If you're like me you can't wait each week to see what new stamp Kathy Martin will create! This week is a double dip of fun with her adorable stamp "Make it a Double". As always you can find Kathy's stamps at 2Peas for only 99cents! I literally made this card a double by using TWO of Kathy's stamps. I used the new stamp plus her "party banner" stamp. I love how naturally her stamps mix and match together. So hoping you are having double the pleasure this week! Hugs, Cheryl
Hi all!! Back with another creation from the City Crafter Challenge Blog. This challenge is hosted by the newest and enormously talented DT member Ros Crawford! The challenge is the theme Garden Mail!! So enchanting, I think. You need to use something garden related and something mail related. The inspiration photo had all sorts of purple and green loveliness........soooooooo............I created a garden inspired mailbox. I picked up this mailbox ages ago and was just waiting for the right time to alter it. Well, with a theme like Garden Mail, it seemed like the time was right to bring out this little mailbox. I've decided to print out and store all the letters from my missionary children in it. I hope you will join us at CCCB this week! I can't tell you how much I enjoy seeing everyone's creations. This is the site: http://www.citycrafter.blogspot.com/ The link is on the right hand side of my blog. Wishing everyone a little happy mail this week!! Hugs, Cheryl
Hi all!! I just wanted to share my last project made with the July Kreatorville Kraft Kit. I can't tell you how much fun I had creating so many projects with it. This lo is of my little grandson. As soon as I saw the fun "hello sunshine" rub on that was part of the kit...I knew I wanted to use this photo. That sweet little smile of his just adds such warmth and sunshine to my life! Hope you are enjoyin' and lovin' whatever brings the sunshine to your life today!! Hugs, Cheryl
One of the things I miss about Texas is the gorgeous bluebonnets. This is my oldest daughter, Angela, when she was a senior in high school. This lo was made using the fantabulous July kit from Kreatorville Kraft! I just experimented to make the bluebonnets using a small flower punch, some paint and glitter glue.
Hi all!! I'm really excited to be sharing another GCD Studios project with you! I've included a tutorial. I just LOVE the projects I've been seeing that include the paper tearing technique that reveal something underneath. These GCD Studios double sided Artsy Urban papers could not be more perfect for this. And aren't these mini tin signs to die for?!! LOOOOOOOOOOVE them. The perfect reveal! Now for the tutorial: I hope you enjoyed these revealing projects! Hugs, Cheryl
This newest stamp from Kathy (beach parasol found at 2Peas) just has me wanting to soak up the rays!! All her stamps are just so much fun and this is no exception...I'm definitely wanting to use it on a lo as well.
Now, on a personal note I want to wish my oldest daughter, Angela, a very HAPPY 27th Birthday!!! Ohhhhhhh my...I have a daughter who is 27!! She is everything anyone could ever want in a daughter. Love, LOVE, LOOOOOOOOOVE you Angela!!
Hi all!! I'm back to share a new post for City Crafter Challenge Blog! This week is a sketch week...you are going to LOVE it! It is hosted by the very talented Linda Robinson. I hope you all play along. I think you will see that the sketch is open to so many interpretations. I hope you like my version. You can play along at this site: http://www.citycrafter.blogspot.com/ You will find a link on the right side of my blog. Have a fantabulous day! Hugs, Cheryl
This is another layout created using the Kreatorville Kraft July kit. Everything used on this lo came from the kit. So many great goodies. I am so in love with this photo of my youngest daughter at the beach. This is where I grew up. When we went to see my dad for Father's Day, one of the things we did was go to the beach. My dad LOVED it, as did my daughter and so did I. There is just something about being at the beach. I hope you all are enjoying your lazy days of summer. Hugs, Cheryl
Such a seriously cute stamp from Kathy Martin this week!! I just ADORE this little lamb!! I love it sooooooo much I had to use it twice! Hope "EWE" love it as much as I do!! Have a great day ewe'all!! Hugs, Cheryl
...British Roses, that is. Today Kirsty is our hostess and she is wisking us off to London. "Our challenge this week is English Rose/England Rose, inspired by a well known Elton John's piece "Goodbye England Rose" dedicated to Princess Diana, the people's princess!" So get your London on all and come join us for a spot of "tea" and roses at CCCB. This is the site: http://www.citycrafter.blogspot.com/ I can't get my linking to work correctly, but you will find the link over on the left. The roses on this card were made from a tutorial by Patti Hamil. Thanks so much Patti!! This is Patti's blog: http://mypiecesoftime.blogspot.com/ Have a fab day! Hugs, Cheryl
Everything is coming up red, white, and blue with our theme this month at GCD Studios...including this little American Cutie of mine! Here is our inspiration photo: My Alena girl was practically born smiling and I just LOVE this pic of her as a baby. It seemed a perfect fit for our All-American theme this month since she is my All-American girl. Hope you all are celebrating wherever you live this month, too. What a wonderful world we live in...don't you agree?
