Monday, May 29, 2017

A Touch of Eastern Palace for FMS#289

Hello All!
It's been awhile since I made a card!
It was many changes to arrive at
what I ended up with!
This Card is for a Sketch Challenge!
For Freshly Made Sketches #289
Here is the Challenge!
Here is my Card!

Here is the inside of my Card!

Here is my Card with it's stamped to match envelope!

Here are the items used to make my card:
Unless noted, all items are from Stampin'Up!
'Fresh Fig'-card base,  8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored half way @ 4 1/4"
folded in half on the score
                 -stitched square
'Very Vanilla'-front and inside panel 4" x 5 1/4"
                       -stitched square
'Tranquil Tide'-scalloped square
'Daffodil Delight'-scalloped square
Stamp Sets:
'Eastern Beauty'-greeting, stars
'Thankful Thoughts'-inside sentiment
Classic Stampin' Ink Pads:
'Fresh Fig'-star
'Daffodil Delight'-star
'Tranquil Tide'-star, greeting, inside sentiment
'Big Shot' die cutting machine
'Layering Squares Framelits'-scalloped squares
'Stitched Shapes Framelits'-stitch-look squares
'Eastern Medallions Thinlits'-stars
'Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers'-border on left side of Card
'Mini Glue Dots'-for 'Fresh Fig' & 'Tranquil Tide' stars
'Stampin' Dimensionals'-'Daffodil Delight' star
Here is my Card again!
So I printed out several Challenges to do!
I will be back to posting again!
Here's is Today's 'C' Note!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The 2 Week Whirlwind!

Hello Friends!
I had a 'Whirlwind' 2 weeks up North!
The best laid plans of mice and men...yup, so many things went awry and many things were added bonuses!
I arrived Wed. night and my sister, Mary picked me up at the airport. I spent the night at her house.
Thursday went to see my Dad...

So Handsome!
Didn't get the use of my Father's car
He wanted my Brother to look at it for the brakes!
Grand-daughter picked my up from my Dad's and I
Stayed with Daughter and Grand-daughter!
from Thurs. eve till Sun. eve! Totally unplanned!

My Daughter, Tracey!
Hates to have her pic taken!

My Son's Daughter, Lesley!
Love this! Great Smile!
So Happy I got to see her too!

My Daughter's Daughter, 
Shana and her boyfriend, Ben
Love her so much too!

Sat. was the Wedding was great!

The Cake! It says...Come Fly With Me!
My Niece Jane made the cake!

My Niece Megan and her new Husband, Troy!
Mr. and Mrs. Troy Dickey!

Such a cute couple!

She wore a different dress, but beautiful!

Sun., Mother's sister, Michele presented all
of us kids, and my Dad with Quilts she made.
The quilts are all alike...the squares were made from
our late Mother's Clothing and from clothing of Dad's.
Not a dry eye in the house...very special and very touching.
I am still in a stupor and awe about how beautiful they all were!

My Mother...miss her so much.

This is mine! On my bed!
Monday, went to UPS and mailed home the quilt along with all
the sleeveless tops and Capri pants I brought up was cool!
Also,mailed the shoes and dress I wore to the Reception!
After I mailed them back...we had 2 days of hot!
Stayed at my friend Joan's Mon. eve and Tues. eve.
Went to the Cape with her and had our
Lobster Roll at Brax! Ahhh! Cue angels singing!

My Friend Joan!

The Lobster Roll! I had the chips instead of Fries!

Oh, Yes!

Joan dropped me to my Friend Shirley's home.
Tried to set up a Gmail account for my friend Shirley
and ended up changing my account in error! Soooo... till I could
figure out how to 'fix' it...I deleted my blog!!! 
Just restored the blog...until I can figure it out...
I added my correct e-mail at the top, under my blog name!
Spent the night at Shirley's...then Shirley dropped me off Thursday, to my Dad's to pick up his car! YAY!
Now I could have legs to get around!
Got notice that we were moving my Dad out of his Apartment.
Dad decided to move in with one daughter, my Sister Michele, a nurse, for 6 mos. in WV...and then back to RI for 6 mos. with my other Sister Mary, also a Nurse...and give up his apartment.
All were to come to a 'Pack Dad Up' day on FRI.!
Dad hadn't quite made up his mind about the move...but then decided  he would make the move!

The Seven Kids!

Tom, Rick, Jim, Linda
Michele, Mary, Me=Cheryl (ugh, no make-up!)
Went to UPS and mailed off my laptop (I deleted blog and was just I just mailed off the laptop!) and some stuff I got from my Dad's house!
Had to move my visit with Brenda up from Fri to Thurs.
Visited with Brenda about an hour and a half and had to meet up
with my Friend Sue...went out to a late lunch, early supper to a
Restaurant and had a fabulous meal...then went to the beach and sat and caught up, then go an ice cream cone and said goodbye...went to my sister Linda's to stay for the rest of my duration of my trip!

