Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Do What Makes You Happy Mixed Media Canvas

As we usher in another New Year, my wish for all: 

May you have everlasting happiness, and peace.
May your home be blessed with an abundance of warmth and joy.
May all your wonderful dreams become real.
May you experience success in whatever you do. 
And.........

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I created this canvas for my hubby back in October for our anniversary. He has always said to me and the kids "I would rather have something homemade than anything bought". So homemade is what he received!

This was my first attempt at mixed media. It was fun to just be sorta messy for a change! 

Ingredients:
Mod Podge ~ gloss
Plain tan tissue paper
Mister Huey's Color Mists ~ Classic Tan & Sunshine
Tim Holtz cling stamps ~ Grunge Cirque
StazOn solvent ink ~ Jet Black 
Patterned paper assortment
Magic Mesh ~ copper fine weave
Washi tape ~ white with black dots 
Skeleton leaves ~ green
Fiskars clear stamps ~ Sentiments
Tim Holtz Distress Marker ~ Bundled Sage 
Silver heart embellishment
We R Memories Keeper ~ bakers twine
Pink Paislee ~ Artisan Elements border & Artisan Chipboard arrow



Happy Crafting
and don't forget to make some art, try new things, push yourself!


Happy New Year!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Believe

Merry three days after Christmas! Hope you are enjoying this special time of year!
Tom and I had a quiet, cozy Christmas day. Had fun watching the grand kids open their gifts!
Our traditional Christmas dinner consists of ham, kielbasa, sweet & mashed potatoes, corn, rolls, deviled eggs and pies...I stuffed myself till I could not move! :)

I have a funny, cute story to tell.

My friend bought me a wall canvas with pictures of candles. Each candle has a small flickering, glowing light, so they look almost like real candles burning. I have the canvas sitting on the end table.
When my 4 yr. old grandson saw it, he went over to it and was staring at it. His back was facing me, so I could not see his face. He looked and looked at it then the next thing I see.....
He was trying to blow out the candles!!!
I started laughing and he then realized they were not real and quickly walked away! If you could should have seen his face. I would of loved to have gotten a picture of that once in a lifetime memory!


Any who, on to the card I made for my hubby.
I wanted to attempt to create a worn leather look and this is what I came up with.


masculine christmas card





Creating a masculine card can be a little intimidating and challenging for me. 

                 
   
Happy Crafting!
Till next time...TTFN!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Warmest Holiday Wishes Altered Gift Bag

I would like to convey warm holiday wishes and a sincere thank you to my loyal followers. And of course also to those of you, who by chance, stop by my little corner of the blogging world. 

I am still continuing to learn about blogging, and the social media since the birth of Cindy's Paper Creation almost one year ago. I love creating, and the greater the crafting challenge, the more I'm loving it!!
I have learned techniques from the so, so many more experienced crafters...who I must also add, are the friendliest, kindest, and appreciative humans from all over the world!!

In the near future, I hope to provide a giveaway from time to time, but I still have to do research on how to conduct them. 

I have come to realize that I am procrastinator...esp. pertaining to certain aspects of blogging and the social media...even entering challenges. I do not possess enough confidence in my work and photo taking. I am a perfectionist and enabled a habit of critiquing, thinking I could do better, or more, or differently.  
I NEED to stop those thoughts to move on!
Sounds like a good New Years resolution!

The one thing I love about blogging ...I can type my thoughts in more effective words than I could ever effectively speak from my tongue! LOL


Now on to my creation...nothing fancy, a quick and simple decorated kraft paper gift bag. 


Front View
alter gift bag
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Side View                                                                      Back View
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Ingredients:
Michaels Celebrate It ~ paper sacks
Christmas primitive wrapping paper
Bazzil cardstock
Cricut Accent Essentials ~ diecut
Michaels ~ cream ribbon
Stampin Up ~greeting rubber stamp
Memento Tuxedo Black ~ dye ink




May you have a wonderfully blessed Christmas!

TTFN !
Happy Crafting !!





Monday, December 16, 2013

BRRR.....

It's been on the cold side the past few days here in Western Pennsylvania! I love the snow but can do without the frigid temps.

