Monday, February 2, 2015

Playing with my new toys.....

Hi family & followers, WOW I just can't believe that January 2015 is already history!!!
February is birthday month here at my house so I have been busy making cards for my boys they are turning 35 & 30 this year.... it seems like yesterday they were little....(insert big sigh).  Anyway enough with the walk down memory lane and on to the fun stuff.  As I mentioned in my last post I was waiting for my Stampin Up goodies to arrive, which they did later that day, so I have been playing with all my new toys and I thought I would share the cards I made for my boys and then a couple of Valentine's day cards too.


 
The card with the 35 on it is for my oldest son.  I used my Cricut Classic Font cartridge for the numbers and  my George cartridge to cut the circles. Then I used my Stampin Up "Endless Birthday Wishes" stamp set for the sentiment and cake, which I colored with my night of navy & real red Stampin Up markers. The card with the anchor and ship on it is for my youngest son.  I used my Stampin Up "The Open Sea" stamp set, my coastal cabana & brown sugar ink pads, my scalloped 3" circle punch, my 1" circle punch  and my decorate label punch. I distressed the edges of the very vanilla paper with baked brown sugar ink. I fussy cut the anchor and used dimensionals to pop the images up. The third card is for  my sweetheart for Valentine's day. I don't have any "Valentine Stamps" so I used my "Because You Care" Stampin Up stamp set, my real red stamp pad and the heart punch from my itty bitty punch pack.  The last card is for my granddaughter and it is a Sherri Baldy's Bestie digi stamp which I bought at Scrapbooking Made Simple when I was there just after Christmas with my mom in law (she drove me 60 miles each way on crazy highways in southern California to get there but it was totally worth it, great store). I think it turned out cute I colored it using my copic markers which I also bought at Scrapbooking Made Simple. I cut both scalloped ovals on my Cricut with my George cartridge. The ticket corner punch is from Stampin Up, but it isn't available any longer.... 

If you been inspired by any of these cards and want to order any of the Stampin Up products I mentioned just click the Stampin Up icon on the right side of my blog and it'll take you right to my online store, you just chose the shop button and type in the names of the stamp sets in the search box and you'll be able to order your own stamps and create some great cards too!  

If you don't have the time to be creative or have never stamped anything or you just aren't sure where to start or you don't have room for a lot of craft stuff... well Stampin Up has a great product just for you. It's called Paper Pumpkin. It's a kit that comes once a month. There is a special website just for paper pumpkin users with a video link at the website to show you how to put the kit together. The kit comes with written instructions & just enough supplies to create some cards or a home decor item. Each kit also comes with a small ink pad spot and a small stamp set that can be used again but that's all that's left over when you are done creating. Sounds good right? It's easy to get started with Paper Pumpkin just click the Stampin Up icon button on the right side of my blog, that takes you right to my Stampin Up online store, chose the shop option at the top of the website then enter code 137858 in the search box for a 1 month for $19.95 or as it is Sale-a-Bration time at Stampin Up you can do a 3 month subscription for $54.95 that's a savings of $5  with code 137859, these prices includes shipping. If you chose the 3 month subscription not only do you get all 3 months but you also qualify for a FREE item from Stampin Up too. Just so you know, there's several things besides stamps to chose from for FREE, like paper, ribbon, button & markers.   If your not sure about it you can just type www.paperpumpkin.com into you web search box and it'll take you to the paper pumpkin website so you can explore before you buy.

Hope that you have enjoyed today's update.  Leave a comment so I know that you dropped by.
God Bless
Vickie

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Join the Stampin Up SALE-A-BRATION!!!!

Hi there blogger friends and family....

Today I want to let you know that if you're into stamping, paper crafting or home decor (and since your here I believe you are) Stampin Up has the sale for you.  For every $50 you spend you can choose a FREE item, yes I said FREE !!!!!  It's so easy just click on the Stampin up order button on the right side of my blog and it will take you right to my online ordering site, you place your order and it comes right to your home.  What can be better than that????  I can't think of anything.   So don't wait this sale ends March 31st. 
Thanks for stopping by leave me a comment so I know you've been here.
God Bless
Vickie

Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy New Year...

