Tuesday, April 15, 2014


    Hello,  yes I thought  Spring was here , until yesterday when we  had  SNOW and temps in the 20's again...So  are we really going to  have a spring this year?  or are we being teased ????
    My cards today  are both  fun cards,  are are made  with  some sweet SPRING  related  goodies  from a friend, and  of course a few things from my stash  too

    The first card  is  a card  on a  card ...  and is square  just because I thought that fit  better... I  used some  pretty pretty  turquoise  vellum  and a  flower brad  that was  gifted,  and I added  turquoise   and  blush  card stock...  and some sheer turquoise  ribbon  I  thought  matched up nicely ...  Inside the top card ( the smaller one ) I stamped"May God's Love Brighten Your Day "    and on the  inside of the  big card  I stamped "When I  make a card for you, I  put a Prayer Inside "  It is  in the mail to my sister - in - law  that struggles with  health issues...  I thought the blush  was soft  and  may carry some Peace to her,  with the  bright color  to carry  happiness

And card  number two  just  made me  happy to make it ...  The image and ribbon  was  gifted, and I dug into  my  "doggie  stash " for the rest... The dp  is  sparkly... and this was so easy  to put together..

I still have  many pieces  to use and  two precious images,  I am chicken to color...  But I am  building  courage...

I am not sure if I will be back this week,  My oldest daughter is having a gathering  here at my house Friday, so  I need to be cleaning,  Plus  Easter dinner and Egg Hunt will be  here...Monday is my little  buddy's  birthday,   and I need to have 60 book marks  completed  by next Wednesday  for a sweet dear friend...

So  til  next time, when ever that may be   Easter Blessings  from me to you   and Happy Spring too

                                                            Thanks for stopping  by the porch,  

Monday, April 7, 2014

And April is here

First  of all, I am sorry this post is late, seems  I  did  not  upload  a particular  card,  tho I thought I  did~  so I had to wait  to see if I could  snatch it back long enough to scan it in...lol 
                                                      Only  in  my  life  Right ???   : ) 

So  ,   Hello, how is April starting off for  you??  Did  you say goodbye  to March on a good note??
I sure did ! My middle  grand daughter  turned 15  on the  29th, we  had a  lunch  gathering  for  her  and  then some shopping to spend  some of  her  "gifts "  Yes she was  thrilled...  It seems  make  up  was important this year...   said with a smile,  She is  a beautiful girl, inside and out, and I hope some day she realizes  that the make  up is not  the reason ~  but  I love that she knows what she wants, and  goes after it .
                                                She is truly a special  young lady .

My card  today  is  her  birthday card,  I was stumped  not only with her gift  but a card to  suit her  or  her day... However  her cousin was  taking her to the movies  later that day...and they both were so excited...  So I  just  dug in to some  birthday  dp and  embellishments...And   used some of her  likeable colors ...  The inside I  created  a  movie  ticket  to be a  pocket  for cash ~  just to be sure  the  two  young  ladies  had  enough  money  for the evening ~
 As we all know,  some times  they  forget that part...lol  or  simply look past  it  perhaps...lol 
                                                            Either way  here it is 

                                                                         and the inside 

  Ah  but the best  part,  when  her  dad  asked  who that  card  was  from,  her answer was                                                "Grandma Soni,  her cards are  better than Hallmark"  
Yes, she knows  how to  make  me  feel loved  ...   I am so  blessed  with  my grand  kids...  

ok , that is it for today...  Now I am  off to enjoy  my  youngest grand son for  just a few minutes...  he is getting off the  bus  here today...  I  made  fresh  warm  yummy sugar  cookies  ,
 because according to him
                                                   "that is what  grammas  do "  

 So  on with April,  I  have  things  spinning  in my head  ~  Lets see if I can  get  them on  paper
 Enjoy  your  day,  Hope  you remembered  to smile,  and  share  that  smile along the way  

                           Waving  good  bye  from  the front  porch  ~ til next time    ~
                                                    Thanks so  much  for stopping by  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

SPRING is making an appearance

   Hello  and Happy Spring...I sure  hope it is more than  just a brief appearance ~ I am ready for some nice weather.
 While I was out in my craft room, trying to go through some things  I  found some  odds and ends  and pieces of  cards.  So I  decided  to see what I could  make... I still have  a  huge pile of goodies  to play with but I thought I would share a couple with you ... 

  My first one was perfect  for a manly birthday card...I dear friend  from high school  celebrated a birthday earlier this week...  It was  great ...I put the  Happy Birthday on the inside with a special note  that said : as far as friends go, you are a true CLASSIC... The image is a SU stamp set  called Classics, I used  basic  gray  card stock, black ink and  mat  and  basic  gray  satin ribbon  
The card front  had  a slight  embossing ,  but it is not showing very well in he scan ...I also  straightened  the  mat and image up  before I  mailed it !   lol  

 The second  one I really got side tracked with because there were a few of these...  My  daughter Krista  actually made these card  fronts  for an exchange  at a SU  gathering...she  had leftovers  so I  asked  her to share them...they  were / are  just too pretty to not  be used.... and with Spring  arriving  it was the perfect  time  to get them ready to go out in the mail ...  This is all SU product, she used a SU  border punch and  watercolor crayons and blender pen  to color it in ..I love it, so soft and  delicate...

So I  guess instead of Spring Cleaning  I  dabbled in  re-furbishing cards...sounds  better  than  "cheating "  
               It sure was more fun than cleaning!  

I hope your first day of spring  has been good and left you with reasons  to SMILE

As always, thanks for dropping in,  I am off to enjoy  a grandson, he came  here after school for a grandma  hug, a Daisy girl  playtime  and oh yes  a SNACK...lol

                           Til next time

                               Bye Bye  

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Look what March winds blew in ~ a great challenge ~

   Hello  and   I was so happy to see what our  group  had   this month   to work  with...   I  love  black and  white cards,  classic, elegant, timeless ;  then add a touch of red  and  WOW ,  you get  one of my all time  favorite  color combos... 
      In my first card I did not want to disturb  the look of   the "Gracious Lady " so I  just  let her  be... I  added the touch of red as  suggested and  some  satin ribbon and  black bling to dress it  up ... The black card stock has a slight  sparkle to it, and I  mounted it on a while card base . 
 I love  how she  turned out  

The second card  I did  was  gate fold card  and I punched out  the  stamped  F  - friends  and mounted it on the pre cut red square and mounted  that on some shimmery  black and white
DP  to be the center focal point.. The card base is textured too . I used some red  ribbon to make a band  to hold the card closed 
                                                  This is a 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 square card      

          And the third card  is one I had a little fun with   ~  I re-stamped  some of the sentiments  on ivory  card stock  since  this tag  I  had was more ivory.   I used  the  red  vine  embossed card stock,  it too had some  shimmer  to it  what a nice touch !   I added  a flower and a pearl center  and  fell in love with it ...  Again the black base was  textured  .
Sorry for the  blurry  print,  not sure why   it looks that way...  I still have a few pieces  to play with, but I was excited with what I  made... 

Thanks  for stopping by,  I swept off the FRONT PORCH in anticipation  you all might  be coming.The weather  has been  pretty  nice  other than a day or so here and there  .

I hope you all are doing well  
and are smiling  

Til  next  time  bye  bye  
Happy crafting  

Saturday, March 8, 2014


       Hello  and I hope we are on our way to Spring... We were to get  snow  today, so far as of 8:30 pm  none yet...sure hope I do not  jinx  us...

        Tonight I have two cards to share,  bot are gong to the same recipient  ..One is a thank you  ,  my  "ex" Sister in law   but  dear friend  is always so  kind.  She loves my Daisy  Girl   and is always  so good to her.
The out side  looks like a simple  thank you  but the inside  has  puppy paw prints..~ a stamp by  Stampabilities~  and a note to tell her  Daisy loves her...  Lois is an amazing lady...
The base is  basic  gray,  barely banana  mat, white sheer ribbon  with  basic  gray taffeta  ribbon on top. Scallop circle punch  with  stamping in encore silver ink ~ an Su  stamp ~ and  basic  gray  swirls... 
 I kept the out side  "BASIC"  so the note inside would be the best part  ! 

And the second card  is for Lois's  birthday.
I cased  a card I had made  a year or so ago,  because it was  a  "happy "  card to me .  
It is colorful  and pretty  all due to   the DP
  One of those cards  that is so easy... but  made me smile...
I hope it brings  her a smile too  

Thanks  for stopping  by, we are to have some great temps  the next few days ~ woo hoo  
I will be busy  a couple of them  with  my  youngest  grand daughter  , she is coming  for a sleep over at  grammas  house  

This is a winter time  picture.
.my happy girl  did not like snow on her hands  
Isn't she just precious????
And here is my happy  girl...
yep the sunglasses are  upside down  
 Faith Style...

So I am off to finish  getting things ready  for her visit...and then to  to go visit  you ladies on your blogs..

Enjoy  your  night and  have a beautiful day tomorrow
Smile....just because you can

Bye  Bye  for  now  
See you all soon

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hello Again

Brrr...  It is still cold, as a matter of face  we have  freezing rain, sleet  creating ICE...then  several inches of fresh  snow falling today...Add those nasty winds  and  yep  another  NASTY  winter day in the midwest

So here I am,  playing in  my  craft room   : )

I  am using  a few  things  from our monthly challenge...  The first  card is  on whisper white  card stock by SU...with a sheet of dp from Michaels ~ I thought it looked springy  and it matched  the flowers  I found there too .
I used the SU circle punch and their scallop circle  punch to   host the  sentiment  ~  This card  is because I missed a birthday  for a sweet  sweet  lady...  my beautician.    On the inside , it will say  Sorry I  missed your  special day...Many special wishes  today and every day of this upcoming year ...
 And the second one is using  just a small strip of that same  dp   and  the card base  and matting  are in Calypso Coral by SU.   I rounded  3 corners on the sentiment  which is a  clear stamp by  Fiscars.  I  rounded  2 corners of the card base  to follow that flow  .I  used SU circle punch again  with the scallop punch   and  used white  gel pen  to add dots to help  make that scallop  circle   show up better...  I decided  to keep this  clean and simple...This  is an encouragement card  for  some one  just going through  a rough time...  the inside sentiment  is  " I thought a cupcake might help "
And  again  the scan is  just not quite  right.. Calypso Coral  is such a  soft pretty shade   not too   bright
But I am not complaining, at least  I  got these  scanned in and  transferred...Woo Hoo

So  2  for 2 attempts today...  and I thought spring like thought   even tho  it is still all white and wintery  here.

                                           As always,  thanks  for  stopping by the PORCH...
                                             I am still serving  hot beverages  of your
                                                        Hope to see you again soon...
                                                                 Bye Bye  for  now

                                                                        ~   Sonja  ~

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Well hello...I cannot say I am overly happy  tonight...  For some reason  Blogger decided  to not  let  me  in  my blog  under the  account  to to be able to post from...Only the  other account  to view  from,
 So  I will not tell upi how long I have been  fighting  ...AARRGGHHH
                                                        Deep Breath   and SMILE

                                       So  how are you all?? Happy and Smiling I hope

 My family  renamed Valentines Day  HAPPY HEART DAY...we tell everyone we love  that w love them and why                                          Quirky  I  know...   lol

So  here are my Valentines that I made my daughters  and grandkids...You all know  I love  them  right  : )

So there is one picture  with all of them~  why?? you may ask   ~    oh  because  my desktop  is not playing nice either    lol     So  I did scan them in, to show individually, but I am just too tired  now   to risk it ~
I will do another post maybe  to show them closer  if any of you want me too..
.And there is ONE card I  did take a picture of  alone  ~ it is for  my youngest grand daughter...
         She is only 2 1/2   and  has no clue about  valentines, so I made hers  special~  just for her

                                                 Those of you that know me will understand

I hope you all are warm, safe  and  creating  like crazy...  I will be  making my rounds  to check on all of you
And I have several things on my table~  I am working on a monthly challenge  right  now  so I will share them soon

Til then  drink lots of hot tea : )    warm Ovaltine   or  what ever warms  you  up    lol
And  Smile...  share that smile  with someone  , make them  feel special ...

             As always...Thanks for stopping  by the Porch...  Step inside   tho,   Brrr