Saturday, October 23

Christmas Card #6

Stamp sets: Dasher, All Holidays, Best Yet (retired)

Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Scallop Trimp Border Punch, Med Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Petals A Plenty embossing folder, Frost Shimmer Paint, Sakura Gel Pen (non SU)

I really like this card! I really wanted to use Dasher on a card and had tried making a tent card with Bashful Blue & Night of Navy. The card never worked out. Everything I tried didn't look right and the hubster got tired of me asking, 'Well, what about if I did this instead of that?'

This is a Inspired by Ink original! Totally thought up by me and having so many Cherry Cobbler pieces left over that I wanted to use. No casing or copying! woohoo & yay me. Sorry I need to toot my horn once in a while.

Our shimmer paint is AWESOME! You just need to pour a bit into a small spray bottle (a little goes along way- just like adhesive!), shake it up and spray sparingly onto cardstock. Lay it down to dry and then look at the awesome shine! Ohh so lovely. I even sprayed it on the inside of some of my Christmas cards. Gives it an added bling. The more bling the better I say.

Here's the inside. Plus there's a poinsetta on the envelope too. I really enjoy decorating the inside AND the envelope of my cards.


Friday, October 22

Fall Break for ONE

child, but not the other. It's a little confusing, but since Gman goes Monday thru Wednesday, it isn't too bad. I'm just really confused when I go into town & stop at his school & wonder why they are working when it's Fall Break... durh it's not fall break for Townies until NEXT week!

See how slow I seem to be getting? Or would it be considered forgetful? Sad but true! Either way, it's frustrating. Anyways, Lgirl has Fall Break yesterday & today and we have a friend over for today to spend with her.

Hope you are enjoying your Thursday & Friday before the weekend!

Christmas Card Club #5

Well, I have figured out a work around for the uploading problem. Though it's not long term, it will do until this gets fixed... if it ever does! I have to open my blogger in internet explorer and upload it that way!

Stamp sets: Greeting Card Kids, (I forgot what Warm Wishes is from)
Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Garden Green, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, Bashful Blue, Black Stazon
Accesories: Modern Label Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, Bigz Die Circle #2, sponge dauber, Elegant Lines embossing folder
Here's one of the cards we made this month for Christmas Card Club. So cute. I borrowed a friend's stamp set, Greeting Card Kids, and made this lovely card. See the lovely glitter on her coat? Love that glitter. Makes for a messy evening, but it gives the card so much sparkle!
Here's what the inside looks like. These are all boxed up for my craft shows that start next week! The envelope flap has been embossed with the same pattern as the Garden Green.


Thursday, October 14

Halloween Part Deux

Soo happy to see my uploading photos is working again! I'm jumping on the bandwagon & doing multiple uploads! Lucky you!

Here are the other two goodies we made Monday night.

The one on the left is a candy corn matchbook. The images are stamped in black stazon & left for kids to color them before giving them out to their classmates. As you can see, my kiddos went the rainbow route. Not necessarily Halloweenish, but whatever floats their boat!

The one on the right is a covered Caramel Apple Lollipop. These lollipops are really hard to find and delish. My husbands favorite! It's a tart, green appley lollipop that is encased in caramel. So it's really caramely at first and then you get zinged with the tarty sweetness of the lollipop once the caramel is gone!

Stamp set: Wicked Cool, Grateful Greetings, Retired images (I forgot the name!)
Paper: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Black Stazon, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Scallop Oval Punch, Spider Web Embossing Folder
, 1/4" Grosgrain More Mustard Ribbon, Crop-odile, stapler


Wednesday, October 13

Halloween Goodies

October seems to have flown by! Last weekend was Riley Days here in Greenfield & it was super busy here. I volunteer with our local Humane Society so I was able to do that on Saturday.

