Monday, March 31, 2008

whew...busy weekend!

Happy Monday Everyone!
I hope you had a super weekend...mine was jam packed! I feel like I need a couple of days to relax after it, lol!

Friday I was busy shuffling our cars around, I won't get into the depressing details, but both our cars were in the shop and Josh's needed to go on Friday (YIKES!). Let me just say it was quite an expense.

Saturday Mike and I went to David's Bridal with Ashley. After trying on a few dresses, she found the one she liked, so we decided to buy it. Don't you just love when the tell you if you buy the accessories today you will save 10% (only today!), so that is what we did (I couldn't pass up some savings!). All in all the damage wasn't too bad. Here is a picture of Mike and Ashley on the way out. (They had to order her dress, since they didn't have her size in stock).

We then had an appointment to check out a wedding location at Club West Golf Course. We got the tour and the price list (check out the photo of Mike looking at the pricing for dinner, lol!). I wonder what it would be like if $ was no object?

So after that I came home to take a nap, lol! I was exhausted. But it is good to be getting some of this big stuff out of the way.

Now onto the card...

I have not stamped in over a week (can you believe that?). I have been trying to get my stamping mojo back. So Saturday night I decided to just start stamping, since I needed several thank you cards. I had such a struggle...nothing looked right to me, so I apologize in advance if my cards are just mediocre this week.

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies Used (All SU!): Stemming From/Absolutely Fabulous stamps; Pretty in Pink/Chocolate Chip/Whisper White cardstock; Regal Rose/Chocolate Chip/Old Olive ink; Ice Rhinestone Brad; Chocolate 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon

Friday, March 28, 2008

thank you card take 2

Happy Friday!
Here is the thank you card I made for the girls in my office. I kept the same layout from yesterday and changed the color and paper. These are super easy cards to make (especially if you have to make lots).

Last night was our family night...we finally finished the leftovers from Easter. We usually watch Survivor after dinner, but when we sat down to watch wasn't on *bummer.* We ended up watching American Idol again, since Ashley missed it.

I am still so excited about my birthday gift...this is what I got *happy face* Josh is showing me how to use all the features (he has the Nikon D-40). My family is already getting tired of me taking random photos of them, lol!

so...Ashley is planning on getting married this October, so Mike and I have a wedding location to check out with her and an appointment at David's Bridal this my fingers are crossed that I will get some stamping time in.

Thanks for visiting and have a terrific weekend!

Supplies used (all SU!): Absolutely Fabulous stamp set; Purely Pomegranate/Whisper White cardstock; Berry Bliss designer paper; Purely Pomegranate ink; 5/8 inch chocolate grosgrain ribbon; Corner Rounder punch

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I'm Back...

Hi all!
I had such a nice visit with my mom, but I have to say I am tired today! We did lots of shopping and found some great deals (don't you love finding great deals?). We hit the Ann Taylor Clearance pretty hard, lol!--it was AWESOME!

I also had a great 40th birthday (still cannot believe I am 40!). I got a new camera (yippee!) I really didn't think I was going to get it, but everyone surprised me *happy dance* (I will post a pic later).

Well today it's back to work, it was so very hard getting up early this morning! But it will be nice to get back into my routine and blogging (missed ya!).

I needed some thank you cards for the people at work (they celebrated my birthday on 3/20 so I definitely wanted to get those done). This is the one I made for the guys. I copied the layout from Dawn McVey

Supplies used (all SU! unless noted): Absolutely Fabulous stamp set; Bashful Blue/Whisper White/Certainly Celery cardstock; Cutie Pie Designer Paper; Bashful Blue ink; Blue striped ribbon; Corner Rounder punch.

Monday, March 24, 2008

a small break...

Hi all,
Just a quick post...I have been busy visiting and shopping with my mom, I haven't been doing any stamping, so I don't have anything new to show you. I am going to take a couple days off from blogging (sorry!).

But be sure to check back on mid week! I will have some new stuff to post.

Have a super day!

Friday, March 21, 2008

BRAK from Lori

Happy Friday all!

Another quick post is a card that my friend Lori made me for my birthday (she is also my SU! upline). I thought is was such a cute card that I wanted to post it for you all to see *thanks again Lori!*

My mom made it to AZ safe and sound and today we have some Easter shopping to do (am I the only one that thinks Easter is way too early this year?)

I hope you all have a terrific weekend!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Spring!

I hope you are having a great day...

Today is a quick post, since I have to get a ride to work with Josh (Mike took my Expedition, since his car is being worked on...again!).

Last night I whipped these up to take into work today for my co-workers. I borrowed this set from my friend Lori, isn't it cute? I think I may have to add it to my wish list (which keeps growing). I used the criss cross template from Nichole Heady I then filled them with m&m's and Snickers...yummy!

