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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Hi, Crafters its time...

 For a new Challenge at Farm Quest Country Christmas Challenge - Beginning Today February 7th until March 5th.   We would love to have you join in with our challenges.  To find the rules and themes for the challenges be sure to check out the blog here:   without further delay here is the card & tag that I have created for this challenge:   the design is created using pretty napkins. Seam binding from My Scrap Cabin Shop you can locate her shop on Etsy.  If you would like a tutorial on how to create with napkins, please check out my YouTube Channel here: My Channel @marysmith4501    I have many crafting videos.   

Until the next time, happy crafting.  Mary 

Monday, January 1, 2024

Cheery Snowflake Card

 Hello everyone!   Welcome to a New Challenge over at CCAYR, and welcome to 2024!    I am running a bit behind in getting my card ready to go, it was already made a few days back, but just now got it uploaded.   If you had been wondering why I hadn't made a post in a while, it is due to being sick.   Tis the season for some sneezin'.    Anyway I digress.   Here is my card and our theme this month is Snowflakes.    The bear in the background just adds to the cute factor.  :)    My card is made up of lollipops, candy canes and sugar sweetness, topped off with a glittery snowflake.     Thanks for popping 'round to see my card and leave a sweet comment too!

Hugs, Mary

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Country Christmas Vintage Style

 Hello Crafty Friends,    Today begins a New Challenge over at FarmQuest Country Christmas Challenge Blog ~ Where I am a new designer!   I am happy to be on Becca's Team.    I hope that you will come over to join in with us today - this challenge goes from November 7th - December 5th.   

I decided to create a card featuring a Country Home Setting, only with a Vintage Style.  I love it!   Here is my card ~ 

The Image is from Stamperia, 12x12 sheet.   Card stock is from my stash and gold trim is Dazzles.   I really like the setting with lots of snow, wooded areas, and florals.  Loving the colors of this image.  I went around the edges with distress oxide in vintage photo. 

Thank you for checking out my card, and we hope to see you at the Challenge!

Have a Crafty Good Holiday Season, and Merry Christmas.


Wednesday, November 1, 2023

FA-LA-LA Christmas Kitty

 Hello!   Today starts a Challenge over at Christmas Crafts All Year Round, the theme this month is:  11 Pipers Piping or 11 of something or Holiday Carol

My card has a cute little Kitty sitting in a wicker basket, surrounded by holly berries and musical notes in the background.   By Stamperia.   The Ticket - Simple Stories.  And the background paper - Paper Heart.  The Gold Border Sticker - Dazzles   Ivory Card Stock - craft store.     Thank you for popping by and don't forget to enter your beautiful creation at - Christmas Crafts All Year Round

Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays!   

FA - LA - LA   Mary 

Here is my card:  

Monday, October 30, 2023

It's About Time

 Hello everyone!   It's been so long since I've posted anything.   This blog has been sitting here waiting for me to post something so here goes.... the last part of August we had been busy with physical therapy for my hubby, he was cleared for getting back to work and can walk much faster than I.  So amazing and I am thrilled with the outcome.    

I have been neglectful of not posting any of my makes done for my design team at Christmas Crafts All Year Round.  I'm not sure why that is...only to say its either been laziness on my part or just been working too much, (which I have).     The holidays are almost upon us - which is unbelievable!!  Where has the time gone??   Wasn't it just the summer and now autumn has crept in with frost and freeze warnings.   Brrrr...   well time waits for no one that is for sure... and it can slip away too.   I am just going to say...  Christmas will be here before you know it, and that ever present Black Friday will be coming around the corner and we all know what that means in retail world - Hold On To Your Reindeer ~ you haven't seen nothin' yet!!!   I never was that person that camped out in the parking lot overnight waiting for the doors to scream open just to chase down a bargain or two.  Nope.  But when you work retail just as I do, you must learn to like it or try to look for a hiding place...  no, no,  I must face reality.   Go forth and push my way through the crazy crowds to go to work.     Until that day happens, I will be here to post my creative makes with you.

By the way - I am now apart of the Design Team on Farm Quest Country Christmas Challenge Blog! 

