Tuesday, November 30, 2010

On the exercise front...

I just found this amazing app for my ITouch. I've downloaded the 5K plan. I started yesterday and it felt great!! The great thing about it is it will use your own playlists to play music from! I just put together a "running" list, so that was perfect!

I'm also going to start this program up again on my days off from running. I've done it before and it does work!! And they have an app also, so I'm downloading that too!

So, I'm off to a good start working off Thanksgiving...or a head start on working off Christmas/New Year's goodies! Depends which way you want to think, but based on how my outfits are fitting, me thinks I'm still working off Thanksgiving!! ;)

Monday, November 29, 2010

First thing....IT'S SNOWING!!! Yes, it is!
Tiny little flakes that you can hardly see, but IT IS SNOWING!

I made this card for Gina K's sketch challenge this week, STVSKSP4. Another new set in my stash that I had yet to play with, but it's a great one for this sketch, and I thought of it right away. Sorry about the lighting...it's a dark and dreary day here!

Paper: SU Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, PTI White
Inks: SU Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: GKD Fun Year Round (Melanie Muenchinger's)
Accessories: SU Marina Mist ribbon, silver cording, Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, gems, Ticket corner punch, sponge, Nesties circles

And I did some sewing yesterday (see Kindle Clutch info below)!
I've got to get going on these sewing projects before Christmas break arrives. DH and DD1 have lots of sewing to do themselves, and so I don't think I'll have a chance at using the sewing machine. My goal is to get a few sewing projects done, and as my reward, I'll be able to do some scrapbooking over the break! Won't that be cozy? :)

So here is the project pile. And yes, you'll notice some fall colors in the line-up. I had a cute little something to make up. I'm still going to go ahead and make it, then I'll be ahead next year.
So stay tuned!

I worked on this Kindle Clutch. Except, I'm not using it for that. I made the rag quilt purse to use as a bible bag, but I need something to hold my chapstick, papers, pen and kleenex!

And now I'm off to get ready to go up and have lunch with DD2. Then some town errands. And home to sew some more, I hope!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gina K Blog Hop

I had fun making a card Saturday for Gina K's Center Stage Alumni Blog Hop: Inspiration challenge. The above image is the inspirational image from Department 56.

It was a super fun and festive image to be inspired from! Thank you! I pulled out some designer paper I had found on SU's clearance site last month, Christmas Cocoa. The red filigree paper has a raised textured flocked feel too it. It's scrumptious, and I almost hated to cut into it. I am certainly enjoying the look of it on this card though.

Paper: PTI White, SU Garden Green, SU Christimas Cocoa DP
Inks: SU Poppy Parade
Stamps: GKD Lovely Labels 2 (Nina Brackett)
Accessories: MM Poinsetta, SU white ribbon, corner rounder, sponge, Nesties Labels 15

And here is the inside of the card.
I've been so inspired since seeing Jess's cards
and how beautiful the
insides are too!

Happy Monday!
Thanksgiving break was wonderfully relaxing, and I'm very much looking forward to an even longer Christmas break!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Brrr, feels like Ol' Man Winter is settling in. No snow yet, but bitter winds and cold temps are here.

We've had a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation. But something was missing. I finally decided it was my daily stamping session. I take a "vacation" from my routines when my family is home, and it always feels so nice to sit back and relax and enjoy their company. But after a day or two of that, I realize they don't need me so much LOL! DH is grading papers. My daughters are happily playing together off it another room. And I'm lazing on the coach and had enough of this relaxing "stuff"!! I headed down to my corner this afternoon, and now I feel much better, thankyouverymuch! I need to send a check out on Monday to my cousin's for the candy I ordered...(Candy Kraft Candies) and, of course, a card is needed to go along with it! :)

Today in the mail I rec'd my new EK Success Large Snowman Punch. Just a few weeks ago, I sent them the one I had purchased at a Joann's store. The punch wasn't working properly. It still sticks, but just needs to be poked with your finger to un-stick him. Great customer service, BTW, so no fears of buying more of their product.

