Circle Card

It was nice to get done with everything at work this morning and get to come home early, as it’s my birthday.

Saw an article on FB this morning about a little boy whose birthday is this week and would really like a lot of cards, so I got to make one for him.  As the MFP SpeedyTV FOSTV challenge that was posted this morning was to make a circle card, I did that.

9-15-14 MFP FOSTV Circle

Now, to get this written and in the mail for his birthday.

Oh, I also am in the process of making some candles, which is a great thrill to be able to do.  So, it’s a wonderful birthday!

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Folds and Flowers

Here is a card I did today for the Wednesday challenge on ScrapZee, which was a fold challenge this week, as well as the Inspiration Challenge on MFP SpeedyTV.

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This is a wedding card for some friends that are getting remarried after some time apart.  So glad when God draws people back together again and closer to Him in the process!

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Cake!

My daughter’s bridal shower was yesterday.  I showed you some of the frosting in an earlier post, but wanted to show you my past couple of days and the finished product.

Here are the cupcakes.

Lots of Cupcakes

A few of the frosted cupcakes.  Yes, just a few of them.

A Few of the Frosted Cupcakes

The roses:

Roses

And, the assembled cake.

The Cake

It was kind of nice using cupcakes as everyone had their own individual portion and no one had to cut the cake.  Everyone loved it, both the look and the taste, though I doubt anyone would have said anything had they not liked it.  I did hear a lot of people say they liked it, though.  What was funny was that the 3 pink ones in the center were the first to be taken.  I think only 1 person took one with a rose on it, which was funny, too.

There were only about 20 of us there, so I sent home as many as possible with people for their significant others and/or children and still wound up with a lot coming home.

When I started frosting them, I remembered why, other than the fact that my family got tired of cakes, that I stopped making and frosting cakes.  I get so frustrated when things don’t turn out just the way I think they should.  Especially when it should be easy to do.  Oh, and I don’t have as much strenth in my hands and wrists as I used to, either.  Oh well.  I did have fun with this and it was great that everyone enjoyed it, which made my daughter happy.  So, it was worth it.  Also found out that the little dog loves frosting.  Yep, I dropped some on the floor and after that he wouldn’t leave my side just in case I dropped more.  I did, so he was happy.

Thanks so much for spending some time with me today.  I really enjoy your visiting and sharing a bit in my life.

Get Well Cards

Today I went to see the specialist, who couldn’t find anything really wrong.  He gave me a few things to try for 2 months, then go back.  Hopefully those will alleviate the problem.

Two ladies at church are going through some major problems health-wise, so I needed to get 2 Get Well cards done.  Here’s the one I made that follows the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge.

9-9-14 MFP SS Recipe

 

ith the 3 different papers and the two different flowers, this has a lot more “activity” than I normally put on a card, but I kind of like this one.  Used the lavender paper to help the two patterned papers stand out a bit.

For the other one, I just adjusted one of the For Any Occasion cards I had.  Got them in the mail before it ran, too.

Well, between 2 different Bible studies for the next two evenings, work, making the cake and the bridal shower on Saturday, I probably won’t get anymore cards made, though I really hope to get at least 1 more done.  Maybe that will be my relaxation on Sunday afternoon.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Have a great rest of the week.

Time is flying by

Boy, is time flying by.  I’ve really not been feeling well for a couple of months now, which makes it more difficult to get things done.  I do, however, see a specialist on Tuesday, so maybe he’ll have some ideas on what is wrong.

My daughter’s wedding is getting closer and closer, which means there are lots of little things to get done.  Her bridal shower is next Saturday, and I am making the “cake”, so today I made frosting.  A LOT of frosting.  It’s been a couple, if not several, years since I’ve made and decorated a cake, so it’s a learning/remembering process.  I realized after I made the first batch of frosting, but before I started the second, that I used to measure 1 ingredient a certain way and why.  It would have been nice to remember that before the first batch, but the 2nd was a bit easier in that regard.  Now, hopefully, this will be enough frosting, if not, I’ll be making more white next week while I do the baking and first part of the decorating.

9-6-14 Frosting Bridal Shower Cake

The pink and white are in gallon size bags, while the green is in a quart size bag.  I really hope this is enough!

Anyway, the baking and decorating is Thursday evening after work and before Bible study, and all day Friday.  Oh, we’re going out with my in-laws on Friday evening, so I have to be done by then.  Putting all the pieces together will have to happen at the home where the shower is taking place.  That means I’ll have to get there really early, which I’m hoping isn’t a problem for the lady hosting the party.  I can’t tell you how amazing this woman is to host the Bridal Shower, as she is the mother of one of the two maid of honor’s boyfriends.  Also a former high school teacher of my daughter.