Saturday went back to Dad's apartment and moved other my sister, Mary's for Dad when he moves back for 6 mos.
Went to UPS again! to mail a small pkg. from Dad's!
Saturday night we 'Sisters'
  got together at Mary's for some visiting and wine!!!!
Sunday, Michele, her husband Joe, and Dad, left for WV.
Sunday...took my Daughter and Grand-daughter to the Cape!
Went to the Lavender Farm and to Brax (had the Sunday Buffet)!

Monday went back to visit Brenda for a longer time!

By far, the best Friend I had at work!
I learned much from this wonderful Woman!
I left Brenda's and drove back to my sister Linda's. Went to dinner with my sisters, Linda and Mary.

Tuesday...I had a 'ME' Day!
Went to Macy's!!!!
 (there is not one near me in NC...3 hours away)
I went to one in Swansea, MA and then to the
one at the Warwick Mall in RI!
YUP! I hit 'Pay Dirt!'
My sort of empty suitcase got filled up!
Packed during the day Tuesday...did laundry into the suitcase!
Tuesday night the Sisters went out and we had our
"Sister's Tee's' on...brought a 4th shirt for the missing Sister.
We texted her and took pics to show her! She was with us in Spirit!

Each one of us Sister's own these Tee's!
We decided to wear a different one this night!
I wore one of Linda's and the one I am holding...represents
our sister, Michele!

Wednesday am, my sister Linda dropped me at the airport on her way to work. Mr. Hubster picked me up,
went to dinner, and we were home by 5pm.

I have gone to bed early and slept in for 2 days!

The last 2 days I have run errands!

Met up with a couple looking to move here from AZ!
She saw my cards on Pinterest and contacted me...
We sat and had coffee at DD, it was so nice to meet
Giselle and her Husband! I do hope they find their new home...we are going to definitely get together! So cool to meet new friends!
After we parted...ran errands I forgot the day before!
I also have to hit the bank today...forgot that for yesterday!

So I am trying to get back into my routine here...reality of
life just sort of, smacks you in the face, when you get home!
I have laundry up the Wazoo...Mr. Hubster's!
I have some house cleaning to get done.
2 weeks away makes a difference!
Mr. Hubster kept things picked up...but the cleaning
is something I do better! Floors need washing,
bathrooms scrubbed, laundry...etc.,.

Thought I'd share the pictures and story with you ALL!
Now that I am back up and running!

Until the next Post...Blessings to you ALL!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Last Post for a Little Bit!

Hello and Welcome back!
Today's Card is short and sweet!
The short part...not sure of...made 50 of them!

I had Posts set up for only one week while I was in
RI for my Vacation. It was all I had time to make
before I left to come up.  
I have mentioned before, my Niece was Married
last December in Hawaii.
Not all were invited because it was a
'Destination Wedding' and they wanted just a
small get-together.

Here is the Thank You card!

Her Colors from the photo I received were Lavender and White!
I used the Crumb Cake Notecards and envelopes...they represent the sand
on the beach! The flowers are the Hibiscus flowers, found all over Hawaii!
At least that is what I have been told...having never been there myself!

Back Story:
The Mother-of-the-Bride, my baby Sister lost her Husband
suddenly at the age of 51...he was retired less than a year from
being a Firefighter/EMT. Never mind that sadness...nine months
prior, we lost our Mother. Suffice to say, it has been hard on
this Family. When my Sister and Niece were planning the Niece was overwhelmed and
saddened by the idea that her Dad
wasn't there to walk her down the aisle.
As I am sure, we all know what that she and her
FiancĂ© decided to have an 'unconventional Wedding'...different from all that would call attention to the fact that her Dad wasn't there...a Bittersweet time for all of them.
So they all flew to Hawaii and had a sweet, small 'Christian'
Ceremony on the beach! A very small reception with the attendees.
All then flew Sister and Niece decided to have a nice
reception afterward, up in RI with all of the Family!
If you all have know I have a very LARGE
Family! (I am the eldest of 7 Children).

Present Day!
So, I am in RI for the Reception and to visit Family....AND to see my Grand-daughters! It is going to be a whirlwind 2 weeks for may take some time to recoup!
But, I AM NOT complaining!

Now In RI!
We are going to be packing Dad up to make a move.
He will live with one Sister for 6 mos. and then to another
Sister for 6 mos. Both Sisters are they are able
to know what his medical needs are...Dad has a little
problem remembering some they will be there
to be able to guide him...especially medications.
So much to tell and catch up with!
Dad was approached about this for him...Dad is onboard!
He feels he is ready for this...he knows we wanted Him
to make the decision to do this. He did. Tomorrow
will be 'pack up day',  my Sister rented a U-Haul, for what he
will take to go live with her. The other Sister will take some items
to her house to put in her spare bedroom for when it is the time
for Dad to live with her...therefore the familiar is at both Sister's
homes for him to feel at home!