Paper: Black, White, SU Cherry Cobbler
Ink: SU Marina Mist (inked around the snowman edges)
Supplies: EK Succes Lg snowman punch, gems, SU embossing folder, sponge, Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder (snowman's scarf), orange marker (carrot nose), PTI Everyday Classics (inside sentiment)

Along the lines of greetings and cards, I just lifted a huge load off of myself and ordered our New Year's greetings at Shutterfly! I used a family picture we had taken in September by a DF. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. And the price! They have a sale going on right now, and I think the cards I ordered ended up being 20% off, plus I found a code at Retailmenot for another 5% off!! So they ended up being around 55 cents a piece (envelopes are included...huge bonus!). That's way cheaper than last year's homemade greetings were...yikes!! So, onward and forward, one less project to dream up!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy shopping today if you are brave enough to venture out!
Me, not a chance. I'll be home, cozy in my stamping den!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

...and one more tidbit from today...I'm always glad when all of the Chocolate Cream pie filling doesn't fit in the pie shell..I've got a nice little bowl of it to have tonight!!!

~Happy day y'all!
So....while the muffins are baking, the girls are emptying the dishwasher, the dryer is drying my clothes, the potatoes are cooking on the stove-top and the dishes are drying in the sink, I'm down in my craft corner. Who needs me??? :) (ha-ha, edited to add: by the time I got ready to stamp, the timer had gone off, the dryer buzzed and the potatoes were boiling over!!!!!!!!!!!)

Today I need to make my dad a birthday card. It's coming right up on Friday! I think we'll head in for a pizza party with him on Friday evening. The place where he lives has a lovely dining area that everyone can use. My dad will also be with us tomorrow too, for our Thanksgiving feast. I told him I would put a candle in every pie for him! :) My dad loves coffee, so hence the coffee theme! I played along with the SCS SC308 Sketch Challenge and again with the SCS CC298 Color challenge. (no dessert option used this time!)

Paper: PTI Kraft, SU Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Inks: SU Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: SU Holiday Wishes, Hero Arts Sparkle Clear: Coffee, TPC Studio: Coffee Cafe (beans), GKD "my cuppa' joe" by Rupa Shevde (steam)
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folders, Nesties ovals, sponge, corner rounder

So, now life must resume. I need to make a quick vacuum through and set up the DD1's room for 5 girls to sleep in there night. Whoot! Fun, fun.

But before I go, here are some pictures of the day:

DD2 thought we needed to organize the drawer in the
bathroom where we keep our hair stuff. She had the door closed
and kept telling me not to look. I just assumed she was doing
one of her AG doll's hair, getting her ready to play
this evening and tomorrow with some friends
and their AG dolls. But, nope, she was happily
organizing and labeling away. Wonder where
she gets that from???
Too cute!!

And one of many pie crusts that got rolled out today.
It's my MIL's oil crust recipe, and it's one of the most
treasured things
I've received from her.
In fact, I realized while making pies today, that I
should make a scrapbook page with the recipe
and a picture of her and some of the pie pictures I have.
Love inspiration like that!

And so I leave you with wishes for a very
filling and wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Glazed Poinsettia

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: GKD A Year of Flowers, GKD Pressed Flowers (Both by Melanie Muenchinger)
Accessories: brads, nesties circles, SU ribbon, Cuttlebug emboss folder, corner rounder, crystal effects, Sizzlit tag die, linen thread, sponge

Wohoo, I got to work in some stamp time today!! I'm loving this balanced feeling, even on busy days! I spent my morning very focused and was able to get a lot of little jobs done in preparation for Thanksgiving day. I've noticed I'm much more efficient with my morning time now that I know it's working out to take the afternoon "off"!! Keeping my fingers crossed that it will work out tomorrow too...but we'll see. My girls will be home from school and I have many things to do, one of which is make 4 pies!!!! ***YUM*** Which reminds me, I need to go searching for a yummy chocolate something or other pie! Gotta' have chocolate...even on Thanksgiving!

