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Friday, October 30, 2020

Have You Learned Nothing? Christmas Cat Card

 Coffee/Tea of the Day - Creamy Chestnuts coffee

Hello and Happy Friday to each of you! :)

I want to begin by saying a very heartfelt thank you to those of you who have reached out to me with emails, messages, cards, and letters. You bring me such joy and make my heart so happy! Thank you so much!

I am grateful every morning that I wake up, surrounded by so much love from my family and our sweet furbabies. I am overwhelmed by the blessings in my life, even in the midst of strife and serious health issues. God is so very, very good, each and every day. :)


Janis, the person behind the ever fun Cat Lover's Blog Hop, reached out to me to see how I was doing. She is such a sweetheart! I knew I wanted to try to make a project to play along, but wasn't sure how well I would be feeling. Please be understanding that this card took me almost all day to create. Fussy cutting is not my friend any longer. ugh. my brain can't wrap around how to work scissors, and then my shaky hands don't want to cooperate. I must say that it was nice to pick up my paintbrushes again. 


I patterned the shading of the cats off of the two sweeties in Tyler and Danielle's home - Rowan and Stella. A makeup brush was used to apply ink to the cat's fur while I watercolored the other elements. a glitter gel pen and white gel pen were used for accents. The cutie stamps are from the Tim Holtz and Simon Says Stamp collaboration in September.  The saying, "Have you learned nothing from last year's tree?" reminds me of what we go through every year with our cats. :D 


Rowan on the left and 
Stella on the right

The Christmas tree is a vintage image I found online. I made it extra big before printing so that it would look like the cats were sitting at the tree base. a doily and plaid paper represent the tree skirt. Some coffee dyed paper is the bg.

Thank you so very much for stopping by! if you have a moment, grab a cuppa and visit all of those who are participating in the blog hop. Lots of inspiration and fabulous sponsors. :)

love to all of you,

Jennifer

Challenges:

  1.  SUYP - Halloween or anything goes
  2.  Aud Sentiments - anything goes w/a sentiment
  3.  Crimbo Crackers - anything Christmas (waving hi, Ruth!!!)
  4.  Merry Little Christmas Ch - anything Christmas

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Look Deep into Nature Birthday Card

 Coffee/Tea of the Day - Maple Walnut coffee

Hello and Happy Weekend! :) I hope you have something fabulous planned, even if it's hanging out and relaxing.

I am sorry that I haven't shared much recently. working very diligently on hubby's journal for our anniversary at the end of this month, and I am extremely slow. :/  but I am oh, so thankful for the moments when I feel well enough to craft. isn't this such a wonderful activity that can bring so much joy and be therapeutic as well?

the card for today has been picked by my family as one of their all time favorites that I have made. I created it for our son's birthday. as much as I am a tree hugger, Mick is even more so! he loves nature with a passion. he has asked me to make him a gardening journal, so that will be next month's project. ;)


I used the amazing papers from the Simple Stories Simple Vintage Great Escape collection. I have purchased so many sheets from this collection. it is definitely a favorite. I am also using quite a few of these papers in hubby's journal. this is a fairly large card so that it could accommodate the journaling card. in case you can't read it very well, it says, "Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better." isn't that so lovely?

green twine is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, burlap ribbon is a stash item as are the vintage buttons, and little flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I think the wooden mushroom came from World Market. I bought the pack quite a while ago. everyone in our family laughs because I am forever picking up little tidbits when out on walks. the mini pinecone came from Camp, as did the little seed pod portion. I covered that in distress crackle paint. love the way it turned out! the piece of bark is just a smidgen I found. isn't that bit of moss on it so precious? makes my heart swoon. :)

I didn't get a photo of it, but I stamped a mushroom on the inside and then stamped again with water rather than ink. it created a gorgeous watercolor look. I think I added the word 'explore' as well as a birthday sentiment. my memory is just not the same these days.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Take care and know that you are deeply loved! :)  Jennifer

Challenges:

  1.  Creative Fingers - anything goes
  2.  Craft Rocket - birthday
  3.  DL Art - birthday
  4.  Crafty Creations - anything goes
  5.  Paper Funday - anything goes w/back to school option
  6.  TTCRD - anything goes
  7.  Crafter's Castle - anything goes
  8.  Crafty Calendar - anything goes
  9.  Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
  10.  Classic Design - anything goes

Monday, July 27, 2020

A Special Labrador Card for Hubby

Coffee/Tea of the Day - Coconut coffee to be followed by Lavender Mint iced tea later today :)

Hello and welcome to the start of a brand new, marvelous week! :) what wonders to behold!

