COME BACK ON AUGUST 4th!

Hey friends - I'm sharing a few things that are not card related this week as I clean up projects and head to the fair. 

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However I want you to come back for sure on August 4th for something super fun and card related!!

In the meantime, enjoy some fun family|life posts! 

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Retro Bed

Well, sometimes even my ideas scare me.  But thankfully, my hubby goes along with them and we work it out. 

 

I really wanted to find McKinley an older style bed. 

My Pinterest inspiration:

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vintage iron bed

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Thankfully, I knew where I could find a bed like I wanted.  In the Cabin. 

Well, I didn’t know that the mice had gotten into the matress and mom and dad put the bed outside.  A few years ago.  So weather and horses took their toile on it. 

As in, I didn’t even want to share the  before. 

However, Greg took his tools and sanded those babies down.  I didn’t take a photo before I primed it, but WOW… he cleaned them off beautifully and straightened it out. 

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I took it out and primed them really well.  You can still see some dings, but that gives it character. 

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The after just blew me away!!

 

 

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That is as far as I’ve gotten on the projects for awhile. 

 


Cards for Fun!

Hey there!!  Did you enjoy your weekend? 

We celebrated McKinley’s birthday and get the camper ready for fair.  So it was busy.

This girl is turning 9 on August 1st!  We will be celebrating it at the 100th Phillips County Fair – the longest continuous fair in Montana!!  Lucky her!

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Before our trip, I was cleaning out the craft room.  I went through my 12x12 paper. Paper that I’ve been hoarding for years, and I finally CUT IT UP!!  Winking smile It needs to be used people!!  I had quite a few sheets of fun paper from Amy Tangerine and American Crafts.  One of the things I loved was that the end strips with the labels and codes, had some fun patterns on the opposite side. 

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When I cut up the paper (I cut everything down to 6x6), I kept those strips and today I’m sharing the card I made.   I added them to the front of a card base with the sentiment from the new Stampin Up! One Big Meaning set. 

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I added some small chipboard and twine to the front, and I had a super cute and easy card. 

 

Then while I had my new paper stash out, and this fun stamp set, I played around and made this card.  I did use the Sweet Sketch Sunday, but it was a couple weeks ago and I never got it posted in time. 

 

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I am loving the mix of flowers on this one, and just a hint of grey. 

I feel like I have a whole new stash of papers now.  Sorry, tho, that I don’t know the names of them and most of them are older.  However, I’m using up my stash and not buying new paper for awhile!


Book Review | Freedom’s Child

I’ve found that my summer reading isn’t as great as my winter time reading.  I just want to be outside. 

However, I picked up this book just before we started summer break, and I finally finished it.

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I picked it up because it was in the genre of Stephen King, and even though I love his books,  they can be a bit harder to read sometimes.  Not like a pick me up or anything. 

This one was the same.  Freedom Oliver is a woman with secrets.  You learn early on that she is not happy with her life as it is.  She is living in a small Oregon town, because that is where the Wtiness Protection agency placed her.  She is a mother who was forced to give her kids up for adoption over the choice to give them to her in-laws.  She was accused of killing her husband who was a cop, labeling her cop-killer.

She shares some chapters in first person and some chapters go into third person for the rest of the characters, making it different to read at first.  However, because I wanted to finish it I enjoyed the story line and over all the story itself.  I didn’t care for all the language, but I can easily read past that. 

As Freedom lives her crummy life, she drinks too much to drown the pain.  Thus becoming close to the local police officer, who she often spills more of her secrets to as he’s taking her drunk self home.   She also follows her now grown children online, and soon discovers that her daughter has gone missing.  The adoptive family is not what it seems and Freedom uses their vices to sneak herself into their inner circle.  Once she finds out what is going on with her daughter’s adoptive family, she leaves Oregon with many on her trail.  When she ends up at the destination and realizes what is going on, so takes charge and tries to save what she can. 

