Friday, December 26, 2008

3 Hams and some flowers for Christmas.

Aren't these two a couple of cuties? Actually, they are a couple of hams. They are the children of our niece. DH's sibs and kids came over yesterday for a Christmas visit. Let me tell you about these two. VERY energetic, but VERY well behaved. They kept all of us entertained. My kids, all in their 20's, had a blast with them. The little princess wanted to go home when they first got here, but when it was time to go, she wanted to stay.
We had a nice visit. I was still not feeling the greatest, but DH and DD took care of dinner for me,(they spoil me you know). We had a ham and some other yummy stuff. I did make my Grandma's recipe for Gingerbread. You serve it fresh out of the oven with fresh made whip cream. I was told it was delic. Of course, I couldn't tell because I really couldn't taste much.
So there are the 3 hams,(2 toddlers and an actual ham to eat), now what about the flowers....
This photo is one of several Christmas gifts I made for special friends of mine. Stamp and paper is from SU. I stamped the image with white craft ink and then used prisma colored pencils and a blender pen. Interesting thing was that when I used the blender pen, it kind if brought up some of the ink from below, giving it a painted effect. Wasn't what I had planned, but I was very pleased with the results.

Well, off to get ready for tonight's visitors. DD's friends from high school are all home from college so they're all coming over here tonight.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Unfortunately I don't have a photo to share. I've been sick these past few days and haven't had the energy to create. Just getting off the sofa takes all my energy. I'm feeling somewhat better this morning and am praying for much improvement throughout the day. I don't want to miss Christmas Eve service at church tonight. The Christmas Eve service has to be my favorite service all year. The Children's Ministry at our church, along with help from other church members, share their presentation of the Christmas Story.

I remember my participation in the Christmas Story as a child in our church. They are such wonderful memories. Whether it be playing the part of an angel, or Mary, or a shepard, it was
being able to participate in telling the story of the birth of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.

I think of Mary and what it must have been like knowing you were carrying God's son. What it must have been like to raise God's son.

Having memories of Christmas time with family and friends is nice, but when those memories include celebrating the birth of Jesus, it just magnifies the joy and wonder of the season that much more.

So from my home to yours,
Prayers, Blessings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Happy Wednesday!

And why is it so happy? Because I'm home today. Home today working my tush off. Getting everything ready for Christmas. And yes, I took a bit of break to finish up some gifts. I made this card just special plans for it yet. I used SU very vanilla and rose red paper. SU markers to color the daisies, (Flowers for Daisy set from Gina K.). Stamped once on very vanilla, masked to stamp the greenery and then stamped and colored images on watercolor paper and cut out to put on with dimensionals. Now this did need to get done today. My wedding anniversary is Saturday and I needed a card for DH. I wanted to go simple. You can't get much more simple than this. And he is my everything .
Ok. Back to the grind.

Monday, December 15, 2008

My first Gina K's

We got home late saturday night from DH's company Chritmas party to find goodies in the mail box. Gina K stamps! I've been drooling over these stamps for months, and finaly got a chance to order some. but it was late, so I had to wait until yesterday after church to play. This first card is from the Flowers for Daisy set, designed by Asela Hopkins. Paper, markers, ribbon, all from SU. I made another card with this set, but I can't share with you yet as it is in the mail on it's way to friend who's recovering from surgery. This next card uses The Magic of Christmas set by Rupa Shevde. The holly is from SU's Sleigh Bells set. I emossed with gold and then colored in with wondercolor crayons and blender pens. The color on the sleigh body came out pretty good, even though it wasn't meant to look that way. I thought I had gotten all of the green out of the blender pen, but that wasn't the case. So when I went to use the burgandy, it gave it a mottled look.
I also got Rupa's King of the Grill set and Gina's Tree Silhouette set. Haven't had a chance to play with them yet. Hopefully soon.
Well, I had better get going. I'm doing a big baking day on Saturday when DD comes home from college and I need to check recipes and supplies on hand to make my grocery list.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Boss's Gift

Hi All,
It's late and I'm tired. I spent the afternoon doing some shopping for DH and then came home to package it. DH works for a very small company,(8 guys includ. the boss). So The guys all chipped in and I went shopping. We have the company Christmas party tomorrow night. We only had a few days notice, and the guys just figured out yesterday what they wanted to get! Good thing I had the afternoon off. The little envelope with the coffee cup on it is a GC to the coffee shop. And the rectangular card holder with the apple paper on it is for the GC for the Apple Store. The boss has an Iphone and the guys wanted to get him something for it. I stamped some apples and snowflakes on the inside. The box is just a paper mache box covered with DP. And the card on top of the box is for all the guys to sign. All stamps and paper are SU.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

stamping again...finally!