This will be the last Post till I get back home.
It just may take awhile to get back into the swing of things there!

I will have to make up Cards when I get back to share with you all!
I Thank you for being there and peeking in each day!
I love what I do! I hope you do too!
Until the next Post...Blessings and Hawaiian Dreams to you ALL!
Can you hear the 'Ukulele' strums now? 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Raised Picture Frame Technique Card!

Hello ALL!
Welcome Back for a Peek
at Today's Card!
This isn't for ANY Challenge at ALL!
I was scouring through my E-mails
 with my cup of coffee and I opened
up a mail from a former Stampin'Up!
Demonstrator...she is with another Company
now, but I still learn techniques from all people!
She had made a card and I liked is a lot!
So I did what any good Card maker does...
I CASEd it!
(After all, we all share, to have our cards CASEd)

CASE means Copy And Share Everything!

So I landed on her blog and then I watched her video on how
she made her card! Her name is Deb Valder and she is at


Here is Deb's Card!


I copied her card, but changed a few things
to make it my own!
It's a I used what I had on hand.
I embossed my frame, I cut by hand .
To name a couple of items that I 'changed'
to make them mine!
Here is my Card!

I used a different stamp set (of course!)
I cut the 'frame' by cutting first a rectangle by hand
and then put back onto cutter and came to the inside by 1/2" and cut all four sides
 that way, to make my frame. I also ran the 'frame'
through the Big Shot in the
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder.
I stamp and colored and fussy-cut the flowers
(as Deb did hers, just different flowers!)
Here is the inside of my Card!

Left plenty of space for a personal note!
Here is my Card with it's Stamped to match envelope!

Here are the items used to make my Card:
Unless noted, all items are from Stampin'Up!
'Whisper White'-card base, panel, and frame
'Basic Black'-front mat
Stamp Set:
'Bloom With Hope'-flower, greeting, and envelope
'Butterfly Basics'-inside sentiment
Archival Stampin' Pad:
'Basic Black'-greeting/inside sentiment, flowers
Provo Craft-Cuttlebug Embossing Folder:
Swiss Dots
I really liked Deb's Card and wanted to see if I could CASE it...
I will also do this again for the future!

Here is my Card again!

Until the next Post...Blessings to you ALL!


Monday, May 15, 2017

2 Ways With 'A Daisy Thank You' and Mojo Sketch!

Hello Everyone!
I am working on my Thank You Cards for
 all my obliging Hosts for my stay up North!
Today's Card is for a sketch challenge
that the deadline has passed...but you know me with sketches!
I made 2 Cards, same layout...different Colors!
Here is the Sketch I used, from Mojo Monday!
Here are my Cards!

Card #1 Front
This Card is in 'Basic Black' with 'Whisper White' and 'Lemon Lime Twist'!

Card#2 Front
This Card is in 'Dapper Denim', 'Whisper White' and 'Lemon Lime twist'!
Inside of Card #1
I REALLY like this color combo!
'Basic Black' and 'Lemon Lime Twist'!

Inside of Card #2
You can see that the DSP here, from the 'Eastern Palace Specialty DSP',
was fashioned after Peacocks!
This is 'Dapper Denim' with the 'Lemon Lime Twist'!
Here is Card #1
With it's Matching Envelope!
Using the 'New to Come'
'Daisy Delight' Stamp Set and the 'Daisy Punch'!
Wahoo! So Easy!
This is the 'Basic Black' and 'Lemon Lime Twist'!
Here is Card #2
With it's Matching Envelope!
This is the 'Dapper Denim' and 'Lemon Lime Twist' Combo!
I balked at first to the 'Lemon Lime Twist'...but...I am now in Love!
Here is the list of items used to make the Cards:
Unless noted, all items are from Stampin'Up!

'Basic Black'
'Dapper Denim'
'Lemon Lime Twist'
'Whisper White'

'Eastern Palace Specialty DSP'

Stamp Sets:
'Daisy Delight'-New for June's Catalog!
'Flourishing Phrases'-greetings/inside sentiments
'Colorful Seasons'-used on envelope flap on 'Basic Black' card

Classic Stampin' Ink Pads:
'Dapper Denim'-Dapper card stamping
'Memento-Tuxedo Black'-'Basic Black' card stamping

'Daisy Punch'-2 daisies punched and offset for one on each card

'Mini Glue Dots'-to adhere the 2 Daisies together and then
adhered to the Card.