My dining room is looking like it's ready for some company. I polished the silver this morning and that brought a bunch of happy memories of my mom. She loved to make her silver all sparkly...and I do too! I have no problem using my silver and china. Some folks are intimidated by theirs I think, but the more you use it, the more comfortable you are with it...and the more comfortable your children are with "finery"!

So, speaking of sparkly, I have a shiny card to show off for the SCS CC298 challenge (and Gina K's sketch challenge this week, STVSKSP3). The dessert option for the color challenge (my mind is totally on PIE this week!) was to add a glaze of some sort. I pulled out my Crystal Effects, which I think I'm safe to say, hasn't been used in many moons. I don't know if that shows up in the picture, but the whole poinsettia is covered with it! I just bought a real poinsettia last evening for $3.49 at Aldi! What a steal. It's beautiful. I plan on repotting it later this afternoon.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Our Craft Lounge

Super fun giveaways going with Our Craft Lounge! They are celebrating their 2nd birthday!
Paper: PTI Kraft, SU Cajun Craze
Ink: Pumpkin Patch Spectrum, StazOn Timber Brown, SU Cajun Craze
Stamps: SU Day of Gratitude, All Holidays (sentiment)
Supplies: PTI brown button, linen thread, corner rounder, Cuttlebug embossing folder, sponge

And one last Thanksgiving card with the CAS94 SCS Sponging technique challenge. Just thought of someone who is owed a card from me. She was a DF of my mom's and has been so thoughtful in thinking of me at different times of the year since my mom died.

Now I'm ready to change over to winter! It's always fun putting things away and getting out new toys to play with!!

CAS Challenge

Paper: PTI white, SU Marina Mist
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Marina Mist
Stamps: GKD Got Snow?
Accessories: Gemstones, corner rounder, SU Snowflake #2, sponge, Flower Soft

Today, I participated in the SCS CAS94, Sponging Technique challenge. I love to add sponged edges on any part of my card...you may have noticed this already!! It's just adds such a nice finishing touch. CAS does not come so easily for me though. Before I added the Flower Soft, I knew the card needed something, but I didn't want to take away from the CAS effect that I had achieved. Flower Soft was just the ticket! And it was so fun to get out of my stash of new things and try out. I'm very impressed with the ease with which it goes on. A very fun and easy dimension to add to cards.

We have a tornado watch in effect this afternoon, so I think I'll just stay right here in my stamping den and keep stampin'!

Vintage Holidays and Meal Planning

Paper: PTI Kraft (base layer), BG Jovial, SU Early Espresso
Stamps: GKD Have a cookie! by Melanie Muenchinger
Ink: Timber Brown StazOn, Cherry Cobbler (distressed edges)
Supplies: SU Early Espresso ribbon, pearls, SU scallop border punch, MM poinsetta, tearing edge, sponge, white liquid applique, edge distresser.

The Saturday SCS inspiration challenge immediately had me inspired to make an apron card. A DF made one recently, so I knew right where to go to find the apron template.

What a fun project this was! While I don't have a lot of baking memories with my Grandma, I did enjoy lots of grandma memories while working on this card. And mom memories. And aunt memories. I'm not much an apron wearer, but the generation before me certainly was!! I hope to make at least one more of these to send to my dear aunt. In fact, she just called me last evening to thank me for the Thanksgiving greetings I sent them. Doesn't that just warm your heart when you know one of your greetings has touched someone else's heart?? It does mine!

And I have some exciting news to share. Two of my CAS cards were mentioned in the SCS CAS Favorites of the Week! How cool is that!!! I only just recently heard about this thread, because a SCS Flybaby friend mentioned to another friend that she was enjoying seeing her cards showcased in the CAS thread. Yea Paula!! :) I guess the thought passed through my mind that such an honor would be fun to get, but I never dreamed I would be chosen LOL!!! The cards didn't get all that many comments, so I just figured they weren't as creative as they could have been! But I DO know comment #'s don't reflect much anymore. There are SO, SO, SO many cards being uploaded every day. I know I fail to get to as many as I would like. But I'm working on doing better, b/c I sure know how those comments boost me!

