Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Be All That You Dream to Be

I got this stamp set, Happiness Always, at Tiffany's Hostess Appreciation Day {btw, thanks, Nicole....and Tiffany! ;)} and I couldn't wait to ink it up and use it! Used some retired DSP Windsor Knot (YES! I actually remember the name of the DSP for once!!). Layered some punches (another current favorite thing I've been lovin' to do!). TaDa!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


My very first layout about my "baby boy", Toby! Isn't he just the sweetest?! These pics of Mara and Toby were taken at Easter this year. Steve asked me if Toby gets his own scrapbook. At first I said "no". But, I think he does deserve his own scrapbook!! What do you think?!
This layout was done with the July BYOM kit! I got 4 12x12 layouts and 6 cards made from this kit! The Thinking of You card that was posted yesterday, I had actually made 6 of those! Wowza! And, technically, I have enough scraps to do at least another layout....which I just may! LOL!!

Anyway, TFL!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thinking of You card

Here's a card I did with my pattern paper scraps from the July Bring Your Own Memories kit! Ribbon is SU Riding Hood Red, the green brads are from my stash and I used the SU stamp set Take Three that's retired. I colored in the image with markers (my new favorite technique!). I used a sketch from somewhere....not sure where (I know, shame on me!!).


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Just in case she forgets....

...she's got it labeled!

Yes, folks, that's McKenna. And she labeled her bellybutton. "Why?" you ask? I have no idea. But it's just so random. And kooky. And struck me as absolutely hysterical! I have no idea how long that label had been on her belly. She had been playing with Steve's labelmaker earlier in the day. It wasn't until later that evening that we were all watching tv together and Steve asked McKenna if she had shown me her label. She walked over to me and just nonchalantly picks up her shirt to show me. Like it was meant to be there. I was rolling! She is such a nut!! Of course, I had to take some pictures. This is the kind of stuff that was meant to be scrapped. I love scrapping these things.

Everything used on this layout was done with the July BYOM kit and coordinating extras from the shopping....which features Scenic Route this month! Oh, the tiny red alphas are from a previous kit, though. Love me some tiny alphas. Go grab you one of these vibrant, fun kits! Next month is featuring 2 kits to choose from! WooHoo!! Fun stuff!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Cheep Talk "hello there"

Card I made with a Mojo Monday sketch (I think!) Sweet Always DSP (retired) Cheep Talk stamp set. A little bit of Stickles on the flower and voila! TFL!

Trendy Trees

Just a quick little card using the Trendy Trees stamp set and some more retired DSP. I'm so into trying out and experimenting all sorts of ways to layer punches lately! I LOVE PUNCHES!! I used the Big Shot for the scallop circle. Punches were scallop oval, a circle (can't remember the size) and the word window punch. Topped it off with some brads. Quick and easy!! TFL!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Good Friend

I've had this set for a long time and have never used the bird in it, so I thought it was about time I did something with him! Isn't he cute?! I saw this layout on SCS and just had to CASE it. I did change the colors and pattern paper completely from the original. I love how this turned out! I used some retired DSP from this past Sale-A-Bration (big surprise, I can't remember the name of it!! LOL!) I also used the phrase from the stamp set Cheep Talk. It fits perfects around the head of the bird!

Sorry its been 12 days since my last post (as Steve pointed out in the last comment section!). I've been super duper busy with me and Angie's Healthy Habits group that we've started up. It meets every Tuesday and there is a lot of prep work into each meeting, even though we aren't the ones presenting! And, 7 days creeps up on you FAST!!! We have a total of 70 super women signed up and coming to the meetings. This past Tuesday was our 2nd meeting (out of 12 weeks) and everyone lost weight!!! Isn't that amazing?!?!? We had so many women take us up on our first Weekly Challenge of cutting diet sodas out and drinking more water. Our new Weekly Challenge is to get in at least 3 days of excercise. I have one down from doing the workout offered after each meeting with a personal trainer we have come in, and WOWZA am I feeling it today! I don't think my thighs have ever ached this bad! LOL!!

The weekly meetings and I'm back at work now....3rd week back since my medical leave was up due to my back surgery. Every evening I come home and my back pretty much aches. Nothing I can't handle so far. It's just something I'm going to have to get used to, I think.

Steve and I and some friends are going on a bike ride on Saturday and I can't wait to get back out there on the bike! I did 20 miles a couple of weekends ago and it felt FANTASTIC!! The Strassenfest Bike Ride is coming up next weekend....21 miles. Bring it on!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I got an award!

