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!