Thursday, April 30, 2009

Couple of things....

Mary asked if I saw the twins. Yes, I did, Mary. They are adorable and so tiny!! I didn't post a pic because I didn't get permission of the parents. I'm funny like that, I 'd never post without someone telling me it was ok. I'm quite sure she won't mind me posting little Aiden's legs and feet though. Look how small he is compared to my hubby's hands.

One more thing....please think good thoughts for my house sale right now. I don't want to say anything. We don't have any offer but.....I could use some positive vibes!!! Thanks!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We all scream.....

Made this card for my hubby's birthday which is coming up in another 2 weeks. It's so hard to make a male card. I've already made him the guitar, mouse, owl, penguin, etc. Anyway, I found the cutest digi images and I got them for free by signing up for the newsletter, I think! Check out Jacilynn's blog and see if the free images are still available! They come with and without the sentiments. She has some adorable cards on her blog too!!

My husband loves going for ice cream at a local ice cream stand. They make the BEST and creamiest ice cream ever! You stand in line for quite a while during the summer time, and even if it's cool or rainy in the spring. It is well worth the wait.

Again, I used scraps for this. You can't see the shimmery cherry & ice cream but you get the idea. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Just ducky....

I made this for a work friend who will be having surgery next week. I wanted it ready to be mailed on her surgery day. I'll make a few more because she's going to be out for 6 weeks or more.

I had this image from a swap and I am trying my best to use scraps on all cards. I did use a double sided paper on this one. I believe this is Tangerine Tango but I'm not sure. I have a little ring of SU papers and that is the only color I haven't added so that's why I'm not sure. I had one sheet of this paper.

Anyway, the sentiment is Amuse and the flower is a Heidi Swapp glitter flower. Thanks for looking!

p.s. I didn't think this really qualified for Kerry's challenge of a zoo animal. Maybe it does. I didn't make it for that specifically though. I would have used a giraffe!

To answer a question.....

Linda asked if I did the previous card based on a sketch. Yes, I did. I go to weekly and get their card sketch and then try to make a card that mirrors it. Here is the sketch:

I hope that's what you meant, Linda! Thanks for your sweet comments!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

A sketch card....

I had a bunch of scraps in a bag so I purposely left them on my desk. I figured if I looked long enough at them, I'd use them. So I pulled together a quick card using Splitcoast Stampers sketch from last week, SC225.

I know this is old paper. It's SEI and I can't remember if it's Granny's Kitchen or the other one, but I love it!! These colors are very calming to me. My porch is painted in that blue/green color (what do you call it anyway?).

I pulled out old Amuse cake and sentiment stamps. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

thank you card...

I'm hoping to see the twins today! It's supposed to be gorgeous out so I'm looking forward to getting out of the house.

I made this thank you and didn't want to post it before the recipient received it. I got the image in a swap from a card group I used to belong to. Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Used: CTMH dp & cs. MS lace punch, SU very vanilla ribbon, Nesties, prismas & gamsol. I forget who makes that stamp.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Shout out to Sheet Load...

I know that sounds nasty, but you've got to check out the free ezine download. The sketch is really cute!!

Go to Sheet Load and click on the thumbnail.

Christening card....

I needed to make a christening card but didn't want to buy a cross. I checked with all my stamper friends and no one seemed to own one. I finally decided to buy one, went to the lss and they didn't even have one. Mike's had a tiny one that I didn't like. to SCS I go. I found this idea and decided to have a go at it. It works for me - simple, but done.

I CASE'd from SCS Here

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Chit chat and a question....

First off, I started out coloring an image in last night for a male birthday. My son came in and asked if it was cool for him to use the basement. I said yes, of course. Up I went with a clipboard, my image and my prismas & gamsol. That's as far as I got.

So....this morning I was seriously contemplating wearing sandals with my slacks. I put them on, got as far as the garage and then realized how horrible my feet looked. I never wear sandals without my toes polished. I ended up putting on some clogs instead.

Do you know that students and others here have been wearing them for at least two weeks or more. Shorts too!! I mean, don't you think it's rushing the spring to be wearing those things in 50 & 60 degree weather?!! I do. When my son's friend walked in my house in short shorts the other night and it was not even 50, my eyes popped out of my head!

