Friday, January 30, 2009

I'm Still Alive.........

Hey Everyone!!! I've missed you all SO much and want to send a personal THANK YOU for everyone who has visited my blog and signed up for my give-a-way!!! I'm SO thrilled to see so many have stopped by and visited with me.....I surely have some catching up to do myself with checking out blogs....Hopefully will get to do some of that tonight!!!!

I have been in the "Land of the Lost"....(remember that old old show from many many Saturdays ago!!) Our State (Kentucky) along with Indiana & Illinois was hit by a HORRIBLE freezing rain/ice/sleet/snow storm on Monday night, Tuesday & Wednesday of this week......It's the worse storm we've had since the late 70's around here and approx. 1/2 million homes among the 3 states were without power at one point......Our state (Kentucky) had to declare a state of emergency because of the ice on the trees and the damage that has been caused from it....We lost our power at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and STILL HAVE NO power!!! We found out today it could potentially be from 2 to 3 weeks before we get it back as they are having to totally rebuild the electrical system in the city of Henderson as well as many other counties in the State of Kentucky......If you would like to read about our little nightmare you can click on this link and it will connect you to our local paper.......

http://www.courierpress.com/news/gleaner/

The long line you see of people waiting to get kerosene also hold my 2 boys to the back of the line patiently (yeah right!!) waiting for their chance to fill up 2 jugs with kerosene for the heater we had at home......that was MUCH needed the 1st & 2nd night as NO ONE had power and we were all fighting to stay warm.....we ALMOST lost our kitty 2 times as she almost froze to death....in our home......I was very scared but between hubby and I we rubbed on her under our blankets for 15 minutes or so to get her blood flowing again and she was fine....when the boys went to check on the doggie and her later the 3rd day until we were able to get them moved our kitty was almost gone again......bless her heart!

THANKFULLY my aunt & uncle got their power back yesterday morning so we've been able to stay warm since then......I am SO blessed and thankful for this!!!!! You never seem to truly appreciate heat until you don't have it!!!! :(

So we will muttle through as best we can.......however I am so sad to say I won't be able to create much until we get power back.....PLEASE don't forget about me...and do check back......I will be back to creating as soon as I possibly can!!! Thank you for stopping by to visit with me and hear my latest!!!! I pray you all have a safe and blessed weekend!!!! Until next time...

Monday, January 26, 2009

THANK YOU THANK YOU Elena!!!

Maria Antoniette BLOG AWARD!!


My friend Elena awarded me with this beautiful Maria Antoniette award for my blog!! Thank you SO much Elena!! What a WONDERFUL surprise to find today!!!!

The rules are as follows:

1. Put the picture of Marie Antoinette on your blog
2. Link to the person who you received the award from
3. Nominate at least 7 or more blogs
4. Link to those blogs from yours
5. Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know you've shared the award with them.

Let's see...there are SO SO MANY wonderful blogs out there!!!!!

1.) Rita Loyd
2.) Denise's Scrapbooking Room
3.) Kathie McGuire
4.) Linda - Just A Scrappin'
5.) Mel McCarthy
6.) Stacy King - The Rebel Inker
7.) Sankari's Sunshine Corner

Each of these blogs are WONDERFUL.....most are blogs I've come upon from other's blogs and I am SO thrilled I've found them!!!! Each of them are very very amazing ARTists....check them out for yourselves!!!!!

AGAIN, Thank you SO much Elena for this awesome award!!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

One World-One Heart

What a wonderfully exciting event this is....making friends through ART is always WONDERFUL!! If you've not heard about this event....

A woman named Lisa Swifka is the host of this worldwide blogging event that is taking place January 19-February 12. Here's what Lisa has to say about One World-One Heart:

"The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring blogger
s together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way...This is more than wanting to win something.......that is only the means.......in the end it's about finding kindred spirits. Someone who may be fairly new to blogging, not sure how to navigate, find others and have others find them....Some are long time bloggers and in some cases well known in the art community. Whatever the case it brings all of them together...We are not solving the worlds problems nor are we curing anything nor are we changing the world. We are merely generating a closer community between humans through blogging."

HOW TO ENTER:
All you need to do is leave me a comment ON THIS POST and be sure to include your name and email so I have a way to get a hold of you if you are the winner!! Please enter only if you are a ARTist and a Blogger...which is just what this event is for....you don't have to participate in a giveaway.


