Saturday, December 20, 2014

Special Birthdays!!!!!!!!!! I'm a Lucky MOM!!

  This week will always be a week of Birthdays that I LOVE.  Today, (December 20th), my two female Chiweenie rescues turn 2!!    Here are a couple of new pics, including one of  Big Brother Scoutie.

   And yesterday, on  December 19th I celebrated one of the best days of my entire LIFE!   The Birthday of my first born son, Brian!   Happy Happy Birthday BRIAN -- I can hardly believe you are now 28!  Where does the time go!   The day you were born was one of the best days I will ever have and I'll forever cherish the memory of that day~I loved taking to you yesterday and can hardly wait for you to be home to visit in February!   You,  Alex and the Pups make me the most loved Mom EVER!  I'm truly blessed and LOVE you all!

Brian the Toddler Years!
(One of my ALL time favorite pictures)

 Brian's First Christmas - 1986

The best gifts in my life are my Children,
both the human kids and my Fur-babies...!!!

I am ONE Lucky and LOVED MOM!!

Brian and  Alex - Summer of 1992!!
My two Boys!!!

Brian, Brian and more Brian~~

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Mail ! It's a good thing...

     It sure has been awesome to have a couple of good days, so that I can create.  I miss it SOOO much when I'm not feeling up to it.   Today, I have two new cards to share and hope tomorrow I'll have time for me.   I know that that the next two weeks, are going to really become super busy as we get closer to Christmas.  I still need to get my Christmas shopping done -- wrap up my gifts, package up the mail those going to the kids in Cali and then begin on a bit of Christmas baking!

    So, how are YOU all doing?   Have you finished shopping?  Are you close to being ready and are you already planning your baking and cooking?   I used to be so MUCH better at this and would have ALL my shopping done bright and early---most year even before Thanksgiving, which made it so much less hectic, I loved that and it gave me a LOT to time to actually enjoy Christmas...but now, I'm slower and it takes me forever to find nice gifts for my family.  But, that's okay -- I do always get it done and I'm sure this year will be no different.  And since we are not doing any entertaining here, I am thankful that I can take this year off from decorating.   My house is currently torn apart, with new floors being put in and a painter here this week.  Needless to say, there is no way, I'll have time or the energy to decorate and with furniture and boxes all moved about the house, there really is NO point.  Let's HOPE that next year, I can get back to that?

     On a happy note, I still am sending out all my own handmade cards and we do have some pretty lights outside, and I've been listening to Christmas music for days, which does make me feel festive and happy.   I have iTunes on my computer and iPad, so there is always music on and I today I'm enjoying listening to it while I create.

     I am very happy to have two new cards to share and the first one today was created for the the "Card Chain Challenge"that I happily sign up for each month.  I do HOPE that I am not ruining the surprise for the gal who will receive this card, but I'm pretty sure she is not one of my regular followers, so I think I am okay?    I also should mention that the "Card Chain/Challenge" is open to ALL and is really a fun way to swap cards with cardmakers all over the world.   It is hosted every month by the fabulous Deborah Nolan and you can find all the details on her BLOG!   I also would like to once again give her a special shout out and say "Thank You" for the all the time and effort she puts into this fun card exchange.

    Each month, there is a new sign up and Deb, also provides us with a wonderful variety of ideas and inspiration for our cards.  There is always a sketch, a color palette, some fun techniques and more choices of themes -- lots of ideas for all.   And as an extra added bonus, Deb has now brought in monthly sponsors --- giving all the players a chance to win a fabulous prize from some of our favorite companies.   The sponsor for the January challenge is Mama Elephant and I'm sure you all know them well.  For me, the best part is receiving the cards in the mail each month.  I keep ALL my cards and have a wonderful collection from all over the world!    I highly recommend you hop on over and sign up.  There is a new sign up every month and it's truly a LOT of fun.

   For today's card I combined a few of the inspirational ideas and started with the Sketch, along with some of the pretty colors -- including a lovely shade of "Violet" -- YAY!

January Colors

January Card Chain Sketch

My Card

    My card was also fun and easy to create.  I started by picking out some cardstock and papers in the the colors I wanted and then created my card base, using my favorite "Mixed Pool" layering papers by Hero Arts.   I then chose a border stamp from the On Point set by Mama Elephant to create the border on the left side on my card, using Hero's Soft Lilac" shadow ink.   I then cut a thin strip of Periwinkle patterned paper and added that on top of the border.  I used some light violet patterned paper for my sentiment base and stamped on my "Happy Mail" sentiment in Versamark and then heat embossed it using Hero's White Embossing Powder.   To finish off my card I added some matching sequins and one of my favorite "Itty Bitty bows"!

