Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Goodbye 2015!

Hi there!

I wanted to write one more post before the end of the year to share some recent cards I've created. I've also thrown in some other random photos - just because.

We had a wonderful Christmas with my family. We always head to my sister's house for a cozy night. Her home is filled with holiday warmth and gorgeous decor! Here's some pics from Christmas Eve.

Her family room is so cozy - just love it!




Here's the staircase in the foyer.


The living room is beautiful!



She sets a lovely table too! This is one of three.


Here I am with my three sisters, cleaning up in the kitchen after dinner.


And one of me and my hubby.

We had such a fun night! Then Christmas day was spent with our boys. Always calm and quiet and so relaxing. Of course I forgot to take pics. I guess I was too excited opening presents. Here's my favorite one, from my two sons. They are so clever, aren't they?

 I will be wearing this A LOT!!! Isn't it fun?!

I've been creating some cards lately too. Here's just a few.

Love this sweet MFT set called Adorable Elephants!


 On this one I used the ornament stamp, which is included in MFT's Santa's Elves stamp set.


The rest of the cards use Simon Says Stamp exclusive products, most from their DieCember release. If you have any questions, let me know in a comment.





For this last card I used the Heart Vent die from Simon Says Stamp's, newest release, You Have My Heart.

I only have two days left of work! My last day before retiring is Thursday, Dec. 31st! Ahhhhhh!!! I can't believe it's actually gonna happen! I'm excited - a little bit scared - but mostly excited. I'm looking forward to having more time to start visiting and commenting again on your blogs - I miss it! And I'm excited to have more time to create too! I'll still be running the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group, along with the challenges over there. The current one is water coloring. Would love to see you head on over to check it out!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Here's to a fabulous, crafty and creative 2016! ♥
 

25 comments:

Dawn Turley said...

Wishing you a superb 2016 Barb. It's going to be a fabulous year - what a way to start the year, by retiring. Enjoy your retirement.
Your cards are so pretty Barb. thanks for sharing your talent this year. Looking forward to seeing many many more.

Sarah Gray said...

What gorgeous photos, Barb - lovely festive pics and a great present from your boys :) Your cards are stunning too. Best wishes on your retirement - what an exciting start to 2016....I look forward to seeing the lovely creations you have in store for us!

Lynn said...

Happy, happy retirement Barb. So happy for you! Your cards are gorgeous as always and I love the pictures from your sister's house. A beautiful home and nothing like celebrating with family. xx

Pam said...

What beautiful photos. You must have had a lovely time. I love the shirt from your sons! Perfect. Beautiful cards, as always. Happy New Year!

Chookarooni said...

Thank you for sharing your photos - and of course your lovely cards!
Retirement has been wonderful for me - hope you enjoy it - lots of time to create!

Katie said...

Happy retirement! More time to do more things that have been waiting. Perfect time of year to retire, you can play with all your toys and wear your shirt. I do not foresee any cabin fever in your future!

judkajudi said...

Beautiful photos, Barb! I just packed all the decorations away and tookdown the tree. Love it when it goes up and can't wait to take it down!! Congratulations on retirement! We did that 14 years ago and happily haven't missed a meal yet! Somehow it all worked out! It's a great time of life; enjoy every moment. Happy New Year!!! Hugs.

Shirley said...

Barb,
I not only enjoyed reading today's post, but I also enjoyed all the pics (family and cards). Best of luck these next couple of days and congrats on your retirement.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Thanks for sharing all those lovely pictures and your wonderful cards! Happy retirement! LOVE that T-shirt - would be perfect for me, too ;)

I Card Everyone said...

I am definitely excited for your retirement, Barb! Oh you will have so much fun! I will be thrilled if you stop by - for real would be even better! LOve your sister's house ... how wonderful that you have that tradition to look forward to every year! I also love the cards you've shared today ... Happy New Year!!! Bring it, 2016!!
=]

mimijudy1975 said...


