Surving the Empty Nest- I Am More than a Mom

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throw Back Thursday! I miss these sweet faces :)

Look at these sweet young kids! I sure do miss having them all here everyday. It is a good thing Madison left some  crafting supplies for me.  Crafting is my new hobby! Today I was inspired to make a card for someone else's "Little Tweetheart."



I'm hoping that the little sweetie that receives this card enjoys it and it brings a smile to his or her face. This cute little digi stamp was colored in Photoshop and inked for added pop. The ribbon was threaded through the card for a fun twist.  I have never used this technique before and I thought it looked nice. Two pink flowers were added on the banner to complete the card.   

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations - For the Kids/Anything Goes
My Besties- Bingo (flowers, ribbon, pink) 
Pumpkin Spice- Flowers
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog- Cute, spots, and dots
The Pink Elephant- Pink
Pile it On- Thinking of You 
Paper Pretties- Try a new technique (threaded ribbon)

This card has a home with the February 2104 I Feel the Love Project.  For more information on how you can create cards for causes, click HERE.
  
Thank you for stopping by today.  
Consider becoming a follower of my blog! 
Until next time. 
Cindy

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours!

Yesterday morning I was taking a walk when I noticed that there were a lot of people walking around without a smile on their face.  As I looked around and saw nothing but beauty, I wondered why anyone would be without a smile.  This inspired me to design a card for someone who could use a smile.

https://www.uclahealth.org/homepage_sanmon.cfm Creating cards for the I Feel the Love project continues to be my passion.  If you are creating cards for challenges and you don't know what to do with them , consider sending them to the I Feel the Love Project where they will find a home with someone in need of support and love.
 
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Today's card, "Sending you miles of smiles" was designed to bring joy to a sick child and to let him/her know that I am thinking about them. The adorable frog was cut from the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge.  It is paired with a computer generated sentiment.  The ribbon, hearts, and flowers were added to bring even more life to this card.  

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations - For the Kids/Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs- Anything Goes
My Besties- Bingo (flowers, ribbon, pink) 
Pumpkin Spice- Flowers
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog- Cute, spots, and dots
The Pink Elephant- Pink
Pile it On- Thinking of You
 
Thank you for stopping by today.  
Consider becoming a follower of my blog! 
Until next time. 
Cindy

Monday, February 24, 2014

What to do when the nest is empty- CRAFT

I have been blessed with amazing kids.  I just can't believe that they are all old enough to leave home and begin to make their way into this crazy world!  If I would have known how difficult it was going to be to watch them leave home, I may have reconsidered having three kids in three and a half years.  They are all leaving at once and this momma doesn't like it one bit! There is only one thing to do to take my mind off of the "quiet" that is now my house.  CRAFT!!
Today I decided to let Madison know that even though she has moved out to go to college, I still think about her all the time (actually she probably already knows this!!).
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This card was created using a couple of my favorite colors, brown and blue.  The tree was cut from the Jubilee Cricut cartridge, while the flowers were made using one of the oldest Cricut cartridges that I own, Accent Essentials.
 The sweet little birds were cut using the print and cut feature on the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. They were inspired by this "cupcake" from Cupcake Inspirations.  When I look at this picture, I see little birds looking for their mom and thought it would be fun to make a "thinking of you" card.
The digi stamp is from Anne Bodil.  It was colored in Photoshop and  inked for extra pop!!
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
 Cupcake Inspirations- Challenge #249
FCCB- All About You/Favorite Colors
Pile It On- Thinking of You
Pumpkin Spice- Flowers 
Crafty Ribbons Challenge- Anything Goes 
Crafting By Designs- Antything Goes
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Have a blessed day :)
Cindy




Saturday, February 22, 2014

Creating for the kids!

On days like today I can't help but think about how blessed I am.  I spent the day, in February, outside in shorts and a tank top.  It was that beautiful today here on the central coast of California.  I was reminded, though, that there are many, many people who are going through very difficult times.  I knew that when I finished up with my outdoor work, I would go inside a make a card for a hospitalized child.  This card has a home and will be sent to a child at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, the February I Feel the Love Project card recipient. 

