Happy Father’s Day!

Just a quick post to say “Happy Father’s Day” to all the wonderful men that have a significant impact on their children’s lives.  I am so thankful for my father, who I dearly miss; and my husband, Bill who adores our children!  Have a wonderful day!

I created the following cards using Anna Griffin cardstock and embellishments.  These cards are created from the Masculine card kit.  I hope you find the perfect card for your dad or hubby!

Happy Crafting!

Dell

What’s Under Scarlett’s Needle?

So, this weekend I spent a considerable amount of time creating paper crafts.  Many of you know me from all of my card making and scrapbooking projects.  On Sunday, I opted to switch gears and pull out a fabric collection from Moda called Bee Joyful.  I wanted to cut a new quilt pattern using this beautiful collection.  I just adore the delightful fabric with the honeybees and honeycomb images featured on it!

I decided to create my quilt using the Easy Half-Hexagon Quilt Pattern by Missouri Star Quilt company.  I just love all of their quilt ideas and tutorials!  They make it so easy to do.  Being that I am still learning a lot about quilting,  I need all the easy I can get!  Trust me!

Anyway, I managed to get all of my hexagons cut and placed them how I wanted them to appear to make the panel.  Believe me, that took the longest and was the hardest part so far!!  I had 14 rows of 6 half-hexagons.  Afterward, I sewed each row together.  This is how it looked before I completed sewing the last two rows together.  The rows were so long they actually hung off the side of my sewing table.

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My next step is to sew the 14 rows together to make one panel and then on to adding the inner and outer borders, backing, and binding.  I am so excited about this quilt and can’t wait to see the finished product!  Once completed and quilted, I will share with you again.

I have to say that I just love being able to sit and sew with my Janome 14000 machine!  She is nicknamed Scarlett (as many of my quilting friends already know) as she is certainly a Southern gal!  Creating is such a joy to me; and it is always exciting to have something under a sewing needle!

So, what’s under your needle or on your craft table?  I would love to hear what you are working on.

Happy crafting!

Dell

DCD Challenge – Masculine Card

Hi all!  I hope you had a great weekend.  It was a bit sloppy and wet here with tons of humidity!  Anyway, it gave me lots of time to spend in my craft room.

This weeks challenge with the Die Cuttin’ Divas is to make a masculine card.  Being that Father’s Day is upon us this is a great time to think outside the box.  Here is my take on this challenge:  Masculine Challenge

I created this card using a stamp set I found in a magazine I picked up at Barnes & Noble bookstore.  I stamped the images and used patterned papers to place on the card.  Being that there were no dies with this stamp set, I fussy cut all my images and then stamped the sentiment.

What a fun challenge this was and I hope you visit all the Diva Designers on the Die Cuttin’ Divas blog.  You will love it!

Happy Crafting and Happy Father’s Day to those wonderful dads out there!

Dell

 

DCD Challenge #423

The Die Cuttin Divas sketch challenge for June is as follows:

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Here is the card that I created from the sketch above.  Sketch JuneI used images by Vicki Boutin at American Crafts.  I colored the images using Pebbles Pearlescent chalks.  chalksI haven’t used these in quite some time and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed playing with them!  The sentiment is from the Waffle Flower stampset called Here For You.   It is so versatile for those sentiments of healing and sympathy.

I stamped the background using the flowers from the stampset and I also shadowed the center of the flowers with chalk.  I love the soft affect it gives the flowers.  Before I placed the bird, I embossed the cut centerpiece with an embossing folder by Sheena Douglas.  The centerpiece was cut using some very old Spellbinders dies that I have had many years.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did making this fun card!  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

Happy crafting!

Dell

It’s Me Back Again!

I am back and blogging once again!  I am so excited to share my crafting journey with you!  I will be sharing cards, scrapbook pages, quilting and embroidery projects that I plan to work on this year.  I have so many things in store and can’t wait to get started on them.  I even plan on doing some giveaways on my blog.  So, you might want to stay tuned to find out that works.  I think you will love it!

This past year has been so very busy for me.  My son got married and my oldest daughter had a baby.  I am proud to have two wonderful grandsons and a wonderful daughter-in-law in our family.  As I share my blogging journey you will get to see snips of the family.  After all, it wouldn’t be much of a blog if you didn’t know a little bit about me now would it!

The first project I want to share with you is the wedding card that I created for my son and his wife.  I used Crafters Companion Storybook dies to make this lovely easel card.  I have to say that I was quite pleased with the outcome of how it turned out.  The “Mr. & Mrs die was from their Rustic Wedding collection as well as the metallic cardstock used to cut the elements.  I used a variety of papers that I had in my stash and a metal bird charm along with Prima brand flowers.   Let me know what you think.

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Happy crafting!

Dell

 

 

 

Harry

March 1st we lost our beloved dog, Harry.  Harry was 16 years old and brought a ton of joy to our home!  In his younger years he loved to chase tennis balls and would literally run for them as long as you could hold out throwing them!

