Thursday, August 20, 2009

Frame It Up!

Do you ever get some great stamps and think "these images are too cute to not frame"! I've been finding more then great stamp storage at my sales here lately! I have gotten some great frames! So now that I sort of told you without telling you what my projects were, let me show you! Here are my latest projects that I finished up this week;

With all the time girls can spend in a bathroom getting "ready" I thought I should put up something that would help remind Breanna where "beauty" really comes from! I used an old SU stamp set that I embossed in silver on the mat, added blue flowers to match the background paper (which is also the bathroom wall color) and printed her picture off in black and white! The words were printed off from my computer, not a stamp!

This is for friend who's having her first baby - I guess you can tell it's a boy! LOL! She knows I stamp and "stuff" so I thought I'd make her something to go with the real gift! I used my Cuttlebug, Nestabilities and also colored it with my colored pencils but no gamsol this time! I learned how to use a blender pencil at my local stamp store! Lorinda, the owner of "The Color Wheel" in Beavercreek, is a sweetheart to give me her time to show me a few tricks! You know I soaked them up like a sponge! LOL!

In case you're wondering about the image, I'm not sure where it came from! I got some stamped images from my friend and it was perfect for this gift! The letter "a" is from SU though and I simply covered it with glue stick and paper! Easy peasy!

I hope you like it and I hope my friend likes it too!

Until next time....

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

30 Days and Counting.......

It's official one more time! I will be running my third USAF Marathon next month, September 19th! The countdown is 30 days! YIKES! This year will be a little different than last year in the fact that both my daughters will be there AND so will Logan! YEAH Logan! Here's my plan for finishing this year, I plan to stop at the end just before the finish line to grab Logan and carry him across the finish line with me! I thought that would be fun, well sort of LOL! Someday that will be his show and tell story! LOL! Hopefully it will all go as planned! LOL! I'll also be doing a 5k the night before, walking, with my Dad (who did it last year) Breanna, Jessica and Logan too! I submitted the story as a "human interest" story to the Marathon magazine too! We'll see if they pick it up! I mean, how many families, 4 generations worth, will be walking the USAF 5K ya know?! I'll keep ya posted!
Wish me luck and pray for my endurance! This year It's been a battle to train but I'm going to do it! LOL! I'm a stubborn person! LOL!

Until next time....

Monday, August 17, 2009

Punch Storage

You know what I hate about moving?! NO?! Well, let me tell ya! LOL! I hate "knowing" I have something and not being able to find it! Worse yet, finding only part of it! UGH! I love having everything organized, crafts are my exception yet they are still organized - somewhat! One of the hardest things to organize is craft punches! Yes, you can buy things off the Internet but, that's money I can spend on more punches though! I had found the PERFECT storage at Ikea (LOVE that place!). It was a wooden shoe rack, slotted, and cost only $4! Can't beat that now could I?! So, we move and part of it is MIA! ! My stubborn side says don't buy one you'll find yours but, you don't find it AND the store no longer carries them! UGH! So, what's a girl to do when it's killing her that she NEEDS to organize her stuff?! She goes yard saling! Yep, you always find good stuff yard saling right?! I do! This past weekend I was out looking for things to make my grandson's stay more comfortable for him and his Mom like a baby bed, toys etc...I don't have that stuff anymore! So, what do I find?! Hello awesome new punch storage! Take a look below to see my awesome find!

This is apparently a stand made for Longaberger baskets (I have some of those!) but when I saw the rails, perfect for larger punches AND the wooden pieces, perfect for my Big Shot and my smaller punches, I knew it was PERFECT! It also matches my decor! How cool is that?! What's even cooler is I got some great punches while I was out! LOL! I also found everything I needed for Logan's visit! Now that is a great way to spend a Saturday morning...on top of a great 7 mile run too! Call me a happy stamper! LOL! Oh and it only cost me $10! Woo hoo!

True Love......

