Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Great Cause

I know how very generous stampers/crafters are so please visit this web site http://rubbermaid.blogspot.com/ and get the deets for a wonderful cause. I know once you read this challenge you will step up to the plate and I thank you in advance.

Hope you all have a very happy and healthy New Year and keep on stamping.

Peace Out

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Day After The Day After

Good Saturday morning to all. I don't know about the rest of you but yesterday I felt like the Tin Man from the Wizard of OZ. I could barely move I hurt from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. I do believe I spent a little to much time on my feet preparing holiday cheer for my family. With having fibromyalgia I have to be careful and some times I push myself to hard and really pay for it later but I must say yesterday when my family told me how much they appreciated all I had done and how wonderful Christmas was it really made all the pain worth it (ok almost...lol).

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that your family was as gracious with their thank yous for all your hard work. I am so greatful that my hubby and daughter will be home until after the New Year I just love having them around.

I will be back very soon with cards and ATCs I am signed up for two Valentine ATC swaps and my resolution for 2009 is to start early on my swaps and not have to pay the extra postage to get them there last minute (wish me luck). I am also going to try to do at least one challenge card a day from SCS or any where as that goes. Right now my stamping area is a disaster and not just from holiday maddness. I hardly have enough space to turn around. My hubby said I need another work table and hopefully we will be picking one up next week. Once my family goes back to work/school I will have the time to reorganize my work area which I hope will put me in the creating mood and also help me stick to my resolutions.

Well that is all for now please enjoy what ever time you can with your family and don't forget it will all be back to normal soon (what ever that is).

Peace Out

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Merry Happy Happy

I know I have been MIA and I apoligize for that. I promise I will be trying to post everyday after the new year. I started baking cookies and making candy and I just got out of control and was doing NOTHING else....he he he man I have been in heaven. Now I am packing them out to give out to neighbors and friends which I think is the best part.

I have stopped in today to wish all of you and yours a Merry, Merry and a Happy Happy. May God bless you all and may we all see peace on earth in our life time.

Peace Out

Friday, December 12, 2008

CS: SU Riding Hood Red, Taken With Teal and Baja Breeze, Stamp & Ink SU
Tools: 1 1/4" & 1/38" Circle Punch from SU, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch
& Fiskar's Scallop Punch
Ribbon: White Satin unknown source
Bling unknown source.

Happy Friday I am sorry this is a late post but I was having problems posting earlier so hopefully it will work now. This card is the second one I made for the sketch challenge on SCS ( I just turned it side ways and it also meets the color challenge from the following day. I was happy with the way it turned out and who dosen't need an extra holiday card. I really am enjoying the Martha Snowflake punch it is so versital.

We are going to be busy this weekend decorating our home inside and out. My dh will be on vacation next week and I have many, many projects for him (shhhhh he doesn't know yet...he he he) I am sure all of you will be busy as well especially since there is only one more weekend after this one until Christmas arrives. I do love Christmas and all that goes with it but I must confess that the day after Christmas is really my favorite time. I can sleep in, wake up and stay in my PJs all day. I can relax have a cup of tea and a few Christmas cookies. It seems as though while I am baking and giving the cookies I really do not indulge in them but the day after Christmas look out...lol. It is also nice to have my daughter and husband home with me just chillin' out.

I hope you all have a wonderful and productive weekend and that you are able to accomplish what you want and need to do. It seems that the older I get the more I realize that you can only do so much. My motto now is if it does not get done before the holiday it was not that important any way. I find that this works quite well these day. Take the time to enjoy the little things as you build the future memories for you and your family.

Peace Out

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bug Me Anytime

Supplies Used: CS Summer Sun, Basic Black & Whisper White from SU
Ink and Markers SU
Stamps: Bug Me Anytime & Polka Dot Hello from There She Goes Stamp Store
Punches 1 1/4" & 1/38" SU & Martha Stewart Scallop
DP Black & White Polka Dot from unkown
Ribbon Black & White Polka Dot Sheer Michaels
Piercing Tool & Template SU
Photo Taken By Chloie

As soon as I saw the sketch challeng on SCS (CS206) I knew which set I was going to use. The bee from Bug Me Anytime was the perfect stamp to fit in the 1 1/4 circle punch from SU. If you have not checked out There She Goes Stamp Store please take a look at this site. Jessica has some great sets and you can't beat her prices. You can click on the site name in the right hand column of my blog. I also used one of the polka dot stamps from Polka Dot Hello this stamp can be used to create a row of polka dots as long as you need it to be. Jessica is a great gal and her spirit and generosity are just wonderful so stop on by today.

Can you believe Christmas is 2 weeks away? Whaaaaat!!!! We do not have our tree up yet but will be putting it up this weekend. Next weekend my daughter and I will be baking until we do not have any more room to put the goodies. My daughter is always so generous and now that she is a Senior in HS we give homemade goodies to every teacher and staff member that she has had contact with over the last four years. It is a great feeling to know you can bring some holiday cheer and thank all the wonderful teachers and staff who are so dedicated to the educating of our children.

Well that is all for now I hope you have a great day. You may want to head over to Split Coast for the limited supplies challenge that takes place every Thursday. Until next time take care and happy stamping.