I am slow getting my projects posted, and I do apologize for that. still not feeling real whippy, so everything is taking even longer to get accomplished these days. one of our lovely DIL's was at camp last week with her youth group. it was a delight to see her and spend an hour or two with her each day! Palmer was able to go out to camp on their last day, and he was over the moon to see Elizabeth again! we are huge pet lovers in our family, and our beloved cats and dogs are treasures. I think I have more photos of the pets than I do my children! ha!


on that note, I want to share a card I made for Dave. our Labradors have held very special places in our hearts. my sons have never known life without at least one in the house. so I knew when it was time to make a card for David, I needed to include one of our precious pups.

I found the vintage image online. sorry, but if I don't write absolutely everything down these days, I forget. I will try to do better. gosh, I can't remember from which Etsy store I found the paper either. I think the tag is from either Shabby Dabby Doo Dah or Artymaze. ugh. this head of mine....

lots of distressing and ink squirty tool. vintage buttons are from my stash, and the seam binding is from Zipper Stop.

I made the wonderful decision this weekend to give away all of my Copic markers to one of my DIL's. I never use them and have over 300. she is an artist, and they will get great use. I feel as if a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. no pressure to try to master Copic shading and blending. wooohooo! as the saying goes, you gotta do you, and Copics are most definitely NOT me! ;)  she is very excited, and I can't wait to see how she uses them.

all of you have a most amazing week! love to each of you! :)
Jennifer

Challenges:
Corrosive Ch - anything goes
Crafter's Castle - anything goes
Craft Rocket - for the men/boys
Crafty Creations - anything goes
Classic Design - anything goes
Country View - do what makes you happy ( this card combines LOTS of my happy! my hubby, our dogs, crafting, vintage, vintage buttons!, distressing...)
Crafty Animals - anything goes with an animal
Creative Crafters - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Floral Teacup Birthday Card

Runner Up Winner at Morgan's Art World
Coffee/Tea of the Day - Spiced Hazelnut

Hello and happy weekend! :)

I apologize that I haven't been back to share more of my craft projects. I had a bit of a setback and ended up in the hospital. ugh... since being home, I am just so very tired and worn out. haven't felt up to doing much other than lying on the courch or in bed reading or sleeping. 


anyhow, you want to see crafty stuff! ;)
so this is a birthday card I created for my MIL. poor thing has been in lockdown at her assisted living center since the first of March. she is struggling, because she really loves to get out and DO. she has much more energy than I do these days. this is the card I added to her gift.

The image is a vintage one that I found online as are the old seed covers.  the book page in the bg is vintage. flowers and leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts, organza ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, cotton trim is from my stash as are the vintage buttons. the doily was avocado stained. who would have ever thought avocados would create a pink dye? not me, that is for sure! sentiment stamp is from Purple Onion Designs. I know it's a bit casual for this card, but it is the only birthday sentiment I could find in my collection that was large enough.oh yes, I forgot about the little heart charm. another stash item.

the ceiling fan was blowing my ribbon around, so that is why the tails are up in the air. :)

all of you have a most amazing weekend! thank you for your continued support, encouragement, and love!
Jennifer

Challenges:
613 Avenue Create - anything goes or sentiment is the focus
Allsorts - flowers all over
Crafty Calendar - add a ribbon
Crafty Friends - happy birthday
Creative Fingers - anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
Creations in Pink - more pink than any other color
Morgan's Art World - anything goes
Fab 'n Funky - anything goes with pink

Monday, July 13, 2020

Botanical Birthday

Coffee/Tea of the Day - Pumpkin Spice coffee (I love this flavor and drink it all year long)

Hello and Happy Monday! a beautiful new week is before us, full of miracles and possibilities! :)


