustrations" CD
This card is hybrid. The first part was done in Photoshop and printed off and then the rest was put together with stitching, buttons ect...

I have so many photo I want to share but most of them I have projects to go with. Today I'm just sharing photos from the actual wedding ceremony. 
The bride.... my niece Neely

The wedding was here in NE, out doors by a lake at a cabin owned by a dear friend of Neely and Alan's.  Neely and Alan  did live here in NE, but moved to LA a few years ago so that Alan could pursue his career working in the film industry.

Neely painted the poles that formed the tee pee style set behind them.  A dear friend of hers was the officiate.  She was only home for one short weekend for a dress fitting and to do a few things a month ago so I don't know how she found time for it...but it looked so cool!

We could not have asked for a more beautiful day!!!!

This is a photo Alan took... looking up at everyone, towards the cabin.  There was chairs on the different levels for seating, and then we had a old suitcase painted pink set out that was filled with vintage table cloths for sitting on.  It had a banner sign I made, hanging from it that said "extra seating".

Some photos I snapped before the ceremony when the photographer was taking photos.
One of my favorites!  Pretty much sums up the feeling of the day!
I'm telling you what... she has some true blue friends... these girls chipped in and helped with anything and everything, where ever they were needed all weekend.

We had filled little multi colored paper chevron bags with bio degradable confetti circles, instead of rice.  I was pretty.

In my next post I'll show you what we did for the inside of the cabin décor. We served some food... Shrimp... veggies, ect after the ceremony since it was at 2:30 and then reception wasn't until 7pm in Omaha about 45 min away.   There was lots going on, but my sis knocked it out of the park with her planning! It was amazing!

Highlight .... being asked to be a witness and sign the wedding license.
Like I said....... Perfect day.... my heart is full!!!

Thanks for letting me share!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Whatevers TWO for May 2014

It's that time! MAY Whatevers Day!    If your not familiar with "Whatevers" You can read more about it here.  But basically my friends...Nat, Cat, Cuchy,  Martha  and I have committed to a full year of bringing new life to  forgotten photos. Each month we create a page and give it a story using that months photo. We share the photo with you in hopes that you will play along and join in the fun.
 There is also more info at the bottom of this post along with the links to the other girls blog, so that you can check out what they have created.

Here is the page I created with this month photo.

I had fun creating the background with lots of mists and glaze.

My story:

Lilly longed for this day. The day Fredrick returned. They had pledged their love to each other.   His heart belonged to her.   Now they could begin their life together. She was counting the days. She didn't  care about a big wedding and all that came with that, she just want them to be married.  With both parents blessing, they planned to marry in a small ceremony  with just their closest family and friends there with them. She would wear her mothers dress, and her sister Rose and his brother Edward would stand up with them. She had envisioned this day for so long, now it was only a week way  One week, and she would be Mrs. Fredrick Samson.

  • 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 to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blog posts- not on Facebook!
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is 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 is 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.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page
  • Here is this months photo
    Be sure to see what the girls have done this month

    Nathalie Kalbach
    Catherine Scanlon
    Martha Richardson
    Carmen Sanchez

    Hope you can join in an play along!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!


    Saturday, May 10, 2014

    Fancy Pants Designs Mothers Day Cards using the new "Burlap and Bouquets" Collection

    Well today I have a blog post up on the Fancy Pants Bog where I share three Mothers Day Cards using the new "Burlap and Bouquets" Collection.  I'd love for you to stop Over  HERE
      Here is one of the three cards :)  I LOVE this new line!


    I know I have been bad about blogging this week, but it's now only one week until my nieces wedding and I've been trying to help my sis with some of the final things.  A week from tomorrow!   Pray for nice weather.  It's going to be a beautiful wedding.
    Getting excited to see family, and for the festivities to begin!

    Last week, we had a girls day and went to this wonderful Spring event put on out in the country at a beautiful home. We went to the Fall event there and it was so great, so we decided we'd take in the Spring one also. So glad we did.  My friend Julie in the green , my friend Deb sitting, me with the messy hair .. lol.. and my sis Jan in the brown jacket.
    We had a wonderful Lunch ..with the proceeds going to the Crisis Center.