    Before I show you MY next card, I wanted to share a very special card that just arrived in my mailbox today.  I first saw this card, over on Kimberly's blog "Wienerhoneymooners". when she posted it on her blog - HERE!   And, being the owner of three lovable (a Senior Purebred Dachshund and two sweet little Dachshund/Chihuahua Mixes "Chiweenies),  I immediately fell in love with it.  I told Kimberly I adored it and she later asked me for my address and told me she was going to send it to me.   I totally forgot about that, until I opened it today!   WOOHOO!   What a wonderful surprise... the PERFECT way to brighten my day.  I also have to tell you that in person, this card is even MORE adorable.  I just LOVE everything about it and it's a card I'll keep in my private card collection forever.   It also goes to show just how much cards mean to me and why I love this hobby so much.   This also shows how many kind and caring people there are in this world and Kimberly is ONE of the those sweethearts, who I am so lucky to have met, all through our shared love of card-making.    Her wonderful "Random Act of Kindness", truly touched my heart!   Thank you Kimberly!     Here is a photo of the card "courtesy" of Kimberly's blog -- Isn't it adorable!!    I LOVE IT!

   I'll tell you, it really does make my day to receive cards and that one is something special and one that I feel very luck to own!   WOW!!

   My next card is a sweet little "Christmas Card" that I created today after being inspired by the new "Bling it Up" Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge Blog.   

   This card features a few of my favorite things....the first is this adorable little "Deco Tree" which is actually a die cut from the SSS Exclusive line.  I have used it quite a bit this year and it always makes a nice card.   The second is the "Winter Wonders" Sentiment Stamp, by Hero Arts, that is part of this collection that I simply adore.  I bought this set as soon as it hit the market and have also used each of the stamps many times, the handwriting, (by Heather Ruwe), is my favorite part and I do hope Hero Arts will have Heather design more sentiment stamps in the future!


    And that's it for today folks -- I am still looking for some "sunshine", we have not seen any sun in days and this miserable gray weather is certainly getting very old.  Today, the rain has turned to snow flurries, but thankfully it's not sticking or causing any travel worries!    I do HOPE the we'll see the sun soon?   I'm dreaming of seeing something like this?    How about YOU?  

Sweet Dreams!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A special Christmas request....

   I am posting this to all my dear card-making friends and also ask that you please share this request with everyone you know.

   It's a special request from a dear little three year old, who is battling childhood Leukemia.  Her name is Lauryn Newsome and I'm sure some of you will remember the card drive and blog hop and we hosted for her and her amazing family earlier this year.  Lauryn has been a super little patient, and everyone we are thrilled at who well she has responded to her treatments.  Lauryn is currently in remission and the maintenance phase of her cancer treatments.  This link will take you to her Facebook page, where you can keep up to date on her treatments and daily life -- "Fight on Little Lauryn".

Photo: This is Lauryn! She was diagnosed with B cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March 2014, and placed on a high risk treatment plan in May. She has been in remission since August and just entered her Maintenance phase of treatment thus week at age three. Please go to her page, Fight On Little Lauryn to see how she's doing and cheer her on!!
Photo shared from  Lauryn's Facebook Page

    At the time of her card drive a special private Post Office box was set up for all her cards and wonderful gifts.  Now, we would LOVE to have you help fill the box once again with Christmas Cards, at her own request.   She loves to go to her box and is always is sad when it's empty, so let's try and keep it full for a long time.

     When I read the post about her asking for cards, I was happy to share it on my Facebook page and also wanted to share it her.  It would mean so much to this sweet little "Princess" to find mail in her special box.   Kindly send cards to:

Miss Lauryn Newsome
P. O. Box 172
Thornburg, VA 22565

    I also want to take a moment to thank everyone who has graciously sent cards in the past and encourage you all to continue to do so.  What better gift than to put a smile of this sweet little girl's face.

    We all look forward to the day that Lauryn will be cured and will have completed all of her treatments.  She's done awesome and been a superstar patient, and that's a JOY!

Photo shared from Lauryn's Facebook Page
Lauryn and her Siblings

Lauryn with Mom and Dad at a Special Gala hosted to
fund Pediatric Cancer Research!

