Saturday, January 31, 2009

Knock, knock...

This is what my darling girl looks like after a hard day at Pre-K. I spend 15 minutes on her hair every morning - taming those curls into cute ponies, piggies, and twists. And she takes them down by lunch EVERY stinkin' day. She's a mess, but she's mine and I can't imagine life without her!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Double Duty

This card gets to serve double duty and meet the requirements for two challenges this week. The first is the color challenge from Courtney. The card had to have Chocolate Chip, Pink Passion, and Real Red. I stink because I adore Courtney and this is the FIRST time I've done one of her challenges. Sorry, darling!!! You know I love you!

The second challenge is Taylor's weekly sketch challenge. This one doesn't have cupcakes, but it's still pretty sweet. :)

I used my Big Shot a LOT on this card!! I cut just the "Love" sentiment from the SU! strip die "Join in the Cheer" and coated it with Crystal Effects to make it look like a plastic embellishment. Same thing for the little heart.

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Chocolate Chip, Pink Passion, Real Red, Water color paper
Designer Paper: Candy Lane
Stamps: Love you Much
Ink: Staz On Black, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Craft White
Other: Red Gems (Creative Cafe), Red Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), Big Shot, Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die Join in the Cheer (an SU! exclusive!!), Dotted Swiss Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Heart to Heart punch, Rectangle and Scallop Rectangle Dies (Nestabilities), Crafter's Tool Kit, Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, Crystal Effects, Sponge, 2-way glue, Paper Snips

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Today is my husband's 30th birthday. When *I* turned 30 it was nothing but gloom and doom and black balloons. Ha!! Now its his turn!!! But, I didn't make a wicked card for him...yet. This is the one that my kiddos helped make for their daddy. So, no Death lurking around the corner here. :)

This card also brings me to the end of a wild week of sketches! It's the 9th and final sketch in Taylor's Anniversary Challenge. Appropriately, I'm ending a Cupcake Mega Challenge with a cupcake card! The sketch was created by Vicki, another blogger I'd never visited before. She has some adorable ideas on her blog - her scrap layouts are stunning. I'll definitely be adding her to my blogroll.

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Kiwi Kiss, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Watercolor paper
Designer Paper: Darling Dots, misc scrap (old SU! - don't remember the name)
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink: Staz On Black, So Saffron
Other: 2-way Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge, Paper Snips, 1" Circle Punch, SU! Markers, Blender Pen, Sponge, Yellow Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), Buttons (SU! and misc craft supply), SU! Rub-ons

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


A couple of years ago when I ran my first stamp club there were several women who I had met through my sister. I didn't really know them very well, but they were so excited about stamping and scrapbooking. We all sat around a table for their first club meeting and everyone was oohing and ahhing over each other's pictures. I had set out all of my supplies, did a quick demo, and then let them loose. I was working on something, and I realized they were all still looking at pictures. I asked how long they had been scrapbooking and they said, "Oh, about 45 minutes!" I didn't realize they had never scrapped before! They've come a LONG way since then!!!

We don't really scrap much together anymore, though we still see each other often. I even worked with them last summer for several weeks at their therapy center (I ran a program for 3-5 year olds with autism). They always have a brilliant excuse as to why they aren't making cards or scrapbooking much these days.

Well, I am sure that is about to change because one of those darling women just told me that she is pregnant (a big ol' surprise since she has a 10 year old and a 7 year old!). This card is for her - and I know she'll love it. And *I* can hardly wait to get together and stamp with them again for the new little sweetie!

This card also meets the specs for Sherrie's sketch for Taylor's challenge. It also makes #8 of 9 for me for the challenge! :) Almost there!!!

