Friday, December 15, 2017

Cards from Friends and Olaf


Received two very pretty cards from friends yesterday. 

This one was made by Kathy. 


Love the sliver, and blues. Wonderful Christmas card! 


Also received this very lovely card from my friend Kym. 

Such a pretty blue purse. The bird and flowers at the

top just make this fun card. 


I needed to make a stocking for John's girlfriend Emily. 

She likes Disney, so I decided to go with the ever happy Olaf from 

Frozen. I used Little Letters dies from SU for the words. 

Olaf was made with different punches and the bow die all from SU. 


Closer view of Olaf. Hope Em likes him. 

We got slammed with a lot of snow. It was peaceful enough last night, but

going to get more of the white stuff this afternoon. I think we are going to have a white Christmas

this year! 

Stamping trails
Karen

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hot Chocolate Packet Sliders


I worked on some last minute stocking stuffers Tuesday

while stamping with my friend Betty. 

So nice to be indoors stamping and watching the snow fall! 


I used some retired SU products on the front. Little Letters

thinlits for the word cocoa, and Scentsational stamp set and matching

framelits. 

The ribbon fits around the cocoa package and slides up. 

I'll be busy today getting the house a little bit cleaner. Winter months alwasy

mean more sloppy floors, and more blankets to fold up. Everyone has to be

bundled up while watching tv. Me included! 

Stamping trails
Karen

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Memorydex Cards, and Snow



I made some memorydex cards for a swap. Kathleen

has received them so I wanted to post them to the blog. 

Doll by Julie Nutting. The tree is a thinlit die by Tim Hotlz, 

and the paper is one from Michael's Hot Buys. 


You may remember seeing this one in a smaller artist sized trading card. 

I liked that card so much I made one to fit a memorydex. 


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We got

some snow yesterday. Hubby had to break out the snowblower. 

Thankfully it has an electric start so he didn't have any problem getting

it started. There is more snow on the way. So for my friend Kym.....we will

take the snow here for you, so you won't have to bother with it! 

Stamping trails
Karen

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Goodies from Kathleen


My crafting buddy Kathleen spoiled me again! 

We did a Christmas swap, and I just received my

box yesterday afternoon. 

Here is a photo of the flipbag. 


Closer view of the bottom of the bag. Love the lights and lace at the bottom. 


Cute little cupcake container. Top is made from felt and 

embellished with glitter pom poms. 


Travel cup, and tin filled with goodies. 


Trims wrapped around cardboard in the shape of a Christmas tree. 


paper clip art. 


mini photo album


inside view. So cute! Going to use this for this year's Christmas photos.


Snowman ornament.


pocket letter. 


back of the pocket letter. Filled with more goodies. 


Look how cute this card is!!!! She turned a teapot into a snowman! 

Is Kathleen a clever girl? Yes! 


Stocking card


Larger card. 


Love the banner! Looks great with the Christmas china in the hutch.


Now how did Kathy know that I love gingerbread? The

little gingerbread guy on the wooden spoon is adorable!


She also made this lovely little fabric scrap wreath. So cute!

Looks great on my wine cork message board.


and right below that I hung the little jingle bell Santa ornament.

So festive!

Thanks bunches Kathleen! Love it all. So blessed to have found

you on Swappers Corner. Can't believe we have been swapping for a year now.

Looking forward to 2018! Now how will we ever top ourselves?

Stamping trails
Karen 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mailable Monday #220


Happy Monday to all!

I made this card yesterday afternoon. 

Was in the mood to make something, and just
 
trying to get back in a crafting mood. 
 
Used retired SU set Beauty of the Season. 
 
Prisma colors used to color the bird and branch. 
 
Added some glitter to the piece with crystal gelly roll pen. 
 
Background word stamp by Tim Holtz, and done with Crumb Cake ink. 
 
Took hubby grocery shopping with me yesterday afternoon. 
 
I think he was suffering from sticker shock at the total bill, as
 
it was higher than normal. Had to pick up all the stuff I need for 
 
the Christmas cookie baking day coming up this Sunday. 
 
I was also in sticker shock when I saw that a bottle of real vanilla extract
 
was 7.99!!!!
 
I knew in the back of my mind it would be high as I had heard earlier this year
 
that the price of vanilla was going up. Could have paid less and got the imitation 

vanilla, but I don't like to cut corners on Christmas cookies. Have to use the best

to get the best cookies. 

Stamping trails
Karen

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Tree Frap



Well hubby did something out of character yesterday.

We were coming home from Kate's funeral, and it was
 
pretty cold out. I told him I was going to make
 
us a pot of coffee soon as we got home. 
 
He said forget that. "Lets go to Starbucks"
 
He went in the shop, and came back with
 
the new limited time Christmas Tree fraps. I
 
was shocked! Needless to say they tasted wonderful,
 
even if it was cold out. About that pot of coffee I said I was
 
going to make......about two hours after we got home hubby
 
made a pot. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Goodbye Kate


Saying goodbye is never easy. It's harder when you 

feel like you have lost a woman who was a second mother to you. 

I could write a very long post and tell you all about Kate, but

I am to choked up to do so. 

This is a frame art that I made her several years ago. She

loved to roller skate, and made her own skating outfits. 