Photo: She's amazing!! Sprung out of bed this morning with sore legs and put on her Elsa dress. She's ready for the day!

Lauryn did get sick last night but it is expected and seems to have passed for now. She's moving forward with physical therapy today.

Merry Merry Christmas to Lauryn 
her wonderful family!!

Hugs and Love too!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I'm back....well kinda??

....and so happy to be feeling a bit better ~  It's a joy to be showing you my two latest cards and even more fun to be back at my craft desk again.  

     It seems that my Fibromyalgia and Degenerative Joint Disease have really decided to kick my butt this year!  Grrrrr!   And if they alone are not bad enough to deal with,  I found out recently that I need to have hip replacement surgery, oh JOY!   Not !  Nope that was not happy news for me and it took a few days to sink in.  Since then, I have had time to accept it and my surgery is now scheduled to be done in late February.   I figured it was best to try and wait until the worst of winter is over, so that when I can get out and starting walking again, it will be in the nicer Spring weather....the last thing I'd need to go out and fall in the snow and ice....!   I also had a Cortisone injection last week and thought it would be helpful, which is was for about a day, but then again, we've had nothing but miserable cold, gray, damp and wet weather, so I need to give it time.  The one day I did feel relief was the one sunny and milder day we had -- I am hopeful once we get out of the miserable weather pattern, things will be better...even if only for a short time!  I'll take any good days I can get.

     And speaking of some good news, I was totally thrilled when my son (Brian), emailed me to say he was coming "Home" for a visit in February, just before my surgery.   Yippee!  I am so excited about that and can hardly wait for him to be here --- I only WISH  Meghan could come too, but with them and their crazy and very hectic life, she can't.  But, she will be flying through this Spring before she heads off to Milan, Italy to study for for that Semester.  She's a super girl, so talented and bright, currently pursuing her Masters in Design and Architecture.  Love that girl, as much as if she were my very own daughter, she's an wonderful daughter in law, for sure!  When it comes to my Sons and their "Girls", I am truly very blessed.

    But, when it comes to my health, that is NOT the's life for me to live with a chronic illness and something I've long learned to deal with, I just hate when it takes away any of the GOOD Stuff in life and this time, it forced me to have to leave the a2z Scrapbookign Design Team, which was something I really had a hard time giving up.   I already miss it a lot and also really miss the daily interaction with our team, but I know it's for the best and maybe in time, I can go back to being part of that team again.   Today, I actually have a card I made especially for their December Challenge, where the theme is all about "Watercoloring" one of my favorite techniques to use in card-making.

   This is my card for the challenge and it features a sweet little Hero Stamp- Pen and Ink Christmas Tree, that I picked up this past weekend, at my LSS.  They had a big sale on all the Christmas products and had bundled up some cute little kits.  I loved this one, which also came with white card bases and some Gold Delicata Ink.

  This was really and easy and fun card to make.  I started by inking up the tree stamp with Versamark ink and then added some of my favorite "Liquid Platinum" embossing powder and heat set the tree.  I then used my little Hero Watercolors Wheel along with an Aqua Pen to add lots of green and blue colors around my tree.  I also misted on some "Perfect Pearls" mist and again heat set it all to try.  My Winter Wishes sentiment is also from Hero and from this "Stamp/Die Set".   Once that piece was nice and die cut it into a banner shape, using this wonderful die set from My Favorite Things.  I then created by background panel using some Snow layering paper and a new snowflake themed embossing folder, I also found at my LSS on Sunday.  I created my card base with some blue "glitter" cardstock and then added on my layers.  To finish off this card I added on an assortment of pearls and gems, also from Hero Arts!  Yes, I do LOVE Hero Arts and buy almost ALL my Hero Goodies from the a2z Store -- it's the best!

    Oh and speaking of Sunday at my LSS, I took a super fun Memory Box card making class.  Loved the cards we made, and only WISH I had remembered to take some pics, before I mailed them out. OOPS!   My craft photography station is currently "non existent" since we have painters here working on that room, it will be my new upstairs den and my "recovery" space, after I have my surgery!  Needless to say, between just moving to my new room, and not having it done yet, then having all this health crap going on...things are a bit messy here for me...but things could always be worse, so I'm trying to ignore the disaster for now!   I do, however, have this picture that was in the store Newsletter!   In person, these cards are so MUCH prettier.....!  Love them!

