Monday, February 28, 2011

SCS Sketch challenge

Stamps: Elzybells "Letter writing", A Muse "Sittin' here", Rhonda Ferrar Flourishes
Paper: BG Lemonade DP, SU Bajaa breeze, Rose Red, PTI Ivory
Inks: SU Rose Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: SU Scallop square punch, scallop border punch, pearls, sponge

I forgot to get this card uploaded in the midst of all my computer woes!

This was done for the SCS Sketch challenge last week. I also participated in a flybaby challenge to use at least 5 colors on your card. Nice to have fun DP that get's you off to a great start! I made this card for an elderly friend who is going through some changes in her life.


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Wohoo, I got an invite to join Pinterest! I can't wait to start filling up my inspiration boards. This looks like an awesome place to collect all your favorite inspiration. They define pinboard as a visual collection of things you love. I love visuals! :)

It's all about friends and sharing, so let me know if you would like an invite!!
I don't know if their is a daily limit or not, so be sure and leave a comment right off if you think this is something you would be interested in. I had heard the invites were limited, b/c they are still in the beta stages of development. My feeling is this is going to take off huge!

I'll be a little slow getting my inspiration boards up and running. I've got a busy few weeks coming, but it's all good and I'm not stressing about a thing! Winter has been slow and relaxing, so I think the next few weeks of activity is going to be inspiring enough!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Where women create, another great giveaway


Yet another fabulously talented lady featured over at Where Women Create!
Check it out and leave comments to be entered into a drawing for a free class and gift certificate to her store!

Various Project Life photos

I love Project Life by Becky Higgins

It's been awhile since I shared a glimpse of some of my non-personal PL photos!

Last Thursday was a day full of running errands. Even after school, we had to go into town.

The week of the 13th, we had a fabulous thaw, with gorgeous, sunny 30*-40* days! I discovered my daffodils poking their little heads up.

My daughter went to Solo Ensemble last Saturday. This is what she brought home in her bag....her garbage!!!!!! And look at the junk she ate, LOL! Junk food JUNKIE! But she had a fun day, and I remember doing the same thing myself!! There is no day label on this photo, because I did a 4x6 collage of several pictures from her performances.

The icey weather we had last Sunday & Monday.

The day I found out I won a class over at BPC!!

Yesterday I baked a bunch of rich, chocolate brownies and drop sugar cookies (frosted and sprinkled with our school color sprinkels...Halloween colors!) to take into the teacher's lounge this morning. They've been through a stressful couple of weeks b/c of state budgeting woes. I thought a little treat platter was in order to cheer them and thank them for continuing to teach our children through it all. Several other schools nearer to the state capital, had to close for 4-5 days last week b/c the teacher's were all gone protesting.

Today, my dad and I had to run over to the hospital so he could have a scheduled test done. We had lunch together first. I love how this photo captures the restaurant sign out front. That's what I'm enjoying so much about photography, capturing the unexpected details that fit in with the photo you are taking!

What I won!

I received my happy mail prize package today from Jen! It's absolutely beautiful and proudly displayed on my freshly decluttered hutch (you'll see pictures of this soon in my OLW blog hop post March 1st).

Look closely at the photo I took of it this delightful plaque. You'll see my reflection in the middle of the heart. I'm really into reflections lately. I think it has something to with my OLW "mindfulness", but I haven't fully discovered the full meaning of that yet! Give me some time, though. ;)

Head on over to her blog and check out Jen's fabulous projects!
Her most recent one, redecorating a globe is so inspiring.
Adding to my list of "wanna-do's"! :)

Geranium RAK card

Stamps: PTI Around & About sentiments, Judith little dots stamp stick, freebie clip art

Paper: SU Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Basic Black, First Edition DP, PTI White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo black

Accessories: black ribbon, tearing edge, copics, distresser, stipple brush

Down the road from us, there is a lady that keeps beautiful geraniums in a big, long window. They are so bright and cheery and I smile every time I see them. I have some in my window too, but my window isn't as big, nor is it in view of passersby! Nor are my geraniums so loaded with blossoms. I wanted to send her a card last winter too, and never did. I want her to know how much I appreciate the beauty from her window. I think random RAKs like this are awesome and would love to think of more to do. We need to spread joy and let people know how they sprinkle (Stacy Julian's word!!) our world with joy. If you care to do this, please let me know in a comment what you've done! I'd love further ideas on this.

I love this little freebie I found,


March Menu Plan

Once again it's time to think ahead to the next month!