Well, even not feeling well, I have made some cards in the past few weeks.  Here is a quick look at some of them:

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Every one of these is for someone specific and hopefully the recipient will enjoy them.

This one is my absolute favorite and is for my nephew’s 14th birthday.  His birthday was last Monday, but our family celebration is tomorrow.  I can’t wait to see what his reaction is.  He rides motocross, so it’s appropriate.

8-29-14 STV Extreme Texture

If all goes well, I’ll try to get a picture of the “cake” and show you after the shower next weekend.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Creative, Or . . .

There are times I think I’m fairly creative, times I think I just have a different way of looking at things, and times I wonder if I just recycle what others do.  Then again, I’m pretty good at trying to figure out economical ways of doing something.  Okay, the economical is probably most of it.

Here are a few things I’ve done in the past week or so, that I thought I’d share with you.

8-8-14 Crop F Lofty 8-8-14 Crop F Majestic 8-8-14 Crop T Puns 8-8-14 Crop T Regal 8-8-14 Crop W Gratefulness 8-8-14 Crop W Shattered Glass 8-10-14 Crop S Crown 1 8-10-14 Crop S Crown 8-10-14 Crop S Quote

 

These first nine were all from the crop last week at ScrapZee.  There were 8 challenges, but I did 2 for the “Crown” challenge.

8-11-14 Crop Game Thank Yous 8-13-14 STV Polka Dots 8-13-14 SZ PP

 

The weekly challenge at StampTV this week was to use polka dots, but there was a twist.  You were supposed to use black and white with 1 other color.  That was all well and good on the first ones, except, I typed up my image/sentiment as they were thank yous for the winners of my Mad Libs game and the pre-crop game.  Oops, no StampTV image, so they wouldn’t work for the challenge.  Then I searched for black and white polka dot paper, but found I had none.  The second  picture is what I actually used for the challenge.  I made my own polka dots using a sponge dauber, a pencil eraser, and an embossing tool.  Then made pink polka dots with a Perlen-Pen by Viva.  That one actually turned out pretty cute.  And made an unusual Christmas card, too.  The last one, I was rather stuck on polka dots, so used 2 different polka dot papers, as well as a striped paper for the Patterned Paper Background challenge at ScrapZee.  It was a fun new baby card.

Now, I’m not sure any of these are actually all that creative, except maybe the hippo polka dot card, but then I’ve been having problems concentrating the past couple of weeks, too.

I was amazed at how God works: when I pray about helping me to feel better, and the doctor’s office was closed when I called last night, so I called when they opened this morning and asked to see my doctor, they had an appointment this morning.  He got me started on some medication, just in case, and has me scheduled for some tests and set up to see a specialist if the meds don’t work.  I REALLY like this doctor!

Now, hopefully they will be able to figure out what’s wrong and I can get my diabetes back under control, be able to focus better and not be completely drained of energy all the time.

Sorry, this last bit sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m actually just thrilled at God working in situations at just the right time.  How often can you get an appointment with a good doctor within a week, much less within an hour?

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  I know schools have started back up already, but go enjoy the rest of summer, before fall actually arrives!

Exalted Easel

This is a fun one to make.

Exalted Easel 4

To start, I cut 3 pieces of card stock: 4-1/2″ x 9″, 4″ x 8″, 3-1/2″ x 7″.  I then folded those in half to make squares.  Next, I used 3 scalloped circle dies to cut those folded pieces.

Exalted Easel 1

Exalted Easel 2 Exalted Easel 2b

Notice that I left a bit of the fold uncut so they will open.  After each was cut, I opened them up and scored the right side in half. So when I fold the whole thing closed, the fold is on top, in the center.  It needs to be folded towards the flat side.

Exalted Easel 3

 

I also used the same dies to cut a plain scalloped circle to decorate.  For my decoration, I cut scalloped circles one size down of patterned paper.  Afterwards, I put those plain scalloped circles together with their decoration and adhered them to the folded down part of the circles.  Then I adhered the small section halfway up the middle section, which was adhered halfway up the large section.

Here’s a side view, so you can see the way it works.

Exalted Easel 4b

 

Added something to hold open the front section, adhered my “decorations” and it is ready to go.  Now, the finished product is 4-1/4″ wide at its widest, but it is 7″ long.  Therefore, it will need a larger envelope.  It was fun and my husband really likes the look of it.  However, there’s not much place to write unless you flip open each section.

Exalted Easel 4

Thanks for spending some time with me today!