Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Day 1 of RemARKable LOVE Blog Tour

Hello everyone and welcome to the next stop on your LOVE tour! For those of you who are not the mushy type, don't worry. This is not 'that' kind of love. This is about the things I love! And I LOVE the new Occasions mini catalog and the new Sale-A-Bration brochure that will be unveiled January 5! I just know that you are going to LOVE them as well! And since Valentine's Day is coming up I am sure that there will be a few hearts showing up in some of my posts as well as others in the tour.

Today's post, however, shows a Thank You card. This set is featured in the new Occasions mini catalog. The set name is From The Heart. There are six stamps in this set. I also used our new satin ribbon that is featured in the Occasions mini catalog! This ribbon comes in nine fabulous colors! Yes, I LOVE them all!! And one more thing that I am in LOVE with is the new clear mount stamps! They are so easy to use and store so nicely! I know you will LOVE them, too!! Be sure to take the LOVE tour tomorrow when I will have even more samples to show you! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your LOVE tour!

Card Recipe: Stamps- From The Heart; Paper- Real Red, Pretty In Pink, Very Vanilla; Ink- Pretty In Pink, Real Red; Accessories- Very Vanilla satin ribbon, silver brad, dimensionals

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

On The Road Again...

Good early morning, Friends! In a few short minutes I will be on the road to Kansas! I just wanted to put up a short post in case I don't get around to it until I get back.

This cute little box was a project that we made at our regionals back in October. At least I don't think that I have shown it yet. Inside there are cute little 3 x 3 cards that use the same set. I forgot to take a picture of those before I put the box together and now the front panel is stuck around the ribbon so it won't slide off. Note to self!! Anyway, thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Berry Christmas; Paper- Real Red, Whisper White, Bashful Blue; Ink- Real Red, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip; Accessories- Real Red polka dot ribbon, linen thread, dimensionals

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sweet Thoughts

Good morning! It's Monday and I am really loving this Monday! Even though I don't have to be at work, there is much to be done around this house! We are still trying to decide if we will be leaving today or tomorrow as there seems to be a storm moving in that could affect our travels. We should know more by lunch time. I think we will be fine with leaving early tomorrow morning. Yesterday we had Christmas with my in-laws. That was a lot of fun. And I ate way too much! I got everything I wanted!! And a little more! What a great Christmas! One more to go! Today I will be cleaning up and putting away the Christmas things so that when we get back all I will have to do is the laundry. It is so much easier that way! But I do hope to find some time to stamp because I am running out of things to show you. And I have some great new toys as well!!

Today's card is not Christmas. I borrowed a stamp set from Becky and made this valentine card. I just love the little mailbox. I did use markers for the ink but it came out really cute. Aside from using the markers it is a very simple card. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Wandering Words; Paper- Sahara Sand, Real Red, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White; Ink- Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Real Red, Pretty In Pink; Accessories- large brads, ribbon originals Mistletoe; corner rounder, dimensionals

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Herbal Thanks

Good Sunday morning! I hope that I can find some time to stamp today. It feels really good to be able to do that again! Today we are going to my in-laws. They don't live too far away from us and since we are both traveling over the holidays we are getting together today. My husband's sister and her husband are coming as well. Should be really fun! And then Tuesday we are traveling to spend time with my family in Kansas!! Can't wait!! Last night I had a Christmas party with some of my very closest stamping friends. Sherry made us beer can and coke can chicken, cheesy potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls and a truly yummy dessert!!! YUM! Isn't your mouth watering as I tell you about it? Then we traded gifts. We always try to make each other something. And, yes, yesterday I told you that I would take a picture of mine to show you all. Well... Ummmmm... Yeah, I kind of forgot to do that. I am such a dork sometimes. But maybe one of the other gals will take one and send it to me? Anyway, it was a really fun evening. We even had time to stamp a little. Since I have a card swap coming up I thought I would try to get something done for that. I will show you all those later (I promise).
Today's card is the third one we did at stamp club this month. Again, I was trying to stay away from Christmas. I have always loved this stamp set! This layout comes out of the new Occasions mini catalog. And it is one that will be used a lot!! Thanks for stopping by and have a super Sunday!!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Herb Expressions; Paper- Kraft, Whisper White, Rich Razzelberry, Old Olive; Ink- Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive; Accessories- large silver brad, Rich Razzelberry polka dot ribbon, dimensionals

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sense of Time

Good morning, Friends! It feels so great to be on vacation!! Last night we did our family Christmas. I know it is early but we travel during the holidays so we do ours early. What a great Christmas we had!! Nick is just so thrilled! I feel like I didn't get everything I wanted to get my husband but I pooped out! Between working and then Nick being in the hospital and then trying to find time with everything else going on. And then I would go looking for something for him and end up getting Nick a few more things... Well, I finally had to say enough! But my husband was VERY kind to me! He got me a brand new chair for my stamp room!! I LOVE it!!! I couldn't wait to get to my room this morning and start working! That and I do have to get some Christmas presents made before tonight. Yikes! Nothing like waiting till the last minute! I will post what I did once they are done and I have given them out.

Today's card is one that we did at our stamp club this month. I wanted to stay away from Christmas as most have their Christmas cards done (except for me who wont be sending any out). So, I borrowed a stamp set from my friend, Becky. This one is Sense of Time. I thought it could fit in well with a New Year's theme or it also makes a nice masculine card. Either way, this card was super easy! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Sense of Time; Paper- Kraft, Chocolate Chip, To The Nines designer paper; Ink- VersaMark, Chocolate Chip; Accessories- vintage brads, dimensionals

Friday, December 18, 2009

Real Love

Good evening everyone! Wow! It's Friday!! Ahhhh! Yes, that is the sound of me finally getting to relax. Our Christmas vacation has finally started! We had a half day of school today so it was filled with parties. Then the teachers got together to reveal their secret santas. That was too much fun!! I really tricked mine! And we are always together! Then I went to have a massage. Ahhh! In a few minutes we are going to go out to dinner at one of my very favorite restaurants. It's shaping up to be a very nice vacation.

