Friday, December 26, 2008

The girls on Christmas

Maggie (under the pink chair) and Little Ellie (in the blue bag) both had a good Christmas!

My boys on Christmas

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Just Checking In

Just a quick post to say I hope you had a great Christmas with your family and friends! We did! Both my boys were here and Jake's girlfriend. They've gone back to Cincinnati today. Lots of laughter, baking, eating, and of course, we watched "A Christmas Story"! The dogs were on sensory overload and I'll have a cute picture to post later. It's raining here today so I'm planning on taking a nap, doing some pick up, and starting on thank you cards. What are you up to?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Gifts for Friends

These are the little gifts I made for the ladies in my Bible study/prayer/life group. I got the idea from Lori Craig's blog and had to tweak it some to be able to use supplies I already had on hand. I used the large rectangular block from Just Rite Stampers, the Believe from their oval stamper set, and then used letters from the various alphabet stamps I own. Since I wanted to ink it in two colors and didn't have a large inker of any kind, I had to really fiddle with it to come up with something that I felt was acceptable. That part was a bit tedious, but I am really pleased with how they turned out! I made up spiced tea mix to fill the bags (which I ordered from Paper Trey.) Most of the ribbon is May Arts. I used buttons and snowflake stickers that I had in my stash. I punched the green paper with a Stampin' Up! punch and the decorative paper with a Martha Stewart punch. The bags are stamped with a Magenta image in Red Riding Hood ink. I just got back from our holiday get together and these were a big hit! I put a little sticker on the back of the label with the "recipe" for mixing and a list of suggested scripture readings. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this time of year and loose sight of what the season really is all about. I plan on taking some quiet time with a hot mug of tea and reading those scriptures myself! Care to join me? -- Isaiah 9, Matthew 1, Matthew 2, Luke 1, Luke 2, and 1 Corinthians 13.

And the winner is...!

Mary OK! Mary, send me your email address and I will get your package in the mail! I'm looking forward to seeing what you create with the stamp!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Card for my groomer

I made this card for my dog groomer. I've had this stamp since one of my boys was really young! He used to go with me to the local stamp store (when Lexington HAD a local stamp store) and he would talk me in to buying some really interesting, odd stamps. This is one of those. I'm going to put it with some bone-shaped sugar cookies and drop it off when the girls go to be groomed this weekend. I haven't had much response to my first blog candy offering, so either it was a dud or people just aren't that interested in my blog. Sniff, sniff. Oh well, so I'll leave it open for a day or two more and then I'll send two really, really NICE gifts to the ladies who did respond! So, if you're interested go to the post from a few days ago and respond. or respond here. Have a good night.
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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Vintage Christmas Cards

I made these cards with a stamp I purchased last year and didn't ink up. I forgot to look to see who made it. I'll check and update later. I love the look of this card but it is a little too artsy for my husband. They will go to girlfriends who like this style! I made the most wonderful jambalya in the crockpot today! It was the perfect thing to have on a cold winter day. Don't forget to leave a comment on the previous post for a chance to win a new stamp and some other goodies!
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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Blog candy!

To celebrate the birth of the Savior, I have this sweet stamp to give away. Actually, it is a duplicate of one I already own! Guess I liked it:) Anyhow, I will put some other goodies in the package as well. Not sure what, but since I LOVE decorative papers and embellishments, I'm sure some of those will make it in the box. This stamp is by Heidi Satterberg for Stamps Happen. It looks so cute stamped out and water colored. I add "shiny stuff" to the straw. Now, I guess I need to do the To Win This Package bit: To win, leave a comment under this post telling me what you do to keep your focus on Who this season is about; how do you work in time to read His Word, worship, etc. - how do you keep from getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season? I want this to have a quick turn around so let's say have your comments to me by EARLY (6 a.m.) Wednesday morning and I'll announce a winner either later that day or early the next.

It's snowing here and very cold. People in the bluegrass region freak out over even a little bit of snow so my trip to the grocery will be interesting! Not much else going on with me. I've been a bit under the weather with an upper respiratory thing that's going around school. It starts with a cough and then turns in to the dreaded PINK EYE. So, antibiotics for me!! I've felt lousy so no stamping, cleaning, or decorating got done this week. My husband did vacuum though. I can't stand a dirty floor...and he knows it. Wasn't that sweet of him?

Well, I'm off to face the hoards. Have a great weekend and keep looking up!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Post-Thanksgiving Musings

No art to post today. I spent several hours down in my stamping area, organizing and laying out things to use for Christmas cards, etc. I can actually see some tabletop now! I found some stamps that I bought new and didn't ink up last year, so I'll need to do something about that! Lots of great paper and embellishments.