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To create this cute digi stamp girl (Annebodil DS), the image was first imported into Photoshop where her face was erased.  Next, the image was printed and cut using the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.  Last, a new face was added using a stamp from the Peachy Keen Everyday Characters Faces set. 

The sentiment was also created and cut using the Silhouette Cameo.  The card stock was embossed using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.  A crocheted flower finishes off the card. 

http://www.peachykeenstamps.com/forums/topic/peachy-keen-challenge-1402-colorphoto-inspiration/
This card is being entered into the Peachy Keen Color/Photo Inspiration challenge.  I see a peaceful, cheerful and warm setting when I look at this picture.  My card was created to cheer up a child in need of some love.  I was inspired by the photo to use similar colors on my card.

This card is also being entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons Challenge- Anything goes
Crafting By Designs- Anything goes 
Doodle Pantry LLC- Use a digi 
One Crazy Stamper- Anything Goes 
The Crafting Cafe - Embossing

Thank you for stopping by! I am just getting started and would love for you to consider following me!

Cindy

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Missing My Sailor!

As many of you mom's know, it can be very difficult when the kids start leaving the house.  Well, in my opinion, it can be even harder when one of them decides to join the military.  I haven't seen my son since his wedding last year.  With his schedule and multiple deployments, it will most likely be close to a year and a half between visits.  The card I made today was inspired by my son, Dalton, my favorite sailor in the US Navy.

This card is a modified joy fold card.  I wanted to make a bigger card than most tutorials call for.  So, I just changed the dimensions to fit a 7" x 5" envelope.  The small outside card was made using the Silhouette.  

On the inside of the small card, a Bible verse (right) was added using the print and cut feature of the Silhouette.  There is also room for the greeting (left).

On the inside of the big card (far left) the sentiment "USA" and the anchor were cut using the Stand and Salute Cricut cartridge.

I love you Dalton!  Praying for you everyday.  Safe travels.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Love to Create Challenge Blog - Bling
Cupcake inspirations- Challenge #248
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps - Fun Folds
 FCCB - #198- Sketch, Cricut Cut
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes 

Thank you for stopping.  Have a wonderful day 
and give your kids a big HUG today!! 

Cindy





Monday, February 17, 2014

Crafting gets my mind off of things!

It has been a tough week to craft.  I have been busy trying to clean up from a flooded house.  The good news is that we will be able to replace our floors and in several weeks things will be back to normal.  

 We had to tear out all the floors in our house.   
So much work!

So, to put myself in a good mood, I headed to the craft room.  I didn't have much time so I created a quick card that really only took minutes to make.

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 The card was designed around this cute little digi stamp, "Kitty Praying," which can be found in black and white or in color at Papercraftingworld.com.  When I want to create a quick card, I choose  paper that has a background that can be utilized into the design.  In this case, the trees and mountains were already a part of the paper and didn't need to be created.  Simply color and cut the digi stamp, adhere to the background paper, add a sentiment (Robots Cricut cartridge), and ribbon and the card is complete.

This card is ready to be on its way to 
spread love to someone in need!
Back to the clean up.  Be back soon.  Thanks for stopping by.
Cindy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The kids are grown, but I still color!!

I just love the fact that crafting involves coloring!  I used to love to sit and color with the kids when they were younger.  So when it comes to crafting with colors, I'm in :)  Brings back such good memories.
 
Today's post is all about coloring.  I came across a post on The Scrapbooking Queen's blog saying that she was looking for designers who wanted to be a part of a new design team.  This team will be creating projects using coloring pages/images.  To apply for the team, we were asked to color and create a project using the little pony seem below:

Black and white coloring page image

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The pony is the focal point of this card. She sends a 
"Howdy" out to the recipient to brighten his/her day! 
This sentiment, as well as the grass, were cut from the 
Create a Critter Cricut cartridge.

                               
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The image was first colored using Photoshop (image on the left).  Next, the image was imported into the Silhouette cutting machine software.  An offset or border/shadow was added to give the image extra pop.  The image was also inked to bring more life to the final product (image on the right).

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Until next time, which hopefully won't be long!
 
Cindy

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Inspired to Create!