   I also had an awesome day on Saturday and was very excited to take part in the Scramble that Natalie hosted that afternoon.   She had a great theme, where we were asked to use some of our favorite "Older" Hero Stamps to create a new "Christmas/Holiday" card.   I admit that I have a LOT of favorites and the stamp I chose, "Shari's Tree #3" is not very old, but I love it and knew it would make a fun card....easy too, which was perfect for me.

  Here is my card and it was one I loved making...I colored with my Copics and a Wink of Stella and then simply added it to some pretty layers, all on a matching card base.  My final touch was adding the die cut "Love" sentiment and a sweet "Itty bitty bow".   These little bows always receive lots of compliments and requests to know where I find them.   I buy them from "The Paper Temptress", a great store where I also shop for all my Copic Coloring cardstock and a wonderful variety of other fabulous designer cardstocks.    It's a store I highly and happily recommend, if you are shopping there, tell Patricia, the owner, that I sent you.

     Oh, and the best news EVER --- I won that Scramble that afternoon and won a $25 gift card to another of my favorite online stores -- Simon Says Stamp!!!  I was so excited and since that had been the first card I manged to make in days, it was such a blast to also be the lucky winner!  Thank you Natalie for the fun Scramble and the super prize!  Perfect for me!  No doubt, I'll spend it in days....!  I am a huge fan of the SSS Exclusive Line and will be happy to have this for my next purchase!   YAY!!

     And speaking of Simon Says Stamp, I am also entering this "Love" card to their latest "Christmas/Holiday" challenge, over on their Wednesday Challenge blog.  (just in the nick of time)!

    That's it for today!!   I am looking forward to the next couple of months hopefully flying by, so that I can have this surgery, recovery and get back outside in some warm Spring Sunshine!   I can hardly wait for that day to be here!  Come on Spring!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy December!!!!

....It's hard to believe that another month has flown by --- I just HOPE the rest of the winter goes this fast?  For some reason, the time up until Christmas always seems to go by quickly, but once we get to January, it seems like the next few months - drag on forever!!  Not so good for this girl, who doesn't like cold or snow and one who LOVES lots of warm sunshine and hot summer days.....!  Thank goodness for this wonderful hobby, which is the perfect way for me to pass those awful days, when you do NOT even want to venture out into the cold --- Brrrr!!

   Today, I have a little "Sneak Peek" to share with you all.  It's a card I created for our brand new "Watercolor" themed Challenge which starts today over on the a2z Scrapbooking Blog.   Please be sure to stop by and see all the wonderful inspiration the Design Team has created to share with you.

    I had a great time making this card and I always love the look that "Watercolors" can add to any card.   I find them really fun to create with and love that Hero Arts has their wonderful little "Watercolor Wheel" set, which is a great set for those of your just starting to work with Watercolors. You can find everything you need to create a card jut like mine, over at the a2z Store.   I have a full product list linked for your over on the a2z Blog !   I had so much fun with this card and hope you'll have blast creating you own Watercolor projects for the challenge.

   If you would like to head to the a2z store to pick up some supplies --- please feel free to use my DT Promo Code -- LISAH15 --  This code will  save you 15% off any order of $25 and up (excluding shipping).   Happy Shopping and as always --- I hope you have a fun and very creative day!!

     I will be looking forward to seeing your fabulous watercolor inspired creations entered in our Challenge.  Just be sure that you use your favorite Hero Arts products on each project, so that you meet the challenge guidelines and are eligible to win our monthly prize.  You'll find all the details over on the challenge blog!    HAVE FUN!!!

A Little About Me

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Northeastern, Massachusetts, United States
Purple is my favorite color and ironically - Purple is the Awareness Ribbon color for Fibromyalgia, a chronic illness I now live with. I am a Mom to two grown sons, Alex who is now 22, and Brian amazingly is 27, now happily married to Meghan, my new "daughter" and living across the country in beautiful San Diego. I miss them so much and am looking forward to visiting them again soon. Hubby, me and our three "Pups" (Scout, a Senior Male Dachshund, along with Skye and Zeva, two adorable Chiweenies, who we rescued in 2013), all live very happily in a tiny coastal town in Massachusetts. I am very lucky to be blessed with wonderful friends and I adore and cherish each of my friends as much as my family! I am an avid card-maker and totally love every minute I can spend in my craft room. It's become my passion, a wonderful way to relax and my own little form of therapy. I also enjoy taking online card classes and technique classes at my LSS. Some day, I hope to get away from the cold New England winters and would love to live in a much warmer year round climate. Maybe even San Diego, but never too far from the ocean.