This was awarded to me from one of my good friends and uber-talented jewelry designer and card maker, Nicole! Thanks, Nicole and I got goosebumps from the sweet things you said about little ol' me! {{{HUGS}}}

Saturday, July 11, 2009

And She Sticks the Landing!

Another layout made with the July BYOM kit!

Pics taken spring of 2008 of Mara jumping off a swing and sticking the landing!! Love the Bazzill edges in the kit!

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Amazing Toothless Wonder

The July BYOM kit is in da house! Scenic Route papers and arrows are awesome!

Pics of Micah last summer without teeth. She only recently got her bottom 2 teeth and STILL missing her top 2 teeth!! Poor thing!


Tuesday, July 07, 2009


Of course, when I pointed out to Tiffany that StampingBella had a QuicKutz Bella, she hopped right on and got it! But, she also placed an order for some Bella and Fella stamps and I decided to try one, so I decided on Billboardabella! I love her hair (wonder why?!) and she came with several different phrases to put in that little sign she's holding.

So, this is my first attempt with her. It's ok. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE her, just not the design of the card so much. I used retired DSP Sweet Slumber, retired brads and retired ribbon in Riding Hood Red. Colored her in with blender pens, and markers.


Monday, July 06, 2009

Kiss Me!

I was at the D'bug the other day getting some adhesive and needed to spend just a wee bit more to hit the $10 mark for a stamp on my stamp card. I love that they have these little $1.00 packs of stamps by Studio G! This cute little stamp set came with 4 acrylic stamps. I'm not a big St. Patrick's Day person, but I did get this stamp set with a couple of people in mind.....are you one of them? ;)

I used Basic Gray and Kiwi Kiss cs. I ran one piece of Kiwi Kiss thru my Big Shot on a texture plate. Retired ribbon. Scallop square punch. Blender pens and markers for the image. Mojo Monday sketch. I bet you all are getting tired of that same sketch I keep using, aren't ya?! I promise I'll move on to another sketch!


Sunday, July 05, 2009

A CTMH card....

I was invited to a Close To My Heart stamp party earlier in the week and this is *sorta* the card we made. I added a few things to it because it was just too plain for me. I added the double photo corner and brads and the matted, curly label Thank You and added some glitter to the stamped image.

Now, I'm not a scrapbooking snob, really. I go to lots of other places to get scrap and stamp stuff. But, I just didn't care for the weight of the cardstock and the pattern paper was really, really thin. But, a total bonus for CTMH stamps is that they are acrylic and so easy for placement! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my stamp-a-ma-jig for my SU stamps, but you just can't beat not having to get that thing out. I ended up buying a bird set *GASP*, BUT, it's not a real life looking bird. It's a cute bird. With different wings and tails and plumes. Can't wait to get it and play! Oh, and I also bought two things of Liquid know, the white stuff that turns all puffy?! Man, I wish SU sold that stuff!

So, anyway, here's the card. I'm not thrilled with it, but it's ok. TFL!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July!!!


I hope everyone has a safe and Happy 4th of July!!!

Friday, July 03, 2009

thanks so much

Was playing around with another Mojo Monday sketch when I decided to turn it the other way! TaDa! :)

Used retired Doesn't surprise you, does it? Stamp set is Pocket Silhouettes. Ink is Basic Gray and Kiwi Kiss. Ribbon is retired, but from the catalog before last, if I'm not mistaken. 3 punches used for the sentiment. (I'm totally into layering like 3-4 punches lately, can you tell?!?!) A couple of brads and Voila! Pretty easy peasy card!


Thursday, July 02, 2009

Want Blog Candy?!

Well, it's not from me, but my friend, Nicole! Check it out here! It's in celebration of her anniversary coming up on the 4th of July! A sterling silver bracelet and Swarovski crystals of your choice if you win!! WooHoo!!

Oh, and I checked out the store she mentions in her blog post and it's AWESOME! There's nothing they don't have and their prices are reasonable! Cool!

I LOVE Bellas!

Ok, talk about CUTE!!! I have no idea what the name of this Bella stamp is called because Tiffany got it in an image swap type thing and gave me one to play I did! :) I used a Mojo Monday sketch for the card, but it kinda didn't follow the sketch exactly, but I still like it! I loved coloring these little ladies in! Can you guess which one is me?! Man, I wish I was that skinny! LOL!!
I used some just retired DSP, Sweet Slumber, and the sentiment is from Upsy Daisy. I also used 4 punches, the mat pack, retired blingy brads, and the now retired Riding Hood Red ribbon.

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