I am back to share with you a birthday card I created for one of my daughters-in-law. She loves purples and lavenders, so I tried to incorporate those into the card. I am still not well enough to do any watercoloring of images, so am relying on the beautiful things I find on Etsy. just tying a bow or trying to glue flowers is a challenge these days. my head and fingers just can't get in sync. ;)

but anyhow, the papers and images come from 2 of my favorite digital shops on Etsy - Roxy's Creations and ShabbyDabbyDoDah. I also used a piece of script paper from Shawn Petite. It is in her free resource library, and I absolutely love it! it's about a strong, empowered woman, which is exactly who my DIL is. :) all you have to do to access the library is become a subscriber. it's free, which is fabulous because I have learned so much from this very talented artist. she is very generous with her freebies, but then so are the other 2 stores that I linked. you can subscribe to their newsletters for free as well.

not too much fancy or complicated on this card. vintage buttons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon. words are Tim Holtz dies and flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts.

thank you so very much for the uplifting and supportive comments and emails that you have sent. it brightens my day, that is for certain! 

my prayer for all of you is that you are surrounded by love, health, and peace. :)
Jennifer

Friday, July 10, 2020

Floral Wedding Card in Greens and Purples

Coffee/Tea of the Day - Spiced Hazelnut Rum

Hello and Happy Friday to you! :)
I am sharing the first of several projects that I have recently created. I will spread out the posts over several days, as I am feeling well enough to get to the computer. btw, thank you for the kind and encouraging comments left on my previous post! :) y'all are amazing!!!


The first card was created for our son's wedding last month. the card is a bit larger than a typical size. sorry, I didn't get it measured.
digital papers and images are from Roxy's Creations. She has some gorgeous paper kits and vintage ephemera pieces in her store. if you sign up for her newsletter, she occasionally sends out freebies. I think the pieces used here are from the green and purple kits. I printed both out at the same time for this and another project I will be sharing shortly.

flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, word die is by Tim Holtz, seam binding is from Zipper Stop, and the vintage buttons, doily, burlap ribbon, & sequins are from my stash. "Love" was embossed with copper ep.

Thank you very much for stopping by! I hope you have a most amazing weekend! :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Hello! :)

Coffee/Tea of the Day - Santa's White Christmas coffee (I am in a Christmas kind of mood)


Hello to all of you who have so kindly and faithfully stuck with me and my little blog. I apologize for being away for so long. My health is fading, but I am still hanging in there. :) I have about an hour or two each morning when I can get a few things done, but otherwise I am in bed or lying on the couch. Obviously, as with everyone, the pandemic hit us hard. Two of our sons had the virus, but oh, so thankfully have recovered. Our middle son's wedding was put on hold, and only two weeks before the scheduled date, they received notice to proceed. It was a lovely, although much smaller event than they had originally planned, but such a glorious day! :) Camp received notice that they could open with strict guidelines at the very last minute. David has been scrambling to get everything ready and in place. This is the first week of programmed camps, so we are thankful!

I have been doing a bit of crafting here and there. photos are saved on my computer, and just need editing & watermarks. Then I will begin to post here. I will try for this weekend....

I hope and pray that all of you are safe and healthy. :) please take care of yourselves and loved ones.

Until I see you again, remember that you are so very loved!
Jennifer

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter! :)

Coffee/Tea of the Day - Amaretto coffee

Good morning and Happy Easter! :) hoping that each of you is having a most amazing weekend so far and enjoying the blessings that surround you!

I have several photos to share with all of you, to hopefully brighten your day with a bit of spring.


To begin, I was recently inspired by a post by Sandy Allnock in which she drew a hopscotch game on the sidewalk in front of her home. I thought that was such a fun idea! We live on one of the main streets in our town, so our sidewalk is always filled with joggers, dog walkers, and people just celebrating being outside. So on one of our sunny days, I did the same thing, although not even close artistically to what she created! The neighbor girls came over several times to play hopscotch, which they had never played before. it was fun for their mom to teach them. :)


On another sunny day this past week, Dave and Palmer were in the front yard and took a photo of the precious spring flowers growing around one of our trees. I so love this one! I keep emphasizing 'sunny' days, because we have also had several days of snow and rain this week, with more on the way.