The weather was phenomenal and an unheard of 84 degrees! I have many memories of working Riley Days in flannel lined blue jeans, a turtleneck, tshirt, sweatshirt AND coat with gloves AND ear muffs on. So this weekend was a tad bit on the hot side, but who's complaining? I'm NOT!!

Here are some Halloween Goodies we're making at my Trick or Treat Class Monday night.

All ingredients are Stampin' Up! The one on the left holds 2 life savers that looks like eyes. I need to take a picture so you can see the inside! The one on the right is an antibacterial gel holder. Really cool too! I will try to get a picture of it by Friday.

Stamp set: Wicked Cool.
Paper: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Retired DSP
Ink: Black Stazon, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive.
Accessories: Scallop Oval Punch, Spider Web Embossing Folder


So Busy...

I am amazed at how busy this week is! Last night we had to get to 3 haircut appointments in two hours, get dinner and get over to Literacy Night at my children's school.

It was 'Dress as Your Favorite Hero' night & the Lgirl went as Wordgirl and Gman went as Batman. So cute! It was nice to educate some people on just who Wordgirl is. I love her. Check her out here:

She's awesome, "Word UP!"

Today is the start of Grandparents week and I get to work in the kitchen dishing out food. I'm so excited and looking forward to working with the kitchen gals. A meeting in the evening.

Then Thursday a.m. I've got a card class, as well as Friday evening. Oh and don't forget Christmas Card Club Saturday evening.

Can you say too busy?! I will more than likely give up the meeting tonight. I want a night at home with the kiddos. Not to mention getting stuff done around here.

On a good note, I am making a concerted effort to be in bed by 10:30pm every evening. I did really good 2 weeks ago but not not too good last week. The only bad part of this whole 'plan' of mine is that craft show season is coming up and I have to kick it up a notch so to speak!

Hope you have a GREAT day and hug someone you love... or even like mildly.


Monday, October 11

Uploading Issues

Just wanted to let you guys know that I'm having loading problems again. I can't seem to upload any of the Halloween Trick or Treat class pictures that I wanted. I am so very sorry. I would fix this asap if I knew how!

It's so darn frustrating! So please stay tuned while I try to figure out what the dealio is.


Tuesday, September 28

Teacher Cards

Here are the other 4 cards that were in Mrs. Trainor's Birthday Gift. LOVE the embossing folders. Just so stinking pretty, not to mention quick & easy!

I can't believe it's been a week already. Sorry about that! Had Lgirl's field trip yesterday & one last week for Gman. I think I'm apple orcharded out! If there is such a thing lol.

All products are current Stampin' Up! products. Email me with any questions!

Tuesday, September 21

What Was Inside....

the Mrs. Trainor's gift you ask? Well, there were two pockets, one on either side. In one was this cute little memo pad for her to write messages:

On the other side, I crammed 6 cards with envelopes! It's only supposed to hold 4, but I wanted her to have a few more.

I really love the Vintage Embossing folder Stampin' Up! came out with. It is very elegant. She said she liked monogrammed things so I made 6 cards all with the 'T' from Lovely Letters monogrammed on them. I also used the NEW paper stacks that come in each color collection.

All supplies are current Stampin' Up products!

I'll show you the rest of the cards in a later post!


Friday, September 17

Teacher's Gift

This weekend is going to be exceptionally busy for me. Yes, moreso than normal lol. I've got a consignment sale that I am volunteering at tonight for setup so I have been working on that all week.

Tomorrow Lgirl & I go to Beef & Boards (it's Little Mermaid), I'm excited about that! Then we come home & she's got a Bday party in the evening. Meanwhile, the hubster will be heading to New Point for Crackaway Daze to drive a tractor in it & have Gman along throwing candy. Then he's got to go pick up my goods that didn't sell in Columbus at the Columbus Kids Resale.

I will be clearing out my kitchen as I have 15 gals coming over on Sunday in the afternoon to make 250 wedding invitations AND 350 wedding favors. Wow, can you say tiring?! lol Should be a lot of fun though!