This is a card I made just a bit ago. I haven't had a chance to stamp since before Thanksgiving. Actually I made two of these. It felt so good to be able to create again.
I used SU's purely pomegranate and pink pirouette paper. Played with my new nesties. The ribbon is SU also. I punched out the snowflakes and then pressed them into versamark and then embossed with glitter EP. It doesn't show up too well in the photo, but they do have some shimmer.

Time to go do a bit more creating.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Last Week's Stamping - LOVE

Hi All,
I wanted to share 2 cards with you that I did last week. The images on both cards were given to me by my sweet friend Kathy. I'm fairly new to 6 X 6 cards, but I'm loving them. The images are done SU markers and SU wonder color crayons. I did a reverse mask and sponged with mellow moss and always artichoke. Threw some bits on and there you go.
The coloring on this card is the same as last. I sponged with baha breeze and pacific point. The base is baha breeze textured and the DP is from SU's green tea collection. I then framed with elegant eggplant. Oh yeah, notice the beautifully straight cuts on the sentiment. That's because I did the white piece and the DP piece with nesties. That's right, I bought my first nesties over the weekend. Of course I can't emboss with them yet because I don't have the tan pad,(next week), but that's ok. I can see why these things are addicting. I went around looking at the images I already have stamped out that I could nesty.

Getting Ready for Christmas

My DD heads back to college tomorrow. It's been a wonderful time having her home.....and not just be cause she's been cooking lol! Friday we did just a bit of shopping. None of that crazy early morning running all over type stuff. She loves to decorate for Christmas, so that's what we did this weekend. We have 2 trees, one in the family room and one in the living room.

This is the tree in the family room. The picture was taken as the sun was begining to set and was coming through the front window. I really like how it captured the shadow of the tree and lights on the wall.
This is the one in the livingroom. It has all of the kid's ornaments collected over the years. Of course this ornament has to be my favorite. Keep in mind this beauty is now 20 years old.

And here are our stockings. The two stockings on the left are counted cross stitched. I made them for the 2 younger ones 20 years ago. We don't have a mantle to hang them on so the railing to the upstairs does just fine. Of course the decorating isn't done yet. There's still the garlands to hang in the kitchen, the nativity to display and the garlands and wreath for the front porch.

I haven't done one bit of stamping all weekend. (sigh), but the alternative, (spending time with DD), was definitely the better of the 2.


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ham for Thanksgiving?

No we didn't eat ham, we ate turkey. But this little doll is quite the ham. She is my brother's grandaughter. Lil' Tootsie just loves having her picture taken. That's a soft cast on her hand. She burned it the other day at the babysitter's. She decided she wanted to help with lunch. A trip to the burn unit for debriding and back again next week for the same. Hopefully no more trips to the burn unit after that. A lot depends on how she heals.

My Dad, my brother and his family were here. It was nice because my nephew flew in from Georgia. He's in the army and was able to get some leave. All 3 of our kids were here as well. What a blessing!
My husband prepared the turkey and my daughter, a Culinary Institute of America student, prepared everything else. Everything was delicious! And there's plenty of leftovers. YUMMY!!!! All I had to do was clean the house and set the table. I definitely got the easy end of the deal. And I didn't even have to clean up. DH and DD are doing that as I type. I am SO spoiled!!!
Here's Little Tootsie and her papa, (my brother). Like I said, she's a ham. She would find my camera and bring it to me so I could take her picture. I have several photos of her, but I just had to share these two.
So tomorrow my daughter and I are going to do a bit of shopping, no crazy early bird stuff. And then when we get home we'll decorate for Christmas. She heads back to college on Sunday and wants to decorate before she goes. Who am I to stop her?
Happy Thanksgiving & Blessings!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

yummy candy!