Hi all! No special reason for making this card other than the fact I wanted to make something. The sketches at 2S4Y are always such a help to get you going when you want to create. Loved Kazan's sketch and LOVED just sitting down and making this really quick card. Hope you are able to create something today! Hugs, Cheryl
Hi all!! Time again to showcase Kathy's fantabulous digi stamps! I'm here today with not just one of her stamps, but two! This lo is of our home in Houston. Soooooooooo many wonderful memories. We lived here 18 years and this is where my older children all consider home. I am going to have all my children write down their memories of living here and include them in a large envelope on the back of this lo. Kathy Martin's Home Sweet Home and K is For Kite digi stamps were so perfect here used in bright colors to convey my happy feelings of this place that was such a large part of the life of my family. Have a wonderful day in your home sweet home wherever it may be! Hugs, Cheryl
Hi all!! I'm back as the hostess this week at City Crafter Challenge Blog. Here we are in the thick of summer and I LOVE IT! Do you adore these fabulous lazy days of summer as much as I do? Well, I decided to celebrate it with our theme this week...Some Like It HOT (like I do)! It is in the 100's in my neck of the woods and I LOVE it! Your challenge is to create a summer themed project...card, layout, altered item, you name it...AND to use the color RED! I decided to do a card using Kathy Martin's Bikini Stamp in RED. Hope to see you playing along this week at CCCB! Here is the site: http://www.citycrafter.blogspot.com/ Have a great week and enjoy the HEAT! Hugs, Cheryl
What are you all celebrating today?! It is our independence we are celebrating in the USA today and I am so thankful for it. I feel so blessed to live where I do and have the opportunities that I have. In honor of this day, I made these cards using EVERYTHING from the Kreatorville Kraft Kit. The "celebrate" and the cute fireworks were handmade by the Kreatorville founder the ohhhhhhh so talented Keandra Willis. I had the opportunity to sing our National Anthem today and was so stirred by the words. The star spangled banner representing the stuggle for freedom that the founding fathers of our country gave. I can only imagine the thoughts of the song's writer when he penned the lines that he could still see that banner of freedom waving in the dawn's early light and asking the question to future generations "oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?" Yes, Mr. Francis Scott Key it does and how very thankful I am for that. I hope you are celebrating the land you live in and love today. Hugs, Cheryl
Hi all! I'm here to share another lo that I kreated with the fabulous Kreatorville Kraft Kit. They also have a sketch of the month for ALL on their blog, so go check it out. This lo is based on that July sketch. This lo has GREAT meaning for me personally. As many of you know, I have a daughter and a son who are serving as missionaries for our church. They are such a fabulous example to me and I am so proud of them. I only have phone contact with them on Mother's Day and Christmas, but I do get weekly emails. I can't even begin to tell you how inspiring these letters are to me. When I write to them I try to give them an inspirational quote with each email or letter. A LONG time ago our family made up a FAMILY song and a FAMILY cheer. This lo reflects those two things and how much they have meant to our family over the years. I felt impressed one week to write as my inspirational quote the family cheer and another week to write the family song. I wanted them to remember that our WHOLE FAMILY is cheering them on and praying for them, to remember who they were and what they had been taught, to rememer there is strength in being a member of our FAMILY. Now for those of you who might be wondering how Amanda and Ty are doing I am going to include just a sentence or two from each of their letters home:
