Monday, November 30, 2009

HB to my SIL...

Hi there...
I hope you had a fabulous long weekend!!! How was your Thanksgiving? We had a very laid back day (just the way I like it), family and food...a nice combo *smile* I posted lots of photos on my 365 blog (been kinda slacking~so made up for it today!!).

Did you venture out for Black Friday??? It was CRAZY this year (much worse than last year)...Kohl's was the absolute worst~Ashley and I waited in line for at least an hour and a half to check out. Luckily I was in good company :) otherwise, I probably would have been kinda grouchy, LOL!!! I did however get 75% of my shopping done, that is a great feeling!!! I just have a few odds and ends to get and some gift cards to finish it up.

My SIL celebrated her birthday on the here is the card I made for her. I really wanted to add a button to it, but it just didn't look right~so no button~shocking I know!!!

remember bday

I have today off...I am still trying to use up my hoarded vacation days (I am a definite hoarder, LOL!). I have a few items on my to-do list...and then I hope to get some serious stamp time in *smile* I may even attempt to put up the Christmas tree later this afternoon if my hubby will help me bring it in from the garage for me.

Enjoy your day!!!

Supplies used (PTI unless noted): Remember/Paper Tray/Polka Dot Background (SU!) stamps; Hibiscus Burst/White/Dark Chocolate/New Leaf cardstock; Rose Red (SU!)/Choc Chip (SU!)/New Leaf/Fresh Snow ink; New Leaf double stitched ribbon; Brad (SU! retired); Corner Punch (SU!)

Friday, November 27, 2009

gingerbread button bits...

Happy Black Friday...
A quickie post for today blog friends. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had a great time with the fam (will have pic's soon), and enjoyed the yummy food and all the fixings (and even did a 4 mile walk with Ashley in the afternoon, so I wouldn't feel so bad, LOL!).

I am still inking up my Holiday Button Bits stamp set...I really love this little gingerbread man~so cute!!!

HBB gingerbread man

I will be up at the crack of dawn today~fighting the crowds to start my holiday shopping~I will def have one of these in my hand!!!

Enjoy today!!!

Supplies used (PTI unless noted): Holiday Button Bits/Polka Dot Bkgrd stamp sets; White/Hibiscus Burst/Dark Chocolate/Certainly Celery (SU!) cardstock; Regal Rose (SU!)/Choc Chip (SU!) ink; Brown Satin Dotted Ribbon; Martha Stewart edge punch/Tab Punch (SU!); Holiday Vintage Buttons; Twine

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

button tree...

Today is my Friday~hooray!!!!
I have another HBB card for ya *smile* I used quite a few buttons on this one, so I am not sure if it will affect the postage or not.
I think it would have been cute to thread all the buttons with twine...but I got lazy and just glued them to the cardstock, LOL!!!

HBB tree

Are you ready for Turkey day??? Last night I braved the crowd and picked up the rest of the items from the grocery store. I started prepping some of the side hopefully I won't have tons to do at the last minute. We are going pretty low key this year...just a yummy dinner and family~that is what it is all about anyway (and maybe a few pictures) *smile*

I was so excited on Monday when I got home from work to find this on my doorstep...I had 2 cards published in it *big smile* I knew that I had 2 that had not shown up yet...what a surprise to have them in this publication (it is a good one btw, lots of great ideas).

Another exciting thing...our church collected 83 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child~AWESOME!!!!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and if you are crazy like me to shop on Black Friday~have fun!!!!

supplies used (PTI unless noted): Holiday Button Bits/Holiday Treats; Kraft (SU!)/Enchanted Evening/Ripe Avocado cardstock; Fresh Snow/Choc Chip (SU!) ink; Holiday Mix Vintage Buttons; Enchanted Evening Double Stitched Ribbon

Monday, November 23, 2009

holly jolly Christmas...

Happy Monday...
How was your weekend? I went to get my
haircut on Friday, when I was making my appointment for 5 weeks out...they said "oh we will be closed on that Friday it is Christmas Day"~YIKES!!!! Have you started your shopping yet??? Ashley and I will probably brave the crowds on Black Friday~crazy, I know!!! But I hope to put a pretty big dent in my Christmas list. Luckily I buy mostly gift I don't need a lot of gifts. I know Josh wants some stuff from here (me too), and probably a gift card from here, Mike wants this and usually a gift card to here, Ashley is undecided, but was thinking about one of these and maybe gift card to here or here. Nate wants one of these (which I think is funny!!!), I def need some more ideas for him, maybe something for his xbox. Okay enough Christmas chit chat, LOL!

