Ok so I'm not Wonder Woman! That's my motto for the day! I haven't posted in a couple of days because I just wasn't feeling especially creative to come up with something new and unique, which I tell myself is what I need to do for people to stay interested in my blog. Well sometimes you just need a little help, admit that you can't always have a great idea yourself everyday, and so I cased this layout idea from Mona Lisa on Splitcoaststampers - only she used a butterfly. This is an awesome verse, and certainly something to help us all live by. If you also notice, there's a crease in the heart. It wasn't initially done on purpose, that's for sure, but I left it because we all know that heartbreaks are just a fact of life. I certainly don't mean to be a downer tonite, that's not my intent, but that we can all learn to feel more confident about who and what we are and if you don't at least try and live the life that you have imagined for yourself, you may regret it someday.

Normally I'm out with the girls on Tuesday nites, but I've got the sniffles, sore throat, and all over aches and I guess some sort of cold going on, so I'm laying low. I didn't think I'd feel too much better tomorrow if I went out and whooped it up. Hopefully tomorrow I do feel like Wonder Woman again! :)

Oh.....The dragonfly stamp that I used on this is from Delta, I think the rest you can figure out, but if you have any questions, just let me know!

Have a great nite - and go Brooke (on American Idol). Don't ya just luv her!!??

Happy Saturday! I found this birdhouse on a website called Chia's Rubberstamp Art Templates. There's some pretty cute stuff on there and more that I'll need to explore in the near future. For the base of the card I used Sahara Sand cardstock, and then the patterned paper is from K&Company's Wild Saffron collection. The bird stamp is from the Carte Postale set. Also used is a circle punch, oval punch, and scalloped oval punch. Three gold brads, pop dots some cream ribbon and some glittery yarn. This card will be great for someone who just bought a new home or even a new apartment.

It's almost triple digits here in AZ but it's not too bad. Found out that we can't get into the pool area of our townhouse park area, so we're a little upset about that. We'll have to call on Monday and try and figure all of that out and why it takes a special key to get into it, (that we don't have). The kids were disappointed more than we were. I need to get a little color on this white Colorado skin! Tonight it's burgers on the grill and a movie. Have a good one!

Hey there! These are some birthday cards for a friend of mines kids. They love getting mail, as most kids do I think, so it's always fun to especially put their names on them. The Elmo face is an idea that I got from MagsGraphics on splitcoaststampers. She was inspired by a couple of others, and it was sure easy to do with the scallop circle punch. I used another smaller round punch for the mouth and just cut it in half. The eyes are also hole punches that I just colored the black part of the eyes in with. The nose I just freehanded. The patterned background paper is from the Pocket Full of Posies mat stack and then some Bazzil cardstock scraps. Of course then used the star punch and I typed the name and sentiment on the computer and printed it out. The skateboarding card is also Bazzil scraps and the graphic is a download from the computer. I crimped some black paper and used a couple of silver brads. Hope they like them, and the Toys R Us certificates inside of them!

It's Friday! I got my hair cut and dyed this morning, did some shopping and running around and now I'm just waiting for Neal to get home with the kids, since it's his weekend. Not sure what we're really going to be doing, it may hit triple digits this weekend, so probably not much outdoors.

Have a great evening!
This card isn't what I pictured in my mind, but it's different anyway. I used Bazzill cardstock and a square hole punch and then put a patterned paper behind the opening. I stamped for you on some vellum and tore it and then attached it with 2 silver brads. Just some ribbon scraps and a washer that says "hope" attached to the ribbon. I like the colors and I hope you enjoy it too!

It's Wednesday, and I'm really tired because I stayed out too late with the girls last nite! Thank goodness work wasn't too stressful and busy today, and thanks too for caffeine!

Have a great nite!
Hi all - I hope you had a great weekend - mine was somewhat quiet, but good. This is a bookmark/tag card using the Merci stamp set. The tags I plan on writing personal messages on, and I can't seem to get enough of using the new K&Company Wild Saffron double-sided paper. Love all of the great patterns! I just used scraps of cardstock otherwise and some ribbon scraps and colored using a blending pen with ColorBox inks and then folded up the bottom two corners and attached 2 yellow brads. The tied ribbon keeps the corners closed.