Photo of Grandma Kate with Sarah, and John. 

Your passing leaves a whole in our hearts Katie. 

We will always treasure our memories we made with you. 

Thank you so much for welcoming me with open arms into

your family. I'll never forget you. 

With saddened heart

Karen

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tim Holtz Paper Dolls Winter ATC


Here are some of the artist trading cards I made to swap for 

the month of December. Love Tim Holtz paper dolls. 

This is the winter collection. I missed out on getting the Halloween ones. 

Hopefully I'll be able to find them somewhere. 


Lovely as a Tree stamp were used for the background. 

I like the simplicity of this card. 


I liked it so much in fact had to go back and make a
 
memorydex card using them. Still use Lovely as a Tree, but
 
I also used Tim Holtz Tree thinlit. It was cut with silver foil. 
 
Added black, and pearl beads for the buttons. 
 
In memory of Skip's mom Kate we made a large pot
 
of spaghetti and meatballs yesterday. Of course
 
it was not anywhere near as good as Kate's. She was famous for
 
that dish. Thinking of you Katie. Miss you bunches! 

I posted the obituary on FB, but wanted to post it again here on the blog. 

You can view it here

Stamping trails
Karen

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Swing Snowman Tag


Back with another tag. 

The tag is embossed with Northern Flurry folder (SU retired).

The snowman is also a retired set from SU called Snow much Love. 

I added a another smaller tag on top of the large tag. I used

a brad to attach it. 


By using the brad the top tag can swing to see the message under it. 

Well we see this present is from me....I wonder who it is going to? 


I went out and did a little Christmas shopping with John yesterday afternoon. 

Had fun with him. We haven't been out together just the two of us. Got to 

catch up, and just have fun. 

Found this bag of truffles at Wal-Mart.

If you like gingerbread (like me!!!!) I urge you to pick up a bag of these. 

SOOOOOO good!!!!

 5:12 am.

At the time I wrote this post last night my dear mom in law Kate was sleeping peacefully.

I just found out she passed away in her sleep this morning. She was a wonderful woman who would

do anything for you. Kate was just like a second mother to me. I learned

a lot from her, and she taught me many a life lesson. She will be dearly missed. 

May you rest in peace Kathryn

Stamping trails
Karen 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Scallop Circle Snowman Tag


Well this is not a Mailable Monday project, but

I just haven't been able to keep the blog updated. 

Thought I better post soon or my readers might

think something happened to me. 

This happy little guy is part of the gift tags I've been

making. Made with different sized scallop circle punches, and

free hand cut shapes. 


The is a 1 3/8 circle punch. Hat made with square punch. 

The greeting is by SU Project Life set called Holiday Cheer. 

Just an update on my mom in law. Katie is holding her own. 

The doctors say is could be anytime. I think Kate will go out when she 
 
is good and ready. She hasn't woken up for 3 days now. The waiting and
 
worrying is so hard on the family. I'm thankful that she is resting comfortably, and
 
not in any pain. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen
 
 
 
 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

No People Like Snow People


I've been working on some Christmas gifts. 

This happy little guy was made using different punches. 

Head and hat 1 3/8 circle punch

Hat brim large oval punch

Middle body 2 inch circle punch

Bottom body 2 1/2 inch

Nose was free hand cut. Scarf

is a 1/2 strip of designer paper, and I used the

banner punch to make the notches in the scarf ends. 

The brown paper with snow flakes is from a paper pack called

Ice Crystals. I picked that up from Michael's.

The greeting at the bottom is a stamp made by Anita's Sugarloaf. 

The blue frame I picked up at Marc's. I liked this frame

because it has a shiny metallic finish.
 
Mom in law Katie is slowly slipping away from us. 
 
Thanks for your prayers. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

One Fine Fall Day


We we were at the lake in October I took a bunch of photos

but didn't get around to posting them. 

Since I haven't had time to craft I thought this would be

a great time to share them. 

Of course here is my hubby looking out over the lake. 


I like how the sunlight was hitting the leaves through the trees. 


More shadows of the sun through the trees. 


Mallard duck enjoying the sun. 



Me and hubby. He put the camera up on a tree stump to

take this photo. 


Me on the bridge. I never should have given him 

the camera as all he does is take photos of me. Which

by the way I don't like being done. 

So I having been crafting because my dear mom in law Kate took

a fall at the home a few days ago. She fracture her hip. She has since

been moved to Hospice. She is not eating so I'm thinking this is going to 

be the beginning of the end. Please say a prayer for her and the family. Thanks. 

Stamping trails
Karen

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Barbie Tree


I got the Barbie tree up on Friday. 

So happy to see all the Barbie ornaments as I

haven't had this tree up for two years. The past two

Christmas's we have put up the large tree. 


Around the base of the tree I put some of the dolls I have in boxes. 


Hubby found me a 57 Cadillac at Halmark. It's a copy of a 

pedal car, but its pink, and a Cadillac so perfect for Barbie, as 

every girls dreams of a pink car! Right? 


Took some photos of the ornaments. These

are all Hallmark. 


Took many years to collect them all. 


and of course the tree has pink, and white lights. 



Stamping trails
Karen