Here's what I have in mind:

Asian Beef & Noodles
Thai Peanut Chicken
Bratwurst Hash
Reuben Casserole
Ranch Cheesy Potatoes & Ham
Chicken Enchiladas
Chili Pasta bake
Curried Chicken Divan
Restaurant style Zuppa Toscana
Taco Soup
Salmon Chowder
Sunshine and Sausage Casserole
Quick Quiche

Plus I have a request for breakfast for supper some night!

We'll also be having these again: Sliders
Out of this world goodness....just be sure you get some ultra soft rolls to have them on! :)

This won't cover the whole month, but that's because I'll have several nights off this month and my SIL's will be cooking! Ah, bliss.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The BIG 4-0

I couldn't resist trying yesterday's technique challenge for this card. I love the effect and was inspired by this card using the Top Note die. This is a masculine card, so I refrained from adding too many embellishments!

Stamps: PTI Big Birthday Wishes

Paper: PTI Kraft, SU Chocolate chip, BG Basics Kraft

Inks: SU Early Espresso

Accessories: PTI By the Number dies, corner rounder, SU Top Note die, Cuttlebug embossing folders, sponge.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Strike THREE!!

I won something again!!!!!
Free admission to Got Paint? over at BPC.
I'm so super excited!!!

I so badly wanted to sign up for this class and just couldn't swing it b/c I'm saving up for the LOM class, and am already enrolled in two other classes. I've entered several giveaways for Got Paint? too. I can't wait to sign into class later this evening and see what's happening. And you know from today's earlier post, that I just dug out my paints and canvas last night! WHOOT!!!

My SIL and DH have a thing going back and forth between them about how good/awful February/March is. My SIL's birthday is in February, so therefor she thinks February is the best month. DH's birthday is in March (they are just 1 year apart in age), and thus our household has been made, er, forced to believe March is the best month. Plus my DD's birthday is also in March, giving DH that much more ammunition. But I'm beginning to think February is pretty awesome, LOL!

And for good measure, just in case you didn't know already....

Big Picture Classes
Big Picture Classes

BPC is offering 3 $20 gift certificates to random winners who comment
on their blog post!!

Canvas sneek peek

Just a little glimpse of what I'm working on this week in preparation for the March OLW blog hop! I'm so excited. Last night I finally dug out a piece of canvas to work with. Like Ali, I'm going to let it sit out for the week and look at it everyday and see how the creative process works it's magic.

Today, I also got to work on Ali's template and decided on several pictures to use for my March page. That's still a work in progress, but I've still got a few days!

If you are taking the OLW class and would like to participate in the blog hop,
please read this thread in our classroom.
The sign-up deadline is February 25.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Birthday time

Stamps: PTI Around & About sentiments, OCL Anna Mae (balloons)

Paper; SU Only Orange, SU Ice Cream Parlor DP, Basic Black, Rose Red

Inks: SU Only Orange, Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: QuicKutz Birthday Penguin die, SU Scribbles Swirls sizzlet, silver cording, silver gems, orange seam binding ribbon, Ice Cream Parlor border sticker, corner rounder

I can't believe it's almost March. And that brings on a big birthday month in our families. Lots of birthdays on both my husband and my sides of the family! My oldest daughters birthday is one of them. She still loves penguins, so I put this birthday card together for her with Digital Tuesday's challenge in mind, and again forgot to use something digital!!!!! What a goon I am! But I did use some of the awesome seam binding ribbon that I won from Michelle's blog candy!

The penguin is leftover from DD's birthday party last year or the year before when I made napkin ring holders with them (she has wanted a penguin theme for 3 years in a row now...super cost effective that way, I tell ya'). I saw him through one of my see-through bins while I was running on the treadmill the other day. I had saved them all to use for a future scrapbook page about her party. Of course, that has not been done yet, so I thought I would make good use of one of them on her card. Just had to update his party hat a bit.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Inspirational and sketchy!

Stamps: GKD A Year of Flowers (Melanie's set), SU Tiny Tags
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
Paper: PTI Kraft & Ivory, Core Impressions Jillbean Soup collection (red textured paper), SU First Edition DP, SU Wild Wasabi
Accessories: SU Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, sponge, ting tag punch, clip, linen thread, paper piecing kit (to make tiny holes around edge w/Cherry Cobbler marker), sponge

I'm enjoying some quiet creative time this afternoon. I played along with a flybaby inspirational challenge based on the first picture above, and then worked the SCS sketch challenge into it too!

I'm a winner this week!!

