Monday, December 16, 2013

WOW! It's Been a While! - MERRY CHRISTMAS!

WOW! I didn't realize how long it's been since I've posted!  For the past two or three months I have been totally occupied with my granddaughter's wedding preparations.  I made the invitations, the RSVP cards, the wedding programs, made her veil, attended several showers, rehearsal dinner, tied garland for decorations, decorated the reception hall, altered her dress slightly...WHEW!  The wedding was on the 14th, so now I can relax a bit.

During the mist of all of the wedding preparations, I was also making Christmas presents for all my children and grandchildren. I dusted off my sewing machine and made some aprons for my daughters and daughter-in-laws, and made big blankets for each of the grandchildren.  I've also made a few scrapbook albums for several of the children.  Time has flown by...each day gets a little easier...but the holidays are bringing back lots of memories of Christmas' past.  I've shed a lot of tears, but also had some smiles as I remember the good times.

I've made a few cards in the mist of all this activity too that I thought I'd share with you.  I think I might have actually made them for a challenge but didn't have time to get them posted.

I figured I can always use a thank you card at Christmas.  I cut the letters out with the Cameo.  The leaves are cut with a die from Quikutz (very old die).  I colored the area behind the letters with some green and red Copics, then topped it with a bit of glitter using a glitter pen.  I pop dotted the letter panel over the colored area and added some red berries with red stickles.

This card was fun to make.  We rarely get snow in Florida, so I enjoy making snow cards.  I used a Memory Box window die and backed it with a piece of acetate.  I used the Memory Box country landscape die for the scene behind the window.  The top layer of the scene is pop dotted.  I sponged the sky (masking out the moon) with DI - tumbled glass - then added some small white dots for stars.  As a finishing touch, I added some stickles to the window panes on the outside of the window to give it a frosty look.  The sentiment was heat embossed with silver EP.  I believe the sentiment is from PTI.

This last card was made for one of the Less is More challenges, but didn't get posted.  I stamped the image and sentiment with Versamark, then heat embossed it with gold EP. For the topper on the ornament, I stamped the image in Versamark on gold foil paper.  I trimmed all the images and pop dotted them on a solid blue background (I also stamped the bauble on a piece of the blue).  I pop dotted the ornament on a piece of the blue card stock cut to 4 x 5.25 and added a string and bow.  I used a gold leafing pen to added just a tiny gold edge to the 4 x 5.25 layer, then pop dotted that layer onto a blue base.  I love how this one turned out.  Them images are from a free set that came in a magazine (I believe they might be Spellbinder stamps?)

Now, I must get busy and get all these Christmas gifts lots to do and now much time to do it.  We have lots of birthday celebrations this week.  My grandson, Jacob has a birthday tomorrow, my daughter in law on Wednesday, another grandson on Saturday, and then my birthday on Monday.  Busy, busy!

I do appreciate your faithfulness in visiting my blog.  I'm trying hard to get myself together and move on...your continued prayers are appreciated!

Hugs to each and every one of you...and may you have a blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

(Hopefully, I will get it together enough to get my post done for my blogiversary.  I have a little prize that I would love to give to someone!  Stay tuned....)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments and your visits are always appreciated!! Until next time...


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Hello Susan - a huge welcome back to Blogland! It's great to see you and your beautiful projects again, and I'm pleased that life is gradually improving for you day-by-day.

Your three cards are stunning, and so perfectly created (as always)!
I hope you had a wonderful day at your Granddaughter's wedding (will we be seeing some wedding photos in due course please)?!
Sylvia x

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Yay! Great to see you! Hold on to that Quickcutz Holly - it's a classic - love the negative die cut. The frosty scene through the window is fab and the classic sophistication of the gold and blue is beautiful! I'm hoping you'll be posting photos of the wedding (and all the bits you made for it!!)

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Susan. Sounds like you've been very busy, but having fun with helping make your granddaughter's wedding a success!

So glad you had a bit of time to play and have a little fun with your cards as well. Three beautiful cards that will be very special to whomever receives them.

I'm glad that things are slowly smoothing out for you and I hope that being surrounded by your children and grands at Christmas to share memories will give you comfort. Loll xx

Karen B said...

Hi Susan - welcome back, it's so good to see you blogging again. Sounds like you've been amazingly busy and I'm sure your granddaughter appreciated your help so much. Three beautiful cards - love how you say you like creating snowy scenes! This time of year is bound to evoke memories but glad that the happy ones are coming to the fore. Have a wonderful Christmas with your lovely family.

Karen x

Darnell J Knauss said...

It's always a thrill to see your name pop up on my blog roll, Susan! Welcome back, my friend! I enjoyed reading how you have kept yourself busy these past few months. How wonderful that you could be so helpful for your sweet granddaughter with her wedding and what treasured memories you have made with her!

Your cards are singularly recognizable as yours: beautifully designed and impeccably executed! You certainly have not lost your touch for creating inspirational card art!!

Happy Birthday on Monday!! If I don't get a chance to come by again before Christmas, I wish you a happy holiday with your supportive and loving family!! Big hugs and much love, Darnell

Sandra H said...

Hi Susan .....Merry Christmas and all the best for the New year.....well you haven't just sat around doing nothing these creations are absolutely beautiful xx

Deborah Frings said...

Hi Susan - so nice to see you here again! You certainly have been keeping busy - I hope that your granddaughter's wedding was lots of fun for everyone. So nice to see your cards too. Love the bold thank you card and that lovely window scene - if I could send some of our Michigan snow I would!!

I thought I send warm wishes for a good Christmas - you have friends and family with you to make new memories and share old ones. Wishing you a Happy New Year too. Hugs, Deborah xx

Faith A said...

Susan so good to see you posting and that you have been busy. I love your cards.

Try and have a Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.

debby4000 said...

Wonderful, beautiful cards.
Hope you have a lovely and happy Christmas and New Year.

Kathy W said...

Beautiful cards, especially the window scene. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.

Mrs Harry said...

Lovely to hear from you again Susan. Beautiful cards, you haven't lost your touch, that's for sure. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas with your family, and relived some happy memories.


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