It’s not all a happy ending, but you end you rooting for her and her new family in the end. 

 

I was given this book free for reviewing purposes by bloggingforbooks.com and was not required to give a positive review. Any views expressed are those of the reviewer and not the publisher.


Summer Road Trip

Hello Friends!! 

 

We ran away for a few days last week to see some of this big beautiful state that we call home.   We live in the 4th largest state, so driving from one part to the next requires a lot of travel time.  However, great memories were made and we were able to check off quite a few things off our Montana Bucket List. 

 

Now this week, we are starting to finish up our prep for the county  fair.  That it next weekend, but we will be busy for most of the week getting ready to go.  I do have a couple posts to share this week with you – AND THEN….I have something super planned for the month of August.  So please be sure you pop back over to check it out!!

 

For now, some photos of our trip! 

 

We traveled down through Red Lodge, MT to Yellowstone National Park – via the Beartooth Highway.  Lots of twists and turns as you climb.  Not that fun for a nervous passenger.  However, breathtaking views.  And snow at the top of the peak!! 

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One of my wants at YNP was to see the Grand Prismatic Spring.  You can see in the 2nd photo what it looks like with all the colors.  Sadly, it was raining and so the steam was crazy, you couldn’t see the colors as well.  Still just amazing. 

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We debated about Lewis & Clark Caverns, but we were there so we did it and I’m so glad.  We had to HIKE clear up this mountain.  However, it was so worth it.  I just didn’t remember it being a 2 hour, 2 mile hike. 

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Greg’s number one on the list was to see the old Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.  It was wild to see how SMALL cells were and how big the walls are.  Not some place I would want to be stuck. 

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Another bucket list for me was the old time photos.  Everyone was excited but RC and I said that is perfect, you don’t want to smile in these.  McKinley fell in love with her dress and said I wish I lived in the olden days!!  lol…  Me too!!  Wait….nevermind. Hee Hee 

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OK, this next one might be scary.  I took a lot of selfies but this one was the worst.  I woke up the first day we were gone with swollen eyes.  This photo was much later and the swelling had gone down some.  But it turned out that I’d had an allergic reaction to my makeup.  I’d pick up some new eye shadow the week before.  Going back to my stand by now. 

Anyway, spent some time visiting the clinic in Red Lodge and got some allergy meds.  Yesterday was the first day my eyes were not swollen when I woke up.  So maybe  later this week, I can go back to makeup!!  Winking smile 

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Now I need to do something about this laundry pile!!  Yikes!! 

 

 

 


Stamp Club Cards | July

Hey there!!

I’m sharing my cards for this months’ Stamp Club.  Club met last night, but I was unable to attend.  I sent them to the Demo along with my order.

 

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I was inspired by one of the cards in the new Stampin Up! catty, and pulled out my Work of Art stamp set to play with.  I gathered up some colors that seemed to work with the rainbow spectrum. 

I decided that I wanted the hearts muted some, so I added a smaller square of vellum on the front, before adding in the sentiment.   I added the twine by punching holes with my Crop A Dile.  That is also what is adhering the vellum to the front of the card. 

 

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These are super fun, and perfect for a small Thank You. 

 

Thanks for stopping in – I will be back next week. 


Currently #3

TIME: 2:07 pm

LOCATION : Craft/Office

FEELING: tired and thinking a nap sounds nice.

LOVING : lazy summer days

READING : Freedom's Child - Jax Miller

DRINKING : Water. 

ANTICIPATING : a little road trip maybe?

LISTENING TO : Kids playing a game

WATCHING : Caught up on Under the Dome

PLANNING : meals ideas for the next week. 

LOOKING FORWARD TO : Taking a chance to enjoy summer!

CREATING : cards for upcoming birthdays. 

NEED TO FINISH : Our fair entries.  Ugh.

MAIN GOAL : Take it easy, find some peace and just enjoy! 