On to my ride in...I was listening to a dj talk to a guy who called in about his wife taking their FOUR year old daughter to the day spa with her. Ummm...unless you're someone like Britney Spears, I think it's completely ridiculous. I understand giving them a little manicure but this was a facial, mani, pedi, etc. - exactly the same services as her mommy was getting!

Off my rant....Do you consider yourself high or low maintenance? I am definitely low. I've only had one facial in my life - when someone gave me a gift card for a bday. I've had a handful of manis and pedis - again, gift cards or getting ready for a trip.

If I had a lot of money, I would love to get a weekly mani and monthly pedi, but I see it as a waste of money I do not have. I paint my own toes and nails unless it's a special occasion like vacation or wedding. Then I love to get a french manicure on my natural nails and I can't do that myself.

Sorry for being so long winded this a.m.!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Check out this fantabulous candy....

Wow, it's amazing what Debbie has for candy to celebrate her blogoversary!! There are Nesties, Copics, adorable stamps, etc. She is a very talented stamper too. Check out some of her projects while you're there!

Monday, April 20, 2009

A scrappy card....

I used scraps to make this card. I love this paper! The stamp is Inkadinkado colored in with prismas & gamsol. I found the sketch on SCS or a blog. I'll have to look to give proper credit.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

An altered picture frame...

Made this to go along with a check for my cousin's little guy, Tyler. He is a precious little man with huge blue eyes and beefy legs and feet. He's being christened next weekend.

I took a cheap Mike's frame, some scraps (thanks Bets!!!) and a few chipboard pieces and buttons and made this.

p.s. I really should have given this credit the first time. Sorry! I found the tutorial at The Pink Elephant. They have great tutorials!! Check it out!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Twins card....

Here's the card I made for my niece. The colors are a little off in the picture and so is my bow. I used SU soft sky and Bazzill colors similar to Bashful Blue and Pretty in Pink and the markers in those colors. The ribbon is Amuse. I think the sentiment is too. I Shimmerzed the bodies in butter cream. I saw the "squared" part of it on Splitcoast and thought it was cute. I also made a thank you but I can't post because I'm afraid the recipient might see it. ;-)

Twin update.....

I need to get going on a card for the twins who were born on Fri. My hubby forwarded the pix that they forwarded to him. I assumed the bigger one was the boy but I was wrong! The girl was born first and then the boy. Addison was 4 lbs. 15 oz. and Aiden was 3 lbs. 11 oz. Can't wait to meet them. I'm wondering when they let them go home. It used to be they would wait until they were 5 lbs. but that was quite a while ago.

Off to make a card!!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Exciting news coming up....

My niece is in labor at the moment. Hopefully I'll be a great aunt twice soon. She is having twins - a boy and a girl. This is her first birth. I'm hoping it oges fast and as painfree as possible. I cannot wait to see the little nuggets!!

Have a good weekend!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Speak of the devil....I was driving in this morning and guess who appeared before my eyes?!! Yep, PJ Man! I was extremely disappointed in the ensemble though. He had gray sweats with the white stripe down the side and a normal man's green jacket. His hair was going every which way so I think he rolled out of bed just in time to catch the bus.

For those of you who don't know PJ Man, just ignore my comments. I just had to update for Pia's sake!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A congrats...

I planned on working on some scrapbook pages tonight but I didn't have the energy. I had to do a quick cleaning throughout the house because we have a showing tomorrow.

I needed to make an engagement congrats for our friend's son. I had a hard time making it really girly because it's the guy I know, not the woman. Anyway, this is what I came up with. This is an ancient stamp but it caught my eye while looking through a bunch while trying to figure out what to use.

You can't see the butter cream Shimmerz that I painted on the watches or the platinum around the rims. I also painted Royal Red Shimmerz on the heart. I used SU dps in real red, Kraft & real red. The black was a scrap from a stash I recently received (see, Betsy?). The mini pearls are Kaiser, I believe. The sentiment is CTMH. Thanks for looking!

