Saturday, December 27, 2014

Cards Using Fancy Pants Designs Park Bench Collection and a Christmas recap

Hi everyone!  Hope you all had a really nice Christmas.  Any time to put your feet up yet?  I haven't even thought about taking down my Christmas decor.  Usually I do it fairly soon, but this year, I think I'll wait until after New Years.  More than anything, I'll miss the white lights at night. I love having them on. Oh, and I don't really have the energy to put it all away ... there's that too. lol

Instead of doing the "not fun" stuff. I played with paper.  I had started this first card for my sister and brother-in -laws anniversary (which is today), before Christmas, so I thought I better finish it up.
Happy Anniversary Jan and Keith!

I used the Fancy Pants "Park Bench" Collection.  I love how their collections make creating cards so quick and easy.   When I take out the collection I usually always make at least two or three cards, never just one. Seems silly to have it all out and then put it right away, when they cards come together so easily.
The bow on the card above is one of my dies from AccuCutBows VC106

It's always nice to have a little stash of cards ready when you need one right?

Christmas Eve we had our traditional Dunn family Christmas. There are quite a few of us so we always rent the same place for our family gatherings. It was hard at first .. not to have it at mom and dads like we used to ,but we realized years ago , it was just too much for anyone's house.  We continued to want to spend Christmas Eve together, so renting a larger place we could meet, was the best solution. Now, it seems so normal. We are just happy to be together.  Of course this isn't all of us. Not by a long shot.  I am the youngest of seven. We are all married with children... grandchildren and some have great grandchildren. So there are a bunch of us :)  We have a sister (and family) living in Florida and also in AZ, so they weren't all able to be here of course.
Wes (our oldest) wasn't able to be there, because he had to work. He is a police officer. Jarad ( our other son and his wife Kate). Couldn't make it Christmas Eve either...but luckily we got to spend Christmas morning with all of them.
Lots of family, lots of goodies and always lots of laughs.

Did I mention.. lots of laughs? lol  We had a white elephant gift exchange, which is always interesting with these characters :)
Always funny how entertaining a BOX can be.     ( for those of you who have be following for a long time... that is Griffin) Can you believe how fast these kids grow up??
I was laughing about these silly bell decorations on the wall, and told Nathanial and Neely that is would make my day if they took them down and wore them for hats.   What can I say? They love me :)
I DID make my day!!!   I love these two SO much!!!

Early Christmas morning ( as soon as Wes got off work, after a 12 hour shift) we had our family Christmas here at the house with the kids.   We had Breakfast together and then opened gifts.  I had made a breakfast casserole the day before so things came together pretty easy.  Good thing, because we were all beat! lol

The rest of the morning consisted of a lot of laying around. Which made us all happy. lol

Jarad and Kate brought, Rylie and Cloey, (the grandpups)... so they four dogs were happy to see each other.
Can you tell we are a dog loving family?? lol
Our Christmas was as usual... not super fancy, but filled with family, food and lots of love... and thats works just great for us.

I hope yours was just want you wished for.

Thanks friends, for stopped by,   Vicki

Saturday, December 13, 2014

NEW Digital Christmas Stamps from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage and photos from my banner class at Florals Finds and Glorified Junk

Well, I have been excited to work with these new digital Christmas Stamps that Crafty Secrets just released. A little too excited I guess, because I managed to drop my paintbrush on my page!  Super frustrating!  I've printed off a new page and will work on it tomorrow.  I was just so relaxed and really enjoying the process and then... oooops!  You can visit here on the Heartwarming Vintage blog  to see all the new stamps and see a great tutorial Sandy has posted on how to change the color from black to whatever color you choose.
There are some awesome new images.  You can only image how happy I was to see the DEER!! And a truck with a tree in the back that is so cool!  Anyway, you can check them out for yourself..but there is a lot of them .. and they are all great!

My banner classes at Floral Finds and Glorified Junk were very fun.  Total girls night... lots of craftiness and chatting :)     There really isnt space for large classes here, but to have a chance to do these smaller intimate classes that are just really low key... was so much fun. It was just like a friends night out.

(you can see the banners we made my previous post)

*You can follow Florals, Finds and Glorified Junk on Facebook*
The place is so fun anyway, but at night with the Christmas lights... well, it was just really awesome!

Lynda ( the owner)  has an amazing eye for design. Although she is a florist, she is very talented crafter... oh... and junker, painter,  business owner, and wearer of about a million other hats... all while running after three little super cute little boys.   Luckily she has an great side kick.. her husband Tom. Between the two of them I don't think there is much they cant do. They have made this place look so fantastic!

The shop is full of beautiful Poinsettias Lynda had just gotten in.

Super Cute big Stars and snowflakes Lynda and Tom make.  My sis went home with one of each :)

Oh.. and look at this Santa Lynda made!
We crafted, and chatted and had cupcakes and cider, in Lynda's fun barn shop.  I love these little vintage style tree picks I found at Layered Cake Shop.   I also ordered some adorable DEER :) and some silver trees.   Here is the link to it on line if you are interested.   Layered Cake Shop

The best part of teaching classes, is always ... of course hoping you inspire others ...but for me it's also making  new friends... and of course spending time with old friends.. if I'm lucky enough to have them there.  Which this time I was:)  yay!   The other night I met a new friend.  She is a blog follower, and believe it or not she lives not all that far away from me.   I'm hoping we'll be able to get together on a regular basis now that we know each other.  Yay for making new friends!!    Waving HI Karen!