I created this cute banner for a very special person, my BFF, Linda. 
We have been friends for quite a long, long time, since high school. In fact, it has been 41 years! (Oops, I did it again...revealing my age!) She hung the banner on her fireplace. I thought that was the perfect placement!  
The photos are courtesy of her husband Norm...kudos to him because I of course forgot to take pics (again) before giving! 

christmas banner
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Close ups!

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I used the Cricut Winter Woodland cartridge for the letters, snowflakes, matting and base.
The patterned paper is the Mistletoe collection from Bo Bunny. The gold glitter cardstock from my stash. The white cardstock was embossed using Sizzix Textured Impressions ~ Swirly Vine embossing folder.

I would like to enter this into:
FCCB Challenge #191 Anything but a Card, Holiday Ed.
and



Happy Crafting !

TTFN !

UPDATE:
Thank you FCCB for choosing my banner in the top 5!!!

Fantabulous Cricut

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Desk Organizer ~ Book Box Style

Get organized with style and add some pizazz to your workspace with these fantastic anti clutter containers!
They make the perfect gift for the work at home person which is why I made this.

My neighbor works from home and my creation will look great on her desk filled with pens, pencils, and other goodies. 

She gave us a huge golden plate full of cookies(they were so good, and gone in no time!)so I am returning the plate, wrapped with this organizer on it!   


book box desk organizer




book box style desk organizer





I created these using the book box style tutorial by Graphic 45's designer Olga Struk


  Supplies:
  Graphic 45 French Country Collection 
  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chain Tassels
  Simplicity Woven Scroll Ribbon
  Paper Accents Heavy Cardstock

  The quality, uniqueness and vivid colors of Graphic 45's papers can not     be topped!
  I am so loving this!              


Until next time,

TTFN!

Friday, November 15, 2013

You Are Not Alone ~ Living With Cancer

Cancer is a monumental experience that we would all like to convey to others. 
The written story is only as compelling as the words make it.

Every cancer patient has a touching, heart tugging story to tell and it will always be a compelling experience in their mind, body and soul.

This writer's story may not be 'compelling', finding the proper words have been frustrating, but none the less, these are my feelings, thoughts from MY SOUL. 

Fear is the root of so many. Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong decision. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of being judged. Fear of overreaching. After debating with my own inner self and much consideration, I have finally made the decision to speak about my cancer again. 
NOT for pity nor sympathy but out of EMPATHY. 

My wish is not to convey acknowledging my cancer is any more 'special'  than others, also my writings is not the intention to anger or hurt.


I did not write this post in a day or even two....it was a few days of careful thinking, even hesitating clicking publish.

I am not a crusader by any means. Cindy's Paper Creation is a personal blog that is relatively new. It does not entail many following.

However, if this post reaches out and TOUCHES THE HEART for just that ONE person where cancer has invaded their life, and may have had feelings of loneliness at some point....and this helps one know they are never alone.... My wishful purpose has been done.
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On the day of my tests this past March, I was told my total body (PET) scan was negative. Hurray!
The very important blood test was sent out to California on March 8th.
I was so elated, I wanted to share my story publicly. So I did a post on 3-12-13.

I did the happy dance in March for 2 weeks after my tests. 
I then got the call....

My thyroglobulin tumor marker was elevated. It is a blood test to monitor for thyroid cancer recurrence. Normal range is 0-3. Mine was 95.5 
Doctor said we will recheck in September. Those results came back at 95.3. I need to be tested again in March 2014.

So, what does that mean? 
It means no tumors but the cancer cells are still present. They are so very minute, unable to be seen on scans. 
Wow, what a magnificent test! 

Tall Cell Carcinoma has a high rate of recurrence but is slow growing. 

Okay...so now what? 
I am no longer in remission, I once again have the C word.

I was assured the only place in my body where the cancer are living currently is the neck area. 

I don't want to have to wait till it grows and shows it's ugly presence on a scan. Zap it now with another treatment of the high dose radioactive iodine! 
I can handle the month long prep, having absolutely no metabolism, bone pain, nausea, isolation and everything else that goes along with it. 
Alas, the explanation from the medical professionals...is becoming toxic and the possible side effect of leukemia is of concern with another treatment at this time.

I have been told "you'll be fine". 
I am fine if you compare me to someone with pancreatic cancer. 
I am fine if you compare me to someone else's cancer that is far worse than mine. 
BUT, if you compare myself to the healthy me I was before my cancer robbed and rattled that health away, I am not fine. 

These words were spoken to me..."you are dwelling and worrying over it". 
I have difficulty erasing that comment from my mind. 
Henceforth, a sort of guilt on my part.

I have become silent in the emotional realm. I sometimes feel alone with my thoughts.

The "how are you feeling?" occurs rarely now-a-days. 
On that note, my simple reply "I'm doing okay" doesn't deem adequate either.

Is it my fault? Probably so. I have made it my choice to speak of the C word as little as possible.  

The distant online stranger with a common bond has become my confidant...a change that I have learned to accept. To help cope with cancer's uncertainty, and the emotional burden it carries.
To be able to speak without having the feeling of 'dwelling' or 'worrying'.  

Am I ungrateful or bitter or resentful?...Hell no! 
I have received an abundance of blessings to be feeling such nonsense! 
Besides, it's a total waste of my time! 

Someone once asked me "Aren't you happy the tumor marker test from March to September went down 0.2 ?" 

Really?! I STILL have CANCER. 

I repeat to myself every day "Maybe it will slowly leave my body. You need to stay positive, have faith and pray!"   

As anyone dealing with cancer will attest to, whether it's active or in remission, those multitude of mixed emotions can at times feel epic. They can show up at a moments notice and they can disappear at the drop of a hat. We have been handed that right, we are the warriors. We will stand up and continue to fight the battle.      





We used to have such crazy dreams,
The kind of dreams that brought us together, made us not mere mortals, but a movement.

We used to dream we’d get to the moon.
And we were crazy enough, fanatical enough, relentless enough, to get there.

We dreamed we’d split the atom.
Make smallpox and polio whispers from forgotten history books.
Make technology infinite, individual.
Connect the world.

All the unbelievable and the impossible,
all the can’t do and the never will, we overwhelmed them, we overpowered them, we conquered them.
They said no and we, well,
We said yes.
We stood up.
We stood up and changed the world.

Stand up when everybody else sits down
Stand up when it’s easier to turn away
Stand up for everyone who can’t rise anymore

When the answer seems impossible, stand up
When the dream is right within our reach, stand up
When the powerful refuse your call, stand up

The moment is now and the time has come to stand up.
One out of every two men
One out of every three women
will face these diseases we call cancer.

Our sisters, our brothers, our fathers, our mothers,
our husbands, our wives, our children.
Our very best friends and those we’ve yet to meet.

One person every minute, one person in a moment gets lost, gets stolen, gets taken away.

We are a tapestry of lives touched and brought together by a terrorist we can actually find.
And in the time it’s taken to read this, three more Americans have died.

Unforgivable.

This is where the end of cancer begins.

When together we become a force unmistakable.
A movement undeniable.
A light that cannot dim.

When we take our wild impossible dreams
And make them possible
Make them true

When together we rise as one
When we stand up
When we Stand Up To Cancer.  
                                                                       


Fighting cancer is a challenge but the greater challenge is learning to live with it's uncertainty. 
    
                      
I  would like to dedicate this post,
To all those fighting the battle, to those winning the battle and to all those that have lost the battle.
May you forever have the power of positive energy, spiritual or in other respects
and may you never have to feel alone in your battle.

With Love,


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Summer Days Gone By

It's been a summer of memories around my home.
Lazy, hazy summer days have gone by and now the brilliant fall foliage for us northerners is almost over! Thanksgiving will be upon us soon. And something to ponder...only 52 more days till Christmas! 

Mental funks happen to the best of us. But while getting stuck is inevitable, staying there isn't. 
Even though it hasn't been evident on my blog, I have spent a little time in my crafty space. My table is quite evident of my craftiness, if you can find it!! LOL 
I am currently still working on the grand recipe organizer ( it's a work in progress!) and also creating a coupon organizer. 
I guess you are not a true paper crafter, card maker, scrapbooker, unless you have more than one project going on at the same time! 

Below are just a few pictures of those summer days. 
Photos courtesy of my 12 yr old granddaughter, as I have been too lazy over the summer to take pics of my finished projects. (sigh) 


Just call me slacker :( 
Mental funk...begone!!(another sigh) 

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Beautiful Flowers In Our Back Yard





                    

Nature Walks





















Gazing at the Moon



Rides on the Harley





Coffee in the Morning





Homemade Wine in the Evening




A Broken Leg!




Enjoying the Warm Sun





July 4th




Home Sweet Home




TTFN!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Tap Dancer

Hello and Happy Mojo Monday! 

While I was making this, the thought came to mind.... I have never done a layout of myself! You may ask yourself why?!  
The answer is.....there are not very many pics of me to be had. I have always, absolutely, positively detested getting my picture taken! 
Any of my family members will attest to it. 
The profile picture for my blog and Google+ is about as good as it gets!!


I started with Bazzill card stock and sprayed it with Mister Huey's color mist in Sunshine and Inky Black. 
Layered with Graphic 45 French Country-Montage and some of Authentique-Blissful  paper pack. 
Used an EK Success punch on the corners then adhered tiny pieces of black glitter cardstock behind them. 
The Prima flowers and a delicate see through leaf were attached to a chipboard ring adorned with black satin ribbon. 
The chipboard ring circling my face (UGH!) is adorned with gold satin ribbon and the hatpin is made by Christina Griffiths at card-making-magic.com
The title was cut from the Cricut Ashlyn's Alphabet. 
To finish this layout I added some metal art pieces from K&Company.

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This picture of me and fellow tap dancer's was in my mother's box of keepsakes. 
She had it tucked nicely in my baby album. 
You can tell by the look on my face, even way back then, I was not happy getting my picture taken!

I can remember my mother bragging about this picture. 
If she was here today, she would of been so proud of this scrapbook layout!



If you feel like giving my blog some love, it would make my Mojo Monday even more mojo!!
  
                            
As always....Happy Crafting!

TTFN!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thinking of you

Hi!  
I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Okay...there is a delicious, wonderfully pleasant aroma coming from my kitchen. It's distracting me from my work at hand. All I can think about is dinner!

My hubby is frying up some freshly picked green peppers. We absolutely love this time of year, fresh veggies from the garden, and just picked corn on the cob! I am in heaven right now!!

A quick post today as I don't want to miss dinner! 

Found this card while organizing my scrapbooking magazines. Someone (not me!) happened to lay it on top of them and it was lost for awhile :-(
I made it earlier in the spring. I remember it was a drab and dreary day. The cheery, springy colors in the paper helped brighten the day and my mood! I am so loving this paper collection!


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Recipe:
DCWV, The Spring Fling~patterned paper and cut apart label
Fiskars~border punch
Cricut, "Just Because" Cards~cartridge
Fiskars, All Year Greetings~clear stamp
Crystal Stickers, Mosaic Cream~bling
Flowers~my stash



Hope you are having a fantabulous summer so far and don't forget to enjoy the sweet earth's bounty!!


Happy Crafting!
TTFN!



Monday, July 22, 2013

Why Christmas In July?

Have you ever truly wondered...why Christmas in July?

The earliest known occasion to make the phrase 'Christmas in July' literal was in July 1933 at Camp Keystone, a girl's summer camp in North Carolina, which celebrated with a Christmas tree, gifts, and a visit from Santa Claus!

In the southern hemisphere, winter falls in July. Therefore in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, in order to have Christmas with a winter feel, Christmas in July events are held. 
In the northern hemisphere, some people throw parties during July that mimic Christmas celebrations, bringing the atmosphere of Christmas but with warmer temperatures. 

In some western countries, July has a limited number of marketing opportunities. In the United States and Canada, there are no national holidays between the first week of July and Labor Day, leaving two months with no holidays. Therefore, to justify sales, shops will sometimes announce a Christmas in July sale! 


My mother always started her Christmas shopping in July but never really said why or if she did, I forgot (no surprise!)....now I know...she was a smart and savvy shopper! 

So, on that note... I don't start my Christmas shopping in July but I have actually started making my Christmas cards and tags earlier this year since I now have more time to hang out in my little crafty space! Does that count??!! 



INGREDIENTS
The Paper Studio, Old World Winter ~ patterned cardstock
Fiskars ~ border punch, circle punch
Snowmen, sentiment, ribbon and button from my long lost stash!



Happy Crafting!
TTFN!

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