My Giveaway!!!!



This is a 5 card set with matching envelopes I've created. My passion is by far with paper and card making!!! I so enjoy reaching different levels of card creations!!!

My second Giveaway is this Bracelet with Matching Earrings...I made with with silver findings and glass beads.....

Thank You..My Dear Friend....

Rita for the beautiful "Treasured Friends Forever Award"!!! What a sweet sweet award!!!!


The Rules for the award as as follows:

Just pass this award onto 5 other bloggers who fit the description of the award. Please visit their blogs and leave a comment.


What a blessing of an award to receive!!!! One which is SO easy for me to share.....Let's see I would like to nominate:

Angie Hall Haviland - She is INDEED a treasure of a friend...one I feel SO blessed to know...as well as being a wonderful friend she has given me WONDERFUL amounts of inspiration in my ART over the years I've known her!!

Christina Lytle - What a sweet person she is...and how could she not be...she has an AMAZING mom....Rita, who is like my soul sis!!! I am blessed to know Christina and she is very gifted in her passion of ART!!

Chrystal Schilling - She has been a dear sweet friend of mine for alot of years and has a passion and a WONDERFUL GIFT of making handmade papers!!! All of them are exquisite and a treasure to own!!!

June Macfarlane
- I've met June through the blogs and I must say she is indeed a wonderful person with a very sweet and kind heart and a wonderful passion for ART!! I am blessed to have met her and hope to be friends with her for a very long time to come!!!

Shelly Wood - Another long time friend and AMAZING ARTist!!! She is very gifted and has a passion for all she does.......

Rita, I would nominate you if I could because you are a VERY VERY dear friend whom I'm SO blessed to know!!!!! Each of the ladies I nominated are SO deserving of this wonderful award!!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Saturday......

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend......for the first time in a very long time I've been able to be quite productive so far this weekend.....I've completed 5 swaps I'm signed up for have them all packaged up and ready for mailing on Monday morning...as well and prepared some cards as thank you's and mailed them this morning....Yahoo for me!!!!

I had so much fun playing I thought I would share the items I made for the swaps I'm in......I won't bore you with all the little details I did on all of them but if you have ANY questions, PLEASE feel free to ask I'd be MORE than happy to explain how I did any of these!!!!

This first one is for a "Just Because" swap I'm in with http://craftycardcreators@yahoo.com I really like the way this turned out!!!



This next one is for a "Sketch Layout" Swap for http://craftycardcreators@yahoo.com ....The one thing I'm so proud of with this one is I created my own "nestabilities" type layers....in Inkscape then imported into SCAL and cut with my cricut expressions....I didn't have to use any of the cartridges I have with my cricut to make these or any other image to convert...I was very thrilled with how they turned out!!!!




This next is the "Recipe Card" Swap with http://craftycardcreators@yahoo.com .....I created this recipe myself and have made it SEVERAL times and it is a BIG hit!!! YUMMY and very moist!!!!


This next is for the "Image" Swap with http://craftycardcreators@yahoo.com I took the image and created a heart template from it with my inkscape program then imported into SCAL and cut with my cricut.....I made a book out of this and am very thrilled with the results.....It was fun and challenging at the same time......




Ok, this last card is for a "Valentine" Swap I'm in with http://handmadecardsforeveryone@yahoo.com I tried to think outside the box a bit and a quite happy with my results!!!!




I am having THE BEST TIME playing in my ART Studio and enjoying all my creations....I have a few more items to work on....one will take some time as it is a book......I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Sunday and I do so hope you come back to visit with me!!!! THANK YOU for stopping by.....Until then....

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I'm still here...

Hey Everyone....seems like forever since I've done a post let alone create anything.....I have been trying to catch up on literally thousands of emails and was about to go crazy....LOL.....I FINALLY got to play with paper the other night and had such fun.....I created this cutout and cut it with my cricut the other night....the flower frame rectangle I had received from someone and I added the Thank You to it and cut it out......I thought it was an oooops at first on my part because it cut out seperate from the card I cut but then I decided to coat it with versamark and clear embossing powder.....when I embossed it...it gave it a bit of a leather look which I really like!!!!



