7/04/2014

Surviving a Fire

Hi Friends,
Welcome back!
It has been 2 months since I wrote anything substantial here on the blog.  Suffice it to say that this has been a healing period for me, hubby and  my Mother in law.
So much has happened, it has been a bit overwhelming and blogging was one of the last things I had on my mind.  I do admit that I have missed my craft time and my blog immensely.
So let me catch you all up to speed.  The last week of April, my mother in law moved in with us...then 1 week later on 5/5/14, our camper caught on fire causing extensive damage to our garage, boat, atv, hubby's woodworking tools, my mother in law's van and our home.
I'm not allowed to share much as everything is up in the air, but I had shared this on facebook the day that it happened and can share it here, also.  The photo does not truly show the extent of damage.  It can't show the emotional pain, horror, fear, loss.....ohh the descriptive words could go on and on.

I suppose, some good things have come from this experience.  We have learned that 1)  no matter what you think, you do not have enough insurance  2)  if you have a detached structure like a garage, most insurance policies only cover it up to 10%.  You have to ask for additional coverage   3)  if you have a rider (some call it an umbrella) policy, it will only cover exactly what is on that list.  For instance, we had a rider policy for our fishing equipment.  We had provided a list of 51 items.  Throughout the years,we purchased additional fishing equipment, but never let our agent know.  Those new items, are not covered...  Our bad...we didn't understand the policy.  4)  depreciation (for lack of a better word) sucks!  Can you believe they even depreciate materials used to build a house or garage?  seriously?  so I have 15 years of depreciation on the brick that has to be replaced... which means we have to come up with the balance...  5)  take pictures or videos of all things that you own.  If you lose it in a fire, you can't prove ownership without pictures.  6)  if you can, scan receipts and match them up to the pictures.  7)  the most important lesson learned....WE HAVE AMAZING FAMILY, FRIENDS and NEIGHBORS!!!!  Our fire happened at 2:58 am.  We are alive today because our awesome neighbor had a dog that wouldn't shut up and he looked out his window and saw the fire.  Praise the Lord for this miracle.  Other friends provided meals during the initial days of shock...Thank you to all of them.  Some provided emotional support as I was a basket case...Most just listen, not in just the initial days, but still...as things are dragging on out... To all of my neighbors, friends and family near and far....Thank you for being there for us.

Many have asked what caused the fire.  Again, we are not allowed to discuss things at this point....you know how things go when there are investigations...  Just suffice it to say, if you have a big ticket item such as a camper, boat, car etc...be sure to stay current with any recalls.  Do not rely on the manufacturer to notify you.  Check the manufacturer website yourself.  Make phone calls etc.

I'm going to wrap it up today.  I hope you all have an awesome July 4th!!!  Please stay safe...practice fire safety and above all....love thy neighbors, friends and family.
I hope to be back to crafting soon....

Have a blessed day!

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5/22/2014

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5/04/2014

Graduation card

Hi Friends!
Welcome back.  I apologize for the delay.  Our life has been turned upside down the past 2 weeks.  All will eventually work out, but for now things are C-R-A-Z-Y.
Our oldest son will be graduating from college this week.  I needed a masculine card, but I wanted something unique.  I turned to Oriental Trading Company.  If you recall, I was blessed to receive product for review from them.  Today, I used the clear acrylic sheet and the black monochromatic pack.  I had this awesome stamp that I picked up a couple years ago from Michael's for $1.  The red satin ribbon was from my stash.
This was my first attempt at an easel card and I have to say that I love  how it came out.
Instructions:

  • cut 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch acrylic sheet in 1/2 lengthwise.  it should now be 4 1/4 inches by 11 inches
  • score the acrylic 4 1/4 inch x 11 inch sheet at the  2 3/4 and 5 1/2 inch mark
  • next, begin decorating.  I cut a white piece for the front at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • the black stripe is cut at 3 3/4" wide by 4" tall
  • the next black piece was cut at 3 3/4" wide by 1" tall
  • take the 1/2 inch satin ribbon and wrap it around the patterned papers and secure on the back
  • adhere the two pieces to the white base
  • choose your stamp image and place pop dots (I used the ones from Oriental Trading) on the back to give dimension.  Center your image on the base
  • tie a cute bow from the satin ribbon and adhere under the stamped image
  • adhere the entire piece to the front of the acrylic base.  Be sure to only adhere to the first score line at 2 3/4".
For the inside and to allow the easel to work:
  • cut a piece of white cardstock 2" x 4"
  • cut the same piece of patterned paper as you used on the front.  1 3/4" x 3 3/4".  adhere to the small piece of white cardstock.
  • adhere the finished piece to the inside at the very bottom of the acrylic base.
  • I also added a piece of plain white cardstock on the inside so that I could write a message.  




I love the way this turned out.  I hope that our son will like it also.  If you make an easel card,  I would love to see the end result.  Be sure to leave me a message so I can check it out.