Peace Out


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sweets for the Sweet

Supplies: CS-SU Real Read and Whisper White
Ribbon-Sheer Red and Black Velvet-Michael's
Other-Cello Bag, Santa Cup (Michael's), Cocoa Mix, Tiny Marshmellows, Homemade
Silver Cord (SU), Two Hole Ribbon Punch (SU), and Paper Crimper

Hello everyone happy Wednesday. I can not believe how fast the days are flying by and that Christmas is literally just around the corner. Every year at this time I just shake my head in wonder as to where did the year go. My wonder and disbelief of time gets even greater when I think about the fact that my baby girl Chloie will be graduating from high school in May of 2009. Ok when the heck did this happen!!!! I guess the real point is that every day is a gift and we must make the best of what we have.
I hope all of you take a moment during this very busy season to count your blessings. I think once you begin you will be surprised how many you have.
Hope you have a wonderful day and find some time to relax and stamp. I hope to be back tomorrow with another project until then take care of yourself.
Peace Out

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Celebrate Simply And You Could Be a Winner

Have you been over to the Stamp Simply's Celebration Central Blog? Well you need to get yourself over their and participate in their wonderful PARTY with many days of blog candy and wonderful project ideas. To check out the party go here. Have fun and who knows you cold be a winner of some of the wonderful blog candy they are offering over the next few days. Good luck to all and have a great weekend.

Peace Out

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Say It Aint So......

CS: SU Real Read, Basic Blace and Whisper White
Ink: SU Creamy Carmel
Ribbon: Michaels
Pearls: unknown source
Image: many images can be found be searching Vintage Christmas on line

Can it really only be three weeks from Christmas? Where has this year gone? Let's all take a deep breath and get ready for a wonderful holiday season....come on we can do this...lol. Yesterday my husband found out that there will be a wage freeze for 2009. At first he was upset until I reminded him that we are blessed he still has a job. After we talked for a while we both realized that we had so much to be thankful for. I think with the way things are right now we all need to take a moment and be grateful for what we have and not worry about what we don't have. There are truly always blessings to count.

OK now down to the business of stamping. This card is an ATC card which measures 3 1/2 x 2 1/2. I have mentioned before that I am totally addicted to these cards and I love participating in the swaps for them. The theme for this swap was Vintage Christmas. I found this image hidden away on a tag I had made several years ago in a class and thought it would be perfect for this ATC swap. I photo copied the image which made the colors look more faded and then got busy with my cards. I distressed the edges and then sponged them with ink to make them look more aged. Then I added black velvet ribbon and pearls to give it even more of a vintage look. I can not wait to receive the swaps back and see what everyone else has done. I really do enjoy doing card swaps it gives me a chance to see all the creativity of other stampers.

I hope you enjoy your day and that you find time to stamp. Split Coast Stampers is a great site to visit for daily challenges as well as to find card swaps of all types. If you have the time and have not done so give it a try I think you will enjoy it. Take care and see you all tomorrow.

Peace Out

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Long And Lean

Supplies: White Glossy CS
Basic Black & Pretty in Pink ink SU
Snowflake Punch Martha Stewart
Sheer Pink Ribbon SU
CBEF Swiss Dots
SU Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Xyron Sticker Maker

Good morning to all I can not believe that it is already Wednesday. I think we all wish that right now we could slow the days a bit because Christmas is coming fast and furiously. Oh well as I have gotten older my new motto is "If it doesn't get done in time it could not have been that important"...lol. I have really learned to slow down and enjoy the time with friends and family instead of being in such a frenzy that I miss the true meaning and joy of the holiday.

Today's card is a long one and I don't usually do cards like this but I got some card blanks this size with a magazine I picked up. I decided I needed to use one for this project so I could really make my tree tall and showcase these snowflake punches. I got the idea from the Impress site and thought it was another way to use these snowflakes. There tree was a little shorter than mine. I don't think the photo does it justice especially since I decided to go with the soft pink that sparkles from SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The ribbone has a beautiful sheen to it as well. If you enlarge the picture you can see all the sparkle that I could not capture on the regular size photo. I also think my tree began to lean to the right a bit so I tried to compensate with a greeting and some Dew Drops which did help a little I think.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Hope you have a wonderful day and don't forget to take some time out to take a deep breath and enjoy the Season.

Peace Out

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It's Been To Long

Supplies: Paper; DP unknown CS from SU
Cuttlebug Snowflake EF
Punches; Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, Fiskars Scallop Punch and SU Word
Window Punch
Ribbon: unknown
Ink: SU Basic Blk
Bling: unknown

Wow time really does fly by quickly. I was not feeling well and then it was time to get ready for our Thanksgiving feast. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving I know we did and I have so much to be thankful for.

I did this card while I was gone it is the CC195 triangle fold medallion challenge at Split Coast. My first attempt was not so great but my second turned out well I think. If you have never been to Split Coast Stampers site you must stop in and check it out. Every one I have met their is so wonderful and talented. Doing the daily challenges gets you stamping at least once a day and how could that be bad...lol.

I hope to be back tomorrow with another post so in the mean time have a great day and happy stamping.

Peace Out