Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Challenge Sketch-and Flutterby Card

This is a card for Twinkling Tuesday sketch challenge- I'm supposed to link it somewhere, but I guess I don't know how!

It's also one for Danni's Flutterby Challenge and the 3rd bird with one stone is this will be a get well card for my niece!

2008 - was it great?

On the whole, I had have to say, yes 2008 was a good year. Best thing of all, we didn't lose a loved one for the first time in 4 years! I'm so Thankful!

January came and went, February my mom had hip replacement surgery and that went prefectly well. She recovered quickly and is doing fine now. The first down beat for the year happened shortly after my mom's surgery - my 25 year old nephew Jeff, a policeman, was broadsided in his patrol car by a suspect they were looking for. He was medivac'd to a trauma center about 30 miles away - and has spent this year recovering. It's been a long, frustrating year for him, but he's finally been released to go back to light duty on Jan 5 - provided the hand he broke cutting wood on Dec 26 isn't going to cause a problem!

March, April, May all came and went. In June I went on an Alaskan cruise, and really enjoyed myself. July was quiet, August was a bridal shower for a very dear friend of mine, September was her wedding, and my niece's 21st birthday cruise. October I got to go to Hawaii for a week - for work! Pretty good deal! November I met up with a friend in Branson Mo, and we had a wonderful 4 day weekend, followed by Thanksgiving with the family. December brought a trip to NYC to see LIza at the Palace, almost a perfect weekend, and of course Christmas with the family, which was a little more low key since Tyler was and still is in the hospital. December also marks my 3rd cancer free year!

So - 2008 - was it great - I'll give it a 7.5. I'd give it an 8, but 2008-great-8, that's just a little too much! The two kids in the hospital this year, with severe health problems take some of the edge off an otherwise good year!

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas 2008

Let me start by saying I'm a Christmas Geek - there's no way to deny it! I love everything about Christmas - the sights, the sounds, the smells, the food,the baking, the decorating, the wrapping and the shopping-yes, even the shopping, though I must admit I'm doing more and more Internet shopping instead of in-store shopping..and I've always been able to be with my family at Christmas, even the years I lived in NYC, I never had a problem with my Christmas travel -

Christmas at our house when my sisters and I were growing up, was just obscene! Way more stuff than we needed, but we were the only grandchildren, only nieces, etc.,it was just us. I remember my grandfather LOVED Christmas- he grew up in the foothills in the San Joaquin Valley, and to say they were poor (he had 9 brothers & sisters) is probably an understatement. Their Christmas presents were either a piece of fruit or a pair of socks - as he grew up and had his own family, he was the biggest kid of all at Christmas! He loved presents and opening things, no matter how small the gift - a can of almonds that he got to unwrap put the biggest smile on his face, a magazine, a homemade batch of fudge, slippers, it just didn't matter. Once we realized how much he liked Christmas presents, we always made sure to get him a bunch of stuff so he could unwrap it! He's been gone 22 years and I still miss him!

We had a real Christmas Eve tradition when we were growing up - We'd always have our own family dinner, then we'd head to my grandparent's house (Mom's mom), where they would unwrap their Christmas presents, and each of us got to open 1 present, almost always pajamas, slippers or a robe, so we could use them Christmas eve and Christmas morning, and then we'd have dessert - does anyone remember the snowball Ice Cream? It was a scoop of vanilla ice cream, rolled in coconut with green holly leaves and a candy cane on top! Middle of winter and we're eating ice cream - any child's delight! Then we'd head out to my grandmother's (father's mother) where we'd get her Christmas presents - usually money - and another dessert - a child's version of heaven! Then we'd head out to some family friends for a real Christmas Eve Party - we were usually home by 11 though, so Santa could do his thing - and I can only imagine the hours my parents spent putting toys, etc. together.

Early the next morning - usually between 6 and 6:30, we'd get up and head for the tree and the living room - my parents would put on the coffee and call my grandparents to come over and watch us open presents. They lived on the block behind us, so it never took them more than 5 minutes to get there, but it seemed like an eternity! We were able to look at our stockings, but couldn't touch anything else. Then after hours of unwrapping presents, my mother would start the turkey and start getting ready for Christmas dinner, while us kids got to revel in our new treasures.

Until I was about 8, we always had Xmas dinner at my Great Grandmothers - but by the time I was 8, my sisters(younger) and I wanted to stay home with our new stuff - so my Mom started having Xmas dinner - I think at the most there were 32 people for dinner- as the older ones passed away, we got down to only about 10-11 for dinner, but now that nieces and nephews have married, etc., we're back up to about 15-16. When I was a kid, the food at the dinner table just didn't stop - and I can remember everyone having 2nds! There was more food than I can even explain! Over the years we've cut our food down a lot, and nobody has 2nds any more either - but we all get our fill!

This year was pretty much the same, except for my niece being in the hospital - she's regained feeling and movement in all but her right leg, which is still completely paralyzed. They've done MRI's, spinal taps, blood tests - all of which are negative or inconclusive. Now they're discussing whether to send her up to Standford, UC Davis or UC Santa Barbara. That did put a damper on Christmas for everyone.

