Sunday, November 18, 2012

Time for Giving Thanks

Wow! Where has the year gone? This week is already Thanksgiving and I have so much to give thanks for. Working at the Food Drive for the Evelyn Mount Outreach here in town this week, I thought about how lucky I really am, while I don't have everything I want, I do have everything I ever need. 

Many years ago, while making a cross-country move, I was homeless for a week - not just living in a hotel, with no job, but truly homeless, sleeping on the floor in a friend of mine's deserted home, with no electricity, no hot water or air conditioning (summer in Vegas) just my sleeping bag on the floor. For that I am thankful, because it made me realize that I have friends who while they could not spare much, could give me a safe place to sleep, friends who lent me their showers so I could be clean for my job. After a week I was able to afford to house myself again.....I hope that I never have to experience that again. 

Now I have a nice roof over my head, a job, and plenty of food to eat. I can pay my bills and take vacations when I like. I have so much. I have beautiful, wonderful sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews that I love, wonderful aunts, uncles and cousins, who love me with all my faults (I think), and friends who are there when the going gets tough. I am blessed and truly thankful. 

 I'm also very thankful that I get to spend time being creative in my crafting space. The past couple of weeks I have been making Christmas Cards. Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend time with friends, first getting an Arbonne facial (thanks Bernadette) and then crafting with Tash and Tanya. I got a few cards made and I was able to make a few more today, so here are my offerings.



These first 2 cards were made with Graphic 45 paper 'Nutcracker Suite' is the collection. I really like how they turned out.



Sorry, again blogger is not cooperating with the loading of files , these cards were made with Bo Bunny - Winter Joy, probably my all time favorite line


Echo Park's Wintertime was the bases for these cards - I found the prototype on Pinterest, I really like how they turned out. *yes, it's tin-foil


And lastly, these are really some scrap cards, very simple with a simple stamp and some bling. 

Looking forward to a busy week, work, seeing the latest installment of the Twilight saga with the girls, Thanksgiving at Trav and Tawn's, searching for Christmas trees in the mountains, and hopefully some more scrappy time. 

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy that turkey dinner and take time to count your blessings.

Dream Big



Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stinkin' Cute!

So I'll bet when you saw the title, you thought oh, she's talking about the fur babies, while they are stinkin' cute, I'm actually referring to the treat holders that I made today.  Now to fill them with the treats.


So what do you think? These are for two of my favorite young ladies for halloween, I hope they enjoy them.

I also made a card for a baby shower next weekend, the theme of the shower is.....


you guessed it, Pirates...the inside of the cards says "to the newest member of the Kirby Crew"

My last 2 creations were Xmas Cards to add to the growing pile, since I have to make a total of 40 or so, If I keep going at this rate, I might have enough by Valentine's Day....


These were actually inspired by a card sample I saw on Pinterest.

So, it's been a busy weekend here in Reno, with the Nevada Day Parade on Saturday as well as attending a Pumpkin Walk last night. Unfortunately today I woke up with a sore throat, so I haven't felt like getting much done at all. Hopefully tomorrow will be better and I can finish the house cleaning after I hit the gym in the evening.

Keep Dreaming and have a Happy Halloween.
Blessed Be




Sunday, October 21, 2012

What a Week

It's Sunday night and I'm thinking about what needs to be done this next week, and wondering where the past week went. Between work, the gym and a trip to Vegas it just flew by. 

Last weekend was the Stitch Retreat in Las Vegas, which was fun as always, It's incredible the beautiful work these women do. I"m currently working on a Baby Announcement for a friend who had a beautiful little girl a couple of months ago. I'm about half-way through the project and will try and post a picture in the next couple of weeks. 

Good news is, I've joined the gym and been consistent about going - three days/week, usually M - W, Thursdays and Fridays are way too busy. I'm enjoying myself while exercising and hoping to lose some weight in the process.

Another trip to Vegas this week....I think I'm tired of flying back and forth, hopefully now I can stay home for a bit. 3 trips in 3 weeks is a bit much. 

Today I finally got some time to work on the Crop Chocolate October Focus Group Challenge - it was Pinterest inspired. Here's my inspiration and what I came up with.


It was kind of fun to do three different cards using the same inspiration. 

Pinterest was also the inspiration for a treat I made today...Crock Pot Cinnamon Almonds...