This isn't a great shot either but you can see that it really does shimmer!

p.s. I have not seen PJ Man in AGES!!

Scrapped again....

I left work early for a dentist appt. My crown wasn't fitting right so it's going back to the lab. Oh well....

I forced myself into scrapping a two page lo in the gift album and I used paper from my huge stash of scraps (thanks, Betsy!!!). I was going to do another but my son asked if they could play music in the basement. I thought they were coming right back to do that so I hopped on Facebook and played a bunch of games. I have to stop this horrible habit!!!!!!! I'm addicted to Bejeweled and my hubby is addicted to Scramble. He starts several games a day with me so I have to do those so he can finish them up and whoop my butt. It's depressing, I tell ya!! LOL

p.s. Linda, I do make meatballs from scratch and I have an easy recipe if you'd like it. They are delish!!!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Whew! It's been so busy lately, I can hardly stand it.

I had fun last night sorting out a humungous box of papers a sweet person sent me (wink, wink, Betsy!!) I guess I'm just an organizer. I enjoyed putting the cs by color in my scrap bin and sorting out the pps. I'm going to have fun making cards from this stash! You know how you get tired of your own papers? Well, now I can play with someone else's stash.

I'm heading out early today to get my permanent crown so I hope that doesn't feel too uncomfortable. I'd love to get some crafting in later.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter & a card....

Hope everyone had a nice Easter. I did! I'm stuffed but I ate a little extra since I'm starting my diet tomorrow. I made meatballs this weekend to get rid of the cravings and I had all kinds of carbs today. YUM! The fun is over though. I've packed on the pounds and I need to lose.

We went to my aunt's house for dinner. It was so much fun spending time with aunts, uncles and cousins. I have two new second cousins who are precious. Tyler is 9 months with big blue eyes and Norah is just 2 months and is so sweet.

I just finished making this for my friend who is turning the big (gasp) 5-0. I still need to finish the scrapbook I'm making for her. I will be busy with that this week!

I used SU Birthday Whimsy, Ancient Page primrose ink, glittery pens, Mike's ribbon, cuttlebug HB, nesties. I sponged the ink on the cb piece. You can't really see the pink rhinestones in the upper right corner or the silvery lines through the cake but you get the idea. Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 10, 2009

It's all about the shoes....

I'm not sure if I've posted about my son's shoes or not. He started working at a shoe store 4 or 5 months ago. Since then he has purchased at least 9 pairs!!

So this morning, I headed out to the garage to get another cream in the fridge out there and I saw the shoes all piled up nice and neat. There are two hanging on the rack above this pile that you can't see. I think he has a couple in his room too. I just about busted out laughing. He must have arranged them late last night when he came in. You can see the old boat shoes going the wrong way underneath the neat pile. The sandals are old too but he uses them to go outside quickly.

There was one other day that I came home from work and saw this incredible display in his room. The boxes were all arranged with shoes on top, almost like what you'd see in a store. I laughed and laughed but then I had to tell him to dismantle it because we were having a showing. He wasn't too pleased. I told him he could have whatever display he wants in his room, just as soon as we get another house. I thought girls were the fashionistas....

Thursday, April 09, 2009

A quick two pager finished....

I got to my craft room a little early last night because it was my night off from cooking (always on Wed.). So I went down to the dungeon (basement) and finally put together a two page lo for my gift album. I was about 3/4 of the way through when my son came down to ask if he and his friends could hang out in the basement. We're always happy to have him home instead of out who knows where so we said yes. My dh moved upstairs to the t.v. and I quickly adhered my pages and then went upstairs to dig through high school pix to see if I could add any to the album.

So I'm digging through pix and chuckling and getting depressed at the same time. I was SO skinny!!! I looked like a twig. Now I'm a house!!

Anyway, my son's friends left except for my adopted son ;-) who is always with him. They started looking at the pictures and laughing at how young we were. My hubby had a fuzzy long hairdo and they thought it was cool. So it turned out to be a lot of laughs even if I didn't get a whole lot accomplished.

Now if I could figure out how to scan these pix....

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Check it out...

