Monday, December 26, 2011

Mary Did You Know?

Merry Christmas everyone!



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Christmas Singing....


Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a big reader.....and have been for many years. I like all kinds of books, mystery, historical romance, autobiographies, Amish fiction....and this new book from New York Times Best Selling Author Cindy Woodsmall looks really really good! Here is a link to an excerpt of the the first chapter.....

http://www.scribd.com/doc/69473983/The-Christmas-Singing-Chapter-1-Excerpt

As an added bonus, my readers are able to get The Christmas Singing (and any other title) for 30% off and free shipping if you use the promo code CHRISTMAS11 at checkout on WaterBrookMultnomah.com. The code expires on December 20, 2011.

Hurry and get your copy today!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ooops....I did it again!


Alright....I'll admit defeat! I promise that the next time I announce any kind of a series I will have done all of the projects ahead of time because I simply can't keep up with it any other way!

Yesterday I realized at the last minute that I didn't buy any wrapping paper for my niece's birthday gift....and anyone who knows me knows I ALWAYS have a gift that matches either a theme or at the very least a color scheme. I didn't think about it until the afternoon of the party as well so there wasn't time to jump into the car and run and get some! Here's the small tag I created at the last minute and was pleased that it turned out so sweet.

Not too shabby for a ten minute project huh?

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Days 7 and 8.....

Doggone it! I did it again! Please forgive me as you take a look at some of my past projects.....






Have a good evening!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Days 5 and 6......


Yesterday kind of got away from me so here's day 5 and 6 together....have a good evening!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Day 4 of the Twelve Days of Christmas.....

A sweet little Christmas card using the Stitched Stockings stamp set....

Have a good evening!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas.....

I hope you've all had a good Saturday.....I've had a pretty relaxed one and before I turn off the computer for the night, I wanted to share day three's project.

It's a simple one really because the mini paint can with white snowflakes on it was super cute on it's own. But what stamper can leave something like that alone? Not this one! I took photos of it from multiple angles so you could get the idea of how it looks from all sides....

I added the small tag and the striped ribbon and love how it turned out. I hope the recipient will too!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 2 of the Twelve Days of Christmas.....


Boy it's been a long day but as promised, here is day number 2. Please join me tomorrow for day 3!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

12 Days of Christmas....

Good afternoon!

It's officially Christmas time and I for one am excited! I love this time of year and decided to celebrate it by featuring a new project every day for the first 12 days of the month. Are you with me? Have you made anything fun lately?

Thanks for dropping by!

Supplies used: All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise indicated. Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock, Basic Black Cardstock. Designer Paper: Mocha Morning. Ink: Stazon Black. Stamps: Delightful Decorations. Accessories: Ornament Punch, Black Satin Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Stitched Stockings....

Oh how neglected my poor blog is! I appreciate those of you who still stop by here when I post something....goodness know my posts are few and far between these days. There's something about a best friend being diagnosed with cancer that makes you see your life in a different light and then suddenly it's 8 months later and you know you'll never be the same. That's how things are for me now...

On a positive note, I stamped! I had a downline meeting with a sweet friend a few weeks ago and we swapped cards. Here's the one I made for her:


I used the Stitched Stockings from the mini catalog from Stampin' Up!. It's super cute and very versatile!

Thanks again for stopping by and have a good afternoon!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

November Stamp a Stack....


I can't believe it's been almost a month since I last posted....it's a good indication that I've been really, really busy lately!

I'm hosting a Christmas Stamp a Stack next Saturday and wanted to post the cards on here real quick this morning.....

Have a good day!



Linking to: Share Your Creations Thursday at Kristen's Creations

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pretty In Pink....

In honor of Tammy and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought I'd feature some of my favorite pink things....enjoy!



Marlena from Make Up Geek gives step by step instructions on a pink inspired look. She's beautiful and talented and even if you don't wear pink cosmetics, her techniques can be done in other colors as well.