    In the photo below we were all so excited  to hear that  Julies dear friend Sheila  was chosen as  Nebraska's 2014 Mother of the Year!       She is such a such a humble person.. you can see by the look on her face she was not appreciating the attention we were drawing to her with our shenanigans. lol
    She was there serving food for the Crisis Center, where she is the Director.  What an amazing woman!

    Julie , Deb and Jan in the photo below....... with their arms full of treasures from the day.

    And here is my treasure.  A mailbox full of succulents.. who could ask for anything more awesome?!?  I am in LOVE with it!  

    Well, hold on to your shorts, because after the wedding next weekend, I have SO many photos to share with you of projects we've been working on for décor.   I've been storing up :)

    Want to wish all you Moms a Very Happy Mothers Day! I hope you have a great weekend!

    Thanks so much for coming by!


    Monday, May 05, 2014

    Crafty Secrets May Linky Party

    We're jumping head first into May with our Crafty Secrets Linky Party.  I'm so happy Spring has finally arrived! I choose a garden theme for my project this month using the (now Printable) Birds and Blossoms Creative Scraps.   I have always LOVED all the images on the fronts and backs of these Creative Scraps, and now that they are printable you don't have to decided what you want to cut... because you can print them all! I decided to use the entire sheet as my backing for this garden themed clock.
    I don't even remember where I got the actual wood piece but it was in a clearance bin after Christmas. It had a hook in it to hang a special ornament. I just removed the hook. It's been sitting in my "to alter" bin for some time, so I finally pulled it out for this project.  Many different frames and alterables would work for a project like this.  You could easily put your own spin on it, so in this post I'll just share some tips I used on mine.

    First of all, for projects like this I LOVE printing on watercolor paper or canvas sheets, because of the texture. It just looks great! I know your not able to see the texture from here, but trust me... it just adds so much.  I just used basic water color papers (like this) for this clock project.
    After I sized it to fit  my opening and printed it, I traced around it and cut it out. I then mounted it on a piece of chipboard for stability ( the same size, covering the entire back opening).  Before I hot glued it to the back I cut the hole for the clock workings.
    Now the fun part... adding all the garden goodies.

    Here is the 4 page Digital Download Birds and Blossoms.

    I have to tell you another thing I really like about being able to print myself. I decided I wanted to print of the Pansy seed pack to add to the bottom as part of my display, but it was a bit to big.  No problem. I just sized it as small as I needed it. I didn't have to print the entire sheet when all I needed was the seed pack, and...  Not only that but when I printed it off I decided I wanted it to have a bit more of an "aged" look, so printed it off on an off white/ivory paper.   You can see below .

    The clock parts I used are from Walnut Hollow.  If your not familiar with all the products this company has to offer ... check them out, I think you'll be surprised! HERE

    Another little tip. I like to use grapevine, but for projects like this, I need "small pieces".  I use this process for  large and for small grapevine. If your doing big pieces for home décor, you will just need a large tub of water for soaking them in.   For this I'll show you using one of these small little craft wreaths.  Just snip and gently unwind the piece that is wrapped around, holding it all together. 

     Soak it for a hour or so in some water so it's pliable. It will be easier to open up without it breaking.  If you are using a large grapevine wreath for decorating, I find soaking it over night and then stretching it out in the sun on my deck works great.

    I hope I've shared a tip or two that might be helpful :)
    Here are the links to the Heartwarming Vintage Blog and the other Design Team Members Blogs so that you can be sure to see what they have created .   We'd love to have you Join in our Linky Party.  You can do that on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog.

           Heartwarming Vintage Blog

  • Kathy Clement Team Leader
  • Vicki Chrisman ( you are here)
  • Michele Kovack - 300+ Gallery!
  • Darlene Pavlick
  • Sheila Rumney
  • Elizabeth Lincoln
  • Cherry Nelson

  • Thanks so much for stopping by!