Sunday, June 26, 2011

Great Weekend!!!!

Hello all. Hope you gals had a wonderful weekend. Mine was just fabulous! It was my birthday and the weekend was wonderful. Prelude to my birthday on Saturday, my hubby had arranged for about 6 friends to come over and hang out with me while he went shopping on Friday. Had a couple bottles of wine, laughed, talked about our grandchildren and our children, past marriages and just girly stuff. I was asked how my sweet daughter Vanessa met her precious husband Adam and I told them the story and how at the reception, he got the zipper stucked in her dress while trying to help get her out of the hot dress (it was 108 degrees that September day 13 years ago) and I had to go in and help him get it unstucked so they could get dressed and join the party. I'm not sure who laughed more, me or the gals, but it was a fun time to reminisce. I think our little get together lasted until 1:00 A.M.! Saturday, my daughter came to spend the day and night with me which was perfect! We had breakfast, went and shopped and then came back and proceeded to spend the rest of the day and evening in my craftroom making cards, sharing thoughts and had a fabulous dinner that hubby barbequed for us. Sunday was our granddaughter Autumn's first birthday. We went over there to celebrate hers and my DIL had made me a cake with Tinkerbell on it in chocolate..yummy, only had a small sliver but it was the thoughtfulness that counted. Left there around 5 and here I sit sharing all that took place with my fellow bloggers. Hope your weekend will continue to be great!!!! Birthdays are a sign of gaining another year of wisdom and knowledge and you are truly only as old as you feel....I feel like I am 35 again! Yippee!!!!!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Weekend Is Almost Here!

Just thought I would check in and say I am still here. No pictures of a card today. This weekend is my birthday and I am so excited as my daughter Vanessa will be spending Friday through Sunday with me. We haven't had a mom/daughter one on one time in quite sometime and both of us are planning to go do some shopping, lunch and then come back and hang out in my craftroom, have a glass of wine or two and be crafty. I think last time we did this was last year and it was only for a day as Reece her youngest one was not use to being away from mom for long periods of time. Knowing her, she will want to go through all the stuff I have and see what can be made. I think in all honesty I could open up my own craft store and I am sure there are many of you out there who can say the same thing. LOL!!! My DH has made a nice surprise for me and refinished a desk for my craftroom that he located that someone was throwing away. Just needed to be sanded down, new knobs and painted it black and white. I will have to upload a pictures so you all can see. He also found a kitchen island that had been used as a drafting desk and took it completely apart, sanded it and painted it black and white to go with the desk, and my room is finally starting to come together and looking sharp! You know what they say 'One Man's Trash is another Man's Treasure". I am very fortunate to have a hubby who can fix anything and build anything. He has saved us major $$$$ throughout these last 19 years! Anyway, hope you all have a great weekend that is forthcoming and I will have cards to post on Monday and pics of the desk and island.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Happy Birthday!!!

Good morning all! It's good to be able to be in my scraproom today. The weekend has been busy and I think I finally can work in here without feeling guilty about making sure something else isn't getting done in the house. I just love this image. It was RAK'd to me along time ago and like I have stated before these images are finally being put to use for the OWH. I feel so good inside knowing that making these cards for the military men and women is bringing a smile and joy to their families here back in the states. It seems birthday's are always needed to send home as someone has a birthday everyday somewhere here in the states. Anyway thanks for looking. The image is by Whipper Snapper; Stampin Up products...cardstock, markers, crystal effects; stickles, pop-up dots for sentiments.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Thinking of You and Just A Note

I believe this is another Whipper Snapper image as again it was RAK'd to me. Isn't he cute? I wish I had more of him as I would have done some different coloring variations of him instead of the solid color, but these will work as I am sure one of the OWH family members will enjoy getting it. I think these are more on the "Masculine" side and would be perfect for little boys. Anyway just wanted to share another card set that goes into the box to Sandy for OWH.

My Sunshine

I just love this image by Whiff of Joy, but again I only have a few as they were RAK'd to me again. This is another card for OWH. I forgot I had her and thought it was an appropriate one to send especially with her blowing hearts (kisses) out of her hand. I just purchased that Spellbinder die (hearts) and I have found that it is hard to remove the paper once it has been cut, especially if the paper is thinner than cardstock weight. I have learned to slowly do a section at a time so as not to tear it. I used the sentiment from the Justrite Stamps. Thank you for stopping by and seeing what I am creating.

Happy Birthday

I just love this image. I believe it is by Whipper Snapper or Penny Black? I'm not sure as a friend sent them to me as a Random Act of Kindness. This is another card that is being sent with the OWH cards I have been making for the troops. I have had fun rediscovering the images I have had on hand these couple of years. I should have used them long before this, but you can only make so many cards and then they are just stashed. But now I'm happy to make them as they are being used for a worthy cause. I spent the whole weekend working in my craft room. My DH has found a desk and has been striping it and getting it ready to paint for my craft room. I'm so excited as my room is finally starting to come together and will add extra storage due to the eight drawers. Anyway, just wanted to share that tidbit. Hope there are more of you paper crafters gearing up for the 2 million challenge from OWH which you can click onto the left side of my post.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


I have been feverishly working on more cards for OWH and think I am about ready to get them packed up an sent out to the distribution center. I have made myself go out of the comfort zone and tried to not over embellish them so I could get many more made at one time, but it must be the OCD in me that makes me think it needs just one more thing. In essence the boyish cards are easier as you can't really add ribbons, glitter and bling to them. But I think they have turned out okay especially since they are designed for kids and they really aren't going to care as they will be excited to receive a card from either Mommy or Daddy who is away overseas. These were digital stamps that were free on someone's blog and I failed to put the name of the digital designer in the file name, so if this is yours, please let me know so I can give credit due to the artist. The same goes for the girly ones Ihave made, again I failed to type the artists name for these free digi images as well. I am now making sure I type the name so when they are printed I can write the name on the back of the image lightly with pencil. I hope that whoever selects these out of the many boxes that are shipped will enjoy sending them to their children. I have some others to share with you but will post another set tomorrow. I need to try and post daily as some have emailed me and said they have missed my blog not being updated and wondering when I am going to be showing more of the cards I make with pictures that was photogrpahed when we had our photography business. I'm thinking that some of them might be appreciated overseas as I know they don't get to see a lot of flowers, or things that we take for granted for here in the states. have a great evening. All cardstock used was Stamping Up along with various scraps of printed paper I had.

Good Evening

Thought I would post a few pics of cards I have been working on. We recently reunited with some friends we hadn't seen in 3 years and it was an amazing time. I was able to go to Hobby Lobby for the very first time and was in awe of how large this store was. As I entered the doors with my friend all I could say was "Oh My, Oh My" and the sales clerk walked by when I was on my 10th time of saying that and she said "You can always tell when there is a new person in the store" of coursed we all laughed! Anyway, its only an hour and half from where I live and I never knew we had one in California. Learn something new everyday. Here is my card I made as a thank you to her and her hubby for entertaining us for three days. Her kitchen is in yellow and blues and she loves birds so I thought this set from Stampin Up "Wings of Friendship" was perfect! I used Not Quite so Navy ink, Crushed Curry for the flowers and bird and the cardstock was Crushed Curry, Not Quite Navy and Kraft. Embellished with some rhinestones from Reflections. The bird and the flowers are popped up as well as the sentiment. Thanks for looking.