Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hellooooooooooooooooooo!!


Hi my long lost blogosphere friends!  It's been so long.  I am getting a little misty eyed thinking about how much I've missed you guys and how glad I am to be back.

At least for the time being, all of our drama has subsided.  I am well and plan on staying that way.  We have moved into our new abode and are getting settled in.  And...I have a beautiful new craft room.  I am putting the final touches on snazzing it up, then I will be posting pics to share with you all.

Until then, I thought I'd share a card I made using my new favorite toy, my Silhouette Cameo.


This is the first card I made using my Cameo.  I wanted to make thank you cards for the nice, wonderful friends that came to visit me and took care of me during my hospital stay, and although this one was kinda cheesy, I thought it was fun.  I got it from the Silhouette Online Store.


It's hard to tell from the pics (I took them in a hurry in bad light), but on the gray and dark blue pieces of the toaster, I used Glossy Accents to make it look shiny.  And instead of an envelope, the little toast card just slides down in it's slot in the toaster.  Isn't that so fun?

I know these pics aren't great and there aren't many of them, but I just wanted to share something so badly with you all.  It really makes my heart happy to share things with you guys!

Hugs,
Cheryl




Friday, February 21, 2014

Simple Thank You Card


TGIF!!!  It's my first week back at work and I couldn't be happier for Friday to get here!  I was off for almost 3 weeks during my illness and I was sure I was ready to come back.  The two major side effects of my illness are fatigue and headaches.  I didn't realize how much I would have those until I became active again.  The fatigue is really rough, as about every 3 hours, I need a nap.  My boss has been so good to let me go home early every day whenever I felt tired, but I'm ready to be normal again!  (Well....as normal as I ever was, anyway!) I'm sure it doesn't help that, instead of resting each evening like my doctor to me, I am packing up boxes.  Don't get me wrong - My hubby has been fantastic.  He gets my little desk chair, wheels it wherever we're packing and has me sit and sort, while he lifts, moves, packs and unloads cabinets.  So, I'm not doing the hard work, but I'm also not resting.  And the mental part is probably what's wearing on me most.  My type A personality can't deal with the mess in my house (which has been there for months, because apparently I've been getting sick for a while now) which is worsened by boxes and trash bags everywhere.  On the upside, when I move, things will be neat and tidy and organized again AND I'll have a craft room!  Yippee Skippy!  Enough about me...

I made this card for a friend who came to see me in the hospital and brought snacks.  (The food was horrible there!)  I used some paper by Recollections by Michaels, but can't remember the name of the stack.


The card measures 5" x 5".  The scallop is from a borders pack from the Silhouette online store.  I love that place!  This was from a pack of 6 borders for a whopping 75¢!  The circle and star were shapes that came free with my machine.


The rosette and pennant were cut by hand.  For the rosette, I cut two strips of paper that were 11" x 1.25".  I scored them all the way across at .50" increments, then glued together to form the rosette.  I inked the edges of everything with some purple ink from the dollar spot at Michaels.


Here's the inside of the card.  I was still not feeling too well when I made it, so I sorta rushed through the inside.

I have several more thank you cards to share with you all.  Last night, I pack up My Precious, a.k.a. My Silhouette, so I won't have any new projects for a few weeks.  I have several posts to share in the meantime and I hope to be back to crafting soon....in my new craft room.  WOO HOO!!!

Hugs,
Cheryl

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I got a Silhouette Cameo!!

I am so excited to tell you all that I finally got a Silhouette Cameo.  I realize I'm a little behind the times with this, but I had to weigh out the options and be sure before I put out more money on a toy...I mean, necessity. I have used my Cricut Expression faithfully for many years and have worn that baby out.  About a year and a half ago, the Silhouette caught my eye.  Some of the blogs I follow had switched over from Cricut to Silhouette and their creations were super cute.  Since that time, I have researched everything it could do and decided I wanted one.  At Christmas, I got enough money to purchase one, so I did.