Lastly, I was able to get some cards made to send out to family, friends, and even our fabulous mail carrier. it took me several days to make them, even though they are simple. but I was so happy to craft! :)



One of the amazing artists that I follow on YouTube is Shawn Petite. both Dave and I love to watch her create. it's not only inspiring, but she has such a gentle way about her. She kindly shared the images from several Easter and Spring cards she recently made. I used those images, adding my own bit of shabbiness to each. The crochet trim is avocado dyed. and yes, I am adding avocado dyeing to my repertoire of  coffee and tea staining! :)




Shawn shares free downloads to those who subscribe to her newsletter. no cost to sign up, but be prepared to be inspired! Check out her store and blog, as well as her YouTube channel.

Thank you for your kind and encouraging comments, as well as stopping by for a cup of coffee!
Have a most beautiful day! remember that you are so deeply loved!
Jennifer

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Happy One Year Anniversary!

Coffee/Tea of the Day - Gingerbread coffee

Hello! I hope that today finds each of you safe and healthy in this ever changing world. Remember that kindness, as always, matters. :)

One of our sons and his wife celebrated their one year anniversary yesterday. I waited to post to ensure that they had received their card in the mail. Dave is making something ever so spectacular for them in his workshop, also known as the garage!, but we don't have any way to get it to them since both of our states are currently under lock down orders. On a positive note, it gives us something to look forward to! :)


my energy for crafting is at a bare minimum, as it took me a full day to make this card, but oh goodness, did it ever feel good to get crafty!

I can't remember where on the internet that I found this vintage image, but it was just perfect for a one year anniversary card. I used my ink squirty tool in two shades of ink on it. goodness gracious, was that ever hard to do! last time I had cancer, my left arm stopped working. this time it's my right. it took all I had just to do that little bit of inking. sigh....

decorative papers are by Echo Park. I thought they were a bit too stark white, so I coffee dyed them! I love the vintage feel they took on! the little tissue paper border is a snippet from a package I received. yep, I really do re-purpose everything! ha! vintage buttons, ticket, and burlap/lace trim are from my stash. actually, Dave gave me two jars of gorgeous vintage buttons for Valentine's Day, and these are some of them. what a guy! :) gingham ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I know that our lives are all topsy turvy right now, but there are still so many blessings to count. don't lose sight of the goodness that surrounds you! may you have health and peace in the midst of the turmoil.

with love to all of you,
Jennifer

Challenges:
ArtsyStamper - lots of layers
CreativFusion - love and happiness
Corrosive Ch - anything goes
A Place to Start - unconventional household item (coffee for dyeing and wrapping tissue paper)
2 Sisters on the Blog - dots and/or stripes (both on the two designer papers)
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
Creatalicious - anything goes w/optional layer it up
A Vintage Journey - celebration (celebrating love & marriage, of course!, my precious family, feeling well enough in the midst of my health yuck to craft, and the many blessings in my life!)

Friday, March 13, 2020

Update and trying to get crafty

Coffee/Tea of the Day - Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut coffee (it's my go to comfort flavor!)



Hello and Happy weekend!
I apologize for my absence. still struggling with health issues, but finding joy in the beauty of each day. :) so many blessings to count!!!

when I feel well enough, I am attempting to put together my first journal. it is great fun! I have been coffee staining almost everything in sight, since I always have an abundance of coffee and grounds in my house! ha! ;)

I am still reading every day. that is an essential for me. also watching lots of movies. thank goodness for Netflix and VuDu! :) of course my favorite thing to watch is the wildlife outside my windows. The birds and other little critters are wonderful and can entertain for me hours....

I want to thank those of you who have left comments or sent emails inquiring about my health. you are so kind! I am not always able to respond, but your messages touch my heart.

My prayers are with everyone around the world as we deal with the coronavirus concerns. may calm minds and healing prevail.

much love to all of you and enjoy your weekend! :)
Jennifer

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Wishing You a Happy New Year!

Coffee/Tea of the Day - Victorian Earl Grey tea


Sending wishes to each of you for a most Happy and Joyful New Year! :) May it overflow with blessings in abundance!

Thank you to those of you who have left such kind messages of support and comfort. Y'all are the best!
I am currently battling the flu on top of everything else, so I apologize that I haven't made it around to leave holiday greetings. hopefully this will move along in the next week, and I will be able to get a bit of computer time.

Love to everyone!
Jennifer