Yep, it's true! I adore my husband! LOL! For years we've always written each other little notes and tried to hide them in fun spots as little surprises. We sort of dropped off for a bit but, lately, it's started again! I like it and so does he! LOL! Our daughter has done it too for a long time ... go ahead gag...! LOL! You're not the first! LOL! Anyway, I decided it was time to make him a card. I gave him a store bought one not too long ago but it had music in it and was "perfect"! He told me he likes my cards better! What a sweetie! Here's a picture of what I made for him;

I actually did no stamping here! I was creative with paper and punches! I used paper from my new stack of paper from DCWV "All About Boys" or something like that! When I saw it had that "Superman" paper I was all over it! I have called him my "Superman" for years. The man is amazing with the stuff he can do. This past weekend on his 20 mile run (I know...nuts!) he logged his best mile at just over 5 mins! YIKES! Yes, 5 mins! So not happening with little Lois Lane here...!LOL! I used PTI Kraft paper, DCWV paper, SU star punches, Cuttlebug letters and my Dyson Label Maker for the words! I wanted them to stand out, and I was being lazy! LOL!
The result - he LOVED it and has it on display in our room next to his side of the bed!

I hope you like it too !!

Until next time....

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Logan Loves His Bella

Okay, when the Grandchildren come this cute you just can't resist! Check out the video of Logan telling me what he wants for Christmas! Funny thing....none of it sounds like DVD's or sweaters from Old Navy....HUH! LOL! Enjoy! I sure did, I mean DO!

Logan's chatting about his Christmas list here!

Thanks for pacifying me!! Now, do I get him EVERYTHING?! LOL!

Until next time....

Monday, August 10, 2009

Frightfully Good!

I admit it.....I'm a hoarder! I can't throw go stuff out! Well, this time it was the container for the meat my husband, likes to have with his breakfast sometimes, otherwise known as "Spam"! Hey, small, no label, cute and gold....I knew I could do something with it eventually! Eventually came the other day when I wanted to make a "Boo" gift for my neighbor! You know the "BOO" game people play at Halloween, leave a gift and a tag to say you were "BOO-ed"! Here's what I created with that can;

Close up of the green eyed skeletons my husband likes!

I used plain white paper and evenly stamped my favorite Halloween stamp from The Rubber Cafe again, You Shake My Bones, to create the designer paper of sorts, random ribbons to floof it up some too! The label on the front is made by gluing scrap papers together and running it through my Cuttlebug with the Oval Nestabilities, layer of scraps from around the container, a cute Happy Halloween that you can get one of your own here and "voila"! Instant gift! Total cost?! Around $3! That includes the candy! LOL! I've already been asked if the candy can be raided too! LOL! I bet you can't guess by who...Breanna! LOL! No surprise there I'm sure!
Well, I'm curious now to see what you all come up with! If you recycle something to make a new gift share the link! I'd love to see your inspiration too!

Until next time....

A "Different" Inspiration

Have you ever just been going around doing your daily routine, not really thinking just "doing stuff", and have an idea or inspiration just "grab you"? I do, colors, shapes things just pop into my head sometimes! Yes, if you really want to know I do live in my own world sometimes but, hey, it's a happy place! LOL! The inspiration for this card came from my oldest daughter. She chose to get a quite interesting tattoo in a quite interesting spot...a girl skeleton head on her inside forearm. I wasn't very happy about it but, well, she's over 21 so it's not up to me to be happy or not right?! What I was happy about was when I realized the other day, thinking about my favorite new Halloween stamp from "The Rubber Cafe" and it "clicked"! HEY! I can use that tattoo of Jessica's to make a neat new card! YES....and the rest is history! LOL! Take a look at what it inspired;

Full view

Close up of the skeletons, what do you think of that background? I cheated...he he he!