 

 

*It's been awhile since I posted a Currently with Kellie.  I'll try to keep up maybe monthly rather than her Sunday posts! 


Challenging Myself

 
Hi friends!!

I snuck in some unexpected time to play.  I wanted to play along with some challenges for the week.  It has been hot, and I needed a cool place to relax.  So I whipped up a couple cards for some of my favorite challenges.

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 I found the challenge over at MFT Stamps Card Challenge Blog.  And then I struggled.  lol  I wanted to emboss the sentiment, and I pulled some scraps of papers for it.  I am cleaning out my stash of papers and they were just there.  So I pulled them together. 

I didn’t add the strip along the bottom, as I didn’t like the look.  But I added some fun gems along the side of the circle to make the sentiment pop. 

 

Simon Says Stamp Sweet Sunday Sketch

Then I wanted to play with the challenge again at Simon Says Stamp.  It was a furry friend challenge, and using Newtons Nooks.  I had picked up this set awhile back and thought I better use it for this one.  I really don’t know about this set, it’s not all that useful for me, but it is funny.  Thought this would be a fun sentiment with this image.  HA! 

I also headed over the Karen’s Sweet Sunday Sketch to play and it was calling for use of any older sketch.  I think that was the case the last time I was able to play!  Oh well… I picked a fun one. 

 

That is it for today – thanks for the visit!! 

Enjoy your weekend!!


Watch Me Video | Happy Camper

Hey friends!  Earlier this week, I shared a video on the new Splash colors I got from A*Muse Studio.  With that, I colored this cute lil camper from the Happy Camper stamp set.  Today I am sharing with you the completed card, using some blending for the background. 

This video is less than 5 minutes.  I did color the image in the previous video, so please check it out, if you didn’t already see it!

 

 

You can also watch it HERE on YouTube. 

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The camper image is colored with my Splash inks and a water brush.  Stamps, ink and jewels are from AMuse and can be purchased HERE.  Paper is from Papertrey Ink.   Blending tool is from Simon Says Stamp

 

Thanks for the visit – check back next week for my Stamp Club cards for sharing. 


Watch Me Video | Some fun with Splash!

Hi friends!!  I’m back today with a fun lil video featuring some new (to me) products. 

These are the Splash line from A*Muse|Studio.  They are an opaque colored ink that dry with a nice matte finish.  I’ve got a lot of fun ideas for this product line, but I just shared a few in the video below. 

 

 

 Or watch on YouTube HERE.

 

I’d like to work with these a little more and will probably come back later and share some more! 

 

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This fun card uses the diamond and sentiment from Shine Bright, paired with Bermuda Splash!. 

 

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I stamped the hat from Sherlock and the sentiment from It’s No Mystery stamps sets and the Slate Splash!

 

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I didn’t get this card finished, but I will.  Smile  I’ll also be finishing up the card with the cute camper to share later this week.

The sentiment is from Birthday Balloons with Grapefruit Splash! 

 

All cardstock is from Papertrey Ink.  All A*Muse products can be purchased HERE.


A little Update!!

Hey all - did you enjoy your holiday weekend?  We had a roller coaster of a weekend.  We were busy most of it at Greg's Class Reunion out of town, and came home to sad news that our dear Ellie had passed.

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She was older and she was losing her hearing and just recently had some thyroid trouble.  So part of us knew that it was coming, but it's still very sad!!

We will miss her like crazy!! 

 

Now, grab a cup of something delish and settle in.  We need to talk!

I've struggled a bit lately with where I wanted to go with the blog.  I've been here before, and I'll probably be here again.  It's ok... it's life. 

And it's life that brings me to where I am right now, and what I wanted to share with you all.  I rambled on a bit, but at the end there, I explain where the future of {created by Katie} is going to go. 

