Monday, February 28, 2011

back in business...

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Here is a quick card I made over the weekend; I am planning ahead and trying to make some masculine birthday cards (these are always a challenge for me). I stamped the sentiment onto a transparency sheet and laid it right over the cardstock layers. When I tried to adhere the transparency to the card front, the adhesive was showing through (not really a pretty thing)~so I took my adhesive eraser and removed it~they added a couple of brads to hold the transparency in place, I also added some adhesive under the button. And there you have easy peasy guy card :)

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Enjoy the rest of your Monday Friends!!

uh oh...

Monday's post will be a little late...last night while I was uploading my photo for my 365 blog, I realized that my battery light was blinking...of course it died after my upload *sad face*

So when I get home from work today~I will photograph and upload my card post.

In other news: I got one of these babies over the weekend...which I LOVE!!! Luckily I have Josh to show me the ropes on how to use it, LOL! Texting is a lot different than my old phone...I hope I get the hang of it quickly~cause right now it takes me forever to send a text message, LOL!!
See ya a little later!! :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

card storage...

Sorry my post is a little late today...
Last night Mike was watching this movie, and I sat down half way through and had to see the ending, LOL!! After that, I was too tired (and it was too dark to photograph my card storage~yes, I procrastinated, LOL!!), to type up my post...but my blogging motto is "better late then never" right??

I have been trying to find a storage system for my cards. In the past I have kept them in a big basket, but that system was really not working for me!! I found these boxes at IKEA, which worked out FABULOUS!!

Now I know most people won't have to use as many boxes as this "crazy" stamper, LOL!! But this system is working out AWESOME for me!! It also makes me happy to see them all lined up on my craft room shelves (and I rediscovered my label maker~which also makes me happy) *wink* (that is my OCD talking)!

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Close up:

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Have a Fantastic WEEKEND!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

sweet of you...

Hi Blog friends!
I hope you week is off to a great start!! I got a few things crossed off my to-do list on Monday, which always makes me happy!! I had been wanting to organize my cards for a while (and boy, I have quite a few, LOL!) and I think I have finally come up with a solution~which I will blog about on Friday, stay tuned :)

I signed up for this class last week (along with my friend Cindy~hi friend!!); and I am super excited to get my first lesson on Thursday~I am sure I will be blogging about it along the way, LOL!!
**and I think there is still time to sign up if you are interested~and all you need is your creativity and a camera (oh yeah, and the $36 class fee).**

Yesterday Mike and I (mostly Mike), finished our taxes...such a great feeling to get that over with~I might even get to make a stamp order with some of the refund $ *woot woot*

Today's card was inspired by Maile's card, which you can see here; I just love her stamping style!! After playing around with the different layers/cardstock...this is what I came up with.

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Have a Fabulous day Friends!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

in my thoughts...

Howdy all!~
I hope you had a great weekend, it rained here in Phoenix, which allowed me some time in my craft room *smile*

I also had a "girl's night out" with one of my friends from church~which was a lot of fun!! We decided to make it a monthly date!! We ate here, and I have no idea how many WW points I consumed~but they were yummy!!

Mike and I went here on Saturday to spend some of our Christmas gift cards (I tend to hoard them, LOL!), this is one of the tops I purchased~then we finished off the afternoon with one of these. YUM!!

I needed some more sympathy/thinking of you cards (which I have seemed to need a lot of lately). My aunt passed away a couple of weeks ago from cancer (such a terrible disease which I hope I NEVER get!!). Even though I am not very close with my cousins, I wanted to send them a card letting them know I am thinking/praying for them.

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I am super excited to have today off *woot woot* (and so does my hubby!!), not sure what is on the agenda~but hoping to get a few things crossed off my to-do list and then maybe watch a movie with my hubs!!

Enjoy your Monday!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

button bouquet C&S sketch...

How is your week going? Did you have a nice Valentine's Day? Ours was pretty low key...I ended up leaving work early because I didn't feel good *yuck* After a little nap with Kodi, and an english muffin, I started to feel a little better. I had this waiting for Mike on the kitchen counter~we usually don't buy gifts for each other on Valentine's Day, but I decided to do a little something at the last minute (because my love language is "gifts").