SO , yeah, confession time here! I hand drew the bow, coloring it in with colored pencils but here's the neat part! I wanted a different background on the pink (New SU Raspberry "In-Color") so I used one of those mesh bags that you get "stuff" in sometimes. I balled it up, patted it onto my SU Basic Black ink and just patted it all over to get a rough look! Talk about cheap and fun! You can stamp with just about anything! I roughed up the edges with my scissors too! I used one of my new Martha Stewart punches for that cute white edged piece, scrap ribbon and random bling that I had that just so happened to match! Now the important stuff right?! Where'd I get that totally cool stamp?! That really cool saying too?! Lets not forget the pretty Stickle covered hearts too! Well how about over at The Rubber Cafe?! Yep! That's where I got them! The skeleton is part of the new Halloween series and is called "You Shake My Bones", the hearts are actually this Lori Renn stamp "I Adore You". I simply stamped it twice, cut the hearts out and covered them with stickles! The words are ones I thought worked with the stamps for this card and I used the "Just Rite" stamps to stamp them on using white craft ink! So it's a different Halloween card with a different source of inspiration too! Tattoo artists are really awesome with their work! So if you know someone who got married or engaged around Halloween, wouldn't something like this be a great congratulations card?!


Until next time....

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Life Is Better With You!

Awe...isn't that what every woman wants to hear from her honey?! I know I enjoy hearing it from mine....I'll wait while you recover from choking and gagging....better?! Now, seriously it's so sweet to know when someone loves you SO much right?! Lately my DH has really been showing his affectionate side and I've been loving every minute of it! So when I got these TOTALLY ADORABLE stamps from The Rubber Cafe, I totally "felt it" and knew they were perfect to make a super cute card! These little guys are called "Stella and Angus" and don't they look like they're SO in love with each other?! Sweethearts! Well here's my first project with them;

I chose to color these with my colored pencils and gamsol. I am SO in love with that technique! I was able to achieve the same level of softness in the paper I used which, by the way, was a scrap on my table so I apologize for not knowing the maker! The shape around the turtles is cut using my Cuttlebug and my nesties. I had to add some bling too so there are Stickles in the centers of all the colored in flowers and the smaller Prima flowers. I am a big fan of pearls, both my girls have pearl birthstones! I used little half pearls from Bella (gotta love the name right?!) for the center of the big flowers. That fun ric rac...I'm pretty good at scavenging in store sale bins and was lucky to find this at JoAnn fabrics for 99cents! I love a good deal!!!
Here's some great news about Stella and Angus too....there's more in the series! Interested?! Well head on over to Melissa's store, The Rubber Cafe, and check them out! They're a little on the big side so be sure to grab a set of her "Rock-a-Blocks" too! I know they're on my next order too! I'm always looking for great blocks for my stamps too and think these will be a perfect fit!

I hope you liked my turtles!!

Until next time....

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Did I scare you?! He he he! I'm totally excited about some new Halloween stamps I got in the mail from The Rubber Cafe! I LOVE Halloween and I LOVED making Halloween costumes for my kids! I just love making costumes for anyone! The best part of Halloween, besides decorating, is the trick or treaters! I just love to fill those little pumpkins! The kids are SO excited and happy to be showing off their little outfits! Just adorable...but I'm getting off track here so let me tell you about my fun new stamps! I got quite a few to share with you but, if, and I say IF I had to choose a favorite it would be VERY hard to do but....I LOVE this skeleton stamp! Isn't it just a great stamp?! I've used it for a few projects, so far, let me show you the pictures and I'll give you some details on it!

Oooh green eyed skeletons......scary...LOL!!