My mom is arriving tonight at 8pm and I still have lots to do before she gets here.

Thanks for visiting and have a Terrific day!

Supplies used (all SU!): A Good Egg stamp set; Barely Banana/Soft Sky/Whisper White cardstock; Black ink; Barely Banana Marker; Circle/Scallop Punch; Wintergreen designer paper; Soft Sky double stitched ribbon

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

digi week day 3

Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday Ashley told me that I was a little behind posting Christmas layouts...and here I thought I was ahead of the game (I won't tell her that I left off at 6th grade in Josh's albums...he will be 19 in May, lol!). Anyway I thought I would post a springy layout. This one is from last Easter (Ashley was at school in Lynchburg last Easter, that is why she is missing from the photo, I am so glad she is here this year!).

I will hopefully have some sort of stamped Easter treat to show you day is jammed full of stuff to do, but I am determined to cross everything off my list! My mom arrives tomorrow night...yeah! I am looking forward to some fun filled days of shopping ahead!

Thanks for visiting today! Have a wonderful day

supplies used: Template (Janet Philips), Kit In Bloom (Scrap Artist), font (love ya like a sister), Simplicity Alpha (Daniela Peuss).

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

digi week (day 2)

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you didn't get pinched yesterday...can you believe I forgot to wear green? oh well.

I think I am starting to feel better (other than my plugged up ears...*hate that*). My mom is flying in on Thursday to celebrate my big 4-0 birthday (am I that old?) and I have lots to do before she gets here, so I hope my energy returns real soon! If not for cleaning...for some major shopping! Can you believe that Easter is this Sunday? Boy that came fast! I will hopefully have some time to stamp some Easter gifts this week...stay tuned for that!

Here is another digi page using a lot of the same elements from yesterdays layout. It really feels good to be getting my Christmas scrapping done!

Thanks for visiting my blog! Enjoy your Tuesday!

Supplies used: Template by Janet Philips (Studio Graphics), Kits by Miss Mint Winter Sparkle (Peppermint Creative), Font (century gothic)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Digi Week....

Happy Monday Everyone...

It was inevitable...I caught Josh's cold, I felt pretty miserable all weekend and not really great today...but I would rather go to work when I am sick and have a day off when I feel good. So off I go with my Dayquil.

Since I am gearing up for my digi scrapping class next week, I spent the weekend brushing up on my Photoshop skills from my previous classes, so this week will be "Digi Layout Week."

In the past I have tried to scrap chronologically, and well just got my new approach is to scrap current photos, and work on older stuff as time permits, that way I can remember what was going on at the time. We will see if this helps me get caught up *wink*. Here is a layout from this past Christmas. I got all my Christmas photos scrapped over the weekend, since I was sitting at the computer with my box of Kleen-X.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day! oh yeah...Happy St. Patty's Day!

Supplies used: Template by Janet Philips (Studio Graphics), Kits by Miss Mint Winter Sparkle/Cinnamon Tea (Peppermint Creative), Font (you are loved/century gothic)

Friday, March 14, 2008

another tart n' tangy card

Happy Friday! It's the weekend...yeah!

Today's card is using my Tart n' Tangy set again...It is such a fun set! And when you pair it with the Summer Picnic Paper...too cute!

I am hoping to get some time to stamp and digi scrap this weekend, maybe I will post a few of my digi layouts next week. I am getting excited for Jessica Sprague's 3rd class "Diggin in Deep" (registration starts next week), check out her website here for class descriptions and registration. I know I have raved about her classes in the past, but if you are interested in learning how to use Photoshop and scrap digitally, these classes are so helpful, and she is a great teacher!

The weather has been so nice! I think it was 85 degrees yesterday, my mom is coming for a visit next week from CT (where it is still cold). I know she is anxious to enjoy some of this gorgeous weather...Thursday is almost here mom!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for visiting!

supplies used (all SU!): Tart n'Tangy/Small Sayings stamp sets; Real red/Whisper White/Old Olive cardstock; Summer Picnic Designer Paper; Real Red ink; Chocolate Chip/Old Olive markers; Circle/Scallop punches; Old Olive 5/8 grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, March 13, 2008

a card and my toes, lol!

Happy Thursday!

I hope you are having a terrific day! Toady's card is a simple one using one of my "old stand-by's" Happy Harmony. I really love this set and use it quite a bit (guess I am getting my $ worth from this one, lol!). I wanted to use my Purely Pomegranate on the flowers, and really like the boldness of it! Of course I had to pair it with Chocolate Chip (my favorite!).

