Saturday, January 26, 2013

COLD...Winter Day!

We have TERRIBLE weather in our neck of the woods today. Left work around 2:00, took twice as long to get home than normal. I'm so thankful I did get home without incident and so did my daughter! I prayed practically the whole way home for her safety!! I got home and saw a new challenge at CardzTV using Red, White and Black only! Thought about it a while and decided to give it a try. I have a friend that asked me to make some masculine cards for her to mail to her son in college......I draw a blank when it comes to masculine cards! SO I decided this one HAD to be masculine and get the ball rolling for my friend!

I used Nifty Fifties Cartridge for the car and Elegant Edges for the mats. I looked through the WalMart Valentine paper I recently bought and some papers from my stash and here is what I came up with. The car is cut at 1.25" for all the layers and the mat is 3.75" for the black, and 4" for the red print and white shadow. I added a 3/4" black strip and put white washi tape with red dots on it and then a strip of black & white twine on top of the tape. Little black buttons (I got from WalMart) in the corners and it's done. YAY!!! I like how it turned out....hope you do, too! The picture looks more orange in color, but I PROMISE it is RED!!!

Have a blessed day!!   Rebecca

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

CardzTV Baby Card Challenge

I got my shelves up in my craft room and CLEANED and organized!!! Ready to get to work! So my first project is to make a card for the CardzTV Challenge for a baby card for the New Year. I LOVE Mary, don't you? She is SOOOOO talented and her Design Team is like no other......I am always amazed at their creations and the talent that they have. WOW! I've been trying to use my Imagine more often and finally set down and linked my cartridges on my Gypsy and this is what I came up with from the Nursery Tails cartridge. I love pink and green together and these images and papers just seemed to fit together....I also have a picture of the INSIDE as well. The pink background paper is embossed from a Darice embossing folder with scattered hearts and then I decorated the card with pink gingham ribbon, buttons and a few pink bling dots in the corners. Everything was inked around with Tim Holtz tea dye ink. I am pleased with how it came together....thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 14, 2013

First post of 2013! Had a lot going on lately, was sick from just after Thanksgiving to after Christmas.....still have a nasty cough that just won't go away! UGH! Finally got the shelves up in the craft room over the weekend and did some much needed reorganizing! I LOVE how they turned out and all the space and room I have now to work. Did a little bit of work last night for a challenge....will post it in the next day or so. Right after Christmas my toaster oven quit working. :-( So I did some research and found one made by Oster that I like, it is like a second oven, it will hold a 9X13 pan and a 12 cup muffin tin. I've gotten in to making cupcakes and decorating them lately and that will be WONDERFUL to have the 'extra' oven for full size or mini cupcake pans. In the process of looking I decided to update my microwave as well and found a smaller one but still powerful. Both have the brushed stainless steel look and the microwave has a black front for the window and button pad....matches my other black and stainless appliances. Before Thanksgiving I ordered a Kitchenaid stand mixer from QVC and an electric pressure cooker. So I've updated my small appliances and love them all! Well, so far. I couldn't believe how much my Kitchenaid stand mixer could do until we started using it for dips, pastry roll fillings and mixing ingredients for sausage balls! What a time saver! I have had some issues with sciatica for about 18 months so mixing and tugging on things is limited. This has saved me so much, I still get worn out and my back starts throbbing so I know I have to rest but it feels good to be able to get things done without feeling so tortured! I guess you could say these were 'gifts' to myself for Christmas!!! No husband, boyfriend or man of any kind to shower me with 'goodies' so I just treat myself!! :-) Some day, if God wills, maybe He will lead me to a kind, gentle, loving man....but for now I'm learning lots of stuff and am making it on my own. Don't know why I'm rambling....guess it is good to just get things out. Anyway, I am truly blessed to have crafting as a hobby and making cards is my favorite thing! I'm grateful for all the machines and papers and cartridges and punches and pens and cutters and storage areas.....what a lovely space to call my own!! Maybe I'll post some pictures some day. I still have so much to learn and love to watch the talented ladies on various sites that are so kind to share their ideas, inspiration and knowledge. Thanks to each of you that give so much so that those of us that are learning can share the experience of your talent! God Bless us all and continue to keep us in His loving care!! Rebecca