I have been having lots of fun with my new stamp set~Holiday Button Bits (LOVE IT)!!!! I have been using it a lot...I hope you don't get sick of it, LOL!!! At least I am getting stocked up on Christmas cards.

HBB holly

I am excited to have a short work week~yippee!!!
I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner (just for my fam), but I am not going all "Martha Stewart"...just a nice relaxing day of family and food~what could be better than that???

Enjoy today!!

Supplies used (PTI unless noted): Holiday Button Bits stamp set; Scarlett Jewel/Ripe Avocado/White cardstock; Ripe Avocado ink; Holiday Vintage Buttons; Twine; EK Success Edge Punch; Scarlett Jewel Satin Dotted Ribbon

Friday, November 20, 2009

more HBB...

Happy TGIF!!
It was a short week for me (had Monday off), but so glad that the weekend is here!!!

I have been in charge of Operation Christmas Child at our church for the past 3 years...and today I am excited to report that I am dropping off 83 shoe boxes at our local OCC drop-off location (pic's to come next week). It is such an awesome ministry, and I love being a part of it!!! I guess since my Love Language is gifts, it kinda fits *smile*

I know I've said it already, but I am LOVING my new stamp set (Holiday Button Bits), I have been seeing a lot of these colors used for Christmas and I have to say~it is really a pretty combo.

And for some total randomness...I LOVE Paradise Bakery Chocolate Chip cookies (they are delish!!!). Yesterday we had some brought to our office (by the drug reps~I work for Doctors)...I have started doing Weight Watchers again, not to loose a lot of weight, but to help me get back on track, since I fell off the wagon while planning Ashley's wedding last year. I love WW...such a great program to keep you motivated and accountable. Anyway, back to the cookie...Ashley and I decided to calculate the points value of one of those delish rounds of yumminess and can you believe it.....7 points *gasp* considering my point limit for the day is 20....that is a third of my points. Luckily we decided to split it and eat it slowly, LOL!!! I enjoyed every single bite of the 3.5 pt's. How's that for Random, LOL!!!

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Supplies used (PTI unless noted): Holiday Button Bits stamp set; Hibiscus Burst/Aqua Mist/White/Certainly Celery (SU!) cardstock; Choc Chip (SU!) ink; Hibiscus Burst Satin Dotted Ribbon; Vintage Buttons Holiday mix; twine; Cuttlebug embossing template polka dots; Scallop Punch (SU!)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

lovin' my HBB...

Howdy all...
I hope you are having a terrific week~I had a blast with my friend Sue last week...but it was back to reality yesterday. I figured the massages, eating out and shopping would have to come to an end eventually *sigh*

Mike and I dropped her off at the airport on Monday...and I had some time to break out my Holiday Button Bits *yippee* I am just letting you know~I LOVE THIS SET!!!!!! I only had time to make a couple of cards...but I am anxiously awaiting some weekend stamping time to ink it up again *smile*

HBB snowman

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week *gasp* I am starting to stress a little about Christmas shopping (37 days until Christmas)!! I used to make it a goal to have everything purchased and (maybe) wrapped by Thanksgiving...I have been such a slacker the past few years. Ashley and I will most likely go out on Black Friday (I used to swear I would never shop on BF with all those crazy people, LOL!)...but it is a lot of fun (after a Peppermint Mocha, of course). This year we may even do some research to see what we want to wait in line for.

Enjoy Today!

Supplies used (PTI unless noted): Holiday Button Bits/Polka Dot Background (SU!) stamp sets; Aqua Mist/White/Basic Black (SU!) cardstock; Black Palette/Fresh Snow ink; Holiday Mix Vintage Buttons; Twine; Scallop Punch (SU!); Aqua Mist Satin Dotted Ribbon

Monday, November 16, 2009

in my thoughts...

a quickie post today...
I am off to bring my friend Sue to the airport, it was so great to catch up and have some girl time!!! Def have to do that more often!!!

floral frenzy scarlet jewel

Pulled out one of my go-to sets for this card...Floral Frenzy and some of my recently purchased cardstock colors Scarlett Jewel and Enchanted evening (very pretty together, btw). I decided to take the entire day off from work~so I hope to break into my new goodies that were delivered last week :)

Happy Monday!!!