Below is what I made Lgirl's teacher for her birthday. Each year, I have the teacher's fill out a small questionnaire listing what their favorite drink is. Also favorite snack, any collectibles, favorite colors and such. Then I can custom make something for their gifts at birthdays & holidays. Mrs. Trainor's favorite colors are black & pink so I used Basic Black and Melon Mambo. I will show you what it held inside and the link to where I got the directions NEXT week!

Have a GREAT weekend!


Monday, September 13

Busy busy!

ETA: I was able to fix the problem! woo hoo! So here's the 2nd card we'll be making for my Christmas Card Club. The reindeer & Santa are embossed. I dont' think you can see the shine to it. I really do love that stamp. It's one of my favorites!

Sorry for missing a Friday post, went over to help a friend make Barnyard Animal Cupcakes & did not expect to be there all day! But boy was it fun! I love decorating cupcakes. We made horses, pigs, cows, chickens & she made baby chicks out of brownie balls.

Did I get any pictures? No I forgot, but I hope she remember to take some before all the well wishers at Cody's birthday party gobbled them up!

Well, it seems my link to add a photo to this post is on the fritz. I honestly don't understand it at all and am extremely frustrated! So please hang in there & I'll see if I can't fix the durn thing!

Check out my girlfriend, Dana's blog - Kismet, Art & Life. She's got more talent in her pinky finger than I do in my whole body & she's on more design teams than I can shake a stick at! *Ü*
I am in awe of her daily!

Have a good week.

Monday, September 6

The Chickens Have Arrived!

Now I'm only talking about a couple of them. Six to be exact. A friend in town got 2 chickens at Easter and now wanted to find them a 'forever' home. Well, welcome Fefe & Marley! So sweet to have domesticated chickens. I just wish they weren't so darn small!

The other 4 come from a friends farm and have not been domesticated at all. I adopted 2 Barred Rocks & 2 Australorps. They are twice as big as Fefe & totally scared of people. Not to mention they pick on the smaller girls. Granted I KNOW about the pecking order thing, but I think since Fefe is the only one laying eggs right now (a small blue one, so cute!) that SHE should be alpha female. Guess it's hard to explain to the big ones.

The hardest part is that the chickens have to be locked up in the coop for about 7 days. That way once they are let out, they will always know where their home is. We'll see how this works for the girls though. I'm thinking I will have to trim the wings of the smaller ones as they've already tried getting out of town (i.e. the coop) twice! Too smart that Marley is.

Enjoy the pictures of the coop. I will have pictures of the girls on another day!

I have been wanting chickens for a while. Yes, chickens. We had them growing up and I have fond memories of them, well except for one incident with a rooster, but that's for a whole other post! So after trying 2 times previously, my hubby has finally finished my chicken coop. Third time's the charm! He saw a coop made with a truck cap in one of the many chicken books I checked out at the library. So he went with that one and here's what it looks like:

See right next to/above the white block of pine shavings? There's a handle with a latch. You undo that one and the one on the opposite side of the coop and just take something & shove it through. That will push all the pine shavings w/chicken poop (under the roosts) out. Pretty easy peasy! He also made it mobile, but the wheels aren't doing too well with the weight of it. They've turned wonky lol.

This is the backside. Undo the latches, pull it open & collect the eggs out of the nesting boxes. Pretty darn easy! LOVE this feature. My next coop (or version 4 if you will) would have nesting boxes protruding out the backside with a little hinged eve (covered w/roofing stuff) that you would just lift open & collect the eggs. Hee hee

This is the front of the coop. The horizontal white thing is where the hatch is. Pull the bolt out & open the hatch. Out comes the girls! The cap is open we made a sturdier cover to go over the opening. It's made out of fencing.

Here's the hatch open. There are peach skins on the plate next to it. I put it in through the hatch so the girls can eat it. Yummm!