Yesterday was such a fun day! After work I took Ashley, Josh and Sharon (Josh's girlfriend) out for lunch at Quizeno's...yummy! Then Ashley and I headed off for our pedicures, such a treat! Sometimes it is nice to be pampered! I really like how my tootsies came out, I even splurged and got a flower (you cannot see in the picture, but there is a mini diamond in the middle...fancy-shmancy!), they are all ready for my opened toe shoes!

(check out the pic...note: I hate my feet! really I hate all feet!)

supplies used (all SU!): Happy Harmony stamp set; Purely Pomegranate/Choc Chip/Whisper White cardstock; Purely Pomegranate/Choc Chip ink; Old Olive marker for stems; Choc Chip 5/8 grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

another green thumb

Hi all,
Happy Wednesday! The other day I pulled out my Papertrey set "Green Thumb" which I haven't used in a while. Once I decided on a color scheme the card just seemed to come together. I added a pink brad and then I popped up the middle flower with a SU! dimensional.

Today is a half day at work...yippee! I love those kind of days! Ashley and I are going to grab some lunch and then get a pedicure after work. It is getting to be flip flop time (well it is pretty much flip flop time all the time here in AZ) and the tootsies need some attention! Don't you just love getting a pedicure? When I paint my nails, I get the polish all over my cuticles...that is why I leave it to the professionals!

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

supplies used (all SU! unless noted): Green Thumb (PTI) stamp set; Whisper White/Old Olive/So Saffron cardstock; Regal Rose/So Saffron/Certainly Celery/Old Olive ink; Pink Brad (Michael's); 5/8 inch Olive Grosgrain Ribbon; Dimentionals

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

happy hellos

Hi all!
We made it through another Monday...yippee!

The weather has been so nice here in Phoenix, yesterday Mike and I went for a walk after work and it was 80 degrees (glorious!) I am really enjoying these temps, because before I know it it will be 110 (but it is a dry heat, lol!).

This is a super easy card! It probably took me 5 minutes to make...gotta love those! I am still using my Summer Picnic Patterned paper from SU! (I think it is so fun!).

Papertrey ink is starting it's sneak peaks for their March 15th release...check it out here I really like the new colors! And the cupcake stamp set is "way cute"!

Also...just a reminder that Stampin'Up!'s Sale-A-Bration promotion ends on March 17th, so if you would like some free stamp sets send me an email or leave a comment with your email address.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your Tuesday is Terrific!!

Supplies used (all SU!): Lots of Thoughts (SAB) stamp set; Bashful Blue/Whisper White/Real Red cardstock; Summer Picnic Designer Paper; Real Red ink; Circle punches/Scallop punch; 5/8 Red Grosgrain Ribbon.

Monday, March 10, 2008

have a berry nice day!

Well the weekend is over *sad face*...are you ready for a new week? I am amazed at how fast the weekends go by!

Mike and I went to a horse farm on Saturday, now that was an experience! I am really scared of big animals and well, horses are pretty big! luckily they were all in their stalls and I could go as close as I wanted too, which wasn't very close.

Saturday afternoon between cleaning and grocery shopping, I was able to get a few minutes to stamp. I really like the new summer picnic paper from SU! and the Tart & Tangy stamp set. I decided to use the strawberry stamp and the red dotted paper (which kind of reminds me of a strawberry). It is such a summery card! Makes me kinda hungry for some strawberries!

I hope you have a great day and thanks for visiting!

supplies used (all SU!) unless noted: Tart & Tangy stamp set; Whisper White/Old Olive Cardstock; Summer Picnic Designer Paper; Ruby Red/Old Olive ink; Red Striped Ribbon; Corner Rounder (for scallop boarder)

Friday, March 7, 2008

a cased card and my "latest" favorite show...

I saw this card on Splitcoast Stampers (made by Krystie_Lee) a few days ago and I "cased" it! I had to dig out my Heartfelt Thanks set and dust it off and then inked it up, I had forgotten all about this lonely set. I love the simplicity of the card, and the color (I think Soft Sky is my favorite right now).
I don't know about you but I am so glad the weekend is here! Isn't it nice to have the whole weekend ahead of you? I hope I can get some stamping time in!

Supplies Used (all SU): Heartfelt Thanks stamp set; Soft Sky/Whisper White; Basic Black Cardstock; Soft Sky/Blue Bayou/Old Olive/Basic Black ink; Black Gingham Ribbon

Some more randomness...I am obsessed with the

show Jon & Kate Plus 8 I love it! Does anyone else watch it?