This guy has some amazing artwork on his website. He has a few free digi stamps so go and get 'em while you can!! I just love the bunny ones and today he has a toothy-grinned monkey.

I think I got the link from Paula's Ponderings originally. She has some amazing cards on her blog!!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

A little sparkle...

Sorry my blog has been so dull lately. I've made a few quick cards for some little guys and that's about all I have had time for.

I've been making a gift album for a 50th birthday that is rapidly approaching. I won't bore you with all of them but I thought I'd share the first page. I added those Stampendous hologram (?) sticker dots to the 50 to make it sparkle and also to the scalloped bottom. I used a free stamp I got from Inkadinkado and added dots to that as well (on the bottom left).

I just finished two more pages that I'm pretty happy with. I probably have about 6-8 more to go. I also want to search my photos for high school pix of us, just for laughs.

I know this doesn't make it any better color-wise but it's better than text only. I can't even begin to tell you how nice it is to scrap for a non-scrapper! There's no pressure to get it perfectly balanced and all that.

Sunday, April 05, 2009


Sun. was my oldest son's 23rd birthday. I stayed inside and finished up a few cards and scrapped two pages in the gift album I'm working on. Then I started the dinner stuff.

The boys get to choose what they want on their birthday for dinner. We used to give the option of going out to eat but they hardly ever took us up on it. Now that's not an option. We'd have to pay for six of us and it's just too much. They don't ask anyway. They always prefer to have one of my homemade meals. Usually it's homemade mac & cheese or chicken lasagna or chicken, broccoli, Ziti. That's what it was today (chick, brocc, ziti). My mom usually makes it but I did the honors today and it came out great. Then we topped the meal off with a Carvel. My boys do not like regular cake very much so we always opt for the ice cream cake.

Anyhoo, not looking forward to work tomorrow. When is the next holiday again?!! Oh yeah, it's Patriot's Day and that's coming up pretty soon (4/20, I think). I live for my holidays! Hope you had a nice weekend.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

I've been tagged...

I was tagged by Gaynol over at Self Rising Flour You should check out her blog. She has some amazing recipes and photos of delicious foods!!

Gaynol, I cannot tell a lie. I am posting my 7th photo in my 7th folder. I wanted to post the 8th. You would have loved it. It was from the same trip to Booth Bay Harbor, ME, but it was a plate of fried clams!! I'll post anyway.

So, here's what you're supposed to do. Go to your pix folder. Go to the 7th folder and post the 7th photo. Then you're supposed to tag 7 people.

I tag:

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane
Linda at These Are the Days
Terri at Theresa's Life
Betsy in AR at Delight in Simple Things
Dawn from Thoughts Along the Broken Road

If I come up with more, I'll edit. Don't feel pressure, Ladies!! I completely understand if you can't play.

Friday, April 03, 2009

No time and bad deals....

I have not had any stamping time this week!! I'm starting to have withdrawals. I ended up online before my shows last night so I never got the chance to get to my room.

I started selling some things online with our possible move in the future, and to see if I can recoup some money I've spent on stuff I'm not using.

Well...I'm not good at it YET! I went online and calculated postage but I guess the priority box looked a lot bigger than it really was in person. I stopped at the p.o. to get that 4.95 box and saw how tiny it was. The friendly postal clerk said he had another box for 4.95 and it was bigger. Great! So...I pack two punches in the box and he sticks the postage on and then says, "Wow, I didn't realize they weighed that much." It came to $7.10!! I would have sent them regular mail, not priority, had I known. I only collected $4.95. Oh well, too late. I will learn one of these days. I don't think I'm making anything, just recouping a fraction of what I paid!

I'm really hoping to get some crafting in this weekend. I have a gift album to get moving on and several cards that need to be made.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Happy April Fool's....

Well, it's that time of year again. Did anyone get you yet? Not me.

I didn't get much done last night but I did manage to finish the first/title page in a gift album I'll be giving for a 50th. I have a hard time scrapping anyway and when I don't have the photos yet, it's even harder!

I was proud of myself though...I used the free Inkadinkado stamp I got recently on the page!'s all folks!!!