Supplies used (PTI unless noted): Floral Frenzy stamp set; Scarlet Jewel/Enchanted Evening/Ripe Avocado/White cardstock; Scarlet Jewel/Enchanted Evening/Ripe Avocado ink; Dotted Satin Scarlet Jewel ribbon; Old Olive Button (SU!); twine; Circle Punches (SU!); Scallop Edge punch (SU!); Pop dot for circle (Michael's)

Friday, November 13, 2009

happy birthday in damask...

Happy Friday! (Friday the 13th that is).
I am out and about with my BFF today~on the agenda...a massage, pedicure, some sight seeing, lots of chatting and of course some eating. I am excited to get out of my usual routine and have some fun and relaxing girl time :)

damask designs raspberry

I am still digging my Damask Designs stamp set!!! I had really been on the fence with this set, but so glad I took the plunge and bought it!!

Have you been keeping up with the PTI sneak peeks??? So far there are 2 sets I must have (I am typing this on Wednesday it may have increased since then, LOL!).

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Supplies used (PTI unless noted): Damask Designs/Borders and Corners Monogram Additions stamp sets; Raspberry Fizz/Pink Blush/Aqua Mist/White/Kraft (SU!) cardstock; Raspberry Fizz/Fresh Snow ink; Oval punches (SU!); Edge Punch (EK Success); Aqua Mist Grosgrain Ribbon; Vintage Button; Twine

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

a note to say...Happy Birthday!!!

It's Wednesday...that means one more sleep until my BFF is here to visit (I am doing the Jodene measurement~Hi Jodene). I did stamp a few cards to plan hopefully no interruption in the regularly scheduled blog posting (probably just a little less random rambling).

floral frenzy bday

A friend from my church celebrated her 21st birthday on I whipped up this little number for her...I told you you would see this layout again, LOL! I am loving PTI Melon Berry!!! And Speaking of PTI...have you seen the preview from yesterday??? I love that set, def going on my must have list!!! I ordered some paper and supplies last week and of course I had to add the Christmas Button Bits set to my order...should be here tomorrow *smile* (probably won't have time to play with it until next week though).

Josh has been playing XBOX non stop since the release of the new Modern Warfare 2 game came out Monday at midnight, it is crazy I tell ya!!! He took a vacation day from work yesterday and has today off from school~I think he is getting Mike hooked too!!! I guess that means more time for stamping time for me, LOL!

Enjoy today!!!

Supplies used (PTI unless noted): Floral Frenzy stamp set; Melon Berry/Dark Chocolate/White cardstock; Melon Berry/Choc Chip (SU!) ink; Melon Berry bitty dotted ribbon; Button (unknown); twine; Square Punches (SU!); Doiley Lace Edge Punch (Martha Stewart/Michael's)

Monday, November 9, 2009

birthday wishes...

Another weekend just flew by...
Boy, I wish the weekends were much longer, LOL!!!

cards 006-Edit

I needed a few birthday cards for some November birthdays~here is one I made for my dad. I think it looks pretty masculine...even with the button, LOL!

Saturday was our annual Christmas Family photo shoot...We drove to a neat location in Glendale, and I think I got some good images, although Josh brought his camera too, and he gets a little distracted (which I totally understand, LOL!)~so we may need another shoot with me, Josh and Mike. It was a lot of fun hanging out with the fam (Ashley and Nate came too!). We of course were starving after all those photos~so had dinner here...DELISH!!!! (I decided to take the day off from counting WW points, LOL!).

I have been busy getting my guest room (formerly Ashley's room) ready for my BFF Sue who is going to be visiting this week. I am really excited to catch up with has been too long!!! I have known Sue for 23 years~WOW!!!! Sue are we that old~NOPE!!! (Mike and I rented our first apartment from her, and our kids grew up together. She now lives in Lynchburg, which was so nice when Ashley was attending LU). I am sure we will be all chatted out by Monday when she has to leave!! We are planning on some serious girl time, with massages and pedicures scheduled~Delightful!!!!