I. am. in. LOVE.

That's the best thing I can say about it.  There are obviously many differences between the Cameo and the Expression, but one similarity is the instruction manual.  It's not much help!  At lease the Cameo comes with a manual, unlike the Cricut, but it wasn't much help to me.  The first couple of days I used it, I actually regretted my purchase.  It seemed very complicated and tedious to me, unlike my Gypsy, at which I'm a whiz now because I've used it a gazillion times.  Once I started playing with the Cameo, it got better and better.  I watched several videos on YouTube and read several blogs and I'm learning pretty quickly.  

As time goes on and I learn some tricks, I'll be sure to share them with you.  For now, I thought I'd share my first project with the Silhouette.  As I mentioned in my last post, I missed several weeks of work because I was in the hospital.  I wanted to make little goodie bags of candy for my co-workers to say thank you because they covered my job and were so kind to me.  So, I downloaded a free file for a bag, made a liner and added some embellishments.  I forgot to take the pictures until I got to work, so pardon the ugly background.  Here they are:


   The bag was a free download I found on Pinterest, but I failed to save the link where I got it.  The flowers are from the Silhouette online store.



I made these flowers with graduated circles and the leaves from the above cut.



I made this rosette by cutting 2 strips of paper that were 1.25" x 12".  I then scored them every half inch, folded and glued together.  The heart was a free shape that came with my Silhouette.



The butterflies are a cut that came with my Silhouette.

These were simple little bags to make and I filled them with candy and little thank you notes.  I'm learning more about my Silhouette every day and I can't wait to share what I'm learning with you all.  In case you're interested, I bought mine directly from Silhouette on a promotion for $269.99.  It came with a mat, a blade, a bonus rolling tote (super nice), the software, a $10 and $25 gift card to the Silhouette store.  I am still recovering, so I'm not up to big projects or lots of work yet, but I will be soon.  

I wanted to let you know one other thing....

As I mentioned last week, we have to move.  I just received a call that our application was approved, so I will be moving at the end of this month.  Because of this, I will have to start packing up my desk (sigh...) and my beloved new Cameo (Boo Hoo) this weekend.  It will probably be a few weeks before I'm back to crafting, but in the meantime, I'd like to hear from you.  Do you have the Silhouette?  If so, do you like it better/worse than the Cricut?  What's your favorite feature?  I love to hear what other people think!  Especially you guys...

Have a blessed day!
Cheryl





Friday, February 14, 2014

Font Friday - Pineapple Demo

How about a lovely font to start your weekend?


Isn't it cute?  I love how bold and crisp the letters are.  Can't wait to use it...

Hugs,
Cheryl



Where do I begin...

Happy Friday everyone!  I warn you in advance, this will be a long post!  So, let's get started...

A few weeks ago, I told you how I was all fired up to get my posts going again and how Pink and Paper was going to change, yada, yada.  I had great intentions, then life happened.  I've posted a few times about our losses and mess dealing with the tornado that came through our town on May 20, 2013.  One thing I didn't mention was how it has affected my health.  On May 21, 2013, I had to go to the doctor because I was pretty sick.  I fight with a lot of allergy and sinus issues, and at that time, I had started having these horrible earaches.  I got medication but didn't get better.  I went through a few different antibiotics and some steroids and finally felt better.  It didn't last long and I was back at the doc about a month later with the same problem.  She gave me some new things to try and I thought they were working.  Again, about a month later, the earaches and pain came back.  Now, I don't know how many of you have had ear problems, but OH MY WORD, do they hurt!  I was miserable.  It's almost as bad as a toothache, which is one of the worst things I've ever had on the pain scale.

This went on for months.  Finally in November, I got an appointment for January with an ear specialist.  From the time I got the appointment, I began to notice I was becoming more and more fatigued and had no energy.  My house became a mess.  I stopped putting on makeup and barely messed with my hair.  I never cooked dinner and only did laundry when it was absolutely necessary (or we'd be going commando)!  For anyone that knows me, that's not normal.  I am very much a Type A personality, and I like things a certain way.  I noticed I didn't care anymore about much of anything.  I honestly thought maybe I was depressed or dealing with just a rough time in life.