Today's card is one that I did at my stamp club this month. I decided to go with a valentine's theme as we won't meet again until February and then it is almost too late to do valentine cards. You will probably be able to see the resemblance. Yes, it is the same layout of other cards from a few days ago. But it just works out so well!! A super easy card. Try it out with one of your favorite sets! Have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Happy Heart; Paper- Real Red, Whisper White; Ink- Real Red; Accessories- silver brad, Mistletoe ribbon originals, corner rounder, dimensionals

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

More Delightful Decorations

Good evening everyone! I am so happy to be able to post to you all again! I just got back from a very delightful staff Christmas party! Our school's PTF had it catered and gave some extremely NICE gifts!!! All the teachers got gift cards (five) to various places worth $25 each! How cool is that!!! It is so great to have people recognize your hard work. So I am feeling extra special right now. Too bad it is time for bed because I feel like spending some time in the craft room cranking out some cards.
Tonight's card is the same layout of a card I posted a few days ago. I just love this layout! So clean and simple. Just my style! Not too much work on this one either. Just stamp the ornament and punch it out. I did use the 'make merry' stamp from Berry Christmas. I just inked up the merry part of it. It is hard to see from the photo but I stamped the snowflake looking stamp from the Delightful Decorations set down the left hand side. Thanks for stopping by and sleep tight!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Berry Christmas, Delightful Decorations; Paper- Real Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Merry Moments designer paper; Ink- Real Red; Accessories- silver brad, silver cord, corner rounder, dimensionals

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Delightful Decorations

Good morning, Friends! I am so sorry about waiting to post again. But this time I do have a good excuse. Last Sunday evening my son complained about not feeling well. He sounded congested so we let him sleep upstairs with us. But what was worse was that his breathing sounded so labored and he complained about it being hard to breathe. Well, no parent likes to hear anything like that from their child (or from anyone for that matter). So the next morning I tell my husband to take him to the doctor. And he does. And the doctor admits him into the hospital. At first they weren't sure if it was a virus or the flu or what so they did a chest x-ray which showed inflammation of the lungs. They also said that his oxygen levels were extremely low. So they put him on oxygen and gave him a nebulizer which seemed to help but there was still a lot of wheezing. So, my husband and I spent Monday night in the hospital with our son who was hooked up to all kinds of machines. Nick was also very dehydrated and once the liquids got pumped into him he immediately looked much better but still couldn't breathe very well. That first night in the hospital was scary and we didn't get much sleep. Well, it snowed a TON here and they cancelled school on Tuesday which was a good thing for me since I wasn't going anyway. And we were kind of expecting to be able to take Nick home as well. But the doctor came in and didn't like his oxygen level. It was still real low on room air. Well, that was very upsetting to Nick (and us) but that's the way it is. I did go back home to go to work the next day and Pat stayed at the hospital. Same routine for Wednesday. No real changes and again they stayed at the hospital and I went home to go to work the next day. Thursday the doctors ordered new chest x-rays and blood work but they came back normal. By this time, Nick is going stir crazy. He is ready to be up and around. So my husband asks for a portable oxygen tank and gets Nick to walk around the hallway. He also took a shower and by the afternoon his oxygen levels were up with just room air. We were so excited and we knew that we would be going home that night. And we did!! I am sorry that was such a long story. The doctors determined it was a severe asthma attack and so we have inhalers and are learning how to recognize the triggers and the signs that he needs to use them. It just seems so odd that someone so active as our son would need them. But I don't want to end up at the hospital like that again!!

So do you still want to hear about my card? Well thank goodness it is an easy one. I just love the ornament punch for that!! Anyway, have a super day and stay warm!!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Delightful Decorations, Four the Holidays; Paper- Very Vanilla, Read Red, Chocolate Chip, Merry Moments designer paper; Ink- Real Red, Garden Green; Accessories- silver cord, silver brad, ornament punch, dimensionals

Sunday, December 6, 2009

I'm Back!!

Good Sunday morning to all my wonderful blogging Friends!! I just have to tell you how blessed I feel right now! I have gotten so many e-mails and comments about being missed these last few weeks. I don't even really have any great excuses for my absence. I just took a little sabbatical. And then after a while, when I did feel like working in my craft room, I found that it was really hard to come up with a card that I even liked. So, on Friday, I spent some quality time with my good friend, Becky, and we worked for about 3 1/2 hours just stamping and chatting. And I made six cards!! And it all started with this card. This is a card that Becky found on splitcoast and I just fell in love with it. So, I started by copying it. I did change the ribbon and the colors (I did keep the Old Olive color). I love the layout and you will see more cards using this layout! So, I guess the moral of this story is that when you want to get back into stamping and you are having a hard time (like I was) finding your mojo, just sit down and copy something. At least you are getting those creative juices moving around. Thanks for sticking by me and with me. You are all the BEST!! Have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Christmas Punch; Paper- Ruby Red, Very Vanilla, Old Olive; Ink- Old Olive, Ruby Red; Accessories- Old Olive taffeta ribbon, corner rounder, curly label punch, Little Leaves sizzlet, Big Shot, Ruby Red brads, dimensionals

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A 3 x 3 Card

Good Sunday morning everyone! It snowed again but not near as much as yesterday. Now the sun is out and it looks to be a beautiful fall day. Maybe on the chilly side but sunny! I do plan to stay inside and get the laundry done but I also need to do some birthday and Christmas shopping. We will see. I really hate the crowds!

Today's card is another project that I made at the regional meeting. Very quick and easy. Even the cutting wasn't that bad. It just shows that this Christmas set can be used all year. This is supposed to be a poinsettia but I thought it looked like a flower just by changing the colors. The berries were stamped in celery on the celery cardstock and then punched out with the Flower Trio punch. I thought that was clever. This is a 3x3 card. I don't make many of these because you can't mail them. But they are great for gifts. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Berry Christmas; Paper- Soft Suede, Whisper White, Certain Celery, Soft Sued designer paper; Ink- Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery; Accessories- Flower Trio punch, silver brad, dimensionals

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Berry Christmas

Good afternoon, Friends! So it has been a while since I last posted. I have just been having the hardest time getting myself motivated to stamp! I know that is a horrible thing to say but it has just been hard! I seem to go to bed before 9:00. I did finally get a massage yesterday and I do feel a little more energetic. Boy did that feel good! Nick's birthday is coming up and so we are trying to figure out what we will give him for his birthday and what will wait till Christmas. We went out and about today to try and figure out what we will be doing for parents, nieces, nephews, etc. And we found some new carpet that we are going to have installed. Soon, hopefully. Our carpet now is a total wreck! So new carpet will be a much welcome feature! We are excited about that. And to top everything off today, we woke up to about two inches of snow on the ground! It's all pretty much melted off now and the sun is even trying to shine. But I guess it is that time of year.

So last weekend I went to a regional seminar that two of my downline were putting on with their teams. We used the set Berry Christmas to make six different projects. This was one of them. I thought it was one of the easier ones. The only thing that I would change on this is the staple. I don't like staples in my cards for one thing, but the other thing is that it shows on the other side of the card. From the front it looks great but the inside is another story. But I did it the way they said and now I can figure out something else. But pretty cute overall. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Berry Christmas; Paper- Certainly Celery, Soft Suede, Whisper White; Ink- Soft Suede, Real Red, Certainly Celery; Accessories- Real Red polka dot ribbon, 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Make Merry

Good evening, Friends! I really hope that you all haven't given up on me. I just haven't had much time to stamp and that makes me sad. I thought that I would have more time after all the sports were over but I am finding the opposite to be true. Last weekend I signed my son up for a lacrosse camp. He has been interested in the sport but has never tried it. So I thought this would be a great opportunity. Well, he loved it, of course. I don't think that we will pursue it, though. Then today I signed him up for a soccer clinic put on by a professional soccer player from the Kansas City Wizards! Woohoo!! He is also set to play indoor soccer. But that won't start up until January. Also, last Saturday I was invited to attend a Stampin' Up! Regional seminar. This year Stampin' Up! made it possible for everyone to be able to attend a seminar by putting it on a DVD and then allowing us to purchase the make-n-take packets. The stamp set that they used was the Berry Christmas. So, I do have some cute projects to show from that as well.