Check out this site for wonderful candy. Copics and some adorable stamps and other goodies. Major candy rush.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

A couple of new things

So it's been awhile since I've posted any new cards. This one is for our friends, Mark and Linda, who hosted Deby and I when we went to DC for the walk. They are the ones that introduced us to Five Guys burgers and fries. So Deby and I got them a gift card to FG's.

FG's colors are very simple; plain brown paper bags, white cups with red printing. I
used the company's colors scheme for the card.

This set of cards is for my friend,Wendy Sue. Her name was drawn from the list of sponsors from my walk. I used SU's urban garden dp, gray taffeta ribbon, kiwi kiss, basic gray papers. I also cuttlebugged and used some of the new filigree brads.

This card was done for a friend who needed a
wedding card. Extremely simple. I really like
the textured paper and the little rhinestone
in the corner.

Well, dinner's ready so I'm off to eat.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Where God Leads Us

Who hasn't wondered what God has planned for us. I learned a long time ago that it's best to listen and be obedient, because he always manages to get us where he wants us. We can be obedient, and go the best route, (which may not always be easy). Or we can run away from him.

It was like that when God chose my DH for me 28 years ago. I met DH at a wedding. We went on a couple of dates, but I got scared and blew him off. I wasn't use to a guy paying such attention to me. Anway, fast forward 9 months. Out of the blue DH shows up in my mind....I hadn't thought about him since forever, but there he was in my mind. After a couple of coincidences,(like who really believes in those?), I contacted him. 2 months later we were engaed and 13 months later we were married.

Where am I going with all of this? Well, about 18 months ago, a coworker asked me if I ever thought of selling my cards at craft shows. Another co-worker, who has her own jewelry business has been after me to start a business. Several since....and a lot more recently have made comments that have gotten me to seriously think about starting up a business. After talking with my daughter yesterday, I decided that I was going to move ahead with this.

So where do I go from here? Craft shows, sell on-line, or put my cards in various small gift shops in the area? Well, today, God showed me which direction he wanted me to go in. One of my good friends from church has her own little gift and craft supply store. Today I helped her do a card making class at a local church. We were talking afterwards, and she offered me a business proposition. She asked me if I would design handmade card sets for her. She has such vision for her business and I'm honored that she would consider me to be part of that vision.

So, I'm going on a new adventure and I'm excited about it. If it's one thing I've learned, it's to Listen and obey. Nothing but blessings come to those who do.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Challenge card

This card was done for the mini virtual stamp night they held on SCS last night. The theme for the night was "cabaret". The theme for this particular challenge was "all that jazz". We were to use frills that would be on a flapper's outfit. We're given 45 minutes to make a card.

I stamped the imagine in versafine black and then used my SU real red marker to color in her dress. I used a silver pen to accent the feathers on her dress and head piece. The sequins along the side came from leftovers from costume making.


October Swap

Isn't this card great! My SBS, Carol, made it for me. It's hard to tell in the photo, but there is crystal effects accenting the image,( lips, headband, hair, dress). The butterfly is metallic and very shiny. It catches the light so that you get to see all of the colors in the wings. Both peices of paper behind the image are edged in gold. This is just gorgeous!

I haven't posted in awhile as I have been having technical difficulties with my camera. But I am back in action now....... except my computer has been extremely slow these past couple of days.

So now I'm off to fix some supper for DH.


Monday, October 20, 2008


Hi All,

I just received a wonderful card today from my SBS#23 Carol. I hope to be able to get a photo of it and get it posted later this week. I'm having technical difficulties with my camera and I'm getting ready to head out of town again....this time on business. Hoping to be able to post on Friday or Saturday. Hoping to catch up with everyone then as well.

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Get Inspired!

Check out this post about inspiration on Donna's blog.

Let me know what inspires you. I frequently get inspired by a co-worker's clothing. sha has some of the coolest jackets.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Honored !

My SBS Joey blessed me with this award....could it be becaus of my crazy DC adventure? :-)
The award is called the Wylde Women Award and its purpose is to send love to and acknowledge women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between
2. Make sure you link to their site
3. Link back to Tammy at so she can visit all these great women
4. Remember the purpose of the award
So I'm giving it my fellow DC adventurer, Deby, a.k.a. The Sofa Lady.
Hey Deby! beep, beep, beep.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Oh no!!!!!

