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Friday, November 26, 2021

BABY JACKSON and cards

I think I need to share a few of the cards I have been busy making and also share some new photos of Jackson who, gosh is now 7 months old.  Where the heck did those months go...it was just yesterday he was a little "peanut" and today, not so little!  LOL
Let me start with "Peanut" (as we all still call him that!)
If you all recall, my daughter Dina has had lymphoma twice, 8 years ago and then it recurred 3 years ago this coming Christmas.  The last bout of cancer was a difficult and hard  one.  She had to be hospitalized for 4 - 6 days each time for her infusions.    She spent a total of 30 days in the hospital for the almost three months of her treatment. It was round the clock infusions, so they had to keep a close eye on her, she also had to have several lumbar punctures to be sure the cancer did not go up her spine to the brain (this particular type is known for doing that)  It is not a very fun procedure to go through and it did make her quite sick at times with headaches and nausea, but the good news is that the lymphoma never did get into her spinal fluid, so we are most grateful for that.
I tell you this because she was told both times that it was very unlikely she could have more children after all the drugs that had been through her body.  And to be honest, they had two girls and a boy, so they were quite happy with their family of 5!
So this little guy is a miracle baby, unexpected, but gosh so loved and we cannot even imagine a life without him now.  And this from my daughter who is 44 and has a 20, 18 and 14 year old!
Just when she thought life would be getting easier and maybe more time for herself and certainly more time for her 14 year old son (because both girls are in college) along comes Jackson!

First I have to share his 6 month picture, I think it is so cute how they staged him in a pumpkin!

This was taken a couple of weeks ago when we had a sunny day, they took him to a local park and he LOVED the swing as you can tell by that big grin!  He is really one of the happiest babies I have been around.  He hardly fusses at all (unless of course he is hungry!)
And yesterday was his 7 month picture:

Jackson was a little "turkey"!  Can you see the feather on his hood?  Yes and his bum even had some feathers too!  We are so enjoying this little bundle of energy.


We had our family Thanksgiving on Monday and this is my younger daughter Lacey holding Jackson as he reaches over to give me a slobbery kiss!

And his Mama is in the orange sweater!
He is not crawling yet, but I wonder how one month and Christmas will go?
Fun days ahead for sure!

Thanks for bearing with me through all these baby pictures!


Now for some of the fun I have been having in my craft room (when I am not playing with Jackson~ he lives next door to me, lucky me!)

I played along with Pinkfresh Create and Connect a few weekends back.




 And because Christmas is just around the corner, I knew I would need some cards for giving the older grands money, so I discovered that the mini slimline is the perfect size for dollar bills!





That's it from me!  Hope you all are enjoying the holiday weekend and getting some good bargains out there...too many things on sale, which is a good thing, but can be overwhelming!

Have a fabulous weekend friends and thanks for taking the time to look through the pictures of my family!
 
Heart Hugs, friends!



Thursday, November 25, 2021

SEIZE THE BIRTHDAY ~ HOBBIES OR PASTIMES

Welcome to our last Seize the Birthday for 2021!
We will be back on January 6th!

This time Lindsey is our hostess and she is asking for us to make a Birthday Card that reflects a hobby or a pastime!  If you don't want to play with the topping, you are always welcome to make any kind of birthday card and post it on the challenge blog!


Since it is getting to be winter, I thought about friends that have a winter birthday and the pastime might be to do some ice skating.  (actually my BFF gave me this idea!)
So I pulled out MFT Ice Skater and colored her up with copics and drew a little ice rink for her to skate on.  I hope you will join us and play along with this challenge!
I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery!
 
Please check out our Special Party Guest CAROL for her inspiring card and all the other design team members as well, so many fun and interesting hobbies or pastimes!



Heart Hugs, friends!



Monday, November 22, 2021

COLOR HUES #30 SILVER & GOLD

Thank you Nancy, I do now have that song going through my brain!!  But I love it as I love all things Christmas!  The COLOR HUES Challenge is using silver and gold, so of course it must be a Christmas card!
I used PTI Brilliant Baubles embossed with gold ep.  I also used a Spellbinders Glimmer Essential Duo Lines rectangle to add some more sparkle around the edge.  I embossed the sentiment and the hanging chain with silver ep.
I also used the Spellbinders Hemstitch rectangle die.

I hope you will play along with the Color Hues Challenge, there is some fantastic inspiration from the design team ~ go check it out!

Heart Hugs, friends!



Monday, November 15, 2021

CAS CHRISTMAS nOVEMBER REMINDER ~ CRITTERS

Welcome friends to our last CAS CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE OF 2021!
We are still playing with our critters on our Christmas cards this month.
I hope you are all set with all the cards you need for this season!
Here is my card for more inspiration:

And this is what I used to make this card:
The Greetery:  Fir & foliage #2, Tree Trimmings, Shiplap die
PTI: Christmas critters

You have until the 24th to post a card in the gallery and then we will see you next year in 2022!
Thank you for stopping by and hopefully I will see you in the gallery!
I hope you all have a most blessed and love filled Christmas!


Heart Hugs, friends!



Thursday, November 11, 2021

SEIZE THE BIRTHDAY ~ BEVERAGES


Hi friends!  Today we have the pleasure of Jules selecting our "topping" and she chose "BEVERAGE"
for our topping this time at Seize the Birthday Card Challenge,

This one was a challenge for me, but I finally found a drink that looked festive, so I kept it simple and focused on the beverage!

The beverage is from Hero Arts:  Summer
The sentiment is from PTI:  Flipping Out
Now all that is needed is water and a lounge chair to celebrate the birthday!
 
Please check out the awesome cards from the team and our Special Party Guest: Carol, there are very clever cards for your inspiration!
 



Wednesday, November 3, 2021

CAS CHRISTMAS ~ NOVEMBER CHALLENGE ~ CHRISTMAS CRITTERS

Our last month of challenges for CAS Christmas before we all take a break to enjoy the holidays with family and friends!  This month is hosted by Barb and she is looking for Christmas Critters on our Christmas cards!

I have had this word die for almost a year and decided I needed to use it!
These are the products I used to make this card:
MFT:  stencil:  small brick wall
MFT: Merry die
MFT: Merry wishes:  critter
Gina K:  Sparkle & Shine:  Christmas word
 
I used the positive part of the die, but saved the negative and made one more card:
this one was made with MFT Winter songbird.
 
Friends I hope we have inspired you to make a couple more cards for your Christmas this year.
The team has some amazing cards for your inspiration, so please go check them out along with our special guest: Valerie welcome and thank for your inspiration!



Heart Hugs, friends!