I've won two things this week!! Here (a whole bag of seam binding ribbon goodies!) and here! My next project for the March OLW blog hop is some canvas art of my own, so when I saw Jen's post about hers last month, it only further inspired me!! And now I'll get to see it IRL! :)

No creating got done today. I got side-tracked with some much needed decluttering. I put away all my winter decor and got out the spring stuff!
I always declutter as I go.

Also, our back bedroom where all the baby stuff has been, is quickly shaping up. We gave all our baby equipment to some friends who are expecting their first. Now I've got a pile of other junk to go to the thrift shop. And my Keurig machine is boxed up to send off to my SIL. I love really strong coffee, so this wasn't cutting it for me. And it's too expensive to do more than 1 pod for a cup of coffee!

And you can see, I also gave my blog a face-lift!
And the snow has finally stopped falling! ;)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Spring has sprung!

As I said, grow where you are planted!
Look what I found when I went out to get the mail...daffodils and something else popping there heads up through in my front garden.

I'm little nervous though...we've got ice and snow coming this weekend. This whole week has been quite the thaw for us. Now back to our regular schedule of events...WINTER!!

Color coordinated stamping corner

Here's what I've been doing over the last week or so. Putting my whole stamping corner in order by color! As per Stacy Julian's grand ideas! Here is a link to her color orange bin and how she has it set up. She has done a video for each color (or maybe not yet, but she's in the process of it!).

I must admit to being rather hesitant about doing this. I bought most of these jars at IKEA back in June! It's taken me that long to commit to a day to do it. Thankfully my little girl was a very willing helper in separating packages of brads and buttons and organizing them all into little snack size baggies for my jars!

So far I LOVE it. All hesitation is gone. I've been down in my corner stamping this evening, and it has really opened up my world to grab a color jar and see what embellishments I have to use. Where as before, I would have reached for a brad, but now I get my jar and think "Wow, maybe a button would be better!". Really! The ribbon on the big dowel will stay the way it's right out there where I can see it and I really love being able to pull down what I need and cut.

I strung some lights behind the jars, but they aren't showing up very well in the pictures! I also have some lights with my display of cards, kind of makes them pop. They are from a DF. The lights give a cozy glow to my corner when I'm not actually in it.

In the 2nd picture, way up on the top shelf in the very back, you can see my mom's old artist color palette that she would scrape and mix her colors together on. Let me tell you, the day I dug that out of a box after we had moved them out here (she was already in a nursing home at that point b/c her dementia had gotten so bad so fast), I was SO thrilled. It was a very comforting find and brought back a flood of happy memories. When mom was at her easel, she was a very happy woman. She was a happy lady anyway, but I can remember the sense of calm that came over her at her easel. And I now know what that feeling is all about, I get it myself when I sit down to create. And one more thing, in the first picture, is a little print my mom drew of water lily that I also found among her things!

And speaking of treasures, here's another type of little treasure and a simple little joy I experienced today. This little guy poked his head out as I was vacuuming in my youngest daughter's room. Both of my girls are little packrats. I temper my desire to be clutter-free with their rooms, b/c I do remember what it's like to have treasures. This little treasure was from my daughter's teacher. She brought each of them back a little souvenir from her trip to Mexico. I noticed the other day, my daughter had this little guy on her window sill, propped up so he could look out! :) Cute, love little minds and imaginations. Happy weekend dear followers and readers! ♥

....don't forget to grow where you've been planted!

DH planted this amaryllis bulb recently and I hope to document it's growth.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Digital Tuesday Blop Hop & Tuesday challenge

Digital Tuesday is having a blog hop!

I started out making this card for Digital Tuesday's challenge using die cuts and something digital...but I forgot the digital part! OOPS! Off to remove my link from their list for this card at least!

This was made for an elderly friend of my parent's.
Excuse the pen in the picture, I could not get this card to stand up. Need to fix that before I send it out!

Stamps: PTI Inside & Out Birthday, SU Canvas
Paper: PTI Kraft, SU Night of Navy, SU Botanical Gazette DP
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: PTI Number By the Numbers dies, SU Window label punch, corner rounder, silver brads, Cuttlebug embossing folder, SU linen thread

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 fun goodies to play with

It's that time of year....PTI anniversary time, so got an order in there so I can be sure and get the new, free anniversary set coming out in April. And it's Sale-a-bration time with Stampin' Up!

I CASE'd this card, just to hurry and get stamping with at least one new set, some new DP and new dies. I've got several sets to be mounting and CD cases to fill!
And then some organization...but that's almost as fun as the stamping itself, right?

