Sunday, January 22, 2012

What a Week

What a week it has been. Between being sick and wildfires, I'm glad the week is done. Just wanted to remind everyone to pause and take a minute to remember the 29 families who lost their homes in this weeks wildfire in Reno. I can't believe that another huge fire destroyed so much land and so many homes almost 2 months to the day after the Caughlin Ranch fire. Reno just can't seem to get a break. Thank You to all of the firefighters and first responders who came to the rescue. While the fire stayed 8 - 10 miles from my home, I had friends and acquaintances who were much closer and either should have evacuated or were waiting to be told to evacuate, it was a very scary couple of days. 

This weekend I've been relaxing and got a little time to create a couple of cards today. I needed birthday cards for a couple of friends who are celebrating on Thursday.

This card is for a young lady who will turn 5 this week, she's celebrating at Disneyland right now, I'm so jealous.

And this card is for a male friend who is also celebrating this week.

Last week I realized I hadn't taken pictures of the pages that I did for my Dad - to celebrate his life, so here they are.....

These are pictures of my Dad and some family pictures through the years.

A second layout

Lastly, cards I received and pictures of the flowers from his service.

And last but not least some fun family pictures.....

 More family and friends

Next week, I'm off to Vegas for a couple of days for work. I've got plans to meet up with some friends for dinner on Monday and Tuesday nights. That will make the trip worthwhile.

Until next week. Dream Big!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

It's 2012!

Happy New Year!

OK, I'm running a little late this year, typical. December was busy as usual, and while I did spend some time crafting, I also did the shopping and the baking, and all of those holiday tasks, including a couple of parties and a crafty day with friends. I had the week between Christmas and New Years off as the office was closed, so I finally got down to some heavy duty crafting after the house got cleaned. I worked on a bunch of cards for card swaps and for a couple of birthdays. Here's some of my favorites.

These first four cards are from BG's Pyrus Card kit - I of course had to add some personal touches.

This is a card I made for one of my friends who lost her Dad, just before Christmas. Since it's also my first Christmas since my Dad passed away, I thought she'd like to know that someone was thinking of her.

Some Thank You cards that I sent to friends for my Christmas gifts.

While I was making cards, I decided to make this fun one. I love the saying.

Over New Year's weekend, I went to a 2 day crop at Scrapbook Paradise, I got quite a lot completed, including my cards for the card swap on Crop Chocolate, here's what I came up with.

I like them. I also did a couple of family themed layouts.

Unfortunately, this is the only one I photographed to date. I'll have to take pictures of the others later in the week for next weeks post.

Yesterday, I went to a friends house for a crop. We had a nice time and I got quite a bit accomplished. 

These are my ATC's for the swap at Crop Chocolate - I made 12 total. These were my prototypes.

This is an Easter Card I made for the CC Focus Group Stained Glass Challenge. 

And last, but not least, 

a birthday card for my oldest niece. Her birthday is the day after Easter this year.

I guess that's enough for now. One of my goals in this New Year is to blog once a week. So until next week.

Continue to Dream Big!