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Friday, June 1, 2012

A little update ~

Not much crafting getting done around here as I've been busy with other things but that hasn't stopped me from  online retail therapy....a girl has to have some fun...right?!

My mom and dad's house sold in less than a week.  We have it all cleared out and are waiting to close (which hopefully will be next week).

Anxious to have the contractor start the addition on our house.  Refinancing should be complete by next week then we can give him the o.k. to begin.

We're adding one large room that will serve as their bedroom & living area with a 3/4 bath (that's a bathroom with no tub but a shower)  It's difficult for my mom and dad to get in and out of our claw foot tub so a walk in shower will be great for them.

Can't wait for another bathroom.....7 people and one bathroom make for some stressful situations...if you know what I mean!

That's all from "the hill".

PEACE,

Ellen




Friday, January 13, 2012

A COUPLE OF TAGS

TAG #1







On this tag I used:

~ STAMPS
                 Retro Lady - UNITY - Melody Ross -
                                      SHE SPOUTED WINGS

                 Flourish - TIM HOLTZ - PURELY RANDOM

Sentiment - I made using A YUMMY APOLOGY from dafont.com cut with Emma's - MY CREATIVE TIME - FANCY FRAME die

distress inks

TAG #2




On this one I used:

~ STAMPS
                 Emma's - MY CREATIVE TIME 
                    ANYDAY BINGO AND CROSSWORD and the "forever" is from POLKADOT SURPRISE

again I used her FANCY FRAME die

Various doily stamps and distress inks.

PEACE,

EllenM
           

Saturday, December 24, 2011

GROWING IN UNITY - GIVEAWAY WINNER

I still don't know how to put the random.org pick on my blog ... sorry about that.  


The winner happens to live not far from me...it's Donna!!!  


Here's what she said:


Ellen, I am so sorry to hear about your uncle. I know you have been dealing with so much recently. I wish you and your family a Blessed Christmas. Your card is Lovely. Donna
By Donna on GROWING IN UNITY - DAY 5 on 12/23/11

Thank you all so much for taking the time to comment.  It's been a rough couple of months for me and crafting is a little escape (as I'm sure it is with others).  

Thank you also to UNITY STAMPS - you guys are GREAT!!

Wishing you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY, HEALTHY and CRAFTY 2012!!

EllenM

Friday, December 23, 2011

GROWING IN UNITY - DAY 5

Today is my final entry for the UNITY STAMP COMPANY.  It has been my pleasure to show you some of my creations and I thank them for allowing me to do so.

However,

It is with sadness in my heart as my wonderful uncle passed away on Wednesday night and he will be buried tomorrow - Christmas Eve day.

I can't imagine what my cousins are going through right now or my dad who lost his youngest brother two years ago at Thanksgiving. 

My dad is the oldest of three boys.  They all served our country during WWII.  My dad - MARINES; uncle Richard - NAVY and Uncle Rodger - ARMY.  It still amazes me that they all served overseas in three different branches of the military and they all made it back alive.

Well...here's my card for today.  I knew I had to use this wonderful stamp (Almighty God) for one of my projects this week....a reminder of what CHRISTMAS is really all about.

BLESSINGS to you and your family.

EllenM



Please leave a comment here on my blog and PLEASE include your e-mail address for a chance to win one of the following sets:

Sending My Love
Bitty Backgrounds
Little Me
Bella Fiori
Homegrown
Hugs & Kittens
Handmade Holiday
Bella Trees
Imagine It

Winner will be randomly picked on Saturday, December 24th

Thursday, December 22, 2011

GROWING IN UNITY - DAY 4

My card for today includes the following UNITY stamps.  

Stars of Worn - on the scalloped edge which was created with a 1" circle punch
Nicest Place To Be - sentiment in detail white embossing powder



Short and sweet post today.  Things are a bit crazy around here to say the least and I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about.  HOLIDAY CRUNCH TIME!

Please leave a comment here on my blog and PLEASE include your e-mail address for a chance to win one of the following sets:

Sending My Love
Bitty Backgrounds
Little Me
Bella Fiori
Homegrown
Hugs & Kittens
Handmade Holiday
Bella Trees
Imagine It

Winner will be randomly picked on Saturday, December 24th.


EllenM


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

GROWING IN UNITY - DAY 3

taken from


It's Wednesday and welcome to another week of Growing in Unity! This week Ellen Mandris is up sharing all her fabulous Unity creations with us!

Here is a little something about Ellen:

"I bought my first stamp 28 years ago ~ I still have it and I still use it!!
Three years ago I got back into scrap booking and it was then that I got hooked on the WONDERFUL hobby of card making.

I love everything about paper crafting. New toys, new techniques, new papers and embellishments…it’s all so addicting.

I’m a mom of three great children and I’ve been married to my best friend for 27 years. We live on a little plot of land with chickens and goats."