Our Thanksgiving was good. We drove up to the Indianapolis area to spend the day with my mom and stepdad. Oldest son, youngest son, and his girlfriend joined us. It made for a really long day, but I'm glad we went. I think that in less than a year mom won't know anyone. She already really doesn't know exactly WHO my husband and boys are. Just that they are someone she should know. She doesn't remember my name, but she does know that I'm her "baby". It's hard because we would have made some different choices for her care, but we are not in charge. My stepdad has chosen to do things his way and he does take good care of her. He does not want any help from any source. I know that this is exhausting for him, but he refuses any help. So, we pray.

Jake's girlfriend and I got up early, too early, very early to do some shopping Friday morning. I'm talking we were at Home Depot at 5:45 shopping! 15 minutes later we had a $49 lighted Christmas tree. It looks great! Next stop - Staples. Then, the mall. We were both SO exhausted, but it was fun. I really, really like this girl!! So, we pray:)

Saturday, I went back out to Michaels to get some more decorative touches for the new tree and some Iris boxes to organize the stamp room. Kelsey and I were both exhausted. I cooked a Thanksgivingish meal for all of us here.

Today I have felt under the weather and have slept a lot. We did take the kiddos out for breakfast. The youngest and his girl both left to go back to their colleges and the oldest is at his apartment.

We have so much to be thankful for... Thank you for reading my ramblings! In the next day or so I plan to give away a duplicate stamp I discovered.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

I made this card using a Stamping Up set for the main image and the orange background. The image on the green strip is from Great Impressions. The cardstock is from Stampin Up and the ribbon is May Arts. I hope you and yours have a Happy Thansgiving! We are driving up to my mom's for the day. It will be a really long day, but we need to get our oldest son back so he can go to work on Friday.
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Monday, November 24, 2008


I made this card as a thank you for one of my parents who cut out 12 girl colonial hats, 12 boy hats, and sewed 12 boy vests! That is a huge job! The paper is Bo Bunny (Beautiful Life - Leaf), ribbon May Arts, sentiment is Great Impressions, Dew Drops on the side of the Cuttlebugged brown. Thanks for looking and have a great night!
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Season of Thanks

I haven't been making many cards lately, but today I spent several hours down in my stamp lair and this is one of the cards I came up with. I semi-CASED it from a card by Lindsey Botkin published in a 2007 edition of Cardmaker. Yes, I am a pack rat! I think I changed it enough to actually call it "mine" and I was really pleased with the results. The tree image is from Hero Arts and the sentiment from Stampin' Up. The decorative paper is from Basic Gray (Recess-Principal) and Imaginisce (Exotic East). I used copper colored brads on the two little half circles. The brown cardstock is from Stampin' Up and the ribbon from Michaels.
On a personal note: I have been so busy with school and family commitments. Mid-term grades at school and my second graders just had their big "Colonial Day". We spend about six weeks studying Colonial America. Then, they choose a Colonial trade to dress up as and give a short presentation about. We also have a Colonial "feast" with foods served during colonial times. It is a wonderful day for the children but LOTS of work for their teacher (ME!!). I come home exhausted. The parents are a great help. There is no way I could do this on my own.
Sadly, my aunt just passed away. We spent last weekend out of town at her visitation and funeral. Her only daughter and I are sister close and this has been especially hard on me. It has really surprised me that I have responded with such sadness. I think it may have something to do with the fact that she had Alzheimers and my mom (her sister) also has it. This has really sent my mom into a tailspin. We are going up there for Thanksgiving. It will be the first Thanksgiving in years that I haven't had all of the family here.
Well, I hope you've had a great weekend and keep looking up! Thanks for looking at my card!
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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Christmas Cardinal

I made this card at the first card workshop I went to that was hosted by my Stampin' Up demo, Fran. She is one creative person! I stamped my image too far to the right, so when I got home I added some Dew Drops - the little bottle says the colors are Poinsettia. I think they make the card! My husband really likes this card so it may end up be "the" card for 2008! I'm working around my house today. My aunt is expected to die at any moment so I'm trying to be ready to go support my cousin and my mom. Both this aunt and my mom have Alzheimer's so the last few years have been very challenging. My cousin really needs your prayers if you are so inclined. Her name is Beverly. Thanks for stopping by and keep looking up!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Candy Corn

