Monday, December 15, 2014

Our 1891 Log Cabin at Christmas

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Yes we live in a 1891 Log Cabin (Partially any way) Meaning the living room and stairwell is still the original log cabin. The kitchen, dining room and the upstairs were converted(drywalled) we think around 1960 and the kitchen was again updated in 1990 there abouts.


I love how it looks at Christmas when all the decorating is done. The Christmas tree is covered with toys and Santa's. I collect ornaments that are toys- planes, trucks, bi and tricycles, blocks, marionettes, kites, pull toys, stick horses and jack in the boxes to name a few that are in the collections besides Santa's. Children who come to visit us love this tree and spend a lot of time finding all the toys.




Those were some of the living room pictures. I have to re-take a few others as I did not rotate them in time.  The logs are 113 years old, can you believe that! They are so hard I can not hammer a nail in them I have to use what ever is existing. I am going to restart painting the chinking (stuff in between the logs) after the New Year I love this old house. It is so warm and cozy.

Did you see it? Santa got me a new laptop for Christmas!!!! I'm so happy! I'm going to get some new MDS downloads and the upgrade too, I can't wait until Friday!

Tomorrow I will show you what I did with my old Tomato Cages
stay tuned OK!

I hope you are getting your Santa on I sure have been. Can you tell I also collect
Santa's?

Chat soon,
Patrice



Saturday, December 13, 2014

VC Rocks 2014 Holiday Blog Hop

Hello to all my blogging friend, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

How cool that Terri and the Moderators opened us up for the Holidays! It sure is nice the chat with everyone during this time of year. Robin even got us going on a Blog Hop to show each other what we have been working on during the holidays.

Me, I've been making cards like crazy but I've already posted several of them to the group this week. I got four more done so I think I will show them to you. I made two of each four designs. Next week I have to work on my bags and tags that I'm making for his co workers.

Here are the cards I made several are made from the Watercolor Wonder  Simply Created Card Kit but tweaked them a bit to suit more of my style.


 This one was made with Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Whisper White card stock. I used the Joy word from the Wonderful Wreath Die and the snowflakes were embossed with the Northern Flurry Impression folder. Next,


I used Bermuda Bay and Whisper White card stock I used the Decorative Dots Impression folder on this one and a snowflake from the Watercolor Wonder Kit
I used the Star Die to make the little silver glitter star on the front of the embellishment piece and the Petite Pairs stamp set for the sentiment stamped in Cherry Cobbler and mad little banners for them. Add a few Rhinestones and there you have it. Next,



What I like most about the Watercolor Wonder Kit is that it has all these fun die cuts included in it. But, I think the best part is that they left the sleigh white and we were requested to paint it Cherry Cobbler or any other color you want. I added additional embellishments to this card to dress it up, but the main concept is there. Finally,



This card is also from the Watercolor Wonder Kit. I added the Soft Suede mat, additional gold diamonds and a star and a thicker Gold Bakers Twine to this card. We were also advised to paint the trees Old Olive. Paint brush included in the kit. I used my re-inkers to pain them,

That's all I've got going on. Hope you enjoyed the cards and our little Blog Hop.

Come visit us this summer at VC Rocks I'll have more info closer to April on how to join us.

This is the VC Rocks link to get you to our Blog Hop.
http://vcrocks.blogspot.com/2014/12/its-holiday-blog-hop.html

Chat soon,
Patrice

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 12/12/14

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Yes! It's Sketch Frenzy Friday time again. This weeks sketch was designed by my dear friend Elizabeth Kratzer. I has so much fun working with her sketch this week! Great job challenging my brain Elizabeth! You did good.

Here is her sketch,



This is what I came up with,


I used a piece of Kraft for the card base. It is so nice and sturdy, I love working with it! A piece of Cherry Cobbler was used for the background color. Three of the focal pieces were matted on Whisper White and the Sentiment piece was matted on Early Espresso. I stamped the sentiment twice once in Cherry Cobbler and a second time in Garden Green. I cut out the Garden Green word "Cheer" and mounted that over the Cherry Cobbler wording for a little extra pop and interest. All the DSP is from the Trim The Tree Paper Stack. I thought a pretty Cherry Cobbler Bow would fill the space nicely. I added a Merry Christmas banner and a Gold Button to the Bow as embellishments.

The three stamp sets I used were from Petite Pairs Wondrous Wreath, and Mingle All The Way. That's all there is for me this week's card.I hope you were inspired and give Elizabeth's sketch a try. I know we all would love to see it!