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss
Designer Paper: Green Tea (retired)

Stamps: A Little Birdie Told Me
Ink: Staz On Black
Other: 2-way Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge, Crystal Effects, Paper Snips, 1" Circle Punch, Fiskars Circle Cutter (Fiskars), Blue Twinkles (Taylored Expressions)

She's a lady

I got a real car today in exchange for the teeny one they gave me on Monday. I'm now riding in an '09 Trailblazer and, boy, it is a HUGE difference. In the first car Bradley kept rolling down the windows. I couldn't use the window lock feature because it had MANUAL windows - the kind what has a rolling handle thing. Ack!!! I had to wait over an hour for the new car because the first one they were going to give me (a minivan) didn't start! And let me tell you, if I had gotten that bad boy home tonight only to have it be dead in the morning... I might have a tad bit unpleasant and not quite lady-like.

But, things are great now and I can show you the card I did the other day. The sketch is by Monika Davis - The Mad Stamper. The sketch is TINY on her blog, but she has a lovely full-sized sample to view, so it's okay. I kind of maybe cheated a bit on this one, but I really wanted to do this card, and it fit the sketch... :)

I used a card like this for Chloe's birthday invitations last summer - she LOVES bugs. I designed it myself and hadn't had the chance to make any more since then. She and I are going to use these for the Valentine cards for her teachers. What do you think?

If you click on the images you can see the details better. I used the new SU! punch Heart to Heart to make the little hearts and then I coated them with Crystal Effects to give them some shine. I love the new SU! punches - espeically this one because it coordinates with an adorable stamp set.

I think I'm actually going to make it for all the sketches! I only have to do a few more and I'll be done!!!

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red
Stamps: none...hmm...
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Coluzzle Circle Cutter, 2-way glue, Heart to Heart punch, sponge, Crystal Effects, Pink Pirouette felt flower, Pretty in Pink brad, Heart Brad (Making Memories)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tiny Twinkles!

This weekend I ordered some of Taylor's Tiny Twinkles and they actually arrived today - that is wicked good shipping, Taylor!!! I, of course, had to use them right away - and what better way than on one of the challenge sketches!

This sketch is by Stephanie Hargis and I thought it would work well for the use of these itty-bitty sparkles. I had never used them before and so I couldn't believe how tiny they really are. On Taylor's blog she suggests using them with Crystal Effects, so that is exactly what I did.

I didn't add a sentiment because I'm not sure who I'm going to give this one too, yet. I think it would make a lovely card for a wedding shower - so I *think* I know who will get it. :)

This is more of the new Sale-a-bration Designer Paper by SU! I like this color combo (Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, and So Saffron) and I don't think I have ever used it before I got this paper.

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Designer Paper: Delicate Dots (not yet released!! It will be FREE during Sale-a-bration!!)

Ink: Sahara Sand
Other: 2-way Glue, Scallop Edge Punch, Bashful Blue Double Stitched Ribbon, Blue Flower (Making Memories), Celery Button, Blue Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), Mini Glue Dots

Monday, January 26, 2009

Cool cherry cream....

What a day! (As if my weekend wasn't enough!) I had to be at the body shop first thing this morning and I left them my 3-row, 8-passenger Ford Explorer and got a flippin' Chevy Cobalt. Huh? I can't even fit both of my car seats in the back of the coupe... I called the insurance and the woman was a doll and she is going to upgrade me so that I can get a real car tomorrow or Wednesday. Because *my* car won't be ready until MAYBE Friday, but more likely Monday. Ack!!

Despite the poor start to my day, work was good (and far away from the whining and ill (who are totally all better, and just the whining is left)) and I got a lot done. One of my APs is celebrating Beatles week by wearing a unique tie each day - each one representing a different Beatles song. Today was "We Can Work it Out" - so of course it's been stuck in my head. But, when I was working on this card tonight a different made itself home in my head. Doesn't this card make you think of "Savoy Truffle?"

It's based on the sketch by Jami Sibley and I like the way it turned out. I had never been to her blog before, so it was nice to see some new styles.

There is a TON of white sparkly Sugar Glitter on the ice cream and the dish is thickly coated in Crystal Effects - I wish you could see it in person! :) I'm doing pretty good with the sketch challenge! I've done 5, now, and so I only have 4 left. I'll post the 5th one tomorrow. Right now I've got to get to bed!!