The first card uses;
PaperTrey Ink Kraft cardstock
The Paper Place orange cardstock
Recollections plain black and run through the cuttlebug using an embossing folder
Ribbon from JoAnn Fabric's 99cent rack
Rhinestones from Target $1 spot
Skeleton stamp
Happy Halloween stamp
Spiderweb stamp
Black ink
orange ink
white ink
Green glitter glue

The second and third cards use;
Recollections plain black cardstock
The Paper Place orange cardstock
Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock
Bright green scraps
Rhinestones from Target $1 spot
White ink (looks beige on kraft cardstock though)
Black ink
Orange ink
Green glitter glue

I have other "skeleton" projects that I'm working on to share later! I need candy corn to finish them but, get this, I see Christmas in a lot of stores but NOBODY has candy corn! LOL! What is the world coming to?! LOL! When I ate sugar and candy I could eat a whole bag of that stuff! It's gooooooood! LOL! So now, I hope, if you get the skeleton stamp for yourself you give me a link here so I can see what you did with it! I must have a trillion ideas........!


Until next time...

Friday, July 31, 2009

Adornit Blog Hop

Is it it recycling....or just simply, a darn good idea?! I think it may be a little of each?! Welcome my little page on the web, my world and my creations! No it's not always all about me as I do post about my family here too!

If you came here just to see me, thank you! As you can see I am participating in a "blog hop" with the Adorn-It Carolee's Creations girls! YEAH - fun! I'm sure, now, you want to see who else is playing and what they did right?! Well then, let me suggest you start at the beginning, at the Adorn It Blog . There are 79 other participants in this huge event so, sit back and enjoy the run!

The project I'm posting today is something I have thought of several times and, now, finally have it done! Have you ever gotten "stuff" from the store and thought "hey this packaging is pretty cool"?! I do all the time! Well, I use these makeup remover towels sometimes after a run or whenever I need it and my little light bulb went off LOL! Here's the before, the store packaging that instigated the thoughts;

See the little box it is sitting in?! That's it! I thought, you know I could recreate that box and put something else in there and make it a little gift?! Well, I did! Here's what I created;

How'd I do that?! Easy! Just simply, and carefully take the box apart. This box just so happened to be exactly 12" wide! I laid it out on my scrapbook paper, traced it out, cut it out, recreated the creases using my Scor-Pal (don't have one?! Hurry up and get one - you won't regret it!) decorated it how I chose, taped it and Voila! Cute box! How much time elapsed? Maybe....10 minutes if you know exactly what paper you're going to use?! The goodies inside you can tell are Bath and Body Works and were on sale for $1 each a while back. So, once they're decorated too, my total cost for this great project?! Less than $4 - yes FOUR dollars! Now when I have company, like this coming weekend, I'll have a cute little gift to put in their rooms! Now for the details, of what products I used! The paper is from "The Paper Company" and I believe it's called Espresso, the purple striped paper and the solid cardstock are from my stash of scraps so I didn't have a name, the ribbon is from a roll I got out of the $1 spot (AKA dollar vortex) at Target, the little pearls are from the same spot but...get this...he he he I picked them up at our Goodwill for 29 cents! Yep! LOL! I can find crafting stuff just about anywhere! LOL! Now, that gorgeous butterfly stamp is one of my newest favorites! Well I got it from The Rubber Cafe! She as the most beautiful butterfly stamps and I am working hard on having my own full collection! LOL! She also carries the Scor-Pal so it could be one stop shopping there! LOL! I love that! Gives me more time to come home and play and, the way my life goes....I need all the extra time can get! So when you're done with shopping at The Rubber Cafe, please visit all the other talented ladies in this blog hop! I mean seriously,it's Friday so kick back, relax and don't forget it starts here, at the Adorn It Blog, and the next talented lady on the list to visit.... Debbie Raymond! Now she is one talented lady you don't want to miss!

Enjoy the hop!

Until next time....

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I Actually Listened.....

LOL! I had to share this picture with you! I ran a race this past weekend where the profits went towards Breast Cancer Research - a race I have been wanting to run for a while and I brought my family with me to be my cheering section and, of course, my photographer was happy to be on hand! You know how sometimes you get a good picture but when you really look at it you realize, that's a great picture! LOL! Take a look at this picture and see if there's a "hidden message"! LOL!