This is the last of my Halloween cards. I love how the coloring and the decorative paper go together!
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Another Halloween Card

This is another Halloween card that I made using Lockhart stamps. I really loved the little saying!
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Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Shoes

This is another card I made for Halloween. I loved the sentiment from a Stampin' Up set, so I looked for a stamp to go with it. I can't remember who makes it! It's downstairs in my basement so when I get down there I'll check and update:) I just bought it this year so you'd think I'd remember! Oh safe tonight!
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Halloween Card

I don't usually make Halloween cards, but for some reason, I decided I would make some this year. This image is from Northwoods and colored with Copics. The papers are from Die Cuts With a View. The air is crisp here. We had rain on Friday but the weekend has been beautiful! Our roofers come Monday. We are also having our electric lines buried, so I may be without power a few days! Not sure how that will work with having to get ready for school, etc. It will be very hard to stamp in the basement without power!! My husband is power washing the house and then he is going to paint the exterior. The dogs caught a squirrel today. They are so cute and tiny, it's amazing what they can catch! They are true to their terrier breeding I guess. Well, hope you've had a great weekend and keep looking up!
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Last Wedding Card

This is a wedding card I made for a friend's daughter's wedding. The image is Outlines Rubber Stamps. I stamped it three times and then colored, cut, and layered it. I used my Cuttlebug for the background and the ribbon came from Michaels. I was really pleased with how it turned out. Fall weather is finally here in Lexington and I love it! This is the best sleeping weather. I'm going to really start focusing on Halloween, Fall, and Thanksgiving cards now. I also need to change my closet over -- I hate that job. But, I just remind myself that I am fortunate enough to have choices in what I wear and don't wear! Have a great day.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fall Card

I had this acorn paper "squirreled away" from who knows when? and decided to use it to make a card to send as a thank you. The stamp is PSX and I cut the circles from my Nestibilities. Ribbon is from Michaels. I colored the acorn with Copics. Today was such a warm day for October! I had to do car line at dismissal and was really hot! Tomorrow, I am taking my class to Shaker Village for the day. We will be outside all day. I plan on resting tonight and making some more cards. I invested in a Wizard and I am really enjoying the difference it makes when I use my Nestibilities! I was really amazed at how big a difference it actually made in the embossing. I am going to be making some Halloween cards, which is a first for me.
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Monday, October 13, 2008

I Lift My Eyes

This is a shot from my weekend in the Smoky Mountains. It reminds me of one of my favorite Psalms: I lift my eyes to the hills, Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. The beauty and magnitude of Creation puts everything in perspective doesn't it?

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Another Christmas Card

This is another Christmas card made with a stamp from the Stampin' Up flyer. I like the basic idea but would probably use a different image if I decide to use it as my "official" 2008 card. I really like the color scheme. I have been posting less than usual over the past week or so. It is really busy at school. In-service and getting ready for report cards and parent-teacher conferences. Stressful! I spent the weekend in Gatlinburg, TN with some girlfriends. We had lots of fun. A little too much outlet mall shopping than my liking. I finally put my foot down and said, "We're in the mountains, so we are actually going to SEE the mountains!" Fabulous scenery and we even saw a bear! That was so exciting! On the way home we had an Elvis sighting!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Christmas card workshop

I don't normally do a lot with Stampin Up, but I decided to take a monthly Christmas card workshop just to get out and meet some real live stampers. This is one of the cards we made. I make my cards every year and I need to begin thinking about what to do this year. I usually go with a dark red, dark green, and gold. I could change it up this year. Hmmm....

I'm going with my husband and his BMW club on their yearly fall drive through the windy backroads of Kentucky to a state park in the mountains. They drive really, really fast and I really don't like that. I usually take an allergy pill which puts me to sleep and I try to pretend I'm not worried! He really likes me to go, but I'd rather be home SLOWLY stamping away the weekend. SLOW is the key word here!! Pray for me!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

More Fall Cards

These are two cards I made with a stamp I've never used before. The stamp is from Hero Arts. Again, I really like this stamp and I don't know why I've never used it! The weather here has turned a lot cooler and it really seems like fall now. I love it! Hope you're having a great week!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Autumn Cards

