Thursday, December 18, 2014

Seize the Birthday ~ SILVER AND GOLD

Hi Friends!  One week until Christmas and this challenge is all about Silver and Gold for your birthday card!
It just so happens I have a niece whose birthday is December 24!
I thought of her when I made this silver and gold card...that is the topping for this challenge.
She will be 27, so I think she will like this card!
The topping is SILVER & GOLD!
Of course you can always make any kind of a birthday card if you are not into toppings!
Stamps:  Mama Elephant: Make a Wish
Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder, Filigree Gold EP, and WOW Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter
SSS Diagonal Stencil
Inkssentials silver foil tape

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ~

Warning...this is picture heavy!!
Wow, what a fast couple of week in Hawaii with my much fun together, and then coming home to a MESS and barely any time to get everything organized for 80 people to come through on a Tour of Homes fundraiser for my church.
The Tour was a huge success,  four of us opened our homes and raised $2000 for the church!
Here are some pictures from Hawaii:
 Linda and I after eating dinner at the Kona Inn, we had a beautiful sunset!
 Did you all know the poinsettia grows wild in HI?  We were driving along (in our Mustang convertible...tee hee, DH reserved it as a surprise for us!) coming from the Painted Church and there were these large tree like shrubs growing along the side of the road and gosh they looked just like poinsettias!!  I had to pull over and take some pictures...sure enough that is what they were!!
Here is the inside of the Painted Church (St. Benedicts)...this is in Kona on the big Island.  The priest back in 1889 without any professional training bought regular house paint and built and painted this church...every space inside is painted with pictures, he used it as a way to tell the stories of the bible...they didn't read so much back in the day!  What you see here is the ceiling of the church.  And can I just say how friendly and hospitable everyone was?  We were greeted and given a "braided yarn lei" to put over our heads and after mass they asked all visitors to stand and introduce ourselves and tell where we were from!  Such a welcoming group!

Here is Linda with the church in the background and you can see the lei they gave us!
I took a selfie and you can barely see behind me are the Blue Helicopters...we were scheduled to take a 7 AM flight over the volcano and the waterfalls...nearly a 2 hour tour and 15 minutes before leaving they had to cancel due to weather.  We rescheduled for the next day at noon, but sadly that one was also canceled due to weather.  I guess we will just have to go back another time to get our helicopter tour!
So I took a flight home by myself and my friend got to stay another week with her son and his family.  I came home to get my house ready for a Christmas Home tour!
My DH had told me to just stay over there and come home just before the tour so I wouldn't pester him about things getting done!
Ha...I told him it was easier to trust God than to trust him!!
And sure enough, he calls me while I am there and says the frames for the lights he needs to put up in the ceiling (so we don't have these black holes in the ceiling) take 6 weeks to get!  Seriously people, I bit my tongue!!  I so wanted to say something, like I told you about this event one year ago...why oh why do you procrastinate and leave everything to the last minute?
5 days before the big event...this is what the living room looked pushed aside, constructing the TV built in and shelving units in the living room...Can you see now why I was a little stressed?
completed shelving on the left of the fireplace!
Here it is nearly completed.  The cabinet maker didn't have time to make the bottom half, which is going to have doors with shelving...he took pity on me and stained a board and put it up so it would look good for the home tour.  And I was able to put out my Dickens Village.  That is a TV you see with the Christmas tree reflecting in the screen.
Our 9 foot tree on the left and on the right is the M & M Christmas story printed out on a 11 x 17 and then mounted on a foam core board.
I had a basket of 100 little favors to give out to all the guests that toured my home.  I placed about 25 M & M's into a glassine bag and stapled the story to the face of the bag. 
Of course I had to add some M & M's to a little Santa bowl for people to help themselves as they left the house.
Free printable here:
Here is the display in the entry.
About three weeks before this event I placed Paperwhite bulbs into white glass pots and they are over 20 inches was amazing to watch them really was about an inch a day!  I placed these pots throughout the house.
This is our guest bathroom...a cute little shelf I picked up at Hobby Lobby...great place to have little things on display.  The vanity has a Paperwhite pot and a container I bought in Hawaii that was made out of palm holds paper towels for guests.