LOL! Can you see it?! I actually listened and didn't walk! LOL I did get my best time yet this season! I was #117 out of 348 runners, 6th in my age group (and there were a lot of us 29 year olds out there!) and my time....27:44! Oh this was a 5K by the way! Not too shabby for me! LOL!

Here's my personal "cheering section"! Aren't they THE bestest?!

Well, enjoy your day!

Until next time....

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Just For Fun......

I am SO lost right baby is at cheer camp until Friday! What's a Mom to do when her kids are all out of the house?! I convinced my DH of taking me out to eat and then shopping...we bought Breanna a jumbo cupcake pan! I miss that girl! Just for fun I ordered some tee shirts for Breanna and I. A friend from work has her own screen printing business and did these AWESOME tee shirts for us! Take a look at them;

Me and Bre...!

Since he's usually behind the camera taking pictures of me and Bre, I thought I'd drag him out for a photo op to share too! Here's me and my "Sweet Handsome Love"! P.S. No "Hale Duo" shirt for him....apparently men shouldn't wear pink tee shirts....HAH!

I did these shirts as a surprise for Breanna and let me tell you, she was over the moon with it! Score more points for Momma!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

My Grafico Challenge #9

Yoooo hoooo anyone seen my "mojo"......aaaah there it is! In the corner, hiding under that pile of DP scraps! Awe poor thing is trembling with fear I'd never find it and use it again! Well, I put that fear to rest tonight! LOL! I was blog surfing, something I haven't had time to do lately with work and training and doing races, blah, blah, blah the list goes on! So, I stumble across "Martha's Blog" and she is on the "My Grafico" Design Team. My mojo is now happy mojo as I decided to partake in their challenge #9! We had to do something "fruitty"! LOL! Anyway, we were to use fruit in our design so I chose to use an old set from SU for this one! I made a note pad instead of a card or layout though since Breanna needed a thank you gift for her coach who is taking them to cheer camp next week (God Bless her!!) so I thought...hhmmmm YES! I'll do that for her notebook! So here's my creation;

I'm rather pleased with my final creation and can't wait to give it to her coach! I'm sure she'll love it too! Breanna already does so, even if I don't win the challenge I won a bigger deal - my daughter's appreciation! Now that makes it all worthwhile! LOL!

Until next time....

Friday, July 17, 2009

Bella's Bragging Again....

How about a "Logan update"! LOL! It's been a while since I posted a picture of this handsome little guy! For those not "in the know" yet...Logan is my Grandson and I am his "Bella"!

Logan has to get ready for his photo session...Bella does need a daily "fix"! LOL!

Doesn't this picture look like I just showed him the card I posted yesterday?! LOL!

This is such a cute picture of him trying out his "air guitar"!

Ooooh he's so cute....maybe that's a biased opinion! LOL! My daughter also started a blog about Logan! So, if you're interested, stop by Logan's blog to check out how he's growing! He's got an adorable video up right now of "tummy time" and he's talking to me! LOL! I can't wait for her to post his marathon training video! LOL! Click on the link to go see "Bella's handsome Grandson Logan" Drop her a note if you have time too! Jessica would love to know you visited!

Thanks for pacifying me here......!

Until next time....

Thursday, July 16, 2009


He he he! So there I was last night, perfect card idea in my head and I'm just moving along coloring my image out. I'm watching Jumanji, my honey is in my room with me again (he's too sweet spending time with me there!) my card is really coming together.....! Well let me tell you about the card idea first! My youngest is leaving for cheer camp next Tuesday and will be gone for almost 4 long, arduous, lonely days without me,ahem, I mean me without her! Whenever she leaves, or I leave we usually leave each other notes, one for each day! So I chose to make her a card with some fish on it this time, long story short here but "fish" means "love you" in our world....yeah, umm so anyway... I colored my image, I stamped the background and colored it too. I did my layers and got it all together. Figured, hey this needs some bling so I got that on there, looking good at this point right?! Sure it is! Then, I go to show my DH and it "hits me"! Awe man...all that work and the darn card is UPSIDE DOWN! Oh I gave myself a good laugh at that one! LOL! Take a look at my card and see my mistake! LOL! It's got to make you laugh, at least once! LOL!


