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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Anniversary Card

My mom-in-law asked if I would make a card for her sister and brother-in-law for their 50th Anniversary.  It felt so good to actually sit and come up with a card.  I used Martha Stewart Elegant Cakes for the words, the Sweethearts Cart for the heart, and Indie Art for the birds.  I decided on an Easel card and used lots of bling at her request.

Halloween Centerpiece

Now that we live in a neighborhood that has kids in it, we should have a lot of trick-or-treaters.  I love it when the little ones come to the door for goodies.  I had this hat sitting around and decided to decorate it to sit in our front window as part of our Halloween Decor.  I used the Happy Hauntings cartridge and had fun making it. 


Sunday, October 9, 2011

One Year Breast Cancer Anniversary month...

OK, here I am one year after my breast cancer diagnosis. It has been a strange year for sure. Emotions have been up and down (mostly up) and the understanding of life after a double mastectomy has been a slow process at times. For me, the soreness and tenderness is still present and according to my doctors, may always be there. Well darn!!!

I do miss “the girls” at times, especially when it is in the 90’s and I don’t want to wear the heavy, silicone fake boobs because they sweat! YUCK!!! Do I regret not having reconstructive surgery… honestly, yes at times I do. But, most of the time I am perfectly happy with the way it is. After all, I can go bigger or smaller if I want…hehe! I also learned why the fake boobs are heavy… I was outdoors wearing the lightweight foam ones and I reached up to cut a dead branch from a tree in the front yard and the little suckers ended up being up around my neck instead of where they should be. My hubby looked at me in shock and I just couldn’t stop laughing. We had moved to our new house a week earlier and I think he looked around as fast as I did see if anyone was watching. I have not worn the foam ones since. LOL!!!

I have learned that people who love you do not like to talk about the fact that you have had cancer. It is always there, yet I think the word cancer still scares people so much that they are afraid if it is discussed, it makes it too real to them and the thought of my death and suffering gets in their heads even though I am cancer free at this time. Also, I think the reality of their mortality come to mind.

I’ve also learned that there are those who feel that because they removed the total cancer with surgery and that I didn’t have to go through chemo, that I really didn’t have cancer. For awhile I felt guilty that I didn’t have to endure the stuff others have had to go through with this dreaded disease… duh! I now feel totally blessed that mine was found at such an early stage. I was told by my cancer doctor that due to the type of cancer I had (negative receptor estrogen and very aggressive cancer), if it had not been found at the time it was, that by the next scheduled mammogram would have possibly been too late to save me. OK, that totally put it into perspective for me. Guilt gone!!!

Yup… A lot has happened in the last year… we have sold and bought a new home. I had forgotten how much work is involved with all that, but it is so nice to finally be settled in. I have a new scrap room that is smaller than my old one, but I love it. I have spent much more time with family and friends and am grateful for the opportunity to do so. I am finally finding some time to get in my scrap room and think I will begin making Christmas cards this week. I have missed a lot of information about the scrapping world this past year and have not spent much money on anything new. I don’t even know what the new carts that have come out look like as it doesn’t appear they are putting the books on the Cricut site now. I have seen the new Expression 2 and hopefully, next year it will be my new machine of choice. At this point, I will use my trusty expression, my pazzles and all of the stuff I have accumulated over the past four years. Maybe then I will actually have room to add new stuff.

Most importantly, after all that has happened, my faith is stronger than ever. God certainly has been with me and my blessings have been huge. I have so much to be thankful for and my internet scrapping buddies are right up there at the top of that list. Life is good – God is GREAT!!!

Please take time to be tested for breast cancer. If you do not have the insurance or funds to do this, this is the month to look for free mammograms offered everywhere. Do not be afraid and please, DO IT NOW!!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Finally Moving...

I have missed my craft room so much!  All of my stuff has been packed for what seems like forever and waiting for the move to our new house.  Finally, next week we will be moving and in a couple of weeks I should have my room set up again.  Once this is done, I will be posting again.  Hugs to you all!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Entry for CC Blog Contest

I had to have a picture of me taken in my craft room to enter the CCBlog's contest.  Here is the one my hubby took...

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother-In-Law's Mother's Day Card

Good Morning all.  I have had some issues healthwise so have not been doing much crafting for awhile. No big deal, just learning that being a tom boy is not always a great thing when you have muscles that have been messed with due to surgery.  I lifted 85 bags of top soil due to filling in our ornamental ponds and have dearly paid for that move.  DUH!  I've always been pretty strong and just assumed I could do all that I have always done.  I guess after sitting most of the winter and not doing any heavy work, I need to learn to gradually build my body back up.  I had an ultra sound yesterday due to the surgeon wanting to make sure the pain is not due to infection or anything else going on.  I will see him in a week and one-half and may end up with some therapy sessions to help get back in shape.  The pain has been such that even taking a shower has hurt like the dickens.  Live and Learn!!! Geez!!!  O-well... Enough about me - I actually got some crafting done today...

I was with my hubby in Meijer yesterday and started to pick up a card for his mom.  He looked at me like I was totally crazy and said "No, she loves the cards you make and you need to make one for her if you can."  Well, I knew he was right and decided I best get busy.  Aside from that - cards cost a small fortune and some are just not that pretty!!!  Mine may not be the best, but they are made with heart!  Anyway...