Hi All,

Remember how I mentioned earlier that it's a good thing that Five Guys, (the burger joint we went to in DC), wasn't up here in NY? Well when I went into work yesterday I found out that a Five Guys just opened up this past Friday right down the street from my office! Literally! It's maybe a half mile away on the same street. Well, I do have a safety net ......Since my hours at work have changed, DH drops me off, so I don't have a car. So no access. phew! But DD is coming home this weekend and we're heading up to Rochester to do some shopping. Of course she wants to go to Five Guys.........Mark and Linda introduced her to them when she was visiting them a couple of years ago. Ah, the sacrifices we make for our children lol!

Something just occurred to may think a half mile is nothing for me to walk, especially since I just walked 52 miles this past weekend. Well, let me tell you about Jefferson sidewalks and way too much traffic to walk safely. I may like a Five Guys burger like no other, but I cherish my safety much more.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The 3 Day Walk, Part 5

This is a photo of our new dear friends, Mark and Linda. Their daughter and my daughter are college friends. These two people have been an amazing blessing to Deby and I. They opened their home to us to stay the night before the walk and the night after the walk. They fed us, transported us, and Mark even entertained us with some funny stories. Now I understand why my daughter enjoys visiting them.

Linda dropped us off at the airport yesterday morning on her way to work. when we got there, we found out our flight had been delayed. For how long, we didn't know. While at the airport, we came across other walkers heading home.

It was getting lunch time and we were getting hungry. Imagine our suprise when we saw a Five Guys burger joint at the airport! So of course we had to stop there to eat. Yummo!

Now, I'm not one for burgers and fries, and to eat them for supper one night and lunch the next day! It was a first.....and will probably be a last......unless of course I'm near a Five Guys LOL!

While at the airport, we met a fellow walker who was on our flight as well. We had a great time talking with her about all of her experiences doing the walks.....DC was her 5th!

We made it to JFK and it was quite chillier than DC.
And since we were wearing flip flops, ( who could put on shoes?),
we knew our feet would be freezing when we got home. These are
the fluffy, comfy socks we bought at the airport. We were quite a
site, but who cared.

We made it home, later than expected and exhausted, but very happy. This last photo was taken when we met up with Deby's family. Yes, after 12 hours of traveling, we were still smiling!

The 3 Day Walk for breast cancer research has been an amazing journey. Please consider participating in it if you ever get a chance.


The 3 Day Walk, Part 4

Day 3 began at 5 am. We needed to get up, pack up our stuff and take down the tents and get some breakfast before heading out. We walked about a half mile down to the boat launch to get on the buses that would take us closer to DC.

Up until now, all of our walking had been in Virginia. This morning they dropped us off in Arlington. From there we made our way through Arlington and crossed the bridge into Georgetown. We made our way through Dupont circle and then up Pennsylvania Ave. past the white house.

The most amazing moment for me was when we crossed the finish line. The music, the crowds, the cheering....It was just overwhelming. I was brought to tears. Of the 3000 walkers I was number 1362 to cross the finish line.

After everyone had crossed the finish line, we prepared to walk a block down to the closing ceremony. Imagine 3000 walkers, arms linked, walking into closing ceremony surrounded by cheering crowds.......then the staff came in......300 strong.....and then, over 300 survivors who had walked with us those 3 days. Truly an emotional moment. And what it made it most emotional was when all of the walkers took off one shoe and raised it in honor of the survivors.

So after ceremonies, it was off to the metro to get back to our friend's house in Virginia. Now getting to the Metro was an adventure in itself. We had to pick up our duffles and head down 1 block to get the bus to get to Metro Center. We got half way down the block when we realised we were heading in the wrong direction! At this point we decided to get a cab. Trying to find a cab was next to impossible. Thankfully a woman came by and helped us get a cab. We finally got to the metro and then on our train to Virginia.

Here's Deby at the station while we waited for our ride. When Mark picked us up, he took us to grab some supper. We had the best burger and fries in the greater DC area. Five Guys was the name of the place. I have to say, that it's a good thing Five Guys isn't up here in NY....I'd be quite huge if they were. LOL!

So with our bellies full, our bodies sore, we turned in for our last night of our adventure. Oh, and we stayed up past our bedtime.....we went to bed around 9:00 LOL!