(from Amanda in Paraguay): So we've still been working with this family and wow my heart just keeps expanding expaNDING and EXPANDING! We went to their house to do a service this week with the help of Divina and Emilio and we spent about 2 1/2 hours washing clothes...ha yeah lets just say I am SO GREATFUL for washers and dryers in the states. Ha funny that I used to hate doing laundry... it's so easy and convenient. Here they hand wash EVERYTHING and it takes days and you use all these buckets of waters and soap and WOW.. it's intense. I got these sweet lil sores on my knuckles from scrubbing the clothes. ANd you know what the sad thing is? We couldn't really get the dirt out of the clothes because it is just STAINED on the clothing and ya know how in the states if our clothes have a lil tiny hole we just automatically throw them out? Yeah it doesn't even faze them here, in fact I don't think they have clothing without holes. I know this is like a really sad picture I'm painting but it's the truth. And then a couple days later a lady in the ward gave us some clothes to bring to the kids, and it was a sure lot better than what they had but it was really sad because there wasn't anything that would fit the oldest girl, Ruth (15) and I felt so bad. Because bueno, she is like practically the mom of all these kids and does everything and there wasn't anything. So the next day I just brought her like half my clothes and gave each of the older girls skirts they could wear to church. But I just told them, the biggest gift I could ever give you is the message of the gospel. ANd man it just coming back to me over and over, the gospel is the ONLY thing that can change their lives. It is the greatest treasure anyone could ever have. Money doesn't mean anything to me anymore, I know it's not important. WHat's important is LOVE...pure, kind, love. CHARITY
(from Ty in Wenatchee, WA *now he's in Chelan but he was in Wenatchee when he wrote): Alright well this was an awesome week. As apparently yall already know I had somewhat of an accident haha but it's all good. It was this last past p day *(a day when they get to laundry and shopping and sometimes recreation) and originally we had started of playing dodgeball (companion style) which was way fun and which my companion and i had won 3 out of the last 4 games. But then Elder Lively decides that we should switch to basketball for some reason. probably cause he is a baller. But anyways i am guarding an Elder named Elder Andersen ( Ironic) and as you could guess is not all that good at basketball. haha just kidding nick. But anyways he has the ball and tries to some spin around move, not quite sure what he was thinking but he spins right in to me with his elbow swinging right at my open mouth, and bam! One tooth is on the ground and the other one got caught by my giant lip. And i am standing there thinking well that is not good. haha and apparently the first thing i said was, " Do these things grow back?" i think i was in a state of shock though lol but to make a long story short we ran over to the dentist and they gave me two root canals, some vicodin and some antibotics and glued my teeth back on or something. And my lip had swolen from a giant lip to a giant balloon on my face and so i didn't look so appealing to say the least. But this work is not about how good i look or even about me at all. This is God's work and His glory so we went got me an arby's shake to eat and went and preached the Gospel. And we had an awesome week. *(It was his two front teeth)
So yes, I am as proud as proud as can be because we are the Nelson Family. Have a great 4th of July weekend for those of you in the States and I hope everyone is just having a great time with their FAMILY!
I really LOVE that I was asked this month to be the Kreative Kontributor for Kreatorville Kraft Kits. This Kit Klub is founded by the enourmously kreative Keandra Willis who kreated that ohhhhhh so fun bobblehead version of yours truly on the lo. (It is the only full length version of me without a tummy bulge...thank you Keandra!!) Each of her kits features some of her handmade kreations. STay tuned throughout the month to see more of these fun goodies! Check out the blog: kreativity.kreatorvillekraft.com Hope you are having a fabulously kreative day!! Hugs, Cheryl
“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley