Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Still creating...but with material

                                                           No  Cards Today
However I thought I would share a few of the blankets that I made  for  our new little  guy...The three

on top  are  the last three I  made,  and  the  adorable monkey face one Ali made for  her  new little brother, and  gave to  Krista  the day we  did a card shower  from friends  back home at church...

And these are the first few I made  .I love all the choices of fabric Krista choose...

 So  there  you have  it...I do  have one more to make,  his  gramma  blanket   : )

                                       Thanks  for stopping by,  I am glad to see you  all...
                                            Hope you are having a  "smiley" kind of day

                                                         See you all soon, bye for now  ...


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hello I am back

Yes it has been a very long time. As most of you know, it was a very busy summer for me.
Then  in September I helped my youngest daughter and her family  move to Colorado and stayed for a couple of weeks.

That led to a process for me to decide  where I was going to live..I decided  to  accept  their offer to come live with them. yes I am blessed
Sadly that  was not an easy decision, as I  left  my oldest daughter and  two very special grand daughters  in Illinois  along with  family members and friends ,  that are a part of my every day living... For those that do not know me,  my family and dear friends are my life.

It took several weeks to  give away  , sell, and store  most of my belongings.and lots of packing.I was blessed with  good  help  and in time I was ready to make the move. So in November  my daughter and family  came to move me...

So  I am in Colorado, it has been great. the weather is not too bad  where we are,  my family is doing well here. And  my  family  back in Illinois  does a lot of face timing and calling...thank goodness for new technology  Speaking of technology, I do not have my desktop  or my awesome printer/ scanner, so  it is a new world for me  to learn  how to  simply  post on my blog...Then  my laptop died, so I am using one  from my daughter  as well as an Ipad she gifted me with...yes I am blessed

They say change is  good,  and I am trying... For those that know me. well, sometimes change is a big struggle  for me...I am trying,  slowly
As this is my second attempt  to post this  update on  this blog....

I am sad to say my crafting  supplies did not make the move,  as there was not quite enough room in the trailer ~ and my son-in-law thought I needed my bed and clothes more   lol
They are all packed and waiting until the time we can go get them...

Til then, Krista's craft area  is set  up...well kind of  sort  of...yes that is another story, are you ready for that???

Krista had  her  new craft room all set  up and  in order,  she was  excited... However  she learned a new  baby  was on the way,  and he needed a room...So   her craft room was emptied and sat up in a large  corner of their dining room... Functional, looks  good   and we are thankful.
And it did not take Krista long to find an SU consultant close by   Plus Krista and I have been to a couple of SU classes  out here  and  that  was awesome... So I will have a few things  to share

So  did  any of you  figure out  the best part of all of this??? I am going to be a grandma  again  insert a huge  happy smile...# 6  and the third  boy    currently  we refer to him as # 4  lol

So for now I will leave  you with this message, but I  will be back...  crossing my fingers and saying please God...I will share pics of where I live, and my family  and  creations   when I can

2014  was a year of many challenges, many changes...many prayers... and many tears ...

I hope you enjoyed the hot tea...maybe tomorrow I will have some banana bread to go with it
Thank you all that have checked in on me, and still support me...I  really appreciate  you all

See  you all soon,  bye  for  now

Soni B...caretaker of Sonisfrontporch

also known as Sonja

or  grandma  Soni

Friday, August 22, 2014

and PART TWO ...

                  And  here  are  the other cards  I made  at the last class I went to

                     Isn't  this  little  guy  or  gal  too cute ??    It is a single stamp offered  by SU called                                                                                kind koala
I  love the simplicity  , adding  just a touch of color to the  bear,  2 colors on a white card base  and some dimension  from an embossing folder  , adding the  yarn / string   bow and it is  just  so sweet 
We did  add  crystal effects  to the  flower  and  his  /  her  nose  for some  added  fun  

   And the second one  is  the same card I changed into a birthday card, but this  was  the original design, well I changed  the style  of  and placement  of the thank you   
   And the third  one  is a  beautiful  Christmas  card  , basic  while   with dry embossing of a  snowflake for an elegant  base  some soft color   and silver punched  snowflakes  
and  bling to  add to that  elegant look

            So  there  you have  them  all  , thanks  for stopping  by  as always  .

                           I hope these cards  have  sparked an idea  or  two   

                    It was a  hot  muggy day  here  ,  end of  summer  heat  I believe...  

                                 So  I will see  you all soon,  remember  to SMILE~  

Friday, August 15, 2014


      I  am not sure  about you, but August is one of those  months, lots of  birthdays... I missed a  few 
but was so happy the card  class I attended  had  several choice  pre designed  for  birthdays, or easy  to change the sentiment...Woo Hoo
      The  first one  was  designed as a  thank you, but  it was  so easy  to change it  up ... It  was stamped  with the set  named Stippled Blossoms  from SU...And the  SU consultant  is  so happy to do all the  fancy  cutting,  yep another Woo Hoo   lol  the  back ground stamp Haedwood is one of the  truest  designs I have ever seen...yep I bought  it   lol the embossing on the  top layer of the  banner  adds so much   and  flowers and leaves  are  all  popped  up at different levels  ~  love love  love  this one
  And # 2  for the  Birthdays  is  something  so different and  fun to me~ I can see this set  being  a stand  by  for  teen cards  or  masculine  cards     .I thought the color combo was  great..The  name of the  set  for  the  splotchy  or spilled  paint  look  is  Gorgeous Grunge   iand   the  Happy Birthday  is from Age Awareness 
Love  how they  look  perfect together... Not sure  which set the label was  from... Again  dry embossing  the small blue square  and  piercing the label  add so much

Now # 3  is a much softer look   and a new technique  as well  We used  painters  tape  to  press into the ink  and place on the  card stock to go with the  birds  image   It came out  light  and so perfect... who would  have  thought   lol ?? The set  used was Wetlands, it comes with  3 different sentiments   so I did one  birthday  and  one  thinking  of  you  . I thought the wood grain  embossing  was  great   like drift wood...It is  the Woodgrain  embossing folder  

There  you  go  for  tonight  ~ I have  a couple  more from the class  but  I will  be back  with  those  

Thanks  for stopping  by,  still  pretty weather  so  grab  your  tea  from the fridge  in the  breezeway

Til  next  time  
 Smile,   and  CREATE....

Bye Bye  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


 I  loved  the ideas  presented  to us,  and we  were able  to choose  which ones we wanted  to make and make  2  of  each design we chose   ...    It was  really  a great day , a friend  gave me this class as a  belated  birthday  gift, I  gave  my  sis in law  the class as an early  birthday  gift  and we were  joined  my  a niece, another sister in law and a friend...  What  better  gift  than time  doing what  you  love with  those  you  love  ~
First  is a  card that was  fun to make, easy to change it  up  if  you want  by placement of  lined stamp I did not add the sentiment  because I  thought  it  would  be great  for several  reasons, I will add  one  as  needed  . ...The flowers and  leaves  were  cut  out  and some popped up with dimentionals    ..    red  base , white  card front  , navy  ink, red  ink  and  celery green  ink or some thing similar...  I  forgot to get the  name of the stamp set, sorry
And # 2  is one  that   that  pushed  my limits, lol  ~  stamp, punch  and line  up  ~   .my niece and I also requested to change  the  base mat color, as  she  had some really  off green...  We  embossed the  white  mat after we applied  the  hexagons,  for a  unique look   simple  ribbon  treatment  and popped  up the sentiment  
Ok  and on to # 3
I  love  this  one,  simple  one layer  card,  great  clean and simple  card  ...this is the one  thar  made  me order a new stamp set  lol
She  had  samples of  other cards  she  had  previously  made , all  way to  cute  
And  # 4  is so pretty,  I struggle to make Wedding  cards,  but  check  this out  !  `
clean design, add a little sparkle  and WOWZERS  and you could custom to match Wedding  colrs  if  you wanted to...Love love love  this one   it was  marina  blue I  belief,  yes  my scanner is so  friendly and right on...lol

And  the  last  card  was  fun,  thank goodness for all the  help in  cutting  and  cutting...WHEW   
color  on  color, add  a script background  add some simple  bling, a sweet and simple  tie if strinfg  pretty ribbon and  a  punch  for the sentiment...LOOK  how  pretty
 I   would like to have this set too,...
Crumb cake, Cherry cobbler  and Wasabi green     make a  gorgeous Christmas  card..
.  So  guess where I am going tonight???
  lol  Yep  to another card  class   Yippee

Thanks  for stopping by,  I know I  have  been MIA...  yet again...

I hope  you enjoyed looking  and  if  it it  inspired  you  please  let  me see what  you created ...

Til  next  time,  Smile,  enjoy  your day  and  give  that Smile  to some one,  it may  be the only  one  they  have ~

See  you all real  soon !  bye  bye

Monday, June 23, 2014


Hello there,how are all of you ?? Are you enjoying the  beginning  of Summer??
I know  here  it seems like  RAIN  RAIN  RAIN  with a flew blups of beautiful SUNSHINE   ~  I am trying  not to complain, as I know some  have much  worse to deal with  ~ floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, mudslides,  yep  ALL much worse...

So today I  have some pictures  all related to  RAIN...  We  had a  few  massive  downpours  Sunday  night after several days  of rain  of and on ~ this is a  ditch  between my yard and the road   going towards  my  youngest daughters  house

And  this was  the  early  night  sky  after  the  downpours   I love the  swirls of  color
~    just like God was  painting  us a picture  ~ 

  And  these are  some of  my flowers  that  are doing  nicely ~  thanks to all of the rain
Some of the really pretty one  keep  posting sideways... So maybe another time  I can  share those

 I love Gerberas, this is  just one bloom from  seven   on this plant right  now. My grand daughter Brooke  brought me the  plant with  white and  yellow  Gerberas   for Mothers Day

                                                  OOPPPS   look  who  snuck in   ~   lol
                                                                 My little  heartbeat
                  This was  taken  after  we  stood in the door watching it rain  while  the sunshine was out.
                    Her  words "  rain all done  Mom Mom   go outside  and play  PLEASEEEEE "
So  a little rain  must  fall,  some  times a lot of rain  will fall   ~ But  that is just  fine .

The other  part was , I came  to my  craft room  in the later  after noon on Sunday and played  until  the rain brought darkness  and I had to stop ~  I did get 2 cards completely made and  another one  almost  figured  out in my head. Two are mailed already  but they are scanned in.So  as soon as # 3  is  made I will be  back  to share

Ours day  are  in the 80's  So  Ice Tea  it  is ladies.  Grab a glass  and enjoy   THE  FRONT  PORCH with the  view   of  flowers and critters  and God's beauty all around

                                                  Thanks  for stopping by,  See you all soon ...
                                                                            Soni  B

Friday, May 23, 2014

May Flew Right On By

      Well hello,  how are all of  you??     Is anyone wondering  just where May went  ??  I sure am.
It was a busy  month,  filled with Mothers Day,  my great grand daughters  first birthday party, and my oldest dughters  anniversary,  my great nephews  birthday,   and  planting flowers  and preparations  for a family reunion  ~ Since it is  hosted here locally  some of  us  try to organize  and  plan  for all that  come  to join us ... My niece  has  arranged  for  a good time  to be had  by all .
                                   And   here  we  all  are  celebrating Memorial Day  weekend  too 

Ok  and  on to my cards   and pictures  ...

            My first card  is  the one I made  for Zoey's  first birthday ~ simple in  pink, but I love  this  sweet image  with  just one candle on the cake .Pretty  simple, pretty in pink , pretty sweet  just like  Zoey  
Here is  Sweet  Zoey  being  happy  being one  

And  the second one  was an anniversary  card  for my daughter  and her husband  

She loves  yellow  and flowers ,  so a little of  this and that   and there  you have it .Both cards  had images  from SU.Card stock and  DP from my stash,  pretty flower  from my stash too,  iy was from Michael's though

So as we  celebrate  this Memorial Day Weekend,  I hope  you all enjoy some family time,  good food,  rest and  happiness...  

Thanks  for stopping  by,  Enjoy  your weekend  
See you all soon..  
The tea  is waiting, help yourself