On January 28, I went to work but started feeling a little nauseated and had the worst headache I've ever had.  I was hurting so badly that around noon, I left to go home and try to get better.  That's the last thing I remember for several days.  On the afternoon of January 30, I remember waking up in a strange bed and my mom was standing beside me.  I asked her what was going on and she said I was in the ICU about to be transferred to a regular room.  What?????  Here's what happened...

(Disclosure - I remember nothing until Thursday afternoon, so I'm just repeating what I've been told)  Around 8:45pm on Tuesday night, January 28, my husband was in bed (He works nights) and heard a banging sound.  He thought I was doing something, but the sound continued.  He came to see what it was, and I was sitting on my couch having convulsions.  Apparently, I was thrashing about, my blue eyes were black (creepy!) and I was jabbering like crazy, but not using words.  No matter what he did, he couldn't calm me down, so he called 911 and my parents.  The paramedics came and took me to the ER.  While there, I continued to convulse and thrash around for hours.  After quite some time, my dad's friend, who is a Pastor from out of town, came to pray for me.  He came in and prayed for me and my convulsions stopped.  They had told my husband I would convulse and thrash for probably 7 days, but just a few hours after arriving, they stopped.

I would like to interject here - I don't know what your views are on God and healing.  I would never bash any of you for your beliefs, but I have to tell you about God's goodness to me.  He healed me!  I believe in the power of prayer and we saw it firsthand in that hospital room.  But it doesn't stop there...

After doing a ct scan, MRI and spinal tap, they concluded that I had contracted viral meningitis. They think I had some type of infection (sinus, ear, etc) or had been exposed to something (flu, bronchitis, etc) and it had lowered my immune system for months, which led me to be susceptible to the meningitis and it could have been slowly getting worse..  At this point, I wasn't really waking up and would say a word or two occasionally, but wasn't normal or well.  They pumped me full of all kinds of meds and fluids.  The doctors said most people who get this end up being unable to speak, have a loss of motor skills and spend 30-45 days in the hospital, followed by at least 6 months of therapy just to function again.  Well, God wasn't letting happen to me!

I was admitted Tuesday night.  On Thursday around lunch was when I woke up.  When I woke up, I had some memory loss of the last few days, but immediately I began speaking normally.  I passed all the motor skills tests and amazed my doctors.  They kept saying that this shouldn't have happened because meningitis is bad, sometimes deadly.

On Sunday, February 2, I went home!  In less than a week's time, I was healed and back to normal.  I am not in any way discrediting the wonderful work the doctors and nurses did on my behalf, but I believe 100% that God Almighty reached down and saved my life.  He loves us so much and He proved that to me a few weeks ago.  I am forever grateful and thankful for this and it's changed my view on a lot of things.  As cliche as it sounds, my life will never be the same.  The world looks different when you find out you almost weren't in it anymore!

I have been off work for two weeks, recovering, and I return on Monday.  I wanted to let you all know where I've been and what's happening, because I really did plan to come back with projects...ha ha.  Life just got in the way.

Now, for one more tidbit before I end this forever post...  On Sunday, our landlord showed up at our door and said they'd sold our property and we have 30 days to get out!  Wowzers.  After the hospital ordeal, did something else need to happen so soon??  This threw quite a kink in my plans.

We are now in the process of finding a new place to live and packing as fast as we can.  Because of this, I won't be posting much until we get moved and settled.  I am packing my craft stuff last, but I will be very busy in the evenings for the next 3 weeks.  Wish me luck!!!

I have something else to share with you all, but I will post that later as I'm sure you have eye strain from reading this loooooong post.   Have a blessed Friday!!

Cheryl

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pink and Paper back....and all new!


Hi Everyone!  I hope this post finds you all well and enjoying 2014 so far.  It feels so strange to be posting again because it's been sooooooo stinkin' long since I've been here.