Now check out this adorable card Ellen made:



Please leave a comment here on my blog and PLEASE include your e-mail address for a chance to win one of the following sets:

Sending My Love
Bitty Backgrounds
Little Me
Bella Fiori
Homegrown
Hugs & Kittens
Handmade Holiday
Bella Trees
Imagine It

Winner will be randomly picked on Saturday, December 24th.

Thanks for visiting!!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

GROWING IN UNITY - DAY 2


Today I paper pieced the stockings using the MATCHING SOCKS set to make a cute little Christmas card.
Sentiment is from the CHRISTMAS EVE CHOWDER - jullibean soup set. 
Paper is from DCWV - Homemade Christmas stack.




Please leave a comment here on my blog and PLEASE include your e-mail address for a chance to win one of the following sets:

Sending My Love
Bitty Backgrounds
Little Me
Bella Fiori
Homegrown
Hugs & Kittens
Handmade Holiday
Bella Trees
Imagine It

Winner will be randomly picked on Saturday, December 24th.

PEACE, 
EllenM

Monday, December 19, 2011

GROWING IN UNITY

I am so thrilled to be a part of the GROWING IN UNITY guest designer series. 

Love that red rubber UNITY goodness.  

For today's card, I used the Homespun Christmas {Nikki Sivils Itty Bitty} 



Paper is from the Recollections ~ Warm Wishes stack and I topped off the roof and chimney with some liquid applique and threw in some snow piles for good measure. 

Please leave a comment here on my blog and PLEASE include your e-mail address for a chance to win one of the following sets:

Sending My Love
Bitty Backgrounds
Little Me
Bella Fiori
Homegrown
Hugs & Kittens
Handmade Holiday
Bella Trees
Imagine It

Winner will be randomly picked on Saturday, December 24th.

See you tomorrow!!

EllenM


Friday, December 16, 2011

MORE of me MIA

Just a little update....

My mom and dad are now living with us (something Harry and I have been trying to get them to do for 8 years). We've turned our living room into their room and we're trying to make them as comfortable as possible.

Next week I'm GD for UNITY STAMPS so make sure you check them out!!  LOVE their red rubber!!

PEACE,

Ellen

Sunday, November 20, 2011

ME = MIA

Life has been just a bit crazy around here lately.  Taking my dad to the VA hospital filled my days until my mom fell on the basement stairs and broke her pelvic bone.  One week in the hospital then she was transfered to a rehab facility.  I've been spending most of my time with my dad - staying overnight and days are spent visiting my mom.

Not much crafting going on here at WALNUT HILL FARM but that's ok. 

FAMILY is the most important thing.

Blessings to you and your family and I wish you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Ellen

Thursday, August 18, 2011

CREATIVE TIME FOR ME - THROWBACK THURSDAY CHALLENGE

Emma's challenge this week was to use a retired cartridge.

This was a really quick card to make.  It's for my brother and sister-in-laws anniversary.

I used the PAPER PUPS cartridge and my GYPSY and "flipped" one of the dogs. 

The "cloud" stamp is really the top of the cupcake from the Stampin' Up set CREATE A CUPCAKE and the sentiment stamp is from UNITY.

Glossy Accents added to their noses and eyes.



HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK EVERYONE.

PEACE

Sunday, July 31, 2011

CHRISTMAS IN JULY BLOG HOP WINNER


Hi Everyone,


Picked a winner and it's #17
 

scraphappybette who said...

OK!! Now I want to make a shaker card!!  TFS

I'll be e-mailing you soon BETTE.

Thanks to all who left comments!!

 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

CHRISTMAS IN JULY BLOG HOP

If you hopping along with us you arrived here from Jaimie's blog at http://glitterstampsandpaperohmy.com/

Hope you're staying cool!! 

I don't know what the weather is like in you neck of the woods, but in Western New York the heat and humidity has been horrible.  92 in the shade on Thursday ~ I'll take a snow storm over this kind of  heat anyday.  Maybe it's time to move further NORTH!!

BUT...as I'm typing this, I'm in Pensacola, FL visiting my in-laws  We got in very late Thursday night and with the time change, I'm out of wack......more coffee please.

For my project, I made a snow-filled shaker card.  These are really easy to make (just google shaker card videos - there's lots of tuts on how they're done) and I love the way the large Martha Stewart glitter looks inside.  Speaking of MS, I use her snowflake punches all the time for Christmas/Winter projects as I did on this card.





So if you've never made a shaker card go ahead and give it a try.  I try to learn/make something new every single day.

Leave a comment (become a follow if you'd like but it's not required) and make sure you leave your e-mail addess for a chance to win a small token of my appreciation for taking the time to let me know what you think of my card.  This will close at 12:00 midnight EST on Saturday, July 30, 2011 and random.org will pick a winner on Sunday, July 31st.

Thanks for stopping by and hopping along with us ~ and a big THANK YOU to Nicolette Simpson at http://www.beyondscrapin.blogspot.com/ for coordinating this hop.