Pink Diamond Nail Polish from Essie. It's the perfect shade of pink and looks beautiful on all skin tones. Every time I wear it someone compliments me so check it out!

I just happened to come across these FREE printables from Frog Prince Paperie while cruising around blog land. How perfect are they for this month? While I don't plan on using them for a party, I do intend to use them somehow in the scrapbook that I'm working on for Tammy.

Of course, I could let October go by without mentioning the Strength and Hope stamp set from Stampin' Up!. I'm happy to report that we raised over $60,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation during the campaign! How awesome is that?!


And last but not least, the Shop for a Cause selection from Philosophy. While I've not personally smelled any of these items yet, I love the products that I do have. And the thought that they even offer something like this makes me like them all that much more!

Have you been out and seen any special Breast Cancer Awareness merchandise or purchased anything that the proceeds went towards Breast Cancer Research? I'd love to hear about it!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Giveaway....My (Not So) Storybook Life....


I couldn't get this onto my blog fast enough! I have been a long time reader of Mabel's House and have found Liz to be delightful both in good times and bad. If you aren't a current reader of her blog, you are missing out so head on over and check her out!

I'm hoping to win an advance copy of her book entitled My (Not So) Storybook Life by posting an excerpt of it here. As many of you know, my best friend is currently fighting breast cancer so the portion of the book that most intrigues me is how Liz deals with the diagnosis and eventual loss of her friend to cancer.

No matter what your current stage of life, I suspect you will thoroughly enjoy this book!

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Once one has breathed in the deep pungent aroma of sewage, you never again forget the nose-hair singeing, eye clawing, throat gagging experience. It comes over you slowly. You begin to feel like a character in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as your muscles involuntarily jerk and you run screaming and blowing raspberries. Anything to get away from the mind-numbing stench.
But let me explain.
It was 6:30 a.m. I was standing in my retro pink tiled bathroom trying to open my bleary eyes and ready myself for work. As I stood there, peering into the mirror and wondering what demented nighttime fairy had planted four new wrinkles on my face, I paused and sniffed.
“Matt… what’s that smell?”
Matt staggered from the bedroom in his underwear, eyes half shut. “I don’t smell anything.”
I pointed my nose into the air like a hunting dog. “Seriously? You can’t smell that? Did you go to the bathroom in here earlier? I told you to use the room spray when you do things like that.”
Matt puffed out his bare chest and gathered his pride as best a man can with sleep in his eyes and a small hole in the side of his underwear. “I just woke up!”
I frowned, catching a glimpse of my makeup-less hot-rollers-in-hair state and tried not to think about the fact that I looked fifty instead of twenty-nine. “Well, help me figure this out. Because something smells ripe.”
We sniffed the sink drain and ruled it out as a suspect.
“Is it coming from the toilet?” Matt asked, examining it from top to bottom.
“No, that’s not it,” I snapped. I’m not known for my milk of human kindness in a disaster. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a survivor. I plan on eating my radish like Scarlet and clawing my way out of the nuclear dust while dragging my loved ones with me. But I won’t be doing it with positive phrases and a smile.
“Hon, I just don’t know. We’ll call a plumber after work, maybe it’s coming from under the house.” Matt staggered a little, trying to get past me and out of our tiny bathroom.
“Well, that’s just great,” I moved aside and pulled the shower curtain back so I could perch on the side of the tub and give Matt room to move out the door.
That’s when the full brunt of nastiness filled the air around us, a swirling mix of excrement and acrid stench that would have brought the sewer dwelling Ninja Turtles to their knees. Where the normally slightly-clean-with-a-hint-of-soap-scum bottom of the tub should have been, there sloshed gallons and gallons of brown sewage.
I clutched the front of my sweatshirt and held my breath. Matt began to dry heave.
“Get out and shut the door!” I screamed as we bumbled into the hallway.
“I’ll deal with this,” Matt grabbed my shoulders, trying to talk and hold his breath at the same time.
I could feel my eyes glaze over, the horrors of typhoid and hepatitis in our bathtub filling my mind. But more importantly, I could envision our evaporated savings account. In my mind’s eye I could see the long, gray hallway at the bank. A worker shrouded in a black suit pulled a set of keys from his pocket and unlatched a small locker labeled “Owen Bank Account.” Inside were two small stacks of quarters and a few crumpled dollar bills. It was bleak, not only because the banker with an unimaginative wardrobe gazed at me with an expression that could only be interpreted as “You’re a Big Fat Loser,” but also there was a very definite possibility we wouldn’t be able to pay for a plumber.
I wasn’t necessarily a spend thrift. In fact, I was downright frugal when it came to decorating with thrift store furniture and rewired vintage lamps. But the fact was, we were poor. We were starting out at starter jobs with starter salaries. We were starter adults with a starter bank account.
“Okay,” I nodded numbly, thankful that Matt was taking the lead on such a disastrous biohazard. “But make sure the plumber is super cheap. We don’t have much money!”
I left for work like a wino stumbling through a fog, not really remembering my commute, not really doing any work as I sipped my coffee and stared blankly at the computer screen. A disaster of such gargantuan proportions had previously been unthinkable in my life, and now I found myself attempting to push the image of a vast sea of bathtub poop from my mind. But I was sure of one thing: Anne Shirley never had to get ready for work while breathing raw sewage.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Spice Cake Gift Box.....