To go along with the apron card, I have some recipe links to share with you. I worked on December's meal planning this weekend and this is what I came up with.

I'll keep you posted if something is absolutely fabulous or totally flops!

Hamburger Stroganoff
Savory Chicken Breasts
Sloppy Joe Bake
Chicken & Black Bean Bake
Baked Ziti
(our family favorite)
Ham Casserole
Shepherd's Pie
(I use frozen peas/carrots to save some time)
Chorizo and Lentil Stew
Minestrone Soup
Potato Leek Soup
(we have fresh leeks in the garden)
Breakfast Burritos
PW Cinnamon Rolls
(I don't use anywhere near the amount of butter though!)

And here are some tasty sounding desserts I want to try out:
S'more Bars
Nutella Cheesecake Brownies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Candy Cane Twists
Homemade Pop Tarts
(not really dessert, but something fun I want to try)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday craft fun

The girls and I have been working on these fun Thanksgiving Blessing Snacks. We'll be giving them to our Thanksgiving day guests when they leave. The girls will also be handing some out to their teachers on Tuesday!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thinking ahead...

Stamps: GKD Let it Snow, Labelled with love (sentiment)
Paper: SU Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, PTI Crea
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Supplies: MM Poinsetta, Holly Cuttlebug emboss folder, Riding Hood Red striped ribon, Pearls, Nesties ovals & Labels Trio, Stickles Glitter, Copics

This challenge (along with the color challenge over at Gina K Stamp TV) is perfect for the busy holiday season approaching. Thank yous are so appreciated. That's one thing I'm so thankful my mom taught me. As a kid, I hated writing all those birthday thank yous!! I insist that my own girls write them, and I am experiencing the same ordeal my mom faced!!

I love it when I use something that has been in my stash forever!! That would be the decorative little poinsetta! And the striped ribbon. It's so wide, it intimidates me! The glitter hardly shows, but it's on the rooftops, trees and snow banks in front of the house.

I kept out the winter things I used today. I keep a basket of seasonal goodies on my craft table. I mailed my Thanksgiving cards out yesterday, so it's time for a changing of the "supplies"! :)

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

Friday FIVE

Wow, time flies when you are having fun! How is it Friday already again?? I'm going to play along with all the Friday Five's out there in blog-land. They are always so fun to read.

1.) BLOG TIPS! As a beginning blogger, I found these tips to be very helpful this morning.

2.) PAPERCLIPPING ROUNDTABLE! They have some super fun weekly podcasts to listen to! I listen to them while I'm on the treadmill; so entertaining, I laugh right out loud sometimes! What a super combination of physical and mental fitness! :)

3.) FLYLADY'S WEEKLY HOME BLESSING (WHB): I always do mine on Friday's though. I like to head into the weekend clean and ready for whatever happens! Then I don't find myself cleaning all weekend...I can just relax and enjoy the family time.

4.) EARTH FRIENDLY FLOOR KLEENER: I love that I can order it at amazon.com and have it on a subscription basis, so I never have to worry about running out and/or forgetting to order more!! I just ordered toilet bowl cleaner this way today...I had to get some at Walmart and realized it was a lot cheaper to do this way!! Now if only I could find a way to shop for all my groceries online too. I know you can, but not in our little rural area!!

5.) THE SOUND OF WATER: (gotta' love the animals sounds in this video too!!) There is a small creek that runs through our park. Yesterday while I was walking, I made myself pause twice to enjoy the sound different places where the water babbles over some rocks. Very, very relaxing! Take time to enjoy nature's beauty. It's a wonderful stress reducer!

The babbling creek and walking bridge at our park.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fun blog hop and giveaway

Check this awesome giveway out...I'm off to hop through the blogs and leave comments as I go! :)

Inspired by Nature

Stamps: SU Inspired by Nature, GKD Thanks a Million

Paper: PTI Kraft, SU Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Ink: SU Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Supplies: SU Soft Suede ribbon, Nesties Labels 7, sponge, tearing edge

The daily SCS challenge today is WT297: Basically Beautiful Brown. I LOVE browns!! And I went to a 5x5 card size for a change. I get tired of making the same old card style!