Today's card uses the Berry Christmas set. I hadn't planned on purchasing this set but I did to make it easier for more people to stamp at a time. So, I had to play with it a little. I came up with this card from a card that I did in card class quite a while ago. I did use a cuttlebug embossing folder because I didn't have the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder (that's what I would have used instead). It's all pretty simple! Thanks for stopping by and have a super evening!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Berry Christmas; Paper- Old Olive, Real Red, Very Vanilla; Ink- Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip; Accessories- Sleigh Bells twill, linen thread, snowflakes embossing folder, Big Shot, scallop border punch, dimensionals

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Single Snowflake

Hello, Friends! I hope that you are having a super week so far! I can't believe that we are already on the "downside" of the week. I came home from school and immediately got into my pajamas. I am ready to settle in and watch the baseball game and probably fall asleep on the couch. But I will have to find some time to spend with my son to help him get some homework done. I sometimes wish that he was one of those motivated kids that just sat right down and did it without having to be told. It sure would make my life a lot easier!! Oh well.

Today's card was inspired by this card. Just plain and simple. I love Stampin' Up!'s new snowflake punch but it is hard to put a brad through. You have to be really careful when spreading out the prongs. I wanted to attach it with a dimensional but that wasn't going to happen. So, I just put a glue dot right in the center and stuck it on. It still looks a little 3-D. Super simple!! Have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Four The Holidays; Paper- Kraft, Very Vanilla; Ink- Soft Suede; Accessories- snowflake punch, vintage brads, paper piercer

Monday, November 2, 2009

Another One From The Catalog

Happy Monday everyone! It always feels good to get Monday over with. And without too many tragedies! It turned out to be a beautiful day! It is pretty quiet around here. I do have scrap class in a while. I look forward to eating out with Becky and then having class. She always does such fabulous pages!! I just wish I could find some equally fabulous pictures to put on them!

Today's card is right from the catalog! Right from page 141. I really liked this card in the catalog and decided to make my own. It was pretty simple. And I love the look of the black against the pink. Super simple! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Baroque Motifs; Paper- Pretty In Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo; Ink- Basic Black, Pretty In Pink; Accessories- Pretties Kit, Beautiful Butterflies die, Big Shot, corner rounder, dimensionals

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Thinking of You..

Good Sunday morning and happy November! Did you all remember to set your clocks back? We didn't do it before we went to bed so I forgot about it when I woke up. But, thankfully, we don't need to be anywhere for a while so we are doing o.k. So I was counting the weeks until Christmas break and we only have seven! That means only seven more weeks of this quarter!! Then school is half way over!!! I know that I sound like a broken record but I just don't remember the school year going so fast! Now I am not complaining. I am just amazed.
Today's card is one that I just kind of came up with on my own. That in itself is pretty amazing, I know! I had an idea in my head and it actually translated itself to paper! Yea!! I did this card for a recent card swap that I participated in. The card itself is pretty simple but the coloring of the tree was pretty tedious. Anyway, it reminded me of fall and I really like it! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Thoughts & Prayers; Paper- Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango; Ink- Dusty Durango, Soft Suede; Accessories- flower trio punch, Top Note Die, Big Shot, vintage brads, dimensionals

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Good afternoon, Friends! Or should I say, Happy Halloween! Our Halloween weather is turning out beautifully! It is still a little chilly with the breeze but the sun is shining! This morning I was up very early as I had signed up for a breast cancer awareness walk. The organization is called Making Strides for a Cure (I think). Anyway, my friend, Coleen, got me to sign up with her team. And when I signed up (way back in early September), I thought, no problem, I can do this! Now the walk was only a 5K which is just over 3 miles. I haven't walked that much on purpose and so I began to stress about it as the time came nearer. However, I did it with no problem! And it didn't take very long either. And the other great thing is that my son wanted to do the walk, too! He, of course, could probably walk the whole thing 10 times and not become one bit tired. He loved it!
Today's card layout comes from another one of Becky's card class cards. This is another simple layout and very versatile. Thanks for stopping by and have a delightful Halloween!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Eat, Drink & Be Scary, Grateful Greetings; Paper- Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Day and Night specialty designer paper; Ink- Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive; Accessories- Old Olive grosgrain, scallop border punch, dimensionals

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Holidays

Good evening everyone! I hope that your week has gone by just wonderfully! Be sure to enjoy the last few days of October! And, we get to turn our clocks back this weekend. WOW! I was looking at my lesson plans for the next few weeks and was just shocked to see that there is not much time until Christmas! Is anyone else just as amazed as I am that the year is going so quickly? My goodness! This morning I had outside duty. Thankfully, I had just bought myself some warm gloves and a warm scarf. It was just plain COLD! I teased my students that they need to bring me a cup of coffee!! We will see if they remember next week.

Today's card layout is one that I got from my friend, Becky. She used a similar layout in her last card class. I thought it was just so versatile and made my own Christmas card. A super simple, quick and easy layout. If you are looking to do multiple Christmas cards, then this might be the layout for you. I used linen thread to 'hang' my ornament but I would have rather used silver cord. Maybe next time. I also thought that the square rhinestone brad in the middle of the ornament was a cool touch! Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Delightful Decorations, Four the Holidays; Paper- Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Merry Moments designer paper; Ink- Real Red, Chocolate Chip; Accessories- square Ice rhinestone brads, scallop border punch, ornament punch, linen thread, dimensionals

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Autumn Splendor Thanks

Good evening, Friends! I don't know about you all but I am FREEZING!! My goodness the weather changed awfully fast! We actually had a fire last night and then again this morning. I am sure we will have another once we get back from church. I finally went around the house and turned up all the thermostats. So, it should be warming up around here soon.
Today's card layout is one I copied from my friend, Becky. She had done a card similar to this one a while ago in shoebox club. As I was looking for layouts to use this one popped up again and I thought the leaves fit the bill with the fall like colors. Did say how much I just love this set? Thanks for stopping by!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Autumn Splendor, Thank You Kindly; Paper- Dusty Durango, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry; Ink- Chocolate Chip; Accessories- Chocolate Chip corduroy button, linen thread, vintage brads, dimensionals

Monday, October 26, 2009

Another Catalog Copy

Good evening, Friends! I hope that you all have had a great start to a great week! I really can't believe that October will soon be over. And the weather is definitely letting us know that seasons are changing! I really don't want to think about how many days until Christmas. Our son's birthday comes right before Thanksgiving so we try to buy his birthday and Christmas items altogether then figure out what we give him for each event.

Last night we had our last flag football game. It went pretty good! Nick was able to score a touchdown so that is always a great way to end a season. Then later that same day we had our last soccer game of this season. And, he scored one of our two goals and assisted on the other! His goal was S. W. E. E. T.!!!! He was so excited about it, too. He makes sure that everyone knows he kicked it with his left foot! We will pick up with soccer again in the early spring. I can't wait!