It's Monday and I'm glad the working day is over. No big plans for tonight, but may get a few patterns together for some new cards for this week. I started another jigsaw puzzle over the weekend, it's a National Geographic cover and so I'm obsessed with getting more of that complete too. Otherwise, try and get some rest to get thru the rest of the week. Tomorrow nite may be girls nite out again, not sure but I always look forward to talking about everything and nothing at the same time.

Have a great evening!
I found this gift card pattern also in an older Cardmaker magazine from January 2007 and the designer's name is Sherry Wright. It turned out pretty cute I think and would be fun to give. Also love that Wild Saffron paper from K&Company, which is double sided. Pretty simple card, used the big flower stamp from the Time Well Spent set, some ribbon, circle punch cutter and a rhinestone. Voila!!
It's Friday. I was off and did some running around and laundry is about it. Not sure what the weekend holds for me, we'll see and just play it as it happens. Sometimes that's ok with me, you never know what surprise may be around the corner!
I have recently been back in touch with my high school sweetheart thru, and after 28 years, boy is it fun to play catch up. It's amazing sometimes how people come back into your life, isn't it? Crazy and fun stuff!

Thanks - Happy Friday!

I think right now just about everyone knows someone who could use this card. So many allergies and junk going around that's no fun at all to deal with. The inspiration for this card is from Cardmaker magazine - the January 2006 issue and the designer is Sara Horton. I redid the shape of the bowl, it was just really big, but I'm going to try making it again, maybe with a different theme than get well. It would be good to have a few of these on hand or tuck into your desk drawer for someone at work. They'd luv ya!

It's Wednesday already. I'm finally getting over feeling not so great myself but I sure am tired. I decided to go to happy hour with a co-worker last nite who didn't have a very good day and I didn't get home until 10! That's certainly my bedtime right there. Anyway I think I helped her work thru some things and it was good to go out for awhile too.

I used the Time Well Spent flower and leaf stamps on this card and then watercolored it to match the striped pattern paper. The big scallop hole punch was used on the front and a circle punch for the patterned paper on the inside. The sentiment is pop-dotted and in the center of the flower is a blue brad with a clear rhinestone on top of it. I did some dotting around the scallop and the flower with a white gel pen and a brown one.

Not feeling real good today, I've got some kind of intestinal/abdominal thing going on so I'll keep this short and I do hope that you all have a fantastic Saturday!
Happy Friday! This is one of my favorite stamps that I got recently at the stamp expo that was here and it's from Whipper Snapper. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to look up into a flower that was that big! It brings out the kid in ya just lookin at it, doesn't it? I finally broke down and bought some watercolor paper too so that I could blend things a bit better, and I love coloring and shading. The polka dot grosgrain ribbon is from the new Dollar Tree that just opened up near me - love the Tree!! I made her dress purple so that I could incorporate the picture I've been promising to post of the geraniums that I got recently.

How could you not be inspired by these beauties!!

Today was my day off, did some running and then there's a carnival at the high school starting in a little while that Neal teaches at so we're going to take his kids to it. Should be fun.
Have a great evening!
Recipe: Stamp - Whipper Snapper Designs. Miscellaneous scraps of paper. Inks are Color Box. Ribbon from the Dollar Tree. Also used a paper crimper, ticket corner punch and 3 small white brads.

This is another twist on the old favorite daisy isn't it?! This is a template that I found in a book called Paper for All Seasons by Sandra Lounsbury Foose. I did lots of detailing, but in the book they pretty much did just plain colored papers, which of course is cute too. It's pretty easy, and I've posted the template on SCS - here's the link - click here.
Have fun with it and I'd love to see how and what you can do with it besides what I have done!

It's Tuesday, Dixie got me up at 3:30 this morning and I never really got back to sleep. She didn't even have to go outside, just wanted some luvin' I guess so I can't really be mad at her about that. Needless to say, I'm TIRED!! Hope I make it thru American Idol! Have a great nite!!

Recipe: Stamps - Bee is from the Merci set and I used the big linen stamp on the flower center. Scraps of cardstock, close to cocoa ink and markers. Frosted Lace stickles.
The inside message on this one says - You Electrify Me! A little bit of purple fun goin on! Didn't use any stamps again, but that's ok sometimes too. I do have fun with the Wild Wire tho!

Here's a little card that Neal's daughter Vanna (Vanessa) made with some of my scraps....