My overall review of the Oriental Trading products:
Acrylic sheet:  awesome.  It cuts like butter with a paper trimmer or scissors.  It is very sturdy and a great value.  5 out of 5 stars
Black monochromatic papers:  for this project it was perfect.  It is a thinner paper.  Easily trimmed with the paper trimmer.  5 out of 5 stars
Foam adhesive squares (pop dots):  this give a great dimension.  Good adherence to the papers.  They have not loosened even with much manipulation of the card.  again 5 out of 5 stars
I would highly recommend all of these products for your paper crafting projects.  


“This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.”

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4/26/2014

Mother's day presents

Hey friends!!!  Welcome back.
Mother's day is just around the corner.  Can you believe it?  This year, I will see my oldest daughter and my Mother in law for mother's day.  I feel very blessed about that.  I wanted to do something a little bit more than just cards.
Today, I am very blessed that  Oriental Trading has provided the photo blocks for my review.
They come in a box of 12 and are very lightweight.  The metal photo holder is protected with a piece of tissue paper.
I used the fall flowers papers from Oriental trading company on this block.  They are so beautiful.
1)  I painted the top with 2 layers of acrylic chocolate brown paint.
2)  Cut a 3 by 12 inch strip of pattern paper
3)  cut the strip into 3 inch by 3 inch pieces (You should end up with 4 pieces)
4)  Adhere the patterned paper with modge podge, smooth out any air bubbles and allow to dry.
5)  put a coat of modge podge over the top of the patterned paper after the initial coat underneath has had time to dry.  (About 30 minutes)
6)  sand the edges of the block to give a distressed look
7)  paint the edges in a contrasting color to add more interest.
8)  allow to dry 
9) add a picture and you are done!!

I followed the same steps for this one.  This time I added a contrasting butterfly using beacon 3 in 1 glue.  The butterfly is also from Oriental Trading.  

My review:  I found these blocks to be great to work with.  They are light weight yet sturdy.  The metal photo holder clip is of high quality metal which will not rust.  They are stable even with a 5 x 7 inch photo.
The papers I used on the first block were from oriental trading co, also.  They are of medium weight.  I like the patterns.  The little butterfly on the 2nd project is also from Oriental Trading Company.  It is about 1 inch in size.  It is of great quality.  
I would certainly give these products a 5 out of 5 and recommend them to my crafty friends.



Tell me...do you prefer to see my projects before the event or after?  It just dawned on me the other day, that perhaps you would like to see them sooner so that you can consider adding it to your event project.

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4/20/2014

Happy EASTER

Hello my friends!!!
I want to wish each of you a very blessed Easter!  In our neck of the woods, the sun is shining and it appears it will be another glorious day!!  Thank you Lord for all my blessings!!!

Today, I would like to share the Easter cards that I sent to the grands....  I think they all turned out super adorable...
This is an old polymer stamp set that I have never inked.  I have to admit, that I love this little bunny in the cabbage.  It is so stinking cute.  I used a variety of markers to color.  I used of course, my spectrum noir markers, some stampin' up markers and even a copic.  


aren't these little chicks super cute?  I love the combination of banner, ribbon and button.  Did you see the little flower gems?  Gosh..I used a ton of old stash for this card

I can't decide if this is a hedgehog or a porcupine.  It really doesn't matter because I think it too is adorable

oh mmmmm geeee...this bunny is so cuuuuuuuuuuuute.  I really like the wider mat around the focal image

I love to ride bicycles..and Easter is always a reminder that spring is here.  It is the perfect time to get the bike out and ride!  I love this unity Stamp so much.  I really had fun with the triple stamping.  It just seemed to show the movement of the bike.

Elephants....LOVE!!!  This is another Unity Stamp Co. stamp.  love it!!!

That is all I have for today.  Come back soon.  I have an awesome surprise in the works!

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4/14/2014

Not so trendy anymore

Welcome back friends...
I am so glad you are here.  Many of you are now following me on Facebook!!  Thank you...  I wish you all good luck as we try to reach 150 page likes.  I am anxious to give away that stamp set.  I love to make others happy...  it just does my heart good.
Soooo... does anyone else have a problem of hoarding craft supplies?  I have a serious problem.  I have more supplies than I can possible ever use, and I just keep buying...  It truly is a sickness.  ha ha ha...  So, I have 2 thoughts along this line.

1)  I need to use my supplies
2)  I need to try to sell some of my overstock of supplies, mainly papers that may not be so trendy anymore.  (You know I had to buy 3 or 4 of each page...and used maybe 1)  LOL

Have any of you done this?  What is the best avenue to sell them?

With those thoughts in mind, I went to my room and dug out my old supplies (and maybe 1 new one) and decided to make some cards.

I found this sentiment in my stash...  I also found this lovely butterfly stamp that had never received ink... The background of the butterflies is made using gelatos.  Ha ha ha..  told you I used 1 new supply.  I have to tell you the gelatos are a wonderful medium...  I am definitely going to have to play with them more. 

For this card, I dug in my scraps.  I had all of these lovely scraps of papers from several projects.  I think it made a lovely wedding card.  What do you think?

Thank you to those that stopped to peek around.  I am happy you are here.  Thank you to those that have left comments...  You truly have made me smile...I have needed to hear those kind words more than you know.

Until next time,

Have a blessed day!

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Grandma and Family

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