The background paper behind the cutout is some of my crayon paper I had make several months back.......the bottom of the card I used one of my embossing sleeves but I didn't want it all over the card and the card front was bigger than the embossing sleeve AND wouldn't go through my sizzix as it was too wide so I decided to just do the bottom portion and use my craft hammer to make the embossing and it turned out perfect......I then punched a ribbon hole and weaved my ribbon into it......Whola!!! Here's my card!!!

Last night I yet AGAIN tweeked my ART Studio a bit and will have to take new pictures of that but tonight I am playing with paper....I've got several swaps I must get busy working on and several cards I need to get make and mailed...I want to, THANK YOU, as always for stopping by to visit with me......Please come again.....Until then....

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wahooooooooo...Thanks Angie...

THANKS so much goes out to one of my dear sweet sweet friends Angie Hall Haviland for this beautiful award!!!!


I'm now supposed to list 7 of my favorite things.......hummmmmmmmmm, well let's see....
1.) My Faith!!
2.) My Hubby and boys
3.) My ART Space
4.) My Cricut Expression
5.) My Computer and all of my creative programs....
6.) My WONDERFUL group of online friends
7.) ALL of my ART treasures I use to create with.....

A combination of ALL these wonderful things in my life keep me sane!!!!

Now....I'm supposed to nominate 7 people I KNOW SO deserve this award and they are to do the same!!!!

Rita Loyd
Christina Lytle
Shirley Boyer
Morey's Painted Weblog
Dan
Kristina Fowler
Lindsey Weirich

All of these blogs are amazing some I've known for along time some are new to me and I'm SO thrilled I found them!!!! Thanks again Ang, you've made my day!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

THANK YOU.....Shirley.....

Thank you Shirley Fife ...she has awarded me the 'Proximity' Award.

"This award is given to a blog that invests and believes in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind of bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!"


I am to share this award with a few friends whom I've been blessed to come to know through their blog.......I have been blessed with this wonderful award before so I want to try and share this beautiful award with some different amazing people....


Denise

June

Kathy McGuire

The Artful Mama


Again.....Thank you Shirley...You've made my day!!!

Some iGoogle Themes

I made few iGoogle themes (Google personalized homepage), so if anyone likes them here are the links with some screenshots.

1. Aurora Borealis


2. Blue openSuse


3. Cyber Eye


4. Purple Sunset Pines


5.Ohrid City


6.Lake Ohrid


7.Firefly/Serenity iGoogle Theme


8. Star Trek Theme






9. Drops of Life





10. Iris






There are some more, but they are not added yet in the iGoogle Theme directory. I will update this post as soon as they're there. Check the directory here.
Click the image and then "Add it now" in order to use the theme, that is if you have your own iGoogle homepage, if you don't have, make one!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

It's Already Sunday.....

I hope you've all had a good Saturday....mine was rather yucky with an upset tummy most of they day.....I started feeling better around 8:00 p.m. after sleeping most of the day away..... :( Now that I'm feeling better I started getting my creative muse back......Now here I set at 1:00 a.m. wide awake...LOL

I have 2 cards I have an order for and several swaps I need to work on......So I decided to get one of the sold orders designed and made.....here's what I came up with....

As you can see I did alot of polymer clay work on this creation......I'm still trying to teach myself everything....I know as I progress this will become better and better but I'm quite happy with what I've done so far.......





I as always am thrilled that you stopped by to visit with me and my latest creations...I do hope you will come by again.....it means so much and I am so appreciative to be able to share them with you.....Please come again....until then...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Elegant Business HQ Wallpapers

 
 
A pack of nice simple and elegant Windows 7 Business Wallpapers

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy Sunday Everyone....

I hope you've all been able to enjoy your last day of a long holiday weekend.....Tomorrow it's back to regular schedules!!!

I have a friend who is feeling very poorly and her spirits are down after having surgery and a few complications since then......so I felt I wanted to make her something and send it to her to hopefully help lift her spirit a bit!!! So here's a card I came up with along with a page saver.








I'm quite happy with the way it all turned out and I pray it brings a smile to her face. If you feel led, please keep Judie Howard in your prayers for strength and faith to hold strong!!! She is an amazing person and a beautiful ARTist!!!

As always I want to THANK YOU for stopping by to visit with me again....Please come again...until then....