Isn't she cute!!! She's just a small little hippie flower girl for sure.....and she loves Seinfled just like her dad - it's no fun watching the reruns with them, they know all the words!!

It's a typical Monday in my book. Hard to get going this morning, and had to get up earlier than usual to walk the dog and make sure she had all that she needed for the day. Not a busy day at work either, which makes it go by just that much slower. I've got some ideas floating around my head tonite for some cards, so let's hope that I can put them on paper, so to speak.

Have a great nite -

Recipe: Patterned paper is from Flavia, the rest is just scraps and a couple of heart stickers. Four small silver brads and blue Wild Wire.
I love $1 stamps! This is one from Michael's that I've used before, but it's so cute. This time I pop dotted the cupcake. I have a bunch of birthday's coming up again that I need to get cards done for. There is something about coloring too that I like doing so much too lately. Like getting back to your childhood. I need to invest in some better markers some day too. Not sure what the Copic markers are about that I read about on so many other blogs, but I'll have to look into it.

It's Saturday, I'm on day 2 of a wicked headached/migraine and nothing seems to make it want to go away. Trying to just relax and rest as much as possible. I'm pretty much caught up on this last weeks reality shows. So much better to be able to fast forward thru all of the commercials and see some of those long shows in just a short period of time.

I've only accomplished making one card today, and I'm not even thrilled about it. I'm sure it's this headache, but there is much more that I wanted to do and hope that tomorrow I'll be able to get more done.

Have a great Saturday nite!

Recipe: Stamp - Make a Wish from Michael's $1 bin. Cardstock is Rose Red, Black and Ballet Blue. Ink is Staz On black. Markers and some black gingham ribbon. Scallop scissors.

Another use for the tiniest of your favorite patterned paper scraps and ribbon. It's spring cleaning time and I hate to just toss any part of my stash, so I'm trying to use a lot of it up on things like this. I started out without the happy birthday on it, but Neal said he just wasn't "feeling it" and it "needed something" ...............

So I added the happy birthday, but sometimes I just like the plain look too. At any rate, this idea I also got from the Card Design book by Dave Brethauer.

The other great news Dixie is here!!!!!

She just woke up here, but sometimes that's the only way to get a non-blurry shot without her running around. She's tired from the drive, but it sure is good to get some of her sloppy kisses!
I have ABSOLUTELY no plans for the weekend, but to spoil Dixie (and Neal too), and just enjoy being at home and not having to follow any schedule. I hope you have a great weekend too and have a Happy Friday!!
Recipe: No stamps (sorry). Blue Bazzill cardstock, scrap of peachy orange, off white, and the patterned paper is from the Pocket Full of Posies matstack. I inked up the edges of the off white with the dark blue petal point from Color Box's classic color inkpad. Scrap of thin sheer blue ribbon. Sizzix birthday sentiment die cut.

I thought I had already posted this card, I made it a while ago but I guess not. Not sure what I was thinking when I made it, except that I was trying to use up a bunch of scraps. I'm not even sure I like the colors together, but what the heck! I did think that the sentiment went well with my craziness of flowers tho!

It's Wednesday nite, I'm tired, and I can't wait to see my baby girl pooch Dixie tomorrow nite! There will be no posts tomorrow - but I'll be sure to write something on Friday!

Happy Wednesday!

Recipe: Stamp - Sentiment from Time Well Spent. Mish-mash of cardstock scraps. Cosmo flower punch, sequins, ribbons, square punch and scallop scissors.
This simple idea came from a book that I checked out of the library. I'm always looking for new inspiration and Card Design by Dave Brethauer has a few cool ideas that I've gotten and used over the last week. I used the new stamp set Time for You again, and I think all of the designs are just really cute.

It's Tuesday, feels like it should be the end of the work week, which is Thursday for me. I'm tired and it's a great tv nite, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm also looking forward to Thursday nite when I get my little pooch Dixie back from her daddy. It's been 4 months and I've missed her like crazy.

Have a great Tuesday!

Recipe: Stamp - clock is from the Time for You set, and the heart square is from the Patterns and Prints set from Hero Arts. Cardstock is groovy guava, sahara sand and off white. Ink is groovy guava, close to cocoa and staz on black. Thin brown ribbon, blender pen and one silver heart brad.
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