So, for today's card I copied one from the catalog. Do you recognize it? It's from page 147. I thought the layout was very simple and that's what I am all about! I also just LOVE the Autumn Splendor stamp set! I believe that this card layout is very versatile. Try it out for yourselves! Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Autumn Splendor, Grateful Greetings; Paper- Really Rust, Very Vanilla, Autumn Meadows designer paper; Ink- Really Rust, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Taken With Teal; Accessories- chocolate chip button from Button Latte, linen thread, ticket corner punch, dimensionals

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Upsy Daisy

Good Sunday morning, Friends! I hope you all are having a super weekend! It's been a good one for sure around here. Last night we went to a Halloween party that some friends of ours put on. I want to say they do it every year but this is only the second time and and it sure is a LOT of work. We will see if they do it again next year. They clean out their garage and then decorate it all up. They have a strobe light, tons of food (that does get all eaten up), games, a "witch's" brew (or punch as most will call it), and lots of dancing. The kids come dressed up and she wants the adults to come dressed up, too, but Pat and I never do. I know it disappoints her but I can't find a good costume for this over sized body. She was very cute dressed up as a Pink Lady from Grease. Pink hair and everything. I told her that her costume would be really cute to wear when we do our breast cancer awareness walk next Saturday. I think she just might wear it!

And speaking of breast cancer awareness, my friend Sherry helped one of her friends with a fundraiser last weekend. They had many reps from different companies there but Stampin' Up! was well represented. She asked if I could help and so I came up with this card for people to make. It is super simple!! I think this is the most simple card I have made and very versatile! I did use the swiss dots embossing folder that is not Stampin' Up! but everything else is. The participants got to choose any greeting they wanted. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Upsy Daisy; Paper- Whisper White, Bermuda Bay; Ink- Bermuda Bay; Accessories- Bermuda Bay polka dot ribbon, swiss dots embossing folder, Big Shot

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Three Little Words...

Good (way too) early Saturday morning! I can't believe that I am up this early on a Saturday! I think it is just plain wrong! Because I don't have a reason to be up this early. But I have a headache and lying in bed just made my back hurt so I thought I would just get up and see if I could do something in my craft room. It is nice to enjoy the peace and quiet right now. We have two soccer games and a Halloween party to enjoy today. The weather should be pretty nice but it looks like it will start getting a LOT colder later next week. I better find my gloves and hat.
Today's card layout is one I got from Becky. She used a layout similar to this in her card class this month. And she used the ornament punch as a flower pot. I had seen this done before but finally decided I needed to give it a try. I also had just gotten this stamp set and wanted to get it inked up. And, yes, I did cut out that "T". It wasn't easy but I think it is a nice touch. I also decided to use some of my In Colors. I haven't used them in quite a while. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Three Little Words; Paper- Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade designer paper; Ink- Melon Mambo, Old Olive; Accessories- ornament punch, linen thread, dimensionals

Friday, October 23, 2009

Wonderful Friend

Good Friday morning! I am so very happy to have this day off! I got all my conferences done last night so I don't have to go in today. Some of the teachers are getting together to have brunch later this morning and that should be really fun. My conferences went really well but I really have a great group of students! So I am looking forward to a day where I can relax and hopefully play a new toy I got!! I just got My Digital Studio! I am going to try to take the certification class. I have heard really great things about this new tool and I think it will be fun to play with!

Today's card may look familiar to those of you who browse the catalog quite frequently. It comes right off of page 142. I just love that card! So, I decided to recreate it. I did have to use different ribbon and a different butterfly but the rest is pretty much the same. And with my circle scissors I was able to cut my circle out very easily! So, a super easy card! Thanks for stopping by and have super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Wonder Favorites, Great Friend; Paper- Rich Razzleberry textured cardstock, Old Olive, Very Vanilla; Ink- Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive; Accessories- Mistletoe ribbon originals, piercing tool, vintage brads, dimensionals

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ride On!

Good evening, Friends! We are over "hump" day! Tomorrow we have a half day of school and then an afternoon and evening filled with conferences. Thankfully, I only have 10 students and was able to fill my Thursday with the conferences so I could sleep in on Friday! I am SO looking forward to that! I always dread conferences but they always turn out great. So I am really going to stay positive. Tonight we had our last soccer practice of the season. I can't believe that it will be all over this weekend. It sure has been fun! I am already looking forward to the spring season. It's amazing how much they mature in their playing! But now I have basketball and indoor soccer to look forward to. But that all won't start until January. So, I guess I will enjoy the rest.

Today's card is from a sketch I picked up somewhere. I wanted to break out this dirt bike stamp set again. I really like it and I know that my son enjoys every card I make with it. He is the reason I bought this set in the first place. And the Extreme Elements set just works beautifully with it! Simple and fun! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your evening!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Extreme Dirt Bike, Extreme Elements, Ride On (retired); Paper- Kraft, Basic Black, Dusty Durango; Ink- Basic Black, Dusty Durango, VersaMark; Accessories- black brads, black embossing powder, dimensionals

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Note of Thanks

Good afternoon, Friends! Another day down and the week is almost half over! Hard to believe! The rain has sure been nice around here. It's been awhile since we've had any. Not too much to post today. This is the last week of sports practices and games. Seems kinda sad. I have really enjoyed it all! One more weekend and then we will have to find something else to occupy our time!!

Today's card is the third card that I did with my stamp club this month. I think this card is my favorite. I really liked how it all turned out. And it is pretty simple. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Autumn Splendor, Thank You Kindly; Paper- Kraft, Very Vanilla, Autumn Meadows designer paper; Ink- Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Taken With Teal; Accessories- Chocolate Chip corduroy button, linen thread, My Way punch, dimensionals

Monday, October 19, 2009

Krafty Snowflakes

Good evening, Friends! I hope that your Monday was just wonderful. Sometimes Mondays are not real great but mine was really nice! I feel like I have so much to accomplish in my classroom this week (before Thursday afternoon). I just hope I can get it all done and that the students cooperate. Other than that, it is pretty uneventful. Which is good, I guess.

Today's card is the second of three that I did in my stamp club. I really enjoy this group of ladies! They are too much fun to be with!! While this card was not my favorite (I'll show you that one tomorrow), and was not a favorite of others, they never said a word and just made me feel like I had created something wonderful. Don't you just love crowds like that? Can't wait until we meet next time!! Thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Serene Snowflakes, Four the Holidays; Paper- Kraft, Bordering Blue, Bella Bleu designer paper; Ink- Bordering Blue, Vanilla craft, VersaMark; Accessories- Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, vintage brads, dimensionals

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ghouls and Goblins

Good Sunday morning, Friends! It looks to be another gorgeous day! I think that later in the week we are supposed to get some rain but that would be o.k. as we need a little moisture. But for today it is just beautiful! And we have a football game a little later on. That should be fun! Not much to say other than we will enjoy the day for tomorrow we go back to work.