 
Now head on over to the last stop ~ Bette's blog www.believedreamcreate.blogspot.com and I'm getting ready to hit the beach!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

PKS GUEST DESIGNER GIVEAWAY WINNER!!

It was a great week with all the PEACHY-NESS going on in my craft area. 

Again I'd like to send a BIG THANK YOU to PEACHY KEEN STAMPS for allowing me to be a guest designer.

As a giveaway (compliments of PKS) I picked the BOY MATES FACE ASSORTMENT (PK-642) a $25.00 value - HOW AWESOME IS THAT??!!

Here were the rules (as stated in my day 1 post)

Please leave a comment here on my blog (you don't have to be a follower but I always like making new friends) AND on the PEACHY KEEN blog http://www.peachykeenstamps.blogspot.com each day this week.  I will have random.org pick a day (Monday being #1, Tuesday #2, etc...etc with Friday being #5) then random.org with pick the blog (PKS being #1 and lifeatwalnuthill being #2) then finally the post. SO ~ You never know what day or blog random.org will pick - increase your chances and leave a comment each and every day.

Winner will be picked on Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 6:00 AM (Eastern Time)

I have no idea how to post the actual picture of the actual picked number from random.org so you'll have to trust me on this.

Day of the week number picked was #5 so that makes it FRIDAY

Blog picked was #1 so that makes it the PEACHY KEEN STAMPS BLOG

There were 18 comments and random.org picked #13 so the winner is

~Saundra from Luv Scrapping Together who said...

Awesome week, Ellen! Love the project today. I do remember some of those facts.

CONGRATS Saundra!!

I'll be contacting you soon.



Friday, June 24, 2011

PEACHY KEEN STAMPS ~ GUEST DESIGNER DAY 5

Welcome to my last day as guest designer for PEACHY KEEN STAMPS.  It's been my pleasure and honor to be a part of this!!


Today is the LET'S FACE IT FRIDAY challenge at PKS.  Here's the info.

The Challenge:

Create a project showcasing the year you graduated from high school! Make sure you "peachify" your project with our fun faces!


-Design must be new
-Project must include Peachy Keen Faces
-Link up by 11:59 pm 7/7


One random winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to Peachy Keen Stamps!


REMEMBER ~ you'll be posting your project over at the PEACHY KEEN blog.


So.....I graduated in 1979.  How couldn't you love the year they came out with the DUSTBUSTER!


Ever since I got the info about this challenge, the song 19 SOMETHING by Mark Wills has been running through my head.


It was 1970- something
In the world that I grew up in
Farrah Faucett hair-do days
Bell bottoms and 8-track tapes
Lookin' back now I can see me
And oh, man did I look cheesy
But I wouldn't trade those days for nothin'
It was 1970-something


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here are some facts about that year.


Cost of Living 1979


Yearly Inflation Rate USA 11.2%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 838
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 15.25%
Average Cost of new house $58,100.00
Average Income per year $17,500.00
Average Monthly Rent $280.00 
Sony Walkman $200.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas .86 cents

The #1 song on the day I graduated was HOT STUFF by Donna Summer.

News from that year included


Ford's Pinto automobile design allowed its fuel tank to be easily damaged in the event of a rear-end collision which sometimes resulted in deadly fires and explosions. It was first noticed by Ford in 1971 tests.

On March 28, Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania, had a near melt-down. No one was reported killed or injured, but the accident changed many regulations for American nuclear reactors. (I was not a member of our high school band but they were on a trip to Harrisburg, PA when this happened)

52 Americans are taken hostage in Tehran, Iran for 444 days. Four days later, ABC's Nighline premiered, centering on the crisis.

NASA's Skylab fell to Earth, landing mostly in the Indian Ocean.

11 people were crushed to death outside of Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum prior to a concert by The Who.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Since that was the year I started driving, this is what the theme of my project is for today.


Here in New York state, people could only buy gas on alternate days, depending upon whether their license plate ended with an odd or even number and the lines were so long!  Gosh...I haven't thought about that in ages.


So....here I am getting some gas in my Plymouth Horizon.  My dad bought this car then decided he didn't like driving a "tin can" ~ HA...so my mom and dad let me drive it.




I love the little guy in the van (not mini-van) ~ (behind the pump) with the frowny face.  Guess he was not happy about waiting in a long line.

Here's a trick I use to determine what size/character face to use ~ not sure if everyone does this but....I take a piece of scrap paper and use the leftover piece from the doll cut as a stencil.  Sometimes the size and face that I think will look great doesn't so it's easily changed without cutting out another paperdoll.

Please see my DAY 1 post for info/rules on the giveaway compliments of PEACHY KEEN STAMPS!

http://lifeatwalnuthill.blogspot.com/2011/06/peachy-keen-stamps-guest-designer-day-1.html

Thanks for visiting me this week and come back soon for more F~U~N!

Ellen M.