Oooopsie, LOL!;

Can't bring myself to toss it out so what do you think of putting the words "My world is upside down without you" on the inside?! LOL! She will think it's so typical Mom! LOL! My DH's opinion?! He just rolled his eyes! LOL! Such a "me" moment! LOL!

P.S. You'll be seeing a lot of these cards, well maybe not the upside down part! I got a great deal on 10 of them, with envelopes for $1.98 at my grocery store! LOL! Love that place for scrapping supplies! LOL!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Beautiful Butterflies

Did you know that butterflies symbolize "new life"! Kind of cool when you think about it, a worm transforms itself into a beautiful winged creature! Amazing how things work in nature! I'm sorry I haven't been blogging much the last week or so but life put a couple of HUGE boulders in my way including an overnight stay in the hospital and my DH hasn't left my side for more then a 4 hour period of time! Now that's SWEET! LOL! Last night he even sat in my crafting room and studied while I created this beauty and, if you know my DH, THAT is saying something as I am not a neat crafter AT ALL and he is a neat freak! LOL! Take a look at my creation;

I chose to use this stamp, The Rubber Cafe's "Small Trailing Butterflies" as a symbol of new things going on in my life! I colored the image with my Koh-I-Nor pencils and Gamsol but outlined it with my B00 Copic Marker. I also used Stickles in the centers of the butterflies to give them a little bling! This was my first 1 layer card too! I hope you like it!

Sometimes those boulders that get put in your way, so to speak, you don't climb over them or go around them but blast right through them! I'm doing just that!

Until next time....

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Wanna Cookie...?!

How about we ask this cute little teddy bear to whip us up a batch?! Yum! A nice big cup of coffee, time alone in my crafting room and that would make for a perfect afternoon....oh and if those cookies were calorie free it would be even better! LOL! Too bad I'm deep into my marathon training (again) or I might have to whip up a batch! are my enemy! LOL! So, if enemy #1 right now is sugar that makes more room for fun card sketches right?! Okay no comparison but how about this cute AND sweet layout from Queen Kat Designs? The stamp is called "Build a Teddy" and is one of the Queen's new releases! How adorable is this one?! You can even customize it with flowers, a crown all sorts of cute accessories! Since I was going with a baking theme I chose to use the baking accessories! I hope you can tell I used chocolate chip cookie paper as my card base background too! What do you think;

Like the sketch too?! Why not try it for yourself?

If you decide to try the sketch let me know by leaving a link to your creation here! I'd love to see it!

p.s. - this stamp set is on SALE!! I love a sale!! Hurry before you lose out on a 25% off stamps sale at Queen Kat Designs! I took advantage of it yesterday...bring on the mailman! I love fun packages! LOL!

Until next time....

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Americana 5K

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! Mine started off great! Me, My daughter, and her boy...friend went to a 5k race first thing! I was pretty excited to go since they were going with me! My DH doesn't "roll out of bed" for anything less than a 10k and trust me here, I won't invite him anymore! LOL! Why?! Last time he found it within himself to go with me....he won! Well, for his age group anyway and overall was 4th! What a show off! LOL! See my competition here?! I just go to cross the finish line AND, of course, get the tee shirt! LOL! I still don't get why these were pink this year though! UGH! I wanted a patriotic one! ! Oh well, next time! Here are some fun pictures we took before the race.

3 soon to be finishers!

Me and my girl! Who was #302 I wonder?!

I think she likes this boy....what do you think?! Don't tell him I said so but he's a very nice boy!

It was a good race though even with the strollers (some double wides even) and the animals that were allowed! Now, on to the next one - YEAH!!

Until next time!

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you all have awesome plans for the day! Mine will consist of a morning race with my daughter, her boy....friend and a friend from work!