Here is a look at the inside,


I have been very busy getting ready for the Holidays. My neighbor Priscella and her very cute daughter Tameia (Her middle name is Jeanne' just like my daughters, too cute!) and I had a fun day baking, Noel and I had a couple days Beading. Hi Ladies, I had fun spending the day with you! The yard decorations are 99% done, the inside of the house is 100% done. I just need to dust yuck! I am almost finished baking, tomorrow I plan on finishing frosting the sugar cookies!  The gifts are next. I have lots to do in that department. I guess that is good because, I am still ahead of schedule so I get to enjoy the season and not be stressed out. The weather has been pretty good so far not too cold or wet that has been very nice.

I hope you find some time in your busy schedules to create something fun.
"Tis the season to create!"

Here is our link to our blog just in case you do find some time to create a card from our sketch http://www.sketchfrenzyfriday.blogspot.com/

Have a great week.
Chat soon,
Patrice

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Paper Creaft Crew -PCCCS120

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

The countdown is getting close and I am on a mission to make 10 Christmas cards for Jeff's co-workers this weekend while he is off hunting (in the rain no less) to bring me home some venison. I hope he is successful and it is worth his while.

I saw a fun sketch over at the Paper Craft Crew today and thought I would give it a try. http://www.papercraftcrew.com/pcccs-120-card-sketch

Here is their sketch.


This is what I came up with.




It is about as CAS as I can get. I do love the simplicity of the sketch though.

I used Craft and Natural White card stock and Trim the Tree DSP scraps for the card base on the front and the inside. The stamp sets are from Mingle All the Way and Gorgeous Grunge on the front and an old set I had in my stash called Wacky Wishes for the inside sentiment and the stars.

Here is a look at the inside,



Hope you have a great day and find some time to create something fun too.

Chat soon,
Patrice

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 12/5/14

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Wow!  This week came up on me fast! It's SFF already and I am so excited to show you our sketch for this week. The very talented Karen Gibson created it for us. I really like  that she asked for several layers and embellishments. So you know I had a good time with those challenges lol!

Here is Karen's sketch.


This is what I came up with;



I did some sewing on the plaid piece of DSP on the bottom of the card with Linen Thread,  and I wrapped white Bakers Twine around the white strips of the Garden Green DSP. All of the DSP used on this card are from the Trim the Tree DSP Paper Pack. I really like the texture of Kraft card stock and try to use it when ever I can. It is very heavy card stock and embosses very well.
The double tag embellishment was made with the Decorative Label Punch once in Garden Green and again in Whisper White. I was going to use the Organza Ribbon on it but, I didn't like that it was too wide for what I needed so, I trimmed it down just a bit to the solid white stripe in the center of the ribbon.  I think this width is a much better size for the tag.
I stamped the sentiment twice, once in Mossy Meadow on Kraft cs and then again on Whisper White cs. I then cut out just the word "Cheer" in white and mounted that piece on top of the sentiment to give it some pop! Cherry Cobbler was the additional card stock color I used in making this card.

Here is a look at the inside;


Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you find some time to create something fun too! We would love to see  your card made from this weeks sketch! Please up load it on to our blog here http://www.sketchfrenzyfriday.blogspot.com/.

I hope you have a great week!
Chat soon,
Patrice

Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's officially Christmas time!

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We did and have finally settled down. Jeff got out all our Christmas decorations today so, my week is laid out for me.

I had a few minutes the other evening and made my traditional Santa card! I Love, Love, Love this simple card! It shouts Santa is on his way.



 Real Red, Shiny Black and Gold card stock and White Glimmer paper. How simple is that! But it tells the whole story that Santa is coming to town! The count down has begun.

Here is a look at the inside;




I hope you have a great week and find some time to create something fun!

Chat soon,
Patrice

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 11/28/14

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!
So Sorry I am late! We got in late last night and went straight to bed when we got home oops!

Hey did you have a good Thanksgiving? We sure did!  I'm stuffed like a turkey!!! Thank goodness for leftovers. I love a juicy Turkey sandwich with cranberry jelly on them. So Good!

This weeks sketch was designed by my friend Carol Reed. I think she did one heck of a job on this sketch! Good going Carol! Look at all the interesting shapes and images on in this sketch.


This is what I came up with.



I love the little hint of yellow on this card it make me so happy! Maybe I will go back and put a brown mat on the two green banners now that I see it in print? I am always thinking of different things to do after the card has been submitted lol lol. I love all the colors really, They make ite feel like it is Christmas.

Here is a look at the inside;

Well that's all there is for me today, we have been invited to yet another friends home for lunch so I have to get ready to go!

Please play along with us this week we would love to see what you come up with. Here is our blog address so you can upload your card to our blog.
http://www.sketchfrenzyfriday.blogspot.com/

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving weekend and have lot's of left overs to munch on.

Chat soon,
Patrice