 

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Personally, I am happy and feel very content – maybe the most I have in awhile – with where our family is.  I do not like that the kids are growing up!!  STOP THAT WOULD YA!!??  But I feel blessed with our personal life.  I’m also enjoying my job(maybe because I'm on vacation!).  The hours and the schedule are perfect for us.  But more importantly, I guess especially after this year, I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with the kids and foster the relationships with them.   I thank God everyday for putting me there. 

But here is what I’ve struggled with. For a long time, I felt the need to be involved.  I signed  up every little thing that was offered to me to be in.  I felt I needed to be in it, especially if someone asked me.  One day I got a phone call asking me to be the treasurer of Swim Team.  I thought, that can’t be too bad, and I felt the need to help because the boys swam.  A few days later, I was delivered boxes full of everything known to swim team.  Turns out, the treasurer did it ALL.  EVERYTHING!!  And I had no clue what to do.  Even worse, no one wanted to help.  They wanted to dump it off and be done.  Well, duh! 

So when I ended up going to the hospital and they told me my blood pressure was the cause of my ailments, I said that is enough.  I dropped that stuff off for someone else to deal with and I walked away.  

However, getting out of other things wasn’t as easy.  I said, Oh, I’ll keep this one because I do love this.  Or this one is really important and needs help.   But nothing changed.   

I knew where I wanted to be, but I couldn’t bring myself to just say no.  However, this last spring there were multiple things going on.  I’d taken on too much, or they all just collided with each other and were right on top of each other to get done.  I felt the overwhelming feelings again.    And there I was taking down the decorations and the stuff that had been set up for teacher appreciation week…. ALONE. 

I told Greg, I am not doing anything else for anyone else all summer.  I need to make a serious change.
He didn’t believe it. 
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Well, I haven't.  And I plan to keep it that way.  I know that it might come across as selfish.  To not want to be helping others.  But I always get roped in, and always end up feeling stepped on.  I’ve tried not to be so sensitive to this, but it doesn’t work.  Also, I feel that I need to take care of my family first.  I need to re-prioritize really, and it’s not selfish at all.  My family is a full time job on it’s own!! 

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 A few weeks again, I sat down and wrote out just what I wanted.  Then I figured out how to get it.  And how to keep myself from getting into anything new. 

So, my goal – on my list I made – is to take care of US.  My little family I've been blessed with.  I started off for the summer, and really, I’ve enjoyed not having to do things outside the home.   The reality is, is that that is enough.  Working, taking care of an active family is enough.   And I’m ready to do what makes me happy.  I’m tired of worrying about what other people think.  I’ve figured it out, they do not think about me.  They have their own issues, and they only think about themselves.  It’s time I do the same. 

I don’t want this to come across as bitter, because I’m not.  I’ve just finally figured out where I want to be.  And this time, I took the time to sit down, pray about it and write it out.    And figure out how I can do the things I really want to do.  Unfortunately, there isn’t time for everything.    And you know what?  Life is short.  Too short to be spent on things that don’t push you in a positive direction. 

I’m ready to head that way – in a positive direction. 

The only way to live. Love this from Joys Hope

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For the blog/youtube/etsy, I added a section to my "list" above.  I keep going back to where I want the blog to be and what the content should be.  After praying about all of this, I keep going back to my cards. 

The content of the blog will remain cards and crafty, with a hint of family life.  And maybe a few other things.  Maybe not. 

I won't be posting DAILY and maybe not even weekly, however I do plan to try for a weekly update of some sort.  I'm not going to put any requirements on myself and maybe I can then just enjoy it.  My spare time is rare, but this is what I love.  So I plan to make what I'm doing here a priority over other things that have pulled me away before. 

With that, I hope that my weekly post will include a video of sorts. 

And I also hope to update my etsy shop with some more cards and maybe a few other things.  I'm closing it down for the month of July, as we will be busy and gone some.  I hope to update it and open it back up the first part of August. 

 

Maybe that was a long winded way to say what I needed, but I wanted to share all of that with you.

NOW - tomorrow I'll be back with a FUN crafty video. 

Thanks for the visit friends!!