It was so nice to seethe beautiful cards you've made lately. I wish you much happiness in the coming year and may you and your family be blessed in 2016 and years to come. Retirement is a sense of accomplishment and freedom . After seeing your little elephant card,now I know it's one I'd like to have . I love the pictures of your sister's home with the beautiful Christmas decorations.

Greta said...

Beautiful family pictures, Barb, & such a great one of you & your hubby! Happy, happy retirement! My last day is Jan. 6, so I'm right behind you, although I'll stay on-call & maybe work a little. Love your cards, especially the one with the falling hearts die! Happy New Year!

Cindy C. said...

What lovely photos and sweet cards!! Thanks for sharing Barb!!
Wishing you a fabulous New Year, and may it bring lots of joy, and laughter!!

Virginia Lu said...

Your Christmas photos at your sister's are BEAUTIFUL, Barb! I love the tall Christmas tree....and the set-up are awesome! Congrats on getting SO close to retirement! You are gonna love the freedom! I love the cards that you made--each one is made of love and skills (!!). Your sons really know you well...love that T-shirt! Wish you a happy and healthy NEW year (it's definitely a new year for you because you are retired!). HUGS!

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely Christmas photos, Barb! It sure does look like a cozy place! Love all you beautiful cards too! Hope you and your family have a Happy New Year, filled with lots more "card making!"

Barb Ghig said...

Hi Barb! I'm so glad you had such a lovely Christmas with your family! Your sister's home is gorgeous, and I LOVE the shirt you received from your 'boys'...too funny!
Absolutely beautiful cards, too! Your coloring, and eye for design take my breath away every time, and these are no exception!
Sending you my best wishes for a wonderful retirement! I'm so glad you'll be staying on at SSS Flickr Challenge, and that you'll have more time to play in your craft room...Yay!
I'm also sending you big hugs for a happy and healthy 2016...you sure deserve it, my friend!!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

This was a heartwarming and fun post, Barb! You and your sisters are all gorgeous and what a blessing that you can all be together! Her home is, indeed, warm and cozy and beautifully decorated! Thank you for sharing all the photos!

And your cards are sensational artwork! I love each one!! I'm thrilled for you and congratulate you on your retirement! Honestly, before long you will wonder how you ever worked! It's the best!! I wish you a crafty new year and I send you my thanks and hugs!! Darnell

Martha said...

Happy New Year, Sweet Barb!

OH, I love the sweet photos & heart-warming post you've shared.
Family time is always the best.

Your cards are simply beautiful.
Hearts are always my favorite to use on cards.

Congratulations, on your retirement!
ENJOY...ENJOY...ENJOY!
HUGS! ♥♥♥

Laura Norris said...

Happy retirement Barb! What an exciting new chapter in your life to look forward to! One of my new years resolutions is to visit more blogs too. So here I am visiting and commenting. : ) Miss you over at the HA flickr group. Your cards are always beautiful and inspiring, looking forward to seeing more in 2016.

Leni said...

Enjoy your retirement Barb! Wonderful it's finally there! Happy New Year ! Wish you everything good. And a whole lot of inspiration for new projects. Loved to see you and your sisters ( wish I had only one) and loved to see the beautiful Christmas deco at your sisters house! very beautiful! And great cards, see new SSS products!

Kay Miller said...

Oh my what gorgeous photos! Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! Congratulations on your retirement! So fun that you'll have more time to create! All of your cards are so pretty! I love seeing them on Instagram too! Happy New year!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Fun post, Barb - great seeing you with your DH and you with your sisters! Love your cards too! Congrats on retiring - I still have a few months more to work, then I'll join you :) Hope we can get together sometime in 2016!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Happy New Year Barb! What lovely photos, I especially like the one of you with your sisters!Fabulous trip down memory lane!

Deepti said...

Great pics and awesome inspiring creations :)

walchowDesign said...

Hope I am not too late in wishing you Happy New Year! I am sure you have lots of plan lined up now that you are enjoying your retirement, Barb! You have a lovely family and your sons are so creative to give you the wonderful shirt!