Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A French Calendar

This beautiful calendar was made by Becky. The image of the lady is a stamp from Becky's company, My Paper Moon. This calendar will go in my purse It's a two year calendar, which makes it so nice when we come to the end of the year and start setting dates into the next year. Today I had it sitting at home by the computer instead of in my purse with me and I needed it to write an appointment in. I hope I remember to do that later.
I'm finally having my second neck suregery on Thursday. I'm not sure if I'll have time to post tomorrow or not. I have a number of things to do still before Thursday. I can't remember how long it took for me to get back on to the computer after my first neck surgery. I won't be away any longer than I have to. : )
Have a terrific day!!!
Inky hugs!

Monday, January 5, 2009

January Monthly Calendar

I am a calendar fanatic! Probably because I have so many doctor appointments to keep track of. I have to have a calendar at any place that I possibly think I might need to look at one. The calendar shown above is made by Martha. It has a magnetic lucite frame to hold the proper page for the month. I have it stuck to my filing cabinet. I especially like the fact that each month I will get a little surprise when I take out the new month's page and see how it is decorated. One of life's simple joys. : )

I pray that the new year is off to a good start for you. Mark went back to work yesterday afternoon, so we are settling back into our normal routine here. We sure did have a nice time together while he was off.

Have a fantastic day!!!

Inky hugs!

Friday, January 2, 2009

The End

Here's the last Christmas card I had to show and somehow it disappeared from my screen in my last post. So this post truely will be the end of my Christmas card show. I am so very blessed to have friends and family who make these cards for me.

Last, but certainly not least is this adorable card from Sandy. Sandy does such nice shading when she colors. She used shimmery paint for the snow. This little scene just makes me smile when I look at it. : ) Thank you for the pretty card and the smiles it brings me, Sandy.

I hope many of you get to do some crafting seeing it's Saturday. I need to get started on January birthday cards.

Inky hugs!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Almost the End of Christmas on my Blog

All good things must come to an end and today's batch of happy mail will be the last vestige of Christmas shown on my blog for awhile. But we are still enjoying our Christmas tree in our home. I'm not ready to give up those pretty glowing lights in the evening yet. I'll also enjoy all of these cards for a long while to come. They are displayed on my french ribbon bulletin board in my craft room.
The green striped card is from Lis. The actual card itself is made from Lis' own handmade paper. It has glitter inclusions in it and she impressed the snowflakes in it. You may notice too that Lis used the layout that I liked so much on Lynn's card I showed yesterday. Lis reports that she got this layout form Lynn. : ) It sure looks beautiful in your choice of colors and sparkly papers, Lis. Thanks so much.

The red card with the gift and black ornate border on it is from Kimmie. Kimmie tells me this is a Penny Black sticker, not rubber stamps. I am in awe of this sticker. Not only is it gorgeous, but you can't tell that it's a sticker by looking at it or feeling it. Another really neat thing Kimmie did on this card was making faux brads. The 3 black brads at the top of the card are actually circles punched out of black cardstock, glued to the card and then covered with Crystal Lacquer.
Kimmie says, "It Makes for safer and easier mailing.". And she's right. They came through the mail looking great. I can't tell you how much time I spent padding brads in envelopes this year. The postal machines can be very rough on real brads in the mail. Thank you for a beautiful card and some great new ideas, Kimmie.

The black card with the lacey frame and the
lovely snowflake embellishment is from Becky. Remember that all of these cards can be clicked on to enlarge them and see the detail better. Becky punched this frame out by hand with a corner punch. Here's a link to the instructions at the Amazing Paper Grace blog if you would like to try this beautiful technique. The frame and snowflake are beautifully embellished with rhinestones and pearls. Both Mark and I thought that the young lady on the card looked like Becky's daughter when she was younger. : ) Thank you very much for this gorgeous card, Becky.
The card with the winter pond scene on it is from my cousin, Linda. The color in this photo looks rather sickly. In real life it is a beautiful shimmery pearlescent light green and snow is falling. It is one of Linda's trademarks to make unique and beautiful Christmas cards. I like how the greeting cardstock is cut at an angle. Thanks for the great happy mail, Linda.
The card with the stocking is made by Donna. It is so beautifully colored and she has added just the right touches of glitter to it. I really like how Donna cut the image out with edger scissors. It looks like part of the image design. Thanks so much for the beautiful card, Donna.
Well, somehow a card just disappeared off of my screen. I can't download it now or it will shift the order of all the other cards, so I'll post again and then that will be the end of Christmas for now. But before you know it, it will be time to start on Christmas projects once again. : )
Have a wonderful day!!!
Inky hugs!

Happy New Year

My sister sent me this today and it's so cute that I wanted to share it with all of you.
Inky hugs!

Running Together

I apologize for how the paragraphs in my posts are all running together the last two days. I'm not writing them that way. But can't get them to change back once they publish that way. Usually it is something that only happens for a few days, so hopefully this will pass soon.

Inky hugs!