Hi there blogger followers!  I'm back.... I just looked at my last update and boy has it been a while, but that's how it goes sometimes.  I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and that your 2015 is off to a great start.  I have news that I am so happy to share....I have joined Stampin' UP as a demonstrator.  I have be pondering this decision for a while and I decided that with the new year it was time to get off the fence and go for it.  I have been a customer of Stampin' UP for several years, they are a wonderful company with good quality products.  I am excited to see what will happen in this new venture.  As with anything new there's an adjustment period and that is where I find myself now. As you can see I've made a few changes to my blog, really just cleaned up a bit. Soon I hope to be posting some craft projects with my new Stampin' UP products. In the mean time I just want you all to know that Stampin' UP is having their annual "Sale-A-Bration" this means that anytime you place a $50 order you get to chose a free item from one of 10 items from this special "Sale-A-Bration" catalog.  You can find my online ordering site at www.skybowcreations.stampinup.net   I would love to be your demonstrator if you don't already have one.  For my local followers I hope to have a stamping workshop soon so you can come play with some of Stampin' Up's wonderful products. I should be getting my new demonstrator's kit soon and then I'll set the date.

For today I just thought I share a couple of cards that I have made since my last update. The first  2 cards were made with a Stampin' UP  products and the last 2 card are all Cricut.  The last picture is the ornament that all my Cricut Club gals made at our November Cricut Club meeting.

 


 Well I hope found some inspiration and  have enjoyed your time here in my corner of the web.  Please leave me a comment so I will know that you stopped by.  Happy New Year to all and Thanks....
God Bless,
Vickie

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello.........It's been awhile


Hi there blogger family & friends.  I can't believe that my last post was in March so much for being organized...  Well I've been busy as always and thought I'd share with you all some of the cards I've been making lately.






              


I'll be entering Cardz TV Designers Challenge #6. Hope you  all have enjoyed your time here in my little corner of the web. Leave a comment so I know you were here. Take care 
God Bless,
Vickie



Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Spring.....

Hi there blogger family, friends and followers.  So Spring I think may have arrived in Eastern Idaho just as scheduled on the calendar at least today it feels like spring!!!!  Low 50's, sunny and clear beautiful skies almost makes me forget the BLIZZARD we had on Monday and the fall winds that we had on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  Anyhow you didn't stop by to discuss the weather issues of Eastern Idaho so let me get on with things.  First I need to send out a great big THANKS to all my wonderful family and friends for your prayers for me and my darling but very sick husband who caught a major bad case of pneumonia the last week of February that got him admitted to our local hospital for 9 very long days.  He had a team of 4 doctors taking care of him and many wonderful nurses.  I am very pleased to report that he is improving daily and that he hopes to be back to work next week which is a long month for him to be off work (he's a work-o-alcoholic). He's a diabetic and was almost was in the ICU twice for kidney and O2 and blood sugar issues caused mostly because he refused to go be seen for a "little cold" for about a week so that by the time he finally agreed to be seen he was very sick and could have died before they could have helped him. I know I would not have made it through so many hard and scary days if it wasn't for all those prayers.  So THANKS from the bottom of my very grateful heart.....  If you are married take a moment right now to tell your spouse  just how much they mean to you because you never know when you won't have them around to be annoyed at/bothered by...
So now on to the craftiness of this blog.... since my husband has been home from the hospital I have been working on my March Cricut Club project and....wait for it CARDS, big surprise, not!!!  My Cricut Club gals will be making a cute Easter "RISEN" Banner but as that class meets this coming Sunday I will have to wait to share that to you all next time.  I can show you a few Thank you cards I sent to let people know just how much their prayers and support meant to me. The first card is a digital Sassy Cheryl stamp image that I colored using Tim Holtz Distress Inks like copic markers, I think they blended great and gave me a nice water colored effect. I sent this card to my youngest son who flew home from Omaha where he's attending Law School the night before his dad was discharged from the hospital and he was a huge help. The next one I made using my cuttlebug thanks embossing folder and a Stampin Up stamp and a new Stampin Up punch I just got. I sent this one to a dear friend who happens to be an amazing nurse that works at the hospital where my husband was being cared for. She helped me get the extra help my husband needed and was there to support me everyday. The third card was made using my Creative Cards Cricut cartridge and I sent it to the folks at my office who even though they had only met my husband once, called several times, sent me encouraging texts with their prayers & thoughts daily just to let me know how much they cared about the both of us. They also sent him a cute spring time flower arrangement, just what was needed on the day it arrived as it had snowed yet again that morning. I also made and sent a second "note of thanks" card to my sister in law & her husband.  They came all the way out from New Hampshire just to see my husband and they took me out to 3 special dinners while they where here. The last card is one that I hand stamped and then colored with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Twinkling H2O's for my granddaughter who was so worried about her Pap that I wanted her to know that her concern and prayers were very appreciated.