Happy 4th of July everyone from me AND Logan LOL!

Until next time....

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


YEAH! It's new release day for Queen Kat Designs so I hope you're ready for some blog hopping fun! Don't worry if it's your first time following a hop it's easy! Just click on the links I have for the next person's blog and the same on theirs for the next blog! If you're just now starting this fun, and don't want to miss out on more then be sure to head over to the Queen Kat Blog to follow this path of all the other great ladies on the design team!

For my cards it wasn't hard to choose which ones I was going to focus on! If I had my choice I would spend the rest of my life at the beach! Nothing says "relax" like a walk down the beach, wind in your hair, the sun glowing down, the sounds of the waves crashing besides you.....! So knowing that is my dream destination I chose the newly release set called "Paradise Found"! This set has 4 stamps in it and each one can be used in SO many ways! Take a look at what I chose to do, this time, with these stamps;

Can you see me?! I'm leaning up against the 5th tree from the left....a girl can dream right?! LOL!

Like these designs?! Want them to make your own relaxing cards of "Paradise Found"? Well then hurry on over to Queen Kat Designs store before they sell out! Wanna secret, don't tell the Queen I told but her stamps are all on sale right no 25% off! YEAH! I love a sale! Need a little inspiration, something that helps you by having everything in ONE spot?! Gosh knows I have days where I just want to say "lay it out for me"! I would suggest checking out her kits! You can still pre-order the July kit and, it's one that has "manly" possibilities! You know how hard it is to find stuff to do for men right?! Well, I have this kit on my list so how about putting it on yours?!

So next destination on this fun hop - Shannon! More fun awaits you here!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Home Sweet Home

When we first moved to Ohio back in August we also started building a house! That was such an exciting time to see that house grow and know we were going to make it ours! I shared my weekly pictures of it's progress as a lot of people were interested but I realized - I haven't shown a final picture! Sheesh! What a slacker I can be! LOL! Here's a couple of them to show you the final product...for now! We changed the original front just recently too by having the front stoop redone with brick work and added some rather large (12') trees added in the back yard for privacy too!

If you click on the pictures they get bigger and you can see the beautiful pink flowers I planted that are taking off like crazy!

Well, that's "Home Sweet Home"!

P.S. - the window in the upper left corner is "my craft room", where I hide in the evenings with my toys, laptop and T.V.! My little heaven on earth! LOL!

Until next time....

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Happy Bee Day!

Today was my youngest child's 16th birthday! My gosh time has flown by! I remember her first moment and where is she now?! At the movies with a BOY! UGH! My baby!! I tried to teach her boys are bad, stay away, join the convent! Seriously! LOL! I even dressed her up as a Nun for her first Halloween - she won cutest baby in the costume contest but, well, my plan obviously failed!
This child is the one who ALWAYS leaves me love notes, all over the place! I love surprises and still every one of them surprise me because I'm not expecting it! Now, she's into making BIG cards for different occasions and for Easter my card was a GIANT posterboard! LOL! So, anyway I decided to play her "big card" game and make her one for her birthday! I used some AWESOME Bee stamps that I ordered just to make her this card! See she's my "little b" and her Dad is my "Big B" - get it "B's"! LOL! Aaahh yeah, ahem, so here's my card;

I got the stamps from a company called "Alota Rubber Stamps" and let me tell you, Helene, the lady I corresponded with about these stamps - AWESOME! The stamps?! AWESOME! I went a little crazy and ordered 3 bee stamps but I also got one of their "grab bags" - the cheaper one if you want to know. I am here to say I am THRILLED to pieces over the stamps in that bag! I got GOBS of GREAT stamps that I could see no reason to not buy individually! Great deal, trust me! LOL! Okay so, I made this with SU cardstock, some awesome pink glittery paper I found at my LSS, and I colored it with my Koh-I-Nor pencils and Gamsol! I had these tiny little pom poms that were PERFECT for the bee's party hats and I thought little tiny rhinestones would be CUTE for their little noses too! I put Stickles on their wings too! My girl has to have her bling so I gave her as much as I could! LOL!