'Stampin' Dimensionals'-to pop up the smaller squares and
the greeting banners on both Cards

Here are the Cards again!
Card #1
Card #2
I am seeing many Cards to come with the
'Basic Black' and 'Lemon Lime Twist' Combo!
I also like the 'Dapper Denim' and the 'Lemon Lime Twist'
Combo too!
But, I see a lot of 'Daisy Delight Bundle' too!
I have many more Thank You Cards to make
for my Family and Friends up North for their
kindness, generosity, and couches!
Until the Next Post...Blessings to you all!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Avant Garden Thank You with Fusion!

Hello Friends!
Thank You for peeking in Today!
I have another set of Thank You Cards
I made for my Family and Friends that are
going to be putting me up as I 'Gypsy' around up North
visiting them all! I have a Wedding Reception, another
Wedding and visiting my Family and Friends while
I am up North for 2 weeks...I have a feeling it is
going to be a whirlwind!
But so worth seeing all!
Today's card is based on a
Sketch Challenge from
Fusion...their Challenges are always
use the photo, or the sketch, or Both!
Here is the Challenge!
Since the deadline has passed...I used the sketch!
I made two Cards with the
'Eastern Palace Specialty DSP'!
Both Cards are to Highlight the
'New to Premier' 2017-2019 In Color
'Lemon Lime Twist'!
Let me tell you...this is a hot color!
mixed with black! Wowsers!
One of the DSP papers also has it mixed with
2016-2018 In Color 'Dapper Denim'
Yum! This is so on Trend...
The other day I bought this Blouse for
my Trip! Check it out!
I had to lay it across the photo booth!
hence the bump!
How about those Colors?
'Lemon Lime Twist', 'Basic Black', and 'Whisper White'!
How Cool is that?!
Here are the 2 Cards!
Card #1
'Basic Black', 'Lemon Lime Twist', and 'Whisper White'!
Card #2
'Dapper Denim', 'Lemon Lime Twist', and 'Whisper White'!
Here are the insides of both Cards!
Card #1

I am 'In Love' now, with the 'Lemon Lime Twist'!
Card #2
The DSP...used the 'Dapper Denim'!
I followed the DSP and Voila'!
Here the Cards with their stamped to match envelopes!
Card #1

Even though the SAB 'Avant Garden' is retired...I WILL
still be using it! I love these flowers!
Card #2


The DSP is patterned after 'Peacocks' can see
that pattern in this strip of DSP!
Here are the items used to make the 2 Cards:
Unless noted, all items are from Stampin'Up!
'Basic Black'
'Dapper Denim'
'Whisper White'
'Eastern Palace Specialty DSP' for the front and the strips inside
Stamp Sets:
'Avant Garden'-SAB retired, flowers on fronts and on envelopes
'Thankful Thoughts'-greetings/inside sentiments

Classic Stampin' Ink Pad:
'Lemon Lime Twist'-flowers
'Memento-Tuxedo Black'-greetings/inside sentiments,
flower stamens

These cards were easy to make! Give it a try! Use what you have on hand...could also be used for any occasions...I just need a few
Thank you cards right now!

Until the Next Post...Blessings and Thankfulness for you ALL!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Swirly Delightful Daisy for SSC#152

Hello Everyone!
Thanks for Peeking in for today's Card!
This also is another Thank You Card...this
is also for another 'Sketch Challenge'!
I can't resist 'Sketch Challenges'!!!
The 'Sketch Challenge is for
Sunday Stamps #152
Here is the Challenge!
Here is my Card!

Here is the inside of my Card!
Plenty of space for a personal note!
Here is my Card with it's stamped to match envelope!
As soon as I saw the swirls in the pattern of the DSP...I envisioned
the 'Swirly Scribbles Thinlits'! So I did die cut one out in 'Daffodil Delight'!
Here is the list of items used to make my Card:
Unless noted, all items are from Stampin'Up!
'Whisper White Thick'-card base
'Tranquil Tide'-mats, circle  (New in June!)
'Daffodil Delight'-'Swirly' die cut, in the circle

'Delightful Daisy DSP'-front and inside strip
 New in June!

Classic Stampin' Ink Pad:
'Tranquil Tide'-greeting/inside sentiment
New in June!
Stamp Sets:
'Daisy Delight'-small daisy's on envelope  (New In June!)
'Gift of Love'-Host Set, retired...greeting/inside sentiment
'Big Shot' Die Cutting Machine
'Stitched Shapes Framelits'-circle
'Swirly Scribbles Thinlits'-swirl on circle
Here is my Card again!

I am now in RI and the 'best laid plans'...have gone I am winging it!
I am at my Daughter's (a good thing!) I do not have use of the car that was I am
somewhat stranded...after the 'Reception' and the Mother's Day thing...It will be whirlwind
visiting everyone...unfortunately, I will not be spending much time with the 'Sisters',
sad face...BUT, we have Sister's Weekend in October!
I had to make up a schedule for the rest of the time up will be full!
This may change again...but hey, it stays interesting that way!

Until the next Post...Blessings to you ALL!