Today's card is one that I did for my stamp club ladies. We met last Monday and had a fabulous time! I wanted to make a Halloween card and show off these cute little sweet treat cups. So I made the one with the slider door. I think they really liked it. I know that they liked the m&m's!! The card itself is pretty simple but the whole thing with the punch and the slider door can get a little confusing. To see how it's done check out this post where I have a link to the blog where I found the instructions. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Sweet Centers; Paper- Whisper White, Old Olive, Lovely Lilac, Pumpkin Pie; Ink- Basic Black; Accessories- black brads, 1 3/4" circle punch, sweet treat cups, tab punch, chalk

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Peace on Earth

Good morning everyone! I hope your weekend is going super! Mine is!! It also seems to be flying by. I got so much done yesterday. I was able to finish up my calendar toppers for the shoebox club that I participate in. Each one of us in our group takes two months and does a calendar topper. Then we spend our shoebox time creating them. By the time we are done we have a full calendar of handstamped toppers! It is really fun! Now I am working on my other month and should have that figured out today. I was also able to get cards cut and ready for a breast cancer fundraiser that my friend Sherry is involved in. I wanted to help out somehow and this is how I could do it. Then I was able to get a swap card ready! I will show all of these in the next few days. I think you will like them.

I decided to take a break from the Autumn Splendor set and look at some snowflakes. I really like this snowflake set. It is different and very vintage looking. This card didn't come out exactly like I had planned but it isn't that bad. I don't know if you can tell, but I stamped some small snowflakes on the vanilla piece with vanilla craft ink and then embossed with clear powder. The hardest part was cutting out the big snowflake. Anyway, I hope you enjoy your day! Thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Serene Snowflakes, Four the Holidays; Paper- Kraft, Very Vanilla, Bordering Blue, Bella Bleu designer paper; Ink- Bordering Blue, Vanilla Craft; Accessories- Kraft taffeta ribbon, clear embossing powder, vintage brads, dimensionals

Friday, October 16, 2009

Truest Meaning

Good Friday morning! Ahhhh! No school today! And I have all my grades done. Everything is ready for report cards on Monday! Woohoo! I still can't believe that the school year is a quarter of the way over! It is really flying by. Last night I had card class at Becky's. Boy did she show us some really great cards! I can't wait to try to recreate some of those to show you all! And of course I had to buy some of that beautiful paper!! I swear, I collect more printed paper and stamps than anything!! I really need to sit down and use it all up. Somehow. Hmmm...

Today's card is another one using the Autumn Splendor set. This was a sketch that I got from Stamp Addicts. It looks a lot like another sketch from Splitcoast but the main panel is skinnier. So, it is a super simple card! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Autumn Splendor, Grateful Greetings; Paper- Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Autumn Meadows designer paper; Ink- Chocolate Chip, More Mustard; Accessories- sponge, dimensionals

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stampin' Up! Copy

Good evening, Friends! I hope that your week has gone by just wonderfully! I think mine is just flying by!! I mean, I dread Monday's but in the blink of an eye, it is already Wednesday! I just can hardly believe it! Nothing really new or exciting going on in this household. Which is probably a good thing. We only have two more weekends of sports and then there will be some time 'off'. Well, at least until January.

So, remember that I told you that I hoped you all would like this Autumn Splendor stamp set? I was serious! I have quite a few cards done with this set. I have really fallen in love with it and I will probably get it out this weekend to play with some more. This particular card is pretty much copied from the Stampin' Up! website. If you have visited it in quite a while you should stop on over and see some of the great samples they have. I really liked this sample. I did change it up just a bit from the original. Anyway, I hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by and have a super evening!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Autumn Splendor, Grateful Greetings; Paper- Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Autumn Meadows designer paper; Ink- Chocolate Chip, Really Rust; Accessories- corner rounder, linen thread, mini library clips, dimensionals

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thankful Thoughts

Hello, Friends! I hope that your week is going super! I would probably be a little happier if the Rockies had won last night but what can you do? I guess we will just try again next year. Bummer. Not much going on around here. Just work, sports, eat and sleep. We do try to get the homework done.

I had wanted to post this card yesterday but the computer was so extremely S-L-O-W!!!!! I could hardly stand it! So, I at least downloaded the photo thinking that I would post it from school. Well, I got a little too busy with that and didn't have time. So, here I am today with the card. I sure do hope you all like this Autumn Splendor set as much as I do! And to think, I wasn't even going to get this set! Shame on me! I've been having a ball with it! Anyway, this card is a layout that we did in Becky's card class last month (?). Well, it was awhile ago. I just really liked it so I recreated it using Stampin' Up! stamps and paper. Super simple!

Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Autumn Splendor, Grateful Greetings; Paper- More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Very Vanilla, Autumn Meadows designer paper; Ink- Really Rust, Chocolate Chip; Accessories- Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, oval punch, Perfect Details texturz plate, Big Shot, dimensionals

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sweet Ornament

Good Sunday morning, Friends! I hope you are all having a super weekend! I can't believe it is almost over! Bummer! We have a short week at school this week. The quarter ends on Thursday and Friday is a teacher workday. But our principal is so generous that he said if all our work was done and grades were done then we didn't need to come in! YEA!! That shouldn't be a problem for me. Just to let you know, the boys did win their game in New Castle yesterday! The score was 2-0! It was such a beautiful field! We had fantastic views of the mountains all around us. I should have taken my camera!! The fall colors were gorgeous! Maybe next time?

Today's card isn't really a card at all. I used the sweet treat cups from the Holiday Mini to make this Christmas ornament. The only thing it is missing is the silver cording that I would make a loop with to hang it on the tree. I need to get that ordered. This actually turned out to be super simple. I stamped my image then punched it out with the 1 3/4" circle punch. Then I used my circle scissors to cut out two circles the same size. One is from the patterned paper that you can see and the other is from a Whisper White piece that you can't see because I wanted it to cover the back and provide some stability. The cup is self-adhesive so it is stuck to the patterned piece. I wrapped white grosgrain around the cup and there you have it! This idea is not original to me. I saw that someone else and that's where I got the idea. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Holiday Best; Paper- Whisper White, Holiday Lounge designer paper; Ink- Old Olive, Real Red; Accessories- Whisper White grosgrain, sweet treat cups, dimensionals

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Autumn Meadows

Good morning, Friends! I hope that you all had a marvelous week! I am glad that it is the weekend. Our school had the silent auction Thursday night and I helped out at that. It was crazy and super fun but I was sure tired at school the next day! My two boxes of cards went for $25 each!! I was really surprised and excited about that!! Not all of the totals are in, but I think that we made a little over $3,000! Not too bad! This morning we will be leaving for New Castle for a soccer game. I think it should be a gorgeous day. Maybe a little chilly but nothing like last weekend where we had the rain and wind! I am really hoping that the boys will win today. Third time is a charm, right? Then I should have plenty of day left to work in my stamp studio!! Just what I have been wanting to do for a long time!

Today's card is actually one that I pretty much copied from Becky. She made a card just like this for card class last month. I thought that I could recreate it using some of the very pretty Autumn Meadows designer paper. I love this paper but I haven't used it much. And I like the way this card shows off the designer paper! Super simple!! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! Here's to the Rockies!!!