Little Skyler had a blast at Christmas, and that's when you realize, Christmas really is for kids.

Enough for now

Have a great day!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

On the 11th Day of Christmas.....

Over the river and through the woods - to Grandmother's house we go - ok, so there was no river and there are no woods, but to Grandmother's house I went! Ok, it my mom, but she's the kids Grandmother - and since they started talking, she became Grandma instead of Mom! Weather cooperated for a change, no rain or tule fog, and I got here about 9 am this morning - and we've been non-stop ever since, and doesn't look like it's going to stop before tomorrow. My niece in law is in the hospital - a problem with her back - 3 days already and it doesn't look like she'll get to come home today - she got a Cortisone shot on Tuesday and paralysis set in - she's a little better today - so hopefully the cortisone will start working it's way out of her system quickly - more tests ahead - the only good news in this whole situation is that my mom and I get to "babysit" for the most adorable Skyler!

Monday, December 22, 2008

on the 10th Day of Christmas...

This is an Elzybell image from A Muse - colored with Copics, and no clue about the paper!

on the 9th day of Christmas...

Easy card using Cuttlebug folder and Cricut for JOY!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

On the 8th day of Christmas.....

This card fits the title perfectly!! 8 Santas! The image is made with a punch I received as an "extra" from Frantic Stamper. At first I thought it was probably too small to use, but then I kind of copied some A Muse paper - I used a 1 1/4" round punch to create the white circles then punched a Santa and placed him in the middle of the circle. Added some ribbon, and voila - 8 Santa's!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

on the 7th day of Christmas....

This is just a simple Christmas card made with A Muse paper and stamps - a little bit of glitter - and there you are!

I finally gave in and got a new cell phone - I debated long and hard, before finally going with the Blackberry Storm - so far I think it's the "IPhone" for Verizon. It's definitely different and is going to take some getting used to. I will say I don't think their user guides and quick start guides are all that friendly - I had my phone for about 10 hours before I could figure out how to activate it! It might have helped if I'd found the sheet on the bottom of the box labeled - how to activate your phone - but finally it's up and working. I'll have to work with it a bit before I can come up with a real opinion - because so far I'm really only so-so about it!

Shopping, finishing the presents I'm Making, and wrapping are on the agenda for today!

Friday, December 19, 2008

On the 6th day of Christmas....

This is probably one of my favorite cards this year - the red glitter "Merry Christmas" doesn't show up too well here, but really does look nice! The sleigh is pretty shiny - I used a silver metallic ink on it - and lots of stickles on the bottom -

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

on the 5th Day of Christmas

I KNOW I don't have a card with 5 Gold Rings! But, I do have a Santa and Train! It's a stamp from A Muse!

on the 4th day of Christmas...

Hmm, I don't know if I have 4 calling birds..... but I do have these 3 Angel people!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

on the 3rd day of Christmas...

Well, I don't remember anything about a dog in the 12 days of Christmas - but I have a friend who requested I post a doggie pic, so here's one!

Wishing you a Woofy Christmas!

The weekend in NYC was almost perfect! We were a little late in Leaving NYC last night, so I didn't get to my house until 12:45 am this morning! And yet I'm still at work today!

The weather was wonderfully cold on Friday - Saturday was 29 degrees - we did a little more in and out of shops than on Friday! Sunday was a balmy 45, and Monday was a heat wave at 65! luckily they're back to normal today!

The Liza shows were marvelous - she's in the best voice in over 10 years! Great Fun!
If anyone is going to be in NYC between now and Jan 4 - try and get a ticket - you won't be sorry!

Will post some NYC pictures soon!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New York Friday

This week it's New York Friday - I'm leaving for the airport in a few minutes for an overnight flight to NYC - if the weather cooperates! I'm meeting a friend who's flying up from Nashville! We'll take in some Liza shows, do some shopping, do a lot of window looking and walking, and eat in a few good restaurants!

By the way, did I ever tell you how much I LOVE NYC? :) I've posted some pictures of NYC and a card to last until I get back!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas on it's way

I received this image in a "swap" and it came together very nicely. A rather elegant card if I do say so myself!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

More Christmas...

I used an AMuse stamp for the Santa and Sleigh across the moon, the House is also an A Muse stamp and I made the deer and the trees with Martha Stewart punches!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Xmas is coming!

Just a stamp I've had around for a long time!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Cards

This is a simple card made from a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and highlighted with some white and brown on the trees.

Didn't photograph too well, but looks good in real life!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas cards Underway

I managed to get these 4 cards put together tonight...I had colored them earlier this week - but at this rate, if I can only get 4 cards done every night, I should have started back in July! Going to have to figure out a card I can mass produce quickly! Some special people will get these cards, they won't go to waste!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas Cat Friday

You knew it was coming, you had to! Just 3 weeks from Christmas, and it's Friday - it just HAD to be Christmas Cat Friday!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

First Christmas Card

This isn't strictly a Christmas card, I think it could be sent to anyone for a winter hello. This was my first try at a Cuttlebug embossing folder to make the green background. Then some gold highlight on what would be the ornament hangers!