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock:Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Watercolor paper
Designer Paper: Candy Lane
Stamps: Goody-Goody Gumdrops
Ink: Staz On Black, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Other: Paper Snips, 2-way Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Small Oval Punch, Fiskars Circle Cutter, Blender Pen, SU! Markers, Copics, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge, Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon, White Sugar Coating Glitter (Doodlebug Designs, Inc.), Snail Adhesive, Red Gem (Creative Cafe)

Sketch Challenge - Card #3

I actually did manage to get some more stamping done this weekend, event amongst the plague-ridden in my household. I lost track of how many loads of laundry I did, and this next card was completed over several hours when I would take a few minutes to breathe clean air! For a while Bradley amused himself playing on on my computer and I got some quality time on the other side of the craft room. I don't know if I'm going to make this 9-sketch goal, but I'm still going to try!

Before Chloe took her nap, she was having a great morning - and she helped me punch out the scallop squares. She LOVES punches and will play for a long time with scraps of paper and my punches. One time she spent over an hour playing - first she punched a ton of flowers with the SU! Trio Flower punch, and then she sorted them into piles. It was cute, and I use those flowers all the time! :)

So, here's my take on the sketch by Donna. Sorry it's leaning back - I was having some issues with my set-up when I took the pic last night.

Here is a close-up of Tilda - you can see the balloons better in this picture. In person you can see how much they shine with a LOT of Crystal Effects on them. :)

I'm still learning the whole watercolor paper/marker thing, so just ignore my coloring goofs. I'll get it eventually!!

Hopefully everyone will be feeling better tonight on the home front and I can play some more! I've got 6 cards to get done by Thursday - and I won't be able to stamp at all on Wednesday because of my grad class.

Well, I'm off for a fun day - have to get Bradley to day care, take my car to the shop and get a rental (from the accident), and head over to work. After missing Thursday and Friday last week I'm sure I have 100 unread emails and a pile on my desk to tackle.

Have a great day!!

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Watercolor paper
Designer Paper: Delicate Dots (not yet released!! It will be FREE during Sale-a-bration!!)
, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue Prints Designer Series
Stamps: Tilda with Balloons (Magnolia)
Ink: Staz On Black, Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery
Other: 2-way Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Blender Pen, SU! Markers, Copics, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge, Crystal Effects, Paper Snips, Scallop Square Punch, Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, White Signo Gel Pen, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Snail Adhesive

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Yuck. To say the least.

Well, keeping the kids away from Mike did not make a bit of difference. Chloe started screaming about an hour into her nap and, well, let's just say I could smell what had happened before I got to her hall. Poor baby. At least she stayed in one place and there wasn't a puke trail. :)

It's 8pm and Bradley has been down for about 45 minutes, Chloe just nibbled on a couple of crackers without any adverse side effects, so I'm going to dash to the store to get some supplies for her for tomorrow. I *think* Mike can manage for an hour, right? Let's hope so!!!

Thank goodness my mom is close and can stay with her tomorrow!! I keep spraying that air sanitizer stuff, but I think we have tough cooties.

Keep us in your prayers - prayer is way stronger than Lysol!!! :D

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Challenge Sketch #2

Bradley's love affair with Thomas has been going strong for over a year now, so I was really excited when Cornish Heritage Farms came out with some Thomas the Tank Engine stamps. (I just hopped over to their site to link to the stamps, but it seems they don't have them any more! Bummer - I'm glad I bought them when I did!)

I used them to make Bradley's 3rd birthday party invitations. And I stamp the images for Bradley to color all the time. I hope they come out with more - we could really use a Percy stamp.

On to the sketch... This one is by Ana Wohlfart (a brilliant stamper who is from Houston, too - click her name to see her blog and the sketch). I visit her blog often, so I'm used to seeing her creative sketches and fantastic color combos. I took her sketch and sort of turned it on its side for this card. I think that's okay. :)

You just would not believe how the SU! In Color "Pacific Point" is dead-on for Thomas Blue. I used Versamark and Silver embossing powder to make the "Really Useful Engine" shimmer. I always have a hard time making boyish cards - I love me some glitter and bling, you know? Anyway, Bradley was thrilled with the result and the card has been stolen away to his treasure box.