Now I want to show you the outside of the house...Our Front Porch

A friend made the burlap wreath for me. And she loaned me the antique sleds and Santas too.   The skis in the left corner were made by my husband and his grandfather when he was a young boy..the bindings are very different from today's.
The green basket to the right is holding a string of white spongy plastic balls that look like snowballs...perfect for adding a little light and snow to the sled scene.
The lantern on the left I filled with Christmas balls and battery operated small Christmas lights

One final Master Bedroom mantle...I was able to use my Mom's Nativity Scene...all white porcelain beautiful.  I made the "believe" banner and all the extra bulbs of Paperwhites went into a big Ikea white garbage can!  The mantle was put up on the Thursday before my event!  Lots of last minute stuff going on...including crown molding in guest bathrooms and in a hallway too!
Sorry for such a long post with lots of pictures, but thanks for taking a look, now I get to just relax and enjoy my house all decorated!!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Seize the Birthday No Topping Dec 4

Hi Everyone!  Welcome to another SEIZE THE BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE
We have a NO TOPPINGS challenge this time, so
I hope you will join in the fun with the Design team and make a birthday card!!
I have a very good friend who came from Austria, so I thought this little clock would be perfect for her.  This is PTI:  Tick Tock...such a fun little set along with the dies for the window and the birds too!
Thanks for stopping go check out the blog and join in the fun while you make your birthday cards!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Seize the Birthday ~ Leaves

 Seize the Birthday has a new challenge up!
It's all about leaves if you are into the "toppings" for the cake!!
If not, then as usual ANYTHING GOES!
 I have an aunt who has a fall birthday, so I think she will like this card with all the pretty leaves.


MFT: Fall Foliage, Verve: Happiness Found
        PTI inks, PTI birthday die cut and Keep it Simple:  Happy Birthday
I hope you will join us in this challenge and are inspired by all the awesome cards from the design team...go check them out!
Heart Hugs!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Stamping Ombre Backgrounds ~ MIM

I couldn't sleep...probably too excited about my trip to Hawaii and thinking of all the things I still need to I got up and played!
I used a striped stamp from Note Niblets to make my ombre background.  I started with sweet blush,  then moved on to hibiscus burst, raspberry fizz, pure poppy and ended with scarlet jewel, but then I stamped it again and again going from dark back to light and light back to you get what I mean?
My "merry" was cut three times and adhered together for dimension.  "& Bright" is from Holiday Cheer and the holly leaves are from Holly Jolly.
Oh, it felt good getting inky again, it has been awhile.
Okay, I best climb back to bed and get some shut eye, I have Bible Study in the morning...I need to be alert for discussion!
Heart hugs!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sqealing with excitment!!

Do you see that I only have five days until I leave for Hawaii with my BFF, Linda!  YES, we are both so excited for this trip!
I have been absent from blogging as I have been decorating my house for Christmas! 
I know, already, right?
Here's the thing, my house is going to be one of four homes on a Christmas Tour of Homes on December 7.
I am gone for a week to Hawaii...I certainly cannot leave everything to the last minute (I am NOT like my DH!).
So I have been making "snowballs", ornaments with torn muslin, a "believe" banner, painting Michael's "charger" plates with chalkboard paint so I can write a Christmas greeting on them and hang them on two doors in my kitchen, and decorating more rooms than I normally do just for this occasion!
And that is NOT to mention making over 200 Swedish meatballs and some biscottis!  My husband bought a big tin of Danish cookies from Costco so that I wouldn't be doing more baking!
And even though we have lived in this house for 5 years now, there were "unfinished" parts of the house...I gave my DH plenty of warning though...a whole YEAR!
Of course his MO is leave everything to the last minute, I am to trust that he will get it all done!
We have crown molding that needs to be painted and then put up and the painter finally showed up last night at 6 PM...he promises to be back today!
There are some lighting fixtures that need to be hung and electrical that needs to be fixed because for some reason it is NOT working...little things but those million little things add up to a lot (IMHO) so I get stressed!  Yesterday DH told me to just stay in Hawaii and come back in December...ha I could give up that much control!!  Not that I wouldn't mind staying longer in younger daughter and her family are heading over on Nov 26...but that is a stretch of 5 days between the time I should leave and the time she arrives....and I would miss our family Thanksgiving dinner which we are having on the 23rd...
so for now...I plug away with decorating and cooking, not much time to just sit and play...that will come later...after Dec 7!
I will take some pictures and show you the rooms and also the little "token" gift that each person will take home with them!
I promise I have NOT been idling sitting eating bon bons and watching soaps!!  ha ha!!
snowballs made from Styrofoam balls...they really do look real!

Guest Bedroom "Teddy Bear" Tree

2 of the 7 alcoves above my kitchen counters
We had to title our "HOME"...My theme is "Believe in the Magic"
More pictures to come later....
thanks for stopping by even if I don't have a card craft...lots of Christmas crafts!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Seize the Birthday "Orange"

How about a Fall color card for our challenge topping this time?
Go check out Seize the Birthday
and see what the design team has made for your inspiration.
Our Topping which is optional is the color "orange"
WPlus9: Small Butterfly Frame and Pretty Little Peonies
Thank you for playing along with us!