Here is a quick Clean & Simple card sketch~I just love that website for inspiration, cause I wasn't really feeling the stamping mojo this week. This card makes me feel pretty "spring~y."

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Have a Terrific day today!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy {heart} Day!!

Happy Valentine's Day Friends!! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I was busy with birthday and Valentine stuff (which was lots of fun!!). I got to get a little crafty~which is always a plus *smile*. Friday night I made one of Mike's favorite dinners for his actual birthday, and on Sunday the kids all came over to help us celebrate. In between all the celebrating~I whipped up a few Valentine's for my favorite peeps!!

I saw this post a while back, and thougth it would be cute to make it into a Valentine's Day theme box.

I made these for the girlies. I found the containers at the Dollar Tree, and filled them up with red, pink, and white goodies (along with a Starbuck's gift card). Lots of fun to put together too!!

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Since the boys really don't care about all that frilly stuff, this is what they got.

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Happy Valentine's Day Friends!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

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Well the weekend is here~*woot woot*!!!
Do you have anything fun planned? My favorite hubby (and only hubby, btw... LOL!) is celebrating his birthday today, so I am going to be busy picking up stuff to make his favorite dinner tonight and planning our family get together for Sunday (pic's will follow). I have finally come up with a theme for his party (thanks to Ashley for helping me out!!).

Here is a quick card that I made over the weekend~I saw Amy's card here, and just LOVED the layout!! I just love the simplicity of it!!

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Ok friends~I have lots to do today to make my Hub's Birthday special ;) Have a Fabulous weekend!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

lots of thanks...

A quick post today...
I hope you are having a great week.

Have you been over to Nichole's blog this week? She has lots of great anniversary challenges, techniques, giveaways and PTI Radio, all very cool!! I wanted to get in on the Make it Monday Challenge (you have until 2/14 to enter) for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate *fingers crossed*

Here is my submission:

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Hope your Wednesday is Fantastic!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

turning a new leaf~Valentine style...

Hello there...
Hope your weekend was Marvelous! Did you watch the Superbowl?? Our church had a Superbowl party last night, but at the last minute I decided to stay home (I am not really a football fan), which ended up being really nice! I love having the house to myself sometimes (well all the pets were still here, LOL!). I did some laundry and surfed the web for a couple of hours (just wasting time~it was sorta fun!!).

My hubby is going to celebrate his birthday on Friday (2/11) and I am having such a hard time coming up with a theme (birthdays are special in the Clark house!!), he is so hard to buy for/theme a party around!! . I am hoping today I will get some inspiration~since I don't have much time left!! Let me just say when you google "party ideas for guys" the results are not really what I had in mind, LOL!!

I have a growing list of cards to make~so luckily I had a little time to get "inky" on Saturday night while Mike was studying. I whipped up this little number for my hubs for Valentine's Day (hope he doesn't check out my blog!!). I popped the hearts up with some pop dots (which I had to cut very small). I tried not to girl it up too much!!

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I am thinking of starting my 365 blog again...I have really missed being creative with my camera and decided to jump back on the POTD (photo of the day/week) wagon. I am going to play along here too, which seems like fun!! If you want to play too~join the Flickr Group here.

Ok Friends...make today a GREAT one!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

PTI contest...

Happy Saturday peeps...
I am just popping in to let you know about an AWESOME giveaway over at PTI on Nichole's blog. Of course I am going to enter, because I {heart} PTI!!

Here is one of my favorite posts using PTI products~which was really hard to choose because, I mostly use PTI!! LOVE them!! I seriously should be their spokesperson *wink*

Go here to enter!! Good luck :)

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Project Life...