Boy are they yummy. Oh the caption on the picture is for the Picture a Day a group of us are doing on Facebook.

I also got out this morning a took a couple of pictures of the beautiful foliage near my home.




The weather is supposed to turn rainy - with a chance of snow in the mountains tomorrow and Tuesday. So I decided to make a big pot of my favorite soup today - Don's Potato Soup, can't wait for it to be done. This will also be the recipe I use for the next Crop Chocolate recipe swap, which I will be working on next weekend.

Have a fantastic week and Keep Dreaming.......



Sunday, October 7, 2012

Operation Write Home....

Wow, it seems like a long time since I've had the time or the inclination to post. I have to admit, it's been a busy few weeks with a few more to go before things settle down. Between work and fun stuff, I've had little time to play, however I did make time to create some cards for Operation Write Home (thanks to the blog hop on Crop Chocolate.

Let's see, what's been going on the past month or so. Over Labor Day weekend, I was lucky enough to have one of my closest friends visit, Virginia City, and Lake Tahoe. It was really great to see her.


Here is Cindy on her first visit to Lake Tahoe

After Labor Day, the next big event is the Reno Balloon Races - I went out on Sunday for the Glow Show and Dawn Patrol. Unfortunately, due to wind conditions, after Dawn Patrol, the balloons were grounded, so no Mass Ascension on Sunday, but beautiful just the same.


Dawn Patrol before take-off 

I was able to get some scrapbooking in as well, with a little help from Scrapbook Paradise and the September Crop 'til you Drop - 2 days of scrapbooking and card making

I started my christmas cards - how do they look?


These were for the Crop Chocolate card swap






These are cards that I will send, although a couple of them are being sent to Operation Write Home as well (cards for troops)

I also got the chance to finish up my recipe cards for the Recipe Swap on Crop Chocolate.


I did Taco Salad, here's a close up of the paper pieced taco


Today, I got the chance to make some more cards for Operation Write Home









While I've got a busy couple of weeks planned, with a trip to Vegas next weekend for the semi-annual Stitch Retreat with the Southern NV Stitcher's Guild and Drunk Puppy (a charity event for Noah's Animal Ark), I'm going to attempt to get some more cards made, I'm shooting for 30 or so by the end of October, but my count is only at 12 now. We will see what I can accomplish.

Until next time ----- Keep Dreaming






Sunday, August 26, 2012

Looking Forward to Labor Day

OK, so I know that Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer, but I'm looking forward to it this year, not because summer is ending and fall is beginning, although cooler weather would be nice, but be cause one of my close friends is coming to Reno for the weekend. Since I moved to Reno 4 years ago, I have not gotten to spend too much time with her, just an occasional brunch when I'm in Las Vegas. We used to do 3 or 4 long weekend trips a year, so I've been missing her. Not sure what the plans are yet, but I do know we will be taking in the Rib Cook-Off no matter what. Yum!

I have been working on a few crafty things the past few weeks, the first thing is, I finished a cross-stitch picture for a dear friend, he requested a night winter scene quite a few years ago, I finally found the right scene and after a year...it's finished. With a simple frame and white (stickled) mat, I think it turned out really well.


The challenge for the CropChocolate focus group in August was Subway Art. I really wanted to do something a little different this time, not a card or a layout. So I created 2 plaques, one for each of my friends daughters Alyssa who is 4 and Izzi who is 5. Izzi is also really into rainbows right now, so the plaque also fit into a rainbow challenge for the CropChocolate weekly challenge.

Here they are:


For my favorite dancer Alyssa


For Izzi

Today I created a birthday card for my honorary niece Alexis, who's birthday is today.


It also works for the summer watery weekly challenge. 

As you can probably tell, I've been in a bit of a creative slump lately, so I've been using the weekly challenges to jump start the creative process... not sure if it is working yet.

Thanks for stopping by.... and continue to Dream Big

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Wow, I can't believe the almost half of the summer has gone, I've been so lazy about posting on my blog, I think I'd better set a goal to post at least once a week. 

July is always a busy month for me with the 4th, my youngest sister's birthday on the 5th and my birthday the following week, the 23rd also would have been my dad's birthday. When we were kids, we'd celebrate all three birthdays with a summer vacation. Now, I just joke about taking more time off in July than in any other month, this year however, that's not really true. While I'm taking time off next week to head to Napa to celebrate my day, I took a week off in June to spend time in Las Vegas with friends.