If you missed my last post, please take a moment to read about a selfless group of ladies who are giving back in a BIG way!  Click HERE.  They are now creating cards for the I Feel the Love Project
 
These ladies have inspired me to make more cards for this month's  I Feel the Love Project!  As you know, the I Feel the Love Project collects and sends handcrafted cards to individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a difficult time in their life/lives.  
https://www.uclahealth.org/homepage_sanmon.cfm

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angels-for-Ashley-Nelinger/231237380351964
For the month of February 2014, we are collecting uplifting, cheerful greeting cards for the sweet kids spending time at Santa Monica UCLA medical Center.  These kids were chosen to be a part of this project by Ms. Ashley, a two time cancer patient who has herself received care at this facility. Click HERE to read all the details and learn how you can be a part to this fabulous project. 


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The adorable girl was cut using the Silhouette. You can find her at, "Support," at Creative Kuts.  

http://www.creativekuts.com/Support-S1227.htm
As you can see, the original cutting file comes with two girls.  I edited the file using Photoshop. The sentiment "LOVE" and the Bible verse were designed and cut on the Silhouette as well.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:


Love to Create Challenge Blog - Red and/or Pink
Cupcake inspirations- Challenge #247
Crafting By Designs- Anything Goes
Creative Cutting Challenge - Love/Die cut
City Crafter Challenge - Love Bug
Sweet Stamps - Love

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Until next time.
 
Cindy

A Must Read! Beautiful ladies spreading the love!

Here is today's post from the I Feel the Love Project that I wanted to share with you.  Such a great thing!!

"When we opened our email today we discovered one of those emails that just warms your heart.  Back in October of 2013 you may remember that we sent Thanksgiving cards to the residents of Chancellor's Village.  This care facility has over 200 residents and we were able to send over 200 cards, making sure that each resident received one.

Well today, the amazing group of residents have decided to pay their gift forward by creating cards for our February 2014 project.   And that isn't all, starting this month they have scheduled a crafting session specifically to make cards for the I Feel the Love Project recipients!  How amazing are they?  Can we just say praise God for this selfless and fabulous group!!

One table of ladies from Chancellor's Village creating cards!

It looks like they are having a great time!

Here are a couple of the awesome cards that were made!

I don't know about you, but this inspired me to make more cards.  Is isn't too late to get involved. Please consider joining us his month as we make cards for the kids at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center.




Submit your hand crafted card/s by March 1st to:


Madison Womack
IFTL Project
P.O. Box 1203
Atascadero, CA 93423


Project #29
Please share your project with everyone by linking it to the I Feel the Love Project photo gallery before you put it in the mail. Click HERE to find the photo gallery. Thank you all in advance.  This could never work with out you and all your continued support.  Spread the word!"

What a wonderful gift to the IFTL Project. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I am busy creating more cards and will be back soon with pictures!  Enjoy your day :)

Cindy

Monday, February 10, 2014

Crafting for Amazing Kids!

Ever since Madison started college and moved into her own apartment, I have found myself in the craft room more and more.  Partly because I have time on my hands, and mainly just because I miss her!!  We used to sit and create for hours on end together.  The least I can do is create for her non-profit, the I Feel the Love Project
 
I am on a mission to create as many cards as I can for this month's  I Feel the Love Project!  As you know, the I Feel the Love Project collects and sends handcrafted cards to individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a difficult time in their life/lives.  
https://www.uclahealth.org/homepage_sanmon.cfm

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angels-for-Ashley-Nelinger/231237380351964
For the month of February 2014, we are collecting uplifting, cheerful greeting cards for the sweet kids spending time at Santa Monica UCLA medical Center.  These kids were chosen to be a part of this project by Ms. Ashley, a two time cancer patient who has herself received care at this facility. Click HERE to read all the details and learn how you can be a part to this fabulous project. 


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We believe the kids at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center are all superstars.  I found this printed paper with various colored stars and knew I wanted to use it on this card.

The adorable (SVG) girl was cut using the Silhouette.  To incorporate the LOVE we feel for these kids, we used a dress that was designed with red hearts!!

The sentiment, "With God all things are possible," comes from the "Faith" Pink By Design stamp set. 