So, what have I been up to?  Alot, yet not alot, if that makes any sense at all.  I have been in a weird place and just really not being normal Cheryl.  As you all know from previous posts, last year was really rough.  Things in our life changed in May and didn't become normal again for a very long time; recently, to be exact.  I don't want to burden you all with all the junk, but to sum it up, we had financial, personal and emotional losses and stresses in our lives, our marriage and our jobs.  It seemed like it was just one thing after another without a break for month after month.  While I won't say it's all perfect now, or even mostly better, things are looking up and I have hope (and, more importantly, faith in God) that everything will be just fine.

Sooooo, that brings me to the land of Pink and Paper.  One of my favorite things in the world is sharing my creations and my life with all of you through Pink and Paper.  I have missed it so very much, but just haven't had the energy/gumption/creativity to keep it up for the last few months.  Well, I'm ready to come back, but with a few changes...

When I started this blog, it was to share my love of paper and the Cricut with you.  I have always enjoyed crafting of all kinds, but mainly focused on paper for the last few years.  I decided I was tired of only making cards, so I've started working on other projects of all kinds.  From this point forward, Pink and Paper will be an avenue for me to share all kinds of things with you including crafts, DIY projects, recipes, tips and anything else that I want to ramble about....or find on Pinterest!  I am still playing with paper and don't plan on stopping that anytime soon.  However, I have always wanted to learn to knit and quilt and build things and do DIY projects and make fancy cupcakes.... the list goes on and on.  And I will share all of my journey with you.

Over the next few months, I will be re-designing the blog but I can't wait that long to start posting, so that will come much sooner.  I've missed you all so much and thoroughly enjoy all the comments and emails that I've received from you all over the last few years.  I can't wait to get re-acquainted with each one of you and make many new friends.  Look for my first "new" post soon...
Hugs,
Cheryl

Friday, August 2, 2013

I'm alive!

Hello all my long, lost Internet friends!  I am still alive, in case you were wondering...

I have thought of you all often, but haven't had the energy, nor time to post for a while.  As I posted a while back, things went a little crazy in our town a few months back.  My husband and I were very blessed to have a small amount of damage to our home, but his truck ended up being totaled by the tornado.  Long story short, it took forever for us to get our insurance money on the truck.  During that time, we were down to one car, which doesn't work out so well when you work different shifts that over lap!  The insurance company came up picked up his truck and the very next day, my car started messing up.  We found out it needed a new alternator, so then we were down to ZERO cars.  I am a worrier (as much I'm trying not to be...) so this threw me into major panic mode!  Thankfully, my dad let us borrow his car for a few days and fixed my alternator.  In the meantime, we were looking for a car to replace my hubby's truck.  As we learned after a couple of weeks, there wasn't much selection because so many people had to buy cars after all the storms we had.  

Over the last 3 weeks or so, I feel like all I've done is look online for cars and go to car dealerships (I think I'd rather have a root canal than deal with a car salesman).  After several frustrating weeks of no good deals, we went to Dallas yesterday and I came home with a new car! Woohoo!!  I have wanted to sit down and craft so many times but haven't really had time because in the evenings we were doing the car thing.  

Although I don't have a card yet to post, I am so excited to say that I plan to sit down and craft tomorrow.  Hallelujah!  I haven't touched my Cricut since before the tornado on May 20, so I'm having serious withdrawals.  I figured until then, I could try to get back to normal with Font Friday.

Here's a fun font for you...



You can download it HERE.

I'm so glad to be getting back to normal.  I really have missed you all!  Hopefully, I'll finish several cards this weekend and have them ready to post next week.  Have a fabulous Friday!!

Blessings,
Cheryl


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Simple Card

Happy Thursday to you all!  I have another card to share with you today.  I made this about a month ago as I still haven't had time to sit at my craft desk and create.


The colors didn't translate well in this photograph.  It looks really orange, when in real life, it's more of a lovely coral-peachy shade.  The base card and banner are from Cricut Artiste.


 The flower is from Forever Young and I layered it using foam dots to make it stand out more.


I inked all the edges with chestnut ink and voila!  Simple and easy.  My favorite kind of card!

Have a great day!

Blessings,
Cheryl