Card Recipe: Stamp- Grateful Greetings; Paper- Really Rust, Taken With Teal, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Autumn Meadows designer paper; Ink- Taken With Teal; Accessories- Chocolate Chip grosgrain, vintage brads, dimensionals

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Season of Joy

Good afternoon, Friends! I hope that your week is going great! Mine is going quickly! I had a little 'down' time and thought I would get a quick post up. I am hoping that I will have some time to stamp this weekend. I got a few new sets and some fun stuff from 'other companies'. I don't know if I am supposed to say that out loud or not but I did. I just can't help myself! So, I just hope that I get some time to play.
This is the final result of my Christmas card swap that I participated in. I used a sketch from the Clean & Simple blog. I have used this sketch on a few other cards. I just love the versatility of it! And it was super simple to do!. The most time consuming part was cutting out the Christmas tree. And that's not that bad. These were a lot of fun to make. I got my other swaps back and they are just gorgeous! I look forward to recreating some of them!! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Season of Joy; Paper- Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Merry Moments designer paper; Ink- Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red; Accessories- gold brad, Real Red grosgrain, corner rounder, dimensionals

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Delightful Decorations #2

Good Sunday morning everyone! The sun is definitely NOT shining this morning. Hmmm. Looks like it will be a cold blustery soccer game. Better get my coffee to help keep me warm. If we win today we will be in the championship this afternoon. This is a tough team. I know we can do it but they are a lot more aggressive than we are. I just hope the boys are awake for this game! But if we don't win, then we hop in the car and get back to Fruita for a flag football game. I don't want you all to think that we will have any down time!! Then my son must get to work on his book report that's due tomorrow. Yeah, he's not going to enjoy that one!

Today's card is the second of a set of Christmas cards that I made for our school's silent auction. Again, super easy and not a lot of 'bulk' for mailing. I did forget to mention yesterday that I used the ornament punch to punch out the stamped ornaments. That make it so much faster when putting these together. Love that thing!! Well, have a super day! Tomorrow it's back to work. UGH!!

Card Recipe: Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Four the Holidays; Paper- Whisper White, Taken With Teal, Holiday Lounge designer paper; Ink- Taken With Teal; Accessories- silver brad, silver cording, ornament punch, Perfect Details texturz plate, Big Shot, dimensionals

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Delightful Decorations #1

Good afternoon, Friends! I hope that your weekend is fantastic! We started out very early today. Not something I am fond of doing on my weekend but we didn't have a choice. In fact, my husband didn't get up as early as he had wanted and that made for a harried morning. But we made it to our first game on time. It was cold but sunny. We did lose our first game 5-0 but won our second game (against a different team) 4-0. We have one more game tomorrow against a team that we have lost to before but I know that we can do it! It is just so much fun to watch!

Today's card is one that I did for my school's silent auction this next week. I made twelve of this kind and twelve of another. They will be packaged separately. I wanted to make something very simple but nice. And I wanted to make sure that they could be mailed without having to have extra postage. So, neither of the cards got ribbon. I think that they should mail just fine. We will see what happens! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Four the Holidays, Delightful Decorations; Paper- Sahara Sand, Real Red, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge designer paper; Ink- Real Red; Accessories- silver brad, Perfect Details texturz plate, Big Shot, corner rounder, silver cording, dimensionals

Friday, October 2, 2009

Sweet Treats

Good Friday afternoon! I hope that you all are ready for a fabulous weekend! I know I am! We started our weekend a little earlier. We didn't have school today - Yea!!! I took this opportunity to sleep in and it felt so great! The weather has turned colder here the last few days so it felt so good to snuggle under the covers and sleep. Then I got up and lounged in my jammies with a cup of coffee and browsed blogs and found some new card sketches. I came up with some really easy Christmas card ideas to make for our school's silent auction. I will be sharing these later. I am going over to stamp with some friend's this evening and will be working on these. When you have been out of the stamping loop for so long, it is really hard to get back into it. It's like I have to re-train my brain to think creatively. So, I am hoping that I can get back into it this weekend. My son has a big soccer tournament this weekend so I will be kept busy but still hope to find time.

So, while browsing some of my favorite blogs I came across Becky Roberts' tutorial on making these little cards using the new Sweet Centers stamp set. I bought this way back when demonstrators could get it for $5. Yeah, I wasn't passing up that deal! But I haven't even broken it out yet. So when I saw her tutorial I thought that I would give it a try. I didn't have any Halloween candy to put in the little cup (which reminds me that I need to get some). But I did find some black jelly beans that my friend Judy Smith passed out at last month's shoebox meeting. Thanks, Judy!! I don't really care for black jelly beans but I thought they would work great for my project! Do you see that little tab on the side? Well, when you pull on that tab, the black jelly beans will come falling out! You don't even have to 'tear' into the cute little card to get them. Isn't that just so clever? I can't wait to try it again! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Sweet Centers, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper- Green Galore, Only Orange, Whisper White; Ink- Basic Black; Accessories- 1 3/4" circle punch, round tab punch, sweet treat cups, black jelly beans

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Serene and Peaceful

Good afternoon, Friends! WOW! Did you all give up on me? I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted! Shame on me! But I haven't had much time (actually, NO time) to stamp. Yikes! And now September is practically waving 'goodbye' to us. Where does all this time go? I know I am sounding very cliche' but it is so true! I get up, get ready, go to work, teach a full day, send the kids home, question my son about homework, get him going on homework, change for whatever sport he has practice for that particular evening, drive him there, eat dinner out somewhere, go home, finish homework, go to bed just to get up and do it all over again! Sound familiar to anyone else? Well, this last weekend I got to go to a Women of Faith conference in Denver. It was so awesome!!! I had so much fun. Another teacher (and my very good friend) and I took Friday off and left for Denver. The conference was Friday night and then Saturday morning and afternoon. Then Saturday after it was over we got tickets to a Rockies game!! I had way too much fun! But now it's back to reality. And I do hope that I can squeeze in some stamping time this weekend. But we have a soccer tournament so we will see. Wow! I have really babbled! Sorry about that!

Today's card is one that I did for a recent swap I was in. It uses a set from the current holiday mini catalog, Serene Snowflakes. I just love this set! I love the vintage look of it. Anyway, I got my swaps back yesterday and decided that it was 'safe' to let you all see it, too. I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Serene Snowflakes, Four the Holidays; Paper- Very Vanilla, Bordering Blue, Kraft; Ink- Bordering Blue, Very Vanilla craft; Accessories- Boho Blossoms punch, silver brad, scallop border punch, Perfect Details texturz plate, Big Shot, dimensionals

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thankful Thoughts

Hello, Friends! I am so happy to be posting right now! I got to leave school a little earlier because I had a hair cut. But when I got to my stylist, we were talking about how much we liked the length of my hair and that it was looking really good and everything, that she just trimmed my bangs and cleaned up the back a little and that was it! It literally took about 5 minutes! Thankfully, she only charged me $5 to do that. So, then I am thinking, wow, I can go home before I have to be at church. And when I get home, my husband has taken Nick to football practice so I have the house to myself!!! Yea!!! Every mom out there knows how wonderful it is to have the house to herself! Do I hear an AMEN?!