Stamps: SU SAB Bliss
Paper: Peach Parfait, SU First Edition DP
Inks: SU Early Espresso
Accessories: SU linen thread, SU tearing edge, PTI Button, sponge, SU Flower Fun die, PTI Limitless Layers Circle collection1 3/4" die, bleach

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine Cake Pops


DD2 and I assembled her classroom treats last evening. I already had the cake balls done and in the freezer. The pops went together without any glitches which was very enjoyable!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Masculine thinking of you

Paper: PTI White

Stamps: SU Nature Silhouettes, PTI Everyday Classics

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: ribbon from my stash, tiny screw head brads, cuttlebug embossing folder, Nesties squares.

Wanted to try this card out for a masculine "thinking of you". A friend of ours just had knee surgery, so we would like to send him a card!

I'm also experimenting with my camera. Trying to use the "program" mode more and learn about ISO and shutter speed! I'm taking a class called "Focus on Photos" over at My Creative Classroom.

CAS Sympathy

Stamps: SU Lovely as a Tree

Paper: PTI Ivory

Inks: VersaFine Sepia

Accessories: Score Pal

Just needed a simple sympathy card for a man.
I love how this turned out!

Tickets of love

Stamps: SU Always

Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red, PTI Kraft

Inks: SU Night of Navy

Accessories: Tim Holtz Adage tickets, night of navy ribbon, blue rhinestones

An anniversary card for my SIL and BIL. She loves patriotic themes. Pulled my tickets from the Tim Holtz Adage Ticket packet. Very fun embellishment. I played along with the Sketch challenge over at SCS.
Hearts are adhered with pop dots for some dimension.

Stacy Julian on


Stacy Julian is featured today at Wherewomancreateblog!
Check it out and enter to win a seat in her new class iScrap over at BPC.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

PTI Button Challenge

Stamps: PTI Vintage Picnic, PTI 4th Anniversary Tags (flower; a free download, here) Inks: SU Baja Breeze Accessories: PTI buttons, Copics, PTI scallop die, corner rounder, Cuttlebug embossing folder, sponge, SU Ivory ribbon

And a little depth to the card,

Wow! Papertrey Ink has been having some wonderful challenges and fun over on Nichole's blog. They are celebrating their 4th anniversary! I remember my first order of Little Lady and Butterfly Kisses. They've continued their awesome history of quality and classic beauty all through the four years. I absolutely love their white, ivory and kraft cardstock. I haven't tried any of their other colors yet!! Hard to believe, I know. I love their felt. Ocean Tides has got to be my favorite color, although I just placed an order and will be getting some different colors to try too!

Anyways, their latest challenge is to creatively show off buttons!
I'm so excited to finally be able to enter something in their contest,
and not just comment!

Thanks for the chance to win PTI, and a very Happy Anniversary to you!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Switching Gears

From very feminine to very masculine!!
How is that for a brain challenge.

This card is a flipped CASE of Misti's card!

Paper: PTI white, SU Basic black & Kiwi Kiss
Inks: SU Melon Mambo

Stamps: PTI Delightful Dahlia

Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder, brads,copics (to color the brads a different color!), ribbon from my stash

I've been needing several masculine birthday cards lately!
I've made this card twice. Masculine themes are not my favorite to create.

Paper; PTI Kraft, SU Garden Green, Night of Navy

Inks: VersaFine Vintage Sepia

Stamps: SU Inspired by Nature, Little Pieces

Accessories: Top Notes die, small circle punch, linen thread, Cuttlebug embossing background

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Project Life: Lonesome peas

I love Project Life by Becky Higgins

I couldn't resist this shot of my youngest daughter's plate tonight at supper! Neither of my girls are too fond of peas, but I LOVE them with an Italian meal. mom always served them with spaghetti. Tonight we had Chicken Parmesan Bundles and leftover spaghetti...and peas. DD2 was reaching for seconds of everything, just not more peas! "Look at all those green peas" I commented! It just struck my funny bone tonight, seeing that empty plate with the lonesome peas.

Nothing creative today. Still recovering from the weekend. My dad went into the ER Saturday night. Came home Sunday; the start of pneumonia and apparently he hasn't been eating/drinking very well the last week. Then we rolled into Monday which is my cooking day, although I did get one super quick masculine card done and in the mail almost all in one move LOL!! I've made another just like it, so I'll post it tomorrow.

So here are my Project Life pictures documenting all of that...