Thanks for letting me share with you.  Tomorrow I'll give watercolor another whirl and try to hold on to my brush a little better this time.

Thanks for stopping by! 


Sunday, December 07, 2014

Upcoming banner classes at Florals Finds and Glorified Junk, using Crafty Secrets Retro Christmas CD

Hey everyone!  Today I thought I'd share a couple of banner classes I'll be teaching next week at Floral Finds and Glorified Junk  ( 972 HWY 30 North Bend NE )   If you don't live close enough to be able to attend ,you can make your own using Crafty Secrets "Creating with Vintage Retro Christmas CD"   :)

But if you are interested in either of these banner classes they will be Wed Dec 10th.   This one at 6:00pm and the "Merry Christmas" double banner at 7:30pm.  Space is limited so I will only be taking six in each of these classes.  If you are interested shoot me an email    Lynda's shop is darling and we will have a fun time, enjoying some cider and cookies, chatting and crafting.

Here are some close ups.

This is the second class.

You certainly don't have to be a master crafter to come enjoy making these banners.  Most of it is just assembling. ( that's the fun part right?)  You'll go home with a festive handmade banner to add to your Christmas decor. yay!

Lynda's shop is such a fun place.  Of course it's now all decked out for the Holidays.  Lynda will also be offering some amazing classes soon. I'll share photos here as soon as she posts them.  She is talented gal!!
She has been so kind to me, I'm thankful our paths crossed and we became friends. Not only does she have a heart of gold but her she oozes craftiness!  Always inspiring!   If you are in the area, stop by her shop to see her creations.

                                   Floral Finds and Glorified Junk  ( 972 HWY 30 North Bend NE )

Our youngest had a birthday this week.   Where has the time gone?    We had a really nice time all celebrating Jarad's and Dans December Birthdays at Jarad and Kate's cabin Friday night. Tacos and cards :)
He'll still always be my baby.
Christmas decor is finished and to say I simplified this year would be an understatement. lol  Still, I'm happy with it. It seems I like "less" these days.

Always have my favorites, that I have to put out.

I love their sweet faces.
I hope your December is off to a great start.  Don't let the craziness of the month get to you. Step back and just enjoy being with family and friends... and remembering why we celebrate.  I'm really working on that year.
Focus on whats important right:)

Holiday Hugs to all of you!

Thanks as always for coming by!!  Vic

Monday, December 01, 2014

Catching up

Oh my, to think I used to blog daily! Wow, how things have changed lol.   I have a tiny bit of guilt about that, but at the same time I'm enjoying the extra time for things I havent been able to do for years.  Like.... reading a book. Wow... that's a big deal to me.  Just taking time for other things I enjoy.. and it's good.   But I love being able to come up to my studio and create when I feel like it now, instead of always for a deadline. It's so much more enjoyable when your doing it because you just really want to.
The other day I got to go see some really excited new parents and a beautiful new baby girl.  Some friends of Wes's (and ours of course) that live on a farm near us just had their first baby. She's precious and they are over the moon! 
I took dinner  and a couple of outfits for the baby over too them their second night home from the hospital.  (Good excuse to get to hold the baby huh?)     Anyway, I started making a card for the gift and decided on a little banner instead.

Meet Lyla... she's perfect!

 So the cold weather has arrived.... winter is here. Not my favorite time of the year, but I'm always trying to see the beauty in it when I can.  Its has it's moments.   I do love the Holidays though.  

  We really do have so much to be thankful for. Thankful our kids are happy and healthy.

And that we have gotten to spend time with all of them this month :)

We were all together with the large extended family on Thanksgiving, and that was great.
( I'm glad the pumpkin pie if finally gone so it quits tempting me!!)

It was a great day with the family. I realized at the end of the day that I had hardly taken any photos at all.  The incident below may have distracted me a bit from photo taking. grrrrr.     Thank goodness we had all already eaten, and I was just making an extra batch of gravy for later when the handle on the pot decided to break as I was turning to pour it into the bowl to cool.   Thank goodness it had already cooled some or I could have really gotten burned.   Yep... that mess is gravy!   Not fun to clean up, I'll tell you that much.
Luckily the place we rent is really close to where we live, so I could run home to change. Trust me, when I walked in the door the dogs thought they had hit the jack pot. lol  I dogs dream... the person you love... covered in gravy! lol

Yesterday and the day before I started working on putting Fall decorations away and bringing out the Christmas stuff.  I dont put our half what I used to and still it seems to take forever.  I'm just trying to take my time and enjoy the process.   At this rate I should be finished by the 24th or 25th lol.

I wanted to be sure to tell you all that the December Fancy Pants Newsletter is  out today.   It's full of inspiration!!!    You can see it here  NEWSLETTER

Here is a peek at a few things I have in this issue

cards and gift wrap ideas.

I hope you are all taking time for yourselfs during this holiday season.   Give yourself permission for that... it's okay.... really it is :)

Thanks as always for coming by, Vicki