Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The luck of me...or should I say lack there of!

You'll never guess what happened to me AGAIN yesterday? Hint: Just happened a month ago and 2 other times in the last 2 years! Give up? I got rear-ended in my little blue tracker AGAIN!

No tears this time...I got out and chewed the lady out that hit me. I was sooooooo mad. I think I scared her! lol! What is it about bright friggin blue that all these people can't see? Are they color blind? I mean like OMG - open your eyes. The worst part about it was it was dark out so not only should the bright blue stood out even more with big ole headlights shining on it but the bright red brake lights should have helped a little too!

I got my 'hahaha' when the cops came! She got a big ole fat inatentive driving ticket! I just wanted to say 'take that, does that open your eyes a little wider? That bright yellow ticket shining in your face?' I didn't, I just went on my merry little way with a somewhat smug grin on my face! The officer was super nice to me, he couldn't believe that I have been rear-ended 4 times in the same vehicle in the past 2 years, heck twice in the last month!

On a lighter note...Here are the invites that I made for my daughter's birthday party that is coming up. I am really pleased with the way that they turned out. I will post all the deets a little later. House is on in 5 minutes! Can't miss it!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My first RAK!!! Thanks Kathy!

I went to my mail box today remembering that I forgot to get my mail yesterday and found this wonderful card waiting there for me! It is from Kathy, a SBS22 sister, Thank You Kathy!! It is so simple yet very pretty! I would have never thought to use wreath ribbon on a card, ingenious!!! Thanks again Kathy, you made my day today! It was my 3 year old's birthday today and my oldest 2 managed to do everything in their power to try to make it a miserable day. Oh well, I just sent them to bed early! Gotta go watch the Jeff Dunham christmas special! I just love him, super funny guy!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Note to Self: Mass Production ~ Make it simple!

3 different cards later I finally came up with these after the thought of making the first 2 x 12 would have taken FOREVER! They can't get any simpler than this. To make them, I started with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card base. I cut a 3/4" strip of Honey cardstock and layered on to a 1" strip of Purple Pansy cardstock. I then cut all the 'thanks' from Olive cardstock. I used Cricut cartridge 'Opposites Attract' set on upright at 1 3/4". I used the 'thanks' phrase key in the bottom row of the key pad. Then I used my glue pen to glue down the thanks on top of the strips and I was done!

How super easy was that? I just might have to make a few more in different colors so that I have them just to have. These are for my son's birthday gifts. Yeah, 3 weeks later, I know I'm slow! Better late than never though, right!

Here's all 12! Only took about 1/2 an hour to make all of them...

"THANKS" for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Can your morning top mine? Sleeping in not an option!

The kids had off today because of Veteran's Day. I thought 'woohoo' mommy gets to sleep in! NOT! 1st of all, at 4am this morning I woke up and looked at my alarm clock. I completely forgot the kids had off at this hour of the morning and set it, forgetting why I didn't set it in the first place! lol! So at 7am this morning I am snoozing the alarm for a half hour till it dawns on me that I don't have to get up.

Just as I was almost back to sleep, right around 8am, I re-awaken to what sounds like water spilling on to the floor. Well it was more than water! It was my son spilling all the contents of his stomach down my staircase! My hubby heard it too, I said to him "I don't even want to know what that was". 2 seconds later my oldest yells up the steps "MOM, RILEY'S PUKING ALL DOWN THE STEPS" My husband and I both flew out of bed and what a mess. Words can not even describe the mess that we had to clean up. It took me an hour and a half! Thank goodness my steps are wood and not carpet! Every step to the bottom was covered, both walls were covered. We have picture framing down the lower half of our walls, every nook and cranny of that molding was covered. It was a mess!

No one got to sleep in this morning! Better luck on Saturday, I guess! lol!

I made this yesterday but didn't get a chance to post it. The powers that be wouldn't allow it! lol! I got the idea from here, and made it my own with some of my favorite Close to My Heart christmas paper. Finished size of this is 5x7. Actually got to pull out the bind-it-all too! You know, that tool that I just had to have and have used all of 3 times now! Anyway, thanks for stopping by and may none of you ever have to awaken to the kind of mess that I had to this morning!!!

Happy Veteran's Day and Thank You to all of you veterans out there!

I used Close to My Heart Evensong Creative Basics paper, Cardstock: White Daisy, Cranberry, Garden Green, New England Ivy. Ink: Cranberry, Garden Green, New England Ivy. Rustic Alphabet.

Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch
Cricut Stone Script Cartridge for 'days'
SU's corner rounder/scallop maker for scalloped circle
Bind-it-all & 3/4" spiral
2-5x7 pieces of heavy chipboard that I had saved from the packaging of card blanks that I had bought.
Red & Green Rhinestones are from Michael's

The numbers are a blank through 9 for the first stack and 0-9 for the second. I decorated the blank one with a little christmas holly die cut.

Friday, November 7, 2008

ESPN Zone meets CTMH!!!

We went to ESPN Zone a few years back and I borrowed some extra coasters from there. Well they have been sitting around collecting dust ever since! I came across this little number that I made with them a few months ago as I was cleaning my scrap area today. I had completely forgot that I had made this. Anyway, they made the perfect little mini-album. Now I just need someone to get married so I can gift this! lol!
Somehow my original picture got overwritten with a different picture as I was editing it. I have no idea how but that is why it's different from the rest. Here is the front cover. The tag was done by sticking 2 of the same My Stickease tags together and punching a hole through them.

Here are the 1st 2 pages, the little circle tags slide in and out of the pocket on the right page for journaling or pictures....

Pages 3 & 4...

Pages 5 & 6 ~ circle tag slides in and out of pocket for pic or journaling, flowers were done with Quickutz daisy die and chocolate brad...