Here's one inside picture of the nesting boxes. They are under the roosting area. You can see my Barred Rocks. The Australorp's are too scared right now to come out of one of the nesting boxes. Poor girls.

Here are the roosts. Plenty of light so maybe I'll get eggs year around? I can wish can't I?


Wednesday, September 1

Gotta LOVE Routine!

Yes, I have to say I enjoy being a creature of habit as far as schooling goes. Summer is fun and all, but so darn tiring! Dealing with your kids and then other kids everywhere you go. Mine do great most of the time, but there are those days when they were in 'time out' in their rooms at 9am... seriously at 9am?? Those are the days I didn't like at all!

What have we been up to? Well, my chicken coop is almost finished and I will be able to post pictures of that soon. I keep forgetting to take the pictures lol.

I have 2 new downlines! Woo hoo. Melissa rejoined and a new-to-me previous demonstrator, Shannon, joined up too! I'm so excited.

Here's the first Christmas Card of the season. Hope you like it! I will be posting other ones soon. None of the Christmas Card gals could make the date last month so we decided to do take a Saturday afternoon & do 2 months worth! Should be a lot of fun!

Wednesday, June 16

Babies, Babies Everywhere!!

Seems like there's another round of babies being birthed! My cousin in California, Marcelo, called me last fall (I SWEAR it feels like a week ago!!) to say that he and his wife are expecting TWINS!!! I honestly had to laugh and laugh. Poor guy, doesn't know what's going to hit him!

I got an update last week and she's at 32 weeks and both babies are doing GREAT and weighing in at 5 lbs each. Can I feel any more sorry for her? I don't think so! One of my pet sitting clients also has a daughter that is expecting TWINS! Wow, what is in the water?! I'm excited for both couples and I sure wish I lived closer to my cousin so I could help out.

Here are some things I made for a baby shower. One main Diaper Cake and 2 smaller ones that were table decorations.

I love making these things and I'm getting pretty quick too. Which makes it REALLY nice!

Here are a couple of gifts I donated as door prizes. SO sorry for the picture being sideways, but it's not like that in the folder I imported it from. I don't know how to get it turned. So if you injure your neck, I am apologize in advance. The first time is a checkbook cover, the second is a pad of paper and the third is a post it note holder. So stinking cute!


Sunday, June 6

Stamp set: Inspired by Nature, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Flowers a Plenty Embossing Folder, Top Note Die, 5/8" Satin Pretty in Pink Ribbon, Slot Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch

Here's a card I gave my MIL for Mother's Day. It is so pretty in person. I love it. Haven't used the top note die in a while. We will definitely be making a form of this card in June's my 8 for $10 class!

I will be posting the Last Chance List tomorrow! I'm only losing 16 stamp sets & I'm excited about that! I will have them for sale!

Wednesday, June 2

Can You Believe It?

My Baby Girl is SEVEN today!! Wow, how time flies. Unfortunately, after all the fun at Grandma's on Sunday she started complaining (well crying and whining if you want the TRUTH, the whole truth & nothin' but the truth!) on the way home that her ear hurt. She proceeded to wake up at 12:45am, 3:30am, 5:30am and then getting up at 6:30am. All the while crying about her ear. I gave her tylenol, but didn't know what to do for it otherwise.

Needless to say, we headed to the doctor yesterday a.m. & she has TWO ear infections in ONE ear! That's a first for us. She's got a middle and outer ear infection. The outer one is also known as swimmers ear. They are two separate infections sitting next to each other. And apparently the swimmers ear can be VERY painful! My poor baby girl!

She's on the mend though and is looking forward to today! We'll be picking up a friend to spend the day with us & stay the night. Can't wait. It should be a lot of fun and involve a LOT of bouncing. I hope to have pictures for you. hee hee.

Okay, we've got a full day ahead and I still need to get my flower replacements replaced before we leave. Have a GREAT day and

Happy Birthday to my Lgirl! Sunshine of my Heart!