Today, I finally got to sit down and do some crafting, I made a couple of cards, one that I can show here, which was done for the contest this week on Crop Chocolate, and one that I will have to wait to show until after July 20th since it's for the Crop Chocolate focus group July challenge.

Here is today's creation - Recipe, use a dark background, 3 patterned papers and ribbon.

I used Echo Park's Paradise Beach paper and tried something different with the ribbon to create the sun. The saying was one that I had in my stash.

At the crop at Scrapbook Paradise a couple of weekends ago, I was able to create some Thank You cards for the donations that I received for the "Walk for Animals" that I participated in on June 2nd, as well as for my cat sitter. The cat's are supposed to resemble my 3 (Tom, Pippi and Luna).


I also made a birthday card for my youngest sister (who's celebrating tomorrow), 


I had to play up the 4th of July theme of course.

I also made a card for my 'twin' sister (from another mother) who is three years younger than I am. Jean and I met in college, when I was a junior and she was a freshman, we sang in the same church group, and discovered that we shared a birthday. We've been twins ever since. Although, I haven't seen her for a number of years, we are still close and keep in touch via birthday and other special occasion cards. 
Here's her card.....


You can't read it very well, the tag and paper are from We R Memory Keepers - it says "friends are the flowers' in the garden of life". 

I've also been working on getting some of my scrapbooking backlog completed, and did a couple of layouts from a trip to Colorado back in 2006


One of my goals as I'm working on this backlog is to add more journaling to my pages, I'm not really good at that, so I'll keep working on it.

I'm looking forward to my trip weekend after next, Napa and the Napa Valley Wine Train have been on my 'Bucket List' for quite awhile. I'm looking forward to it, and promise to post some pictures. 

Have a good rest of the week, and until next time 
'go barefoot and build your DREAMS'


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

That's just what it's been the past couple of weeks. Last weekend I was busy at a National Scrapbook Day (Weekend) crop at one of my favorite stores Scrapbook Paradise. Laura hosted a weekend of scrapbooking, giveaways and make & takes. I won a couple of things during the drawings, including some of the new Reminisce Travel line, beautiful paper. During the crop I worked on the challenges from Crop Chocolate/Oh My Crafts online crop and finished my Maui scrapbook.

Here's what I came up with, for the Crop Chocolate/Oh My Crafts online crop.

Something Old.....

Remember twistel and big bulky metal embellishments? And all of those eyelets that you hoarded that are now collecting dust on your shelf?? Use your OLDEST scrapbook product to create a one of a kind project.

I had a piece of paper that I bought when I first started scrapbooking a few years ago, I also used some MM celery ribbon, wedding jewels and glitter alphas.


Something New.....

We've all bought something that we've never used before, and if you're like me - it's probably still sitting there waiting for you to use it. So break out that new product and get crafty with it!!!

For this challenge I used Echo Park's This & That Graceful Collection, some brads from my stash and MM's celery ribbon. I cut the 3D flowers on my silhouette.


Something Borrowed.....

Let's celebrate the creativity of all of us!! I'm sure there's a LO or project that someone else has done that's totally caught your eye. "Borrow" it as inspiration and create your own!
**Please try to use someone here at CC's work! You can search back through contest and profiles. :)**

For this challenge I chose a card from By Belle on Crop Chocolate....Here is her original.



Here is my take on the card using Echo Park's Hello Spring Mini Collection, Bazzill Cardstock, Stickles (Orange Peel, Fruit Punch and Stardust), Liquid Pearls (Bisque and Orchid) and some twine.


Something Blue....

There are SO many amazing shades of blue in the color spectrum. Incorporate 5 elements of blue into a project.



This 2 page layout was made for a friend's scrapbook of a trip we made to Disneyland to celebrate her birthday. Echo Park's Summer Days collection and MM Glitter alphas were used on the page, there are also small jewel Mickey's made out of Bo Bunny jewels and pearls. 

With This Ring....

With This Ring... Include buttons or other embellishment in a shape (or) letter - ie heart, linked wedding rings, circle, R, A, etc.

My last entry into the challenges is a wedding card for my best friend's son who is getting married this June. I used Echo Park's This & That Graceful Collection, Pearls, Recollections Ribbon and an embellishment from Jolee's. 