Well I'll leave you with a few pictures of her as she grew up, I swear she was just born yesterday.....

My baby graduates in 2 years....the tears are already trying to flow.....

Until next time....

Ready to Ride....

I purposely hunted this stamp down! I needed a motorcycle stamp to make a card for a special friend and it needed to do with motorcycles! I especially love this one as that is the coolest bike ever isn't it?! Flames all over and Snoopy looks SO relaxed just riding with his little buddy! Images of Snoopy remind me of my childhood cartoons and I just loved him! He could say SO much without saying a word!
So I decided to take the opportunity to make 2 cards! One is a thank you as my friend did me a big favor and is actually the motorcycle safety guy at work, also the computer guy and he's always helping me. The other, well I'm sure I know someone who would appreciate it! LOL!


Sorry for the short post with this but, it's EARLY to work today - AUGH!

Until next time....

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Like a Dream......

I gor my FIRST Magnolia stamp! YEAH ME! This stamp inked up like a dream too! OMG! I was able to actually use my first stamp off too! Now THAT'S awesome!! I just love tulips, pink tulips and when I saw this one I knew I had to have my first Magnolia and, now, I have NO regrets but have already figured on my next one! LOL! Take a look at what I did with it;

I used scraps, except for the base to create this little cutie. I also used my, new to me, Martha Stewart border punch and some little dot thingies (<-- technical term there!) from Bella! I colored her in with my Koh-I-Nor Pencils and my Gamsol. I chose to leave her dress white too as it reminded me of a dress my youngest had when she was little.....SOOO cute.... anyway! The image is cut out with my Coluzzle but since I didn't really want that much blank space around her I did the "out of the box" technique! If you're curious on what that is then check out the resource pages on Splitcoast Stampers. That place is an AWESOME wealth of information, friends, advice and SO much more!

Let me know what you think!

Until next time....

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Miss Me?!!

I've been getting these interesting emails, and today a text asking "when are you updating your blog"! LOL! It's nice to know you guys care and that I was missed! So.... where was I?! I started my new job last week and boy did I hit the ground running! Trying to figure things out, get to know people, I also have been given the job of editing all documents prior to submitting them to the 4 Star <-- now that makes me nervous! I also had 2 runs on Wednesday and the second one was in the rain. Guess what my reward was for that one?! I got a nice, nasty chest cold that just sucked the life out of me! I know, pretty picture right?! I had pneumonia really bad once so chest colds make me nervous!I went to work and did nothing else! LOL! I'm all better now though and here I am!
Our Father's Day celebration today was rather low key as we all took naps, together, like little monkeys in the bed! It was probably a rather hilarious site if you had been that fly on the wall too! I won the award for sleeping the longest....yeah me! So when we got up, I made dinner and boy was it good tonight! Mmmm! We had roast chicken & red bell pepper sauce over wheat noodles, a green salad and some Ghiradelli brownies! I don't understand the hype over these brownies though, they're not all that good - ugh! I prefer Betty Crocker ones with chocolate frosting if I have to eat some! LOL! Then again, I'm not a chocolate eater!
Okay so the best part of Father's day here?! We gave Brian a card/album we made using some of the BoBunny products we picked up at our LSS! Have you seen the album's made where each page is a letter?! I think at Marko's you can get them with the individual letters to spell out anything! Ooooh the possibilities there! This one came as a kit and turned out SO frigging cute! Here's some pictures!


First 2 inner pages

Close up of the squirrel...yeah...long story but he liked it!

Next couple of pages...

The back...

The "giver" & her Daddy!

This book should have only taken me a couple of hours but it took me days! I could only do a little bit at a time for the obvious reasons! LOL! Brian really liked the final product too so, in the end, that's all the really mattered!

Until next time....

I hope you like it!