It’s documentary style show about the lives of a young couple (Jon & Kate Gosselin) and their 7 yr.old twins and 3 yr. old sextuplets. Yes…sextuplets. SIX! It’s so honest and adorable and hilarious and if you ever feel overwhelmed in own your life, trust me, just watch one episode of the two of them hearding their 8 kids around and you’ll walk away with a smile thinking ”if they can do it, I can do it.” It’s just a great show about a wonderful family and the kids are so stinking cute! Mike, Ashley and Josh even like watching it with me. Check it out!

Thanks for visiting my Blog!

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

a summery card and cute dogs!

So here is a card I made using the new set from Stampin'Up's mini catalog called tart n' tangy...I just LOVE the matching paper! This card makes me feel like summer is right around the corner.

Last night Mike and I visited some friends of ours from church, we brought dinner over and had such a nice time visiting, and I did remember my camera so I snapped some photos of their dogs, it made me really consider getting a one...which is not like me! But they were so cute and one of them was so friendly (the other was kind of skiddish around new people).

Are they not the cutest?

Have a wonderful Thursday...The weekend is right around the corner!
Thanks for visiting today!

supplies used (all SU!): Tart n'Tangy/So Very (retired) stamp sets; Ruby Red/Whisper White cardstock; Summer Picnic Designer Paper; Ruby Red/Old Olive Marker; Old Olive ink; Scallop/Circle/Corner Rounder Punches; Red Striped Ribbon.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Au Chocolate and Celery...

It is Wednesday...we made it to the half way mark, whoo hoo!

Here is a card I made using the bird image from the Always stamp set. I have seen so many cute cards with this bird, but when I started stamping...I just couldn't get it to look right. After quite a while of playing around with the layout and color scheme, I decided to just put it together and leave it alone. Once I did that the card seemed to grow on me. It is hard to see from the photo, but I added a small felt flower from the Accent & Elements (love those things).

Tonight Mike and I are bringing dinner over to some of our friends house. One of them just had some major surgery and is confined to the house and pretty limited to what he can do, so I am sure he is getting pretty bored! Hopefully we will break up the week a little for the both of them. Plus they have the cutest doggies (Yorkie-Poo's). Hopefully I remember my camera and snap some photos.

supplies used (all SU!): Always/Small Sayings stamp sets; Certainly Celery/Chocolate Chip/Whisper White Cardstock; Chocolate Chip ink; Au Chocolat Designer Paper (retired); Celery 5/8 grosgrain ribbon; Accent & Element felt flower; Brass Brad.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

some stamping and random stuff...

I hope your week is off to a great is always nice once Monday is I am back into the swing of things, and back in business, lol!

I finally had time to ink up my "Stemming From" set...I have had this set for a few weeks and finally got around to cutting/mounting it, so it was just crying for some ink. I think it is a really cute set...sort of Wimsey. I decided to make a thank you card, because I can always use those.

Last night I made this for dinner, it was yummy! I served rice instead of the cellophane noodles. It took like 10 min to whip it up (the rice took the longest to cook). I love meals like that fast and tasty!

Another random note...Sunday night I saw a commercial for "go to my pc", which is a website where you can sign up and access your computer from any other computer (work, laptop, vacation, etc), so I asked Mike about it an he said he has heard about it from some computer radio station he listens too, it is secure and safe. I decided to try the free 45 day trial and let me tell you it is AWESOME! I was wondering how it would work with my laptop which is a Mac, and it was so cool. I could even access my Photoshop Elements 5 which isn't even out for Mac yet. It doesn't take much to get me excited, lol! check it out here.

Thanks for visiting!

supplies used (all SU! unless noted): Stemming From/Small Sayings stamp sets; Wild Wasabi/Chocolate Chip/So Saffron/Whisper White CS; Regal Rose/Chocolate Chip/Wild Wasabi ink; Wide Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon; Small Circle Punch (for flower center).

Monday, March 3, 2008


Happy Monday again...are you ready for another week?

This weekend was crazy for Mike and I, but I do feel like I got lots accomplished.

I did find a few moments to stamp late on Saturday night, so I am happy to say I have some new stuff to post this week!

I made this card for a pre-teen from our church...I found out on Friday that her horse died. Losing a pet is really hard, especially when you are a kid! (it isn't easy for adults either). My heart really broke for her...I wanted to get her something to help her remember the good times, so I found a cute frame with polka dots from Target and a matching journal. I color coordinated my card to go along with the gifts. I hope she has good memories of her special bond with her horse!

Thanks for visiting! Have a Marvelous Monday!

supplies used (all SU!): So Very stamp set; Pumpkin Pie/Pixie Pink/Whisper White card stock; Pumpkin Pie/Pixie Pink Ink; Orange striped ribbon; Felt Flowers; Fire Rhinestone Brad; Oval Punches.