Harry was a rescue dog who, at first, we weren’t sure he was going to fit in with our busy family. He had incurred quite a bit of trauma before coming home with us and it took him a few months to adjust to us as it did for us to adjust to him.  Initially, we thought he was a brown dog when we brought him home but after we bathed him discovered he was a gorgeous white with brown and red flecks and spots on his coat.

Harry enjoyed the evening cocktail hour when the family gathered in the back yard and reflected on what happened during the day. This was a time everyone enjoyed and Harry adapted the nickname “Cocktail” because he would bark when someone got the drinks ready to go outside.

I taught Harry to sing and Oh boy, did he ever sing! I used to collect Hallmark snowmen every year and one year they had one with a dog and snowman that sang Jingle Bells. The dog howled and once Harry learned he could sing and howl he never let up! We ended up leaving that snowman out year round and it still sits in our living room. He even taught Sassy, our Dachshund to sing as well. It literally became a tradition!  God, I miss him!

Harry was quite the traveler too! He loved going to the mountains and when you arrived and he smelled the mountain air he got so very excited!

He also traveled to Washington D.C. to see our son. He went to Georgia, Virginia, and all over Florida with us.  He stayed in Gainesville with our daughter and her husband and played with their dogs.  All of our kids loved Harry!  He had several other nicknames like “Hairball” and “Bugs”.

In 2008, we thought we were going to lose him because he blew a couple of discs in his back. That was a true experience for me as I had to take him to Orlando to a dog spine veterinarian. It experienced an amazing recovery! A few years later, he ate a dog chew that lodged in his intestine tract and had to undergo emergency surgery to remove.  He certainly expended a few lives!

Harry loved his doggie sister, Sassy and his kitty friends, Ms. Kitty and Tebow.  He knew Ms. Kitty ruled the home and he loved to play “beat up” with Tebow!  He was quite a ring leader!  He totally enjoyed stealing leftover cat food! We swore the darn cats left him some intentionally!

Harry loved playing chicken and made the most crazy noise when he flung it back and forth. He loved Gator football and got excited when a touchdown occurred!

As Harry aged his bones became brittle and his leg joints deteriorated thus making it very difficult for him to support his own weight.  It was a very difficult decision to let him go but at the same time heartbreaking to see him suffer.  The vets office were very kind to us and they were also just as upset as we were as Harry had been their patient for several years. There were many tears shed over the loss of him.

There will never be another Harry! I thank God that he gave us the opportunity to have him as part of our family. He is sorely missed! Rest In Peace, Buddy!

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I love you little guy!

Dell

February Review

It is hard to believe that March is upon us and spring is just around the corner!  Instead of making this a long post I decided to capture my card projects for February in one post.

I managed to create the following cards for my family members on Valentines Day.

 

I also made these adorable lip balm holders. They were a big hit!

7F295FF9-F5E2-4700-A4F8-DCE7572C2FDA.jpegI hope you enjoyed this post. Have a crafty kind of day!

Dell

A Quilted Card

i just have to share this lovely card that I created for a friend of mine during the holidays.  She is an avid quilter and I have just started learning how to quilt.  When I saw the Quilt Builders stamps and dies by Stampin Up I knew I wanted them!  I was thrilled with how this card pieced together and I even added a fabric button and embossed the background to enhance the overall look! I plan to use this set over again and have several ideas for other seasons.

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Dell

Happy New Year 2018!

What a year 2017 was for me!  I started a new career in mental health, I got a new sewing/quilt machine and a new Scan n’ Cut machine!  Other excitement in our family life includes welcoming our new grandson and my husband retired.  It seems like the year was just getting started when it ended.

I am really looking forward to a fantastic year and plan to incorporate more crafting in my life.  I am new to sewing and managed to sew seven stockings for Christmas gifts to our grown kids and grandson.  I was very pleased with my first sewing project to say the least!  Which one do you like the best?

I also created stocking themed themed cards to go with their stockings.  The kids were stunned when they realized I made them.

Since I was busy sewing, I did not make but a few handmade cards to send out.  Basically, I ran out of time.  Here are a few cards that I created.

For New Years my husband and I had dinner at a local winery.  It was very pleasant and I made some really neat New Year treats and cut outs.  Check these out!

IMG_0593.JPGToday my hubby got me these beautiful flowers to start the year off fresh!

IMG_0599.JPGI am going to make a Southern fried chicken dinner today and watch football with my sweetie!  I even made a homemade chocolate pie!

Have a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Dell

Sunshine!

We can all use a little bit of sunshine and a fun day at the beach.  My family and I spent a few weekends this summer at the beach and had a wonderful time.  To commemorate our trip I made this card for my son’s girlfriend as a token of fun!  I used My Favorite Thing stamps and dies to create this card.

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Doesn’t this card just scream fun?

Have a beach, sunshiny day!

Dell