I also made a page for the wedding gift that I will put in a shadowbox, here's the page, lots of flowers from Petaloo and the orchids cut on my silhouette.


I did change the embellishment up in the corner, I put the True Love on the card and used Romance on the page. 

I worked on a lot more, and will post again later this week or next weekend. 

Until next time.....................................Keep Dreaming, I know I will.




Thursday, May 3, 2012

National Scrapbook Day or Weekend as the Case May Be!

I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it.....Little bit of Pointer Sisters to get the weekend rolling. Tomorrow morning at 10 am the 3-day National Scrapbook Day Crop at my LSS Scrapbook Paradise begins. I can't wait, I've been anticipating the weekend for over a month, since Laura sent out the email. Gotta love when you can spend 30 hours over a long weekend doing something that you enjoy. I'm packed and ready to go.

I'll keep you posted with all the goings on and creativity that happens.

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bountiful Borders - Welcome to the 2nd "Un-Official" Crop Chocolate Blog Hop!

I’m glad to see all of my Crop Chocolate friends joining in the hopping fun.  Remember to leave a comment on the my blog and all of the other blogs you visit to be eligible for blog candy, the blog candy will be awarded by random draw to a blog hopper who visits each blog and leaves a comment.

Everyone will have until 8am MDT on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 to comment. We have two confirmed giveaways. One is a 12×12 Hello Spring Mini Theme Kit by Echo Park and another is a 12×12 Fourth Of July Mini Theme Kit by Echo Park (generously donated by Echo Park Paper Co). To be eligible to win on the 2nd Unofficial Crop Chocolate Blog Hop, you need to comment on each blog along the hop and be able to receive packages (no post office boxes). It is open worldwide. The winners will be selected via random.org and announced on centralnyscrapper's blog  on Wednesday, March 28. 

If you're coming here from Christina's blog, thanks for stopping by, if you stumbled upon my blog, welcome, I hope you enjoy your visit and continue to hop along.  Mommyx2's blog is where today’s hop begins, so make sure to stop by, if you haven’t already. Continue reading to find the next blog hop stop.
The theme of this blog hop is "Bountiful Borders" with 2 requirements 
1. Create any project, using a tool, electronic or manual, to create a decorative edge on at least one side of the project.
2. 50% of the product used on your project or in my case projects needed to be purchased from Crop Chocolate.

So I decided to use my Silhouette SD to create some projects.

My first project was using the ATC's from the Winter ATC Swap on Crop Chocolate.

Here is the piece without the frame, the background paper is Fancy Pants - Winterland, the wave border was cut from a corresponding piece of Winterland paper. I inked the edges of the border pieces with TH Aged Mahagony ink.

The border from the Silhouette store is the 4-piece Wave border, it runs along the right side and bottom of the frame.


Here is the framed piece.


I really like how it turned out, but most importantly, I wanted to show this piece to spotlight the wonderful ATC's that I received during this swap.

I also made a couple of cards using borders from the Silhouette store.


This first card is using Trinity's Sincerely Collection. I attempted to make a Cala Lily using the paper - the leaf border was cut with my Silhouette. I'm still thinking it needs something, so I may add some Mystic Green Stickle to the leaves.


Here it is with the added Stickles.

The last card is another simple card using a duplicate border cut - one in blue and one in pink, using one of my favorite lines Echo Park's Springtime, the brads are from MME's Lush line and the flowers are from my stash.


This needed something as well - so out came the Stickles, this time Baby Blue and Icicle.


I think it adds just enough sparkle.

The next few weeks will be very busy with decorations to be made for upcoming birthday parties, a gender party and a long weekend to Monterey, CA. I'm also doing a bunch of the swaps at Crop Chocolate, the Birthday/Mother's Day Card Swap, the Anything Goes ATC Swap and the Puzzle Swap, I like to keep busy.

Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to leave a comment on all of the blogs you visit to be entered to win some sweet "Blog Candy"
The next blog on the hop is pollyzas, make sure you stop by and say Hi. 


Before you go, I just wanted to post a picture of one of my fur-babies.  This is Pippi Longstocking, she's the most cooperative when it comes to sitting for the photographer (mom) of the 3.



Keep Dreamin'

Lisa (RnoAngel0712 on CC)