Anyway, now that you all know how peaceful I am feeling at the moment, I can tell you about my card. I actually made it the other day. I got the layout from the Clean & Simple Stamping site. It is one of their more recent sketches. I think I am in love with this sketch! This sketch is so very versatile! I will definitely be using this one a ton! Just a super simple fall type card. Not too much to say about it. I hope you all have a super day and thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Grateful Greetings, Asian Artistry; Paper- Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory, Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry; Ink- Black StazOn, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango; Accessories- vintage brads, corner rounder, blender pen, dimensionals

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Jack-o-Lantern Smile

Good Monday morning, Friends! Ready for another week? Not so sure I am. The weekends just seem to fly by! But here we are. And September is quickly coming to a close. My favorite time of year is here - Fall! I love it! I get to start wearing clothes that will cover more of my body up!!

Today's card comes from a card I saw on Stampin' Kub's blog. I really liked the layout of this card. And I really wanted to make more fall cards. It seems that I have been in this Christmas mode for a while. So I thought this would be a nice switch. I used some of our new Night and Day specialty paper and sponged some Pumpkin Pie ink onto it. With this designer paper you can customize it for whatever you are doing! It's great! A fun card and really pretty easy! Thanks for stopping by and have a great start to your week!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Eat, Drink, & Be Scary; Paper- Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Night and Day specialty paper; Ink- Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Black; Accessories- black brad, scallop border punch, sponge, dimensionals

A Real Contender

Hello everyone! I am so frustrated that I haven't posted in a while. I just can't seem to get caught up on everything. And any down time that I seem to have, all I want to do is sleep! And the weather hasn't been helping. When it's cloudy and rainy it really makes me want to stay in bed! So, it's another busy sports season. I do love it all, though. Saturday we had a soccer game. It was our first real taste of what is to come. Our boys are playing an age level up so while this is their first year of playing on a full sized field and with 11 players, the other teams that we play are more experienced by at least a year. After saying all that, we won our game last Wednesday but lost quite badly on Saturday. At least they played the second half much better! The other team didn't score any on us in the second half! Today we had a double header flag football game. This is Nick's first year playing and he is quite an asset to the team! He is really good at running the ball and weaving and turning his hips so that the other team has a really hard time grabbing his flags! It's quite fun to watch! So that's been our routine around here lately. Like I said, I am loving the sports!

Today's card was a real contender for my swap card that is due this week. At the last minute I decided to go with a different design. I do have them ready to mail out tomorrow! I used a card from the current mini catalog to come up with this design. I do like how it turned out and I might use it for the cards that I am making for our school's silent auction next month. It's all pretty simple! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Take care and thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Season of Joy; Paper- Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive designer paper; Ink- Old Olive, Chocolate Chip; Accessories- Sleigh Bells ribbon, gold brad, scallop border punch, dimensionals

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Trick or Treat!

Good morning everyone! I will have to make this very quick as I am trying to get us to school a little earlier. I have some things I need to take care of before the day gets started. And I have a staff meeting.

So for today's card I wanted to get away from Christmas for a while. I thought I might focus on the more recent holidays that are coming up. I know that Halloween is not a favorite holiday of many but I happen to like it. There are so many cute Halloween things out and I love the dressing up and the little downtown trick-or-treating that our small town does. But I don't like the blood and guts that some have turned it into. So I stay away from all that. Anyway, I just had to make a Halloween card using the Eat, Drink & Be Scary set. I love this set! I did substitute the words from the Grateful Greetings (new mini catalog). I do apologize for the picture being blurry. Not sure what that's about but I will hopefully get that taken care of. Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Wednesday!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Eat, Drink & Be Scary, Grateful Greetings; Paper- Old Olive, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Old Olive designer paper; Ink- Basic Black; Accessories- Old Olive grosgrain, black brad, dimensionals

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

And The Thunder Rolls...

Good afternoon, Friends! Wow!! What a storm we had last night!! I didn't get hardly any sleep. The electricity kept going off and I was afraid of oversleeping until I finally went and got my cell phone and set the alarm on that. The thunder was incredible!! And just as soon as you thought that it was over another round came a rumblin' through. I wanted to download my card this morning and do the post at school but another storm came through right at that time so I just decided to wait. While it has been quiet for a while today, I think that we are in store for more. And I am glad about that since it has been a while since we have seen any rain. It's a nice change and a reminder that fall is in the air!

Today's card is one that I am seriously thinking about for my Christmas cards. I really liked the way this one came together. And it was really simple. I stamped the Serene Snowflakes on Kraft cardstock using Bordering Blue, Vanilla Craft, and VersaMark. Then I used my new Merry Details sizzlit and die cut two snowflakes. Super simple! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Serene Snowflakes, Four the Holidays; Paper- Bordering Blue, Kraft, Very Vanilla; Ink- Vanilla Craft, VersaMark, Bordering Blue; Accessories- vintage brads, Merry Details sizzlit, Big Shot, dimensionals

Monday, September 14, 2009

Good Works

Good evening! I am posting a little late but I wanted to get a card up. My brother came over this morning to spend the day with Nick. Nick was so excited that he got to miss school to play with his uncle! But now he has to pay the piper as he needs to get caught up with all the day's school work! And that's after soccer practice. He should be wiped out but here he is all wired up!

So, today's card is one that I received in a swap last month. The creator was Tammy Mullins from Puyallup, WA. I loved it so much that I had to recreate it and use it for my shoebox project. It turned out to be really easy! I did change the colors and the greeting just a bit but the overall design is from her. There is a lot of sponging on this card but it sure turned out cute! Enjoy your evening! Hopefully, I will get a post up earlier tomorrow! I really must be off to bed now.

Card Recipe: Stamps- Inspired By Nature; Paper- Creamy Caramel, Basic Black, Whisper White, More Mustard; Ink- Old Olive, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel; Accessories- Old Olive grosgrain, sponge, white gel pen, Boho Blossoms punch, 1/2" circle punch, Top Note die, Big Shot, dimensionals

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Good Sunday morning, Friends! I just loved all your comments from yesterday! I am thrilled that I got my computer working yesterday and can just come in here and post my next card. I was also able to figure out how to get my e-mail! Now that is a complete miracle!! I got out one of my old computers and just looked at how that account was set up. I did have to tweak a few things but I did it all by myself! You all are probably a lot more computer savvy than me. I wish I was. But it works and all is good!

My son has his first flag football game this afternoon. He was asked to be on a team when (friends of ours) because they didn't have enough players. So now we have flag football (won't let him play tackle) and soccer for the next two months. Do you think we will be busy?

Today's card is "reject" number two. I actually liked how this one came out. I seems really "festive" to me. I just love the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder. I borrowed this one so I may have to order my own. The card is very simple. Not too much say about it. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Season of Joy; Paper- Very Vanilla, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Merry Moments designer paper; Ink- Old Olive, Chocolate Chip; Accessories- Real Red wide grosgrain, gold brad, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder, Big Shot, dimensionals

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Feels Like Christmas!