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Pacific Point, Real Red, Watercolor paper
Designer Paper: Thomas and Friends
Stamps: 3/4 view Thomas, sentiment (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Staz On Black, Pacific Point, Sahara Sand, Versamark
Other: 2-way Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Blender Pen, SU! Markers, Copics, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge, Grey Buttons (craft supply), Snail Adhesive


You know how I said I needed to get more involved with challenges and the like so that I would be motivated to get more stamping for fun done? Well, over at Taylored Expressions they are celebrating an entire year of weekly challenges. (How awesome are they? I'm always amazed by people like Taylor and Courtney and Beate who always offer not only their stunning creations, but sketches so everyone can share in the creative experience. I barely have time to stamp and scrap, let alone design clever sketches to share with the world.)

But, I digress... There is a BIG challenge going on over there - a 9-sketch challenge to be exact. I'm actually going to try to complete all 9. I had some free time today, which was great, but not for such a good reason. Now that Bradley's feeling better, Mike has taken the horrible spill into Vomitopia. I kept the kids away from him - and we spent some quality time in my craft room! The kids colored and I stamped!

Here's the first card for Taylor's challenge, using her sketch. I paper pieced her skirt and the cupcake paper and did the frosting on watercolor paper to get a better blend of color. I used my SU! markers and re-inkers with a blender pen to do all the coloring and my Copics to do the shading. I don't have any oval Nesties, so I used my trusty ol' Coluzzle. I wish there was a better size gradient so that the border wasn't so big, but it will do. I'm pretty happy with the result - except for one thing. I forgot to glue my ribbon to the back of my designer paper - so I had to trim it closely and it doesn't have that finished look. But, no worries, I think it still looks cute. :) (As always, click on the pic to open a bigger version in another window.)

Part of the challenge is to post all the cards on Splitcoast, so I'm off to do that now. I've been a member on Splitcoast for like 3 years now, and I've yet to upload any pics of anything I've done. I'm a 2-percenter on there. Maybe that will change. :)

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock:Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Watercolor paper
Designer Paper: Sweet Always
Stamps: Cuppacakeabella (Stamping Bella)
Ink: Staz On Black, Pink Pirouette
Other: Paper Snips, 2-way Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Small Oval Punch, Oval Coluzzle, Blender Pen, SU! Markers, Copics, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge, Pink Pirouette Striped Ribbon, Felt Flowers, Pink Buttons (craft supply), Snail Adhesive, Red Gem (Creative Cafe)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

An Orange Meal and an Awful Ordeal

Do you ever do Muffin Tin Meals? It's an easy and fun way to give the kids manageable portions of food. My kids always get a kick out of it. :)

The other day the kids and I did a muffin tin lunch (though we don't use "tin" - these silicone muffin cups work great and are super easy to clean). We decided to have a theme - and Chloe chose orange. We've got cheddar cheese, crackers, Italian dressing (for the carrots), peach yogurt, carrots, and orange segments. Simple to make, hits all the food groups, and (best of all) the kids always eat every bit!

Today, though, our lunch was MUCH less festive. Today Bradley had Sprite, soda crackers, and applesauce for lunch. I got a call from his day care provider at 9 this morning while I was at work. He was running a fever and had puked 5 times - and had shared the love with his friends. So, my sister rushed to get him since she was closer. I left work, called his doctor, and managed to get a 10:30 appointment. There wasn't time to go home to get him a change of clothes (and shoes. Eww.), so I stopped at Target and got him 2 outfits, shoes, Sprite, PowerAid, crackers, applesauce, and bananas.

He tested negative for the flu and for strep. They were concerned about this peanut butter salmonella thing, so if he shows some other symptoms (which I promise not to mention here) then I'll bring him in for a culture. Some other kids at his school have been sick, as have my sister's kids - so my bet is that it's just another dang virus.

