Monday, December 4, 2017

IT'S BEEN A WHILE...

Hello all-
As we all know life keeps us busy.
Because all is good we are dealing with other health issues I don't care to discuss right now but is the reason why it took me a while to craft and post.

However, I am sharing with you today my 2017 Christmas Cards.
My inspiration was taken from Pinterest but I couldn't recreate the beauty of the original not that I ever want to. This is my take on it.

Christmas Cards
2017
4" Round Card
I used more than a few die cuts and took me a while to cut and build the prototype.

-Let's start with the Cricut images-
The circle base is from the Cricut cartridge 'Wild Card', Cricut Access #m2fa54.
The circles are from the 'Shapes' feature in Design Space. Cut at 4" and 3-3/4" also to get the ring around.

The candles are from the 'Christmas' cart, Cricut Access #m40ade.
Some of the foliage (green in this card) is from 'Storybook', Cricut Access #m34132 and the banner strips are from 'Bits and Pieces', Cricut Access #mfb1ff.

The font is called 'Wildflower'. I didn't know but it showed up and I was able to use it. I am assuming
it is a Free font or was Free at the time I used it.
I liked it very much and it wrote beautifully.

-The rest of the die cuts-
Cottage Cutz: wreath, tiny bow, and the neck applique.
Impression Obsession: the tiny red flowers (reminded me of poinsettias).
Martha Stewart paper punch: the red branch up on top.
Ek Success paper punch: the star on the foliage.

The embossing was done with a Tim Holtz embossing folder called 'Collage and Notebook'.
The sentiment is from Joy Clair stamps and it was embossed using a gold embossing powder, which it went array as I can see in the pics but not in real life, :). Oh well!

For those who are interested...here is the link for my inspiration. It takes you to the post itself.
As I mentioned before, I found it on Pinterest first.
-Absolutely Gorgeous- in my opinion, that is.
Hope you enjoy it and this blogger won't take offense I linked her project.

Before I finish here I am taking the moment to wish you all:
 'Happy Holidays', 'Merry Christmas' and or 'Happy Hannukah'
Better do it now in case life continues to surprise me and I can't come back for a bit.
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Take care you all!







Tuesday, November 14, 2017

TOY SOLDIER FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!

Hello you!!!

These Toy Soldiers I made with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die. 
So cute!

The pictures show the first out of 12 soldiers but couldn't resist to share them in case you want to make your own.

Toy Soldiers
-Set of 12-
The glittered cardstock is from Core-dinations and the boots are made of these glossy black cardstock I had for a while. I am sorry I can't remember who is the manufacturer.

This die does not come with the yellow dot for the hat but I thought it looks better if I added it, so I punched some with a paper punch and that is what I got. :)

I know you can't see it but I covered the plume and gloves with some shimmer. I used a shimmer pen, similar to the Wink of Stella, from the brand Art. They also have different colors but I bought the clear one to compare. I have to say I think I like it a bit more than the Wink of Stella. In case you want to try them, I purchased mine at ACM and of course, I used a coupon.

Hope you like the soldiers!!

Have a great day!

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Monday, October 30, 2017

PILGRIM HATS TAGS

Hello all,
Just a quick post sharing some tags I made for Thanksgiving. 
Super easy and super cute!

Pilgrim Tags
They are from the Cricut Autumn Celebrations cart.
-Please, do not mind the watermark, :)-
Until next time!!

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from 
flowerdiscosscraphut

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

AN OAK LEAVES BANNER!!

Hello all,


Simplicity at its best!! 

What do you think?
 I have listed this banner as a RAK on my Etsy shop and thought to share it with you here in case you want to make your own.

I used the Cricut cartridge Pretty Pennants and each section was cut at 4" x 6"tall.

Have a great weekend!!



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Thursday, October 26, 2017

DAY OF THE DEAD OR DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Hello all,
I am back and what a better time to be back than close to the "Day of the Dead" or for us Hispanics, el "Dia de los Muertos", since I thought I was not going to make it, lol.
As you can see I haven't lost my sense of humor.

Today I feel comfortable enough to share with you some of what has been going on in my household...

I had a Pipeline Embolization to address a brain aneurysm I have had for many years but never grew or moved until the beginning of this year. When they did the routine tests, it just didn't show it grew considerably, but they found 2 more in the carotid artery: one on the left and one on the side and the one in the brain is sharing my left ophthalmic artery with the risk of losing my vision in that eye. The neurologist didn't want to waste any time but it took a while for me to feel comfortable with a doctor to get this procedure done. I found a great doctor at the University of Philadelphia but having my husband very sick I had to look for someone close to our home. It took me a little longer to get another awesome doctor but I did. Dr. Patel did an excellent job placing the pipeline and despite we won't know for sure if the procedure will completely block the aneurysm blood supply, he was able to position this pipeline exactly where it needed to be with no damage to anything else or any disability as a result of this less invasive procedure. Now, we will have to wait a few more months (6-8 months) to go for another test and see if this aneurysm is dying or not. But, I haven't lost any vision or had any strokes or any have any kind of disability associated with it yet. In the meantime, I am on blood thinners, (black and blues everywhere), I have to take a 325mg aspirin for the rest of my life and watching every day for the risk of clotting. But God is great and my Dr. Neil V. Patel is great and with both of them on my side, I am very hopeful looking forward to all that is there to enjoy.

Prior to my discovery, my husband had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy (July of 2016) with an ejection fraction of 10%, it has been a battle but last month's test showed an improvement and now he has a 25% EF and looking forward to increasing that number. He is and has been in good spirits and has been getting great care from another great doctor. Despite his condition, he is feeling much better and we keep praising our Lord forever.

But......... we lost the LULU, two weeks after the husband was diagnosed. Lulu suffered from a collapsed trachea and on July 27th of 2016, she passed away.  She died in my arms. We had taken her to the hospital after an awful coughing spell. She was being treated for her collapsed trachea condition but the doctors gave us not a good prognosis and even kind of suggested there was nothing else they could do but keep her comfortable. We took her home with some medication but she wouldn't stop coughing and we decided to take her back and just as I was getting out of the front door, she died. She has been gone for over a year now and we still miss her so much our hearts ache every day.
God works in mysterious ways, I have to say that, nonetheless that pain of not having her around still with us.

Now you know why it took me so long to get my bearings together...
Thank you so much to all of you who kept me going during this rough time. You know who you are. No need to mention names. I love you all!!

and...back to today's post.

-Here are a few skulls I want to share with you-

Dia de los Muertos Skulls



Super cute! 
They are from the Cricut Cartridges Ole and Rock Princess.

See you next time!


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