Hi all,
my Friday post is a little late :)

Have you heard of Project Life??
I have been throwing around the idea of jumping on the PL wagon for a while~but wasn't sure if it was for me; because I love to create paper scrapbook and digi scrap pages~but honestly, I have not really had much or a scrapbooking mojo lately. I decided to give it a try~and of course when I made the decision~the scrapbooks were sold out on Amazon~insert a sad face here!! Luckily the stock was replenished a few weeks ago~so I snagged the turquoise edition~*woot*!! (I have added it to my fav's on the right side of my blog, just click the link to check it out/order), I think this system is going to work really well for me!! Most people use PL as they take their photos~but I decided to scrap all my 2010 photos (which I think will work better for me).

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Once I got my box in the mail, I put all the journaling cards inside (this took me about 2 hours~cause I am OCD!!), but now all my book needs are the photos and some journaling. And I like the fact that you can make it your own!! Check out Ali's and Michelle's PL creations.

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So last weekend, I uploaded my Jan-March 2010 photos to Costco (they do an awesome job, btw). I will do it in quarters (January photos pictured below), so I don't get overwhelmed...but I am really excited thinking about how fast the pages will come together!!! I may even finish it before next year *smile*, then I can get started on 2011.

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I will post my progress on my blog.

Enjoy the weekend friends :)

nap time...

Hi all!
I am so glad the weekend is here~woot woot!!

Yesterday when I got home from work, I was freezing~my hubby said "why don't you go upstairs and put on your jammies" (he was already in his), that was music to my ears, LOL!! It has been unseasonably cold here in AZ!! And I must say~I am not a fan!! But I did put on my jammies and sweatshirt and it felt GLORIOUS!! I made dinner~which was yummy (and has WW points~yeah), cleaned up, then sat on the couch with Mike and Kodi. Needless to say~today's post will be up a little late~because of that reason.

I didn't want to leave you without a photo...Here is Kodi taking a little nap...He is still a VERY active puppy (14 months)~so we enjoy nap time *wink*


Stop by later today~I am going to blog about my Project Life kit.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Organization Day 5

how are you doing? Yesterday in Phoenix the temperature was 37 degrees (that was the high)~FREEZING!! I think we actually broke a record for low temps. It has been one crazy winter!! A lot of my family and friends from New England are buried (and I mean BURIED) in snow. Roofs are caving in and the piles of snow are so high that there is no where to put the new snow when you shovel/plow. Glad the groundhog saw his shadow~hopefully it means an early spring!!

Organization Day 5~Medicine Cabinet

This one is pretty easy...I took everything out of my medicine cabinet, washed the shelves, wiped out everything, threw out stuff that was old and/or didn't use, then and put everything back inside.

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I have had a few people ask me what I use for my skin care~so here ya go...Mary Kay , I have used MK for years and I love it!! Hopefully it will keep me looking young for years to come, LOL!!! I also let my hubby keep his cologne in here too~gotta share some of the space, right??

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I decided to use some bins to organize like items (I love organizing containers!!). So far I really like having the bins in the cabinet~it is nice to pull out the entire bin, get what I need, then put it back (nothing gets knocked over either).

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Of course I didn't take a "before" photo~because when I get in the organizing mood~I don't usually pause to take a photo *gasp* I just dive in, so these are my "after" pic's

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Now it is your turn~Have fun organizing :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

warm & cozy CASE...

Happy February!
Boy time is really moving along these days. I hope you week is off to a great start.

My week has been a little crazy, there have been some changes in my office recently, so I am trying to adapt, LOL!! One of the Doctors that worked in the office, closed his practice, so this is the first week with one less person in the office, which is a little weird. We also changed the front office around, so I have felt a little "out of sorts" trying to get used to my new system (I am realizing that I am a creature of habit, LOL!)~change is good though! I am not complaining...I think it keeps you young, LOL!

Here is a quick card, which I totally case'd (copy and share everything) from Nicole (I seriously LOVE her stamping style~I know I say this all the time, but she is so talented!!). Of course I changed it up a bit, since I don't own all the PTI stamps/dies (a girl can dream!!). Don't you think this would make a great Valentine's Day card?? Especially with a Starbucks gift card inside *smile*

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I have a few more organizing posts, which I hope to get up on the o'l blog soon.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!!