 Well that's about it for now. I hope you have enjoyed your time here.  Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the web.  Leave me a comment so I will know you where here.
 God Bless,
Vickie

  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Welcome 2014...

Wow so sorry I haven't posted since December of 2013 and here it is almost the end of February 2014.  Holy smokes where is the time going????  I've been busy crafting and working at my "day job" so that means I needed to get organized if I was ever going to be able to find time to update my blog. While reading an email the other day I saw a video on a planner system that one of the ladies that I follow uses. That planner system looked great but it starts at $50 per year and it doesn't include a business records section. Needless to say once I found out the cost I thought I don't need a planner I have my smartphone and all my appointments are in there and they are well except for time for me to create my Skybow Creations which means that I had not scheduled time for blogging updates either. Long story short I put together a planner and business binder all in one for around $20 and now I have time 4 days a week to be creative. I even scheduled into my planner time to update my blog each month!!!  So now on with the update....
In January the gals in my Cricut Club met and they all made 8 all occasion cards, everything from Get well to Happy Birthday.  So today I will be sharing some of these with you.  In February I made a few Valentine's cards and the Cricut Club gals made canvasses with vinyl for home decor.  Next month the Cricut Club gals will be making a "Risen" banner in pastel spring colors. I bet I haven't mentioned that I am so ready for winter to be done, alas we have another month of it here in Eastern Idaho and while the weather has been mild today, well except for the wind, it snowed on Saturday and I an positive that old man winter is not done with us yet. Anyway here are the pictures of the cards and my canvas. The first three cards are from the January Cricut club meeting. The hippo is on a homemade action wobble. The cupcake card is a matchbook fold. The Get well card is a center step card. The party hat card is an interactive slider card made for a special friends son's 30th birthday. The next 3 are the cards I made for Valentines day and they are block cards. The last picture is the project that my Cricut Club gals made for the February club meeting and everyone had their own verse on their canvas.


                                                      
So now you've seen all  the pictures I hope you enjoyed your time here. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the web.  Please leave me a comment so I know you were here.

God Bless
Vickie

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Merry Christmas....

Hi there blogger friends and followers.  WOW just one short week away from the big day!!!  Are you done with your shopping, wrapping, baking, crafting & etc???  This year has just flown by and I decided not to stress myself out during the last month of the year, I just wanted to enjoy this season where we celebrate the birth of Jesus the only begotten Son of GOD, I mean that is what Christmas is all about after all.  So this year I did not make handmade Christmas cards or write my annual Christmas letter, and I have not yet baked a single cookie, I know shocking right!!!   I did host a Cricut Club open house and the ladies came and crafted or just finished up this years club projects while they enjoyed some fellowship and fun before all the Christmas craziness started.  Today I thought I'd share the 3D ornament I designed for the ladies to make for the November Cricut Club meeting.  It's a little bit Steampunk and a little bit traditional. I am going to be entering it in a couple link ups. 

 I used several Cricut cartridges... Winter Wonderland, Everyday Pop up cards & Elegant edges to name but a few. The paper is from Hobby Lobby, Michael's and JoAnn's. The metal embellishments are from Tim Holtz and Bead Findings. The buttons are from my favorite things. I also used chipboard to give it a thicker rigid base. I used glitter ribbon for the bow from Michael's and a gold leaf pen to finish the edge and for the date on the back. Each of my Cricut Club ladies made 2 so they could keep one and give one away.    If you live in Idaho Falls or in one of the many nearby areas and are interested in joining my Cricut Club you can leave a message here with your contact information or you can message me on Facebook, there is a link button on the right side of my blog. Cricut club starts again in January 2014.

I hope that you enjoyed your visit here in my little corner of the web. Please leave me a comment so I know you stopped by. 


I pray you all have a very Merry Christmas and that your New Year is blessed.

God Bless,
Vickie