I made these two cards with the same stamp. With our national economy crisis, there was
some talk on the Gingerwood board about what we stampers would do to economize. One thing I know I can do is use things I haven't used in a while or haven't EVER used!! This stamp falls into the last category. It is a PSX stamp from (hold your breath here!) 2003. It really is a very lovely image. I don't know why it has never seen ink! The pictures don't do either card justice. Maybe I'll retake them and post them again. I seem to run in cycles with my photographic "abilities". Speaking of the scary state of the world, I must remember where and with Who my security lies! There is a scripture, in Psalms I believe, that talks about all of the Psalmist's expectations are in the Lord. Isn't that a wonderful thought? A dear sister in Christ who has lived many years more than me always reminds me "when things seem to be falling apart, they are just falling in place for the Lord's timetable". I'm holding on to Him and to that thought! I'm also looking up for His soon return. Blessings to you and keep looking up!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Ham Days

Ham Days featured country ham and was a little more "upscale" than the Apple Fest. The craft booths were more high end, etc. We came home from there and I was beat! Took a nap and didn't do much the rest of the night. Today, Sunday, I have been stamping a lot! I have eight cards to take pictures of and post!

Busy week and busier weekend

I haven't posted recently. It's been busy at school and I come home just worn out. This recovery thing has a time frame of its own. My little second graders are shaping up nicely! I worked 4 and 1/2 days this week. Took off Friday afternoon to go about 2 hours away to the little town my son goes to college in. We met my mom and stepfather there. I slept on the way over and Chip drove. Aren't you glad I wasn't driving!? We met up with them and drove another hour to Casey County for the Apple Fest. It was truly a slice of rural Americana. Lots of people., lots of music (bluegrass and country gospel), lots of junky food, and lots of craft booths. There was a parade where tractors and pageant contestants of all ages were featured prominently. When we got back to our motel, our son and his girlfriend came over to visit. We sat around the pool and talked and laughed until late. The next day we went to Lebanon, KY for the Ham Days.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Bold Birthday

I made this card using a stamp I've had since 1999! It's made by Stampendous and it's a great image when I need to come up with an idea quickly. The dots on the left are from a My Favorite Things set. The ones on the right and the sentiment are Impression Obsession. The cardstock is Bazzill. I used copic markers to color the image. There is definately a learning curve with those, but I'm starting to like them!
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fun Thank You

This is a thank you card that I made using Junkitz paper.
The thank you and the design around it were stamped using markers. They are from a clear set by Impression Obsession. I made several of these because they were so fun and easy.
It is really windy, windy here in Kentucky today. I can't even imagine what those hurricane winds were like! I had to run to the grocery this afternoon and a cart came flying (ok, blowing!) across the parking lot and knocked me down. I've hurt my elbow and I really pray it's not broken. It's on my stamping arm! It was so hard that I thought someone had pushed me or run into me. No, just an unmanned cart. It was so crowded in the store you would have thought we were getting ready for snow! Here in the Bluegrass even a hint of snow causes a major run on the grocery stores! Well, I'm off to do progress reports for my students. I dread those. I agonize over the comments because I know what it feels like to be the parent receiving them! Hope your weekend finishes well and keep looking up!
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Why I Stamp

I have seemingly unrelated story that explains why I stamp. Following is the EXACT wording of a note I received from a parent whose child was absent yesterday (and today): "Little Susie's"
head is 3x's its normal size. Allergic to something. I am not kidding, this is actually what I received!!! I'm picturing beach ball size, aren't you? Guess that explains why she wasn't at school today! So, I stamp to preserve my sanity or what's left of it! Have a great week and keep looking up!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Hero Arts background card

I made this card with a Hero Arts backgrounder that I bought last April and have never used! I cased the idea from a HA flyer I had, but changed it up a bit to suit me. Its hard to tell, but the big flower on the lower left, the butterfly, and the just for you sentiment are mounted on a pop dot. I chalked the background and used stick on jewels and stickles to make it sparkle. Hope you had a great weekend!
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Friday, September 5, 2008

Friendship card

This is a card I made "just because" but I am using it as yet another thank you card. I used my nestabilities to cut the ovals. The little stamp set comes with the tree trunk, lots of little branches, several kinds of leaves, some fruit, the owl, and the sentiment. I believe it is made by Impression Obsession. I stamped the tree, branches, verse, and owl with staz-on ink in timber brown. I used two shades of ink for the leaves and then stippled the white cardstock to give it a softer look. The green strip on the left is made by K and Company. I was really pleased with how this card came together and plan on making some more! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by to take a look!
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thank you card

This is another thank you card I made to send to someone who blessed us with a meal after my surgery. I've been needing to make a lot of thank you cards! I cuttlebugged the darker purple paper. Again, I don't know who made the image.
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Maggie and Ellie

Here's a photo of my oldest dog, Maggie, and little Ellie doing what they do best!
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