Such a pleaser and I'm so blessed to have her in my life!

Tuesday, June 1

Where did May go?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller, Bueller? lol. I honestly don't know where it went! I guess I was consumed with end of school days, Scrap Club and PMS night. Oh and we cannot forget Memorial Day. Then BAM it's June!

We spent Memorial Day at Grandma's & Papaw's. It was a lot of fun. The kiddos got to go hiking through the creek with Grandma, drive tractors AND watch Papaw & daddy cut down some trees. Me? Well, I marinated the steaks and made up one of the desserts. I really enjoy cooking AND watching me some cable TV! Had to watch a bit of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and then figured out I had seen the episodes & switched to Cake Boss. Love that show. Those cakes are unbelievable!

Check out these fox boxes I made. Are they not THE cutest? Kimberly Morris (she's AWESOME!!) gave me the directions for the original one and then my upline, Tracy, and I souped it up a bit. We stamped with the Sanded Background Stamp and roughed up the edges w/the edger. I thought up the girl all by myself. Isn't she a cutie-patootie? Look at the way that boy is staring, he should be ashamed! :)


Wednesday, May 19

Teachers Gifts Part 1

Gman is finished with Preschool! Woo hoo. Or maybe not so much lol. He never did get a 'S' in 'Leaving the car without any drama' (made up in my own words, but you get what I mean).

I'm hoping we can remedy that NEXT year. Even on the last two days of preschool, I had to 'talk' him into going. I hope this isn't a precursor of things to come in the future. A mother can DREAM can't she???

Here's what I made for his teachers. They are post it note holders. Quite cute if you don't mind me saying lol.

Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper, Whisper White.
Ink:Rich Razzleberry.
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Silver Brads, Trio Flower Punch, Spring Flower Punch, 5/8" Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.

If these look a bit odd it's because I hit the 'Auto Adjust' button in Corel Paint and this is what it did. It's better now than what it was, but still just a bit off shall we say?!

Paper: Old Olive, Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper, Whisper White.
Ink:Rich Razzleberry.
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Silver Brads, Trio Flower Punch, Spring Flower Punch, 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon.


Monday, May 17

A New Look...

And how do you like it? I hope everyone likes it... if not then oh well lol. It looks so much more professional lol. I made a siggy too, but I think that needs a bit of work. I should find a FREE font that I like. I don't like the lowercase 'b's' in my name in cursive so I may go on the hunt soon.

Or I will probably forget about it lol.

Paper: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Pea Designer Series Pack.
Ink: Chocolate Chip,
Stamps: Freebie from Sale-a-Bration
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, 5/8" Satin Chocolate Chip Ribbon.

Here's one of the 8 for $10 cards we made last month. I think it's cute and the girls loved it. It showcased the Designer Series Paper Stack that was offered in the Occasion Mini really well. LOVE that paper! I hope something similar will be offered in the NEW Stampin' Up! Catalog in July!


Thursday, May 6

Busy Week

this week. It's Staff Appreciation Week at my daughter's school and I was in charge of the Luncheon yesterday. This year I sent a flyer out asking for donations for the ingredients needed to make a Mexican Lasagna for 60 people. I got all the ingredients donated (woo hoo!) and boy was it delicious!

I also made a blackberry cobbler and a blackberry pie for the luncheon. I really enjoy being in charge of this. I also go there an serve all the staff that come to eat. I get their drink and dessert orders & I clean up after them if they will let me. One way I can show them how much I appreciate what they do!

On another note, here's a card that is VERY popular with my customers. They made it a year or so back and requested it again. SOOOO cute! Hope you like it. We made it at my Stamp-a-Stack last month.
Here's both of them together. The stamp set is retired, but the stamps used to make the background pattern are still available in the current catalog. Trendy Trees was used on the blue card and WOW Flower was used on the pink card.

This one was made for girl birthdays this summer.

And this one was made for boy birthdays this summer.