Happy Friday morning!

Last night I decorated a small gift box for a special friend using the new Spice Cake Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!. One of the best parts of being a demonstrator is getting to see all of the ideas that other demonstrators share with us....and this box is no exception! I used Natalie Decker's boxes as my inspiration and went from there. I decided to go ahead and cover the whole box in lieu of just a band as Natalie did to make it just a little more special....

I'm hoping to get some time to do something creative this weekend....I don't know if it's the weather, a lack of motivation on my part or a simple case of missing mojo but I'm really having a hard time coming up with new cards, scrapbook pages and/or gift items. Am I the only one having this problem lately?

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Catching Up.....

Hi there! I didn't mean to take a two week break from blogging but it's been a busy time around here!

I'm happy to report that Tammy came through her surgery quite well and is healing nicely. Thank you to all of you who committed to praying for her....I know without a doubt that God heard your prayers!

In between doctor appointments and everyday life, we've celebrated a few things over the last couple of weeks. My father in law turned 83 on September 5th and this is the card I made him:


I used the sample on page 16 of the Holiday Mini Catalog as my starting point. In fact, I CASED the entire thing because I liked it so much! I used a retired sentiment stamp but everything else is current.


On September 9th my mom had a birthday and while I will not reveal her age, I will share the card with ya! This is the first time I've used the Sweets for Sweet stamp set and I overall I like the way the card turned out.


Last but not least, I attended a graduation ceremony for Safe Family Ministries and made cards for all the graduates. Each one was done with a different designer paper but used the same layout. They turned out lovely as well.....

Thank you for stopping by....have a good evening!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Today is the Day.....

After months of anticipation, today is the day my best friend Tammy will be having a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. If you are the praying sort, I'd like to ask for prayers on her behalf as this is a scary time for her and her family. I'm confident that the Lord will be glorified no matter how this turns out and I'd like to leave you with her theme song....




Friday, August 26, 2011

And the Winner is.....

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

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Timestamp: 2011-08-26 22:13:16 UTC

Erin!

I'll send your goodies to you next week. I have a little surprise for both Theresa and Susie too though so if you ladies will email me with your mailing address, I'll send your goodies at the same time.

Thank you for entering!

Misc. Cards......

When going through boxes of cards to donate to Safe Family Ministries, I came across a few that I haven't shown on my blog before.....enjoy!




PS - Don't forget the giveaway! I'll be back later today to announce the winner!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sweet Fall.....

Am I the only one who is longing for fall?

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Wife, sister, daughter and friend....God is good! Welcome!



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