I put myself on a spending freeze at the beginning of the year. I did pretty good not spending any money on craft supplies until I found some cute stamps at Simon Says Stamps. This adorable birthday cow stamp just seemed to hop in my shopping cart. How did that happen?
Anyway, she is super cute all dolled up for a birthday party.
Last year our world was turned upside down when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer.
Since most people with colon cancer are diagnosed after age 50, Doctors recommend that people start getting colonoscopies at age 50. Colon cancer is preventable when people do their screenings. There are some warning signs but my husband did not have any of the warning signs or symptoms. Our oncologist told us that most of the young people who are diagnosed usually are already at stage 4 due to lack of symptoms. There is no cure for colon cancer, only treatment.
My husband is a CANCER WARRIOR.
We choose to be positive and consider him to be LIVING WITH CANCER.
It is now 11 months post diagnosis and he is still going strong. Most people who meet him don't realize he is sick. He receives chemo every other week at the cancer center and then goes home with a pump for another 48 hours of chemo. He has had very few side effects from the chemo. He will continue with this regimen for the rest of his life. He continues to work everyday. He owns his own construction business and continues to schedule projects. In fact, he has jobs lined up for the next 2 years. In addition to the construction business he also farms. I don't think anything, especially cancer is going to stop him from doing the things he loves.
I have to admit that purple isn't my favorite color. I have been making myself use purple more often in my coloring and in the papers that I use. I have to admit that I do love the way this card turned out. I even love the look of the purple.
This is my DT project for Addicted to Stamps. The theme for this challenge is "Have A Heart"
There are lots of ways to use hearts on your projects that aren't for Valentines day or for anniversaries. I can't wait to see what you create.
Here is a simple Christmas card I made. I am trying to work ahead and get my Christmas cards done early again this year. I think I need to work a little faster...lol. I kept this card simple so it can be mailed more easily
This is my DT card for the current challenge at The Merry Christmas Challenge. The theme is always anything Christmas goes. I hope you join us and get a jump start on your holiday cards.
Happy Valentine's Day! Nothing says I Love You on Valentine's Day like a box of chocolates. When I told my husband I wanted to decorate the candy box but didn't have one, he went out and bought one just for me. Of course, we ate the candy. We are a perfect pair because we each like different candies so between the two of us, the box was emptied.
This is my DT project for Digi Choosday. The theme is always Anything Goes and I can't wait to see what you create.
All papers and digi image are from the Love And Kisses from the Work and Play 9 bundle
I made this Valentine for my husband. I saw this bee and sentiment at Mo's Digital Pencil and knew it would make the perfect valentine.
I kept the card design simple. I used Tim Holtz dies for the honeycomb corners and spellbinders scalloped heart dies for some accents. After coloring with copics, I painted the fairy wings with extreme glitter paint for a little sparkle
Masculine cards seem to be such a challenge for me. They used to be easy because my card style was clean and simple. Over time my card making has evolved and I rarely do just a clean and simple card anymore. That being said, I am really pleased with how this card turned out.
This is my DT project for Crafty Hazelnut's Pattern Paper challenge. The theme is always anything goes as long as you use pattern paper.
The holidays kept me busy with cooking, cleaning, spending time with family, etc so this is the first project I have made with the stamps from the Winter Magnolia stamp kit. Tilda makes a cute snowperson.
This is my DT project for Addicted To Stamps. Our theme for this challenge is Baby It's Cold Outside.
Stamps: Magnolia Winter tree
Stamps: Magnolia Stamps Tilda as Snowman (I am not sure of the name of this stamp)
It's been a long time since I made a card using the Wild Card Cricut cartridge. I think the card took me 15 minutes from start to ready to photograph. It was a nice break from my more detailed stamped and colored cards.
This is my DT project for The Merry Christmas Challenge. The theme is always Anything Goes with an optional theme if you choose to follow it. The optional theme this time is ornaments so I used the ornament shaped card from Wild Card Cricut cartridge.
I love the way this card turned out with the soft blue colors. I don't usually use preprinted papers for my focal point on my cards but I do love how this one turned out. After printing the paper, I diecut it to fit my card. Since this card is a birthday card for a friend, I added music notes as if the bird was singing Happy Birthday.
This is my DT project for Aud Sentiments. It's our first challenge of 2018 and the theme is Anything Goes. We are sponsored by We Are 3 Digi Shop. They provided the team with a sentiment bundle, a paper bundle and digi images. For the inside of my card, I added the Happy Birdie image and colored it with copics.
The challenges are always Anything Goes as long as you use pattern paper.
I used 2 pattern papers for this challenge that have been in my paper stash for a long time. It's always nice to use up supplies you already own. I kept this card simple and free of embellishments since I made it for my Brother-in-law's birthday. Masculine cards can be a challenge.