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

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Long overdue post of Cricut club calendars

Hi there all my followers.  I know that I promised I'd share my Cricut club perpetual calendars with you many times and I just realized that I have not done that.  My Mom in Law has received it and thinks it great so as she has had time to enjoy it I thought I'd share all the pictures with you all.  Sorry there are so many pictures but as there are 12 months in a year so there are 24 pictures. Just so you know it took the club members 6 months to make these calendars and all the cuts are made using a Cricut with loads of different cartridges.
























Whew... that's alot of pictures hope you enjoyed seeing each of the months. The ladies had a great time making this calendar.  When they finished all their pages we bound it with my Zutter bind it all.  Now all they have to do each year is buy a package of vellum and print that years calendar pages and then they are good to go for another year.
Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the web. Please leave me a comment so I know you were here.
God Bless,
Vickie

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Here come the Holidays...

WOW it's almost time for the Holidays...Where has the year gone I wonder,  I am having a hard time believing that in less that 1 month Thanksgiving will be here and of course that is the official start of the holidays. Well before any more days slip by I guess I should share some of the cute cards I've been making and another Cricut club project. The first card I made for my darling Granddaughter who moved to South Carolina this past summer and I miss her alot so I try to send her a little card or gift each month. The next 2 cards I made for my wonderful son's one is serving in the USAF and is stationed in Korea and the other is in Law school in Omaha Nebraska. Then there was another birthday card to make so I combined part of both my son's cards.


Then I made my annual fall card and the wreath is what I designed for my October Cricut club project.
I hope you are inspired by my creations. Thanks for stopping by. Leave me a comment so I know you were here.  
God Bless,
Vickie


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Happy fall y'all...

Hi to all my blogger followers I am back... well I never really left I just had a super slow computer which was dying a super slow painful (for me) death, anyhoo my sweet darling husband took pity on me this week and bought me a new ASUS laptop with windows 8, I was still using Vista I know the dark ages of computer operating systems. This one is so cute it's black with little blue dots and the best part is that we got a great deal on it at Best Buy because it was a floor model and the last one in stock at our store. In addition to a slow computer I have been struggling with some more major pain in my back again. 10 days ago my back surgeon determined that due to my low back fusion I may have developed SI joint dysfunction (SJD) which happens to about 75% of all low back fusion patients and over 50% of that 75% are women... long story a bit shorter... I need an injection to diagnosis it correctly, if the injection gives me pain relief, then I will need another surgery to fix the issue.  My insurance company in their stupidity refuses to pay for the injection but will pay for the surgery.  My surgeon wanting to be absolutely positive it is SJD before surgery wants to do the injection, which I think is good because I don't want to have another surgery and find out that it did not help. As you can probably tell I am a bit frustrated with my insurance company.  We now get to do an appeal letter and hope that it all get's solved quickly so mostly that I can get out of this major pain but also so that it can be done before the end of the year as all my deductable and out of pocket costs have been met for 2013.  I am am praying and have my fingers crossed but your prayers would be greatly appreciated too.
And now before I loss everyone on to the craft part of today's post which is what you are all here for, thanks for listening.  Just over a week ago my Cricut Club met and the project involved heat transfer vinyl bought at expressionsvinyl.com and t-shirts from Walmart here is what they made.





I think they came out great. These were super easy to do, the weeding of the vinyl was the hardest part but even my new members were able to do this project easily.
I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks stopping by. Sorry this was such a long post today, hopefully now I will be able to post updates more quickly and frequently so they will be shorter... Leave a comment so I know you stopped by.
God Bless,
Vickie