Okay, its very early A.M. here on this side of the world, and for whatever reason I saw the need to rise up before the sun, and the chirping birdies... to write this blog post.   it's about 45 degrees F outside today, won't get much warmer than that I am sure... and its another day off for me.   Thank you Lord!   We all need days off... yay.   

Until next time 'round, have a crafty good day.   Hugs, Mary

Monday, July 31, 2023

It's August ~ Challenge Time!

 Hello!   It's August,  that means Challenge time over at Once Upon A Time!   My Card this month features a Bee,  with the Sentiment "Just Bee You"     

The Bee = Close To My Heart

Sentiments = Stampendous - Honeycomb Wishes

Coloring = Water brush using Distress Crayons and Distress Inks - Tim Holtz

Trim = Fancy Fibers - Stampin Up - found at my local flea market

Corner Punch = Stampin Up - found at my local flea market

Here is my card:   Just Bee You 

Hope to see you at Once Upon A Time!     Hugs, Mary ♥ ♥

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Happy Day Flowers

Hello Crafting Buddies,    This evening I felt inspired to listen to some soothing music and to work on a craft, my project is - "Happy Day Flowers"  This is a stamped image from Stampendous, and one I found at a local flea market.   These reminded me of Coneflowers that used to grow in my summer garden.   I wanted to give them a "wash" of color using a water brush and water color pencils and Distress Crayons ~ I think it turned out lovely.   I then used some netting from a vintage wedding dress and tied with a soft green trim, with the words stamped: Happy Day.   The butterfly is made of wood,  this was ordered online.  The green paper background is  from my stash.   While the colors of the petals remind me of Autumn or late Summer, I wanted to give my card the feel of a pretty Summer garden.  The words are stamped, with a light "wash" of color in the background.  


Thank you for stopping by ~ please leave a comment, it will inspire me to create more cards.   Hugs, Mary ♥♥

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:

We Love Stamping - July Challenge Fabulous Florals & Anything Goes Option ♥ ♥ Challenge closes Aug. 2nd - My entry #107

Stamping Sensations - July Challenge - Theme Summer Flowers ♥ ♥ My entry #92


Hospital Visit

Hello!  Just wanted to give another update on how my hubby is doing these days.  He has physical therapy twice a week, until the middle of August.   It's been a little over 3 weeks since his knee replacement, and he has made great strides in his walking abilities without really using his cane.  Well done!   I don't really have to "coach" him to do his regular at home exercises either... he just wants to keep making improvements.  Yay!    This does my heart good.  :)   So, what's up with the hospital visit you ask?  Well, he now has a problem with his eye, with seeing flashes of light just in the corner.   The doctor & his nurse were able to numb the eye to get a peek inside to see what might be happening and they couldn't detect anything really.  We won't have a final diagnosis until he makes yet another appointment with his eye doctor.   Because he is a military veteran we usually go out of town to see all his doctors, but they weren't able to get him in any earlier than November (which is when he see's the eye doc),  that is also why we ended up at the local hospital. Thankfully we weren't there all day waiting to get in which is amazing.  In fact the waiting room was empty.    So if you wish to send up a prayer we would so appreciate it very much.  Thank you, and many hugs, Mary

BTW:  I am now just getting back into making greeting cards again, I feel some normalcy.  So that is another yay! 

And an added note*  My leg muscles are doing a bit better too.   Let's keep making improvements.
I get to work this weekend, so I will be busy.  Hoping your weekend goes very well.   

Friday, July 21, 2023

Jolly Santa

 Its Christmas.... okay, maybe not Christmas yet, but thought I would make a card featuring Jolly Santa.  

♥ ♥ The materials for this card came from a card kit that I found at my local flea market, so it really did not have a brand attached to it.    The gifts are layered or "popped".   Diamond Stickles were added for a glistening effect to the top of his hat, down to the boots and snow.  The background papers are from Paper Adventures.   With an added mint candy sticker.     I really do like how this card came together... thanks for stopping by to visit, and leave a comment too! ♥ ♥

I will be entering Jolly Santa into the following Challenges: