Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy 2012!

Hello Sweet Readers,

Happy New Year to you! My wish for each of you is that 2012 will bring you much happiness, love, prosperity, and good health. I hope that each of you will find 2012 much better than 2011! ((((hugs to each of you)))

Did you have a wonderful Christmas? We had a delightful one. We celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary, too! That's a milestone, huh? Santa was very good to us. We are so blessed!

For those of you who know me well, you know that I have vision issues. It's been getting harder and harder to do cards. There is a lot of glare, and the floaters in my eyes are getting pretty bad as far as I am concerned. My floaters are like jellyfish which line up right in the center of my vision field. The glare is like cataracts, but I've had mine removed and do not have more growing. The meds caused my cataracts.

Don't get me wrong, I know that there are others who are so much worse than I. It's just frustrating sometimes when I'm trying to see to create, am wearing two pairs of glasses at the same time, and still cannot see well. The doctor said that I've done very well over the past 20 years considering all that is going on in my eyes. I sort of feel that I have to get as many cards done as soon as possible before I can no longer do them. That's why it takes me days to do one card! I have to be very careful as I color, etc. Our sweet son gave me a light to wear on my forehead to help brighten the area where my eyes look when I'm creating. I haven't tried it yet. I hope it helps! :o)

Today, I discovered that I have not posted some cards that I did for Christmas. I hope you don't mind looking at one or two at a time this week. I don't want to bog you down with Christmas cards! Here is the first of a few. I used a green suede paper as an accent paper. It feels like velvet and is very pretty. I used Memory Box dies, Martha Stewart border punch duo, Magnolia tree stamps, Tilda (of course), Nestabilities, a base of white Bazzill with red and white Bazzill layers, watercolors, pop dots to elevate Tilda, ribbons from my stash, green Spica pen, and little poinsettias from my stash as well. I love the patterned paper! It is so cheery! I bought a ton of it, used it up, and bought more when I could find it as it's older!

Here are the pictures:

Do you love that green suede paper? It is so nice with which to work!

Thank you, dear, dear readers for visiting and sharing some time on my blog. I so appreciate it. I hope you will come back often this week to see my "catch up postings!"

Love to each of you,


LINDA W. said...

OMGoodness I love your card.. your coloring is great love all your die cuts and punches.
Wishing you and your family the very best in the coming new year
I will pray for you.
hugs Linda

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Chris! Happy New Year!
Hugs Julie P

RenateKreativ said...

Beautiful card Chris. I wish you a happy new year.
Hugs Renate

DJ said...

Tht is a beautiful card. I lOve the dark green paper and understand why you got more of the patterned paper when you ran out. It is festive and with the different colors, very versatile. Love your work. Will keep you in my prayers.

Unknown said...

Beautiful card, I just love it! Hugs! Leah Ann

paola said...

Stunning Christmas card my friend, so jolly and bright, glad that you shared them, i do hope that this year there will be some improvement in your eyesight.
Happy new year

Monique said...

They are beautifull Chris!

Hugs Monique

EnblogSail said...

Love the greaan color; inside n out! Happy 2012!

Karen said...

Chris, your cards are gorgeous! Don't you just love the new Memory Box Dies? Happy New Year!


Unknown said...

Wow Chris what a way to start the New year!!!!! Absolutely breath taking!!!!! Beautiful colors and the papers are gorgeous!!!!! Happy New Year and best wishes in the New Year!!!!!

Regina said...

It´s amazing Chris!!!
Happy New Year!!!

Only By His Grace said...

Hi Chris!
I'm so sorry to hear that you are having trouble with your eyes. That must be so terrible for you as our eyes are so precious. I pray they will get better.
Your Christmas card is beautiful and that paper must be so lovely.
I was not able to do Christmas cards this year but Easter cards will be next.
Hugs Maz

Karen said...

This is sooo beautiful! : )

Rene said...

So pretty! Love the white swirls all over! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and fantastic New Year! The girls go back to school tomorrow...have I mention yet how UNDERPAID teachers are? Bwahahaha! Rene :D

Myrna said...

Hi Chris! Love your card. I'm a big green fan. Color of trees! :-)I hope the light is helpful to you. I enjoy coming and seeing what you've created! You'll be in my thoughts.

Pam said...

Very pretty card!!!

Elle said...

You made a beautiful card. I love all of the details.

Barb Hardeman said...

Oh, Chris, this card is just gorgeous! The dp is soooo pretty, and I would have bought tons more sheets of it to keep on hand! I love the way you did the inside with the ornament! The whole card is just stunning! Beautiful work...hugs...Barb

Christina C. said...

Hi Chris! I've missed you and I'm so sorry to read that you are struggling with vision problems. I also have floaters....they've become less of a nuisance than they were initially. Hopefully, yours will also improve.
Your card is absolutely your coloring of Tilda and, oh my goodness, the inside is just as beautiful as the outside. Stunning work!!!!!

Paula said...

Gorgeous! I just adore this card, you've done a great job on it, the colors, the coloring, the layout....all of it! Happy New Year!

Sharon said...

Your card is fabulous inside and out Chris. Just love the use of all your dies and punches. Tilda is coloured in beautifully. Good luck honey! hugs Sharon

Louise said...

Beautiful card, love the DP you used

cabio's craft corner said...

Sweet Christmas card Chris and lovely texture on the tree. Cute!!

Sandy said...

Hey pretty lady! Chris, your cards are always out of this world. I love your style. Will write soon.