The 3 Day Walk, Part 3

Day 2 began at 5:30 when we got up to go get some breakfast and head back out on the route. We were doing what Deby nicknamed "The 3 Day" shuffle. Everyone was doing it. Walking with blisters, sore and stiff body parts. We all looked very funny, but no one cared because we ALL were walking that way.

This first photo is of an arch that we passed under while out on the route. Day 2 was full of beautiful paths....some spots were extremely rough going, but still beautiful none the less.

You'd never guess it, but one of our favorite sites along the route were the port-a-johns at the pit stops. You can tell here that Deby was happy.

My knee was still bothering me. I had put on my knee brace, and would ice my knee at every pit stop. I made it to the pit stop before lunch and knew I couldn't go on. So while Deby went on the 3 miles to lunch, I took the sag van to lunch.

After lunch, I decided to continue on with Deby. Along the way, there were many supporters cheering us on, passing out candy. And the motorcycle crew was out there doing what they did best, keeping us safe as we crossed the roads.

Even though I lost 3 more miles, I crossed that finish line with Deby. What a great feeling. And waiting for us there were staff and others cheering us on.

So it was off for showers, foot massages and food again. But this time we were in bed by 6:45! Yes, you read that correctly, 6:45.


The 3 Day Walk, part 2

Day 1 of our adventure began bright and early at Ptomac Mills Mall in Virginia. Even at 6 am, the atmosphere was that of a party. Men and women of all shapes and sizes, ages, walks of life coming together for a common put and end to breast cancer.

After the opening ceremony, all 3,000 of us began our 3 day trek. We were blessed with a great staff. My favorite of the staff was the motorcycle safety crew. They would be there at every major intersection with music blaring and dancing to cross us safely across the road. They had come from all across the country. One guy, was from Atlanta and this was his 18th walk!

Along the way, we met some intersting people, Phat Phil and the Phunky Bunch....a father and his two daughters walking in memory of their wife and mother. Laura, bad knees, bloodied feet, yet she walked in memory of her sister.

My knee gave out on me 7 miles in, but I continued on for 8 more miles. I finally had to get on the sag van to be taken back to camp. When we got to camp, we gathered our duffles and picked up a hot pink tent and headed off to find our spot in the neighborhood. Once we got our tent set up, we headed over for showers, foot massages and food. Speaking of food, There was not a shortage of food anywhere during this walk. At every pit stop, there was snacks of all sorts.

Look at that smile on Deby's face. You'd never know the pain she was feeling from blisters and a hurting knee and hip. Ibuprofin was our best friend this weekend.

Day 1, we had gone 15 miles before our bodies finally said enough! I admit that part of me was kind of bummed out. I had hoped to make the entire 60 miles, and now I was down 5 miles. I had knee surgery 3 years ago and my knee had never bothered me during all of my training. And then 7 miles in on Day 1 it acts up! I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to walk anymore and that thought was very disheartening.

Deby and I were in bed by 7:45! We were so exhausted and 5:30 comes early. So off to bed we went. To rest our bodies for Day 2 of our adventure.


3 days, 60 miles & 1 AMAZING journey!!!

Deby and I are back from our 3 day adventure in Washington, DC. It was the most incredible, amazing experience! If you ever get a chance to participate in The 3 Day Walk for breast cancer research, do it!!!! Words can't describe the experience.

This photo was taken at the airport in Rochester as we were getting ready to leave for DC. That's my friend Deby on the left and me on the right. We flew out the day before the event as we had to be at the starting point between 5:30 and 6:30 am on Friday. Deby doesn't do well flying,(motion sickness), but she was quite the trooper. Not once did the barf bag come out. :-)

So a dear new friend picked us up at the airport in DC. Linda is a wonderful woman whose daughter goes to college with my daughter. She and her husband, Mark graciously housed us, fed us, transported us, and entertained us before and after the event.

There is so much to share that I will put up multiple posts on our great adventure, including pictures. And if I ever figure out how to do a slide show, I'll post that too.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

It's Here!

I wanted to post one more time before I head to Washington DC for The 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer Research. My friend Deby and I leave tomorrow. I can't beleive it's here already!