Now I just have to keep him away from his sister. I think I'll go spray the house down with sanitizer. Thank goodness he's sleeping now! Poor little guy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cupcake Challenge #51

It's not often that I get a break and am able to join a good challenge! I'm going to try to do more of these, because they really are fun. In fact, I gave this post a new label - Challenges. This is the first one, though. Since I have a label, now I'll be forced to do more entries because I just can't stand labels with only a couple of things in them! I've been meaning to do Courtney's (I even have a blinkie for it!) - but time, gah!

Anyway, this is for the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge - a weekly sketch challenge that doesn't HAVE to include cupcakes, but if you have 'em, why not?

(Click the above link for the original sketch, and click the photo below to open it in a new window.)

I made several of the little gumdrops this weekend, and I still have a few left from the last project. So, you'll be seeing gummies for a while. :) I paper pieced this little owl's tummy, though it's hard to see in this size (if you click on it you can tell in the other window). I used Crystal Effects on his beak and feetsies to give them some shine, and to pop his beak out over the paper piecing.

Can you just picture him hopping home with this treasure?

To join the challenge, you can hop on over to Taylored Expressions and post a link to your version of the sketch. Can't wait to see what everyone does!

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock:Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa, Rose Red, Whisper White
Designer Paper: Candy Lane
Stamps: Goody-Goody Gumdrops, Owl Together Now
Ink: Staz On Black, Rose Red, Close to Cocoa
Other: Paper Snips, 2-way Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Corner Rounder Punch, Small Oval Punch, Big Shot, SU! Top Notch die, Crop-o-dile, Blender Pen, SU! Markers, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge, Pink Pirouette Striped Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Snail Adhesive, Pink Sugar Coating Glitter (Doodlebug Designs Inc.)

Monday, January 19, 2009


Not only is it a holiday Monday and I don't have to go to work, but it's also the first day of the new Stampin' Up! Spring~Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog! That's right, folks, you can finally get your inky fingers on all the fabulous new stamps and accessories. To celebrate, here's a sample using what might be my most favorite hostess set ever.

I wish you could see it in person because this card really sparkles!

We'll be using this set at my upcoming Catalog Kick-off Party - check out my SU! website for all the details.

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock:Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Basic Black, Glossy White
Designer Paper: Candy Lane
Stamps: Goody-Goody Gumdrops, Always, Crazy for Cupcakes, Doodle This
Ink: Staz On Black, Rose Red, Basic Black, White Craft, Bashful Blue Craft
Other: Paper Snips, 2-way Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Big Shot, SU! Top Notch die, Crop-o-dile, Blender Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge, Pink Pirouette Striped Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Snail Adhesive, Crafter's Tool Kit, Sewing Machine (Kenmore), White sewing thread (craft supply), Rose embroidery floss (craft supply), Pink Sugar Coating Glitter (Doodlebug Designs Inc.)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Can he do it?

This is Bradley's Thomas the Train balloon from his October birthday party. As you can see, it amazingly still has enough air in it to keep it afloat. But, it has been living on our ceiling for a few months. Lately it has been slowly creeping out of the inaccessible corner in which it had been residing quietly, out of reach of any tool. (We have a 2-story open living room.)

This weekend it hovered over our stairs and Bradley decided he needed it. Now. Please, mama, please. I asked how we should get it... he said, "Get the ladder!" Now, I'm pretty brave, but not brave enough to balance the ladder on the stairs. So, we just let it float... Half hoping it would make its way to the game room upstairs, and half hoping it would just sink and be done with its mocking ways.

Earlier this afternoon we heard some crashing upstairs. Mike called for me and told me to bring my camera. (A command I never ignore!) Here is what we found:

Bradley was not able to reach - his arm was just a bit too short. But, after snapping the pictures I went upstairs and used his clever idea to rescue the balloon. Then, of course, I reminded Bradley to never ever use anything to climb to the half-wall. Yikes!!

After about 3 minutes of cherished Thomas-and-me time, Bradley accidentally let the balloon go, and it is in an unreachable corner once more. I supposed that's where it is happiest. And poor Bradley will just have to wait for the next opportunity to try his next clever idea.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Chloe's Words of Wisdom

"You know what? When I walk around with my eyes closed, I seem to bump into things more often."