I am hoping to keep my regulary scheduled blog posts going! :)

Have a great Monday!!!

Supplies used (SU!) unless noted: Let's Party/Everyday Button Bits (PTI) stamp sets; Bashful Blue/Pumpkin Pie/Whisper White cardstock; Bashful Blue/Old Olive/Pumpkin Pie ink; Summer Picnic designer paper; Bashful Blue striped ribbon; Olive Button; Twine (PTI)

Friday, November 6, 2009


Happy Friday Peeps!
My favorite day of the week *smile*

always punches

I have seen this cards sketch on several blogs and decided to give it a try. I really like I will probably be using it again (just giving you a warning, LOL)! And I have to say that I definitely have an addiction to buttons!!! I just feel like my card is not complete without one *wink* I am going to order some more colors from PTI today (and maybe a new stamp set while I am at it)~yippee!!! Online shopping is so I just love getting surprises in my mailbox :) (Oh yeah Shelli...thanks so much for the card~what a nice treat).

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only 3 weeks away??? Then after that Christmas (has anyone finished their shopping already??) Yikes!!! I am at least hoping to get our family photo done this weekend (we will see if everyone's schedule will allow it). I am trying to think of some creative poses, I did find a great hopefully it will be a success!!! This was last years card.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Supplies used (SU! unless noted) Always stamp set; Kraft/Choc Chip/Aqua Mist (PTI)/Melon Berry (PTI)/Lemon Tart (PTI)/Ripe Avocado (PTI) cardstock; Aqua Mist (PTI)/Ripe Avocado (PTI)/Melon Berry (PTI)/More Mustard ink; Square/Scallop Edge Punches; Lemon Tart Grosgrain Ribbon (PTI); Twine (PTI); Vintage Button (PTI)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

yummy coffee...

Hi my blog friends...

warm happiness ench evening

I pulled out my Warm Happiness stamp set the other day (I had to have this set because...I LOVE my coffee!!!) and forgot how much I enjoy these mugs *smile* And just in case you didn't hear...Starbucks now has their red cups back~and that means peppermint mocha time, YUM!!! I was actually thinking of mixing two of my fav's together this season...white chocolate mocha and peppermint mocha~sounds DELISH!!!

I finally finished editing the family session Josh and I did a week ago (boy, it took me forever!!!), I spent most of my day off finshing them...but I was happy with the images...I hope they are too!!! You can see them here.

I hope you have a terrific Wednesday!!! The weekend is near :)

Supplies used (PTI unless noted): Warm Happiness stamp set; Enchanted Evening/Dark Chocolate/Whisper White (SU!) cardstock; Enchanted Evening/Fresh Snow/Choc Chip Ink; Enchanted Evening Double stitched ribbon; Button (unknown); Twine; Corner Rounder Punch (SU!)

Monday, November 2, 2009

big blooms...

Hi All,
Another quick post for today~I am actually off from work today *smile* trying to use up some of my vacation days (I kinda hoard them, LOl!). I am calling it a mental health day :) I am hoping to do some fun stuff...but I have lots to catch up on (ironing has been on my list for a few weeks now~yuck!)

While I was stamping on Saturday, I had some scraps laying on my table...Dark Chocolate/Melon Berry/Pure Poppy, I thought they looked nice together, so decided to give them a try.

big blooms

Not my usual color combo, but it is kinda growing on me.

My photography is really taking off~I have had some sort of shoot every weekend. I am hoping to get our family Christmas photo done next weekend~found a great location, so kinda excited about it!!

I am happy to report that Mike and I finally got to watch the movie The was really cute :) I am always up for a chick flick (glad Mike watches them with me).

Hope your Monday is Fantastic!!!!

Supplies used: Big Blooms (SU!)/Everyday Button Bits (PTI)/Polka Dot Bkgrd (SU!) stamp sets; Dark Chocolate/Pure Poppy/Melon Berry (all PTI)/Whisper White (SU!) Cardstock; Choc Chip (SU!); Fresh Snow (PTI)/Pure Poppy (PTI) ink; Dark Chocolate Dotted Satin Ribbon (PTI); Edge Punch (EK Success); Button (unknown); Twine (PTI); Pop Dots (Michael's)