I have a favor to ask of all of you....PRAYER!
1. Pray for safe travel to and from
2. Pray for good weather
3. Pray for strong bodies and strong spirits
4. And most importantly, pray for divine appointments. Pray that we will be the light of Christ for all to see.

Have a great weekend and I'll be gabbing at you all next week.


Friday, September 26, 2008

I've been tagged

My friend, Deby, The Sofa Lady, has tagged me.
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

1. Kristin
2. Sue
3. Anne Marie
5. April
6. Lisa
7. Anne

Seven facts about me:
1. My hubby and I still chase each other around the house after 26 years.
2. I like to go for motorcycle rides.
3. I love the architechture of bridges, but am afraid of heights.
4. I like peanutbutter on pancakes.
5. I will not shop in Walmart because of their business practices.
6. I was a lunchroom monitor in the middleschool for a few months,(those women deserve hazard pay).
7. Cupcakes!

Today's SCS Challenge

Today's challenge at Splitcoaststampers was to make a Christmas card with a critter on it. And since I just received this stamp set in the mail yesterday from Clear Artistic Stamps, I had to use it. Now, I'm not a cat fan......probably because my Grandma's siamese scratched the side of my face when I was 2......but I thought this little guy was just adorable.
I've been awake since 2:30 this morning. LAter this morning,(at a decent hour), my friend Deby came over so we could make our team shirts for our 60 mile walk next weekend in DC.....raising money for breast cancer research. Anyway, I finally was able to catch a couple of winks earlier this afternoon. So I've caught my second wind and am ready to stamp again.


Totally Blessed!

I have been so blessed this past month! I won some blog candy again! This time it comes from Belinda at Clear Artistic Stamps . Thanks Belinda! These were made from one of her new stamp sets, Joy of the Season. They just came in the mail yesterday. This is my second set of CAS stamps. and I LOVE them!!! They ink up so nice and the images are so clear!

The little one is a 3x3 that can be used as a gift tag or Christmas ornament. I inked in Versafine black onyx and then used my SU wondercolor crayons and blender pens. I was playing around with the colors. The leaves are first done in always artichoke and then I went over them with handsome hunter

I was awaken at 2:30 this morning by the sounds of a coffee grinder. Our son decided he wanted coffee in the middle of the night. So since I couldn't sleep, I decided to get up and play. Thanks goodness I don't have to work today! So I've made 4 cards and a gift tag this morning. Am I nuts? DH thinks so. lol!

These past few months have been really tough at work. September has had it's moments, but they've been made tolerable by winning blog candy.....4 times! And on top of that, my dear friend from church, Kathy, blessed me last weekend with several images.

Well, my belly is grumbling, so I had better get some breakfast.


Isn't she sweet?

Isn't this card gorgeous! I received it in the mail the other day from Chris . Inside were some adorable images: Tildas, Sara Kays and some others. Thank you Chris!
I immediately had to color Tilda and make a card with her.
Tilda is colored with SU markers and wondercolor crayons and a blender pen. I used SU's perfect plum paper and ink, oval punch and eyelets. I cb'd sweet blush paper from PTI. the dotted paper is PTI as well.

I'll be back later with another post. I got some awesome stamps from CAS and I want to share that story as well.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

More Blog Candy!

Pop on over to Stardust gems and ribbon where Carole has some yummy blog candy. I particularly got excited when I saw a Tilda stamp. I don't have any, but I just received my first Tilda images in the mail yesterday,(Thanks Chris). Needless to say I'm in love! Tilda was so much fun to color and as soon as I get a chance, I'll post her so you can see the card I made.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Remembering the Caregivers

It's time to thank the care givers of Alzheimer's disease. My great aunt suffered from this disease and now my aunt is as well. This card is for my uncle and 2 cousins who care for her.

If you click on this link, You'll come to Carolyn's blog. Carolyn has designed a gorgeous stamp set for Gina K Designs calle Whimsical Autumn and all of the proceeds go to Alzheimer's Association.