So, so true.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Catty Frenzy!!

So, my UPS man (who I love and adore) (and also, he has a great pair of legs), just dropped off my box of NEW Spring-Summer 2009 SU! catalogs! I was NOT expecting them because usually I get my free demo copy in the mail a few days before I get my pre-order. What a fun surprise!!! :) Call or email if you need one!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

So, there I was in just my underwear...

This evening I attended the first class of my graduate school career. I was a bit nervous, and grabbed a spiral, pen, and sticky pad on my way out the door from work. (I didn't get my Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper with matching stickers and pen that has 4 inks in one.) After some introductions I was called to the board and asked to do a math problem. Me. Who hates math. Who for realio trulio has math anxiety. I had to do a math problem on the white board in front of the whole class, my professor, and Jesus. And then I died.

I did regain consciousness and thoroughly enjoyed the instructor, the conversation, and the rest of the class. I know it will be an amazing learning experience and an exciting way to begin grad school. Plus the professor told us we will all get A's.

When I'm done with grad school I'm totally going to Disney World.

Monday, January 5, 2009

This much!

Here's another little Valentine. I paper pieced the hearts and the leaves. The sweet little Owl was stamped with Staz On on watercolor paper and then colored with markers, ink, and a blender pen.

Mike said he looks like he has chest hair. Hmm.... I think next time I'll leave out the squiggles on his front!!! Now all I can see is chest hair. Well, he's a manly owl - he's not scared to admit his love...or wear pink!

The inside says "...This much!"

I really enjoy making little Valentine cards for people... so I'm sure you'll see more in the next few weeks!!

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Kraft, Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red

Stamps: Owl Together Now, Love Matters (retired)
Ink: Staz On Black, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Other: Paper Snips, 2-way Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Circle Punch, Crop-o-dile, Pink Dew Drops, SU! Markers, Blender Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Fun with clay!

Chloe made a "People"...

And Bradley made "A pile of play doh!" He's my realist.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

I need a vacation from my vacation!

I go back to work Monday, and I don't think I'm ready! I was SO busy these past two weeks - from Chloe having pink eye, to me with a vicious 36-hour bug (on Christmas DAY), a loss in the family, winter cleaning gone rogue-mad-woman, and topsy turvy weather.... Well, I need a nap! Things really get rolling next week, too, as I start my classes on Wednesday. Only two years until my Master's degree. Boy, I'm REALLY going to need a nap! :)

I HAVE been busy stamping, scrapbooking, and (of course) taking tons of pictures. So, here are some of the highlights:

My brother-in-law Keith's grandmother passed away on Christmas eve after a long hard illness. She was a wonderful woman and today her city actually held a memorial service for her. We know she is with the Lord, so everyone is now celebrating her wonderful life. Today is also Keith's grandfather's birthday. So, I took this photo for them as a gift for him. I did the photo and editing. You can click on the image to view it larger in another window. That is Keith and his 3 kiddos (my darling nephew and nieces).

I've also been playing with some of my new SU! stamps from the not-yet-released Spring-Summer 2009 Catalog! Here are two little mini cards made with the new stamp set, Love You Much, and the new designer paper, Candy Lane. I've been on a Kraft card stock kick lately...

Right now I'm working on a couple of scrapbooks for gifts, so I've been REALLY busy working on pictures and such. We are also having a HUGE garage sale next weekend, and I put together a lot of things for it. (BTW, anyone use the old latch-style CM albums? I bought them a long time ago and never used them because I didn't realize I don't like that style.)

Hopefully I'll post more often as I get some of the albums finished. Or I might just be buried in school work. Yikes!

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Kraft, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red

Stamps: Love You Much, Owl Together Now
Ink: Staz On Black, Riding Hood Red
Designer Paper: Candy Lane
Other: Paper Snips, 2-way Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Circle Punch, Crop-o-dile, Pink Pirouette Ribbon, Staples (office supply), Blender Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Internets! :)
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