As far as life goes, the SUN is finally showing itself today! It was SO grey when I took my walk this morning. Like every shade of grey!!! But I had a wonderful walk regardless. I had many thoughts to sort out, and so a walk always clears my mind and unwinds my heart. The walk was after a few circuits of Jillian Michaels, so I think the walk helped stretch out all those muscles I used too!! OUCH!

The danish I made yesterday has been thrown out. Ick. I must not have rolled it out enough. Too thick, too rich, and just plain not appetizing.

Back to the stamp den!

Oops, one more card to share with you that I made last evening:

Stamps: SU Day of Gratitude
Paper: PTI Kraft, SU Early Espresso, Cajun Craze
Ink: SU Early Espresso

Supplies: PTI brown button, EK corner punch, SU Top Note die, corner rounder, linen thread, Cuttlebug emboss folder

Now I'm off to write some greetings inside my Thanksgiving cards and get them ready to send out.

Big Picture Classes

Big Picture Classes

Big Picture Classes is one of my favorite sites for paper crafting home instruction! They currently are celebrating 5 years (one more day of celebration though!), and have lots of fun things on their blog. I've been over there for a few years, and I am currently signed up for Lisa Cohen's Wellness Journey class. I've taken it once before and loved it; full of inspiration to live a healthy life. And get to scrapbook about it all too! :)

Go ahead, take a look. If you like what you see, come back here and use this link to create an account and get started! You'll receive 10% off any self-paced class or workshop you sign up for!! Come on over and join me for Wellness Journey! :)

This summer I'm looking forward to taking Stacy Julian's Library of Memories class (the link shows the class description for last year's class). A DF has taken it and it is AWESOME. A great way to get things organized and enjoy the whole scrapbooking process from start to finish! More on this class when I start taking it!! :) In the meantime, I'm going to be reading her book Photo Freedom which the class is based on.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vintage Winter Wishes

Stamps: Thomas Kinkaid The Night Before Christimas, GKD Let it Snow (sentiment)
Cardstock: SU Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso CS, PTI Kraft CS
Other supplies: SU Top Notes die, SU ticket corner punch, copper brads, sponge, edge distresser, SU Early Espresson ribbon
Inks: VersaFine Vintage Sepia, StazOn Timber Brown (edges & sentient), SU Cherry Cobbler (edges)

I love all the beautiful vintage wintery greetings I'm seeing on SCS and blogs! Today's SCS sketch challenge was perfect for my Thomas Kincaid image! I also loved the ideas I was seeing with PTI's dies...so I dug out my SU Top Note die to try and duplicate it with what I have.

I almost didn't get any stamping in today. That would have been very bad. I've been on a roll with my new balanced home schedule. I work my SAHM job until noon or so, and then head down for some free-time. This has really taken care of the irritable feelings I was having in the evenings as time quickly flitted away and was again left with a day of no crafting! After much thought, I knew I had to MAKE time for things I love, or I was going to completely starve my creative mojo.

Today was a very happy mail day! I rec'd a book, The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker. Good thing I pre-ordered it. I'm on a crafting spending freeze for the month of November, so it was fun to have a delivery of something! Also, a flybaby friend sent me a special gift. And last but not least, DD1 received her long awaited for (back ordered and date was changed several times) mittens from Lands End. Thank goodness she came home with very cold hands, so she tried out her new mittens while I got our after-school snack going.

I baked a Cream Cheese Danish this afternoon. It didn't turn out pretty, but I should know all about that by now, b/c my pies never turn out pretty. Good, yes. Pretty, NO! This danish is very rich, and I likely won't make it again!!

And I guess that's all! I'm off to read some chapters from a Junie B. book with DD2. She needs some TLC after a rough day at school!


Wohoo, I'm up and running! Now off to stamp something to post!!