Pages 7 & 8....

Back cover....
I used Close to My Heart's More to Adore level 2 paper pack, More to Adore My Stickease, D1194 All my Love stamp set, D1183 Adorable stamp set, Chocolate & Blush ink, Pewter picture hanger, Silver brads & eyelet, Chocolate brads, White Daisy organdy ribbon.
Quikutz daisy die & rings die
Ribbon is from Michael's
Rhinestones are from AcMoore

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Grateful For You!!! Great Leaf Technique too...

Good Evening All! I can't believe it is Thursday already! (and it's almost over too!) Where did this week go? I was in the mood for some fall leaves today. Since we have absolutely none left on our little it bitty maple trees outside, I had to make my own! lol.

I used Nature's Vein stamp set from Close to My Heart. I started off by inking my base image in Autumn Terracotta and then rolled the edges in Barn Red. Once you stamp the image, you will see that the stamp rolling technique gives great color and dimension to your image. I then stamped the vein image in Barn Red and lined it up on the first image (super easy to do with clear stamps!) Next, cut out your leaf and crumpled it all up as if I were going to throw it away, but don't throw it away, uncrumple it! lol! Next you take a sponge dauber loaded with Barn Red ink and sponge the edges and the crinkled ridges on your leaf. That's it your done and have one very realistic leaf sitting in front of you to do with as you please! Here's how mine turned out...

Here's a different angle trying to show the dimension a little better...Not so sure it does though!

Everything on this one is Close to My Heart except the ribbon & button.
Ink: Autumn Terracotta, Honey, Barn Red, Black, Garden Green
Stamps: Nature's Vein, Annotations, Say it in Style
Cardstock: Outdoor Denim, Barn Red, Colonial White
Copper Brads
Polka Dot Border is from Floral Tapestry My Stickease
Ribbon: Joann's
Leaf Button: Michael's

Scalloped Border Punch - SU
Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Snow Friends...Can wait to make real ones!!!

It will be that time of year again, soon enough! I can hardly wait! I love winter time and especially the snow, maybe it's because I grew up in Wisconsin, it's in my blood! lol! Anyway, I hadn't touched this Snow Friends set since last year. Today I decided to get it out and dust it off a little. I absolutely love our new Aspen paper and can't stop using it! I hope you like it, it was really pretty easy to make...

What did I use? Hmm....

Close to My Heart~ Aspen Level 2 paper pack
Snow Friends stamp set
November promo: Dazzling Die cuts (twilight frame)
Ink: Black, Twilight
Markers: Grey Flannel, Heavenly Blue, Twilight, Creme Brulee, Brown Bag
Martha Stewart: Snow Flake punches
AcMoore: Rhinestones
JoAnn's: Ribbon
Other: White Vellum
Sizzix: Snow Flake #6 sizzlit

Sunday, November 2, 2008

My crazy week and a Super Easy 'Dazzling' Card!

It's been a CRAZY week! It all started Thursday night, we went to a 'trunk or treat' with one of my neighbors. I had never heard of such a thing, when I first saw it, my first thought was "OMG, if this ain't red-neck, I don't know what is!" Then when I thought about it a little, it was really a pretty good idea! The kids run around a blocked off parking lot and trick or treat out of the trunks of peoples cars or pick'em up trucks. The kids can't go anywhere or get lost, there are no cars driving around to run them over and it's still daylight out so no creeps hiding in the bushes to snag your kids! They had a blast!

After that they did a little trick or treating in the city, which was a total flop! We walked, I bet 2 miles with 5 kids, for all of 10 pieces of candy. The wonderful people in charge had changed trick or treating to Thursday instead of Friday all because of a dumb high-school football game! Who were the geniuses that scheduled it on Halloween anyway? It appears that a lot of peeps must have been boycotting the decision due to the severe lack of participation!

Anyway, We had trick-or-treating on Friday in our sub-division and the kids had an absolute blast. (That was all after a half a day of candy making and to get ready for Saturday with Tara.) It was from 6-8pm. We had GORGEOUS weather, 70 degrees! Got a little chilly after the sun went down all the way but it wasn't too bad. My sister and her family came in from out-of-town to go trick-or-treating with us and Tara spent the night too so I had quite the house full Friday night! Here's a pic of my kids...aren't they sooo cute!

A glam witch, a Sully from Monster's Inc., and Snow White!

Saturday, we had my son's 6th Birthday party! It was a lot of fun. Here he is with the pumpkin cake that Tara made for him! She's the best!

These are all the cupcakes that we made...

They all have the cutest little gravestones on them. This is the candy that we made half the day Friday. They are just the Wilton candy melts. The big ones took forever to harden! I really liked the end result though! Definitely worth the waiting! lol! (Note to self: Next time I get the crazy idea to make candy, buy 2 or 3 molds instead of 1!!!) Here's a close-up of a few...

Now that it's Sunday, I finally have a moment to take a deep breath and relax! lol! Time for just a little 'me' time. Down to the dungeon I went this afternoon after my sister and her clan left! I wanted to make a card with some of the new Dazzling Die-cuts that I got a few days ago. This is Close to My Heart's November promotion. They are pretty cool! Here's the super easy card that I made with them...

The background Baby pink strip is stamped with Spot on Backgrounds in Blush ink. The stitching is Simple Stitches stamp set. I used SU's Scalloped Border punch to do the scallops and the rest is the Die-Cuts! The little schnibble of ribbon is from Joann's dollar bins. I also used my Martha Stewart Fern Branch punch to punch out a few from some white vellum but the didn't show up the best on the pics.
Here's what the inside looks like. Just a small border along the bottom...

Close up of the front...really hard to see fern branches behind the tag but they are there!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping and Scrapping till next time! :o)