Companies like My Favorite Things, Gina K Designs and Flourishes, and many many others have generously donated to an amazing blog candy give away. So let's get those cards made to thank those caregivers who deserve our thanks and so much more.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Blessings and more playing

Hi All, This is a card I made early last month...before I had the blog. My friend Deby, an SU Demo, shared some of her new in-colors with us right after they came out. So I took my piece of riding hood red home to play with. I used my dotted swiss CB embossin folder and SU Bothway Blossoms set. I used the large oval punch to cut out the sentiment. I then masked it with a small oval punch cut from a post it note. Heavily sponged the outer rim in summer sun ink. Colored the daisies in with summer sun as well. Other paper used in this is textured white and old olive. Tos on some brads and ribbon and there you go.

I got some good news today at work. I've been approved to do a compressed pay period at work. I will still work the same number of hours in the pay period, but I'll only have to work 9 days instead if 10. My husband and I carpool to work. But because my hours are less than his, I drive 8 miles past my office to drop him off and then drive the 8 miles back to my office. And then do it again in the evening after work. I figured it out and it means we will be driving 260 miles LESS each pay period! Can you say PRAISE GOD!!!!!! How does this work you ask? Well, becaus I'll be working longer hours, he will drop me off on his way to work and then pick me up in the afternoons. That's 16 miles a day and 100 miles the 1 day I don't work. Hubby will be working from home that day.

Another way that this is a blessing is that I can schedule all dr. appoinments on my "pass" day so I won't have to sick leave to go to the dr. AND we will get to sleep in an extra half hour in the morning! Woohoo!!!!

This new schedule starts tomorrow. I am so happy that God has provided some relief for our car and our wallets. :-)


Monday, September 15, 2008

A snowy birthday

So here's another card I made over the weekend. A co-worker of mine wanted a snowman birthday card for her son who turns 40 in November. Proceeds from this sale goes to Breast Cancer Research.

I used a pattern paper I found at Micheal's. Everything else is stamping up. It's Snow Time stamp set, bravo burgandy, always artichole and natural ivory cardstock. Oh and some watercolor paper I found at Joanne's. I used my SU markers and blender pens to color the images.

It's been a strange day here. We had a nasty wind storm come through last night. Remnants of hurricane ike. Tree branches all over the place. We had to clean the neighbor's fallen bracnes from our drive before we could leave for work this morning. We lost power during the night. Thankfully it came back on shortly before we got home tonight. We are very fortunate that our power came back on so soon. We heard on the news that there are some homes that may not get the power back on until late Wednesday.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Just having some fun

So I was playing around yesterday and decided to pull out a stamp set I haven't used in a long time. It was a SU hostess set a couple of years back. I got out the watercolor pencils and crayons and started to have at it. I wanted the balls of yarn to be a bit darker, so I used my SU markers on them.
You know what I love about paper crafting? I love that if you make a boo boo on your card, you can usually cover it.....which I did on one of these cards, but I'm not telling which one, or where the boo boo is.
So tomorrow starts another work week, (sigh). Oh well, I guess I better go clean up my craft area.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

My first Bellas!

I was so blessed by my friend Kim when she gave some Bella images. So here are my firsts.
I just love this image. I used the new SU in color pacific point. I colored the car in with it using a blender pen. Still need to work on my technique. The DP is SU also. The sentiment came from a fiskars stamp set.
I have to admit I was a bit intimidated at first. I was afraid I'd mess up on my coloring. I thinkI did pretty good. Of course there was a slight boo boo, but you can't tell because I hid it with the sentiment. I used SU's ruby red, cameo coral, old olive and PTI DP and ribbon.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

So Blessed!

My friend Kim had a sketch challenge last month on her blog. She gave away two prizes. One to her SBS #9 and one to her friends. And I won! Here's all the goodies. There was so much that it wouldn't fit in 1 photo. Can you say BLESSED!!!!!

Stickers, embellishments, an eraser, a circle grid thingy for making dots, vellum sayings,( on love and romance, ooh la la ;-) ) And bella images!!!!!! yippeeeeee!!! And there was also a Paper & Crafts magazine and Stampin'Up STAMPS!!!! I've already cut and mounted the stamps. They are still ink free, but that's because I was making my son's birthday card tonight.

The laptop was down again, but DH got it up and running today. How ever did he do that while watching the Buffalo Bills football game? DH is a MAJOR Bills fan, and has been ever since he was a child. My guess is that he fixed it during commercials.
Well, it's getting late, well not too terribly late, but I am extremely tired. My friend, Deby, and I did a 13 mile training walk this afternoon after church.
Good night all, and be blessed!