I am entering this card in the following challenge:


Love to Create Challenge Blog - Red and/or Pink
Crafting By Designs- Anything Goes
Creative Cutting Challenge - Love/Die cut

Thank you for stopping by today.  It is nice to be in the craft room even if alone!  The life of an empty nester :)

Until next time.
 
Cindy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Making a sick child smile!

So are you getting caught up in the Olympics or are you still finding time to craft?  I am spending my time doing a little of both.  I just can't seem to stay out of the craft room no matter what is on television. 
 
I am on a mission to create as many cards as I can for this month's  I Feel the Love Project!  As you know, the I Feel the Love Project collects and sends handcrafted cards to individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a difficult time in their life/lives.  
https://www.uclahealth.org/homepage_sanmon.cfm

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angels-for-Ashley-Nelinger/231237380351964
For the month of February 2014, we are collecting uplifting, cheerful greeting cards for the sweet kids spending time at Santa Monica UCLA medical Center.  These kids were chosen to be a part of this project by Ms. Ashley, a two time cancer patient who has herself received care at this facility. Click HERE to read all the details and learn how you can be a part to this fabulous project. 

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It may be hard to see in this photo, but I created the background paper using 9 different rubber stamps from the "Just a Little Note to say..." stamp set designed by Emma at My Creative Time. 

The sweet sentiments were paired with the adorable teddy bear from the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge.   

You know I typically like to add a ribbon or twine and on this card I chose a pretty red ribbon to compliment the paper and add a pop of color!

I am entering this card in the following challenge:


Thank you for stopping by today.

Until next time.
 
Cindy

Gluten Free Muffins and treat box!

The inspiration for today's project comes from my own personal experience.  I only eat Gluten Free foods. With Valentine's Day coming up, I wanted to create a project that I hope would inspire others to create for their loved ones or friends who also have dietary restrictions (and can't receive chocolate). I may not be able to eat chocolate, but I can eat gluten free muffins and this treat box with a twist would be welcome in my home anytime!!

A "popcorn" style SVG box was cut using the 
Silhouette cutting machine.  You can use any 
file that you own!

 Two layers were cut, one from a lightweight printed 
paper and one from a white card stock 
used to make the box sturdier.

Here comes the twist, this box has a pocket to place a 
recipe card for the item inside the box. Simply cut a horizontal slit in one of the printed papers.  Once 
the slit is created, adhere all four printed pieces to 
the four pieces of white card stock.  Be sure not to tape the 
slitted area to the card stock or you will not 
be able to create the pocket. 

Type or write up the recipe to the item you are giving away.

Decorate the recipe card and insert in the pocket.

Bake you muffins or whatever fun treat you are 
giving to your special someone. Here is the recipe 
for the Gluten Free muffins shown above. Note, I did 
not add the frosting topping since I thought 
these muffins were sweet enough without it.



Line the box with tissue and add muffins!!

This project is being entered into the following challenge:

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to leave me a comment and I will get back to you!

Have a fabulous day!
Cindy

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Creating for a Cause

It seems like just yesterday that I had a hard time believing it was January.  And now February is upon us!  Does anyone else seem to think that time is just flying by?
 
Time to get crafting for the I Feel the Love Project!  As you know, the I Feel the Love Project collects and sends handcrafted cards to individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a difficult time in their life/lives.  
https://www.uclahealth.org/homepage_sanmon.cfm

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angels-for-Ashley-Nelinger/231237380351964
For the month of February 2014, we are collecting uplifting, cheerful greeting cards for the sweet kids spending time at Santa Monica UCLA medical Center.  These kids were chosen to be a part of this project by Ms. Ashley, a two time cancer patient who has herself received care at this facility. Click HERE to read all the details and learn how you can be a part to this fabulous project. 

This card was made using the QT Patootie Pumpkin Pickin' Friends Digi Stamp.  This and other adorable digi stamps and cutting files, can be found at Paper Crafting World.com.  

The tags were made using the Silhouette cutting machine.  You can write/type any words in any font that you have on your computer and then cut around them in any shape.  As you can see here, the words prayers, hugs, and love were computer generated and then added to a label cutting file.  Super easy and really cute.

I love adding ribbon, floss, buttons... to my cards.  The embellishments on this card included red and while striped twine and a fun button!

Thank you for stopping by today.

Until next time.
 
Cindy