I used the new Cricut Craftroom to layout this card and it worked great other than it kept forgetting that the cartridges were in the machine and I had to keep removing and reinstalling the carts.  Geez!  That is really a minor thing and I'm sure they will get this fixed soon.  I really think most people are really going to like the new program.  So far, everything I have given feedback about has been fixed or added in short order.  Wonderful!!!

The items used for the card are as follows:

Co'erdinations Glimmer paper
Bazill dotted swiss paper
George - for the card base and overlays on the base
Country Life for the Watering can (altered by cutting off the flowers that are on the cut)
Mother's Day Bouquet for the flowers (multi-cut different sizes, chalked and put together)
The senitment was done in Word

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Graduation Card

A friend's daughter graduated today and I wanted to make a card to send her.  The Cindy Loo cartridge is one of my favorites and I love the owl on it. I really like how the card turned out and hope she does also.  For the cart I used...

Cindy Loo Cartridge for the Owl
Elegant Cakes for the title
Locker Talk for the Grad Cap
Coerdinations and Stamping Up Paper
Pre-Punched Paper for the base
Popped the cap and title

Card for a Dear Friend

I created this card for a friend who had to have major surgery.  I used a clipart pattern that I thought was so cute and imported it into my Pazzles machine.  I altered it to be how I wanted it to be and this is what I came up with. 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Card for Aidan

A request went out on the Cricut Circle board for cards to be sent to a 2 year old named Aidan who has been diagnosed with T Cell Leukemia.  My heart breaks for his family as I cannot imagine the fear and anxiety they must have.  They have a deep faith and I know they would appreciate prayers so - Please add Aidan and his family to your prayers. 

Below is the card I came up with for Aidan.

I used: 
Stampin Up Paper from Barb of http://snowmanlover.blogspot.com/
Cricut New Arrival Cartridge for the train (have had this cart for 2 years and finally used it)
Cricut Base Camp Cartridge for Aidan's name
Buttons and stickers for the wheels
and a lot of heart

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Birthday Card for My Aunt

This card took me 5 hours to make.  I kept starting over - and over - and over and it never turned out the way I hoped it would.  I finally ended up using items I have purchased and tried to use colors she loves.  The title was cut using Elegant Cakes cartridge and the background was cut using the Just Because cartridge. Seems like today for some reason the harder I tried, the harder it became.  Ever have one of those crafting days?  Geez! I so hope she likes it.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Daisy Layout

I wanted to enter the Cricut Circle Blog contest for the month of February and needed to create something using a banner. I'm not sure whether a layout is OK for the contest, but I decided to do a layout of our spoiled rotten Bichon, Daisy.  I am so far behind this year in completing my layouts that these pics were from July.  Daisy has such a cute little personality that she tends to own us. 

The dog in the layout was computer drawn by me to look like Daisy. I then imported it into my Pazzles machine and altered to be how I wanted it. I used Provo Craft white paper for the dog and chalked it with light blue.  I think it looks a lot like her. The Rosette was also created using my Pazzles and was cut using scrap paper.  I used the Country Life cartridge to create the banner using Co-erdinations paper. The Letters are from the Elegant Cake cartridge welded into the banner.  The large daisy in the backgound was cut from Elegant  Cakes using the DCWV Pet Stack.

Thanks for visiting and please, stop in again.  Happy Day!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentine Cards 2011

I made a few Valentine cards and wanted to share with you all.  I have so enjoyed crafting again and it was so much fun doing this card.  The easel card ended up being 6 x 8 inches.

I also learned a bit more about some of the stuff that goes with Breast Cancer removal while making this card.  I got a small paper cut in my left arm which is where they removed some of my lymph nodes.  My under arm area ended up swelling a bit from that.  I will now certainly remember to take the advice they gave me to be careful with my left arm and hand seriously when scrapping.  Who would have thought something so minor would make a difference.  Over time this may not even happen, but as I am still healing I will listen.  I have a cute little bracelet (NOT) that I wear now that has a medical emblem on it and says No Pin Pricks or PB - Left Arm. How is that for some fancy jewelry!!! 

O-well, when I think of how it could have ended up... I am totally Blessed and thank God every second of every day.  These little bumps in the road certainly make us stronger and maybe even a bit wiser.

Anyway... Here is the Valentine Card I came up with.

Solid and Patterned Paper - The Paper Company
Hearts - American Crafts Christmas Foil Paper
Cartridges used -
  Easel Card - George
  Hearts - George
  Bicycle - Heritage

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Zoo Crew..

This layout was made using cuts that were computer drawn and then imported into my Pazzles machine. I made this layout with a lot of heart for a very special crafting sister.  I so hope she likes it.  There was also a lot of pop dots and chalking in this layout.

Lucy Rules...

This layout was done using by me computer drawing the designs and using my Pazzles machine to cut and piece.  It was made with heart for a dear friend and I hope she likes it.  Lots of pop dots and chalking were done for each piece. 

Looking for Food... Poor Thing

Here in Michigan we have had a Blizzard Warning posted and this poor little fella is feeling the results.  We have gotten about a foot of snow - but mostly the drifts are what seem to be causing problems for everyone. We have some 3 ft drifts around our yard but mostly where we don't have to walk so not too worried about them.  I did have to shovel snow before daylight as our little dog needed out and she couldn't get through the snow.  This little guy could sure show her how to do it...  Poor little fella.

I have been scrapping a bit lately and will be adding pics of my cards and layouts sometime today.  Hugs to you all and I hope everyone stays safe and warm.