Hey you all!!! I am back!!! I got my new computer yesterday! I am so excited to be back in the "game"! I LOVE my new computer. It is smaller than my other one and I am still getting used to all the stuff it has to offer but I really love it! Thankfully, my brother is visiting and will be able (I really hope) to get my other stuff from the broken computer onto this one. I am still crossing my fingers on this one as we really don't know if it is possible. In the meantime I am waiting for him to help me get my e-mail set up on this computer. I will be glad when I don't have to use my phone for e-mail. But I am thankful that I was still able to get it.

So, because of all the computer technicalities, I didn't post anything. I just felt very discombobulated. I couldn't search all my favorite blogs and sites for wonderful challenges to participate in and I hadn't been able to look for new sketches. I was really bummed about that! Now I have to try and remember all my favorite sites so that I can go and plug them back in! I had already started to write them down. But here I am and I plan to spend this day getting some cards made for the week. Yea!!

During my "down" time I was asked to be in the Control Freaks group. I am so honored and thrilled!! I have admired the work of these ladies for quite some time! So to have someone recognize my work and ask me to be a part of this group is such an honor! I will be finding out their blog sites and posting them to my favorites in the next few weeks so you, too, can see their marvelous work! So, the first thing I am doing as a member is participating in a Christmas swap. My task is to use the Season of Joy set and come up with a Christmas card. I sat down to play a little last weekend and came up with a few. While I can't show you the final result, I can show you the "rejects". This is the first one. I don't hate it but I just don't love it. I used my new Merry embosslit to emboss the little tag. It was an easy card and fun to make using my Big Shot (the card is embossed with the Perfect Details texturz plate).

I also want to thank everyone for your wonderful comments! Thank you for missing me! It sure is nice to know that people are waiting for you! And I do want you all to know that I do read all your comments! You all are the BEST!! Have a super weekend!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Teeny Tiny Wishes, Season of Joy; Paper- Very Vanilla, Real Red, Old Olive; Ink- Old Olive, Chocolate Chip; Accessories- gold brad, Sleigh Bells ribbon, Merry embosslit, Perfect Details texturz plate, Big Shot, dimensionals

Monday, August 31, 2009

Dirt Bike Extreme

Good Monday morning! Are you all ready for another week? I can't believe that August is done. That sure went fast! I will be making this quick as I have to hustle my son to get everything we need and get out the door to school. Sometimes he can be so poky!! Last night my husband ordered me a new computer! It should be here in the next few weeks. I am so excited!

Today's card was based on a sketch from Karen Giron. The sketch was from two weeks ago but I didn't get a chance to post it and you know all the details of that. Anyway, I really liked how this one turned out. I just love this "extreme" look. I used the colors from our recent Stampin' Success magazine to get the background. I did emboss the biker but I didn't cut him (or her) out this time. Anyway, this was a fun card for me. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Extreme Elements, Extreme Dirt Bike, Fundamental Phrases; Paper- Crushed Curry (textured), Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink- Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, VersaMark, Basic Black; Accessories- vintage brads, black emboss powder, punch (I forgot the name-yikes), dimensionals

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fifth Avenue Newlyweds

Good Sunday morning, Friends! I hope that your weekend is going super! I helped at a yard school that our school's parents were putting on. It was a huge yard sale and we sold a ton! In fact we made over $2500!! I say that it was pretty successful! But it was hot out there and I did get a little sunburned. After that my friend and I went out to Olive Garden for a great lunch/dinner. YUM! And then, when I got home, I realized that my ankles were really swollen. So I slept really good last night!!

Today's card is one that I made from a sketch. I can't remember where I got it. Since my computer died, I haven't been able to visit all my favorite websites/blogs. I really like this black and white paper from the new mini catalog. This layout is so versatile. I know that I will be using it again! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Fifth Avenue Floral, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper- Basic Black, Whisper White, Night and Day specialty paper; Ink- Black StazOn; Accessories- Whisper White taffeta ribbon, scallop border punch, word window punch, dimensionals

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Get Well Wanted

Good morning, Friends! It was really hard to go a whole week and not be able to post anything. But it's official. The computer guy pronounced my computer - dead. Yep. There was nothing else to do with it. I know that he gave it his best and he even asked around and looked up the problem to see if there was some kind of solution. My brother will be out over Labor Day weekend and will look at it, too, but I don't hold out much hope. Bummer. Real bummer!! I had stuff on there that I can't replace. And I hadn't backed a lot of it up with a CD either. And then I find all this out right after I take my son to the orthodontist. You guessed it! The poor boy needs expanders on top and bottom. He has teeth that are growing on the inside of his other teeth because there is no more room. Computer or braces? Well, you can see the dilemma! Life goes on. Right now I am using my husband's computer. It will work for now. And I can get my e-mails from my phone so all is not lost.

Today's card is one I made from a sketch that I had found a while back. There is a man in our church who had a liver transplant and we all thought it would be great if we showered him with cards so this is one I made for him. Now I better get it in the mail! It really was simple! I pulled out a stamp set that I hadn't used in a while. I think it makes a great "guy" card. I also used the Perfect Details texturz plate for the background. Well, thanks for not giving up on me! Have a great weekend!!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Wanted, Sincere Salutations; Paper-Kraft, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Dusty Durango; Ink- Dusty Durango, Soft Suede; Accessories- vintage brads, Perfect Details texturz plate, Big Shot, scallop edge punch, sponge, small star punch, dimensionals

Monday, August 24, 2009


Hello, Friends! I am so frustrated. My computer decided to crash last night. I was trying to upload a few cards that I had made and I can't even log in. It is really bad. I hope to have it up and running soon but I haven't heard what the problem might be yet. I will keep you all updated. I hope to take some new pictures and use my computer at school to upload them. So don't count me out yet! Thanks for all your wonderful comments! I can't even tell you how much I love to read them and how much they mean to me. You all are so very wonderful! Have a super Monday and I hope to have something to show you tomorrow.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Traditional Decorations

Good Sunday afternoon! I hope that your weekend is turning out really swell. Mine is! My son realized that he starts the school routine tonight. And he is not that thrilled. But there are things about school that he is really excited about. Again, I am sorry that I didn't get my post done this morning. But I was working on a card before we went to church this morning and I had to fiddle with a few things and it took me longer than I had anticipated. So, I had to wait to post until we got back. I have to get my laundry done and I am hoping to get some clothes shopping done. I just hate clothes shopping. I have the hardest time finding things that fit right. UGH! But we will see. Maybe I will just stay home and enjoy the day.

So, today's card comes from a CPS sketch. I thought it was different and had lots of possibilities. I know that most of us are not ready for Christmas but I am trying out different things so that when it comes time I will have some ideas for my cards this year. Also, I think that I am going to donate several sets of handmade Christmas cards to our school's silent auction that will be held at the end of September (I think). I love the ornament punch with this set! No need for cutting!! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day! I will post from school tomorrow!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Delightful Decorations, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper- Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Christmas Traditions designer paper; Ink- Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Old Olive; Accessories- Old Olive taffeta ribbon, vintage brads, Ornament punch, Boho Blossoms punch, corner rounder, dimehsionals